Notes: Thanks to Sam Borden for texting in the lineup. … In case you spent the weekend with Osama bin Laden in his cave enjoying the company of goats, Joba Chamberlain is starting for the first time in the majors tonight. He is expected to throw a perfect game, or at least a no-hitter. … A near-sellout crowd is expected.
Back later with updates and blogging all game long.
UPDATE, 4:09 p.m.: Dan Giese is in uniform and will be on the roster tonight. No 40-man move is needed since Morgan Ensberg got DFA’d. No word yet on the 25-man roster move. It could be contingent on whether LaTroy Hawkins starts his suspension tonight.
Oh, and I forgot to pass this along yesterday. Scott Patterson’s nickname is “The Stranger.” No great story behind it, just that nobody knew who he was in spring training.
UPDATE, 6:07 p.m.: Thanks for the memories, Scott Patterson. He was optioned out to make room for Giese.
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: I thought for sure that the Jays would forfeit. But they’re playing. The Joba Era, Chapter II, is under way.
UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: An eight-pitch walk, just what the Jays wanted to start.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Good to see Joba using his curveball there to Rios. If you recall how he pitched when he first came up, Joba got a few strikeouts with his hook.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Well, that was not what they wanted as Joba allowed a run and threw 38 pitches in the first inning. The Blue Jays worked him really well.
We’re going to see a whole lot of Dan Giese tonight.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: I’m sure there will be a whole lot of hand-wringing and panic over the kid allowing a run and throwing 38 pitches in his first inning as a starter.
He’s 22 and a year ago at this time no Yankee fan could pick him out of a lineup. Just relax. Focus on the two strikeouts and that he was maintaining his velocity.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: Here’s the latest on Jorge Posada:
He caught seven innings in an extended-spring game vs. Phillies minor leaguers in Tampa and threw two runners out trying to steal second. It was his seventh extended-spring game.
“It feels good,” Posada told the AP. “I’m happy about it.”
Girardi wasn’t sure if Posada would play one more rehab game today or head back to New York. If he did play, Girardi said it would be as a DH. He figures to be back behind the plate for the Yankee in the series finale.
“His arm was great today,” Girardi said. “You might see him in there on Thursday.”
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Now that Big Papi is out, might Hideki Matsui be the All-Star DH? Wow, he is raking. Huge hit there with two outs.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: This is interesting. Stewart is the first batter Joba has faced twice in a game.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Here’s what I’m taking out of this: Why would you not want this guy to pitch more than inning? Joba has fanned three guys in two innings and of the three batters he walked, he had two strikes to each of them.
It seems pretty evident that he can maintain his stuff. He will learn to be more economical.
UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: Harlan Chamberlain is pretty smooth on TV for a dude from Nebraska.
UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Damon is halfway to the cycle in the second inning.
I wonder if Chamberlain comes out for another inning? He’s at 53 pitches. Will they let him face a batter?
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Joba knows what he’s doing. He turned off the electric fence in right field.
UPDATE: 8:04 p.m.: Well, that is that for Joba. 62 pitches / 32 strikes.
My boss, Susie Arth, is from Nebraska. I may get fired for my comment on Harlan.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Here is Joba’s night:
2 earned runs
62 pitches / 32 strikes
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Dan Giese isn’t fooling anybody here. Melky had Barajas out but he hit the mound. It’s not a bad break, however. Don’t throw the ball off the mound.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Al Leiter just said that Jose Molina “isn’t the fastest base-runner.”
In fact, he may be the slowest. But Al is a charitable guy.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: If the Yankees stick to the plan, Joba will start against the Royals on Sunday and throw 75-80 pitches. He is two or three starts away from being fully stretched out.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: The Cialis commercial YES shows is very disturbing. I love the part about how you should call your doctor if you experience sudden decrease in hearing and vision. How do you dial the phone or talk to the doctor if you can’t hear or see? Meanwhile your poor wife must be so disappointed. She’s ready for a good time and now you’s stumbling around the house walking into walls.
Then at the end, they always show the old guy and his wife in his-and-hers outdoor bathtubs. What is the point of that? You’re on the Cialis and you’re in separate tubs? Meanwhile, what point does the outdoor tub serve in the first place? “Ah, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, welcome to the hotel. Here is the bed, that’s the TV. The bathtub is out on the lawn. Have a nice stay.”
To me, there is only one way to sell Cialis. Hugh Hefner. Get old Hef to stand there with those three blondes and say that he takes it. What more do you need to know? Or Michael Douglas. He would be good, too.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: Girardi loves the intentional walk. But in the AL the No. 8 or No. 9 hitter is still dangerous.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Saw that coming. What is the upside of intentionally walking the bases loaded and bringing Hawkins into the game? What makes you think he’s getting Eckstein with a GIDP? Girardi tries too hard sometimes. All the lineups, etc.
UPDATE, 10:43 p.m.: Jeter now has 2,415 hits, tying him with Mickey Mantle for third place in franchise history. Next up: Babe Ruth, who had 2,518.