Here we are at Chain Of Lakes Park in Winter Haven.
It’s 65 degrees and the Yankees are playing the Indians. The game is on YES. I’m working on a few stories and have some calls to make, but I’ll chime in here from time to time.
Jeter reached on a one-out error but Abreu grounded out before Giambi struck out.
Remember that great spring Ian Kennedy was having? Not any more. It’s 4-0 Tribe as Ryan Garko hit a three-run homer. All the runs are unearned thanks to an error by Melky Cabrera. But it’s been ugly since.
Still 4-0. Kennedy has thrown 48 pitches in two innings.
IN-GAME UPDATE FROM TAMPA
Joba Chamberlain pitched an inning in a minor-league game in Tampa against Triple-A Lehigh Valley and allowed one run on two hits and two walks. LaTroy Hawkins pitched a scoreless inning against Double-A Reading. He walked two and struck out two.
The Yankees scored a run thanks to an error and it’s 4-1. Kennedy labored in the third inning again, allowing a hit and a walk. 61 pitches through three.
Tell you what, Ian Kennedy hangs in there. He has put five guys on base in the last three innings and none have scored. I have him at 80 pitches through four innings, 41 of them strikes. He may get a few more batters.
IPK’s line so far: 4 5 4 0 4 2.
The Yankees loaded the bases with one out. But Damon flew to right and Jeter (in mid-season form) bounced into a double play. Still 4-1. IPK back on the mound, but probably only for 10 pitches or so. That could be one batter the way he is going.
It was two batters, 4-3 and a K of Peralta.
IPK: 4.2 5 4 0 4 3. 91 pitches / 48 strikes. Not great but not as bad as it could have been. He kept them in it after the first.
Not only did IPK keep the Yankees in the game, they’ve tied it.
Giambi: Double off the fence in right
Cano: RBI double
Betemit: RBI single
Molina: RBI single (he’s 3 for 3)
The Yanks have taken a 5-4 lead. Even with A-Rod and Posada home, their lineup is relentless. Cano had an RBI single and Giambi another hit.
The Yankees are still up 5-4. Darrell Rasner just got through the seventh.