Sep
25

Game 158: All wrapped up

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That's how I feel about Boston's collapse too. (Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Yankees have accomplished everything they set out to accomplish. They won their division on Wednesday and clinched homefield advantage (with some help from the Orioles) last night. There’s nothing left for them to do over the final five games of the season, other than to make sure no one gets hurt, anyway. I supposed they could focus on passing the Phillies for the best record in baseball (one back in the loss column), but that won’t benefit them at all. It’s a bragging rights thing, and frankly I couldn’t care less. Beating the Red Sox today would just be iciing on the 2011 season cake. Here’s the lineup…

Brett Gardner, CF
Derek Jeter, SS
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Jorge Posada, DH
Andruw Jones, LF
Russell Martin, C
Chris Dickerson, RF
Brandon Laird, 1B
Ramiro Pena, 2B

A.J. Burnett, SP

Game one of today’s doubleheader starts at 1pm ET and can be seen on YES locally or TBS nationally. Game two is scheduled to start at 6:30pm ET. Enjoy.

CC Sabathia Update: Sabathia threw his simulated game this morning, throwing 65 pitches across four “innings.” He faced Greg Golson and Pena (batting lefty), and all went well. His next start will be Game One of the ALDS on Friday.

Reminder: Our get together with FanGraphs at Amity Hall is today. All the details are here. Stop by if you can, it’ll be a blast.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Avi

    Someone please explain to me why the F*CK Montero isn’t in the lineup

    • Yep

      Yea I don’t get it. Hope this is a mistake

    • Paulf

      Because nobody is playing both games.

      • Avi

        Is that supposed to be a reason?

        • Sayid J.

          Yes. It would appear Girardi has decided that because they have already clinched the division and home field advantage that he rather not overwork anyone in the last few days of the season and make sure everyone gets a break. That’s as good a reason as any.

          • Avi

            DHing in both games of a double header qualifies as overwork?

            • The Big City of Dreams

              If its in the binder it does

            • Sayid J.

              What does it really matter? Is playing CF in both games of a double header REALLY that strenuous either? Girardi made the decision to sit half of the regulars in one game. I’m guessing he’s sitting the other half of the regulars in game 2. What’s the big deal?

              What’s your argument as to why Montero needs to be in the lineup of a meaningless game against a knuckleballer?

              • LiterallyFigurative

                “I like your Yankees, I can’t understand your Ynakee fans.”

                Mohatma Gandhi.

                Seriously, does Montero have to play every game (especially when they are playing a doubleheader) just to pacify a restless minority of fans who cry about every friggin thing?

            • Rainbow Connection

              Standing on grass for 3 hours qualifies as work?

              • JimIsBored (Jim S)

                You never contribute anything.

  • Yep

    Good to see jeter at 2 but where is montero

    • Nuke Ladoosh

      Maybe Joe doesn’t want him to get “messed up” by a knuckler when he can start him in game 2.

      • Avi

        Please, the only one that might get messed up if Montero is in the lineup is Wakefield.

      • Sayid J.

        Another good reason.

        Don’t know why everyone thinks Montero sitting is so crazy. Cano, Tex, Swish and Granderson aren’t playing either.

        • Sandman42

          Tex sitting would appear to be an upgrade.

        • Zack D

          It has nothing to do with Montero, it’s just Girardi. If he played Montero in both games he’d receive criticism for that. He’s in a lose-lose situation at all times.

      • Yep

        He needs work before the playoffs for experience.

        • CBean

          Yeah I’d still rather have Tex at 1st base than Laird especially with Nunie out there

          • CBean

            Sorry reply fail. That was in regards to Tex

    • Urban

      All the bench/part-time players are going to get in-game action over the coming games so they’re ready for the playoffs. Montero will play in the second game. I wonder if they’ll let him catch again.

      Missing Wakefield is not a bad thing, either.

  • Urban

    So why wouldn’t the Yankees have CC throw this four innings against the Red Sox? In fact, since AJ is likely to implode, why not have him pitch innings 3-7 and give him a chance to win #20.

    • Mike c

      You care about meaningless games

    • mbonzo

      There is a chance of injury. CC has been struggling giving up homeruns lately, so he may have worked on something too. Having him right for the first game of the playoffs is much more important than 20 wins.

    • CMP

      Good point.

      That also would have been a nice way to say “fuck you” to the Red Sux at the same time.

    • Pants Lendel-stros.

      Even if he does implode what’s the big deal honestly?

      The Yankees health and every one being fine tuned for the playoffs is a bigger deal than going full speed against the Redsox especially since you can’t assume Tampa or L.A will win the games they need to win.

  • Pants Lendel-stros.

    Laird will have a good game.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Here’s an idea, maybe Girardi doesn’t like Montero against Wakefield who throws a knuckleball. I really doubt Montero has seen a knuckleball before.

    • CMP

      Maybe it would have been a good chance for him to see Wakefieldin a game that doesn’t count since he may have to face him in the playoffs.

      Montero is 21 years old. I’m sure the physical toll of DHing 2 games of a Doubleheader wouldn’t be overwhelming.

