Game 13: Changing things up

Remember Yankee Stadium history
A-Jax starting to heat up

As the Yankees and the Red Sox prepare for a battle amid the cold and the rain tonight, both teams are going with some lineup changes. The Yankees, mercifully, have pushed Jason Giambi down in the order while David Ortiz is on the bench for the Sox tonight.

The big story, of course, as is the case every five days is Phil Hughes. The 21-year-old is the youngest Yankee pitcher to face the Red Sox since Jose Rijo in 1985, and Peter Pascarelli in previewing the game sees big things in the future for young Mr. Hughes.

The Red Sox counter with Daisuke Matsuzaka. In three starts this year, Matsuzaka has been the pitcher the Sox thought they were getting last year. He’s 2-0 in 18.1 innings with a 1.47 ERA. He’s struck out 22 and walked nine while giving up just eight hits. The Yankees in the past have hit Matsuzaka hard. So we’ll see if the Sox’s expensive import has turned a new page or simply enjoyed facing the A’s a few times.

Game time is at 8:05 p.m., and we are stuck with the ever-talented Joe Morgan.

Yankees
Johnny Damon CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui LF
Jorge Posada DH
Jason Giambi 1B
Jose Molina C
The Former Attorney General SS

Phil Hughes P

Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
J.D. Drew RF
Manny Ramirez DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Sean Casey 1B
Jason Varitek C
Coco Crisp CF
Julio Lugo SS

Daisuke Matsuzaka P

Game Notes: The loser of this game will land in sole possession of last place in the AL East but just 1.5 games behind the first place teams. How’s that for a tight division after two weeks of the season?

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  • Ivan

    If Hughes can give us a quality start which is obviously 6IP of 3 run ball, then I would certainly take that.

  • Manimal

    WHAT THE HELL, wheres Melky!

  • http://deleted Seven Costanza

    i’ll be listening to the boston station, i’m stuck in western mass.–at least there’s no joe morgan!

    • Manimal

      WHERE!?! I live in Worcester

      • http://deleted Seven Costanza

        making the trek from williamstown to albany airport tonight.

  • mustang

    What’s ESPN going to cut to tonight in the 8th inning with the base loaded the National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship in Omaha,Nebraska ? LOL

  • George

    Knowing that Joe Morgan will be breaking down everything that is wrong about the Yankees, one can only hope for a rain out.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      “Phil Hughes has great stuff, but as great as his stuff is, that’s how inexperienced he is. He’s gotta learn to be more consistent, and to consistently locate his pitches – especially his fastball – more consistently. He need to get ahead of hitters and not pitch behind in the count because this Red Sox team can hurt you with Big Papi and Manny Ramirez if you let them. There’s no question Hughes can be a great pitcher, he’s just got to learn how to be a great pitcher.”

      There’s your free preview of Morgan’s expert analysis.

      • Count Zero

        Classic Joe there – three uses of consistent in one sentence. LOL

  • Manimal

    It hasn’t rained for hours, I just went for a bike ride.

  • http://ibleedblueandwhite.blogspot.com Jamie

    I know this is probably a stupid question.. but does anyone know if I can watch MLB.TV for this game tonight? I’m guessing its a no…

    • Jake S

      No MLB.TV, it’s a national game. You can proxy it though.

      • http://ibleedblueandwhite.blogspot.com Jamie

        Proxy? What’s that? I’m a n00b.. i know.. i’m usually not in the situation where I have so much work to do that I cant watch the game on Espn..

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

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  • Ivan

    Well even tough Hughes is young, the last rookie pitcher that face the sox gave up 4 HR and Hughes is better than Wright. That’s good news.

  • Ivan

    Yo whats up with the Tigers?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Well, everyone on their pitching staff not named Verlander sucks. That’s a good place to start. Their lineup just isn’t hitting right now, but it won’t last forever. Every team stuggles at some point in the year, they’re just getting theirs out of the way early.

      • Mike R.

        A couple of notes:

        1- I am watching the game on ESPN with audio provided by my screaming new born daughter. It actually much more enjoyable.

        2- Joe Morgan is a boob.

        3- How is the wild card stacking up? How many games back would the loser of this game be? LOL

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Melky is out of the lineup tonight because he’s 0 for 7 in his career against Matsuzaka, says Ed Price.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    Would Joe Girardi really rest Melky Cabrera on just a small sample size of seven ABs? I was thinking he is just periodically resting his players, OFers especially, because of the brutal April schedule. We all saw how Melky Cabrera broke down last year due to fatigue – I believe – so maybe Girardi has this in his plan throughout the season. Or maybe he really did bench him for his 0-for against Daisuke Matsuzaka.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      If anyone needs a day off, it’s Molina. This is his what, seventh straight day catching?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

        Jorge won’t catch until at least Wednesday, I’m hearing. Molina’s going to be feeling it by then.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    We need Giambi benched and Shelley brought back up. That’s what we need.

