Joe Girardi is going with a righty-heavy line-up this afternoon against Cleveland lefty Jeremy Sowers, who was called up to take Jake Westbrook’s spot in the rotation. The Bombers’ line-up doesn’t include Bobby Abreu, Robinson Cano, Jorge Posada or Hideki Matsui. Instead we’ll have a chance to see the always excited Shelley Duncan return from Scranton. The slugging spark-plug responded well to his demotion to the Scranton team, hitting a lot of homers and breaking many of his teammates’ arms during his post homerun celebrations. Speaking of Scranton, Darrell Rasner is starting today for the Yanks’ farm Triple A affiliate. He has added a pitch to his repertoir and has been lights-out this season. On the other hand, Ian Kennedy, today’s starter, has struggled mightily in the early going. Duncan escaped from Scranton, and depending on Kennedy’s performance today, Rasner might follow suit. So this is an important game for Mr. Kennedy, and the future of the Yanks’ rotation (at least this season). Enjoy the game, which will be televised on Fox. That means plenty of high-tech graphics, unhelpful pre-game analysis, Buck and McCarver, and mute button usage. Enjoy.
From Pete Abe: