AUSTIN'S AWESOME KEARNS KEEPS UP IMPRESSIVE STREAK
Offensively and defensively, the Yankees liked what Austin Kearns offered them when they acquired him from Cleveland three weeks ago.
"We liked that he could play both corners. We liked his football jersey
at-bats," manager Joe Girardi said yesterday. "He's a tough out."
Kearns delivered again yesterday in the Yankees' 10-0 romp over the Mariners, smacking a solo homer in the fourth inning that accounted for the game's first run, a shot that seemed like it might be enough to be the game-winner.
There was no certainty that the game was going to go a full nine innings because of the rain, but Kearns' homer gave the Yanks the lead in case it turned out to be the rain-shortened minimum.
"We'd kind of heard about the forecast, so at the time it was nice to get a run," Kearns said.
Since being acquired from Cleveland on July 31 for pitcher Zach Saints jersey
McAllister, Kearns is batting .341 (14-for-41) with two homers and six RBIs. He's hit safely in his last 11 games, batting .400 (14-for-35).
*** Girardi said splitting up A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez in the rotation is "possible." Both righties have struggled lately, which makes things difficult for the Yankee bullpen.
*** Alex Rodriguez (sore calf) was not around the clubhouse yesterday and has yet to speak publicly since being placed on the DL Saturday.
Girardi said no more tests were scheduled, and insisted he would not have handled the injury differently - Rodriguez strained the calf last Monday, sat out three-plus games, then returned Friday and managed only one at-bat.
"It wasn't like we did this on a whim," Girardi said. "We consulted, we had him work out, we had him do things."
*** Andy Pettitte (groin) said that when he's getting San Diego Chargers jersey
back on a mound is still to be determined, though he said, "It'll be one day this week."
Alfredo Aceves, who threw 21/3 innings for Double-A Trenton on Saturday, is slated to throw two more innings within the next several days.