Brian Heyman here joining the season in progress.
So Robinson Cano is batting second in the series finale against the Red Sox, after Brett Gardner and before Kevin Youkilis and Travis Hafner.
“Just to try to break up some of the left-handers we have,” Joe Girardi said. “We decided to take a look at this … just to try to make it not so easy on the other teams.”
Cano has seen the Red Sox play a shift. Girardi said it’s the first time he has seen it against him.
“Robby’s a guy who can hit the ball the other way,” Girardi said. “We’ll how it works it out.”
Hiroki Kuroda said he wouldn’t do any long-tossing today to test that bruised right middle finger, the one that got hit by the Shane Victorino line drive Tuesday night.
“I spoke to the trainer,” Kuroda said through an interpreter. “He suggested I shouldn’t throw today so I can try to throw my bullpen tomorrow.”
Girardi said Kuroda is still scheduled to make his next start, and that’s Kuroda’s intent. But he also said he won’t know until after that bullpen session in Detroit.
“I have to say it doesn’t feel normal,” Kuroda said. “I feel a little discomfort.”
Mark Teixeira is still shooting for a May 1 return.
“I hope it’s a possibility,” Girardi said. “He’ll have to go through some spring training. … I don’t want to rush him.”
Tuesday night, Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer and had his first three-hit game since last Aug. 11 when he was with the Angels.
“He’s swinging the bat well,” Girardi said. “In left field, he looks comfortable. He looks like he’s relishing his time here.”
It’s only the third game, but Girardi thinks this is an important game after the Yankees dropped the first two of the season.
“I don’t think anyone wants it to go too far,” Girardi said.
David Aardsma was released. The reliever had been designated for assignment last Friday.