Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (5-2, 4.05).
Pitching: LHP Brett Anderson (5-7, 4.25).
TIME/TV: 7:05, YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: Celebrate good times. The Yankees have won seven straight and 20 of their last 25. They are 2.5 games ahead of Boston in the AL East. The Red Sox open a series at home tonight against Baltimore.
LET’S SEE IT AGAIN: The Good Joba showed up against the Tigers on Sunday as he allowed one run on three hits over 6.1 innings and whiffed eight. He was dancing in the upper 90s late in the game.
NOT JUST ANOTHER ROOKIE: After cuffing around Vin Mazzano last night, the Yankees have 21-year-old Brett Anderson tonight. He has been dominating of late. Anderson has allowed one run on 11 hits in his last four starts, a span of 26.1 innings. He has walked seven and struck out 25.
The Yankees hit Anderson hard back on April 22. He allowed five runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings. Jeter, Melky and Matsui homered off him as he kicked a 3-0 lead. That was the game the Yankees walked-off in 14 innings when Melky homered off Dan Giese.
PITCHING PROWESS: The Yankees have a 2.29 ERA since the break. Here’s a breakdown:
Starters: 46.2 innings, 43 hits, 13 earned runs, 18 walks, 35 strikeouts.
Relievers: 16.1 innings, 10 hits, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, 16 strikeouts.
At 4.37, the Yankees have their lowest ERA of the season. They’re now ninth in the AL.
ALL A’S AGAINST OAKLAND: The Yankees are 3-0 against Oakland this season and have won seven straight dating back to last season.
HOMER HAPPY: Yankee Stadium has allowed 157 home runs this season, three fewer than the old Stadium allowed all of last season.
WELCOME BACK: Mariano Rivera was off last night. He has not allowed a run in his last 14.2 innings.
THEY’RE HOT: Johnny Damon is 8 of 23 since the break. … Mark Teixeira is 9 of 27 with five extra-base hits (three of them homers) and seven RBI. … Jorge Posada is 6 of 20 with four RBI and five extra-base hits.
IT MUST BE ALL THAT RUNNING FROM THE PAPARAZZI PAYING OFF: Alex Rodriguez is 3 for 4 on stolen bases since the break. That’s another sign that his hip is feeling much better.
HOME COOKING: The Yankees have won 27 of their last 36 games at home.
Back with more later on.
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Reports out there that Roy Halladay is headed to Philadelphia. Deal sounds close.
UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: Girardi just said Wang seems unlikely to pitch this season. Previous best-case scenario was Sept. 1.
UPDATE, 6:09 p.m.: Just spoke to Chien-Ming Wang. One word: despondent. He may go see Dr. James Andrews on Monday night. Wang called the last year “very frustrating.”
He had a second MRI on Tuesday when he went to see Dr. Altchek. They’re waiting on Dr. Andrews to review the film and consult with the other docs to decide what is next. It certainly doesn’t sound good for Wang.
UPDATE, 6:46 p.m.: Via AP, here is an update on Ian Kennedy:
New York Yankees pitcher Ian Kennedy hopes to pitch in a minor league game this season. The right-hander, who underwent surgery on May 12 to remove an aneurysm from beneath his right biceps, made 50 throws at 90 feet to minor league coach Dan Borrell on Friday.
“It feels really good,” Kennedy said. “Doesn’t feel like anything ever happened.”
The 24-year-old Kennedy was pitching for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season when he experienced numbness in his pitching hand.
“I don’t have anything going on with my hand at all,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy understands he might not be ready to pitch in a game before the minor league season ends in early September. His return might have to wait until the Puerto Rico winter league, where he plans to pitch for the second straight year.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: We’re underway and it’s 1-0 Oakland after half an inning.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Hey, Melky got a hit. He had been 2 for 20 since the break. Yankees are in business, second and third with one out for the Captain.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Yankees 2-1 and Joba looks sharp. He has retired 9 of 10 since the Cabrera double in the first inning.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Joba’s last two starts: 11.2 innings. 5 hits, 3 earned runs, 14 strikeouts
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Yankees have another threat cooking here in the fifth. They could use some cushion.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: How in the world is that a double? The idea that an outfielder has to touch the ball to have committed an error is ridiculous. But, regardless, the Yankees have a chance to add to their lead.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: And they do. 4-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Jobamania running wild. 7 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 6 K.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Jeter and Theodore S. Williams: 2,654 hits each. Tied for 68th all-time.
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Joba stays out for the 8th inning. So much for controlling his innings I guess.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: A little too far for Joba. Walk and a HBP with no outs. He hands a little bit of a mess off to Phil Coke.
UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: Yankees open it up here in the eighth, taking a Bruney-proof 8-1 lead. Meanwhile the plucky Orioles are threatening in the ninth against Papelbon in Boston.