Notes: The Yankees are 8-8 at home, 9-9 on the road and 7-7 in games decided by one or two runs. They’re 4-4 against lefties and 13-13 against righties. Those trends are certainly telling, aren’t they?
Kyle Farnsworth (yes, Kyle Farnsworth) has allowed one run on four hits over his last 6.2 innings with two walks and nine strikeouts. I’m not sure I’m prepared for a world where Krazy Kyle can be counted on.
Derek Jeter is 10 of his last 22 with seven runs scored. … Hideki Matsui has hit in 15 straight at 20 of 60. He is 7 of 13 over the last three. … Mariano Rivera has thrown 164 pitches this season, 115 of them strikes. Of the 49 balls, 22 were on two-strike counts when he was likely misisng on purpose to expand the strike zone. So of the 142 times he was trying to throw a strike, he was successful 115 times. Crazy.
Back later with updates. It’s another beautiful day in the Bronx.
UPDATE, 6:12 p.m.: A-Rod worked out just now. He did a series of sprints in the outfield (“About 70, 75 percent,” he said), then he took grounders for about 10 minutes before hitting in the cage.
He’ll head to Tampa tomorrow (along with Jorge Posada and Phil Hughes) and ramp it up a bit as each day passes. The plan is for him to play in extended spring training games on Monday and Tuesday in Tampa.
Here’s why: As those are generally informal games, he can hit leadoff every inning and get 12 at-bats over two days. Plus those games are during the day. If that goes well, he’ll be activated on Wednesday.
“I’m very optimistic,” he said. “I don’t feel anything in my leg.”
Kudos to the Yankees and Joe Girardi, by the way, for delivering the info on A-Rod.
As for other stuff: No word on Kyle Farnsworth’s appeal yet. … Girardi said he expects Kei Igawa will get at least two starts to show them what he can do. … The pitchers had mandatory fielding practice before the game.
Tonight’s game between Wang (6-0) and Lee (5-0) is the first time two pitchers with at least a 5-0 record have met since May 8, 1988 when Dave Stewart (7-0) of Oakland faced Greg Swindell (6-0) of Cleveland. Nice bit of research from the Elias Sports Bureau.
A few other stats of note:
Lefties are 5 for 41 against Lee this season. … Jeter’s walk yesterday was his fourth of the season. He had 16 after 35 games last season.
Enjoy the game. It should be a good one.
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Cliff Lee is living up to his statistics. 4 1 0 0 0 4 so far. Two Yankees have gotten the ball out of the infield twice and one was a bloop single by Matsui (who has now hit in 16 straight games).
Wang is not pitching badly by any means, but two runs look like a mountain now.
The only good news tonight might be that A-Rod was back on the field taking BP before the game. This lineup needs the MVP back in a hurry.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: OK, I take that back. Wang is pitching badly. His two-seamer is all over the place. 3-0 Indians.
No offense to Eric Wedge, but trying to steal third there is a stupid play with your No. 4 hitter up. How much advantage are you gaining there at the risk of an out?
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: On most nights, Wang pitched well enough to win. 7 5 3 3 3 4. But not against Cliff Lee and the roll he is on this season.
UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Check out these season stats for Cliff Lee: 44.2 innings, 25 hits, 2 walks, 39 strikeouts. He has an 0.81 ERA.
Never before have the Yankees been so glad to see Rafael Perez.