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Pregame notes: “I think he’s going to make a difference wherever he goes”07.29.15

Joe Girardi

Two days before baseball’s trade deadline, a previously unattainable asset is suddenly on the table for the Yankees to consider.

Tigers’ general manager Dave Dombrowski told multiple reporters today that Detroit is ready to reboot. That means outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is on the market. It means closer Joakim Soria is on the market. And perhaps most tempting for the Yankees, it means David Price is on the market.

“I think he’s going to make a difference wherever he goes,” manager Joe Girardi said.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has previously vowed to keep his top prospects. He’s made it clear the Yankees are open for business and looking for upgrades, but just last week he said that a big splash — and Price would certainly qualify as a big splash — seemed unlikely, mostly because Cashman doesn’t want to surrender his top prospects, most of whom are playing in Triple-A, one step from the big leagues.

“That may very well take us out on some of the high-end stuff,” Cashman said.

Is Price enough for a change of heart?

Through most of his career, Price pitched in Tampa Bay, the small-market team that became a thorn in the Yankees’ side while Price was at the top of its rotation. He had a 3.13 ERA through six-plus seasons with the Rays, and when he was put on the trade market last season, the Yankees never had much of a chance. Trades within a division are rare, especially marquee trades involving high-end prospects and big-name veterans. The Rays instead shipped Price to Detroit with a year and a half left on his contract.

This season, Price has pitched to a 2.53 ERA and yet another All-Star Game selection. He’ll be a free agent after this season. He’s the kind of rental that could shift a playoff race. Question is, at what cost?

“Obviously when you’re a pitcher of that caliber, there’s a lot expected of you,” Girardi said. “We’ve seen it in the past. Sometimes they’ve been called hired guns, things like that. But he’s an outstanding pitcher, and an outstanding human being. It’s interesting to follow, and as we near Friday, we’re going to know in the next 48 hours if he remains a Tiger.”

Diego Moreno• Even though he won’t be available for at least three days, Diego Moreno remains on the Yankees’ roster. When pitchers come up and provide long relief like that, we often see them shipped right back to Triple-A the next day. It seems Moreno was simply too good to send away. “It stuck out, the way he pitched,” Girardi said.

• Just a personal observation: If Moreno gets four days off, he’ll be available as a just-in-case option the next time Ivan Nova starts. It doesn’t seem the Yankees are overly concerned about Nova’s arm fatigue last time out, but Moreno could give them an alternative should Nova have any problems.

• Of course, the Yankees had to add a fresh arm somehow, and so they designated Chris Capuano for assignment. “Cappy has been a starter his whole career,” Girardi said. “And it seemed that he wasn’t getting consistent work and he was having a hard time with it. He’s such a routine guy and he’s such a professional. It was a difficult decision. Hopefully he sticks around and stays with us. We’ll have to wait and see. We just decided that we were going to go in a different direction. He’s been a starter most of his career. It just seemed hard for him.”

• It’s easy to say the Yankees should have cut ties with Capuano a long time ago, but really, he fit his role pretty well. Basically, his value was that he had no value, so the Yankees could jerk him around into different jobs and go a full month while giving him only 4.1 innings of work. They could use him or not use him, and when he was no longer useful, they could cut him with no second thoughts. Is that worth $5 million? Maybe not. But it’s not my money.

• Mark Teixeira is healthy, just not playing. “This was a planned day off,” Girardi said.

• Seems pretty clear that Brendan Ryan and Stephen Drew are now in a platoon at second base. Girardi said that’s not entirely true, but it’s basically the case. Ryan might play shortstop occasionally against lefties, but for the most part, he’s going to get his time at second. Won’t Chase Headley need a day off eventually? “Right now, Head feels good,” Girardi said. “I check with our guys to see how they’re doing and if they feel they’re dragging or I feel they’re dragging, then we pay attention, but there’s been no signs by the way he’s swinging the bat or moving around the field that he needs a day, so, I haven’t given him one yet.”

• By the way, that previous Mat Latos trade seems to have stalled. Reports don’t suggest it’s been dissolved, only that it’s taking a while to finalize and might involve a third team.

Associated Press photos

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Yankees postgame: McCarthy outpitches Scherzer08.04.14

Brandon McCarthy

Brandon McCarthy has started five times since coming over from Arizona and he’s now 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA after this 2-1 win over the Central-leading Tigers.

This is the first time in his career that he has won four straight starts.

“He’s been huge for our rotation,” Joe Girardi said. “… He’s meant a lot. He’s come over here and pitched as well as he could.”

McCarthy allowed an unearned run and five hits and two walks while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings. He threw 116 pitches, and 50 of them came in keeping Detroit scoreless over the first two innings.

