Game 72: The achin’ Yankees


While the core of the Yankee lineup has recently been hitting the tar out of the baseball, Hideki Matsui has not. In 57 June plate appearances, Matsui is batting .260/.351/.340 with just two extra-base hits. He’s hit just one home run since May 18.

Matsui has always been something of a streaky hitter, but something larger seems to be up. Hideki is not in the Yankee lineup tonight, and his left knee is under examination. Matsui, according to PeteAbe, will get his knee drained and may be heading for the MRI tube. He’s definitely not available for tonight’s contest, and I’m sure he’ll be sitting during tomorrow afternoon’s game as well. The good news, at least, is that this is not the same knee Matsui got surgically repaired last year.

The Yankees can ill afford another injury right now, and they will take every precaution possible with Matsui and his balky knees. The hot-hitting Jason Giambi gets the start at DH, and the swing-at-everything Wilson Betemit will attempt to man the first-base bag.

On the hill tonight is Darrell Rasner. Once the Cinderella story of the season, Rasner has struggled — or is that regressed? — a bit over this last four outings. He is 0-4 with a 5.09 ERA over that span, and he’s allowed 31 hits in 23 innings. He’s keeping the walks down and the strike outs up, but opponents are hitting .326/.356/.495 off of him. We need the good Darrell Rasner to re-emerge, and the weak-hitting Padres may be just the key. San Diego countering with Jake Peavy, one of the few legitimate stars on the team.

Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Betemit 1B
Cabrera CF

Rasner P

Game Notes: The Yankees have re-signed Sidney Ponson. Sir Sidney finds himself in Scranton for now but could start one of the games of next Friday’s Subway Series double header.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Bruno says:

    FIRST! I hope the rain doesn’t F this up. I’m loving me some Giambi right now, picked him up on my fantasy team as soon as he hit that walkoff and have been enjoying the ride ever since.

  2. Chip says:

    Well for those of you who are praying for Brett Gardner to get a start, we might just yet see it. Even if he doesn’t go on the DL, we might see Gardner up in case we have a situation like in Houston where a guy needs a day off but we don’t want to see Matsui in left

  3. Rich says:

    What’s are Rasner’s numbers for the first three losses, excluding the clunker last time out?

    • Dave P. says:

      off the top of my head not bad at all.

      Gave up one run in six innings in aloss to Baltimore.
      Gave up two runs in 8 innings in a loss to KC.
      Gave up like 4runs in 5 or 6 innings against the Twinkies.

  4. Jamal G. says:

    I’m glad I didn’t go to the game tonight, if the game gets called I would’ve been pissed. Taking the train from Bronx to Brooklyn after a loss is aggravating enough, can’t imagine how I would feel going back and forth after a rain-out.

  5. BigBlueAL says:

    Package just says rain delay, any word on a possible start time???

  6. Nefarious jackson says:

    just read over at pinstripesPlus a posting that says BA reported Chris straight outta Compton Smith just signed… don’t have BA myself so can’t double check, maybe one of you fellas that do can

    with DeLeon the GCL yanks could have a kickin outfield

    • Chip says:

      Yeah but that’s a LOOOONG ways down the road, a lot can go wrong with these guys before that

      • Brian says:

        Wait. How is that a long way away? GCL starts tomorrow.
        I don’t suppose Smith will play tomorrow necessarily, but Smith, Urena, and DeLeon could be the outfield, right?

    • Jamal G. says:

      Chris Smith indeed is signed according to NoMass’ draft blog who contacted a West Coast source of their own to confirm BA’s reports.


      • Jamal G. says:

        According to PeteAbe Smith signed for slot money. I know he was not highly, highly regarded as a sign-ability guy but to sign for slot money with a scholarship to USC? Seems odd but I’m not complaining.

        • Mike A. says:

          Chris Smith seems to be the flavor of the week. It’s like, people are down because the Yanks didn’t take any big-name signability guys, so they’re making Smith out to be more than he is. So he hit .708 in high school, that and $1 will buy him a cup of coffee somewhere.

    • A.D. says:

      Smith hit .708 in HS, with a 1.361 slugging %…decent, though Shawn Dunston hit something like .770 his senior year of hs

      • RustyJohn says:

        Damn, Dunston…I remember being in high school and watching WGN listening to Harry Carey rave about him. Where is Shawn now? Where is Harry now? All we are is dust in the wind. You’re my boy, Blue.

