Apr
19

Game 13: Running Out Of Time

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(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

The Yankees have given Phil Hughes a lot of rope through the years, and it sure seems like that rope is getting shorter and shorter by the start these days. Andy Pettitte and Michael Pineda are still a few weeks away, but it’s going to take more than one or two strong starts for Hughes to keep his rotation spot when those two return. The Twins are about as good of a matchup as he could hope for these days, so even though it’s only April 19th, this is a pretty important start for Phil. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Alex Rodriguez
DH Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Nick Swisher
LF Raul Ibanezand so it begins
Russell Martin
2B Eduardo Nunez

RHP Phil Hughes

Tonight’s game starts a little after 7pm ET and can be on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

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644 Comments»

  1. Plank says:

    Everyone has this notion that the Twins offense is bad. When Mauer and Morneau are out, their offense is bad, but when they are healthy, the Twins are a good hitting team.

    • GardnergoesYardner says:

      Completely agree. So far, Mauer and Morneau have been locked in at YS3 this series, and with Willingham, that’s 3 legit hitters to watch out for. People say, Oh it’s the Twins, but let’s not forget #1 – It’s their mediocre pitching that has hurt them recently and #2 – They were extremely sucessful from 06-10 b/c of Mauer and Morneau, and those guys haven’t left. They’re big league hitters and can damage a pitching staff.

    • BronxBombers98 says:

      Especially with Josh Willingham hitting between them.

  2. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Hey guys, Idk who is around yet, but my friend posed a question earlier today: If Jamey Moyer sticks around another couple of seasons and gets 300 wins, is he a Hall Of Famer? Usually the answer to if Player X gets 300 wins is he a hof’er the answer is an unquestioned yes. However in the case of Moyer after looking at his career numbers I think it has to be no. What do you guys think?

  3. GardnergoesYardner says:

    Bob Lorenz just said that some fans are ready to break the glass case that says in case of emergency for Hughes. Guess he reads RAB.

  4. Greg says:

    Me and Mike are to blame for this. I called the Twins our female dogs and he said to expect a sweep. We share the jinx responsibly.

  5. Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    And so it begins lol

  6. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’m going to put all my positive energy into this right now. Ready?

    PHIL PHUCKIN HUUUUUUUUUUUGHES!!

  7. Monterowasdinero says:

    It’s either a good outing from Hughes and we hold our breath or a bad outing and we enjoy Mr. Phelps again.

    • MannyGeee says:

      I mean really, he could be in the showers by 7:20 or he can be catching the first shaving cream pie of the season all up in his face and neither would surprise me in the least.

  8. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    I have never been more disappointed with a prospect than I have been with Phil Hughes…(and I was there for Bam Bam, Ruben Rivera et al…going back to late 70′s teams) I think it definitely was driven by my expectations. Hughes has already had more big league success than the two names I gave and many others…but the drop off from what I thought he’d be is brutal.

  9. Pat D says:

    Back at work and can’t watch the game.

    Hopefully that will end up being a bad thing. A bad thing in the sense that I will miss a well-pitched game where a lot of runs are scored.

  10. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Damn, Twins feed on MLB Extra Innings.

    • MannyGeee says:

      MLB network.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      At least you get to actually watch…Sterling is already driving me stark raving mad and we’re only two weeks into the season.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

        There was a time when I would kill the volume on the TV broadcast and listen to Sterling and Kay on the radio (late 90′s). I keep telling myself now that the Yankee TV guys at the time SUCKED (and they did) and that Sterling and Kay were better back then and have each gotten progressively (or regressively?) worse through the years. Can I get some alignment here or am I delusional?

        • Chen Meng Wang says:

          No, I definitely think the Sterling/Kay combo was great in the late 90s and both have gotten progressively worse as time has gone by since they separated.

          • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

            Good. I remember a friend hating Sterling back then, when I like him, so every now and then I question whether he was right all along.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        They’ve just basically been themselves thus far. That one’s on you. I actually liked Suzyn’s lead-in tonight.

      • TomH says:

        Actually, I’ve turned off the tv sound rather than listen to those two baseball pedants over-analyze and get in the way of the action. They’ve got an explanation for everything, the sure sign of a crank. I’ll turn on Sterling and Suzie rather than endure these 2 nerds.

  11. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Any news on Pineda’s progress?

  12. GardnergoesYardner says:

    Just out of curiosity, when was the last time Mo pitched?

  13. Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    No hitter i am calling it.

  14. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Why in God’s name is Nova still in this phantom competition for staying in the rotation, he’s the only guy who has looked anything like what we want out of him.

  15. Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Ok a 1 hitter

  16. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Over/Under 22.5 pitches per inning for Hughes tonight?

  17. Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Oye 14 pitches already

  18. Needed Pitching says:

    fucking Nunez

  19. Chen Meng Wang says:

    God damnit Nunie.

  20. MannyGeee says:

    Heres a fun little game…. Who’s defense is gonna give me an ulcer first… Nunez or Ibanez?

