Notes: Torre yet to compile lineup
Skipper likely to use Sierra as DH, Posada off bench
NEW YORK -- Not that Joe Torre is winging this playoff thing, but the Yankees manager won't decide on his batting order for Game 3 of the American League Division Series until Friday when he gets to Yankee Stadium.
"I'll get to the park early [Friday]," Torre said. "Joe Girardi and Don Mattingly, we'll sit around and figure it out."
Some elements are established: Jorge Posada will not catch -- John Flaherty will because he works so well with Randy Johnson -- nor will Posada serve as the designated hitter. Ruben Sierra probably will.
"I'm not discounting [Posada as a DH]," Torre said on a conference call Thursday. "But we'll look and decide what our options are against [Angels starter Paul] Byrd and go from there. Right now, the first five guys will stay the same and then we'll arrange it from there on out. I'm not saying [Posada] won't be the DH, but I think it's doubtful."
Sierra is likely, Torre said, "because he's probably the most adept at it. He's had the most experience. You know, he loves the pressure and all that. He certainly would be a consideration. I think he would be the first consideration, and then you work out and match them up from there.
"But again, we want to get [Sierra] involved because we know what he can bring to the table, especially being a switch-hitter, and they don't have a left-hander coming out of the bullpen. The fact that Ruben has been down this road before, he would probably be the No. 1 guy we would look at."
No injury issue for Jeter: "I don't think there's anything more than what's already been going on," Torre said of shortstop Derek Jeter. "You know, Jeter's been playing through some leg issues and all that stuff. Just your normal everyday player having to deal with whatever he has to deal with on a regular basis. But there's nothing new that's come up that we're alarmed about, [and we're] doubtful that it's going to keep [him out] of a ballgame."
What, me worry? Torre wasn't too concerned with the Yankees' lack of clutch hitting in Game 2.
"Gary Sheffield [batting] with runners on second and third, [he puts] the ball in play, so Alex [Rodriguez] scored from third," he said. "[Hideki] Matsui hits the ball to a man at third base and [Chone] Figgins makes one of his two spectacular plays. I know it shows up as a failure, but I think it was more the ability that they had to stop the inning.
"I mean, that's what they do. They do a lot of things very well, even though they don't knock your socks off with the power that they potentially don't show you. But they do a lot of the little things, and in the defensive part of it. And Figgins, he can play second, third, center field and he's just a utility man that fills in. He plays extraordinary at all those positions.
"But it doesn't concern me. Our guys right now, win, lose or draw, we feel pretty good about ourselves. I think the pressure is all about getting to the postseason, and we certainly don't feel that that was as much of the pie as we wanted, even though it was satisfying to get one there."
Wither the weather: Forecasts for Friday in New York are for rain.
"If we get rain, you can't mess with nature, I guess," Torre said. "I have no clue what's going to happen, other than Randy will pitch and it will be [Shawn] Chacon following him. I don't see us rearranging that to accommodate any other situation, so I don't think we'll do anything with our pitching.
"The only thing, and I know [Angels manager] Mike Scioscia feels the same way, you certainly don't want to start a pitcher and have one of these on-and-off games where you're going to wind up losing a starter. That would be probably the worst scenario for our ballclub at this point in time."
Torre on Big Unit: "It's like facing a [Roger] Clemens or a Bob Gibson," the skipper said. "It's just something that you don't think too big about. You've got to think about trying to stay with him. When we faced Pedro [Martinez] a number of times with the Red Sox, we knew facing him that you could not paint too big of a picture. You have to really pay attention to detail and, I'm sure, of course that's what the Angels are all about.
"But [Johnson] could be intimidating. He dominates so many games when he is on his game, and you know he's one of the few pitchers that has ever pitched in the Major Leagues that you do major rehauling of your lineup against him, because he's so dominating left-handed."
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.