Game 40: Going out on top

Yanks to channel Fred Durst on Memorial Day
Garcia finally makes his season debut

Tonight very well could be Phil Hughes‘s last start for the Yankees — for now, of course. With indications that Chien-Ming Wang could be back soon, Hughes could be headed back to AAA to continue building up innings. There’s a chance he could head to the bullpen, but given the Yanks’ care in developing him I don’t think that’s a strong possibility. Not right now, at least, when he could stand to get in the every-five-days routine and accumulate innings.

Taking the mound for the Orioles will be Jeremy Guthrie. He’ll be making his third start against the Yanks this season. The last one is still fresh in Yankees memory, as it came when CC dominated the Orioles in Baltimore a couple of weeks ago. Guthrie threw quite well that night, hurt only by A-Rod‘s debut three-run shot. After that he allowed no runs over the next 5.2 innings, striking out eight and walking just two. It was a slight improvement over his Opening Day start, in which he also pitched six innings and allowed three runs, but struck out only three to three walks.

I’m guessing Brett Gardner is still only available in limited capacity due to the contusion on his right rotator cuff. I say this because Nick Swisher could use a night off. He has just five hits all of May, and has posted a .102/.262/.184 line in those 16 games. He’s had a few hard-hit balls lately, which is encouraging. But the hits just aren’t dropping (.143 BABIP). Then again, he’s not putting nearly as many balls in play: just 29 in 49 AB (62 PA). It’s be real nice to see Swisher get a base knock tonight.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Melky Cabrera, CF
9. Kevin Cash, C

And on the mound, number sixty-five, Philip J. Hughes.

Yanks to channel Fred Durst on Memorial Day
Garcia finally makes his season debut
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    I’ve been burning to ask this question for ages and now I can:

    Who’s your favorite AB/intro music?

    I love Evan Longoria’s, but I don’t know what song that is. On the Yankees I’m a fan of Swisher’s and A-Rod’s is growing on me.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      JOhnny Damon’s “Handlebars”.

      • pat

        He also comes out to “bleed it out” by linkin park later in the game. Another song I like.

  • 27 this year

    I really think Cervelli should catch Hughes. Honestly, Cervelli has handled the pitching staff well and Hughes needs a good start.

    • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

      i guess this guarantees me seeing Cervelli catch tommorow night.

    • Iowa Yank

      I think Cerevelii caught Hughes really bad outing maybe they want a little more experience in the battery

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    From Hoch:

    “The Yankees held their first Kangaroo Court since 1995 this afternoon at Yankee Stadium, with Mariano Rivera – the elder statesman of the clubhouse – doing the honors as judge. Xavier Nady served as the secretary and court stenographer, and Derek Jeter, A.J. Burnett and Johnny Damon served as the jury.

    What’s the court all about? Basically, Nady has been keeping track of infractions for weeks, called out by teammates. Derek Jeter said that he can’t ever remember one being held in his pro career, even in the Minor Leagues, but word is the practice disappeared when Joe Torre took over in 1996.

    The guys seemed to love the process. Nick Swisher did a television interview in Detroit shirtless and Burnett hit him with a $20 fine for that. Phil Coke’s wallet was $30 lighter as a result of the home run he served up to the Twins’ Joe Mauer. Coke pointed to the drive off the bat, thinking it was a fly ball that could be easily tracked by center fielder Brett Gardner, but the ball carried out and hit the netting over Monument Park. Johnny Damon was fined $100 for showing up late to court, blaming New York City traffic. But no fine was crueler than this one — Alex Rodriguez got hit for being late … for the season. “

    • John

      that’s cute

    • Linnea

      Wow, I need to find a copy of that Swisher interview.

  • teix is the man

    Hughes for Jason Heyward…do you guys do it?

    • AndrewYF

      I don’t know what prospect in the Yankee system I wouldn’t trade for Jason Heyward.

    • r.w.g.

      Ha. Perfect.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Hughes for Jesus and Pujols. You do it?

