No notes at the moment. Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 12:45 p.m.: Not much to report so far. The Wanger said that cramp in his hand went away and he doesn’t expect any more trouble. … Kyle Farnsworth had a giant stuffed (as in taxidermy, not bread crumbs) turkey in front of his locker. It seems he shot it somewhere in the area last year, had it stuffed and is sending it back home. Morgan Ensberg, who lockers next to Farnsworth, eyed the bird suspiciously when he arrived this morning. “You think it’s easy to shoot something?” he said. “I have no idea. Not that I want to find out.” Ensberg asked me if I ever shot something. (I haven’t. Not yet anyway). That led to a discussion about how baseball draws all different types of people. Interesting guy, that Morgan Ensberg. … Jorge Posada has a “Retire 21” sticker in locker in honor of Roberto Clemente. Wait a second, could that mean he doesn’t want 21 retired for Paul O’Neill?
Meanwhile, it’s cold and damp again today.
UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Anthony McCarron is covering the game today for the Daily News. He is threatening to do some in-game updates over on Blogging the Bombers. So check that out if you get bored.
Here is all you need to know about the Mac-Daddy: He’s the second-best sportswriter in his own house. He is married to talented Times football writer Judy Battista. Judy often writes about the not-so-mighty Patriots and really knows her stuff.
But at least Anthony is at the park, which is more than we can say for News beat man Mark Feinsand. Then again, perhaps he is on assignment chasing down the assorted goomahs of Roger Clemens.
UPDATE, 1;38 p.m.: Six up and six down for the Moose. As you watch the game today, watch how Mussina works higher in the strike zone on occasions and more inside. Dave Eiland is trying to get him to change the eye level of batters and to use his fastball on the inner third on the plate. The Moose has been pretty solid of late as he adjusts.
UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: The Mariners have scored two runs in this series so far, both set up by stolen bases. It’s something to keep an eye on as Mussina is a little slow to the plate and Seattle has several guys who can run. Meanwhile Ichiro is 3 for 6 with three steals in two games so far.
UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: Some aggressive baserunning there for the Yanks, which is the kind of thing they need to do with A-Rod and Jorge Posada out of commission for a while. Was that really The Big G we saw going first to third? Meanwhile, Hideki Matsui now has a 13-game hit streak, three off his career best.
The Yankees will announce a big crowd today, 50,000+, as every section has folks in it. But there are a lot of empty seats. The no-show factor was high with the unpleasant weather. But it’s not so bad if you’re sitting in the sun. At least that’s what Deano says from his seat behind third base, near the ballboy.
I know we have some other readers in the crowd today? How are you guys holding up?
UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: I believe I have hit upon the key to the season. Every time Hank Steinbrenner rips the Yankees, Mike Mussina pitches great the next day. Little Stein said Moose needed to pitch more like Jamie Moyer last month. Mussina went out the next day and held the White Sox to two runs over seven innings.
Then yesterday Hank went on about how the Yankees only win when Chien-Mig Wang pitches. Now Mussina has allowed one run through six innings against the Mariners.
This just in: Mussina is nine outs away from his third straight win.
UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: Brutal outing for King Felix. He just got the ziggy in the sixth inning after allowing six runs on 12 hits, four of them for extra bases.
Those Yankee fans who wanted Mike Mussina and Johnny Damon released a few weeks ago look pretty silly now.
UPDATE, 3:12 p.m.: The Yankees are carrying an extra reliever, so it’s no big deal. But Mussina was only at 84 pitches. Let him go another inning. Maybe he asked out, I have no idea. But with the bottom of the order up, let him go back out there. It’s not like Hawkins needs the work.
At any rate, Mussina has a 2.50 ERA in his last three starts. 18 innings, 18 hits, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts.
If you go back to last season, Mussina is 7-3, 3.86 in his last 11 starts.
Tell you what, when Joba becomes a starter it’s not the Moose who is going to the bullpen.
UPDATE, 3:39 p.m.: Fine job by Edwar Ramirez, walking two batters with the Yankees up 6-1. That got Joba Chamberlain up. Under the old Joba Rules, Chamberlain would have to come into the game once he warmed up. But under the new “We Trust Joe Girardi” Joba Rules, that’s not necessarily the case.
UPDATE, 3:46 p.m.: Joba is down and Jose Veras is warming up.