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Yankees bury Astros, Oswalt to finish sweep; Wang injured

CBSSports.com wire reports
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HOUSTON -- Chien-Ming Wang left the Yankees' clubhouse on crutches Sunday after spraining his right foot running the bases in New York's 13-0 win over the Houston Astros.

The Yankees' ace will have an MRI exam in New York on Monday and not even Wang could gauge the severity of the injury yet. He was wearing a soft cast after the game.

"I feel sore," Wang said through a Yankees spokesman. "Of course I'm disappointed. On Tuesday, when I know more, I will talk then."

After pitching five scoreless innings, Wang (8-2) pulled up as he rounded third on Derek Jeter's two-run single during the Yankees' eight-run sixth. He hopped the rest of the way home and pointed to his right foot after scoring. A trainer rushed from the dugout to check on him and Wang was helped off the field. He was relieved in the sixth inning by Ross Ohlendorf.

Getting a rare chance to hit against an NL team, Wang had reached base on a bunt that turned into a fielder's choice.

Mike Mussina, who won Saturday's game, talked to Wang after he was hurt.

"We don't know how bad it is," Mussina said. "We'll wait and see. Before we put him out for a month or two months, let's wait and find out how it looks. We'll find out tomorrow or the next day."

Wang said the injury was to the top of his foot.

Wang still earned his second straight win after taking a loss or no-decision in the previous six starts. He's 5-0 in seven road starts this season and may miss time just as the Yankees moved four games over .500 for the first time this season.

"You wish for the best," Jeter said. "It's one of those things that you wish wouldn't happen, but if he's out for a while, we're going to have guys step in and fill that void."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he would be "shocked" if Wang made his next scheduled start, against Cincinnati on Saturday. But Girardi also wouldn't speculate on how serious the injury might be.

"We'll have the tests tomorrow and then decide what the best plan of action is," Girardi said. "You're going to go through injuries. Clubs are going to go through injuries and you've got to find a way to get it done."

Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer, his 185th as a Yankee, later in the New York sixth, tying Paul O'Neill for 16th on the franchise's all-time list. Rodriguez reached 1,540 RBI on the home run, passing Joe DiMaggio and tying Willie Stargell for 40th all-time.

Roy Oswalt (5-7) gave up seven runs on eight hits and matched season highs in walks (four) and pitches (117).

The Astros have lost nine of 11 and dropped five straight home games for the first time since August 2006.

Houston was swept for the second time this season and has lost six consecutive series.

"I just know we're playing bad and we've got to get better," Oswalt said. "The entire staff, we all need to step it up. I'm as much to blame as anyone."

Jorge Posada added a two-run homer and Robinson Cano a two-run single as New York won for the ninth time in 12 games. The Yankees have also won eight of their last 11 road games.

Oswalt needed 72 pitches to get through the first three innings as the Yankees took him deep in counts on almost every at-bat.

Hideki Matsui doubled with two outs in the third and Oswalt walked Rodriguez and Jason Giambi to load the bases. Oswalt then walked Posada to force in Matsui and make it 1-0.

Cano, mired in an 0-for-17 slump coming into the series, then shattered his bat on a two-run bloop down the left-field line.

The turning point in today's game," Girardi said of the hit. "Roy Oswalt had two outs in the third and we smack three runs on him. I've seen him pitch for a long time and he's a great pitcher and we put some great at-bats on him."

Wang breezed through the first five innings in 71 pitches, allowing six hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Oswalt was already over 100 before the top of the sixth, when the Yankees broke the game open.

After Posada and Cano singled, Wang bunted. Oswalt threw to third to get Posada as Wang took first. Damon singled to load the bases for Jeter, whose hit drove in Cano and the hobbling Wang.

As Wang was helped off the field, Houston manager Cecil Cooper brought in left-hander Wesley Wright to relieve Oswalt. Matsui singled to center, scoring Damon, before Rodriguez hit his 12th homer of the season to left.

Wright hit Giambi with a pitch before Posada hit his third homer of the season for an 11-0 lead. The Yankees added two more runs in the eighth off Oscar Villareal.

Houston was swept for the second time this season and has lost six consecutive series.

