Game 88: Before the break


(Photo Credit: Flickr user Jay?? via Creative Commons license)

Today marks the end of the first half of the season, only if you ignore the fact that the halfway point of the season came about the week ago. A win today would guarantee that the Yankees head into the All-Star break no worse than tied for first in the AL East in the loss column, and no worse than five losses up on the Wildcard spot. Considering the doubt surrounding the rotation coming into the season, it’s tough to be disappointed with that. Here’s the starting nine…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C
Brett Gardner, LF
Andruw Jones, RF
Eduardo Nunez, 3B

CC Sabathia, SP

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Anon says:

    Where is Swish? Didnt realize he was banged up?

  2. Dela G says:

    I’m pretty pumped to see ZZ pitch again

  3. Spaniard says:

    Weak ass lineup

  4. Dela G says:

    Riveraveblues commercial again!

  5. Kramerica Industries says:

    Chance to take two of three from the team that currently marks the margin in which the Yankees hold a playoff spot, and add a game to that margin with three head-to-heads wiped off the board.

    Regardless of what happens today, however, I have to ask the RABBI’s a little poll question – Red Sox @ Rays for three after the ASB. Who do you want to see win that series, if not outright sweep?

    I swallow my tongue by saying the Sox, on the sole condition that the division is a nice reward in today’s MLB, but with the pretty obvious knowledge that the WC is coming from the East (again) this year, as long as the Yankees reach the playoffs, then that’ll suffice. The Yankees were given such little chance of winning the East coming into this season anyway (45 of 45 ESPN analysts picking the Sox re-enforces that point).

    • Dela G says:

      the rays need to win that series

    • Jonathan Harker says:

      Rays. The Rays will not hang around all year. They will eventually fall back and the Sox/Yanks will be the clear #1 and #2 in the AL. Therefore, we need every advantage we can get over Boston so I would like to get HFA throughout the AL playoffs.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        This is what I thought before the season, and here they are at the break well in the thick of things.

        I still don’t buy them being in the thick of it in the last week of September, but the sooner they fall off the pace, the better. They are the perfect annoying team to hang around all year.

    • bexarama says:

      45 of 45 ESPN analysts picking the Sox re-enforces that point.

      More ESPN analysts picked the Astros to win their division than the Yankees or Rays.

    • first time lawng time says:


      I would NEVER root for the Red Sox.

      • Kiko Jones says:

        Yeah, I’d root for Al-Qaeda before Boston. (And would rather see the Yankees lose to the Rays down the stretch, if it came down to that scenario.) So for reasons rational and not, I want the Rays to win that series post-ASG series. Plus, I like the Rays, even if they are in the AL East as well. As long as they’re not facing the Yankees, I’m rooting for ‘em.

  6. Dela G says:

    haha jay-z sounds ridiculous

  7. Greg says:

    As ususal Maddon is up to his dirty tricks. Only one left handed hitter in the lineup against CC. I know its legal and it is sound strategy but its still kind of evil.

    • Guns of the Navarone says:

      Yeah… Justin Ruggiano, Brandon Guyer, and Kelly Shoppach. What a genius.

      Although, Shoppach has kind of owned CC lately IIRC. Broke up a no-hit bid not too long ago. I don’t think any of it matters the way CC is pitching.

    • Mike HC says:

      Not evil at all. Smart. Maddon is probably by far the best manager in the league at this point, in my opinion.

  8. Mike HC says:

    I know this has been brought here before, but there is not “live blogging during every game,” as the new RAB commercial on YES claims (not that I would like that for every game, I prefer the open comment forum set up). Not a big deal, but it does kind of stick out every time I see the commercial.

    • Steve S. says:

      I think that supposed to refer to what you and I are doing right now. Poorly worded, but not a big deal.

      • Betty Lizard says:

        Have to agree. Having a post/thread about an event, with commenters conversing as the events happen can be called live blogging. (That there are updates and comments from the thread author strengthens the characterization.) “Live blogging” doesn’t equal “chat.” It’s the “sharing reactions during the event” that makes it live blogging, at least for the blogs I read.

        Anyway, the important thing is that RAB is getting publicity.

