Pitching: RHP Chad Gaudin (1-0, 3.42 with Yankees).
BLUE JAYS (66-79)
Pitching: LHP Brian Tallet (7-9, 5.26).
TIME/TV: 7:05, YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have actually lost three of their last five games. They lead the Red Sox by 6.5 games in the AL East and the Angels by six in the race for home-field advantage. The magic number remains at 12.
HANGING CHAD: With Andy Pettitte resting a “fatigued” left shoulder, Chad Gaudin gets the ball for the Yankees. He has pitched well since being acquired from the Padres for a bag of rocks. Gaudin has allowed 23 hits in 23.2 innings and struck out 22. The 15 walks are an issue. His last appearance came on Sept. 8 and it was a solid as he allowed one run in six innings against Tampa Bay.
The Yankees are 3-0 in his starts and Gaudin has an ERA of 2.57 in those games.
NO LACK OF TALLET: The Yankees will be seeing Tallet for the fifth time this season, the fourth time as a starter. He has a 5.00 ERA against the Yankees. Tallet allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings against the Yankees on Sept. 6.
MILESTONE WATCH FOR MO: That Mariano Rivera dude needs one strikeout for 1,000. Mo has pitched once since Sept. 8 and four times all month.
SWISHALICIOUS: Nick Swisher is 11 of 31 on the homestand with 10 runs scored, six extra-base hits and four RBI along with five walks.
TRIPLE TIMES TWO FOR TEX: Mark Teixeira has had a triple in each of the last two games. His previous three-bagger had come on Aug. of 2007. That’s baseball, you just can’t figure it.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Yankees are 6-3 on a homestand that ends today. The team is off tomorrow then starts a three-game series in Seattle on Friday.
THANKS: To my Journal News colleague Mike Dougherty for calling in the lineup. He’s covering the game for me tonight. I’ll check in later perhaps. Or perhaps not.
UPDATE, 4:50 p.m.: So much for the night off. According to the Daily News, Posada got four games and a $3,000 fine, which is pretty much what was expected. Jesse Carlson got the same.
No word on appeals yet. But Posada should take his four games and come back Monday in Anaheim. Fighting it means the process gets delayed and he could miss games against Boston later in the month.
UPDATE, 5:22 p.m.: Word now is that Shelley Duncan will get three games for his role in the brawl. He was, as you would expect, an active participant. There also will be assorted fines.
You have to hand it to Shelley. He has been in the majors parts of three seasons and been suspended twice.
UPDATE, 5:51 p.m.: The MLB justice system is impossible to understand. Anyway, Posada and Carlson apparently have three games — apparently on the condition of not appealing. It starts tonight. Barajas was fined $1,000. Gaston confirmed the Carslon suspension.
The problem with all this is that there are no rules. It’s up to Bob Watson. The appeals process also has flexibility. It could take a month, it could take 10 minutes.
Bottom line: Posada can’t play until Sunday.
UPDATE, 6:53 p.m.: More on the suspensions:
Posada and Carlson were initially given four games without pay and a $3,000 fine. Both appealed and it was reduced to three days with pay and the fine. They start serving tonight. Posada wasn’t going to play tonight anyway and he has a stiff neck from the fight.
Meanwhile, Rod Barajas got a $1,000 fine. Shelley Duncan got three games and a fine. Edwar “The Terminator” Raimrez was fined as was an apparently feisty Kevin Long.
Joe Girardi, meanwhile, came to the defense of John McDonald.
“There’s been some reports that John McDonald gave me my little thing on my eye and that is totally incorrect. John McDonald is a local kid that is a good man. From watching the tape. I didn’t see John McDonald touch me, and he actually sought me out today and we talked about it. He was quite disturbed that his name was mentioned in that sort of situation. He’s a peacemaker, he’s a local kid and I just want to clarify that.
“I got elbowed by one of my own players that I won’t disclose because it was an accident trying to pull someone off, so I don’t want John McDonald to have a bad name because this is a good man.”
One of his own players? No wonder Joe was so ripped last night.
UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Ian Kennedy is pitching tonight for Scranton in the IL Finals. You can watch the game live by clicking on the video link at www.swbyankees.com. Good luck to Ian as he continues his comeback.
UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Ian Kennedy pitched three perfect innings tonight, striking out six. Now Ian can go to Instructional League and the Arizona Fall League and build up more innings.
Ian is a good guy and had a potentially dangerous condition. It’s nice to see him back and pitching like he is capable.