Here is the lineup:
Mussina RHP (8-8).
Pregame chatter: Cano (5 of 28) and Cabrera (3 of 22) aren’t hitting much in recent days. Cano has 1 RBI in his last eight games. … Andy Phillips is 8 of his last 14 with four RBI. … Mariano Rivera has allowed 11 hits in his last 5.1 innings. … Yanks are facing Kelvim Escobar (13-6).
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Sorry about the lineup mistakes. That’s what happens when I don’t get enough sleep and compensate by pounding Red Bull in the car on the way to the park. I’ll try and do better.
A few updates:
Alex Rodriguez could be getting a day off tomorrow. … Posada is off today for two reasons: Mussina seems to work better with other catchers and Jorge just caught five straight. … Sean Henn, who warmed up several times last night, is out today but everybody else is available.
UPDATE, 10;52 p.m.: Well, at least those of you on the East Coast can get some sleep tonight. Quite a job by the Moose. This is the seventh time this season he has started a game after a loss. He is 0-5 and headed to 0-6.
Mussina was booed by the many fans in the crowd when he was pulled by Torre.
Not to be too negative with seven innings left, but the Yankees will be six out in the division and 2.5 in the wild card (4 in the loss column). They need to get this fixed and soon.
UPDATE, 11:10 p.m.: Hmm, perhaps I spoke in haste as the Yankees have just scored four runs on Kelvim Escobar and now trail 7-5. How can a starter of his ability walk the first two batters with a 7-1 lead? It’s unreal.
Meanwhile, this only underscores how poorly Moose pitched. On a night when Escobar was bad, he was worse.
UPDATE, 11:21 p.m.: This is my favorite comment of the night:
Hereâ€™s a crossword for youâ€¦ Seven letter word for incompetent: MUSSINA
UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.: That was cool. When Torre called for Edwar Ramirez, Kyle Farnsworth picked him up and threw him like a javelin to the mound.
Meanwhile, this could be arrivederci for Ron Villone. His last 7 appearances: 8.2 14 7 7 6 7.
UPDATE, 11:39 p.m.: There’s the problem with the changeup. If a big-league hitter sits on it, it’s a BP fastball.
I have to think Chris Brittton or somebody will be here tomorrow.
UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.: It’s 7-5 and the Yankees are right in the game, so it’s hard to blame Torre for pulling Villone. If Ramirez limits the damage, they’re still in the game.
What happens now is anybody’s guess. But somebody has to pitch the next five innings.
UPDATE, 12:11 p.m.: Hey, Sean Henn isn’t unavailable after all.
UPDATE, 12:23 p.m.: Chris Britton went 3 innings for SWB tonight, so he’s not on the way. Bruney?
UPDATE, 1:21 p.m.: So much for Garrett Anderson setting the major league RBI record. He had his chance. The pitching for this series: 16 innings, 28 hits, 25 runs, 14 walks.
Nice to see Torre getting the Viz some work.