Pitching: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (0-6, 11.20).
F. Martinez CF
Pitching: RHP Livan Hernandez (5-2, 4.05).
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m., ESPN.
LAST STOP ON THE SUBWAY: The Yankees are 4-1 against the Mets this season, having outscored their city rivals 40-15. The Yankees have outscored the Mets 29-1 in the last three games.
BACK ON A ROLL: The Yankees have won four straight. They have hit .306 with 33 runs and 17 extra-base hots in that stretch while pitching to a 2.00 ERA with 38 strikeouts over 36 innings.
BACK-TO-BACK DOMINANCE: Led by CC Sabathia and A.J Burnett, the Yankees have held the Mets to one run on four hits over the last two games with three walks and 19 strikeouts.
CHANCE TO GAIN GROUND: The Braves and the apparently great Tommy Hanson are about to beat the Red Sox. Yankees can get to within three games of first with a win. Toronto also lost, so the Yankees can move a game against of those plucky Jays.
YOU, ME AND NEARLY .233: A-Rod is 7 of 22 with 11 RBI in his last six games with two home runs. His batting average is up to .227.
TRYING IT WANG MORE TIME: Chien-MIng Wang has not won since last June 15. He has a 5.68 ERA since coming off the disabled list. The Yankees have scored only seven runs in his last three starts. Wang is 1-1, 4.90 in two career starts against the Mets.
LIVAN IT UP: Livan Hernandez is 0-3, 6.94 in six career starts against the Yankees. He allowed six runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings at Yankee Stadium on June 12. Jeter, Teixeira and Cano homered. Career numbers against Hernandez: A-Rod 11-19. 3 HR, Jeter 8-19, Posada 4-12, Swisher 5-14, Cano 4-9, HR Teixeira 3-6, 2 HR.
NOT MUCH MATSUI: Hideki Matsui has seven plate appearances in the eight interleague road games, going 1 for 5 with two walks. He is 2-15 in his last 10 games with no RBI.
MO”S MILESTONE: Mariano Rivera needs one save for 500.
BRUNEY UPDATE: Brian Bruney has appeared in four games since coming off the DL. His line: 3 1 1 1 2 2. The Yankees are 13-1 in the 14 games Bruney has appeared.
Beautiful day at the ballpark. Too bad the game doesn’t start until 8 p.m. Back with more later.
UPDATE, 5:14 p.m.: Jeter pronounced himself healthy. “Good to go,” he said.
UPDATE, 6:12 p.m.: Ryan Church scratched, Fernando Tatis in.
UPDATE, 6:16 p.m.: Damon is still sick. Phil Hughes told me he felt fine and could pitch.
Meanwhile, here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game interview session:
And, just for kicks, here is Hideki Matsui. The questions and answers are translated by Roger Kahlon. Hideki speaks decent English but in a group interview, which this was, he likes to use the translator.
UPDATE, 6:23 p.m.: Jose Molina said he as “close to 100 percent as I can get.” He will run again on Tuesday and hopes to start a rehab assignment after that.
UPDATE, 6:35 p.m.: Joba is a smart kid. He just went over to ESPN’s Baseball Tonight set on the field and shook hands with John Kruk, Peter Gammons, Jon Miller and Dave Winfield.
UPDATE, 6:43 p.m.: Derek Jeter hit .321 in 34 games at Shea Stadium. Does he miss the old place?
“I do not,” he said. “I’m not trying to be disrespectful, I just didn’t like that stadium. The field conditions weren’t good. Hitting in that stadium was a lot different than playing defense in that stadium. You liked the atmosphere but the field conditions, and even the clubhouse conditions weren’t good.”
UPDATE, 6:59 p.m.: Jesus Montero just hit his first homer for Trenton. He connected against Reading’s Mike Stutes at Waterfront Park. Ball went out to center.
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Wow, the Mets have a live person sing the National Anthem before the game instead of using a recording. What a concept. I had no idea such a thing was allowed.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Change for the Mets. Tatis in left and Sheff in right.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: We’re underway as the Captain returns. It’s a nice 69 degrees in Queens. Enjoy the game, everybody.
UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Derek back in style with a double. That ball is 10 rows deep in the Bronx. Be nice if they could stake CMW to an edge.
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: The beat(ing) goes on for the Yankees as Tex slams a two-run double into left field. Still no outs.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Tex is not particularly fast but he is a heck of a base-runner. 3-0 Yankees. It’s on a silver platter for Wang.
UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: Not a very pretty inning but Wang will take it. Yankees lead 3-0 and they have outscored the Mets 32-1 over the last 28 innings.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Here’s how bad the season is going for the Wanger: He just got robbed of his first career hit by Fernando Martinez.
You know what? The Yankee pitchers have handled the bat pretty well in these nine games.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: A-Rod more mobile and agile at third base lately.
Man, I sound like Clyde Frazier.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Derek Jeter … to his left? Yes, his left. Wang bailed out with the pretty 6-4-3.
