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Yankees' game-day flight to Toronto might have been ill-advised

Kevin Pillar #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays

Kevin Pillar #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays steals second base in as Didi Gregorius #18 of the New York Yankees makes the late tag during the fourth inning of a game on May 4, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Credit: Getty Images / Tom Szczerbowski

TORONTO - It was, perhaps, an example of the difference between theory and reality.

The Yankees made what Joe Girardi called an "organizational decision" to travel Monday afternoon to Toronto after Sunday night's game in Boston.

Clubs usually depart immediately after a Sunday night game, which MLB prefers, and generally arrive in the next city anywhere from 3:30-5 a.m.

Consultation with sleep experts brought Monday's itinerary, which called for an 11:30 a.m. flight -- one that ended up taking off about an hour late -- from Boston to Toronto. The usual flight time is about 1 hour, 45 minutes.

The theory: Players would get better rest by spending the night in Boston rather than arriving at an odd early-morning hour in a different city and sleeping until noon or later.

"I'll see how it works," Girardi said before Monday night's game. "I think the idea behind it is good. It's new for our guys, so we'll see what they say.''

But according to one insider, because of adrenaline, few players, if any, are able to fall asleep right after getting back to the hotel at, say, 1 or 1:30 a.m. after a Sunday night game. In other words, many of them didn't fall asleep until 3:30 or 4 a.m., or later, anyway. "You could say," one team member said, "a lot of [players] are dragging."

Tex, Mac sit

Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann were not in the starting lineup, but not because of poor career numbers against R.A. Dickey. "Just days off," Girardi said. "We had a long three days there [in Boston]."

Stephen Drew entered the game batting .155 but hit fifth in the order. "Drew's probably had as much success off of Dickey as anyone we have," Girardi said. "You look at the three guys who have had a lot of success, it's Drew, [Jacoby] Ellsbury and Garrett Jones, so I kind of split them up a little bit."

Drew had been 6-for-18, Ellsbury 6-for-16 and Jones (who replaced Teixeira at first) 6-for-16 against Dickey. The three of them wound up going 1-for-10.

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