Game 136: Tex-less


(Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Is it just me, or does this game feel like no big deal? After that brutally intense and stressful series in Boston, three games at home against the Blue Jays kinda feels like Spring Training almost. There’s no buzz, we’re just going through the motions. Here’s the starting nine…

Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Robinson Cano, DH
Nick Swisher, 1B – no Jorge? ouch
Eric Chavez, 3B
Andruw Jones, RF
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, 2B

Ivan Nova, SP

It’s a 7:05pm ET start, and you can watch the game on YES. Enjoy.

Call-Up News: Aaron Laffey is with the team. No idea what the 40-man move is, and frankly I don’t think there may have been one. I think that whole optioned/designated for assignment situation was just a bunch of confusion.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Jesse says:

    I put the odds on losing this game at 70%, even though Nova is going.

  2. Roland Deschain says:

    Tuesday was confirmation that Jorge Posada is finished. He won’t play against the lefties this weekend. Montero, Chavez, and Jones will be the DH the rest of the year. Another Yankee great fades away before our very eyes.

    • Pat D says:

      Sad, isn’t it? But it happens.

      Pretty much the only great Yankee who didn’t have that moment was Joe DiMaggio, because he sensed he wasn’t the player he once was and decided to leave on his own terms.

  3. Pat D says:

    NoMaas called out ARod yesterday.

    I found myself agreeing with them.

    • Rey22 says:

      No reason to push the issue on a regular season game when it’s almost a guarantee the Yankees will make the playoffs. I know it’s the Red Sox and they want to win the division, but a Healthy A-Rod in the playoffs > A-Rod in a mostly meaningless regular season game.

  4. dkidd says:

    This game lacks tex appeal

    /hates self

  5. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I wonder what Jesus’s AB song will be.

  6. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow, I know Andruw and Swish have been hot but it says a lot that Jorge is sitting again.

    and Joe, y u no Montero? give Russ a day off after yesterday’s brutally long game.

  7. Brian S. says:

    Teixeira is pitiful against right handed pitching, he will not be missed today. Hopefully he is back tomorrow though.

  8. IRF says:

    So did anyone read this?;c_id=mlb

    I swear Terence Moore is just trolling Ken Tremendous

  9. Roland Deschain says:

    Ivan Nova’s bid for ROY continues tonight. He can push it up to 18 wins, might have had a shot at 20 if they hadn’t sent him down. This kid has certainly outperformed and should win ROY.

  10. Cy Pettitte says:

    Pineda is my ROY. I like Nova but Pineda is just better.

  11. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Sounds like Ken Singleton caught Michael Kay’s wins disease.

  12. Cy Pettitte says:

    damn those pigeons got great seats.

  13. LiterallyFigurative says:

    It’s amazing how you guys are glad Tex isn’t playing.

    Teams are much better without Gold Glove, 30-100 1B’s in the lineup.

    • Roland Deschain says:

      I agree. Even in today’s world and on this site people are fixated on Tex’s batting average. We’re a worse team without Teix, just like we are without A-Rod.

  14. LiterallyFigurative says:

    And on the second day, Jesus rests……..

  15. Greg says:

    YOu wonder if Tex makes that play

  16. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nova sucks.

  17. Cy Pettitte says:

    come on BABIP, stop bending Nova over.

  18. Greg says:

    Its been like this for the Yankee rotation after CC. As soon as you get comfortable with one starter they slide a little bit.

  19. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Holy shit.

  20. Cy Pettitte says:

    GARDY! holy shit! oh my god that just blew my mind.

  21. Rainbow Connection says:


  22. Karl Krawfid says:

    Gardner is the fucking man though.

  23. Jetrer says:

    Pure Grit

  24. Roland Deschain says:

    Well done, Brett Gardner.

  25. Greg says:

    Babip giveth and Babip taketh away.

  26. tom says:

    If Morrow is throwing strikes this could be a long game for the Yankees

  27. Roland Deschain says:

    An ocean does not separate our hearts.

