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The Yankees will be rooting for Andy Pettitte to have a good bullpen session Wednesday because it would set into motion a scenario that could benefit them greatly against their American League East challengers.
Pettitte, who has been disabled since July 18 because of a strained left groin, was encouraged by his sideline work Sunday in Chicago when he threw at about 75 percent without feeling any discomfort. He’ll try to get closer to 100 percent Wednesday.
If all goes well, Pettitte may be in line to be back on the mound against major-league competition in about two weeks after some injury-rehabilitation assignments or simulated games. That would allow Pettitte to make four starts, all against either the Rays or the Red Sox for the remainder of the season in a theory proposed by WFAN Radio’s Sweeney Murti, to which I subscribe.
If Pettitte can start Sept. 14 or 15 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., then he would be in line to start against the Rays Sept. 20 at Yankee Stadium, against the Red Sox Sept. 25, also at the Stadium, and Oct. 1 at Fenway Park. Yes, I am getting way ahead of myself here, but if Pettitte continues to progress there is reason to believe that schedule could become reality.
Alex Rodriguez, out with a left calf strain, is not eligible to come off the disabled list until Sept. 5, which is Sunday. That means there will be no return engagement with Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden, who will start Thursday’s finale of the four-game series at the Stadium. Remember the firestorm that was created back in April when Braden berated A-Rod for trotting on the mound at the Oakland Coliseum while returning to first base after a foul ball?
Braden, who pitched a perfect game May 9 against Texas at Oakland, was on the DL when the Yankees returned to the Coliseum in July. By then, the bitterness was defused somewhat as both player signed “Get Off My Mound” t-shirts for charity. Braden still thinks Yankees fans will let him have it Thursday.
“It wouldn’t New York if they didn’t,” Braden said. “They have had awhile to think of some good stuff, so I’m sure they won’t disappoint me.”
General admission tickets priced at $10 apiece for the “Bombers Boomer Broadway Softball Classic” July 19 at Yankee Stadium went on sale Tuesday. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Boomer Esiason Foundation Fighting Cystic Fibrosis and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In addition, the Yankees will donate 2,500 tickets to Bronx-area camps and youth league teams.
Fans may purchase tickets online at http://www.yankees.com or via Ticketmaster phone at 877-469-9849 or Ticketmaster TTY at 800-943-4327. Subject to availability, tickets will also be sold at the Yankee Stadium box office only on the day of the event.
The inaugural doubleheader will include two seven-inning games with current Broadway stars facing off in the first game and WFAN Radio All-Stars and VIP guests playing Yankees alumni in the second game.
Scheduled to attend the “Bombers Boomer Broadway Softball Classic” are Broadway stars Corbin Bleu and Matthew Broderick; former Yankees Oscar Gamble, Charlie Hayes, Pat Kelly and Joe Pepitone; WFAN’s No. 1-rated morning show personalities Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton; Brandon Jacobs of the football Giants and “Good Day New York” hosts Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto. WFAN’s Boomer & Carton show will broadcast live from the Stadium beginning at 6 a.m. that day. The four-hour program can be heard on-air at 660AM or online at http://www.wfan.com.
Constantine Maroulis, the Tony-nominated star of “Rock of Ages,” will perform the national anthem before taking the field with the Broadway stars. Members of various Broadway shows will form two teams in the event’s first game, scheduled to begin at 11:40 a.m. Following the first game, “Rockers on Broadway in the Bronx” – with cast members from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Memphis” as well as “Billy Elliott,” “Jersey Boys” and “Rock of Ages” – will perform on the warning track behind the plate.
Between games, Katie Rose Clarke from the Broadway show “Wicked” will perform the national anthem. The second game, between the WFAN All-Stars and Yankees alumni, will start at approximately 1:45 p.m.
Fans holding tickets for the “Bombers Boomer Broadway Softball Classic” can only enter the Stadium through the Great Hall between Gate 4 and Gate 6 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Select Broadway stars, former Yankees players and WFAN personalities and VIP guests will greet fans and sign autographs in the Great Hall from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.