Matt Harrison (2-2, 7.40) has never faced any of the New York hitters.
Notes: The Yankees have lost six of their last nine. … The Big G goes 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBI and has to sit against Matt Harrison? Meanwhile, interesting that Pettitte got shelled the last time with Pudge Rodriguez catching and now Molina is catching him. … Harrison is a 22-year-old lefty who has made five starts. … Nady is 12 of his last 23 with eight runs scored, 11 RBI and four homers. … Abreu has reached base safely in 23 straight games. … The Yankees have hit nine homers in their last three games.
IT’S GETTING LATE EARLY: After today’s game, only 49 games will be left. That’s 30 percent of the season.
TEXAS TWO-STEP: The Yankees have traditionally given savage beatings to Texas, going 20-6 against them from 2005-07. But they are 1-3 against the Rangers this season.
NO WORD YET: Still waiting on the Joba. Do not expect anything definite today. The Yankees tend to break bad news in small doses. I’ll update the blog as soon as I hear anything.
Back later with updates.
* * * * * * 6:34 p.m. UPDATE ON JOBA CHAMBERLAIN * * * * * *
Chamberlain had an MRI today in New York. The Yankees would not reveal what it showed. However, Joba is being sent to Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., for another examination tomorrow.
Girardi did not say who would start on Saturday. The first name he mentioned as a possibility was Darrell Rasner
UPDATE, 6:41 p.m.: Just spoke to Brian Cashman. He said the Yankees know what the images showed but until they hear from Andrews, they’re not going to reveal what that is.
It’s safe to say the MRI showed something. Otherwise Chamberlain wouldn’t be going to see Dr. Andrews. Will Carroll made an interesting point, saying that Andrews is known for conservative treatment. That could be a sign it’s not a devastating injury.
Regardless, do not expect Joba to pitch any time soon. If there was something on the MRI worth sending him for a second opinion, they’re not just going to cross their fingers and run him back out there in 10 days.
UPDATE, 6:54 p.m.: You can expect Ian Kennedy to start one of the games in Anaheim, either Friday or Saturday. If Giese is not used in relief the next few days, he’ll get the other one.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Fine effort by the Yankees, who are being made to look silly by a rookie with a 7.40 ERA.
UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: Two stinkers in a row for Andy Pettitte. 10.1 innings, 17 hits and 14 runs (so far).
UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: I’m not following this. Pudge is the pinch runner and Melky is the pinch hitter?
Melky is hitting .250 against RHPs. Pudge is hitting .293. Also, he’s Pudge Rodriguez and hammered the ball in this park for 11 years.
UPDATE, 10:28 p.m.: And Melky pops to short.
UPDATE, 11:03 p.m.: I guess we know why they were reticent to bring Bruney up. Man, this is an ugly game. Remember when the Yankees used to smack Texas around? Not any more. They’ll be 1-4 this season with two games to go. That’s a travesty given the Texas pitching staff.
UPDATE, 11:08 p.m.: But wait, C.J. Wilson somehow manages to walk two guys, hit A-Rod and Richie Sexson slams one.
8-6 Rangers. The Yankees are breathing again.
The double and HR were the first extra-base hits for Sexson as a Yankee.
UPDATE, 11:27 p.m.: So the Yankees think the Rangers purposely hit A-Rod to lead off the second inning and again hit him again on purpose with first base occupied in the eighth inning?
UPDATE, 11:29 p.m.: One way or another, it comes down to Alex. Always does.