Logan hopes regret of Yanks' loss fuels him
Disappointing performance in ALCS lingers in reliever's mind
NEW YORK -- Tired of bouncing back to Triple-A, Boone Logan felt he had the kind of year that could keep him in the big leagues for a while, even if the ending wasn't one that the left-handed reliever would have penned.
Cleaning out his Yankee Stadium locker on Sunday in the aftermath of New York's American League Championship Series loss to the Texas Rangers, Logan said he would try to swiftly put his ALCS struggles behind him. The left-hander had a 27.00 ERA in three appearances, allowing two runs.
"The Rangers, they were on fire," Logan said. "They've got great hitters and they were all hitting. Everybody was doing their job.
"They were just hitting everything, and we couldn't find anything to get going. When you don't have that, you've got a team that's sitting there just pouncing on you until the end. It's tough to get up for air."
Logan retired three of the four batters he faced in New York's AL Division Series sweep of the Twins, but after recording two outs in Game 2, Logan gave up a double to Josh Hamilton in Game 3 that sparked a six-run ninth inning, and he surrendered a solo homer to Hamilton in Game 4.
Logan was hardly alone in his difficulties. The Rangers batted .304 in the ALCS, compared to the Yankees' .201 mark, and outscored New York, 38-19.
"Their leadoff hitter, [Elvis Andrus], was getting on," Logan said. "He was stealing. They were getting him over. They were bunting.
"We would intentionally walk their best hitter, [Hamilton], to get to their second-best hitter, [Vladimir Guerrero]. It's just unfortunate. You have to go that way, but the way they're hitting -- in my mind -- I don't think there was much stopping them."
Logan was 2-0 with a 2.93 ERA in 51 regular-season appearances, allowing 34 hits while walking 20 and striking out 38 in 40 innings. He could have a good opportunity to make next year's Opening Day roster.
Damaso Marte was envisioned as the Yankees' situational left-hander this spring, but he was lost for much of the season due to injury and had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder that will keep him from throwing until July.
"I got traded to the Yankees, and I was hoping I would have a career year with this team," Logan said. "I just had a good feeling coming into spring, and luckily I had a good season.
"I was definitely more prepared this spring than any other spring. That's kind of what I want to do again next year."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.