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Joe Girardi not worried about job

Joe Girardi walks off the field after a

Joe Girardi walks off the field after a pitching change in the ninth inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics. (Oct. 2, 2012) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner told reporters Monday "that's not something I'm concerned about right now," when asked if jobs were on the line if the Yankees' season were to end abruptly, either in a one-game playoff or a bad ALDS loss. Joe Girardi said in his conversations with Steinbrenner, job security hasn't come up.

"I don't expect him to relay anything to me," Girardi said. "I have a job to do and I understand what my job is, and I just go to work."

Girardi said he talks to Steinbrenner every couple of weeks, whether things are going well or poorly. "We've talked about our club and some of the concerns and things that are going well during the course of the season, but that's pretty normal," Girardi said.

Girardi said if the Yankees clinched the division Tuesday night, it wasn't for certain he'd start Hiroki Kuroda in Wednesday's season finale.

"I don't know," Girardi said. "That's something I would have to think about."

The 37-year-old has thrown a career-high 212 2/3 innings this season and though by all accounts he's healthy, the Yankees would like to get him a breather, if possible.

But No. 1 is important.

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