A. Rodriguez 3B
I. Rodriguez C
RED SOX (94-66)
Van Every CF
Notes: The Yankees have won eight of nine and 11 of their last 13. They are 16-8 in September. … Boston was eliminated from the division race last night, making these final two games meaningless for all concerned.
SIR SIDNEY, REALLY? Sidney Ponson is 0-2, 11.42 in two starts against Boston this season. He is 3-13, 6.95 in 22 career starts. He is 2-5, 7.81 at Fenway Park. Why isn’t Ian Kennedy or Chase Wright or anybody else making this start?
CANO COMES ON: Robinson Cano has hit in nine straight games at 14 of 33 (.424) with five extra-base hits, 10 RBI and only one strikeout.
EARNING A SHOT: Brett Gardner is 13 of his last 40 (.325) with eight runs scored, seven RBI, four extra-base hits and four stolen bases.
SHUTDOWN CITY: Derek Jeter (left hand) isn’t going to play today and is doubtful for tomorrow.
PLAYING UP: The Yankees are 19-15 against the Red Sox and Rays this season.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: Derek Jeter has been shut down for the rest of the season. His left hand is wrapped up and he can’t play. He talked a little bit about the end of the season and how he felt. I asked him how much his left hand was injured when he was hit by Daniel Cabrera back on May 21.
“It doesn’t matter now,” Jeter said. “I’m not going to make excuses.”
Jeter hit .232 over the next 28 games with six extra-base hits.
Mike Mussina talked about his quest for 20 wins and whether he would want to return next season. Moose said it comes down to whether he wants to retire now or keep going and chase 300 wins. Basically, if he comes back for one season he would probably pitch three more.
As for Brian Cashman, he’s driving back home tomorrow and will contemplate his decision. This has nothing to do with money, it has everything to do with whether he wants to subject himself to holding on to one of the most pressurized jobs in sports. Being GM of the Yankees or Red Sox is different than being GM of the other 30 teams. Cashman had found a way to work for George Steinbrenner. But can he find a way to work with his sons? Keep in mind, Hank and Hal were not involved whatsoever until late in the 2007 season.
Cashman hasn’t decided yet. “It’s 50-50,” he said.
There could be big, big changes coming to the Yankees.
UPDATE, 4:38 p.m.: As I’m sure you guessed, the game has been delayed. No word on when they will start, only that the Red Sox think they can get the game in at some point.
Back later with any updates.
UPDATE, 5:00 p.m.: Here’s a good column from T.J. Simers of the L.A. Times on Joe Torre. Many of the Yankees, at least those who played for him, have called or texted Torre in the last few days.
UPDATE, 5:03 p.m.: This game is going to be called. Just a matter of a few seconds.