Here is the lineup:
Karstens (0-2, 10.13)
Pregame chatter: The Yankees have won four straight and 9 of 10. … Cabrera has an 18-game hitting streak. He has 18 RBI and 15 extra-base hits in that stretch. … Matsui has hit safely in 34 of the last 37 games. … Andy Phillips is 3 of his last 23 over eight games with one RBI. … Kyle Farnsworth has appeared in only seven of the last 26 games. But with Mariano Rivera and Joba Chamberlain unavailable, he may be needed tonight.
UPDATE, 6:05 p.m.: Comments on the death of Phil Rizzuto:
Yogi Berra: “This is a sad day for Carmen and me. Phil was a gem, one of the greatest people I ever knew – a dear friend and great teammate.He was a heck of a player, too. When I first came up to the Yankees, he was like a big, actually small, brother to me. He has meant an awful lot to baseball and the Yankees and has left us with a lot of wonderful memories.”
Joe Torre: â€œPhil was a Hall-of-Famer both on and off the field, and when you were in his company, he made you feel like a family friend. Every time Scooter walked into my office, the first thing heâ€™d say is, â€˜Whereâ€™s Jeter? Whereâ€™s Jeter?â€™ A few minutes later Iâ€™d see the two of them giving big hugs to each other in the clubhouse. Thatâ€™s the type of person Phil was, you just couldnâ€™t figure out how such a big heart could fit inside such a small body.â€?
Bobby Richardson: “When I joined the Yankees at age 19, Phil became my first roommate. The train left spring training that season to head north and he shared the seat next to me. Later in Philâ€™s career, Casey Stengel would sometimes pinch-hit for him late in the game, and then I would enter the game at shortstop. Can you imagine, me playing defense for Phil Rizzuto! I learned so much about baseball and life from Phil. He was fun-loving off the field, and on the field he was the one person that kept the team together. He was deservedly recognized by the Hall of Fame, and it was an honor to be his teammate and friend.â€?
Derek Jeter: “Mr. Rizzuto serves as the ultimate reminder that physical stature has little bearing on the size of a personâ€™s heart. Nothing was ever given to Phil, and he used every ounce of his ability to become one of the greatest Yankees to ever wear this uniform.”
Don Larsen: â€œPhil was one of the most jovial people youâ€™d ever come across. We were teammates for a short time, but he made a lasting impression with everyone whose life intersected his. He and his wife, Cora, were a special couple, and my heart goes out to her and the rest of the Rizzuto family.â€?
Bud Selig: “I am terribly saddened by the death of Phil Rizzuto. Phil was a unique figure who exemplified the joy of our game to millions of fans. He was an integral part of the New York Yankees throughout the 1940s and 1950s before bringing his distinctive personality and his infectious enthusiasm to the broadcast booth. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I express my deepest sympathy to his wife, Cora, his family and his legions of fans everywhere.”
UPDATE, 6:16 p.m.: Torre mentioned that Robbie Cano will probably get tomorrow off and Wilson Betemit will play second base. … Doug Mientkiewicz is taking BP in Tampa but is unlikely to be back before Sept. 1.
UPDATE, 6:21 p.m.: Here is some audio from the great Yogi Berra on his friend and teammate, Phil Rizzuto:
UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: Great story from Bobby Murcer on Rizzuto: â€œHe actually left me alone one time in the booth early in my career. With three innings left in the game, he asked me if I wanted a cup of coffee. He got up in between innings to get the coffee and never came back. I had never done play-by-play before and there were three innings left. The next day he shows up with a cup of coffee and says, â€˜Hereâ€™s your coffee.â€™ â€?
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: On, let’s try this again. Here’s a link to LoHud.com’s Phil Rizzuto tribute page.
UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Golly, it appears the Yankees are not going to end the season with a 47-game win streak. Clearly Karstens should be executed, Torre and Cashman fired and Steinbrenner forced to sell the team.
Some of you need to get realistic. The Yankees did not feel one game was worth taking a player off the 25-man and 40-man rosters to bring up Ian Kennedy. Beyond that, they owed Karstens a shot. He threw five pitches with a broken leg on April 28. I’ll repeat that, he threw five pitches with a broken leg. He’s also not some bum, he had a very good spring training and an 0.92 ERA in six rehab starts in the minors.
Yes, the Yankees might lose and Karstens didn’t pitch well. But I suspect they’ll show up tomorrow to play.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Karstens’s ERA was compiled over 10.2 innings in four appearances, two of which were in April. You can’t judge him on his ERA. Anybody harping on that really isn’t paying much attention.
Meanwhile, please ignore the trolls. They will go away or back to the Cask and Flagon.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: Got the e-mail forwarded to me from the Yanks:
The Hillside Historical Society operates a museum in Hillside, the home town of Phil Rizzuto. We house the Phil Rizzuto Hall of Fame Exhibit. We have a room dedicated to Phil and on display are trophies, plaques, pictures and other items donated to us by Phil and Cora Rizzuto. We are located at 111 Conant St., Hillside, N.J. Phil would come down to the museum and autograph pictures for the public. The exhibit is part of the Woodruff House/Eaton Store Museum. More details about our museum are on our website. “www.woodruffhouse.org”
UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: Who knew that “Luis Vizcaino” is Spanish for “Scott Proctor”? Yikes. But there really isn’t anybody else. I wanted to see Krazy Kyle go for a record four straight hitters retired.
All that’s left now is whether Melky can get to 19 straight.