        • Mike HC says:

          There is a corresponding graphic with the “live blogging” comment showing that little chat screen that Mike uses for the live chats. It is just a bit confusing I guess, to say the least. But again, not a big deal, and I’m all for publicity for RAB, by far the best Yankee blog on the internet, not even close.

  9. ... says:

    Just saw a commercial for this blog, kinda cool haha

    btw pretty sweet way to get 3000 yesterday, eh?

    called it to a T

  10. Greg says:

    There is another commercial that bother me. The guy answers the bartender’s questions with such uncertainty. IT’S ON THE FRICKIN’ LABEL! JUST READ THE DAMN LABEL!

    If they covered it up, it would make more sense.

  11. first time lawng time says:

    LMAO. I’m watching Say Yes to the Dress and they’re showing the wedding between Chad Gaudin and his wife.

    Everyone was making a big deal with the girl’s dress saying “you’re marrying someone in the public eye…Yankee royalty…you have to make the right choice…” lol

    Chad Gaudin really is not attractive.

  12. Pat D says:

    Anyone watching the Women’s World Cup at all?

    Yea, didn’t think so. All I’m going to say is that no matter how bad the umpiring can be in baseball, at least it usually doesn’t determine the outcomes of very important games. Because the U.S. just got double fucked in their match against Brazil.

    • GRGOYLDEF@ says:

      Complete and utter bullshit call.

      • Pat D says:

        Both of them were. I’m not sure what was worse. Probably the do-over on the penalty kick since that’s having the actual impact.

        • Oscar Gamble's 'Fro says:

          There’s is no other explanation other than the FIFA officials are on the fucking take. That was criminal. Really, it was. I feel terrible for those girls.

  13. Mike HC says:

    I feel like CC should weigh in before every start like a prize fighter.

  14. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    With that lineup I can’t imagine how the Rays are able to score more than 1-2 runs/game.

  15. Cy Pettitte says:

    Elliot Johnson? really?

  16. Greg says:

    See what I mean? Evil

  17. karel capek says:

    If John Flaherty wants my respect then he will get plastic surgery to make himself look like David Cone. He would also need to star in an independent film entitled ‘The General 2′ and perform perfect pantomime like Buster Keaton. With that John Flaherty will truly be YES’ best announcer. It’s difficult but I’m worth it.

  18. Urban says:

    Is it three days off for the All-Star break, or four? I’d rather it be three, but the last couple years it seems they don’t start back up until Friday.

  19. Cy Pettitte says:

    DRob is an all star!

    • Kostas says:

      replacing David Price – who is still distraught for being abused by Jeter yesterday.

    • StanfordBen says:

      Wait, DRob over CC? He’s replacing Price, it’s not like he’s replacing another reliever.

      • Pat D says:

        CC wouldn’t be able to pitch.

        But this is interesting because Price was a pick by Washington, which means that he picked DRob.

        • Urban says:

          The issue with CC, as noted, is he can’t pitch in the All-Star game since he’s pitching today, but he deserves the honor of the All-Star game. Washington could have selected him, then immediately named his replacement. Other managers have done this, including Girardi when he managed last years.

  20. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Yay DRob!

  21. Greg says:

    Shields is the master of the changeup.

    and Robertson’s an all star

  22. Dela G says:

    Damn, Shields is on point

    • Guns of the Navarone says:

      Has been all season. It’s amazing how the two big candidates for a bounceback season (Shields & Beckett) are doing it in a monster way with what basically amounts to better luck.

      • Dela G says:

        yeah he’s been money all season, and i’m glad he’s bouncing back. I am praying beckett regresses. I mean he has to, right?

        • Guns of the Navarone says:

          Not necessarily. Both pitchers had entire seasons that were effected negatively by BABIP and HR/FB factors, so it’s not unreasonable to assume that their luck (combined with the fact that they’re good pitchers) could continue all season.

          But Beckett is probably a better candidate to regress sooner rather than later simply because of his injuries/injury history.

  23. StanfordBen says:

    Given that Shields seemed to be on, I’ll take a 22 pitch inning.

  24. Pat D says:

    Well, the U.S. Women are fucked.

  25. Greg says:

    Evil Maddon

  26. Cy Pettitte says:


    that was pretty stupid.

