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Girardi hopes to rest key relievers heading into the weekend

Dave RobertsonThe Yankees spent a lot of restless, unimpressive days waiting for the offense to have a night like last night. Yet the running them in the clubhouse seemed to focus on the near implosion by the bullpen.

“Just being able to win the game, I think for us in the bullpen, it makes us feel better,” Dellin Betances said. “It was definitely tough today, but a win changes everything.”

Betances, Adam Warren and Dave Robertson each struggled last night. They walked batters. They gave up hard hits. They nearly turned a blowout win into a devastating loss. And it’s hard to ignore the fact the Yankees have had to lean on those three for a lot of late-inning outs in close games. The workload — and the stress of that workload — has been significant.

“I do (worry about it) a little bit,” manager Joe Girardi said. “And I’ll have to watch them as we go down the stretch here. The good thing is we have an off-day Thursday and some of the guys probably won’t pitch (tonight). So that’ll give them two days off and it should refresh them a little bit.”

It’s always a tough balance with late-inning relievers, and it’s worth noting that Warren, Betances and Robertson are each pitching in new roles this season.

“I don’t know if it’s workload,” Robertson said. “Usually we feed off each other and do real well; today just wasn’t our day. We weren’t clicking and the offense was. We managed to not let them down. We had a bad day, an off-night. Maybe we’ll be better tomorrow.”

Said Warren: “I mean, mechanically, I just felt off. It was really strange. I usually take pride in my mechanics. Just felt out of sync, you know? Couldn’t get on top of the ball. Especially in that situation you want to come in and pound the zone, get some quick outs, and I just couldn’t do that tonight.”

It’s Girardi’s job to manage the workload of these guys, and all three have pitched two of the past three games (and those two games when they pitched haven’t exactly been high points for the bullpen). After last night, it might make sense to try to rest all three tonight in hopes of having them back to 100 percent for the weekend series in Boston.

“I feel good, man,” Betances said. “I feel great. Today was just one of those days.”

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Postgame notes: “It was by the skin of my teeth”

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Dave Robertson was smiling, but it was kind of an uneasy smile. There was some sheepish embarrassment in it, some raw joy, some sense of gratitude, and a whole lot of relief.

“I feel like the luckiest guy on Earth right now for escaping that inning as bad as I pitched,” Robertson said. “It was really bad. I started out great and just fell apart. I couldn’t find the strike zone. I had three walks, two hits and two runs and still managed to get the job done. It was by the skin of my teeth that I got it done.”

It really was bad, and it was very nearly awful, but the offense had exploded a few innings earlier, keeping a rough night by the bullpen from being a brutal loss for the Yankees. Robertson, Adam Warren and Dellin Betances — the Yankees go-to late-inning relievers — turned a blowout into a nail biter.

“Give them one hiccup,” Mark Teixeira said. “Let them have a hiccup because they’ve been picking us up all year long. We haven’t been picking them up. It was kind of our night for the offense to pick those guys up.”

Warren faced four batters. He walked two and gave up a single. Betances faced five batters. He walked one and gave up two hits, including a crushing grand slam. Robertson faced eight guys. Three walked, two had hits, and Adrian Beltre was at the plate with two outs, the bases loaded, and a 3-2 count. Hard to be in a more dangerous situation in a one-run game. Beltre hit the ball deep to left, but Brett Gardner caught it in front of the wall.

“I could tell by (Beltre’s reaction) that he didn’t hit it out,” Robertson said. “He wasn’t celebrating. But any time you see him take a cut like that and hit a ball in the air, there’s always a worry that it’s gone. … That’s about as bad as you can suck out there and still get lucky enough to get one of the better hitters in baseball out and not lose the ballgame.”

Obviously there was a lot of good in this game. The offense had a huge day, Gardner stayed hot, Teixeira returned with a home run, and the Yankees got a win they needed. But whew, it got awfully close at the end.

Dare to imagine how bad of a loss this would have been?

“I don’t really want to,” Joe Girardi said. “But it would have been a really tough loss, especially with the leads that we had. Those are the games you need to win. You need to make sure you win.”

Yankees Rangers Baseball• Gardner has seven hits and three home runs in the past two days. Tonight he matched a season high with four hits in a game, and he long ago passed his career-high for home runs in a season. “I just feel good,” Gardner said. “Feel like my timing’s real good. Feel like I’m seeing the ball real well. Not really trying to do anything different.”

• Against the Rangers this season, Gardner is hitting .455 with four doubles, four homers and four walks in six games.

• Good return to the lineup for Teixeira. He hadn’t started a game in more than a week, but he returned with three walks and a big home run. “I felt good,” he said. “Seeing the ball well is always a good sign, just not swinging at too many bad pitches. Obviously the home run felt good.”

• Turns out that home run was huge. It felt like one last blow to put this game out of reach again, but it wound up being the difference in the game. “I haven’t been able to swing the bat like that right-handed in quite some time,” Teixeira said. “Just really happy the way that I bounced back and hopefully it continues.”

• Another two-hit game for Derek Jeter, who has his batting average up to .280.

• Carlos Beltran has a hit in six straight games. He’s hitting .409 with six RBI in those games. He had two hits and two RBI tonight. Zoilo Almonte and Brendan Ryan also had two RBI apiece.

Yankees Rangers Baseball• Brandon McCarthy improved to 3-0, but this one wasn’t easy. He allowed four runs in six innings, and three of those runs came with a two-out rally in the third inning. “You could tell from the outset it was going to be a bit of a fight,” McCarthy said. “And especially that third inning, I was glad I was able to get through and get deeper in the game, take some of the load off the bullpen, which was important after kind of putting the team down in that hole early.”

• Why wasn’t McCarthy sharp tonight? “I was pitching in Texas,” he said. “This is kind of my ballpark. This is the place I just struggle with. Didn’t feel all that fresh tonight. It was just kind of one of those nights. Every once in a while you’re going to have to fight through it. Disappointed. Even the third inning, I still had chances to make pitches and get out of it. Kind of failed there. But at least getting beyond that and having the offense pick me up was huge and gave me a boost to kind of get deeper.”

• On the grand slam, Betances said he was trying to throw a fastball for a strike. But he’s pretty sure he actually left the ball up and out of the zone. “It wasn’t a strike, but he put a good swing,” Betances said. “That whole at-bat, I was behind the whole time. It just gave him a lot better chance, and he definitely put a good swing on it.”

• The grand slam was one of two home runs tonight by J.P. Arencibia, who’s having a horrible year but has crushed the Yankees. He joined Jose Canseco and Josh Hamilton as the only players in Rangers history to have 12 total bases and seven RBI in a game.

• The Yankees and Rangers combined to throw 84 pitches in the seventh inning. The Yankees threw 49 of them.

• Final word goes to Gardner: “It shouldn’t have been as close as it was, but a win’s a win. It doesn’t matter how you do it. Every day that’s the goal, to win a ball game, and we’ll try to win the series tomorrow.”

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Offensive outburst snaps Yankees losing skid

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To snap a three-game losing streak, the Yankees got their best offensive performance in three months. And even that was barely enough. On a night their pitching staff clearly couldn’t do it alone, the Yankees lineup picked up the slack in a 12-11 win against the Rangers. Brett Gardner had four hits, the bottom third of the order drove in five runs, and the Yankees scored in double digits for the first time since April 24. Brandon McCarthy had his worst start since coming to the Yankees, Dellin Betances gave up a stunning grand slam in the seventh inning, and Dave Robertson allowed two runs in the ninth, but the offense carried the day. The sixth inning was the Yankees biggest of the season. They hadn’t scored more than five runs in an inning all year, but the offense roared to life with seven runs on five hits, two walks and an error. They score two more runs in the seventh, got a two-run homer from Mark Teixeira in the eighth, and held on to win on a night when a productive lineup wasn’t an option, it was a necessity.