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

        +1

      • teix is the man

        Wow, ur an asshole

        • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

          Wow. Learn to take a little ribbing on the internet.

        • teix is the man

          whatever

          • Spaceman.Spiff

            lol. whatever.

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

        A couple of assumptions:

        1- You meant Jesus Montero and not Jesus Christ.
        2- You meant Hughes and Jesus for Pujols.

        Doesn’t really matter either way the answer is “Anyone who says no to that should lay off the pipe.”

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

          tex-A-Rod-Pujols, even with a bad elbow, as 3-4-5?

          *shudder*

          • teix is the man

            Would have to be hands down the best 3-4-5 ever, no?

            • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

              When healthy, yes.

        • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

          Nope, meant Jesus like the deity of the Christian religion. Trying to drive home the lopsided nature of the trade.

          • teix is the man

            Really not that lopsided….you’ve got a potential, cost-controlled ace and a potential superstar who has yet to prove anything

            • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

              There isn’t a GM in the sport who doesn’t trade Hughes for Heyward in half a second. For the Yankees, it is even more lopsided. The Yankees have no one similar in their system.

          • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

            If it bothers you, we can go with Moses instead.

      • Iowa Yank

        Dont we already have Jesus in the system?

      • RollingWave

        Pujols yes, but that Jesus guy, dunno, he seems to have a durability problem and might die young. plus he’s a stats padder (making too many bread) and can’t save his own life if he was getting, crucified.

  • pat

    HUGHES PERFECT THRU 1/3

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      Oh shush

    • pat

      2/3!!

      • pat

        3/3!!

        • pat

          4/3!!

          • pat

            :(

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      Hughes’ projection for this game.

      9.0IP, 0ER, 0H, 0BB, 18K, 108 pitches

      • whozat

        And people would STILL say he should move to the pen, or (like KLaw and Dierkes of mlbtraderumors) that they should send him to AAA to “rebuild” trade value and then flip him to the NL.

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

    Bust.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    We can has eight more of those Phil?

    • donttradecano

      He socked it to the red….oh wait

      • donttradecano

        fail

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

    “A 94mph piece of cheese…”

    Say what you want, but at least Kay makes you laugh.

    • Tony

      I beg to differ.

  • Charlie

    Aren’t yanks tickets on stubhub supposed to be real cheap now or has that time period passed already? Cause when I’m looking now everything seems pretty expensive..

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      They’re cheapest when you buy day of game.

    • claybeez

      Looked today and saw lotsa cheap tiks. Depends on the game. And the sooner the game, usually the better the price.

  • Crab Dribble Ointment

    Phil Hughes came to New York to chew bubblegum and kick ass.

    …. and he’s all out of bubblegum.

  • pete

    gameday says 94 on most 4 seamers, 92-93 on the two seamers, 89 on the cutters, for those who care

  • Ivan

    I know im late wit this but persoanlly I really like da new yankee hat for memorial day. Besides, Yankee hats are the best design hats in sports (whether u hate da yanks or not)

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    I’m pretty sure that’s the best inning I have ever seen Hughes throw. he was attacking the zone, and was in total command, against three very good hitters.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      It was pretty awesome.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    I think the question on everyone’s mind is…With interleague play coming up how many pitchers are going to have more HR’s than David Ortiz in a couple of weeks?

    • Ivan

      I know Dontrelle Willis is gonna be ahead of Ortiz.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      If Felix Hernandez can hit a grand slam off Johan Santana I don’t really want to know the answer to this.

      • V

        That was AWESOME.

    • Some call me…tim

      Yanks have two:CC and Swish

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

    Johnny Damon doesn’t do slides.

  • Crab Dribble Ointment

    I wonder what inning(s) the Yanks will get their obligatory Teix and Arod homeruns?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      I’m not exactly gonna complain about a run-scoring double, either.

  • Ivan

    I know it’s a couple games but rite now A-Rod is da MVP right now. No?

    • Ivan

      Okay maybe Longoria.

