Apr
23

Game 16: Keeping the streak alive

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Anaheim is 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, but don't tell the Angels. (Ric Francis, AP)

The Yankees lost for the first time in over a week yesterday, and it was just their second loss in the last 13 days. They’ve won their first five series of the year, the first time they’ve done that in nearly a century, but the process of keeping that streak alive starts tonight.

For years the Angels were absolute hell on the Yankees, particularly when they played in Anaheim, but it feels like the 2010 season busted those ghosts. For whatever reason, the Halos just aren’t scary anymore. Maybe it’s because they don’t have Chone Figgins and John Lackey and Vlad Guerrero and all those other guys that used to give the Yankees fits, or maybe it’s just because winning the World Series removed any silliness about curses and whatnot from people’s minds.

Starting for the Angels tonight is Ervin Santana, who took the loss when the Yanks handed out their rings last week. He bitched and moaned about the umpire’s strike zone after walking five in 5.2 innings, saying he didn’t get calls “because it’s the Yankees … That happens every time we play the Yankees or Boston.” If he whined any more, he’d be a resident of Bradenia.

Here’s tonight’s lineup…

Jeter, SS
Johnson, DH
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Posada, C
Granderson, CF
Swisher, RF
Gardner, LF

And on the mound, Allen James Burnett.

The last late game of this road trip starts at 10:05pm ET and will be broadcast on YES, as (almost) always. Enjoy the game.

Categories : Game Threads

641 Comments

  1. (something about how hot AJ looks with all those tattoos in LoHud’s picture)

  2. Phranchise says:

    who came up with that bradenia thing? when i look at that post it seems like you didn’t credit anyone for it

  3. Dela G says:

    ima say this. how odd that the yankees are facing the exact same rotation as they did last week against the angels?

    prediction?

    yanks win 2 of 3

  4. Coach6423 says:

    We play today, we win today, das it….

  5. ultimate913 says:

    I fully expect the Yanks to lose 2 out of 3 or get swept. Being hot this early on is just to good to be true.

  6. Ray Fuego says:

    I will like to see more mound walking today . . ..

    Just kidding ;)

  7. bexarama says:

    Angels own the Yankees blergity blargh, blergity.

  8. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I hope Ervin gets rocked. Badly. 10-0 in the first. Typical Angel crybaby.

  9. bexarama says:

    Seriously, what the hell did Napoli ever do to Scioscia?

    That’s a … loud noise.

  10. Dela G says:

    text book grounder to short

  11. Brad Toughy says:

    Inside-the-parker for DeJesus.

  12. Kenny says:

    Whats it with Jeter and all the grounders to short?

  13. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Bard/Okajima= FAIL

  14. dkidd says:

    tex book pop-up

  15. JobaWockeeZ says:

    The West Coast sucks.

  16. bexarama says:

    which team is uglier, the Red Sox or the Angels?

  17. cjc says:

    I know its unfair and eventually they will turn it around but Nick and Tex are really frustrating to watch I am almost tempted to turn something else on while they are up.

  18. bexarama says:

    Strikes, Allen.

  19. JobaWockeeZ says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  20. Dela G says:

    lol aybar is a moron

  21. Mike Axisa says:

    Marcus Thames would have had that.

  22. Reggie C. says:

    Well. Aybar must feel like a genius right about now.

  23. Ivan says:

    Could of caught that Gardner, but im not gonna say he should of caught it.

  24. Dela G says:

    damn it swisher

  25. JobaWockeeZ says:

    It’s Bad AJ today.

  26. ecksodia says:

    Work, stream.

  27. Reggie C. says:

    If Burnett is able to get out the 1st without giving up a run … Wow.

    C’mon. DP time.

  28. Dela G says:

    AJ gets the GIDP

    i am callin it

  29. Ivan says:

    Come on AJ.

  30. Dela G says:

    great play by jeter

  31. Ivan says:

    One out to go.

  32. Dela G says:

    what the hell was tex thinking???

  33. cjc says:

    you can’t be fucking serious

  34. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Luck. It defines the Angels.

  35. ShuutoHeat says:

    This sucks, not being home and stuck in doors with no TV broadcast for the game…so far is it good AJ or bad AJ?

  36. nathan says:

    What happened? gameday has singled to first.. is that possible with Tex

  37. dkidd says:

    that could have been much much worse

  38. We’re lucky to have only given up 1, even though the Kendry play was pretty odd.

  39. Dela G says:

    for those who are wondering, austin jackson is 0-4 with 3Ks

    sad that his BA is decreasing

  40. Dela G says:

    a-rod with the nice start

  41. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Braden. The ONLY PLAYER more of a baby than Youk.

  42. bexarama says:

    Ervin Santana: Alex Rodriguez is disrespecting me by hitting my pitches.

  43. Dela G says:

    man someone needs to make this guy work plz?

  44. pete says:

    JMK: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04.....gewanted=2

    bottom of page two. best. reference. ever.

  45. I wonder what Halos Heaven thinks of the A-Rod/Braden tiff.

    • bexarama says:

      Three things I took away from this story; 1) I’ve never heard of not stepping on the mound, although I’ve never seen a hitter do it, 2) Dallas Braden is a bad-ass and moved up in my favorite player list, 3) A-Rod is a dick.

      I just went to Halos Heaven for that. I am now going to scrub myself with lye.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Not enough. Burn your eyes. It’s the only way to save your soul.

      • bexarama says:

        also:
        I really want to punch him in the face
        I hope Braden really does plonk the guy next time.
        A-fraud is a [CENSORED] douchebag.
        The guy is, and always will be, an enormous douche bag of monumental proportions.
        A-Rod has no clue how to be a man

        They are SO ANGRY. And why the hell is there a Sox fan commenting there?

