Game Four: Under the lights for the first time

Series Preview: Minnesota Twins
A-Rod & Posada back Nova as Yanks drop Twins
"Sorry we're going to kick your asses again, Ron." (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

There’s nothing quite like a night game. Yeah, baseball was meant to be played under the sun, yadda yadda yadda, but there’s just something about a night game at Yankee Stadium that I love. After three afternoon affairs against the Tigers, the Yankees are playing their first night game of the season tonight against the Twins.

Oh the Twins. The same Twins that couldn’t beat the Yankees if their collective lives depended on it. Minnesota is just 18-57 against New York in the Ron Gardenhire era (regular season and playoffs), a .240 “winning” percentage. That’s a 39-win pace over 162 games. A team of replacement level players would have won something like 46 games last year. Furthermore, the Twinkies are 6-30 in the Bronx since 2002, and four of those wins came in games started by Johan Santana. So yeah.  The Twins certainly aren’t a bad team, but for whatever reason their formula just hasn’t worked against the Bombers over the last nine years.

Here’s the starting lineup…

Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robbie Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, DH
Curtis Granderson, CF
Russell Martin, C

(The fearless) Ivan Nova, SP

The YES Network is broadcasting this one as (almost) always. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET. Enjoy.

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Series Preview: Minnesota Twins
A-Rod & Posada back Nova as Yanks drop Twins
  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    The Twins certainly aren’t a bad team, but for whatever reason their formula just hasn’t worked against the Bombers over the last nine years.

    It’s because of Derek Jeter. He’s never lost to twins, of any kind. Jeter always scores on twins.

    • RichYF

      Welcome back.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Gracias.

      • Tank the Frank

        TSJC. The man, the myth, the legend, the taint.

  • Pat D

    Who’s gonna paint the picture with words today?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Brett Tomko?

      • squishy jello person

        TSJC!!!!

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          In the flesh. The digital flesh.

  • squishy jello person

    What you love about night games is not having to get up early.

  • Tank the Frank

    I have somewhat irrational high hopes for Nova this year.

  • The Real JobaWockeeZ

    What lights? Cop lights, flash lights, spot lights, Strobe lights, street lights?

    • daniel aka bryce harper

      all of the lights JobaWockeeZ, all of the lights

    • Tank the Frank

      Northern Lights.

      Pass tha dutchie on tha lef’ han’ side.<

    • Esteban

      Damn it, you beat me to it.
      Anyway: Here’s the remix with Lil’ Wayne, Big Sean, and Drake. The original is still better, probably.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvWU1aKqGu4

      • Esteban

        But of course, the original video IS much better thanks to Rihanna. Good lord
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAfFfqiYLp0

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          I’d love to have a version of that song without any of Kanye actually rapping.

  • Adam B

    Let’s just hope Nova isn’t topping out at 87… I don’t understand why all of these Yankee pitchers abruptly lose their fastball… could it be a coaching thing? training staff thing? offseason workouts? spring training? mishandling?…

    Joba, Vazquez, now Hughes… hopefully not Nova

    • Tank the Frank

      Joba, Vazquez, now Hughes…

      Injury, injury/age, who knows…

      • The Real JobaWockeeZ

        Joba had the shoulder thing which probably caused it. Vazquez seems to be more of a freak thing. And it’s only one start for Hughes.

        But yeah let’s hope this isn’t all related.

        • Tank the Frank

          I don’t think Vazquez is a freak thing. Pitchers will lose a few mph after 2,500+ innings well into their mid 30’s. He showed the same lack of velocity yesterday with the Marlins as he did all last season.

    • daniel aka bryce harper

      Three totally isolated cases. Joba because of injury, as we now know, vasquez bc hed pitched roughly 36 bajillion innings, Hughesie… remains to be seen. Not related, nothing to pin on the organization as correlated.

      • Tank the Frank

        I personally think it’s an innings thing with Hughes. The kid has pitched at the same velocity nearly his entire professional career, save for his injured 2008 season. He won’t just lose it at 24 years old. If he’s truly healthy, I expect him to bounce back in a big way.

    • theyankeewarrior

      Phil Hughes has bigger things on his mind than “velocity” or “a changeup”.

      He’s more interested in “texting my girlfriend”

      • radnom

        Hughes has been texting your girlfriend?

        Wow, no wonder you hate the dude, I would too.

        • theyankeewarrior

          Yeah, he really was. And the funny thing about it is that my name is also Phil.

          • MannyGeee

            Holy shit Phil… that is horribly fantastic. If Hughsey was txting my wife I would TOTALLY trade her for season tix!

            then again my wife is a pain in the ass, so there’s that

            • theyankeewarrior

              lol

      • http://twitter.com/steveh_mandaura Steve H

        What’d I miss?

        • Esteban

          Yeah, give the details.

        • theyankeewarrior

          There really isnt that much to miss.

          We were broken up for a lil and he was trying to move in. Then we got back together. This was right around the time he lost two games in the alcs.

          I told him (on her phone) to go work on his change. That was the last we heard from him.

          Good kid. A bit odd, but I really wish he took my advice. He has no change.

          • MannyGeee

            you, my friend, are an ABSOLUTE stud. I would have told him other choice words, but you hit him in his Breaking Ball…

            an absolute icon!

    • Mike HC

      I just think there is that much volatility with all pitchers year to year. Some years you just have more juice than others for whatever reason. Human body ain’t perfect.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I can’t wait for this montage of the Twins getting beaten down at NY on the pre game show

  • theyankeewarrior

    Here’s to Nova going 7IP/2ER

  • The Real JobaWockeeZ

    Biggest concern of the Twins? The White Sox.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Over/under 3.5 HRs for the Yankees tonight?

    • CBean

      I have been reminding Tex that it’s March 35th today.

  • jorge brosada

    anyone else find the Brian Wilson’s beard thing to be old and annoying? It’s been drilled into the ground for months now

    • Cy Pettitte

      not to sound like a hipster but he’s getting played out/mainstream. I like him a lot more before they won the WS when he was underrated and quirky.

      • Mike HC

        It is called selling out. I would do the same if I were him as he could blow out his arm tomorrow and the money train would be over. Get the money while you can.

        • MannyGeee

          yeah, look at Gagne… he is LIVING off the Hefty Trash Bag money right now!

      • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

        Now Pablo Sandoval… that’s the weird train we all got to jump on!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      The beard’s 15 minutes were up a month ago.

  • Esteban

    I think the Twins have had pitchers who pitch to contact and the Yankees power destroys that, whereas they could probably get away with the junk against lesser teams.

    • Tank the Frank

      I agree. Hence the better success when strikeout pitchers like Santana and Liriano pitch.

