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Rain in the Bronx, Jesus Montero and Josh Beckett
Greetings from an absolutely brutal evening in the Bronx. I haven't seen it rain this hard since this episode of "The Incredible Hulk." Or maybe this episode. Or this episode. Or this one. Or how about this one?
Gosh, it sure did rain a lot in that show. What was up with that?
Any way, the Yankees are hoping against hope, against the weather forecast, that they can get in this game tonight. It's a Hail Mary pass - it really doesn't make much sense at all - but it reflects how badly they want to avoid a doubleheader tomorrow. Especially with the forecast for tomorrow not great, either.
So we wait.
--The Yankees called up more re-enforcements from the minor leagues: Andrew Brackman, Greg Golson, George Kontos and Hector Noesi. They also activated Ramiro Pena off the 60-day disabled list and designated Lance Pendleton for assignment.
--Much talk here of Jesus Montero, understandably, and perhaps we'll make whole blog item out of him tomorrow morning. A reporter in Joe Girardi's news conference asked what I thought was a good question: Is it easier for a kid like Montero to break in as a DH, because he has to focus only on his one task? Or is it harder, because that puts a greater onus on each at-bat?
"His mind is not as taxed," Girardi said. So far, in this tiny sample size, Montero seems to be handling the DH spot just fine.
--Josh Beckett probably won't make his next start, Red Sox manager Terry Francona indicated today. Beckett departed his Monday start with a sprained right ankle. The very good Sean McAdam reported for CSNNE.com that Beckett's injury isn't serious. That's good news for the Red Sox, as you could argue that, without Beckett, they might have the worst starting rotation of the four playoff clubs.
--Have a great night.