Sep
01

Game 133: Surviving A.J.

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You can do this, A.J. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The Yankees have managed to win four games in a row, a streak spanning from one A.J. Burnett start to the next. They’ve won games started by a pair of kids barely old enough to drink (legally), a forgettable journeyman, and a bonafide ace in the interim, and now it’s up to the enigmatic righty to get the job done. All we need is a crafty lefthander and a knuckleballer and we’d have hit on all the key demographics.

The Athletics are a good matchup for A.J. because they’re not going drive the ball out of the park or even to the wall that much, so he needs to make sure he doesn’t help them out with walks and let rallies spiral out of control. Easier said than done, but Burnett’s capable of doing it, and he really needs to start doing it tonight. New month, fresh start.

Thankfully the Yanks have really ramped things up offensively, scoring 20 runs in the past two nights and 84 runs in their last dozen games, an average of exactly seven runs per game. With any luck, they’ll give A.J. and the rest of the pitching staff a little breathing room. Here’s the lineup that’ll go to work against Brett Anderson, a great young starter having an injury riddled year…

Jeter, SS
Swisher, RF
Teixeira, 1B
Cano, 2B
Thames, DH
Kearns, LF
Granderson, CF
Nunez, 3B
Cervelli, C

And on the bump, it’s that Burnett guy.

First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Get ready for some good A.J. bashing on the four-letter. Enjoy the game.

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713 Comments»

  1. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Come for the AJ-bashing, stay for the analysis.

    /RAB&FakYouk’d

  2. Pat D says:

    Back at work tonight, might get scored, can’t keep this window open all night.

    Sigh.

  3. Guest says:

    Let’s get the magic number down to 21, so we can get a pic of Paul O’Neill up tomorrow.

    /He was the Warrior’d

  4. BadaBling says:

    Okay, so I’m trying to convince myself AJ is due for a good outing. A’s aren’t a heavy hitting team and AJ should be fired up to shut em down, I won’t label which AJ we’ll see BUT I’d love to see tons of called strike three!

  5. Carlosologist says:

    AJ is really pissing me off! Ship his ass off to Seattle for Cliff Lee straight up!

    /thatoneguy’d

    In all seriousness, I hope we can get to Anderson early and then go to town on the bullpen.

    • BadaBling says:

      Let’s get to Anderson early and often, so we won’t need to go to town on their bullpen. Or even a low scoring game with a dominate AJ would make me happy!

  6. Chris says:

    I fully expect 7IP and 1R out of AJ today – primarily based on the RAB post bashing him today.

  7. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Okay do I start Anderson for my team thats in the playoffs? If the Yanks haven’t seen him before I might just do it.

  8. Thankfully the Yanks have really ramped things up offensively, scoring 20 runs in the past two nights and 84 runs in their last dozen games, an average of exactly seven runs per game.

    I’m as hard as a diamond in an ice storm right now.

    /RickyBobby’d

  9. Not Tank the Frank says:

    I’m really looking forward to seeing Machette. I saw previews for it on the Grindhouse DVD and I thought it was a goof…but now Steven Segal’s in it… Done and done!

  10. Waiting to “watch” the game on Gameday is agonizing. It seems to take so much longer than when waiting for the game on TV or radio.

  11. Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog says:

    I’ll get this over with early this game thread. Gameday has historically identified AJ throwing a lot of “knuckle curves”. Obviously, it has to do with the break and speed difference between his fastball. Anyone know if it’s a 2-seamer that he’s actually throwing, or has there been any Mussina sightings over the last month or so?

  12. I’m headed to the Trenton game tomorrow…any Thunder you want pictures of? Aceves, Banuelos, Romine and Venditte are all already understood

  13. Greg says:

    When did the game become “Kia Motors presents The Wednesday Game of the Week”?

  14. Dela G says:

    ok i have 2 minutes

    should i take out aj burnett from my fantasy team?

  15. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    I’m so exited i am going to see he yanks vs red sox on september 26 the first time i go see the rivalry in person and have awesome seats :)

  16. bexarama says:

    That “last three months” graphic either makes me want to laugh or cry. I can’t quite tell which.

  17. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Can we be so sure that the problem with AJ isn’t somewhat fatigue related?? He hasn’t thrown back-to-back 200+ IP seasons in his entire career before last season and that includes a career-high 221 IP in 2008.

