Here is the lineup:
Pregame chatter: The Yankees will be managed by Jorge Posada today with Mike Mussina the pitching coach. “Jeter is my bench coach once he comes out of the game,” Posada said. Ron Villone is the bullpen coach. … Jeter takes a 14-game hitting streak into the game. … The Yankees are 50-25 since the break. … Abreu needs one RBI for 100. … Yanks are facing LHP Brian Burres.
UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: Rivera will not pitch today. But Joba will be used to get an out at some point just to give him that experience. … Jeter will go into next season with a 15-game hitting streak. … A-Rod’s 156 RBI are the most for a Yankee since 1937.
Tough day to be a Mets fan so far. You have to pin a lot of it on Willie Randolph, I think. That team is too talented to have won only 88 games in the National League. They never put together a long streak and seemed to think they could turn it on and off at will. The manager’s personality matters. You have two great examples in New York this season.
UPDATE, 2:51 p.m.: That’s 100 RBI for Bobby Abreu. He joins A-Rod (156) and Hideki Matsui (103) at that plateau.
UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez ends his season at .314 with 55 homers and 156 RBI. Not bad, not bad at all.
UPDATE, 3:34 p.m.: There weren’t many players in the clubhouse early this morning but Shelley Duncan was there and we chatted for a bit. He’s an interesting dude. He said his brother Chris drove him crazy all winter boasting about the Cardinals winning the World Series. Shelley was in the Cardinals clubhouse with his dad after some of those games. “It drove me crazy because I wanted to be a part of it,” he said. “That’s why this has been so great,” he said. “My goal was never to make the majors, I want to win the World Series.”
Chris Duncan will be coming to Yankee Stadium for Game 3. “I can’t wait,” Shelley said. “He has to watch my team play.”
According to Shelley, he and Chris fight all time time. “Seriously?” I asked him. “Oh, yeah,” Shelley said. “We try to kick each other’s ass. It’s pretty violent.”
I’m not sure Shelley is an everyday player in the majors with that big swing. But he’s a good guy to have around. The Yankees need a few crazies.