Alfredo Aceves (0-0, 1.29) has never faced any of the Los Angeles hitters.
Notes: The Yankees are 4-4 on their road trip but have lost four of their last five games including two in a row. … Santana was originally schedule to start tomorrow but was moved up because Jered Weaver has a cut on his hand. … The Yankees have been held to two or fewer runs 45 times and three or fewer runs 62 times.
THEY HATE L.A.: The Yankees are 2-6 vs. the Angels this season, getting outscored 61-41. They are 17-29 against the Angels over the last five seasons, 6-14 at Angel Stadium. They have lost four straight here, getting outscored 37-13.
21 CLUB: Jason Giambi has driven in 21 runs in his last 21 games.
THEY CUT HIM FOR A REASON: Former Angel Edwar Ramirez against his former team: 5 games, 5 innings, 15 hits, 14 earned runs, 5 walks, 8 strikeouts, 3 home runs.
PLENTY OF FIGHT? NOT REALLY: The Yankees have scored one run in their last 16 innings.
ALL WE NEED IS A LITTLE PATIENCE: Robinson Cano had walked once in his last 92 plate appearances.
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UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Pudge Rodriguez is out with a sore neck. The result, he said, of being shoved by Torii Hunter. “No big deal,” he said. “I’m fine.” Girardi said he wanted Moeller to catch Aceves anyway. MLB is expected to hand down suspensions tomorrow.
Rotation for Tampa Bay: Ponson, Moose, Pavano.
UPDATE, 10:09 p.m.: Move over Babe Ruth, Derek Jeter is now second in team history with 2,519 hits.
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Good work by Aceves, getting through the first inning. He has a bunch of people at the game. It would be a nice story if he pitched well.
Meanwhile, Trenton won their playoff opener 3-1.
Scranton is down against Durham despite the heroics of Shelley Duncan, who had two RBI.
UPDATE, 11:18 p.m.: Scranton wins 8-7 with two in the ninth. Eric Duncan had a walk-off single.
Meanwhile, the Yankees have now scored two runs in their last 21 innings. They’re lucky Baltimore gave up first.
UPDATE, 11:28 p.m.: Not that it would have mattered in the big picture, but why did they wait until Sept. 9 to give Aceves a start?
UPDATE, 11:58 p.m.: This is interesting. It turns out the scoreboard at Angels Stadium does go beyond one or two runs for the visiting team. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.
UPDATE, 12:05 a.m.: They just changed Jeter’s triple in the sixth inning to an E-8.
UPDATE, 12:12 a.m.: Great job by Aceves. 7 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts. No action in the pen, so he must be staying in.
UPDATE, 12:18 a.m.: Nope, Bruney got ready fast.