Notes: The Yankees have won seven straight and 10 of 11. … The Yankees are four games ahead ofthe fourth-place Jays with four games to play. … The Yankees are 15-7 in September. … Do you think Pudge Rodriguez will look back fondly on his time with the Yankees? He has had Chad Moeller and now Cervelli play in front of him.
SO LONG, IDLE: This will be the 26th and final (right?) start in four years with the Yankees for Carl Pavano. $39.95 million doesn’t get what it used to.
MR. CONSISTENT: Bobby Abreu needs one RBI to join Alex Rodrifguez and Albert Pujols as the only players to have at least 100 RBI for each of the last six seasons. Bobby also has gone eight straight seasons with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases.
MR. SEPTEMBER: Robinson Cano is 10 of 24 with seven runs scored, four RBI and one strikeout in his last seven games.
NOT GIVING UP MUCH: Yankee pitchers have allowed 11 runs in the last seven games.
NOT SO FAST: Xavier Nady is down to .265/.346/.469 in 55 games for the Yankees. He’s at .209/.250/.349 this month. You might want to reconsider his place in Monument Park.
WHAT’S ON THE iPOD TODAY: You Got Me Rocking (Stones), Evenflow (Pearl Jam), Hungry Heart (Springsteen live, Aug. 20, 1981 in Los Angeles), The Company I Keep (Drive-By Truckers), Messin’ With The Kid (Blues Brothers), Settin’ The Woods On Fire (Hank Williams), Come See About Me (The Supremes), Lawyers, Guns and Money (the late, great Warren Zevon).
Back later with some updates.
UPDATE, 5:25 p.m.: Mariano Rivera has gone back to New York for a physical. Joe Girardi said Mo has a “cranky body” and would not say whether his shoulder or elbow is bothering him. Girardi claimed that Rivera would be available to pitch in Boston. We’ll see.
“Not necessarily,” said Girardi when asked whether Rivera had something specifically wrong.
Every player gets a physical at the end of the season. It’s unusual, however, for somebody to leave the road for one.
Girardi said that Jeter, A-Rod and Damon would return to the lineup this weekend. There is rain expected in tomorrow, however.
UPDATE, 5:36 p.m.: Congratulations to Joe Torre, Larry Bowa and Don Mattingly for leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League West title. Through the Dodgers suffered a variety of injuries and poor performances by key players like Andruw Jones, Torre managed to guide them to only their second division title in 12 seasons.
The NL West is dreadful but all you can do is play the schedule you’re given. That’s 13 consecutive postseason berths for Torre.
UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: Mike Mussina threw a bullpen today and said his elbow felt fine. He’s set for Sunday. Girardi said he would use all the regulars and everybody in the bullpen to get Moose the win.
UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Hope you got a good look tonight, you’ll never see Pavano in a Yankees uniform again. The great heist has come to a conclusion. Pavano leaves with $39.95 million having given the Yankees nine wins over four years.
Thanks for the memories, Carl.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: In a stunning turn of events, it would seem that Girardi didn’t reveal the whole truth about an injury. Brian Cashman said that Mariano Rivera has a sore shoulder, which is why he went back to New York to get checked out. He had an MRI and the team is awaiting results. It was not a standard end-of-the-season physical.
Given that information, it would seem unlikely that Rivera will pitch this weekend.