Game 25: Frankie’s Back


(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The Gus era ended too soon, at least for me. But I guess if you’re taking away a Gus, you could do worse than bringing in a Frankie. Mr. Cervelli gets his first start of the season today after missing the first four or five weeks with a broken foot. Oh yes, there will be fist pumps. Here’s the starting nine…

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

Ivan Nova, SP

The game starts a little after 1pm ET and can be see on YES locally or TBS nationally. Enjoy the game.

Programming Note: There will be a feature on 2009 first rounder Slade Heathcott during the pregame show, so check it out. He’s killing the ball for Low-A Charleston right now (.370/.453/.630).

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Bob Stone says:

    I’m looking forward to this game. Great to see Cervelli back.

    • Epy0n says:

      Yea we got rid of a catcher who doesn’t hit and replaced him with a catcher who hits lightly. Anyone else not really that excited for Cervelli to be back?

      • Sandman says:

        Complaining about the backup catcher? Really? That’s what it’s come to? Complaining about a guy making the league minimum and only seeing action once a week? Pathetic

  2. Matt says:

    How can anyone not pull for Slade after an interview like that.

  3. steven says:

    ahhh i missed the feature of slade =/ anybbody think itll be online later??

  4. Rich in NJ says:

    I really look forward to Nova’s starts.

  5. Tank the Frank says:

    Love that feature. A hard worker who idolizes Josh Hamilton. Gotta love that. Just keep that shoulder healthy, he should be one of the top three Yankees prospects next season.

  6. Kiersten says:

    I kind of hate when games are on national TV cause then I have to choose between watching on the big screen, but with national announcers, or watching on my computer, but with YES announcers.

    Which to choose….

  7. Tank the Frank says:

    Just an aside before the game starts; looks like Vazquez really was cooked last year.

    So much for the “He can’t handle NY,” “He’s an NL pitcher” narratives.

    • Jose the Satirist says:

      Those narratives don’t stop. I’ve heard people still saying both those things. Then arguing that NY destroyed him last year and that is why he is no longer a good NL pitcher.

    • Rich in NJ says:

      In his first stint as a Yankee in 2004, Vazquez was one of the rare significant Yankee additions to succeed in his first month with the team, unlike Clemens, Giambi, Tino, Sheffieled, and others. So I never thought the pressure of NY was the causative factor in his underperformance. He was hurt in the second half of 2004, and in 2010, his stuff was significantly diminished from 2009.

    • Rich in NJ says:

      In his first stint as a Yankee in 2004, Vazquez was one of the rare significant Yankee additions to succeed in his first month with the team, unlike Clemens, Giambi, Tino, Sheffieled, and others. So I never thought the pressure of NY was the causative factor in his underperformance. He was hurt in the second half of 2004, and in 2010, his stuff was significantly diminished from 2009.

  8. Xstar7 says:

    Nova just dethroned the “King”

  9. Adam says:

    Uh…Paulie? El Duque meant king?

  10. Rich in NJ says:

    Great jump.

  11. Esteban says:

    Granderson’s got some wheeeels.

  12. Cy Pettitte says:

    Grandy woooooow

  13. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Does is seem like Kay says “put a star next to that one” after every great play?

  14. Tank the Frank says:

    I just tip my cap to Bautista now. What a beast. I won’t even call him a Yankee killer…he’s just a baseball killer.

  15. Total Dominication says:

    Wait, Robinson Cano having a better year than Grandy and A-rod and Martin? What?

  16. Adam says:

    Ok that bit about Flash not really remembering him was kind of fantastic.

  17. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Looks like the lifting paid off.

  18. Esteban says:

    Never lift weights in the offseason again Teix.

    Wooohoo a Teix message!

  19. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:


  20. Cy Pettitte says:

    Teix’s face is priceless on the slo-mo

  21. Bob Stone says:

    Way to go Tex.

  22. Dino Velvet says:

    Fences need to be pushed back


  23. Esteban says:

    Is it too early to say #toomanyhomers?