  27. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Just like the 2-10 had an effect on the mighty Red Sox?

  28. YankeesJunkie says:

    CC does not look quite as beastly today thus far.

  29. Urban says:

    Love it when a team runs themselves into an easy out.

  30. Dela G says:

    lol why would you do that?

  31. aRX says:

    Thanks for the free out pal

  32. Jonathan Harker says:

    That was idiotic. Don’t understand why people were calling Maddon the best manager in baseball. He’s an idiot. But he starts predominantly right handers against a left hander! Everybody does that, including Girardi.

    • Jerome S. says:

      It’s the glasses.

    • Greg says:

      Again, its like his shifts. Its wiseass smart. The fact that they sent down a pitcher just to have another right handed bat is very manipulative.

    • Urban says:

      If Maddon managed the Yankees, he would be causing all of us to have fits every game. I’m not saying he’s not a good manager, because he is, but he would be doing things daily that would piss many of us off. Allowing that attempted steal in that situation being one small example.

  33. Jerome S. says:

    Yankees are great in day games but are actually 27-30 at night. Anyone else concerned by this? It’s a 57-game sample, so it seems to be indicative of something. It concerns me a bit more considering that the playoffs are played at night.
    I don’t think they have many blue-eyed players, either, ha.

  34. Urban says:

    For whatever reason, I’ve heard more curses from Jorge come across my TV than collectively from all past seasons.

    • CS Yankee says:

      That mask could distort things better, ehh?

    • jon says:

      I wonder why

      Career OPS+ 122

      Current OPS+ 95

      • Urban says:

        I have no doubt he’s cursed more because he’s missed more pitches, but I’m also sure the Yankees have mic’d the field differently. I’m hearing more things this year than in the past, and since I’m pretty sure I’m not hallucinating and I’m even more positive my hearing is not improving, I’m going with a change in mic positioning.

  35. tom says:

    Well, that puts a crimp in the “run up the pitch count” strategy.

  36. CS Yankee says:

    Please jones do something…good that is.

  37. Jerome S. says:

    That was a strike in hell…

  38. Greg says:

    Considering the first two outs took 3 pitches, that was a good job stretching him a bit.

  39. Mike c says:

    I have a feeling this is andruw’s last game with the Yankees. So long, you won’t be missed

  40. first time lawng time says:

    1st inning: break up the perfect game
    2nd inning: break up the no hitter
    3rd inning: break up the shutout
    …and make it happen!

  41. Dela G says:

    hahahaha michael kay is a medical moron

    • Kostas says:

      No need to insert medical before describing what type of moron he is. Keep it simple.

      Michael Kay is a moron

  42. jon says:

    the rays are going after the high heat

  43. Kostas says:

    CC is just dealing …. going to cost $28 million a year

  44. Cy Pettitte says:

    Sabathia is an all star!

  45. YankeesJunkie says:

    Maybe I was wrong, CC looks pretty good.

  46. jon says:

    10 pitch inning with 2 strike outs

  47. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Uggh…8 games in a row in the 2 worst stadiums in the AL.

  48. first time lawng time says:

    Yay CC!

  49. Urban says:

    Hmmm, the scenario I just mentioned above with CC just happened. Not sure why this didn’t happen a week back though.

  50. Dela G says:

    eff… nunez please be ok

  51. Jonathan Harker says:

    Walk it off, Nunez. We need your bat.

    • JMK says:

      His bat really isn’t all that good. (Not this year, anyway; he could be a pretty solid offensive player in the future.)

  52. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    fuck. please be OK Nunie…

  53. mbonzo says:

    Here comes Laird

  54. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Why on EARTH would you slide feet first through the bag???

  55. Greg says:

    Why did he slide?

  56. Urban says:

    I’m sorry, but that looks like he could have easily wrecked his knee there.

    • Cuso says:

      no way. sloppy, but not injurious

      • Urban says:

        I’m not going to say “no way.” Injuries can happen in very simple circumstances. He looked like he caught his leg on the slide, and a jam can cause a tear. He seems okay, though. Then again, no one knew A-Rod injured his knee right away either.

