Joe Girardi

Joe Girardi speaks with the media about the death of his father prior to Game 4 of the American League Division Series on Thursday. (Alex Trautwig, Getty Images / October 11, 2012)

The Yankees have announced that Joe Girardi's father died Saturday.

News of Jerry Girardi's death broke earlier in the day. He had been battling Alzheimer's disease and was 81.

Girardi choked up when talking about the passing of his father at his pregame news conference, saying he kept quiet about the death because he didn't want it to be a distraction.

The Yankees host the Orioles in Game 4 of the ALDS tonight at 7:37 p.m.