Notes: Matsui has a 16-game hitting streak. … The Yankees were swept at home by the Tigers last week and are trying to avoid the same fate today. … Thanks to Brian Heyman for calling in the lineup.
UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: Still no word on Kyle Farnsworth’s appeal. I realize that MLB has plenty to do, but their discipline system is very, very slow. … Meanwhile, Hideki Matsui has extended his hitting streak to 17 games and the Yankees finally scored a run (ending a skid of 17 straight scoreless innings).
The Moose is pitching well again (well, until the fifth inning). The Yankees could really use this one before going on the road for seven games.
UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: It’s good to see the Yankees using Ross Ohlendorf in a situation where the game can be won. I think he’s better than a long reliever, which is how they’ve been using him. Once Joba becomes a starter, I think Ohlendorf is a legit candidate for the eighth inning. He throws hard, can strike guys out and gets grounders.
UPDATE, 3:17 p.m.: Hey, it’s the Wilson Betemit they traded for last season. Big HR there. This will be an interesting outing for Joba.
Just a hunch, but he’ll throw every pitch Molina calls. Girardi mentioned to us yesterday that they “had a little talk” about shaking the catcher.
UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: Joba is fine, our long national nightmare is over. Yes, it was only two days. But it seemed long.
UPDATE, 3:42 p.m.: How come the games are always less than three hours when I don’t work? It’s not fair.
Nice job by the bullpen. Mariano gave up a hit (shocking, I know) but he finished off the Tribe.
Does Bobby Abreu wear one of those invisible collars that shocks him when he gets too close the wall? I know every outfielder isn’t Aaron Rowand, but he could make a play once in a while, no?
Now the boys are off to Detroit, the greatest place in the world for a night off.