Apr
06

Game 2: Burnett seeks redemption at Fenway

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Photo credit: Ben Margot/AP

When the Yankees signed A.J. Burnett in December, 2008, they knew what they were getting into. They had seen him pitch 71.2 innings against them as a member of the Blue Jays from 2006 through 2008, striking out 72 along the way. His ERA, 2.39, dazzled, and it looked somewhat in line with his FIP, 3.03. It’s no wonder that the Yankees players lobbied Brian Cashman to pursue him that off-season.

Not only did Burnett dominate the Yankees as a Blue Jay, but he also had a fine time with the Red Sox. He threw only 56.1 innings against them, but produced excellent results, a 2.56 ERA. His FIP was a bit higher, mostly due to the 13 walks the Red Sox drew in 27.2 innings during the 2008 season. Burnett managed to avoid trouble with those, though.

Last year, however, Burnett fared worst against the Sox than any other team*, allowing 22 runs, 20 earned, over 20.1 innings. The six homers he allowed matched his total from the past three years against the Sox. He also struck out 16 to 16 walks, the dreaded 1:1 ratio. It certainly left a sour taste in Yanks fans’ mouths. Wasn’t this guy supposed to kill the Sox?

*Excluding the other Sox, against whom he pitched just 4.2 innings.

Burnett gets his chance at redemption tonight. There’s plenty of perceived pressure on him in this one. Not only does he have the weight of his poor performances against the Sox last season, but he’s also coming off something of a rough spring, in which he tried out a changeup, and then couldn’t find his curveball. Chances of him throwing a single change tonight? I’d say pretty close to zero. Also, he’ll be working with Jorge Posada, his apparent nemesis last season.

Opposite Burnett is Jon Lester. The 2008 breakout lefty struggled to open the 2009 season, but recovered to post another excellent season. He faced the Yankees four times, and save for the final outing he pitched pretty well, allowing just six runs over 20 innings before giving up five in 2.1 on September 25. He also pitched very well against the Yankees in 2008, something I’m sure endears him to Red Sox fans. Well, that and his really awesome pitching against other teams.

Lester actually improved last year despite a slight uptick in his ERA. Most notable was his strikeout rate, which went from 6.50 per nine in 2008 to 9.96 per nine in 2009. In better analytical terms, Lester struck out 17.4 percent of batters faced in 2008 and 26.7 percent in 2009. That’s an astronomical jump, and perhaps Lester can’t sustain it. But from what I’ve seen, he’s just that good. He also has decent ground ball rates, which bode well for a lefty at Fenway Park. In an early season prediction regarding Lester, I bet he finishes top five in the Cy voting.

We get our first taste of a platoon tonight, as Marcus Thames gets the start in left over Brett Gardner. It’s too early to determine how Girardi will handle this going forward. Lester is, after all, one of the premier lefties in the AL, so this arrangement might just be for the tougher lefties. Also, having the small left field at Fenway might have influenced his decision. Granderson moves all the way down to last in the lineup as Swisher moves up a peg.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Nick Johnson, DH
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Nick Swisher, RF
8. Marcus Thames, LF
9. Curtis Granderson, CF

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

Categories : Game Threads

680 Comments

  1. When the Yankees signed A.J. Burnett in December, 2008, they knew what they were getting into.

    He was who we thought he was.

  2. Granderson moves all the way down to last in the lineup as Swisher moves up a peg.

    I can’t say I like this. I hope it’s not a trend.

    Don’t put the lefty-lefty matchup in Granderson’s head any more than it already is. Keep Grandy in the same spot in the batting order, regardless of who is on the bump. Show faith in him.

  3. YankeesJunkie says:

    Hopefully AJ can take out the Red Sox and the Yankees even up the record. If they lose then the season is over.

  4. I’m predicting he throws four changeups tonight. Hit me!

  5. Mike HC says:

    Lester has the largest head in the game. I’m excited to see if his head is still that large this year.

