Game 154: Time to take care of business

Hughes scratched from start today
Joba throws for first time since elbow surgery
(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

It’s very simple: if the Yankees win one more game against the Rays this year, they’re going to the playoffs. Let’s not drag this out, take care of business this afternoon. Here’s the lineup…

Brett Gardner, CF
Derek Jeter, SS
Robinson Cano, DH
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, 1B
Andruw Jones, LF
Eduardo Nunez, 2B
Austin Romine, C

Hector Noesi, SP

Game one of the doubleheader starts a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

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Hughes scratched from start today
Joba throws for first time since elbow surgery
  • mike_h

    Noesi spot start, this should be fun

  • Tiny Tim

    This game can be thrown vs Shields, probably won’t win anyway with a spot starter on the mound. Win tonight with CC and go to the playoffs. Keep the Rays in the race.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      o ye of little faith!

      i have a feeling the Yanks are going to win this one…and tonight.

      • MannyGeee

        I agree. I think they have a better than average chance of winning today. I think even our AAAA lineup can run & gun with this team.

  • Guest

    So…Jesus Montero. Will he actually get to start a game at catcher after they clinch the wild card or the division?

    • Rich in NJ

      Girardi prefers defense-first catchers, so who knows? I hope that won’t effect Montero’s career in NY from here on out. Cashman can’t let that happen.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    I’m actually excited to see Noesi start. I hope he can open some eyes and crack the rotation sometime next season. I personally think he has the stuff to do it.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    so I just heard that the guy that served child support papers to Bedard yesterday is a huge Yankee fan and he showed up dressed all in Yankee gear!

    BRILLIANT!!

    • Guns of the Navarone

      You’ve been served by the best my friend. Keep it real.

    • Sarah

      I heard that too, and it’s amazing. Even if the guy isn’t a Yankee fan, I love the effort he put into it.

    • MannyGeee

      simply fcking awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

    What an odd lineup.

  • lardin

    Why not start CC in game one, go for the jugular this afternoon and play the Scranton line up tonight?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Sabathia probably said he’d prefer to pitch at night.

      • lardin

        Thats a good reason. I was just nitpicking a little. It really doesn make that much of difference…

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    So I think it’s safe to say at this point that Montero is not a catcher.

    • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

      Eh, let’s see what happens after the off-season once he’s had more time around the ML coaching staff. If next year rolls around and he’s still DH’ing(and god, please let it be against RHP AND LHP), then yeah.

      I’m still not convinced either way.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yep, all the starts Romine is getting is pretty good confirmation that they don’t consider him anything more than a emergency catcher.

      • Guns of the Navarone

        Any harm in trying to teach the kid a little first base?

        Starting DH, backup 1B, emergency catcher.

        • Foghorn Leghorn

          Vmart 2.0+??

          • Guns of the Navarone

            I’m just surprised I’ve never heard anything about the Yankees trying him out somewhere else on the diamond. First base seems to be the most logical choice. And he’ll still be a young kid when Teix is nearing the end of his deal.

            • Foghorn Leghorn

              i bet he gets a lot of work there in the off season. I’d try him in the OF and at 3b also. need to preserve that body for the big bat.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          Not at all. He’s played first in winter ball, and I remember seeing Mark Newman say that all the team’s catching prospects get work at first on the side in the minors.

          • Guns of the Navarone

            Nice. Great info.

          • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

            That makes me worry that Posada will make the playoff roster over Jesus. I hope I’m wrong, but…

            • MannyGeee

              you have to assume that Montero is on the Playoff roster regardless.

      • Ed

        I’m amazed they kept him at catcher this long if that’s how they feel. They clearly weren’t fooling other teams into believing he’d stick at catcher, so I don’t see what they gained. Didn’t he end the previous two seasons on the DL with injuries sustained from getting hit by foul balls? Seems like they put him at high risk of getting hurt for little gain.

        I figured he’d be around Posada level if they kept him there that long. Didn’t expect him to be good, but at least good enough to justify being a part time catcher.

    • Javierkei Pavagawa

      Montero has no business catching.

      When was the last time that you had a 21 year old catcher universally acknowledged as terrible defensively turn into a decent major league product behind the plate?

      Only place for him on this team is at DH, maybe occasional a day at 1B.

      I’d love to see Martin for the next year or two as some of the better defensive prospects mature.

  • DERP

    Both Romine and Montero have caught Noesi over the last two years.

  • kyle

    who would be our DH if playoffs were tomorrow?

    • lardin

      I think that question is a little complicated. There are a lot scenarios to think about. Whos pitching against us? Is Arod playing third? Is Posada on the roster? IS Romine on the roster? Do you want to have Chavez in the lineup? Is Jones playing LF in place of Gardner?

    • JFish

      If the playoffs started tomorrow, I wouldn’t be that surprised to see Chavez at 3B and ARod at DH.

