The road trip along the Pacific coast has been a nightmare. The Yankees scored six runs in the third inning of the trip, but have been held to just 18 runs in the 87 innings (!) since. That’s a 1.86 ERA for opposing pitchers, and I’m not even going to bother to go back and look to see if any of the runs were unearned. It’s too depressing.
The ten-game trip mercifully ends today with one last game against the Angels in Anaheim. The Yankees have lost five straight but they could head home tonight on a relative high note with a win this afternoon. It won’t be easy with Jered Weaver on the bump for the Halos. Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is running out there against Jeff’s younger brother:
- CF Brett Gardner
- RF Ichiro Suzuki
- 2B Robinson Cano
- DH Travis Hafner
- LF Vernon Wells
- 1B Lyle Overbay
- 3B Jayson Nix
- SS Reid Brignac
- C Chris Stewart
And on the mound is left-hander CC Sabathia, who finished second to Ichiro in the 2001 AL Rookie of the Year voting.
As you might expect, the weather is perfect in Southern California. First pitch is scheduled for 3:35pm ET and can be seen on YES. Try to enjoy.
Injury Updates: Alex Rodriguez (hip) ran the bases for the first time since surgery yesterday. It was only 75% effort, but it’s still a step forward … Frankie Cervelli (hand) could begin swinging a bat sometime this coming week … Curtis Granderson (hand) will see the doctor at some point in the next few days, but it’s unclear if he’ll have the pin removed from his hand at that time.