UPDATE, 10:31 P.M.: I think this makes sense, actually. Mo threw 27 pitches last night and you have two more games in this season. If Krazy Kyle can’t protect a four-run lead … Now Mo is warming up. Desperate times call for desperate measures I guess.
UPDATE, 10:05 P.M.: It seems safe to say Joe Torre has no time for Kyle Farnsworth. Nor should he. But $17 million is a lot to pay for a set-up man who can’t be trusted with a four-run lead in the eighth inning.
UPDATE, 10:03 P.M.: There have been, by my unofficial count, three fights at the Stadium tonight. It’s funny how whenever there’s a ruckus, even the players turn around in the dugout to look. Everybody likes a good fight I guess.
UPDATE, 9:48 P.M.: David Ortiz is 4 of 14 against Mike Myers (.286). Not great, not terrible.
UPDATE, 9:02 P.M.: Sorry for the lack of updates, but the wireless access in the press box is lousy with so many reporters here. Modern technology often befuddles the Yankees for whatever reason.
Anyway, have you noticed the Wanger has five strikeouts in five innings? Most have come on his secondary pitches. That’s a good sign for him as he tries to make himself more versatile. It’s sort of like when Tiger Woods revamped his swing after winning his first Masters. It’s one thing to be really good. Wang (like Tiger) wants to be great. … Meanwhile, the Yankees have 21 hits (and counting) in the last two nights, 13 for extra bases. It was just a matter of time.
UPDATE, 7:57 P.M.: There’s really no stat for is but is anybody getter at getting that hit that stabs the other team in the heart than Derek Jeter? Johnny Damon gets a little infield hit and – bang – Jeter makes it hurt by ripping an RBI single to left. Just when Wakefield was close to minimizing the damage, it’s 4-0. … That was the first HR (and RBI) for Giambi since May 3.
UPDATE, 7:31 P.M.: Alex Rodriguez now has three homers in as many games and is clearly out of the little power drought he was in. Big for the Yankees to get a hit with a runner in scoring position. They’ve been struggling mightily (12 of the last 62) with that lately.
Beautiful day at the ballpark. 70 degrees at first pitch and blue skies.
UPDATE, 7:23 P.M.: Chien-Ming Wang is 0-2 in his last two starts against the Red Sox, allowing seven runs in 11 innings. He and I talked for a while yesterday about it and he hopes that using his slider and even changeup more often will keep the Boston hitters from keying in on his sinker. David Ortiz (9 of 20) and Manny Ramirez (10 of 16) have owned him.
Meanwhile, that’s the first time I can remember Boston playing that much of a shift against Matsui. He came in 7 for 40 against Wakefield.
UPDATE, 6:03 P.M.: Joe Torre didn’t say who was starting on Friday. But it looks like Tyler Clippard as the manager said that Matt DeSalvo would be a better fit in the bullpen. … If you’re a MetroNorth rider, check out this story from LoHud.com. There is finally approval for a station at Yankee Stadium.
UPDATE, 4:30 P.M.: Phil Hughes threw off the half-mound in Tampa today, a 25-pitch session. He also did some jogging and agility drills. So this starts the rehab process, which will take roughly four weeks if all goes well.
Here are the lineups:
Wang RHP (2-3, 4.54)
Wakefield RHP (4-4, 2.41)
Pregame chatter: Darrell Rasner was in the clubhouse, his right hand wrapped up in a huge cast. He said, “I can’t believe this happened” about 10 times when we were talking to him. He also apologized for the bullpen having to pitch nine inning. He vowed he would be back this season. … The Red Sox are 8-0-1 in their last nine series. … Posada is 29 of 62 (.468) in May, the best of the majors. … Word is the Rajah of Rehab, the American Idle himself, Carl Pavano, will be around today. The Yankees didn’t invite him over to Shea for the Mets series. … The annual Yankees-Red Sox media game will be tomorrow morning at the Stadium. The New York writers have won a bunch in a row and clocked their Beantown counterparts last season at Fenway. We will have Tyler Kepner of the Times on the hill tomorrow. Ty threw a bullpen on Sunday and is ready to go.
Based on popular demand, we’re definitely going to stay with the new format of putting in-game updates on this post. I’m not sure whether it’s best to put them at the top of the bottom. Both ways have merits. For now, we’ll go with the top.