    • Guest

      My guess is Montero DH’s against lefties and Chavez/A-Rod against righties.

      • lardin

        Would you start JOnes in LF against a tough lefty?

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          Probably.
          We’ll find out. Yankees could play Texas in the first round and CJ Wilson will certainly start game 1 for them. If it was me I would, because if you want you could put Gardner in left for defense or come in as a PR and then play D late in the game.

          • lardin

            I agree with that and if thats the case I would probably start Arod at third and Montero as the DH, assuming Romine is also on the roster…

            • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

              Yeah, there’s a very good chance, if not a 100% chance, that Romine will be on the roster due to Cervelli’s concussion. I believe he’s out for the year, not quite sure, but wouldn’t be surprised if he is.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Phil Phuckin’ Hughes

    Phuck, I wanted Phil to pitch.

    Sad face :(

    • theyankeewarrior

      So did the Rays.

  • MannyGeee

    better question is if we win the afternoon game, do you trot out the full AAA line up tonight? I think I would.

    • jon

      not when CC is going for this 20th win

    • Guest

      Yeah. The only reason not to would be to get A-Rod more AB’s. But since he’s playing in the field today, I think you’d give him the whole night off.

      • MannyGeee

        ideally, Montero catches and A-Rod DH’s. but, well, you know

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I’d looooove to see this:

      Nunez
      Martin
      Jones
      Chavez
      Montero
      Laird
      Golson
      Dickerson
      Pena

      Betances SP

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Never mind CC will start, but he could be on a 80ish pitch count since his next start will probably be on 3 days rest against Boston.

        • lardin

          CC is going to pitch on Monday against Tampa So that he is lined up to pitch game one Next Friday.

  • jon

    gotta be a huge blow to jesus ego that girardi wont let him catch

  • MannyGeee

    Does Jennings have the ABs for RoY consideration?

    • DERP

      Yes.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    in case you missed it, I’ll repost this from an earlier thread…this is very funny. a drunk, pissed of Red Sox fan just going off!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGWomEdeJuc

  • MannyGeee

    wow, Noesi. what was that 8 pitches?

  • Greg

    A 95 2-seamer? nice.

  • Yank The Frank

    Nice 10 pitch inning by Hector.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Noesi will throw 4 or 5 great innings, then Proctor will come in and get shelled

    • lardin

      Do you use up the bullpen in game one to clinch a playoff spot?

  • Guns of the Navarone

    James Shields is a badass. That is all.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      and Jamie Shields is not

  • UncleArgyle

    Gotta give Girardi credit, most managers wouldn’t bench their MVP canidate as he’s just emerging from a slump….

    • Yank The Frank

      He will play tonight.

    • Greg

      It’s only for half a day.

      THey play a game tonight, you do know that?

      • UncleArgyle

        I do know that Greg. Do you know that baseball players can play two games in one day. You know that right? Anyway, not a big deal, I just don’t get why you sit the hot hand…even if they play another game tonite

        • Mister Delaware

          Would it kill you to do something simple like look up Teixeira’s numbers against Shields? If you’re going to give him and most everyone else one of the two games off, this was very obviously the game for Teix.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He’ll play tonight. It’s not exactly a benching, it’s like a regularly scheduled night game after a night game.

  • Mister Delaware

    Hmmm … that seemed backwards.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    great..audio feed issues. sounds like Sterling is broadcasting from the terlit.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Was the originally scheduled game today a day game?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yep, and they were supposed to have tomorrow off. Instead they’ll play tonight and then again tomorrow.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        thanks, but wow, WHY would you have a day game in the middle of the week with an off day for both teams tomorrow?

  • Mister Delaware

    Don’t bother checking, Flaherty is dead on in terms of which pitchers he wrecked. Could have added Brad Radke too.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Centaur!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Woooo Alex.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Strong guy right there

  • Yank The Frank

    Alex is starting to get locked in.

  • Greg

    Cant go down and in to him

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      that’s why Cameron dumped him…

  • Mister Delaware

    Jesus.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      …should be playing.

  • Tiny Tim

    That’s a good idea, take Posada out for the rest of the season.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Swish is embarrassing.

    Dude is not healthy.

    Needs to sit the fuck down.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Got JoPo on the knee.

  • Greg

    Cant just throw fastballs, mix it up Noesi

  • Cy Pettitte

    that Curb Your Enthusiasm with Buckner was epic.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Let’s say Noesi pitches a gem for 4-5 innings at 50-60 pitches, then say he gets another start at say maybe 70-80 for 5-6 innings and pitches well again, and in the meantime Colon gets knocked around, again…You know where I’m going with this….So if those things happen, could we see Noesi start game 4 of the ALDS? A lot has to happen, and the odds are slim, but why not?

