Here is the lineup:
Clemens RHP (3-5, 3.92)
Pregame chatter: Jeter is just getting a day off. He has a few minor injuries including a sore shoulder. … As you may have heard, A-Rod is 0 for 21 since hitting his 499th home run. But he shouldn’t feel too badly. It took Jimmie Foxx 61 at-bats to get to 500 and Harmon Killebrew 43. … Shelley Duncan is the first player to hit five homers in his first 22 at-bats since Graig Nettles did it for the Twins in 1968. … Jorge Posada is 12 of his last 31 with three homers and 10 RBI.
UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: 94 balmy degrees here in the Boogie Down. First pitch at 1:09. There was a moment of silence for the people in Minnesota killed in the bridge collapse.
UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: Jason Giambi will play for Scranton tonight. He’s unlikely to join the Yankees before Tuesday. Joe Torre said he had no idea what move they would make to clear a spot for him.
Nice hand for A-Rod as he comes up here. At least here won’t be any flashbulbs.
UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Fortune Magazine is out with a story on the Yankees that claims the YES Network is for sale and speculates that the Yankees could be as well.
Hal Steinbrenner is quoted in the story saying the team is not for sale, however. He repeated that stance at the Stadium the other day.
I spoke to Steinbrenner family spokesman Howard Rubenstein today and he said emphatically that the team is not for sale. He also denied that YES is for sale.
UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: I’m sure we’ll find out officially soon enough but that has to be the worst start of Clemens’ career. Unreal.
UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Here is the pregame press conference from Joe Torre:
UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: I love how people are moaning the game is over after the Yankees scored 16 on Tuesday and 8 yesterday. The Chicago bullpen is a mess. They can still win this game.
Secondly, anybody complaining about Jeter not playing needs to learn more about the game. He has assorted minor injuries including a sore shoulder. It’s 94 degrees, a day game after a night game, and he hasn’t had a day off since April 26. This isn’t Game 7 of the Series, it’s game 108 against the White Sox. Calm down. You have to manage for the entire season, not Aug. 2.
UPDATE, 2:32 p.m.: Hideki Matsui was named the AL Player of the Month. A-Rod won the award in April and June. He hit 345 with 13 homers and 28 RBI and scored 31 runs. This is his first Player of the Month award.
Matsui wins a 52-inch LCD-TV from Sharp. I’m sure he’ll find a use for it.
UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Jim Thome left the game with back spams. Tough break for the Yankees as Scott Podsednik is 2 for 2 with an RBI.
UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: Jeff Karstens (3.1 5 3 3 0 1) needed to do a better job than that. There’s a lot of competition for the bullpeb jobs now. But the Yankees have four innings before they need to worry about Bobby Jenks.
UPDATE, 3:46 p.m.: Bobby Abreu doesn’t hit many homers. But when he hits them, he crushes them. That’s now 15 jacks in three days for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 4:10 p.m: That was bad baseball all the way around. Abreu should have taken that pop because he would have had a better angle on the throw. Meanwhile Richar should not have tagged on Cano’s arm.
I don’t get the sense the Yankees are winning this game, however. But if they do, it’ll be A-Rod who wins it.
UPDATE, 4:14 p.m.: If you’re Matt Thornton, how can you walk impossible-to-walk Robbie Cano up two runs in the seventh inning? Ozzie Guillen must hate his team.
Meanwhile, we’re headed for 1,000 comments on this post. I enjoy the fact that I’m ruining so many productive working hours.
The crowd went nuts when Bob Sheppard introduced Derek Jeter as the pinch hitter just now. The people love the captain.
UPDATE, 4:22 p.m.: The White Sox are dropping like Paris Hilton’s skirt. In addition to Jim Thome (back), Darin Erstad (leg cramps) and Alex Cintron (upset stomach) are out of the game.
Meanwhile, Damon just hit a rocket that Konerko turned into a double play. Now it’s up to Krazy Kyle to hold the deficit at two.
UPDATE, 4:41 p.m.: I have no idea what to write about Farnsworth at this point. You can’t just release him, not with $7 million owed to him. But you simply can’t trust him to pitch at this point.
Trading for Gagne at that price made no sense whatsoever and still doesn’t. But Brian Cashman is going to need to find somebody else this month via waivers.
UPDATE, 4:47 p.m.: If Alex hits No. 500 here he’s going to get a load of trash from the tabs.