Game 151: The A-Team


Hopefully Jamie Shields will follow Matt Garza's lead tonight. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Injuries, ineffectiveness, and plain old rest have gotten in the way of Joe Girardi fielding his best team in any given game in quite some time. That all comes to end tonight though, even if it’s just for one glorious game. No reserves, no injury subs, it’s just the best the team the Yankees can field, and I’m certainly not alone in saying it’s about time. This is the starting nine we’re going to see in the postseason, and frankly, I love it. Here, check it out…

Jeter, SS
Swisher, RF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Posada, C
Berkman, DH
Granderson, CF
Gardner, LF

And on the bump, it’s Phil Uuughes.

Amazing, ain’t it? The game starts a little after 7:00pm ET and can be seen on My9. Enjoy the game.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. JGS says:

    Yay for My9 games!!

  2. CBean says:

    I want us to absolutely destroy them tonight.

  3. ZZ says:

    I didn’t want to mention this yesterday, because I did not feel it was appropriate during the ceremony, but what the Steinbrenners have done to Monument Park is very sad.

    It is hard to even put into words what they attempted to do by giving George a plaque that overshadows and sits over the legendary members of Yankee history. They have tried to take over Yankee history. They not only want George to be remembered as owning the Yankees, but as owning the great Yankee history and tradition. The Steinbrenners may own the team, but they do not own that.

    It is a lie and an attempt to reconstruct history.

    I hope younger Yankee fans continue to learn the entire history of this franchise. I hope they are not misled by this plaque when they walk in Monument Park for the first time.

    If Yankee fans really want to be honest with themselves, he was not even the most important owner in this franchise’s history, let alone the most important figure as the size of the plaque portrays.

    • Guest says:

      The Yankees were the Yankees well before George came on board. You are certainly correct in that, ZZ.

      But the Yankees were moribound by the time George entered the picture. They were a shell of their former selves. And George came in and everything changed pretty damn quickly. While there were many losing seasons during his tenure/years in suspension induced exile (Did someone mention the early 90′s? Did that happen or was it just a bad dream played to a Vanilla Ice soundtrack? I’m going with a bad dream), he helped bring back winning.

      More importantly, he turned the Yankees into a cash cow that will help to increase the chance of consistent prolonged winning. Mystique and Aura may have resided at Yankee Stadium before George, but George found a way to monetize them. He created the Yankee empire, and we, as Yankee fans, all benefit.

      So while the others in monument park are clearly much more important figures in terms of the history of baseball and will hold much larger places in the hearts of the fans, I think the oversized plaque might actually accurately represent Big Stein’s impact on the power and future of the franchise.

      • ZZ says:

        I agree that George was a huge figure in Yankee history and had a huge impact. But, this plaque overstates his impact in my opinion.

        I don’t think many people realize, but the late 80s and early 90s were even worse than when George took over the team. It was one of the 2 or 3 worst times in the history of the franchise.

        I am not saying this is you, but also many Yankee fans really don’t realize how bad the bad was with George.

        Finally, while he was a great owner as you describe, I don’t think he was the most important.

        If any owner in this team’s history is going to get a plaque that big, Jacob Ruppert deserves it.

        That is when the Yankees as we know it were really created. Under Ruppert’s watch.

    • Avi says:

      That’s what you get to do when your the Boss (or his family). It’s the house the George built. It’s definitely VERY big but i don’t think anyone is going to confuse an owner with players. They each have their own functions.

      • ZZ says:

        Of course that is what you get to do.

        It doesn’t mean it is right.

        • Dream of Electric Sheep says:

          ZZ , I see your point. Cooperstown isn’t putting up an extra large plaque for GMS. The NY Yankees are just that and not the GMS Yankees. It’s not that big of deal if he has bigger monument in a stadium that he built.

        • Avi says:

          I understand your purist view. It just doesn’t bother me though. In a way it says a lot about George and his personality. Egotistical,Headline hungering, having to always to be the center of attention and on the back pages etc

        • Poopy Pants says:

          It doesn’t really matter when the Stadium is filled with rubes watching babied millionaires throwing, catching and hitting balls.
          It’s really not important in the scope of real life.

    • Big Stein says:

      5 feet by 7 feet, weighing 760 lbs.

      I thought it would be a simple granite slab like the one for the players or for Jacob Ruppert, not a billboard.

    • Thomas says:

      I agree 100%. I thought by giving him such a large plaque, it is showing he is bigger than anyone else who has ever played/worked for the team. This is obviously a lie since you can ask any 5 year old American who Babe Ruth is and they likely know him, but I suspect few would know who Steinbrenner is.

    • MikeD says:

      The Steinbrenners own the Yankees.

      The Colonel, Jacob Ruppert, created the mythic Yankees as we would eventually know them, was instrumental in building the original Yankee Stadium, and his ownership of the Yankees changed the game forever.

      The Boss, George M Steinbrenner, revived the mythic Yankees, was instrumental in building the Yankees new home, and his ownership of the Yankees and changed the game forever.

      As I said at the top, the Steinbrenners own the Yankees. If George was my father, I’d erect a huge, bad-ass monument for him too.

      It won’t bother me at all the next time I walk through Monument Park.

    • Dalelama says:

      I agree, money can’t buy class.

    • hornblower says:

      ZZ I’m with you. I always hoped to outlive the GS craziness. No disrespect to the family but the Yankees to me are Mantle, Joe D. etc. GS was just an owner.

  4. Guest says:

    As I stated in the off-topic thread after I saw the lineup on LoHud:

    Double Rainbow!!!!! It’s so beautiful (sobs uncontrollably)

    Also, please someone make the appropriate Mr. T related A-Team joke. I don’t have the comic chops.

  5. ShuutoHeat (Don't Trade GGBG Pl0x) says:

    LOL someone come up with the caption for the picture, too damn funny looking to not have a caption.

  6. Big Stein says:

    Bill Simmons on PTI called Torre an “attention whore”.

    Gotta agree with him. Digya see Torre already start his campaign to join the Mets.

  7. Pete says:

    I kinda wish Thames was starting tonight against Shields. I think the change would be less effective against him than against a LH Berkman. Just a hunch, though. Lance has been hot lately and that’s his better side, so it’s probably a wash

  8. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    A lineup for sure. You could make a case for Thames over Berkman as Shield is generally more effective against LH (870 OPS vs 757 RH) this season. Perhaps tonight is the night for a big Puma fly.

  9. Nice says:

    Why isn’t Grandy bating 2nd? The way he’s hitting, he’s earned the number #2 spot.

  10. Not Tank the Frank says:

    That A lineup is crazy with a capital nuts.

  11. NYY-SWISH says:

    Still, while I’d rather see Gardner lead off, this lineup makes my pants tight.

  12. Jerome S says:

    Berkman, eh? is he gonna be spun over to the right side for this one? Cause if so, then this is like the 96/100 Lineup. Which I guess is still an A.

  13. U Thant says:

    This lineup is good.

  14. Dela G says:

    hmm kim jones is looking good tonight…

  15. Pat D says:

    Wanted to leave work early today, didn’t have time available to do so.

    Let’s kick some ass!

  16. Carlosologist says:

    Fun fact: The Yanks are the first team to reach 800 runs. Now imagine if we didn’t have that fail of a road trip. We’d be well on our way to 900 runs!

  17. Kit says:

    Loving that line up. No mercy for Shields. Kick ass, boys.

  18. Avi says:

    This is our BEST lineup against Right handed pitchers. I’m referring to the players. The actual order can be debated.

  19. All Star Carl says:

    Come on Hughes beat the Rays

  20. All Star Carl says:

    Nice change up

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

    Sterling reads RAB?!? “This is the A-Team”

    “Pity the fool” jokes to ensue?

  22. Dela G says:

    good inning for huuuuuuuughes, but would love the pitches per A/B to go down plz

  23. Slappy White says:

    I knew Hairston was a warrior. Played 2 months with a broken leg….DAMN

  24. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    I am sure that I missed this earlier in the thread, but Philly has to stop this 22+ pitch stuff. Dude your killing your arm.

    Now, I would like to see a 5 spot by the 3rd inning

  25. Across the pond says:

    Anyone got a scouting report on this Shields guy? What pitches has he got?

    *I amuse myself and that’s all that matters

  26. ShuutoHeat (Don't Trade GGBG Pl0x) says:


  27. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    Hey Shields, here is your Cortisone shot

  28. CBean says:


  29. Mike Axisa says:

    I might be able to hit double digit homers in the number two spot of this lineup.

  30. Big Stein says:


  31. Ben says:

    Anyone know the last time the Yankees had their full lineup out there (or one with Thames instead of Berkman)?

  32. Dela G says:

    passing the baton

    i like

  33. Across the pond says:


    What is the circular thing that batters have on their thumbs (i think). Just seen Swish with one and seen one the other day at a baseball game.

    Couldn’t get a good look to see what it’s for though.

  34. Kit says:

    I would like a productive 3-4-5 today, guys. Liking it so far, get them in, Robbie.

  35. Hughesus Christo says:

    I’m pretty sure I would hate Jason Heyward if he weren’t on my fantasy team. Best player ever, or best player ever?

    I’m anticipating 10 HRs from him in this year’s the World Series, despite a Yankees sweep.

  36. Dela G says:

    i know it’s extremely difficult, but the yanks have got to stop swinging at those pitches out of the zone against sheilds. Those low and away pitches are going to be the death of the righty

  37. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    so is anyone going to the last game at home im exited im sitting in section 130

  38. Dela G says:

    That strike one pitch was almost on the ground!

  39. Carlosologist says:

    that was a strike?

  40. ShuutoHeat (Don't Trade GGBG Pl0x) says:

    LOL gotta love the guy singing “Ole Ole” with “Jorge Jorge”.

  41. Kit says:

    I love you, Jorge.

  42. Carlosologist says:

    Is this what you call… offense

  43. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Come on Puma. Your Yankee pinstripes are still waiting.

  44. Thomas says:

    88 AB without a HR, put in Miranda.


  45. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    Come on PUMA ! Time to pounce !

  46. ShuutoHeat (Don't Trade GGBG Pl0x) says:


  47. swisher's fauxhawk says:


  48. Dela G says:

    PUMA TIME!!!

    upton looked so lost

  49. Mike Axisa says:

    Lance fucking Berkman’s in the house!!!

  50. CBean says:

    Big Puma!

  51. Hey, where’s the Berkman troll from this morning?

  52. Thomas says:

    And Fat Elvis says, “Thank you very much.”

  53. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    Aight , I take that. Some XBH oomph!

  54. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    1 run to go.

  55. Dela G says:

    circular lineup is circular

  56. JD says:

    Big Game James

  57. All Star Carl says:


  58. U Thant says:

    in play, (runs)

  59. Guest says:

    I love it when you call me Big Puma

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

    Is that all he has? Warning track power?

  61. Slappy White says:

    I guess James doesnt consider this a big game

  62. Carlosologist says:

    Damn it would have been impressive for Berk to go out of the Stadium with a dead center shot.

    • CBean says:

      I”m still at work so I’m on the at-bat and they were doing a live look-in. And they cut it out just as Berkman hits that ball. I was all AHHHHHHHH what happened to it and hoping for his first HR as a Yankee.

  63. Lance Berkman: True Yankee™, or Truest Yankee™?

  64. Dela G says:

    Grandy Man!!

    Yes he can!

  65. Guest says:

    The A-Team…Niiiiiiice, I like.

  66. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    FU Joe Maddon!