    • StanfordBen

      What is the reason for “protecting” him from seeing the knuckleball? If he goes 0-for-4 with 4 strikeouts, who cares? The possible benefit is that there’s a chance he’ll have to face a knuckleball in the playoffs.

      I think the reason is simply that Girardi doesn’t want to overwork anyone, though as someone mentioned above, DHing twice in a day doesn’t really qualify as “overwork.”

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        How is DHing twice qualify as overwork?

        • S

          Lackey and Methusalah….its extra bp

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    the Sox and Rays will be tied at the end of the day.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      I love your thinking.

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      That would be fantastic.

      I still think the rainout the other day causing today’s D-H could have some benefit to the Red Sox by having the Yankees end up playing two “incomplete” lineups today, as Girardi rests players.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        I see your thinking, but it’s also hard to see Francona playing this same lineup twice.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Wakefield vs Burnett should be………….interesting?

  • Accent Shallow

    I am going to be irrationally happy when Ramiro Pena is DFAed. Can’t stand watching him play.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    Although passing Philly in the standings would mean nothing. It would still be awesome to further rub it in everyone’s face who wrote off the Yankees in Spring Training.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    No football thread?

  • Mickey Scheister

    AJ is 10-77, hilarious misprint.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Woah! Burnett has 77 (!!!) losses!
    I knew he was bad, but not THAT bad!

    /YES typo’d

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Bold prediction:

    AJ will pitch a CGSHO today.

    • Jetrer

      I’ll take the under.

    • Sarah

      I like it.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Rothschild effect: The Cubs lead the majors in strikeouts from 2002-2010 and the Yankees this year leads the league in strikeouts.

    • Zack D

      Wouldn’t it be better to look at individual K/9 improvements?

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Over/Under on total wild pitches today is 5.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    lol he was out.

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    AJ will probably end the Red Sox slump.

  • Sarge

    SADDLE UP BOYS, TIME TO SUCK THE DAY’S DICK.

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    That’s why it takes 162 games to determine the best. Interesting, if the Yankees removed their worst stretches of 34 games, they’d still be the best team, too.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Loellsbury

  • Sarah

    The run down!

    Who is this AJ?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Haha Ellsbury

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Aww lil Dusty couldn’t reach base!

    • Sarah

      Even grit isn’t enough to get him on base.

      • LiterallyFigurative

        His grit hit a double, the rest of him hit a routine grounder.

  • Sarah

    Time to start the running game!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Oooh, It’s gonna be fun to see Gardner run against Wakefield.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    That’s how you bunt.

  • Sarah

    #47!

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      It’s weird that 47 leads the league, it’s usually at least 60 that leads the league, or at least that’s what it seems like.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    SaltaLOLmacia

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Saltalolmaccia

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

    This is going to be hilarious!

  • Karl Krawfid

    This is what the Yanks should have did in the 2004 ALCS.

    Joe G > Joe Torre

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      +1000000000

      Especially in game 6 against Schilling.

    • MannyGeee

      What… Not completely fucking blow? Yeah, that’s exactly what they slhlulda done.

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    Wakefield moves like he’s 50 or something. Oh, wait.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    LOL Red Sox. Adding salt to the wounds and insult to injury.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow.. 2 bunt singles… That just blew my mind.

  • Ronald C.

    Is the game blacked out for anyone else? Both the YES Network and TBS are blacked out. I’m in the Bronx. So stupid.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Wow. That is really stupid.

  • pat

    FUCK YEA

  • Kevin G.

    lololololol

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    This is too funny.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Haha this is gonna be fun.

  • CBean

    Ahahha omg this is the most fun game already

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    So Kay is so behind the game, he’s yelling here comes Gardner and Gardner is already scored.

  • first time lawng time

    I find it interesting that so many people predicted A-Gon to have like 45-50 homeruns and he only has 27.

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      He had an injured shoulder. That’s the excuse. There’s always some excuse in Red Sox land when things don’t go as predicted.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow, good thing the Red Sox didn’t overpay for VMart… That Epstein really is a genius.

  • S

    Arod should’ve bunted

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Although I prefer to see homers and doubles in the gap, I’m loving these bunt hits and stolen bases by Gardy and Jeet.

    • Sarah

      I’m hoping for something like 10 stolen bases this game by the Yanks.

  • Sarah

    Awesomeness is just getting started.

  • Rey22

    No-pressure games against the Red Sox when they’re desperately fighting for their season are so fun.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Why is Jorge batting clean-up?

    • MannyGeee

      Because Theres nothing left to lose……..

      • ArchStanton

        He was in there as an extra base coach during all of the passed balls and wild pitches.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Why do you go and rub Jeter down Michael Kay?

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    lolollololololololololololololololololololol

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Hahahahahaha this game is classic.

  • Sarah

    Just…wow.

  • Mickey Scheister

    The small ball approach…lolball

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    A little league team could play better defense than this

  • Rey22

    Awwww I think Salty wants to cry.

