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The tarpaulin is on the field and it doesn’t look like the A’s and Yankees are about to get started anytime soon. It definitely wasn’t a good sign that Nick Swisher and Johnny Damon were settling in for a card game when the clubhouse closed to reporters at 6 p.m. ET.
The biggest tidbit of pre-game news is that Chien-Ming Wang went for a second opinion on his right shoulder, visiting with Dr. David Altchek yesterday. Dr. Chris Ahmad was due to arrive at Yankee Stadium to discuss those findings with Brian Cashman later tonight, and Wang admitted that he is more worried now that the prospect of surgery is looming.
UPDATE 7:32 p.m.: The Yankees just made an announcement. It’s not much. “We do not know if the current conditions will allow us to commence play.” But they think there’s a chance (“So you’re tellin’ me there’s a chance!“) so we’ll keep on waiting.
UPDATE 7:58 p.m.: “While we hope to play tonight’s game and will provide updates during the course of this rain delay, presently we do not know whether the current conditions will permit us to commence play. As always, thank you for your patience.”
One more day remaining in Kansas City and the Yankees are still looking for a masterpiece. Then again, the way things are going, they’d settle for an ugly victory. The Yankees will be back at it again tonight at Kauffman Stadium, sending Andy Pettitte to the mound in search of the sharpness that eluded him last time out. And wouldn’t you know it? It’s raining in Kansas City again.
It seems a pretty safe bet that Joe Girardi won’t try using his bullpen to start this game. You think he might have wanted a do-over on that idea? Actually, the plan worked pretty well through the first four innings with Brian Bruney and Billy Traber, and then they did get a scoreless frame from Kyle Farnsworth.
But John Buck’s home run leading off the fifth changed all that, and as Girardi would later say, it’s impossible to win when you don’t score. That’s another problem they need to rectify immediately if they want to avoid months like they had early last year.
After speaking with the weather authorities, the forecast is not as promising as we thought. We are evaluating our options.
(Who are the weather authorities? Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi just came out to inspect the playing field, by the way.)