It’s hard to tell from my cell phone camera, but that’s a picture of Francisco Cervelli dancing around the cage during batting practice.
It’s been that kind of day here at Target Field. Everything is just a little bit different from the norm. I’m not sure why, but the idea of playing a half game before a full game seems to have created a really loose atmosphere around the Yankees. While Joe Girardi was doing his usual pregame session with the media in the dugout, Derek Jeter came out of the clubhouse and immediately offered a question of his own.
“Joe, have you hit the panic button yet?”
“No, I have not Jeet.”
Jeter cracked up. So did Girardi. It’s been that kind of day.
As for the games themselves, Girardi did not talk about Chad Gaudin but said the team will “possibly” make a move between games. He also said the Yankees will play to win the first game, then take the second game as it comes. He won’t specifically save a pitcher for Game 2.
“If you have a chance to win the first game, you manage it like you’re only playing one game,” Girardi said. “You don’t know what’s going to happen the second game.”
• Nothing new to report on Alfredo Aceves aside from the fact he’s scheduled to see a doctor this week.
• Dave Robertson will start the sixth inning for the Yankees.
• Girardi said he will “probably not” use any of his pitchers in both games.
• Can Francisco Cervelli play both games? “I think so,” Girardi said.