Game 71: Rock out with Wang out


While the Yanks won’t feel the effects of Chien-Ming Wang‘s absence until Saturday, this is their first official game without him. Hence the mildly inappropriate title.

Couple of notes from PeteAbe (because you haven’t seen his game thread yet, right?). Dan Giese is official for Saturday. If he can give us a couple of decent starts — six or seven innings, three or four runs each time out — it’ll be tough to complain. Ian Kennedy won’t be up anytime soon, at least not in time for the Mets doubleheader a week from Friday. The time in AAA will do him good. Yes, I just said that.

Apparently, Brian Cashman is intrigued by the hot start of Trenton righty Al Aceves. He’s not exactly young; eight months younger than yours truly. But he’s dealing in Trenton right now, having walked just three guys in 36 innings, striking out 29, and sporting an even 2.00 ERA. Cashman, though, said he’d need at least a little time at Scranton before the Yanks will consider him. Does that mean he’ll be promoted soon?

Good find from Mike. John Moores, owner of the Padres, has taken his entire staff to New York so they can experience the old Stadium before it is no more. Sounds like a boss I’d like to work for.

And finally, your lineups:

1. Johnny Damon, LF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Jason Giambi, 1B
7. Jorge Posada, C
8. Robinson Cano, 2B
9. Melky Cabrera, CF

And on the mound, number forty-six, Andy Pettitte.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Jamal G. says:

    That lineup is just scary, I mean wow. Opposing pitchers must feel just owned before they even toe the rubber.

    Nice “Tales of Triumph” on YES about the 1998 World Series run. Wish I was old enough around those years that I could remember it and even care about it, LoL.

    • Joltin' Joe says:

      Haha, exactly. When I started paying attention to it I was too young to understand the significance of four titles in 5 years. They haven’t won since I was 10 years old.

    • mustang says:

      I’m just floor by the both you.

    • mustang says:

      No wonder some of you are ok with missing the playoff. Some you have never seen them not miss the playoff.

  2. mustang says:

    “He’s not exactly young; eight months younger than yours truly. ”
    Al Aceves is 25 YEARS OLD!!!!!!!!!
    I’m wondering how he can make it up the stairs.
    Sometimes you guys really know how to hurt a guy.

  3. Jake H says:

    John F’s hair looks terrible

  4. NC Saint says:

    is the SIY/Cyclones game really being televised? It doesn’t seem to be on SNY….

  5. Mike A. says:

    Randy Wolf has a sick curve.

  6. Jamal G. says:

    LoL, are you allowed to run onto the black seats for a HR?

  7. Mike A. says:

    We should give A-Rod a raise if he keeps hitting like this.

  8. Jamal G. says:

    I don’t get Jon Lester, one start he’s 91-93MPH and tonight his heater has been topping out at 86-MPH thus far.

  9. Mike A. says:

    Pick up that man’s option!

  10. is this the guy you all want to trade for?

  11. Jamal G. says:

    Per Pete Abe:

    “UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: Brian Bruney threw a 27-pitch bullpen session today in Tampa. The Yanks are hopeful he’ll return after the All-Star break. That would be a big lift.”

    Seeing as how Bruney suffered the same type of injury basically six weeks ago (late April) this should be a good marker for Chien-Ming Wang, no?

  12. Newman says:

    Anyone else’s Cablevision spazzing out?

    • Austin says:

      I’m watching through Directv, the MY9 feed always spazzes out and the audio on the commentary goes out every once in a while (which isnt necessarily a bad thing)

  13. Joltin' Joe says:

    Anybody see Wolf get past 89 on the gun yet?

  14. Joe says:

    Austin Jackson just hit another home run, he’s 3-3 for 3 today and Aceves has a shutout through 4

  15. Mike A. says:

    Gotta make that play in the corner, rook.

  16. Casper says:

    Poor Chase Headley.

  17. Mike A. says:

    Heh, Melky misplayed that into a nice catch.

