Here is the lineup:
Wang RHP (13-6, 3.94)
Pregame chatter: The Yankees are facing Jeremy Guthrie (7-4, 3.22). He has been tough against the Yankees in two starts this season (12.1 13 4 4 4 10) … The Yankees are a curious 3-6 against the Orioles this season. … Melky Cabrera takes a 17-game hitting streak into the game. … Posada is back after a three-game absence with a stiff neck.
Thanks to my man Rod Boone, who is filling in for me today, for calling in the lineup.
Meanwhile, I leave you people alone for half a day and there are nearly 500 comments on defense. If all I did was post about A-Rod and the value (or lack of) defense in baseball, this site would outdraw Google.
But it’s great to cover a team so many people care so much about. Enjoy the game and stop cracking on Andy Phillips.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: I was up in Connecticut having dinner with a friend and didn’t see any of the game until just now. But based on the box score, it seems like Chien-Ming Wang battled after the first inning and kept the Yankees in it. Good sign for him.
If Ron Villone gets through this inning, maybe it’ll be Joba in the eighth and Mo in the ninth.
Meanwhile, thanks to those who e-mailed so I could delete the racist comments. Turns out it was one twisted person using a variety of names. Best to ignore them.
UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: This will be Joba’s first appearance at the Stadium. In talking to his Dad last week, I know seeing this will fulfill a dream of his. Mr. Chamberlain is working on coming out to see his son pitch. I’m looking forward to meeting him.
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: Big spot for the kid here, first time in the big ballpark in the Bronx. This will be interesting to watch.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Damn, the kid has guts. Shakes off the heater to throw his slider on a 3-2 count and fans Miggy Tejada.
UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: Best part of that sequence by Chamberlain was how he went from clearly overthrowing to just pitching. He’s 21 and he has that figured out. There is undoubtedly going to be a rough spot or two but every game that he goes the 8th instead of the Viz is money in the bank for the Yanks.
Now he’s available Wednesday.
UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: First blown save for Rivera since April. All typical bleeders, too. What gets interesting now is who pitches if the game goes to the 10th inning. … Lousy throw by Abreu.
UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: The Big G comes though. Now the captain wins it.
UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: I know that Joe Torre just wins accidentally but he’s working that DH spot very well and getting a lot out of Damon/Giambi/Duncan. … It’s funny to watch Duncan and Giambi celebrate.