A. Rodriguez 3B
I. Rodriguez C
Notes: This is the final game of the series. The Yankees are 6-5 against the Jays this season. … The Yankees have won 3 of 4. … The first two games in the series were played in four hours and 50 minutes. That’s about normal for a Sunday night ESPN game against the Red Sox. … The Yankees are 58-0 when leading after eight innings. … The Red Sox and Rays are off today.
HERE COMES THE CAPTAIN: Derek Jeter is 16 of his last 28 (.571). The hot streak has raised his average from .281 to .298.
NO HALLADAY: Harry Leroy Halladay is 2-1, 2.05 against the Yankees this season and 5-1, 1.93 since 2005.
Halladay has thrown 14 consecutive scoreless innings against the Yankees going back to his start against them on June 3. In those 14 innings, they have put eight runners on base (five on base hits).
MAKING ADJUSTMENTS: Pudge Rodriguez was 10 of 17 with four extra-base hits against Halladay. He is 0 for 9 since.
HA: Alex Rodriguez is 1 for 8 in the series with four strikeouts. But he tends to hammer the ball here (.315 career average, 31 homers). He is 16 of 55 in his career against Halladay with no homers.
SIR SIDNEY: Ponson has not faced the Jays since 2006. He is 7-10, 4.59 against them in his career.
KEEP IT UP: Yankee pitching in the series: 17 innings, 10 hits, 3 runs.
NOT SO BIG G: Jason Giambi is 1 for 18 over the last fiive games with five strikeouts. His batting average has gone from .257 to .246. ‘Stache II has not been a good sequel.
Back later with updates.
JOBA UPDATE, 5:11 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain repeated the throwing program he had on Tuesday and added 20 fastballs from 60 feet on level ground.
“I let a couple go, it felt good,” he said.
Chamberlain will throw a 30-pitch bullpen off a mound in Baltimore on Saturday – only fastballs and changeups. They’re holding off on breaking pitches.
Joe Girardi did not say what the next step would be after the bullpen other that to acknowledge Chamberlain would have other steps to take before getting into a game with the Yankees.
Your guess is as good as mine in terms of when Chamberlain could pitch in the majors. But if he’s coming back as a starter (which seems to be the case) we’re talking at least two weeks to get his arm strong enough. So that’s sometime in the second week of September at the earliest.
UPDATE, 6:43 p.m.: Joe D’Ambrosio of WTIC in Hartford had me on his show for an interview today. You can listen here if you’re interested.
Joe, who also works for ESPN Radio nationally, is the voice of the UConn Huskies and a big Yankees fan.
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: Derek Jeter has 16 hits in last 28 at-bats. So of course he tries to bunt in the first inning against Roy Halladay. Jeter fouls off the bunt and strikes out on four pitches. I just don’t get it.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: That’s 16 straight scoreless innings against the Yankees for Roy Halladay. Meanwhile, Sir Sidney has allowed four hits in 1.1 innings. But at least Carl Pavano is pitching Saturday.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: 2-0? Yeah, that should about it. They avoided a sweep and remained in third place. That’s a successful series for the 2008 Yankees.
That’s too negative. Maybe they’ll hit Halladay. It could happen. He has nine losses, somebody hit him.
UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Ponson picked the wrong time to have his worst start of the season. he leaves having allowed eight hits in 2+ innings and five runs (so far). David Robertson inherits two runners with no outs.
Unless a walrus sneaks in from the tundra and attacks Roy Halladay in the dugout sometime in the next few innings, there is no chance the Yankees win this game.
Six out in the wild card with 35 games to play. Yikes.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: In all seriousness, could we see a position player pitch this evening? It’s 10-0 and they still need to get 12 outs. You can’t have Chris Britton throw 80 pitches, can you?
There was eventually going to be a season when the Yankees didn’t make the playoffs. That was inevitable. But who thought it would be this ugly? This goes way beyond injuries and bad luck.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: They’ll DFA Billy Traber after this game, right? I mean they have to.
UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: And the Blue Jays don’t score!