Yankees trainer Gene Monahan usually writes the inscriptions on milestone baseballs. First major league hit, first major league win or — just maybe — 600th major league home run.
He wrote on a baseball tonight, but not for Alex Rodriguez. On the night most of Yankee Stadium was waiting for Rodriguez to go deep, Jorge Posada doubled in a run in the first inning for his 1,000th career RBI.
“It’s a veteran team, and a lot of things can happen every day,” Posada said. “Balls are going into the dugout and Geno’s going, what is this for? He’s getting abused every day.”
Joe Girardi knows the rigors of being an every day catcher in the major leagues, and he was impressed. “That’s a big accomplishment,” he said. But it was Francisco Cervelli who seemed genuinely thrilled for the guy who usually starts ahead of him.
“I feel happy,” he said. “It’s like this thing happened to me.”
• Here’s Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall on the possible Dan Haren trade: “Definitely no clear frontrunner,” he told The Arizona Republic. “They (the Yankees) are involved like others. Nothing imminent.”
• Here’s a link to the kind of package the Diamondbacks are said to be looking for. Apparently it comes down to a major league ready pitcher plus a prospect or two.
• Alex Rodriguez did not talk after the game, but Girardi said he was happy with A-Rod’s approach. He went 2-for-4 with a walk and two singles. He broke his bat in his final at-bat. The crowd here went nuts when Mark Teixeira drew a walk to bring Rodriguez to the plate with two outs in the eighth. “I don’t think he necessarily hears it when he gets focused in on the pitch and the ball coming,” Girardi said. “But standing on deck there, you have to be able to hear it.”
• A.J. Burnett was really good tonight. He didn’t have his curveball early, “but I’ve got to keep calling it,” Cervelli said. He threw just 58 pitches before the rain delay. “I was able to find my hook toward the end and had decent control of my fastball,” Burnett said. “If I could have carried that on, maybe it would have been a fun night all around. But we’ll take it.”
• Did Burnett come out of the game willingly after an hour-and-25-minute delay? “No, I begged,” he said. “I knew what the answer was going in there.”
• Granted, it was a shortened outing, but this was the fifth time Burnett held an opponent scoreless this season. That’s the most of all the Yankees starters.
• Mark Teixeira was hitless, but he was hit by a pitch and drew a walk. He’s now reached base in 39 straight games. It’s the longest streak by a Yankees since Rodriguez reached in 53 straight back in 2004.
• Posada is the 12th Yankee to reach 1,000 RBI.
• Girardi thought about taking Rodriguez out of the game in the top of the eighth, but left him in just in case he got to the plate in the bottom half. “If this milestone were out of the way, I probably would have pulled him in the eighth,” Girardi said.
Associated Press photos of Rodriguez’s last at-bat, and Derek Jeter in the field.