  18. Dela G says:

    They walk daric barton so that they can get Kurt Suzuki out

  19. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Doubts? I have no doubts that Jeter will ground out today.

    /shotatJeter’d

  20. mike c says:

    damn AJ’s fastball has ridiculous movement… those pitches are just barely missing the corner. a catcher who could frame those better would be a big plus here

  21. Also, just saw that Dibble lost his job. Hilarious.

  22. Dela G says:

    ah the yankee killer suzuki does it again

  23. Dela G says:

    where the hell was that strike call against Daric Barton??

  24. Greg says:

    He got that call

  25. Slappy White says:

    Good frame job by Cervelli there

  26. aj says:

    Theres the refreshments girl again. Wow. Nice aj

  27. Carlosologist says:

    AJ THREW A SCORELESS INNING THE WORLD IS GOING TO END AAAAAAAAAAAAAhhh

  28. Cy Pettitte says:

    Aj’s back!

    /enternaloptimist’d

  29. Slappy White says:

    Just got in. Who are the call ups ?

  30. Cy Pettitte says:

    AJ scoreless inning, DJ base hit

    world is ending

  31. Slappy White says:

    El Capitan….1 for his last 1

  32. vin says:

    John and Suzyn report:

    John has been calling AJ “the little girl with curls.”

    Suzyn said player’s call Jeter’s type of hit a “slumpbuster.”

    Just thought I’d share.

  33. jonathan says:

    Wow….Sutcliffe and O’Brien are hands down the two worst announcers I can think of. Jeter has the worst avverage since a week ago??? REALLY???? REALLLY!! and Brett Anderson is Randy Johnson…good lord.

  34. Dela G says:

    randy johnson like???

    i would say david price is more like randy johnson than brett anderson

  35. S-s-s-s-successful s-s-s-statement from Flas-s-sh.

  36. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Awesome. A friend of mine actually suggested that Brett Gardner might be distracting Derek by being on base when he’s at and that Gardner batting leadoff was the reason for Jeter’s slump.

    I have dumb friends.

    And he just got some reinforcement for that idea.

  37. BadaBling says:

    Anderson is Big Unit-esque? I hope not!

  38. Cy Pettitte says:

    Teix is on fire

  39. Dela G says:

    coco crisp played that terribly

  40. Accent Shallow says:

    Mark Teixeira is in college, hitting rockets.

  41. mike c says:

    bandbox’d

  42. Carlosologist says:

    Mark Teixeira: Good at baseball.

  43. BadaBling says:

    BIG TEX! Nice bounce!

  44. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Desmond Jennings just made his debut with Tampa.. grounded out his first at bat to 3rd..

    Lester gettin’ roughed up in the bottom of the 1st in B-More

  45. BadaBling says:

    Cano verus a left, automatic homerun…

  46. BadaBling says:

    He was safe. Beat the tag.

  47. Dela G says:

    man that was a great play by pennington

    *disclaimer: pennington went to my alma mater, texas a&m, so i like him….

  48. A-Rod's Hip says:

    nice defensive play

  49. bexarama says:

    AJ pitched a scoreless inning
    Jeter got a hit
    Tex made a fundamental mistake

    WTF
    #ycpb!

  50. James A says:

    Rays have an outfield of crawford, upton, and jennings
    Toronto better hit the ball over the wall if they want to get an extra base hit

  51. Greg says:

    Fighting Showalters 4 runs against Lester in the first up 4-1

  52. mike c says:

    got out of the 1st okay, but i want to see good AJ doing the angry ostrich impression for the rest
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_xPRJ.....strich.jpg

  53. The guy fluent in three sections of the NY Times ticks them off as if there were more than three sections that he’s fluent in. Does that bother anyone else? No? Just me? Ok.

  54. Mike Axisa says:

    A.J.’s got the hook working, that’s for sure.

  55. Dela G says:

    a healthy eric chavez wouldnt do much for this lineup

  56. That changeup looked like a ball all the way. Thanks, Ellis.

  57. JobaWockeeZ says:

    If you got Theo Eptein drunk and he’s offering you a straight up switch of AJ’s and Lackey’s contract what do you do?

