Pitching: RHP Chien-Ming Wang.
Pitching: RHP Koji Uehara.
Koji Uehara (6-5, 3.81 for the Yomiuri Giants in 2008) has never faced any of the New York hitters.
IT’S POSSIBLE: According to extensive research done by LoHud Yankees Blog statisticians, it is possible for a team to recover from an 0-1 start and still make the playoffs.
OLD FRIENDS: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, SS Derek Jeter, C Jorge Posada and RHP Mariano Rivera became the first trio of Yankees to play together in each of 15 straight seasons (1995-2009) with Monday’s season-opening loss at Baltimore.
INTERNATIONAL FLAVA: The 2009 Yankees Opening Day roster featured players hailing from seven different countries (Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Taiwan and the United States). Among Major League teams, only Atlanta (eight) has more countries represented on their roster. The Yankees’ total of 12 foreign-born players is tied with the Mets and Red Sox for the second-most in the Majors behind Seattle’s 15.
(The two previous notes were lifted off the Yankees’ notes)
WALKING MAN: Robinson Cano walked twice on Monday. It was only the 13th time in his career he has done that.
Sam Borden wrote a column for SNY.tv on Cano.
IF LOVING YOU IS WANG, I DON’T WANT TO BE RIGHT: CMW is 23-8 after a loss in his career. He is 3-1, 5.13 in eight starts against the Orioles and 2-0, 4.20 in four starts at Camden Yards.
More to come later.
UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: CC said the mysterious heating pad he uses is to – get this – stay warm on cold days. Shocking.
UPDATE, 5:31 p.m.: Talked to A.J. Burnett, who lives 30 minutes from Camden Yards. He said he expects to be a little anxious before his first start as a Yankee tomorrow. “There will be some butterflies floating around in there,” he said. “There better be.”
CC threw in the bullpen today and worked on his fastball command. Contrary to some speculation, he is not injured. He simply was overthrowing and didn’t have command of his fastball. “I’m going to get it right,” he said. “It was one start.”
UPDATE, 5:40 p.m.: Here is the first part of Joe Girardi’s pre-game. He talks about Uehara, Burnett, CC, Joba and some other stuff.
I was going to upload the A.J. Burnett interview but Nick Swisher was blaring In the Air Tonight in the background.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: We’re underway in Baltimore. It’s 54 degrees and the Wanger is already on the hot seat, having allowed consecutive doubles by Jones, Markakis and Huff. It’s 2-0 O’s. Let the panic begin.
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: It’s 2-0 Baltimore in the middle of the second inning. I don’t see any way possible for the Yankees to win this game or any other game this season. 0-162. Unless there’s a forfeit. Than 1-161.
UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Teixeira’s career as a Yankee:
Hey, he did hit one ball out of the infield. It’s not that bad.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: The Yankees have played 12 innings this season and have left at least one runner on base in every one of them.
UPDATE, 8:36 p.m: Wang got crushed. Four doubles, a homer four singles, three walks and it’s 7-1 Baltimore. He was even worse than Sabathia.
Yankee starters have managed to go eight innings without a strikeout. That’s hard to do.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: The combined line of the two starters this season:
8 innings, 17 hits, 13 earned runs, 8 walks, 0 strikeouts. That’s a 14.63 ERA, Yikes.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: You know the bad news. Here is the good news: The last Yankees team to start 0-2 were the 1998 Yankees. They proceeded to win 114 of the remaining 160 games and rolled to the World Series. So maybe this is a good sign.
UPDATE,10:00 p.m.: No quit in these Yankees. Now Teixeira (0 for 9) gets another at-bat to try and keep the game going.