    • Realist

      I must agree LFNY….

      I am suprised Melk is out due to an 0-7 against Dice K ??? Hopefully that is all there is to it?

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/11036-Ryan_Barry barry

    I probably would of went with Cano batting 3rd and Abreu 2nd but thats just me.

    • Spike

      Good thing you’re not our manager.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        That’s not a bad move at all, I’d actually like to see Jeter-Abreu-Cano bat 1-2-3.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    See? No stolen bases. That’s why we have no contest winner yet. Get on it. Steal some bases.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      There we are. Now we just need Farnsworth to do his thing and blow a save.

  • Batty

    A-Rod is great at clearing the bases.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      I take it that’s not what you had in mind :)

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Way to swing at the first pitch when Dice-K’s had no control, A-Rod.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    So Dice-K can’t buy a strike tonight and A-Rod swings at the first pitch. Forget the double play; that’s just bad baseball.

  • Sam

    What is with the first pitch swinging crap these days? So frustrating …

  • Manimal

    WOW, 4 pitch walk to Abreu you would think a smart hitter would take a pitch.

    • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

      Actually a smart aggressive hitter would swing at that first pitch because Dice-K walked two in the inning including a 4-pitch walk. A-Rod following hat 4 pitch walk assumed like most would that he would throw a FB over the plate to get his control back.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    93 MPH, now all the haters can stfu. LoL.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    First three pitches for Phil: 93 mph. Hopefully everyone shuts up about this now.

  • RichYF

    “He threw like 80…8 out of 20 first pitch strikes” What is he doing? Chatting with his buddies at the bar?

  • Manimal

    GOOD NEWS= Phil Hughes threw 2 fastballs to start the game, both at 93.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Four straight now.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        And there’s a 94.

        • Manimal

          His fastball has zip today, but can he locate it.

  • Joe

    I would really appreciate it if anyone out there could help me find this game on my computer. It’s blacked out on mlb.com and sopcast does not have any functioning channels. I really don’t want to listen to it on the radio. Any help would be greately appreciated. Thanks in advance

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

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  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Is anyone having problems with refreshing the game thread and seeing new comments? Let me know, if so. I’m keeping an eye on something tonight in an effort to improve site performance as the game moves on.

    • Manimal

      We should make a skype chat so everyone can talk live plus it would be MUCH faster conversations.

      • RichYF

        Yeah, but then we’d hear Mike’s Boston accent..

  • AndrewYF

    94!!!!!

  • RichYF

    Holy crap, he threw 94MPH…

    You know, what if Phil read all that crap about his velocity and is now overthrowing? If he hurts himself I’m going to be PISST

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Nah. The gun must be wrong ;)

  • http://deleted Seven Costanza

    how is the fact the he played 3rd base “ironic” at all. omg they’re retarded.

  • dan

    Gameday doesn’t work on my computer (it sucks, i deal with it, life goes on), so can someone verify the velocities? Not that 93-94 vs. 91-92 matters at all, but I’m just wondering.

    • Batty

      Gameday has him at 92-93 so far with 72 mph curve.

    • claybeez

      Gameday has him at 93, consistently.

  • BobMikki

    Joe Morgan’s commentary makes me want to blow my brains out.

  • Joe

    Sorry about that, I wasn’t aware.

  • cjc

    its nice to see those numbers on the esopn gun but let us remember that last season in Minn they were clocking both pavano and ponson in the mid ninties

    hughes control is what matters

    shit great job on the pitch out

  • RichYF

    Alright I need to mute this guy or I’m going to /wrists.

    • dan

      jesus, calm yourself.

  • Manimal

    I just posted a comment and it dissappeared…wtfhaxxx

    • dan

      it was probably stupid, off-topic, and immature anyway ;)

      • Manimal

        Nope I will quote what I said after Agoz missed the ball.
        “Sloppy, Sloppy, Sloppy”

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      It happens sometimes. We didn’t do anything.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    OWNED!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    It doesn’t matter if he’s 3 for 43, he’s the same person. Remember that.

    • Manimal

      Lol Manny grew up in Yankee Stadium as well.

  • Manimal

    HOLY SHIT, Nasty.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    This strike zone is tight as hell but it is consistent so it’s cool.

    • Manimal

      Seriously, as long as Daisuke has the same as phil I’m cool.

