Brian Heyman here again today at Yankee Stadium.
Rafael Soriano stood at his locker and apologized to the media for not speaking after he did the heavy lifting in blowing CC Sabathia’s masterpiece in the eighth inning. He said he was just upset about what had just happened and didn’t want to speak. His agent, Scott Boras, told him that he needs to face reporters no matter what happens. Joe Girardi talked to him as well.
Girardi was peppered with questions about his bullpen moves in the eighth and ninth. I’ll tell you, none of them really seemed out of the ordinary to me. The only thing that went wrong was they didn’t work. Soriano said he was having problems with balance, so he walked three in that inning, matching a career high. As far as his role, Soriano said he’ll pitch any inning that Girardi wants.
Derek Jeter isn’t in the lineup, but Girardi said nothing is wrong, just giving him a rest. Russell Martin is getting to sit at the start as well. And A-Rod is the DH. Eric Chavez is playing third.
Mark Teixeira donated $1 million today to help Harlem RBI and its partner, DREAM Charter School, build a charter school facility, among other things in East Harlem. Fans can donate $10 at www.dreamteam25.org or text “RBI” to 50555.