      • pete says:

        bexy you are very easily tempted. I feel like you are always talking about Lohudders. You should (for the sake of your mental health, of course) try to kick the habit ;)

  46. Dela G says:

    man too easy for santana

    make him get a high pitch count before the 3rd inning is over plz

  47. We better start clobbering this pansy second time through the order.

  48. nathan says:

    Santana 21 pitches in 2 innings, i thought get away game was yesterday… come on fellas

  49. dkidd says:

    excruciating awkwardness

  50. Mike Axisa says:

    I remember Showalter telling a great story on BBTN a few years ago about when he was a coach in the minors, his team ran into a triple play and a fielder never caught the ball.

    Runners on first and second, full count, he sent the runners. Batter popped the pitch up, so one out on the infield fly rule. The runner on first had his head down and kept running, so the second out was made when he passed the runner in front of him on the bases. The third out was made when the ball hit the runner that was on second in the helmet.

  51. Dela G says:

    man i think flaherty is an awful booth guy

  52. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice catch by Grandy.

  53. Dela G says:

    great job grandy

  54. Coach6423 says:

    Nice catch

  55. Dela G says:

    hey i’ll take the called strike 3 any day of the week

  56. Mike Axisa says:

    Bah, probably would have had him at second on a fastball. Oh well, I’ll take the K.

  57. Alex S says:

    Julio Lugo is up with 2 men on and 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th vs Paps

  58. whozat says:

    So, I’m looking at splurging on some tickets for old timer’s day for me and my dad. How’s RF? I’m looking at section 105, row 13.

  59. ShuutoHeat says:

    Alright I’m free to leave, running home to watch the darn game.

  60. V says:

    Ok, where the fuck are the Yankees, and who are these no-patience hackers that have replaced them?

  61. bexarama says:

    work the count plz

  62. Steve H says:

    I really wish Lugo would have come through against Papsmear.

  63. Dela G says:

    grit gutner!

  64. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Another Grit outfield hit? Surprise!

  65. Coach6423 says:

    so gritty

  66. Ojas says:

    Good number of Yankee fans there. I love it.

  67. Dela G says:

    jeterian delivers

  68. Chip says:

    Hey look, Jeter still can take it the other way

  69. Coach6423 says:

    Jeterian Grittiness

  70. bexarama says:

    is it just me or was that the first Jeterian hit of like… the year? (I love Derek and I do not mean to whine about him.)

  71. cjc says:

    not trying to be unfair but its time for nick to do something

  72. Coach6423 says:

    Matsui the warrior that he is, would hit a grand slam here…

    ?Dalelame’d

  73. Steve H says:

    Cross your fingers for Brett Michaels.

  74. Dela G says:

    wow was that really strike 2 and 3??

  75. Beef Hammerdong says:

    Inside.

    Fuck the ump up his rump.

  76. cjc says:

    gift strike there but he needs to swing the fucking bat

  77. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Still hating on Teix huh? You had him for like 2 months. get over it.

    • bexarama says:

      BOO!!!! No other player has gone anywhere else for money!!! Like Torii Hunter!!!! BOOOO!!!!!!

  78. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Oh fuck Ervin Santana. Almost got NJ, now Teix?

    Baby.

  79. dkidd says:

    make him pay, alex

  80. Ojas says:

    Gameday had the Nick Johnson strikeout pitch at “too close to take” proximity to the strike zone

  81. Beef Hammerdong says:

    The ump called the HBP a strike.

    Cocksucker.

    /stillbitter’d

  82. cjc says:

    cheer the hit by pitch stay classy la angels of anaheim california westcost america

  83. BigBlueAL says:

    Nick Johnson is a nice guy, he is trying to take all the heat off of Vazquez and put it all on him. lol

  84. Dela G says:

    damn santana wtf?

  85. JobaWockeeZ says:

    A-ROD!!!

    Suck it Ervin!

  86. Dela G says:

    alex makes em pay

    great job a-god

  87. Coach6423 says:

    Get off my mound….

    /Gran Tourino’d

  88. Alex S says:

    Soooo unclutch

  89. Ojas says:

    I remember hearing that Jeter’s been thrown at home only two or three times in his career or something like that… talk about a great base runner

  90. Beef Hammerdong says:

    Noyce. Al made him pay for almost hitting his dick.

    I would pay for someone to hit my dick.

    With tender love and affection, of course.

  91. Dela G says:

    lol tex laid out the catcher

  92. JobaWockeeZ says:

    ROBBIE RISP HIT!!!!!

    TEIX OWNAGE!!!

  93. Poopy Pants says:

    jesus

  94. Luke says:

    Take that !!!!!!!!!

  95. cjc says:

    wow tex plays hard damn man

  96. Chip says:

    I think Braden felt that one in the dugout, was that against the unwritten rules too?

  97. Mike Axisa says:

    Bobby Wilson just got knocked the fuck out.

  98. Beef Hammerdong says:

    ROCK THE BELLS!

    TEX AIN’T A PUSSY!

  99. cjc says:

    shouldn’t hit the man he went in angry

  100. BigBlueAL says:

    Tex didnt like getting hit by a pitch.

  101. bexarama says:

    Teixeira’s piiiiissseeedddd

    I do hope Wilson is okay. Even if he had to go on the DL, though, Scioscia still wouldn’t play Napoli.

  102. Alex S says:

    WOW Tex nailed the catcher. memories of 2005-6? on Jorge Posada

  103. Beast of the East says:

    wow, TEX just train wrecked him. LOL thats pretty gangster.

