It was a subdued scene after the game as the Yankees left the champagne on ice.
Clearly Joe Torre is preparing for next week as he left Vizcaino, Rivera and Chamberlain in the bullpen to rest and went to an assortment of B-level guys. Some (Kyle Farnsworth) will be around next week. Others (Jeff Karstens, Jose Veras) will not.
Some others Torre and his staff are not so sure about.
Edwar Ramirez, Brian Bruney, Chris Britton and Ron Villone are under varying degrees of consideration. Ross Ohlendorf has to be as well.
Ramirez has allowed eight runs on seven hits and four walks in his last 2.2 innings. Bruney has given up 10 runs on eight hits and seven walks in his last 6.2 innings. Both could be playing themselves off the team.
â€œWe have to try and get (Ramirez) straightened out,â€? Torre said. â€œItâ€™s all about aggressiveness. It looked like he was feeling his way. Heâ€™s on his heels a little bit.â€?
As for other matters:
That’s six 200-hit seasons for Derek Jeter. Lou Gehrig has the team record of eight.
A-Rod didn’t stick around to talk about his homer. He has 16 grand slams. Among active players, only Manny Ramirez (20) has more.
The Yankees are a grim 8-8 against the Rays.
Back it tomorrow night with Chien-Ming Wang on the mound against Thurston Howell III. Yanks have to get it done sooner or later.