Notes: Thanks to Jake Thomases for providing the lineup. … The Yankees are 2-3 on a six-game homestand that ends today. They start a 10-day, 10-game, four-city road trip tomorrow in Detroit. … The teams have split 14 games this season. The Blue Jays are three games behind the Yankees in the AL East standings.
CHASING LOU: Derek Jeter has 1,260 hits at Yankee Stadium. The record is 1,269 by Lou Gehrig. Today is the first of 11 games remaining at the Stadium.
TAKE A BIG CUT: Bobby Abreu has gone 104 AB without hitting a home run.
DOUBLE PLAY-ROD: Alex Rodriguez had grounded into 11 double plays this month. Over the last 20 seasons, the only other player to hit into that many GIDPs in one calendar month was Jose Guillen, who had 11 for the Mariners last August. No other Yankees batter has grounded into that many double plays in one calendar month since GIDPs were first recorded in the American League in 1939.
(This stat, I just learned, came from the hard-working people at the Elias Sports Bureau, the greatest of all the sports bureaus.)
ENJOY THE GAME: That’s it for me today. I’m not at the Stadium because of the 10-day road trip that starts tomorrow and will be avoiding the PowerBook all day. Play nice.