Here is the lineup:
Pregame chatter: Alex Rodriguez (left hamstring) is out of the starting lineup for the first time this season. He is 0 for his last 19 with six strikeouts, which is probably a factor as well. More on his status to come.
UPDATE, 12:11 p.m.: A-Rod has been sent out for an MRI so they can determine the severity of the injury. We’re hoping to get an update later.
Torre said that getting today and not playing until tomorrow night is almost like getting two days off and they hope A-Rod will be able to play tomorrow.
UPDATE, 1:49 p.m.: We talked to Brian Cashman before the game and he had a few medical update. Jason Giambi is out of his boot and will soon get an MRI to determine where he is. Phil Hughes is scheduled to throw BP today in Tampa and is closing in on a rehab game.
Here is some pre-game audio from Joe Torre:
UPDATE, 4:12 p.m.: There hasn’t been much to say about this game. Leaving 10 guys on base (five in scoring position) isn’t any good. But the relief pitching has been stellar. Krazy Kyle Farnsworth even had a 1-2-3 inning and Sparky Proctor got through his inning. Mariano is warming now.
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Isn’t it funny how sports works? A-Rod missed his first game of the season and the guy who replaces him hitting cleanup belts a long two-run homer to give the Yankees the lead. Matsui is 5 of his last 12 with two homers, a double and three RBI. As a friend of mind likes to say, maybe he finally got the memo that the season has started.
Huge spot for Rivera here. When Krazy Kyle gives you a perfect inning, you have to make it stand up.