Notes: Damon (left foot) had been out two games. …. There’s a train coming and it’s Robinson Cano. He is 14 of 33 in his last 10 games with eight RBI. He has gone from .217 to .241. His OBP remains an unsightly .282 but such is Robinson Cano. … Did you know the Yankees had a player named Chad Moeller? Seems he’s a catcher. He has played 5 innings and had three PAs since June 5. That said, he could come in handy tomorrow. … Derek Jeter has a 13-game hit streak (18 of 51). … Justin Christian (3 for 8, 2 runs, 2 RBI) seems to like the big leagues just fine. … Alberto Gonzalez is 0 for 20 in his last 10 games with an at-bat. … Bobby Abreu is 6 of his last 13 with six RBI and two home runs.
If Jeter is on third base and the Pirates shift for Giambi, don’t be stunned if he steals home. Jeter was halfway down the line yesterday in the third inning.
UPDATE, 5:29 p.m.: Damon is taking BP as I write this and looks fine. He went to Joe Girardi this afternoon and said he was ready to go.
The news is not nearly as good for Hideki Matsui. He was told not to take BP today, making it now four days in a row he hasn’t done anything but receive treatment on his left knee. He said he hopeful of being the DH tomorrow but wasn’t sure that would be in the best interest of the team.
Girardi admitted that the DL was a possibility for Matsui. A small knee problem can turn into a large one pretty quickly. It seems pretty likely (based on last season’s problems with his right knee) that Matsui will be dealing with this to some degree all season.
UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: Jesus Montero is headed for Yankee Stadium … for the Futures Game on July 13. He will play for the World Team against the U.S. Olympic trial Team. That squad includes no Yankee prospects.
Montero, of course, is the 18-year-old catcher from Venezuela who is with Class A Charleston. He is hitting .309 with seven homers and 48 RBI.
UPDATE, 6:52 p.m.: Edwar Ramirez impressed me today (rare, I know). There was 24 steps from the clubhouse down to the dugout. He went down them three steps at a time while I was walking up. It looked dangerous.
Oh, by the way, it’s supposed to rain in an hour here. Good thing the Yankees never play a day game on getaway day.
UPDATE, 7:08 p.m.: I’m no medical expert but Damon’s foot seems OK as he doubles and steals third.
Meanwhile it’s a Happy Birthday for Derek Jeter as he doubles in a run to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: If Maholm keeps giving up so many blasts they’ll have to stop traffic on the Alleghany River to keep passing boats from getting sunk.
UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: There are no outs, A-Rod is on second and Giambi is up. What possible strategic advantage is gained by having him try to steal third? He’s a great base-runner and a guy with 48 RBI is up. Can anybody explain that?
Instead it’s a double play and nobody is on. The Yankees gave away a 4-0 lead.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: How to figure that? Moose is up 3-0 and he walks two guys and throws nearly 30 pitches. Makes no sense. But he escaped trouble and still leads 3-1.
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: It’s getting really cloudy here. The Yankees are going to be Quite Displeased if there is a rain delay.
UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Rain delay. Fantastic. There are some wrath of God-type dark clouds over the park. I’ll let you know when they announce a start time.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: OK, in case I get struck by lightning, thanks to everybody who read the blog the last few years.
Seriously, there are bolts of lightning striking all about Pittsburgh. The press box at PNC Park is perched above the upper deck in the highest point of the park. Whee!
In case you were wondering, Dan Giese was sent back to New York to rest up. If this keeps up and Moose is done, I have no idea who pitches. Ohlendorf for a couple, Hawkins for one? Ramirez for a couple. Farnsworth. Melky has a good arm. No clue.
On a more serious note, it’s idiotic that the Yankees did not play a day game. The Pirates would sell out for the Yankees no matter what time the game starts. Does YES have anything to do with this?
At any rate, enjoy the NBA Draft until further notice.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: The rain has stopped. But more storms are reportedly coming.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: They just played this clip on the scoreboard. Very funny stuff.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Now it’s raining and lightning again. The stands are as empty as the Kei Igawa Fan Convention.
UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: If you’re staying up to watch the game, go to bed. They’re going to call it any minute now.
UPDATE, 10:25 p.m.: They’re now playing the “More Cowbell” SNL skit on the scoreboard.