Yanks topple Os for sixth straight


For the Yankees, life is good. They’ve gotten contributions from all ends in the six games since the break, and have taken all six contests. The latest came earlier this afternoon in the series finale against the Orioles. The Yankees sent out A.J. Burnett, hoping he’d replicate the success he’d had leading up to the break. They were not disappointed.

Burnett scattered six hits and three walks over seven innings of work, tossing 104 pitches and getting 68 over for strikes. That’s a bit more than we’re used to seeing from Burnett. He ran into trouble a couple of times, both on out of the ordinary plays. In the third Nick Swisher dropped a fly ball led to a first and third, none out situation, and then a second and third, one out situation. Swisher got his redemption, though, running down a line drive by Ty Wiggington to end the frame.

The jam in the seventh didn’t end so painlessly. Robert Andino, the Orioles No. 9 hitter, bounced one sky high in front of the plate. By the time it came down neither Posada nor Burnett had a chance to make a play. Adam Jones later doubled, and Nick Markakis knocked in the Os first run with a sac fly. The Yanks were out of the inning when Aubrey Huff hacked at strike three in the dirt, but it bounced away from Posada and Jones scored. That’s quite a painful way to surrender two runs.

The action picked up again in the ninth. Phil Hughes had pitched the eighth, but the Yankees tacked on a run in the bottom, so Brian Bruney came in to close things out. It was his first appearance since July 10, and we’re all familiar with his struggles of late. Things looked good, as he struck out Andino, on three pitches, and Roberts, on a two-two count.

Then Adam Jones homered on the first pitch he saw. Okay. Forgivable. Adam Jones is good, and that was probably a poorly placed pitch. But when Nick Markakis followed two pitches later, that was enough. Girardi made the slow walk to the mound, summoning Rivera for the one-out save. Rivera completed striking out the side, and the Yanks picked up another victory.

We often hear about the Yankees struggling against rookie pitchers they’ve yet to see — in fact, I think it’s brought up in some capacity every time, win or lose. Today they not only got to Jason Berken, but they got to him early. It helped that Brian Roberts bobbled a Robinson Cano bouncer with the bases loaded, but when the frame was over the Yanks had jumped out to a 4-0 lead. That would be enough for Burnett to cruise through the rest of the game.

It’s tough coming up with new things to say after all these wins. The Yankees played well. They hit with runners in scoring position: 7 for 15. They got some timely pitching and made some good defensive plays (even if they were making up for previous blunders). It was an all-around great effort, as it has been since the break (and before). Teams that play like this will win ball games. That’s what they tell me.

It’s back to work tomorrow. A’s are in town for a four-game set. CC Sabathia gets to open things up. Until then, treat this as your open thread. But treat it gently.

Categories : Game Stories


  1. Steve H says:

    Good day to be VP of the Swish fan club.

  2. RAB poster (perhaps soon to be known as Rocky Road Redemption) says:

    That line by Swisher was great.

    “If I were ice cream, I’d be rocky road.”


  3. Tony says:

    So… about the Great Boston Whitewash…

    When is someone in the mainstream media going to say something? Bill Simmons is the only person that will even joke about it.

    • RAB poster (perhaps soon to be known as Rocky Road Redemption) says:


    • Meh, for all the stuff about all the white guys in Boston, here’s the titans of the Boston Sports Scene in recent memory:

      Tom Brady (check)
      Bill Belicheck (yup)
      Tedy Bruschi (he’s half Italian, so… kinda check)
      Kevin Millar (fan favorite, sure)
      Josh Beckett (okay)
      Papsmear (can’t get much whiter than that)
      Kevin Youkilis (he’s an actual Neanderthal, that counts)
      Dustin Pedroia (Leprechaun, he’s good)
      Varitek (NO HITTAZ!!!!!)
      Terry Francona (that works)

      but, all these guys are or were probably bigger than everyone above (outside of Brady)

      Randy Moss
      Rodney Harrison
      Willie McGinest
      Kevin Garnett
      Ray Allen
      Paul Pierce
      Rajon Rondo
      Doc Rivers
      Manny Ramirez
      David Ortiz
      Pedro Martinez
      Nomar Garciaparra
      Taco Bellsbury
      Mo Vaughn

    • Steve H says:

      Rosenthal addressed in October, but not much was made out of it. Of course they then went out and signed Smoltz/Penny/Baldelli.


