Posada not necessarily benched vs. lefties

New York Yankees' Jorge Posada walks back to New York Yankees' Jorge Posada walks back to first base after his fifth-inning single off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields during a baseball game. (May 17, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

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Evidence to the contrary, Jorge Posada hasn't been permanently banished to the bench against lefthanders.

But Saturday night against Chris Capuano, the fourth lefty starter the Yankees have faced in a week, he wasn't in the lineup. Alex Rodriguez was the DH.

Is Posada, 0-for-25 this season against lefthanders, done against lefty starters? "No, not necessarily,'' Joe Girardi said. "But as I told Jorgie, it's a way to give Jeet a DH day, it's a way to give Alex a DH day. I wouldn't necessarily say that.''

Girardi said Rodriguez's DH day had been planned and that he didn't see anything Friday night, when A-Rod went 1-for-4, that concerned him. Rodriguez homered off Capuano in the sixth inning Saturday nightto give the Yankees a 6-3 lead.

"Alex ran the bases pretty normal to me,'' Girardi said. "I don't see anything really abnormal with how he's running the bases.''

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Rodriguez was robbed of an RBI single up the middle by Jose Reyes Friday night, as Reyes dived to his left to snare the hard grounder, popped to his feet and threw him out. Maybe A-Rod doesn't appear to be as fast out of the box these days, but then again, Girardi said: "He's not 25 anymore.''

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Same player

Robinson Cano committed his fourth error of the season Friday night, one more than his total in 2010, when he won his first Gold Glove. Cano entered Saturday night hitting .280, compared to .335 on May 21 last season, with nine homers and 27 RBIs. "I don't think Robby's taken a step back,'' Girardi said. "I still think he's an All-Star. I think he's a great player.''

Girardi talked to his team about its defense after a May 8 win in Texas in which the Yankees committed four errors. Cano's miscue Friday gave the Yankees 19 errors in their last 15 games. Said Girardi, "I believe we're a good defensive team that, for whatever reason, just hasn't played well.''

 

Pendleton back up

Righthanded reliever Lance Pendleton was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and righthanded reliever Amauri Sanit was sent down. "We just talked about him becoming more consistent in his arm angles and more consistency in throwing strikes,'' Girardi said of Sanit. "Lance is a little more of a long man as well.''

 

Extra bases

Phil Hughes has been cleared by doctors to continue his throwing program, which he will do Monday. He hopes to start throwing off a mound within the next week.

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