Game 127: Another series, please


As they’ve been so many times this season, the Yankees are in a position to win yet another series. They’ve split the first two with the Rangers, and today’s rubber match finds them with the pitching advantage. For a fuller look at the pitching matchup, you can check out our Rangers series preview.

Beyond the pitching match-up, there’s not much to talk about today. Molina was playing today whether Jorge got hit last night or not. Call it a conspiracy if you will, but Jorge rarely catches day games after night games anyway. He’ll more than likely be behind the dish when Burnett makes his next start Tuesday in Baltimore. He could get a few more days off — with a day game after a night game on Saturday, we could see Molina catch CC tomorrow night.

Looks like Gritt Girtner could be back before long. He took swings off a tee today and hopes to play in a rehab game early next week. With Melky in a slump (though, in his defense, he’s hit some balls hard right at some defenders lately), the Yanks would probably love to go back to their quasi-platoon. It seemed they got the most out of both players that way.

And finally, they’re going to have such beautiful babies.


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

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

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Aj says:

    I turn on the pregame and the first thing I hear is Lorenz talking about Brett Farve and the Vikings. What the hell.

  2. Little Bill says:

    Brad Penny has been released. The pickups of Penny and Smoltz have been nothing but good for the Sox who have the deepest rotation in baseball. Low risk, high reward indeed. The Yankees washed up lineup is no match.

  3. danny says:

    maybe jeters resurgence wasn’t because he worked hard this offseason or changed his approach at the plate.. maybe it’s all in thanks to minka kelly i mean chicks do dig the long ball.

    • barry says:

      Maybe this means 20 years from now we’ll have Jeter 2.0 at short. I’m pencilling 2029 in right now.

  4. Jeremy says:

    Gird yourself for the grittygutty Grit Gritner!

  5. Ant says:

    Woulda liked to see Hairston rewarded with a start in CF but oh well.

  6. Accent Shallow says:

    Beautiful babies?

    Come on, I thought you guys understood the concept of regression to the mean.

  7. Salty Buggah says:

    Just in time! I had to go run some errands and thought I wouldnt make it back until 12 but I hurried back and made it at 11! I hate missing games.

  8. Aj says:

    lol “why did I throw that, WHY WHY WHY!”

  9. Cone’s like “Fuck it. Loosen the tie and put up the sleeves before the game even starts.”

  10. Jake H says:

    Hopefully the good AJ shows up.

  11. Salty Buggah says:

    A-rod’s in at 3rd? That’s good news for his injury

  12. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    81 pitches…Steve Nebraska style

  13. Salty Buggah says:

    Jason Jennings was DFA’d today so thats one more pitcher we have ruined for now.

  14. Mike Axisa says:

    AJ lookin’ real good.

  15. Joebrah says:

    My sports history class was canceled today.

    I feel watching this thursday day game is an appropriate substitute.

  16. Peace, Josh. That breaking ball is looking real sharp.

  17. Salty Buggah says:

    Gimme 8 more of those AJ…9 strikes 2 balls

  18. Zack says:

    AJ proving he doesnt like Posada

    /MSM making up news

    • Yankee1010 says:

      Oh, you know that if he runs off 7 or 8 scoreless innings, it’s coming. Never mind the fact that he was actually putting up some stellar numbers with Posada over the last 2 months.

      Sure, there seemed to be some issues, but it was completely blown out of proportion.

  19. Yankee1010 says:

    Does his stuff look as good as Gameday is showing?

  20. JMK says:

    This other guy has pretty good stuff, too. Anyone know the knock on him? I’d assume it’s control.

  21. That was a very nice changeup to Tex.

  22. Salty Buggah says:

    nice Damon

  23. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Damon’s out in wiffleball.

  24. Joebrah says:

    Going a little blimp happy there, aren’t you YES?

  25. Makavelli says:

    You guys should have seen the game on ESPN2 last night. It was brutal. 2 runners on and no outs for Posada…the announcers going “here’s a double play candidate…he’s extremely slow. Holland has the man he wants up right here” (not verbatim but very close) Posada followed that up by launching a bomb to straight away center field. Then there was a similar situation (2 on, no out) for Elvis Andrus who’s batting average is not that good…and they go “Pettitte is in some trouble here…Andrus could put 3 on the board with one swing of the bat”

    Unbelievable. Not to mention they were talking about how great Holland pitched (4 earned runs) while insinuating that Andy was struggling “doesn’t have as good of stuff as he has of late.”

    It was just horrible.

    • Yankee1010 says:

      But you have to admit, it made it that much sweeter when they couldn’t wish the Sox, um, sorry, Rangers to victory.

    • JMK says:

      Well then, thank God for YES. It’s best to avoid ESPN as often as possible. I do occasionally indulge and watch Sportscenter but for the most part, they make a crappy product.