  57. Rob says:

    O god, my Cody ransom nightmare is going to come true

  58. Cuso says:

    Nunez, stop playing stupid

  59. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jeter can do no wrong.

  60. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Yay Jeets

  61. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Dude, Sean Rodriguez can fucking field his position.

  62. Dela G says:

    captain 3000!

  63. CS Yankee says:

    Jete, playing some grit ball…Joe style.

  64. Guns of the Navarone says:


  65. Jonathan Harker says:

    Girardi ball.

  66. Dela G says:

    lol why did grandy bunt???

  67. mbonzo says:

    Oh fuck that.

  68. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:


  69. Pat D says:

    Oh, Jesus Effing Christ.

    Why do I let myself get suckered in by soccer like this?

  70. Greg says:


  71. Mike Axisa says:

    What a monumentally stupid bunt.

    • CS Yankee says:

      Homers aren’t rally killers. First pitch bunts back to the pitcher is though, now thats a rally killer.

  72. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Great bunt for hit by Jeter!

    And for the life of me, i’ll never understand why guys slide into 1st base.

    The only time I ever see it making sense is when the 1st baseman has to step off the bag and tries to tag you, and you try to avoid the tag. Other than that, I just don’t see it.

  73. Cy Pettitte says:

    is Teix capable of hitting it to the left side? please?

  74. Dela G says:

    this is one hell of a shift

  75. Ivan says:

    Curtis Granderson, All Star Cfer, by all means bunt the baseball smfh…stupid!!!!

  76. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Having Teix strike out here is almost too predictable.

  77. A-Rod's Hip says:

    He bunted b/c CC is on the mound, and all he needs is 1 or 2 runs. So yeah. That was the reason. (i tried)

    • Ivan says:

      Hey Walter Johnson could of been pitching for the Yankees, you dont bunt in that spot, not with one of your better hitters.

  78. Jonathan Harker says:

    And no runs thanks to Girardi ball.

  79. Dela G says:

    well that sucked…

  80. Ivan says:

    That bunt sure looks great uh smfh.

  81. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Awesome run production.

  82. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Good defense. O well.

    Get ‘em next inning.

  83. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Nunie wasn’t really running-his helmet didn’t come off

  84. Greg says:

    The bunt was not egriegous. Probsably not the right move, but not egriegous.

  85. wow says:


  86. mbonzo says:

    I’m breaking down Yankees baseball here at RAB right now. Bunting with Granderson is bad Yankees baseball.

  87. V says:

    Joe Girardi = fucking imbecile. Go back to the Marlins, please.

    25 homerun hitters do not sac bunt!

  88. Urban says:

    So far, the managers have both cost their teams in this game.

  89. Karl Krawfid says:

    Curtis Granderson is 3 for 35 (.086) vs James Shields.


  90. Greg says:

    Granderson has been in a slump and girardi wanted to get one or two runs for his ace.

    In effect the bunt served its purpose but Upton’s defense was better.

  91. Zack D says:

    And that’s why runners run over catchers; because when you try to slide around they use their body to block you.

  92. Avi says:

    LOVE the RAB ad. Get ready for the big time.
    For as good as this site is it’s not well known enough. I only found it last August.

  93. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol Upton.

  94. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Gotta catch that flight…

  95. Dela G says:

    LOL rays

  96. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Derrick Lee, 2 run shot. 2-2 in Fenway.

  97. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    LOL Upton

  98. mbonzo says:

    Sabathia quicker than Upton.

  99. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    What??? I thought Washington would start CJ Wilson or Alexi Ogando!!!

  100. tom says:

    I thought running into outs on the bases was OUR trademark

  101. A-Rod's Hip says:

    It seems like every Rays game vs. us, he either hits a HR and/or gets picked off.. or misplays a ball in center field horribly.

  102. A-Rod's Hip says:

    i heart Mark Reynolds.

    i hearted him more when he was playing better defense, but still.

  103. Guns of the Navarone says:

    By all means Robbie, swing at EVERYTHING.

  104. A-Rod's Hip says:

    3-2 Orioles

    now it’s our turn to score some runs and win!

  105. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Yay 3-2 Orioles

  106. A-Rod's Hip says:

    4-2 O’s!

