Here is the lineup:
Andy Pettitte LHP (4-5, 3.24)
Pregame chatter: RHP Edwar Ramirez, a journeyman reliever who put up great numbers for Trenton and Scranton this season, was called up. Chris Basak was optioned out. … Jeff Karstens was moved to the 60-day DL to make room for Ramirez on the 40-man roster. … Yankees will be facing Dan Haren (9-2, 1.91), whose pretty much the Cy Young favorite at this point, at least until Johan Santana does his great second-half run thing.
UPDATE, 12:30 p.m.: Here’s a link about Edwar Ramirez. He’s tall and skinny, supposedly 26 and has struck out 80 in 43.1 innings this season. Pretty sick. He was in the Angels system for two years and got released. They signed him again in 2005 out of independent ball then released him again. He played independent ball last year before the Yankees signed him in July. He was great for Tampa (4-1, 1.17, 30.2, 47 K) in 2006.
The Yankees are the fourth organization (counting the indy teams) he has played for since 2005. I’m guessing that before today Ron Guidry and Joe Torre couldn’t have picked this guy out of the lineup, that’s how under the radar he was. But the 2007 season has been full of such surprises.
Check out that photo. If he’s 26 then I’m claiming 26, too.
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: Pettitte questioned whether people cared as much as he did in Baltimore then went out and got pounded today. Bad timing. I would have to think anything is possible if they go on to lose today. Cashman insulated himself by not having a strong assistant GM, so it’s hard to see him just getting out and out fired. But whatever power he had is gone now. This is the worst crisis for this team in more than a decade. What a waste of money Clemens becomes now.
UPDATE, 2:41 p.m.: The Yankees have a shot at this game if (and this is a big if) the bullpen can hold Oakland down. Villone is gonna run out of gas soon. Who does Torre try then? Vizcaino and Ramirez have to get a shot before Farnsworth and Sparky Proctor.
Meanwhile, word out of Seattle is that Seattle manager Mike Hargrove has resigned. Nobody is sure why at this point. He released a statement saying he lost his passion for managing. Certainly weird because of the success Seattle is having.
Meanwhile, I was listening to the game in the radio as I was driving around. John Sterling kept saying he would try and get Dan Haren’s pitch count after the inning. Or you can look at the big scoreboard in center field. Update: Update: The pitch count scoreboard is not working. My misake, Mr. Sterling.