Game 117: Just Another Series

A-Rod will play two nine-inning rehab games before returning
Yankees unlikely to make any trades this month
T'was a good time the last time CC pitch against the Rays at home. (Getty)

We’ve grown accustomed to these second half series against the Rays meaning something. I mean really mean something. The two teams (along with the Red Sox) were always bunched together in the AL East and games this like this one tonight would play a big role in determining who would go to the postseason and who would go home in early-October.

But now, this is just another series. The Rays have fallen back to Earth a bit, and currently sit 8.5 games back of the Yankees for the AL wildcard. Baseball Prospectus puts the Yankees’ playoff odds at 99.2%, but Tampa’s at just 0.9%. Now don’t get me wrong, the Rays are obviously still a very good team. At 63-54 (with a +41 run differential, fourth best in the AL), they’d be in first place in the AL Central and in second place in the NL West and NL Central by just one and two games, respectively. But as far as the Yankees are concerned, this is just another game, just another series without any major ramiifications in their pursuit of a postseason berth. Here’s the lineup…

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

CC Sabathia, SP

The game will begin a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

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A-Rod will play two nine-inning rehab games before returning
Yankees unlikely to make any trades this month
  • Nigel Incubator-Jones

    And for those of you who don’t get YES, it should be shown on the MLB network (Also a chance you could get Phils Nats regionally).

    For some reason I always check the game thread post to see if I can watch the game (national showing), usually Mike has it up there, but not today. It took me 3 extra clicks to find out if it was natioanlly televised!!!

    • radnom

      Does this mean it will be blacked out on mlb.tv?

      • Chip

        No, the MLB network doesn’t hold the kind of power that ESPN and Fox do

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

      Is it really? I looked on the calendar on the official site, said YES only.

      • Nigel Incubator-Jones

        Yeah, I just put it on the ol DVR.. I like to watch on tape delay because it reminds me of the Olympics. Or, I’m still supposed to be working..

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    This game will either be 1-0, 2-1, 9-8, or 5-4

  • James

    Sabathia looks like a grizzle bear in that photo. I’d love for him to go 6 and 0 down the stretch and win the Cy Young.

  • Winston Smith

    Brian Cashman said AJ Burnett is still a starter. I guess that makes Hughes’s start tomorrow meaningless and that he’ll be going to the pen after Saturday.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      when did he say that?

      • Winston Smith

        He said it today and it’s on Lohud. He said AJ Burnett is a starting pitcher!

        • Yanks27

          Here’s the update from Brian Haymen – http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....s-burnett/

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            ah. Thanks for the source. But, it is Girardi’s decision though. I bet if Hughes pitches well, say 7 innings, 2 runs or so for argument’s sake, I bet Hughes stays. But, what do i know?

        • CS Yankee

          Which is true…not sure he has ever relieved or closed.

          Must be sticking with the erratic Vet versus trusting the once-phat future?

  • Esteban

    Hey, I learned today that Jorge Posada was good defensively last year and should still catch. What did you all learn?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    sigh…that Liberty Mutual commercial is back…

  • Kramerica Industries

    Have the Yankees ever won a game between Sabathia and Price?

    I can remember three meetings, and the Rays won all three. I can’t recall another meeting the two have waged. Fortunately, the Yankees have done a fairly solid job against Price in two meetings this season.

    As far as tonight and this series goes, the Rays are certainly the more urgent team. As long as the Yankees don’t get swept, the Rays will remain largely irrelevant in the playoff race going forward. But a big series by TB and things will start to get a little bit interesting once again.

    But I like the odds of it not happening.

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

      I think they’re 0-4 in CC vs. Price.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Ah, now I remember the missing game.

        Third to last game in 2009, C.C. was going for 20 wins, and instead the big story that night was that Upton hit for the cycle.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

    Fun fact: Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Longoria have compiled 24.4 fWAR and 23.5 fWAR, respectively. They’re both under 27. It’s gonna be a great time watching those two over the next 10-15 years.

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

      Tulo and Longoria were also the same college team for two seasons.

      • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

        Longo had to move off SS for Tulo, right? Just shows how great Tulo is defensively.

        • Gonzo

          Longo is having a horrible year and is still at 3 fWAR right now.

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

          Yeah, Tulo played short, got drafted in 2005. Longoria played short in 2006, then got drafted.

          Long Beach State also had Jered Weaver and Tulo together for a year.

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

    A-Rod hit a homerun on the first pitch he saw tonight.

    • CS Yankee

      …he say tonight?

      As in Broadway Joe calling a win or Ruth like called shot?

      or

      He went yard in Tampa?

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

        No, he actually hit a homerun on the first pitch he saw tonight. Solo shot to L-CF.

        • CS Yankee

          Sent him to NY tonight & Noesi to SWB in the morning then.

        • Gonzo

          The fake Nunez twitter accounts shed a tear.

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

            Which one?

            • Gonzo

              They didn’t tweet about it. I think they will though.

              • Gonzo

                Hope they will.

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      that’s awesome…even given it’s A ball

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    10 pitches 9 strikes.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    That inning was sexy

  • YankeesJunkie

    Perfect through 2. Perfecto watch has begun!

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    Jeter never making an error on balls in his uh, immediate vicinity, is something that we are truly spoiled by.

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

    Betances just struck out Bryce Harper swinging. Shaping up for a good DotF tonight.

    • Cy Pettitte

      should have blown him a kiss after he struck him out

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

    A-Rod’s second at-bat: a double.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Banuelos 2 runs in his first inning. He seems to struggle in the first inning, so with that in mind, why would having him pitch in relief be a good idea? Also his numbers vs lefties aren’t that stellar either.

  • Cy Pettitte

    what the fuck.

  • Pat D

    That sucks.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Martin’s fault

    • Jetrer

      Matt fever is catching

  • YankeesJunkie

    WTF just happened.

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

    Ack, bitch.

  • Dela G

    Wow, kotchman is one strong ass man

  • JB

    2 feet outside the zone. damn.

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

      Yeah seriously. He tomahawked that.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    btw for those who have it. Milb.tv is showing the Trenton Thunder game. They normally don’t show AA games.
    Anyways, back to the Yankee game…..

  • Cy Pettitte

    ok. this game is about to be turned off.

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

    What the hell CC.

  • Esteban

    DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Also Martin’s fault

  • JB

    huh??

  • Jetrer

    wtf

  • Pat D

    Great time to become homer prone against mediocre hitters.

  • YankeesJunkie

    ………

  • Dela G

    Wow what the eff, back to back by those two ????

  • Winston Smith

    What the hell is CC doing? We’re in big trouble if CC and Mo can’t get their shit together.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jesus.

  • Dino Velvet

    CC doesn’t opt out, now.

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

    CC’s homerun rate is regressing. Sigh. That’s three in his last 6+ innings.

    • Pat D

      Regression is a bitch.

  • King George

    Wow, CC. Get it together. Pathetic.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      WWWCC week

  • Cy Pettitte

    fuck this.

  • Pat D

    Holy motherfucking Christ.

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

    Yep, regression.

  • JB

    you gotta be kidding..

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    That one’s on Martin

    • Pat D

      Being serious are you?

      • Jetrer

        being Matt

    • Matt

      You’re an idiot, plain and simple. Maybe you want to actually read before you criticize posts you admittedly have never seen.

      I blame Martin for PITCH SELECTION, when the pitcher hits the glove with a well executed pitch and gives up a booming base hit.

      Sabathia missed his spot by two feet when the catcher set up away.

      If you can’t distinguish between these two obviously different situations, then you really should stop posting, especially since you don’t even know what you’re referencing. Don’t you feel stupid?

      • V

        I knew I could count on you.

      • Owen Two

        Matt:

        I blame Martin for PITCH SELECTION, when the pitcher hits the glove with a well executed pitch and gives up a booming base hit.

        Assume:

        * Girardi’s Magic Binder says a batter can’t hit a slow curve
        * Martin calls for a slow curve
        * The pitcher throws a quality slow curve
        * The batter hits the ball to the moon

        Do you blame Martin for the pitch selection?

        • Matt

          Pulling completely hypothetical scenarios out of nothing doesn’t really prove much of a point, but I’ll oblige you anyway to show how your argument isn’t entirely solid.

