Game 94: Sweep again


The Yankees go for their second straight sweep following the All-Star Break today as they face off against the Orioles. The first two games of this series have been enjoyable, with the Yankees walking off with a 2-1 victory on a Hideki Matsui home run on Monday, and taking a sizable lead on Tuesday en route to a 6-4 win.

Hopefully today’s game is one of those stress-free blowouts. Not only because it’d be nice to go into the evening with a win to guarantee remaining in first place, but because there are a few guys in the pen who haven’t had much work lately. That’s partly a product of the starting pitching, but also a product of Joe Girardi‘s lack of faith in them in high-leverage spots. It’d be nice to get Mark Melancon, David Robertson, and Brian Bruney some mop-up innings when the Yanks are up big.

A.J. Burnett takes the bump for the Yanks this afternoon. After a shaky start Burnett has rolled lately, though he had some trouble in his first start after the break, pitching on eight days’ rest. Even without his A game, he held the Tigers to three runs over six innings. The five walks didn’t help, but A.J. didn’t let them hurt too much. We’re looking for more of the June 14 through July 8 A.J., the one with the sub 2.00 ERA and gaudy strikeout numbers.

On the other side is Jason Berken, the second rookie the Yankees will face in three days. He’s had a rough go in his first 10 starts, picking up a win his debut but failing to do so in his next nine. He hasn’t reached six innings or 100 pitches since June 18 against the Mets, and even then he allowed four runs.

A sixth round pick in 2006 out of Clemson, Berken got through the O’s system a level a year, though this year was his AAA year (he also started the year in AA but was moved up quickly). He impressed there, allowing just three runs in 25.2 innings over five starts. He’s not really a strikeout guy, but manages to keep his walks and homers low.

He’s a fastball-change-slider-curve guy, who mixes his pitches. He throws his fastball 60 percent of the time and gives just about equal time to the other three. The fastball averages around 92, so it’s not bad, and the change takes off about 9 mph. It doesn’t look like any of them is an out pitch, but he mixes things up enough to keep guys off balance.

Yanks get a small break after this, as the next game is 7 p.m. tomorrow. It was supposed to be an off-day, but instead they’ll make up an April rain-out against the A’s, and then play them in a regular three-game set.


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

And on the mound number thirty-four, A.J. Burnett.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Dela G says:

    since i have class at 2p, i can only watch the first hour, but man i am going to predict the yankees score 5 runs today, giving up 3 or so.

    I like the prospects for the sweep

  2. I got tickets for tomorrow.

    Anyone else going?

  3. Marc says:

    I’m getting out my broom!

  4. Mike Axisa says:

    Sox acquired LaRoche. The season is over.

  5. gxpanos says:

    Posada again. He’s been catching a lot of day gams-after-night games this year, hasnt he?

    I aint complainin’, though. This is the A+ Yankee lineup.

    • Chris says:

      I noticed that too. I assumed that A-Rod was DH last night so they wouldn’t get hurt too much with Posada not catching today. Apparently I was wrong.

  6. Dela G says:

    Does anyone think the X-Man could come back next year for a much lesser salary and he could be healed by the ASB. I know the success rate of a second TJ surgery is 20ish %, but he is a good LF and he hit close to .300 last sept

  7. Salty Buggah says:

    I hope AJ throws a gem today and like you guys said, hopefully our offense breaks out so we can give those mop-up innings to guys who need them.

  8. Mike Axisa says:

    I’m hoping for a eight or nine run lead, so they run Robertson, Bruney and Melancon out there for an inning each. They need some work.

  9. Salty Buggah says:

    Dont be wild today AJ

  10. pat says:


  11. Jordan says:

    Hunter Strickland and Argenis Diaz for LaRoche, WEEI reporting.

  12. Mike Axisa says:

    Gardner is not an everyday player. He’s so bad defensively. Did you see him misplay that ball plus that other one that other time?

  13. Melky caused Gardner to do that with his mind. He put a root on him.

  14. Dela G says:

    damn AJ is money at the beginning!

  15. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice quick inning.

  16. Tampa Yankee says:

    nice inning

  17. Salty Buggah says:

    Nice start. More please! Cmon Offense!

  18. Dela G says:


  19. Mike Axisa says:

    There we go. I approve of this start.

  20. Tank the Frank says:

    Jeter must have made a conscious effort to swing at more first pitch strikes this season. I’ve noticed it big time. It’s frustrating when he makes an out like that as the leadoff man, but overall it’s working for him.

  21. Dela G says:

    i heart jeter

  22. Salty Buggah says:

    Nice Jeter, cmon guys keep the chain moving. I want to see thier pen soon!

