Game 123: We meet again, Mr. Tazawa


The Yankees have fond memories of Junichi Tazawa. Not only did they victimize him for the winning run in the 15th inning a few weeks ago, but they generally hit him around that evening. The game nearly ended an inning earlier, but J.D. Drew was just barely able to snag an Eric Hinske liner. The latter is in the lineup today, hoping to get some similar pitches.

Despite his rough early showings, Tazawa is a pretty solid prospect. You can read Keith Law’s quick take on him here. This was in his first start, against Detroit in the Porcello-Youkilis game. Tazawa has since been pounded by the Rangers for 10 hits and four runs in five innings. So while the stuff might be there, he hasn’t been able to harness it yet. The Yanks would do well to unnerve him early.

Taking the hill for the Yanks is A.J. Burnett. He’s coming off what was actually a pretty good start in Oakland, one poor inning aside. He threw all eight innings, using just 99 pitches along the way. Even better, 66 of them were for strikes. The one inning hurt, because the Yanks couldn’t muster any runs off of Brett Tomko and the vaunted Oakland bullpen, but generally it was up there in terms of his starts. Of course, he did have that one-hit effort against the Sox in the last series.

Johnny Damon‘s out today, and could miss tomorrow, though he’s holding out hope that his knee will be in good enough shape. Eric Hinske slides in for him. He has a career .834 OPS at Fenway Park in 368 career plate appearances.


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

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

Categories : Game Threads


  1. bumboklaat says:

    Time to step on the throat!

  2. King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

    2-1 in eleven, 4.5 hours…let’s hear yours!

  3. Zack says:

    Damn, Buck and McCarver are going to be doing this game.
    Atleast Joe West isnt behind the plate again

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

      He just gets to blow check swing calls all day long.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez says:

      Normally, I’d agree, but I am in the new and horrible position of wishing I could see Buck and McCarver. I moved from NYC to Madison, Wisc., three days ago to go back to grad school. I excitedly flicked on Fox to see the game and … it’s the Dodgers-Cubs. F-me! is blacking it out (national game). So I’m stuck with Sterling and Waldman.


  4. Steve says:

    To Keith Law, every Red Sox prospect is amazing, and the Yankee prospects are mediocre. Take his comments with a pound of salt.

    • AndrewYF says:

      To a Yankees fan, every media outlet and commentator is in a conspiracy to hate their prospects and love the Red Sox’s.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

      Nah. Keith Law is pretty fair. He at least admits when he’s wrong.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Well, he recently said that Hughes is know better than Buchholz and also said Tazawa is better than Buchholz. While ESPN and some of hte other media members don’t favor the Yanks, KLaw is reasonable.

  5. Quikksand says:

    I’m ready for the Yankees to win!

  6. David A says:

    Don’t quite get why Fox has the Dogers/Cubs game on when I live in Westport CT?

  7. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Wow, I actually miss Jeannie Zelasko.

  8. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    No Joe Buck? Well, I’m turning off the TV.

  9. Nikhil R. says:

    No Joe Buck. That’s a good start.

  10. BigBlueAL says:

    No Joe Buck!!! Im not watching this game then….

  11. Zack says:

    LoHud says that Wakefield will replace Penny in the rotation.
    It’s kind of sweet justice that Yankees bounce 2 great amazing free agent signings from the Red Sox rotation

  12. Mike Axisa says:

    Anyone else having trouble with FOX?

  13. Dela G says:

    i can’t believe the houston area is showing the cubs/dodgers

    no one cares!

    anyways, i will have to suffer through sterling :(

    i predict yanks win 5-2

  14. David A says:

    It swapped over to the game.

  15. Mikey K-9 says:

    Fly ball off the handball court. Very nice.

    • Zack says:

      Yaz was the best at peppering balls off the wall.

      But the bandbox in the bronx is an embarassment to baseball

  16. Dela G says:

    well this is starting off nicely

    2 on for alex

  17. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Wow, just think about it, last year Drew Storen was pitching in an amateur league called college, and he’s about to be called up to MLB too. This Tazawa is amazing.

