Sep
25

Game 159: Bury them

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The Rays did what they had to do this afternoon. If the Yankees win tonight, the Sox will have official blown their enormous lead and will be tied with Tampa with three games to go. Consider the Yankees a good samaritan, the innocent bystander that jumps in to help. Here’s the lineup…

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

Ivan Nova, SP

The second game of the doubleheader starts at 6:30pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

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  1. Kramerica Industries says:

    Of course the Yankees are innocent bystanders.

    There, by definition, cannot be a “guilty” bystander.

    /Jackie Chiles’d

  2. David, Jr. says:

    It should be comforting for them to have their worst starter going.

  3. Kiersten says:

    This lineup is better than the afternoon lineup and Lackey sucks. Let’s get it done, boys!

  4. RRRRRRandy says:

    Headline at Over the Monster (a Red Sox blog): “Jacboy Ellsbury Plays 1-On-10, Loses”

    At least they have a sense of humor.

  5. Cy Pettitte says:

    I know they’re desperate but this is the second DH in a week that Pedroia and Ellsbury have started both games in. that’s pretty nuts.

  6. Bronx Byte says:

    Pour it on !

    If the situation were reversed Boston would find it funny to pour gas on the fire.

    Looking foward to Lackey rolling his eyes.

  7. ED says:

    FINISH THEM!!!

  8. Kramerica Industries says:

    I don’t care that this game has little at stake from the Yankees point-of-view.

    This is a big-time chance to stomp on their chowdered-up throats. Kill ‘em!

  9. The Big City of Dreams says:

    No Jorge smh Girardi is at it again

  10. Bavarian Yankee says:

    let’s win this one for the Rays. Then the Rays will sweep the series against us and we’ll just say “awww, that was unfortunate … for the Red Sox” :D

  11. mustang says:

    Yanks beat Sox game 1.
    Rays beat Jays
    Giants beat the Eagles.
    Bills beat Pats.
    If the Jets can win and the Yanks take game 2 it would be a perfect day.

  12. eric says:

    Pedro would have drilled someone by now if he was still playing for the RS. Would have done it to phych himself/the team up.

  13. Dela G says:

    Loving the Boston collapse…

  14. Jerome S says:

    I know it’s pointless to criticize at this point in the season, but Nunez leading off? The lead-off man is supposed to get on base.

    Ah, well, doesn’t matter anyway.

  15. Xstar7 says:

    Let’s go Nova, pad your stats to boost your ROY case.

  16. Urban says:

    This game is starting off poorly for the Yankees.

    Ellsbury led off with a hit first game and just made an out this game. Bad sign.

  17. Cy Pettitte says:

    Wakefield looks like he’s ready to cry

  18. mustang says:

    9 pitches….LOL

  19. Mantle28 says:

    Lackeys a scrub. Over/Under 7 ER?

  20. Tom says:

    Gotta like the pace Nova’s working at… get the ball, get on the rubber and fire away. (wish more Yankee pitchers worked like that)

  21. karel capek says:

    The new Red Sox nation theme song.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGes7FDmHAM

  22. first time lawng time says:

    Lackey could very well go 8IP 0 ER and put fire into his team and then they get hot just in time for the playoffs, then win the WS on a walkoff HR by Carl Crawford in dramatic, creating one of the most epic narratives of all time.

    Let’s not declare this game a win just yet.

  23. Karl Krawfid says:

    lol wow

  24. FachoinaNYY says:

    HAHAHAH WHAT A START!!!

  25. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Haha Captain Varitek with a great throw!!

  26. Cy Pettitte says:

    hahahahahha oh my god. just wow.

  27. Hummingbird S. says:

    oh boy, I kinda feel bad… but not really. Should have been a HR!!

  28. Finster says:

    Lmao, man the sox are going down in spectacular fashion.

  29. Xstar7 says:

    The Yankees are setting the tone early!

  30. mustang says:

    LMAO!!!

  31. Leo says:

    LOL. Wow, that literally sums up this collapse of theirs.

  32. Dela G says:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha holy shit

  33. Avi says:

    I’m actually glad that ball didn’t go out.

  34. Ethan says:

    HAHAHAHAHA YEAH!!

  35. Nuke Ladoosh says:

    zOMG

  36. 28 this year says:

    Following on Gameday, what just happened?

  37. I Voted for Kodos says:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    I’m laughing so hard right now, I can barely breathe. Just look at those faces.

  38. FachoinaNYY says:

    While normally I love watching the pitch count rise early with the opposing pitcher, with Lackey the longer he can stay in the better I feel.

  39. first time lawng time says:

    I’d just like to point out that Boston fans and media will point out their injuries, but the Yankees havehad their fair share of injures, too.
    Jeter
    Chavez
    Arod
    Hughes
    Colon
    Soriano
    Joba
    Feliciano/Marte
    Cervelli

    Am I forgetting anyone else?

  40. Finster says:

    Will ESPN be off the air after tonights game?

  41. ED says:

    All the Red Sox do is lose, lose, lose, no matter what

  42. Rey22 says:

    The Boston LOL Sox

  43. first time lawng time says:

    Imagine how Boston fans must feel right now.

    I remember last September being painful for the Yankees (like 100000000 people left on base, RISP fail, etc.). But Boston’s September this year…ouch!

  44. alittleblackegg says:

    This is turning into one of the most memorable regular-season September stretches ever, right? This is just… just insane. Every game feels insane.

  45. Urban says:

    Is it too late to add the 2011 Red Sox to this poll?

  46. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    6. 2011 Red Sox

  47. FachoinaNYY says:

    This is honestly the first time I have actually considered the collapse could actually happen. Ive thought all along the Sox would eventually pull it out, but honestly this could happen. This is insane.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      same. 2 game lead with 6 left seemed pretty hard to mess up. I’ve completely underestimated their badness.

    • tom says:

      Yeah, even in the ’78 collapse — which would get my vote in the text poll, for sentimental reasons — the Sox, after going from 7 1/2 games up on Labor Day to 3 1/2 games down, rallied to win their last 8. Here, it feels like they might not win again till April.

    • jon says:

      agreed

      i always thought it was fun to think about but no way could it actually happen

      if they lose tonight its a crazy sprint to the finish

  48. Xstar7 says:

    Shutdown inning!!!!!!!!!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!!!!!

  49. ED says:

    I love the combination of the Red Sox choking and the Patriots losing this afternoon. Right after that ESPN magazine cover jizzing all over Boston sports teams.

  50. FachoinaNYY says:

    Also if we win tonight, it would theoretically be possible to win 100 games AND have the rays get the WC. Two things that looked equally unlikely a couple weeks ago, and virtually impossible to accomplish at the same time even a couple days ago.

  51. Steve S. says:

    As wrapped up as we are in the Sox-Rays drama, the games that still matter to the Yanks are over. Texas and Detroit both won, leaving Texas 93-66 and Detroit 92-67. So as of today the Yanks will be playing Detroit in the ALDS.

  52. FachoinaNYY says:

    Montero barely missed both of those

  53. first time lawng time says:

    What if the Yankees do get swept by TB the last three games? Yeah, that’d help eliminate Boston, but I feel like that might hurt the Yankees going into the playoffs. We don’t want them to be cold.

  54. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Heyzeus.

  55. Karl Krawfid says:

    Montero is fucking strong wow

  56. Spectra says:

    I just got my Boston issue of ESPN The Magazine Yesterday. I almost puked and then jut laughed instead. If the Yankees win the WS I will frame the cover with a poster of the 2011 Yankees.

    • Urban says:

      I’m not sure if I received it yet, or I just chucked it out as soon as it arrived without even realizing there was a “Boston theme.”

      I think that magazine is useless and I’m forced to get it with my Insider account, and the only reason I have that now is Keith Law. I sent ESPN customer service an email once asking if I could pay more money to never receive the magazine. I got no response.

  57. Dela G says:

    Jesus is fucking awesome

  58. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Baserunning fail. Bleh.

  59. radnom says:

    Wow. Pretty impressive how well Montero was able to turn on that. Nice to see along with all that opposite field power.

  60. Nuke Ladoosh says:

    Who said Jesus was infallible?

  61. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    WTF Jesus?

  62. Xstar7 says:

    Jesus has been turned loose. That was an impressive hit on a pitch way inside. But then he goes and pulls a Posada on the base paths.

  63. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jesus + Austin doing well makes me very happy.

  64. Monteroisdinero says:

    Varitek and Salty and we are worried about Montero’s D?

  65. radnom says:

    Romine racking up the opposite field hits.

  66. teddy says:

    damm jesus out at 3rd

  67. Karl Krawfid says:

    Come on Grandy bust it open.

  68. Dela G says:

    Jesus, doubront is warming up? It’s the second fucking inning! Lackey… Man I’m glad burnetts contract ends first. At least we got a ws win with him

  69. Finster says:

    I like to think of Jesus as a mischievous badger.

    Carl Naughten Jr.’d

  70. Sheepmeister says:

    So I saw a tweet earlier saying Jesus was going to be on the postseason roster according to Girardi. Is that worth believing.

    MinorLeagueBlog Top Prospect Alert
    #Yankees Joe Girardi says Jesus Montero will be on the post season roster

  71. Monteroisdinero says:

    So far, no holes in Montero’s swing.

  72. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I honestly forgot that JD Drew even existed.

  73. Sheepmeister says:

    Reading this blog and Over the Monster is an interesting dichotomy.

  74. first time lawng time says:

    If Boston does manage to completely miss the playoffs, then it has to be brought up more than 2004. I mean, blowing a 9 game lead with 27 games left is more embarrassing than blowing a 3 game lead in a best of 7 series. I’m sure the latter is more probable.

  75. Chris says:

    Aww, I really wanted that no-hitter

  76. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Philly fans panicking over the Eagles and Red Sox fans continuing their angst over the collapse feels fucking great.

  77. Jayrod says:

    It’s eerily quiet in Yankee stadium – no music, no PA system, no nothing. Think they’re having technical difficulties.

  78. your mom says:

    I hate Scutaro.

  79. Xstar7 says:

    Yeah, it’s definitely all Terry Francona’s fault that the Sawx are playing like shit. Definitely not all their injuries and struggling pitching staff.

  80. Urban says:

    Francona is one of the few members of the Red Sox who I don’t really dislike.

  81. flamingo says:

    SuperNova getting the strikeout when he needs to.

  82. Finster says:

    Heh, half the fans here want Giardi fired and the yankees wrapped up home field. I cant imagine what they would want to do with him if the Yankees collapsed like the Sox are.

  83. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Comment from the game coverage on boston.com

    “A DKNY Teddy Bear promotion at the ballpark tonight. They’re handing them out right now. I think they should the soft blue teddy to every Red Sox player on the field.”

    haha

  84. Corporate Scum says:

    I hope we start Betances, Brackman and Proctor against TB. Jorge at 2nd and Mo in CF all three games.

    /hahaha aha (breathe) hahahahaha….

    • LiterallyFigurative says:

      We should let Mo start a game, then go to center, then get a save, all in the same game.

      Just for the hell of it.

    • James A says:

      Greg Golson has to start at least one game, he seems like he has a good arm. I’d also give Laffey a start, and maybe let Billy Crystal start a game, we could dump Valdes off the 40 man to give him room

  85. Mister Delaware says:

    Ha. Boston’s gonna need a few more calls like that to climb back into this one.

  86. Mickey Scheister says:

    When will Timmy be fired, he is awful. Call after call.

  87. Karl Krawfid says:

    It’s that time for Swish to suck.

    One of the worst postseason hitters in postseason history.

  88. mustang says:

    Just like the Jets to fuck up a good party.

  89. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I guess a combination of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio or Mantle would be too obvious an answer.

  90. Sheepmeister says:

    So if the Yanks win tonight, Red Sox nation will have to cheer for the yankees just as much as the red sox. That has to be extra painful.

  91. CMP says:

    Definitely Mattingly.

  92. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Nova rapidly approaching beast status with that slider….

  93. Just tuned in. Come on let’s hold this lead! LETS FINISH THEM OFF! LETS GO!

  94. Tom says:

    Yeah that sub .300OBP guy is really igniting the Red Sox from the #2 spot!

  95. CMP says:

    Too bad Kei Igawa isn’t on the roster. I bet even he could shut down the Red Sux today.

  96. Cy Pettitte says:

    I love how Nova was kind of written off as a 5 inning/start #4 or #5 starter, his development has been amazing.