  21. Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Lol
    I blame girardi and his love for nunny

    • Ppiddy says:

      I agree. What the hell is Giradi doing? He’s throwing some HORRIBLE defensive guys out there when he doesn’t need to. Is Gardner hurt or something?

      • Havok9120 says:

        Gardner is on the DH, yes.

        As for Nunez….we have to see what we have. I don’t understand why people can’t compute that.

  22. Greg says:

    Nunez strikes again!

  23. Anon says:

    what a lazy a** throw

  24. Robinson Tilapia says:

    That’s not Robbie, Sterling. Robbie would not have thrown that ball onto the Macombs Dam Bridge.

  25. Zooboy says:

    Somebody hide that kid’s glove.

  26. Don'tcha Know? says:

    Haha. This is going to be a long, long game. I’ve finally accepted the fact that they’re going to fart through the rest of April and then gradually start to put the pieces together. Yeah, that’s right, I’m waving the white flag for the next two weeks! Hoorah.

  27. Greg says:

    Only his second error of the year. That surprises me

  28. Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    GBU GBU GBU

  29. GardnergoesYardner says:

    The Adventures of Eduardo Nunez. Today’s Episode: Throws to First from Second. Hint: This involves every possible outcome except the ball actually reaching first.

  30. Chad says:

    NUNEZ MUST GO!!!! THIS IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE!!!!! UNREAL!!!

  31. MannyGeee says:

    94′on the gun there… V-lo can suck it

  32. Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Somewhere chuck knoblauck smiles.

  33. MannyGeee says:

    Hughes is getting squeezed

  34. Rey22 says:

    When do the Yankees say enough is enough with Nunez and his ridiculously awful defense? It’s beyond embarrassing.

  35. Greg says:

    I’ve been wanting Nunez to play DH for a long time.

    Who do you want instead of Girardi?

  36. MannyGeee says:

    Surprise of the day… We’re playing from behind again. Fuck the shift

  37. Needed Pitching says:

    sigh

  38. Tarik says:

    This is the Murphy’s law inning.

  39. sdjohn says:

    Shifting on Doumit? Girardi can’t get out of his own way this season..

  40. Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Gbu 2 run error boy girardi is great huh.

  41. Stratman9652 says:

    Oh look first inning runs, shocking.

  42. Needed Pitching says:

    awful, just fucking awful

  43. Alex S says:

    this is utter bullshit

  44. Sabathiasgut says:

    Good lord. Can’t watch anymore

  45. William Bonney says:

    I don’t believe it. Robbie Cano is still a young man. He’s not in his upper 30s. It is a joke to play Nunez in the field so much because he can’t field. Cost us a game in Tampa and may cost us tonight. Girardi is overmanaging this team into the ground.

    • Greg says:

      That error hurt, but Hughes is the main culprit.

      How did Girardi win a a WS overmanaging?

    • Needed Pitching says:

      the problem isn’t giving Cano a half-day off in the midst of 13 straight games
      the problem is having a backup IF who can’t field any position

  46. RkyMtnYank says:

    Hopefully Phelps was warming up before the game.

  47. Greg says:

    When you have only one good pitch, you go to the bullpen.
    When you go to the bullpen, you clean up.
    When you clean up, you feel bad about yourself
    When you feel bad about yourself, you gamble your salary

    Dont gamble your salary.

  48. stuart a says:

    can leiter shut up please????????

    Nunez is a joke…….how can you play a guy who cannot field at all?????????/

  49. Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Maybe we can get Joe a PS3 and the show so before a game he can manage his ass off, and save the game for reality.

    • Slugger27 says:

      is it joes fault though? i gotta imagine cashman is the one deciding nunez making the team over bill hall or pena or whoever. correct me if im wrong, i honestly dont know.

      • Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

        If cano is at 2 nd this is a 1-0 yankees game. Yes girardi needs to stop resting 24 yr old alstar 2nd basemen

        • Havok9120 says:

          Why are we not at all worried about resting guys? Seriously, its 13 straight games, including travel time. Why is resting Cano (who is 29, not 24) an inherently bad thing?

        • Needed Pitching says:

          he’s not 24, he’s 29, and they are in the midst of 13 straight games
          Giving Cano an occasional half day in a long stretch isn’t a bad thing

          Having a backup IF who can’t field any position, on the other hand…

  50. William Bonney says:

    And this is it for Hughes. Phelps will take over in the rotation until Andy comes back. What an embarrassment.

  51. V says:

    Joe Girardi – You aren’t Joe Maddon. Stop trying to be.

  52. Cris Pengiucci says:

    Great first inning by Hughes. :-(

  53. Tom says:

    Just pull him at this point…

    Until the guy learns how to pitch this is just useless… the guy’s idea of pitching is fastball up fastball away to get ahead and throwing an occasional change to a lefty or an occasional curve/cutter to righties. He has to be one of the most predictable pitchers in baseball.

    He’ll never be a more than 5 inning pitcher when all he does is pump in 92-93mph fastballs at the top of the zone. He may occasionally ge a 6 inning stint in but at this point he’s a bullpen pitcher posing as a starter.

