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UPDATE, 6:50 p.m.: As was posted earlier today, Goose Gossage has beeen critical of Joba Chamberlain’s fist-pumping. “There’s no place for it in the game,” Gossage said. “I will stand by that. … That’s just not the Yankee way, what Joba did. Let everyone else do that stuff, but not a Yankee.”
To his credit, Gossage called Chamberlain today and told him what he said.
“I didnâ€™t know anything about it. He just wanted me to know where he was coming from,” Chamberlain said. “It is what it is. Iâ€™m not going to change. He was a man, he called me, he told me where he was coming from and I appreciate it.
“People are going to say stuff to me all the time. The fact of the matter is, I got to where Iâ€™m at by being who I am. Iâ€™m not going to change.”
Good for Goose and good for Joba. You can certainly respect what Gossage says and hopefully will respect Joba as well.
I asked Joba whether a player from any other team has said something to him. “Not one,” he said.
UPDATE, 7:02 p.m.: Two interesting minor-league moves this week. J.B. Cox was promoted to AAA Scranton and Mark Melancon has been assigned to AA Trenton. Confirmed the moves with Brian Cashman today.
I haven’t had a chance to ask Cashman about this yet, and I’m not sure he would answer the question, but this is probably one of the steps in the Make Joba A Starter Plan. For the M.J.A.S.P. to work, they need some guys who can move into the bullpen. Cox and Melancon are high on that list.
If you get a chance, go to Trenton and watch Melancon pitch. He’s an animal.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: The Yankees are 5-15 when the opponent scores first. With the Rays, a team like that likes to run and take extra bases, getting the lead is paramount. A team trailing by two or three runs can’t take as many chances.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: 1-0 looks like 10-0 given the lack of energy the Yankees have had since they arrived at Tropicana Field. They have one run on nine hits over the last 14 innings.
Jorge Posada and Alex Rodriguez are good, but they’re not that good.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Chien-Ming Wang has allowed four runs on 10 hits in his last 12 innings. That’s not wonderful but it’s pretty good. The Yankees have given him no run support. Literally, zero runs.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Here’s their chance to score a few against Dan Wheeler. Troy Percival probably won’t screw it up in the ninth inning.
Joba warming for the Yankees. Wang did his job. Too bad everybody else is sleepwalking again.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Yikes, bad pitch by Percival there and Matsui made him pay. The Yankees fans here have come alive.
A little late-inning life, something new for the Yankees. Now they have to turn it into a victory.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Those of you who get upset when Mo Rivera isn’t used in a tie game on the road should prepare to get upset.
Now warming, Kyle Farnsworth.
UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: Well, I must admit I did not think Farnsworth would escape there. But good job by him. Do you bring Mo in now? It looks that way.
UPDATE, 10:39 p.m.: This is the first game that has gone extras for the Yankees this season, by the way.
Also, the Yankees have two runs in their last 24 innings. Yeesh.
Tampa can move into first place if they win. They’ll probably have a parade if that happens.