Burnett blames preparation for bad outing, not Posada

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, left, meets with starter Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, left, meets with starter A.J. Burnett after Burnett allowed a run to the Oakland A's on a balk in the fourth inning. Photo Credit: AP

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A.J. Burnett said he was "looking forward" to the next time he threw to Jorge Posada, but that next time won't be Thursday.

Joe Girardi said before last night's game that Jose Molina was likely to catch Burnett Thursday, though he said it had nothing to do with the recent and well-publicized issues between the two headstrong players.

"That did not factor in," Girardi said. "If we had had a 15-inning game [Tuesday] night, Jorgie would not have caught tonight and he would have caught Thursday."

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Posada started last night.

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"If you have a day game after a night game, Jorge doesn't catch a whole lot of those," Girardi said, before allowing, "But I could change my mind tomorrow morning."

That won't happen after Posada took a foul ball off his left ring finger last night.

Burnett and Posada had frequent disagreement on pitch selection on Saturday in Boston, where Burnett gave up nine runs in five innings, after two previous outings in which the battery had their signs mixed up. Burnett, in the Fenway clubhouse, said the disagreements didn't allow him to make pitches with "conviction," and took responsibility for that Wednesday.

"I had a bad start because my mind wasn't right," he said.

Burnett said his "mental preparation" wasn't what it should've been and his anger was at himself, not Posada. "Guys miss signs all the time, guys cross guys up all the time and guys give up hits on pitches where they'd rather throw something else all the time," Burnett said. "It doesn't mean your catcher's bad, it doesn't mean that he's doing a bad job, it doesn't mean that your relationship with your catcher's bad.

"I think every pitcher has a good idea what he wants to throw, when he wants to throw it and I didn't that start," Burnett added later. "And that's what it was. I wasn't prepared."

Damon rests

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Johnny Damon had the night off, but he said it had nothing to do with his right knee. It was some bad at-bats against Rangers starter Derek Holland.

"I'm healthy," Damon said. "This guy's given me fits the four times I've faced him. Struck me out three times and almost struck me out a fourth."

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Plans for A-Rod

Tuesday was the start of a 17-games-in-16-day stretch for the Yankees and Girardi already was looking ahead for how he'll handle Alex Rodriguez, especially for the Sept. 7 doubleheader against the Rays.

"The doubleheader I wouldn't expect that he would play both games in the field for sure," Girardi said. "He's going to have some DH days and probably a day or two off."

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