Notes: No Posada after his first game back. Not sure why yet. … Damon has hit in 14 straight at 29 of 60 with 10 RBI and one strikeout. … Jeter is 9 of his last 21. … Giambi has hit in eight straight at 11 of 29 with seven RBI. He’s up to .258. … Betemit has hit safely in 9 of the 12 games he has started this season. … Molina has 12 doubles. His career best was 17 in 2006.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 4:32 p.m.: RHP Chris Britton has been placed on the disabled list with a rib cage strain. Dan Giese has been summoned back from Scranton.
It’s a well-timed injury for the Yankees, who need a long reliever for Joba’s start on Sunday. Plus with Hawkins out, they’re short in the bullpen.
Joe Girardi said Britton was injured while warming up yesterday.
Jorge Posada is fine and the plan is to catch him Saturday and Sunday.
UPDATE, 4:38 p.m.: The Yankees are trying to get the beat writers Gerrit Cole and Damon Oppenheimer on a conference call at 6 p.m. My plan will be to make that audio available close to game time.
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Here are the interviews just conducted with Gerrit Cole and Yankees scouting director Damon Oppenheimer.
The sound quality isn’t fantastic because it was conducted via a speakerphone. But it’s the best that we could do.
UPDATE, 7:04 p.m.: A quick summation of the calls. Cole was practically reading from the Boras Corp. script. He’s a Yankees fan since he was a kid (his father is from Syracuse), but he’s not going to be an easy sign.
Oppenheimer was thrilled Cole fell to them and there was no decision to be made. They love Bleich even though he has an elbow issue and believe he’ll sign without much of an issue. They believe Adams has a swing flaw that can be corrected. They’re very high on Smith, too.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Received this e-mail from our new buddy at Stanford, Wyndam Makowsky: Just wanted to let you and your readers know: Jeremy Bleich is tonight in Stanford’s first Super Regional game against Cal State Fullerton. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2. Start is 7:30 PST, 10:30 EST.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: Sorry for the lack of updates, I was working on a story.
Anyway … Rasner is doing is job and working. But the offense has disappeared again. Why in the world are they bunting down 1-0 at home in the fifth inning? The Yankees should never bunt in the fifth inning unless they’re facing Walter Johnson, and he’s dead. Never mind that they’re bunting to get to the No. 9 hitter. You don’t give away outs in the AL. Or at least you shouldn’t.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: Kansas City has lost 11 straight on the road, one shy of tying the franchise record. If the Yankees are going to do something, it better be in the 8th inning. KC closer Joakim Soria is pretty damn good. He has a 1.07 ERA and has allowed 12 hits in 25.1 innings.
2-1 is like a mountain sometimes for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: I like the idea of leaving Rasner in, 103 pitches or not. The alternative is who? Ramirez, I would guess.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: What do you want Darryl Rasner to do, stand on his head? Two runs in eighth inning is a heck of a job. They need to get him some runs.
UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: Giambi almost never argues with the umpires but was clearly furious with Ed Montague. No sign of Girardi, however.
UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: Soria is 12 for 12 in save chances. He’s sort of a mini-Mo in how he handles himself on the mound. Very composed. If the Yankees are to win this one, they’ll have to earn it.
In not, they’ll be 1-3 against KC this season. The Royals are 20-36 against everybody else.