Game 76: Back to the big boys’ league


After a 10-8 run through the National League — a run which, everyone must agree, could have and should have gone much better — the Yankees return home to get reacquainted with the American League, a/k/a the league with better teams. Surprisingly, there’s rain in the New York area. Boy, do we need it.

On the hill for the Seattle Mariners tonight is 24-year-old right-hander Brandon Morrow. He was the fifth pick of the 2006 draft, and the Mariners selected him ahead of hometown hero Tim Lincecum. While Morrow has considerable upside, there’s no doubt the team is kicking itself for that one.

Earlier this year, Morrow upset die-hard M’s fans by voluntarily moving to the bullpen. This was, both he and the team claimed, partly in order to better manage his Type 1 diabetes, with which he was diagnosed his senior year in high school. The Mariners moved Morrow into the closer’s role, where they believed he’d thrive.

The experiment started off well in general, though Morrow allowed three runs in his first appearance (0.2 IP). From there he tossed six innings of two-hit ball, allowing no runs. He then hit the DL on May 2, retroactive to April 24, with tendinitis in his right biceps. He returned on May 10, picking up his sixth save of the season despite allowing a run in the ninth. However, in his next two appearances he blew saves, both resulting in walk-off losses. Manager Don Wakamatsu removed him as closer the next day.

Morrow worked out of the bullpen after that, pitching mostly two-inning stints. He had his own degrees of successes and failures, but wasn’t remarkable in any way. This led Morrow to change his mind — he wanted another shot in the rotation. The Mariners planned to option him to AAA so he could stretch out, but an injury to Erik Bedard changed plans. Like the Yankees did with Joba Chamberlain, Morrow’s counterpart tonight, the Mariners put Morrow in the rotation with a pitch count. He worked up to five innings and 87 pitches last time out, allowing three runs to the San Diego Padres.

Yankees fans might remember Morrow from his first major league start last September, in which he held the team to one hit over 7.1 innings. He stumbled a bit after that, allowing six runs to both the Royals and A’s before season’s end. The Yanks will have a chance for payback tonight.

On the other end is Joba Chamberlain, a fellow 2006 draftee. Joba bookends the month, having started on the first against Cleveland. That was surely a game to remember. The Yanks could use another one of them tonight. He’s averaged a hair over six innings per start this month, which is okay but still not what they want to see out of Joba. A good sign: he walked none over 6.1 innings last time against the Braves. Keeping the walks down will be a big part of Joba’s development.


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

And on the mound, number sixty-two, Joba Chamberlain.

Rain, rain: It’s raining. We’ll see when this one starts.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Doug says:

    predict an 8:30 first pitch

  2. BigBlueAL says:

    I hate fuckin rain delays, especially since in the package they dont stay with the channel showing the game so you have no idea when the game will start (or re-start if its a raid delay during the game).

  3. It was gorgeous earlier…had lunch with a few RABers, was awesome.

    They have a very nice window to get the game in. Amazing how the sky is clear in Jersey, but its still raining in NYC…

  4. Jersey says:

    Here’s a video of Ichiro to amuse you while we wait. NSFW


  5. DP says:

    Anyone know why Gardner is out?

  6. Doug says:

    from peteabr: “Yankees projecting a 7:45 p.m. first pitch”

  7. Ivan says:

    The M’s really don’t know what to do with Morrow. For starters, not only did they pass on Lincecum, but then when they did draft Morrow (who has a boatload of talent) rather making him starter til he failed they just said hey, lets make em a reliever. Considering the team needs major impact players and drafting Morrow that high, why make him a reliever? I thought the Diabetic thing was a legit concern but not to the point it really should of force Morrow to be a reliever.

    M’s are a confuse franchise.

  8. Big B says:

    I’m at the game. Just announced a 7:45 first pitch via phil coke.

  9. Jose says:

    Everyone vote for the all-star game. Make sure to pick Tex, Kinsler and Posada.


  10. Professor Oak says:

    Why does this always happen on Joba’s starts?

  11. Ivan says:

    One more thing, this game scares me a lil mainly of who’s pitching for the M’s. Morrow is sorta like Daniel Cabrera in a stand point that yeah the yanks should hit him, especially like Cabrera Morrow command is below average and that’s being generous. Nevertheless, like Cabrera he has the stuff to shut down any team and pitch like 7 or 8 no hit innings.

    • Professor Oak says:

      He also is the guy who 1 hit us last year through 7.2 innings, striking us out 8 times. The one Yankee who got a hit off him? None other than Wilson Betemit…

  12. Jersey says:

    The Hinske Era has to wait a little bit longer before it pwns us all.

