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Game 53: Rangers at Yankees (updates with Wang returning to rotation and Teixeira scratched)

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 03, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (31-21)

New lineup
Jeter SS
Swisher 1B
Damon LF
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Matsui DH
Cabrera RF
Gardner CF

Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (5-1, 4.10).

RANGERS (30-21)
Kinsler 2B
Young 3B
Jones DH
Cruz RF
Murphy LF
Byrd CF
Davis 1B
Saltalamacchia C
Andrus SS

Pitching: RHP Scott Feldman (4-0, 3.91).

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES.

STAY HOT: The Yankees have won two straight, five of six, six of eight and 16 of 20.

HOME COOKING: The Yankees have won nine of their last 11 games at home.

RALLY CAPS: The Yankees lead the majors with 18 come-from-behind victories.

TOO TOUGH FOR TEXAS: The Yankees are 3-1 against Texas this season and have won 26 of 37 against the Rangers.

REVERSAL OF FORTUNE: The Yankees were 15-17 on May 12 and had a run differential of -25. They are are 16-4 since and have outscored their opponents 99-39.

HOME RUN DERBY: The Rangers lead the majors in home runs with 84. The Yankees are second with 82.

JETERIFFIC: Derek Jeter has hit safely in 16 straight games. He is 16 of his last 30, raising his batting average to .319. Jeter has a base hit in the first inning of 10 of the last 12 games and reached safely in the first inning of 12 of the last 17 games.

A-ROD UPDATE: Since his 5 for 5 game on May 25, Alex Rodriguez is 6 of 26 with two runs scored and three RBI.

MATSUI MASHES: Hideki Matsui has three home runs in 12 at-bats against the Rangers this season.

Back with much more later on.

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Wang starts tomorrow. More to come later. Hughes to bullpen.

UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: Hughes is a temporary bullpen fix, Girardi said. He’ll be a starter long term.

UPDATE, 6:06 p.m.: Teixeira has been scratched for a bruised right ankle, the result of last night’s takeout slide of Elvis Andrus. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day.

The tarp is on the field and there seems like little chance of the game starting on time.

UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.: Word is the Rangers released Vicente Padilla today, by the way.

UPDATE, ANALYSIS OF TODAY’S MOVE, 6:16 p.m.: The Yankees had little choice but to return Wang to the rotation. As I posted earlier today, as each day passed, his arm strength would decrease. Meanwhile he is not well-suited for the bullpen.

Before he was injured, Wang was one of the most effective and durable starters in the majors. He had shown lately that he was back to that level. The opportunity to add a pitcher of his caliber to the rotation is not one a team can pass on. Hughes has pitched well, but not as well as Wang in his prime. Not yet, anyway.

Hughes will take on the bullpen role vacated by Wang and will be available if (or when) they need another starter. It’ll happen eventually.

I would bank on Wang pitching very well tomorrow. He knows he needs to make the most of this chance.

UPDATE, 6:40 p.m.: Looks like they’re getting ready to pull the tarp. We could have baseball this evening.

UPDATE, 6:48 p.m.: First pitch at 7:15 p.m.

UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: The Rangers just announced some roster moves. No move with Padilla as it turns out. The Rangers announced purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Doug Mathis from Triple-A Oklahoma City. To make room for Mathis on the 25-man roster, the club optioned right-handed pitcher Warner Madrigal to Oklahoma City. To make room for Mathis on the 40-man roster, the team transferred right-handed pitcher Willie Eyre from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list.

UPDATE, 7:41 p.m.: Sorry for the lack of posts. Lots of newspaper work to get to given all the news today.

I’ll check in from time to time. You have to wonder whether Andy’s back is bothering him given that rough first inning. Maybe Hughes will return to the rotation sooner than we think.

UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: There’s one out in the second inning and Andy has allowed five hits and two walks and committed an error. There is no chance he’s OK physically.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Big missed opportunity there. Alex has not had it with men on base lately.

UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Pettitte has allowed seven hits and walked six in four innings. He’s fortunate it’s only 4-1.

UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: You know what Jorge Posada does really well for his pitcher? Hit big home runs. That’s a good skill to have as a catcher.

4-2. Could this be another comeback win? The Yankees have 18 of them.

UPDATE, 10:04 p.m.: Elvis Andrus is a good-looking rookie. He’s one of the players they received from Atlanta for Teixeira. He has a terrific arm.

4-2. Yankees will need some ninth-inning magic to stay in first place alone.

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