Game 22: No Tex, no Cap’n


Won't see either of these guys tonight. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

In the final game of this four game series against the Pale Hose, the Yankees are going to be without two of their key offensive players. Mark Teixeira is out of the lineup and is day-to-day with the same sore shoulder that took him out of last night’s game. It’s not a long term concern, but it’s always good to give guys an extra day of rest when they’re banged up this early in the season. Derek Jeter, on the other hand, is presumably out of the lineup just to get some rest. The Cap’n has eight hits in his last 20 at-bats to go along with three walks and just two strikeouts, so he’s starting to show some signs of life.

If the Yankees need to sacrifice offense in the name of good health, today is a good day to it. They have their ace on the mound, and the White Sox have Ramon Castro, Gordon Beckham, Brent Morel, and Brent Lillibridge batting in consecutive lineup spots. CC Sabathia is coming off a fantastic outing against the Orioles over the weekend, the game that started this run of excellent starting pitching. I’m sure the big guy will keep it going. Here’s the lineup…

Curtis Granderson, CF
Nick Swisher, RF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Eric Chavez, 1B
Russell Martin, C
Jorge Posada, DH
Brett Gardner, LF
Eduardo Nunez, SS

CC Sabathia, SP

The weather was anything but great in the Tri-State Area today, though it looks like it’s cleared enough to start the game on time and play it without interruption. You can watch on YES locally or MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Phil Hughes Update: St. Phil is going to visit a specialist in St. Louis on Monday to determine if he actually has Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Brian Cashman compared the ongoing health saga to an episode of House, though hopefully not one of the new episodes that’s more about relationships than medicine. WTF is that about.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. A-ROD fan says:

    Thanks god jeter is off today I’m so sure that nuñez will do beter job then jeter tonite

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Jeter’s 8 for his last 20 with 3 BBs in the last 5 games, but sure…

      • OldYanksFan says:

        Yeah… 4 infield hits, 3 of which went 80′, 3 ground balls and 1 linedrive. It’s an improvement, but you can’t say he is hitting the ball well.

  2. S says:

    hopefully it is solved in an hour

  3. jjyank says:

    Think the Yanks should be alright against Jackson if they can be their usual patient selves.

  4. JGS says:

    To be fair, the show has never really been about medicine.

  5. JobaWockeeZ says:

    CC don’t need them. Hopefully.

  6. Wandering Bear says:

    Not having Jeter in the lineup is a blessing.

  7. Cy Pettitte says:

    damn, Zobrist put a hurt on the Twins, 8 RBIs this afternoon

    • Epy0n says:

      As bad as the Twins are today they looked even worse than normal. Blacky was not throwing heat but he also was not getting effective work from his defense at all.

      Anyway, Grandy leading off has me excited and of course CC is pitching. /end blahg

      • JGS says:

        Even if that’s the Girardicizing of his name, you probably shouldn’t call him “Blacky”.

        • Epy0n says:

          Actually announcers were calling him Blacky all game. Why would I not be able to call him that? Please keep your political correctness crap out of RAB threads.

  8. Matt :: Sec110 says:

    I’ve never watched and episode of house.

  9. Thomas says:

    They just showed TSJC on ESPN in their sportscenter draft coverage.

  10. Stratman9652 says:

    How great is the bench that he loss of Tex and Jeter isn’t quite the crippler it would have once been? Also kinda like Grandy leading off.

  11. Pat D says:

    I’ve never watched House, but I assume it’s like all shows that have been on for a while. The writers are bored and just trying to do something different, whether it works or not.

  12. Sean C says:

    It’s always lupus.

    RE: House.

  13. Xstar7 says:

    The Yankees haven’t scored a single run this series without the benefit of the home run. Hopefully that’ll change tonight.

  14. Chip says:

    I already miss Jeter

  15. JobaWockeeZ says:

    That’s extremely ironic.

  16. iloveyoubartolo says:


  17. Cy Pettitte says:


  18. And we thought Nunez would never be able to give us the same production as Jeter. Psh.

  19. JobaWockeeZ says:

    …Which is why these saber metrics account for errors but Jeter is still a sucky fielder.

  20. Cy Pettitte says:

    A-Rod is awesome

  21. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Nunez should learn from A Rod

  22. Xstar7 says:

    Inning changing play

  23. Stratman9652 says:

    Payback’s a bitch, Brent.

