Game 125: A-Rod’s Back

Yankees activate A-Rod, send down Laffey
Yankees' offense amongst expansion era elite
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Oh Alex, how I’ve missed you. With all due to respect to Eduardo Nunez and Eric Chavez (and even Brandon Laird), it’s oh so great to see Alex Rodriguez‘s name back in the lineup. The third baseman and cleanup hitter was activated off the disabled list this afternoon, and returns to the lineup in the series finale against the Twins. Here’s the glorious, glorious lineup…

Derek Jeter, DH
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Russell Martin, C
Brett Gardner, LF
Eduardo Nunez, SS

Ivan Nova, SP

Today’s game starts a little after 2pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and TBS nationally. Enjoy.

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Yankees activate A-Rod, send down Laffey
Yankees' offense amongst expansion era elite
  • http://Www.or.ly JM

    Just browsing through stats and realized two things about the AL Central:

    1. The Rays would be leading that division if they were in it
    2. Not one team as of the beginning of today has a positive run differential

    • Pat D

      But the Tigers have Verlander, and they’ll beat the Yankees in a 5-game series, just because of that.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Yeah just forget the fact that we have CC.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        In a best of 5, they look at it as only needing one of the middle games between his starts.

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          So he’s undefeated this year?

          • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

            No, just that’s the feeling a team has going into the series. I’m not saying its written in stone, just the likely outcome.

        • http://Www.or.ly JM

          I don’t get why this whole Verlander means the Tigers win the series if he pitches twice thing. CC matches up against him, it’s the Yankees’ lineup, and even though they’re both great pitchers, either one can blow up and it can be a slugfest (which is always a term I thought was funny because I imagine swarms of slugs overrunning a baseball stadium), thus rendering the fact that Verlander pitched that game virtually pointless. I might have worded it terribly, but what I’m trying to say is Verlander does not guarantee the Tigers anything, and in general nothing is guaranteed in the postseason (duh).

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Every single year, it’s “We don’t want to face Team X in a five-game series because they have Pitcher Y and that spells big time trouble”.

            And pretty much every year, the Yankees win the ALDS.

            Crisis: overstated.

            • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

              The Yanks were heavily favored for the ALDS against the Indians in 07 and the Tigers in 06.

              YCPB, Suzyn.

            • Jimmy McNulty

              Remember how good Cliff Lee was last year and how everyone was afraid of facing him in the ALCS and you and everyone else made fun of people claiming they were overreacting? Yeah, the naysayers were right then. Justin Verlander is BETTER than Cliff Lee was last year. Hell, he may be better than Roy Halladay. I don’t think the Crisis is overstated. Although, anytime you say “Team X is going to beat team Y” there’s a bit of hyperbole there, but stop acting like it’d be some unthinkable shocker if Verlander leads a team with Miguel Cabrera over the Yankees in a five game set.

              • The Fallen Phoenix

                It worked the other way, too. Remember how good CC Sabathia was last year? And then the ALCS happened, and he wasn’t as good.

                Or Cliff Lee in the World Series.

        • Sensitive RAB Guy

          Time to make the donuts….

      • JonS

        Nevermind the fact that the Yankees own Verlander this year…

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

          That doesn’t matter though. With lesser pitchers, sure you can say a team owns him. A guy like Verlander? He can shut any team down at any time, regardless of how they performed against him in the past.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          I don’t think the Yankees “own” Verlander, in two starts this year he’s gone 6 innings and allowed 3 earned and one of those games was on Opening Day and the other was like a month later in the year too SSS. I wouldn’ be surprised if he pitched a gem against the Yankees in the postseason.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          And the Red Sox owned CC, Burnett, Hughes, and to some extent Garcia. Your point is?

  • V

    And Gardner goes back to being permanently hidden in the 8/9 spots.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      I don’t like it either, but get used to it. At least Derek is producing now, though he still doesn’t bring what Gardner does to the leadoff spot.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        I thought you had Derek Jeter moving down in the order?

    • Sarah

      I feel like he’s the secret weapon in those spots. Not ideal to have him down there, but as long as it’s going to be that way, he can be all sorts of hidden awesomeness.

      And I wonder if there may be some lineup shuffling in the near future, but not right now with the AJ thing yesterday, the Posada thing a couple weeks ago, etc etc.

    • MikeD

      No player in the lineup is hidden. Gardner’s an example of why, as noted in another article here on RAB, that the 2011 Yankees field one of the best offenses of the expansion era.

      Be happy about it; not sad.

  • MannyB ace2be

    Who wants to wager whether alex can go on an absolute tear and get to 30/100 before end of season. The odds are def Against him I’m wondering what he would have to produce on avg per game to get there

    • Rainbow Connection

      What are the odds he’ll be injured again this season? Life without ‘roids is a bitch.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      He’s at 13 HR 52 RBI with 6 weeks (37 games) to play.

      There’s no way he’s getting to 30/100 this year.

      • MannyB ace2be

        Not the RBI but 17 hr in 37 days I’d like to see him try

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

          Find me a month where he’s hit 10 in the past 4 years (since hip surgery). It doesn’t exist. Most he had was 9 in September of last year.

          Put another way he’s hit 13 all year, now he’s supposed to do it again in (roughly) one month?

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    http://www.actionfigureunivers.....AP440a.jpg

    Anyone else think of this scene every time they hear Ivan’s last name?

  • Captain Beatty

    Against righties just move Derek and Grandy down 1 spot, A-Rod cleanup, Teixera and Cano 5-6. Swisher 7th, DH and C 8th and 9th. It just doesn’t make any sense to bat one of our best players 8th or 9th.

    • Greg

      Girardi wants to keep Grandy in the two hole if he can.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        Give the AL MVP more ABs.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Why are you taking ABs away from Tex and Cano in favor of Gardner and Jeter? To me, that’s worse. Just pick one and live w/him.

      Gardner’s our best lead off hitter, but the Yanks aren’t going to devalue one of their biggest stars. It’s tough to have your #7 hitter give speeches to close the old facility, or do anything similar. Sometimes it’s not just about baseball.

      Gardy is also our best defensive CF, are you happy with his replacement?

      • Mike HC

        Playing baseball growing up, where I was hitting in the order had a definite effect on me. Yea, you suck it up no matter what, but it still has a tangible effect.

        Sometimes as a fan, and I’m guilty of it all the time, it is easier to just change the lineup at the drop of hat, thinking of no other factors.

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

          He’s the face of the franchise. Gardner’s the baseball choice, Jeter’s the business choice. There’s not such a huge difference anymore between the two that it will cost you much on the W/L. You live with it.

    • steve (different one)

      Aren’t we confusing “best player” with “best hitter”?

      I love Gardner, but what is the argument for Gardner taking AB’s from Granderson, Cano, Teixeira, Swisher, A-Rod, etc?

      I honestly have no idea what Jeter’s current true talent is, and the argument hinges on that, but isn’t there an argument that Gardner really is the Yankees’ 7th or 8th best HITTER?

      • Mike HC

        Gotta count baserunning too.

        Obviously, defensive value should have nothing to do with the batting order.

        As long as Jeter is hitting like this, problem solved really.

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

          If you count base running, why not give the guy with the higher OBP (Gardy) more ABs, and therefore be on base and running more often?

          • Mike HC

            I’m with you 100%. Gardner is the video game setting the lineup choice, and Jeter is probably rightfully the real world choice.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        His job at leadoff isn’t just to hit, it’s to get on base. Despite Derek’s hot streak Brett’s still slightly ahead of him in that department. Once he’s there, his speed blows away that of Jeter. If you peel away the name and look at the skill sets and this year’s numbers, Gardner’s the choice.

        • Steve (different one)

          I agree that it depends on which jeter you think you have going forward. But I think jeter has earned the benefit of the doubt over the last 6 weeks. We all love gardner, but he’s no “vintage” jeter. The million dollar question is if vintage jeter is back, If it’s a dead cat bounce, or if it’s somewhere in between

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Things I really don’t give much of a shit about anymore:

      What order the lineup is in.

