Welcome Back Wanger: Yanks-SatanFish Gamer II

New York’s big news heading into tonight’s game in Tampa Bay is the return of Chien-Ming Wang to the active roster and getting his first start of the year as the Yanks attempt to split the short series with the Rays.  Along with last night’s return of Hideki Matsui and the announcement of the forthcoming arrival of prospect Phil Hughes, the Yankees have been living in interesting times and hopefully will see some stability and durability return to the rotation.  The SatanFish send Scott Kazmir (1-1, 5.25) to the mound; Kazmir took the loss on opening day at The Stadium.  New York has a half-game lead over the TB and with their fourth straight loss last night are now four games behind the Red Sox.  All eyes will be on Álex Rodríguez, whose heroics were wasted last night but still makes an ugly game worth watching just to see what kind of Magic he will work next, be it glove or bat.  Here’s hoping that the Yanks celebrate a victory while Arod crushes whatever record Elias Sports Bureau says he breaks next.  Lineups in the extended, comment away.

Yankees

Damon CF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi DH
Matsui LF
Posada C
Cano 2B
Phelps 1B

SatanFish
Baldelli CF
Harris SS
Crawford LF
Wigginton 3B
Young RF
Pena 1B
Gomes DH
Navarro C
Upton 2B

Rays third baseman Akinori Iwamura was placed on the 15 day DL with strained oblique; Iwamura was 2-3 with a double last night.

74 comments… add one
  • I never knew that Alex had a little thingy over the A in his name….

    jp - SF April 24, 2007, 6:43 pm
  • jp – according to his player page, at Yahoo MLB, he does, but not at ESPN.

    attackgerbil April 24, 2007, 6:52 pm
  • “New York has a half-game lead over the TB and with their fourth straight loss last night are now four games behind the Red Sox.”
    Any idea when the last time the Yanks were in last 17-ish games into the season?

    Tyrel SF April 24, 2007, 6:54 pm
  • I did, only because I’m the commissioner of a legacy league, and it was a pain every year to “search” for ARod (among others).
    Obviously, the GB’s will work against Wang in this stadium. Let’s hope he goes 6-7, keeping them under 4 runs. And that the Yanks keep on doing the only thing they’re doing right this year!

    Lar April 24, 2007, 6:54 pm
  • 8-10 is shitty, but Wang’s back tonite, Matsui is back, Moose will be back in week or so, Hughes is an improvement on Karstens/Rasner/Wright, and finally this stumble out of the gate has not yet neared the horrifying 11-19 start of 2005. If this club gets close to record as we near 30 games then I’ll start worrying.

    bloodyank78 April 24, 2007, 7:02 pm
  • “close to that record” apologies.

    bloodyank78 April 24, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • Oh god, Jeter’s out, and now we have one automatic out in the lineup.
    What’s Wang throwing? The TB gun (MLB.tv) has him at 98…I know he can dial it up, but not that much.
    Groundout #1!

    Andrew April 24, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • That was a very quick “everyone’s back”. I hope Jeter’s okay.

    Anonymous April 24, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • That was a very quick “everyone’s back”. I hope Jeter’s okay.

    Lar April 24, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Damn, Wang looks good.

    Andrew April 24, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • it feels good to have Wang back.

    m.g. yanks fan April 24, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • MATSUI!!!!!

    m.g. yanks fan April 24, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • It also feels good to have Matsui back.

    Andrew April 24, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • yanks were 10-8 last year at this point

    sam YF April 24, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • And had many of their starters healthy and going 6+ innings more often than not. And Scott Proctor was the only tired (or should have been tired) bullpen guy.
    Those indeed were the days…
    But having Wang back makes this team feel like a championship-caliber one again.

    Andrew April 24, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • wow, i forgot what a 1-2-3 inning looked like.

    m.g. yanks fan April 24, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • What a fucking awful call by the first place ump. C’mon, Wang. Strikeout then double play.

    Andrew April 24, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Great. The fucking ump makes an absolute shit call, no question, and it changes the game significantly. Should be 1-1, man on first, 2 outs.

    Andrew April 24, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Wang gives up 5 hits, but no walks. Still at a relatively good 55 pitches through 4, and since his injury isn’t related to his arm, I can’t imagine him not going 6 or 7 if he stays this way..

