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Pregame notes: Gardner might stick in the lead-off spot

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jul 06, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Blue Jays Yankees BaseballSounds like Brett Gardner might stick in the lead-off spot after all.

One day after indicating Gardner’s move to the top of the lineup was temporary, Joe Girardi said this afternoon that he’s considering it as a long-term option against right-handed starters. He would be less likely to do it against lefties.

“If Gardy could hit up there it would be great,” Girardi said. “His on-base percentage against right-handers is tremendous. He creates problems for the defense.”

Girardi said this has something to do with splitting lefties — he seemed to be basing that on the fact he could pinch hit Marcus Thames for Colin Curtis should the A’s bring in a lefty reliever — but hitting Derek Jeter first and Gardner second would have the same impact. Instead, this seems to have more to do with Gardner’s production. We’re past the middle of the season, and Gardner’s still getting on base consistently.

“Gardy has been tremendous against right-handers,” Girardi said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”

Yankees Athletics Baseball• Alfredo Aceves got another epidural today. He’ll stay in New York for a few days with a physical therapist, then head back to Tampa. The Yankees are still hoping to avoid surgery.

• Sergio Mitre threw two innings in a rehab outing in the Gulf Coast League. He faced five batters and struck out six.

• Why Colin Curtis in right and Nick Swisher at DH two days in a row? “Swish has DHed in his career, Colin Curtis probably hasn’t,” Girardi said. ‘You want to put him in a position where he’s comfortable.”

• Now that Andy Pettitte is on the all-star roster, Girardi said he already has another pitcher in mind to take CC Sabathia’s spot. “For me the next guy is Jered Weaver, an Angel who’s had a tremendous year,” Girardi said. Of course, Weaver is also supposed to pitch on Sunday, so that’ll probably be a ceremonial selection, kind of like the Sabathia choice.

• There was a lot of Robinson Cano discussion today. Cano said he wants to participate in the Home Run Derby because it’s a honor to be invited, and Alex Rodriguez said he would advise Cano to do it. “Why not?” Rodriguez said.

That said, both Kevin Long and Girardi said they have some concerns about Cano participating, and it has more to do with fatigue than concern that Cano might change his swing. Long said flat out he would rather Cano not participate. “This will be the first time I’m not going to root for Cano,” Long said. “Any time you have one of your guys going in there, there is a concern and I think it’s warranted too because of what’s happened in the past.”

Associated Press photos of Gardner and Cano.

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19 Responses to “Pregame notes: Gardner might stick in the lead-off spot”

  1. chan ho's runs July 6th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    “He faced five batters and struck out six.”

    Wow, that’s some outing. ;)

  2. awaism July 6th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    why mess with something thats working? i like BG in #1 spot..but yankees r doing fine the way it is…

  3. cano he didnt July 6th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    ” Sergio Mitre threw two innings in a rehab outing in the Gulf Coast League. He faced five batters and struck out six.”

    Sounds like Mitre is off to a good start. Looks like he struck out one guy twice!

  4. joe July 6th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I always thought it was “jered weaver” not jared

  5. Ryan July 6th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    How did Mitre strike out six batters if he only faced five?

  6. Erin July 6th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Sergio Mitre threw two innings in a rehab outing in the Gulf Coast League. He faced five batters and struck out six
    ********************************

    Awesome. Wonder how he did that. ;)

  7. pat July 6th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    “He faced five batters and struck out six.”

    With the way umpires have been this year, we’ve seen that before.

  8. Dark Dante July 6th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Shows how much Kim Jones knows regarding the lead off spot on The Yankees. Yesterday she said absolutely no way that Jeter is moved out of the leadoff spot. Again shows how much she knows.

  9. Evan July 6th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    On Mitre:

    If a third strike is not caught by the catcher, it is STILL a strikeout, but the batter can reach first base if the catcher doesn’t tag out the batter or throws him at out at first.

    So therefore, it’s possible to have 4 strikeouts in one inning. In fact, Joe Niekro once struck out five batters in one inning.

  10. gayle July 6th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Didnt see this coming from beat writers tweets

    Mariano Rivera withdraws from the All-Star Game. “I’ve been pitching hurt.”

  11. Carl July 6th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Rivera has been battling side and knee injuries. Still wants to pitch this week.

  12. One Time July 6th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    No Cano for the Home Run Derby.

    Has anyone went on to have a really productive second half after participating?

    It killed Abreu in 2005 at Comerica…and if I recall…..Alex said he doesn’t participate because:

    1. He’s not very good at it.
    2. Worried about it messing up his swing.

    And he wants Robbie to go for it…………….maybe he thinks Cano’s swing is “mess up ” proof.

  13. JoeyA July 6th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Where are you getting this supposed info. on Rivera? sources?

  14. Pinstripe4Life July 6th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Aceves got another Epidural today? I’m starting to feel bad for the guy. Just let him get his surgery, and come back next year.

  15. Ace July 6th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Cano in derby=bad idea

  16. Evan July 6th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    # JoeyA July 6th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Where are you getting this supposed info. on Rivera? sources?

    ————————————
    that’s from Feinsand’s tweet.

  17. Rob B (Never a Gardner doubter) July 6th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Scroll up to the top of this page and look on the right hand side. You’ll see the Rivera information.

  18. Rob B (Never a Gardner doubter) July 6th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    # Rob B (Never a Gardner doubter) July 6th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Scroll up to the top of this page and look on the right hand side. You’ll see the Rivera information.
    —————

    Or just look at the next post. :oops:

  19. SSDD July 6th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I’m surprised the ump didn’t call him safe there.

    “You never tagged him.”

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