LHP Glen Perkins (2-1, 2.77) has never faced the Yankees before.
Notes: Jason Giambi is 12 of 23 with seven runs scored, six RBI and three homers in his last six games. … Hideki Matsui is 14 of 27 with 12 runs scored and six RBI in his last seven games. … Johnny Damon is 16 of 34 over his last eight games. … Robinson Cano is 1 of his last 15. … A-Rod is 4 of 25 over the last six games with two RBI. … Duncan is 2 of his last 19. … Girardi said there was a possibility that Posada could be back on Tuesday. But Thursday looks more realistic.
Back later with updates. See the previous post for news on Joba.
UPDATE, 6:17 p.m.: They’re playing Prove It All Night on the sound system at the Metrodome. Just wanted to mention that. Mainly because it’s one of the five greatest Springsteen songs ever.
Everybody’s got a hunger, a hunger they can’t resist,
There’s so much that you want, you deserve much more than this,
But if dreams came true, oh, wouldn’t that be nice,
But this ain’t no dream we’re living through tonight,
Girl, you want it, you take it, you pay the price.
UPDATE, 6:22 p.m.: They just opened the gates to the fans at the Metrodome. There are 75 fans behind the Yankees dugout and seven behind Minnesota’s.
UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Here is Joba Chamberlain’s pre-game interview as he talks about starting on Tuesday:
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: It’s always nice to see a fellow Yankees blogger at the game. Especially when it’s the lovely Tiffany of Ultimate Banter. Minneapolis will never be the same.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Glen Perkins’ warm-up song was Fake It by Seether. Nice choice.
UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Fortunately Johnny Damon is getting a day off (after a day off). He is hitting .313 against lefties, by the way.
UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Mussina had retired 10 in a row before that hit. He has allowed only two earned runs so far.
UPDATE, 10:27 p.m.: Imagine what the score would be if the Yankees were running the bases with some sort of common sense.
Meanwhile, Mussina is done after 109 pitches. Shelley’s error in the first cost him 18 extra.
UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: Jose Veras walks the No. 9 hitter to start an inning in which he has a two-run lead. Excellent work, Jose. J.B. Cox, please pick up the white courtesy phone.
I’m fairly sure Chris Britton kidnapped Girardi’s dog.
UPDATE, 10:41 p.m.: Edwar Ramirez does it again. 14.2 innings, no runs. Now Krazy Kyle is warming.
UPDATE, 10:53 p.m.: The Joba Plan has but one flaw, of course. But the good news is that plenty of fans around the league get souvenirs.