  97. Jesus Freak says:

    Poor Pete Abraham. He’s soured on Gonzalez. Just one month ago he was calling Gonzo the best player in baseball, today he’s calling Gonzo the most complacent player in baseball.

    HA!

  98. Spectra says:

    I saw on ESPN an hour ago a comment from a Boston Fan saying NOva is the most overrated rookie ever. If so the most overrated rookie ever is putting down the most overrated team ever.

  99. Cy Pettitte says:

    Robbie! oh my

  100. first time lawng time says:

    They should plunk Ortiz in this game. Just for the hell of it.

  101. FachoinaNYY says:

    “all the hard hit balls are at someone” seems very prophetic at this point… well done so far boys.

  102. LiterallyFigurative says:

    LOL at Cano’s catch in the shift, coupled with Ortiz’s reaction.

  103. Xstar7 says:

    Remember those games against the Red Sox earlier in the season where the Yankees were getting BABIP fucked left and right? Now the Red Sox know how it feels.

  104. Spectra says:

    4 innings
    50 pitches
    1 hit

    5-19 in September.
    I seriously cannot stop grinning

  105. CMP says:

    Mattingly is gonna be a good manager someday for the Yankees after they get sick of Girardi and his binder.

  106. first time lawng time says:

    LMAO I’m reading commets on the overthemonster blog, and one of them is:
    New York: Not a baseball town. That stadium doesn’t look half full.

    and

    (in reference to Kay and Singleton)yeah, both of these guys are pure haters. Pathetic. They can’t even conceal their hate of the Sox in the guise of being professional.

    and

    I ask again: what the fuck is so great about Ivan Nova? Every time I see him pitch, he’s lights out. The numbers don’t seem to add up.

    The Nation seems a little testy today. hahahaha

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      they’re Red Sox fans, you can’t hold them to a very high standard…

    • Mister Delaware says:

      I should really switch shirtseys from Bart Scott to someone on the Yankees before I go for a walk. People can’t even revel in the Patriots today.

  107. Urban says:

    BTW I’ve read nothing about Matt Kemp and the Triple Crown. As of yesterday, he was tied in HRs, leading in RBIs, and was only five, or maybe six, points off in leading in BA. That’s damn close and is doable.

  108. Cy Pettitte says:

    Montero’s ABs just keep getting better

  109. Jerome S says:

    Honestly, Red Sox > Red Sox fans

    • FachoinaNYY says:

      Never thought about it like this but year, I do hate lots of the players, but the fans are unbearable. Though I would put Pedoroia on the same level as the fans now that I further think about it.

    • FachoinaNYY says:

      Never thought about it like this but yeah, I do hate lots of the players, but the fans are unbearable. Though I would put Pedoroia on the same level as the fans now that I further think about it.

    • Ethan says:

      Papelbon is worse than the RS fans

      • FachoinaNYY says:

        He him too.

        yeah, fuck the players too, its amazing how many douche bags can be assembled on one 25 man roster and coaching staff

  110. bonestock94 says:

    Fine, let them get the L sooner.

  111. Mister Delaware says:

    Might have gotten that one right. My slo-mo is inconclusive.

  112. first time lawng time says:

    Lackey’s actually pitching well. Didn’t see that one coming.

    • 3 R in 4 IP =\= pitching well. Were all the runs earned? If not, I’m wrong, you’re right.

    • Montero's Mojo says:

      Doesn’t he always seem to pitch well against the Yankees? I could be confused, but it often seems like he gets blown up by every other team except our own.

      • first time lawng time says:

        Yes. I’ve noticed that, too. I looked up the stats and in his to starts his year prior to this one:
        5 IP 6ER
        6 IP 3 ER
        7 IP 4 ER

        So not good, but not his usual terrible self.

        • Montero's Mojo says:

          Yeah, exactly, he has an ability to keep his team in the game when playing the Yankees. There’s a lot to be said for that. He’s certainly found a bit of a groove in this one.

  113. Monteroisdinero says:

    Some good plate discipline by Montero. Not chasing the low and away slider/curves.

  114. Karl Krawfid says:

    Swish is fucking horrible.

  115. Mike Axisa says:

    Wow, how did that stay in the park?

  116. Monteroisdinero says:

    Awful Swish.

  117. Xstar7 says:

    What the fuck was that Swish? Totally misread where that ball was going to land.

  118. Mickey Scheister says:

    NOOOOOOO!

  119. Hummingbird S. says:

    Comon Nova, get it together.

  120. Karl Krawfid says:

    If he runs to the wall he probably catches it.

    Instead he turns a double into a triple trying to climb the wall.

    • Monteroisdinero says:

      This. But don’t insult Swisher’s D here. Dangerous and touchy subject with the locals.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        It’s only a touchy subject when people refuse to acknowledge that he’s better than awful.

      • Jetrer says:

        he really didn’t have time to just run to the wall and stop, his options were 1)run hard to the wall and leap to stop his momentum and try to make the catch, 2) try to catch the ball while crashing into the wall without leaping, or 3) concede the double
        It was a catchable ball, but it certainly wasn’t an easy play or a horrible effort by Swish, he just mistimed it in his haste

  121. Mike Axisa says:

    Yikes, can’t put Varitek on base. Especially without forcing him to swing the bat.

  122. Xstar7 says:

    Don’t go AJ Burnett on us, Nova.

  123. Hummingbird S. says:

    can’t have that from our #2 starter. Terrible pitch, gotta get Varitek out.

  124. Rich in NJ says:

    WTG, Nova.

  125. Finster says:

    That was a tough play, but Swish should have had it, almost hit him in the face.

  126. FachoinaNYY says:

    Can Scott Proctor start all three games vs. the Rays?

    That way we will always be facing such an early deficit that not even our offense will be able to make it up.

  127. Xstar7 says:

    Now it’s time for them to get some insurance.

    But will the Yankees go with Allstate or Progressive?

  128. Jimmy McNulty says:

    I still can’t believe they didn’t get any runs in the third. Put these fucks to rest.

  129. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Quite a few atom balls tonight.

  130. first time lawng time says:

    It’s John freaking Lackey. Tack on some runs, please.

  131. Jimmy McNulty says:

    How was that a swing?

  132. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Brackman to start tomorrow!!

    not happening’d

  133. CMP says:

    I’d like to see them give Noesi, Brackman, Betances and Kontos all 2 innings tomorrow.

  134. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Lol it’s John Lackey.

  135. Mike Axisa says:

    Oof, he juuust missed that.

  136. Jimmy McNulty says:

    FUCK

    I want more runs against Lackey.

  137. Cy Pettitte says:

    damn, porch needs to be made shorter for the bottom of the innings.

  138. Hummingbird S. says:

    offense must be bored, making Lackey look like a ML pitcher

  139. FTLT was right, why can’t we hit Lackey?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      39 baserunners and 17 runs in 23 IP against him this year.

    • Jesus Freak says:

      Meh. it’s the 2nd game of a double header.

      • Montero's Mojo says:

        Tell that to Ellsbury, Crawford, Gonzalez, Pedroia, and Ortiz . . . They’re just playing, doubleheader or not.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          Um, slightly different situation for the two teams.

          • Montero's Mojo says:

            Actually, considering that the Yankees can essentially control who they want in the playoffs, it’s a lot more similar than you give it credit. Should both AL East teams make it to the ALCS, who would the Yankees rather face? Rays or Red Sox? If they don’t have a preference, then so be it, but if they rather face the Rays then full fire power should’ve been utilized tonight, while tomorrow and the next couple of games may’ve been used to rest regulars. We’re both fighting here. Sox for a spot and Yankees for strategy. So, yeah, um, I stand by my point.

  140. Montero's Mojo says:

    Ok. No more MVP for Granderson. I’d give it to Cano or Ellsbury. No Verlander.

  141. Jimmy McNulty says:

    These ten minute Royal Caribbean commercials are horrible, they’re basically trying to get you to watch a commercial for their cruise by enticing you with a plot.

  142. Urban says:

    Allowing Red Sox to creep back into this game. Everyone lulled to sleep, Yankee fans and hitters alike.

  143. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Crawford gets a hit and Granderson doesn’t…

    WTF?!?!

  144. Xstar7 says:

    Pedroia would have made that play. And he would have made it look really hard too.

  145. Sheepmeister says:

    Was about to start freaking out about Nova and the game. then I realized the Yankees have home field throughout AL playoffs and don’t need to win this game, it would just be nice and relaxed.

  146. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fastball command is going bye bye for Nova.

  147. Montero's Mojo says:

    This inning right here will decide whether or not the Red Sox make it to the playoffs this year.

  148. first time lawng time says:

    This is nauseating. Don’t put life back into them.

  149. Hummingbird S. says:

    Nova is imploding..

  150. Jimmy McNulty says:

    What the fuck? End this shit you assholes.

  151. I’m starting to sweat a little, I REALLY want to beat Boston this game.

  152. Oscar Gamble's Fro says:

    Kevin?

  153. Bronx Byte says:

    Can’t let these clown get back in the game.

  154. Xstar7 says:

    Ivan Nova must feel very sorry for the Red Sox.

  155. Hummingbird S. says:

    Nova just can’t locate his pitches.. command has been bad

  156. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Bring in Burnett.

  157. first time lawng time says:

    Everyone needs to chill out. Seriously, no matter what happens, it’s not a big deal. Especially, because even if the Yankees win this game, there’s no guarantee they’ll lie down and roll over for the Rays.

  158. Karl Krawfid says:

    Have to be kidding me.

  159. Cy Pettitte says:

    just ew, Robbie.

  160. Mike Axisa says:

    Very MVP-like by Cano. Really X-factor-ish.

  161. Xstar7 says:

    Gold glove play right there. At least they got one out……

  162. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Come on Yankees, don’t turn into the Red Sox

  163. Cy Pettitte says:

    Papi roid rage

  164. Karl Krawfid says:

    Thank Cano!

  165. Cy Pettitte says:

    holy Teix. how did he even do that

  166. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I thought Tex was useless…

  167. FachoinaNYY says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  168. Cy Pettitte says:

    ahahahahahahha PEDROIA lololol

  169. Karl Krawfid says:

    lmao red sox fail

  170. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Laser show!

  171. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Not gritty enough.

  172. first time lawng time says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Now score some runs.

  173. Tyrion Lannister says:

    LOL! That little elf tried to frolic home.

  174. Erica says:

    WHAT A HOP!

  175. jon says:

    sooo

    does jesus make that play?

  176. Xstar7 says:

    That Yankees caught a HUGGGGGGE break there.

  177. Finster says:

    LOL, nothing goes right for the sox. Btw, is Rick “wild thing” Vaughn on the mound?

  178. Rey22 says:

    Leprechaun leap!

  179. Jesus Freak says:

    what a gritty leap.

  180. FachoinaNYY says:

    Could you imagine if he would have made that play with a jump over a catcher?

    ESPN would have blown him for months.

  181. teddy says:

    did cano boot a double play

  182. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    alright…let’s start hitting this good lookin’ lackey guy…

  183. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Austin Romine: True Yankee

  184. Tom says:

    Well ESPN has their headline if the Red Sox lose… Sox get unlucky…

  185. Hummingbird S. says:

    offense is already on vacations

  186. teddy says:

    yanks offense hasn’t had a hit off lackey since the 2nd inning, is pathetic

  187. Karl Krawfid says:

    I guess the Yankees don’t want to score anymore runs.

  188. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Cy Lackey

  189. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Romine made a great play…but I still wish we could see Montero behind the plate. We’ve gotta figure out whether or not he is competent enough to catch a playoff game if it comes down to it.

  190. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fucking embarrassing.

    All of our left hand hitters getting embarrassed inside.

    One of them should man up and cheat on the inside pitch like Ortiz.

  191. Finster says:

    What ever happens, Lackey came up big for the Sox. Veritek’s stupid throw to third, could keept hem out of the playoffs.

  192. Jesus Freak says:

    From Peter Gammons:

    Watching #Redsox heroically cling to wild care lead w/handful of games left reminds me of another great team, 27 Yankees.

  193. Cy Pettitte says:

    might be time to get Nova.

  194. Monteroisdinero says:

    Lowrie-Yankee killer

  195. Xstar7 says:

    I was about to post a comment about how I didn’t like that Nova was still out there, pitch count be damned. And there he goes and gives up a leadoff double.

