This evening New York fans may witness the long awaited return of Hideki Matsui, out of action since that horrific accident in left field four months ago. Matsui went three-for-eleven with six walks in rehab four rehab starts, and will likely DH for now with Melky Cabrera continuing to roam left field.
Mike Mussina also returned to the active roster and gets the start for the Yankees. Hopefully he has put a strained groin and arm soreness behind him. Moose is 15-5 in his career against Tampa Bay and is 13-6 on the season for New York, but is winless in his last five starts. Over that span, he threw 26 innings, gave up 35 hits, 16 earned runs and 5 walks. Right-handed pitcher Tim Corcoran (4-7, 3.96)gets the ball for the Devil Rays.
Álex Rodríguez returned the lineup with a bang last night against the Orioles, going three-for-five with a home run, a heartening development considering what happened to him in June after his last stomach ailment. Mariano Rivera had his next throwing session pushed to Wednesday.
Jeter is still up to something that is getting pretty exciting to follow. “Something” as far as he is concerned is winning the division, for all he will say.
Something to play for, many things to watch for. Welcome back, Godzilla. Your play brings pride to the pinstripes.
I will post the line-ups as soon as I can track them down. Here’s your place to comment on tonight’s game.