Tonight’s 10:05 p.m. ET game will be televised on the YES Network. Meanwhile, it’s also on 3D, and I just got to watch a half inning in the press box. Outstanding. I want that.
Brett Gardner LF, Nick Swisher DH, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Curtis Granderson CF, Colin Curtis RF, Francisco Cervelli C, Ramiro Pena SS, RHP Javier Vazquez (7-7, 4.81)
Ichiro Suzuki RF, Chone Figgins 2B, Russell Branyan DH, Jose Lopez 3B, Franklin Gutierrez CF, Justin Smoak 1B, Michael Saunders LF, Rob Johnson C, Jack Wilson SS, RHP Felix Hernandez (6-5, 3.01)
With Robinson Cano looking on, Nick Swisher will be taking aim at the outfield walls of Angel Stadium on Monday night.
From Major League Baseball:
Major League Baseball announced today that All-Star outfielders Chris Young of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Nick Swisher of the New York Yankees have committed to participating in the 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby on Monday, July 12th at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. This will be the first career Derbys for Young (.263, 15 HR, 60 RBI) and Swisher (.304, 14 HR, 48 RBI), both of whom are first-time All-Stars.
Here’s Swish: “I have to do it like I do everything – just live in the moment,” Swisher said. “Why not just have a blast with it? It’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m nervous already, but I’m going to go out and have an absolute blast. I’m going to soak up that moment.”
Strangely, as our buddy Jordan Bastian tweets from north of the border, MLB home run leader Jose Bautista wasn’t even asked
to take part in the competition.
The Yankees had their first kangaroo court session of the year yesterday, with the Hon. Mariano Rivera presiding. It took about an hour for the players to get through the list of offenses which have been compiled over the first three months-plus of the season. Most of them are silly ways for teammates to write each other up, and many never see the light of day to the public.
“What happens in kangaroo court, stays in kangaroo court,” Mark Teixeira said.
Not exactly. Phil Hughes opened the window a little bit, revealing that Tony Pena had been hit with a fine for his duck-and-cover act on May 4, when Francisco Cervelli tumbled into the dugout in pursuit of a foul ball. Typically, players and coaches will help prop the player up to avoid injury – Pena offered absolutely no help in bracing Cervelli. Finally, justice caught up to him.
Hughes said he didn’t escape unscathed. He was hit with a fine for writing up double offenses on Colin Curtis, who had tried to mail a players’ All-Star ballot with no address and no postage when the Yankees were in Los Angeles last month. Curtis wasn’t exonerated, so there were no winners in that one.
“We didn’t have all that many,” he said. “They were just really drawn out. It took forever.”