          Consider that the catcher still called the pitch. It’s his job to read the bat and call the appropriate pitches. Maybe the reason he hit that slow curve was that it was thrown in an at bat in which it was the 3rd time that he had seen the pitch, or one in which he had seen only offspeed pitches and was starting to wait back on them and foul them off with authority.

          In isolation, it’s hard to glean anything. However, when you throw the pitch that the hitter is clearly looking for, it’s obvious that someone failed miserably at setting him up for that pitch.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Oh my…..

  • Ivan

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    [turns on game]
    Well.

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    [turns on game]
    Well.

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    i hope the phat phuk opts out ;)

  • Esteban

    Well this is just ridiculous now. At least they’re solo shots.

  • Winston Smith

    Start warming up Noesi. CC’s got no command. He’s got nothing.

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      nah. It’s three runs in the third. If we pulled pitchers for that, our bullpen would be burnt out.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      CC’s command is fine. He’s just made a few mistakes.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Seriously – Kotchman must’ve made a deal with the devil prior to the season.

    Four months as a starter, still hitting .340. Truly insane, and I’d wager a hefty sum he never aproaches these marks ever again.

    As I type this, C.C. tagged again. What. The. Fuck.

  • ItsATarp

    Get rid of CC, he sucks obviously

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    ummmm

  • King George

    HAHAHAHAHAHA, oh man CC. This is awful. Get out of the game. Come back when you’re ready to not give up 3 HR in one inning.

    • ItsATarp

      Hahaha this post is stupid. Come back when you are thinking rationally.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        +161 million

  • teddy

    damm it cc

  • rconn23

    Just awful. He’s just throwing batting practice.

  • mike

    Et tu, CC?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I feel the presence of a certain commenter…

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    WWWCCW

  • karel capek

    CC turns into AJ Burnett during a full moon.

  • ItsATarp

    2 pitches up and in that got hit out…CC is terrible at pitching, get rid of him, we’re doomed.

  • rconn23

    C.C. Not the same since being brought back from the second rain delay. I don’t know, but…

    • Winston Smith

      If he’s injured then he needs to tell the club about it. Mo too. Somebody needs to talk to these guys and make sure everything’s ok.

      • ItsATarp

        2 bad starts..it happens. Even the two pitches that were hit out weren’t exactly meat balls. They were up and in that Damon and Kotchman guess right on.

  • King George

    In all seriousness, he has little to no control…

  • Karl Krawfid

    It’s the ugly ass shoes CC has on.

    Had to watch CC pitch today :(

  • Dino Velvet

    Maybe it’s the extra weight he’s gained.

  • Winston Smith

    After Cashman’s staunch defense of AJ Burnett today one has to wonder if CC is now the odd man out of the rotation.

    • Pat D

      I’m going to call up O’Brien.

    • HolyGhostClaw

      Yeah I bet this is CC’s way to opting out early…

      /s

  • bonestock94

    That was a confusing inning. Maybe CC can use a rest.

  • Esteban

    It’s funny how certain posters are much more vocal when things are not going well for the Yankees.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Like me. CC IS IN TEH SHITTERRRR!!!

  • HolyGhostClaw

    I’ve go the game on right in front of me but I am working on my Dad’s laptop and haven’t been watching pitch by pitch. But I’ve been getting that sharp stabbing feeling in my stomach that I got that night a few years ago when the Red Sox hit those back to back to back to back HR’s against us.

    But anyway, does anyone think he’s maybe tipping his pitches?

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

      I doubt it, those were all terrible pitches. Kotchman hit a pitch out of the zone, the changeup to Shoppach was right down the middle, and CC missed his spot by feet to Damon.

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

    We haven’t had a Jeter first pitch GIDP in a while. Oh memories.

  • ItsATarp

    Off course Jeter

  • rconn23

    Well this game will be over in record time if C.C. is pulled and Price keeps pitching the way he is. Geez.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Why would CC be pulled in the 4th? He’d have to give up like 15 runs.

      • rconn23

        I know. I’m joking, kind of. And frustrated.

