Game 48: Back home


Do the Yankees have a little Captain in them? (Photo Credit: Craig Lassig, AP)

Hopefully some home cooking will wake the offense up. That and the short porch, anyway. The Indians have the third worst record in baseball at 17-28, which tends to happen when your pitching staff has the game’s second worst xFIP at 4.79. Offensively, if the Yanks manage to contain Austin Kearns and Shin-Shoo Choo, they should be in the clear. Hopefully our boy Shelley Duncan gets some playing time. I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing him hit one out as long as the Yanks have the lead and are firmly in control.

Here’s the Alex Rodriguez-less lineup…

Jeter, SS
Granderson, CF – good to see him back
Teixeira, 1B
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Miranda, DH
Gardner, LF
Pena, 3B
Moeller, C – hooray for Frankie Cervelli finally getting a day off

And on the mound, St. Phil.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET, and can seen on YES. Enjoy the game.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Dela G says:

    that photo is geico money

    get em yanks

  2. You know, this time last year, if CanĂ³ was hitting cleanup, we would have killed Girardi.

  3. Lets go Yanks, knock the Indians out early. I’m saying 7-1, with Hughes going 7 innings for the win. Cano and Miranda go deep, Gardner swipes a base.

  4. Harold Moskowitz says:

    Captain Morgan dude for Javy?

  5. Frittoman626 says:

    Feel sorry for Winn, but not surprised. GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!

  6. Andy_C_23 says:

    Bold prediction: Granderson hits a homer tonight

  7. Drew says:

    Dressing up as a drunken pirate and get on the field at MLB games.


  8. Dela G says:

    k-long on the radio just says he likes gardner further down the order where he can do more damage. I like that idea and hope they stick with it

  9. Trish says:

    Nick Swisher just officially went Hollywood—he and Joanna Garcia are engaged. It’s in People and everything.,,20389624,00.html

  10. Andy_C_23 says:

    Let’s get it on bitches!!!!

  11. Mike Axisa says:

    Oof. T’was a mighty fine curve.

  12. baravelli says:

    So, which is more annoying: O’Neill constantly saying “again” in front of things that he hasn’t said before, or Leiter saying “also too” every third sentence?

  13. Carlosologist says:

    Damn. Paint on the corner.

  14. Dela G says:

    got em

  15. FIPster Doofus says:

    Hell of a start to this one

  16. Carlosologist says:


  17. Dela G says:

    impressive inning!

  18. Mike Axisa says:

    Phil Hughes is a bad man.

  19. Hummingbird S. says:

    Strikes out the side! Great start

  20. Cecala says:

    I really really hope there is not a bench clearing brawl with Shelley on the Indians.

  21. Hummingbird S. says:

    welcome back Curtis… please stay healthy now

  22. mike c says:

    have teams always been playing tex with that shift or is that a newer thing?

  23. W.W.J.M.D. says:

    Give Cervelli 2 days off? I don’t see why. I would understand if he got tomorrow with how much he has been used and day game after night game happening but whatever. Just complaining about something not that important unless Moeller ruins a rally or something.

  24. bexarama says:

    What a weird text poll.

  25. Dela G says:

    i voted for will smith day

  26. Accent Shallow says:

    Very unenthusiastic strike call.

    And Austin Kearns is batting cleanup?!

  27. Dela G says:

    4 outs


  28. Andy_C_23 says:

    Phil Hughes: wheeling and/or dealing

  29. Sheepmeister says:

    is it too soon to talk about the ultimate perfect game, 27 up, 27 k’d

  30. Accent Shallow says:

    My feelings towards Russell Branyan are more or less “abject terror”

  31. Drew says:

    O/U 26K’s?

  32. Dela G says:



  33. Carlosologist says:

    Holy shit. Hughes is just being unfair at this point.

  34. Drew says:


  35. Dela G says:

    finally, a non K out

    i love this pitching

  36. Accent Shallow says:

    I really didn’t like Hughes throwing a cutter over a changeup as his third pitch when they first started talking about that, but it’s freaking nasty when he executes it.

  37. bexarama says:

    Not saying anything original here but HUUUUUUUGHES!

  38. baravelli says:

    Is anybody else ready to strangle Sid the Science Kid?

  39. Drew says:

    lol at robbies celebration

  40. FIPster Doofus says:

    He was out

  41. Dela G says:

    haha he was out by like 2 steps

  42. Hummingbird S. says:

    I think he was out

  43. bexarama says:

    So lazy!!!

    He was also comically out.

  44. Accent Shallow says:

    What an awful call, but I won’t complain too much.

