Some of the older Yankees are hurting. Mariano Rivera has tightness in his left side, although he hopes to be available for Tuesday night’s game. Jorge Posada has a mild right calf strain and is day to day. A-Rod returned for Monday night’s game after resting Sunday because of stiffness behind his right knee and fatigue. Joe Girardi said he will have to be careful and give the older players days off whether they want them or not.
Joba Chamberlain enjoyed playing the part of Rivera and did a nice job in recording his second career save, his first since Sept. 23, 2007. He walked one and fanned one. He found out during batting practice that he might be needed for this. Rivera said he would’ve pitched if it were October. He will throw off a mound before Tuesday night’s game to see if he’s ready. He has felt this problem since Saturday.
The Yankees still have 13 pitchers, so they will probably cut back by one soon and bring up an outfielder or a possibly a catcher.
Nick Swisher is no longer struggling at Yankee Stadium. He’s 8 for his last 12 over three games, including this 3-for-3 night.
Robinson Cano was named the AL’s Player of the Month for April after batting a major-league-best .400 with eight homers and 18 RBI in 22 games.
And that’s it for tonight.