Apr
11

Game 6: Two series, two rubber games

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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.

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

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

Categories : Game Threads
  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

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

    • Tom Zig

      Neither. We’ll see Excellent AJ

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        I hope you’re right

    • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

      I think Good AJ will show up for 5 innings and Bad AJ will come in the sixth.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      Good AJ for the first three, bad AJ in the fourth (3 ER), good AJ for the 5th and 6th, comes out on a HR on the first pitch of the 7th.

      And the yankees still win, 8-4, on the strength of a 1-2, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB performance from “the delicate one”. Also, A-Rod goes yard today, as does Robbie.

  • Hey ZZ

    Wally Matthews actually noticed something pretty interesting.

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

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      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.

  • ultimate913

    Might not mean much but Teixeira turned 30 today.

    • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

      Tex will have a birthday homer. I hope he does, because I’ve been wrong for five straight games.

    • vin

      Cue the “He’s on the wrong side of 30″ talk.

      • whozat

        He began his inevitable decline today. What an albatross that contract is! Yesterday it looked ok, but today…

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          …is a new era?

          /GhostofAlexGonzalez’d

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      One day after me!

    • Bob Stone

      Happy B-Day Tex! It’s my birthday today as well.

  • Dela G

    LET’S GO YANKEES!! LET’S GO YANKEES!

  • Across the pond

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

  • Ivan

    HA! TEH JOHAN GAVE UP A GS TO DA NATS IN THE 1ST INNING….

    • dark side of the goon

      But Ca$hmoney was so wrong not to sign him!!!

      • Zack

        and trade joba, hughes, and whoever else they wanted

        • andrew

          as not funny as that tired meme has become, it may not even be true anymore. If they envisioned Joba in the bullpen, probably would’ve been a good trade for them to make.

      • bexarama

        well you can’t make the decision based on one start… but I’d rather have Sabathia (and Hughes, Joba, whoever else they wanted) than Santana.

  • bexarama

    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.

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

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

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Don’t follow hockey, but weren’t the Rangers eliminated like a month ago?

      • Conchobar

        Nah. Their game against the Flyers today will decide a playoff spot.

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

        No, the last spot is open. Whoever wins today gets it.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          I agree with Girardi and Eiland’s proposed decision. I know others don’t, but I like to look long-term.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            Reply fail. My badski.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    damn dem’s some ugggly unis

  • bexarama

    Goddamn it Zobrist

    • bexarama

      lol at the idea of Nick Johnson hitting a triple though

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

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

  • Conchobar

    Nick can’t catch a break.

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

    Dear Yanks,

    Don’t hit the goddamn ball to right field.

    Sincerely,

    Me.

  • Hey ZZ

    Did NJ do something to offend BABIP?

    • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

      His OBP has offended all advanced metrics and Joe West.

      • Hey ZZ

        New theory.

        Matsui has a .421 BABIP this season.

        BABIP is Bo taking out his anger for the Yanks signing NJ over Matsui.

        • bexarama

          hahaha A+

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    UZR, ftw

  • pat

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

    • bexarama

      it’s on YES if you’re in the YES area

      • pat

        Welp I’m in the area but don’t have YES. Son of a bitch.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          yea–it’s a pain in the ass, isn’t it

          • pat

            Blows.

            • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

              and mlb.tv is no good either

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    “And there goes the no hitter”

    –Tampa radio guy just now

    • V

      I was thinking the same thing ;-)

  • V

    Well, bad AJ it is.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      He’s pitching to Posada after all.

      /MSM’d

      • V

        Lol; yup, Posada keeps calling for these damn flat fastballs up and down the middle. Why???! ;-)

  • bexarama

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

  • AlexCT

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

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      tino

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        he’s a jagoff, isn’t he

  • Poopy Pants

    I miss Cervelli.

  • cjc

    so this is frustrating

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    AJ should have fielded that

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    why is Ben Zobrist bunting?

    • bexarama

      Rays baseball!!!!

  • Devil In A Blue Cap

    On a pitchout?!

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

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

    • Devil In A Blue Cap

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

    • Hey ZZ

      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.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        and guess what Molina’s CS% was?

        28%

        your head just exploded

      • bexarama

        this. I’m surprised he’s getting run on like crazy because he’s not bad at getting runners out. Unless his arm is dead now.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    wow Zobrist.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    I hope the offense is in for another great day.

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      They’re getting no-hit right now

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        President Madagascar: SHUT DOWN EVERYTHING!

        • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

          That’s better than what the President of Poland had to say today…

          /sorry,goingtohell’d

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

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

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      AJ wasn’t shitty all of last season.

      • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

        I realized that as I posted the comment. He was only shitty in his nine losses.

        /obvious’d

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          But yes I get your point. He’s really really really inconsistent.

    • Conchobar

      I guess you didn’t see all of last season if that’s your assessment of Burnett. He was inconsistent – great sometimes, awful other times.

  • cjc

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

  • Poopy Pants

    AJ decided to outdo Javy instead of CC.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    I hate speedy teams.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Yeah, Pena is a speed demon.

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        Oh you know what I mean.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          You know how I be.

  • Not The Rays

    I miss good AJ. :(

  • Raf

    god i hate those cowbells.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

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

  • cjc

    ok thats all they get

  • Hey ZZ

    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.

  • bexarama

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

  • bonestock94

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

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

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

  • whozat

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

  • bexarama

    BABIP hates the Yankees a lot right now

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

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

    • bexarama

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

      • Bob Stone

        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.

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

    I love you Granderson.

  • pat

    Delightful

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    I love this man.

  • Dave

    Granderson <3 Right handed pitching.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    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.

    • Not The Rays

      He didn’t look overmatched against Choate!

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        In other news, mini golf is way easier than real golf.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          Says you. That damn windmill keeps getting me

          • Jack

            YOU’RE GONNA DIE, CLOWN!!

  • Not The Rays

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

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      Yankees: Quality CF with great power
      Tigers: quality young MLB-ready CF prospect, great MLB-ready pitching prospect, decent lefty reliever
      D-Backs: two solid back-of-the-rotation MLB avg. or better starters

      I’d say it was a fair trade. It just so happened that the Yankees needed Granderson a lot more than the needed kennedy or Jackson. But it was a good trade for all parties, I think.

