Game 6: Two series, two rubber games


The Yankees will try to get back to a .667 win percentage today in their second consecutive rubber series. The first one, on Wednesday evening against the Red Sox, was quite the contest. I wouldn’t mind seeing the two pitchers, A.J. Burnett and James Shields, exchange scoreless innings for a while.

Sheilds got his third consecutive Opening Day nod this past Monday, allowing three runs on nine hits and two walks against the Orioles. Yet the only runs came from solo home runs. The Rays came back and won the game with a bottom of the ninth rally off new Orioles closer Mike Gonzalez.

During his career Shields has gotten hit hard by the Yankees, allowing 37 runs, 36 earned, over 54 innings. A lot of that comes from 2006 adn 2007, when he allowed 27 earned runs over 28.1 innings. He recovered to pitch very well against the Yanks in 2008, though that was the year their offense kinda tanked. Shields made only one start against the Yanks last year, lasting 5.1 innings and allowing five runs on nine hits, including two home runs.

Last year A.J. Burnett made his second start of the season against the Rays, and it looked a bit like Sabathia’s start yesterday. He took a no-hitter into the seventh, but lost it immediately on a Carl Crawford leadoff single. After not managing a hit for six innings the Rays started the frame with three straight. Burnett recovered, though, getting the next two before Jose Molina picked off Carlos Pena at first. Burnett finished the gem by retiring the side in order in the eighth.

During his career Burnett has faced the Rays 21 times, posting a 2.77 ERA over 149.2 innings. The majority of those innings, of course, came when the Rays were perpetually in the AL East cellar. Last year, though, he pitched 32 innings against them, allowing nine runs, seven earned, on 22 hits and nine walks. Even better, the Rays managed just one home run in that span. It’s a Burnett rarity, but his WHIP was actually below 1.00 against them. Imagine that.

With Posada back in the lineup the Yanks are at full strength. It would be nice to pick up a rubber game W before heading back for the home opener on Tuesday.


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. Curtis Granderson, CF
8. Nick Swisher, RF
9. Brett Gardner, LF

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

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Andy_C_23 says:

    Who’s it going to be today: Good AJ or Bad AJ?

  2. Hey ZZ says:

    Wally Matthews actually noticed something pretty interesting.

    Gardner has yet to swing and miss on a pitch this season.

    • pete says:

      eh, for what it’s worth (which is to say, nothing), neither has Marco Scutaro. Or he hadn’t before yesterday’s game anyway, haven’t checked.

  3. ultimate913 says:

    Might not mean much but Teixeira turned 30 today.

  4. Dela G says:


  5. Across the pond says:

    Want to see more of Robbies howard-esque homer pose!

  6. Ivan says:


  7. bexarama says:

    Seriously… what the heck is this “Segment 2″ thing? It amuses me.

    In other news, Justin Verlander and Johan Santana gave up grand slams in the first innings they were pitching. Whoah.

  8. Mike Axisa says:

    Anyone else turning over to Rangers-Flyers at 3pm? Kind of a big game…

  9. pete says:

    damn dem’s some ugggly unis

  10. bexarama says:

    Goddamn it Zobrist

  11. Nick Johnson has been robbed of how many hits this season? 4?

  12. Conchobar says:

    Nick can’t catch a break.

  13. Dear Yanks,

    Don’t hit the goddamn ball to right field.



  14. Hey ZZ says:

    Did NJ do something to offend BABIP?

  15. pat says:

    WTFFF effin lohud says this game is in TBS. Guess not. That really ruins my sunday.

  16. JGS says:

    “And there goes the no hitter”

    –Tampa radio guy just now

  17. V says:

    Well, bad AJ it is.

  18. bexarama says:

    oh God are the Rays the new Angels in terms of ~Rays baseball~

  19. AlexCT says:

    who is the third guy in the booth with paul and michael kay?

  20. Poopy Pants says:

    I miss Cervelli.

  21. cjc says:

    so this is frustrating

  22. pete says:

    AJ should have fielded that

  23. JGS says:

    why is Ben Zobrist bunting?

  24. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    On a pitchout?!

  25. I honestly hope Posada’s bat holds up, because his throwing arm is becoming Varitekian.

    • Devil In A Blue Cap says:

      Varitek of the two HR–one off of Zack Greinke… O.o

    • Hey ZZ says:

      That was not a great throw from Posada, but AJ’s pitch out was pretty poor. He floated it in there fairly wide of the plate. You gotta lead Jorge there on the pitch out. AJ curveballs in the dirt do not really help either on Bartlett’s SB.

      Also, it is early in the season. Posada’s arm was not bad at all last year. He threw out 28% of base runners.

