UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: There’s one out in the third with Jeter on and Damon up. It’s 2-1 Yankees and we’re into our second thread of the night. Long way to go yet.
UPDATE, 9 p.m.: So this is kind of a moment, no? Bases loaded, one out, A-Rod up against Pedro and a big hit putting the Yankees in command as they try to win the World Series? Two years ago I would have said GIDP no doubt. This year? Double down the line. Just a feeling.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: That’s Cowboy Joe West with the call on strike three. Looked off the plate to me but too close to let go at 1-and-2. Now it’s up to Hideki.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Matsui was asked earlier in this series if he was Pedro’s “daddy” (seriously, someone asked him that) and Matsui laughed and said, “I can’t answer that question.” At this point, you wouldn’t bet against it – he owns him. Two more RBI gives him six for the World Series. If Mo doesn’t save it, he’s your lock MVP right now, I’d say. Shoot, even if Mo does save it …
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Jerry Hairston is in left field for the Yankees right now. No word yet on what’s up with Damon.
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: A lot of offspeed pitches to Utley, and Pettitte gets the strikeout. Utley has come up in two spots where you’d hate to walk him — runner at first base in the first inning, leading off the fourth — and Pettitte has gotten him both times.
UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: Strained right calf for Johnny Damon.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Pettitte was absolutely livid with Joe West as he walked off the mound. He had his glove up to his face for most of it so you couldn’t read lips but he was clearly upset with the strike zone, to the point that Joe Girardi had to run out and bring him back to the dugout. West is a veteran and wouldn’t toss a starter in the World Series, but yelling at the ump sure isn’t going to help you in the strike zone.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Durbin warming for the Phillies.
UPDATE, 9:42 p.m.: Huge double play for Pettitte, the ball going all the way around the horn to get the speedy Rollins. Pettitte is at 75 pitches. Pedro is out – replaced by Durbin – after throwing 77.
UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: Not so much with Chad Durbin. That’s Tex’s third hit of the World Series and it’s a big one, now 5-1 Yankees. They’re six outs from Mariano.
UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: Matsui is turning Game 6 into his personal playground – and about the best negotiating tool a free agent could ever want. That’s six RBI tonight, eight in the Series. Amazing.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Matsui’s six RBI ties a major-league record held by Bobby Richardson, who set it in Game 3 of the 1960 World Series. He might yet break it – he’ll be up again.