ALDS Game One: Twins @ Yankees

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ALDS Game One Spillover Thread

2009 American League Division SeriesDoesn’t it seem like it’s been a month since the Yankees last played a game? Maybe it’s because I didn’t watch too much of last weekend’s throw away series in Tampa.

Anyway, the Bronx Bombers will take the field this evening for their first playoff game in 729 days. They’ll get to take on a tired, but probably an adrenaline hungover Twins team that just spent 12 innings fighting for their season last night. We’ve already posted a long series preview earlier today, as well as a look back at what happened between these two teams this season, so I’m not going to waste bandwidth by regurgitating that info here.

If you’re looking for an expert’s take, Keith Law posted his advance scouting report on the Twins (it can be summed up as: they’re weak beyond Mauer), as well as a preview of the series (he’s thinking Yanks sweep). Both pieces are Insider only, so sorry if you’re out of luck. One scouting you can see without a subscription comes from Beyond the Box Score, who took a look at tonight’s home plate ump, Tim Tschida. Looks like Tschida’s a squeezer, which could be a big help to the Yanks since Minny’s pitchers rely on working the corners and inducing weak contact.

In case you missed it, here’s the Yanks’ ALDS roster. They went with three catchers and eleven pitchers. Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Minnesota
Denard Span, CF
Orlando Cabrera, SS
Joe Mauer, C
Michael Cuddyer, 1B
Jason Kubel, RF
Delmon Young, LF
Brendan Harris, DH
Matt Tolbert, 3B
Nick Punto, 2B

Brian Duensing (5-2, 3.64)

Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS
Johnny Damon, LF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Hideki Matsui, DH
Jorge Posada, C
Robbie Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Melky Cabrera, CF

CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.37)

Pregame ceremonies are supposed to start around 5:40pm ET, with first pitch scheduled for 6:07. It’s been hella windy all day in the Tri-State Area, and it looks like it’s supposed to stay that way most of the night. Could make for a very interesting night if Tschida isn’t giving the corners.

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ALDS Game One Spillover Thread
  • Souter Fell

    The road to 27 starts tonight. Let’s go boys.

    • Brian

      Solid hit by Jeter! Now bring him home!

  • pat

    First of 11. Lets do it.

  • radnom

    LETS GET IT ON

    • radnom

      YEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAHHHHH

      • radnom

        DO IT

        • radnom

          Agreed, chums.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    It’s so good to see the A++++++++ lineup.

  • bonestock94

    Ugh, I have to leave for class in 30 minutes, this blows!

    • radnom

      I hear you.
      I’ve got class 6-9.

      I’m trying to stay until 7, but I have a feeling i’ll cut out way before then.

      • Peedlum

        Fortunately I have no class.

        • radnom

          Way to rub it in…

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          ICWUDT

      • radnom

        Actually….screw it.

        I’m just skipping all together.

        • bonestock94

          I skipped last week because I had to study for two tests the next day, so I have to go. Oh well, at least this guy lets us out by 9. I’ll be home by 9:30, hopefully I can catch a good ending.

          • radnom

            Lack of planning ahead, friend.
            My condolences.

  • Nathan

    For those of us without cable. If I buy the mlb.com postseason package, will it blackout the yankees games since i am in the home network?

    • Moshe Mandel

      Yup. You need to get to a bar or find a stream.

    • Christopher

      Ah the joys of the UK, I can’t get to the game, but I’m never blacked out. In fact I didn’t even need to subscribe to the post-season package, the last few years the regular season package has sufficed.

  • Moshe Mandel

    WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Been waiting almost two years for this. So psyched.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

    Dawwww Brandon Inge is for the children.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

      Wait a minute…. it would seem his home run power comes from the wishes of dying children. BRANDON INGE YOU FIENDISH FIEND.

    • http://twitter.com/JamalG_BB Jamal G.

      Something is wrong with this country if kids want to push back their own heart-transplant ops to get the autograph of a career .305 OBP guy.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I like how you strip away all the emotion to expose the pathetic underbelly of the story. Well done, Jamal.

        • http://twitter.com/JamalG_BB Jamal G.

          “THE HEART, Osborne – first, you attack his heart.”

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        I want to see Melky’s special interest story about how he is trying to help rehab Porn Stars back to everyday life.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          No Behind Left Behind.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Nice story. TBS probably wasn’t planning on running it so early, BUT….the Twins happened.

