Game 152: Makeup


If you were expecting the Rays today, I don’t blame you. I completely forgot about this makeup game until Joe reminded me during last Friday’s podcast. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. The Yankees own the Twins, especially at Yankee Stadium.

Anyway, I actually wrote about Scott Diamond (today’s Twins starter) last offseason as a potential Rule 5 Draft target, but the Twins gobbled him up before he ever got to the Yankees. He’s a rather ordinary left-hander, with a low-90′s fastball to go along with his changeup and big overhand curveball. The video above comes from his first career win a few weeks ago. Diamond has only thrown 29.2  IP for Minnesota this year, and in those 29.2 IP he’s struck out 17 and walked 12. Not great, and the rate stats (5.16 K/9 and 3.64 BB/9) are in line with what he’s done at Triple-A since the start of last season. Of course, the Yankees have never seen him before, and that usually means CERTAIN DOOM. Here’s the starting nine…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Andruw Jones, LF
Jesus Montero, DH
Russell Martin, C

A.J. Burnett, SP

It’s a 1:05pm ET start today, and you can watch on YES. If you’re stuck in the office, WCBS 880 has the radio call. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Pat D says:

    And of course YES just reminded me that Burnett’s last start against the Twins was a disasterpiece.

  2. KeithK says:

    Yes, we’ve never seen him before. But it’s a lefty starter in a day game at Yankee Stadium. I like our chances.

  3. Paul Proteus says:

    The regular lineup is back and we should be able to beat the depleted Twins. This is as bad a lineup as you’re gonna face, AJ. Just a couple more starts of this clown and then we’re done.

  4. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Crawford is sitting out today with a stiff neck…wtf???

  5. Hall and Nokes says:

    AJ and the Twins. The stoppable force meets the moveable object.

  6. PaulF says:

    So since Girardi is starting his A lineup today that means that some these guys will need rest during theRays series. Are the Yankees trying to mess with the Red Sox here?

  7. Carl says:

    [Looks at Orioles-Red Sox Doubleheader probables] So over there at the Fens is a Battle of the Bads, the Awfuls and the Suck.

  8. Brian Cashman is Watching says:

    Interesting stat: the NY Yankees are third in the AL in stolen bases (136, 10 behind league leader Kansas City and 6 behind Tampa Bay) and first in the AL in homeruns (210, 18 ahead of second place Texas). Expanded to all of baseball, they are still fourth in stolen bases (San Diego is first at 164), but still lead in homeruns over Texas. Also second in all of baseball in OBP at .343, only .005 behind Boston.

    I don’t know why I found the stolen bases so interesting compared to the homeruns, just thought I would note it. Does this make the Yankees gritty?

  9. Frank1979 says:

    Hey, I don’t know if anybody has brought this up in any recent threads, but am I the only who thinks that the 6 man rotation might also be effecting guys like Garcia and Colon? They’ve both looked pretty shaky this month.

    Obviously with those two guys there are other things at play such as age and possible wear and tear from the season, but I was just wondering what everybody else was thinking.

  10. NEPA Yankee says:

    Watching MLB network yesterday, and on the Tuesday night baseball promo they billed it as the Yankees and the “GRITTY” Rays! Pedroia has an attorney on retainer for just this reason.

  11. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    i love how every interview with a Sox player seems to be from some no name useless player like Macdonald or Wakefield.

    where is Pedroia and why isn’t he screaming from his extra large soap box?

  12. Cy Pettitte says:

    If AJ can’t destroy this line up today that’s just sad. Lots of young hitters probably plays into his stuff pretty well.

  13. Cy Pettitte says:

    can we sign Regis to a minor league deal for next year?

  14. Pat D says:

    Look how empty that stadium is.

    Man, wish I had had the foresight to take off today and drive to the game.

  15. Rey22 says:

    My God, the Twins lineup is beyond pitiful. Is Mauer injured again?

  16. MR Obvious says:

    Beat this team. Please fellas.

  17. W.W.J.Montero.D says:

    Anyway I could hear the game online?

  18. Yank The Frank says:

    15 pitches in the 1st inning. What have you done with AJ?

