Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (4-2, 4.04).
Pitching: LHP Joe Saunders (8-5, 4.44).
TIME/TV: 10:05 p.m., YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have won three straight, six of seven and 13 of 15.
HIGH SCORING: The Yankees lead the majors in runs (477), OBP (.358) and slugging (.469). They are second in home runs (126) and BA (.275).
KINGS OF THE ROAD: The Yankees are 25-18 on the road including eight straight for the first time since the 1998 team won nine straight from April 20-May 8. The Yankees have gone 67 consecutive innings on the road without trailing.
JOBAMANIA: This is a somewhat important start for young Mr. Chamberlain. He’s in no danger of losing his job but he is in danger of losing the faith of his teammates if he continues the pace he is on. In his last 31.1 innings, he has allowed 38 hits (four of them homers), 14 walks and hit three batters.
HE SOAKS UP THE SUN: Robinson Cano is a career .345 hitter in July.
MO THE MAGNIFICENT: Mariano Rivera’s last 13 outings: 13.2 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 15 strikeouts.
ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: The Pretender by Jackson Browne. Part of the California mix on my iPod.
Back with more later on.
UPDATE, 6;53 p.m.: Based on his not getting dressed, Jon Albaladejo is being sent down.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Yep. Albaladejo optioned.
Also, I’ll be on ESPN News at 9:10.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Not much news to report. Mark Melancon arrived and said he feels more comfortable than he did his first time up. He could give them as many as 45 pitches. … The Yankees will not need a No. 5 starter until July 21. Sergio Mitre is the only AAA starter they are considering. Barring something unexpected, it will be Mitre or Aceves. They’ll watch Mitre pitch Sunday for Scranton and evaluate him from there. … Jeter is getting a DH day as he won’t get much time off next week thanks to starting in the All-Star Game.
Mike Myers, who now works for the MLBPA, visited the clubhouse before the game.
Lots of newspaper work to do. I’ll check in later.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game audio:
UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: Barry Williams — Greg Brady — is singing the anthem. Got to love California. Where is Maureen McCormick? Loved her.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Nice work by Johnny Bravo.
Meanwhile, Phil Hughes is getting the night off. Just FYI.
UPDATE, 10:57 p.m.: We’re underway with a single from the Captain. Yes, that is Scott Boras sitting behind home plate. The Prince of Darkness is here to keep an eye on his assorted clients. He has Angels and Dodgers seasons.
UPDATE, 10:13 p.m.: Teixeira got booed but nothing like he did in Baltimore. They’re too laid back here.
UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: The Yankees are like a machine at this point. Single, walk, double, single, 3-0. A-Rod hustles to second and then scores from there as Juan Rivera makes a bad throw.
My belief is that the presence of Barry Williams has inspired this.
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Joba has a 3-0 and is facing a team that just DL’s Hunter and Guerrero. If he does that nibbling thing again, Molina should go to the mound and drop him on his head. No shaking off, just throw the pitch, Meat.
UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: No shakes, 1-2-3 inning, 9 pitches / 7 strikes. Don’t think, just throw.
UPDATE, 10:32 p.m.: Here is how important rehab stats are for big leaguers: Molina was 1 for 11 in the minors. First at-bat after being activated: Solid two-strike base hit up the middle.
UPDATE, 10:39 p.m.: The Yankees wear lefties out. 4-0 and two on with one out.
Remember when I said 3-3 would be a good road trip? Yeah, not so much.
UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: 4-0 for Joba. Let’s if that first inning was a fluke.
UPDATE, 10:54 p.m.: Fluke it is. His velocity disappeared this inning. No better than 92 so far. 19 pitches so far, one out.
UPDATE, 10:56 p.m.: Paging First Inning Joba. First Inning Joba, you have a call on the white courtesy phone.
UPDATE, 10:58 p.m.; 25 pitches this inning and counting.
UPDATE, 11:16 p.m.: Better third inning for Joba as he worked the strike zone. He has looked a lot better tonight. 4-1 Yankees after three innings.
Joba so far: 3 3 1 1 1 3. 52 pitches / 32 strikes.
UPDATE, 11:22 p.m.: Jeter 3 for 3. Eat it, Forbes.
UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.: We’re going to see Mark Melancon and Brian Bruney before this night is over. Joba will be 70+ before the fourth inning is over. He’s just not efficient.
UPDATE, 11:37 p.m.: Alex goes deep. That’s 15 on the season and 568 overall, one shy of fellow loosey-goosey Texas slugger Rafael Palmeiro on the all-time list.
UPDATE, 11:58 p.m.: Joba closing on 90 pitches. 88 pitches / 54 strikes. Not a good enough ratio when you’re handed a 3-0 lead.
This’ll be another standard 5.1 inning game for him, if that.
UPDATE, 12:01 a.m.: Nice visit to the mound by Girardi as Joba gives up a bomb. Brand new game, 5-5.
UPDATE, 12:02 a.m.: Thats it. 4.1 innings. If Joba says after the game that he pitched well, he should get sent back to Scranton. Not one teammate, save Jeter, has gone over to him in the dugout. They’re tired of his act.
Not one. Jeter patted him on the back and nobody has talked to him. He needs an intervention at this point. You can’t keep falling behind hitters and expect to pitch well.
They gave him a 3-0 lead against a depleted team and he pitched horrendously.
UPDATE, 12:11 a.m.: Joba’s last 35.2 innings: 47 hits and 15 walks. If he’s under the impression that is good enough, somebody needs to tell him it’s not.
UPDATE, 12:18 a.m.: Joba’s last seven starts: 35.2 innings 47 hits, 27 runs, 20 earned runs, 15 walks, 27 strikeouts, 5 home runs, 675 pitches, 402 strikes.
Averaging 5.1 innings a start is not acceptable. Neither is averaging about 19 pitches an inning.
UPDATE, 12:24 a.m.: And the Yankees trail on the road for the first time in 72 innings.
You knew one of these games was coming eventually. But this is really bad. Do they have another comeback in them?
UPDATE, 12:45 a.m.: Yankees will give up the DH, have Jeter play short and then pinch hit later on. Interesting game.
Based loaded for Godzilla against Oliver. Isn’t this how it usually works? Joba pitches poorly, they still win.
UPDATE, 12:54 a.m.: Wow, Jeter just pulled a Luis Castillo and dropped a pop-up. But nobody scored. What a crazy game.
UPDATE, 1:03 a.m.: And the disaster continues. Brian Bruney comes in and walks Jeff Mathis before giving up a home run to Erick Aybar, the No. 9 hitter. 10-6 Angels and the road win streak is heading for an inglorious end.
Cue the Chicken Littles who will pronounce the season over. That is always good for a laugh. Because, you know, they were supposed to win all the rest of them.
Bruney can’t be healthy. Either he is hurt or something is really wrong.
Meanwhile, Posada just caught a pop bare-handed when Figgins knocked his glove off accidentally.
UPDATE, 1:18 a.m.: And Bruney just threw a pitch up and in to Abreu for some reason. Bobby Abreu?
UPDATE, 1:31 a.m.: Yankees have forced Fuentes into the game, he’ll face Posada.
UPDATE, 1:35 a.m.: That’s the game. Messy loss for the Yankees. Back later with reaction.