  104. bobtaco says:

    Tex doing his Pete Rose impression…

  105. poster says:

    I love Tex, but that was bush league.

    • Chip says:

      How is that bush league? The catcher moved over the plate without the ball, what was he supposed to do while he came in full speed? He was mostly trying to protect himself at that point

      • poster says:

        What? The catcher gave him a large, clear portion of the plate and Tex basically tackled him. He better have a damn good explanation for that one. Not to mention, he’s rolling on the ground in pain, you hit him, you don’t even check to see if he’s okay?

        • Chip says:

          Does Tex look like a doctor? That’s not his place to get in the middle of there. You make a phone call after the game to make sure he’s ok, that’s the proper thing to do. I’m sorry but collisions at the plate are part of the game, get over it. You try to knock the ball out of the catcher’s hands, it’s done at every level of baseball and is not cheap at all

          • poster says:

            But he didn’t HAVE to. He had a pissy fit and decided to tackle the catcher. It was obvious that he had a clear path to the plate, he only takcled him because he was pissed by a HBP, and that’s petty.

  106. Ojas says:

    Shit, hope Wilson isn’t hurt too badly.

  107. Coach6423 says:

    WOW…

    With the 1st pick in 2010 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select, Mark Teixara…

  108. Dela G says:

    jesus christ

    i hope wilson is ok

  109. Luke says:

    Maybe the Jets will draft Tex in the 4th round tomorrow after that hit.

  110. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Note to opposing teams: Don’t hit Teix. He’s get angry. See Padilla.

    • poster says:

      That was bullshit by Tex.

      A. The pitcher hit him with the ball, not the catcher.

      B. Come on, you really had to freaking tackle Wilson like that? Ridiculous.

      • bexarama says:

        It’s not total bullshit but it did make me a little uneasy, I’ll admit.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        He did kinda have to get through to score. I mean sure the HBP probably made him do that but it’s apart of the game.

        Hopefully he’ll be alright.

      • Chip says:

        A. The ball bounce up over the plate, Tex can’t help that

        B. Wilson is in the way, you take him out, that’s baseball

        • poster says:

          He wasn’t in the way. He had a large, clear portion of the plate in front of him and he chose to bowl into Wilson because he was pissed at the pitcher. And what’s with not even going over to see if he’s okay?

          Tex is my favorite player, but that’s unacceptable.

          • Chip says:

            Torii Hunter just tried to take out Jeter at second, is that a dirty play as well? Seriously, it’s part of the game, get over it. I’d be willing to bet Tex does that even if he got on via a hit

            • poster says:

              A. I doubt he does that if he gets on via a regular hit.

              B. What Torii Hunter did wasn’t nearly as extreme as what Tex did.

              • RichYF says:

                Stop with the “A and B.”

                Think back a week or two when Granderson was trying to score and at the last second the catcher blocked the plate with his foot (it was the CC 6IP CG SO game). If Granderson, who was avoiding a collision, broke his angle on the catcher’s shin guard, would you be singing the same tune? He got faked out and it could have been dangerous.

                I understand your point, but Wilson didn’t STAY out of the way. He was diving back over the plate to block it. Teix was on the outer half and chose to initiate contact rather than allowing the catcher to dictate when or if there would be any.

                I’d be interested to hear what Wilson has to say about it.

                • poster says:

                  Er, if you have a problem with A. and B. I’ll stop. I don’t really get why, but whatevs.

                  Hmmm…the way I saw it, he was trying to swing his hands over with the ball in them, but he wasn’t going to get even close. This seemed obvious to me during the play. Tex didn’t care, and instead of sliding normally or trying a hook slide he stayed high and tackled the catcher, and I think it was in retaliation for a HBP, which the catcher had nothing to do with.

                  Of course I’d be singing the same tune. If you’re doing it because you think you need to to get/prevent runs, in other words, in the spirit of the game, that’s fine. I don’t think Tex was doing that. I’ll have to see the replay though, because I’ve heard several accounts now that differ from mine, so I could just be wrong.

      • Zack says:

        C. If its close, you take him out

      • Raf says:

        well he cant hit the pitcher back right? so he did it to send a message most likely. let them know there will be consequences for what their pitchers do.

        • poster says:

          Got it, let’s punish the catcher for what the pitcher did. That’s cool.

          Even cooler: In retaliation for a HBP, let’s tackle opposing players. That makes sense.

          poster=not happy

          • Raf says:

            poster = not getting it

            if Teix would’ve slid hard into 2nd to break up a double play, would you be ok with that? because that happens all the time and is done in retaliation after getting hit by a pitch. its part of baseball dude, it happens. Teix went in a bit high but thats my only issue with it.

            • poster says:

              He didn’t go in “a bit high”, he had a clear path to the plate and he chose not to take it. Instead he opted to run into the catcher, who wasn’t blocking the plate, and knock him to the ground.

              I’d be mad if they (any Yankee) tried to break up a double play only because they were hit by a pitch. You should try to break up a double play every time. That’s not on the same level as tackling the catcher, who wasn’t blocking the plate, and hitting him so hard he was taken out of the game.

              • JobaWockeeZ says:

                He had ONE second to decide what to do. Either go in hard after the catcher which is an accepted part of baseball or get out.

                • poster says:

                  But there was a lrge portion of the plate clearly available to him, unblocked, and instead of hook sliding or something he decides to tackle the catcher.

      • “That was bullshit by Tex.
        A. The pitcher hit him with the ball, not the catcher.”

        Pitchers, especially AL pitchers, put their teammates at risk when they throw at guys. Ask Vicente Padilla’s ex-teammates how they feel about him.

        • poster says:

          So, the way to respond is to tackle opposing players who had nothing to do with it?

