Warren, Yanks look to continue winning ways vs. O’s
The Yankees and the Orioles will play the second game of a four-game series tonight at Yankee Stadium, with right-hander Adam Warren (2-1, 4.78) making the start for New York and right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (3-1, 2.59) going for Baltimore.
The Yankees have won 15 of their last 20 games, and with a victory tonight would improve to 19-11. That would mark their best 30-game start to a season since 2010, when they opened the year 21-9.
Here are the early notes from the Yankees clubhouse:
Masahiro Tanaka threw from distances of 60 and 90 feet this afternoon, and everything is said to have gone well. This was his second straight day of tossing, and Tanaka will have a scheduled day off tomorrow before picking a ball up again on Sunday.
“Definitely going in the right direction,” Tanaka said through an interpreter.
Stephen Drew got the night off after going 1-for-3 with a double in last night’s 4-3 victory, yielding to Jose Pirela, and Joe Girardi said that it was a scheduled day off for the slumping Drew. Girardi indicated that Pirela — who apparently is nicknamed “Petey” in Girardi-ese — will play second base tomorrow against left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, so that might be an opportunity to rest Didi Gregorius.
Girardi on the upcoming potential Alex Rodriguez milestone of 3,000 hits (he’s 38 shy):
“Well, obviously it’s a ton of hits and you have to have a lot of longevity to come up with 3,000 hits. This is going to be debated for years to come, I’m sure. My job as a manager is to get the most out of my players. My job is not to decide if something is a milestone, an accomplishment. I mean, that’s for baseball people and historians to do. My hope is he gets it fairly quickly, and those hits keep coming and the home runs keep coming and he’s still productive.”
By the way, how good has this start of the season been? If he keeps up this pace, A-Rod would finish the year with 39 homers and 101 RBIs. Now that would be a story.
Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to tonight’s game.