Notes: Now there’s an interesting lineup. … Matsui has played RF four times with the Yankees. … It was raining here this afternoon but is sunny now and the teams will take batting practice on the field. … The Yankees are facing lefty John Bale (0-1, 5.68). … The team departs after the game for Boston, where rain and cold temperatures are in the weekend forecast. … The Yankees are 1-13 with runners in scoring position in this series and 11-66 for the season.
UPDATE, 6:49 p.m.: Derek Jeter will take some grounders and try running tomorrow while Jorge Posada will play long toss. It seems doubtful that Jeter will play tomorrow as he would need to show he can run the bases hard. “That’s the tell-tale sign,” he said. … Girardi said he changed the lineup because the Yankees are facing a lefty and that some guys needed a day off, not because the team is struggling. John Bale is not exactly Koufax, so I’m not sure how much I believe that. But the lineup certainly needed a shake up.
UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: The game is starting five minutes late because they had to do some extra work on the field. … Nice fans here in KC. Their improving young team has a chance to sweep the Yankees and the place doesn’t look even half full.
UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: Well, this is new. It’s not raining and they put the tarp on the field.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Well, they knew what they were doing. It’s now raining like crazy and very windy. Meanwhile, I have a 6:25 a.m. flight to Boston. Good, good times.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: They’re pulling the tarp off the field now.
UPDATE, 10:09 p.m.: Received a text from Chad Jennings in Scranton. Shelley Duncan was 4 for 5 with a homer, three doubles and three RBI for Scranton tonight. The bad news is that Alan Horne left his start with what appears to be biceps tendinitis.
UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: Hey, look, it’s Hideo Nomo. This is his first appearance in the majors since July 15, 2005 and his first relief appearance since June 24, 2000. He’s wearing No. 91 because that’s 16 upside down. Billy Butler has 16 for Kansas City, which is Nomo’s former number.