Here is the lineup:
Wang RHP (17-6, 3.68)
Pregame chatter: Yanks are facing Zack Greinke (6-5, 3.87) … Derek Jeter (right knee) tried to talk his way into the lineup to no avail. … Andy Phillips was put on the 60-day DL to make room for Ross Ohlendorf on the 40-man roster. So that ends any possibility of Phillips returning this season. … All of the call-ups except Jeff Karstens and Matt DeSalvo are here. They’ll join up in Toronto. … A-Rod is 14 of his last 25 with seven homers and 13 RBI. That’s pretty much impossible. … Abreu is 10 of his last 24 with eight extra-base hits and five RBI. He’s up to .289. … The Yanks have scored 36 runs in their last four games. … Brian Bruney since being called back up: 4.2 4 4 4 4 1. … Yanks have won four straight and 8 of 11.
UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Here’s a question … why did they pitch to him? A-Rod has now homered in five straight games.
UPDATE, 3 p.m.: A-Rod has 53 homers, the most for a right-handed hitter in Yankees history. He’s 15 of his last 16 with seven homers.
Meanwhile, Chien-Ming Wang is dealing again. The Yankees really know how to put the hammer down on bad teams.
UPDATE, 3:33 p.m.: Bad inning here for CMW. The two-out walk to Teahen was the killer. He has developed this habit of worrying too much about guys on base instead of just dealing with the batter.
UPDATE, 3:59 p.m.: That’s 84 RBI for Jorge Posada and anothr clutch hit. The Yankees are going to spent a few Benjamins keeping him, A-Rod and Mo. But there’s not much on any of them.
Meanwhile, the mighty Patriots just finished off their thrashing of the Jets. Huge days for Tom Brady and Randy Moss. Always a good day when the Jets are put in their place.
If the Yankees hold on and Seattle beat the Tigers, the Yankees would have a four game lead in the wild-card with 19 games to play. That’s not insurmountable but it’s very imposing at this point.
UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: Of A-Rod’s 52 homers, 22 have either tied the game or given the Yankees the lead.
UPDATE, 4:33 p.m.: Krazy Kyle warming for the Yankees. Wang was not sharp today but he stuck with it and gave the Yankees seven solid innings. If the Yankees hold on, he will have 18 wins.
Huge hit there for Robbie Cano. A three-run lead is a whole lot safer than two with Farnsworth on the mound.
UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: I’ve been trying to tell people all hear how good this Farnsworth guy is and nobody wants to listen to me. He’s lights out, I’m telling you.
Three outs from Mo and the Yankees will have won 9 of their last 12 and five in a row.