  • Stryker

    alright minnesota, bring it.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Here we go, boys…

    (passes out bayonets)

    • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

      LET’S GO. FUCKING KILLLLLLLL IT!

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        OUR LITTLE ROOKIE IS ABOUT TO GET SOME NOOKIE!!!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

          (farts)

  • dkidd

    so nervous

    let’s go big cc!!! (passes out cupcakes)

    • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

      LET’S GO. FUCKING EEEEAAAAT IT!

  • Tank the Frank

    SPARTANS!!!! What is your profession!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
    • Stryker

      +27

  • BigBlueAL

    I like #3 in Keith Law’s keys for the Yankees.

    • TJ

      Let’s do it guys!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      TWO MEN ENTER! ONE MAN LEAVES! TWO MEN ENTER! ONE MAN LEAVES!

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    With the wind blowing to left I can’t wait to see one of Teix’s moon shots carry to the second deck.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      *to right

    • Tank the Frank

      The wind is blowing out? Oh man.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty pumped.

    • Tank the Frank

      I’m crazy jacked psyched.

      • Tank the Frank

        I’m also a ManBearPig.

        • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

          I’m super serial, guys.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        EFFIN-A, COTTON!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      You’re excited?!? FEEL THESE NIPPLES!!!

      /Costas’d

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        I’m not wearing any pants.

    • dkidd

      are chest pains good?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    U-S-A!
    U-S-A!
    U-S-A!

  • BC

    The wind is going to be ridiculous tonight. It was a huge factor in the Phillies game, let’s hope we can capitalize on it in the Bronx. Let’s go Yankees! Road to 27 begins here!

  • nathan

    Lets go get them…

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    Chip Caray Pet Detective.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    If I hear this stupid song again I’m gonna break shit.

    • dkidd

      it will get better and better the more you hear it

      /frank caliendo’d

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Poor Miloc.

  • Moshe Mandel

    Chip Caray. Ugh.

  • dkidd

    tbs should not be allowed to bid for the playoffs if they cant keep their feed from freezing

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yeah I know. It froze mid-pitch in the Phillies game, so I took that as a sign that I should watch the game on the non-HD channel. That one works fine.

      • dkidd

        hd not worth the agita

        just switched

  • Tank the Frank

    And on YES…the soothing sounds of Bernie Williams ladies and gentlemen.

  • Tank the Frank

    Okokokokok let’s go already!

  • Stryker

    anyone worried about cc? i know it’s a small sample size of a whopping 25 innings, but that 7.92 ERA…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I’m worried that he may not go 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He may scuffle and only go 4-0 with a 0.50 ERA.

      BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM, THAT JUST HAPPENED. IS YOUR MIND BLOWN?

  • Stadium Garlic Fries

    Can we have at least Jon Miller or Joe Buck? I already don’t like Chip Caray.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Everything that made Harry and Skip Caray great, Chip doesn’t have. He must have been adopted

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    The most appropriate place for the Press.

  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

    Winds coming in from Canada?

    Damn you, Morneau!

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    OH NO! THERE’S A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM BUILDING OFF THE COAST OF MAINE!!! AHHH

  • dkidd

    who knows? maybe craig sager will shut the fuck up

  • http://twitter.com/hopjake Jake H

    Bud was on Mike and Mike this morning saying he wants an international draft in the next labor talk.

    Hopefully CC is on tonight.

  • Tank the Frank

    Am I watching a ballet recital or a playoff game? The Yankees crowd has really been disappointing.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    C’mon CC, ice this fool.

  • Max Rodriguez

    Why is melky playing instead of brett wtf?

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      lol.. Have you watched this team for the past month? It’s nothing new.

  • http://twitter.com/hopjake Jake H

    I don’t have a good feeling about this game.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Dude, there have been two batters this game.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Somebody slap this guy for me.

      • http://twitter.com/hopjake Jake H

        Why for being nervous? This team hasn’t played a game they had to win since the Sox series.

    • lily-bk

      i agree, hes crossed up posada, cc seems to be scared out there as if he knows its gonna go bad and their just the hottter team

  • lily-bk

    well thats a nice way for cc to start! hes making me nervous

  • Lucky

    Looks like CC has found a way to cut down on his 1 walk to IP ratio in Oct: Throw straight fastballs over the middle of the plate with 3 ball counts
    .