  28. Across the pond says:

    Something about Kim’s uber-dramatic voice is incredibly annoying.

  29. Guns of the Navarone says:

    I’m not sure how any objective person can really think Nova is the AL ROY at this moment (anything can happen over the next month). Unless you believe in wins… in which case your opinion doesn’t matter.

  30. Cy Pettitte says:

    shifting for Cano is stupid.

  31. Greg says:

    Another candidate that I’ve heard about for AL ROY is Mark Trumbo.

  32. Greg says:

    Morrow has that nasty slider going

  33. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Morrow making the Yankees look foolish.

  34. Hummingbird S. says:

    This is going to be one of those frustrating games.

  35. Karl Krawfid says:

    Morrow just sucks. I’m sorry. The guy has been getting smacked around all year.

    Fastball command sucks. His best pitch is his slider.

  36. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh come, that’s just sloppy

  37. Karl Krawfid says:

    Jeter makes an error.

    Paul O dumbass says Swish got off the bag the wrong way.

  38. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Where are all the people saying that we are better without Tex?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      That’s actually a play that Tex might have been able to make because he’s a righty thrower. He wouldn’t have had to reach across his body to make the catch like Swish. Plus he’s a few inches taller, might have been able to keep his foot on the bag. Who knows, doesn’t really matter anyway.

  39. Greg says:

    Andrew Miller is getting mauled by Texas. 5ER in 1.1 innings.

  40. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I guess Escobar can’t find the guy in the white shirt…

  41. CBean says:

    i miss Tex at 1B

  42. jon says:

    what is he bitching about?

  43. Cy Pettitte says:

    that Bautista moment is when I became an Ivan Nova fan

  44. Karl Krawfid says:

    OMg Martin

  45. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I’m going to apply to the MLB Umpire Camp. I’m gonna be Country Joe Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan.

  46. Karl Krawfid says:

    Where did Morrow’s velocity go!

  47. Karl Krawfid says:


  48. CBean says:


  49. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Jacoby who?

  50. Roland Deschain says:

    Gardner with a power surge!

  51. Greg says:

    The Gardner plants one!

  52. Cy Pettitte says:

    GARDY!!!!! OH BABY

  53. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:


  54. LiterallyFigurative says:


  55. Ivan says:

    Gardner is doing it all so far tonight.

  56. Roland Deschain says:

    Never touched him. Great call.

  57. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Who needs replay?


  58. Cuso says:


    Gardner’s up-and-down season continues! Here comes a hot streak!

    Carry it thru October baby!

  59. LiterallyFigurative says:

    How long till Paul and Kay start the inevitable food convo?

  60. Karl Krawfid says:

    So does Kevin Long read RAB?

    “Karl Krawfid said this guy sucks”

  61. Roland Deschain says:

    Jim Leyland has a tirade earlier this season when another ump overturned the original call. I wonder if they just started doing that this year.

  62. Mike Axisa says:

    I’d love to see them score some more runs and bring Proctor in later on.

  63. teddy says:

    anyone know how far gardner homerun when

  64. boogie down says:

    Just got here, saw the Gardner homer and that the Sox are down 6-0 through 2.1 innings. Also saw something above about Nova and Bautista; what happened?

  65. Karl Krawfid says:

    Defense baby

  66. Cy Pettitte says:

    great catch by Andruw

  67. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:


  68. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Andruw The Giant!!!

  69. Monteroisdinero says:

    Way to have your head in the game Kay. At least you knew there were no outs. lol

  70. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Andruw Brings it back.

  71. LiterallyFigurative says:

    I like Swish and what he brings to the team, but if we can find a defender with a comparable bat, it would imnprove the team, that much more.

  72. Dino Velvet says:

    Rangers crushing Sux 6-0 in the 3rd!

  73. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Texas is stickin’ it to Boston. STICKIN’ IT JERRY!!