    • Thomas A. Anderson says:

      Tony says:

      So… about the Great Boston Whitewash…

      When is someone in the mainstream media going to say something? Bill Simmons is the only person that will even joke about it.

      Y HALO THAR:


  4. OK, which one of you mothers wants a piece of me, huh?!?


  6. Mike bk says:

    sox not only got laroche for two low prospects but also got some potential value for lugo in chris duncan. made the bench better.

  7. Nady Nation says:

    Knick fans: Miller or Sessions? Bring back D. Lee? Any other sign and trade ideas?

  8. Ivan says:

    In other news, Senior VP Mark Newman Cursed out the Double A team Thunder and especially Star prospect Jesus Montero and called him a “Pussy ass bitch”

    Then Newman ripped off his shirt and reportly said “What your gonna do, when Mark Newman gets the ass whipping on you, what your gonna do, when Mark Newman gets heavy on you Brother”

  9. Tom Zig says:

    So the Sox have interest in Victor Martinez (no surprise)

    What would it take for them to land him anyways?

    • Jake H says:

      Lot more then they want to give up. Probably Mr. I steal Laptops and Lars Anderson with another prospect from the low minors.

    • Steve H says:

      Bucholz. Bill Simmons posted several reasons why he’s pissed they won’t give up Bucholz for V-Mart, all pretty valid. Did you know Clay will be 25 in less than month??

      • RAB poster (perhaps soon to be known as Rocky Road Redemption) says:

        I think we should make Bucholz a curse word.

      • Ivan says:

        I can see where the sox won’t trade Buchholz for V-Mart. For starters V-Mart is a FA soon and might not stick at catcher.

        • The Artist says:

          Speaking of which, Montero will be 27 when Tex’s contract runs out. So if he can’t stick at catcher as he gets older, Tex isn’t an issue.

          • RAB poster (perhaps soon to be known as Rocky Road Redemption) says:

            Unless Tex is still producing at a high level (bet he is). In which case, I hope he sticks at catcher.

          • Ivan says:

            Yeah, but if Montero is already acclimated at the C position, why move him. Unless his couple years as catcher was putrid, I don’t think you move Montero cuz of his potential production as a catcher. All he has to be is avg defensively as a catcher.

        • Steve H says:

          Simmons’ reasoning:

          Explanation for CB-VM: 1) Not sold on Buchholz. Worry about his mental makeup in Boston. Turns 25 next mth. Selling high cuz of AAA stats.

          2)Can’t make the 2009 WS without another quality bat. Throwing away wide-open season otherwise. Have to give up something to get something.

          3) 1.5 years of VM = switch-hitting OBP/power, C/1B flex + FANTASTIC clubhouse guy. Handshakes for each teammate! 2 No. 1′s when he leaves.

    • Nady Nation says:

      They already rejected Buchholz for V-Mart, per Gammons.

  10. Jake H says:

    I love how the Sox have more pitching depth but Dice K is on the Dl because he sucked, Wake is on the DL now and while he has a ton of victories he has a era+ of 108, Smoltz hasn’t pitched well at all.

  11. LiveFromNewYork says:

    “Chaos doesn’t work for the New York Yankees!” ~ Seinfeld

  12. bonestock94 says:

    I hope the rangers can pull off the S-word today.

  13. The Artist says:

    Sox game starts in 2 minutes. On ESPN.

  14. Mike bk says:

    David Phelps finally promoted to Tampa.

  15. JGS says:

    and Buchholz hits Kinsler to start the game–well done, Clay

  16. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Sutcliffe just stabbed his partner in the ribs with a pencil for talking bad about Captain Courageous.

  17. I’m watching the president speak right now and though he firmly believes in what he’s saying/pushing, I feel as though he’s not entirely confident in this speech.

  18. Brendan says:

    Did anyone hear these idiots doing the Red Sox game say that J.D. Drew was one of the most valuable players in the American League?

