Here is the lineup:
Pregame chatter: This will be the first time all season Rodriguez hasn’t started at third base. He remains the only Yankee to have started every game. … The Yankees will face Doug Davis. … The players didn’t have to report until 11:30 and there won’t be any BP on the field. … Arizona has lost five of six.
UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: Bases loaded, nobody out with A-Rod, Posada and Matsui due up? The Yankees should have gotten more than two runs. You have to step on Doug Davis’ throat there. The soft-tossing lefty could have been knocked out of the game. Instead he survived, albeit having thrown 36 pitches.
UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: Got this press release from the Yankees: In a pre-game ceremony prior to Fridayâ€™s 7:05 p.m. game vs. the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees will honor the Rutgers University womenâ€™s basketball team, which made it to the NCAA Finals and the University football team, which won their first bowl game in school history. Head Womenâ€™s Basketball Coach Vivian Stringer and members of the team will be present and Head Football Coach Greg Schiano will throw out the gameâ€™s ceremonial first pitch.
UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: That is a stupid bunt by Derek Jeter and I don’t care if they score two runs. They’re up 4-1 against a guy who can’t throw strikes. Why give up an out? Jeter is one of the best hitters in the game, swing the bat. The Yankees are not paying him $20 million to give himself up.
UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: There you go, they get nothing. Bunting is such false hustle. Swing the bat. Just because they’re playing a NL team doesn’t mean they should play like one.
UPDATE, 3:47 p.m.: I have been getting e-mails recently from people telling me that the stats show Josh Phelps is a better first baseman than Doug Mientkiewicz. Meanwhile, Miguel Cairo just threw a one-hopper to Phelps and he never came close to catching it. Yes, the error is on Cairo, but a decent MLB first baseman snaps that up. Watch the games, statheads, watch the games.