  24. Esteban says:

    Wow, that’s unfortunate.

  25. Rich in NJ says:


  26. Mike Axisa says:

    Nova’s leaving everything up. This won’t end well if it continues.

  27. tom says:

    Home runs like that always seem pure luck to me. They’re like pop flies blown just fair

  28. Esteban says:

    That was certainly a strike on 3-0.

  29. the tenth inning stretch says:

    This morning I needed to replace the Panda on my fantasy team, looked at Lind, but passed. Darn you Adam Lind.

  30. Jerome S. says:

    the 299 ft home run (exaggeration, i know) really pisses you off.

  31. Esteban says:

    How highly regarded is David Cooper?

  32. Rich in NJ says:

    A little lucky with BABIP.

  33. Jerome S. says:

    BAbip’s dickin us around today.

  34. First Time Poster says:

    How is Nova looking? No so great?

    • Tank the Frank says:

      That would be my estimation. Erratic command…HR he gave up was lucky but I would expect him to get hit around today if he continues pitching the way he is. Also,

      Nova – 0 swings and misses

      Litsch – 5 swings and misses

  35. Dino Velvet says:

    whatz up with the empty seats?

  36. Mike Axisa says:

    Nova’s faced ten batters: one walk, one strike, eight balls hit in the air.

    Uh oh.

  37. First Time Poster says:

    How does Litsch look? Much better?

  38. the tenth inning stretch says:

    The O’Neill chicken thing = hilarious.

  39. Jerome S. says:

    ok. calmed down.

  40. Rich in NJ says:

    He looked like a goalie using his glove hand to make a save.

  41. Tank the Frank says:

    Now Litsch is just pissing me off. I won’t say it’s because he’s a ginger, but I won’t say it’s not.

  42. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I’m sure every player would be comfortable with a low OBP while being paid 20 million for the next 4 years.

  43. Tank the Frank says:

    Nova has very little if anything at all today.

  44. Esteban says:


  45. Esteban says:

    Wow, one of the worst pitchouts I’ve ever seen.

  46. Cy Pettitte says:

    that pitch out was terrible

  47. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Nova can’t even throw a pitch out correctly.

  48. Pat D says:


  49. Pat D says:

    Why is it that the Yankees can’t seem to stop anyone’s running game?

  50. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    It’s never good when Jack Curry’s report is over before an out is recorded…

  51. Kostas says:

    our pitchers fundamentals like pitch out, throwing to second to start a double play, are horrible.

  52. Pat D says:

    Unintentional intentional walk to Bautista here?

  53. Rich in NJ says:

    Brush. Him. Back.

  54. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Latahz, Millwood.

  55. Dino Velvet says:

    jose batista = Juan Gonzalez

  56. Kostas says:

    controlling the running game….low priority

  57. Kostas says:

    fucking bullshit

  58. jorge brosada says:

    Fuck Rajai Davis.

  59. Esteban says:

    If only the Yankees could play small ball like that!!!!!11111!

  60. wow says:

    having their way with the base paths.

  61. Pat D says:

    Gardner better be going.

  62. Cy Pettitte says:

    to early for BG #cured?

  63. Guest says:

    No bunt. Just steal second.

  64. Pat D says:


  65. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Uggg STEAL A BASE!

  66. JerseyDutch says:

    oh god, kill me.

  67. unfixed says:


  68. Total Dominication says:

    I actually approve of that bunt.

  69. Jerome S. says:

    aren’t you almost wasting a sac bunt when you have gardner on first?

  70. Kiersten says:

    I just had this horrible nightmare. The Yankees sac bunted in the third inning after Gardner was walked on four pitches.

  71. Total Dominication says:

    I’m only listening. Can someone explain to me joy Brett didn’t score.

  72. unfixed says:


  73. Tank the Frank says:


    Four pitch walk… best base-stealer on the team at first… have the guy who just came back from a broken foot bunt!!