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Oh no, that leadoff double was clearly Posada’s fault. Where the hell is Molina?!?!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Yes Chip Caray, there was a bigger hit than O-Cab’s homer last night. The one that WON THE GAME!!!

  • ShuutoHeat

    Sit down Cabrera. SIT THE FUK DOWN!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Holy crossup Batman.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      BTW, a robot would have still called it a strike.

  • Lucky

    POSADA!!!! HA

  • Tank the Frank

    Wow. Just wow.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Yeah, just put Mauer on.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      Not so fast dude.

  • Lucky

    clang, clang clang go the Yankees!

  • Tank the Frank

    Just give him 1st base now.

    • Tank the Frank

      Or just SIT HIM DOWN!!

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Jeez. It’s the little things that need to be executed, like not have cross-ups.

  • Jersey

    Well, stuck in class for the next 3 hours. But at least a) it’s in the computer lab, where I can keep Gameday open, and b) I don’t have to listen to that turdburger Chip Caray.

  • BigBlueAL

    Is anyone at the game???? Sounds like a library so far.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Going to watch Molina on Friday! He can strike out in three languages, you know.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    I just fist pumped on strike two.

    • Joey

      Thanks for destroying baseball asshole

  • ShuutoHeat

    Mauer? Sit the fuk down.

  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

    I have a good feeling about this game.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Talk to Jake, will ya?

      • http://twitter.com/hopjake Jake H

        Ya talk to me!

        • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

          The Yanks got this, bro.

          They got this.

  • BigBlueAL

    Fuckin nasty.

  • Reggie C.

    CC beats Mauer in round 1.

    Good start!

  • Moshe Mandel

    Seriously? People freaking out already and advocating he walk Mauer? C’mon, guys.

    • Tank the Frank

      No reason to let him beat you. Putting him on 1st sets up a DP.

      • Moshe Mandel

        Cuddyer and Kubel are good hitters. You should not be putting runners on for free in the first inning. As CC showed, he is about as good a pitcher as Mauer is a hitter.

        • Tank the Frank

          No, you’re right. I like the way they executed it. Slider away and let him get himself out.

  • Lucky

    Sabathia falling behind guys early is really not a good sign. Twins are hackers, so you may be able to get away with it, but CC needs to be able to throw strikes with the fastball

  • ShuutoHeat

    This isn’t the old post season ZZ.
    This is ZZ in the post season backed up with the MFYANKEES!
    Good team mates instill confidence and brings out the best.
    All the nay sayers can go choke on it!

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Escape artist.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    That’s right. Sit down.

  • Moshe Mandel

    Looks like he has a sharp slider and change, with fastball command a bit off.

    • Tank the Frank

      Jitters I would think. Velocity is good. He got two swings and misses on fastballs.

    • Jersey

      Let’s hope he exhales in the dugout and starts slangin’ the fastball like a baaad man.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Phew. First inning jitters out of the way.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      Now he’s all set to go 8 strong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

    HEY Z.Z.

    WAY TO GO

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Too many piches in the first but I’ll take the scoreless inning!

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    My man from Amsterdam!!!

  • Brian

    Nice recovery by CC! Hopefully the Yankee offense grabs a lead and they never look back.

  • Jersey

    22 pitches in an inning ain’t gonna get it done.

    Well, it might, but it’s not exactly optimal.

    • Tank the Frank

      The bottom of the order won’t be near that difficult to get out. He’ll have some quick innings and it will even out.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    When did Evander Hoyfield become a giant? He’s like 6’2″

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      That’s like 30 feet tall in metric. Public school. yes, I attended it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

      What’s kind of sad about that commercial is how punch-drunk he sounds.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Has George Lopez ever said anything funny?

    • BigBlueAL

      Have you not seen his HBO specials??? Fuckin hilarious IMO.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Yeah, remember that one time when he–

      No, wait, I was thinking of George Jefferson. Nevermind.

  • Lucky

    Typical CC postseason inning. Couldn’t throw strikes with the fastball early in the count, then threw it right down the middle at 93 and straight when behind. They won’t throw a fastball all night when ahead to Mauer. Cuddyer missed a meatball.

    • RichYF

      Trolls stand over here >

    • Brazilian Yankee

      Scoreless inning dude.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He went up 0-2 on Span on fastballs.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        You’re feeding him.

    • Marcus

      IETC

      /opposite day’d

  • TJ

    4 run lead plz?