  19. Chip says:

    I like this new AJ who throws nothing but curves

    • Nolan says:

      Does anybody have any stats about AJs curve ball % before he came to the yanks? It seems like he’s throwing a ton more curves and doing much better because of it… I’m wondering if this was his recipe for success before the Yanks signed him?

  20. Justin says:

    So I’m listening to the game on the radio at the office, and John Sterling is adamantly saying how “no one knows who the Yankees #2 starter is going to be!!”. Did something happen to Nova I missed or is Sterling just going senile?

  21. Mike Axisa says:

    Waa waa waa the offense.

  22. The Big City of Dreams says:


  23. Kevin says:

    Twins rocking the Teletubby infield.

  24. Cy Pettitte says:

    Welcome to NY, rookie


  25. Yank The Frank says:

    The Grandy Man Can !

  26. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    oh, the Grandy man can!!

  27. Greg says:

    Damn, Gameday has that pitch down and away. Curtis might be starting to heat up again.

  28. Cuso says:

    The Twins come into town just in time to help remind the Yanks that they CAN actually hit.

  29. Greg says:

    Looks like Scott Diamond is in the rough


  30. Cuso says:

    There goes the rally…**Plouffe**

  31. theyankeewarrior says:

    Serious question: How did the A-Rod double play look? Was it hard hit, or did he roll over something?

  32. Sarah says:

    Who is this AJ Burnett? What has he done with the AJ we know and, er, tolerate?

  33. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    this cat’s name is Dinkelman? seriously??

    • MikeD says:

      Brian Dinkelman. I guess after foolishly quitting as host of American Idle, he decided to become a professional baseball player.

      • Foghorn Leghorn says:

        now I’m wondering what the “D” in Mike D stands for!!

      • Mister Delaware says:

        Really hope that the name sounded “a little familiar”, you had to google it and found out who the other version is.

        • MikeD says:

          It did, although I do remember that the original co-host’s last name was Dinkelman (btw, I’ve never seen a single episode of American Idle) because it was crazy that he supposedly left after the first season. So when I did a google, I was surprised to find out they were both named Brian Dinkelman.

  34. MikeD says:

    Beattie is a scout for the Blue Jays. I’m guessing, perhaps, the Jays play the Orioles again this season.

  35. Cy Pettitte says:

    Can’t tell if AJ looks much better or the Twins are that bad.

  36. Karl Krawfid says:

    Cano almost did something amazing.

  37. Pat D says:

    Looking at the Twins lineup today, I felt like those guys in Major League reading the names “Willie Hays” and “Ricky Vaughn” for the first time saying, “Who the hell are these guys?”

  38. CBean says:

    was that a shutdown inning by AJ? and striking out the side? wow.

  39. Greg says:

    remember, AJ got roughed up by the Twins earlier in the month.

    Granted, there are a few players missing, but still…

  40. Karl Krawfid says:

    LOL can’t stand you Mike.

  41. Mister Delaware says:

    I would absolutely sign up for 7 innings of Paul O’Neill discussing the nuances of LOL usage.

  42. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    oh, Jesus, Sterling just gave me a heart attack!

  43. Karl Krawfid says:

    Damn Montero is amazing.

  44. Paul Proteus says:

    Damnit it, I hate listening to Sterling. He’s worse than Kay on the fly balls.

  45. Yank The Frank says:

    Red Sox losing 2-0

  46. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    so Angle…of the .155 orioles variety just hit a 2 run double off weilend…2-0 O’s!

  47. Dude says:

    Its says on the play by play that andrew jones fouled out to second. what exactly happened?

  48. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    me thinks the sox bullpen is going to get a lot of work today

  49. CBean says:

    apparently my cousin (who is a Braves fan) had bet a friend that Curtis Granderson wasn’t making it over 40 HRs this year. Now he has to go to a game at Yankee stadium in a Derek Jeter t-shirt.

  50. MikeD says:

    I have to say, Regis is in great shape for an 80-year-old, and that pitch was about as good as anything Wakefield can throw.

    • Foghorn Leghorn says:

      i seriously hope wakefield retires this year…he is so bad..

      wait a tic…actually…I hope the sox bring him back!!

  51. Dude says:

    Wait, you sure were not still playing the angels?

  52. Rey22 says:

    AJ is a curveball machine today.

