9/28 – Yankees vs. Royals

Hey there folks. Bryan Hoch took a cue from Derek Jeter and company and took today off…which means you’re stuck with me, Anthony DiComo, the Juan Miranda of baseball writers.

Once this rain clears — and it will clear, according to the radar — the Yankees will take on the Royals in a game that’s, well, meaningless. The Yankees, after clinching Sunday, have nothing left to achieve in the regular season. And their final two opponents, the Royals and Rays, are both playing for next season.

But try telling Monday’s starter, Chad Gaudin, that these games aren’t important. How Gaudin fares tonight could directly impact whether or not he makes the postseason roster. And the same goes for Brian Bruney, Damaso Marte, David Robertson, Freddy Guzman and anyone else either on the bubble or with something to prove. These games, for those guys, are huge.

As for the Yankees’ first-round opponent, a Red Sox win combined with a Rangers loss tonight would eliminate Texas, making it certain that the Yankees will play either the Tigers or Twins in the first round. Those two teams are starting a critical four-game series in Detroit this evening.

All those answers will come. Until then, let’s talk about the Yankees. Monday night’s watered-down lineup looks something like this:

***UPDATE, 6:44 p.m.: The Yankees just scratched Johnny Damon for precautionary reasons due to the rain. No need to take any risks this time of year.

ROYALS (64-92)
royals.gifMitch Maier, LF
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
Billy Butler, 1B
Mike Jacobs, DH
Alberto Callaspo, 2B
Mark Teahen, RF
Miguel Olivo, C
Alex Gordon, 3B
Josh Anderson, CF

Pitching: RHP Luke Hochevar (7-11, 5.98).

YANKEES (100-56)
yankees.gifBrett Gardner, CF
Melky Cabrera, LF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Jorge Posada, C
Eric Hinske, 3B
Shelley Duncan, RF
Juan Miranda, 1B
Francisco Cervelli, C
Ramiro Pena, SS

Pitching: RHP Chad Gaudin (1-0, 3.71).

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–Anthony DiComo

4 Comments

I really think that the play of Cervelli should not be underestimated. He continues to contribute every time he gets a chance. Let’s face it, on practically any other team without a catcher named Mauer, he’d be starting.

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I don’t consider any game meaningless and I wish people would drop that word. To the players who played today it gives them “I played for the Yankees” record. And that means some thing to them if they never play an inning again. The team looked great.

Loved the play of Pena, getting his first major league HR; his teammates hazing him and then congratulating him. Cervelli was very good also. And Robbie Cano! Getting his 2nd grand slam. There was a lot of excitement in this game.

Gaudin pitched extremely well. Good for him. Hope he is on the ALDS roster.

So this game did have meaning for some of the young Yankee players. Hooray for them.

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Hey, oneof5!

I still like watching the bench/rookies play AND win an 8-2 game. Let’s see if AJ can get lifetime win no.100 on Tuesday.

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Obviously noone is bothering to blog tonight with all the call ups playing. It’s a throw away game. However, momentum is still important and the Yankees have to keep the peddle to the metal down the stretch into the playoffs. Get too complacent and they could be in trouble.

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