  13. Steve H says:

    Is anyone else amused that reigning MVP Pedroia has been the worst 2b in the AL East this year? Not only that, but he actually is #6, as both Rays 2b’s have been better. Wonder when RSPN will point this out?

  14. Salty Buggah says:

    If I remember correctly, didn’t Wilson “The Legend” Betemit break up the no-no from Morrow last year?

    Anyone remember? I’m not sure

  15. Salty Buggah says:

    Mo is throwing out the first pitch? That’s pretty cool

  16. BJ Upton homers on first pitch of game, Rays lead Jays 1-0.

    That has a nice rythmn to it if you say it out loud.

  17. anthony says:

    i got a great trade for the yanks and jays

    yanks get
    hill -free agent after next season when they want to break bank for halladay our answer to pedroia with a slick glove would be a superstar in new york and perennial all star who is extremely clutch. as you can tell lov aaron hill.
    rios -looking to trade 5yrs 50plus mill left on contract looking to unload money to keep docnext year a great defender with a cannon arm and long could put him in place he has a ton of talent still only 27.

    jays get
    cano- great potential but not yankee material needs a change of scenery and should play in a small market so he wont be ridiculed for his laziness which he deserves. and only 6mill per for four years.
    melky – the guy has grown on me but he can go to toronto become a full time right fielder he is also cheap for them.
    1 B level prospect like shelley or miranda take your pick

    it makes sense both melky and cano are cheap for them hill is heading for a big pay day and bring more of the gritiness yanks are trying to get back too . rios has big time talent 5 tool can run, hit, hit for power , and defend at a high level and how athletic is an future outfield of

    lf-brett the jet

    it makes sense

    • it makes sense

      No, it doesn’t.

      • Double-J says:

        This is the second instance of the Chewbacca defense today. What the hell is going on here, people? Do folks really think Shelley Duncan is a part of any serious trade these days?

        • Sweet Dick Willie says:

          B level prospect like shelley or miranda

          Neither Shelley nor Miranda are prospects, B or otherwise.

    • Zach says:

      Cano gets paid 3m, 6m, 9m, 10m, 14m club option, 15m club option

      And no team sees Melky as a full time anything

    • Mattingly's Love Child says:

      Umm no. The Jays would not send 2 of their best players over for Cano and a 4th Outfielder……

    • Also, if Brett Gardner is ever a starting corner OF for the Yankees, something will have gone terribly, terribly wrong.

    • Ivan says:

      That trade makes little sense,

      Cano is better Rios, and why in the world would the Jays want Melky. Plus, they already got a AS second baseman. That trades makes no sense for both teams especially for the Jays.

  18. Alex NYC says:

    Wow no B-Morrowers after all. Nevermind he plays for seattle. Unlike the B-Jobbers….ugh

  19. Zach says:

    Anyone see Mike Lowell officially go on the DL? Damn that Girardi has no clue how to deal with players coming off of hip surgery

  20. YankeeScribe says:

    The Sox are already winning. Damn the Orioles…

  21. J says:

    ESPN’s featured member comments on the Hinske trade story:

    • I would say defensively Hinske is better than Damon and Swisher. He also plays the infield corners. This is unfortunately a good move by the Yanks, this guy was a great asset as a bench player for both the Red Sox and the Rays. He has been in the AL East a while and will be familiar with that pitchers he will be facing.

    • As a Red Sox fan, this deal kind of scares me. He is the grit that I think the Yankees lack. He is a hard nose player and can come up big when needed. He was one of my favorite Red Sox in the short time he was in Boston. He isnt the best talent. But he is a difference maker.

    • I understand the Yankees got him for basically nothing, but I don’t see how the Yankees have any use for him. If the Yankees field an outfield of Damon, Gardner and Melky, Hinske isn’t an upgrade over any of them at this point in my opinion, and he probably isn’t even an upgrade over Swisher either. So what is he, a 5th outfielder?

    Grit???? We STILL lack grit? And do these people not get that Swisher is really good player? Dumbasses…

  22. Teix is the Man says:

    I really hope the O’s can win tonight…I’m not holding my breath though- 2-0 sox already.

  23. Was Jones okay after that Youkilis home run? Looked like he was shaken up.

  24. Billy says:

    jesus just hit an oppo shot. 2nd AA homer

  25. John says:

    Fuckin Orioles, they give us a hard time but suck against them Socks.

  26. Billy says:

    well at least there’s only 13 minutes to go

  27. Teix is the Man says:

    I realllllly need to watch the Yankee game…I need my fix!