  26. Salty Buggah says:


    No DP A-rod

  27. Way to hook it, Tex. Good coverage.

  28. Bugsy says:

    Heh heh heh. Oh, and Damon almost got Beltre’d.

  29. Salty Buggah says:

    how was strike 2 to Alex a strike? oh well, as long as AJ gets that too

  30. Dela G says:

    well alex will have to hit that change next time up

  31. Dela G says:

    matsui, take the change

  32. Yankee1010 says:

    Is the strike zone as big as GameDay is making it seem?

  33. Mike Axisa says:

    Quality at-bat by Matsui. Shoulda traded him for a bag of balls or Jonathan Sanchez when they had the chance.

  34. Tom Zig says:

    Swisher only 4 more HRs to 25. Come on bring that # down to 3

  35. Dela G says:

    damn it swisher, you can’t pass the baton to cano!

  36. Tom Zig says:

    Yankees have only 1 grandslam this year. Come on Cano, make it 2

  37. Salty Buggah says:

    another bases loaded chance for Robbie! Cmon come through this time please and no DP.

  38. Tampa Yankee says:

    Man, Robbie always seems to be up w/ RISP

  39. Klemy says:

    Nippert really likes to try to get ahead with that 4 seamer and then go right to the change from the look of Gameday. lol

  40. Dela G says:

    damn, i thought cano had that

  41. Little Bill says:

    Pete Abraham’s next blog post:

    “Robbie Cano hit another lazy fly ball to LF and can’t get it done with RSIP yet again.”

  42. Salty Buggah says:

    ah damn bad luck for Robbie again

    we made Nippert throw 36 pitches though.

  43. Brazilian Yankee says:

    We desearved a lot more than we got from that inning.

  44. Dela G says:

    damn, AJ not getting that outside corner

  45. Dela G says:

    AJ looks nastay

  46. Zack says:

    wow AJ is on a mission today

  47. Tampa Yankee says:

    I am at work and cant watch the game but is AJ’s curve really having the type of movement Gameday is showing? If so, that’s straight filthy…

  48. JMK says:

    Wow, Burnett looks fantastic today.

  49. Dela G says:

    where did that ball 2 miss???

  50. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Stack and Tilt swing is all about you body weight being on the front side, not back.

    /finally knowing something relevant’d

  51. JMK says:

    He lists the best second basemen but omits Utley in favor of Brian Roberts? Maybe he was talking about AL-only.

  52. JMK says:

    He lists the best second basemen but omits Utley in favor of Brian Roberts? Maybe he was talking about AL-only.

  53. Salty Buggah says:

    AJ getting squeezed a bit this inning because those are calls Nippert was getting

  54. charlespoet says:

    Ok, I think that most here are very sane Yankee fans, even if they attack their own for getting too emotional.

    Last night I was at the Rockies/Dodgers game to support the famed Mr. Torre and because I can’t stand these band wagon Rockies fans who bitch on talk radio about how poorly the team is doing and then only 37,000 show up when they are 1st in the WC and 2 games back.

    So there is a 14 yr kid wearing his Sox jersey and cheering on Manny. Some dumb ass in a Yankee hat starts jawing with the kid, but after 2 exchanges, tells the kid he is going to come down there and kick his ass or if the kid wants he can meet him out on the concourse.

    Now, I love a good Yanks/Sox back and forth, but seriously, threatening a 14 year old that most of us could knock over with a good belch, utterly disgusting. Thankfully, myself and another Yankee fan stood up and told the tool to shut up, turn in his Yankee fan card, as he was a disgrace.

    Makes you think of “You stay classy, Mr. Yankee fan.”

    • JMK says:

      There are assholes of every team affiliation. It’s unfortunate that our asshole Yankee fans seem to be publicized more than others.

  55. Zack says:

    i like this AJ

  56. Mike Axisa says:

    Give Melky a hit, he needs all the help he can get.

  57. Salty Buggah says:

    BABIP luck for Melk!

  58. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Not to sound as random as Larry King, but Ranch flavored sunflower seeds are awesome.

  59. Salty Buggah says:

    Nipperts keeps getting that inside call to righties/outside to lefties but AJ didnt last inning

  60. Dela G says:

    great steal!

  61. VO says:

    Gardner who?

  62. JMK says:

    Maybe we’ve found Good Melky.

  63. Mike Axisa says:

    That’s two stolen bags today. And people say this team relies on the homer.

  64. Salty Buggah says:

    nice Melky

  65. JMK says:

    Cabrera certainly isn’t the most graceful athlete on the field. He always looks so awkward out there.

  66. Dela G says:

    damn damon, even i knew the fastball was coming… :(

  67. Salty Buggah says:

    53 pitches are good atleast…hopefully hits with RISP come too

  68. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Does that “Bob’s Furniture” couch come with 911 support for heart attacks too?