  58. Accent Shallow says:

    Jeff Larish with some hilarious swings.

  59. Slappy White says:

    I just noticed….Wheres Tino ? Did they lock him outta the booth ?

  60. Cy Pettitte says:

    if AJ keeps pitching like this I will be very very happy

  61. Not Tank the Frank says:

    AJ’s confidence: GROWING

  62. Jake H says:

    AJ looked really good that inning.

  63. Doofus says:

    Hes heating up!

  64. BadaBling says:

    Ten pitch inning. Amazing, RAB should have more AJ articles dedicated to the trials and tribulations of AJ Burnezzy.

  65. larryf says:

    Tom Tresh started out great-went out like a lamb…

  66. Guest says:

    One of my fun little games this season has been trying to guess what negative slant the ESPNNY columnists can put on a Yankee win.

    After last night’s game, I thought they really had nothing other than Jeter.

    Instead they went with a piece that pretty much ignored last nights game and focused on AJ.

    So, if AJ pitches well and Jeter has a good game and the Yanks win…what do you think they will go with?

    Putting a lot of carts ahead of a lot of horses, but I am curious…

  67. mike c says:

    off a lefty

  68. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Seriously…going the other way? K-Long is teh awesome.

  69. Carlosologist says:

    AJ can be a star. This song says so: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI5w2CIVI4c

    (Related note: I haven’t figured out how to have a word hyperlinked yet. If someone could help, that would be great.)

  70. BadaBling says:

    Grandy with the base hit of a big dominate lefty, I like! Now run Grandy, RUN!

  71. Dela G says:

    keep hitting it over pennington’s head!

  72. Since the K-Long fix, is Granderson hitting better off of lefties than he is off of righties?

  73. larryf says:

    Eddie Eddie Eddie!

    /giacomin’d (for the old guys)

  74. Cy Pettitte says:

    Good job Nunie, too bad Frankie follows him

  75. BadaBling says:

    Cmon Frankie! RBI grounder up the middle!

  76. Dela G says:

    is sutcliffe dumb?? the yankees couldnt block lilly from going anywhere else!

    they were the last team that could claim him

  77. larryf says:

    double steal and a squeeze might have been the better plan there.

  78. Hummingbird S. says:

    Poor Cerveli, swung through the same pitch 3 times.

  79. jonathan says:

    you’d think a guy that can’t hit it to the warning track wouldn’t be willie mays hayesing it.

  80. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jeter’s luck looks to be turning…

  81. Carlosologist says:

    Granderson has speed. He’s our answer to Carl Crawford!

  82. Dela G says:

    it must be the vista roof giving him the edge

  83. kmarx says:

    Little love tap

  84. larryf says:

    After 25 crappy groundballs Jeets gets 2 good results so far!

  85. bexarama says:

    Grit…derson?????

  86. Hughesus Christo says:

    GIVE HIM A HIT

    Have that scorer fired

  87. Cy Pettitte says:

    Why didn’t Jete go?

  88. Pat D says:

    That error made me think of this:

    What’s the funnier walk-off play? The walk-off error, the walk-off balk, or as we saw last night in K.C., the walk-off wild pitch?

  89. Dela G says:

    stealing 3rd base??

    i thought suzuki was effing awesome!!!??!?!!

  90. larryf says:

    Nunez young and fast. Jeets ummm

  91. Hummingbird S. says:

    Tex!!!

  92. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Tex.. you’re good

  93. Carlosologist says:

    Back-to-back-to-back blowouts? YES

  94. Cy Pettitte says:

    Teix finding the hole

  95. Not Tank the Frank says:

    A’s pitchers; meet BABIP correction.

    Nice to meet you.

  96. Carlosologist says:

    Right in Cano’s kitchen.

    Are we still talking about baseball?

  97. Slappy White says:

    Yes gave you a little shot of Andy there Bexy…..You OK ?

  98. BadaBling says:

    Let’s go AJ, another 1-2-3 please!

  99. bexarama says:

    Kim looks adorable today.

    (Check out that lefty booty there.)

  100. Not Tank the Frank says:

    How’s that groin look Andy? I mean feel… I mean…

    /Bexy’d

  101. Reggie C. says:

    LESTER got roughed up in the first inning against the Orioles. Four hits, four ERs. YIKES.