  107. Greg says:

    US wins on penalty kicks.

  108. A-Rod's Hip says:

    5-2 O’S!! 10th batter of the inning at the plate. 1st and 3rd!

  109. A-Rod's Hip says:

    6-2 O’s!!! monumentally stupid defense by Scutaro! LOL

  110. Jetrer says:

    USA, USA, USA !!!! Justice is served

    • CS Yankee says:

      WTF…Jeter like comeback.

      I dislike soccer/futbol because the refs screw the game up. If any sport needed replay it is them.

      • Jetrer says:

        Agreed. The referees become the story way too often in FIFA. Hard to really get into a sport where the officials have so much power to screw everything up.

        • CS Yankee says:

          yeah, when you have a sport where a goal is a lot you must make sure that they are either;
          1) legit
          2) no rules and let them have at it

  111. A-Rod's Hip says:

    CC’s dealin’.. so fortunate to have him

  112. CS Yankee says:

    Why is Shoppach and his .169 batting ahead of Kotchman’s .337?

    …and some posers are concerned with Jeter batting first?


  113. Pat D says:

    The U.S. triumphs over the great international sports conspiracy.

  114. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Nice, Orioles. Give up a homer to Scutaro.

  115. V says:

    Gardner takes 10 pitches out of Shields and Jones gives an at-bat away. Get rid of this dead weight, please.

    • Guns of the Navarone says:

      A M E N

    • A-Rod's Hip says:

      So swinging at a first pitch, squaring it up perfectly and hitting it hard right at someone is “giving an at-bat away”??

      So if the ball was aimed 10 inches more to the left, then it would be okay?

  116. CS Yankee says:

    ..and Jones is now below the Mendoza line

    somebody page Cashman.

  117. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    fucking Orioles

  118. Karl Krawfid says:

    And Baltimore gives it all back.

  119. Guns of the Navarone says:

    LOL Boston got it all back in the bottom of the inning.

    • tom says:

      There’s really no point in following that score till the 8th inning or so. The combination of Fenway and Orioles pitching means no lead is to be taken seriously.

  120. Cy Pettitte says:

    3 HRs in one inning is just embarrassing.

  121. Avi says:

    Baseball America’s JJ Cooper from his prospects chat on Friday on Montero:

    Kyle (Pittsburgh, PA): Why does someone who seems only to have HALF a good season at the plate constantly make it into the Top 10 on your overall prospects lists, time after time? (see Montero, Jesus)

    J.J. Cooper: Confused by the premise of the question. Are you talking about the Cardinals’ Jesus Montero? The Yankees’ Montero has hit for average and power pretty much everywhere he’s gone. He has a .310/.367/.496 career minor league stat line which is all the more impressive when you consider he’s been one of the youngest players in whatever league he’s playing in at the time. He may be repeating the league this year in Scranton, but he’s still the third-youngest player in the league. Scouts were consistent in telling us, don’t stress out too much over his only average first half this year, he’s still a stud hitter. He also still can’t catch.

  122. A-Rod's Hip says:

    17 seasons, and i don’t think i’ve ever seen Jeter lose a bat swinging before

  123. Urban says:

    This Jeter vs. Rose should stop, not that the media will at the moment. Rose remained productive through age 40, and then hung around until 44 to get the record. Short of some revival, Jeter is already on the decline, and he’s a SS. Not going to happen, to state the obvious.

    • Pat D says:

      I think the best case scenario for Jeter now is to finish around 3500.

      Which would put him at least 6th on the all time list. Can’t really complain about that.

      • CS Yankee says:

        Just North of 3,500 would put him in the top 5; which is my guess to where he’ll end up.

      • Urban says:

        Nothing to complain about on any front regarding Jeter’s career. To get to 3500 he’d have to play all the way into his option year in 2014, and he’d have to remain at least at his current diminished level of a .270/.330 SS. It’ll be tough.

        I think the likely scenario on Jeter is he remains an everyday player at the top of the order through 2011. Next year he gets dropped in the order (at the least against righties) and gets more days off. By 2013 he is no longer the starting SS. The Yankees and Jeter come to an agreement on 2014, converting the money to a personal services contract, making both sides happy.

