Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (12-9, 4.19).
Pitching: RHP Anthony Lerew (0-1, 3.86).
TIME/TV: 7:05, YES.
STATE OF THE STRIPES: The Yankees have won six straight and are 45 games over .500 for the first time since ending the 2002 season 103-58. They have not been 46 games over since the 1998 team finished a ridiculous 114-48. … They have won 30 of their last 37 games at home.
ALL ABOUT A-ROD: The Yankees are 50-16 at home since Alex Rodriguez came back.
HOMER HAPPY: The Yankees have five players with 25 home runs (Robinson Cano, Hideki Matsui, A-Rod, Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira) for the first time in team history. Johnny Damon has 24 and Jorge Posada 22.
ROYAL FLUSH: Kansas City has lost five of its last six games.
BURNETT’S BACK: After a rocky few weeks, A.J. Burnett has allowed three earned runs in his last 12.2 innings.
ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: It’s All Over Now by The Rolling Stones.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 4:39 p.m.: Posada will catch tomorrow. … Kennedy threw a simulated game today. … Girardi plans to use the whole lineup together on Sunday.
UPDATE, 7:06 p.m.: The Yankees just held a lengthy pre-game ceremony to honor Melky Cabrera (hitting for the cycle), Derek Jeter (franchise hit record) and Mariano Rivera (500 saves). Those participating included Yogi Berra, Dave Winfield, Stick Michael, Tim Raines, Reggie Jackson, David Cone and Tino Martinez.
Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada addressed the crowd. Hal Steinbrenner and Jessica Steinbrenner Swindal were there as well along with Felix Lopez. The Steinbrenner family is hosting a reception for the team this evening at NYY Steak.
UPDATE, 7:11 p.m.: We are underway at the Stadium. 61 degrees and a nice night.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: Molina snapped an 0-for-19 skid with that single.
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Sorry for the lack of updates. It’s a meaningless 2-1 games, that’s my only excuse. Phil Coke in now and in the process of saddling A.J. with a loss.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Coke not exactly showing a whole lot of smarts in this inning. I get he thought he had two outs. He has handed the Royals two runs and the lead. This guy is good for one lefty at a time. Beyond that you are rolling the dice.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: David Robertson in for the first time since Sept. 5.
UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: The only thing worse than a meaningless game is a long meaningless game. The only thing worse than a long meaningless game is a long meaningless game on your final day of work before getting a few days off.
UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: If Swisher doesn’t take out one out here, it’s hard to have much hope in Gardner, Cervelli and Pena in the ninth inning against Soria.
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: That’s a sweet play by Hairston as Anderson just stood there. Trey Hillman should bench that guy for lack of hustle.
UPDATE, 10:11 p.m.: Farnsworth in to pitch. Krazy Kyle for my last game. How appropriate. Back in a bit with reaction from the 4-3 victory. Where is Soria?
UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: The only question now is who wins it and gets the pie. I figure Cano jacks one out. Krazy Kyle never fails.
UPDATE, 10:24 p.m.: Pay attention, gang. Johnny’s going deep to right.
UPDATE, 10:28 p.m.: So predictable. Yankees win. That’s 15 walk-offs.