Daryl Thompson has never faced any of the New York hitters.
Notes: Thanks to Kevin Devaney for calling in the lineup. … Dan Giese will be making his first MLB start. He is in the rotation in place of the injured Chien-Ming Wang. Giese, 31, has appeared in 11 games (and 16.7 innings) in relief for the Giants and Yankees over the last two seasons. He was the top starter at Scranton before he was called up and made a long reliever. … Thompson is being called from Triple-A Louisville to make the start. He was 3-0, 3.25 in four starts for Louisville after going 3-2, 1.76 in 10 starts for Double-A Chattanooga. … The Yankees have won 10 of 13 but have scored only four runs in their last two games. … The Yankees are 6-3 against the NL this season with nine games left. … Johnny Damon (6), Alex Rodriguez (8) and Derek Jeter (9) have modest hitting streaks. … Bobby Abreu (2 for 29) and Jason Giambi (0 for 12, 5 strikeouts) have gone cold. … The bullpen rested up last night, so Mariano Rivera, Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Veras should be available.
I am off today and tomorrow but will update the blog as needed. It’s supposed to be a nice weekend, so go outside. Listen to the game on the radio or something.
Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 9:53 a.m.: Just when I think I’m out … this press release from the Yankees:
Prior to todayâ€™s game, Alex Rodriguez will be honored with the 2007 Babe Ruth Home Run Award, given annually to the Major League leader in home runs. The award will be presented in an on-field pregame ceremony at approximately 12:45 by three generations of Ruthâ€™s familyâ€”his daughter, Julia Ruth Stevens; grandson, Tom Stevens; and two great-grandchildren, Brent and Amanda Stevens.
In 2007, Rodriguez led the Majors with 54 home runs, establishing a Yankees franchise record for homers by a right-handed batter. Following the campaign, he won his third career Most Valuable Player Award (also 2003 and 2005) and third Babe Ruth Home Run Award (2002 and 2003).
UPDATE, 10:19 a.m.: That didn’t take long. The Associated Press has already moved a story on Pat Venditte. Most famous player in the New York-Penn League. At least until someboldy starts throwing with their feet.