Here is the lineup:
Wang RHP (18-7, 3.82)
Pregame chatter: I’m not covering the game today and have some business to attend to in the city, so I’m not sure when I’ll get the lineup posted. Probably around 6 or so. So in the meantime, I wanted to set up a game post. … Yankees are facing RHP Roy Halladay (15-7, 3.82).
UPDATE, 5:43 p.m.: Ian Kennedy has been scratched from his start tomorrow because of upper back tightness. No word yet on who replaces him.
UPDATE, 5:55 p.m.: Now being hold that everybody is just moving up a day. So Clemens tomorrow.
UPDATE, 7:05 p.m.: Huge news out of San Francisco as the Giants have told Barry Bonds they will not be bringing him back next season. No chance he winds up with the Yankees, but he makes a lot of sense for some teams as a DH including the Angels. He’d be a cheaper, shorter-term investment than A-Rod for Arte Moreno.
It will be interesting to see if anybody makes a run at him.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Mike Mussina will start on Monday. … Harlan Chamberlain is in the house. … Humberto Sanchez (remember him?) is on hand and will work out with the team this weekend. … Word down in Tampa is that Manny Ramirez will not play this weekend for the Red Sox.
UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: When Roy Halladay is on, he’s just about impossible to beat. No crime in losing to a pitcher like that. It’s a game like this that underscores how difficult winning the division is from behind with so few games left. Run into a hot starter and now you have another game to make up and another game off the calendar.
Toronto has no love of the Yankees and was going to play hard. Too bad for Wang, he pitched well enough to win on most any nights.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: That’s 143 RBI for A-Rod, a new career high. Big hit for him given his recent slump.
UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Like I said, no crime to lose a game like that. … I should have known better. In a season of crazy comebacks, this would be the best one yet.
UPDATE, 11:19 p.m.: I can’t believe an AL East game is in the 13th inning and it’s not midnight yet. It’s about time for one of these guys to hit one out.
UPDATE, 11:44 p.m.: I have to assume Kyle Farnsworth has a bad back or a sore neck or something. Because if he is being passed over for the likes of Brian Bruney, then Joe Torre must have zero confidence in him.
That was a typical Bruney inning. Strikes guys out but does something to hurt himself and the team.
But if they could rally in the 9th, they can rally in the 14th.