  • Monteroisdinero

    How many weeks/total games has ARod missed due to injury these last few years? His salary per ab is getting more ridiculous every year.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      I don’t really care honestly. Sure, I’d like to see him healthy, but all I care about is him being healthy for the postseason, and being able to hit in clutch spots.

    • Mike HC

      Yea, but another part is salary vs piece of merchandise sold. And salary vs still possibly #1 attraction in baseball.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    So Nunez ends up playing even with ARod back. I get why they did that, but it’s still pretty funny.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      The defense on the left side of the infield could get very interesting.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_.....-extension

    They basically bought out his arb years, but why bother locking him in at all? He’s been league average at his position this year, and wouldn’t have been arb eligible for 2 more years. Unless you think there’s enormous upside and that he’ll be the biggest bargain in baseball in 2-3 years, I don’t see why you’d want to guarantee all those years. The Yanks waited for his power to show up and it never did.

  • Bronx Byte

    Sales on No. 34 Yankee shirts have taken a serious plunge from yesterday.
    Some fans are using No. 34 shirts to wax their cars and check the fluid levels in their cars.

    • MikeD

      Were there many before yesterday?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Can you imagine if Cashman had traded the farm for Ubaldo? crisis averted.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      at least he lasted longer than AJ…

      • Cy Pettitte

        AJ only cost money though, I’d be kicking Cashman’s dog if he gave up Montero, Betances, Nova plus others for that chump.

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

      Yeah really, what idiot thought that was a good idea?

      whistles

      • Greg

        Underestimated the NL to AL factor. Happens to everybody.

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

          It’s not just that. There’s something bigger wrong there.

          • http://Www.or.ly JM

            The whole Ubaldo situation was sketchy, mostly with the decreased velocity. Good call by Cashman. This is why we are not GMs.

      • Nuke LaDoosh

        most of us were right there with you

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        Hey Mike, is that the theme to Andy Griffith you got going there?

        whistles in harmony

  • MikeD

    Derek Suzuki.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    Nuni at short today = 2 errors

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    So besides Agon and Pedroia, the other hitters in the Sox lineup are Scutaro, McDonald, Lowrie, Lavarnway, Crawford, Varitek, and Reddick. I’ll be shocked if they score 4+ runs.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      YCPB

    • Will (the other one)

      Don’t worry, it’ll happen. Scutaro alone will go 3-4 with a homer and 3 RBIs.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      So besides Agon and Pedroia, the other hitters in the Sox lineup are Scutaro, McDonald, Lowrie, Lavarnway, Crawford, Varitek, and Reddick. I’ll be shocked if they score 4+ runs.

      So besides Mauer and Thome, the other hitters in the Twins lineup are Revere, Plouffe, Kubel, Valencia, Tosoni, Tolbert, and Butera. I’ll be shocked if they score a run.

      Fixed.

  • baravelli

    I don’t see any possible way that this doesn’t wind up with A-Rod hitting a grand slam.

    • Greg

      Except that way.

      • baravelli

        Okay, that one’s on me.

  • Cy Pettitte

    this is Bruce Chen 2.0, Teix is supposed to own Blackburn and he GIDPs

    • Esteban

      It’s the first inning, and the inning is not even over yet. COME ON

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    alright A Rod….lets bring Jete home

  • Esteban

    Let’s go CentWAR

  • Brandon

    Kinda wish I posted this before the game started, but I wasnt able to.

    Nunez has 16 errors split between short and 3rd this season. That is more than Jeter in the last 2 years and more than Alex in the last 2 years. What is even sadder is Nunez has 16 in 84 games this year. Alex has 4 in 80 games this year.

    • Mike HC

      He has been improving though. A lot of those errors were toward the beginning of his getting playing time.

  • teddy

    teix your pathetic against righthanders,way to ruin the inning. thanks giradri

    • Greg

      How is that Girardi’s fault?

      • teddy

        who batting him 3rd against a right hande pitcher, with far better options

        • Greg

          Like what? Give me a good suggestion.

          • Ivan

            Mickey Mantle corpse.

          • teddy

            cano,granderson,arod

            • Greg

              You want to move Grandy out of the two hole?

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    ugh….

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

    Arg, score some damn runs.

  • Greg

    He is a sinkerball pitcher so that what’s your gonna get. Even Jeter’s hit was a ground ball that was placed well.

  • Will

    Way to jump out in front Yankees. Argh. Against Blackburn too.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Blackburn’s done pretty well against the Yanks for his (albeit short) career.

      • Greg

        2-1 with a 4.73 against the Yankees in six starts.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          He has a winning record so he’s good

          /Kay’d

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

          4.26 ERA according to ESPN. That’s not bad facing this lineup.

          • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

            BTW-Your number doesn’t include his postseason start, which was good.

            • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

              I forgot about that postseason start. I believe that was game two of the ’09 ALDS. If my memory serves me right I believe he went 6 or 7 and allowed 1 run against a great lineup.

  • Mojo

    Farking Pathetic.

  • Mike HC

    Is Nova and Hughes battling for the 4th starter spot at this point? With AJ as a long, long shot, no matter how much Girardi yells at reporters that nothing is wrong.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    As long as Jeter hits, the lineup is no big deal.

    Ideally I’d like Gardy leading off though.

    Love Mauer’s walkup song.

  • Nogomo

    Home runs aside, Tex is pathetic this year.

    • Mike HC

      But counting homeruns, he has been pretty damn good.

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

        If you take away all the good stuff he does, he’s terrible.

    • Greg

      and RBIs

    • Crime Dog

      Wins aside, the Yankees have been pathetic this year.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      Yeah aside from being top 5 in hr’s and rbi’s in the entire sport, and playing Gold glove defense, he’s really a terrible player.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Get off my boy Mauer man. Please.

  • Avi

    Nova’s stuff doesn’t look good.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    yes Nuni….

  • Esteban

    I’ll try this again since it got spam block the first time:

    Um, Eduardo Nunez’s middle name is Michelle? What?

    • http://Www.or.ly JM

      Yeah, isn’t Michelle basically the feminine version of Michael? Isn’t that why they’re different, one for boys and one for girls? Except for unisex names, of course.

    • Mike HC

      Maybe there is some French somewhere in his lineage?

  • LiterallyFigurative

    If Kirby Puckett wins the text poll, I’m gonna hurl.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Even for Kay, this is weird

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Q: Who is the greatest Twin of all time?

    A: Reneé Tenison.

    • dkidd

      i had to look her up

      very glad i did

  • Ivan

    Greatest Twin has to be killebrew right. I mean after all he’s MLB version of Jerry West since he’s on the MLB Logo.

  • Greg

    Another groundball. He’s got that sinker working.

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

    Blackburn’s asking for it, just give it to him already.

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

    This Tigers-Indians game is officially bananas.

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

    Send them on 3-2, pls.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Serious? Gardy can’t be doubled anyway and Swish/Martin is an easy strike out/throw out dp. glad we didn’t get to see any of that.

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

        Gardner’s very unlikely to strikeout though, and Blackburn had been getting nothing but ground balls.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    If AJ were pitching for the Twins we’d have like 6 runs now.

  • teddy

    great at by the gritty gardner

  • Monteroisdinero

    Brett Gardner-professional at bat.

  • MikeD

    Hope he’s okay, but darn, couldn’t we have scored a dozen or so runs before they discovered he was injured.

  • Greg

    Is this good or bad?

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

    Oh my goodness, they need to destroy the bullpen. Everyone other than Perkins and kinda sorta Nathan sucks.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Blackburn didn’t give up any runs, so his start qualifies as a success.

    /last night’s postgame thread

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Clearly something’s wrong with Blackburn.

    Nothing’s wrong with that beard though.

  • Greg

    My mind just goes back to 2005 whe Bartolo Colon got injured i game 5 of the ALDS and Ervin Santana shut us down.

    • tom

      You just have a bright-side way of looking at life, don’t you?