  23. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Lead off DOUBLE!

  24. Jake H says:

    Good start so far.

  25. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Nice Tex!

    GO AROD!

  26. Salty Buggah says:

    cmon A-rod…no popout, DP, or K here!

  27. Man, I’m not going to enjoy the next 10 years of the Baltimore Orioles outfield eliminating our running game.

  28. Mike Axisa says:

    Padding those stats with first inning RBI singles.

  29. Jake H says:

    Boo single. So unclutch!

  30. pat says:

    Hahah this should be fun.

  31. Nady Nation says:

    Time for some “In play, run(s)” action.

  32. Ivan says:

    Lets hope the yanks kill the O’s nice and quickly.

  33. WesternYankeeFan says:

    A-Rod’s been getting the big hits lately.

  34. Salty Buggah says:

    A-rod bitches!!!!!

  35. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    What the hell is this ARod SINGLES? ARE YOU SERIOUS?

    We’re paying your ass to hit home runs.

    unclutch soab

  36. Dela G says:

    a-rod, we don’t pay you 32 million for singles

  37. Shdwrptr says:

    Wow, 4 batters. 4 line drives

  38. Salty Buggah says:

    No DP Matsui

  39. Yankee1010 says:

    Are these “strikes’ to Matsui as outside as Gameday is showing them?

  40. Salty Buggah says:

    You know those 1st 2 strikes to Matsui were plenty outside…it should have bases loaded one out!

    • Tank the Frank says:

      I’ll take it…simply because I like to have a pitcher’s umpire when A.J. is pitching. It should help him tremendously. That strikeout call on the inside corner was actually a ball.

  41. Mike HC says:

    Is it just me or does Jorge look a thin today. Lean and mean

  42. Tank the Frank says:

    Again with the 93mph curveballs on YES. This network is rolling in money, but somehow can’t seem to find a working radar gun.

  43. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Cano will homer. Just watch

  44. WesternYankeeFan says:

    It’s time to make up for all of the times you’ve blown it with the bases loaded, Robbie.

  45. Nady Nation says:

    O’s got us right where they want us: Cano with RISP.

  46. pat says:

    i predict an unlucky line drive

  47. Dela G says:

    well cano is up

    AJ put on your glove

  48. Mattingly's Love Child says:

    Way to pass the baton to the most unclutch guy on the team. Jorge=Selfish

  49. Tank the Frank says:

    Swing at three pitches way outside the zone with the bases loaded…by all means.

  50. Pie almost made that. Remember when he was one of the hottest prospects in the game?

    Yeah, me neither.

  51. WesternYankeeFan says:

    The Orioles are close to sending this Berken guy back down to AAA acccording to MASN. Cano must be very concerned, so he fouled off ball one and two.

    • WesternYankeeFan says:

      And look at that! Brian knows how charitable Cano is trying to be, so he’s repaying the favor!


  53. Reggie C. says:

    Arod’s unclutchness must’ve been passed onto Cano. Shit is contagious.

  54. Salty Buggah says:

    Cano!!!!!!!!! FInally!

  55. Tampa Yankee says:

    I love “In Play, run(s)”

  56. BigBlueAL says:

    Amazing im not sure Cano swung at 1 strike that entire at-bat.

    • WesternYankeeFan says:

      He fouled off ball one, two and three. Last night he walked, though. Robinson Cano walked.

  57. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Who the fuck taught ARod and Cano to hit in clutch situations?

  58. pat says:

    Thats the law of averages.

  59. Dela G says:


  60. WesternYankeeFan says:


  61. Mike Axisa says:

    Damn you Swisher, passing the baton.

  62. ARod, Cano, and Swisher >>>>>>>>>>>> The haters

  63. Ivan says:

    Swisher is a 4th Outfielder.


  64. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Small Ball!!

    Let’s go Gardner!

  65. Yankee1010 says:

    I’m watching Gameday, but it sure seemed like Cano swung at 3 balls and then hit a soft grounder to 2nd. I’ll take the result, but when will he settle down?

    In any event, Cano got a hit with the bases loaded, so I’m going to assume that they finished defrosting Hell today.

    Let’s put them away here so that guys can get some work.

  66. Um, memo to Kay and Singleton: It’s not “batting around the order” until the first guy comes back up to the plate. That’s not Gardner, that’s Jeter.

    Put that back in your pocket, gents.

  67. Dela G says:

    well good god

    they are going to surpass my 5 run prediction

  68. Mike HC says:

    Don’t you think a shitty pitcher like this will hurt an outfield’s UZR. I don’t really know exactly how UZR or range factor is calculated, but is seems like if a pitcher is getting hit hard all over the outfield, it would hurt the UZR or range of the defender. How does that work?

