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The afterglow of Derek Jeter’s hits record was still heavy this morning at Yankee Stadium, where players drifted in late and Joe Girardi spent most of his pregame session discussing No. 2. The fans gave Jeter a rousing standing ovation upon his first at-bat and Jeter, naturally, responded with the 2,724th hit, 301st stolen base and 1,565th run scored of his career.
One bit of pregame news: Girardi said that Damon’s back felt much better and that he would be available to pinch-hit Saturday if needed. Damon could be back in the starting lineup as soon as Sunday.
|Pitching: RHP Brian Matusz (4-2, 5.26).|
Hairston, Jr. LF
|Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (11-8, 4.19).|
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Hey there baseball fans, Anthony DiComo filling in for Bryan at the Stadium, where, contrary to what I thought possible, the Yanks and Orioles are going to attempt to play a game in the slop. It’s still raining here and probably will all night, but not hard enough to affect things.
Couple pregame notes: first, Johnny Damon is out of the lineup after his back “locked up” on him. He’s not sure how he did it, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the bench Saturday, as well. There’s just no need to take chances at this point of the season.
David Robertson is back in town after his visit with Dr. James Andrews. Andrews reviewed his MRI and found nothing wrong, and Robertson will resume throwing in 5-7 days.
Then there’s Derek Jeter. He’s excited to play tonight. Imagine that.
|Pitching: RHP Chris Tillman (1-3, 4.66).|
|Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (13-6, 4.10).|
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With Jorge Posada’s 20th home run of the season in the ninth inning tonight off Toronto’s Jason Frasor, the Yankees now have seven players with 20 or more home runs.
That sets a new franchise record and ties a Major League record also shared by the 1996 Orioles, 2000 Blue Jays and 2005 Rangers (credit: Elias Sports Bureau).
The Yankees with 20 or more: Mark Teixeira-32, Johnny Damon-24, Alex Rodriguez-24, Hideki Matsui-23, Nick Swisher-23 and Robinson Cano-22. The old Yankees franchise record of six players with 20 or more home runs was set in 1961 and tied in 2004.
Here’s the statue of an 8-foot-tall Ted Williams placing a Red Sox cap on a cancer-stricken boy outside Fenway Park, which coincidentally happened to be where my taxi cab dropped me off this afternoon.
Some 11 hours after leaving, we’re back at here in Boston, where the Yankees and Red Sox will try to find some pitching after last night’s slugfest. I wouldn’t expect Johnny Damon to be in the lineup this afternoon for the Yankees, as he said his right knee was probably going to swell up considerably overnight. We’ll check on that downstairs but I’d expect Eric Hinske would be in.
It got lost in the frantic scoring last night, but Brian Bruney might have evaporated all of the trust he’s built with Joe Girardi over the last few weeks. The fact that Bruney came in and couldn’t throw strikes with an 11-run lead is troubling. When he fell behind 2-0 on Alex Gonzalez, both Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez sprinted to the mound and got in Bruney’s face, as if to say, “It’s Alex Gonzalez – get the ball over the plate!”
Damaso Marte did what the Yankees paid him $12 million over three years to do … get David Ortiz out. Sergio Mitre didn’t look sharp in a ‘just-keep-it-close’ appearance, but you’d figure he stays in the rotation when we get back to New York.
I wasn’t here for the ’99 All-Star Game, wish I had been. But I do have a quick Ted Williams story for you — back in my baseball card collecting days, I pulled what would become the unchallenged prize of my collection one day (for you Rocklanders, a shout-out to T.J.’s in Suffern, N.Y. Anyone know if it still there?). Stowed within a pack of cards was a Ted Williams autograph, serially numbered at No. 6 of 406.
While I very rarely go through those cards anymore, I know that I still have it, sealed in thick plastic. Someday I know I’ll pass it on, and it remains the most valuable card I’ve ever owned …unless someone wants to gift me a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, which would be just fine. I promise I’d give it a good home.
Tyler Kepner of The New York Times asked Damon if A.J. Burnett looked like the same pitcher who had given the Yankees problems the last few years as a member of the Blue Jays.
“Absolutely,” Damon said. “He’s one of those guys that you, um, maybe, dream about at night, you know? Not in a good way. In a bad way.”
The reporters around Damon’s locker started laughing, and Nick Swisher turned around and said, “What?” But to Damon’s credit, he cracked a smile and kept going with it, drawing a nice parallel to Pedro Martinez.
“He’s the one that you’re thinking, ‘Is he going to throw me that fastball or that curveball, is he going to brush me off the plate?’ He’s one of those guys that I compare to Pedro. I remember facing Pedro when he was the best in the game. You don’t sleep well that night. You go to the ballpark thinking you have to have your A game.”
