8/5 – Yankees at Blue Jays
The roof is open, the weather’s great, and that’s really all you need to know heading into tonight’s series finale between the Yanks and Jays. Well, and this:
The Yankees designated Cody Ransom for assignment prior to the game and promoted Anthony Claggett from Triple-A Scranton, in a move that most anticipated earlier this week. With the more versatile Jerry Hairston, Jr. on the roster now, it just didn’t make a whole lot of sense to keep Ransom around — and the Yankees can certainly use extra pitching heading into what’s sure to be a draining four-game series against the Red Sox. Yes, the Red Sox — pretty much all the pregame talk centered on those guys, despite the fact that there’s still a game to be played here in Canada. Should be an interesting weekend.
Hairston, by the way, is playing third base tonight, with A-Rod taking a DH day.
Hairston, Jr. 3B
Pitching: Sergio Mitre (1-0, 7.90)
BLUE JAYS (51-55)
Pitching: Marc Rzepczynski (1-2, 3.25)
NOTES: A sad moment at the ballpark, when the Yanks learned that George Murray, one of the people the Yankees honored during their recent Hope Week, passed away yesterday at his home in South New Berlin, N.Y. Murray, who was told when he was diagnosed with ALS three years ago that he had three to five years to live, was 38. “I was shocked,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was among those who surprised Murray in a suite last month at Yankee Stadium.
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