Aug
21

Game 125: A-Rod’s Back

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(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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  1. JM says:

    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 says:

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

      • Jesse says:

        Yeah just forget the fact that we have CC.

      • Steve S. says:

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

        • Sweet Dick Willie says:

          So he’s undefeated this year?

        • JM says:

          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).

          • 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.

            • Steve S. says:

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

              YCPB, Suzyn.

            • Jimmy McNulty says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

          Time to make the donuts….

      • JonS says:

        Nevermind the fact that the Yankees own Verlander this year…

        • Mike Axisa says:

          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.

        • Jesse says:

          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 says:

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

  2. V says:

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

    • Steve S. says:

      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.

    • Sarah says:

      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 says:

      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.

  3. MannyB ace2be says:

    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

  4. Steve S. says:

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

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

  5. Captain Beatty says:

    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 says:

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

    • Steve S. says:

      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 says:

        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.

        • Steve S. says:

          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) says:

      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 says:

        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.

        • Steve S. says:

          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 says:

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

      • Steve S. says:

        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) says:

          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

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

      What order the lineup is in.

  6. Monteroisdinero says:

    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.

    • Jesse says:

      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 says:

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

  7. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

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

  8. Steve S. says:

    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.

  9. Bronx Byte says:

    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.

  10. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  11. MikeD says:

    Derek Suzuki.

  12. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    Nuni at short today = 2 errors

  13. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    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.

  14. baravelli says:

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

  15. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  16. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    alright A Rod….lets bring Jete home

  17. Esteban says:

    Let’s go CentWAR

  18. Brandon says:

    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.

  19. teddy says:

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

  20. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    ugh….

  21. Mike Axisa says:

    Arg, score some damn runs.

  22. Greg says:

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

  23. Will says:

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

  24. Mojo says:

    Farking Pathetic.

  25. Mike HC says:

    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.

  26. LiterallyFigurative says:

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

    Ideally I’d like Gardy leading off though.

    Love Mauer’s walkup song.

  27. Nogomo says:

    Home runs aside, Tex is pathetic this year.

  28. Karl Krawfid says:

    Get off my boy Mauer man. Please.

  29. Avi says:

    Nova’s stuff doesn’t look good.

  30. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    yes Nuni….

  31. Esteban says:

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

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

  32. LiterallyFigurative says:

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

  33. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Even for Kay, this is weird

  34. Q: Who is the greatest Twin of all time?

    A: Reneé Tenison.

  35. Ivan says:

    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.

  36. Greg says:

    Another groundball. He’s got that sinker working.

  37. Mike Axisa says:

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

  38. Mike Axisa says:

    This Tigers-Indians game is officially bananas.

  39. Mike Axisa says:

    Send them on 3-2, pls.

  40. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

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

  41. teddy says:

    great at by the gritty gardner

  42. Monteroisdinero says:

    Brett Gardner-professional at bat.

  43. MikeD says:

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

  44. Greg says:

    Is this good or bad?

  45. Mike Axisa says:

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

  46. FIPster Doofus says:

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

    /last night’s postgame thread

  47. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Clearly something’s wrong with Blackburn.

    Nothing’s wrong with that beard though.

  48. Greg says:

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

  49. Mike HC says:

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

  50. dkidd says:

    swarzak!!!!

    /in voice of aflac duck’d

  51. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Man Acebaldo’s been even worse than AJ was.

  52. MikeD says:

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

  53. Cy Pettitte says:

    christ Nunie.

  54. teddy says:

    wow nunez thats pathetic

  55. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

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

  56. Betty Lizard says:

    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?

  57. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    Yanks love to give confidence to young unproven pitchers…lol

  58. Greg says:

    See what I mean?

  59. Karl Krawfid says:

    These are the Yankees I know!

  60. Cy Pettitte says:

    no runs? ugh.

  61. Ethan says:

    Holy LOB

  62. Jerome S. says:

    Well, that was a helluva RISPfail.

  63. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Kay got awfully excited on that liner…

  64. Captain Beatty says:

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

  65. dkidd says:

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

  66. Mojo says:

    Farking Pathetic x 2

  67. teddy says:

    jeter hit it hard damm

  68. wow says:

    unbelievable.

