Game 9: First rubber match of the season

Report: Nady may need surgery
Game 9: Game Thread II

Today determines whether the Yanks finish their season-opening road trip with a winning or losing record. (It’s also Jackie Robinson Day, so everyone’s wearing No. 42.) They’ll finish up their three-game series with the Rays in a rubber match. The game’s at four, giving the Yanks a kind-of getaway day as they head back north tonight to prepare for tomorrow’s home opener. We might be looking forward to the festivities, but don’t let that take away from the importance of today’s game.

During the Yanks’ rocky start, we’ve preached patience. Eight games does not make a season — Boston Globe writer Adam Kilgore put it best when he noted that if this were an NFL season “they would be about halfway through the third quarter of the first game.” It’s way, way early, and the Yanks have looked good other than a few hiccups. Yet a game against the Rays should never be taken lightly, even in the early goings. At least one of the Sox, Ray, and Yanks won’t make the playoffs, so winning those head-to-head match-ups is pretty important. Sure, they’ll meet 15 more times this season, but taking this one with a favorable pitching matchup and the Rays best hitter out of the lineup would be a big.

The Yanks have absolutely hammered Andy Sonnanstine over his career, scoring 17 runs (16 earned) over 23.2 innings. Strangely, they’ve only worked two walks off Sonnanstine in those innings, but they have hit six homers, more than any other team. In two starts last year the Yanks scored 11 runs in just 9.1 innings. Andy Pettitte has a 3.63 career ERA against the Rays in 146.1 innings (just a slightly better sample than Sonnanstine). In four starts last year Pettitte went 2-2 with a 4.12 ERA over 24 innings. His last outing against them came on July 8, in which he pitched eight shutout innings.

Just a quick note before we get to the lineups. Team president Randy Levine addressed Hal Steinbrenner’s comments about ticket prices, wherein the new boss said that “if anybody in any business had known where the economy was going to go, they would have done things differently.” Levine clarified the matter, saying Hal was talking about “maybe 150 to 200 seats.” He adds that tickets are selling well (like he’d say otherwise), and that while there are no plans to reduce ticket prices in the future, the team will not rule it out.

Looks like Matsui gets another day on the bench and Jorge will DH again. I wonder if this is more a Matsui not hitting thing, or a giving Posada some rest thing. The good news, though, is that Ramiro Pena gets another start at third. With the possibility that Nady misses the season, the Yanks could make a number of moves over the next few weeks. Putting Nady on the 60-day DL would open up a 40-man spot for John Rodriguez if that’s who the Yanks want as a replacement. The other option is Juan Miranda, who is already on the 40-man but can’t play the outfield. His only position is pretty covered by Swisher and Teixeira, so I think that J-Rod is the way to go. Once A-Rod comes back, the Yanks could DFA Cody Ransom, which would open up a 40-man spot for Mark Melancon.

(Mike also mentioned that the Yanks could sign Frank Catalanotto. That wouldn’t be a bad idea.)

Oh, and while Nick Swisher isn’t busy spinning the earth with a swing of his bat, he’s up to some other pretty awesome stuff. Is there anything not to like about this guy?

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Nick Swisher, RF
5. Jorge Posada, DH
6. Robinson Cano, 2B
7. Brett Gardner, CF
8. Ramiro Pena, 3B
9. Jose Molina, C

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

Report: Nady may need surgery
Game 9: Game Thread II
  • Ace

    I don’t care what anyone says; I would love to have a roll in the hay with Kim Jones.

    • steve (different one)

      which is appropriate, since she looks like a horse.

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

        IETC.

        • Ace

          I don’t understand your hip internet lingo. What does IETC mean?

          • A.D.

            I enjoyed this comment.

            • Ace

              TYFE

              Thank you for explaining.

              • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

                Na.

          • http://8thinning.blogspot.com VO

            I enjoyed this comment

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        If that’s your opinion of Jones then I’m terrified to find out what the going opinion of me is.

      • Yankeegirl49

        LMAO Steve!

        • Ace

          I don’t know Steve. I’ve never met Steve. But I can unconditionally guarantee you he would stumble over all of his words and make a bumbling fool of himself if Kim Jones ever approached him in person.

          • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

            You kidding me? The steve(different one) with the gold chain that says steve(different one). This guy gets the ladies, trust me. I’ve heard stories….Beyonce.

            • Tampa Yankee

              But wait, that’s ARod’s new girl.

              Ken “Sucka Got No Juice” Rosenthal

          • steve (different one)

            sorry man, she just doesn’t do it for me. i meant no offense (to you, obviously that was quite offensive to Ms. Jones).

            • Ace

              Ha, I know dude. I’m just kidding around.

      • radnom
      • JeffG

        I totally aggree – Kim Jones has a a man’s face. Put her in a Mets uni, give her a short haircut, put some black under the eyes, and viola you have David Wright.

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      Sloppy 162nds.

      • radnom

        So, one for each game?

  • steve (different one)

    Looks like Matsui gets another day on the bench and Jorge will DH again. I wonder if this is more a Matsui not hitting thing, or a giving Posada some rest thing

    i think it’s more of a “shut down the Rays’ running game” thing.

    Molina can’t hit a lick, but man is he a good catcher.

    • Ace

      I agree. It’s the smartest lineup to have when playing the Rays. Posada’s bat > Matsui’s bat & Molina’s D > Posdada’s D

      • andrew

        I’m agreeing with you, but the complicating issue at hand is that, Matsui’s bat > Molina’s bat. I agree though, against speed teams, we can’t really have posada back there too often.

    • radnom

      Good point.

      I’m sure its a mixture of all three. Easing Posada into full time duty this season; remember that he did not catch much in the spring.

    • JeffG

      Totally agree and they just can’t risk stressing his arm this early in the season.

  • Corey

    same, i like me some kim jones

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I think they are going to call up Ajax.

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      Melvin told you?

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I can’t understand Melvin, he only speaks Aramaic.

        • steve (different one)

          fantastic.

    • Ace

      Does this mean Swisher is full-time DH and Matsui hits the pine? Why would they call up AJax to sit on the bench?

      • http://8thinning.blogspot.com VO

        I would hope they would stick him in center, but I find that unlikely

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          This is what the Yankees do. Cano, Wang and to a smaller extent Cabrera (probably more out of necessity) they push the young players.
          I wouldn’t mind it. He’s going to be on the 40 man roster this year anyways.

      • Bo

        You dont bring him up unless he plays everyday.

        Let him get 500+ at bats in AAA before we annoint him the next

        • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

          Agreed, he needs time in AAA. Good point, GrantBo.

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            I agree with that also, but Cashman and the Boys are a wiley group.

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

          I agree.

          (Pigs fly through living room.)

        • Joey

          wow, I agree with something you said for once

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

            If it’s any consolation, while Grantbo said something we agree with, he still didn’t make sense.

            “Let him get 500+ at bats in AAA before we annoint him the next

            … the next what? The next ham sandwich? And what the hell is “annoint”ing?

            • Joey

              that makes me feel a little less dirty

      • andrew

        Why would Ajax be taking Swish’s spot? He’s a CF.

        • southernyankeefan

          read either here or on pete abe’s blog that they had him play some LF.

          • andrew

            True, I did see that, but even so, LF would be Damon’s spot. I just didn’t see anything about Jackson playing any RF, which would be the only conceivable way he’d take time away from Swish.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Nick Swisher is THE man.

    • Tom Zig

      Does Kim Jones have competition?

  • Matt K

    So I was just reading some comments over at chad jennings blog. Some people are suggesting that ransom could be designated and nady to the 60 day. Russo and jackson getting the call up. commenter Jim : suggested this line up

    1 Derek Jeter-SS

    2 Johnny Damon-LF

    3 Mark Teixeira-1B

    4 Nick Swisher-DH

    5 Jorge Posada-C

    6 Robinson Cano-2B

    7 Austin Jackson-RF

    8 Kevin Russo-3B

    9 Brett Gardner-CF

    What do you all think of that??

    • A.D.

      I can see the Russo move, but I just don’t get bringing up AJAX unless something is legitimately wrong with Matsui, otherwise they should let Matsui play until he’s actually proved that all of a sudden he can no longer hit.

    • Rob in CT

      That lineup doesn’t make much sense.

      For one thing, why the heck would you DH Swisher? He’s an above-average defender in RF. Play him in RF. If you call up Jackson (and you shouldn’t), he plays CF, no?

      Russo, maybe, sure, whatever. Two weeks, roughly, until we get ARod back.

    • radnom

      Wrong. Jackson is not being called up to replace Matsui. Godzilla’s slump for the first 6 games aside(only SIX games people!), Jackson can not equal Matsui’s production right now.

      The only way they are doing this is if they replace Gardner with Jackson. This pushing Brett into the 4th OF slot where he should probably be anyway, Melky into the 5th slot and restoring the outfeild depth.

      The only way this helps the team is if they are confident Ajax > Gardner offensively TODAY, RIGHT NOW AND FOR THE FORSEABLE FUTURE. I’m not convinced. It would be sort of exciting if they did, but I don’t think they will.

      I didn’t address the possibility of Ajax coming off the bench, because I don’t think the Yankees are that retarded.

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

        More like:

        1 Derek Jeter-SS
        2 Johnny Damon-LF
        3 Mark Teixeira-1B
        4 Nick Swisher-RF
        5 Jorge Posada-C
        6 Robinson Cano-2B
        7 Hideki Matsui-DH
        8 Kevin Russo-3B
        9 Austin Jackson-CF

        with Brett Gardner taking big chunks of Damon’s time in LF, and Damon taking big chunks of Matsui’s time at DH

        • radnom

          You are predicting 1 of two things:

          1. Damon is going to be banged up and need big chunks of DH time.

          or

          2. Gardner is going to be taking big chunks of Matsui’s time. (transitive property, yeah i went there).

          I can’t see what would give you the impression that number 1 is going to happen, and somehow number 2 is even crazier. I’m sorry, it is going to take more than six games for me to give up on Matsui. He is a waaay better hitter than Gardner will ever be.

        • radnom

          But, yes, sans that last line that was the exact lineup I was thinking.

    • Yankee1010

      Jim’s batshit insane.

  • Bo

    Ransom is a goner. Not his hitting that did it. it was his terrible glove there.

  • http://pinstripealley.com Edwantsacracker

    Is Andy Pettitte’s pitching sample against the Rays really a better sample?

    The Rays in the past year are not the same team that Andy beat up on from 96-03.

    The last two years Andy has a 4.70 ERA against the Rays in 8 starts.

    • andrew

      Andy is also not the same pitcher he was from 96-03.

      • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif Expired Milk

        That was his point I think. That not is Andy older but lately hes been pretty average against the new and improved Rays.

        • andrew

          Yea, I just thought he was saying that the bigger issue was that the Rays are actually a good team now as opposed to being terrible and I was adding that Pettitte has also gotten worse as the Rays have improved.

    • Chris

      I’m guessing that the 96 and 97 Rays did not have good numbers off Andy.

  • MattG

    Thus begins the A.X. era.

    • pat

      icwudt

  • Chris P.

    What’s worse? Losing A-Rod for the first month (assuming he comes back and doesn’t miss any more time) or losing Nady for the season (assuming he doesn’t come back)? I think it’s pretty close

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      Depends on how they work this situation out, I would think.

    • radnom

      Depends how Matsui/Damon’s health holds up.

      Probably Arod.

    • steve (different one)

      probably Nady.

      A-Rod for a month is about 1 win.

      Nady for the year is probably about 2 wins…

      • steve (different one)

        actually, i take this back.

        this only works if Ransom is replacement level. he’s been below replacement level.

        could go either way.

    • http://pinstripealley.com Edwantsacracker

      Definitely A-Rod. Think about it. Right now Swisher was a super-bench player (even though alot of us think he was the better player) He gets moved up the depth chart. By comparison there is no good backup plan for our infielders. Cody Ransom is getting at bats…

    • A.D.

      A-Rod, if necessary the Yankees can get a solid corner outfielder, they’ve had below replacement level production at 3B, which is a gigantic dropoff from best in the game normal production.

    • Drew

      Definitely Alex. Especially considering we have Damon, Gardy, Melkman and Swish. At third we have Pena and Cody. Besides, Alex is the best player in the game.. Duh!

  • Tampa Yankee

    So does Mo get to wear his own jersey or get a new commerative one?

  • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

    CC’s favorite words are “you know.” He says that at least once during every interview.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    … my aunt just died.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I’m sorry Rebecca, that’s horrible news.

    • http://8thinning.blogspot.com VO

      Condolences

      • Joey

        +1

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

    “Levine clarified the matter, saying Hal was talking about “maybe 150 to 200 seats.” He adds that tickets are selling well (like he’d say otherwise), and that while there are no plans to reduce ticket prices in the future, the team will not rule it out.”

    Mo dammit, Ben. Oh… I mean Joe… But Ben’s supposed to be the nexus of all statements about the Yankees or the new Stadium that might be construed in a less than optimal light. There can be only one (for people to unfairly bitch about). Universe… collapsing.

  • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

    OOOOHHH!!!!!!!! The Rays didn’t pay their light bill.

    • Brendan

      The check is in the mail!

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

      Isn’t that what all the revenue sharing is for?

      • andrew

        Nah, revenue sharing is so that Stuart Sternberg can afford to retire from Goldman Sachs before the storm hits

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

    Power outage? Way to go, Tampa.

    Actually, I’m surprised by the turnout for this game. Good for them.

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

    Pena’s wife is pretty impressive. She’s no Lima Time, but very nice nonetheless.

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    Carlos Pena’s wife is a looker.

    • Alex

      yes she is

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      Damn, I totally misread this at first. I thought you called his wife a hooker.

      Not that there is anything about it…

      • KW

        me too!

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

    Jackie Robinson was f*cking out on that steal. Poor Yogi.

  • John

    How embarrassing….

  • southernyankeefan

    did the rays not pay the power bill?

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

    Am I the only getting no video on YES HD? I get audio, and the regular channel works fine.

    Time Warner sucks worse than Cody Ransom.

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

      No I have video, no problem (and I have Time Warner).

    • Alex

      I’m getting it fine

      • southernyankeefan

        thats what she said

        • Alex

          haha

    • John

      not so sure about that…

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Time Warner can’t jump up on a 55″ box.

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

      It just came back on.

  • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

    Well, at least Dice-Gay is going on the DL too.

  • Yanks99

    Quick question – The Red Sox put Matsuzaka on the 15 day DL and reporters spoke to him and he said he hadn’t spoken to Francona and felt fine. Isn’t this a violation of MLB rules? He’s clearly not hurt, they just want to give him some rest.

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

      MLB’s rules don’t apply to the Red Sox. Didn’t you know that?

      • Yanks99

        True. I still can’t believe they had a Red Sox employee doing the steroids investigation. They should’ve had Hank Steinbrenner do it. That would’ve been awesome.

  • Alex S

    finally my picture is back

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      me too…annoying.

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

    Oh good Lord, it’s cowbell day at The Trop.

    • Alex

      my head is gonna be hurting me so much because of this by the end of the game.

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

    YES… Please don’t show me mouth-beathers with cow-bells while a pitch is en route to the plate.

  • Drew

    Jeter always looks the strangest of the 25 Yankee players wearing #42.

    • steve (different one)

      he should be wearing 21?

      • Pel

        When asked about the struggles Jackie Robinson had to endure, Jeter said “I wouldn’t know the half of it.”

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I feel so…inappropriate watching this game.

    like it’s not the right thing to do.

    • steve (different one)

      it’s ok. there is nothing else you can do, and this makes you feel better.

      don’t feel guilty.

    • Buffalo Ed

      enjoy the game. There will be plenty of time to mourn…

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

    I’m not listening to the audio… Did they ever explain why they do the cowbell thing in Tampa? I mean, Sacramento is cow country. What’s the connection to Tampa? Other than an attempt to be as f*cking annoying as possible.

    • Chris P.

      Traditon of course….

      Dating all the way back to last year….

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

        Heh, yeah. I just don’t get how it started in the first place.

        • pat

          Because of the SNL skit. Needs more cowbell. So ghey.

    • Joey

      Wikipedia is your friend:

      “The Rays’ Cowbell was originally a promotional idea thought up by principal owner Stuart Sternberg, who got the idea from the Saturday Night Live sketch. Since then, it has become a standard feature of home games, something akin to the Sacramento Kings of the NBA and the bells their fans ring during games. Road teams have often considered the cowbell a nuisance. Once a year the Rays hold an annual “cowbell night” and give away free cowbells. Cowbells are available for purchase throughout the year as well. The most famous proponent of the cowbell is Cary Strukel, who is known as “The Cowbell Kid.” Strukel can be seen at most home games sitting in right field and wearing some kind of costume, typically topped with a neon colored wig or Viking horns.[44] The cowbells are rung most prominently when the opposing batter has two strikes, when the opposing fans try to chant, and when the Rays make a good play.[45]”

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

        Thanks!!

        But of all the things people ask on this site, “why do Tampa fans ring cowbells” has got to be on the low end of “things that commenters should look up on wikipedia before asking other commenters about,” no? There are plenty of good reasons to be an aasshole around here (as many others will attest to about me). You can do better than that one.

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

          PS: I also explicitly asked if they mentioned it on the broadcast, since I’m watching but not listening to them on YES. I didn’t ask anyone to google something for me. So yeah, again: Blow me.

          • Joey

            really not trying to be an asshole, read your comment quickly and saw something to the effect of where did the cowbell thing start and looked it up for you. Thought I was begin nice. Friendly. Cordial. You know? Amicable, there’s another one

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

              Oh my bad, I thought “wikipedia is your friend” was sarcastic/assholeish. I take it back!

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

    You know, this Kevin Russo thing is weird. He was pulled with two outs in the third for no apparent reason. He’s obviously not with the team in Tampa, so if they called him up he’d be meeting up with them back in the Bronx. Scranton was playing in Buffalo, so why the need to leave the game early? It was a 1pm start and the game’s already over, he had plenty of time to travel.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Trade that we don’t know about?

    • Drew

      Just to ensure he’s not hurt.. You never know, a guy can get hit with a pitch and injure a hand.

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

        Good point.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          I wasn’t aware that Russo was HBP along with Jackson

        • Drew

          I was hoping J-rod would get the call, is Russo definitely the one replacing X?

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        This is probably the more likely scenario.

  • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops
    • Yankee1010

      The A’s are really making Wakefield work too. He was at 39 pitches through 5.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Tim Wakefield has a PERFECT GAME (!!!) going through five.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      … Yes, I am that petty.

      • Drew

        Maybe Kay can mention it.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Was the answer to your trivia question last night Livan? I didn’t go back and check.

      Also “trivia” in a way: in the Nintendo DS commercial w/the dudes making fun of each other being ugly, is the blonde dude Ace Enders of the Early November (RIP)?

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Yeah, Mike Pop got it; it was Livan Hernandez, Derek Lowe and Javier Vazquez.

        • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

          That’s right baby!

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            I let you win.

    • Joey

      [Irish accent] I’ll believe ya when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet.

  • southernyankeefan

    kay kills me, “both andys dandy”

  • Will

    I just want to take a second to not even worry about the game, and comment on how incredible a person Nick Swisher is after reading that linked article. Theres a guy who just gets it. For every time a fan has said “Man, doesn’t (so-and-so) understand he’s being paid multi millions for something I’d do for what he makes in a day?!?!”… this is that fan that just had the God given ability to make it to the majors. He’s of course not the only one, and we have some tremendous charities associated with the Yanks and their players, but I’ve never seen a pro player who has had his personality, who’s “living the dream” and I don’t want to have him wake up.

  • Spaceman.Spiff

    Robbie!

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Mike Lowell, World Series MVP, just cost Wakefield the perfect-o with an error.

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    Anyone lose HD yes again?

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

      yup

      • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

        Sweet…why I pay for cable, I just don’t know.

  • Alex

    Lowell just made an error in the 6th

  • Brendan

    Apples to ducks is my new favorite phrase. Thank you Michael Kay.

  • Jake

    apples to ducks?? Thank you Michael Kay.

  • Matt K

    Gettin the job done but lot of fly balls

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Anyone worried that pettitte’s getting all these fly outs?

    Or has he changed his mo?

    • KW

      to be fair the rays have some uppercut swingers, most notably pena. plus tossing all that slop probably helps keep them off balance a bit more than hammering the zone with sinkers and cutters

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    Pettitte’s got a perfect game through 2!!!! shnikies! This could be something special…

  • usty

    ugh…I hate my office. Bought MLB Mobile premium since the IT Nazi’s here won’t install flash on our PC’s because there’s no business use for them so no MLB Gameday audio on the PC. Stupid ass non-good cell phone signal office. It sounds like Sterling and Waldman are trying to talk while in a bouncy subway train.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    …holy crap that would have been an amazing play

  • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

    Ha..he dropped da ball!

  • pat

    WTF why cant the state and federal government take the right amount of taxes out the first GD time.

    • Drew

      Because then I would be jobless.

      • pat

        Change your occupation immediately. Taxes are a pain in my asssss.

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

      I know what we should do to protest: Tea-bagging party.

      (Terrible, I know, Couldn’t resist.)

      • Jack

        Nick Swisher doesn’t tea-bag. He potato-sacks.

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

          ietc very much. bravo.

  • Alex

    wow almost.. terrible bunt

  • C.Panella

    I guess pena cant bunt :-(

  • C.Panella

    Hes going to rob second here

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    seconds going to rob him.

  • Drew

    Great Hustle Johnny D!

  • Yankeegirl49

    How the hell does Tim Wakefield have a perfect game thru 6?

    • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

      cuz Michael Kay says so

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      Grittiness?

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I’d give him the green light.

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    Tex time?

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      Fucker

  • Drew

    I just noticed that X tatoo on Swish’s forearm. Is that new?

  • http://deleted Brendan

    Come on Tex!

  • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

    Mutha F@#$*

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    IT’s just that sort of day

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      What’s with today, today?

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        My aunt died.

  • Drew

    Shat. Hmm, Kapler looks much smaller then he did 5 years ago.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Nick Green with a fantastic play on a bloop to preserve the no-no.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Missed opportunities suck.

  • Drew

    Giambino will smash Wakefield.

  • Drew

    Wow!!!! WHat a play!!!

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Stupid Kapler, go take some steroids and shut up.

  • http://deleted Brendan

    Eat it, Kapler. What a play!

  • Drew

    Utto, jeter might have hurt his arm

  • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

    Dumbass Kapler….

    I’m gonna choke someone if Wakefield throws a no-no

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      There are worse things that could happen

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        You mean like Nady going on the DL?

        :(

        Sorry about your aunt, btw. My condolences.

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

          Same over here.

    • Drew
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    WOW.

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    What a fucking play!

  • pat

    Giambi buries that throw 5 rows deep in the stands.

    Actually no, Giambi doesnt even try to make it.

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    Muther ficken fracker tacker.

  • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

    Pendejo

  • LiveFromNY

    what is going on? I’m at work and can’t follow. Which game (Sux/A’s or Yanks/Rays) are we talking about?

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      rays scored 2 runs. on 2 dubs by upton and crawford

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    Shize Shize SHIZE!!!

  • Drew

    Gold glove for my man Robbie

  • Brazilian Yankee

    That’s what happens when you only get flyballs…

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      That’s what happens when you…SHUT UP!

  • Drew

    have I mentioned? I <3 Swish

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    No, John Sterling, Nick Swisher isn’t going to bat .475. He’s going to bat .574.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Can YES move that white dot from the bottom of the screen? It’s driving me insane.

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

      Ha, totally.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      David Cone is playing Pong.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Ugh I hate Tampa Bay’s outfield.

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

    RobbieE!!!!!

  • http://deleted Brendan

    ROBBIE!

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    No doubter, baby!

  • Alex S

    how ironic is it that i’m missing the yankee home opener to go to boston???

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    BAM…CAAAAAAAAANO!

  • pat

    Robinson.

  • YankeeScribe

    The Yanks really need to find a way to win this game…

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Don’t ya know!

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    CRUSHED

  • Expired Milk

    Damn Andy theres no reason why you should have given up a run. We got a great double play

  • Mike

    Robinson!

  • Willy

    ROBBIE!!!!!

  • Mike

    That Cano is so selfish, swinging on the first pitch instead of trying to drive his sonanstine’s pitch count

  • pat

    Oh gardner.

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    Grits McGee.

  • http://deleted Brendan

    That’s some grit right there.

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

    Oh man. How f’ng embarrassing is it to have to resort to ringing cowbells to drown out the visiting team’s fans’ chants?

  • YankeeScribe

    I like how they’re beginning a trend of scoring runs right after innings where they give up runs. I hope the trend lasts all season!

  • Expired Milk

    Thats exactly what you need to do gardner.Now get that steal and have Pena move you to third.

    • Expired Milk

      lol damn that sucks

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I didn’t know Ramiro Pena had such plate discipline.

  • southernyankeefan

    gardner gritted sonnanstine off the bag

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Damn.

  • pat

    Fack

  • Alex S

    how ironic is it that i’m missing the yankee home opener to go to boston???

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      You already said that…

      • Alex S

        i figured i’d give it another shot

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

      Please don’t post the same comment multiple times.

    • LiveFromNY

      It’s very ironic.

    • usty

      About as ironic as everything Alanis named in the song…

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    Upton’s wheels are killer.

    • southernyankeefan

      yeah what surprises me is that Ramiro Pena is making him use his wheels.

  • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

    The Sox are just shitting on Oakland now……6 runs in the 8th to make it 8-0.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Yeah but hopefully it kills Wakefield’s momentum.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Why do pitchouts only work against us?

    • Peter Lacock

      They pitched out on a 2-1 count. They must have known.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Just checked in ont he KC/Indians game, since the Indians won it…

    “W: Lewis (1-0) L: Farnsworth (0-2) S: Wood (1)”

  • YankeeScribe

    The bottom of the lineup is a black hole…

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

    Fucken Andy.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Aysh Andy

  • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

    That was Kay’s worst “SEE YA!” call ever.

  • Alex S

    shit ellsbury just saved wakefield’s no hitter

  • Mike

    67 pitches through 7 innings for Wakefield…seriously Oakland?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Seriously?

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Heh, Mike was right, Kurt Suzuki does have a penchant for the clutch hit.

  • Mike

    No-no gone!

  • pat

    NO HITTER BROKEN UP, KAZUO MATSUI SINGLES

    • pat

      Im such an asshole

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

        lmao

  • Alex S

    KURT SUZUKI BREAKS UP THE NO HITTER!!!!

  • Drew

    yAy!!!!! No hitter no maas

  • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

    There goes the no-no!

  • Smitt Dogg

    Thank god that Wake didn’t throw a no-no. I couldn’t bear it.

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

      Meh. Wouldn’t really bother me at all. It would clearly be a fluke if it had happened.

      • Mike

        yeah same here, wouldn’t even care lol he sucks. the guy is so hit or miss

        • Alex S

          it would certainly bother me just because AJ lost his last night

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

            But… Why? Who gives a shit? Get over the Boston obsession. AJ is better than Wakefield, a no-hitter would do nothing to change that.

            Boston’s our main rival and I don’t like them, but when people act like that they sound like Boston fans circa the late 90s/early 2000s.

            • Tom Zig

              When will that bag of bones retire anyways?

      • Smitt Dogg

        Agreed I guess. A broken watch is right twice a day they say.

        Still would have pissed me off though…

  • Drew

    Damn Upton rocks the old school chew.

  • Jake H

    either we crush this guy or he just wiggles by.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    jeter has been making some good contact lately..

    • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

      That’s what the Maxim Top 100 said!

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Andy looks like a fifth starter today. I know GB pitchers give up hits, but these are HARD hits.

    • Drew

      The Ray’s were in the World Series last year. They aren’t so bad.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      The trouble is that the GB pitcher ain’t getting a lot of GBs.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Yay.

  • Alex S

    CARLOS PENA = EPIC FAIL

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      hmmmmm…no.

  • Drew

    I love when Andy’s pissed.

  • Smitt Dogg

    Whaddya say there Sexy Texy

  • Smitt Dogg

    Whaddya say there Sexy Texy

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    Andy S out after 5? wierd.

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      78 pitches

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak
  • Mike

    Done after only 5 innings and 78 pitches…?