Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (7-4, 3.83).
Pitching: RHP Anthony Swarzak (2-2, 3.90).
TIME/TV: 8:10, YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have won 11 of 13 and trail Boston by a game in the division. They have won six in a row on the road and haven’t won seven straight away from the Bronx since 2005.
MINNESOTA MAULERS: The Yankees are 5-0 against the Twins this season, outscoring the Men of Gardenhire 31-18. The Yankees have won 16 of 22 against Minnesota overall.
BURN, BABY, BURN: Burnett is 5-2, 1.88 in his last seven starts and 3-1, 0.99 in his last four.
MATSUI’S THE MAN: Godzilla is 10 of 21 with six extra-base hits and 11 RBI.
TEX VS. THE TWINS: Mark Teixeira is 12 of 22 with three homers, a double and 10 RBI against Minnesota this season.
TEX VS. THE WALL: Teixeira has gone 90 ABs without a home run. The last one came on June 12.
LEFTY LOVERS: The Yankees are 16-9 against left-handed starters this season. They are hitting .295 (second in the majors) against LHPs with a .380 OBP and a .503 SLG.
NO CLOWING AROUND: A-Rod has 16 RBI in his last 12 games.
Back with much more later on.
UPDATE, 4:41 p.m.: Molina is here.
UPDATE, 6:39 p.m.: To the dismay of cougars across the metropolitan area, Francisco Cervelli will be officially optioned to Triple-A Scranton after BP.
Meanwhile, Jeter is sticking with his side of the story regarding the blown call at third base on Monday. Umpire Marty Foster, he maintains, told him he was out because the throw beat him. Third base coach Rob Thomson backed Jeter up. Foster, via crew chief John Hirschbeck, said Tuesday that he told Jeter that he had him getting tagged out.
At this point, the he said/he said stuff is pretty pointless. The call isn’t getting changed.
UPDATE, 6:45 p.m.: This from AAA Scranton:
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees continuing efforts to correct drainage issues at PNC Field have forced the relocation of the next four scheduled home games.
The Yankees will play their next two scheduled games on Thursday, July 9 & Friday, July 10 against Lehigh Valley at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, PA, the IronPigs home venue.
Both games will start at 7:05 p.m.
The two games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday vs. the Buffalo Bisons have been moved to Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, New York. First pitch times for the two games in Syracuse will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.
UPDATE, 6:48 p.m.: The rotation after the break: Burnett, Sabathia, Chamberlain, Pettitte, and TBA.
UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: Good news for Jesus Montero. He has been added to the Eastern League All-Star game in place of Josh Thole, who is injured. Pretty impressive for a 19-year-old.
The game will be in Trenton on July 15 at 7:05 p.m. The gates at Waterfront Park will open for all fans at 2:05. Fans will be able to watch both teams take batting practice then there will be an autograph session and a Home Run Derby.
Limited seats remain for the All-Star Game. Tickets are available now by calling 609-394-3300 or online at www.trentonthunder.com.
If you can, go to that game. There will be prospects galore and you can tell people you saw Montero before be started knocking down fences in the majors.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: We’re about to get underway here at the Metrodome. I have some newspaper work to do, but I’ll check in from time to time. Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Boy, the Yankees are wearing the Twins out. Big hit there for Gardner with RISP and two outs. Now A.J., much like CC last night, can challenge the Minnesota hitters.
Meanwhile, the great hitter and Bruce Springsteen fan Paul Molitor is watching the game from the press box.
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: What was Damon trying to do there, hurdle the fence? He has played left field like Stevie Wonder at times. Meanwhile, A.J. is at three wild pitches and counting. Inexcusable with a 3-0 lead to be that wild.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: What a weird game for Burnett. He has allowed six hits, walked three, throw three wild pitches and doesn’t have a strikeout but leads 4-2 as Cuddyer comes to the plate with the bases loaded.
UPDATE, 10:19 p.m.: It might be time to pat Burnett on the back, count your blessings he gave up only two runs and get the bullpen in the game.
His line so far: 6 7 2 2 4 2 with three wild pitches.
UPDATE, 10:33 p.m.: It must really annoy a manager when he brings in a lefty to face a lefty and the guy can’t throw strikes than gives up a home run. How to do your job.
Meanwhile, Phil Coke actually pointed up when the ball left Mauer’s bat. He should have pointed into the stands in left field. 4-3 Twins and now we’ll see Hughes.
UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: Somebody needs to inform Swisher that he’s not that fast.
Let’s see if Hughes can give the lead to Rivera. This is why they kept him in the bullpen and gave Aceves the start tomorrow.
UPDATE, 10:55 p.m.: Girardi not messing around, going to Mo in the eighth inning. He hasn’t pitched since Saturday, might as well.