Next time you’re mad about the Yankees, remember this story from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette about a high school baseball player.
Notes: The Yankees have grounded into 11 double plays in the last six games. … They’ve also scored four runs in their last 33 innings while hitting 20 of 110. … Jose Molina got two bunts down yesterday. But he only has three hits in his last 42 ABs. … Joe Girardi is the Joe DiMaggio of lineups. That’s 37 in 42 games. Anybody know what the record is?
Back later with updates.
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3:32 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez ran the bases for 14 minutes this afternoon and has been cleared to play in rehab games starting on Saturday. He will have his usual workout tomorrow in Tampa then play in an extended spring training game on Saturday, an intrasquad game on Sunday and an extended spring training game on Monday. If that all goes well, he will be activated for Tuesday’s game against Baltimore.
UPDATE, 3:39 p.m.: Jorge Posada threw again today. He will rehab with the Yankees over the homestand and if that goes well, start a rehab assignment. … Francisco Cervelli joined the team today and will travel with them to New York to get his wrist checked out. He hopes to be cleared to start working out beyond what he has been doing. … Kei Igawa was optioned to Scranton and will start tomorrow against Louisville. Means a few hits for Andy Phillips.
UPDATE, 4:25 p.m.: Well, they wanted Ian Kennedy to throw strikes. He did and Iwamura hit it out. But he recovered nicely.
UPDATE, 5:23 p.m.: There’s been a lot of things to like about Ian Kennedy today. One walk, working ahead, working at a good pace, etc. He’s throwing strikes. But four runs in four innings isn’t progress no matter how optimistic you want to try and be.
But at least he’s competitive, which is more than you say for Kei Igawa.
4-0 against Scott Kazmir? It’s not impossible. But the Yankees have scored four runs in their last 37 innings. What makes you think they’ll score five in the next five?
UPDATE, 5:28 p.m.: Here’s an interesting question, which roster would you want, Yankees or Rays?
1B: Giambi or Pena? Pena
2B: Cano or Iwamura? Cano
SS: Jeter or Bartlett: Jeter
3B: Rodriguez or Longoria? Rodriguez
C: Posada or Navarro? Posada
LF: Crawford or Damon: Crawford
CF: Upton or Cabrera: Upton
RF: Abreu or Hinske/Gomes? Abreu
DH: Matsui or Floyd? Matsui
UPDATE, 6:19 p.m.: The Yankees were 2 for 22 with runners in scoring position in this series before those RBI singles by Cabrera and Jeter. They need somebody to put a ball in seats to really make this a game.
UPDATE, 6:41 p.m.: The Yankees are a dull team at this point, which is worse than simply being a bad team. They’re also three outs away from last place in the AL East.
Not only do they badly need A-Rod back, they need him back in MVP form right away. Talk about pressure.
UPDATE, 6:54 p.m.: The Yankees leave The Trop having been outscored 15-6 in the series. They have lost three of five and six of the last nine. At 20-22, they’re a half-game into last place behind the Jays.
Now come the Mets.