Here are the lineups:
Pettitte LHP (4-6, 4.25)
Shields RHP (7-4, 3.82)
Pregame chatter: To sum this up quickly A-Rod said he is not interested in negotiating during the season. Rivera and Posada said they didn’t care if the Yankees wanted to talk to him or not. … Yanks reported to the Trop for an early afternoon workout. … The completion of the suspended game on July 27 will start at 7 p.m.
UPDATE, 7:08 p.m.: Here is what A-Rod said: “Like Iâ€™ve said all year, I think itâ€™s something we need to do at the end of the year. I think it would be selfish on my part to talk about my contract status when our team desperately needs wins. My goal is to win as many games as we can, focus on my teammates and play at a real high level in the second half.”
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Before you bury A-Rod, know that the original stories about the Yankees wanted to negotiate were “way overblown” according to a team official I spoke with today. I was told there is no chance the Yankees would negotiate with Rodriguez and not Posada and Rivera. It sounds like the Yankees just wanted it known they were interested in an extension. From both a team and personal standpoint, Alex is doing the right thing by waiting.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Joe Torre mentioned before the game that the Yankees won’t be sticking with 13 pitchers for long. He said Cashman is looking outside the organization (Shea Hillenbrand) and is that doesn’t happen, they would promote somebody from within.
Meanwhile, in my favorite note of the day, I asked Chien-Ming Wang what he did during the break. He went to see “Transformers.”
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Here is Joe Torre audio for you if you’re interested:
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Heck of a catch by the Melkman. It really is a good question, whether he is your everyday center fielder moving forward. I think you have to seriously consider it, given how the money saved can improve other areas of the team.