  18. Salty Buggah says:

    no DP A-rod

  19. whozat says:

    So, when Joba comes inside and hits someone, he shouldn’t come inside if he doesn’t have the command to avoid plunking guys.

    But for Tazawa it’s part of the game. Got it, fox.

  20. Dela G says:

    man, every out from tazawa is a hard hit ball

  21. Bob Stone says:

    The batters are in the shadows and the pitcher is not. That may make it tough for offense.

  22. whozat says:

    aaaaah, dammit. a little under it.

  23. Salty Buggah says:

    Ah man, I hope our balls find holes today because last time we faced him, we crushed him but he got lucky. That’s 2 outs already on well hit balls by A-rod and Jeter.

  24. Nothing there, but they are getting some decent hits…

  25. Salty Buggah says:

    Damn, we hit em well at least.

  26. Accent Shallow says:

    All three outs were hit decently.

    Runs, plz.

  27. Dela G says:

    aight, lets hope the yanks can find gaps next inning

  28. Salty Buggah says:

    I hope we see Enrique Gonzalez today

  29. whozat says:

    Pedroia would have looked better making that play.

  30. Dela G says:

    aight AJ, lets get a GIDP

  31. Salty Buggah says:

    ah fuck 0-2 hits

  32. JSquared says:

    The ol’ make Pedroia look good by throwing the same pitch technique.

  33. Bugsy says:

    he’s been eating his lucky charms.

  34. V says:

    Just watch how lazily Cano gobbled that ball up.

  35. V says:

    Just watch how lazily Cano gobbled that ball up.

  36. King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

    DIVE for that ball!!!

  37. Dela G says:

    damn it

    AJ we need an out here

  38. Salty Buggah says:

    ah cmon AJ, DP please

  39. Bugsy says:


  40. Mike Axisa says:

    It the centerfield camera shitty for everyone, or is it just me? It’s all jumpy, and it’s just that one camera.

  41. GG says:

    Anyone know a site I can stream this game from online right now? MLB.TV doesnt have it, I get the Dodgers game on Fox where I’m at

  42. Bugsy says:

    wtf is mccarver talking about?

    • Bob Stone says:

      He is wrong. Yankees weeren’t conceding second to Marinez. Jeter was covering second.

    • whozat says:

      it took him 45 minutes to say Martinez should have gone to 2nd, because the Yanks had no one covering.

      • DF says:

        He’s right that Cano lined up to throw home, but Robbie had the ball by the time Martinez was rounding first. If Victor tries to go to second, Cano just has to turn and throw the ball to Jeter for the tag.

        8 more innings of this to go, too.

  43. JSquared says:


  44. Dela G says:

    good play there tex

  45. Jim says:


  46. whozat says:

    That was off the plate :-)

  47. Bugsy says:

    oh man.

  48. Dela G says:


    damn that freaking wall

  49. Tank the Frank says:

    Is Hinske for real? He did play LF there right?

  50. Mike Axisa says:

    Eric Hinske is so bad on defense, it’s not even funny.

  51. whozat says:


  52. Accent Shallow says:

    Jeez, Hinske is just brutal out there.

  53. Zack says:

    fenway is a treasure of this country. can we stop with the love fest mccarver? thanks

  54. Uh oh, looks like we may have bad AJ today…

  55. Jackson says:

    Great play Hinske, way to learn from your mistakes.

  56. JSquared says:


  57. Salty Buggah says:

    fuck you Papi! LUCKY bastards…there hits are falling and ours arent and Hinske made a shitty play

  58. DF says:

    Damn that wall

  59. V says:

    Ok, Ortiz can NOT HIT THE FASTBALL, and we’re gonna hang curveballs? Greeeeeat.

  60. Bugsy says:

    i acutally miss damon in left.

  61. Jon says:

    I have SO much confidence in our number 2 starter in the playoffs

  62. Salty Buggah says:

    the fuck AJ?

  63. Dela G says:

    cmon AJ, lets mow these guys down

  64. Jim says:

    Well, this is dissapointing.

  65. Accent Shallow says:

    Shirtless douchebags in the stands. What is this, Wrigley?

  66. JSquared says:

    I don’t understand why we’re starting someone who is bad on defense…

  67. mike jones says:

    Can we get a left fielder who knows how to play the monster????