  53. jon says:

    AJ being let down by his defense


  54. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    4-1 O’s!!!

  55. Mister Delaware says:

    We should add this Allen Burnett guy to the playoff roster.

  56. jon says:

    AJ Burnett #2 starter

  57. MikeD says:

    I know this is a suck-ass lineup, but that curve does look good again.

  58. Sarah says:

    Is this really happening? Is AJ getting his sh*t together?

  59. Greg says:

    Is AJ locating his curveball for strikes?

    If he is, that’s a big asset.

  60. Monteroisdinero says:

    Where was Montero’s hit? Not able to watch the game.

  61. Paul Proteus says:

    Only lineup in baseball that can make this guy look good. WC magic # could be 4, Division could be 5! Go Os!

  62. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    5-1 O’s!!

  63. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    cano sucks

  64. Karl Krawfid says:

    Stuck in the wall lol

  65. John says:

    Big mistake right here. Revere should have raised his hand to signal that the ball was stuck.

  66. Ted Nelson says:

    Nothing against Burnett, but this is why I’m not that impressed with Fister. No way to say how Fister will do against good offenses in the playoffs, but beating up on Minni and Cleveland isn’t much of a predictor.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Yeah the stirkeouts are encouraging but still his best place in the postseason is in the pen.

    • Paul Proteus says:

      He was pretty good against us in his last start against us with the Ms. The guy is no joke.

      • Ted Nelson says:

        It was one game and the Yankees got 3 ERs off him (which is an ERA close to 4… 3.86). His ERA against playoff caliber offenses is over 4.15 this season. I don’t think he’s a joke, but I also don’t think he’s a real 5 fWAR starter.

  67. Mike Axisa says:

    Check out Andruw with the two-strike hitting.

  68. MannyGeee says:

    Suzyn Waldman just informed us that Andruw has 10 career Gold Gloves because he has the ‘uncanny knack for running to where the ball is going to be and opening his glove…’

    Really? That’s his secret?

    The Fuck???

    • Sarah says:

      It’s amazing, isn’t it? Apparently he has some secret power where he just tracks the ball and catches it! You know who should learn from him? Darnell Mcdonald.

      • MannyGeee says:

        I am literally perplexed that I never heard this advice 20 years ago in a more formitable age… I coulda been a gold glover meself.

  69. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Jesus H Christ!

  70. John says:

    If they score again in the next innings, do they let Brackman/Betances pitch?

  71. Mike Axisa says:

    Is the trivia answer the Yankees? Or do they mean another team?

  72. Pat D says:

    Is this Parmalee guy any kind of prospect?

  73. Greg says:

    Looks like a hanging knuckle curve.

  74. Sarah says:

    Please don’t let this be the beginning of the meltdown…

  75. JD says:

    JJ Hardy homer. 6-2 Orioles

  76. CBean says:

    settle aj

  77. will says:

    Montero seems to strike out way too much, don’t you think?

  78. Mister Delaware says:

    Same guy catch that HR?

  79. Yank The Frank says:

    We re a triple play of getting out of this inning.

  80. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    ahh…I see AJ has showed up to pitch today.

  81. YankeesJunkie says:


  82. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    AJ could eff up a wet dream

  83. Karl Krawfid says:

    AJ has given up 2 singles and almost a home run on his shitty fastball.

  84. John says:

    Is it just me or that’s happening way too often (bat in the stands)?

  85. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    how the hell do you walk a guy who is hitting .146?

  86. Yank The Frank says:

    AJ’s back.

  87. Sarah says:

    Oh sigh. It is the 4th inning. AJ’s trouble inning.

  88. Paul Proteus says:

    This guy’s a clown. If there was ever any doubt that AJ was out of the playoff rotation this seals it. Only a couple more starts of this joker and we’re done for the year. Get somebody competent in there.

  89. William Wallace says:

    I want something horrible to happen to AJ Burnett. I don’t want to say what but something really really horrible.

  90. MannyGeee says:

    I love the sarcastic cheer when AJ finally throws a strike

  91. Greg says:

    Meltdown averted.

  92. Hummingbird S. says:

    that was actually a good pitch

  93. Yank The Frank says:

    A mystery wrapped in an enigma

  94. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    tough inning to watch on Gameday….

