Joe Girardi called this a “sleepy Sunday,” and he was right. Nothing exciting going on this morning.
The most significant news involves the rotations for next week’s series between the Yankees and Red Sox. As expected, the Yankees will shuffle their starters so that CC Sabathia will pitch in the series. Had Sabathia stayed on turn, he would have pitched the first game of the Cleveland series.
“CC got the extra day here, and we just felt that he’s doing great,” Girardi said. “From a pitch standpoint, he’s gone long but he hasn’t thrown a ton of pitches, and he’s ready to go.”
The Red Sox also changed their rotation today. Clay Buchholz has a sore back and has been bumped from his scheduled Wednesday start (similar to the Dan Haren situation here in Anaheim). Tim Wakefield will make that start instead.
• Just a regular day game after a night game rest for Russell Martin, with the added bonus of getting back-to-back days off with tomorrow’s off day. “It’s an early turnaround today, and it gives him two days off,” Girardi said. “He’s going to catch plenty as we go forward.”
• Girardi said he expects the attention on Derek Jeter’s chase for 3,000 hits to increase when the team comes home this week. Hard to imagine Jeter getting a full day off during this home stand, but I guess you never know. “We have to play to win,” Girardi said. “If I feel he needs a day off, I’ll give him a day off. If not, he’s going to play.”
• Today Bartolo Colon is pitching where he won his Cy Young award six years ago. “I think people forgot how good he was just because he hadn’t pitched in a while,” Girardi said. “But we’re seeing what Bartolo used to do.”
• The Yankees have already assured a winning record on this road trip. “It’s been a good trip for us, and obviously if you could win today it would be a really good trip or us,” Girardi said.
Maicer Izturis 2B
Erick Aybar SS
Bobby Abreu DH
Torii Hunter RF
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Howie Kendrick LF
Mark Trumbo 1B
Hank Conger C
Peter Bourjos CF