Here is the lineup:
Pettitte LHP (6-7, 4.11)
Pregame chatter: Yanks are facing lefty John Danks (6-7, 4.83). … Jeff Karstens was called up today to take the place of Proctor in the bullpen. Once Wilson Betemit arrives, it is expected that Chris Basak will be optioned.
Robinson Cano is 24 of his last 50 over 12 games with 12 runs scored and 13 RBI. His batting average has soared from .275 to .300.
A-Rod carries an 0-for-17 into the game. Forget a home run, he could use a single at this point.
OK, that’s it for me. Headed out to see The Police. Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 5:33 p.m.: I was just flipping through the comments. The Yankees would have had to pay the remainder of Farnsworth’s salary if they traded him to the Braves, $7.1 million. I’m not sure what you may have read or heard elsewhere, but Atlanta wasn’t taking on the money.
Also, don’t get caught up in trade deadline evaluations. How are the Yankees losers if Ian Kennedy turns into a starting pitcher next season? If he proves to be the next Matt DeSalvo, then they are losers. But nobody knows at this point.
Two years ago, a lot of these same people wanted Cashman to trade Chien-Ming Wang. Now he has the most victories in baseball since the start of the 2006 season.