  • Manimal

    DANG his heat has zipp today.

  • Manimal

    Sometimes an overpowering pitcher throws a pitch that you just can’t hit.

    Well Durr, maybe its because hes overpowering.

  • JT

    i like how they go nice and tight into manny.

    • Manimal

      I don’t, go once but don’t go twice, he’s got himself in a hole now.

      • JT

        the second time should of nailed manny though

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuughes!!!!

  • cjc

    23 pitches already awful

  • Ivan

    Phil throwing alot of pitches

    • Manimal

      Joba can go 3 innings.

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    not sharp

  • Batty

    Doh!

  • BobMikki

    I hate all the ESPN , red sox dick sucking.

    • Manimal

      Since when can’t Abreu play right field.

  • Manimal

    Ugh.

  • mustang

    same old same old. well at least he throwing 93. too bad its not for strikes.

  • Realist

    Too many pitches already….

    I hope this doesn’t continue as he won’t make it past the 4th again.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    He’s a professional hitter. He swings with a bat, wears a helmet, and runs to first, not third like some little leaguers.

    • dan

      okay ken tremendous

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    His pitches are filthy tonight, hopefully during the top of the second Dave Eiland and Mr. Hughes can get everything straightened out because his stuf is dominant tonight.

    • dan

      tell that to the red sox hitters

  • cjc

    this is disgusting time for hockey

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    Anybody noticing an extreme lack of changeups?

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    come on phil!! Get it together!!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Bobby Abreu really has to stop being so afraid of the wall. He was pulling up on that one, catchable or not.

  • Pedro

    Hughes doesn’t have his best location, yet again. I know it’s cold and it’s still early, but for a pitcher that was known by his command, he looks really bad.

  • stylez

    He’s struggling mightily with his control…but he has been consistently at 92-94

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      See, isn’t it better when he’s throwing 89-91 and able to spot it?

  • BobMikki

    Hughes, just keeps throwing fastball after fastball he needs to mix it up.

    • BobMikki

      Right one cue, a changeup.

  • Ramadan

    give sean henn is number back

    • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

      LoL, after this cross-up you may have a point.

  • Pedro

    Look, a changeup!!

  • Number 27

    what the fuck. this is ridiculous.

  • Pedro

    Command and now communication?? A lot of mistakes so far.

  • mustang

    Bad News Bears again

  • cjc

    so thst was great

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    i dont think giving up 3 runs every inning is going to do it, not with slushy Yanks hitting. They need to get on track fast.

  • Ivan

    Well that was good.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    So just one hard hit ball but horrid control. I think we have to take the positive from the first inning in that the only ball that was squared up was the Sean Casey 2B. So if he can get his stuff over the plate tonight he can be great.

  • Mac

    What the hell was that? Nerves? Overthrowing?

    • cjc

      yes

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He definitely was a little amped up, it looked like he was overthrowing a bit. He’s 21, not a 10 year vet.

  • Pedro

    What a horrible first inning. First we had Matsuzaka on the ropes and A-Rod swings at the first pitch way out of the zone and ends the inning. Then we have Hughes with good velocity but with Farnsworth’s command. This sucks.

  • http://www.mvn.com/mlb-rays Eric SanInocencio

    Patience fellas. There are going to be nights like this when you throw a 21 year old out in Fenway Park. It’s the first time he’s ever thrown in this rivalry, so I imagine he’d be a little pumped up.

    The key, like it has been all year, is teams taking advantage when our pitchers struggle. Problematic for our offense is again we leave runners on base and can’t score when the starter issues two walks in the opening frame. That’s the difference in this game right now.

    Manny took advantage, ARod did not. Now we are losing.

    • dan

      you’re a yankees fan?

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    This is the third game in a row where the station has documented their travels. WTF, we get it!

  • mustang

    Another night of this rookie garbage.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Ugh, enough with how much the Sox had to travel. Boo hoo.

    • Batty

      But they’re ‘gritty’

  • http://www.mvn.com/mlb-rays Eric SanInocencio

    Dice-K’s command is subpar right now as well. Hopefully they can cash in this inning.

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    Got to take more advantage of these walks by Matsuzaka(i refuse to call him Dice-K BTW), especially when they come to the leadoff batter 2 innings in a row

  • Ivan

    I betcha after every ball Dice-K throws A-Rod is telling himself stupid

  • http://www.mvn.com/mlb-rays Eric SanInocencio

    It amazes me how afriad Daisuke is of challenging hitters. He has a good enough fastball to attack more, yet he chooses to throw tons of offspeed pitches.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    Looked like Ball 4, dammit.

