A. Rodriguez 3B
I. Rodriguez C
Notes: The Yankees are 4-3 on their road trip with losses in three of the last four games. … They start the day 10 games out in the division and 8.5 out in the wild card.
IDLE CHATTER: Carl Pavano is 2-0, 2.40 in two starts against the Angels in his career. His last appearance against them came on April 26, 2005.
HOW LOW CAN CANO GO: Robinson Cano is 5 of his last 32 with one RBI over the last eight games. Get this, he has one walk in his last 89 plate appearances. His .299 OBP is 146th among qualified players in the majors. Only seven players have lower OBPs.
JOHNNY BE BAD: Johnny Damon is 1 of his last 21 with three runs scored. His batting average has gone from .317 to .306.
A TALE OF THREE CITIES: Alex Rodriguez was 9 of 16 with 10 RBI in Detroit and Tampa. He was 0 for 10 in Seattle.
ORANGE COUNTY CHOPPED UP: The Yankees are 17-28 against the Angels over the last five seasons, 6-13 in Anaheim.
MO MONEY: Mariano Rivera has thrown 10 consecutive scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out eight.
Back later with some updates.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: Kim Jones of YES asked Joe Girardi a few minutes ago what he wanted to see from his team given the situation they were in.
“Why is now any different than any other day?” he said.
UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: Alfredo Aceves was busy in the clubhouse earlier today making a list of family members who need tickets for the game tomorrow, his first start in the majors. His parents, sister, brother and others are coming up Mexico.
Alfredo Aceves Sr. played first base in the Mexican League. He retired in the early 80s. “Tomorrow will be a big day for my family,” Aceves said.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: The Biz of Baseball blog has news of the Yankees being close to signing a major sponsorship deal with Bank of America. Hopefully this includes free samples to the beat writers.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Let the record show that Sept. 8 was the first time Joe Girardi’s job security became a topic. This from the AP:
The New York Yankees plan to retain Joe Girardi as manager next year.
â€œJoe will be back,â€ co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner said Monday at the clubâ€™s spring training complex. â€œHeâ€™s done everything he could. Thatâ€™s the bottom line.â€
Girardi is in his first season managing the Yankees after agreeing to a three-year contract last October. The team is likely to miss the playoffs for the first time since 1993, but Girardi wasnâ€™t expected to be fired.
New York has been hit hard by injuries to ace Chien-Ming Wang, catcher Jorge Posada, pitcher Joba Chamberlain and slugger Hideki Matsui. The offense has struggled and the back end of the rotation has been largely ineffective.
Still to be resolved is who the Yankees general manager will be in 2009. Brian Cashmanâ€™s contract is up this year, and Steinbrenner said discussions on a possible extension will take place after the season.
Once this door opens, there is no closing it. Personally, I think it’s stupid to ask. He has a three-year deal and any manager deserves more than one season to show what he can do. But coming in fourth place next season probably won’t be tolerated.
UPDATE, 10:24 p.m.: Humberto Sanchez was activated off the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Trenton. RHP Scott Patterson was DFA’d to make room on the 40-man roster.
UPDATE, 10:39 p.m.: This is an inning too late. But the Yankees have to lead the league with getting three hits in an inning and scoring one run. No team does less with more.
UPDATE, 11:25 p.m.: Somebody needs to tell the manager that his team has gone on vacation already. The Yankees have scored one run on seven hits (six singles) in the last 12 innings. This is why Kim Jones asked the question she did before the point. Her point, at least, has been proven.
UPDATE, 12:07 a.m.: Hey, we nearly had a fight as the benches cleared. The Yankees have a pulse. Not sure what Torii Hunter’s problem is. He and Pudge Rodriguez were the principles.
UPDATE, 12:10 p.m.: Here’s what happened. Hunter was out at the plate in a rundown. He bumped into Pudge at the plate, nothing bad. As Pudge walked away, he sort of gave Hunter a backhanded nudge and tagged him again with his glove. Hunter responded with a two-handed shove in the back. Then the benches cleared.
Pudge may have been a little more touchy than he needed to be. But Hunter was more at fault. Both were ejected.
UPDATE, 12:36 a.m.: No word yet from the Yankees on Dave Eiland, who apparently had some sort of medical issue right after the fight.
Meanwhile, the Angels are roughing up Edwar Ramirez, a player they released twice.
UPDATE, 1:04 a.m.: Eiland, the Yankees said, is fine. He was dizzy and lost his balance. One of the Angels team doctors checked him out.