Pitching: RHP Phil Hughes (1-1, 2.70).
Pitching: RHP Adam Eaton (1-3, 7.18).
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES.
STATE OF THE PINSTRIPES: The Yankees beat the Orioles 4-0 last night as A-Rod made his season debut with a three-run homer and CC Sabathia threw a four-hitter with eight strikeouts. The Yankees have lost five of their last six games and nine of their last 14. They are 4.5 games out of first place.
STAT OF THE DAY: The Yankees are hitting .24548 with RISP. That is 21st in baseball. Only Cleveland (.24496) and Oakland (.226) are worse in the AL. And because that’s the way it always seems to work, only five teams have had more ABs with RISP. The Yankees are 8 of 52 (.154) with RISP in their last five games.
Assuming this all starts to even out, they’re going to start scoring runs in bunches. Even with all this mess, they’re fifth in the game in scoring.
OTHER STATS OF NOTE: The Yankees are 4-10 vs. the Al East, 8-8 on the road and 2-11 when the make an error.
WHO’S HOT: Johnny Damon is 9 of 17 with six extra-base hits and eight RBI. … Hideki Matsui has a 16-game hit streak as a starter. … Since he became a starter, Melky is .346/.433/.500.
WHO’S NOT: Nick Swisher has struck out in eight of his last 17 ABs. … Mark Teixeira is 3 for 17 and has four extra-base hits in his last 17 games (68 AB). … Robbie Cano is 3 of 26 but had two of those hits in his final two ABs last night.
WATCH OUT: Nick Markakis is 4 for 8 with two doubles against Hughes.
GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN: Teixeira is 5 for 8 with a homer against Eaton. A-Rod is 2 for 3 with a homer and Swisher is 2 for 4 with two homers.
WELCOME BACK: The Yankees are 33-38 without A-Rod since he joined the team in 2004.
ON HIS HEELS: A-Rod has 554 home runs. He needs nine more to tie one Reginald Martinez Jackson for 11th place in baseball history. It’ll be interesting to hear what Mr. October thinks about that when the time comes.
UPDATE, 3:47 p.m: Brett Tomko is here. No word on who is out yet.
UPDATE, 3:57 p.m.: Dave Robertson optioned down.
UPDATE, 5:42 p.m.: Girardi said he could use Tomko in any role as he would be able to throw as many as 45 pitches. Tomko was terrific down in Scranton (10 games, 14 innings, 8 hits, 1 run, 4 walks, 17 strikeouts). But let’s remember that this is a guy who hasn’t had an ERA under 4.61 in the big leagues since 2004 when he was a starter. … Brian Bruney played catch again today and didn’t seem to have any issues. He’s at least two weeks off.
Girardi indicated that CMW’s next start would be in an actual minor-league game. But he didn’t know where that would be. He last pitched on Thursday. So presumably that start will come on Tuesday.
UPDATE, 6:12 p.m.: I hate to say this. I really do. But the grounds crew is hurrying to put the tarp down like there’s the worst storm ever coming.
UPDATE, 6:16 p.m.: Right on cue, a cloud is moving over the stadium likes look like one of the spaceships on Independence Day. It’ll be pouring here in minutes looks like.
UPDATE, 6:18 p.m.: Yep, it’s raining. Nice job by the people here getting the field covered so fast.
UPDATE, 6:25 p.m.: RHP Eric Hacker was designated for assignment. How is it that Angel Berroa has more value to the Yankees than Hacker? Hacker’s bad numbers this season (1-2, 6.03) doomed him, apparently.
In case you were wondering, they could not put Kennedy on the 60-day DL as he was not on the major league roster.
Brian Bruney played catch today and felt fine. He’ll play catch from 90 feet on Monday to test his arm and then they’ll decide what the next step is.
UPDATE, 6:31 p.m.: Storm has passed, tarp coming off.
UPDATE, 7:11 p.m.: We’re underway here in the Charm City. 81 degrees and clear at game time. The Baltimore scribes expect the Yankees to rock Eaton. We’ll see what happens.
Enjoy the game, everybody.
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Phil Hughes can’t catch a break. After a clean single by Luke Scott, Montanez gets a single that slips past Cano. Then Zaun singles between Tex and the bag. Then for reasons unclear, Swisher air mails a throw to the backstop despite the runner staying at third. That gave Baltimore a run.
(Which, by the way, was dreadful coaching at third base by Juan Samuel. Scott could have walked home).
Anyway, 1-0 Orioles. Bases loaded and no outs. Get well soon, Chien-Ming Wang.
UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: Well, this is brutal.
A wild pitch that ticks off Cervelli’s glove scored a run. The Jones doubles in another. 4-0 Baltimore and still only one out.
The Yankees are making mistakes all over the field.
UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Three-run homer by Huff. Now it’s 7-0. Thanks for coming, fans. Hughes has allowed seven hits.
UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: That’s that for Hughes. 1.2 innings, eight hits and two runners still on. If Zaun sits on the changeup, it’ll be 10-0.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Zaun just missed it and had to settle for a line drive RBI single off the wall.
8-0 Orioles as the Yankees allow yet another big inning.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: The Yankees are playing their 30th game of the season and tonight marks the ninth time they have allowed nine or more runs in a game.
I went to public school. But that seems like a high percentage.
UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Adam Eaton should be ashamed of himself. It’s 9-0 and he walks the bases loaded. Of course the Yankees should be ashamed of themselves for trailing Adam Eaton 9-0 in the first place.
Meanwhile, the Yankees have allowed 56 runs in the five games they have played on Saturday this season.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: It’s good that Dave Robertson is on the Scranton shuttle and Mark Melancon gets tossed away so Edwar Ramirez can keep serving up bombs.
Here’s the thing about Edwar: You are never going to be able to trust him in any sort of important game because it’s too easy to sit on his stuff and drive it. His fastball is not good enough to make that changeup work. He’ll strike out his share of guys, but anybody who has seen him a few times knows what is coming.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Wow, Damon is killing it. He’s 10 of his last 20 with seven extra-base hits and 10 RBI. At least the Yankees have one player worthy of the All-Star Game.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: It’s ridiculous that they’re going to lose to Adam Eaton, who has pitched incredibly poorly. But Hughes was worse.
If Girardi has sent a pitcher out there instead of Edwar, it might be 7-4. Instead it’s 11-4.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Now it would be 7-5 without Edwar.