Pitching: RHP Sergio Mitre (4-1, 2.32 in minors).
Pitching: LHP Rich Hill (3-2, 6.92).
TIME/TV: 7:05, MY9.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have won four straight and 17 of 22 and are tied for first place in the AL East with Boston. They are undefeated since the All-Star break and have won three straight games by a 2-1 score.
OH, SERGIO: Mitre, 28, will be pitching in the big leagues for the first time since Sept. 15, 2007 when he was with Florida. He is 10-23, 5.36 in parts of five seasons with the Cubs and Marlins. He has appeared in 78 games, 52 of them starts. He’s a sinker, slider pitcher who isn’t afraid of contact.
The Yankees signed Mitre to a minor-league deal on Jan. 14. He had Tommy John surgery last July 15 and then was suspended for 50 games for violating MLB’s drug policy. He reportedly took androstenedione. Mitre went with the “I got it at GNC” defense at the time and was able to prove that he took a product that was not labeled correctly. The MLBPA went to bat for Mitre, but he lost his appeal.
He started nine games in the minors, two for Tampa and the rest with Scranton. He was 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA. Mitre allowed 50 hits and struck out 43 with seven walks over 54.1 innings. Joe Girardi said he could go 100 pitches tonight. His last start in the minors was July 12.
HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE: The Yankees are 30-16 at the Stadium, 24-9 in the last 34 games.
A-ROD’S IMPACT: The Yankees are 42-22 since Alex Rodriguez came off the disabled list. That’s the best record in baseball since that time.
PITCHING IN: The Yankees have a 1.50 ERA since the All-Star break.
NEED SOME HITS: The Yankees have scored 11 runs in the four games since the break.
MELKYMAN MISSES HIS DELIVERY: Meky Cabrera is at .230/.308/.365 since June 1 and is 2 of 13 since the break.
RESTED AND READY: Mariano Rivera and Phil Hughes had last night off. They’re available this evening. Rivera is the greatest relief pitcher ever and Hughes is second. Or something like that.
ROAD WOES: The Orioles are 1-13 in division road games this season and 15-30 overall away from Camden Yards.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 3:43 p.m.: Sergio Mitre has Angel Berroa’s old locker. They tossed out the walker and his Tommy Dorsey records.
UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Looks like Brent Tomko is out.
UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: Tomko DFA’d.
UPDATE, 4:48 p.m.: Yanks taking BP. Game on.
UPDATE, 5:00 p.m.: The Orioles added RHP Cla Meredith to the active roster and optioned RHP Kam Mickolio to Triple-A Norfolk.
It’s also raining again.
UPDATE, 6:05 p.m.: Well, it’s raining in the Boogie Down. No tarp on the field but it’s raining. We’ll keep you posted.
UPDATE, 6:48 p.m.: Tarp is down and we’re not starting on time. But it’s not raining at the moment. Sort of a determined mist. We’ll let you know a start time when it’s announced.
UPDATE, 6:51 p.m.: Tarp being pulled. 7:30 start time announced.
UPDATE, 6:57 p.m.: The latest on Halladay via the AP:
Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi still hasn’t received an appropriate trade offer for Roy Halladay and has set a July 28 deadline to complete a deal for the 2003 Cy Young Award winner.
“At this point, it’s probably unlikely that we’ll trade Doc,” Ricciardi said Tuesday.
Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is July 31. Ricciardi said July 6 he would field offers for Halladay, who is signed through 2010 and has a full no-trade clause.
“No one has really stepped up yet,” Ricciardi said. “We’ve got to be highly motivated to move him. We haven’t been highly motivated yet.”
Ricciardi said the deadline is necessary to get an agreement in place for what is likely to be a complicated deal. He also wants the matter resolved before Halladay makes a scheduled start July 29 in Seattle.
UPDATE, 7:09 p.m.: Two minor-league moves today: RHP Kevin Whelan to Scranton and RHP Humberto Sanchez to Trenton.
UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: The Sergio Mitre Era started with a fastball that Brian Roberts lined into the LF gap for a double.
UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: Three pitches and it’s 1-0 Orioles as Markakis singles to center. Not an auspicious start.
UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: That’ll be the only run the Yankees allow. They always win 2-1 after all.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Hey, the Yankees scored without a home run. A-Rod walked, stole second, went to third on a fly ball and scored on Swisher’s sacrifice fly. First run scored without a home run since Saturday.
UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: The Yankees, alas, will not win 2-1. I’m thinking 7-6.
UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Look at that small ball. Fan favorite Cody Ransom walks, goes to third on a hit-and-run single by Jeter and then the Captain steals second. Yankees in business with one out.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Damon pops to center. Tex walks. Loaded up with two gone for Alex.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Two-run single. Small ball, small ball, small ball. Yankees lead 3-2. Posada can add to it.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Finally, a home run. Whew. Yankees got a little too aggressive there as Jeter tried to score on what amounted to a pop-up to Markakis. But, whatever, they lead 6-2. If Mitre can give them two more innings, they’ll be thrilled.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Sergio Mitre, ladies and gentlemen. 5 5 2 2 0 3. Nine GB outs. He has thrown only 75 pitches. Girardi said yesterday he could give them 100. Might he go seven innings?
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Forget seven, can he finish the sixth? Mitre has allowed two runs and Aceves is up. 6-4 Yankees. I still like my 7-6 prediction from the 8:11 update.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: 5.2 innings for Mitre, four runs. Not great, but acceptable for a No. 5 starter on a team with the best offense in the game.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Cody Ransom — 2 walks, 2 runs scored — looming on deck. Will the O’s dare pitch to him this time?
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: You cant stop Cody Ransom. Well, at least you can’t keep him off the bases. Back off, haters.
On a serious note, this is why you have to live with any manager changing the lineup from time to time. Over the course of the season, players needs days off and the subs play. Just how it is.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: Marte’s inning: 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk. 20 pitches, 11 strikes. Scranton won as AAA Hall of Famer Kei Igawa went seven strong innings.
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: The Big G makes that play easy. OK, so it probably goes for a double.