Here are the lineups:
Rasner RHP (1-2, 3.28)
Lo Duca C
Glavine LHP (4-2, 3.31)
Pregame chatter: The Yankees will start Chien-Ming Wang, Mike Mussina and Andy Pettitte in the Red Sox series. … Joe Torre said Jason Giambi is ready to pinch hit and play a few innings in the field but not the entire game. … Glavine has 294 wins, 23rd all-time. … Jorge Posada is hitting .453 (24 of 53) in May. … Cold Yankees: Giambi (1 of 25), A-Rod (4 of 32) and Abreu (4 of 30). Giambi hasn’t had an RBI since May 3.
If you’re interested in reading what’s going on with the Mets, check out the LoHud Mets Blog.
UPDATE, 3:11 p.m. The tarp is on the field and it’s raining, so I suspect the 3:55 scheduled start time ain’t happening. I’ll keep you posted.
I would upload some Joe Torre pregame audio. But with the planes roaring overhead and the organist playing “I Fought the Law” and “I Wanna Be Sedated” you wouldn’t have been able to hear anything.
UPDATE, 3:57 p.m. Hey, fast work by the grounds crew. We’re underway at Shea.
UPDATE, 4:09 p.m. Glavine threw 28 pitches in the first inning. It was one of the rare times in the last week that the Yankees made a starting pitcher work. … I just de-spamified several comments people had made. … There are so many comments and it’s hard to read them all, especially during games. If you have a direct question for me, it’s best to e-mail me.
UPDATE, 4:24 p.m. I don’t much believe in jinxes but something is going on with the Yankees this season. Phil Hughes blows out a hamstring as he throwing a no-hitter, Jeff Karstens breaks his leg and now Darrell Rasner is struck by a batted ball and has injured his right hand. Is is the Sheffield Curse or the Curse of the Big Unit?
Well, Mike Myers has been asking to start. I guess he sort of gets his wish. Where’s Kei Igawa when you need him? Oh, right, Tampa.
UPDATE, 4:28 p.m. For those of you interested in media gossip, Suzyn Waldman screamed at Christopher Russo for about 10 minutes before the game outside of the WFAN booth. She was furious at how Mike and the Mad Dog made fun of her call of the Roger Clemens announcement at Yankee Stadium. An eyewitness told the LoHud Yankee Blog that they thought Waldman was going to slap Russo.
UPDATE, 4:44 p.m. This is great. Mike Myers just had his second at-bat in the big leagues. The first was in 1999. He struck out that time, so this is the first time he has ever run the bases. Baseball being baseball, you have to figure he scores the tying run somehow.
UPDATE, 5:18 p.m. I guess we know now why Mike Myers is a one-batter specialist. This is going to be one of those suck-it-up-and-take-it days for the Yankees. This could end up 14-4 or something. They could end up 11.5 games out with Tyler Clippard making his debut tomorrow and the Red Sox coming to town.
Time to focus on the wild card? Seems so. It also may be time to send Robinson Cano to Scranton for a two-week intervention.
UPDATE, 6:00 p.m. Rasner has a fractured index finger. He will join Hughes, Karstens and Pavano as starters on the DL. … Meanwhile, take a good long look at Tom Glavine. He’s going to win his 300th game sometime soon and who knows if anybody else will ever join him? Randy Johnson is 19 wins away but is not a lock to stay healthy into next season. The active pitcher with the next most wins is Mike Mussina with 241.
UPDATE, 6:08 p.m. Red Sox rotation for the Yankees series: Tim Wakefield, Julian Tavarez, 38pitches.com.
UPDATE, 6:59 p.m. Now this is interesting as the go-ahead run comes to the plate in the form of Derek Jeter. Meanwhile Aaron Heilman has “Don’t Fear The Reaper” as his song. All I think of is “I need more cowbell!”
UPDATE, 7:03 p.m. Weak at-bat by the Captain. Matsui, Rodriguez and Posada against Wagner in the ninth.
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m. Is it too much to expect Kyle Farnsworth to have a 1-2-3 inning? Is it? This is his 18th appearance and he has gone three up and three down twice. How would you like Farnsy for Jon Lieber (2-2, 3.00) now?
Meanwhile Brian Bruney has thrown a shutout over his last 12 appearances: 9.2 3 0 0 7 9
UPDATE, 7:18 p.m. I’m certainly not saying give up on Cano. But he needs to either sit a while or be sent to Scranton to think things over. That was a Little League mistake. You don’t throw a wet ball from the seat of your pants.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m. Smart play there by Wagner. But, still, this game refutes the notion that the Yankees don’t care. They’ve scored five runs in the last three innings in a steady rain.
UPDATE, 7:32 p.m. I’ll be off to the clubhouse soon. Thanks for reading all day. Let me know if you like this format or prefer the old way.