Under the lights in the Bronx
You know, for all this talk about the unbalanced schedule, it sure does feel like a long time since the Yankees and Red Sox met. A lot has happened since April 17. Think they’ll remember how to play a lengthy game?
Here’s the quick hits pre-game that you need to know about … Melky Cabrera is back in the lineup and they hope the day off cleared his head. This 0-for-19 slump might have been wearing on him quite a bit, but you’d never be able to tell by his demeanor. I crossed paths with Melky in the clubhouse and he was upbeat, saying the day off was good for him and Joe Girardi told him it’d just be for one night.
It also seems that Hideki Matsui won’t be able to pick up a bat this weekend, as the Yankees originally thought he would. Surgery still is being viewed as a last resort, but it’s clear that something continues to not be going well in that left knee of his. If Matsui has surgery, he said his ’08 season will be over, so they’ll do everything possible to avoid going under the knife. If that means Matsui has to sit out until after the All-Star Break, so be it.
Fun fact: The last time the Yankees and Red Sox met this late in the season with neither team occupying first place in the AL East was Sept. 15, 1997, when the Orioles paced the division.