Here are the lineups:
Wang RRHP (7-4, 3.33)
Morris RHP (7-4, 3.21)
Pregame chatter: Joe Torre is leaning to giving Jorge Posada a day off tomorrow rather than playing him at first. Torre said it appears to him that Posada’s bat is dragging a bit. … Luis Vizcaino’s last appearances: 7.2 5 0 0 6 6 . … Derek Jeter takes a 16-game hit streak into today’s game.
The clubhouse was pretty dead this morning so I spent some time sitting in the stands getting some sun and watching Andy Pettitte’s bullpen.
A-Rod, Cairo, Kevin Thompson, Andy Phillips and a few other guys were out on the field early doing drills with strength coach Dana Cavalea. He was Marty Miller’s assistant and has the job now.
They did this one drill that was cool. The players would run down-and-out pass patterns while Kevin Long and Rob Thompson threw baseballs to them like quarterbacks. The idea was to lead the player so he had to sprint and catch the ball in his glove.
You know who looked like a WR? Cairo of all people, a guy who grew up in Venezuela. A-Rod is a big target and has closing speed. Thompson is a great athlete as well.
Robin Williams was in the dugout before the game and seemed like a decent guy. I was tempted to talk to him about “Good Will Hunting” or “Good Morning Vietnam” but took a pass. Maybe tomorrow. Talk about talent, wow. The photo is of Robin being interviewed by a Taiwanese reporter.
Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 4:50 p.m.: Chien-Ming Wang doesn’t have the slider he had in his last start and I’m not sure he’s thrown a changeup yet. He’s burying his two-seamer and when he’s missing, he’s missing low. That usually works for him. Meanwhile the bats have stayed hot from last night. The Yankees have 21 hits in 12 innings. They had 21 in 27 innings in Colorado.
UPDATE, 6:05 p.m.: Those of you still sore about some of those blown calls that hurt the Yankees earlier this season can no longer complain. Miguel Cairo was way off the bag when Ray Durham was called out in the sixth inning. SF could have had Bonds at the plate as the tying run.
Meanwhile, the Yankees have 13 hits (4 for extra bases) and have four runs. The Giants are right in this game and have no right to be.
UPDATE, 6:18 p.m.: Weird outing by Wang. He had 10 strikeouts last Sunday and none today but had a very good sinker today as evidenced by the 13 outs he got on the ground in 6.1 innings. He also allowed only his fifth home run of the season.
UPDATE, 6:32 p.m.: You want to know why Torre doesn’t trust Bruney in the eighth inning? This is why. What a terrible job by the bullpen.
The Yankees also have left six runners stranded in scoring position. How do you have 13 hits, two walks and a HBP and have four runs?
UPDATE, 6:49 p.m.: Johnny Damon is 3 of his last 26 after that groundout. They need to put him on the DL so he can get healthy. Problem is, who DHs once they get to Baltimore? Some people seem to believe a player can put himself on the DL. Not true. The team makes the decision. Beyond that, no player would volunteer to go on the DL and get labeled a dog. It’s not how it works.
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez is now 11 of 20 (.550) with seven homers and 18 RBI in the ninth inning this season. That was home run No. 492. Enjoy the record while it lasts, Barry. It won’t be for long.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: The Yankees have not given any update on the condition of Derek Jeter. I’ll let you know after the game what they tell us.
Meanwhile, those of you who are writing “extend A-Rod” need to realize that he is under contract through 2010. It’s up to him as to whether he opts out of his contract. At that point, he will get a new contract from the Yankees or somebody else. In theory, the Yankees could head that off by offering to extend his deal to 2013 at $30 per. But that process won’t happen until the end of the season.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Having a player like Abreu bunt is like asking a tackle to play tailback. Why do you want a player to do something he isn’t trained to do or has much experience doing? Swing the bat.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Jeter left the game with what is being described as a slight hip strain suffered in the first inning. He is day to day.
UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: Now Roger Clemens is warming up. This game is getting nutty. … Now, inexplicably, Proctor is hitting with Basak and Nieves still available.