Here is the lineup:
Wang RHP (10-4, 3.43)
Pregame chatter: Yanks are facing Dustin McGowan (5-5, 5.05). … Phil Hughes and Jeff Karstens are here en route to Scranton. Karstens wil throw a bullpen while Hughes will be working out. … It’s a bit of a surprise (to me at least) that Damon is in the lineup. He’s 3 for 25 since the break and hasn’t had an extra-base hit since June 26. … Matsui is 20 of 50 with 10 RBI and 14 runs scored in his 13-game hit streak.
UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: You’re looking live at Yankee Stadium. 82 degrees and kind of overcast at the ballpark today. Not much to update you on at this point. Looks like Matt DeSalvo will pitch the second game on Saturday. That way they can have plenty of bullpen help on hand for Kei Igawa in the first game. Lyle Overbay was scratched from the Toronto lineup before the game because of dizzy spells.
Wil Nieves is catching the Wanger today because Posada needs a break after the night game. He will catch the Moose tomorrow for the first time in a while.
Enjoy the game. Back with more updates later.
UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: Check out the Red Sox game story from today’s Boston Globe. It is panic in the streets time up there already and they’re seven games up.
I wrote back in the spring that Boston’s offense was a house of cards and I still believe it. They are depending on too many suspect players (Drew, Crisp, Lugp, Pedroia) and counting far too heavily on Crazy Manny. With David Ortiz hurting (and leg injuries are the worst for sluggers. Guys like Papi generate their power from their legs and hips), Boston has trouble.
UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: CMW is dealing. He’s retired the first six guys on 18 pitches and 13 of them were strikes. He’s throwing his slider for strikes early, which is a key for him. Wang also likes pitching in hot weather. He said it reminds of him of throwing in Taiwan.
UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: It’s sort of raining. It was raining a lot then stopped and how it’s misty.
UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Happy Birthday to my Dad today. If it wasn’t for him buying me a program all those years ago and showing me how to keep score I might have been forced to get an actual job. So good job by him. I believe Mom Abraham is taking him out to dinner. Then they’ll go to Foxwoods, get hammer drunk and play $50 blackjack until 6 a.m.
UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: Sorry for the lack of updates recently. The wireless network in the press box at Yankee Stadium is awful. We’ve been after them to upgrade and they claim it’ll be done soon.
Wang certainly looks good. He has faced one batter over the minimum in six innings. They really need him to go seven or eight innings with the doubleheader the day after tomorrow.
UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: That’s a 14-game hitting streak for Hideki Matsui. His career-best is 16 games.
UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: I was checking out the comments. A couple of things:
Not only is Andy Pettitte not getting traded, he can’t be traded without his permission. This is the only team he wants to play for.
You can’t play Posada every day, even at DH. He’s a 36-year-old catcher and the season has 68 games left, most of them on hot days. He has played too much as it is.
UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: Hard to fault Chien-Ming Wang for this. Three runs in 7.1 innings is what you hope for from a starter. The Yankees scored twice in the first inning then seemed to relax. One more shot for another rally.
I’m sure somehow Joe Torre is to blame.