  24. wilcymoore27 says:

    Good point by MIchael Kay, actually. Say what you want about Derek Jeter’s range … the dude Catches The Ball. Somehow people seem to forget that’s part of what a SS is supposed to do.

  25. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Great Houdini by CC there

  26. Chip says:

    What a beast

  27. wilcymoore27 says:

    Props to A-Rod, too.

  28. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    CC should’ve got Castro out

  29. Rey22 says:

    Damn, CC can’t catch a break so far

  30. Xstar7 says:

    Way to work out of another jam CC

  31. Pat D says:

    Stupid NFL draft taking up valuable television time. Stupid teams haven’t even been able to sign stupid free agents.


  32. Ben from Stanford says:

    Am I the only one who’s noticed that A-Rod now comes to bat with an entire hamster in his mouth?

  33. Cy Pettitte says:

    well that sucks

  34. Wow, a DP on a ball that Beckham literally rolled to Ramirez.

  35. Xstar7 says:

    Fucking GIDP

  36. Carl says:

    So annoying to have been out-hit throughout this series.

  37. tom says:

    I’ll give plenty of credit to White Sox pitching, but, am I wrong, hasn’t that team had alot of things break its way threse past few days? There should have been no way a double play on that Martin ball.

    • Chip says:

      It’s how the season goes, this wouldn’t be such a big deal had Lillibridge not turned into Clemente for an inning or if Soriano had held the lead the other night. It happens

  38. Fake bunt, here comes the HR!

  39. baravelli says:

    Ramon Castro looks exactly some cartoon character. Is it the Grinch?

  40. Greg says:

    He’s pitching like he did in his no hitter. No hits and a lot of walks

  41. Sean C says:

    Back to back BBs to our 8/9 hitters = don’t fuck up this opportunity.

  42. Thought for sure he was out.

  43. Cy Pettitte says:

    double steal was quite bold there

  44. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    We don’t need no home runs!

    • MikeD says:

      That’s right. Who would want a rally-killing grand slam from Swisher right now. I’m hoping for a little dribbler to short that knocks in a run, while making an out!

  45. Mike HC says:

    Gardner. Impact on the basepaths. Maybe there is hope after all.

  46. Xstar7 says:

    Please no DP here

  47. V says:


  48. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Looks like Cam is the first pick…


  49. MikeD says:

    Dear Nick Swisher, please be either the Swisher of 2009 or 2010. Swisher 2011, BAD.

  50. V says:

    Why did Swisher, who has a great eye, swing at that?

  51. Esteban says:

    Swisher’s pressing.

  52. Kostas says:

    Damn it Swish… trying to hard, that wasn’t even a strike.

  53. Cy Pettitte says:

    Millwood getting lit up, I guess that’s to be expected

  54. Chip says:

    Who needs hits?

  55. MikeD says:

    No carry. Humidity?

  56. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Good job Cano.

  57. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    It’s like watching Little League with all the walks and a double steals.

  58. Mike HC says:

    Cano’s outs are even impressive.

  59. Esteban says:

    SOoooo close to a Salami, but Cano stays killing the ball.

  60. Cy Pettitte says:

    I thought was out off that bat, damn

  61. Carl says:

    I’d appreciate it if a line drive or a grounder past the infield was hit here.

  62. JobaWockeeZ says:

    2 runs and CC on the mound.

  63. Cy Pettitte says:

    what an inning. This game has been so weird

  64. Ben from Stanford says:

    Come on, hamster mouth.

  65. YankeesJunkie says:

    I would personally like to see the line score stay the same throughout the rest of the game.

    • Chip says:

      I’m just glad Cano didn’t hit a homer. Not only do the Yankees already score too many runs via the ball leaving the park but it would have also killed the rally

  66. Chip says:

    Apparently Jackson’s “slider” is actually a screw ball since it moves right. I guess I shouldn’t expect a pitcher to know the difference between sliders and change-ups

  67. Nick says:

    Jackson has a no-hitter through the third.

  68. Mike Axisa says:

    That’s a damn fine trivia question. I have no idea. Maybe Aubrey Huff? Adam Dunn? Mark Reynolds?

  69. Esteban says:

    Chavez shows his inexperience at 1B

  70. Cy Pettitte says:

    Yankees winning but getting no hit, I’m confused, do I panic or what?

