Here is the lineup:
Johnny Damon DH
Melky Cabrera CF
Derek Jeter SS
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada C
Hideki Matsui LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Andy Phillips 1B
Shelley Duncan RF
Roger Clemens RHP (5-5, 3.92)
Pregame chatter: Yanks are facing LHP Andrew Miller (5-4, 4.42). … Ron Villone is not on the lineup card, so presumably he has been DFA’d. … Cano lost a hit when the official scorer in Anaheim reviewed Wednesday’s game and determined that when he reached in the fourth inning it should have been an error on John Lackey. Frankly, it’s the right call. But it’s lame to change it a day later. … A-Rod has 17 steals, two more than he has last season.
UPDATE, 5:55 p.m.: Turns out Villone went on the disabled list with a “mild lower back strain.” In a stunning coincidence, that’s an injury that doesn’t necessarily show up on x-rays or MRIs.
UPDATE, 6:14 p.m.: Tarp on the field. Based on what the grounds crew guys were saying, there’s a storm coming. I would doubt we’re starting on time. I’ll keep you posted.
UPDATE, 6:19 p.m.: What do John McDonald, Curtis Thigpen, Trot Nixon, Josh Barfield, Grady Sizemore, Kenny Lofton, Miguel Tejada, Aubrey Huff, Pudge Rodriguez, Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen, Jeff Mathis, Orlando Cabrera and Vladimir Guerrero have in common?
Yep, all K’d by Joba.
UPDATE, 6:37 p.m.: They just warned the fans here to head to cover and the sky is darkening quickly.
UPDATE, 6:52 p.m.: A storm cloud of biblical proportions has settled over Comerica Park. We’re expecting locusts or frogs at this point. This is what you get when you don’t call up Chris Britton.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: It’s still raining. I’m now plotting how long it would take to get to the casino if the game is called.
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Here is Joe Torre’s pregame interview session:
Yes, it’s still raining.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: The rain has stopped and the grounds crew is preparing to pull the tarp. And the casino managers breathe a sigh of relief as i won’t be cleaning them out until later on.
I’ll let you know when they announce a start time.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: This is odd. They pulled the tarp, cleaned up the field and now the tarp is back down.
UPDATE, 10:28 p.m.: First pitch is now scheduled for … 11 p.m.
UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: Yes, I’m serious.
UPDATE, 11:04 p.m.: I feel like I did back in the day when I covered the Connecticut American Legion Tournament at Palmer Field in Middletown. Long day, final game close to midnight. Nobody in the stands.
But, what the heck, I’d be only be splitting aces and eights down the street and cursing when the dealer drew five cards and dropped a 5 on her 16. Might as well watch some baseball.
UPDATE, 11:08 p.m.: First pitch at 11:06 p.m. The rain delay was 4 hours and 1 minute.
UPDATE, 11:20 p.m.: Forgot to mention this before. But A-Rod had an authentic Detroit Pistons jersey – with his name and No. 3 on the back – and shorts hanging in his locker. It was a gift from Joe Dumars.
UPDATE, 12:35 a.m.: I’ve been answering e-mails and getting a few posts ready for the weekend, so sorry for the lack of updates.
Pudge Rodriguez just walked for the sixth time this season, the first since July 5. Clemens is not pitching well at all. But the Yankees are putting guys on base against Miller.
UPDATE, 1:03 a.m.: Curtis Granderson has 21 triples, the most in the majors since Lance Johnson had 21 for the Mets in 1996. It’s the most for a Tiger since Ty Cobb had 24 in 1917. I suspect Tyrus and Curtis would not be best of friends.
UPDATE, 1:16 a.m.: Jorge Posada has 77 RBI. Only four other catchers over the age of 35 have had that many RBI in a season. The others: Pudge Fisk (twice), Elston Howard, Al Todd and Gabby Hartnett.
UPDATE, 1:49 a.m.: Joba Chamberlain is clearly slipping as he struck out only one hitter. According to the gun here, which is fast, he hit 101.
Chamberlain now has a “shutout” as he’s thrown nine scoreless innings.
His line: 9 3 0 0 2 15 112 pitches/75 strikes.
UPDATE, 2:08 a.m.: They just announced – and I’m totally serious – that the postgame fireworks show was canceled because of soggy conditions and city of Detroit noise ordnances. Oh, and it’s also 2:08 a.m.
UPDATE, 2:11 a.m.: You have to hand it to Krazy Kyle, he has his mojo back. His last six appearances: 6 1 0 0 2 6. He took care of the Tigers on nine pitches there.
UPDATE, 2:31 a.m.: I’ve seen plenty of people as mad as Jorge Posada was at 2:28 a.m. But never at a baseball game.
The way Mo has pitched lately, it’s hard to blame Torre for bringing in the Viz.
UPDATE, 2:51 a.m.: The Yankees have put the leadoff runner in three straight innings and not scored.
Meanwhile this game has officially become stupid. It’s nearly 3 a.m. Is anybody still reading?
UPDATE, 3:07 a.m.: I hereby declare this blog free of criticism of Andy Phillips. He saved their collective butts there.