Game Ten: Lefty vs. lefty


Photo Credit: Peter Morgan, AP

ofAs the Angels head out of town with their halos between their legs, the Rangers come on in fresh off being shut down by Indians’ lefty David Huff yesterday. They’ll get another lefty tonight, though CC Sabathia and Huff are on opposite ends of the southpaw spectrum. The Yanks’ ace flirted with a no-hitter last time out, and has pleasantly avoided his typical April slump in the early going. He makes his first home start of the campaign tonight.

Opposing Sabathia tonight is starter turned middle reliever turned setup man turned closer turned setup man turned starter C.J. Wilson, who is one of the few professional athletes worth following on Twitter. He struck out nine in seven shutout innings against the Jays in his first start, but missed his last outing earlier this week with a stomach bug. Hopefully he’s a little off his game tonight. Here’s the starting nine…

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

And on the mound, Carsten Charles Sabathia.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and can be seen on YES. There’s some rain in the forecast, but it looks like there will be enough of a window to get this sucker in. Enjoy the game.

Update (10:14pm): The game has been called, so the Yankees win. Our regular recap will be along later tonight.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. 1) CJ Wilson once talked to me on Twitter. It was cool.

    2) I don’t want to see Florida ever again.

    3) I sat next to a total this-is-why-everyone-hates-yankee-fans-ass at last night’s game. He called Swisher a clown, said he didn’t belong on the team, that they should have resigned Abreu, and also called Jackie Robinson Day a joke.

    I wanted to smack him.

    And then I found out his friend was the guy that got kicked out of the stadium a few years ago for trying to go potty during God Bless America.

    Small world.

  2. AndrewYF says:

    Just so people don’t start freaking out about CC getting a personal catcher in Cervelli: it’s just how the schedule works out. It looks like Posada is set to rest again in 5 days – due to a day game after a night game – which is Sabathia’s start again. Still, I bet we hear rumblings about how much better Sabathia works with Cervelli, etc.

    • Hey ZZ says:

      Agree. No big deal here at all. When Cervelli plays CC is really the best guy for him to be paired up with anyway. Frankie weakens the lineup and CC gives up the least amount of runs.

  3. poster says:

    Can we really say he’s avoided his early slump yet? He’s had one great start and one bad one. Two bad starts in a row and it’s another slow start for CC.

  4. Do you think Nolan Ryan throws up in his mouth a little everytime he hears how Girardi would have taken CC out if he had a no-hitter through 8 because his pitch count was at 110?

  5. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    The Yanks are really pushing Marcus Thames…He has played a ton, I guess the bat has not been awful, but the defense…yikes…is it crazy to DH Thames, and let Nick Johnson play the field? Wasn’t he a decent OFer??? I guess the risk of injury isn’t worth it tho

  6. Sean Serritella says:

    Come on! I’m psyched for this game!!

  7. Mike HC says:

    Swisher is cracking me up.

  8. Hey ZZ says:

    Swisher pimpin himself for the gig as Chipotle’s spokesman

  9. The Sheepmeister says:

    I wonder if anyone talks about CJ Wilson being a starter now after being a reliever.

  10. That should be an error.

  11. 1. Great power by Hamilton.
    2. Thames looked very lost on that play.

  12. I can has strikeout, pleez?

  13. daneptizl says:

    Little leaguers field better than Thames. Thames is just terrible out there.

    • James says:

      doubt even Gardner gets to that hamilton ball.

      • He likely would’ve played it better off the wall, though. Then again, a squirrel could’ve.

      • daneptizl says:

        I’m not saying he should have gotten to it…. but he could look like he has an idea where to go to be around the ball. He’s just bouncing around out there.

      • Hey ZZ says:

        That ball was not hit very hard. It was hanging up there but Thames stumbled around for 5 seconds before knowing what to do. Gardner makes that catch at the wall.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          Not even close. He would have been about ten feet closer, and still about 20 feet away.

          • Hey ZZ says:

            We are going to have to disagree here.

            When I watched the play in real time I definitely thought it hung up long enough for Gardner to catch. Also, Thames was so far away from catching it because he got a really poor read off the bat. Maybe it was the wind, but he did not look like he had any idea where the ball was going until it hit the wall. Gonna have to watch the highlight after the game.

  14. Hey ZZ says:

    Glad Thames is in LF.

    It is not like he has cost the team a run everytime he has been out there or anything…

  15. Crunchy Frog says:

    Perfect Game, No-hitter, Shoutout, all gone. At least the important result is still within reach.

  16. James says:

    my god…is it going to be like this all the time with the Thames hate?

    ::Player hits HR while Thames is in LF::

    “ZOMG Gardner could have caught that. Damn You Marcus Thames!!!11!1″

  17. Great pitch to end an inning that could’ve been a lot worse. Let’s get the run back, offense!

  18. Quietest 10 game hit streak ever.

  19. Jose says:

    Joaquin Arias? It has been a long time old friend.

  20. Crunchy Frog says:

    Gameday has every one of the pitches to Johnson as strikes on the black.

  21. Joe D. says:

    Walk #11. In Game #10. I (heart) Nick Johnson.

  22. bexarama says:

    Poor Teixeira

  23. Conchobar says:

    Thanks, Teagarden!

  24. Is it just me or does Teagarden sound like a made up name?

  25. WIlliam says:

    Tie game baby!

  26. Wow, look at that. An umpire doing his job properly.

  27. Has anyone seen how Grandy responded to the roll call?

  28. Hey ZZ says:

    NJ is really fun to watch. I am so calm when he is up to bat because there is just such a good chance he gets on base.

  29. Am I the only one who is concerned that Alex is going to clock someone with his bat when he flips it after he walks?

  30. WIlliam says:

    WHat are some serious NJ walk projections. He seems to be going towards 200.

  31. bexarama says:

    I’m really amazed they’re playing. This weather is teh crap.

  32. Drew says:

    OH MY GOD. Kay, enough with the fucking Girardi CC thing. Holy shit. Where is the off button on this moron!?

  33. There’s the Chris Davis we all know.

  34. @OldHossRadbourn is at the Yankee game. That narrows his true identity down to just 49,000 people.


  35. bexarama says:

    Texas’ catchers have cool names. Taylor Teagarden. Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

  36. Mike Axisa says:

    CC don’t need no stinkin’ defense.

  37. The woman in that American Airlines ad really over pronounces her T’s. It annoys me.

  38. bexarama says:

    I am mildly confused by this “Segment 2″ thing. Like, is there a Segment 1?

    • baravelli says:

      Yeah, segments are just pieces of the broadcast between commercials, and that’s the second one. They’re just trying to give it a snappy name – sorta like “Page 3.”

      • bexarama says:

        ohhhh, I get it now – it’s the second “segment” of the show. Thanks. That was helpful, actually. I assumed “Segment 1″ was some mysterious thing that existed in a purely theoretical void

  39. Why wasn’t Jon Rauch included in the text poll?

  40. BABIP hates Swisher right now.

  41. Drew says:

    Swish hammered the ball yesterday and his first AB today.

  42. Hey ZZ says:

    Nick does not have lady luck on his side his last few at bats.

  43. Mike Axisa says:

    Oof, Thames turned towards second there. He’s lucky they didn’t tag him.

  44. bexarama says:

    High socks (NOT PANTS) are NEVER a bad thing and every Yankee should wear them.

  45. Drew says:

    I envision hell as a dark empty room in which I am forced to wear headphones that play a 24/7 loop of Kay and Flash talking.

  46. There is no player-analyst who talks about his career more than Flaherty. The ironic thing is that, of all the ex players on YES, he had, by far, the worst career.

  47. No live chat, guys? WHY DON’T YOU CARE ABOUT US?!

  48. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    nothing like John Flaherty highlights

  49. Crunchy Frog says:

    Serious question..

    How many career ABs does it take to no longer consider it a SSS? Obviously there isn’t an exact answer, but an educational guess would do.

  50. Brook Logan? Really, Kim?

  51. Pay. Attention. To. The. Game. Please.

  52. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    god I love CC being on this team lol

  53. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    wow 6Ks in a row

  54. James says:

    A single for Thames? ummm…ok.

  55. Rogue Trader says:

    Nice i saw RAB on my tv

  56. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Joba for CJ Wilson…Do you do the trade?

  57. Hummingbird S. says:

    awful swing captain

  58. bexarama says:

    oh dear

  59. Fuck, the absolute last guy you want hbp.

  60. Andy_C_23 says:

    Have fun on the DL Nick

  61. Mike Axisa says:

    Nick Johnson didn’t work the count there. I’m disappointed.

  62. Hummingbird S. says:

    I can’t wait for april to be over so we can have Tex back.

  63. Ok kids, dinner time. You all enjoy the pummeling that will soon ensue.

  64. bexarama says:

    Nick Johnson… attempted stolen base……… what……….

