A. Rodriguez 3B
I. Rodriguez C
Notes: The Yankees have won two straight but are coming off a 3-4 homestand. … The Yankees are 25-24 on the road. … Bobby Abreu was 12 of 27 on the homestand with 11 runs scored, nine RBI and four homers. … Cabrera is 3 for his last 23, which explains his absence from the lineup. … The bullpen has a 7.09 ERA over the last eight games. … The Yankees have won 21 of their last 29 games against Texas and 11 of the last 12 in Arlington. … The Yankees are watching 300 in the clubhouse.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 6:44 p.m., GIESE ON FRIDAY: Joe Girardi said Dan Giese will start Friday. Rasner is going to the bullpen. Ian Kennedy is Fredo it seems.
UPDATE, 6:52 p.m.: Phil Hughes will pitch for Scranton on Thursday. Carl Pavano will pitch for Trenton that night. Hughes will be up to 60-65 pitches.
UPDATE, 6:54 p.m.: We talked to Mariano Rivera, who said to check back with him after BP as he wants to play catch first. He seemed to be moving a little stiffly. Marte would close if needed.
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: Mo played long toss, shagged flies and said he’s ready to pitch.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Lots of e-mails about Phil Hughes’ velocity. Here is what he said to Chad Jennings tonight:
â€œIt was good. Obviously it was in short stints, so maybe that had something to do with it, but the last couple outings Iâ€™ve been 93, 94, 95 so that was encouraging. That was the one thing, I didnâ€™t know how my arm strength would be coming back after not throwing for two months, so that was good.â€
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Shave the ‘stache, get a big hit. Baseball is a simple game.
The Big G cracked a few jokes before the game about shaving his infamous ‘stache. The clubhouse kids, he said, wanted to save the hairs. But they’re gone. “That kind of creeped me out,” Giambi said. “Who knows what they’d find in there?”
UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Well, that can’t be good. The trainer comes out to the mound and goes back with Joba. No word from the Yankees what happened.
UPDATE, 10:39 p.m.: The Yankees announced that Chamberlain has a stiff right shoulder. That could mean just about anything, none of it good. We’ll talk to Girardi later, but don’t expect much in the way of information.
UPDATE, 10:49 p.m.: So it seems that Xavier Nady is the man. Huge shot there for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 11:24 p.m.: Mo said he could pitch before the game but wasn’t warming when Damon doubled. That would seem to indicate he’s out again.
No word beyond what they said initially on Joba. … This could be asking a lot of Marte. The leadoff walk is a bad sign, obviously.
UPDATE, 11:27 p.m.: Sorry for the technical issues with the blog tonight. One way or another, we’ll get it fixed hopefully. I have nothing to do with the tech side.
Meanwhile, David Robertson is warming. Mo must be out.
UPDATE, 11:33 p.m.: Rays lose, Sox lose. Yankees life and death with Texas. This would be a big opportunity to miss.