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Here is the lineup:
Pregame chatter: Yanks will be facing Jered Weaver. … Waiting to hear on Clemens.
UPDATE 5:10 p.m.: Joe Torre said that Clemens threw in Houston today and that they’re waiting to speak to him before deciding when and where he pitches next. But the idea of Clemens pitching at Fenway Park June 1-3 seems unlikely.
UPDATE 6:07 p.m.: Clemens will start Monday for Scranton. No word on when he will be in the majors but June 4 in Chicago makes sense. They have Wang, Pettitte and Moose lined up for the Red Sox at Fenway. … Kei Igawa will start for Scranton on Tuesday. … Phil Hughes had his inevitable setback when he turned an ankle doing agility drills and will have an MRI. Hamstring issues always lead to problems of some sort. Torre said he didn’t think the ankle problem was serious but it will delay the process.
UPDATE 7:50 p.m.: I’m doing some work tonight and listening to the game on the radio. Is it just me or is “An A-Bomb by A-Rod” kind of offensive? The Yankees have two Japanese players in their organization and could be visiting Japan next season. Is equating atomic warfare with hitting home runs the way to go? John Sterling loves his home run calls and they can be amusing but he needs to come up with something else for Alex.
UPDATE 8:00 p.m.: I see where people are upset that I reported Hughes hurt his ankle. Sorry about that. But it seems that whenever a player tears his hamstring, there is some kind of setback when he rehabs. Jose Reyes hurt his back a few years ago when he tried to change his running style because of his hamstrings. The hamstring is such a large muscle that it effects how the athlete runs and even walks. So it’s natural that the injury lasts for a while before it heals or leads to other injuries.
When I covered the Mets, Reyes has so many hamstring issues that I reached out to the University of Connecticut team physician Dr. Jeff Anderson to learn more about it. I used to cover the Huskies and got to know Jeff pretty well. Jeff explained to me that “strains” are actually muscle tears of varying degrees and why hamstrings are so tricky to recover from.
I wish Hughes well and I wish he were pitching tomorrow because he’s fun to watch. But when an athlete grabs at his hamstring and is still limping a few days later, that’s a problem. I’m trying to give you the best information I can get. If you’re too much of a fan to handle that, sorry.
UPDATE 8:57 p.m.: So much for Matt DeSalvo. I thought he was lucky his first two starts because there were a lot of hard-hit balls. The question now is who starts on Tuesday? Clippard could come back on short rest. It may be time to option DeSalvo and bring back Sean Henn as a long man.
UPDATE 9:20 p.m.: Can’t say I blame Larry Bowa for sending Jorge Posada with Bobby Abreu on deck. You have to get a run if you can. The odds of Abreu delivering a two-out RBI were slim.
UPDATE 9:26 p.m.: I see where the Loyal Order of Joe Torre Haters are down on his hooking Tyler Clippard. Since when did Clippard earn the right to stink? He had allowed six hits – four for extra bases – in four innings and had thrown 77 pitches. Was he suddenly going to shut Anaheim down? DeSalvo was rested and has been throwing bullpens knowing he would be used in relief. It’s not Torre’s fault he was lousy.
Luis Vizcaino is injured, there is no other explanation. He pitched well in spring training and was good for the first two weeks of the season. Suddenly he can’t throw a strike. He won’t admit it for whatever reason but he has to be hurt.
UPDATE 9:58 p.m.: In spring training, people wanted Ron Villone released or executed. Now he’s back and pitching well. Veteran relievers go through dramatic ups and downs. The trick is getting enough of them together who are on an upswing.
UPDATE 10:02 p.m.: Derek Jeter just got a hit, which takes me off the hook after my story today.