Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (8-2, 3.73).
BLUE JAYS (54-57)
Pitching: RHP Scott Richmond (6-6, 3.97).
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., My9.
NOTES: Thanks to my Journal New colleague Josh Thomson for calling in the lineup. He’s covering the game this evening. … The Yankees dropped the first game of the series and are 4-1 on a homestand that has two games remaining. … Joba was shaky against the Red Sox on Thursday (5 6 4 4 7 5) after throwing three beauties in a row after the All-Star break. Still, he has won four straight. Joba was bad against Toronto only July 5 at the Stadium, allowing nine hits over 3.2 innings. … Joba is 8-0 with a 1.79 ERA in his career after the All-Star break.
Happy birthday, Melky Cabrera. He’s 25 today.
That’s it from me. Enjoy the game. I do believe Josh will publish a few updates over the course of the evening.
UPDATE, 5:03 p.m.: Mitre to stay in the rotation and pitch on Saturday. Looks like they will insert Chad Gaudin into the rotation on Sunday to give everybody an extra day off, or at least Joba extra time. … Brett Gardner has his cast off and hopes to rejoin the team in two weeks.
UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.: Hey everyone, this is Josh. … Here’s what happened with Gaudin: Girardi was asked if Gaudin could start on Sunday. He didn’t say a word but nodded his head vigorously. Later in the clubhouse, Girardi pulled Gaudin out into the hall and spoke to him. Gaudin told us shortly after that he has not been informed of anything yet. “He told me I could be used in any number of ways, so I guess that means starts, too,” Gaudin said. “I just have to take it day by day.”
As for Gardner, he was fitted for a splint that he will wear for another week. Girardi said Gardner will see the doctor on Monday. If his X-ray is positive, it may not be long before he returns. “I hope to be back playing in two weeks,” Gardner said.
Other news: Girardi said A-Rod, Jeter and Teixeira will all get a day off this week. “We’re talking about some things,” he said, but didn’t get any more specific than that. … The club has no plans of ever putting Joba in the ‘pen. They do have a plan for him, of course. Ironically, it’s a plan with specifics so top secret that Joba doesn’t even know them all. Girardi informs him of the next step after each of his starts. Interesting. … The Yanks held their second Kangaroo Court today in the press conference room. They were in there for about an hour, leaving an empty clubhouse. Judge Mariano Rivera presided and said a lot of fines were handed out, but he wouldn’t divulge specifics. Who was the guiltiest? “A lot of guys,” Rivera said. “Even the judge got fined.” Judge Marilyn Milian of “The People’s Court” gave Rivera some pointers he said helped his performance. She also bestowed him with a robe and gavel, which he wore during the proceedings. Overall, “it brings unity,” Rivera said. “It’s a great time.”
Lastly, Girardi did not downplay the notion that Teixeira was an MVP candidate. Not at all. “I think you have to consider him an MVP candidate,” he said.
I’ll check in periodically. Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: Wow. Johnny Damon is killing it at Yankee Stadium this year. His slugging percentage at home after those two doubles (.574) would tie him for seventh in all of baseball with Adam Dunn.
UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: I wish you could wager on things like “Cito Gaston won’t let Scott Richmond face Johnny Damon again.” That was some catch by Joe Inglett.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Here’s video of the Youkilis-Porcello doing their samba. Thanks to reader “David.”
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: When you think back, what a turn of events it’s been. Since A-Rod popped up with the bases juiced to end the second, Richmond has retired 13 of 15, struck out five, walked one and allowed just one hit.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Home run or no home run? I say it is.
UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: Home run it is. That’s the 15th time this season the Yankees have gone back-to-back.
UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: The homer by Edwin Encarnacion snapped a 22 1/3 scoreless-inning streak by Rivera. He last allowed a run at Yankee Stadium on June 12. The opponent? The latest incarnation of the ’27 Yankees — those sluggers from Queens, the Mets.
UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: Postgame notes from the clubhouse…
— No official word yet from Girardi about when Joba will start next. Chamberlain said he didn’t no either, and appeared surprised at the suggestion that he will not pitch on Sunday. “That’s the first I’ve heard of it,” he said.
— Girardi said Joba didn’t pitch poorly, that he just had one bad inning. Posada said he and Joba weren’t on the same page as in previous starts, but he didn’t think much of it. As for the yo-yo technique the Yanks are employing with Joba’s presence in the rotation, Posada said: “It’s tough what he’s been going through. He doesn’t know when he’s going to pitch. It’s tough to mentally put it all together. I think he’s doing everything he can to stay focused, but it’s tough.”
— The Yankees have now won 55 of their last 81. If they sustained that level of play for a full season, it would add up to 110-52. That’s incredible, but you know that already.
— They had their MLB-best 37th comeback win. They have now won six times when trailing after seven innings.
— I made a mistake before. This is the 14th time this season the Yankees went back-to-back (not 15th). It happened for the third straight game, which is the first time the Yankees have done that since May 4-7, 1983.
— Rivera’s scoreless streak was the fourth-longest of his career. This was the first run he allowed in a save situation since May 20th vs. Baltimore, a span of 25 outings. Here’s a funny line from Girardi: “Mo has been really, really good. He showed us today that the judge is human.”