    • Jetrer

      Garcia is probably more in danger of losing his spot than Colon, but either way, it would probably take mass injuries for Noesi to get a postseason start

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        True. Both have been shaky of late, and in their last three starts apiece Colon has slightly been better. But in my opinion it’d be best for Colon to go to the bullpen. His innings are piling up, and we’ve seen a drop off in fastball command with him for awhile now. It’d be a great story if Noesi can earn a start in the playoffs. Just some food for thought.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      i think colon gets the start…BUT Noesi could be ready to roll.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I think he’ll be a longman/emergency starter in the playoffs like Gaudin in 09.

  • Greg

    ooh that 3-2 change looked good.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Michael Kay wants Johnny Damon to get 3,000 hits more than Johnny Damon does.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Damon is the man.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        still don’t get why he gets booed in fenway…those Sox fans are the real idiots

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          yea, he had one of the biggest hits in their history.

          • Foghorn Leghorn

            he played very well for the entire contract…plus, he was a face of that idiot team.

        • Karl Krawfid

          I said the same thing when Tampa played Boston.

        • MannyGeee

          the answer is in the question. they are absolute idiots. if you dont believe me, go look at the past week worth of posts an OTM…

  • Karl Krawfid

    so what 3-4 innings for Hector?

    Too many fouls.

    • Yank The Frank

      Thye are saying 50-60 pitches for Hector. He wasted a lot on that Loboton guy.

      • Greg

        Him and Damon.

  • Greg

    Jones looks like he might be starting to come back to earth.

    • Sarah

      Well Shields is (1) a very good pitcher and (2) a righty. But I am inclined to agree with you.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      maybe he can call his mom for some pointers

  • Mister Delaware

    Johnson is a dick.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      HA!

      • Mister Delaware

        Not intentional.

  • Kibbitty

    I hate innings like that, where they swing at the first pitch and let the pitcher get back into the groove. Especially after a decently long, run-scoring inning.

  • Monteroisdinero

    This was mentioned above but why doesn’t Swisher sit and “get healthy”? The guy is a crappy right fielder with a bum arm. Rest him.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      And let me guess, they should play Golson instead.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        He could have caught Johnson’s double!!

      • Greg

        Exactly the point, Mike. Dickerson and Golson are not real offenseive threats, Dickerson’s homer off King Felix nonwithstanding.

        • FIPster Doofus

          Dickerson’s not a bad offensive player. Granted, he’s no Swisher.

      • Monteroisdinero

        It would be a revelation to have a truly outstanding rightfielder throwing runners out at 2nd/3rd and home. Never see that with Swisher.

        He would have less HR’s but probably still hit .260 and steal a bunch of bases too. Yes-I know he won’t walk as much.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          You’re too enamored with the throwing arm. It’s usually not a good sign when it’s a position player’s best tool.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Strikeout Jennings please.

  • Greg

    Threw a high fastball, that’s what’s gonna happen.

  • Mister Delaware

    Really impressive getting over that pitch at the letters. Jennings is going to be really f’ing good.

  • Mister Delaware

    Jennings is one HR behind Crawford.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Carl Crawford: The $142 million version of Sam Fuld.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Id much rather have Betances pitching than Noesi. He’s much more important to the future of the franchise, and if Joe’s punting this game anyway, why not see what we have in Betances?

    • Greg

      Mr. Walk the ballpark?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      What makes you think they’re punting this game?

      • Hummingbird S.

        Starting Noesi on a 50 pitch count, starting the C lineup and having Valdes pitching when the game is remotely close.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          If they were truly punting this game they wouldn’t play Jeter, ARod, Cano Swish, etc.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      He could have Betances pitch the fourth and maybe more.

      • Hummingbird S.

        Do you really believe that’s going to happen?

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          No one said I couldn’t dream, right?

    • Guns of the Navarone

      Betances just was promoted to Triple-A the last week (or two weeks) of the season. He’s never pitched in the bigs before. This is a potential postseason-clinching game for the Yankees. He hasn’t pitched since September 4th. Noesi is closer to helping this team than Betances is. Noesi was the one guy in the bullpen that could give the Yankees the most length.

      Are those enough reasons for you?

  • Karl Krawfid

    GJ Hector.

    Could have been worse.

  • teddy

    noesi did a solid job, evan was out

  • Greg

    Here’s Valdes.

  • Greg

    Well, failure already.

    • Greg

      But comes back to K Damon. Well done.

  • DERP

    Chances we see either Brackman or Betances this game?

  • Mike

    Hey all, unfortunately I do not have the game on, I’m at work

    Why was Noesi taken out so early? Was he hit by a batted ball?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      50 pitch count

      • Mike

        Thanks, that’s kind of low though. If I do recall correctly, he let Noesi throw 75 pitches in a game several times. Figured he’d let him go 4 innings or so

        • Jetrer

          season MLB high was 71, but that was June 7
          hasn’t thrown more than 50 in MLB game since July 22
          he ended with 55 today

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Vida Blue for the trivia?

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        reply fail.