  6. Whoops, almost forgot to change my name when the season started as promised…

  7. Over/under 5 IP for AJ? I think goes six, 2 BBs, 6 H, 5 Ks.

  8. I think we may have touched on this before at some point (open thread, maybe?), but obviously the Boston D-bag level is off the charts. But of the Yankees, would anyone but Posada and A-Rod qualify?

    I could see Joba, too.

    But really, despite what other teams’ fans and mediots say, almost everyone is really likable. Not just take or leave.

  9. Still have not seen a pitch of Major League baseball this season.

    Oy.

    Can’t wait to be back guys…

  10. I thought the Yankees would get rewarded for winning the world series and get to host the MLB opener at home – not on the road – and at Fenway of all places… I dont get it.

    • bexarama says:

      the schedule was designed before the Yankees won the WS

    • Slappy White says:

      they also go to that dump to end the season……It IS a conspiracy

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      Agreed, you would think the home team would be given to New York since they won the WS. Whatever, three less away games when the Yankees play poorly just wait til June when the Yankees kick everybody around especially the Sox.

  11. Poopy Pants says:

    What the hell would Sterling’s HR call be for Thames?

  12. Tank the Frank says:

    Alright let’s do this. Let’s get that first W out of the way.

  13. bexarama says:

    Michael Kay looks really old right now

  14. charles poet says:

    If Thames doesn’t get a hit but plays great defense, what is the NY stir up then?

  15. Mike Axisa says:

    I honestly don’t care what happens tonight, but I’m really really really hoping Granderson takes Lester deep. Twice.

    That’s all I ask.

  16. How do you all feel about Al Leiter?

  17. A.J. is going to dominate tonight.

  18. JobaWockeeZ says:

    What was Granderson’s home run call for Sterling?

  19. Steve H says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded (safe)

    No idea if that’s real or not, but if so that’s pretty damn cool

  20. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Too bad Gold Gloves don’t mean shit.

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  22. pete says:

    ugh can’t watch the game. Im gonna listen to it while watching the rays game on mute. Gahh James Shields is soooo boring

  23. Accent Shallow says:

    Lester hit 97? And PitchFX confirmed it?

    Madre de Dios!

  24. charles poet says:

    Angel Hernandez behind the plate… that is good for Burnett, just throw it up there close.

  25. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Just get Lester out of there ASAP.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      We only get one game a year like his last start of 2009, where he had nothing before getting hit with a liner.

  26. Tank the Frank says:

    Shit. 96 on the black and then drops in a curve. Again…shit.

  27. charles poet says:

    On a serious note, would you all pay Lester or Beckett the 4 yr/68 mil ?

  28. bexarama says:

    Lester: one of about, eh, six, Red Sox that I don’t hate.

  29. The guys are working the count. I’m liking this so far.

  30. AndrewYF says:

    Lester is actually one of my favorite pitchers in MLB. A LHP who sits mid-90s, and has 4 pitches he can throw for a strike. Obviously he’s my favorite Red Sox.

    That said, I hope he gets destroyed tonight. But looking at the stuff he’s got early, that’s not likely to happen.

  31. Steve H says:

    Tommie, Jermaine Gresham a good pick for the Pats at 22?

  32. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I hope we get Good AJ. Someone kill the Bad one.

  33. bexarama says:

    oh my God I cannot deal with hearing anything else about AJ and Posada any more please stop it

  34. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Let’s go AJ!

    I hope we can take this one tonight!

  35. Mike Axisa says:

    It’s a line drive in the box score.

  36. JobaWockeeZ says:

    That was incredibly lucky.

  37. A.D. says:

    Gardner in the game probably catches that, that said someone should have here anyways

  38. I’m pretty sure I could have outrun Thames on that play.

  39. andrae HINDS says:

    does a.j. have new tatts?

  40. Steve H says:

    AJ Burnett:Strike throwing machine?

  41. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Game Day says that was a KNUCKLE curve… woah! Last year it was just a curveball.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      I’m sure they’re trying out new pitch classification algorithms. I’m hoping Wakefield is brought in so they can misidentify all the knuckleballs.

  42. JobaWockeeZ says:

    It doesn’t prove anything but it was interesting what this article had to say about AJ and the catchers who caught him.

    http://www.i-yankees.com/?p=19398

  43. bexarama says:

    pitch counter is gone :(

  44. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    He should throw that changeup he was working on during ST.

  45. baravelli says:

    Hey Andy in NYC, I also went to Stuy – a bit later than you, I think. I didn’t have Frank McCourt, but he did speak at my graduation.

  46. Dr. Van Nostrand says:

    team’s looking real good so far

  47. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I hate Ellsbury.

  48. cjc says:

    this is just a defensive clinic in beantown

  49. slappy white says:

    Posada well on his way to the gold glove

  50. Tank the Frank says:

    Bad play all around. Bad throw…no backup.

  51. The Sheepmeister says:

    What sucks is I’m listening to the radio, but I have a satellite radio so its the red sox home broadcast. I don’t think they could glorify Boston anymore than they are.

  52. Dr. Van Nostrand says:

    AJ is hitting his spots pretty well though aside from those few chin high fastballs. His hook looks pretty solid too if we could field a simple popup or learn to eat it when a guy has the base stolen

  53. Did Kay just say that Ellsbury is coming up when it was really Victor Martinez?

  54. V-Mart is rather pigeon looking.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan says:

      Now, since you said that… every time I look at him he will remind me of a pigeon =(

      but you are totally right, he does.

  55. Mike Axisa says:

    Was that a good stop on a ball in the dirt by Posada? Number of articles that will be written about that tomorrow: 0.

  56. smurfy says:

    good save Posada

  57. slappy white says:

    is Joe West the Yankees “personal Ump” ?

  58. cjc says:

    do jacoby and v-mart have to pay a grit fine for not having a beard?

  59. Nick87 says:

    Why is mlbtv not letting watch the Yankee game any else having this problem

  60. dkidd says:

    there’s no one in mlb i hate/respect more than youk

  61. The Sheepmeister says:

    Gameday calls that ball 4 a strike.

  62. Dr. Van Nostrand says:

    well that was strike 3 – gameday agrees

  63. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Bullshit run is bullshit.

  64. Meh.

    That’s fine in the first.

  65. Drew says:

    Grandy does have a great arm.

  66. cjc says:

    and that goes as an earned run shame

  67. bexarama says:

    oh God my mom is like crying CALM DOWN

  68. Mike Axisa says:

    The throw got there, just a little off the mark. Impressed.

  69. dkidd says:

    nice arm, c-grand

  70. Joey H. says:

    What an arm Grandy has.

  71. vin says:

    Does that run get charged to Thames or Posada?

  72. V says:

    Burnett needs to stop overthrowing his fastball.

  73. Shdw says:

    So….BS hit by Ellsbury and then strike 3 walk to Martinez = Red Sox lead

  74. Mike Axisa says:

    Ortiz can’t touch AJ’s heat, just throw it down the middle. Take something off, even.

  75. Accent Shallow says:

    David Ortiz: toasty

  76. Andrew what? says:

    Looking at gameday and Burnett is actually throwing the ball well. His velocity is around 95-96 and his curveball is down in the zone. Hopefully he avoids the bad inning syndrome tonight though.

  77. He finished w/99 RBI, Michael, because he played for the Boston Red Sox. You could knock in 50 in the middle of that lineup.

  78. Rudy says:

    Credit Thames for that run

  79. Okey doke. Time to get the run back.

  80. Joey H. says:

    Remember when we used to shit ourselves when Ortiz came up? Heh.

    • Tank the Frank says:

      Youkilis has taken his place for me. Doesn’t have the HR power but he’s an impossible out sometimes.

