Notes: The Yankees are 4-0 against Seattle, outscoring them 32-6. … The Yankees have allowed three runs in the last three games. … Jason Giambi is 14 of 47 this month. … LaTroy Hawkins hasn’t allowed a run in 11.1 consecutive innings, dropping his ERA from 10.02 to 5.09. … Bobby Abreu is 8 of 22 during the homestand. … Robbie Cano started the season 3 of 25 against lefties. He’s 11 of his last 23. … Derek Jeter is 0 for 9 since he was hit on the hand. I’d ask him if his hand was bothering him but I know that he would say, “Hand? I was hit on the hand?”
Here’s a heck of a question, who should they drop when Wilson Betemit comes back next week?
Morgan Ensberg is 15 of 73 with one extra-base hit and four RBI. He is 1 of his last 11.
Alberto Gonzalez is 9 of 42 with 2 extra-base hit and 1 RBI. He is 0 of his last 13.
The Yankees seem to have little use for Ensberg, who only plays against lefties sometimes. Based on the last few years, he may just be finished. Gonzalez can do a few more things, including run. It’ll be interesting to see what they do.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 12:59 p.m.: The Yankees play their first interleague road game on June 13, so the pitchers have started taking batting practice to get ready. The starters and Ross Ohlendorf took some hacks today.
“I can’t watch this,” hitting coach Kevin Long said. “Seriously, I can’t.”
But he did. And you know what? It wasn’t bad. Andy Pettitte, a National Leaguer for a few years, handled the bat well and put one in the right-field seats. Ian Kennedy also drilled one out. IPK said he was a better hitter than a pitcher as a freshman in high school and played regularly in the field until his senior year. He never hit at USC. “I was on deck twice,” he said.
OK, Taiwan readers, your man Chien-Ming Wang hit as well. He got down a few bunts and managed to knock a few singles into center field. But he’s starting tomorrow and he wasn’t swinging too hard.
CMW parked one last season in BP off Ron Guidry. The Gator threw the next pitch behind him.
It’s funny to watch the pitchers around the cage. They all have new batting gloves and old bats that the equipment guys dig up. Darrell Rasner was actually swinging an old piece of lumber that was signed by Jaret Wright.
Joba Chamberlain, no fool, sought the counsel of Reggie Jackson before he got in the cage. We can only imagine how Joba would celebrate if he ever hit one out. Now that would be something to see.
UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: A few weeks ago I wrote that Matsui was a spare part and could be a trade candidate. It would seem that I was really, really, really wrong about that.
He is smoking the ball, especially at the Stadium.
UPDATE, 1:42 p.m.: The Big G would seem to officially be back. The same is true for Robbie Cano.
UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: And now we know why Joba is going into the rotation. 4-3 Yankees as Moose gives up a double, a single and a homer by Vidro in the third inning and still has only one out.
That was the first HR by a lefty off the Moose going back to last August.
Now Beltre has hit one. 4-4.
UPDATE, 2:08 p.m.: Holy cow, this is one cool photo Alex Belth posted on Bronx Banter.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: The Big G hasn’t been this happy since they opened the Spearmint Rhino in Vegas. He just doubled off the wall in right. He’s 16 of 49 this month (.327).
His updated stats: 28 hits. Nine of them homers and eight of them doubles.
UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: I love Ichiro. He saw Matsui wasn’t tagging up there but he makes a throw to the plate anyway and it’s a seed two feet off the ground right into Johjima’s glove. There is no player more fun to watch in the game.
UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Joba is warming up. He’ll get 45 pitches or so.
UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: Joba Time. The thing to watch here is how well he uses his curveball and changeup. Those are the pitches he will need to incorporate as he makes this transition. His changeup is really good.
UPDATE, 2:54 p.m.: Only one curveball that inning that I saw. His slider is a heck of a pitch, as we know. Fanned Sexson and Johjima with it.
Remember when Richie Sexson was good? Me neither.
UPDATE, 3:23 p.m.: Joba appears finished, at least in the game. He may throw another 10-15 pitches in the bullpen. Farnsworth is warming up.
The Yankees usually hammer Arthur Rhodes, for what it’s worth.
UPDATE, 3:27 p.m.: Like I said, the Yankees usually hammer Arthur Rhodes. Walk, single, double.
UPDATE, 4:02 p.m.: I can’t speak for the rest of you, but I think the eighth inning could not be in more capable hands than those of Krazy Kyle.
Meanwhile, how exactly does John McLaren stay employed?
And was that the final at-bat in pinstripes for Morgan Ensberg? Once Betemit comes back, that could be it for him. The Yankees have to at least consider Jason Lane as well.