  65. He looked safe in real time and was absolutely safe on the replay. http://tinyurl.com/robotumps

  66. WIlliam says:

    The only thing weirder than NJ stealing is NJ stealing and being safe.

  67. Manimal says:

    Funky slide by Johnson… he was safe!

  68. Drew says:

    Safe? Out? Who cares? It’s the human element!

  69. Jose says:

    I can only think of Arod on the trivia. Anyone got any other guesses?

  70. Alex S says:

    wow, CC is a classy guy

  71. Re: Johnson:

    Robo umps?

  72. Mike Axisa says:

    CC = cruise control

  73. Manimal says:

    Does anyone with MLB “At-Bat”(the pay-only souped up version of gameday) know how they calculate the “Nasty Factor”? I’m guessing its some formula of pitch type, velocity,and x and y movement.

  74. WIlliam says:

    CC’s stuff is filthy tonight, even more so than usual.

  75. Crunchy Frog says:

    Hey, I was right.

    DYK Ron Davis holds the Yankee record for consecutive K’s, with 8?

  76. That Howard answer is misleading. Both times he led in HRs, 68 and 70, the team was in Washington, not known as the Rangers.

  77. WIlliam says:

    A-rod needs to hit a Home Run soon.

  78. bexarama says:

    reliever mentality… but he’s starting… mind… explode-y…

  79. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    CJ Wilson loves the HBP

  80. WIlliam says:

    I love you Kendry Morales, my fantasy team is being carried by you.

  81. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    AROD learned alot from Kate Hudson in the acting department lol

  82. Mike Axisa says:

    Man, they’re off to the races in Boston.

  83. John Flaherty has obviously never seen A. J. Pierzynski pretend to be hit.

  84. Swisher bunting makes me so fucking angry. STOP.

  85. bexarama says:


  86. WIlliam says:

    Weird, Swish looked really young from the shot of him bunting, I don’t know why.

  87. bexarama says:

    Obligatory shot of Andy in the dugout to make bexy happy.

  88. WIlliam says:

    Apparently hitting the batter isn’t the pitcher’s fault.

  89. James says:

    I can has Grand Slam, Marcus?

  90. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    one granny here and Thames have the lock on his job against lefty for rest of the season.

  91. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    we kick ass with the bases loaded

  92. WIlliam says:

    Uhg, I hate bad calls.

  93. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    I really wanna see a GRanderslam this year

  94. Reggie C. says:

    Wow. Somebody review that foul ball call!

  95. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    damn umpires

  96. WIlliam says:

    Soooo close.

  97. Where did that 0-2 pitch miss? Wow. Maaaaaaybe a bit high, maaaaaaaybe a bit outside.

  98. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Thank god for bad defense

  99. bexarama says:

    Well that was exciting

    Good God, Rangers defense.

  100. Texas has given the Yankees all three runs tonight. That’s a very bad play by Davis; he’s gotta just go to first on that.

  101. Reggie C. says:

    Heh. That was a weird way to score 2 run.

    I thought Ron Washington stressed the fundamentals…

  102. WIlliam says:

    Is their some sort of penalty for pegging the batter?

  103. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    How can ya not like Cervelli?

  104. Reggie C. says:

    A Cervellian hit.

  105. Vinny the Bull says:


  106. Jose Ramirez has 7 strikeouts in 3 innings so far tonight.

  107. bexarama says:

    Mike Maddux looks nothing like his brother.

  108. Jose says:

    I’m no meteorologist, but that looks bad.

  109. WIlliam says:

    You’ve been cerved.

  110. WIlliam says:

    Logan isn’t just a lefty specialist? DId the Yankees see his splits versus righties last year?

  111. That pitch was called a ball to Granderson.

  112. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    Mr. Michael Fkin Kay..Yankees batter doesn’t care about weather when he hits and neither does their pitcher when throwing the pitch. In span of 4 innings you have tried to connect both the things and it doesn’t make anysense.

  113. James says:

    Dear Reebok,

    Americans HATE Sidney Crosby.


  114. bexarama says:

    nice play Adrian

  115. Double play ball, please.

  116. Brad Toughy says:

    Melky with a dribbler to the pitcher for a infield hit! Average up over .100

  117. Mike Axisa says:

    CC Sabathia has thrown nine balls tonight. Nine!

  118. Reggie C. says:


    why does this name look familiar?

  119. ZZ is rolling like a barrel down a hill.

  120. bexarama says:

    wtf is Elvis Andrus doing in the box? Dancing?

