Aug
31

Game 134: Can they make it two?

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They're comin'. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Last night was a good win for the Yankees. They manufactured some runs, got a gritty (gritty!) performance from their ace, and finished up with some big time bullpen work. Now they have to do it all again, and this time against Josh Beckett. Yay. Here’s the lineup…

Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, DH
Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Frankie Cervelli, C

Phil Hughes, SP

It’s another 7:10pm ET start, and you can watch this one on YES locally or ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads

1,148 Comments»

  1. TCMiller30 says:

    When is Beckett gonna return to earth? Hopefully tonight!!!

  2. Cy Pettitte says:

    Philthy Phranchise needs to show up tonight.

    on another note, that picture got me wondering, do you think Andruw smiles even when he’s fighting?

  3. Avi says:

    I’m sick and tired of watching guys like Trout, Lawrie, Stanton, Posey with way less minor league experience than Montero, come up and have success. It’s about time he’s called up.

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      Posey was a college prospect, so it’s hardly a valid comparison with him.

      • Avi says:

        True.
        Throw Eric Hosmer and Freddie Freeman into that group of guys with way less minor league experience than Montero who have had MLB success.
        Lawrie, Stanton, Trout, Hosmer, Freeman. I’m sorry, I’m gonna puke.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          Lawrie, Stanton, Trout, Hosmer, Freeman. I’m sorry, I’m gonna puke.

          All those players (except Freeman) share something in common.

          • Avi says:

            Mike, I assume you’re referring to those players being on bad teams. It doesn’t change the fact that they have had major league success and that Montero’s promotion is at least a year overdue.

            • MikeD says:

              I understand why Yankee fans want to see Montero, but his promotion is not a year overdue. It’s a year overdue from your perspective.

              Montero is also a catcher, who with the exception of Posey, makes Montero unique. As noted, Posey was a college player and is it three years older than Montero. No comparison.

              Montero’s SLG against righthanded minor league pitching is .398 to Posada’s .465 against MLB pitching. Posada is out OPSing Montero by nearly 90 points against righthanders, who throw the overwhelming majority of pitches in the majors.

              I’m not arguing that Montero shouldn’t be called up, but he really hasn’t done anything to scream for a call up. Sure, he could have been called up a month ago, but it’s all pretty minor stuff since Jones has been providing good production against lefties.

              Montero could have forced the Yankees hand by improving on what he did in 2010. He regressed. He had an opportunity in Spring Training and didn’t look good behind the plate or at the plate. I don’t think sitting and catching one game a week is the way to learn. I didn’t think it was a good idea when Posada was originally called up and I don’t think it’s a good idea now. As his age, Montero was better off playing reguarly in AAA.

              His time is now and I don’t think he’ll be going back. Let’s hope he lives up to the hype.

        • bonestock94 says:

          The patient approach doesn’t hurt, better the Tampa Bay way rather than Detroit.

  4. TinB says:

    Why not start Jones vs Becket/Lester? Because of Chavez’ game last night?

  5. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Cervelli again?

  6. Anders360 says:

    wow.. that pic looks badass !!

  7. Roland Deschain says:

    Hughes needs to set the tone and hit someone in the first couple innings. Beckett is gonna come at someone, possibly Cervelli. Benches will be warned after the first person hit so the tone needs to be set by Hughes.

  8. Rainbow Connection says:

    Jorge ‘Rally Killer’ Posada isn’t in the lineup. Yay.

  9. The Captain says:

    Last night’s win was definitely gritty, but nowhere near as gritty as Dahhston Fackin’ Pedroyahh is awn a nightly basis. He’s awll hahht!

  10. longdongsilver says:

    jones needs to play more…

  11. Bronx Byte says:

    Buckett works slow. Keep stepping out of the box and make him wait longer. Get him early and often.

  12. Avi says:

    Texas just traded for Mike Gonzalez, good trade for them.
    Adams, Uehara and now Gonzalez.
    Talk about turning a weakness into a strength quickly. Wow!

  13. Cory Wade's emergence says:

    Good phil. Keep thinking happy thoughts!!!

  14. Al says:

    Havnt seen anything on Martins injury. Is RAB slacking on reporting or am I blind? This is my source for Yankee updates, whats up with Russell the Mussle?

  15. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    When did Russ Martin get hurt? I never really heard about that…

  16. Pat D says:

    Will they enforce Beckett to throw pitches tonight?

  17. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    http://www.baseball-reference......5070.shtml

    We can dream, right?

  18. jon says:

    cc is a scary mother fucker

  19. dkidd says:

    Phuck em up, please

  20. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    “Both teams with 52 wins” – Michael Kay

  21. Sheepmeister says:

    Curt Schilling in the ESPN booth, kill me now.

  22. Cy Pettitte says:

    Gardy! slump b gone.

  23. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Leadoff line drive. Must be time for a bunt.

  24. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Bad Girardi! Bad!

  25. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Choosing the NESN feed (on Extra Innings) over the NESPN feed. It was a no brainer for me.

  26. Cy Pettitte says:

    Gardy can’t steal off Varitek? great bunt there Jete

  27. Roland Deschain says:

    Playing small ball against the Red Sox is always a good idea.

  28. Jetrer says:

    brilliant bunt attempt, just brilliant

  29. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Time for Grandy to bunt him to 3rd!

  30. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Love this picture, CC looks like he’s ready to kill a mofo.

  31. Jimmy McNulty says:

    I love giving away outs…that’s why I always enjoy it when Jorge Posada gets ABs!!!!

  32. Mykey says:

    Ugh I hate Curt Schilling. He refers to the Red Sox using their first name as if he was still on the God damn team. It’s a little thing that really shouldn’t bother me, but it’s just silly.

    • Widget says:

      Is there a bigger phony in recent years that has never had a good thing ever said about him by a former teammate? Also damn is he fat.

  33. nsalem says:

    Besides giving up an out (which is bad enough) he gives Jeter surrenders an out on 1 pitch.

  34. Monteroisdinero says:

    HATE Jeter bunting with Gardy on 1B no outs first inning. Where is the Captain’s great baseball mind? DUMB!!!

  35. Cy Pettitte says:

    another successful bunt

  36. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Mark Teixeira does nothing. #tweetsfromyesterday

  37. Mojo says:

    Grandy, babe, enough with the Strikeouts! C’mon now. Why DOES he strike out so often, though? Seriously . . . It seems to be a tad of an issue.

  38. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i just got in from the car and was floored by the bunt. was it jeter or girardi and WHY?????? dont they realize its fucking varitek trying to throw out one of the best base stealers in the game. how does this happen?

  39. Greg says:

    I dont feel good about this game. I know its redundant from me, but I really dont feel good about this one.

  40. Dennis says:

    Did this cunt just say something to gardner?

  41. Monteroisdinero says:

    So we have the fastest man out there leading the league in sb’s, a righty with a slow delivery, a 400 year old catcher with an arm weaker than Swisher’s and a HOF batter at the plate, no outs in the first.

    /beyond my understanding…

  42. Cy Pettitte says:

    94-95? Phil’s amped up.

  43. theyankeewarrior says:

    Did anyone just see Beckett wave at Gardner?

    What the fuck was that??

    Why are the Sox pitchers such scumbags?

    • Charles says:

      ESPN is saying that they think he was stealing signs.

      But it is ESPN with Garciaparra and Schilling in the booth so there is a bit of bias to a particular team in the booth.

  44. swishers fauxhawk says:

    95? Me likes.

  45. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Looks like Hughes came to play tonight.

  46. Hummingbird S. says:

    Damn, 95mph fastballs.

  47. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    95!

  48. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i really hope tex doesn’t continue to suck balls against the sox this year. his #’s are pathetic. they were pretty decent for 2009-2010, they are ramiro pena #’s this year

  49. Greg says:

    Wow. That’s encouraging.

  50. Rey22 says:

    Phil with the 95. Nice!

  51. Simon says:

    did anybody see the gesture Beckett made to Gardner after the inning as he was walking off the mound (I could just be seeing nothing)?

  52. Jay h says:

    He can’t put hitters away. Wow

  53. sangreal says:

    Hughes getting swing and misses is a good sign

  54. Mykey says:

    Gardner is definitely stealing signs, which is why Tex and Grandy just struck out.

  55. Karim Garcia says:

    Beckett truly disgusts me

    • RCA says:

      agreed, he such a douche bag. He think because he’s from Texas, he can act like Nolan Ryan. That whole “Texas tough guy”. Somebody should just punch that douche in the mouth and tell him to shut up.

  56. Roland Deschain says:

    Hughes has come pumped up. 93-95. Mostly all fastballs though.

  57. Monteroisdinero says:

    So Gardy gets hit next ab? Keep that in mind since Beckett is such an ass.

  58. BK2ATL says:

    I’m truly not understanding Girardi’s unwillingness to just greenlight Gardner when he’s on 1st base with no one out, against Salty…and Varitek. I don’t get it. Take your chances with Gardner straight stealing, rather than having Jeter hacking away without giving your 34 SB guy a chance. Something about being aggressive rather than passive.

    With Gardner on 2nd THEN you can entertain the bunt, or Jeter can ground to 2nd and allow Gardner to take 3rd.

  59. your mom says:

    Pedroia has extraordinary talent for a midget.

  60. stuart a says:

    another shrewd play but jeter. bunting with the base stealer on first in the first inning.

    why does he do that???? moronic…

  61. IRF says:

    Oh, I didn’t realize it was 2007

  62. Bartolo's Colon says:

    serious question, is it considered a swing and miss when it is foul tipped into the catcher’s mitt for strike 3? i guess it has to be, because it can’t be considered anything else, right?

  63. Roland Deschain says:

    Phil’s gotta throw something different just to change it up. They’ll pound the fastball eventually if that’s all he throws.

  64. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fastball fastball fastball

  65. Greg says:

    How many 3-2 counts were there last night?

    Oy Vey.

  66. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    AGon was waving at sliders in the dirt, what’s he talking about?

  67. Jerome S. says:

    Props to A-Gon for calling out the atrocious umpiring though, even if his complaints are a bit misguided.

  68. dalelama says:

    Can anyone tell me why Martin is out? He did seem to tweak something at the end of the last Oriole game. Thanks

  69. xnyles says:

    Wow Adrian was actually complaining about the ump? lol wow

  70. Justin says:

    So has anyone started taking odds on if Beckett hits Gardner in his next at bat?