      • V

        Disagree. While I think the Tigers did alright, I have to wonder what the DBacks were smoking.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

          Kennedy will be an excellent pitcher for a long time in the NL West, methinks. And Edwin Jackson should be alright there too.

          • bexarama

            I don’t think Kennedy’s going to be better than Scherzer.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

              me neither. But Kennedy + Jackson could be. And/or maybe the D-Backs know something about Scherzer (injury-wise) that the rest of the world doesn’t?

              • bexarama

                I was more responding to your claim that Kennedy would be excellent.

            • andrew

              But they also got Edwin Jackson. Jackson + Kennedy > Scherzer, IMO.

              • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                It doesn’t work like that.

                • andrew

                  Ummm… it seems like that would be exactly how it works… if you’re analyzing a trade of multiple players you can’t just take two parts and separate it from the whole and analyze it as a one for one deal.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            IPK will be a good pitcher for a while there. Jackson is an enigma. No idea what you’re really getting with him.

            If healthy, Sherzer is easily the best pitcher in this three-team deal.

            • bexarama

              This. I don’t think Kennedy is necessarily going to be excellent. Decent to good, sure. D-Backs definitely got off the worst, IMO. Which is good because I do not like that team.

              • bexarama

                They still did pretty decently though.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Agreed on all of this. You’d think the D-Backs got the worst out of this, but I suspect all parties will “win” here.

      • Not The Rays

        OK fine. Can we agree the swish trade was like a video game?

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Yes.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

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

    • whozat

      nah. Much better to talk about a no-hitter (one of which is not happening today) that a retired guy played in with a team that’s not playing in this game.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        You’re right. Forgive me for my transgression.

  • Devil In A Blue Cap

    Wow, those change-ups were sick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    ManBan has a no-no through 4.

    • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

      /jinx’d

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      milb.com says it’s Kapala?

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        milb.com still probably thinks Ryan Howard is in the minors.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Where did you see that? Because I see Manny pitching on milb.com.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Nevermind, I see where it says that. Hhhhmmmm. What the hell is happening?

        • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

          You’re talking about the Tampa game, right?

          http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....a_lakafa_1

  • Poopy Pants

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

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      these things are mutually exclusive why?

      • Poopy Pants

        I’m making lemonade.

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      Can’t he be scorching in both?

      • Poopy Pants

        Apparently not.

        • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

          Not with that attitude

      • whozat

        Didn’t you get the memo that April’s only 12 days long now?

        • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

          So…no more 4/20?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • pat

    Love to see the settledown.

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

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

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    six pitch inning. nice

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      my mlb.tv must have timed out because I literally thought we were still in the commercial break from the middle of the 2nd.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    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

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

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

  • bexarama

    I will never understand AJ Burnett

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

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

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      That’s a riot. Greatest AAA Yankee pitcher of ALL TIME.

      It’s gotta be the shades.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

        And the Rays have some stupid kid doing the player introductions. I’m sure “The Voice of God” is laughing at how bush league the Rays organization is.

  • pat

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

  • bexarama

    who the hell is making these announcements? o_O

    • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

      That had to be the longest drawl I’ve heard in my life.

    • Hey ZZ

      yeah wtf was that

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

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

  • Raf

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

    • Kristen

      And why doesn’t he sound more excited? If I did the PA at any baseball stadium I wouldn’t sound so pissed off.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Listen to the difference in his tone when announcing the Yankees versus the Rays. Yankees sound morose and depressing. Reds sound a bit more excited, though still dumb-sounding.

  • Not The Rays

    Who is the anouncer? A drunk 9 year old?

    • Conchobar

      hahaha, I was wondering the same thing.

  • Joey

    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?

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Nope not just you.

      • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

        It’s the ‘R’ from the RAB header.

  • bexarama

    WTF this announcer is hilarious

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    This 10 year old is annoying.

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

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

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

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

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

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

  • Raf

    Shield’s changeup is pretty nasty.

  • bexarama

    that’s just mean, Rays scoreboard

    • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

      Another reason to hate the Rays.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        I’m on the radio here–what happened?

        • bexarama

          they still have him listed as 0-for-17

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    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.

    • Poopy Pants

      Was it Tino?

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Hah. I can understand what Tino says, just not why he says it.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      As a teacher in Dallas I can tell you that it is it’s parents and teachers fault. I’ve heard teachers tel there kids to “Come her!” (Come here) and “Homework due fridee.” (Friday).

      /Embarassed

  • whozat

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

    • bexarama

      I’m amused by their obsession with the tank

    • whozat

      TALK ABOUT THE FUCKING GAME, YOU ASSHOLES

  • bexarama

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

    • Poopy Pants

      let’s hope so

      • Across

        Get Kay out there so!

    • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

      I think these are baby rays so they don’t bite or do any electrocuting until they’re older.

    • whozat

      Obviously not these ones :-)

      There are stingrays, but not all rays are stingrays

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      They’re not poisonous. They’re actually real gentle.

      • craggy (formerly crapula)

        Didn’t they kill Steve Irwin?

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          No, that was curiosity.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

          That was like the 3rd recorded death in history from a ray.

          • craggy (formerly crapula)

            Maybe others didn’t live to record it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Also a little known restaurant fact, a lot of restaurants “scallops” are actually stingray meat. They punch them out with a cookie-cutter like utensil.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Interesting. Shit’s delicious.

          I really want to have shark fin soup.

          • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

            I went to Dim Sum with some friends of mine, and they order Shark Fin Dumplings. They were good, but my friends it wasn’t shark fin. Also had chicken feet and 3 kinds of tripe.

            • Poopy Pants

              I had some baby shark at a Greek place here in Astoria a few years ago.
              Pretty good.

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Those are Sting Rays. I don’t know the Rays that are in the tanks.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS
      • pat

        /Opens 40 oz.
        // Pours some out.

