WASHINGTON -- Had there been a vehicle in place for the umpiring crew to review a key eighth-inning play at the plate on Saturday, Mark Teixeira would not have had a chance to slug a game-winning hit in the 14th inning.
Replays showed that the Nationals' Tyler Moore sneaked across home plate ahead of Russell Martin's tag in what eventually went as New York's 5-3 victory. Moore was called out by home-plate umpire Tim Timmons, following a terrific throw from right field by Dewayne Wise.
Still, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he would be in favor of expanding instant replay in baseball, even though it probably would have cost his team a game this weekend.
"They talk about how they believe it would slow the game down," Girardi said. "I think it would actually speed it up, because I don't think we would go out to argue and there wouldn't be discussions.
"I think the umpires are under so much scrutiny; I think their jobs are harder now than it's ever been, because you can slow everything down to super slow-mo and take a look at everything. I don't really believe that umpiring has changed over the years, but I just think that because of the ability that TV has, it's made their jobs tougher."
Girardi said he would be in favor of embracing that technology, permitting managers to use challenge flags to request replays or having a fifth umpire reviewing video somewhere in the stadium. Currently, video is only available for umpires to review home run calls.
"Any time there's change, it's hard for people," Girardi said. "Then a lot of times it grows on us and we learn to love it."
Wise said after the game that he'd heard the Yankees caught a break.
"I don't want to say it," Wise said. "But I made a good throw. The umpire said he was out. Make it close, you never know what might happen."
Swisher hopes to return to lineup Monday
WASHINGTON -- Nick Swisher limped out of Nationals Park on Saturday using crutches after experiencing what he said "feels like the worst charley horse ever." The outfielder has returned the crutches to the trainer's room and is hoping to return to the Yankees' lineup on Monday.
Swisher was injured on a sixth-inning slide into home plate on Saturday in New York's 5-3 14-inning victory over the Nationals, as Washington catcher Jesus Flores' knee collided with the back of Swisher's left thigh, creating a deep bruise.
"I had a hard time moving yesterday, so I just kind of used [the crutches] to help out," Swisher said. "It's a long walk from this locker room to the bus. It's just tight, man; just feels like it's all knotted up."
Swisher said he planned to spend most of Sunday's game getting treatment from head athletic trainer Steve Donohue. He added that he experienced some nausea immediately after the collision.
"I've never felt something like that," Swisher said. "[Flores] got me good, right in that one spot."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he did not expect Swisher to be available to pinch-hit on Sunday.
"You get a knee to the thigh, you're going to be sore," Girardi said. "He's going to get a lot of treatment, and if we don't get him back tomorrow, we'll shoot for Tuesday. Sometimes those things can linger."
With Chris Stewart in the lineup on Sunday, it is possible that Russell Martin could catch CC Sabathia on Monday. Martin hasn't been paired with Sabathia since April 11 at Baltimore. He was out of Sunday's lineup after catching Saturday's 14-inning contest, in which he fouled a ball off his foot.
Yankees reliever David Robertson is available on Sunday after Girardi tried to stay away from him on Saturday. Girardi said he will watch Robertson closely before trying to pitch him in back-to-back contests.
The Yankees were without a backup catcher on Saturday after Stewart pinch-hit in the pitcher's spot in the 12th inning. Girardi said that the likely emergency catcher would be Jayson Nix, though Raul Ibanez also caught when he first came up as a pro.
On this date in 1978, Ron Guidry struck out 18 Angels in a four-hit, 4-0 shutout at Yankee Stadium, setting a club record and an American League single-game record for a left-handed pitcher.