  • Mike HC

    Looking forward to some good baseball tonight. Hope Nova comes through

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    TSJC welcome back, my man. Today is the first game i can watch on YES network ( i was in texas until today), so should be fun to hear Kay say “pastadiving jeter…”

    • Tank the Frank

      How hot is it in TX already? I’m headed down to ol’ Lubbock myself on Sunday.

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        it was 85 when i left houston on sunday, so bring your shorts

    • Esteban

      Word to the above. I was on a roadtrip from New Mexico back to NY, so this is the first game I can actually watch.

      • Esteban

        Oh and I gotta say: North Texas and Oklahoma look like miserable places (from I-40 anyway)

        • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

          dont ever live in the panhandle.

          it sucks

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Thanks, my man.

  • Cuso

    Kay: “But did you know that this will be the first time Ivan Nova takes the mound this season?”

    what a dink

    • Cuso

      the lead in to that line was “I’m Michael Kay and thats John Flaherty, and you may know that. But did you know….”

      • Mike HC

        That is nothing for Kay. I can’t wait until he tells us that soup “just doesn’t do it for him,” for the 100th time.

        • Cuso

          mike HC ftw

        • AndrewYF

          The first time he talked about his hatred for things like ketchup, I thought he was bragging about how he doesn’t use condoms.

  • Mike HC

    I guess it stands to reason that out of all the teams in the AL, there will be at least one team we do ridiculously, against the odds, good against, and another we probably do, against the odds, worse against.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Apparently this is the first time the Yankees used same lineup was used for the first four games of the season since the 80’s.

    • Cuso

      Rickey, Willie, Donnie, Winnie, Pags

      the 1-5 I lived for

      • Cuso

        i just got a semi thinking of that lineup

      • AnthonyNH

        Pags is my friend’s uncle. Lives in NH. True story.

        • Cuso

          paisan!

          Pags was the best

  • OldYanksFan

    Pop Quiz:
    Which team paid $142m for their #7 hitter?

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      Red Sox?

    • Esteban

      Oooh Oooh Pick Me!

      The Boy-genius led Red Sawx.

    • radnom

      Answer:

      Whoever they are must be really good to have such a quality hitter pushed that far down the lineup.

      (ps I know the answer you were looking for but don’t get why its an insult)

    • AndrewYF

      Oh yeah? Well the Yankees paid $250M for their number 8 hitter in the 2006 playoffs.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Hey, Texas subsidized $70M of that!

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    I love Jim Thome.

    Just saying.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Strike one…
    Good start for Nova guys!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Damn Ivan, don’t be so mean.

  • jorge brosada

    nice start haha

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cy Nova

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    nice job ivan

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Jeter fielded a grounder … drink!

    • Esteban

      Hopefully we’re drunk soon! Already two down.

  • Rey22

    Jeter with the range!

    • Rey22

      Jeter with the range! ^2

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    this nishioka guy seems pretty legit on paper

    I hope he proves it after facing the yankees

  • Mike HC

    Nishioka looking more like Kaz Matsui rather than Hideki Matsui.

  • Cy Pettitte

    8 pitches, that’s refreshing

  • OldYanksFan

    I’ll say one thing for Jeter. When the ball is hit right at him, he is a great Defensive SS.

  • jorge brosada

    so far so good, i got a good feeling about this game

    • Mike HC

      Maybe Nova is the guy to take the next jump this year. You figure out of AJ, Hughes, Garcia, Nova, Colon, Wood and the all the minor leaguers, one of them will take hold of the spot after CC.

  • Pat D

    Is Tony Pena M.I.A.?

  • Cuso

    get the damn ball down, Gardener

  • jorge brosada

    great contributions from the 1-2 hitters to start off this one…

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Jeter makes me want to beat my kids.

    • swishers fauxhawk

      Centaurian.

  • Cy Pettitte

    stop hitting Teix, jerks

  • Cuso

    Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!

  • jorge brosada

    fuck, please not be injured tex

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    oh boy, that looks like it hurts

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Fuck you.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Gardenhire called for that plunking.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Fans are sticking up for ARod for something like that? I like.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      Actually, they were booing how A-Rod didn’t take a hit. A real player like Jeter would lean into it.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    AN AAAAA BOMB, FROM AAAAROD!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    BAM!

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    LAZERRRRRRRRRRRRR

  • Cuso

    yeah bitch. take dat

  • Esteban

    CentWAR strikes again!

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    Alex!
    Get excited, folks.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    MVP-Rod.

  • JerseyDutch

    A-Rod is unbelievable this young season…

  • inpinstripes

    BOOM!

  • jorge brosada

    and Alex’s quest for MVP continues…

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Well if Alex and Teixeira keep this up Garnder and Jeter can continue to suck. The brightside.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    A-Rod reminds me of A-Rod.

  • FachoinaNYY

    Making him pay Arod, atta boy!

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Left the park in two seconds. About as long as Jeter’s at bat.

  • Cuso

    that was atypical for A-Rod. doesn’t normally get to that pitch. he’s locked in

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      Umm… A-Rod can get to any pitch. He just hasn’t so well since 2008.

  • Drew

    Does the stadium look empty or is that just me?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      You should have seen Wrigley today, place was deserted.

      • MannyGeee

        because the Cubs play there… a .198 hitter is batting cleanup

        jus sayin

    • Cuso

      you’re shrooming. there’s 50,000+ there.

      they just painted their faces blue

  • JerseyDutch

    Just me or is Robbie swinging at a lot of high fastballs this year?

    • Tank the Frank

      That’s how pitchers typically go after him.

  • Urban

    Be interesting to see if Nova does anything after Tex being hit and A-Rod being pushed back. For some reason, in the back of my mind, I seem to remember he dusted some opposing batter last year after a Yankee was hit. Some pitchers are more likely than others to send a message, and I think Nova is in that class. Not recommending it, but be interesting to see his approach.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Camshaft bein’ Camshaft.

  • Across the pond

    Literally the first pitch I’ve seen so far this season and it’s a bullet. Excellent

  • OldYanksFan

    If all goes as planned, ARod will pass Willie Mays next year.
    Willie Mays. Think about that!

    • Urban

      If all goes as planned, ARod will pass Willie Mays this year.

      I mean, if as Yankee fans we can plan it, I want THIS year. : -)

      • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

        That’d require 47 homers.

        Even I think that’s asking too much. I say early next year.

        • Urban

          Oh, I agree. I don’t think he’s going to do it this year, but if I can plan it, I want this year!

  • Greg

    This is my first post here–

    I had to seek out a Yankees blog because I needed to speak to some real fans about what’s going on at the Stadium.

    THE STANDS ARE EMPTY. Minus the bleachers, this could be mistaken for a ****ing Pirates game. Home runs are no longer landing in a sea of fans, they’re bouncing off the empty seats. I’m a diehard fan, but I was also born in ’88 so I never experienced such an unpopulated ballpark. It’s disheartening,

    and it’s the only thing that has me down on the team right now. I can’t stand all these empty seats.

