Girardi OK with Napoli's 'idiot' comment

June, 29, 2014
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NEW YORK -- New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he was fine with Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli analyzing Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka's ninth-inning pitch selection by exclaiming, "He threw me a fastball! What an idiot!"

Napoli made his comment after rounding the bases on what turned out to be the game-winner on a 1-2, two-out pitch. Since Napoli's thoughts were picked up on his way to the dugout by Fox's microphones, Girardi had less of a quibble.

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Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsMike Napoli's reaction to Masahiro Tanaka's pitch selection in the ninth didn't upset Joe Girardi.
"I haven't seen anything in Mike Napoli that he is a guy that shows people up or he is a guy that degrades people," Girardi said Sunday. "I don't make too much of it. It is a heat-of-the-moment thing."

Red Sox manager John Farrell added, "I know we have the utmost respect for Tanaka and I know Mike Napoli does."

As for Tanaka shaking off Brian McCann and giving Napoli a bread-and-butter pitch instead of going with his best, the splitter, Girardi said he thinks too much is probably made over the one pitch, but he will eventually talk about it with Tanaka.

"This guy has been successful," Girardi said. "I think we might be making too much out of one pitch. If you score three runs, it really doesn't matter. If you win 3-2, you are going to say, 'Man, he pitched another great game.' It is what you are going to say. Since we lost it 2-1, the focus is on that one pitch.

"Believe me, we talk about things at length. I'm sure it is going to come up at some point."

CC coming to New York next: CC Sabathia (knee) will throw a bullpen session on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

"We'll take a look at it and decide where his next start is," Girardi said. "They talked about it being closer to here."

Sabathia next could pitch for Double-A Trenton, which is at home on Wednesday and Thursday. Barring any setbacks, Sabathia is expected to return to the majors at some point around the All-Star break.

Meanwhile, Michael Pineda (upper back) came through his game of catch fine.

Defending McCann: Brian McCann entered Sunday night hitting .224 with nine homers and 36 RBIs in 72 games.

"If you were to look at solely how our staff has done, his RBI totals and his home runs, you'd probably say he is having a pretty good year," Girardi said. "But when you look at that average, that is kind of glaring. I think people say, 'You know what he is not having the year he is capable of having.' I know he expects more from himself. Some of the important numbers he is doing a pretty good job at."

Beltran's stiff: After Carlos Beltran told the media he was still feeling pain in his elbow, Girardi went to talk with his DH. Beltran changed his story and now says he just has a little stiffness in right forearm.

"His elbow has not been a problem," Girardi said.

Beltran confirmed Girardi's version of events. The forearm stiffness was a result of throwing program that he had been on.

Girardi said that Beltran may start throwing again soon.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.293 8 47 47
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Teixeira 17
RBIM. Teixeira 48
RB. Gardner 59
OPSJ. Ellsbury .778
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135