  7. Jamal G. says:


    Richie Sexson possible DFA candidate? It would be cool if Yanks can ink him to a minor-league deal, his strikeout numbers are too appalling for a bench job.

    • Mike A. says:

      Shelley > Sexson

      • mustang says:

        Yeah, OK

        Not even close.
        Sexson can actually play first.

        • RustyJohn says:

          The Seattle bureau of River Ave Blues can tell you straight up- stay the fuck away from Sexson. They “tinkered with his stance”- overall he is hitting like .218 with 9 homers, but since his stance tinkering, he hasn’t had a homer since May 24th- in fact, he hasn’t had an extra-base hit since May 24th. His new open stance approach has turned him into a .270 opposite field singles hitter since then.

          Question- if the worst team in baseball is going to DFA a player making $14 million a year and eat his salary, shouldn’t that be an indication that he sucks?

        • Mike A. says:

          But he doesn’t bring spark and energy.

          And I forgot how good Sexson is defensively.

          • RustyJohn says:

            Lol…yes, that is what is so perplexing about the Mariners- they have such great chemistry and energy, Bavasi couldn’t understand why they sucked.

            Watching Sexson play defense at first is a bit like going to a little league field and watching six year olds attempting to coordinate hand and eye.

            • mustang says:

              I guess you haven’t seen Shelley play first.

              • Ben K. says:

                Get over it. Shelley’s not even with the big league club right now. Richie Sexson is an overpaid, immobile, crappy baseball player. His last good season was 2006; he last great season was 2005. Why would we need yet another guy on the wrong side of 32 clogging up the bench?

                • mustang says:

                  There is nothing to get over. He will cost nothing if he gets released and at least he has had some good years. Maybe they catch lightning in a bottle if it doesn’t work let him go who cares. I guess what they should have on the bench is a young guy that high fives everyone real hard and doesn’t have position.
                  Oh, sorry.

          • A.D. says:

            Yeah Sexson was always a bat guy…

    • mustang says:

      I agree.

  8. dan says:

    I’m pretty sure I saw Ponson at an AA meeting earlier this month

  9. Mark B says:

    Not happy to see the Yanks sign such a major a-hole like Ponson.

    Even with Wang out, I didn’t think we were that desperate up and would use a stop gap from the minors. Guess I was wrong…..

    • Jamal G. says:

      Sidney Ponson is a stop gap from the minors and is the best stop gap we probably have right now. He was decent this season, don’t write him off because of makeup issues, those are worthless 90% of the time IMO.

  10. Mike A. says:

    Jose Tabata hit a homerun. It’s going to be a good night.

  11. Matt says:

    Yeah we also signed 33 round pick Tom Baldridge out of Coastal Carolina(PA). It’s the 2nd straight year we got someone out of CC dating back to last year when we got Chris Raber.

  12. Jamal G. says:

    Homer Bailey sent down, 22-year-old Darryl Thompson the likely starter Saturday against the Bombers. Have anything on Mr. Thompson, Mike?


  13. Mike A. says:

    Game’s starting.

  14. Mike A. says:

    Jody Gerut sucks.

  15. Jamal G. says:

    In 2004 Oliver Perez pitched 196-innings, in those 196-innings he K’ed 239 and posted a 239:81 K:BB. He also posted a WHIP of 1.15 and a *ERA+ of 145. Christopher Russo argues against Jon Heyman’s belief of Perez having a great year by saying “HE WAS 12-10!!1!11!!!!111!”. Can it get much better than that? Lmao.

    *”McBase-Hit”? Fuck you, Michael Kay.

  16. Matt says:

    1st and 2nd no outs!

  17. Jamal G. says:

    That kid in the hoodie is the epitome of “gay emo”, LoL.

  18. Matt says:

    Wow. The Padres are horrible.

  19. Pedro says:

    A-Rod sitting breaking pitch. Ugly.

  20. Mike A. says:

    D-Ras is dealin’ yo.

  21. Jamal G. says:

    When David Cone says he drinks “half a gallon of coffee” who here is not the least bit surprised?

  22. Mike A. says:

    Paul McAnulty plays the outfield like Ruben Sierra.

  23. Jamal G. says:

    Send down Cano!1!1!!!! Give Alberto Gonzalez more At-Bats!!11!!