    The front office has essentially locked out a great number of the fans with the ticket prices and the fan culture they have produced.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      Low attendance =/= apocalypse.

      Build it, and they will come.

      • Tank the Frank

        No but it was the lowest attendance ever for a weekend at this stadium. That’s bad news on OPENING WEEKEND!

        But as I speak it looks like it’s starting to fill up a little…

      • Accent Shallow

        They’ve built it.

        This team is a perennial contender, and they figure to again this year.

        It’s not like they’re the Pirates.

    • Mike HC

      Agreed. I commented here about the lower level seats especially being empty last game. The old Stadium atmosphere was far better than it is now.

    • OldYanksFan

      I made a post yesterday on this. The Yankees MUST rethink their pricing policies.

    • AnthonyNH

      It’s early in the season and it’s cold. I assume attendance will be as high this summer as it was last summer.

      • Greg

        I know you weren’t looking for specifics, but it’s not cold it’s a beautiful 55 degree evening out. There’s no getting around it, the new fan culture, a product of the ticket pricing, is despicable.

        I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s one of the worst in the league right now. To have a team this good in NYC and to draw such a sad crowd is inexcusable. Take a look at the bleachers. That’s how the stadium should be.

        The worst part for me is how glaring the issue is when compared to Fenway. The Sox have this on the Yanks right now by far, and as a fan that’s one of the biggest bragging points. Win or lose, fan culture is huge. Didn’t mean to kinda rhyme there.

        • Tank the Frank

          Rhyme away. Preach that shit brother.

          • Greg

            It’s probably for nothing but I just e-mailed Jeff Kline, executive of ticket operations for the stadium.

            It’s an extremely nerdy move and almost certainly won’t even garner a response, but with just a couple Google searches I was able to get ahold of the email address and give it a shot.

            His email is jkline@yankees.com if anybody else feels compelled.

  • Cuso

    YES is so dumb. Twins biggest issue is no legit #1 starter. (maybe no legit #2 either)

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Their real issue is that they have two pitchers on the entire staff that can miss bats. Two, on a twelve man staff.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      Nah, lots of teams don’t have number one starters. Those are rare. The Twins are trying to get by with two number two starters who have the potential to be shut-down. No problem.

  • jorge brosada

    that breaking ball was awesome

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    LOL Jeter

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    what the hell was jeter doing there

  • Ari G

    jeter omg

  • jorge brosada

    ugh

  • Tank the Frank

    Jeter is fucking up my universe right now.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    There goes the perfect game.

  • AndrewYF

    Keep smiling, Jeter.

  • ShuutoHeat

    Nova looks good so far, hope he keeps it up 2nd and 3rd time through.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Wicked cold, guy…wiiicked cold.

  • Xstar7

    Jeter’s got some range doesn’t he?

  • Cy Pettitte

    I can’t wait until Jeter gets another gold glove

  • AndrewYF

    Jeter’s DRS number is already -3. After 4 games. It’s like Gary Sheffield is playing SS.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Sheffield at SS would be a godsend.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/_TheDream _TheDream

    is Yankees on YES working for anyone else right now? I’m getting “Media Error” at the moment

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      The HD channel is giving me shit, it’s being all wonky and stuff. Non-HD is fine. Few people on Twitter said they’re having issues too.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/_TheDream _TheDream

        yeah I can’t even have the choice to watch Non-HD. Weird. I’m getting “This game is temporarily unavailable. Please try again in a few moments.”

        Oh well.

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      works fine for me

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    man baker is trying hard to implode

    just dont swing at any of his crap, plz

  • jorge brosada

    What is the Joe Girardi show?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      It’s a money-laundering enterprise.

    • Tank the Frank

      Hot webcam action. Fill in the blanks.

  • Bullwinkle

    Here it comes…

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    HIP HIP JORGE!!!

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    George.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Guys, I’m so worried about Posada the DH…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      .220!!!

    • theyankeewarrior

      It looks like all that time in between at bats to rest his 39-year-old body is just KILLING him!

  • Bullwinkle

    I am a prophet!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    HIP HIP!

    Best.DH.Ever

  • Esteban

    Jorge is adjusting to this DH thing nicely.

  • jorge brosada

    HIP HIP!!!

  • JerseyDutch

    Bam!

  • ShuutoHeat

    Sado!!

  • OldYanksFan

    Posada is cooked. Cut him.

    • Esteban

      #Comments from two years ago. Haters gonna hate.

      • Tank the Frank

        The end is near for JoPo. That was me.

        It really is though…when you think about it.

    • Accent Shallow

      You can sub in another member of the Core Four here . . .

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    I actually feel sorry for the Twins right now, lol.

  • CBean

    I like this new DH we accquired. Let’s keep him!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Best draft pick I made this year.

    • Across the pond

      I got him in the 20th round in mine. There were laughs in the room.

      Oh how I am laughing.

    • AndrewYF

      Indeed. A power-hitting catcher who will play nearly every day and has almost no risk for injury? Yes please.

  • jorge brosada

    smoked by the grandy man

  • OldYanksFan

    Pastadiving WHO?

    • ShuutoHeat

      PastadivingNishioka, doesn’t quite roll off the tongue.

      • OldYanksFan

        Italian Sushi?

        • ShuutoHeat

          Japanese pasta.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Asian fusion.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Baker won’t make it through 3

  • FachoinaNYY

    Great start! Lets get Baker out of the game this inning…

  • China Joe

    Anyone else getting the idea that contract year Posada is gonna be a beast? He certainly did it at the end of his last contract.

    • Cy Pettitte

      I think healthy, well-rested Posada will be a beast

    • OldYanksFan

      He might also realize this could be his swan song… and he plans to go out in style.

      • FachoinaNYY

        Obviously this is just my opinion, but I see it much more as a “I can still play” than a swan song. I think you would see him pressing more, rather than looking relaxed (as hes getting used to DHing) behind the plate.

        Just my opinion of course.

      • Mickey Scheister

        Jorge Posada makes Joe Mauer look like Wil Neives. (Offensively)

  • Mickey Scheister

    The Yanks look so old…
    /msm’d

    • Tank the Frank

      /Cliff Lee’d

  • Cuso

    you know whatsgonna slow the bats down? they’re gonna start throwing at and injuring our plsyers a la Teix

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      wat

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Trade Russell

  • China Joe

    I thought Martin could run!

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Let’s score big, and get Teix out of the game so he could heal his toe.

    • Mickey Scheister

      Do you think they’d bring Swish up to play Ist or have Chavez?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Chavez, that’s what he’s there for.

  • FachoinaNYY

    Good AB for Brett

  • Accent Shallow

    Please don’t GIDP.

    (Yes, I know there are two outs)

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    i completely agree with john flaherty about brett gardner and stealing earlier

  • John

    That jump by Gardner was insane.

