Pitchers for rubber match & Torre feels the heat?

Tomorrow at 1:05 PM EST the New York Yankees will tangle with the Boston Red Sox in the rubber match of a three game series at Yankee Stadium.
The Red Sox blew out the Yankees in game one of the series on Friday night and the Yankees won a close yesterday afternoon to even the series.Tav

The pitching match up for tomorrow will feature Julian Tavarez, RHP (0-2, 8.36) for the Red Sox taking on Chien-Ming Wang, RHP (0-1, 5.68) for the Yankees.
Tavarez has made three starts this season for Boston and has failed to make it out of the fifth inning in any of the three.
In his last outing against the Blue Jays he allowed six earned runs on seven hits in four and one third inning with one walk and two strike outs.
He’s struggling to stay in the rotation with the Red Sox and has yet to post a quality start so far this season.
Wang
is making his second start of 2007 after coming
off the disabled list to pitch Tuesday in Tampa  Bay.He was solid in first start last week and would have likely gotten the win had the bullpen held it together.Wang

He left the game after six a third strong innings upon reaching a
predetermined pitch count.
It appeared as though he could have stayed in the game longer but the Yankees weren’t taking any chances with their sinkerball ace.
So it looks, on paper, like a very favorable match up for the Yankees.
In other Yankees news Johnny Damon‘s back is still bothering him and it looks like a possibility that he may go onto the disabled list for the first time in his career.
He’s fighting through it and doesn’t want to go on the DL but, if things don’t feel at least a little better soon, it may be inevitable.
And lastly, rumors are flying again that Joe Torre is on the hot seat again and that George Steinbrenner is considering making a managerial change.
I think this is a stupid and short sighted idea but George King and Tyler Kepner, both highly respected New York veteren beat writers, were reporting to the New York Post that George Steinbrenner was considering replacing Joe Torre with either Don Mattingly or Joe Girardi if the Torre
Yankees were to get swept again this weekend by the Red Sox.
I think this is much to do about nothing — but it has been reported that Steinbrenner had to be talked out of firing Torre after the loss to the Tigers in the ALDS last season so you never know with George.
But it’s been a long time since Steinbrenner has done any manager firing and Cashman has more control over things than in years past, so I’d be surprised to see Torre go in April or May.
Just more out of control rumblings from the famous Bronx Zoo.

More to come after tomorrow’s game.

LETS GO YANKEES !

Mike

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