“I know this is a big series and I know what they’re throwing at us this series,” McCarthy said. “I took that as a challenge.”

Detroit is throwing the last three AL Cy Young winners at the Yankees in the first three games of this four-game series, the first time three consecutive Cy Young winners will have faced a team in three straight games. Max Scherzer, the 2013 winner, gave up two runs in the third and nine hits overall in his seven-inning start.

“We know how talented their starting rotation is, but they’re not always going to have their perfect stuff,” Girardi said.

Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 22 on the trip, then went 2 for 3 with a sac fly in this one. The sac fly, with the bases loaded and nobody out, came on an outrageous grab in left-center by Ezequiel Carrera, who went sprinting back and then dove. The ball stuck in the heel of his glove as he landed on the warning track.

I asked Ellsbury about it and he said, “It was a spectacular catch. I don’t know if I’ve seen a better catch this year. It saved most likely three runs.”

Mark Teixeira was scratched with lightheadedness that resulted in IV treatment. Girardi hopes he will be able to play Tuesday night when David Price is the Detroit starter. Chase Headley ended up making his first career start and third appearance at first.

“I hope it’s just a weird one-day thing,” Teixeira said. “It could’ve been a bug. It could’ve been food poisoning. It could’ve been a lot of things. It knocked me on my tail at little bit.”

David Robertson pitched for the third straight day for the first time this season, throwing a perfect ninth with two Ks to nail down his 30th save in 32 chances. He has converted 18 straight.

It enabled the Yankees to move to 9-6 in their last 15 games, all decided by two runs or less. The 15-game streak extended the franchise record. It’s the longest two-runs-or-less streak in the majors since the the 1975 Orioles had 16 straight games decided that way.

“As long as we win them, it’s OK,” Girardi said.

The Yankees are now one game back of the Blue Jays for the second wild card.

Here’s my News story on the game and the latest with Masahiro Tanaka and David Phelps.

Photo by The Associated Press.



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Game 95: Yankees at Rays07.20.11

YANKEES (56-38)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones DH
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Freddy Garcia (7-7, 3.43)
Garcia vs. Rays

RAYS (51-43)
Johnny Damon DH
Robinson Chirinos C
Casey Kotchman 1B
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
B.J. Upton CF
Sam Fuld LF
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Reid Brignac SS

LHP David Price (9-7, 3.73)
Price vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Same day all over again.

UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Alfonso Marquez, 2B Ed Hickox, 3B Ed Rapuano

NOT LIKE LAST YEAR: Last night, the Yankees took their first loss against a rookie pitcher this season. According to Elias, the Yankees were the last Major League team to be beaten by a rookie starter this season.

IN THE PARK: The Yankees have gone seven straight games without allowing a home run, their longest stretch of the season and their longest since a seven-game streak in 2008. Last time they went eight straight was in 1999.

GO-GO GARDNER: Brett Gardner is 24-for-28 on stolen base attempts since May 20, having stolen his past 15 in a row without being caught.

UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: One turn through the lineup, both Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter have singled, the only run has come from Curtis Granderson’s two-run home run, and Gardner has stolen a base. Does any of that affect Girardi’s consideration of a lineup change?

UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: Colon last night, Garcia tonight. They’re making it a little easier to forget about those starts last week.

UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: That’s a big-time catch by Granderson. He really smacked that wall, but there was never any doubt that he had it. Garcia is through five innings scoreless. It’s still 2-0 Yankees.

UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Nunez kicks another one, but this time it’s ruled a base hit for some reason. Here’s Logan to face Kotchman with two on and two out in the seventh.

UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Now they’ve got it right. That’s an E5 on Nunez. Still Logan facing Kotchman.

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: That looked like a Cervelli fist pump out of Martin. Logan gave a mini-version of the Robertson fist pump. That’s a huge out in a huge spot. Still 2-0 Yankees.

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Game 87: Yankees vs. Rays07.09.11

YANKEES (51-35)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Jorge Posada DH
Andruw Jones RF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Brett Gardner LF

RHP A.J. Burnett (8-7, 4.12)
Burnett vs. Rays

RAYS (49-39)
Johnny Damon DH
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Casey Kotchman 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Matt Joyce LF
Sean Rodriguez 2B
John Jaso C
Reid Brignac SS

LHP David Price (8-7, 3.56)
Price vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: The rain has gone away, that’s for sure. It’s hot and sunny here in the Bronx.

UMPIRES: HP Jim Wolf, 1B Ron Kulpa, 2B Gary Cederstrom, 3B Derryl Cousins

UNDER THE SUN: Another day game for the Yankees, and that should be a good thing. The Yankees are a Major League-best 24-5 in day games this season. They’re hitting .280 and have a 2.73 team ERA under the sunshine.