          If you’re really mad, get back in the box and hit a HR, or confront the pitcher after the game. Don’t go tackling people, possibly injuring them.

    • bexarama says:

      I was at that game in the Legends Suite, so I was right by the field. Hearing Teixeira absolutely SCREAM “Fucking bullshit. Throw the fucking ball over the fucking plate.” was SO AWESOME.

  111. cjc says:

    honestly that was a bit much but being hit by Ervin probably had an influence there

  112. dkidd says:

    tex is like christian laettner: clean cut looks but a cold-blooded bastard

  113. Coach6423 says:

    Nothing Bush league about that play….at all

  114. Beef Hammerdong says:

    MOST IMPORTANT LESSON:

    Robbie got a ribbie with RISP (pronounced rispee for dramatic effect).

  115. Klemy says:

    I have no doubt that the hit by pitch had something to do with that. Still, the ball was beating him there and he had to make a split second decision. I can’t blame him for the impact on either account.

  116. Cecala says:

    I am pretty sure that Teix will not get hit the rest of the season.

  117. Ojas says:

    Heard Montero took a hit like that and held on

  118. Hangoverologist says:

    Nobody fucks with Tex. He’ll make you pay (at the expense of your catcher).

  119. Coach6423 says:

    Foilks, it is bang bang. !st thing you are ever taught in a play when you are going to make contact with someone is you go full speed or you get hurt. The throw had him beat, and he made his mind up that he was running over the catcher, you can’t change your mind in mid play. He went hard, he did it the right way, there was absolutely nothing wrong with what he did. If that was Bush league, get rid of the rule where you can run over the catcher, becuase he did everything right.

    • Steve H says:

      If that was Bush league, get rid of the rule where you can run over the catcher, becuase he did everything right.

      This. It’s a totally 100% legal play.

  120. Dirk says:

    Wow. Mark had to be gunning for him.

  121. Mmm…I dunno, guys. He went in (what I felt) unnecessarily high.

    • Chip says:

      Not knock the ball out, that’s where you hit them. Seriously, Tex just ran unprotected into a guy wearing body armor and people want to demonize him and say it’s cheap?

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Kinda that. I mean it wasn’t the best decision but seriously no one is completely rational especially when you’re upset.

        I wouldn’t call it cheap since it is apart of the game.

      • I’m not saying it was dirty (you can tell this because I said none of the sort), but he went in way on the upper chest. I’d think center mass, a bit lower makes sense. Then again, I don’t have TIVO and only saw it once, so perhaps I’m incorrect. However,”demonizing” is a bit hyperbolic, don’t you think?

    • Poopy Pants says:

      “Unnecessarily high? Bullshit!”
      - Ron Washington

    • vin says:

      I wouldn’t expect him to dive head first and dislocate his (Teixeira’s) shoulder, though. Seemed clean enough to me.

  122. Jon in Cyclist-Unfriendly Orlando says:

    Look at the replay – the catcher’s glove hits Teix before he gets to the plate. If Wilson had caught the ball (something that it would’ve been difficult for Teix to judge correctly while running fullspeed), he would’ve been out. Only way to avoid getting called out in that situation is to knock the ball out of the mitt. Clean play.

  123. Reggie C. says:

    Nice contact.

    Abreu with the pwnage of Burnett.

  124. ShuutoHeat says:

    Okay, I just got home and I saw the Tex the 18 Wheeler barreling down and crushing the catcher. WOW, Tex is like… a stampede or something.

  125. Coach6423 says:

    You attack the glove, he didnt go for the head. You have a 2×2 ft area to hit, you cant hit the legs or thats bush, you cant hit the head cause thats bush, both players are moving full speed, he did nothing wrong there.

  126. Dela G says:

    torii hunter, get the eff out of the way you loser

  127. JSquared says:

    Not going to slow down when Teixeira isn’t on first base??

  128. Great job by A-Rod just to keep the ball in the infield.

  129. Coach6423 says:

    Now, that was Bush…

  130. Dela G says:

    great double play

    hunter and abreu are killing for my fantasy team. i do have burnett pitching tonight though

  131. bexarama says:

    I remember the story about Torii Hunter calling Tex after he signed with the Yankees and saying something like “Teixeira baby, I love ya and I’ll miss you, but I’ll see you in the ALCS.”

    I’m guessing he’s not gonna get that call this year.

  132. Steve H says:

    Matsui with the clutch RBI……wait, what?

  133. Dela G says:

    damn it

    cmon AJ, my fantasy team needs you

  134. Ojas says:

    damn, a more accurate throw and we would’ve had him

  135. dkidd says:

    jorge wanted no part of that play

  136. bexarama says:

    This game is gonna be ugly isn’t it

  137. BigBlueAL says:

    AJ sucks major balls tonight.

  138. cjc says:

    man AJ is fooling no one tonight

  139. Poopy Pants says:

    I should just go to bed now.

  140. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    At least Matsui still likes helping the Yankees; former Yankees Juan Rivera and Bobby Abreu are assholes.

  141. WIlliam says:

    The 3 earned run streak is snapped.

  142. Hughesus Christo says:

    BAD AJ!

  143. Dela G says:

    good fucking god

    i knew AJ was going to blow up. should’ve left him on the bench

  144. cjc says:

    10000000000000 2 out doubles I hate the angels so fucking much

  145. nyyynkee says:

    burnett is a complete enigma

  146. V says:

    Joe. Get the bullpen up. Now.

    EVERYTHING is being hit HARD.

  147. Reggie C. says:

    Good thing Aceves is fresh.

  148. Mike Axisa says:

    At least Mitre’s rested.

  149. BigBlueAL says:

    Yankee outfield certainly taking some curious routes to balls tonight. Also thanks Tex for apparently firing up an Angels team that had been playing like shit recently.

    • Poopy Pants says:

      Seriously, that kind of shit ALWAYS seems to fire up the other team, but never the Yanks. Tonight is no different.

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Its obviously more AJ sucking than the Angels all of a sudden being fired up but it doesnt help.

    • bexarama says:

      they’d actually won like five in a row before losing their last two. And I think it’s more AJ is pitching like crap than they’re angry at Teixeira.

  150. Ojas says:

    what the hell, AJ?? can’t groove pitches, not even to Maicer Izturis

  151. Poopy Pants says:

    Bring in Aceves or Mitre. Mop up time.

  152. WIlliam says:

    Put in Joba!!!!!!

  153. Tom Zig says:

    Guess bad AJ had to show up eventually.

  154. bobtaco says:

    Whatever Eiland told him, he isn’t doing it.

  155. ThatGuyGreg says:

    Jesus – made worse by the fact the Yes feed isn’t working thru MLB.TV, I gotta listen to the goddamn homer color guy on the Angels broadcast… I’m this || close to putting my remote thru the TV.

  156. Luke says:

    AJ is a mess, get the Gangsta up now.

  157. cjc says:

    all this because o a 2 outh HBP fuck

  158. V says:

    Goddamnit Joe. I guess you’re sacrificing the game.

  159. bonestock94 says:

    Soo, how long till we get an Aceves appearance?

  160. A.J. has almost nothing tonight.

  161. Steve H says:

    Maybe AJ should place a call to Halladay……

    /Media narrative’d (will be addressed tomorrow)

  162. Dela G says:

    thank god he gets out of it

  163. Ojas says:

    8 hits, 2 walk, 4 runs through 3 innings… yikes

  164. Steve H says:

    Enough of the complaints about Bad AJ, this is clearly Posada’s fault, right?

    • bexarama says:

      it’s always Posada’s/Eiland’s/Javy’s fault. This is because Javy was running up and down the steps of Oakland with him, isn’t it?!

  165. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Time to switch to the Red Wings game

  166. lower case j says:

    thank mo for the double play.

  167. Coach6423 says:

    Wow,at 11-4 and losing by a run, the freaking vultures come out….folks, do yourself a favor, and just stay away….

  168. nathan says:

    What happened to AJ…. What .. is that Posada behind the plate

    //MSM’ed

  169. Reggie C. says:

    BOOM!

  170. bonestock94 says:

    Fucking rocket!

  171. Dela G says:

    SWISHABLAST!!!

    TOO BAD I CUT HIM FROM MY FANTASY TEAM TODAY

  172. WIlliam says:

    Of course, they’re away.

  173. Raf says:

    that had a great sound off the bat. love hearing that crisp contact.

  174. Chip says:

    SAAAAAAAAAWISH!

  175. Ojas says:

    Swisher!

  176. Mike Axisa says:

    That was crushed. Holy shitballs.

  177. Reggie C. says:

    Good thing BAD ERVIN showed up too!

  178. BigBlueAL says:

    Good thing Joe West aint umping this game cause this could take awhile (West isnt umping it is he??).

  179. Zooboy says:

    Can you predict baseball?

  180. Steve H says:

    Hmmm, I thought that 1 run deficit was insurmountable.

  181. dkidd says:

    tonight makes the oakland games feel like spring training

  182. Dr Van Nostrand says:

    Gotta love these Angels announcers homerism. Barely a peep with that Swisher home run. After one double off the wall “Doobie”, or whatever the hell his name is, screaming “That’s the way you come back Angels!!!”

    • bexarama says:

      Victor Rojas? He was really good on MLB Network but he’s an embarrassing homer on the Angels broadcasting system. Then again, he’s actually an embarrassing homer on any broadcasting team… he used to do Texas and Arizona too, I believe

      NJ!!!

  183. Coach6423 says:

    OH MY GOD, GIRARDI IS SACRIFICING THIS GAME, HOW CAN WE BE TIED IN THE 4TH INNING!!!!!

  184. Zack says:

    OMG Scioscia! Are you giving up the game?! Bring in Shields1! Bring in Rodney!1

    /ahhhhh

  185. Please stop swinging at the first pitch, Jeter.

  186. bexarama says:

    Yankees on Deck premieres next Sunday??? YES!!!!

    /I did that for the Zen baseball’d

  187. Dela G says:

    jeterian

  188. Ojas says:

    Does anyone know if Heathcott has Gardner-esque speed? Making a grounder to second close is damn impressive

  189. poster says:

    It’s amazing…it seems like Jeter should be slumping with all the grounders he’s hit, yet here he is hitting 328 and two for three tonight.

  190. Dela G says:

    NICK JOHNSON!!!

  191. Zack says:

    This is surely Mike Napoli’s fault. Jeff Mathis with 1 arm is a better catcher

  192. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Nick Johnson finishhhh himmm!

  193. bonestock94 says:

    At least their pitcher sucks too, lets get another run out of this inning.

  194. Beast of the East says:

    NJ kind of looks like the babe at times.

  195. Dela G says:

    lol tex will get hit

  196. nathan says:

    Is Swisher still using the heavier 34 ounce bat, i remember reading a Feinsand article that helped him stay behind when he hit the other HR

  197. Reggie C. says:

    Damn.

    Hanging slider.

  198. WIlliam says:

    NJ can hit?

  199. ShuutoHeat says:

    LOL, this is going to be an ugly game…

  200. Steve H says:

    So I guess the “fired up team” pendulum has swung?

    Nope, just two terrible pitching performances.