  • Tank the Frank

    Well that’s the right idea. Try to poke it through that hole (grow up) with Gardner on the move but Morneau was right there.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    Kim looks grrrreat today

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

    TSJC is back!? OMGOMG!

    /giddy’d

  • swishers fauxhawk

    I’ve missed Michael Kay openly flirting over the air. (Not really)

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      i still wonder how he got that great looking woman to marry him. Must’ve been the chloroform

      • Urban

        He makes a lot of money (way more than her) and is a pretty well-known celebrity in NY. Some women are, ummm, attracted to this. I’ll leave it at that.

        • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

          lol i know, but goodness, the guy has a bigger forehead diameter than a basketball

  • Urban

    That’s alarming. Girardi is already comparing him to Mussina and Moyer? He needs his fastball or he’s screwed.

    • Accent Shallow

      Two more extreme comps are tough to imagine. A young RHP being compared to Mussina? Great!

      Jamie Moyer? No way.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Ivan Nova. WINNING, DUH!

    • MannyGeee

      total freaking rockstar from Mars…

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nova looks great, very encouraging

  • Cuso

    Hughes is gonna get lit up in Fenway if he brings what he brought yesterday

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      (looks at gamethread and confirms that it’s Twins v. Yankees with Phil Hughes not pitching)
      (moves along)

      • Cuso

        posted the comment when they talking abput Hughes velocity and outing
        wasnt as offtopic as youd think

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Meh.

    • Teh Comp Pick

      (realizes Hughes is slated to go up against Lackey)
      (moves along)

  • Mickey Scheister

    Nova is dealing….

    A-Rod, not good at speaking but great at baseball.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

    Nice pitch to get Tex there.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    God damnit. That was a tease.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    damn it kay, got me all fucking excited

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      /Applegate’d

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        hahaha

  • Cuso

    the HBP messed up Tex’s swing

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    A-Rod just missed 3 home runs this year. Really unlucky.

    • Urban

      It does seem like even his outs are near-miss HR. The wind knocked back the one to right on Opening Day, and he’s just missed at least two others off the bat. If he keeps up what he started in Spring Training and early this season, he’ll have a monster year.

      /mr. obvious’d

  • Esteban

    I’m gonna be disappointed if A-Rod doesn’t hit 45 HRs this year.

  • MannyGeee

    that

    was

    AWESOME.

    the crack of the bat and then….

    WHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH…….. caught

  • ShuutoHeat

    Damn, that breeze saved Baker from another A-BOMB.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Jesse Orosco and Jamie Moyer have to be trivia answers.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      Nolan Ryan…. Cy Young?

  • Esteban

    Nova to the #2 starter.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nova is a ground ball machine

  • jorge brosada

    damn you morneau….

  • MannyGeee

    goddammit. I was just about to say “don’t look now but Nova’s got a no-no going…”

    good thing I didn’t jinx that huh.

    shit

    • Esteban

      Just thinking that jinxed it.

      • MannyGeee

        i know… sorry guys

  • MannyGeee

    wow, ESPN is going on a “Morneau is underrated, even though he stole an MVP a few yrs back”

    • Accent Shallow

      Well, “stole” is pretty accurate. He was probably the third Most Valuable Twin (Mauer and Santana) in 2006.

      • MannyGeee

        word

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          But teh RBIs!

      • Urban

        I might be Nathan ahead of him too that year.

  • Tank the Frank

    It seems to me that if Nova can command his secondary pitches a little better and expand them out of the strikezone, he can become more of a strikeout pitcher. I think the swing-and-miss stuff is there, but he’s such an extreme strikethrower that opposing hitters are going get the bat on the ball more times than not…and early in the count.

    • MannyGeee

      has he thrown his slutter yet?

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Fun ESPN stat: Of the past 80 playoff teams only 3 started 0-3. Here’s hoping they don’t add one more to that count in October.

    • Urban

      Fun Urban stat: The 1998 NY Yankees started the season 0-3.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Ugh, damn it.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    damn, thome mashed that

  • Chris

    Wow. Thome used to be skinny…

    • Mickey Scheister

      Bonds used to have s small head and large…..

    • Mickey Scheister

      Bonds used to have a small head and large…..

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Good ol’ Ivan Nova. Cy Young the first time through the order, Sergio Mitre thereafter.

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      it’s crazy. That was a pretty damn good pitch, too

    • Tank the Frank

      I thought it was a really good pitch but looked like Thome was looking for it. He went down and got it.

    • FachoinaNYY

      He’ll be a great reliever one day…

      • MannyGeee

        LOL, I heard we’re looking for a 5th inning guy

    • Accent Shallow

      I’m very encouraged by the stuff I’ve seen today from him.

  • jorge brosada

    hate it when a runner who reaches on a stupid in field single ends up scoring

  • MannyGeee

    say what you want, great pitch down low…

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Someone needs to teach nova how to pitch from the stretch.

  • Chris

    Bring back Posada!

  • OldYanksFan

    This just in:
    Jim Thome can still hit.

    • MannyGeee

      just dropped him from fantasy.

      I suck @ this

  • MannyGeee

    holy empty stadiumness, huh

    • Cy Pettitte

      seriously

    • Esteban

      I think NYers are not in baseball mode yet.

  • http://collider.com/wp-content/uploads/mad-max-4-fury-road-1.jpg gxpanos

    Jason Kubel: Fat Leonardo Dicaprio?

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

      I have said this for YEARS.

  • FachoinaNYY

    Alright offense time to get them back.

  • AnthonyNH

    Does anybody else think Russell Martin looks like Ray Liotta?

    • Francis

      Are you the same guy who said Curtis Granderson looks like Jay-Z?

      I kid I kid. But no Ray Liotta and Russell Martin look nothing alike.

      • Esteban

        I dunno, I think there’s a resemblance there.

    • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      Not dead on from the front but from the side theres deffinately some resemblance.

    • MannyGeee

      just everybody!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

      goddam great movie

  • Zev

    The ESPN broadcast of this blows.

  • China Joe

    double to Morneau, double to Thome, weak infield hit. Not too bad a perfomance, though we know Nova doesn’t come back well in the middle innings.

  • Cy Pettitte

    did Baker and Nova switch uniforms?

  • FachoinaNYY

    We are really getting away from what we were doing early, we aren’t taking pitches or working counts, giving away cheap outs to Baker.

    • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      As Grandy walks…

      • FachoinaNYY

        I posted that before he walked – I take full credit for the walk :)

  • jorge brosada

    wow that was close to the head. Nova should retaliate

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      See, this is why Jorge Posada would make an awful manager.

      (I keed, I keed.)

  • OldYanksFan

    You don’t hear Thome spoke about much as an all-time great, but he has all-time great numbers. Will get #600 this year, and has a better OPS then ARod.

    • Esteban

      But has been mostly a DH for a while, so not as great as A-Rod, but still great.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        That.

        .959 OPS at SS/3B >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> .963 OPS at 1B/DH

        • MannyGeee

          but got $100 that says Thome is a First Ballot HoF, and A-Rod doesn’t…

          • TheLastClown

            Lay down 1.5/1 odds on that one, and I’ll take your action.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

            I’ll take that bet.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              I’d take that action too. By the time ARod retires, Murray Chass and Corky Simpson will probably be dead.

        • Chris

          But he can still be an all time great and not be nearly as good as A-Rod.

          WAR comparison of some 1B/DH types:

          http://www.fangraphs.com/graph.....d5=1008559

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Oh, you’re preaching to the choir. I’m a Thome fan.

            I was just quibbling to the ARod comparison. Thome’s an all-time great and an HoFer in my book, but he’s not in Camshaft’s league. That’s all.

        • OldYanksFan

          Of course ARod is the better player, no doubt. But how much attention does Thome get? Not much. Just saying he is sorta underrated historically.

          And as MK said, 4th best HR/AB ratio in history.
          The guy is a stud.
          And let’s hope ARod is still mashing at 41.
          This is Thome’s 22nd season.

  • OldYanksFan

    Nice piece of hitting there…

  • TheLastClown

    If you look closely, Russell Martin is an anagram of True Yankee.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      (does math)

      It checks out. He’s right, guys.

    • swishers fauxhawk

      IETC

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    Martin with the wheels

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Russell Martin is a fuckin stud.

  • jorge brosada

    that was pretty base running there

  • Zev

    Shuffle steal! He needs to work with Gardner on that one.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Keep it up Martin. You alone could possibly get an ace knowing some of the GM’s around the league…

    • MannyGeee

      not one of the ‘FiVE aCEZz!!!!11!!1′ from boston, right?

  • FachoinaNYY

    Is it just me or do all of Garderner’s fouls look identical?

  • http://www.twitter.com/gearcity GearCity

    I know it’s early, but man do I love Martin so far.

  • boogie down

    Russell Msrtin could turn out to be the steal of the offseason.

    Please don’t hurt me.

    • MannyGeee

      talk like this is enough to jinx him back into a cast, by the way…

      • boogie down

        Must we walk on eggshells?

        I hear you, but, I just can’t contain my (premature) excitement. (Talk about a lay-up)

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    BAbib’d

  • http://www.twitter.com/gearcity GearCity

    Cheese and Rice.

  • Cy Pettitte

    fuck me I can’t believe he caught that

  • Esteban

    The exact extent of Young’s limited range. Shit.

  • jorge brosada

    whaa?? i thought delmon was supposed to be a statue out there

  • ShuutoHeat

    Damn it Delmon Young, first with that weak infield dribbler off Nova and now the catch.

  • MannyGeee

    Young stealing a double from Gardy… although Gardy did telegraph the slap shot to the corner, for like the past 6 innings….

  • RalphieD

    damn, if young dives and misses that…triple, maybe itphr with the right bounce

    • FachoinaNYY

      that was my exact thought when I saw him go for the dive…

  • Sam

    I’m pretty sure that’s the 43rd diving catch against us so far this year.

  • MannyGeee

    good thing we love some Swish, b/c that was a bush league play out there…

    • FachoinaNYY

      I think he would have been safe either way, but it may have been close.

      • MannyGeee

        yikes… Nishioka just Ichiro’d one out there… and Grandy’s gonna need to play a few steps back.

    • TheLastClown

      Coulda been a problem if Casilla realized it. He might’ve made third.

      Not sure if he’s caught @ 2nd anyways.

  • Jenny

    Lot of empty seats

  • FachoinaNYY

    Nice K there Nova, one more to get thru this inning.

    • FachoinaNYY

      Ugh, God Damnit.

  • TheLastClown

    Super sexy strike3 on Span.

  • jorge brosada

    gahhh

  • Esteban

    Ruh-oh

  • Todd Gaak

    What exactly are we paying Larry Rothschild to do? He’s doing less than Brett Gardner right now.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      (checks calendar, confirms that it’s the fourth game of the season)
      (moves along)

    • Chip

      What do you want him to do exactly?

    • FachoinaNYY

      Well lets see:

      Cc – little worse than desired in first start, but hes a slow starter

      AJ – better than expected, tho still not good, didnt walk many (1?) so drastic improvement there

      Hughes – looked pretty bad, but idk how thats rothchild’s fault if its due to low velocity

      Nova – Flashes of dominance today, with similar problems as last year in the middle innings

      Very mixed results… bottom line its way too early to start complaining about anyone’s perfomance, even the coaches.

    • TheLastClown

      I don’t even know with what level or sarcasm I should be replying to this comment.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        More sarcasm. When in doubt, always go with more.

      • TheLastClown

        TSJC, Chip & FachoinaNYY are more refreshing than I.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Don’t worry, TLC. It’s only April 4th, you’re still rounding into midseason form.

  • MannyGeee

    wow, Mauer’s got Jeter Disease…

  • ShuutoHeat

    Mauer promptly rolls over.

  • brazilian fan

    its a mental thing for nova indeed

  • FachoinaNYY

    You send Nova out there to at least start the 6th, no?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yep, plenty of time left and his pitch count is in the 70’s.

    • MannyGeee

      yes. if he’s gonna be a SP in this league, he’s gonna have to learn how to pitch past the 5th inning.

  • MannyGeee

    holy shit… not sure what that Rio movie is all about, but the commercial just annoyed the shit out of me

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      More will.i.am: always a bad thing.

      • MannyGeee

        no kidding… will.i.am, Jamie Foxx and a bunch of dancing parrots. a little gay???

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          will.i.am, Jamie Foxx and a bunch of dancing parrots. a little gay??? crappy?

          http://profile.ak.facebook.com.....18_155.jpg

          • MannyGeee

            no I meant, a bunch of colorful dancing parrots in a movie set in Rio De Janerio.

            a little…. well, you know

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Straight people like to dance, like colorful parrots, and like Rio de Janiero as well, you know.

          • TheLastClown

            Gosh golly. Quick on the draw, year after year.

            It’s an honor to cohabit the interspace with you.

        • TheLastClown

          Milk *historical personage & film* = gay = awesome.

          Hope I don’t have to explain this further.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jeter’s one good hit and it’s foul

  • MannyGeee

    Jeter with a beautiful shot into the corner just foul…

    now that he’s got that out of the way, lets ground out to SS and get a coffee…

  • Accent Shallow

    Very generous call, but I’ll take it.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    jeter swung at that one…

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    “The stride he worked in Spring Training on…”

    Yikes Michael. Yikes.

