Here’s the earliest lineup post ever:
Chien-Ming Wang (2-3 innings, 40 pitches)
Darrell Rasner (2-3 innings, 40 pitches)
Aaron Harang is starting. That’s all we know so far. Hopefully Hall of Fame nice guy Andy Phillips gets a few hacks against his old teammates.
Notes: Hold onto something solid but Joe Girardi seems to love Kyle Farnsworth. He said he would use Krazy Kyle on back-to-back days, in the middle of innings, etc. Farnsworth has changed his mechanics (specifically when he breaks his hands) on the advice of Dave Eiland to eliminate how much he dragged his arm last season. That tended to flatten out his slider. When thrown right, it’s a great pitch for him. … Girardi had the “throw strikes” talk with Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain after their nibblesome outings yesterday. Nibblesome is probably not a word but if you’ve read this far, you know what I mean. … Hideki Matsui will be getting in a game soon. He’ll start off as the DH. … Mariano Rivera is scheduled for an inning tomorrow and will probably follow Andy Pettitte to the mound.
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