–A small measure of redemption for Rafael Soriano, who pitched a perfect ninth for the save in a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays. That said, Soriano’s explanation for ducking out on reporters after blowing the save in Monday’s loss just doesn’t hold water. From Newsday:
“I didn’t see [media relations director Jason Zillo] come to me, so that means you guys [the media] don’t want to talk to me,” Soriano said. “So I left.”
Two things. One, there was no chance that reporters did not want to talk to Soriano after a blown save, particularly when Soriano was one strike away from victory before blowing a two-run lead. Any sane person, including Soriano, would have known this. Two, if Soriano were really interested in being a professional Monday night, he would have asked Zillo if it were OK to leave. Enough said.
–Injury updates: Andy Pettitte threw 60 pitches off flat ground Tuesday, including 10-12 “in his normal windup.” That puts Pettitte on track to Friday or Saturday, with no set timetable for a big-league return at this point. Meanwhile, Mark Teixeira will be out for at least the next week (and knowing Grade 1 calf strains, probably longer than that). And A-Rod took batting practice for the first time since breaking his hand on July 24, a positive sign that could signal a minor league rehab start as early as this weekend.
–GM Brian Cashman said Tuesday that the steroid suspensions of former Yankees Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera didn’t surprise him. And what’s the point of going on the record with that, exactly?
More to come after the Yankee game this afternoon against the Blue Jays, as C.C. Sabathia looks to give the Yanks a series win.