Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (13-6, 4.10).
Pitching: RHP Chris Tillman (1-3, 4.66)
TIME/TV: 7:05, YES.
For now, we’re going to stop here because there is Noah’s Ark rain in the Bronx. If they do play the game, notes will follow. I will keep you posted on the state of the game.
UPDATE, 3:43 p.m.: It’s raining, but the color guard is rehearsing on the field.
UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: Gates are open.
UPDATE, 4:31 p.m.: “I haven’t been told we’re not playing,” Joe Girardi just said.
UPDATE, 4:36 p.m.: Damon out because, “his back locked up.”
UPDATE, 6:05 p.m.: Still trying to play.
UPDATE, 6:23 p.m.: We’re not going to start on time here in the Bronx. It’s raining, the tarp is down, it’s windy.
UPDATE, 6:29 p.m.: Just talked to Johnny
Drama Damon. He hopes to play tomorrow. Said his lower back and hamstring tightened up on him.
UPDATE, 7:05 p.m.: There are streams of rain blowing across the Stadium like it’s the monsoon season in Rangoon. We’re not starting at 7:05 p.m. or anytime soon.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: They just announced they were going to try to come to a decision in 15 minutes, The rain does appear to be letting up.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Yankees taking the field, Meanwhile bands of rain are blowing across the field toward the plate. It’s not going to be a pleasant night.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: We are underway. Delay was 1:27.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: It’s really raining now. Game delayed briefly to work on the mound. Crowd is in the frenzy as Jeter gets ready to hit. Lose Yourself on the PA. Good choice.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Jeter falls behind 1-2 and strikes out swinging at a curveball.
UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Alex destroyed that pitch. Yankees 3-0. He has 25 homers and 83 RBI.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Yankees 3-1 and Jeter could get up this inning if somebody gets on.
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Nope, we have to wait another inning to see Jeter.
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Jeter to the plate again shortly. Wonder if anybody will go to the concession stands?
UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: Perfect, an inside-out swing and grounder the other way into right field. The typical Jeter hit … and his teammates come out to greet him.
The crowd cheered so loudly that Jeter had to wave his helmet several time, as though he was trying to quiet them. His parents and girlfriend seemed very pleased. Nice moment for them and everybody here.
UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: Another hit for Derek, No. 2,723.
UPDATE, 11:21 p.m.: Sorry for the lack of recent updates. Lots of Jeter-related newspaper work to get to. Plus late games platy havoc with deadlines.
The crowd has vanished in the wake of the Jeter milestone. Can’t say I blame them.
UPDATE, 11:36 p.m.: Rain delay. It is pouring. Yankees down 10-4. I can’t imagine too many people will stay for the end of this game.
Meanwhile, when do you figure the Yankees get it over with and release Edwar? He is what he is at this point and that’s not a good pitcher.
UPDATE, 12:02 a.m.: The rain has stopped and the tarp is coming off. There appear to be no more than 500 people here. The clubhouse opens to the media for the second game of the series in nine hours and 28 minutes, You can image how thrilled I am.
UPDATE, 12:22 a.m.: Re-start time, 12:40 a.m.
The 1:45 a.m. Jeter press conference after a loss should be a real hoot.
UPDATE, 12:38 a.m.: Girardi is taking most of the regulars out and sending them home.
We’re going to interview them now, which is weird as the game isn’t over.