  • mustang

    Ok. He played in the PLAYOFF AT YANKEE STADIUM. Just do your damn job.

  • Pedro

    Nice approach there Posada. 3-1 FB right donw the middle and you do nothing.

  • http://www.mvn.com/mlb-rays Eric SanInocencio

    When did Torre ever walk Manny Ramirez? Am I wrong in this? I remember pulling out my hair because he never did this either.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    And you Joe Morgan have a track record of being an illiterate dumb fuck.

  • mustang

    THROW STRIKES !!!!!!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Uh oh. Joe Morgan and I agree on something. The world just ended.

    • dan

      ?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

        The point that while it’s awfully kind of Girardi to solicit Mike Mussina’s input on staying in the game, Girardi has to make the move anyway.

  • Batty

    I’ll call it – Molina will deliver the winning run in this game.

  • Pedro

    So, when do we sign Bonds to help carry the load offensively?

    • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

      same day we sign Canseco as a health advisor

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Great inning by the kid.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    As odd as it sounds this second inning can be the turning point for tonight. If Hughes can bounce back and have a 12-15 pitch 1-2-3 inning this will be a game. However, if he falters any bit more Girardi already had Ross Ohlendorf up so it could be a long night if he can’t get his control in order.

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    so its that kind of night eh blue?

    • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

      x2

  • Realist

    He was out!

    • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com/ Bruno

      If Giambi had his right foot on the bag instead of his left,he could’ve stretched for the throw and it wouldn’t have been a close enough play for the ump to fuck it up.

  • Pedro

    And he migth have been out, again.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    He was safe, and come on Hughes, pull out of this.

  • Manimal

    This is miserable. No excitement. I want Joe Girardi to SPRINT to first base to argue the call. Giambi needs to go. Gardner needs to boost the yankees.

    • Manimal

      AGONZ, saving runs.

  • Realist

    Molina must be tired from starting too many games in a row? His two throws have been uncharacteristic for him?

  • bostonsucks@life

    This is fucking terrible

  • Pedro

    Nice play that AG!

  • Realist

    OUT!

  • JT

    hughes calms down on the velocity and now is throwing strikes.

    Probably trying to calm all the damn critics and throw harder, which contributed to his bad command.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    Pedroia is getting molested by Uncle Charlie.

    • dan

      that’s just wrong

      • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

        You know you laughed. :)

        • Whitey14

          Even I laughed….that was pitiful.

  • Realist

    Phil looked good there!

  • Pedro

    Pedroia, what a little bitch.

    • Mike R.

      That just shows that he’s fiery. Pedroia puts passion in his at bats. He is, as McCarver would say, plucky. :s

  • Manimal

    Pedroia is a fucking cunt I would shove that bat up his ass and roast him over a fire.

  • mustang

    Thank you Mr Hughes !!!!!

  • dan

    Pedroia looks so cute in his big-boy clothing. He needs a time out after that little tantrum.

    • Realist

      LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bostonsucks@life

    Rat boy pedrioa crying like the bitch he is

  • Number 27

    that was a great strike out. pedroia is such a scrub bitch.

  • Ramadan

    if he throws 90-91 and Kennedy throws 88-90 they are essentially the same guy. Phil has the better curve and IPK the better change.

  • Joey

    that slide was unnecessary showboating that joe fuckin morgan liked, they should both (lugo and morgan) be taken out back and put down

  • Pedro

    At some point tonight we gotta get a hit with men on base. Screw that, just get a hit, period.

    • Mike R.

      Hell! I’ll take 8 walks. I just want us to score.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    Hey Tek, hey Tek, you fucking suck :)

    • dan

      at least he didnt jinx tabata

      • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

        That hurt.

  • Joey

    did you guys know that it’s unusual for a good hitter to miss a fastball over the plate? I know I sure didn’t… okay, where’s that mute button

  • dan

    does anyone else dislike the microphones on the bases? when damon stole second it sounded like everything in my garage falling on top of me at the same time

    • Manimal

      I like it. Maybe you should check your garage…

      • dan

        that made me chuckle

  • Pedro

    How many FBs right down the middle can we take?

  • Manimal

    Why is bobby looking at EVERYTHING, jesus right over the plate.

  • Joey

    Miller: “Amazingly [Matsuzaka] has thrown 55 pitches and only 25 of them have been strikes” Morgan: “well a lot of that has to do with location…”

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Heh.

  • JT

    good job abreu.

  • Manimal

    Man does abreu really hate right field at fenway that much?

  • Pedro

    That’s an out everywhere else, but hey, I’ll take it!

