A. Rodriguez 3B
I. Rodriguez C
Notes: Thanks to Jeff Gold for calling in the lineup. … Betemit is 0 for 3 with two strikeouts against Santana. Xavier Nady has never faced him before. Betemit is hitting .196 since July 1 with 16 strikeouts in 46 at-bats. Presumably Nady was consumed by wild dogs or something. He 4 for his last 7 with three extra-base hits and three RBI.
The Yankees have lost 24 of their last 39 games against the Angels. … The Angels are 37-19 on the road. To put that in some perspective, the Yankees are the only other team in the AL with a winning record on the road and they are 25-24.
SIR SIDNEY: One can only assume that this is do-or-die time for Ponson. His last eight starts, going back to his time in Texas, have been pretty awful. Ponson has pitched 42.2 innings, allowing 67 hits and 18 walks. His ERA is 6.12 and opponents have hit .368 against him.
The Yankees have Ian Kennedy and Alfredo Aceves in Scranton knocking on the door.
I am not not covering the game tonight. With the 10-game road trip coming up, I have the weekend off. But we’ll have the lineups and other news for you as my Journal News comrades will be at the Stadium.
UPDATE, 4:23 p.m.: Ah, that explains it. Xavier Nady has a sore right quad. He is day-to-day but available to pinch hit.
BRUNEY BACK: As predicted, Chris Britton reboarded the Scranton shuttle. So welcome back Brian Bruney. The RHP is back in pinstripes for the first time since suffering a lisfranc fracture of his right foot in Chicago on April 22.
WHY CAN’T THE YANKEES GET A PITCHER LIKE THAT? On the day the day the Yankees are running Sidney Ponson out there, Jeff Karstens just threw six shutout innings against the Cubs. He also got two sacrifices down, which makes him a better hitter than Betemit.
Here’s hoping Karstens has a great career. He’s a good guy who has overcome assorted injuries including a broken leg. He had essentially run out of chances with the Yankees, maybe the fresh start will work out for him.
UPDATE, 7:00 p.m., LIVAN ON A JET PLANE? Livan Hernandez is not very good but the Mets and the Yankees could use him. John Maine will skip at least one start with a shoulder issue and Pedro Martinez is, at best, uncertain. The Yankees will probably realize they need a new starter by, oh, the third inning or so tonight.
UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: No idea who this is in Sidney Ponson’s uniform, but he’s pitching pretty well.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Sidney Ponson is throwing a no-hitter after four innings thanks to great defensive plays by Wilson Betemit and Bobby Abreu.
Now there’s a sentence I never expected to write. Perhaps there’s still hope for, “This blog now sponsored by my new friends, The Pussycat Dolls.”
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Joe Girardi said a few days ago that he hoped Chien-Ming Wang would be able to pitch again in September. He finally admitted today that such a scenario was impossible. He’s now holding out hope for Oct. 1, assuming there is an Oct. 1.
Just look at a calendar. Wang remains in a brace and on crutches and will be evaluated again on Tuesday. At best, he could start playing catch sometime next weekend. He’ll have to play catch for a week, then have 3-4 bullpen sessions, a BP or two then at least three minor league starts.
If all goes well, Wang could be ready in October. But would you really want to toss him out there after three months of not seeing major-league hitters?
UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: Sidney Ponson is throwing a gem and I’ve, yet again, been proven an idiot. But I stil think the Yankees need to get another starter.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: At this point, it’s really not a surprise when Mariano gives it up in a non-save situation. Very, very strange. I have no explanation for it.