Here are the lineups:
Pregame chatter: Yes, that’s Johnny Damon in left and Melky in center. Very interesting. Damon hasn’t played left field since June 22, 2001 when he played for Oakland.
This, to me, is a sort of “get ready for next year” move. The Yankees need to determine whether Damon can play left field and first base. Then next year you use him as a sort of super utility player at 1B, LF, CF and DH.
That would allow them to sign one of the big OFs on the market or move forward with Cabrera in center.
UPDATE, 5:33 p.m.: There be no decision on whether A-Rod plays in the All-Star game until tomorrow.
UPDATE, 6:18 p.m.: Andy Phillips has been scratched because of a stiff neck and replaced by Miguel Cairo. This a day after Joe Torre said he was the everyday first baseman.
UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: That double snaps an 0-for-19 skid for A-Rod. He now has 21 doubles, five fewer than he had all last season.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Who knew the Yankees even had a suicide squeeze sign?
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: The Melkman cost the Yankees a run there when he threw home with no chance to get Izturis. That allowed Figgins to move up to second. Up 8-4, you hit the cutoff man. I’ll bet he’s already been told that.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: The Yankees are up 9-7 and should be up 10-6 except for the mistakes by Cabrera and Cano. You have to wonder whether it’ll come back to haunt them.
Meanwhile, Edwar Ramirez gets what he wanted and gets to face his old team. Wait a second, he just walked somebody. How could that happen?
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Andy’s Pettitte last two starts: 6.2 innings, 20 hits, 15 earned runs. Guess the break is coming at the right time for him.
UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Maybe Alex should get a day off once in a while. 2B, 1B, HR. That’s 29 homers and 82 RBI. Guess the slump is over. By the time he’s done this season, Steinbrenner and Moreno will have to become partners to afford him.
UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: I’m just busting chops here but is the Hall of Fame voting for Edwar Ramirez finished yet? 1.1 innings, 2 hits, one run, one walk, one strikeout, one HBP, 23 pitches/14 strikes. He also caught a break when Chone Figgins got thrown out going to third.
UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: Sparky Proctor has been on fire (sorry) over his last four appearances: 5 1 0 0 0 6. All this since be torched his equipment on the field back on June 30. Maybe Kyle Farnsworth should burn a pile of Field & Streams and those glasses and see what happens.