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Girardi: someone's got to catch it

By far the most discussed topic after tonight's game was Francisco Cervelli's second-inning error that contributed to three unearned runs.

Adrian Beltre led off the inning with a double. J.D. Drew popped to second, and when Mike Lowell sent a high but fairly routine pop-up between the mound and the plate, Javier Vazquez looked well on his way to getting out of the inning. Vazquez, near the first-base line, was in position to make the catch, but at the last moment, Cervelli tried to make a basket catch. The ball dropped to the grass and, as Cervelli put his head down in disappointment, Beltre went to third.

Cervelli called off Vazquez (9-8, 4.63), who said, regardless, he should have just made the catch. 

"For me, it was an easy play," Vazquez said. "I should have caught it...After he dropped it I said, 'Man, I should have called that ball' because it was an easy play for me."

Cervelli said he was adhering to an old baseball adage.

“You never let the pitcher catch a fly ball,” he said. “It was my fault. I just dropped it.”
Said Girardi: “Someone’s got to catch it. That’s the bottom line. Maybe it's an easier play for Javy...Cervy called it and dropped it." 
*** Though his team had a three-run lead and two were out, Terry Francona wasn't thrilled to see Derek Jeter come to the plate in the ninth. Jeter worked a walk against Jonathan Papelbon in a 12-pitch at-bat.
"It was aggravating," Francona said of the at-bat. "You never want to see him come up to bat in the ninth. He just wills himself at the plate and you know that it's not going to be easy." 
*** Back tomorrow as it's CC Sabathia (13-5, 3.19) taking on John Lackey (10-6, 4.48).

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