Notes: This will be the seventh game Posada has played at least some first base. … This was the game that was rained out on June 26 with the Yankees leading 3-1 in the third inning. Mussina and Maholm were the pitchers that day, too. The Yankees started that game double, double, triple, double. … Before you ask, they start all over again. … The Yankees are 22-20 on the road. … Brett Gardner is 4 for 28 with nine Ks. … Jeter has a seven game hit streak and has hit safely in 23 of the last 25 games. … Molina has started six straight games.
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A SAD, SAD UPDATE, 5:39 p.m.: The Big G finished third in the final vote. Evan Longoria won. Quotes from Giambi to come.
UPDATE, 6:03 p.m.: Here are some comments from Jason Giambi:
On Evan Longoria winning: “Heâ€™s a great player, heâ€™s playing hard. Heâ€™s definitely deserving.”
On the Support the ‘Stache campaign: “It was fun. It was awesome and I thank everybody who gave it a run. I always try and find the positive. I get four days off which I definitely could use.”
Will the ‘stache stay? “Oh, yeah. I didnâ€™t grow the â€˜stache to make the All-Star team.”
On going home to Vegas over the break: “The boys will be happy.”
UPDATE, 6:09 p.m.: Here is a report from the AP in Tampa:
Johnny Damonâ€™s injured left shoulder is still too sore for baseball activities and the New York Yankees left fielder is hoping to start hitting off a tee on Monday.
â€œIt depends if the swelling goes down,â€ Damon said Thursday. â€œIf it feels good, Iâ€™ll start hurrying up. Itâ€™s just slow. Wake up every morning and itâ€™s swollen.â€
Hideki Matsui, sidelined by a sore left knee, hit off a tee and took part in a soft toss session at the Yankeesâ€™ complex Thursday.
Pitcher Phil Hughes is scheduled to throw off a mound for the first time Saturday. The Yankees are hopeful Hughes will return in September.
UPDATE, 7:00 p.m.: I just noticed that the Pirates have the pitcher hitting eighth. Interesting.
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Jose Molina is catching the sixth consecutive game. That’s a career first for him. The last Yankee to catch straight games (other than Jorge Posada) was Joe Girardi in 1997.
Girardi said “he hopes” to get Posada back as the full-time catcher. But it’s a day-to-day thing. What does Posada think about that? “I took care of it,” Girardi said.
It certainly didn’t seem that way before the game.
â€œI like to catch, OK?â€ Posada said tersely. â€œIâ€™m in the lineup, Iâ€™m happy Iâ€™m in the lineup but I like to catch. Iâ€™m a catcher. Iâ€™m not a first baseman. Iâ€™m not a DH. I like to catch. … (Girardi) knows that. Everybody in here knows that.”
UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Brilliant move hitting the pitcher eighth.
UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Then, of course, No. 9 hitter Jack Wilson doubles to lead off the third. Last thing you want is an actual hitter coming up with men on base.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: That was the first hit for Moose since June 23, 2003 and the first hit for a Yankees pitcher since Roger Clemens last June 21.
Oh, sure, Clemens.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: There’s some all-around sloppy baseball. Derek Jeter throws a slider to Posada trying to complete a double play. Posada doesn’t stop the ball from skipping by. Then Molina throws a ball into center when the runner steals.
The Yankees have mailed this game in so far.
UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: A-Rod is 1 for his last 12 with four strikeouts.
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Another big hit by Bobby Abreu. At least Moose is off the hook after pitching pretty well. Now it’s Jose Veras on the mound.
UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Did the real Jose Veras just stand up there? He had allowed only one run over 17.1 innings since June 5. A walk and a home run ended that. Now the Yankees are down by two runs again.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: That makes 31 times this season the Yankees have been held to two runs or less. Just amazing.