Game 79: Damon returns to leadoff spot

"He might stay there all year"
Boring night in the minors

Welcome back to the lineup, Johnny Damon. While Melky Cabrera filled in admirably, it’s nice to have Damon back in the top spot. Now, if only he can finish off June like he started it…

Happy birthday Derek Jeter. The only player with more career hits on his 34th birthday: Robin Yount. At what point is it a lock that Jeter joins him in Cooperstown? On his 34th birthday, Pete Rose — who shares a birthday with yours truly — had 2,346 hits, 92 behind Jeter. Will Derek Sanderson break Charlie Hustle’s all time record? What the hell…I’m just going to go ahead and say yes.

Apparently, according to Ed Price, Mike Mussina is a perfect 5-0 when pitching in Pennsylvania. Yes, we all know that’s where Moose is from. (Ending a sentence with a linking verb followed by a preposition? Ouch, Joe.)

Bad news for Matsui: the DL is a possibility, according to our manager. I wouldn’t get my hopes up about a Brett Gardner call-up in that situation, though. The smart money is on another appearance by Shelley, if for no other reason than 40-man roster concerns. They’ve got to make a spot for Ponson (probably DFA Moeller, but possibly Chris Stewart, though a Moeller DFA would clear the 25-man spot, too). In any case, with Christian in the bigs, I’m not sure the braintrust would be as apt to make the move for Gardner just yet. Maybe if this is a long term thing…

Anyway, onto the lineup:

1. Johnny Damon, LF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Jason Giambi, 1B
6. Robinson Can, 2B
7. Melky Cabrera, CF
8. Jose Molina, C
9. Mike Mussina, P

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"He might stay there all year"
Boring night in the minors
  • whozat

    If Matsui is DLed, why not Miranda?

    Good lefty DH option…

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      And he is on the 40-man. Though I assume they’ll want to have someone who can play the outfield if necessary.

      • whozat

        Damon, Melky, Bobby, Christian…they can cover the OF.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

          Point taken. I suppose they could do worse, especially if it’s a short-term job.

      • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com Steven S

        If Matsui was out for an extended period of time, I would feel very comfortable with either Miranda or Gardner out there. But since he’s a DH, I’d probably go Miranda too.

      • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com Steven S

        Also, the 40 man roster isn’t really a problem

        Hughes, Wang, and Britton can probably all placed on the 60 day DL.

        Traber, Stewart, Perez, Moeller, and Hawkins can probably all be DFA without problem too.

    • steve (different one)

      2 words.

      Barry Lamar.

      i am not serious. or am i?

  • stuart

    Joesph where is the info on the Krod innings.. The guy barely pitched at AA….

    give me the links before I take your word on it….

  • stuart

    your #’s are bogus those are #’s for Krod when he was 17.. Newsflash Melancon played high school and college also and you do not account for those innings for him, .. that is interesting accounting..

    you are comparing a guys innings at 17 going forward to a guy drafted at 22 or so.. Then you state the 22 yr old has pitched less innings, interesting..

    If you do not see something wrong with that besides being rude you are STUPID…

    Again K Rod’s #’s are from 17 yrs. old………

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      Woo hoo! Personal insult! I can ban him!

      To everyone else: Is that fair?

      • Chip

        Please do it, let’s not let this turn into PeteAbe’s blog where I dont even bother reading the comments because of flame wars

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

          That’s the idea.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      And, in response, if you don’t realize that playing high school and college ball is different than playing pro ball, well, then it makes sense that you’re making the remarks you do.

      • Joltin’ Joe

        Joe, I’m just saddened by your poor use of prepositions. It’s very disheartening…
        But Cano’s patience (or lack thereof) makes me flat out weep.

  • stuart

    Ban me, but I just proved your #’s are irrelevant.. Unless Melancons innings in college and high school do not count…

    again think once in a while…

    all those carribean guys playing at 17 are going to have more minor league innings….

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      Once again, for fuck’s sake, you’re the one who is saying college innings = pro innings.

  • stuart

    you are saying Melancon in the Pac 10 is not a higher level then rookie ball or A……

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      It’s not whether one is higher than the other. It’s the difference in process.

    • steve (different one)

      dude, you are wrong. really wrong.

      you should just drop it.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    does anyone else think those waterfalls are stupid?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Chris Russo interview Phil Hughes here, nothing of major note but still: http://www.wfan.com/pages/744503.php

  • stuart

    Joseph let’s agree to disagree we both are Yankee fans and let it rest.

    thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    That mofo carried, wow.

  • Will

    I’m so confused. What’s the point of contention over all this K-Rod vs. Melancon stuff?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      From the last thread.

      • Will

        Okay, got it…I guess I just don’t see the point Stuart is trying to make. No biggie, especially when there’s good MLB.tv to be watched.

  • Chip

    Way to start the game. On a side note, what does everybody think of the new Gameday?

  • Chip

    Wow 12 pitches, 3 extra bases given up, no outs. That’s not quite the way Maholm wanted to start

    • Chip

      My mistake, make that 13 and 4!

