Here is the lineup:
No. 18 Johnny David Damon LF
No. 2 Derek Sanderson Jeter SS
No. 53 Bob Kelly Abreu RF
No. 13 Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez 3B
No. 55 Hideki Matsui DH
No. 20 Jorge Rafael Posada C
No. 24 Robinson Jose Cano 2B
No. 14 Wilson Betemit 1B
No. 28 Melky Cabrera CF
No. 46 Andrew Eugene Pettitte LHP (10-7, 3.80)
Pregame chatter: The Yankees are facing RHP John Lackey (15-7, 3.32). He allowed seven runs on 11 hits in four innings against the Red Sox on Friday. … The Yankees have dropped 9 of their last 12 games here at Angel Stadium.
Word is that Gary Sheffield’s shoulder is bothering him again and he could miss the series this weekend.
UPDATE, 10:36 p.m.: Gary Sheffield said today he would not play in the Yankees-Tigers series. He felt something pop in his shoulder while lifting weights on Tuesday.
UPDATE, 10:39 p.m.: Joe Torre met with Mike Mussina today for seven minutes. Mussina will start against the Tigers on Monday. But there seem to be no guarantees beyond that.”
“Weâ€™ll see Monday,â€? Torre said. â€œWe chatted. His arm feels so good and thatâ€™s what frustrating for him. We need for him to do more than he did (Tuesday) night. Itâ€™s a letdown for him and for us.”
Torre was asked what would happen if Mussina pitched poorly again.
“Weâ€™re going to talk,â€? he said. â€œNo question.â€?
Said Mussina: â€œI have to get it turned around. Going into September I canâ€™t be throwing the ball like this. (Monday) is important but I think every start is important. I understand that at this time of the year in the situation weâ€™re in that every game is important. Obviously I need to contribute more.â€?
UPDATE, 11:02 p.m.: Here is Joe Torre’s pre-game press conference:
UPDATE, 11:10 p.m.: Vladimir Guerrero is the scariest hitter I have ever seen. I was covering the Class AA Norwich Navigators (a Yankees team then) in 1996 when he was playing for Harrisburg in the Montreal chain. One night, a pitcher bounced a curveball and Guerrero hit it off the hop so hard that it bounced over the right-field fence for a ground-rule double.
I could barely believe my eyes and asked catcher Mike Figga after the game if that’s what happened.
“(Bleep) yes,” he said. “Can you believe that?”
The Yankees that season ordered the fences at the stadium moved in because not enough of their players were hitting homers. But Guerero hit a few out every series it seemed.
I remember going over to ask him about it once. He laughed when I told him the fences were getting moved in. “No problem for me,” he said.
UPDATE, 11:21 p.m.: The Red Sox are 14-12 in games started by Daisuke Matsuzaka. The Yankees are 7-5 in games when Kei Igawa pitched. I’m just saying.
UPDATE, 12:19 p.m.: Tremendous job by Andy Pettitte on a night they really needed it. Joba Chamberlain is warming up now. Pettitte’s line: 7 5 1 1 2 6. If he wins, he would be 5-0 in his last five starts with a 2.06 ERA.
UPDATE, 12:27 p.m.: Damn, are they going to have to pay Jorge Posada a lot of money. 3 for 3 tonight with a walk and two RBI. That’s 75 RBI for a catcher.
UPDATE, 12:49 p.m.: Good for you, those who stayed up late to see that. Man, that was cool.
The sequence to Vlad Guerrero:
86 slider that just vanished.