RED SOX (50-37)
Notes: Boston has lost five straight, four by one run. They have not lost six straight since Aug. 25-30, 2006. … Much to the delight of Jason Giambi, Boston has activated Mike Timlin off the disabled list. TBG is 3 for 3 with two homers off Timlin this season. … Robinson Cano’s last 16 games: 22-58 (.379) with 15 RBI. He has walked only once in that stretch, however. … Wilson Betemit is 7 of his last 21 with four RBI. … The Yankees are only 23-20 at home this season. … The Yankees are 2-3 against Boston, losing three of the last four meetings. … Cabrera is 0 for his last 19.
MANNY BEING MANNY AGAINST THE YANKEES: The team executive-assaulting slugger is 55 of his last 115 (.473) against the Yankees with 14 home runs and 38 RBI. He has 55 HRs against the Yankees, third-most in history.
APPROACHING YANKEE MILESTONES: Jeter needs one home run for 200. … Rivera needs one strikeout for 900. … A-Rod needs one home run to tie Mickey Mantle for 13th place in history with 536. … A-Rod is one run away from having as many as Reggie Jackson (1,551). That would be good for 49th place all-time. That A-Rod is pretty good. … Posada needs one home run to tie Don Mattingly (222) for eighth place in team history.
Back later with many updates.
UPDATE, 4:23 p.m.: Joe Girardi said that Hideki Matsui has not responded well to physical therapy on his knee and will not be able to take BP this weekend. It appears he will be out until after the break at the earliest. It’s apparent that he will need surgery, if not now then after the season. “It’s a possibility,” said Girardi, which is his way of saying “Absolutely.”
Meanwhile Girardi wouldn’t say who would pitch agains the Rays next week other than to say “we’ll move some things around.”
Girardi also pledged his loyalty to Melky, claiming that he is simply the victim of blind luck. That’s an awful lot of bad luck given his numbers since May 1.
Ian Kennedy is en route to Scranton. Chris Britton continues to dominate the GCL. He threw two perfect innings today against the GCL Tigers.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: A 23-minute first inning. Just about what you would expect from these teams. That’s actually fast for them, Bad job for the Yankees, wasting the two walks to start the inning.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Poor start for the Yankees, now down 4-0. This next two weeks will be a real test of Joe Girardi’s leadership. Hideki Matsui is out and won’t be back any time soon. The clownish antics of A-Rod have popped up as a distraction. Meanwhile the team is struggling and falling precipitously behind in the division. This is when the manager has to earn his money and keep the team focused and together.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Hey, look at that, Melky got a hit. The 0-for-19 slump is history.
Meanwhile Jeter raps into his 12th GIDP.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: In bad news from other cities, Trenton manager Tony Franklin now says that Jose Tabata has a “fairly severe” hamstring injury.
“He’s not going to be rushed back. It takes a little time to come back from those injuries, it’s a very sensitive and delicate area,” Franklin told Mike Ashmore.
Meanwhile some people at the Stadium booed Pettitte off the mound. It’s getting ugly.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Good night for Melky, maybe this will get him going. But Lester is dominating. Barring some miracle, this will be the 38th time in 86 games the Yankees will be held to three or less runs. That’s amazing given their lineup.