The father of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has died, the team announced Thursday. Jerry Girardi passed away Saturday at a residential health-care facility in Metamora, Ill. Girardi, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, was 81. The Yankees will observe a moment of silence in Girardi's memory before Game 4 of the American League Division Series with Baltimore on Thursday night. Joe Girardi will continue to manage the team, according to Newsday's David Lennon, in the series, which the Yankees lead 2-1. Girardi guided the Yankees to a dramatic victory on Wednesday night and was hailed for his decision to use Raul Ibanez as a pinch hitter for Alex Rodriguez. Ibanez hit a tying homer in the ninth inning and the winning blast in the 12th. Girardi is the fourth of five children. The elder Girardi, who worked as a construction salesman and a bricklayer, also has six grandchildren. His wife, Angels, died in 1984. A funeral Mass will be held Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Peoria. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Tampico, Ill. -- The Boston Red Sox scheduled an interview for next week with Brad Ausmus, who is the third known candidate to replace fired manager Bobby Valentine. The Red Sox are scheduled to interview Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach and have shown interest in Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell. Farrell has one year remaining on his contract and the Red Sox aren't inclined to haggle with the Blue Jays over player compensation or financial considerations as they did when general manager Theo Epstein left to be president of the Chicago Cubs last offseason. -- Derek Jeter's streak of consecutive postseason games played at shortstop came to an end at 155 on Thursday night in the Yankees' game against the Orioles. Jeter was in the starting lineup for the Yankees, but he was the designated hitter because of a bone bruise on his left foot. It's the first time Jeter didn't start at shortstop during a Yankees postseason game since Tony Fernandez was New York's starting shortstop in Game 5 of the 1995 ALDS against Seattle.
- Joe Girardi
- Raul Ibanez