Notes: It’s cloudy in Baltimore and there is rain in the area. But it’s dry here so far. … The Yankees are not taking BP today. … Moeller is 5 of 16 with three RBI and two extra-base hits since being called up.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 12:37 p.m.: It was pouring before but it has since stopped. The tarp is on the field at the moment but the skies are clear. They seem hopeful of starting on time.
UPDATE, 2:02 p.m.: The players were given their official MLB identification cards today. They use them to get into stadiums. Obviously guys like Derek Jeter or A-Rod use theirs less than say Chad Moeller.
Phil Hughes was given his card and loved his photo so much that he was showing everybody.
UPDATE, 2:08 p.m.: The Yanks give us a packet of minor league box scores and statistics every day that I like to read through. A few things that stood out:
Dellin Betances is 3-0, 2.66 after winning last night for Charleston (5 2 0 0 5 5).
Carmen Angelini (.196/.324/.377) is scuffling.
Brad Suttle (.368/.429/.553) seems to have it figured out.
Jesus Montero (.338/.365/.500) will be there all season, Brian Cashman said. They want him to get a good solid year under his belt, work on catching and get up a bunch of confidence.
J.B. Cox and Mark Melancon are pitching out of the pen for Tampa. The focus for now is more on how they feel, not the results. Cox has thrown 4 innings and Melancon 10.2.
Trenton has an interesting team, especially the OF. Austin Jackson (.302/.429/.397) picked up from last season. Jose Tabata (.231, no HRs) isn’t hitting yet. Jackson is racing past him as a prospect.
Dan McCutchen (17.2 11 2 2 6 15) has been their best starter along with Chase Wright (3-1, 2.92). Of all their pitching prospects, he’s the guy I like best. I can see the Yankees turning him into a reliever who can help in the majors by late July. He’s got the stuff and the mentality.
UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: Andy Pettitte is so reliable. Nine up and nine down. Now maybe the Yankees can give him a few runs to work with. Steve Trachsel isn’t this good.
UPDATE, 2:28 p.m.: Like I said, Steve Trachsel isn’t that good. I covered the Mets, I know. Big spot here for the Big G.
UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: The Yankees should have scored more than two there. But with how well Andy is pitching, maybe it won’t matter. That’s 12 up and 12 down and one ball out of the infield. He has struck out four.
UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: What a terrible way to lose a perfect game, on a broken-bat dribbler up the line. It’s all A-Rod’s fault for not playing in for the broken-bat dribbler.
12 more outs to get. Six by Andy, three from Joba, three from Mo? The Yankees need a win any way they can today. They haven’t lost four straight since last May.
UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: No word yet on why A-Rod had to leave the game.
UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Wilson Betemit for Doug Mientkiewicz? Anybody? Bueller? Anybody?
Giambi is 5 for 45 this season. If you take away his 3 for 3 against Mike Timlin, he is 2 for 42 (.048) with 0 homers and 2 RBI. Um …
* * * * A-ROD INJURY UPDATE * * * *
UPDATE, 3:33 p.m.: A-Rod has a strained right quad and is officially day to day. That’s the same injury Derek Jeter had that kept him out for a week. “Day to day” in Yankees-speak is at least four or five days.
UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: I know Erik Bedard is good. But Adam Jones is a heck of a center fielder. That trade could work out very well for the Orioles. … Meanwhile, Kevin Millar could roll out of bed on Christmas morning and hit against the Yankees.
UPDATE 3:49 p.m.: It’s raining now at Camden Yards and the grounds crew is poised behind the tarp. Hopefully they can just play through it with two innings to go. The Yankees will be furious if there’s a rain delay with an off day coming up tomorrow.
UPDATE, 3:55 p.m.: What a job by Andy Pettitte. 7 shutout innings, 4 hits, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts. 89 pitches, 59 strikes.
UPDATE, 3:59 p.m.: The game is being delayed by rain.
UPDATE, 4:17 p.m.: The tarp is coming off. The game is scheduled to start up in about 15 minutes.
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Brian Bruney warming up for the Yankees. Guess that is it for Joba.
UPDATE, 4:50 p.m.: Chad Moeller is 7 for 20 since he joined the Yankees with three extra-base hits. The Nationals liked Wil Nieves more in spring training. Go figure baseball.
UPDATE, 4:56 p.m.: It’s raining again and Dave Trembley is changing pitchers in the ninth inning down 7-1. Way to go, Dave.
UPDATE, 5:01 p.m.: Excellent work, Dave. Now there’s another rain delay. Meanwhile I have a flight at 8 p.m.
UPDATE, 5:20 p.m.: Tarp is off and they’re cleaning up the field. There are about 1,000 people left in the park.
UPDATE, 5:38 p.m.: We’re back underway with Mo on the mound.