Have to hustle to catch a flight, so I’ll make this really quick…
• CC Sabathia threw only 51 pitches because of the rain. He actually threw an inning inside in hopes of staying fresh and going back to the mound, but that was when the Yankees thought the delay would last only 30 minutes. It lasted nearly two hours. Joe Girardi said Sabathia will stay on turn and make his next start on Tuesday rather than using the short outing to have him pitch on short rest Monday. “I was just disappointed I didn’t get any more at-bats,” Sabathia said.
• Speaking of Sabathia’s at-bats, how would he evaluate his two strikeouts? “Horrible,” he said. “I’m sure my son is going to be all over me. I’m scared to call home.”
• Robinson Cano broke out of his recent slump with a two-hit game that included a home run and the 1,500th hit of his career. “It means a lot,” Cano said. “I would say it’s one of the dreams come true. When you get to the Bigs, you want to be successful. And this is one of the things that I told myself could come if I just keep working hard every day. You just forget about that now, and just keep playing.”
• Cano was in some pain after making a sliding play in the third inning, but he said he’s fine. “That’s (because of) the foul ball that I hit the other day off my toe,” he said. “And then when I slide, it just hurt a little bit, but it’s not too bad.”
• Chris Stewart is also OK after fouling a ball off his back leg trying to bunt. “You figure out how that’s possible and then tell me,” he said.
• Eduardo Nunez ran, threw and fielded grounders this afternoon. He said his rib cage felt fine, so he’ll try to hit tomorrow. If he can hit, Nunez believes he’ll be able to play in the Kansas City series opener.
• Dave Robertson was much better tonight than last night, including a huge strikeout of Todd Helton to strand two runners in the seventh. “I felt like they had momentum on their side right there, and if I had made a mistake he could have very easily tied the ballgame up or allowed them to take the lead,” Robertson said.
• Both Robertson and Mariano Rivera are likely unavailable tomorrow. Girardi joked that he should leave Rivera in Denver rather than bring him back to Kansas City.
• One night after using every healthy position player, the Yankees won tonight by using five different relievers, none of whom allowed a run. Adam Warren got his first big league win, so we’ll give the last word to him. “It’s a lot of fun because you never know what’s going to happen next with the double-switches and that sort of thing,” Warren said. “It’s been a lot of fun. We’ve come together as a team and we’re playing really well right now. I like the way our team feels right now; we’re scrapping for some wins, getting some timely hits. It’s a lot of fun to watch all these guys.”
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