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Postgame notes: Division on the line in finale

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Oct 03, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees Red Sox BaseballIt was past 1 a.m. when Dustin Moseley found out he would be starting tomorrow’s today’s regular season finale in Boston. The Yankees had just dropped the second game of a double header, and manager Joe Girardi couldn’t name a starter any earlier because he wasn’t sure which pitchers he would need as Saturday’s second game drifted into extra innings.

“It’s good, man,” Moseley said. “Go out there and give them my all tomorrow. Try to get home real quick and get some sleep, then try to get back out there… The routine isn’t in place, but the mentality will be there and ready to go tomorrow.”

Moseley last pitched on Monday, two scoreless innings in Toronto. He last started September 12 in Texas, where he matched Cliff Lee for six innings before allowing three runs in the seventh.

“I’m going to take it for what its worth,” Moseley said. “Go out there and do what I can do and hopefully we come out on top tomorrow. Or today.”

The Yankees need more than Moseley to win the division. They also need the Rays to lose in Kansas City. The Yankees and Rays are currently tied for the division lead, but Tampa Bay has the tiebreaker. A double header sweep would have left the Yankees in control of their own destiny. Instead they enter Sunday’s game needing Moseley and needing help.

Yankees Red Sox Baseball• Girardi said he doesn’t know yet how many everyday players will be in the lineup on Sunday. “I’ll have to see when everybody gets in,” he said.

• Girardi used all of his go-to relievers in the first game, knowing he wouldn’t want to use any of them in the second. “You have to win the first game because you don’t know what’s going to arise in the second game,” he said.

• A.J. Burnett said he felt better than he has in his past few starts. “When I was quick I was able to slow down,” he said. “I didn’t let a lot of things bother me out there tonight. I never broke, so that’s a positive.”

• Four errors in the second game set a season high for the Yankees. The most glaring came on the play when Burnett argued with the umpire, forgetting about the runner at third base, who came around to score. “I probably should have called time, but I didn’t think about it,” Burnett said.

• Girardi’s take on the Burnett play at first: “It’s something that probably shouldn’t happen and it cost us a run.” Girardi said he never saw a replay of the controversial call at first.

• That 10th inning was going to be Ivan Nova’s last. Both of his major league losses have come against the Red Sox.

• The Yankees went 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position in the second game. They were 4-for-37 with RISP in the double header.

• Burnett has now hit 19 batters this season, the third-highest single-season total in Yankees history and the most since Jack Warhop hit 26 batters in 1909.

• Brett Gardner had five stolen bases today. These were the third and fourth multi-steal games of the season for Gardner. Three steals in the second game matched his career high.

• Robinson Cano picked up three hits in both games. It’s the fourth time this year that he’s had back-to-back three-hit games.

Associated Press photos of Burnett with Francisco Cervelli and Eduardo Nunez with Curtis Granderson.

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