  26. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I hope the offense is in for another great day.

  27. Michael Kay sounds surprised that AJ is shitty right now. Did he not see all of last season?

  28. cjc says:

    the way this is starting out we should send Zobrist a muffin basket

  29. Poopy Pants says:

    AJ decided to outdo Javy instead of CC.

  30. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I hate speedy teams.

  31. Not The Rays says:

    I miss good AJ. :(

  32. Raf says:

    god i hate those cowbells.

  33. That had quite a sound off the bat. Hopefully AJ rebounds.

  34. cjc says:

    ok thats all they get

  35. Hey ZZ says:

    Burnett’s command was bad that inning. With the way the Yankees have knocked around Shields in the past this could turn into a high scoring game quick.

  36. bexarama says:

    Okay well we got the bad AJ inning out of the way right?

  37. bonestock94 says:

    This is gonna be a long game. At least the Yankees seemed to be making good contact on some of Shield’s pitches.

  38. Please stop using the word ‘destiny’, you freakin’ moron.

  39. whozat says:

    Yankees are hitting some balls well, but nothing to show for it

  40. bexarama says:

    BABIP hates the Yankees a lot right now

  41. I drool watching Upton play D. (But then again, I drool a lot for other reasons, too.)

    • bexarama says:

      I irrationally dislike BJ Upton. I don’t know why. I really like his brother.

      • Bob Stone says:

        I totally agree. He plays too shallow in a macho sort of way (like you can’t hit no stinkin’ ball over my head). The Yankees have regularly hit doubles and triples over his head that should have been routine outs.

        Where is management on this? Wouldn’t you think that they would back him up a bit if he keeps getting nailed? Woudn’t you think he would adjust on his own? I think he is stubborn and pig headed.

        And THEN, there is his offense . . . or should I say lack of offense.

  42. I love you Granderson.

  43. pat says:


  44. Dave says:

    Granderson <3 Right handed pitching.

  45. Granderson off to a scorching start. Occasionally he looks very overmatched against lefties, but he’s still making hard contact.

    Really happy about the trade to get him.

  46. Not The Rays says:

    <3 Granderson!! What a trade! Cash$$$ is playing a video game with "fair trade" disabled.

  47. This is a fairly exciting half-inning, you’d think they could, oh I don’t know, talk about it.

  48. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Wow, those change-ups were sick.

  49. ManBan has a no-no through 4.

  50. Poopy Pants says:

    I’d rather have Swish scorching in October instead of April.
    Reverse of last year.

  51. pat says:

    Love to see the settledown.

  52. AJ had a nice quick inning. Good way to rebound from the last one.

  53. JGS says:

    six pitch inning. nice

  54. pete says:

    shields seems like he should be death on lefties. I dunno if I would want to hit lefty against that changeup if I were a switch-hitter

    • JGS says:

      eh–there is a comfort aspect too. Most switch hitters probably haven’t hit righty against a righty in a very very long time

  55. bexarama says:

    I will never understand AJ Burnett

  56. Just showed a girl on the Rays telecast wearing an Igawa shirt. Awesome.

  57. pat says:

    Seems like Shields is just gonna throw changeups the rest of the game.

  58. bexarama says:

    who the hell is making these announcements? o_O

  59. I think the announcer is high on opiates. Did you hear that voice?

  60. Raf says:

    do they have a 12 year old doing the PA at the Trop? wtf

  61. Not The Rays says:

    Who is the anouncer? A drunk 9 year old?

  62. Joey says:

    This is kinda random and maybe it’s been answered already (sorry if it has, I looked a little) but on my Firefox bookmarks toolbar the nice little Yankee symbol for RAB changed to any ugly R with a light blue background. Just me?

  63. bexarama says:

    WTF this announcer is hilarious

  64. JobaWockeeZ says:

    This 10 year old is annoying.

  65. Nick Johnson makes that OBP higher. I’m loving it.

  66. pete says:

    According to YES, Nick Johnson is “struggling”. Huh? Did I miss something?

  67. Yes, he is that slow, Kay. Really, he isn’t even of average speed.

  68. Raf says:

    Shield’s changeup is pretty nasty.

  69. bexarama says:

    that’s just mean, Rays scoreboard

  70. By contrast to this drunken/high/developmentally disabled individual announcing the game, did you guys see the CNN interview with the kid that gets to blow up Texas Stadium?

    He seemed pretty excited but you could not possibly understand a word he said. Like, not one.

    We need to teach our children to enunciate.

  71. whozat says:

    Wow…I can’t think of anything I give less of a shit about than the petting tank full of devil rays.

  72. bexarama says:

    aren’t rays like… poisonous to touch? Or they electrocute you or something?

