Thursday, September 14, 2006
Wang scratched from start because of wet weather
NEW YORK -- Yankees righty Chien-Ming Wang was scratched
from Thursday night's start because of wet weather, and rookie Jeff
Karstens was picked to pitch against Tampa Bay.
Wang is 17-5 with a 3.60 ERA, and one victory behind Minnesota's
Johan Santana for the major league lead. Wang will instead start
Friday night when the AL East leaders open a four-game series at
home against Boston.
Karstens was told about 2½ hours before the scheduled start time
that he would be pitching.
The Devil Rays and New York did not take batting practice
Thursday because of drizzle. The forecast called for showers as the
night went on and Yankees manager Joe Torre wanted to avoid a
situation where Wang pitched some, then had to wait out a rain
"I didn't want him that way," Torre said.
Torre made a couple of other adjustments to his original lineup
because of the damp turf, pulling outfielders Johnny Damon and