  74. Karl Krawfid says:

    Um I thought Cano was playing 2nd :(

  75. Roland Deschain says:

    Get a couple more runs. Nova has settled down nicely and deserves his 15th W.

  76. Monteroisdinero says:

    Nunez-after some throwing jitters-has proven to be so valuable as a backup for 55M dollars of infielders. All for 475K at 24 years of age. Love it.

  77. Mike Axisa says:

    When you’re hot, you’re hot. Go Andruw.

  78. dkidd says:

    even though he’s been playing great for months, last night was the first time i really liked andruw jones as a yankee

  79. Cy Pettitte says:

    I cringe when they show that replay and Swish does the claw.

    just not a good night for Swish last night.

  80. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Something tells me Russell would be a bad choice to pick a fight with.

  81. Roland Deschain says:

    Nova threw that same pitch earlier and he called it a ball. The kid has really settled down, get him the W!

  82. Dino Velvet says:

    Does Nova start game 2, 3, or 4 in the playoffs?

  83. teddy says:

    lets go cano.

  84. Greg says:

    Cano adjusted to the slider.

  85. Hummingbird S. says:

    Atta boy Robbie!

  86. Guns of the Navarone says:


  87. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow that’s just a great piece of hitting

  88. teddy says:

    threw cano too many sliders, lets go swisher

  89. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Game over. Nova has a lead.

  90. pop up teixeira says:

    there you go cano!

  91. Monteroisdinero says:

    Swiah won’t be doing the claw again. Captain took him aside. “We’re the Yankees”

  92. Mojo says:

    Swisher is in Swisher’s head. Not a good place for Swisher to be.

  93. teddy says:

    i assume morrow done after 5 inning, he tough for the yanks to hit

  94. dkidd says:

    david price: good at pitching

  95. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    8-0 Rangers!

  96. jon says:

    jones is a wizard out there

  97. Cy Pettitte says:

    this game has been a clinic on outfield defense

  98. Greg says:

    Be careful with Bautista.

  99. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    IBB Bautista

  100. Cy Pettitte says:

    bet they IBB Bautista here

  101. Sarah says:

    Andruw feeling frisky out there tonight!

  102. teddy says:

    you walking batista here right, any leftys up, nova leaving the ball up this inning

  103. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:


  104. Cy Pettitte says:


  105. Greg says:

    That was close.

  106. Pat D says:

    Nova’s getting too many deep fly balls and started to lose the zone. Better have someone ready to go.

  107. Hummingbird S. says:

    Nova is getting the benefit of some really good OF defense

  108. Pat D says:

    Price just fell apart.

  109. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh snap, the Orioles just took the lead over the Rays. That’s far more important than the Red Sox, in the big picture.

  110. dkidd says:

    some on this board seem to think nova’s peripherals doom him to #4/5 status

    is he young enough to raise that ceiling?

    • Pat D says:

      I haven’t pigeon-holed him yet. He clearly needs to increase the K’s to up his status.

      • Guns of the Navarone says:

        I’d love to see that changeup develop. I saw him throw a few last year when he first came up for a swing and miss and it looked pretty sharp at times. Add to that more consistent command of his sinker (that I hope will come with time) and you should have a 200 inning, mid rotation guy.

  111. Greg says:

    Ironic about that ceremony isnt it. The timing of it

  112. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Latino baseball HOF?

    /resists making a Salty joke

  113. teddy says:

    damm though they would take out morrow, good job nova

  114. Mojo says:

    Morrow. Just. Won’t. Die!

  115. Esteban says:

    Dunno if this was discussed already, but I thought this article on ESPN was very interesting. Explains why Granderson is not highly rated by defensive metrics, and how Gardner’s range does not hurt Granderson’s numbers. Of course the comments on it are terrible.

  116. Mojo says:

    Damn. Fantastic outing by Morrow. The guy has testicles. That he does.

  117. mbonzo says:

    If I was Girardi, I wouldn’t let Nova pitch after last inning.