    I still maintain that Buchholz will finish ahead of Lester in the Cy Young vote.

    • bexarama says:

      I think he will at this point too. Doesn’t mean he deserves it. (Though if Lester continues to get beaten up, he might.)

    • Jim S says:

      Know who’s really flying under the radar? C.J Wilson. Don’t think he should necessarily win, and his k/b ratio isn’t amazing, but pitching in Arlington with those stats is nothing to sneeze at.

      Ironically, whereas 2 weeks ago I didn’t think CC deserved it, I’d vote for him if the season ended today. Felix is the only other guy I’d even think about.

  102. sleepykarl says:

    That 10 second sit down with cc is why he threw the change?

  103. mike c says:

    angry ostrich!!!!
    (repeated for posterity)
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_xPRJ.....strich.jpg

  104. BadaBling says:

    Wowza, that was quick!

  105. larryf says:

    Kim seeing her first popup

    wow

  106. Accent Shallow says:

    Gameday thinks the pitch to get the popup was a change. It was thrown at 91. Color me skeptical.

    • Chip says:

      Yeah but the pitch to strike out Ellis definitely was one. To a right-handed batter no less

    • Chris says:

      It’s probably a 2-seamer (which he throws occasionally), although he had talked about throwing more of a power change earlier this season which would be in the high 80s.

  107. 2 and a half frames in, and we’ve already got a 90% Win Expectancy.

    Daddy likes.

    Keep rollin, Big Game Allan James.

  108. Chip says:

    Good AJ, me likey

  109. BadaBling says:

    Wearing out the SS spot!

  110. larryf says:

    Kearns with the Pedroia/esque swing. All or nothing…

  111. Cy Pettitte says:

    Grandyman 2-2 against a lefty

  112. Dela G says:

    this might be the biggest babip correction i’ve seen in a very long time

  113. Carlosologist says:

    Brett Anderson’s uniform is very dirty.

    /waits

  114. Reggie C. says:

    Tonight is NOT Anderson’s night. That was a good pitch against Granderson, but not a good result.

  115. BadaBling says:

    Grandy with another base knock…AJ looking good and Jeter with a knock and a run. I love it!

  116. Will we see Big Puma in this game tonight?

  117. Reggie C. says:

    Looks like Natinals mgmt found a surprising way to take out any anger and disappointment in losing Strasburg for the next 12-18 months.

    http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/0.....urg-comme/

  118. larryf says:

    AJ with the curve for strike one. A good sign that he has confidence tonight.

  119. Dela G says:

    Aj is dealing

    oh well, im just happy he is, at this point, turning around

  120. larryf says:

    Was that a 1-2 changeup to strike out Cust? 89 mph

  121. Greg says:

    Quiz Answer: Atlanta and Boston

  122. Hughesus Christo says:

    Bravos and Redtropolitans

    That’s my guess

  123. Dela G says:

    ugh

    kouzmanoff…

  124. Hummingbird S. says:

    Can’t say I’m surprised.

  125. Reggie C. says:

    And now its a game. Kouzmanoff takes advantage on a muggy night.

    Lets see if AJ gets out of this inning…

  126. Aw, that’s not fair. Oh well. Keep working that changeup, AJ.

  127. BadaBling says:

    It’s all good AJ, shake off the boogerbears and strike out the next two!

  128. jonathan says:

    The guy throws one bad pitch….and all of a sudden the whole rotation sucks. Sutcliffe is the ultimate SSS. His favorite player of all time is the guy that just got a hit and his least favorite player is the guy that just struck out/gave up a hit etc.

  129. Beautiful, exactly what he needed.

  130. Dela G says:

    damn , i didnt think a GIDP could’ve been turned there

    awesome

  131. mike c says:

    dave eiland told him to do that

  132. Hummingbird S. says:

    Well, at least he got out of it without further damage.

  133. Kit says:

    Well done, AJ. I get home to see things are going our way so far. Keep it rolling.

  134. ShuutoHeat (Passion>all) says:

    Joe Buck pushes the Jays ahead with a solo bomb.

  135. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jays up 1-0 on Buck HR

    • CS Yankee says:

      Has anyone told Mitch Williams that Buck is knocking the Sox out (even moreso) of the race?

