Notes: The Yankees have won 4 of their last 5. … The Yankees (32-31) have not been two games over .500 since April 23 when they were 12-10.
Johnny Damon is 28 of 51 (.549) over the last 11 games with 11 RBI, 8 extra-base hits and 10 runs scored. He has gone from .265 to.328. … Derek Jeter has a nine-game hit streak (12 of 38). … A-Rod is 6 of 10 in the series with 4 RBI and 3 extra-base hits. … Jason Giambi has hit safely in 10 of the last 11 games he has started at 14 of 40 (.350). That stretch includes 5 HRs and 10 RBI. … Robinson Cano is 8 of his last 21. However he has one RBI since May 25. … The Yankees have grounded into at least one double play in the last eight games. … The Yankees are hitting .357 and averaging 5.85 runs over the last seven games. … Shelley Duncan has one AB since May 31. He’s 3 for 22 since May 17.
Mike Mussina is 8-1 with a 3.26 ERA in his last nine starts. He is seeking the 260th victory of his career.
Kansas City’s Jose Guillen is 7 for 13 in the series with three homers, a double and nine RBI. … Thanks to Brian Heyman for calling in the lineup. I’m on a flight to Oakland this afternoon. Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: Just got around to checking the coverage in the other papers today and saw Mark Hale of the Post went and asked some of the Royals about Joba yesterday. Found this quote from Mark Teahen interesting:
“More or less the same as he was as a reliever. Nothing special.”
This would be the same Mark Teahen who is 10 for 50 against the Yankees in his career, 1 for 4 against Joba, and is hitting .253 this season with a sparkling .403 slugging percentage. Thanks for the analysis, Mark. Let is us know when you get to .260.
Meanwhile, there’s a guy at Gate A7 walking around with knee length black socks, black wingtips and white shorts. I’m not exactly Classy Freddie Blassie (the fashion plate of wrestling) but I know enough not to wear black socks and dress shoes with shorts.