    • bexarama

      well thanks to everyone’s responses I have learned something today. Hooray.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Michael Kay does love the clam.

  • Cecala

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

  • Raf

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

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    Somebody gag the PA announcer.

    • Across the pond

      And Tino…And Kay.

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

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

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    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.

    Amazing.

    • Across the pond

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

    • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

      The enunciation is what’s driving me insane. Keep it short, because the accent is hilarious.

      Also, I hate those cowbells so much.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        I should pay better attention. I hate Florida.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Take it easy JMK, Florida is awesome. We don’t all sound like hayseeds.

  • http://thinkingoutsideofthebattersbox.blogspot.com/ W.W.J.M.D.

    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.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

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

    • Devil In A Blue Cap

      Not quite.

  • http://deleted RollingWave

    boooo, RISP Robbie

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    The word lazy cannot escape Cano or anything he does.

  • bexarama

    Posada disrespecting the game by calling time out.

    Also, HIP HIP JORGE! chants, buh?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Actual Rays fans in attendance: 233

      • Across the pond

        For the season?

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        And yet, there are at least 3,000 cowbells and horns. I WAS TOLD THERE WOULD BE NO MATH!

        • bexarama

          and one drunk announcer ._.

      • V

        Unfortunately, they’re ALL blowing horns and waving cowbells.

  • Tom Zig

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

  • pat

    Come on Grandy.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

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

    • Devil In A Blue Cap

      Coney, where art thou?

      • Bob Stone

        Cone is way better than most of the Yanks announcers.

    • bexarama

      Tino looks and sounds like he perpetually has a head cold.

    • Across the pond

      I despise Kays obsession with pitch counts

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I wish James Shields would make me a fireplace.

    • whozat

      or get his buddies together and raise me up a barn.

    • Poopy Pants

      He looks like Moshe (Dwight’s brother) from The Office.

      • pat

        Little known factoid-

        Mose Schrute is Ken Tremendous.

      • Jim S

        He looks like Moshe Mose (Dwight’s brother) from The Office.

        I agree. and FTFY.

        • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

          He looks like Mose (Dwight’s COUSIN) from The Office

          I agree. and FTFY.

          • Jim S

            hahaha thanks. saw a spelling error and bypassed the other one.

  • Devil In A Blue Cap

    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.

    • bexarama

      haha, it’s so true.

  • pat

    Bah, less go Swishie, just a base knock.

  • Not The Rays

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

  • bexarama

    Zobrist aaaagh

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    The Rays announcer thinks every pitch is a strike.

    • Zack

      Do they have a K-zone?

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Yeah. They will show it after he makes a comment and it makes him look like an idiot.

        • Not The Rays

          That sounds more fun than even Paulie talking about directions to the stadium

    • http://thinkingoutsideofthebattersbox.blogspot.com/ W.W.J.M.D.

      they love the K Zone thing, huh?

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

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

    • bexarama

      I was told working the count doesn’t matter.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        In fact, it’s disgraceful

        sincerely,
        Joe West

        • Not The Rays

          + 3 chins

      • Poopy Pants

        It should be illegal just like dancing!

        Love,
        John Lithgow

  • pat

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

  • Devil In A Blue Cap

    The Squander is strong in this team.

    • pat

      Oh well. One of the side effects of putting a shitload of guys on base is that a shitload of them don’t score.

      • Devil In A Blue Cap

        It’s just the frustration of a leadoff double not even moving up.

  • bexarama

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

    • Across the pond

      or sobered up REAL quick

    • bexarama

      why do I irrationally dislike BJ Upton so much? His brother rules.

      • Across the pond

        We play against this brother

        • Across the pond

          I do like his brain farts though!

          • bexarama

            I love them. Do you remember last year when Jeter hit a loooong fly ball during that four-game sweep in September I think and he was running after it and then he just like spazzed out? It was hysterical.

        • bexarama

          I don’t hate Crawford, Zobrist, Barlett, Longoria, Pena, etc.

          HAH! Suck it BJ. (that sounds… wrong.)

          • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

            His name is Melvin Emmanuel Upton. Anyone know where the BJ came from?

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

              Bossman Junior. For whatever reason, people called his dad “bossman”

            • bexarama

              maybe we don’t want to know

            • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

              Bossman Junior.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

            I don’t hate Crawford, Longoria, Upton, Garza, Price, Davis, Zobrist, or Desmond Jennings (actually I friggin love Desmond Jennings). I do hate Jason Bartlett, James Shields, Jeff Neimann, and everyone in that bullpen.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

        weird…he’s probably my favorite non-yankee position player to watch.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

          I actually think he will end up being better than Justin

  • Jim S

    Glad to see AJ’s settled down nicely.

    • Devil In A Blue Cap

      Too soon.

      • Jim S

        Nah. I’m glad that he settled down regardless of the rest of the game. The first inning was an adventure.

  • pat

    Sterling just described Burnett as electric. DRINK

    • Poopy Pants

      In a YES piece before the game, CC said AJ probably has the best ‘stuff’ in the game.

  • bexarama

    that was right down the middle?!

  • poster

    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.

    • bexarama

      I agree on Burnett’s pickoff move.

  • JobaTheHeat62

    BlowJob Upton

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      clever…

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      What a stupid thing to say.

  • pat

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

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    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.

    • pat

      Charlie… you’re the wildcard.

    • whozat

      Isn’t he that knuckleballer?

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Yep.

        • whozat

          And what if we call him “Chuck”? Like Chuck Yeager. Then he sounds cooler.

        • Jim S

          Whoever has the team name “Devil Dawgs” is scorching this week. Hitting and pitching.

          I’m glad that I’m probably going to win. No flukey performances against me. And Willingham’s grand slam didn’t hurt.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            Yeah, that guy’s been rocking and rolling. I had fairly bad luck getting Zambrano and Vazquez on what likely will be their worst pitching performances of the season. Kubel and Beckham have a combined 2 hits, so that really hurt.

            The guy I played against didn’t have a particularly strong team. I should have won but Chuck Yeager and a 5/36 performance sealed my fate. Pretty bummed.

