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May 11, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Blake Beavan will start Tuesday in Boston, Kevin Millwood goes Sunday for Mariners instead

Blake Beavan came out and threw for about 10 or 15 minutes today at Yankee Stadium and after was pronounced OK enough to pitch on Tuesday in Boston. Beavan was to have gone in Sundays finale here in New York, but the off-day allows the team to move Kevin Millwood into that slot instead.
So, a couple of days off extra for Beavan after taking that ball in the elbow last Monday night. But no skipped starts. No Hisashi Iwakuma either.
Instead, it’ll be Millwood going on Sunday. I asked manager Eric Wedge whether Jesus Montero would catch him again. You’ll remember that Millwood and Montero were not on the same page when they hooked up Tuesday in that loss to Detroit. The young catcher was having trouble handing the veteran and they had to meet several times on the mound to go over things as Detroit scored five runs early.
It’s part of the reason the M’s are not catching Montero every day. They are trying to protect him from too many early experiences like that. He’s young and has made mistakes behind the plate despite some of his hitting numbers. It’s why he isn’t catching five days in a row.
“The first time we went back-to-back, I think that was important,” Wedge said. “Because it is different on your body. It is more of a toll on your mind. It is again, back-to-back. Which is a huge part of this game. Being able to repeat and then repeat again. Play and then play again. And with that position there, it’s a whole different mindset. It’s an entirely different game plan with a different starting pitcher from day-to-day. So, it’s a helluva lot more than any other position.”
Wedge wants Montero to be able to have those experiences. At the same time, he’s trying to protect him from negative ones. That’s part of why Wedge hesitated at proclaiming him Sunday’s catcher despite left-hander Andy Pettitte being on the mound for New York.
John Jaso doesn’t hit lefties all that well and normally that would automatically leave Montero to catch. But Wedge still wasn’t sure about it today.
“You know what, we’re wrestling with that right now,” Wedge said. “Because obviously, he’s going to catch two out of these three games. So, we’re looking at matchups, we’re going to see how tonight goes. We want to get through today first and then decide. So, that is a possibility, yes.”
One would imagine that any decision to go with Montero and Millwood as a combo again would involve some discussions between the two as well as with Millwood. It’s his starting job that could be on-the-line soon and he has to feel comfortable with whoever is catching.
I ran into Montero in a side corridor today outside the main clubhouse area and asked him whether he was being hit with a ton of interview requests here in New York.

Montero is a huge topic of conversation around an irate New York fanbase, given how Michael Pineda — who he was traded for — has been lost for the season after shoulder surgery.
“Oh yeah, I’m just walking around here,” he said of the interview requests, pointing back to the clubhouse. “Everybody (media-wise) is in there, so I’m just walking around as much as I can, trying to stay out of there.”
In other words, he’s lying low. Smart move.
The lineups:
2B Dustin Ackley
SS Brendan Ryan
RF Ichiro
C Jesus Montero
3B Kyle Seager
DH John Jaso
1B Justin Smoak
LF Mike Carp
CF Michael Saunders
RHP Felix Hernandez
SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Nick Swisher
LF Raul Ibanez
DH Eric Chavez
C Russell Martin
RHP Hiroki Kuroda

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