8 Oct 2007
The Yankees have done the smart move and subtracted Roger Clemens from the roster. Under the new rules, he now has to miss the ALCS, which he probably would have anyway. In his place, the Yankees have added Ron Villone. My understanding is they didn’t want to add Kennedy because he isn’t with the team and he was away getting married this weekend. I imagine he will be in the mix if the Yankees make the ALCS. So, the choice came down to Ramirez, Villone and Britton who were all with the team. I think Villone is a good move because it gives them a lefty and he can probably go the most innings of anyone in this group.
As for the lineup, Giambi is back to the bench and Mientkiewicz is in. This is the standard move when Wang is pitching, so it isn’t a surprise. Matsui is the DH again with Damon in left.
The Yankees have a great chance tonight with Byrd on the mound, talk to you after the game.