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Girardi doesn't plan a Coors Field prep for pitchers


NEW YORK -- Joe Girardi, who caught three seasons for the Rockies in the days before game balls were stored in a humidor to keep more of them in Coors Field, says he will have no advice for his pitchers before they take the mound in a three-game series that begins there Tuesday night.

"Some of our guys have been there," Girardi said. "And if I don't hear them talking about it and I don't see it affecting them, why would I put a thought in somebody's head? "

Girardi, an original member of the Rockies, says he has nothing but fond memories of his time in Denver, no matter how many of the pitches he called were hit out of the park.

"It was a very enjoyable time of my life, being part of that organization at the beginning, and the fan support we had at Mile High [Stadium], then going over to Coors Field," he said. "The first pitcher we faced at Coors Field, I remember, was Andy Pettitte in an exhibition game.  

"People were great to me. I have family there. I'm looking forward to it."

Hiroki Kuroda, David Phelps and CC Sabathia are the Yankees' scheduled starters for the series, which begins an eight-game trip that continues to Kansas City and concludes with a makeup doubleheader in Cleveland on May 13.

Jay Greenberg is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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