• Appearing on Mike Francesa’s radio show this afternoon, Joe Girardi was asked whether the weekend sweep in Boston took a psychological toll on the Yankees. That certainly seemed to the case last night. “I they frustrated us a little bit,” Girardi said. “We had momentum going into that, and then we tied the first game, and then we gave up a bunch of runs. I could see our guys were a little bit frustrated, but that hasn’t been the first time during the course of the year that I’ve seen guys upset with the outcome of games and frustrated. We’ve been able to turn the page, and I still think our guys are able to turn the page, we just didn’t do anything offensively last night.”
• Girardi told Francesa that he’s fully ready and willing to pull Phil Hughes quickly and go to bullpen tonight. It’s the same strategy that worked pretty well in Baltimore. “If I have to make a quick hook, I will,” Girardi said.
• Boone Logan threw a 30-pitch bullpen — quite a few pitches for a bullpen session — and said he hopes to available on Friday. It would be his first appearance since feeling nagging discomfort in his elbow get a little worse on September 6.
• On the decision to keep playing Brendan Ryan: “I think he’s played really well,” Girardi said. “Defensively (and) I think he’s swung the bat pretty well offensively. He hit a ball on the nose last night. We didn’t hit too many of them. He made a small adjustment with Kevin (Long) and I think that’s paying dividends.”
• On putting J.R. Murphy back in the lineup: “I think he’s a pretty good prospect,” Girardi said. “I’ve seen a lot of improvement from the beginning of spring training to the time right now. I was impressed how he handled himself in that (Saturday) game in Boston. I didn’t think he was overwhelmed. I thought he caught the ball well.”
• Despite using Shawn Kelley and Dave Robertson last night, Girardi said the bullpen is in good shape. Certainly made it sound like everyone is available, which makes sense coming off the Monday off day.
• Girardi also acknowledged the obvious to Francesa, that Alfonso Soriano and Alex Rodriguez are not 100 percent right now, but the Yankees feel they’re better off taking their chances with those two in the lineup. “There’s no doubt there’s some issues that they’re dealing with,” Girardi said.
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