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Game 31: Mariners at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 02, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Cabrera CF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Duncan 1B
Matsui LF
Giambi DH
Ensberg 3B
Molina C
Gonzalez 2B
Wang RHP (5-0, 3.23)

Ichiro CF
Lopez 2B
Ibanez LF
Beltre 3B
Clement DH
Sexson 1B
Balentien RF
Burke C
Betancourt SS
Bedard LHP (2-0, 2.04)

Chien-Ming Wang vs. the Seattle hitters.

Erik Bedard vs. the New York hitters.

Notes: Wang has pitched twice to Molina this season. He has allowed one earned run over 16 innings. … Seattle has lost two straight. … The Yankees have lost three straight and six of eight.

Back later with updates.

UPDATE, 6:01 p.m.: Jorge Posada has received opinions from all of the doctors (James Andrews, Tim Kremchek and David Altcheck) and all agree that he has rotator cuff tendinitis and will need rest and rehab. Surgery is a possibility but not until the offseason. There does seem to be a little concern about his labrum, too. But the general consensus is that his problem is with the rotator cuff.

Posada will go another 10 days without throwing or swinging then start a two-week rehab period. After that, they’ll determine where he is. He will need minor-league rehab games. We’re looking at early June assuming there no setbacks. Given what happened last time, they will be cautious. I would guess maybe June 10,

Meanwhile, Phil Hughes learned today that he is nearsighted and he is being fitted for glasses. So that explains some stuff as well. He thinks the cracked rib is related to a mechanical flaw, which also explains some stuff.

RHP Jose Veras is here, taking the spot of Hughes.

With the day off coming up on Monday, the Yankees will skip Ian Kennedy’s next start. They won’t need a No. 5 starter until May 10. They’re discussing whether it will be Kennedy or somebody else.

UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: Just a terrible night here at the ballpark. It was 49 degrees at first pitch and it’s windy. Several writers are watching the game from the press room (and shame on you all) but we’re here in the elements.

Kansas football coach Mark Mangino was on the field before the game talking to Joe Girardi and bench coach Rob Thomson, a KU grad.

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but Ichiro may be my favorite player to watch in the majors. What a talented player and he has such great flair to what he does. I’ve interviewed him a few times and found him to be a good guy as well.

Meanwhile, another Japanese star who is a good guy, Hideki Matsui, just delivered an RBI single to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead. Make it stand up, Wanger.

UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: Check out this stat from the Yankees’ media notes:

Robinson Cano had the lowest batting in April (.151) for a player coming off two consecutive .300 seasons since Lyman Bostock hit .148 in April of 1978.

UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: It’s going to take somebody really smacking one to hit the ball out tonight. The wind is blowing straight in.

Meanwhile, I made a little semi-witty remark during Girardi’s pre-game press conference and Anthony McCarron of the News stole it for their blog. But at least he credited me.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: That pesky Ichiro stole second and third and scored on a groundout. That snapped a streak of 13 consecutive scoreless innings by Wang.

UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Something must be wrong with the Wanger’s fingernail. He sometimes gets a blister under there. I have him at 90 pitches and he’s able to go 100-110 at this point.

Regardless, he was terrific again tonight.




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