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Posted by:Chad Jenningson Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 11:59 pm. InMisc with Comments Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Game 106: Yankees at Rangers

Yankees Rangers BaseballYANKEES (54-51)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Brendan Ryan 2B

RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 1.45)
McCarthy vs. Rangers

RANGERS (42-64)
Shin-Soo Choo LF
Elvis Andrus SS
Alex Rios RF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jim Adduci DH
J.P. Arencibia 1B
Leonys Martin CF
Chris Gimenez C
Rougned Odor 2B

RHP Nick Martinez (1-6, 4.73)
Martinez vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m., FS1

WEATHER: It’s actually cooled down a bit. Rained some this afternoon and it feels much better outside.

UMPIRES: HP Ron Kulpa, 1B Ed Hickox, 2B Pat Hoberg, 3B Lance Barrett

ON THE MEND ON THE MOUND: With all of their rotation injuries, the Yankees have had 28 players pitch this season (including one position player). That matches the single-season franchise high also done in 2011, 2007 and 2005. This season only Texas (32) and the Angels (29) have used more pitchers.

CATCHING ON: Francisco Cervelli has a 10-game active hitting streak, batting .353 with a .405 on-base percentage over the stretch. That?is tied for the third-longest hitting streak by a Yankee this season (Ellsbury-17, Jeter-11, Teixeira-10). Of course, his at-bats are going to become much more sporadic now that Teixeira is back at first and McCann is back behind the plate.

HITS KEEP COMING: Derek Jeter now has 3,420 career hits, which puts him ahead of Carl Yastrzemski for seventh place on Major League Baseball’s all-time hits list. He’s third on the all-time A.L. list. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Jeter is fourth all time in hits totaled for one team: Ty Cobb (3,902 with Detroit), Stan Musial (3,630 with the Cardinals), Hank Aaron (3,600 for the Braves). Jeter?trails only Musial among players who played on just one team for their entire careers.

UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Sorry for the lack of updates, but we’re back at it and into the third inning with the Yankees up 1-0 on — of course — another Brett Gardner home run.

UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Remember last night when David Phelps let the heart of the order get a bunch of two-out hits? This hasn’t reached that level yet, but McCarthy has allowed three straight two-out singles to let the Rangers tie the game at 1.

UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Well, now it’s looking a little more like Phelps last night. Two-run double by Arencibia — when did he get good again? — has pushed the Rangers in front 3-1.

UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Fly to right ends the inning and keeps the Rangers lead at two runs. Brutal series of hitters for McCarthy there.

UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: Arencibia just keeps beating on the Yankees. He just went deep and it’s a 4-1 game.

UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Brett Gardner has his second straight three hit game. He’s homered and doubled twice. He’s doing what he can to carry this offense right now.

UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Call overturned at first base. Jeter safe either because Arencibia’s foot was off the bag, or because Jeter beat the play, or both.

UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: And we have a ballgame again. Two-run single by Beltran and a game-tying sac fly by McCann. It’s now a 4-4 game in the top of the sixth. Started once again by that Gardner double.

UPDATE, 10:11 p.m.: Yankees have an 8-4 lead as the sixth inning rally just kept growing. There was a Zoilo Almonte hit, and a Brendan Ryan double, and a dropped fly ball. All the classics!

UPDATE, 10:27 p.m.: Word is that the Red Sox have scratched Jon Lester from tomorrow’s start, so it looks like he’s heading somewhere.

UPDATE, 10:38 p.m.: Here comes Adam Warren to start the bottom of the seventh. The Yankees got two more runs in the top of the innings and have scored in double digits for the first time since April 24.

UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.: Wow. Arencibia has six home runs this season. Four against the Yankees. He just hit a grand slam of Betnaces and it’s now a 10-8 game.

UPDATE, 11:10 p.m.: Yankees threw 49 pitches in that seventh inning. Ugly. Betances got the strikeout they needed to keep the lead intact.

 
 

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Pregame notes: Pineda rehab assignment begins Sunday

Michael Pineda

According to Joe Girardi, Michael Pineda’s 45-pitch simulated game was “really good” earlier today, so good that he’ll begin a real rehab assignment on Sunday.

“He will make a start somewhere,” Giradri said. “Four innings and 60-65 pitches will be his next move. Not exactly sure where it’s going to be — they were talking about that today — but it will be a regular game.”