  201. Dela G says:

    was that really a strike??

  202. BigBlueAL says:

    Sad part is right now Im not shocked at all with Tex striking out. Only one more week til May….

  203. Steve H says:

    It’s early in the season, but Johnson is doing so bad that hit boosted his average 17 points!

  204. Pat D says:

    Just got to the game post. Have I missed anything?

  205. lower case j says:

    I full expect a fist fight to break out around 11-11 or so.

  206. Dela G says:

    man that def wasn’t on purpose

  207. Reggie C. says:

    Hitting Napoli…

    Really AJ?!

  208. bonestock94 says:

    lol, catchers taking a beating

  209. JobaWockeeZ says:

    This will end badly.

  210. Beef Hammerdong says:

    Wow. A.J.’s fooling everybody with his changeup.

    /wishfulthinking’d

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Most annoying narrative ever. Seriously I don’t get what’s so special about a pitcher’s worst pitch which they throw less than 5 percent of the time.

    • Chip says:

      Actually, this is the time to start going to it when you can’t command anything else. Seriously, why not give it a shot if you’re up 1-2 in the count see if you can get him to roll over something?

  211. poster says:

    Actually, for all my pissiness earlier, I’m kind of enjoying this game. Conflict is always interesting.

    • Chip says:

      No worries, you stated your opinion, that’s the idea in these comments I believe

      • poster says:

        One thing, that I’ll make clear now: I haven’t been paying attention to the replays. If I see the replay and I think that there is indeed a good enough reason for Tex to tackle the catcher then fine, I’ll revise my position. Right now, I’m sticking to it.

  212. dkidd says:

    flaherty putting me to sleep

    we miss you coney

  213. Ojas says:

    I’m glad Napoli didn’t take offense. I think the worst case of a player getting hot and bothered over nothing, at least that I’ve seen/remember, was when Manny freaked out about Clemens throwing a pitch high and kinda sorta towards his body. Led to a ridiculous brawl.

  214. bexarama says:

    that was an unnecessarily long close-up on AJ’s face.

  215. Dela G says:

    HE GONE

  216. Chip says:

    That curve just isn’t fair at times. I think Bobby thought that pitch was going to be in his eyes

  217. WIlliam says:

    Teh k!!!

  218. Coach6423 says:

    that pitch was a strike on NJ..

  219. ShuutoHeat says:

    Wheres that smirk now Abreu? Sit down.

  220. Dela G says:

    wow AJ the CAT!

  221. cjc says:

    damn I’ll take it

  222. Chip says:

    Burnett flashing the leather

  223. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    why does flaherty call every aj breaking ball a slider? am i missing something? did aj drop the curve ball from his repertoire?

  224. lower case j says:

    It would have been phenomenal if he launched that into right on the throw.

  225. WIlliam says:

    I love how much better than Boston our defense has been so far this year. It’s the little things in life….

  226. Ojas says:

    awesome play

  227. dark side of the goon says:

    Game recap: classic pitcher’s duel to see who sucks more. Teix platooning with Arod for evilest Yankee. Brawl by midnight EDT.

  228. Dela G says:

    i thought this was hilarious

    kris benson (yes that kris benson) is in line to get a win vs the phillies

    holy moly i didnt even know he got back in the league

  229. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    wow Rangers stealing the pie in the face…so lame

  230. Ojas says:

    Hit a homer, dude!

  231. larryf says:

    AJax-no dive in CF for that walkoff hit..I hate that

  232. JobaWockeeZ says:

    It sucks that when Cano came through in a clutch moment Teix kinda had to go and do that.

  233. Ojas says:

    Kenny should be the permanent play-by-play guy

  234. bexarama says:

    yo, Angels: it’s lame that you are trying to steal Matsui as your like franchise player now.

  235. Mike Axisa says:

    That’s the third ball Matsui has rolled over the second this game. I don’t miss that one bit.

  236. YES should have had a “neither” option on that text poll.

  237. WIlliam says:

    Ribbie should have gotten that.

  238. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    thats cano’s one weakness in the field…his glove misses alot of ground balls when he really has to go after them.

  239. Dela G says:

    great double play there

  240. Tom Zig says:

    Woo hoo for DP!

  241. WIlliam says:

    Burnett could actually recover to a not-so-bad 4 runs in 7 innings.

  242. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    god if AJ gets a win tonight, its miraculous..Hes got very little going, but he seems to get the one pitch he needs to escape trouble in some of these innings.

  243. bexarama says:

    ugh I have to get up at 7:30 tomorrow and go sing about Jesus with some elementary school kids FML

  244. Dela G says:

    wow that hit the ump

    i hope that doesnt hurt too much

  245. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Curtis I need the steal. Please for me.

  246. T-Dubs says:

    Got home in time to see Teix destroy Wilson. Am I going to hell for maniacally laughing??

    He’s definitely getting drilled 1st AB tomorrow but well worth it.

  247. WIlliam says:

    Grandy isn’t fooled by your pitchout mind tricks!

  248. Mike Axisa says:

    Granderson should run here. No way they pitch out on 2-0.

  249. Dela G says:

    man will someone warn this moron

  250. WIlliam says:

    Wildness tonight, don’t think that was intentional.

  251. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    good lord…most violent baseball game of 2010

  252. T-Dubs says:

    Swish had that same face in the “Sweet Caroline” commercial.

  253. Ojas says:

    He did it on purpose! Where’s the ejection?!

  254. ThatGuyGreg says:

    Oh, dear.

  255. Ivan says:

    Ugh Bunt Fail.

  256. Coach6423 says:

    Stay classy angels fans…

  257. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh come on Brett. That’s awful.