      O’s up a 5-2 in da thurd

  136. Tom Zig says:

    Please all scores involving AL East teams stay the same. Okay thanks.

  137. Dela G says:

    Rays down 1-0?

    exxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxcellent [/Montgomery Burns’d

  138. Greg says:

    Braves winning streak lasted from 1991 to 2006, 15 years

  139. larryf says:

    John Buck goes deep for Jays

  140. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    Man, Jeter is just horrible this year. Would hate to be the person to tell him he isn’t worth 25 mill over 5 years.

  141. jonathan says:

    Once again Sutcliffe…..dear god…how can you do this as a profession and know so little? Suzuki blocking a pitch in the dirt with 2 strikes is MANDATORY…not going the extra mile. Apparently, when a guy throws the ball in the dirt with 2 strikes the catcher has no obligation to block the pitch unless he just takes that much pride in his work…..They fucking pay him to say stuff like that.

  142. Hummingbird S. says:

    oh boy, here we go.

  143. jonathan says:

    And O’Brien is on Granderson for taking a bad route on a ball 20 feet over his head….eat a bag of dicks you Red Sox homer.

  144. Dela G says:

    cmon AJ, you got this

  145. Slappy White says:

    how sweet will it be when Jays pass Sox so they finish 4th in a 5 team division

    /FIVEACETHATMULLETTHEAD

  146. Cy Pettitte says:

    they are beating on AJ now, 2 run lead doesn’t give me much comfort

  147. Getting hit a bit harder, second time through the lineup. Time to mix it up a little more.

  148. Hummingbird S. says:

    Beauty of a curve.

  149. Cy Pettitte says:

    Rays tie it up on Sean Rodriguez HR…that sucks

  150. Hummingbird S. says:

    Cervelli, you suck. Do something good..

  151. Mike Axisa says:

    I really have an irrational dislike for Coco Crisp.

  152. jonathan says:

    you would think we’re losing like 7-1 or something. We’ve doubled them up and they can’t say anything remotely decent about our team.

  153. bexarama says:

    That was a good throw by Cervelli, honestly. Not his fault there.

  154. Kit says:

    One more out, AJ. Offense, back him up, please.

  155. Come on, AJ. Don’t give up the lead, and we’ll score 5 more for ya.

  156. jonathan says:

    Brett Anderson has given up 4 runs in 4 innings and he’s Randy Johnson. AJ gives up up 3 in 4 2/3 and he’s worthless.

  157. Dela G says:

    ugh i dont want to see suzuki any more

  158. Dela G says:

    wow that was a heart stopper

  159. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    *Sigh of relief*

  160. A Braden joke? That was actually good, Michael.

  161. Carlosologist says:

    Damn, A-Rod is on the DL and we take on Bradenia tomorrow. I would have liked to see a rematch on our home court. :D

  162. BadaBling says:

    Manny had a homerun in his debut yesterday?

    • bexarama says:

      Manny didn’t play at all yesterday. He was on the on-deck circle to pinch-hit when the guy in front of him hit the go-ahead HR. I think he had a single today.

      • BadaBling says:

        I thought so, I’m watching the game on ESPN and a graphic came up that said he had homered in his debut yesterday, LMAO! Cmon ESPN!

  163. jonathan says:

    and somehow they can suck Beckett’s dick…and now the entire red sox…woe is me…boo hoo.

  164. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Injury excuses for Beckett? Ba-zing.

  165. Esteban says:

    Is this possibly, ‘OK AJ’? Not great but also not terrible. I thought this AJ didn’t exist.

  166. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Settle AJ. I mean, he’s been terrible lately but he’s awful hard on himself. Seems like he needs to let shit go and go attack the next guy.

  167. ShuutoHeat (Passion>all) says:

    Phew, Marcum escapes with the bases loaded.

  168. Slappy White says:

    /backofthebaseballcard’d

  169. Esteban says:

    OK, Marcus with the Jeezy. I like it.

  170. Carlosologist says:

    Can you officially say Boston is dead?

    They’ve been dead for MONTHS. They were done when they lost Midget Man in San Francisco.

  171. Slappy White says:

    Stop Talking About The Fucking Red Sox Kay…..Just STOP

  172. Was that an “Ah, shit” from Marcus?

  173. bexarama says:

    I don’t care about Josh Beckett’s issues. I don’t care.

