The Yankees and Angels wrap up this three-game series this afternoon here at Angel Stadium, with Javier Vazquez chasing his second win of the road trip opposite former New York Mets legend Scott Kazmir.
The biggest note is that Nick Johnson is feeling a little better after treatment and Tuesday appears very much in play. Both catchers are in the lineup today, with Jorge Posada DHing, and in the case of emergency Ramiro Pena would be strapping on the shin guards. Obviously Joe Girardi hopes that doesn’t have to happen. Marcus Thames is drawing the start because of his prior success against Kazmir.
Of course, the Yankees are heading to the White House on Monday and expect to see a lot of wide eyes from the rookies doing it for the first time. For a guy like Andy Pettitte, though, it’s almost old hat. He compared visiting the White House to his first trip to Fenway Park or Wrigley Field — when you’re about to meet your fourth president (Clinton, Bush, Bush II), I guess it would seem that way.
Here are the lineups:
Pitching: Javier Vazquez (1-2, 8.27)
Pitching: Scott Kazmir (1-1, 7.45)