Here are the lineups:
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Pregame chatter: The Yankees have their 10th round pick, Carmen Angelini, here on a recruiting trip. He has a locker and will work out during BP. They’re trying to buy him out of going to Rice and I suspect they will based on his wide-eyed wonder. He’s a SS.
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What’s happening with the Mets? Keep an eye on the LoHud Mets blog.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: It’s a summery 87 degrees at first pitch. Happy Father’s Day to everybody out there and good luck with the cogent analysis of Joe Morgan.
In terms of updates, Joe Torre said it would be Kei Igawa on Friday against the Giants. They haven’t decided for sure whether Jorge Posada will play first on Tuesday but it looks that way. Torre also seems to be leaning to Melky Cabrera in center against the Rockies.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: You can’t leave an 2-0 pitch up and over the plate to Alex Rodriguez when he’s going bad, never mind when he’s hot. He now has 25 RBI and seven homers in the last 12 games. The Player of the Month in April is going to be the Player of the Month in June.
Here’s the question, do you stay with the Yankees because this is clearly the lineup for you to become the greatest player in modern times and hit 800 home runs? Or do you opt out because your value will never be higher?
That’s for after the World Series to decide. For now, we could see what a 160 RBI season looks like.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: It’s not a good night so far for those who believe Chien-Ming Wang isn’t an ace and that Josh Phelps should be playing first base.
The Yankees are going to wear El Duque out. He threw 46 pitches in two innings.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: The Wanger has allowed 11 earned runs in his last 48 innings. After a 1-3, 5.40 start, he has been terrific.
He’s also striking out more hitters (25 in his last 49 innings) as his slider gets sharper. After burying two-seamers, he changes the eye level of the hitter with his slider and he gets a lot of swing and misses as a result.
It’s going to be great to see him pitch in San Francisco next week with all the Taiwanese fans there.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: A 3-6-3 against Jose Reyes. Seriously, let’s get Cairo out of there as soon as possible.
UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: On a night when Scott Proctor isn’t available (supposedly) and Torre wants to stay away from Mariano Rivera, Wang is delivering the goods by working into the eighth inning. With a day off tomorrow, it sets the bullpen up well for the road trip.
UPDATE, 10:36 p.m.: The 8 Ks matches a career high for CMW.
UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: Hideki Matsui is 13 of 33 on the homestand with 13 RBI. He has been quietly coming on … That’s 10 Ks for the Taiwanese Terror. The 2-2 pitch to Reyes was 97 and he fanned him with a 96-mph heater.
UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: I’m calling it. Way out to center here by Alex.
UPDATE, 10:47 p.m.: Double to left. I knew he’d hit Aaron Heilman. A-Rod is 28 of 60 in the last 12 games.
UPDATE, 10:52 p.m.: An 8-1 homestand. I wrote back in Chicago that they had a stretch coming up when they could (and should) make up ground. Now they have a chance for a 6-3 road trip. The idea is to win series and that five in a row for them.
UPDATE, 11:01: I’m a little surprised at this. 8-1 in the 8th isn’t a bad time to give Ron Villone or Sean Henn some work. Wang is at 104 pitches. He is getting an extra day off before his next start, so perhaps that is why.
UPDATE, 11:07 p.m.: Bad job by Torre. Get Wang out after that strikeout of Reyes. But he leaves him in and now he’s pulling him for the lefty and denying him the complete game.
In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter. But that was two silly moves. Let Villone or Henn pitch the ninth and get Wang out on a good note.
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