Here is the lineup:
Wang RHP (10-5, 3.44)
Pregame chatter: The Yankees are facing RHP Scott Elarton (2-3, 9.17). He will be coming off the disabled start (sprained right foot) to make the start. Elarton last pitched on June 19. He is 3-0 with a 4.85 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees. Alex Rodriguez is 9 of 16 with three homers against him, so pay attention to those at-bats. … The 54 runs the Yankees have scored in their last four games are the most in a four-game spam since they scored 57 in four games against the Philadelphia A’s in August of 1939.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Phil Hughes is done for the night in Scranton. 6 2 0 0 1 7. 73 pitches/54 strikes. Every indication is that the Yankees will have him make one more start there to get his pitch count up to around 100.
His line in four rehab starts so far: 15 innings, 6 hits, 1 earned runs, 6 walks, 21 strikeouts.
Chad Jennings reports that Joba Chamberlain will start for Scranton on Wednesday and Ian Kennedy on Saturday. If you haven’t bookmarked Chad’s blog, you really should.
Jeff Karstens will make another rehab start on Friday.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Joe Torre told us before the game that he probably wanted to avoid using Luis Vizcaino tonight. If the game continues on the way it is, that shouldn’t be a problem. Kyle Farnsworth, who has pitched once in the last seven days, needs some work. My theory is that they’re building his trade value by not using him.
UPDATE, 10:32 p.m.: Chien-Ming Wang isn’t very sharp tonight. But they need to get six out of him to keep the bullpen fresh for the rest of the series.
UPDATE, 10:43 p.m.: That’s a career-high three walks for Robinson Cano. I’m also bored out of my mind.
UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.: Here’s how you know the Yankees are playing well. They’re half asleep tonight and they’e up 9-4. They have five hits since Scott Elarton left the game and have struck out 10 times. CMW pitched well enough not to lose.
But with Mike Mussina pitching tomorrow and the K-Man on Thursday, this was a game they needed to win and it looks like they will.