Notes: Another day, another lineup. Hideki Matsui is out for the second straight day. He said he is healthy. He also is riding a seven-game hit streak. … The Yankees have lost three straight and are 3-5 on the road trip. … Johnny Damon’s last six games: 12 of 28, 8 runs, 7 RBI, 7 extra-base hits. … The Yankees are 1-12 when trailing after six innings and 3-11 when the opponent scores first. … Robbie Cano is 2 for 22 and 4 for 38 since that home run against Tampa Bay. … Ross Ohlendorf has appeared in nine games. The Yankees have lost eight of them.
UPDATE, 12:18 p.m.: The Indians sent LHP Jeremy Sowers back to AAA Buffalo and called up OF Brad Snyder.
UPDATE, 1:02 p.m.: Posada was just scratched. No reason was given. I’m sure we’ll get the full information after the game.
Just me, or does it seem weird to use Duncan at 1B and Ensberg as the DH? Isn’t Ensberg a better glove?
UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: Media relations director Jason Zillo just said the Yankees won’t be giving any information about why Jorge Posada is scratched until after the game. This is the first time I can ever remember any team scratching a player two minutes before first pitch then refusing to say why.
UPDATE, 2:23 p.m.: CMW whiffs the side and now has five on the game. He’s pitching another gem, as is Sabathia.
UPDATE, 2:28 p.m.: The New York Times is reporting that Jorge Posada has a muscle tear in his shoulder and will be headed to the disabled list. You can’t hide the truth for long.
That does explain why Posada arrived early for treatment today.
UPDATE, 2:32 p.m.: Bad baseball there by Cano, who finally gets a hit then gets picked off before Melky homers.
UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: What a great game. Wang and Sabathia going pitch for pitch with the difference being a home run by Melky.
The Yankees are 0 for 5 with RISP today and 2 for 20 in the series.
UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: The “Wang isn’t an ace” crowd will hide out today. 7 4 0 0 2 9. He’s thrown 39 innings this season and allowed 35 hits with 11 walks and 26 Ks. If the Yankees finish this off, he’ll be 5-0, 3.23 despite having faced Boston twice, Toronto, Chicago and Cleveland. There are a few starters better than he is but it’s a short list.
UPDATE, 3:46 p.m.: Joba hit 98 in that inning. It would appear that he is OK.
If the Yankees win, Wang will be 43-13 since the start of the 2006 season. That’s three more victories than any other pitcher in baseball. Brandon Webb has 39.
UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: Mariano Rivera might do his job better than any other athlete in history of team sports.
Tremendously pitched game on both sides.