Game Six: After the rain


That kid is up to no good I tells ya. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

In a lot of ways, the Yankees lucked out with last night’s postponement. They can skip not only one Freddy Garcia start but two, and the core bullpen pieces get some much needed rest. The regular position players also get a day of rest without missing an actual game, which is always a good thing. The less Gustavo Molina, the better.

New York will wrap up its first home stand of the season this afternoon, then they’ll head up to Boston for a quick three-game weekend series before returning home for another six game homestand. It sucks that 14.8% of the home schedule will be played in the first 9.3% of the season, but that’s the card they drew. Hopefully they can squeeze out a W and win their second straight series under some overcast skies today and leave town on a high note.

Here’s the lineup that’ll face lefty Francisco Liriano…

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

A.J. Burnett, SP

It’s a 1:05pm ET start today, and the game can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Cy Pettitte says:

    Let’s hope Gardner gets going today, SSS, but he’s 3/10 with a triple off Liriano

    • Mister Delaware says:

      Screw SSS, if Gardner spent an entire season facing Liriano, he would have 60+ triples. Book it.

  2. Undertaker's Dong says:


    • Stratman9652 says:

      Sad part is some record exec actually said “Hey this is really good lets subject to world to this.”

      • Marshall Brown says:

        you give them too much credit. They knew they could sell this crap and make a ton of money, They were right.

        No coincidence that Lou Pearlman, Lou Pearlman, who founded commercially successful acts such as the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync was later convicted of running a 300 mil ponzi scheme.

        This song and these bands were artistic crimes, cultural frauds.

  3. Tank the Frank says:

    Love to see a clean game today. Yanks hammer Liriano early and tack on throughout the game. Bartolo and Ayala finish it out. No drama.

  4. Stratman9652 says:

    The stadium is really REALLY empty today.

  5. Total Dominication says:

    I really want to go in to Boston over 500.

  6. Erica says:

    Am I being ridiculous or is the game not broadcasted on 880AM? I’m trying to get audio online (and I’m all empty-pocketed so I can’t afford the MLB membership for game day audio).

  7. Cy Pettitte says:

    One plus side of empty stadium: you can hear roll call clearly, lol

  8. Pat D says:

    Another record low attendance today?

  9. gio says:

    Why’d the Twins skip Pavano?

  10. Pat D says:

    Matt Holliday and now Adam Dunn felled by appendectomies already this year. Odd.

    Lastings Milledge DFA’ed by White Sox. Gotta think he’s had his last chance, right?

  11. IRF says:

    Hello Good AJ

  12. baravelli says:

    Wow, Martin really stole a strike there.

  13. Mister Delaware says:

    Wow did Martin steal that one.

  14. Cy Pettitte says:

    Curve looks good today, I like April AJ

  15. Greg says:

    I dont know if Mauer tipped that.

  16. Pat D says:

    That ball was tipped by Mauer, wasn’t it?

  17. Total Dominication says:


  18. Tank the Frank says:


  19. JerseyDutch says:


  20. mike_h says:

    finally a decent hit by Jeter

  21. There you go, Jeets. Prove us all wrong. Silence our doubts. Defy the odds.

  22. jon says:

    is that deadmau5 i hear in the stadium?

  23. Cy Pettitte says:

    Swish got away with that, but Liriano did completely miss his spot

  24. mike_h says:

    hahahaha Swisher screamed right in the mic

  25. Justin says:

    Kay: “Swisher angry with himself…”

    /understatement, haha.

  26. IRF says:

    Swish was just a little frustrated there

  27. AndrewYF says:

    Always fun to hear the player’s foul language get picked up by the microphones.

    ‘Fuck, man, FUCK!’

  28. Cy Pettitte says:

    stop fucking hit Teix, fuck

  29. JerseyDutch says:

    Teix is like a HBP magnet…

  30. baravelli says:

    Phew, it didn’t hit Tex right on the kneecap. I was scared for a second there.

  31. jon says:

    thank god it wasnt his knee

    time for arod to make him pay

  32. CBean says:

    come on Alex, get them back for plunking Tex.

  33. karcotte says:

    Gameday has Alex batting left handed.


  34. I can’t even be mad, those pitches were filthy.

  35. Total Dominication says:


  36. Cy Pettitte says:

    AJs not even close to the strike zone

  37. Pat D says:

    Need a DP here.

  38. Tank the Frank says:

    Aaaaaand away we go.

  39. mike_h says:

    AJ missing his spots…this aint good

  40. Exhale. Okay, AJ, you’ve got an out, now keep it going.

  41. Mister Delaware says:

    “You can go all the way over there?” – Jorge Posada

  42. Pat D says:

    Jeez, don’t kill yourself, Russell!!!

  43. Yank the Frank says:

    AJ bouncing back.

  44. Cuso says:

    Now just don’t avoid going all Soriano and walk Valencia

  45. JerseyDutch says:


  46. Mister Delaware says:

    He’s a fighta!!!

  47. Cy Pettitte says:

    lukewarm AJ

  48. Justin says:

    Nice pitching.

  49. CBean says:

    phew! good job getting out of it, AJ!

  50. mike_h says:

    nice comeback by AJ

  51. Pat D says:

    Really? That was a strike?