  95. Greg says:

    Orioles pitching as usual.

    6-4 O’s bottom 5

  96. MannyGeee says:

    is it seriously possible that Ellsbury would get as much consideration for AL MVP as Granderson? that blows my dick off…

  97. Greg says:

    Did they have Tex bunt?

    Good call

  98. Greg says:

    Why didnt Jeter try and score?

  99. Paul Proteus says:

    God, just get rid of Sterling already.

  100. Sarah says:

    John Sterling trying to kill everyone listening. He’s got to stop this.

  101. CBean says:


  102. Bartolo's Colon says:

    I hate john sterling so much

  103. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    thanks, sterling…you made me just crap my spare underpants and now I’m going jungle. I already crapped in my original pair after Montero’s ball hit the wall.

    note to self…always bring 4 pairs of drawers to work for yankee day games

  104. Jetrer says:

    take this useless piece of shit out of the game please

  105. Paul Proteus says:

    Put this clown in the bullpen. Bring in Wade already. He doesn’t deserve the W.

  106. Karl Krawfid says:

    AJ sucks man jesus Christ.

  107. Chip says:

    There’s the AJ I remember

  108. Mister Delaware says:

    At this point aren’t you just ensuring the tying run will be at the plate for Wade?

  109. CBean says:

    AJ just wants to get Mo to 602

  110. Hummingbird S. says:

    at least we dont have to worry about AJ pitching in the playoffs

  111. Greg says:

    Ever since that hanging curve, he has used his fastball alot more.

    That’s what has been getting him in troubl

  112. Erica says:

    What did AJ do? I just heard my boss mutter, “God, you stink” from her office. I’m afraid to run in and ask.

  113. ItsATarp says:

    Well Mo is getting a save today

  114. Sarah says:

    Oh sad. It seemed like AJ was getting it together, and now it’s gone.

  115. Bartolo's Colon says:

    burnett is a piece of shit. only pitch him after the division is wrapped up, then send him to arkansas for the postseason.

  116. Widget says:

    This ain’t the Mariners AJ, this is the Triple A Twins, a very dangerous team.

  117. Greg says:

    Give credit to Girardi. He had a quick hook.

  118. theyankeewarrior says:

    So Francona is in a tight spot:

    He’s down a couple runs in a big game, but he has another game tonight and he doesn’t want to burn his best relievers incase he needs them in the night cap.

    His starter didn’t last very long. His middle relief has been shaky at best of late.

    Looks like he has nowhere trustworthy to go but Bard or Papelbon… am I right?


    We gave them Alfredo Aceves. Problem solved.

  119. Tut says:

    The starting pitching is absolutely brutal right now. At least Burnett had a strikeout/walk ratio of 8-1.

  120. Sarah says:

    And now, Suzyn and John will harp on how the Yanks cannot score runs with RISP.

    They always complain about something.

    • Kostas says:

      You think they are bad on the radio, imagine if you were there child coming home with a B. Relentless!

      • Sarah says:

        God forbid.

        Honestly, “The Yankees should be up 10 runs! They’ve had opportunities!”

        • Kostas says:

          According to Waldman, every runner to reach 2nd or 3rd should automatically score. it is in the MLB bylaws.

          That comment about 10 runs was stupid. They must have forgot that other comment they spew – “you can’t predict baseball”.

  121. Kostas says:

    AJ has turned into John Lackey. Secret weapon of the Sox sent to destroy the Yanks from inside.

    And now Wade who is just exhausted and needs to not be used.

      • Kostas says:

        Isn’t there 19 pitchers in the bullpen? Are you telling me that the $200 million monster can’t find anyone to throw strikes against this AA team?

        And there is why Wade needs to be shelved. He served his purpose and is now overused.

      • Widget says:

        the kids, use the kids. Youth can save us.

        • Kostas says:

          BLASPHEMY!!!!! You do not under any circumstances utter “youth” as an option for the Yankees. How the hell do you expect to spend $85 million on youth when it can be over spent on a whining average joe.

          Your privileges are going to be revoked.

      • SDM says:

        Well Girardi could show some faith and put in Betances or Brackman. Sadly neither are in his “shitty veterans I trust for no reason other than they are veterans” club

        • Kostas says:

          Joe Torre did not prefer youth and neither does Joe Girardi. It is more realiable to depend on a fading has been veteran than a more talennted less seasoned youth.

          I swear I will fire Joe Girardi if he uses our youth. Randy Levine.

          • Mike Axisa says:

            This is a pretty stupid statement when you look at who the number two starter is, who the number five starter is, who the top setup man is, and who the DH is.

            • Kostas says:

              Hmmm and yet they are leaning towards AJ, Bartolo, and Freddy over Nova and Hughes.

              They don’t trust Montero except at DH.

              And Robertson – he is still young.

              • Mike Axisa says:

                Hmmm and yet they are leaning towards AJ, Bartolo, and Freddy over Nova and Hughes.

                Back that up with some evidence. I’ll wait.

                They don’t trust Montero except at DH.

                You can tell by all the at-bats they’ve given Posada over him this month.

                • Kostas says:

                  They don’t trust Montero except at DH.

                  You can tell by all the at-bats they’ve given Posada over him this month.

                  Is that what I said (I am using an older version of IE so updates are not immediate) Posada was the DH now it is Montero.

  122. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Cashman really needs to figure out a way to get rid of AJ. i’m fine with eating most of that salary. He’s just terrible.

  123. Karl Krawfid says:

    And Corey Wade looks terrible.

  124. Hummingbird S. says:

    yanks pitching being schooled by a triple-A lineup… and people around here were saying we shouldnt fear Texas lineup

  125. Mr Obvious says:

    Wade has not been as efficient recently at all.

  126. Mr Obvious says:

    This “binder” or “binder joe” Meme/narrative needs to die immediately.

  127. Pat D says:

    It’s amazing how much can change during your car ride to work…

  128. JohnnyC says:

    Well, he kept the team in the game. All you can ask. Amirite?

  129. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    crap…O’s are leeting the Sox back in it…

  130. Adam says:

    Sox within 6-5.

  131. Widget says:

    ouch that was a pretty hideous at bat rookie. Damn.

  132. Sarah says:

    O’s need to start hitting again! Let’s go Orioles!

  133. Karl Krawfid says:

    Thanks again AJ.

  134. Widget says:

    So I guess the Yankees decided to just tank like every game down the stretch? Forget helping the Rays win the Wild Card, let’s help them win the division.

  135. Jetrer says:


  136. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    F.U. Revere!

  137. Adam says:

    Is it just me, or are people even crazier here during day games?

  138. jon says:

    oh good boone logan

    didnt want to win this game anyways

  139. Bill says:

    It’s wonderful to see a Yankee catcher throw runners out at a higher than 20% clip

  140. Paul Proteus says:

    Push those two runs home, Os. Beat Boston.

  141. Greg says:

    Uh oh its Logan.

    I guess no better option.

  142. JohnnyC says:

    So what happened to Granderson playing more shallow to cut down on bloop hits? Can the coaching staff make up their minds with this?

    • Jetrer says:

      power hitter who homered to dead center in his last AB being up probably had something to do with that

      • JohnnyC says:

        You don’t play no doubles defense when there’s 2 out in the inning. I doubt very much Cuddyer gets an inside the park home run.

        • Jetrer says:

          not saying no doubles. I’m saying you play the defense where the hitter is more likely to hit the ball. A power hitter is more likely to hit the ball farther than a singles hitter. Where the defense plays is adjusted hitter to hitter, not just when the game situation changes.

          • JohnnyC says:

            Different pitcher. Wade throws off-speed unlike AJ. More likely to pull Wade, more left, left-center if he connects. You also adjust defense to the pitcher that’s on the mound. Right?

            • Jetrer says:

              yes. but Wade pitches mostly away with the off speed stuff, which a RH power hitter would be more likely to go Center to right Center with.

              • JohnnyC says:

                The point stands that there’s 2 outs and no one on base. Jim Kaat always said the best outfielders play more shallow to cut off the lucky bloop singles. If the ball is hit over your head, it’s on the pitcher. And you can play as deep as you want but if Cuddyer hits it over the fence you ain’t catching it.

    • the truth says:

      not with a guy with power like Cuddeyer, play too shallow and thats a double or triple instead of a single

  143. theyankeewarrior says:

    Fuckin Aceves rights the ship. Keeps Boston within one. I wonder how many more games they would have lost without him this year.

