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Yankees pregame

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 21, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Heyman here, back for Game 2. It’s 5:08 at this writing and the Mets are suddenly cutting batting practice short because it has suddenly started to rain. The tarp is being rolled out. The world, I’ve heard, is supposed to end at 6. A sign? Probably not. (Update: It’s 6:05. I’m still here. The tarp is, too. The clouds look ominous, although it isn’t raining. I take that back at 6:10, it’s raining again. Make that pouring, although two Army paratroopers still flew in and landed on the field.)

Robbie Cano made a throwing error in Game 1, a very wild throw to first trying for a double play. It was his fourth error of the season. He only made three all of last season. He hasn’t been quite as selective at the plate, either, although his numbers are still solid at .280 with nine homers and 27 RBI.

But Joe Girardi was playing defense for him when he was asked during the pregame press conference whether Cano had taken a step back.

“I don’t think Robbie has taken a step back,” Girardi said. “I still think he’s an All-Star. He’s a great player. … He’s not hitting .320, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to hit .320. I think he’s been pretty clutch for us.”

Cano’s error gave the Yankees 19 errors in the last 15 games.

“I believe we’re a good defensive team that for whatever reason isn’t playing well,” Girardi said.

Jorge Posada is out of the lineup again with lefty Chris Capuano going for the Mets. Posada is 0 for 25 against lefties. Alex Rodriguez is the DH. Girardi sees these situations as a chance to give players like A-Rod or Derek Jeter a half day of sorts. So is Posada now a platoon DH?

“I wouldn’t necessarily say that,” Girardi said.

A.J. Burnett gets the start tonight, bringing a 4-3 record and an improved 3.99 ERA to the mound, an ERA that’s way down from last year’s 5.26. Girardi has reason to think Burnett will continue to be more consistent.

“I think mechanically he’s more sound,” Girardi said.

The Yankees have made a roster move, exchanging relievers. Amaury Sanit goes back to AAA and Lance Pendleton comes back up.

“We talked to (Sanit) about being more consistent in his arm angles … and more consistent throwing strikes,” Girardi said. “Lance is a little more of a long man as well. So we decided to make the move.”




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