Joe Girardi tries to explain Alfonso Soriano's comment that Yankees lacked energy

Joe Girardi is seen on the field before

Joe Girardi is seen on the field before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays. (July 26, 2013) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

TORONTO - Alfonso Soriano raised a few eyebrows after Tuesday night's loss, saying the Yankees lacked "energy."

Joe Girardi wasn't making too much of it.

"When you don't score runs and you don't have many baserunners after two innings, there aren't a whole lot of high-fives in here," Girardi said in the dugout before Wednesday night's game. "You don't give high-fives for making outs."

The Yankees were stifled by R.A. Dickey and two relievers in Tuesday's 2-0 loss. After stranding five through two innings, the Yankees had just three baserunners the rest of the way.

"The atmosphere is obviously a little bit different here than the last three days [in Boston] as well. So that combination, maybe he felt that way."

Girardi didn't rule out talking to Soriano to get a clarification.

"I don't know," Girardi said. "I'll see."

Murphy gets a look

Catcher J.R. Murphy, a Sept. 1 call-up, made his second start in four games Wednesday night. The 22-year-old rookie is getting more playing time because Girardi doesn't want to run Chris Stewart into the ground and also because Stewart's backup, Austin Romine, is unavailable because of a concussion suffered Sept. 10 in Baltimore.

But Murphy is also well thought of in the organization and impressed in the spring when some privately predicted he might soon Romine, if not this year then next.

"I liked the way Murph played the other night [ANDSATURDAY]and I'm going to play him," Girardi said. "To me he looks like he has an idea of what he wants to behind the plate with the pitching staff. I think he swings the bat. He's remained calm back thereĀ…I don't see him stabbing at balls, I don't see him jumpy. I don't see a sense of nervousness in him."

Logan closing in

Boone Logan, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 6 with left elbow inflammation and recently was diagnosed with a bone spur in the same elbow, threw a bullpen Wednesday afternoon and hopes to be available Friday.

"My hope is yes," Girardi said. "But it really all depends how he feels tomorrow. If he feels good tomorrow, then I would say he's a player for us Friday."

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