  • FachoinaNYY

    Ugly ab there jete…

  • brazilian fan

    omg jeter is bad right now

  • Tom Zig

    Jeter seems to not like hitting

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking foul balls

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Another Michael Kay false alarm.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gearcity GearCity

    AHHHH. Do it again.

  • brazilian fan

    wow unlucky

  • Jenny

    can’t Jeter take some Geritol?

  • Cy Pettitte

    lmao at that strike, are you serious?

  • FachoinaNYY

    Better swing here Tex, not going to get a call anywhere close

    • FachoinaNYY

      or not :)

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    shitty call.

  • Urban

    Okay, Kay is annoying me. I’m trying to write a company white paper, so I’m listening to him in the background without actually watching the game, and he seems to be going into John Sterling mode on every ball hit. I look up, just in time to see the ball go foul or land in an OFer’s glove.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gearcity GearCity

    Even Alex’s outs are pissed on right now.

  • jorge brosada

    darn it…

  • OldYanksFan

    Fuck. ARod Jeter’d it.

  • China Joe

    Bad, bad karma here…two-out RBIs by the Twins, just-foul non-homers and GIDPs by the Yanks, and a run-saving catch by DELMON YOUNG???

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Dogs and cats. Living together.

  • Tom Zig

    jeez new gameday has a lot of info, i like it

    • MannyGeee

      I actually think its a little too much. And when I say too much, I mean “too much color and action for me to hide while I watch it at work”

    • JerseyDutch

      Looks pretty good, too.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I hate when the GE capital partner play is a play by the other team

    • FachoinaNYY

      Can we get a re-do and use our dp?

  • FachoinaNYY

    I can haz double play?

    • FachoinaNYY

      your all welcome :)

    • TheLastClown

      Yes. Wiz fries.

  • JerseyDutch

    Giddy-up, GIDP.

  • jorge brosada

    that DP was convenient…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      … nah, too easy.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gearcity GearCity

    Jeter’s defensive skills have certainly dwindled, but I still love watching him turn two. He’s always been smooth.

  • Chip

    There was the slider, beautiful pitch

  • Accent Shallow

    If Nova can get past his second/third time through the lineup troubles, he can be Chien-Ming Wang with Ks.

    And Dominican.

    • TheLastClown

      I miss the Wang.

      • FachoinaNYY

        Thats what she said

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        (fights the urge)

      • MannyGeee

        thats what she said?

      • TheLastClown

        Like Pavlov’s dogs

        Good to be back on RAB for the season fellas.

      • FachoinaNYY

        And Nova pitches to the exact same ERA he had last year…

        He did look very good in flashes, hopefully this is something he can build on.

        • FachoinaNYY

          reply fail

  • MannyGeee

    Thome is locked in right now…

  • http://www.twitter.com/gearcity GearCity

    Great job, Nova.

  • Tom Zig

    QS for Nova

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nova! yeeeeeaaaa buddy

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Solid job, Ivan. Time to hand it over to the bullpen from hell.

  • TheLastClown

    Oop. Nova having no respect for the game alert.

  • Chip

    Awesome strikeout, time for bullpen dominance

  • brazilian fan

    he throws lot of low strikes me like it

  • OH HAI

    Nova’s got swag

  • China Joe

    To those who didn’t believe Ivan Nova could pitch past the 5th, he’d like to introduce you to DEZE NUTS!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      (pours one out for Josh)

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He got three outs after the fifth. Keep it in your pants.

      • radnom

        And is only 83 pitches deep.

        Sure hes done now since its April and this bullpen is insane but that counts for something. If he is going well he can soak up innings by pitching to contact and minimizing the damage.

      • China Joe

        I was referring more to his post-strikeout display going back to the dugout. I don’t know how to say it in Spanish, but it looks like he was throwing out a “DEZE NUTS”

  • jorge brosada

    overall I’m pretty happy with Nova’s performance

  • AnthonyNH

    Supernova.

  • brazilian fan

    he lives down under

  • Slu

    In 1987 Darrell Evans hit 34 homers at age 40. Somebody should tell Kay that.

  • MannyGeee

    fighting the urge to play The Show right now…

  • TheLastClown

    Nobody wants to see Nova get a crack @ the 7th?

    • FachoinaNYY

      What was his PC?

    • Accent Shallow

      I’d let him start it, sure.

      83 pitches? He’s a grown man.

    • AnthonyNH

      I do! Get the bullpen up just in case though.

    • MannyGeee

      with a $40M bullpen? don’t push your luck.

    • radnom

      If it were not April 4th, maybe.

  • Kevin G.

    Brett Manship? That may be one of the best names I have ever heard.

  • FachoinaNYY

    Oh no, I just ran out of scotch.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH, I’M IN A GLASS CASE OF EMOTION!!!

    • MannyGeee

      balllz. shoulda stopped on ur way home… like this guy!

      • FachoinaNYY

        Yes this was a botched night to be sure, its either beer or vodka after this glass.

        • TheLastClown

          Life is hard.

  • Cy Pettitte

    time for a Grandyslam jr.

    • FachoinaNYY

      that sounds like it should be a 99c menu somewhere

      • MannyGeee

        made my fat ass hungry…

  • Pat D

    Anyone else bring up that Nova hasn’t looked as good second time through the order?

    Sorry, I’m at work and got busy, so I couldn’t keep this open.

    • FachoinaNYY

      Yeah its been discussed, he had a decent 6th, but certainly didnt look as sharp as the first 3 innings

    • MannyGeee

      his pitches were not ‘bad’, by and large.

      just not as sharp…

  • China Joe

    awww yeah, nova to joba…I’m looking forward to more fist pumps and crouch grabs.

    • Xstar7

      you spelled crotch wrong

      • China Joe

        indeed i did…but we all know what he’s grabbing out there

        • MannyGeee

          at his size, you know he’s not crouching any time soon…

          /ZING

  • Cy Pettitte

    is Kay reading RAB?

    • FachoinaNYY

      Flaherty certainly isnt

    • Teh Comp Pick

      My thoughts exactly

  • Alex S

    josomo shoutout

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    hahahaha flaherty bringing the smackdown

  • FachoinaNYY

    JoSoMo doesn’t flow?

    • TheLastClown

      Jobianiamo?

      • TheLastClown

        Jobianiano. My apologies.

  • MannyGeee

    Jobas got the gas going… apparantly he left his Razor back in Des Moines though, huh

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Lincoln, not Des Moines, but keep rolling.

      • TheLastClown

        He clearly meant his Razor scooter, which he keeps in a corn silo in Des Moines, IIRC.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          I sit corrected.

      • MannyGeee

        point still stands, dude needs a shave.

  • brazilian fan

    yankees dont have rules for hair like this?

    • Cy Pettitte

      Joba Rules

      • FachoinaNYY

        O’Doyle Rules!

    • Teh Comp Pick

      They made a deal. Stop adding lb’s and we’ll let you keep the hair.