      • Greg

        Just prepping for the worst, that’s all.

        • MikeD

          Don’t bother checking out that mole on your back. It’s too late. You’re already cooked!

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Not surprising. It seems your mind is incapable of recalling positive events.

      • Greg

        Well wouldya look at that…

  • Mike HC

    I’m pretty sure I’m hearing Lady Gaga in the background. When has that been acceptable ballpark music?

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Is that your poker face, or were you born this way?

      • Mike HC

        None, I just happen to be on the edge of glory.

  • dkidd

    swarzak!!!!

    /in voice of aflac duck’d

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Man Acebaldo’s been even worse than AJ was.

  • MikeD

    Anthony Sleestak. I remember his relatives from Land of the Lost.

  • Cy Pettitte

    christ Nunie.

  • teddy

    wow nunez thats pathetic

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    lol, Nuni….real hard to catch up to a 90 MPH fastball down THE MIDDLE OF THE PLATE

  • Betty Lizard

    Yeah, I’m naive (I prefer “not jaded”) but are the urinals always in front of an open door, as YES just showed in the Twins dugout?

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    Yanks love to give confidence to young unproven pitchers…lol

  • Greg

    See what I mean?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      No, never.

  • Karl Krawfid

    These are the Yankees I know!

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Would that be the Yankees that lead all of MLB in runs scored?

      • Karl Krawfid

        Nope. I don’t know those Yankees. I know the ones that leave a lot of guys on base.

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          That’s because to lead the league in runs scored, a team has to put a shitload of runners on base.

          Inevitably, some of those runners will be left on base.

  • Cy Pettitte

    no runs? ugh.

  • Ethan

    Holy LOB

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

    Well, that was a helluva RISPfail.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Kay got awfully excited on that liner…

  • Captain Beatty

    Wasting opportunities like this doesn’t bode well for us in the playoffs when timely hitting is what wins ballgames.

    • FIPster Doofus

      It’s a game in August.

      You know what wins ballgames? Scoring runs. The Yankees lead all of MLB in doing that.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Wasting opportunities is a part of baseball (as well as life).

      Everybody does it.

  • dkidd

    since girardi asked “who can say he won’t hit .320 the rest of the way?” jeter has hit like .350

  • Mojo

    Farking Pathetic x 2

  • teddy

    jeter hit it hard damm

  • wow

    unbelievable.

  • MikeD

    Holy crap. Swarzak was suspended for fifty games for failing a drug test — for marijuana!

    So being busted for driving a car under the influence gets a player no suspension, but failing a test for marijuana gets a 50-game suspension. Amazing.

    • Ivan

      Hey im all for players being suspended for drug use whether PED’s or weed, but when the same league sits on its hands and does nothing with players like Cabrera and Lowe who could of killed themselves and others for DUI, then it becomes absurd.

      • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

        and still no test for HGH? lol, this is why players like Bautista go from 16 to 54

        • FIPster Doofus

          No it isn’t.

          • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

            oh sorry, and guys in seats telling hitters what pitch is coming

          • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

            and yes it is

            If you are interested in knowing the answer to the question “Will HGH Make You Stronger” read the following.
            HGH is said to be a power hormone. It not only builds muscle, it also helps burn fat and reduces the signs of aging. HGH is also said to increase vitality and energy levels.

            Will HGH make you stronger? Yes, it can. HGH can make you get stronger and make you last longer. This is due to many reasons, which we are going to discuss below.

            HGH builds and repairs muscles

            HGH is an anabolic hormone which is composed of 190 amino acids. It enhances growth and metabolism of muscles by directly binding to the muscle fibers through the use of specialized receptors, through the use of IGF-1 a proinsulin hormone which is necessary for enhancing metabolism and in stimulating the growth and repair of muscle tissue. IGF-1 leads to the production of growth factors and nutrients from the food that we take in.

            Through these processes, HGH improves muscle tone and muscle strength, which are important factors in making an individual strong.

            • FIPster Doofus

              Cool. But you have no proof Bautista is on anything. Hence my “No it isn’t” comment.

              • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

                so Bautista after years in the league just “found his stroke” and has hit more home runs in the last two years than his career combined?

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

                  What happened to Curtis Granderson? Their situations aren’t all that different.

                  • FIPster Doofus

                    Indeed. Grandy has the second-most homers in MLB since he adjusted his swing last season. Must be the HGH.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Source: the internet

            • MikeD

              Just circled back to this. My questioning of MLB’s uneven policy and enforcement regarding drug use and drunk driving seems to have morphed into a discussion of Jose Bautista.

              Actually, if you want to know the truth about HGH, the evidence on it is quite clear. It does little, if anything, to enhance performance. It can increase lean body tissue, but the muscle mass is not normal or mature, which is why studies have shown even if HGH increases muscle mass, it does not increase strength. It has a greater effect on muscle definition than muscle strength, which is why players using anabolic steroids will couple it with HGH, in essence to try and hide the the physical changes brought about by the use of steroids.

              MLB should allow blood testing if for no other reason to remove all doubt among fans (as we see in this thread), lawmakers and players, especially players who want to believe they’re competing for a limited number of jobs on a level player field. Most of all, they should do it for the health of their players. HGH is very dangerous and its continued and improper use can lead to condition known as acromegaly, an increase in the size of bones and organs, leading to disfigurement and even death. If I was going for performance enhancement, I’d be looking at steroids. I wouldn’t go anywhere near HGH because it won’t help and it’s side-effects are nasty.

              I’m not going to convince anyone who has already made his or her mind up about HGH. Yet as mentioned that’s another reason for blood testing. To remove the doubt.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          Mike Jacobs was suspended for HGH

          • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

            only in the minors…they dont have it in the majors

          • well you know

            Minor leaguer. Major league players not yet subject to blood test for HGH.

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

              They will be eventually, that still won’t be enough for some people. The great thing about PEDs is that you can always make the “undetectable PED” argument with zero evidence and still not be proven wrong.

              Guilty until proven innocent, which is impossible to do.

        • Ivan

          But isnt it just as bad if not worse when players drive drunk and could potentially kill other people and themselves.

          As a fan of baseball that is probably more ridiculous than the HGH situation because it tells me that MLB can care less about players getting DUI’s.

        • V

          The average baseball fan is really quite stupid. You’re not helping.

        • Jorge

          We don’t know that.

      • MikeD

        My comment isn’t about morality; it’s about the inconsistency of enforcement and the message being sent.

        • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

          totally agree, just like Vick was in prison for 2 years, lost millions of dollars for killing dogs….Stallworth, Driving drunk, Kills a HUMAN BEING, 2 months in prison…no league suspension

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            A.) Donte Stallworth was suspended for the entirety of the 2009 season, while Mike Vick was only suspended for as long as his jail sentence lasted, so your indignation with the league office seems a bit misplaced.

            B.) The victim in Stallworth’s DUI contributed to the cause of his own death (by hopping a traffic barrier running across four lanes of a busy esplanade not at a stoplight). The fact that there was another proximate cause other than Stallworth’s impairment is why his sentence was lighter than Vick’s.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Brosius and son but no kids for Kay. The neuroses stop here!

  • flamingo

    Is Nova’s slider back? Oh happy day.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    yanks will blow this game open…just a matter of time. Nova is Pitching good and quick and great play by NUNI

  • Monteroisdinero

    Noony!!!

  • teddy

    nice play by nunez, good job nova

  • Cy Pettitte

    very nice Nunie

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    That play by Nunez makes up for his bases-loaded strikeout…Oh, wait, no it doesn’t.

  • wow

    this lineup looks so flat right now…

    • Will

      I blame it on A-Rod.

      /RAB readered

  • teddy

    good job teix keep pulling everything and make a ton of outs, 340 obp from your 22 million dollar guy, he pathetic

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      You’re just mad because they never let you win the Presidents Race.

      • teddy

        yea i know,i been hosed

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
          • teddy

            my effort been manny like

  • Will

    Argh. I hate this game already. Too much RISP fail.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Baseball is a game of failure.