  45. Dela G says:

    looks like another bucknor making an error near first base

  46. FIPster Doofus says:


  47. Dela G says:


  48. Accent Shallow says:

    <3 Swish <3

  49. Hummingbird S. says:


  50. Kristen says:

    Nick Swisher’s having a good day, eh?

  51. Reggie C. says:


  52. Carlosologist says:

    Monster shot for Swish. Absolutely insane.

  53. CNight_UP says:


  54. bexarama says:

    Laughing at how comically huge that HR was and also how out Cano was.

  55. W.W.J.M.D. says:

    Kerry Wood and Clemens hold the record for 20 K’s in a 9 inning game. Maybe getting ahead of myself, but I’m thinking Phil is looking like he has a good chance at getting there.

  56. Dela G says:

    yay the lineup is producing!

  57. Dela G says:

    hahaha frankie and swish

  58. Accent Shallow says:

    I’d rather have Winn than Pena. Ick.

  59. A.Hinds says:

    hey. off topic but Jose Lima died. wtf???

  60. baravelli says:

    Do you think Kay gets annoyed whenever Jack Curry or Kim Jones winds up having to call the play-by-play for something that happens during their on-field segments?

  61. bexarama says:

    Hahaha they’re making Jack Curry do these sideline reports now. Bet no one eats his pork chop.

  62. Hummingbird S. says:

    bad curve…

  63. Andy_C_23 says:

    A double? Hughes sucks, DFA his bitch ass!!!!

    J/K, obvi

  64. bexarama says:

    Shattered forearm.


  65. Hummingbird S. says:

    ugly injury there… poor Cabrera

  66. Dela G says:

    tex is like a hungry hungry hippo

  67. A.Hinds says:

    what ever happened to split fingered fast balls? it seemed like only people who threw them were clemens and red light (shilling) now i cant think of anyone who throws a split. does it mess up your arm or something?

  68. bexarama says:

    Ugh blah thought that was gone and would have been amused and happy.

  69. I pulled a DJ tonight–4 grounders to short; one was an IF hit and I scored three times.

  70. Dela G says:

    damn juuuuuuust missed it

  71. Obviously I’m late, but it’s absolutely great to see Curtis back in the lineup.

  72. Dela G says:

    attaboy texy

  73. I’m having flashbacks to Giambi vs. the O’s.

  74. bexarama says:

    A hit! By Tex!!!

  75. Hummingbird S. says:

    F you shift!

  76. BigBlueAL says:

    Tex finally beginning to make solid contact.

  77. Carlosologist says:

    Yay Tex got a hit. More importantly, C-Grand went first to third without a limp.

  78. A.Hinds says:

    the problem with split-fingered fast balls. i did some research the on the split, it puts pressure on the wrist or some shit ,

  79. Mike Axisa says:

    Trivia answer = Indians?

  80. MikeD says:

    The Yankees in 1923?

  81. Is Choo the most underrated player in baseball?

  82. bexarama says:

    My guess for the trivia question is the Mariners at Safeco. But it’s probably the Indians at Jacobs/Progressive because they are playing the Indians.

  83. Hummingbird S. says:

    they are sitting on the fastball, hughes has to be able to throw his curve

  84. BigBlueAL says:

    If Thames was playing LF everybody would be killing him for not getting to the 2 balls Gardner didnt get to this inning even though they were smoked.

  85. Carlosologist says:

    Nasty curve.

  86. Hummingbird S. says:

    Nice… Very Nice!

  87. bonestock94 says:

    Dammit, why am I getting blue screen of death whenever I run for extended periods of time. This blows…

    • radnom says:


      What, are you running Windows 95?

      • bonestock94 says:

        Vista, been running it since 1/2007 and it’s been dead reliable until the past few weeks. Seems to happen with video intensive stuff, updated the video card drive to no avail.

        • radnom says:

          Could be a hardware issue at that point. I didn’t think the BSOD exsisted in XP/Vista but according to wikipedia I’m wrong.
          I haven’t seen one since 95 myself.

          • bonestock94 says:

            Oh yea, got it regularly on XP. Shit was buggy as hell for me. Vista’s been nice, at least till now.

            • Mike Axisa says:

              I got the BSOD on Vista and it was unrepairable. The Dell people said the only thing I could so was wipe my entire hard drive clean, then install XP. So I run that now, and haven’t had a (major) problem.

              • bonestock94 says:

                Wow, I heard so much bad stuff about Vista but I was lucky. I never had a thing since I built my computer. Now this is annoying me, hopefully I can solve it.