  196. Hummingbird S. says:

    get the BP going.. Nova can only hit the middle of the zone

  197. teddy says:

    hey a hit , nova gotta blow the lead

  198. Sheepmeister says:

    do we see soriano and mo if nova gets out of this.

  199. Cy Pettitte says:

    god dammit I hate Marco Scutaro.

  200. Hummingbird S. says:

    Girardi fail, should have pulled Nova before the beginning of the 7th

  201. Tyrion Lannister says:

    If we lose this ballgame the Sox will make the playoffs. The Bears didn’t finish off the Packers in last year’s regular season and it came back to haunt them. We need to finish off the Sox.

  202. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    That’s Swisher’s fault in some way, shape or form.

  203. Jetrer says:

    ummm, why is Nova still pitching

  204. Erica says:

    Uuuuugggggggghhhhhh

  205. FachoinaNYY says:

    well shit.

  206. pat says:

    Ugh, gettin the ground balls they’re just finding holes.

  207. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    geeshis christ, Joe…

  208. TomH says:

    Far too many good hitters on the Sox. It’s much better for the Yanks if Tampa passes them.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      Couldn’t agree more. As gratifying as it’s been to watch Boston self-destruct, we’ve gotta remember that they were the best team in the league for the majority of the summer.

      I’d strongly prefer not to play them in a 7 game series.

  209. Cy Pettitte says:

    left nova in way too long

  210. Mike Axisa says:

    You can’t let JASON VARITEK beat you.

  211. Finster says:

    Nova is throwing up some meatballs. Suprised Joe is leaving him in. He really shouldnt have even come out for the 7th. Lol, gave up another hit while I was typing

  212. Rick says:

    Not to make a bigger deal of this than it needs to be, but maybe Joe is second-guessing burning Robertson this afternoon now?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Nah, they were a homer away from making it a one-run game when Robertson came in.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        With a guy that had hit two homers in the game at the plate.

        • Rick says:

          I don’t think that’s right, Mike. I think there was only one on with two outs. Just checking the box score, he would have gotten a save if he’d entered with the tying run on deck. He didn’t get one, so that is consistent with the way I remember it (or it could just be a typo or something).

          Either way, you didn’t need to give him the ninth (though I guess you probably wouldn’t use him in the nightcap even if he only worked to one batter)

      • Matt says:

        No they weren’t, it was 6-2 with 1 runner on base.

        It was a good move to take Burnett out, but you didn’t have to go straight to Robertson at that point. 4 of the next 5 batters were lefties, and the tying run was sitting in the dugout. You could have brought in Boone Logan there instead, and let him finish off the game against Crawford, Ortiz, and Gonzalez.

  213. Xstar7 says:

    NOW he takes out Nova.

  214. Hummingbird S. says:

    This is our #2 starter. Playoffs are gonna be a fun ride. Also, heckuva job by Girardi (not really)

  215. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    They left Nova out there waaay too long.

  216. Matt says:

    It doesn’t matter that the Yankees have already wrapped everything up.

    Tonight is a huge opportunity to potentially keep the Red Sox out of the playoffs, a team that you know can turn it on at any moment unless you finish them off right here.

    It sickens me to hear people say that Lackey “came up big” tonight. No he didn’t. Look at the pitches he is getting hitters out with. Cutters at 86 mph belt high on the inner half. Fastballs right down the middle. Pathetic.

  217. Karl Krawfid says:

    Never lost a game when he had the lead!

    Defense failed him though.

  218. Sarah says:

    The hell? Did the offense take a nap after the first? (I was eating dinner.)

  219. Monteroisdinero says:

    Time for a walkoff win.

  220. Jimmy McNulty says:

    What. The. Fuck.

    WHY THE FUCK DID YOU LEAVE NOVA IN YOU FUCKING SHITBIRD

  221. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    what the hell…i know they yanks aren’t playing for antying but damnit…I don’t want the sox in for the sheer reason that they can be trouble. Lester and Beckett can be a formidable 1-2 with plenty of post season experience and that lineup can hit.

    you simply can not leave anything up to the Orioles…

  222. Mickey Scheister says:

    It was all good just an inning ago…Where’s the love, in the heart of city?

  223. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Well it looks like the MSM will get that Boston/Philly WS they were all looking forward too.

  224. Jerome S says:

    Honestly, my caring level is still about a 3 out of 10, and that’s the highest it’s been all week.

  225. Kramerica Industries says:

    For a meaningless game, this has fucking sucked.

    Only four hits against fucking Shellackey is pathetic in every possible way.

  226. Tyrion Lannister says:

    This falls squarely on Girardi. Wade or Logan could have been used in the 7th. Or even Soriano once Nova gave up the double. But Joe was saving Soriano for the 8th like an idiot. Now he has Wade warming.

  227. Finster says:

    Pretty unimpressive game by the Yankees. Cant really blame em though. Everything wrapped up and second game of a double header.

  228. This is depressing… I shouldnt have expected Boston to collapse…

    • Montero's Mojo says:

      I’ve still had faith in them all along, which is why I value winning this game so much. They’re still entirely suited to win it all. I don’t have a doubt about it. We need to murder them while we still can because you never know what you’re going to get out of the Orioles.

  229. Cy Pettitte says:

    Boone got Ellsbury out! wow.

  230. Karl Krawfid says:

    I want these Sox dead.

  231. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Now score some fucking runs.

  232. Cy Pettitte says:

    Boone, you did good.

  233. Greg says:

    Frankly I dont care. The lead will be one game. The Sox lost 3 of 4 to Baltimore so losing in Camden Yards

  234. Mister Delaware says:

    Talk about not doing your one job right …

  235. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    That’s the Boone Logan we’ll need to see in the playoffs.

  236. Avi says:

    AROD’S gotta pinch hit for Chavez here right?

  237. FachoinaNYY says:

    It will be so much more crushing if the Yanks can win this game now.

  238. Xstar7 says:

    Lackey is gonna throw a shutdown inning. Just watch.

    /hoping I’m wrong

  239. FachoinaNYY says:

    No worries people Montero is coming up second this inning, all will be rectified by then.

  240. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Knowing Girardi he’ll try harder to win the next 3 games than he did this one tonight.

  241. Jerome S says:

    Anyone complaining about this game as though it is somehow indicative of a larger problem is really shortsighted.

    • Foghorn Leghorn says:

      i think all yankee fans are still spooked by 2004..i know I am. I want them out of the playoffs. there is no reason to give them even a glimmer of hope here…

    • Mister Delaware says:

      Or is just a big fucking dummy.

    • Matt says:

      Anyone who thinks this game matters so little that it only registers as a “3 out of 10″ is really shortsighted.

      • Montero's Mojo says:

        Even though I cannot tolerate those who do the whole “+1″ shit . . . I am going to give you the dreaded + 1,000,000 . . . . I don’t want these cockgobblers in the playoffs. Every Sox loss helps that cause. And, as Foghorn Leghorn once said, I’m “still spooked by 2004.”

      • Jerome S says:

        What’s so important about this game? It’s obviously important for the Red Sox, but who cares about them? We can beat anyone in the playoffs.

        • Matt says:

          Umm, Boston is still the 2nd best team in the AL. Have you forgotten their record from May-August? They are an incredibly dangerous team, and they can turn it on at any moment if you let them in.

          If you beat Boston while they are down, you can potentially take the next best team in the league out of the playoffs. That is huge. Texas and Detroit are no slouches, but Boston is better than both. Most of the games between the Yankees and Red Sox this year have been very tight.

          The game doesn’t have an impact immediately, but it can have a huge impact if you end up letting them in and have to face them in a championship series. Knocking out the next best team might make the road a bit easier.

          • Jerome S says:

            I agree Boston is a very good team, but at this point I hardly give a damn whether we beat them here or in the playoffs.

            It’s not like we’re going to go out of our way to do this.

    • TomH says:

      If there is a “larger problem” it’s this: that the Yankees had a chance to drive a stake into the Sox heart and MAY (game ain’t over) have allowed them to evade it. The point being that the Sox are very dangerous, in a way that LAA and Tampa are not.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        Every team is dangerous in the playoffs. The only way this game matters to the Yankees is if someone gets hurt. They did what they had to do.

      • Sheepmeister says:

        in playoffs, everyone is dangerous. Anything can happen in 5 or 7 games. Ask the two teams with the best record in the league last year. Philly lost to SF and TB lost in ALDS to the rangers. There will be no cake walk to the championship.

      • Mister Delaware says:

        Putting them in a tie isn’t driving a stake in their heart. Its hitting a seasonal reset button with Tampa facing us and Boston facing Baltimore. Even with a loss tonight, Boston is in a slightly better position.

  242. Avi says:

    where’s ARod??

  243. Cy Pettitte says:

    I smell a come back.

  244. Cy Pettitte says:

    If Ace coughs it up it will be even better.

  245. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Jesus 2 run bomb here

  246. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Girardi is gonna call for Montero to bunt Gardner over. Power bunting over speed, Girardi baseball.

  247. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Atta boy Lackey. Way to be a good teammate.

  248. teddy says:

    varitek getting hurts, hurts ny running game

  249. Finster says:

    Lol, lackey has some balls to be pissed at being taken out. Tito would have been fired right after the game if he left him out there for another batter.

  250. Karl Krawfid says:

    lol that was great

  251. Mike Axisa says:

    It’s alright, the embedded Yankee is pitching. Agent 91.

  252. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Gritty, gutty Brett Gardner.

  253. Xstar7 says:

    Gardner new career high in SB.

  254. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Saltalolmaccia

  255. tom says:

    I have to say, I really can’t believe what I’m reading here. The Yankees have clinched the AL’s best record, are a time zone ahead of the Red Sox, are cruising into the playoffs…and now they fall one run behind in the 7th inning, and everybody’s ready to bridge-jump? What are you all, 12 years old?

  256. Sarah says:

    Gardy needs 2 more for 50.

  257. Monteroisdinero says:

    Good ab by Montero. Not chasing bad pitches. Me gusta mucho.

  258. Xstar7 says:

    C’mon C-Dick, get a sac fly.

  259. teddy says:

    come on a sac fly please

  260. Cy Pettitte says:

    kinda surprised at no PH

  261. Mike Axisa says:

    Squeeze just to fuck with them.

  262. MikeD says:

    Aceves can throw 95?

  263. Mister Delaware says:

    C-Dick comes through.

  264. Cy Pettitte says:

    Dickerson gets it done!!!

  265. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Nice job by Cockerson.

  266. FachoinaNYY says:

    Where did this scrappiness come from?!

    Hahah love Lackey’s reaction.

  267. Monteroisdinero says:

    Gritty Peedy relay. Lol.

  268. Tom says:

    That was a gritty relay by Pedroia….

    Not many players make that useless throw home.

  269. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Yay C-Dick!!

  270. Xstar7 says:

    Well done, C-Dick, well done. Now it SoRo (and if necessary) Mo time.

  271. Mister Delaware says:

    Please tell me atleast one other person here is watching the NESN feed. After the run scores, they cut to Lackey and this was the sequence …

    Close eyes –> Shake head –> Pick nose –> Put head in hands

  272. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Now bring in Soriano and Mo to shut them down for 2 more innings. We can score another off Acevez or Bard.

  273. Finster says:

    Has there been a Buenlos sighting since he was called up, like even warming up in the pen during some of those blow outs? Or did he pitch as many innings as they were going to allow in the minors?

  274. Monteroisdinero says:

    Walkoff pie is gonna be awesome.

  275. TomH says:

    Who’s televising the post-season? Is it FOX? If so another reason for trying to finish Boston. If they get to the post-season, we’ll only hear about their courage, never-say-die spirit, etc. I would rather listen to Sterling and sweet Su, if it weren’t for the delay between the two media

  276. MikeD says:

    Crawford sucks against everyone else, but still seems to like facing the Yankees.

  277. Karl Krawfid says:

    More 0-2 fastballs to this scrub.

    Jesus man. Switch it up every once and a while.

  278. Cy Pettitte says:

    0-2 hit to Crawford is just sad

  279. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Hey Boston- Our fastest runner is faster than yours and our backup catcher is better than yours.

  280. Mister Delaware says:

    If he weren’t playing in Boston, I’d feel really bad for Crawford by this point.

    • ArchStanton says:

      Not to mention he’s been a baby- he told a reporter to talk to the
      “Captain” the other day instead of interviewing him.

  281. Karl Krawfid says:

    Tony Pena work man.

    Never fails.

  282. Cy Pettitte says:

    Romine! what a fucking throw

  283. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Bang-bang. Awesome.

  284. Erica says:

    Actually let me correct that- THROWMINE.

    I need sleep. THAT WAS AWESOME THOUGH.

  285. Mister Delaware says:

    Great hustle, Papi. You’re a true gamer.

  286. Chris says:

    The first rule of Austin Romine is you don’t run on Austin Romine.
    The second rule of Austin Romine is you DON’T run on Austin Romine.

  287. mustang says:

    Why Is Romine back there?

    ARM!!!

    any more questions

  288. Tom says:

    No Bard… interesting.

  289. Mister Delaware says:

    If backswing:swing ratio were a positive statistic, Nunez would be one of the best players in baseball.

  290. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I’d love to see Ace and Bard fuck this up

  291. Montero's Mojo says:

    Would love for Grandy to do something here. In fact, I demand it.

  292. Grit for Brains says:

    If Lavarnway is so good why doesn’t he play?

  293. first time lawng time says:

    Let’s be real. The Yankees suck against other teams’ bullpens and they’re relievers suck in extra innings. They’re not winning this one, folks.

  294. Sarah says:

    I would like for Cano to do something awesome here.

  295. Jimmy McNulty says:

    You fucking asswipe Cano.

  296. Karl Krawfid says:

    Cano you suck.

  297. Cy Pettitte says:

    well that just guarantees that there will be pie

  298. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Jesus is getting pie tonight.

  299. Sarah says:

    I’m scared of extra innings, so let’s walk off in the 9th, ok boys?

  300. Mickey Scheister says:

    Red Sox, we ain’t looking at you…we looking past you.

  301. ED says:

    When was the Yanks last walk-off win? It feels like forever ago, but I could be wrong. Regardless, it’s a good night for some pie!

  302. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Let’s see if this is the other Mo that only shows up during non save appearances.

  303. Mike Lynch says:

    Mo is a very old man.

  304. Karl Krawfid says:

    Oh great.

    Scutaro.

    NOOO!

  305. Cy Pettitte says:

    OF COURSE Scutaro comes up here.

  306. swishers fauxhawk says:

    I can’t believe I’m worried about Marco Scutaro.

  307. Mike Axisa says:

    Heh, just IBB Scutaro.

  308. Mickey Scheister says:

    ZOMG…it’s Lars Anderson! Future hall of famer.

  309. Cy Pettitte says:

    IBB Scutaro lolololololol that’s so Girardi

  310. Mike Axisa says:

    Hah, they are walking him.

  311. Sheepmeister says:

    umm…coaching visit to the mound when Mo is pitching. I demand an explanation.

  312. Tom says:

    Never was a huge fan of the pinch runner in a tie game with a guy on 1st (especially if it’s a guy like Lars Anderson who isn’t all that fast and isn’t going to steal a base)

    I get doing it when you get the guy to 2nd, but if the bunt fails (or they get a force), you’ve taken out one of your better runners/hitters for minimal gain.

  313. Dela G says:

    I don’t care if he owns mo, why would you walk scutaro?

  314. Mister Delaware says:

    Rivera : Scutaro :: Pedro : Enrique minus an 8 figure deal

  315. Mister Delaware says:

    Strike 4!

  316. Cy Pettitte says:

    hahahahha Mo is so good. love it.

  317. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nasty bro

  318. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Pie time!!

  319. Mike Lynch says:

    Maybe they could’ve gotten Scutaro out, but Mariano is too old.

  320. TomH says:

    Bullpen advantage may now pass to Boston.

  321. Tom says:

    Posada pinch hit walkoff HR?

    (Montero’s up 4th and you know Girardi is thinking it)

  322. CBean says:

    Pie please

  323. Montero's Mojo says:

    C’mon Tex. Don’t make me hate you more than I already do.

  324. MikeD says:

    I don’t like what the Yankees will be bringing in after this inning. Win now.

  325. Tom says:

    Please tell me how Corey Wade in not the next guy in?

    F’n Girradi and his slave to platoons

  326. Mister Delaware says:

    How the fuck is Aviles not headlong to get there?

  327. RaeGun says:

    Jesus with the walk off.

  328. Cy Pettitte says:

    Make Bard throw a tone of pitches

    we must break him.

  329. Mike Lynch says:

    Maybe the yankees need a closer that isnt 600000 years old

  330. Jetrer says:

    nice AB Tex

  331. Mister Delaware says:

    GOLSON FUCKING TIME!!!

  332. flamingo says:

    Tex had a great at bat.

  333. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    PR Golson

  334. Monteroisdinero says:

    Goalie for the win. He scored last time he pinch ran.

  335. Montero's Mojo says:

    Pinch Runner, not sure how I feel about this when defense is suddenly so valuable in extra innings.

  336. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Pie, plz

  337. Tom says:

    Unbelievable that ESPN’s shot on the MLB page right now is captioned “Leaping Back In” with a shot of Pedroia leaping at home.

  338. Monteroisdinero says:

    A tragedy by the Bard?

  339. Monteroisdinero says:

    Way to stay out of the gidp. Good job Joe.

  340. Mike Axisa says:

    Grumble grumble, too bad he didn’t steal earlier. Oh well.

  341. Mister Delaware says:

    Steal of 3B would be pretty awesome here if Gardner weren’t so lefty.

  342. TomH says:

    Hard to believe Gardy can do anything against Bard.

  343. MikeD says:

    Be agressive. Go for third. Nothing really to lose, something to gain.

  344. Mister Delaware says:

    I have to go to the bathroom really bad. Speed sure can slow down the game HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

  345. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Stripes.

  346. Monteroisdinero says:

    Jesus pie-superstar!

  347. Ethan says:

    C’mon Jesus!

  348. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Pie for Jesus

  349. Cy Pettitte says:

    PH ARod for Laird PLEASE

  350. Avi says:

    PLEASE put Arod up!!

  351. Finster says:

    Teams already fearing the Baby jesus.

  352. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Jesus walks!

    JOrge Pinch hitting!

  353. Greg says:

    Its Posada

  354. Dela G says:

    Wow, you ibb a rookie that just came up 3 weeks ago? Damn that’s some high praise

  355. Mister Delaware says:

    Everyone shut the fuck up. I love this decision. Last regular season home game for Jorgie.

  356. Cy Pettitte says:

    the stadium will explode if Jorge gets the walk off hit

  357. YankeesJunkie says:

    Time for a little Po action.

  358. Michael Mirabella says:

    Rookie getting IBB’d, shows you a hint of what’s to come.

  359. Avi says:

    Posada over Arod??

  360. FachoinaNYY says:

    Just FYI Jorge… it is the bottom of the 9th this time…

  361. Monteroisdinero says:

    Each team gets a key single by their 40 year old catcher?

  362. Mister Delaware says:

    Off topic, in 90 minutes my thumb will have been bleeding for 24 hours.

  363. Ethan says:

    This game is making it seriously hard to right my paper due in class tomorrow.

  364. MikeD says:

    Green light him.

  365. Montero's Mojo says:

    Swing or no swing on 3-0 with Nunez coming up?

  366. Mister Delaware says:

    I say you bring up Rodriguez just to see if you can totally mindfuck Bardamite.

  367. flamingo says:

    No matter what happens, this game totally rocks.

  368. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Time to earn your legend Austin.

  369. Cy Pettitte says:

    Romine is gonna hit? what? wow.

  370. Grit for Brains says:

    You gotta put A-Rod in to hit off Paps Joey

  371. LiterallyFigurative says:

    The unintentional, intentional walk.

    No A-Rod for Romine?

  372. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    They better PH ARod

  373. Monteroisdinero says:

    Gotta go to Jeter I think.

  374. Dela G says:

    Incredible, this is a war they’re fighting tonight

  375. Michael Mirabella says:

    Lost control after having to IBB a guy who’s been in the majors for less than a month.

  376. Tyrion Lannister says:

    I know Joe doesn’t want Martin to catch again but you can end the Sox season here. PH A-Rod and end it. Martin might not have to catch anyway with a walkoff hit or walk.

  377. Ethan says:

    Really? not going to PH for him?

  378. Jon says:

    big spot jeter or arod?

    sorry captain gotta go with arod on this

  379. Mister Delaware says:

    Good cut.

  380. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Don’t get why they aren’t using ARod

  381. TomH says:

    Unwise to put this kid up agin Pap

  382. Monteroisdinero says:

    Nobody to catch after Romine? Lose the DH?

  383. Stratman9652 says:

    Kay sure knows how to trample a moment to death doesn’t he?

  384. TitoSantana says:

    Darn it, I knew they should have added a Chad Moeller type to the roster in September.

  385. Tom says:

    Why did they pinch run for Posada?

  386. Monteroisdinero says:

    Just wp it here and get it over with Papelblown.

  387. TitoSantana says:

    He would leave the game anyway in the next inning for Pena. And Pena is less likely to screw up on the bases, as irrelevant as it seems.

  388. Karl Krawfid says:

    Damn man I didn’t want extras :(

  389. Mister Delaware says:

    The downside here is that they have to keep having someone pitch. And that the only way I can end tonight mad is if I have to watch Proctor.

  390. Montero's Mojo says:

    Fuck. If you take Teixera out, why not pinch hit for Romine? Fuck.

  391. Hummingbird S. says:

    should have played to win and PH for Romine.. another unfortunate mistake by Girardi

  392. MikeD says:

    Had to figure an off-speed was coming was he was up on him with two strikes. First time facing him, wouldn’t know what to expect.

    The Yankees can win this in the bottom of the 10th if they can make it through the top of the inning with whomever they plan to throw out there.

  393. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    ARod could’ve done that too…

  394. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Good pitch.

    I guess Girardi didn’t want Jorge to have to catch. That’s the only excuse for not PHing for Romine.

  395. first time lawng time says:

    Why was Romine left in to hit?

  396. Avi says:

    Yeah, if they’re not gonna use Montero as a catcher they should have another catcher on the roster besides Martin and Romine. If they have a Gus Molina Arod hits there. Bad job by the Yanks on roster management

  397. Mickey Scheister says:

    Cervelli would’ve had a twenty bounce dribbler up the middle for the win.

  398. Mister Delaware says:

    Getting Valdes in against Ellsbury and Crawford is actually a nice little look.

  399. jon says:

    never thought i would say this but

    jeter makes that play

  400. bonestock94 says:

    Eh, it’d be nice to win this but not at the expense of not resting a player that had a heavy work load. This game is meaningless for the Yankees anyways.

  401. Alex Taffet says:

    Valdez reminds me of Ron Villone. His motion, stuff, everything.

  402. Bryan says:

    Typical risk averse Girardi.

  403. thetruth says:

    wow, they almost turned that

  404. Finster says:

    This is fun as shit to watch as a Yankee fan, would be really hard to take as a sox fan.

    • jon says:

      you know i just realized that

      all of a sudden it came over me, this game means NOTHING to the yankees and everything to the red sox

      if we lose eh so be it jeter, arod, and martin need the rest thats why there was no PHer for romine

  405. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Crawford is so full of fail…

  406. TitoSantana says:

    Couldn’t they have have PH for Romine with ARod, and moved Montero to C, losing the DH? They still have plenty of PH’s available in case a pitcher or two needed to bat in a really long game.

  407. Tom says:

    Any doubts on Girardi’s stupid LNOGY fascination now?

    Valdes last 3 years
    Lefties: .991 OPS against
    Righties: .666 OPS against

    I could see the move if Wade wasn’t available….

  408. Mister Delaware says:

    Pedo looked like he was thinking RF there.

  409. jon says:

    what ever happens this game is a win to me you know why?

    jesus got his first of MANY IBB

  410. flamingo says:

    OH YEAH CORY

  411. Eirias says:

    Wow. Now THAT was a strikeout.

  412. Monteroisdinero says:

    Gritty foul tip.

  413. Bob Stone says:

    Great pitch Cory – Bye Bye Petey.

  414. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    that was filthy

  415. thetruth says:

    alright, Pie time

  416. Bob Stone says:

    Good inning Wade.

  417. first time lawng time says:

    I know it shouldn’t, but this game is making me anxious.

  418. Cy Pettitte says:

    can’t believe the Rays just let us have Cory. lol.

