"The greasy doorknob, the constant licking of the fingers. He's hooked on this chicken, isn't he?"

It’s the “Game of the Week,” or, at least, a “Game of the Week.” I’m just happy with the 3:55 p.m. ET start time today. Every game should start at 3:55 p.m., or, failing that, 4 p.m.

There’s a Chick-fil-A opening by my house this week. Today they were handing out free chicken sandwiches to everyone who drove by. This, in case you can’t tell, is me bragging. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Chicken sandwiches are my lifeblood during homestands. The press dining room at Progressive Field is pretty brutal. Anytime you are in a line for food in a cafeteria and are looking directly at the food and still have to ask what it is, that’s usually not a good sign. Yet it’s a daily occurrence here. Thankfully, they have chicken sandwiches on a daily basis. And, in turn, so do I.

Enough about the chicken. Let’s get to today’s lineups. Hideki Matsui, Jorge Posada, Bobby Abreu and Robinson Cano are all on the New York bench today.

Indians: CF Grady Sizemore, LF David Dellucci, DH Travis Hafner, C Victor Martinez, 1B Ryan Garko, SS Jhonny Peralta, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, RF Franklin Gutierrez, 3B Casey Blake. On the mound is LHP Jeremy Sowers, the only big-leaguer I know of who has read Alan Greenspan’s memoirs.

Yankees: LF Johnny Damon, CF Melky Cabrera, SS Derek Jeter, DH Alex Rodriguez, 1B Jason Giambi, RF Shelley Duncan, 3B Morgan Ensberg, C Jose Molina, 2B Alberto Gonzalez. RHP Ian Kennedy on the hill. I don’t know what he reads, but he did marry a USC women’s basketball player last fall.

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY:

  • Eric Wedge wasn’t especially happy with C Kelly Shoppach’s half-hearted run to second base last night, when he tried to turn a single into a double, was gunned down by Cabrera, despite a moderately acrobatic attempt to jump over the tag. When asked about the play, Wedge smiled slightly and said, “I’m going to bite my tongue.” Safe to say Shoppach was given a talking to.
  • The Indians are batting .444 (20-for-45) with RISP during their current win streak. I wonder if the RISP stat and the win streak are interrelated.
  • Cliff Lee’s middle name is Phifer.
  • Victor Martinez leads the Tribe with six multi-hit games.

Finally, I’d like to share this little nugget from my boy Bryan Hoch’s “Bombers Beat” blog. Seems Hoch sat down for a Q and A with former Indian Billy Traber recently and unearthed this info.

MLB.com: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen associated with baseball?

Traber: That would have to be in Cleveland, my first season. I had fans following me home from Jacobs Field. The ballpark was downtown and it’s obviously a great city because everything was so close, so I didn’t drive. The fans would follow me home sometimes. I’d sign autographs, and you’d think that after a couple of blocks they’d get bored, but there were a lot of days that I’d get followed all the way from Jacobs Field to West 9th Street, which was like 10 blocks away. It was definitely an eye-opener. 

That’s not creepy. Nope, not at all.

~AC

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