Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (2-1, 5.36).
Notes: Thanks to my Journal New colleague Josh Thomson for calling in the lineup. He’s covering the game today. … The Yankees have won four straight and six of their last eight. They are 6-2 since Alex Rodriguez rejoined the team. … This will be the first time Robinson Cano hasn’t started and Pena’s debut at second base.
Check back for more later on.
Shameless plug: I’m scheduled to be on WFAN at 11:45 a.m.
UPDATE, 11:18 p.m.: According to Joe Girardi, Cano is just getting a day off. Swisher could get one soon (maybe Tuesday) and Alex will be the DH or get the day off tomorrow. … No Phil Coke today after his outing yesterday.
UPDATE, 12:17 p.m.: David Wells, now with TBS, did a press conference today on the anniversary of his perfect game. Here is Josh’s report:
As always, Wells had a lot to say. He talked about joining the media, how he went out with Cone last night and the perfect game was on TV, etc. However, he had a lot to say about steroids, including-
1. Players who are caught should be banned for life.
2. He suggested players who have been caught should be ineligible for the Hall.
3. He said he saw Clemens at a Toby Keith golf outing. He called him “Eli,” the old nickname Clemens once had for him, which meant everytime David talks, he lies.
“Roger didn’t like it,” Wells said. He went on to say he will reserve judgment but – “The facts that you have in hand, its pretty overwhelming.”
4. He said that maybe stats compiled using steroids shouldn’t count. He specifically mentioned A-Rod’s home runs hit against him while A-Rod was in Texas. “Should they count? No. Are they? Probably. And I’m OK with that,” Wells said.
5. He went so far as to say maybe steroid users should have their own league, or be allowed to use but not be eligible for the Hall.
Thanks to Josh for the report.
UPDATE, 3:14 p.m.: Chien-Ming Wang dominated today in Scranton in the first game of a doubleheader. 7 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout. 75 pitches / 49 strikes, 12 of the 21 outs on the ground. He has thrown 13 scoreless innings in AAA. Be interesting to see what the Yankees do next with him.
The radar gun in Scranton on the scoreboard is unreliable. But a scout I know who was there said Wang got up to 93. The lineup he faced included Travis Hafner, Tony Graffanino and Andy Marte.
Brian Bruney is expected to start the second game to get his inning in.