Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Yankees and A's to try again tonight

The weather is warmer than Monday, but the skies aren't looking much better. Heavy rains and cold weather canceled Monday's series opener between the Yankees and Oakland A's, and tonight's game could be a wash out too.

Monday's starters, Dana Eveland and Andy Pettitte, have been pushed back to today, with Brett Anderson and CC Sabathia moved to Wednesday. Last night's weather also had an impact on this weekend's series with the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park.

Joe Girardi, correctly, decided to skip Chien-Ming Wang's turn since all of his starters will have proper rest and will still be pitching on schedule. Joba Chamberlain will open the series in Boston on Friday, followed by Andy Pettitte and A.J. Burnett.

The Red Sox are doing something very cool this weekend. A lifelong Red Sox fan, and we mean LIFELONG, is getting the chance to be a bat boy during batting practice. Arthur Giddon is getting to live out a dream at age 100.

Brian Bruney told the YES Networks' Kim Jones that he thinks he knows why Wang is struggling. Bruney didn't trust his right (plant) foot when he came back from his own Lysfranc injury and he struggled until he did find that trust. Bruney believes Wang is going through the same thing. Hopefully Girardi, Dave Eiland, and Gene Monahan are on the same page.

One Oakland Athletic that is happy to be back in NYC is Jason Giambi. He told the DailyNews' Sean Brennan just how much he missed the Big Apple and how he is looking forward to playing in the new park.

"It's gorgeous, I mean it's gigantic but it's like, gorgeous," Giambi said of his first impressions of the new Yankee Stadium. "I'm sure it's like when people first walked into the Titanic, when they first walked into that place. I mean it's enormous. I was excited to come back and see the new Stadium. It's an incredible place."

Giambi was told of the new stadium's apparent penchant for giving up homers, especially to right field. And even though he would like to launch his first homer of the season at the new Stadium, Giambi misses something even more than the inviting right field porch.

"The biggest thing I miss is (the Bleacher Creatures') roll call," Giambi said of the tradition that has carried across the street. "There's no doubt about it, it's the best thing in baseball."

The Biz of Baseball reports that YES and Cablevision are close to a new deal that will keep YES on the cable giant for years. YES' contract expired on March 31, but Cablevision has continued to air the station while negotiations took place. Please no repeats of 2001-2002 bargaining (arguing).

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