Game 99: “If you ain’t first, you’re last”By
I don’t know the answer to this — I’m not even sure how I would go about finding the answer without doing it manually — but when was the last time the Yankees and Red Sox met this late in the season (~100 games in) with one club being in first and the other being in last? Probably back during the early-1990s before the wildcard era, no? Either way, it’s been a really long time. Here’s the starting nine…
RHP Phil Hughes
Tonight’s game starts a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.
Nick Swisher Update: Swisher (hip) did all the drills — batting practice, sprints, running the bases, etc. — and is available as a pinch-hitter tonight if Joe Girardi is willing to use him. I suppose that means he could be back in the starting lineup as soon as tomorrow, thankfully.
Joba Chamberlain Update: Joba (elbow, ankle) will make his next minor league rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton on Sunday. He said he feels fine physically but needs a “couple more” rehab appearances to shake the rust off, basically.