ANAHEIM - Chad Gaudin called tonight just another start, with no added pressure.

But Joe Girardi made it clear that the righty, acquired Aug. 6, could go a long way toward securing a spot on the postseason roster with a strong outing.

"He sure does," Girardi said of Gaudin's having a chance to make the 25-man roster. "He's obviously in the mix or he wouldn't be starting for us."

Gaudin, who has supplanted Sergio Mitre as the No. 5 starter, has not recorded a decision in four starts but has a 3.20 ERA in those outings. "Honestly, no, because I can't control it," he said when asked if he has given any thought to making the postseason roster. "I've always said you control the controllables. I feel that if I pitch well and do what I know I can do, hopefully in the end, it will take care of itself."

Gaudin, who likely would be in the bullpen in the playoffs, started against the Angels this season when he was with the Padres, allowing 10 hits and eight runs in an 11-6 loss June 12.


Thanks, Mr. President

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During his appearance on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday morning, Barack Obama was asked about baseball.

The president, a White Sox fan, grudgingly spoke highly of the Yankees, then praised Derek Jeter for breaking Lou Gehrig's franchise hits record.

"I had a chance to meet him at the All-Star Game and he had some good things to say," said Jeter, who also has met former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. "Any time the president mentions your name, it's kind of hard to believe."


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Phil Coke was not available last night, staying back at the hotel because of acute gastritis, which is inflammation of the stomach lining . . . Girardi said David Robertson could pitch in a game as soon as early next week.