Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain.
B. Pena DH
Pitching: RHP Gil Meche.
AT THE START: Over the last three games, the Yankee starters have gone 20 innings, allowed 16 hits, 3 earned runs, two walks and struck out 18.
POSADA UP THE CHARTS: Jorge Posada has 320 doubles, one away from tying Yogi Berra for 11th place in team history. His needs one run to have 765 and surpass Bob Meusel for sole possession of 20th place in team history.
ROYAL FLUSH: The Yankees are 23-8 against Kansas City over the last four years, 11-4 at Kauffmann Stadium.
SWISHER STATS: The versatile newcomer is 7 of 13 at the plate with six extra-base hits, nine RBI, six runs scored and three walks.
It’s supposed to rain today in Kansas City. But one way or another, back with more later.
UPDATE, 10:45 a.m.: Hiroto, a reader in Japan, sends word that Darrell Rasner won his first game. Facing the Lions, one of the better teams, Ras went the distance, allowing one run on three hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. He threw 116 pitches. Good for him.
UPDATE, 10:06 a.m.: Teixeira was in the original lineup then scratched.
UPDATE, 12:50 p.m.: We spoke to Teixeira, who is unavailable today and has a brace on his wrist. He said it remains sore. The plan is to go heavy on treatment today to try and remove the inflammation. “Better one or two days now than two or three weeks later,” he said.
He’s day-to-day. I would expect the Yankees to get him X-rayed tomorrow in Tampa and checked out by their own doctors. Why would they not?
Meanwhile, we have some details on what A-Rod will do tomorrow. He will report to the minor-league facility and start at 11 a.m. His program will be:
· Light jogging
· Hitting off a tee and soft-toss
· Physical therapy sessions and treatment.
Joe Girardi said he expects that Alex will also join the team at Tropicana Field for the game.
UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: Showing grittiness along with tremendous guts and a scrappy attitude, Brett Gardner singled up the middle, stole second, went to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch. Yankees lead 1-0.
UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Here’s a fascinating concept. Joba just pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Now he’s going to pitch another inning and maybe even six more because he’s a starter. See, you want the really good pitchers pitching more.
Meanwhile, 1-0 might be big. Rain is coming, supposedly.
UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: Ransom just whiffed and he’s 1 for 19. Joe Girardi said before the game that Ransom is swinging the bat well but isn’t having much luck. He has had at least three hits taken away by nice plays.
Starting to rain a little.
UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: Joba 2 0 0 0 0 2. 23 pitches / 16 strikes.
UPDATE, 2:51 p.m.: Bad AB for GGBG there. 3-1 count and he pops to left. Rain picking up now. Yankees need to try and get five in fast.
UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: Joba allows a home run by John Buck. 1-1. Now that gives them an excuse to stop it. If it’s 1-0, they might have tried to plow through five innings. Now it’s raining pretty hard.
UPDATE, 3:11 p.m.: Trouble here as the Royals have two on and two out. If the Royals score, the Yankees are three outs away from an official game. Meanwhile it’s raining hard.
UPDATE, 3:21 p.m.: What a joke. The ball went through the legs of Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano and was called a single. Hometown scoring at its worst there. The scoring here has been brutal all series.
UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: Bad inning for Joba. He certainly seems to be having trouble with the rain.
2-1 Royals in the rain in the bottom of the fourth inning. Yankees better score in the next inning.
UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Ransom is 1 for 20 and 0 for his last 15 with six strikeouts.
UPDATE, 3:47 p.m.: Joba has pitched well. 5 5 3 3 1 4. If Swisher (or Cano) picks up that grounder, he’s allowed one run through five.
UPDATE, 4:03 p.m.: Meche was cruising along until this inning. Then a few hits, a bad error by Jacobs (who is just a terrible defender) and a double-play grounder account for three runs and the Yankees have the lead.
Joba has a 100-pitch limit and is at 88. I think that’s it for him. But Girardi is hard to read in these situations.
UPDATE, 4:28 p.m.: Justice prevails. That ball Callaspo hit in the fourth inning has now been ruled an error.
So the line for Joba: 6 4 3 1 1 5. That’s a good job by him.
UPDATE, 4:42 p.m.: Well, this is a shocking turn of events. With two outs in the eighth inning, Jose Veras walks Mike Jacobs and next thing you know, the Royals score two runs to take the lead.
Poor job by Veras and now Phil Coke.
What irony, Joba pitches well for six innings and the bullpen blows it for him in the eighth inning.
UPDATE, 4:55 p.m.: Soria is sort of like a mini-Mo. Very unflappable on the mound and great stuff. Best player on this team.
UPDATE, 4:56 p.m.: Soria fans the side. Bad, bad loss for the Yankees there.