Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (9-6, 4.72)
Pitching: RHP Robinson Tejeda (4-2, 3.41)
TIME/TV: 7:05, YES.
WEATHER: Partly cloudy and cool. Low of 54. Chance of rain: 20 %. Get the current forecast for the Stadium here.
STATE OF THE STRIPES: Pretty good, no? The Yankees have won seven straight and are 46 games over .500. … They have won 31 of their last 38 games at home, and last night’s win tied a Major League record for most wins by a team in its first year at new stadium. The 57 wins by the Yankees this season equals the total of the 1912 Boston Red Sox, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, who also won 57 during Fenway Park’s debut season.
WALK THIS WAY: The game-winning single by Juan Miranda last night was the 15th Yankees walkoff victory this year. That’s second on the all-time Yankees list to the 1943 team, which had 17. … Miranda was the ninth different Yankee to have a game-ending hit this year and second rookie (joining Francisco Cervelli). … Last night was also the Yankees’ ninth win this year when trailing after seven innings and fifth when trailing after eight.
TEX TO THE TOP: Mark Teixeira hit his 39th home run yesterday, tying him for the AL lead with Tampa’s Carlos Pena. With Pena done for the season because of injury, the AL home run crown is Teixeria’s for the taking (Aaron Hill is in third with 36).
ROYALLY BLUE: Kansas City has lost six of its last seven games. In other bad news, they’re also paying Kyle Farnsworth $4.25 million this year AND next year.
JOBA-JOBA-JOBA: After struggling in the first inning so often earlier this season, Joba Chamberlain looked sharp in retiring the first 11 hitters he faced last Friday against Boston.
I DON’T HAVE AN iPOD WITH ME RIGHT NOW BUT I LIKE THIS SONG: Big Poppa by Notorious B.I.G.
Back with much more later.
UPDATE, 4:50 p.m.: Posada back in the lineup, though Girardi said he’s “curious to see” how Posada’s neck feels after catching tonight. … Dave Robertson said he has no lingering soreness in his elbow, which is encouraging. He’ll pitch again tomorrow in Tampa. … Girardi was asked if he’s committed to starting Posada in every postseason game or if Molina would be an option. “Those are things that we will consider,” he said.
UPDATE, 5:09 p.m.: Here’s the audio from Girardi’s pre-game.
UPDATE, 6:08 p.m.: For anyone at (or coming to) tonight’s game, the Yankees are hosting a bone marrow drive (in conjunction with Be The Match and the New York Blood Center) in hopes of finding a match for Mitchell Brown, a 32-year-old fan from New Jersey who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma earlier this year. If you’re aged 18-60 and willing to donate to any patient in need, go the main level of the Stadium tonight up until 10 p.m. You could help save someone’s life.
UPDATE, 6:47 p.m.: Getting chilly here in the Bronx, as Joba is wearing sleeves while warming up in the bullpen. Meanwhile, the Tigers and Twins get going shortly in Detroit in the “who-plays-the-Yankees” series. For those who want to see the Twins in the ALDS, that means you’re rooting for … Carl Pavano tonight. Good luck with all that.
UPDATE, 6:53 p.m.: There’s a giant Snoopy on the field to help present the Player of the Month award to Mark Teixeira. Personally, I think the Yankees should have more presentations that involve big stuffed animals.
UPDATE, 6:54 p.m.: Now Snoopy is dancing to “I Wanna Rock.”
UPDATE, 6:59 p.m.: Nice touch by the Yankees, who just had a video presentation where numerous team members said thank-you to the fans for their support this season. Derek Jeter, of course, led off; Brian Cashman referenced Rex Ryan’s appeal to Jets fans when asking for Yankees fans to get loud this October; Nick Swisher gave an extra salute to the Bleacher Creatures; Hideki Matsui did his in both English and Japanese; and Joe Girardi finished it off by saying he’s hoping all the fans will have plenty of reasons to pie the Yankees before this postseason is over.
UPDATE, 7:09 p.m.: 54 degrees at first pitch. Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Well, he can’t lead off the game with a single every time. That was Jeter’s 23rd career leadoff home run and fourth this season. Rickey Henderson holds the Yankee record with 24.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: Joba retired the first 11 hitters in his last start. This time, four of the first seven have reached base.
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: That was a 95 mph fastball that Joba used to get Butler to fly out with the bases loaded. Nice escape after another dicey inning where he heard loud boos after walking Maier.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: In a shocking development, Detroit has scored four off the Idle in the second inning to take a 4-2 lead in the WPTY series.
UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Bad bounce there on Teahen’s hit to finish a 10-pitch at-bat. It’s 2-1 and Joba is already nearing 70 pitches.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Joba at 80 pitches now (with Aceves warming up) while the Tigers are still up two and the Red Sox are, apparently, getting no-hit by Roy Halladay.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Boos for Joba followed by cheers for Girardi followed by more boos for Joba as he walks off the mound. It’s 3-1 Royals, two runners on and two outs in the fourth. He threw 91 pitches.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Aceves gets out of it. Joba’s line: 3 2/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 3 K. 91 pitches, 52 strikes. Not exactly a crisp follow-up to Friday.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Second-deck shot from Swisher for No. 29 of the year and we’re tied at 3. Meanwhile, Tigers up 7-2 in the WPTY series and the Red Sox have managed one hit off Doc.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Good job by Aceves. Two innings, two hits, two strikeouts, leaves with one man on. Albaladejo coming in.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Gardner in CF, Cabrera moves to LF, Hairston at SS and Marte in to pitch.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: That was ugly all around. Swisher got turned around and then had to roll the ball over to Gardner, while it looked like A-Rod missed the tag on Buck at third. Either way, Yankess have the infield in now.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: And that’s your 2009 Royals – a missed squeeze by Betancourt and Buck is dead. Nice break for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 10:21 p.m.: And that’s that. Not a great finish to the regular season for Joba, who was surely hoping to leave a more positive impression for when the higher-ups sit down and try to map out their postseason staff. Back with clubhouse reaction later on.