First at-bat unforgettable for Russo
Infielder's flyout in Yanks' rout at Fenway a special moment
BOSTON -- As the Yankees played out the final innings of their 14-3 blowout win over the Red Sox on Saturday, it dawned on Kevin Russo that not only was he going to get his first Major League at-bat, but it was going to come against a non-pitcher.
The Red Sox had summoned outfielder Jonathan Van Every to mop up the last three outs and save their bullpen, and Russo was due up fourth in the inning. Derek Jeter doubled to deep center and Brett Gardner struck out looking before Mark Teixeira homered, bringing up Russo.
"I didn't really know what to think," Russo said. "It was kind of a weird situation, but it was still my first Major League at-bat and I was trying to get a hit. I was just excited to be here."
Russo took a ball before swinging at the second pitch, a 78-mph fastball, and flying out to right fielder J.D. Drew. After landing at Logan Airport at 11 a.m. ET, Russo said the whole day had been one he wouldn't be able to forget.
"Guys were even saying, 'That was one of the weirdest games I ever played,'" Russo said. "It was definitely a crazy day with the rain delays and all the stuff, but it was pretty exciting. It's Fenway Park, playing the Boston Red Sox. Just a very cool experience."
Pettitte penciled in for Saturday
BOSTON -- Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte is tentatively in line to make his next start next Saturday against the Twins in New York.
Pettitte will be skipped from a start on Monday against the Tigers and replaced by right-hander Sergio Mitre, a precautionary measure after Pettitte was forced to leave his start on Wednesday against the Orioles after five innings with mild inflammation in his left elbow.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Pettitte will play catch on Monday and try a long-toss session on Tuesday at Detroit's Comerica Park before throwing a bullpen on Wednesday.
Pettitte -- who is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in six starts -- was not pleased with the decision to be skipped for Monday's start, wishing that the Yankees had given him the opportunity to plead his case.
BOSTON -- Right-hander Alfredo Aceves (lower back stiffness) felt better on Sunday and could possibly be available to pitch as soon as Monday night in Detroit. ... Right-hander Chan Ho Park, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, will throw another bullpen session on Monday in Tampa, Fla., and is moving closer to a Minor League rehabilitation appearance, though that date has yet to be determined. ... Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that with Jorge Posada expected to return to catching duty on Monday, the plan remains that Francisco Cervelli will catch once out of every three or four days.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.