  • danny

    SO PUMPED.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Jeter with a hit, whats new?

  • BigBlueAL

    Lets jump on this kid this inning.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Michael Kay: Well, there goes the no-hitter.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    No bunt.

  • Reggie C.

    Jeter needs to run on this guy. Really get this nube scurrrrred.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    That is one tired looking Twins team you just saw.

    CC didn’t seem overly sharp, he actually looked a bit tentative to me. And I’ve never seen him get so many swings and misses in an inning all season. Guys were swinging at pitches and missing by a foot. That tells me this Twins team may be willing, but they’re really, really tired right now.

    • RichYF

      More or less agreed. CC will calm down. Can’t be easy going out there for game 1. If he continues to pitch the same way I’ll get a little more worried.

  • RichYF

    Love me some post season Johnny Damon.

  • Lucky

    Call me a Troll if you want, but I’m watching this game for one thing: Can Sabathia throw strikes in Oct. I want a Sox/Yanks ALCS, so I hope NYEnron wins.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

      Incorrect.

      It’s U.S. Steel. Now get it right… or pay the price.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      Troll.

    • Tank the Frank

      Too bad it’s the Angels in five.

    • RichYF

      I didn’t know the Sox already won their series. Thanks for the intel. Glad I don’t have to watch that series now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

    mmm, “fisted out of play.”

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      TWSS

      • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

        Chip Caray has fisting on the brain.

  • Stryker

    sigh chip caray…get a fucking thesaurus.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    There goes Chip Carey using the term ‘fisted’ again.

    *shakes head*

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Someone’s wife just clenched.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Maybe we can take up a fund to replace Chip Caray with Will Ferrell doing his Harry Caray impersonation.

      “Hey, if you were a hot dog, would you eat yourself? I know I would.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

        I wouldn’t mind if Will Ferrell as Harry Caray made constant fisting references, come to think of it.

        “Hey! If you were a hot dog, and you were starving, would you fist yourself?”

        … then again.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

        I wouldn’t mind if Will Ferrell as Harry Caray made constant fisting references, come to think of it.

        “Hey! If you were a hot dog, and you were starving, would you fist yourself?”

        … then again.

  • Jackson

    I think I might keep a running tally on how many times Caray says a ball was “fisted”

    • ShuutoHeat

      Sounds the sirens!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

        FIST THE SIRENS

        /evil laugh

  • Moshe Mandel

    Just wanted to point something out, when we talk about pitching around Mauer.

    vs LHP, 2009:

    Mauer: .345/.413/.497
    Cuddyer: .307/.363/.651!!

    A power lefty like CC should not be pitching around Mauer to get to Cuddyer.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Nice find Mo, but it didn’t look to me like he did. They just kept feeding him sliders and he kept biting.

      • Moshe Mandel

        Oh, sure. The sentiment from some here was that they should pitch around him there.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Gotcha. I didn’t see any of the comments during the day over here, as usual. I’m usually busy at work.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            A jizzmopper’s work is never done, as they say.

            • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

              I haven’t been a jizzmopper in years, I moved up to Fluffer a long time ago.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Damon really lost his magic.

  • dkidd

    ron darling is a good announcer

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Well, no DP. That’s good. A-Rod, it’s your time to shine.

  • Henry Triana

    1st inning and Girardi made a good managerial move by sending the runner. YAY.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

      He avoided Tex fisting into the DP.

  • RichYF

    “Typical A-Rod.”

    “Must be October.”

    “Shocking.”

    What else will we hear?

    • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

      “A-Rod is fisting the ball all over the field tonight.”

  • danny

    relax arod.

    see the ball, hit the ball.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Jeez, it looks windy out there.

  • http://twitter.com/hopjake Jake H

    The wind looks like it is going to make the stadium play big.

  • Nathan

    Which way is the wind blowing in direction of the stadium?

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      out to right center.

  • Moshe Mandel

    Great pitching by Duensing in that AB. 4 different pitches, all on the edges of the zone. That was impressive.

  • nathan

    Hope the Yanks score early… would really calm me down..

  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

    On three pitches?

    Baby, sweet baby.

  • nathan

    Twins are on Aux power now… weather them out and win big like thePhils

  • nathan

    Guys.. how does CC look…

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      Slightly overweight but the pinstripes are slimming.