  69. Salty Buggah says:

    this ump is making me mad, making AJ waste bullets

  70. Pop is so not wearing pants right now.

  71. Tom Zig says:

    Anyone else find it weird that we have only 1 grandslam this year (should be two but a-rod got robbed in the hefty bag)

  72. HEY! If you were a hot dog, would you eat yourself?! ‘Cause I know I sure would!

  73. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Damn if only AJ was like this every start…

  74. JobaWockeeZ says:

    And I just noticed no Michael Kay to jinx whatever possible thing AJ may get.

  75. Dela G says:

    this strike zone is complete bs

  76. Bo says:

    Still cant believe you guys advocated for signing D Lowe over AJ and passing on Andy P.

    All time backfires

  77. If Ozzie Smith is a Hall of Famer, Vizquel damn well better get in as well.

  78. JMK says:


  79. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    For all you Ganesh lovers. (we should all be)

  80. Salty Buggah says:

    AJ says fuck you ump

  81. Zack says:

    day games during the week = no trolls

  82. gxpanos says:

    It’s a testament to AJ’s filthiness that he’s got 5 k’s with this ump. I count like four strikes low and outside that he aint calling.

  83. Mike Axisa says:

    Cano’s BABIP with RISP is .217 this year.

  84. Dela G says:

    hey JMK, there is a-rod’s first hit! let’s hope for more :)

  85. Salty Buggah says:

    A-rod is so selfish, getting a 1st pitch hit instead of working nippert!

  86. Teagarden fears A-Rod’s base stealing skills.

  87. Droppin’ the soulder, Nick.

  88. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Why does it seem Cano is ALWAYS up with 2 outs and RISP…

  89. Salty Buggah says:

    cmon Swish, only 2 pitches?

    2nd chance for Robbie…

  90. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Let’s go Cano!!!!!

  91. Salty Buggah says:

    ah damn cmon with RISP guys

  92. Dela G says:

    cano is SOOOOOOOOO BAD with RISP

    its almost like you have the pitcher at bat

  93. Brazilian Yankee says:

    We should’ve have been up by at least 4 runs now.. Nippert is getting lucky.

  94. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Burnett got lucky with that call!

  95. JGS says:

    I didn’t see it, but gameday says that one was a gift

  96. Dela G says:

    burnett finally got a bs call on his side

  97. Makavelli says:

    A pitcher’s duel! A battle between two great pitchers….

    The Mighty AJ Burnett VS. the one and only….Dustin Nippert???? Wait a minute here…

    • Dela G says:

      it wouldnt be a pitcher’s duel if cano could hit with RISP both times

      anyone batting and this is a 4-0 game prolly

  98. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    I love this booth. Cone is hilarious.

  99. JGS says:

    …that one was a lot closer than the K call

  100. Bugsy says:

    goddayyum !! ! ! !

  101. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:


  102. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Soriano, arod, tex

  103. Dela G says:


  104. Mike Axisa says:

    Where was that last pitch?

  105. Dela G says:

    good god burnett got squeezed there

  106. Joel says:

    BS that 5th pitch was a strike!!

  107. Joel1231 says:

    i hate to say it but AJ is really good when Posada isn’t back there..

  108. JMK says:

    I’ve read that the umps are graded on their game calling at the conclusion of the game. I know I’m not the only one who feels we often draw shitty umpires. Is this something that persists across all of MLB, despite the grading? I’m not saying there’s any conspiracy theory against us, but it seems odd that we always seem to draw umps with weird (and unfair) zones.

    • Zack says:

      i’m sure if you watched 162 ranger games, or royals, or whoever you’d say that your team always gets screwed

      • JMK says:

        I don’t necessarily disagree. So, I guess my question is this: Are the umpires any good, or are they consistently bad across the board?

        • Zack says:

          I’d probably go with consistenetly bad, because how they treat starts v rookies/unproven/scrubs.
          We all love Mo, and yes he has outstanding comand- but he also gets a wider strike zone than anyone else. Imagine if you’re a fan of the opposing team, you’re going to bitch at every strike thats 4 inches off the plate.

          Plus there there should be more umps on the field and more replay.

  109. Dela G says:

    just throw a strike down the pipe :D

  110. Mike Axisa says:

    C’mon AJ, settle down.

    • The Fallen Phoenix says:

      AJ wanted to get back to the windup.

    • Yankee1010 says:

      And there it is. The 2 walks, AJ probably being pissed (I’m watching on Gameday) and the pissed off fastball down the middle clubbed for a HR.

  111. sam says:

    fuck man

  112. JMK says:

    What the fuck!

  113. Dela G says:


  114. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Regain your control AJ!!!

  115. Tom Zig says:

    God damn, two out walks and two out runs.

  116. Little Bill says:

    The call of that last high FB came directly from Jorge Posada.