            Your team, especially the lineup, looks pretty good, Jim. I’d worry about that pitching staff, though.

  • JobaTheHeat62

    dang Verlander got smashed today

    • bexarama

      and Santana

      • Reggie C.

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

        • bexarama

          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.

  • Across the pond

    Love Tex’s pitching pose!

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

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

  • bexarama

    NJ has a crazed look on his face.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Because he knows he would have been gunned down by Zobrist even he didn’t move his ass.

  • Devil In A Blue Cap

    The hard hit foul balls frustrate me.

  • whozat

    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.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    mustache cano? really?

  • JobaTheHeat62

    James Shields is a total dbag

  • bexarama

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

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

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

    • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

      It wouldn’t be smart of Maddon to put him out there. If he did, A-Rod mashes his first or second pitch over the left field wall.

    • JobaTheHeat62

      i hope not..hes on today…Rays middle relief is a joke

    • bexarama

      I think he does, Maddon pushes his pitchers a lot especially with the middle relief he has

  • Jack

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

    • whozat

      Kennedy?

      • Jack

        Kevin Kennedy. He’s on the Rays broadcast.

    • bexarama

      ?

      Also, Johnny Damon is off to an awful start to the year. He’ll be fine I’m sure, but it’s funny how the trolls have stopped whining about Damon and have moved on to whining about Matsui.

  • JobaTheHeat62

    Pat Burrell really?

  • whozat

    56 pitches??? Is that right? Wow!

    • Devil In A Blue Cap

      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

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

  • pat

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

  • Tom Zig

    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)

    • bexarama

      Yankees > your fantasy team >:(

      • Not The Rays

        +?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      This comment sums up why I don’t play fantasy baseball

      • pat

        +1

        Yankees >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>everything.

    • JobaTheHeat62

      Yankee success should always outweigh fantasy, but there is a scenario in which both can benefit in this case.

    • Tom Zig

      So what I’m hoping for here is a pitcher’s duel but TB’s bullpen coughs it up on a HR by Swisher (who is also on my team)

  • bexarama

    Navarro was an All-Star reference!

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      2008 AL All star catchers: Joe Mauer (ok), Navarro (he did have a good first half that year), Jason Varitek (WTF)

  • pat

    <3 Grandy

  • JobaTheHeat62

    Granderson is such a stud….I looooooooove him

    • Tom Zig

      why don’t you marry him?

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    Wow Grandy

  • Zack

    +14

  • JobaTheHeat62

    wow fuck Pat Burrell

  • Reggie C.

    Pat Burrell starting some shit with that slide.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Bullshit slide by Burrell

  • Across the pond

    roflcopter

  • Devil In A Blue Cap

    I love Curtis Granderson.

  • bexarama

    CYN kill Tex, Burrell? Thanks

    • bexarama

      also that was awesome, Grandy

      Does Burrell look a bit like Mussina or is it just me?

      • Across the pond

        Hits like him anyway

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          IETC

        • bexarama

          well done

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        Yea, a little bit

      • whozat

        Nah. Moose doesn’t have the curly hair. And Burrell doesn’t, like…brood…like Moose did

        • bexarama

          does anyone brood like Moose…?

          • bexarama

            I should add that my favorite cranky Moose moment is if you watch the post-game of the Aaron Boone game, he’s in the background of some clubhouse interview changing his shirt and glaring at the camera. Uhhh were you not expecting that?

  • http://thinkingoutsideofthebattersbox.blogspot.com/ W.W.J.M.D.

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

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    What the hell was Burrell doing?

    • bexarama

      acting out Maddon’s insane revenge fantasies

  • Jim S

    Burrell is an ass. That slide was absolutely unnecessary.

  • Bob Stone

    Great D Grandy!

  • JobaTheHeat62

    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.

  • JobaTheHeat62

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

    • Across the pond

      depends if they show the homer off papelbum on the big screen

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    mlb.tv timed out again – what happened?

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      Working fine with me.

  • Beef Hammerdong

    Pat “the bat”?

    More like Pat “the cocksucker”.

    /fuckbeingclever’d

  • Frigidevil

    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?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Nah–Grandy would have to pitch first. Then again, game winning home runs off Papelbon are worth lots of points

  • Yankee1010

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

    • pat

      Apparently it was a typo. He’s pitching.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

        No pat. He was scratched. Some speculation that he’s going to get called up to Trenton to take Garcia’s spot, but that’s highly doubtful.

        • pat

          OK FINE THEN JERK!

  • pat

    DO NOT LET SHIELDS GET OUT OF THIS INNING

    • pat

      Thanks Robbie.

  • Across the pond

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

  • Hey ZZ

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

    • bexarama

      I really do not like him at all.

      • Across the pond

        ditto. Nothing worse than thinking you are smarter than everyone

        • whozat

          What about KNOWING you’re smarter? Like I do. Is that annoying?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      Jason Varitek, David Eckstein, and Mike Scoscia.

      • bexarama

        Eckstein never did anything personally.

        Scioscia MIGHT be more annoying than Maddon, actually.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

          I just generally dislike bad players. I dislike them more if people think they are good for no reason.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Yeah, but he doesn’t have these crazy fits of aggression like Maddon. He just whines.

          • bexarama

            But he whines SO MUCH. I tire of seeing his face constantly during every damn Angels game.

            • bexarama

              and yes I know I shouldn’t whine about anyone whining.

        • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

          “Scioscia MIGHT be more annoying than Maddon, actually.”

          Doesn’t he get points for being on The Simpsons?

    • Dave

      More than Youkilis? Wow, thats impressive.

      • JobaTheHeat62

        Youkilis and Papelbum are my 2 least fave players in baseball

    • JobaTheHeat62

      yea I am not a fan at all…I despise the entire Rays team, they are so annoying…I liked it when Lou was managing them, and they were an embarrassment

  • Across the pond

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

  • Hey ZZ

    Could Kay be anymore bored today?

  • JobaTheHeat62

    Cano says bye bye james

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    I keep forgetting that the rays are actually winning

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Weird, right? I feel like we’ve been winning for about three innings.

