A. Rodriguez DH
I. Rodriguez C
Notes: Thanks to Brian Heyman for calling in the lineup. … Late report time for the boys today, hence the late lineup. … Abreu played both games yesterday and may just be getting a day off. … The Yankees beat Jackson on Sept. 3 in Tampa. He lasted only 3.1 innings, giving up six runs on 11 hits. … The Yankees are 10-7 against the Rays. This is the final game of the season series. … The Yankees start the day 11 games out of first and nine back in the wild card with 14 games to play.
LOOK OUT, LOU: After going 6 for 7 in yesterday’s doubleheader, Derek Jeter now has 1,266 hits at Yankee Stadium and is just three hits shy of tying Lou Gehrigâ€™s all-time record.
COKE IS IT: Rookie LHP Phil Coke has not allowed a run in the seven innings he has pitched.
KEEP IT UP: The Yankees got the countdown right in Game 2 last night. They had Don Larsen, David Cone and David Wells â€“ all three authors of perfect games at Yankee Stadium – pull the lever.
IDLE CHATTER: After two solid starts, Carl Pavano has not pitched well since. His line in his last two starts: 9.1 innings, 12 hits, 8 runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts, 3 home runs.
HUGHES FOR WEDNESDAY: Phil Hughes arrived in town. Girardi won’t say whether he’ll start on Wednesday. But all indications are that he will.
WANG CHUCKS IT: For the first time since he was injured in June, Chien-Ming Wang played catch today. He could throw off the mound before the season is over, but only just to see how he feels.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 11:54 p.m.: The Yankees just announced that Hughes will start Wednesday against Chicago.
UPDATE, 2:48 p.m.: Jeter certainly didn’t waste any time taking care of that Lou Gehrig record. Oh, and he’s now hitting .307. … Meanwhile that’s 100 RBI for A-Rod and 92 for Giambi. The Big G also has 30 homers. You watch, he’ll get a two-year deal from somebody.
I hope that people appreciate what Jeter has done and continues to do. His many detractors lose sight of the guy’s consistency and what he means to this franchise. Years from now, Jeter and Mo will be the players people remember from this era of baseball in New York.
Lou Gehrig, I suspect, would be OK with Derek Jeter breaking his record.
UPDATE, 3:03 p.m.: Shocking, stunning news from Yankee Stadium as Carl Pavano has had to leave the game with an inury. In other news, fall is coming and the sky is blue. The best part will be Joe Girardi defending him after the game. The Rajah of Rehab is back.
UPDATE, 3:24 p.m.: Aside from Jeter’s HR, David Price has certainly been impressive. The Rays did it right, leaving him in the minors all season. It’ll be interesting to see if he makes the playoff roster. A hard-throwing lefty? Why not?