        Of course, my Yankee-fan and Jeter-fan side hope he discovers some adjustment that allows for a solid revival for a year or two. Short of that, I think even 3500 is going to be tough.

  124. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Run into one Mark.

  125. V says:

    Michael. Kay.

    A lazy fly ball is not ‘driven’. Thank you.

  126. Greg says:

    Hourand a half and we’re in the seventh inning

  127. Greg says:

    And this is why Girardi bunted. He knew that they might not get many more opprtunities to score.

    • A-Rod's Hip says:


      And the real true failure was on Tex for not just hitting a simple ground ball against the shift to the left side and getting 2 easy runs (or at least ONE).

      That’s the real goat of today’s game thus far.

  128. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    This game will go into the 9th tied at 0-0 and Nunez will get the walk off hit. Sorry to spoil it, guys.

  129. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh CC.

  130. Karl Krawfid says:

    CC is hilarious.

    Hope that doesn’t cost us.

  131. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    too close

  132. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hell yeah!

  133. Cy Pettitte says:

    epic double play

  134. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Lulz BJ

  135. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Lol Upton. Again.

  136. Greg says:

    That’s three outs the Rays have run into

  137. Pat D says:

    BJ taketh, BJ giveth.

  138. Urban says:

    Has any sabermetric type ever done a study to see if the Rays hurt themselves more than help themselves with their wreckless running style?

    • Pat D says:


      • Urban says:

        No sarcasm. They seem to hurt themselves more than help themselves, but there is a love-affair with Maddon that if he was managing the Yankees this way would be just the opposite!

        • Pat D says:

          I meant with the “sabermetric” comment.

          I don’t think sabermetrics are needed for that kind of analysis.

          • Urban says:

            Ahh, okay. I do leave open the door that overall they may run themselves into more runs than they’re negating. I think it’s unlikely based on what I’ve seen.

  139. swishers fauxhawk says:

    CC being CC.

  140. Cuso says:

    Whatever weight CC lost coming into Spring Training…well…it’s back now.

    And, yes, he’s pitching great.

    But his knees benefit from keeping the weight down.

    • Guns of the Navarone says:

      I was going to say the same thing. He definitely looks heavier than he did to start the season. Not that it’s hampering him much.

  141. A-Rod's Hip says:

    BJ being BJ

  142. Jonathan Harker says:

    Be patient, get him out of the ballgame. CC can only go two more, then D-Rob and Mariano. After that our chances of losing go up exponentially.

  143. CS Yankee says:

    Hopefully we can wear down (chase) Sheilds this inning, leaving that ‘pen open to our sabers.


  144. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol Upton

  145. Greg says:

    Another dumb play by Upton

  146. Dela G says:

    BJ Upton is having a legendary day of stupidity

  147. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Upton putting on a devensive clinic today!

  148. mbonzo says:

    Wow, Uptons not having his best day.

  149. Jetrer says:

    thank you bj

  150. Urban says:

    Great sacrifice by Jorge. Clearly it was planned to get two bases!

    Upton again.

  151. Jonathan Harker says:

    LOL! Wow, thanks again BJ!

  152. A-Rod's Hip says:

    more BJ fail. LOL i love playing against him

  153. Guns of the Navarone says:


  154. Cy Pettitte says:

    these ABs are just terrible

  155. Karl Krawfid says:

    Martin is just terrible

  156. Jonathan Harker says:


  157. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Oh Russ

  158. Greg says:

    And of course Babip taketh away

  159. Cy Pettitte says:

    hahahahahahhahaha oh my god, best way to score EVER.

  160. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:


  161. boogie down says:

    What the hell’s goin’ on out here?!

  162. Jetrer says:

    hilarious, just hilarious

  163. Dela G says:

    talk about gifting the yanks a run!

    thanks, “Big Game” Sheilds!

  164. mbonzo says:

    WOW! Thanks Rays.

  165. swishers fauxhawk says:

    That’s one way to get a lead.

  166. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Better to be lucky than good sometimes.

  167. A-Rod's Hip says:

    wow. WTF was that!?!? LMFAO!

    I’ll take it! 1-0 Yanks!

