Notes: Johnny Damon has hit in 12 straight at 24 of 53 with nine RBI and only one strikeout. … Derek Jeter is 7 of his last 13. … Bobby Abreu is 0 for his last 11. … Jason Giambi has hit in seven straight at 10 of 28. He’s up to .253. He was hit in the left foot last night, which must be why he’s not playing. We’ll find out later. … Robinson Cano is 5 of his last 36 and is down to .216. … The Yankees have 5 hits in their last 34 at-bats with RISP. … The Yankees have eight errors and seven GIPDs in the last seven games and have been picked off three times.
UPDATE, 5:16 p.m.: Jorge Posada has been activated off the disabled list but is not in the lineup. He repeated what he said several weeks ago, that he will need surgery on his labrum after the season but that he can get through the rest of the season. … Dan Giese was optioned back to Scranton. … Giambi has a sore foot but is available and is expected back tomorrow. … No word on LaTroy Hawkins’ appeal of his suspension. … talked to Ian Kennedy who hopes to be throwing off a mound in five days or so. … Brian Bruney is throwing off a chair as he continues to rest his fractured foot. “I’m throwing pretty hard considering,” he said. “I could get high school guys out.”
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 6:13 p.m.: The Big G was nowhere to be found in the clubhouse or BP today. Seems he was getting treatment. Through a team spokesman, he sent out some info. His foot is sore, there’s a little swelling but he’s going to test it out before the game and see if he’s available.
UPDATE, 7:05 p.m.: Great stuff from Chad Jennings in his blog today. He talked to a scout about some of the organization’s pitchers. The scout sees Dan McCutchen being an effective reliever, which is something I’ve believed since seeing him in spring training. He also likes Alfredo Aceves, who is rocketing through the system.
UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: The Captain now has 2,416 hits, one more than Mickey Mantle. He’s alone in third place in team history. Fittingly, it was to drive in a run and give the Yankees a lead. The crowd gave him an ovation and he lifted his helmet while standing at first base.
He’s 8 of his last 15.
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: How about the Moose? He has allowed four hits but no runs through four innings and has fanned four. It’s amazing what a turnaround he has had this season.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: It’s raining at the Stadium, just lightly. It’s an official game. … Meanwhile, the Yanks are all over Litsch.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Moose got squeezed there by C.B. Bucknor or he might not have allowed a run. I thought he has Rios struck out.
Now the question becomes whether Girardi lets him out for the seventh with 103 pitches. The bottom of the order is up. Overbay, Barajas, Wilkerson and Eckstein are 1 for 8 with 3 Ks. Leave Moose in. The less bullpen, the better.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: So, does Moose follow Cliff Lee in the All-Star Game? Meanwhile, if the Yankees hold on, this will be win No. 259 for him. Given that he pitched in the AL East his entire career in the heart of the Steroids Era, Mussina should get a lot of consideration for the Hall of Fame once he retires.