Here are some notes:
- Alex Rodriguez will begin taking batting practice today and unless there are any setbacks he’ll be returning to the lineup as soon as he is eligible on September 5th.
- A.J. Burnett will not be skipped in the rotation and will pitch on schedule Wednesday.
- Lance Berkman, injured ankle, will begin a 2-game rehab assignment with the Double-A team tonight. No setbacks are expected, really the only reason he went on the DL was so the Yankees roster wasn’t short handed for a week.
- Here are the pitching matchups:
The Yankees have their work cutout for them the rest of the season. There are 32 games left and only 10 of those games are against teams under-.500. Those games: this week against Oakland and six against Baltimore. The Orioles have been playing much better of late and have been above .500 since hiring Buck Showalter. The good news is that if the Yankees can manage to go .500 the rest of the season, the Red Sox would have to go 22-9 just to tie. That’s still doable for Boston, but it is a tall order. The Yankees and Red Sox have six games left head-to-head.