      If Mark Sanchez only completed 30% of his passes, he would be the ex-QB of the Jets.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    yeesh

  • Ivan

    Soooooo…what happen Tex?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Great day so far.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I know, I’m so depressed that we’re already losing 15-0.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Sac bunting in the 3rd inning? Sure, why not.

    #Twinning

  • Cy Pettitte

    ok Kay and Flash, we get it. AJ and Joe’s story is obviously bullshit

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    You know what? GJ by Jack Curry. If Kim Jones was here, I bet we don’t get as interesting of a story.

  • Greg

    C’mon Kay say hell or high water. This is cable.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Nova is awesome.

    • Monteroisdinero

      He is when he throws strikes and follows AJ in the rotation.

  • Greg

    I think its Tom Seaver.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      Great guess.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    vote, using the word “hence” in a sentence to prove a point makes you a douche bag.

  • Greg

    So far my 2005 ALCS comparison has been spot on

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      So far nothing you ever say is spot on.

      • Greg

        The sky is blue. AJ burnett is a so-so pitcher.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          If we want to get scientific, then the sky really isn’t blue. And AJ Burnett is not a so-so pitcher.

    • Greg

      ALDS, my mistake

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Be lucky you’re not an Astros fan.

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

      Santana gave up three runs in 5.1 IP that game.

      • Greg

        WHo pitched game 5 for us? Was it Mussina?

        • Greg

          My mistake, it was Wang, it think.

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            I remember Wang piching game two. I don’t remember who pitched game 5, but all I remember from that series is Randy Johnson blowing up in game three and the defense fucking over the yankees the entire series.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wonder what the teams triple slash is in day games after night games vs. all other games. Offense always seems off on these days.

    • V

      Despite the fact that the team has an absolutely amazing record in day games this year….

      • V

        20-5 with 144 runs scored and 90 runs allowed in day games following night games in 2011.

    • Jetrer

      day: 281/360/467
      night: 263/342/441
      Not sure to find specifically day games after night, but I would guess virtually all day games come after night games.

  • wow

    holy crap.

  • Will

    Why did they DH Jeter, put Nunez at short and sit Jones’ hot bat?

    • jon

      blackburns a righty

    • LiterallyFigurative

      Jones is terrible vs. righties.

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

      Rest? Our playoff spot is secure, we’re not going “all-out” every game.

  • teddy

    cano you wanna try a bit

    • Greg

      I dont think he would have gotten to that. That hole was huge.

      • teddy

        i agree, he just stood there,maybe he was more up the middle

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Any douche sportswriter who doesn’t vote an obvious HOF player in on the 1st ballot, “just because”, should lose their privilege to vote.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    This is directed mostly at Mike A., but I’d like to hear from anyone on this.

    Between the Delmon Young/Garza and Johan Santana disaster, it would seem Bill Smith hasn’t distinguished himself as a GM in making trades. You could even argue about Matt Capps for Ramos with what’s been going on with Mauer this year.

    Any good trades by Bill Smith? I can’t think of any.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      BTW-Just to clarify, Ramos seemed expendable at the time, but trading a highly touted Catcher for a Closer seemed like an overpay to me at the time. You can always find bullpen arms and piece things together.

      If the Yanks traded Montero for a closer like Capps, I’d be pretty pissed.

      • mbonzo

        Don’t forget JJ Hardy.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        The Santana trade was not a disaster. What they did AFTER the Santana trade was a disaster.

        Phil Humber and Carlos Gomez are both good players the Twins gave up on. Kevin Mulvey is nothing special now, but was flipped for J.J. Hardy, who the Twins also gave up on.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Whoops, my bad, Mulvey was flipped for Rauch, who the Twins gave up on.

          It’s hard to keep it all straight.

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

          The Santana trade doesn’t look so bad since Johan’s shoulder went Hiroshima on us.

          • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

            He was still worth 11 WAR over the past three years.

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

          You know what’s the worst indictment for any GM? If the team would have been better off had he done nothing.

          Garza for Young-Much better off not doing it.

          Ramos for Capps-Much better off not doing it. They could get Mauer out from behind the plate, take some stress off his back and he might actually be able to drive the ball again.

          Santana-Don’t trade him, compete in 08 and take the draft picks. Better off.

          If you left the GMs position empty and just had your VP of amateur scouting make draft picks, the Twins would be a much better team right now.

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

      Yeah, Smith’s been mostly a disaster. Here’s a list of his trades…

      http://transactions.mlbtraderu.....38;lang=41

      Getting Rauch and Pavano for nothing worked well, and even getting Hardy for Gomez would have been great if he actually kept him for more than a year.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        I had guessed at the time there may have been pressure from upstairs on Santana, because he couldn’t have been that stupid to overplay his hand with effectively one bidder. But in hindsight, now I’m thinking he’s just a bad GM.

    • FIPster Doofus

      JJ Hardy for Carlos Gomez was good.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Oops. Should’ve hit refresh.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Nova’s on cruise control

  • pat

    Fuck your base hit Joe Mauer.

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

    Ivan Nova: Mark Buerhle. Eh?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Man, I would laugh so hard if the White Sox won the AL Central.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    It’s all about winning games, and Nova is 13-4 in his career!

    /MichaelKay’d

  • teddy

    what!

  • pat

    Seems like Gardner is always getting shit strike calls against him.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Nunie Juice!

  • JohnnyC

    Sunday day games after Saturday night games make for slog-fests not slug-fests. More Red Bull please.

  • Mojo

    This could EASILY end up becoming a wholly pathetic loss/game. I know it’s early and I’m not distressing/complaining but they HAVE TO dismantle the Twins bullpen. The first two innings aside, it’s time to forget that brief misery and murder these lesser arms. Sorry, there’s not much that I despise more than watching the Yankees flail their superior bats at feeble arms. It irritates me.

    • Jorge

      “Flail their superior bats at feeble arms” is such an awesome choice of words, yet they are being used on such a poor point.

      • Mojo

        It’s not a poor point. It’s a bullpen (pre set-up and closer). And, as Senor Axisa pointed out, the Twins BP is 90% suck. Simply put, this lineup should be feasting on a cornucopia of lame fastballs and flat breakers. I demand crooked numbers! Commence bullpen sodomization.

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

      They don’t HAVE TO do anything. They’re the NYY, they could go five-hundred from here on out and still almost assuredly make the playoffs.

      • Mojo

        What a silly thing to say. Who wants to limp into the playoffs? Is the “S” for “Stupid”? Ohhhhh. Burrrrrrnnnnnnnnnnnn.

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

          You’re ad hominem attacks clearly represent a superior argument.

          Keep in mind, you’re arguing with a fifteen year old who just put together a more cogent argument than you.

          • Mojo

            Keep in mind that I am indeed 11 years old and entirely incapable of caring. And, with all due respect, I presented no argument. Also, instead of studying Roget’s finer volumes and attacking poor, defenseless children (such as myself), I would suggest grabbing a bat and mitt and partaking in life’s finer recreations. . . . And . . . I may only be in fifth grade, but I believe you meant “Your” and not “You’re”.

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

              This explains EVERYTHING.

              • Mojo

                I could psychoanalyze your snarky sarcasm, but I believe it’s quite apparent that your words provide all the necessary evaluation. Anyhow, seeing as how your 4 years my senior, I will be promptly retreating to the couch where I will commence in sucking my thumb and watching Pokemon. You, Jerome, are a heartless bully with zero social awareness and an eerie awkwardness that will haunt you for the rest of your sorry existence. On second thought, my diaper needs-a-changin’ and I’m feelin’ sleepy. Time for a nap!

                • Mojo

                  Yup, I said “your”. We’ve yet to cover Grammar and Spelling in our English class.

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

                    Get help.

                    • Mojo

                      I’m 11. Stop harassing me, you ugly tyrant. You just made an innocent little boy cry! You animal!

  • pat

    Make stuff happen, Nooney.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    I’d like Johnny Damon back on this team.