  54. GardnergoesYardner says:

    This is laughable. Hughes got screwed by Nunie, but still is showing all of his usual problems. Next time the Twins get something going, pull Hughes without even thinking. Phelps can make spot starts until Pettitte/Pineda.

  55. Chen Meng Wang says:

    …fuck…what happened. I step away from the computer for literally five minutes to help a costumer(and an annoying one at that) I come back, and we’re down four and the inning’s over.

  56. stuart a says:

    yanks are playing like crap. 3 quality starts…

    nunez stinks, he is replacing Jeter? they will not be able to sell seats behind 1b.

    minny comes to town and spanks them WOW.

  57. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I love you, Phil. I do not want to see you in this rotation five days from now.

  58. Stratman9652 says:

    Why don’t we just spot the opponents 4 runs and save the pitches on the starters arm?

  59. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Both Nunez and Hughes are pathetic. How long does Hughes last in the rotation?

  60. Widget says:

    It has to be time to finally pull the plug on Hughes. He’s just not very good.

  61. wilk says:

    EDUARDO NUNEZ, PLEASE LEARN HOW TO PLAY DEFENSE

  62. mike says:

    can the eduardo nunez experiment end please?

  63. William Bonney says:

    Joe needs to send a message. Pull Hughes right now and put in Phelps. Unfortunately, he can’t pull Nunez because he has his only backup at DH! What an idiot! Send Hughes to the pen and make him the long man.

    • Greg says:

      Actually it would be better if he didn’t pull Hughes.

      Dont waste the bullpen in a probable loss. Save it for Boston

  64. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Carroll has nothing on Nunie.

  65. Buhner's barber says:

    Rob Lowe is playing SS for the Twins

  66. James A says:

    I agree that Nunez is talented, but why isn’t he in AAA playing shortstop everyday where he can A) work on his defense, and B) work on taking pitches, instead of destroying the big league team? I’d rather have Ramiro Pena on the roster, at least when he’s out there he can pick it.

  67. Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Two games 4-0 hole nice.

  68. First time lawng time says:

    I’m sorry, but Hughes sucks as a starting pitcher. Once Pettitte and Pineda come back, he’ll be in the BP or AAA, right? There’s no way they can choose him over Nova (assuming both of them continue to pitch they way are), right?

    And where is Pena?

  69. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Grandyman!!!!!!!!!!!

  70. Coco says:

    The Grandyman can!

  71. Greg says:

    Dont be surprised that I am not cheering for that one

  72. sdjohn says:

    Most disappointing so far? Girardi’s moves? Nunez’s D? Martin’s batting avg? or Starting rotation woes?

  73. Countryclub says:

    Hughes struck out 1 and got 3 weak ground balls that inning. Yes he gave a double, but that was when he should have been out of the inning twice over. He hasn’t been good this yr but that inning was a clusterfuck….and not by his doing.

    • Greg says:

      Great Starting Pitchers can overcome shoddy defense and have the team’s back to win games. A longtime baseball tenet.

    • DM says:

      Caught a bad break but he never stops the bleeding — and he was pitching from behind on every batter just like his last outing. The double was just the HR the other day. He wilts when things go poorly.

  74. James A says:

    Hughes’s destiny is I think a multi-dimensional reliever who can go long if he needs to but also can come in and dominate for an inning. Coming out of the pen he seems to throw more strikes, he can amp up his fastball, and focus on the fastball/curve combo. Phelps could take his spot until Pettitte is ready, with Pineda gunning for Garcia’s job

  75. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Joe Girardi is an absolute disgrace of a manager. How many more runs will his decisions cost the team before people wise up to just how bad he actually is?

  76. weird_phish says:

    Anxious to see if Pineda has his velocity back when he returns

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      I don’t think they let him anywhere near a ML mound until his velo comes back.

      • Needed Pitching says:

        idk, even at his spring velocity, he’d probably be more effective than Hughes and Garcia

        • Havok9120 says:

          We aren’t desperate yet. No need to endanger the 5-6 year investment to bail out the SP in April.

          • Needed Pitching says:

            not saying he should come back if he’s not fully healthy, but if he’s fully healthy and still sitting 91-92, no need to have him making minor league starts instead of major league starts

  77. Big will says:

    Shitty throw, I get it. But just like Kuroda, pick up your fielders! Hughes is just as responsible as Nunez. Also dude is hitting .450 when everyone not name jeter is hitting .225. He isn’t going anywhere people, get over it. Sadface

  78. Tom Zig says:

    Ryan Doumit is playing right field? Isn’t he a catcher?

  79. Coco says:

    Anyone get a Tex?

  80. Needed Pitching says:

    he can hit HR’s!!!!

  81. Chen Meng Wang says:

    YOU’RE ON THE MARK, TEIXEIRA!

  82. sdjohn says:

    I feel I’ve seen this movie before…

  83. Greg says:

    Score 5 more runs this inning and I will feel safe.

  84. >>> says:

    3 runs in the first inning every game of this series would be lovely if if they weren’t coming from behind each time

  85. Sabathiasgut says:

    Now Girardi, bring Phelps in immediately! Don’t wait til Hughes gives up more runs

    • sdjohn says:

      That ain’t gonna happen man.

