Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (3-2, 4.78).
Pitching: RHP Vicente Padilla (3-2, 4.71).
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES.
THEY MET AGAIN: The Yankees and Rangers played three games from May 25-27 on Texas. The Yankees won two of those three games. The Yankees have won 25 of the their last 36 games against Texas.
STREAKS: Derek Jeter has hit safely 15 straight games and Mark Teixeira in 14 straight.
MILESTONE TIME: Jeter has scored 1,499 runs in his career. He would be become the fourth active player with 1,500 runs and the fourth Yankee in history with 1,500.
START ME UP: Jeter is 14 of 41 (.341) in the first inning. He has hit safely while leading off the first inning in nine of his last 11 games with six singles and three doubles. He as reached base safely (via hit, walk or HBP) in 11 of his last 16 such plate appearances.
PERFECT STREAK: The Yankees have gone a MLB-record 18 straight games without making an error. Their last error came on May 13 in Toronto when Ramiro Pena misplayed a grounder.
BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM: The Rangers lead the majors with 83 homers, the Yankees are second with 80.
TRACKING JAX: Alex Rodriguez has 560 home runs. He needs three more to tie Reggie Jackson for 11th place in baseball history.
UPDATE, 4:36 p.m.: That’s it from me for now. Kevin Devaney is covering the game in the Bronx and he will take over the blogging once he gets back from the clubhouse and batting practice. Hope you enjoy the game.
I’m enjoying being in a city free of seagulls and insects.
UPDATE, 5:05 p.m.: Hey, Pete again. Just had to mention this. I’m getting a lot of “Why isn’t Swisher starting? Girardi is a idiot” e-mails from people.
Listen, I love people who read my blog. Here’s to you. But stop thinking you know more about the Yankees than Girardi. Swisher is 1 for 15 against Padilla with five strikeouts. He’s 0 for his last 12 with four strikeouts and a GIDP.
Swisher finally seems to have his swing intact. Why screw him up against a pitcher he obviously can’t hit? Let Gardner start and when the Rangers go to the bullpen, you have Swisher ready and waiting for an at-bat or two.
The Yankees have won 15 of 19, let’s give the manager the benefit of the doubt, shall we?
UPDATE, 6:44 p.m.: Josh Hamilton on the DL with a sports hernia.
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Hey, Kevin Devaney here taking over for Pete for the rest of the night. He’s pretty much gotten you up to speed on everything. Here’s a few more things as we settle into the first inning:
Girardi said the rotation will remain the same for now, which means Chien-Ming Wang is still a reliever. “We had discussions and, at this point, nothing has changed,” Girardi said. “Everybody is still on schedule. We’re happy with the progress that (Wang’s) made. But, at this point, we’re staying on schedule.”
Pettitte threw and said he felt ready to pitch tomorrow night. That could have been Wang’s opening.
Xavier Nady (elbow) played catch today and said he felt better. He had to stop throwing yesterday after experiencing some pain. He’ll take tomorrow off and throw again on Thursday. Jose Molina had an MRI this afternoon, which will be examined by a team doctor tonight.
Swisher is fine. He’s just getting the day off against Padilla, who has struggled in his career against.
Damaso Marte (elbow) will throw a bullpen on Friday. Cody Ransom will report to Scranton on Thursday.
Other than that, enjoy the game. The first inning ends with the Yankees putting the first two on and not scoring a run. Like they say, it’s hard to put runs across the board here at the new Stadium.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: This has A-Rod grand slam written all over it.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: Guess not, although it should have been a bigger inning than that. The Yankees made their first error, except it was on the basepaths. Had Matsui not run up on Posada — or if Posada taken off for third the way he should have — this could have been a different inning. It’s 2-0 Yanks.
UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Posada’s miss-fire into center field ends the Yankees’ major league record for games without an error at 18. The more alarming part of that sequence was the fact Texas is willing to run all day on Posada. That’s three stolen bases in less than four innings.
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: I can understand Teixeira not being happy with being hit by a pitch twice. But why would Padilla hit him to load the bases with Rodriguez up?
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: That’s how a player gets his revenge for being hit — a hard slide into second to break up a double play and allow a run to score. The run was No. 1,500 career runs for Derek Jeter.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: This isn’t your typical Yankee Stadium nine-run game. The Yankees have 10 hits, nine of which are singles. Jeter just hit his third and walked in his other AB. Matsui’s homer was the only extra-base hit.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: It was pretty weird just now to look down and see Andruw Jones wearing a catchers mitt and warming up reliever Warner Madrigal between innings while Saltalamacchia got ready. Three years ago Jones was a potential Hall of Famer and the best defensive outfielder in baseball, and some believed among the best ever. Now he’s a spot starter in the outfield and is warming up a pitcher I’m sure he doesn’t know by name. How quickly baseball can change.