    This has been another installment of Pearls of Wisdom with Joe Girardi.

    • Freddy's Mom says:

      Avoided the DP. Not so dumb, really. If you think Girardi is stupid, you are sadly misinformed. He’s human, but he’s not anywhere close to stupid.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        The bunt is dumb when the fastest runner on the team is on first base and the pitcher just threw four pitches nowhere remotely close to the strike zone (he then proceeded to hit Jeter afterwards as well).

        • Freddy's Mom says:

          I would certainly agree that it woulda been nice for Cervelli to work the count a little bit, at least see if Litsch has relocated the zone, I just get a little irked at the use of the word “dumb.” Everybody here seems to think they’re smarter than the people that play the game because they’ve read “Moneyball” and spend crazy amounts of time on Baseball Reference .com. I’d just appreciate it if you said you don’t agree with decision and stop insulting people who clearly know what they’re doing. OK? And eat your vegetables, young man!

  74. Mike Axisa says:

    In a surprising turn of events, the bunt did not work.

  75. JGS says:

    Well, that inning was all kinds of awesome.

  76. Cy Pettitte says:

    i don’t even…

  77. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Most predictable DP ever

  78. JerseyDutch says:

    Sure glad we gave them that free out.

  79. Guest says:

    Is it me, or doesn’t it feel like a lot of our recent DPs have come with someone on third with less than two outs?

    I’m sure its just confirmation bias, but it certainly sucks.

  80. Pat D says:

    Somehow I just knew that Teix was going to DP.

  81. wow says:

    this has the makings of Friday’s game all over it…

  82. Rich in NJ says:

    Another reason why the bunt was dumb.

  83. JM says:

    And they didn’t send Gardner around third on Grandy’s hit because…

  84. Kostas says:

    Esteban says:
    May 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm
    You watch all the other teams to know that their ‘fundamentals’ are all much better than the Yankees?

    As pitchers.

    29 NY Yankees 24 3 .880 16 6 25
    30 Detroit 27 6 .860 26 11 43

  85. MikeD says:

    Paulie always hated it when he found out what women had teeth.

  86. Guest says:

    Gosh, I hate bunts. I hate them. I hate them so much.

    So dumb, so dumb, so dumb, so…

    • Freddy's Mom says:

      Irrational. Get some reason in yo soul, boy! (or girl). And stop quoting the Bed Intruder Song!

      • Guest says:

        There are some isolated instances where bunting makes sense. Most of the time, it is just a bad idea. Again, bunting reduces run expectancy.

  87. Pat D says:

    I’m guessing Rod Carew for the trivia answer.

  88. Esteban says:

    A-Rod’s slowed down a bit since the oblique injury eh?

  89. Freddy's Mom says:

    I’m having trouble forgiving Tex for that DP. Need to move on…

  90. Esteban says:

    Gingers are just the worst.

  91. MikeD says:


  92. Cy Pettitte says:

    so it’s gonna be one of those games…

  93. Esteban says:

    Unbelievable. It’s a DP fest today.

  94. Kostas says:

    Sometimes watching the Yankee players run is like watching an entire game in slow motion.

  95. Jerome S. says:

    I hate the DP.

    Again, can someone tell me if the Yanks do it more than anyone, because it seems like it. That’s just anecdotal though.

  96. ChrisR says:

    Does anyone know how much DP’s the yankees have this season? :(

  97. Pat D says:

    Nova’s not pitching that great, but the offense isn’t helping him so far either.

  98. Guest says:

    * Mini-rant that is totally pointless since I know the vast majority of people here agree with me*

    Seriously, why do people still bunt so often? I will concede that there are indeed a few, isolated scenarios where bunting makes sense (E.g. Tie game in the bottom of the ninth where the value of scoring exactly one run is immense and you also have the right combo of hitter/baserunner). But people bunt so often in other situations, its mind boggling.

