Just got back to the press box so I’m going to make these notes quicker than usual.
Wrigley Field did not let me down. This place really does feel like a relic, but in a good way. There are plenty of annoying features — hard to get around, not much room anywhere — but for the most part, it’s a great baseball experience. The ivy looks amazing in person.
A lot of pregame chatter centered on Joe Girardi and Larry Rothschild returning to Wrigley. For the local media, that’s a pretty big story. Both had great things to say about this stadium and this franchise. Girardi said his fondest memories of this place still involve his father bringing him to see games as a kid.
Anyway, some quick notes pregame.
• Despite facing a lefty, Brett Gardner is in the lineup. “He’s a guy that I consider all the time,” Girardi said. In this case, the decision was made easier by the fact that lefties are actually having more success than righties against Doug Davis.
• Also worth noting that Andruw Jones is a career .182 hitter against Davis.
• Girardi said his hope is that Jorge Posada will get one at-bat in every game during this National League road trip. He said he would consider playing Posada at first base for a game, but Mark Teixeira just got a DH day and the Yankees have two off days coming up, so it’s unlikely that he’ll need to give Teixeira a break.
• I think this has already been said, but Girardi said he’s committed to Brian Gordon getting another start. He’ll take the ball Tuesday in Cincinnati.
• A few factors that led the Yankees to give Gordon a start ahead of Hector Noesi: Gordon was on his normal day of rest, Gordon was built up to more pitches, Gordon had great numbers in Triple-A and Girardi likes Noesi as a guy who could pitch key innings out of the bullpen.
• Girardi said his time playing in the National League has helped him managing in the National League. He understood the strategy a little more, and obviously he spent a full season managing the Marlins. The biggest thing, he said, is to be more careful with the bullpen, because it’s possible run out of arms quickly.
• None of the injured Yankees made this trip. They’re all in Tampa going through treatment/rehab. The exception is Rafael Soriano, who will go to Tampa in the next few days. He’s not ready just yet.
• For now, Bartolo Colon and Derek Jeter are getting nothing but treatment. They aren’t ready to start normal baseball activities.
Kosuke Fukudome RF
Starlin Castro SS
Blake DeWitt 2B
Aramis Ramirez 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Tony Campana CF
Koyie Hill C
Doug Davis LHP
Associated Press photo