By La Velle
The Yankees will never be accused of not working hard. They arrived in the Twin Cities on Thursday so they worked out early Friday afternoon. Watched Derek Jeter get in 1 million swings and A-Rod take 1 million grounders at third.
The Yanks kicked around the idea of starting Joba Chamberlain here on Monday but have decided to start him on Tuesday. I’m curious to see how that works out. They’ve tried to stretch him out through extra bullpen work, which means he’snot used to facing lineups 2-3 times. I think that’s a mistake.
Delmon Young is back in the lineup today.
Mike Redmond was texting Nick Punto for baby updates before the game. Nothing yet. If there are no complications, Punto should be activated this weekend, with either Matt Macri or Howie Clark headed back to Rochester. My educated guess would be Macri so he can play. Howie Clark would lose development time on the bench at his age.
Craig Breslow is wearing uniform No. 49. Place your orders now.
No Gardy tonight. He’s attending his daughter’s high school graduation. Scott Ullger is running the show.
The Twins predict only 30,000 fans will show up tonight. I’m not trying to sell tickets, but if you’re not doing anything…..
Bombers (26-27): 1. Derek Jeter, SS. 2. Bobby Abreu, RF. 3. A-Rod, 3B. 4. Hideki Matsui, LF. 5. Jason Giambi, DH. 6. Shelly Duncan, 1B. 7. Robinson Cano (what’s happened to this guy?) 2B. 8. Jose Molina, C. 9. Melky Cabrera, CF. Pitching: Mike Mussina.
Twins (28-25): 1. Carlos Gomez, CF. 2. Alexi Casilla, 2B. 3. Joe Mauer, C. 4. Justin Morneau, 1B. 5. Michael Cuddyer, RF. 6. Jason Kubel, DH. 7. Delmon Young, LF. 8. Mike Lamb, 3B. 9. Brendan Harris, SS. Pitching: Glen Perkins.