    • Zack says:

      whos your choice? im sure hairiston has so much experience here

      • texburnathia says:

        you can’t deny that hairston is a better athlete and defender

        • Zack says:

          that wasnt the question. he said he wants a LF who knows how to play the monster. and since hairston was a 2B his entire time in the AL, i’ll take a leap of faith and say he doesnt know how to play it either

  68. DF says:

    Hinske’s putting on a clinic on how NOT to play LF in Fenway.

  69. Joey H says:

    Keep in mind who is pitching for them. Expect a slug fest.

  70. Dela G says:

    how the hell does ORTIZ SCORE????

  71. King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

    Say it with me: UGH.

  72. Tony says:

    Hinske is one of our greatest comedians.

  73. Dela G says:

    throw the fastball

    these guys wont do much but watch it go by

  74. Mikey K-9 says:

    Seems like Bay owns the Yanks.
    I would love to know his numbers against the Yanks.

  75. JSquared says:

    Couldn’t do that to Ortiz… please, that’s a joke.

  76. Salty Buggah says:

    about time AJ, just finish em off next time when you get ahead. Cmon offense, make those balls falls and score a trillion runs again.

  77. Bob Stone says:

    Okay – Let’s get those three runs back in this inning, plus a few more.

  78. Accent Shallow says:

    I’m not exactly sure that Tazawa will be capable of holding this lead.

    Whether AJ can avoid giving it back, though . . .

  79. Dela G says:

    there we go

    now lets murder tazawa

  80. Jim says:

    Top of the 2nd:

    Screaming line drive right to right-field, 1 out
    ground ball 2 in” from being a double, then diving play on line drive, 2 out
    long fly ball with ellsbury crashing into the dead center field wall, 3 out

  81. trueblue says:

    What the fuck AJ… You wer supposed to be good in Boston

  82. Salty Buggah says:

    We have been getting absolutely killed with 2-out hits lately (though we’re still winning)

  83. Bugsy says:

    bold prediction: yankees will win this game.

    I believe

  84. beaniedemon says:

    Burnett sucks!! Not a big game pitcher. Gets unnerved easily.

  85. Dela G says:


    this guy has no control

    dont swing

  86. Accent Shallow says:

    Robbie, how about not rolling over, hmm?

  87. Bugsy says:




  88. Jackson says:

    Dear Hinske,

    Take notes.

  89. V says:

    Hey, uh, guys, you do realize that’s not Hinske in LF, right? Right?


  90. Salty Buggah says:

    WTF CANO!!!!!!!!!!! damn, we cant give up outs like that

  91. Jim says:

    You’d think by now we’d know how to judge fly balls off the monster while running the bases.

    Even if he did run hard out of the box, he’d be fucking out by a mile, McShitinMoutharver.

  92. Dela G says:


    the baseball gods gifted that

  93. Accent Shallow says:

    McCarver: Cano is lazy.

    What the horseshit?

    • Bugsy says:

      yeah, he said that in so many words.

      my favorite was when keith hernandez called him a “styler”

  94. BigBlueAL says:

    Yankees must lead the league in guys getting thrown out trying to get a double.

  95. DF says:

    So wait, I’m confused…

    Was that laziness or overhustling?

  96. Little Bill says:

    Jon Sterling is outraged!

  97. Dela G says:

    dont worry guys, we are going to beat this kid

  98. JSquared says:

    Great, Hinske… I expect nothing less of a homerun.

  99. donttradecano says:

    there we go wit the lazy dominican tag

  100. Jim says:

    #8 and #9 hitters both hitting under .280

    what the fuck is this bullshit

  101. gio says:

    Bad luck. Balls.

  102. JSquared says:

    ofcourse, the red sox luck is unmatchable.

  103. Bugsy says:

    holy shit. this is the babip correction from last night. can we borrow some of those runs?

  104. Jim says:

    u can tell this aint our game

  105. Jackson says:

    They are crushing balls so far today. I’m confident they’ll win this game.