  144. Mister Delaware says:

    That is how and when you bunt.

  145. MannyGeee says:

    wow, one of them ‘good’ bunts. atta boy Jeets!

  146. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Please take notes Gardner.

  147. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    alright Alex…big spot here…earn that $27MM

  148. Sarah says:

    Come on Alex. Get Grandy home!

  149. theyankeewarrior says:



  150. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    arod is so not clutch…he never comes up big.

  151. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hell yeah nice A-Rod.

  152. Sarah says:

    Yeah! Insurance!

    Time for Cano!

  153. Mister Delaware says:

    Alex is running like I run in dreams when someone is chasing me.

  154. takecare says:

    Can girardi please drop tex from the 3-hole

  155. Mister Delaware says:

    Aviles, McDonald/PH and Ellsbury to face Jim Johnson in the bottom of the 9th. I like Johnson.

  156. CBean says:

    you don’t need to take this Swish. Make them pay.

  157. Cy Pettitte says:

    I leave for class after 2 thinking this will be an easy blow out, of course AJ doesn’t even make it out of the 4th. classic.

  158. Kosmo says:

    Swisher in 2011 2 outs RISP .129 Average .

  159. Jetrer says:

    nice play

  160. theyankeewarrior says:


  161. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking Orioles can’t tack on at all, the had so many opportunities. please hold on to win this.

  162. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Dinkleman!! He’s Jersey, he skis in his jeans!

  163. Mister Delaware says:

    Great pick by JJ.

  164. Mister Delaware says:

    Did not PH for McDonald. That’s a weird ass decision.

  165. Cy Pettitte says:

    Great play by Hardy to get Aviles

    McDonald grounds out

    2 down.

  166. Bill says:

    Why is Posada pinch-hitting for Montero?

  167. Jetrer says:

    lolsox, another gritty loss

  168. Mister Delaware says:

    Game. Ovah.

  169. the truth says:

    sox loooooooooooooose!!!!

  170. Cy Pettitte says:

    Ellsbury grounds out

    Game! O’s win!

  171. JobaWockeeZ says:

    God damn it Girardi.

  172. Greg says:

    O’s win 6-5

  173. Paul Proteus says:

    Catch Jorgie for the 9th! Have a heart, Joe!

  174. Karl Krawfid says:

    Boston meltdown!

  175. theyankeewarrior says:

    And the O’s win the World Series!

  176. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Boom! I just heard a collapse.

  177. Sarah says:

    And then Jorge with the GIDP. Wish he’d given Gardy a chance to steal.

  178. theyankeewarrior says:

    Joe getting Jorge used to the PH thing…

  179. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Yeah Montero could have done that.

  180. MannyGeee says:

    thank you B-More for not sucking against everyone one against us!

  181. Paul Proteus says:

    Now win the ballgame and the magic # for the division goes to 5. Sox just one loss ahead of the Rays now.

  182. Kostas says:

    Have to think there will be riots if the “Greatest Team” ever constructed fails to make the playoffs.

    Here’s hoping!

  183. Mr Obvious says:

    Well Sox lose game one

    they’re pressing as well going down in 7 pitches in the 9th.

    I didn’t see this coming at all neither did most rational observers even with that line-up.

    That’s now 4 quality starts in their last 23 games.
    Another crazy fact (from that the Sox haven’t won a game since Aug. 27th in which they have scored less than 9 runs.

  184. Cy Pettitte says:

    Any chance Matusz throws a decent game tonight? really wanna see the O’s crush Lackey and win.

    • I think Matusz has a better chance of doing well than Lackey, but as long as he’s not AS BAD as Lackey I’m happy.

    • Guns of the Navarone says:

      Probably have to win a slugfest. I don’t expect Lackey to come up big at all. This month for the Red Sox is kinda like how his whole season has gone. You can see the “here we go again” look on his face once he starts to fall behind.

  185. Sarah says:

    You know what really aggravates me about the GIDP by Jorge? The pitcher is having trouble throwing strikes. Give them 2 outs.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Easy to say in hindsight. Jorge didn’t know he’d walk the next two guys. He threw about 5 strikes to Gardner in 8 pitches and then he threw two strikes in a row to Jorge… It was a pitch he could have hit, he just didn’t hit it well.