  • S

    Saltalcaccaloogia is going for a World Record in passed balls

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Ok, if Posada steals here I’ll probably die laughing.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    C’mon Jorge, steal a bag.

  • Sarah

    I wonder if Posada can steal off Wakefield.

    • MannyGeee

      Battle of the ‘ages’…. See what I did there?

  • Yanks27rings

    Roflmfao

    This game is amazing.

    I love the Red Sox.

  • MannyGeee

    Salta. La. Maccia…..

    Great times

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    Have Jorge steal. Something interesting is bound to happen.

    • Sarah

      Salty throws the ball into the bullpen?

  • first time lawng time

    I can’t believe the Red Sox are only 17 gamesabove .500. They were 31 above on August 27th.

    That’s pathetic, but amusing at the same time.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    That last pitch to Jones was 58 mph. Why is this guy still in the major leagues again?

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Because he throws a wicked knucklahhh!

    • MannyGeee

      Sold his soul to the devil for a revolving $4M contract….

  • Avi

    would be nice to have a major league caliber hitter up in this spot

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      What’s wrong with C-Dicks?

    • ArchStanton

      Dickerson’s not a bad hitter. He’s had decent numbers over a season or so’s worth of baseball in the majors.

      • Avi

        Bah BABIP

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      This game is of no consequence to the Yankees and they want to rest their regulars. And c’mon, C-Dick isn’t that bad.

      He’s no Greg Golson though

      • Monteroisdinero

        Well said!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Best inning of the year? Best inning of the year.

  • Reggie C.

    somebody explain why this game is blacked out on YES?

    • Widget

      Againt FCC regulations to broadcast live executions.

      • MannyGeee

        Well played.

      • ED

        +1

  • Sarah

    I think the bunt is the way to go in this game. Anyone that can, should bunt. Everyone else – walk.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    In non-related baseball news: The Giants have a 14-0 lead late first in Philly. And oddly enough Joe Buck isn’t at this game for FOX.

    • Reggie C.

      I’d love to be able to flip bw channels but the frigging Yankee game is blacked out.

      Whatevs. Victor Cruz just made highlight reels … that and the poor tackling helped!

  • Karl Krawfid

    AJ you suck man.

  • Sarah

    Sadly, the bad AJ has shown up.

  • MannyGeee

    Uh oh.. Bad AJ might have shown up 3 innings early

  • S

    I wonder if AJ just tried to throw his fastball down the middle would he be able to hit the corner spots of the zone

  • MannyGeee

    Nice DP!

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Nice DP. My God Adrian Gonzalez is terrible against the Yanks this year.

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      Some guys hit certain teams hard. Some guys have problems with certain teams. I’m hoping Gonzalez spends the next seven seasons never figuring out how to hit the Yankees.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Woooo, double play. This Red Sox team looks deflated.

  • Rey22

    I think Adrian sucking against the Yankees has compensated for Crawford being unusually good against them this year.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    from boston.com:

    the last five innings for Wakefield: four stolen bases, two wild pitches, five passed balls, three walks.

    • MannyGeee

      But how many Cialis?

  • MannyGeee

    Wow. agonizing lead the AL with 27 DPs, Jeter needs to step his game up.

    • MannyGeee

      Fuck you IPAD.. That should read ‘Agon is leading’

      • Kevin G.

        If you don’t like your iPad I’ll have it…

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

        Haha I thought you gave Agon some nickname.

        • LiterallyFigurative

          Lol, funny thing is, versus the Yankees, Gonzalez has been AGON-izingly bad.

  • Sarah

    Time to score more runs!

  • Karl Krawfid

    ok not so bad Allen James

  • Mickey Scheister

    Another reason Montero isn’t starting: they didnt want to F up his sweet, sweet swing with a knuckle-baller. Perhaps?

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      Nah. It’s a double dip and Girardi is going to get as many players as possible playing today. That said, if he’s going to give him off one of the games, might has well against Wakefield.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      I had the same idea: http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....nt-2899657

      It makes for a good excuse for Girardi.

  • MannyGeee

    Does anyone. Know whoo that waitress in pig tales is behind the LH hitters is? Sexy as hell

  • Sarah

    Gardy shoulda bunted again.

  • Charles

    Anyone else think that the K-Zone thing on the bottom of the screen is a bit much? I don’t need to see a ball right down the middle or 2 feet high, pull it out for borderline pitches in slo-mo imo.

    Plus imo its been way off so far w/ Wakefield’s knuckleball.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    C-Dick with the nice catch

  • MannyGeee

    Wow dickerson made that look interesting didn’t he….

    • Monteroisdinero

      Overrated defender.

  • Sarah

    2-0 Rays!

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    YES! Tampa up 2-0. Please hold this lead A.J

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    Yankees’ doctors batted .500 at the start of the year, guessing right on Martin but wrong on Aceves. I’d rather have Martin, but would have liked to have both.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Same here. But just imagine, the Red Sox w/o Aceves. Sure his fWAR this season is 0.9, but I’d have to believe that he’s been worth more than just one win this year they way he’s pitched all season long for them.

      • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

        That’s right. WAR of any color does not do a good job of capturing the value of relievers.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Ben Zobrist inside the parker.

  • MannyGeee

    Uh oh… Bautista just ate some wall in Tampa… Time to put Grandy in as DH, let’s see if we can get him in the HR lead….

    • Widget

      And it let Zobrist hit an inside the park homer.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Ok that looked nasty Dustin.

  • MannyGeee

    Pena making a Cano-esque play….

  • Karl Krawfid

    Jeter caught sleeping

  • CMP

    You know things are goin bad for the Sux when they’re getting shut down by AJ.

    • Sarah

      Let’s hope it continues.

  • Sarah

    ARod should go deep here.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow… Russell Martin must be thanking god he chose the team that DIDN’T force him to catch the knukleballer.

    • Sarah

      Don’t you know that the Sox won the catcher lottery this off season?

      • MannyGeee

        Yeah I could tell by the 1st three innings….

  • Kevin G.

    Would it be possible for the Yankees to win 100 games and for the Rays to win the wild card?

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      The Red Sux would have to lose pretty much all of their remaining games for that to happen. And the way they’re going, that’s a distinct possibility.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Nope.

      99 games. not 100.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Posada!

  • flamingo

    HIP HIP JORGE!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Hip Hip!!!

  • MannyGeee

    Holy shit… Why is Posada batting cleanup again? Yeah that….

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Hip Hip!

    Tim Wakefield is just Jorge’s speed.

  • Avi

    I take back everything I said about Montero playing over Posada

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    YES! Sado goes yardo!!!!

    /terrible joke

  • Sarah

    Jorge! Still great.

    • MannyGeee

      Ummmmmmm….. Let’s not go too far here. He’s can certainly run into one, but great might be a strong word…

      • Sarah

        I’m sticking with great. As an overall descriptor of Jorge. Maybe not a great year, but great overall.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          People around here are soo technical it’s ridiculous. But I’m sure you’ve figured that out by now.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Don’t worry Boston…you’ve got John Lackey to look forward to tonight!

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I’m sure Captain Varitek will guide him to a CGSHO.

  • MannyGeee

    56 pitches thru 2.2 ip…

  • Mickey Scheister

    Okay, that’s why Posada’s batting clean-up.

  • Sarah

    Arod giving Gardy some tips on…what exactly?

    • MannyGeee

      Pulling in tail…

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    The Red Sox “are gritty and play hard and stuff.”

    Russell Martin has a bright future at ESPN after he retires.

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      Yeah, I wonder if the “gritty” part was actually meant as a dig.

  • Sarah

    This game is full of baserunning adventures.

  • S

    We still need another 8 runs

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Michael Kay, you are crazy.

  • Sarah

    There goes the CGSO.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Man I hate AJ.

  • MannyGeee

    Shitty.. I dislike that Ellsburry kid.

    • mbonzo

      He’s the only Red Sox I like.

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    F-U and your batshit-crazy ideas, Mr. Kay.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    AJ’d

  • CMP

    Here it comes. Get the pen up.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Gotta believe Girardi plays everyone in this dh. Swish, Cano, Grandy, Tex, Nunez, Golson, Montero, Romine and Chavez in game 2.

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      My guess is Chavez at third in the second game. Question is does Montero DH or do they catch him? Nunez will take over short. Maybe Golson in center.

      • Sarah

        Grandy will play center. Golson might play LF, although I would not be surprised to see Gardy play both games since he had 3 days off.

        • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

          You’re right. I forgot Grandy wasn’t playing in this game, so he will be in game two.

          If he does have Montero catch, then it’s possible Swisher DH’s and Golson goes to right. On the other hand, he may not play Golson at all if his goal is to keep the guys going to the postseason sharp. Golson isn’t going.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Granderson will play. they won’t DH him.

      • MannyGeee

        I would assume Montero catches and A Rod as DH.

        • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

          I was going to add the possibility that A-Rod plays in both games and DH’s. They need to get him as many ABs as possible here since his timing is clearly off.

    • ED

      I would think so too. And I know I’m getting way ahead of myself, but can you imagine if the Yankees win both games? The Yankees are playing with AAAA lineups, have nothing important to play for, while the Sox are fighting for their playoff lives. Too funny.

  • Widget

    Ellsbury is like totally on PEDs or some shit.

  • Sarah

    Did Crawford just swing at AJ’s curve in the dirt?

  • 27andCounting

    Taco Bellsbury is an irritating little twit.

  • MannyGeee

    If any of you would have told me in April that Ellsbury would have more HRs than Gonzalez in September I woulda assumed that SOMEBODY made a call to Balco in the offseason… Jus sayin.

    • CMP

      Career year. He’ll probably never hit more than 15 again in 1 season.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Michael Kay just put the hex on the whole game with his “AJ could get a start in the playoffs” foolishness.

    I was having a good afternoon till that one.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      He has the second most strikeouts though!!!!

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        He’s also got the 4th most wins!!!

  • Sarah

    I guess if AJ is going to walk someone, it may as well be Big Papi who isn’t likely to run.

