Here are the lineups:
Wang RHP (18-6, 3.69)
Beckett RHP (18-6, 3.27)
Pregame chatter: Torre said he still had faith in Giambi at 1B despite last night based on the previous games. … Rotation for next week will be Hughes, Mussina, Pettitte, Wang and Kennedy. … Melky got a good talking to (twice) about sliding into first.
UPDATE, 4:08 p.m.: Beautiful day here in Boston. Hope it’s nice where you are. … A few pre-game notes of interest for you: Brian Cashman was around wearing a Trenton Thunder hat. The AA Yanks are playing Game 4 of the Eastern League finals today. The Thunder lead the best-of-five series 2-1. … Joe Torre had a big cigar around 2 p.m. and was in an ebullient mood. He found it amusing that Andy Pettitte read the lineup on Fox before the game. “Great,” he said. “Get your ass kicked the night before and then get to go on TV.”
Meanwhile, that home run to center (who knew he had that kind of power?) was No. 193 in the career of Derek Jeter. It moves him past Tino Martinez in team history. Jeter, who is tight with Tino, will find that funny.
That stolen base for A-Rod was No. 24 on the season. He’s looking at a 30-30 season maybe. Or in his case 30-52.
Beckett threw 30 pitches that inning. Good sign for the Yanks.
UPDATE, 4:44 p.m.: The Cy Young Showdown is on as Wang and Beckett have settled in after each giving up a run in the first inning. Wang is using his slider very well.
A few bullpen updates: The Yankees plan to stay away from The Viz today as he worked two games in a row. … Krazy Kyle Farnsworth says his stiff neck is feeling better and he should be available. … Joba can go two if needed.
UPDATE, 4:52 p.m.: I see Dane Cook in the Fox booth. What a time to not have a hand grenade. I remember hearing about him last year, wondering what all the fuss was about and then watching his show on HBO. It was brutal.
I used to get comedy albums when I was a kid. Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Rodney Dangerfield. Those guys were funny. Dane Cook is like a drunk guy at a bar at 2 a.m. who thinks he’s funny and he’s not.
But some marketing whiz at MLB figures he’s down with the kids and they hire him to do promos. You know who should do promos? Roberto DeNiro. Everybody likes DeNiro. Or Denzel Washington. Who doesn’t like him? Get Jay-Z. But Dane Cook?
OK, rant over. Back to baseball.
UPDATE, 5:00 p.m.: Today is the sixth time Johnny Damon has played left field at Fenway Park, the first since June 1, 2000 when he played for the Royals.
Meanwhile, I don’t understand big leaguers sometimes. Wang walks three guys in a row and Jason Varitek swings at the first pitch he sees. Coach Marc Letendre of New Bedford High would have sat your stupid behind on the bench for doing that.
UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: Kevin Youkilis, much like Derek Jeter, gets hit a lot because he dives into the plate. There was nothing intentional there by Wang.
Meanwhile, David Ortiz owns Wang. He is 14 of 29 against him.
UPDATE, 6:07 p.m.: Nothing wrong with that play by Hinske. Good hard baseball. Posada was lucky he had his mask on.
Leading off the next inning? Jorge Posada.
UPDATE, 6:19 p.m.: So much for the Cy Young Showdown. Wang (5.2 9 5 5 3 3) pitched poorly. The Red Sox usually give him trouble and that was the case again. He has a 6.17 ERA in six starts at Fenway.
UPDATE, 7:01 p.m.: Sean Henn has pitched 54.1 innings in the majors and allowed 72 hits and 42 walks. What exactly is it the Yankees see him him?
Meanwhile, Ross Ohlendorf is the fifth pitcher in this inning for the Yankees. Joe Torre + Expanded Rosters = Disaster.