There were very few Internet problems the past two days, but today the connection at the Rogers Centre is awful. I’ll make these notes quick and hope everything works out for a regular game post.
Joe Girardi was true to his word. He said yesterday that he had no plans of dropping Mark Teixeira in the lineup, and sure enough, today’s lineup is pretty much the same A-lineup we’ve seen since the Nick Johnson injury.
“I think sometimes when you see players of Tex’s caliber, you think it’s easy,” Girardi said. “It’s not easy. It’s tough, and you go through physical battles. You go through mental battles. There’s a lot of things you have to fight through. When a guy like Tex is where he’s at right now, we’re all a little bit surprised because we haven’t seen it, but it happens.”
There’s a significant track record at play here, and it’s hard to judge two months of a player who just last season was an MVP candidate.
“If he responds great, that’s great,” Girardi said. “If he has another tough day, it’s not the end of the world. We just move on, and he’ll get hot… I think if someone said Tex would be hitting around .215 in June, you would probably say, I don’t believe that.”
• Good news on Jorge Posada. “It could be possible in Baltimore that he starts his catching drills,” Girardi said. “We’ll meet with the doctors when we get there.”
• The lineup was late because Girardi wanted to talk to each one of his starters to make sure they were OK to play today. Everyone was fine, so they’re all playing.
• Francisco Cervelli catching again after 14 innings yesterday? Girardi just laughed. “Cervi? No. He’s a kid.”
• Girardi said he will check with all of his relievers to make sure they felt OK, but there was no one he definitively ruled out for today’s game. Sounds like Chan Ho Park is the least likely to pitch.
• More from Girardi on why he didn’t use Mariano Rivera yesterday: “We have a 40-year-old closer. I don’t have a 22-year-old closer. I have a 40-year-old closer that has logged a lot of innings. He’s been down for 10 days already. Closers are used for when you’re winning games or are tied at home. That’s how you do it. If Mo extends the game, then someone else is going to have to close. If that guy gives up a run, then you say, why didn’t you wait to use Mo as the closer?”
• Marcus Thames said his sore neck feels better, but he’s still getting treatment and said he’s not sure he could hit today. “It sucked yesterday,” he said. “I had like 20 people here to watch me play and I couldn’t play.”
Associated Press photo of Teixeira