Notes: Myers, Yanks waiting for a win
Suspended game's end looms before new series with O's
KANSAS CITY -- Mike Myers has had to wait nearly a month to learn if he has another win. The Yankees are ready to find out the same thing.
The Yankees and Orioles will resume their suspended game from June 28 on Friday, prior to a regularly scheduled game at Baltimore. The Yankees are still batting in the eighth inning, and after the Bombers scored four runs to take the lead, Myers remains the pitcher of record.
"First of all, we've got to finish [it] off and win it," Myers said. "Wins out of the bullpen, you just happen to be in the game at the time they score more runs than the other team. You want all the wins going to the starters, the saves going to the closer and all the middle guys getting holds."
The Yankees were leading, 8-6, when umpires halted play in the top of the eighth inning June 28 due to driving rains immediately after Derek Jeter's two-run single up the middle off Chris Ray that scored Melky Cabrera and Johnny Damon to give New York the lead.
The game will pick back up at 7:05 p.m. ET. Hideki Matsui is due to bat with Jeter at second base and two outs, as Jeter moved up on a throw, but Ray will not be pitching, as he has gone to the disabled list. A 20-minute break is scheduled between the conclusion of the June 28 contest and the regularly scheduled game.
Myers is active in the game, and Torre said after Thursday's game that because a left-handed batter -- Nick Markakis -- is due up to lead off the bottom of the eighth, he may have Myers (who has campaigned all season to start when the need for an emergency hurler arises) warm up and prepare to begin the eighth. Setup man Luis Vizcaino has already been used for one-third of an inning in the game, a contest started by Chien-Ming Wang.
Scott Proctor and Kyle Farnsworth are among the others in a full bullpen who are available to face Markakis, Chris Gomez and Aubrey Huff, due up in the Baltimore eighth.
The Yankees also have Mariano Rivera available to lock down a save assuming the game gets to the ninth with a lead, and Torre said that he is not worried that Rivera might not be available some three hours later when the regularly scheduled game is played.
"We're going to have a [pregame] meeting anyway [Friday], but I will let them know that guys who are in the game are in the game," Torre said. "Guys who are and aren't, I'll mention it to them."
The unusual circumstances trace back to a rule change instituted in 1980. Before then, the score would have reverted to the start of the inning, giving Baltimore a 6-4 victory. The was changed after a game on Aug. 13, 1978, when Baltimore led, 3-0, after six innings and the Yankees scored five runs in the top of the seventh.
"It takes away a lot of elements of the grounds crew getting word from the manager or the general manager to stall this game, or tell the home-plate umpires a faulty weather report," Myers said.
Though the official game date is June 28, teams will be permitted to use players who are on their current 25-man roster for Friday. That means players like catcher Jose Molina, acquired from the Angels last week, and left-hander Sean Henn, who was in Triple-A when the original game was played, will be available for the Yankees.
Duncan back in: Rookie power threat Shelley Duncan returned to the Yankees lineup Thursday, as Torre has been looking for opportunities to keep Johnny Damon fresh.
Damon has been campaigning for more playing time but is still considered one of Torre's starting players, more so now that he has stroked nine hits in his last 20 at-bats, including a 1-for-5 showing in Wednesday's 7-1 victory over the Royals.
"We're trying to give him days here and there, and probably the travel night is not a bad time to do it," Torre said.
Not so fast: Torre said he checked with general manager Brian Cashman, who agreed that Jason Giambi's stated hope to rejoin the Yankees next week sounded a bit ambitious. Giambi is hitting in Florida and will join Class A Tampa for a two-game rehab assignment beginning Friday.
Nieves outrighted: Catcher Wil Nieves, who lost his reserve role when the Yankees traded for Molina on Saturday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 29-year-old, who batted .164 in 26 games for New York, had hoped to draw interest from a Major League club, but is expected to report to the Minors on Friday.
Bomber bits: Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens, the starting pitchers for the first two regularly scheduled games of the Baltimore series, have left Kansas City together and flown ahead of the team. ... The Yankees have at least 13 hits in each of their last five games. ... Alex Rodriguez is in possession of the home run ball he hit in the eighth inning Wednesday.
Coming up: The Yankees complete their suspended game from June 28 on Friday, with pitchers to be determined, at 7:05 p.m. ET. After a 20-minute break, the new series "begins," with Pettitte (6-6, 4.12 ERA) taking on right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (6-3, 2.88 ERA).
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.