  174. Not Tank the Frank says:

    For fuck’s sake their 8 back with a month to play. What are we? The Mets?

    The only thing Beckett’s going to spoil is his reputation as an elite pitcher.

  175. Hummingbird S. says:

    Grandy hit that hard. He’s looking a lot better at the plate.

  176. mike c says:

    jack cust…. so his momma washed his mouth out with soap
    ::rimshot::

  177. Dela G says:

    lol he swung at a ball a zillion feet before the plate

  178. poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

    I don’t know quite why, but I find this kind of awesome.

    I don’t know.

    http://funpics.classicfun.ws/i.....ed-is-love

  179. BadaBling says:

    It took a couple minutes but why do I find it hilarious that espn made this mistake…

  180. Kit says:

    Damn cheap single.

  181. larryf says:

    AJ always in the classic fielding position…

  182. jonathan says:

    Sutcliffe called that a routine play and AJ should have made it but doesn’t put himself in good enough position.

  183. Carlosologist says:

    Jeff Larish looks like Hazmat in the box.

  184. Carlosologist says:

    BIG GAME ALLEN JAMES

  185. Esteban says:

    I think we’ve moved from OK AJ to Decent AJ

  186. j_Yankees says:

    Got Davis-Pennington-Crisp due next inning.. Gotta let AJ start the inning no?

  187. BadaBling says:

    So if AJ goes 1 more inning and has a 1-2-3, that’s a quality start and everyone should be happy… He’s not coming back out though, I don’t think.

  188. Dela G says:

    good god that was a horrible swing

  189. jonathan says:

    apparently, tommy john surgery makes you come back smarter…that’s right. and elbow surgery increases your intelligence…If that was actually true, Sutcliffe would need about 1214109248157 tommmy john’s to be smart enough to announce games.

  190. Dela G says:

    cmon toronto! score a run plz

  191. BadaBling says:

    Jeter’s getting fleeced up there! It’s not diminishing skills, it’s a wider strike zone!

    /happythought’d

  192. Dela G says:

    wait why take AJ out?

  193. Carlosologist says:

    Is it safe to say Joba’s 07 velo has come back?

  194. Reggie C. says:

    Calm down Kay.

  195. Nice play there, Frankie.

  196. Dela G says:

    holy shit that florida vs washington fight was fucking crazy

  197. Reflexes like a cat. Feet of Fred Flintstone.

  198. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Nyger Morgan just charged the mound against Volstad.. went for a haymaker and missed, and then got clotheslined by Gaby Sanchez from 1st base.. LOL

  199. Dela G says:

    man these dinks and dunks hits against joba continue

  200. FIPster Doofus says:

    Aroldis Chapman just hit 104 mph twice according to Gameday.

  201. Slappy White says:

    How old is that Kate Smith recording ? Is it on 8 track ?

  202. Slappy White says:

    Hope Niece Chelsea doesnt have a Giant head like uncle Mike

  203. Carlosologist says:

    I want to see that Florida-Washington fight. It’ll be the first one since 2000!

  204. A-Rod's Hip says:

    man our catchers can’t catch a break this year with these nagging hits

  205. I think Kay would enjoy all that pounding, personally.

  206. Via Bex’s Twitter: 89% of Mets fans think that trading Francouer was a BAD thing.

    My faith in humanity is fucking toast.

  207. Esteban says:

    All Those Years, All That Pounding

    The Memoirs of Bill Clinton

  208. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nyjer Morgan fight vid (not great quality)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded

  209. Whose importance has Kay inflated more: Marte or Homer Bush?

  210. Chris says:

    I wonder if the Reds have considered firing Dusty Baker to try to preserve Chapman’s arm. The guy hit 104 today, and I have a feeling Dusty will have him pitch every game between now and the end of the playoffs.

    • A-Rod's Hip says:

      i actually was a bit shocked he was back out there again

      this is why we had the Joba Rules.. some managers just can’t help themselves

  211. mike c says:

    remember when boone logan wasn’t good?

  212. Carlosologist says:

    Logan is going to be this year’s Marte in the playoffs. Unlike Marte, he’ll have the results and is much more of a sure thing.

