Spring Training Game Thread: AJ takes on his old team

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AJ Burnett pitching in STLooking to improve upon his stellar spring (6 IP, 1 baserunner), AJ Burnett will face his most recent former team tonight, the Toronto Blue Jays. Well, at least a bunch of guys wearing the Jays uni anyway. Only three players off the Jays projected starting nine made the trip to Tampa, the best of the bunch being second baseman Aaron Hill. The opposing starter will be Casey Janssen, who missed all of 2008 due to a torn labrum.

Following Burnett will be Mariano Rivera, who’s going to make his second appearance of the spring. Based on his last outing, Mo’s already in midseason form. Jorge Posada will make his third appearance behind the plate tonight and will probably catch five or six innings. Here’s the rest of the starting nine:

Posada, C
Damon, LF
Swisher, 1B
Matsui, DH
Nady, RF
Ransom, 3B
Melky, CF
Berroa, SS
Pena, 2B

Scheduled Pitchers: AJ Burnett, Mariano Rivera, Edwar Ramirez, Dan Giese, Brian Bruney

YES will have the action, first pitch is at 7:15.

Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP

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  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Hey, Pop, pass me some of that delicious Kool-Aid…

    (gulp) Mmmmmmmmmmm…

    LET’S GO BURNETT!!!!!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
    CY YOUNG, BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      OOOOOOOOOOH YEEEEEEEEEEEAH!

    • Elle

      CY YOUNG, BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Maybe he’ll get that tattooed on his other ankle.

    • Mike Pop

      Haha. You see that magic he worked in the first inning? Was planning on the DP. (Double play not double….)

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        DVDA

        • Mike Pop

          *smirks*

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I don’t wanna sound like a queer or nothing, but I think Depeche Mode is a pretty kick-ass band.

            • Mike Pop

              Never heard their stuff. I don’t even want to touch the music debate with you.

            • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              When I was a younger I rented that movie and never returned it so the store called my mom and was like “your son rented Orgazmo and we need it back.” A slightly uncomfortable conversation followed.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Hah.

                “But mom, it’s about Mormons!!!”

            • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              That’s not gay. Doing a photo of you kissing your refection in a mirror for a magazine that only gay guys read and will be spanking off to for the next 6 months, now THAT’S queer right there. Yes, indeedy.

              • Mike Pop

                Not that there is anything wrong with that.

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Oh no, oh no, oh no, oh no, OH YEAH.

  • canadian tuxedo

    Does anyone know where this game can be watched online?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      MLB.tv if you have an account.

  • pat

    If I were a closer I would definitely definitely come out to stone cold steve austin’s entrance music. Then I’d spray the crowd with a gigantic beer hose.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Fransisco Rodriguez should come out to Yakety Sax.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6Sui7st2q0&feature=related

      • pat

        Hahaha saving private ryan.

      • http://dylankidd@earthlink.net dkidd

        or leonard cohen:

        i’ve seen the future baby, and it’s murder…

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        “Come on baby, light my fire”-The Doors

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          “WHIP it” – DEVO

          • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            “Detachable Penis” – King Missile.

            I’m not even being flippant, it fits K-Rod. Just trust me.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Yeah, I’m pretty much going to HAVE TO trust you on that one.

            • Mike Pop

              Ya, of course Mondesi would know that.

              • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                That comment was for you, Popavero. lol

            • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              I know he’s a bit excitable, but that doesn’t mean we should all assume he has a dildo up his ass.

              • Mike Pop

                Man, you and pat both. Never afraid to take it to the next level.

                • pat

                  Chicks dig the longball inappropriate blog comments.

    • Yankeegirl49

      Im more than satisfied with the song Mo comes out to. My fave Yankee and my fave band…makes a girl very happy!

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Yeah, I love heavy metal nursery rhymes, too.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Joba Chamberlain = clinically insane.

    And I love it.

    • pat

      ?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        He was jumping around like a crazy man getting himself/teammates pumped up in the dugout before the game started. Just being goofy.

        It humored me.

        • Steve H

          ooooooh, sounds like good chemistry!

