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Day 2 of the Thurman Munson contest

51r%2BWz3Bp6L._SL500_AA240_.jpgThis is your second and last chance to win "Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain," the outstanding biography of Thurman Munson written by Marty Appel. Read yesterday's contest item for the full review.

I'll give this copy to the first person _ besides Dennis, yesterday's winner _ to e-mail me at kdavidoff@newsday.com with the correct answer to this question:

Name the first pitcher that Munson caught in a big-league game.

  • Greetings from Citi Field. Jerry Manuel made some news today, as he is wont to do, when he said that _ should the team continue to decline _ he thinks the acquisition of a bat would help.

    That might seem rather obvious, but PR 101 dictates that the manager sticks to the "That's not my job" script. Of course, Joe Torre used to toss that script in the trash all of the time, for which the New York media was grateful.

    Daniel Murphy, benched earlier this week to give Nick Evans a shot, is hitting leadoff now. Murphy hit leadoff during the Mets' Memorial Day weekend in Boston, as Manuel reminded us today.

    The Mets scratched Ryan Church from their starting lineup, citing nausea, and replaced him with Fernando Tatis.

  • Not as much going on over on the Yankees' side. Derek Jeter is back in the lineup, sufficiently recovered from the flu, while Johnny Damon is still out.

    Have a good night.

    UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: We have a winner! NaOH knew that Al Downing started for the Yankees _ as did Munson, in his major-league debut, on August 8, 1969.