  52. Urban says:

    That’s a strike on Posada, but similar pitches from AJ are balls?

  53. Cy Pettitte says:

    Andruw Jones sporting some slick glasses

  54. Mister Delaware says:

    Covered a lot of ground there, Denard.

  55. Klemy says:

    $%#*ing MLB Mobile isn’t working! GAH Why am I shocked at this?

    • Klemy says:

      Bah, something odd with caching their mobile page, once you logout during a session and go back, you’re logged in and it works without entering any information. Game on…

  56. Rey22 says:

    What the hell is that thing in Casilla’s chin?

  57. Kostas says:

    Jeter to his left – old.

  58. Jimmy McNulty says:

    LEster has nine Ks through six. Jesus Christ, he’s good at baseball. Also the game on Saturday is at noon, so that means it’s not on Fux right?

  59. Jonathan says:

    Both changeups have been FILTHY

  60. Pat D says:

    This umpire is starting to get on my nerves.

  61. Pat D says:

    Jeez, now he calls that a strike? I’d be mad if I was Mauer.

  62. mike_h says:

    AJ got Mauer lookin

  63. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Is it just me or is AJ the most stressful pitcher to watch on the team?

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      Hughes, I can’t deal with all the 10 pitch at bats because of all the foul balls

    • Tank the Frank says:

      Hughes gets to me. I love him and want him to succeed so bad. Plus all the foul balls are frustrating.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Yeah, Hughes is probably the guy…simply because I want him to be so good. Even he’s doing well, I’m still nervous. When he sucks I go to make excuses, but when AJ sucks it’s easier to just get mad at him.

  64. Tank the Frank says:

    Got the call when he needed it. Great pitch. Nice changeup today as well.

  65. Greg G. says:

    Tell you what, I think Russell Martin just got that strikeout for AJ.

  66. Stratman9652 says:

    So nice to have a catcher frame pitches and get the strike.

  67. Rich B says:

    0-9 red sox by weekends end?

  68. Tank the Frank says:

    Make shit happen Gardy!

  69. Jon in CUO says:

    Moar changeup, please.

  70. Pat D says:

    It’s nice that they’re going to do a Yankeeography of Joe Girardi, but are we ever going to get one for guys like Bill Dickey, Red Ruffing or Lefty Gomez? I mean, they’re all HOF’ers, you’d think they’d have enough material for them.

  71. Yank the Frank says:

    Walking double.

  72. Tank the Frank says:

    He’s got one hell of an eye.

  73. China Joe says:


  74. mike_h says:

    Gardner better steal a damn bag now!

  75. Cy Pettitte says:

    best walk ever

  76. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Awesome AB Gardner.

  77. Tom Zig says:

    I’m praying for a 15 inning affair in the Sox/Cleveland game with a soul crushing walk off home run by Shelley Duncan

  78. Rey22 says:

    Random thought that just hit me. Gardner goes at the trade deadline in a package for a good #2-3 starter and Dickerson and Jones platoon in left for the rest of the year. He seems like he’s a good trade chip.

    Don’t mind me. Just thinking out loud.

  79. Pat D says:

    Mauer’s worst throw ever.

  80. Rich B says:

    that guys is quick (just in case no one noticed)

  81. Rich B says:

    jeter just looks old

  82. Yank the Frank says:

    Thank God for that steal.

  83. alittleblackegg says:

    Classic Gardner walk / SB sequence. Love it.

  84. Jimmy McNulty says:

    That’s a strike? WTF? It was a shitty pitch that should have been hit, but still.

  85. China Joe says:

    an RBI for Swish, an RGI for Gardner (run gritted in)

    • Cuso says:

      because he’s white, right?

      • murakami says:

        I don’t care what color he is, the guy gets lousy jumps on balls hit to the wall in CF.

        When Granderson doesn’t play out there, we take a hit. Awful play off the wall, too. Amazing this guy has a rep as being an elite defender. Not in CF.

  86. Jimmy McNulty says:

    How many HRs has the wind stolen from the Yanks this year?

  87. Urban says:

    Fun game with a chance to win $5.6 million. For some reason, I decided to start my streak with today’s Yankee game, believing Cano will get a hit off of Liriano. Probably “easier” match-ups around MLB to try and start a streak.


  88. Klemy says:

    “Only the New York Daily News gives you the exciting writing of Mike Lupica…”

    I don’t know if “exciting” is the adjective I would use there.

  89. Tom Zig says:

    Jarrod Saltalamachhia is so bad that if for some reason he got 10 PAs in one day and managed to get one hit, his BA for the day would be higher than his current batting average.

  90. mike_h says:

    damn, got lucky on that one, that was 2 feet shy of a HR

  91. Jimmy McNulty says:

    The unraveling begins.

  92. Tank the Frank says:

    One thing that frustrates me more than most in baseball: when you get the lead and the pitcher gives it right back in the next inning.

  93. Greg says:

    Thats on Tex

  94. Jonathan says:

    Wtf just happened there…you have to knock that down Tex

    • Rich B says:

      for all the plays that tex makes that he has no reason making you can give him a bad one every now and then

  95. Greg says:

    Thats two outs Mike

  96. Marc says:

    Michael Kay pulling a John Sterling

  97. Greg G. says:

    Just keep it together, AJ.

