Notes: The Yankees are trying to get to two games over .500 for the first time since Apeil 23 when they were 12-10. … Alex Rodriguez has a seven-game hit streak (12 of 25, 9 RBI) and Bobby Abreu a six-game streak (10 of 24). … Jason Giambi has gotten on base safely via hit or walk in 20 straight games. … Mariano Rivera has worked four straight days and likely will be unavailable tonight. … Bullpen last 7 games: 17.1 innings, 11 hits, 3 runs, 5 walks, 19 strikeouts. … Kyle Farnsworth threw in the bullpen this afternoon. Presumably he’s available.
Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: You may have heard about the insufferable Curt Schilling criticizing Kobe Bryant on his blog. Kobe fired back.. His comment: “Go Yankees!”
UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Andrew Brackman had his appendix removed and will be out of action for three weeks or so. As you know (or should know), he is out this season recovering from Tommy John surgery. The Yankees hope he will be ready to pitch in one of the fall leagues.
UPDATE, 10:27 p.m.: Was it only a month ago when Yankees fans wanted Jason Giambi released and/or executed? The Big G now has 15 homers and 36 RBI and has reached base in 21 straight games.
That’s 192 homers as a Yankee for Giambi. That ties him with Tino Martinez for 14th place in team history.
UPDATE, 10:36 p.m.: Jeff Karstens came off the DL to pitch for Scranton tonight and did well: 5 4 2 1 1 2. Dave Robertson then threw two scoreless, striking out four.
J.B. Cox was placed on the Scranton but nobody seems to know why. Trying to get the info from Brian Cashman.
Meanwhile, our man Alfredo Aceves was great again for Trenton in a 1-0 loss against Connecticut. Aceves: 7 3 1 1 0 7. He is 1-2 with a 2.00 ERA. Mark Melancon pitched two perfect innings in relief.
Melancon at Trenton: 8 games, 21.2 innings, 10 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 19 strikeouts.
UPDATE, 11:05 p.m.: Darrell Rasner has run out of those magic beans he had. It doesn’t help when Giambi can’t make a simple play. So instead of two on and no outs, you have one on, one out and a flood of hits.
UPDATE, 11:09 p.m.: Our pal Mark Feinsand – what a dog – is taking the rest of the road trip off to be with his wife and new baby. That Daily News is like Club Med.
But Anthony McCarron is here in Oakland and will be going to Houston. A-Mac is trying his hand at some blogging over on Blogging The Bombers. If I start to bore you, go over there and check it out.
UPDATE, 11:34 p.m.: It’s a waste to use Ross Ohlendorf as a mop-up long reliever in lopsided games. Ohlendorf can – and should – be used in higher leverage situations.
UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.: Like I said, Ross Ohlendorf stinks. Let him mop-up.
Holy cow, why can’t this team stay over .500? This is ridiculous.
UPDATE, 12:17 p.m.: Finally, the perfect role for Kyle Farnsworth.