                • radnom says:

                  A lot of the bad press about Vista is from when it first came out, there were a ton of hardware/driver incompatibilities that screwed over a bunch of people. I’ve never had a problem with it either.

  88. Reggie C. says:

    Who is Joanna Garcia and is she hot?

  89. ZZ says:

    Moeller catching Hughes is a better fit than Cervelli.

    The pitch selection is much improved.

    • radnom says:

      It might be an adjustment based on last game and have nothing to do with the catcher. Who knows?

      • ZZ says:

        I have never been a fan of Cervelli catching Hughes. He is much too inexperienced back there to be handling him.

        I’m sure adjustments were made with Eiland, but I feel much more comfortable with Moeller making in game adjustments if Phil falls into bad habits.

        • radnom says:

          That is a legitimate opinion, and I might agree although I don’t think it matters too much.

          I’m of the opinion though that they probably redrew a game plan for Hughes after his pitch selection last game.
          Impossible for us to know for sure from where we are sitting.

  90. MikeD says:

    Jim Edmonds-like.

  91. Hummingbird S. says:

    Damn, nice play.

  92. bonestock94 says:

    Can’t get too mad at that, nice play

  93. pat says:

    I’m not even mad, that was amazing.

  94. Dela G says:

    ha donald does look like biggio

  95. bexarama says:

    Yuni Betancourt with a GS against the Red Sox.

  96. Dela G says:

    aight grandy, maybe you can continue the rally

  97. Hummingbird S. says:

    CB helping us out tonight

  98. Dela G says:

    hahahaha the sox are losing 9-5 to the royals, mid 4

    tim wakefield’s line?

    3.2 IP 12H 9 ER 3BB 1 Grand Salami

  99. BigBlueAL says:

    Hitting woes w/RISP continue.

  100. Dela G says:

    man hafner has looked bad against hughes tonight

    *hopes not to jinx

  101. Reggie C. says:

    I’m sure Hughes would really appreciate a couple more runs of support. Kearns just missed tying the game right there.

  102. Melvin Returns! Tomorrow. I’m so excited.

  103. Pete says:

    Just saw the replay of the Crowe catch…oh my god.

    • Zooboy says:

      Miranda looked like Crowe stole his milk money.

    • baravelli says:

      It’s always a little surprising to me that Willie Mays’ famous “Catch” to rob Vic Wertz has stood the test of time so well, when it seems like more impressive plays are made all the time nowadays. Not to take anything away from Willie, obviously, but I wonder if maybe the level of play really has gone up all around. I mean, Crowe did just what Mays did, but he also laid out straight away from the plate – incredible!

      • Accent Shallow says:

        No, Crowe didn’t do what Mays did. Mays was 450+ feet from the plate, and then turned around and threw in to prevent the runner from scoring.

  104. Dela G says:

    is kay on drugs?


    • Pete says:

      haha seriously. That’s like taking Hughes over Felix. Take of the goggles, Mike.

    • ecksodia says:

      He said something about the hip injury worrying him long term, so at least he didn’t say Cano’s better than Utley straight up.

      • Pete says:

        sure, but you’re talking about a guy whose offensive production would be good-great at any position on the diamond, and the guy you’re talking about is one of the absolute best defenders in the league at 2B.

        • ecksodia says:

          Oh, I’m not saying he’s right; just saying that it’s not as bad as saying straight up that you’d take Cano over Utley.

  105. pat says:

    Lets score some fucking runs.

  106. ecksodia says:

    Guys, did they just compare picking between Utley and Cano to picking between Magic and Bird?!


  107. Dela G says:

    yay free run!

  108. Harold Moskowitz says:


  109. Dela G says:

    finally some good hittin

    good job gritster

  110. Andy_C_23 says:

    I like this Carmona fellow

  111. Dela G says:

    man pena has little plate discipline… ha

  112. Right now every game in the Yankees system is in the bottom of the 6th.

  113. bexarama says:

    2007 ALDS Game 2 = maaaaaaybe the most frustrating game I’ve ever watched.

    • Dela G says:

      game 6 of the ALCS in 2004 was mine. they should’ve beat schilling

      at least i think it was game 6

      • bexarama says:

        It was. My mom was there :| She had absolutely no idea what happened with the A-Rod slap play until she got home, and then she was like MEGA FACE PALM.

        • Dela G says:

          man i still wish A-rod never did that slap. i always wondered what the heck he was thinking during that play… haha

    • Pete says:

      carmona was friggin amazing that night though. perfectly spotted 97 mph sinkers with crazy lateral and vertical movement? no chance, really

      • bexarama says:

        Not because of Carmona – he was fucking ridiculously awesome that night indeed. You just have to tip your hat sometimes.

