Here are the lineups:
Igawa LHP (2-2, 6.97)
Hammel RHP (1-0, 6.11)
Pregame chatter: Joe Torre and Ron Guidry met with Edwar Ramirez this morning to tell him to dismiss last night’s outing. Tony Pena was on hand to make sure he understood the message. “We told him not to doubt his ability,” Torre said.
Torre said that Ramirez’s inactivity was the product of the starters generally doing deep into games, the All-Star break and a lack of opportunity. “We really wanted to get him into a game. There just wasn’t one where he could come into,” Torre said.
From July 7 to July 19, seven of the Yankees’ 10 games were decided by one or two runs.
When asked about the trade deadline, Torre said he was comfortable with Andy Phillips at first base but said the team needed a player they could use in different spots who could give them something offensively. That sounds like Ty Wigginton.
There are reports the Yankees could send Scott Proctor to Tampa Bay for Wigginton. Proctor is a decent reliever but could be easily replaced. 30-year-old right-handers who throw fairly hard but lack consistent command of their secondary pitches are plentiful.
UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Igawa works high in the strike zone and according to the reporters from Japan, he always has. Apparently you can get away with that in Japan – but it doesn’t work here. He has now allowed 15 homers in 53.2 innings, which is just brutal.
A-Rod is now 7 of 34 (.206) since the break.
UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: Got to meet Shelley Duncan today. He looks like Keith Van Horn.
What a moment getting called up must be. You’re on a bus someplace with a bag of clothes and suddenly you have to drop everything and fly to New York. Shelley had three of those plastic hotel laundry bags with him and he got a clubhouse guy to wash his stuff before the game. Probably was out of clean clothes.
UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: That’s seven homers in the last 16 games for Matsui. He’s clubbing them, too. Outside of A-Rod, he has the best swing on the team when his mechanics are right. Shifts his weight, head down, follows through, it’s perfect. Great balance, etc.
UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: Well, they got five innings out of the K-Man, which is one more than most expected. Igawa has a useless vibe about him but all those strikeouts smack of something to be tapped. Maybe he’s a reliever. 94 pitches in five innings is insane, however.
Meanwhile, Vizcaino came out to “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC. “I’m the Viz,” he said before the game. “And nobody beats me.”
OK, he didn’t actually say that.
Carl Crawford left the game with a sprained left ankle.
UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: They just gave us today’s promotional giveaway. It’s the “Joe Torre’s Virtual Baseball Academy” DVD. According to the cover, it has “3-D Skills, Drills and Games for Youth Players, Coaches and Parents.”
The “Bullpen Managing Skills” DVD is coming out next year.
I’m going to give this away. If you have a kid who could use it and can answer this question, I’ll mail it to you.
The question: What round was third base coach Larry Bowa drafted in? No cheating by looking it up.
First person to e-mail the right answer wins. Please, only people who actually have a kid who would want this.
UPDATE, 3:23 p.m.: That right there is why I like covering this sport. Kid who played in the minors for six years comes up and in his second game he clocks one. It was cool to see him hug guys like Phillips, who he played a lot with in the minors. Then he took a curtain call.
The scouts are right. He’s going to strike out a lot but every now and then he’s going to crush one.
I believe Jae Kuk Ryu is Korean for “Kyle Farnsworth.”
UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: Andy Phillips is hanging up a big “Don’t Trade for a First Baseman” sign, isn’t he? He plays good defense and gets a big hit every other day or so. Hard to ask for much more from the No. 8 hitter.
UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: Good move by Torre using the Viz in the sixth inning. He kept it tied and then the Yankees took over. If they can maintain this lead, they can skip Mo in Game 1, which would be huge.
UPDATE, 3:52: We have a winner in the contest. Congratulations, Josh. He knew that Bowa was undrafted.
Meanwhile, Scott Proctor just came out to “Crazy Train” by Ozzy. Kind of fitting.
Finally, I just checked the spam filter. Two things: If your first post doesn’t register, give me a chance to de-spam it. Sending it 5 times only makes it look like spam.
Secondly, if you’re some
idiot fine upstanding reader who wants to curse me out, send me an e-mail. The filter picks up curses.
UPDATE, 4:03 p.m.: Scott Proctor’s last 5 games: 5.1 9 4 4 5 3 and 3 HR. They would be lucky to get Wigginton for him.
The Yankees are playing it smart locking this game down. You have no idea what DeSalvo will do in the nightcap. Then again, the Yankees are facing Thurston Howell or somebody.
UPDATE, 4:09 p.m.: It got quiet at the Stadium for a moment as Duncan was on deck. Somebody yelled out, “Shelley, we love you!”
Then a few seconds later somebody yelled, “Shelley, you suck!”
Everybody laughed. New York, New York. The town so nice they named it twice.