  69. MikeD says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

        • FIPster Doofus says:

          No it isn’t.

          • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

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

          • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

            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 says:

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

            • MikeD says:

              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 says:

          Mike Jacobs was suspended for HGH

          • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

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

          • well you know says:

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

            • Mike Axisa says:

              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 says:

          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 says:

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

        • Jorge says:

          We don’t know that.

      • MikeD says:

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

        • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

          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

          • 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.

  70. Monteroisdinero says:

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

  71. flamingo says:

    Is Nova’s slider back? Oh happy day.

  72. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

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

  73. Monteroisdinero says:

    Noony!!!

  74. teddy says:

    nice play by nunez, good job nova

  75. Cy Pettitte says:

    very nice Nunie

  76. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

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

  77. wow says:

    this lineup looks so flat right now…

  78. teddy says:

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

  79. Will says:

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

    • Sweet Dick Willie says:

      Baseball is a game of failure.

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

  80. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    yeesh

  81. Ivan says:

    Soooooo…what happen Tex?

  82. Karl Krawfid says:

    Great day so far.

  83. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

    #Twinning

  84. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  85. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

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

  86. Greg says:

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

  87. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Nova is awesome.

  88. Greg says:

    I think its Tom Seaver.

  89. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

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

  90. Greg says:

    So far my 2005 ALCS comparison has been spot on

  91. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  92. wow says:

    holy crap.

  93. Will says:

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

  94. teddy says:

    cano you wanna try a bit

  95. LiterallyFigurative says:

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

  96. Steve S. says:

    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.

  97. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Nova’s on cruise control

  98. pat says:

    Fuck your base hit Joe Mauer.

  99. Jerome S. says:

    Ivan Nova: Mark Buerhle. Eh?

  100. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

  101. Jesse says:

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

    /MichaelKay’d

  102. pat says:

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

  103. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Nunie Juice!

  104. JohnnyC says:

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

  105. Mojo says:

    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 says:

      “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 says:

        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.

    • Jerome S. says:

      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 says:

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

        • Jerome S. says:

          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 says:

            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”.

            • Jerome S. says:

              This explains EVERYTHING.

              • Mojo says:

                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!

  106. pat says:

    Make stuff happen, Nooney.

  107. LiterallyFigurative says:

    I’d like Johnny Damon back on this team.

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

    DFA Jorge

  108. pat says:

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

  109. Greg says:

    3 fastballs inside.

  110. LiterallyFigurative says:

    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.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      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.

  111. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Give us what we all want to see A-Rod

  112. Esteban says:

    Do your thing CentWAR

  113. Marc says:

    I’m excited for this at bat!

  114. pat says:

    It’s stat paddin time.

  115. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Kay jinxed that AB

  116. Ethan says:

    Ugh RISP fail again

  117. Karl Krawfid says:

    Wooo

  118. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Kay jinxed Alex.

    Kay IS a jinx.

  119. Esteban says:

    Oh this is frustrating.

  120. Mike Axisa says:

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

  121. Greg says:

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

  122. wow says:

    this is beyond painful.

  123. Greg says:

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

  124. teddy says:

    i wonder if nyy can get thome

  125. Brian S. says:

    Fuck this game.

  126. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    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?

  127. pat says:

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

  128. Will says:

    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.

  129. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Oh give me a fucking break

  130. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

  131. Karl Krawfid says:

    Great day so far huh!

  132. mbonzo says:

    Sad Trombone

  133. Jorge says:

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

  134. pat says:

    Oh for fucks sake.

  135. Esteban says:

    Seriously? Cereally? Serially?

  136. Greg says:

    unacceptable

  137. Ivan says:

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

  138. LiterallyFigurative says:

    That’s the CF’s ball.

  139. JohnnyC says:

    Lovely.

  140. Mike HC says:

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

    Unfortunate error, but funny as hell.

  141. V says:

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

  142. jon says:

    lol really a double?

  143. Greg says:

    And now that other team has taken the lead.

  144. wow says:

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

  145. pat says:

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

  146. Ivan says:

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

  147. Brendan says:

    thome looked like an 18 wheeler coming around second

  148. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nova is turning it up to eleven

  149. mbonzo says:

    Wow, super Nova right here.

  150. LiterallyFigurative says:

    2 down, 1 to go. C’mon Nova!

  151. Ivan says:

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

  152. Mike Axisa says:

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

  153. nsalem says:

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

  154. Two nice strikeouts right there.

    Finish it, Ivan.

  155. Mike Axisa says:

    Unreal. Give that man a prize.

  156. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    fuck yesssssssssssssss

  157. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    SuperNova

  158. Karl Krawfid says:

    The Anti AJ

  159. pat says:

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

  160. Jerome S. says:

    This game is all the lulz.

  161. mbonzo says:

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

  162. FIPster Doofus says:

    #winning

  163. Greg says:

    Now the Twins have some RISPfail on their hands

  164. Cy Pettitte says:

    that was fucking awesome.

  165. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Ivan Nova is a numbah two stahrtah!

  166. Jetrer says:

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

  167. Captain Beatty says:

    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.

  168. Ivan says:

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

  169. Monteroisdinero says:

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

    • LiterallyFigurative says:

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

      Legacy baby!

  170. V says:

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

  171. LiterallyFigurative says:

    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……

  172. Jeety says:

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

  173. Marc says:

    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?

    • Jerome S. says:

      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.

      • Marc says:

        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 says:

          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.

        • 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

        • MikeD says:

          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 says:

      Willie Mays used amphetamines.

      Who. Gives. A. Shit?

  174. Joba4Prez says:

    Nova, Hughes, or Noesi going forward?

  175. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  176. Monteroisdinero says:

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

  177. JobaWockeeZ says:

    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?

  178. Cy Pettitte says:

    leadoff double, score some runs already.

  179. teddy says:

    great job cano, get him in please

  180. Monteroisdinero says:

    That’s how you hit .300+ Robbie.

  181. pat says:

    Lets score some runs for the kid.

  182. Esteban says:

    Ribbinson you’re a bad bad man

  183. Monteroisdinero says:

    Swisher.can’t.bunt.

  184. Esteban says:

    What a lazy tag up

  185. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    i thought that was gone off the bat

  186. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Cano advancing to third?

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

  187. JobaWockeeZ says:

    More like common sense baserunning.

  188. teddy says:

    just missed swisher, good baserunning by cano

  189. Greg says:

    Good baserunning.

  190. Esteban says:

    That was a Robbie Run.

  191. Greg says:

    Smallball at its best.

  192. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Russ Martin and Robbie Cano are good at baseball

  193. teddy says:

    good job by martin, still 0fer with risp

  194. Captain Beatty says:

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

  195. Bronx Byte says:

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

  196. LiterallyFigurative says:

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

  197. StanfordBen says:

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

  198. Joba4Prez says:

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

  199. Jesse says:

    Nova’s got a wicked slidea!!!

    • Nuke LaDoosh says:

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

  200. nsalem says:

    question answered

  201. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    He’s still got it

  202. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

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

  203. Greg says:

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

  204. flamingo says:

    SUPERNOVA

  205. pat says:

    First pitch to Mauer looked like a strike.

  206. Esteban says:

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

  207. teddy says:

    where was that

  208. Steve S. says:

    Ivan just lost his no-walker.

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

  209. teddy says:

    nasty pitch by nova, runs please

  210. jon says:

    nova is back to impressing

  211. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    And to think we could have given him up for Ubaldo

  212. pat says:

    IVAN THE THE NOT TERRIBLE

  213. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Jim Thome:

    “Slider, You stink!”

  214. flamingo says:

    He doesn’t get fazed. SoRoMo?

  215. BK2ATL says:

    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 says:

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

    • Captain Beatty says:

      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.

  216. Monteroisdinero says:

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

    /future looking good

  217. nsalem says:

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

  218. teddy says:

    yanks are god awful hacks today

  219. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    !!!!!!!!!!!

  220. Ethan says:

    Grandy man!!!!!

  221. Karl Krawfid says:

    Grandy!!!!!

  222. jon says:

    fuck yea grandy man

  223. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  224. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Holy shit, CURTIS!!!

  225. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat

  226. Jetrer says:

    hell yeah Grandyman

  227. teddy says:

    YEA CURTISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  228. pat says:

    GRANDYYYYY

  229. wow says:

    hahahaha NICE!!!!