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    Stop trying to put intent between AJ’s pitching, Michael.

  • ArchStanton

    Does Jeter chew? Looked like he had some on his lips there during that closeup- kind of gross.

    • Bombers

      Mouthguard.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Agon-that would have been off the monstuh!

  • JT

    Right now the SAWKS clubhouse guy is furiously stitching Sucker to follow the mighty C on Tek’s jersey.

  • Manny

    “Montero, 21, is hitting .346 (18-for-52) with four homers and 12 RBIs in 15 games for New York”

    15 games is roughly 1/10 of a season. So over a whole season Montero is projected to have 120 RBIs and 40HRs. I know sss, i don’t care.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      That’s a small sample size!! How dare you that you’re using small sample sizes!!! You must be banished from this site forever!!!

      /RAB’d

      • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

        Manny being Manny.

      • pat

        Not really.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          Your exaggeration detector needs an adjustment.

  • mbonzo

    4-1 RAYS!

    • Sarah

      Excellent news!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Longoria hits a homer 4-1 Rays!!

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      holy shit, that was a BOMB…

  • Karl Krawfid

    It’s gonna be a half game Michael Kay.

    Not one.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      one in the loss column.

      • Karl Krawfid

        Still a half game back.

  • Sarah

    Odd numbered inning, time to score some more runs.

  • Greg

    How do we grade AJ today?

    • mbonzo

      I’d give him a B. He’s given up some hard hit balls and had some control issues, but the results have been nice against a great offense.

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      I have to say, it’s impossible to grade AJ. He’s capable of shutting down a lineup of allstars, and then coughing up a ten-run lead against a team of AAA players.

      Is he good today? Is AJ good today? Is it both?

      Don’t know.

      • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

        That line should read: Is he good today? Are the Red Sox hitters bad today? Is it both?

  • Sarah

    Gardy makes that catch.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    LOLCrawford

  • mbonzo

    HAHAHAHAHAHA Crawford. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Karl Krawfid

    LOL Karl Krawfid

  • FachoinaNYY

    So Montero has a higher fWAR (0.7) than Crawford (0.6)?

    I can’t believe that stat.

    And as I write this Crawford botches one.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      That’s why WAR is just another one of those stats that doesn’t tell the entire story.

      • FachoinaNYY

        Or maybe it does? :)

      • Guns of the Navarone

        No I agree. But WAR can go up and down as the season progresses. It’s just another imperfect stat. If DH with under 75 PA can be more valuable than a full time position player then that should tell you something.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    20.5M gold glover there.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    OK, I’m officially starting to feel a little bad for Crawford.

    • mbonzo

      Don’t forget how much money he’s getting to be Crawful.

    • FachoinaNYY

      I am too.

      Take away the fact that he is a RS and seemed to kill us in the past, he seems like a good guy.

      Though I guess you can’t feel that bad about a guy making that kinda money…

      • Guns of the Navarone

        He could go on to produce 6-7 WAR next season. Don’t feel bad for him.

    • Sarah

      I read somewhere that the Tampa folks were surprised he signed with Boston, figuring he’d go out west to Anaheim or a NL team. I wonder if he wishes he’d done that now.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    AJ Burnett….cruising?

    I know the game is meaningless to the Bombers, but we HAVE to win this one.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Lol Crawford. What a huge disappointment he’s been.

  • MannyGeee

    6 more years Of that, Red Sox Nation…. Enjoy Carl Crawford…

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Shift fail

  • MannyGeee

    Wow. What a limp dick September this has become for Boston….

  • Sarah

    Jetes!

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Nice A-Rod, nice. Looks like Jeter was out though.

    • Sarah

      Except Salty dropped the ball and Jeter realized it before he could apply the tag.

      • flamingo

        Salty’s having some day :D

        • Sarah

          I’ll say.

  • http://www.onedayonejob.com/ Willy

    Lately whenever Michael Kay goes to Bob Lorenz, I’m hearing nothing and seeing a different video feed (just now it was focused on Francona). Is that happening for anyone else? I’m watching on MLB.tv.

  • MannyGeee

    Off topic…. Chris Johnson is FUCKING KILLING my fantasy season…

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Ha, that’d be funny if this was Wakefield’s last major league game. That’d be two Boston greats to end their career at Yankee Stadium with a rough outing (Pedro Game 6 in 2009).

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I’m calling another homer by Jorge.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Right as I send it he pops out….

  • LiterallyFigurative

    “That Gawddamn Dahkie screwed us again. Yawkie woulda nevah signed Kahrl Krawfid! Ay Fitzy, grab me a Bastin Lahger!”

    /Soxfangrousinginabar’d

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Ahahahaha
      +1

    • Guns of the Navarone

      Fahkin Daahhkies! Stawp tryin’ to be Yaz… yew got a hahd enough time bein’ you! Someone tell Ben Affleck to grab ah glove. That guy’s fahkin’ pissah!!

