Johnny Damon LF
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada C
Hideki Matsui DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Melky Cabrera CF
Doug Mientkiewicz 1B
Chien-Ming Wang RHP (19-7, 3.70 regular season)
Grady Sizemore CF
Asdrubal Cabrera 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Victor Martinez C
Ryan Garko 1B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Kenny Lofton LF
Franklin Gutierrez RF
Casey Blake 3B
C.C. Sabathia LHP (19-7, 3.21 regular season)
Pregame chatter: Yankees were 6-0 against the Indians in the regular season and have beat them eight straight going back to 2006. Going back 10 years, they are 57-31 against them, including the postseason.
UPDATE, 6:40 p.m.: Nice job by the umpire on the line, Jim Wolf. One thing to watch and he blows the call. But at least they got it right. Quite a start for the Yankees and Damon, who now has 14 hits in his last 24 at-bats.
UPDATE, 6:58 p.m.: Sabathia threw 33 pitches in that inning. It was huge for the Yankees to make him work like that. Of course 3-0 would have been even better.
UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: Bad, bad inning for Chien-Ming Wang. He went from two outs, nobody on and a 1-2 count against Victor Martinez to giving up three runs. Very uncharacteristic of him. Just poor pitching.
UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: The Yankees have drawn four walks off Sabathia in four innings and none of them have scored. He has been lucky. Of course, he’s also dominated hitters with his fastball. I don’t see how he’s going to give them seven innings.
Then again, with how Wang is pitching maybe it doesn’t matter. He left that pitch way up to Cabrera. The Yankees may want to think about Phil Hughes here to try and stay in the game.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Torre seems to be trying to get some offense going here by pinch-hitting Shelley Duncan. Doug Mientkiewicz is on the top step of the dugout cheering, not in the trainer’s room.
By the way, that cameraman who ran him over was fired by YES. He was a freelancer based in Cleveland.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Sabathia is batter to batter. He has thrown 112 pitches.
UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: This is the first time April 29 that Chien-Ming Wang has allowed two home runs in the same game. Nice timing.
The playoffs are usually about pitching and he’s just not getting it done.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Bad job by Torre leaving Wang in to face Lofton as well. Bob Klapisch of The Record and I both first-guessed that Wang should have been out of the game after the double by Peralta.
Wang has pitched extremely well for two years for the Yankees. He was lousy tonight.
I’m sure there will be people ready to leap off the cliff. But they won Game 1 the last two years and what did that get them?
Besides, this game is far from over.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Well, now it’s over. Cleveland has two great set-up guys in Betancourt and Perez. Even Joe Borowski won’t screw this up.
It’s a shame, too. If I told you before the game that the Yankees would score three runs and knock Sabathia out of the game after five innings, you all would have signed up.
Instead he gets an ugly win and Wang an even uglier loss.
Meanwhile somewhere in Oregon, Brian Bruney is watching Ross Ohlendorf and saying, “I could have done that!”
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: Some of you Chicken Littles making comments should be ashamed of yourselves. The Yankees WON Game 1 the last two years and went on to lose the series. Beyond that, this team has come back from trouble time after time this season.
Beyond that, they got to Sabathia. Cleveland now comes with totally inexperienced Fausto Carmona then Jake Westbrook and Paul Byrd.
Have more faith in your team. Of course, most of you probably declared them dead in May.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m: Phil Hughes? That would seem to make Mike Mussina your Game 4 starter.