Here are the lineups:
Johnny Damon LF
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada C
Hideki Matsui DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Melky Cabrera CF
Doug Mientkiewicz 1B
Chien-Ming Wang RHP
Grady Sizemore CF
Asdrubal Cabrera 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Victor Martinez 1B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Kenny Lofton LF
Franklin Gutierrez RF
Casey Blake 3B
Kelly Shoppach C
Paul Byrd RHP
Pregame chatter: Mo Rivera in 30 division series appearances: 46 IP, 18 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 34 K. … No, seriously, 2 earned runs. … Damon is 4 for 13 with five RBI in the series. … Yankees are 5 for 19 with RISP.
UPDATE, 4:41 p.m.: Yankee lineup vs. Byrd: Damon 3-19, Jeter 11-27, Abreu 2-5, A-Rod 4-15, Posada 3-18, Matsui 1-5, Cano 2-8, Cabrera 3-5, Mientkiewicz 6-19.
Giambi is 3 for 14, FYI.
UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain is available for an inning tonight and Mo for two. Brian Cashman on the Joba Rules: “The rules here in October: The rules are to win.”
The Yankees, if they win, will remain in New York tonight and fly to Cleveland tomorrow afternoon.
Ian Kennedy was not physically ready to be added. But he could be ready for the ALCS.
Torre on last night: “It did a lot for our personality and our confidence.”
Travis Hafner against Ron Villone: 0 for 5.
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: Reggie threw out the first pitch. That’s fine. Bernie would have been better.
Here’s the Joe Torre pregame audio from today. Sorry about the mix-up before.
UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Not the start CMW was wanting there. Moose better have his spikes on.
Meanwhile it’s 87 degrees at gametime.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Wang was up 1-2 on Hafner and allowed a single then was up on Peralta and lost him with a single. This is a repeat of Game 1. Now the question is whether he gets discouraged and abandons his game plan.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: A-Rod will put one in the stands here. Left field. He’s due to hit one.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: OK, maybe not. I should have known better. He hasn’t driven in a run in the playoffs since Oct. 17, 2004.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Time for Moose. Wang doesn’t have it. Everything is up. I thought he’d pitch well, too. If they’re going to win this one, it might have to be 8-6 or something like that.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Mussina is up.
UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: Wang is a good kid and I like him a lot. Nineteen wins two years in a row is no coincidence, it’s great pitching. But he pitched terribly in this series. You have to wonder if he’s hurt somehow.
This is going to be a tough spot for Moose to get out of clean. 3-0 is about the best you can hope for.
UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: Everything feels wrong in the Bronx tonight. No Bob Sheppard. It’s humid on Oct. 8. The Yankees are flailing away at Paul Byrd’s 86-mph “fastball.”
It’s only 4-1 but it feels like 14-1. The crowd, so great yesterday, is surly tonight.
Maybe this somehow ends well. Too early to call it quits.
UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: Robinson Cano, soon to be one of the centerpiece players of the Mattingly era, just homered. Now Cleveland will try and close out the final four innings with Perez, Betancourt and Borowski. They need to get 12 outs and hold a four-run lead.
UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: Shelley Duncan will hit for Minky.
UPDATE, 10:32 p.m.: This game is tediously long, isn’t it? Four runs is hardly insurmountable but there is no sense that the Yankees will do it. Abreu, A-Rod and Posada this inning. They probably need a run or two here to have a shot.
UPDATE, 10:46 p.m.: Well, at least Alex can go into next year (wherever he may be — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago) with the postseason gorilla off his back. That was his first postseason RBI since 2004. He’s now 4 of his last 8 in the playoffs.
UPDATE, 10:49 p.m.: The idea now has to be to get Alex up in the ninth with at least a chance to tie it.
UPDATE, 10:56 p.m.: Torre should beat Steinbrenner to the punch and announce after the game that he won’t be coming back as manager next season regardless. Otherwise the Yankees will make the process drag out. The jackals in Tampa who have been after him for years will milk every second.
Joe should say he had a great run, now is the time to go and just walk out. Come back tomorrow and pack up his stuff.
UPDATE, 11:09 p.m.: Well, at least Torre gets to go out with Mariano on the mound. Just like old times.