  • MannyGeee

    Jorge getting a little hungry after the pounding he gave Wake

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I wonder where Eric Ortiz is now…

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      He probably moved onto football and I wouldn’t be surprised if he said that the Patriots would go 19-0 and Brady throw for 60 TD’s and 6,000 yards.

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    Tim Wakefield means one thing to me: Aaron Boone.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Wakefield is a real class act, one of the few Sox that I’ve ever really liked.

      I’ll miss him when he’s gone (especially because the Yanks have always handled him pretty well.)

  • Sarah

    The sad part about Wakefield being out of the game is the basepath adventures will probably be reduced.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Off Topic: Tom Brady has thrown two picks in his last two passes.

    /Minor Miracle

    • Guns of the Navarone

      Go Bills.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      So he doesn’t walk on water?

      ESPN lied to me!!!!!!

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Another minor miracle: the Giants still have a lead over the Eagles

  • Karl Krawfid

    Miguel Cabrera just took the lead for the batting title.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Why isn’t he getting any MVP talk? Or at least hardly any.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Unpossible. Adrian Gahnzalez is the greatest hittah of awah time.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    My list would be:

    1. Rangers
    2. Tigers
    3. Angels

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Same here.

  • flamingo

    Well, Ellsbury has Burnett’s number…

  • Karl Krawfid

    Why the fuck are you giving him an 0-2 fastball?

    • S

      Martin was a dumbass never call for a high fastball from a guy who can’t command a fastball and is homer prone

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Tacoby Bellsbury

  • Sarah

    If Ellsbury is the sum total of Boston’s offense right now…

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    My God, he has 30 HR and 100 RBI.

    Btw, he’s the second player in MLB History to have 100 RBI’s from the leadoff spot. Can you name the other?

    • Evan

      Soriano?

      • Evan

        Ha…just looked it up…wouldn’t have guessed him. Good fact.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        He was as close as you can get to 100 RBI in the leadoff spot. He had 99 RBI in the leadoff spot in 2002. But the answer is Darrin Erstad. He had an even 100 RBI in the leadoff spot for the 2000 Angels.

    • Avi

      Soriano in ’02

  • Hummingbird S.

    just walk him goddamnit

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Giving up a Homerun = Bad

    Giving up a solo Homerun = Not a big deal

  • Bronx Byte

    Don’t give Burnett another inning. It’s his normal implosion time.

  • Tut

    Ellsbury has had a Battista like increase in power

  • Sarah

    Pedroia’s beard is growing down his neck, making him look like the midget werewolf. Or a koala.

  • Greg

    In all only one guy hurt Burnett today. That’s ok

    • Karl Krawfid

      No it’s not.

      • Jetrer

        yes, 2 runs in 6 innings against the highest scoring offense in baseball is completely unacceptable

        • Karl Krawfid

          Not when you’re putting 92 mph fastballs on a T for a guy.

          Thats not good.

          • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

            come on, we all expected him to give up 5 runs in 4 innings. 2 solo homers isn’t the end of the world.

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            I’m going to mock you every time someone goes six innings and allows two runs from here on out.

            • Karl Krawfid

              It’s not everyone, It’s the idiot on the mound.

              He sucks. I hate him. AJ pitching well against this shitty team might give him a postseason start.

              • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                They may suck in september, but they’ve scored 5.8 runs a game this month…

      • LiterallyFigurative

        6 IP, 3H, 2ER, I’ll take it from Burnett. Or most pitchers.

  • http://www.onedayonejob.com/ Willy

    Once again, no Bob Lorenz… anybody else noticing this?

    • Karl Krawfid

      Are you watching on mlb.tv?

      They don’t show the studio updates on mlb.tv.

      • http://www.onedayonejob.com/ Willy

        Ahh… never noticed it before.

    • FachoinaNYY

      Think its just you my man, sorry to say. Saw the highlight here on regular cable.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Gardner is gonna end up on the bench in the playoffs.

    • Jetrer

      only against lefties

      • Karl Krawfid

        He’s just going up to the play trying to walk.

        She ain’t working.

        • Karl Krawfid

          shit ain’t working lol

  • flamingo

    .300 for Jeter?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    .300 hitter!

    • mbonzo

      So you’re saying Jeter isn’t just in a hot streak?

  • Rey22

    Wow, he made it to .300. Amazing.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Numbah 2, Dereck Jeetah is hitting .300

  • 27andCounting

    Where did all the Jeter haters go?

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      To be fair, there was a point earlier in the season where we would have been surprised if he hit a ball out of the infield.

    • mustang

      They are getting there stats analysis ready to tell us how he going to fail next year!!!

    • bonestock94

      Captain hindsight to the rescue

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    That shift they had on Ortiz sure made a difference didn’t it?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Give it all back AJ.

    • Greg

      Incorrect.

      • Karl Krawfid

        That ball was crushed.

        • Greg

          7 innings 2 runs. If you criticize the guy, you have to complement him too. That’s fair.

          • Karl Krawfid

            The Red Sox are not playing well this month. I’m not letting this fool me.

            Hopefully Cash and Joe G do the same.

            • Sarah

              Yeah but if any pitcher would present the opportunity to turn things around for the Sox, it’s AJ. But he’s been pretty good.