  258. Pat D says:

    George Carlin: I think if the pitcher hits the batter with the ball, POP! Batter’s out!

  259. Dela G says:

    wow a popup bunt

    that blew

  260. It’s fucking absurd Brett Gardner doesn’t know how to bunt.

  261. whozat says:

    ceaseless boo.

  262. ShuutoHeat says:

    I know the crowd is chanting “yankees suck” but it sounds like… “ankles suck”…

  263. Chip says:

    Damn you Gardner, just get it down son!

  264. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Nice Yankees suck chant. Too bad your joke of a team can’t even beat Bad AJ.

  265. cjc says:

    hey did you know that yankees suck and than he pops up the bunt you win this one crowd

  266. WIlliam says:

    Damn Brett.

  267. whozat says:

    first pitch GIDP?

  268. Ojas says:

    So… (if he did that of his own volition) Gardner’s not a SABR guy

  269. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    ww fuck you Santana…your command inside is embarrassing

  270. Hangoverologist says:

    Apparently Santana is going headhunting tonight.

  271. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Double Steal C’mon!

  272. T-Dubs says:

    How many Angels catchers need to be hospitalized before they realize you’re not allowed to pitch inside to the New York Yankees?

    Someone get Shelley Duncan on the phone…

  273. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Where the fuck are the warnings? Let’s not get this out of hand for God’s sake.

  274. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    lucky little angel bitches

  275. Mike Axisa says:

    That sucks, saved a run.

  276. Dela G says:

    wow man i wish that had got out of the outfield

    damn

  277. WIlliam says:

    Unlucky!

  278. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    That was…weird. And violent. This game is turning into a slugfest of a different kind.

  279. Pat D says:

    Jeter was headhunting there.

  280. cjc says:

    so that was damn lucky

  281. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Luck thy name is Angels. Seriously they have to be the luckiest team in the MLB.

  282. Ivan says:

    Jeter tried to take Santana head off on purpose.

  283. Coach6423 says:

    Could they seriously be, any luckier…

  284. nathan says:

    This is what i wanted them to do in ALCS game 6 2004, right on Curt’s noggin

    • Devil In A Blue Cap says:

      It really was too bad that the season ended two nights before due to the violent earthquakes and volcano warnings.

  285. Chip says:

    Time for Nick to break out here

  286. Ivan says:

    Lets go Nick.

  287. Dela G says:

    man, the .290 nick johnson would be great here

  288. WIlliam says:

    Damn, 0 and 2.

  289. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Double steal? Whoever came up with this is a genius.

  290. bexarama says:

    I blame Boras for the total weirdness of this game

  291. Dela G says:

    jeter steal!!

    fantasy team rejoices!

  292. ShuutoHeat says:

    Well obviously Angels learned from Boston’s mistake.

  293. WIlliam says:

    About when is Jete on track to break the Yankee steals record?

  294. JobaWockeeZ says:

    That was right down the middle.

  295. Dela G says:

    damn nick johnson finally got a fucking call

  296. WIlliam says:

    0-2 to 3-2. Classic Nick Johnson.

  297. Ivan says:

    Woooo that was close.

  298. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    That was totally a strike. And I love OBP Jesus.

  299. Beef Hammerdong says:

    Nick got lucky as fuck.

  300. ThatGuyGreg says:

    Turns out Grandy has more brains than a retriever.

  301. Chip says:

    Wow, that was a strike, no question about it

  302. ShuutoHeat says:

    lol NJ’s influence!

  303. JSquared says:

    I haven’t seen us get a call like that since… ever!

  304. BigBlueAL says:

    Wonder if its time to switch NJ with either Swisher or Granderson in the lineup.

  305. WIlliam says:

    Stupid Angel middle infielders.

  306. T-Dubs says:

    That was a lot of work for 0 runs.

  307. Beast of the East says:

    i fuking hate NJ.

  308. Mike Axisa says:

    Now the Yankees have three innings to go to town on their shitty bullpen.

  309. Ivan says:

    Get em next inning.

  310. JobaWockeeZ says:

    At least Ervin is gone. Good riddance.

  311. Dela G says:

    damn it, that effed up bunt loomed large

    • Chip says:

      I was thinking the same thing, they get one run to question about it if he can put it down. If he does it right, he might load the bases with no outs

  312. poster says:

    We’ll win. L.A./Anaheim’s bullpen sucks.

  313. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Can I pretty please have a clean inning here, AJ?

  314. Pat D says:

    At least we got to see Mike Scioscia’s “You just ran over my dog and didn’t apologize” face after that 2-2 pitch to Johnson.

    • bexarama says:

      I prefer to call that the “uh oh I just ate a bad burrito” face

      Or the Mi-Mi-Mike Scioscia face, Mi-Mike Scioscia face

      • Pat D says:

        Whatever you call it, it’s always sure to please me no end, for it shall always give me a reason to loathe that pudgy faced douche.

    • Devil In A Blue Cap says:

      Just imagine what Halos Heaven looked like after that call. Probably that expression put into many misspelled words.

  315. Chip says:

    Alright AJ, settle down and let’s get through this

  316. vin says:

    Alex is picking it today.

    • Chip says:

      Alex is picking it this season. Seriously, this is the best he’s looked in a looooong time

      • vin says:

        Yeah, he really was awful when he first came back last season. The hip surgery killed his lateral movement. He really seems to be fully healed.

  317. bexarama says:

    A-Rod’s got a cannon.

  318. T-Dubs says:

    If there was a channel that showed 24hr footage of Teix scooping balls at 1st, I would watch religiously.

  319. WIlliam says:

    Chances Arod takes the golden glove off those grubby little Tampa hands?

