Berroa 3B (yes, Berroa)
Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (2-1 3.97).
Pitching: LHP Jeremy Sowers (1-2, 7.71)
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. YES/ESPN.
END OF THE ROAD: The Yankees are 4-2 on a road trip that ends tonight. They are 15-12 on the road this season.
GOING FOR THE RECORD: The Yankees have played 17 consecutive games without an error, which is tied for the major league record with the 2006 Red Sox.
JOBAMANIA: Joba Chamberlain has not pitched especially well against the Indians in six career appearances. His line: 10.2 innings, 7 hits, 8 earned runs, 7 walks, 13 strikeouts.
STREAKS: Derek Jeter has hit in 14 straight at 25 of 63 (.397). … Mark Teixeira has hit in 13 straight at 22 of 55 (.400) with eight homers and 20 RBI.
MILESTONE WATCH: Jeter needs two runs for 1,500 in his career. He would become the fourth active player and fourth Yankee in history.
Back with more later on.
UPDATE, 5:33 p.m.: Jose Molina re-inured his strained left quad today in an extended spring training game in Florida and is likely to return to New York to be examined. The Yankees had hoped he might return this week. Not now and probably not any time soon.
Meanwhile, Xavier Nady started a throwing program today, felt discomfort in his right elbow and stopped throwing. He’ll try again tomorrow. Nady was diagnosed with a torn ligament in April but both parties agreed to try a course of rehab and experimental platelet injections in hopes of avoiding surgery. Today’s setback does not necessarily mean surgery will ultimately be required. But it’s certainly not good news for Nady.
UPDATE, 5:39 p.m.: Joe Girardi said he would discuss Chien-Ming Wang’s with Brian Cashman tomorrow. It sounds like the Yankees are at least considering the idea of putting Wang in the rotation.
UPDATE, 6:05 p.m.: Girardi said he wanted Berroa in the lineup because of the matchup. Berroa, he said, has power and experience.
You’d be proud of me, I didn’t burst out laughing when he said Berroa had experience. Sure, the last lefty he faced in Cleveland was Herb Score.
Meanwhile, in terms of power, Berroa has one home run in the majors since 2006. He does hit lefties better in his career than righties, but not by wide margins. Meanwhile, Damon is 5 for 9 with two doubles against Sowers. He’s just getting a day off.
I asked Girardi point blank why Berroa is on the team and he said they wanted an extra infielder more than an extra outfielder. So be it. That’s a fair point with Alex coming off surgery.
UPDATE, 6:34 p.m.: Andy Pettitte said, without qualification, that he’ll start as scheduled on Wednesday. He said the idea of skipping his start was never discussed.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: The latest on the injury front from Brian Cashman: Molina will get an MRI in Tampa and is not NYC-bound. The Yankees, meanwhile, are hopeful that what Nady felt is just normal soreness. They’ll know after tomorrow.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Oh, sure, GGBG, now you steal.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: Yankees flashing some leather tonight — and avoiding seagulls at the same time. That takes talent.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Joba perfect though three innings. Meanwhile, in Long Island, the Francesa family dog is dodging cans of Diet Coke.
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: So much for the perfecto. Clearly Joba belongs in the bullpen. Only 3.2 perfect innings and four strikeouts? Atrocious.
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: Wow, what a great play by Joba as he dove to catch a bunt then threw to second to complete the double play. Fantastic effort.
1-1 after 5. Yankees would be wise to take the lead based on the weather report. The rain is supposed to be coming.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: They just had the hot dog condiments race here at Progressive Field. The hot dog with onions won then pumped its fist in celebration. What a disgrace.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Three walks in a row from Sowers to load the bases with no outs for … A-Rod. He can afford to wait for something he can crunch.
Oh, wait. Sowers is out.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Alex K’s looking on four pitches from Greg Aquino.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Yankees now 0 for 5 with RISP. Up to Cano now.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Bases loaded, nobody out, A-Rod, Posada and Cano up and they don’t score. Unbelievable. Yankees are 0 for 6 with RISP in the game.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Crack meteorologist and Ohio native Jason Zillo of the Yankees says the rain is 45 minutes away. Apparently the rain in Ohio keeps to a tight schedule like Metro North.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Joba has given them everything they could ask for. 6 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, 82 pitches. Can’t expect much better.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Matsui for Berroa.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Matsui walks and he replaced by Pena, who will play third base. Meanwhile the seagulls are getting restless as the storm approaches and we can hear rumbles of thunder in the distance.
UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: The Yankees have drawn eight walks and scored one run. That math has to change soon, no? Bases loaded one out for Swisher.
Little fly ball, that’s all they need. GIDP, that’s not what they need.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Society of Seagulls is meeting in right center.
UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: Swisher missed a grand slam by a foot or so. But the Yankees will take the two-run double and a 3-1 lead. Bases reloaded for Alex again. Sweep the leg, Alex. Sweep the leg.
The Indians are sort of tugging on the cape of Superman there, walking Tex to get to Alex.
Hey, look, it’s Luis Vizcaino.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Alex singles off the glove of Cabrara at shortstop, two runs scored and it’s 5-1. Not sure what Tex was thinking there. But at least they have the lead before the rain comes.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: The Yankees have drawn eight walks in the last two innings (one intentional). How bad is that by the Cleveland pitchers?
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Joba through seven: two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He was hititng 97 in that last inning as he approached 100 pitches. Cleveland is third in the AL in runs scored, by the way.
Coming up tomorrow on WFAN: Can the Knicks get LeBron?
UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: That was Melk’s first walk in 73 plate appearances.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Joba out for the eighth. He needs one out to match a career high for innings. He has never gone beyond seven.
UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: See, Joba really can pitch the eighth inning. 1-2-3. Put him in the bullpen!
UPDATE, 10:24 p.m.: Yankees win. That’s a 5-2 trip and 15 of 19 overall as they head home. Back later with clubhouse reaction.
18 straight without an error. A new MLB record.