              And didn’t he go 6 against them last time out too? If playing the Sox gets AJ to bring his A game, I’m all for it.

            • first time lawng time

              They’re averaging 5.8 runs a game this month.

              Their pitching is the problem, not the offense.

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

    I would have called it a day after 6 strong but alright, this can’t possibly end badly.

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

      As I post that Laird turns that slick double play.

    • Tom

      Not when you have future gold glover Brandon Laird turning a 1-6-3.

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

        I really hope he does turn out to be a good player for someone for a long time. Really great kid.

  • Sarah

    AGon 3 GIDP today? Nice.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Beauty!

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    That was a Teixieran play by Laird.

  • mbonzo

    Damn Laird.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    AGon can’t catch a break against the Yankees can he?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Not complaining or anything…

  • Sarah

    Am I correct that AJ has not bounced a curve yet?

    • Karl Krawfid

      Early in the game he did.

      It rolled to the backstop.

    • FachoinaNYY

      Think he got a swinging strike 3 as well I remember Martin tagged him out right after.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    AJ Burnett….The lowly Yankees 6th starter pitching a complete game against the greatest thing since the ’27 Yankees? Is it possible?

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Good time for AJ’s best start in 2 months.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Giants regain the lead over the Eagles!!!

    /off-topic’d

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      And they get the 2-point conversion. Nice.

  • Rey22

    Anyone else concerned if AJ keeps this game up he might get a postseason start?

    • Sarah

      If he pitches like this in the postseason, wouldn’t we call this a good thing?

      • Rey22

        Of course, it would be amazing, but really, what are the odds of that?

    • Greg

      No. If Freddy had faltered yesterday then I would have been concerned.

  • first time lawng time

    Okay, time to take AJ out.

  • Hummingbird S.

    OK, great job by AJ now get him outta there

  • Mickey Scheister

    Where are these “high” pitches missing? They look right at the belt buckle.

    • Sarah

      A belt high pitch on the ump is eye level on Pedroia.

      • Mickey Scheister

        True. I forgot you must be under 6ft tall to be considered gritty. The calls become gritty non called strikes.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    AJ is not going to start game three, Kay.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    They need to take him out for Ellsbury

    • Sarah

      True.

  • Sarah

    And here’s Joe.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    AJ deserves a round of applause. Well done.

  • first time lawng time

    Standing ovation for AJ. Awww that’s so nice to see!

    • Rey22

      He earned that one.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    That was a 16.5 million dollar performance.

    • Rich in NJ

      Prorated.

  • Finster

    Great day for AJ, and great crowd reaction when he left.

  • Sarah

    I’m a little bit excited/happy for AJ. He done good today.

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

    As frustrating and downright bad as AJ can be, there is no pitcher I am happier to see have a good game.

    • Sarah

      Exactly my thought. If that’s the last time AJ pitches this year, great job. If not, maybe he carries this into a good postseason start.

      • FachoinaNYY

        I could honestly see AJ making a postseason start on a very, VERY short leash…

        • Sarah

          I would not be surprised if that was the plan at all.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Badass acknowledgment to the crowd. Shades of Judd Nelson from the Breakfast Club.

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

      HaHa, I thought the same thing.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Beast mode D-Rob

  • S

    Houdini with the changeup

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Tacoby didn’t stand a chance against D-Rob

    • Betty Lizard

      I don’t get the “Tacoby” thing. Is that a “joke” ??? Is there something I need to know to find it at funny?

      • first time lawng time

        It’s a play on Jacoby Ellsbury’s name. Tacoby Bellsbury. Like Taco Bell.

  • FachoinaNYY

    Did Kay mean top 10 MVP for the Yanks or for the league for Robertson?!?

    • Urban

      League.

      • FachoinaNYY

        I love Robertson but that is batshit insane Kay.

        I mean he only has 4 wins! FOUR!

        • Rick

          Can’t…tell…if…sarcasm…

  • Rainbow Connection

    Also, New York’s only true team, The Bills, is beating the Pats (sorry to the Jersey Jets and Jersey Giants).

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Well the Jersey Giants just took a 29-16 lead over the Eagles with 3:32 to go.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Brady with 4 picks!!!!

    /offtopic’d

    • FachoinaNYY

      Wow, he had one coming in… haven’t been watching it, whats been happening?

      Brady’s mistake or receivers? Tipped balls?

      • Robert

        All

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        His fourth one was tipped. I believe the other three were pretty legit. But either way it’s pretty sweet. Ochocinco dropped a sure TD though.

  • whozat

    Injury delay on gameday…? Anyone know what’s up?

    • Urban

      The Red Sox pitcher pulled a groin. Replaced him with Miller.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Man Singelton is so much better than Kay.

    • Justin

      Where’d Kay disappear to?

      • Karl Krawfid

        Probably taking a dump.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Jodi.

        /kidding

      • Urban

        Bizarro-world Rapture?

    • Robert

      Thats because Kay works for espn.

  • Sarah

    AGon looks miserable.

