The Yankees are two games behind Boston with three to play. But if you’re expecting Joe Torre to put the pedal to the metal, guess again.
“Our goal is to get everybody ready to play on Wednesday or Thursday,” he said. “We need to get these guys some time off.”
Torre’s belief is that the Yankees have been playing for their lives since the middle of June and they need a break mentally as well as physically. Mike Mussina can throw 100 pitches on Friday night but Andy Pettitte will be cut off around 50 or 60 on Saturday and one of the kids will pitch Sunday.
If they happen to win the division, great. But Torre doesn’t want to burn his team out before they get to Cleveland.
Phil Hughes used his changeup and curve more tonight with obvious results. He was 3-0 in his last four starts with a 2.66 ERA.
Here is some audio from Hughes:
When it’s all said and done, Johnny Damon is not going to have a terrible season. He’s hitting .269 with 90 runs scored, 39 extra-base hits, 61 RBI and 27 stolen bases.
Joba Chamberlain told us that he felt fine. It was the first time in his life that he has pitched on back-to-back days. Don’t forget, he was not a prospect in high school.
Early flight tomorrow then another harrowing cab ride from BWI. Catch you from Camden Yards in the afternoon.