  67. ShuutoHeat (Don't Trade GGBG Pl0x) says:

    Grandy! Yeeaaaaaaa!

    Big Lame James has NOTHING tonight.

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

    Suzyn. “Shields is a human being, and you can’t predict baseball”

  69. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    And there is my 5 spot before the 3rd inning. Thank you very much boys.

    Now I can have a drink in peace.

  70. Kit says:

    Hell yeah! No mercy, Shields.

  71. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    I absolutely adore Puma running the bases.

  72. Jose the Satirist says:

    Let’s destroy their bullpen tonight.

  73. CBean says:

    After the roadtrip last week, it’s so good to seeing the Yankees playing like this.

  74. JGS says:

    Big Game James’ ERA is, as of this moment, over 5.

  75. ShuutoHeat (Don't Trade GGBG Pl0x) says:

    I hate that move he does before he gets into position, the whole twist around to look at 1B shit.

  76. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Made that ass work.

    Good job, boys.

  77. Carlosologist says:

    I predicted a blowout sweep yesterday. We’re halfway there now.

  78. Sunil says:

    the yanks have the A squad out tonight. swisher has a decent shot at 100 rbis this year. if he did that, the yanks would have 2-3-4-5 hitters with 100 or more rbi.

  79. JD says:

    Good job looking at strike 3, Brett. This team does not have the killer instinct.

  80. Jon in CUO says:

    There’s no way they can keep up this pace and score 45. Prepare yourselves for 8 innings of frustrating, scoreless Yankees baseball.


  81. Dela G says:

    that was a filthy curve

  82. Kit says:

    Ah fuck you, Matt Joyce. You and your attractiveness.

  83. bexarama says:

    Shake it off, Hughesy.

  84. Carlosologist says:

    Jeez, I wonder why Phil gives up so many HR?

    • Slappy White says:

      Dont worry young man, The Great John Flaherty will explain it to us all

    • Guest says:

      Lots of fastballs. Not afraid to challenge hitters. Kind of a recipe for giving up HRs. Of course, I would guess a part of it is he is getting unlucky with his FB/HR ratio.

      BTW, nothing wrong with giving up a lot of homeruns. Lots of great pitchers gave up HRs. The key is to make a lot of them solo HRs.

    • Thomas says:

      IIRC a bunch came off cutters to lefties that just didn’t move much (rather than moving hard inside).

  85. Slappy White says:

    Wipe that cocky smirk off your face Joyce , its still 5-1

  86. CBean says:

    Ok Phil, no more of those.

  87. Mike Axisa says:

    Homer’s fine, shake it off and get the next guy.

  88. phughesisgod says:

    Ohhhhhh 3 changeups in 2 innings, all strikes???? Me likey!

  89. ShuutoHeat (Don't Trade GGBG Pl0x) says:

    Good shit, time to widen the gap some more!

  90. JGS says:

    Dear Flash:

    please never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever mention pitching to the score again.

  91. Copperhead65 says:

    So annoying that guys like Johnson and Joyce hitting Hrs

    At least with Pena you expect it

  92. ShuutoHeat (Don't Trade GGBG Pl0x) says:


  93. Jon in CUO says:

    Prediction: Jeter gets 8 AB’s this game, without extra innings. Make it happen!

  94. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    Keep on and keeping on boys.

  95. Guest says:

    If I hear the phrase “Jeterian swing” one more time…I probably wouldn’t do anything about it.

    But still.

  96. Kit says:

    I know you’re banged up, Mark, but I miss you being productive. Get well soon.

  97. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Ahhhhhhh. So close.

  98. Kit says:

    Damn! So close!

  99. CBean says:

    Goddammit Sterling.

  100. vin says:

    I hate Sterling.

  101. Hummingbird S. says:

    damn, so close. Tex crushed that.

  102. JGS says:

    Tex hit a home run three innings after the toe injury. Stop saying he has been homerless since getting hit.

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

    I hate when Sterling get’s me excited?

    /do it Tommie

  104. vin says:

    Sterling (after talking about the position of the press booth and being able to call HR’s fair/foul): “I can never tell. I just wait for the umpire to call it.”

    Do you really?! Then what is all this “It is high, it is far…” business? Just treat it like every other announcer – with uncertainty regarding fair/foul.

  105. bexarama says:

    Poorly worded text poll

  106. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    I like Sterling personally. He is seldom accurate and very emotional like a normal fan.

  107. Slappy White says:


  108. pat says:

    Doesn’t the ump know if Phil throws a change up anywhere near the plate it needs to be called a strike?

  109. bexarama says:

    Stop talking about lust, Michael Kay

  110. Kit says:

    C’mon, Phil. Uno mas.

  111. Jon in CUO says:

    Folks watching My9: were they just discussing the Carl Crawford/Cervelli dustup from last night?

  112. Mike Axisa says:

    Get this Phil. Stop screwing around.

  113. Copperhead65 says:

    Uh oh

  114. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    Ok, Phil is either gassed or his mechanics have gone to shit. Perhaps a Javier sighting tonight, unless he is still in Joe’s doghouse.

  115. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Hey, Phil. Can you like…not do that. kthxbye.

  116. yungsta says:

    How does the most storied franchise in sports history have such tools for announcers?

  117. Bryan says:

    Teh 3-Man Rotation?

  118. Kit says:

    Try to keep the walks to a minimum, Phil. Get the runs back, offense.

  119. Copperhead65 says:

    Does Flaherty work for the Yanks

    Dude is so negative

  120. Hummingbird S. says:

    I miss good Phil. It looks like we might need more than 5 runs tonight.

  121. CBean says:

    Come on Yankees, get some more runs for your Hughes.

  122. Dela G says:

    who took a dump in john’s cheerios this morning?

  123. Looks like I missed the beginning of a good game.

  124. Dela G says:

    hahahahahaha that didnt even hit him

  125. Cy Pettitte says:



  126. Kit says:

    Does anything in Jorge’s name rhyme with “cheater”?

