Game Four: Under the lights for the first time


"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.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. 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.

  2. Pat D says:

    Who’s gonna paint the picture with words today?

  3. squishy jello person says:

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

  4. Tank the Frank says:

    I have somewhat irrational high hopes for Nova this year.

  5. The Real JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  6. Adam B says:

    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 says:

      Joba, Vazquez, now Hughes…

      Injury, injury/age, who knows…

      • The Real JobaWockeeZ says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

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

      He’s more interested in “texting my girlfriend”

      • radnom says:

        Hughes has been texting your girlfriend?

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

      • Steve H says:

        What’d I miss?

        • Esteban says:

          Yeah, give the details.

        • theyankeewarrior says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

      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.

  7. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  8. theyankeewarrior says:

    Here’s to Nova going 7IP/2ER

  9. The Real JobaWockeeZ says:

    Biggest concern of the Twins? The White Sox.

  10. Cy Pettitte says:

    Over/under 3.5 HRs for the Yankees tonight?

  11. jorge brosada says:

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

  12. Esteban says:

    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.

  13. Mike HC says:

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

  14. Dela G says:

    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…”

  15. Cuso says:

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

    what a dink

  16. Mike HC says:

    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.

  17. JobaWockeeZ says:

    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.

  18. OldYanksFan says:

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

  19. Jerome S. says:

    I love Jim Thome.

    Just saying.

  20. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Strike one…
    Good start for Nova guys!

  21. Mike Axisa says:

    Damn Ivan, don’t be so mean.

  22. jorge brosada says:

    nice start haha

  23. Cy Pettitte says:

    Cy Nova

  24. Mike Axisa says:

    Jeter fielded a grounder … drink!

  25. Rey22 says:

    Jeter with the range!

  26. Dela G says:

    this nishioka guy seems pretty legit on paper

    I hope he proves it after facing the yankees

  27. Mike HC says:

    Nishioka looking more like Kaz Matsui rather than Hideki Matsui.

  28. Cy Pettitte says:

    8 pitches, that’s refreshing

  29. OldYanksFan says:

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

  30. jorge brosada says:

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

    • Mike HC says:

      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.

  31. Pat D says:

    Is Tony Pena M.I.A.?

  32. Cuso says:

    get the damn ball down, Gardener

  33. jorge brosada says:

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

  34. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Jeter makes me want to beat my kids.

  35. Cy Pettitte says:

    stop hitting Teix, jerks

  36. Cuso says:


  37. jorge brosada says:

    fuck, please not be injured tex

  38. Dela G says:

    oh boy, that looks like it hurts

  39. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Gardenhire called for that plunking.

  40. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  41. Dela G says:


  42. Cy Pettitte says:


  43. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:


  44. Cuso says:

    yeah bitch. take dat

  45. Esteban says:

    CentWAR strikes again!

  46. Jerome S. says:

    Get excited, folks.

  47. JerseyDutch says:

    A-Rod is unbelievable this young season…

  48. inpinstripes says:


  49. jorge brosada says:

    and Alex’s quest for MVP continues…

  50. Jimmy McNulty says:

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

  51. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    A-Rod reminds me of A-Rod.

  52. FachoinaNYY says:

    Making him pay Arod, atta boy!

  53. swishers fauxhawk says:

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

  54. Cuso says:

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

  55. Drew says:

    Does the stadium look empty or is that just me?

  56. JerseyDutch says:

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

  57. Urban says:

    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.

  58. Across the pond says:

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

  59. OldYanksFan says:

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

  60. Greg says:

    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.

    • Jerome S. says:

      Low attendance =/= apocalypse.

      Build it, and they will come.

      • Tank the Frank says:

        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 says:

        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 says:

      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 says:

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

    • AnthonyNH says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          Rhyme away. Preach that shit brother.

          • Greg says:

            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.

  61. Cuso says:

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

  62. jorge brosada says:

    that breaking ball was awesome

  63. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    LOL Jeter

  64. Dela G says:

    what the hell was jeter doing there

  65. Ari G says:

    jeter omg

  66. jorge brosada says:


  67. Tank the Frank says:

    Jeter is fucking up my universe right now.

  68. JobaWockeeZ says:

    There goes the perfect game.

  69. AndrewYF says:

    Keep smiling, Jeter.

  70. ShuutoHeat says:

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

  71. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Wicked cold, guy…wiiicked cold.

  72. Xstar7 says:

    Jeter’s got some range doesn’t he?

  73. Cy Pettitte says:

    I can’t wait until Jeter gets another gold glove

  74. AndrewYF says:

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

  75. _TheDream says:

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

  76. Dela G says:

    man baker is trying hard to implode

    just dont swing at any of his crap, plz

  77. jorge brosada says:

    What is the Joe Girardi show?

  78. Bullwinkle says:

    Here it comes…

  79. Dela G says:


  80. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:


  81. Mike Axisa says:

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

  82. Bullwinkle says:

    I am a prophet!!!

  83. Cy Pettitte says:

    HIP HIP!


  84. Esteban says:

    Jorge is adjusting to this DH thing nicely.

  85. jorge brosada says:

    HIP HIP!!!

  86. JerseyDutch says:


  87. ShuutoHeat says:


  88. OldYanksFan says:

    Posada is cooked. Cut him.

  89. Jerome S. says:

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

  90. CBean says:

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

  91. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Best draft pick I made this year.

    • Across the pond says:

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

      Oh how I am laughing.

    • AndrewYF says:

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

  92. jorge brosada says:

    smoked by the grandy man

  93. OldYanksFan says:

    Pastadiving WHO?

  94. Cy Pettitte says:

    Baker won’t make it through 3

  95. FachoinaNYY says:

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

  96. China Joe says:

    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 says:

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

    • OldYanksFan says:

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

      • FachoinaNYY says:

        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 says:

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

  97. Mickey Scheister says:

    The Yanks look so old…

  98. Cuso says:

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

  99. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Trade Russell

  100. China Joe says:

    I thought Martin could run!

  101. Brooklyn Ed says:

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

  102. FachoinaNYY says:

    Good AB for Brett

  103. Accent Shallow says:

    Please don’t GIDP.

    (Yes, I know there are two outs)

  104. Dela G says:

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

  105. John says:

    That jump by Gardner was insane.

  106. Tank the Frank says:

    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.

  107. Dela G says:

    Kim looks grrrreat today

  108. TSJC is back!? OMGOMG!


  109. swishers fauxhawk says:

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

  110. Urban says:

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

    • Accent Shallow says:

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

      Jamie Moyer? No way.

  111. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Ivan Nova. WINNING, DUH!

  112. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nova looks great, very encouraging

  113. Cuso says:

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

  114. Mickey Scheister says:

    Nova is dealing….

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

  115. Nice pitch to get Tex there.

  116. swishers fauxhawk says:

    God damnit. That was a tease.

  117. Dela G says:

    damn it kay, got me all fucking excited

  118. Cuso says:

    the HBP messed up Tex’s swing

  119. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

    • Urban says:

      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

  120. Esteban says:

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

  121. MannyGeee says:




    the crack of the bat and then….


  122. ShuutoHeat says:

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

  123. Mike Axisa says:

    Jesse Orosco and Jamie Moyer have to be trivia answers.

  124. Esteban says:

    Nova to the #2 starter.

  125. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nova is a ground ball machine

  126. jorge brosada says:

    damn you morneau….

  127. MannyGeee says:

    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.


  128. MannyGeee says:

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

  129. Tank the Frank says:

    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.

  130. JobaWockeeZ says:

    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.

  131. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Ugh, damn it.

  132. Dela G says:

    damn, thome mashed that

  133. Chris says:

    Wow. Thome used to be skinny…

  134. Mike Axisa says:

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

  135. jorge brosada says:

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

  136. MannyGeee says:

    say what you want, great pitch down low…

  137. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  138. Chris says:

    Bring back Posada!

  139. OldYanksFan says:

    This just in:
    Jim Thome can still hit.

  140. MannyGeee says:

    holy empty stadiumness, huh

  141. gxpanos says:

    Jason Kubel: Fat Leonardo Dicaprio?

  142. FachoinaNYY says:

    Alright offense time to get them back.

  143. AnthonyNH says:

    Does anybody else think Russell Martin looks like Ray Liotta?

  144. Zev says:

    The ESPN broadcast of this blows.

  145. China Joe says:

    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.

  146. Cy Pettitte says:

    did Baker and Nova switch uniforms?

  147. FachoinaNYY says:

    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.

  148. jorge brosada says:

    wow that was close to the head. Nova should retaliate

  149. OldYanksFan says:

    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.

  150. OldYanksFan says:

    Nice piece of hitting there…

  151. TheLastClown says:

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

  152. Dela G says:

    Martin with the wheels

  153. Stratman9652 says:

    Russell Martin is a fuckin stud.

