This weekend's Red Sox-Yankees series at the Stadium won't be what many would have predicted before the season started.
Just two months ago, observers had low expectations for both teams. But just like old times, first place in the AL East will be at stake.
"We've both played really well, it's the end of May and you know the summer is coming, and those months are extremely important,'' Girardi said. "I think it does [feel big].''
Girardi: Don't ask me
"I know that has been reported,'' he said. "As I've said all along, when they get here, they get here. I hate putting a date on something.''
Teixeira and Youkilis each went 1-for-3 Thursday night at Double-A Trenton.
Matsui to retire a Yank
Hideki Matsui will sign a one-day minor-league contract on July 28 in order to retire as a Yankee, the team announced. Matsui, the 2009 World Series MVP, will be honored in a ceremony that day at Yankee Stadium.