First off, the Yankees’ magic numbers are seven and 10; Mick for a postseason spot and Rirruto for the division. Random note: Jose Bautista is 0-for-18 with eight strikeouts against CC, tonight’s starting pitcher.
The lineup hasn’t been posted yet, but the team says it is hopeful that Cano (took a ball off his foot on Wednesday)
and A-Rod will play tonight. A-Rod is out but Cano will play this evening.
On to the news:
- The Blue Jays announced that Brett Cecil was scratched for tonight’s start against the Yankees; Dustin McGowan will start instead and face CC. Rumor has it that Cecil cut his hand cleaning a blender earlier today, which is a very Jeremy Affeldt thing to do if you ask me.
- Our old friend Pedro Feliciano probably won’t ever throw a pitch for the Yankees after undergoing surgery. Best $8 million
- A-Rod, who hasn’t played since September 9 due to a lingering thumb issue but did dump Cameron Diaz recently, probably won’t be 100 percent this season or postseason, according to Wally Matthews. You just know Wally had a raging hard on while writing that story.
- Frankie Cervelli was put on the DL the other day after suffering another concussion. It is not known if he will be ready for the playoffs, which could lead to Jesus or Austin Romine making the postseason roster.
- Chad Jennings over at LoHud takes a look at the potential postseason roster.
- Mariano Rivera: former starter, current closer…future center fielder?!?!?!?!
- The Yanks will hold a pregame ceremony on Friday to honor the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris hitting his 61st home run. The thing will start at 6:30 with the families of Maris and Mantle, as well as some former teammates, taking part. Billy Crystal will emcee.
- Win a title — nay, two in three years — and get sold. The Staten Island Yankees are being sold for $8.3 million. It’s kind of weird that each Yankee starting infielder (and six other players on the team) makes more in one season than the Single-A team is worth.