Here are the lineups:
Mussina RHP (4-7, 4.97)
Meche RHP (7-6, 3.63)
Pregame chatter: A-Rod is 8 for 20 against Meche with three homers. … The Yankees have won five straight, 10 of 12 and 14 of 18. … Robinson Cano is 14 of his last 24 with 8 RBI. … The relievers have allowed two earned runs in their last 16.2 innings. … The Royals released Scott Elarton after he was lit up by the Yanks last night. … Scott Proctor has returned after visiting his family following the birth of his son, Cooper. There were cigars waiting for every player in the clubhouse today.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Sweeny Murti updated his blog and has some good stuff.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain is the greatest Chamberlain since Wilt. His line for Scranton tonight: 5 4 0 0 1 10. 88 pitches/57 strikes.
UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: This from the AP: Yankees traveling secretary David Szen is involved in a tax investigation and is taking a leave of absence.
“We understand that the government is investigating personal tax issues regarding David Szen,” Yankees spokesman Howard Rubenstein said Wednesday. “The Yankees have cooperated with that inquiry. David Szen has requested and has been granted administrative leave.”
Ben Tuliebitz, the Yankees’ assistant media relations director, is taking over Szen’s duties.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Szen is the team exec who arranges travel, hotels, tickets and other matters for the players and coaches. You Seinfeld fans will recall that George Costanza was the assistant to the traveling secretary.
UPDATE, 11:12 p.m.: Robinson Cano is 3 for 4. He is 17 of 28 in the last seven games, raising his batting average from .275 to .299.
Hideki Matsui has four home runs and 11 RBI in the last six games and has hit safely in 20 of the last 21 games.
UPDATE, 11:27 p.m.: Mariano Rivera had not pitched since the first game on Saturday. So it makes sense to get him some work. We saw what happened in the spring when he sits too long.
I’m not certain why Vizcaino pitched. But kep in mind that he was warming up with the score 3-1. Once he warmed, he might as well pitch. Relievers hate what they call “dry humps” in the bullpen.