Here are the lineups:
Pettitte LHP (4-5, 3.28)
Guthrie RHP (4-1, 2.42)
Pregame chatter: Damon visited his chiropractor in Orlando and says he feels more like himself. Johnny claims he had four ribs out of place. … Joe Torre said Abreu is hitting eighth because of his struggles (7 of his last 42) and will be back at No. 3 once he figures it out. … Asked about Phil Hughes, Torre said, “Ask me again in a month.” In other words, we won’t be seeing Phil Franchise any time soon. … The Yankees are 8-15 against AL East teams. … Roger Clemens is not here today as he attended a funeral in Connecticut. He will make his start tomorrow. … Derek Jeter turns 33 today and had every contestant in the recent Miss Universe pageant flown in to celebrate. Well, that may not be entirely true. What is true is that the captain had 2,250 hits before his 33rd birthday and the last player who had more at that stage of his career was Robin Yount (2,391). … Mike Myers also celebrates his birthday today. He is 38.
UPDATE 7:36 p.m.: You want to try and bunt for a base hit, that’s fine. But why dive into first base? You lose momentum from the second you leave your feet. Players are taught that as minor leaguers but some guys still do it. It used to drive Bobby Valentine crazy when Roberto Alomar did it with the Mets. It’s total false hustle. Bad move by Melky. As Bobby V once said, if diving gets you there faster, why don’t Olympic sprinters do it?
UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: Here is how screwy pitching is. Jeremy Guthrie appeared in 16 games for Cleveland from 2004-06. In 37 innings he allowed 42 hits and walked 23 while striking out only 24. Nothing special for a 28-year-old and Cleveland DFA’d him. Baltimore claimed him on Jan. 29. Now he’s 4-1 with a 2.42 ERA and shutting the Yankees out through five innings.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Hey, it’s that Johnny Damon guy. Awful looking swing, homer to right field. We’ve seen that before.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: Pettitte has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 11 of his 16 starts. He was the winner in only four of those games. It happened again tonight.
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: Is there a point to all this bunting? Chris Ray walks the first guy and you let him off the hook by giving up an out, even if it is at first base. Robinson Cano has not had a sacrifice all season. But on June 26 let’s have him lay one down so .254-hitting Melky Cabrera can have a shot at a single. It makes no sense.
UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: I understand the theory behind not using your closer in a tied game on the road. But if there was ever a time to break that rule, it is tonight. The Yankees are desperate for a victory and Rivera has thrown only 1 2/3 innings in the last nine days. It’s hard to have much faith in Proctor here, even if he has had two days offf.