Notes: Damon (foot) and Matsui (knee and neck) remain injured. … This is the fifth start for Jobamania. He has yet to get a win but the Yankees are 3-1 in his starts. … The Yankees have lost three of their last four. … The Yankees are 8 of their last 45 with RISP (.178). … Jeter has hit in 12 straight at 15 of 48 (.313). He has reached base safely via hit or walk in 38 straight interleague games. … The Yankees have grounded into 10 double plays in their last nine games. … Remember when Edwar Ramirez went 13 games without allowing a run? His last nine games: 8.2 innings, 8 hits, 8 runs, 8 earned runs, 5 walks, 11 strikeouts.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 5:43 p.m.: Here is the rotation for the Subway Series:
Game 1 Friday: Giese vs. Pelfrey
Game 2 Friday: Ponson vs. Martinez
Saturday: Pettitte vs. Santana
Sunday: Rasner vs. Perez
Why is Ponson starting at Shea Stadium? Girardi wouldn’t say. “Just the way I choose it,” he said.
UPDATE, 5:56 p.m.: You may have heard the story about John Challis. He’s the young man from Freedom, Pa., who is dying of liver cancer but had his first hit in a varsity game this spring and graduated with honors.
Freedom is about 30 miles from PNC Park and John is here today and was in the clubhouse before batting practice. He had a chance to meet most of the players.
Derek Jeter, who has a perfect grasp on what it means to be the captain of the Yankees, was terrific with the kid (as was Alex Rodriguez and everybody else) and hopefully John will have a great day. I can’t imagine for one second what he must be going through.
“The kid has no fear,” Girardi said with admiration. “He’s an amazing boy.”
UPDATE, 6:24 p.m.: Per Mark Feinsand of the News, Ian Kennedy will start for Single-A Tampa on Saturday at West Palm Beach. He is cleared to throw 65-75 pitches.
UPDATE, 6:27 p.m.: They’re showing highlights of a Styx concert on the scoreboard. Seems they were here in 2007. Those of you who want to cover the Yankees for The Journal News should send in a resume because I may kill myself.
UPDATE, 6:32 p.m.: Springsteen played here in 2003. Why not show that? People might like that. But no, we get Styx.
UPDATE, 6:52 p.m.: Mo Rivera was rooting for Turkey in the soccer match. The Sandman was a forward in Panama as a kid because he was tall for his age. Mo was very knowledgeable about the beautiful game. He was watching the game with rapt attention.
OK, you’re all caught up. Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: A-Rod going in hard to second gave them two runs there. Now we’ll see what Joba has.
UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: The Big G (two more RBI, that’s 44) is going to need more Just For Men. The ‘stache is here to stay.
UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Nice job by Joba, drawing a walk and getting a bunt down. He is the Babe Ruth of Yankee pitchers so far in interleague play.
Tough night for the “Derek Jeter Is Washed Up” cabal. Two doubles crushed to center and 3 for 3 with two runs scored so far. He’ll be hitting .315 before you know it and will score 100 runs.
UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: In case you missed it, the Mets claimed Andy Phillips off waivers from the Reds. He will join the team on Friday.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Bobby Abreu’s decline seems halted. He’s 5 for 12 with two homers and five RBI the last three games.
It would appear Joba is well on his way to his first win as a starter. If only the Yankees had Bronson Arroyo instead.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Joba couldn’t end that inning (I mean how can he be expected to get Doug Mientkiewicz out?). But another stellar start for him. 25 innings as a starter, 22 hits and 25 Ks. One walk tonight. High-quality stuff from a guy who is quickly becoming their best starter.