Here are the lineups:
Wang RHP (7-4, 3.51)
Cabrera RHP (6-8, 4.98)
Pregame chatter: Sorry for the delay with the lineups. I was up in the stands visiting with the family of Mark Leary, the late sports editor of the Journal News and one of my mentors. Lynn, Robbie and Jonathan are on a vacation trip to Florida and stopped by Camden Yards. They’re great people.
Yankees took no BP today and had a late report time. It was a trick that worked earlier this season. We’ll see what happens.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: Spoke to Brian Cashman this afternoon. He is interested in acquiring a first baseman but offered no comment on Shea Hillenbrand. He did say, however, that he will not be trading Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain or Ian Kennedy. That greatly decreases the odds of any blockbuster deal. As for other topics, Jason Giambi remains in a protective boot and isn’t close to returning to play, although he is expected back at some point around August. Hughes has started his throwing program and a few days ago threw off the half mound in Tampa. Like everybody else, Cashman is puzzled at the slump. “These are players who have performed before who for whatever reason are not performing now,” he said. “We led the majors in scoring last season and I thought we had a better team this season.”
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Based on the lack of movement in the bullpen, Torre seemed to want to get 8 out of Wang then go to Rivera. But it’s not working out that way.
UPDATE, 9:23: The tarp is on the field. Back with more info as I get it.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Tarp off the field. We should be starting again sometime soon.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: About to get back underway. Mike Myers on the mound.
UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: What a circus. Now the rain is back and the Yankees lead 8-6. Nice job, John Parish. Robert Parish would have been better.
UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: I’ve had a few people e-mail me saying the Yankees don’t show enough fight. They showed some fight there. You see Jeter slap his hands when he got to second base? Give ‘em this, they ain’t quitting.
Just FYI, under the new rules the game would be suspended and picked up from the point it was stopped.
UPDATE, 10:38 p.m.: The tarp is coming off, so we should have baseball in 20 minutes or so. Yankees up 8-6, Jeter on second with two outs and Matsui up. No word on whether Chris Ray will be pitching.
UPDATE, 10:51 p.m.: OK, I lied. They just put the tarp back on the field. It’s raining a little again but more must be on the way. The good news is that I get a huge bonus from my paper for long games. Usually a weekend at the company villa in St. Thomas.
UPDATE, 11:31 p.m.: Game suspended. No word on what day it will be resumed.