  127. Bronx School of Acting.

  128. ShuutoHeat (Don't Trade GGBG Pl0x) says:

    LOL against the same team.

  129. Zooboy says:

    Jeter should run out and hand Sado a pair of crutches.

  130. bexarama says:


    No seriously, I’m laughing really hardcore

  131. NYY-SWISH says:

    This has bothered me a tad before the season even started, but does anyone else find it bogus that the Yankees start and end the regular season in Fenway Park?

  132. Little Bill says:

    Jorge Posada just cheated the fans and the entire game of baseball. He should be suspended 50 games for that.

  133. Jon in CUO says:

    Rays broadcaster/former Red Sox manager/massive crybaby Kevin Kennedy: “This is a joke. This is getting out of hand. If you can act, you can get to first base.”

  134. Pat D says:

    Wait, did Posada just pretend to get hit?

  135. pastadivingarod says:

    shame on jorge he has a sick kid and he cheats (sarcasm off)

  136. Texas and…someone else.

  137. pastadivingarod says:

    The rays anouncers are harping on it and that madden pointed it out

  138. JGS says:

    No 100-win seasons:

    Texas and Toronto?

  139. Copperhead65 says:

    Not sure but I thought MLB said Maddon could not wear sweatshirts

  140. Jon in CUO says:

    More Kennedy: “Carlos Pena had to hold on Posada at first when he shouldn’t have even been on base. That Berkman line drive was a rocket, it could’ve struck him in the face.”

  141. Kit says:

    C’mon, Phil. Keep the walks down.

  142. Carlos Pena still has a .331 OBP, .332 wOBA, 15% walk rate, and .216 IsoP, as well as 27 homers. Batting average aside, Pena is still having an okay year.

  143. charliechoochoo says:

    What a crazy team this is.

  144. bexarama says:

    Mmm Carlos Pena pouting

  145. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    Gaudin , Javy or Moseley, any preferences in who is coming out BP first tonight?

  146. I don’t get what speed has to do with batting average, Mike.

  147. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Carlos Pena worse than Ramiro Pena?

  148. Dela G says:

    does kay know that 80 speed =/= great batting average??

    look at corey patterson…

  149. Pat D says:

    What’s his pitch count at?

  150. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Get coordinated, boys.

  151. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    AJax threatening rookie strike out record?

    Stats please.

  152. Kit says:

    They really wanted that out.

  153. Communication, please.

  154. Kit says:

    One more out, Phil.

  155. Yeah, guys, it’s lack of veteran leadership that has made Upton “underperform.”

  156. bexarama says:

    Wow, this whole conversation about BJ Upton and the Rays and their motivation or whatever is really pissing me off.

  157. CBean says:

    Ok Yankees, no sloppy playing.

  158. Hummingbird S. says:

    Great. Giving them free outs. This is getting ugly.

  159. Cy Pettitte says:

    Home run Javy loosening up

  160. Kit says:

    But they have Javy…not really an improvement given his struggles, but it probably won’t kill the bullpen.

  161. Sheepmeister says:

    So thats a strike on 3-0 but not on 0-0

  162. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    Ummm, where were pitch 1 and 2?

  163. Copperhead65 says:

    Comon Phil

  164. Pat D says:

    Gotta love it when your starter puts himself in trouble.

  165. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    Come on Hughes, you can do it. I rather see Moseley than Javy if Hughes gets out this inning.

  166. ZZ says:

    It is hard to believe how little BJ Upton has gotten out of his talent. What a waste of such great gifts for a player to have.

  167. Thomas says:

    Alright Hughes.

  168. Kit says:

    Come on, offense, give Phil some help.

  169. cjc says:

    what a god awful job by Hughes just terrible

  170. Cy Pettitte says:

    close one….can we add 10 more runs and make this an easy win please

  171. I know Zobrist had a great year last year, so this year is technically a “down year” for him, but last year was the first time he had more than 227 PA. Isn’t it possible–probable?–that we don’t quite know what an up and down year is for him? I doubt he’s this “bad” but I also doubt he’s as good as 2009 showed.

    Did that make sense?

  172. cjc says:

    watch him pitch into the 6th after that first inning ridiculous

  173. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    RISP failure by our opponent? Not possible.

  174. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    The Jaso walk. I’ll give the ump the first pitch, but that second one…

  175. Copperhead65 says:

    Well there you have it Michael Kay just called the game

    Yanks have no momentum

  176. bexarama says:

    How many fucking times have they talked about the momentum shift?

  177. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Jeets having a Gardnerian ab…

  178. Kit says:

    No more walks, Phil, an easy inning would be cool.

  179. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Back to House Of Steinbrenner on espn

  180. Copperhead65 says:

    All I want for Christmas is 3 straight outs

  181. ShuutoHeat (Don't Trade GGBG Pl0x) says:

    Ugh… Flaherty just STFU…

  182. Derek Jeter’s HOF speech will be full of cliches, no? It will–as most of his interviews–say a lot without saying anything.

  183. Jon in CUO says:

    Jimmy Fallon is wearing a Yankees cap. Wha-wha-wha?

  184. Speaking of (Dumb) S#$! Michael Kay Says:

    On TMKS today, Kay said that the Jets would be “hypocritical” to suspend/discipline Braylon Edwards for his DUI arrest because “his character issues are the reason they acquired him.

    No, seriously.

  185. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    The momentum is slowly shifting back


  186. ZZ says:

    Great change ups by Hughes tonight. Very encouraging start.

    • Pat D says:

      Not really.

    • bexarama says:

      He had no command at all. I love Hughes and I liked that he busted out the other pitches, but it’s hard to call this that encouraging.

