Notes: Hideki Matsui (.332, 29 RBI) is out of the lineup for some reason. Not sure why yet. He’s 7 of his last 20. … At any rate, they haven’t had the Opening Day lineup together since April 25. That was the only other time since the opener. … The Yankees are 1-3 against the Royals. … Thanks to Brian Heyman for calling in the lineup. … I’m headed to Scranton today to watch the Triple-A Yankees and may file a report or two from there this evening.
Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 10:38 p.m.: In case you missed it, future Yankee Jeremy Bleich picked up the win for Stanford in an NCAA super regional game last night against Cal State Fullerton on the road. The lefty went six innings, allowing one run on three hits. It was his first win since February as he missed time with an elbow injury.
Bleich, by the way, is repped by Scott Boras. Given that Boras knows amateur talent better than some teams, it’s yet another sign that Bleich wasn’t a total reach for the Yankees.
The plot thickens. Game 2 of the Regional is tonight and Fullerton will be throwing Cory Arbiso, another Yankees draft pick (22nd round). That game is going to be on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. (EDT).
See how much fun following player development is? The kids are even on television.
UPDATE, 11:16 p.m.: Have you noticed how things go with Hank Stenbrenner?
On Wednesday, he tells the Star-Ledger he will talk to Brain Cashman about an extension this week. Seems like news.
But on Friday, he admits to the Daily News that what he said Wednesday isn’t quite true. No talks will come until after the season.
Meanwhile, Newsday talks to Hal Steinbrenner (who, oh by the way, has as much power as his brother) and he confirms that no talks will be held until after the season.
As for Cashman? “Nothing has changed,” he said when we last spoke. Meaning he’ll decide on his future at the end of the season. As with many things Hank, there were blustery initial comments, a backtrack and then a return to normalcy until the next time. Makes you almost miss those fabricated quotes from George. Not really, though, it sells papers.
Understand this: Half of the equation is whether Cashman wants to return. They may want him. Does he want them?
UPDATE, 1:29 p.m.: Derek Jeter is really good at getting base hits. So good, in fact, that only Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth have more in the history of the Yankees.
You know what Derek Jeter should do with a fast runner on second base and no outs? He should try and get an RBI single, not bunt. Whether Jeter sacrificed on his own or was ordered to do it, it’s a foolish play. That Giambi got a lucky bad-hop single to drive in the run is beside the point.
The Yankees could have saved a lot of money if they wanted to play small ball. Cut some of these $20 million guys and call up Bernie Castro.