The Burgeoning Roster: Devil Rays-Yankees Gamer I

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.

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  • Devil Rays
    R. Baldelli CF .308
    D. Young RF .408
    C. Crawford LF .305
    G. Norton DH .307
    T. Wigginton 1B .262
    D. Navarro C .247
    J. Cantu 2B .247
    B. Upton 3B .252
    B. Zobrist SS .234
    J. Damon CF .298
    D. Jeter SS .346
    B. Abreu RF .338
    A. Rodriguez 3B .285
    J. Giambi 1B .249
    J. Posada C .278
    M. Cairo 2B .234
    H. Matsui DH .261
    M. Cabrera LF .286

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 6:44 pm
  • So we also get to see the triumphant return of Miguel Cairo. How did this not make a wire story?
    Would have been nice to see Robi in this lineup.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 6:47 pm
  • Why is Cairo batting before Matsui?!

    Nick-YF September 12, 2006, 6:48 pm
  • But he’s the DH tonight? And as all Yankee fans seem to feel, the DH doesn’t really count as a player. The Yankees have never used the the DH before, ever.
    This is odd.
    Sorry, just blowing off some steam.

    LocklandSF September 12, 2006, 7:04 pm
  • Nick, I understand your point, but I don’t know if it would matter too much that far down in the lineup. I kind of like the way it works out.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:09 pm
  • lineups are wrong
    cano’s in at 2b. but i dont know where in the lineup yet

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • 1-2-3 first inning for moose
    1k against carl crawford

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 7:17 pm
  • steal by damon
    2-2 on Jeter

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • I kind of wish that for one season that poor old Moose would be a 20 game winner.

    Rob September 12, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • YA!!
    HOMERUN! (by abreu) and it was killer monster shot
    3-0 Yanks!

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • Abreu!

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • 1st hr by abreu as a yankee at yankee stadium
    a-rod steals, and its SUCCESSFUL

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • Thanks for the catch on the lineups, YB. I got if from ESPN, but looks like they had it wrong.
    According to Yahoo, Cano is hitting seventh.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • Giambi flies out to left for the first out.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • a-rod scores
    double for jorge

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • Jorge doubles to left center to score ARod.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • cano basehit
    jorge on 3rd

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • Robi with a single, Jorge to third.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • single by the godzilla

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • Welcome back, Hideki!!!!

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • tim corcoran out of the game
    after just 1 out and 5 runs allowed

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • So much for Abreu’s power loss. Welcome back Hideki!

    YF September 12, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • thats like a…err..135 era
    in just this game

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • Stokes in for the Satan Fish.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • wow, yankees have been hitting for almost 20 min. now

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • It’s a good feeling to be watching baseball rather than debating the implied meaning of out-of-context sound bites. Then again, batting around in the first may be rosying up my glasses.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • Jeter walks for the second time this game.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • Take that Papi! 2 bb’s in the first for DJ. Now all he needs is a hit…..

    YF September 12, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • Second time this inning, to be more precise.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • perhaps the O’s should just quit

    Rob September 12, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Abreu!!!!

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • Three RBI double!

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • sorry…wrong thread.

    Rob September 12, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • Pretty good inning for Abreu!
    Mercy rule?

    YF September 12, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • Six RBI’s in the first for Bobby.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • abreu! bases loaded double
    though it was sort of a misplay kind of

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • i wonder how this will affect mussina’s pitching when he goes out later…
    if he does

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • If Moose can only go 5… 14 is looking good–finally.

    YF September 12, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Nice shot of Sheff standing up by the railing watching the proceedings. There’s more weapons that yet may be seen again this year. I’m buzzing with the excitement this roster can generate right now.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • god, this is going to turn into like a
    football game type of scoring

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • strikeout against a-rod
    iinning over…finally
    its been like 30 min

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Godzilla gave a nice tip of his enormous hat to the crowd on that standing O upon his return. I bet he has a smile on his face as he falls to sleep on his huge pillow.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Norton pops out to Posada for the first out.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • Abreu!! Great sliding catch in right.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • exact stats:
    13 batters
    9 runs
    time is 30:28

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • Wigginton hit a flare to right; Abreu looked like he got a slow jump but made a nice sliding grab for the second out.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • Navarro pops an 0-2 curve to left for the third out. 123 for Moose. Nice.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • pop-up by navarro
    wow, that was quick

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Good start for the Yanks. On pace for the 81-0 victory….

    YF September 12, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Actually, 72-0.

    YF September 12, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • Giambi lines out to right to lead of the NY second.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • I just got home and thought my eyes were screwed up, 9 runs?!!!! Love this offense. Would love even more to see a nice solid outing from Moose tonite.

    bloodyank78 September 12, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • Jorge flies out to right. Two away.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • Nope, BY, your eyes are not deceiving you. Corcoran got _one_ out while giving up seven earned. 1-2-3 for Stokes. That’s fine. Let Moose back on the mound and get a rhythm going.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • Wow. Cantu RIPPED one to the corner, JUST foul by the left pole. Bounces back into play. Melky shows off his arm gunning it back to second. That ball might have been in play off the top of the wall on the line but I think it was foul.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • right now, basically the most important thing is if mussina get in sync

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • Moose! Great fastball low to get Upton swinging for the second out.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • This is totally random, but what do guys think the odds are that the Yankee 1-2-3 starters in 2008 will be this:
    2)Daisuke Matsuzaka
    3)Phillip Hughes

    bloodyank78 September 12, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • nice throw by jeter!

