George Steinbrenner built his reputation in New York, but he lived in Tampa. Before tonight’s game, the Rays will ask for a moment of silence to remember the Yankees owner.
“That’s a great gesture on their part,” Joe Girardi siad. “We would see him (in Tampa Bay). He would be in my office sometimes, either today or tomorrow or even Sunday. We know that he’s with us, but we’re not going to physically see him, and that’s different.”
Girardi said he’s hoping to see some of the Steinbrenners while he’s down here. Derek Jeter said he didn’t want to say one way or the other whether he would be meeting with the family.
“It’s weird whether you’re in New York or here,” he said “I don’t think it makes that much of a difference. He would pop in every once in a while when we played here. Not so much recently. It’s still weird. It’s not too long ago that he passed away.”
• Girardi said the decision to start Jorge Posada at catcher was an easy one. “I checked with him when he came in, he said he was ready to catch,” Girardi said.
• As for Colin Curtis at DH, Girardi said he likes the fact he can pinch hit for Curtis late in the game without losing one of his position players. That’s why he didn’t DH one of his other outfielders. “If they want to make a switch we can make a switch,” Girardi said. “I like the way he’s swinging the bat, too.”
• Could this be an indication that Juan Miranda is involved in the Lance Berkman trade talks? I guess so, but the Astros just got Brett Wallace from Toronto. Not sure why they would need another lefty swinging first baseman.
• Andy Pettitte is expected to be at the park for tonight’s game. “The great thing is he feels really good and he’s progressing,” Girardi said. “But we haven’t asked him to really push off a mound.” The Yankees will talk to Pettitte on Sunday about what’s next in his rehab process.
• Alfredo Aceves will throw one more bullpen tomorrow. Assuming he’s OK after that, he will face hitters next. The Yankees haven’t decided whether that will be a controlled environment (live batting practice) or uncontrolled (a rehab assignment).
John Jaso C
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Matt Joyce RF
Willy Aybar DH
B.J. Upton CF
Reid Brignac 2B
Jason Bartlett SS
Sorry for not having pictures. As you can probably imagine, things are pretty hectic right now.