  • Urban

    If this hold scores and AJ gets the win, it will be his first win against the Red Sox since joining the Yankees.

    • first time lawng time

      I would argue that his best start against the Red Sox as a Yankee was Aug 7 2009, though.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        1 hit in 7.2 IP.

      • Urban

        The 2009 game was more dominant. He also pitched a good game againt the Red Sox his last time out.

        He just hasn’t had a win against them until today.

  • mustang

    Yanks beating Sox

    AND

    Giants kill the Engels and brake Vicks hand.

    I’m having a REAL good fucking day!!!

    • mustang

      And the Rays are winning its like X-Mas!!

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      +10000000000000000

      Great day for New York sports. And could be even better if the Bills hold on against the Patriots.

      • mustang

        Saw that 4 INT’s for Super Brady!!!!

        Any given Sunday!!!

    • jon

      this is my dream day

      all i need is the jets to lose and yankees win again to be perfect

  • LiterallyFigurative

    And for the night cap…..John Lackey!

    The Nation reeks of confidence.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Reeks of something.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Reeks of chowda.

  • flamingo

    DRob’s velocity is back up…

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Ballgame over! Yankees win! Boston sucks!

  • Sarah

    DRob is such a beast.

    • Rich in NJ

      Closer-in-waiting.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Can’t wait for Lackey tonight.

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

    I hope somebody pies AJ Burnett after that start. Very nice.

  • Finster

    WOW, its amazing watching a team as good as the redsox be this bad. If I was a Sox fan, I dont think I could bring myelf to watch the game tonight. Lackey could go along way towards redeem himself by pitching a shutdown game tonight. It is such a huge start, as big as any postseason start save for game 7 of the WS. You really have to think if the sox loose game 2 tonight, they are finished. If they win there is still a good chance they get to the post season.

    • Rick

      Funny you should mention Game 7 of the World Series, since Lackey is the only active pitcher to have won a WS Game 7. Obviously he’s not the same guy now, but still.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    THE BILLS BEAT THE PATRIOTS!

  • Robert

    Bills win, Boston teams could go 0-4 this weekend.

  • FachoinaNYY

    Crazy NY Area sports day… wow.

    Hopefully Lackey doesn’t have a redeeming start ala-AJ tonight.

  • Urban

    Did YES show Mo’s ceremony honoring his record-breaking saves before the start of the game?

  • Monteroisdinero

    I like our 2nd game guys more but YCPB. Montero has caught Nova before.

    • Finster

      Have to think Montero is going to catch in Game 2. I mean if he is going to be the back up catcher for the playoffs, getting him some time behind the plate seems to be a good idea. I know the odds of him catching in the playoffs are none barring injury but you never know.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        He’s DHing. Romine catching.

        • Finster

          He must be a shitty catcher. If they wont give him a start behind the plate in an absolutely meaningless game. Hopefully, they find him a new position this offseason, right field/1B maybe….hes too young to lock up the DH spot with guys like Jeter and A-rod needing breathers at that spot.

          • Monteroisdinero

            He isn’t. Joe must not want to risk injury. Only reason I can think of.

            • Finster

              I dont know about that. They have seemed to want no part of him behind the plate since he came up, even using Romaine as a defensive replacement for him. As well as giving Posada a start, even with the concussion issues. I cant make a judgement on what kind of catcher he having nothing to go off of, but the actions of the Yankees seem to be saying alot, in my opinon.

              • Monteroisdinero

                This will change. The binder does not open easily to accept new sections.

                • Finster

                  I laughed at that. I could buy that if it was Cervelli catching, but its Romaine.

          • Mister Delaware

            Hmm … think we might have a 1B for a while. RF locked through next year too.

            • Finster

              Yep, I realize that. I wouldnt expect him to be full time at either place, but another way to get his bat in the lineup if A-rod or jeter need a day off from the field. A way to get him another 20 games or so. It seems pretty clear his minor league career is over, and if they wont let him catch meaningless games in September, I dont see whats going to change during the offseason that they let him catch meaningful games next year.

  • Kevin G.

    YCPF

  • mustang

    The lineup for Game 2

    Eduardo Nunez SS
    Curtis Granderson CF
    Robinson Cano 2B
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Nick Swisher RF
    Eric Chavez 3B
    Jesus Montero DH
    Chris Dickerson LF
    Austin Romine C

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      I can see at least six or seven runs out of that lineup against Lackey.

    • Monteroisdinero

      I think Golson did something to tick Joe off. He should get a start. Dickerson ain’t that good.

      • Urban

        Golson’s worse.

        He doesn’t have anything against Golson, but he’s not giving him any playing time since he’s only playing players who have a shot at the postseason roster. Golson right now has none. His role from last year (speedy pinch runner) is taken.

        It’s been nice, Greg.

    • mustang

      Have to give it to Joe he is not making it easy for them at all.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Joe’s platoon brain saps me sometimes.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      It’s pretty much “House Money, but some of our regulars still need to stay fresh” I doubt it’s platooning or anything more than giving someone a day off or making sure their guys aren’t rusty for October.