Here is the lineup:
Pettitte LHP (12-8, 3.82)
Pregame chatter: Yanks are facing former Met Brian Bannister (12-7, 3.16). … Bobby Abreu is 8 of his last 20 with three RBI and six extra-base hits. … Jorge Posada is 9 of his last 16 with three home runs and is now hitting .336. … The Yanks are 32-35 on the road.
UPDATE, 6:26 p.m.: Sorry about the comments from that troll. Turns out it was one person who was using dozens of names. All the comments were deleted.
UPDATE: 6:27 p.m.: Scranton’s season ended today. The Yankees will be calling up LHP Kei Igawa, RHP Jeff Karstens, RHP Matt DeSalvo, LHP Sean Henn, RHP Ross Ohlendorf (who will have to be added to the 40-man) and OF Bronson Sardinha.
Once Trenton’s season is over, it’s likely Chase Wright and Tyler Clippard also will come up.
UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: A few notes on some pitchers: Joba Chamberlain will be shut down until Tuesday as he threw 29 pitches last night. … Roger Clemens was scheduled to throw in Houston today. … Torre said he was close to taking Ian Kennedy out of the game in the third inning last night but was convinced by Ron Guidry to give him a chance to make some adjustments. “That’s going to help him going forward,” Torre said. … Mike Mussina was available in the bullpen last night, having volunteered his services. Now he’s preparing for his start in Toronto on Wednesday.
The Yankees made a very smart move calling up Scranton pitching coach Dave Eiland. He has far more experience with the rookies than Guidry does and lends a lot of valuable advice. If Torre doesn’t come back next season, there is little chance Guidry will. Eiland would be a leading candidate for the staff.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: A-Rod just tied Mike Schmidt and Adrian Beltre for home runs by a third baseman with 48. He is 13 of his last 23 with six homers and 12 RBI. He now has 50 homers overall and 137 RBI.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: No word from the Yankees yet as to what is wrong with Derek Jeter.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez now has 49 home runs as a third baseman, the Major League record. At some point the Steinbrenner family may as well offer him equity.
Derek Jeter left the game with “stiffness in his right knee.”
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Ed Price of the Star Ledger and I are have been crunching some numbers. A-Rod now has six homers in his last four games, eight in the last 10 and 12 in the last 18.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: We’re still waiting for a press release from the White House on the exploits of the former Attorney General.
UPDATE, 10:11 p.m.: Sorry for the delay between updates, lots to write. This will be 8 wins in 11 games for the Yankees and four in a row. They remain three up in the wild card, however, as Detroit is pounding hapless Seattle.
Meanwhile, we’re discovering why Brian Bruney was released by Arizona. Great arm, not a lot of control or common sense. You don’t yell at the umpire when you’re the mop-up man in an 11-3 game. Bruney could be pretty good if he loses his sense of entitlement.