Here are the lineups:
Pettitte LHP (4-4, 2.93)
Francis LHP (6-5, 3.61)
Pregame chatter: Lots of pregame chatter about Johnny Damon and his abdominal muscle pull. Joe Torre has spoken to Brian Cashman and they are discussing whether Damon should go on the disabled list. It seems like something they will wait until Friday to decide. … Torre said that when Kei Igawa is called up, a pitcher would go down. … Chien-Ming Wang threw his bullpen today and said his stiff neck felt fine.
The local media isn’t covering themselves in glory with his series. Almost every story touches on the payroll disparity between the two teams. This is somehow big news? A headline in one of the papers today said, “Players Not Offended by Yankees’ spending.” In other news, college kids not offended by cheap beer.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: It’s 93 degrees here at first pitch and expected to be hotter tomorrow. … Jeter’s consistency is amazing. He has now hit safely in 60 of the 67 games in which he has had an at-bat this season. The single-season record is 135 games.
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: Games outside of the eastern time zone are tougher on your friendly neighborhood sportswriters because we need to write early edition stories, sometimes two or three of them. So you type with one eye on the game for a few innings. I just finished up my early stuff and it’s 0-0, which is helpful. Looks like a bigger crowd than they had last night.
One of the biggest differences between covering the Yankees and the Mets is that no matter where or when the Yankees play, there are more fans and more media. It starts with the first game in spring training. The good thing is that most of the guys give the beat writers some extra time and answer our questions.
UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: 14 innings at Coors Field and the Yankees have one run on 10 hits.