Girardi: “This is a pretty important game for us tonight”
The Yankees have lost their first two games at home for the first time since 1982, a stat they’ll try to do away with tonight by looking to salvage the final game of a three-game series with the Red Sox.
“I don’t think anyone wants it to go too far, no matter who you have in that clubhouse,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I don’t think you ever want to get off to where you feel like you dig yourself a hole. I think this is a pretty important game for us tonight. I don’t think it’s a do-or-die game for us, but I think it’s important.”
If you have to be in an 0-2 hole to begin the season, there’s at least some comfort in knowing that Andy Pettitte is a reliable option on the mound. Pettitte is making his first April start since the 2010 season tonight, since he was retired for the ’11 campaign and was working toward returning to the big leagues at this time last year.
“It’s real nice because he has been in so many big situations,” Girardi said. “Andy has pitched in games that were must-win situations or as close to it as possible. You don’t worry about his emotions going into tonight that you might worry about if you have a young pitcher on the mound.”