RHP Nick Blackburn (4-3, 3.39) has never faced the Yankees.
Notes: Mark Feinsand of the Daily News reports on his blog that RHP Scott Patterson has been called up. No word yet on who is off the roster. Might be Shelley Duncan.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 1:04 p.m.: Morgan Ensberg was DFA’d to make room for Scott Patterson, who has yet to arrive at the Metrodome but is on the way.
Ensberg left without speaking to reporters. He was .203/263/.243 in 80 PAs. All that cost the Yankees was $1.75 million.
There will be a bunch of moves coming. A long reliever on Tuesday. Posada on Thursday. Jason Lane also has an out in his deal and they will at least talk about bringing him up. Whether he can do more than Shelley Duncan is the question.
UPDATE, 2:51 p.m.: Arrived at the Metrodome early today and saw the Twins run Brett Lawrie through a workout. He’s the best prospect in Canada in the draft. Lawrie is a shortstop and catcher who compares to Dan Uggla as a hitter and signed with Arizona State. Based on what little I saw, he has a terrific arm and a ton of power.
UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: Scott Patterson is wearing No. 30, last worn by Cory Lidle.
UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: Delmon Young, at least at the moment, has the worst looking swing i have seen for an MLB player (non-pitcher) in a long time. He is just helpless.
UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: That was scary. I thought for a second that Nick Blackburn was dead. He fell on the mound on his back with his arms and legs akimbo and didn’t move for a few seconds. Frightening.
It looks like it got him in the mouth.
UPDATE ON NICK BLACKBURN, 3:47 p.m.: Good news for the Twinws pitcher. The ball hit his glove before hitting him in his nose. He did not lose consciousness or any teeth. He has been taken to an area hospital for an x-ray.
Based on how that looked at first, it seemed a lot worse.
UPDATE, 4:02 p.m.: Nice play by Melky. The Yankees look half asleep today.
Meanwhile, Scott Patterson is coming in to pitch. Chris Britton might as well wear flip flops and board shorts to the game for all it matters.
UPDATE, 4:40 p.m.: Now you know why Scott Patterson wasn’t called up until now. Meanwhile, he stood there and watched the ball instead of backing up third base. He never even took a step.
Meanwhile, Chris Britton finally gets to pitch. Girardi’s dog is back with the kids, safe and sound.
UPDATE, 4:54 p.m.: Four up and four down for Chris Britton. Now he’ll get 12 days of rest before he’s needed again.
UPDATE, 4:57 p.m.: That Wilson Betemit, he has a lot of power. Remember when he, Shelley Duncan and Morgan Ensberg were supposed to be these big factors off the bench? How has that worked out? Everybody, myself included, was wrong there.