        • pat

          Ahh word. Those of us living in squalor without cable are not in the know as to what happens on the magical YES network.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I see… your future! It’s… a cab ride!
            Move out of the sticks, fellas.

            http://marcofiore.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/pulp10.jpg

            • pat

              Oh man, I shot Marvin in the face.

            • steve (different one)

              just because you are a character does not mean you have character

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          He should only be doing that in the 8th inning.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    BUST.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Nice to see Burnett already has his hat in midseason dirty sweatstain form.

    • Elle

      It’s not a Spring Training hat either.

    • Steve H

      He’s gritty. Can you imagine if he was a hitter, his helmet would be Trot Nixonesque.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Too bad he’s a Yankee. All that grittiness eliminated instantly.

        • Mike Pop

          Has any Yankee ever been gritty? Any0ne eva??

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            Billy Martin.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Drunk =/= Gritty

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

    Lead-off triple, and you will get … NOTHING!!!

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Check out this stat from Joel Sherman today

      “One of Matsui’s strongest assets in building value is his run production. You know as a fan how it drives you crazy when a hitter cannot drive in a runner from third with less than two outs. Well, Matsui has succeeded at that 137 out of 189 times in his career. That is 72.5 percent. Among active players who have been in that situation at least 100 times in his career, Matsui is second in the majors to Cleveland’s Victor Martinez (74 percent)”

      http://blogs.nypost.com/sports/st/archives/2009/03/3_up_matsui_the.html

      Damn.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Nice to see Burnett get out that inning even though he allowed a lead off triple.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Joey Inglett for utility player? I think he’s a solider defender.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Ken Singleton: “If you’re around Nick Swisher for any period of time you’re gonna have a good time.”

    Swisher = Manwhore

    • Mike Pop

      Could see it now.

      “A-Rod and Swisher seen behind dumpster…in the nude”.

      • steve (different one)

        Swisher is gay too?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          His nickname is “Swish”. Nuff said.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Ken Singleton: “If you’re around Nick Swisher for any period of time you’re gonna have a good time. Just be a gentleman and make sure you leave at least an extra $20 on the dresser before you leave.”

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Swisher hes heating up lately.I’m looking forward to seen Swisher play for us.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    LSU/Memphis/Texas A&M/Purdue/UConn/Maryland/UNC/Washington…

    Who else besides me is 8 for 8 so far?

    • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      5/8…

    • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

      (Raises Hand)

      • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

        My Final Four is Louisville/ Missouri/ Florida State/ Syracuse. Louisville/ Syracuse Final. Louisville winning. I would love to talk more, but I am off to class.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          FLORIDA STATE?!?!?!?!?!?!??!
          MULTIPLE INTERRROBANGS!?!?!??!?!??!?!??!?!?!?!?

          Heh. I’ve got Louisville/Missouri/Pitt/UNC with the ‘Ville beating Pitt.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Yo.

    • Mike Pop

      Fuck LSU.

  • Yankeegirl49

    7/8

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Damn, that sucks for the Jays. If anybody deserves some good luck with pitchers recently, it’s them… I feel bad for them.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      You feel bad for a division opponent? You’re not a True Yankee Fan.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      I agree. They play in Canada, isn’t that enough punishment?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Singleton: “Just saw a shot of Gene Tenace sitting there next to Cito Gaston…”

    WHAMMY!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Gene Tenace at the plate uuuuuhhhhhh WHAAAAAAAMMY!

  • Mike Pop

    How did we not score there, oh my god, Fire Girardi!!!

    • Yankeegirl49

      Bases loaded, 1 out and we dont score, thats it we have no chance this season.

      • Mike Pop

        But, the Yanks are a better team without A-Rod.

  • Elle

    Slow clap for AJ’s slide. WOW.

  • Jay

    Has anybody else noticed how horrible Posada’s technique is blocking a breaking ball in the dirt — versus Molina’s perfect technique.

    I wonder if that’s not making A.J. uncomfortable.

    • Elle

      Yeah, I noticed. He looks better than Cervelli, who seems to have lost every ball in the dirt I’ve seen him try to block this spring, but Posada does seem to be having some trouble with them.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        It must be his shoulder.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Aaand eeeeeeeeeeexhale.

  • Mike Pop

    Angel flies around those bases. You could say he glides like an angel.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      If only he played outfield, right?

      • Mike Pop

        He could lead us to the pennant and my dad could come home, finally.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Someone get Danny Glover on the phone.

  • Rich

    Pena is impressing me.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    WHORE-HAY, WHORE-HAY-WHORE-HAY-WHORE-HAAAAAAAY!
    WHORE-HAAAAAAAY!
    WHORE-HAAAAAAAY!

  • Mike Pop

    Swisher’s walk up music is Purple Haze. Awesome.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Come on swisher drive him in.

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

    I’m lovin’ this Swisher at-bat.

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

      And he tops it off with a double. B-e-a-utiful.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        .268/.376/.451, 21 HRs

        Book it.

        • steve (different one)

          not .270/.375/.450?

          i love the precision

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            I am to please, different Steve.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I’m very aroused.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Would you say the song “Detachable Penis” fits you right about now?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Steve, I miss your scent. I miss your musk.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              Hey, Tommie. Why don’t you sit the next couple of plays out?

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    And mlb.tv has stopped cooperating with me. Stupid thing.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Hey Mike, I’m planning to create Ramiro Pena on the show, what would be the proper numbers for reaction, fielding, baserunning ability and aggresive?

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

      Reaction and fielding should be pretty high, right about 90. Not sure on baserunning and aggressiveness.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Grittiness = 0

      • Brooklyn Ed

        ok thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    From the Michigan-Clemson game: My new favorite name: “DeMontez Stitt”.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    With the mustache, Angel Berroa looks a little like Flex Alexander.

    http://static.tvguide.com/MediaBin/Galleries/Imported/BioPix/Ma/bio11/flex-alexander1.jpg

  • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Can someone explain to me why Nova is losing to AMERICAN UNIVERSITY??? And Gonzaga is losing to AKRON?? Jeez is Nova loses 1/4 of my Final Four is already fucked up.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      It gets worse: Nova is losing to AmU and the game is in Philly.

      Amazing.

      • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        Mercy. Someone. Please??

        Also, someone please educate me–outside of Joe Lunardi, can anyone actually have a perfect bracket???

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          The fact that there’s like 3 or 4 different places running “Get a perfect bracket and win a million dollars” leads me to believe that no, nobody has a perfect bracket.

          (Although, to twist the knife on you there, I did pick Akron. The Zags are overrated and ripe for a fall.)

  • Drew

    Mo… I’m starting to love that filet o fish commercial.

    What if it was you hanging up on that wall…

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Belichick pooh-poohed the Peppers rumors, and claims the reason they took the Cheifs #34 pick for Cassel instead of the other rumored offers (like a three-way with the Bucs for the #19 and such) is that the rest of those rumored offers were just rumors and never materialized into hard offers.

    Says the #34 is the best actual offer they got.

    http://myespn.go.com/blogs/afceast/0-6-84/Belichick-address-Cassel–Peppers-rumors.html

  • Mike Pop

    Man, what happened with Bruney. Can’t wait to hear Harold Reynolds say this is a reason the Yanks need Joba in the pen.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Damn, the conservative blogosphere is right: American is falling apart now!

    • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      ICWUDT.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Hmm… My bracket is happy that Nova pulled it out, but my heart would have liked the shocking upset. (And ultimately, my bracket probably wouldn’t have minded as much because virtually everyone had Nova there.)

        Zags are back in front, too, so you may be fine after all. If they hold on, Akron would be my first loss, I’d be 11-1.

        • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

          I cannot remember if I picked Michigan. I would like to say yes, because I truly don’t think I would pick Clemson over them. And I don’t have a copy of my bracket.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Nice article on Mark Prior by Jeff Passan. Goes through his early promise, his so-called ‘flawless mechanics’ and the theories as to where it all went wrong. Most of it is familiar stuff, but I liked this nugget:

    “. . . the universal consensus is that Cubs manager Dusty Baker abused Prior at the end of the 2003 season simply because he knew no better. In Prior’s last nine games, including three in the playoffs, he logged the following pitch counts: 131, 129, 109, 124, 131, 133, 132, 115, 119. House believes the overuse by Baker doomed Prior. Eight pitchers this decade have thrown 109 or more pitches in nine straight games, and half of them needed reconstructive arm surgery.”

