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Days of reckoning for Wang in Alabama

The Yankees' Chien-Ming Wang hopes to find out

The Yankees' Chien-Ming Wang hopes to find out Monday whether he needs more rest or surgery. Credit: Photo by John Dunn

Chien-Ming Wang's next move is a flight to Birmingham, Ala., Monday to visit Dr. James Andrews. The visit, which Wang said will include another MRI exam on his right shoulder, will be conducted Tuesday, after which the Yankees will know whether he needs surgery or more rest.

Wang, out since July 6, has been examined by Yankees team physician Christopher Ahmad and Mets team physician David Altchek. Wang has a history with Andrews, who operated on the same shoulder in 2001. Wang also consulted with Andrews in 2005, his rookie year with the big club.

 

Rest for A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez got the day off Sunday. He seemed to need it; a 4-for-22 stretch preceded the day on the bench.

Cody Ransom had two doubles in A-Rod's stead, only his second two-hit game in 21 starts this year. He's 6-for-25 since returning from two months on the disabled list. "Cody is real important to us because we have to rest people," Joe Girardi said.

 

A new one on Jeter

Derek Jeter probably has seen it all in baseball, but even he was surprised by Athletics starter Dallas Braden's pickoff move in the sixth inning.

Jeter had just singled home the tying and go-ahead runs. With Jeter just a step or two off the bag, Braden delivered a snap throw that nearly hit Jeter and froze him off first, allowing Daric Barton to tag him out.

"I thought it was going to hit me," Jeter said. "I had no lead; I was like two feet off. I just was like, 'He's throwing it right at me.' That's the key, I guess. Throw it at you. Never seen that one before."

Robinson Cano had a similar experience after a big hit. On his three-run double, he tried to reach third on the throw home and would have made it, but he overslid the bag so badly that he was tagged out even though Adam Kennedy had to backhand Kurt Suzuki's throw in foul territory. Cano overslid right into Kennedy.

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