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Friday, March 23, 2012
Bobby V. vs. Joey G. (Who is right?)

By Andrew Marchand

Well, well, well, it was hard to see that one coming.

Bobby Valentine adding a little more spice to the rivalry with another small brush-up with the Yankees. This time Valentine's foil is Joe Girardi, who I guarantee is already sick of dealing with Bobby V and they haven't even played one regular season game yet.

Valentine did not want Thursday's game to end after nine innings because he had a reliever, Clayton Mortenson, up and ready to handle the 10th inning. Girardi said he didn't have any more pitchers to throw in the bottom half of the inning so he said the Yankees were done. Here is Bobby V from Gordon Edes' story.
"It was regretful that Mortensen warmed up and we were told we were not playing any extra innings," Valentine said. "I didn't think that was very courteous."

When a New York reporter told Valentine that Girardi said he wanted to preserve his pitching and the Yankees "had a long day tomorrow," Valentine wasn't buying it.

"They had plenty of pitching," Valentine said. "Probably too long of a ride."

The bus ride from Fort Myers to the Yankees' complex in Tampa takes between 2-2 hours.

Girardi had his retort.
Giradi had another pitcher, D.J. Mitchell, throw a side session in the eighth when the Yankees held a four-run lead. All he had left was a situational lefty, Mike O'Connor, and five extra pitchers called up from minor-league camp.

"I used a lot in the last two innings," Girardi said. "We've got a long day tomorrow too. We need pitching. I don't want to run out."

The Yankees have split-squad games Friday against the Minnesota Twins and Philadelphia Phillies.
"Well, usually [umpires] talk about it, if it's a tie game," Girardi said. "But they didn't. And I used all our pitching. I just said, 'That's it.' I looked at [umpire] Tim [Tschida], and I'm like, 'We don't have any more.'

It probably isn't that big of a deal, but Girardi probably should had a pitcher for the 10th or, at the least, informed Valentine before Mortensen warmed up.