  71. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    “late afternoon BAs” sounds like that will become a Kay-ism

  72. FIPster Doofus says:

    Wow, Phil’s not fucking around tonight. I love it.

  73. Mykey says:

    Alright Phil. Alright.

  74. Roland Deschain says:

    Good first inning for Hughes. Velocity is certainly there.

  75. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Philth

  76. Cy Pettitte says:

    huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuughes

    pretty damn good inning, no one squaring up the fastball.

  77. MannyGeee says:

    Hughes is in straight up ‘keep me in the rotation’ mode…

  78. Jerome S. says:

    While we’re putting him under the world’s most intense magnifying glass, I’ll say that was a good inning from Phil, no?

  79. BK2ATL says:

    Other than too many pitches in the inning, nice opening frame. Phil is attacking the zone again and getting a lot of swings and misses. Looks promising.

  80. Nogomo says:

    I just wanna weigh in here with a wonky baseball technical obervation before we get too far into this game. F*%$ the Red Sox.

  81. MannyGeee says:

    HOLY SHIT! Mo Vaughn sighting on the NESN broadcast….

    He has gotten ‘not slim’ in retirement. Looks like Rick Ross’ clean shaven body double….

  82. Jerome S. says:

    That was very… Cano-ian.

  83. Monteroisdinero says:

    Noesi starting for SWB tonight. Montero not playing and hopefully will never play another game for Scranton.

  84. Slu says:

    I really, really dislike Josh Beckett.

  85. Avi says:

    Can someone explain to me why Tex bats ahead of Cano?

  86. Phil’s got the Phastball at Phenway so far. Keep it up!

  87. Mojo says:

    So Beckett looks to lower his 1.00 ERA (2011) against us tonight, huh? Nice. That’s awesome. Fun. Good TV.

  88. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Ugh, that was a tease.

  89. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Fuck this ballpark

  90. IRF says:

    Damn, wrong part of the park Chavvy

  91. Mykey says:

    Wrong part Eric!

  92. Mike Axisa says:

    Wrong part of the park, Chavy.

  93. Cy Pettitte says:

    wrong park of the park, Eric.

  94. jon says:

    damn 10 feet in both directions means a home run

  95. Greg says:

    He hit it to the wrong part.

  96. Simon says:

    Leiter please cut the crap, we all know Beckett is a self-absorbed asshole…

  97. MannyGeee says:

    Hate that fucking triangle… And Simmons out of spite

  98. your mom says:

    I missed it, did he hit it to the wrong part of the park?

  99. Michael Mirabella says:

    Yankee fan always wins

  100. Mickey Scheister says:

    God I hate the Red Sox, not the team as much as the players. Outside of Ace and maybe Bard, fuck em all!

  101. Chilibacca says:

    was he talking shit to chavez? what a donkeyraper

  102. Jerome S. says:

    Crawford owning the Yankees as usual…

  103. I’m Phine with the one out double. Shut ‘em down.

  104. Cy Pettitte says:

    JD Drew is still on the Sox?

  105. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yeah Michael Kay. Just scorched to center man.

  106. Jetrer says:

    scorched to center, huh, looked like a soft looper to me Michael

  107. RCA says:

    I hate god damn Varitek and that stupid “C” on his chest. This is NOT hockey douches. Why don’t they give him an armband to wear on his left bicep like they do nin soccer.

  108. Justin says:

    Tek just looked terrible on those Hughes fastballs.

  109. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Captain Varitek with a gritty AB.

  110. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    America’s Captain!

  111. Cy Pettitte says:

    PHIL! this is fucking awesome. gives up the double and shuts it down.

  112. FIPster Doofus says:

    Phyuck yiu, Varitek.

  113. Esteban says:

    Where’s this stuff coming from Hughes?

  114. Jetrer says:

    looks like good Phil is here today, guess he’s fine as long as he doesn’t have to face Oakland

  115. Karl Krawfid says:

    Jo-Jo Reyes. Poor Jo-Jo.

    Old team smacking him around.

  116. Roland Deschain says:

    Curt Schilling is a joke. All he does is gush about the current Sox that he played with and he constantly fumbles over his words. Not one good word said about Hughes.

  117. Need to put a K on Varitek’s jersey instead of that stupid C. What is this hockey??

  118. lily says:

    phil is looking pretty good …… is it just me or does crawford only remember how to hit when facing the yankees?

  119. your mom says:

    I know everyone already knows this but Lackey is one ugly mofo.

  120. Roland Deschain says:

    So far so good for AJ to the bullpen. If Hughes keeps this up he stays in the rotation no matter what AJ does.

  121. lily says:

    sheeeesh even with noone on base he takes forever to throw a pitch

  122. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nunie! so gritty.

  123. sangreal says:

    “They were adamant that it wasn’t intentional”

    Lackey: “I was trying to knock him down”

    Sounds pretty intentional to me

  124. Jetrer says:

    Nunez with the speed

  125. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Gritty Nunie.

  126. Esteban says:

    Nunie

  127. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Nunez with a gritty and hustly play.

  128. Roland Deschain says:

    Nunie! Now for Girard’s bunt over to 3rd.

  129. Alfredo says:

    Nunez!

  130. your mom says:

    I guess we’ll be seeing a bunt now.

  131. Justin says:

    Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
    We’re going to do a segment coming up showing how Gardner was (allegedly) tipping pitches the last time he was on second base.

    Anyone in a non-YES area wanna recap what they consider “tipping pitches” when they show it?

  132. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hey lets bunt!

  133. lily says:

    his helmet stayed on

  134. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Take the stupid fucking bunt off. It’s Josh fucking Beckett.

  135. BK2ATL says:

    Nice hustle by Nunez.

  136. Mike Axisa says:

    Stop fucking bunting.

  137. Cy Pettitte says:

    free outs, get ya free outs here.

  138. MikeD says:

    Cervelli? First Yankee player to be hated by Yankee fans and Red Sox fans?

    I like Cervelli, but I seem to be in the minority.

  139. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    What is with this bunting? VARITEK is behind the plate!! Steal a base!!

  140. swishers fauxhawk says:

    What are you looking at Cervelli? That wasn’t even close to you.

  141. Bartolo's Colon says:

    hope nunie’s ok, i wonder if he’s got super glue on the helmet tonight? no clue how that didn’t fall off

  142. Cy Pettitte says:

    what the fuck is Cervelli doing? this is the worst AB ever

  143. Greg says:

    Works the same as a bunt.

  144. your mom says:

    Cervelli is so dramatic.

  145. U Thant says:

    so bunt with Jeter, no bunt with Cervelli?

  146. Justin says:

    first base open…lets see what Beckett does to Gardy

  147. MannyGeee says:

    Damn it… Blow me BABIP

  148. Alfredo says:

    I am Loving Cervelli.

  149. Greg says:

    I would have attempted a squeeze there.

  150. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Nice one Brett

  151. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Runners in sad places.

  152. Greg says:

    And that’s why I would have tried a squeeze.

  153. Jetrer says:

    fucking awful

  154. swishers fauxhawk says:

    El Capitan.

  155. Cy Pettitte says:

    the Cap’n! awwwwww yea.

  156. MannyGeee says:

    Helicopter swings. Ugh

  157. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    that hit was too gritty for Ellsbury

  158. Bartolo's Colon says:

    yea jeter, i really miss when gardner was awesome

  159. your mom says:

    Good job Capt!

  160. Mykey says:

    Nice camera work ESPN.

  161. Mike Axisa says:

    Phew. Not getting that run in would have been bad.

  162. Jerome S. says:

    Yeah, suck some NY nuts
    /unnecessary’d

  163. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Requesting Jeter gif

  164. your mom says:

    Web gem. . . . . . not!

  165. Alfredo says:

    Jeter!

  166. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    just turned on the game…why Cervi two games in a row? Martin hurt?

  167. Mojo says:

    Cool. Nice to see that our RISP failures are just as predominant in Fenway as they are elsewhere. Also, GFY Brett.

    • Mojo says:

      Yeah . . . I typed this in a minute ago before Jeter . . . I’ll eat me some crow but Brett still continues to piss me the fuck off.

  168. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I bet Ortiz could steal off Varitek

  169. bonestock94 says:

    Nunez earned that one

  170. Hey, look, a steal without a bunt?!?! Are we allowed to do that? Is that legal?

  171. BK2ATL says:

    Nice hit by Jeter. 1-0 Yanks.

    Now, why is Jeter taking off and stealing bases, but Gardner’s not???

  172. MannyGeee says:

    Dear BABIP:

    My bad.

  173. Dela G says:

    lol kay jizzed his pants for a second

  174. bonestock94 says:

    Thanks Kay I just shit myself

  175. Monteroisdinero says:

    Kay is an absolute moron. Gardy hits a ball 100 feet foul and he starts to call a HR

  176. I’m out for a bit to have a Phish dinner. Go Phil, Phuck up the Sawx in Phenway.

  177. Bartolo's Colon says:

    surprised hes not walking grandy to get to the king of pop(ups)

  178. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Come on, Tex.

  179. Greg says:

    Minimum for Tex: Make Beckett work.

  180. MikeD says:

    This would be a nice time for Tex to unload a HR.

  181. your mom says:

    Please earn your money Tex.

  182. BK2ATL says:

    I must be in hell. I’m stuck having to watch a Yankees game on ESPN…with Curt Schilling announcing…….

    #ThingsWeDoAsYankeesFans

  183. nsalem says:

    run up that pitch count

  184. Cy Pettitte says:

    pop one over the monstah Teix.

  185. Mojo says:

    Who here actually believes that Tex will pull through?

  186. Monteroisdinero says:

    And now Tex will hit one off the monstah

  187. your mom says:

    change up?

  188. Mojo says:

    0-2 count on MT25. This will not end well.

  189. Dela G says:

    gosh damn it. oh well, his pitch count is sky high through 3

  190. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Mark Teixeira does nothing. #skyblue

  191. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    At least it wasn’t a popup

  192. Cy Pettitte says:

    drop Teix to 8th, Torre style.

  193. Greg says:

    Didn’t even make him work that much.

    Tex has what Nick Swisher had earlier in the year. He is pull conscious from the left side.

  194. Karl Krawfid says:

    Tex just isn’t clutch.

    No clutchabilities.

  195. Zooboy says:

    Would really like to see Cano hit before Tex.

  196. MannyGeee says:

    Wellll. Not a popup. So that’s something, right??

