Postgame notes: The Forgotten Man

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- With the Yankees, and Curtis Granderson, suffering yet another crippling injury, the game itself -- a 9-4 Yankees win, only their fourth in the past 17 games they've played at the Trop -- seemed almost secondary.

But there were non-injury-related stories, to wit:

Ben Francisco

Ben Francisco

#45 RF
New York Yankees

2013 STATS

  • GM21
  • HR1

  • RBI1

  • R4

  • OBP.220

  • AVG.114

Robinson Cano was credited with a hit-by-pitch, and an RBI, when plate umpire John Hirschbeck ruled Cano was hit by Cesar Ramos' fifth-inning pitch. That came as happy news to Cano, who admitted, "The pitch hit my bat. But it's a run, and an RBI, so I'll take it."

Lyle Overbay continued to perform well in place of Mark Teixeira, going 2-for-5 with two RBIs on a double in the second inning. Overbay had been hitless in his previous nine at-bats.

David Adams had two more hits and scored twice, and is now hitting .323.

• And in a somewhat poignant, somewhat comic moment after the game, Joe Girardi was asked whether he would have to call up an outfielder to replace Granderson.

"I’ve got to talk to [GM Brian Cashman] to see what we’re going to do," he said. "Right now we only have three outfielders. I’m not afraid to put [Jayson Nix] out there; I’m not afraid to do that. But you probably need another outfielder."

Reminded that he has, in fact, four outfielders -- Ben Francisco -- Girardi said, "Oh yeah, Francisco. Four. So disregard what I said."

I can, but I can't speak for Francisco.