Will have Robinson Cano later on.
“I was pretty excited, pretty happy, to be on first base. Thank God that I hit the ball well … I wasn’t thinking about anything at that moment … I was thinking about the signs from the coach at third base.”
“I feel better. I feel really good about, hopefully playing tomorrow. Feel reallt good about the steps we made today. Tons of treatment today, but I got to work out, got to swing, kind of put myself through a little hit of jogging. It’s still sore, but to the point where I think I should be able to play tomorrow.”
“We took X-rays (Friday) and the biggest thing is the hamstring tendon. You don’t want to mess with that. If that’s not feeling right, too tight, you don’t want to push it. That got a lot better. Hopefully I’ll be good tomorrow.”
(hasn’t pitched two innings since May 20, 2010).
“(Joe Girardi) just gave me the heads-up: be ready for the eighth or ninth. So I knew coming into this game I need to be ready for possibly both, or coming in in the eighth and finishing the ballgame.”
Is it different to not have Rivera behind you?
“It’s a little different, yeah. Kind of got a little worried there when I gave up the double. Kind of, ‘Gosh, this is it; you better figure a way to get out of it.’ I just had to focus a little more and start making some pitches. I was getting into some deep counts and I didn’t have the best-best stuff. I was missing some pitches and they made me work for it.”
On satisfaction of closing it out:
“Yeah, I think the last time I tried to go for a two-inning save I couldn’t get out of it. I think Boone (Logan) had to come in and finish it for me. It was nice to get out of it.”
On whether he wants to one day be the ninth-inning closer.
“Yeah, sure, in the future, yeah. But I don’t have to worry about it. We’ve got 42 here. I don’t have to worry about anything.
“I feel like it’s something I want to work towards. I mean, I’d love to be a pitcher like Mo, and be able to hang around and do what he does. I feel like a lot of people want to do that, so it’s not like I’m saying something weird.”
“What does he have now? (596 saves). That’s a lot of saves. That’s not even counting postseason, either. He’s a good pitcher.”