  98. Yank the Frank says:

    Get in the game Kay.

  99. Cuso says:

    Michael Kay has bitch-tits

  100. Yank the Frank says:

    Ok no deal. AJ can get us through 6.

  101. IRF says:

    Lirano is throwing some nasty change ups to A-rod

  102. Cy Pettitte says:

    Big inning please

  103. Jonathan says:

    I’m grateful for the hit…but doesn’t it seem like Robbie is swinging at EVERYTHING?

  104. Pat D says:

    Stupid trivia answer lies again.

  105. Mike Axisa says:

    Strikeout is inevitable for Jorge now…

  106. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol Bard comes on and walks the 9 hole hitter to start the 8th, who then promptly steals second

  107. Greg G. says:

    Wow, that pitch was nasty.

  108. Greg says:

    Indians pull a suicide squeeze off now lead 1-0

  109. Jonathan says:

    Did Michael Kay just say teams don’t like to make lopsided trades in their favor…because the other GM won’t trade with them anymore…holy shit. Maybe I won’t buy Extra Innings….

    • aRX says:

      Are you serious?! o.0

      Also, Yay Andruw!

    • That’s not exactly what he said. There was a whole lot of nuance you’re leaving out.

      Teams want to win the trade, but sometimes it’s helpful to only win slightly rather than win embarrassingly, because it discourages the other team from trading with you again.

      Like, for example, the Santana trade with the Mets. The fact that none of the guys the Twins got back amounted to shit makes it harder for the Twins to sell a Mets deal to their fans, because of a potential PR nightmare.

      • Mister Delaware says:

        Right, like Boston likely won’t send another prospect to Florida any time soon because of how badly they got ripped off.

      • Jonathan says:

        so stealing Santana for nothing is bad because it’s possible years later the Twins might not make a deal with you? That’s ridiculous. So the Indians shouldn’t have taken Lee/Phillips/Sizemore because maybe in a few years the Nationals won’t want to trade with them? That’s insane logic. Take the best offer you can get and worry about something possibly happening later. Plus with all the turnaround at the GM position it’s very possible the GM would be gone by the time the trade is decided. Especially if he’s giving away lopsided deals.

        • I’m not saying I agree with his hypothesis, just objecting to your inaccurate strawman characterization of what Kay actually said.

          • Jonathan says:

            C’mon man get real. You’re just doing what you always do. Patrolling comments and starting unnecessary arguments. You are hands down the worst when it comes to this.

            How is anything I said not accurate? Him saying teams don’t try and dominate trades, for ANY reason is completely stupid. Sorry I did quote his exact phrase. I just used the part that was relevant. Adding in any info doesn’t make the statement any more ridiculous.

            But seriously, what is your problem that you have to do this? it’s beyond unnecessary and annoying. This is what I’m talking about Mike. It happens way too often with the regular crew. If you want this to be a website for just your friends, that’s fine. But if you want to incorporate new fans to be involved in the conversation something has to change. I know tons of people agree with me.

            • Him saying teams don’t try and dominate trades, for ANY reason is completely stupid.

              It is, which is why it’s not what he said.

              • Jonathan says:

                he said some teams don’t like to necessarily destroy the other team in a trade. they just like to win the trade. Saying teams should or do take less in trades for any reason is stupid. You are completely nitpicking just to be argumentative. You must have loved debate in high school.

              • (goes back with DVR)

                Kay called the trade “outstanding” and “a really great trade”. He then said, “A lot of GM’s don’t like to make lopsided trades, because you’ll never get that team to trade with you again.”

                Look, I’m on record as saying that Kay is a regular dunce, but you’re changing what he said to make it sound even dumber than it was. Kay’s actual statement can be logically assailed, but you’re arguing against a strawman position of his argument.

                That’s all.

                • Jonathan says:

                  Dude…seriously? what is your problem? What else would he mean by not liking to make lopsided trades? If you don’t like to make lopsided trades the only way to avoid it would be to take less. And even if you don’t think they mean the same thing, saying teams don’t like dominating trades is also ridiculous. Getting a giant return or stealing a star player for nothing is so much more important than the other GM MAYBE not wanting to deal with you as much later. He said something completely stupid. I pointed it out and you just started an argument because you like to argue.

                  All i like to do is come to RAB to talk to like-minded people during the games, but it’s impossible to enjoy the chat when people just troll for arguments that are 100% unnecessary. Mike, I’ve eliminated the name calling because that too was completely unnecessary. I know the inner circle doesn’t understand how annoying it is but there must be countless others on here who just don’t even comment because of bull like this. I see it happen tons of times every day.

                  • For the record, I didn’t start an argument, you did. I told you what you said was inaccurate. It was. That’s not starting an argument, that’s correcting the historical record.

                    It’s great that you like to come to RAB to talk to like-minded people. So do I. Many of those like-minded people I like to talk to also prefer to talk about things based on the actual historical record of what people actually said.

                    If you’d like to have a conversation about what Michael Kay actually said and whether or not we agree with it, I’m more than willing to.