    • Across the pond

      Not anymore! :)

    • pat

      Not any more.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Haha. What was I just saying, pete?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      natural order of things restoring itself.

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    Hip hip!

  • JobaTheHeat62

    mmmmmm Rays middle relief as good as ever

  • http://thinkingoutsideofthebattersbox.blogspot.com/ W.W.J.M.D.

    Hip Hip, Jorge!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Hip Hip

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Jip! Jip! (en espanol)

  • Not The Rays

    I’ll say it for him:

    GEORGIE JUICED ONE!!!

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

    JORGE!

  • whozat
  • Across the pond

    Finally gives the Rays fans something to cheer about

  • Devil In A Blue Cap

    That was absolutely crushed. Crushed.

  • bexarama

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

    • bexarama

      Randy Choate you are not very good

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        He was terrible with the Yankees, too.

    • JobaTheHeat62

      I bow down

  • Not The Rays

    Mmmmm Granderson v Choate. I like.

  • Tom Zig

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

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

    Granderson can hit lefties! Hooray!

    • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

      *mediocre lefties. Let’s see him get a knock or two of Lester or someone else.

      • bexarama

        he got a hit off Lester actually ;)

      • V

        Not many people get hits off of excellent lefties.

        It’s like blaming Granderson for not hitting Price… NO ONE was hitting Price.

        • V

          Basically, Granderson has historically had problems with lefties – great OR mediocre. If he can hit mediocre lefties well, he’s going to be a beast this year.

    • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

      Meh. AJ got out of it with no damage.

  • danny

    love this team

  • JobaTheHeat62

    Granderson says I OWN SOUTHPAWS

    • whozat

      Well…he owns Choate :-)

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    well done Mr. Choat

  • Dave

    Choate’s ERA is positively Wang-ian

    • Across the pond

      Now be gone to the Nats with you!

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    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?

  • Across the pond

    I heart middle relief

  • Devil In A Blue Cap

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Maddon = Genius.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

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

  • pat

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

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

  • JobaTheHeat62

    now we need AJ to give us 2 more strong innings

    • http://thinkingoutsideofthebattersbox.blogspot.com/ W.W.J.M.D.

      two get US to teh Joba?

      • JobaTheHeat62

        thats my plan

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

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

    • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

      That should read “picked up,” of course.

  • Hughesus Christo

    This booth is brutal right now.

    • bexarama

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

  • JobaTheHeat62

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

    • Across the pond

      9?? *picks him up*

    • Tom Zig

      Cue mryankee

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Forget mryankee, cue Andy In Sunny Daytona.

        “KKKKKKAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHNNNNNNN!!!!!”

    • whozat

      how many BBs?

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    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.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      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.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Would you do Javy Vazquez straight up for Carlos Pena?

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    Over/under 20.5 stolen bases for Granderson this season.

    • Dave

      Over for sure

    • Across the pond

      over

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Over. 27.

    • JobaTheHeat62

      no doubt over…I think the Yankees will have him run more than the Tigers did

  • whozat

    Who ever forgot that Granderson is a good runner?

    • Poopy Pants

      you beat me to it. haha

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    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.

    Unbelievable.

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

    • bexarama

      Seriously. I wouldn’t get upset/concerned about Johan, it’s one start, but getting shut down by Livan freaking Hernandez?

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        I thought Reyes would at least give me a few runs and a steal. Nope. Nada.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      eh–I’m willing to bet that some time this year the Yankees will be shut down by a lousy pitcher

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Just being topical because it’s the Mets but…

        #2 hitter= Alex Cora
        #5 hitter= Jacobs
        #6 hitter= Francoeur
        #7 hitter= Matthews Jr.

        I mean, come on…

      • bexarama

        Good point.

  • Poopy Pants

    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’.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    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
    /MSM’d

    • Across the pond

      Until K-Long teaches him how to!

    • http://thinkingoutsideofthebattersbox.blogspot.com/ W.W.J.M.D.

      +1. I appreciate lame humor.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Grandy man can!

  • JobaTheHeat62

    I love love love Granderson

  • Not The Rays

    Granderson fast

  • Slappy White

    Thats it Grandy has earned his pinstripes

  • Hughesus Christo

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

  • bexarama

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

  • Across the pond

    I blinked and thought that was AJ throwing the WP

  • danny

    hahahahahahah

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

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

    • Beef Hammerdong

      They play “Angels” baseball.

      ‘member that shit?

      Fuck outta here.

      • bexarama

        now it’s ~Rays baseball~ which apparently means Ben Zobrist bunting.

        • JobaTheHeat62

          if TEX ever bunts I will turn the game off

  • Beef Hammerdong

    Heads up, Grandelssohn.

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    Loved the overhead camera angle there.

  • charles poet

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

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Very poetic.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    Joba today, I would assume?

    • Across the pond

      This game needs some grunting and farting… so yes

    • http://thinkingoutsideofthebattersbox.blogspot.com/ W.W.J.M.D.

      Lets not count your lemons before there is lemonade.

    • Dave

      I sure hope so, he hasnt pitched in 5 days

  • JobaTheHeat62

    so does this count as good AJ?

    • bexarama

      shhhh.

    • http://thinkingoutsideofthebattersbox.blogspot.com/ W.W.J.M.D.

      I’d say quality AJ, having just 1 K with the stuff he has isn’t good enough.

  • JobaTheHeat62

    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

    • Across the pond

      I would give him my wallet to go buy a new one

    • Not The Rays

      I’d call his wife.

    • Poopy Pants

      I’d tell him not to smash it if he didn’t make ‘contact’.

  • Across the pond

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

  • JobaTheHeat62

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

  • danny

    wtf haha

  • Zack

    Domes. Fuck.

  • bexarama

    what the heck was that?

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    What the heck was that?

    • bexarama

      jinx

  • Slappy White

    What a fucking joke stadium/pinball machine

  • Devil In A Blue Cap

    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.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Worst stadium ever.

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    So, is there replay for balls hitting the dome?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      well, it is a boundary call…

    • Zack

      No, that slows the game too much.

      /west’d

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        New rule:

        No foul balls. That’ll speed the game up.