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Evaluation of Cashman’s contract: Terrible
    Evaluation of AJ’s pitching: Below average

    Done.

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

      Do you mean Burnett’s contract?

      • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

        Cashman’s contract for AJ, yes.

    • Cy Pettitte

      I’m glad we’re all smoking the objective pipe here.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I wonder what it would be like if AJ played for Ozzie Guillen.

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

      They’d make a sitcom out of it.

  • Will

    Captain DP. Sometimes I wonder how beast this team could be if we had good offensive production from our SS, C, and DH. Sheesh. We could be 5 games up on the Sawx if that were the case. Too many underperformers and holes in lineup type guys on this team.

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

    Woo snap throws.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Cervelli’d

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Lame, Martin.

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Russel Martin: Terrible

    /JudgingPlayersOnUnreasonblySmallSampleSizes

    • Matt

      We’ve had plenty of time to judge Russell Martin. Pretty much league average. 6th best catcher in the AL on WAR, 7th best hitter of any catcher in the league with at least 70 games played.

      • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

        Um, yeah?

        • Matt

          You attack other posters who don’t agree with you through veiled insults and sarcasm, because they can’t possibly be as smart as you.

          Do you know what Martin’s line is since April?

          .207/.304/.316

          So when people criticize Martin, it is not because of some irrational hatred for him or frustration at one play. It is because he has been pretty horrible offensively for a 3.5 month stretch, and thus he can’t afford to make ANY mistakes on defense to provide value to the team.

          • V

            Dumbass piece of shit.

  • teddy

    montero can do that to

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

    Good trivia. Hinkse, Braun, Ichiro … who’s the fourth?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Ryan Howard?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Scott Rolen, bro.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        Or Rafael Furcal…??

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

        Actually, they have to be talking AL only, because the last few NL ROY are Braun, Hanley, Howard, Bay, Soto … all active.

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

          So that means Ichiro and Hinske, and Pedroia is one other.

          • Crime Dog

            Got the 4th. Beltran. Good question

        • Crime Dog

          Yep AL only I can only think of Hinske and Ichiro. Angel Berroa? Is he active?

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

            Oooo, Beltran is the other. So Hinske, Ichiro, Pedroia, and Beltran.

    • Owen Two

      For those of us who didn’t have the ‘pleasure’ of watching the game, could you please tell us the question?

      Thanks.

  • teddy

    another day, another game where teix doe nothing with the bat. if this was arod he be getting killed

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

      He’s hitting just under .300 over the last two weeks.

      • teddy

        i have him at 215,but i am an idiot, so i take your word for it

  • Wooderson

    this game feels so meaningless its just fun to watch no matter what’s going on, we haven’t had one of those in a while. in other news, my hometown (and former team) Paramus, NJ is going to the finals in the mid-atlantic division in the little league world series!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Andruw!

    • Cy Pettitte

      Swish :(

  • Winston Smith

    No excuse for Swisher to get beat there. Double in the gap, you must score from 1st.

    • Jetrer

      ummm, being slow isn’t an excuse??? must be lazy

      • CUYanks

        Great relay. Well worth sending him

        • Jetrer

          I agree

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

    That was some relay by Rodriguez.

  • Cy Pettitte

    ok i give up. ELLIOT JOHNSON?

  • YankeesJunkie

    Ugh!

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

    CC’s trollinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    what the fuck is this?

  • Winston Smith

    Get him out of this ballgame already before it gets out of hand. Jesus. He’s got no command!

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

      He’s not going to fix his command sitting on the bench.

  • JohnnyC

    Elliot fucking Johnson????!!!!!

  • Erica

    Wowowwowowowowowowowow. WOW.

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Elliot Motherfucking Johnson.

    Lineup adjusted, this might be CC’s worst start.

  • rconn23

    This is way worse than the Red Sox start. There’s something very, very wrong here. Very wrong.

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      C’mon dude. There’s a huge leap from “YCPB/Uncharacteristically terrible” to “Eeeeevil is afoot”.

      Chill.

  • Cy Pettitte

    this team is fucking terrible. kill them all Cashman.

  • Ethan

    Anyone think CC might be overworked?

