ARLINGTON -- The Yankees completed their July 31 trade for right-hander Kerry Wood on Thursday, sending Minor League infielder Matt Cusick and right-hander Andrew Shive to the Indians as the players to be named.
Cusick, 24, batted .243 with three home runs and 35 RBIs in 88 games between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this year. He was originally a 10th-round selection of the Astros in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
Shive, 24, was 1-2 with a 4.56 ERA in 16 relief appearances for Class A Staten Island and Class A Charleston in 2010, walking 20 and striking out 14 in 23 2/3 innings while permitting 21 hits. He was a 35th-round Draft selection of the Yankees in 2008.
Sabathia available out of 'pen rest of ALCS
ARLINGTON -- After allowing just two runs over six innings in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday, ace CC Sabathia said Thursday he would be available out of the Yankees' bullpen for Game 6 and, if necessary, Game 7.
"I'm ready to pitch and I'm ready to do whatever to try to win a series," said Sabathia, who tossed 112 pitches to stave off elimination Wednesday. "I'll be ready to pitch, whether that's tomorrow or Game 7 or whatever. I'll be ready."
Having a starting pitcher come of the bullpen is nothing new in the postseason. As recently as Wednesday, Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt pitched in the ninth inning and took the loss in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Giants.
Former big leaguer Randy Johnson pitched in relief in the 1995 AL Division Series and 2001 World Series and picked up victories against the Yankees.
Swisher hikes up socks to change his luck
ARLINGTON -- Nick Swisher isn't one to cave to peer pressure, but his postseason luck led him to try a new fashion statement, hiking his navy socks knee-high to match Yankees outfielders Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner.
"I felt like I'd finally lock in there with the rest of the outfield," said Swisher, who is hitting .105 in the American League Championship Series. "I've definitely got to try that Friday night too."
The Yankees will make sure of it. Swisher slugged a home run, walked and scored a run in New York's 7-2 victory over the Rangers in Game 5, ensuring the wheels of the Bombers' charter jet got off the runway.
"I had to get a pair of blue socks, you know?" Swisher said. "Just changing it up a little bit. It worked out for us. I don't know about that look in general, but we'll see what happens."
Teixeira no fan of Stadium warning track
ARLINGTON -- A day after watching first baseman Lance Berkman slip and fall on the warning track in the fourth inning of Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Rangers on Wednesday, teammate Mark Teixeira said the warning track near the Yankees' dugout must be fixed.
Teixeira said he has suffered minor injuries while diving for balls on the warning track.
"That warning track around our stadium is very dangerous," Teixeira said. "It's hard. It's basically concrete with sand on it. It needs to be fixed. It's not a safe surface."
Asked if the players have complained about the warning track, Teixeira said, "I think we have, but I don't think it's an easy thing to do during the season. Maybe this offseason, we will be able to fix it."
Kearns not upset about lack of playing time
ARLINGTON -- The Yankees have played eight postseason games and outfielder Austin Kearns hasn't played an inning. With first baseman Mark Teixeira out of action because of a right hamstring injury, there was a scenario in Game 5 where manager Joe Girardi could have started Kearns in right field and put Nick Swisher at first base.
But Girardi decided to go with Lance Berkman at first base and keep Swisher in right field. Kearns didn't show any emotions about not playing in the postseason.
"It's skip's decision," Kearns said. "I'm all about winning. Whomever is out there, I have confidence in everybody. I'm not disappointed. If you get in there, you get in there and try to get it done. You can do what you can to help out. There is no selfishness going on. It's about winning."
Kearns played 36 games for New York and hit .235 with two home runs and seven RBIs after being acquired from the Indians in late July.
A-Rod grateful security nabbed fan on field
ARLINGTON -- As he watched a crazed fan being planted into the Yankee Stadium turf by security during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday, Alex Rodriguez could not have known that the man was rushing to confront him.
"I saw he was very upset, though," Rodriguez said Thursday. "It's always a little scary, but our guys took care of it."
A New York Police Department spokesman identified the fan as Grim LeRogue, 33, of the Bronx. LeRogue told police that he wanted to choke the Yankees' third baseman because of his relationship with actress Cameron Diaz, according to sources within the department.
LeRogue -- whose name at birth was John Rogan -- did not have a weapon with him. He was carrying photographs of Rodriguez and Diaz when he was caught on the field. According to reports, a photo of Rodriguez contained a drawing of a gun and the words, "You've gotta go, buddy."
"The first I heard was when I saw it on the cover of the paper," Rodriguez said. "It's not a good feeling, obviously. And anyone who's out on the field -- we play in front of so many people -- that can be very scary. I don't wish that on anyone."
LeRogue was tackled on the field by security officials shortly after he jumped out of the stands in the top of the fifth inning. He was promptly handcuffed and taken off the field, well before he could reach any players.
LeRogue was charged with assault and interfering with a sporting event, and he was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation as of Tuesday afternoon. Rodriguez was asked Thursday if he has received threats in the past from fans.
"Not too many, no," he responded.
Bryan Hoch and Bill Ladson are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.