    Lefty DH, can still run some. Hit em 7 or 8.

    DFA Jorge

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      This doesn’t make sense.

      • Jorge

        It’s not worth it. Move on.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Fuck Damon, give me Montero.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      I’d like Warren Buffett to give me a billion dollars.

      The odds of that happening are similar to the Yanks DFAing Jorge.

  • pat

    Ubaldo- 3.1ip 9h 3bb 4k 8er.

    • Jorge

      That’s #2 material for sure.

    • mbonzo

      7.29 ERA with the Indians so far. Cashman looks like a bloody genius.

  • Greg

    3 fastballs inside.

    • JohnnyC

      And not strikes either.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Austin Jackson has struck out 2 times fewer than Granderson? I’m glad we traded him.

    30-40 Hrs. as opposed to a guy who’ll fight to get 10, yet they strike out the same.

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

      He’s struck out two fewer times in 43 fewer plate appearances. Jackson strikes out way more than Grandy. Do that trade over no doubt about it, doesn’t matter how good Kennedy’s become.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Give us what we all want to see A-Rod

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Not exactly what I had in mind

      • Jorge

        Be more specific next time. :)

  • Esteban

    Do your thing CentWAR

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

    I’m excited for this at bat!

  • pat

    It’s stat paddin time.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Kay jinxed that AB

  • Ethan

    Ugh RISP fail again

  • Karl Krawfid

    Wooo

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Kay jinxed Alex.

    Kay IS a jinx.

  • Esteban

    Oh this is frustrating.

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

    He just walked a guy on four pitches not particularly close. Clearly, the best thing to do is swing at the first pitch.

  • Greg

    Why did he swing at the first pitch? This is looking ehh.

  • wow

    this is beyond painful.

    • nsalem

      calm down all of you

  • Greg

    Give our history with Gardenhire’s Twins, splitting a 4 game set with them is unacceptable. We’ll see what happens.

  • teddy

    i wonder if nyy can get thome

    • mbonzo

      What?

  • Brian S.

    Fuck this game.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Yeah, a tie game in the 5th inning sucks.

      faceplam

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    Been gone for a few innings. That zero under the Yankee score? Does that mean they’ve scored a hundred runs and it has recycled to zero?

  • pat

    Jim Thome is going to put the 600th HR in a saddlebag and ride his big blue Ox to Cooperstown.

  • Will

    If the Yanks lose this game they will have only the offense to blame because Nova is pitching his ass off. 0-6 with RISP is unacceptable especially in the manner in which the Yanks failed to capitilize. We could’ve been up by at least 5 by now.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Oh give me a fucking break

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

    Sigh.

  • Jetrer

    wtf

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

  • Karl Krawfid

    Great day so far huh!

  • mbonzo

    Sad Trombone

  • Jorge

    Ruh-roh. Not this outfield’s finest moment there.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Bah.

  • pat

    Oh for fucks sake.

  • Esteban

    Seriously? Cereally? Serially?

  • Greg

    unacceptable

  • Ivan

    Woooooow…..That’s inexcusable. Not to mention that is on Granderson if he didnt call off Swisher.

    • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

      he was calling off swisher the entire time

      • Ivan

        Then that is Swisher fault then.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    That’s the CF’s ball.

  • JohnnyC

    Lovely.

  • Mike HC

    hahahah … Swisher’s little leg/karate kick was hilarious.

    Unfortunate error, but funny as hell.

  • V

    That’s not a ‘team error’, Kay, that should be an error on Nick Swisher.

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

      That’s on the center fielder.

      • V

        Granderson was clearly yelling for the ball, and the ball went right next to Nick Swisher’s leg. There’s no way Granderson catches that without an injury occurring.

    • Esteban

      It’s a franchise error. Brian Cashman is partly to blame. The batboys too.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I blame Wee Willie Keeler.

  • jon

    lol really a double?

  • Greg

    And now that other team has taken the lead.

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

      Please stop talking about the Red Sox. No one cares about them.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      (checks score)

      Nope, Twins-Yankees is still 0-0.

  • wow

    as if the RISP fail wasnt enough. what is with this team .

  • pat

    At least with Thome on 3rd the only way he scores is with a HR.

  • Ivan

    If Nova can get out of this just giving up 2 runs, I’ll sign up for that right now.

  • Brendan

    thome looked like an 18 wheeler coming around second

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nova is turning it up to eleven

  • mbonzo

    Wow, super Nova right here.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    2 down, 1 to go. C’mon Nova!

  • Ivan

    Wow Nova….incredible…still not out of the woods yet.

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

    Who the hell is this guy striking people out with men at second and third? Surely not Ivan Nova.

  • nsalem

    Nova is strictly back of the rotation due to his low K rate

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Two nice strikeouts right there.

    Finish it, Ivan.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      (fistpumps)

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

    Unreal. Give that man a prize.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    fuck yesssssssssssssss

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    SuperNova

  • Karl Krawfid

    The Anti AJ

  • pat

    And YOU get a slider and YOU get a slider!! Do your thang Ivan.

    • Greg

      EVERYBODY GETS A SLIDER!!!!!

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

    This game is all the lulz.

  • mbonzo

    Gotta give Nova some credit there, that inning was ace like.

  • FIPster Doofus

    #winning

  • Greg

    Now the Twins have some RISPfail on their hands

  • Cy Pettitte

    that was fucking awesome.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Ivan Nova is a numbah two stahrtah!

  • Jetrer

    hell yeah Ivan, who says you can’t miss bats?
    Grandy/Swish owe you one big ol’ steak dinner

  • Esteban
  • Captain Beatty

    AJ Burnett would have blown up for 3 runs there and cursed Girardi at the same time. Ivan Nova calmly works around it and strikes people out. That’s the difference between these guys, Joe.

  • Ivan

    What a job by Nova. Just incredible….Granderson and Swisher owe Nova a steak dinner each.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Ivan-no meltdown-Nova! Great save by Martin-something you won’t see in the boxscore.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      Jorge should still be the everyday catcher………so we can watch ball after ball get away from him.

      Legacy baby!

  • V

    Wow, that’s awesome. Before he was sent to AAA, that was 2 runs. That slider is all sorts of awesome.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Clutch. Picking up your teamates. It’s called pitching.

    Some other “high ceiling, ace-type” guys who everyone raves about would’ve imploded right there.

    Not calling any names……

    • V

      The average baseball fan is pretty stupid. You’re not helping.

    • Esteban

      AJ Burnett throws hard and his curveball moves a lot. I don’t think he has ‘great stuff’ because he doesn’t have good command or control.

      • V

        I think it’s the same fool who thinks Nova >>> Hughes.

        • LiterallyFigurative

          I’m simply saying that sometimes the pitcher has to pick up his teamates when they F up, because there are many times the pitcher F’s up and his team saves his bacon.

  • http://www.simdynasty.com/index.jsp?refer=Jeety Jeety

    THis is the inning where the yanks make it happen… 3 spot right here

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

    Isn’t it funny how in the first 90 years of baseball, there were only 3 players to ever achieve 600 homeruns? Yet in the last 10 years, we have seen 5 more players to achieve it. Can we really assume that any of those 5 players weren’t on steroids? Out of the 5 players, we know 2 of them were on steroids(Bonds + Arod). The remaining three? Griffey, Thome, and Sosa. I’ve heard rumors that Sosa was roiding. But what about Griffey and Thome? Griffey seems to have a free pass from everyone that he wasn’t, however look at his career. Knee problems, tons of injuries. That can be pretty typical with steroid use. What about Thome?

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

      Sosa was definitely on steroids, and I’m pretty sure that Griffey and Thome weren’t. But really, who cares? It’s not an “asterisk”. It’s the game.

      • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

        I didn’t mean this as a post to diminish their accomplishments. I truly believe Arod and Bonds would have reached 600 regardless. Especially given the fact that Arod wasn’t on muscle growth steroids, but on cutting steroids.

