Three calamitous appearances into the season, there is considerable cause for panic. ... [B]ehind the scenes, the Yankees are working frantically to repair Wang's mechanics and to massage the pitcher's shattered confidence. They have tried varying his workout schedule, pitching to live batters, speaking to him in low, soothing voices.
Wang's next appearance is supposed to come on Friday at Fenway, but that is very unlikely to happen because the Yankees have an off day on Thursday and can skip him.
The New York Yankees spent approximately $1.5 billion on their new ball park, but they didn't buy everything they needed.
It turns out that they did not have "14" to put on the scoreboard yesterday for Cleveland's historic second inning. They had to make due with a strip of white tape stuck to the left of a "4".
For 37 minutes, Cleveland batted. 17 hitters saw 69 pitches. They collected 13 hits and 14 runs.
It was the first time the Yankees had ever allowed 14 runs in an inning (the 13 hits was also an opponents' record). Beleaguered starter Chien-Ming Wang and Anthony Claggett (making his major league debut) were the punching bags.
Cleveland - 0141 140 011 - 22 25 1By the time the game was over, the Spiders had set a club record with 52 at-bats and tied a club record with 50 total bases. Five Yankee pitchers threw a combined 226 pitches.The last time Cleveland scored 20+ runs? That was also against the Yankees, on August 31, 2004, when they posted a 22-0 shutout.
Yankees - 2 00 002 000 - 4 7 1
The last time a team put up a 14-run inning was June 27, 2003, when the Red Sox routed the Marlins 25-8.
History: Cleveland had also scored 14 runs in the first inning back on June 18, 1950, against the Philadelphia A's. And the Yankees had allowed 13 runs in a single inning to the Tigers on June 17, 1925.
In addition to the 14-spot and Saturday's drubbing, the Yankees also allowed nine runs to Cleveland in the seventh inning of Thursday's home (and stadium) opener, losing 10-2.
Classy Yankee fans made Claggett feel right at home during his major league debut.
Anthony McCarron, Daily News:
It's hard to imagine that the 28.93 ERA [Wang] brought into the game could rise, but it did, ballooning to 34.50. ... The Yankees now face a rotation crisis – Can they let Wang start at Fenway on Friday?