The Red Sox got their first look at the new Yankee Stadium Monday night and quickly made themselves at home.George A. King III, Post:
Unless Alex Rodriguez can use that powerful right arm to pitch every fifth day, don't expect his return from the disabled list to do much to help the Yankees. ...Mark Feinsand, Blogging the Bombers:
When the starters' putrid numbers are mentioned the Yankees counter that Chien-Ming Wang's three dreadful starts (0-3; 34.50 ERA) skew the math.
However, in the 13 games since Wang last pitched the Yankees are 7-6 and their starters are 3-4 with a bloated 4.91 ERA. In 80.2 innings without Wang, the starters have allowed 84 hits, 38 walks and hit seven batters -- 129 baserunners.
And that's before you get to the bullpen.
Jorge Posada suffered a right hamstring injury while sliding in the sixth inning ... Posada will undergo an MRI on Tuesday and it sounds like it could be fairly serious. ...Meanwhile, outside the stadium:
The heated exchange between Girardi and Red Sox first base coach Tim Bogar seems to have stemmed from Girardi's belief that Bogar was tipping Boston’s hitters off to either the pitches that were coming or the location that was being called. ...
With rain falling for hours and no start time announced until shortly before 9 p.m., hordes of fans began leaving the Stadium and heading home- - some who said they had been advised that the game had been called by Yankee employees who walked the concourse holding pinstriped "How may I help you?" signs.
When a 9:20 p.m. start time was eventually announced over the public address system, a crowd on the sidewalk outside Gate 6 tried to get back into the Stadium, only to have the employees working the turnstiles promptly close the doors in their faces. ...
Bill Hutchinson, Daily News:
The estranged mother of Yankees star pitcher Joba Chamberlain has been busted ... on felony charges of selling a gram of methamphetamine to an undercover cop ... [She was] arraigned in the same Lincoln courtroom where her famous son pleaded guilty last month to drunken-driving charges.Kevin Kernan, Post, cranks up the melodrama:
Root for Joba Chamberlain tonight. ...
Tonight he is just a Yankees pitcher who will need help from his teammates, help from the fans to carry him through against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
Tonight is one of those games where Joba will be tested in so many ways. ... [P]itching tonight with his mother's arrest being front-page news has to be one of the most difficult situations a professional athlete could face, especially one who is only 23 years old. ...
Sunday is Mother's Day.