    • JohnnyC

      CC said earlier this week that he wants to pitch every 5th day, no extra days. So, whatcha gonna do?

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

        It’s just a rut. His HR/FB was going to stay at 4% all season, good to get it all out of the way in one game.

        • Crime Dog

          It’s still tough not to be mad at giving up homers to the power hitters of Kotchman Shoppach Damon and Elliot Fricken Johnson

    • Matt

      CC has good velocity still and a sharp slider. He’s just making a few mistakes with his fastball when hitters are cheating on the pitch inside repeatedly.

      If he were tired, you’d expect to see either a decline in velocity, or him getting beaten on offspeed pitches because he’s losing some arm speed on say his changeup. Neither has been the case. Simply a few bad pitches in an otherwise good start.

  • Jetrer

    this game is just fucked all around

  • ItsATarp

    Wow…come on Cano

  • rconn23

    Pull him now. We can still win this game. Never seen him look so bad out there.

  • thaaayankeeswin

    are they stealing signs? how are all these scrubs hitting home runs

    • amr5026

      Is he tipping his pitches?

      • Matt

        No. The opposing team is only hitting mistake fastballs inside when the target was away, aka they are just sitting on one pitch and hoping he continues to make mistakes.

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

          Shoppach hit a changeup. He’s just missing his spots, that’s all.

          • Matt

            Why was this necessary? Obviously I know that.

            I’m giving him the basic run down. 3 of the 4 home runs were from hitters cheating on fastballs when he was trying to go away. The changeup that was hit out was for a similar reason- up in the zone while the hitter was trying to get the bat head out.

            If he gets it down Shoppach probably grounds out because he’s pulling off of it.

        • amr5026

          Ah. Thanks. I only have the game available on radio right now. John Sterling and all.

    • JFH

      “The man in white” was hired by the Rays.

  • ItsATarp

    We should take CC out of the rotation after these last two starts…like we should do with AJ

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Brett Gardner is awesome. No one else makes that play.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I just left for a little bit and what the hell. how does “Desmond Jennings doubles on a pop up to second basemen Robinson Cano?”

    • Winston Smith

      Flyball to shallow right. Robbie goes out there and tries to catch it over his head and he drops it. Andruw Jones was nowhere in sight.

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

        Andruw had no chance at it anyway, it was way too shallow. He was practically on the line behind 1B when it clanked off his glove.

        • Ethan

          But when he did touch it that’s what let Jennings get to second. How does Cano not get an error on that?

    • Ethan

      Scorers are idiots. Should be a single and E4. If Cano doesn’t touch that ball he doesn’t get to second.

      • CUYanks

        That’s not how it works. In the rule book it explicitly addresses this. I.e. if a player dives for a ball and turns a single into a triple, or a player dives in front of another play to turn a groundout into an infield single, so be it.

        You can argue it should be a straight E4 (reasonable), but a single and an error is out of the question unless it bounced first.

        • Ethan

          oh i hadn’t realized that. That seems like a awfully stupid rule, in my opinion at least.

          • CUYanks

            Yeah I see your point. It’s kinda just tough I guess to guess on the in between plays how many bases the batter deserves. That being said, it must be very irritating for a pitcher whose fielder turns a single into extra bases, etc.

  • Cy Pettitte

    “and that will do it….for the second out”

    real smooth.

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

      Oh yeah, he totally lost track of outs.

  • JB

    CC has to lose some weight. i mean come on, look at that belly. it certainly can’t be helping.

    • Esteban

      TOTES MCGOTES

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      I can’t even…

    • Cy Pettitte

      disagree. CC is not fat enough, he needs to gain more weight.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yall want CC to lose weight.

    I want him to find command.

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

    Three innings of Noesi, pls.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Montero goes deep.

    Call him up.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Is there anyone who follows the Yankees except the Yankees front office who doesn’t want him to be called up?

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Jorge Posada.

        • CUYanks

          Posada doesn’t follow the team…

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

        I hear he’s putting down roots. Looking for some property to settle down on, considering a run for city council.

        • Hall and Nokes

          The Poconos can be very intoxicating

          • JohnnyC

            I met my third wife in the Poconos.

