As I blogged earlier, thanks to a heads up from Pete, the Yankees are now 81-48, putting them 33 games over .500 for the first times since Sept. 26, 2006. That isn’t all that is of interest from today. Here’s the rest:
— Sergio Mitre left the game in the seventh inning with a one-hitter. A.J. Pierzynski lined a ball off his right forearm with one out and a runner on first. X-rays were negative, but Mitre and Joe Girardi said they didn’t know whether or not Mitre will make his next start. “I want to. I hope so,” Mitre said. If he feels better, Mitre will throw a bullpen on Monday.
— After playing catch today for the first time since re-injuring his bruised left index finger, Girardi expects Jorge Posada to play tomorrow. “We think he’ll be good to go tomorrow,” the manager said. “He did play catch today. The one thing that’s really hard to predict, and you can’t practice, is foul tips. He’s going to catch the balls cleanly, but both times it’s happened it has been foul tips. That’s not something I’d recommend we practice. You just kind of hope it doesn’t happen when he plays.”
— Derek Jeter said he elected to bunt for a base hit during the Yankees’ four-run rally in the second inning. He figured it would turn into a sac at worst. “It was the right thing to do. We had a couple guys on base. With nobody out, you move them over and you have a lot of different ways to score a run with guys on second and third as opposed to first and second. I’ve done it before and I’m sure I’ll do it again,” Jeter said. “I don’t care who knocks ’em in. I’m just trying to win games. At that point, it was, what, 2-0. We’re trying to get some runs for Serg.”
— Mark Teixeira on the Jim Thome smash that broke up Mitre’s perfect game with one out in the fifth: “I tried to kind of put a glove on it — maybe knock it down or something — but that’s a play that if I make it, it’s probably a miracle.”
— With Chad Gaudin having pitched 2 2/3 innings today, Alfredo Aceves and David Robertson will serve as the long men for Joba Chamberlain tomorrow.