  • Yank The Frank

    Keep mixing and matching with the AAA arms. We still have a good shot.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    They don’t make changeups like that in Double-A, Austin.

    • Guest

      His head must be spinning. His life has changed dramatically in the last few weeks.

      Any chance he makes the playoff roster and Montero doesn’t? If the Yanks take a back up catcher, it’ll be Romine.

      Regardless of what happens at catcher, does Montero have a spot locked up because he will be the starting DH?

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        Mike..are you in the meeting with Cash and Girardi to make these decisions?

        you da man!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Win the CC game.

  • Yank The Frank

    Now is not the time for Big Game James to have a big game.

  • Rey22

    Gotta let Tampa win one to keep things interesting.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    el capitan with the wheels!

  • Greg

    By the way, since Cano is hitting third instead of Tex, he must be getting pitches to hit.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Ace on the mound.

      What the hell is wrong with you.

      • Greg

        I’m just responding to what people said yesterday.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          Because there’s no difference between Wade Davis and Jamie Shields.

          • Greg

            Fair enough, but we’ve seen Cano hit the toughest pitchers.

        • Karl Krawfid

          I was the one saying he should hit third.

          Swish is garbage right now. Tex can’t hit.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

            .250/.314/.438 since the elbow. He’s just a little off, not garbage.

            • Karl Krawfid

              Yeah but .211 in his last 38 at bats with 1 home run and 4 rbi.

              • Mister Delaware

                I bet he got a hit in that 39th at bat.

          • Jetrer

            Swish was garbage in April, Cano did just fine then

  • nsalem

    Roger Maris?

  • teddy

    that was a k

  • Greg

    That’s the second time in two games that we’ve avoided pitching to this guy. WTF.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Loboton…that is an unique name for a ball player.

  • Sarah

    I vote to see the kids today! All of them. It is no shame to lose to Complete Game James. A win would be better, of course.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I’m going to scream if Betances, Brackman, OR Kontos don’t see any action in this game.

    • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

      There are a lot more important things to scream about than that.

    • Greg

      Earplugs everyone!

      (not insulting your scream)

  • teddy

    arod got hosed

    • Greg

      Gameday showed it right on the edge of the K zone.

      • teddy

        mean on the first pitch curveball

    • Hummingbird S.

      It was a beautiful pitch.

  • Greg

    In that inning, Shields threw only one fastball. A cutter to Posada that missed. Everything else was either Changeup, Slider, or Curveball.

  • Chop It Up

    Funny to hear them talk about FIP.

  • Greg

    Jesse, you dont have to scream. Kontos is in.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Hooray! No screaming today for me.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Kontos was stretched out to 50 pitches or so in Triple-A, they could get three innings out of him.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    You can tell Swisher’s elbow is still bothering him on that nice throw to hold Upton to a single.

    /crickets

    • Sarah

      Heh. Exactly what I was thinking.

  • Greg

    Kontos threw Upton three straight sliders.
    Cant do that to a major league hitter unless each one is better than the last, as they say.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan
    • Greg

      Too much orange, although they may be going with the Miami Vice look.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      U.G.L.Y

    • Widget

      What the hell is that? It’s hideous.

    • Yank The Frank

      It looks like it would belong to a gay Mets fan.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      That’s uglier than the Mariln’s stadium.

    • FIPster Doofus

      It’s not good, but I like it better than their current logo – which I’ve always hated.

    • MannyGeee

      wow, that is Eastern League ugly!

    • http://Www.or.ly MeGustaMontero (JM)

      New ugliest logo in baseball? New ugliest logo in baseball. They better have some NICE uniforms to make up fo that.

  • Greg

    Joe wants to try and steal this game so he is mixing and matching.

    • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

      If he really wanted to steal this game he wouldn’t have Laffey in there.

      No idea why you don’t let Kontos finish the inning.

      • Greg

        Probably because Maddon made his lineup with 5 lefties almost in a row at the end of it and Loboton is the only righty in that sequence.

        • Hummingbird S.

          So you rather have a garbage lefty than a decent righty pitching?

        • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

          It’s the 5th inning. You don’t play matchups in the 5th inning of a pretty meaningless regular season game.

  • Ethan

    How does one get spasms in their back?

    • Mister Delaware

      Twisting to watch foul balls too often.

  • MannyGeee

    OK, had a one hour meeting, what did I miss?

    • Hummingbird S.

      Shields doing his thing against our C-lineup. Our pitching has been decent considering we’re using the triple-A staff

    • Karl Krawfid

      Jennings 2 run home run.

      A-Rod rbi double to score Jeter.

  • Hummingbird S.

    that was a hanger right down the middle.. thankfully Damon is old

  • Greg

    And Laffey saves Girardi’s bacon

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Well I’m glad Montero got 7 innings from the front office before being declared a bust.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    I have a suggestion for Sterling when Romine hits a homer.