  • JobaTheHeat62

    what a dumbass stadium design

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Ugh, bullshit. POS stadium.

  • Devil In A Blue Cap

    Wow, this is totally ridiculous.

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

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

    -Joe West

  • Across the pond

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

  • JobaTheHeat62

    worst “hit” in the history of baseball

  • Yankee1010

    And Yankee Stadium is the joke, right Gammons?

  • V

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

    Can we PLEASE switch to robots? PLEASE?

    • Across the pond

      How does a robot know it hit that speaker though

      *runs and hides*

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        instant replay

      • V

        Duh! By using its laser vision eyes.

        • Across the pond

          Aaaahhh can I stop hiding now?

      • Poopy Pants

        Robots and speakers are cousins, so the robot would just ask the speaker ‘were you hit, cuz?’

  • Dave

    I’d characterize that as embarrassing and disgraceful.

  • Russell NY

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

  • JobaTheHeat62

    Please AJ stick it to these jokes of umpires

  • danny

    c’mon aj. just one more

  • JobaTheHeat62

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

  • Devil In A Blue Cap

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

    • Devil In A Blue Cap

      Yup.

  • Russell NY

    YES F*** THE RAYS!

  • Tom Zig

    what happened?

    • JobaTheHeat62

      Longoria hit a horrific foul ball into the rafters and somehow its considered a “hit”

  • pat

    Wooooot.

  • Ivan

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

    • Slappy White

      Its an aquarium

  • JobaTheHeat62

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

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      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

  • bexarama

    Heart attack over thank God.

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

  • Across the pond

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

    • Pat D

      /Hugh Casey’d

  • Beef Hammerdong

    B.J. v A.J.

    The Emu-faced gunslinger gets out of it.

    • Slappy White

      an insult to Emus everywhere

  • JobaTheHeat62

    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

    • Tom Zig

      That would be doing the Rays a favor. Just throw at Longoria.

      • JobaTheHeat62

        good point, but he did try to take out TEX earlier

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Pasta Diving Bartlett

    • Across the pond

      They dont say that for any other SS other than Jetes. Does my head in!

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

    Jeter gets a hit. Good for him.

  • bexarama

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

    • Pat D

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

    • Zack

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

      • JobaTheHeat62

        yea I love O’Neill tho

      • Pat D

        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

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

        • Zack

          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

            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.

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

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

    • Beef Hammerdong

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

  • bexarama

    BABIP really hates poor NJ

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I believe his babip is negative this year.

  • JobaTheHeat62

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

    • whozat

      No!

      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!

  • Dave

    Nicks hitting the ball hard at least

  • Across the pond

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

  • danny

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

  • JobaTheHeat62

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

    • Across the pond

      bring their payroll down to his years salary!

      • Not The Rays

        They’d either have to fold the team or accept that they play in an outdoor stadium.

        • Across the pond

          I vote outdoor

  • Accent Shallow

    Nicely done by his Rodness.

  • JobaTheHeat62

    love me some ALEX

  • Beef Hammerdong

    Alex in the clizzy!

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    Clutch.

  • Reggie C.

    AROD … the great doubles machine!!

  • bexarama

    I shall write a love letter to the Rays bullpen.

  • craggy (formerly crapula)

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

    • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

      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.

  • pat

    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.”

    • whozat

      It’s cool, Jeter and ARod are hard to tell apart.

      • bexarama

        I thought that was Cameron and Granderson

        • bexarama

          ;)

      • Pat D

        Especially with Jeter’s hairline beginning to recede.

  • Dave

    WOW @ Carl Crawford.

    • craggy (formerly crapula)

      robbing robbie

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

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

    • bexarama

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

    • Beef Hammerdong

      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.

      • bexarama

        heh. Good point…

  • JobaTheHeat62

    man so many ABs this season have been robbery

    • Hughesus Christo

      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.

      • bexarama

        I know what you mean but describing Matsui and Damon as aged garbage makes me shed a tear. ;_;

        • Hughesus Christo

          Or, if you prefer, the “antiques” in their outfield.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Johnny Damon would still be chasing that ball down.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      so would Matsui

    • Across the pond

      He’d still be throwing it to 2nd

  • craggy (formerly crapula)

    Who is pitching tuesday? Andy?

    • Poopy Pants

      i believe so, yes

    • Across the pond

      Yip

    • bexarama

      yep

    • pat

      Hooray!

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

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

    • Pat D

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I expect a ball in the ribs here.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Damn it.

      • Pat D

        AJ’s performance is shameful.

        Just because he didn’t plunk Burrell in the head.

        Meanwhile, Kay just said that Maddon instituted “The Rays Way” during spring training. Keep this up and he will be Mike Scioscia to me pretty soon.

        Meanwhile this game has shown the need for more instant replay, Joe West be damned.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

          I said ribs, not head. There is no reason to go feet high on a force play.

          • Pat D

            I know you said ribs.

            I wanted a kill shot.

            :)

    • Across the pond

      wow didnt think patsy could get off the ground

  • dkidd

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

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    “Well hit…but too high!”

    LMAO @ TBS Announcer

    • Pat D

      Who is TBS using? I’m now tempted to turn it on just to laugh.

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Too high? What does that mean, too high?

      Who gives a shit, it’s gone.

  • bexarama

    DID YOU JUST SAY HE CAUGHT IT ON A BOUNCE? I WILL KILL YOU. KILL.

    • Zack

      You’re not enjoying the human element of the game?

      /sarcasm

      • Pat D

        Human element arguers = lazy.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    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?

    • Poopy Pants

      He’s already taken in both of my fantasy leagues.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      If he grunts and farts out there he’s doomed.

  • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

    Bullshit ump.

  • Dave

    Fuckin umps.

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    That was a catch.

    http://tinyurl.com/robotumps

  • danny

    nice CATCH.

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

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

  • Across the pond

    Damn i thought grandy caught that

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      He did.

      • Across the pond

        baxtards.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    2nd bad call of the day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

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

    • Jack

      coughinstantreplaycough

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Rodriguez to Rodriguez.

