Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Russell Martin might not be the only Yankees regulars given a game off today. Joe Girardi said he’s not certain he’ll play Robinson Cano in the second game of today’s doubleheader.
“These guys have been going hard,” Girardi said. “This is the third stretch of 16 days in a row. They’ve basically played almost every day and physically you can’t kill them, you just can’t do it.”
Girardi said he looked at several combinations for today’s lineups and eventually settled on sitting Rodriguez and Teixeira in the same game. Both are available to play defense or pinch hit if necessary.
“We were going to play Jorge at first one game, so we chose to do it this way,” Girardi said. “It’s just the way I chose to do it based on the different pieces. Robbie’s pretty adequate when he’s hitting fourth, and you just move some guys around a little bit. Without that DH, it makes it difficult. It’s hard to play these guys two games like this when we’ve been going so hard.”
The Reds are starting Johnny Cueto in the second game, and he’s been their best starters (4-2, 1.68 in eight starts). Girardi said Cueto was “part of it” when he was deciding whether to use Rodriguez and Teixeira in the first or second game.
• Here’s the frustrating part for the Yankees (and for the Reds): It didn’t rain last night. There’s no doubt they could have played last night’s game, but when the Reds decided to postpone, it seemed to be absolutely the right decision. The radar was a mess. Girardi said he was told there was a “100 percent chance” of rain last night. “It’s disappointing,” Girardi said. “I think the Reds made the decision based on the information they got, and sometimes the information changes.”
• Why Freddy Garcia in the first game? “No particular reason,” Girardi said. “Freddy wanted to pitch the first game, and we said OK.”
• What does Garcia need to do today? “Just do what he did in Chicago,” Girardi said. “It’s locating, and Freddy, for him it’s changing speeds and being able to throw his offspeed over at any time. If he’s able to do that, he should be able to give us some distance, and when you have a split doubleheader, you like the distance.”
• As you probably expect, Girardi said he wants to stay away from using any of his relievers in both games. “I’m not crazy about doing it with anyone,” he said. “I’d check to see if a guy only threw a few pitches, but still, a guy heats up. It’s why you hate split doubleheaders.”
• Girardi said Derek Jeter is scheduled to hit either today or tomorrow. “There’s so many guys down there that I try to get a report from Geno every day,” Girardi said.
Fred Lewis LF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Joey Votto 1B
Jay Bruce RF
Scott Rolen 3B
Drew Stubbs CF
Edgar Renteria SS
Ryan Hanigan C
Ryan Leake RHP
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