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Bad day, bad month for Rafael Soriano

Rafael Soriano of the New York Yankees walks

Rafael Soriano of the New York Yankees walks to the dugout after the top of the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. (April 26, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

The good news, and there was one piece of it to come from the outing, was Rafael Soriano did hit 97 mph on the radar gun for the first time this season.

That, of course, was it.

Soriano's ERA ballooned to 7.84 in 11 appearances after he allowed Paul Konerko's two-run homer in the eighth.

Soriano said his problems have nothing to do with a new role or adjusting to playing in New York.

"I feel good," he said. "One bad pitch...I'm struggling right now." 

He said later: "I feel good. Bad day. I'll come back tomorrow and start again...It's been a bad month. Come back next month and see what happens. I remember in '07 with Atlanta I did the same and everybody saw the numbers I put up in Atlanta."

Joe Girardi said no one who saved 45 games in the AL East, as Soriano did last season with the Rays, could be overwhelmed with playing in New York, but he knows as well as anyone that the two situations aren't comparable.

“It’s a different animal here,” he said. “Some guys come in and the transition’s easy, some guys it can be difficult. I haven’t found the transition to be really difficult for him; I just don’t think at times he’s thrown great this year. I haven’t seen anything that would tell me he can’t handle it.”

But Soriano isn't going anywhere as Mariano Rivera's setup man.

"You have to fight your way out of it," Girardi said. "You keep using the guys and you get them on track. I haven't lost any confidence in Rafael Soriano. This is a very good pitcher that just happened to give up a two-run homer tonight. It's going to happen and it's frustrating but it's going to happen and you just have to find a way to bounce back." 

 

 

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