10/14/2003 5:16 PM ET
Notes: Jason yet to be scary
BOSTON -- Jason Giambi's first career trip to the American League Championship Series has not been a productive one, as the Yankees' designated hitter has struggled at the plate against the Red Sox.
By Mark Feinsand / MLB.com
Giambi entered Tuesday's Game 5 batting .154 in the series, going 2-for-13 with two singles, three walks and no RBIs. He was 0-for-3 with a walk in Game 4, lining out into a double play with two men on in the first inning and flying out with runners at second and third in the fifth.
"I'm doing the best I can," Giambi said. "Whether I'm getting hits or not, I'm trying. I can't do any more or less, I'm just stuck in that mode of not getting hits."
"This is pressure time. Everything is magnified, not only with the media but with us," said manager Joe Torre. "You seize a moment and try to make the most of it. If it happens during the season in game two of a four-game series, you don't pay as much attention to it."
Giambi almost came through with a big hit in the fifth, drilling a ball a few feet foul of the right-field pole. He followed that with a shallow fly ball to center, which wasn't deep enough to score Alfonso Soriano from third base.
The Yankees are batting just .192 in the series, scoring 3.5 runs per contest. Giambi is hardly the only Yankee hitter struggling against Boston's pitching staff, but as the high-priced slugger and No. 3 hitter, the pressure to produce may be more on him than anyone else.
"He's going to fight through it. He's certainly not looking for anybody to feel sorry for him," said Torre. "Every time he comes to the plate, I expect big things. I'm going to be right in one of these at-bats."
Giambi agrees with his manager, saying that his big moment is bound to come.
"Every day I come to the ballpark knowing that one swing can change the whole ballgame," Giambi said. "I have to keep that attitude. I wish I was getting those big hits, but I'm not down, not defeated. I'm taking good at-bats and doing the best I can. Sooner or later, I'm going to get that big hit."
Switch-a-roo: David Dellucci was penciled in as the Yankees' starting right fielder for Game 5 on Tuesday, but Torre made a late change, inserting Karim Garcia into the lineup in Dellucci's place.
Garcia, who missed Game 4 after cutting his hand in the Game 3 bullpen skirmish, took batting practice before the game on Tuesday, apparently proving to Torre that he was fit to play.
"Yesterday, he couldn't swing the bat," Torre said before Garcia took BP. "Today he feels better."
Center of attention: Hundreds of fans arrived at Fenway Park on Tuesday only to learn that their seats had been moved for Game 5. The center-field bleachers, which seat 416 people, were covered with a black tarp to protect the hitter's background in the batter's eye.
Those seats are sold for night games at Fenway, which Sunday's game originally was before being rained out. Tickets from Sunday's Game 4 were honored at Tuesday's Game 5 makeup.
Torre, Derek Jeter and hitting coach Rick Down were taken out to the field before the game to give their opinion on whether the seats should be covered, as they eventually were.
The fans holding those 416 tickets were given seats elsewhere in the ballpark.
Moose cuts loose: After Mike Mussina placed some of the blame for the Yankees' Game 4 loss on the offense's inability to score against Tim Wakefield, some Yankees were asked whether the pitcher went over the line with his comments.
Torre, always the diplomat, said that while he didn't hear or read Mussina's comments, he assumed that they came out of frustration. Mussina is 0-3 this postseason despite pitching well in two of his three starts.
"When you get someone after a very tough loss, I don't think anybody was in a great mood last night. I know I wasn't," Torre said. "But Mike is a very honest person. He's going to tell you about his frustrations. He's going to come out and maybe not necessarily sound right sometimes. Mike Mussina is as much a team man as anybody is on our ballclub. I'm sure what he said last night was a lot of frustration coming out like everybody else felt."
"Mike's had a tough go at it this postseason as far as the run support," said Andy Pettitte. "I feel like he's thrown the ball great. I know it's frustrating for him right now. He wants to win those games like the rest of us want to win.
Mussina was asked after Game 4 whether he felt helpless watching the offense struggle against Tim Wakefield, to which he answered, "completely."
"I can only control 60 feet, six inches," Mussina said. "I did my job the best I can. The other stuff has to be tended to by other people, not me."
Despite those words, Pettitte insisted on Tuesday that the Yankees are not a team divided.
"We are as unified as we can get in the clubhouse," Pettitte said. "Everybody is pulling in the same direction. We just weren't able to get it done last night."
Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.