Mariano Rivera said he has been receiving congratulations from family, friends and a couple of other people of note after posting record-breaking save No. 6o2 Monday. Trevor Hoffman, the former record holder, texted him. And the president of his native Panana phoned him.
“It’s an honor,” Rivera said. “It’s a pleasure. It’s a privilege that the president calls you and wishes you good luck and thanks you for everything. It was great.”
Rivera really is happy the record is behind him now.
“It’s nice, yes,” Rivera said. “But we’ve got business to take care of tonight. Yesterday is over. Tonight is a new game. We have to be ready for the game. I don’t have time to be thinking about what happened yesterday. I thank God for that, but we have to move on.”
*Joe Girardi plans to start Phil Hughes in Game 1 and CC Sabathia in Game 2 of tomorrow’s day/night doubleheader vs. the Rays But Hughes is written in pencil because of the back spasms he suffered after his bullpen session Friday, the ones that pushed his start back from yesterday to tomorrow.
“He’s better, but I can’t tell you he’s 100 percent yet,” Girardi said.
Girardi didn’t say what the alternative would be if Hughes can’t go.
*Francisco Cervelli said yesterday that he had been symptom-free for three days in the wake of his concussion suffered Sept. 8. But Girardi contradicted that today.
“He still has some symptoms,” Girardi said.
The plan is for Cervelli to see a neurologist Friday.
“He’s not ready to do any baseball activities yet,” Girardi said. “… Let’s just see what the doctor says. I’m not sure were going to get him back.”
*Girardi said A-Rod is the DH tonight because he played three straight days in the field.
“I don’t feel we can run him out six or seven days in a row in the field,” Girardi said.
*Tampa Bay begins the game two games back of Boston in the wild-card race, so the Red Sox are in the strange position of having to root for the Yankees.
“It doesn’t matter if they’re pulling for us or not,” Rivera said. “We still have to go do our job. But I definitely know they’re pulling for us.”