  • CUYanks

    CC at least has a 7:0 K:BB ratio

  • Jorge

    CC’s performance tonight underscores how much the team _____________ and is need of ______________. They should have traded for _____________ but, because they didn’t, and because they haven’t __________-ed Burnett and Posada yet, as well as _______________-ed Montero, they are doomed.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Jorge is so bored in the dugout he’s doing mad libs.

      • Jorge

        That Jorge may be, but this one’s bored at home with a four week-old son. Also making a lot less money. He also could probably still hit better than I could.

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      CC’s performance tonight underscores how much the team farts and is need of poop. They should have traded for buttcheeks but, because they didn’t, and because they haven’t shited Burnett and Posada yet, as well as fuckeded Montero, they are doomed.

      FTFY

      /15’d

      • Jorge

        Well done. Bonus points for “fuckeded.”

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Michael Kay masturbates to footage of DJ3K.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Tex is back to sucking again.

    • Karl Krawfid

      So he hits a single.

      Fuck you Tex.

      • ItsATarp

        keep saying he sucks..maybe he’ll hit more

        • Tex sucks

          okay

  • Jorge

    Just remember, folks: when the Rays to seal the deal, they have to do it with Kyle Farnsworth.

    • JohnnyC

      He’s been very good this season. Fewer blown saves than Mariano.

      • Jorge

        #Cashmanfailed

        • RCA

          Do you guys remember Kyle Farnsworth? He did pitch for us a few years ago, pitching like trash.

          • Crime Dog

            “pitched”

        • JohnnyC

          Judging by his comments earlier tonight, Cash is feeling good about the job he’s done: 1 game out of 1st, 7 games up in the WC race. Depends on your criteria for success. If he were the GM of any of the 29 other teams, he’d be right to be proud of his work.

          • Jorge

            No arguments from me on that.

  • Bronx Byte

    This team is flat tonight. No life.

    • JohnnyC

      It’s not that. Price has his A game tonight. Outdueling CC is not a unlikely given his talent.

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Meh, wasn’t going to make the play anyway.

  • Jetrer

    Russell with the web gem

  • Erica

    Let’s hope this play by Martin gets the team going…

  • Cy Pettitte

    wtf was Johnson doing? lol

  • Jedile

    Man Martin is starting to get gritty!

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      Too Canadian.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Well, CC struggled tonight…He threw some bad pitches and they made him pay…Our offense struggled against a good young pitcher…we were not able to take advantage of our chances, and that was the difference in the game…We didn’t play a good game, and they beat us…AJ Burnett is still a starter…No, no plans to call up Montero.

    /Girardi’s Postgame

    • Jorge

      You had me until Burnett and Montero, who have absolutely no impact on this game. The rest was gold, though.

  • Jorge

    There we go. A rally to keep the team in the game until the next barrage of solo home runs by Sam Fuld, Wade Boggs, and John Flaherty.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Michael Kay, STFU. PLEASE.

    • RCA

      Who is worse? Michael Kay or John Sterling?

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Probably Sterling because at least with Kay he can be muted and you can still see the game

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    I’m not sure what’s more frustrating than Michael Kay talking about the length of the games.

    • JohnnyC

      What’s more frustrating? The actual length of the games. Unlike people who live in their mom’s basement, everyone has a job to got to early the next day.

      • The Fallen Phoenix

        Way to troll, buddy.

        Anyway, yes, the Red Sox-Yankees game was too long last week, and most of it can be attributed to Beckett pulling his best Steve Trachsel impersonation and taking fifteen minutes between pitches. But this game was six days ago, and I’m pretty sure Michael Kay has mentioned it in every broadcast since then.

        Give it a rest, we get it.

        • JohnnyC

          Fuck you asshole.

  • ItsATarp

    One of those games eh?

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    I have the feeling I’m going be saying “fuck Desmond Jennings” for a looooooong time.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    …wow.

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

    What the hell is Sabathia still doing in there?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Hector Noesi is growing moldy

    • JohnnyC

      He’s like a pitch count junkie. Gotta have his 100+ pitches regardless. More pitches! More pitches, damn it!

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Eeehhh, probably shouldn’t have left him in until this inning…

  • Jorge

    If I leave home now, will I get the stadium in time to hit a solo HR off of CC?

