Below, as per Pete Abraham, are tonight’s lineups. There is rain in The Bronx right now, so we’ll see if tonight’s game is either delayed or postponed. The Yanks acquired Eric Hinske from the Pirates for two low-level minor-league players, pitcher Casey Erickson and outfielder Eric Fryer. Hinske is not in town yet, but probably after tonight’s game, Ramiro Pena will be optioned to SWB, giving the Yanks some decent pop off the bench. I love Pena’s glove and ability to pinch run, but his playing every day in SWB until September 1 (if not needed beforehand) will only help him later, and he had hardly played lately.
Yanks must win at least two of three. Morrow, a former reliever moved into the rotation, was good out of the pen but is getting stretched out now. With him, Washburn (4-5, 3.22 ERA), and Jason Vargas (3-3, 3.79 ERA), the Yanks won’t have it really easy but are certainly in position to win at least two of three. A sweep would put lots of pressure on the others in the East and, with TB playing Toronto, the Yanks have a good chance to distance themselves from someone as well as catch up to Boston, who has Smoltz pitching tonight against Baltimore. Make some hay now, Yanks.
Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (4-2, 3.81).
Pitching: RHP Brandon Morrow (0-3, 5.64).
TIME/TV: 7:05, YES.