Notes: Cynthia and Alex Rodriguez had a baby girl in Miami last night. The as-yet-unnamed kiddo checked in at 7 lbs, 2 ounces. “We are thrilled with the birth of our second daughter and the blessings of having two healthy and beautiful children in our lives,” the couple said in a statement released by the Yankees.
Bet you $1 the name will somehow have Alex or Alexander in it. His first daughter is Natasha Alexander Rodriguez. Indications are that A-Rod will be back on Thursday. Given his injury, it’s unlikely he would have played today anyway.
Mike Mussina didn’t know that Hank Steinbrenner wants him to throw like Jamie Moyer until reporters told him about it today. “I don’t have a lefty glove,” he said.
As you can see, Jorge Posada is catching. It will be his first start behind the plate since April 8.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: We’re underway in Chicago. It’s 71 degrees and clear.
Here’s what Joba had to say about L’Affaire Hank: â€œItâ€™s something that will be brought up all year as far as what should you do and what will go on. It didnâ€™t catch me by surprise. Itâ€™s something thatâ€™s going to be dealt with. Itâ€™s a win-win situation.â€
The kid has a good take on things.
â€œA pitcher,â€ he said when asked what his role should be. â€œI honestly donâ€™t care. As far as being to help this team in any way, if itâ€™s one inning or six or seven strong, I think itâ€™s a win-win opportunity for everybody involved.
â€œAs I told Cash, Iâ€™m never going to make the decision easy. Itâ€™s something Iâ€™m going to continue to work on and come to the ballpark every day. If it comes to where Iâ€™m going to get switched, Iâ€™ll do some things to get ready. If Iâ€™m going to stay where Iâ€™m at, than thatâ€™s fine, too. Youâ€™ve got to change your approach mentally a little bit (as a starter) and thatâ€™ll be the biggest adjustment.â€
Joba said he has never spoken to Hank about the situation.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: The official scorer here at U.S. Cellular Field is apparently drunk. A one-hop grounder to Morgan Ensberg that he had in his glove and dropped was ruled a hit, as was Johnny Damon’s ball that clanged off the glove of Paul Konerko in the top of the first.
Meanwhile, lots of Taiwanese flags here at the stadium. The Wanger has a lot of fans in the Windy City.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Hey, Giambi homered. When did the White Sox get Mike Timlin?
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Somebody needs to tell the Yankees pitchers they’re not getting paid by the pitch. Wang is closing in on 50 pitches and it’s the second inning.
UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: The Yankees are 0-10 when trailing after six innings. They’ve scored two or less runs in 12 games this season. This is looking like No. 13 so far.
UPDATE, 10:33 p.m.: There’s a first time for everything, it seems. Bobby Abreu’s grand slam (his first as a Yankee) has given the Yankees a 6-3 lead. Former Yankees paycheck-casher Octavio Dotel gave it up.
Chien-Ming Wang is now in line to get his 50th victory. He would be the fastest to 50 since Dwight Gooden got there in 1986.
UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: Wang allowed 10 hits and walked two. But Chicago stranded eight runners against him, seven in scoring position. He was pretty effective given his lack of stuff tonight.
UPDATE, 10:52 p.m.: Nice job by Traber and Bruney to bring the tying run to the plate by walking batters.
UPDATE, 10:55 p.m.: No, the Yankees don’t need a player with a good glove to play first base late in games. Jason Giambi is just fine. What could go wrong?
UPDATE, 11:06 p.m.: Man, nothing comes easy for the Yankees this season. Up 6-4 and they walk three batters in the seventh but squirm out of it with one run. The White Sox are 3-14 with runners in scoring position.
UPDATE, 11:14 p.m.: The Yankees are a great way to kill four hours. No wonder they pay their players so much, they work twice as much.
UPDATE, 11:21 p.m.: Reports of Johnny Damon’s demise were greatly exaggerated. Three-run homer and they’re clearing out of here like rats off a sinking ship. 9-4 Yankees.
UPDATE, 11:53 p.m.: Guess who’s warming up? Mariano Rivera. How is Mark Melancon doing? J.B. Cox? Jose Veras? Whitey Ford? Red Ruffing? The Yankees have to find somebody better than Farnsworth.