19 August: Yankees and Jays

Tuesday, August 19 2008 @ 06:14 PM EDT

Contributed by: Magpie

The Yankees come to town for a three game set, with third place on the line.

Oh my.

Hideki Matsui returns to the New York lineup, although he'll probably be limited to DH duties for the foreseeable future. That means Johnny Damon has to play the field - centerfield on this evening, with Nady in left and Abreu in right. Brett Gardner goes to the bench.

Elsewhere, Greg Maddux moves up the California coast to join Manny Ramirez in Los Angeles. In 16 games as a Dodger, Ramirez has driven in 21 runs, scored 11, is slugging .780 and batting .424 - that may also be change you can believe in. Ian Kinsler may be done for the year, in which case he definitely won't be the AL MVP. Not that there was much chance of that happening anyway. Billy Wagner of the Mets is out indefinitely with a sore elbow, while the Mets cling to a 1.5 game lead over the Phillies. The latest Tampa injury involves closer Troy Percival, who for the moment is opting to avoid surgery and hopes to be back on the mound in two weeks. Josh Beckett is having problems with numbness in his pitching hand, which would certainly explain what happened the other day.