      • Sabathiasgut says:

        I know, it’s way too logical….but a boy can dream

        • Needed Pitching says:

          unnecessarily wearing out the bullpen before a Fenway series is not at all logical

          • RkyMtnYank says:

            That’s not wearing out the bullpen, Phelps is here for long relief.

            • Needed Pitching says:

              even if Phelps finished the game, that would mean no long man for the Fenway series
              and it’s extremely unlikely Phelps would go 8, so other relievers would be used as well

              • RkyMtnYank says:

                What if we don’t need a long man vs Boston? You use your pitchers when you need to use them. If Phelps pitches several innings then they’d call up someone else to eat innings. I’d rather Phelps pitch today and take Hughes spot in the rotation.

                • Needed Pitching says:

                  they pretty much always need lots of relievers vs. Boston, esp at Fenway.
                  I’m not at all opposed to using Phelps today. I’m opposed to using him unnecessarily. If Hughes begins to struggle again, he absolutely should be used. But panicing after one shaky inning aided by an error will likely just weaken the pen for the next series without much of a gain for this game.

                  • RkyMtnYank says:

                    Even if Hughes was fantastic this game, other relievers would still need to be used. Hughes was not going to pitch 9 innings so all you would be losing is Phelps for the Boston series if he gets sent down. The rest of the bp should still be intact.

                    • Needed Pitching says:

                      sure, but then Phelps would be gone for 10 days
                      I’m not opposed to doing it if absolutely necessary, but I don’t see the benefit of jumping the gun and potentially losing Phelps (who’s been very effective so far) for 10 days (and replacing him with a likely less effective pitcher) when it wasn’t absolutely needed

  86. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Hey Greg, still think it’s a probable loss?

  87. Greg says:

    BY the way, forgive my negativeness. Helps to avoid disappointment.

  88. Ethan says:

    And now offense goes to sleep for much of the rest of the game. Seems to always happen after scoring in the first.

  89. BronxBombers98 says:

    I used to chalk Nunez’s terrible fielding last year to just playing sporadically and not being able to get in a groove. I know see how wrong I was and that it is time to trade him while some idiot GM still thinks he can handle being an everyday shortstop.

  90. sdjohn says:

    Does Phil throw a first pitch strike EVER?

  91. jimmy says:

    Best text poll ever.

  92. Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Hughes needs a dp bad

  93. Plank says:

    If I were the Twins, I would be bunting to 2B on every AB.

  94. Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Lolipop curve going to get crushed

  95. sdjohn says:

    Nunez’s D makes me miss Bobby Meachem. Used to watch that guy throw sidearm 10-15 rows deep into the stands pretty consistently. Steve Sax?

  96. Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    In 2007 phil hughes had a devisating curveball what happened to that pitch?

  97. jimmy says:

    OHHHHHH WHAT A PLAY BY IBANEZ!

  98. sdjohn says:

    46 pitches through 2. Dang..

  99. Dan says:

    I don’t know who is making me more nuts this game. Girardi for his ridiculous over managing. Or the Yes Director for his madeningly awful camera views.

  100. sdjohn says:

    Hmm, the fan’s can see Swarzak throwing the 2 seamer comeback over the inside corner, how can’t a MLB hitter be looking for it?

  101. Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Russell the black hole martin

  102. Jimmy McNulty says:

    So is there really any argument that Phail should still be starting? The guy’s fucking garbage and there’s actually good pitchers behind him in the depth chart?

    • First time lawng time says:

      No. Personally, I believe he would be valuable in the bullpen. I guess it makes sense to leave him in the rotation until Pineda and Pettitte return, but once they’re back, I don’t see any reason to keep him (unless he actually pithes well, but I don’t see that happening).

      Think about it, he’s been crap since about June 2010. He’s a few good starts sprinkled in there, but overall, he’s been awful.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        He was also terrible as a starter from that Texas start until about April of 2010 with a good two months in there. I’d rather see Phelps, he looks like he might not be godawful which is more than what could be said about Hughes.

  103. Needed Pitching says:

    Jeterian

  104. James A says:

    Derek “Call me MVP” Jeter

  105. sdjohn says:

    Nice Derek! Even though the ump missed the 1-0 pitch…

  106. Bubba says:

    Is this ump kinda neighborly with the twins pitchers strike zone

  107. mustang says:

    37 and declining…… L O V E I T!!!!!!

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      Around February or so, sometime right before pitchers and catchers reported, my friend Cesar and I were talking about baseball…we were talking about unsettling thoughts “What’s the bullpen going to look like without Rivera in it?” “Can you imagine a Yankee team without either Jeter or Rivera” we both came to the conclusion that hopefully we die in car crashes before something like that happens so we can avoid the disappointment. I guess we’ll just have to savor these moments while we still can.

  108. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Great pull Hughes now, tie game, put in Phelps so that the team has a chance to win.

  109. Sabathiasgut says:

    Jets. Unreal

  110. Electric Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Captain sets things right.

  111. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Anthony Ballzak.