  69. Tank the Frank says:

    A.J. Burnett says: “God I love playing for the Yankees.”

  70. WesternYankeeFan says:

    Too bad Brett didn’t join in on the fun.

  71. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:


  72. Mattingly's Love Child says:

    Where’s the Swisher Bangwagon? Who got off? You’re not allowed back on without declaring your allegiance to Swish.

  73. WesternYankeeFan says:

    There’s something extremely rewarding about seeing Brian Roberts botch a routine play.

    • Mike HC says:

      That was not really a routine play and he probably would not have gotten him anyway

      • WesternYankeeFan says:

        How was that not a routine play? It was a soft groundball straight to him.

        • Mike HC says:

          He had to charge in on it and make a super quick transfer from glove to hand and make a sharp accurate throw while his momentum was taking him forward. Other second baseman may have just fielded that with their bare hand. The play had to be made in an instant if they even wanted to have a shot at em. I’m not saying it was the hardest play ever, but just because a ball is hit slowly does not make it a routine play.

  74. Ivan says:

    That’s just not fair AJ.

  75. Mike HC says:

    Is it safe to say the YES gun means absolutely nothing. Why even post the numbers.

  76. Tank the Frank says:

    That was just straight disrespectful to Wigginton. It’s like he slapped his mother across the face.

  77. Dela G says:

    i hope burnett never loses that curve/fastball

    his fastball has more movement than shakira’s hips at times

  78. Luke Scott just CRUSHED that ball. Reggie C. just jizzed in his pants.

  79. Dela G says:

    hahaha 95mph curve

  80. JohnnyC says:

    LaRoche to the Sox.

  81. Dela G says:

    damn cano with the quick strike

  82. Why don’t we sign Greg Zaun? Just to bet him out of our hair.

  83. pat says:

    Oh Uncle Singy, you can’t move someone to third permanently…. for a while.

  84. Ivan says:

    Hard believe that Pie was once a highly regarded prospect.

    • Meh, everyone kept saying “the bat will come, the bat will come”.

      It never came. That’s why, when the bat’s already there, you know you’ve got a stud. Ooops, I drifted into some Jesus Montero bromance talk there again, my bad.

      • Steve O. says:

        Maybe the Yanks can get away with a one for one deal for Brad Penny? I would think he’s a Justin Smoak type bat.

      • Mike HC says:

        It is the same as people saying the “D will come, the D will come.” I rather have the bat over the D and Montero seems to be a better prospect than Pie ever was, but it sounds the same to me.

  85. Tampa Yankee says:

    Maybe AJ is being too accurate? Mix in some curves/off-speed in the dirt.

  86. The Evil Empire says:

    Seriously, this is from The Globe: (Reasons why the Sox shouldn’t be worried)

    “1. Beckett and Lester are the best 1-2 punch in the American League. Though each member of the Red Sox’ two-headed monster has lost his first start of the second half, that isn’t likely to happen much — if at all — the balance of the way. During the first half, Beckett and Lester lost consecutive starts just once — on April 12 and 13 against the Angels and A’s, respectively. Bteween that occurrence and this one, the Red Sox went 52-29.”

    Wait what? Is this a biased opinion or is Lester and Beckett really better than CC and A.J?

  87. JohnnyC says:

    O’s are first pitch/fastball hitters. Pays to put a wrinkle in there once in a while.

  88. Jeet…go to first on that.

  89. I go to get new lenses and I come back and it’s 4-0.

    So now, I can see again and the Yankees are in the lead? Life is good.

  90. Tank the Frank says:

    A.J. sitting 96, 97mph. Daddy likes iiiiiitt!

  91. VO says:

    I don’t care how the hell he want’s his name to be pronounced, if it’s spelt Pie it’s pronounced that way also.

  92. Dexception32 says:

    Give Jeet a break, he’s not used to getting to balls up the middle prior to this year…..

  93. Pacman Jones says:

    I think the YES gun is manned by Shelley Duncan.

  94. Ken Singleton–feared at the plate and in the field.

  95. JohnnyC says:

    Those watching on YES…their speed gun has been crazy effed up recently. They are routinely ascribing 92-94 mph on breaking balls and, I mean, even slow curves. That’s worthless.

  96. pat says:

    I guess 4 runs is enough. Time to coast.

  97. BklynJT says:

    Typical swisher error.

    • BklynJT says:

      Another jump hop catch attempt. But of course, Swisher is an above average defender, so let’s pretend this didn’t happen.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Because a couple bad plays >>>>> all the much more successful ones?
        Let’s see Abreu get even near that but people won’t complain.