  18. Jamal G. says:

    Well that sure wasn’t a Yankee Stadium dinger.

  19. Mike A. says:

    Jason Giambi can’t help this team. Should DFA him and give his spot to Shelley, at least he’s got spark.

  20. pete says:


  21. Joey says:

    nice catch by Veras

  22. pete says:

    i like that shot of veras and ramirez sitting together in the pen
    future late inning studs with the stuff they have, mark my words

  23. Jamal G. says:

    My boy Robbie is back…for good this time, LoL.

  24. bostonsucks@life says:

    Who wants a moustache ride ?
    Now if the phillies can hold up to their end of the bargain like they did last night all will be well

  25. Jamal G. says:

    A Catcher NOT tagging on a shallow fly to RF, what a strange concept.

  26. Joe says:

    It’s a good think all of these guys are conditioned to run the bases, because with the way things are going tonight, there could be a lot of injuries!

  27. Ivan says:

    Is it time to start the A-Rod for MVP canpaign.

  28. Jamal G. says:

    Dustin Pedroia reminds me of that new Brad Pitt movie, the one where he lives backwards. He was born at a very, very old age to the point where he was just an old thing basically and as time moves forward he gets younger and younger. Pretty cool, saw it in the previews of Iron Man viewing.

    It’s called “The Curios Case of Benjamin Button”.


  29. pete says:

    jeez these damn pesky padres are taking DPs away from jeter

  30. Mike A. says:

    6-0? The Pads can’t score enough runs to tie this game if you gave them 18 innings to do it.

  31. LiveFromNewYork says:

    They have to wake Andy up.

  32. Jamal G. says:

    The Yankees are outscoring their opponents 28-1 in their past 22 innings.

  33. Chip says:

    Nothing will get the offense going like a trip to the NL

  34. Chip says:

    Man, Shelley is the new Bonds of AAA, 4 walks today

  35. Mike A. says:

    Ah there’s a good ol’ college delivery for you. Check out UNC’s Adam Warren on ESPN2…

  36. Ivan says:

    Whats the record between NL and AL this year? Because it seems like AL teams are just killing NL teams this year.

  37. Jamal G. says:

    You know what sucks? If it wasn’t for CMW’s injury we could have had three starters with 10+ wins at the All-Star break. That can’t be a common occurrence.

    Jeter, your range slays me.

  38. Ivan says:

    Austin Jackson is 4 for 4 with a hr and 4 RBI’s. Iight, who will be the best prospect in yankee organization, Montero or A-Jax.

  39. Mike A. says:

    What a crappy way for Cole St. Clair’s college career to end.


  40. “he physics of baseball seem to reveal that St.Clair is not the pitcher he used to be. He came to Rice a power pitcher and leaves a control pitcher.”

    That’s what the Rice (pitching?) coach does to everyone.

  41. Mike A. says:

    “Who’s Kelly Ripa?”

    David Cone is awesome.

  42. Joey says:

    PeteAbe has the over/under for Omar being fired at the All Star Game- I’ll say over, but just by a bit

  43. When is Stanford going?

  44. Mike A. says:

    I’m not sure who the hell that is pitching for Fresno State right now, but the Yankees must acquire him. Fat relievers unite!

  45. Jamal G. says:

    BTW, The Happening was a very strange movie. I can’t say it was particularly bad but it damn sure wasn’t good. Imagine someone giving you the punchline to a joke without setting it up first. Like the movie started out in the middle and did not give a beginning or end, very odd. It was basically pointless, there was no reason to that movie whatsoever.

    Go see it if you’d like, it is only 91 minutes long. It just leaves you saying “Ok, that was…um…yeah…”.

  46. Mike A. says:

    A-Rod for Gold Glove.

  47. Jamal G. says:

    That arm by A-Rod, my Lord.