  154. jorge brosada says:

    that was pretty base running there

  155. Zev says:

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

  156. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  157. FachoinaNYY says:

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

  158. GearCity says:

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

  159. boogie down says:

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

    Please don’t hurt me.

  160. GearCity says:

    Cheese and Rice.

  161. Cy Pettitte says:

    fuck me I can’t believe he caught that

  162. Esteban says:

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

  163. jorge brosada says:

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

  164. ShuutoHeat says:

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

  165. MannyGeee says:

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

  166. RalphieD says:

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

  167. Sam says:

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

  168. MannyGeee says:

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

  169. Jenny says:

    Lot of empty seats

  170. FachoinaNYY says:

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

  171. TheLastClown says:

    Super sexy strike3 on Span.

  172. jorge brosada says:


  173. Esteban says:


  174. Todd Gaak says:

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

  175. MannyGeee says:

    wow, Mauer’s got Jeter Disease…

  176. ShuutoHeat says:

    Mauer promptly rolls over.

  177. brazilian fan says:

    its a mental thing for nova indeed

  178. FachoinaNYY says:

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

  179. MannyGeee says:

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

  180. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jeter’s one good hit and it’s foul

  181. MannyGeee says:

    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…

  182. Accent Shallow says:

    Very generous call, but I’ll take it.

  183. Dela G says:

    jeter swung at that one…

  184. Mike Axisa says:

    “The stride he worked in Spring Training on…”

    Yikes Michael. Yikes.

  185. FachoinaNYY says:

    Ugly ab there jete…

  186. brazilian fan says:

    omg jeter is bad right now

  187. Tom Zig says:

    Jeter seems to not like hitting

  188. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking foul balls

  189. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Another Michael Kay false alarm.

  190. GearCity says:

    AHHHH. Do it again.

  191. brazilian fan says:

    wow unlucky

  192. Jenny says:

    can’t Jeter take some Geritol?

  193. Cy Pettitte says:

    lmao at that strike, are you serious?

  194. FachoinaNYY says:

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

  195. Urban says:

    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.

  196. GearCity says:

    Even Alex’s outs are pissed on right now.

  197. jorge brosada says:

    darn it…

  198. OldYanksFan says:

    Fuck. ARod Jeter’d it.

  199. China Joe says:

    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???

  200. Tom Zig says:

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

  201. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  202. FachoinaNYY says:

    I can haz double play?

  203. JerseyDutch says:

    Giddy-up, GIDP.

  204. jorge brosada says:

    that DP was convenient…

  205. GearCity says:

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

  206. Chip says:

    There was the slider, beautiful pitch

  207. Accent Shallow says:

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

    And Dominican.

  208. MannyGeee says:

    Thome is locked in right now…

  209. GearCity says:

    Great job, Nova.

  210. Tom Zig says:

    QS for Nova

  211. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nova! yeeeeeaaaa buddy

  212. Mike Axisa says:

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

  213. TheLastClown says:

    Oop. Nova having no respect for the game alert.

  214. Chip says:

    Awesome strikeout, time for bullpen dominance

  215. brazilian fan says:

    he throws lot of low strikes me like it

  216. OH HAI says:

    Nova’s got swag

  217. China Joe says:

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

  218. jorge brosada says:

    overall I’m pretty happy with Nova’s performance

  219. AnthonyNH says:


  220. brazilian fan says:

    he lives down under

  221. Slu says:

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

  222. MannyGeee says:

    fighting the urge to play The Show right now…

  223. TheLastClown says:

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

  224. Kevin G. says:

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

  225. FachoinaNYY says:

    Oh no, I just ran out of scotch.

  226. Cy Pettitte says:

    time for a Grandyslam jr.

  227. Pat D says:

    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.

  228. China Joe says:

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

  229. Cy Pettitte says:

    is Kay reading RAB?

  230. Alex S says:

    josomo shoutout

  231. Dela G says:

    hahahaha flaherty bringing the smackdown

  232. FachoinaNYY says:

    JoSoMo doesn’t flow?

  233. MannyGeee says:

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

  234. brazilian fan says:

    yankees dont have rules for hair like this?

  235. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  236. jorge brosada says:

    nice outing there from jobbers

  237. Kevin in Princeton says:

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

  238. brazilian fan says:

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

  239. FachoinaNYY says:

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

    This Guy.

  240. Stratman9652 says:

    Love this bullpen.

  241. MannyGeee says:

    oooooh…. late call by the ump there.