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Ben Zobrist swings and misses at the first pitch. The number nine hitter then takes low-in. The 1-1 is a curve that just misses the far part of the plate. The next pitch is hit on the ground to the right of Jeter; he grabs across his body and leaps of the apron, making the throw by a stride to end the inning. Nice play, Captain. Really nice play.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • probably or something like that
    probably mussina will be in there if he stays

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • That’s why he’s the MF’n MVP!!! Jeet’s w/ his patent jump/turn throw to 1B.

    bloodyank78 September 12, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • you forgot jeff karstens too
    he’s shown that he’s pretty good
    moose style

    yankeeboy September 12, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • Godzilla up. Takes low. The 1-0 is singled to right. Hideki!!

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • Go go Godzilla!

    Nick-YF September 12, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • Passed ball advances Hideki to second.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Matsui being back is so nice, I’m smiling right now.

    bloodyank78 September 12, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Melky works the count full. Fouls one pitch off, then takes away. First and second with no outs to Johnny Damon in the Yankee third.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • BY: me too.
    Damon hits it to the wall. Nice grab by Young at the wall to rob Damon of extra bases. Runners have to retreat.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Jeter up. He takes low. The next pitch is up and in and gets the Captain on the right forearm. Boo.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Jeter’s line tonight: BB,BB,HBP.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • Bases loaded to Abreu. He takes a ball, then another, then another. 3-0 to Bobby with 6 rbis already on the night.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • The next pitch is taken for a strike on the inside corner. The 3-1 is lined to center; Baldelli makes the catch but his throw is way off line as Matsui tags and scores. Seven RBIs for Bobby.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • ARod is behind quickly 0-2. The next pitch is high. The 1-2 is an offspeed that misses. The 2-2 is a fastball ripped to left for a single. to score Melky.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Giambi up with two away, runners 1st and 2nd. He takes strike one. The 0-1 is a heater low. The next pitch is a fastball high and out. The 2-1 is ripped up the line. A fan touches it and makes it a GRD, preventing ARod from scoring. STOOPID FAN.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • The score doesn’t matter. Don’t be a jackass, fan.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Curve gets Posada looking on an 0-2. Moose coming back out. It’s 1:20 into the game and we are only in the fourth.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Baldelli reaches down and golfs a deuce from Mussina, but it’s right at Melky for the first out.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Delmon Young singles to left.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Crawford cuts at a big breaking pitch for strike one, then fouls it off left. One out, one on to Crawford in the top of four: the 0-2 is fouled. Another 0-2 is a high heater cut under for the second out.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Breaking pitch to Norton is taken for strike one at the letters. The 0-1 is up. The next pitch misses _just_ low for 2-1. Wow, that looked good. The 2-1 is popped to Damon for the third out.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Matsui is now three-for-three.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • More chin music to Jeter, from Salas this time. Looked like a mistake, based on how Navarro set up. Full count. Jeter walks again.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • Abreu has bases loaded. Holy crap! He hits one about three feet short of a grand slam as Delmon Young settles under it for the third out. Wow. That would have been ridiculous if he was a little more out, a little less up.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Question:
    Does Jeter play the full nine just to get a chance to keep the streak going, if the game is basically over and he’s hitless? Seems like a perfect opportunity to pull him and get him some rest, avoid any stupid injuries.

    SF September 12, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • I fear Jeter’s “little something” might come to an end tonight…they aren’t giving him anythign to hit. Bastards.

    yankeemonkey September 12, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • SF: if he doesn’t have an official AB tonight, does that constitute the end of the streak?
    I’d pull him regardless….

    yankeemonkey September 12, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Moose is bringing 12-6 curves over for strikes. The long layoffs between innings doesn’t seem to be affecting his performance so far, as he faces Wigginton in the top of 5.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Sure – he’s hitless. He has official plate appearances, so that would be the end of it.

    SF September 12, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Tomorrow night I get to sit in the front row next to the Yanks dugout. Wheee!!!

    SF September 12, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • SF: That’s an interesting question. Based on the situation, considering the fact that TB has thrown high and tight on him twice hitting him once, and considering the fact that TB and NY have gotten into this shit before, what should Joe do? I don’t know. He’s the team captain, and should be on the field, but there is a need to protect your assets. He’s been knocked out of the lineup before over the same kind of pitching he is seeing tonight.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • SF: Yes, reading your comments again, I agree. Joe should pull him. The *unmentionable* is not important.

    attackgerbil September 12, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Clearly, Jeter nor Torre are concerned with individual honors. He played out the game to record an official at-bat in order to honor all those who have taken their shot at hit streaks before him. What? He was pulled? And having no at-bats resulting in an out his streak is still alive DESPITE not getting a hit in 4 PAs tonight?
    In all seriousness, it was the smart baseball move. The Yankees are assured a postseason slot, and the game did not matter in the overall scheme of things. However, I seem to remember a story about Ted Williams in his .400 season. His manager offered to keep him out of the lineup on the final day, with a .3996.avg, which would have been bumped up to .400 officially. The game(s) did not matter. Ted Williams chose to play, went 6 for 8, and the rest was history. Of course, it’s probably important to make the distinction that Jeter is not yet approaching elite baseball history.

    Quo September 13, 2006, 3:43 am
  • I think I was wrong – Jeter’s streak is alive. There’s a logic gap in it being alive for me, though. He had plate appearances, took strikes, wasn’t intentionally walked (the HBP I understand), so why doesn’t that end a safe-hitting streak? Not sure I get this one, despite 30+ years of watching baseball.

    SF September 13, 2006, 6:42 am
  • It’s because of the oddity that is baseball’s rule distinguishing an at-bat from a plate appearance. He had zero official ABs, therefore the streak continues. It’s a little wierd, I’ll grant, but it doesn’t really bother me.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) September 13, 2006, 8:28 am

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