Here is the lineup:
Hughes RHP (4-3, 4.80)
Pregame chatter: Yankees are facing LHP Scott Kazmir (13-9, 3.54) … Very late report and no BP today for the Yankees. As you can tell, they’ve given up on the idea of winning the division. … Torre said Chien-Ming Wang and Andy Pettitte would be the starters for Games 1 and 2. No order has been set. But Pettitte will start and throw 50-60 pitches on Saturday, so it seems evident that Wang will start Game 1 and Pettitte Game 2. … Roger Clemens will throw a simulated game on Monday and be set up for Game 3. … Joba will pitch today to see how he handles going back-to-back then get in the game on Sunday for an out or two. … Torre on Shelley Duncan last night: “I was afraid he would hurt me. He was very emotional.”
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: There probably won’t be many updates tonight. This game is essentially an exhibition and I’m trying to work ahead a little on some postseason preview copy.
Don’t know if television showed it, but when Cano struck out to end the last inning, nearly all of the Tampa Bay players stayed on the field thinking there were only two outs.
UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Scott Kazmir now has 237 strikeouts, the most in the majors. He’s probably finished for the night as he was on a tight pitch count.
Just another reason for Mets fans to feel bad these days.
UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: That’s weird, Kazmir tipped his cap after the fifth inning but stayed in the game.
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Nice start by Phil Hughes (7 4 1 1 2 5). That should secure his spot on the postseason roster.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Joba didn’t seem to have any problems with his first back-to-back. He was hitting 96 with his fastball. His slider was a tick or two off its normal velocity but still very good.
He be used for an out or two on Sunday.