The second day in August finds New York gripped in a heat wave that swept across the country and settled over the east coast. Temperatures in the Bronx are hovering right around 100, which feels like 107 with the humidity. It’s tough weather in which to sit and breathe, let alone play baseball. But that is what Major-Leaguers do.
The New York Yankees are also hot, winning 7 out of their last ten and in a virtual tie for first in the AL East. Today Toronto takes the field at The Stadium to try to beat the heat and the hot as they send Ted Lilly (9-9) to the mound. The Yankees faced Lilly in April and were victorious in that meeting.
New York counters with Chien Ming Wang (12-4), who has been outstanding in his last four appearances. In his current four-game win streak he has pitched 30.1 innings, given up 25 hits and 7 walks, and allowed 7 runs. His last outing was a masterful 2-hit, 18 ground-ball out shutout against Tampa, the best performance by a Yankee starter this year.
Craig Wilson makes his Yankees debut at first base. It’s one-hour to game time. The line-up follows in the game thread. Comment away.