    • I watched a movie last night while the game was on but it just didn’t feel right. And even though it was only one night w/o the Yankees, it felt like so much longer…

      • Teix is the Man says:

        I know exactly how you feel. However, I was watching this comedy that was hilarious…it’s called the Mets!

    • Ivan says:

      Watch a met game=Rehabilitation.

  28. Jose says:

    I have this horrible feeling that the Red Sox will trade for a good first baseman. Imagine if they somehow pryed away Victor Martinez from the Indians and had him split time between Catcher and First Base. That would be a formidable lineup to try and break the 0-8 record against. Thankfully, I doubt the Indians will trade V-Mart.

  29. John says:

    Eric Hinske has averaged 3.94 pitches seen per plate appearance in his career, with a 4.04 mark this season.

  30. Billy says:

    im just curious why do we have to wait till 8:05? does it take a half hour to take the tarp off? the field looks fine now

  31. Ivan says:

    Who was the first black guy who was labeled gritty? Anybody?

  32. Is it me or are rain delays tha much worse after an off day?

  33. Little Bill says:

    Morrow Schmorrow. He did NOT one hit this current lineup which is the Yankees best. They didn’t have Teix, Swish, or Posada in that lineup. This lineup will crush Morrow and Joba will dominate their lineup which is 12th in the AL in OPS.

  34. Billy says:

    now its 4-0 sox. fucking bitch ass orioles

  35. Salty Buggah says:

    Pedroia was also quarterback for the freshman team at Douglass Jr High

    Damn, they must have been desperate and sucky if he had to be QB

  36. Professor Oak says:

    Bleich pitching well in AA so far.

  37. dkidd says:

    smoltz looks hittable

  38. Dela G says:

    let’s go yankees!

    i am predicting a 5-2 win for the yankees

    joba gives up 2 runs over 6 IP with 5 K

  39. Ooh they’re showing the first pitch on air

  40. dkidd says:

    oh. god. get those girls away from melky!

  41. Manimal says:

    Arod’s with the fat one.. hahahaha

  42. Zach says:

    joba looks excited

  43. Manimal says:

    wtf… is that legal? An active player throws out the first pitch?

  44. Mike Axisa says:

    That’s so cool, Mo throwing out the first pitch.

  45. Joba…get ‘em.

  46. Billy says:

    wow montero is amazing he just hit a 2-run bomb for his 2nd of the game

  47. dkidd says:

    ichiro hall of fame?

  48. If Ichiro could hit for so much power, like everyone says, why doesn’t he do it?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      He said he’d rather help his time by hitting .360.

      • I know you’re being sarcastic but I’m going to ramble anyway. If he could hit 30 HRs, while playing plus defense in any of the three positions, and steal when he got those singles and what not, wouldn’t that be more valuable than hitting .360? If he hit for more power, his walks would also increase, and then he’d get the chance for more steals. Whatever. He’s not going to change.

  49. Jake says:

    If Mo is with us, who can be against us?

  50. Jamal G. says:

    Wow, thanks, ump.

  51. Mike Axisa says:

    Got a break on that call.

  52. That was neither a strike nor a swing.

  53. Manimal says:

    Montero hits his second HR of the night, Holy Jesus.

  54. Russell Branyan = TTO king.

  55. Teix is the Man says:

    Joba just needs to put these mutha fuckas away.

  56. Salty Buggah says:

    I hate ABs that begin 0-2 but end being walks!!! (only if we are pitching)

  57. dkidd says:

    lopez on a pace to drive in 104 with a .711 ops

  58. Mike Axisa says:

    Junior batting cleanup? What is this, 1997?

  59. Mike Axisa says:

    A few too many pitches for Jobber, but it’s cool for now.

  60. dkidd says:

    as first innings go, i’ll take it

  61. Arman Tamzarian says:

    Is anyone else having trouble pulling the game up on mlb.tv?

  62. As long as we aren’t one-hit by this kid again I will be very happy.

    …But swinging at the first pitch like that? How Jeterian.

  63. Derek…please stop doing that.

  64. Drew says:

    Aysh, Jetes is sooo not a leadoff hitter

  65. Chris says:

    Montero Homered again.

  66. Teix is the Man says:

    This’ll be an interesting strike zone.

  67. Teix is the Man says:

    This’ll be an interesting strike zone.

  68. zs190 says:

    ‘Tek is so gritty, he just faked a HBP and got a RBI, sigh.