Added Swisher later: “Like Johnny said, I don’t dream about him, but he’s one of those guys that you hate facing. And you love him on your team.”
This seems like a little bit of piling onto something we already knew, but Sports Illustrated conducted a poll of 380 Major League players for their issue to hit newsstands on Wednesday, asking which outfielder possesses the weakest throwing arm.
In an outcome that should shock no one, the Yankees’ Johnny Damon was the overwhelming winner. Players could not vote for a teammate, yet Damon still collected 54 percent of the vote.
Johnny Damon, Yankees 54%
Juan Pierre, Dodgers 23%
Coco Crisp, Royals 11%
Jack Cust, A’s 2%
Brian Giles, Padres 2%
Thanks to SI for the early look at the results. Damon is hitting .279 with 16 homers and 50 RBIs in 84 games for New York this year.
I’m back after a four-day respite – thanks to Anthony DiComo for minding the store while I jetted down to Florida and New Orleans for a quick getaway.
With the Super Bowl in the books, this upcoming week is chock full of baseball events in and around the tri-state area. If you’re interested in telling Joe Torre what you think about his Yankees past, there are opportunities – if you want to hear Brian Cashman talk about the Yankees future, there’s that too.
Here’s a lineup card of what we’ll be looking out for:
Thurman Munson Awards Dinner
Honoring Johnny Damon, Carlos Beltran and the ’69 Mets, to benefit AHRC-NYC.
Tuesday, Grand Hyatt New York, 7 p.m.
An Evening with Brian Cashman
Hosted by Ed Randall to benefit Bat for the Cure prostate cancer awareness.
Tuesday, Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, N.Y., 7 p.m.
Joe Torre book signings
Tuesday: Barnes & Noble, 555 Fifth Avenue, New York City, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, Little Falls, N.J., 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Borders Books, 100 Broadway. New York City, 1 p.m.
Wednesday: Bookends, 232 East Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, N.J., 7 p.m.
Darrell Rasner and Kevin Slowey are set to go at it tonight here under the lights from the Bronx.
What did you do today? I’ll bet you had a better day than Jorge Posada, who spent a few hours in an MRI tube over at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Brian Cashman sent word that the results have not yet been shared with the Yankees by Dr. David Altchek, but even though that’s not set to happen until tomorrow, it’s fair to speculate that they didn’t find everything to be ship-shape in Posada’s arm. Once the level of damage is quantified, they’ll know how severe it is and can proceed from there.
Chad Moeller is in the lineup tonight to catch Rasner. Joe Girardi believes they communicate well and Moeller knows how to challenge Rasner — let’s not forget that when Rasner was at Triple-A and lighting the world on fire, Moeller was there too. Nobody has really talked about the clock ticking, but Rasner desperately needs a good start to keep his spot in the rotation with July 31 approaching. A bad start certainly won’t dissuade whatever trade talks may or may not be happening.
It looks like Johnny Damon is a solid ‘maybe’ to play left field at Fenway Park this weekend. Damon tossed again today and is getting closer, though the Yankees certainly don’t want to rush him — “I’m not going to push it, because I can’t have a setback,” Girardi said. Damon doesn’t have the strongest arm anyway, and the Green Monster plays into it a little bit, cutting down the distance needed to hit cutoff men.
In this morning’s Yankees Mailbag, I answered a question from a reader who astutely noted that Jorge Posada was hurting, and in turn, was hurting the ballclub. My response was that Posada is going to need surgery after the season but, until then, believed he could help the Yankees and would try to play through the pain.
Perhaps no more. Posada is off to have a MRI performed on his ailing right shoulder and this could be the season. Obviously it has not responded to treatment and, really, that’s just a temporary fix anyway. The more Posada threw, the weaker his shoulder was likely to get. It’s a cycle that would only be permanently cured with surgery, so that’s what he’s looking at.
Hideki Matsui is still holding out hope, though the knife, for him as well, seems inevitable. He remains on the DL while Johnny Damon has been activated — just keeping in line with Joe Torre’s old axiom about giving a player one more day after he says he’s ready.
Aided by Jason Giambi’s go-ahead homer in the sixth, Andy Pettitte guided a
two-hour, 26-minute breezer in New York’s 2-1 win against Oakland on
Sunday to complete a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium. It was another sweltering day up in the Bronx but Pettitte kept his cool, working quickly and efficiently.
Johnny Damon wants to be in the Yankees lineup. Well, you can’t always get what you want. There’s a chance he’ll be in Monday as the Yankees meet the Twins.
I’ve been checking the coolstandings.com site pretty much daily now; it’s become part of my morning habit. I was no math major, but this is the time of year for it. In case you’re wondering, the Yankees are handicapped at 25.1 percent to make the playoffs, 12.4 percent for the AL East title.