  419. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    All right, let’s get some pie this time.

  420. Monteroisdinero says:

    Gardy/Grandy/Golson

    3G blanket coverage.

  421. jon says:

    right now the rays are happy they let cory wade walk

  422. Mister Delaware says:

    I’m glad Papelblown is still in. Will make this so much more fun.

  423. Nunez says:

    TIME TO SHINE BABY

  424. first time lawng time says:

    4-10 in extras. They’re due for a correction, right?

  425. Ethan says:

    I really want the Yankees to win this one, not so much because they need the win but because I’m worried the RS could get a lot of momentum if they win this one.

  426. Gonzo says:

    I don’t know if this is a good game for me because it means nothing or because it means so much to the Red Sox.

    But hey, Lackey got a quality start. Ha.

  427. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Jesus Christ these Ks are getting really annoying.

  428. teddy says:

    of course, yanks have 2 hits since the 2nd inning

  429. Montero's Mojo says:

    This team is so fucking bad in extra innings. Something’s got to change.

  430. Bob Stone says:

    That sucked.

  431. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Fuck this team.

  432. Gonzo says:

    Best post on SOSH:

    We should not be wearing out the Yankees pen when we need them to beat the Rays 3 times.

  433. thekid says:

    question- why didn’t girardi bring martin in for romine with the bases loaded?

  434. Mister Delaware says:

    Papelbon was really pleased with himself there. Good for him!

  435. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    You’ve gotta give Papelbon some credit, it’s hard for him to be even douchier than usual but he managed to pull it off.

  436. Montero's Mojo says:

    Good inning. So how do we lose this one? Will it be a Lars walk-off bomb or an Aviles walk-off triple?

  437. first time lawng time says:

    I’ll be that one commenter who says something about how the ’09 Yanks would have won in the 10th already.

    Or something about relating how good that team was in extras to how bad this team is in extras.

  438. Cy Pettitte says:

    they’re gonna wreck Papelbon, this is too good.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      At first I was wondering what Tito was thinking sending Papelbon back out for another inning, but when you look at it they really have nobody else out there.

  439. Tyrion Lannister says:

    PH Jones and try to end it with Jones, Swish, Gardner, Montero. We don’t want to get to Proctor.

  440. Mister Delaware says:

    Prediction: Drew homers but is too apathetic to round the bases.

    /everySoxfan’d

  441. flamingo says:

    Love the strikeouts from Cory!

  442. Bob Stone says:

    Great job by Wade.

  443. Cy Pettitte says:

    Cory is the best 6th (or in this case 10th/11th) inning guy in the league.

  444. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Time for some major Papelfail here.

  445. Tom says:

    Hey it’s almost like a righty with a changeup can get lefties out better than the recycled schmos that Girardi calls LOOGY’s can

    /beatingadeadhorse’d

  446. first time lawng time says:

    It says I can log in for commenting features. What are these features?

  447. Ethan says:

    This game really needs to end now, I have to get some work done haha

  448. jon says:

    red sox want this game BAD

    pap for more than 2 innings?

  449. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I’m calling a Nick Swisher walkoff.

  450. Mister Delaware says:

    Golson’s eyes are too far apart.

  451. MikeD says:

    When Papelbon blew the save against the O’s and I saw him interviewed after the game, I never realized what an odd and scary looking guy he was. Pale, greyish skin, sunken-in, dark roundish eyes, with a slit for a mouth and no lips. Reminded me of something, then I realized what it was:

    http://www.2012changesarenow.c.....liens.html (safe)

  452. bonestock94 says:

    Romine convo with the ump was pretty cool

  453. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Gardner walkoff inside the parker here

  454. ArchStanton says:

    Just caught word that Marte, Feliciano, and Mitre will start the next three games to see if they can offer anything in the playoffs… :)

  455. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fuck this game.

  456. Montero's Mojo says:

    Wow. That Paps is mowing down this lineup. Not lookin’ good.

  457. Karl Krawfid says:

    Proctor?

    Noooo!

  458. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Give Wade a nice ovation. He pitched great.

  459. Karl Krawfid says:

    Laffey noooooo!

  460. JFH says:

    I know this game does not really matter, but I am tired of sitting through extra inning failures by the Yanks. Is it too much to ask for a W here? I want to bury these guys.

    The folks at Coca-Cola used to say, “What do you do when the competition is drowning? Shove a hose in his throat and turn on the water.”

  461. MikeD says:

    If there’s a call to the bullpen, the answer should never be Laffey.

  462. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Laffey? this can NOT end well…

  463. Avi says:

    Ayala Noesi.. Anyone but F*cking Laffey

  464. Monteroisdinero says:

    Laffey? Why do I fear Joe will have him on the post-season roster? Nooooooooooo!!!!!

  465. whozat says:

    Gameday injury delay? Again? It’s not Wade, is it…?

  466. gxpanos says:

    Man, just was looking at Pap’s stats. Forgot how ridiculous that dude was in 06 and 07. Monster years.

  467. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Michael Kay: Girardi managing liek HE wants it.

    *Aaron Laffey enters the game

  468. Montero's Mojo says:

    WTF is Laffey in?! Girardi’s in favor of ending this via loss I see.

  469. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Beautiful turn.

  470. Karl Krawfid says:

    wow you have to be kidding me!

    win dis game!

  471. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol GIDP

  472. JMK says:

    Did Aaron Laffey just do something right?

    Am I hallucinating?

  473. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Wow Laffey actually got a lefty out AND Elsbury hit into a DP??

    Golden YCPB.

  474. Girardi’s confidence level in Laffey has gone up. CRAP!

  475. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Now end it, damnit! We’re playing with fire with these AAA pen guys. If you’re not gonna PH for Romine at least PH A-Rod for Pena and Jeter for Nunez.

  476. Gonzo says:

    This is such an awesome game! It doesn’t matter and the Red Sox still can’t score.

  477. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Montero will get pie with one swing.

  478. Resserd says:

    Such is the beauty of percentages in baseball…… even the worst pitcher wins over half the time as we saw Laughey “induces” a double play against Ellsbury

  479. Montero's Mojo says:

    PLEASE PINCH HIT! I can’t watch a Pena AB. PLEASE!

  480. Cy Pettitte says:

    end it Jesus.

  481. MikeD says:

    Montero’s still in the game? I thought he was pinch run for or something. Maybe I’ve watched too much baseball recently. Nah.

  482. jon says:

    jesus walk off

    needs to happen

  483. Karl Krawfid says:

    Montero hit a walk off against a lefty in the minors.

    Watch him do it in the majors.

  484. MikeD says:

    The Say Hey-Sus Kid.

    Let’s do it.

  485. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Wowwwwww Jesus didn’t miss that high fastball by much.

  486. Jetrer says:

    trying to do too much Jesus

  487. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I’ll take it.

  488. Cy Pettitte says:

    divine intervention

  489. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hell yeah!

  490. MikeD says:

    BABIP gods with Jesus. Makes sense.

  491. Stratman9652 says:

    I’m starting to think the hype was justified. This kid is a professional hitter.

  492. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Jesus’s magic

  493. Resserd says:

    he singled to save the yankees from eternal damnation

  494. Jesus Freak says:

    Those 2 drunk blondes behind home plate are distracting.

  495. Montero's Mojo says:

    WTF is going on here? Is old man A-Rod injured or something?

  496. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Don’t fucking bunt, PH instead…

  497. The Big City of Dreams says:

    Did Jesus shake his wrist?

  498. Resserd says:

    Why is pena batting now?? I’m homing Arod just got skinnier

  499. Montero's Mojo says:

    Worst managerial decision of the year. Dumbest bunt of the year. Yeah, I went there.

    • Jetrer says:

      having Ramiro Pena bunt is nowhere near the dumbest bunt of the year. There have been many dumber bunts than that one.

      • Montero's Mojo says:

        It was a dumb bunt because he shouldn’t have even been at the plate. Alex Rodriguez should’ve been there instead, not bunting.

        • Jetrer says:

          ARod played the first game. Joe isn’t going to want to leave him or Jeter out in the field in case the game keeps going and going.

  500. Resserd says:

    EPIC FAIL

  501. jon says:

    sweet free out

  502. JobaWockeeZ says:

    TERRIBLE bunt.

  503. Mister Delaware says:

    Wow, totally didn’t see that coming.

  504. a.hinds says:

    que mike axisa.

  505. Ethan says:

    Pena can’t even bunt. How does this guy make an MLB team?

  506. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Montero was practically standing on first base. Gotta go on a bunt attempt. GO!

  507. Widget says:

    Pena could solve world hunger and I’d still hate him.

  508. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    they better have Pena steal now.

  509. teddy says:

    giradri showing why he can only manage a pen

  510. I really don’t want to see Ramiro Pena anywhere near the Yankees in the future.

  511. Montero's Mojo says:

    So apparently there’s no interest in winning this game. Cool. Right on. Now I know.

  512. Resserd says:

    That was begging to be hit

  513. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I love this home plate umpire’s voice. It sounds like Kiefer Sutherland is calling balls and strikes.

  514. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Remember when this team was so good in tie games?

    • Montero's Mojo says:

      I don’t because they been THAT bad since. This team can’t hit for shit against opposing bullpens. It’s actually quite laughable.

  515. first time lawng time says:

    Maybe they should put in legit ML hitters…

  516. Bob Stone says:

    The BoSox and the Yanks ALMOST always find a way to make every game a 4 hour + marathon. We’re going on towards 4.25 hours here with no end in sight.

  517. Resserd says:

    Well at least we’re wearing the red sox bullpen out and ours so we have a great excuse to rest the bullpen = starters against TB. its gonna be SWB vs. TB to device the AL playoff race

  518. ED says:

    Long game is long

  519. Karl Krawfid says:

    After today I think ima take a break from baseball till the ALDS.

    Yankees-Sox is draining me.

  520. Karl Krawfid says:

    Karl Krawfid – No tool player.

  521. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Crawful

  522. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Take Laffey out for Pedroia, moron.

  523. Montero's Mojo says:

    Certainly wouldn’t leave in Laffey against Pedroia.

  524. Cy Pettitte says:

    Laffey vs. Pedroia is just asking for it.

  525. Rick says:

    I know monteroisdinero will kill me for suggesting this, but Joe could hit A-Rod for Golson and shift Pena to the outfield if necessary in the bottom half of the inning, right?

    /hopingforrealhitters

    • Jetrer says:

      he won’t pinch hit because he would have to stay in to play the field, looks like Joe is just going to go with the guys already in the game.

  526. hogsmog says:

    Ok as much as I hate to say it, props to Ellsbury and Pedroia for playing 21 innings today.

  527. Gabe says:

    Calling it now, Ortiz is gonna homer off laffey

  528. Karl Krawfid says:

    Laffey or Proctor.

  529. Mister Delaware says:

    McClelland is a pile of scrotums.

  530. Cy Pettitte says:

    Garbage call

  531. Ivan says:

    Holy Crap, how the fuck you got that call wrong u fucking moron?!?!?!

  532. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Blind old fuckers

  533. Jetrer says:

    shitty fucking umpires

  534. V says:

    I’m not one to accuse umpires, but McLelland has to either have money on the Sox, or have orders from up on high to make things ‘interesting’. Holy wow.

  535. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fucking bullshit call man.

  536. mbonzo says:

    Another terrible call by Tim McClelland. This guy needs to be fired more.

  537. teddy says:

    shit he was out

  538. jon says:

    wow he was out by a mile

  539. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Tim McClellan got blinded by the fackin grittiness.

  540. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Tim Mclelland just wants to go home.

  541. Mister Delaware says:

    Girardi holding up the 3 fingers was a really nice touch.

  542. Tom says:

    Wasn’t even close…

    2nd REALLY bad call.

    It’s one thing if you have to watch 10 replays and go frame by frame, but that’s two that were obvious real time and obvious with one replay at full speed.

  543. LiterallyFigurative says:

    McClelland is blind

  544. Xstar7 says:

    The Glorious human element!

  545. Alex says:

    why is mcclelland even positioned where he is? he is straight up out of position.

  546. JobaWockeeZ says:

    JUST END THIS GAME.

  547. Resserd says:

    All that grit got in the umps eyes….

  548. Ivan says:

    Inning Over….what wait a minute it’s not.

  549. Resserd says:

    wow just had a heart attack but lol papi sad

  550. Bob Stone says:

    Kill the umps. Bring in the Robots and Replay.

