Possible rain delay at Yankee Stadium, and Bob Melvin’s thoughts on Mike Flanagan

The rain is coming down hard at Yankee Stadium, and we’re inside an hour until first pitch. I’d be surprised if we’re not looking at a rain delay of some sort. It could be a theme for this road trip, as heavy storms from Hurricane Irene could hit the New England area while we’re in Boston this weekend. There’s talk that a doubleheader might be scheduled for Saturday in order to avoid bad weather Sunday. But weather forecasts can change quickly. I’ll keep you posted on any delays for today’s game.

–Very sad news about the death of former Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan. A’s manager Bob Melvin, who was a catcher with Baltimore from 1989-91, was a teammate and considered Flanagan a good friend who taught him a lot about the game. They kept in touch over the years. “There’s a lot of baseball people smarting today,” Melvin said.

One of Melvin’s most cherished memories: Catching Flanagan in the final game at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium in 1991. Someone snapped a photo of the two of them walking off the field together, and Flanagan had it blown up, framed, and gave it to Melvin … Good stuff.

–A couple of headlines from New York papers, the morning after Coco Crisp’s two-homer game beat the Yankees.

New York Post: “Burnt To A Crisp”
Newsday: “Crisp Creamed”

–Today’s lineups (assuming we’ll have a game to watch)

A’s: Weeks 2B, Crisp CF, Matsui DH, Willingham LF, Allen 1B, DeJesus RF, Pennington SS, Recker C, Sizemore 3B; Harden RHP.

Yanks: Jeter DH, Granderson CF, Teixeira 1B, Rodriguez 3B, Cano 2B, Swisher RF, Martin C, Nunez SS, Gardner LF; Hughes RHP.

Joe Stiglich