Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (11-8, 4.19).
Pitching: LHP Brian Matusz (4-2. 5.26).
TIME/TV: 1:05, YES.
NOTES: The magic number remains at 14 as the Red Sox were rained out yesterday. Boston hosts Tampa tonight and then has a doubleheader tomorrow. … Derek Jeter, as you may have heard, passed Lou Gehrig on the franchise career hits list last night in a game that ended close to 1:30 a.m. … A-Rod hit his 25th home run, the 13th time he has reached that plateau including each of the last 12 seasons. … Robinson Cano has 60 multi-hit games this season. Only Ichiro (64) has more in the majors. … The Yankees had a 10-game win streak against the Orioles snapped last night.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 12:00 p.m.: Damon (back, hamstrings) remains out but could pinch and is expected to start tomorrow. … Girardi dismissed the idea of Jeter getting a day off, saying he had one on Thursday. … The players did not have to report until 11:30. Jeter rolled in at 11:23, which was early compared to most of the guys. … Girardi said he gave Derek the lineup card from last night and got a signed copy for himself. … Nick Swisher said he had never heard a crowd as loud as he did last night. “I can’t tell you how much I love playing here,” he said. “It’s incredible how the people are.” Swisher was at the plate after Jeter got the hit and he didn’t know what to do as the crowd cheered. “I stepped out and they never stopped,” he said. “I kept looking around.” Jeter twice motioned to Swish to get in the box. “No way,” Swisher said. “I wanted to let that moment go on. It was too cool.”
The tarp is back down but it’s not raining and the teams are warming up in the outfield. We’ll keep you posted.
Just a reminder, if you haven’t listened to the audio files from last night, I urge you to. What Jeter, Andy, Jorge and A-Rod said will be very interesting to you if you’re a Yankees fan who cares about the history of the team.
UPDATE, 12:11 p.m.: Here’s a prediction for you: Shelley Duncan goes deep today.
UPDATE, 12:26 p.m.: Tarp is off the field. Play ball.
UPDATE, 12:58 p.m.: In a nice departure from the usual lack of effort the, Yankees had Jon Secada sing the national anthem. He did a good job, too.
UPDATE, 1:06 p.m.: A.J. warming up to Coming Undone by Korn. Unfortunately Korn does not have a song called Fastball Command.
UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: We are underway.
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Standing ovation for Jeter as he comes to the plate.
UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: And a base hit, right up the middle. He just keeps on keeping on.
UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Tex delivers the sac fly and the Yankees lead 1-0. That’s 107 RBI for Tex. Yankees 58-17 when they score first.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: First home run for the O’s since last Saturday. They had gone 42.2 innings without a homer. The Yankees once went 42 minutes, I think.
UPDATE, 1:33 p.m.: I’m sure that Girardi will start Burnett in Game 2 of the playoffs because that’s what the rotation is supposed to be and he will not want to pitch the lefties back to back.
But this guy is untrustworthy. It should be CC and Pettitte. The idea of Burnett starting his first-ever playoff game should scare the heck out of Yankees fans. Sure, he’s capable of throwing a three-hitter and fanning 10. But he’s way more likely to do what we’re seeing now.
The Orioles, a team that checked out a few weeks ago, lead 6-1 in the second inning.
UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: We have reached the part of the game where A.J. pitches well for four innings. This will allow Joe Girardi to say, “Golly, it was just that one inning. He really has pitched well for us.”
Never mind that, you know, he hasn’t.
UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Roberts should have kept going to third, best chance for the cycle there. He has 51 doubles, tying his own team record. He’s the kind of player who would put a contending team over the top.
UPDATE, 2:41 p.m.: Burnett has retired 14 of the 16 batters he has faced since the grand slam. The excuses are getting polished up. With the bottom of the order up, he’ll probably pitch another scoreless inning, too.
Yankees seem to be in a hurry to get home and catch up on their sleep, don’t they? They’re making Brian Matusz look like Mike Cuellar.
UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: Some life from the Yankees as Shelley Duncan singles and Melky Cabrera walks with one out in the seventh. Posada hiting for Molina.
UPDATE, 3:03 p.m.: Posada strikes out swinging. Jeter to try and keep the inning alive.
UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: Jeter fans, too. Impressive start for Matusz. He’s only 22 and this will make him 5-2 with a 4.63 ERA. Good sign for the future for the O’s.
UPDATE, 3:14 p.m.: Burnett has a 6.14 ERA in his last nine starts. He has put 85 runners on base in 55.2 innings and allowed nine homers.
UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: No quit in those Yankees as they scored two in the ninth against Jim Johnson. Top of the order up with two outs and a runner on.
UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: And that is that. Yankees have lost two straight and some are sure to panic. No reason to.
Back in a bit.