  121. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    that was one of Kay’s worst lines ever

  122. Skies may open now.

    -Melvin Croussett

  123. WIlliam says:

    It figures that in a game against the Rangers the weather is more of a nemesis than the actual team.

  124. bexarama says:

    My mom has officially declared that Teixeira just isn’t trying

  125. 38% think Rodney will remain the Angels’ closer after Fuentes gets back?

  126. So they’re definitely not gonna even attempt to have Feliz start? I know many thought the ‘pen would be his ultimate destination, but they’re not even gonna try?

  127. bexarama says:

    Cardinals have Mets disease. Wow.

  128. Charleston Riverdogs guessing game. You get 3 hints. One in the 2nd inning, one in the 5th and one in the 8th. Tonight’s answer is a “former Riverdog”.
    Tonight, first hint, “#1 prospect”. Second hint, “catcher”. I guess I’m going to have to wait until the 8th inning to figure this one out.

  129. WIlliam says:

    And he stilll gets a strike.

  130. bexarama says:

    Can we just call the game already?

  131. My fantasy team has no problem scoring runs (23, second in the league this week) but it seems to be allergic to RBIs (12).

  132. Apparently the Yankees don’t recognize that value…


  133. dkidd says:

    someday a real rain will come along and wash all the scum off the street


    someday a real rain will come along and wash all my vomit off the seat

    /phillies phan’d

  134. bexarama says:

    is that a “STE-ROIDS” chant? o_O

  135. I miss Vlad’s hair.

  136. Brad Toughy says:

    Screw V-Mart, sign Jason Varitek long term!

  137. /defying the scouting reports

  138. Dela G says:

    i’m lovin this thames experiment if he keeps on hittin

  139. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    the way Thames is swinging the bat its hard not to argue with Girardi so far.

  140. James says:

    Great move, Joe.

  141. bexarama says:

    Gardner’s in the game, can we all relax now

  142. Marcus Thames is teh, how do you spell it, “Sux0r”?

  143. Kind of sad that the http://www.riverdogs.com internet broadcast has absolutely no sponsors. In between innings you hear sounds from the park.

  144. Why hasn’t Wilson thrown over?

  145. At least he made Wilson work.

  146. I’ll be there tomorrow, sect. 332B–anyone else going?

    • bexarama says:

      I feel like I should be there. I was there for AJ pitching against Texas twice last year out of… four total times at the Stadium. Go figure.

      Damn, Gardy, you’s fast.

      • In 2007, I saw like…four Kei Igawa games.

        • bexarama says:

          I would give you a sympathy hug if I was there. My mom went to Opening Day 2007 and tried to lead a “This is bullshit! We want Pettitte!” chant in her part of the stands (Pavano was starting), which is awesome. She also saw a lot of Moose starts (remember, Moose ’07 was awful).

  147. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    wow Gardner beats the pitchout

  148. Brett says ‘Fuck your pitchout.”

  149. Dela G says:

    gardy is too fast!

  150. bexarama says:

    Not gonna be in much longer? But teh Nolan Ryan!

  151. Great throw by Andrus.

  152. Cerve showing off the wheeeels.

  153. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Posada would have maybe been half way up the line

  154. If they call that a hit, that’s ridiculous.

  155. bexarama says:

    Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the crappy defense

  156. Dela G says:

    wow fail by the rangers

  157. pete says:

    derek grounding to short again…

  158. There’s no way they come out for the seventh, right?

  159. YOU DOWN WITH OBP !?! says:

    CG for CC

  160. bexarama says:

    With the rain delay, let me just say that Oliver Perez wearing #46 is a horrible taint to all lefty New York pitchers wearing #46 >:(

  161. Beef Hammerdong says:

    Once again the Gods spread the cheeks to ram cock in fucking ass!

    Patiently waiting for the Spartacus season finale @ 10PM.

  162. No way CC goes back out after the delay, right?

  163. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    how the fuck does varitek have 3 HRs??????

  164. Accent Shallow says:

    I do not avoid women, Mandrake. But I do deny them my essence.

  165. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    in fantasy i traded polanco and liriano for javy and hughes…I hope I was just selling high, and not in fact screwing myself.

  166. EB says:

    I have seen 3 yankees games in my life (I Live in Australia). Two of them were started by Igawa and Ponson…

  167. The Rays have to go to the pen in the 6th against the Red Sox tied 1-1. No chance in hell they can win this game.

  168. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Varitek has more homers than Teix and A-Rod combined. :(

  169. Jose says:

    Halladay continues to devastate. I really thought people were having way too high of expectations. I may end up eating my shoe.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      I think you’ll be right in the end. He’s a great pitcher, but he’s not Gibson v.1968, Koufax v.1965, Pedro v.1999, etc.

