Update, 8:00: Well, so far Jeremy Guthrie hasn’t hit anybody. The Yankees are struggling to hit him, just a single by Nick Swisher in the second. Matt Wieters solo shot off CC Sabathia is holding up through three.
Update, 8:19: Finally a couple of well-struck hits off Guthrie in the fourth. Alex Rodriguez lined that hard single to left, and Nick Swisher hit that two-out rocket off the right-field wall to make it 1-1.
Update, 8:21: Make that one more well-struck hit, Randy Winn’s three-run shot to the Yankees’ pen, his first in pinstripes. That makes it 4-1 and snaps a 491 at-bat streak with no homers for him. His last one came April 25, 2009, for the Giants at Arizona.
Update, 8:38: Perhaps Jorge Posada is having more trouble with the knee Guthrie hit last Wednesday. Francisco Cervelli is coming in to catch here for the top of the sixth. I’m sure we’ll get a report in a little while.
Update, 9:00: OK, it’s not Posada’s knee. He left with tightness in his right calf. He’s headed for New York Presbyterian for an MRI.
Update: 9:09: Sabathia was not happy with plate ump Bill Hohn in the seventh during Lou Montanez’s at-bat before issuing a walk. But he pitched out of it. He has allowed one run and six hits through 6 1/2, really much sharper than he was the last two times out.
Update, 9:26: Sabathia is done, one run and six hits over eight. Joba Chamberlain will try to close it out.
Update, 9:39: Chamberlain gets the save. Yankees win 4-1.
Update, 10:16: The reason Joba closed was because Rivera was unavailable. It was revealed that he had tightness in his left side since Saturday. He played catch today, felt good but didn’t want to push it. He will try to throw tomorrow to see if he can go. He said he wasn’t worried, that if this were October, he would’ve been out there.
Update, 12:07: The MRI results are back on Posada. He has a mild strain of the right calf and is day to day.