Kei Igawa will be facing the Tigers for the first time.
Notes: No word yet on who is being demoted. It’ll be one of the 1,765 right-handed relievers on the roster. … Robinson Cano is 5 of 15 with two homers and four RBI in the last four games. … Hideki Matsui has hit safely in 17 straight games at 23 of 68. He is 10 of his last 20. … Ross Ohlendorf’s last three outings: 6.1 3 0 0 1 7. … Jose Molina is 2 of his last 34. His batting average has gone from .364 to .209.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 6:00 p.m.: Chris Britton was optioned to Scranton. … LHP Sean Henn was claimed off waivers by the Padres. … Igawa has already been scheduled to start again on Wednesday in Tampa. … Girardi said they want to give Wilson Betemit a shot against lefties because he’s swinging the bat so well.
A-Rod’s MRI will be Monday morning. He could play in an extended spring training game on Tuesday.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: Igawa is better than I thought he would be. It took two pitches before he gave up a hit.
UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: So far so good, a double to the gap, a line drive off his backside, a 410-foot sacrifice fly and a double to the gap.
UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: Giambi has figured out how to beat the shift. He has 15 hits this season: seven homers, four doubles and four singles.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: That’s an error on Jeter? Tough call at home for Raburn.
UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Brooks Betemit is having a rough time at third base in this inning. But most of those balls have been hit pretty hard.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: The official scorer changed his mind. Raburn was credited with a single in the third inning. Just a hunch, but Jim Leyland might have made a call upstairs.
UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: You couldn’t see this coming, could you? They basically gave this game away by starting Igawa.
He has faced 20 batters and 11 of them have hits.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: That’s it for the K-Man. Holy cow. They can’t start him on Wednesday, can they?
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Say this for Kei Igawa, he didn’t show up anybody by pumping his fist like that rotten Joba.
Meanwhile, he threw 64 pitches and two swinging strikes.
UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: Jonathan Albaladejo was injured and came out of the game. All is forgiven, Chris Britton. Come back.
It’s been a few days since somebody went on the DL. They were due.
UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: Albaladejo has “discomfort in the medial right elbow” according to the Yankees.
That doesn’t sound good.
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: They can’t actually pull this off, can they?
UPDATE, 10:11 p.m.: Guess not. Nice try. Makes what Igawa did even worse.
Back later with some reaction.