The Yankees were hit with so many questions at today’s Yankee Stadium workout regarding how they feel about being underdogs, with the Red Sox being labeled as the favorites in the AL East. C.C. Sabathia saw a benefit to it.
“It kind of feels good to have everybody not picking us and us go out and kind of sneak up on some people … as crazy as it sounds with the talent that we have in here,” Sabathia said. “Nobody seems to believe in us but us. So we’ll see.”
Joe Girardi found it kind of strange to hear “underdogs” and “under the radar” associated with the Yankees.
“But I don’t know if we’re going to sneak up on anyone,” he said. “I think people are pretty excited when we come to town. But it is unusual.”
Mark Teixeira isn’t conceding to the Red Sox, especially since there are still 162 games left on the schedule.
“We don’t come here to come in second place,” Teixeira said. “We came here to win the championship. Anything less is unacceptable.”
So do you think the Red Sox look better on paper than the Yankees at this point? I would at least take the Yankees’ bullpen over Boston’s any day.
In other news:
Curtis Granderson tested his oblique again in a minor-league game in Florida against some Class A members of the Pirates’ organization. He played center for five innings and went 2 for 5 with two doubles. Afterward he told the AP: “I’m ready. Everything was good today.” So he’s supposed to be here for the opener and bat eighth.
The Yankees officially added Gustavo Molina to the roster, along with Luis Ayala, Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon. Girardi said he liked Ayala’s velocity and sinker, and the ability to induce ground balls.
Pedro Feliciano and Francisco Cervelli’s DL stays were made retroactive to March 22. Colin Curtis, Damaso Marte and Reggie Corona were put on the 60-day DL. Romulo Sanchez was designated for assignment, although he has a chance to pitch in Japan.
A.J. Burnett has a head cold, but Girardi thinks he should be OK for Saturday’s start.
Phil Hughes has been moved to Andy Pettitte’s old locker. Actually, he found some of Pettitte’s stuff still in there. So what did Hughes do?
“Threw it away,” Hughes said.
“Just kidding,” he said.
Hughes gave the pictures and books to the clubhouse manager to send to Pettitte.
Here’s the Detroit lineup:
1. Austin Jackson
2. Will Rhymes
3. Magglio Ordonez
4. Miguel Cabrera
5. Victor Martinez
6. Ryan Rayburn
7. Jhonny Peralta
8. Brandon Inge
9. Alex Avila