        This was meant just as an observation at how it took 90 years to get 3 players to do it, and in the past 10 we have seen it done by almost twice as many players.

        I don’t believe it was steroids alone that can be attributed to this. What other factors could be in play here?

        • nsalem

          when the Berlin Wall came down in the lat 80’s substances previously not available in the western world became easily obtainable. I thought everyone knew that.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Expansion, smaller ballparks, tighter-wound baseballs, ever-increasing specialization leading to more pitchers in the league (and hence a lower total average pitching quality), and the move away from hitters choking up and trying to put the ball in play and towards more three-true-outcomes hitting technique

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Also, better athletic training and nutrition, year-round training, better video, more detailed advanced scouting, more technical scouting, larger organizational payrolls for support staff, the general upward trend of the athletic gene pool generation-by-generation, etc.

            • nsalem

              inside the park homeruns by fast skinny guys

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                Well played, Mauer.

            • nsalem

              backyard batting cages for tall clumsy suburban kids who are taught to switch hit at a young age

        • MikeD

          Many factors.

          The year McGwire his his then-record-breaking HR was an expansion year, just as it was when Maris did.

          Body arm allowing hitters to have less fear and to stand closer to the plate.

          Smaller parks.

          Thinner handled bats to whip throught he strikezone.

          Tighter strikezone leading to more hitters’ counts.

          An acceptance that it’s okay for a batter to strikeout, leading to more aggressive swings by batters with two strikes.

          The acceptance of weight training.

          Better lighting in stadiums for night games.

          Those are just a few I can rattle off the top of my head. Overall, though, conditions in the game called for an increase in hitting and HRs. We might be trending back now to some degree, but I certainly don’t expect a return to 1960s and 1970s baseball.

    • V

      Willie Mays used amphetamines.

      Who. Gives. A. Shit?

      • V

        Hank Aaron admitted to trying them once.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        And Babe Ruth played in an 8 team league with no west coast travel and no interleague play and no black or latino pitchers in the first ballpark ever specifically built to hit homers.

        Yes, if they used steroids, they cheated, but it’s not like ballplayers before 1980 had no advantages whatsoever that made it easier for them to hit homers compared to modern players.

        • nsalem

          plus there were no black and latino outfielders to rob them of homeruns.

  • Joba4Prez

    Nova, Hughes, or Noesi going forward?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      All 3

      • Joba4Prez

        Obviously lol…but injuries aside, who do you think will have the better career…all things being equal (things are never all equal)

        • AaronGuielWithASmile

          Hughes > Nova > Noesi

          • jon

            agreed

            • AaronGuielWithASmile

              I think that Nova and Hughes are very close, but Hughes has a slightly higher ceiling.

              I also suspect that Nova will be a Yankee for longer than Hughes, however.

              • nsalem

                great insight that makes so much sense. If Hughes has a higher ceiling does that mean Nova has a lower floor.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I’ll tell you now, it won’t be AJ.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Nova was 12-3 at SWB last year. 24-7 overall last 2 years. Nice.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    So Hughes and Nova pitch brilliantly yet one of their jobs could be in question. On the other hand, AJ who had his shortest outing against the same offense but has his job safe for the next 2 years. And I’m the one that needs to smoke the objectivity pipe, Cash?

    • Greg

      Neither of their jobs will be in question. It will either be COlon or Garcia.

      • Joba4Prez

        Jesus, those guys carried AJ’s ass for the entire year and this is their reward? After 2 or 3 bad starts, jettison them to the bullpen?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Woosah.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Heh I wasn’t at terroist panic level.

  • Cy Pettitte

    leadoff double, score some runs already.

  • teddy

    great job cano, get him in please

  • Monteroisdinero

    That’s how you hit .300+ Robbie.

  • pat

    Lets score some runs for the kid.

  • Esteban

    Ribbinson you’re a bad bad man

  • Monteroisdinero

    Swisher.can’t.bunt.

  • Esteban

    What a lazy tag up

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    i thought that was gone off the bat

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Cano advancing to third?

    What, did we bring Larry Bowa back during the commercial break?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    More like common sense baserunning.

  • teddy

    just missed swisher, good baserunning by cano

  • Greg

    Good baserunning.

  • Esteban

    That was a Robbie Run.

  • Greg

    Smallball at its best.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    Woo hoo!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Russ Martin and Robbie Cano are good at baseball

  • teddy

    good job by martin, still 0fer with risp

  • Captain Beatty

    Finally some situational hitting. That should be all Nova and the pen needs against this lineup.

  • Bronx Byte

    Nova is 10 years younger than Burnett and has 10 times more maturity and pitching smarts.

    • Esteban

      Or maybe it has nothing to do with smarts and more to do with ability.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Gardner must’ve slept with the homeplate umps wife or somethin…..

  • StanfordBen

    Wow, that throw got to home on like 5 hops.

  • Joba4Prez

    Once again my comprehension of the English language is at a crossroads…The Sac Fly was “hammered”

    • Greg

      It was kind of. It was more of a line drive than a high fly.

    • Esteban

      Well you can crush a ball that turns into an out. Happens all the time.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Nova’s got a wicked slidea!!!

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      If that remains a swing and miss pitch after a few times through the league, we have found our Number 2 Starter.

  • nsalem

    question answered

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    He’s still got it

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Geez Kay, every ball in the air is not “hammered”

  • Greg

    There’s that swing by Plouffe that he homered against Phil Hughes

  • flamingo

    SUPERNOVA

  • pat

    First pitch to Mauer looked like a strike.

  • Esteban

    LOL New York and Minnesota are different!!!! What a funny comparison Kay! LOLOLOL !!!111

  • teddy

    oh boy

  • teddy

    where was that

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    Ivan just lost his no-walker.

    I wonder if they keep track of no-walkers, and how many pitchers have thrown one.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I bet Cliff Lee does. I bet he takes photos of himself during his no-walkers, keeps them in his wallet, and shows them off to people while strolling around town running errands.

  • Greg

    Slider!

  • teddy

    nasty pitch by nova, runs please

  • jon

    nova is back to impressing

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    And to think we could have given him up for Ubaldo

    • flamingo

      *shudder*

    • jon

      jimenez 3.1 ip 9h 8er 3bb 4so

      • Bombers

        Imagine AJ and ubaldo in the same staff.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          I’d rather not.

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      along with our 3 best prospects in the minor leagues

  • pat

    IVAN THE THE NOT TERRIBLE

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Jim Thome:

    “Slider, You stink!”

  • flamingo

    He doesn’t get fazed. SoRoMo?

    • pat

      I’d let him face the bottom of the order.

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

      He’s thrown 79 pitches. Leave him in, he’s on a CG pace.

  • BK2ATL

    Is Nova impressing any of you yet, considering what you saw yesterday?

    Kid is really dealing. 6 innings, only 79 pitches, no runs allowed, 4 hits allowed, 1 BB, 5 Ks.

    • Esteban

      I’m only impressed by perfect games. So, no.

    • Captain Beatty

      He’s impressed the hell out of everybody all season. He has gotten out of situations in which Burnett would have melted down and put the game out of reach. Nova is a starting pitcher. Hughes is a starting pitcher.

  • Monteroisdinero

    CC/Nova/Hughes/banuelos/Betances/noesi/warren

    /future looking good

  • nsalem

    wonder if Dereks’s spill the other night will have any effect

  • teddy

    yanks are god awful hacks today

    • nsalem

      what a difference 2 minutes make

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ethan

    Grandy man!!!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Grandy!!!!!

  • jon

    fuck yea grandy man

  • Cy Pettitte

    GRANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Holy shit, CURTIS!!!

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat

  • Jetrer

    hell yeah Grandyman

  • teddy

    YEA CURTISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • pat

    GRANDYYYYY

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

    BOOM.

  • wow

    hahahaha NICE!!!!

  • Ivan

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Captain Beatty

    CURTIS GRANDERSON AL MVP!!!!!! DO THAT BAUTISTA!!!!

  • flamingo

    The Grandy man!

