Girardi addresses Yanks, stressing patience

Girardi addresses Yanks, stressing patience

BALTIMORE -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi briefly addressed his team after Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field, generally telling his players that it is too early to worry about a slow start.

"It is only three games -- we talked about that," Girardi said. "I've talked about players individually. It's three games. You can't make too much of it. We've got a lot of three-game series left; a lot. It's one. You move on."

Girardi said he understands that his players wanted to get off to a better start, but he is not discounting that the Yankees put up a combined 12 runs in the first two games of the series against two very good Rays pitchers in James Shields and David Price.

"If someone would have told you we were going to score six runs off of Shields and six runs off of Price, you probably would have said, 'Well, that's pretty good,'" Girardi said. "It's just important that we're doing things the right way, and I thought our guys did."

Girardi said that he has not heard from managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, which is not out of the ordinary. He said that the current situation is "a totally different circumstance" than in 1998, the last time the Yankees started 0-3, when George M. Steinbrenner fumed in New York and the tabloids speculated about manager Joe Torre's job security, but Girardi doesn't think his position would be much different if "The Boss" was still at the helm.

"I've always said, my heat comes from within," Girardi said. "[Any criticism] might be more public, maybe, but my heat comes from within. I don't necessarily have to worry about what other people think. I have to worry about what I think."