Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (2-1, 2.96).
Pitching: RHP Jered Weaver (2-1, 2.45).
GAME TWO: The Yankees have won three straight and scored 26 runs, their best three-game streatch of the season. The Yankees have hit .308 with five doubles, five homers and 19 walks.
DREAM WEAVER: Weaver gave up three hits in seven innings in an 8-0 victory over Seattle on Sunday. He is 3-1 against the Yankees in his career but with a 6.14 ERA.
LEFTY’S SUCCESS: Andy Pettitte owns Torii Hunter (6 for 28, 11 strikeouts) and Bobby Abreu (2 for 12, 4 Ks).
COKE IS IT: Phil Cokes last seven outings: 6 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts.
HE’S HAPPY IT’S MAY: Mark Teixeira is 2 of his last 20 and doesn’t have an RBI in six games. He does have nine walks, however.
GODZILLA ON A RAMPAGE: Hideki Matsui is 15 of his last 28 with six extra-base hits, seven RBI and six runs scored. He has a 10-game hit streak.
CANO KEEPING ON: Robbie Cano has a 17-game hit streak, one away from matching his career high.
SWISHALICIOUS: Nick Swisher is 6 of his last 14 with three homers and six RBI. He had reached base via hit or walk in all but game this season.
MELKY’S THE MAN: Melky Cabrera is 11 of his last 32 with five RBI and six runs scored.
ITS HIS SPOT (FOR NOW): Ramiro Pena, in addition to shining in the field, is 5 of his last 13.
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UPDATE, 3;57 p.m.: Brian Bruney just played catch for the first time since he was shut down. He felt fine.
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UPDATE, 4:23 p.m.: A-Rod was 1 for 6 with a walk today in Bradenton against the Pirates. He is set to play 3B for five innings tomorrow.
UPDATE, 5:49 p.m.: The tarp is down but it’s not raining at the moment and the gates are open.
UPDATE, 6:00 p.m.: Here is the AP report on A-Rod’s day:
Rodriguez hit a ground single between third base and shortstop in his final at-bat Friday, finishing 1 for 6 with a walk as a designated hitter for the second straight day.
The rehabbing third baseman, who has yet to play in the field, was 1 for 6 with a homer and two walks in an extended spring intrasquad game in Tampa on Thursday. He has been recovering from hip surgery since March.
“I felt pretty good. I’m looking forward to getting back on the field,” said Rodriguez, who did not take questions before jogging away from a small group of reporters and photographers at Pirate City.
The three-time AL MVP worked out on an adjacent field before the game, taking grounders and doing some running and agility drills before moving indoors to take swings in a batting cage. He batted third in every inning, except the first, when he didn’t go to the plate after finishing his indoor work.
Rodriguez, who left the game after his eighth-inning single off Brandon Holden, took a third called strike from right-hander Edgar Gutierrez in the third. He was 0 for 3 against righty Ryan Kelly, who retired him on two routine fly balls to the outfield and a grounder to short.
Rodriguez ran less than full speed to first base on the grounder, and jogged all the way to third after he flied to right field to make the final out of the fourth inning.
UPDATE, 6:26 p.m.: They started taking the tarp off and then it started raining again (funny how that works). Now the tarp is down.
Before you ask, I have no idea whether they can get the game in or not or when it would be rescheduled for.
UPDATE, 6:53 p.m.: Tarp off. Skies clearing. Play ball!
UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: Andy warming up to The Boys of Summer by The Ataris. Nice choice.
Meanwhile it’s 7:07 and there are literally two people in the front row between the dugouts. Two.
UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: That was Andy’s 95th pickoff. He now has the major league record. The stat has been kept since 1974. He had been tied with Kenny Rogers.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: Not much good will come of two walks to start an inning. Matsui delivers a sac fly and Cano an RBI single to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, matching his career high.
Posada just followed with a home to — where else? — right field. Yankees lead 4-0.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: The Angels just turned a double play to end the inning. Even though they had two outs. Pretty embarrassing.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Ramiro Pena bunts his way on to start the second inning. Nice play. Here’s hoping they keep him around when A-Rod gets back. Pena is a much more versatile player than Berroa. He has been working diligently with Mick Kelliher at third base, too.
UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: Tex is now 2 for 22. Yikes.
The scoreboard just showed Jerry Springer. Is he still a celebrity? Is that the best the Yankees can do, Jerry Springer? Erik Estrada couldn’t make it?
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Swisher is out of the game. Gardner now in center and Melky in right. Swisher got hit in the elbow in the first inning by Weaver. No report yet from the Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Aybar is way down the line at third. Posada just walked out a few feet and pointed at the runner to make sure Pettitte is paying attention.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Andy is all messed up with this. Teams are going to torment him all season. Girardi out to the mound now to settle him down.
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Wow, that was bad. Andy got rattled and walked Abreu to load the bases.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: It’s hard to defend Brett Gardner when he looks at three called strikes like that. His patience, a virtue in the minors, hurts him in the majors because teams are willing to challenge him and have the pitchers who can do that.
Anyway, 4-0 Yankees in the bottom of the fourth as some light rain falls. Three outs away from an official ballgame.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Report on Nick Swisher:
He has a bruised right elbow. X-rays were negative. He is day to day.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: It’s not raining heavily. More like a determined mist that is getting more determined by the minute.
The Yankee are getting outhit 6-4 but lead 4-0 as we start the sixth inning.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Juan Miranda just got pulled from the Scranton game for no apparent reason according to Chad Jennings.
With Swisher hurt, perhaps they’ll dump one of the spare relievers (Albaladejo?) and bring up the big first baseman as a spare bat.
It’s starting to rain pretty good. The rich folk are fleeing for the restaurant. The regular folk are standing in the open concourses.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: That’s it for Andy. He has allowed nine hits and walked four but only two runs so far.
Big spot for Melancon here with two outs and the bases loaded.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Disaster as Matthews lines a three-run triple to the gap in right. Angels lead 5-4.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: This is ugly as the Angels score six runs to take a 6-4 lead.
UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: It’s too bad this team doesn’t have a decent pitching staff. Because even without A-Rod and Mark Teixeira unable to do anything, they can score.
Maybe Tex will get his shot to change all that in this inning as the Yankees cut the lead to 9-8.