3/07/2008 02:02:00 PM

The Girardi Advantage

Posted by Mark McCray |

Not that Joe Torre didn't do the small things like walking the length of the dugout in Spring Training to congratulate guys for sac flies, but I have a feeling Joe Girardi does them just a bit more this season.

Case In Point:joeG

Joe Girardi met with Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy yesterday to discuss pitching one day after the neophyte right-handers were spanked by the Twins Wednesday in a 7-5 loss at Legends Field.

"I enjoy that part of the game," Girardi said. "I talked a little bit (yesterday). I talked to Ian and Joba and Alan Horne, just talked about things I saw and the importance of establishing the fastball and pitching in. It was just pitching strategy."

Kennedy gave up a monster two-run homer to Delmon Young, and Chamberlain watched a Garrett Jones blast land far into the seats of the right-field party deck with a runner on. Falling behind hurt each pitcher.

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