CANO AT THE BREAK: Two days before the all-star break, Robinson Cano has 21 doubles, five triples and 15 homers. According to Elias, the last player to have at least 20, 5 and 15 before the all-star break was Jimmy Rollins in 2007 — his MVP year — and the only Yankees to have those totals at the break were Lou Gehrig in 1936 and Joe DiMaggio in 1941.

NOT SURE YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS: Derek Jeter is two hits away from 3,000 for his career. He has a hit in 18 of his past 21 games.

HE FEELS YOUR PAIN: In a strange coincidence, the Braves announced today that their own veteran third baseman, Chipper Jones, will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus that’s bothered him all season. Jones had been playing through the injury, but the pain became unmanageable.

UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: Burnett sends the side down in order in the first inning. Up next, Derek Jeter’s for at-bat No. 1.

UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Huge ovation for Jeter’s first at-bat. Now the two sides of the stadium are trying to get in sync for their “De-rek Je-ter” chant.

UPDATE, 1:17 p.m.: I’m really not sure how much louder this place can get. Nice first AB, shoots a bouncing single through the left side of the infield and just like that, Jeter’s one away from 3,000.

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Matt Joyce is really having a great year, and he just took Burnett deep — really deep — to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead with two outs in the second. That homer gives Joyce a career-high 12 for the season.

UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: Burnett worked another 1-2-3 inning in the top of the third, and Jeter will get his first chance at 3,000 here in the bottom half of the inning. Brett Gardner will lead off, then it’s The Captain’s turn.

UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: Gardner couldn’t help himself. Headfirst slide into first base and he’s out, bringing up Jeter.

UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: Only Jeter. Home run to left for No. 3,000. Unreal. First one to greet him at the plate was Posada, who practically crushed him with a bear hug. The Rays are out of the dugout applauding, led by Damon.

UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: When Jeter came out for his curtain call, he waved to the fans, then waved and pointed to the mound as if apologizing to David Price for the delay. Then Jeter turned to his parents’ luxury box and held his fist in the air. The video board showed a series of pictures of every member of the 3,000 hit club before finally cutting to a picture of Jeter with the No. 3,000. Really amazing moment.

UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: Jeter’s first home home run since July 22, 2010, snapping a streak of 286 at-bats without one. Seriously, this guy knows how to reach a milestone.

UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: The Yankees have a 2-1 lead after Russell Martin’s RBI single, and as the team took the field for the top of the fourth, the video board showed a series of former and current Yankees talking 3,000. It ended with Andy Pettitte, obviously filmed at home in Texas, saying how proud he feels. Jeter was on the field watching the end of the video.

UPDATE, 2:23 p.m.: Immediately after tonight’s game, YES will air a special entitled JETER 3,000 that will include Jeter and Girardi’s postgame press conferences, as well as a sit-down interview between Jeter and Jack Curry. There will also be sound from various former teammates and others connected to Jeter.

UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: Jeter is now a hit away from the cycle. He just doubled to leadoff the fifth inning, and both Reid Brignac and Sean Rodriguez made their way over to tell him congratulations.

UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: Career hit No. 3,001 sparked a two-run fifth-inning that has the Yankees back in the lead, 4-3.

UPDATE, 3:54 p.m.: Dave Robertson has allowed the tying run in the eighth inning. It’s a 4-4 game, and the Yankees have only scored in innings when Jeter has had a hit. He’d be the third hitter in the bottom of the eighth.

UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: Has Eduardo Nunez ever had a hit without his helmet falling off? His leadoff double in the eighth has the Yankees in scoring position with no outs and the game still tied at 4.

UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: OK, this has gotten absurd. Jeter just tied his career high with five hits, and the fifth just drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth. The Yankees have only scored in innings in which Jeter has a hit. He and Craig Biggio are the only players to ever reach 3,000 during a five-hit game. He and Wade Boggs are the only players to ever reach 3,000 with a home run. This is Jeter’s third career five-hit game.

UPDATE, 4:06 p.m.: Jeter’s the first player to ever get five hits in a game at the current Yankee Stadium. Of course he is.

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Game 153: Yankees vs. Rays09.23.10

YANKEES (92-60)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Greg Golson LF

LHP CC Sabathia (20-6, 3.05)
Sabathia vs. Rays

RAYS (90-61)
B.J. Upton CF
Jason Bartlett SS
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Ben Zobrist 1B
Rocco Baldelli RF
Willy Aybar DH
Kelly Shoppach C
Sean Rodriguez 2B

LHP David Price (17-6, 2.79)
Price vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network and MLB Network

UMPIRES: HP Andy Fletcher, 1B Tim McClelland, 2B Mike Everitt, 3B Adrian Johnson

WEATHER: Last-minute decision to throw a pullover in my bag? Good call. It’s not remotely cold, but there’s a little bit of a breeze and it’ll be a little chilly by the end of the night.