  73. Cecala says:

    Who is announcing? Tino? He sounds like a hillbilly…

  74. Raf says:

    im gonna have to put the TV on mute between batters, this kid is annoying me lol

  75. Somebody gag the PA announcer.

  76. Nasty change from AJ. I’d love for him to incorporate that pitch more.

  77. I think I’ve figured it out. The announcer is a eunuch on oxys who managed to break into the PA booth.

    Somehow, he/she is still easier to listen to than Kay and Tino.


  78. W.W.J.M.D. says:

    So right now during the break I switched over to ESPN and found bowling. I know I shouldn’t be happy about that since on almost every other sunday I’m not, but I’m glad they aren’t talking about Tiger for once.

  79. pete says:

    Now’s the fun part. Back-to-back for Alex and Ribbie.

  80. RollingWave says:

    boooo, RISP Robbie

  81. JobaWockeeZ says:

    The word lazy cannot escape Cano or anything he does.

  82. bexarama says:

    Posada disrespecting the game by calling time out.

    Also, HIP HIP JORGE! chants, buh?

  83. Tom Zig says:

    judging by the comments here you’d think AJ gave up 6 runs.

  84. pat says:

    Come on Grandy.

  85. Tino seems like a nice guy…but please don’t talk, Tino. It hurts.

  86. I wish James Shields would make me a fireplace.

  87. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Talk about the game actually happening, YES announcing crew.

    Jeez, they are talking as if they’re catching up at a barbeque…this is a freaking game, people.

  88. pat says:

    Bah, less go Swishie, just a base knock.

  89. Not The Rays says:

    If Swish goes to 3-2, Kay will talk about it

  90. bexarama says:

    Zobrist aaaagh

  91. The Rays announcer thinks every pitch is a strike.

  92. Well, at least he’s up to almost 80 pitches through 4.

  93. pat says:

    Whatever, Shields is gone after next inning. Then we feast.

  94. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    The Squander is strong in this team.

  95. bexarama says:

    The weird announcer has been replaced with a normal announcer, it seems.

  96. Jim S says:

    Glad to see AJ’s settled down nicely.

  97. pat says:

    Sterling just described Burnett as electric. DRINK

  98. bexarama says:

    that was right down the middle?!

  99. poster says:

    This game feels like a win to me.

    Burnett has a good pickoff move, BTW. One of the best I’ve seen from a right hander.

  100. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    BlowJob Upton

  101. pat says:

    Good. That saves Burrell to be the first out of the next inning.

  102. Looks like I’m going to lose my Fantasy week because Charlie Heager (?!) of the Dodgers has 12 strikeouts in the 6th inning.

    Hard to be too mad when it all comes down to a freak performance by a guy named Charlie.

  103. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    dang Verlander got smashed today

    • bexarama says:

      and Santana

      • Reggie C. says:

        If Santana can’t dominate, Mets got no chance for Wild Card contention. Against the Nats of all teams … geesh.

        • bexarama says:

          Well, it’s just one start. He dominated last time against a team that’s much better in the Marlins. If I was a Met fan, I’d be more concerned that they’re getting owned by Livan Hernandez.

  104. Across the pond says:

    Love Tex’s pitching pose!

  105. That’s the same pitch that he called a ball to walk Upton!

  106. bexarama says:

    NJ has a crazed look on his face.

  107. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    The hard hit foul balls frustrate me.

  108. whozat says:

    I’ve missed a couple of games so far, but it seems like Jeter is having a really slow start at the plate. He’s gotten a couple hits, yeah, and there was at least one well-struck ball yesterday that I remember…but it seems like he’s not really making great contact yet.

  109. pete says:

    mustache cano? really?

  110. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    James Shields is a total dbag

  111. bexarama says:

    poor Teixeira. At least that was a good at-bat

  112. JGS says:

    96 pitches. Does Shields come out for the 6th?

  113. Jack says:

    Johnny Damon is gone. Get the fuck over it, Kennedy.

  114. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Pat Burrell really?

  115. whozat says:

    56 pitches??? Is that right? Wow!

    • Devil In A Blue Cap says:

      Seriously, I thought that the new pitch count graphic means that Kay doesn’t have to say pitch counts every two minutes.

      • Not The Rays says:

        That’s really silly. It makes it easier for him to research, now he can safely mention it every 90 seconds.

  116. pat says:

    Fuck me. I know if I hadn’t made fun of Burrell on an internet comment board he wouldn’t have gotten that hit.

  117. Tom Zig says:

    I’m torn on what I want to have happen.

    I have James Sheilds on my fantasy team and the guy who I’m playing has AJ Burnett.

    I really like AJ, but I really can’t have him get the win because then he’ll tie me for wins for the week. But at the same time, I could use a win by Sheilds, but that means the Yankees lose. (Which I don’t want to have happen)

  118. bexarama says:

    Navarro was an All-Star reference!

  119. pat says:

    <3 Grandy

  120. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Granderson is such a stud….I looooooooove him

  121. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    wow fuck Pat Burrell

  122. Reggie C. says:

    Pat Burrell starting some shit with that slide.

  123. Bullshit slide by Burrell

  124. Across the pond says:


  125. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    I love Curtis Granderson.

  126. bexarama says:

    CYN kill Tex, Burrell? Thanks

  127. W.W.J.M.D. says:

    I’m not sure I see the need for a take out slide going back to first.

  128. What the hell was Burrell doing?

  129. Jim S says:

    Burrell is an ass. That slide was absolutely unnecessary.

  130. Bob Stone says:

    Great D Grandy!

  131. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    God I hope AJ gets to face that douche bag again…Him or Joba are pitchers that would bean the bastard, and I would looove it.

  132. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    ok seriously…what kind of ovation is Grandy gona get at the stadium Tuesday? How can you not love this guy?

  133. pete says:

    mlb.tv timed out again – what happened?

  134. Beef Hammerdong says:

    Pat “the bat”?

    More like Pat “the cocksucker”.


  135. Frigidevil says:

    Has Granderson broken Swish’s record from last year for earning his pinstripes, or do we have to wait and see how he does in The House of George?

  136. Yankee1010 says:

    Banuelos was scratched today. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious.

  137. pat says:


  138. Across the pond says:

    Burell is a yankee fan??? why teh fcuk is he trying to kill our first baseman then?!

  139. Hey ZZ says:

    I think I may hate Joe Maddon more than anyone player or coach in baseball.

  140. Across the pond says:

    Damn i feel like im gonna regret passing on Robbie in my draft this year

  141. Hey ZZ says:

    Could Kay be anymore bored today?

  142. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Cano says bye bye james

  143. pete says:

    I keep forgetting that the rays are actually winning

  144. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    mmmmmm Rays middle relief as good as ever

  145. W.W.J.M.D. says:

    Hip Hip, Jorge!!!!!

  146. Not The Rays says:

    I’ll say it for him:


  147. Across the pond says:

    Finally gives the Rays fans something to cheer about

  148. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    That was absolutely crushed. Crushed.

  149. bexarama says:

    I would just like everyone to know I called the Rays losing the lead within five pitches. Clearly, I’m a sorceress.

  150. Not The Rays says:

    Mmmmm Granderson v Choate. I like.

  151. Tom Zig says:

    Randy Choate suckasssss. This is exactly how I wanted this game to turn out. Except I wish Swisha hit that homerun

  152. Granderson can hit lefties! Hooray!

  153. danny says:

    love this team

  154. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Granderson says I OWN SOUTHPAWS

  155. JGS says:

    well done Mr. Choat

  156. Dave says:

    Choate’s ERA is positively Wang-ian

  157. If you’re a Rays fan (or, roughly one of the 798 of them), Choate is the last guy you want to see on the mound, right?

  158. Across the pond says:

    I heart middle relief

  159. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Grandy don’t care what hand you throw with…he will destroy you anyway.

  160. pete says:

    It is physically impossible for Curtis Granderson to do anything against a LHP

  161. pat says:

    Muahaha, thanks for playing. Hit the showers, Randy.

  162. “Big Game” James with the ND. Tooooo Baaaaddddd.

  163. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    now we need AJ to give us 2 more strong innings

  164. Just picked of Charlie Haeger in my fantasy league. Offs of him continuing to pitch well after today?

  165. Hughesus Christo says:

    This booth is brutal right now.

    • bexarama says:

      they just sound completely uninterested in the game. Whoever said it sounded like they were at a barbecue and reminiscing, you were absolutely right.

  166. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    aroldis chapman’s pro debut 4.2 IP 4H 0R 9Ks

  167. Drew says:

    Yoo JMK, I just posted this in the off topic thread but looks like you’re here so check it out:

    Yo JMK my bad I didn’t get back to you on that trade. I’m afraid to deal Feliz. If Ron Washington gets off that rock Feliz may be transitioned to the rotation. Also, if Frank Franc keeps sucking Feliz might get to close so I’m afraid I’d regret trading him. If you see anything else on my roster that might fill a hole for you, let me know. haha, as I write this I see that the Rangers slid him in as the closer.

