Notes: Joba is in the air and headed this way. They hope he will arrive in time for the game. Presumably, Edwar Ramirez will be sent back. … Kyle Farnsworth claimed he was surprised that he was suspended and denied any bad intentions when he threw at Manny Ramirez. No word on when the appeal will be heard. … Posada said he hopes to catch tomorrow or Tuesday. He said his shoulder is “close” to 100 percent. … Yankee pitching has allowed 39 hits and 24 runs over the last 26 innings. … That’s 19 games and and 19 different lineups for Joe Girardi so far.
UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: Only the 2008 Yankees can get a walk, a single and a triple in the same inning and not score. … Joba is here and he thanked everybody for their good wishes.
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Ian Kennedy is at a nice tidy 56 pitches after two innings. Yikes. Meanwhile Alex Rodriguez is 1 for 18 with runners in scoring position this season.
UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Should Kennedy be sent back to the minors? He has allowed 14 runs in 14 innings over four appearances. He and Hughes are wearing the bullpen out. With a day off coming Monday, anything is possible.
When you don’t throw strikes, opposing hitters can just sit and wait for a pitch they can handle. Kennedy has a lot of potential but he has thrown only 101 innings in the minors. He threw 85 pitches in 2.2 innings tonight.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: They just played a video tribute to Cal Ripken then at the end showed Ripken sitting in his seat at the game. The crowd went nuts. I was waiting for Brian Cashman to run over and offer him a contract to DH.
UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: Who says the Yankees arenâ€™t developing their young pitchers? Ross Ohlendorf is progressing nicely. What was the point of having Ohlendorf throw one-inning stints all spring then make him a long man once the season started?
UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: So let me get this straight: Manny Ramirez doesn’t get intentionally walked with first base open and two outs. But RAMON HERNANDEZ does? He came into this game hitting .163.