Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (8-3, 3.98).
Pitching: RHP Kevin Millwood (9-8, 3.48).
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., My9.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees are seven games up on Boston in the division. They are coming off a 7-3 road trip that included two out of three in Boston over the weekend. The Yankees have won 16 of their last 20 and are 27-9 since the All-Star break.
TEXAS TIME: The Rangers have lost four of their last six. They are a 1.5 games behind Boston in the AL wild card race.
THEY MEET AGAIN: The Yankees took two of three from Texas in Arlington in May and in the Bronx in early June.
TEXAS TOAST: The Yankees are 27-12 against Texas over the last five years but only 7-6 over the last two.
GUESS WHO’S BACK: Joba Chamberlain is still a member of the Yankees. He has not pitched since Aug. 16 against Seattle. Chamberlain is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break. However he is a pedestrian 1-1 with a 6.75 in his last three starts. In his last 16 innings, Chamberlain has allowed 12 earned runs on 18 hits and 12 walks.
TEXAS TROUBLE: Chamberlain has three career starts against Texas. He is 0-0 with a 7.11 ERA.
CHASING LOU: Derek Jeter 2,701 hits. Lou Gehrig has the franchise record of 2,721.
SEE YA: Thanks to Ernie Palladino for calling in the lineup. I’m not scheduled to be back at the Stadium until Thursday. But we could sneak in a few updates before the night is over.
Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 7:02 p.m.: Had to pass this along. In the wake of the Billy Wagner deal, Red Sox GM Theo Epstein was asked about the critical comments Jonathan Papelbon made a few days ago.
“He’s not a Rhodes Scholar to begin with,” Epstein said, before explaining that Papelbon now accepted the deal.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: What is it with Yankee pitchers and two outs lately?
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Jeter will catch Gehrig by Labor Day at this point.
UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: Another poor performance for Joba Chamberlain. The Yankees thought they took steps to prevent this, too. He threw three bullpens during his layoff including a simulated game.
His last four starts:
19 earned runs
Apologists will blame his schedule. But this is plain old poor pitching. Putting 42 runners on base in 20 innings is not because his routine was thrown off.
The Yankees have a month to get him straight for the playoffs. He’ll bounce back. The pattern on Joba is pretty easy to read. He needs to get knocked around before he listens to people.
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Just a reminder: Joba was terrific after the All-Star break. So please don’t use the change in his routine as an excuse. He went home to Nebraska and did zippo for four days before pitching one of his best games of the season.
And memo to those who want him back in the bullpen: Why in the world would you want a pitcher in the bullpen who’s afraid to throw his fastball for strikes?
It’s a moot point anyway. He’s a starter and he needs to get himself straightened out. That starts with trusting what the pitching coach, manager and catcher tell you.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Chad Gaudin? Isn’t down two at home in the fifth inning still a winnable game?
UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: This game seems destined to take a while longer to finish. So let’s start another thread.