Notes: The rain has let up. … Jeter said the pain in his left quad is “not that bad” but he’s not sure how long he will be out. … Giambi is playing for the first time since Saturday when he had a groin pull. … Bench coach Rob Thomson is a Kansas grad and is quite pleased with his Jayhawks.
UPDATE, 3:08 p.m.: Joe Girardi told us that Jeter will not play in this series and the hope is that he will be able to play “sometime” in the Boston series.
They’re going forward with Betemit at SS and haven’t discussed the idea of using A-Rod.
UPDATE, 3:55 p.m.: They just introduced the teams (It’s Opening Day here). Meanwhile, here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game press conference:
UPDATE, 5:06 p.m.: Brian Bannister has thrown 54 pitches in his two innings and Phil Hughes is at 49 and still needs to get the last out in the bottom of the second. My keen sense of baseball tells me we’re not going to get a complete game from either starter today.
UPDATE, 5:11 p.m.: Wow, 55 pitches for Hughes in two innings. He didn’t get much help from his defense in that inning, but his location is way off.
As long as the game is close, you have to leave Hughes in and hope to get two or three more innings out of him.
They really should have a long reliever.
UPDATE, 5:36 p.m.: Wow, ugly outing for the Franchise, yet the game is tied. His inning pitch totals: 22 33 24. He doesn’t seem to be able to get a grip on his curveball.
UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: So much for Phil Hughes. He’s out after giving up two hits and a run in the fourth inning. The Royals also have stolen four bases.
3-2 KC in the fourth.
UPDATE, 6:31 p.m.: Wow, the Yankees are playing awful defense today. Very sloppy.
UPDATE, 6:49 p.m.: A-Rod has struck out four times. That’s the fourth time in his career he has done it, the first time since 2006.
UPDATE, 6:54 p.m.: Jorge Posada is out of the game with what must be some sort of inury. Just speculation, but given his throws his shoulder must still be bothering him.
So much for spring training setting up the Yankees to be healthy at the start of the season.