      • brazilian fan

        lol

    • The Big City of Dreams

      It’s not for the Yankees it’s for whatever team he’s traded too.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Where’s DRob? I hope Girardi isn’t sticking to roles defined by innings…
    I want JoRoSoMo.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I hope Girardi isn’t sticking to roles defined by innings…

      Of course he is, he’s done it every other year he’s been managing.

    • JerseyDutch

      Start it out with Boone Logan — BoJoRoSoMo.

      • China Joe

        damn…you beat me

    • China Joe

      add in Boone Logan for the lefty-lefty matchup…JoRoLoSoMo

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Plus there’s Colon. CoLoRoJoSoMo.

        • John

          With Nova starting. NoCoLoRoJoSoMo

          • The Big City of Dreams

            what about when Pedro comes back

  • jorge brosada

    nice outing there from jobbers

  • Kevin in Princeton

    Only complaint about Joba: the dude needs to cut his hair.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      He’s preparing for his post Yankee career

  • brazilian fan

    joba will have a good year and the will try to turn him into a starter next year. I’m positive

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      From your lips to Mo’s ears, my friend.

      • brazilian fan

        mo bless

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Mosanna, Mosanna, Mosanna.

    • TheLastClown

      /diggingupthedeadburieddecomposedcorpseofwhatoncewasalegitimatedebate’d

      • brazilian fan

        we can dream, right. Right?

        • TheLastClown

          My unequivocally biggest wish is that they somehow rectify this Joba-in-the-bullpen mistake.

          But I’ve lost so many hours & brain cells arguing about it that even the dream hurts me now.

          But yes sir. We can dream.

          • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            “I have dreamed a dream, and now that dream has gone from me.”

            But this sums up my destroyed dream.
            http://www.baseball-reference......7250.shtml

            • TheLastClown

              Beautiful memory. Reminds one:

              The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one’s own–even more, one’s own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      No way in hell that happens but I would love for to be wrong.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        love to be wrong*

  • FachoinaNYY

    Guess who has the Yankees scoring over 5 runs and felt very confident after two innings?

    This Guy.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Love this bullpen.

  • MannyGeee

    oooooh…. late call by the ump there.

  • JerseyDutch

    This ump is a putz.

  • Cy Pettitte

    what’s with the bad late strike calls?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Nah, that was definitely a strike upon further inspection.

      • Cy Pettitte

        yea, posted before replay, my bad

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    BAbip’d

  • mbonzo

    Bad BABIP Gardner.

  • bonestock94

    Fuckin BABIP

  • brazilian fan

    yankees are having unlucky breaks on offense

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      It all evens out over the course of the season.

      Unless you’re the Red Sox, of course. All the bad breaks go against them, all year long, and it’s only their heart and scrappiness and team-firstiness that allows them to overcome from time to time, those plucky small-market gamers.

      • MannyGeee

        +1… they get all the bad breaks and none of the calls go their way, but they do it ‘the right way’…

  • RalphieD

    gardner and jeter have no luck right now

  • mbonzo

    Bad Babip game, would be a sweet one to win.

  • Teh Comp Pick

    It didn’t fall, but it’s nice to see Jeter hit something with some authority

    • MannyGeee

      read “something off the ground”

  • Cy Pettitte

    everything they’ve hit the last 3 innings has been a laser right to someones glove

  • Erica

    Looks like the only thing Gardy’s stealing is Teix’s old Aprils.

    But I totally called that A-Rod homer earlier. I love when he backs up Teix.

  • Accent Shallow

    Maybe Jeter isn’t totally toast.

    Or maybe that was an 84 mph fastball.

  • The Fallacy of the Tolerable Broadcaster

    it is sad that the mere act of Jeter hitting a ball in the air makes me happy

    • brazilian fan

      yeah. Very sad to see jeter playing like that, very sad

    • China Joe

      …and into the outfield!

  • Chip

    Jeter needs to make a sacrifice to the babip gods

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      (goes to get a bucket of KFC)

      • MannyGeee

        told you we shoulda got a live chicken…

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          BTW, watching a young, non-insane Charlie Sheen in movies from 20 years ago is a little eerie now. It’s like it’s not the same person.

  • AnthonyNH

    Good to see Jeter and Gardner hit the ball hard though

  • brazilian fan

    soriano is better then mo

    waitingforbeingsmacked’d

    • Xstar7

      Doesn’t have the longevity of Mo.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Extreme understatement.

        • brazilian fan

          just kidding btw.

          i made a sin. Going to cut my wrists now

          • TheLastClown

            no no…so much to live for etc….

            • brazilian fan

              Interesting story.

              I went to a Yankee game last year against toronto. Got to the store in Yankees stadium. No Mo shirts.

              Told the miss, i came from Brazil to see the game and buy God jersey.

              Wear 42 on Brazil now. Pride

  • jorge brosada

    not a good night at the plate for span haha

  • JerseyDutch

    And of course everything they hit dribbles in for a hit.

  • jorge brosada

    gah more fucking BABIP bad luck

  • Xstar7

    The BABIP gods are not in the Yankees favor tonight.

  • MannyGeee

    yikse.. Soriano getting squeezed

    • FachoinaNYY

      I think hes got a decently wide strike zone called for him.

      • MannyGeee

        1-2 to Mauer was questionable

  • jorge brosada

    not getting any of the calls from the ump….

  • FachoinaNYY

    This bullpen is fun to watch 7-9, especially when things are going the way they should.

  • FachoinaNYY

    Anyone think well see Mo before Soriano this year?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Definitely. It’ll be in an extra innings game though.

      • TheLastClown

        How long do you think it’ll be until there’s a manager who’s free from the ‘specific innings have specific intrinsic values’ thing?

        Read: abolition of the ‘closer’.

      • FachoinaNYY

        It would be interesting to see the MSM’s reaction to that – I can see ESPN leading with something to the effect of “YANKS LOST FAITH IN RIVERA!!!”

  • TheLastClown

    Re: all the BABIP comments.

    Since turning poker pro I’ve come to internalize a more solid conception of variance. *luck*

    It’s similar to baseball in that the measurable results are expressed as a sum of extremely isolated events, all of which are subject to varying degrees of variance. All that can be done is to make the best decision possible regarding every event, be ever open to the fact that you made a mistake and didn’t get ‘unlucky’, and continue to work as hard as you can.

    /cross disciplinary’d

    • TheLastClown

      Oh yeah, and don’t get all bent out of shape about it emotionally!!

      Including a point in the original post fail.

    • JerseyDutch

      Don’t ruin my irrational beliefs with your facts.

    • mbonzo

      In the span of a years worth of at bats, some players can be greatly effected by bad babip. Look at Swisher from 2008 or Austin Jackson last year. Some players make the majors, and never return because bad babip made people think they couldn’t hit in the majors.