  69. Salty Buggah says:

    Damon nice

  70. Manimal says:

    I HATE when Jeter swings on the first pitch, it annoys me so much.

  71. Look at Tex getting gritty sliding into first.

  72. Mike Axisa says:

    Man, Tex might have beat that out if he ran a little harder.

  73. Professor Oak says:

    When Montero was signed, were the sox close to doing it at all, or was it just us from the beginning?

  74. dkidd says:

    we should keep a count of the pitches arod would destroy if he was completely healthy

  75. A-Rod had no shot at that one.

  76. Salty Buggah says:

    that was inside on Gameday…Bullshit!!!!

  77. Yanke1313 says:

    I <3 Montero.

  78. Accent Shallow says:

    10 pitches? Come on, make him work.

  79. ….Paul O’Neill was by Fordham and I DIDN’T SEE HIM!?!?!

  80. Mike Axisa says:

    Mike Sweeney is still active? Good for him.

  81. dkidd says:

    please talk about the game, o’neill

  82. Teix is the Man says:

    I hopw we see Hinske in the lineup tonight.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I don’t think he got here in time because his flight out of Pittsburgh was delayed. If they didn’t make a roster move before the game, he can’t play.

    • Manimal says:

      His flight from Pittsburg was delayed and he wont be able to play today

  83. Mike: is The Jesus the youngest guy in AA?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      No idea. If someone’s ambitious enough, they can dig through the rosters and find out. I’m guessing that if he isn’t the youngest, he’s one of the two or three youngest.

  84. Marc says:

    Did Ken Singleton just say Gritty Sizemore??

  85. Come on, Joba. Challenge these guys.

  86. Oy. That was a Mets play.

  87. Dela G says:



  88. Apparently the Yankees are the Mets.

  89. dkidd says:

    gardnerian route by melky

  90. Yanks99 says:

    Is Hinske on the roster tonight? Did he make it in time?

  91. Teix is the Man says:

    Heh. Joba’s like WHAT THE FUCK?!!

  92. While Jeter’s range to his left has improved vastly this season, his range to the right is still “meh.”

  93. Accent Shallow says:

    Chris Woodward?

  94. dkidd says:

    woodward would bat clean up for the mets this year

  95. Jake says:

    damn. a-rod impressive

  96. Tank the Frank says:

    I miss Angel Berroa.

  97. Dela G says:


  98. I fucking love Alex Rodriguez.

  99. Holy A-Rod with the glove, Batman

  100. Mike Axisa says:

    That was a great play by A-Rod. Well done.

  101. charlespoet says:

    So where are all the boo birds now on that play by Alex? Fantastic effort. Yanks just need to keep him rested so he doesn’t end up like Mike Lowell.

  102. Teix is the Man says:

    Meh, 29 pitches through two isn’t terrible. I’m, elated that he’s pitching to contact.

    • Why? That’s totally not his game. He should be challenging these dudes with fastballs since they don’t have much power outside of Branyan. I’m annoyed that he’s nibbling with sliders but he shouldn’t necessarily be pitching to contact.

      • Tank the Frank says:

        Totally agree. His velocity is good tonight.

      • Teix is the Man says:

        What I’m saying is a couple of weeks ago he would’ve loaded the bases trying to be too fine. By going after hitters, he can get out of innings more quickly, thus reducing his pitch count.

  103. Salty Buggah says:

    Phew, we needed that DP

  104. Accent Shallow says:

    First pitch DP? I like it.

  105. VO says:

    What a clubhouse cancer a real team player would have gone around the horn.

  106. Zach says:

    ‘Cano cant go into prolonged slumps’
    nothing like unreasonable expectations

  107. Mike Axisa says:

    Runner on first? Bunt!

  108. Professor Oak says:

    Cano gets a base hit, WITH NO ONE ON BASE!

  109. Salty Buggah says:

    Robbie so close to a walk but a hit is better

  110. Tank the Frank says:

    I know he just got a basehit, but why is Cano still batting 5th? I’d much rather see the switch-hitting Posada batting behind A-Rod with Cano 6th.

    • Teix is the Man says:

      ummm, cause he’s a potential .330 hitter.

      • Tank the Frank says:

        Ummm, you mean potential .330 OBP right?

        Cano’s numbers with RISP are bad, his numbers with the bases loaded are even worse. He hasn’t proven outside of 2007 that he can be a consistant RBI man. Posada should be batting 5th IMO. Just a thought folks, no need to be unlady like. God forbid I question anything Yankee-related on this board.