Girardi said he wants Pineda to get extended to around 90 pitches — making sure he’s able to bounce back after that many — before being activated. Girardi wouldn’t say exactly how many rehab starts that’ll take, but the logical guess seems to be three.

“Whatever they say he needs is what it is,” Girardi said. “This one could be 60-65. The next one, depending on how many throws, could be add 15, 20 pitches (more). So I don’t know exactly how many it is. I’m not going to put a number on it.”

With Pineda’s rehab clock starting on Sunday, he can’t rehab more than 30 days after that, so he’s at least close enough to begin thinking about a rough time when he might return — roughly mid-August if all goes well. Maybe the Yankees will have traded for a new starter by then, maybe not, but Pineda would actually become the first Yankees starter to come back from a DL stint this season.

“It’s hard to tell where we’ll be when it’s his turn to come off,” Girardi said. “Where we’ll physically be. Some of these guys physically, they might feel good, but as we’ve seen, you can never have too many starters.”

Brian Roberts• Brendan Ryan is at second base today, and Girardi indicated that it could be a few days before Brian Roberts is back in the lineup. Apparently there’s no one glaring injury, but Girardi said Roberts needs some days off for general fatigue and soreness. “He’s been beat up pretty good this year physically,” Girardi said. “He’s answered the bell every day that we’ve called upon him and he’s played hard for us. I’m not so sure that there could be a little bit (of fatigue) there, but there’s a little bit in everybody that’s running out there this time of year. … He’s dealing with soreness that players have. Legs get beat up, you hit balls off your feet, shins. It’s all part of it.”

• Will we see some other players getting more second base time the rest of the season? “I’m not saying the rest of the way,” Girardi said. Seems that, for now, Roberts needing rest is seen as a temporary situation.

• Any similar issues with Ichiro Suzuki? “He’s played a lot too,” Girardi said. “There could be. Ich is different because Ich never looks like he’s tired. That’s just who he is, but there could be some fatigue there too, I don’t know.”

• Kelly Johnson is expected to come off the disabled list as soon as he’s eligible next Thursday. “As of now he’s doing pretty good,” Girardi said. “He’ll probably play a game or two of rehab just so he can get some at-bats. We feel that he’s going to be ready.”

• No hesitation about putting Mark Teixeira in the lineup today. He apparently woke up feeling good, and so the Yankees have him back at first base and back in the cleanup spot. Middle of the order looks a lot better with him in there. “I think you’ve still got to keep an eye on him,” Girardi said. “Anytime a guy’s had something, I think you’ve still got to keep an eye on him. But you could see a little hop in his step, and that he feels good.”

• Because of their recent workload, Dellin Betances was no available last night and Dave Robertson was a maybe. Sounds like they’re both options tonight.

• With Teixeira back at first base, Brian McCann gets to go back behind the plate. “I’m sure he’s glad to be back there,” Girardi said. “I thought he did a decent job for us. It’s not easy. I think sometimes people think about when we used to play first base in tee ball or first and second grade, when there wasn’t much to do at the position. But there’s a lot of responsibility at the position, and As much as you see as a catcher, it’s a totally different view when you’re out there.”

• Brett Gardner was cracking up — and clearly thrilled — about last night’s Yu Darvish quote. Regarding Gardner’s home runs against him, Darvish said he blamed Gardner’s parents for creating a “great hitter.” Gardner made sure to note that Darvish said “great” not “good.” Hilarious.

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Teixeira at first; Almonte in right

TeixeiraBrett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Brendan Ryan 2B

RHP Brandon McCarthy

 
 

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Lineup boost? Teixeira expects to play tonight

Mark Teixeira
After hitting in the cage, getting a full round of regular batting practice, and coming off the bench to provide a pinch hit single last night, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said he fully expects to be in the Yankees lineup tonight.

“Absolutely,” he said. “… Very anxious (to play). It’s been a week. You never want to miss a week. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

It’s actually been a little more than a week since Teixeira’s last game on June 20. Since then he’s received an injection and plenty of rest and treatment to help deal with a slight strain in his lat.

