A few tidbits for you:
Chien-Ming Wang will start on Sunday, the final game before the All-Star break. His next start may not be until July 14 or 15. The Yankees hope that a few extra days off will allow the persistent blister on his finger to heal.
The Wanger showed me his finger today. It’s pretty nasty. The nail is all black and blue and the skin is raw. I considered snapping a photo of it but perhaps blogs should go only so far.
Melky Cabrera is 10 of 22 with six RBI in the last five games. It’s a good baseball debate as to whether he is good enough to be a starting outfielder on a high-caliber team. If he develops some power, I think so.
I wrote my story today mainly on Hideki Matsui. At 3-0, he got the green light (or “the go sign” as it came out from his translator) and he took a big hack. He pulled it foul.
Matsui was mad at himself for pulling the ball so much, so he focused on driving the ball to center. Pat Neskek came back with the same pitch, probably hoping for another foul ball, and Matsui pounded it to right center, deep into the bleachers.
With 79 games left to play, ‘zilla has 10 homers and 49 RBI. I bet he finishes with 25 jacks and 115 RBI, something like that. He is a guy who is the back of his card.
Spoke to Edwar Ramirez – who Joe Torre said looks like the thermometer because of how skinny he is. Ramirez (who clearly needs a nickname) is fired up to see the Angels. They cut him twice and he wants to show them what they missed.
It would be fun if Ramirez came out of nowhere and helped the Yankees. But wait a bit before holding the parade. Guys who get released usually get released for a reason. Some people thought Brian Bruney was the next big thing and now we’re seeing why the Diamondbacks cut him loose.
The Yankees have tried to get him to dial back the velocity and throw strikes and Bruney just tries to throw harder. He obviously has talent but baseball isn’t a speed-gun contest at the carnival.
Finally, here is the audio of Joe Torre’s postgame: