Pitching: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (0-3, 16.07).
Pitching: RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-2, 4.35).
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees will try and win the series today as they return Chien-Ming Wang to the rotation. Wang was 0-3 with a 34.50 ERA in his first three starts of the season. He then went on the disabled list and pitched well in three relief appearances.
TEXAS TANGLE: The Yankees are 3-2 against Texas this season and have won 26 of their last 38 games against the Rangers.
SO LONG, VICENTE?: The Rangers have reportedly asked for release waivers on RHP Vicente Padilla, who hit Mark Teixeira twice on Tuesday. Manager Ron Washington would not comment after the game last night.
HOME COOKING: The Yankees have won nine of their last 12 at home.
WEATHER REPORT: The field is not covered and we should be OK. It’s not ideal June weather but it beats going to work, right?
That’s all I have for now. Much more to come later once we speak to the manager. Plus live blogging all game.
UPDATE, 11:38 a.m.: MLB has suspended A.J. Burnett six games. It is expected he will appeal.
UPDATE, 12:02 p.m.: Burnett has in fact appealed. Here is the MLB release:
Discipline has been issued to the two starting pitchers from the Tuesday, June 2nd game between the Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Bob Watson, Vice President of On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.
Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett has been suspended for six games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Nelson Cruz of the Rangers during the top of the fifth inning. Burnett’s six-game suspension had been scheduled to begin this afternoon, when New York continues to host Texas, but he has elected to appeal. Thus, his suspension will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.
Major League Baseball also has issued an undisclosed fine to Rangers pitcher Vicente Padilla, who intentionally threw a pitch at Mark Teixeira of the Yankees during the bottom of the fourth inning.
While I’m sure some people will want to storm the gates at Park Ave. over this, Watson’s decision is completely consistent with his past decisions. Josh Beckett, for instance, for suspended without actually hitting anybody earlier this season.
Burnett went with the traditional, “When you pitch inside, the ball gets away sometimes” defense. But you, I and everybody else knows what he did. Part of being a stand-up guy is taking the hit from MLB. I would guess the suspension gets knocked down a day and they finagle their way through the rotation.
UPDATE, 12:22 p.m.: Burnett also has a scraggly little Sean Penn as Spicoli sort of mustache going. … Mark Teixeira said his bruised right ankle was better and he would not be limited. … Phil Hughes will not be available until tomorrow. … Girardi said he would be satisfied if Wang could give them six innings. His pitch count will be around 80.
UPDATE, 12:56 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game press conference. He talked about Wang, Hughes, the bullpen and other issues. This was before we knew about Burnetts suspension:
The Yankees don’t have a day off until June 15, hence the day off for Jeter. Posada is getting the day game after a night game.
Pretty decent day in the Boogie Down as it turns out. No rain, partly cloudy, around 60.
UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: OK, were underway in the Bronx. Big game for CMW as the Yankee try and take the series from Texas. Enjoy the game, keep checking for updates.
UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Guess who’s back? Back again. Wang is back. Tell a friend.
UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Leadoff home run No. 26 for Johnny Dangerously as the Yankees leap out to a 1-0 lead. Meanwhile, Nick Swisher seems to like June a whole lot more than May.
Given his pitch-count limitation, giving Wang a little cushion would allow him to pitch to contact and get some quick innings possibly.
UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: That’s a catch. Murphy dropped the ball on the transfer. But first and second, nobody out for A-Rod.
UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: What in the world was Teixeira doing there? Bad base-running. Meanwhile, A-Rod has left seven runners on base in his last four at-bats, four of them in scoring position.
UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Wang sets down the Rangers in order again. He has thrown eight straight scoreless innings dating back to his first relief appearance.
Meanwhile, CMW has fanned seven in his last seven innings. He has thrown 23 pitches, 15 for strikes and has hit 94 with his sinker. Vintage CMW.
UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: Forgot to mention this before. But bench coach and catching instructor Tony Pena turned 52 today.
UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: Trouble here in the third as a wild pitch scores a run. Cervelli has let three calls get past him and that one cost the Yankees.
UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Weird bad inning for Wang here. A double, a sacrifice, a wild pitch, a walk, an infield single on a ball A-Rod should have let Pena handle and now an RBI single. 2-1 Rangers.
UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Yankee Stadium is pretty ridiculous. Damon just hit a ball that he bailed out on. It flew to the wall in right field. Cruz made a leaping catch, avoiding the glove of the fan who leaned his upper body over the fence. It’s bad enough that there are Pony League dimensions in right field, but the fans can freely interfere with play.
UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Wang has reverted to April form here in the fourth inning. A single, a double-down the third-base line and a broken-bat double down the right-field line have given the Rangers two runs and a 4-1 lead. None of the balls were particularly well struck but Wang pitches to contact and that’s the danger.
Aceves warming up.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Alex got booed there by the crowd as he leaves yet another runner in scoring position. That’s eight runners left on base in his last five at-bats, five in scoring position.
UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: That home run by Cruz knocks Wang out of the game. After two perfect innings, his final 2.2 innings were ugly: 7 hits, 5 runs. He needed a good effort and didn’t produce it. The question is whether the poor pitching was a product of inactivity or whether he has just lost it.
UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: What a meltdown there for McCarthy. Single, single, walk, walk, three-run by Mark Teixeira. The ball went down the line, got through Young and rolled around enough to score three runs. Brand new game at 5-5. Another RISP spot for Alex.
Oh, and Wang got two more outs than McCarthy. Guess his day wasn’t a total loss.
UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: Alex was due for that hit as he singles in Tex. Yankees lead 6-5. It’s probably going to be 12-10 the way it’s going.
UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: You would think the Yankees are in last place given the tenor of the crowd here. They booed Wang off the mound. They booed A-Rod’s first two at-bats. They booed Aceves. Not a happy bunch for the day game.
UPDATE, 3:17 p.m.: Decent enough job by Aceves, who allows one run over 1.2 innings. Now a 6-6 game is turned over to Phil Coke. The lefty has been shaky of late. He last pitched on Sunday.
UPDATE, 3:23 p.m.: You know what is interesting? Girardi has Jeter and Posada on his bench. When do you use them? In a 6-6 game, one of them could be the difference.
UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: Swisher is 9 of 19 with five RBI in his last seven games. A little early there to pinch run for him? That spot figures to come up again in the ninth.
UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: Nice work by Coke, who retired all four of the batters he faced. He struck out two of them. Now Robertson will face Andrus.
UPDATE, 3:43 p.m.: And D-Rob gets Andrus. Now Cano, Matsui and Cabrera will to put Mo in a save situation. He’ll be coming in anyway, I would think. C.J. Wilson in for Texas.
UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: Clutchy Cabrera does it again, a two-run jack to left as the Yankees take an 8-6 lead. Warming up for the the Yankees … Mariano Rivera.
Melky has been one of the better stories of the season. He was dead and buried last season, sent to the minors in August and unused when he came back in September. Now he has six homers and 22 RBI.
UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: It still seems weird to see Mo coming in from right field instead of left. And Enter Sandman isn’t as loud at the new Stadium.
The Sandman will have to earn this one as he faces Kinsler, Young and Cruz.
UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: Dave Robertson in line to get the win. He throws one pitch to the No. 9 hitter, gets him to fly to left and he’s the winning pitcher. Baseball statistics are funny sometimes.
This would be a solid win for the Yankees. With a win, they will have taken seven of the last eight series. The exception was the Philly series in the Bronx.
UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: Bit of a rockhead play there by Melky as he dives in vain to try and make a catch. Better off to hold him to a single.
UPDATE, 4:03 p.m.: Hmm, issues for Mo. First and third, one out. Need a grounder from the dangerous Nelson Cruz.
UPDATE, 4:06 p.m.: Yankees win as Mo cleans up his own mess. That’s six of eight, seven of 10 and 17 of 22. The bullpen picked up Wang nicely, allowing one run over 4.1 innings.
Back later with reaction from the clubhouse.