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Game 59: Yankees at Red Sox

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 10, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (34-24)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF

Pitching: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (0-3, 14.46).

RED SOX (34-24)
Pedroia 2B
Drew RF
Youkilis 1B
Bay LF
Lowell 3B
Ortiz DH
Kotsay CF
Green SS
Kottaras C

Pitching: RHP Tim Wakefield (7-3, 4.50).

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES.

THE STREAK LIVES: The Yankees are 0-6 against Boston this season, getting outscored 45-27. They have lost seven straight against Boson dating back to last season. That is the longest such streak since the Red Sox beat the Yankees seven straight starting at the end of the 1984 season and going into 1985.

The Red Sox beat the Yankees 14 straight from April 11-July 1, 1912.

WANG MORE TIME: Chien-Ming Wang had a shaky return to the rotation on June 4, allowing five runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings. Now he’ll be working on five days of rest. Wang threw two bullpens to try and maintain his stuff. CMW is 6-5, 4.82 in 14 career games against Boston, 3-3, 5.11 at Fenway Park.

Wang has not faced the Red Sox since April 16, 2008 when he allowed eight runs in four innings. In the five days prior to that, he allowed one run over nine innings. He is 4-1, 4.53 in his last six starts against Boston.

OLD FOE: This will be the 33rd start Tim Wakefield will make against the Yankees. He is 10-17 with a 5.03 ERA in his career. He has more losses against the Yankees than any other team.

MOVE OVER GEORGE: Derek Jeter has 423 doubles. He needs one more to match Babe Ruth for fourth place in team history.

SLOPPY SEVEN: The Yankees have committed at least one error in the last seven games. Alex Rodriguez has three of those miscues.

MELKY MAN STRUGGLES: Melky Cabrera is 4 for 28 (.143) since missing nearly all of five games with a bruised shoulder.

AND HE REMAINS ON THE TEAM WHY EXACTLY? Jose Veras has thrown 23.2 innings this season. He has put 38 runners on base via hit, walk or HBP. He has allowed three homers in his last 4.1 innings.

PLUNK: The Yankees have hit at least one Boston batter with a pitch in all six games this season and in nine straight dating back to last season.

PEN MEN: Boston’s bullpen has allowed one earned run in its last 17.1 innings.

SMALL DROUGHT: A-Rod has one home run in his last 15 games. He is 4 of his last 24 (.167).

Back with much more later.

UPDATE, 5:37 p.m.: CMW’s wife is due to give birth to their first child any day now in New York. But all was fine as of this afternoon and the Wanger was in front of his locker this afternoon with a dip in as he looked as scouting reports. The Wangs are having a boy and trust me when I tell you, this is big, big news in Taiwan.

Xavier Nady will join the Yankees on Friday to workout over the weekend. Then they’ll figure out where to send him for some games. … Weather permitting, Brian Bruney will face some hitters at Fenway in a simulated game tomorrow. Then he could make a rehab appearance someplace on Saturday.

UPDATE, 6:33 p.m.: Quickie draft recap from Day Two: The Yankees took 25 players, 14 of them pitchers. Eleven of those were college pitchers with six of them lefties.

. Twelve of them were college pitchers, half of those lefties. They only took three high school players.

UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: We’re underway here in Boston. 57 degrees at first pitch.

UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Interesting, Tex hits right-handed against Wakefield. He was hitting .207 against the knuckleballer before that single.

UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: No Jacoby Ellsbury today and probably not tomorrow for Boston as he recovers from a shoulder injury. … Oh, and Happy Birthday to Boston Globe beat writer Amalie Benjamin, who has relatives in Westchester.

UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Contrary to what you may have read or heard elsewhere, Wang has not asked to leave during the game if his wife goes into labor. He’s pitching tonight, period. There is no plane waiting for him or anything like that. She is due this week, she is not in labor. Girardi waa more or less kidding when he said Wang could leave. It never came up.

UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: This is ugly as Wang has allowed a run on three walks and hit and is behing Kotsay 3-1. Robertson warming up already.

UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: Wang may have been one pitch away from losing his job but he came back from a 3-0 count to get Kotsay to ground to second. He threw 29 pitches in that innning.

UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Posada helps his battery mate by homering. Now the Yankees have runners on the corners thanks to a bad call at first base.

Then as I write this, Swisher is doubled off. Guess it evened out.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Meanwhile, the Yankees are bunting at Fenway Park in the second inning of a 1-0 game? What exactly is the thinking there? Let Nick Swisher swing the bat. They traded for him because of his power potential, not so he could give himself up.

UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: How much longer can the Yankees tolerate this from Wang? He can’t throw a strike and when he does, it gets hit.

They need to get Hughes in the game and try and make something of this night. Not sure what they do with Wang at this point. It’s a disaster.

Of course, it would help if Nick Swisher could catch a fly ball.

UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Wang is not injured. He has hit 96 several times tonight. He has not “lost it” or anything like that. Somebody — and that would be Dave Eiland — needs to figure out what adjustment is needed for him to throw strikes consistently. The Yankees might want to have Ron Guidry come in and take a look. He had a good rapport with Wang for whatever reason.

UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Yankees have left three runners stranded in scoring position already.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Not sure what there is left to say. Wang is at a career crossroads at this point. He is out of options, he apparently isn’t injured and he can’t pitch remotely like he used to. I can’t imagine the Yankees DFA him and what trade value could he have? But they can’t keep running him out there if he’s going to pitch like this.

UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: That’s it for Wang. 2.2 innings, six hits and three walks. Another disaster. Meanwhile, so much for Joe Girardi saying he would “never” bring Phil Hughes in during the middle of an inning. Why in the world are they messing with this guy’s arm?

UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: The Yankees have managed to go 2 for 9 with RISP and leave four runners stranded in scoring position in five innings. They’re actually hitting Wakefield pretty well. But he needs only to go another inning to do his job.

Wang as a starter: 13.1 innings, 36 hits, 11 walks, 30 earned runs. That’s a 20.25 ERA.

UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: The Red Sox are 24-10 with Nick Green at shortstop. That’s quite a trick. … Meanwhile, Hideki Matsui seems to have emerged from his funk with two hits tonight. If this score holds up, there will be big bags of pressure on CC Sabathia tomorrow to avert a sweep. It’s not the standings that are a concern as much as the burden of toting an 0-8 record into the next series.

UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Here come the Yankees as Damon and Tex homer off Ramirez. Now they trail 6-5. Quite a night for the first baseman. He is 4 for 4 with two doubles and a homer. He’s looking like an MVP.

UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: A-Rod 0 for 7 in the series and 4 of his last 27 overall. He seems to have hit a dry spell after his initial surge when he came off the DL.

UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Boston’s bullpen was due for a letdown. Now Matsui will face his countryman, Okajima, with a runner on first and two outs. Coke getting warm for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: Hughes allowed two runs in 3.2 innings. That’s OK. But next to Wang, he was Walter Johnson.

UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Why not have Gardner steal before the bunt? … Meanwhile, Jeter’s K leaves the Yankees 2 for 12 with RISP. Grim

UPDATE, 10:13 p.m.: If the Yankees can hold Boston here, the top of the ninth will be interesting. Teixeira is 4 for 4. Then A-Rod will come to the plate overdue. He is hitless in his last 12 at-bats and 4 for his last 27. He’s about ready for one of those titanic late-inning blasts that wins the game.

UPDATE, 10:18 p.m: Well, here we go. One way or another, back later with some reaction from the clubhouse.

UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: Crowd chanting something about steroids at Alex. Apparently it’s Oblivious Hyprocrites Night here at Fenway.

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