Before this 10 game home stand, the Yankees were under .500 while playing at Yankee Stadium this season. Coming into today’s game, the Yankees are 7-1 this home stand and now have a 25-24 record at Yankee Stadium, pushing them above .500 for the first time since June 20 when they were 17-16.
“We’ve played good baseball,” Joe Girardi said. “We’ve had some timely hitting. We’ve pitched extremely well. You look at a lot of the scores, they’ve been fairly low-scoring games. Our bullpen has continued to do a good job. Our starters have done a good job. You look at (Hiroki Kuroda’s) night last night, he gives up three in the first and then he pretty much shut them down the rest of the game and gave us a chance to come back. I think that’s the important thing. We’ve been able to come back in some of the games.
“But it’s just I think our pitching has been really good. You look at this homestand and that’s one of the reasons we’ve won a lot of games.”
The Yankees bring a 4-game winning streak into today’s game, with their last five wins all being come backs in extra innings or late in games. The Yankees are finally playing like the Yankees, and it will be extremely pleasant to see if they could keep up this play for the duration of the season.
— Mark Teixeira is scheduled to do some tee and toss tomorrow after sitting out the entire week with an issue in his back. If Teixeira can’t tee and toss tomorrow, then it could re-surface the idea of him going on the disabled list.
— Brian Roberts has a team-high 10 errors this season and he hasn’t looked sharp defensively in the last few weeks. However, Joe Girardi isn’t concerned.
“He’s just going through some things that fielders probably go through,” Girardi said. “I don’t really have any concerns about it.”
“I think it’s great how they’re going in, the three of them together,” Girardi said. “You’re talking about three great managers who have had a ton of success. I had a chance to play for two of them (Torre and La Russa), which was really pretty neat for me, and be able to pick their brains as much as I did. So I feel really fortunate. But it’s three guys that are well deserving, not only who have been great managers but have been great men. I think when you talk to the players that have played for them, they would say they learned a lot and look up to them.
“I’ve always tried to keep a fairly even demeanor. I had that as a player, but I saw the important of it from Joe as a manager, how important it is to keep that even demeanor. There are days that you’re going to be happier than others, but you have to be the same guy every day. When I looked at Tony La Russa, it was just the preparation that he did in watching him. You talk about ideas that had validity and the way he used the bullpen. There’s a lot to learn from all these guys.”