Another short set of pregame notes today, partially because things have been a little more hectic than usual during this series, and partially because there’s simply not a lot to make note of before tonight’s game.
Some of the early focus wasn’t on a baseball game at all. The Yankees were all gathered around the clubhouse television watch the U.S. soccer game.
“I don’t know why I’m cheering,” Joba Chamberlain said. “I’ve got Ghana in the pool.”
When the U.S. tied the game on a penalty kick, Joe Girardi tried to play a joke from his office.
“My TV was like two seconds ahead of the TV they had,” Girardi said. “I yelled, ‘He missed it!’ but no one reacted. I guess I didn’t yell loud enough.”
Girardi said he’s been watching the World Cup, but not especially closely. “The buzzing kind of drives me crazy,” he said. The Dodgers were taking batting practice when Ghana won the game in overtime (is it called overtime in soccer?).
• Both Alfredo Aceves and Sergio Mitre played long toss in Tampa today. Both will throw off a full mound on Monday. Although the Yankees want to get Mitre stretched out a little bit, Girardi said it’s still likely that Mitre will be ready to return before Aceves. Both will need a rehab assignment.
• Marcus Thames is still with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team. “He’s running the bases today,” Girardi said. “But he’s not ready to play in games yet.”
• Girardi said he wasn’t sure how he would have handled Edwin Jackson’s no-hitter yesterday. Throwing 149 pitches might have been too much for Girardi to allow. “You start to get nervous around 130,” he said.
• Jorge Posada took a foul ball off his foot yesterday, but Girardi said that’s not why Posada is out of the lineup today. “He wasn’t limping so I wasn’t worried,” Girardi said.
Rafael Furcal SS
Matt Kemp CF
Andre Ethier RF
Manny Ramirez LF
James Loney 1B
Casey Blake 3B
Russell Martin C
Blake Dewitt 2B
Hiroki Kuroda RHP
Associated Press photo of U.S. soccer fans