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Yankees postgame stuff

Posted By Brian Heyman On May 31, 2010 @ 9:33 pm In Misc | 601 Comments

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Derek Jeter got hit in the left hamstring by an 89 mph Mitch Talbot fastball during the second inning of Monday’s 11-2 win over the Indians and came out after a single in the seventh.

“We won’t really know until tomorrow,” Joe Girardi said about his condition. “He got hit in the back of the hamstring and it stiffened up. So I just said, ‘I’m going to take you out and get some ice on it.’ We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

Jeter left without speaking to reporters. But Nick Swisher said: “I’ll bet you a million dollars he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow.” …

Brett Gardner cut the top of his right thumb sliding into second when he was caught stealing in the seventh. He had a band-aid on it and said he should be fine for Tuesday night against the Orioles. …

At some point, these opposing managers are going to wise up and not issue an intentional walk to Mark Teixeira so A-Rod can hit with the bases loaded. “It’s been amazing what he’s done what that’s happened,” Girardi said.

Because after this latest grand slam, Rodriguez is now 5 for 5 with a walk, a sac fly, three homers and 18 RBI in the seven times it has happened.

“I would appreciate if we’d keep those numbers to ourselves and not share them with other managers,” A-Rod said with a smile. …

Even though he’s off to the best start of his career at 7-1, Andy Pettitte said he will evaluate after the season whether to retire. He said his ultimate decision will be based on when he feels it’s time to be with his family more, and that he can’t envision pitching much longer. …

Swisher had the best May and best month of his career, finishing at .374 with 34 hits. He had seven homers and 17 RBI for the month. He hit .164 the last two Mays combined. …

Curtis Granderson got another hit off a lefty, a seventh-inning single off Rafael Perez, making him 8 for 34 (.235) with no homers and three RBI.  The lefty-hitting center fielder had done some other damage against a lefty in this series that marked his return from the DL. He smacked a double Friday and another one Sunday off reliever Tony Sipp. Granderson hit .183 against lefties for the Tigers last season.

“His at-bats have been pretty good,” Girardi said. “I don’t always look at just numbers. I look at at-bats. He’s hit the ball deep to center a number of times off of lefties. He’s had a couple of hits off of Sipp in this series. He looks comfortable. He’s getting a good pitch and he’s putting a good swing on it and hitting it hard. So we’ve been happy with his at-bats against lefties.” …

The Yankees’ starting 1-5 batters merely went 36 for 80 (.450) with nine doubles, five homers and 29 RBI in the four-game series, and they scored 29 runs. …

The team is 3-1 so far on this mostly soft stretch of 16 games against the Indians, Orioles, Blue Jays, Orioles again and Astros. …

OK, that’s it for now. Back at Yankee Stadium Tuesday when Baltimore is in. Lefty Brian Matusz is down to start for the Orioles and Javier Vazquez is scheduled to go for the Yankees, who have already won five of six against the O’s.

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