  168. IRF says:

    Just like the Yankees drew it up

  169. Jonathan Harker says:

    Thank God. Would be incredible if we win without driving in a run with a hit or walk.

  170. Greg says:


  171. tom says:

    Adventures on the base paths

  172. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Robbie would’ve been out.

    And he’d be public enemy all over this forum! LOL

  173. CMP says:

    Shields is the kind of pitcher Phil Hughes could become if he ever develops his change up and learns to keep the ball away from the middle of the plate.

    • Guns of the Navarone says:

      I’m sorry… what?? I hate to disagree with you but Shields is so far removed from Hughes as a pitcher it’s kind of silly. They have completely different mechanics, deliveries, and Shields’ changeup is one of the more elite in MLB. His curve is also miles ahead of Hughes… as is his command. Even if Phil were to “develop” his changeup it would never come close to Shields in terms of effectiveness.

      At his best, Phil can become a power pitcher with a consistent low to mid 90′s fastball with late movement he can blow by hitters, a swing and miss curve, and a cutter/changeup as usable 3rd and 4th pitches.

      Just my opinion…

      • CMP says:

        Disagree with you too. Shields is a guy like Hughes who throws in the low 90s who gets pounded if he doesn’t change speeds and hit corners.

        When Hughes tries to pitch like a power guy, that’s when he gets in trouble since he doesn’t really throw hard enough to blow guys away consistently and his location falls to shit.

  174. Greg says:

    OK CC go get’em

  175. CS Yankee says:

    CC for the complete game “W”?

  176. tom says:

    With the ill luck the Yanks have had that have cost them games this year (the “two miraculous catches by the White Sox right fielder game” is the one that really sticks in my craw), if they hold on here, I’m perfectly happy to see them win one in such ridiculous fashion.

  177. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Don’t hurt yourself, Upton

  178. Pat D says:

    Gotta love BJ’s attitude.

    I swear, the Rays should just trade his ass. Clearly he’s in need of “a change of scenery.”

  179. A-Rod's Hip says:

    CC’s gotta go the full 9 today. No decision necessary.

  180. Karl Krawfid says:

    Cute baby

  181. Dela G says:

    That is one damn adorable baby

  182. A-Rod's Hip says:

    awwww look at that baby.. :) so cute

  183. Jonathan Harker says:

    It’s CC’s ballgame. Let him finish.

  184. Greg says:

    100 pitches 8 innings. Let CC start and warm Mo if he gets in trouble.

  185. nsalem says:

    CC’s pitching to the score.

  186. Greg says:

    Not Mitre!!!!!!!!!


    • Guns of the Navarone says:

      No need for sarcasm. If Mitre comes in this game after the bottom half of this inning something has gone terribly wrong.

  187. A-Rod's Hip says:

    barely 2 hour game

  188. IRF says:

    4. BJ Upton

  189. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Hopefully this will shut up all the “CC can only pitch well with lots of run support” people.

    • A-Rod's Hip says:

      Tell those people to check his NL stint with Milwaukee; while in the midst of a pennant race.

      It’s amazing how overlooked this guy continues to be.

  190. Dela G says:

    let ZZ pitch as much as he wants

  191. Guns of the Navarone says:

    God the Rays can pick it. Sloppy game, but you can definitely see their range.

  192. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    I wish I could understand why Jeter’s 1st inning slash line is .412/.483/.510 and the rest of his ABs are so poor.

  193. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Let Mitre pitch.

  194. Karl Krawfid says:

    97 man

  195. Jonathan Harker says:

    CC got a gift on that call, we’ll take it.

  196. Karl Krawfid says:

    HELL YEAH!!!

  197. Jonathan Harker says:


  198. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Well that was a horrible strike 2 call. LOL.

    when you’ve been around the plate all game long, you’ll get that call

    • tom says:

      I didn’t have the sound on, and was half-busy doing things; I was shocked to look up and see it was 2-2 and not 3-1.

  199. Jetrer says:

    yeah Big Fella

  200. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Fun, fun weekend for the Yanks.

  201. Ivan says:

    Holy Shit 98 MPH Fastball. What a fucking Game!!!!!

  202. Greg says:


    Worth. Every. Penny.

  203. StanfordBen says:

    Awesome reaction from CC on that last pitch. Love to see that excitement.

