and just for kicks …
Notes: RHP Chris Britton is here. This is now the 876th time he has been called up this season. … The Yankees are 3-5 against the Orioles this season. … Jason Giambi (10 for 20, 6 runs, 4 RBI) and Godzilla (12 of 23, 11 runs, 6 RBI) are on fire. Alex Rodriguez (4 of 21, 2 RBI) not so much. … Johnny Damon has a seven-game hit streak (13 of 29, 6 RBI). … It’s been interrupted by two DL stints. But Wilson Betemit has a 6-game hit streak (8 of 26).
The Joba Plan: Joba is scheduled for 50-55 pitches. If he doesn’t get to that many in the game, he’ll finish off his work in the bullpen. He has thrown four innings in his last two outings, going 35 and then 40 pitches.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE ON IAN KENNEDY
5:58 p.m.: Some good injury news for a change for the Yankees. Kennedy does not have a strained lat muscle according to Joe Girardi. An MRI showed he has bursitis under his scapula. That can be controlled with medication and he could be throwing again in a week. He’s on the DL but he could be back after 15 days.
ANOTHER UPDATE ON IAN KENNEDY
6:16 p.m.: Joe Girardi knows baseball. Not medicine. According to Brian Cashman, Kennedy does in fact have a strained lat muscle along with bursitis under the scapula. But there still does seem to be a chance he could be back after 15 days.
By the end of the night Kennedy might need a glass eye and a hip replacement.
UPDATE, 6:39 p.m.: The Yankees have lost seven straight extra-inning road games according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Two of them this season.
Meanwhile, the Orioles are going to have the Geico Cave Man throw out the first pitch. Apparently Mrs. Butterworth and the Maytag Repairman were unavailable. Remember when teams used to have old players throw out the first pitch and it was sort of special?
This is a cool stat. Jason Giambi has 187 homers as a Yankee and 187 as an Athletic.
The Tuesday starter is TBA. Could be Pettitte, could be Joba, could be a call-up.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Jason Giambi now has 188 homers as a Yankee, one more than he had in Oakland. That’s also two balls on Eutaw Street in as many days.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: A pigeon just flew into the pressbox, causing a bit of a ruckus. Kyle Farnsworth, alas, was in the bullpen. He would have known what to do. And by that I mean he would have killed it.
UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: Pettitte has thrown 72 pitches through five innings. One more for the big lefty than three for Joba?
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Here you go, Joba. Get seven outs. You have 55 pitches to spread around.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: That’s 55 pitches for the game, Joba. Not this inning.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: This is pretty interesting. Can Joba get through the next two innings with 42 pitches? It’s not a lock. The Yankees may need somebody to get an out of two.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: This is staggering. A really good pitcher can pitch more than one inning. What a concept.
I have Chamberlain at 28 pitches. But I went to public school.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Mariano is warming up. Is that it for Joba?
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: The Yankees are making baseball history. Joba may be the first player ever to throw in the bullpen before and after his appearance in the game.
Given how he was going, I might have kept Chamberlain in the game. But managers are so tied to their closers these days, so you can’t blame Girardi. Ninth inning, two-run lead, use your closer. By the book.