    TBS Fail.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      They meant Sean Rodriguez hit it to A-Rod.

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Yeah, me fail.

        Though it was delayed, he did say it as A-Rod was already throwing the ball.

  • Dave

    Robinson Cano is ridiculously smooth at 2B

    • Across the pond

      Robinson Cano is ridiculously smooth lazy at 2B

      Fixed

    • Across the pond

      Oh swish you awesome human being you

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Umpires need to be fired.

  • Beef Hammerdong

    UMPS!

    HUH!

    WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR?

    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      GOOD GOD.

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        Say it again

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        SAY IT AGAIN Y’ALL

  • Slappy White

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

    • Beef Hammerdong

      Recently, there was a story in the news of a math teacher handing back failed papers to students with baseball umpiring applications attached to them.

    • Beef Hammerdong

      Just shakin’ the rust off. No biggie.

      • Beef Hammerdong

        Pardon me. Reply fail.

  • JobaTheHeat62

    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.

  • Salty Buggah

    Replay.Now.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

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

    • Yankee1010

      Nope. He’s too busy trying to ignore the embarrassing and pathetic umpiring.

    • bexarama

      He may have. They keep criticism of umpires pretty under wraps.

  • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

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

  • http://thinkingoutsideofthebattersbox.blogspot.com/ W.W.J.M.D.

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

  • dkidd

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

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Michale Kay needs a muzzle.

    • Joe West’s Sense of Self-Importance (formerly Not The Rays)

      …and a rabies shot

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Javy for Pena?

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

    Swish!

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    Nothing but net!

  • Accent Shallow

    Nick Swisher is good at baseball.

  • bexarama

    Wow Swisher like… flicked at that.

    Andy Sonnanstine ladies and gentlemen!

  • pat

    Swishie!!

  • craggy (formerly crapula)

    SWISHERLICIOUS

  • Reggie C.

    Swisher BOMB !

  • Zack

    BOMB

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    How as Sonnanstine had any success in the AL East?

    • bexarama

      Whenever he comes into a Yankee/Rays game, I get all excited

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Fergielicious!

    Wait…..what???

  • Dela G

    SWISHA!!!

  • Hughesus Christo

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

    wait…

    • Across the pond

      its the sideburns

  • JobaTheHeat62

    6 ER against the bullpen lol

    • bexarama

      5, I think. One was inherited

  • Joe West’s Sense of Selfi-Importance (formerly Not The Rays)

    Swish!!!

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

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

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I haven’t had any problems with the loading.

  • adeel

    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?

    • craggy (formerly crapula)

      talking about paul o’neill’s wife leaving him for Jon Bon Jovi.

  • craggy (formerly crapula)

    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.

  • pat

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

  • Pat D

    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)

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

  • Dela G

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

  • Hey ZZ

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

    • Poopy Pants

      It’s amazing/sad how much money the government wastes at every opportunity.

  • Bob Stone

    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.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      But golf is lame…

    • craggy (formerly crapula)

      Medication wearing off there Bob?

      • Bob Stone

        ietcvm

    • Across the pond

      Take that back!

    • bexarama

      I don’t think the comments here are overly negative, or maybe I’ve just read NYYFans too much. The umpiring is extremely annoying, though.

    • pat

      U see what happened to Mickleson?

      Crazy shit.

      http://deadspin.com/5514606/un.....sters-lead

      • Bob Stone

        No sympathy. It was Phil’s job to inspect the path of the ball to the cup and to remove any obstructions. That’s just part of the game.

        • pat

          Heh , but if flew into the path while he was in his backstroke!

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        That’s nuts.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Rays are locked into that lease until 2027! TWENTY TWENTY-SEVEN!!!!!

      • Across the pond

        17 more years of paltry payroll. awesome

      • Pat D

        No wonder they gave up the plans for that waterfront stadium with the huge sail out in right field. Those drawings looked amazing. Too bad for the team and their fans.

        (waiting for it…)

        • Bob Stone

          Beautiful place. I would have loved to have seen that.

      • Bob Stone

        Ridiculous. The place is an abortion. No wonder the Rays get no fan support with a great team. Average 16,000+ fans for a winning team is absurd.

  • Dave

    JOBA woot

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

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

    WHAT?!

  • pat

    Heh, Sterling just called Burnett our 2nd Ace.

  • pat

    Yay Joba.

  • danny

    but, what about the grunts an farts?

  • Bob Stone

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

  • http://thinkingoutsideofthebattersbox.blogspot.com/ W.W.J.M.D.

    Joba needs to stop shaking off Jorge and just pitch.

    • Marcos

      +62

  • bexarama

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

  • Pat D

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

  • JobaTheHeat62

    this is not what I expected to see from Joba today

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

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

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      But he’s a starter in the bullpen.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Maybe they’re just going to have him go 1 inning every five days just to stay in a routine. HE NEEDS ROUTINE, YOU KNOW!

  • Pat D

    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

      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

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

      • bexarama

        no kidding

        Best move ever: getting rid of the fugly original uniforms

      • Pat D

        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.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

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

    • Poopy Pants

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

  • bexarama

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

    That sounded scary off the bat.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      It looks like it says “Kayem” franks.

  • JobaTheHeat62

    come on Joba

  • Pat D

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

  • craggy (formerly crapula)

    Jubeezus

  • NYFan50

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

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Ooops. Throwing 95 to Upton.

      • pat

        Aaaaand it’s the 2nd week of the season.

  • Across the pond

    Was getting a bit worried there with Joba

  • JobaTheHeat62

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

  • craggy (formerly crapula)

    Nice. Let’s wrap this up.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    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.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Ok, well I’m up for other ideas, as well. You need SP and could use a MI, too. I’m deep in MI, SP.

      Toss me an idea if you have anything you think may be worthwhile. It may just be easier to e-mail me.

      jameskleimann@yahoo.com

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

    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.

  • dkidd

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

    /granderson still had the better day’d

    • bexarama

      didn’t they win on a walk-off wild pitch?

