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Game 70: Yankees at Astros

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 15, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (36-33)
Damon CF
Jeter SS
Matsui LF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Posada C
Cano 2B
Cabrera RF
Wang RHP

ASTROS (33-36)
Pence RF
Erstad 1B
Tejada SS
Lee LF
Blum 3B
Loretta 2B
Bourn CF
Ausmus C
Oswalt RHP

Chien-Ming Wang (7-2, 4.30) vs. the Houston hitters

Roy Oswalt (5-6, 5.06) vs. the New York hitters.

Notes: I know I often have typos in the lineup. But, yes, Melky is playing RF. … Bobby Abreu is 4 for 18 on the trip with no RBI. … The Yankees have won three straight and four of the five on this road trip, which ends today. … The Yankees have homered in eight straight games. … The last six games have somehow each been played under three hours. … Wang pitched well in the first game of the trip, holding Oakland to one run over 7.1 innings. … Mariano Rivera has had the last two nights off since pitching five out of six days.

The teams will be wearing light blue wristbands today, on Father’s Day, to raise awareness of prostate cancer. Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers out there, especially to mine.

Back later with some updates.

UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: Former Yankee Chuck Knoblauch was on the field for batting practice seeing some of his old teammates. Bubba Crosby, who has retired, was here yesterday. They both live in the Houston area.

Did you see what Dan McCutchen did last night? 9 6 0 0 0 4 against Norfolk. 102 pitches, 71 strikes.

Today is Andy Pettitte’s birthday. He’s 36.

UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: You have to love Robbie Cano. Oswalt walks three in a row, so of course he swings at the first pitch, breaks his bat and drops a two-run single behind third base.

Meanwhile, Oswalt is over 70 pitches already.

UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Because he is such a great hitter, it’s easy to forget what a good fielder A-Rod can be. He also has an absolute cannon for an arm. That play probably saved two runs. The throw, at least, kept the bases from being loaded for Carlos Lee.

UPDATE, 3:21 p.m.: Roy Oswalt threw Wang a 1-2 curveball. That is not right.

UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Wang just got hurt trying to score from second. He had to be helped off the field.

UPDATE, 3:59 p.m.: It appears to be a pretty serious injury. Wang had to be helped down the dugout stairs. He was on second with two outs when Jeter scored and was waved to the plate by Bobby Meachem. He slowed up about 20 feet from the plate and limped in.

Terrible break for the Yankees. Wang had allowed one run in his last 12.1 innings and appeared over his slump.

I’ll report back when we get some news from the Yankees. But it doesn’t look good.

Meanwhile, the Yankees are up 9-0 as A-Rod just drilled a three-run homer. But if the Yankees have lost Wang for an extended period, it’s a huge blow.

UPDATE, 4:12 p.m.: Might as well say it. But if Wang is going to be out for a long period, the Yankees have to think about trading for C.C. Sabathia.

UPDATE, 4:14 p.m.: The Yankees are saying Wang has an injured right foot. He is being examined now.

UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: This is total speculation on my part – repeat, total speculation – but Wang possibly could have an Achilles’ tendon injury based on how be pulled up and his inability to put any weight on his foot. Hopefully that is not the case as it is a devastating injury.

The Yankees have a day off on Monday, so they will need a pitcher on Saturday. That would be Dan McCutchen, who pitched yesterday. Or maybe Jeff Karstens. Ian Kennedy could come off the DL as he is throwing off the mound again.

UPDATE, 4:41 p.m.: Those of you in the comments section blaming Bobby Meachem are wrong. Wang was running on the play and there was no play at the plate. He scored without a play even though he got hurt. It was just a freak thing.

Pitchers run almost every day before games and they run hard. Wang runs almost every day, either on his own or with the other pitchers. He just got hurt, it happens.

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