Notes: Giambi is .273/.431/.545 in May. … Melky is 5 of his last 34 with no runs scored and two RBI. … Jeter is 0 for 7 since he was hit on the hand. … Yanks are 5 for 35 with RISP during the homestand.
Back with updates later.
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4:38 p.m.: This from MLB:
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his inappropriate actions, which included kicking dirt on Umpire Chris Guccione, during the bottom of the ninth inning of his Clubâ€™s game last night against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Girardi is scheduled to serve his suspension tonight, when the Yankees host the Seattle Mariners.
“I’m shocked,” said Girardi, who had no appeal. “I had no idea I did that.”
Rob Thomson will run the team in Girardi’s absence.
In other news, Felix Hernandez was scratched with a leg issue. The Yanks will have Silva tomorrow and Washburn on Sunday. … Jorge Posada will head down to Tampa on Monday and could start playing in extended spring training. … Wilson Betemit starts his rehab with Scranton tonight.
UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: Beautiful night in the Bronx. Bright blue sky, 65 degrees and just a little wind. Looks like a huge crowd, too, based on the number of seats already filled in the upper sections.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Screwy game for Pettitte so far. He has faced 10 hitters. Four of them have singles and he has struck out five of them.
Meanwhile, Seattle manager John McLaren just got ejected for arguing balls and strikes after Ichiro was struck out looking.
Now there are no managers present. What will the players do?
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: The Big Donkey finally ran into one. That was Shelley’s first homer of the season. 3-1 Yankees.
No sign of injuries in the dugout as of yet.
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Just a guess, but Derek Jeter has a sore right shoulder or elbow because he’s not throwing the ball well at all. His throws today have been low and lacked the usual zip.
UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: The Big G is starting to come alive. Double the other way a very good sign for him.
Terrible at-bat for Shelley there. You have to find a way to get that run in.
UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: Another big hit for Robbie Cano. This has now officially become a game that Pettitte has to win.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Pettitte isn’t exactly sharp. But all those swing and misses are a sign of something going right for him. Man, Seattle is a dead team.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: It’s like Jeter is a baseball magnet sometimes. But before you demand retribution, pitchers throw certain pitches to the back foot.
UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: Matsui gets two RBI there. But credit those runs to Jeter. He directed traffic like a point guard while he was in that rundown and got Abreu and A-Rod in scoring position. That’s why he’s so great.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Rob Thomson is clearly a genius as the Yankees have scored 10 runs and it’s only the fifth inning. I’m calling Hank now to see if Girardi is fired. I’ll report back.