    • LiveFromNewYork

      He probably envisioned things going differently.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    1) I feel like a douche for sitting here arguing while we’re pummeling the Pirates. Everything, just everything is being rocked. I love it!

    2) I deserve this:

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Outside of the “YOU FAIL” pics this has to be one of the funniest pics on the net.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    I can’t believe how good it is to not hear Suzyn and Sterling talk about the magnificent view. That was the car ride from hell.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    A-Rod had that stolen easily, and I mean easily.

    • Chip

      Gameday isn’t keeping up, what happened?

      • Chip

        Nevermind, it caught up

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    • Chip

      Well at least he doesn’t swing at pitches inside or outside :)

      • LiveFromNewYork

        HA!

  • stuart

    yeah cano really showed his great eye on that pitch..

    that is Cano, you scratch your head some times with him..

  • LiveFromNewYork

    I wanna see Moose’s family.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    Man, that two-seamer is just nasty. Drops right in there at the last second.

  • http://Anotherlefty Peedlum

    What is the status of Chris Britton? And for that matter, Brian Bruney? Yankee relievers are looking a little too svelte these days.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      No update I’ve seen from Britton. Bruney is reportedly throwing off flat ground. Which is nice, considering the early word that he was out for the season.

      • Chris

        Does it really matter what Britton’s doing? Even if he comes back he won’t pitch…

  • Ivan

    Come on Mike

  • steve (different one)

    melky, molina, and mussina.

    what are the odds of scoring a run this inning? 100-1?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Jose Molina has really taken that expression “double or nothing” a bit too literally.

    • steve (different one)

      he applies it to his cheeseburgers as well

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

        And his women.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

          Explain.

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

            Oh you know exactly what I mean. Heh.

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

    So how’d they score the 3 runs? I just got in…

    • steve (different one)

      double, double, triple, double

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

        Ok, phew. I was worried they were going to get away from the smallball…

    • Chip

      4 straight extra base hits

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Damn 2B, Damon steals third base, Jeter RBI 2B, Abreu RBI 3B, A-Rod RBI 2B.

    • Yankee1010

      Damon 2b down the RF line. Jeter 2B down the RF line. Abreu 3B to CF. A-Rod 2b off the top of the wall in RF.

      Then A-Rod was attempting to steal 3rd when Giambi popped one up to the catcher and A-Rod was doubled up. Cano then struck out on a pitch that just missed going over the backstop by a foot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    If a pitcher gets four strikeouts in one inning, do those putouts all go to the Catcher? Scott Shields struck-out four guys in one inning a week or two ago so that might debunk Michael Kay’s stupidity.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Nothing will debunk Michael Kay’s stupidity. Or did you mean something else?

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

      Yes, the catcher gets the putouts. Kay has been wrong all this time.

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

        Actually, no I’m an idiot. There is no putout on the dropped third strike.

      • steve (different one)

        i hate Kay, but he said “assists” not put-outs. at least tonight he did.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

          Your right, so does anyone get an assist in a strikeout?

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

    Hanger and a half.

  • steve (different one)

    this mohegan sun commercial makes me want to rip my eyes out

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

      It would be better if they had good looking women in it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    That was an amazing shot of the city of Pittsburgh in the darkness like that, wow.

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

    That sky looks mean.

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

      God, shut up Michael Kay. It’s like, an hour flight from Pittsburgh to NYC. They aren’t going to be getting home that late.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        Lmao, I thought I had a dumb moment and misplaced Pennsylvania on the map.

      • LiveFromNewYork

        It’s technically about 49 minutes.

  • Yankee1010

    It’s a good thing the Pirates have their night sellout crowd on getaway day. I’m sure the Yanks will be alive and well at 2 P.M. tomorrow after getting in well past midnight tonight.

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

    Figures. The rain delay comes the day after the CWS ends.

    Someone yell if the game starts up, I’m hitting the PS3. Thanks.

    • E-ROC

      Playing?

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

        The Show.

        • Chip

          My favorite!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Interesting story on how newest Yankee, Mikey O’Brien, “caught” and deals with his Type 1 Diabetes.

    http://www.nomaas.org/draft/?p=77

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    It is always so fucking hilarious how fans boo draft day picks of their teams. Like you are some prick who gets your information from ESPN and your local newspaper but you think you know better than the front office that gets paid to evaluate talent and have been doing their jobs for decades. Fucking morons.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      As a Jets fan, I object to your claim. See: Kyle Brady over Warren Sapp.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        “As a Jets fan…” LoL, success objects to your team.

    • Ivan

      I Know son. Remember when the Philly fans boo McNabb. From the scouting reports and Video, Danilo is a pretty good player and he seems very versatile. Hey if hecan be Hideo Tukulu (I know I mess his name up) as a Knick fan I’ll love it.

      • Big B

        I’m happy Brook Lopez fell to my Nets!!!

  • Ivan

    Shit I like Dalino already and I,ve always been intrigued by him.

  • E-ROC

    I can’t believe the Clippers passed up Jerryd Bayless for Eric Gordon. Don’t they need a replacement for Shaun Livingston who broke his leg in half?

