Game 132: Escape from Baltimore


(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Just one more game left in this stupid series in Baltimore, with games rained out due to hurricanes but not made up as part of a doubleheader in advance because the Orioles didn’t want to give up the gate revenue Yankees don’t care about Mike Flanagan. Derek Jeter (knee) and Alex Rodriguez (thumb) are still banged up and are unsurprisingly out of the lineup. Here’s the starting nine…

Brett Gardner, LF
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, DH
Eric Chavez, 3B
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, SS

Freddy Garcia, SP

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

Injury Updates: Jeter is available in an emergency tonight … A-Rod went back to New York for an MRI (the results were good) and he’ll meet the team in Boston, though he might not play in the series … both Pedro Feliciano and Damaso Marte suffered setbacks in their rehab from shoulder troubles and are done for the year. Just like they were in April.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Betty Humpter says:

    Fuck Buck

  2. Brian S. says:

    Cano really could of used a half day on Tuesday or Wednesday but with A-Rod AND Jeter out he’s going to have to play through it. It sucks, he and Granderson could use a rest from the field down the stretch.

  3. IRF says:

    Kinda random, but I just noticed Cano has stolen a career high 8 bases this year and only been caught once.

    For a guy who entered the year with 20 career SB and 23 career CS, that’s pretty weird.

  4. Avi says:

    Montero goes deep again in Scranton. #18 on the season.

  5. radnom says:


    Why is it ok when players go after every last cent because “you would make the same choice in that situation” not apply to buinessmen and executives as well?

    All this bitching over the make-up day is just as ridiculous as the bitching when players don’t sign hometown discounts. Yeah it sucks, but why do you expect someone to voluntarily give up money?

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      I don’t have a problem with them wanting to maximize revenue, only with how they handled it. if they’re gonna do that they should come out and say it. instead they decided to have this holier than thou attitude and drag Flanny into it.

    • Rainbow Connection says:

      “why do you expect someone to voluntarily give up money?”

      Because that’s what the rich kids asked for. You’re just supposed to do what THEY want, not what YOU want. If you don’t do what they want, they’ll run and tell the teacher.

      Imagine the outrage if Ron Guidry tossed himself off a roof and the O’s asked for a DH that the Yanks didn’t want to play (because it’s simply not in their best interest and don’t give a fuck about the O’s best interest)? Everyone here would be saying the O’s are classless pieces of shit.

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      Because it’s the shitty thing to do. As a MLB Franchise one should have a fair degree of respect for the other MLB Franchises and recognize what they’re going through. God knows the outrage it would be if it were a more media friendly franchise going through this. Sometimes shit happens, MLB is a franchise and a national brand. The Orioles blow, their season isn’t going anywhere. The Yankees have a realistic shot at having homefield throughout the playoffs…yes, I know the shitty teams like to play spoiler, but this isn’t playing spoiler, it’s playing the asshole. Yeah, they’re going to lose a bit out at the gat, but the Yankees give you millions of dollars in revenue sharing every year. Now you’re saying “wait a minute, were going to be difficult pricks and refuse to do the reasonable thing at all costs, and instead of having a DH on Friday and Monday, we’re going to take away your only off day.” Not only revenue sharing, but the Yankees give a huge trickle down effect to the Os. I’m not saying that the Orioles should bendover backwards to appease the Yankees, but what I am saying is that some respect for their peers is due. It’s in the best interests of all of baseball for the Yankees to remain healthy down the stretch so they can be ready to go for the playoffs, the same holds true for the rest of the teams in the AL and NL that are contenders. Sometimes you have to eat a little bit of shit for the sake of the brand and the group as a whole, the proper comparison isn’t what the players do in taking a hometown discount the proper comparison is a player not doing what’s best for the sake of the Players Union.

  6. ultimate913 says:

    Damn. That Rainbow person’s comment disappeared.

  7. Jesse says:

    Yep, Manny’s got a no hitter right now, 5 K’s, 1 BB against the Paw Sawx.


  8. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Al Leiter sighting! on MLBN, but still…lol

  9. Avi says:

    I think it’s terrible for the Yanks to give any further starts to Burnett. Hard to imagine Warren or a stretched out Noesi aren’t better options at this point.

  10. Cy Pettitte says:

    Gardy can’t buy a hit. this sucks.

  11. Avi says:

    Jose Iglesias singles off of Banuelos in the 6th to break up the no hitter.

  12. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yankees are facing a real killer today.

  13. Kibbitty says:

    Anybody know where I can find the Giants-Jets preseason game? Teh internets say NFL Network but that’s a fail.

  14. Wouldn’t you just assume it was pronounced “see-MOAN” and not “SIGH-mun”, without having to have him tell you?

    I mean, he’s not from an Anglophone country, he’s from a Hispanophone country. The pronounciation rules of the Spanish language are pretty straightforward, and it’s not like baseball players from the hispanophone world is a new thing or something.

  15. flamingo says:


    It would be nice if his slump is over now.

  16. CS Yankee says:

    Always good to score early…now we just need the often.

  17. Monteroisdinero says:

    looks like bp so far. Hopefully Freddy is sharp.

  18. CS Yankee says:

    Despite the outcome in that at-bat, we clearly have the better Nick in Right Field.

    • Markakis’s power has evaporated, and he’s still in his prime. It’s sad.

      That guy needs a Granderson/Bautista type swing overhaul, stat.

      • CS Yankee says:

        Projected to be the real deal. Seen him play 3-4 years ago and felt his range with the glove/arm was real good and thought he could be the .280 with some power (maybe 20 or so).

        Clearly shouldn’t be batting in the 2/3 hole…maybe he gets well or a Cash ninja type trade works our way as he seems to be a decent player.

  19. Ernie Anastos says:

    Keep fucking that chicken.

  20. Monteroisdinero says:

    At SWB tonight, Monteroisdinero and Mannyisuncanny.

  21. Monteroisdinero says:

    Ok folks-we need the spanish word for grit.

  22. Cy Pettitte says:

    what is Vlad arguing, that’s clearly a strike.

  23. Countryclub says:

    Anybody read Frankie P’s report on Mason Williams today? If so, a sentence or two recap would be appreciated.

  24. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I wonder if Kim Jones thinks Grandy is a home run hitter.

  25. Monteroisdinero says:

    Manny B with the greet as he polvo-rizes the Pawtucket Sux tonight.

    /gotta share good news.

  26. I don’t know who’s announcing the Jets-Giants game, but “audiblizing” is not a word.

  27. IRF says:

    I don’t know how Alfredo Simon only averages 6 K/9.

  28. Fun fact: Granderson has more extra base hits than singles (68 XBH to 67 1B).

  29. Jesse says:

    Al Leiter is coming back tomorrow! Big Game Al!

  30. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    “Big game Al” Kay is so crazy…

  31. Mickey Scheister says:

    I missed ole Sweaty Freddy, the chief. Not to be confused with Raekwon, the chef.

  32. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I bet on Thursday AJ’s ERA will leap over Lackey’s

  33. As unenjoyable as watching A.J. Burnett pitch, that’s how much fun it is to watch Freddy Garcia pitch.


  34. I assume Kay has no earthly clue that Machado is
    A. 19
    B. still in High-A
    C. only hitting .254/.317/.402 there

    Yes, Manny Machado is good. No, that does not mean you shouldn’t sign J.J. Hardy. That’s like saying that the team shouldn’t sign any pitching this winter because they just drafted Dylan Bundy.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      maybe Kay doesn’t realize you can sign guys to contracts that are <8 years/120mil

    • IRF says:

      There are plenty of reasons why the Hardy extension is bad for the O’s. Machado is a relatively minor reason why it might prove foolish.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I think the Hardy deal makes perfect sense for them. It’s not long, it’s not overpriced, and even if Machado is ready in 2013, Hardy is very tradeable. The only negative is that he’s injury prone, but the crop of shortstops is awful around the league.

  35. Monteroisdinero says:

    Freddy bringing the 91 mph high heat!

  36. jon says:

    Banuelos gave up a hit? what a bum

  37. Cy Pettitte says:

    Freddy comes to NY and gains velocity


  38. Q: Who was the last Yankees pitcher to win Rookie of the Year Award?

    A: Kei Igawa. I remember it like it was yesterday.

  39. Kevin G. says:

    That Apollo 18 movie looks pretty cool. Of course by me saying that it’s destined to be a flop.

  40. Cy Pettitte says:

    Swish! holy shit, monster shot

  41. Nick Swisher is hotter than Roger Clemens’s balls.

  42. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:


  43. Esteban says:

    Swishahouse! Padding his stats again.