  213. A-Rod's Hip says:

    everything just seems to be dialed up just right for the Reds this year.. goodness..

    • bexarama says:

      I know momentum is mostly bullshit but I’m pretty impressed at the way they bounced back after getting swept, and not just swept but creamed, by the Cardinals.

      • A-Rod's Hip says:

        well said

        i’m pretty sure everyone thought the Cards were gonna “put their foot down” after that sweep and go on a roll, take the division, and the Reds would just fade back into being the Reds.. the complete opposite has happened in such a short time

        they’re about to go up 8 GAMES in the division!

  214. A-Rod's Hip says:

    STFD Bj

  215. BadaBling says:

    The A’s have swung at a ton of pitches in the dirt tonight, just awful. The fact their playing close to .500 ball speaks to how bad the west must be.

    • bexarama says:

      They have excellent pitching this year. If they had any semblance of an offense, they’d probably be very close to the Rangers, if not winning that division.

  216. A-Rod's Hip says:

    if anyone could blow a 14-3 lead, it’s the Marlins..

    since the brawl, Nats have outscored ‘em 6-1.. 15-9 in the 7th

  217. BadaBling says:

    I think Eiland went out and told Wood to throw it in the dirt, they’ll swing.

  218. Greg says:

    Red Sox have come back to tie Orioles at 5 in the 7th

  219. A-Rod's Hip says:

    please keep that damn curve ball down Kerry

  220. Kit says:

    C’mon, Kerry. One more out.

  221. BigBlueAL says:

    Anyone thinking why no Robertson here?? He pitched last night in a meaningless inning right?? Does he really need a day off, dunno how much he has pitched lately I admit.

  222. A-Rod's Hip says:

    come on Kerry! let’s go.. finish ‘em off

  223. Cy Pettitte says:

    good job Wood, always seems to get himself out of trouble after the walks

  224. Slappy White says:

    OK, if Cervelli played for ANYONE else, id hate him…all that jumpin around

  225. Sheepmeister says:

    So can anyone else hear the excitement of the espn announcers when it looks like the a’s may get close to a run and then the disappointment when it gets closed down.

  226. A-Rod's Hip says:

    nice one Kerry! way to battle..

    *exhale*

  227. A-Rod's Hip says:

    and the Rays take the lead

  228. BadaBling says:

    Wood makes it interesting but gets the job done! Let’s blow em out in the 9th and make it a non-save situation for Mo!

  229. ShuutoHeat (Passion>all) says:

    Damn you Scott Downs!!!! DAMN YOU!!!

  230. Kit says:

    Mmm…Andrew Bailey.

  231. jonathan says:

    so close fat elvis

  232. Cy Pettitte says:

    the Puma is back with a bang

  233. A-Rod's Hip says:

    alright Berk!!

  234. Esteban says:

    Still not a True Yankee though, unfortunately.

  235. Slappy White says:

    Puuuuuuuumaaaa

  236. bexarama says:

    That was lovely, Mr. Berkman.

  237. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Lance is elevated to “Marginal Yankee” status.

  238. kmarx says:

    Me on contact: at last we get to find out what sterling’s hr call for berkman will be

    alas

    doubles are cool though

  239. BadaBling says:

    The Berkman! He looks locked in!

  240. bexarama says:

    Oh hey it’s my BFF Andrew Bailey.

    (Not really my BFF. But a nice guy that one time I talked to him.)

  241. Betty Lizard says:

    My boyfriend’s back, and you’re gonna be in trouble
    (Hey la, hey la, my boyfriend’s back)
    When you see him comin’, better cut on the double
    (Hey la, hey la, my boyfriend’s back)
    You’ve been spreadin’ lies that I was untrue
    (Hey la, hey la, my boyfriend’s back)
    So look out now, ’cause he’s comin’ after you
    (Hey la, hey la, my boyfriend’s back)

    Love you, Lance.

  242. Dela G says:

    holy shit how can you throw out posada???

    wtf?

  243. A-Rod's Hip says:

    that ball was too close to take Jorge

  244. Sick Nwisher says:

    Um, not smart.

  245. Cy Pettitte says:

    Posada is the angriest catcher in the league, he was justified though

  246. Carlosologist says:

    Oh shit. Posada had a legit beef there.