      • nathan

        Phew…

  • Marcus

    Delmon Young: Free Swinger

  • Accent Shallow

    Was listening to the radio, and when CC came back from 0-2 on Span to go 3-2 and give up a double, I groaned and thought “Uh oh, here we go.”

    Oh me of little faith.

  • Tank the Frank

    I hate to be Debbie Downer, but Yankee Stadium sounds like a mausoleum.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

      Did you know that feline AIDS is the number one killer of domestic cats?

  • Ben

    It’s oct. Arod left a man on

    • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

      So did Damon and Teixeira.

      I guarantee they won’t be the only ones.

    • Jackson

      So did Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira.

    • Tank the Frank

      He was also the only batter to hit the ball hard.

  • Accent Shallow

    Brendan Harris: DH. Yikes. Morneau going down has a bitch of a ripple effect.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      He’s actually not that bad against lefties.

      .297/.356/.428 in his career, .302/.348/.403 this season.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    FWIW if anyone was watching the YES pregame, AJ Burnett was quoted by Kay as saying that none of this Posada stuff was his idea. He says he likes Jorge, likes throwing to Jorge and would gladly do it if asked. He said that when he throws a bad game, it’s his fault, not the catcher’s fault. So he put this decision all on Girardi. He also said that when he threw his hands in the air after the Ortiz AB, that had nothing to do with Jorge, that’s just him beating himself up out there.

    Could be true, could be pre-planned spin. I will say that it’s consistent with his post game remarks after bad games all throughout the season. I’ve never once heard him blame Posada.

    • Tank the Frank

      I’ve never heard him complain either. This was a Girardi decision.

    • Moshe Mandel

      AJ seems like a great guy, which is a really good surprise.

      In regard to the other point, apparently Girardi and Eiland observed that they were clicking and decided to stick with it. Makes me like the move a bit less.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        As an ex-Catcher, I’m sure Girardi has very clearly defined ideas on what a Catcher’s role is. He wouldn’t need AJ to tell him that there’s a problem, he probably saw it all along, and eventually pulled the plug when he saw it wasn’t getting fixed. Jorge did catch AJ for the month of August, so those who scream “Just tell these two to work it out” haven’t been paying attention. They tried to, and AJ pitched to a 6+ ERA in August.

        Also, never forget that Girardi was brought in back in 1996 to replace a slugging catcher that pitchers didn’t like throwing to in Mike Stanley. That tells me that Girardi and Jorge likely have very different approaches, and may not always be on the same page philosphically.

        • BigBlueAL

          As an ex-shitty hitting Catcher, Girardi sympathizes with other shitty hitting catchers who have a reputation of being good defensive catchers.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            Who won 3 World Series rings as the Yanks primary catcher.

    • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

      I buy it. Burnett has made similar comments all year and in particular games I know he complimented the way Posada handled him even when he didn’t have his best stuff (ie, his only game pitched in the Dome this year).

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      BTW-Even when Jorge spilled the beans on this, he said “it wasn’t a surprise” and that it was the manager’s decision. So his account matches up as well.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Reminiscing about things that happened 20 hours ago?

  • Moshe Mandel

    How many times are we going to hear that the Twins are a group of “baseball players.”

    • ShuutoHeat

      I thought they were a group of plumbers?

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        I thought they a group of folk singers?

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          who live in group home.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    Al with the D!

  • http://twitter.com/hopjake Jake H

    Come on O. Lets get some runs.

  • Accent Shallow

    Please throw up an 8 spot on Duensing.

    • Tank the Frank

      As long as we can chase him by the 5th. Getting into that tired bullpen early on in the first game of the series is key.

      • Accent Shallow

        Agree, but did anyone really get overworked yesterday?

        Besides, their pen is pretty solid.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

          Nope, I don’t think the Twins bullpen outside of Nathan has been used a lot.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

            Never mind.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Nathan: 21 pitches
          Guerrier: 22 pitches
          Keppel: 33 pitches
          Crain: 16 pitches
          Mijares: 7 pitches
          Mahay: 4 pitches
          Rauch: 4 pitches

          The off day tomorrow will help them a bit, as did the off day on Monday. I bet Keppel is the only guy truly off limits.

          • Accent Shallow

            Which is too bad, because he sucks.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            The pitches, and the post game celebration, and the travel. They may be available, the question in my mind is how sharp they will be.

        • Tank the Frank

          Not so much overworked but they used almost everyone. Guerrier and Nathan threw a bit much.