    Further, there have been so many recent analyses and studies that have shown pretty conclusively that bunting is usually a TERRIBLE idea. Yet teams still do it and the mainstream sports media still gives them props for doing so. I feel like I am taking crazy pills. I mean, its like they are all apart of the same huge flat earth society and the rest of us are just left to mutter “Fuck the heck?” to each other.

    The only explanation I can think of is that they all think there is something so noble, so morally superior about the bunt (and small ball in general) that any evidence to the contrary must either be ignored or unabashedly refuted.

    • Jerome S. says:

      I blame the legacy of the dead ball era. Then the bunt made more sense.
      Modern baseball is a game tainted by greedy assholes who cheat and lie. We like to believe that this is a modern invention, like the home run.
      Deep within our minds, the home run and the asshole are inexorably connected. After all, look at the people who hit a lot of them. Ruth, Mantle, Williams, Bonds and A-Rod and others are generally either drunk or mean or both.
      So we figure, “if we stop hitting home runs, we’ll purify this gentlemen’s game of wit and speed”, in complete ignorance of a man named Ty Cobb.
      The bunt is merely secondary. By bringing the bunt in, we bring in an obsolete element of the game that we long for.
      But it’s just dumb.

    • Kiersten says:

      Because the National League is awesome and DHes, and home runs, are eviiiiiiiiil.

    • Freddy's Mom says:

      I don;t see that there’s all that much bunting. It still takes people completely by surprise. When it works we all love it. Have a nice day and don’t smoke or do drugs to excess!

      • Guest says:

        But Freddy’s Mom, the point is it that bunts reduce your run expectancy in any given inning. (You might see a *slight* increase in your odds of scoring one run, but the total number of runs you can expect to score in that inning is lower when you bunt than when you don’t bunt). So, the odds are, it will not “work” as well as not bunting.

        Pretty much any bunting outside of the ninth inning of a tie game is too much bunting. I rarely, if ever, love it.

  99. the tenth inning stretch says:

    What’s up with the tiny little Rajai Davis ‘stache?

  100. Pat D says:


  101. Rey22 says:

    Has Cervelli always worn #17? Could have sworn he was #20something.

  102. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Bautista is a bigger tool than Beckett and Braden combined. yes or no? I’m going with yes.

  103. Pat D says:

    Jeez, looking at those team DP stats was fairly interesting for the overall league averages.

    The NL is hitting .252/.320/.389 and the AL is hitting .249/.319/.394.

    Granted it’s still very early but last year the league averages were higher come the end of the year. And last year was “The Year of the Pitcher.”

  104. JM says:

    Alright, time to SCORE

  105. JerryNYG says:

    Not for nothing but the pitch inside to Bautista in the video retrospective made me laugh. Nova is soooo gangster.

  106. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Nova hasn’t looked his best today, but he’s been pretty good at getting out of jams and keeping the damage minimal.

  107. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Hip Hip!

  108. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I figured out why Jorge was struggling. He was on my fantasy team. You’re welcome, he’s never going to get out again.

  109. IRF says:

    Wow, I can’t remeber ever seeing Jorge run that fast.

  110. MikeD says:

    The Yankees have a replacement for Posada if he doesn’t hit. We really don’t have one for Jeter, so he’s more of a concern.

  111. Jerome S. says:

    Gardner looking not terrible.

  112. RalphieD says:

    wow look at gardner swining on a 3-1 count at ball four..and getting a hit!

  113. Rey22 says:

    Gardner looking good lately. Awesome.

  114. Yankeefan34 says:

    Go Gardner! He is has looked so much better this series. Hopefully this means he is coming around.

  115. MikeD says:

    Oh, no. What is Girardi going to do here.

  116. JerryNYG says:

    Nice to see Gardner with a patient at bat, seeing a pitch he likes and driving it out to shallow right. Let’s see if he can swipe a bag before this thing is over.

  117. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Brett Gardner, bigtime pull hitter?

