Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (16-7, 3.48).
Pitching: RHP Matt Garza (7-9, 4.01).
TIME/TV: 1:05, YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees play a doubleheader today, with the second game at 7:05. … Yanks are coming off a 5-2 road trip that was capped by a 14-8 loss in Toronto yesterday. They start the day with a 7.5-game lead on Boston in the AL East and a five-game lead on Los Angeles for best record in the league and home-field advantage. The Red Sox are at Chicago today and the Angels are at Kansas City.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To you, Suzyn Waldman. Thanks for reading the blog and try and enjoy your long day in the booth.
THE JETER METER: In case you haven’t heard, Derek Jeter needs three hits to tie the franchise record of 2,721 career hits held by Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig. Jeter has said he wants to play in both games.
CC TIME: Sabathia is 6-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his last seven starts.
RIVERA READY: Mariano Rivera is cleared to pitch after missing the last five days with a sore left groin. I would think they would use him in only one game.
GRITTY, GUTTY AND BACK: LHYB Fan Favorite Brett Gardner has been activated off the disabled list. He has been out since late July with a broken left thumb. He ran all the way from Scranton and made it in 90 minutes. Amazing.
THANKS: To my Journal News colleague Jake Thomases for texting in the lineup. He’s covering the games today. The blog will be updated from time to time, although not quite as maniacally as usual as I have assorted things to do at home.
Great weather, get out and enjoy the day or enjoy the games. Happy Labor Day.
UPDATE, 11:39 p.m.: Shelley Duncan is being recalled from Scranton as well. Good news for him. Both he and Gardner were on the 40-man roster.
A few notes via Jake:
• Shelley Duncan isn’t expected to arrive until the middle of Game 1. Girardi said he can play first base and the outfield, though he hasn’t played much first.
• Girardi is going to talk with Jeter after Game 1 to discuss whether he will play again, but expects him to be in the lineup for both ends of the doubleheader.
• Jeter said he hasn’t thought about pursuing records in the future but will play “as long as it’s still fun.” He said two of his his most memorable hits were his first hit and first homer. He has the first hit ball but not the first HR because the fan wouldn’t give it back to him.
• Jeter is 14-43 (.326) against today’s two Rays pitchers.
• Hinske’s locker was moved into the near left corner between Johnny Damon and Josh Towers to accomodate the callups. He was formerly along the far left wall with the relief pitchers.