The Yankees are on the field stretching and Joe Girardi – who seems to be battling a pretty bad cold – met with the media a short time ago. While Charlie Manuel has announced Joe Blanton as his Game 4 starter, Girardi said the Yankees will wait until after Game 3 to finalize their pitcher. CC Sabathia has been preparing himself to pitch that game “because it would be silly to not do that and then say, ‘Uh-oh, CC, you’re starting Game 4.” Girardi added that A.J. Burnett is also preparing to pitch on short rest for the same reason.
Audio coming shortly.
UPDATE, 4:53 p.m.: Girardi also said that Johnny Damon will start in LF, essentially ending the speculation about Hideki Matsui having to dig through boxes to find his glove. As for who starts in right, Girardi – of course – declined to say. For those looking at the all-important “match-ups,” Hairston is 2-for-10 vs. Hamels and neither Swisher or Hinske has ever faced him. So run that through your calculators and see what it says.
UPDATE, 5:11 p.m.: Chad here. The Yankees are taking batting practice right now, with some additions to the hitting groups. Group 1 was listed in the clubhouse as: Jeter, Damon, Posada, Cano, Pettitte. Group 4 was listed as: Guzman, Pena, Burnett, Sabathia, Gaudin.
If you’re interested in the non-pitcher groups. Groups 2 is Matsui, Rodriguez, Teixeira, Swisher and Cabrera. Group 3 is Gardner, Hinske, Hairston, Molina, Cervelli.
UPDATE, 5:14 p.m.: Here’s the audio from Andy Pettitte.
And here’s the audio from Joe Girardi.
UPDATE, 6:38 p.m.: For those who are interested, here’s some audio from Alex Rodriguez. Apparently the key to his success is only swinging at strikes (as he says repeatedly). Take a listen.