Here are the lineups:
Clemens RHP (6-6, 4.45)
38pitches.com (8-7, 3.93)
Pregame chatter: Posada told us he’s feeling OK after the collision with Hinske yesterday and thought it was a clean play. He revealed that for the last three seasons he has had CT scans after the season just for his own peace of mind. … Giambi had his right elbow iced up, the result of being hit yesterday. He doesn’t think it’s a problem. … Molina will be catching Clemens for the first time. … Damon is 13 of 39 on the road trip. … A-Rod has gone 23 at-bats since his last home run. For him, that’s overdue. … Joba Chamberlain is available for two innings, having not pitched since Wednesday.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: All the Doug Mientkiewicz haters say you’re sorry. It would be 3-0 if not for that play.
Meanwhile Clemens is 89-91 with his fastball, about what he was pre-injury.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Clemens is pitching well, as is Schilling. Amazing to see two guys their age still working a power pitchers. If it wasn’t for a blown call by first base umpire Tim Welke in the third inning, it would probably be 1-1.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Here is Jorge Posada before the game talking about yesterday’s play at the plate with Eric Hinske:
Posada revealed that he has gotten a CT scan after the last three seasons just to make sure he’s OK after a long season of foul tips and collisions.
UPDATE, 9;13 p.m.: The Yankees will to add right-hander Tyler Clippard and left-hander Chase Wright before tomorrow night’s game against Baltimore at Yankee Stadium. Both were with Double-A Trenton, which won the Eastern League championship on Saturday night.
â€œChampions,â€? Torre said. â€œMaybe itâ€™ll rub off on us.â€?
Clippard started six games for the Yankees earlier this season and Wright two. They are being brought back as a reward and arenâ€™t expected to pitch much, if at all.
Three other Trenton pitchers â€“ Alan Horne, Jeff Marquez and Daniel McCutchen â€“ will join the team as part of a developmental program. They will not be on the roster but will work out before games, throw in the bullpen and basically get a feel for life in the majors.
All three right-handers established themselves as good prospects this season.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Quite a shot by Robinson Cano.
Meanwhile, it has become all the rage at parks to “throw back” a home run hit by the other team. Personally, I believe they should ejecy anybody who thows anything on the field. It’s a matter of time before some drunk drills his own player in the back of the head.
So, get this, somebody in the Monster seats throws it back on the field. It was relayed back to the Boston dugout. Once there, people sitting behind the dugout clamored for the ball and somebody flipped it to them. The guy celebrated like he won the lottery
So Sully in the Monsters seats has to throw it back, but O’B behind the dugout gets to keep it. Makes no sense to me.
That no-good Mientkiewicz continues to kill the Yankees.
UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: What a job by Roger Clemens, who allowed one unearned run on two singles in six innings. At 87 pitches, they had about reached his limit considering he hadn’t pitched since Sept. 3.
Meanwhile, some drunk just ran out on the field, tried to high-five Hinske and stole Cano’s hat (No, I’m not making this up). The guy was tackled in left field.
Nice job by Fenway security, letting a fan get all the way to second base. In a Yankees game nonetheless.
UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: The big wall giveth and in that case it taketh away. That’s ball by Giambi is a home run in any other park in the game.
UPDATE, 10:36 p.m.: There are better fielders. There are faster runners. There are more powerful hitters. But there is only one Derek Jeter and it is moments like that that make him who he is.
UPDATE, 10:53 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain’s ERA just skyrocketed to 0.50.
But he did whiff three in his two innings. Now it’s time for Rivera.
UPDATE, 10:56 p.m.: To appease the masses here, they just showed the Chargers-Patriots score on the scoreboard. (It’s 31-14
cheatin’ mighty Patriots). Most of the 36,533 are still here. Boston has Varitek, Hinske and Crisp due up in the ninth.