7/4 – Yankees vs. Blue Jays
Happy Independence Day from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees will send Phil Hughes to the mound this afternoon to complete their six-game homestand, looking to win the rubber game of their series with the Toronto Blue Jays.
It’s also All-Star selection Sunday, and Joe Girardi plans to tell his deserving players of that in just a few minutes, planning to bring a few of his guys out to Angel Stadium on July 13.
And now we know, as TBS has informed us, that Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano will be in the starting lineup for the American League. Alex Rodriguez has been named by Girardi as a reserve, and the Yankees pitching staff will be well represented by CC Sabathia (named by Girardi), plus Phil Hughes and Mariano Rivera, who both went in on the player vote.
Sabathia is scheduled to pitch on Sunday in Seattle, which would make him ineligible to play in the All-Star Game. That could open the door for him to be replaced on the roster by Andy Pettitte.
Here’s what Girardi told TBS from the dugout: “I think the toughest part is you know you are going to leave somebody off that is extremely deserving of going, and they are going to be disappointed. … It’s kind of like the NCAA tournament pool, you can have 64 teams, increase it 128 and there still are going to be two teams that felt they are deserving of going. There are players who are deserving of going who are not, and that is tough.”
BLUE JAYS (41-41)
Fred Lewis LF, DeWayne Wise CF, Alex Gonzalez SS, Jose Bautista RF, Adam Lind DH, Edwin Encarnacion 3B, Lyle Overbay 1B, Jose Molina C, John McDonald 2B, Brandon Morrow RHP (5-6, 4.50)
Derek Jeter DH, Nick Swisher RF, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Jorge Posada C, Curtis Granderson CF, Brett Gardner LF, Ramiro Pena SS, Phil Hughes RHP (10-2, 3.58)