Notes: The Yankees are 3-3 on their road trip, which ends tonight. … Johnny Damon has hit in 10 straight at 19 of 44. … A-Rod is 6 of 24 on the trip with three RBI. … Giambi of 7 of his last 21 and has raised his batting average from .230 to .245. … Robinson Cano is 4 of 26 on the trip and 4 for 28 overall. … Melky Cabrera is 7 of his last 16 with three RBI. … Shelley Duncan is 2 for 20. … The Yankees have seven errors in their last seven games. … Remarkably (given that the season is 35 percent over), the Yankees have been outscored by seven runs.
UPDATE, 6:03 p.m.: Here’s the latest on Jorge Posada:
He was 1 for 3 with a walk in an extended spring training game and remains on schedule to rejoin the team this week.
Sidelined since April 27 by a sore right shoulder, Posada made two throws to the bases in the game against Philadelphiaâ€™s minor leaguers. He made a throw to first on a batted ball near the plate that was ruled foul, and also tried to pick a runner off second.
â€œYou keep working on things and try to throw,â€ Posada said. â€œI threw the ball behind the runner and felt good about it.â€
It was the second time since getting hurt that Posada was allowed to throw to the bases during a game. His status to resume catching for New York will be evaluated after playing in another extended spring game on Tuesday.
Posada had an RBI single and popped out twice Monday. He is 9 for 25 with five walks in six extended spring games overall.
UPDATE, 6:45 p.m.: Dan Giese is on his way to New York and will meet the Yankees tomorrow. … Joba flew ahead of the team so he could get a good night of sleep before his start. … Jeff Karstens (groin) is on the minor-league DL.
They just had four people in fish costumes race around the bases. The bass won. I love the Metrodome.
UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: That’s No. 526 for A-Rod. He’s chasing down Jimmie Foxx, who is 14th all-time with 534. Cano let Livan Hernandez off the hook. You need to kick Hernandez when he’s down. He’s one of those guys who gives up 12 hits but keeps his team in the game.
UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: See what I mean about Hernandez? He has put six runners on base in three innings and allowed only two runs. The Yankees have left four runner son base, three in scoring position.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Jeter has been on base in six of his last eight plate appearances.
Meanwhile the Yankees are a grim 1-8 with RISP in this game and have left six runners on base.
UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: No break there as Moeller’s double bounces into the stands. But the Melkman delivers. 3-2 Yankees.
Step on his neck here. One’s not enough.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: The sound system at the Metrodome is playing Bo Diddley in memory of the great Bo Diddley, who passed away today at the age of 79. He influenced countless acts including Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and The Who. Holly’s Not Fade Away is a great example of the Bo Diddley beat.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: This really is staggering. The Yankees are 3 for 16 with runners in scoring position and have left 10 men on base in seven innings — seven in scoring position. That is really hard to do.
What’s even more stunning is that they’re winning.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: As awful as the offense has been, this is on Pettitte. The Yankees have given him leads of 2-0, 4-2 and 5-4 and he couldn’t hold any of them.