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Tag:Joe Girardi
Posted on: October 5, 2010 11:16 am
Edited on: October 5, 2010 12:47 pm

Yanks to skip Burnett in ALDS

A.J. Burnett The Yankees will go with a three-man rotation in the American League Division Series against the Twins, eschewing the $82.5 million-man, A.J. Burnett.

The New York Post is reporting CC Sabathia would pitch a fourth game against the Twins if it gets to that point. Sabathia will start Game 1 on Wednesday at Target Field. He'd be followed by Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes.

Burnett was 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA in two starts against the Twins this season, but was 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA overall and 1-7 with a 6.61 ERA in the last two months of the season, while batters are hitting .300/.380/.494 in the 12 games he's started since Aug. 2.

Sabathia is fine with going on short rest in Game 4 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

"I told Joe [Girardi] and Dave [Pelland] I will be prepared to do that," Sabathia told the Post. "If I get enough rest, I want to pitch."

Sabathia has experience with three days of rest, going 3-1 with a 1.01 ERA in four such starts. Last year he needed just three days between starts for Game 4 of the ALCS and Game 4 of the World Series. He went 1-0 with a  2.46 ERA in those starts, both Yankees victories.

UPDATE: The Yankees have made it official, senior writer Danny Knobler reports .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 7:53 pm

Yankees want to win division

Joe Girardi At one point, the Yankees said they weren't worried about winning the American League East title -- instead, they just wanted to make the playoffs.

Hours after clinching a postseason spot, manager Joe Girardi changed course, rolling out a lineup full of regulars, minus Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner.

"You see our lineup," Girardi told reporters, including the Star-Ledger 's Marc Carig . "We're playing to win this division. We'll be smart about it, but we're still playing to win this division."

The Yankees are a half-game behind the Rays, who finish their home schedule tonight against the Orioles before heading to Kansas City for four games.

In that push to win the division, Girardi announced Andy Pettitte would start Friday in Boston, followed by A.J. Burnett on Saturday, but didn't announce a starter for Sunday's season-finale.

If the Yankees don't win the division, they'll play the Twins in the first round. If they win the division, they'd play the Rangers.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 19, 2010 1:58 pm

Guthrie dismisses Girardi's complaints

Jeremy Guthrie Jeremy Guthrie knows just how many batters he's hit this season -- and where he lies in the standings for that stat.

After Guthrie hit Derek Jeter to start Saturday's Orioles loss to the Yankees on the first pitch (and really hit him -- as in the ball actually hit part of Jeter), New York manager Joe Griardi starting whining about how many times Guthrie has hit Yankees.

"Too man, just too many," Girardi told reporters following the game. "I don't really understand it. I know he likes to pitch inside. But it's just too many. That doesn't include the ones in spring training. It's too many."

Guthrie has hit 14 batters this season and 37 in his career -- 10 of those have been Yankees, plus two more during the spring this season. The only American League pitcher with more hit batters this season is a Yankee, A.J. Burnett. That didn't escape Guthrie's attention.

"He understands that he has a great pitcher over there in A.J. that has hit more guys than I have," Guthrie told the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec . "I watch and appreciate the aggressive nature that A.J. takes in throwing to both sides of the plate and I think I'm a similar pitchers. One of the occupational hazards when you do that is you are occasionally going to hit some guys, but you can't let that affect what you do. Hitting guys intentionally is something totally different, but pitching inside has to be part of what I do to be effective."

For the record, not even Jeter felt Guthrie intentionally hit him. Maybe Girardi is just learning from the Tony La Russa book of mountain-making out of molehills.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 11:37 pm

Girardi stands by bullpen use

Joe Girardi Joe Girardi has his philosophy when it comes to bullpen management and he's sticking to it.

Yes, that philosophy likely played a large role in the Yankees' loss to the Rays Monday night (which they avenged Tuesday), but Girardi would rather have his pitchers healthy than overstretched.

Girardi refused to bring in setupmen Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson and was holding Mariano Rivera back for a save opportunity. That caused Kerry Wood to pitch the ninth, Chad Gaudin to pitch a shaky 10th and Sergio Mitre to lose the game in the 11th.

"There are lot of times you see relievers that have a lot of appearances for a couple of years and they're not the same [in subsequent years]," Girardi mentioned to the Tampa Tribune . "You don't always want to be looking for bullpen arms. You've got guys that know how to do it; you want their careers to be long."

Yankee fans certainly know what Girardi is talking about, with Scott Proctor Exhibit A when it comes to burning out relievers. Proctor broke out in 2006 as a 29-year-old for the Yankees by appearing in 83 games covering 103 1/3 innings of a 3.52 ERA. The next season, he appeared in the same amount of games while hurling 86 1/3 innings of a 3.65 ERA while splitting time between the Yankees and Dodgers, to where he was traded. With the Yankees, he appeared in 52 games, the Dodgers had him appear in 31 games.

In 2008, Proctor's arm blew up from all the overwork that ex-manager Joe Torre (and incidentally, Torre skippered Proctor in 2008) had assigned him and missed most of 2008 and the 2009 season, only just returning to action for the Braves in 2010.

