Here is the lineup:
Mussina RHP (7-7, 4.66)
Pregame chatter: The Yankees are facing RHP Paul Byrd (10-4, 4.13). … The Yankees are 21-7 against teams from the AL Central and 4-0 against Cleveland, outscoring the Indians 33-12. … Robbie Cano is 45 of 99 in the last 26 games. He’s now up to .311. … Mariano Rivera’s last five appearances: 5.1 2 0 0 0 9. … The Yankees have won 6 of 7, 9 of 11, 15 of 20 and 20 of 27. … Spoke to Joba Chamberlain for a bit. For at least the next 7-10 days, he will get two days off if he pitches two innings and one day off if he pitches one. He won’t come in during the middle of innings. Eventually, as he gets used to working out of the bullpen, he will work back-to-back days. … Happy Birthday to Melky Cabrera, a ripe old 23.
UPDATE, 5:46 p.m.: We spoke to Jorge Posada, who is hopeful of playing tomorrow. … Joe Torre clarified some of the “Joba Rules.” There will be no back-to-back days and basically a day off for every inning pitched. They also want to hold him to roughly 35 pitches per two-inning stint.
Jim Browe’s wife had a baby, so he will be away from the team for a day or two. … Torre said Jason Giambi would DH tomorrow. … Jeff Karstens has the “inside track” to start Tuesday, Torre said.
UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.: Here is Joe Torre’s pregame press conference in the dugout:
UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: Huge hit by Bobby Abreu there. Do you realize he has 78 RBI? He’s making a very strong case for the Yankees to pick up his option for 2008.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: That ball went out to dead center and A-Rod didn’t even hit it that hard. Sitting here behind the plate it looked like a deep fly ball at first, then a double and then it was clearing the fence. Guess he doesn’t want Prince Fielder to catch him.
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: That’s a 16-game hitting streak for the Melkman. … Meanwhile, betcha didn’t know that Bobby Abreu’s 43 RBI since July 1 lead the majors. He is hitting .365 since then.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: That’s 39 homers and 114 RBI for A-Rod. Meanwhile, it’s hard for me to take the Indians too seriously. The Yankees are 5-0 against the Indians this season and have outscored them 43-13.
Seattle could hang around in the wild card race. But the wild card is not coming from the Central.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: The Viz hasn’t pitched since Monday, so no complaints.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: That right there is why you want Jason Giambi around.