It looks like Andy Pettitte is going to be an All-Star, too. CC Sabathia can attend but won’t be able to pitch in the game because he’s starting on Sunday. A replacement will be needed, and Yankees/AL manager Joe Girardi indicated Pettitte is his guy. He chose Sabathia will this in mind.
“The one thing about being a manager in knowing your rotation, you know who’s throwing on Sunday and you know a lot of other guys who are throwing on Sunday,” Girardi said after the Yankees were finished with their 7-6, 10-inning win over the Blue Jays. “I thought CC was very deserving as well as Andy. Andy was very deserving. I would hate the fact that one guy wouldn’t make it because he was pitching on Sunday. So in this case, we could have a couple of left-handers.
“That is a move that will possibly be made at the end of the week, when one pitch is thrown on Sunday.” …
Jorge Posada sprained the ring finger on his left hand even though it was inside his mitt. Fred Lewis fouled a ball against it in the seventh, knocking him out of the game. It’s been one injury after another for Posada. “It’s frustrating,” he said.
Posada is day to day. He won’t catch Monday night in Oakland, but that was the plan anyway. He’s not sure if he will be able to to hit yet. “We’ll see how it feels tomorrow,” he said. “Obviously, it’s painful right now.”
Phil Hughes gave up a career-high-tying three homers. That makes seven allowed in the last four starts. He gave up five runs and six hits over six. The first-time All-Star has been shaky in three of his last four starts. But he thought he made progress with this one.
“I feel that some things have slipped from previous starts,” Hughes said. “But I thought today was a step back in the right direction. I made some adjustments. Early on, I felt really good. I just hit a roadblock there in the middle.”
Brett Gardner is the first player to hit a grand slam and an inside-the-parker in consecutive games in 11 years. Gardner is batting .385 over his last 26 games.
The Yankees have now won walk-off extra-inning games against the Blue Jays on each of these last two Fourth of Julys.
OK, that’s it for tonight.