A. Rodriguez 3B
I. Rodriguez C
Notes: The Yankees have won two straight and five of their last six. … The Yankees are 8-7 against the Orioles this season. … Baltimore has lost two straight. … The Yankees are 5-2 on the homestand with three games to go.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE: Baltimore’s Aubrey Huff, Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts are on pace to hit at least 50 doubles this season, which would make them the first three teammates to accomplish that feat in the same season. Roberts is the closest, with 49 doubles. Huff has 48, and Markakis is at 47. They are ranked second, third and fourth in the majors in doubles, trailing only Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who has a league-leading 50.
The Yankees leader in case you were wondering is Bobby Abreu with 38.
GOING OUT IN STYLE: Derek Jeter is 34 of his last 75 at the Stadium.
WHO GETS THE LAST ONE: The Yankees have hit 11 homers on the homestand.
DARRELL DISAPPEARS: Darrell Rasner has thrown one inning since his last start on Sept. 4.
LIKE RIDING A BIKE: Joba Chamberlain since he returned: 6 games, 6 innings, 7 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts. Off the top of my head, I remember three of the hits being broken-bat cheapies.
HELD FOR RANSOM: The legend of Cody Ransom is not having a good ending. After a 6 for 8 start, he is 2 for 16.
Check back later for updates.
UPDATE, 4:41 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pregame press conference. He talks about Brett Gardner and what will be going on this Sunday:
UPDATE, 6:25 p.m.: Talked to Mike Mussina this afternoon. He wants to purchase the flag pole from Yankee Stadium and install it at his home in Pennsylvania. “I know it’s going to cost me,” he said. “But that’s what I want.”
Mussina even has planned out how he will get it home. The idea, he said, would be disassemble the pole, have it hauled to Pennsylvania on a truck then welded back together.
Moose even wants a flag from this weekend to run up the pole every morning.
You have to give the man credit, it’s a lot more original than a couple of seats.
UPDATE, 6:49 p.m.: Kudos to Johnny Damon. His wife gave birth yesterday and he came right back to play. A lot of players in this situation would have taken an extra day and nobody would have said a word.
People who give Damon a hard time are clueless. He has given this team everything he has.
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: It’s very strange covering these games, I have to tell you. The actual game is largely insignificant, especially with somebody like the Idle on the mound. I’m most curious to see how a guy like Brett Gardner does to try and evaluate him for the future.
Lots of empty seats here, too. People are waiting for Sunday I guess.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Look at that gritty, gutty, scrappy Bret Gardner make a great catch. You have to love it.
I have no idea whether he can hit at this level. The adjustments he has made lately have helped. But if he can play to a .330-.340 OPB, the Yankees should play him every day next season. He would save a lot of runs.
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Inspired by Gardner, Bobby Abreu just came within 10 feet of the wall in right and made a catch. … TV likely didn’t show this, but the Idle and Jeter waited for Gardner on the field near the dugout and congratulated him on making his catch.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Phil Coke, the greatest Yankee ever, is confirmed for Sunday’s ceremony. He’ll be out there with Whitey, Guidry and the rest of the great pitchers.
Brian Bruney, meanwhile, has been a terror for about a month now. Two hits in his last 15.1 innings and 13 K’s.
UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: Joba time in the 8th.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: Like a good American, I stand up for God Bless America. But I usually look down to see what jerseys people have on.
This one guy had on a No. 19 Keyshawn Johnson Jets jersey. Somebody else had a Kei Igawa blue t-shirt. If that is what you have to wear, you need to stay home.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: As the final games grows closer, hundreds of people are snapping photos of certain players. Based on the flashbulbs, Jeter is the most popular subject followed by Mo, Joba, The Big G and then the field. There is very little camera love for A-Rod.
UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: Jobamania, by the way, is popping the heater at 96 again. We haven’t seen the 99s yet but he’s building arm strength.
UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: I’m sure it’ll be good across the street. But I’m going to miss seeing Mo jog in from left field here. It’s always a cool moment.
UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: Was that the final jump throw from Jeter at the Stadium? The crowd started chanting his name. Meanwhile Mo is 94, 95 and locating.
UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: It wasn’t easy but that’s 37 saves for Mo and somehow the Idle is 4-1. What a strange season. The Yankees gave won three straight and six of seven.
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