Chien-Ming Wang has only made one start this season, one where is wasn’t his best, but gave the Yankees a chance to win. Today, Wang will face the Red Sox in the rubber match of this three-game set, and try to improve the Yankees to 10-13 on the season and lead them in the right direction to climbing the standings before the Bombers meet their division rival at the end of May. At that point in the season, it would only be logical to think that the Yanks and Sox would be one and two, maybe not in that order.
Doug Mientkiewicz is back in the lineup today due to the amount of ground balls thrown by Wang, and Melky Cabrera is back on the bench after having a key ground rule double to make it 3-0, a run that was much needed since the tying run came to the plate for Boston in the ninth.
Mariano looked like the Mo of old yesterday, and hopefully will get a chance to pitch again. Also, in the pen if the Bruney-Farnsworth-Rivera combination can do all season what they did yesterday, then the Bombers after the sixth should lock it up like the days of ’96.
Gametime, 1:05 PM.