Here are the lineups:
Pregame chatter: The clubhouse opened to the media at 9:35 a.m. There were two Yankees present at that time: Kyle Farnsworth and Chien-Ming Wang. The Wanger put in a dip and went out for a run. That’s hard core.
Derek Jeter is riding a 10-game hit streak. He had had streaks of 20, 18 and 10 games this season and has hit safely in 56 of the 64 games he has played.
What’s happening with the Mets? Keep an eye on the LoHud Mets blog.
UPDATE, 12:01 p.m.: Joe Torre just told us that they are giving serious consideration to using Jorge Posada at first base on Tuesday in Colorado. With Wil Nieves set to catch Mike Mussina, the Yankees want to find a way to keep Posada’s bat in the lineup.
Posada has played 17 games at first in his career, the last one coming in 2006. He played there 12 times in 2000.
UPDATE, 1:21 p.m.: Did a little research this morning. The Mets are 9-7 against the Yankees since Willie Randolph became manager. The difference in those 16 games is only six runs. Nine of the games have been decided by one or two runs. The series has been entertaining.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: I try and avoid politics at all costs on this blog. But it is interesting to note that rival television talking heads Keith Olberman (MSNBC) and Bill O’Reilly (Fox News) are at the game. O’Reilly went into the Mets clubhouse without a pass and was ejected by a security officer. He complained on his way out.
UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Jeter’s consistency is amazing. He has now hit safely in 57 of 65 games this season.
UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: Here’s a thought, don’t walk Jose Reyes to lead off innings. The Yankees tie the game for Clippard and he walks Reyes on five pitches. That’s inexcusable.
UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez has 70 RBI. He didn’t get to 70 RBI until July 21 last season. How crazy is that?
This is a big couple of innings for Tyler Clippard. The Yanklees have given him the lead against Tom Glavine. I think either he holds it or we could see Kei Igawa in San Francisco next time through the rotation. 62 pitches through 3 innings is a terrible sign.
UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: Unlike the Yankee Clipper, the Yankee Clippard is not long for the pinstripes. He’s thrown first-pitch strikes to 9 of the 18 battters he has faced. All three batters he has walked have scored. Kei Igawa, come on down. The Yankees didn’t spend $46 million to have him strike out AAA hitters.
UPDATE, 2:39 p.m.: Clippard’s last two starts: 7 12 11 11 6 4 167 pitches. … Meanwhile, Tom Glavine is just as brutal today.
UPDATE, 3:19 p.m.: Sorry for the space between updates, the wireless is acting up here in the pressbox. … Well, we’re in a rain delay. It’s pretty much a tradition at the Subway Series. The Mets and Yankees could cure droughts by flying around the world and staging games. … Impressive work by, yes, Luiz Vizcaino today. … Every Yankees except Melky Cabrera has either scored a run or driven one in. … Miguel Cairo is 12 of 39 since he started playing every day.
OK, back later once the rain stops. I’ll post any announcements here.
UPDATE, 3:48 p.m.: They’re pulling the tarp now. Looking at a 3:55 p.m. resumption according to the Yankees. I suspecty it’ll be a few minutes after that as the field needs a little work.
Ever pull a tarp? I helped out once at a minor-league game. Those suckers are heavy unless you have a lot of people.
Covering the minors was a blast. There was a kid from Norwich taking early BP one day. The manager threw to him and nobody else was at the park yet. So I shagged the balls in right field. Roy White, a roving instructor, shagged in left. We get done and the manager asks me if I wanted to take a few hacks. Now more of the players have shown up. I stepped in, in sneakers, and took the first pitch. I hit the second pitch more or less to left field (OK, deep shortstop) and called it a day.
UPDATE, 4:51 p.m.: That’s 29 appearances are three 1-2-3 innings for Kyle Farnsworth. You can’t walk Ruben Gotay with a five-run lead. You just can’t. How can they ever send him out to protect a one-run lead in a playoff game?
UPDATE, 5:12 p.m.: It’s 11-6 in the 8th inning and the Mets have their infield in. Really? Because 12-6 is worse? I don’t get it.
UPDATE, 5:29 p.m.: I guess I get it now. Not a good job to let the tying run come to the plate here.