Here is the lineup:
Kennedy RHP (1-0, 2.25)
Pregame chatter: Yanks are facing RHP A.J. Burnett (8-7, 3.56). … The Yankees are 5-0 on their trip, outscoring the Royals and Jays 33-13. … Joba Chamberlain is not available today but Kyle Farnsworth is (hey, he has a 1.69 ERA since Aug. 8) and Luis Vizcaino as well. … We’re waiting on Roger Clemens to throw his ‘pen. Back later with the results. But barring a fence falling on him or something, I suspect he starts Sunday against 38pitches.com. Can Fenway hold all that ego?
UPDATE, 6:25 p.m.: Just spoke to Joe Torre and Roger Clemens. The Rocket is a go for Sunday after throwing 40 pitches in the bullpen. “The elbow is feeling fine,” Clemens said. “I’m the old guy here but I’m going to go out there and be effective.”
Torre revealed that Kyle Farnsworth has a stiff neck and has not been available since the since started. He’s not available today as well.
UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: Some fans hung a sign in right field that says “A-Rod We Hate You.” Nice to see the Canadians are such a creative people. I say we invade. It’s time we got in a war we can win anyway.
Meanwhile, you guys will love this. John Sterling tapes an interview with Joe Torre before every game. Torre is usually around the batting cage during BP but today he happened to be out in the bullpen watching Rocket throw.
Sterling asks PR man Jason Zillo where Torre is. “Out in the bullpen,” he says. So Sterling just walks on out there, right down the line and down the warning track. Now keep in mind that the medis is not allowed beyond first base during BP, never mind in the bullpen.
“I look up and here is John,” Torre said. “Roger told him to grab a bat.”
But Sterling got his interview. I need to try that someday.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: Wow, Ian Kennedy is dealing. You have to give Brian Cashman credit for holding on to all of these kids. Imagine if he had given up Kennedy for Eric Gagne? Yikes.
Meanwhile, here’s the latest example of how big Joba Chamberlain is. The U. of Nebraska had him tape a message that will be played on the scoreboard at Memorial Stadium during the game against No. 1 USC on Saturday. I went out to watch him tape the spot just to see how he would handle it. Talking off the top of his head, he nailed it in the first take. He finished his little speech with a hearty, “Go Big Red!”
I’ve never been to Nebraska. But I would think being on the scoreboard at Memorial Stadium makes you a certified Big Deal.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: A.J. Burnett threw 120 pitches, so he is done. Ian Kennedy is coming back out. He has tossed 88. What a great game.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: He’s the Viz and nobody beats him. I guess the nine days off were helpful.