                    • Jonathan says:

                      the crazy thing is I know you truly believe that. No way were you extremely nitpicking at what you think is a difference. when you responded were you not arguing that you thought he said something different? how is that not an argument? You agree what he said was stupid but because you interpreted what he said differently than I did, you still started the argument. Let me get this straight. I make a statement, and you argue he meant something else. Then I argue he meant what I said in the first place but I started the argument…You’re ridiculous. You are obviously addicted to arguing if you’ll start this over the tiniest of differences in perception. I won’t be responding to this anymore as you obviously view yourself as completely infallible. Get your arguing jones somewhere else.

                    • Let me get this straight. I make a statement, and you argue he meant something else.


                      I’m not arguing he meant something else.

                      I’m telling you he SAID something else, and you’re mischaracterizing HIS argument.

                      Because you are. In fact, you’ve not only argued against strawman positions of what Kay said, you’ve argued in this very exchange against strawman positions of what I said.

                • Ted Nelson says:

                  ““A lot of GM’s don’t like to make lopsided trades, because you’ll never get that team to trade with you again.””

                  Maybe I’m wrong, but I think that this is exactly what Jonathan said…

                  That this is stupid and that no decent GM thinks this way. Perhaps it is a drawback of lopsided trades, but there are 28 other teams besides that one to deal with, and if it’s a lopsided deal it’s worth it. Since so many trades in MLB are essentially salary dump for prospects… most teams know they are entering into a potentially lopsided deal.
                  Basically, it is so marginal a consideration that it probably doesn’t even enter a GMs mind when making a trade. If the other GM thought at the time it was unfair or not the best offer out there, they don’t make the trade in the first place. You just take care of your side and let them take care of their side…

  110. Hah, Adam Everett just did in the Sox. Hilarious.

  111. rek4gehrig says:

    I’m diggin Andruw

  112. Greg G. says:


  113. Mike Axisa says:

    Andruw’s mad at Joe for saying he’d take an 0-fer on the podcast today.

  114. Cy Pettitte says:

    YEEEEAAAA BUDDY Andruw Jones!

  115. Tank the Frank says:

    I really don’t understand this because he sucked in Spring Training…

  116. Cuso says:

    Did Sterling just say “Mary Andrew?”

    I don’t get it..

  117. Erica says:

    Yeayuh Andruw! I love him.

  118. Tank the Frank says:

    Let’s go Russell don’t expand just put something in play. Preferably a fly ball.

  119. Yank the Frank says:

    Russell the Muscle

  120. Greg G. says:

    I’m starting to like this Russell Martin fellow.

  121. Cy Pettitte says:

    one out from 0-6 for Sox

  122. aRX says:

    On the one hand, I’m probably gonna lose my fantasy matchup this week for lack of wins (3 leads coughed up by bullpens), and if I can’t get a win from a 7IP 3-hit SO from Lester…

    On the other hand, HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA 0-6 swpet by the fucking INDIANS. So I don’t feel so bad :D

  123. Cuso says:

    9th inning:
    Adrian Gonzalez grounds out
    Kevin Youkilis grounds out
    David Ortiz………..walks

  124. JerseyDutch says:

    Finally some BABIP on our side.

  125. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Heh a Gardnerian hit.

  126. Cy Pettitte says:

    Yea BG! they’re finally dropping for him

  127. Cuso says:

    That’s a bomb for Gardner

  128. Cy Pettitte says:

    someone who was watching explain this:

    J Drew reached on infield single to third, D McDonald out at third.

    • Teh Comp Pick says:

      Out at second, not third, he aggressively rounded and slipped past second and than got thrown out on his dive back in.

    • Mister Delaware says:

      Liner off Perez, trickled to 3B, McDonald turned too wide, slipped, got picked off heading back. It was hilarious.

  129. Tampa Yankee says:

    “J Drew reaches on an infield single to third, D McDonald out at third.” to end the game


  130. Cuso says:


    Yanks better not dick around. Protect this lead

  131. Greg says:

    The end of the Indians Red Sox game perfectly sums up the Red Sox season so far. Mcdonald pinch running. Drew hits one off the pitcher and it bounces to the third baseman. But McDonald went around second too aggresively and slipped and was tagged out trying to get back

  132. Yank the Frank says:

    Boston lost.

  133. Erica says:

    Whassup Boston?

  134. Hey look, a starting pitcher suddenly came apart at the seams, and it wasn’t AJ. Nice.

  135. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Boston sucks. LOL

    What a horrible way to make the final out.

  136. Tank the Frank says:

    It’s so weird that the Sox are 0-6 because I know they’re just as good if not better than the 1927 Yankees.

  137. Justin says:

    Swisher curses again!

  138. Greg says:

    Swisher is pissed again

  139. AndrewYF says:

    Wow, Swisher has quite a mouth on him.

  140. Jonathan says:

    hahah Nick is dropping some massive F bombs today.

  141. Teh Comp Pick says:

    Swish is very angry today, don’t remember seeing that before.

  142. Monteroisdinero says:

    We sweep in Boston. They are 0-9. Clubhouse implodes. Pedroia breaks his leg in dugout fight-falls on Youkilis who breaks his toe. Ultimate grit.

  143. Teh Comp Pick says:

    Has anyone else read the Gammons piece over at MLB.com about how Boston was hoping they could start the season exactly like this?

    • Meh, no need to read it, I’ve already read that Gammons article a jillion times in one form or another the past 25 years.

