–Still waiting to hear whether C.C. Sabathia will be given the green light to pitch Friday. Sabathia was put on the DL after his last start on Aug. 8 because he could barely move his left elbow after an earlier start and continued to feel stiffness (not scary at all for Yankee fans–wait…). The Yankee ace has insisted that he’s starting Friday, but team brass and Joe Girardi are holding out until they see how Sabathia throws in today’s bullpen session. More to come later.
–Don’t look now it’s ROGER CLEMENS! Run for your lives. Clemens, who is 50 and five years removed from his last major league pitch after a truncated 2007 season with the Yankees, will start in the independent Atlantic League on Saturday. Clemens basically signed a one-game contract with the Sugar Land Skeeters, who were apparently named by Lil John. Given that even Clemens’ agent has his fastball topping out at 87 mph, the Rocket will quickly realize that he’s not suited to pitching like Jamie Moyer.
–Derek Jeter records watch: After going 4-5 last night, Jeter has passed Nap Lajoie and tied Eddie Murray for 11th all-time in hits with 3,255. The Captain’s two runs scored puts him one ahead of Craig Biggio with 1,845, sole possession of 14th all-time. I’ll devote a lot more space to this in an off-day post Thursday, but for now let’s note the total list of MLBers who are in the top 10 all-time in both hits and runs scored, a double Jeter could pull off by early next year: Ty Cobb, Pete Rose, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Cap Anson. That’s quite a list.
–Non-Yankee link of the day: Kobe Bryant takes the court with a bunch of Chinese actors and singers, decided to try after his teammates beg him to, and promptly scores 68 points in 15 minutes. Is it unfair because he’s a basketball man among boys? Yes. Is it fun to watch? Also yes.