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Game 4

Well, we're the only series still alive. Greetings from Yankee Stadium. It's a half-hour from gametime and the place is filling up. Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (OK, it's become a sports cliche) is playing over the PA. Mayor Bloomberg and former Mayor Giuliani were on hand last night, and I'm assuming they'll be back tonight.

The early news of the day here: Roger Clemens was removed from the Yankees' roster, replaced by lefty reliever Ron Villone, meaning Clemens is ineligible for the ALCS, should the Yankees advance. What do you think -- was Sunday night the last time we will have seen Roger Clemens on a big league mound?

Svrluga and I did an online chat today, tag-team style. I'd link it here, except that I don't know how. So you're going to have to cut-and-paste it. What can I say? I have a long way to go. Here it is: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2007/10/05/DI2007100500968.html

This one could be interesting. I'm clearly in the camp that thinks the Indians should have started ace C.C. Sabathia tonight, instead of Paul Byrd, who I think is going to get crushed. It seems unfathomable to me that the Indians would put themselves in position to lose this series with their best pitcher at the moment--the unhitable righty Fausto Carmona--on the sidelines. Carmona, of course, could pitch in relief in Game 5, but by then it could be too late. What do you think?

Lineups for Game 4:

For the Indians:
CF Grady Sizemore
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
DH Travis Hafner
1B Victor Martinez (usually the catcher; Ryan Garko sits tonight)
SS Jhonny Peralta
LF Kenny Lofton
RF Franklin Gutierrez
3B Casey Blake
C Kelly Shoppach (Byrd's personal catcher)
(RHP Paul Byrd)

For the Yankees:
LF Johnny Damon
SS Derek Jeter
RF Bobby Abreu
3B Alex Rodriguez
C Jorge Posada
DH Hideki Matsui
2B Robinson Cano
CF Melky Cabrera
1B Doug Mientkiewicz (the Yanks prefer his solid glove, instead of Giambi, with sinkerballer Wang pitching)
(RHP Chien-Ming Wang)

Tomorrow, I either fly to Cleveland for Wednesday night's Game 5, or stay here to see what happens at Yankee Stadium in the aftermath of the early knockout. Either way, it should be fascinating.

Enjoy the game.

By Dave Sheinin  |  October 8, 2007; 7:12 PM ET
 
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