RED SOX (51-37)
Darrell Rasner (4-6, 4.42) has never faced any of the Red Sox hitters.
Notes: Happy Fourth of July everybody. Hope you enjoy some time with your friends and family along with the baseball. Go outside and play catch with your kid. … LHP Billy Traber has been called up from AAA Scranton. No word yet on the corresponding move. … The Yankees have lost four of five and are 5-8 in their last 13 games. … The bullpen has allowed three earned runs over the last 25.1 innings. … Cano is 24 of his last 61 and is up to .252. … The Yankees are 1-3 on their homestand and 23-21 at home. … Today is George Steinbrenner’s birthday. He is 78.
UPDATE, 11:23 p.m.: Alberto Gonzalez was optioned to Scranton. … RHP Brian Bruney starts his rehab assignment today with the GCL team. … The Yankees will wear the hats with the red, white and blue NY the next three days. This is believed to be the first time ever they have worn an alternative hat. … Chien-Ming Wang is here and said he will have a cast on his foot for another month. “It feels better,” he said. Wang will start upper body workouts today. … Joe Girardi: “We need to start winning games.”
UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: The Yankees announced that Andy Pettitte and Sidney Ponson will start against Tampa Bay next week.
UPDATE, 1:19 p.m.: Here’s an update on two rehabs in Tampa via the AP:
Brian Bruney allowed one run and two hits over two innings in his first minor league rehab appearance.
It was first thought Bruney would need season-ending surgery to repair a torn ligament in the foot, but the right-hander opted to rehab the injury after consulting several specialists.
â€œI think I made the right decision,â€ Bruney said. â€œOnly time will tell. The foot felt good. My arm felt great, so Iâ€™m excited.â€
He struck out three and walked one in a Gulf Coast League game against Detroit minor leaguers. He retired six of his last seven batters after allowing the first three to reach base.
Also, right-hander Phil Hughes, who was placed on the disabled list with a broken rib April 30, threw 90 feet on level ground. He hopes to throw off a mound in the next week or two.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Nice job by Rasner wiggling out of trouble in the first inning. Then Damon walks the walk after talking the talk with a double.
But why in the world would Jeter give away the first strike by trying to bunt? Swing the bat.
UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: A two-run double by A-Rod. Celebrate, it’ll be all right.
UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: Josh Beckett had a few words for umpire Paul Schrieber as he walked back to the dugout. He was talking into his glove. I guess in case Marlee Matlin was in the crowd.
Meanwhile the scoreboard between innings featured the Yankees picking their favorite Elvis songs. A-Rod selected Heartbreak Hotel. You can’t make this stuff up.
UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: In case you’re wondering, Jason Varitek wears themed catcher’s equipment on holidays then auctions it off for charity. He’s wearing a red, white and blue chest protector and shin guards today. Nice job by the captain of the Red Sox.
In other charity news, Joba Chamberlain signed 100 little tote bags before the game for patients at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute. Joba is great at doing things like that.
UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: Wow, what a crazy play there. The Yankees were lucky the ball rolled back onto the field instead of over the fence. Great effort by Damon to get back to the wall as the ball was smoked by Youkilis.
Meanwhile, it’s 3-3 and Rasner has put seven runners on base in three innings. The Yankees aren’t going to survive if that keeps up.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: No word yet on Damon’s injury. He appears to have a shoulder or wrist injury based on how he was holding his arm as he ran off the field. His loss would be a real blow. Damon is hitting .317.
UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: Say this for the Yankees, they are playing with more sense of purpose then we saw last night. But what matters is how they look in two weeks, not today.
Meanwhile, the Braves sent down Jeff Francoeur today. Might be worth mentioning that to Melky.
* * * * * * * * * JOHNNY DAMON UPDATE * * * * * * * * * * *
X-rays on Damon’s left shoulder were negative. The Yankees are saying he has a contusion. He will be further evaluated tomorrow, an examination that will include an MRI.
It sounds as though they are worried about a separation.
UPDATE, 2:59 p.m.: I’m sure we’ll get another “Darrell gives us everything he’s got” from Joe Girardi. But you could see that home run coming a mile away (or in the 2:11 p.m. update, at least). His stuff is such that he needs to have nearly perfect location to get through a good team.
Rasner was lights out for four starts. But that was against Seattle, Detroit at the height of its struggles and twice against Baltimore. He has been getting hit hard since with an exception here or there.
It’s pretty simple, the Yankees have three good starters. That makes it hard for a team to achieve any consistency.
UPDATE, 3:19 p.m.: So the Yankees have little use for Billy Traber all season but they’re running him out there down 6-3 with four innings left? Interesting move.
UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Starting to rain here at the Stadium.
UPDATE, 3:47 p.m.: Dr. Ronan Tynan just did the extra-long version of God Bless America. It was a rare Stadium appearance for the good doctor. I believe he has been touring with Social Distortion.
UPDATE, 3:51 p.m.: Some news from Scranton via Chad Jennings. Chris Britton has been activated off the disabled list and optioned to the AAA team.The Yankees also re-signed Ben Broussard to replace Shelley Duncan on the roster.
UPDATE, 3:55 p.m.: Well, here is their chance to get back in the game. First and second, nobody out.
UPDATE, 3:58 p.m.: Nice play by Lugo to take a single away from Gardner. But what impressed me was Jose Molina running hard into second and sliding through the bag to take out Pedroia. Molina hustled through the play.
UPDATE, 4:02 p.m.: Great scene at the Stadium. Bases loaded, one out, the crowd into every pitch, rain coming down, A-Rod on deck. This could be your ballgame.
UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: Two outs and A-Rod up. Delcarmen coming in to pitch. Madonna and Dr. Ronan Tynan are singing Don’t Cry For Me Argentina during the pitching change. OK, that may not be true.
UPDATE, 4:09 p.m.: The Yankees are 1 for 7 with RISP. And so it continues.
UPDATE, 4:13 p.m.: The game has been delayed as the grounds crew works on the field. Meanwhile it’s still raining. Farnsworth is on to pitch.
UPDATE, 4:20 p.m.: That was brilliant. They spent 10 minutes working on the field, Farnsworth faced one batter and now the game is being delayed by rain. Why not put the tarp on in the first place?
How to help the home team. Farnsworth warms up, faces a batter and now he’s probably done for the day. Then A-Rod gets an error because he’s playing in a swamp.
At least now Girardi can hold another meeting.
UPDATE, 5:08 p.m.: It has stopped raining and the grounds crew is about to pull the tarp.
UPDATE, 5:22 p.m.: The game will start back up at 5:45 p.m. There are not too many fans left here here at the Stadium. Can’t say I blame them.
UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: Edwar Ramirez now pitching. There are maybe 10,000 people still here. Of course most of the lower box seat phonies have fled the scene.
* * * * * * * * * YET ANOTHER JOHNNY DAMON UPDATE * * * * * * *
Johnny went to Columbia Presbyterian for an MRI that revealed a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. He is day-to-day.
Damon has never been on the DL in his career.
UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.: Great job by Edwar and the rest of the bullpen today (4 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs). But now the Yankees have to deal with Jonathan Papelbon and his mean looks.
I suspect the Yankees will fall back on “we gave it a great effort, today was better, etc.” after the game. But a team with a $205 million payroll shouldn’t take much solace – if any – in trying hard. You can find 25 guys in the parking lot who will try hard.
UPDATE, 6:27 p.m.: Replays showed that seemed to be a catch by Crisp. What is it with these two teams? Something always happens.
Great at-bat by Brett Gardner. That showed you something.