A few quick pitching notes from today.
• Rafael Soriano was unavailable because of a sore lower back. He was unavailable yesterday as well, but he said he expects to be able to pitch tomorrow. He went to the bullpen around the sixth inning and tried to get loose, but it was determined that he couldn’t go.
• Mariano Rivera had not pitched since Tuesday. With four full days off, Girardi said he felt comfortable asking him to get four outs tonight.
• There was no thought of using Boone Logan against the lefty Luke Scott in the eighth because Girardi didn’t want to burn him against one hitter. With Rivera available, Girardi went straight to his closer.
• Freddy Garcia said he could have stayed in to pitch the seventh — and Girardi said he thought Garcia could have thrown a few more pitches — but the Yankees didn’t want to push things with their veteran starter. He hasn’t pitched much this season, and he’s now going to be pitching every fifth day, so Girardi decided to take him out after six innings.