Here are the lineups:
Wang RHP (3-4, 4.13)
Wakefield RHP (5-5, 3.36)
Pregame chatter: Wakefield is 9-15, 4.76 career against the Yankees. Wang is 3-4, 4.78 against the Red Sox. This will be his third start against them this season, the last coming on May 21 when he held the Sox to two runs over 6.1 innings.
UPDATE: 7:15 p.m.: The game is about to start.
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: They had a bunch of players from the 1967 Red Sox on the field before the game. No Yaz, however. Anyway, after they were introduced, the old guys were being led down the line in right and Coco Crisp made it a point to go over and hug Reggie Smith. I thought that was a great, an outfielder from 2007 showing some love to an outfielder from 1967. Reggie Smith, for those of you who don’t remember, was a tough cookie who played primarily for the Sox and Dodgers.
UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Who am I to criticize Derek Jeter? But Tim Wakefield had walked the three previous hitters on 13 pitches. Don’t you take a strike when it’s your turn at the plate? Jeter swung at the first pitch and grounded into a double-play, ending what could have been a huge inning. You see it all the time in the majors, guys doing things that would have got us chewed out in high school or Legion ball. But I guess you can’t take the bat out of somebody’s hand.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: I’ve been reading the comments. I think we need to have a test of basic baseball knowledge for some of you. Managers can’t argue balls and strikes. Every game would last six hours otherwise. Torre manages the way he has managed since 1996. Just because they are losing he isn’t going to run out there like Billy Martin and kick dirt on Brian O’Nora. How phony would that be?
Beyond that, we have no idea what is being said from the dugout. When I covered the Big East back in the day, know what coach had the most foul mouth? Lovable little Lou Carnesecca. He used to swear like a sailor at Timmy Higgins and the rest of the refs. Words that would make you blush. But he never showed them up. Everybody has their style.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Happy now? Torre just got tossed.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Wow, the skip was pretty upset there. He let Jerry Crawford have it. That was a few weeks of frustration coming out. Probably bought him two weeks grace with Big Stein, too.
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: Remember when Tim Wakefield was a Yankee-killer? Not so much any more. In his last four starts against the Yankees, including tonight, Wakefield has lasted only 20 innings while allowing 23 earned runs on 25 hits and 22 walks.