    Lar April 24, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Amazing play by Cairo, great scoop by Minky.

    attackgerbil April 24, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Any word why Jeter was pulled?

    attackgerbil April 24, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Is it because of the HBP?

    attackgerbil April 24, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • That 2-0 to Harris was _so_ a strike. Gets called away, I guess. Gag. Then Harris grounds out to Cairo 63 to end the inning. Cairo with all three outs.

    attackgerbil April 24, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Gerbil – It was cause he got nailed by the HBP.
    I’m a pretty calm guy and I don’t get this way often but if the Yankees loose this game 2-1 I’m going to need to break something.

    TyrYF April 24, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Let’s see the replay on that 163. Looked close.

    attackgerbil April 24, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Good call. Arod up, nobody on.

    attackgerbil April 24, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • He had it.
    Bobby, when a pitcher looks like he’s losing his control (when you walk Cairo you know something’s up), don’t swing!
    Ugh. Looks like Kazmir’s set to go into the 7th. This is precisely what you don’t want if you’re the Yankees, when you’re looking at a very juicy bullpen in back of him.

    Andrew April 24, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • ARod grounds out to 3 unassisted.

    attackgerbil April 24, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Crawford hits the first pitch right through Cano. I was in a really bad mood before turning this game on. Maybe I should go find something else to do.

    attackgerbil April 24, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Can’t keep Crawford off the paths..

    Lar April 24, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Watch the Sox game, Gerb. It’ll make you smile.

    SF April 24, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • I know it’s a bad day when I don’t even take pleasure in the suffering of others.

    attackgerbil April 24, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Clutch DP.

    Lar April 24, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Okay, so maybe I smirked.

    attackgerbil April 24, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Wow, Wang gets his run back from the umpire.
    Even though he let on two baserunners, his doubleplayitude made this inning another very economical one: Wang is at 72 pitches through 6, and looks like he can go into the 8th if Torre isn’t stupid.
    Now: runs are needed.

    Andrew April 24, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • If Kazmir hits Matsui, someone has *got* to chahge him.

    attackgerbil April 24, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • E1 puts Matsui on first.

    attackgerbil April 24, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • This is the start of something big.

    Andrew April 24, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Kazmir is missing by not much, but missing as he gets up 2-0 on Jorge, who chases a low away for strike 1. The 2-1 is high. 3-1, Matsui on first, one out: strike to make it full. Hate cowbells. The payoff: liner to the fence. Godzilla scores, Jorge in with a stand-up double. Sweet.

    attackgerbil April 24, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Alright! This should knock Kazmir out of the game. Actually, they might want to let him pitch to Cano, since theres no lefties in the TB bullpen.

    Andrew April 24, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Cano grounds out 1-3 to advance Posada to third. Phelps up.

    attackgerbil April 24, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Now Wang can pitch the 7th and the 8th and Mo can do the honors in the 9th.
    This would be ideal.

    Andrew April 24, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Phelps hits a rope to left center to score Jorge. Yankees 3, TB 2. Glad I stayed, but now I have to go to a 1-yr. old’s first birthday party. Fight the good fight, NY! Win! *please*.

    attackgerbil April 24, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • I realize how _stupid_ that sounds now; a one-year old’s first birthday party. Idiot. I’m glad there’s beer there. Thirsty.

    attackgerbil April 24, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Thats nice to see! Remind me again why Phelps isn’t starting everyday?

    Tyr YF April 24, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Proof of Torre idiocy. With Wang not even at 80 pitches, Vizcaino warming up in the bullpen. Vizcaino, the guy who blows leads like I breathe. He better not see any time in this game.

    Andrew April 24, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Looks like Joe has “Everday Luis” warming in the pen.

    bloodyank78 April 24, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Sorry Andrew, I didn’t see your post.

    bloodyank78 April 24, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • No fricking way. No. FRICKING. WAY.
    Torre deserves every fucking bit of this loss if he brings in god-damned give-up-2-hits-before-I-get-an-out Vizcaino. I know Wang just gave up two hits, but you walk the next guy and hope for a doubleplay. That’s infinitely better than letting anyone from the bullpen pitch with first base open.
    Sigh.