  44. Karl Krawfid says:

    Swish maine

  45. jon says:

    and boom does the dynamite

  46. nsalem says:

    unclutch where art thou now cuso

  47. jake says:

    the way michael kay pronounces “banuelos” pisses me off

  48. Monteroisdinero says:

    So if Manny B can go 7 complete (minor league doubleheader) throwing a 1 hitter against the Paw-Sox….

    We have our next lefty!

  49. IRF says:

    Nick Swisher now has a career high in fWAR

  50. Eli Manning was fearing the footsteps.

    (I do like the play of Danny Ware, though. Nice little back.)

  51. Monteroisdinero says:

    Swish has hit an offspeed pitch for a homer from either side of the plate in the last 2 games.


  52. Jimmy McNulty says:

    So, unfortunately for the rest of us there’s lots of Giants and Jets fans here. So what are you guys paying more attention too: the final dress rehearsal before the regular season or the Yankees play a piece of shit team like the Orioles?

    • jerrynyg says:

      I’m watching the Giants/Jets on my laptop, typing here on my desktop and watching the Yankees on my big screen.


    • nedro says:

      Yankees. Always the Yankees. But if there was nothing on but a bunch of football and an Astros game (as little sense as that makes; no Astros games on TV upstate), I’d watch the Stros.


        • nedro says:

          Actually, I used to follow the NYG, back in the 80′s. Even went to meet Joe Morris and got a ball signed once. But lately what bother me the most is the pervasive, nay, perverse , non-stop coverage of all things football and the obsession that seems to overcome everyone around me as I look around and think “Hello? There’s a pennant race on? Anyone? Anyone?” Anyway, my point is, football is immensely more popular now than in decades past, and therefore, coverage of football is understandably everywhere. But I want people to talk about baseball, dammit, and that’s why I’m here!
          “Me” problem, indeed. I have enough of those, thank you very much.

  53. Monteroisdinero says:

    Sanchize with the hands of stone.

  54. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    If I was Nova, I would have spit in Palmer’s face and said “I WILL CRUSH YOU.”

  55. Monteroisdinero says:

    How bout that play by Nunez? Thuhfewtchuh baby!

  56. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Tommie does Bart Scott still play for the Jets? I haven’t noticed too much contemptible behavior or RBs getting slapped like a red headed step child in the LB corps tonight.

  57. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Oh good, the Rays are losing. We were in about to lose our playoff spot.

    • Roland Deschain says:

      They’re right on our heels. One 7 game losing streak by us and 7 game winning streak for them and we’re tied.

  58. Monteroisdinero says:

    Giants and Yanks up 3-0.

  59. Antonio Cromartie just pulled the ol’ “Baby on the Corner” trick.

  60. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Liking Ryan’s aggressiveness, it’s the dress rehearsal so why not see if you can get these 4th downs?

  61. See all those Grandy strikeouts? That’s why I’m not 100% on board with him being an elite player yet.


  62. Mike Axisa says:

    This game has all the feel of a late-August, “let’s just get it over with” game.

  63. Cy Pettitte says:

    Mark Reynolds: Yankee Killer?

  64. Monteroisdinero says:

    Freddy looking great. Amazing what pitching and spending a night in Scranton can do for a guy.

  65. Will says:

    This game is uncomfortably close. I’m not gonna lie, I’ll be pretty pissed if we lose this game.

  66. Jimmy McNulty says:

    The 1-1 was NOT a strike, Swisher is right. Per usual.

  67. Hall and Nokes says:

    I will disseminate the accounts and descriptions of this game however the fuck I please

  68. Kevin G. says:

    Wait, are all of the giveaways for people 14 and younger or 21 and over? The Yankees must hate people ages 15-20. Maybe that’s why they won’t call up Montero.

  69. jon says:

    did anyone just see what martin did? looks like he got hit or something on that last swing

    • nsalem says:

      looks like he got hit on the backswing. Looking at Garcia’s reaction walking off the mound I would think he was okay.

  70. dkidd says:

    can i just say: i love freddy garcia

    the chief!

  71. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    What? Freddy pitching a good game the day after Bart pitched a beauty? Where are the Doom and Gloomers hiding tonight?

