Notes: Thanks to Jake Thomases for e-mailing the lineup from the Stadium. … It’s raining in NYC at the moment but we’re a long way from game time. … This is the first game of a 10-game homestand.
RUBBER MATCH: Garza dominated the Yankees back on May 12 (7 5 0 0 1 3) but the Yankees knocked him around a bit on Sept. 2 (5 5 6 4 1 2). Garza overmatched the Yankees with his fastball in May and tried more breaking pitches in the last game.
SIR SID VS. THE RAYS: Ponson is 0-1 against the Rays this season. In 11 innings he has allowed six runs on 17 hits. He faced them as a Yankee on July 9 and allowed one run over six innings.
JETER CHASING THE IRON HORSE: Derek Jeter has had 1,260 hits at Yankee Stadium. The record is 1,269 by Lou Gehrig. Jeter has 10 games to collect nine hits to tie, 10 to pass him. Be kind of cool if he tied him, no?
GIVE IT UP, BERNIE: Bernie Williams told the Post he would be attending the final game on Sept. 21. But he also refused to say he has retired. In other news, Bernie turns 40 tomorrow and has not played in a game since Oct. 6, 2006. That’s retired.
TOUGH ON RAYS: The Yankees are 9-6 against Tampa Bay this season. The Rays have a losing record against only one other team in the AL, Cleveland (2-5).
Back later with some updates.
UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: Joe Girardi was on WFAN this afternoon and said he was hoping for a miracle run that would get the Yankees in the playoffs. That would have to be some miracle. Girardi also said the team has been playing hard down the stretch. You have to assume that most of what he says he simply doesn’t mean, but thinks it sounds good. Otherwise he really has a disconnection from reality. One thing about New York: You can’t fool too many people. Well, not too many anyway. The true believers won’t figure it out until Sept. 29.
UPDATE, 6:57 p.m.: The game is not going to start on time, if it starts at all. It’s pouring in the Bronx. The teams would undoubtedly play a split doubleheader on Saturday or Sunday.
When the Yankees reveal their plans, I’ll let you know.
UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Scranton is facing Durham tonight in North Carolina. You can follow the game on Minor League Baseball.com. Phil Hughes is pitching and there’s no score in the second inning. Scranton needs a win to claim the IL title.
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: Scranton has taken a 3-0 lead. Hopefully Hughes can hold it. I’ve had a chance to meet a bunch of the guys from that team (Shelley, Eric Duncan, Phil, Ian, Justin Christian, Nick Green, Dave Robertson, etc.) and they’re all good guys. If you’re going to play all season, you might as well win a title.
The Akron-Trenton game in the EL finals is being delayed by rain. That best-of-five series is tied 1-1.
You know the drill. Read Chad Jennings and Mike Ashmore for everything on those clubs. The links are over to the right.