“I’m not in Toronto any more,” he said. “I’m tired of hearing that. That’s just retarded. If anything’s different, I made pitches in Toronto. I didn’t make pitches tonight. That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.”
It was that kind of day for the Yankees. Mark Teixeira woke up feeling good, but everything after that was a debacle, capped by a clearly frustrated starting pitcher using the word “retarded” in a postgame interview. That usually doesn’t go over too well.
His choice of words aside, Burnett wasn’t necessarily wrong. It always comes down to making pitches, and Burnett didn’t make them tonight. But that was only part of the Yankees problem. Francisco Cervelli made two costly throwing errors, Brett Gardner got a bad read and failed to score on a wild pitch, and Eduardo Nunez somehow, someway managed to foul a ball off his own head.
For the Yankees, this day was a mess from the moment Joba Chamberlain put his right elbow into that MRI tube. It’s amazing to think it was only three days ago that the team seemed to be flying high after a terrific road trip. Now the Yankees are winless in their first five home games against the Red Sox for the first time since 1913.
“We’re one game back, I believe, so we’re not really in a hole,” Joe Girardi said. “Obviously we’re not happy with our record against the Red Sox, but you go out and win a game tomorrow, you’re tied, and they leave town, and you just keep plugging away.”
Here’s Girardi’s postgame.
• Here’s Russell Martin describing his injury: “It just happened yesterday, after the game actually. It was during the workout. I went through my regular routine. I did my legs and then finished up with dead lifts. I did one rep, and as I was coming up, I felt something in my back and it just hasn’t felt right since.” Martin said he’s never felt anything like this.
• Here’s Gardner’s explanation of his bad read on the wild pitch in the sixth: “Initially I thought it hit him, and then I paused for a second. And then, when the ball came back off, it kind of bounced back to where Varitek was running back toward it, and it was too late at that point. I shouldn’t have froze.”
• Gardner said he saw Jeter motioning for him to run, but at that point, he through it was too late, and he didn’t want to take the chance with only one out.
• Hard to explain Cervelli. The guy came to the big leagues with a reputation as a very good defensive catcher, but he really hasn’t shown that lately. Tonight, two throws to second base sailed into the outfield, which didn’t help Burnett in the early innings. “I had to call him out to the mound,” Burnett said. “And (I) said, ‘Listen, we both need to clean it up. I’m not doing my job either.’ Just try to make it easy on him because he’s trying his hardest out there.”
• Burnett on the David Ortiz home run pitch: “If he doesn’t hit that ball out, he’s got a problem. It’s right down the middle, 3-2, and he basically did what he’s supposed to do with it.”
• Burnett said the two extra days of rest hurt him. “I was overly strong,” he said. “Pitches were going everywhere and I was a little out of it mechanically. That’s what happened.”
• Burnett said he didn’t see Ortiz’s home run reaction tonight — it wasn’t over-the-top — and he didn’t see it last night. Girardi shrugged off the idea that Ortiz is too comfortable at the plate in Yankee Stadium. “You’ve got to make your pitches, that’s the bottom line,” Girardi said. “If you throw balls that are in the middle or a little off to the middle either way, guys are going to hit them. That’s it. You can get in situations where you make hitters uncomfortable, but if you don’t make your pitch, you’re not going to get them out.”
• Weird night for Boone Logan. He couldn’t have been worse against his first three hitters — single, walk, walk — then he retired the next four, including strikeouts against Kevin Youkilis and Carl Crawford. “It’s throwing strikes for him,” Girardi said. “The bottom line is getting ahead and being able to put people away, and he hasn’t been able to do that. He’s had a hard time getting ahead of hitters.”
• Talked to Jeff Marquez briefly. He came up in the Yankees system and seemed thrilled to be here. He had to rush to the airport in Chicago this afternoon to catch a flight that would get him to New York in time for the game. He said he told the cab driver to step on it, and he got to his gate 10 minutes before the plane pulled away.
• Jeter said he hadn’t talked to Jorge Posada since Posada’s son went in for surgery today. “I haven’t spoken to him, no,” Jeter said. “I’m sure I will today. Hopefully everything is good.”
• This loss matched the Yankees largest margin of defeat this season. It also matched their most runs allowed this season and their most runs allowed against the Red Sox in the new Yankee Stadium.
• Jeter’s strikeout in the third inning snapped a career-high stretch of 58 plate appearances without a K. According to Elias, that’s the longest such stretch by a Yankee since Hideki Matsui went 58 straight in 2008. Jeter also moved within 11 of career hit No. 3,000.
• Cervelli had his seventh career three-hit game, matching a career high. He reached base four times (also a walk). He had a bases-loaded single in the sixth and is now 9-for-16 (.563) in his career with the bases loaded. That’s all from the Yankees postgame notes.
• Alex Rodriguez’s solo homer in the fourth inning was the 624th of his career and gave him 1,865 career RBI, breaking a tie with Mel Ott for sole possession of ninth place on baseball’s all-time list.
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