Meanwhile, the Mets just gave out these cool trucker caps. I’m defecting back to Queens. The Yankees only give us water bottles and cheesy stuff.
(Photo credit: Sam “Annie Leibovitz” Borden)
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: I’m not overly impressed with Wang so far as he’s having trouble throwing strikes. But a 3-0 lead and a one-hit shutout through three innings can’t be argued with.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Mets just snapped a streak of 16 straight innings without scoring. Wang scuffling again. Either can’t or won’t throw strikes.
UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Why not walk Castillo to get to Hernandez? Isn’t that what you do in this league?
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: The press box at Citi Field (which is poorly designed by the way) is right above a walkway, so you can see fans going back and forth.
Here’s a question I have for you Yankees fans. Why buy a white home jersey with “Jeter” or “Posada” or whatever on the back? Isn’t the cool thing about the Yankees that they don’t have the names on the back? I don’t get it.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: Poor bunt by Wang. But why not have GGBG steal second first then bunt him to third? I thought Girardi was Mr. National League?
He’s at 67 pitches through four. Be interesting to see how much rope he has. Girardi has a very rested bullpen (4 innings the last two days) and a day off tomorrow.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: That is just the kind of inning the Wanger needed. A-Rod with another nifty play. Seems that rest helped, hope the Yankees remember that.
10 ground-ball outs in five innings for CMW and three K’s. He’s two innings away from this being a real solid outing.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Its unclear how the Yankees have only three hits off Livan Hernandez. They probably need to do something about that.
Say this for the big fella, he’s creative.
Bad spot here for him as A-Rod owns him. Best to walk him.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Yes, walking him. Now will Cano go 4-6-3 or 6-4-3? Nah, big hit time.
UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: 6-3 DP and on a 2-0 count. Just brutal. Might be time to get him out of the 6 hole.
UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: Girardi with the quick hook, which is the smart play.
Now Wang has to sweat out the final 11 outs to see if he gets a win. He can win, he cannot lose. His ERA is down to 10.06 at the moment. Down to 10.06? Yikes.
UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: I just realized the Mets had their No. 5 hitter bunt in the sixth inning down a run. Wow, is that desperate.
Girardi using his bullpen a bunch, double-switching Coke out of the game and bringing in Phil Hughes to face the right-handed pinch hitter Omir Santos.
Hughes in the middle of an inning. Interesting.
UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: Look at that Joe Girardi messing with Jerry Manuel. One pitch, one out for the Franchise.
If you’re scoring at home — and good for you — Hughes in the second spot and Damon hitting ninth. I want to see Hughes hit. He claims he’s the best hitting pitcher on the team not named CC Sabathia.
UPDATE, 10:32 p.m.: A-Rod having a nice night with the glove. Nice pickup by Jeter, too. Big out for Hughes.
UPDATE, 10:53 p.m.: Six outs to get for the Yankees. They could sure use A-Rod to give them a little more cushion to work with as he bats with two on and two outs in the eighth.
UPDATE, 10:54 p.m.: Another big spot for Cano.
UPDATE, 10:59 p.m.: Another bad job by Cano. If he’s hitting fifth on Tuesday, somebody’s not paying attention. Now it’s up to Bruney.
UPDATE, 11:05 p.m.: Brian Cashman is probably calling the Rockies now. Huston Street! Whatever it takes!
Here’s the issue with Bruney, two actually: You have to worry about his elbow and he goes into these “I refuse to throw a strike” phases in big spots. But he usually squirms out of the mess.
UPDATE, 11:07 p.m.: No messing around, right to Mo.
His last six appearances: 6 1 1 1 1 9. This would be No. 500 if he can get four outs.
UPDATE, 11:14 p.m.: Swing the bat, Omir. Man, is Mo clutch.
How do you figure Wang is doing right now? He might change little Justin’s name to Mo.
Mo Wang. Now that’s a name.
UPDATE, 11:20 p.m.: Kind of disgraceful that the Yankees have four hits, no? 1 for 6 with RISP. Teams have combined for 14 walks. Yeesh.
Brett Gardner 0 for his last 7 as he comes to the plate. That train to Cooperstown slid off the tracks the last two days.
UPDATE, 11:29 p.m.: The scoreboards here are twice as good as they are at the Stadium. Both lineups are up at all times, the pitch count with strikes is up at all times, the count is easy to find, there are scoreboards that show the scores from the minor-league affiliates and a full, complete dedicated out of town scoreboard.
UPDATE, 11:31 p.m.: How is this complicated? Walk Jeter and get to the guy who has had two at-bats in his life.
UPDATE, 11:33 p.m.: Again, not as complicated as the Mets made it. … Mo has one at-bat in his career before this year and two this week.
UPDATE, 11:37 p.m.: Mo drove in a run. I never thought I would see that. Too much. He must be thrilled.
The Mets are a disaster.
UPDATE, 11:40 p.m.: So you walk Mo with the bases loaded and strike out Mark Teixeira. Yeah, that makes sense.