Notes: Matsui is 17 of his last 31 with 13 runs scored and leads the AL at .339. … Cano is 2 of his last 19 and is down to .219.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 5:48 p.m.: Girardi said the Yankees would be calling up a long reliever before Tuesday’s game. Jeff Kartstens? He’s on the roster. … Jorge Posada got through his game without any problem today. Look for him back with the Yankees on Thursday. He will rest today, play back-to-back extended games on Monday and Tuesday, rest Wednesday then play against Toronto on Thursday. … Harlan Chamberlain is at the game. … Kevin Long is growing a mustache in solidarity with The Big G.
UPDATE, 6:05 p.m.: Here’s AP on Posada:
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jorge Posada passed a key test in his rehab program for a sore right shoulder and could rejoin the Yankees as early as Wednesday.
New York’s catcher made two strong throws to second base in an extended spring training game Saturday, the first day he was allowed to throw to the bases in a game since being sidelined on April 27.
“The second one was better than the first one,” Posada said. “It felt good throwing the ball. I’m happy with it. I’m happy the way I felt.”
Posada will likely play in extended spring games Monday and Tuesday, and could rejoin the Yankees after that.
“A day off (Sunday) and play again Monday,” Posada said. “We’ll see how it feels Monday. Probably another game Tuesday. Get back Wednesday or Thursday.”
Posada went 2-for-4, including a single and a two-run double, and caught five innings in the game against Tampa Bay minor leaguers. The five-time All-Star is 8-for-22 with four walks in five extended spring games overall.
UPDATE, 6:37 p.m.: Maybe somebody put LSD in my Diet Coke. But I think there are several hundred little girls dressed as pirate cheerleaders in right field. I’m not sure what they’re going to do. Hopefully not attack the pressbox.
UPDATE, 6:41 p.m.: Yeah, they’re pirate cheerleaders and now they’re dancing to assorted pirate songs. It’s kind of frightening. There are at least 150 of them.
UPDATE, 6:52 p.m.: Well, the pirate cheerleaders are gone. But now they’re having a softball home run derby behind second base with a local radio DJ, two of the Vikings and the Twins mascot, TC The Bear.
The first batter drilled the pitcher in the crotch with a line drive. He got his glove up just in time.
Now TC The Bear is hitting rockets.
UPDATE, 6:56 p.m.: The guy in the bear suit won the softball home run derby. This is the greatest pre-game show I’ve ever seen. I call on the Yankees to have a guy in a bear suit try and hit home runs from behind second base.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Boof Bonser is bopping along, walks Johnny Damon on a close pitch, there’s an error and suddenly the Yankees score three runs.
Meanwhile, I probably should have mentioned this before, but Chien-Ming Wang has gone four starts without a win for the first time in his career. His previous long had been three.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Another bad start for Wang so far. The Yanks give him the lead and he walks the leadoff batter ahead of Mauer and Morneau. Can’t do that.
UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Wang has walked Alexi Casilla three times. This is the first time he has ever faced him.
Considering he has put nine runners on base in four innings, Wang is lucky to have only allowed three runs.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: It appears Jeff Karstens is headed to the majors. He was lifted after four innings in his start for Scranton tonight (4 6 2 2 2 2).
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: OK, leadoff walk for Matsui. Here is Giambi. He has scalded the ball twice (or “lathered it” as he says) and is 0 for 2. Let’s see what happens.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: And he gets a base hit after crushing 3 balls foul.
UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: Alas, poor Boof. Jose Molina has 24 hits this season and 11 of them are doubles. That would seem to defy the laws of nature. His career best for two-baggers is 17.
Meanwhile, CMW has a chance to skate off the turf with a win. How they get through these last few innings should be interesting. Can Girardi really run Farnsworth out there again?
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Man, bad job by CMW.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: TC The Bear is next to the press box posing for photos with a group of beauty pagent winners. It’s Miss Teen South Dakota and her court.
I just pray that the Big G is kept away from these girls. The Midwest isn’t ready for that.
UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: Edwar Ramirez had gone 15.2 innings without allowing a run. So much for that. Now it’s 6-6 and in the hands of the respective bullpens.
UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: I really don’t see the attraction of Jose Veras. I get that he throws hard. But what else does he do?
Chris Britton still has Girardi’s dog at gunpoint apparently. He has a good job. He gets to stay in nice hotels, eat the free food and he never has to actually pitch.
UPDATE, 10:38 p.m.: Not so fast on Jeff Karstens. Chad Jennings reports that Karstens left the game tonight because he felt tightness in the groin muscle that he popped in spring training.
So the long man on Tuesday will be … Dan Giese? Not the K-Man. No, it’s can’t be.
Ross Ohlendorf warming up. Chris Britton has climbed to the top of the dome with a rifle.
UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: Why didn’t A-Rod slap the ball out of Punto’s glove? That works every time.
Bad, bad baseball there. The Yankees have run the bases like Ray Charles for two days.
UPDATE, 10:58 p.m.: They literally dodged a bullet there as Lamb missed a homer by a few feet. Ohlendorf struck out the side. Big spot for him.
The Yankees have lost seven straight extra-inning games on the road by the way.
UPDATE, 11:12 p.m.: Nobody warming up. Ohlendorf either wins or loses it.
UPDATE, 11:13 p.m.: Ohlendorf is a groundball pitcher. That’s what he needs right now.
UPDATE, 11:21 p.m.: Ross the Boss. Two innings, two hits and two walks but he keeps the Twins down. LaTroy Hawkins warming up. Britton has left the Metrodome and is drinking back at the hotel.
UPDATE, 11:28 p.m.: Clutchy clutchiness from the Captain there. If they can’t score now they never will.