Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui DH
Nick Swisher RF
Melky Cabrera LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner CF
Pitching: Joba Chamberlain (2-1, 3.76 ERA)
Pitching: Adam Eaton (2-4, 7.93).
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9.
THE PUMP: Leading the “silly storylines” section today is the steel-cage match scheduled between Joba and Aubrey Huff. While some folks are caught up in fist-pump-gate, give credit to both guys for giving it an appropriate blow-off: “It really doesn’t matter to me,” Joba said. “I would certainly hope it’s put to bed,” Huff said.
POWER PLAYS: Alex Rodriguez is clearly struggling – he didn’t homer last night for the first time in five games. Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera did manage to hit three in a row though, giving the Yankees 16 homers during their eight-game winning streak.
PARTY LIKE 2007: The Yankees are going for nine wins in a row tonight and their second straight series sweep. The last time they won nine in a row was June 5-14, 2007.
FIRST & 10?: During a preseason stadium tour, COO Lonn Trost mentioned that the Yankees could be interested in having non-baseball sporting events at the Stadium. Now comes a story in the New York Times about Notre Dame potentially playing a game there. Not a bad idea at all, I’d say.
UPDATE, 4:02 p.m.: Thanks to Josh Thomson, who is on the scene tonight and called in the lineup. I’ll be out of action for most of the evening, but Josh will report back with comments from Girardi about Wang/Hughes, today’s lineup (definitely a few questions there) and everything else after the manager speaks to the media. I’ll try to get a post up late-night if I can, and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the final holiday celebration and the mini-mailbag (questions still being accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org). Enjoy the game everyone.
UPDATE, 4:40: Josh reports that Phil Hughes will get another start. Hughes will start Monday in Texas. Chien-Ming Wang will pitch a for Scranton tomorrow against the Pawtucket Red Sox.
“We just want to see him have the stuff he had in the bullpen,” Girardi said.
Johnny Damon wrenched his neck jumping for Adam Jones home run yesterday. He is sore but Girardi hopes its only one day. “He’s a little sore.”
Also, Girardi said Cano was out in the second spot to break up the lefties in the lineup and because he makes good contact and can handle the bat.
Meanwhile down on the farm, Double-A Trenton was victimized by a perfect game by Cleveland prospect Jeanmar Gomez. It was an 11:05 a.m. start, so maybe the Thunder bats were still asleep.
UPDATE, 5 p.m.: It takes a lot of people to fill in for Pete. Journal News news-side reporter Jorge Fitz-Gibbon checked in to say the Yankees were well represented today when the city unveiled the new Metro-North Commuter Railroad station at the new Stadium. Jorge Posada and Brian Cashman, as well as David Cone and Lee Mazzilli, were on hand when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and MTA officials held a press conference at the new station at E. 153rd Street.
In fact, when it came time to life the curtain to unveil the signs that will sit on the platform, Bloomberg and Posada shared the duties.
In a humorous note, Jorge also reported that the mayor and others kept referring to the “station” as the “Stadium.”
UPDATE, 7:23 In case you missed it, Joba Chamberlain was hit with a line drive from Adam Jones on a 1-1 pitch. Jones was the second batter of the game. Joba lifted his right knee to protect himself as the line drive buzzed toward him and the ball hit him right on it. He threw Jones out at first. He then was in obvious pain.
Girardi and the trainer came out to see him. He threw two warmups and continued, only to be pulled after he allowed singles to the next two batters. Alfredo Aceves is now in. We’ll have an update on his condition as soon as possible.
UPDATE, 7:45: The Yankees might be distracted by Joba, but the Orioles pitching is so weak it doesn’t matter. With the ballpark and the money the franchise has, it speaks volumes to Peter Angelos’ incompetence and meddling that the Orioles are well on their way to their 13th straight sub-.500 season.
UPDATE, 9:15 X-rays negative, Joba’s injury is just a bruise. So now Yankees fans can start thinking about the weekend series with the Phillies.
UPDATE: 10:27: Updates from Josh from the clubhouse:
Girardi saw Joba walking around the clubhouse. He said the bruising wasn’t that bad as of tonight and said he was “hopeful” Joba will make his next scheduled start.
Damon didn’t take BP today. Girardi said he is day to day also. They’ll make a determination about whether or not he plays tomorrow afternoon before the game.
Also, Coke was only available in an emergency tonight but Girardi wanted to stay away from him. He expects him to be available tomorrow vs. The Phils.