    • That’s cool, no worries. I happen to just have tons of starting pitching, all of it decent-to-really good. My relievers are kinda weak and I don’t have much of a bench. I’d still like to get a better OF. Only one I care to keep is Davis. Outside of McCann, Utley, Hanson or Javy, I’m willing to deal anyone. And depending on the player, the only guys who are completely no-way guys are Hanson and Utley.

      Yeah, at the time I didn’t think Feliz would become the closer, so that worked out well for you. I just needed some K’s and a lower WHIP, since I’m totally reliant on SP, so the WHIP tends to be a little higher.

      I’ll send you a proposal in a few minutes.

  168. Over/under 20.5 stolen bases for Granderson this season.

  169. whozat says:

    Who ever forgot that Granderson is a good runner?

  170. How terrible are the Mets? You got shut down by Livan Hernandez? Livan Hernandez? He’s in his 50s and hasn’t had a good season in half a decade.


    (At least Johan gave up a grand slam. That helped a lot, I’m sure.)

  171. Poopy Pants says:

    Who are these people that constantly forget that Granderson can run (according to Paul)? It’s one of the first things I think of when I hear ‘Granderson’.

  172. I want my sister to marry a man like Curtis Granderson. She’s left handed so I know he’d never hit her.

    /Lame joke’d

  173. Drew says:

    Grandy man can!

  174. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    I love love love Granderson

  175. Not The Rays says:

    Granderson fast

  176. Slappy White says:

    Thats it Grandy has earned his pinstripes

  177. Hughesus Christo says:

    Granderson is the man. And great that he’s doing this so soon, so the NYMEDIA doesn’t start with its bullmitre.

  178. bexarama says:

    If the Yankees weren’t horrifically one-dimensional and scored all their runs by HR, I would say they created that run.

  179. Across the pond says:

    I blinked and thought that was AJ throwing the WP

  180. danny says:


  181. The Yankees don’t play small ball, they play smart ball!

  182. Beef Hammerdong says:

    Heads up, Grandelssohn.

  183. Loved the overhead camera angle there.

  184. charles poet says:

    Like this team, even better than last years. Going to be tough if pitching holds up and the top of the order starts hitting.

  185. pete says:

    Joba today, I would assume?

  186. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    so does this count as good AJ?

  187. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    ok if Paul O’neil came up to me on a beach and asked to borrow my cell phone I would cherish the moment for the rest of my life lol

  188. Across the pond says:

    It feels like I have the visuals of a baseball game but the audio from a volleyball game or something

  189. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    that is bullshit..how is that count? fuck domes

  190. danny says:

    wtf haha

  191. Zack says:

    Domes. Fuck.

  192. bexarama says:

    what the heck was that?

  193. What the heck was that?

  194. Slappy White says:

    What a fucking joke stadium/pinball machine

  195. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Why are they talking about tattoos when there is a Major League baseball game unfolding in front of them?

    This has actually been an interesting game, but if you closed your eyes and heard the announcing, you’d assume that you ended up in a vaguely baseball-themed talk show.

  196. So, is there replay for balls hitting the dome?

  197. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    what a dumbass stadium design

  198. Drew says:

    Ugh, bullshit. POS stadium.

  199. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Wow, this is totally ridiculous.

  200. “These speakers are a disgrace to baseball!!!11″

    -Joe West

  201. Across the pond says:

    Nice and wide srikezone to make up for that donkey call plz

  202. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    worst “hit” in the history of baseball

  203. Yankee1010 says:

    And Yankee Stadium is the joke, right Gammons?

  204. V says:

    So… MLB umpires don’t even know their own rules…

    Can we PLEASE switch to robots? PLEASE?

  205. Dave says:

    I’d characterize that as embarrassing and disgraceful.

  206. Russell NY says:

    What garbage. How do you blow that call if you are a ref?

  207. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Please AJ stick it to these jokes of umpires

  208. danny says:

    c’mon aj. just one more

  209. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    wow this is such bullshit…I wanna fight someone right now

  210. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Gah. AJ, please get out of this (with the lead intact).

  211. Russell NY says:

    YES F*** THE RAYS!

  212. Tom Zig says:

    what happened?

  213. pat says:


  214. Ivan says:

    Dumb ass stadium. Matter of fact, I consider this not a baseball stadium.

  215. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    YES!!!!!!! Fuck you Rays and FUCK YOU UMPIRES

    • pete says:

      they actually made the right call. It’s the stadium that’s ridiculous, not the umps. Any ball that hits a suspended object is called fair or foul based on where it lands/is fielded

  216. bexarama says:

    Heart attack over thank God.

    AJ was definitely in the middle of saying something bad AND I DON’T BLAME HIM.

  217. Across the pond says:

    That was the nastiest look ever from AJ. He’s gonna bean the ump

  218. Beef Hammerdong says:

    B.J. v A.J.

