Pitching: RHP Sergio Mitre (1-0, 4.76).
NOTES: Thanks to Ernie Palladino for calling in the lineup. … The 1:05 p.m. game is on YES. … Oakland is starting LHP Dallas Braden (7-8, 3.40). … Yankees are 8-1 on a homestand that ends today. They leave after the game for Florida and open a series with the Rays tomorrow night. … A-Rod is just getting a day off with the team in the midst of playing 17 straight days.
UPDATE, 10:37 p.m.: Brett Gardner is on the disabled list with a broken left thumb. He did it sliding into second base yesterday when he broke up a double play in the first inning. Amazingly, he stayed in the rest of the game, had an RBI triple and made two great catches in the eighth inning.
RHP Jon Albaladejo is at the Stadium. More information later as it becomes available.
UPDATE, 10:42 p.m.: The extra pitcher is here temporarily. They’ll add a position player in the next day or two. There is not another OF on the 40-man roster. The choices would seem to be Austin Jackson, Shelley Duncan or John Rodriguez.
The question is whether they want somebody who can play CF. That would be A-Jax. If they want a thumper, that’s Shelley. Rodriguez has big-league experience but has never played CF in the majors. Maybe they bring back Ramiro Pena, who has been playing some CF in Scranton. But he has only a few games of experience there.
Jackson has not been swinging the ball particularly well of late (.200 in his last 10 games) but has had a good season in Triple-A (.311/.375/.429). Maybe now you see what he can do.
Gardner will be in a cast for two weeks and then they’ll evaluate it. He chipped part of the bone on the base of his thumb.
This is a big blow. Gardner has been a valuable player all season.