  551. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    must’ve had grit in his eye from the slide

  552. Sarah says:

    I know this game means nothing for the Yankees, but it would be so sweet to win. Surely Jeter and ARod want to play…

  553. radnom says:

    Bullshit.

  554. mt says:

    Does anyone want to win this game?

  555. whozat says:

    Wow. This strike zone is shit too, huh?

  556. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Am I going crazy, or has Laffey pitched really well?

  557. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yeah!!!!!!

    woooooo!

    I want some sleep!

  558. 21 yankees in this game lol.

  559. Montero's Mojo says:

    End this shit already. I need to be productive.

  560. Mike Axisa says:

    Laffey’s fist pump is in postseason form.

  561. Jetrer says:

    will you look at that… a lefty getting out lefties

  562. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Yay! a 4 out inning!

  563. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Granderson, Cano, and you have to PH for Golson to end this unless Golson is in a bunt situation. PH Jones and go for the win.

  564. Bob Stone says:

    Unbelievable. McClelland tries to give the game to the Sox and Laffey, of all people, shuts ‘em down.

  565. ED says:

    LET’S SCORE SOME FUCKING RUNS

    …or just one run.

  566. Sarah says:

    Granderson, Cano and…Golson in this inning? PH for Golson with Jones please.

  567. Tom says:

    Well ESPN has Papelbum on the MLB page now….

    Any bets on how long before the Pedroia false hustle dive into first is the lead picture on the page? (with some variation of “batttling”, “scrappy”, “never say die”)

  568. Gonzo says:

    This is amazing. Do you send out the guys with the swing for the fences on every pitch instructions?

  569. Bob Stone says:

    A couple of years ago we would be on the third or fourth RAB Game Thread by now. There is progress in this world. Once in a while.

  570. Mister Delaware says:

    Gotta be Proctor in the 14th which means we gotta win now.

  571. MikeD says:

    Isn’t this all somehow Cano’s fault? Didn’t he commit an error several days ago that led to this tie?

  572. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Really, no one up in the Yankees bullpen? Why not let Noesi pitch?

    Hell, if you’re just going to throw Laffey out there with 20+ pitches on his arm, you might as well give the ball to Brackman. At least he’ll be throwing 95 when he walks in the go ahead run.

  573. Bob Stone says:

    Great play by Pedroia. Unfortunately.

  574. Ethan says:

    “A great play by the Red Soxs little second baseman”

    Michael Kay, you’re awesome

  575. Mister Delaware says:

    Lost in all this is that they’re playing at around a 3:10 pace. Suck on that, Joe West.

  576. Resserd says:

    Aaron you mean Betances right?

  577. John says:

    That would have been a routine play for Cano. No dive.

  578. Gonzo says:

    From SOSH:

    How can the Yankees be watching this and not want us to win?

  579. MikeD says:

    I hope everyone realizes that it is now critical the Yankees win this game.

    If not, I can see Peter Gammons now: “In a game that will be remembered for generations, the Red Sox were within outs of losing a double-header against their rivals. The gritty team fought back and took the game to extra-innings, beginning their march to the World Series…blah, blah, blah.”

    Must, win, game.

  580. first time lawng time says:

    This offense is
    F-U-T-I-L-E

  581. Resserd says:

    PH for golson with jones plea tony pena

  582. Stratman9652 says:

    Why would he even have bothered throwing a strike to Cano there?

  583. John says:

    WTF is Golson still doing there???

  584. Mister Delaware says:

    Tim Bogar has eyes like a peeping tom.

  585. Sarah says:

    Come on, Joe. END THIS MADNESS.

  586. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Come the fuck on…PH Jones.

  587. He’s a lefty, where the fuck is Jones?

  588. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Golson walk off?

    Well you can’t predict baseball…

  589. Resserd says:

    Dude can’t even make contact

  590. Rainbow Pinstripes says:

    Where the fuck is Andrew Jones? It’s like they want to lose this game.

  591. MikeD says:

    I think it’s now been four days now since Nova pitched, so he can come in for the next inning.

  592. Sarah says:

    Swisher is better from the right side. Please just get on base somehow Golson.

  593. JMK says:

    Golson looks like he’s never picked up a bat in his life. So unnatural looking.

  594. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Girardi wants to rest his guys and in doing so he’ll fucking kill the bullpen.

    And I don’t care that he walked.

  595. Karl Krawfid says:

    Dude just walked Greg Golson

  596. Resserd says:

    COME ON SWISH!!!!!!

  597. ED says:

    END THIS, SWISH!

  598. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Walking Golson is pretty much a sign that you’re finished. I can’t believe that Tito is going to let him pitch to Swisher.

    No wonder my Sox fan friend calls him “Francoma”

  599. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    i bet the Sox bring in Wakefield next

  600. Gonzo says:

    Please let it be Montero with the bases loaded!

  601. Greg says:

    Guys remember Girardi is not managing this game anymore

  602. Montero's Mojo says:

    Ugly game for Swisher so far. Hopefully this AB changes everything.

  603. Red says:

    This is fantastic. If the Red Sox keep trying to win, they’ll weaken our bullpen for the Rays series. If they lose, they’ll drop into a tie with Tampa.

    Good times all around.

  604. Hummingbird S. says:

    do something Swisha

  605. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    salty can’t get it straight because this pitcher is latin

  606. Sarah says:

    It doesn’t have to be a home run, Swish. A base hit will do the job.

  607. Mike Axisa says:

    That was Greg Golson’s first career walk.

  608. Resserd says:

    BRING IN A-ROD

  609. Tom says:

    Walkoff bunt single here….

  610. mbonzo says:

    Suicide squeeze please.

  611. bobtaco says:

    SQUEEZE!!!!

  612. Montero's Mojo says:

    Damn, Swish. What a terrible game you’ve had. Please, if you don’t mind, I’d really appreciate it if you started hitting the Sox sometime in the (possibly) near and dear future.

  613. JMK says:

    Do not bunt. You cannot bunt. You don’t know how to bunt.

  614. Sarah says:

    I’ve given up hoping that they will PH, so all I’m doing is praying Gardy gets a hit.

  615. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Calling a Gardy walk, Montero walk off hit.

  616. teddy says:

    pinch hit damm, thanks for nothing swisher

  617. Resserd says:

    How about have godson steal salty throw it into the centerfield bleachers and cano scores

  618. Tom says:

    2 strike bunt?

  619. Montero's Mojo says:

    Screw bad management, this game isn’t being managed at all.

  620. Karl Krawfid says:

    End this BG lol

  621. JobaWockeeZ says:

    If Gardy gets on base I’ll bet ten thousand dollars that Girardi pinch hits for Montero to blow our fucking minds.

  622. Resserd says:

    FUCKKKKKKKKK

  623. Karl Krawfid says:

    FUck this team man

  624. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    good lord…this is getting comical.

  625. MikeD says:

    I’ve lost the will to live.

  626. Sarah says:

    Ugh. So much ugh.

  627. Stratman9652 says:

    Saltalawhatever’s legs must be fucking jello by now. He’s been back there almost all day.

  628. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    13 innings of this…

  629. teddy says:

    fuck you giradri, just, the yanks are done hitting

  630. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Shit. Some of us have to work tomorrow, Brett.

  631. Hummingbird S. says:

    they can play another ten innings and it won’t matter, they won’t score

  632. Montero's Mojo says:

    So, again, worst extra-inning team in baseball? It’s seriously a shame too, considering the AAA/AA relievers have kept the team in the game. Can’t keep counting on the Sox to get outs.

  633. Matt says:

    The same pitch, at the same speed, over and over and over to Gardner. No adjustment whatsoever. You really have to wonder whether his defense is worth his terrible bat in a postseason game. Andruw Jones has really been hitting the ball well lately.

  634. mt says:

    Hate to say it but this game reminds me of those extra inning affairs at Fenway in the 2004 playoffs that we lost. I never felt so empty to watch a baseball game for almost six hours to see my team lose.

    • mt says:

      On the other hand Scott Proctor is now in so this game will probably be ending shortly (I thought the same thing about Laffey and I was wrong but Scott has generally been dreadful – I do remember one exception.)

  635. pop up teixeira says:

    knew that was coming

  636. Xstar7 says:

    The Yankees must have developed a severe allergic reaction to pie. I mean, Girardi’s got think about his guys right?

  637. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Is Laffey seriously still out there?

  638. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    how the hell has JD Drew played this entire game? he’s coming out to get his leg amputated or something.

  639. Resserd says:

    How are the red sox no teeing off on laughey’s “fast”(LOL)balls

  640. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nooo!

    NOOOO!

  641. Bob Stone says:

    The fans are getting their money’s worth. A game and a half for the price of one. So far.

    They are waiting until the 15th inning to bring in A-Rod for a walk-off homer like a couple of years ago against the BoSox in that 1-1 tie.

  642. Avi says:

    Did Noesi and Ayala both die?

  643. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Oh god PLEASE NOT PROCTOR.

  644. Tyrion Lannister says:

    And this is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Proctor is in.

  645. Sarah says:

    The thing that galls me about this not pinch hitting thing is that Gardner played the first game, and Joe had no qualms about putting him in to pinch run and play, and now it’s been multiple innings. So why not PH Jones to end the madness? It’s not going to kill him to have 1 AB against a lefty.

  646. Resserd says:

    and proctor’s coming in, the game is over

  647. pop up teixeira says:

    uh oh Proctor

  648. Hummingbird S. says:

    Here we go, Proctor in to make sure we lose this one

  649. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Monteor suddenly is the only hitter I trust today to get a hit.

  650. Rigoleto says:

    “Who is….John Proctor?” -Arthur Miller

  651. Resserd says:

    right on cue….

  652. Hummingbird S. says:

    and of course he comes in and gives up a hit..

  653. Tom says:

    Girardi must have sent a note from the clubhouse…

    “Enough of this shit, time to catch the plane to Tampa, get Proctor in”

  654. Karl Krawfid says:

    No doubles.

    wow.

  655. JFH says:

    Proctor does not inspire confidence.

  656. Bob Stone says:

    C’mon – Double play Proctor.

  657. jon says:

    well worse case scenario red sox are tired for the Os

  658. Jetrer says:

    Scott “white flag” Proctor

  659. Karl Krawfid says:

    This shit is over.

  660. teddy says:

    this game over, pathetic display by this offense

  661. Mister Delaware says:

    See my comment at 9:37.

  662. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    suckonmycockia

  663. Hummingbird S. says:

    I still don’t get why they have Proctor on the team. Must be to lose games.

  664. Rainbow Connection says:

    Proctor is the worst. Screw him.

  665. Tom says:

    Kontos? Ayala?

    I understand holding Noesi back just in case… but what the hell?

    How is Proctor not the last guy in out of the pen (save maybe Betances or Brackman)

  666. Montero's Mojo says:

    Difference between Yankees and Sox in extra innings? The Sox will score.

  667. Dela G says:

    man this is ridiculous

  668. Resserd says:

    Had another heart attack

  669. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Can Proctor do the impossible and get one more out without allowing a run?

  670. Karl Krawfid says:

    Here comes the base hit/homer

  671. pop up teixeira says:

    and here comes Ellsbury with the RBI

  672. Dela G says:

    well… great…

    good fucking god, why the fuck is proctor on this team?

  673. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    ellsbury…where the hell did this power come from?

  674. Avi says:

    I was hoping he’d walk him

  675. mbonzo says:

    Scott Proctor everyone.

  676. Resserd says:

    Saw it coming FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK

  677. jon says:

    color me surprised

  678. JT says:

    LOL. Anyone really shocked?

  679. aaaaaaaaand it doesn’t matter at all.

  680. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    DFA

  681. Hummingbird S. says:

    Fuck you Proctor and your lover Joe Girardi.

  682. mt says:

    Too bad I couldn’t bet a $1 million on whether Proctor would give it up.

  683. Bob Stone says:

    The Yankees gave this game away. Too Bad. But they could afford to do that.

  684. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Good thing we called up Proctor. Such a great September call up.

  685. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I want to remind everyone this game was started by JOHN LACKEY. The fact we’re in the 14th inning is mind blowing.

  686. Sarah says:

    Naturally.

  687. Karl Krawfid says:

    Sorry Tampa.

    Red Sox are going to the postseason.

  688. Montero's Mojo says:

    Yup. THere’s your MVP right there. Thanks a lot, Girardi, you fucking shit stain.

