Notes: And today’s loser in the No-DH Sweepstakes is Johnny Damon! … Batting second, he’s 0 for his last 14 and has a .260 OBP, No. 24, Robinson Cano. Maybe that will get him going. Moving a struggling player up in the order is straight out of the Joe Torre Playbook. … The Yankees are 15 of his last 65 with runners in scoring position, 4 for 21 on the road trip. … I’m sure there are more good stats out there. But I woke up at 4 a.m. to catch a flight and crunching numbers hasn’t been a priority today.
Shelley Duncan on his demotion: “When it comes to this game, I’m like a little kid. And little kids want to play, not watch. … I’m going to go back down there and do whatever I can to help that team win some games.”
UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: Joba’s last pitch was 97. Oh, and it was in the sixth inning. So much for the idea that he’ll have trouble maintaining his velocity.
He has thrown 12.2 innings as a starter and allowed four earned runs. Does anybody still think his starting is a bad idea?
UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: Just when you think Derek Jeter is done, he pulls you back in. … Meanwhile, it would appear the Kyle Farnsworth Era has come to a close as Jose Veras is coming back out for the eighth inning. Girardi must have finally found that memo Torre left him.
UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: Kyle Farnsworth is warming up. It would seem Mariano is not available after pitching five of the previous six days.
Hold on tight.
UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: The Yankees say Jorge Posada is not injured (if you’re wondering). It was just a crafty double switch by Joe Girardi. It worked out well with Veras going two inings.
Now they have Damon in this spot instead of Molina.
UPDATE, 11:04 p.m.: Memo? What memo? Girardi is a genius. First save for Farnsworth since 2006.