        • BklynJT says:

          No one is saying that Abreu is a good fielder, but that ball wasn’t near the wall, so I’m sure Abreu would of made it. I agree that Swisher is a decent fielder, but let’s not pretend he doesn’t make the stupidest mistakes at time.

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            Alright Swisher does make mistakes but we shouldn’t let that determine whether he is or isn’t a good fielder.

            • BklynJT says:

              Yes, I never said he wasn’t a good outfielder, but some he does make his occasional mental mistakes on routine plays and some people here like to write that off like nothing happened. Whats wrong with taking him to task when he makes a mistake. I certainly give him props for the times he makes a good play,… Like that one

              • Whats wrong with taking him to task when he makes a mistake.

                There’s nothing wrong with taking him to task when he makes a mistake. That’s not what you’re doing. You’re using the times when he makes a mistake to mischaracterize the TOTALITY of his body of work. That’s not correct.

                He makes bad mistakes. That does not mean he’s a bad fielder. It means he makes bad mistakes, nothing more. Those two things are not overlapping sets.

                • BklynJT says:

                  Hmm.. where did I say that?

                  I may have made a sarcastic remark…
                  But of course, Swisher is an above average defender, so let’s pretend this didn’t happen.

                  but if you read after that, I clearly state that I think swisher is a decent/good outfielder…
                  “I agree that Swisher is a decent fielder, but let’s not pretend he doesn’t make the stupidest mistakes at time.”

                  “Yes, I never said he wasn’t a good outfielder, but some he does make his occasional mental mistakes on routine plays and some people here like to write that off like nothing happened.”

              • BklynJT says:

                That just happened as I typed this…

                I certainly give him props for the times he makes a good play

            • BklynJT says:

              By the way people are constantly defending Swisher’s defense after these errors, it seems as if people refuse to acknowledge the errors he makes at times.

      • But of course, Swisher is an above average defender, so let’s pretend this didn’t happen remember that this is just one play out of several hundred he makes a year, and he makes more plays than he doesn’t make.


        • Mike HC says:

          I mean, I like Swisher, but he is not that good in the field and he often looks stupid out there. It is easy to say what you said in bold for even the worst of fielders. If he is “average” for the league, MLB baseball has more than its fair share of below average defenders.

        • BklynJT says:

          Some plays are so routine, no major leaguer should fail to make them. Some plays are difficult and only good defenders would make them. Swisher definitely makes good plays at time, but I expect that routine plays like that should always be made. Swisher has screwed up several, ~5, of those plays this year already.

  98. The one fucking time Swisher doesn’t use two hands….

  99. Ivan says:

    Why Swisher, why?

  100. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Cue the Swish haters.

  101. pat says:


  102. JGS says:

    youre killing me here, Nick

  103. JohnnyC says:

    And Cashman thought he could play some CF?

  104. Riddering says:


  105. Danny says:

    grr, swisher…

  106. pat says:

    AKA rutgers is gonna blow.

  107. Nady Nation says:

    Can someone describe what happened on the Swish play for those of us at work? Thanks.

  108. JohnnyC says:

    The overcast got in his eyes?

  109. Why can’t Johnny make throws that strong when guys are actually running? Then again, he did miss the cut.

  110. JMK says:

    If Stephen Strasburgh threw his top fastball, what would the YES gun read? 114 mph? It would be like watching Nebraska throw the last strike in The Scout.

  111. Salty Buggah says:

    Cmon K, popout, and then any out!

  112. The Big East is not a good football conference.

  113. JohnnyC says:

    Fist pump?

  114. JGS says:

    and that’s why having a strikeout pitcher is helpful

  115. pat says:

    That last HR by reggie was a MONSTER. I will definitely miss classifying homers as ‘into the black’

  116. Ivan says:

    the 3rd out is always the toughest for some reason.

  117. pat says:


  118. VO says:


  119. Nick Swisher atones for his mistakes.

  120. Ivan says:

    Wow just wow.

  121. Mike Axisa says:

    Today we spell redemption N-I-C-K S-W-I-S-H-E-R.

  122. Ivans says:

    Yep….that happened.

  123. Salty Buggah says:

    AJ BABY! He got your back Swisha!


  125. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    AJ getting out of that Jam


  126. Bob Stone says:

    Go Swish – Redemption – That was an exciting play. Let’s not forget he also drove in two runs in the first inning.

  127. Jose says:

    Pretend that never happened. Only mention the mistakes he makes, never if he makes up for them.

  128. Nick Swisher has already made more of a mark on the RF wall than Bobby Abreu did in his time with the Yankees.

  129. JohnnyC says:

    Even Nelly couldn’t top that catch!