  48. Adrian-Retire21 says:

    How about Gerrit Cole.Obviously anybody can be rushed in the Yankees system.Has Cashman not learn he’s lesson that you can’t win a season with so many pitchers with no major league expirence in the rotation.Yes DAn Giese,Rasner,Kennedy can be good for a month but we can’t win with this staff now and next year.

    Don’t rush Alan Horne,McCuthceon,Kennedy if we can make a trade.

    Thats why the “Big Three” was gonna fail.You can’t have three prospects in the rotation and no insurance.WAng and Pettitte have been in the DL the last two seasons and Mussina not gonna keep this up.

    And HUghes should spend this and next year in AAA.To gain his innings.

  49. pete says:

    this has been a mighty fine defensive game all around for the yanks

  50. Mike A. says:

    Al Aceves is the bomb diggity.

  51. Jamal G. says:

    “Quality night, quality Tuesday night in New York City.” I don’t know why that made me laugh so much, Michael Kay is such a dork.

  52. Mike A. says:

    You know, I’d just like to say a big “fuck you” to all the analysts and experts and MSM clowns that said they wouldn’t be able to transition Joba to the rotation mid-season. So with that, fuck you.

    • Jamal G. says:

      It’s just funny how fucking quiet everybody is when Joba Chamberlain delivers a good start. Mike and the Mad Dog have been quiet as all hell and so have other MSM types. It is so comical, like they all are keeping their idiotic mouths shut but you know if the transition had suffered some bumps they would be screaming from the mountains.

    • LiveFromNewYork says:

      Thank you. I’d like to say what he said.

  53. Jamal G. says:

    Pablo, don’t they rate a plus arm from the Short Stop position as 92-MPH? I don’t know if that was a generalization or they were just talking about a specific player who has both a plus arm at SS and can deal 92-MPH (Casey Kelley maybe?).

  54. Mike A. says:

    Was that Carlos Guevara in the pen? I wrote about him as a Rule V candidate this past winter.


    Can’t wait to see the screwball.

  55. Joey says:

    Holy shit it’s crazy lightening-y in Orlando tonight. Some big freakin bolts. Love lightening watching though

  56. Jamal G. says:

    That Michael Barret highlight is one of my favorites in sports. I like how he holds him up, slugs him and all AJ does is walks into the dugout raising his arms.

  57. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Andy is the man. Love it when he’s on.

  58. Mike A. says:

    I have to say, the SI Yanks squad looks rather uninspiring this year. There’s like, 3 legit prospects on the whole team.

  59. Jamal G. says:

    I hope Cincy keeps that power outage going through the week. We do face Edison Volquez though. I think it will be Volquez, Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto in that order.

  60. Joey says:

    Hey Mike, how do I know if I am seeing a screwball? Which way does it break and about how fast?

  61. Mike A. says:

    Time to bench A-Rod. He didn’t run that thing out.

  62. Mike A. says:

    Craig Stansberry probably wishes he could go home to Saudi Arabia right now.

  63. Jamal G. says:

    Michael Kay, it is 7-0 in the bottom of the 7th with Andy Pettitte on his game against the San Diego padres’ “offense” and a fully rested bullpen. What in the fuck would make you think this is not a move just give Jason Giambi the rest of the day off?

  64. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Why isn’t Giambi up?

  65. Jamal G. says:

    Is Scott Kazmir officially the new Al leiter now? He threw 110 pitches yet again without completing five innings. I mean seriously, this isn’t just a footnote anymore.

  66. Chip says:

    I just wish Farnsworth or Hawkins were in right now rather than Veras

  67. Jamal G. says:

    Jose Veras has a WHIP of 0.95, a 3.60(K/BB) and a 8.53(K/9). That is beautiful.

  68. Jamal G. says:

    I like this move by Joe Girardi, let Billy Traber get immediate action against a tough LHB. I’m sure he was brought up for this week especially with hitters such as Adrian Gonzalez, Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce upcoming.

