WHITE SOX (83-65)
Alfredo Aceves (1-0, 1.29) has not faced any of the Chicago hitters.
Notes: Joe Girardi is sitting Cano for not hustling yesterday. … The White Sox figure to be a bit tired, having played a doubleheader in Chicago last night. … Chicago has a 1.5-game lead on the Twins in the AL Central. … The Yankees start the day 10 games out of first and nine games behind in the wild card. The Red Sox face the Rays in Tampa. … The Yankees are 2-1 on the homestand with seven games left.
CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS: Derek Jeter is 9 of 11 with four runs scored on the homestand and is 12 of 19 in his last five games, raising his batting average from .295 to .306. He has hit safely in 12 of the last 13 games.
MORE JETER: In case you missed it, he needs one more hit to have 1,270 in his career. That would be the most in the history of Yankee Stadium. He is tied with Lou Gehrig. What maybe you did not know is that Jeter needs four ABs to have 8,000 in his career. That would tie him with Gehrig for second place in team history. The leader is Mickey Charles Mantle with 8,102. Jeter also is four RBI short of 1,005, which would tie him with Bob Meusel for 10th place on the team rolls.
HOW LOW CAN CANO GO: He was benched yesterday for a lack of hustle. But Robinson Cano shouldn’t play, period. He is 4 of his last 25 with no runs scored or RBI. He has not walked in 89 plate appearances dating back to Aug. 20. He is hitting .260/.294/.396.
RUN, RUN RUNAWAY: The Yankees have scored 719 runs. They’re on a pace for 782. They scored 969 last season.
SENDING A MESSAGE: Melky Cabrera was called back up on Sept. 5. He has not had an at-bat since.
JOSE CAN YOU GET AN OUT: Jose Veras in his last 16 appearances: 14.1 innings, 17 hits, 10 earned runs, 9 walks, 16 strikeouts. His ERA has soared from 2.54 to 3.54. Veras has thrown a strike in 157 of his last 272 pitches.
EDWAR, WHAT IS HE GOOD FOR?: In his last 18 appearances Edwar Ramirez has pitched 15 innings and given up 14 earned runs on 15 hits and nine walks.
BRUNEY BATTLES: Now that he’s over his dreaded Lisfranc injury, Brian Bruney has been lights out. In his last 13 appearances he has thrown 14 innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out 12 and walking four.
GET OUT OF THE WAY: Mariano Rivera has 478 saves. He is tied with big Lee Smith for second place all-time. Trevor Hoffman is first with 552.
ALFREDO’S DAY: Alfredo Aceves,
the 32-year-old 25-year-old right-hander from Mexico will be making his first start at the Stadium. He beat the Angels on Tuesday, allowing one run over seven innings.
BRICKTOWN SHOWDOWN UPDATE: Scranton has named Ian Kennedy to start the Triple-A title game against Sacramento on Tuesday in Oklahoma City. The winner-take-all game will be on ESPN2.
Back later with some updates.
UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli was called up today along with Humberto Sanchez. … Austin Jackson is here but will not be on the roster. He will get an MRI on his sore back tomorrow. “I think I’m fine,” he said. “They want to make sure.”
A-Jax is headed for the Arizona Fall League. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him for long. But he was thrilled about the EL title and being the MVP. “We had a great group of guys,” he said. “It just made me want to work harder.”
Jackson is really committed to baseball and could blossom into a major, major prospect next season. It’ll be interesting to see how he does in Arizona.
UPDATE, 4:37 p.m.: Joe Girardi has apparently had an epiphany. His pre-game press conference was the best one he has had all season. He talked openly and honestly about benching Cano, Joba, the clubhouse, Posada, etc.
Unfortunately, with my regular laptop being repaired I don’t have the ability to post the audio. But watch the YES pregame.
Hopefully this is a sign that Joe realizes that his style with the media wasn’t working and he’s willing to say what he really thinks. It’s important for the manager, especially in New York, to have credibility. Whether you like the media or not, we’re a conduit to the fans and what the manager says and how he says it is important.
The highlights of what he said:
On Cano: “We don’t want what happened yesterday to happen again. Obviously, Robbie’s had a year that has been difficult on him. He’s a guy who’s used to hitting .300 and being successful. … You have to figure out how to play the game the same way no matter what the result is. There was just no effort after the ball (on Sunday). … That there was no effort on the ball is what really upset me.”
On Joba: “It’s something we’re going to discuss during the offseason but we envision him as a starter.”
UPDATE, 4:47 p.m.: Girardi said Jorge Posada was free to have an opinion on Joba. He’s right about that. Posada talked with writers today when he was in Manhattan for the YES taping.
I think many of us, media included, have underestimated the impact of Posada’s absence this season. Not just the fact that he is one of the best catchers in the game, but that he is an opinionated, emotional guy. The writers would not have been around to see it, but I believe Posada would have jacked Cano up about two months ago.
But when a guy is hurt, he cant really be that kind of leader.
UPDATE, 5:04 p.m.: It sounds like Matsui might be shut down soon so he can have surgery on his left knee. This is the third straight game he has been out of the lineup.
UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.: Edwar Ramirez had his suspension reduced to two games, which he will start serving tonight. He was originally suspended for three games back on July 31. Nice to see that MLB believes in the right to a speedy trial.
UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: This is neat. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is at the game tonight. His team is off today. He told reporters in St. Louis that he wanted to see the Stadium one more time.
La Russa spoke to a group of cadets at West Point today and then attended the game as a guest of White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, his old boss. La Russa was accompanied by retired Gen. Hal Moore, who marched into Yankee Stadium as a cadet.
For you history buffs, Moore was the U.S. commander at the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14â€“16, 1965, in Vietnam. He received a Distinguished Service Cross which is the second highest military decoration of the United States Army. The fierce battle was the subject of the film We Were Soldiers and the book We Were Solders Once … And Young written by Moore and Joe Galloway. It’s an excellent book, by the way.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Derek needs a day game. He’s never going to get a hit with 10,000 people shooting off flashbulbs every time he swings.
UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: That right there is what Gardner needs to do. Now he needs to steal second and score on a single. That is how he can help this team long term.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: The countdown lever was pulled by several beat writers, long-time official scorer Bill Shannon and radio man Ed Lucas. They asked me to do it and I passed. It would have been hypocritical to rip the thing all season long and then participate.