  • Ed

    Thank Mo Jim Palmer has the night off from the MASN. Anyone else watching from DC/Balt?

    • Ivan

      Wats up wit Jim Palmer.

    • e mills

      yea I live in Baltimore…I hate watching Jim Palmer, and the other guy for that matter

      • e mills

        Gary Thorne

        • claybeez

          That man loves his own voice.

    • Kara

      Yeah. I can’t stand Palmer. Or when MASN feels it necessary to show me the 5 split screens when the bases are loaded instead of the at bat.

      • Ed

        I usually watch the Yanks on my laptop and the Nats on my T.V. Unless the Yanks are playing the O’s. Have any of you heard Dibble on the Nat’s broadcast? Hilarious.

        • Kara

          Dibble’s probably the best part about watching the Nats. They’ve been pretty brutal this season.

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

    Chien-Ming Who?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      Having six (potentially) really good starters is a really cool problem to have.

      • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

        So is having a really good catcher from double a.

      • GG

        yeah and it feels so awk, I mean last year we were starting Rasner and Ponson ahahahaa

        • John

          Hughes>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Giese, Rasner, and Ponson’s talents all combined.

  • Ivan

    I guess somebody ticked off Hughes today.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    That was a great pitch.

  • GG

    “Look Kevin Cash is a reeelly good backup catcher” – Peter Gammons

  • pat

    So nice to see him getting ahead of people.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Michael kay just said Phil Hughes has a lot pitches he can use. Good job on the research, Mike.

  • Ed

    Thorne’s not too good either, but I think I write him off because of his work with the Mets. Buck Martinez isn’t too bad.

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

    Nice piece of hitting by Mora, almost looked like he double clutched the swing waiting for the breaking ball.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    That was not a great pitch. Stick with the fastball, Phil.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      He has to mix it up a bit. He just needed that one to hit the dirt.

  • John

    Damn, i hate it when Hughes gives up these hits when ahead in the count…oh well, it’s part of the learning process of playing in the Majors.

  • Steve O.

    Man, I can’t believe there were whispers of bringing Wigginton in for the bench.

    Pena/Berroa/Ransom>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Wigginton

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

      Yeah, he benefited from the Astros park last year BIG TIME.

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

      Just awful…My prayers go out to her family and friends.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      I’ve had enough dead people this year to last the rest of my life, thank you very much.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

        That came off more assholeish than I intended.

        My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    • Ivan

      Send my prayers towards scott and his family and the wifes family as well.

  • e mills

    trying to nibble…

  • Bob Stone

    That is very sad and tragic. It puts everything else in perspective.

  • Ivan

    2 scoreless

  • V

    Hughes loses a little something when there’s men on base.

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

      Everyone loses something from the stretch.

      • V

        Wasn’t saying otherwise, but it’s something he definitely has to work on as he develops.

    • John

      he’ll get better at that as he ages and matures.

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

    Bobby Murcer’s birthday today.

    • Bob Stone

      Thanks for mentioning it. I miss Bobby Murcer a lot.

    • Cliff

      Bronx Banter had a nice little post on him today.

    • John

      It is also the birthday of Blue Jeans

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

    Even though Swish is struggling, he’s still putting together good at-bats.

    • Ed

      Well timed.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      Yes, yes he is.

  • Kara

    SWISH!

  • Bob Stone

    Go Swish!!!!!

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

    Hooray for Swish.

  • V

    SWISH!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    There we go Swish! Lets make it a habit.

  • pat

    SWISH AND CHIPS!!

  • sweet

    “Swishalicious”

    -John Sterling

  • http://theyankeebomber.blogspot.com Conan

    Bandbox! Almost looked like he was jammed on that. Nice job bringing in the hands, Swish.

  • teix is the man

    Am I the only one to hear Kay almost say Swish socked it to the red sox instead of the o’s?

  • ARX

    ….Swish-alicious!? If Kay didnt put me to sleep I’d never turn my radio back on.

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

    So yeah, Swish will be rockin’ the high socks again tomorrow.

  • e mills

    I like it

  • Will

    Sweet, more fantasy HRs. Now I need A-Rod to go deep again.

  • Bob Stone

    Back to Back!!!!!

  • John

    What an AB…starts off 0-2 and then homers like on the 8th pitch

  • Kara

    Back-to-back! Yeah Robi!

  • http://theyankeebomber.blogspot.com Conan

    I’m guessing Sterling is saying back to back and belly to belly?

    • sweet

      a back-to-back-to-back

      and…

      a belly-to-belly-to-belly

  • teix is the man

    Swiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiish

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Obviously its all the ballparks fault.

    /Buster Olney

  • e mills

    Kind of concerned with Howard and Utley coming into town this weekend and that short porch, perhaps the pitching will keep them in check though

    • Kara

      They’re going to love RF.

  • Bob Stone

    I wonder if the Yanks have the fire power to break their own team record for home runs this year

  • Ivan

    Nuttin but Net, Swisher.

  • Alex S

    back-back-back!!

  • Bob Stone

    Wow!!!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    LOL. Melky and Siwhs were on my fantasy team! Ballpark = FTW!

    • Kara

      I almost started Swish tonight…but then I didn’t. My bad.

  • claybeez

    Hot Damn!!!

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

    Hey, I just got here what did I miss — OH SHIT — BANGWAGON

  • Rene

    4 in a row?????

  • Ryle Kyan

    Can someone explain to me why Kevin Cash is getting so much playing time when he sucks?

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

      Cervelli can’t catch every day. What is this, Cash’s third game?

  • LiveFromNewYork

    LOVE IT.

  • John

    Damn you Cash, he just wanted the Sox to be the most recent team to go back-to-back-to-back-to-back

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

    Sorry about the technical issues folks, bear with us.

    • John

      thank god, i thought it was just me

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

    Hey, we’re back from the dead!

  • Bob Stone

    Nice double play to end a threat!

  • Alex S

    server crash?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Oh Mo, not Melky too.

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

    Okay, I think we’re back for good now.

    • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

      What happened?

      • http://www.myspace.com/rbisportsradio Joey H.

        To Melky.

    • John

      better be, that was frustrating

  • Dave

    Melky needs some liniment on those boys

    • John

      what happened

    • John

      what happened to him?

      • John

        my bad for the double post…it wasnt posted originally when i refreshed and the site was having problems

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

    ballplayers are tougher than we give them credit for.

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

    The Tigers hit into a triple play against the Rangers.

  • Doctor J

    Inside scoop: Hughes is using a secret motivational song to help him get the important outs with men on base; it goes something like this:
    “Miked up! He’s ready to go! on the FAN, New York sports radio
    Miked up, Miked up!
    He’ll get you the sports any way that he can, it’s Mike Francesa on the Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!”

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

    That was a meatball.

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

      That was fucking kobe beef.

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

    9 K now.

  • John

    are we good now? for sure?

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

      No idea.

  • Bob Stone

    We seem to be back now

  • John

    Hey, sorry to ask a somewhat random question, but I’ve seen it a few times on the blog and have been meaning to ask…what does “FAIL” stand for or mean?

    • John

      doesn’t it just mean that the poster made some type of foolish mistake and are either admitting it or being told by someone else? im not sure either

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

    David Ortiz hit his first HR of the year tonight.

    Brett Gardner still has more HR.

    I am amused.

    • donttradecano

      syringes do wonders.

      • Whitey14

        So by that logic, or lack of it, does that mean Cano was on the juice when he hit .340 and was off it last season?

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

    WTF? Only 89 pitches for Phil.

    • Linnea

      That was weird. He was having a perfectly respectable outing.

  • pat

    this is a test…

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Can’t wait to see “Ortiz is back and going to own again” articles I’m going to see on ESPN.

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

    Are the Yankees trying to avoid Baltimore’s bullpen?

  • Ed

    Had trouble getting into the comments section. Anyone else sick of pop ups and fly outs?