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Go Grandy go!

  • BK2ATL

    M-V-P!!!!
    M-V-P!!!!
    M-V-P!!!!

    The Grandy Man did it!!!! Inside the parker!!!

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Holy shit! Granderson!

  • Esteban

    He can do it all. Love this guy

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    clinic in hustling out of the batter’s box. way to go Grandy!

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      ok Tex, you can jog

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Belly to belly!

  • jon

    back to back!

  • Ethan

    Anything you can do, I can do better

  • wow

    daaaaang.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Teix! back to back!

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

    I always knew we could count on Mijares.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Man, outside of homers, this Tex guy really sucks, amirite?

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      i don’t like the way he goes to his left on defense on 4 hoppers

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I hate how he only hits regular homers and never mixes in inside-the-park homers. What a fat-ass scrub of a bust.

  • Ivan

    HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Texicuted

  • BK2ATL

    Back-to-back!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Like Mantle and Maris…almost

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Back to back, and-a BELLUY TO BELLUY!

  • jon

    teix is like this is how real men do it

  • teddy

    nice teix, he killing from right side

  • tom

    Ivan’s reward for gutting out that 2nd & 3rd.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Funny thing is that Mijares also gave up Gardy’s inside the parker in 09

    • Ivan

      And also the walk off Homer to Tex in game 2 of the ALDS.

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

      Also gave up the walk-off homer to Tex in the 2009 ALDS, looked eerily similar to that one.

  • Esteban

    Woo Teix. Too bad he sucks.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      We should get Johnny Damon back, play him at 1B, and cut Tex’s sucky ass.

  • Monteroisdinero

    An inside the parker-something Bautista and Tex could not do. Hustling out of the box was key.

  • jon

    man there is something wrong with the size of gardners head

  • Mojo

    Without having to look up his splits . . . What are Tex’s stats from both the right and left side of the plate?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I’m not sure, maybe you should look up his splits and we’ll find out.

      • Mojo

        Ah yes. Hello Snark, nice to meet you. The name’s Lazy.

        • Esteban

          Unless you’re on a phone (and you can do this on a phone too), then aren’t you being lazy too?

          http://tinyurl.com/3w2ofwh

          • Mojo

            I use a combination of IP Relay, 1-800-MAIDS, and electro-telepathy (patent pending). But mostly, I just switch between Golden Girls and the Skinemax to utilize the internet. Big keys are a must.

            • Rob NY

              What just happened here?

    • jon

      righty 298/382/570
      lefty 230/334/489

      • Mojo

        Wow. Damn. Thank you.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    ever been inside the park, then reg home run back to back?

  • Ivan

    The main question I have for you guys is, has there ever been a back to back inside the park home runs before?

  • nsalem

    I’m still waiting for the definitive reggae version of the national anthem

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

    • jon

      are you suggesting mijares should throw his junk with his junk?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I guess putting pictures in comments is something only officials can do, eh?

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

        Yes. I don’t trust you animals.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          If pat had embedding powers, Internic, the FCC, and Interpol would be forced to shut RAB down.

        • Nuke LaDoosh

          you need to add the intersecting venn diagram for Pat Venditte

  • pat

    Lol. Crawford goes chasing waterfalls.

    • Ivan

      He still is a scrub.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Lorenz with the ill TLC reference.

    • Eirias

      Should stick to seven digit numbers he’s used to.

    • Mojo

      Apparently he didn’t order the Red Light Special.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I don’t know why, but I really like Larry Rothschild.

    • Esteban

      It’s the jowls.

      • nsalem

        Have you ever seen him naked?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Have there been any fly balls that have not been “hammered” clubbed” or driven”?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I’m not sure, but I think a few were fisted.

    • Cy Pettitte

      some of them were definitely “lifted”

      and that one was just “skied”

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        but none of them were “scooped”

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    So does Nova get the 8th?

    • Cy Pettitte

      don’t think they push him with an off day tomorrow and DRob, Soriano and Mo having yesterday off.

    • Monteroisdinero

      No. But he will be getting a nicer car and house soon.

    • nsalem

      Girardi’s decision and don’t you dare question him after the game or else.

    • Ivan

      Nova did his job. Go to D-Rob.

  • Bronx Byte

    Nice outing for Nova. He’s either No. 2 or No. 3.

    Any questions ?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Yes, I have a question:

      Why are we worried about who the #2 or #3 is on August 21st?

      • Esteban

        I NEED TO KNOW NOW! WHAT DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND??!

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          (unwraps burrito, wipes down microwave)

  • BK2ATL

    And Nova’s returns to sub 4 ERA status after 7 strong shutout innings.

    Kid looks good, regularly popping the glove at 95 with a snapping curve, mixed in with a change-up.

  • Cuso

    Super Nova!

  • Tom Merritt

    I said this last year and repeat again, why don’t the Yankees eat the financial loss and release Burnett? He is worthless, will never earn his money in NY, and should have been gone a long time ago. Pay him to go the hell away.

    On a brighter note, Nova is looking good today and he is the one that deserves the patience as he continues to improve, much unlike this waste product, Burnett.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Get ready to say it again next year.

      Cutting a guy with 2 years and 33M left is totally and completely unprecedented, not just for the Yankees – for anyone.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        I don’t think cutting him is the answer, this is the team that’s paid 35M for a non-Mo reliever and 8M for a LOOGY for basically one season. So if they have a 16.5M long man, I don’t think that’s too big of a leap.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Is it possible to trade AJ Burnett, for Alex Burnett?

    • Mykey

      Is his middle name John?

  • Monteroisdinero

    Nova-his poise is electric…

    • Esteban

      Is that even possible?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Boogie-woogie-woogie.

      • Esteban

        And he gets ground balls
        Here there and everywheeeerree.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    a Burnett that gets outs!!!

  • Esteban

    FISTED.

    • MikeD

      FISTED was traded. Oh, wait that was Fister. Fister for Furbush.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Fister for Furbush.

        … nah, too easy.

        • MikeD

          The GMs clearly got drunk and made the trade just based on the names.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Dombrowski probably did it just so that he could trademark the name and then sue for damages when it’s the name of a porn flick a year from now.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Okay, Nova and Hughes have earned their spots in the rotation. While AJ still hasn’t earned his, at the very least it’s impossible to justify demoting Nova or Hughes to the pen.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I like how we’ve all been bitching for three weeks now how wrong it is that Phil or Ivan will be demoted when neither of them have actually been demoted yet.

      No, wait, I meant to say that I hate that, not that I like it.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Two or three weeks ago, Cashman said that CC wants it cut to a five man rotation, and that they were leading towards doing that anyways. This would mean that someone would need to get demoted, at the time they were leaning Hughes, because they’re idiots, or Nova, because he has options left. It wasn’t going to be the most deserving candidate of a demotion, it would have been one of those two. Or at least that’s the way it was looking earlier this month. Both of them were making starts to save their jobs, and at the end of their good starts, Hughes in particular, they’d say that he earned another turn through the rotation. AJ was staying and one of those two were going, the AJ staying thing hasn’t changed, so most fans have assumed that the Nova/Hughes thing hasn’t either.

        Nice try to yell at fans, though.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          But again, we’re mad at something happening in theory that has yet to happen in reality. The 6-man rotation was supposedly going to end two weeks ago; yet here it still is thanks to a freak Garcia injury.

          I’m just saying, don’t waste your breath complaining now about potential miscarriages of justice when A.) they may not happen at all and B.) there’s plenty of time to complain later if they do actually happen.

        • MikeD

          They were leaning Hughes? Assumptions were made by fans and media that it was going to be Hughes.

          TSJC’s point is don’t get angry about something that hasn’t happened. Girardi is allowing the pitchers to decide. The decision will be made in about a week, unless one of the other five decides to break out their Ginsu knife set. It’s similar to the Cy Young voting the last two years in the AL. Everyone was so damn sure King Felix wouldn’t win it, or Zack Greinke wouldn’t win it because of their low win totals, yet they were wrong. Lots of worry, lots of words, all for nothing. The right men won. Just as the right man is about to lose his job in the rotation.

