Here are the lineups:
Clemens RHP (2-3, 3.63)
Kazmir LHP (5-6, 4.41)
Pregame chatter: Plenty going on today. Jason Giambi met with George Mitchell, becoming the only known active player to meet with the steroids investigator. No transcript or recording was made. … Gary Sheffield made some comments to HBO about the Yankees being racist. In other news, the captain of the team is African-American. Also, Sheffield is trying to sell a book. Joe Torre said he had an opinion of the matter but wanted to keep it to himself.
As for the baseball stuff, Bobby Abreu is sitting against a tough lefty to try and keep him from screwing up his swing, which has been the case earlier this season. If you recall, they sat him against Johan Santana on July 4.
Torre said Robbie Cano is sitting because, “he has been inconsistent swinging the bat.” He is 2 of his last 14. I get a sense the Yankees are generally disappointed in his approach. This is third year in the majors and Cano has 15 walks in 354 plate appearances. At some point you need to develop some plate discipline.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Phil Hughes has punched out six of the first 11 batters he had faced for Trenton tonight. His line so far: 3 3 0 0 0 6.
UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: That was it for Hughes, three innings. The Yankees , as expected, are playing it safe with him. He’s expected to start for Trenton again on Wednesday.