Before we left tonight, Mark Teixeira was the last man to emerge in the locker room. He remained upbeat despite another 0-for-3 night that included a first-inning double play but said the time to break out has come.
“My teammates have been picking me up so far,” Teixeira said. “Now it’s time for me to start picking them up.”
Teixeira, who is now batting just .083, is still without a home run after tying Carlos Pena for the AL lead last season. But his confidence received a boost on Thursday when he went 0 for 2 but drew three walks. He believed that was a sign that his pitch recognition remains sound.
“I just have to stick to my plan and this will turn around,” Teixeira said.
• Chan Ho Park (right hamstring) went to the 15-day DL today for precautionary reasons. Joe Girardi was told Park could have been ready to pitch as soon as next week in Oakland but the club decided to take a conservative approach. Park injured the same hamstring — albeit a different area of it — last September with the Phillies.
• Park’s spot was filled by LHP Boone Logan, who had allowed just four baserunners in 6.2 innings with Scranton so far. I was told Logan arrived at the park at 7:25. Obviously, he’ll be available tomorrow.
• Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano each had a hit, extending their hitting streaks to 10 straight to start the season. They are the first tandem in club history to reach base in so many games to begin the year. Jeter was told of this. Let’s just say he better get a hit tomorrow or someone’s in trouble. “Thanks for telling me,” Jeter joked. “Now you jinxed it.”
• Tonight as the first rain-shortened Yankee game since Sept. 2, 2006 against Minnesota, a 6-1 loss that was called in the bottom of the eighth. Their shortest previous game was a 1-1 tie at Camden Yards on Sept. 18, 2003 that was called after five innings due to Hurricane Isabel.
• The 7-3 start is the club’s best since 2003 (9-1).
• Who said this park was homer happy? This was already the second game without a homer. There was only one such game in 2009, June 18 vs. the Nats. (A game I also covered. Apparently, I bring the pitching.)
• Here’s Girardi, talking about Sabathia’s six strong innings, Cano and Jeter, Cervelli’s solid play, whether or not Tex is pressing and what he knew about the rain before it fell: