UPDATE, 1:08 p.m.: Joe Girardi is feeling better and will manage today. … As predicted yesterday, Giambi is not playing and I suspect he won’t play tomorrow, either. Girardi said he “didn’t think” Giambi would go on the DL. … Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: Let me guess, the “Chien-Ming Wang isn’t an ace” crowd is quiet today. The Rays have hit one ball out of the infield in four innings. He’s allowed two runs in 11 innings this season.
It’s wrong to penalize the guy for pitching to contact. And don’t underestimate his ability to change as a pitcher. Wang didn’t throw a sinker when the Yankees signed him. Then he picked up the sinker and it got him to the majors. As hitters adjust, he’s going back to the slider he threw in college and picking up a change and splitter.
As good as Hughes, Chamberlain and Kennedy could be, Wang is going to be on top of this rotation for a long time.
UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: In a 2-0 game, take the easy out at second. Robinson Cano was trying to bare-hand the ball and turn a spectacular double play. As good as he is, Cano sometimes gets a little careless and that was a prime example.
UPDATE, 3:28 p.m.: I like this move by Joe Girardi. Settling bullpen roles by inning is silly. The game needs to be saved right now, not in the eighth inning. I applaud the idea of using Chamberlain right now.
That said, Cano bailed him out with that catch.
UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: CMW through two starts: 13 10 2 2 4 8. If this score holds up, he’ll be 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA. As it stands now, Wang will face the Red Sox on Friday night at Fenway. That should be a lot of fun.