Here is the lineup:
Pettitte LHP (12-7, 3.70)
Pregame chatter: Yanks are facing RHP Jason Hammel (1-4, 7.44). … Pettitte was 6-0 in August and is 13-1 against the Devil Rays in his career. … Thanks to Kevin Devaney for texting me with the lineup.
UPDATE, 11:07 a.m.: I watched the end of the Red Sox game last night and a few things stuck me at the end:
The final pitch wasn’t just low or outside. It was low and outside. Brutal call by Joe West. … Dustin Pedroia is really good. He and Robinson Cano are interesting to compare because they have such different styles but are each really effective. … Buchholz was taken with one of the compensation draft picks the Red Sox got for Pedro Martinez. … Finally, while watching a no-hitter is always interesting, I just hope the kid stays out of the press box. I need my laptop.
UPDATE, 11:52 a.m.: Kevin texted me to mention that the topic of his contract came up in Torre’s pregame media session. Joe said he wanted to return and was enjoying himself but wasn’t thinking about it.
I think the Yankees need to deep into the ALCS if not win it for Torre to come back. But, that said, would Joe Girardi or Don Mattingly really be better choices at this point in time? It’s impossible for anybody to know. I think either one of them could do the job but we really have no idea.
Some people see Girardi as some knight riding in to save the day. But he had some serious issues in Florida getting along with the front office and the local media. There are only three papers that cover the Marlins, seven on the Yankees.
If you don’t think that matters, just ask Art Howe or any one of a number of managers or coaches in New York. If the media in this market decides you need to go, it’s just a matter of when you pack up.
Also, keep this in mind. If the Steinbrenner family is unsure about whether to keep Torre, you can be sure that Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Roger Clemens, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Hideki Matsui will come to his aid. Those guys are Torre loyalists and will get their voices heard, especially Jeter, Posada and the Texas boys. It’s hard to read A-Rod at all times. But his relationship with Torre has improved leaps and bounds this season from what I can see.
This is all a problem for later. But just the fact it comes up on Sept. 2 tells you how far the Yankees have come in a few months.