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12:05 p.m.: In St. Petersburg, Fla., A-Rod played in an extended spring training game. facing David Price of the Rays (the LHP taken first in the 2007 draft), he was 1 for 4. Here’s the breakdown:
* Struck out swinging
* First pitch home run to right center
* Fly to right
* Walked in five pitches
* Struck out looking
A-Rod also handled three grounders without trouble. He’ll play two more of these games and should be ready to go on Tuesday.
UPDATE, 12:09 p.m.: Dellin Betances pitched for Charleston last night. His line: 6 0 1 0 3 8. The River Dogs lost 3-1.
Betances on the season: 4-3, 3.26. 47 innings, 27 hits (!), 32 walks, 57 strikeouts.
Brian Cashman said they want to keep Betances and Zach McAllister (5-2, 2.20) in the Sally League all season. Betances turned 20 in March. McAllister is 19.
UPDATE, 12:17 p.m.: Here’s Joe Girardi’s pre-game press conference. He had some interesting comments about Joba Chamberlain. He admitted there was a chance that the right-hander would stay in the bullpen.
Brian Cashman wouldn’t touch the question. I personally believe they have a hard-and-fast plan to move him this season. We shall see.
UPDATE, 12:22 p.m.: Forget to mention this, but I had a chance to meet Rebecca last night. If you read the comments section on the blog, Rebecca is one of our most prolific and best writers and it was nice to talk to her. She was at the game with her brother.
I should write this more often, but it has been a real pleasure to meet so many people at different stadiums.
UPDATE, 12:24 p.m.: Here’s the Brian Cashman audio from today. We tried to get him to talk about Joba to no avail.
UPDATE, 1:06 p.m.: I like looking at the fans during the national anthem to see what jerseys people are wearing.
The Subway Series is neat. You see one person with a Jeter jersey next to his buddy in a Reyes jersey. I saw a couple right below the press box. The guy had on a Joba authentic jersey and his girlfriend (or wife) was wearing Santana.
The players get a little weary of the Subway Series because of the hype and the extra attention. I personally think it should be three games instead of six. It’s not fair to the teams that they beat each other up while their division rivals are playing easier foes.
But it’s still a cool event no matter how many games it is and it’s great for baseball.
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: It would appear the big lefty came to pitch today. 13 pitches / 11 strikes, three whiffs. He needs to be on his game because that lefty of the Mets knows his business.
Santana is a six or seven inning pitcher, however. The Yankees need to make him work and get into the Mets bullpen.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Jeter has now hit safely in 16 straight games against the Mets. He is 95 of 248 (.383) against them for his career.
He hit a homer. Guess that means he hits cleanup tomorrow.
UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: The answer is Moises Alou.
The question is whether there is anybody in the big leagues slower than The Big G.
Petttitte, meanwhile, has fanned five of the seven batters he has faced.
UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: It looked on the replay that Damon was safe. Given how the Yankees are struggling to score (and they’re up 2-0), that’s a good send by Bobby Meacham.
UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: It’s happening again to Andy Pettitte. He is cruising along and suddenly he gives up a big inning. He’ll be doing well here to escape with the score tied.
UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: Well, Pettitte had a chance to escape and he walked the No. 8 hitter. The Mets are trying to bait him into a balk.
If he walks Castillo, I think they have to take him out.
UPDATE, 2:23 p.m.: Well, that’s certainly a tough break for Pettitte. Now he’s got to deal with Reyes.
UPDATE, 2:26 p.m.: It could have been worse given that the Mets left the bases loaded. The question now is whether the scuffling Yankees offense can score another run. Two has been their limit lately.
UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: Santana has retired eight straight and 13 of 16 since Jeter’s home run. Worse, the Yankees are making it easy on him by failing to work the count. He has thrown only 61 pitches.
Meanwhile, I’m a little surprised Pettitte was sent back out for the sixth inning with 103 pitches under his belt.
UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: You understand what Jeter is trying to do there. But running on Beltran’s arm is never smart.
Meanwhile, that was a 10-pitch inning for Santana. The last six hitters in the lineup are 0 for 12 with a walk.
The Yankees have scored eight runs in their last 48 innings. It’s amazing.
UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: Just a matter of when the real Kyle Farnsworth returned to town. Close game, home run. Down two in the seventh inning might as well be 20 the way the Yankees are hitting.
UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: And that’s your ballgame. Only question now is whether Farnsworth throws at somebody. I’d say it’s 50-50.
Willie Randolph is safe, at least for a couple of days. The New York heat shifts to Joe Girardi now.
UPDATE, 3:43 p.m.: If you’re a Mets fan, don’t you have to be concerned that Santana has allowed 11 home runs in 60 innings?
He has given up 41 over his last 279 innings.
UPDATE, 4:06 p.m.: The Yankees bullpen today: 3 6 4 4 2 2 and 2 HRs. Pettitte gets the loss but Farnsworth and Chamberlain deserve a share.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are on a pace to score 667 runs — 301 fewer than last season. Granted, the sample is skewed by the absence of A-Rod and Posada. But, still, it speaks to how poorly they have been playing.
UPDATE, 4:17 p.m.: That really is your ballgame. The Yanks are 20-23 and 5.5 out pending the Rays-Cards game.
Back later with some reaction.