Mr. Wang-derful

You couldn’t ask for much more than that if you’re a Yankees fan, watching the pitcher maligned as not being a “true ace” rifle through the Red Sox, 1-2-3, 1-2-3. Chien-Ming Wang may never win a Cy Young Award but the Yankees can definitely do with him as their No. 1, especially when he pitches like he did on Friday at Fenway Park.

Setting aside Bobby Abreu’s missed catch for a second — an outfielder, particularly one who won a Gold Glove just three years ago, really should make that grab — the thing about Wang’s a complete game two-hitter was that it wasn’t especially all that pretty. Wang gave up some very hard hit balls, particularly in the fifth inning, but he made the dimensions at Fenway work for him this time, having struggled there against the Red Sox in the past.

It all works off Wang’s sinker, but he got some strikeouts with his slider and threw his four-seamer quite a bit to give Boston a little bit of a different look. By the time Coco Crisp legged out the bunt single in the ninth inning, it seemed to be pretty much a foregone conclusion that — no-hitter, one-hitter or two-hitter — this night was going to belong to Wang.

Meanwhile, I’m sitting in a Beantown hotel lobby at a Starbucks, pounding away on this new wireless card MLB sprang for. How trendy!

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It wasn’t a terrible outing for Mussina, but you got to wonder “when” not “if” the Mussina of the second half of last season will show up. Again, this team needs pitchers, especially the vets to step up and go deeper in games more consistently, Mussina just isn’t that pitcher anymore. It can’t constantly be relying on the pen to come into games as early as the fifth or sixth innnings as much as it has done so far this season, especially with two rookie pitchers whose innings will be limited this season, that’s just too much to ask from a pen. So far Wang is the only starter who has shown he can go deep into games, and Pettitte will too with more work, but Hughes, Kennedy, and Mussina are far more questionable.

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I was taking nothing away from Moose today, last time out or in the near future, but Matt is right you have to ask how long can he last nipping corners and not striking people out. Can he be a Greg Maddox style pitcher, maybe but I don’t know. He got rocked last year and this spring, his first outing was less than desirable, and he’s 39. I really like Moose and pull for him but I was still nervous every time Manny stepped in whereas I was confident when Wang was on the mound. If we can get 6 IP and under 5ER out of him in the bulk majority of his outings it would be a successful season.

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I don’t see what people are jumping on Moose for today, he was one out away from an excellent outing. Even then he’s still kept us in the game which for a supposed fifth V ace matchup is pretty good going.

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I think Moose gave you exactly what you’re looking for. There will be days where those fastballs drift over the middle and get rocked. There will be days where he gets no calls and HAS to come over the middle. Then there will be days when he gets the calls and looks great. If he averages out to an outing like this that’ll be fine for a 5th starter.

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I agree, I have no clue how long he can last. He’s what 39 this year and topping out at 85ish MPH if he starts finding the middle of the plate with consistency he’ll get pounded, and if he doesn’t get calls from umpires he’ll either walk a ton or start hitting the middle of the plate. An encouraging sign was he didn’t walk anybody today, but only had one strikeout.

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Not a bad outing by him, but this guy makes me nervous especially when he doesn’t have the ability to go deep into games, you got to wonder how much he actually has left.

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Moose definitely didn’t look great but my expectations are not high for him so if he can go 6 and give up 3-4 I’d take it every start. Obviously he can’t do that but going 5.2 and 4ER with this team can usually get you a win, and against a good hitting Boston team I’m not disappointed in his outing. These bats have to wake up and get some more runs across the plate.

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Maybe Torre will burn out Proctor’s arm again and we can reverse the trade

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I doubt Bet “You never thought I was so worthless as a player”amit has much if any value on the market, if he does it will be as a late inning defensive replacement. Teams will see how lacking he is in offensive ability.

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Mussina definitely, looked shaky today, he and the rest of the starters are going to start going deeper into games in order to save the pen for later in the season.

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Possibly, does he have any value on the market to trade? This Gonzalez kid is playing for a spot on the team and to me looks like he’s playing himself into the utility role. It was nice to see Moose give another solid outing, he’ll be charged with 4 ER but one was Bruney’s fault. Let’s see if we can get that last run cross to tie things up.

