Here is the lineup:
Pettitte LHP (13-8, 3.89)
Pregame chatter: Yanks are facing LHP Brian Burres (6-5, 5.47). … Johnny Damon is getting a day off and it would seem Jason Giambi is still not ready to play. … Abreu and Matsui are two RBI away from 100. … Joba, the Viz, Krazy Kyle and Mo all are available today. … Jeter has hit in six straight at 11 for 27 with four extra-base hits and five RBI. I guess his knee is feeling better. … Do you realize that every team in the AL has been eliminated except the Yankees, Red Sox, Indians, Tigers, Angels and Mariners? There are 11 teams still alive in the NL. … A-Rod could stand a few hits. He’s 3 for 29 in his last seven with two RBI, no extra-base hits and 10 strikeouts.
UPDATE, 6:04 p.m.: Jason Giambi’s right foot is still sore and he was sent to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital this afternoon for further tests. No word yet on the results.
Pettitte is going for his 200th career win tonight, forgot to mention that before.
During his pregame talk (audio coming soon), Torre indicated that Mike Mussina would get a spot in the postseason rotation and that he liked what he was seeing from Edwar Ramirez and that he would probably get a spot.
UPDATE, 6:14 p.m.: I see in the comments section that The Yankees Chick is having her say tonight. Check out her latest blog entry as she breaks down the standings. It’s good stuff.
Meanwhile, I received a lot of nice e-mails on my post last night about Chien-Ming Wang meeting the sick girl from Taiwan. Many people from Taiwan told me to thank Wang for them. I talked to Wang today and he said he appreciated your sentiments and thanks you for your support.
I would be remiss in not mentioning that Bobby Abreu will be visiting sick kids tomorrow at the Children’s Hospital at Hacksensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. So good job by him.
Shelley Duncan will be in Boston kicking puppies and signing autographs.
UPDATE, 6:39 p.m.: More Trouble in Toronto for the Sox. Hideki Okajima has been shut down for at least a few days with a tired arm. Check out the latest on the Globe’s Extra Bases blog.
It’ll be Buchholz vs. Litsch tonight at the Rogers Centre.
UPDATE, 7:06 p.m.: In a refreshing change from recorded music, the Yankees had the great Jose Feliciano perform the National Anthem tonight. As he was walking past the dugout after his excellent rendition, several Yankees (Jose Molina, Edwar Ramirez, Robinson Cano and Joba Chamberlain among them) came out to shake his hand. Cool thing to see.
UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: Here is the audio (and it’s a long one) of Joe Torre’s pregame meeting with the media. He talks about Giambi, the pitchers, the postseason, you name it.
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: The Yankees just announced that Giambi had an MRI on his right foot and it was negative. He has what is being called a bone bruise.
Toronto changed the order of their rotation. It’ll be Halladay, Marcum, McGowan and Burnett.
UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: It seems safe to say that Godzilla is out of his slump. That’s two homers in three days and both were crushed. He’s now has 25 dingers and 99 RBI.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: I was a little surprised at Torre leaving Pettitte in for the seventh. But now I see what he’s up to. Getting Joba ready for the playoffs and one-batter situations.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: Tip your cap to Brian Burres. He threw 114 pitches and held the Yankees to two runs on five hits. Meanwhile, if the Yankees hold on, that will be eight wins in the last 10 starts for Andy Pettitte.
I think we can declare A-Rod is slumping. He’s 3 for 33 with 2 RBI and 12 strikeouts in the last eight games. He has gone 38 ABs without a homer.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Pabelbon just gave up a slam to Russ Adams. If Mo works out of this, the Yankees could be looking at 1 game back in the loss column with 10 to play, Unreal.
UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Wow, Mo’s command is a mess.