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

      We know, we’re working on it.

      • donttradecano

        wouldnt happen on lohud

        • Linnea

          Well it might, but they’d just blame A-Rod.

    • donttradecano

      ill take a win even if they pop up for all 27 outs

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Ughhh. Yankees go back to back to back, and then: blog explodes, Hughes gives up two homers, Girardi pulls him after 89 pitches, and Ortiz hits a homer.

    • pat

      it’s ok, the gangster is here.

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

    Check out the Mexican Gangster getting some setup work in.

    • donttradecano

      el gángster mexicano parece esta noche sobresaliente

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Aceves to the ‘pen!

      Wait….

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    2 Melky’s = 1 Home run each tonight.

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

    Aceves is Ace.

    BTW, Bruney, Coke and Aceves = Three Bullpen Baldies?

    • bizarrojamie

      When trying to come up with the cheesiest lamest thing I could possibly say about this. I was left with only:
      The Bald Pen.

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

    Strasburg leaves game early with back cramp http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/college/?p=1144

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

      Yeah but he’s fine.

      • donttradecano

        No hes not his stock will now drop all the way the yankees!!!! this way they can develop those young players that they dont seem to develop. Heres John Minko with the updates.

  • Bob Stone

    I hope Coke is okay after that liner to the mound

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

    Heh, you could totally hear Harkey ask Mo if he was ready yet right there.

    • Bob Stone

      Yeah – Never seen that before

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

      Lets you know about Joe’s faith in Veras.

  • Bob Stone

    It seems like everyone has left after we had the tech problems

  • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

    Ah, it works again.

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

    Found the problem. We’re back. Just minus a cool feature.

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      No more Yankee logos in the corners of comments?

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        The Yankees logos were an important feature, made the blog much easier to navigate.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Are we ever getting cool feature back, or has it been the cause of too much trouble?

  • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

    Ah, it works again!

    • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

      Disregard

  • Bob Stone

    Let’s hope it remains up and running

  • pat

    Base knock here so Mo doesn’t have to pitch the 9th.

  • Bob Stone

    C’mon Cano – RBI – We need some insurance runs

  • pat

    Ahh nice swing melky

  • Bob Stone

    Nice hits by Cano and Cabreara

  • Accent Shallow

    Hey guys,

    I went on vacation post-Melky’s walkoff against the Twins. What did I miss? If the Yankees start losing, should I go back on vacation?

    • Bob Stone

      If I were superstitious, which I am not, I would say definitely!!

  • Bob Stone

    Nice try by Moeller to claim he tagged Swish

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Not. Even. Close.

  • Jeremy

    We complain, often fairly, about our pen, but damn. The Orioles pen is criminal.

    • Bob Stone

      Ours looks great by comparison tonight

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

      And they’re paying them far more than the Yanks are paying their relievers.

      • Bob Stone

        You don’t always get what you pay for!

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Nice nice nice nice.

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

    Love the tack on runs.

  • Quikksand

    Amazing job by this offense.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      The O’s are helping us a lot.

  • Ed

    As nice as the walk offs are, you gotta love these last two games.

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

      Amen.

  • Quikksand

    11-3 Yankees!!

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

    This team is kind of amazing.

  • pat

    OMG Andino FAIL

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

      They ruled that shit a hit. Official scorer FAIL.

  • teix is the man

    Tex 3-run jack right here

  • Jeremy

    Does Andino have money on these games?

  • pat
    • teix is the man

      IETCT

    • Jeremy

      I enjoyed this exchange:

      -Motherfuck!!!

      -Is that because Jamie Walker came in?

      -That’s because
      this team is not good at baseball.

      • pat

        hahah, they’re so angry it’s awesome

    • LiveFromNewYork

      I kinda feel for them.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    I’m sure Teix is upset he didn’t go to Baltimore.