  117. Joel1231 says:

    its just that i get tired of AJ shaking Posada off and the game vs Boston was frustrating and i just think that Molina calls a better game for AJ

  118. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    I don’t know if that’s just luck or what, he just totally lost it with 2 outs.

  119. Jordan says:

    AJ the enigma.

  120. southernyankeefan says:

    wow that escalated quickly

  121. Zack says:

    damn. the best and worst of AJ in the same game

  122. CanoFTW says:

    Sterling on the radio says AJ is throwing a perfect game – AJ promptly gives up walk, walk, HR.

    I hate Sterling

    • JGS says:

      well, that’s baseball Suzyn

    • The Fallen Phoenix says:

      Not Sterling’s fault. AJ shouldn’t have lost it there, but I can understand the frustration; that first walk was a strikeout, although I suppose AJ can’t complain since he got a questionable call earlier in the inning.

      The umpire giveth, and the umpire taketh away.

    • Brazilian Yankee says:

      Yeah, it’s all Sterling’s fault AJ can’t find the zone and when he does, he throws it right down the middle.

  123. Tom Zig says:

    Burnett has now thrown more pitches the Nippert

    Can we bail out AJ?

  124. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Okay offense time to go to work.

  125. Dela G says:

    oh well, the yankees now know they need to get their offense going and can’t sit back

  126. I hate V says:

    Nice going, AJ.

  127. Nady Nation says:

    I’m at work, but that HR was Molina’s fault, right?

    • Yankee1010 says:

      Nope, Posada called it from the dugout. He also made sure that AJ lost his focus and grooved a first pitch fastball.

  128. Tom Zig says:

    We need to fix that 1-6 with RISP. We’ve been pretty good recently.

  129. MeowMix says:

    DAMMIT POSADA! Stop calling pitches from the dugout!!

  130. Jake H says:

    Anyone who is watching gamecast or gameday I have a question for you. How close was that 2-2 on Hamilton that looked at the knees and over the plate?

  131. Makavelli says:

    Pretty standard…

  132. Makavelli says:

    We have 1 run on 3 hits…they have 3 runs on 1 hit.

    Pretty standard indeed…

  133. JGS says:

    Texas radio guys say there is no way he went around there–truth?

  134. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Will Posada haters now point their fingers at Molina?

  135. Mike Axisa says:

    It’s okay, the Yankees can live with the slight offensive downgrade in Molina as long as he improves the pitching staff, right?

  136. Jake H says:

    Why hasn’t Joe started the runner with Molina? Hit in run with a guy who hits into DP all the time.

  137. I hate V says:

    who didn’t see that coming? HAHAHA

  138. Mike Axisa says:

    Nippert’s asking for it. Just give it to him already.

  139. Joe R says:

    6 walks in 4 innings and 1 run. Brutal.

  140. JMK says:

    Alright guys, let’s knock Dusty Nipples out of the game.

  141. Yankee1010 says:

    And you know that there will still be people calling for Posada not to catch.

  142. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Molina is so much better than Posada..

  143. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    A Hand Sanitizer Keychain???? Somebody book me a flight now!!

  144. Joebrah says:

    Can Molina not lay down a good bunt?

  145. Psh, tell us his wOBAs if you wanna impress us, David.

  146. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    David Cone throwing OPS some love.

  147. Dela G says:

    the one great thing is that AJ has 8ks i believe through 4

    incredible amount of Ks

  148. Mike Axisa says:

    Damn, nice 2-0 change to Damon.

  149. Bo says:

    And that is why Molina can’t play everyday.

  150. ShuutoHeat says:

    Let’s get serious guys, stop teasing their Nippert…

  151. Tom Zig says:

    That was a little high to be a strike

  152. Yankee1010 says:

    It’s not often you see a letter-high changeup called a strike, but Nippert got one on the 5th pitch. His strike zone is pretty big, which makes it all the more impressive that he has managed to walk SEVEN guys.

  153. southernyankeefan says:

    Tex is gonna give us the lead back

  154. Joel1231 says:


  155. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Comon Tex, please don’t fail with RISP. Pretty please.

  156. Tom Zig says:

    Nippert wants to walk more batters than AJ strikes out

  157. Joe R says:

    Jeter is such a stat padder.

  158. Zack says:

    why didnt Johnny follow?

  159. Dela G says:

    MARKY T!!!

  160. BklynJT says:

    Jeter likes stealing 3rd with 2 outs! Takes the force away from 3rd base I guess. As long as he makes it.

  161. JGS says:

    and Tex is the man

  162. southernyankeefan says:

    ill take that

  163. JMK says:

    My wish is being granted. Dusty Nipples has been getting lucky all day. No longer! You shall feel the wrath!

  164. Tex hit that with authority.

  165. Dela G says:

    oh yay, jason grilli!

    i remember him from tuesday