Only one home run was hit at Yankee Stadium in tonight’s game vs. Oakland. Fortunately, it was hit by a Yankee (thank you, Johnny Damon). Andy Pettitte gave the Yankees 7 strong innings, allowing 2 runs and 9 hits, and the Yankees beat the A’s despite a 4-4 night from A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki. Oh, and in his return to New York, ex-Yankee Jason Giambi was 1-4.
The Yankees are now just a game and a half behind first place Toronto. They start a 3 game series with the Red Sox in Boston on Friday.
Good news about Xavier Nady — per the Associated Press:
NEW YORK (AP)–Xavier Nady will try to rehab his elbow injury without surgery, giving the New York Yankees right fielder a chance to return this season.
Nady has a partial ligament tear in his right elbow and originally was told that he’d likely need a season-ending operation. But after additional tests and exams, doctors recommended a program of rest and strengthening exercises rather than Tommy John surgery, a procedure Nady had in 2001.
“Obviously, I wanted to avoid surgery if possible. You’ve got to do what’s right. I hope going this route ends up working out,” he said….
Not so good news about Chien-Ming Wang — according the the NY Daily News, CMW will be dropped from the starting rotation for one start and will not face the Red Sox. This move isn’t exactly unexpected. I just hope it doesn’t do any further damage to his self-confidence, which must already be at an all-time low anyway.