After saying before this 8-3 Yankees win over the Phillies that he planned to have A-Rod back Wednesday night, Joe Girardi hedged slightly afterward. He said said that while Rodriguez came through his pregame workout OK, he wanted to see how he felt Wednesday before putting him back in the lineup. Girardi said it would be “a game-time decision.”
CC Sabathia had been 4-0 against Baltimore and 2-3 with a 4.69 ERA against anybody else. This was his first non-Oriole victory since April 16. “It feels good to beat a good team,” he said. Sabathia allowed three runs and five hits over seven to improve to 7-3. “I got off to a pretty good start,” Sabathia said. “I had a bad May. But I feel ahead of where I’ve been the past couple of years.”
Of the nine times Roy Halladay has given up three homers in a game, the Yankees have been the ones to do it four times, including the last three. “When he made a mistake, they didn’t miss it,” Girardi said. Hitting coach Kevin Long said, “We really were disciplined. … The only thing I told them was he had a new pitch, which was a split and he was using it quite bit with two strikes and it was more of a chase pitch for him. … We knew what we were getting. He wasn’t as crisp as I’ve seen him in the past.”
Francisco Cervelli continues to be clutch. He had a two-run single with the bases loaded in the seventh, so he’s 6 for 8 now in those situations. Plus, he’s batting .447 with runners in scoring position (17 for 38) and .579 with runners in scoring position and two outs (11 for 19).
Brett Gardner delivered his fourth triple and the Yankees’ 17th of the season. That’s four short of their total for all of last year.
Robinson Cano has hit in eight straight games and 25 of his last 27 after delivering a double in five trips.
Sergio Mitre’s injury is a strained left oblique. The long man suffered it while taking batting practice Sunday. “When he got up, it felt a lot worse to warm up that day, so we wanted to evaluate him,” Girardi said. “Yesterday he came in and our doctors felt it would be more than just a couple of days, maybe not a whole two weeks. But we’ll have to wait to see. Oblique’s are funny.”
There were some Phillies fans mixed in among the Yankees fans in a crowd that was announced at 47,135. It may have been a combustible mix. “I saw a lot of people leaving in handcuffs,” Curtis Granderson said.
OK, that’s it for tonight.