"A guy's health and his future in this organization are more important than one game," Girardi asserted. "A bullpen is a huge part of your club, and if you wear them out, you're in trouble."

The manager's philosophy is that no one pitches three days in a row, and those that pitch three of four days get two days off. It may be an aggressive schedule, but it's one Girardi firmly believes in.

"We want home-field advantage; that's important to us," he added. "But I sure wouldn't want to go into the playoffs with two of our right-handers on the DL. I mean, it's not what you want."

 -- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 1:05 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2010 4:31 pm

Pettitte to make rehab start Thursday

Andy Pettitte Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte will make his first rehab start Wednesday in a playoff game with Double-A Trenton.

Manager Joe Girardi told reporters he expects Pettitte to make two rehab starts. The 38-year old starter threw a bullpen session Monday morning at Yankee Stadium.

Not only is Double-A Trenton in the playoffs, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is also in the postseason, giving the Yankees options for Pettitte's rehab starts.

UPDATE: Pettitte has been moved to Thursday, to keep him on regular rest.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 7:46 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 8:16 pm

Vazquez unhappy with early exit

Javier Vazquez Yankees starter Javier Vazquez didn't hide how he felt after Joe Torre pulled him from Saturday's game in the fifth inning, throwing his arms in the air after Joe Girardi came to the mound to get the ball form him.

After the Yankees' 7-5 victory, he still wasn't happy.

"Disappointed," Vazquez told the Star-Ledger . "Really disappointed."

Vazquez was asked if he thought his manager still had faith in him.

"I really don't want to get into that," Vazquez said. "I know I've got nothing to win here. So, like I said before, sometimes as a player you don't agree with your manager's decision but he's still the manager, he's still the boss."

Girardi said he wasn't bothered by Vazquez's actions.

"I don't mind guys being competitive and wanting to stay in games," Girardi said. "I would have a problem if Javy was calling me out to take him out. That, I would have an issue with. If I feel there's a need to talk to someone, I will talk to them. But that is something that will stay in our clubhouse."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 12:19 am
Edited on: August 28, 2010 8:03 pm

Burnett's spot in Yanks rotation in jeopardy

A.J. Burnett The Yankees watched Andy Pettitte take a step toward the team's rotation before Friday's game in Chicago and then watched A.J. Burnett take the first step out of the rotation in a 9-4 loss to the White Sox.

Burnett -- in the second year of a five-year, $82.5 million contract -- was plastered for nine runs (eight earned) in 3 1/3 innings against the White Sox, allowing eight hits, walking three and striking out three. He dropped to 9-12 with a 5.17 ERA.

After the game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi was asked about Burnett and didn't quite sing his praises:

"We'll evaluate after this weekend where we are and what we need to do," Girardi said, according to Marc Craig of the Star-Ledger . "Take it the way you want to take it… we'll do what we have to do."

Burnett allowed six runs to the lowly Mariners in his last start and also had an eight-run outing against the Blue Jays on Aug. 2. He's also had a complete game loss this month, dropping a 1-0 decision to Kansas City two starts ago.

"It's the same as Groundhog Day again," Burnett said. "It's the same situation."

In five of his 26 starts this season, he hasn't allowed an earned run. But in nine he's allowed six or more earned runs. It's easy to forget Burnett's 34 -- his talent and inconsistency are always reminiscent of a younger pitcher, but it's his inconsistency that shines a light on his talent. Burnett has such talent that he keeps getting chances. His powerful right arm is why the Blue Jays and the Yankees have both showered him with large contracts he has never quite lived up to.

The Yankees could move Javier Vazquez back into the rotation for Burnett. Vazquez (9-9, 4.96) was moved to long relief last week following his three-inning, four-run outing against the Mariners. He was replaced in the rotation by rookie Ivan Nova.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 8:32 pm

Girardi addresses Chicago talk

Joe Girardi talked a little bit about the Cubs job the other day after Lou Piniella vacated the job and it's no surprise it was a major topic of discussion today as the Yankees opened a three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago.

Girardi addressed it -- like he knew he was going to have to -- but didn't dismiss anything.

The New York Daily News has a rundown of his comments :
"I'm going to talk about it for a few minutes today and that's going to be it," Girardi said. "As I've said all along, my responsibility is to the Yankees. I was hired by the Yankees to do a job, we're in a division race - a very tight division race - and my job is to prepare this team to play every day. That's what I'm focusing on.

"My faith has always been extremely important to me. I've never worried about next year. I'm happy with my contract situation, I feel I'm fortunate to be one of 30 managers with a contract right now managing in the big-leagues. There are people in this organization that have done a lot more for this organization than I have that don't have contracts. We're not worried about it for next year. I'm worried about right now."
Girardi was referring to Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, who are both in the final years of their contract. Neither of those two seem to be going anywhere, and honestly, it's still a stretch to think Girardi will go to Chicago, but it's certainly good leverage and you can't blame the guy for using it.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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