  197. lily says:

    teix has a useless bat…. its beyond frustrating

  198. Greg says:

    MIke, what has heppened to Tex over the last three years?

  199. Bronx Byte says:

    Teixeira not interested in hitting off the wall. Next year he has to start learning to use the whole field and less loft in his swing.

  200. Mojo says:

    Teixera is so fucking worthless. I don’t care to see any type of rebuttal. There is no arguing it anymore. Teixera IS Giambi, but at least Giambi had that legendary ‘stache. It’s hard to hate MT25 but I believe I’m about one month of this deplorable shit away from getting there.

  201. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Scutaro AGAIN…

  202. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Ugh, I can’t believe how good garbage like Scutaro is against us.

  203. your mom says:

    What is it with Scutaro? Why does this scrub always hit us well. phuck me.

  204. Greg says:

    Well, we’re doomed.

  205. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    this is the inning it all falls apart

  206. Roland Deschain says:

    Can’t just keep laying that fastball right there on the first pitch. Change it up!

  207. Cy Pettitte says:

    come on Phil, don’t Phail me now.

  208. your mom says:

    The midget will find a way.

  209. Sarah says:

    Ellsbury looks like a koala.

  210. MannyGeee says:

    Looks like they found the fastball huh…

  211. sangreal says:

    This camerawork is awful

  212. Justin says:

    A gritty groundout

  213. Karl Krawfid says:

    I expected a big blast to the first row of the monster seats.

  214. Greg says:

    Intentional walk in the third inning.

  215. Jerome S. says:

    I can’t say I have a problem with this IBB.

  216. Sarah says:

    And the intentional walk…

  217. lily says:

    wow seriously? 3rd inning and girardi has him intentionally walked…. they better HOPE lowrie doesnt come through cuz hes feisty against us

  218. Ivan says:

    Come on Hughes…

  219. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fucking stupid.

  220. Cy Pettitte says:

    fuck me, Lowrie? come on.

  221. Greg says:

    That’s on Hughes. He threw a fastball.

  222. MannyGeee says:

    Intentional walk to Ortiz scares the living piss outta me… Even if it is Jed Lowrie following him

  223. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Meatball.

  224. Jerome S. says:

    That would happen.

  225. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    stupid IBB

  226. Nogomo says:

    Phil, Phil, Phil. Just hasn’t got the putaway. The kid isn’t there yet.

  227. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    up up up up….hung the shit outta that one..good thing it wasnt Ortiz that would have been a 3 run moon shot

    • Nogomo says:

      I’m only listening but it sounded like it really hung. What’re ya gonna do? He’s gotta throw other pitches.

  228. Widget says:

    shocking the intentional walk backfired. Dumbasses. And again another crappy bum beats them this inning.

  229. Karl Krawfid says:

    Throw a fastball at his feet.

  230. Mickey Scheister says:

    Phuck Phil. Call up ManBan!

  231. T.J. says:

    I really don’t like Curt Schilling in the booth.

  232. Greg says:

    What Hughes has shown me so far is that he belongs in the pen. He was able to maneuver through one rotation of the order but not the second.

  233. Mike Axisa says:

    Two runs isn’t the end of the world. Good job limiting the damage.

  234. Ivan says:

    Nice K there Hughes.

  235. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I guess 2 runs wasn’t terrible the way that inning started. but that IBB was just dumb.

  236. MannyGeee says:

    Wow Crawford is as, hot and cold as it gets huh… 1st inning he is a foot away from a HR, this inning he is swinging a club out there…

  237. Ortiz is red hot and loads better than Lowrie, especially against righties. The IBB was the right move at the time.

  238. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    funny how the Red Sox fucks have shown up the Yanks pitchers and fans for years..then one clap by Cervelli and its effing Armageddon. S

  239. Jerome S. says:

    Montero in the lineup tomorrow? Man oh man…

  240. FIPster Doofus says:

    Kim’s looking good.

  241. boogie down says:

    Please, please, please be right, Kim.

  242. Jones in left, Montero DH?

  243. IRF says:

    Those Latinos! Always getting riled up amirite?

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....o-cervelli

  244. Zooboy says:

    I would start Montero at catcher tomorrow when AJ pitches. “Welcome to the bigs, kid.”

  245. Cy Pettitte says:

    Robbie is hacking like crazy

  246. swishers fauxhawk says:

    That swing looked like me in gym class.

  247. nsalem says:

    Joe Gordon in 42?

  248. Cy Pettitte says:

    scared of Chavez

  249. Monteroisdinero says:

    Montero catching AJ and against Lester for his first ab.

    All downhill after that….

  250. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Nunie will get plunked

  251. RCA says:

    Beckett needs a “pitch” clock. He takes SO LONG.

  252. Greg says:

    I’m surprised Beckett hasnt really come inside on any hitters.

  253. lily says:

    thanks girardi,,,,,,another loss

  254. your mom says:

    thanks for the gimme out.

  255. Roland Deschain says:

    We can’t beat the Sox. They have the advantage in the intangibles. Schilling going off on the Yanks being better off without Arod.

  256. Joe Gordon in 1942: 147 games at 2B, .322/.409/.491 (.900), 8.4 bWAR
    Ted Williams in 1942: 150 games at LF, .356/.499/.648 (1.147), 11.0 bWAR

  257. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Michael Kay catching onto NESPN’s ways.

  258. Greg says:

    Kay is crossing the finish line at last.

  259. Sarah says:

    Shut up Nomar and Curt. “You can’t measure heart!”

  260. Roland Deschain says:

    This is unwatchable with Schilling and Nomar debating heart and intangibles.

  261. your mom says:

    Leave Schilling alone. He is wearing his “bloody sock”. He’s on his high horse.

  262. Tom says:

    I can’t even be mad at ESPN putting Nomar and Suckilling in the same booth.

  263. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i thank god i have yes, would def have to mute the espn team tonight, sorry for all of you who don’t get yes

  264. Cy Pettitte says:

    finally, someone handles the bottom of the order.

  265. Bronx Byte says:

    Always a laugh seeing Fairy-tek with the hockey “C” on his uniform which really stands for c**t.

  266. Bartolo's Colon says:

    tex is just as good at catching pop ups as he is at hitting them

  267. BK2ATL says:

    Nice 1-2-3 by Phil. Kid’s doing good so far.

  268. Ivan says:

    In all seriousness, I am quite surprised that not alot of latin players have not even voiced there opinion about what Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. I mean if Im Alex Rodriguez, I would be quite furious and would of at least said something.

  269. Mickey Scheister says:

    Great call out Kay, clearly the Yanks are not properly represented on the ESPN telecast it’s just refreshing to see ESPN stop pretending to be unbiased.

  270. FACT: everyone looks like a pussy while dodging a foul ball in slo-mo.

    • Sarah says:

      In fairness, he’s not the only one not hitting Beckett.

      But this slump sucks. I was hoping the leadoff single would jump start him.

  271. Tom says:

    Someone should really tell Josh that the soul patch went out a long time ago.

  272. RCA says:

    Gardner is so lost at the plate, he needs a GPS to find it.

  273. Greg says:

    The thing with Beckett this year is that he can throw all of those pitches for strikes. Kind of like Roy Halladay.

  274. I don’t fucking care about Cap Anson.

  275. Monteroisdinero says:

    This game is moving along too fast for Montero to win it past midnight.

  276. flamingo says:

    Jeter!

  277. Hall and Nokes says:

    Don’t you sit Gardner for a night and hope nobody hits a screamer in the gap tomorrow?

    (A catchable one. I know it’s AJ)

  278. Widget says:

    Come on Grandy, Batista took the HR lead. Tie him up.

  279. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i love gardner’s defense, but jones has got to play tomorrow

  280. Mickey Scheister says:

    HR Grandy! I got 5 on it…

  281. James says:

    happy about jesus but dont understand why they are not calling bentances or more importantly banuelous the yankees need to solve there obvious pitching problems and burnett and hughes arent going to make the cut bottom line is we need a pitcher hard throwing left handed pitcher and we have one and were not even giving him a chance at least give him a start before the postseason to see what hes got in the big leagues

  282. Out of curiosity, do rosters expand at midnight, or before the next game.

  283. Monteroisdinero says:

    This game is giving me RISPiratory distress.

  284. Monteroisdinero says:

    Doubt Montero has ever batted 8th before but I guess he will tomorrow.

  285. Greg says:

    This is a big inning for Hughes. Last time he got hit a bit at the top of the order. Let’s see if he can adjust again.

  286. Ivan says:

    Where the fuck was that pitch?!?!

    It seems I say that a lot with these Sox hitters.

  287. BK2ATL says:

    Beckett is getting that pitch. #WTF

  288. your mom says:

    just missed. . . . .

  289. Mojo says:

    ESPN Front Page: Beckett is on his way to beating the Yankees again. 2-1 is anyone’s ballgame except if that ballgame pits the Evil Empire against the lowly, downtrodden, poor, miserable Red Sox. Go get ‘em Beckett! Make ESPN look like winners once again.

  290. Mike Axisa says:

    That was a hanging changeup. Yikes.

  291. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Phail.

  292. Cy Pettitte says:

    fuck. I knew that was coming.

  293. Greg says:

    That’s why he was intentionally walked.

  294. bonestock94 says:

    I felt that one coming

  295. Roland Deschain says:

    Should have walked him again. They keep giving into Papi and he always beats us. Ballgame.

  296. your mom says:

    didn’t miss that one. Fuck.

  297. Mickey Scheister says:

    FUCK!

  298. Mike Axisa says:

    Sheesh, that wasn’t even a bad pitch.

  299. Damn you, Hughes, you’re going to get to 6IP/4ER on the nose, aren’t you?

  300. William Wallace says:

    AA players could have it that out. I saw a little bit of drool drip out of Papi’s mouth as that pitch came down the middle.

  301. Pasqua says:

    He will do this to us until he is dead. And I will never not be infuriated by it.

  302. Widget says:

    oh well atleast Phil didn’t totally suck today. Beckett usually only goes 6 innings, they can get him.

  303. Greg says:

    Given the way Beckett’s pitching, this game is almost a certainty. Still liked what Hughes did.

  304. jv says:

    wow looks like chances of winning just went down the toilet

  305. Matt says:

    Ortiz gets a fastball right down the middle and he hits it out. Granderson gets a fastball right down the middle and tries to hit it 500 feet, and hits a lazy fly ball to medium outfield.

