UPDATE, 6:09 p.m.: Posada has been scratched with a stiff right shoulder. He tweaked it making a throw yesterday and with the cold weather today he had trouble getting loose. Matsui will move up in the order and Molina will hit eighth.
Joe Girardi said the injury was minor and that Posada was day-to-day.
UPDATE, 6:18 p.m.: If you were thinking about stealing anything from Yankee Stadium this season, read this press release:
YANKEES ARREST TWO FANS FOR ATTEMPTED LARCENY
AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF AT OPENING DAY GAME
The New York Yankees announced today that two fans were arrested during Tuesdayâ€™s Opening Day game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium for attempting to steal Stadium bunting and causing damage to the bunting and faÃ§ade.
Both fans were charged with attempted larceny and criminal mischief. Each charge is punishable by up to one year imprisonment and/or fines. They were detained and booked by the New York City Police Department and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The Yankees have also revoked their season ticket accounts.
â€œThe Yankees look forward to making this final season at Yankee Stadium a magical event for every fan,â€ said Yankees Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost. â€œThis type of destructive behavior will not be tolerated from the first game of the season through the last.â€
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: It’s 44 degrees at gametime here in the Bronx and the Yankees are already down 1-0 thanks to an error at first base by Jason Giambi that put David Eckstein on. Ironically, Joe Girardi said before the game how much faith he had in the Big G to play in the field.
The Moose has a white board at his locker (like he had in spring training) and he wrote “Welcome to Lambeau Field” on it before the game.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: By Yankee Stadium standards there is a sparse crowd on hand tonight. There are several sections of seats completely empty in the loge and scattered pockets of empty seats elsewhere.
But new team senior vice president Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal is on hand, braving the cold from the owner’s box.
It’s not a pleasant night whatsoever, especially when the wind blows.
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Harlan Chamberlain, Joba’s dad, was on the field before the game on his scooter. He went over to introduce himself to Frank Thomas to tell him that Joba had his poster in his bedroom back in Nebraska.
UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: Here’s Joe Girardi’s pregame interview session. He talked about Giambi, Joba, Mussina, Hughes and other things:
UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: The Big G flashed some leather there. … Meanwhile, the Moose has allowed two earned runs over five innings. If he does that on most nights, he’s going to be just fine.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: The lever on the countdown clock will be pulled tonight by three of the Super Bowl champion Giants — Steve Smith, Ahmad Bradshaw and Aaron Ross.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Mussina threw too good a fastball on 0-2 to Hill and he punched in into right right field with two outs. The RBI single gave Toronto a 4-0 lead and Moose is done for the night.
That takes away from what was otherwise a decent outing. LaTroy Hawkins now making his Yankees debut.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: The line on Mussina: 5.2 8 4 3 2 2. He threw 91 pitchesm, 62 strikes. He was an out away from a quality start. He was’t great, he wasn’t terrible. Of the eight hits, only half of them were line drives. The rest were bloopers.
At some point, they need to re-set the rotation so it’s Wang, Pettitte, Hughes, Mussina and Kennedy. But regardless, Mussina has to give them innings.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: That last run Moose gave up and the error by Giambi really hurts now as A-Rod just belted a two-run homer. It’s 5-2 with no outs in the seventh.
Here’s the updated career home run list:
13. Mickey Mantle 536
14. Jimmie Foxx 534
15. Ted Williams and Wilie McCovey 521
17. Rodriguez 519
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Nice job by Brian Tallet, six up and six down with four K’s. Toronto has really pitched a heck of a game.
UPDATE, 10:13 p.m.: It seems like yesterday the Yankees played in 2:31. Now it’s 10:13 and we still have three outs to go. I also can’t feel my fingers because they’re numb.
UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: Tying run at the plate in the form of A-Rod.
UPDATE, 10:18 p.m.: He struck out on a 2-2 fastball.
UPDATE, 10:19 p.m.: The Big G gave it a ride to center. But it didn’t fly far on this night. Two outs. … Cano pops out and that’s it. 161-1 it is.