Pitching: RHP Phil Hughes (1-0, 0.00).
RED SOX (15-10)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (1-2, 5.40).
TIME/TV: 7:05, YES, ESPN
Since nothing as changed since yesterday … here are the same notes:
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 right 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. But he is 0 for his last 13 with RISP.
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.
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 much more later.
UPDATE, 4:05 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez was 1 for 6 with a homer and a walk in an extended spring training game today. He played seven innings in the field but did not have to make any plays.
He’s scheduled for the same tomorrow. It sounds like he will rejoin the team on Friday.
UPDATE, 5:46 p.m.: Well, it’s drizzling at the moment. The tarp is down and some of the players are on the field playing catch or warming up.
I’ve been told two things: They’re going to try to play and that there’s a lot of rain on the way. Wish I had more than that.
UPDATE, 5:57 p.m.: Here’s Joe Girardi’s pre-game interview session. He talked about A-Rod’s rehab, the bullpen, Mark Teixeira and other matters.
UPDATE, 6:20 p.m.: If they do play this game, it sure won’t start on time. Raining here, tarp down. That’s it for now.
UPDATE, 6:52 p.m.: Some news out of Nebraska via the AP
The mother of New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain is jailed in Nebraska and facing a felony charge after being arrested on suspicion of selling methamphetamine to an undercover police officer in February.
Lincoln Police Capt. David Beggs said Monday that 44-year-old Jacqueline Standley was arrested at her apartment Saturday night.
Beggs said she allegedly sold 1 gram of a substance believed to be meth to an uncover officer for $110 on Feb. 11. The substance tested positive for meth in testing at the state laboratory.
She was charged Monday with delivery of an exceptionally hazardous drug. Her bail was set at $5,000, and she was assigned a public defender, whose name was not on her jail record.
It’s truly amazing, it really is, that Joba is pitching in the big leagues given his family situation and everything that has happened to him.
UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: Obviously the game is being delayed by rain. No word from the Yankees on when (or if) it will be played tonight.
UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: The grounds crew is mulling around the field. But the tarp remains on and it’s still raining.
The scoreboard camera is panning the crowd and some guy just flipped it off.
UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: Still raining, tarp still down, grounds crew no longer mulling around. At this point, it would take at least 45 minutes to get the field ready. So the game is not starting any time soon, if at all.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: They’re starting to pull the tarp. Get a Red Bull, its going to be a long night.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: First pitch at 9:20.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Paul Olden, the PA announcer, just asked the crowd to stand and put their hands over their hearts. Then he read the lineups. Meanwhile, assorted dopes are still standing up with their hands over their hearts.
Meanwhile, it’s raining again. But they’re pushing on as the players warm up.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: The first pitch was at 9:22 p.m. Fantastic job by the grounds crew getting the field ready so fast. They were literally running from place to place.
Meanwhile, Hughes in some trouble already as Boston leads 1-0.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Good job by Hughes limiting the damage. He got squeezed by Jerry Meals when he walked Drew.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: The scorer, Bill Shannon, just changed the wild pitch in the first inning to a passed ball. That was the right call as it never hit the dirt.
Meanwhile, Angel Berroa didn’t acknowledge the Bleacher Creature Roll Call until Jeter told him to. Either he didn’t understand it or couldn’t hear it.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: Tex strikes out and hears the boos. Safe to say Lester is off to a good start.
UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: The scoreboard here needs work. The gigantic mug shots of the player at the plate are a little much. And they should break down the pitch count by balls and strikes likes every other park in the majors.
Balls and strikes should be on the main board, too. Not off to the side. The linescore also should have LOB. Again, just like every other park in the majors.
UPDATE, 10:38 p.m.: Wow, Tex is 2 for his last 29. You could find people in the stands who could do that. He really heard it from the crowd in the last inning.
Meanwhile, Ben from RAB e-mailed to point out that the scoreboard also doesn’t announce scoring decisions like wild pitch or passed ball, etc. A very good point.
Hughes at 84 pitches in the 4th inning and has allowed four runs. We’re going to see Alfredo Aceves pretty soon.
UPDATE, 10:54 p.m.: I think we’ve seen the last of Hughes tonight as Aceves warms up. Phil’s line is not a good one: 4 innings, 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts.
Meanwhile, Girardi was jawing with Boston first base coach Tim Bogar in the top of the inning. Not sure what that is all about. Maybe Bogar is a fan of the First Amendment.
UPDATE, 10:58 p.m.: I give the fans who are still here a lot of credit. It’s cold and it’s been misting all game.
UPDATE, 11:12 p.m.: Lester working on a two-hit shutout as the Yankees bat in the fifth inning. He has seven strikeouts. … Meanwhile the crowd has thinned out big time in the last 30 minutes.
UPDATE, 11:13 p.m.: Jose Molina singles. Now Berroa gets to strike out again.
UPDATE, 11:14 p.m.: Or nearly ground into a DP. Good thing he’s in there for his bat.
UPDATE, 11:18 p.m.: Joe Girardi just got tossed for arguing balls and strikes with Jerry Meals. Tell you what, he’s got a point. Meals squeezed Hughes and Lester has had the Major Deegan Expressway all night.
Meanwhile, no doubt inspired by his fiery manager, Damon just homered. 4-2 Red Sox.
UPDATE, 11:19 p.m.: Girardi should get tossed more often. Tex goes yard to left and it’s 4-3.
Your turn, Swish.
UPDATE, 11:21 p.m.: The crowd has come to life here. At least those hardy souls left.
I’m a little surprised Jeter didn’t tossed as he argued balls and strikes for a while.
UPDATE, 11:23 p.m.: Swish K’s on a good pitch. But we have a new game.
UPDATE, 11:34 p.m.: Nice play by Berroa. He and Tony Lazzeri used to work on that.
UPDATE, 12:10 a.m.: The absolute right move is to walk Ortiz and pitch to Jeff Bailey. But intentional walks never seem to work out for Joe Girardi.
UPDATE, 12:13 p.m.: Well, it was perfect that time. … Tex, Swish and Cano next up. This could be their last shot.
UPDATE, 12:15 a.m.: Nice job by Lester. 7 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 10 K’s. Made two bad pitches all night.
UPDATE, 12:16 a.m.: Tex does it again. 6-4. Yankees alive and kicking. Why do I have the feeling that a 9:22 start is bound to go extra innings?
UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.: Why are they pinch hitting Matsui for Posada? Why not save Matsui for Berroa or Molina?I don’t get it. Unless Posada is hurt. Here comes Papelbon, Francona isn’t screwing around.
UPDATE, 12:23 p.m.: Posada seems to have some sort of leg injury. Not what they need. Maybe his hamstring is acting up. Given that’s freezing here, that would hardly be a surprise.