Michael Pineda to make his first Yankee Stadium start Thursday against Red Sox
Michael Pineda's first Yankee Stadium start Thursday night won't be anywhere near as anticipated as Masahiro Tanaka's Stadium debut on Wednesday night, but it still comes with drama of its own.
That's because he'll be facing the Boston Red Sox.
Joe Girardi said Wednesday he hopes the 25-year-old won't feel any additional pressure just because of the opponent.
"Don't get caught up in the moment," Girardi said, regarding his advice to Pineda, "and that's easier said than done, especially for a young player who hasn't been through it before."
Pineda was impressive in his season debut, allowing just one run and five hits in six innings in Toronto on Saturday. It was his first start since his 2011 rookie season.
After being acquired by the Yankees in January 2012, Pineda did not pitch in the majors for two seasons because of shoulder problems.
"The big thing is just do what you've been doing," Girardi said. "Don't try to do too much."
With the Yankees in the middle of a stretch of 19 games in 20 days, they added a fresh arm to their bullpen Wednesday, calling up righthander Shane Greene from Triple-A.
Greene impressed the Yankees in spring training, striking out 10 in 72/3 innings.
To make room, the Yankees optioned third catcher Austin Romine. Girardi acknowledged that losing Romine means he won't be able to play backup catcher Francisco Cervelli at first base too much while Mark Teixeira is on the disabled list.
Girardi said if he does decide to start Cervelli again at first against a lefthander, he will feel inclined to leave him there the whole game so he still has a backup catcher available to him.
The Elias Sports Bureau said rookie Yangervis Solarte is the first player since 1900 to hit six doubles in his first seven career games . . . Girardi on Jacoby Ellsbury facing the Red Sox Thursday night for the first time as a Yankee: "I think it will be a little more interesting for him when we visit there."