  106. Dela G says:

    damn these lucky ass hard hit outs

  107. Zack says:

    i hate line drive outs

  108. bonestock94 says:

    This qualifies as muted game, I’m 1.5 innings in and my blood is already boiling from the homerism.

  109. JSquared says:

    Is it me… or could u just tell that lady holding up that small sign is just a cunt.

  110. Jim says:

    WOW mccarver nice job identifying that 4-seam fastball before it was thrown!

    fox really gives its audience some inside info…

  111. trueblue says:

    Bad Defense: Check
    Bad baserunning: Check

  112. V says:

    They ARE going to hammer this pitcher today. Ugh.

  113. Bugsy says:

    can someone give melky some steroids!?

  114. Dela G says:

    man, these balls have to drop in gaps soon…

  115. Jim says:

    and can u guys believe that he was pitching in the INDUSTRIAL LEAGUE last year? the INDUSTRIAL LEAGUE? wow…what a story.

  116. Nels says:

    I just hope Burnett hangs in there. The Yankee bats will come around if he does.

  117. BC says:

    Does anyone else here wish that Tim McCarver would go to the top of the monster and just jump off?

  118. Salty Buggah says:

    Dear Mo,

    Can we please get some luck on both sides of the ball? Not even good luck, just normal luck. They are got two 2-out hits and our LFers kinda sucks on defense. Our offense is absolutely crushing the ball but they are not falling and we made a bonehead play. So that’s mostly bad luck. Please give us some luck (or at least take away the bad luck) and let us take the lead and then win the game. Thanks!


  119. Mike Axisa says:

    I fucking hate Time Warner. FOX isn’t working at all, and the HD channel is all fucked up.

  120. JMK says:

    Hey, guys! Just got back (had to buy a nice suit for the new job!). What’s happened so far? I see it’s 3-0. Small recap, anyone?

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Bad luck mostly. AJ struggling but they got 2 2-out hits and the blind squirrel in Gonzalez found a nut. We are absolutely crushing Tazawa like last time but like last last time, they are not falling in.

      • JMK says:

        Eh, it’s still early. I’m not happy watching 8 consecutive balls for Burnett, though. I was cool as long as we didn’t get swept this series, so whatever we make out with is just gravy.

    • Jon says:

      Home run alex gonzalez. Hinske epic misplay off the monster for an ortiz double, couple singles thrown in there.

  121. DF says:

    At least Varitek still sucks

  122. Dela G says:

    that curve ball is fuckin filthy

  123. David A says:

    My god can fox love the Sox anymore? All I hear is them fawning over them.

  124. Bugsy says:


  125. Accent Shallow says:

    Alex Gonzalez, AJ?

  126. Zack says:

    did alex gonzalez just go yard?

  127. Tank the Frank says:

    Game over. And stop with the “2nd inning crap.”

  128. Salty Buggah says:

    Seriously, Gonzalez?!?! So much bad luck

  129. BigBlueAL says:

    Burnett fucking sucks today.

  130. Dela G says:


    holy crap

  131. Jim says:

    Anyone for a Ponson-Burnett swap?

  132. JSquared says:

    1 fucking inch, serious? How do you add luck to the luckiest team in all of sports? You trade for Alex Gonzalez.

  133. GG says:

    Alex Gonzalez????…come on AJ

  134. Patrick says:

    Seriously, Alex Gonzalez?

  135. bonestock94 says:

    Couldn’t AJ have one of these games against the Royals or something? I really wanted to see “oh shit” strikeout AJ today..

  136. donttradecano says:

    great dramatic story about the trade that brought future HOF Alex Gonzalez to Boston.

  137. Bugsy says:

    no he’s getting squeezed? wtf

  138. djjd says:

    Burnett could you suck more today?

  139. Dela G says:

    cmon AJ, today isnt a good day to have a clunker

  140. Jim says:

    Yeah, i think that routine stolen base deserves a standing ovation.

  141. BC says:

    Im surprised McCarver didn’t just cum in his pants when Pedroia jogged to first, and now with a stolen base

  142. Arman Tamzarian says:

    If you have the opportunity, pop over to the dodgers-cubs game and check out the catch by the left fielder. On the run over the shoulder face plant into the wall, and hung onto the ball. Absolutely amazing.

