Here is the lineup:
Mussina RHP (8-10, 5.51)
Pregame chatter: Yanks are facing RHP Dustin McGowan (10-8, 3.90). … The Moose is starting for the first time since Aug. 27. This is his first start against the Jays this season. … The Yankees are 4-0 on their trip, 39-19 since the break and 44-21 since July 2. … The Yankees have outscored the opposition 29-12 on the trip so far. … A-Rod has hit in seven straight at 15 of 27 with 11 RBI and seven homers.
UPDATE, 6 p.m.: Shelley Duncan is on his way back from New York. He has a bone bruise on the left side of his pelvis and a small inguinal hernia. “It’s good news,” Torre said.
Duncan is day-to-day.
UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Sorry for the lack of updates but I can’t get on the wireless here at the Rogers Centre. Did I mention that Rogers is a wireless communications company? Apparently it’s one of the worst ones as they can’t even wire their own stadium correctly.
Meanwhile, Hideki Matsui proves once again that Joe Torre knows his team better than anybody else. He showed faith in Matsui and it paid off. I suspect Torre knows he needs Matsui for the postseason and building his confidence has to start now, not in October.
Anyway, I’m on dial-up and have a ton of work to do. I’ll check back in later.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: All those who had Mike Mussina tossing a three-hit shutout after five innings raise your hand. The Moose has had a few line drives caught. But when he was going bad he had a lot of bloops fall in.
If Mussina is back and Clemens is healthy, the Yankees will have six starters. Not a bad problem to have going down the stretch.
UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: Joba warming up. But do you use him one inning or two? It could depend on the score.
Meanwhile, just a prediction, but Mussina will be the Game 4 starter in any playoff series. Joe Torre will look for any reason to use him.
UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: The streak is over. Mighty Joba has allowed a run. It was unearned, however. Meanwhile all those pitches blow him out until Saturday.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Joba threw 35 pitches. We won’t see him again until the weekend.