Pitching: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (0-5, 12.30).
Pitching: RHP Tommy Hanson (2-0, 4.08).
TIME/TV: 7 p.m., MY9.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: It’s not good. The Yankees have lost four of their last five games and eight of their last 12. They trail the Red Sox by four games in the AL East.
INTERLEAGUE MESS: The Yankees are 5-7 against the National League this season and 15-15 in interleague games under Joe Girardi.
WANG ONE TIME: Chien-Ming Wang has gone 373 days without a win. He pitched better in his last outing (5 6 3 3 2 4) but not well enough. This game will be only his third since June 4.
DON’T SWING: The last time Wang swung a bat, he reached on a fielder’s choice then tried to score from second on a single. He blew out a ligament and tendon in his right foot and hasn’t been the same since. That was last June 15 in Houston.
A-ROD UPDATE: He is 1 of his last 19, 3 for 25, 5 of 43 and 9 of 59. Rodriguez is hitting .213 for the season and has one home run in his last 13 games.
POWER OUTAGE: The Yankees have hit one home run in their last four games.
CENTER FIELD COMPARISON: Melky Cabrera is 12 of his last 62 (.193). Brett Gardner is 15 of 43 (.349).
TWIN-KILLINGS: The Yankees have grounded into eight double plays in their last four games.
SWISHER THE ROAD DOG: Nick Swisher has 22 of his 30 extra-base hits on the road. He is at .302/.391/.655 on the road and .177/.373/.323 in the Bronx. Memo to Nick: Yankee Stadium is a good place to hit.
A LITTLE BETTER: The Yankees were 36-33 and six games out of first after 69 games a year ago.
TOMKO TROUBLES: His last three appearances: 3.2 6 7 7 2 4 with three home runs.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 4:19 p.m.: Damon still has pain in his calf. He’s available off the bench. Day to day.
UPDATE, 4:28 p.m.: CC Sabathia just received treatment and feels good. They delayed his bullpen until tomorrow. He still plans to start Friday.
UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: As expected, MLB denied Joe Girardi’s protest of Sunday’s game. No reason was given.
UPDATE, 5:28 p.m.: Girardi indicated that Cody Ransom would be here tomorrow. They have to decide whether Pena or Berroa goes.
UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: We’re through one inning here in Atlanta, where it was 89 degrees at first pitch. So far, so good for the Wanger.
Yankees are 9-1 here all-time including the Series. Hope you enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: The good news for Wang is that he ran the bases without getting injured. The bad news is that he has given up a couple of hits here in the second inning.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Nice play by Wang and Cano. He has squirmed through two innings.
UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: Tommy Hanson just pitched around Tex to get to A-Rod. And of course Alex hacks at the first pitch he sees.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: And Alex takes a half-swing to strike out on three pitches. He’s very rejuvenated.
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: A-Rod just let a grounder get past him, keeping Wang from a 1-2-3 inning. Girardi said before the game that his day off could come in this series. Cody Ransom at third base tomorrow? At least he would pick up a grounder.
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Bad error there by Posada, who threw a rainbow into center field from his knees with the runner halfway to the base.
UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: 1-0 Braves as Wang can’t pick up A-Rod and Posada.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Another rocket, this one by Anderson. Braves leads 3-0. Wang has allowed five hits in three innings and four of them were line drives. He is not pitching well at all.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Yankees have put seven runners on base in four innings and are scoreless. They are 0 for 6 with RISP and have left eight runners on, six in scoring position. The whole team is in an offensive malaise. The defense has been bad, too.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: A-Rod flies out to right field. He is 1 for 7 since his rejuvenating rest period and a sparkling 9 for 61 (.148) this month.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Another “Well, he did OK” outing for Wang. 5 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, four strikeouts. He wasn’t very good, he wasn’t all that bad. He was OK. That third inning blew up on him when A-Rod fanned on the groundball with two outs and nobody on.
If this was an American League game, he would have stayed in for another two innings or so. He threw only 62 pitches, 42 strikes.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Wow, another GIDP. That’s nine in five games. Yankees are 0-7 with RISP and have left 10 runners on base in six innings. In essence, nearly the whole team has stopped hitting for two weeks.
Girardi’s seat is getting warmer by the day. But it’s going to take somebody in the Steinbrenner family to decide he’s out. Brian Cashman is not going to can his manager in June.
UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: Nice to see Hughes get his work in when they’re down 3-0. Then again, the odds of the Yankees have a lead any time soon seem pretty slim.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: You know what’s astonishing? The Yankees still lead the wild card.
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: Posada didn’t even bother to run to first base. Pretty grim. Unless something changes, the Yankees will have lost nine of their last 13.
Back with more later on.