"I was totally embarrased by this," said Houston manager Cecil Cooper. "It won't happen again. If you don't play hard, you won't play. Simple. We're not going to settle for it anymore. Today, we didn't even show up, didn't even compete. A total embarrassment."

Notes

  • Jeter leads the majors with 262 hits in interleague play.
  • Darin Erstad made his third start at 1B this season in place of Lance Berkman, who took a day off.
  • The Yankees have a 116-81 record in interleague play, the best winning percentage of any team (.588).
 
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Pyrrhic victory? The Yankees put up 13 runs, but lose Chien-Ming Wang to a sprained foot. (AP)
Pyrrhic victory? The Yankees put up 13 runs, but lose Chien-Ming Wang to a sprained foot. (AP)

Players of the Game
Houston

M. Bourn
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
New York

C. Wang
IP 5.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 0
K 3
 
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF6140000 .332
Derek Jeter, SS4122000 .273
   a- Alberto Gonzalez, PH-SS2000002 .191
Hideki Matsui, LF5221101 .325
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4323101 .326
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   b- Jose Molina, PH1000000 .217
    Dan Giese, P0000000 .000
Jason Giambi, 1B2210110 .262
    Ross Ohlendorf, P0000000 .000
    Edwar Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   c- Chad Moeller, PH-C2110002 .262
Jorge Posada, C-1B2123300 .318
Robinson Cano, 2B4123112 .225
Melky Cabrera, RF5001026 .258
Chien-Ming Wang, P3100024 .000
    Wilson Betemit, 1B-3B2000002 .224
Totals4213161376  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Jeter in the 7th
b-grounded out for Hawkins in the 9th
c-doubled for Ramirez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Hideki Matsui (13, Oswalt), Chad Moeller (5, Villarreal)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (12, Wright), Jorge Posada (3, Wright)
RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (30), Hideki Matsui (34), Alex Rodriguez 3 (37), Jorge Posada 3 (17), Robinson Cano 3 (24), Melky Cabrera (31)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (12), Hideki Matsui (11), Alex Rodriguez 3 (16), Jorge Posada 3 (10), Robinson Cano 2 (7)
CS - Johnny Damon (5, 2nd base by Oswalt/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Rodriguez-Cano-Giambi, Jeter-Cano-Giambi
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang (W,8-2) 5600030 4.07
Ross Ohlendorf 1000110 5.65
Edwar Ramirez 1000110 2.25
LaTroy Hawkins 1000110 5.65
Dan Giese 1100010 1.23
HBP - Abercrombie (by Edwar Ramirez)
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 71-51, Ross Ohlendorf 12-7, Edwar Ramirez 17-9, LaTroy Hawkins 17-10, Dan Giese 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 5-5, Edwar Ramirez 2-0
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 19, Ross Ohlendorf 4, Edwar Ramirez 5, LaTroy Hawkins 4, Dan Giese 4
Houston Astros
Hunter Pence, RF4010024 .278
Darin Erstad, 1B2010201 .316
Miguel Tejada, SS4010014 .300
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .250
Carlos Lee, LF3000022 .273
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .000
   a- Humberto Quintero, PH-C1000011 .250
Geoff Blum, 3B-SS4000002 .233
Mark Loretta, 2B4000000 .270
Michael Bourn, CF4020000 .239
Brad Ausmus, C-3B3000102 .229
Roy Oswalt, P2020000 .194
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
    Reggie Abercrombie, LF1000011 .333
Totals3207037  
a-struck out for Villarreal in the 8th
Fielding
DP - Loretta-Erstad
E - Brad Ausmus (2, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
Roy Oswalt (L,5-7) 5.2977460 5.42
Wesley Wright 0.1344002 5.11
Oscar Villarreal 2322200 4.86
Tim Byrdak 1100100 1.31
HBP - Giambi (by Wesley Wright)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 118-78, Wesley Wright 11-7, Oscar Villarreal 41-21, Tim Byrdak 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 6-4, Wesley Wright 1-0, Oscar Villarreal 2-4, Tim Byrdak 2-1
Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 29, Wesley Wright 5, Oscar Villarreal 11, Tim Byrdak 5
Game Information
Attendance - 43165
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Eric Cooper