  112. sdjohn says:

    How did Nunez look in the Outfield?

  113. OldYanksFan says:

    Nunez is Jeter’s successor.
    Get used to it.
    He will be an above average SS.
    He will help us with our payroll.
    He ain’t going anywhere.

    • sdjohn says:

      Nunez will not be Jeter’s successor at Short unless his defense improves immensely in the next year. Not a chance, no way, no how! He isn’t going anywhere, I’ll give you that, but in a super utility role, UNLESS he proves over the remainder of this year, and all of next his hands, footwork, and throws improve, and not a little, a ton..

  114. Mike Axisa says:

    Boo hoo Granderson’s batting average crew

  115. Needed Pitching says:

    too bad the offense went to sleep after the first inning

  116. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    let hughes throw 120 tonight. time to make him a man

  117. Electric Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Grady is for real

  118. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Granderson to Jeter at home plate:

    “Tell me how my ass tastes”

  119. First time lawng time says:

    Imagine what this place would be like if the Yankees were up 4-0 after the first inning, and then losing by 2 by the 3rd.

  120. Sabathiasgut says:

    Girardi’s genius is just starting to show

  121. Greg says:

    And look who started that rally. Nunez. That’s why he’s in the lineup

  122. GardnergoesYardner says:

    *crying* Our offense doesn’t suck! I knew this day would come! Everything they said about waiting for the BABIP correction and the hitters to heat up is true!

  123. CP says:

    Shelley Duncan leads the AL in OBP? Really?

    http://www.baseball-reference......sh01.shtml

    • mustang says:

      Yes, he is of to a great start.

      • forensic says:

        Since about the day the Damon signing was breaking he’s hitting .368/.538/.684. Before that he was hitting .167/.333/.250.

        Obviously small numbers of games (4 before, 6 after), but is that a coincidence? I’m not so sure, but to each their own.

  124. mustang says:

    They don’t look ” OLD” today very “YOUNG” looking.

  125. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    bets on how far hughes make it tonight? i’ll say 5.1 innings

  126. Don'tcha Know? says:

    No matter the outcome for Hughes, isn’t it blatantly evident that he’s simply not suited to be a starting pitcher? All I see when he’s on the mound is his inability to put hitters away, which inevitably adds to his always astronomical pitch count.

    • Greg says:

      I agree. He should be in the bullpen

    • Tom says:

      Yup

      20-30 pitches when he’s throwing 1 inning at a time is a non-issue. When he stacks just 2-3 of those together, it’s a 5 inning start, even if he’s not giving up runs.

      It’s almost like he got used to blowing hitters away in the pen on 2 pitches (and primarily the high fastball) and thought he could just do that 5-6 innings at a time. This is why I think it is dangerous putting young starter prospects in the bullpen as 1 inning guys – it’s not necessarily just the impact on the arm (which I question has any impact at all); it’s the change in approach to getting hitters out.

  127. Clyde Barrow says:

    Some of you just need to settle down. We’ve got the lead now. Hughesie is just getting into his groove. The offense is just getting into his groove, except Jeter. Joe is playing a marathon, not a sprint.

  128. forensic says:

    Is it just me or does it seem like Hughes just puts the entire crowd to sleep when he pitches? 30 pitches per inning with a long time between pitches will do that to you I guess.

  129. Greg says:

    Oh nobody told me we were in a stretch of 13 consecutive games. That explains the DH’ing of Cano a bit

    • Clyde Barrow says:

      Exactly. Joe is playing a marathon, not a sprint. Some of you would run these ballplayers into the ground. These guys aren’t Cal Ripken. They need to stay fresh for the whole season, not just games in April. Joe is doing what any good manager would do.

      • Electric Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

        Bullshit
        Girardi is trying to show how smart he is.

        • Havok9120 says:

          I say again:

          13 consecutive games including road trips to Boston and Texas.

          What don’t you understand about that?

          • Electric Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

            Its aplril they need to get reps and in playing shape. Its baseball not a contact sport like football let them play for month then you can start resting guys. Guys played everyday in the 70s 80s and 90s. I am not a fan of pitch counts either

            • Havok9120 says:

              How nice for you and the players from the 70s-90s.

              If we actually want to keep Robbie Cano for another 8 years or so, why is it so bad to rest him? Why can’t ARod, perennially injured, have a day off (everyone was cursing and moaning yesterday), why can’t Jeter, our 37 year old SS? Why can’t Swish, who spent 3 weeks benched for injuries in ST?

              This idea that resting players is somehow over-managing is one of the dumber ideas to come out of this year’s April Panic. It will pay dividends down the line.

            • Needed Pitching says:

              guys in the 70′s, 80′s, and 90′s weren’t subject to PED testing either

              just saying

      • sdjohn says:

        Hold up man, I get giving a guy a day off, trust me i Know they need it. But resting Jeter day 2 of the season? Resting Martin game 3? I don’t care if it was in Tampa with concrete under the field or not, that’s a bit ridiculous. It’s not just him sitting guys, it’s when he does it. You don’t sit down Jeter with Kuroda (ground ball guy) and weaken your D with Nunez. And then sit Swisher with Phil (fly ball guy) and put Ibanez in RF. There’s more to it than just giving guys a rest.

