Notes: Derek Jeter is 1 of his last 23. … A-Rod is 3 for 16 in the last four games with one RBI. … Hideki Matsui is 11 of 17 with 11 runs scored and five RBI in the last five games. He has gone from .297 to .331. … Melky Cabrera is 5 of 31 with two runs scored in the last nine games. If this keeps up, Brett Gardner could come knocking. … Chad Moeller is 4 for 12 with three RBI in his last three games. He was a nice pickup, especially considering the Nationals released him.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 6:02 p.m.: If you’re interested in the All-Star voting, here are the AL results so far.
Jeter leads the shortstops and A-Rod leads at third base. Cano is second at second (to Pedroia) and Matsui is in second among the DHs (to Ortiz).
If you’re getting caught up in the voting, you have way tooo much time on your hands.
UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: Bad news for you readers in Trenton or Scranton. Jorge Posada will likely do all his rehab work in extended spring training. Joe Girardi said there were no plans for rehab games at any of the affiliates.
UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: Here’s a revelation, Jason Giambi has been hitting the ball well lately. Maybe that will get him in the lineup tomorrow.
JORGE POSADA UPDATE
This from the AP: Yankees catcher Jorge Posada is set to take a big step in his rehabilitation program for a sore right shoulder Thursday when he is scheduled to resume throwing to the bases in an extended spring training game.
â€œWeâ€™ll see,â€ he said. â€œSo far, so good.â€
Posada played catch in the outfield and threw to the bases during a pregame workout Tuesday before he caught six innings and went 3-for-6 with a double in his second extended spring game.
â€œAnother step forward,â€ Posada said. â€œGet some at-bats, and now have a day off tomorrow and get ready to throw Thursday. Itâ€™s just a matter of getting ready to play games.â€
Four of Posadaâ€™s at-bats came against injured Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kris Benson, who has a strained groin. Posada went 2-for-4 with a double that went off the right-field fence.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: So much for developing Ian Kennedy, I guess. Ross Ohlendorf now pitching.
Why doesn’t this team have a long reliever?
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Ah, it turns out Ian Kennedy is injured. Slight strain in his right lat muscle.
No word on how long he’ll be out. But “slight” with the Yankees usually means “disabled list.”
Ladies and gentlemen, Joba Chamberlain. If he goes 50-55 tomorrow, he could start on June 3 and throw 80.
So much for the “What will we do with so many starters” problem. You never have too many starters.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Chase Ohlenforf does not seem to be the answer.
The good news is that “Sit In The Bleachers and get a Baseball Night” here at Camden Yards has been a huge success so far.
That’s nine home runs and we’re in the fifth inning.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: And you thought Jose Reyes was the only New York shortstop who could get foolishly picked off second in a big spot.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: This inning will be very telling for Edwar, one way or another. Big spot for him.
UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: With Juan Miranda hurt and Jason Lane maybe on his way to the majors (or taking his out), the Yankees signed veteran Ben Broussard to a minor league contract Tuesday and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton. The 31-year-old Broussard hit .159 with three homers and eight RBI with Texas this season before he was designated for assignment May 8. Broussard started at first base for Scranton tonight and batted fourth.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: They might as well give Wilson Betemit one of those fishing nets like the kids use at Yankee Stadium. His glove is useless at this point. The one thing Kevin Millar can’t do against the Yankees is run.
Still 8-8. This would really be a bad game to lose at this point. For either team.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: You want the bad news or the bad news?
The rain is coming. The grounds crew is standing behind the tarp and the wind is whipping here at the ballpark. It’s going to start raining in any second. And nobody is waming up for the Yankees. This game is apparently in the hands of Krazy Kyle.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: But wait, there is hope. Now warming for the Yankees, Mariano Rivera.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: And now it’s raining.
UPDATE, 10 p.m.: Jeter can’t get a bunt down and earlier he got picked off second. Nice night for the Captain.
Meanwhile it’s so windy that Edwar has been sent to the clubhouse.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Rain delay. Joe Girardi is pretty mad. Maybe he’ll kick his hat again, that usually works.
UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: The rain is starting to let up. There are a bunch of shirtless fat guys behind the Yankees dugout. (I’m still in the pressbox). It appears we will finish this game at some point this evening. I would imagine Mariano will pitch.
This is, I’m pretty sure, the seventh game this season that has either been suspended by or delayed by rain.
UPDATE, 10:39 p.m.: They’re pulling the tarp. I’ll let you know when the game is scheduled to start.
UPDATE, 10:42 p.m.: They’re playing Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash. Then followed that with Thriller by Michael Jackson. How insane is that?
Now it’s raining again.
UPDATE, 10:47 p.m.: Tarp back on the field.
UPDATE, 10:55 p.m.: Now they’re taking the tarp off the field. This is like watching a Three Stooges episode.
UPDATE, 11:02 p.m.: They just announced the game will start at 11:15 p.m.
UPDATE, 11:10 p.m.: Mariano will be pitching when the game resumes. Markakis, Huff and Scott due up for the Birds. Just a handful of folks left in the yard.
UPDATE, 11:49 p.m.: If they can’t score here they never will.
UPDATE, 11:50: p.m.: This is quite a game. A-Rod grounds into a double play fielder’s choice with the bases loaded then Matsui singles to center and Abreu scores from second.
Now do you burn Mo out for a few days or bring in Hawkins?