Mark Teixeira had just finished playing a game in May, but he was once again stuck talking about his games in April.
“This game will humble ya, and I was humbled the first few weeks of the season,” he said. “I just kept working hard, and I think the last week or two it’s been feeling better.”
Teixeira became the first Yankee since Lou Gehrig to hit three home runs at Fenway Park. Gehrig did it in 1927.
“Any time you talk about the Yankees — Gehrig, DiMaggio, the list goes on and on – it makes you realize you’ve got a long way to go to be in their category,” Teixeira said. “There’s a lot of work to do.”
His first homer put the Yankees in the lead and his last capped the blowout. The Yankees have outscored the Red Sox 24-6 the past two days. Teixeira has a modest three-game hitting streak that includes eight RBI. This was his second four hit game of the month, this after hitting .136 in April. He and Alex Rodriguez — who also scuffled a bit in April — reached base in nine of 11 plate appearances.
“If we have a few guys that might be a little dinged up, it’s time for Alex and I to start picking it up.”
Since there was quite a bit to address, here’s Girardi’s postgame media session.
• Alfredo Aceves said the lower back soreness he felt tonight was the same as what he felt in spring training, but he’s been told two or three days off should do the trick. Girardi said there are no plans to make a move.
• Brian Cashman said this afternoon that Nick Johnson will miss “several” days. Girardi said he looked up several in the dictionary. “Several is more than two but less than many,” Girardi said. “We know at least 15 days. We know probably a little bit more than that.”
• Once the rain delay went 15 minutes, Girardi knew Sabathia was finished. He knew it would take another 15 minutes to get the field ready and Sabathia didn’t argue when Girardi told him it was time to bring in the bullpen.
• Sabathia said the pitch that hit Dustin Pedroia was simply a fastball that got away from him. Girardi said the same thing. “His fastball was cutting today, and that’s happening a little bit with him. When he does that, his command is off.”
• Despite Francisco Cervelli’s nine hits in the past four games as Jorge Posada’s fill-in, Girardi said he has no plans of making Posada his regular DH and keeping Cervelli behind the plate. He doesn’t want to carry three catchers — “That’s probably not in our plans right now,” Girardi said — and he doesn’t like to regularly put both catchers in the starting lineup. He’ll do it occasionally, but not every day.
• Girardi plans to start Posada at catcher on Monday.
• Sabathia said he “probably would have gone quicker” had he known the game was going to be delayed with two outs and a 2-2 count in the fourth inning, but he ultimately had no problem with the umpire’s decision. Neither did Girardi. “We’ve had enough of our problems without someone slipping,” Girardi said.
• Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate for the ninth time in his career. He’s second among active players in that statistic. No. 1? Nick Swisher.
• Brett Gardner has a 10-game hitting streak. His career-high is an 11-game streak.
• Cervelli’s five RBI were the most from a Yankees catcher since Posada had six RBI way back in 2006. The last Yankees catcher other than Posada to have five RBI in game was John Flaherty who did it in 2004. The last Yankees catcher to have five RBI against the Red Sox was Yogi Berra in 1957.