This is Josh (not Kevin, like it says) checking in with a TON of news from the clubhouse.
For starters, the Yankees recorded their 11th walkoff win this season when Robinson Cano drove home Alex Rodriguez from second. Cano lined a one-out single off the wall in right-center and received a pie in the face from starter A.J. Burnett.
They have now won seven of their last eight series and 12 of 14.
That was the fun part for Yankee fans. Here’s the sobering news:
— Mariano Rivera didn’t throw at all today and was unavailable to pitch. “He was feeling a little cranky today,” Joe Girardi said. Rivera told us his right shoulder was sore, but he did not classify the soreness as painful. He said he has felt this pain before and felt fine soon after. Girardi said he’d be “shocked” if Rivera weren’t available tomorrow in Seattle.
— Now, that’s not all the Rivera news. We were told by a team spokesman that Rivera will not fly to Seattle with the club. He will, however, be in Seattle for the game tomorrow. The transportation change is not related to anything medical, we were told.
— X-Rays were negative on Derek Jeter’s right foot. Jeter watched the rest of the game from the clubhouse, and said he expects to play tomorrow. Girardi wasn’t so sure. “There’s a concern,” Girardi said. “He’s going to be sore.” Jeter didn’t fight it when Girardi removed him from the game. As is his way, the captain downplayed the injury afterward. “Yeah, it feels good,” he said, smiling.
— X-Rays were negative on Rodriguez’s left elbow. He was hit on the elbow in the 11th inning and reacted dramatically, doubling over in pain. A-Rod remained in the game and scored the winning run. He later said the pitch must have missed his elbow pad. He had never felt such pain since added the pad to his armor. Rodriguez will have tomorrow off, although Girardi said it was scheduled anyway. “Let’s hope it’s just one day,” Girardi said.
— The last member of the walking wounded was Posada, who had one of his rougher days behind the plate today. Posada saw four wild pitches escape him, including three by Burnett. One fastball crossed him up (he expected curve) and drilled home plate ump Joe West. “It was up there,” Posada said when asked to rank the painful day. “I got hit everywhere. It felt like a boxing match.” The worst damage came in the eighth when Raul Chavez fouled a pitch off Posada’s bare right hand. The ball struck him on the knuckle of his middle finger. Posada said he could play, but “there’s a chance he’ll have off tomorrow, too,” Girardi said.
— The last interesting nugget from the postgame was Burnett’s reluctance to discuss his wild pitches. Burnett reached a career-high 17 with three today, and he quickly said “I don’t want to discuss wild pitches” when asked about them. Of course, one was pivotal because he scored the tying run in the sixth.
— One more: Looks like Chad Gaudin will now start Sunday, and Sergio Mitre on Saturday. Gaudin pitched two scoreless innings to win his Yankee debut, but needed 44 pitches to do so.