In a few hours, the Yankees will resume last night’s game and find out whether five scoreless innings from A.J. Burnett was enough to win. If it takes two hours to play those final four-or-more innings, the game will have taken a full 24 hours to complete.*
Of course, the idea is not to take as long as possible, it’s to score runs and win. Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner gave the Yankees that chance yesterday, and had the middle of the order been able to take advantage of the two-on, no-out situation in the fourth inning, the Yankees would have won the thing already. Naturally, it was Mark Teixeira who was first to the plate with the go-ahead run in scoring position, and he popped out, continuing his recent struggles.
Teixeira said after the game that he’s trying not to change his routine. He’s not taking more or fewer swings, just trying to stick with what has always worked.
“Just getting back to doing what I’ve always done,” he said.
* Having just been home for 10 days in a row, yesterday seemed like an especially long day that was bound to last forever. That press box was full of writers who were dragging after a few hours sleep and possibly an airplane nap. I managed to sleep until 10 a.m. local time this morning. I was thoroughly down for the count!