  72. Monteroisdinero says:

    Scary fly ball. Sweaty Freddy and sweating fans.

  73. Cy Pettitte says:

    das it for Freddy?

  74. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Freddy drinking Dasani? I thought MLB was a Pepsi sponsored league?

  75. Jesse says:

    Pull Freddy and go CoSoMo FTW

  76. Monteroisdinero says:

    I predict Jorge will hit a HR the next time he catches a game for the Yanks.

    When is old timer’s day in 2013?

  77. nsalem says:

    Freddy 2012

  78. Monteroisdinero says:

    Betances no hits after 3 innings. 1 BB

    /a killer night for 2 killer B’s

  79. Ivan says:

    Michael Vick just signed a $100 Million Dollar deal with the Eagles (with $40 Million guaranteed). As an Eagle fan, im kinda weary of giving Vick a long term contract only because of his style of play and how few aging QB’s do well. Nevertheless, the time in jail mitgh save him maybe 2 years with his body i guess.

  80. Monteroisdinero says:

    Soriano the rare closer who pitches from the windup.

  81. Emmanuel Cook has crossed the line from “intensity” to “dirty play”.

  82. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Bowling For Dollars is the greatest TV show ever.

  83. Monteroisdinero says:

    last few innings of baseball>>>>>>2nd half of preseason football game

  84. Who the hell gets thrown out of a preseason game?

    “You got fired on your day off?”

  85. nsalem says:

    time to focus

  86. mbonzo says:

    First hit off Betances is a goddamn homerun from Lavarnway.

  87. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:


  88. Jetrer says:

    how about some runs now so DRob can have the night off

  89. bonestock94 says:

    That was disgusting

  90. nedro says:

    D-rob was so fucking munny last night.

  91. Mister Delaware says:

    Just got back from dinner and walking the dog. Who are we furious at / what are we overreacting about in a bubble tonight?

  92. Cy Pettitte says:

    well there goes the streak…….

  93. Ivan says:


  94. nedro says:


  95. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    This game could get ugly.

  96. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    well, i guess D-Rob had to give up One HR this year.

  97. Karl Krawfid says:

    Too many fastballs.

    Russ Martin should know better.

    Drop a Curve damn.

  98. Jetrer says:

    pretty bad 0-2 pitch location

  99. Esteban says:


  100. Ivan says:

    Come on D-Rob, your better than this.

  101. Mickey Scheister says:

    DFA D-Rob!

  102. Dela G says:

    That’s ok, Drob

  103. Will says:

    I’m nitpicking here but D-Rob was 0-2 on Hardy and had a couple of pitches to waste. A couple of curveballs or change-ups in the dirts probably could’ve gotten him. Oh well. We better win this game.

  104. nedro says:

    Need to open this up a bit. Not feeling comfortable, Mo forgive me.

  105. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Insurance runs plz.

  106. Dela G says:

    Robinson Cano… Good at baseball

  107. Dela G says:

    I wonder why left handers dont try and drag bunt against gonzalez? he literally runs off the mound

  108. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    No Andruw?

  109. Cy Pettitte says:

    why not PH Andruw?

      • Jetrer says:

        so what? It doesn’t hurt anything to PH Andruw, and it gives you a better chance of something good happening there. Why use Mo now, this isn’t the ALDS, use Ayala instead.

        • You already know Andruw is mashing the ball against lefties, but Posada has been swinging a good bat too of late. Why not give him a chance to jumpstart the bad side of his platoon split between now and October?

          Sure, it’s probably fruitless, but you don’t absolutely NEED that AB, so let Jorge have it.

          Pitchers are different; they need regular work (but not too much of it).

          • Jetrer says:

            Posada isn’t earning starts against LHP no matter what he does there. They don’t need him against LHP, it doesn’t matter if he gets jump started or not. An insurance run, on the other hand, could prove useful. NBD, but I don’t see how they gain anything by leaving Posada in there. Andruw may get PH AB’s in bigger spots down the road, why not give him reps now to get as comfortable with it as possible.

            • I didn’t say anyone was giving Posada a start against LHP, just that Posada improving against LHP would be a nice bonus, since there’s still a decent chance he faces one or two during the playoffs (when a lefty comes in following a righty start when Jones has already been used, or during extra innings).

