Sorry for the technical difficulties. But we’re back.
ROSTER MOVE: RHP David Robertson was called up from Triple-A Scranton. LHP Kei Igawa was optioned back to Scranton. RHP Oneli Perez was DFA’d.
Monday vs. Texas: Mike Mussina
Tuesday vs. Texas: Joba Chamberlain
Wednesday vs. Texas: Sidney Ponson
Thursday vs. Boston: Andy Pettitte
Friday vs. Boston: Darrell Rasner
Saturday vs. Boston: Mike Mussina
Sunday vs. Boston: Joba Chamberlain
Hideki Matsui: The Yankees admitted that surgery was a possibility. “That would be the last option but we can’t rule it out,” Brian Cashman said. He had his knee drained again.
Ian Kennedy: Pitching today for Class A Tampa.
Phil Hughes: Two or three weeks away from getting in a game. “He’ll be back this season but I can’t say it’ll be on the major-league level,” Cashman said.
Brian Bruney: Throwing a BP on Tuesday. First game will be 2-3 days after that.
Chris Britton: Pitching in a rehab game on Tuesday.
UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: The tarp is on the field. No word on game time. But Glenn Close just did the National Anthem. Keep those bunnies away from her.
Sorry again for the technical issues. I have no idea what happened. We’ll try and make it up to you with as many updates as possible today.
UPDATE, 3:47 p.m.: Now they seem to be getting ready to take the tarp off. It has yet to rain.
UPDATE, 4:22 p.m.: OK, we’re underway after a delay of 24 minutes.
UPDATE, 4:33 p.m.: Yes, that is our old friend Andy Phillips playing left field for the Mets. He’s in the outfield for the third time in his career.
A FEW NOTES ON THE PITCHERS: Santana hasn’t picked up a win since June 1, although he has a 2.08 ERA since then. The Mets are 9-7 in games he has started.
Andy Pettitte is 3-0, 0.43 in his last three starts. The line: 21 14 1 1 4 19. Can’t do much better than that.
UPDATE, 4:53 p.m.: Interesting little game within the game there as Andy Pettitte faced Andy Phillips. The two are very close friends. When Phillips was going through all of his family issues the last two years, it was Pettitte who helped himk through it. I’m sure they didn’t like the idea of facing each other. Phillips hit the ball well but flew to right.
UPDATE ON ROSS OHLENDDORF: Interesting news on Ohlendorf today. The Yankees are going to have him work as a starter at Scranton. They want him to work on his secondary pitchers, particularly his split-finger fastball. By going multiple innings, he can throw more pitches in game situations.
His numbers in the big leagues have been brutal this season. But i still believe some of that is a product of how he has been used. Ohlendorf was a one-inning guy in spring training, then he became a long reliever. Then he went to one-inning stints for a while.
Now he’s a starter. Keep in mind that he was a starter in the minors last season before moving to the pen. I think the guy has a big arm and competes. They just need to figure out how best to harness that.
UPDATE, 5:18 p.m.: Jeter has now reached base safely via hit or walk in 42 consecutive interleague games. I have no idea that is impressive or not. I guess it is. It certainly sounds impressive.
UPDATE, 5:23 p.m.: Big spot for the ‘stache. Bases loaded, no outs, down 1-0. The ‘stache cannot possibly fail here. The power of the ‘stache is limitless.
UPDATE, 5:24 p.m.: OK, RBI groundout and it’s 1-1. The ‘stache will take what it can get. The season has reached its midpoint today and Jason Giambi has 46 RBI. Raise your hands if you thought that was going to be the case.
UPDATE, 5:32 p.m.: Beyond taking the lead, which is always good, the Yankees made Santana work hard in the fourth inning. He’s at 74 pitches now. This guy is a six-inning pitcher on a good day. On a muggy day like this, he could be done soon.
UPDATE, 5:25 p.m.: It’s getting dark here at Shea. The Yankees would be wise to keeep the lead aftter 5 innings.
Meanwhile, Knicks draft pick Danilo Gallinari was on the field before the game. Maybe he’s the next Larry Bird. But he looks like a kid with skinny legs who is going to get belted around. He has Arn Tellem as his agent and he was here as well. The Big G (also a client) posed for a photo with the kid.
UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: It’s raining. The Mets and Yankees could cure droughts around the world by traveling around and playing games. It rains every time they have a series.
Quick, easy inning there for Santana. That gets him off the hook a little.
UPDATE, 5:59 p.m.: Another pickoff for Pettitte. He has a knack for it but that is just dumb base-running by Reyes.
It hasn’t been a classic matchup because of the five walks, but Pettitte and Santana have been impressive.
UPDATE, 6:09 p.m.: It’s starting to rain harder now.
UPDATE, 6:17 p.m.: Huge hit for Cano. He is 18 of his last 45.
It’s nearly pouring now.
UPDATE, 6:23 p.m.: The tarp is down and we’re in a delay. I’ll alert you if and when they determine a re-start time.
UPDATE, 6:50: The rain is letting up and the skies are clearing. They’re starting to pull the tarp. No word on a start time. Santana is done, he’s well over 100 pitches. Not sure on Pettitte. It’s usually a 45-60 minute window. Andy will fight them to stay in the game.
UPDATE: The game will start up again at 7:10 p.m.
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: Andy Pettitte, back at it.
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Pettitte has allowed 12 homers this season, matching him with Mussina for the most.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: That’s it for Santana, six innings as predicted. He has not won since June 1. Great job by Pettitte, too: 6 5 2 2 3 4. Other than the two solo homers, he dominated the Mets.
Now it gets dicey. Some combo of Veras and Farnsworth then Mo. Pettitte was at 88 pitches. Would it have been worth it to let him take his AB then come back out for the seventh? They do have the lead.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: It’ll be Veras against Phillips, Castro and a pinch hitter.
UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: Luis Castillo hitting for Phillips.
UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: Ian Kennedyâ€™s line from todayâ€™s game between the Single-A Tampa Yankees and Palm Beach Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla.: 5 2 0 0 1 4. 74 pitches/47 strikes.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: By no means should this be intended as being critical of Joe Girardi. All managers play by the book. But shouldn’t the closer face the 2-3-4 hitters instead of the set-up man? Who cares that it’s the 8th inning? This is the game right here.
UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Stellar work by Krazy Kyle, with some assistance from Johnny Damon. Now it’s Mo for Delgado, Tatis and a pinch hitter.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: If Rivera can close it out, the Yankees will have held the Mets to two runs in 18 innings at their park the last two days. Teams really do have their personalities set by starting pitching. It’s reason No. 1,324 why making Joba a starter was the smart move.
One way or another, back later with reaction.