      • ZZ says:

        This is an incredibly encouraging start from a young pitcher. Hughes had no control at all tonight, yet so far he has limited the Rays to 2 runs. He had no control of his offspeed pitches, but he stuck with them, because he knows he needs to work with those pitches to be successful in the playoffs. He is tired tonight and instead of folding like many young pitchers, he battled through it and has pitched a solid game.

        He learned from how some of the Rays got to him last start. He saw how Dan Johnson beat him and this start he made a huge adjustment. 3 great changeups in one at bat to Dan Johnson who beat him on mistake fastballs the last start out. Beautiful.

        This start was a great sign going forward and in the playoffs.

        • Carlosologist says:

          He’s developing the ace mentality.

        • My rebuttal:

          While Hughes establishing his changeup is a good thing going forward, for this start and the rest of this year, the more critical thing for the 2010 Yankees is not the establishment of his changeup/secondary pitches, it’s his ability to deal with fatigue and make it through 6 innings as a starter as he pitches above and beyond 146 innings for the first time in 4 years and 170 innings for the first time in his life.

          For 2011, this start is great. For 2010, I’m much more concerned with how much gas Hughes has in the tank than with how effective his 4th pitch is, and thus this start is less than great.

  187. Pat D says:

    98 pitches after 5? Hmm, I hope the B bullpen is ready to get some outs.

  188. pat says:

    Wow, you can’t throw a more perfect change up than pitch #4

  189. JMS says:

    Well, well now, it seems there is a bigger idiot out there than the Yankees Joe G, and it is Joe Maddon…How did all those loudmouth pants work out for ya Joema? Too busy coddling players, and creating road trip clothing to actually manage a team. Rays will fall, not because they can’t play, but because they have a worse manager than the Yankees. Keep using those graphs without common sense, and see how long that lasts, especially when the Rays already announced tonight they are slashing payroll even if they win the World Series…that will make them run to the game to watch…

  190. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    Aight Offense , let’s get those two runs back. Javy Alert!

  191. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    How the frig is that a foul ball?

  192. Kit says:

    C’mon, offense, you really can’t keep giving him easy innings.

  193. Mr. Sparkle says:

    For all complaining about Kay…at least you’ve been spared some Classic Sterling tonight. Nary an inning has gone by without him jumping a call…and I’m stuck with the radio until about 10:30.

    • MikeD says:

      I’ve listened to Sterling for years, even pre his doing the Yankee games. He used to be a decent announcer. Now he really sucks. All he cares about his setting up his HR call so that it’s as clean as can be when it’s replayed. So even if he doesn’t think it’s going to go out, he has to startstaging the call just in case it is a HR. So anything that’s possible sounds like a HR. Listening to that on the radio is very, very annoying…and disappointing. I keep thinking the Yankees have a HR, only to have it pulled back.

      Worse, he pays no attention to regular plays. A good announcer can pretty much tell the listner if a hit ball will be a hit right off the bat, or is slightly doubtful, just by varying the tone and tension of his voice. Sterling has none of this.

      Sorry for stating the obvious, but I had to listen to him a few times in the last week as I was driving and it was clear he’s gotten worse.

      Now back to the game.

  194. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Bleh. Knock him out next inning.

  195. MikeD says:

    So Shields tossed over 40 pitches in the first inning, and right now he’s only in the low 90s after five, throwing less pitches than Phil.


    I’ll take the score, though.

  196. cjc says:

    93 pitches unreal

  197. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    How to get 12 outs without Drob, Wood, Mo and Logan. Here we go…I am fully prepare to sweat it out the next 4 innings.

  198. ShuutoHeat (Don't Trade GGBG Pl0x) says:

    WTF was that lame ass attempt of a commercial for the Giants on My9?

  199. cjc says:

    5 runs 40+ pitches in the 1st and yet more economical than Hughes bad job lneup after the first

  200. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    One more, Phil.

  201. kcm says:

    last thing we need is javy to warm up in the pen

  202. One more pitch, then call it a night, Phil.

  203. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    I hope you guys are DVR’ing this ESPN 30 for 30 piece on the Steinbrenner family. Very well done.

  204. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Depleted bullpen? Don’t these guys read RAB?


  205. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    Nice finish, Hughes.

  206. Cy Pettitte says:

    great finish from Hughes

  207. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Mah boy. Nice.

  208. Oh peace, B.J. Way to end on a high note, Phil.

  209. CBean says:

    Good job Hughes!

  210. Kit says:

    I think that was a nice, “Fuck you guys,” from Phil. Good job, babe.

  211. kcm says:


  212. ZZ says:

    Yes. Beautiful. It really is such a great sight to watch a young pitcher develop. Have really missed this as a Yankee fan.

    So impressed with Hughes tonight.

    Pitched like a seasoned veteran tonight and actually got stronger in his final two innings hovering around 100 pitches.

    Can’t wait to watch this kid in the postseason.

  213. bexarama says:

    Wow, that was awesome of Hughes.

  214. Kit says:

    C’mon, offense, more runs would be cool.

  215. Hummingbird S. says:

    Wheres the O?

  216. Cy Pettitte says:

    Albie and Joba should be able to get 9 outs between them

  217. Kit says:

    Yeah, Jorge. Bring him in, Puma.

  218. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Puma getting respect.

  219. Dela G says:

    hmm, bringing in a lefty to face the guy shields has pwned his career?

  220. kcm says:

    Hughes will only continue to get stronger through his career. He’s got the stamina, guts and attitude to become a strong 3 or 4 starter. Just gotta mix up his pitches more. I love his change-up and the 12-6 curve. If he’s slated to start a game 3 or 4 in a series, and if he’s got all of his pitches working and effectively, then goodnight Texas or Minnesota.

  221. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Intentional walk pitches should only count as 0.5 in the pitch count. No strain.

    Game must be getting boring to think about that…

  222. Eirias says:


    Hughes’ Start is evolving!

    Congratulations! Hughes’ Start evolved into Quality Start!

