WASHINGTON - The last time Hisanori Takahashi faced the Yankees, in a 2004 game at Tokyo Dome, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada hit home runs. Fortunately for the Japanese rookie, neither one will be in the lineup for tonight's Subway Series opener at Citi Field.
Matsui, who was Takahashi's former teammate on the Yomiuri Giants, now plays for the Angels and Posada was placed on the disabled list Thursday with a broken bone in his foot. Takahashi said he was a little disappointed to be missing Matsui, but otherwise, he's not especially fired up about facing the world champions.
"I know everybody will be watching that game in New York," Takahashi said. "But baseball is baseball and I'm going to give my best effort."
Takahashi, 35, is excited, however, about starting again, a job he did for 10 seasons in Japan. Of his 245 games there, only 43 were in relief, but he began this year in the bullpen, where he was 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA.
"I want to stick with the rotation," Takahashi said. "But Jerry [Manuel] and the other coaches will decide what I do."
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