The Yankees spent much of the afternoon responding to umpire Joe West’s remarks calling the pace of the opening series in Boston “pathetic and embarrassing.”
“It’s his words, ask him what’s embarrassing about it,” Derek Jeter said. “I don’t see what’s pathetic and embarrassing about it. As opposed to what? If it’s 20 minutes shorter it’s not pathetic and embarrassing? At what point is it not embarrassing?”
Andy Pettitte said he did notice, while watching the first two games from the bench, that the umpires were hesitant to give hitters timeout, but he also seemed a little surprised that the Yankees and Red Sox were called out for it.
“Those are pretty bold statements,” Pettitte said.
Manager Joe Girardi pointed out that both the Yankees and Red Sox have focused on signing hitters who work the count. He also pointed out that the Rays have a lot of hitters who work the count. Could we expect another three-plus hour game tonight?
“We’re not going to ask out hitters to change their approach to speed the game up,” Girardi said.
UPDATE, 6:14 p.m.: Here’s Jeter’s pregame session with the media.
• Francisco Cervelli caught two innings and had three at-bats in an extended spring training game yesterday. He hadn’t played in a while and just wanted to get his feet wet again. Cervelli will start one of the games here in Tampa. “He’ll be in one of the next two days,” Girardi said.
• After Wednesday’s collision at first base, Andy Pettitte said he was sore but didn’t get any extra treatment on his neck or shoulder. He actually went home to Texas on the off day. “As I’m falling and got up I was like, what a start to the season,” he said.
• Girardi said he expects every reliever to be available tonight, but he will check with Chan Ho Park after he plays catch just to make sure he feels strong enough to pitch. “He’s probably not a guy we’ll ask to go multiple innings tonight,” Girardi said.
• Girardi on Randy Winn: “He’s going to get some time, it’s just with all the days off, our guys haven’t needed (games) off.”
• Girardi said he doesn’t consider left field to be a platoon situation, but he does expect Marcus Thames to keep appearing in the lineup against lefty starters. “There might be a day when we give Curtis (Granderson) a day off against a lefty,” Girardi said.
• Before Cervelli played in that extended spring training game yesterday, Mark Teixeira went to the minor league complex to take some extra swings. He’s hitless so far this season.
Jason Bartlett SS
Carl Crawford LF
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Willy Aybar DH
Dioner Navarro C
Sean Rodriguez 2B
LHP David Price
I mentioned an upcoming art exhibit in an earlier post this afternoon. That portrait of Jeter is one of the pieces that will be on display.