    “Austin’s got Power, Baby Yeah!! He Shagged that ball rotten”

    • Greg

      That would sound very creepy coming from Sterling

      • Greg

        Gameday had it hit the top of K zone and a 100 nasty factor.

        • Greg

          Reply fail

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        Susan can say it then…

    • http://highfirstpitch.wordpress.com/ Stratman9652

      IIRC, he said something along those lines for Kearns. “Austin Powers one out of there”

  • teddy

    horseshit strike called

    • Mister Delaware

      Worth it for Andruw’s reaction.

      • MannyGeee

        did he smile?

        • Mister Delaware

          At the sky. After arching his back and looking upward.

  • Jesus’ Ghost

    I hate how Jesus is not in the line up. he is young he should be playing in both games. They should aim to keep him hot because Posada isn’t going to cut it as a full time DH in the postseason.

    • Mister Delaware

      He’s not currently hot. .269 OBP over the last 2 weeks / 26 PAs.

      • Hummingbird S.

        Rather have Posada’s guaranteed 0-4 with 2 Ks

        • Mister Delaware

          Rather not whine about the lineup of the first game of a doubleheader with a magic number of 1, actually.

  • MannyGeee

    Romine to bunt?

  • Hummingbird S.

    Comon Nunez, steal that bag

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Hot damn Eduardo.

  • Yank The Frank

    Nunie is out of control!

  • MannyGeee

    wow. nunez!!!!!

    meanwhile, Sterling just told me Romine stole 3rd.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Ugh. Tough break.

  • Yank The Frank

    The best laid plans…

  • Hummingbird S.

    wow, thats unfortunate… great AB by Romine though.

  • Karl Krawfid

    I hate Longoria man.

  • Greg

    Did Romine hit it hard?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Scalded. Line drive right at Longoria.

  • MannyGeee

    well, try as you might Suzyn…

  • Mister Delaware

    There’s atleast a 1/3 chance Nunez would have been doubled off 2B so maybe that steal didn’t change anything but our anger levels.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Laffey continues to suck, but at least he throws with his left hand, so that’s something.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Pull Laffey please.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Longoria did the same thing against the sox. summmmbitch

  • Adam

    I wonder if Corey Wade spends any time chatting up Scott Proctor?

    • Mister Delaware

      “For the first 50 games, I didn’t drink, but by July I was a mess.”

      • Adam

        haha, ouch…

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    If Longoria pulls that crap again I’m going to steal his cap.

    • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

      That’s not my cap.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa
    • Adam

      I mean…that’s what happens when you have the greatest baseball team of all time, destined to win 172 games.

    • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

      The rational boston fans(all 3 of them?) are shaking their heads now.

      No “ESPN doesn’t favor Boston over NY” argument will ever hold water, from here on out.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      i read about this “All Boston edition” and thought it was a joke…

    • MannyGeee

      counterpoint… I am morbidly curious to read what Artie wrote for ‘Boston Sucks’… anyone know if its out there online anywhere yet?

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    JETER!

  • Yank The Frank

    Nice play Derek, like old times.

  • Jetrer

    Jeter with some range

  • Mister Delaware

    You guys who aren’t watching won’t believe this, but Jeter just ranged to the 1B side of 1st on a 6-3 putout.

    • Mister Delaware

      The 1B side of 2B. 1B side of 1st is … I don’t know where.

      • MannyGeee

        1B side of 1B is…. foul? I guess?

        • Mister Delaware

          Or is it the base itself?

  • Jimmy McNulty

    I wouldn’t mind losing both if it means that the Rays are a half game within Boston.

    • Mister Delaware

      Absolutely. Drop both games, Boston loses, we clinch, everyone wins.

      • Jetrer

        how do we clinch if we drop both games???

        • Jimmy McNulty

          I want the sweep against Boston too…I mean they’re a game away fromt he playoffs, three away from the division. Boston loses they’re just one and two. If this team can’t pick up a game against Boston then they don’t deserve the division.

          • Jetrer

            true, just saying they couldn’t clinch today, which is what I think he was saying
            not real confident about the series with Boston though, with probably Garcia and AJ pitching the first 2 games, and I’m sure Joe will be resting guys

            • Jetrer

              and the magic number would be 2 for both playoffs and division in that scenario, fwiw

        • Mister Delaware

          Ah, we don’t. I was thinking we were clear of Tampa and worst case after a Boston loss was a tie for the division lead and wild card like … 2005?

      • theyankeewarrior

        Besides Boston :)

        Sorry for the smiley face but the Sox missing the playoffs makes me giddy.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    That was a helluva play by the captain

  • Kostas

    If a leadoff double does not score is it really “escaping” the inning by the defensive team?

    • Mister Delaware

      Mathematically, yes. Run expectancy is > 1 in that instance.

      • Kostas

        You just made John Sterling a mathematical genius.