  71. MikeD says:

    Hmmm, as a Yankee fan, would you rather:

    a) Have the Yankees win tonight’s game, but suffer the insult a no-hitter against them;

    b) Lose game, but no no-hitter?

    I chose A, but I understand having a no-hitter thrown against your team sucks.

  72. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Pat Burrell sucks.

  73. Joe says:

    This game is lulling me to sleep. Anyone else? I mean I don’t know if it’s all the walks by Jackson, the infield hits by the ChiSox, the lack of hits by the Yanks, or maybe, just maybe, Bob Costas and Jim Kaat announcing on MLBN……..

  74. Chip says:

    Posada needs to give up his first born or something, dude is hitting them right at guys

  75. MikeD says:

    Yankee hitters slumping. Thankfully we’ve been getting good pitching of late.

  76. Mike Myers says:


    Please stop talking about a no hitter in the FOURTH INNING! Just stop…not before the mid 7th…ever

  77. yankw says:

    6 ip 0 hits 120 pitches and a Loss that would be sweet

  78. tom says:

    Everything’s kind of dying in the outfield, isn’t it?

    Except for Jorge’s ball, which made it just far enough to a glove.

  79. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    Zobrist has 10 RBIs for the day so far. Damn.

  80. Chip says:


  81. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    More Bunting!!!!!!!!!

  82. jon says:

    lol move gardner up to the 4 hole

  83. nedro says:

    OMG I just said to my son, watch Gardy homer again…

  84. Corporate Scum says:

    Is Gardner doing a Posada impression?

  85. Stratman9652 says:

    Seriously, since when has Gardner been a home run pull hitter?

  86. Xstar7 says:

    GARDNER PLANTS ONE! Now we don’t have to worry about the no-hitter anymore.

  87. Loturn says:

    Half off-topic, half on-topic.
    Two home runs for Gardner is less than a week?!!

    Should I drop Ruiz for Carlos Santana in my fantasy league?

  88. Joe says:

    I need some controversy. Plunk Lillibridge! Right in the knee so that when he dives trying to make a play it’ll hurt too much to get up and make a throw. That will get Ozzie fired up and out of the game, you get the tweeting going. Swisher gets tossed after being so frustrated with his slump he kicks the ump. A twitter battle ensues! It will be epic! MLB ads showing Brian Wilson’s EPIC beard are put on the scoreboard. The Yankee offense wakes up and then Gardner wins the Home Run title.

  89. ChrisR says:

    Gardner always hits a homerun when i’m not paying attention!

  90. Ben from Stanford says:

    Muhahaha, Lillibridge.

  91. The209 says:

    Gardner — breaks up the no-hitter!

  92. Rey22 says:

    Oh yeah, NOW Lillibridge slips. Bastard.

  93. Carl says:

    I missed the first base hit, didn’t I?

  94. jon says:

    UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Kevin Millwood’s night is finished in Charlotte: Two innings, seven hits, six earned. Yikes.

  95. nedro says:

    I guess someone just figured out how to wake up the offense

  96. Stratman9652 says:

    Need a single to get a team cycle in the inning. Do it Swish!

  97. Avi says:

    lillibridge picked the wrong ball to misjudge.

  98. Sean C says:

    The cherry on top of this inning would be Swish hitting a homerun and getting it out of his system so he can stop freaking out.

  99. Xstar7 says:

    What’s our bench coach doing in the White Sox bullpen?

  100. Rey22 says:

    The offensive beast awakens!

  101. Cy Pettitte says:

    KLong = genius

  102. NJ_Andy says:

    I was out at dinner, so couldn’t watch the game. Been getting texts about the no-hitter all night. Just got back, and the first pitch I saw was Gardner’s HR. All in all, good night.

  103. baravelli says:

    Some poetic justice to the fact that the four guys who walked consecutively before to score a run without a hit now combine to hit for the cycle consecutively their next times up.

  104. nedro says:

    3-run jack. right here.

  105. Alex S says:

    Boy, has there been a lot of balls hit at or near the wall in this past series. Is the wind blowing in?

  106. Cy Pettitte says:

    why even bother with outfielders?

  107. Xstar7 says:

    The Yankees are just piling on now.

  108. Joe says:

    That was a carbon-copy of Arod’s out in that 2nd game.

  109. Chip says:

    Wait, you’re down 6-0 and you’re going to walk the bases loaded with nobody out?

  110. Epy0n says:

    Good thing the offense woke up there I was falling asleep.

