Notes: Thanks to Josh Thomson for calling in the lineup. … I am doing some writing from the home office today but Josh will relay any information for updates. … The Yankees have won four of their last five games.
JUAN FOR THE MONEY: This will be the major league debut of Juan Miranda. The 25-year-old Cuban has been with the organization since Dec. 22, 2006 when he signed as a free agent. He spent this season with Triple-A Scranton.
SECOND CITY: The White Sox are 2-7 in their last nine games at Yankee Stadium.
GIRARDI LIKES COKE: He’ll undoubtedly rest today. But the legend of Phil Coke is growing. The rookie lefty has thrown 10 scoreless innings in his seven appearances, allowing three hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
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TRYING FOR 20: The Moose needs a win tonight to have any hope at 20 wins for the season. He is scheduled to pitch again on Tuesday in Toronto and on Sept. 28 in Boston.
Back later with some updates.
BIG DADDY DAMON: Congratulations to Johnny Damon. Michelle Damon gave birth to the couple’s second child today, a girl named Danica. She checked in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces and everybody is doing well according to Joe Girardi.
Imagine having Johnny as your dad? What could be better than that? No word on when Johnny will rejoin the team.
UPDATE, 5:08 p.m.: Ah, the insular little world of baseball. The Dodgers won again today, beating the Pirates 4-3 in 12 innings. Scott Proctor, who you may remember from his 1,700 appearances with the Yankees, got the win. The Dodgers won the game on a single by James Loney off former Yankee T.J. Beam.
That’s 15 wins in 18 games for the Dodgers and Joe Torre. These are dark days for the Torre haters out there. The Yankees are going home and he’s going to the playoffs again. The best part is that they’ll tell you he would not have made a difference on this team.
Of course not. It’s not the like the Yankees had flawed, injured teams in 2005, 2006 and 2007 but stayed tough all summer and made their way into the postseason. Oh, wait a second. They did.
The other excuse, of course, will be that the NL West stinks. Which is does. Tell it to the 2006 Cardinals.
(Let the angry, irrational, “You Love Torre!” comments begin. Nobody knows when they’re being teased.)
UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: Girardi said that Andy Pettitte’s start on Sunday would not be his last. They plan to use him in Boston.
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Orlando Cabrera now has five doubles in this series.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Bobby Abreu must really want to come back next season. That’s three hits and five RBI for him. He has given them a lot to think about.
If this score holds, the Moose will have 18 wins for the first time since 2002 and still have a chance for 20. What a season for him.
UPDATE, 10:15 p.m.: Good for Cervelli and Sanchez, getting to play on the big field. Sanchez, who grew up in the Bronx, must be thrilled.