"I'm sorry, but the card says Moops"
It’s always an odd sight to see a lineup card without Grady Sizemore’s name on it. It looks like a Moops-like mistake. But the Indians are Grady-less again tonight. Sizemore and Wedge both agreed that the sprained right ankle is better, but the wet field conditions simply made it too risky to send him out there. The hope is that he’ll be back Tuesday.
David Dellucci is again in the leadoff spot and Franklin Gutierrez is in center. I didn’t realize this, but Dellucci batted primarily in the No. 1 spot with the Rangers in 2005 — the year he hit a career-high 29 homers.
In roster news, Aaron Laffey was called up and Bellevue native Brad Snyder was sent back down, as expected. Brad, we hardly knew ye.
In not-so-important news, my Mom read my post from earlier today and offered to buy me some bananas. Thanks, Mom.
Here are the lineups for the series finale…
INDIANS: LF Dellucci, 2B Jamey Carroll (A-Cab just getting a day off), DH Travis Hafner, C Victor Martinez, SS Jhonny Peralta, 1B Ryan Garko, 3B Casey Blake, CF Gutierrez, RF Jason Michaels. LHP Laffey gets his first start of ’08.
YANKEES: CF Melky Cabrera, SS Derek Jeter, RF Bobby Abreu, DH Alex Rodriguez, 1B Jason Giambi, LF Hideki Matsui, 3B Morgan Ensberg, 2B Robinson Cano, C Jose Molina. RHP Mike Mussina.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY:
- If you think a Sizemore injury is rare, look at Yankees C Jorge Posada. He went on the DL on Sunday for the first time in his 14-year career, which is amazing, especially for a catcher. “When you talk about his season,” Wedge said, “you’re not just talking about six months, but six and a half or seven months, because of the success they’ve had. It’s a great testament to him taking care of his body, his toughness and what he’s been able to do from a consistency and performance standpoint.”
- Speaking of toughness, tonight’s ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Willard, Ohio, native Sean Swarner, a two-time terminal cancer survivor and the first cancer survivor to summit Mt. Everest. We’ll have a story about Swarner up on the site later tonight.
- Casey Blake leads the Tribe with 18 RBIs. He is tied for 10th in the AL. He’s batting .407 with RISP.
- Jensen Lewis will visit Kenston Intermediate School in Chagrin Falls on Tuesday. Sixth grader Samuel Weitzman won the classroom visit through the Plain Dealer’s NIE Tribe Curriculum Guide contest.