Joba Chamberlain (2-3, 2.62) has never faced any of the Oakland htters
Sean Gallagher (1-0, 2.57) has never faced any of the New York hitters.
Notes: The Yankees have won five straight at the Stadium. … The Yankees are 10-3 against the AL West this season. … Here’s a weird one for you. A-Rod has not had a triple since May 31, 2006 in Detroit. … Discounting his debut, Dave Robertson has allowed two hits and one run over seven innings while striking out 11. … Wilson Betemit has struck out 66 times in 204 plate appearances) as a Yankee. … Any time now Brett Gardner (6 for 40, 12 K’s).
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UPDATE, 12:00 p.m.: Johnny Damon took BP in the cages and on the field today. He took 19 cuts and hits two home runn, one off the facing of the upper deck in right field. To me, he looked very comfortable. He didn’t stop for an extended interview but he would like to be activated and play tomorrow.
That could be a stretch, but he’s very close.
UPDATE, 12:07 p.m.: Oakland placed first baseman Daric Barton on the 15-day disabled list with a neck strain. Infielder Wes Bankston was recalled from Class AAA Sacramento.
Get this, he hurt his neck diving into a shallow pool during the break. Barton is lucky he didn’t kill himself.
UPDATE, 12:26 p.m.: It’s 90 degrees at the Stadium and is supposed to get hotter. The Yankees have set up water stations around the Stadium to keep fans hydrated. If you’re at the game today, take care of yourself.
UPDATE, 1:05 p.m.: It’s my duty, even as a Patriots fan, to report that Tom Coughlin threw out the first pitch. Wearing a glove, the coach threw a nice pitch from the top of the rubber with a little bit of a windup. He even had Posada get in a crouch.
Coughlin had his family with him, including Chris Snee.
UPDATE, 1:42 p.m.: Tough series for third base coach Bobby Meacham, who just inexplicably held Cano at third base on a double to the gap by Betemit. He caught a break when Cabrera singled. But another questionable decision.
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: Nice hustle by Brett gardner, who turned an infield single into a double. He makes things happen when he gets on base. It’s the getting on base part that is difficult. But the Yankees have already gotten more out of the bottom of their order today than they likely expected.
UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: The Yankees let Gallagher off the hook there. Props to the kid for fanning Jeter, Abreu and A-Rod with runners on second and third and no outs. The Yankees were a hit or two from driving him out of the game.
UPDATE, 2:16 p.m.: Should we read anything into Cano being 4 for 6 coming off the break? … meanwhile Gallagher’s next pitch will be his 74th. He’s not long for this game.
UPDATE, 2:39 p.m.: The Yankees have left 8 men on base (5 in scoring position) and are 2 for 9 with RISP. They’ve left a big lead on the table and now Joba has to work hard to hold a 2-0 edge.
UPDATE, 2:54 p.m.: Joba had gone 11.2 innings without issuing a walk before Cust drew that one in the 5th inning.
UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: That seems to be it for Jobamania, who has thrown 96 pitches here in the Sahara. If so, he will have dropped his ERA to 2.64 as a starter. Can somebody please inform Goose Gossage of this so he will stop saying Joba belongs in the bullpen?
UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: Jose Veras just cost Joba a win by blowing up in the seventh inning. With one out and one on and ahead 0-2 on Kurt Suzuki, he gave up a double, a walk and a wild pitch.
Veras has been very good for the Yankees this season, certainly better than anybody could have expected. But he’s one of those guys who when he gets in trouble tries to throw harder instead of taking his time and trying to throw a strike.
UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: The Yankees obviously still have a chance to win this and probably will. But what a disgrace the offense has been so far. They are 2 for 12 with RISP and have left 12 runners on base in six innings. They have drawn six walks and had seven hits and have two runs to show for it.
UPDATE, 3:58 p.m.: OK, we’re calling it. Kyle Farnsworth going 1-2-3 is one of the Signs of Impending Yankee Victory. Much like Giambi making a good throw, there are certain events that signal victory and that is one of them.
Yanks score here, Mo comes in, folks flee to air conditioned cars.
UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: Bad day for A-Rod. He’s 0 for 5 with three strikeouts and has left six men on base.
UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: So much for predictions. This will be a brutal loss if that is what hapens. All the LOB, Posada can’t throw, etc. That consistency Joe Girardi keeps chirping about is just a fantasy at this point. This team shows no signs of finding it.
UPDATE, 4:32 p.m.: Great AB by Giambi, who sees nine pitches and draws a walk. Now they have a chance.
UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: Just when you think they’re done … Bad job by Huston Street but two nice cuts by Cano and Betemit.
UPDATE, 4:38 p.m.: That was the first run Huston Street has allowed against the Yankees. He had thrown 12 scoreless innings in 11 appearances.
UPDATE, 4:44 p.m.: Posada out, Molina out. I don’t fault Girardi in the slightest for leaving Posada in to catch the ninth. The score was tied and he was due up second in the bottom of the inning. You have Molina catch to protect a lead, not a tie. You need Posada’s bat.
UPDATE, 4:56 p.m.: A bit of trouble, but Shockingly Steady Eddie Ramirez works out of it. Now the hackers at the top of the order have another chance to get something done. The A’s are going to a lefty, Jerry Blevins.
UPDATE, 5:09 p.m.: Maybe Justin Morneau will score … Oh, wait, wrong game. … That’s 3 for 16 with RISP if you’re scoring at home. And if you’re scoring at home, good job.
UPDATE, 5:14 p.m.: This is great. Some (likely drunk) woman sitting below the press box has been emitting these ear-piercing primal screams for the last few innings for no apparent reason.
Finally this guy stood up a few seats over and yelled, “That’s enough!” and pointed right at her. The crowd in the area started applauding. Now, of course, security is all over it.
It’s a hot day, a frustrating game and some dizzy dame is screaming like a banshee. No wonder the guy was ticked. If she were at Fenway Park they’d give her a pink hat and elect her president of Red Sox Nation.
Meanwhile, nice work by Steady Eddie, who fanned four in his two innings. The Yankees have whiffed 17 in this game. That’s right, 17.
How about winning it now? Is that too much to ask?
UPDATE, 5:28 p.m.: Let’s see, that’s 18 LOB (10 in scoring position) and 3 for 18 with RISP. The Yankees have drawn nine walks and have 12 hits and have scored three runs. That would seem hard to do.
UPDATE, 5:42 p.m.: OK, Lenny DiNardo is no Koufax. Get this over with. It looks like A-Rod stuck around for the end of this game, so maybe he’ll be the one to do it.
UPDATE, 5:46 p.m.: Can’t pitch to Alex here.
UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: The unsung hero of 2008, Jose Molina, finally wins it by getting hit by a pitch. Thanks, Lenny.
It wasn’t a very pretty win but the Yankees are in no position to argue.
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