Well at least the Yankees won't be getting swept by the Rays. The Yanks used some "Asian Persuasion" to turn away the Rays on Sunday afternoon, winning 2-0.
It was vitrually the same formula the Yankees used on Opening Night against Toronto, pitching, defense and timely hitting. Ok so there wasn't a ton of timely hitting, but as I've said before, what a difference it is to have a healthy Chien-Ming Wang along with Joba Chamberlain, two cogs they didn't have this time around last season.
Wang set the tone against Tampa, having held the Rays hitless through 4/1/3. Additionally, Wang who improved to 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA, threw six innings of scoreless ball striking out six along the way. Is anyone worried about Wang now?
In the bottom half of the 4th, Hideki Matsui continued his handling of Rays pitching by smacking a two-run homer to right, driving in A-Rod who had doubled. The hot hitting Matsui batted in the five hole for the injured (suprise!) Jason Giambi, and went 3-4 raising his early season average to .350.
When Wang got in trouble, Manager Joe Girardi called on Joba Chamberlain to keep Tampa at bay. In the 7th Chamberlain after striking out Willy Aybar, with runners at the corners got Shawn Riggans to line out to Robinson Cano who then doubled off Eric Hinske at first on a nice scoop by Wilson Betemit to end the frame.
After Chamberlain worked a perfect 8th, Mariano Rivera kept his excellent start going by striking out two and closing out the Rays for his 3rd save of the season, the Yankees 3rd win of the season.
Bomber Bites: If calling Chien-Ming our ace is Wang, then I don't want to be Jaret Wright.
Ok so let's be honest here, when did you have Jason Giambi getting injured in your office pool?
So Alex Rodriguez is praying for young Alexa Rodriguez who was attacked by a hawk at Fenway Park eh? Too bad she didn't pray for Dave Winfield!