    • Casper says:

      Jamal… To be fair, coming into tonight Cano was hitting .230 and OPSing .605. I’m not one of the people who called for Cano to be demoted or anything like that, but it’s a little unfair to get on people who have been less than satisfied with his performance thus far. Being down on Cano was not unreasonable.

  24. Jamal G. says:

    The Yankees have scored 26-unanswered runs. Michael Kay says “I guess you need hitting and you need pitching.” Thank you for that Mr. Kay, that is just great.

  25. Mike A. says:

    Johnny D is redic right now.

  26. Mike A. says:

    You see, a good centerfielder starts charging in as soon as the catcher throws the ball on the steal attempt. If Gerut breaks in sooner, instead of standing around, Damon’s still standing on second.

  27. Jamal G. says:

    I think we need to create a new statistic for the Padres starting pitchers, Strikeouts-to-Run Support ratio. Any bets on Jake Peavy’s K:RS tonight?

  28. A.D. says:

    Are the Padres this cheap that their lineup is mainly made of back-ups

  29. A.D. says:

    terrible relay, there goes the unanswered runs streak

  30. Mike A. says:

    Rasner gave up the booming double to the wrong Gonzalez brother.

  31. Mike A. says:

    Michael Kay is way too enamored with pitch counts.

  32. A.D. says:

    Well Hawk as the long man, means we really shouldn’t see him in high leverage situations

  33. A.D. says:

    Perhaps the vintage Rasner is starting to re-emerge

  34. A.D. says:

    Monster shot

  35. Mike A. says:

    That was majestic.

  36. Jamal G. says:

    If that wasn’t majestic, I don’t know what is. My God.

  37. A.D. says:

    Wow, unlucky

  38. Mike R. says:

    That Rodriguez kid is pretty good. Maybe we should tie him up long term.

  39. Mike A. says:

    Trivia answer: Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson … need two more

  40. A.D. says:

    A-Rod is locked in defensively

  41. Matt M. says:

    betemit striking out? what a shocker…

  42. Mike A. says:

    Stanford is 3 innings from bouncing the #1 team in all the land.

  43. what an annoying laugh…

  44. Mike A. says:

    Nice job by Rasner gutting it out for 5 innings. Ohlendorf-Farns-Veras-Mo time.

  45. A.D. says:

    With Yankeeography ’98 set to premiere I remember watching Baseball tonight after the Yanks were 0-3 or 0-4 something like that to start the season, and Dick Schapp goes at their current pace the Yankees will loose 162 games, and Mark McGwire will hit 162 hr, neither are likely to happen… and bam they seemingly don’t loose a series for the rest of the year

  46. haha they had a shot of Spags scratching his balls…lol

  47. Jamal G. says:

    After seeing Kobe Bryant in the Championship series can anyone still argue the point that LeBron James was not the NBA MVP? You don’t think with Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol on a team with James could have beaten the Celtics? James did take the Celtics to Game 7 this year with Zydrunas Illgauskas and Daniel Gibson and his two leading regular season scorers.

    That’s cool, didn’t know that Ken Singleton and Doc Rivers were cousins.

  48. Jamal G. says:

    The Montreal Canadiens have 24-Championships, that is not far behind the Yankees’ 26-titles.

    • A.D. says:

      One “brilliant” sox fan tried to convince me that since Boston Univertisy has 27 Beanpot titles the Yankess don’t have the most titles in sports.

      Given the Beanpot has only 4 Teams and 1 school has never won it, it’s not that big of an accomplishment, its easier than a AL East Title

  49. A.D. says:

    Odd the catcher was that far out, then Headley said nothing to him

  50. A.D. says:

    nice insurance

  51. Chip says:

    Edwar for 2, Veras, Mo?

  52. Mike A. says:

    I have no idea who that is pitching for Miami right now on ESPN2, but the Yanks must acquire him to further their monopoly of the fat reliever market.

  53. what fucking loser tools biasedly Republican at Fox

    cut your hair punk

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

    That tool from the Fox Business Report is the only person in this world more annoying than Michael Kay.

    • Matt M. says:

      that spot kinda makes you miss guisseppe franco

      • the most felonious vocalist in the wide world of showbusiness says:

        Yeah, my mute button is the only thing more valuable than Giuseppe Franco’s reputation.

    • A.D. says:

      Damn i missed it, i love the Fox busniess report, because the girl obv can’t stand the guy, and they tell us nothing of value

    • Mike A. says:

      Ben and I were just talking about going there one day to heckle them.

