Chien-Ming Wang was quite pleased after the game. After his interview with a gaggle of journalists from Taiwan, he and I spoke in the hallway and he said he threw 12 changeups and as many as 40 sliders tonight. It was the most versatile he has ever been in his career.
“Everybody knows I throw the sinker,” Wang said. “I had to throw my other pitches sometimes.”
Great quote from Terry Francona on Wang: “(Wang) threw some good changeups, some good sliders and he threw his two-seamers with velocity. That’s the evolution of a young pitcher becoming a better pitcher. I don’t think that’s a difference in strategy. It’s the maturing of a pitcher.”
Bobby Abreu has gotten on base eight times in his last 12 plate appearances.
Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak to 16 games with an RBI single in the second inning. But Jorge Posadaâ€™s streak ended at 15 games as he was 0 for 3 with a walk. It was the longest streak for a Yankees catcher since Bob Geren hit safely in 15 games during the 1989 season.
Scott Proctor has gone 9.2 innings and Brian Bruney 10.2 innings without allowing runs.
And like the Wanger, I’m throwing a changeup. Instead of Joe Torre audio, here is some of the Gator, Ron Guidry: