ALDS Game Three: Yankees @ Twins


2009 American League Division SeriesThe last playoff series our beloved Bombers won came five years ago, when they sent these same Minnesota Twins home for the winter with a win on their own (astro) turf. That series went four games, but this year’s version could end after three.

Standing in the way of the Yankees and an ALDS sweep is none other than Carl Pavano. In his four seasons with the Yankees, Pavano made just 26 starts and threw only 145.2 IP. This year, his first post-Bronx? Try 33 starts and 199.1 IP. Pavano called his four years in pinstripes a “black period,” but now the righthander has a chance to repay some of the $40M he stole from the Yanks by going out and throwing a clunker today.

It’s tough to expect another thrill-a-minute roller coaster like we had on Friday, but stranger things have happened. Here’s the lineups:

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

Andy Pettitte, SP (14-8, 4.16)

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

Carl Pavano, SP (14-12, 5.10)

As you’ve surely already heard, the Angels beat the Red Sox tonight in Papelblown fashion, so the Halos await the winner of this series in the ALCS. TBS and Chip Caray once again have the call of this game, with first pitch scheduled for 7:07pm ET. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads, Playoffs


  1. southernyankeefan says:

    I hope the Yankees hit Pavano like I hit the sauce last night, extremely hard.

  2. Salty Buggah says:

    Pavano can finally help the Yanks clinch something. He just won’t be on our team.

  3. Salty Buggah says:

    Jeez, the Broncos mistake are going to kill them. Missed FG. A stupid running into the kicker penalty from their own fuckin end zone.

  4. Win.

    Play today, win today, das it.

    Just win, baby.


  5. Drew says:

    Baseball is not meant to have so many off days. You play almost everyday for 6 months staight and then you get to the post season and play 2 games in 6 days. Now, after we bring the ruckus tonight, it will be 3 games in 11 days. I don’t understand scheduling.

  6. Salty Buggah says:

    I have sooooo much homework (mostly reading with a midterm paper). So, should I watch the Yanks and stay up until very late (dont have class until 12) or do the homework and watch the highlights later?

  7. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Who brought the guacamole?

  8. Salty Buggah says:

    WOW! Fuckin Broncos ST!!!! Now, they jumped offside on a punt attempt on 4th and 2. NE ball again!

  9. mustang says:

    Close this thing and end a great week.

    GO YANKS !!!!

  10. DreDog says:

    Pavano is going down. That is all.

  11. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Over/Under on “fisted” calls tonight?

  12. ADam says:

    Please Please Please beat the is P@$$! A$$ M*&^%#$ F^%$**&…. If there is ever such a thing as payback it can happen tonight…

    6 Strong from Andy with a lead….. game over… pretty easy formula… Lets get it done….

  13. Andre Johnson >>>>>>>>>>>>>> The Cardinals

  14. So who else is going to watch the game in a different language or else on mute just to avoid Chip Caray?

  15. Mike Nitabach says:

    So, should I watch the Yanks and stay up until very late (dont have class until 12) or do the homework and watch the highlights later?

    I am a professor, and you have my permission to watch the game!

  16. Mike Nitabach says:

    Oh, and GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Salty Buggah says:

    Woohoo TD Denver. Tie game. Now lets just not let them score please. I want NE to be sad tomorrow with Bahston already getting swept.

  18. Riddering says:

    Let’s start this game the right way:

    Three-run leadoff homer from Jeter in the first inning!

  19. My g-d can you imagine baseball in Minnesota next October? BRRR!

  20. Tom Brady just flat out missed Wes Welker there. That throw was Jamarcus Russell-esque.

  21. Salty Buggah says:

    Cmon Broncos, score a TD now and win it.

  22. Frankie says:

    Nice hair Mauer!

  23. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    That was a nice Yankee Douche hat right there.

  24. Salty Buggah says:

    Woah, Gaffney’s socks are even uglier.

  25. Drew says:

    Demolition Commence Sequence in 5..4..3..2..

  26. MikeD says:

    So how did Pavano have a 4.64 ERA during the regular season for CLE/Minn, but he has a 5.10 ERA for the season? Did he pitch for some other team?

  27. Carl Pavano wearing Torii Hunter’s #48:

    More offensive than Morgan Ensberg/LaTroy Hawkins wearing Paulie’s #21? I say yes. Torii WAS the Twins.

  28. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    O-Cab kind of looks like a Geico Caveman who shaved.

  29. Dela G says:

    Let’s go Yankees!

    Pound Pavano!

  30. Salty Buggah says:

    Damnit Orton

  31. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    I say Pavano Pitches 3 innings gives up 5 runs and leaves the game with diarrhea and indigestion.

  32. Salty Buggah says:

    Ah damn, dont fail me now Broncos D. No more missed tackles please.

  33. Drew says:

    Oh Johnny, I remember when you were on fiya.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Yea, he needs to get it going again.

    • whozat says:

      I wonder if this skid is going to continue throughout the postseason? It’s basically rendering Jeter useless.

      I mean, JoeG rested him about as much as you CAN rest a guy who’s your regular corner OFer, and he fell apart in the last month of the season. They’d need a 4th OFer better than the other half of Gardbrera to sign Damon as their 100-120 game LFer.

    • The Canadian Yank says:

      It seems like he is far too pull happy now adays. He has grown quite a fancy for hitting it down the right-field line and it has affected his hitting as a whole.

      Less long-ball, more gap.

  34. Frankie says:

    Wow, this is like 2003 all over again dude.

  35. AJ Burnett's Chin Music ensemble says:

    hey wanna get a laugh in before the game…chack out these screen shots of the Boston game where TBS had the score wrong…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Boston Sucks!!!!!!!


    • MikeD says:

      I noticed that as it was happening, as I’m sure did many others, but there’s no reason why the score should have changed at all, unless there’s a Red Sox fan at the controls with a twitch finger, hoping, praying for a run.

  36. Jackson says:

    At this point I actually get mad when Chip Caray doesn’t say a ball off the hands was fisted. That was a perfect opportunity.

  37. Salty Buggah says:

    Ah fuck. Almost got lucky there.

  38. Pasqua says:

    There’s no delicate way to put this:

    Eat shit and die, Carl.

  39. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    True story, Nick Punto is such a good athlete that he won the silver medal in the Olympic Decathlon at the age of 13

  40. The Canadian Yank says:


    First time poster, long time fan/reader. Just adding my hip-hip Jorge to the squad.

    Lets go Yanks, make Pavano earn thay 39.55$

  41. Drew says:

    I wonder how cold it is in the baggy. AP was just asking the home plate ump if he could blow on his hand.

  42. Dela G says:

    wow andy is getting squeezed there

  43. crapulent aka I said good day sir says:

    I love how the Yankees embrace the whole Evil Empire thing at the Stadium and play the whole Darth Vadar thing on the screen. Don’t care for the Rocky crap because he was the underdog.

  44. Riddering says:

    Andy’s getting dirty tonight.

  45. Andy didn’t have great command, but he got the job done.

    Does this make him gritty?

  46. Salty Buggah says:

    Nice Andy

    hey Mike, dont you have to turn of the plugin?

  47. Salty Buggah says:

    I hope A-rod somehow gets a lucky HR to make up for the GS he lost thanks to Gomez

  48. The Canadian Yank says:

    Nice Pitch, Carl. Thing you killed an ant hill with that one.

  49. Salty Buggah says:

    Pavano on his game so far. We’ll get to him.

  50. crapulent aka I said good day sir says:

    If the Twins and Rockies somehow wound up in the World Series, it would be weather delayed for 8 months.

  51. Riddering says:

    I love Matsui but every pitch he takes looks like it punched him in the gut.

  52. Dela G says:

    cmon yanks, the bats have to warm up here

    its carl effing pavano

  53. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    I Hate Pavanoo

  54. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    It must be that swashbuckling goatee…

  55. mustang says:

    Can someone tell me who the hell is this and where was he when he was a Yank?

  56. Applaud while it lasts Minnesota! He’ll break your heart. You’ll see.


  57. slappy white says:

    “looks like pavanos on his A game” really chip carey? JACKASS

  58. MikeD says:

    Why are all the notes now centered? Or it is my computer?

  59. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Look at all this room in here !!!

  60. danny says:

    RAB is being weird.

  61. Salty Buggah says:

    Did the site just get fucked up?

  62. Mike bk says:

    this is what happens when pavano pitches well…everything goes haywire.

  63. Dela G says:

    hey i am in the center!

  64. slappy white says:

    anyone who says the giants arent going to the super bowl is a fucking idiot….and i know this because i know alot of idiots

  65. Drew says:

    Hmm. Something looks different, did RAB get a haircut?

  66. Jake H says:

    Pavano getting all his good pitches out of the way so he can get rocked in one inning.

  67. Jackson says:

    We’ve gone plaid

  68. Riddering says:

    I feel like I’m commenting in Citifield.

  69. slappy white says:

    Fix this shit tommiesmithjohncarlos

  70. jose says:

    Carl Pavano making the Yankees look like little leaguers. Guess you can’t predict baseball

  71. Bob Stone says:

    RAB is trying to appeal to middle America.

  72. Salty Buggah says:


  73. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    I’m scared!

  74. AndrewYF says:

    Pettitte looks dirty tonight.

  75. Drew says:

    Did Josh Mcdaniels just pull a Ray Lewis?

  76. Dela G says:

    amn, andy pettitte is rolling

  77. mustang says:

    Someone forgot to pay the bills?

  78. Mouch "Half Man Half Couch" says:

    With a break in the action I needs RAB’s help here.
    I am down by 8 pts in my fantasy league with one player to go.
    Who would you play. Rickey Williams vs. Jets or Nate Washington vs. Indy.

  79. danny says:

    haha patriots

  80. danny says:

    boston sports fans having a bad day, huh? :)

  81. Drew says:

    lmao at those Ray Lewis replies.

  82. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Andy is Dandy so far.

  83. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Someone tell Herschel Walker that he’s NOT a football player anymore. He’s a MMA fighter.

  84. ShuutoHeat says:

    …I don’t remember having that many shots, did someone swipe the real RAB and put in this… one?

  85. Salty Buggah says:

    Someone fix this! This is annoying as hell

  86. slappy white says:

    my comments all look so small ….and dumb

  87. Frankie says:

    Pavano smells cold hard cash right now.
    After this game he can go back to being Pavano.

  88. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Melky will go deep.

  89. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    ugghhhhhh its getting annoyin the page lookin like dis

  90. Jake H says:

    I think it’s funny that they are going on and on about Pavano and his first pitch strike. 3 of them were hanging off speed pitches. I hope he keeps throwing those for first pitch strikes so they are launched.

  91. I love how the site is all screwy but we just ignore it and plow through that shit. We’re warriors.

  92. Dela G says:

    lets go yanks!!!

  93. Bob Stone says:

    Swish was a little too eager to walk.

  94. Frankie says:

    Swisha with the 3 ball walk!!!

  95. The Canadian Yank says:

    Swish pulling a Jorge…


  96. Drew says:

    Swisher, it’s the playoffs. Know the count.

  97. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Somebody should swing at the first pitch.

  98. Dela G says:

    Hey its back!

  99. ShuutoHeat says:

    I hate it when Pavano scrunches his face and you see the ugly nostrils on his ugly schnoz.

  100. MikeD says:

    Yeah…for RAB being fixed, not for the strikeout.

  101. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    BOOO normal

  102. Bob Stone says:

    This is more like the RAB I know and love.

  103. Dela G says:

    damn it swisher

  104. Even when Swisher embarrasses himself, it’s awesome.

  105. Salty Buggah says:

    About time this got fixed. Now the Yanks will break Pavano.

  106. slappy white says:

    back to normal….relatively

  107. AndrewYF says:

    That may have worked had Posada or Matsui been running.

  108. Mike Axisa says:

    When in doubt, roll it on the turf to first.

  109. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    infield hit.

  110. Drew says:

    Melky in this motherfucker. he don’t fuck around!

  111. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Punto has a hell of an arm.

  112. danny says:



    thank you melky.

  113. Dela G says:


  114. Yanks21 says:

    I hate Pavano sooo much!

    THis is ridiculous! Make him look like $hit! Like he did when he pitched for us!

  115. Riddering says:

    Did Melky just outgrit Punto?

  116. The Canadian Yank says:

    Atta Boy, Melky.


  117. slappy white says:

    does chip carey sound a little too impressed with pavano ?

  118. Salty Buggah says:

    At least we got the hit out of the way. Next stop: Runs!

  119. Russell NY says:

    He’s attacking the strike zone. Strike strike strike. We have to change our approach and start slapping at the ball like the Angels do.

  120. Dela G says:

    yucky, jeter can’t solve pavano yet

  121. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Dominoes + Crown Royal = Everything you need in life.

    /Don Draper’d

  122. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Didn’t KLaw make fun of “fisting” in his last chat?

  123. ansky says:

    Chip gets wood after every one of Pavano’s first pitch strikes.

  124. Salty Buggah says:

    Umm that was strike 3 ump!

  125. danny says:

    so dirty.

  126. The Canadian Yank says:


  127. Dela G says:

    teh cuttah!

  128. Drew says:

    Great job TBS. Tell us Andy’s never done it before, just don’t tell us what “it” is.

  129. MikeD says:

    I think this radar gun is juiced. I think the networks like to show more velocity so they used juiced readings. Both Pettitte and the piece of shit pitching for Minny have been clocked as high as 93, and I doubt either has thrown that hard this year.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      I said that earlier today when Bard threw a 99 mph 2 seamer. I know he throws hard, but come on. And, he topped out at 101? Sure!

      • whozat says:

        The pitchfx data is agreeing with these numbers. Which means that the pitchfx systems could be juiced at both parks. If it’s consistently higher across the board, for every pitcher…then, yeah, that must be what’s going on. I wonder if it’s a miscalibration, or if it’s at the request of TBS.

    • putt says:

      My buddy (a Dodgers fan) was saying how Broxton was hitting 101 consistently in his playoff appearances. That sounds a tad inflated…

  130. Frankie says:

    I wonder id Pavano knows a good proctologist in New York. I think I need one …

  131. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    I love seeing XN6 and Wanger in the dugout.

  132. The Canadian Yank says:

    A gritty out by Punto… my god what a baseball player.

  133. Mike Axisa says:

    Andy’s on cruise control.

  134. Dela G says:

    good job andy

    now lets get this man some runs!

  135. charlespoet says:

    Just watched an awesome game – Broncos sticking to the Patrioits. Broncos own the Pats like the Angels have owned the Yankees.

  136. Yanks21 says:

    Damon needs to step it up.. he is sleeping through these playoffs..

    • Drew says:

      This is the third game.

    • whozat says:

      He’s not sleeping through the playoffs. He’s been bad for a month now. I don’t know if it’s a slump or a physical issue, but I do know that JoeG isn’t going to do anything about it, so we’d all better hope that he gets over whatever it is.

  137. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Pavano 5ks are u serious

  138. Salty Buggah says:

    Dude, Damon needs to get his game back

  139. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Johnny might be playing himself out of a contract offer by the Yankees. He’s been downright awful for over a month now.

    • Indeed.

      I still say he comes back, though. One year of Johnny is still a lower-risk investment than multiple years of Bay/Holliday.

      • MikeD says:

        …but it may come down to one year contract offer to Damon or Matsui. I would have went with Damon because he plays the OF, but he’s been a pretty bad OFer this year. If Matsui can return to the OF next year, then they may go with him.

        Of course, we’re only in game three here. If the Yankees keep advancing, Damon could end up being the hero. Baseball is funny that way.

        He’s not looking good now, though, at all.

  140. Yanks21 says:


  141. Russell NY says:

    Carl Young?

  142. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Alot of those Twins’ backs were LITERALLY against a wall.

  143. Russell NY says:

    That was effin ridiculous that call. High as ever.

  144. cjc says:

    awful call

  145. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Umps love the Yankees.

  146. Bob Stone says:

    That “K” was absurd!

  147. Salty Buggah says:

    Cmon A-rod

  148. danny says:


  149. Jake H says:

    This ump has sucked.

  150. Yanks21 says:

    that was tooo high~!.. BULL SHIT CALL!

  151. Drew says:

    Come on ump. Learn the strikezone.

  152. ansky says:

    Great some more bad home plate umpiring

  153. Dela G says:

    the one good thing is that pavano has a high pitch count

    he can’t keep this up for longer than 6

  154. Salty Buggah says:

    We’ll get him. Relax some of you panics

  155. Dela G says:

    this is maddening

  156. BigBlueAL says:

    I just hope we win tonight because i think it is vital to have CC pitch Game 1 of the ALCS to have the option of having him pitch 3 times in the ALCS if necessary.

  157. theyankeewarrior says:


    apparently Cano is a switch hitter now…..?????

  158. Drew says:

    lol at mlbtr. So the Sox fans want Jose Reyes or HanRam. haha

    • whozat says:

      It’s cool, they’ll use their amazing farm system to get Hanley and King Felix, and still have enough to populate and amazing bullpen entirely from within and have enviable starting pitching depth.

      And the pieces to make another savvy midseason acquisition of an all-star-caliber player. And still finish 2010 with a top-five farm system.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      They can easily get either of them just for Lars Anderson. That’s how goooood their farm system is.

      Hell one strand of his hair is good enough to land HanRam, Reyes and even Felix if they wanted two. Maybe two strands of hair but that’s pushing it.

    • Riddering says:

      I hope they go after Reyes. He should be ready by 2011.

  159. p2 says:

    Is this the same pitcher that pitched for the Yanks????!!!! Pavano is a piece of work.

    • Swisha Claus says:

      This is the pitcher that got signed by the Yanks. not the one who pitched(or didn’t) for them.

  160. Brazilian Yankee says:

    That first pitch wasn’t a strike… Amazing.

  161. cjc says:

    but thats not a strike

  162. crapulent aka I said good day sir says:

    I’m sure the umps are trying to make up for the mistake of one of their own but all that would be resolved (and the instant replay argument)with better umps and maybe eye examinations.

  163. donttradecano says:

    According to ESPN.com, the wind in the dome is -1 mph.

  164. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Pettite looking sharp out there.

  165. Yanks21 says:

    your right.. i just get so frustrated when I see Pavano doing well!

    He hurt our team so much with all those little injuries

  166. Drew says:

    They ate steroids! They ate that shit for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

  167. ansky says:

    this just in Pavano hurst himself wrapping towel around arm in dugout!

  168. Jersey says:

    Pettitte’s established an even better pace than Pavano. Nice.

  169. George Lopez, Mo’Nique, Chelsea Handler, Jimmy Fallon, and Carson Daly all have their own late night talk shows.


  170. Salty Buggah says:

    That was strike 3 again…

  171. lily-bk says:

    they’ve faced pavano twice, you would think they have a better idea of what to expect and how to approach him. damon has been slumping the last month in half so theres no help there and other that hr matsui hasnt done anything either.

    i hate to use this as an excuse but is it just me or has the last umpire and tonights umpire sucked! shitty calls

  172. Ryan says:

    WTH, guys. Butt bruise is not the second coming of Nolan Ryan- stop making him look like it.

  173. baravelli says:

    After Game 2, seeing a Yankee pitcher spin 1-2-3 innings is such a pleasure!

  174. Jersey says:

    Andy Pettite FTFW

  175. slappy white says:

    chip sounds so dissapointed when we get someone out…..and hes going on and on about the crowd….go there in june and there are 16000 people there asshole

  176. Salty Buggah says:

    Andy Pettitte: WOAH!

  177. danny says:

    what a freaken BOSS.

  178. Rey22 says:

    Pettitte is dealing. Very nice.I like what I see

  179. charlespoet says:

    Who the hell is this pitching for the Yankees? Looks freakin good.

    Yankees are 0-5 in closing out ALDS series. That changes this inning. Yanks plate 3.