Mariano Rivera was in the Yankees clubhouse yesterday. Turns out, he was also in Rafael Soriano’s head.
“I know he sees every game,” Soriano said. “(Monday) night he saw the game, and he come to me and say, ‘Why you got to throw so many sliders? You’ve got a good fastball. Come back with your fastball and you can throw your slider anytime.’ … I said, all right, let me try to do something different.”
The result was what Joe Girardi called Soriano’s best stuff of the season, and what Soriano called his best day of the year.
“(Rivera)’s talked to Dave Robertson a little bit before too,” Russell Martin said. “When he has something to say, you listen. He knows what he’s doing, and he’s been doing it for a while. For me it’s kind of like when Derek comes and talks to me about hitting. You’ve got to be all ears. I wish he would’ve been right behind me yesterday so I would have done it differently. He definitely had a good fastball tonight, but his slider was just as good.”
For today’s series finale, Soriano is supposed to go through his pregame routine and then tell Girardi whether he’ll be available to pitch. He’s pitched three days in a row.
“I don’t think you ever see Sori get too high or too low,” Girardi said. “He’s pretty level-headed like that. Anyone who has a night where sometimes things get away from you, you’re going to be a little bit upset about it, but maybe pitching angry — I didn’t see him gritting his teeth. He bounced back great, and I think it’s because he’s even-keeled.”
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