  230. Ivan says:

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

  231. Captain Beatty says:

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

  232. flamingo says:

    The Grandy man!

  233. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Go Grandy go!

  234. BK2ATL says:

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

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

  235. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Holy shit! Granderson!

  236. Esteban says:

    He can do it all. Love this guy

  237. Nuke LaDoosh says:

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

  238. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Belly to belly!

  239. jon says:

    back to back!

  240. Ethan says:

    Anything you can do, I can do better

  241. wow says:

    daaaaang.

  242. Cy Pettitte says:

    Teix! back to back!

  243. Mike Axisa says:

    I always knew we could count on Mijares.

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

  245. Ivan says:

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

  246. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Texicuted

  247. BK2ATL says:

    Back-to-back!!!

  248. Karl Krawfid says:

    Like Mantle and Maris…almost

  249. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Back to back, and-a BELLUY TO BELLUY!

  250. jon says:

    teix is like this is how real men do it

  251. teddy says:

    nice teix, he killing from right side

  252. tom says:

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

  253. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

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

  254. Esteban says:

    Woo Teix. Too bad he sucks.

  255. Monteroisdinero says:

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

  256. jon says:

    man there is something wrong with the size of gardners head

  257. Mojo says:

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

  258. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

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

  259. Ivan says:

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

  260. nsalem says:

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

  261. pat says:

    Lol. Crawford goes chasing waterfalls.

  262. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

  263. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

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

  264. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    So does Nova get the 8th?

  265. Bronx Byte says:

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

    Any questions ?

  266. BK2ATL says:

    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.

  267. Cuso says:

    Super Nova!

  268. Tom Merritt says:

    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.

  269. LiterallyFigurative says:

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

  270. Monteroisdinero says:

    Nova-his poise is electric…

  271. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    a Burnett that gets outs!!!

  272. Esteban says:

    FISTED.

  273. Jimmy McNulty says:

    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.

    • 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 says:

        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.

        • 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 says:

          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 says:

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

      • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

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

        • Nuke LaDoosh says:

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

        • Jimmy McNulty says:

          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.

  274. Rainbow Connection says:

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

  275. Dela G says:

    Damn lucky infield sinlge

  276. JohnnyC says:

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

  277. mbonzo says:

    Very cheap hits for the Twins.

  278. teddy says:

    where the defense

  279. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    those Twinkies are lucky bitches

  280. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hilarious.

  281. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    why does Kubel make me nervous

  282. Dela G says:

    Right by him!

  283. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hope A-Rod didn’t hurt his hand.

  284. Monteroisdinero says:

    Drob changeup would make Thome look silly.

  285. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    throw a curve in the dirt…

  286. Ivan says:

    Wow I thought that pitch was a strike regardless.

  287. Karl Krawfid says:

    Martin does not call enough curves

  288. pat says:

    Me too. Looked dead middle.

  289. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Don’t fuck this up David.

  290. Monteroisdinero says:

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

  291. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Awesome.

  292. Cy Pettitte says:

    the streak lives!

  293. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    D-Rob is a fucking beast

  294. Cuso says:

    Need a Houdini act

  295. Esteban says:

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

  296. Dela G says:

    Great job Houdini

  297. Monteroisdinero says:

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

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

  299. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

  300. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

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

  301. Karl Krawfid says:

    6 Mo

  302. pat says:

    Fuck your reputation as a defense first catcher Drew Butera.

  303. Marc says:

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

  304. pat says:

    Arod has ended 5 innings today.

  305. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

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

  307. nsalem says:

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

  308. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I’m worried about Mo, you guyz

  309. Crime Dog says:

    But I thought Mo was broken?

  310. Ivan says:

    Yankees Win Bitches!!!!!!!

  311. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    NoRoMo ftw.

  312. teddy says:

    this isn’t fair

  313. BK2ATL says:

    Ole Mo is back. Yanks win!!!

  314. Mike Axisa says:

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

    • 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 says:

      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..

  315. Hall and Nokes says:

    I remember WWWMW

  316. Esteban says:

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

  317. Bronx Byte says:

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

    Nova at 13-4

  318. Captain Beatty says:

    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.

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