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When you spend a day in New York City, you can traverse the concrete jungle and get lost in the claustrophobic convention that is Times Square. You are sure to run into some interesting people – like the Naked Cowboy singer, or the one-armed man I saw today, wearing a placard promoting a local barber shop. (Now, I’m no marketing guru, but if your business revolves around the wielding of sharp objects, I don’t think sending a one-armed man out to do your advertising makes a heck of a lot of business sense.)
But today I opted to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city, for the most part, and instead take a nice jog through Central Park. It’s a fine place to get a run in, provided you can handle the occassional whiff of manure from one of the buggy horses fresh off a heaping helping of Beefarino. And if you’re lucky enough to get a mugger on your tail, your 5k time will improve dramatically.
Back here in the Bronx, the Indians have offered up another surprising lineup. Andy Marte is playing for a second consecutive day, Victor Martinez (still nursing that stiff neck) is in at DH, giving Travis Hafner a day off, and Casey Blake is at first. Ben Francisco is the latest winner of the “Bat in the No. 2 spot for a day” contest, sponsored by Pepto Bismol.
Two special guests in the Tribe clubhouse before today’s game. Former first baseman Eduardo Perez, now a “Baseball Tonight” analyst on ESPN, stopped in to say hello to his old teammates. Perez is beloved in this clubhouse, even if his tenure on the team was brief. ESPN’s Erin Andrews stopped by. She’s also very popular. I’ll let you discern the reasons. Oh, and former big-league manager turned Indians advisor turned ESPN analyst Buck Showalter is sitting next to me in the press box as I type this. Always good to see Buck.
On to the lineups…
INDIANS (15-17): CF Grady Sizemore, RF Ben Francisco, LF David Dellucci, DH Martinez, SS Jhonny Peralta, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, 1B Casey Blake, C Kelly Shoppach, 3B Andy Marte. LHP Cliff Lee faces his toughest opponent to date. His stuff has been so good this season that you’d expect it to translate, but he’ll be challenged tonight.
YANKEES (17-17): LF Johnny Damon, SS Derek Jeter, RF Bobby Abreu, 1B Shelley Duncan, DH Hideki Matsui, CF Melky Cabrera, 2B Robinson Cano, 3B Morgan Ensberg, C Jose Molina. RHP Chien-Ming Wang pitching.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Cliff Lee has not walked a batter in his last 21 innings pitched and his 74 consecutive batters faced without a walk is the longest active streak in MLB.
- Triple-A Buffalo LHP Jeremy Sowers turned in seven shutout innings at Syracuse last night. He allowed just three hits, walking two and striking out two. Sowers is now 2-2 with a 2.21 ERA in six starts.
- Last Friday’s rained-out game against the Royals has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 13, at 1 p.m. It will now be part of a day-night doubleheader.
- The High School Hardball Classic games rained out at Progressive Field on April 30 have been rescheduled for Sunday, May 18. St. Edward will face Solon at 3:30 p.m., Aurora will face Kenston at 6 p.m. and Hudson will face Avon Lake at 8:30 p.m. Get your tickets on indians.com.
- Derek Jeter is batting .349 in his career against the Tribe. That’s his highest average against a single team.
Lastly, be sure to check out the latest issue of Game Face Magazine, which went live today.