Here are the lineups:
Wang RHP (13-5, 3.49)
Halladay RHP (12-5, 4.13)
Pregame chatter: Alex Rodriguez’s left calf is sore after he was hit by a fastball there last night. Joe Torre said he unsure whether he would be able to pinch hit but believes he will be ready for Friday night. So that little incident back in May cost him, as it turns out. No word on any suspensions from MLB, but the Yankees expected Clemens to get as many as five games. … Melky Cabrera takes a 13-game hitting streak into the game. He’s 24 of 55 in that stretch with 14 extra-base hits and 15 RBI. … The Yanks have scored 88 runs in the last nine games. … Kyle Farnsworth has pitched six times in the last 21 games (6 6 5 5 3 6). … Yankees have won five straight and eight of their last nine.
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: My point is only this: A-Rod yelled at Howie Clark with the Yankees up by three runs in the ninth inning back on May 30. It was a needless thing to do. Whether it was right or wrong, it obviously angered Toronto. The result is that he’s missing a game and Clemens could get suspended. So was it worth it? I don’t see how. The Yankees are in no position to replace Clemens with Jeff Karstens, Kei Igawa or Matt DeSalvo for a game.
He’s lucky the ball didn’t hit him on the front of the knee.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Here is Joe Torre’s pregame press conference today:
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Man, that Giambi is killing the Yankees. Getting on base before sonmebody hits a homer. How is that going to help the Yankees?
UPDATE, 8 p.m.: Bad night for CMW as he’s leaving everything up. He and turf are a bad combination historically. Looks like we’re going to see a lot of Jeff Karstens tonight.
UPDATE, 8:12: Going into tonight, Wang was 32-11 with a 3.58 ERA since the start of 2006. No pitcher in the game has more wins. He is deserving of a lot more respect than some of you are giving him in the comments. You’re making him sound like some bum. He was 10-1 in his last 13 starts this season. How much more of an ace would you like him to be?
He has a 3.64 career ERA on grass and a career 5.17 ERA on turf. Balls in the outfield keep going here, unlike they would on grass.
Wang had a bad night. Live with it. He and the Yankees weren’t going to finish the season undefeated.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Ian Kennedy against Pawtucket tonight: 6 5 0 0 1 9. For the season he’s 12-2 with a 1.75 ERA and has struck out 148 in 128.2 innings. If Clemens misses a start because of L’Affaire Rodriguez, he might be a better choice than Karstens, DeSalvo or Igawa.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Melky has now hit in 14 straight games, the longest streak of his career.