Here is the lineup:
Pettitte LHP (5-6, 4.27)
Pregame chatter: Yanks are facing Roy Halladay (10-4, 4.66) … Jeff Karstens has his third rehab start tonight for Trenton. Not sure what happens when he’s ready. Probably activated off the disabled list and optioned to Scranton unless they decide they want a long reliever. … I have not heard anything about the Scott Proctor/Dan Johnson trade rumor that came out of California. It makes sense on some levels. … Back later with some updates.
UPDATE, 6:05 p.m.: All manner of news from Joe Torre and Brian Cashman. Here we go …
Matt DeSalvo will be called up to start one of the DH games on Saturday, probably the first one. A pitcher will taken off the roster to make room for him. He will then be demoted and likely replaced by a position player.
Cashman said Phil Hughes does not have a rotation spot guaranteed. He then defended Kei Igawa, saying that not being on a regular five-day routine has hurt him.
The Yankees signed Erubiel Durazo out of the Mexican League and assigned him to Scranton. He’s there to play 1B and DH for them.
Cashman said that Jason Giambi (early August) is ahead of Doug Mientkiewicz (mid-August) in terms of coming back.
Cashman said that while he talking with teams, he can’t say that trade chatter has picked up. Asked whether Phillips had secured first base, Cashman gave one of his stock answers. “Unless I run into something that would upgrade that situation,” he said.
But in general I get the idea that Cashman feels the team is finally playing to its potential and there is not a great need to make a major move.
“There’s a lot of win potential in this team,” he said. “We have all the pieces.”
But in talking to other people around baseball, Kyle Farnsworth, Scott Proctor and Mike Myers are certainly available. The Yankees seem prepared to move forward with Vizcaino in the eighth inning.
Torre and Cashman both said today that Farnsworth was still their guy for the 8th inning. I asked Cashman why. “We still believe in his ability,” he said.
UPDATE, 6:17 p.m.: Here is Brian Cashman’s session with the media that happened 10 minutes ago. It’s unedited, so sorry for any notebook scribblings or whatever.
UPDATE, 7:08 p.m.: I see how Cashman’s GM-speak has angered some of you. You need to learn to listen like a reporter. Why would Cashman say Hughes is a lock? You never want a 21-year-old rookie to be comfortable. Plus he has two rehab starts to go. Also, why would he say, “You’re right, Farnsworth stinks. What was I thinking?” They know he stinks. But some team out there may not realize that.
Also, the signed Durazo because Scranton needs a bat. The Yankees don’t want their AAA team to just be flat-out awful. The move also speaks to how little they now think of Eric Duncan.
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Talked to one of the Blue Jays before the game, a guy I know very well. He revealed that Major League Baseball spoke to the team last week and said any retaliation taken on Alex Rodriguez would be met with harsh consequences. “I wish they had let us handle it but we can’t,” he said. “They were very serious about it.” So what’s done is done with that little dust-up, it seems.
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: That’s a 12-game hit streak for Matsui, who Godzilla’d a ball off the wall in right field so hard that he had to stop at first. Weird to see Roy Halladay struggle so much. You have to wonder if he’s injured. He has now walked six batters in his last seven innings. This is a guy who walked 23 in 114 innings last season.
That’s also 90 RBI in 92 games for A-Rod. Crazy.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Interesting defensive notes from Elias: A-Rod has gone 35 games without an error, the best current streak for a 3B. Cano has gone 50 games without an error. Only Placido Polanco (80) and Mark Ellis (52) have longer streaks.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: As A-Rod comes to the plate, it’s worth noting he has never homered against Halladay (now 41 ABs). It’s the longest such streak he had had against any pitcher.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: Torre shed some light on Kyle Farnsworth today. It has been determined that Krazy Kyle can only start innings, not come in with men on base. So if he gets in trouble, it’s easier to use Vizcaino to bail him out then vice versa.
UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: Jeff Karstens through 4 innings for Trenton: 4 4 1 1 2 5.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: That’s a 13-game hitting streak for the Melkman.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: One of the pregame topics with Joe Torre was whether Mariano Rivera would be available. He is. Torre was asked whether Mo’s lack of use in the first would allow him to used more in the second half. It doesn’t work that way and Torre had a good analogy.
â€œIf the doctor lets you have an ice cream a day. That doesnâ€™t mean you can save up 30 days and have them all on the last day of the month. Thatâ€™s not really healthy,” he said.
UPDATE, 10:13 p.m.: What a game, tying it on a balk. Not even Krazy Kyle Farnsworth can keep the Yanks down, it seems. I thought for sure they’d win it in the ninth. The big advantage now: The Yankees have their closer, the Blue Jays do not.
Tough break for Andy Pettitte. The 116 pitches were his most all season.
Cashman has to trade Farnsworth. Let’s say the Yankees get into the playoffs, how could they use him? I don’t care about his supposed ability. He is not a player who can help win a championship.