      • bexarama says:

        Youkilis is more a really really tough out than absolutely terrifying, Ortiz/Manny style.

  81. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Ortiz is toast, time to buy some milkshakes big poopi.

  82. ShuutoHeat says:

    I’m a bit sad Gardner isn’t in the game…

  83. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Wrigley. Not even close.

  84. Don’t roll over on that, Al!

  85. JobaWockeeZ says:

    That .350 OBP looks ugly next to the .320 AVG. Robbie must walk more.

  86. A Stuffy Stirnweiss reference is just nowhere near as fun w/o David Cone.

  87. dkidd says:

    i love stuffy stirnweis

  88. nathan says:

    If Hughes can reach 3/4th the ceiling of Lester… i will take it.. this guy is G-O-O-D

  89. The Sheepmeister says:

    according to the red sox announcer, robbie just fisted that hit.

  90. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Posada hit another HR!

  91. A.D. says:

    How many games in till Kay stops talking about the graphics?

  92. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Get a K-Zone and YES is set.

  93. I’m surprised he sent Cano. Oh well, it paid off. Bring ‘im in, Swish!

  94. Drew says:

    C’mon Swish.

  95. JeffB says:

    Swisha!

  96. Shdw says:

    Thank God that was a walk. Cano ran on that pitch. When will he learn that he is a walking out on the bases when stealing?

  97. Mike Axisa says:

    Business … they’re in it.

  98. Tank the Frank says:

    Nice! This is what they need. Get that pitch count up at least.

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  99. JeffB says:

    SWISHA!!

  100. Drew says:

    Way to be Swish!

  101. bexarama says:

    Posada: slow.

    (I still love him.)

  102. Swish!

    Time for Thames to prove he should be in the lineup.

  103. Andrew what? says:

    I know its early in the season but Posada is looking at at the plate already. Hail dipping hands in urine!

  104. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Lester for teh Cy Young. Oh wait, wut just happened?

    Swisher!!!

  105. I was just saying on the previous pitch: “He could’ve easily taken that to Right”…and then he does it!

  106. AndrewYF says:

    You know, I actually like the NESN announcers. How’s Kay ‘n Co. doing?

    • bexarama says:

      I like them a good amount, actually. The NESN announcers, I mean.

      Kay ‘n Co. are… Kay ‘n Co.

    • Shdw says:

      They’re bit bad. I just can’t stand listening to them on the pregame or late in the game since that’s when they break out their sox lovefest crap

  107. Make up for the lack of range, Marcus.

    Oh my Mo. Kay has been harping on this point ALL DAY.

    • bexarama says:

      IT’S GOING TO KILL HIS CONFIDENCE ZOMGGGGGG

      I don’t hate Kay like most, really. But he can be really gossipy and it’s annoying.

  108. Drew says:

    WTF was that Angel? Fucking douche.

  109. dkidd says:

    kevin long ftw!

    /narrative’d

  110. Andrew what? says:

    pitching around thames huh? hit a grandy grandy!

  111. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Hm…good job Thames. Let’s go Grandy!!

  112. Mike Axisa says:

    I can has Granderslam?

  113. Alex S says:

    OMG Granderson up with the bases loaded………..with a lefty on the mound

  114. dkidd says:

    stay out of granderson’s head, joe

  115. bexarama says:

    steal home Posada!!!

  116. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Thames wtf, you’re supposed to hit homeruns, not walk… now we are screwed with Granderson up against a left with the bases loaded. Thanks.

    Let’s Go Granderson!

  117. charles poet says:

    cmon curtis

  118. AndrewYF says:

    I smell a squander coming up. C’mon, Grando.

  119. poster says:

    Ugh, Grandy not the guy you want up.

  120. smurfy says:

    Bunt, Grandy!

  121. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Price? The Yankees seem to want to fuck the shit out of my fantasy pitchers.

  122. Tank the Frank says:

    He looks lost up there. He really doesn’t seem like he’s seeing the ball.

  123. V says:

    Gawd I hate Angel Hernandez. Granderson probably went, but d00d, appeal to the effing 3rd base ump.

  124. smurfy says:

    He woulda held up if he had.

  125. charles poet says:

    Jetes with a single

  126. bexarama says:

    yo Derek Jeter I hear you are good at this hitting thing please do that.

  127. Johnny Damon would’ve hit two homers in that situation.

  128. cjc says:

    hope klong can help him recognize that pitch better because right now any slider in the dirt is a swing

  129. No side angle on the check swing?

    YES fail.

  130. Dela G says:

    man i have lester and AJ going tonight for my fantasy team

    sucks to be me

  131. Salty Buggah says:

    Ugh

  132. dkidd says:

    i hate that season ticket-holder behind home plate in the blue windbreaker. evil robert redford

  133. ZOMG HIDEKI MATSUI/JOHNNY DAMON WOULD HAVE NEVER EVER STRUCK OUT IN THAT SITUATION EVER!!!!!!11!!!!!!!1!!

    /boverreacted

    • Jose says:

      If Austin Jackson was still here the Yankees would of blown it open on Jackson’s granny. Instead Granderson struck out.

  134. Grandy just doesn’t see the ball well against lefties. That was a bad AB.

  135. V says:

    30 pitch innings are a good thing, even if they only score the 1.

  136. poster says:

    Ugh, this game can get that typical Red-Sox in Fenway-beat-the-Yankees feel if Jeet doesn’t do something.

  137. Someone’s gotta do a better job of letting Lester know time was called.

  138. Oh well..at least we’re getting his pitch count up a bit.

    /Always-look-on-the-bright-side-of-life’d
    /Monty-Python’d

  139. cjc says:

    well that sucked

  140. charles poet says:

    31 pitch inning… well done boys.

  141. Accent Shallow says:

    Jeez, how many ground balls to the SS area is Jeter going to hit this series?

  142. JobaWockeeZ says:

    …Oh shush Lester. You didn’t particularly pitch well.

  143. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Inning Over

    //Run Prevention’d

  144. Drew says:

    I hope Angel Hernandez takes a foul ball to the mask. I hate this douchebag.

  145. V says:

    Ok, if I’m Burnett, next time the Red Sox have men on, I stand on the mound, let them step out, and just throw the ball.

  146. What did I miss? I was out and all I saw was Jeter grounding out to short to end the inning.

  147. Is it just me, or is Curtis Granderson one of the gangliest, most herky-jerky ballplayers you’ve ever seen? There’s just nothing smooth about his ABs.

    I’d love to see him dance, I bet he looks like Elaine from Seinfeld.

  148. KIMBERLY!

    /Joe-Piscopo-embarrasing-himself’d

  149. Nice job by Beltre to go down and get it.

  150. cjc says:

    I feel that this game is going to frustrate the fuck out of me

  151. charles poet says:

    Beltre reminds me of how Bay started out last year, on fire and then tanked.

  152. bexarama says:

    WTFFFF is Kim Jones gonna say? “No they all hated it and they’re having a revolt against Girardi.”

  153. Is it just me or are they making Kim Jones up a little more thus far?

  154. JeffB says:

    Thank God it’s Yankee season. Remeber February?

  155. Mel says:

    I am hating the in-game commentary with Kim Jones.

  156. Wouldn’t they not have been able to bring him up until after the 15th if they optioned him?

  157. Tank the Frank says:

    That was a wicked googly!

  158. Drew says:

    Oh my Mo. I can’t take Kay and it’s game two of the season.

  159. Ooh: Ken with the new synonym for SSS: “small cross-section”.

    Or not.

  160. JeffB says:

    Kimberly needs to be sporting Under Armor in those interviews….

  161. cjc says:

    beltre seriously Jorge

  162. bexarama says:

    does Scutaro look really short or is it just his Red Sox grittiness?

  163. Accent Shallow says:

    Good to get Cameron. He’s the sort of hitter you have to throw strikes to.

  164. nathan says:

    Posada roomied with Pennington??? tht was more a water pistol throw than a bullet.. where aer the Molinas when u need one

  165. Accent Shallow says:

    Christ, Scutaro annoys the crap out of me by existing.

  166. Another SB.

    I really hope that 2010 Jorge Posada behind the dish doesn’t become 2009 Jason Varitek behind the dish.

  167. smurfy says:

    The YES crew oughta focus on the game and the next pitch.

  168. Esteban Loaiza says:

    Riveraveblues is doubling up in comments on lohud the past two days

  169. bexarama says:

    “The team that loads the bases the most has the higher chance of winning the game.”

    OH MY GOD

  170. Damn; ball went right at Drew.

  171. charles poet says:

    Scott Boras clients playing tonight.

    Adrian Beltre
    J.D. Drew
    Jacoby Ellsbury
    Daisuke Matsuzaka
    Scott Schoeneweis
    Jason Varitek

    Mark Teixeira
    Alex Rodriguez

  172. bexarama says:

    I went “YEAAAAH” a bit too excitedly. Whoops.

  173. Tank the Frank says:

    Red Sox have been so lucky tonight.

  174. Scott says:

    More Kim Jones = good if that means less Michael Kay

  175. Hummingbird S. says:

    poor Tex, almost had it

  176. Shdw says:

    Is anyone else watching the NESN broadcast? Wow, the Beckett contract conference footage really opened my eyes. If only I could have a job where I roll out of bed and pull on a sweater and meet the media for an interview with the suits

  177. We hatess those nasssty “foul home runsses.”

    Nothings good ever followses.

    /Smeagol’d

  178. In a perfect world, Ken Singleton would’ve just started discussing tRA.

    Alex, stop trying to pull everything!

    /like he can really hear me’d

  179. V says:

    So, um, ARod… you notice how everyone’s watching a lot of pitches, waiting for that one pitch they can clobber?

    What’s up, d00d?

  180. Hummingbird S. says:

    that was a horrible pitch to swing at

  181. JeffB says:

    How come no ugly people are on the Ford swap your ride commercial?

  182. dkidd says:

    ken singleton just quoted c&c music factory

  183. nathan says:

    James Shields is getting tattooed by the O’s… them O’s r gonna b a pain in the rear

  184. Hummingbird S. says:

    Red Sox are too lucky for us right now

  185. Drew says:

    Ugh, AJ’s fastball is all over the place.

  186. Steve H says:

    Looks like Lattimer is finally going to make the NFL.

    http://www.kentstatesports.com.....ID=1146616

  187. JeffB says:

    Black hole sucking in the balls by that foul pole.

  188. Keebler Killer almost took that for a ride. Burnett looks like he’s unraveling a bit.

  189. dkidd says:

    grand central station

  190. Sean Serritella says:

    Uh oh.

  191. Hmmm…well that wasn’t wholly unexpected. Disappointing, yes. Unexpected? No.

  192. JeffB says:

    Hate that music!

  193. bexarama says:

    uh oh.

    Nothing we can’t get back though.

  194. Totally Jorge’s fault.

  195. Drew says:

    I hate when Jorgie calls for the homerun. Where’s Molina when we need him?

  196. Alex S says:

    /enter bridge jumpers stage right

  197. Vinny the Bull says:

    Wonder if AJ knows that lefties like it down and in.

  198. Dave G says:

    Keep it at 3, AJ.

  199. bexarama says:

    oh look it’s a mosaic of ugly

  200. Omar says:

    This is getting pretty lame.

  201. Omar says:

    Yeah at least AJ is throwing hard and making some good pitches…he’s fine as long as he stays healthy.

  202. Vinny the Bull says:

    Things discussed two nights in a row, and most likely counting: pitch counter on the new graphics, and David Ortiz’s option.

  203. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Talk about a lazy run. But no the walking corpse is loved by all.

  204. Alex S says:

    man i wonder how many hits Ortiz has lost due to the shift the past few years

  205. Steve H says:

    The shift is unfair, Ortiz would hit .350 if it wasn’t allowed.

    /Shit I’ve heard in the past

  206. Omar says:

    Loving the new YES graphics.

  207. I don’t understand why the shift was on for Ortiz. He’s not nearly as feared as he was three or four years ago.

  208. JeffB says:

    A walk???

  209. Did Robinson Cano just walk? Am I hallucinating?

  210. TJ says:

    OMG Robbie walks

  211. Mike Axisa says:

    A leadoff walk by Cano? Booya. Now make it count.

  212. Orlando Cepeda.

    And the Yanks got fuckin’ roped that day. 15-5.

  213. Al’s poppin’ greenies!

  214. JobaWockeeZ says:

    He read my comment. Go Cano! You too JoPo.

  215. William says:

    The world keeps getting weirder, Cano walks!

  216. William says:

    Ugh

  217. Mike Axisa says:

    Jorge … he’s not very fast.

  218. Hmmm…well, at least that was a familiar sight. It was too jarring to see Cano with a leadoff walk.

  219. cjc says:

    this first 4 innings won’t be on Jorge’s highlight tape

  220. It’s the weirdest thing but I can’t figure out who I dislike more: Thames or Gardner.

    Seriously. I think I actually now like Gardner by comparison.

  221. Thames = frozen. Great pitch by Lester. They’re making him work but not capitalizing at all.

  222. I know we don’t like to jump on the SSS, but I think we can all agree it’s highly unlikely that Thames lasts all season.

  223. ShuutoHeat says:

    *sigh* Thames the only “non-bright spot” of the lineup…

  224. Kenny as a DH:

    .257/.357/.385 in 1971 PAs.

  225. bexarama says:

    NOT THE WRONG GRAPHICS!!!!!

    Oh I seriously didn’t think Thames was gonna catch that and then I would have had a heart attack.

  226. Worst. Catch. Ever.

    TWO. HANDS. MARCUS.

  227. dkidd says:

    two hands, marcus

    kids are watching

  228. Mike Axisa says:

    It was a breaking ball, shut up you maroons.

  229. YankeesJunkie says:

    A DP would be really nice right now.

  230. JobaWockeeZ says:

    GIDP! Great job.

  231. Nice DP.

    /not what pat’s thinking.

  232. dkidd says:

    nice robbie

    lets do some hitting

  233. Accent Shallow says:

    That’s why you throw strikes to Scutaro. He’s not very good.

  234. YankeesJunkie says:

    Yankees are getting close to a rally I feel it.

  235. Arman Tamzarian says:

    Anyone else trying to watch the game on mlb.tv? For some reason I can’t seem to get the game to come up, I can pick any other game. When I select this game, it tells me about the Yes stream and the at bat app. and won’t let me start the game. Any help would be appreciated.

  236. bexarama says:

    Victory is ours!!!!

  237. Alex S says:

    ZOMG!

  238. Mike Axisa says:

    ZOMG he can’t hit lefties!

    And I forgot about the spillover. My bad, yo.

  239. slappy white says:

    yeah Grandy, now steal that base

  240. Vinny the Bull says:

    There we go. Set up.

  241. Rally time, baby!

  242. Mike Axisa says:

    Now we’re talking.

  243. charles poet says:

    Granderson signing was horrible. Going from first to third on a single, unacceptable.

  244. Mike Axisa says:

    Jeter should run. V-Mart throws like a girl, NJ’s a prime DP candidate.

  245. Vinny the Bull says:

    Jeter should have the base easily, if he wants it. No way they’re going to throw down to second today.

  246. Someone will hit a home run this inning.

  247. kunaldo says:

    Stealing a line from TSJC..

    kunaldo: very aroused.

  248. charles poet says:

    On purpose!

