During his pregame interview, Joe Girardi said his role in choosing the American League all-star game was already complete. The team was more or less finalized, baseball was just waiting for the official announcement to come tomorrow afternoon. That means today’s start would have left little if any impact on his all-star chances.
“In years past I thought I had a chance to go and I didn’t go,” Pettitte said. “There are a lot of guys that are very deserving of it. It’s out of my hands. I’m not going to worry about it.”
Girardi, of course, wouldn’t tip his hand, but Pettitte seems to have made a pretty compelling case. He’s 10-2 with a 2.82 ERA. For now, Pettitte said his all-star plans include nothing more than a few days back home in Texas. His kids, though, have been thinking Anaheim.
“They’ve mentioned it,” Pettitte said. “Obviously it’s something they would love to see Pops do. It’s been nine years, so it’s been a while.”
Pettitte made the all-star team in 1996 and 2001. He didn’t get in the ’96 game, but he pitched one inning in 2001 and was warming in the bullpen when Cal Ripken hit his famous home run.
Here’s Pettitte talking about the all-star game, his chance of 20 wins and yet another quality start.
• The Yankees 11-run third inning took more than 30 minutes. Pettitte spent large chunks of it in the indoor batting cage, throwing balls into a net and going through agility drills to keep his legs warm. “Once it got to 25 or 30 minutes, I was just trying to move around the whole time,” he said.
• A walk and three hits in the first inning, but Pettitte said the results were worse than his stuff. “I felt good in the first,” he said. “I was over throwing just a little bit. The (home run) pitch was just a sinker that I got up a little bit to Bautista. They’re so aggressive to the fastball right now. I was behind in the count and I was going throw him a fastball away. You can’t say anything else but he squared it up. Sometimes they’re going to do that. I didn’t want to be too careful with him in the first inning of the game, but obviously I should have.”
• Pretty good debut from Dustin Moseley who pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts and four ground ball outs. “If I’m striking out a bunch of guys, that’s going to be a gift from above,” Moseley said. “But I’ll get ground balls.”
• Interesting little inside-the-game moment: When Chad Huffman was hit by a pitch up and in, Blue Jays catcher John Buck actually yelled “Heads up!” when he saw the release was so far off target.
• Before today’s game, the Yankees were hitless in their past 21 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Then they scored 11 runs against a pitcher who has been dominant most of the season. “A lot of times things in this game don’t make sense,” Girardi said. “We all try to say we know why it’s happening, or we’re trying to figure out why it’s happening, sometimes things just don’t make sense. They just happen.”
• As Brett Gardner put it: “I think before that, I heard on TV earlier that we were something like 0-for-150 or whatever it was. We’ve been having a couple of guys on base and we hadn’t been getting them in. Obviously Tex got a big hit for us. From there, we just continued to find ways to score runs.”
• Before his two hits in the third inning, Gardner guessed that he had one hit — maybe none — in about 14 career minor league at-bats against Romero.
• Remember Cody Ransom? He’s been called up by the Phillies.
• Remember Orlando Hernandez? He’s been signed to a minor league deal by the Nationals. “If El Duque has anything left in the tank, he’ll find a way to compete,” Girardi said. “I loved catching the guy. A fierce a competitor as I’ve played with. If he’s got anything left in that tank of his, he’ll find a way.”
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