Game Thread: Wang’s redemption

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Sure, it’s only Spring Training, but the Yanks could really use a good outing from their anointed ace Chien-Ming Wang today. Wang is making his third start of the spring today, and his last outing was alarming. He lasted less than one inning and gave up a whole lotta runs and hits.

Today, Wang faces a Blue Jays lineup consisting of guys who will be on the team come Opening Day. He is slated for around 50 pitches, and it would be great if he could last four innings. Following Wang will be Darrell Rasner, Kyle Farnsworth, Heath Phillips, Jonathan Albaladejo and Ross Ohlendorf. The game is on YES and at 1:15 p.m. and the slow Spring Training version of Gameday will be available here.

The lineup:

Cabrera CF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi DH
Cano 2B
Duncan 1B
Lane LF
Molina C

In other Yankee news, five players were reassigned to Minor League camps. Juan Miranda landed in AAA, and Austin Jackson, Collin Curtis, Jose Tabata and P.J. Pilittere were sent down as well. No big surprise there.

Honoring Yankee Stadium through overkill
Checking in on some old friends
  • MD

    why are we scouting Blanton???

    • Ben K.

      Why is everyone flipping out over the fact that the Yanks sent a scout to watch some of their competitors play? This is routine practice for Spring Training and the regular season as well.

      • MD

        who is everybody flipping out?…..looks like one guy asking a question………..

        • Seamus O’Toole

          a “question” capped off with 3 question marks implies that beyond your uncertainly, lies an accusatory air of incredulousness. plus, i see some defensiveness in your second reply, too.

  • RobertGKramer

    We should always be scouting everybody!

  • Tripp

    What’s the difference in getting assigned to AAA and being sent to the Minor League complex? Does Miranda go to a different location now?

  • Deezer

    SF Chronicle says:
    A Yankees scout was at Sunday’s game tracking Joe Blanton, a subject of trade rumors. “Until any trade happens, I can’t worry about it,” Blanton said. …

    • Ben K.

      Right. Half of that statement is true, and the other half is an editorial note by the SF Chronicle in an effort to stir up rumors. We have an Irresponsible Rumormongering category for a reason. The only thing that a scout at the game means is that there was a scout at the game watching Blanton. It doesn’t mean anything else yet.

  • RobertGKramer

    Yes, Miranda goes to the Minor League complex as does everyone else “reassigned.”

  • Deezer

    Easy, guy. I guess it’s possible that the Yankees scout is prepping for the June series against Oakland. It’s also possilbe that the Yanks have some interest in Blanton or otherwise would like to benefit from the Oakland firesale. No one’s getting crazy; it’s just an interesting fact. Take it for what it’s worth, I guess.

    • Geno

      Oakland’s having a fire sale?

      • J.R.

        Its just scouting. Its also possible they could trade him to the AL east. Then that scoouting is all the more valuable. Scenarios like this are the exact reason you have scouts.

  • Jake T

    Unrelated, but can someone explain to me why IPK isn’t getting more respect. Since the guy has come to the majors, whether it be in the regular season or spring training he has done nothing but get people out.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Ike has the unfortunate position of being the understated pitcher of the “Big Three.” Both Joba and Phranchise are exciting. Ike is like a young Moose…just goes to work and gets it done.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Rasner looks good.

    Are we talking about this or not?

    • Ben K.

      Oh yes we are! I was impressed with Kyle Farnsworth’s inability to get outs again. Does he have to put runners on every time?

      Wang looked much better today too. That’s a relief.

      • kunaldo

        Ben, I like to think he welcomes the challenge…but that’s being super optimistic

  • LiveFromNewYork

    The crowd is booing the ball boy. Nice.

  • Tripp

    8 ground balls in 13 batters faced by Wang. Pretty damn good.

  • pete


  • LiveFromNewYork

    Very happy with Rasner. Nice job.

  • J.R.

    I think IPK likes the postion he is in. Just refer to yesterdays thread about Joba getting a little distracted from all the media. Even Hughes likes JOba taking the heat.

  • rbizzler

    Who cares who gets the press. Right now, the Yanks (at least for them) are flying a little under the radar with the CW being that they won’t have enough pitching to get it done this year.

    No complaints about being in that position. Let all of the media fawn over to BoSox signing Colon instead.

  • Rob_in_CT

    Good to hear that Rasner pitched well. If he’s right, he’s better than Karstens.

  • Joe

    Rasner was decent today, although I still think that spot should go to Scott Patterson, hands down. Maybe two different roster spots, though, with Patterson being more of a short guy, Rasner being a long guy.

    • Rob_in_CT

      Oh, I’m all for Patterson. I’m pro-Rasner as long reliever/spot starter.

  • TheAnalyticalYankeeFan

    I was very impressed with Wang today. His change-up looked great, better than I’ve ever seen it. It was low in the strike zone and had the same movement as his sinker–a consistent change like that would be a serious pitch for Wang.

    I like the belt high four seamers that he’s been throwing, too. That’s a good sign. Between a consistent change and an elevated four seamers Wang will 1.) keep hitters more honest(especially the lefties) and 2.) raise his K total significantly again, this season.