  689. Kevin G. says:

    “YEAH! It took us 14 innings to beat a team that was resting half of their starters! Eric Ortiz was RIGHT!”

  690. teddy says:

    thats the mvp, giradri can go to fucking hell, gutless performance

  691. Widget says:

    MVP MVP MVP. Can’t wait for the 10 page Peter Gammons article talking about the greatness of Ellsbury and how his homer SAVED the season.

    They are still losing 2 of 3 to the Orioles, but whatever.

  692. JMK says:

    Who saw that coming?

  693. Matt says:

    Proctor might be the WORST pitcher in the ENTIRE bullpen. No excuse for bringing him in to pitch in this spot.

    NO EXCUSE.

    This is not a meaningless game for the Yankees. If you let Boston into the playoffs because of tonight’s game, you may really come to regret it.

    There were a ton of other pitchers available, all of whom had far more upside than Scott Proctor. This game doesn’t do anything to the Yankees in the short term, but they will certainly regret it if Boston makes it into the playoffs and flips the switch.

  694. Gonzo says:

    Neither team really deserved to win this game. So what. Their pitching is fried.

  695. Ethan says:

    what the fuck was girardi thinking?! Get this fucking bum off the team NOW! He can’t do anything right. Feels like girardi threw up the white flag and is surrendering the game. Not a nice way to have your last home game of the regular season.

  696. ItsATarp says:

    I hope scott proctor blows his arm out again…this time for good.

  697. Greg says:

    WE DID NOT NEED TO WIN THIS GAME

    • Matt says:

      As usual, you just don’t get it. This game could decide whether Boston makes the playoffs or not. That is HUGE for the Yankees, since Boston is the next best team in the league.

      • pop up teixeira says:

        the rangers might have something to say about that

        • Matt says:

          A September collapse doesn’t erase what happened the entire rest of the season. Detroit had one hot stretch in which they won 12 games in a row. Other than that they have been mediocre.

          Boston is the best team in the league that isn’t the Yankees. Don’t let their recent performance fool you. Going on the basis of record without any sense of the context is incredibly misleading.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        This game could decide whether Boston makes the playoffs or not.

        You’re the one that doesn’t get it. This game decides nothing because they still have three games left in the season.

        • Matt says:

          Stop twisting my words. I didn’t say that this game would put them into the playoffs or eliminate them from contention. I said that this game COULD DECIDE if they make it or not, and that is definitely true.

          Considering that the teams are separated by only one game, winning and losing this game could be the difference between Boston having to play a one game playoff and being in, or between missing entirely and playing a one game playoff, etc.

          Nobody knows what will happen next, but you can control the outcome of tonight’s game still. Unless the Yankees sweep the Rays and Boston sweeps the Orioles, it was very likely that this game would make a difference.

  698. James A says:

    We have Ayala, Noesi, Robertson (technically), hell even Brackman in the bullpen, in this vital game for our most hated rival, which weve invested so much in, and they fucking send Proctor out there after his shitfest on Thursday? As punishment, Proctor has to pitch all 27 innings against Tampa :)

    • JMK says:

      As punishment, Proctor has to pitch all 27 innings against Tampa

      Signed,

      Joe Torre

    • Jetrer says:

      No sense using Robertson twice in a day at this point in the season. Noesi will probably be starting one of the next couple games. I don’t get why he wouldn’t use Ayala or Kontos though. Maybe he did just want to get the game over with?

      • Matt says:

        Proctor is the worst pitcher in the bullpen. What excuse does he have for using him other than that he is a “veteran” (albeit a terrible one)?

        He doesn’t want to throw Brackman into the fire? When does he plan on ever using these guys then? If this game meant so little to him that he brought in Proctor to begin with, what is the harm? He wouldn’t use those guys unless there is a 10 run blowout in the other team’s favor, which is asinine.

        • Jetrer says:

          did I not say why not Ayala or Kontos? I agree Proctor is the worst pitcher in the bullpen. That’s why I added the last line.
          As for Brackman or Bettances, who’s starting tomorrow? I’m guessing it might be Noesi for a few and then they would possibly need length from the B’s as well. I honestly think Proctor was just waving the white flag to get the guys who played all day off the field.

    • Mister Delaware says:

      I would sign up for this.

  699. Rich in NJ says:

    The game is meaningless, but it’s just ridiculous that Proctor is considered to be a better pitching option than Swisher…or most of the fans in the ballpark.

  700. mbonzo says:

    Everyone realizes Girardi was ejected, right?

  701. Mister Delaware says:

    No shitting, if I got that Proctor pitch 10 times, I hit it out atleast once.

  702. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Well at least we took them to 14. Sox will be tired for tomorrow’s game with the Os. We just have to go out there and lose. Surely Girardi can manage that.

  703. Avi says:

    F-cking stupid game. You have Arod, Jeter, Andruw and Posada sitting on the bench and you keep giving AB’s to Romine, Golson, Pena Etc. Could’ve really hurt the red sox.
    I don’t care if they go 0 for September. If they’re in the playoffs they’ll be dangerous. Didn’t even try to win the game.

    • mbonzo says:

      And the Rays won’t be dangerous? This game would have been nice to win and shove in the Red Sox faces, but at the cost of tired regulars 5 days before the postseason?

      • Matt says:

        This is completely wrong. The Yankees had plenty of chances to use those guys for just one AB, while they still had options on the bench to replace them in the field afterwards. They could have moved Montero behind the plate and given up the DH. They could have waited to pinch run for guys until they got to 2B, instead of burning through the bench right away.

        Girardi overmanaged, even in a game that he claimed wasn’t very important, and unsurprisingly it ended up costing him the game that in the end he had actually expended quite a lot of effort to try to grab.

        • Jetrer says:

          running out of guys isn’t the best time to give up the DH. And he didn’t want the vets who played the first game to play multiple innings. There really weren’t many chances to use those guys for just one AB.

          • Matt says:

            Yes, there were. He had an incredible chance to use A-Rod in the 9th inning with Romine up against Papelbon, instead of Romine who has been somewhat overmatched against big league pitching.

            If you lose the DH, then guess what? You have chance after chance to use those guys for one AB because they will be replaced by a pitcher anyway. A pitcher can just go up there and bunt if need be, or stand there and take 3 strikes down the middle.

            There were chances, and they were wasted with lesser players and an insane number of pinch running moves.

      • S says:

        give me the team that can’t hit over the team who can put up 10 runs in a heartbeat. The Sox are slumping but they are still the most dangerous lineup in baseball. The team should have crushed on the Sox throat because they are too dangerous too let into the post.

        • mbonzo says:

          Red Sox might have a better lineup than the Rays, but the Rays have some very mean pitching. Anything can happen in a short series and there is no way of knowing who will beat who, but we’re surely feel like idiots if we force the Rays to the playoffs, only to be beat by Shields, Price, and Hellickson in the ALCS.

    • Jetrer says:

      Posada was already used. As for the others, beating the Red Sox would have been nice, but the Yankees first priority right now is getting everyone healthy, rested, and ready for the playoffs.

  704. JT says:

    Gotta love all of these irrational fans posting on this site.

  705. Widget says:

    At least it wasn’t a 1 run loss.

  706. Zooboy says:

    To be fair, the Yanks need to use Proctor against Tampa Bay now.

  707. flamingo says:

    That’s the last time Proctor pitches for us, right?

  708. Tyrion Lannister says:

    The Chicago Bears didn’t have to win the game vs the Green Bay Packers in week 17 last season just as the Yanks didn’t have to win this one. The Bears didn’t win and then the Packers got hot and defeated them for the right to go to the championship. This could be similar, I sure hope not.

  709. Bob Stone says:

    This day started great but it sure didn’t end that way. Earlier today the Yanks win, BoSox lose, Rays win, Giants win and Patriots lose.

    Later – not so good – Yanks lose, BoSox win, Jets lose.

  710. Pat D says:

    So Ellsbury won the MVP tonight, right?

  711. Avi says:

    Can we get a urine test on Ellsbury? Ridiculous.

  712. Matt says:

    Tonight’s game is a prime example of why you wanted to bury Boston while you still had a chance.

    They can be incredibly dangerous in the postseason even if they aren’t playing that well, for the same reasons that they won tonight’s game. Very high upside in the bullpen, and guys that can come up with big extra base hits in the late innings.

    This game was not meaningless, not even for the Yankees. If you beat Boston here, they might not make the playoffs. The pressure is entirely on them, while you rest players in Tampa to get ready for the postseason. Now, you either have to sit the entire team or expect to see Boston playing October baseball. They really blew it.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      You’ve said the same fucking thing 4 times. I think we get your point.

    • mbonzo says:

      So you’d rather play the Rays than Red Sox right now? You never want to pick your opponent, especially at the expense of hurting a team that is playing meaningless games.

      • Matt says:

        Tampa is the inferior team, regardless of what the recent numbers show. I’m not picking my opponent, when did I do that? I’m pointing out that because Boston is in fact the next best team in the league (and they ARE, stop letting a small sample of games fool you when they have that roster), it would be best for the Yankees to have them already out of the playoffs before they even started.

        • mbonzo says:

          You have no idea how any team would do against the Yankees in a 7 game series. Rays have the pitching to kill the Yankees and the Red Sox have the bats to kill the Yankees. The fact is that you’d rather play the Rays than the Red Sox, which is not something you want to do when you end up getting your ass kicked by some awesome starting pitching. Its possible that the Red Sox keep this slump up, and get beat in the ALDS too.

          • Matt says:

            I never said that I’d rather they play one team over the other. I’m saying which team I think is the better overall team, and that is definitely Boston. Anything can happen in a playoff series, but that’s not the point. It’s better to have a weaker set of teams in the playoffs than a stronger set of teams. That’s common sense, which seems to have eluded some of you guys.

        • Jetrer says:

          is 159 games a small sample?? OK

          • Matt says:

            Is 6-18 a large sample? Because besides that, the Red Sox have been neck and neck with the Yankees for the entire season, and far better than Detroit, which has not been tearing it up outside of that recent 12 game winning streak against mediocre Central clubs.

            • Jetrer says:

              6-18 is part of the 159. They all count. 159 games is more than 24 games. Over 159 games, the Yankees, Tigers, and Rangers have been better than the Sox.

              • Matt says:

                Because a total September collapse and one winning streak are more indicative of a team’s performance than the other 130 or so games?

                Also, you are trying to compare records when the teams play an unbalanced schedule? Do you realize how ridiculous that is? Detroit is 47-22 against their garbage division, and Texas is 37-17 against theirs, which has only 1 good team out of 3. The Red Sox are playing in a division with 4 teams over .500, despite playing each other 18-19 times a piece.

    • AndrewYF says:

      Oh please. Boston could barely pull off a win with their A-team vs the Yankees’ B- team. They couldn’t score off Aaron freaking Laffey. It took Scott Proctor to get on the mound for their lifeless team to have any chance whatsoever.

      Of course, ESPN will now be proclaiming them the comeback team of the decade.

      • Matt says:

        Which means absolutely nothing if they back into October and get hot.

        Boston and Tampa are both playing inconsistent baseball right now (Tampa has been mediocre against everyone except Boston). Which team do you think has the better chance of getting it going in October? If you can answer that question, then you will see why what you said is not correct.

  713. Tom says:

    Good news…. there is no f’n way Proctor is making the postseason roster (in the event Girardi was toying with it)

    Bad news…. this probably has Girardi thinking about Laffey as a possible 2nd LOOGY option.

    • mt says:

      Valdes before Laffey – Valdes has been somewhat better.

      Texas and Detroit are more righty dominated than lefty so not sure he would want 2 lefties against those teams. Now if Boston or Philly, yes.

  714. tom says:

    The Yankees obviously didn’t go for the jugular here — Scott Proctor’s presence, and passing on innumerable opportunities to pinch hit made that clear. On the other hand, they essentially handed a win to Tampa on Thursday, so it wouldn’t have been exactly fair to have gone all out here.

    The only thing that honestly troubles me about the game is that it feeds into the “if extra innings come, the team falls dead” theme.

  715. Jackman says:

    All the nostalgia about Proctor coming back sure wore off quickly.

    As soon as Ellsbury came up, you knew the lead was over, it was just a matter of how many runs. I’ll say this, I give the MVP to Ellsbury after today.

