Wang was lost on June 15 of last season in Houston while heading towards home plate running the bases when he tore a tendon and sprained his right foot, ending his season.
Tonight, Koji Uehara makes his Major League debut for the Orioles. The right-hander signed a $10 million, two-year contract with Baltimore in January after spending the previous 10 years with the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese Central League.
Uehara has been known to have exceptional control, so Yankees hitters might be in for a surprise tonight against the Orioles, the last place finishers in the AL East in 2008. In order to stand a chance, Yankee batters will have to be aggressive and go after balls, not wait for their pitch.
Uehara played with Hideki Matsui on the Yomiuri Giants and is very excited about facing the Yankees outfielder.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Uehara said via a translator. “As you can see, the Japanese media is here to watch me and Mr. Matsui face each other. There’s huge attention to that. When it’s only me pitching on (another) day, these guys won’t be here.”
Matsui and the Yankees look to get their first win after they lost their opener on Monday against the Orioles 10-5.
Matsui hit a 2-run home run late in the game to bring the Yankees within one run, but it was all Orioles after that.
CC Sabathia struggled all day, with no strikeouts and even threw two wild pitches.
Still without Alex Rodriguez in the lineup until around May with his hip injury, Mark Teixeira will need to fill the void. He played sub-par in his hometown on Monday, going 0-4 with a walk, and the fans let him know it.
"I didn’t get it done out there,” Teixeira said.
Derek Jeter, on the other hand, played a different role, leading off, and he looked great, going 3-5.
Girardi wasn't too upset as it is only the first game of the year, but it does set the tone for the season sometimes.
“I guess we can’t go undefeated,” Girardi said. “Yeah, it’s one game. We didn’t execute today.”
However, as my good friend and fellow Bleacher Report writer A.J. Martelli mentioned, the Yankees lost their first four games in 1998, and we all know how that season turned out.
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