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Postgame notes: “I’m always happy to see Robbie hit”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 04, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Robinson Cano

Two-run lead with no outs and runners at second and third, there were two ways for Twins manager Ron Gardenhire to approach the sixth-inning situation. He could focus on the scoreboard, which would tell him he never wants to put the go-ahead run on base. Or he could focus on the plate, which would tell him he never wants to face Robinson Cano.

“I’m always happy to see Robbie hit,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

The Twins decided to let Cano hit, and Cano doubled in two runs. One batter later, he was at third base, and two batters after that he was scoring the winning run.

“It’s early in the game and there’s no outs, so even if you get a ground ball you’re going to get at least one RBI,” Cano said. “It worked for us, but at the same time, Hafner got a single right away (after Cano’s double) so you can look either way. I would say maybe that’s why he didn’t (call for a walk) because no outs. You’re not going to put the go-ahead run on first base.”

Would manager Cano have pitched to red-hot Cano in that situation?

“Yeah, I’d pitch to him,” Cano said, before cracking up laughing.

In Cano’s past six games he’s hitting .583 with four home runs and 10 RBI. He’s had multiple hits in each of his past five games against the Twins dating back to September 25, 2012. He’s had eight RBI in the first three games of this series. Girardi wouldn’t second-guess Gardenhire’s decision, acknowledging that putting the go-ahead run on base is too risky to consider an intentional walk a no-brainer, but seriously…

“If you do pitch to him, there’s a good chance he’s going to probably hit it hard somewhere,” Chris Stewart said.

Would CC Sabathia have wanted to pitch to Cano in that situation?

“Not at all,” Sabathia said. “Lefty, no matter what. He’s so good right now, such a good hitter, period. He’s difficult to face.”

CC Sabathia• Sabathia’s high school coach, Abe Hobbs, makes one road trip a year to watch Sabathia pitch. This year, he happened to pick Minneapolis and happened to witness Sabathia’s 200th career win. “It’s hard not to be aware of it,” Sabathia said. “I don’t know if it means anything right now. I’ll be ready in five days to go again and I guess try to get No. 201.”

• How does 200 wins make Sabathia feel? “It makes me feel old,” he said. “… “It makes me think about my first win in my first season. Me and my mom talked about if I got 10 wins how great that would be; I ended up with 17 that year. Being able to call her tonight and reminisce will be fun.”

• Pretty good win for No. 200. Sabathia got himself into plenty of jams, but he made some big pitches tonight to get through seven innings. He was over 80 pitches after four, so pitching that deep looked nearly impossible at one point. “It’s just his will,” Girardi said. “He never gets down on himself, he always believes that he can make the pitch, and eventually he does it. It’s fun to watch a guy compete like that every time he goes out.”

• What was Cano thinking about in that game-tying at-bat? “All I was thinking about was just put the ball in play because they were playing back,” he said. “Not trying to do too much. Last thing you want is to get jammed inside. The pitch before was a fastball inside and I hit a foul ball. That’s the last thing you want, just get a jam hit a little pop in the infield. You just want to put your head out front.”

• Big at-bat tonight by Lyle Overbay to get the go-ahead sac fly. “That’s big, off of a lefty, after Almonte had just struck out,” Girardi said. “I think sometimes the pressure mounts a little more on the next guy when the first guy doesn’t get it done. Lyle got a pitch he could handle, and Lyle’s been doing that for us all year.”

Alex Rodriguez• According to The Associated Press in Tampa, Derek Jeter ran the bases after putting the ball in play during his simulated at-bats today. Jeter had two singles, a double and three grounders against a pair of right-handers at Steinbrenner Field. As the AP notes, running the bases in the simulated situation is normally one of the final steps before playing in rehab games.

• Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-2 in his second rehab start. According to the AP, he’ll work out in Charleston tomorrow and then move his rehab assignment to High-A Tampa for Friday’s game. Rodriguez won’t play tomorrow.

• Girardi said he wasn’t too bothered by Luis Cruz making an error in his first game with the Yankees. “It’s not like he didn’t take his groundball work,” Girardi said. “and I watched him put every throw on the bag earlier today.”

• Is Sabathia a significantly different pitcher than he was in April? “I don’t think so,” Stewart said. “His velocity is slightly better, but he’s still locating. Maybe missed over the plate a little bit more early on, and now he’s getting a better feel and getting more consistent. It’s tough early on too because he’s coming out of spring training a little different. He may get a little geeked up his first couple of outings and kind of settle in as the season goes along. I think he’s just finally settling in, getting a good feel and going with it.”

• Is Cano feeling significantly different at the plate these days? “I’ve been feeling the same way since the beginning of the season,” Cano said. “It’s falling now. They’re pitching me, which is different.” … Why are the Twins pitching him differently? “The only way that you can look at it, it’s a team that is not in the race,” Cano said. “Maybe when you’re in the race, it’s different. The last thing you want is the same guy to beat you twice, the third hitter to beat you. Maybe I would say that’s the difference. They’re taking their chances.”

• The Yankees moved back ahead of Tampa Bay for third place in the American League East. That’s where they were before being swept in Baltimore over the weekend.