  • Joey

    dammit A-Rod

  • Manimal

    LMAO, I told my dad Alex was expecting a child this week like ESPN said and he was like”Atleast he can hit home runs with his wife”
    I laughed so hard

    • Joey

      lol your dad is sharp

  • Pedro

    Well, we broke the no-hitter and we got a run. That can be considered a good inning.

  • AndrewYF

    Matsuzaka is pitching worse than Hughes, but the Yankee offense is playing worse than both of them.

  • Joey

    so did the Yankees meet their quota of runs for the night and could just skip the rest of the game?

  • Clemson Rob

    Shouldn’t Theo Epstein go back to the tree with the rest of his buddies and make me some more Keebler cookies :)

  • Pedro

    There we go again. Strike zone where did you go?

  • AndrewYF

    What the hell happened to the strike zone? Jesus christ.

  • Yankee1010

    It’s nice to know that when Hughes is pitching, neither his catcher nor the fielders behind him seem all that inclined to help him.

  • Pedro

    Damn A-Rod. Another one on you. You sure don’t like Hughes.

  • Batty

    Aww crap – here’s the merry-go-round…

  • bostonsucks@life

    Make a play a rod seriously. Listening to joe morgan is like having sex with a cinder block. Ahhhhhhhhhh

    • Joey

      Every time Joe Morgan talks I think of that king of the hill quote: Just when I think you say the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard you keep on talking”

  • Batty

    I just hope this doesn’t turn into a blow-out.

  • cjc

    back to back terrible starts

  • Batty

    Bet the next time Hughes is at Fenway he pitches a gem – his first experiences get him a bit rattled.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    Hopefully Ohlendorf can get us out of this because Matsuzaka has been in the dugout for awhile yet again so that is going to make his control that much worse, I hope.

  • beantownbosoxh8er

    does his red sox background mean anything?

  • BobMikki

    It doesn’t bother me if Hughes struggles because he is going to be the next Roger Clemens , but you know …… without the steroids.

  • Realist

    Well he doesn’t make it past 4 again , actually the 3rd….not good.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      21 years old, there are better and brighter days ahead.

      • Ivan

        Yeah there is better days ahead, all this hard work in the offseason, it’s not going to watse trust me. Besides, he’s 21, learning and he’s gonna get better as the season develops. I trust him.

        • Realist

          I believe there will be as well…..he has nowhere to go but up from here ;-)

  • http://www.mvn.com/mlb-rays Eric SanInocencio

    It’s looking that way. It happens. There will be better days for Mr. Hughes. He’s just 21 years old. That being said, I’d like to see him incorporate the change up a bit more. He got a bit predictable tonight.

  • Ivan

    Well Hughes you get em next time trust me. I still think he will be a better pitcher when we get deeper in the season.

  • Batty

    Ugh.

  • Batty

    Wow – that’s ugly.

    • Joey

      and thats being nice

  • mustang

    3 innings must be our negative energy.

  • Ramadan

    sean henn stunk tonight

  • Joey

    wow whats with the web traffic. couldn’t refresh the page or get onto RAB in general for a good 3 or 4 minutes there

  • Ivan

    As for the offense, well for a offense that is right now last in baseball, 6-6 isn’t so bad uh.

  • mustang

    I know it was cold,windy,mound was too high,the lights were on in Fenway,it was on ESPN.
    Seriously its going to be a long ass season if Hughes and Kennedy pitch like this.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      It’s going to be a long season if the offense keeps this up. That’s a bigger problem that Hughes and IPK having growing pains.

  • Pedro

    5 walks in less than 4 innings and we have just 1 run. This is pathetic.

  • mustang

    Oh !!! That’s it he is 21.
    I’m too damn old to wait to 28.

  • Joey

    I’m falling in love with this Molina

  • Pedro

    Who would have thought Molina would be our best hitter (arguably) through 13 games.

  • Pedro

    Nice AB by AG. He’s such a scrappy little player!!

    • Whitey14

      “I really love it when we get that little bitch out!”

      And we love it when he makes plays like that!! Way to go Dustin!!

  • Joey

    I think the attorney general will be able to “recall” or “remember” that hit!!!!!!!!!!

  • mustang

    At least someone young is doing his job GO GONZO !!!!!

  • Joey

    oh god, damons up with runners on

  • Batty

    Not bad for the guy who’s not supposed to hit ;)

  • Pedro

    Poor Molina. He looks really bad running. But hey, at least he got there.

    • Batty

      Did he finally get home? Fell asleep waiting for him ;)

  • Batty

    Wasn’t pretty but it was at least a productive out and the slowest guy is in. AG is pretty fast, should be able to score on a base hit.

