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