Notes: As you can see by the lineup, Wilson Betemit has been activated off the DL. No word yet on the move to clear a spot but I wouldn’t imagine this is good news for Alberto Gonzalez. … Contrary to reports on the radio yesterday, Kei Igawa has not been called up. At least not yet. … Bobby Abreu is 9 of his last 16 with five RBI. … Derek Jeter is 9 of his last 18 with six runs scored. … Johnny Damon is 14 of 34, raising his average from .244 to .295. … Hideki Matsui is riding a 14-game hitting streak. … Then there’s Jason Giambi (1 for his last 21). But he has somehow managed to drive in four runs during those seven games.
UPDATE, 5:49 p.m.: Alberto Gonzalez was just optioned to Scranton. “That was a tough one,” Joe Girardi said after breaking the news to the Attorney General. “He didn’t do anything wrong.”
Spoke to A-Rod before. He is going to start doing some baseball stuff tomorrow for the first time since he went on the disabled list. “I’m encouraged. (His quad) feels much better,” he said.
The tentative plan is for Alex to workout in Tampa starting on Thursday and perhaps play rehab games next Monday and Tuesday. He hopes to be activated a week from tomorrow.
But Girardi said that this time, A-Rod will get an extra day once he declares that he’s ready to play. They don’t want to take any chances.
UPDATE, 5:56 p.m.: Kyle Farnsworth had his hearing with Bob Watson today. No word yet on whether he will have his suspension reduced. A decision should come down within a day or two.
UPDATE, 6:00 p.m.: The rotation for the rest of this week:
Friday: Igawa (“We’re 99 percent sure,” Girardi said.)
UPDATE, 6:08 p.m.: Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride were on the field for BP and talked with Joe Girardi.
Spagnuolo is from Massachusetts and was a coach at UMass-Amherst when I was there. While I may still be stinging from the Patriots losing to the Giants in the Super Bowl (OK, I’m still furious), I wanted to congratulate Spags because he’s a good guy who has logged a lot of miles in his business.
We had a nice talk and he admitted the Giants were totally lucky and it was a fluke they beat the greatest team in league history. OK, maybe that part isn’t true. But we did have a nice talk and I am happy for him.
UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: Matsui has now hit in 15 straight games, a personal record for him.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Ian Kennedy has a perfect game through four innings for Scranton tonight. He has struck out three. 48 pitches/31 strikes.
The Yankees are playing Charlotte.
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Ian Kennedy is perfect through five innings in Scranton. Isn’t that something?
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Kennedy allowed a hit in the sixth. He still has a shutout. Good for him, hopefully he’ll get himself together. Now keep in mind that he has to stay there for 10 days unless he replaces somebody put on the disabled list.
Meanwhile, some guy wearing Jason Giambi’s uniform just crushed an opposite field RBI double to the gap in left.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Ian Kennedy is done in Scranton: 7.1 1 0 0 0 8. 90 pitches/58 strikes. He also hit a batter. Rafael Chavez is clearly a genius.
Meanwhile, the Yankees need six more outs out of Pettitte unless you trust Farnsworth with the seventh inning.
UPDATE, 10:24 p.m.: Wow, stunning result here. Joba had not allowed a run in the Stadium in his career, 15 innings over 12 games in the regular season. Now the Yankees are 4.5 out of first.
They’ve scored three or less runs 14 times in 34 games. But this one is on Joba. Baseball’s law of averages was bound to catch up with him eventually. Nobody goes through their career with an ERA of 0.74. Walks will get you every time.
Back later with some reaction.