  118. Greg says:

    Well done Nova

  119. Cy Pettitte says:


    wonder if Joe let’s him have one more to spare the pen. they were worked hard against the Sox.

    • Karl Krawfid says:

      Maybe if they score more runs.

    • tom says:

      With 8 and 9 due up, it wouldn’t be a terrible gamble (basically let him pitch the 8th until someone gets on)

      That said Nova is near 100 pitches = typical Girardi auto-pull, when it’s past the 6th inning for a pitcher not named Sabathia

  120. teddy says:

    great job nova!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. runs please

  121. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Wow, this game might be over before ten oclock…it’s flying compared to the last three.

  122. Greg says:

    Ironic given the O’s are beating the Rays tonight.

  123. Sarah says:

    Rangers 10- Sox -0 LOVE

  124. Mojo says:

    Uno mas, por favor.

  125. Monteroisdinero says:

    Nova has 3 quality pitches most outings and 4 once in a while. Compare this to AJ and hughes.

  126. teddy says:

    did nunez swing at a 3 and 0 pitch?

  127. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:


  128. mbonzo says:

    Question, lets say the Rays and Red Sox some how are within 1 game of each other at the end of the year. The Yankees play the Rays for the last 3 games. Do the Yankees purposefully blow those games to let the Rays take the wild card?

    I would.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      If the Yankees have clinched the division at that point, I would have no problem “resting some regulars” and “setting up the rotation”

    • Pat D says:

      The chances of that happening are probably slimmer than Kate Moss, so I wouldn’t be concerned.

      • mbonzo says:

        Yea, but lets say the Rays sweep the Red Sox, there would then be a chance it happens. Its more a “what if” scenario anyway.

    • boogie down says:

      Hm, but that would mean that the Sox were ice cold during September (may not be significant — think “2000 Yankees”) and that the Rays were red hot (may be significant — think “2007 Rockies”).

      Granted, I’ve definitely just cherry-picked examples of past teams, but it may be worthwhile to consider the recent performances of both teams.

      Overall, though, I definitely think the Red Sox would be a far more dangerous team in the playoffs. If the Yanks were to do what you mentioned, I wouldn’t totally mind it.

  129. Karl Krawfid says:

    Jeter with a bingle

  130. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol Johnson

    Joe gonna use Soriano 4 days in a row?

  131. Mojo says:


  132. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I would want Soriano as the closer over DRob.

  133. teddy says:

    ouch granderson not a great at bat there

  134. Sarah says:

    Gardy on a roll tonight.

  135. Karl Krawfid says:

    Bunt please.

  136. teddy says:

    lets go swisher

  137. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Too close to take for Grandy.

    This offense is so lethal. They hit Hr’s, steal bases.

    Once they stop the unneccesary bunting, the Yanks will be the best ever!

  138. Mojo says:

    This hasn’t been Swisher’s week. Not expecting anything.

  139. Karl Krawfid says:

    I hope Swish doesn’t strike out so I have to look at him make that stupid face.

  140. Monteroisdinero says:

    Be nice to play Jorge one game over the weekend and give Swish a day off-he rarely gets one. Something to think about with Tex out.

  141. Cy Pettitte says:

    crap, really needed to take advantage there and tack on…

  142. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hanging breaking ball.

  143. Greg says:

    Threw him nothing but curveballs.

    Nick and Grandy havent had good weeks offensively.

  144. teddy says:

    good at bat by swisher

  145. your mom says:

    Fucking Swisher.

  146. Sarah says:

    Now the BABIP luck has landed on Swish. Isn’t it enough for the BABIP gods that Tex is hurt? What more do they want?

  147. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Using Mo after he threw 30 pitches last night doesn’t sound like a very good idea…

  148. teddy says:

    double play please

  149. Mojo says:

    Here’s hoping for solid Soriano…

  150. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I miss Tex :(

  151. Roland Deschain says:

    Come back soon, Teixera. Does a lot that people don’t appreciate.

