In today’s first game, Derek Jeter will pass Mickey Mantle for the most games every played in a Yankees uniform. Today, they’re tied with 2,401.
“I don’t even think you’re aware of anything like that,” Jeter said. “When you first come up, you’re just trying to keep your job and stay here as long as you can. I don’t think people get called up and look at, let me see who has the games played record for the organization. So this one was something I never looked at. No one ever talked about it.”
The top five in Yankees history: Mantle, Jeter, Lou Gehrig, Yogi Berra and Babe Ruth. It’s a fairly intense list, and after today’s doubleheader, Jeter will be one game away from tying Mike Schmidt for the 15th most games played, all with one team, in baseball history.
“I take pride in coming and doing my job,” Jeter said. “I think that’s probably the best way to put it. My job is obviously to come and play games, try to stay on the field and try to stay healthy. I’ve done it for a long time, I guess.”
• As expected, the Yankees have shuffled their rotation so that Freddy Garcia will come off the disabled list to start tomorrow in Baltimore. CC Sabathia’s start has been pushed back to Tuesday against Boston. He’ll be followed by Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett.
• Girardi said the Yankees chose Bartolo Colon for today’s first game because he’s had success in day games. They chose to push Garcia to tomorrow so that they wouldn’t have to make a roster move today. Making a move for Garcia would have cost the Yankees either a hitter or reliever for the doubleheader.
• Girardi doesn’t expect to stick with a six-man rotation beyond this turn. “My guess is we’ll get to five as soon as we can,” he said.
• If Alex Rodriguez plays today’s second game, it will be at DH. He’s not going to play third base both games.
• The Yankees have stressed to Colon that he has to stick with his sinker tonight. Even if he doesn’t have a great feel for it early, they want him to keep throwing it.
• Girardi said there was nothing new on the team’s fight again playing on September 8. “I’ll let the powers that be handle that,” Girardi said. “We’ll just worry about playing these games, getting two games in today, playing a game tomorrow and trying to win the series.”
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ryan Adams 2B
Nolan Reimold LF
Robert Andino 3B
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