RHP Graham Stoneburner (1-1, 3.68) vs. RHP Brody Colvin (3-2, 6.39)
In the standings:
Trenton remains in second place in the EL East, 11.5 games behind Binghamton. Reading is in last place in the division.
After going 1-2 with a homer, walk and strikeout in three at-bats Friday night, A-Rod is scheduled to go seven innings tonight. He is also scheduled for a workout tomorrow at an undisclosed location, possibly Staten Island. Because of some rain earlier in the day batting practice was cancelled, so there weren't any pre-game photo/video ops. Like Friday, he didn't talk to the media before the game.
There is also a real chance that this could be Rodriguez's last professional baseball game, although the NY Daily News is reporting that he he is looking at a 214-game ban.
Of course, the big news from Friday was Rodriguez's post-game press conference. Some choice quotes:
On if he feels singled out:
"I will say this. There is more than one party that benefits
from me not ever stepping back on the field. It’s not my teammates, and it’s
not the Yankee fans."
On why he thinks he's being singled out:
I’m not sure. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s the
pink elephant in the room. I think we all agree that we want to get rid of
PEDs. That’s a must. All the players feel that way. When all this stuff is
going on in the background and people are finding creative ways to cancel your
contract, that’s concerning for me, it’s concerning for the president and future
players as well.
On if he expects to be back with the Yankees:
Unless I get hit by lightning, and these days hit me you
At 4:25, The New York Post reported that MLB plans to follow through with its suspension of Rodriguez Sunday night.
SANCHEZ PROMOTED: On any other day, this would be the biggest news. Catcher Gary Sanchez, who is considered on of the premier prospects in the Yankees organization, was promoted from Tampa Saturday. Sanchez hit .254/.313/.420 with 13 home runs in 93 games
with Tampa this season, though hit bat is considered a strength. The knock on
him had been his defense, but that aspect of his game has reportedly improved
recently. He wasn't in the starting lineup Saturday, but was listed among the reserves.
PHELPS REHAB: David Phelps will make another rehab start for the Thunder Sunday. Phelps hasn’t lasted more than four innings in
either of his previous two Thunder starts, posting a 3.52 ERA. The Yankees put him on the DL July 6 with a strained forearm. In 18 starts with the Yankees this season, Phelps was 6-5 with a 5.01 ERA.
UPDATE (5:01) - Phelps will NOT start Sunday for the Thunder. Shane Greene will get the ball instead.