Notes: Nothing new to tell you at this point. We’re expecting to get the results of A-Rod’s MRI today and possibily the pitcher for Thursday. … The Yankees hand out a list of upcoming milestones every day. Jason Giambi needs two home runs to pass Paul O’Neill for 15th place in franchise history. Obviously No. 25 can never be worn again once he does that. … Ian Kennedy starts today for Scranton against Indianapolis. Game time is at 6. Steven White twirls in the nightcap.
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UPDATE, 6:01 p.m.: The MRI taken today on Alex Rodriguez revealed progress but not enough to start playing in rehab games. Joe Girardi just told the media that Rodriguez will not be activated this week, meaning he’s out for the Mets series.
“We can’t afford to have him come back for two days then lose him for six weeks,” Girardi said. “We want to have him fully healed.”
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6:05 p.m.: The Yankees have not officially announced a starter for Thursday. But it will be Ian Kennedy. He will throw 1 or 2 innings tonight.
Darrell Rasner will get the Mets on Friday.
Kei Igawa is in the bullpen, probably only until Kennedy comes back.
UPDATE, 6:43 p.m.: Ian Kennedy pitched one inning for Scranton against Indianapolis.
Infield single, batter then caught stealing
12 pitches / 7 strikes. Scott Strickland replaced him.
Kennedy has thrown 8.1 innings for Scranton. 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts. He’ll be here to face the Rays on Thursday.
Personally, I’d think you want him to show a little more down there. But you can’t run Kei Igawa out there.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Teams always look bad when they’re losing. But as you watch the Yankees play the Rays, you can’t help but be struck by how athletic and energetic Tampa Bay looks when compared to the Yankees.
That’s the case for most teams against Tampa Bay lately. The Rays have won 13 of their last 18 and nine straight at home.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: That’s it for Andy Pettitte. 4 8 5 5 2 5.
Jose Molina has 2 hits in his last 36 at-bats.
UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: You know what’s amazing? For all their issues the Yankees are only four games out of first place in the AL East. The improvement of the division has kept the Red Sox well within hailing distance.