Here are the lineups:
Mussina RHP (4-6, 4.62)
Jackson RHP (1-9, 7.23)
Pregame chatter: Joe Torre mentioned today that he had lunch with George Steinbrenner, Hal Steinbrenner and Felix Lopez on Friday at Legends Field. … The Melkman is feeling better and hitting sixth with Jorge Posada getting some rest (well, at least for a few innings). … Derek Jeter said he is missing his 15th high school reunion today. So a lot of women back in Michigan are telling fibs in a hotel ballroom someplace. … Bobby Abreu is 6 of 11 in the series with two homers and eight RBI. He is 17 of 33 in his last nine games with five homer, four doubles, nine RBI and 10 runs scored. … Hideki Matsui is 12 of 35 over the last nine games with five homers and nine RBI. He has at least one hit and one run scored in each of the last nine games.
Wild card standings
Seattle 51-37 -1
Minnesota 48-43 -5.5
New York 44-44 -8
Enjoy the game. Back later with some updates.
UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: Nice game so far by the Yanks. Edwin Jackson is one-hitting them and Mike Mussina is pitching like he had 100 days off, not 10. That said, Yanks win. The lefty hitters have crushed pitches from Jackson to the track. They’ll get to him.
UPDATE, 3 p.m.: Will Nieves has allowed 14 stolen bases in a row. He’s also 0 for his last 13 at the plate and 6 of 51 (.118) for the season. At this point, anybody from within the organization as to be better, no?
UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: Here’s an exclusive photo of the Dunkin Donuts Ice Coffee Guy who was walking around the field before the game. As Sweeny Murti said, the Pack of Cigarettes Guy had the day off. I only wish Diet Coke or Red Bull Guy had been around.
UPDATE, 3:16 p.m.: That Wil Nieves, he’s the next Johnny Bench.
UPDATE, 4:08 p.m.: So much for Ron Villone’s long scoreless streak. Coming out of this series 2-2 would be a huge failure.
UPDATE, 4:27 p.m.: Good for Andy Phillips, who has had several personal hurdles to overcome in the last two years. He’s taking first base and running with it. … Matsui has scored a run in 10 straight games, which isn’t easy to do.
Krazy Kyle is warming up, so the Yankees could use an insurance run or six here.
UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.: I’d love to see a stat for beating out a grounder with the bases loaded and two outs in a close game. Derek Jeter has to be the all-time record holder.
UPDATE, 4:48 p.m.: What a day for Andy Phillips, who saved the game in the eighth inning with that diving stop and throw to second. He’s 2 for 4 with the go-ahead RBI and the defensive play of the game.
Now it’s up to Mariano Rivera to determine whether it’s a good series or a disaster.