Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson was given a day off on Saturday, as Ichiro Suzuki started in center field. Girardi pointed to Ichiro's 13-for-39 lifetime numbers against Baltimore starter Joe Saunders; Granderson was 4-for-16 against Saunders.
Girardi said that relievers Boone Logan and David Robertson are likely not available to pitch in Saturday's game against the Orioles. He added that Jayson Nix, not Eduardo Nunez, is likely to play shortstop for Sunday's series finale.
On this date in 1982, Don Mattingly made his Major League debut as a defensive replacement in right field during a 10-5 Yankees win over the Orioles. Mattingly got his first at-bat on Sept. 11 of that same year, and logged the first of his 2,153 Major League hits on Oct. 1, a single off the Red Sox's Steve Crawford.