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Pregame notes: Trying to finish strong in Texas

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on May 08, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Day game after a night game. Last game of a road trip. The end of playing 16 days in a row. Today was an understandably late report for the Yankees. Some guys just got here about 30 minutes ago.

While the clubhouse was almost entirely empty, equipment manager Rob Cucuzza went locker to locker, adding a pink ribbon to everyone’s jersey, starting with Derek Jeter’s in the far corner of the room.

It’s hard to put too much significance on an early-May game against a non-division team, but a win today would go a long way toward making this road trip a little easier to stomach. A win today would give the Yankees a win in this series, and make the Detroit series seem like a bump in road instead of the beginning of a brutal road trip.

“It’s not what you look for when you leave, but 3-4 is a lot better than 2-5,” Joe Girardi said. “To be able to finish off winning this series would be great.”

Even coming off a so-so outing, the Yankees obviously feel good about having CC Sabathia on the mound. They did score five runs yesterday, but clearly it’s the offense that’s created the most problems and the most concerns the past few days.

“We’ve gotten our share of walks, we haven’t gotten a lot of hits,” Girardi said. “What did we get last night? Six? We just haven’t gotten a lot of hits. I think their approach has been pretty good because we’ve gotten our share of walks, but you have to be able to get the hits and drive people in.”

• Girardi said it’s a standard day-game-after-night-game decision on Russell Martin. “It’s going to be warm today,” Girardi said. “And this way Russell kind of gets two days.”

• Speaking of the heat, Sabathia loves it. “CC likes it hot,” Girardi said. “I was never a fan of heat, but CC seems to like it.”

• Alexi Ogando was supposed to start today, but he’s hurt and Dave Bush will get the start instead. When Curtis Granderson saw the lineup card this morning, he immediately asked why someone named “Bush” was listed as the starter. He didn’t know Ogando had been scratched. Brett Gardner tried to convince him that George Bush was throwing out the first pitch.

• Girardi called Ogando and Bush totally different pitchers. Ogando is a power-sinker guy, and although Bush also throws a lot of sinkers, he mixes in a ton of offspeed stuff no matter the count. “Two different type of guys,” Girardi said.

• Speaking of Granderson, he was trying to decide between two different kinds of pink wrist bands. One seemed slightly larger than what he usually wears and the other slightly smaller. He was seriously trying them on to figure out which felt better. “Game-time decision,” he said.

• Alex Rodriguez got here on the early bus and spent some time watching video with Kevin Long in the corner of the room. He’s struggled this road trip, and in a lot of ways the Yankees lineup is built around him in the cleanup spot. “He’s out of sync,” Girardi said.

Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Mike Napoli 1B
David Murphy LF
Yorvit Torrealba C
Craig Gentry RF
Julio Borbon CF

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