A few quick notes before I post some Javier Vazquez audio.
The short story on Vazquez is that his command was much better. He kept the ball down, and even in that two-run sixth inning, the damage was done on ground balls. “If those are a foot to the left or a foot to a right, we might have gotten some double plays,” Joe Girardi said.
Vazquez wasn’t overjoyed after the loss, but there did seem to be a sense of relief. He said heading into this game that he wouldn’t know whether he’d made progress until he saw in-game results. He saw them today.
“We lost the game and it’s a tough loss,” Vazquez said. “But in my case, it was a step forward.”
• The Yankees will stick with their current roster. No moves between games.
• Girardi was asked if Derek Jeter is hitting into some bad luck. “No,” Girardi said. “Terrible luck.” Jeter is 2-for-21 this road trip, but in his typical fashion, he said he’s not paying attention to those numbers. “If you have two or three good games, everyone says you’re hot,” he said.
• Around 3:45, while Vazquez was giving his postgame interview, Phil Hughes showed up in the Yankees clubhouse. It’s typical that the day’s starting pitcher is the last player to arrive, so Hughes is on his usual routine even though the rest of the team has been here since the morning.
• Brett Gardner’s hitting streak has come to an end, but he’s reached base safely in 13 straight games and he stole his 15th base of the season.
• Robinson Cano is hitting .403 on the road this year.
• This is the Yankees first three-game losing streak of the season.
• Sounds like Girardi would really like to get Mariano Rivera into the game tonight. He said he’d like to use him even if it’s not a save situation. “You might see that,” he said. Dave Eiland joked in the hallway that Rivera will have to go to extended spring to get some innings.