  • MannyGeee

    Sterling: ‘There’s a shot to right. and it is deep. AND IT ISSSSS…. ummm, I dont know what it is.’

    well, shit. glad you’re here.

    • Sarah

      I know. Thanks for being helpful. And the conclusion: “I guess it was a foul ball.”

      • MannyGeee

        ‘well… something happened…!’

  • Yank The Frank

    I think Kay has been hanging out with Sterling again.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Damn that was hit hard as hell

  • theyankeewarrior

    BIG GAME JAMES

    • Greg

      COMPLETE GAME JAMES

  • teddy

    cano has gotton 2 cookie from shields and missed them both

    • Greg

      Probably the difference in speeds has something to do with that.

  • Kibbitty

    It seems whenever Cano does a lap around the batter’s circle he swings and misses at the next pitch, is this a trend or am I crazy?

  • Frank

    Shields is not coming out of this game. He’s throwing 120 pitches if he has to.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He’s on pace for 132.

  • MannyGeee

    Golson doesnt make that catch.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Do the Yankees generally party after just clinching a wild card spot. (if they’re still fighting for the division)

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      Probably very mild celebration. If the Yankees were to win this game, I’m not sure they’d do much of anything considering there’s another game to follow.

      • Jetrer

        it would be fun to watch game 2 with the entire team playing drunk though

    • MannyGeee

      if they win the game, yes. I think if they lose they dont start spilling the bubbly.

  • MannyGeee

    wow, Posada is a heart attack waiting to happen at both the dish AND the bag.

  • Greg

    Well there was no other lefty alternative.

    • Jetrer

      Swisher

      • Yank The Frank

        Chavez

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    Hopefully Maddon overmanages and brings in a righty hitter to face Logan.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    If you keep using lefties against Matt Joyce, one of them is bound to get him out eventually, right?

    • Greg

      Bingo!

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Joe’s just trying to fit the square peg in the round hole.

      • Greg

        which is possible because we dont know how wide the hole is.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          The circle is smaller than the square. That’s the point of the joke.

      • MannyGeee

        Ball, er, Binder don’t lie.

        /Sheed’d

  • Yank The Frank

    Ok, no more fooling around, this inning we take the lead.

  • Tom

    So who was that lefty call up that’s wearing Boone Logan’s #?

    • Yank The Frank

      Loone Bogan

  • Gonzo

    Who has No-Va-Ko-La-Wa-Lo so far in the bullpen game pool?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Bold Prediction:

    Jesus will PH for Posada in the bottom of the 9th and hit a walk off homerun.

    • Greg

      It will have to be this inning.

  • teddy

    not even fucking close

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Yay 3-0 autostrikes

  • MannyGeee

    Dickerson to run for Posada, Granderson to hit for Jones… interesting move

    • MannyGeee

      interested to see what we do defensively, specifically.

      • Jetrer

        Swisher to first?
        or chavez?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Swisher to first, Dickerson in right, Grandy in center, Gardner in left.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    How do postseason tickets work? If the game never happens, do the yankees just refund your credit card?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yep.

  • Greg

    Here comes Grandy

  • Kibbitty

    Dickerson to right, Swish to first, Grandy to CF, Gardner to LF. Vintage Girardi.

    • Kibbitty

      Called it.

  • MannyGeee

    well, that was anti-climactic.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Mo is going Hollywood on us

  • Rockdog

    Man, what is the Yankees record in extra innings and one run games? In spite of the great record, it feels like we have been a bit unlucky this year.

    • Jetrer
      • Rockdog

        Thanks, I didn’t know that was there. And we have been a little bit unlucky, it seems.

        • Urban

          It’s why the team’s Pythagorean expectation has been off for most of the year. The Yankees haven’t done as well as they should in one-run games, and extra-inning games. Kind of surprising since the bullpen has been a strength and the strong hitting. That combination will sometimes lead to a team exceeding Pythagorean winning %.

          The underperformance really doesn’t mean anything. Just randomness in any given year, but in most seasons the Yankees would have had the division locked up by now.

  • MannyGeee

    gottas gotta GOTTA hit Montero for Romine and take the chance with his glove behind the dish, right?

  • Urban

    Mo cashing in new endorsement deals. Good for him.

  • Sarah

    I don’t want DRob to pitch in a losing game. Save his arm! Use someone else Joe!

  • Yank The Frank

    C’mon Luis keep it a 1 run game.

  • Urban

    Lobaton? Sounds like he should be in the next Transformers movie.

    • Dave B

      I think it means labia in Spanish

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Once again, Boone does a great job against the lefties…

    • Urban

      Hence why the possibility of Valdes or Laffey making the postseason roster.

    • Jetrer

      2/3 aint bad for Boone

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        2/4. He hit Kotchman and allowed a single to Joyce.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          Lobaton not Joyce

          • Jetrer

            switch hitter, not lefty
            he retired 2/3 lefties

        • Greg

          Didn’t Joyce ground out to end the seventh?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    What a convenient time for Zobrist to show up to the park.