              • Jetrer says:

                don’t think one AB against a LHP in August will have any bearing on how Posada does against LHP in the playoffs
                really no big deal either way, but using Jones there is much more useful than using Posada

                • don’t think one AB against a LHP in August will have any bearing on how Posada does against LHP in the playoffs.

                  I agree, which is why it would be nice to get him a few more between now and the end of the season.

                  Point is, assuming pinch hitting Jones for Posada increases your chances of adding an insurance run in that situation, you’re weighing the value of that potential insurance run in the top of the 9th in an August 29th game against the Orioles for a team that’s 27 games above .500 with a 99% playoff odds (while you have the best closer in the history of baseball warming up to pitch the 9th) against the (slim) chances that a handful of August/September PAs against lefties jumpstarts the other half of Posada’s platoon split.

                  There’s arguments each way, it’s not a no-brainer that you absolutely must pinch hit Jones in that situation like you claimed.

  110. Dela G says:

    holy shit posada, do you really have to be that effing slow??

  111. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Mo FTS

  112. nedro says:

    OMG Jorge is SO fucking slow. HGow do you not beat that?!?!?!?>

  113. Cy Pettitte says:

    sorry MASN commentators, it’s not a web gem if Posada is the runner.

  114. Roland Deschain says:

    Mo’s gotta close the door and exorcise the demons from the last save he blew here.

  115. nsalem says:

    No Captain Beatty/Kilgore Trout et al. with a little luck Con-Ed won’t find there house till the end of the
    season. There’s even a bright side to power outages.

  116. Karl Krawfid says:

    I think Mo will blow this game.

  117. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    sweet play

  118. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Robbie is a beast. A BEAST!

  119. nsalem says:

    go play in traffic

  120. Esteban says:

    Cano knew who was running there.

  121. Erica says:

    Robbie, I cannot love you more than I do right now.

  122. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Mo needs to learn how to throw the gyro ball.

  123. Hall and Nokes says:

    This would be a good time for Mo to break out that head to toe curve he’s been working on.

  124. Esteban says:

    It wasn’t funny, but the slow motion made it funny

  125. Hall and Nokes says:

    Slo-mo was made for stuff like that

  126. Dela G says:

    hahahaha hit that one woman right on the face

  127. Dela G says:


    yankees win!

  128. Karl Krawfid says:

    Atta boy Mo

  129. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Put it on the left side!

  130. Esteban says:

    Mo being Mo and Reynolds being Reynolds.

  131. Ivan says:

    Yankees Bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  132. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Save number 34? I had no idea Mo had that many. Niceee…

  133. Dela G says:

    man i wish swisher was my big brother. what a badass

    and he is murdering it for my fantasy team

  134. Esteban says:

    Reynolds swings and misses. And that’s a wrap.

    YOU GET IT? Reynolds Wrap. Hardee Har Har

  135. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Nick Swisher needs to stop saying “tenacity.”

  136. Mickey Scheister says:

    So Boston is off two days in a row before this three game series….


  137. Esteban says:

    The Yankees won, but they still suck because they split this series.

  138. Esteban says:

    Fact: Swisher’s best month was June, but no one noticed because his totals still didn’t look that good.;t=b#month::none

  139. MikeD says:

    Okay, so the Yankees are playing the Los Angeles Baltimore Orioles of Anaheim tonight, right? 10:00 pm start time?

    Looks like I missed a good game. Any Yankee win is good.

    • Esteban says:

      Not for the trolls/cliff jumpers. This type of game is miserable.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        I’m probably the most aggressively pessimistic one here, and the only wins that I have second thoughts about are the ones where Hughes gets lit up. Bats will go quite every once in a while. I just hope Swisher can pull out a 30 HR season, he’s been one shy the past couple of years and I’d like to see him hit that milestone again.

  140. Total Dominication says:

    Drove down to the stadium, it was gorgeous. Great win. They are 9-1 in games I see live. Cashman should buy me season tix.

  141. Tom Merritt says:

    Freddy did a really nice job last night and he deserves a lot of credit. Hope he can continue at this level of performance for the remainder of the season and playoffs.

    I agree with the prevailing sentiments about Buck. Still don’t get why he has on a jacket in the dugout even if the temps are in the upper 90′s. Just seems weird.

    Looking forward to roster expansion this Thursday and hope to see Jesus Montero get some playing time to see what he looks like against big league competition.

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