    • BavarianYankee says:

      did he also say that they hope to be swept by the Yanks? XD

    • Tank the Frank says:

      Gammons needs to take his pills.

      Also, the lack of negative coverage their start is getting is astounding. I know there are the generic “Should Boston Be Worried?” articles but there would be nothing but straight vitriol coming from the media should this have happened to the Yankees – in any season nevermind one where they were such heavy favorites.

      • Russell NY says:

        That’s because no one gives a crap about the Red Sox and their purchased team.

      • Ted Nelson says:

        It’s 6 games… If the media condemned the Yankees after 6 games that would be a mistake, just like if they do it to the Sox it would also be a mistake. I think there’s plenty being written about it, but anything you write has to have the disclaimer that it’s 6 games attached. If you thought they were the best team in baseball coming into the season, a 6 game sample absolutely should not change your mind. Most journalists did think they were the best team around going into the season, so they are correct not to change their opinion.

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      I can’t help but to think that this is the calm before the storm. Gonzo is a great hitter and even if Youkilis’ body can’t hold up at third and it effects his bat I’d have to think that they’re still a great team, and a 95+ win team on paper. Buchholz is due for a regression but both Beckett and Lackey had better peripherals than you’d think last year. Maybe I’m just a paranoid pessimist but I still can see October glory in their future. Starting the year. The whole team is due for a regression, and going into their house when they’re due for a series is discomforting thought.

  144. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Shelly still thanking the Yankees. Always liked the guy, doesn’t hurt that we share the same last name…I hoped he’d have a career on the Yankees Bench…sort of a Marcus Thames last year type. Glad to see him sticking somewhere.

  145. BavarianYankee says:

    lol, Boston lost again XD

    They thought they already won the WS in the offseason but obviously they just overrated themselves XD

  146. mike_h says:

    wow Red Sox 0-6 thats too funny

  147. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Greatest thing is we don’t have to face the only legit ace Boston has. #winning.

  148. Greg G. says:

    I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Trevor Cahill for single-handedly saving my craptacular Fantasy pitching staff today.

  149. Mister Delaware says:

    God I love when AJ has the inside tail working.

  150. FernandoP says:

    Dead Sox are now 0-6 on the season! Smellsbury, PEDroia, Big Crappy, Just Disabled Drew, Crappelbon, Drek, Jon Mo Lester, Lacking, Lice K and the Pukester are gonna be killed by the chowderheads.

    • Greg G. says:

      I think this comment qualifies as “self-parody”

      • FernandoP says:

        Nope, I’m just posting what will surely be the typical overreaction by Red Sox fans. It’s still a solid team, but a lot of them will ask when football season begins or did the Yankees at least lose?

    • I am not the droids you're looking for says:

      I think it’s actually Rice K in common parlance.

  151. YanksFan77 says:

    In the Russell Martin at bat, when Cano scored, what an excellent play.

    And yet, Martin doesn’t get an increase in OPS, and Cano only gets a lousy RUN, that doesn’t really matter anyway, so really a no net gain. It’s as if the play didn’t happen. What a bad play.

  152. JerseyDutch says:

    Solid inning, AJ.

  153. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jeter in the OF where he belongs

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      And boom goes the dynamite…

      But in all seriousness no. His bat makes him a tolerable SS. His bat in left will likely be worth negative WAR.

      • What if his defense is worth positive WAR there?

        • whozat says:

          so he’d maybe get back to 0 or 1 WAR? Meanwhile, the team can’t deploy a real plus LFer?

          • Ted Nelson says:

            He’d probably be above 1 WAR with a .320 wOBA and plus defense. Still, though, it’s a matter of the opportunity cost… Jeter also keeps them from deploying a real plus SS. They just don’t have one he’s blocking and do have Gardner in LF.

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          You think he could be above average is left? Granted it’s much less demanding than what he would regularly do but it might take a while getting accustomed to.

          • I think it’s a definite possibility. Jeter’s athletic skillset (fast but not quick, good overall footspeed range but poor lateral reaching movement, strong but not accurate arm) probably plays much better in the OF than the IF nowadays.

            • whozat says:

              I think it takes a while to learn how to read the ball off the bat. And Jeter brings neither pop nor stolen bases, and his OBP is pretty AVG-dependent…

              I just can’t see him being much more than a 1 win guy or so.

      • Ted Nelson says:

        I think it would still be positive in LF, actually, though not as much as SS. Assuming he hasn’t regressed further than his 2010 level, he was about even with Brennan Boesch last season in terms of wOBA. Boesch was a negative defensively and still was 0.6 WAR. It’s fairly marginally above replacement, but above nonetheless.

        Really comes down to who you have in LF and SS instead of him. With Gardner/Jones and Nunez/Pena being the options… I’d keep him at SS until his defensive gets even way worse than it is or the situation changes.

        • Really comes down to who you have in LF and SS instead of him. With Gardner/Jones and Nunez/Pena being the options… I’d keep him at SS until his defensive gets even way worse than it is or the situation changes.

          That. I personally think Jeter’s total offense + defense would be just fine in LF, but I’d only switch him if we had a better option at SS, since his WAR capability total is more almost always more scarce at SS.