  223. charliechoochoo says:

    I left when Hughes sucked and came back and he’s a hero. What happened???

  224. kcm says:

    The Grandy man, Oh the Grandy man can

  225. kcm says:

    slap one to left gardy

  226. Dela G says:

    great inning by grandy/gardy…

  227. ND Mike says:

    Gardner should’ve bunted.

  228. Mike Axisa says:

    Obviously, Gardner should squeezed there. Granderson too, just to be safe.

  229. kcm says:

    unfortunately gardner has only one blemish on his talents, that’s bunting. he’d be a legit .310 hitter if he knew how to bunt. hopefully next year, he’d improve….we hope

    • Zooboy says:

      I thought I read something in spring training how he spent the off season working on his bunting. If that’s the case, maybe he just can’t.

    • unfortunately gardner has only one blemish on his talents, that’s bunting. he’d be a legit .310 hitter if he knew how to bunt.

      If he bunted better, those bunts wouldn’t count towards his batting average, meaning the effect on his BA would be minimal. If bunting better made him a .310 hitter, that means he’s probably basically a .310 hitter regardless of his bunting ability, and if he’s a .310 hitter regardless of his bunting ability, I want him trying to hit every time up and not bunting ever.

      I want Ramiro Peña and Frankie Cervelli to be ace bunters, because they’re not good hitters. Brett Gardner is a good hitter, he shouldn’t bunt.

  230. Cy Pettitte says:

    Hughes still in there? that’s surprising

  231. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    I am surprise that Hughes is still out there. Come on Hughes DP right here.

  232. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Phil Hughes-shower time.

  233. Hummingbird S. says:

    Runner on in a close game, Gaudin time!

  234. JobaWockeeZ says:

    If Hughes needs an innings cap why let him go well above 100 pitches?

  235. cjc says:

    the guy is hitting like 260ish you can probably throw him strikes

  236. kcm says:

    why joe! why! get up robertson or albie! not javy

  237. Steve O. says:

    Should I trade Jamaal Charles for Calvin Johnson?

    I’ve got Felix and Thomas Jones, Jahvid Best, Michael Bush, Dez Bryant, Steve Smith(NYG), Frank Gore, Roddy White and Mike Sims-Walker. 2 WR and 2 RB and 1 RB/WR start for me.

  238. Kit says:

    Get a couple of outs for Javy, Phil.

  239. MikeD says:

    I think it’s time for young Phil to experience a Dallas Green-inspired 200-pitch count game. Did wonders for the first five years of Al Leiter’s career.

  240. cano is the bro says:

    why is hughes still in the game?

  241. Little Bill says:

    Javy is warming up but Logan should be brought in to face Crawford. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gaudin brought in to face Longoria., Girardi said before the game he likes the matchup.

  242. Dela G says:

    man i forgot javy was even on this team


  243. Jon in CUO says:

    Spotted: the Wave at Yankee Stadium. Sigh.

  244. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Isn’t the wave a 1980′s phenomenon?


  245. Mike Axisa says:

    Time for Javy to dazzle with his nothingball.

  246. kcm says:

    i’d rather be stranded at the mall seeing my gf shop, than see javier “chokes” vazquez pitch

  247. ZZ says:

    Great start from Hughes.

    Doesn’t look like the Yankees are really concerned with any fatigue or workload with Girardi pushing him there.

  248. Slappy White says:

    Im so glad they got Phil outta there so Kay will shut the fuck up about his innings limit. He says the same exact shit every fuckin time. God what an irritating sonofabitch

  249. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    I wish Gardy wouldn’t put his arms out to his side as if he can’t see the ball in the lights.

  250. esteban says:

    This is terrible the bleachers have been starting the wave. Embarrasing

  251. ShuutoHeat (Don't Trade GGBG Pl0x) says:

    Fucking bloops.

  252. Dela G says:

    :( i hate opponent bloop hits

  253. LB says:

    i think garder could have thrown him out

  254. Mike Axisa says:

    Bah, cheap little hit.

  255. ND Mike says:

    Does the tatoo on Carl Crawford’s neck look stupid to anyone else?

  256. JGS says:

    Damn. Downright Gardnerian from Crawford

  257. Kit says:

    C’mon, Javy. Just one more out.

  258. bexarama says:

    Stupid Rays and their bloops

  259. kcm says:

    my point excatly. get him outta here

  260. Hummingbird S. says:

    Predictable. And now its a HR hitter against HR Javy. This lead might not last long.

  261. kcm says:

    because of 2004 game 7 alcs and all of 2010. disgrace

  262. Kit says:

    Alright, offense, help Phil and Javy out.

  263. Dela G says:

    good job javy

    battling back to get the 3rd out

  264. Cy Pettitte says:

    bullpen Javy>Starter Javy

  265. ND Mike says:

    Yay Javy! Duplicate that over 6 innings and now you’ve got something.

  266. MikeD says:

    …returning from hiding behind couch when I saw Vazquez pitching to Longoria with tieing run at plate.

  267. kcm says:

    here comes 2 runs this inning

  268. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    I’ll start watching when they change the name to “How I Met Your Whore Mother.”

  269. Sheepmeister says:

    Now the low strike is called?!?!?!

  270. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    The G-men are anxiously awaiting Plexico’s getting out of jail so he can rejoin the team and display the character they liked in him when they first acquired him.

    /if Kay was a Giant fan

  271. You cannot stop Nick Swisher; you can only hope to contain him.

  272. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Chad Qualls…Chad Balls.

  273. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Mark really toe-ing it down the line..

  274. Dela G says:

    damn, flaherty is such a damn stiff

  275. Slappy White says:

    Its not that fuckin funny Kay….The mans a fucking doctor

  276. China Joe says:

    Let’s get a couple of runs here…then Javy can pitch as long as he wants

  277. Sheepmeister says:

    So, I never noticed this before but is joe maddon trying to be the baseball belichek with the disgusting hoodie.