  19. Tom Zig says:

    Texas hitters apparently swinging at everything

  20. Dela G says:

    man this nippert kid for the rangers will get murdered soon if he keeps missing spots

  21. Dela G says:

    rangers just got a double steal


  22. The announcer just said Vernon Wells was a “terrific player” for a long time. He’s had exactly three seasons w/an OPS+ over 110 and has a career wOBA of under .350.

  23. Dela G says:


    nick green with a mammoth blast

    1-0 boston

  24. KG Sturnz0r - Camilo Gerardo says:

    not watching, be Nick Green is what Cody Ransom should be this year, not fair

  25. JGS says:

    he’s just a what off? did he say stoche?

  26. Dela G says:



    ian kinsler

  27. Brendan says:


  28. Little Bill says:

    How about AJ Burnett? What a signing. He has been absolutely outstanding and thank God Cashman signed him or we’d be in major trouble. Hopefully the Yankees can take at least 3 of 4 from the A’s before they go on a tough stretch involving some better teams.

  29. Pasqua says:

    I was at the game today, and when Swisher dropped / missed that fly ball, the older gentleman sitting behind me screamed, “This guy is horrible! They need to put Hinske in right!” I’ve never wanted to have a computer at the ready so much in my life.

    By the way, two awesome catches later, the words “Eric Hinske” were not uttered by the peanut gallery.

  30. Pasqua says:

    A question for you good folks:

    As mentioned above, I was at the game and without the benefit of seeing things “close-up” on t.v.. From my perspective, I kept getting the feeling that AJ was really being aggressive against the top / heart of the Orioles order (Jones / Markakis / Huff) but nibbling when he faced the bottom of the order (Zaun, etc.). Would this be an accurate assessment, or was his gameplan essentially the same throughout the order?

  31. JGS says:

    wow–successful suicide squeeze

  32. Dela G says:

    3-1 rangers!!!


  33. raysam says:

    a lot of our fans attacked red sox.com last night we took over the red sox blog it was so much fun

    • RAB poster (perhaps soon to be known as Rocky Road Redemption) says:

      Fans of other teams do that on our siteall the time.

      It always pissed me off. Those bucholzin’ Red Sox fans had it coming.

  34. Observer283 says:

    Jesus is 2 for 5 with 2 RBI’s.

  35. Okay, playing most of the season with two broken fingers is not smart. If Young wanted to help the team, he would’ve sat the hell out. Sometimes, playing through injury is not a good thing.

    • I fucking hate people sometimes.

    • b/c says:

      +10 000. The world is all messed up these days. Sounds like the girl may have been muslim based on the reaction of the parents( speculation only)

      • The world is all messed up these days.

        I agree.

        Sounds like the girl may have been muslim based on the reaction of the parents( speculation only)

        Dude, that’s kind of a messed up thing to say.

        • b/c says:

          Why? I’ve never heard rape regarded as shameful for the victim and her family except with regard to radical muslims. I’m open to correction if i’m mistaken..

          • Jersey says:

            It’s not uncommon in patriarchal cultures generally – various cultures, various religions. The Islamic world is but one.

          • Shame is a much more common concept than you’re portraying it to be. There are American Christian families who have disowned girls for being “promiscuous” and provoking attacks against them and “shaming” the family. If they had said that the family felt that she had shamed “Allah”, sure. Otherwise, it’s just too soon to use our own incomplete stereotypical partial-knowledge to guesstimate.

            In any event, it was the empty speculation that served no purpose (seriously, what does it matter what religion the victim or her family is) that I thought was ironic since you were decrying how “messed up” the world is just a sentence earlier.

            • b/c says:

              I recognize that the scope of “shame” reactions encompasses more than just islamic societies. Though i think at present times it is most strongly felt within the radical islamic community.

              To the best of my knowledge, empty speculation(as i noted it was) is the least of what’s messes up in the world today.

              The linked article is almost hard to comprehend and raises huge questions as to the state of our society. (incidentaly, it is the fact that there were several young men involved in a apparently premeditated act that jars me the most)

              Perhaps my speculation was out of line.. though i don’t think it was in any way harmful, and i do apologize for that.

              I do not, however, agree that keeping everything PC is the proper way to deal with incidents such as this one.

