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Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Roger Clemens and Brandon Webb
In a surprising development, Derek Jeter will be in the Yankees' lineup tonight. Girardi had spoken quite convincingly late Tuesday night of giving Jeter a night off, in the interest of not working him too hard upon his return from the disabled list.
But Jeter apparently talked his way back in. Girardi, to his credit, said that it was hard for him to relate to what Jeter is going through in his quest for 3,000 hits, and that, given that head trainer Gene Monahan gave the green light, he would play Jeter until he picked up four more hits.
I wrote in my column today that resting Jeter was the sensible move, but not all opinions are created equal. I think playing Jeter tonight is fine. If Jeter had rested tonight and, say, gone hitless tomorrow night at home against Tampa Bay, then he'd be facing a scenario in which he'd have to get four hits in three games against a tough Rays pitching staff.
--Mariano Rivera played catch again and said that the soreness in his right elbow was gone. Nevertheless, he anticipated sitting out tonight's game as a precaution, although he stressed that he could pitch if needed.
--Pedro Feliciano shut down his throwing because he felt pain in his left shoulder, Joe Girardi said, and looks like that inevitable surgery might be closer to occurring now. Lefty reliever Damaso Marte has thrown a bullpen session, though.
--The Roger Clemens trial began choosing jurors, and what was most interesting to me was the mentioning of scores of names who could be involved, either as witnesses or simply as characters in one of the sides' narrative. Bud Selig, Joe Torre, Jorge Posada, Brian Cashman...should be a tremendous trial.
--Brandon Webb, who signed with Texas last offseason for $3 million last offseason, is probably done for the season, before throwing so much as one major-league pitch.
ESPN Dallas writer Richard Durett says it was worth the risk for the Ranger, given Webb's accomplished past. I say, eh. The guy hasn't thrown a major-league pitch since Opening Day of the 2009 season. If you're going to give one of these reclamation projects a shot, then it's better to do so for something in the $1 million range and even better, with a minor-league contract.
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--CC Sabathia is hosting an event called the "CC Challenge" on Monday, August 8. It's a contest modeled after the television show "Amazing Race" that takes place in Manhattan. Check here for more information.
--Have a great night.