Here are the lineups:
Pettitte LHP (7-7, 3.97)
Litsch RHP (4-4, 3.47)
Pregame chatter: Soccer star David Beckham was on the field for BP and will throw out the first pitch. I suppose I should be impressed but I really wasn’t. … Jim Brower is here, Joe Torre said, because he can throw two or three days in a row and go multiple innings. Joba Chamberlain has today off. Torre said he didn’t know whether his next appearance would be for Scranton or the Yankees.
Torre said releasing Mike Myers was a tough thing but that Myers was very professional about it. … Brower was given No. 36, last worn by Myers. … Johnny Damon is 10 of 26 with eight RBI in six games in left field this season. … Toronto has won 8 straight at home. … Abreu is 14 of his last 23 with nine runs, 11 RBI and 3 HR. His batting average has gone from .267 to .286.
UPDATE, 1:29 p.m.: So it turns out today is not Wayne Gretzky Day in Toronto. An alert reader sent me this e-mail that explains why today is a day game:
The first Monday in August is a holiday all across Ontario. But the holiday is called different things in different areas.
The concept of a midsummer holiday in Toronto dates as far back as 1869. In Toronto today, the holiday is celebrated as â€œSimcoe Dayâ€?, but according to recent studies, only 16% of the population actually knows that. While other Ontario municipalities have chosen to honour a significant local person or organization to help focus the celebration in most municipalities the day is referred to as the â€œAugust Civic Holidayâ€?.
In Toronto, it’s “Simcoe Day” after Major-General John Graves Simcoe, who was appointed the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada on September 12th, 1791. He convened the first Legislative Assembly and established York (now Toronto) as the capital of the province. One of his crowning achievements was to begin the phasing out of slavery in Upper Canada, which officially ended in 1810 â€“ 23 years before it was abolished in the British Empire and 55 years before the Emancipation Proclamation in the United States.
So Happy Simcoe Day everybody!
UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: That’s a 12-game hitting streak for Melky Cabrera. In those 12 games, he is 19 of 48 with 11 extra-base hits and 14 RBI.
UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: Aaron Hill’s two at-bat songs so far have been “Party Up” by DMX and “California Love” by Tupac and Dre. I now have a new favorite Blue Jay.
UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: Sorry about the lack of audio, there is awful wireless here and it’s not uploading.
UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: Derek Jeter is struggling. He’s 9 of his last 38 with seven runs scored and three RBI over 11 games counting today.
UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: I love reading the comments sometimes. They are down by one run in the fifth inning and people are complaining.
Meanwhile, those of you who think they’e going to release Damon or Giambi need a reality check. Damon has played very well in the last two weeks and Giambi is owed roughly $33 million. You just don’t release players like that.
In case you forgot, Giambi was 3 for 8 with a homer and four RBI in the two games before he went on the disabled list. He is hardly finished as a player. Adding a left-handed power hitter with great on-base ability is not a bad thing. Bases loaded, one out in the 8th inning down by a run, you want Andy Phillips, Shelley Duncan or Jason Giambi at the plate? I’ll take Giambi.
UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Wow, shocking, the Yankees got a bunch of hits and took the lead. Melky is now 21 of his last 50.
UPDATE, 3:54 p.m.: Jorge Posada is hitless in his last nine at-bats. Incredibly, that’s his longest such streak of the season.
Just added it up, the Yankees are the 11th organization Jim Brower has been with since he was drafted in 1994. Rangers, Indians, Reds, Expos, Giants, Braves, Orioles, Padres, Pirates, Marlins, Yankees.
UPDATE, 4:14 p.m.: We’re on record here that Nobody Beats the Viz. But he’s going to get beat if his arm falls off.