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TORONTO — This should be interesting.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi chose Sunday as the day he’d shake up his lineup and give a few more guys a break from the field surface here at Rogers Centre. So, what we have is quite the afternoon delight — Eduardo Nunez fielding grounders at shortstop, Jorge Posada catching his throws at first base, and an all-turf field surrounding them.
Derek Jeter has the day off, Mark Teixeira is in as the designated hitter and Ramiro Pena gets his fifth start of the season at third base. But all our eyes will be on Phil Hughes, who makes his second start since returning from the disabled list.
Pregame, the Yankees switched outfielders, with lefty hitter Chris Dickerson returning and right-handed hitter Greg Golson being sent down to the Minor Leagues with the Yankees facing more righties in the coming days.
Still no Jose Bautista (ankle) for the Jays.
Here are your lineups …
Pitching: RH Hughes (0-2, 10.57 ERA)
Pitching: RH Carlos Villanueva (5-1, 2.99 ERA)
From the Game Notes …
* The Yankees are 34-18 (a .654 winning percentage) since May 17, marking the second-best record in the Majors over that stretch. Only the Red Sox (35-16) have a better mark since then.
* New York is a Major League-best 27-5 in day games this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only team to win at least 27 of their first 32 day games in a season was the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955.
* Nunez has driven in 16 runs this season, eight of which have tied the game or given the Yankees the lead.
And here are some links from yesterday …
* CC stifles Blue Jays for 14th win
* Yankees Notebook, with stuff on Soriano, defense, Jeter and (of course) signs
* Hughes out to build on modest return
* Yankees reportedly one of many teams interested in Ubaldo
* Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees?
Mariano Rivera played catch in the outfield at Cleveland’s Progressive Field today and said that his sore right triceps feels better, but he still feels something in there. He’ll give manager Joe Girardi a full report after the session, but told reporters that it’d take an emergency for him to pitch tonight.
Earlier today, Rivera said the toughest person to convince is usually Gene Monahan, who’ll nod when a player says he feels OK and then tell the manager to give him another day off. You’ve seen it before, but Rivera might get a little extra leeway with Girardi because of who he is and what he’s been through.
“Basically, you know your body,” Rivera said. “Those things are going to happen. You always have some aching feelings and soreness. I’m not concerned because I haven’t done nothing wrong. I expect that it’s something that’s going to calm and go away, the same way it came.”
Other pre-game tidbits:
- Derek Jeter is in the lineup, batting leadoff and playing shortstop. Girardi said he checked with Jeter last night and today to make sure he’d be ready to go. They wouldn’t commit to a start on Wednesday here in Cleveland.
- Luis Ayala is available tonight. Cory Wade has pitched in three of four, so he’s out. Eduardo Nunez is available off the bench, Girardi said.
- Just a day off for Russell Martin after catching four straight, and a half-day for Mark Teixeira, who’s DHing while the Yanks play this stretch of 13 in a row. Girardi said that it’s to the point now where he doesn’t think twice about having Jorge Posada play first base.
- They’re expecting 100 pitches out of Phil Hughes tomorrow.
- Another setback for Eric Chavez, who felt something in his abdominal and has been sent back to New York for tests. Meanwhile, Rafael Soriano is set to throw a bullpen in Tampa tomorrow. Best case for Soriano is the first game after the All-Star break, but a little cushion room is more likely.
Mark Teixeira said that he intends to decline David Ortiz’s invitation to participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby.
“I’d been texting with David a little bit and I told him that if I was on the team, we’d talk,” Teixeira said. “If I’m not on the team, I’m not going to go to the Home Run Derby. It’s just too long of a trip and I’m going to spend those days with my family.”
Teixeira also said he wasn’t counting on heading to Phoenix.
“I was pretty sure I wouldn’t make the team,” he said. “This year, the three best players in baseball play first base in the American League. Those guys all deserve to be there. Hopefully Paul (Konerko) will make it too, because he deserves to be on that team.”
The Yankees will enter September in sole possession of first place in the American League East, their 82-50 record good enough to advance one game in front of the Tampa Bay Rays, who lost to the Blue Jays in a 13-5 decision at Tropicana Field.
Mark Teixeira said that the Yankees have been doing “a little bit” of scoreboard watching, sneaking peeks at the big out-of-town video screens between innings to see what’s going on down in St. Petersburg.
“At the same time, we have to win,” Teixeira said. “We have to take care of our own business. It doesn’t matter what everyone else does if we don’t win. You check the scoreboard every now and then, but we’re really concentrating on what we have to do.”
August wasn’t especially kind to the Yankees, who were one game up on the Rays when play closed on Aug. 1 and will be right in that same spot on Sept. 1. But treading water was pretty good considering what the Yankees had to deal with.
“I thought we battled through a tough month, with some injuries, an extremely tough schedule physically, some guys we expected to get back that didn’t get back,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I thought our guys played extremely hard and found a way to have a winning month. In our division, that’s extremely important.”
The work wasn’t done for most of the Yankees after the final pitch. Tonight is the team’s fantasy football draft, which was being conducted into the late hours behind the scenes in the clubhouse.
Mark Teixeira caught a flight from New York this morning, saying goodbye to his wife Leigh and their newborn 8 lb., 7 oz. baby boy William. He might have been at Columbia Presbyterian, but Teixeira said he kept one eye on the Yankees.
Mark Teixeira and his wife, Leigh, welcomed young William Charles into the world this afternoon. Congratulations to them. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he expects Teixeira to rejoin the club at some point in Kansas City, where the team opens a four-game series on Thursday.
Some notes and quotes from around the New York media this morning as we gear up for the July 31 non-waivers Trade Deadline…
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.