ARLINGTON, Texas - Joe Girardi was asked twice before the game, once in a meeting with Yankees beat reporters and once in the interview room, about whether consideration would be given to bringing CC Sabathia back on short rest, forgoing A.J. Burnett.
It came up again after yesterday's 7-2 loss that evened the ALCS at one game each.
"I just came off the field five minutes ago and I'm worried about Game 3," he said. "I don't get too far ahead. If we worry about Game 4 before Game 3, we are going to be in trouble."
He added, "Right now, we're on rotation," with "right now" being enough of a qualifier to suggest there will at least be some discussion about starting Sabathia on short rest in Game 4 on Tuesday. Of course, if the Yankees are going to avoid Burnett altogether, Phil Hughes would have to come back on short rest - something the 24-year-old hasn't done in his career - for Game 5.
Sabathia is scheduled to throw his regular bullpen session today, and he said that still was the plan, as far as he knew. "Nobody's told me anything different," he said.
The same goes for his Game 5 start. He did say that even if he does throw his bullpen session today, that won't preclude him from starting on short rest. It was something that he did when he was with the Brewers.
"I don't think it would affect me at all," he said.
Sabathia said "I'm flexible" if the Yankees decide to do anything last-minute, perhaps based on the result of Game 3.
"Whenever they tell me I'm pitching, I'm pitching," he said. "It doesn't matter if I throw a bullpen tomorrow or the day before I pitch. If they want me to take the ball, I'll take it. I have no problem with that, and they know that."
After not appearing in the Division Series, Joba Chamberlain was the first man out of the bullpen in Game 1, taking over for Sabathia to start the fifth, and the first one out in Game 2.
"I think it was important for him," Girardi said before the game. "And the bottom line is the first series, our starters went seven, seven and six, there wasn't a lot of innings and Mo [Rivera] was involved in every one of those games, so there weren't a lot of innings for the relievers. Which is not a bad thing. But it was good for him to get out there."
Good call, Tony
"Tony was a catcher and understands the running game and what teams are trying to do," Girardi said.
Peña wouldn't give the specifics of why he called for Wood to throw over with a 2-and-1 count, but he smiled when asked.
Said Peña, "We have a book on everything."
Robinson Cano, who went 2-for-5 in Game 2, has hit safely in each of the Yankees' five postseason games, going 9-for-21 (.429) with two homers, a double, a triple and four RBIs . . . Derek Jeter has hit safely in 11 straight postseason games and in 20 of his last 21, dating to the 2007 ALDS . . . The last Yankees pitcher to surrender as many as seven earned runs in a postseason game was Chien-Ming Wang in Game 1 of the 2007 ALDS against the Indians, when he allowed eight earned runs in 42/3 innings . . . The Yankees flew to New York after Game 2 and will work out at the Stadium at 4 p.m. today. The Rangers will work out at 2 p.m.