    • Guns of the Navarone says:

      You know what aggravates me about that GIDP by Jorge? That the manager had him PH in the first place for literally no godforsaken reason.

      • Jetrer says:

        he needed an excuse to not have Jorge catch Mo in the ninth

      • Ted Nelson says:

        I don’t mind getting him the PA, especially in a PH situation. If he’s on the post-season roster it’s as a PH. It’s only the 3rd game he’s appeared in for a week and a half. He’s getting about the same amount of burn as Ramiro Pena.

  186. MannyGeee says:

    Sterling: “Just crazy, after that loss, the Rays are only ONE game back from the Red Sox now…”

    Suzyn: “AAAND, if they lose the second game, they will be LESS than one game behind the Red Sox…”

    Sterling “Uh, Yeah…”

    I missed my calling, I coulda done that. I feel I need to share this stuff for anyone who did not decide to pay for the GameDay Audio. fantastic stuff.

  187. Cy Pettitte says:

    Grandy is 4-8 with a HR off Mijares

    #42 please.

  188. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    Yankees are still in a playoff hunt, and still have yet to determine their playoff seeding. Is it embarrassing – or harmful to the “integrity” of baseball – that the Twins didn’t send an A lineup out there?


    Didn’t think so. But whatever fills the silence, eh Kay and Flaherty?

  189. Jetrer says:

    ARod flashing the leather today

  190. Guns of the Navarone says:

    D-Rob’s velocity down 3-4 mph over the last couple outings.

  191. the truth says:

    A Rod….beast

  192. Matt says:

    This is now the second game in a row in which Robertson’s FB velocity is down in the 89-91 range instead of 92-94. I wonder if he is going through a bit of a dead arm phase?

    • Jetrer says:

      last AB 92-93, so hopefully just a temporary blip

    • Guns of the Navarone says:

      Probably more fatigue than anything (is that the same as a dead arm?). He’s appeared in more games already this season and I would gather in much higher leverage spots. Seeing him hit 92 is encouraging if he can stay at that. Seeing 89 was concerning.

  193. the truth says:

    If Nuni was in there, that would have been the error that lead to the collapse of this game

  194. Mister Delaware says:

    First time a Rene has pinch hit for a Rene? I bet yes.

  195. Corporate Scum says:

    How often do you see a guy named Rene pinch hit for a guy named Rene?

  196. Paul Proteus says:

    Now that Jorgie is in the lineup there is only one thing left to do to make it a perfect day- Put Jorgie at catcher and let him have one last hurrah with his old friend Mo as he gets his record breaking save.

  197. MannyGeee says:

    I look at this about once a week and jiggle in my seat from laughter…


    How are tose predictions working for ya?

  198. Mister Delaware says:

    Great point by Kay; Sox fans will be bigger Yankees fans than Yankees fans over the next week and a half. I should just go around in my Yankees hat and a t-shirt that says “WE’RE ALL YANKEES FANS NOW”.

    • Jesse says:

      These last few weeks have been priceless, and like we both agree this potential Boston choke is bigger than the ’04 collapse. And to think they’ll be rooting for the Yankees, and if Tampa can win some of these games against the Yankees and if Tampa is able to finish off the comeback it’d be doubly sweet because Boston had to root for the Yankees in the process.

  199. Hall and Nokes says:

    I guess it would be wrong to score 2 runs here.

  200. Cy Pettitte says:

    if they score more runs Mo can’t get the save….

  201. the truth says:

    get one run…that way there is padding but Mo still in line for 602

  202. Mister Delaware says:

    I’d take 30 more runs if I could, Michael. Wins trump getting the record today.

  203. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Stay hot Robbie.

  204. Javierkei Pavagawa says:

    So Mo is going to get 602 with a 2 run lead against the Twins?? Lame.

    I want to see it happen against the Red Sox, watching them weep as their playoff hopes are crushed.

  205. Karl Krawfid says:

    Let’s do dis Mo!!!!

  206. the truth says:

    or they could be the yanks and mess up a chance for a big inning

  207. Adam says:

    Oh I hope that Gameday is kind and gives a live look in…

  208. Pat D says:

    History forthcoming.