    The offenses are close on paper, but everyone knows which team has the more dangerous hitters when it comes to crunch time. Why are you giving in to Ortiz with Lowrie on deck? At least try to make a competitive pitch like up and in, instead of out over the plate.

    • Greg says:

      That wasnt down the middle. It was down in the zone.

      • Matt says:

        It was knee high but right down the middle of the plate. When you throw a 92-93 mph fastball, it’s actually easier to hit it when it’s down-middle than middle-middle.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      Grandy is the worst 38 homerun guy evah!!!

      • Matt says:

        This response is a prime example of why it is difficult to have an intelligent conversation around here.

        There is a difference between saying he is a bad hitter, and saying he has holes in his swing. Because of those holes, he is a more inconsistent hitter at the plate, hits for a lower batting average, and strikes out a ton more often.

        Nobody is saying he’s a bad hitter, but there are ways to get him out in big spots. Look at how balanced Ortiz was on that swing. Granderson seems to hit home runs more when he guesses right on a fastball and turns it around.

  306. your mom says:

    Okay well, Tex better fucking do something here. 3 outcomes right? pop-up, K on a change-up or HR. Let’s hope its the latter.

  307. stuart a says:

    texiera playing this series?

    so our 3rd or 4th hitter is hitting 247.. i forgot he has a lot of rbi’s. that has noting to do with him having a ton of baserunners…

    tex has done zero against the sox all season and having him hit 3rd or 4th with that avg is stupid.

    the jeter throwaway ab in the first, looks even smarter now. so the yanks gave awaay 1 of 15 outs so far for no reason in the first inning. unbelievable that jeter continues to do thaqt. in the 7th inning, another story in the first with gardner on first.

    gardner also is on fire…so beckett will have 4 or 5 wins versus the yansk for the year????ridicculous……..

  308. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Really hope some yankees pitcher plunks that motherfucker

  309. theyankeewarrior says:

    I hope the Phil Hughes bandwagon is starting to realize the difference between the Mariners, A’s, White Sox, and Orioles’ lineups and the teams we will be facing in the playoffs.

    Phil has had his best stuff I’ve seen all season tonight.

    Hitting 95.

    Using his curve effectively.

    Giving up 4 runs in 5 innings.

    “Ace” in the making.

  310. Monteroisdinero says:

    CC got a win, Phil showed good stuff and Montero plays tomorrow.

    It’s all good.

  311. Widget says:

    Did Ortiz atleast pose after going deep? He is latin and they don’t play the game right according to Saltwhateverthefuckia

  312. your mom says:

    Of course Beckett got a HBP. Unintentional this time though.

  313. your mom says:

    ewww, gross swing Cano.

  314. NJ_Andy says:

    Leiter is seriously pissed about this. It’s kind of amazing.

  315. Cy Pettitte says:

    I smell a come back!

  316. Jerome S. says:

    Comeback, bitches.

  317. Mike Axisa says:

    There we go, answer right back.

  318. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Oh, I thought this game was over.

  319. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    How good is this Cano guy?

  320. Sarah says:

    God, this blather about the momentum. SHUT UP.

  321. flamingo says:

    DONTCHA KNOW!

  322. BK2ATL says:

    Good hitting Robbie. Let’s go Swisher. We need another run, at least.

  323. Monteroisdinero says:

    Cano making my rispiration easier.

  324. your mom says:

    Better Cano, much better. Going oppo a lot nowadays.

  325. bonestock94 says:

    Ok cmon

  326. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    a bunt???? A BUNT??????

  327. jon says:

    was that a bunt i saw by swish it fucking better not be

  328. Mojo says:

    Not able to watch . . . Was the Teixera HBP intentional by Beckett?

  329. Nogomo says:

    We might have a chance here, but I’d take Hughes out early unless he looks sharp as a tack next inning.

  330. Cuso says:

    Schilling is a goddamn embarrassment on commentary

  331. Sheepmeister says:

    so just noticed this, does beckett have a neckbeard?????

  332. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Bunt time!!

  333. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Time for the big hit. Let’s go Chavez!

  334. Cy Pettitte says:

    Chavy is gonna do some damage.

  335. mbonzo says:

    LOL REDDICK!!!!

  336. Esteban says:

    WOOOOOHOOOOOO

    FCK YEA

  337. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Fuck yeah CHAVY!!!

  338. Jetrer says:

    thank you Reddick

  339. bonestock94 says:

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    Also, LOL at Reddick

  340. Erica says:

    ZOMBIE ERIC CHAVEZ!!!!!

  341. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Zombie Chavez!

  342. Roland Deschain says:

    ERIC CHAVEZ RED SOX KILLER!!!!!!!!

  343. Greg says:

    Good job proving me wrong Yankees.

  344. Jerome S. says:

    This is so much with the awesome.

  345. “Given the way Beckett’s pitching, this game is almost a certainty.”

    Sincerely,
    Greg, four minutes ago

  346. BK2ATL says:

    Chavez to the rescue!!!! Tie game!!!

  347. IRF says:

    Eric muthaucking Chavez

  348. Monteroisdinero says:

    That’swhatI’mtalkinabout!!!!

  349. Cuso says:

    Chavez!!! DON’T GO TO THIRD BASE! SAVE YOUR FOOT!!

  350. your mom says:

    LOL Reddick. Good thing Lackey ain’t pitching. He’d be a hot honey right now.

  351. jon says:

    i wanna see a squeeze play with nuni

  352. Rey22 says:

    Chavez!!!! We have a ballgame again!!

  353. Esteban says:

    Poorly played by Reddick.

  354. tom says:

    I’m confused. I was assured this game was over.

  355. Bartolo's Colon says:

    awesome defense!!! now this is the beckett that we all know and love

  356. mbonzo says:

    Official scorer is a clear Red Sox homer.

  357. Widget says:

    Red Sox fans may love to make fun of Drew but he is a far superior fielder to Reddick.

  358. Esteban says:

    Nunie just gets the job done. That’s his calling card.

  359. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Lovin me some smallball!

  360. your mom says:

    good job Nunie!

  361. IRF says:

    That’ll do pig

  362. bonestock94 says:

    Eat shit jackass hahahahahaha

  363. Jorge says:

    Very nice comeback inning. Hughes has made one mistake thus far which many, many a pitcher has done before him many, many a time before. Liking the Yankees’ chances here as long as Girardi is careful with Hughes if he gets in a jam again.

    Besides, Jesus Montero is coming up tomorrow. Therefore, the team will be able to start AJ Burnett on two days rest for what’s left of the season.

  364. Mojo says:

    Wow. ESPN is taking their sweet fucking time with this update . . . Beckett still hasn’t thrown a pitch to Chavez yet according to their Gamecast

  365. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Nunie gets the job done!

    Fuck Beckett and his stupid beard.

  366. Cy Pettitte says:

    good job Nunie.

  367. Sarah says:

    Chavy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Nuneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  368. Monteroisdinero says:

    Eduardo Nunez-an excellent value at 475K

  369. BK2ATL says:

    Nice hitting Nunez!!!! Aggressive baserunning by Chavez. 5-4 Yanks. Good job, fellas. Let’s get Beckett out of there. Keep it going.

  370. Esteban says:

    But they told me the Yankees couldn’t hit Beckett this year.

  371. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I am very tempted to link all those gloom bagger comments from the first 5 innings.

  372. Mojo says:

    What still bugs me about these games against Beckett, though, are the fact that Granderson, Teixera, and Swisher still aren’t hitting him. We need more out of these guys and less strikeouts/popups if we’re going to bend them over in the playoffs.

  373. mbonzo says:

    I wanna see Gardner hit a homerun here.

  374. Esteban says:

    I love when the Yankees hit Beckett hard. It feels so good.

  375. Sarah says:

    But the Gardy slump continues…Ugh.

  376. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    http://espn.go.com/

    hurry and click before they change it

    • Mojo says:

      That’s what I’ve been making a mockery of this entire thread. Do they seriously only hire Sox fans in Bristol?

      • Widget says:

        Two of the top guys in charge of programming use to work in Boston including the former head editor of the boston globe sports department.

        • Mojo says:

          Argh. People use their site and channel as a viable source of sports information. I fear that, because of them, the USA could indeed become a Red Sox nation . . . NAHHHHHHH! That kind of Stupidity is most definitely a Bahston thing.

      • Sarah says:

        Only the Baseball Today crowd is not total Red Sox fans. Karabell is a Phillies fan, Law doesn’t like anyone, and Simon is a Mets fan. The producer Soderberg is a Sox fan but he hardly gets to talk so it’s ok.

  377. Mickey Scheister says:

    I can see why Becketts ERA is so low since these terrible home town scoring DBs call that an E, wow.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      All 5 runs were earned according to gameday

      • Mickey Scheister says:

        I saw they only gave Chavez one RBI and since the runner advanced to third on an “error”, I thought it might have been unearned as well. I stand corrected.

  378. Cuso says:

    Schilling literally just said that the only psychological edge that exists in the Sox/Yanks series is that the Sox have Mariano’s number.

    Earlier this inning he said “We” have a 4-1 lead.

  379. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    I refuse to put on ESPN. Is Curt eating crow?

  380. James A says:

    Would it be taking it too far if 3 Yankee fans dressed as kings for tomorrow’s game and jumped onto the field pregame to give Jesus gifts?

  381. Ivan says:

    Big inning here for Hughes…

  382. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Come on Phil. Nice and easy.

    Is there a reason that our pitchers can’t seem to handle Crawford? I really don’t get it.

  383. your mom says:

    The radar is a little off.

  384. your mom says:

    phew.

  385. Cy Pettitte says:

    kept Crawford off the bases, very nice.

  386. jon says:

    come on hughes 2 more outs

  387. Bartolo's Colon says:

    props to hughes on that one, all the way from 3-0

  388. Esteban says:

    This story seems apocryphal

  389. Cuso says:

    C’mon Phil, bear the fuck down, KID!!

  390. sangreal says:

    I’m sure the Yankees would still be in the lead if Chavez bunted the runners over instead of hitting a triple

  391. Sarah says:

    The Carl Crawford apologists.

  392. Javkei Igavano says:

    Wow 5 runs against Cy Young candidate Josh Beckett – that is good.

    As much as I would like to win, I would be OK if Hughes hit Ortiz or Pedroia in the face and the Yankees lost based on that.

    Although AJ is pitching tomorrow so we will have a chance to hit Ortiz or Pedroia in the face tomorrow so I am getting ahead of myself.

