Here are the lineups:
Johnny Damon DH
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada C
Hideki Matsui LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Melky Cabrrera CF
Miguel Cairo 1B
Chien-Ming Wang RHP (5-4, 3.73)
Chris Young CF
Stephen Drew SS
Orlando Hudson 2B
Eric Byrnes LF
Chad Tracy DH
Tony Clark 1B
Mark Reynolds 3B
Carlos Quentin RF
Chris Snyder C
Brandon Webb (6-3, 3.13)
Pregame chatter: The Yankees are hitting .330 (132 of 400) in the last 11 games and averaging 7.6 runs. … Webb has won his last three starts, allowing two earned runs in 22 innings while striking out 23. He took the loss against the Yankees on June 15, 2004, allowing three runs in five innings. … The Wanger has never faced the Diamondbacks in the regular season. I believe he did face them in an exhibition game before the 2006 season, however.
Just had a chance to see one of my favorite people in baseball, Arizona 1B Tony Clark. I covered the Mets when Tony was with them in 2003 and there is nobody in baseball who is more professional, accountable or genuinely friendly than Tony. There will be plenty of Yankees going over to say hello to TC before the game.
By the way, Roger Clemens is in the clubhouse. While he may have the right to go home, that doesn’t mean he is going to.
Back later with updates and plenty of blogging during the game.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: The skies have cleared and the game will be starting at 7:55 p.m.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: We’re just about underway. The Wanger vs. Webb. Should be a good one.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: How different is the National League from the American League. Arizona is 37-27 with Orlando Hudson hitting third and Eric Byrnes fourth.
Couple of tidbits from Joe Torre’s pregame: Nieves will catch Moose tomorrow and A-Rod will DH on Thursday. Interestingly, Joe also said that when he wants to give Abreu or Matsui a rest, they could play Damon in the corners and keep Melky in center. I’m not sure they can get away with Damon in right field.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: I didn’t know Bobby Abreu still had that kind of power. That ball was smoked. He has now reached base safely in nine straight PAs and has an 11-game hitting streak. 19 of 39 with 12 RBI in that stretch with eight extra-base hits.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Blog favorite Doug Mientkiewicz had surgery today at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia. He had a screw put in his fractured bone, which should help speed the healing process. No word on how long he will be out.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: As I proved in the media games, I’m not much of a hitter. But at least I never flipped the bat so that it nearly hit me in the head when I grounded out. Nice job, Melky. Meanwhile the Yankees just announced plans to build a monument to Miguel Cairo.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Yankees just announced their new ballpark would be named “Miguel Cairo Stadium” in honor of the great first baseman.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: That was the first homer Wang has allowed in 46 innings, going back to May 5. Meanwhile the
choking dogs Red Sox are tied up with the Rockies at Fenway.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: OK, I helped write a book about the guy. But this notion that Wang isn’t a true ace because he doesn’t strike out enough guys is nonsense. Pitching is about going deep into games and getting outs and that’s what CMW does. No muss, no fuss, every five days like clockwork. Who cares that he doesn’t strike people out? Crash Davis was right.
UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: I was just flipping through the comments. Why are some people so bitter. Jeter catches a line drive and somebody posted, “Torre you lucky moron.”
Really? If you hate the guy that much, go root for another team. What does Torre have to do with that play? He left his ace in the game and Wang got lucky. Part of the game. But Torre is a moron somehow? I just don’t get it.
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: That’s 28 appearances and three 1-2-3 innings for Kyle Farnsworth. Or Farnsworthless as he’s known in some circles. How can they ever trust this guy in a big spot? The answer is they can’t.
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Is there a more useless stat than the hold? Farnsworth gives up two rockets and a walk and he gets a hold.
Great pitching by Webb and Wang. Each made one mistake, Webb just made his with two runners on. Nice crisp game. Now a little “Enter Sandman” and everybody goes home happy.
UPDATE, 10:34 p.m.: Where have all the “Rivera has lost it” people gone? He just threw a 96 mph four-seamer then came back with a 94-mph cutter. The guy is dealing and has been for a month now.
Thanks for reading. Back later with some audio.