RHP Luis Mendoza (1-2, 5.40) has never faced any of the Yankees.
Notes: Thanks to Brian Heyman for calling in the lineup. … Melky was 0 for 19 and has one RBI since June 17. Gardner is 0 for 6 with two strikeouts since coming up. Now would be a good time to start getting on base. Ninth might be a perfect spot for him. … The Yankees have lost seven of 11 and four of six. … Dan Giese as a reliever: 5 games, 9.1 innings, 7 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts. … Dave Robertson has thrown 78 pitches in his four innings of relief, 50 of them strikes. Decent ratio, lots of pitches… Betemit (6 of his last 17, four runs, two RBI) has been less helpless of late at the plate.
SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK OFFENSIVE BLUES
The Yankees have scored seven runs in their last four games. They are 22 of 133 at the plate (.165) with 10 walks and 35 strikeouts. That includes going 5 of 32 with RISP, which has resulted in 25 LOB.
THE SIR SIDNEY SIDELIGHT
This game marks the reunion of Sidney Ponson and the Rangers, who released him in early June for conduct unbecoming a Ranger. In an unusual move. GM Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington spoke about how selfish and self-centered Ponson was. Rumors had him confronting Washington and other players and getting rowdy in bars.
“I got nothing bad to say about Sidney,” Washington told Texas writers. “We all know Sidney can pitch. Sidneyâ€™s got his own problems, and he just didnâ€™t fit in Texas. Maybe heâ€™ll chill out over there, maybe they can keep him calm or do whatever they have to do.”
UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.: Shelley Duncan (shoulder) and Alan Horne (arm) were placed on the DL at Scranton. Chris Stewart cleared waivers and is back with the team.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Sir Sidney had thrown eight scoreless innings before the third inning. The Yankees are down 3-1, which may as well be 30-1 the way they are hitting lately. But they do have seven innings to show a pulse. The current panic aside, they aren’t that bad, are they?
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Ah, of course, the ‘stache delivers the big blow with an upper-deck grand slam. The Yankees really needed that. Question now is whether they can hold a 5-3 lead.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Sir Sidney has put eight men on base in five innings. This is probably the last inning for him. Then you go Veras, Krazy Kyle and Mo to nail it down. You can’t mess around with this game, they need it badly.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Nobody warming up behind Ponson in the sixth inning with the middle of the lineup coming up?
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: How could you not trust Sidney Ponson? Just because he’s been released by every team other than the Rockford Peaches is no reason not to leave the game in his hands. It’s astonishing that the Yankees didn’t have somebody warming up at the start of the inning.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Teams go through offensive slumps, it happens a few times every season and there is no good reason for it. The difference with this Yankees team compared to previous editions is that they do not grind through those games and figure out a way to win.
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: Great job by Edwar Ramirez (2 0 0 0 1 3). Too bad he wasn’t in the game two batters earlier.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: The Yankees have been stupid lucky in this game and will win it. Texas has allowed five unearned runs and is now trotting out some guy to make his debut in the seventh inning of a one-run game?
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Like I said. Washington should be ashamed of himself.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Amazing. You bring a rookie into his first game at Yankee Stadium to protect a one-run lead in the seventh inning against Abreu, A-Rod and Giambi? Remember this game. If they go on some sort of tear now, they can thank Texas.
UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: Good for Brett Gardner. He had been 0 for 8 before that RBI single. Meanwhile Washington just noticed the Rangers were down by four runs and made a pitching change.
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: Hank Steinbrenner is a genius and the Yankees are 2-0 in games started by Sir Sidney. All’s well that ends well.
UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: 15-7 lead and Krazy Kyle walks the first guy. This isn’t over yet.
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Whew, inning over.