Joe, the Boss would like to see you

That means the New Boss, of course, which has to be less stressful than a pre-game visit from the Old Boss, the late George Steinbrenner. Just before Joe Girardi met with Yankee beat writers before the game, Hal Steinbrenner, accompanied by brother-in-law Felix Lopez, was spotted leaving the manager's office. Girardi acknowledged the vist but refused to provide details of the conversation.

However, until after other pre-game meetings between Boss and Manager, Girardi was smiling.