Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (2-1, 3.70).
Pitching: RHP Kevin Millwood (4-4, 3.12).
TIME/TV: 8:05 P.M. (ET), My9.
STATE OF THE PINSTRIPES: The Yankees have won 11 of 13 and are one game out of first place in the American League East.
RISP ON A ROLL: The Yankees are 46 of their last 136 (.338) with runners in scoring position. That incorporates the last 17 games since A-Rod came back.
CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: Derek Jeter has seven homers and nine stolen bases. So what, you may say to yourself. Well, he had 11 homers and 11 SBs all of last season. Renewed power and speed would suggest that Derek has at least slowed his offensive decline.
TEX UPDATE: Where to start with Mark Teixeira? He’s 10 of his last 20, raising his batting average to .273. He is 20 of his last 43 (.465) with 17 RBI over 11 games. He is 25 of 65 (.385) since A-Rod returned with 17 runs scored and 21 RBI in 17 games.
COOL UNDER PRESSURE: The Yankees are 8-3 in one-run games.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The Yankees are 14-3 at Rangers Ballpark since 2005.
STEADY MELKY: Melky Cabrera has hit safely in 29 of his last 32 starts, going 41 of 126 (.333).
PITCHING POWER: The Yankees are 14-0 when opponents score three runs runs or less.
SOME BAD STUFF: Hideki Matsui is 6 of his last 42. … Ramiro Pena is 2 of his last 18.
CONSTANT CONTACT: Robinson Cano has gone 44 plate appearances since he last struck out.
Back with much more later on from the clubhouse.
UPDATE, 6:58 p.m.: This from the AP:
New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada played three innings of defense during a simulated game Tuesday in Tampa.
Sidelined since straining his right hamstring while sliding in a game against Boston May 4, also batted in the simulated game. The five-time AL All-Star threw to second from behind the plate and ran the bases after the game.
Outfielder Xavier Nady (right elbow ligament) and infielder Cody Ransom (right quadriceps) also batted.
Joe Girardi told us that Posada will play again tomorrow and seems to be getting closer. There are no plans for him to play rehab games with any affiliates. The Yankees lately seem to want all their rehabs to be in Tampa. Wang was the only exception.
Jose Molina is behind Posada. I asked Girardi about the idea of keeping Cervelli around once Posada returns and he said that was something they would need to consider.
Posada and Nady could play in a minor league game this week.
UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: The start of the game will be delayed by approaching rain. Meanwhile, there are blue skies and the tarp is not down.
Don’t ask me I just work here.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: They’re saying the delay will be at least an hour. Meanwhile, not a drop has fallen and the tarp isn’t down. But it’s coming.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: This is the dumbest rain delay ever since it hasn’t rained. They should have played a few innings. But that would have screwed up the starters, so this is better. The tarp is just going down now.
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: They’re asking fans to clear the upper deck as the storm approaches. The skies are getting crazy dark. But not a drop yet.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: The rain is here. People be scattering.
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Now it’s hailing and raining like somebody turned on a fire hose.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: The rain is starting to abate and they’re getting ready to pull the tarp. Looks like there will be baseball, albeit very late into the night.
UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: First pitch scheduled for 10:30 ET. I will blog into the night, so stick around.
UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: First pitch at 10:29. The delay was two hours and 24 minutes. It’s actually a nice night now, 70 degrees and clear.
UPDATE, 10:41 p.m.: Melky is out, having jammed his right shoulder trying to make a catch. Brett Gardner in for him. Could be another rocky first inning for Joba.
UPDATE, 10:42 p.m.: Wow, tremendous play by Alex there. Getting his Joe Mauer on.
UPDATE, 10:52 p.m.: Joba had three chances to get out of trouble there and couldn’t do it. The first-inning woes continue for him.
UPDATE, 11:12 p.m.: Not a promising start with the lumber for the Yankees as they leave three runners stranded in the first two innings and go 0 for 4 with RISP.
Lots of people stayed through the delay. The lower deck is nearly full.
UPDATE, 11:48 p.m.: Melky has a strained right shoulder. X-rays were negative.
UPDATE, 12:09 a.m.: Aceves? There are four innings (at least) to fill. Why not pitch Wang? He needs the work and is available.
Meanwhile, trainer Gene Monahan sent word via Jason Zillo that Meky didn’t have an X-ray. He had something called a fluoro. That showed nothing. He’ll get an MRI tomorrow.
UPDATE, 12:27 a.m.: Back come the Yankees led by Gritty, Gutty Brett Gardner (who has three steals so far tonight). It’s now 3-3 and they have knocked Millwood out. Two on, two out for Teixeira.
UPDATE, 12:48 a.m.: Texas just announced that they’ll give anybody who stayed for the game will get a free ticket.
Meanwhile, thanks to my astute math skills, Joba has a 10.38 ERA in the first inning and 2.45 otherwise. Obviously that remains an issue. His velocity was down tonight as well. The long delay probably didn’t help him.
UPDATE, 12:51 a.m.: Deep in the heart of Texas, in the dead of night, GGBG makes his comeback. He is 3 for 4 with three steals and a run scored. And if Nick Swisher didn’t get in his way, he would have caught that ball.
UPDATE, 12:57 a.m.: So much for Nick Swisher. Yankees have left 11 on base and are 2 for 11 with RISP. Less jokes, more hits.
UPDATE, 1:03 a.m.: Aceves has worked as a starter much of the year. Why bring him in for one meaningless inning yesterday and then bring him back today? I don’t get it. That situation was tailor-made for Wang.
Now Texas leads 4-3 and is threatening for more. The Phil Coke Fascination is going to reach a limit soon, too.
UPDATE, 1:12 a.m.: The line for Aceves: 2 4 3 3 0 2.
Yankees are kicking away a chance to move into a tie for first place here.
UPDATE, 1:35 a.m.: You can’t leave 12 men on base and go 2 for 11 with RISP and expect to win too many games.
That’s three losses in the last five games. They need A.J. Burnett to show up tonight and beat Derek Holland and salvage the series. Meanwhile, Girardi needs to find some answers in that bullpen. Phil Coke’s trustworthiness is fading. I still think if given a decent shot, Robertson and Melancon have the potential.
Thanks to everybody for reading so late into the night. I’ll post some reaction from the clubhouse. It’ll be a quick visit.