(No, Joe isn't doing the Carlton Dance there. And no, the ump doesn't look amused.)
There is all kinds of sizzle to tonight's Game 2 of the latest 3-round Yanks-Sawx regular season brawl, about as much as you can have for a regular season game in a sport that plays 162 regular season games. There's the potential fallout from last night's beanball wars, potential gas to add to that fire in the form of noted Yankee HBP specialist and all-around dickhead Josh Beckett being the starter for the Fraud Sawx, Phil Hughes countering Beckett for the Yanks and needing to balance handling retaliation if Beckett decides to get silly and rebounding from his horrendous last start to keep himself in rotation contention, and last night's fire starter Frankie Cervelli catching and batting 9th for the Yankees again because of Russell Martin's bumps and bruises. And to top it all of, the division lead is on the line again.
Yeah, I'd putting money down on the benches emptying again tonight if I were you. And for the first time since Opening Day, I'll be here to live blog the shit out of the evening's events. Aaaaand since it isn't a day game and I don't have anywhere to be or anything to do after, I have the added bonus of being able to invite my good friend Mr. 12-Pack of Beer to the party. That means you, dear readers, get the added bonus of increased profanity, tasteless jokes, and additional potshots at ESPN sprinkled in with my usual game analysis as the game goes on and the beer count dwindles. This night has good times written all over it.
Here's the lineup for the Yankees tonight, via LoHud. The Horse will join Martin on the bench again tonight because of his thumb injury. It's almost getting to the point where the thumb issue is becoming post-worthy.
1) Brett Gardner- LF
2) Derek Jeter- SS
3) Curtis Granderson- CF
4) Mark Teixeira- 1B
5) Robinson Cano- 2B
6) Nick Swisher- RF
7) Eric Chavez- DH
8) Eduardo Nunez- 3B
9) Francisco Cervelli- C
I'm not posting the Fraud Sawx lineup because they're a bunch of assholes and I hate them. Check back some time before 7 PM EST/6 PM Central when we kick this baby off.