      • bexarama says:

        He’s not but he’s a ridiculously good SP, possibly the best in the game right now, who’s been on a pretty poor team for years, facing the Yankees, Red Sox, and newly excellent Rays a bunch of times. Now he’s going to an excellent team in a far inferior league.

        I know 20 wins is a lot and pitcher wins are a dumb stat, but I would be mildly surprised if he didn’t have 20 wins at the end of the year.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Well of course not but he’s still really really good. He had a 3.00 FIP playing in the AL East! And unfortunately he was on the Jays and pitched against the Yanks, Sox and Rays a lot.

        NL East should be child’s play. 20+ wins isn’t too unrealistic. A sub 3 ERA isn’t either.

    • Brad Toughy says:

      I’m quite relieved that the Yanks don’t have to face him 4-5 times a year.

  170. Chris Carpenter’s hook is fucking filthy.

  171. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    sucks there is a rain delay…I bet CC would have gone the distance, his pitch count was looking very good.

  172. Hahaha. Squirrel Face thinks he’s fast. What. A. Douche.

  173. bexarama says:

    The Mets booth is so confused that Ollie is pitching well up to now.

  174. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Hahaha Ortiz finally delivers with RISP and Youkilis gets thrown out at the plate. LMAO

  175. Ouch. Mike Cameron might have a kidney stone.

  176. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Power Rankings already? Seesh.


    Yankees 5th because of a bad Teix and Javy. Phillies are first. Giants are ahead of them too. Heh. If those teams played the Sox, Rays and Angels for 3 straight series I wonder if they would do just as good. Doubt it though.

  177. Lol the Angels are about to lose a six run lead.

  178. WIlliam says:

    I’m conflicted between wanting to see the Angles loose and wanting to see Toronto give sole posession of the AL East lead to the Yankees.

  179. bexarama says:

    Mets broadcasters are obsessed with Jeff Francoeur. I can’t decide whether he’s really really cute or too stupid-looking and dumb to be cute.

  180. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Jay-Z suing Ortiz? Maybe he really does have a passion for the Yanks.

  181. bexarama says:

    Do I want to watch the Rays’ bullpen against the middle of the Red Sox order in a tie game? I feel like this could be very ugly

  182. This rain delay is pathetic and embarassing.

    /Joe West’d

  183. bexarama says:

    Yo Phillies bullpen don’t eff it up for Halladay thanks

  184. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Damn they won already…

  185. bexarama says:

    Yaaay Yankees :D

  186. Justin Beaver says:

    Does that count as a complete game win for CC?

  187. NBA cap will be $56 million. That is unbelievably huge for the Knicks, who can now pay for two max FA’s and even have a bit left over.

    Thank Mo for that.

  188. Brad Toughy says:

    CC with the CG win, lol.

  189. WIlliam says:

    A 73 pitch complete game! That takes some skill. On another note, the Yankees are officially in sole possession of 1st place in the AL East and are tied with Minnesota for the best record in the AL.

  190. Justin Beaver says:

    Would have loved to see more of CC (damn, the rain. sigh.) as he was utterly vicious tonight. 6 innings, 9ks, using only 73 pitches, throwing only 15(!!) balls. That’s gangsta right there.

    Oh well, a win is a win. Let’s get ‘em again tomorrow. Go AJ!

  191. ecksodia says:

    Damn this internet connection. Wasn’t able to watch the game ugh. Missed CC’s masterful performance.

  192. bexarama says:

    The Mets.

    (astonished stare)

  193. YankeeJosh says:

    I get that it doesn’t make economic sense from a “gate” perspective to have built Yankee Stadium with a retractable roof? But how about in terms of protecting investments? I cringed when I saw CC slip on the mound. Does it really make sense for the Yankees to risk the health of some very expensive players playing in sub-par conditions?

    Just something that crossed my mind tonight.

  194. WIlliam says:

    aaand the Mets lose. Shocking.

  195. Tom Zig says:

    To piggy-back on what someone said earlier about Nick Johnson having more walks than the Astros:

    Nick Johnson: 11 BBs in 44 PAs
    Houston Astros: 8 BBs in 345 PAs

  196. Poopy Pants says:

    MLB Network is showing how CJ Wilson got squeezed by the umps tonight.
    CJ is on and talking about it, too.

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