  209. MannyGeee says:

    a ton of cheering for ZERO runs. that is a bad omen… a reverse jinx, if you would.

  210. Kostas says:

    Mo Time!!!!!!!!!

  211. Karl Krawfid says:

    Watch Mo go for the record here!

  212. Pat D says:

    It’s actually kind of fitting for the Twins to be the team that Mo gets the save against, since they’ve essentially been the Yankees’ absolute whipping boy for several years.

  213. Mister Delaware says:


  214. Karl Krawfid says:

    2 mo!

  215. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Gee, Michael Kay really loves hearing himself talk.

  216. Karl Krawfid says:

    1 mo!

  217. Mister Delaware says:

    Would have been cool if this coincided with clinching a playoff spot.

  218. JobaWockeeZ says:


  219. Xstar7 says:


    Congrats Mo. Terrific baseball player, and an even more terrific person.

  220. Cy Pettitte says:

    #602!!!!! so epic.

  221. Adam says:

    Chills…what a pleasure it has been to watch Mo.

  222. Jetrer says:

    Congratulations Mo!!! Best closer ever

  223. Jesse says:

    I got chills running down my spine when he got the K.

  224. jon says:

    its funny how this really isnt that big of a deal because everyone already knows mo is god

  225. MannyGeee says:

    LOL, Posada caught 570 of those saves. Russell caught 30 of them, but he got the first hug.

    Posada must be fuming inside!

  226. Dela G says:

    602!! Yes!

  227. Greg says:

    The master of his position

  228. Pat D says:

    Take that, Jose Valverde.

  229. Jesse says:

    “Greatest cloza evahhh!”

    Yep, even Boston fans can admit that.

  230. Bartolo's Colon says:

    this put me over the edge, i was never sure if he was better than hoffman, but now im certain of it

  231. Adam says:

    Love it, so humble, all the time…

  232. Mister Delaware says:

    “On that same mound where Scott Proctor once burned his glove and uniform, now Mariano Rivera stands alone …”

  233. Karl Krawfid says:

    ERA under 2


  234. JohnC says:


  235. Adam says:

    haha awesome..thanking Swisher for hitting into a double play.

  236. Paul Proteus says:

    LOL Sterling. He has tears in his eyes.

  237. Mister Delaware says:

    God’s To-Do List:
    1. Get Mariano the saves record
    2. That famine in Africa

  238. MikeD says:

    Congrats, Mo.

  239. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    way to go, Mo…such a class act all the way around. emotioinless has he breaks the record and walks toward home plate.

  240. Karl Krawfid says:

    Doesn’t this mean that 602 really came against the Blue Jays?

  241. rek4gehrig says:

    Congrats Mo. Love you to bits

  242. 4_Everbronx says:

    Girardi should have let Posada catch the ninth.

  243. Tom Zig says:

    So of the 57 or so experts (combined ESPN and SI) only one picked the Yankees to win the AL East. Wow.

  244. Bronx Byte says:

    Burnett has 24-karat chutspah ever stepping a foot on a pitching mound.
    The Yankees will make more than enough $$$ in Mariano merchandising to pay a chunk of Burnett’s salary to get lost.

  245. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Mo owes this save to Burnett…

    AJ could’ve pithed a CGSO today but he let up a bit to turn it into a save situation so Mo could do it on a beautiful mid day game in front of all of those adoring fans.

    We all owe AJ a debt of gratitude.

  246. Rookie says:

    Wow. If you want to take a look at some of the ugliest stats ever compiled by a starting pitcher, take a look at the stats for Baltimore’s starting pitcher against the Red Sox tonight, Brian Matusz, so far in 2011. They’re beyond ugly. They’re hard-to-believe bad.

    And Lackey’s been dominant against the Orioles — even this year.

    On paper, this game is a complete gimme for the Red Sox.

    That probably means that Matusz will go out and pitch a perfect game. But man does it look like a complete mismatch in the Red Sox’s favor on paper.

    • Foghorn Leghorn says:

      what’s odd is that Matuz made that lineup look silly last year in Fenway. He’s been horrible since the 2nd half of last year.

      Hopefully he finds his center tonight…

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