That's why the news of Gooden's arrest on Tuesday on charges of driving under the influence of drugs and leaving the scene of an accident in Franklin Lakes, N.J., saddened the Yankees manager when he learned of it last night.
"Your heart goes out to him," Girardi said. "He was a great teammate. Doc and I will always be linked, in a sense. Played on a championship team and had a no-hitter together. Loved playing with Doc. He was fun. He was great to be around, great teammate. You hope everything's OK."
Derek Jeter, also a teammate of Gooden's, said: "It's real unfortunate. Especially in Doc's circumstance. He's had issues in the past and you always pull for him to make it through those issues."
CC Sabathia will pitch Thursday in a minor-league game. Alfredo Aceves and Sergio Mitre will face the Orioles in Sarasota. After meetings Wednesday, Girardi said the Yankees should announce the winner of the fifth-starter derby Thursday. Paging Phil Hughes! "For the most part, we have a pretty good idea of which way we're going," Girardi said. "We're just not quite ready to announce it."
Javier Vazquez pitched six innings and allowed one run on four hits in a 3-1 victory over the Nationals. Vazquez walked none and struck out six . . . Mariano Rivera struck out two in an inning of work . . . Francisco Cervelli made his first appearance as a professional at third base in the eighth inning and handled a hot shot hit by Eric Bruntlett in the ninth.