Joe Girardi met with the media a little later than usual — relative to first pitch — and seeing Austin Jackson on the field during batting practice did nothing to speed up my morning. As usual, there’s not a whole lot of news coming out of pregame for a 1:05 start, and in the interest of getting these posted as quickly as possible, here’s the short version of today’s pregame notes.
• Derek Jeter got no treatment on his hip and once again insisted it was a non-issue. “There’s no injury,” he said. “I had zero treatment today.”
• Girardi said he noticed Jeter favoring the hip a little bit yesterday, and because he was going to give Jeter one of these days off anyway, he decided to make it today. Girardi usually tells Jeter ahead of time that he’s getting a day off, but Jeter said he was surprised to see his name missing from the lineup this morning. He didn’t argue the decision.
• Jeter does not have good numbers against Tigers starter Rick Porcello, but Girardi said that didn’t play much of a role in his decision. “I look at that, but it’s not like it’s a lot of numbers,” Girardi said.
• Similar story with Alex Rodriguez, except Rodriguez was told last night that he was getting tonight’s game off. Rodriguez said he understands he need occasional days off to hit his goal of 145 to 150 games this season, but his recent struggles made him want to play. “The more you’re struggling, the more you want to go play,” he said.
• Girardi saw things differently: “The last thing we want to do is wear him down early in the season,” Girardi said. “I think there can be an advantage because you come back, you feel fresh going into Texas, you’re facing a couple of left-handers, and maybe you get going again.”
• The Yankees are facing lefties Matt Harrison and Derek Holland the next two games. Brett Gardner is scheduled to take one of those games off, and Curtis Granderson is scheduled to have the other off.
• Obviously the presence of Eric Chavez makes it a little easier to rest two infielders on the same day and still have productive bats up and down the lineup. “He has a dangerous bat,” Girardi said. “And every time he’s played for us this year, he’s produced.”
• Girardi on A.J. Burnett: “That was one thing that he struggled with a lot of times (last year), that innings could get away from him. He’s done a really good job, because he’s had his fair share of base runners and has kept us in every ball game and has pitched pretty well. That has been a big difference for him.”
Don Kelly CF
Scott Sizemore 2B
Brennan Boesch RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez C
Magglio Ordonez DH
Ryan Raburn LF
Brandon Inge 3B
Ramon Santiago SS
Associated Press photo