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Betemit’s days with the Yanks could be numbered.

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Definitely no regrets, the kid can play, missed the hit and run, pulled back the bunt and then got on base and then comes around to score. Send Betemit down to AAA and bring back Shelly Duncan.

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Poor Betemit – he’s watching Gonzalez hit and take his job. Of course I have no real sympathy.

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Hit, hit Jose, he just keeps on hitting.

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We’re making Beckett look good with some of these at bats. He’s only pitched 36 times through 4

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What a grab by Cano at 2B to keep this game scoreless and get moose another double play!

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There is no question in my mind now that Wang totally measures up to any other ace on any other team. He is awesome!

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Ortiz….geez, talk about sluggish start. Last year that could have been Moose done for

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Santana out after 6 and a third. 3 Home runs , 5 in total , 4 earned.

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It’ll be interesting to see if Wang chokes in the Playoffs again.

Buchholz looked excellent, I can’t see him being sent down for more seasoning unless he is the only player with options.

Also being a Phillies fan, I’ve watched Abreu since 1999. He is weak on plays near the wall.

And I’m still amazed how well Manny plays the Monster. I don’t recall seeing anyone better.

YES showed a clip of Buckner’s opening day pitch. Very heartwarming! I was shocked to see Dewey’s hair so white!!

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It seems to me that Wang is pitching with a bit of chip on his shoulder. The fact that the Yankees would not offer him a long-term deal this past off-season while Cano got one could be part of his drive. Obviously, his working on developing other pitches to supplement his “bowling ball” slider also is a huge help. If he stays healthy and continues on the path that he has started, I can see him winning 20 games this year.

As for today, Moose will probably need run support going against Beckett. There seems to be some positive signs that the Yankee bats are starting to stir some. Let’s hope so. As a fan, I’d really like to see AROD get homers #521 and #522 this weekend in Boston to pass Teddy Ballgame.

However, I’ll gladly take Yankee wins this afternoon and tomorrow night at Fenway!

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 12, 2008

Scranton/WB 5:05PM
Durham (Rays)
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Harrisburg (Nationals)
Trenton 1:05PM
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Sarasota (Reds)
Tampa 7PM
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Rome (Braves)
Charleston 7:05PM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 11, 2008

Scranton/WB 7
Durham (Rays) 3
W: D. Rasner (2-0, 0.75); L: C. Mason (0-1, 4.66)
HR: SWB: S. Duncan (2), C. Ransom (2), N. Green (1). DUR: J. Weber (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_11_swbaaa_dubaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Harrisburg (Nationals) 8
Trenton 4
W: J. Hall (1-1, 9.35); L: P. Coke (0-1, 5.00); SV: T. Bittner (1)
HR: HAR: Y. De Caster (4), L. Montz (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_11_haraax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Sarasota (Reds) 4
Tampa 11
W: A. Aceves (1-0, 3.09); L: D. Guerrero (0-1, 18.41)
HR: SAR: J. Francisco (2). TAM: E. Gonzalez (3), T. Battle (1), D. Sublett (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_11_sarafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Rome (Braves) 6
Charleston 7
W: C. Heyer (1-0, 1.59); L: T. Palica (1-1, 11.25); SV: J. Ortiz (3)
HR: CHA: J. Snyder (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_04_11_romafx_crdafx_1
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Mate,

Just Moose’s turn in the rotation!

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Just looking at Santana It would appear a big gamble on passing up the opportunity to get him. He is pitching well but did give up a walk and a RBI bunt to Ben Sheets who is a .075 hitter in his career. He fielded the bunt but went straight to first without even giving the runner on third a look thus giving up a stupid run. Can anyone enlighten me as to why Moose is pitching today and noy Hughes.

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You know what? I’m thinking that players that used steroids before, stopped taking them in fear of getting caught and players like Wang who never took steroids are the ones benefiting.

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Remember when Theo called out Moose for complaining about the whole Japan trip? Remember when Theo said the trip would bring his team closer? Hey Theo, ask your players exactly how they feel about traveling to Japan, then LA, then Oakland, then Toronto, then FINALLY Boston. They might not say what Moose said, but you know they’re thinkin’ it!

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