  393. Cy Pettitte says:

    that was the opposite of the Crawford AB, got him 0-2 and lost him. bad Phil.

  394. Ivan says:

    Phil Hughes has to put these hitters away with 2 strikes.

  395. BK2ATL says:

    This is fucking disgusting…..Schillinger (Oz), Nomar, and ESPN???

    SO I go to Twitter and notice this too…..

    “PeteAbe Pete Abraham
    Beckett at 80 pitches after 5. Could be Beckett-Bard-Papelbon”

  396. Nogomo says:

    I am dog tired of hearing all you antibuntites. Let it go, man.

  397. Widget says:

    Do not throw Vagitek a fastball.

  398. Rey22 says:

    Did Hughes completely stop throwing his cutter? I know he was in love with it last year.

  399. Bartolo's Colon says:

    thank god we don’t have to see youkilis and his ridiculous batting stance

  400. Cuso says:

    I can’t believe I actually feel sorry for Nomar.

    You can tell he actually tries to remain neutral and do his job. The other 2 jerk-offs in the booth are slanted, fat-ass fanboys.

  401. Singleton: [incredulous] Why would I want to go in there?

    Amen, Kenny. Amen.

  402. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Ugh, fucking garbage hit.

  403. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    How on Earth did that get past Gardner?

  404. Cy Pettitte says:

    yea I give up. this is just disgusting.

  405. jon says:

    what the fuck was that

  406. Jetrer says:

    Gardner doing his Reddick impersonation

  407. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Are you kidding?

  408. Ivan says:

    Amazing…

  409. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    What. The. Fuck.

  410. MikeD says:

    B.S. hit, although Teixeira should try that too.

  411. Justin says:

    Good pitch by Hughes, an assist from the stadium in giving the Red Sox the tie though.

  412. Widget says:

    I don’t want to hate you Hughes but I have to. That was fucking terrible.

  413. Esteban says:

    OH what the hell

  414. Greg says:

    For gods sake, Guard the line!

  415. BK2ATL says:

    You’ve gotta be shitting me……

  416. Nogomo says:

    Time for your milk and cookies, Phil. Good night. Sleep well.

  417. Jorge says:

    Why does it feel like I’m seeing more outfielders chasing after balls they didn’t play correctly? Cut that shit off, damnit.

  418. mbonzo says:

    WTF is this witchery?

  419. bonestock94 says:

    What a late swing, just a weird play all around.

  420. Sarah says:

    How do you like Nomar with the “fans are smart” comment? Are you for serious?

    UGH. Really didn’t want Phil out there for the 6th.

  421. your mom says:

    What a joke of a hit. Now Yankee rapist Scutaro up to bat.

  422. theyankeewarrior says:

    Phil Hughes just tried to hit the outside corner on a 3-2 pitch vs. a AAAA LH hitter.

    He ended up missing his spot by 4 feet. Throwing a wild pitch to the left side of the plate.

    He has no command.

    NOTE: His “stuff” might be as good as we’ve seen it this season.

    These are not good signs.

  423. ArchStanton says:

    So sick of Hughes. The guy is a wuss, period.

  424. RayFo says:

    I really do not like Fenway park. Something weird always happen.

  425. Bronx Byte says:

    Fairy-tek of all people. Hughes should have ponded the strike zone and let him swing at air.

  426. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Come on, Boone.

  427. Jerome S. says:

    Didn’t that look foul?

  428. Javkei Igavano says:

    2 out

  429. Greg says:

    I would much rather give a single than a double. Chavez has to be closer to that line.

  430. BK2ATL says:

    Nice try Phil. At least, you kept us in the game…. I’ll take that.

  431. ItsATarp says:

    Imagine if this was AJ? Hughes leaving fastballs over the plate all night…luckily they didn’t score more

  432. mbonzo says:

    The real bullshit is that, this is a double for Varitek with an RBI when it took a weird bounce, and when Chavez’ hit was a weird bounce it was an error.

  433. Jerome S. says:

    [Yankees take lead]

    Joy to the world!

    Game is tied

    Awful team, awful game, ruined pitcher.

  434. Cy Pettitte says:

    fuck this I’m out.

  435. swishers fauxhawk says:

    booneno.jpg

  436. Esteban says:

    Well, Boone had been good for a long time.

  437. jon says:

    and of course ball 2 and 3 where both strikes

  438. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Yay Boone.

  439. Jorge says:

    Logan giveth and taketh away.

  440. Ivan says:

    Awful inning…

  441. Greg says:

    We’re doomed.

  442. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Well, fuck.

  443. Jetrer says:

    Now thats the Boone Logan I remember

  444. Justin says:

    *Sigh* Good Boone pitched last night. Guess its time for Bad Boone’s turn to pitch.

  445. nedro says:

    WTF Boone.

  446. bonestock94 says:

    Ellsbury is ridiculous man.

    The pen isn’t gonna get a whole lot better than Logan at this point in the game.

  447. your mom says:

    Fucking brady bunch mother fucka

  448. RCA says:

    For all he did yesterday, this is the reason why we are in trouble in the playoffs. Our left-handed reliever CANNOT GET LEFTIES OUT!!! I hope Feliciano and Marte find the magic potion Beckett and Ortiz uses.

  449. RayFo says:

    Why am I not surprised? Yankees bullpen bails out Beckett again. Stupid Ellsbury and his waxed eyebrows.

  450. Monteroisdinero says:

    Boone giveth and Boone taketh away. A cheap Fenway homer-right espn?

  451. Bartolo's Colon says:

    this is so weak

  452. trueblue says:

    Hughes has no spine. What a fukin chump

  453. swishers fauxhawk says:

    ESPN will now devote the next ten minutes to Pedroia’s slide

  454. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    “That’s serious hustle from the little guy who plays the game hard”

    Shut the fuck up Leiter. He would’ve been safe by a full step if he didn’t launch himself at the bag.

  455. Rey22 says:

    When it fucking rains it fucking pours…

  456. mbonzo says:

    Chances are, this game won’t end 7-5.

  457. Javkei Igavano says:

    I hate Pedroia

  458. RCA says:

    I hope someone breaks Pedroia’s arm. I HATE that cocksucker

  459. stuart a says:

    what a friggin joke., what is the yankee era against this team???

    has to be over 7…

    hughes walks reddick after being up 0 and 2, then a curve ball to varitek who could not catch up to anything.

    another giveaway game. girardi did not have the pen warmed up ie; wade and the big 3…

    5 to 4 and the binder guy needed or wanted hughes to get thru the inning for what reason???

    boston kicks our ass again…..

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      If you’re trying to make friends you’re doing it all wrong.

    • ItsATarp says:

      we did beat em yesterday no? and we can score 2 runs

    • mbonzo says:

      Since when do the Yankees play 6 inning games?

      For fucks sake people, baseball is a 9 inning game. There a 2 run deficit with 1/3 of the game left in a little league park.

    • RCA says:

      I don’t blame the binder guy. Hughes got to show some guts, he finally gets a lead, the Yankees finally hit Beckett and he gives it right back in the bottom half of the inning. Everybody critiques Burnett (rightfully so) for having no guts, but Hughes is just as bad. Its a bad, bad job by Hughes.

    • Pasqua says:

      That’s a ballsy (read: asssinine) comment to make after the Yankees put 4 on Beckett in a heartbeat last inning. Let’s finish the game first, ‘kay? Then you can wallow all you want.

  460. theyankeewarrior says:

    Seriously, huge start tonight by Phil.

    Can’t wait to see him progress as a Yankee. He has many, many more bright years ahead of him. He’s just a kid. Let him progress.

    Golden gem of the Yankee farm system.

    /2yearstillfreeagency’d

  461. Roland Deschain says:

    Ellsbury’s secret is that he tries to drive the ball on hitter’s counts? Thanks for that nugget, Buster.

  462. BK2ATL says:

    Well, back to being down 2. Let’s go Boone. Close out the inning.

    Now our MVP hitters need to show up in this series.

  463. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    No game is over against this Red Sox bullpen

  464. Esteban says:

    Relievers give up runs; it happens. Boone has been solid for a while.

  465. your mom says:

    Now I remember why I hate Boone Logan so much.

  466. stuart a says:

    feliciano is shut down for the season. like the 4th setback the other day.

    he has paid off as much as about 8 previous lefty relievers they tried. that has been a 10 year search since stanton…..

  467. Cy Pettitte says:

    Beckett back out for the 7th. they better pound this douche.

  468. Matt says:

    The Yankees just give in over and over again to Boston’s best hitters, even in spots in which they are under no obligation to do so.

    Pedroia is on deck, that’s nice. Logan has been lights out against lefties and righties of late. Which is more likely to beat you? 3-1 fastball out over the plate to Ellsbury, or a fresh count on Pedroia?

    Who is more likely to beat you? 3-2 fastball out over the plate to Ortiz, or Jed Lowrie who hasn’t hit a lick from the left side since coming off the DL?

    So much credit is given to the Red Sox hitters, but do they really deserve it? If you don’t battle out there on the mound, you deserve to get beaten when you face a good lineup. They aren’t hitting good pitches, they are hitting cookies.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      Pedroia owns LHP this year I’d take my chances with Ellsbury.

      • Matt says:

        Again, stop twisting the argument to suit your point.

        He gave in to Ellsbury. He decided to just throw it right down the middle instead of risking the walk. Pedroia has hit lefties, but Ellsbury has as well. If you give him a cookie in a 3-1 count, he can beat you just as much.

        Take a shot at a 3-1 slider, and if you make the pitch, you have him set up for anything on 3-2, or you get him lunging and hitting a ground ball. If you miss, you go after Pedroia. You don’t just give in and throw it down the middle.

        • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

          How is that twisting the argument? Do you think Logan tried to throw it down the middle?

          • Matt says:

            Nobody is trying to throw it down the middle, but he was throwing more of a “get me over” pitch to avoid walking him than trying to shoot for a corner and missing off the plate if you don’t get it. You have to be more careful in that spot. 3-1 slider, and if a fastball, you have to make sure you miss off the plate.

            • Jetrer says:

              not sure how you can tell what his intention is. Maybe he was trying to hit the corner and missed in the wrong direction. that happens sometimes too. Not like Logan or Hughes have exceptional command

    • sangreal says:

      Did you by chance miss the outcome when they walked Ortiz to get to Lowrie?