  130. The Lodge says:

    Does anybody know what the deal is with the very effeminate older guy (usually wearing a Hawaiian Shirt and Shades) that they always show Dancing on the big screen after “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”?

    Is he the Uncle of Homo-Larry(from the Rangers’ Games)or something?

  131. Ivan says:

    I wonder if Jermaine Dye make that play?

  132. Oh, Hideki. I will not miss your constant attempt to pull outside pitches.

    Damn, Mike Greenberg’s kid is ugly.

    • JohnnyC says:

      But at least he’s a Yankees fan apparently. Much to Greenberg’s chagrin since he just admitted this morning that, despite growing up in NY and becoming a sports “journalist”, he was never into baseball as a kid (Jets and Knicks).

  133. Mike Axisa says:

    Swisher drives in two runs in the first (+2)

    Swisher drops a routine fly ball in the 3rd (-1)

    Swisher saves two runs in the 3rd (+2)

    2-1-2= +3 on the day

  134. Ivan says:

    Wow, from the sound of the bat it didn’t seem he got all of it.

  135. VO says:

    HIP HIP!

  136. pat says:

    Jones took his 2 complimentary steps and stopped.

  137. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Finally some action..

  138. Ivan says:

    Y everytime they show pictures of Hughes in the pen, he looks mad bored and stuff.

  139. Jake H says:

    Anyone see Gomez of ESPN say that the Nationals won’t sign Strasburg before the deadline. I love how these guys who never even covered the draft seem to think that they know what they are talking about.

  140. Trivia answer: Bill Kirkpatrick, Rich Coggins, Dave McNally.

  141. Ivan says:

    Army is “America’s Team” Really?

  142. Tampa Yankee says:

    MSN’s/Fox Sports link to Sox’s trade:

    “Source: First big summer deal for Red Sox”

    Can everyone in the media please get off the Sox’s nuts?

  143. Evan says:

    Increase that whiff rate on the curveball, A.J.

  144. gxpanos says:

    Well we know one thing: that Army AD’s middle daughter will NOT clog the bases.

  145. Did Michael Kay seriously just ask that?

  146. Evan says:

    Apparently, the game doesn’t exist now for the crew.

  147. pat says:

    I’m sure most Sox fans are thrilled they don’t have that moneygrubber Mark Teixeira playing 1st right about now.

  148. Salty Buggah says:

    bad walk…get out of this AJ

  149. Doug (NYC)

    Based solely on his bat, how soon could Jesus Montero hold his own in the majors? What do you think his “slashline” would look like if he were promoted today?
    Jim Callis
    (2:22 PM)

    He could probably hold his own in the majors offensively right now, hit around .250 with some power.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Heh I know that Doug guy from my brief time at the ESPN game threads. He should come here, he’s pretty smart.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan says:

      Jesus will hit 1.000 in the majors throughout his entire career. He is only batting .305 in Double A because he is bored and wants to chill with God after the game quicker.

  150. Steve O. says:

    Memo to Burnett: Do not walk players with an obp of .258. Please.

  151. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Is AJ getting bored or something?

  152. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Is AJ getting bored or something?

  153. Ken Singleton: “Dusty Baker is very well respected in baseball circles.”

    Regrettably, yes.

  154. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    I thought it was so nice, I said it twice. (apparently)

  155. Luis Polonia says:

    Michael Kay just startled me. Did anybody else have this reaction? I’m watching at work and have it minimized and he just SCREAMED about the Smokers’ Quitline Quiz…

  156. Salty Buggah says:

    PeteAbe: “So according to this gossip site, Kate Hudson’s friend smashed up A-Rod’s car today. Alex was not in the car at the time, apparently. Meanwhile, all of Minka Kelly’s friends are excellent drivers.”

    He can never stop bashing Alex, huh? And why does he read gossip sites?

  157. Ivan says:

    Singleton was pretty damn good player.

  158. Salty Buggah says:

    One of Gardy/Melky, please get hot or at least start hitting a bit!

  159. Salty Buggah says:

    Jeter: 3 ABs, 3 pitches seen…someone one wants to go home fast.

  160. Evan says:

    Yeesh, thrown out by Gregg Zaun.

  161. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    What a pitiful inning that was…

  162. gxpanos says:

    Damn, I didnt realize how good Singleton was, I’m just looking at his stats now. 2000 hits, 388 obp, 132 career OPS+.

    And it looks to me like Fred Lynn should have won the MVP in ’79.

  163. Bob Stone says:

    Singleton – Look up the stats – LaRoche didn’t hit 10 HRs last year. He hit 25. He hasn’t hit fewer than 20 since 2004.