6/17 – Yankees vs. Nationals
John Lannan (3-5, 3.51)
Chien-Ming Wang (0-4, 14.34)
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
So begins the night as Wang attempts to keep his spot in the rotation and show the Yankees something. Joe Girardi acknowledges this start is “really important” but said that no matter what, no decisions will be made today. Should Wang falter, they’ll at least take that information home and sleep on it. … Derek Jeter’s MRI on his stiff left ankle came back clean but the Yankees are going to keep him out of the lineup at least tonight before circling back tomorrow (weather permitting) … Xavier Nady and Jose Molina will be on flights to Tampa tomorrow. Nady thinks he’ll play in a game on Friday, seeing four innings of defensive duty. He’s thrown as far as 120 feet and says hitting feels fine … Molina is shooting for the series at Citi Field against the Mets for his return.
FROM THE GAME NOTES
Tonight the Yankees play the second game of a three-game series vs. Washington after winning on Tuesday, 5-3…is the fourth game of a six-game Interleague homestand that included winning two-of-three games vs. the Mets from Friday-Sunday and an off day on Monday…is the fifth of 15 straight Interleague games for the Yankees…the Yankees trail the Red Sox by 2.0G for first place in the AL East…are 10 games over .500, one game shy of their season high-water mark (were 11 over following play on 6/8)…own the fourth-best record in the Majors (Los Angeles-NL, 43-22; Boston, 39-25; and Philadelphia, 36-26)…prior to the current homestand, the Yankees were swept by Boston at Fenway Park from 6/9-11, marking their first three-game losing streak since a five-game skid from 5/2-7…the Yankees have won 22 of their last 32 games, including a season-high nine-game winning streak (5/13-21) to start the stretch…are 15-5 in their last 20 home games (since 5/15)…after this homestand, the Yankees begin a nine-game Interleague road trip with three games at Florida (6/19-21), three games at Atlanta (6/23-25) and three games at the Mets (6/26-28).
CA-NOTEWORTHY: 2B Robinson Cano has recorded a hit in his last six consecutive at-bats and seven of his last eight…has 20R and 22RBI in his last 25 games (since 5/20), batting .330 (34-for-103) over the stretch.
LEFT-LEANING: The Yankees are 12-6 vs. LH starters in 2009 (were 24-22 in 2008)…lead the AL and rank second in the Majors with a .303 (176-for-581) batting average vs. lefthanders this season with 40 doubles, 3 triples, 26HR and 72BB…have a Major League-best .516 slugging percentage and .383 on-base percentage vs. LHP…batted .258 (430-for-1,667) with a .339 OBP and a .395 SLG vs. LHP in 2008.