      • Matt says:

        Did you by chance miss the outcome when Hughes hung a changeup right down the middle to Lowrie, and he could muster nothing more than a single?

        Lowrie has been terrible since coming off of the DL, and especially against RHP. I didn’t say intentionally walk Ortiz to get to him. You COMPETE, you don’t just lay a 3-2 fastball in there to get a strike, you try to make a perfect pitch and if you miss, you go after the weaker hitter.

    • CP says:

      It would help if pitches in the strike zone were called strikes:

      http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....type=3.gif

  469. Greg says:

    Well, lets see if these Yankees can show the 2009 grittiness again.
    That’s the difference between the Yankees and Red SOx this year. The Red Sox have gotten many more breaks than the Yankees have.

  470. your mom says:

    I thought the Mexican Traitor was warming up?

  471. U Thant says:

    i have gameday were those balls to ellsbury really strikes?

  472. Will says:

    Josh Beckett might get the win. I think I’m gonna puke.

  473. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Leaving Beckett in to pitch the 7th (and leaving Lackey in for 120 pitches last night) is why Sox fans used to call their manager “Francoma.”

    Let’s get at least one off Beckett while he’s tired.

  474. teddy says:

    hughes doesn’t deserve to start at the mlb level. he doesn’t have the off speed pitches to get the job done. put hughes in the pen

  475. RCA says:

    As a side note, I like the way the Yankees finally got to Beckett.

    • Pasqua says:

      Take your fuckin’ positivity and clarity and get the fuck out of here, RCA! We don’t need ya’, y’hear?! WE DON’T NEED YA’!

      [Falls to knees, crying.]

      [Scene.]

  476. RayFo says:

    Oh come on Grandy that was right there. Damn it.

  477. Jorge says:

    You never take anything for granted, ever, when watching a game between these two teams. No lead is safe on either side. You don’t say “we got this.” You don’t say “we’re doomed.” Not until the last strike.

    I remember the Yanks coming back and knocking Clemens out of the game after being 9-0 to him and scoring, what was it, 11 in the 2nd? I also, unfortunately, remember 2004. Strange things happen between these teams.

  478. Cy Pettitte says:

    pop up king pops it up. now I have to go pour a shot, thanks.

  479. RCA says:

    I hate cunt ass Beckett, but that’s what Hughes had to do. Pitch a shutdown inning after your team gets you the lead. But thats why Beckett is what he is, and Hughes is trash. I am so down on Hughes. All this hype for nothing.

  480. RayFo says:

    What a gamer what a gritty dirt grit dog. Just look at beckett get er done!!!!!!! he deserves the cy young cause he’s a man!!!

    / Fat Fuck With a Ketchup stained Sox

  481. Sarah says:

    Ugh. Way to make Beckett work.

  482. Bartolo's Colon says:

    not sure how many people here read it is high…. but tex really needs to enable his pop up blocker. he is a black hole against the sox

  483. Dino Velvet says:

    When did Boston start doing “God Bless America”?

  484. your mom says:

    Wow, only 1 pop up rant after that???

  485. Matt says:

    Another great at bat by Teixeira. 1-0 fastball down the middle, and he pops it up to the pitcher’s mound.

    He is an easy out from the left side of the plate, as long as you don’t throw it at the knees or hang something offspeed. It’s really incredible how bad he has been, besides the home runs. His swing is so bad that he physically cannot hit pitches that every other hitter in the league would crush. He physically cannot get on top of a fastball higher than the middle of the zone because of the uppercut.

    It’s not a “slump,” and it’s not “bad luck.” His BABIP is so low because he doesn’t make much solid contact. His swing is a disaster right now.

    • mbonzo says:

      If by disaster you mean, the third best power bat in the AL, then yup, nailed it.

      • sangreal says:

        By what metric? Just HR? Certainly not ISO, SLG or even wRC+

      • Matt says:

        Try reading next time. “His SWING is a disaster right now.”

        His swing is DEFINITELY a disaster right now. He pops out on pitches that nearly every other hitter in the league would smoke. 93 mph straight fastball down the middle in a 1-0 count, you’d expect him to at least hit it hard somewhere.

        Going into tonight, Teixeira was hitting .220/.322/.469 from the left side. Almost 1/3 of his hits from the left side are home runs. For comparison purposes, last season he had about 1/5 of his hits from the left side as HR, and in 2009 it was about 1/4.

        The home runs are deceptive, because they come on the once in a while that he does get his swing right. His swing though is so erratic that sometimes he does absolutely nothing with those same pitches, even when he is sitting on them.

    • NJ_Andy says:

      How’s your major league career working out, bro?

  486. Yan says:

    So watching Texshita pop up for another 4 years is a recurring nightmare. I am really really starting to dislike this azzhole.

    • Jetrer says:

      he has 5 years left on his contract

      • Al says:

        Even Better. Something has to change with his hitting, its the most predictable outcome in baseball for me. I wonder if anyone could put up a stat on most pop-ups in baseball this year and beyond if possible. It could just be my perception, but Tex has to be up there.

  487. Javkei Igavano says:

    Shoot me in the face Michael Kay

  488. Sarah says:

    If I wasn’t watching with my family, I would have this game on mute and John and Suzyn on the radio. I am so over Nomar and Curt. Confidence, momentum, intangibles. SHUT UP.

    • Pasqua says:

      And, in Nomar’s case, pouting in the dugout until he got traded. That’s true grit, right there.

    • RCA says:

      I love the Yankees but I can’t listen to John and Suzyn.

      John: There goes Swisher.
      Suzyn: You mean Granderson.
      John: Excuse me….there goes Granderson, here’s the 1-0….and there it goes to deep right, IT IS HIGH. IT IS FAR. IT IS…..CAUGHT by the (Left fielder).

      At least those two cunts have a play-by-play guy that can accurately describe the play.

    • Esteban says:

      How do they have those two doing a national broadcast over Yankees-Sox?

    • Charles says:

      Don’t forget about Dave O’Brien the Red Sox radio broadcaster doing it with them, its like ESPN isn’t even trying to hide their bias anymore.

  489. mbonzo says:

    We need momentum.

  490. Al says:

    I guess KLong and Tex dont get along very well.

  491. Bronx Byte says:

    It could be worse. Burnett could be pitching. Oh wait, he starts tomorrow. Time to get stinking drunk.

  492. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    this team will make the playoffs, but they wont have the twins as their first round bye this year. Girardi will manage his way right out of the first round by leaving in pitchers too long…pinch hitting for hot players for guys who will hit a first pitch pop up and continue to over manage the bull pen.

  493. nsalem says:

    Hector gets know love

  494. Zach says:

    Hugehs had Reddick in a 0-2 count..and ends up walking him. Unacceptable. And Logan..yes he saved us last night but your job is to get lefties out, not serve up homeruns to them.

  495. your mom says:

    If the outfield wall were in the sky Tex would have broken Bonds’ HR record by now.

  496. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I still think the Yankees win this game.

    It’d certainly help if Ayala could hold them here though.

  497. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    That right there is why I don’t whine about Teixeira’s pop ups.

    Well, that and the 35 homers.

  498. Esteban says:

    At least Teix has his defense going for him

  499. mbonzo says:

    I can feel the momentum… its rumbling in my stomach. That could also be the burritos I ate.

  500. Monteroisdinero says:

    Nice play by Texierapopsitup.

  501. Will says:

    0-2
    1-2
    2-2
    3-2
    WALK

  502. RCA says:

    RE: that stupid Cervelli shit from yesterday. The Sawx had a problem with Cervelli clapping (and Saltalamacchia made it an ethnic issue; he should stick to baseball and not try to be a social theorist) but how happy are they when Papelbum pumps his fist 500 times and screams and yells like some schizophrenic tool.

    The inconsistencies astonish me. And douche ass Saltalamacchia, last time I check Papelbum is NOT Latin.

  503. RayFo says:

    possible 3-11 record against Boston is hard for me to comprehend. That’s the type of record you expect to see out of KC against Boston or the Orioles. But the Yankees? Fucking weird. I’d love for shit to even out if they meet in the ALCS.

    • Matt says:

      It already has evened out. In the last two series, these teams have played every game right down to the wire, with all the games coming in Fenway Park. The games in May and June are not predictive when the teams are playing different brands of baseball in August.

      The Yankees were 3 outs away last series from taking 2/3 in Fenway, and even if they lose this one, they were right there all night and came back.

      If anyone thinks that the head to head record is indicative of anything, then they are clueless. Anyone watching these games can very easily tell that these teams are almost perfectly matched, and the Yankees haven’t had A-Rod in either of these 2 series.

    • Matt says:

      If the Red Sox were “in their heads” or “dominating” them, then why have none of those things been happening these last few series? If the Yankees were intimidated, then why do they keep coming back against Lester and Beckett?

      The scores are incredibly misleading. Girardi left in Ayala here because he knew the game was likely over. Noesi imploded in one of those games in the 8th to turn a close score into a blowout with meaningless runs. Every one of these games has been very close, with the home field advantage making a difference for Boston.

      • tom says:

        Matt — you’re talking reasonable. I like it.

        Very much agree…it would have been stupid to burn Robertson here on the off-chance they’d score twice against Papelbon. And, even with the arsonist on the mound tomorrow, you never know what you might need late in the game.

        Also agreed on the past two series. All quite close, and, if they were the first two series the teams had played all year, no one would think it odd if the Sox were to win 3 or 4 of them, based on home field tendencies. It’s just because of those (truly) long-ago losing games from early season that the Yanks are expected the dominate (like they did in late ’09) to prove their manhood now.

  504. Sarah says:

    Cano does not run hard at all.

  505. Cy Pettitte says:

    yea we’re cursed this year

  506. mbonzo says:

    You’ve betrayed me BABIP. You best get out of town before I wrangle up my posse.

  507. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I blame Girardi.

  508. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Ugh.

    The only bright spot of that Pedoria pick was that I didn’t have to watch it on ESPN’s cult of personality.

  509. Jimm says:

    These aren’t gonna help Bard’s xFIP

  510. CP says:

    That’s not a great play. It’s a relatively routine play that Pedroia made to look really difficult.

    • RCA says:

      He ALWAYS does that shit. He’s like the guy that dives when he can easily run through the ball and catch it. So fucking dramatic for no reason, I swear he wants all the attention because he knows Cano and Kinsler is better than him. That’s why Kinsler wanted to snuff him in college.

  511. hb dkio;kq2ejklshrgu1-2[

  512. Greg says:

    There’s the luck again.

