Here is the lineup:
Clemens RHP (2-3, 4.20)
Pregame chatter: Cleveland has lost, so the Yankees start the game 6.5 games out in the wild-card race. … Toronto is pitching RHP Shaun Marcum (5-3, 3.68). … I spent some time interviewing Kyle Farnsworth and he believes he needs to use his slider more because hitters are sitting on his fastball. “I don’t blame people for booing me, I’d boo me,” he said. “I know I’m not pitching well.” Farnsworth said he would understand if Torre took him out of the 8th inning. “Whatever they want,” he said.
UPDATE, 6:03 p.m.: Karstens will start on Sunday for Scranton and Hughes on Monday, Brian Cashman said. … Torre said that Vizcaino and Farnsworth wouldn’t be available today and Proctor would be the 8th inning guy most likely. … Torre didn’t say that Farnsworth was out of the 8th inning mix but he said that they would move forward with a committee of guys. … Today is the anniversary of David Cone’s perfect game against the Expos.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: It’s Joe Torre’s birthday today. He’s 67.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: It’s amazing how shallow the Toronto outfielders were playing Johnny Damon. Reed Johnson was practically behind the shortstop. Damon hasn’t had an extra-base hit since July 1, one of three he has had since June 6.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Here is the audio of the start of Joe Torre’s pregame media session. He was talking about Matsui, last night’s game and Krazy Kyle.
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Bobby Abreu is hitless in his last 13 at-bats with five strikeouts.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: You have to hand it to Clemens, he’s keeping them in the game. He has given up nine hits and a walk but only one run in six innings. It shouldn’t be too much to ask for two runs against Shaun Marcum but he’s dominating them.
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: The Yankees are 2-5 in games Clemens has started this season.
Meanwhile, Scott Proctor is taking after his mentor Farnsworth here. On a day when Cleveland lost and Boston is losing, the Yankees can’t run in place.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: I haven’t done this in a while. But A-Rod is crushing one here.
UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Eat your damn Wheaties next time, Alex.
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: Up 4-1 and Brian Bruney walks the first batter. This is why criticizing Torre for his bullpen moves is pointless. Other than Mo, he has nobody who is reliable.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: The gun at the Stadium had Mo at 96 on the strikeout of Rios. I’m not sure I buy that. But he looks great.
UPDATE, 10:13 p.m.: I see some people were calling for Edwar Ramirez in the 8th inning. While I am totally down with the idea that he should be getting more of a shot than he is, you don’t put a rookie with two games of experience in the 8th inning of a game like this. You just don’t. There is a human element to this game. A manager’s job is to give his players the best chance to succeed. You don’t toss a rookie over the cliff like that.