    The Emu-faced gunslinger gets out of it.

  219. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Oh its time for the Yankees to take out there frustration on this whole season so far…In the form of an AJ Burnett 97 mph fastball right into Pat Burrell’s back

  220. Jeter gets a hit. Good for him.

  221. bexarama says:

    Did you guys hear O’Neill likes to eat a lot?

    • Pat D says:

      No, I didn’t. Something about a huge, giant breakfast and now he’s eating ice cream and M&M’s.

    • Zack says:

      I think O’Neill could be half way decent if they seperate him and Kay.

      • JobaTheHeat62 says:

        yea I love O’Neill tho

      • Pat D says:

        And yet, for some reason, I don’t pay attention to what the guys on YES say. Now, yesterday, on the other hand, I yelled at BuckCarver at least 20 times for being themselves.

        • bexarama says:

          This. YES is… eh… but it’s so much better than most other booths.

        • Zack says:

          Probably because we’re used the guys on YES being annoying, FOX is a new kind of annoying.

          But when Kay shuts up and Leiter talks about pitching or O’Neill talks about hitting I enjoy that.

          • Pat D says:

            FOX is not a new kind of annoying. It’s been the same two guys for 15 years now. Buck said last year that he watches Dancing with the Stars instead of baseball during the week, and he’s a Cardinals homer. Though I think he hates the Sox more than the Yankees since the ’04 Series. McCarver is only OK about half the time. He’s too old now and is one of those guys who still doesn’t like how the game has changed. And does anyone remember his “Spiderman pose” idiocy from yesterday? He’s worse than the YES guys if veers away from baseball.

    • Andy_C_23 says:

      I’m just glad we got to hear what he had to eat for breakfast

    • Beef Hammerdong says:

      A F O R E M E N T I O N E D

  222. bexarama says:

    BABIP really hates poor NJ

  223. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    man Nick Johnson smokes some balls, and gets nothing…Hopefully that evens itself out as the season goes along.

    • whozat says:


      He’s the Designated Hitter that can’t hit! He’s a delicate wuss because he walks! Stop fucking with the narrative I want to hear!

  224. Dave says:

    Nicks hitting the ball hard at least

  225. Across the pond says:

    plz dont bring in Soriano. My fantasy ERA can’t take anymore of a beatin’

  226. danny says:

    lol the look on teix’s face after burrell almost took him out

  227. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    please Let AROD hit a ball through the roof that causes millions in repairs

  228. Accent Shallow says:

    Nicely done by his Rodness.

  229. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    love me some ALEX

  230. Beef Hammerdong says:

    Alex in the clizzy!

  231. Reggie C. says:

    AROD … the great doubles machine!!

  232. bexarama says:

    I shall write a love letter to the Rays bullpen.

  233. craggy (formerly crapula) says:

    They did not even talk about the count until ARod got contact. They were talking about the frigging Rays road trip.

    • I suck at this predictions thing. I said A-Rod was going to have a jack but he missed it. Hopefully he’ll get one soon. The double was really nice though. Some cushion going into the last two innings.

  234. pat says:

    Haha, fucking Sterling
    “And it bounces off the left field wall, Arod scores and Tex comes in right behind him. Arod with the 2 run double.”

  235. Dave says:

    WOW @ Carl Crawford.

  236. Let’s give the Rays some credit, they do play some good defense.

    • bexarama says:

      their defense is really awesome. For all the PITCHING AND DEFENSE Boston stuff, the Rays will probably be much better there.

    • Beef Hammerdong says:

      I can’t. For every time they flash the leather against Nick Johnson, we have to suffer an influx of “get the bat off your shoulders, cripple” and “matsui was washed up, huh?” trolls.

  237. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    man so many ABs this season have been robbery

    • Hughesus Christo says:

      They have played two of the best (Top 5? Top 3?) defensive teams in the majors. Especially in the outfield.

      Now let’s take a moment to appreciate the Yankees’ newfound commitment to dumping the aged garbage in their own outfield.

  238. Steve H says:

    Johnny Damon would still be chasing that ball down.

  239. craggy (formerly crapula) says:

    Who is pitching tuesday? Andy?

  240. A ball in Pedroia’s eyes is a ball at A-Rod’s chest.

    • Pat D says:

      Usually he doesn’t come close to that pitch. Despite what the video game commercial script makes him think.

  241. I expect a ball in the ribs here.

  242. dkidd says:

    i know we’re only 6 games in, but this team could party like it’s 1998

  243. “Well hit…but too high!”

