Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (8-5, 4.41).
Pitching: RHP Jeff Niemann (12-5, 3.67).
TIME/TV: 7:05, YES/ESPN.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees will be trying for a four-game series sweep tonight. They have won 12 of 15 overall and have the best record in baseball.
RAYS IN A DAZE: Tampa Bay has lost a season-high seven straight games. They have fallen to 17.5 games out of first and 8.5 games out in the wild card.
PAGING JOBA CHAMBERLAIN, PLEASE PICK UP THE WHITE COURTESY PHONE. YOUR TEAM IS LOOKING FOR YOU: Joba Chamberlain has a 7.96 ERA in his last six games with opponents hitting .330 against him. In 26 innings he has allowed 37 hits and walked 17.
THE JETER METER: So it turns out that Derek Jeter needs three hits to tie Lou Gehrig for the team record. This is being covered like the Apollo moon landings, which is a bit much. The Captain is in an ill-tlmed 0-for-12 skid that nobody would notice otherwise if not for the record.
THAT’S SOME HIGH WATER: The Yankees will be looking to go 41 games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 30, 2004 when they were 100-59.
A-ROD’s THE MAN: Alex Rodriguez 11 of his last 24 with nine RBI.
PITCHING POWER: The Yankees have allowed four runs on 17 hits and struck out 30 over 27 innings in this series.
MAGNIFICENT MO: The Sandman has allowed one run in his last 31 innings.
SIX-PACK: The Yankees are 61-1 when leading after six innings.
HOME COOKING: The Yankees are 48-20 at home, winning 22 of the last 26.
POINT BREAK: The Yankees are 39-13 since the All-Star break. That’s their best record since the 1938 team was 40-12.
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Back with more later.
UPDATE, 4:59 p.m.: Chien-Ming Wang got out of a sling three days ago and yesterday watched a game from the dugout for the first time since he had surgery. Wang hopes to be playing catch again by October and November.
Wang said he hopes to be able to work out a contract to stay with the Yankees.
UPDATE, 5:00 p.m.: If you’re coming to the Stadium today and you’re a male over the age of 40, go to the main level behind the plate and get a blood test for prostate cancer. It’s free and, frankly, you’re crazy not to.
I just did and it took no more than five minutes. Lonn Trost was there, too. The folks there were real nice.
UPDATE, 5:12 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game interview session:
UPDATE, 7:08 p.m.: We are underway on another nice night in The Bronx. Enjoy the game, everybody.
UPDATE, 7:09 p.m.: Say this for Joba, he’s consistent.
Johnny’s leap missed the ball by only 30 feet.
UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: This is kind of funny. The Yankees just handed out a press release saying that Mo and Robbie Cano would be appearing at a hospital tomorrow. The reason for the event is that the hospital is being renamed.
It used to be New York-Presbyterian Hospital/The Allen Pavilion.
Now it will be New York-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital.
That would be like me renaming this blog the Yankees LoHud Blog.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: Joba looks silly at this point. He lacks command, velocity and now he’s shaking off Jose Molina.
Too bad they can’t send him back to the minors. That’s what he needs.
UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: Hey, he struck out the 35-year-old AAA player. Nice work.
UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: Jeter just bunted for a hit. The crowd went wild. Two hits away from tying Gehrig.
I wonder how many people here knew on Aug. 1 who had the most hits in Yankees history? I’d bet very few.
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: Much better inning for Joba there, obviously. He really struggles in the first inning for whatever reason.
UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Who didn’t think B.J. Upton was going to be star after watching the playoffs last season? What a terrible season for him. An error like that is just inexcusable. He tried to Cadillac it and ended up nearly costing his team a run.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: Jerry Ferrara and Jamie-Lynn Sigler from Entourage are here in the Legends seats.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Joba has retired eight straight batters.
UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: And that’s it for Joba, another three-inning “start” for him. He has thrown 13 innings in his last four games.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Jeter doubles to center as B.J. Uptopn basically gave up on the ball and jogged after the ball. Joe Maddon should yank him out of the game. He’s been doggin’ it all night.
One to tie and two to break for Jeter.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: What a job by Alfredo Aceves: 3 0 0 0 1 2.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Maddon took Upton out. Good for him.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: The Yankees have retired 20 of the last 21 Tampa Bay batters and have a three-hitter working. But they trail 2-0.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Move over, Iron Horse.
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Nice moment here. The Yankees piled out of the dugout to applaud their Captain while the Rays applauded from the top step. Jeter waved his helmet twice to the adoring crowd,.
What a weird world he inhabits. They won three games but he was hitless and people were disappointed Now he has three hits, they’re losing and everybody is thrilled.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Joe Maddon pushing Niemann into the eighth inning. Interesting.
I’ll predict this proves to be a mistake.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: Like I said. Yanks in business.
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: We’ve seen this movie before, right? Decorum dictates they win on a night Jeter ties a big record.
UPDATE, 9:42 p.m.: Just hit a homer, get Mo in the game and get this over with.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Like I said. This movie is a re-run. Yankees lead 4-2. Jeter will get up again.
UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: No Mo, it’s Bruney with the heart of Tampa’s order up.