    • Batty

      There went that theory. 7-4 is at least still in the game…hopefully they haven’t hit their quota yet.

  • Yankee1010

    Nice to see Cano really coming alive early a season.

  • cjc

    how many times will cano pop up his offense is a MAJOR issue

  • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

    Hughes had trouble but the ump no doubt squeezed him in the 1st (he didn’t get the inside corner, fine, but then he didnt get the outside either!), and that set him back for the whole game…

    BUT he clearly has a great future (better than daisuke). both struggled with control and high pitch counts, but you could really see Hughes’ stuff tonight. what a nasty curve, and contrary to popular opinion, he sat 90-94. after that first batter (when the ump squeezed him), he got out of whack. he just hasnt been able to settle down the last 2 times out but will clearly be a great pitcher in the future. please just have patience with a 21-year-old’s growing pains.

    • Yankee1010

      I agree Travis. Plus, even though some people will have you believe that an umpire can never affect the outcome of a game, reasonable people know that’s a load of BS. Hughes was definitely screwed by Wegner’s strike zone in KC (so was Bannister) and he certainly didn’t get any favors tonight.

      By the way, Ohlendorf sure has gotten a little squeezed this inning. Yes, Fenway, Ohlendorf is throwing at Manny with a slider. Yep. That’s logical.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yep. Look at Felix Hernandez. He’s going to rattle off a 25 win, 2.00 ERA season one of these years, but for now he’s merely very good. It takes time for these kids to develop, gotta be patient.

  • Yankee1010

    I meant early IN a season.

  • gxpanos

    Wow manny. Were you dodging sniper fire or was it just a breaking ball?

  • mustang

    There are 4 runs on score-broad and my starter is in the showers. Offensive was not the problem tonight.
    Thank you for a least being around to argue your point. I mean that.

  • Joey

    don’t worry Ohly, even if ya hit manny in the head there’s nothing up there to injure, it’s empty

  • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com/ Bruno

    Should’ve been strike 3 on Manny

    • Yankee1010

      In all fairness, it was close, but I think it was outside. Of course, the exact same pitch was called strike 1 on Youkilis the very next pitch.

    • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

      yep, but no surprise with this ump i guess.

      how long before we have computers making all the calls? i cant wait. 100% impartial and consistent.

  • Pedro

    Oh my god, throw fucking strikes dude. And Molina, pretty please, hang on the balls.

  • Batty

    Does Betimite have a place on the team anymore? AG could fill in at 3rd I’m sure, probably even 2nd. I’d take AG over Wilson anyday.

    GREAT DP!!! Whew!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, Gonzalez has basically rendered Betemit useless at this point. He’s been simply outstanding so far.

      • Batty

        Offensively AND defensively which is impressive. Heck he’s actually been more productive than Jeter.

        (*ducks*)

  • Batty

    Any bets if this game will beat the longest 9 inning regulation game (also Yanks vs Bosox in ’05)? It’s not even regulation yet and we’re 2.5 hours in!

  • Pedro

    That’s BS. That’s not a strike.

    • Yankee1010

      Especially after how tightly it was called earlier. Paging Sandy Alderson …

  • Mike R.

    “That was the best pitch of the game…it wasn’t in the K-zone, but it was close.”

    WTF!?!?

  • Deezer

    “F the Big 3″ T-Shirts on sale now!

    • Yankee1010

      Reasonable. Eminently reasonable. Game 13. Right.

      • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

        yeah, that’s it! also, F the 21-year-old Jeter of ’95. he only hit .250/.294/.375.

  • dan

    strikeout here for giambi

    • dan

      maybe not, but close enough

  • Pedro

    Please Giambi, please get a hit. I know you have it in you.

  • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com/ Bruno

    Giambi = warning track power

    I was saying all offseason just cut him.

    • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

      Except for that bomb he hit in Game 1 of this series. Straight away CF my man.

  • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

    re: Joe Morgan, he’s been calling him Matsuzakie. and he swears that sliding headfirst into a base is the best way to get there. Miller gave him a chance to back off it but he didn’t.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    Let’s see what our offense can do with 12 outs left against David Aardsma, Mike Timlin, Javier Lopez, and Manny Delcarmen.

    • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com/ Bruno

      Hopefully what it’s supposed to do.

  • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com/ Bruno

    Residents of Red Sox Nation = PUKE!

  • Whitey14

    We’ll always love Dave Roberts in New England…even though he’s a fairly terrible player.

    • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

      totally overrated. without Mo losing control or Manny actually getting a hit, it doesn’t matter.

      with us, Aaron Boone homered, Scotty Brosius homered, Bucky Dent homered.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        And, of course, we’ll need more than just our fingers and toes to count the number of WS titles the Yanks have…

      • Whitey14

        As impressive, important and respectable as all those home runs were, none of them even comes close to overcoming a 3-0 deficit in the ALCS against our biggest rival and winning the World Series for the first time in 86 years.

        You can call it overrated if you want to, but it happened and you can’t change it now.

        • Whitey14

          You can keep relying on those old titles if you want to, as they do mark the yankees as the greatest franchise in baseball history, but I believe the old adage goes “what have you done for me lately” ;-)

        • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

          a sb is not a game-winning accomplishment, plain and simple. a lot went right for the sawx to win that game.

          • Whitey14

            Agreed, but Roberts doesn’t score from first on the hit. Millar, Roberts, Ramirez and Rivera all deserve credit for that win.
            To be honest, we wouldn’t have cared if it had come by forfeit, as long as it came.

            • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

              fine, and i’m saying that sb is overrated. many other things led to the yanks losing but you never hear talk about it.

              in a way it’s similar to the ‘Flee to Tyree’, only that Tyree’s catch was something never before seen (and involved great players from 2 players).

  • mustang

    Its getting bad here so i think I’m out. The only thing I can say is a least some people got on tonight and argued their point while other seem to have forgotten how to type.
    I’m sure things will change when and if things get better.

  • Mike R.

    When do the Alberto Gonzalez #12 jerseys go on sale?

  • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

    that wasnt a strike for Hughes.

  • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com/ Bruno

    AG has me forgetting about Furcal LOL. Bat him 9th, Melky 1st, Jeter 2nd in LF, Matsui DH, Duncan 1B, GIAMBI DL!

  • Pedro

    Cano can’t get it together offensively. I sure hope Bobby drives some runs, because I don’t trust A-Rod right now.

    • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com/ Bruno

      He’s not an “April player”.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    God Damn that hurt, that really hurt right there.

  • mustang

    18-1

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Bobby needs to take a better cut than that. It’s a 2-0 count and he takes a defensive swing.

  • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com/ Bruno

    GREAT PLAY CANO!

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    Silly little girl.

  • Mike R.

    Pedroia is such a BRAT.

  • Pedro

    I really love it when we get that little bitch out!

  • Pedro

    It did wonders to get Hawkins away from Yankees ‘fans’

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    I really hate those assholes at Yankee Stadium even more now. It’s a God Damn number you pricks.

    Anyway, that 6th inning is still hurting.

  • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

    so apparently ‘grit’ means poor baserunning.

  • Manimal

    man doing homework during a sox-yanks game takes forever. Can anyone hit with people on base today?

    • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

      how about this season?

    • Pedro

      Today? Try 13 games and counting.

  • Manimal

    Nobody warned Latroy about the number?

  • Manimal

    Silly Joe Morgan, the yankees don’t have a heart of the line up.

    • Joey

      would Molina and the former Attorney General count? Don’t know about anybody else…

  • dan

    closing in on 300 comments for the first time in RAB history

    • Manimal

      with the exception of yesturday’s 354*

      • dan

        oh i must have missed that, my b

      • Joey

        354* took steroids? (j/k, I know about the rain delay)

        • Manimal

          LOL yeah, Joe said to put an asterisk to it.

          • Whitey14

            Well, there is an hour or so to go…..

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, 300+ comment threads aren’t kind to our host. We might be switching to paged comments (say 50 comments per page) to lighten the load on the server. That’s why the site was taking forever to reload earlier.

      • Manimal

        YES!!! Thanks you GOD, the more comments=slower to load so later in the game it takes forever to comment.

        Even 100 comment-pages would work.

  • Manimal

    Latroy, by wednesday change your number. because you CAN pitch.

  • BigBlueAL

    maybe from now on, when Wang and Pettite arent starting, we should just use the bullpen for all 9 innings (minus Farnsworth)…….

  • Joey

    so Bonds #762* ball fetched 752k huh, not too bad for whoever caught it. wonder if that Ecko guy bought it (would love another asterisk ball in the hall, they could start a collection)

    • Joey

      nevermind, read the article wrong, it got 376k, they record breaker got the 752k

  • Manimal

    Giambi just loves Timlin.

  • Pedro

    Damn Giambino, I didn’t know you could do that.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    Warning track power, eh?

  • dan

    see now giambi thinks he can still hit a home run every time. prepare yourself for another cold streak now.

  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    If Phil Hughes keeps it up, he could be headed back to Triple-A and we might see Kei Igawa back in the starting 5…

    • Joey

      i’m shaking with excitement (or maybe laughter, maybe fear, i dunno)

  • doty

    giambino!!!