    LMAO @ TBS Announcer

  244. bexarama says:


  245. Steve H says:

    So Neftali Feliz has been named “temporary” closer of the Rangers. If he’s lights out, there’s no way they move him back out right?

  246. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Bullshit ump.

  247. Dave says:

    Fuckin umps.

  248. danny says:

    nice CATCH.

  249. Fucking umps. They can’t make a good call to save their lives.

  250. Across the pond says:

    Damn i thought grandy caught that

  251. 2nd bad call of the day.

  252. Wow. Another bad call by the umpires. Color me shocked.

  253. Steve H says:

    Rodriguez to Rodriguez.

    TBS Fail.

  254. Dave says:

    Robinson Cano is ridiculously smooth at 2B

  255. Drew says:

    Umpires need to be fired.

  256. Beef Hammerdong says:





  257. Slappy White says:

    Do umpires ever get calls right ? How can we get these jobs ?

  258. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    its so awesome when these jerkoff umps try there best to fuck the Yankees, and we just keep showing that not even terrible umps can stop us.

  259. Salty Buggah says:


  260. Drew says:

    Did Selig ever say anythng about West’s comments? Did West get fined for criticizing a team?

  261. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Stupid umps making wrong calls to lengthen the game. Disrespecting Joe West AND the game.

  262. W.W.J.M.D. says:

    Rangers up 1-o, not that I see them doing much against Alex Ove. but it’ll be good to make the playoffs.

  263. dkidd says:

    embarrassing fact: i met paul o’neill at a bon jovi concert at the meadowlands

  264. Drew says:

    Michale Kay needs a muzzle.

  265. Accent Shallow says:

    Nick Swisher is good at baseball.

  266. bexarama says:

    Wow Swisher like… flicked at that.

    Andy Sonnanstine ladies and gentlemen!

  267. pat says:


  268. craggy (formerly crapula) says:


  269. Reggie C. says:

    Swisher BOMB !

  270. Steve H says:

    How as Sonnanstine had any success in the AL East?

  271. Fergielicious!


  272. Dela G says:


  273. Hughesus Christo says:

    Swisher looks so much better this year. And I’m not just talking about the weight loss…


  274. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    6 ER against the bullpen lol

  275. Joe West's Sense of Selfi-Importance (formerly Not The Rays) says:


  276. Marc says:

    So are we no longer doing multiple game threads? 631 comments is a ton!

  277. adeel says:

    that had to be the most dispassionate home run call I have ever heard. Was he actually yawning while swisher’s ball was leaving the park?

  278. craggy (formerly crapula) says:

    If these idiots weren’t talking about Jon Bon Jovi I might have been able to look away for a minute. But with these idiots calling the game, you can’t.

  279. pat says:

    Jesus, 2 line drives to end the inning. Sonnestine is lucky he didn’t get hit around more.

  280. Pat D says:

    Can’t believe they were able to tear themselves away from the conversations of O’Neill’s wife leaving him for Bon Jovi to realize that happened.

    • craggy (formerly crapula) says:

      It’s driving me nuts. Three people in the booth and they say nothing about the game on the field.

  281. Dela G says:

    damn sonnanstine was lucky some more of those hit balls werent able to find gaps

  282. Hey ZZ says:

    Can people just fill out their Census form so we can stop seeing these goddamn commercials?

  283. Bob Stone says:

    This game is a f*&king joke. If anyone was reading the comments here on RAB and didn’t know the score, they would think the Yankees were losing 5-4.

    The Tropicana Dome is a total joke. MLB should make the Rays tear of the roof or build a real ballpark. If they don’t, then move the team, or make them play all their games on the road.

    And . . . now for the unmping. It’s ridiculous. I have never been more upset in a game the Yanks are leading, and will probably win, than this one.

    We got lucky. This is just too ridiculous to watch. If I wasn’t such a die hard Yankee fan, I’d be watching the Masters.

  284. Dave says:

    JOBA woot

  285. “Who cares if the ball is put in play?”


  286. pat says:

    Heh, Sterling just called Burnett our 2nd Ace.

  287. pat says:

    Yay Joba.

  288. danny says:

    but, what about the grunts an farts?

  289. Bob Stone says:

    While I am complaining, I hate these Rays uniforms. I keep thinking the Yanks are playing the Blue Jays.

  290. W.W.J.M.D. says:

    Joba needs to stop shaking off Jorge and just pitch.

  291. bexarama says:

    But the media told me bullpen Joba would never give up a hit. (I know, I’ll shut up)

  292. Pat D says:

    The reports of Joba’s resurgence were…a bit premature.