  118. 28 this year says:

    Gardner is back. Getting walks and hits. Just the way we like him. Now if only he steals more aggressively and cervelli doesn’t bunt the first pitch…

  119. IRF says:

    Gardner has looked sooooooo much better these last few games

  120. Cy Pettitte says:

    I’ll take it

  121. Guest says:

    Steal third.

  122. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Small ball!!!

  123. 28 this year says:

    Cervelli – two pitches, two outs.

  124. A-Rod's Hip says:

    The sad part is Michael Kay was serious about bunting Cervelli to “stay out of the double play”, as if he’s a pitcher at the plate. smh

  125. Guest says:

    He’s fast.

  126. Dino Velvet says:

    why would escobar do that?

  127. MikeD says:

    The most productive ground out to SS from Jeter all year.

  128. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Wow…I thought he had him though.

  129. unfixed says:

    Jeter gets credited for Escobar’s blunder.

    I’ll take it.

  130. Cy Pettitte says:

    that was pretty dumb, Gardner scores on a base hit anyway

  131. Jerome S. says:

    This game’s actually pretty entertaining.

  132. MikeD says:

    What is that scored?

  133. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Maybe Gardy yelled “Ha” on his way past and confused Escobar.

  134. Ryan says:

    2 Players on my Fantasy Team this week:

    Player A: 3 R 2 HR 4 RBI 0 SB 5BB .286 AVG 1.090 OPS
    Player B: 5 R 2 HR 3 RBI 1 SB 5 BB .545 AVG 1.869 OPS


  135. JerryNYG says:

    THE GRANDYMAN CAN!!!!! Man, is he having a hell of a year or what?

  136. Dino Velvet says:

    daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa grandy man can!

  137. the tenth inning stretch says:

    The Grandy Man. Whoa.

  138. A-Rod's Hip says:

    So much for small ball.

  139. Mike Axisa says:

    Granderson smallballed the shit out of that.

  140. Cy Pettitte says:


  141. Guest says:

    Why have an Anderson, when you can have a GRANDerson?

  142. Rey22 says:

    And that’s why you give him the green light even though Tex has 5 grand slams and A-Rod has 22.

  143. unfixed says:

    no bunts = good things happen

  144. Kiersten says:

    Homers since August 14, 2010:
    Jose Bautista 27
    Troy Tulowitzki 23
    Curtis Granderson 22
    Albert Pujols 20

    but, but… AJax and IPK!

  145. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    The best part about that inning: no bunting.

  146. Cy Pettitte says:

    ARod looks awful lately

  147. Dino Velvet says:

    Now if only Seattle can give Felix some run support….

  148. IRF says:

    6th inning uh oh

  149. CS Yankee says:

    You know you have depth problems when juan Riveria is your 5th hitter.

  150. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Good boy Nova. :)

  151. Guest says:

    Let’s get some runs and alleviate the need to use the Formula. Would love to see some more of the Carlisle and Pendleton show.

  152. 28 this year says:

    i want to see Nova go into the 7th again today. His stuff isn’t as sharp as last time but Toronto has a better offense at the moment than the CWS and Nova is doing well. Might as well have him practice getting through the order more because if Girardi never lets him, he will never learn.

  153. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Nova, to 7.2 and beyond!

  154. Rey22 says:

    He’s tired. Pitching waaay up.

  155. Cy Pettitte says:

    the 6.1 wall

  156. Mike Axisa says:

    You’re already, Ivan.

  157. Tank the Frank says:

    I didn’t have Nova throwing ANY changeups today. Weird.

  158. IRF says:

    Another quality start from Nova. It wasn’t pretty but I’ll take 6.1 innings and 2 runs from my #4 any day.

  159. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Nova gets a pint of Turkey Hill. On me.

  160. JerryNYG says:

    I give Nova some respect for how hard he fought today. He will break the 7.0 barrier before too long.

  161. jorge brosada says:

    Rajai needs to just get hurt again already. Fucking steals are so annoying

  162. IRF says:

    No fastballs please

  163. Mike Axisa says:

    Don’t walk him, fastball down the middle.