  278. MikeD says:

    You know, some businesses have to pay for commercials on the YES Network. Not Dr. Koco Eaton.

  279. Dela G says:

    hmm marv albert is at the yankee game? i’m shocked he isn’t dressed like a woman tonight

  280. Kit says:

    C’mon, Robbie.

  281. ShuutoHeat (Don't Trade GGBG Pl0x) says:

    Gardner makes that play.

  282. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    LOL, love it , take that blooper !

  283. Kit says:

    BEAUTIFUL! Just beautiful.

  284. Cy Pettitte says:

    Ribbie Cano strikes again

  285. Carlosologist says:

    Dominican hustle!


  286. Robbie Cano >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> “matchups” and “platoon splits”

  287. Copperhead65 says:


    way to go mr. Cano

  288. bexarama says:

    Goddamn look at the shit-eating grin on A-Rod.

  289. China Joe says:

    Crawford?”That’s the way we play! we’re an aggressive team, we slide for balls we can’t possibly reach. You don’t understand!!!!”

  290. MikeD says:

    Crawford wasn’t even close to catching that. Should not have dived.

  291. ZZ says:

    What a fundamentally sound play by the Rays. They are so good at cutting the ball off that they do it even when the runner is probably dead at the plate.

  292. Kit says:

    Hey Jorge, you know what would be awesome? More runs.

  293. JobaWockeeZ says:

    See the amazing results of using the A team?

  294. DallasGreen says:

    the baseball gods owed us that hit

  295. Cecala says:

    Damn those 3-0 strikeouts are the worst

  296. Kit says:

    Ground balls, Javy.

  297. Kit says:

    Get it together, Javy.

  298. Cecala says:

    Javy is only lining things up for the triple play.

  299. Copperhead65 says:

    Get somebody up Joe

  300. Mike Axisa says:

    Never easy. Hopefully Joba’s up and ready to end this shit before it starts.

  301. Jon in CUO says:

    How about a few nothingballs over to first so Joba has time to get ready?

  302. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Eiland: C’mon Javy, don’t get away from your nothing ball

  303. China Joe says:

    I’m gonna let you in on a little secret…Javy Vazquez sucks ass

  304. Pat D says:

    Javy pitching himself off the postseason roster, too.

  305. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Do not throw Pena a fastball Javy. Slow and slower time

  306. Sheepmeister says:

    Javy isnt throwing changeups, they are fastballs slow enough to have the correct location.

  307. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I don’t think Javy is going to pitch an inning of importance in the playoffs. A shame.

  308. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Wow-Pena cannot even pull Javy. Major loss of dinero in next contract sir.

  309. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    Question : Is Joba hurt on any level ? Or rather, G and the Brass are just playing cautiously with his game appearances and innings accrued.

  310. Graig not Craig says:

    Thank you for the short leash.

  311. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Javy’s passion comes and goes.

  312. Kit says:

    A DP ball would be awesome, Joba.

  313. FIPster Doofus says:

    Well, that’s some shit luck

  314. Dela G says:

    can joba be any more unlucky??

  315. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Joba’s mechanics are always impeccable.

  316. Slappy White says:

    Reflex Fail

  317. All Star Carl says:

    Fat Joba doesn’t feel that.

  318. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Typical Joba horse shit luck in the 8th inning.

  319. Copperhead65 says:

    Flaherty the optimist

    What an asshole

  320. Kit says:

    Question: Is Albie still around? And if the score holds would it be wise to go to him or is there something about him that I’m not aware of?

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

      He is only effective against the Red Sox? The guy just took the all-time single season saves mark at Scranton. I don’t know why Joe hasn’t used him. This would be a good game for it.

  321. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    12 ft. breaking ball.

  322. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    The 55 foot slider fools no one.

  323. ZZ says:

    What a play by Jorge.

  324. Kit says:

    Yeah! Uno mas, Joba.

  325. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    Fist Bump !

  326. Slappy White says:

    Sit your ASS down Hawpe

  327. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    He missed that by 3 feet. Bad guess.

  328. Cme on, Joba. One more out, dude.

  329. Kit says:

    Beautiful! Good job, Joba.

  330. Oneill21 says:

    Thank you joba!

  331. ShuutoHeat (Don't Trade GGBG Pl0x) says:

    Good sheeeeeeeee-it.

  332. bexarama says:

    Huge. Thank you, Joba!

  333. Pat D says:

    Alby for 9th?

  334. Dave Miller says:

    Am I the only one who has noticed that Yankees pitchers have been 3-2 to every stinking hitter tonight?

    • Kit says:

      Well, you had Phil Hughes who sort of lacked control/has a billion pitches fouled off of him, and then you had Javy who has a “Nothing ball”, and then an unlucky Joba. Not exactly pitchers who are lights out.

  335. Kit says:

    Is that a BJ sucks chant? Hilarious.

  336. Copperhead65 says:

    Ok here is a vote

    Waldman/Sterling vs Kay/Flaherty

    painful either way

  337. Carlosologist says:

    Was the crowd chanting “BJs suck?”

    From people I know (ZZ’d), I’m told BJs do not suck.

  338. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    He has been Lancing that boil tonight..

  339. Copperhead65 says:

    What about Albie?

  340. Kit says:

    Run, Brett, Run!

  341. Insurance run, please. I want some Romulo.

  342. ShuutoHeat (Don't Trade GGBG Pl0x) says:


  343. Slappy White says:

    Tack on runs are gooooood

  344. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Derek’s been eating the Wheaties.

  345. Carlosologist says:

    Jeter ripped that into the gap. Somebody is going to have a bounceback 2011…

  346. Kit says:

    I love seeing you hit and look so much better, Derek.

  347. Sick Nwisher says:

    Let the pigeons LOOSE!!!!!

  348. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    Brackman time ! Warm him up!

