I’m going to have to make these quick today. A lot of work to do here at Dodger Stadium.
As you can see from the picture on the right, there was quite the scene when Derek Jeter and Joe Torre said hello to one another before the game. A massive crowd gathered for that hand shake, and there was a similar scene for Torre and Joe Girardi.
I didn’t see any sort of embrace between Torre and Alex Rodriguez.
• Rodriguez is back in the lineup and Girardi still plans to play him all three days here in Los Angeles. “My hope is that we’ll have him all three,” Girardi said. “We had him four days in a row and he got a day off (Thursday) and we have a day off Monday unless we get rained out here, which I wouldn’t bet on.”
• Jorge Posada is also back in the lineup and will almost certainly be back in there only one of the next two days, probably on Sunday. “I’m leaning toward probably two games,” Girardi said. “We’ll just go day-by-day with him.”
• Girardi said CC Sabathia asked Wednesday if he could take batting practice and Girardi said sure. He also acknowledged that he probably couldn’t have stopped Sabathia if he wanted to. The big man wants to hit!
• Girardi is optimistic about A.J. Burnett’s start tomorrow. So is Burnett. “We had a great bullpen session the other day,” Girardi said. “There were discussions that took place. I’ve always said it’s one thing there (in the bullpen) and it’s another thing here (on the mound). I know he’s going to turn it around. I can’t tell you an exact date, but I believe he’s going to have a good day (today) just from what I saw and the discussions that we’ve had. He’s going to get it right. We’ll just see when it is.”
• Curtis Granderson is batting second because Girardi didn’t want lefties Granderson and Brett Gardner hitting back-to-back against a bullpen that has lefties. Arizona had zero left-handers in its bullpen, so it didn’t matter down in Phoenix.
Rafael Furcal SS
Russell Martin C
Andre Ethier RF
Manny Ramirez LF
Matt Kemp CF
James Loney 1B
Casey Blake 3B
Jamey Carroll 2B
Vicente Padilla RHP