          • Ted Nelson says:

            Yeah. If we assume it’s unlikely the Yankees bench Jeter (assuming both that they don’t want to and that he’s not going to be a total unmitigated disaster hitting) then they have to maximize their SS + LF production. Right now I’ll take Jeter + Gardner > Nunez + Jeter…

  154. JerseyDutch says:

    Andruw pulls a Swisher… except he makes the catch.

  155. Pat D says:

    Robertson warming up again.

    Does that mean it won’t be Joba/Soriano/Mo?

  156. whozat says:

    Wow, I can’t believe the Rays haven’t even led a game yet.

  157. Jimmy McNulty says:

    AJ didn’t even hit 100 pitches? Solid start…lets hope the bullpen holds it this time.

    • Cy Pettitte says:


      I’ll gladly take 6IP 2ER from him

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Oh yeah…good start from him. I’m glad he was able to make it through six only throwing 99 against a team with three killer lefties. This will definitely fall under the “positive” category on my recap in the recap thread.

  158. Cuso says:

    Let’s get Soriano there NOW.

    You know, because he’s our 8th inning guy.

    And it’s “close” to the 8th inning.

    //self-destructive tendencied

  159. theyankeewarrior says:

    I just gots to get in on this party.

    Gameday at work: Sox lose, Yankees looking good. AJ K’in bitches and hittin 94.

    Live Masters Feed: Tiga Tiga Woods yall.

    JoSoMo… lets go!

  160. Cuso says:

    Jeff Manship

    what a name.

    Jefferson Starship

  161. Spectra says:

    Just a quick stat


    Boston .190/.275/.301
    Tampa Bay .136/.218/.260

    The Rays are nearing the Mendoza line in OBP!! OUCH

  162. Cy Pettitte says:

    they’re gonna need to add some more mounds out in the bullpen so Joe can have everyone warming up

  163. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Martin got hosed on that second strike.

  164. theyankeewarrior says:

    I hope this isn’t another game where our offense flames out after we get a lead.

  165. theyankeewarrior says:

    AJ on a pitch count?

  166. Yank the Frank says:

    Rays down 3-0 in the 4th.

  167. Cy Pettitte says:

    so Robertson was only warming up in case AJ went into self destruct mode in the 6th? ok

  168. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Joba really needs to cut his hair.

  169. NJ_Andy says:

    Damn it Joe, did D-Rob insult your mother?

    • whozat says:

      I don’t really mind him not using Robertson, but getting him up every single day is risky for his health :-/ At a certain point, it’s like…look, he’s up and ready, just use him! Joba’s not so much better than him that it makes sense to dry hump him 4 days in a row.

  170. CBean says:

    I had to go into a meeting. how did AJ look after the 3rd?

  171. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Can Robertson get an appearance before the game hasn’t been all but blown?

    • whozat says:

      He’s not good enough to start the 7th, but he is good enough to try to hold the lead when the game is on the line. After warming up twice already.

      • Urban says:

        It’s not as if he was good the other night. I don’t blame him for that bloop hit, but he was all over the place. Command is off.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Robertson has not been as good as Joba, Soriano, or Mo on their respective careers, so I don’t really see calling for him to pitch over them. His innings will come.

      • whozat says:

        Then why are they getting him up every day? I’m not saying “zomg, he’s so good! pitch him!” I’m saying “take logically consistent actions”

        • Ted Nelson says:

          It was one time when Soriano imploded and Robertson had to come in. I really don’t think Girardi intended to use Robertson after sitting him down in that game, the situation just arose. Once.

          As far as getting guys up and not putting them in games… That happens to every single team in a whole lot of games. Just because someone warms up, it doesn’t mean they have to or are entitled to get into a game.

          As far as I’m concerned, Girardi’s approach is fairly logical. He’s using the 3 guys he feels are his best relievers as often as he can. If those guys are available, why turn to someone else? If for whatever reason(s) Girardi begins to think Robertson is his 3rd best reliever, he might take the same approach.

          Robertson also got rocked by lefties last season, and is not necessarily the guy to bring in against the Twins.

      • radnom says:


        Plus for all we know his arm strength isn’t 100% or his feel isn’t quite there yet and having him prepare each night as if he was about to come into the game could be their way of helping him work through it. Who knows. Its certainly not as bad for him as anyone is making out, nor is he by any means ‘interchangable with Joba’.

  172. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Has Incarcerated Bob been right on a breaking rumor ever?

  173. Tank the Frank says:

    Please no bullpen implosion today.

  174. Xstar7 says:

    Is that another late inning collapse I hear?

  175. whozat says:

    you know Jon and Suzy, I’m sorry that teams started reporting player injuries more accurately and that the words “oblique” and “intercostal” weren’t used back in the 60′s when you started your careers, but please stfu about it. The rest of us are fine with understanding.

    • Maybe they think those muscles didn’t exist back then.

      • radnom says:

        To be completely fair:

        a.) Its not just a matter more accurate injury reporting as its also more accurate diagnosis and understanding by doctors as well.

        b.) I actually think its quite likely that rapid advances in conditioning, training etc have lead to certain injuries being a lot more common than in the past. Particularly strains on muscles which in the past may have been overlooked during normal baseball training.

  176. baravelli says:


  177. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Shoulda been Robertson.

  178. Urban says:

    Joba seems to be gaining weight by the week.

  179. Yank the Frank says:

    2 more Yankee runs would be nice. Thank you.