    • ShuutoHeat says:

      ….that is disturbing
      i’m not going to even try to figure out whose fault that is…

    • RAB poster (perhaps soon to be known as Rocky Road Redemption) says:

      Bucholzin’ assholes.

  36. b/c says:

    Old friend Jose Veras is performing as he usually does when facing a AL east ream!

  37. Jersey says:

    I’m loving this new Boston offense.

  38. pat says:

    4 tough innings, good job clay. Unparalleled.

  39. JGS says:

    are they really saying that Buchholz did a good job tonight?

  40. If a Yankee youngster made it through only 4 innings with 90+ pitches while giving up 3 runs, there would be no positives taken out of it by MSM broadcasters.

  41. pat says:

    Clay looks like a crackhead.

  42. Andy Stankiewicz says:

    Brett Philip Pedroia was arrested Jan. 9 on two counts of oral copulation and lewd acts with a child under the age of 14, all felonies, according to a Woodland Police Department news release

    Do you think that Dustin will feel comfortable having his new kid hanging with uncle Brett?

    Yes I hate Dustin Pedroia that much!!

  43. Wow, Varitek had no shot on that one.

  44. Dela G says:

    clay bucholz sucks

    yeah, i said it

  45. JGS says:

    ok, THAT one was Tek’s fault

  46. Thomas A. Anderson says:

    Much like Hulkamania, the Texas Rangers have been runnin’ wild.

    Who do they think they are? The Rays?

  47. Riddering says:

    Cano with RISP > entire Sox lineup with RISP


  48. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Just tuned in. So how was the Sox and their ultimate depth that wins ballgames? Specifically Bucholz and LaRoache if he played?

  49. Jersey says:

    Ryan Franklin has allowed 3 ER in 35 innings this year.

  50. Rob H. says:

    Hey no freaking surprise. Sutcliffe would take Ortiz over the true greatest DH of all-time in Edgar Martinez.

  51. Evan says:

    Upton with the fielding fail against the White Sox.

  52. Dela G says:

    The rangers have 6 stolen bases tonight


  53. Sutt just said that Ellsbury should try to become a more Ian Kinsler type leadoff hitter. Oh, Rick.

  54. Riddering says:

    That play was so awesome the outfielders couldn’t help but hug each other in joy.

    That’s what I want to see from Gardner and Swish when we’re robbing Pedroia of hits in August.

  55. Yankee1010 says:

    Man, the White Sox sure have made the 9th inning adventurous the last few nights.

  56. Riddering says:

    Wow. Papelbon has 0.00 ERA in his All Star appearances?

    Put this guy in the HOF now!

  57. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Is ESPN really fucking raving on Papelbon? And their point it his 0 ERA in the World Series, perhaps playoffs (didn’t catch it) and ASG. Talking about an extreme SSS and he wouldn’t have a 0 ERA if Crawford didn’t make that great catch. OR WAS PAPELBON SO FUCKING GREAT HE PURPOSELY PUT THE BALL SO HE CAN HIT IT THAT HARD SO HE CAN CATCH IT?!?!?!?
    Why don’t you talk about his WHIP…oh wai

    • LiveFromNewYork says:

      and when he’s mad he looks like Chuckie

      I especially like when he runs out of the dugout to scream at someone.

  58. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Just imagine if we had actually taken a few games from the Sux this year. We’d be sooooo far gone by now.

  59. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Go Rangers!

  60. Riddering says:


  61. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Red Sox 1-5 against the Rangers? And the Yanks can’t beat playoff caliber teams?

  62. Tampa Yankee says:

    I’m really late to the party but did the Sox really trade Lugo + cash to the Cards for Chris Duncan and a PTBNL?

    There goes TSJC’s dream of an all Duncan and Sanchez team?

  63. LiveFromNewYork says:

    I did not realize, until tonight, that Sux fans call Nancy Drew Nancy Drew.

    They frigging hate him.

  64. LiveFromNewYork says:

    MLB.com: I would like an update of the STANDINGS please. NOW.

  65. ShuutoHeat says:

    OMG a team that lost a series at home to the Yanks, SWEPT the Bossux!!
    OMG!! The Yankees are contending! The world is going to crumble! The fabric of reality is going to tear!

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