Here is the lineup:
Pregame chatter: I’m not at the Stadium this weekend, so thanks to Brian Heyman for calling me with the lineup. As for pregame chatter, I have nothing for you except that these are the players the Yankees have taken in the draft:
1. Andrew Brackman, RHP, N.C. State
2. Austin Romine, C, El Toro HS, Lake Forest, Calif.
3. Ryan Pope, RHP, Savannah (Ga.) College of Art & Design
4. Brad Suttle, 3b, Texas
5. Adam Olbrychowski, RHP, Pepperdine
6. Richard Weems, C, Columbus (Ga.) HS
7. Damon Sublett, RHP/2B Wichita State
8. Taylor Grote, OF, The Woodlands (Texas) HS
9. Austin Krum, OF, Dallas Baptist
10. Carmen Angelini, SS, Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La.
11. Isaiah Howes, OF, Louisville
12. Manuel Barreda, RHP, Sahuarita (Ariz.) HS
I believe they are through 25 rounds. I’ll update this list at some point.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: The complete Yankees draft list can be found here. They took the kid from Creighton who throws right-handed and left-handed, Pat Venditte, in the 45th round. Of their 50 picks, only nine were high school players.
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Miggy Cairo is 5 of 16 since he started playing every day. It might not be such a bad idea to leave him at first until Mientkiewicz comes back. Phelps is too risky to play defensively. Cairo filled in well for Cano last year right around this time. Why not again?.
Meanwhile, am I foolish enough to call another A-Rod homer here? Um … no. But he will drive in the tying run. The Yankees can’t blow another game for Andy Pettitte.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: If the Yankees can’t at least tie the game here against Torres they don’t deserve to win. This is where you have to step on their throats.
UPDATE, 10:11 p.m.: So I’m at my desk at home doing some work and listening to the game on the radio. With Matsui up just now, John Sterling yells, “THERE IT GOES TO DEEP RIGHT! … oh, wait, I’m wrong. Caught by Doumit.” Nice job, John.
Meanwhile, Mariano worked 1.1 innings last night and is now entering his second inning. Either Mo has decided he needs the work or Torre has no faith in the rest of the bullpen.
This is a huge game in some regards. The Yankees will be tough to beat with Clemens on the mound tomorrow then face Shawn Chacon on Sunday. A win here and they could be looking at a six-game win streak.
UPDATE, 10:35 p.m.: Mariano Rivera’s last 12 appearances: 13 innings 7 hits, one run, 2 walks, 14 strikeouts. I’d say he’s back, no?
Is there any way Derek Jetter doesn’t win the game here? Heck, it could be a grand slam. Capps is gassed. Fourth inning in two days.