  143. E-ROC says:

    “Pedroia has a winning look on his face.” lol

  144. Nels says:

    What are Burnett’s numbers on Fox games?


  145. Dela G says:

    a winning look on his face???


  146. Jackson says:

    Holy crap, Jeter is like 8 inches taller than Pedroia. That looked hilarious.

    • Bob Stone says:

      Jeter is 6’3″ and Pedroia is listed at 5’9″ (but is really 5’6″) That would make him 7″ taller.

  147. Bob Stone says:

    Oh shit. C’mon AJ. Throw some strikes!

  148. Dela G says:

    cmon AJ

    please get outta this

  149. leokitty says:

    AJ Burnett is a lot like Pettitte–when he is bad he is really awful and you can almost always tell which road you’re going down right away.

    That said, he was due for a bad game and while I’m frustrated a little bit I can’t get actually angry given the situation the Yankees are in.

  150. Dela G says:


  151. John Duci says:


  152. donttradecano says:

    OMG stop it tim mcarver please stop

    /shotgun to the head

  153. Dela G says:

    getting squeezed a bit here

  154. Salty Buggah says:

    I hope AJ can at least give us 5 innings.

  155. Jim says:

    If we give up any more runs this inning, the game’s ovuh. they’ll just get tazawa out of the game and their serious bullpen will probably shut us down. 4-5 runs is do-able, but 7-0 even in the 2nd inning will be almost impossible to come back…

  156. John Duci says:

    Im turning this shit off.

  157. JMK says:

    I could be wrong but it seems (at least since the White Sox series) that we allow a lot of earned runs with 2 outs.

  158. Bugsy says:

    oh ho ho ho ho ho. now I mute these fuckers

  159. djjd says:


  160. E-ROC says:

    Two straight walks and a homer. Stop beating yourself, AJ.

  161. Bob Stone says:

    Ouch – but it’s till only the second inning.

  162. V says:

    Well, I’m checking out for the day. This ain’t worth watching.

  163. djjd says:

    Posada is no help

  164. Salty Buggah says:

    Damn…maybe this time we come back to score like when AJ was up 6-0 against them but the Sox came back? I have a lot of hope if our hits fall in

  165. Bob Stone says:

    Yanks are going to win this one 11-9.

  166. Dela G says:

    aaaand this sucks

  167. JSquared says:

    Sorry, but after a late game last night, you should start Molina and a better game would be called, nothing against Posada, but he looks lazy from how he’s been throwing the ball back to Burnett and the pitch calling.

    • Little Bill says:

      lol, yeah it’s all Posada’s fault. He’s pitching like shit today.

      • JSquared says:

        Why is it that people always blame the pitchers, do you know why teams need good catchers? He’s obviously tired, it doesnt effect his pitch calling, but Molina calls a better game.

    • V says:

      The sun isn’t yellow, it’s chicken.

    • DF says:

      How exactly does one call a game lazily?

      • JSquared says:

        Looks like he’s just trying to get back to the dugout faster than normal. Trying to get them to not put the ball in play, meanwhile every pitch he calls it’s getting hammered. Granted A.J. has hung a curve or 2, i still don;t agree with the pitches being thrown. Burnett trusts Posada, and what posada’s calling isn’t working.

    • leokitty says:

      I guess a better game might have been called but I’m not sure how that would stop AJ from missing his spots so badly

      • JSquared says:

        Can you guarantee he would miss his spot with a different pitch? no.

        • leokitty says:

          Yes I’m sure if Molina was calling the game AJ Burnett would be painting those corners just like Maddux or Mussina! That’s not how it works.

          Fact is AJ has games where he simply cannot control his pitches and this is one of those games. This is about AJ, not the catcher. Period.

  168. charlespoet says:

    Well shit. Just logged on to see how they game was going and it does not look good. Oh well, win tomorrow and that is fine. Guess everyone gets their Saturday back.

  169. bonestock94 says:

    Ok guys, have a nice saturday, I’m gonna go do anything else

  170. Jim says:

    burnett is a little pussyshit when he pitches @ fenway……..