  111. Salty Buggah says:

    Right down the middle as you can get was that pitch to Jorge. I was afraid he’d GIDP

  112. charlespoet says:

    Here is the player the Yankees need to get going.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Matsui had like, a .950 OPS in the 20 games before that interleague road trip.

      • charlespoet says:

        Ya, I know the stat but doesn’t mean much. He only had 6 multi hit games prior between the first round of interleague and the second round.

        Ave went from .250 to .246

        OPS went from .808 to .808

        Not really doing much. Just says streaky. Yanks need consistency.

        • charlespoet says:

          correction, OPS went from .781 to .808

          Starting with game 38 through Sunday’s game.

  113. Salty Buggah says:

    Nick Swisher will hit a lot in our hitters’ park soon as he has been so good on the road.

  114. Mike Axisa says:

    Beltre makes that play with his eyes closed.

  115. AndrewYF says:

    Flashes of the Mets…

  116. dkidd says:

    matsui’s speed makes things happen

  117. Salty Buggah says:


  118. Charlie says:

    Who gives a shit?? Lineup is unimportant and Cano is probably a better hitter than posada at this point anyway. it’s just a slump.

  119. Shave the douchebeard and you don’t make that error, Woodward.

  120. Professor Oak says:

    Are we still playing the Mets?

  121. Swisher’s swinging for the fences tonight.

  122. dkidd says:

    no mercy. crooked number please

  123. So much for the bandbox.

  124. Jamal G. says:

    Franklin Gutierrez is a joy to watch in the field.

  125. Salty Buggah says:

    Cmon Melky, show your flair for the dramatic.

  126. Tank the Frank says:

    Wheeew Gutierrez is a quick CF!

  127. Zach says:


  128. Yanke1313 says:

    Melvin with a inning pitched and TWO EARNED RUNS tonight.

  129. I’m not even mad. That’s amazing.

  130. Dela G says:

    wow that was an awesome play by cedeno

  131. Arman Tamzarian says:

    That was awesome

  132. Zach says:

    thats shameful

  133. Mike Axisa says:

    Giving up homers with two strikes really grinds my gears.

  134. Dela G says:

    hahahahah wtf?

    a home run to cedeno???

  135. gxpanos says:

    Awful pitch.

  136. Salty Buggah says:

    Damn, I thought about Cedeno homering and it happened.

    • Professor Oak says:


      • Salty Buggah says:

        Yea, it happens all the time to me for some reason. Bad thoughts come to my mind and usually end up being true. Maybe its me.

        • Marcus says:

          Bad thoughts come to my mind and usually end up being true. Maybe its me confirmation bias, and I just forget all the times my bad thoughts don’t end up corresponding to real life.


          • Salty Buggah says:

            Exactl right, but my mind wanders into negativity once we have a small lead or are tied.

  137. Accent Shallow says:

    Cedeno? Really? DFA.

  138. Salty Buggah says:

    Cmon Jobber settle down

  139. Since someone was asking, I did the research.

    Youngest AA players:

    1) Carlos Triunfel DOB 2-27-90, West Tenn/Seattle Mariners

    2) Jesus Montero DOB 11-28-89, Trenton/NY Yankees

    3) Michael Stanton (!!) DOB 11-8-89, Jacksonville/FLA Marlins

    4) Jenrry Mejia DOB 11-11-89, Binghamton/NY Mets

    5) Ruben Tejada DOB 9-1-89, Binghamton/NY Mets

    6) Madison Bumgarner DOB 8-1-89 Connecticut/SF Giants

    I <3 Baseball Reference

  140. Seems as though Joba didn’t get that fastball to Cedeno high enough.

  141. Zach says:

    guys in the clubhouse love him? didnt they want to jump him last year?

  142. Accent Shallow says:

    Walking Jose Lopez? That’s an accomplishment.

  143. Joba..it’s Jose fucking Lopez. Throw a goddamn fastball. This is when I get annoyed at him.

    • Evan says:

      Yeah, it’s one thing when you’re walking teams like the Rays and Red Sox. The Mariners want to swing the bat and those that do have good eyes swing and miss.

  144. Ivan says:

    Come on Joba.

  145. dkidd says:

    please stop nibbling. it’s the seattle mariners

  146. gxpanos says:

    God I hate when Joba gets in trouble. Not only does he not throw enough strikes, but I swear he starts with the Steve Trachsel shit between pitches, too.

  147. Salty Buggah says:

    Joba does not seem to have command of fastball, forcing him to use his secondary stuff more.

  148. dkidd says:

    i just saw the ring

  149. Salty Buggah says:

    Thank god, no more damage. Our offense needs to score more for Jobber.