      I agree that everything will probably work out with professional players like Jeter, its hard to compare them to cards or dice or anything thats based on chance. These hitters are human and base future at bats on their past at bats, so I think things are more complex in baseball than they are with poker.

      • TheLastClown

        Ok. The post was about luck. Not the comparison between baseball & poker.

        If your favorite player is getting unlucky, like blistering liners right at gloves, try to temper the frustration with a little long-term view. Long-term in baseball, as you’ve pointed out, is more than just a season.

        That’s all.

  • China Joe

    I like how the deeper you go into the Yankees’ bullpen, the calmer the reliever…from Joba’s histrionics to Soriano’s inning-ending golf clap to Zen Mo…the path to Nirvana

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      If only Jose Lima was still alive, we could have signed him to pitch the 6th.

      • MannyGeee

        Charlie Sheen to the 5th?

        • brazilian fan

          hehehe tyson?

      • China Joe

        …trade for Valverde?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Neither Sheen nor Valverde have Jose Lima’s wife.

          Lima wins.

          • China Joe

            I think Sheen will be fine with these two smooookin hotties. goddesses.

  • Xstar7

    The Yankees could use a run here. You just never know, not even with Mo.

  • jiffy

    top of the order is up

  • MannyGeee

    worst April hitter ever… wasn’t even a Home Run

    • FachoinaNYY

      Arod was going for it there with that swing…

      • FachoinaNYY

        blah – another replay fail meant that to go under “Xstar7″‘s comment

  • FachoinaNYY

    Comeon Yanks, lets tack on an insurance run or five.

  • Accent Shallow

    Mo is Mo, but I’d like seven or so insurance runs.

    • MannyGeee

      7 insurance runs means mo can sit down and DRob can get some work.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Boos already?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I think (hope) they were booing the ump for the call.

      • MannyGeee

        definately boos for the bang-bang call…

  • jorge brosada

    Arod, i love you man but thats your second GIDP…kinda annoying

  • JerseyDutch

    A-Rod is trying to make Jeter feel better. What a great teammate.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Bullshit. He’s just trying to hog the spotlight and show Jeter up by stealing the thing that the Captain does.

      What a selfish douchebag.

      • MannyGeee

        he’s a total ‘One – Upper’…

    • Cy Pettitte

      stat padding his GIDPs

  • MannyGeee

    what the shit is going on in Texas? they are hitting the snot out of the ball.

    • FachoinaNYY

      Let them hit themselves out before we (or they) come to town

      • MannyGeee

        luckily, the Sawx already did that in March

  • Tom Zig

    What is this nasty factor on gameday?

  • jiffy

    darn, shouldn’t have said that I jinxed it, our “number 2″ just did what are number 2 does

  • MannyGeee

    LOL, Dusty Hughes is a University of Pheonix graduate? typically think of them as more of an ‘online school’ than a ‘baseball school’…

    • Accent Shallow

      B-ref has Delta State

      • JMK

        Same thing though, right?

  • mbonzo

    I hope this big strike zone holds up for Mo.

  • Ari G

    anyone else have a bad feeling

  • Slappy White

    Not JoSoMo….please

  • Kevin G.

    If it’s JoSoMo when it goes Joba – Soraino – Mo, is it RoSoMo when it goes DRob – Soraino – Mo. What about RoJoSoMo or JoRoSoMo?

  • Accent Shallow

    Can you even buy coffee in the Stadium?

    • Cy Pettitte

      if you have $20 you can

  • jiffy

    92 still, thats amazing. Anyone remeber how hard mo threw when he was just a young-gun?

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      just threw one 93mph

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Mo was nasty when he was throwing that cutter 96-97. Of course he walked 3x as many batters as he does now, but he was still nasty.

      • Accent Shallow

        Fun fact: Reliever Mo’s career high BB/9? 3.0, in 2000.

        Second highest? 2.8 in 1996.

        What a freak.

    • Accent Shallow

      Most of the articles on Rivera in ’95-97 refer to his fastball at 95-96 or so.

  • TheLastClown

    Dissecting Delmon

  • Accent Shallow

    That looked like a generous call. But if you’re Mo, it happens.

  • MannyGeee

    Chrysler – Imported, from

    Kabul

    Bagdhad

    DETROIT!

  • Kostas

    That was nasty.

  • AnthonyNH

    finally, some babip luck. I thought that pop up was a sure double.

  • Zev

    Framing pitches?!?!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I know, isn’t it awesome?

  • JMK

    So this is what it’s like to have a catcher that can frame a pitch? Outside of Molina, when is the last time a Yankee fan has seen that?

    • Kostas

      Thurmon Muson?

      • JMK

        Ain’t no grave gonna hold my body down…

  • Total Dominication

    1 more out!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Mo at 93 is crazy

  • S

    Damn you Kubal

  • JMK

    Way to ruin the fun, Kubel-Khan.

  • TheLastClown

    Hey, fellas?

    We. Will. Not. Be. Stopped.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      This guy knows what I’m talking about.

  • JerseyDutch

    Hey, that’s cheating!

  • JMK

    Anyone buy that he was hit?

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    where the eff was that

  • Esteban

    Mo gets that call! Blasphemy!

  • Cy Pettitte

    wtf? ring him up!

  • JMK

    Whaaaa? How do you not give that to Mo?

  • FachoinaNYY

    Ump has given that as a strike all game…

  • MannyGeee

    wow…….

    that looked like a strike, K-Zone or no K ZOne

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    A RODDDDDD

  • Accent Shallow

    We are privileged to see this.

  • MannyGeee

    good night kids!

  • FachoinaNYY

    Good Game, Good Start to the season.

    Time to get drunk.

    Good night to all.

  • jorge brosada

    Mo should have gotten that call, but its a good. Another win in the books!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Yay win. Nova’s got to do better from the stretch tough. But I’ll take it.

  • MannyGeee

    and yes, Rusell Martin does look like Ray Liotta

    • AnthonyNH

      Yes. Thank you.

  • smurfy

    Praise for Ivan the Bulldog Nova.

  • China Joe

    Michael Kay needs to stop trashing the high socks.

  • S

    I’ve been impressed with the umps, been fair, not many stupid calls

  • JMK

    Excuse me for asking this but what exactly is Kim’s redeeming value? Doesn’t ask particularly good questions, rarely unveils insightful or important information, and isn’t all that hot (I know it’s shallow, but let’s be honest – if you’re on television as an on-camera female reporter, it matters).

    • Monteroisdinero

      and the players know that but tolerate her.

    • Xstar7

      You have a point. You could also make a similar case with Nancy Newman.

    • mike c

      she seems to know enough about the game and is a decent looking chick… unlike michael kay

  • mbonzo

    161-1

  • nedro

    File under: “Textbook” …

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Mariano Rivera is now trending on Twitter… Awesome.