  • Urban

    It changed when we became a nation of panty-wearing men.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Eddie!

  • Yank The Frank

    NUnie Nunie Nunie

  • Jetrer

    Nunez!!!!!!!!!!!! wtf

  • Sarah

    Nunez with the hitting!

    WTH is Sterling even saying? What sort of a call is that?

  • Mister Delaware

    Sssssssee-YA!!!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Nunie!!

  • Urban

    I thought for sure Jennings was goint to rob him for a second.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Dammit Nunez! We’re supposed to LOSE the first one and win TONIGHT!

  • tom

    It tells you how much better overall the Yankees are, that a conga-line of no-name pitchers kept this game so close against the Rays’ big game guy in a game the Rays need far more than NY.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Might be a post season strategy: “Hey Bart-give us your best 60 pitches and then Freddy will give us his best”

      • Mister Delaware

        I imagine this will absolutely be the strategy. Every non-Sabathia starter has a leash shorter than something that is very short for the purpose of an analogy.

  • Dave B

    I think that weasel manager rode Shields a little too long.

  • Mister Delaware

    Nunez looks like he’s more backswing than swing.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Suddenly my Jesus walkoff prediction is looking more and more like a possibility.

  • Sarah

    Love it.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    DON’T BUNT JETER!!!

    /sick of bunts

    • Greg

      There would be no point. There’s already one out.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Exactly.

  • Javierkei Pavagawa

    LOSE YANKEES!

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      You know this is a Yankees blog right?

      • Javierkei Pavagawa

        Oh I hate the Red Sox so much

    • Urban

      Well, we know you can’t be a Red Sox fan!

      You might find yourself more comfortable over here with other Rays’ fans. Hope you don’t mind the sounds of crickets.

      http://therayarea.com/

      • Mister Delaware

        Does that rhyme with diarrhea?

        • StanfordBen

          Ha. Awesome.

  • Guest

    So…Nunez, Nova, and Montero for 2 months of “Philly is the best city ever” Lee.

    In hindsight, looks like a pretty good non-move.

    • Finster

      Worse than that…those same players plus one of the B’s gone for Ubaldo.

  • Tom T

    That was the least clutch clutch HR I’ve ever seen by Nunez. It’s like they’re actually TRYING not to lose!

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Yes! Bring the lefty in to face Cano!
    Hahhahahahahahahahaha

    • Kibbitty

      MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH

  • Tiny Tim

    Might as well try to win this one. We could scratch CC and push him back to the Sox series. We could then start Eddie Cicotte in his place.

    • Greg

      No, were trying to get him back on the 4 day.

  • Greg

    Story of the game especially on the Rays side.

    Yankees 0-2 RISP
    Rays 1-10 RISP

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      I’m shocked! By reading the comments on this blog, I was convinced that the Yankees were the only team in MLB that were bad w/ RISP.

  • CBean

    If we clinch now I’m assuming triple A team for the second game. Dammit I needed the win for CC.

  • Brandon

    Welp, looks like CC is going to have to have a CG tonight since today we have used a ton of pitchers and we’ll likely see Mo next if we can get a lead here. If we cant, well than god help CC tonight, lol.

    • Jetrer

      cc-so-ro
      no problem, but I’d rather the Yankees lose that game to make the Sux keep sweating

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        The Sux will sweat when the Yanks sweep them this weekend.

        It’s then up to the Rays to take care of their business against the Jays.

        • Jetrer

          probably Garcia, then AJ, then CC in a short start on 3 days rest, all while Girardi is resting players
          Sweep would be great, but highly unlikely

    • Greg

      If we clinch, we will probably see the rookies pitch tonight if CC doesnt go as deep.

  • Finster

    Schields must be wondering how the back end of the Yankees bullpen equalled his performance over 8 innings.

  • Urban

    Don’t be afraid of a walk, Robbie.

    • Urban

      …and most certainly don’t be afraid of a two-run double!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Meh they suck in close games anyways.

  • Finster

    Schields must be wondering how the back end of the Yankees bullpen equalled his performance over 7 innings.

    • MannyGeee

      um, we all are

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    A ribbie…for Robby!

  • Yank The Frank

    Don’t cha know!! Robbie Cano!!!

  • Tiny Tim

    There’s your wildcard clincher! Robbie Cano dontcha know.

  • Sarah

    Cano is awesome, per usual.

  • Greg

    Robbie!

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Mwahahahahahahaha

    That’s what you get for bringing in a lefty to face Cano!!

  • Guest

    Yes, bring in the lefty to face Cano.

    It really is truly amazing.

  • Dela G

    I love Ribbie Cano

  • MannyGeee

    mmmmm, the AAA line up and mickey mouse BP lineup, and they are still winning.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    When did JP Howell become Boone Logan?