  349. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Nova just told Joe: “Alby can hold this 5 run lead, no need to pitch Joba another inning”

    Joe: Let me check the binder young man.

  350. We want Romulo!

    /clap, clap, clapclapclap

  351. pat says:


  352. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    We win. Joe G pitching Joba makes no sense.


  353. ZZ says:

    Good call by Joe leaving Joba in.

    No reason to mess around in an important game with a short bullpen.

  354. Pat D says:

    Another guy with questionable control?

  355. pat says:

    Btw, did anybody else here the “BJ SUCKS” chant at the end of the inning? Awesome.

  356. pat says:

    Btw, did anybody else hear the “BJ SUCKS” chant at the end of the inning? Awesome.

  357. Slappy White says:


  358. Dela G says:

    hahahahahahahaha swisher

  359. Kit says:

    Oh fuck! You okay, Jorge?!

  360. Carlosologist says:


  361. pat says:

    Oh that’s not good.

  362. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    On the last freaking strike of the game this happens?

  363. Dela G says:

    oh no, that hit him in the nuts

  364. Slappy White says:

    Worst pain there is

  365. LB says:

    that one actually did hit him…yikes

  366. Kit says:

    I had the same reaction as those kids, except my face fell way more.

  367. pat says:

    Don’t worry Jorge, Lauren will take care of that for you.

  368. Kit says:

    Yankees win!! Yay!!

  369. LB says:

    thaaaaaaaa yankees winnnn

  370. Carlosologist says:

    Let’s get a picture of the Babe up.

  371. MikeD says:

    Let’s take the next two!

  372. FIPster Doofus says:

    So the Rays are guaranteed to leave the Bronx in second place. Excellent.

  373. bexarama says:

    Not to tempt fate, but because I think that magic number picture will change soon: just lovely. :3

  374. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    A very satisfying win consider what I seen from Hughes tonight.
    I will take a split in the next two games.

  375. ZZ says:

    Great game all around.

    Great game from Hughes, great job by the offense, great job by Joba, and great job by Girardi.

    Nothing for Yankee fans to complain about tonight.

  376. Slappy White says:

    Pic us out a good pic of the Bambino. Looks like Magic number 3 in a few….if ole Paps can ever get Os out

  377. Dela G says:

    oh this is grrrrrrrrrreat! Paps can’t get anyone out

    • tom says:

      It’s almost like The Red Sox would rather be officially dead before they get to NY Friday, so they won’t have to experience the loss in person.

  378. Kit says:

    Red Sox lose. Great night all around.

  379. Zanath says:

    Missed all of this game except the end. Sounds like a real fantastic game all around (though the 8th sounded a bit scary). And good to see the Sawx getting beaten up.

    Saw the movie “The Town,” btw. Real great movie.

  380. steve (different one) says:

    The problem with pulling Joba is that there is no “safety net” tonight. It would be one thing to have a 5 run lead and Mo or Wood available.

    If Albaladejo comes in and starts getting knocked around, who comes on to clean up?? Romulo Sanchez??

    They were short in the pen, the Rays had the heart of the order coming up, and this is still a semi-important game. It’s a little staggering to see Girardi ripped for not going to a ?? like Jon Albaladejo.

    • Graig not Craig says:

      I’m with you. There will be opportunities for Albie and Romulo – just not tonight.

    • Kit says:

      …Who is ripping him? Some of us were saying we would like to see him, not that Joba being there was OMG, THE WORST THING EVER. It was a good lead for someone who is used to closing, so some of us thought that would be his spot for him. That’s it. No one is ripping Joe at all. There is really very little, if anything at all, to complain about in this game.

      • steve (different one) says:

        We win. Joe G pitching Joba makes no sense.


        Does that qualify? I think it does.

        But whatevs.

        • Kit says:

          That’s one person, and as you may or may not have noticed, not everyone is insightful/understanding of why things are done the way they are. That’s their opinion, and if you think that’s “ripping” then you are really sensitive.

          • steve (different one) says:

            You are right, I didn’t notice the several comments “lightly criticizing” Girardi were all from the same person.

  381. MikeD says:

    The Buck-driven Orioles keep powering along. The A.L. East next year is going to be sick.

  382. MikeD says:

    Papel-bomb’s ERA is now 3.92. Not a good year for the man who thinks he’s Rivera.

  383. MikeJ says:

    I know it will be 3 soon, but the Iron Horse needs his time in the Magic Number box! :)

  384. Zanath says:

    Here comes the Babe!

  385. Pat D says:

    I want to punch Mitch Williams right now.

    I mean, I want to punch Mitch Williams all the time, but now I just really want to punch him. Repeatedly. Until he bleeds.

    • Jon in CUO says:

      What’s he saying?

      • Pat D says:

        He was saying something about the Yankees starters having to deal with the Twins lineup, Delmon Young in particular. OBP doesn’t matter to him, apparently.

        And then I’m 99% sure he mentioned that Pavano pitched well against the Yankees this year.

        Oh, and of course he’s marveling about the Phillies not having Rollins right now.

  386. Carlosologist says:

    The Minnesota Twins are the AL Central champs. And there wasn’t a 163rd game to decide it!

  387. Captain Jack says:

    Not related to the game but ESPN’s 30 for 30 on the Boss was downright amazing.

    • MikeD says:

      When do they rerun these things on ESPN?

      They had one on Mariano earlier this year that I missed. I’ve never seen it pop up again.

      I’m used to YES or the MLB Network where everything is repeated like a bijillion times.

  388. icebird753 says:

    This isn’t related either, but there’s no thread…its a shame that Hamilton gets hurt all the time, if it weren’t for the drugs and crap in his life, imagine how great he would’ve been. I think we are only seeing a player without his full potential, as it has been slightly sapped from him over the years. He’s still great, but would’ve been otherworldly if he had a healthy, clean/sober career.

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