        But damn, the rest of that game… I just remember there was an inning where Grady led off with a triple, and then Pettitte was facing the heart of the Indians order, and that triple didn’t score. It was really amazing pitching by Andy. I was SO psyched. And then… everything else happened.

  114. AJ says:

    Mattingly! I thought I told you to trim those sideburns!

  115. pat says:

    Make em work Ramiro.

  116. Pete says:

    god i hate the wave

  117. A.Hinds says:

    love the wave during his k

  118. Dela G says:

    boy branyon loves to kill at this stadium

  119. Reggie C. says:

    Heh. Good thing we got the tack-on runs.

  120. Hummingbird S. says:

    Good thing we got those 2 runs last inning

  121. Dela G says:

    that curve was FILTHY!

  122. ZZ says:

    Given the result of Pena’s at bat (an out) seeing 11 pitches is great.

    But, that really was an unimpressive at bat. The pitches he was fouling off were very hittable.

    Given that so many of them were up in the zone, it was a pretty bad job he did not get the ball to the outfield.

  123. Don’t nibble, Phil. It’s your last batter; just go at him.

  124. Dela G says:

    man bucknor has been damn generous tonight

  125. bexarama says:

    CB Bucknor wants us to win this game I think

  126. MrJigginz says:

    C.B. Buckner must have a few dollars on the Yanks tonight,lol…

  127. Nice play, Tex. Good outing for Phil.

  128. poster says:

    Yankees have gotten away with a couple of calls today.

    Haha it will be so fun reading about the conspiracy theories from the idiot fans of all the other teams.

    Besides that though that was a really great play by Tex.

  129. BigBlueAL says:

    CB Bucknor is the man!!!!

  130. Dela G says:

    man donald prolly wants to kill bucknor tonight

  131. Hummingbird S. says:

    this time he was safe

  132. poster says:

    Wow, he seemed safe to me, but fans of other teams will be going bananas after this game. Always fun.

  133. Dela G says:

    why are you bunting, curtis??

  134. BigBlueAL says:

    Bunt this!!!!

  135. Kristen says:

    Welcome back, Curtis!

  136. mike c says:

    damn it feels good to have CG back!

  137. Hummingbird S. says:

    pretty good hit for a guy who cant touch lefties

  138. bexarama says:

    That was both exciting and unexpected. Yaaaaay Grandy!

  139. Dela G says:

    cmon… cano!

  140. Dela G says:


  141. Kristen says:

    RBI-nson Cano!

  142. poster says:

    DAMN, Cano just made that ball has bitch.

  143. Hummingbird S. says:


  144. bexarama says:

    You know what? I saw that coming. Love you, Robbie!

  145. baby carlos says:

    Wow, who the hell is this team in pinstripes and what did they do with the ineffective line up.

  146. JMV says:

    fucking A!! GRAND SLAM FROM CANO!!!!!!!!

  147. mike c says:

    WANTED: robinson cano for murdering baseballs

  148. WIlliam says:

    What a way to find your power swing. Just got here as they showed the replay. Why’d Swish “realize why he got plunked”?

  149. NC Yankee Fan says:

    Swisher getting hit after a grand slam, very interesting

  150. CNight_UP says:

    Magically, Granderson gets back and the lineup takes off….

    or it’s the Indians….can’t wait for JoPo to get back…circular lineup, how we have missed thee…

    • WIlliam says:

      In the long run, Grandy will be huge, but tonight, it’s more of the indians pitching. Still, nice to see some runs either way.

  151. rek4gehrig says:

    Arod who? :-)))))

  152. WIlliam says:

    Cano was so lazy, he waited ’til Swish tied him for the team lead to hit another home run.

  153. Ana says:

    I’m a few minutes late, but … Cano fucking murdered that ball.

    Ah, run scoring. How I’ve missed you.

  154. Ugh, I was in the shower/listening on the radio when Cano hit it.

  155. WIlliam says:

    WHat his Phil’s pitch count?

  156. baravelli says:

    White Sox tack on in insurance run in the 9th, lead the Rays 4-2!

  157. WIlliam says:

    Gardner gets a hit!

  158. Dela G says:

    welp, here comes pena with the double play i bet… haha

  159. WIlliam says:

    Bhurle fined, I get Ozzie, and I’m enthused by West, but Burhle, really?

    • bexarama says:

      Buehrle dropped his glove. I didn’t think he was trying to be show-offy, but I guess that’s why. Also, he said something like “I think Joe West is just trying to promote his CD.” lol I love you Buehrle!

