Pitching: RHP Phil Hughes (1-0, 0.00).
Pitching: LHP Joe Saunders (2-1, 3.51)
TIME/TV: First pitch at 1:05. The game is on YES.
WEATHER: It’s raining in the Bronx at the moment. I have no idea whether they can get the game in or not or what their plans would be for a rainout. Given the the Angels aren’t back here again this season, they’ll wait a while to try and play.
SERIES FINALE: The Yankees won two of the first three games in the four-game series. They were beaten 8-4 yesterday as CC Sabathia fell to 1-3.
HUGHES PART TWO: Phil Hughes returned to the team in Detroit on Tuesday and threw six scoreless innings. This will be his second start.
NO LEAD SAFE: The Yankees have had at least a one-run lead in seven of their 11 losses.
LEADING THE LEAGUE: The Yankees’ 5.93 ERA is the worst in baseball.
OFF THE MARK: Mark Teixeira is 2 for 27 (.074) in his last eight games. He has not driven in a run since April 24. His batting average has gone from a bad .240 to an atrocious .182. Teixeira said his sore left wrist has improved enough in the last week to allow him to start again working in the cage before games and he is hopeful his production will increase. His eye remains sharp as he has 11 walks during his slump.
JOSE CAN YOU GET AN OUT: The last four games for Jose Veras: 2.2 innings, 5 hits, 5 runs, 4 walks, 1 strikeout.
THE KEY: The Yankees are 11-3 when they don’t make an error, 2-8 when they do.
DISAPPEARING DAMO: LHP Damaso Marte hasn’t pitched since April 25 in Boston. He has gone unused for seven games. That probably means he has some sort of injury. Although it’s possible Joe Girardi has figured out that the best role for Marte is no role at all.
HIT-DEKI: Hideki Matsui has hit in 12 straight at 17 of 46 (.370) with six extra-base hits and nine RBI.
MELKY’S THE MAN: Melky Cabrera has hit in seven straight at 10 of 27.
HOME COOKING: The Yankees are 6-3 at the new Stadium.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 10:12 a.m.: RHP Anthony Claggett is here. No word on who is out.
UPDATE, 10:23 a.m.: Just spoke to Damaso Marte, who said his shoulder has bothered him for a week. He’ll be seeing a doctor, he said.
Perhaps he is headed for the DL.
“It’s not that bad, but it hurts,” he said. “I did it in Boston.”
UPDATE, 10:59 a.m.: Marte is in fact on the DL.
UPDATE, 11:28 a.m.: Girardi is 30 minutes to his pre-game press conference and no lineup is posted. Something is up.
UPDATE, 11:57 a.m.: The delay involved meeting with Marte. They also determined that Swisher would be available only to DH.
Meanwhile, when asked about MLB’s investigation about Alex Rodriguez, Girardi spoke out against Selena Roberts’ book on Rodriguez. He questioned the release date of the book and her motives.
It came out of left field and Girardi grew pretty emotional. You need to listen to this:
UPDATE, 12:02 p.m.: It’s raining here and the tarp is down. There is next-to-no chance that the game starts on time unless it stops raining in the next five minutes.
The weather report is not good for today, or tomorrow for that matter.
Meanwhile, Girardi they wanted Berroa in there against a lefty.
UPDATE, 12:29 p.m.: Here are some of Girardi’s comments:
“I don’t want this Alex thing to be a target. I have some issues with it. It’s interesting how the book (publication) date got moved up now. I get tired of answering these questions. I don’t understand why someone would write a book like this anyway. You know what, some people may not care to hear that, but I don’t understand it.
“Just going into someone’s life. I have three small kids and there are things in my life that I probably wish I could have a re-do on. I wouldn’t want those dragged through the mud and I’m sure you wouldn’t, either.
“I think sometimes, things are written about that none of us are proud of There are things in my life I’m not proud of that I’ve done. I wouldn’t want my kids to have to deal with that. I tell my kids that daddy makes mistakes, I do. And I apologize for them. I say, ‘Daddy’s not perfect.’
UPDATE, 12:28 p.m.: More from Girardi:
“From the excerpts that I have read, there are negative things about his lifestyle. I’m a firm believer that what we do off the field is our personal life. Some people aren’t going to agree with my faith. Some people aren’t going to agree with all the things I do with my life. But I don’t necessarily know why it has to be in a book. It’s something I’ve never understood, whether it’s a book about Alex or other people. Whether it’s a book about a president or a book about whoever. I just don’t understand it. Maybe that’s a short-sighting on my part, but I don’t understand.
“My parents always taught me that talk about the good. Be positive. That might be, you know, that might be me being somewhat short-sighted. But my Mom and Dad always taught me and I love them to death.”
The response came to a question about MLB’s investigation into Alex, which is certainly a concern for the Yankees. It’s hard to fault any manager for defending his player.
But if somebody becomes the president or the best player in baseball, people are going to be interested in their lives. That’s just how it works. If you won’t want somebody to be interested in your life, don’t go into public life. It’s really not that complicated.
I’m also not sure why Girardi brought up religion. As far as I know, nobody has ever mentioned his religion or anybody else’s in relation to the Yankees.
However well-intentioned Girardi may have been today, his comments will only serve to continue the story.
UPDATE, 12:44 p.m.: Still raining. The start of the game will be delayed, that’s for sure. No word on what the team plans.