  • BigBlueAL

    i say lets try to get enuff write-in votes so Molina could start in the All-Star Game!!!!!

  • Mike R.

    Uuuuuummmm…Betemit is pinch running for Molina in the 8th???? Really?

  • Pedro

    Who’s gonna do the catching? Anyways, I like the move

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    So the Yankees just pinch ran for Jose Molina while Jorge Posada is the DH and still down 2 runs. So instead of discussing this interesting move, these assholes are talking about steroids.

  • BigBlueAL

    i assume now with all these moves Damon will be taken out of the game in the bot of the 8th since we will lose the DH with Posada catching.

  • Manimal

    If our lefties can hit Lopez, We are winning this game. I almost guarantee it.

  • Joe

    He’s still hitting about .092, it doesn’t get much colder than that, unless your David Ortiz and your hitting .070

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    If Morgan Ensberg PH for Damon the move makes sense because Melky would take over for Damon in CF, Betemit would take over for Gonzalez at SS, and Ensberg would become the catcher.

    If not, then Posada would become the C and we lose the DH.

    • Manimal

      Isnt Ensburg on the DL…

  • BigBlueAL

    ok, thats nit, FIRE GIRARDI NOW!!!!!!!!! the guy cost us the game yesterday, and he doestn fuckin bunt now with Damon. Torre should be fuckin laughin right now.

  • Pedro

    Fuck Damon. Why not bunt there?

  • Manimal

    Joe Girardi needs to talk to Melky about stalling the second basemen to not tag you, second time he just walked into a tag.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    Why would you bunt with Damon when you have a dry ice cold Cano on deck?

    • Pedro

      You have to bunt with Damon, not because of Cano, but because Damon sucks at life and things other than bunting.

  • Manimal

    FUCK cano! Jesus, Honestly I think AAA scranton and the real yanks should completely switch tomorrow. Have everone work their way back up.

  • Ivan

    Especially on the road down two runs, bunting wouldn’t really make sense.

    As for Torre laughing, how are those Dodgers uh?

    • BigBlueAL

      hey, im just sayin, ALOT of people were sayin (not necessarily in this site) that the Yanks will be better with Girardi as manager than Torre because of their in-game managing. and so far, Girardi has been HORRIBLE with his in-game decision-making. i obviously STRESS SO FAR, i know its only the 13th game.

  • Whitey14

    That could be the first time he’s retired two lefties in a row since he joined Boston, he’s usually terrible against ‘em.

    Sox bats need to wake back up, yanks pen has been excellent tonight!

  • Manimal

    WHAT THE FUCK?!?! FARNSWORTHLESS!

  • BigBlueAL

    oh, and he moves Cano into the 2nd spot when he is our worse hitter right now, another great move by Girardi. obviously im bein a bit sarcastic, but honestly, countin tonight IF we lose, our last 3 losses u can be blamed almost entirely on Girardi’s moves (granted, we didnt score against KC in that loss). oh here comes another one, his continued MAN-CRUSH with Farsnworth……

  • Pedro

    With Farnsworth in we are basically giving up on this game.

  • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

    Cano is lost.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    I can’t imagine how bad it is to be Johnny Damon and my boy Robbie Cano right now. I feel sorry for them, they must be killing themselves right now.

    Anyways back to the move. OK nvm, I was writing my opinion on it but it turns out everything boiled down to putting the pitcher at the leadoff spot which comes up 8th in the order as it is. Still thought if you weren’t going to bunt with Damon then why not use Ensber as a PH. I really think Girardi feels Ensberg isn’t a PH type because there have been a few chances where that move could have been made and it wasn’t.

  • Whitey14

    That could be the first time he’s retired two lefties in a row since he joined Boston, he’s usually terrible against ‘em.

    Sox bats need to wake back up, yanks pen has been excellent tonight!
    Whoops, nice hit Crispy….hopefully I spoke too soon.

    They should run the hell out of posada right now….

  • pete

    we should sit cano tomorrow and put agonz at 2nd he’s dirt mcgirt and apparently can hit too.

  • doty

    this is bullshit! girardi is lost! damon has to be bunting in that spot! it would have given the yanks 2 cracks with the tying run at 2nd base! Also posada has not caught in a week and now you throw him in there? are you for real what is girardi thinking!

  • Batty

    How much faith does Girardi have in Farnsworth now?

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  • http://www.thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    i remember when joe torre refused to bunt on curt schilling in 2004. now we sit here in 2008 and francona has the sox running wild on jorge. totally random, but i thought of that for some reason.