Game 18: Yankees at Angels • 04.25.10
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Marcus Thames LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
RHP Javier Vazquez (1-2, 8.27)
Career vs. Angels
Maicer Izturis SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Hideki Matsui DH
Kendry Morales 1B
Juan Rivera LF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Mike Napoli C
Brandon Wood 3B
LHP Scott Kazmir (1-1, 7.45)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 3:35 p.m./YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Alfonso Marquez, 1B Tim Timmons, 2B Tim Tschida, 3B Bob Davidson
WEATHER: We’ve had three gorgeous days in Southern California, and today might be the nicest.
Joe Girardi met with the media a little later than usual, so I’ll just throw the pregame notes here in the game post.
• “We’re going with a more right-handed lineup today,” Girardi said. That’s part of the reason for starting Cervelli at catcher and leaving Posada at DH. Girardi also said he liked the idea of essentially giving Posada three days away from catching. “It does keep him fresh,” Girardi said.
• Girardi said “there’s always a worry” when both catchers are in the lineup, but the concern wasn’t enough to keep him from doing it. The emergency catcher is Ramiro Pena, who occasionally catches between innings. That said, Girardi said he has been “impressed” when he’s seen A.J. Burnett squat to catch some pitches during pregame warmups. Burnett caught when he was younger, but there’s no chance he’ll actually catch in a game.
• Nick Johnson said his sore lower back is “a lot better.” He won’t take any swings today and the Yankees will see how he feels after taking some swings on Tuesday. Girardi said he does not consider Johnson a pinch hit option.
• The Yankees still plan to send Chan Ho Park to Tampa tomorrow.
• Brett Gardner has been hitting pretty well lately, but Girardi said he wanted to give every outfield a day off during this West Coast swing and Gardner had played every other day.
• Another reason to go with Marcus Thames over Gardner: Thames is a career .412 hitter with a .706 slugging percentage against Kazmir.
• The Yankees will meet the President tomorrow, and Derek Jeter compared walking into the Oval Office to walking into George Steinbrenner’s office.
• The Yankees were passing around an autographed jersey that seemed to be the one they’ll give to President Obama tomorrow. It was No. 27, not No. 44.
• Dave Winfield was in the clubhouse this morning and sat talking to Jeter for quite a while. It was amazing how many Yankees Winfield seemed to have a personal relationship with including Thames, Curtis Granderson, Mariano Rivera, Joba Chamberlain, Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia. He was Jeter’s favorite player when Jeter was a kid.
UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: Robinson Cano’s hot start has kind of masked Jorge Posada’s hot start. Posada just sent a rocket to center field for a two-run homer (after Kazmir plunked Cano).
UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: Looked like a good call at first base. Jeter beat the play and drove in a run with a fielder’s choice. It’s 3-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 4:41 p.m.: That was Abreu’s 10th career home run against Vazquez. That’s easily the most he’s hit off a single pitcher. The most he’s hit off anyone else is four.
UPDATE, 4:58 p.m.: The Angels have pulled within one with a single, hit batter, single here in the fourth. They aren’t hitting Vazquez hard, but they’ve done enough to make it a 3-2 game.
UPDATE, 5:01 p.m.: A walk to Napoli has loaded the bases with one out in the fourth. That sent Dave Eiland to the mound for a brief chat.
UPDATE, 5:02 p.m.: You’re always sacrificing some defense when you start Thames in left field, and he certainly didn’t play that ball especially well.
UPDATE, 5:04 p.m.: Wow. Quick hook on Vazquez. Boone Logan coming in to face Bobby Abreu in the fourth. Vazquez actually looked OK until this inning. He was at 78 pitches.
UPDATE, 5:24 p.m.: Solid three outs from Logan, but the Morales single will chase him from the game. Here comes Aceves.
UPDATE, 5:32 p.m.: Cano was not happy about being hit by a pitch in the second inning, but he seemed to really enjoy that home run to right. Three of his five home runs this year have come off Kazmir.
UPDATE, 5:35 p.m.: Angels bring in a right-handed reliever. Yankees bring in Gardner to pinch hit for Thames.
UPDATE, 5:58 p.m.: Aceves has done his part. Now here comes Marte. Five up, five down for Aceves.
UPDATE, 6:00 p.m.: Robertson is getting loose in the pen.
UPDATE, 6:07 p.m.: An intentional ball to Morales. Then some confusion on the field. Then Torii Hunter stole third with two outs. Then Morales clobbered a 3-0 pitch for a three-run home run. Something was terribly wrong that entire at-bat. It’s now 8-4 Angels, Robertson has sat down and Mitre is getting loose.