Notes: A-Rod has a six-game hitting streak (10 for 21) with eight RBI and two home runs. … Bobby Abreu has hit in six straight (8 of 22) with five RBI. … The Yankees are 11 of 44 (.250) with runners in scoring position the last five games. … Robinson Cano has hit in six straight (9 of 25). … Kyle Farnsworth hasn’t pitched since Thursday. The Yankees can he has a sore biceps. But it also could be a case of youcanttrusthimitis. … Hideki Matsui is in a 2-for-15 mini-slump.
The Yankees have lost two straight on the road and are 14-17 away from the Stadium.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Matsui is just getting (another) day off. … Farnsworth is available. … Not much else to update you on at this point. Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: The Yankees officially released Morgan Ensberg today. They also released Ben Broussard from Triple-A Scranton.
UPDATE, 10:36 p.m.: Man, West Coast games are the worst from a writing standpoint. You have to file two stories before the game (about 1,500 words all told). With the game ending around 1 a.m., the early story runs in three editions. I did a piece on Johnny Damon. The early notebook also runs in three editions. The actual game story gets in one edition and on the web site.
Before we had a web site (and yes, I worked back in those ancient days), you would basically write everything a day behind. It was pretty stupid. I can remember papers back in the 80s having headlines like “Yankees tied after seven innings.” Crazy.
Meanwhile, why was Bobby Abreu running on Carlos Gonzalez?
UPDATE, 11:13 p.m.: Now Wilson Betemit may well belt one out next time up against the lefty. I get that. But what is the point off sitting Matsui and his .863 OPS for Betemit? He’s already 0 for 2 and has kicked a ball (ridiculously ruled a hit) that cost the Yankees a run.
Betemit can be a valuable piece off the bench. But unless Matsui is injured, he should play. He’s hitting .342 against lefties. Dana Eveland isn’t Koufax.
UPDATE, 11:41 p.m.: It’s 2-1 and anything can happen. But Chien-Ming Wang is pitching like Chien-Ming Wang tonight. Nine of his 15 outs have come via groundouts. He has only one walk and two strikeouts.
UPDATE, 11:53 p.m.: Please let me interrupt this baseball game with some great news. Our pal Mark Feinsand of The Daily News and his wife Dena are parents again. Zack Dylan Feinsand checked in this evening at 10:15 in New York City.
Congrats to Mark and Dena and our condolences to Ryan Feinsand, who is no longer the king of all he surveys.
UPDATE, 11:57 p.m.: What is wrong with Melky Cabrera? Girardi has to put a stop to this.
UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: Wang has that sinker going today. That’s 15 groundball outs and four double plays. You know what? I’d leave him out there for the eighth inning. He’s only at 81 pitches. Better Wang than any of the relievers. Then Mo in the ninth.
UPDATE, 12:27 p.m.: Veras has warmed up. Girardi said before the game that Farnsworth was available, too. Very interesting.
UPDATE, 12:38 p.m.: Lifting Wang after 83 pitches for Jose Veras? Interesting move there.
UPDATE, 12:52 p.m.: Big hit for Melky in a lot of ways there.
Lots of Yankees fans here, by the way.