  164. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Fuck, it’s Boone.

  165. Cy Pettitte says:

    time for the Boone Logan Experience

  166. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Angels tied it up at five going into the sixth. Nice to see they decided to stop bending over for AL East teams.

  167. Cy Pettitte says:

    they took out Bautista?

  168. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    B0o0o0o0oo0o0ne. I still hate you though.

  169. the tenth inning stretch says:


  170. jorge brosada says:

    hahaha holy crap that was smooth

  171. Mike Axisa says:

    Boone planned that.

  172. Rey22 says:

    Holy shit, like a boss.

    That needs to be a gif very very soon.

  173. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Wasn’t it Cliff Lee that made that same play against us?

  174. Pat D says:

    Logan’s been fine since the first week of the season.

    Just saying.

  175. wow says:

    anyone else having problems with … this sucks

  176. JMK says:

    So do people still want to cut an appendage from Gardner?

  177. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Why did Litch even start that inning?

  178. MikeD says:

    Enjoying the return of Gardy.

  179. Mike Axisa says:

    Gardner has been successful once in his last five SB attempts. Completely inexcusable.

  180. MikeD says:

    So does TBS have a back-up game? I just checked in to see the Yankee game (as expected) is blacked out, but wondering why they don’t show the back-up game? Or is there not one?

  181. unfixed says:

    lol @ Gardner trying to evade the tag with that dome.

    The trials and tribulations of a base stealer: The Brett Gardner Story.

    Or more aptly titled, Bonk’s Adventure.

  182. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    LOL Jeter

  183. Pat D says:

    Another hit for Jeter!


  184. the tenth inning stretch says:

    I really wanna see Jeter score after reaching on a strikeout.

  185. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Well, at least he got on base.

  186. unfixed says:

    FACT: Jeter’s 2000th hit was a swinging bunt to 3rd.

  187. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    My favorite part of today’s game was when Flaherty admitted that he’s an alcoholic.

  188. Rey22 says:

    Oh boy, here we go. Soriano time.

  189. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Gardy flashing the leather today. Soriano really worries me with all the hard-hit fly balls he gives up.

  190. Cy Pettitte says:

    They put the StubHub ad behind home plate? everyone knows Soriano doesn’t like to pitch with the StubHub ad in front of him

  191. MikeD says:

    Stop being surprised, Kay. It’s the media that’s made up the story about Soriano having to adjust to not being a closer.

  192. Mike Axisa says:

    This guy is allergic to 1-2-3 innings.

  193. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Soriano’s ERA is 0.00 in May


  194. Pat D says:

    Papelbum in against Seattle.

    Sadly he’s been pitching well this year. And has the first out already.

  195. Pat D says:

    Kay just wanted to say “armpit.”

  196. MikeD says:

    Unrelated, but is anyone else having a problem with If I try to watch the game in reduced-screen mode, it shoves the picture into the upper-lefthand corner, obscuring about half the picture. I have to go to full-screen to see the picture, which is a problem, because I can’t toggle between screens. This only started this year.

  197. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Is Mo available today?

  198. Pat D says:

    A hit would be nice, Alex.

    Oh bugger.

  199. Xstar7 says:

    Geez, A-Rod has really come back down to earth.

  200. Mike Axisa says:


  201. jorge brosada says:

    Uh oh, i hope nothings wrong with Robbie

  202. Xstar7 says:

    That was strike three dammit

  203. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Joaquin Benoit sucking again. Good stuff.

  204. C-Mac says:

    When’d Mo lose the socks?

  205. MikeD says:

    Does is seem like they’re using Jack Curry more this year? I’m fine with that.

    Ichiro just dropped a ball in right after the Sox.

  206. jorge brosada says:

    Love me some Granderson. He genuinely seems like a great guy.

  207. Dino Velvet says:

    gawd, I hate Boston.

  208. jorge brosada says:

    The Red Sox are crowding around Carl Crawford celebrating a walk-off hit.

    Rarely do I see something so revolting

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