Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (7-3, 4.26).
Pitching: RHP Derek Lowe (7-5, 4.09).
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees are 2-3 on their road trip. The actual road trip part ends tonight. Then they travel back to New York to face the Mets for three games at Citi Field. The Yankees have lost three of four, five of seven and nine of 14.
NOT THEIR FAULT: The Yankees have a 3.83 ERA in the last 14 games.
MO MILESTONES: Mariano Rivera needs two saves for 500 and 29 strikeouts for 1,000.
MO VS. THE NL: Rivera has converted 32 of his last 33 interleague save chances.
THE LOWE DOWN: Derek Lowe is 8-10 with a 6.07 in 39 career games against the Yankees in the regular season. But in his last appearance against the Yankees, in Game Seven 2004 ALCS, he allowed one run over six innings at Yankee Stadium.
Derek Jeter (15 of 52), Jorge Posada (10 of 36) and Alex Rodriguez (7 of 24) have hit Lowe pretty well. Hideki Matsui (12 of 22, 1 homer, 12 RBI) has crushed him.
ON THE RUN: Jeter has stolen 16 stolen bases. That’s his most since 2006 when he swiped 34.
PETTITTE POWER: Andy allowed one run over seven innings against Florida on Friday. He allowed three hits without a walk and fanned seven.
IT MUST BE THAT SCARY MUSTACHE: The Yankees are 12-1 in games Brian Bruney appears in.
MAKING THE MOST OF IT: Frankie Cervelli has played in only six games this month. But he is 6 of 20 (.300) with five runs scored and three RBI. The Yankees are 3-3 in those games.
HE’S ALSO MAKING THE MOST OF IT: Of Nick Swisher’s 17 hits this month, 11 are for extra bases.
HANDLING THE BAT: Yankee pitchers have 13 plate appearances in the last five games They are 2 for 11 with two sacrifices and have struck out only twice. Three of the outs were line drives.
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UPDATE, 3:57 p.m.: Cano scratched. No word why.
UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: Cano has his left wrist taped up but says he’s just getting a day off. Still, he was in the original lineup.
UPDATE, 5:55 p.m.: Turns out Cano was fibbin’ to the writers. His wrist is bothering him according to Girardi, which is why he is out They expect him to play tomorrow. … As for A-Rod, turns out he’s going to play through the end of the weekend. The Yankees have again reversed direction and have decided that Monday’s scheduled day off will suffice. Remember four days ago when “he’s getting a day off whether he likes it or not.” Yeah, not so much now.
Team physician Chris Ahmad spoke to the vaunted Dr Philippon and they decided A-Rod could keep playing.
Melky Cabrera and Hideki Matsui have had the flu, which explains why the Melkman has been out. Girardi acknowledged that Godzilla is none too pleased not be playing. But the docs and trainers have decided his knees will blow up if he plays the outfield. … CC played catch earlier today, felt fine and flew home to New York. He’ll start tomorrow.
UPDATE, 6:55 p.m.: Weird day, huh? Farrah Fawcett (sure, I had the poster) and Michael Jackson both dying. Strange doings. I was never a big solo MJ fan. But ABC by the Jackson 5 is one of the best pop songs of all time. Little MJ had a great voice.
UPDATE, 7:01 p.m.: We’re about to get underway. Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: 2-0 Yankees as A-Rod connects and ties Mr. October for 11th place all-time with 563. It was his first road HR in 69 bats, his longest such drought since 1997.
A-Rod has been hitting the ball to center and right center lately, even when he makes out. Usually a sign that he is on.
UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: So it would seem A-Rod’s slump is over. It’s 3-1 Yankees as he drills an RBI single into center field. He’s 3 for his last 3 with two walks and four RBI.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Lowe has allowed seven hits and walked two in two innings. He’s lucky its only 3-0. The Yankees are 2 for 6 with RISP and have left five runners on base.
Looks like Knute Rockne Cashman will be making every road trip.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: That is what they needed. Lowe had to pay for all those hits and walks and Johnny Damon made him pay dearly with a three-run triple. Yankees take a 6-1 lead. The offense is back.
UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: Cody Ransom, welcome back. 2 for 3 with a two-run double. The Yankees have the big stick out and are beating the Braves 8-1.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: And we’ve got a game. Brett Gardner’s error in center allows a run and the Yankees lead 8-4. Atlanta has runners at first and second with one out.
This game is crying out for three innings of Phil Hughes.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Terrible inning for the Yankees and Pettitte. Now it’s 8-6 and Aceves needs to get an out and get this over with. An AL game has broken out.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: This whole mess started when the pop-up fell between Damon, Jeter and Gardner. Damon’s ball all the way, too.
UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: Aceves retired the first three guys he faces no problem then walks Javy Vazquez. The game doesn’t much make sense.
Meanwhile, Red Sox about to lose and Nady was 0 for 2 with a strikeout for Scranton.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Derek may turn 35 tomorrow but he can still play shortstop.
UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: Another chance for Alex to do some damage. Yankees need some cushion.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Another big hit for Alex. That’s eight RBI in four games. Yankees lead 10-6.
UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: Man, that no-good Alex is killing them! Striking out with two guys on.
UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: Only kidding … CC is lucky, he got to go home and avoid this mess. 17 runs, 25 hits, four errors.
UPDATE, 10:32 p.m.: The Yankees are 6 of 19 with RISP and have left 14 runners on base. And they have scored 11 runs.
UPDATE, 10:33 p.m.: Phil Hughes warming up. Nice to see the Yankees have such a carefully designed and thoughtful plan for one of their best arms.
If he pitches in the ninth inning of an 11-6 game, what is the point of his being here? He might as well start in Scranton and get ready for when they need a starter again. Edwar Ramirez can pitch in low-leverage situations.
UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: Dave Robertson to mop up this tediously long game.
UPDATE, 10:57 p.m.: I’m shocked Mo was awake this long. Is anybody reading or you all watching Jacko on CNN?