The Rays like to run, and all of baseball knows it.
“We play them so many times, we know what they’re capable of,” Derek Jeter said. “Great team. They like to run. They like to put pressure on the defense and be aggressive. And they’ve been pitching well. Combine those things and you’re going to have a lot of success.”
Last night the Rays stole six bases, and they kept running in the eighth inning when Ben Zobrist scored from second on a sacrifice fly. Tonight it’s on Francisco Cervelli and Andy Pettitte to slow the running game as much as possible.
“Andy has the ability to slide step and change his time, and he’s got a good pickoff,” Joe Girardi said. “It does change it a little bit.”
• Chad Moeller is on the Yankees bench, and he might stay there. Cervelli could catch every game this weekend, and not take a break until Monday’s off day. “I will evaluate it every day,” Girardi said. “But there’s a chance that he’ll catch every day.”
• The Yankees are encouraged by Marcus Thames’ sprained ankle. “He does not have a lot of swelling,” Girardi said. Thames was able to take batting practice.
• The Yankees pitchers have been running the bases before games to get ready for this weekend’s series against the Mets.
• Girardi said the Yankees considered Jesus Montero and Austin Romine, but it sounds like Moeller was an easy choice for the call-up. “Obviously we talked about everyone,” Girardi said. “Chad has the most experience and that’s why we went there.”
UPDATE, 5:34 p.m.: The Yankees lineup