  247. Pat D says:

    That was pretty fucking dumb.

  248. bexarama says:

    Posada had a rather… strong reaction there.

  249. Esteban says:

    I think Jorge didn’t want to catch tonight.

  250. poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

    Umpires are like vampires: They both suck.

  251. Kit says:

    I love you, Jorge, but you need to relax, babe.

  252. Dela G says:

    the ump was batshit insane

    that pitch was almost a foot off the plate

    • Pasqua says:

      Terrible call, but the only batshit insane thing was the reaction from Jorge. Umps will miss calls, often badly…he’s got to keep his head there, especially considering it was his first at-bat. It’s not like he’s been gearing up all night for that.

    • Chris says:

      Just like the pitch to Manny, which no one seemed to mention.

  253. Slappy White says:

    WTF ? Jorge….I loved him going back and drawing the line. Do you think he just didnt wanna catch the 9th ?

  254. A-Rod's Hip says:

    awwww.. man.. Jete can’t get a break.. or speed.. lol

  255. larryf says:

    Mo to Moe for the win! Let’s go baby.

  256. mike c says:

    do not mess with posada… see the toronto fight last year

  257. Sick Nwisher says:

    That was a smart move by Jorge.

    /Manny’d

  258. J-Rod says:

    who catches now?

  259. BadaBling says:

    “Dana Demuth doesn’t like Posada.”. TERRIBLE CALL

    AND

    Jeter looked safe, tie goes to… CB Bucknor..nevermind.

  260. jonathan says:

    If i was the manager of an opposing team..i might seriously consider moving the left fielder in to play “rover” up the middle on Derek Jeter. I am totally serious with this.

  261. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Brady Ander…i mean Jose Bautista’s up to start the 9th

  262. Carlosologist says:

    I’m flipping in between MLBN and the game and I can conclude that Nyjer Morgan is a huge dick (and not the good kind ladies).

  263. A-Rod's Hip says:

    way to go Mo

  264. Pat D says:

    Everyone knows the other two games turned sour, right?

  265. Howie says:

    The thing I miss most about NYC since I moved away: the feeling in the Stadium in the Top of the 9th, with two outs and Mo on the mound.

  266. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Gaby Sanchez got hit intentionally in Florida

  267. Remember when Mo struggled last year and everyone wrote articles about how he was “done”? Yeah, me neither.

  268. A-Rod's Hip says:

    1 out triple for Vernon Wells

  269. BigBlueAL says:

    Not very nimble there by Jeter. lol

  270. mike c says:

    damn jeter robbed by a hair again

  271. Esteban says:

    Oh com’n he’s Derek Jeter, he gets those calls. Ties go to Jeter.

  272. Hummingbird S. says:

    not to pile on, but Pena makes that play rather easily.

  273. MattG says:

    that’s a $20 million play right there…

  274. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jays tying run on 3rd with one out

  275. larryf says:

    The blessing of the baseball by Ramiro Pena to start the inning on the YES channel.

    Our secret weapon…

  276. Come on, John Buck. Knock in Wells.

  277. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Adam Lind.. u f’n, wortheless stupid piece of shit!

  278. BadaBling says:

    Good call, I wanted that out.

  279. Esteban says:

    The crowd seems fired up tonight.

  280. A-Rod's Hip says:

    LET’S GO YANKEES!

  281. FachoinaNYY says:

    I fucking love this team.

  282. bexarama says:

    Mo was able to strike out Yankee-killer Suzuki because they showed Andy on YES like two seconds ago. Magic!

  283. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jays are so worthless, couldn’t get the run in from 3rd with 1 out

  284. A-Rod's Hip says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOoo Buck!! all the way to the warning track…

    i was waiting for that ball to hit a catwalk..

  285. Zanath says:

    I seriously thought Bob Lorenz just said “raped” there instead of “raked”

  286. Clemson Rob says:

    Aaron Boone on Baseball Tonight talking about fluke injuries with the Nats/ Marlins fight. He should be an expert on fluke injuries. haha

    • Carlosologist says:

      Aaron Boone will be remembered for two things:

      1) His walk-off home run
      2) That basketball injury that landed us A-Rod.

  287. Pat D says:

    The perjurer is the magic number!!!

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