    • teix is the man

      Who wouldn’t be? gritty uniform>>>>>>>>>>>>>$

  • Bob Stone

    If this score holds up, and I think it will, the Yanks finally have more Runs Scored than Runs Allowed for the season. They came into tonight at -5 (214S, 219A)

  • Quikksand

    foregone conclusion that the yankees will win.

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

    WTF, why is Mo still pitching?

    • teix is the man

      Why are they saying its a save?

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        Because it was a save when he came in. That’s the rule.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Because he came in during a save situation and he’s finishing the game.

        • teix is the man

          MY bad i thought once the game was a blowout it was no longer a save

        • Charlie

          So what, that is absolutely not a reason to waste your best reliever whos 39 years old’s arm

      • V

        A save is dependent on the situation the pitcher came INTO, not the situation he finishes it in.

      • Jeremy

        Because of the silly way saves work.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          See: Wes Littleton.

    • Accent Shallow

      Conventional baseball wisdom is to never remove the closer once he’s in the game, lest lesser relief pitchers lose the game.

      Kinda BS, at least in this situation.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    I’d put Alphabet in there.

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

      8 runs … let Swisher pitch!!!

  • Tony

    Why the FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF is Rivera in the game??????

  • Quikksand

    nice play MO! 1 away.

  • pat

    OH WHAT THE FUCK SIT MO DOWN

  • John

    11 runs, 10 hits = Efficiency!

    • John

      make that 11 runs on 9 hits!!!!!!!!!!

  • pat

    GODDAMN IT WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS BULLSHIT

  • Quikksand

    another hR given up by mo

    • Tony

      Thanks for that info

  • Will

    wtf mo, keep the ERA low for my fantasy team.

  • gxpanos

    Hey everyone, just finished dinner.

    If anyone cares to think back, and I understand if you don’t considering that glorious 8th, did Phil get squeezed in the 5th? It seemed two pitches to Jones before the HR could have been strikes, and a couple to Markakis too.

    I would have commented at the time, but I was eating, so, like, nobody get mad at me.

    Oh and Mo just gave up a HR. And I am not close to worried about it.

    • Ed

      I had that same thought. I think Jones was given a stike there because earlier he was called out on a questionable check swing on an appeal. If you believe in umps giving calls back anyway.

    • Tony

      Definitely agree. And for anyone questioning Hughesus’ potential, see tonight’s game.

  • Quikksand

    Yankees win! THE-E-E-E YANKEES WIN!

  • pat

    HAHA I think someone just told swisher to put his hat on before his interview with Kim.

  • Will

    In fairness, he Mo threw 3 pitches, and then had to sit a long inning. That easily could have thrown him off.

    • John

      or it could be he didn’t care and just tried to save energy

  • sweet

    he had almost no warble tonight

  • LiveFromNewYork

    The kid was happy that he jacked off Mo. Very heartwarming.

    We accommodate.

    • pat

      Ew.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      No comment.

      • Charlie

        hilarious

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Okay, rushed comments are a bad idea.

    • ranger11

      This is the comment of the night!

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      Is that you, David Cone?

  • Roger

    Y keep mo in?

  • Jeremy

    A link if you’re curious about who Polly Tompkins is. Nice little story.

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090520&content_id=4841710&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy

    • Bob Stone

      Great story – My prayers are with her for a full and speedy recovery.

    • pat

      Thanks for the link, that’s a great story.

  • V

    Reimold’s a real prospect, not a scrub. But, oh well, that’s what you get with Mo in a low leverage situation – here it is, try and hit it.

    • Ed

      Exactly, it was 11-3, he isn’t trying to paint corners, he is throwing stikes and daring guys to hit it and one guys out of four did.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Bard got smacked around in Boston tonight. 3 hits and a run in two thirds of an inning, left with runners at 2nd and 3rd. But he could close right now for everybody but the teams with craig hansen and Manny Delcarmen.

    • AlexNYC

      Mark Melancon is happy.

  • Accent Shallow

    I missed Hughes pitching tonight, how did he look? 9 Ks is excellent, especially if they’re mostly swinging. 1 walk is also encouraging. 2 jacks, not so much . . .

