Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (2-1, 3.82).
Notes: I’m off today in advance of the road trip. Thanks to Ernie Palladino for calling in the lineup. … The Yankees, who have lost four straight, have never lost five straight under Joe Girardi. … The Yankees trail the Jays by 5.5 games in the East and are 2-4 on the homestand that ends today.
UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: Girardi just told the media that no decision has been made on A-Rod regarding his activation tomorrow. I have no idea why the Yankees play games like this. Alex shook hands with everybody in Tampa, thanked them for their assistance with rehab and then left. Where else is he going?
One way or another, it’s a pretty good bet that A-Rod will be playing third and batting fourth against the Orioles tomorrow night.
UPDATE, 5:01 p.m.: The Yankees just made it official: Alex will be back tomorrow.
UPDATE, 6:03 p.m.: This from Joe Girardi:
“Alex will be in Baltimore. Unless something happens overnight, we expect him to be in (the lineup). It’s great having your No. 4 hitter come back. In a sense, it’s like we just made a huge trade.”
Meanwhile, I see that people are debating whether Mariano should have pitched a second inning last night. The answer is no, I think. He is coming off surgery and he should not be abused in May. The last time they asked him for more than three outs, Jason Bay took him deep in Boston.
It’s not worth the risk on a cold night.