Joe Girardi did not hesitate when he was asked the question. Yes, Dustin Moseley will remain in the Yankees rotation. He’ll make his next start at home on Tuesday.
“I’m real excited, I really am,” Moseley said. “It’s been kind of a long road the last couple of years, so to get this start and then go out there and keep the team in the game and eventually get the win, it worked out pretty well.”
After allowing a run on a hit, a walk, a hit batter and a sac fly in the first inning, Moseley went through 14 batters allowing just one more single. He said it was just a matter of relaxing, getting out of that first inning and going after hitters. He said he felt calm all day — he talked about his trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — and said the one thing he doesn’t want to do is compare himself to the guy he’s replacing in the rotation.
“I remember when (John) Lackey was out (with the Angels) and I was trying to do that, trying to do a little too much to fill those shoes,” Moseley said. “I can’t fill Andy Pettitte’s shoes. I can only do what I can do.”
What he did tonight was pretty impressive. It was exactly what the Yankees needed.
There was a lot of laughter in the Yankees clubhouse tonight, all of it directed at two people.
Not a bad game until he struck out against third baseman Andy Marte in the ninth inning. “As they say, you’ve got to just take it,” Swisher said. “Just wear it. Me and Marte, we’ve both got the same ERA.”
Swisher knows the feeling. He struck out Gabe Kapler last year. “I’m going to use his line too,” Swisher said. “I now have a new most embarrassing moment.”
When he was 9-years-old, Thames was supposed to be a bat boy for his older brother’s team, but they were a man short. And so, Thames played his first baseball game, and he played it at third base.
Tonight he went back to third because Girardi wanted to get Alex Rodriguez out of the game. Thames said he would do it, “as long as I had a cup on.” Derek Jeter told him it was inevitable that a ball would come to him, and when it did, Thames made a great backhand stop, then sailed the throw high and wide. He kept the lineup card.
“I threw like a quarterback,” Thames said. “I was trying to find Andre Rison on a slant or something.”
• The only real downside to this game was Chan Ho Park’s ninth inning. After striking out fellow Shin-Soo Choo for the second out of the inning, Park said he was simply too excited. “I lost my focus,” he said. A Park-Choo matchup is massive news in Korea, and Park had been looking forward to the possibility of facing him. They ate lunch together this afternoon, and Park said the at-bat was “maybe too exciting.”
• After the Choo strikeout, Park’s command completely abandoned him. Girardi went to the mound with a trainer, but Park said he was perfectly fine.
• Girardi was going to take Moseley out after the sixth inning anyway. When the Yankees had that long seventh, it left no doubt.
• A perfect, two-strikeout inning by Dave Robertson will probably be lost in this long game, but he continues to look awfully good.
• Curtis Granderson stayed hot with two hits and two RBI. He had 13 hits in his past 32 at-bats.
• After all that, Brett Gardner had one at-bat. He was 1-for-1 with three walks, two runs and a stolen base. He’s reached base in 16 of his past 18 games.
• Girardi said he was happy with the Yankees early at-bats, despite the fact the stranded a ton of runners in scoring position. “I can’t fault the guys for their at-bats because we were hitting a lot of balls hard, just weren’t having any luck,” he said.
• Then, of course, there’s Rodriguez, who has now gone 34 plate appearances — 30 at-bats — without hitting No. 600. “The thing to remember is, when I get this done, it won’t change anything,” Rodriguez said. “We’re in the middle of a pennant race and you just try to play good baseball.”
Associated Press photos of Moseley, Rodriguez and Teixeira with Rob Thomson, and Park with Cervelli