    • JobaTheHeat62

      and Phil Coke got the win haha

  • bexarama

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

    Hey Andy. *_*

    • JobaTheHeat62

      Roy Halladay in the NL is unfair

      • dkidd

        al >>>>> nl >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> aaa >>> astros

        • bexarama

          pretty much

  • JobaTheHeat62

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

  • Reggie C.

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

    • Pat D

      Also known as a Don Baylor home run.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

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

  • Joe West’s Sense of Self-Importance (formerly Not The Rays)

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

    • Pat D

      They should just start acting like The Four Hoursemen complete with the hand signal.

      /Ric Flair’d

      • dkidd

        tex = brett hart
        swisher = jim “the anvil” niedhart
        girardi = mouth of the south

        • Pat D

          Wrong stable.

          • Pat D

            Wait, sorry, re-read the names. That could work.

    • bexarama

      Perfectly stated.

      Andy can have more than my kidney.

  • dkidd

    girardi into the bullpen phone:

    release the kraken!!!

    • pat

      Haha.

    • bexarama

      haha! ietc.

    • JobaTheHeat62

      if i was a manager with a closer like MO, I would always call for him that way haha

    • heykelvinsays

      Haha, Epic.

  • http://twitter.com/YankeesGalaxy YankeesGalaxy

    EXIT LIGHT. ENTER NIGHT. ENTER SANDMAN.

  • Across the pond

    Why didn’t Mo bean him??

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Burrell just apologized to Teix.

    • Pat D

      I’d have slugged him.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        You’d get a 10-game suspension, too! VACATION TIME!

  • http://thinkingoutsideofthebattersbox.blogspot.com/ W.W.J.M.D.

    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.

  • bexarama

    Wow Navarro makes Posada look like Gardner

  • JobaTheHeat62

    wow Navarro might compete with Jorge as slowest baseball player

    • Across the pond

      it was just robbies lightning quick arm

    • whozat

      You have already forgotten Molina? And also, his brother Bengie?

    • Poopy Pants

      What about Granderson? Oops! I forgot he can run!

      - Paul O’Neil

  • Joe West’s Sense of Self-Importance (formerly Not The Rays)

    Chase Utley says Hello to Paulie

    • whozat

      He’s in the NL…weren’t they talking about AL?

      • Joe West’s Sense of Self-Importance (formerly Not The Rays)

        I thought he said “best second baseman in baseball” but I could be mistaken

        • whozat

          I thought he said “the league”

  • JobaTheHeat62

    Cano deserves a gold glove more than any player in baseball

    • pat

      I wouldn’t go that far.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      That’s absurd.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      that is so far from being true, considering the fact that neither Franklin Gutierez nor Chase Utley has one, and cano is an average defensive 2B

    • http://thinkingoutsideofthebattersbox.blogspot.com/ W.W.J.M.D.

      He’d be to lazy to pick it up so they would just give it to the next guy.

  • bexarama

    MARIANO WALKED SOMEONE PANIC PANIC PANIC ALERT PANIC!!!

    • bexarama

      and he made Bartlett look stupid. Mariano <333

    • Joe West’s Sense of Self-Importance (formerly Not The Rays)

      ….only to make quota for the first half.

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    ZOMG Mo walked somebody!!!11

  • MikeD

    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.

    • MikeD

      Meant to say, put him at second because of Jeter.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      i dunno. he’s got a good arm but his range is pretty iffy going to his left. He’d go pasta diving a LOT, minus the whole diving part, since he’s too lazy to actually dive.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Yes, he played SS in the minors but switched to 2nd full-time in 2003, between Hi-A and Double A.

  • Dela G

    yankees win!

  • dkidd

    solid road trip

    yanks look GOOD

    • MikeD

      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.

  • bexarama

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

    bexarama: very aroused.

    • http://thinkingoutsideofthebattersbox.blogspot.com/ W.W.J.M.D.

      every male must reply to this.

    • Joe West’s Sense of Self-Importance (formerly Not The Rays)

      I’ll be right over with my Andy mask.

  • Across the pond

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

    • Pat D

      On a Sunday?!?

      Oh, right, Ireland.

      • Across the pond

        Does it matter what day it is?

        • Pat D

          I suppose not. I’m just not a drinker, so I don’t get it at all.

        • Joe West’s Sense of Self-Importance (formerly Not The Rays)

          In some states, we have “blue laws”, which is what happens when your country is founded by Puritans.

          • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

            empty roads on Sundays are awesome

            -former resident of Bergen County

    • pat

      Sounds like a good day to me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Slainte.

    • MikeD

      Do the pubs close early in Ireland as they do in England, at 11? I’ll be visiting Ireland in the June/July time frame so need to plan my pub visits accordingly!

      • Across the pond

        Sunday and weekdays we close at 11.30. Friday/Saturday 12.30. England has 24 hour drinking in places. Something to do with the queen :)

        Im trying to explain baseball to my uneducated countrymen.

        Not easy.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    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.

    • Pat D

      They play the Phillies in the regular season. They don’t look like they’re going away.

      • bexarama

        I know what you mean but it’s just 3 games, not 18 like Sox/Rays.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    ELLSBURY JUST GOT HURT!!!!! O HAPPY DAY

    • Tom Swift

      That’s not the Yankee way, compadre.

      • Pat D

        Yea, and if you’re going to root for a Sox to get hurt, he’s about 7th or 8th most important guy on the roster.

        Though I will say I’d like to see Pedroia get maimed by a live animal, just like that scoreboard scene in The Naked Gun.

    • Jim S

      If we beat the Red Sox, I don’t want them to have any excuses a la injuries. I want to beat them straight up. Like we did at Fenway.

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        They don’t play the Sox again till mid May, so he’s got time to heal.

        • Jim S

          Rooting or cheering for injuries is bad form. Every single time.

          • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

            It is, and normally I wouldn’t wish injury on anybody. But I just hate the Red Sox so much. It’s the only franchise in sports (with the exception of the Eagles) that I would do that for.

      • poster

        …Nah, I just want to win. I don’t care how.

        • Jim S

          Eh. Agree to disagree.

    • WIlliam

      X-rays negative, only a day or 2 off at most.

  • RaysGrl

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