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Pregame notes: “I just thought today was the day”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 18, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez feels fine after yesterday’s return to the lineup, and Phil Hughes said he feels considerably better since Friday’s back spasms. Compared to a week ago, the Yankees seem relatively healthy today, and Joe Girardi said he wants to keep it that way.

Hence today’s lineup.

“The guys have been going so hard,” Girardi said. “I figured we’ve got an important 10 days coming up, try to get them a little bit of a blow. Grandy and Jeet have really struggled against Morrow in their career, and I just thought today was the day.”

Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira — the usual 1 through 3 hitters — are all out of the lineup. Robinson Cano, the usual No. 4, is starting at designated hitter. Girardi said none of those four have complained about injuries, and that’s not what today’s about.

“None whatsoever,” Girardi said. “Just trying to give them a little blow. I think they’re fatigued, as well as some of our other guys, and that’s why we’re going to DH Robbie.”

Girardi plans to have his regulars — most of them anyway — back in the lineup tomorrow.

“The other guys have had a little bit more rest than these three,” Girardi said. “I might not play Al tomorrow. We’ll see about Al, how he physically feels, but I would imagine I’d have most of the guys in there tomorrow.”

• Although Girardi is willing to discuss the idea of having Jorge Posada catch a possible record-breaking save by Mariano Rivera, he seems to be leaning against it. “It’s not something that we’ve done a lot,” Girardi said. “We’ve caught him one time, and the games are important right now. It’s something that we can talk about, but I’m probably going to stick with our catchers. That’s what I’m going to do.”

• A.J. Burnett is flying out of Toronto this afternoon so that he can get to New York the day before his day game start tomorrow.

• The Yankees rotation for the Tampa Bay series:

Tuesday: Ivan Nova
Wednesday: CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes
Thursday: Bartolo Colon

• Girardi said Hughes “continues to improve” and Hughes said he’s certain he would be available for Tuesday if necessary, but the Yankees are going to have him pitch one of those doubleheader games instead.

• Girardi’s not sure whether Hughes or Sabathia will start the first game on Wednesday.

• Girardi’s still not willing to discuss his playoff rotation. “A lot of it will probably, if we’re fortunate enough to get in, be determined by the matchup,” he said. “Until we get there or see how guys are doing, we’ve always said things have sometimes a way of working their way out. So, we’ll see.”

• Some of Nick Swisher’s throws from right field have been at less than 100 percent, but Girardi said that’s by design. “I told him, be smart about it,” Girardi said. “Don’t air it out if you don’t have to air it out. Sometimes outfielder just like to throw, and I just said, ‘If you don’t have to let it go, don’t let it go. Be smart.’”

• As you might have guessed, Rafael Soriano is not available today.

• The Yankees would love for Rivera to break the saves record at home, but if there’s a save situation this afternoon, Girardi said he will absolutely use his closer. “You got it,” Girardi said.

BLUE JAYS
Mike McCoy SS
Eric Thames LF
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind DH
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Kelly Johnson 2B
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Jose Molina C

Associated Press photos

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18 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I just thought today was the day””

  1. MTU September 18th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Being a team first player I’m sure Mo would want Girardi to do what’s best for the team.

    But it sure would be nice if he happens to get # 602 at the Stadium.

    That would be mighty fine. Yessir, mighty fine.

    ;)

  2. RadioKev September 18th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    We should just beat up on Morrow and win with a 5+ run lead. That would take care of that.

  3. 4 NYY September 18th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Al ? Guess it’s better than Ally ! LOL

  4. MTU September 18th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Imagine being treated to 2 such Historic moments at NYS in one season. I hope it happens.

    How freakin’ lucky are Yankee fans ?

    P.S. Don’t forget we broke the Grand Slam record this season too.
    That had never been done before.

    2 more Monuments will need to be added to the Canyon of Heroes.

  5. MTU September 18th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Enjoy the game Folks.

    Catch you all later.

  6. 86w183 September 18th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I agree with RadioKev

    That said, it would be an outrage for Mariano to get 601 and 602 in Canada with eight home games coming up.

  7. Yogi Mantle September 18th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    With a little luck this game (hopefully a win) will be enough of a differential in runs that a save won’t come into the picture.

  8. RadioKev September 18th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    MTU September 18th, 2011 at 12:30 pm
    Imagine being treated to 2 such Historic moments at NYS in one season. I hope it happens.

    How freakin’ lucky are Yankee fans ?

    P.S. Don’t forget we broke the Grand Slam record this season too.
    That had never been done before.

    2 more Monuments will need to be added to the Canyon of Heroes.

    ———–

    Any more recent records? I know they had the straight games with no errors record.

  9. RadioKev September 18th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    And what are the football allegiances on here? Jets right here!

  10. 108 stitches September 18th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    It looks like both C.C. and Hughes will pitch on Wednesday.

  11. tomingeorgia September 18th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Can’t waste emotion on football until the Yankees get their business done.

  12. Ghostwriter September 18th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    blake September 18th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    86,

    having Sabathia skip a start wouldn’t have been the worst thing IMO…..and I agree they have been too indecisive…..but it is what it is.
    ============

    In spme respect, it’s a tragedy of riches. The Yanks have so many viable options for their rotation, that making a choice leads to paralysis. The Yanks may not have a true #2 starter, but they do have essentially 5 number-3s, any of whom could pitch like a number 2 on any given day.

  13. Yogi Mantle September 18th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    If the Yankees were smart, after the epic moment of Mariano standing alone atop the saves record, they should work on a t-shirt with a bat being shattered and the words THE Cutter.

    On the back a 42.

  14. Red Robin September 18th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Base on that linup, Girardi seems to be counting on Price to beat the Sucks.

    That would be a mistake. The Sucks have demonstrated repeatedly that they can beat, destroy, and demoralize Aces like Cain, Lincecum, Halladay, Lee, Verlander, Weaver, Hernandez, and C.C. (albeit C.C. is a notch below the others).

  15. blake September 18th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    yea and the Sox also have a 200 game winner going for them….

  16. ralphfl September 18th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    NO TEAM BABIES THERE PLAYERS LIKE JOE DOES GEZZ LET THEM PLAY WE NEED THE DIV NOT DAYS OF REST

  17. djsunyc September 18th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    RadioKev September 18th, 2011 at 12:41 pm
    And what are the football allegiances on here? Jets right here!

    ——–

    hail to the redskins…hail victory…

  18. jacksquat September 18th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Yeah Joe, don’t give fans what they want, it’s not like this is entertainment…

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