Here are the lineups:
Mussina RHP (3-3, 5.17)
Foff RHP (2-5, 4.95)
Pregame chatter: Andy Phillips has been called up and Josh Phelps designated for assignment. As a Rule 5 pick, Phelps has to clear waivers then be offered back to Baltimore. Only then could the Yankees outright him if they wanted to. Joe Torre said the Yankees wanted Phillips because he was a better glove and can do more things offensively. Phillips will be in the lineup tomorrow. The Yankees want Miguel Cairo to come off the bench. … Johnny Damon was OK with sitting, saying the time off should help his abdominal strain. Torre hopes he will be ready for Thursday’s game because he has hit Colorado starter Rodrigo Lopez well in the past. … Chien-Ming Wang said his stiff neck was getting better and he will be fine for his start on Saturday. He is looking forward to pitching in San Francisco because of the large Taiwanese community there.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Andy Phillips told us his mother Linda is back walking after the terrible car accident she was in during spring training. It’s certainly good to hear that and for Phillips to have made his way back to the majors. After all he has been through in the last two years, it’s nice to see him get a shot.
UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: It’s funny how it works. We all wrote these stories on Coors Field, a zillion runs, blah, blah, blah and it’s 1-1 after four innings.
UPDATE, 11:16 p.m.: What a dull game. Now we have Johnny Damon at first base. This could get interesting. I would presume Torre didn’t use Cairo because he wants Damon leading off the next inning.
As Ed Price of the Star-Ledger just pointed out, the Yankees have used three players at first base (Posada, Phillips and Damon) who haven’t played there all season. The National League, you have to love it. Or not so much.
Mussina didn’t pitch poorly with the exception of the meatball he threw Yorvit Torrealba in the sixth inning.
UPDATE, 11:37 p.m.: I understand Clint Hurdle has a lifetime contract (at least it seems like it) but don’t you use your closer with the bases loaded in the 8th against the Yankees in this spot?
UPDATE, 11:40 p.m.: Posada had been 5 of 13 against Hawkins. That may have been the best chance the Yankees will get.