  204. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking beast, that was just a pleasure to watch.

  205. boogie down says:

    Fuckin’ Ace, man.

  206. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Now to hear Upton’s reaction after the game.

  207. swishers fauxhawk says:

    2 hours, 11 minutes.

    More of that, plz.

  208. Cy Pettitte says:

    pie for the big guy!

  209. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Talk about an EXCLAMATION POINT!!!!!!!!!!!

    98 right down the fukkn pipe!!!!

  210. Greg says:

    And an honorary pie!

  211. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    a CGSHO pie. I like that.

  212. Stratman9652 says:

    98 on the last pitch…


  213. A-Rod's Hip says:

    a well deserved pie! obviously he won’t get a walk-off hit opportunity.. but if anyone deserves one after that pitching performance, it was him and today.

    CC is a legend

  214. Jerome S. says:

    I think I speak for everyone when I say, CC Sabathia is the fucking man.

  215. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Remember when everyone in NY killed Cashman for opting for CC instead of Santana?

  216. Rob says:

    Dear Joe maddon and the rays,

    In hindsight, thanks so much for mixing the dh on sat, couldn’t of worked out better for us. On top of that we should have a more healty team when we meet up on sep 22.

    Derek, cc, Alex, the rest of the Yankees and all the fans

    • Rob says:

      Nixing, not mixing

    • Jonathan Harker says:

      It couldn’t have worked out better for us and worse for them. I don’t think we sweep a DH. Swish and Alex wouldn’t have been able to play either game. Martin and Jeter would have only played one of the games. Terrible decision, terrible manager in Joe Maddon.

  217. Greg says:

    The evil machinations of not playing the DH and stacking the righties by Joe Maddon backfire.

  218. MikeD says:

    And that is an ace!

    Glad CC gets recognition of being an All-Star.

  219. Greg says:

    And I will say this with absolute confidence. Barring some wacky injury there is no way that CC is not a Yankee next year.

    • MikeD says:

      Weren’t many sure Cliff Lee was going to be a Yankee?

      I get your point, but nothing is know for sure. It won’t come down to money. If he has some desire to pitch out west, especially now that he’s done NY and has a World Championship, then some team will give him the right amount of money, even if it’s not more than the Yankees.

      That said, I fully expect him to be back.

      • Greg says:

        Lee didnt like it in New York. That was public fact. CC likes it in New York, and has said so. Plus I dont know if anybody is going to field a realistic offer for Sabathia. The Phillies gave Lee a realistic offer.

        • MikeD says:

          The story now is he didn’t like it in NY. Through last year, and past seasons, there were indications he did like NY. I mean, this is a guy that would take subways to the game on the days he was starting, something most players won’t do. During negotiations, suddenly there were stories being leaked about issues with NY, which immediately means they are incorrect. His agent wouldn’t be doing that to decrease his leverage; hie agent was doing it to increase his negotiating leverage with the Yankees. It’s a variation on what CC’s agent did when negotiating with the Yankees. Remember all the stories about how he wanted to go home to the West Coast, and he had “concerns” about pitching in NY. It was a negotiating tactic.

          Lee would have pitched in NY. Just so happens that he (and certainly his wife) liked Philly, and they got an offer that made him the highest-paid pitcher in the game, more per year than the Yankees offered.

          Perhaps CC still longs for California. I think he’s quite happy here, and I don’t see the Yankees being outbid, but nothing is a lock since we don’t know for sure what’s going on in CC’s head, or what Ms. Sabathia wants.

          I expect if he triggers the opt out (which he will, although my guess is the Yankees will try to cut a deal with him after the season ends and before he has to trigger it), we’ll start hearing stories in the press about other “mystery” teams, and how CC loves the West Coast. When it’s all done, though, I still expect to see him in pinstripes.

  220. nycsportzfan says:

    Way to go CC! Just as dominant as it gets! Also, a special thanks to BJ UPTON….LOL

  221. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    when CC got that last strikeout i was so pumped…these last 2 games have been incredible to watch. what a way to end the first half.

  222. Dela G says:

    i heart ZZ so much

  223. gargoyle says:

    Cy Cy.

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