Sergio Mitre gave up seven runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 in this 7-4 loss to the Royals. Dustin Moseley gave up no runs and one hit over 4 2/3. So is Moseley going to take the next turn in place of Andy Pettitte? That would be Thursday night in Cleveland.
“It’s too early to talk about that,” Joe Girardi said.
Girardi said there would be an evaluation, but that he wasn’t going to only judge Mitre on this one start. Of course, there could be a trade for another starter as well. The nonwaiver trade deadline is next Saturday. Mitre wants another chance.
“The first time back, obviously I was a little rusty trying to get outs and get ahead in the count,” Mitre said. “It’s going to be fine. Not a problem.”
Jorge Posada was impressed with Moseley, saying he liked his arm dating back to spring training.
“I think we have a guy who will help us,” Posada said. …
Alex Rodriguez could have come up with the bases loaded and two outs in the last of the ninth. But there was no chance for a walk-off grand slam because Mark Teixeira was called out at first by Chad Fairchild after a grounder up the middle.
“I was safe, but there’s nothing you can do about it,” Teixeira said.
“That last at-bat would’ve not only been fun for me but I think fun for everybody to watch that at-bat,” A-Rod said.
Rodriguez appreciates the fan support in this quest to hit the milestone homer here. He only has Sunday’s series finale to get it done before the Yankees leave on a seven-game trip, to Cleveland and Tampa Bay.
“You obviously want to reward the fans at home,” Rodriguez said. “They’ve been so great all along. It seems like they want it so badly here at home. But for me, I have to stay within myself and try to hit the ball the other way.”
A-Rod had an infield hit in three trips against Kyle Davies, who gave up his 500th homer at the old Stadium three years ago.
“I’ll tell you, Davies did his part to try to relive the moment,” Rodriguez said. “He just kept pumping fastballs right in there. I love that guy.”
Girardi said Brett Gardner had to have anaesthesia this morning at a hospital to clear out a piece of pork that had lodged during Friday’s pregame meal. Gardner was back to watch the game.
“They put like an endoscopy (instrument) and just clear it out,” Gardner said. “I’m fine. I’ve had that before.” …
Teixeira is having a big July, now at .389 (28 for 72) with nine doubles, seven homers and 21 RBI in 19 games. He extended his career-high streak of reaching base safely to 40 games. …
Posada extended his career-high streak of driving in at least one run to eight games, second this season to Jorge Cantu’s 10 straight for the Marlins. …
Nick Swisher pinch hit in the eighth and stayed in to play right in the ninth. Girardi is hopeful Swisher’s left Achilles’ will be good to go again tomorrow, but he will check in the morning before deciding on whether to put him back in the lineup. …
OK, that’s it for today.