  160. Dela G says:

    the mets’ pitching staff hasn’t given up a run in 32 innings i believe… wowzers

  161. Fire Joe West!
    Fire Joe West!
    Fire Joe West!
    Fire Joe West!
    Fire Joe West!

  162. mike c says:

    nice, strasburg vs. jesus tomorrow in swb

  163. Harold Moskowitz says:


    Where’s your g-friend Rose tonight?

  164. Dela G says:

    lol at kay. “Tonight’s votes are robinson cano and everybody else”

    • bexarama says:

      There’s a good point to be made for Hughes. I was kinda livid when people chose Swisher over Pettitte the other day haha. I mean I understand why but seriously >:(

      • Dela G says:

        agreed, but usually, unless the game is a 1-0 shutout, most people are inclined to choose the offensive guy

        sucks sometimes :(

  165. I know Ace is a tough dude and wants to come back, but I think going for the surgery now is probably the smarter play. Any setback in rehab and he’s basically done for the year, since they’ll likely just go for the surgery at that point. Could that put him on the shelf for part of next year?

  166. mike c says:

    mitre has been looking good lately. he might be able to fill in for aceves perfectly

  167. baravelli says:

    Woo-hoo! Rays lose!

  168. “Cano…looks at Granderson haul it in.”

    What happened there, Mike?

  169. Dela G says:

    red sox down 12-5 to royals top 8.


  170. WIlliam says:

    Still not really liking the whole outfield alighnment now that Gardy is an every-day player, but I’m so happy Grandy is back, I can’t bring myself to give a shit.

  171. WIlliam says:

    Good for Moeler.

  172. WIlliam says:

    Jeter walks, ZOMG.

  173. Dela G says:

    a texy slam?

  174. WIlliam says:

    Competition? Even if they did become really good, I fail to see how we’d have any rivalry outside of possible WS matchups.

  175. CNight_UP says:

    Is it bad to want teix to K so robbie can hit another…

  176. WIlliam says:

    Bases loaded with 0 outs again.

  177. EB says:

    Farnsy K’d Big Sloppy on 98mph heat. Golden memories

  178. CNight_UP says:

    he can walk too

  179. bexarama says:

    I so badly want Tex to walk and Cano to hit another grand slam.

  180. Booya Baseball says:

    Glad Tex can smile about that. sheesh.

  181. WIlliam says:

    Uhg, he hit that right up the middle, but no hit.

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      he went after a pitch that was probably ball 4 and grounded out weakly up the middle…it was a bad AB.

  182. Frittoman626 says:

    I hate Tex right now

    • mike c says:

      he had a nice hit and had two walks, he can’t always make it happen– the game’s over anyway

    • WIlliam says:

      He’s 2 for 3 and 2 walks, that’s an excellent night. He has had like 3 multi-hit games in a row.

    • CNight_UP says:

      he is swinging the bat well and played fucking gold glove defense all night, you fail 65 percent of the time in baseball and are considered a god, you cant always get the hit.

  183. Frittoman626 says:

    Lets go Robbie Cano

  184. bexarama says:

    Are we back to Feared Cano?

  185. Frittoman626 says:

    Lets go Swish

  186. WIlliam says:

    Wow, a GS and a walk, Cano has pulled out all the stops tonight.

  187. CNight_UP says:

    “switch hitter batting from the right side”….

    fucking really Kay….

  188. Booya Baseball says:

    I keep losing sound on YES. Cable issues? Anyone else?

  189. Dela G says:

    those curves to swisher were very nice

  190. I love that my 3 PM article today was about Cano not walking.

  191. bexarama says:

    Currently pitching for the Red Sox: Bill Hall

    (thanks @cantpredictball)

  192. Accent Shallow says:

    Chan Ho Park has yielded more home runs this year (5) than he’s struck batters out (4). Fuck.

  193. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Oh ha. Bill Hall is now pitching for the Sox. Against KC.

    That, and a clean inning to end the night will be the cherry on top.

  194. WIlliam says:

    Don’t know if this is common knowledge, but West is the head of the Umpire’s Union, so he is very hard to fire.

  195. WIlliam says:

    Who is the guest commentator?

  196. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    This game with a half dozen beers has really made my night, thank you yankees! =)

  197. In re: Russel Branyan:

    He doesn’t hit the ball a lot, but when he does, he hits it hard.

  198. I’m so glad I got to see that Super Bowl ring instead of the game’s final pitch. Great production, YES.

  199. poster says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for watching the Robinson Cano show. We hope you come again tomorrow.

  200. Dela G says:

    if you can, watch the mets game, santana and gallardo have been killas tonight

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