Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (6-2, 3.86).
Pitching: RHP Matt Garza (7-7, 3.68).
TIME/TV: 7:10, YES, ESPN.
STATE OF THE STRIPES: The Yankees and Rays have split the first two games of the series. Now comes a matchup between two hard-throwing right-handers. The Yankees have won eight of their last nine series. Taking two of three from the Rays would be a good start to the road trip. The team leaves after the game for Chicago.
JOBAMANIA: Joba Chamberlain has allowed two runs in 13.2 innings since the All-Star break while striking out 14. He started against the Rays on June 7, allowing three runs on five hits over six innings. He has a 1.88 ERA against them in eight career appearances, seven of them coming in relief when he was the greatest baseball player there ever was.
ONE TO GO: Alex Rodriguez has gone 31 at-bats since his last home run. He needs one more to tie Harmon Killebrew for ninth place all-time with 573.
HOMER HAPPY: The Yankees have a Major League-most six players with at least 15 home runs: Cano, Damon, Matsui, Rodriguez, Swisher and Teixeira. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees became only the second team in Major League history to have six players collect 15 home runs before it had played 100 games, joining the 2005 Rangers, who had seven such players (Teixeira, Alfonso Soriano, Hank Blalock, Kevin Mench, David Dellucci, Michael Young and Richard Hidalgo).
JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY: With his 200th career homer on Monday, Johnny Damon is now one of 14 players all-time with at least 200 homers, 300 steals and 2,000 hits. The only other active player is Bobby Abreu. The list also includes Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson, Willie Mays, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan and Ryne Sandberg.
ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead.
Much more later.
UPDATE, 5:22 p.m.: Yankees obtained RHP Jason Hirsh from Colorado for a PTBNL. He was sent to AAA. He was 6-7, 6.66 in 20 games for AAA Colorado Springs. Scranton badly needed a starter as they were using their bullpen to take a turn once a week.
UPDATE, 5:38 p.m.: Don’t expect to see Damaso Marte any time soon, if at all. He was topping out at 88 last night and gave up two jacks.
With Chicago starting three LHPs in the next series, Joe Girardi hinted they could want a right-handed bat for the roster. Shelley Duncan?
UPDATE, 5:46 p.m.: Brett Tomko was released.
UPDATE, 6:45 p.m.: A few other tidbits: No update on how Wang’s surgery went. Getting updated medical news from the Yankees is, as always, a challenge. … Alfredo Aceves threw 20 pitches off the bullpen mound and felt good. He’s not available tonight but could be tomorrow.
UPDATE, 7:09 p.m.: We’re underway at The Trop. I’ll get back later with some updates, got a bunch of newspaper work to do.
Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: Jeter’s first triple since May 13, 2008 at … Tropicana Field.
UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: George Steinbrenner is at the game and was in the Yankees clubhouse during and after batting practice. He was in the manager’s office and according to team officials, nearly every player stopped in to say hello to him.
UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: The Rays are playing Black Crowes tunes when A-Rod comes up. Pretty funny.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Joba has thrown 49 pitches (33 strikes) in four innings. 4 1 0 0 0 2.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Yankees have has eight base-runners in six innings against Garza but only two runs as they have left five men on base. But they lead 2-0.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Joba since the break: 18.2 innings, 6 hits, 2 earned runs, 8 walks, 17 strikeouts.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Robbie crushed that 1-2 pitch deep into the RF stands. 3-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: Sorry for the lack of updates, been writing the game story.
Joba has an 0.83 ERA since the break. Pretty amazing. Now Bruney has forced Mariano into a game he should have been watching. This is the kind of thing that could cost them a game over the weekend if Mo is not available. Bruney, at this point, simply can’t be trusted.
Back later with clubhouse reaction.