  171. BC says:

    Well, I’m gonna go drink myself into a stupor and start a fight with some red sox fans. good day to all

  172. Dela G says:

    hey the inning’s over!

    2 out runs are so awesome

  173. bicycle boy says:

    yawn. who cares… the division is already won

  174. DF says:

    Alright, now the comeback begins.

    Can e get another 20-spot this afternoon? Please?

  175. V says:

    I would never think I’d ever say this about another human being, but if McCarver walked in front of a car, I could not give a shit.

    I can not believe it’s humanly possible to be that fucking stupid.

  176. Dave says:

    Hope we can get another 20 today

  177. Zack says:

    AJ my fantasy team does not thank you for your services today

  178. donttradecano says:

    Cano is so lazy that he started in the outfield so he wouldnt have to run for that groundball.

  179. charlespoet says:

    The curse of Fox Sports Saturday games haunts the Yankees. Somewhere Gammons just sent a tweet to McCarver and Buck that says “@Gammons – xoxoxoxo Love your pro Red Sox stance. They will now win the AL East.”.

  180. Tank the Frank says:

    So can the game be over now even though it’s the third inning?

    Am I allowed to say it!! OMG!! Don’t get angry!

  181. Bob Stone says:

    I can’t believe some of you are giving up already. It’s the freaking third inning and it’s FENWAY!!!

  182. Tank the Frank says:

    Game over

  183. Tank the Frank says:

    Game over

  184. Lanny says:

    Keep Burnett away from Fenway.

  185. Tank the Frank says:

    And more game over.

  186. Salty Buggah says:

    We’re just giving the Sox and their offense a hope, so when they crash again, it’ll burn more.

    • JMK says:

      I hope you’re right, Salty. Talk about rubbing salt in fresh wounds. They would be demoralized if that were to happen. Our offense is certainly capable.

  187. Bugsy says:

    remember when the sox came back fom 6-0 deficit. we can top that shit right here

  188. Lanny says:

    Girardi has to seriously think about letting Molina do some of the Burnett catching. They are obviously not in sync most of the time.

  189. Mac says:

    I realize I’m probably only speaking for myself, but I was curious to see how Mitre pitches on back to back days :-(

  190. Dela G says:

    this game isnt over

  191. Jim says:

    i wish we had some nice scrubs to replace the big men right now…

  192. Bob Stone says:

    This game IS NOT OVER.

  193. Salty Buggah says:

    Nice Swish!

  194. Jim says:

    it really doesnt feel that nick swisher is only hitting in the .240s

  195. Dela G says:

    tazawa has ZERO control

  196. Dela G says:

    good job swish

  197. Jim says:

    omg really?

    holy fucking shit thats so fucking hilarious!




  198. Bugsy says:

    wow that was hilarious, ken. omg i cant stop laughing.

  199. charlespoet says:

    Biggest issue today is not the win or loss, but how taxed the bull pen will become if AJ can’t give them 6-7 innings.

  200. Salty Buggah says:

    I still have a feeling we’ll come back starting in the 5th inning.

  201. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    So, uh, who swapped the pitchers today?

  202. trueblue says:

    AJ has been a comnplete bust in the one area he was supposed to be rock silid. His fenway stats were killer, anf this year he is getting slapped around like a 2 dollar whore in that shit box.

  203. Mike Axisa says:

    He threw four straight curves Alex, you might want to look for it.

  204. Moose Balls says:

    AJ is an absolute fuckin’ JOKE when pitching against the SOX. But for ONE good outing this year, he’s given up 20 fuckin runs in 10 innings in Boston. Thats totally unaccpetable. The only reason we signed him was to beat Boston. His body language is awful in Boston and it looks like he doesnt even care out there.

  205. Salty Buggah says:

    now that inning wasnt bad luck, we just didnt do well in that one.

  206. Jim says:

    what are the yankees hitting on days after scoring 12+ runs they must be hitting like .200

  207. JMK says:

    We can definitely win this game, guys. While it may be statistically unlikely, bear in mind, we’re not exactly facing Lester or Beckett. AJ finishes the fifth without anymore runs, we can totally chip away the lead.

    Sidebar: Ken Rosenthal and Pedroia double date.