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Off day notes: First pitch, tough trip, TBA starters

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Oct 09, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

As originally planned, tomorrow’s Game 3 will start at 7:37 p.m.

The first pitch was going to be pushed back if both the Reds and Tigers finished off a series sweep, but the Giants just beat the Reds to keep that series going.

Just a few notes and links from today’s off day.

• First a reminder, if you’re planning to attend tomorrow’s game, you need tickets labeled Home Game 1. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

• I mentioned it earlier today, but here’s Joe Girardi describing the Yankees travel trouble last night: “I would say we got to the train station around 1-ish, maybe 1:10, 1:15,” he said. “… We probably left at five after 2 or so, and then about 2:30, 2:35, you noticed that we started having some electrical issues again, and you noticed that the train was slowing down. It just seemed like we were coasting, and we kind of coasted into Aberdeen, I guess. And then about — I’m going to guess about 3:15 — we were fortunate that our buses were headed back to New York, and they were going parallel. I would say about 3:15, 3:30, we got back on the buses and we got to New York City about 6:00 in the morning.”

• Buck Showalter today said he’s still not sure whether Chris Tillman or Joe Saunders will start Game 4. He’s considering both of them available out of the bullpen tomorrow night.

• Orioles Game 3 starter Miguel Gonzalez on his success against the Yankees this season (2-0, 2.63 ERA in two starts): “The adrenaline, the confidence, just having Wieters back there makes it a lot easier for us to pitch. I like pitching in big games. That’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been doing it for the last eight years, here and in México especially. I had a little bit of experience in playoffs in Mexico, not here in the States, but I think I’m just going to stay within myself and make good pitches and get guys out and try to get them as fast as possible.”

• Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said today that Texas is going to let Josh Hamilton hit the free agent market. The Rangers will not make an early contract offer in an attempt to sign him before he hits the open market.

• A little closer to home, the Red Sox are reportedly ready to begin serious contract talks with David Ortiz.

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