  180. Urban says:

    So Soriano in the 8th? That’ll be fun.

    • mike_h says:

      he’ll bounce back

      • Urban says:

        Oh, I’m sure he will. It just sets up for an interesting 8th either way. If he pitches well, all well and fine, but if he has a second straight bad game, well, this is NY, and you know what will happen…

  181. jiffy says:

    thank God we went to our seventh inning man

  182. Cuso says:

    Jeter is right at the Mendoza line

  183. Yank the Frank says:

    Jeter swung at ball 4 but legged out a hit.

  184. Urban says:

    It seems like the hardest balls Jeter’s hit this year have been outs, and the weakest ones have gone for hits.

  185. Ted Nelson says:

    Just a subjective observation, but Jeter seems to be having better at bats this season… seeing more pitches than last season. Somewhat encouraging if that’s even true.

    • Cuso says:

      He may be looking at more pitches. I think you’re right about that.

      Of course, that gets away from his natural aggressiveness. Hopefully he’ll adapt well.

      At least there won’t be as many of those one-pitch outs that killed us last year.

      • Ted Nelson says:

        I wasn’t all that correct… it’s a fairly marginal difference so far this season. Back to in-line with his 2009 number in this tiny sample, though, so maybe there’s something there… probably not though.

  186. Xstar7 says:

    Jeter scorched that one.

  187. Holy crap, Edwin Jackson has struck out 11 Rays, and it’s only the 6th inning?


  188. Esteban says:

    What kind of name is Manship anyway. And nice, the Yankees are playing DeadMau5 at the stadium

  189. Cuso says:

    I hope his 3,000th isn’t a weak-ass leg hit. He deserves better.

    I know, I know It would be “apropos” because he’s a hustler.

    I’d just like a nice double or triple for the Cap.

    Or at least a sharp line drive to RF, a la his modus operandi.

  190. Urban says:

    Did the Red Sox lose again?

  191. Cuso says:

    Chamberlain v. Mijares

    Jelly-Belly Grudge Match

  192. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol Swisher just destroyed Nishi

  193. AaronGuileWithASmile says:

    I love it when Sterling and Waldman run out of stuff to talk about.

    Not that John Wayne isn’t interesting.

  194. Esteban says:

    The Yankees offense has been some powerhouse these last few games. Yep, gotta complain about something.

  195. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Now that’s a hard slide.

  196. Mister Delaware says:

    Wow. His left spike nearly stuck.

    • Urban says:

      I think it did slightly. His knee took a lot of that slide. Didn’t look good. Hopefully it’s a sprain and nothing torn.

  197. mike_h says:

    nice take down by Swisher

  198. pat says:

    Welcome to America, bitch.

  199. Urban says:

    He’s a SS by trade.

  200. Cuso says:

    Payback for Pearl Harbor

  201. CBean says:

    who’s injured?

  202. Esteban says:

    Classless Yanks will be the the headline.

  203. Mister Delaware says:

    Oh cool, its xenophobia time here.

  204. Jonathan says:

    Is John Flarety always this….snarky/douchey/jealous? I don’t usually get YES.

    • Jonathan says:


    • JerseyDutch says:

      That’s Flash for you.

      • Jonathan says:

        You can tell he’s jealous of everyone still playing and pretty much everyone that was/is better than him…aka 99% of baseball. He’s extremely petty and I’m trying to figure out what he brings to the broadcast. Is it always these two or do you guys have a rotation?

        • JerseyDutch says:

          There’s something of a rotation. Ken Singleton is usually there instead of Flaherty. He’s a lot more even-tempered.

  205. Xstar7 says:

    Why did A-Rod swing at that?

  206. Russell NY says:

    If Soriano can go 1-2-3 here I’ll forgive him for 2 days ago.

  207. AaronGuileWithASmile says:


    I guess MFIKY will have to earn his money today

  208. Mister Delaware says:

    This is where Feliciano would be really nice.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Twins line-up is definitely tough on RHPs. Span and then 3-5 can all put it out with one swing.

      • Ted Nelson says:

        I mean, I guess that’s how all line-ups are meant to be at the 1 and 3-5 spots… just all the lefties in the Twins case.

  209. Esteban says:

    That was a poor jump by Cano. Looks like he thought MFIKY was gonna grab it

  210. Esteban says:

    Really, Soriano wanted to throw that pitch right down the middle to Thome?

  211. Is it really a closer mentality or getting away with a mistake?

  212. Cuso says:

    Cuddyer’s going yard

  213. Xstar7 says:


  214. JerseyDutch says:

    Good Rafi today.

  215. mike_h says:

    Whew Soriano holds the lead

  216. Pete says:

    Nice, Raf. Heart of the order.

  217. AaronGuileWithASmile says:

    Job well done.

  218. Yank the Frank says:

    A step on the road to redemption.

  219. JobaWockeeZ says:

    These fly balls are going to be great for the next 3 years.

  220. Cuso says:

    insurance runs por favor

  221. He makes me so uneasy when he pitches. Everything is hit high and deep.

  222. theyankeewarrior says:

    Soriano begged and pleaded for Thome and Morneau to hit those meatballs into the upper deck. Thank god they turned him down.

  223. JerseyDutch says:

    Rays are continuing their staggering offensive output.

