Soriano OK with boos, early hook

June, 10, 2012
6/10/12
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Rafael Soriano had no qualms with being pulled or hearing boos after blowing his first save of the season against the Mets Sunday. The closer was 9-for-9 entering the game.

"That wouldn't be the first time in my career," Soriano said of being pulled. "But the team won. ... I'll take it."

Handed a 4-3 lead in the ninth, Soriano gave up a leadoff double to Lucas Duda on a ball that center fielder Curtis Granderson said went further over his head then he expected it to.

Ike Davis followed with a double to tie it, and two batters later, after Daniel Murphy singled to put runners on the corners with one out, Soriano was pulled. Soriano called it a "bad game" and said he didn't think he had a good fastball. He added that there were "no excuses."

Despite Soriano's hot start to the year, the fans booed him as he departed.

"I don't care about the fans (booing) because nobody's perfect in this game," Soriano said. "To me, what happens today -- come back tomorrow and try to save the game."

Joe Girardi said it was a tough decision to pull his closer in the ninth, but he wanted to go for the strikeout by bringing in left-hander Boone Logan to face Mets' lefty Josh Thole. Logan retired Thole and Kirk Nieuwenhuis to escape the jam.

"It's hard to do that because he's been so good for us but I'm throwing him right back out there," Girardi said of Soriano.

NIX MAKES THE PLAY: Soriano's inning could have been worse if not for a heads-up play by Jayson Nix, who was able to field a slow grounder and throw out Davis at third for the first out of the ninth inning. The game was tied at 4-4 when Nix made the play.

"Pretty quick (decision)," Nix said. "I can kind of feel the guy at second going to third as I was going to it. As I was going to third, I was going in. It happened pretty quick but we got him."

JETER DOES THE HUSTLE: The Yankees' go-ahead rally in the eighth started when Derek Jeter's grounder went under the glove of Omar Quintanilla and the Yankees' shortstop hustled to second to set up what would be a two-run inning.

"I saw it took a funny hop on him and I thought I would take a chance," Jeter said of his single. "Fortunately I was safe."

BUNT GONE WRONG: Trailing 3-0 with two on and no outs in the second, Nick Swisher tried to move over the runners with a bunt, only to hit into a force out at third.

"If I wouldn't have bunted it back to the pitcher, I think I would have been alright," Swisher said. "Good idea, bad execution."

KURODA OK: Starter Hiroki Kuroda threw a bullpen Sunday and it went well, Girardi said. Kuroda took a liner off his left foot Friday but wanted to see how his bullpen went as he prepares to make his start Wednesday in Atlanta.

"We expect him to make his start," Girardi said. "He could wake up and be really sore tomorrow because he put pressure on it. But I expect him to be OK."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
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OTHER LEADERS
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RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
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