Here are the lineups:
Mussina RHP (2-3, 5.86)
38pitches.com (5-2, 3.68)
Pregame chatter: Johnny Damon is fine. Torre likes what Cabrera is showing him lately. … Before he ansered questions today, Torre voiced his displeasure with The Daily News. They ran a headline (“Joe To Alex: Shut Up”) that misrepresented what he said about Rodriguez and the pop-up incident. Torre, in fact, had said he did not tell Rodriguez anything of the sort. It’s certainly understandable why Torre would be upset. Just so you know, reporters never write headlines. The people back at the office do. But because we’re in the field, we take the heat. Part of the job. Joe understands that but he felt a need to say something.
UPDATE, 4:20 p.m.: Boston is very proressive when it comes to positioning their infielders. Most teams only shift on big hitters but the Red Sox do it with most veterans they have enough data on. Posada would normally have had a hit in the second inning but the Red Sox had him played perfectly. I’m surprised more teams don’t do this.
UPDATE, 4:22 p.m.: Melky just snuck one past the Pesky Pole for a home run. … That single for Mientkiewicz snapped an 0-for-10 skid. Before the game he complained to me for 10 minutes about not getting any strikes to hit and how the umpires were all against him. I listened and a while then told him what he was full of. He laughed. “You’re right,” he said. “I just like to vent.”
UPDATE: 4:33 p.m.: In case you missed this, Randy Johnson won’t be going on road trips when he’s not scheduled to pitch. Ostensibly it’s to rest his sore back. Arizona manager Bob Melvin already said that The Unit would not be at Yankee Stadium June 12-14. I guess that cancels the big surprise party the beat writers were going to throw for him.
UPDATE, 5:00 p.m.: Here is some useless info for you: Single-A Charleston third baseman Mitch Hilligoss has hit safely in 38 straight games, the longest streak for a minor league player since Orlando Moreno hit in 43 straight for Louisville in 1961. The minor-league record is 69 games by Wichitaâ€™s Joe Wilhoit in 1919. Charleston was rained out today.
UPDATE, 5:10 p.m.: Well, there’s a rain delay. Only it’s barely raining and the sun is out. Fantastic. The rain in the area is quite distressing as it probably means that tomorrow morning’s media game will get canceled. After our big victory at Yankee Stadium last month, we were looking for the sweep.
UPDATE: 5:34 p.m.: We’re back underway.
UPDATE: 5:44 p.m.: Nice elbow by Mike Lowell. But Cano is fair game in the baseline. Meanwhile half the press box just canceled flights to Chicago.
UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: What a season for Jorge Posada so far. Great at-bat then he crushed the pitch. If Mussina gets through another inning or two, even the Joe Torre Haters Club will have to give him credit for today’s game and an inventive lineup. Shame to see 38pitches.com out of the game in the fifth. But gives him more time to blog.
UPDATE: 6:30 p.m.: Well, so much for that as Mussina gets his Chase Wright on. Varitek had been 7 of 59 against Mussina. You just never know. Remember when Mike Lowell was “dumped” on Boston as part of the Josh Beckett trade? He’s been good for them.
UPDATE, 6:56 p.m.: Sources have just told The Journal News that Derek Jeter is a clutch player.
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Yikes, bad inning by Jeter. Hopefully Mientkiewicz is going to be OK. It looked like he got knocked out when Lowell’s left leg hit him in the back of the head. Can’t say I liked the idea of Proctor going back out there for a second inning given his poor history against the Red Sox. Bruney, Farnsworth and Mo would have been the way to go.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Doug Mientkiewicz was taken to nearby Massachusetts General Hospital for tests. No word on his condition as of yet.
That’s it for this post. The beer swilling masses at Fenway Park are chanting “Where is Roger?” now. Back later with some postgame info and hopefully some audio depending on the conditions.