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Brian McCann could be out a few more days with sore left foot

Brian McCann of the Yankees reacts after popping

Brian McCann of the Yankees reacts after popping out with a man on third in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on June 22, 2014. Credit: Mike Stobe

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brian McCann's sore left foot kept him out of Friday's game, but neither Joe Girardi nor the catcher was concerned. "He felt pretty decent [Friday],'' Girardi said Saturday morning. "He was available yesterday, so I feel pretty good about it.''

However, during batting practice less than an hour later, McCann's foot acted up again. He was scratched from the lineup and replaced by Francisco Cervelli, who had an RBI single but made a wild throw in the 11th inning that allowed the winning run to score in the Twins' 2-1 victory.

X-rays taken Saturday came back negative, but Girardi said after the game that McCann is unlikely to play Sunday and could be out "a few days.'' He added, "He just said he was feeling it. He didn't really do much [Friday] so he didn't really test it. It was bothering him [Saturday] and I just said, let's sit down and make sure there's nothing seriously wrong.''


Gardy rests, Sori flails

Brett Gardner, who played in a team-high 83 of the Yankees' first 85 games, did not start but eventually replaced Alfonso Soriano in leftfield.

"I don't remember the last time Gardy's had a day off, I really don't,'' Girardi said. "I was watching him run, you see him stretching a lot, you get a little bit concerned, so you take the initiative and say, 'I'm going to give you a day.' ''

Soriano went 0-for-4, leaving him at 2-for-20 and dropping his average to .221.

Soriano, a streaky hitter his entire career, had not played since Wednesday and said the sporadic playing time makes it "very hard for me to make adjustments and get my rhythm.''


Change of plans

Privately, there was some frustration in the Yankees' organization after the A's acquired two pitchers the Yankees had discussed with the Cubs, Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The A's already had one of the best rotations in baseball and the Yankees are desperate to add a starter -- they'd prefer to add two -- by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"They made a big move,'' Girardi said. "Obviously, they've had some injuries to their rotation and they went and got two pretty good pitchers . . . I think they were aggressive. They had some pretty good prospects that the Cubs liked, so they're obviously going for it.''

Huff to rotation?

Lefthander David Huff, who pitched three perfect innings of relief after starter Chase Whitley lasted only three innings Friday, is not headed for the rotation, Girardi said, but he didn't completely discount the possibility. "We haven't made any adjustments to our rotation,'' he said. "He's been up to 61 pitches for us, he's more stretched out than when we got him, but we haven't made any changes.''

After going 3-0 with a 2.56 ERA in his first seven career starts, Whitley is 0-2 with a 14.81 ERA in his last three.


More gift-giving

In an on-field ceremony, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and bench coach Paul Molitor presented Derek Jeter the second base used in the final baseball game played at the Metrodome, Game 3 of the 2009 ALDS, which completed a sweep for the Yankees. Jeter also received a $10,000 check for his Turn 2 Foundation.

Gardenhire also addressed the crowd, saying it has been an "honor and privilege'' to share the field with Jeter. "I've always had the utmost respect for Ron Gardenhire,'' Jeter said. "For him to say those things about me before the game is something I'll remember.''

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