Hello once again from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees will open a very brief two-game series to wrap up their season set with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Good to be back in the saddle, and my thanks to Tim Britton & crew for holding down the fort while I was out of town over the weekend.
The Yankees have recalled Jonathan Albaladejo to replace Andy Pettitte on the active roster, and Albaladejo will be available in relief tonight. Sergio Mitre is the scheduled starter for Thursday vs. Kansas City, so another move will be needed then.
One other pre-game note – Alex Rodriguez was effusive in his praise of Lou Piniella, who announced today that he plans to retire from managing after the season. “I can’t say enough good things about him,” A-Rod said. “For me, I needed to have a disciplinarian like him, coming out of high school into the big leagues. It was exactly what I needed. I have a lot to be grateful and appreciative of, from what he taught me.”
Here are tonight’s lineups:
Erick Aybar SS, Howie Kendrick 2B, Bobby Abreu RF, Torii Hunter CF, Hideki Matsui DH, Mike Napoli 1B, Juan Rivera LF, Maicer Izturis 3B, Jeff Mathis C, Sean O’Sullivan RHP (0-0, 1.29)
Derek Jeter SS, Nick Swisher RF, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Jorge Posada C, Curtis Granderson CF, Juan Miranda DH, Brett Gardner LF, Phil Hughes RHP (11-2, 3.65)