    Andrew April 24, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Here it comes.

    Andrew April 24, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • WOWWW!!!
    Cairo makes an AMAZING grab and may have just saved the game.
    There’s still an out to go, though.

    Andrew April 24, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Joe Torre: retard.
    Mike Myers: useless. Utterly and completely. Yankees lose.

    Andrew April 24, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Sigh.

    Lar April 24, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • …that’s like a swift kick to the nuts if there ever was one. Torre’s working hard to cost your boys another one.
    Wouldn’t say it’s over, though. That bullpen vs your offense? 2 innings is plenty…though that’s assuming Bruney and Co. stop the bleeding.
    On the plus side for both our teams…we’re both losing, playing like crap, and not losing any ground to Baltimore. (Toronto really doesn’t worry me that much) So nobody’s getting anything of a lead.

    desturbd1 April 24, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • THe nightmare continues

    walein April 24, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • furious.

    nyara April 24, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • I am now officially fully in the “Fire Joe Torre” mode. I have never actually seriously thought he should be fired before tonight. Now, it’s clear, and I hope Steinbrenner has one more move in him. We need a competent manager to win games. We don’t have one.

    Andrew April 24, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • as much as id like to blame that on Torre, come on thats all myers. Cant do that. Its not Torre’s fault the pen is fully garbage right now.

    sam YF April 24, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Where are those 8 runs now?

    Lar April 24, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • as much as id like to blame that on Torre, come on thats all myers. Cant do that. Its not Torre’s fault the pen is fully garbage right now.

    sam YF April 24, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • sorry for the double post. no idea why that happened.

    sam YF April 24, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • d1 – the way we’re going, ARod will hit another HR, but we still lose 9-8, and another “ARod keeps hitting useless HRs” rant.

    Lar April 24, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • He got the match-up he wanted and Myers should own Crawford.
    I still think Torre’s in game management is awful but not in this case.

    Michael April 24, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • At least if the Yanks lose, they don’t have to pitch another inning!

    Lar April 24, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • I think it was stupid. Vizcaino got lucky; there’s no other word for someone smoking a line drive with the bases loaded and coming up empty. More then anything, this was an opportunity to save the bullpen; if you’re gonna walk the bases loaded anyway, let Wang try and get the ground-ball. Who, besides Pettitte this season, would have been better?

    desturbd1 April 24, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • What a horrific game. We lose to the damned Devil Rays in Wang’s debut thanks to another bullpen implosion, fall into last place in the AL East, and A-Rod’s hitting streak is snapped.
    I’m hoping Hughes might be able to bring some glimmer of hope to Yankeeland on Thursday.

    Jordan Meisner April 24, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • The Rays kind of remind me of the current version of the Yanks. Tons of offense–though built far more around speed then showing plate discipline–but no pitching.
    Difference is that NY’s staff will improve, and Tampa’s…not so much. Although Jamie Shields was dominant against the Indians the other night, so maybe they’ve found a legit No. 2.

    desturbd1 April 24, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • somebody tell me why Wang was pulled so soon. He’s the perfect guy to have on the mound when the yanks are in a jam. king of groundball outs….why not prove it?
    Vizcaino?
    are you kidding me?
    might as well forfeit.

    pissed April 24, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • Whoa, check out the Noo Yahk Cellah Dwellahs!
    (OK, OK, shouldn’t kick you when you’re down… But when was the last time the Yankees were in 5th place?)

    Hudson April 24, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • 2005 comes to mind. 11-19 had to have been good for 5th, no?

    yankeesnj April 24, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • 11-19 was tied with the D-Rays in 2005.

    Steve April 24, 2007, 11:54 pm
  • And I believe they ripped off a 16-2 or 18-2 stretch, something like that, not long after.

    Steve April 24, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • Also, if you want to be technical about it, I’m sure the Yanks have lost some opening-day games recently … so they’ve been tied for last several times. ;)

    yankeesnj April 25, 2007, 12:09 am
  • Fact of the matter is, we should be 4 or 5 wins better than this, but for bad managerial decisions for the most part.
    That’s what hurts the most.

    Andrew April 25, 2007, 1:54 am

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