Lots of audio for you this morning from the enemy. Obviously, the focus shifted throughout the three separate press conference, but here’s a quick overview:
— Nick Blackburn will start Game 2 vs. A.J. Burnett. He was asked about his experience in big games (Blackburn started the one-game playoff in 2008, a 1-0 loss, and bested Zack Grienke on short rest on Saturday) and how he will possibly navigate through the parade of mashers put forth by the Yankees.
— Next up was Ron Gardenhire, or Gardy, a down home quote machine. The first thing you’ll hear him joke about actually happened: seven writers were stuck in the elevator for about 20-25 minutes. Luckily, I wasn’t one of them. I heard the elevator grind to a halt as I walked down the stairs to the basement level. Needless to say, some of the stranded laughed it off, others not so much. Gardy made light of it, as you’re about to hear.
During his presser, Gardenhire explained the real reason the Yankees dominate the Twins, and it has nothing to do with mystique or sorcery. “That’s a good ballclub they’ve got over there,” he said. Who can argue that?
Gardenhire also coined a nice phrase for why the Yankee lineup has seemed to prevail over his team as their games wear on. He said it is a “continuance of pressure” that wears away at you throughout the course of the game.
The Minnesota manager was also asked about the growing strength of the Yankee ‘pen, now armed with Joba Chamberlain. “They can make a start last six innings,” he said.
More here from Gardenhire, who, at the end, officially announced Carl Pavano as the Game 3 starter:
— Lastly, there was a joint press conference with Jason Kubel and Denard Span. Span said “I don’t think anyone believes in a hex,” but the Yankees dominance over the Twinkies dominated the conversation.
One thing to note on the audio: In most cases, Kubel answers the question first, followed by Span.