Pitching: Andy Pettitte.
Pitching: Sidney Ponson.
THEY MEET AGAIN: Ponson was 4-4, 5.85 in 16 games for the Yankees last season. Derek Jeter (29 of 77, 5 HR) and Mark Teixeira (8 pf 15) will be glad to be facing him.
THEY MEET AGAIN, PART II: Former Yankee reliever Kyle Farnsworth is a Royal and managed to break their heart in a game already by surrendering a bomb to Jim Thome. Krazy Kyle was a Yankee from 2006 to last July when he was traded to Detroit for Pudge Rodriguez. Nick Swisher is 3 for 4 with a HR against him.
HAPPY TO BE HERE: Pettitte is 12-3, 3.59 in 20 career starts against the Royals. He is 7-2, 3.34 in 10 starts at Kauffman Stadium.
HE NEEDS HELP FROM HIS COUSIN: Cody Ransom is 1 for 10.
ROCKING ROBBIE: Robinson Cano is 6 of 11 with five runs scored, three RBI, three walks and two extra-base hits. He has yet to strike out. He needed 19 games to draw three walks last season.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 12:52 p.m.: Jose Guillen is out of the KC lineup with an injury.
UPDATE, 3:59 p.m.: They renovated Kauffman Stadium, dropping $250 million on the place. The outfield, which used to have only fountains and the scoreboard, now has a party deck in right field, a concourse in center and the Royals Hall of Fame in left. There are new club seats behind the plate, a new press box and much wider concourses. It’s really nice.
UPDATE, 4:09 p.m: If you want to read more on the Royals, check out Ball Star, Sam Mellinger’s blog for the KC Star. Good stuff on there.
UPDATE, 4:21 p.m.: Nice ceremony here with fans holding banners in the outfield and an assortment of players from previous years. The group included Willie Mays Aikens, Jim Eisenreich, Ed Hearn, Dennis Leonard, John Mayberry, Fred Patek, Jamie Quirk, Joe Randa, Paul Splittorff, John Wathan, Willie Wilson, Frank White and the great Hall of Famer George Brett.
David Cone is here for YES and they didn’t introduce him. They should have. Cone was a prominent Royal in his day.
UPDATE, 4:26 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game media session:
UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: Krazy Kyle Farnsworth got booed when he got introduced. Hilarious. They hate him here, too.
UPDATE, 4:39 p.m.: After a long ceremony, they’re ready to get underway here.
UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: OK, it’s baseball finally. By the way, download Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas. Good song. Listening to it all day.
UPDATE, 4:51 p.m.: Sir Sidney got no help from his defense there as Posada’s two-run single should have been handled by Jacobs at 1B. Tex gobbles that up.
Now Cano drills one past Aviles at SS. That’s a 15-game hit streak for Cano.
Yankees up 2-0.
UPDATE, 5:18 p.m.: Pettitte was cruising along until he walked Butler. Then Jacobs had an RBI double that deflected off the glove of Swisher. That ball has to be caught. 2-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 5:35 p.m: Andy looks pretty sharp through three innings. 3 1 1 1 1 3. Meanwhile the Yankees are letting Sir Sidney settle in a little.
UPDATE, 5:37 p.m.: Another hit for Cano. He’s 8 for 13.
UPDATE, 5:39 p.m.: Swish comes through again with a double to left. 3-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 5:44 p.m.: Big spot here for Jeter. Single knocks Sir Sid out.
UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: Sir Sid survives but the Yankees are up 4-1. Pettitte cruising through the fourth, too.
UPDATE, 6:07 p.m.: The Yankees are up 4-1. But they’ve left five men on base, two in scoring position. They have let Ponson off the hook a few times.
UPDATE, 6:29 p.m.: Krazy Kyle pitching for the Royals. Pettitte has been brilliant: 6 3 1 1 1 4. If somebody catches that ball in the second inning, he has a shutout.
UPDATE, 6:36 p.m.: Of course Kyle strikes out the side. How many Yankees do you think just said, “Where was that when we had him?”
UPDATE, 6:58 p.m.: Gee, wouldn’t it be better if Joba Chamberlain used his considerable skills to face Miguel Olivio, Alberto Callaspo and Coco Crisp in a three-run game instead of maybe throwing seven innings on Sunday?
Great job by Pettitte: 7 3 1 1 1 6. 99 pitches / 64 strikes.