No decision has been made on Chien-Ming Wang, who threw six shutout innings in AAA tonight. It sounds like he might make one more start there then be slotted into the rotation.
“I felt very good today,” Wang said. “Mostly I can keep my sinkers down. I can feel the difference. Stronger, better balance. Of course I want to get back as soon as possible. But it’s really not my call. If they as me to pitch one more time here, that’s all I can do.”
As for Derek Jeter, he said the oblique started bothering him last week on the homestand. He hopes to play tonight.
“It’s just sore but it hasn’t gotten any better,” Jeter said. “I’ve pulled that muscle before and been on the disabled list two or three weeks. I’m trying to avoid that.”
Matsui said he could have stayed in the game and that his hamstring issue was more of a cramp. “I’m fine,” said after the game. “It feels better.”
As for the game, there’s not much to say. You can’t give up two runs and expect to beat Halladay, never mind five.
The Yankees are now 6.5 out after 32 games. They were three out after 32 games last season. They’re 6-11 in the last 17 games and 5-12 against the East. It’s still early, but it isn’t that early.