  111. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol this inning is comical

  112. Joe says:

    Now if Sado can get a hit….

  113. DCBX says:

    Hip Hip!

  114. nedro says:

    batted around with 0 out???

  115. nedro says:


  116. Cy Pettitte says:

    I CAN NOT WAIT for Ozzie’s post game

  117. David N says:

    …and the magic continues.

  118. Xstar7 says:

    Let’s keep this rally going

  119. Rey22 says:

    The length of this game is going to make up for yesterday’s unusually quick one. 2 hours, still bottom of the 5th

  120. Chip says:

    Come on Gardner Slam!!!

  121. Joe says:

    What’s CC doing right now?

  122. Ryan says:

    Big mistake loading the bases for Brett the slugger.

  123. Big Apple says:

    John Sterling just told me that baseball can’t be predicted….whodathunkit

  124. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I like Steve Cooper’s waddle.

  125. Chip says:

    Ozzie: “You hurt?”

    Pena: “My pride is”

    Ozzie: “Good enough, let’s get somebody else in here”

  126. JimAbbottFan says:

    Yanks decided to cash in their BABIP chips from the first three games.

  127. Michael says:

    put in Andruw Jones!

  128. Joe says:

    When was the last time that Gardner slapped a ball…

  129. Rey22 says:

    How long has this half inning lasted? CC probably went to nap or something

  130. Chip says:

    If I were David Wells, I’d see how many times Michael Kay could say “Meow” on the air

  131. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:


  132. Joe says:

    I’m confused… I’m supposed to be ecstatic that the Yanks have scored 8 runs with only one of them being on a homerun….

    • NJ_Andy says:

      Are you not? I’m feeling pretty damn good right now, honestly.

      • Joe says:

        So you preferred Sado’s bases loaded walk to a Grand Salami right?

        • Jerome S. says:

          are you nuts?
          you take your runs where you get them, not criticize them afterwards for how they were acquired (unless it was a bunt. then we always critique).

          • Joe says:

            But isn’t THAT the idea with all the fuss about the high percentage of runs scored by the homer!

            • NJ_Andy says:

              No. The idea is that you can’t rely on the homer, and that you have to manufacture runs with bunts, sac-flys etc. It’s stupid.

              I’m just saying, I’m happy with 8 runs period. I don’t care how we get them. I’m not saying we should give up the long ball (never give up that which chics dig), just that 8 runs is exciting no matter what.

        • Stratman9652 says:

          While I’d love a grand slam any day of the week, I’d rather have the whole team hitting and getting on base than just one or two players hitting bombs.

  133. Jerome S. says:

    I blame Jeter. should have scored more there.

  134. Joe says:

    I think the Formula™ might actually work tonight.

  135. Rey22 says:

    I definitely feel like the Ethier Shit Streak has been the most interesting thing this month.

  136. MikeD says:


  137. Rey22 says:

    Figures, the day I finally bench Swisher because he’s been struggling so much.

  138. Does Cano have to pay Chip Caray royalties for “fisted”?

  139. Sean C says:

    I’m stuck watching the Comcast/Sox broadcast, and I think the Yankees found a way for me to enjoy Hawk: CRUSHING the White Sox.

  140. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I cannot explain why, but for some reason this video has passed me by for so many years. Seeing A-Rod and Palmeiro cheer Lou on is hilarious.

  141. Rey22 says:

    Hip hip Russel chant going on? The hell?

  142. Avi says:

    Anyone else think Robbie is styling a little too much on his swing follow through?

  143. Cy Pettitte says:

    ugh Nunez….

  144. Cy Pettitte says:

    Chavez what the fuck ar you doing?

  145. Sean C says:

    This is just sloppy. You have to think this shit doesn’t go on with Jeter and Tex in the game.

  146. Cy Pettitte says:

    unbelievable inning, both teams just plain bad

  147. jon says:

    are both those runs unearned?

  148. V says:

    Hmm, ESPN shows that as an earned run; is that true? 3rd out was an error.

  149. Joe says:

    But, this also shows you that it might have been better to stick with Ramiro Pena. He wouldn’t be playing much but when he does he’d be a sure glove. Let Eduardo hit it AAA and practice his defense.

    • MikeD says:

      Nunez has better range than Jeter, but he makes too many mistakes.