    • Bob Stone

      He had much better command and really attacked the strike zone with fast balls early. In the first few innings he tossed alomst all fast balls. Unlike previous games he wasn’t trying to paint the corners. Just firing heat in the zone at 92-94mph. He also got a lot of guys to strike out with high heat.

    • steve (different one)

      he looked awesome. he made some mistakes, but he’s not a finished product.

      very encouraging.

    • pat

      Eh the two jacks were 2 really bad pitches they capitalized on. He looked very confident today the fastball was on and they flailed at his offspeed stuff as a result.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Yep. Minimizing the mistakes is a key part of the learning process for any young pitcher and Hughes is still in that process.

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

    mu favorite thing about tonight’s game every runner to reach scoring position in the 8th inning scored

    • Ed

      A couple with two outs too, right?

    • Jeremy

      It seems like that is no great accomplishment against Baltimore relief pitching.

      • Zack

        Baez did have a 2.11 era in 21 innings this year
        Walker is a lefty specialist but they brought him against what 3 righties in a row before Damon got to bat?

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    I think the story of the night was how good Aceves looked and Joe’s Mendoza-esque use of him.

  • Charlie

    I’m sure its been mentioned, but Big Papi actually homered . .

  • pat

    Mike has an easy ass DOTF tonight.

  • Charlie

    Couple of things about this game..
    1. Hughes may have k’ed 9, but the pitches he threw that got homered on were pitches that will almost always get launched by ML hitters
    2. There is no reason for Mo to have pitched the 9th there, that was fuckin stupid
    3. We are tearing apart every team in our path right now
    4. Melky has shown no signs of slowing down
    5. Kevin Cash just flat out sucks

    • Bob Stone

      I agree with all your points except that Mariano may have needed the work.

    • Zack

      1. Didnt we make a big deal Joba K’d 12 in 5.2 but ignored his 4 runs?

      2. Bring Veras in, walk 2 guys, bring Alby in, give up 3 hits, etc. Just end the game

      3. Agree

      4. Agree, I think YES showed he hit safely in 23 of his last 26 starts

      5. 4th string catcher, what do you expect

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        +1

  • nilnil

    Hope Mo not get Bruney-like injury due to long waiting for the 9. I think Joe should put Tomko at that 9.

    • steve (different one)

      uhh, Mo was in the DUGOUT. Bruney claims he got hurt by warming up too long in he bullpen.

      is there anything we can’t blow way out of proportion?

  • touchtoneterriost

    The only difference between this year and last year is we are actually beating up on bad teams and bad pitchers.We will have trouble with good teams but we need to destory the bad teams.

  • Charlie

    For anyone watching the Magic-Cavs game it is one of the worst officiated games i’ve seen (and i’ve seen quite a few bad ones). Im no magic fan, but its obvious that they’re completely giving the Cavs all the calls

    • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

      Yet Orlando keeps fighting back. God i wish the Knicks were good.

    • Zack

      did you expect something different?

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    I would love for Trey Hillman to explain using Ponson in the 8th of a tie game.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Was Farsny unavailable to blow the game?

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Remember when basketball ended in April?

    • donttradecano

      It always does in new york.

      • LiveFromNewYork

        I meant the whole season. It should not be going into June.

    • thurdonpaul

      whats basketball ?

  • donttradecano

    Schowenweises wife found dead.

    • donttradecano

      hitting enter too early fail.

      Schowenweisses wife found dead, Mickelson wife with breast cancer, Sad day for both families.

  • donttradecano

    Hedo is so underrated.

  • Lanny

    Got to love Girardi. 8 game win streak and an 8 run lead and puts Rivera in for a totally useless 9th inning.

    • steve (different one)

      Girardi said he wants Mo to build arm strength, that’s why he let him pitch.

      also, you’re an annoying troll.

      • LiveFromNewYork

        What he said.

      • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

        I didn’t mind Mariano coming out for the 9th but he has been pitching a lot lately, so it’s not like he needed the work.