Here is the lineup:
Wanf RHP (11-5, 3.57)
Pregame chatter: The Yanks will be facing RHP Daniel Cabrera (7-10, 5.04). … Overcast and humid here but the rain this morning has stopped. … Crazy numbers for Hideki Matsui this month: .349 with 11 homers, 22 RBI and 27 runs scored. He has hit safely in 24 of the 26 games. … Torre was asked about Joba Chamberlain being called up and said that while it’s being considered, no date has been selected. … Alex Rodriguez is 0 for 10 with four strikeouts and three walks since hitting No. 499. The day game should cut down on the distracting flashbubs at least. … Andy Phillips has a 10-game hit streak.
UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: Now the tarp is on the field despite it not raining. The grounds crew is pinning it down, too. That usually means a storm is on the way. I’ll keep you posted.
Phil Hughes is starting for Scranton today. Class A Tampa is off, so Jason Giambi won’t be playing today.
UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: They’re pulling the tarp and it looks like here will be baseball. I’ll let you when they announce a start time.
UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: 2:15 start time, they’re saying.
Meanwhile, they’re showing the Hall oif Fame ceremony on the scoreboard. The O’s fans were cheering the introductions of Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson and the Yankees that of Yogi Berra and Reggie Jackson.
UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: Now it’s sunny. Play ball.
UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: Wow, is A-Rod a mess. Daniel Cabrera walks two of the first three guys he sees then Alex fans on five pitches, waving at a low fastball. That’s 0 for 11 with 5 strikeouts. The pressure of 500 is clearly weighing on him.
Meanwhile that’s 23 RBI in 27 games this month for Hideki Matsui.
UPDATE, 2:41 p.m.: That’s an 11-game hitting streak for Andy Phillips. It’s his career high.
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Yeah, that Johnny Damon sucks. Walked and scored, RBI single. 3-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: The Yankees led Cabrera off the hook. They have five hits and three walks and only four runs. As the players say, they needed to step on his neck when they had the chance.
UPDATE, 3:19 p.m.: This from The Associated Press:
Major League Baseball set its attendance record for a single day, drawing 717,478 fans for 17 games Saturday.
Boosted by a pair of day-night doubleheaders, baseball broke the previous mark of 640,412, set when 17 games were played on July 3, 1999.
Baseball is averaging 32,258 per game through Saturday, up 4.4 percent from last year, and is on track to break the record average of 31,632 set in 1994.
I post this only to point out that nothing can kill baseball. Steroids, Barry Bonds, high salaries, stupid owners … nothing matters. People love baseball and they want to watch games in person or on television.
UPDATE, 3:42 p.m.: Seriously, get Damon out of there. A nice running catch that saves two runs? That is useless.
UPDATE, 4:27 p.m.: The Orioles have had four sellouts this season – three this weekend. What a disgrace. Meanwhile the many Yankee fans on hand were booing the intenational walk of A-Rod.
UPDATE, 4:48 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain has been scratched from his start for Scranton on Monday and will instead throw an inning out of the bullpen. The plan is for him to repeat that on Wednesday. Obviously the Yankees are preparing to use him out of the pen in the majors at some point next month.
Brian Cashman said several days ago that the long-term plan would be for Chamberlain to be used as a starter. But with the team desperate for relief help and the trade market poor, this could be a short-term solution. Still, there is a risk using a 21-year-old as a reliever after starting him all season.
UPDATE, 4:54 p.m.: Man, Damon is killing them. Just killing them. 3 for 4 with a walk, an RBI, two runs scored (so far) and the defensive play of the game. I heard they’re trading him to back to Boston for Hazel Mae and a lobster roll.
(By the way, I’m just kidding with you guys. I just find it amusing when people bury the lineup before the game is played.)
UPDATE, 5:18 p.m.: Not much more I can say at this point about Krazy Kyle. He is wholly unreliable and has been since the day they got him. Just not a player you can win with. It’s 10-4 and he walks Paul Bako. This is his third appearance in 13 days and I’m fairly convinced the Yankees were keeping him under wraps to protect whatever trade value he had. So much for that.