Glad to be back, people, after an extended absence from the game threads. Mike’s luck has seemingly run out. Since my hatred for the Orioles extends nearly as deep as it does for the Red Sox, I figure I’ll try my hand tonight. Hopefully, this brings good things. If not, Ben will be on deck for tomorrow.
(And they say baseball players are superstitious…)
The big news today is the Mark Teixeira trade. The Braves grab Casey Kotchman, who was pulled from the field prior to the Angels game in Fenway tonight. AA pitcher Stephen Marek is the other part of the Braves’s haul. The bad news for the Yanks: The Angels come into town for four this weekend, and we play them six times after that. They’re scary good right now, easily the best team in the AL, both in terms of talent and results.
A sentence you never thought you’d hear, courtesy of Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune: “The Twins are competing with the Tigers for LaTroy Hawkins.” Any return on him is a coup.
Dan Cabrera hits the hill for the Orioles. Last time we met, on May 20, he ended the game with a 3.48 ERA. That’s nearly a run and a half higher right now. His last outing was a five-inning, seven-run meltdown against the Blue Jays. Cabrera holds a career 4.62 ERA vs. the Yankees over 85.2 innings.
D-Ras takes the mound for us. Hopefully the Moeller Magic works again tonight.
1. Johnny Damon, LF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Alex Rodriguez, DH
5. Jason Giambi, 1B
6. Robinson Cano, 2B
7. Wilson Betemit, 3B
8. Melky Cabrera, CF
9. Chad Moeller, C
And on the mound, number 43, Darrell Rasner