        • Havok9120 says:

          This is the component of this argument that holds water.

          I got resting Jeter that day. Its only really a negative when you have a much lower opinion of Nunez’ D than the Yankees had at the begining of the season. Even with Swisher, while I hated the timing, I understood their standpoint. Guy had been hurt for 3 of the last 5 weeks before Opening Day, with leg issues on turf. Jeter, too, had the calf issue.

          Believe me, I was up in arms at the time about the timing of the rest, but it was hardly unreasonable for them to do. And tonight, the complaints make no sense at all except people hate Nunez. Hughes is a flyball pitcher, we’re in the middle of a long streak of games and about to go on the road against two of our biggest rivals this season. I want Cano in every one of the next six games and if that means a half day off tonight, so be it.

    • Havok9120 says:

      13 consecutive games including road trips to Boston and Texas. So.

      Yeah.

  130. Electric Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Perspective
    Its 6-0 if nunez makes the throw to 1st.

  131. Chen Meng Wang says:

    I hate costumers so much. From the outer store I heard Sterling screaming in the office. What happened?

  132. Tom says:

    Russell Martin slash line: .143/.415/.143 :-)

    Must be a catcher thing….. Stewart .286/.286/.286

  133. sdjohn says:

    In the Minors, Bryan Mitchell had a short outing. 1.2 innings, 5 runs only 2 earned. Charleston has only one hit so far and believe it or not it was Cito Culver. No other big news that I’ve seen so far. Can’t wait for Campos to get back on the mound…

  134. Greg says:

    Bench was one, Anybody?

  135. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I get Granderson on my team. The only times I get to watch him he strikes out or flies out. When I don’t watch him he hits a homer.

  136. Greg says:

    damn I thought that was gone

  137. Reggie C. says:

    C’mon Hughes!

    Earlier in the day on this site I predicted a 6.1 inning, 4 run effort from you tonight. Don’t give up another run!!

  138. Countryclub says:

    It’s funny how the comments slow down when things are going well. I’ll never understand it, but the negative crap sells. It’s why the ny papers are the way they are. And guys like Woody Page too. People react to the negative.

    • sdjohn says:

      The way I look at it it’s either come on here and say god dammit the yanks suck (when they are losing) or I kick my dog. My dog, by the way, is a HUGE fan of this blog..

    • Havok9120 says:

      This. Half of the regular attendees of Game Threads stop commenting when the game is going well. Then they’ll be right back at it, defending the points they wanted to make in the first place as soon as things start going badly.

  139. Electric Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Nice we are giving up a run here.

  140. Havok9120 says:

    ESPN Gamecast’s presentaion of Yankee stadium is soooooo bad. Every ball hit to right goes foul into the stands, but somehow they’re all doubles or outs. Balls that go for homers are clearly foul too.

  141. RetroRob says:

    I-Rod’s brief tenure on the Yankees might have also been responsible for Joba’s arm injury, even though it was indirect.

  142. Don'tcha Know? says:

    I know nothing about him but is this Chris Parmelee character any good/legit? Too legit to quit?

  143. Greg says:

    Good pitch by Hughes.

  144. RetroRob says:

    Just joining. Please tell me that the Nunez error I see listed had nothing to do with the Twins’ runs in the first.

  145. Greg says:

    good job, Phil.

  146. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Hooray for the Andy Pettitte signing. Can’t wait for that.

  147. sdjohn says:

    Nice job Phil.

  148. Mike Axisa says:

    Hughes has actually settled down. He’s retired nine of the eleven he’s faced, with just that double by Parmalee and a bunt single two innings ago.

  149. Greg says:

    Roy Campanella and Mickey Cochrane are the other two

  150. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    31 pitches in the first inning and 46 pitches in the last 3 innings for Hughes. Nicely done.

  151. Countryclub says:

    5th inning will be huge for Phil. Middle of the order coming up. If he can get through it unscathed and throw 15 or so pitches he’ll have a shot to throw 6. Wouldn’t be bad considering how things started.

  152. Greg says:

    THREE CHEERS FOR GRANDY!

  153. flamingo says:

    OH MY GOD CURTIS FREAKING GRANDERSON

  154. forensic says:

    Wow, Grandy!!!

  155. RetroRob says:

    Wow. We’re only in the 4th innings. Let’s go, Curtis.

  156. Professor Longnose says:

    Wow for Granderson.

  157. Electric Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    On fire

  158. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

    Holy fuck! Way to go Granderson!

  159. Reggie C. says:

    Curtis the Legend…

    Go for FOUR!!!

  160. Needed Pitching says:

    the Grandyman can
    the Grandyman can
    the Grandyman can

  161. mustang says:

    Looking “YOUNGER” by the minute.

  162. SevenAces says:

    So what is the record for number of HRs hit by a single player in 1 game?

  163. NoH says:

    It’s good to see Grandy getting hot.