  152. Mojo says:

    ET here is the most important out of the game.

  153. jon says:

    lol blue jays suck chant

  154. Cy Pettitte says:

    Blue Jays suck chant? really? I thought we were above that.

  155. Karl Krawfid says:

    Cano lite

  156. Ivan says:

    beautiful play by Nunez.

  157. jon says:


    great play nuni

  158. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    hells yea Nunie!

  159. Roland Deschain says:

    Nunie’s done a great job at 2nd tonight. Bautista cannot hit with runners on base now.

  160. teddy says:

    i take that soriano, atleast batista can only tied the game, from gameday not the best control

  161. Dino Velvet says:

    Nunez with a cano like play

  162. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Nunez with a Cano-ian play to end the inning!

    Muddy Chicken would’ve done two sumersaults AND a double barrel roll to get it.


  163. dkidd says:

    rays lose

  164. Chen Meng Wang says:

    That is one interesting mustache.

  165. boogie down says:

    It’s awesome that they did the WB Mason spot with that mustachioed fool on camera.

  166. Mojo says:

    Come on guys. 4 hits looks so meager and paltry. Make it six, will ya!

  167. Karl Krawfid says:

    I think Mo is gonna blow it :(

  168. Cy Pettitte says:

    Mo vs. Bautista should be interesting

  169. LiterallyFigurative says:

    MO VS. JOEY BATS!!!!!

    Heavyweight bout

  170. Mojo says:

    I’d rather have DRob go against JB.

  171. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I don’t get using Mo here. this would be 4 times in the last 5 games.

  172. tom says:

    Does anyone know why Cervelli didn’t get the start at 2nd base?

  173. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nunez as a defensive replacement for Chavez?

  174. Karl Krawfid says:

    Up and in Mo

  175. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Mariano pwned Joey bats.

  176. Roland Deschain says:

    LOL, that AB was beautiful pitching by Mo.

  177. Cy Pettitte says:

    sit down Bitchtista.

  178. Greg says:

    JB just got taken to school.

  179. Karl Krawfid says:

    Well Fuck. That was nasty.

  180. Sarah says:

    Mo >Joey Bats!

  181. Xstar7 says:

    Game. Set. Match.

  182. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    6 more until 602!

  183. Dino Velvet says:


  184. LiterallyFigurative says:

    WHEW! That was close

    1ST PLACE!!!!

  185. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Kay really has to stop with “put it in the left side” it sounds forced.

    • Dino Velvet says:

      sounds like Hawk Harrelson’s “you can put it on the board”

      • Chen Meng Wang says:

        At least Hawk’s sounds at least semi-natural(possibly I’m just used to hearing it). Kay’s just sounds like “Oh, here’s a good spot for me to squeeze it in real quick.”

        • Pat D says:

          He didn’t start doing it until that series where the White Sox visited the Stadium. I think he was doing it to be parodic at first, now I just think he’s doing it to be annoying.

          • Chen Meng Wang says:

            He’s definitely succeeding in being annoying with it. When ever I hear it, some of the joy of the win is immediately lost and replaced with the urge to punch something for a second.

  186. Cy Pettitte says:

    great game

  187. mbonzo says:

    Yankees back in first, E# is now 17.

  188. ItsATarp says:

    Yankees don’t know how to win close games

  189. Skip says:

    Wait, it’s 10PM and the game is already over? What am I going to do with the extra hour and a half left over from last night’s game?

  190. billysbartender says:

    switch the flags!!

  191. pop up teixeira says:

    Nova did his thing tonight once again and yanks back in 1st!

  192. dkidd says:

    mo closing in on hoffman

  193. Dino Velvet says:

    30 games over .500

  194. Zanath says:

    This game was just so much less stressful after that Red Sox series.

  195. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Ricky Ledee should be the magic number 17, not Jerry Hairston Jr.

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