Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (0-0, 3.94).
Pitching: RHP Rick Porcello (1-2, 3.75).
Porcello has never faced any of the New York hitters.
END OF THE ROAD: The Yankees are 1-4 on a road trip that ends today. They start an eight-game homestand tomorrow. The next day off is not until May 11.
JERSEY BOY: Porcello is a 20-year-old from Morristown, N.J. He was a first-round pick in the 2007 draft and earned a spot in the rotation out of spring training. A top-rated talent at Seton Hall Prep, Porcello fell to No. 27 in the draft because of signability concerns. He signed a $7.29 million deal negotiated by Scott Boras and passed on North Carolina.
Porcello allowed one run and struck out three in seven innings with no walks to beat the Mariners on April 19. He retired the final 14 batters he faced.
GO GO CANO: Robinson Cano has a 15-game hit streak, tied with Baltimore’s Nick Markakis for the longest in the majors at the moment. His 32 hits are twice as many as he had last April. Canio’s career-long streakis 18 games.
MORE ON CANO: According to SABR’s Trent McCotter (via the Yankees), Cano is one of only three Yankees over the last 50 years to record a hit in 30 of31 games with an official at-bat, joining Don Mattingly (31-of-32, 7/19-8/21/85) and Derek Jeter (39-of-40 twice, 4/8-5/25/07 and 8/20/06-4/6/07).
CENTURY MARK: Joe Girardi has 99 wins as the manager of the Yankees.
THE MELKMAN DELIVERS: Melky Cabrera is 8 of his last 23 with five runs scored and four RBI.
OFF THE MARK: Mark Teixeira is 1 of his last 13. His batting average has fallen from .240 to .206. He has not driven in a run in the last four games.
SWISH SAFELY: Nick Swisher has reached base safely in 19 of the 20 games this season.
THE CAPTAIN: Derek Jeter had an eight-game hit streak (12 of 37). He also has four home runs and four stolen bases. He had 11 homers and 11 steals all of last season.
MINOR MATTERS: Zach McAllister starting for Trenton tonight and Brett Marshall for Charleston. … George Kontos fanned eight last night for the Thunder who are 9-7. … Austin Jackson (.357/.422/.464) has been the man for Scranton along with Shelley Duncan (.371/.436/.671).
Back with more later on.
UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: Ian Kennedy was examined by a specialist in NYC today because of his numb middle finger.
He has a vasospasm that can be treated with medication. He will be evaluated again Monday and will not throw until after that follow-up.
Based on a Google search, it doesn’t seem serious.
UPDATE, 5:21 p.m.: A-Rod will play in a minor-league intrasquad game tomorrow.
There is what they call a “camp day” at extended spring training. It amounts to an intrasquad game. Alex will get atleadt four or five at-bats and because it’s a controlled environment, he can decide whether he wants to run.
He’ll DH at first and then start playing third. Joe Girardi all but said today that he would be back before May 15.
Put it this way, he’s starting games on April 30. He’s not going to need 15 day to get ready.
UPDATE, 5:55 p.m.: This from the AP on A-Rod:
Dr. Marc Philippon, A-Rod’s surgeon, watched the three-time AL MVP’s on-field workout Wednesday at the Yankees minor league complex and said Rodriguez could return to the majors ahead of his May 15 target date.
“He’s looking good. Looking awesome,” Philippon said.
Rodriguez hit in a simulated game for the second consecutive day, facing minor leaguer pitchers Christian Garcia and Kai Liu, a left-hander from China the Yankees signed two years ago.
Rodriguez slid five times on a sliding mat for the second time, ran the bases and took 112 swings in regular batting practice.
Philippon said after watching Wednesday’s session that “it’s crystal clear” that Rodriguez will be strong when he returns to the Yankees.
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: We’re underway in overcast Detroit. Joba will try and follow up the performance of Phil Hughes. Should be interesting.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: How in the world is that a hit? It was a ground ball to shortstop that hit Jeter’s glove.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: Joba looks pretty pedestrian. He he hit 95 once, 94 twice and is mostly 91, 92. He also lacks command of his fastball, hence the three walks. Tigers 1-0 after three.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Nick Swisher knows what to do with a high changeup. You crush it someplace. That’s six homers and 18 RBI for Swish.
And they got him for Wilson Betemit.
3-1 Yankees. Now we’ll see if Joba can make it stand up.
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: That’s it for Porcello. So much for the big matchup of phenoms. Four runs (at least) on six hits and three walks in 3.2 innings. Tough night for the kid against his hometown team.
UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: I’m not so sure they want to walk Tex to face Matsui the way Godzilla is swinging the bat lately.
UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Like I said. 7-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Strong inning for Joba as he fans two and was hitting 95 and 96.
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: Swish again. That’s three jacks in four at-bats.
He’s the 10th player in franchise history to homer from each side of the plate in the same game. Melky did it earlier this season.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: This is weird. An alarm went off and a recorded voice told people to head for the exits. The game has been delayed.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: The game was delayed for a few minutes. False alarm as it turns out. Now the fans are coming back.
Meanwhile, here is Joba’s line: 7 3 1 1 3 6. He is 4-1 with a 2.85 ERA as a starter. By all means, let’s return him to the bullpen.
UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Albaladejo has allowed a few runs here in the ninth. But the Yankees should be able to hang on and head home with a win. Check back for more later.
UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: Um … So Albie gives up two runs and leaves two on. Mo comes in and gives up a three-run homer Now it’s 8-6.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Finally over. Ugly at the end