      • Chip says:

        Well is he is a rookie shortstop who rarely gets playing time. You kind of have to expect it

        • MikeD says:

          I’m not trying to stick a fork in Nunez, but we underestimate the value of a player, such as Jeter, who makes the right plays. Nunez has issues even when he plays reguarly. It might make sense to have him playing every day in AAA to work on some of these things, especially since he does not look to play much on the MLB level this year.

  150. Cy Pettitte says:

    Brett is back

  151. MikeD says:

    His last three hits have been HRs?

  152. Cy Pettitte says:

    Lol at Twins, getting no hit, down 5-0

  153. JimAbbottFan says:


  154. Kit says:

    SWISH! Finally!

  155. Chip says:


  156. Cy Pettitte says:

    Swish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH THANK GOD

  157. Erica says:


  158. Epy0n says:

    Finally Swish getting it crackin!

  159. Big Apple says:


  160. Rey22 says:

    Haaaad to sit Swisher. Dammit.

  161. Cy Pettitte says:

    damn what a catch

  162. Chip says:

    Wow, Cano is getting robbed lately

  163. MikeD says:

    Gotta love, Swish. He paused for a second and you can literally see him give a sigh of relief as he knew the ball was going to go out.

  164. Joe says:

    First Observation: Gardner slapped a ball. See comment above about not having done that in a while.

    2nd Observation: My fantasy baseball line (with Gardner included):
    11/24, 7, 1, 5, 4, .458

    3rd Observation: In a 10-3 game 2 runners busting it out of the box on grounders.

    4th Observation: Nick Swisher hit a homer and those runs were the most exciting runs of the whole game.

    5th observation: The first pitch shown by MLBN of the Niemann No-hitter, was a hit.

    Weird game but a good night overall.

    • JimAbbottFan says:

      I swear, EVERY time MLBN shows a no-hitter in progress, a hit happens right away.

    • Cuso says:

      as to observation 4, I hope you’re kidding.

      Swisher is Captain “Notorious for padding stats when the Yankees already have leads greater than 5 runs.”

      • Chip says:

        Remember when we used to say that about A-Rod?

      • MikeD says:

        I hope you’re kidding, but I’m open to the idea. Show me the career stats and the comparisons.

      • Joe says:

        I’m only half-kidding. I was referencing my thoughts on the whole homer vs. small ball run discrepancy argument. Swish needed that one right there though. He was really looking lost at the plate. So I, and the stadium, seemed pretty excited about that homer. Even if they were 2 more runs on top of a blowout.

  165. Cuso says:

    I forgot how much I DIDN’T miss Sterling saying “Swishalicious”

  166. Big Apple says:

    corny or not, when sterling says those names its b/c something good happened.

  167. Mickey Scheister says:

    I love the new 8th Inning Guy, you know, the one with a 0.00 ERA!


  168. JerseyDutch says:

    Ten more runs!

  169. Frigidevil says:

    In case anyone was wondering, the Giants just drafted Prince Amukamara

  170. Chip says:

    Hey look, Molina just got his last career major league hit

  171. Xstar7 says:

    Of course you can’t have a Yankees game without a couple double plays.

  172. Cy Pettitte says:

    I;m glad Gus got one hit before he gets cut

  173. MikeD says:

    Good to see Molina getting a hit after he’s off the roster tomorrow. The Yankees basically have a day game after a night game on Saturday, and I expect Cervelli to be catching that one.

  174. Joe says:

    Sabermetric analysis of this game: Jeter and Texeira are worth about 10 runs BELOW replacement. -10 WAR

  175. Big Apple says:

    damn…i almost forgot about how this game started with runners on 2nd/3rd with no outs and CC wiggles out of it…

    that could’ve gotten out of control quickly!

  176. nsalem says:

    Kay repeatedly states that this streak of Yankee good pitching started Saturday in Baltimore. Didn’t it start the Wednesday before in Toronto with Colon’s first start?

  177. Gonzo says:

    Bullpen crisis from a week ago averted.

  178. Joe says:

    Just checked my fantasy team.
    Check out this line for a pitcher:
    0.1 0 0 0 189.00 24.00
    Never seen that before.
    Can you guess the pitcher?

  179. MattG says:

    Can you make a “The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Jorge Posada” post tomorrow? With apologies to Judith Viorst and Alexander?

  180. YanksFan77 says:

    The title of the game wrap should be “No Tex, No Cap’n, No Problem”

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