Here is the lineup:
Clemens RHP (1-3, 5.32)
Pregame chatter: Yanks have lost two straight and 9 of 11. … Jeter is 2 of his last 12 with seven strikeouts and was moved into the three hole. Tells you a lot about how the offense is doing. … Clemens has allowed 14 hits and 10 runs over 10.1 innings in his last two starts. … A-Rod said he had “zero reaction” to his wife’s shirt. All I know is whoever makes the “Bleep You” shirt probably sold them out today.
UPDATE, 6:17 p.m.: A few intersesting comments before the game today. Joe Torre said he completely agreed with the idea of not trading the top pitching prospects, even if it ultimately meant him losing his job. “My future is unimportant,” he said.
I asked Torre about Shelley Duncan and he said his name came up but they see him as only a DH at the major league level. Edwar Ramirez was called up instead of Chris Britton because with his changeup, he’s different than the rest of what they already have.
For those of you interested in the Cynthia Rodriguez shirt debacle, Brian Cashman said he “did speak to” C-Rod about her attire but what he said would remain private. Obviously he didn’t ask where he could get his wife one. Just ao you know, she was not wearing a FCUK brand shirt.
Alex’s comment? “I have no reaction.” he said.
Cashman reiterated that he could make a trade right now if he was willing to part with Phil Hughes or one of the other young pitching prospects. But he is not. If they do anything, it would probably be a lesser move for a first baseman.
Also, Cashman didn’t have a list with him but the Yankees signed a bunch of international free agents today including well-regarded Dominican outfielder Kelvin DeLeon.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Not much to say about this game. However, I have been asked to pass this along. The cast of that Ultimate Roadtrip show on YES will be selling hats to benefit the Jorge Posada Foundation tomorrow at Billy’s across the street from the Stadium. So if you’re in a charitable mood, stop in and say hello before or after the game. Fellow blogger and former cast member, the babealicious Tiffany Berryman, will be on hand as well.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: I had no idea Abreu could hit a ball that far. Holy smoke.
UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: Well, this is not good, Alex has come out of the game with an apparent hamstring injury. Don’t count on an update before the game is over. The Yankees are very slow with such things and never tell the truth anyway.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: Rodriguez has a left hamstring strain (or tear) and will be evaluated again tomorrow. No word on how long he will be out.