Notes: Thanks to Brian Heyman for calling in the lineup. … Yankees are home for the first time since Aug. 3. … The Yankees are coming off a 3-7 road trip.
PERSONAL CATCHER: This now makes three straight starts that Molina has caught Pettitte. So obviously Molina will catch Moose and Pettitte, leaving Pudge with Ponson, Rasner and Starter No. 5.
LESS BETEMIT: Ransom can play all over the infield, which should lessen the playing time for the defensively challenged Wilson Betemit. The Yankees are learning what the Dodgers and the Braves did, that while Betemit has occasional power at the plate, he’s not much help otherwise. Can’t field, can’t run, no instincts, strikes out a lot, etc.
BAD WEATHER: There is rain in the forecast in New York tonight. But the teams are there and they’ll try to play.
Update, 4:51 p.m. COLE TO UCLA: The Yankees have given up on Gerrit Cole. Brian Cashman said the player and his family made a “lifestyle choice” and decided on college. It sounds like the Yankees were misled back in June by the kid’s family. They certainly would not have taken him in the first round without believing he wanted to play pro ball. He’s going to UCLA, after all, not Harvard.
Scott Boras is not behind this. It was all the kid and his family. But the Yankees can’t be too happy with Boras. They certainly consulted with him back in the spring. He has been the Cole’s family’s “advisor” (which is the NCAA’s way of saying agent) for a while now.
Don’t hurt your arm in college, Gerrit.
UPDATE, 5:13 p.m.: Joe Girardi is on WFAN now. The highlights: Gardner is going to get a chance to play center, Giambi will play against lefties and he’s going to try and field a consistent lineup.
This would have all made sense on July 1. But better late than never.
UPDATE, 5:19 p.m.: Baseball America reports that the Yankees have signed 27th round pick Garrison Lassiter, a lefty-hitting SS who had signed with UNC.
UPDATE, 7:01 p.m.: OK, it’s pouring at the Stadium but they are going to try to play once the storm clears out. But the game will not start on time.
UPDATE, 7:41 p.m.: Hideki Matsui was 1 for 3, including a sixth-inning solo homer, in his first rehab game with Single-A Tampa.
Joba on his 25 tosses today: “You’re a pitcher, you’re always going to feel something. But there’s a difference between, â€˜It’s not right,â€™ and, â€˜That’s just the normal everyday stuff.â€™ It was actually pretty good today. The first couple of throws, you get everything out and then it loosens up for you. As of right now, it feels pretty good.”
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: The game is underway.
I’m off this weekend, so the updates and posts could be a little sparse. But we’ll have the lineups every day. Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: This from Baseball America:
As reported earlier, the Yankees signed 27th-round draft pick Garrison Lassiter. Baseball America since has learned that his bonus was $600,000, the equivalent of slot money for the 68th overall choice (second round).
A shortstop from West Forsyth High in Clemmons, N.C., Lassiter has a quick lefthanded bat, power potential and a strong arm, though heâ€™s still raw offensively and defensively.