Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (8-5, 4.45).
TIME/TV: 7:05, YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees start the day with a seven-game lead on Boston in the East and a five-game lead (four in the loss column) on the Angels for best record in the league and home field. The Yankees have lost two of their last three but have won 14 of 19 overall.
THEY’RE NO ANGELS: The Yankees are 2-4 against Los Angeles this season, 5-11 over the last two and 18-32 over the last five counting the postseason.
JOBAMANIA NOT RUNNING SO WILD: Young Master Chamberlain is 1-3 with a 7.76 ERA in his last seven games, allowing 40 hits and 18 walks over 29 innings. Opponents have hit .323 against him.
JOBAMANIA AGAINST THE RALLY MONKEY: Joba’s only career appearance against the Angels came on July 10. He allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits over 4.1 innings.
ONE MORE TO GO: Johnny Damon needs one homer to reach his career high of 25.
TWO MORE TO GO: Mariano Rivera — who hasn’t pitched since Tuesday — is two strikeouts shy of 1,000.
A-ROD FEVER: Alex Rodriguez is 18 of 42 this month with six runs scored, 14 RBI and five extra-base hits.
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UPDATE, 4:05 p.m.: Girardi said it could be possible to have Gardner and Guzman on the same postseason roster.
UPDATE, 4:28 p.m.: If you have Gardner and Guzman, it allows you to pinch run for Posada and Matsui late in games. Or if Gardner starts, you can pinch hit for him than run for the pinch hitter.
If the Yankees select the longer division series, they’ll need three starters. That bumps Joba to the bullpen and knocks somebody else (Brian Bruney?) out. That creates room for Guzman.
UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.: Here is the audio of Joe Girardi’s pre-game press conference:
UPDATE, 5:20 p.m.: Hey, check it out, even Curt Schilling loves Derek Jeter.
UPDATE, 6:01 p.m.: Spoke to Dave Robertson. He’ll play catch on Wednesday as he starts his return from elbow issues. Gives him plenty of time to come back before the postseason.
UPDATE, 7:08 p.m.: We are underway on a perfect evening for baseball in the Bronx. Lots of empty seats for the makeup game, but that is expected. Joba against Weaver in a good matchup of teams that could meet again back here in October.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Vladdy Guerrero just took Joba way deep to left field. Angels 1-0. Joba has allowed five homers in his last 30 innings.
UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Joba looks pretty good outside of that one pitch to Guerrero. Yanks trail 1-0.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Now it’s 1-1 as Swisher goes to left.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Joba through four: 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2K. Much better.
UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: It’s really staggering what a lousy hitter Cano is with runners in scoring position. … That’s it for Joba, Alfredo Aceves out of the bullpen.
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: They’re playing “Match Game” on the scoreboard and the guy had to find Edwar Ramirez. How is anybody supposed to know what Edwar Ramirez looks like?
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Joba’s last two starts: 7 7 3 3 1 5. That’s tangible progress.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Yankees down 2-1 but have runners on first and second for Jeter with no outs. Look for the franchise’s all-time hits leader to foolish give away an out and bunt rather than — say — single in a run.
UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: I don’t care if they score, that’s a dumb play. The Yankees are paying Jeter $20 million to get hits, not give himself up.
UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: Melky called out for obstruction. Now there are two outs. Good thing Jeter wasn’t allowed to hit. It’s not like he has hit a lot of home runs to right field here.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Wow, extra-base hits are good for offense. Who knew? It’s 3-2 Yankees as Tex triples off the wall in center.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Mark my words, the Yankees will lose a game in the postseason because of a bunt that takes them out of a potentially big inning. Brian Cashman needs to have one of his analysts explain to Joe Girardi that the odds of a team scoring a few runs goes down — not up — when you have one out instead of no outs. And it doesn’t matter where the runners are.
Second and third and one out is not an advantage over first and second and one out. Outs are more valuable than 90 feet. Especially not in the fifth inning of a one-run game at home in a ballpark that is the easiest in the majors to hit a home run in and you have an MVP candidate at the plate.
It’s not being unselfish. It’s being inefficient.
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Big spot here for Phil Coke. Angels have first and second and one out. If the Yankees can escape here, they can throw Hughes and Mo at Los Angeles.
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: What a play by Jeter. Up the middle, spins and gets the speedy Izturis. Take that, UPenn geeks. Izturis should have run through the bag.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Trouble for Hughes as Abreu and Guerrero single to start the eighth inning.
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: Golly, why isn’t Hunter bunting?
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: Hughes walked Hunter to load the bases. Kendry Morales up. It’ll be some sort of miracle if they escape this with the lead.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: That was about as good as you could expect. It’s 3-3.
UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: Yankees in business with runners on first and second and one out. Angels bring in Darren Oliver.
UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: That’s beating the Angels at their own game right there. Gritty, Gutty Brett Gardner stole third and scored on an error. Great game. Yankees now lead 4-3.
UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Cano finally comes through with RISP. Yankees up 5-3. Huge run there.
UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: Huge win for the Yankees for a lot of reasons. Back later with reaction.