Alex Rodriguez was given a seat for the second straight game as Joe Girardi hopes two days of rest will help him out of his August doldrums. He struck out as a pinch hitter in the seventh.
"Just trying to give him a couple of days in a row to refresh him," Girardi said of the 40-year-old DH, who is batting .261 with 26 home runs and 69 RBIs. He was at .282 at the end of July. As he did Saturday, Girardi inserted Brian McCann into the DH slot.
"I'm trying to refresh both of the guys," Girardi said. "Just trying to get them both freshened up as we go down the stretch."
Cash not expecting deal
Aug. 31 is the waiver deadline to add players for postseason eligibility, but Brian Cashman does not anticipate any action even after CC Sabathia went down Sunday with an injured knee. Cashman said the organization will look within, meaning Adam Warren and/or Bryan Mitchell may fill in as a starter.
Tex's return still uncertain
Girardi anticipated having Mark Teixeira return tonight against the Astros, but his bone bruise may not have healed sufficiently to allow that.
"My hope was it was going to be [Monday], I'm not sure about that now,'' Girardi said. "For me it's as soon as we can get him, really.''
Mitchell on the mend
Bryan Mitchell threw a bullpen session and said he is set to have the stitches removed from his nose after suffering a small nasal fracture a week ago when he was hit in the face by a line drive. He still has to address the emotional component of returning to the mound.
"I guess you have to go out there and see how you feel,'' he said. "I mean, right now I don't think it will bother me, but I guess we'll see once I get out there with hitters."
"As of right now I think I'll be fine. Obviously it's crossed my mind but I don't think it will play a big role once I get out there in competition.''