  164. Dela G says:

    Granderson again!!!

  165. Electric Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Best cashman trade ever.
    Even though IPK is a ace and Ajack is turning into a player,is Cokie still around?

    • Countryclub says:

      Got Boone in that trade too, if I’m not mistaken. Nothing special but a serviceable arm.

      It’s close for me with the swish trade. Yanks gave up nothing for him.

    • RetroRob says:

      Trading away young talent is fine. It helps a team fill in gaps elsewhere. The Yankees needed a CFer and LF’d power. They got it both in same player. Wouldn’t undo the trade.

  166. Countryclub says:

    3 HRs in 4 innings is pretty sick

  167. First time lawng time says:

    Good Lord. 8:45 and the bottom of the fourth just ended?

  168. JobaWockeeZ says:

    And I didn’t bother to turn on the TV. Don’t worry guys I’ll keep it off, he’ll get 4.

  169. sdjohn says:

    Man, when Phil pitches ahead in the count, he looks completely different.

  170. RetroRob says:

    Mauer would be unstoppable hitting in Fenway.

  171. Nom Chompsky says:

    Carlos Delgado had a .724 WPA in that game, which is both ridiculous and perhaps indicative in a flaw of WPA (namely, that you can be worth more than one win in a single game).

  172. First time lawng time says:

    Anyone even look at the standings? I haven’t really bothered. It’s too early for me.

  173. ahinds says:

    is derek jeter the greatest short stop of all time?

    i think he fucking might be based on longevity and what not. its so weird we spend so much time hating on him around here you forget that he is a legit hof. he’s better than guys like youngt, larkin, aparicio… he’s awesome. wouldnt have realized this if i hadnt looked up what the hell he’s doing @ 37…

    here’s hoping he can keep it up

    • Jim Is Bored says:

      Conversation begins and ends with Honus Wagner. But Jeter is top 5 easy, arguably top 3.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      2nd best.

    • I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

      I’d say only Ripken Jr. and Honus Wagner are better.

      • Greg says:

        Ozzie Smith’s in the top 5 too

        • I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

          Forgot about Ozzie. Smith’s got the huge advantage defense-wise but ditto for Jeter offensive-wise. And offense > defense.

        • Electric Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

          Remember it was
          Jeter
          Arod
          The guy in boston lol

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        ARod has roughly 30 more WAR than Jeter at shortstop and he last played shortstop in 2003.

      • ahinds says:

        i dont think so because of longevity, jeter has played 2406 games at short, wagner played only 1887 games @ short. thats almost 4 full seasons more at the end of this season. i think that has more value.

        also a guy like wagner played before integration. so his numbers and greatness i take with a grain of salt. does not mean i dont respect it tho. so i give derek the edge over wagner.

        as far as ripken, you might be right but only because of ripkins advantage defensively if it were just based on offense jeter is actually the more valuable player based on oWar

        but still thats not to bad. 2nd best ss of all time perhaps

        if a-rod did’nt move if nomar did’nt get hurt give tulawisky 10 years… i know i know

    • RetroRob says:

      Wagner.

      Where he falls after that depends on how the ratings are done. Peak value? A-Rod was on his way to eclipsing Wagner. Arky Vaughan always seems to get lost in the conversation. Ozzie’s up there is you go by his tremendous defense. Yet when it’s all rolled together with the longevity, we’ve had the pleasure of watching one of the ten greatest SS’s in MLB history. He’s probably somewhere anywhere from 3rd to 7th depending on howyou want to slice and dice the numbers between longevity and peak. That’s saying alot.

      Old Aches and Pains may turn out to be Jeter’s Patron Saint. A man who seemed to be losing to age in his mid-30s, and then kept going well into his 40s.

      • ahinds says:

        never heard of arky vaughan before, def a stud but he dos’nt have jeters longevity and had the benefit of playing in a racially exclusive league. but he was damn good.

        and it works both was obviously. guys like satchel page, james bell and josh gibson, you cant say they were the greatest because they were also in a racially exclusive league. really sucks they didnt compete.

        • RetroRob says:

          Well now we’re going down a different path, which is trying to incorporate competitive level into the equation, and based on that than I’m going to pick all modern players. That’s not meant as an insult to old-time players, but the game keeps improving on the margins every decade, so the game is dramatically more difficult than it was in the 1920s or 30s, etc.

          Now before someone jumps all over me, I’m not saying that Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, etc wouldn’t be great players today. They might actually be the very best players today as they were then. My guess is that Ted Williams is a better hitter than anyone alive today. Yet they would be different players, especially the further back we go. While the game would be faster paced than when they played, they would also gain all the advantages of today if they were raised and trained under modern technics. The eye-hand coordination, the ability to hit a baseball, field, etc. would translate quite well. What they’ll lose statistically by the increased commpetitive level they’ll gain some back by all the advantages players have today on training, equipment, on and on.

          Babe Ruth today wouldn’t be a career .340/.470/.690 hitter with 714 HRs. Yet he might still be a career .300 hitter and it wouldn’t shock me at all if maybe he would hit 800 career HRs. While I view the competitive level of the game to have increased tremendously, that doesn’t mean the single greatest HR hitter ever just happened to play baseball in the 1920s.

