Here are the lineups:
Wang RHP (15-6, 3.95)
38pitches.com RHP (8-5, 4.11)
Pregame chatter: Mike Mussina just met with reporters, speaking at his locker for about 15 minutes. He said getting taken out of the rotation was the toughest thing he’s ever had to deal with as an athlete. He admitted to being angry but said he believes he can work his way out of his funk.
Back later with some must-listen audio.
Meanwhile, the Yankees have taken 5 of the last 6 from Boston to tie the season series at 7-7 with four games left. … 38pitches.com is 0-1 against the Yankees this season in three starts. His line: 18 29 15 14 2 10 with six home runs.
UPDATE, 12:02 p.m.: Joe Torre said today that the Yankees would probably not call up a third catcher on Saturday. Apparently Wil Nieves is not worth a spot on the 40-man roster.
Jason Giambi is back at first, evidence that his foot must be OK. Expect a defensive replacement late in the game. Torre pulled Giambi after the sixth inning yesterday because Boston had Coco Crisp and Eric Hinske coming up in the 7th. “Bunt guys,” Torre explained. It worked out as Hinske hit a ball to first.
UPDATE, 12:17 p.m.: Here is the full audio of Mike Mussina’s meeting with the media in the locker room this morning:
UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: Check out this blog entry from the Boston Globe. It seems that MLB is cracking down on managers not wearing their uniform jerseys under their pullovers. They actually checked Francona during the game. “That’s a farce,” Joe Torre said.
UPDATE, 1:34 p.m.: Holy cats, back-to-back web gems by The Big G. Joe Torre was saying today that Giambi has no range but will make all the plays within his reach.
Know this, however: Giambi will break down if they keep running him out there. Torre has to be careful with how he uses him.
UPDATE, 2 p.m.: That’s 15 dingers and 75 RBI for Robinson Cano, who had 14 and 74 last season. Two on and one out, this is where they need to attack Schilling.
UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: Weird game for CMW. I think his sinker is moving too much because it’s burrowing down and the Red Sox are sitting on it, which is leading to all the walks. But when they do hit it, they aren’t getting much on it. It’s fading away to right-handed hitters and in to lefties with that heavy bowling-ball effect.
He likes pitching in the hot weather, too.
No predictions yet. But if any Yankee can do it, it’s him.
UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: You have to give it to Schilling, he’s keeping Boston in the game with a fastball that rarely hits 90.
UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: The Mets are down 4-0 in Philly. If that score holds, their lead will be down to two games.
Tell you what, Ken Davidoff of Newsday has been predicting the Mets don’t make the playoffs and he may well be right. The wildcard could come out of the West in the NL.
If the Yankees were in the NL Central, they’d be up by six games.
UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Congratulations to Robinson Cano, who by hitting two home runs off Curt Schilling just earned free drinks in any NYC bar for the rest of his life.
UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: The crowd is now officially in “We Want to See Something Special Happen” mode as they’re cheering on every pitch by CMW.
Nine more to go for Wang.
UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: Well, a valiant effort by CMW, who didn’t get much help from Derek Jeter. Now he has to try and squelch this rally and win the game.
UPDATE, 3:11 p.m.: For starters, A-Rod should have just thrown the ball to second for a conventional double play. But Youkilis clearly was out of the baseline when he ran on the grass.
Youkilis will have a nice career as a wrestling bad guy when he retires from baseball.
UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: The Yankees have no sense of occasion. Joba just came in the game and the scoreboard is playing the stupid “find the ball under the cap game.”
Meanwhile, they didn’t play “Indian Outlaw” either.
Anyway, Joba against Hinske, Cora and Pedroia. The Yankees are 7-1 in games he has pitched.
UPDATE, 3:34 p.m.: By Joba standards, what a terrible inning. Four batters made contract and one got a hit. An extra-base hit no less.
The kid is finished. Done. Kaput. Trade him now.
Mo is warming. You have to give it up to 38pitches.com 7 6 2 2 1 4. He pitched his tail off.
UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: Big hit there for Abreu as it eases things for Mo. Okajima could be toast in September as he’s way over his usual number of innings.
UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: I’m sure this will get played off as “Hey, we’re still up by five” in Red Sox Nation. But this will be a demoralizing sweep. The Red Sox have scored six runs in the series on 13 hits through 26 innings.
UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: Did somebody misplace the dugout copy of the Joba Rules? Anybody? Guidry? Kerrigan? Hello?
This is interesting. It saves Mo, yet opens the door to all manner of questions.
But Joba only threw 12 pitches in the 8th.
Tells you what they think of the rest of the relievers.
UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: I find it hard to believe that Chamberlain would throw at the head of Youkilis on purpose. What reason would there be?
Other than that there is always something between these teams, of course.
Just FYI, that walk is charged to Chamberlain. So if Youkilis scores, it breaks his string. Then again, Nancy Drew doesn’t hit in the clutch.