  513. Bob Stone says:

    Hitting the ball hard and can’t buy a hit.

  514. If only the Sox would have been guarding the lines on those hits by Cano and Swish, amirite?

    /Greg’d

  515. Zach says:

    Tex is worthless at the plate.

  516. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    the Red Sox own the Yankees…period. Better hitting in the clutch, better pitching in the clutch….manager not a douche…you know the intangibles

  517. your mom says:

    I’m really excited to see the meat of our order against Papeldouche. The Red Sox better watch out! Nunez, Cervelli, and Gardner are animals!

  518. Yogi-man says:

    All I got to say is….Boone “Fuck’n piece of Shit” Logan…Sucks Big Time.

  519. ItsATarp says:

    Hughes or AJ…not really much of a choice there is there? Can we send Noesi or someone to the rotation?

  520. mbonzo says:

    I GIVE UP! FUCK YOU BABIP

  521. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fuck Hughes also.

    How, I mean HOW in the hell do you challenge Ortiz with a fastball 3-2,

    But you pitch around Reddick when you’re up in the count 1-2.

    THEN he throws Varitek a curve.

  522. ItsATarp says:

    Everything is dropping for a hit for the sox…wow

  523. Jorge says:

    Glad to see the ump realized where he was and changed his call appropriately.

  524. tom says:

    For fuck’s sake. When a ball lands as perfectly as that, it’s not your night. (Though I’m sure someone here’ll find a way it was Girardi’s fault)

  525. Esteban says:

    Oh What. The. Fuck.

  526. Cy Pettitte says:

    fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this fuck this

    seriously, fuck this team.

  527. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Scutaro, Crawford and now Varitek? I give up…

  528. Jimm says:

    Well there’s that game.

  529. Mykey says:

    TV off.

  530. mbonzo says:

    2010 ALCS all over again. I can’t stand games like this.

  531. RayFo says:

    Ayala being brought into a game just gives me the impression that it’s game over for the Yankees.

  532. Roland Deschain says:

    Ayala’s a piece of garbage. Thank God we get better relievers up tomorrow.

  533. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    OK, I’m just gonna go ahead and leave before the trolls make me too angry.

    /the09teamwouldnevergiveupahomertovaritek

  534. Jorge says:

    I can’t believe Hughes just gave up that home run to Varitek.

  535. Yogi-man says:

    why isn’t Robertson in the game??? Girardi is such a hack!

  536. your mom says:

    Horrible. At least we won’t have to see Papeldouche now.

  537. ItsATarp says:

    Getting beat by the most useless members of the red sox this serious…Wow. With the way everything is going, i wouldn’t be surprised if AJ somehow pitches a shut out.

  538. Roland Deschain says:

    Well, we blew our best chance to win the series. With the worst pitcher in the league on the mound for us tomorrow at least our 7-8-9 bullpen guys will get another day off.

  539. Stratman9652 says:

    Seriously fuck these games. Sick of getting beat by the bottom of their lineup.

  540. Yogi-man says:

    What are you talking about jorge…Hughes got pulled in the 6th.

  541. Nogomo says:

    Ayala is not ready. Hughes is not ready. AJ is… let’s skip it. We got: CC, Ivan, Bartolo and maybe Freddy. Decent but not dominant bullpen except for Logan, who is I think quite terrible. We will be in postseason, this is nearly certain, if not certain. But can ANYONE see us going all the way this year? I just can’t see it.

    • Greg says:

      I’ve been saying this for the last few weeks.

    • mbonzo says:

      Hughes was actually pretty good today. I can’t evaluate him until September ends, since this is still April/May for him, but if he doesn’t have an outpitch I don’t think he’ll be the Yanks #2. As for the bullpen, not only is it dominant, its the best in baseball. Its only been weak today because its been used for the last 4 days.

    • Jetrer says:

      why maybe Freddy? He’s been better than Ivan and Bartolo

  542. Jorge says:

    One of my staff is a big Sox fan. Last night, she apparently had the very clever text message, “CC you tomorrow” ready for me before we won the game. If I hear from her tonight, I’m firing the bitch first thing in the morning.

  543. ItsATarp says:

    Good news is that the yankees have shown that they can hit Beckett. (Yay) Off course bad news is that their pitching was worse. (Fuck Phil Hughes/ Boone Logan)

  544. Time for the calm, collected, non-Latin Jonathan Papelbon to come into the game and calmly pitch to batters with no histrionics or attempts to show up the opponent or celebrate in any demonstrative way.

  545. Al says:

    Another fucking blowout. Everything is hit down the line. Luckiest fucking team in baseball. Painful to watch these games. The curse has reversed and now I am paying in multiples for a century of Yankee domination over the red sox. Nightmare.

    • Jerome S. says:

      Most overreacting of all time, and it’s not even close.

    • The curse has reversed and now I am paying in multiples for a century of Yankee domination over the red sox. Nightmare.

      Please tell me you don’t actually believe this crock of shit.

      • tom says:

        The amazing thing is how many people have bought into this shit since 2004. They don’t seem to note that the Yankees came from a ways back to take the division from the Red Sox in ’05, ’06 and ’09, keep them out of the playoffs in ’10, and of course win a Series just two years ago. It’s a media narrative that “2004 changed everything”, and a sadly large number of Yankee fans swallow it whole.

      • Al says:

        I believe the Yankees cant beat the Redsox. I cant stand this. I can not pretend that it doesn’t bother me. There is just that bully bravado thing the redsox have going against the yanks. 3-11 record speaks for itself and when you throw in the dis-likable personalities of redsox players and fans, it makes it so much more painful. I shouldnt take it so personal but i do.

    • Jorge says:

      Just stop it, Greg.

  546. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    even the old crusty dinosaurs of the Sox get jacked up for these games… Varitek almost had to ride a motorized scooter around the bases but there he is smacking home runs while the Yanks look defeated cause they know they cant win these games unless CC throws 128 pitches.

  547. RayFo says:

    So tomorrow is the Red Sox Championship parade correct? Cause you know Papelbon is gonna river dance all over that mound after tonight is the biggest game evah!!!!!!!!

  548. Cy Pettitte says:

    AJ: “shit I’m gonna get rocked tomorrow”

  549. your mom says:

    Papeldouche sucks so much cock his mouth is permanently in the shape of an “O”.

  550. Matt says:

    You people have completely unrealistic expectations of how this team should play against Boston the rest of the season.

    When you have two evenly matched teams, it’s very likely that you’re going to lose series when you play in the opposing team’s ballpark. There is no such thing as “evening out” over such a small number of games. You don’t pull off a 8-1 every time that you go 1-8 against a team to reflect the true talent level.

    The first 9 games are a sunk cost. These last two series, played in Fenway Park, have been very close, and have shown that the Red Sox hold almost no “edge” over this team. The Yankees have shut them down some nights, and given up big hits others. The Red Sox have seen the Yankees come back on their best starters sometimes too.

    Do any of you remember what it was like playing the Red Sox back in 2002-2005 when the teams were equally matched? You felt like every series against the Red Sox in Fenway was a guaranteed 2/3 to Boston, and quite often that happened even with the Yankees winning Game 1.

    • Jerome S. says:

      This is… very rational and well thought out… it’s missing something…

    • Greg says:

      Our only 3 wins have come in Fenway. Explain that.

      • Jerome S. says:

        Okay, I see the trees, but where’s the forest you guys were talking about?

      • NJ_Andy says:

        You don’t know how to read, do you?

        “The first 9 games are a sunk cost. These last two series, played in Fenway Park, have been very close, and have shown that the Red Sox hold almost no “edge” over this team. The Yankees have shut them down some nights, and given up big hits others. The Red Sox have seen the Yankees come back on their best starters sometimes too.”

      • Oh, fuck, Matt is talking to Greg. We may have to preemptively shut RAB down, this will end badly.

      • Matt says:

        Why does that have to be explained? The Yankees have played these last 2 series as the two teams were expected to play all season- very evenly.

        In May and June, these were two different teams. Every hitter in the Red Sox lineup was on fire, and the Yankees couldn’t buy a base hit with RISP. The bullpen was short due to injury and ineffectiveness, and CC had a few blow ups that don’t normally happen.

        If you match up these two teams as they are now, it’s very likely that the Yankees grab a few of those games early, whether with a clutch hit, CC not melting down, the lack of sloppy defense, etc.

        Like somebody else said earlier. If they played these two kinds of series in May and June instead of getting swept, nobody would be saying these things now. The Yankees swept Texas at home at the beginning of 2010 when they were a completely different team, and it had no bearing on the rest of the games or the postseason when they were a better team.

        • Al says:

          3-11 record. You have more excuses than tex pops up. 3-11 and you talk about even steven here. wtf

          • Jerome S. says:

            This is so funny right now…

          • Matt says:

            Again, it’s not very relevant.

            Since August 1, that record is 2-3. The more recent games, with the teams getting healthy and starting to produce, are far more indicative of how these teams stack up than games in May and June.

            The answer is not that the Red Sox “own” the Yankees, but rather that these teams are pretty even. That the Red Sox lineup is not “unbeatable,” but can be shut down by good pitching (which the Yankees have). That Lester and Beckett are not “the best 1-2 punch in baseball,” but rather prone to meltdown type innings themselves against a good lineup.

            Without A-Rod, the Yankees have fought Boston right to the end almost every night in these last few series. That’s more telling. If they were getting beaten 10-2 every night with Beckett twirling 8 or 9 innings, that’d be one thing. But that’s not the case.

            • Al says:

              It desnt matter. They find a way to win and the Yanks lose. It was a miracle that they stranded so many runners last night. Every team is capable to match up with any team at some point in a season, but you still have to win. You cant say that it only seems like its domination because of the 2 sweeps, its reality. Enough excuses, its pitiful no matter what you say. 3-11 is 3-11 is 3-11 (with AJ going next)

              • Matt says:

                Again, those games don’t matter anymore. Nobody cares about them except you, and the Red Sox fans.

                If the playoffs came along, I would feel confident matching this club with A-Rod against them in a postseason series. If the Yankees went out there and beat them in 6 or 7 games, the regular season is irrelevant.

                None of the games since June have been played at home. When you play an evenly matched club in their ballpark, it’s not easy to take series from them. In 2009, 7 of the remaining 10 games against Boston were at home. Expecting 8-1 is just asinine.

