Alex Rodriguez was a late scratch because of flu-like symptoms, the Yankees said. Others on and around the club also are ill. "He's got what I've got,'' said Joe Girardi, who has been coughing and sniffling through his news conferences the past two days.
The manager took a turn for the better Saturday but the third baseman still was short of that. "He wanted to play,'' Girardi said. "He was really sick last night and he played. I texted him this morning and he said he wanted to play. He did some work in the cage, and he just didn't look good. He was pale. Hopefully, tomorrow he's a lot better.''
A late start for Overbay
Lyle Overbay said he learned he was starting about 40 minutes before the first pitch when the club made the decision about Rodriguez. Mark Reynolds, who had been scheduled to start at first, moved to third and made an outstanding play on Wilson Betemit's grounder to his left in the third inning. Overbay was the first baseman, and Ivan Nova credited him with preventing a throwing error by Nova on an infield hit in the ninth.
Girardi acknowledged Friday that it was "awkward'' to bench Overbay because "he has meant a lot to our ballclub.'' But that choice was made to accommodate Reynolds' hot bat; he entered Saturday with seven hits in his previous 10 at-bats.
Overbay made the most of his opportunity Saturday, going 2-for-3. The short notice did not bother him, he said, because he always is ready. He agreed that it would be a good idea to not shake hands with any of the sick guys.
Hiroki Kuroda, who is 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA in his last three starts, allowing 29 hits in 162/3 innings, chose not to throw his scheduled bullpen session Saturday, Girardi said. The manager was fine with the veteran pitcher's decision to rest . . . Asked about Nova's first career shutout, Derek Jeter said, "He did all right.'' He was only kidding, later calling the outing "spectacular.'' The captain was serious, though, when he declined to compare that effort to Nova's earlier work this season. "I don't know,'' he said, "because I haven't been here.''