Notes: Morgan Ensberg lives as Alberto Gonzalez was optioned to make room for Betemit. … Giambi (8 of 16 in the last three games) is having a seat in favor of Duncan. … It’s a rematch of pitchers who met on Wednesday in the Bronx. Rasner was 7 5 0 0 1 6. Olson was 2.2 8 6 6 2 1. The Yankees won the game 8-0. … The Yankees have won five straight. … The Orioles have lost five straight. … Baltimore is 14-7 at home. The Yankees are 11-13 on the road. … The Yankees are 5-1 since A-Rod returned and are 16-13 with him in the lineup. … The teams have split six games this season.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: Listening to Six In The Morning by D12, if you’re interested. … Jorge Posada played a simulated game in Tampa this morning. Waiting to get his simulated statistics. … The Yankees will have little American flags on their caps today. … There will be a 3-minute ceremony at 3 p.m. to honor Memorial Day. The delay will not come during an at-bat, however. … Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to throw 50-55 pitches on Wednesday. This could theoretically be his last relief appearance. Once he gets up 65-70 pitches, it’ll be tough to use him in relief. The Yankees have assorted ways to approach it.
MINOR LEAGUE UPDATE: New blog favorite Alfredo Aceves dominated Altoona on Sunday. He threw a complete-game four-hitter (all singles) with no walks and six strikeouts. He has not allowed a run in 16 innings in AA.
Brian Cashman told me they signed Aceves out of the Mexican League where he pitched for the Sultanes de Monterrey and that he has a chance to help the big-league team. He’s 25, around 91-92 with his fastball. He has a solid two-seamer and a plus changeup.
I’m hoping to get over to Trenton for a game or two before the break and will try to time it to see him pitch.
Chase Wright went on the DL. He has shoulder issues.
JORGE POSADA UPDATE: Joe Girardi was a little off in what he told us before the game. Turns out Jorge Posada did play in an extended spring training game. He was 0 for 5 with a walk in a game at Clearwater, Fla., against the Phillies.
UPDATE, 2:23 p.m.: A reader implored me this morning to call Darrell Rasner “The Dazzler.” I’m not sure about that going forward, but The Dazzler is certainly doing his thing again.
At the moment, he has thrown 52 innings this season (counting the minors) and allowed seven earned runs.
Meanwhile this is not the same Garrett Olson the Yankees knocked around last week. This is the one who started 3-0.
UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: So far starting Shelley Duncan ahead of The Big G is not looking like the best move of the Girardi Era, is it?
UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: It seems fairly obvious at this point that Rasner has made a pact with Satan. He’s now thrown 11 consecutive scoreless innings and has a 1.56 ERA over 23 innings in the majors this season.
Aaron Small, Darrell Rasner. Darrell Rasner, Aaron Small.
UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: Nick Markakis is now 9 for 10 with three extra-base hits off Rasner. That might have been the time to pitch more carefully to him, even on 3-2.
Still, he has allowed one run over six innings. You can’t ask for much more.
UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: Boy, that got out of hand in a hurry. All that with two outs and a man on first, too.
Not every game can be against the Seattle Mariners.