    • Mister Delaware

      When his shoulder gave up on him.

    • MannyGeee

      when Howells arm became Scott Proctors arm

  • Karl Krawfid

    Might be the end of the road for the Rays.

  • Kostas

    I think we all know Cano is a great hitter, but I have not seen a hitter consistently produce with big hits – xbase/HR – with bases loaded like Robbie this year.

    Freakin amazing.

    • Frank

      That’s why he’s the MVP for the Yanks with all due repect to Grandy.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      yeah..someday we can all hope that Cano can catch up to that little midget in Beantown.

    • Kibbitty

      Really turning into a clutch hitting machine.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    this is the way to do it…just win baby! wrap up the playoffs then the divisiion and then homefield and forget about the other teams.

    • Yank The Frank

      Amen.

  • Brandon

    Cano may have just saved CC’s bacon from having to go 140 tonight if need be. Only thing left, get through the 9th with a 1,2,3.

    Oh and for those saying we may see the Triple A lineup tonight. Let’s hope not. Let’s try to clinch the division today as well. Don’t let off the gas until the division is clinched.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Girardi isn’t like that though.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Hey guys, got out of work just in time to hear Nunez’s homer on the radio. I’m sick as a dog but it made my day =D How’s everyone doing this afternoon.

  • Beachbum

    Mo time!

  • theyankeewarrior

    Sox lose tonight = we clinch.

    • Jetrer

      for the division?
      only if the Yankees win both games today
      magic number was 3 for the division coming in to today

      • theyankeewarrior

        Yeah, hats what I meant.

        #aheadofmyself

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      not necessarily, yanks would have to win tonight’s game too

      • theyankeewarrior

        You’re right. I mean AND win tonight.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Jamie Shields’s “oh fuck” look is almost as good as Papelbon’s.

    • Kostas

      I don’t know that you can use the word “almost”. NOTHING is better than seeing Papelbon’s failure face.

      Sincerely Senor Andino.

      • Mister Delaware

        There really isn’t. My peak MLB schadenfreude moments all involve either him or Beckett failing.

  • Andy

    How does he let those two strikes down the middle go by him and then swing at that?

  • teddy

    nice job cano

  • Kibbitty

    DUN DUN DENANUN DUN DUN DENANUN!

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Smoke on the Water?

    • Yank The Frank

      In A Gadda Da Vida?

      • Kibbitty

        Mo looks filthy today…

  • Stevesy

    Anyone else have flashbacks of Grady Little keeping Pedro in too long? Not the same stakes (for the Yanks), but Changeup-artist Shields held his own until the end. Love it.

    • Zach

      I was thinking the same thing, actually. Left him in one batter too long.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Michael Kay just can’t shut the hell up can he?

    Describing the inside cutter? We know what the hell it does.

    • Mister Delaware

      It cuts.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      No, no he can’t. He loves the sound of his own voice.

      PS, Hello post season everybody =D

  • Greg

    Next stop the AL East!

  • Tiny Tim

    It’s official- Yanks go to the playoffs!

  • Mister Delaware

    Has this ever happened before? Play Game 2 drunk?

    • Yank The Frank

      Not since Mantle & Ford

      • Chen Meng Wang

        You know Boomer Wells showed up to game 2 of double headers drunk, especially if he won game 1.

  • CBean

    Playoffs baby! Now lets clinch the division.

  • Chen Meng Wang
    • Jetrer

      not cool, Frank Sinatra’s version or bust

      • Chen Meng Wang

        Love the Frank version, but you hafta admit…this is an awesome cover.

        • Jetrer

          meh

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Well they did a pretty good job considering they are in the same division as the Greatest Team In Baseball History.

  • Mister Delaware

    What the fuck is that graphic?

  • Finster

    LOL, Jeter put a quick end to any talk of celebrating the wild card.

    • FachoinaNYY

      Exactly the mindset this entire team needs to have…

  • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

    Suzyn Waldman stole my Aunt Hilda’s wardrobe. I swear.

  • Urban

    Congrats on locking down a trip to the postseason. AL East title next!

    Where’s the celebration? Not for the postseason, but for Mo setting a new all-time save record, something we’ll hopefully be able to see for several more years.

    • Karl Krawfid

      lol

      • Tom

        Well technically he did set a new record today… and will after his next save… and the one after that….

        They might as well celebrate every record he sets. ;)

  • Bill

    Just got home in time to see Rivera get the save. Damn, that seemed like one hell of a game.

  • Adam

    Sixteen appearance in seventeen years…can we all just take a step back and for a second realize how damn lucky we are as Yankee fans?

  • U Thant

    As a high schooler during the Dallas Green-Stump Merrill-Bucky Dent era, I certainly am appreciating 16 out of 17.

  • Frigidevil

    I saw the score and assumed Noesi did well. 7 1/2 scoreless from the pen though!? God damn.