Here is the lineup:
Pettitte LHP (14-8, 3.79)
Pregame chatter: Yankees are facing
RHP A.J. Burnett (8-7, 3.42). Toronto announced that Burnett went home for personal reasons and that Jesse Litsch will start in his place. He 6-9 with a 4.16 ERA. He careful celebrating, sometimes these things backfire on you.
The Red Sox are off today, so at the close of business the Yankees could be one game out with six to play. … Thanks to Brian Heyman for calling in the lineup.
UPDATE, 11:34 p.m.: As always, I read all the Yankee stories today and noticed a running theme, that somehow the “Joba Rules” were broken because he pitched yesterday.
This whole thing is really getting out of hand. The kid has now been a reliever since late July. He has made 16 relief appearances in the majors after making three in the minors. His arm is now conditioned to what he is doing.
The “Rules” were never the 10 Commandments. They were guidelines that would change as time went on. Chamberlain, the trainers, Nardi Contreras, Joe Torre, Ron Guidry and Brian Cashman all have a say in what is right. The main thing is for the kid to be honest and tell them how he feels.
There are a few basic things: if he warms up, he’s coming in. They won’t warm him up two or three times (“dry humps” as the relievers say) before making the move.
He’s not going to throw more than 34-40 pitches in an outing.
If he throws that many, he’s going to get a few days off. But if he throws 10 on one day, he can pitch the next day if needed.
It’s basic, common-sense stuff. But some fans seem to be under the impression that Torre has a team of lawyers looking for loopholes in some document. It’s not like that. Better than anybody, Torre understands what Chamberlain means to the organization.
If he’s going to be manager for another two or three years (which is certainly possible at this point), he wants Joba healthy. Having a rotation of Wang, Pettitte, Joba, Moose and Hughes next season is a good place to start.
UPDATE, 2:32 p.m.: As of right now, Roger Clemens will start tomorrow. Chien-Ming Wang and Phil Hughes will follow. Ian Kennedy has been shut down. Bad for his career, good for his wedding.
UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: Just spent about an hour going over my postseason travel plans. Basically, we make reservations for all possibilities. So I have rooms booked for Anaheim and Cleveland for the ALDS, the same for the ALCS and rooms in Denver, Phoenix, Chicago, San Diego and Philadelphia for the World Series. I’m lucky that I can stay with my sister near Boston because the hotel rates there are outrageous.
Starting tomorrow, I figure I’ll be working about 40 consecutive days more or less. Either covering games or covering what will happen after the season with Torre and all the free agent players. But it’s an exciting time. When you’re a baseball writer, you basically work every day in October and no days in January.