Here are the lineups:
Igawa LHP (2-1, 7.63)
Cain RHP (2-7, 3.15)
Pregame chatter: Lots of news today. Alex Rodriguez said he will not participate in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game. … Johnny Damon has been shut down until Tuesday, at which point they will decide whether to put him on the disabled list. The plan is only to use him as a pinch hitter if needed. … LHP Sean Henn was optioned back to Scranton. … Roger Clemens is here, just like he has been every day since he was called up. … The local Taiwanese media sent Chien-Ming Wang several fruit baskets as a welcome gift. Wang told his teammates to have at them. I asked Wang if he expected the New York media to give him a gift. “Only you,” he said. I told him I would get him a case of beer and he laughed. Wang is quite excited about pitching here tomorrow. He’s also eager to swing the bat.
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Just flipped through the comments quickly. Just FYI, I was told the Yankees have no interest in Milton Bradley. Personally, I would rather my team lose than win with guys like Milton Bradley or Elijah Dukes. … If you’re ever thinking of going on a road trip to see a game, this is where you should go. What a terrific stadium. If the Yankees built this place, they would be doing well. … Also, I have no real interest in Josh Phelps one way or another. Personally, I think they should have kept him and gotten rid of Chris Basak. I just find it funny to crack on him and see all his stathead supporters get upset. How could they get rid of a guy with such a good RZA is beyond me.
UPDATE, 11:05 p.m.: The K-Man is dealing. He was accompanied here by Gil Patterson, the minor-league pitching coach who has been working him the last seven weeks. Patterson explained to us before the game that they’ve been working on Igawa’s balance and arm slot. Patterson, in addition to being a very good guy, is an accomplished coach who has been on several major league staffs as a pitching coach. He signed on with he Yankees because he wanted to be close to his family in Tampa.
That two-run single by Melky Cabrera marks the first time this season he has had two RBI in a game.
You may have heard this note already, but did you know that Roger Clemens became the oldest Yankee to get a hit when he singled yesterday?
Beautiful night for a game here. Just perfect.
UPDATE, 11:32 p.m.: That’s lousy baseball by Abreu. If he ran hard, he would have been at third. It doesn’t matter because he scored anyway, but still.
UPDATE, 12:06 a.m.: Igawa showed you something with his five strikeouts in 4.2 innings. But he throws too many pitches and walks too many hitters in big spots. You simply can’t walk Ray Durham twice with Barry Bonds on deck. How can an experienced pitcher do that? This is not a kid, this is a guy who was an All-Star in Japan. It doesn’t speak well to the quality of the hitters in Japan — or the Yankees’ scouting in Japan.
Meanwhile, Billy Crystal and Robin Williams are here and sitting in the front row. OK, good for them. Show them once and let’s move on. But, no. The TV broadcast here has shown them at least 10 times. It’s Billy Crystal and Robin Williams, not Pacino and DeNiro or Jagger and Springsteen. Take it easy.