The Yankees have a good stat in their notes I wanted to mention.
Remember when Mariano Rivera blew his first two saves in 2007? He has converted 103 of his 107 chances since then. The save is sort of a contrived statistic and often is meaningless. But still, that is pretty impressive.
Meanwhile, don’t be surprised if Jerry Hairston Jr. gets a start in center field today or tomorrow. Joe Girardi said he wants to give Melky Cabrera (6 of his last 44) a night off. With Brett Gardner not due back for another two weeks or so, Hairston would be the man.
Hairston started three games in center for the Reds this season and has been out there 117 times in his career. “It’s actually easier than left or right,” he said. “The angles are easier.”
Girardi was referring to Hairston as “Junior” during his post-game press conference on Thursday night and the Seattle reporters in the room were mightily confused. There is only one “Junior” in Seattle and it’s certainly not Jerry Hairston.
OK, back at 6 p.m, with the game post. Beautiful day here in Seattle and lots of Yankees fans out and about.