    I don’t even care much for the Rays to get in, since I think the Sox have weaknesses as well, but I really wanted to see them collapse, just because they were the Sox. Thanks a lot Proctor. Also didn’t get why Jones didn’t hit for Golson against Morales.

  716. JFH says:

    another extra inning game that ended up as a waste of my time.

    i know that it was a meaningless game for us. but i hate that we let those guys off the hook.

  717. Jonathan says:

    what’s this tiring the veterans business? how much does a ph appearance hurt a-rod’s knee, back, hip, whatever the hell’s bothering him.

    • Jetrer says:

      he would have to stay in the game, they only had veterans left on the bench, and they have no idea how many innings the game may last. Just playing it safe

  718. JMK says:

    The reporters always seem to ask shitty questions.

  719. Jesse says:

    So Hughes is in the bullpen. Sigh.

  720. mt says:

    Before today, sweeping doubleheader from Sox (when we are resting people) and then Tampa also winning its game would have been perfect but really difficult to say it would actually happen.

    Unfortunately we came so close but could not pull it off. (Hard to win when you get six hits in 14 innings (I am sick of scoring runs off Lackey but then letting him off hook.)

    One thing this game did – not sure whether Ellsbury will win MVP (this game certainly helps his candidacy) but definitely hope they stop talking about Adrian Gonzalez. Hitting 3 homers in a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium is pretty impressive.

    Only thing I can hopfor is that Beckett falters and Bosox bullpen is short tomorrow.

    I can’t see us putting in a great offensive performance against Tampa tomorrow after today’s long day. So maybe Sox lose and Tampa wins.

    I am rooting for a tie so game 163 has to be played – probably best that can be hoped for at this point.

  721. Bill says:

    Once again, Girardi gets burned in an extra inning game. This time, he half-played for the win in the 9th and left Romine in there with the basses loaded and 2 outs. You have to pinch-hit there. Instead, the kid is understandably overmatched and he strikes out, and the game goes 14 innings. The bullpen is taxed tremendously, especially considering that they played 2 games today. Who know’s who will be available tomorrow. And the offense looked pathetic once again in an extra-inning game, and most of the game overall. 2 hits over 11 innings? Awful. And everyone is going to attack me and say “you’re nitpicking” or “this was a meaningless game” which is true standings-wise, but if you’re gonna play for 5 hours against your rivals that you’re trying to knock out of the playoffs, using your entire bullpen, you might as well win. Very disappointing game.

    • Jetrer says:

      who cares who is available tomorrow? Let Brackman and Bettances pitch, the game means absolutely nothing to the Yankees

    • Jesse says:

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • Matt says:

      It’s always a contradiction with Girardi. He’ll claim the game wasn’t important enough to use his guys, yet he pinch ran for his key players already in the game to try to go for the win. He brought in all of his ace relievers other than Robertson, who had already pitched in the first game.

      If he isn’t trying to win, then he can at least get the players rest. Once again, he burned through his roster and accomplished nothing in the process because of his inconsistent style.

      • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

        He brought in his good relievers because Soriano and Mo hadn’t pitched since Wednesday.

        • Matt says:

          Yet, Ayala is left sitting in the pen while Proctor comes in to serve it up, despite already having used three pitchers who went yesterday in the game.

          Pinch running for guys, going for the win, but then leaving A-Rod sitting on the bench when he had a chance to PH him without having to play him in the field.

          • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

            Ayala is not an A guy and probably won’t even be on the roster. He also used only two pitchers that had been used yesterday- Wade and Valdez.

            There is no way you can PH ARod guaranteeing he won’t play the field unless he PHs for Montero, because you don’t KNOW that he’s going to end the game.

            • Bill says:

              Girardi could’ve pinch-hit Jeter in the 9th and let him play short and moved Nunez over to 3rd.

              • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

                But he clearly didn’t want his regulars playing in a meaningless game. You don’t know that Jeter will win the game if he pinch hits.

                • Bill says:

                  He has a much better chance than Romine, and if Jeter didn’t get a hit you could still have Pena in the field rather than Jeter if you wanted.

                  • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

                    Then who would catch? No way it’s Martin. No way it’s Jesus. And Pena had already pinch run for Posada.

                    • Bill says:

                      I wouldn’t have had a huge problem with using Martin if Jeter didn’t get a hit. It’s something that would be nice to avoid but there’s a good chance he doesn’t even have to play the field if you pinch hit Jeter or A-Rod there, they both have had decent success against Papelbon.

                    • Matt says:

                      So you would rather have Romine hit than have to put Montero behind the plate for a few innings, with a small chance of the game ending with you winning before that even happens?

                      I’m glad you’re not the manager. You would be like Joe Torre, sleeping on the dugout bench and then pulling your moves out of a hat based on incorrect preconceptions.

                    • Bill says:

                      And another thing, why did Joe put Pena in to pinch run for Posada? He wasn’t even the winning run. He was on first base and his run was useless.

                    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

                      I agree about Pena. But I’d much rather rest the regulars for the playoffs than try to win a meaningless regular season game.

            • Matt says:

              Ayala has allowed 1 hit in 8.1 IP in September. He’s been one of their best relievers of late.

              Also, Logan threw 2/3 of an inning yesterday, so that is three. Don’t correct me if you are too lazy to even check your own statement.

              You could have easily PH A-Rod in that game. Again, if you have no sense of what was going on in the game, please abstain from attacking my posts. He PH Posada for Laird while he still had both A-Rod and Pena on the bench. He could have moved Montero from DH to C if he wanted to PH for Romine in the 9th inning.

              Time and time again, you criticize my posts without even a basic knowledge of what unfolded in the game. Amazing that you have the audacity to attack me when you have clearly not been watching the games very attentively.

              • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

                Ayala has been in mostly low leverage work this month. I can remember him coming on with the bases loaded in Toronto and giving up a scalding liner to center that was caught.

                Girardi PH Posada for Laird because Posada was the DH in the first game. There’s a BIG difference between DHing and playing the field, like Jeter and ARod did. I’m sorry, but you can’t expect a manager like Girardi to send veterans out to play the field for 2 games in one day.

                btw, where were you when they clinched the playoffs? Where were you when they clinched the division? Where were you when they beat up on the Red Sox this afternoon and last night? You only show up in games like this, or when something goes wrong. And then you wonder why many people don’t take you seriously.

                • Matt says:

                  Ayala has not been used in mostly low leverage work, what are you talking about? In 6 of his 10 appearances in September, he’s had an average LI of 1.76 or higher, with 2 holds and a well deserved win against TB.

                  Once again, you criticize without knowing the situation. He left Romine in to bat for himself with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 9th inning. He had a catcher already in the game at DH, who had not played in the first game and had not played in the field since Thursday night. A-Rod would not have had to play the field if he was used, because Pena was already in the game, and Montero would have been moved behind the plate.

                  Stop trying to use the “wahh you don’t post every night” argument to deflect attention from the blatant mistakes in your posts. You muddle the facts consistently, and then attack people on the basis of this incorrect knowledge. I’m surprised that any takes YOU seriously anymore.

                  • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

                    You are putting too much stock into a meaningless regular season game. Girardi didn’t manage the way you wanted to? Who fcking cares? Resting the players for the playoffs >>>>> winning this game.

                    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

                      Also not to get too cocky here, but I bet people here take me more seriously than they do you.

                    • Matt says:

                      You are once again trying to deflect from all of the ways in which you were proven wrong in this thread.

                      If you can’t man up and admit your obvious mistakes, then there is no way that anyone is going to be taking you seriously right now.

                      You can certainly dish it out, but when the heat is on, you make excuse after excuse.

                    • Matt says:

                      And also, stop equating using A-Rod for one PH at bat with playing in the field. HE WOULD NOT HAVE HAD TO PLAY THE FIELD IF GIRARDI USED HIM IN THE RIGHT SPOT.

                      All you do is make up excuses. If you are wrong, then “it doesn’t matter” and people are “trolls.” Amazing that you think you are better than others on this blog, when you can’t even get simple facts straight in your own posts.

      • Bill says:

        That’s the most frustrating part about it for me. Just be consistent.

    • Bob Stone says:

      I know it’s meaningless too and Girardi said he didn’t want to risk injury to Jeter, ARod and Jones. But it wasa still disappointing.

    • Mr. Sparkle says:

      I pray the Yankees don’t see extra innings in the postseason.

      I also agree with you. As long as you’re playing a team in contention, the game is not meaningless. I’m not playing the “I’d rather see this team or that team in the playoffs game.” But, I am going with the “I don’t want the Red Sox having even a remote chance of getting to the World Series” game.

    • mt says:

      Totally agree – my problem is that by trying to still rest people even from pinch hitting I think he extended the game. No guarantee that Jones or Arod pinch hit would win game but at least try.

      If he really wanted to rest people would not have used Soriano and Mo and half the regularsto start. Line-up was better than Thursday Tampa’s line-up.

      We as fans see value from knocking Boston out but Joe apparently does not. I don’t like Boston because we do not pound their crappy pitchers like everybody else does. Lackey has started 4 games against us and I believe Boston has won three of them. Our two best pichers (CC and Nova) also seem to give up a lot of baserunners to them.

      Best thing about weekend was pounding Lester and Garcia’s performance.

      • Bill says:

        Russel Martin seems to be very enthusiastic about potentially knocking Boston out of the playoffs, and I’m pretty sure he’s not the only one in the clubhouse that feels that way.

      • Mr. Sparkle says:

        Great point about Lackey. He’s been their Burnett, yet he shut down the Yankees pretty effectively. After the afternoon win, I fully expected, half-empty lineup or not, that Lackey would be gone by the fourth at least.

        Also, on the point of starting pitching, don’t forget that Garcia will likely get a start if the Yanks face them in the ALCS. Outside of Saturday, Boston has lit him up pretty well. I think his success Saturday was thanks to a big early deficit and Boston batters pressing.

  722. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I love how everyone is assuming that Boston’s in the playoffs. Did you not watch the game? They won because Proctor was brought in. They couldn’t buy a hit with RISP. I mean even Aaron Laffey shut them down. The Red Sox will make the playoffs when their magic number is zero.

  723. Avi says:

    I want proctor starting and throwing 150 pitches against tampa tomorrow.

  724. JohnnyC says:

    I guess this puts to rest all those rumors about Scott Procter still being alive. Really, how silly.

  725. pop up teixeira says:

    I hope the yanks don’t have no extra inning games in the post season

  726. mbonzo says:

    Yankees took 2 out of 3 from the Red Sox, in a series the Sox needed to win. Girardi did well.

    • Tom says:

      The Yankees did well.

      Girardi doing well is highly subjective and nearly impossible to measure.

      Not sure when/how Proctor jumped Ayala in the bullpen pecking order… Ayala is not lights out but he’s been here all year and had 50 appearances. Proctor has been here for a cup of coffee (and has spilled most of that coffee) and yet somehow gets in the game before Ayala.

      I’d also put Kontos ahead of Proctor, but that’s at least debatable; unless Ayala was injured or had something bothering him early in the day, I can see no reason to bring in Proctor ahead of Ayala

  727. Jesse says:

    So since Hughes goes to the bullpen and Noesi starts tomorrow while Colon goes Tuesday, who goes Wednesday? Of course Girardi doesn’t know. You can’t have Nova or Burnett go on Wednesday because they’d be going on two days rest, among other reasons they wouldn’t do that. And they can’t go with Garcia on Wednesday because he’d be going on three days rest, and off course CC is off limits as well. So who the hell will start Wednesday?

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      Honestly, I think Betances.

    • Mister Delaware says:

      I imagine its a goof-around game. Start Kontos or someone and let everyone not headed to the postseason go 25 pitches. One of those things you don’t announce ahead of time so Boston/Anaheim can’t whine ahead of time.

    • Mr. Sparkle says:

      I don’t think Girardi cares. I believe as long as the games matter, a team in the Yankees position should put a representative team on the field. However, if it’s going to screw with your playoff rotation or any other aspect of the roster, you do what’s best for your own team. In other words, I don’t think the Yankees will or should go out of their way to make sure a regular pitcher faces Tampa on Wednesday if that game means anything. If it comes to that, Boston can shut up and blame themselves for letting their lead get away. There are plenty of September moments this year that they can blame and most of them are their own doing.

  728. Xstar7 says:

    This is the real reason the Yankees lost tonight (this morning): http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....nt-2901595

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