TWO OF A KIND: CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes are the first pair of Yankees starters to win at least 17 games in a season since Chien-Ming Wang and Randy Johnson in 2006. The last time the Yankees had two 17-game-winners 30 or younger was 1978 (Ron Guidry and Ed Figueroa).

ALL HE DOES IS WIN, WIN, WIN: According to Elias, Derek Jeter has now played in 1,376 regular-season wins, tying Mickey Mantle for the most in Yankees history. The only active player with more wins than Jeter is Omar Vizquel with 1,477.

WHAT’S LEFT: The Yankees have now lost their past five games against left-handed starters. That comes after a stretch when the Yankees won nine of 10 games against left-handed starters.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Today is Joba Chamberlain’s 25th birthday.

UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Aside from the decision to bring back Andy Pettitte, it’s hard to come up with a better offseason move for the Yankees than the signing of Marcus Thames. He’s just gone deep off Price for a 2-0 Yankees lead in the second inning.

UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: There really hasn’t been much to add to this game. Both Price and Sabathia has pitched well, but Thames’ homer stands as the difference. Tampa Bay has put runners on base — at least one runner in four of five innings — but Sabathia’s shut them down in every inning but the third. Even then, it could have been worse than a one-run inning. It’s 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth.

UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: A lead-off double by Greg Golson has kick started the Yankees offense in the bottom of the fifth. Nick Swisher just singled in Golson, and the Yankees have two on with no outs for the 3-4-5 hitters. It’s a 3-1 game.

UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: The Rays have strung together some hits of Sabathia here in the sixth, getting two runs to tie the game at 3. There are still runners at the corners with one out and the bottom of the order coming up.

UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Sabathia hit some kind of wall in the sixth. He got only one out, walked in the go-ahead run and left the bases loaded for Joba Chamberlain. It’s 4-3 Rays.

UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: The Rays just got the big hits the Yankees couldn’t get in the fifth. B.J. Upton doubled in two runs, Carl Crawford singled in two more and it’s an 8-3 Tampa Bay lead.

UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: A walk and three straight hit batters. I can absolutely say I’ve never seen that. What a bizarre turn of events. It’s now 10-3 Rays.

UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: The Rays just turned a 5-4-3 double play, with the play starting with an underhand toss. It’s that kind of night for the Yankees.

New defense for the Yankees: Miranda 1B, Russo 2B, Nunez SS, Pena 3B, Golson CF, Curtis RF, Thames LF, Moeller C

UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: For those of you scoring at home — or even still watching at home — the new Yankees lineup:

Nunez SS
Curtis RF
Miranda 1B
Pena 3B
Vazquez P
Thames LF
Moeller C
Russo 2B
Golson CF

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Game 144: Yankees at Rays09.13.10

YANKEES (87-56)
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Austin Kearns LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Greg Golson RF

LHP CC Sabathia (19-6, 3.14)
Sabathia vs. Rays

RAYS (88-56)
B.J Upton CF
Jason Bartlett SS
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Ben Zobrist RF
Carlos Pena 1B
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Willy Aybar DH
Kelly Shoppach C

LHP David Price (17-6, 2.87)
Price vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Tom Hallion, 1B Ron Kulpa, 2B Lance Barksdale, 3B Ed Rapuano

WEATHER: Same as in your living room.

ONE OF A KIND: The Yankees remain the only team in the Majors that has not lost more than three games in a row this season. During Joe Girardi’s time as manager, the Yankees have lost four in a row four times, most recently in May of last season.

CUTTING IT CLOSE: The Yankees have played 69 games on the road this season. Of those, 41 have been decided by three runs of less including 15 of the past 18. Eleven of the past 18 road games have been decided by one run, and the Yankees are 4-7 in those contests.

ACE IN THE HOLE: CC Sabathia leads the majors with 19 wins, matching his career high. He’s 15-3 with a 2.62 ERA in his past 19 starts and ranks second in the American League in innings, sixth in ERA and eighth in strikeouts.

CY CANDIDATES: Between them, Sabathia and David Price have 36 wins. This is the third time in the past four years that the Yankees have played a game in which both starters have at least 17 wins: Chien-Ming Wang and Jeff Beckett in 2007, Mike Mussina and Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2008.

UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: This can’t be the easiest place to play the outfield, but after nearly misreading one ball, Greg Golson was able to stay with that one for a running catch that was the second out of the second inning.

UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Through three innings, this is what had to be expected. Both Price and Sabathia have been awfully impressive. Still scoreless.

UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Posada caught stealing to end the fifth inning. I don’t know what to say about that.

UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Watching this thing, it’s hard to imagine either team being able to score. These guys look legitimately unhittable. Sabathia has retired 10 in a row. Price hasn’t allowed a hit since the first batter of the game. Still scoreless after six.

UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: One-out single by Cano and a walk by Teixeira have put two on for Rodriguez. It’s the seventh inning, and this is the first time the Yankees have put a runner in scoring position.

UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Price stranded runners at first and second in the seventh, and walked off the mound like he was never in trouble. Cano, meanwhile, flung his helmet to the dugout as soon as Marcus Thames’ fly ball landed in B.J. Upton’s glove. The pitchers are in control here. The hitters are helpless.

UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Nice diving stop by Teixeira ends the seventh and leaves Sabathia standing on the mound clapping. Still scoreless.

UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: With Granderson at first, Girardi is going to let Swisher hit for Golson. Can’t imagine he’ll stay in to run the bases or play the field, but he’ll try to take some hacks and at least keep the inning alive.

UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: I’m sure Swisher’s orders were to not run, so a ground ball to third base wasn’t going to get it done. Here’s Sabathia back out for the bottom of the eighth.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Here comes Kerry Wood. Both Price and Sabathia went eight scoreless.  As impressive a matchup as I’ve seen.

UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Carl Crawford is done for the night, ejected for arguing a called strikeout to start the bottom of the ninth.

UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: Swisher and Gardner are both banged up, but they’re trying to play a role in this game. Gardner’s now on to pinch run for Berkman, who just walked in place of Marcus Thames.

UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: Well, hard to expect that. Gardner took second and was thrown out trying to take third, possibly because he thought Benoit was about to deliver a pitch or maybe because he though Longoria was too far off the bag. Either way, he broke too early and was out to end the 10th.

UPDATE, 10:27 p.m.: Chad Guadin, of all people, just struck out Brad Hawpe to strand the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th. That seemed like a situation for one of the Yankees one-inning relievers — neither Robertson nor Chamberlain pitched yesterday — but Girardi went with Gaudin and it worked out.

UPDATE, 10:42 p.m.: That’s the Rays’ first 1-0 walkoff in franchise history.

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Vazquez: “I made a lot of mistakes in the zone”04.09.10

Yankees Rays Baseball

Javier Vazquez seemed to cruise through his first three innings, but after he walked Ben Zobrist to lead off the fourth, his entire outing seemed to crumble.

“From the stretch he seemed like he wanted to rush a little bit,” Jorge Posada said.

Vazquez said it wasn’t only that his pitches were up, they were over the middle of the plate. And the middle of the plate is no place for a pitcher to be.

“Obviously you want to start out on the right foot, and to lose this game is disappointing,” Vazquez said. “First three innings I was doing a pretty good job controlling their lineup, but I made a lot of mistakes in the zone, and in the big leagues they get hit hard.”

Here’s the Vazquez postgame audio.

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Francisco Cervelli will start tomorrow’s afternoon game against the Rays. “Jorge will be off tomorrow,” Joe Girardi said. “I’m not going to catch him too many day games after night games.”

Vazquez is really the first of the new guys to get off to a terrible start. Chan Ho Park allowed that home run in the opener, but he bounced right back with an outstanding relief appearance on Wednesday. “You worry about a guy that’s younger more than you do a guy that’s experienced,” Girardi said. “Javy’s been through this.”

Speaking of new guys who have been here before, Nick Johnson and Marcus Thames each got their first hits tonight. Johnson and Derek Jeter were the only Yankees with two hits.

Every Rays starter had a hit.

David Price was pretty dominant. Girardi praised his curveball, but both Posada and Mark Teixeira seemed impressed by his curveball, his four-seam, his two-seam and his changeup. “We hit a couple of ball hard off him, but he pitched pretty darn well,” Teixeira said.

Speaking of Teixeira, he’s 0-for-16: “I’ve hit a few balls hard, but not enough to really feel great about myself,” he said. “Unfortunately I do this to myself every year. I just punish myself early on and then I get it going.”

Girardi’s take on Teixeira: “I’ve got a feeling it’s going to happen tomorrow.”

Solid work from Sergio Mitre, who allowed base hits to the first two batters he faced but retired the next eight in a row.

That’s an Associated Press photo of Vazquez after the fourth inning home run to Carlos Pena.

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