                They are 2-3 against Boston since the beginning of June, with all of the games played on the road. That is fine. If the Red Sox “find a way to win,” then why couldn’t they do it last night, or in the first game of the last series?

                Some nights, the Yankees have came back against Lester and Beckett, and some nights, the Red Sox have come back against the Yankees. Some nights, the Yankees have shut them down with runners on base, and other nights, they have given up big hits. They haven’t been playing great ball against them, but it’s definitely not the case that Boston has their number. A healthy A-Rod can also completely change the dynamic of these clubs.

              • Matt says:

                Also, in 2009, was the 4 game August sweep irrelevant because the Yankees were still 4-8 against them?

                The Red Sox struggled to beat the Yankees at the end of 2007. The Yankees won 5 of the last 6 against them and almost took back the division. Who won the World Series that year? Was it the Yankees?

            • Kiko Jones says:

              Actually, I feel the Yankees have a better team than the Red Sox, if only slightly better. And yeah, the Yankees have battled fiercely in a few of those games. But here’s the deal: losing 10-2 or losing 10-9 is still a loss, and in terms of a team positioning itself for winning the division, the unfortunate truth is, games you almost won don’t advance you towards the ultimate goal. Bottom line: the blowouts, the missed opportunities and the fiercely fought losses all go under the “L” column. Maybe what upsets some folks here is being 3-11 vs the Sox, b/c even if those losses had all been tight, one run ballgames, at the end of the day you’re still 3-11.

      • mbonzo says:

        Bill O’Reilly?

    • ItsATarp says:

      100% spot on. Two evenly talented teams tend to play close games like these.

  551. RayFo says:

    SO they lose, no biggie cause tomorrow is TEH REZZURECTION!!!!!!!!

  552. Cy Pettitte says:

    Papelbon fist pumped, kill that fucker

  553. OH MY GOD A FISTPUMP FROM THAT LATIN DOUCHEBAG PAPELBON WHAT A BEAN-EATING ASSHOLE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT

    /Saltalamacchia’d

  554. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I blame Girardi. Just cuz.

  555. Jorge says:

    How quickly these folks forget that Montero will be up tomorrow and help them all ascend to the heavens.

    Game’s over. That sucked. Oh wait, we’re 1.5 games out and god knows how many games up in the Wild Card. Oh wait, we actually haven’t played the Sox in the postseason wince 2004. What time’s the game tomorrow?

  556. Will says:

    I have such a love/hate relationship with Brett Gardner. Love his defense, speed but hate his noodle bat and inability to square up a baseball.

  557. mbonzo says:

    DEAR GOD! The Yankees are about to have the Rays on their asses, 7.5 games behind them. They’re a full 1.5 games out of the Red Sox, 1.5 games! Thats almost as far back as the Mets are to the Phillies. This team can’t beat good teams, its obvious, whens the last time they beat a good team like the Red Sox?

  558. ItsATarp says:

    At this point i’m starting to advocate we bring up a AAA guys for the rotation rather than go with hughes and AJ…like we did last year with Nova.

  559. Zach says:

    Papelbon..classy way to close out the game.

  560. Stratman9652 says:

    So, predictions on the outcome of Montero’s first AB?

  561. Bobbo says:

    Unacceptable!

  562. Sarah says:

    I’m finding the silver lining:
    - Gardy had a hit.
    - Chavez can hit Beckett.
    - Cano can still hit Beckett.
    - Phil is still better than AJ.

    That’s all I got.

    Things to be sad about:
    - Jeter’s lame ass bunt in the 1st.
    - Tex and Grandy with no power.
    - Ayala. Eeesh.
    - Boone. Too much to hope that Boone would be good against the Sox in two series in a row?
    - BABIP. Where do I make an offering to the BABIP gods so they will stop hating our hitters?

    • mbonzo says:

      I thought Hughes outdueled Beckett. He ran into bad BABIP, and is still not 100%. If he can find his outpitch in September, he’s gonna starting some playoff games.

      • Sarah says:

        I hope so. I want Phil to succeed.

      • ItsATarp says:

        he did not outduel beckett. looking at his Pitch f/x he was leaving his fastball up all game. Beckett got unlucky with BABIP too with the chavez hit, but at the same time he also struck out 8 guys while hughes struck out only 4, couldn’t put batters away, gave up a ton of fly balls and served up a homerun.

        • mbonzo says:

          Chavez would have gotten 2 rbi’s regardless of the misplay by Reddick, and remember that the scorer ruled it an error anyway. If Varitek’s ball hadn’t been some ridiculous double, it would have been a ground ball, which would have sent Hughes to the 7th inning with the lead.

          • ItsATarp says:

            Even without the varitek hit..i did not think he look good outside the 1st where he was dominant. He gave up a lot of long fly outs for my taste and nibbled a lot when ahead in the count. Hughes has a long ways to go…

        • Jetrer says:

          “leaving his fastball up all game”
          that’s pretty much how Hughes gets outs, he’s a flyball pitcher, not a sinkerballer
          He just need to refine his secondary stuff so he isn’t totally reliant on the fastball and hitters can’t sit on it

          • ItsATarp says:

            It’s fine if it’s up and out of the zone or close to it. But a lot of his fastballs were belt high. Haren is a comparable flyball pitcher, but his success comes from not leaving the ball in the middle of the zone but near the edge and getting them to hit it weakly. Meanwhile Hughes today was more of the hard hit type.

    • Jerome S. says:

      I bet if we burned Mark Teixeira alive, BAbip would give us our hits back.

    • RCA says:

      For all the thing that sucks about a loss to the Red Sawx, I’m actually quite optimistic. We finally got to Beckett, so that gives the hitters confidence next time we face them, we figured out how to get Adrian Gonzalez out again, and they showed some grit coming back from 4-1 down.

      The biggest downside is three-fold; Tex has to get out of that home run or pop up mode (the Red Sox know better than to give him a pitch to hit in his happy zone, he must adjust), Logan has to get the job done and Hughes has to show some moxie, getting out of that bottom half of the inning. I firmly believe we would’ve won that game if he shut them down that bottom half. But whatever, maybe we can hit Lester tomorrow and AJ show some god damn guts instead of being our version of Lackey with his gestures , etc.

    • After watching all of this season so far, I’ll take my chances with our 14 best position players, 4 best starters, and 7 best relievers against Boston’s 14 best position players, 4 best starters, and 7 best relievers.

      Our team is slightly better than their team, regular season head-to-head record notwithstanding.

      • Al says:

        You cannot prove it. Its just denial. They play games to measure which team is better. After 14 games, when one team wins 11 games and the other one wins 3 games, the person who says the team who won 3 games is better would seem slightly delusional to others.

        • Kiko Jones says:

          If the Phillies go 2-7 on a roadrip facing the Rockies, Mets, and Pirates would you say any of those 3 teams are better than the Phillies? No, right? The Yankees are better than the Sox on paper but not playing like it. Which makes it even more frustrating.

  563. Jetrer says:

    So was this performance by Hughes shaky enough that if AJ actually pitches well tomorrow, AJ stays in the rotation?

  564. RayFo says:

    Are we also forgetting that this is another series against the Red Sox with no A-Rod? That can’t be forgotten.

  565. Rich says:

    4 man rotation, anyone?

  566. Evan3457 says:

    A couple of things

    1) Jeter’s bunt in the 1st was asinine. I hope Giradi didn’t call it, but he must’ve.

    2) Hughes’ stuff was good enough tonight, but his command was terrible.

    3) Logan isn’t really to blame for the Ellsbury HR; according to Brooks’ K zone, he fanned Ellsbury on 4 pitches:
    http://tinyurl.com/3fc88lg

    4) Last hit Hughes gave up to Varitek was sheer luck for Sox. Happens sometimes.

    That’s about all I got here.

    • 2) Hughes’ stuff was good enough tonight, but his command was terrible.

      He was good the first few innings, but his control started to slip as he got up into the 70s/80s in pitchcount.

      He’s probably still just lacking full arm strength. He’s obviously better than he was in April, but he probably needs a full winter off to have any shot of regaining his previous form.

      Verducci dead arm is a bitch.

      • Jesse says:

        I agree, I think his arm strength will be back after the off season.

      • Evan3457 says:

        Yeah, maybe so.

        I’m just guessing here, but maybe he needs a Clemens-to-Schilling verbal kick in the ass about year-round conditioning, preferably without PED.

        I know I’m assuming, but his dead-arm was there from the start of spring training, and maybe more year-round conditioning work would help.

        I dunno, maybe he is already. Maybe he should do more. Or less. Or something.

    • 5) The walk proceeding the Varitek double on the 3-2 pitch to Reddick, a moth Phlew into Hughes’ eye. That’s why he yanked it.

  567. Tom says:

    I had to go to my grandson’s little league game, while his brother stayed here to watch the Yanks. Just now catching up with the posts on the game. I’m afraid I can’t see any silvery linings, based, e.g., on close games or notions of evenly matched teams. The Sox know how to whup the Yankees. Their pitching, with Lester and Beckett especially, is good enough to stop NY regularly now. If they face off in the playoffs, you’d be nuts to bet against Boston. Grandie and Tex: still held under control. Gardner scaring no one, although to be fair it’s not clear that Boston has anything in particular to do with his misery. Without ARod hitting at full tilt, it’s hard to see a Yanks-Sox series going very far. Well, maybe they can straighten themselves out for the series in the Stadium.

    My grandson tells me Nomar and Schilling were “announcing.” Is there really no shame at this network?

    • Jesse says:

      There were plenty of silver linings in this game. Hughes had pretty good velocity. And the Yankees were able to rally against Beckett after falling behind 4-1. The pitch selection on the 3-2 pitch to Ortiz which he hit it out was questionable, Hughes even said so now looking back. On the 3-2 pitch to Josh Reddick, a moth flew into Hughes’ eye which was ball four, and while Reddick was going on the pitch, Varitek just sticks his bat out and hits a double down the left field line which nearly was a ground rule double then Reddick would have had to stop at third. But oh well, enough of the excuses. Hughes didn’t pitch all that well, the offense wasn’t bad though. In Girardi’s presser he said Hughes threw the ball pretty well, so looks as though he’s defending him for what it’s worth, which isn’t much because he defends A.J Burnett every fifth day.

  568. Greg says:

    Unfortunately the media will not see the silver linings and just dump on the Yankees. Strange how the image of the Yankees in the national media has changed since the 1920′s or even the 1950s with the exception of “Damn Yankees”

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