Sorry for the delay in starting this thread. Had a few calls to return.
It’s 68 and mostly sunny here at Legends Field as the Yankees take on the Twins. It’ll be Ian Kennedy against Kevin Slowey.
IPK allowed a hit by Brendan Harris but got Joe Mauer to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. This game is on ESPN and YES if you’re around a television.
The Yankees put two runners on with two outs but Jason Giambi struck out looking to end the inning.
He’s a bit crazy but Delmon Young is very talented. He crushed a 3-1 pitch over the wall in dead center to give the Twins a 1-0 lead. The Big G then actually left his feet to snare a line drive off the bat of Brian Buscher.
A little update for you: Hideki Matsui (stiff neck) took BP today on the field. He wasn’t swinging full go but he was at least out there after missing two days.
The Yankees have taken a 2-1 lead. Robbie Cano and Wilson Betemit had back to back doubles over the head of Carlos Gomez in center. Jonny Damon then delivered a two-out RBI single to right. Johnny Dangerously then stole second before Derek Jeter walked, showing his excellent intangibles.
Now Bobby Abreu will try and extend the inning.
He does, with a single up the middle. Gomez’s throw was about 25 feet wide of the plate. Jeter moved to third and Abreu to second. A-Rod struck out swinging to end the inning. 3-1 Yankees.
Kennedy is done. Heath Phillips is in to face a lefty.
I have yet to speak to Heath Phillips and couldn’t pick him out of a lineup. But he retired the side in order.
The Big G led off the bottom of the inning with a single, second to second on a balk and scored on Robbie Cano’s single to center. So in a span of a few innings, the Big G left his feet to catch a liner and scored from second on a single.
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Joba Chamberlain now pitching.
Chamberlain needed 19 pitches to get through the inning as he fell behind every batter he faced and went to three-ball counts on three of the four hitters. But outside of two-out walk, he didn’t give anything up.
The Yankees got a single from Jeter in the fourth but he was stranded.
More Joba for the Yankees.
It would seem that Joba is human after all. The likes of Brian Buscher singled to start the fifth. He came back to strike out Jon Knott then allowed a deep blast to right by Garrett Jones. And by deep I mean, the ball was crushed and bounced off the new patio deck.
Joba then came inside on the next hitter, Matt Tolbert, and hit him on the foot. Shaky outing for him, he’s falling behind and struggling with his command.
The Yankees went in order in the bottom of the inning. 4-3 Yanks after five.
Damon (Curtis), Abreu (Lane) and Giambi (Duncan) are all out. Jon Albaladejo is on the mound. The line for Joba: 2 2 2 2 1 1.
Not sure how much live-blogging I have left. I’ll have to head down to the clubhouse soon to interview the players who have come out of the game.
Melky just threw out Minnesota pinch runner Jose Morales when he tried to tag up aned go from second to third. The throw beat him by about eight feet.