Here is the lineup:
Pregame chatter: The Yankees will be facing the wily Livan Hernandez (5-3, 3.66). … Jeter has scored a run in 11 straight games. … The bullpen has not allowed a run in its last 12.1 innings. … Mariano Rivera’s last 13 appearances: 14.1 8 1 1 2 15. His ERA has gone from 8.44 to 3.96.
Kind of overcast and a few drops falling here. Back with more later.
UPDATE, 6:23 p.m.: Here is some fresh Roger Clemens audio. We just interviewed him in the hallway outside the weight room. What I found most interesting is that he has rented a place to live in the area. So all the concern about his travel plans seems unfounded for the most part.
Here is the entire interview. Rocket can talk …
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: Safe to say either Melky Cabrera throws out the runner here or they never even try to tag up.
UPDATE, 7:41 p.m.: Man, it’s cold here, 64 at game time but feels much colder. … Anyway, that dinger by Posada was No. 206 in his career. He moves past Dave Winfield into ninth place in team history. Posada will be an interesting case for Hall of Fame voters when he retires. He’s a .274 career hitter with 812 RBI now. For a catcher with rings, that’s a very good resume.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Fixed the Clemens audio. Sorry about that.
UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Sorry for the lack of updates, had to file a story. The Abreu/ARod combo is a killer. Bobby gets on base, Alex drives him in. I do’t know what team is going to be paying Rodriguez next season but they’re going to be paying a lot. He’s going to have 80 RBI by the break.
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: Mussina has given up only three earned runs in his last 13 2/3 innings, dropping his ERA from 6.25 to 5.17. It’s huge for the Yankees to have him return to form. Having four reliable starters (along with Tyler Clippard, who keeps them in games) is what leads to these win streaks.
If Colorado holds on, the Yankees will have chopped six games off Boston’s lead in 13 days. There are 99 games left. The division is certainly in play now.