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AsCi1T0RVSmRuF8ZXF8.lz0RvLYF?slug=jp-prior031109&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

    I know there are people who still bitch and moan about the babying of pitchers, but the evidence is overwhelming. Especially for those below 25. Al Leiter often tell a story about how Dallas Green left him out on the mound for over 150 pitches one night and his arm was screwed up for years after that.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I wish they said who the other seven pitchers were…

  • pat

    Per fatman scoop Saturdays game is joba vs porcello. Too bad it’s not on tv.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Happy to see the “Fatman Scoop” name gaining traction…

      • pat

        Heh I think I’m the only one who uses it.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      I’d love to see PA sing “Put your hands up”.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Have we seen Posada attempt to throw out a runner yet this spring?

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

      Tabata stole third on him the other day. It was a representative throw, but it was high.

    • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

      I could be wrong, I haven’t watched a game he has caught, but I thought someone stole on him the first game he caught. Thought I read it somewhere, but I don’t know if attempted a throw.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Jeremy Pargo’s testicles >>>>>>>>> Akron’s testicles

    • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      Is that a random joke or did something involving testicles actually happen?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Random. Just impressed with Pargo’s dunk.

        I have no idea how large Jeremy Pargo’s testicles actually are.

        • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

          There HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Or so I hear.

          • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

            Wow. I got so caught up in how humongous his testicles are, I used the wrong there/their/they’re. They’re.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I’m shocked that this thread has been so full of gay jokes and nobody’s mentioned ARod yet. SHOCKED.

  • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

    I stumbled across this website the other day. Pretty humorous.

    http://thisiswhyyourefat.com/

    To quote Kevin.

    “I was looking at pictures of food on my computer.”

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Oh god.

      I literally want to throw up now.

      (Full disclosure: I’m 6’1″, 140lbs. I’m a skinny bastard, I barely eat. The idea of anybody actually eating any of those things with pleasure is as foreign to me as Twitter is to an Aborigine.)

      • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6
        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Hahahahahahha. I remember a Letterman bit where he went into a McDonalds and told the girl behind the counter:

          “Let me get a quarter pounder… a half pounder, a three-quarters pounder, and a pounder.

          In fact, let me get 20 quarter pounders, I’m gonna build my own five-pounder.”

      • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

        Who ya got? VCU v. UCLA

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Picked VCU in the upset. Eric Maynor is the shizz.

          I also picked Oklahoma (duh), but I’m rooting for Morgan State to pull the impossible upset. I’ve adopted them as my new favorite college team, because their coach is the formerly blackballed Todd Bozeman.

          I love a good back-from-the-dead story.

          • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

            I didn’t have the cojones to pick VCU. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

            The upset I really wanted to happen was CSUN over Memphis. I live near CSUN and I personally think Memphis is minutely overrated.

          • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

            I think you got a bit upset-happy. But hey, you’re 11-1, and I’m 8-3, so maybe you’re right.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              THAT IS HOW YOU DEBATE!!!!!

              My first round upsets:
              9 TAMU – yes
              10 Maryland – yes
              10 Michigan – yes
              13 Akron – no

              11 VCU – ???
              9 Tennessee – ???
              11 Utah State – ???
              10 USC – ???
              13 Portland State – ???
              12 Wisconsin – ???

              • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

                No Western Kentucky!?!

                Pfffff.

              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                THAT IS HOW YOU DEBATE!!!!!

                My first round upsets:
                9 TAMU – yes
                10 Maryland – yes
                10 Michigan – yes
                13 Akron – no

                11 VCU – ???
                9 Tennessee – ???
                11 Utah State – ???
                10 USC – ???
                13 Portland State – ???
                12 Wisconsin – ???

                One screw up…and you’re gone. Whaaaamy.