Still in the interview room where Joe Girardi just announced that Freddy Guzman has been added to the roster in place of Eric Hinske.
Also, A.J. Burnett is starting Game 2. Andy Pettitte in Game 3. Game 4 is TBA.
UPDATE, 1:10 p.m.: Josh here. I have added audio from Joe Girardi’s chat with the media. The highlights: Guzman for Hinske; Burnett in Game 2, Pettitte in Game 3, TBD for Game 4; lots of talk about the weather, Sabathia, and how it had been to manage in his first postseason.
I will have Derek Jeter audio and hope to have CC Sabathia audio posted in a bit.
UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: Josh again. If there is a rainout, the ticket policy is exactly what Sam had speculated yesterday. Friday’s game is home game 1. Saturday’s game is home game 2. Ticket holders for Friday will attend the first home game played (no matter the date), and ticket holders for Saturday will attend the second home game played. Therefore, if Game 1 is rained out tomorrow and not played, for example, until Sunday, those ticket holders will attend the game Sunday. If Game 2 isn’t played until Tuesday, Saturday ticket holders will attend the game on Tuesday.
Obviously, that’s an extreme example, but hopefully you understand how it would work.
UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: If you don’t feel like listening to the Girardi audio, here’s his take on adding Guzman to the roster: “We thought we could use another speed guy in this round. We’ve had some success doing those types of things late in the game, and in a seven-game series stuff could come up late in the game. We saw the games against Minnesota were very close and sometimes you can use a couple of pinch runners. If Gardy gets a start, then you don’t have a pinch runner (without Guzman). It just frees us up to do some more things.”
I must say, when Guzman was added to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre roster in September, I never imagined he would be on the major league roster for the ALCS. I really thought the Yankees were simply giving the Triple-A team an outfielder after taking Shelley Duncan to New York. That said, there were people in the clubhouse who thought from the moment Guzman arrived that he was ticketed for the big league postseason roster. Sometimes you see it coming, sometimes you don’t. I didn’t see it this time.
UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: Dave Eiland talked about Phil Hughes’ performance in the first round. “He was getting a little quick, jumping toward the plate, and that was affecting his command,” Eiland said. “He was throwing to a left-hander against Minnesota, I don’t remember who it was, but he was trying to come inside. He got too quick and the ball ran back over the plate. It’s just a minor adjustment, and he knows. We did some work the last couple of days and we feel like it’s corrected. It’s a simple adjustment, but it’s something small that will make a big difference.”
UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: Josh here. After a trip to the Angels clubhouse, I finally have the audio of CC Sabathia, who talked about how the rain will impact him (it won’t), how he prepares in the final hours of a start (hint: RBI Baseball) and what he must do to stop the instigators in red (pitch well).
I will post audio from Mike Scioscia, John Lackey and one or two others at some point in the 4 o’clock hour.
Don’t forget that Sam and I will be doing a live chat tonight to talk about the roster decisions, the rotation and everything else as the Yankees get set for Game 1 of the ALCS tomorrow. The wait is almost over! Come join us here and feel free to stop by early and submit questions ahead of time.