Here are the lineups:
Clippard RHP (1-1, 3.60)
Litsch RHP (1-1, 4.24)
Pregame chatter: I enjoyed the comments on the previous post. As usual, 75 percent are from reasonable people, 20 percent are from angry Torre haters and 5 percent are from serial killers getting their hour of computer time in solitary. Proctor had struck out Rios 38 percent of the time he had faced him. Bruney had allowed only extra-base hits. That’s all I’m saying. I’m trying to make a point that the Yankees deal in hard data.
A-Rod, as expected, had no comment on the Post story. I tried to ask him whether this would impact his decision to stay with the Yankees and the PR director cut off his answer.
As for readers wanting “the inside scoop” on A-Rod, I don’t have one. To be honest, I don’t care what he or any other player does when they’re away from the park. Different forms of media have different audiences and agendas. If you want to find trash, you came to the wrong blog.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m. Clearly Joe Torre is a genius. He called off BP and the Yankees scored five runs in the first inning (so far).
UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: I’m sure they must have mentioned this on the air, but Johnny Damon is the 20th active player with 2,000 hits. Meanwhile team leader Derek Jeter is taking the heat off A-Rod by striking out every time up. What a guy.
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: The most outstanding relief pitcher of our time, the great Brian Bruney, is warming up in the bullpen. If Toronto doesn’t forfeit on the spot, I believe he will start the bottom of the inning. The Yankee Clippard seems about finished.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Wait a second, I was led to believe that Brian Bruney was invincible. This is shocking.
UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: That’s 22 appearances and Kyle Farnsworth still has two 1-2-3 innings. Totally unreliable, and I don’t care if he gets out of this inning or not. Big spot for Mo coming up.
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: In 21 innings, Farnsworth has struck out 11, walked 12 and allowed 22 hits. I think they should hide his passort after the game to keep him from going to Boston.
UPDATE, 10:13 p.m.: Well, it’s up to Mo. Greatest closer ever against Wells, Stairs and the Big Hurt. Mo has been dealing lately and breaking bats, so we’ll see what happens.
UPDATE, 10:21 p.m.: A-Rod just ripped an RBI single to center then blew a kiss to some woman in the crowd. No, I’m kidding.
UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: OK, here is how the next three Toronto hitters have fared against Mo Rivera: Wells 3-10, 0 K, 1 HR; Stairs 2-12, 3 K; Thomas 3-18, 5 K.