Tonight: RHP Mike Mussina (16-7, 3.35) vs. RHP Radhames Liz (4-3, 7.47), 7:05, Channel 9
Saturday: RHP Carl Pavano (season debut) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (10-6, 3.15), 7:05, YES
Sunday: RHP Darrell Rasner (5-9, 4.93) vs. RHP Daniel Cabrera (8-8, 4.98), 7:05, YES, WCBS
Greetings from Gate 160 in Toronto. Early flight to Newark today then a drive down to Baltimore for the latest stop on the march to fourth place. Those Yankee fans who purchased tickets and hotel rooms in the Charm City for this weekend expecting some pennant-race games can’t be too happy.
Is anybody else surprised that the Yankees are using Carl Pavano tomorrow? Wouldn’t it benefit the long-term interests of the organization to give major-league innings to Phil Hughes instead of a player they can’t wait to get rid of?
The worst part? After four years without a pulse, Pavano gets to audition for a job next season at the expense of the Yankees. Why not just release him at this point and move on?
A little good news. I’ve arranged a reader Q&A with a certain Hall of Famer who should give us some interesting answers. More on that to come.
Check back later for the lineup.