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      I agree but I think Bart is going to the bullpen, not AJ (when Freddy comes back).

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        I thing Bart will get “injured” because it seems like the Yankees are trying to save him for the playoffs.

        • Nuke LaDoosh

          I could see that. Bart gets injured petting David Cone’s Mom’s dog…

        • Jimmy McNulty

          Yeah, that’s what I think they should do too. He needs time off, not a trip to the bullpen. This is the first time he’s pitched in August since he won the CYA in 2005. He’s been uncharted waters all year, now it’s like he’s in an uncharted planet. When he’s right he’s an awesome two starter and definitely a great option for the playoffs.

  • Rainbow Connection

    Is it good or bad that AJ is by far the worst SP on the team?

    • mbonzo

      If you told me that in the beginning of the season I would be ecstatic.

  • Dela G

    Damn lucky infield sinlge

  • JohnnyC

    Can Robertson be more efficient or is it the way he rolls and get used to it?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Yes, to both.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        Agreed. Part of what makes Robertson great is that when he hits the corner, you basically can’t hit him hard. So I don’t want to see him start leaving the ball over the middle.

        That said, of course he can be more efficient. What pitcher can’t?

    • Mykey

      I’m thinking the latter, but what the hell do I know?

  • mbonzo

    Very cheap hits for the Twins.

    • tom

      Could have 1-2-3. All infield fumbles.

  • teddy

    where the defense

    • Esteban

      Ain’t necessary wif KRoBB pitching.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    those Twinkies are lucky bitches

  • Karl Krawfid

    Hilarious.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    why does Kubel make me nervous

  • Dela G

    -_-

  • Dela G

    Right by him!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Hope A-Rod didn’t hurt his hand.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Ah-we can win without him.

      or with him.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Drob changeup would make Thome look silly.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    throw a curve in the dirt…

  • Ivan

    Wow I thought that pitch was a strike regardless.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Martin does not call enough curves

  • pat

    Me too. Looked dead middle.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Don’t fuck this up David.

  • Monteroisdinero

    To the bat phone Robin. No-not that phone Joe!

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Awesome.

  • Cy Pettitte

    the streak lives!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    D-Rob is a fucking beast

  • Cuso

    Need a Houdini act

  • Esteban

    The anti-cigarette commercials are always terrible to sit through.

    • Dela G

      Yeah they make me never ever want to touch a single cigarette in my life

  • Dela G

    Great job Houdini

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Harry Robertson?

      • Dela G

        Love it!

      • nsalem

        His name is really Erik Weisz but he made it disappear.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Too Jewish.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Jeter hit another HR this year? I’ll say one more to rf in YS.

    • MikeD

      Yes. Actually, I believe he’ll hit four more…all in the World Series.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        All in series-clinching Game 4.

        • MikeD

          I was kind of seeing one in four-consecutive games, each the game winner, with the last two being walk-offs at Yankee Stadium, yet I’ll take all four in the series-clinching Game 4.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    That’s what you get for putting a natural rightfielder at first base. Stupid Twins.

    • flamingo

      Heh.

    • flamingo

      YES MO. HOW MANY TO 602 NOW?!

      • flamingo

        Reply fail.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Every time I see a play like that it reminds me of Sheffield breaking his wrist, and I have a minor heart attack.

    • Esteban

      You should see a doctor, maybe get some prescriptions.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Brian Fantana: Sounds like you’ve got mental problems, man.
        Brick Tamland: Yeah, you’ve got mental problems, man.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Sorry for sounding ignorant, but does reaching on an error count for your OBP?

    • mbonzo

      Nope.

      OBP= (H+BB+HBP)/(AB+BB+HBP+SF)

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        thanks.

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

      No, because the player didn’t “earn” his way on base. It’s not a repeatable skill. Only hits, walks, and HBP count for OBP.

      • toad

        I’ve always thought you should subtract GIDP from the numerator in that calculation. After all, you’ve actually reduced the number of men on base when you hit into a DP.

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      and you didn’t sound even remotely ignorant

  • Karl Krawfid

    6 Mo

  • pat

    Fuck your reputation as a defense first catcher Drew Butera.

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

    I’m sure this has been asked before, but why is Mauer not playing catcher this series?

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

      He caught yesterday, no?

    • JohnnyC

      They should play Mauer at third base. Keeps Morneau and Cuddyer in the lineup and Valencia sucks anyway.

  • pat

    Arod has ended 5 innings today.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      We should have left this no-talent bum on the DL.

      • Jetrer

        where’s Cody Ransom when you need him?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Starting at 3B for the Diamondbacks.

          No, seriously.

          • Esteban

            Cody Ransom is a great player. Didn’t you see he hit a HR off Clayton Kershaw?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              The Diamondbacks are in first place, aren’t they? Just like the Yankees in 2009.

              Cody Ransom must lead the league in Shortstop Wins.

            • JohnnyC

              And he jumped that box!

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                Look at that! That squirrel can waterski!

        • Esteban

          /O’Connor’d

    • flamingo

      Hopefully this is his getting-his-feet-wet game. Remember that first-pitch home run?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Wow, that NY-Presbyterian ad was the most effective commercial I’ve seen in a while.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    After Mo gets this save, the team should present him with a commemorative plaque for his 255 career saves against the Twins.

    • Avi

      I laughed.

  • nsalem

    posting while Mariano is pitching is a sure sign of brain damage

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I’m worried about Mo, you guyz

    • Jetrer

      clearly he’s done

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Barney: Hey Homer, I’m worried about the beer supply. After this case, and the other case, there’s only one case left!
      [pretending to be the other people in the room] Yeah, yeah! Uh, Barney’s right. Yeah, let’s drink some more beer. Yeah! Hey, what about some beer? Yeah, Barney’s right.
      Homer: All right, guys, pipe down. I got some more in the garage.

    • CS Yankee

      Well it did take him 10 pitches against this team today.

  • Crime Dog

    But I thought Mo was broken?

  • Ivan

    Yankees Win Bitches!!!!!!!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    NoRoMo ftw.

  • teddy

    this isn’t fair

  • BK2ATL

    Ole Mo is back. Yanks win!!!

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

    Remember when Mo was done a week ago? That was funny. Hasn’t allowed a ball out of the infield since.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      So this time wasn’t the time that meant Mo was done, but I bet next time will be the time. Just watch.

      Just watch.

    • nycsportzfan

      ya but, isn’t it kinda telling that it was against the better competition that he was struggling? I mean, sure he still eats up the Twins and Royals, but were talking Angels and redsox that the struggles came against… Either way, i’m happy hes back at it, just trying to show both sides of it…

      I just hope that this team can get it done against the better competition and isn’t a REG SEASON type team again, where we get the quick exit come playoff time.. I want a long sustained playoff run..

  • Hall and Nokes

    I remember WWWMW

  • Esteban

    What a disgrace. 3 of 4 from the Twins? The series was a must sweep. They could have buried the Sox.

    • Anthony

      please tell me /sarcasm was on

    • Pat D

      Yea, I noticed someone’s absence today, too.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      They could have buried the Sox.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szGbSNf-Nfc (NSFW – profanity)

  • Bronx Byte

    Nice win. Might have been a sweep if not for “Gutless” Burnett.

    Nova at 13-4

    • Esteban

      Wins tell the whole story, obviously.

      • Pat D

        Heard Waldman say on the radio today that Nova said he’s going to get paid based on wins, not ERA.

        The sad thing is he’s kind of right.

        • Rob NY

          Former 18 game winner and All Star Phil Hughes sees no problem with that. NO. PROBLEM.

  • Captain Beatty

    Call it what you want, says Sportscenter, but the Yankees have been statistically better without A-Rod this season.

    Yeah, that isn’t biased reporting.

    • Pat D

      More a function of guys coming out of funks, but, yea, let them have their way.

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

        And the easiest part of the schedule of the season.