Here are a few news and notes from the clubhouse:
— Nick Swisher fouled a pitch off his right shin in the fifth. He writhed in pain before striking out later in the at-bat. I talked to Swish briefly after the game and asked if the foul ball hit him in the shin guard or the flesh, assuming it clipped his flesh. He responded by saying the ball hit the guard, “but it didn’t do any good.” He then pulled up his pant leg to reveal a decent-sized welt.
That said, both Swisher and Girardi said the leg was fine. Swisher expects to play tomorrow.
— Jerry Hairston (wrist) has also pronounced himself fit after starting back-to-back games.
— Chad Gaudin continued to state his case for a postseason roster spot. He is now 2-0 with a 3.43 ERA in 10 games with the Yanks. Gaudin has allowed 61 baserunners (41 hits, 20 walks) in 42 innings, but has been much better his last three outings: 13.1 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 10 K.
“It’s out of my hands,” Gaudin said of waiting on his postseason fate. “I know I have to endure it and do whatever I can to help the team, in whatever way that is.”
— Girardi plans to start his “A” lineup Sunday, with the exception of Jorge Posada. Jose Molina will catch instead.
— That may open up another role for Posada: manager. Girardi may continue the tradition of letting a player manage the final game. He hadn’t spoken to him, but Posada will likely get the offer. And…he’d get to choose his bench coach.
— The Yankees lost three straight for the first time since July 30-Aug. 1, although this is only somewhat different than dropping three at Legends Field in early March.
— Brett Gardner (two steals) and Freddy Guzman (one) displayed their running chops. One or both will be deployed as a pinch runner in the postseason, of that you can be sure.
— Expect to see the following pitch tomorrow: A.J. Burnett, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera. Phil Hughes would be another possibility.
— Lots of laughs tonight at the expense of Carl Pavano, who will pitch for the Twins tomorrow on short rest with the AL Central on the line. The Idle is 4-4 with a 4.50 ERA since coming to the Twins. He has allowed 92 baserunners in 68 innings. The Tigers touched him for seven runs on Wednesday in a must-win game. He responded by asking for the ball on Sunday, and the Twins obliged.
Has anyone seen Brendan Fraser before his debut in The Scout? Do the Twins have an Albert Brooks?