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

      Did he really break his leg in half? Yikes.

      • Ivan

        Did you ever saw the injury? It’s on Youtube and it looks really really bad.

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

          I’ll pass, Made up gorey shit, like in movies, is no big deal. But when it’s real life, forget it. The Joe Theismann video? UGh.

          • E-ROC

            Didn’t really break his leg. Shaun’s leg bent the wrong way at the joint. Shredded every ligament and tendon.

  • Ivan

    Why would the Bucks draft Alexander to play the same position as Richard Jefferson.

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

      When did the Bucks get Jefferson? Man, I’m out of the loop…

      • E-ROC

        Jianlian Yi and Bobby Simmons for Richard Jefferson. The Nets just wanted to clear up space in time to sign Lebron when he becomes a free agent.

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

          Did that go down right before the draft?

          • E-ROC

            Yup, about 4 hrs before the draft; pending league approval.

    • E-ROC

      They always wanted Alexander. Alexander is a really good player. He’ll be a nice supersub.

  • Yankee1010

    It’s going to be great if this rain delay lasts a while. 7 innings from the bullpen the day before a DH is a reicpe for success.

  • E-ROC

    Is it raining hard or what?

  • jm

    wait.. if Matsui goes on the DL… wouldnt it make sense to DH Damon (starting monday against Texas) .. and call-up Gardner to play the outfield for that series … i mean, they still want to keep Damon healthy and win games right? wouldnt this be the best option?

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

      They’ll probably just use Matsui’s spot for Ponson, and play Christian in LF.

      • whozat

        Makes sense.

        Another thing that sucks…AAA just had a bullpen start tonight, so their relievers are all fried too. So…it’s not like they can even burn up someone today and send him down tomorrow for a fresh arm, really.

  • Manimal

    God damn it I WANT SOME BASEBALL NOW. The sox aren’t playing either god this is boring

  • Manimal

    Im watching spongebob. Thats how bored I am.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    If Rock Band drums were real drums, I’d be Alex mothafuckin Van Halen.

    • Manimal

      hahaha I do great until the later songs in Hard then I get owned.

  • BillyBall

    Just a story for you all to keep me from banging my head into the wall with this delay. I Watched the David Cone story on Yes during rain delay. There was a clip of Coney striking out Big Papi when Big Papi first became a Sock. Papi looked pathetic and his swing was very slow. Than all of a sudden he became this great player. Makes you wonder though. I have a friend that told me his bud worked for the Yankees in the visitors clubhouse and Manny as an Indian was the biggest juicer he saw come into the stadium as he would inject himself in the middle of the club house and talk about it in front of the entire team and the attendants in the locker room. Now it could be a bullshit story but I heard 2 different stories. I may be one of the only Yankee fans that gets a real kick out of the Manny being Manny shit but I heard 2 different stories about Manny and you wonder if it was confirmed how it would effect his hall of fame chances being that right now he has to be in the top 5 right handed hitters in all of Baseball. I know Giambi juiced and Clemens, and loads more, but you really have to wonder the effect it had on the Sox storied turn around into the power house team they are!

    • Guiseppe Franco

      I don’t think that was Big Papi. I think that was Mo Vaughn.

      • steve (different one)

        yeah, Cone never faced Ortiz as a Red Sox.

  • Mike

    Im watching from out of town via MLB Extra Innings, which cuts out completely during delays . Has YES Network said anything about this game resuming, or is it bedtime?

    • Greg G.

      I ain’t no meterologist, but if you go to weather.com and look at the radar over Pittsburgh, it looks downright abysmal.

      • Joey

        is it bad that I trust your opinion more than a meteorologist because of the fact that you stated “I ain’t no meteorologist…”?

        • Greg G.

          Perhaps I should’ve written, “I ain’t no English teacher.” :-)

        • Greg G.

          Those radar maps are my favorite – “Big red blob coming. Must walk dog NOW.”

          • Joey

            lol

  • Greg G.

    At least this thread is entertaining!

    Given that they’re going to shred their bullpen tonight, perhaps they’ll make a move for a reliever before the DH tomorrow? Robertson? Patterson?

  • Felixfella

    Patterson is on the D.l

    • Greg G.

      Well, then he’ll be rested. (Um…nevermind…)

  • BigBlueAL

    Game postponed, makeup date July 10 at 7 pm according to Pete Abe. Fuckin sucks…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Took ‘em long enough, my God.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Is it that bad to play 161-games?

  • Manimal

    That sucks, this game starts over and everything that happened so far does not count.

  • Manimal

    If Ponson or Giese comes up short and we need some long relief help do you bring in Moose? He has crazy Bullpen stats.

    • DP

      Way too logical

  • Yankee1010

    Under what circumstances are games suspended instead of cancelled? Does it have to be an official game when the weather hits?

    By the way, fuck you, Pittsburgh and MLB.

    • Manimal

      The game needs to pass the 4 1/2-inning mark to be suspended instead of canceled.

  • McCaff

    So i work at a restaurant, and John Franco came in tonight to eat and is a shitty tipper. Just to show how much the mets suck.

    • Manimal

      That sucks.