  249. Vinny the Bull says:

    Or he could hit NJ.

  250. Oh Jesus. Last guy I ever want to see HJBP.

  251. Drew says:

    Ugh, Lester probably broke Johnson’s back.

  252. JeffB says:

    Oh Kay!

  253. bexarama says:

    I just had a minor heart attack. Be okay Nick!!!

  254. FINISH HIM!

    /Mortal Kombat’d

  255. Mike Axisa says:

    Strained fat, 15 day DL for NJ.

  256. Steve H says:

    Matsui would have done a better job of getting hit by that pitch.

    /dalelama’d

  257. dkidd says:

    nj is bleeding internally

  258. YankeesJunkie says:

    Johnson is out for the Year according to half of the YES Message board.

  259. Vinny the Bull says:

    Let’s see if Tex can keep one fair, this at bat.

  260. Yankees Prospects, No’s 1 – 5

    1. Jesus Montero | C/1b | Age – 20 | Grade – A-

    2. Austin Romine | C | Age – 21 | Grade – B-

    3. Zach McAllister | RHP | Age – 22 | Grade – B-

    4. Manny Banuelos | LHP | Age – 19 | Grade – B-

    5. Slade Heathcott | OF | Age – 19 | Grade – B-

    http://www.baseball-intellect......ects-2010/

    Heathcott strikes me as high, but I’m not sure who I’d replace him with. Melancon, maybe?

  261. William says:

    Bases loaded, no one out, 30 sb threats on 2nd and 3rd, and coming into the middle of the order=awesomeness

  262. Jamie says:

    So does Tex get an RBI on that?

  263. Vinny the Bull says:

    Way to beat that out, big guy.

  264. slappy white says:

    great hustle by Tex

  265. JeffB says:

    A call of safe at first?

  266. Tex showing off the wheeeeeels.

  267. Mike Axisa says:

    That works. Not ideal, but it works. A-Rod needs to bang one off the wall.

  268. William says:

    Thank god he ran it out, and the only guy out is the base clogger.

  269. YankeesJunkie says:

    Nice hustle Tex.

  270. JobaWockeeZ says:

    A call to the Yankees? Against umpiring rule number 3.

  271. Can anyone get a call right at 1B?

  272. Steve H says:

    Make it hurt Al

  273. Vinny the Bull says:

    Shut up, Kay. Shut. Up.

  274. YankeesJunkie says:

    Either way it is 3-2 hope A-Rod can add to the damage.

  275. spark says:

    Tie goes to the Yankees. It’s in the rule book.

  276. bexarama says:

    Big fly, Alex.

  277. A-Rod’s not totally warmed up yet; he’s not getting around on the inside FB. In another week or two, he’ll pound those, regardless of the velocity.

  278. Drew says:

    I love this fucking guy!

  279. William says:

    A-rod my man!!!

  280. JeffB says:

    Clutchiness!

  281. Alex S says:

    big double

  282. But I thought A-Rod was unclutch!!!111

  283. charles poet says:

    I can’t make out the ARod sucks chant at Fenway. Anyone else having audio issues?

    Way to go AROD!!!!!

  284. YankeesJunkie says:

    Damon would have scored from first. It is not relevant but still dammit we did not sign Damon back.

  285. Vinny the Bull says:

    Cano is Lester’s last hitter… but they should pull him now.

  286. Steve H says:

    uh oh, Cano with RISP.

  287. slappy white says:

    who is announcing with Costas on MLB network ?

  288. bexarama says:

    yo YES Network: that’s because Jon Lester is an extremely good pitcher. Got nothin’ to do with the catcher.

  289. Mike Axisa says:

    Cano still can’t hit with RISP.

  290. William says:

    Ribbie come through again, sort of. Its good enough.

  291. ShuutoHeat says:

    Our Centaurian Overlord is so clutch.

  292. William says:

    Sooo close.

  293. Hmm. Well hit, Jorge. What can ya do?