• Final word to Girardi, talking about Sabathia: “He’s been huge. You think about all the wins that he’s had, and I’m glad to get that out of the way for him. I don’t like milestones. Players are going to think about it, and people are going to ask him about it. For CC, I think it’s great. He’s been huge for this organization.”

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20 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I’m always happy to see Robbie hit””

  1. chicken_stanley July 4th, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Hank- I understand your predictions of doom and gloom… I fight against those same thoughts. One thing I have to call you out on though:

    .This team will not get to one hundred home runs

    Cmon, they’re at 84 now.

  2. Rich in NJ July 4th, 2013 at 1:23 am

    The regular season and regular season stats only matter this season to the extent that they make the playoffs, and have enough good players healthy and producing to make a run. Everything else is noise.

  3. Jerkface July 4th, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Its ridiculous that they just swept the twins and did not makeup any ground.

  4. Rich in NJ July 4th, 2013 at 2:09 am

    “Scott Boras, you over baby. Robinson Cano, you coming with me,” Jay-Z raps on the song “Crown,”’s Darren Rovell has confirmed.

  5. Hankflorida July 4th, 2013 at 2:26 am

    Chicken_Stanley, you are right that the Yanks will get to over 100 home runs especially when Granderson returns; what I meant to say is that they would get 100 home runs less then last year which adds up to a lot of runs, and since this team also lacks the ability to get clutch hits with runners in scoring position, they may be out of contention if the Red Sox keep playing the way they do against mediocre teams like the Mariners who they play four games against before the All Star break. They must win the series against the O’s this weekend and win almost every game against the Twins and Royals or when Cano picks his players for the home run hitting contest, his team will be to far behind for even a Wild Card spot.

  6. Nick in SF July 4th, 2013 at 2:35 am

    chicken_stanley July 3rd, 2013 at 11:45 pm
    this little Potemkin win streak.
    Hopefully, its more than that.

    I hope so too! That particular quote of mine was more shtick than analysis, but the analysis isn’t too different. 3 (or 4) wins vs. the Twins do not a season transformation make. These lineups are still not good.

    But hey, just a small improvement in both the pitching and offense should mean more wins, so keep it going.

  7. UpState July 4th, 2013 at 2:56 am

    The Cubs have been extremely active on the international free agent market in the past two days, signing…..

    Gleyber Torres ($1.7MM)

    Jefferson Mejia ($850K)

    Erling Moreno ($800K), and reaching agreement with…

    Eloy Jimenez ($2.8MM).

    Shout out to Steve Adams of MLBTR

    What have we done in this market ?

    Plans going forward ?

  8. Jerkface July 4th, 2013 at 3:45 am

    What have we done in this market ?

    Plans going forward ?

    We signed a non-top 30 guy but are supposedly going to land one of the top 3 guys once they become eligible to sign in august.

  9. CountryClub July 4th, 2013 at 7:14 am

    We signed a non-top 30 guy but are supposedly going to land one of the top 3 guys once they become eligible to sign in august.


    Plus it needs to be mentioned that the yanks have a fraction of the money available to spend that the Cubs do because of the restrictions MLB put on the international market. The better your record, the less you can spend. I think the yanks number this yr is 1.8 mil. That’s not enough to sign players innthemtop 10. But obviously this market is a crap shoot. There are always hidden gems.

  10. PacoDooley July 4th, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Jerkface July 4th, 2013 at 3:45 am
    What have we done in this market ?

    Plans going forward ?

    We signed a non-top 30 guy but are supposedly going to land one of the top 3 guys once they become eligible to sign in august.


    Cubs and several other teams (e.g., Texas) have been aggressive, and have done well to acquire additional pool money from teams like the Astros and Marlins. I was hoping that the Yankees could acquire some pool money, though their small pool to begin with also severely limits how much additional pool money they are allowed to accumulate through trades. I suppose some teams are simply going all in this year and are willing to lose pool money or picks in the future. Perhaps unwise for the Yankees who are on a downward trajectory and so should benefit from more pool money in the coming years…

  11. blake July 4th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    “Plus it needs to be mentioned that the yanks have a fraction of the money available to spend that the Cubs do because of the restrictions MLB put on the international market. ”

    Didnt stop the Rangers

  12. blake July 4th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Would appear the Rangers are planning on there being no international draft because by going more than 15% over they would lose both their 2014 and 2015 first round picks…..if there is no draft they just get fined and their spending limit reduced for next year…..which I guess they could just ignore again if th chose

  13. blake July 4th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Hal was gonna try to trade for more pool money when he thought it was new swimming pool money for one of his houses…..when he found out it was for signing players he nixed that idea and scolded that sneaky Cashman

  14. blake July 4th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Happy 4th everyone. Great day….supposed to rain all weekend here

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    Good morning.
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  18. bruceb July 4th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Its ridiculous that they just swept the twins and did not makeup any ground.

    Bit premature…there’s a fourth game today.

    Red Sox and Orioles are both power teams…and the Sox have been crazy good at home so far this year. Hopefully, they cool off on their 10-game road trip out West.

    This is the challenge facing the Yanks. Not only do they have to combat the many deficiencies within their own organization but they also happen to be in the toughest division in baseball.

    Completing a sweep of the Twins today and then taking 2 out of 3 against the Os (which will be hard) would be a step in the right direction.

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