  • Accent Shallow

    Craig Sager? What the fuck was that?

  • Reggie C.

    Posada can hopefully put aside the hurt … or at least transfer it to Duensing.

  • Accent Shallow

    As long as they keep hitting the ball to right: Kubel is a DH ordinarily for a reason.

  • http://twitter.com/hopjake Jake H

    O is looking terrible against a guy who isn’t very good.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      They’ve been doing this all year to guys they haven’t seen before. They check him out the first time around, then pounce the second and third time through the order.

      • http://twitter.com/hopjake Jake H

        They have seen this guy before. 2.2 innings earlier this year.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Jake: Calm down, bro.

          We got this. Relax. We’re biding our time. Second and third time through the order, we annihilate shit.

          It’s what we do.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          And how’d he do?

          Okay then.

    • Chef

      Wow… Your ability to judge offenses after 6 or 7 ABs is impressive. Can you teach me that skill?

  • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

    The OF defense is great? Kubel?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Delmon is horrible, too.

      • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

        Yeah, Kubel was just the one I remembered from your post.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      The OF defense is great. They have two top notch centerfielders, only one of whom is actually playing at the moment, but Gomez’s stellar CF play somehow applies to Kubel and Young.

      I’d explain, but it’s very complex and doesn’t make any actual sense.

      • Chef

        Its simple… Gomez wears his Kubel costume when they are on defense.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Love the effort, though. You’re willing this message board to the win.

  • Reggie C.

    Wow.

    Duensing pwned us this inning.

  • danny

    this is definatly one of those games where the yanks make the pitcher look good but then the 2nd or 3rd time around they absolutely crush im.

    it will happen.

    • ShuutoHeat

      No doubt, they’ll continue to draw more pitches and see more of him. Plus wear him out.

  • Dan

    I don’t know if it’s Time Warner or TBS, but their HD feed is cutting out consistently every minute or two. It’s really starting to drive me nuts…

    • Chef

      Same here.

  • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

    Did they just call Cano lazy?

    • danny

      yep.

      • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

        Cause he is Dominican, right?

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    Man he hung that shit like crazy.

  • Moshe Mandel

    Wide zone, hitters need to adjust.

  • Accent Shallow

    That ball could have easily been in the seats.

  • Ivan

    Im back from gettin my haircut, what I miss.

  • Beast of the East

    what the hell is robbie smilin at. Someone needs to slap that lazy smile off his face.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

      I hope it’s sarcasm. But I don’t think so.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Me too.

      • RichYF

        Beast of the East aka Bam Bam Bigelow aka Crusher Yurkof aka Fister Tooleft aka Serious Business

  • Jersey

    This dude’s pounding the strike zone. Only 6 pitches off the plate so far.

  • Souter Fell

    Anybody else hatin the pitch tracker on the right side of TBS?

    • Will

      Whenever they show a slow-mo replay, it’s way off, too.

    • Chef

      I always wonder if they jimmy it so that fans don’t get pissed at umpires…

      • Chef

        oh… i guess not says C.C.

  • Tank the Frank

    Give me a FUCKING break!

  • Will

    Wow, and the pitch to Cano was a STRIKE?

  • BigBlueAL

    Where the fuck was that pitch??

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

    I hate umpires.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    Fucking ump.

  • southernyankeefan

    apparently the zone isnt that wide.

  • Accent Shallow

    CC needs to get some quick outs.

    Although it sure looked like he struck out Nick Punto.

  • Yankee1010

    It seems like Tschida can’t decide if he wants to have a pitchers’ zone or a hitters’ zone.

  • giselle

    so let me get this straight: the twins are a bunch of baseball players? intruiging…

    • ShuutoHeat

      No…they’re either a group of plumbers or folk singers. I’m going to say plumbers by day and folks singers by night.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      But the Yankees aren’t because they make more money and aren’t gritty or gutty. Except for Gardner.

    • Tank the Frank

      And gritty and gutsy… it was only a matter of time.

    • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

      Girardi is pissed. He had a scouting report on an 80s hair band.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Well played. It may work out if they crank it up to 11.

      • Tank the Frank

        IETC

      • giselle

        hahah, ladies and gentlemen, your winner!

  • danny

    why cant the yanks be considered gritty? because of the money they make?

    red sox players make a lot of money too, but they of course are the grittiest players in all of mlb.