  293. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    this is not what I expected to see from Joba today

  294. pete says:

    This is why you don’t sit your relievers for 5 days

  295. Pat D says:

    On the subject of the Trop, wasn’t this stadium originally built because the White Sox were going to move there in the early ’90′s? Goes to show how pathetic the original Rays ownership was to agree to a stadium just because it was already there.

    • bexarama says:

      the White Sox were going to move to Tampa? I thought the Mariners were going to move to Tampa but the 1995 season really saved them.

    • Bob Stone says:

      True. But they have a radically imporved new ownership now and a significantly better front office.

      • bexarama says:

        no kidding

        Best move ever: getting rid of the fugly original uniforms

      • Pat D says:

        I know. That’s why I have some hope for them. The story about the White Sox I got from a 1988 Sporting News Year in Reivew guide that I still have that mentioned they were on the verge of moving to St. Petersburg until the city of Chicago finally agreed to build a new stadium. It mentioned that workers were “rushing to complete” a domed stadium in St. Pete, so I assume they mean that Top.

  296. Steve H says:

    Nice pitch on the K, keep mixing everything in Joba. Especially with a decent lead.

    • Poopy Pants says:

      I thought the Yanks were mad at Joba for using too many pitches and he should throw only FB and slider from now on?

  297. bexarama says:

    the “Kay ‘em” franks or whatever in the background are amusing me because… Michael Kay.

    That sounded scary off the bat.

  298. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    come on Joba

  299. Pat D says:

    Can someone remind Kay that only Mitre and Robertson HAVE pitched out of the bullpen in this series?

  300. craggy (formerly crapula) says:


  301. NYFan50 says:

    Joba throwing 93 mph fastballs to Pena. So much for that velocity uptick.

  302. Across the pond says:

    Was getting a bit worried there with Joba

  303. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    wasn’t pretty, but i guess the job was done

  304. craggy (formerly crapula) says:

    Nice. Let’s wrap this up.

  305. Drew says:

    JMK, javy for Pena is tempting but it’s a bit pricey. Pena is good for 40+, 100, 100. That’s 2 homers 5 runs 5 rbi per fantasy week.

  306. I think Joba will have a good season in the pen. It would have been nice to see him in the rotation, but I guess we have to wait until next year.

  307. dkidd says:

    damon with a game-tying bases loaded walk in the 9th

    /granderson still had the better day’d

  308. bexarama says:

    Astros 0-6. Roy Halladay pitched a complete game with 0 ER against them. I know it’s Halladay, but they bad.

    Hey Andy. *_*

  309. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    I have never seen a pitcher live up in the zone like sonanstine

  310. Reggie C. says:

    time for the stat-pad homer. C”mon Arod. You’re due.

  311. Steve H says:

    A-Rod destroys that pitch 9 times out of 10.

  312. Joe West's Sense of Self-Importance (formerly Not The Rays) says:

    As much as I’d gladly give a kidney to any of the guys in question, I find the nickname “Core Four” very irritating.

  313. dkidd says:

    girardi into the bullpen phone:

    release the kraken!!!


  315. Across the pond says:

    Why didn’t Mo bean him??

  316. Burrell just apologized to Teix.

  317. W.W.J.M.D. says:

    I went to MLB.com to check out some stuff, and one of the headlines was “Montero to DL; surgery needed” and I started FREAKING out! Turns out thats its Miguel Montero, catcher for the DBacks. I hope MLB plans to pay for my open heart surgery.

  318. bexarama says:

    Wow Navarro makes Posada look like Gardner

  319. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    wow Navarro might compete with Jorge as slowest baseball player

  320. Joe West's Sense of Self-Importance (formerly Not The Rays) says:

    Chase Utley says Hello to Paulie

  321. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Cano deserves a gold glove more than any player in baseball

  322. bexarama says:


  323. ZOMG Mo walked somebody!!!11

  324. MikeD says:

    Did Cano ever play shortstop in the minors? Wondering if he could be a replacement for Jeter in a few years. I’m guessing they put him at shortstop because of Jeter. It might be easier to find a replacement at second for Cano than at shortstop.

  325. Dela G says:

    yankees win!

  326. dkidd says:

    solid road trip

    yanks look GOOD

    • MikeD says:

      Agreed, although I’d say it’s more than solid. Starting on the road and playing your two main rivals in the east and going 4-2 is a great road trip.

  327. bexarama says:

    Yankees go 4-2 on a ridiculous road trip to begin the season.

    bexarama: very aroused.

  328. Across the pond says:

    Great series. wow its 10pm (Irish time) time for the pub!

  329. Steve H says:

    Excellent start to the season. 6 games on the road against the two best teams you have to play all year, 4-2 is great.

  330. Andy_C_23 says:


  331. RaysGrl says:

    Now who’s pounding who? 30-11 baby…

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