Pitching today: RHP A.J. Burnett.
Pitching today: RHP Alfredo Simon.
Alfredo Simon has never faced any of the New York hitters.
TO QUOTE THE GREAT BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, THINGS CAN’T GET ANY WORSE, THEY GOTTA GET BETTER: CC Sabathia and Chien-Ming Wang allowed 13 runs on 17 hits and eight walks in the first two games of the season and didn’t record a strikeout.
HOWDY, TEX: Mark Teixeira had an RBI double in his final at-bat last night. He has been 0 for 9 before that.
DOING THEIR PART: Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon have been on base 11 times in the first two games.
NOT DOING THEIRS: Teixeira and Hideki Matsui are 2 for 19.
STRANDED: The Yankees are 3 for 19 with RISP and have left 19 men on base.
ROCKING ROBBIE: Robinson Cano has hit in 13 straight games dating back to last season.
TIME FOR A WIN: The Yankees haven’t been 0-3 since 1998.
APRIL SHOWERS: The Yankees are 23-31 in April over the last three seasons.
Back with more later on.
UPDATE, 11:41 a.m.: Complete shock here in the clubhouse as the players watch the report on ESPN about the death of Nick Adenhart.
UPDATE, 12:07 p.m.: Jose Molina, Edwar Ramirez and Mark Teixeira were all with Adenhart in the Los Angeles organization. Teixeira didn’t know him. But obviously all are stunned.
UPDATE, 12:34 p.m.: “I played with him in spring training. He was a quiet kid,” Molina said. “What a terrible thing for that organization.”
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: There was a moment of silence for Nick Adenhart before the game. He was from nearby Silver Spring and lived in Baltimore during the offseasson. … Beautiful day here, 59 degrees at first pitch. Hope you’re enjoying the game via television or radio.
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: Hey, a Yankees starter struck somebody out.
UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: Wow, Burnett is just so good with the action on that curveball and how he spots his fastball to both sides. He has already had three swing-and-misses, six fewer than Sabathia and Wang had in eight innings.
Speaking of Wang, he watched a lot of video with Dave Eiland this morning and then threw what they call a “dry side.” In essence, he mimicked his mechanics without actually throwing a ball.
Wang will throw a bullpen tomorrow and a shorter one on Saturday before making his next start in Tampa on Monday. I asked him what his problem was. “I was lazy,” he said. “Bad mechanics. But I know what I did.”
UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: Brett Gardner trying to get it started with a single and a stolen base, perhaps the first of many this year.
UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: Yankees are now 3 for 21 with runners in scoring position.
UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: Rough third inning for Burnett as he has lost command of his fastball. He has thrown 23 pitches and counting. 1-0 O’s.
UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: Big strikeout there for A.J. as he leaves the bases loaded.
UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: Tex goes deep. Take that, Baltimore. 1-1.
UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: Carl Pavano allowed five runs in the first inning in his first start for the Indians. What were the Indians thinking?
UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: The Nick Swisher Should Be Playing Everyday Society (of which I am a member) will love that two-run jack. 3-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:49 p.m.: The Idle just gave up two more as Kinsler homered. Hilarious.
UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: Is it too early to bring in Mariano? A.J. needed a shutdown inning there, not this mess He’s at 75 pitches already.
UPDATE, 3:23 p.m.: Three hits in the last four ABs for Tex. Now he’s hitting .250.
UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: Ross Ohlendorf pitched a gem today for the Pirates. Six shutout innings so far. It was a good trade at the time but he’ll be the guy they regret losing, not Tabata.
UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: The drums are beating for Swisher. I can hear them. His RBI single gives the Yankees a 4-2 lead.
UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: What a tremendous play by Gardner. With the bases loaded, he hit a tapper back to the mound. But he knew his scrappiness would force Bass to make an error, which he did. And two runs scored as Swisher hustled around. 6-2 Yankees.
UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Molina RBI single. 7-2 Yankees. The season is back on.
UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: Like robins and blooming flowers, there’s another sign of spring as Jeter grounds into his first double play of the season. Still, 7-2 Yanks. Be hard to blow this one.
UPDATE, 4:06 p.m.: The All-Star version of Robbie Cano has shown up this season, not the half-asleep version of a year ago. He is 5 for 10 with three walks and four RBI in three games. He just homered and the Yankees lead 9-2.
UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: What dominance by the bullpen, eight up, eight down, five punch-outs. That was an important inning for Bruney. The great Rivera is warming up. He needs the work as his last outing was on Friday.
UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: The five RBI match a career high for Swisher. … In the words of John Sterling, how can you figure baseball? Jeter and Damon got on base 11 times in the first two games and the Yankees lost twice. They were 0 for 9 today and the Yankees score 11 runs.
Thanks for reading the game post. Back with more after I get back from the clubhouse.