Brian Heyman here at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are done with their workout under the lights. As Chad relayed earlier, Joe Girardi wasn’t saying much about the postseason roster or rotation outside of confirming CC Sabathia gets the ball in Game 1 Sunday night. Shocking news, I know.
At least, some faith in Sabathia should be restored after he closed the regular season with three straight strong starts, all with two runs or less allowed, all eight innings.
“The last three starts, it was vintage CC,” Girardi said.
Girardi is also high on the fact that the Yankees have been in playoff mode for a while, trying to nail down the division.
“They’ve had that mentality of playoff baseball for the last month, and I think that’s a good thing,” he said.
Girardi found this whole situation weird, though, being the No. 1 seed and then having to travel Saturday.
“It’s just strange going on the road for the first two games and you’ve got the best record in the American League,” Girardi said. “But it is what it is this year, and you’ve got to find a way to get it done.”
Mark Teixeira took some simulated game at-bats against David Aardsma and Adam Warren. Teixeira went 1 for 12 in his three-game return after the calf strain. He admits he’s still not 100 percent, and he’s still trying to get his timing back.
“It’s one of the challenges that I face,” Teixeira said. “I’ve always been knocked for having slow Aprils. There was a reason. It does take a while to get your timing back as a switch-hitting power-hitter. There are not many of them out there. But once I do, it does feel pretty good. So I’m just hoping to get hot. You want to be hot going into the playoffs.”
His fight to find his swing again and poor postseason history will be the subject of my main Yankees story Saturday on LoHud.com and in The Journal News. I’ll link it here on our morning post and on Twitter @bheyman99.
Girardi said he hasn’t talked to A-Rod about no longer being the dominant force in the lineup “because I still think he can be that guy. That’s the belief I have in him, and I think he still has that belief. … I feel good when he’s up at the plate.”
The first-round roster has to be in by Sunday morning at 10. Girardi said he hadn’t talked to everyone yet, presumably the ones who aren’t making it. Girardi wasn’t guaranteeing any announcements Saturday, either. Andruw Jones, of course, has been one of those listed as questionable to make it after his dreadful second half.
“I don’t really want to get too much into our roster, but we’ve all seen Andruw change the complexion of a game in one at-bat,” Girardi said. “That’s the one thing we know he’s capable of doing. But we’re not going to announce our roster until we really have to.”