Today’s news is powered by men of constant sorrow (no, not fans of the Pirates):
- Monday’s make-up game with the Angels looms large:
With 18 games to play, the Yankees own a five-game edge over the Angels for the top seed in the AL — a title that comes with more than merely bragging rights. If New York captures it, the club will not only own home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, but it will be able to choose whether or not it wants to proceed with an extra off-day in the AL Division Series — a scenario that would allow erratic righty Joba Chamberlain to be skipped from the first-round rotation.
“We understand what’s at stake here,” Girardi said on Sunday. “That’s an important game tomorrow.”
- Mike Vaccaro has an appreciation of Derek Jeter.
- Here’s some helpful info regarding gameday weather updates.
- Jerry Coleman turns 85 today. Coleman was a member of four championship teams between ’49 and ’57. He is currently the well-liked, long-time radio man for the San Diego Padres.
- On this date in 1974, Graig Nettles homers for the Yankees in the first inning, and brother Jim Nettles homers for the Tigers in the 2nd. This is the 2nd time that the two brothers have homered in the same game for different teams, having done it on June 11, 1972, when Graig was on Cleveland and Jim was with Minnesota. Graig’s team wins 10 – 7.
- On this date in 1999, the Yankees rally with a pair of grand slams, just the 3rd time in club history, to beat the Blue Jays, 10 – 6. Bernie Williams ties the game with a slam in the 8th inning, and Paul O’Neill wins it in the 9th with another slam.