Jorge Posada caught all three games of the Yankees' series with the Angels, and, with a day game on Saturday after a night game on Friday, manager Joe Girardi decided it was the best time to give his regular catcher a day off.
"[Posada] got beat up a little last night -- got a foul tip off the mask, foul tip off the foot, which is kind of the usual day for a catcher," Girardi said. "It was more of a 'three days in a row, give him a day, start him the next two.' "
It doesn't hurt that Cervelli and Sabathia worked so well together the last time out. Sabathia pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, leaving only after he allowed his first hit, to Kelly Shoppach in the eighth.
In 11 career games with Cervelli, Sabathia has a 2.43 ERA, and opponents are hitting only .182 off him.
"Since Day 1, he's open with me," said Cervelli. "He never treated me like a rookie. Like [I'm] a veteran catcher, he tells me, 'Do what you have to do. I'll follow.' "-- Tim Britton