Here’s how Chien-Ming Wang got his sinker back:
* He increased the speed of his leg lift as he started his delivery. “A quicker leg lift speeds up your arm,” pitching coach Dave Eiland said. “That was something we saw on tape.”
* Wang focused on throwing the ball to the middle of the plate and letting its natural movement work. “I had beeen throwing to the outside corner,” he said. “I needed to throw more strikes.”
* Throwing to Jorge Posada helped. No catcher has worked with Wang more than Posada and no catcher has ever demanded more of him. “He stayed on me to keep the ball down,” Wang said.
And with that Wang got his first victory since May 2. He is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA against Oakland in three career starts. It wasn’t the most efficient game he has pitched. But he clearly looked more like himself.
Girardi claimed that he was saving Kyle Farnsworth in case he needed him for the ninth inning, which is why he went to Jose Veras in the eighth inning. Then he talked to Mariano Rivera and found out he was OK for the ninth. Why wouldn’t you talk to your closer earlier in the game? He just decided not to use Farnsworth, which is fine.