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Game 65: Nationals at Yankees (with pre-game updates on Jeter, Nady)

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 17, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (37-27)
Damon LF
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Matsui DH
Cabrera CF
Pena SS

Pitching: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (0-4, 14.34).

Guzman SS
Johnson 1B
Zimmerman 3B
Dunn DH
Dukes RF
Patterson CF
Bard C
Harris LF
Hernandez 2B

Pitching: LHP John Lannan (3-5, 3.51).

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

WHO’S YOUR DADDY: Chien-Ming Wang is 0-4 with a 14.34 ERA this season. As a starter, he has a 21.60 ERA, allowing 32 runs on 36 hits and 10 walks 13.1 innings. Wang lasted only 2.2 innings against Boston on June 10. He will be pitching tonight on six days of rest and a day after the birth of his son, Justin.

WANG LIKES THE NL: CMW has a 3.75 ERA in 11 interleague games in his career.

WANG VS. WASHINGTON: The Wanger faced the Nats once and it was a heartbreaker. He fell 3-2 on June 18, 2006 at RFK Stadium when Zimmerman hit a walk-off two-run homer. The Yankees led 2-1 going into the ninth inning.

HE’S DUE: Wang’s last win was June 15, 2008. He held Houston scoreless for five innings then suffered the foot injury that ended his season.

LOCAL BOY MAKES GOOD: Lannan is from Long Beach, N.Y., and attended Siena College after starring for Chaminade High. The 24-year-old has pitched for the Nats this season, allowing 78 hits over 77 innings. He has given up one earned run on nine hits in his last 15 innings.

ASSORTED STUFF: The Yankees have won three of four and 22 of their last 32. … They have won 15 of their last 20 at home. … They are 4-3 in interleague games. … The Yankees have come from behind to win 22 of their 37 games.

JUNE SWOON: Alex Rodriguez is 8 of 48 (.167) this month. He has three RBI in his last nine games.

MO RIGHT AT HOME: Mariano Rivera has converted 32 consecutive save chances at home. His last blown save in the Bronx came on Aug. 13, 2007.

DONTCHA KNOW: Robinson Cano is 9 of his last 16 with five runs scored, six RBI and five extra-base hits on his last four games.

COKE’S THE MAN: Phil Coke’s last six appearances: 5.2 2 0 0 2 4.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: The Yankees did not hit a home run last night. The only other home game that happened came on May 6 against Tampa. They have hit at least one homer in the other 31 home games.

BRUISER BRUNEY: The Yankees are 10-1 in the games Brian Bruney has appeared in.

Back with much more later on.

UPDATE, 4:01 p.m.: Jeter sent for MRI. He wanted to play tonight, however.

UPDATE, 4:27 p.m.: MRI was negative.

UPDATE, 5:16 p.m.: We just spoke to Jeter, who said he wanted to play but admitted he had some difficulty running last night. He hopes to be able to play tomorrow and will be receiving treatment.

Meanwhile, the entire minicamp roster of the New York football Giants are in the house. They’re in the Legends Suite at the moment, chowing down. This is a team bonding activity organized by coach Tom Coughlin. He and Joe Girardi have become pals. Girardi, as you may recall, took a page out of Coughlin’s book when he canceled practice in spring training in favor of taking the team to a pool hall.

According to an eyewitness, the Giants “destroyed” the buffet in the Legends Suite.

Xavier Nady is headed for Tampa tomorrow and the plan is for him to play four innings in right field on Friday. He has not let a throw go yet but believes his elbow is at 85-90 percent.

UPDATE, 5:34 p.m.: This is hilarious. Brian Cashman is holding a press conference for Spanish-speaking reporters and it’s being broadcast to the press box. He is giving answers through a translator.

Apparently C-Money took some truth serum before he sat down. He has so far said:

• Damaso Marte may need surgery on his shoulder to figure out what his wrong.

• Brian Bruney “lied” to him about his elbow. “It drives me nuts,” Cashman said. Cashman said he went to Scranton to see Bruney’s rehab the first time around. “It was a waste of a two-and-half-hour drive,” he said. He compared injured players to pets because they can’t or won’t tell you what is wrong.

• Cashman said the team is better with Cabrera in center and Swisher in right. Not with Brett Gardner in the lineup.

UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: We’re underway. Suddenly it’s 63 degrees and getting colder. New baby and new haircut for Wang. New results, too? We’ll see.

UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Alex is now 2 for 15 on the homestand.

UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: As far as little J.J. Wang knows, his pop is still the man. Wang has had some control issues but managed to get through two innings unscathed.

UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: The crowd is really behind Wang, cheering with two strikes and trying to will him to a solid outing. So far, so good. He has thrown three scoreless innings, allowing one hit.

UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Guess Adam Dunn doesn’t take on 3-0. That ball was crushed.

UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: The whole thing about throwing back a home run hit by the opposing team is silly and the Yankees should eject anybody who does it. It’s a matter of time before some drunk pegs an outfielder in the back of the head

Beyond that, it’s just copied from Wrigley Field. Give the ball to a kid, which is what happens anyway when they retrieve the ball.

UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: The bad news is the Yankees trail 1-0 and John Lannan looks great. The good news is that the Wanger has his longest outing of the season.

UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Yankees have been no-hit by John Lannan for four innings and have managed to get the ball out of the infield twice. Is that bad? Because it seems bad.

UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Wang in some trouble here. Nats have runners on the corners and one out. Be a good time for Nick Johnson to GIDP.

Phil Hughes warming up.

UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Funny how it work sometimes. Harris was nearly out stealing second but the low throw got away from Ramiro Pena. Then Guzman is safe at first on a bang-bang play. That could have been the third out.

Instead Johnson triples and now the Nats leads 3-0. It would have been 2-0 except Melky made a rockhead play by diving for the ball. He does some bad things in the outfield sometimes.

UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Wang is likely finished for the night. His line: 5 6 3 3 2 5. Of the 15 outs he recorded, 10 were on the ground. He had control issues but he was pitching on six days of rest.

Given the improvement, I’d be surprised if they dropped him from the rotation. He gave up three runs and it easily could have been one or two. He did pretty well, all things considered.

Meanwhile, the bigger issue is mounting some offense against Sandy Koufax Lannan. He has dominated the Yankees so far.

UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: Hughes it is.

UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: A-Rod really heard it from the crowd after the latest weak groundout. He is 0 for 3 tonight, 2 of 17 on the homestand, 4 of 35 and 8 of 51.

Lannan is throwing a gem.

UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: It always seems to come down to Alex, doesn’t it?




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