Here is the lineup:
Wang RHP (7-4, 3.86)
Pregame chatter: Minnesota is starting Carlos Silva (6-8, 4.15). He is 1-1, 7.13 in three starts against the Yankees in his career. The last came Sept. 1, 2006 when he lasted four innings and gave up four runs. … Since 2002, the Yankees are 26-9 against the Twins, 14-2 at the Stadium. … Robinson Cano day-game splits are .179/.198/.283. His night-game splits are /.316/.365/.459. Hmmm. … The Yanks are 7-23 in games decided by one or two runs.
UPDATE, 6:23 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez did not speak to the media before the game. At one point reporters were around his locker and when somebody asked him a question, he just turned and walked away.
But Joe Torre did speak and said they are convinced he is fine, otherwise he wouldn’t be playing. A-Rod will probably DH tomorrow. Rodriguez felt much better when he woke up, came to the Stadium to run and hit in the cages then met with Torre and said he wanted to play. There was no MRI, which is surprising. You would expect they would want to make sure.
Meanwhile, please do not post entire articles from other websites. Links are fine. I also see the A-Rod news roused assorted trolls out of their basements. If you want to insult each other post nonsense, please go elsewhere.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Chien-Ming Wang is throwing his slider and changeup more than he did his two previous starts. As alert reader Gayle pointed out, he has been working on his arm slot with Ron Guidry. Basically, a good sinker needs to be thrown down hill. If a pitcher “opens” his shoulder, it tends to leave the ball up. Wang is a sharp guy and makes adjustments well. I would suspect he pitches a good game tonight.
Meanwhile, you guys might get a kick out of this. When Joe does his pre-game media session, it starts with all television and print reporters. After a few minutes, a PR guy yells “TV out” and the cameras leave. Usually the TV types only need a few snippets.
Today, some station in New York sent a camera crew to ask Torre about C-Rod’s t-shirt. How to be a day late. After the “TV out” call, the “reporter” sputters out, “Is anybody talking about the t-shirt incident?”
Joe gave him the evil eye and said “did you hear them say TV out?”
The guy and his cameraman slunk away.
The t-shirt incident? It’s an incident?
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Andy Phillips is 6 of his last 17 with three RBI. The Yankees are begging for him to claim first base.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Yankees announced tonight that Paul O’Neill would attend Old Timer’ Day for the first time. Yep, I guess he’s retired.
UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: A-Rod is 0 for his last 14. He and Ichiro are the only players in the game to have started all of their team’s games. It might not be a bad idea to give him a day off tomorrow, it being a day game after a night game.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: CMW is pitching the worst shutout ever. He has no control, his velocity is down and he has abandoned his change. Yet he’s up 3-0 in the sixth. I suspect we’re going to see the much-heralded Edwar Ramirez at some point. I personally will be disappointed if he doesn’t strike out the side in nine pitches.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: It’s funny how a losing team looks likee a pack of dogs and when a team scores a few runs, it looks like everybody is hustling. … Meanwhile, Michael Imperioli isn’t the only Soprano in the house. Steve Schirripa is here as well. Christopher and Bobby. Where is Silvio?
UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: Smart move here as A-Rod was replaced by Cairo. No reason to press your luck up 8-0.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: They gave away a DVD of Game 1 of the 1977 World Series and we media types got one. I’ll give mine away. The first person to guess the first concert I ever attended gets it free of charge through the mail. Clue: it was in the early 1980s in Providence and I caught the same act again last year. E-mails only please.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: Proctor? If Edwar Ramirez doesn’t pitch in the ninth, that would be strange. Weird outing for CMW but effective.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Nobody has guessed. C’mon. This is a popular performer. Popular in the 80s, popular now. Toured last year. You know him.
Meanwhile, our long national nightmare is over. Edwar Ramirez is warming up.
UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: We have a winner as I saw Billy Joel! Good job Jennifer.
Meanwhile, Edwar Ramierez is truly the man as the changeup from hell mows the Twins down. Back later with some sound and notes.