In their last of three against Texas this evening, the Yankees throw Jaret Wright, who was torched for 4 runs before achieving an out in his last start in Toronto. We assume the Ranger hitters are salivating. But the Yankee hitters have reason for their own bit of optimism: they’ll be facing rookie lefthander John Rheinacker, who’s 1-2 with an era over 6 in his last four starts. Not clear whether the newly acquired Sal Fasano will be in the field, but rumor is that Johnny Damon will return to the lineup. Thegame preview on the official Yankee website suggests that the player to watch tonight is, um, Miguel Cairo, which does not exactly inspire confidence. The folks at MLB.com can focus on him. As usual, we’ll be keeping an eye on Derek and Alex, among others, as the Yanks go for the sweep tonight.
Some additional good news: Scott Kazmir, whom the Yankees were scheduled to face on Friday, has been sidelined by the DRays. And from the sublime to the ridiculous: Dusty Baker pulled Mark Prior this afternoon, nevermind that he was pitching a no-hitter in the seventh against the Mets. Much to discuss. Do it here.