Replay challenge doesn't go Joe Girardi's way this time
TORONTO - Replay worked to Joe Girardi's advantage Friday night. Saturday? Not so much.
Still, don't expect the Yankees' manager to change his opinion of the new system.
"I like it. I think it's good," Girardi said Saturday before his team's 4-0 loss to the Blue Jays. "Obviously, it was important to us [Friday night, when it overturned an inning-ending out at first base and put Yangervis Solarte in position to hit a two-run double]. I'm a fan of it."
But the replay decision didn't go Girardi's way Saturday on a play at the plate in which he not only thought Francisco Cervelli was safe but that Josh Thole was in violation of the new rule prohibiting catchers from blocking the plate without the ball.
The decision from New York, however, upheld Dana DeMuth's out call.
Afterward, Girardi took more issue with the rule than with DeMuth, saying: "I don't know how you can expect an umpire to watch blocking the plate and safe or out."
When the Yankees put Mark Teixeira on the DL with a strained hamstring Saturday, catcher Austin Romine was brought up from Triple-A. "I can use him as a backup catcher. I could start him if I wanted to," Girardi said. "Just the move that we made, and we'll continue to evaluate it."
Brian Roberts, who was supposed to have Friday off, sat Saturday instead. Roberts was pressed into duty when Teixeira left Friday's game in the second inning.
Alfonso Soriano went 0-for-4, dropping him to 0-for-16 this season, but he isn't concerned. "I know who I am,'' he said. "When I get my first hit, I'll be OK."