  242. JerseyDutch says:

    This ump is a putz.

  243. Cy Pettitte says:

    what’s with the bad late strike calls?

  244. mbonzo says:

    Bad BABIP Gardner.

  245. bonestock94 says:

    Fuckin BABIP

  246. brazilian fan says:

    yankees are having unlucky breaks on offense

  247. RalphieD says:

    gardner and jeter have no luck right now

  248. mbonzo says:

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

  249. Teh Comp Pick says:

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

  250. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  251. Erica says:

    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.

  252. Accent Shallow says:

    Maybe Jeter isn’t totally toast.

    Or maybe that was an 84 mph fastball.

  253. The Fallacy of the Tolerable Broadcaster says:

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

  254. Chip says:

    Jeter needs to make a sacrifice to the babip gods

  255. AnthonyNH says:

    Good to see Jeter and Gardner hit the ball hard though

  256. brazilian fan says:

    soriano is better then mo


  257. jorge brosada says:

    not a good night at the plate for span haha

  258. JerseyDutch says:

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

  259. jorge brosada says:

    gah more fucking BABIP bad luck

  260. Xstar7 says:

    The BABIP gods are not in the Yankees favor tonight.

  261. MannyGeee says:

    yikse.. Soriano getting squeezed

  262. jorge brosada says:

    not getting any of the calls from the ump….

  263. FachoinaNYY says:

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

  264. FachoinaNYY says:

    Anyone think well see Mo before Soriano this year?

    • Mike Axisa says:

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

      • TheLastClown says:

        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 says:

        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!!!”

  265. TheLastClown says:

    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 says:

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

      Including a point in the original post fail.

    • JerseyDutch says:

      Don’t ruin my irrational beliefs with your facts.

    • mbonzo says:

      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 says:

        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.

  266. China Joe says:

    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

  267. Xstar7 says:

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

  268. jiffy says:

    top of the order is up

  269. MannyGeee says:

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

  270. FachoinaNYY says:

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

  271. Accent Shallow says:

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

  272. jorge brosada says:

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

  273. JerseyDutch says:

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

  274. MannyGeee says:

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

  275. Tom Zig says:

    What is this nasty factor on gameday?

  276. jiffy says:

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

  277. MannyGeee says:

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

  278. mbonzo says:

    I hope this big strike zone holds up for Mo.

  279. Ari G says:

    anyone else have a bad feeling

  280. Slappy White says:

    Not JoSoMo….please

  281. Kevin G. says:

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

  282. Accent Shallow says:

    Can you even buy coffee in the Stadium?

  283. jiffy says:

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

  284. TheLastClown says:

    Dissecting Delmon

  285. Accent Shallow says:

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

  286. MannyGeee says:

    Chrysler – Imported, from




  287. Kostas says:

    That was nasty.

  288. AnthonyNH says:

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

  289. Zev says:

    Framing pitches?!?!

  290. JMK says:

    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?

  291. Total Dominication says:

    1 more out!

  292. Cy Pettitte says:

    Mo at 93 is crazy

  293. S says:

    Damn you Kubal

  294. JMK says:

    Way to ruin the fun, Kubel-Khan.

  295. TheLastClown says:

    Hey, fellas?

    We. Will. Not. Be. Stopped.

  296. JerseyDutch says:

    Hey, that’s cheating!

  297. JMK says:

    Anyone buy that he was hit?

  298. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    where the eff was that

  299. Esteban says:

    Mo gets that call! Blasphemy!

  300. Cy Pettitte says:

    wtf? ring him up!

  301. JMK says:

    Whaaaa? How do you not give that to Mo?

  302. FachoinaNYY says:

    Ump has given that as a strike all game…

  303. MannyGeee says:


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

  304. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:


  305. Accent Shallow says:

    We are privileged to see this.

  306. MannyGeee says:

    good night kids!

  307. FachoinaNYY says:

    Good Game, Good Start to the season.

    Time to get drunk.

    Good night to all.

  308. jorge brosada says:

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

  309. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  310. MannyGeee says:

    and yes, Rusell Martin does look like Ray Liotta

  311. smurfy says:

    Praise for Ivan the Bulldog Nova.

  312. China Joe says:

    Michael Kay needs to stop trashing the high socks.

  313. S says:

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

  314. JMK says:

    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).

  315. mbonzo says:


  316. nedro says:

    File under: “Textbook” …

  317. Stratman9652 says:

    Mariano Rivera is now trending on Twitter… Awesome.

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