NEW YORK YANKEES
Johnny Damon, CF
Derek Jeter, DH
Bobby Abreu, RF
Álex Rodríguez, 3B
Jason Giambi, 1B
Xavier Nady, LF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Wilson Betemit, SS
Jose Molina, C
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Frank Catalanotto, DH
Michael Young, SS
Josh Hamilton, CF
Marlon Byrd, RF
Brandon Boggs, LF
Gerald Laird, C
Chris Davis, 1B
Ramon Vazquez, 3B
Alex Rodriguez is 0-for-10 in the series and has grounded into three double plays.
Bobby Abreu is 16-for-39 (.410) over his current nine-game hitting streak with 13 runs scored and 7 XBH.
The Yanks have scored 5 runs or more in five straight games for the first time since April.
Scott Feldman is a lifetime 1-0, 6.00 ERA, 1.83 WHIP in 2 games (one start) against the Yanks. He is 1-1, 4.80 ERA, 1.35 WHIP in 11 games (9 starts) at home this season.
Mike Mussina is a lifetime 17-13, 3.74 ERA, 1.12 WHIP in 36 starts against the Rangers. He is 5-1, 3.43 ERA, 1.17 WHIP in 7 starts on the road this season.
PETTITTE COULD MISS NEXT START: So says Mark Feinsand. Hey, why not? The Yanks rotation obviously needed another challenge anyways.
NOW PETTITTE SAYS FEINSAND IS FULL OF BS: Okay, he didn't really say that - but he did reject the notion that he could miss his next start:
"I am fine. [Missing a start] is news to me," Pettitte said, speaking in the Yankees clubhouse before tonight's game in Texas. "I feel great. No one has ever discussed missing a start with me. I am pitching. I have not discussed missing a start with anybody."
HUGHES PITCHING FOR SCRANTON: Phil Hughes pitches tonight for the 1st place Scranton Yankees against the hated Pawtucket Red Sox and will be limited to a 60-70 pitch count.
MELKY SITS AGAIN: I just love typing that. Although, it's crystal clear that Girardi's explanation of Melky getting a couple of days off simply to give others a half game off as the DH is total BS.
Good. This move had been a long time coming. Why Girardi had so much faith in him for three months is beyond me.