* Hideki Matsui told reporters after the game that once the Yankees are eliminated, he likely would have his knee surgery. But he wants to wait until that point and he hopes to play in another game or two.
* The Yankees love them some Phil Coke. The lefty has thrown eight scoreless innings, giving up two hits and fanning six. Girardi was asked whether Coke would be best used as a starter or reliever and said that was something they would have to talk about. Coke was developed as a starter this season but did not get any starts above AA.
I think they have to at least give him a chance to start. The new Stadium will have the same dimensions, meaning lefty starters will be valuable. Coke’s role will likely hinge on whether they retain Damaso Marte.
* Chatted a bit informally after the game with Joba Chamberlain. He’s really sick and tired of the whole debate over his role. To Joba, it’s pretty simple. He has been a starter all his life until last July. You know why he’s a good reliever? Because he’s a good starter. He wants to start, period.
The Yankees might have to finagle this a bit next season. But if they put him in the bullpen, he’s not going to be happy.
* Phil Hughes will be wearing his glasses on Wednesday. He’s not much for the contacts. Lasix surgery is not an option, the doctors told him. “The only thing I have trouble seeing are things far away at night,” he said. “You know, like the catcher’s signs.”
* Derek Jeter said all the flashbulbs didn’t bother him at the plate. “That’s not why I swung at bad pitches,” he said.
* Mariano Rivera was decidedly unimpressed that he passed Lee Smith. The closer is furious the team isn’t going to the playoffs. Furious.
* People were booing A-Rod, who was 0 for 4 and K’d twice. This I do not understand. How he is the only guy at fault? Boo them all or don’t boo anybody.
Thanks for reading tonight.