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      None. He’s hated by like everyone in the media.

      • bexarama says:

        Meh, he’s got three MVPs, an asston of Silver Sluggers, and Gold Gloves from his shortstop days.

        • ecksodia says:

          The argument works both ways here, I think – those MVP seasons were downright ridiculous, but he also should have some more (that season where he was beat out by Tejada), so I guess his MVPs (and non-MVPs, if you will) deny and confirm this. Still, I hope that if he wins it, he’s truly deserving of it.

          • bexarama says:

            Yeah, I can understand this argument. Still, Jeter’s a media darling, and he got possibly robbed of an MVP. The voting is just not great overall.

    • bexarama says:

      No way. Or, he shouldn’t. Unless he suddenly becomes amazing defensively outta nowhere and Longoria falls off.

    • nathan says:

      I wud be stunned if ARod makes another All star Start… Longoria may become a great 3b but i just think there is no way fans ever vote ARod to start again

      • WIlliam says:

        Your a pretty good commenter, so I’m trying not to mock you, I’m reeeeaaaaly trying. Don’t push me.

  320. Dela G says:

    does anyone else think that mike scoscia looks like john mccain?

    • Pat D says:

      No. McCain looks like Skeletor in the face. Scioscia looks like Shrek in the face.

      • Pat D says:

        Now that I think about it more, McCain doesn’t look like Skeletor that much. I just desperately wanted to make a Skeletor reference.

  321. Joebrah says:

    I mean, people seem to be behind johnson, but there’s a perfect situation of why I don’t like him.

    Do you have any confidence that he can do something big at the plate at a big time?

    And don’t cite the walk against Boston. Vlad could’ve gotten a walk with those five pitches.

  322. WIlliam says:

    We got fucking defense too bitches!!!!!!

  323. vin says:

    I know its blasphemous, but…

    Mike Napoli = Jesus Montero?

    Just tossing it out there.

    • WIlliam says:

      heh? I don’t see any similarities. Montero is a MVP calibre hitter, Napoli s okay. Montero is a poor defender, Napoli is okay. Montero could be Piazza’esque.

      • EB says:

        Napoli is one of the worst defensive catchers in the majors. His bat has pop, but come on, he nowhere near a Montero-type hitter

        • bexarama says:

          I’ve heard Napoli is actually pretty good defensively and at least he’s actually better than Mathis. His bat is quite solid for a catcher.

        • vin says:

          I’m just trying to temper my expectations, I guess.

          Of course, one huge thing Montero has going for him is that he’s still only 20 and starting to smack around AAA.

      • vin says:

        There is a possibility that Montero won’t hit at a HOF level. And if that’s the case, Napoli seems like a pretty good comparison.

        And if Napoli were average behind the plate, I don’t think Scioscia wouldn’t play Mathis as much as he does.

        Look at Napoli’s numbers – he’s a quality hitter.

        • bexarama says:

          There was a study… I’ll try to find it… Mathis is actually a poor defensive catcher. Poorer than Napoli. And obviously his bat is weaker.

    • ShuutoHeat says:

      huh???

    • poster says:

      Not sure if they could be more different.

  324. ShuutoHeat says:

    We expected the worst out of AJ, but he is still on the mound and the game is at 4-4 who would’ve thunk?

  325. Beef Hammerdong says:

    Best.

    A.J.

    Inning.

    Tonight.

  326. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    AJ back on track, sweet!

  327. nathan says:

    I wud never have guessed from the early going that AJ will have a chance to eat into the 7th inning…

  328. Chip says:

    Is it just me or does it seem like AJ is crazy movement on his fastball? Gameday is even classifying it as a sinker. BTW, he looks good now, he seriously could see the 8th inning in this one if it’s still tied (otherwise no doubt it’s Joba)

  329. dkidd says:

    aj pitching to the score

    /jack morris’d

  330. Ojas says:

    It’s crazy that AJ’s having a “grind-it-out” type of night yet he’s only thrown 90 pitches through six.

  331. JobaWockeeZ says:

    If there’s one thing we know about AJ is that he’s consistently inconsistent.

  332. larryf says:

    Don’t usually stay up for these games for as long as it takes but hey, it’s friday night and today, Saturday, is my birthday so we better win to start it off! I want Mo to give me my first present.

  333. Dela G says:

    that fan club doesnt seem like a bad idea

  334. larryf says:

    Angel fans wearing ski hats and parkas behind the Yankee dugout. Weak…

  335. Chip says:

    That pitch was sick

  336. BigBlueAL says:

    Dunno who looks more hopeless at the plate right now, NJ or Tex.

  337. vin says:

    I can’t wait to see Brian Fuentes. Jackpot, bitches.

  338. dkidd says:

    a-rod right on that fastball

  339. Dela G says:

    cano will get on base

    believe it

  340. Chip says:

    I love this Cano who can lay off pitches once in awhile, it’s a beautiful thing

  341. larryf says:

    Stayin’ off those curves Robbie. You are now a man-without the bar mitzvah!

  342. ShuutoHeat says:

    Cano is really making Jepsen work.

  343. bexarama says:

    Scioscia will end up catching in this game.

    • ShuutoHeat says:

      if that happens, I hope there are more bang bang plays at the plate…. hopefully someone huge.

  344. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Woah did Cano walk?

  345. Chip says:

    WHOA! What an at-bat by Robbie, he’s a different hitter this year

  346. Ojas says:

    Cano’s been doing his best impression of Nick Johnson lately, no?

  347. Dela G says:

    joe po lay off the curve

  348. Hangoverologist says:

    I’m still amazed that Robbie is walking.

    /old ass joke’d