    • nathan

      well there are notmany non-pale playas there

    • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

      No, the Yankees are the only baseball players in the majors who make money. Everyone else plays for heart and grit.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Denard Span looks like Alfonso Ribiero.

    • BigBlueAL

      I can picture him doing the Carlton dance right now….

  • Tank the Frank

    A-ROD!!!!!

  • Accent Shallow

    That works. I love Robbie.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

    Yeah fuck you ump he got out anyways.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    /fist pump

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Denard Span was fisted then fucked.

  • Souter Fell

    Nice DP guys

    • ShuutoHeat

      TWSS

  • Tank the Frank

    Settle CC…settle.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

    I think TBS complimented the Yankees in this game more than every ESPN and FOX broadcast of Yankee games combined.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      So, in other words, they complimented the Yankees once?

      • ShuutoHeat

        No, more like lucky break for Cuddyer.

      • ShuutoHeat

        I’m not worried about the Yanks. But the friggin smirk from Duensing, pisses me off.

  • Souter Fell

    A-Rod’s at least makin plays. I really want him to have a good postseason.

  • Salty Buggah

    Alright. I ran home from the Bus Station. My legs are cramping like a bitch. Let’s win this thing!!!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      (hands Salty Buggah a bayonet)

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      Sounds like a plan.

  • Jim

    How can people listen to these broadcasters? It’s like name-that-cliche right now. My gosh. My mute button is very tempting…

  • danny

    WTF?

    • danny

      oh okay lol

  • Will

    Once again, Cano begs to differ.

  • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

    Uh, “playing the game the right way”?

    Any cliches or narratives left we didn’t hear today?

    • ShuutoHeat

      “You can’t predict baseball.”? I don’t think I’ve heard that tonight…yet.

      • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

        You can’t predict play-by-play men.

  • Accent Shallow

    CC really needs to get some first pitch outs, he’s not gonna be able to finish the 7th if he keeps it up at this rate.

  • Henry Triana

    my TBS HD keeps freezing. It’s pissing me off.

    • dkidd

      regular feed is fine

  • Moshe Mandel

    Still not locating the FB.

  • Tank the Frank

    What’s a brotha gotta do to get a strike call?

  • Salty Buggah

    CC getting squeezed? I just got here and have seen 2 bad calls already in 2 ABs

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

    Alright so postseason.tv is crap cuz you have to choose the camera angle. How do I just watch the tv broadcast? Is that possible??

    • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

      On the computer that is

  • Salty Buggah

    Cmon CC, no runs here please. And please be efficient

  • Accent Shallow

    Joe Mauer is a fucking machine.

  • Jackson

    Joe Mauer is good

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    C’mon ZZ keep em down

  • Ben

    The plate umps zone is f’ng awful

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Okay, ZZ, time to bear down and get out of this thing. Big pitches. Let’s do it.

  • BigBlueAL

    Twins getting hits left and right.

  • southernyankeefan

    damnit posada how could you let that happen

  • Accent Shallow

    Is the two out monster going to rear its head again? Argh.

  • Tank the Frank

    I blame Jorge.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    Dammit CC keeps leaving the fastball up.

  • Salty Buggah

    Damnit. CC, cmon man get your location.

  • danny

    here come the trolls.

  • Jim

    CC is really up in the zone right now…

  • Ivan

    Just hold em here CC.

  • Tank the Frank

    Ok now I really do blame Jorge.

  • Dorian

    This is why people about Posada behind the plate. ALL of the hits have come from fastballs on the outside part of the plate. NEWSFLASH TO JORGE: You must pitch inside.

  • Jim

    Dammit jorge, what the hell was that?! he freaking WALKED to get that ball. Sigh…

  • southernyankeefan

    Fuck ok that one really was posadas fault.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Yeah, defense at Catcher is totally over rated.

  • Ed

    Which team is tired?

  • nathan

    Maybe CC is back to ‘let me throw a no-hitter mode’…

  • Tank the Frank

    How can you be a catcher….and yet be unable to catch the ball.

  • Ben

    And now we know why no one wants to pitch to posada

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Yeah, defense at Catcher is totally overrated.

  • Ivan

    It’s early, so im not worried.

  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

    Whoa.

    A non-Gardner gritty reference?

  • http://twitter.com/hopjake Jake H

    Posada is so worthless.

  • YankeeScribe

    That’s why I call him PASSED-BALL POSADA