  224. But the question that really matters is, will he address the media afterwards?

  225. Urban says:

    What kind of name is Dusty? How do you get the name Dusty?

  226. mike_h says:

    attendance is 41,512, but looks like 31,000 physically in the seats

  227. Cuso says:

    I vote for him to get his mother on speaker phone and for her to answer any and all questions. Including the 3-day forecast.

  228. Cy Pettitte says:

    God damnit why is Kubel ALWAYS up in the 9th?

  229. Cy Pettitte says:

    awful day for Posada

    • Urban says:

      It’s funny. At this time of year, players can go from having a great start to a lousy start, or a lousy start to a great start, based on one or two games.

  230. theyankeewarrior says:

    2011: The year of the insurance run.

    Wait, what?

  231. Cy Pettitte says:


  232. tom says:

    So, apparently, getting into the Twins’ bullpen isn’t the way to beat them.

  233. Esteban says:

    Dusty-K is like Angel Dust and Special K mixed together, right?

  234. Esteban says:

    So Mo, Jobber, and MFIKY Are gonna be available for 2 out of 3 in Boston?

  235. Yank the Frank says:

    Kubel? We ain’t got to worry about no stinkin Kubel!

  236. Cy Pettitte says:

    fuck too close for comfort

  237. Cuso says:


  238. Urban says:

    What crap is Kay talking about?

  239. rek4gehrig says:

    Ball game over Yankees win

  240. JerseyDutch says:

    Whew, I can breath again.

  241. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice Teix

  242. AaronGuileWithASmile says:

    Start spreading the news!

  243. mike_h says:

    ball game bitches, Yankees win!!

  244. MannyGeee says:



    Peter Gammons must be ready to shoot himself!

  245. JMK says:

    Great question, Kim.

    Kim: Andruw, How did you get to that ball?

    Andruw: I ran there.

  246. AJ Burnett is tied for the lead in Wins.

  247. Cuso says:

    AJ Burnett: League leader in wins

  248. CS Yankee says:

    Mo down to 39 (s/b 38) i believe…just could happen this year.

    The kid knows how to close.

  249. Joe says:

    Edwin Jackson has 13 Ks and 1 BB thru 8 innings against the Rays at home. He’ll be a free agent, entering his age 28 season, for 2012. He’s represented by Boras, meaning there’s no way he forgoes FA this winter.

    Anyone else see this happening? For better or worse?

    • Esteban says:

      Let’s see how this season goes first.

    • I doubt it, but it’s possible. I have to think we either add another starter via trade this year, or one of the kids steps forward and grabs a rotation slot. I bet Jackson ends up not being in our plans because we have other internal options.

      • Joe says:

        Yeah you’re probably right. If he’s truly “for real” and puts up a big year, I’m sure someone else will throw a ton of money at him (i.e. the Cubs, Angels, etc.) and I don’t think the Yanks would want to take a chance like that on a guy who’s been inconsistent throughout his career.

      • Ted Nelson says:

        Jackson could potentially be the starter the Yankees trade for too, though, if the Sox don’t plan to re-sign him.

        • That’s true, but the Sox probably wouldn’t fall out of contention in the AL Central enough for Kenny Williams to sell off pieces.

          It’s possible, though; he’s been a seller and a buyer simultaneously on a few occasions before.

          • Ted Nelson says:

            With Danks, Floyd, Buerhle, Jackson, and Peavy returning they might look to sell high on Jackson if they don’t think he’ll sustain it or at least aren’t confident enough to re-sign him to a big deal. Could get a veteran stop-gap or MLB ready prospect in return too… As good as Jackson’s been for Chicago, I doubt Arizona regrets moving him for Daniel Hudson.

    • Urban says:

      I have him on my fantasy baseball team, along with King Felix and Lester. He’s mecurial, though, as a pitcher. Can be great for a number of starts, and then really bad. Hmmm, kind of AJ like at times.

      • Urban says:


      • Joe says:

        I snagged him as a FA, he really did take off upon his arrival in Chicago last year though. He’s using a cut fastball much more and generally seems to have better control, but switching teams again would make me worry a bit.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Could see it. Jackson would have to really dominate and be an upgrade the Yankees are willing to pay for and/or the in-house options will have to stink…

      White Sox could also be looking to trade a starter when Peavy’s back, and if they don’t want to pay Jackson he could be the one to go… so might not have to wait till FA.

  250. Kevin G. says:

    Who is pitching for the Yankees during the Sox series?

  251. I am not the droids you're looking for says:

    Hughes, Nova, and CC (sorry had to do it)

  252. Yank the Frank says:

    It’s annoying that despite Boston being 0-6 we are only 2 games up on them.

  253. Tom Zig says:

    I hope Baltimore loses today. That way you can say If you ain’t first, you last; and be accurate.

  254. Jon says:

    Yankees better catch up to those Orioles in the standings.

  255. Jenny says:

    Fire Girardi!

  256. Jenny says:

    Check the back pages of the Boston Herald


  257. Total Dominication says:

    Yay Yanks, lolsox.

  258. Thomas Tu says:

    For people who were at the game today, does anyone know the name of the song Russell Martin walked up to during his 1st plate appearance?

    It sounded like a mix of reggaeton and house.

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