Johnny Damon DH
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jason Giambi 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Hideki Matsui LF
Jose Molina C
Melky Cabrera CF
Phil Hughes RHP
Notes: Thanks to Sam Borden for texting this to me from the clubhouse. … Matsui will make his 2008 debut in left field as Damon gets a day as the DH. … Posada (stiff right shoulder) remains out. … This is the 2008 debut for Phil Franchise, the noted right-hander and blogger. Hopefully he gets off to a good start and disposes of all the Johan Santana talk.
UPDATE, 5:16 p.m.: Sam just called with a few updates. Matsui is playing left because that’s where he’ll have to play once Melky is suspended. The hearing is supposed to be sometime early next week, perhaps Monday. Why MLB has taken so long to deal with this is a mystery. … Posada is expected to play tomorrow, probably as the DH. … Girardi talked about the importance of having a quality backup in Molina. … The manager also said he thinks the bad blood with the Rays is over and that the weekend should be peaceful. Speaking of which, did you know that Eliot Johnson made that team? Interesting.
UPDATE, 5:24 p.m.: Further word from Sam is that McGowan is pitching despite his flu-like symptoms of a day ago.
UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: I’m listening to the game at home while doing some work and just heard Suzyn Waldman give a lengthy defense of Joba Chamberlain and criticize those reporters who asked Frank Thomas about the fist-pumping reliever on Wednesday.
Then she said that “nobody reported” that Joba had a poster of Thomas in his room when he was growing up.
Well, it was reported on this blog yesterday
The New York Times had it, too. Now that I check, so did the Star-Ledger.
UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Nice job by Phil Hughes tonight. He’s given up three hits. One was in the infield and the other was a pop-up double that landed in no-man’s land. Yet he’s down 2-0 as the Yankees struggle again offensively.
Hughes so far: 6 3 2 2 1 4. The only real mistake he made was walking Marco Scutaro with two outs in the fifth inning. Hopefully the Yankees can get him off the hook.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: The Yankees scratched for two runs and tied it up. Be interesting to see whether Girardi leaves Hughes in to face 6-7-8. They’re 0 for 5 against him tonight. This could be where the innings limits have an impact on the game.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Hughes is out and it’s Billy Traber against the lefty Overbay. Nice outing for Hughes.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: 2nd and 3rd, one out with Abreu and A-Rod up. You have to take the lead now. When’s the last time the Yankees had two bunts in a row?
UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: First and second, no outs. The Yankees played for one run with the second bunt and that’s what they got. Now we’ll see if Mariano can make it stand up.