For all the desperation in Yankeeland, the team throws its ace to the hill this afternoon in a bid to take the rubber game with arch-foe Boston. Chien-Ming Wang is 0-1 with a 5.68 era, but those numbers are a bit of a distortion on what was a quality first appearance last Tuesday in Tampa, at least until the beleaguered bullpen got hold of it. He faces Julian Tavarez, the decidedly weak link in the Sox rotation, at 0-2, 8.36. A win today might well settle things in the Bronx. A loss could lead to ugliness. Rationally, a single game in April should not bear so much weight given a 162 game season that ends rougly half a year from now. That’s the way it goes in NY. Comment on today’s action right here. Lineups after the jump.