Notes: Brooks Betemit, back at third. … Cano is 7 of 19 and Giambi 4 of 10. … The Yankees have lost 3 of 4 and are 0-4 against the Tigers this season.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: A-Rod and Posada worked out again today in Tampa. Jeff Karstens tossed 42 pitches in a simulated game and is just about ready to start his rehab assignment. … “The plan” remains to start Kei Igawa in Tampa.
Shelley Duncan will be introducing the lineup on Fox. I watched him record it, he was very funny and did it in one take. I won’t spoil it for you.
UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: Here’s the AP report from Tampa:
Alex Rodriguez is making progress in his rehab from a strained right quadriceps, and the third baseman could rejoin New York Yankees late next week.
â€œSo far, so good,â€ Rodriguez said Saturday.
The three-time AL MVP is scheduled for an MRI on Monday and is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Thursday.
â€œI donâ€™t want to speculate,â€ Rodriguez said when asked if could return then.
If he gets the go-ahead after his MRI he could be cleared to start playing rehab games in extended spring training.
On Saturday, Rodriguez took 65 swings in batting practice and fielded 31 grounders at third base during his second injury rehabilitation workout at the Yankeesâ€™ minor league complex. He is also running in the outfield.
Catcher Jorge Posada took batting practice for the second time since going on the DL on April 28 with right rotator cuff tendinitis. The switch-hitter remains on target to start a light throwing program Monday.
â€œItâ€™s coming around good,â€ said Posada, who is expected to be out at least another month.
UPDATE, 4:01 p.m.: The Yankees had a chance to step on the neck of Jeremy Bonderman in the first inning and Robbie Cano let him off the ropes.
Obviously I’m not a major league hitter. But why isn’t Cano taking a strike there? Bonderman walks Giambi and then Cabrera to force in a run. Then he starts Cano with a ball. Take a strike, make the struggling pitcher work.
Instead he hacks away, right into a double play. My old Legion coach, Manny Lima of Post 1, would not approve.
UPDATE, 4:42 p.m.: So much for Wilson Betemit. He crushed a double to center then grabbed his right hamstring when he got to second base. He’s out of the game. No word yet, obviously, but he’s probably headed for the disabled list.
Maybe they can run twice at much at spring training next season, see what that does.
UPDATE, 5:01 p.m.: How about Darrell Rasner? 10 innings, 3 ER since he came up.
UPDATE, 5:06 p.m.: I do believe it’s time to declare that The Big G is back. 5 for 12 with six RBI in his last four games.
His base-running could use a little work, however.
UPDATE, 5:13 p.m.: The official word from the Yankees on Betemit is that he has a strained right hamstring. Alberto Gonzalez, please pick up the white courtesy phone.
UPDATE, 5:37 p.m.: Take that, UPenn stat geeks!
Meanwhile, Detroit is 11-20 (soon to be 11-21) against right-handed starters and hitting .256. They are 5-1 against lefties and hitting .295. It further underscores the point that the Yankees were flat crazy to start Kei Igawa last night.
Beyond, you know, that he stinks.
UPDATE, 5:58 p.m.: All things considered, allowing only run there was a success for Krazy Kyle. If he pitches and you still have the lead, that’s a plus.
UPDATE, 6:29 p.m.: Good to see Joba conduct himself like a gentleman there. … Looking forward to seeing Mo face Sheff in the ninth.
A few of us went over to see Sheff before the game, just to say hello. Sheff was an interesting guy to cover. He almost always made himself available to the media and he always had something interesting to say. It might have been factually incorrect or crazy, but it was interesting.
What amazes me about Sheff is that when you stand next to him, he’s not an imposing guy. But he’s such a good athlete and has such quick hands that he can turn on pitches and crush them.
So he against Mo should be cool.
Back later with some reaction.