BLUE JAYS (46-47)
Notes: The Yankees are 0-2 on their road trip, having scored two runs in the two games. … When in doubt try another lineup. Turns out they still have Chad Moeller. Who knew? … Steve Lombardi of Was Watching has some interesting stats that reveal the tendencies of A-Rod and Jason Giambi.
FINAL GAME ON ESPN: The last regular-season game at Yankee Stadium will be on ESPN. That’s Sept. 21 against Baltimore. So instead of 1:05 p.m. and sun, it’ll be 8:05 p.m. and Joe Morgan.
Back later with some updates.
UPDATE, 11:58 p.m.: For some unknown reason, Girardi won’t reveal the rotation for after the All-Star break. Wild guess: Petttitte, Mussina, Joba, Ponson and either Rasner or somebody else.
NAME THAT BAND: Thereâ€™s a computer full of music in the visting team clubhouse here and the players get their iPods filled up. There was an 80s playlist playing this morning and it was quite impressive how many songs Joba Chamberlain knew considering he was born in 1985.
(Yes, 1985. How old do you feel now?)
Anyway, here are the songs that were playing that Joba knew the band:
â€œDust in the Windâ€ (Kansas)
â€œDonâ€™t Talk to Strangersâ€ (Rick Springfield)
He missed on â€œDown Under.â€ That, of course, is by Men at Work.
Joba is an interesting kid. He plopped down in the locker next to Derek Jeter today and held a long conversation with the captain and Bobby Abreu. Unlike most players his age, Joba is very comfortable with the older guys. He knows how good he is and heâ€™s a little cocky about it. But more in a confident way, not like heâ€™s being a jerk.
UPDATE, 12:12 p.m.: This will be the 71st lineup in 94 games for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: Jason Giambi is now 1 of his last 20 with one run scored and two RBI. â€¦ Rasner has put six guys on base in two innings but leads 5-4.
UPDATE, 2:39 p.m.:
The wireless access here at the Rogers Centre is brutal and when I went to edit this post, half of it disappeared. I have no idea why. If anybody knows how to find what was up here before and wants to e-mail it to me, that would be great. Nice job by Ashton, finding the lost posts.
The Blue Jays are owned by Rogers, a giant communications company. How can they have wireless access that sucks? I’m on my air card now.
At any rate, Yankees led 9-4 and Rasner has settled down.
UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: They’re closing the roof at the Wireless Sucks Centre. I guess there is rain on the way.
UPDATE, 3:12 p.m.: Raise your hands if you thought Darrell Rasner was going to get through five innings today. But a win is a win if the Yankees hold on.
That said, Rasner has allowed 33 ER in his last 48 innings. It’ll be interesting to see whether he remains in the rotation after the break.
UPDATE, 3:28 p.m.: Here’s the AP report from Tampa on the assorted rehab guys:
Yankees DH Hideki Matsui resumed on-field batting practice Saturday, taking 55 swings as he continues to rehab a sore left knee.
Matsui, who went on the 15-day disabled list June 27, also hit off a tee and took part in a soft-toss session for the fourth consecutive day. He is scheduled to take BP again Sunday.
Left fielder Johnny Damon underwent treatment for his injured left shoulder and still plans to hit off a tee Monday. Damon said his shoulder is feeling â€œa lot better.â€
Also, right-hander Phil Hughes, placed on the disabled list April 30 with a broken rib, threw 25 pitches in his first mound session. The Yankees hope he will return in September.
Free agent pitcher Victor Zambrano worked out for the second straight day at the Yankeesâ€™ minor league complex. The right-hander threw a 35-pitch bullpen session.
Humberto Sanchez, coming back from elbow ligament replacement surgery, struck out two during a perfect inning in a Gulf Coast League game. The Yankees are among the teams thought to be interested in trying to obtain Colorado reliever Brian Fuentes. A Rockiesâ€™ scout was at Saturdayâ€™s game and watched Sanchez pitch.
Victor Zambrano? Has it really come to that?
UPDATE, 3:52 p.m.: The gritty, gutty Brett Gardner is 2 for 2 with two walks, two runs scored and three RBI. He and David Eckstein are going to have a cage match after the game to determine who is the scrappiest player in the game. My money is on Brett.
UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: Great job by the bullpen so far (3 0 0 0 1 2). Now LaTroy Hawkins gets a chance.