  69. Chip says:

    O no, I thought we were done with Traber. Why not call up Chase Wright for a lefty if you need a lefty? At least he could go long if we needed it

  70. Traber has terrible mechanics

  71. Mike A. says:

    A-Rod’s just showing off now.

  72. Jamal G. says:

    That was just sexy.

  73. the most felonious vocalist in the wide world of showbusiness says:

    A-Rod’s not a good teammate. He just showed everybody how the “the jump pass” should be done which is sure to hurt Jeter’s feelings.

  74. For a minue I thought the guy was Che Guevara…lol

  75. I love how Michael Kay always seeks an excuse to hear his name. He doesn’t use “strike out” but “K”, and always talks abouot the forward or backward K on a strikeout. Self-absorbed douche.

    • LiveFromNewYork says:

      You know one night the fans were doing K’s for some pitcher and when they got to 3 Michael Kay said “Looks like one of my family reunions.” and I thought “KKK?” WHAT? I was thinking crazy people in white robes? and it took me a while to calm down. Then I realized Kay. Idiot.

  76. Jamal G. says:

    Madison Bumgarner has been really dominating this season. That’s going to be a nasty rotation in San Francisco in about three years.

  77. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Maybe Jeter should be talking to Pete Rose.

  78. Nefarious jackson says:

    good stuff from Pete Abe tonite- Bruney threw 27 pitches off mound in tampa– expected back after all star break

  79. Adrian-Retire21 says:

    Scott Kazmir led the league in strikeouts.And I believe in 101 innings against the Red Sox he has a 2.66 Era.It’s too bad Pettitte and WAng suck against them.Kazmir is actually a true Ace unlike WAng and he’s 199 hits in 199 innings last year.

  80. Nefarious jackson says:

    sorry, just saw jamal had it 2 hours ago…my bad

  81. Chip says:

    Man, that screwball is a nasty pitch. Just seeing the path on gameday looks weird. I can’t imagine what it must be like to stand in against it

  82. Are you sure you’re not a shortstop?

  83. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Love Dunkin Donuts. Hate those commercials.

  84. Mike A. says:

    Mo just told Tony Clark “I ain’t no Billy Wagner, bitch.”

  85. Dave P. says:

    This is way off topic.
    I’ll try to keep it short and sweet.
    I work nights which means I get to peak in on the Yankees on TV.
    I have the extra innings package at home so I get to watch my beloved Bombers all weekend.
    Finally saw the Jeter Ford commercial everyone keeps talking about here over the weekend.
    Friggin priceless.

  86. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Mo. How can it be that simple?

  87. Jamal G. says:

    That has to be the best Brian Cashman shot I’ve ever seen. That guy is such a bad-ass. I remember he did an interview and he was like “Fuck me!” in the middle of the interview when a Yankee pitcher didn’t get a call.

  88. Kelvin says:

    Mo is good.

  89. LiveFromNewYork says:

    How great is the National League? Other than that idiotic no-DH thing, they rock.

  90. Jamal G. says:

    Start spreadin’ the news, the Yankees are back baby!

  91. Joey says:

    BigBlueAl isn’t here tonight, so I’ll say it for him: Mo is GOD

  92. Mike A. says:

    UNC-Fresno State is gettin’ good over on ESPN2…

  93. Joey says:

    so, can we start playing the NL at home more often?

  94. Chip says:

    Wow, can you imagine how much we’d be kicking ourselves if we hadn’t resigned this skinny guy?

    • Jamal G. says:

      Not as much as we’d be kicking ourselves if dumb ass fans got their way and the Yankees traded A-Rod to the Cubs or didn’t resign him this off-season. Idiots.

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  96. Mike A. says:

    Heh, I bet the Mets already wish they had Willie back, based on how this first inning is going.

  97. Greg G. says:

    Sorry to show up so late to the party, but DAMN this was a very funny comment thread. Nice work, fellas.

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