      “Cut your ha-ir, clap clap clapclapclap, cut your ha-ir, clap clap clapclapclap”

  55. Jamal G. says:

    Miami is down six in the 8th, they have the bases juiced with nobody out.

  56. Matt M. says:

    seems like cone is in the booth every time that edwar pitches

  57. Jamal G. says:

    A-Rod is such a dork, who tucks in an Ed Hardy shirt?

  58. McCaff says:

    grrrr brian giles

  59. Jamal G. says:

    Too many Changeups in succession there.

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

    Not even Yankee Stadium could boo that kid for not throwing it back.

  61. Mike A. says:

    Farns could have done that.

    • Chip says:

      Farns would have looked worse doing it though. At least the first one was a Stadium job and the second one I just give credit to Gonzalez for because he was all over the pitch down

  62. McCaff says:

    grrr edwar

  63. A.D. says:

    Geez, come on Edwar

  64. Jamal G. says:

    Well this sucks. Come on, just four more outs.

  65. Mike A. says:

    Do or die time for the ‘Canes.

  66. A.D. says:

    Yanks need to turn the bats back on

  67. Chip says:

    Damn, who thinks these Yankees look old and slow now?

  68. Mike A. says:

    Wow, what a crappy way for your season to end. Sucks for Miami.

  69. A.D. says:

    So are they warming up farns when veras was already warming because they scored runs? thus Veras would have only handled the tight score

  70. A.D. says:

    Classic Farns, thanks for helping my fantasy team

  71. Mike A. says:

    Congrats to Mr. Headley on his first career jack, although it shouldn’t count because it was given up by Farnsworth ;)

  72. A.D. says:

    Why did farns go away from the wind-up

  73. Mike A. says:

    Uh oh. Hairston eats clutch situations for breakfast.

  74. Chip says:

    Somebody please tell me either Mo or Veras is up again in the pen

  75. E-ROC says:

    LOL, breakout game for the Padres offense. I would expect nothing less against the Yanks.

  76. Manimal says:

    I cringe when farnsworth pitches. Makes me wish that we had a bullpen.

    • Chip says:

      Our bullpen (outside of our mop-up guys aka Ohlie, Hawkins and Farns) has been pretty good so far. Veras, Edwar, Rivera, Britton (when used) and Giese have done better than we could ever hope. Once we get some guys back in the rotation, get Giese back for the long man, use Ohlie as a one inning guy and DFA Farns and Hawkins, we’ll be good!

  77. Jamal G. says:

    I like how Farnsworth’s Slider went from bad, worse, to just plain nasty.

  78. Joey says:

    wait… since when do the Pads score more than 3 runs? I thought its like similar to the law of gravity–the Padres may not score more than 3 runs per 9 innings.

  79. jb says:

    i wonder if edwar ramirez thinks to himself “Ok, thats 3 K’s, better not let them get too used that. Let’s give up some longballs. Ahh, there we go, don’t wanna set that bar too high. Hawkins, come in here and make what I did look better by comparison.”

  80. Jamal G. says:

    Padres just can’t catch a fucking break, ah wells.

  81. Mike A. says:

    I honestly can not remember the last time I saw Johnny Damon make an out.

  82. Jamal G. says:

    I want MO to get at least one K here just so I can say our closer has a 12:1 K:BB.

  83. Chip says:

    He’s human? I don’t buy it

  84. Jamal G. says:

    Mariano Rivera has not allowed a run in save situations (18) this season, come on MO, keep the streak alive!

  85. Joey says:

    Since when does Mo give up hits to mere mortals

  86. Joey says:

    Game. Nice Mo, nice. You is GOD

  87. Chip says:

    There, he made up for the hit by getting a double play

  88. Mike A. says:

    You know, I think it’s time we accept that this is a rebuilding year, and that this team simply is not good enough to win.

  89. pete says:

    i thought jeet was supposed to hit into double plays, not turn them
    is A-Rod the batting leader for the AL now?

  90. Jamal G. says:

    Something about Kimberly Jones tells me she will age horribly, and I mean horribly.

    BTW, do you think she went up to Michael Kay and literally told him to cut the shit with the “Lil’ Kim” crap? I would pay to see the reactions of some here at RAB (I’m looking at you Mike) when Kay used to say that.

  91. Jamal G. says:

    Oh Oliver Perez, what has thou become?

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