“A week’s not bad,” he said. “If you go two weeks, have a DL stint and go two weeks-plus, that’s when you lose your timing a little bit. Hopefully it won’t be too much of an adjustment.”

Last night’s one at-bat was encouraging.

“I took one swing and it felt good,” he said. “Very reassuring. I wasn’t expecting anything negative, but at the same time you want to get out there and get it done.”

That’s a big bat for this lineup, which has struggled to consistently score runs. Even with a string of injuries this season, Teixeira has been the Yankees more reliable source of middle-of-the-order power.

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Trade market: “Prices have not come down at all”

Brian Cashman, Joe GirardiWith Thursday’s trade deadline fast approaching, Joe Girardi said yesterday that he’s not asking for constant updates from general manager Brian Cashman. Girardi will work with the roster he has, and if that roster is about to change, Cashman will let him know.

“We talk on a daily basis anyway during the course of the day,” Girardi said. “So it doesn’t really change much (near the trade deadline). I know he’s always trying to improve our club, and I’m not going to keep bothering him and take up his time when there’s things he’s doing. … As things get closer (to being completed), we talk about it.”

Is there more to be done before Thursday? Certainly there is opportunity, and Cashman has publicly acknowledged being in pursuit of both pitching and hitting upgrades, but even as the Yankees are tied to basically every viable option on the market, the market seems to be shifting slowly.

“Prices have not come down at all as of yet,” one rival executive said.

As for the asking prices for the top pitchers on the market:

“Depends on the club,” the executive said. “Some (are) looking for now-ready young major-league guys in return. Others looking for top-line, near-ready prospects. No one seems interested in good prospects who are farther from the big leagues. … (The Yankees) prospects are definitely further away guys.”

For now, the Yankees stay engaged and wait.

“I try not to get excited,” Girardi said. “Because as I always say, it takes two teams to really want to do a deal. And do I expect it? I never expect to get new people. I always think, ‘This is who we’ve got. This is who has to get it done.’”

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Postgame notes: “That’s all it really boils down to”

David Phelps

In a one-night context, this game hangs on David Phelps. He had two outs in the fifth, multiple chances to end the inning with a two-run lead intact, and he instead gave up a four spot that proved the difference in the game. The Yankees were winning. They lost because of that two-out rally.

“It’s on my tonight,” Phelps said. “I’ve got to go out and set the tone the first game of a series. Darvish on the mound, they gave me a 2-0 lead. I’ve got to go out and hold it. That’s all it really boils down to.”

Fine. Tonight, that’s what it boiled down to. The Yankees can’t expect to score a ton of runs off Yu Darvish, and if not for that one bad series of at-bats for Phelps, the Yankees would have scored enough to get this win. But in the bigger picture, this was just another example of an underwhelming offense putting a ton of pressure on a depleted pitching staff.

Scoring runs against Darvish is tough, but the Yankees had 11 hits tonight and their only runs came on solo homers by their leadoff hitter. This three-game losing streak is made entirely of one-run and two-run losses. Go all the way back to June 30 and all but one of the Yankees past 12 losses has come by three runs or less — all but two by two runs or less — and in none of those losses have the Yankees scored more than four runs. In most of them they’ve scored three runs or less.

Phelps had one bad inning, and right now the Yankees pitchers can’t really get away with that.

“We haven’t scored a ton of runs,” Joe Girardi said. “We’ve pitched pretty decent. We didn’t score much tonight, which was one of the reasons, and we’ve lost some close games. It seems like every game we’re in is either two runs or one run. Hopefully we come out and score a bunch of runs tomorrow.”

The Yankees won seven of eight immediately after the All-Star break. They’ve since lost three in a row.

“I don’t see any frustration,” Derek Jeter said. “We were what, at home, 7-3? We started 7-1, but if we win 7 of every 10 we play, I think we’ll be in pretty good shape. I don’t think there’s any frustration. Sometimes teams are going to beat you. You score two runs, it’s hard to win, especially when you’re going against Darvish. I don’t think anyone’s frustrated.”

