Notes: Cleveland will start LHP Aaron Laffey, who has never faced any of the Yankees. … The Yankees are ending a stretch of 18 road games in 21 days. … Jorge Posada is officially on the DL as of yesterday and Chris Stewart is here and wearing No. 38. … Johnny Damon is 13 of his last 32 with seven RBI and seven extra-base hits. … Matsui returns to the lineup after two days off. “I didn’t retire,” he said.
UPDATE, 5:58 p.m.: Jorge Posada flew to Birmingham, Ala., today to meet with Dr. James Andrews. No word yet on his status. Tonight will be the first game the Yankees will play without Posada on the roster since Sept. 1, 1996.
UPDATE, 6:38 p.m.: It’s up to 47, the tarp is off the field and the skies are clear. It won’t be awful but it’ll still be cold.
UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: I sort of follow minor-league players like stocks. I have certain guys I try and check every day. J.B. Cox is on that list. He chucked two innings for Trenton yesterday against New Britain 2 2 0 0 0 1. He was with Trenton in 2006 and pitched well before he missed 2007 with injuries. If Cox pitches well, he could get a chance in the majors this season.
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: 0 x 3 with RISP in the first off a pitcher who seemed to be begging to give up a few runs. That’s 2 for 23 in the series. (Note: Please do not take this as some kind of commentary on the Yankees or part of some secret agenda. We’re just passing along a statistic that would seem to be of interest to educated readers).
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: They should give The Big G a blanket to smother the ball with. Then he could pick up the ball with the blanket and step on the bag. That would work better than the glove at this point. (Note: I am not actually suggesting this; it’s a joke. The comment was no way intended to besmirch Jason Giambi, the New York Yankees or Joe Girardi, all of whom I hold in the highest regard).
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: The Moose has done a great job for four innings but Aaron Laffey has been even better as the Yankees somehow have yet to get a hit. Laffey has retired 12 in a row. (Note: Laffey has in fact retired 12 in a row. This is a statistic and should not in any way offend certain Yankee fans or be seen as an indictment of the manager. I’m sure the Yankees are trying very hard).
UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: The Moose has allowed two runs in his last 11 innings.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Guess I jinxed Mussina (Note: It wasn’t intentional. I would never want anything bad to happen to the Yankees). Now Albaladejo is warming up. Why did they bring Chris Britton up?
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Two little infield singles and next thing you know it leads to four runs. Now we’ll see what the bullpen can do for four innings.