    • ItsATarp

      No Jorge, you’re too old and you kinda suck.

  • Tex sucks

    Gonna act like Joe G didn’t bring CC back out.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      is that a permanent handle?

      • Tex sucks

        Nope

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I will be genuinely shocked if Fox mentions that Jeter ceremony at all tomorrow.

  • RCA

    At least this performance by CC confirms that Verlander will win the Cy Young this year, and frankly he deserves it.

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    A non-Jeterian GIDP. Wow.

  • IRF

    Jerry Seinfeld and Keith Hernadez >>> Kay and O’Neill

  • Tex sucks

    Brett Gardner clogging up the bases.

  • Wow

    This is encouraging.

  • tom

    That was a very unlucky double play, but…dowqn 4 runs with six outs to go, shouldn’t Derek have taken a second strike on a 3-1 count?

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      That’s a ridiculously unreasonable criticism.

      • tom

        “ridiculously unreasonable?” Seems a bit over the top. It’s not like I said he should be boiled in oil. I just thought, that close to the end of the game, and that close to a base on balls, it would have been worth making a maybe-tiring Price throw another strike. But, you know, YMMV.

      • Matt

        Your post is a ridiculously unreasonable attack on a poster who is asking a very reasonable question late in a game.

        • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

          You see a pitch to hit, you hit it – that’s how you play it. Derek got BAbip fucked.

          • Matt

            Or you could force the pitcher to throw 2 strikes before he throws a ball, given that you are 2 baserunners away from being able to tie the game with one swing, Price’s pitch count is elevating, and the hitter at the plate is more of a singles hitter.

            It’s not an unreasonable question. Only to you, who seems to like to disagree just to be nasty to random posters.

            He hit it hard, but that’s not the point. The poster is merely suggesting that it was a spot that called for patience, and you can’t say that it didn’t matter because the 3-1 pitch was a strike, because you don’t know what he would have done on 3-2.

  • Cuso

    game over

  • Cy Pettitte

    Noesi gets ZERO innings. lmao.

    • IRF

      Its the Hector Rules.

      He’s not allowed to pitch in back-to-back weeks.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Damon slam

  • Tex sucks

    Hit a Slam Johnny.

  • Jetrer

    at least Ayala is trying to let Noesi pitch

    • Jetrer

      guess not

  • Tex sucks

    OMG 10 bombs!

    From 3 to 10!

    Test his ass!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    YES truck lost track of the outs

  • Will

    I miss the days when sweeping the Rays in a series was the norm.

  • Rockstar4Life

    So some yankee prospect named Alex Rodriguez or something went deep tonight. I wonder if he has a shot of being called up?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Michael Kay’s Great Quest To Speed Up Baseball Games.

  • Tex sucks

    So this loser is aloud to quick pitch

  • ItsATarp

    At this point i don’t even care if they drop the opener

  • Dino Velvet

    crap.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Harold Reyonlds just said “Camden Yards at Oriole Park.” hehe.

  • Tex sucks

    Fucking Yankees.

    Call up Montero damn.

  • ItsATarp

    Lol 50% hr/Fb rate this game…

  • Matt

    CC was not as bad as his line, just as Price was not as good as his.

    2 of the home runs came on fastballs that should be impossible to even put in play lefty on lefty. The one by Longoria just kept carrying and looked like it would just be a double off the bat. They pretty much hit every mistake that he threw tonight.

    On the other hand, Price got bailed out big time by his defense. It took a perfect relay by 2 players to get Swisher at the plate, and 1st and 3rd, no outs in the 8th was turned into 2 outs, nobody on with an incredible play by Rodriguez. Price should have had at least 3 runs on his ledger tonight, and likely more if not for some of the borderline at best called strikes he was getting.

    This is not a loss to be too upset about, but this series isn’t entirely meaningless. The Yankees have to win at least one of these games, or the Rays are going to be on the periphery of contention again with head to head matchups remaining. Tomorrow is a big game, because they are slated to face Shields on Sunday.

  • V

    Woah – there’s NO way Zambrano retires and turns down the money he’s owed, right?