Girardi misses second straight game with respiratory infection
NEW YORK -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi missed his second straight game Saturday with an upper respiratory infection.
Girardi was at the ballpark and bench coach Rob Thomson said about 2½ hours before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays that he thought Girardi would be back in the dugout. But the club said right before the first pitch that Thomson would manage the team for the second straight day.
Girardi also missed New York's 13-4 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday night after the Yankees said he had a high fever. Thomson said he consulted with Girardi during the game about a couple of decisions.
Girardi was hired by New York in the offseason to replace longtime manager Joe Torre.
Pettitte made his first start Saturday after a dreadful offseason that included him admitting to using human growth hormone and giving a deposition and affidavit to a House committee contradicting friend Roger Clemens' testimony.
He was on the disabled list because of back spasms.
Pettitte got to throw to usual catcher Jorge Posada, who was behind the plate for the first time since Opening Day. Posada missed two games with a stiff right shoulder and served as the designated hitter in Friday night's loss.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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