Alex Rodriguez didn’t stick around to talk about his tight left calf. But Joe Girardi wasn’t ruling him out for Tuesday night.
“Would I be surprised if he played tomorrow? Yes, but not completely,” Girardi said.
Nick Swisher said his problem was actually a sore right elbow, his lead elbow for hitting left-handed. He’s day to day as well. He said he really felt it swinging against Max Scherzer when he fanned in the fourth, his final at-bat before Girardi took him out for a pinch hitter in the sixth.
“Just wear and tear,” Swisher said. “I’ve been taking a lot of swings lately. It’s maybe like a tennis elbow type of thing. I just want to get the pain out of there.”
With Lance Berkman also day to day with his sprained ankle, the Yankees could be down three regular bats on Tuesday.
“It makes us real short,” Girardi said. “That’s for sure.”
They might have to make a roster move if it looks like two or three won’t be able to play. …
The Yankees struggled yet again against a pitcher most of them hadn’t seen before. It’s happened in two straight games, including Sunday’s 1-0 loss in Kansas City when Bryan Bullington dominated them for eight innings. Swisher thinks these guys get pumped up to face them and throw even harder.
The Yankees hadn’t scored in 17 straight innings before Jose Valverde helped them by forcing in a run with a ninth-inning walk. They went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. Derek Jeter grounded into two inning-ending double plays, including the ninth.
“Right now, we’re not swinging the bats very well,” Girardi said. “It’s something you face over the course of a season. It’s happened once before.”
Brett Gardner delivered a hard take-out slide on Carlos Guillen on the game-ending play, but the second baseman somehow got the ball to first.
“We’re going to get him checked out,” Jim Leyland said. “Gardner went in there clean and hard. It was really the play of the game. He stood in there and took it like a man.” …
Javier Vazquez is now winless in his last four starts, losing two of them. The Tigers fouled off some good pitches to help run up his pitch count to 106 in four innings, but he helped by being unable to command his changeup. Girardi said he isn’t worried about his Vazquez’s diminished velocity, that he was winning with it before this bad stretch. Vazquez said he was generally throwing 88 this time, but that his fastball had more life than the last two starts. …
Curtis Granderson’s revamped swing may be starting to pay dividends. He went 3 for 3 with a walk in his first regular-season game against his old team. …
Jeter is now 36th on the all-time hits list. His sixth-inning single was hit No. 2,885, putting him ahead of Zack Wheat. …
The Yankees have dropped five of eight and are now tied for first with Tampa Bay. Tuesday night, they will have C.C. Sabathia starting, chasing win No. 16. Sabathia is 11-2 with a 2.44 ERA over his last 14 starts. Justin Verlander (13-7, 3.72) starts for the Tigers.
That’s it for tonight.