Brett Gardner• Brett Gardner offered no real explanation for his remarkable success against Darvish. Gardner has four career home runs against the Rangers ace (Brandon Morrow is the only other pitcher who’s given up as many as two Gardner home runs). In his past five at-bats against Darvish, Gardner is 4-for-5 with three homers. “It’s hard to have confidence in the batter’s box when he’s on the mound,” Gardner said. “He’s pretty good and he’s got good stuff. I’m fortunate I’m taking some good swings and had some good results. I would gladly trade them for a win, that’s for sure.”

• The only other players with four career homers against Darvish are Mike Trout and Brandon Moss — no one has more than four — and those two have considerably more at-bats against him. “It’s pretty amazing,” Girardi said. “You’re talking about a really good pitcher. Gardy sees the ball really well. He hit four balls on the screws tonight; he had the two home runs and he lined out the first inning. He sees the ball good.”

• Darvish’s remarkable and great response to a question about Gardner: “I blame Brett Gardner’s parents for creating a great hitter.” That’s just outstanding.

• This was Jeter’s reaction upon being told of Gardner’s career numbers against Darvish: “Really? I didn’t know that. Yeah. I know he hit the two today, but I didn’t know what he had done before. But yeah it’s impressive. I mean, he probably doesn’t give up too many home runs — he doesn’t give up too many hits to begin with. I was unaware of that, but yeah, it’s really impressive.”

• Speaking of Jeter, he passed Carl Yastrzemski for seventh place on baseball’s all-time hits list tonight. Jeter has 3,420 career hits. Obviously incredible. “It’s tough to enjoy it when we lost the game,” Jeter said.

• This was Jeter’s fifth game with at least three hits this season. He has his average up to .278. The only current Yankees with a higher batting average are Francisco Cervelli (.310), Jacoby Ellsbury (.282) and Chase Headley (.333 in his brief American League stint).

• Gardner and Jeter were a combined 6-for-7 with a walk and two home runs against Darvish. The rest of the Yankees lineup was 3-for-22 against him.

Derek Jeter• In his two starts against the Yankees this season, Darvish has allowed four runs total. One game on a balk, the other three came on Gardner solo home runs.

• I’m sure he knew throughout that fifth-inning rally that he had two outs, but Phelps said the magnitude of that didn’t hit him until he was in the clubhouse about to talk to the media. He started going through the inning in his head while getting ready to answer questions. “It honestly just hit me that it all happened with two outs,” he said. “That’s incredibly frustrating. Thinking back, they weren’t bad pitches; they weren’t the right pitches. It’s frustrating. As a team we put up seven zeroes and then a four spot. You’re facing a guy like Darvish, it’s tough.”

• The big hit came on an 0-2 fastball to J.P. Arencibia who came into this game 1-for-11 in his career against Phelps. “The one that’s really frustrating was Arencibia,” Phelps said. “We get a swing-and-miss on a fastball up, and I’m trying to do that same thing, and I just overthrew it and pulled it down and he got the barrel on it. It’s just frustrating. … I’ve faced him a lot in these three years that I’ve been here, and I’ve had some success against him. I tip my cap to him. He put a good swing on a decent pitch. Just got to be better than that.”

• Phelps said that too many pitches in the zone and not enough change of speed were his biggest problems tonight. “We just weren’t doing a good job of speeding their bats up and then slowing them back down,” he said. “We were kind of going hard, hard, hard. And that’s on me. I was throwing strikes all night. You come to a point in those situations you’re almost throwing too many strikes.”

• Girardi said he checked with Mark Teixeira mid-game to make sure he was available to pinch hit. Teixeira said he was good to go, and he delivered a single off the bench in the eighth inning. Teixeira said he fully expects to be in the lineup tomorrow. “I really wanted to know, once he sat down after taking BP, how he felt,” Girardi said. “He said he felt good and I said OK, when that spot comes up — I think it was like two innings away — I’m probably going to hit (with) you there.”

• Final word to Jeter: “Well we can’t think about the other two (losses in New York). Tonight’s game, we’d like to win, but we had the lead there against Darvish, and he’s tough. He’s a handful. Gardy hit those two home runs, and we just couldn’t get the big hit after that. They had that big inning, and their bullpen did a good job. We would have liked to win this game, but they were better than us.”

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