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Notes: The Yankees are 5-4 on a road trip that ends today. … The Yanks are 37-37 on the road. The Angels are the only team in the AL with a winning record on the road. … The Yankees are 3-6 against Los Angeles this season.
EASY GIG: Mariano Rivera has pitched once on this road trip, getting a four-out save against Seattle on Saturday.
HIM, TOO: Joba Chamberlain has pitched twice for a total of two innings since he came off the disabled list Sept. 2.
If I had more, I’d write it. But it’s an early morning after a late night and you know that works. Back later with more updates.
UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: OK, back from the clubhouse. Pudge Rodriguez and Torii Hunter each received two-game suspensions and fines for their fracas on Monday night. Both elected not to appeal and will serve their time. John Lackey also was fined for his actions.
Joe Girardi’s pre-game was fairly uneventful. He said the Yankees would probably have to win the rest of the games to make the playoffs. Seventeen in a row?
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Only in California. The rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is sitting in the row behind me in the press box. Stand Up is a great song. Get Back, too. Ludacris is working with Torii Hunter on a song that will be played when Torii hits. The idea is to get city kids more interested in baseball via music. Baseball needs to do a far better job of reaching out to those kids. It’s great that Torii is taking the initiative.
UPDATE, 4:02 p.m.: A somewhat sparse day game crowd here at The Big A. The Angels can clinch today, but not unless they win and Texas loses later on. So the Yankees probably won’t have to watch a celebration.
UPDATE, 4:26 p.m.: Forgot to mention this before. The clubhouse opened to the media at 9:05 a.m. today. There were three Yankees there: Chad Moeller, Pudge Rodriguez and Sidney Ponson. Everybody else was on the bus that left the hotel at 9:30.
Chad and Pudge are early morning workout guys. Sidney just seems to like being in the clubhouse. Anyway, at one point the clubhouse was empty except for Sidney Ponson sitting in a recliner watching Dumb and Dumber and laughing his head off. He could not have been happier.
UPDATE, 4:40 p.m.: Here’s an easy prediction for you: A-Rod will lead the AL in homers. Carlos Quentin has 36 and is out for the season. Miguel Cabrera and Alex have 33 and Jermaine Dye 32. Alex has 16 pressure-free games left, 10 at home. He’ll crush the ball. Bet he hits 37 or 38.
UPDATE, 5:03 p.m.: Cano is now 2 for his last 24. I predicted before this season that the Yankees would not make the playoffs, but it would be a step back to take two step forward because they would develop their young players. Instead their young players have gone in reverse under the new manager and coaching staff. Cano, Cabrera, Kennedy, Betemit, etc.
That’s the worse part of this, they have done nothing to improve their status for 2009.
UPDATE, 5:20 p.m.: This is quite a scene. The Angels have three regulars in the lineup along with a spot starter and are beating the Yankees 4-2 in the fifth inning. Do you think the Rally Monkey goes to Palm Springs to chill out when the Yankees come to town?
Now Pettitte is being taken out for Jose Veras with two outs. Im sure he’s thrilled about that.
UPDATE, 5:34 p.m.: Pettitte’s last nine starts: 54 innings, 74 hits, 39 earned runs, 18 walks, 45 strikeouts, 4 home runs. They need to think long and hard about whether to bring him back. Girardi said he believes Pettitte can be an effective starter next season. But he certainly can’t be one of their top three.
Meanwhile, the last seven Yankees have gone in order.
UPDATE, 6:28 p.m.: The Yankees have not had a hit since the fourth inning and have struck out 11 times so far. A 5-5 road trip isn’t bad given who they played. But after winning the first three games, going 2-5 wasn’t what they were looking for.
This also would be the 46th time they have scored two or fewer runs.