          So getting back to Vaughan, he doesn’t exist today, and if he did he would be different, but I have no doubt he’d be one of the top SS’s in the game. Derek Jeter can’t exist back in the 1930s either, and if he did, he would be different because most of the things that enhance Jeter’s skills wouldn’t exist then either. So I can only judge players based on the competition of their time.

          BTW Based on the records we have, Ruth crushed the Negro Leagues when he barnstormed. They couldn’t figure him out amymore than the Major league pitchers could either.

  174. mustang says:

    I get the feeling that the Yankees’ bullpen is looking forward to a successful return of Andy and Pineda.

  175. sdjohn says:

    Effin A Phil, I almost gave up on ya after inning 1 (even though it wasn’t all on ya), but that was a helluva effort and great way to fight back. Believe in your stuff Phil, pitch ahead in the count, and ATTACK. Keep the faith in Phil….

  176. RkyMtnYank says:

    Wow, Hughes era all the way down to 5.54 now with the 4 unearned runs.

  177. Hummingbird S. says:

    I’m really impressed with Phil tonight. He’s actually pitching a good game.

  178. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Everytime I get a god damn costumer something happens…

  179. Stratman9652 says:

    That looked like it didn’t feel good.

  180. Needed Pitching says:

    fuck

  181. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Left Phillip in a little too long apparently.

  182. Reggie C. says:

    damn.

  183. forensic says:

    Ugh, why push your luck with him, especially after the walk???

    • Greg says:

      Doumit’s a switch hitter

      • forensic says:

        What does that have to do with anything I wrote? Somehow you got through 5 innings with the lead from Hughes. Get him out. After he walks the leadoff guy, definitely get him out. I don’t care about the batter.

  184. Dela G says:

    that was destroyed

  185. Electric Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Pull him now

  186. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

    Phil Hughes still in line for the win = rotation spot preserved

    • GardnergoesYardner says:

      Wins are useless guys. Look at Hughes in 2011. Was he guaranteed a rotation spot after winning 18 games with blah peripherals?

      Oh wait…

  187. Monterowasdinero says:

    I hate when fans are more concerned with throwing the HR ball back on the field. Bush and childish.

    • First time lawng time says:

      Gotta agree with this. I don’t really see the point in doing it. Personally, if I caught a HR ball hit by someone on the other team, I’d keep. I mean, it’s not every day you get an official game used MLB ball.

  188. sdjohn says:

    Leadoff walks..

  189. mustang says:

    Can we get a Pineda and Andy watch going?

    FUCK ME!

  190. forensic says:

    The way things are going for this team, this will be the game the bullpen struggles a bit. Boy I hope not.

  191. GardnergoesYardner says:

    Kay just called our bullpen stout. Is that a compliment or an insult?

  192. Monterowasdinero says:

    Nobody commented but Martin sliding feet first into 1B and almost getting hurt was incredibly stupid.

  193. Duh Innings says:

    Here’s what the backpage of the New York Post (or Daily News if you prefer) should be if the Yanks win tonight:

    GRAND-THREE-MAN

    Re: Hughes. I think the Yanks will ultimately use their last option sent him down to the minors (AAA) before June 1 when he’d gain fifth year player status to veto being sent down so they can have him under control through 2014 thus prevent a scenario where he has a good or better 2013 then would surely be courted by at least a dozen teams besides the Yanks and possibly sign with one of those other teams. To put it another, more blunt way, they don’t want to give him less time to straighten out (2012-13 only) than they would if they sent him down only to lose him to free agency or overpay for him after 2013.

    Hughes has just given up a pair of homeruns to the Twins’ backup catcher (although it looks like more like a super-backup as I’ve noticed Mauer is getting far less playing time as a catcher in the early going probably so he can be fresh for the long haul and his contract.) So one more run by the Twins could erase Granderson’s 3 HR, Mike Stanley-style (Stanley hit 3 homeruns for the Yanks in a loss one year, I wanna say 1997.)

    Jesus H for Hughes Christ.

    • V says:

      Doumit is not just a ‘backup catcher’. To call him that is blatant ignorance of non-Yankees’ players.

    • GardnergoesYardner says:

      Doumit is a regular player, he only hit one homer, and if the Twins got one run it would only be a tie game in the sixth inning and would certainly not erase anything of Grandy’s incredible night.

    • Stratman9652 says:

      Doumit is a pretty good hitter.

      Save yourself some time and do some research before you write a paragraph about Hughes sucking because he gave up homers to a backup catcher who actually has a really solid bat.

      • MannyGeee says:

        I would take Doumit over Martin next season to be honest. Dude can hit, not a bad defensive catcher and plays a nice (if not spectacular) outfield… And gets reps at first on the regs too

        And by the way he is making something Absurd like $3.1M this season… Sounds like the kind of guy you want catching alongside Romine while he gets his feet wet, don’t he?

  194. sdjohn says:

    Well, Here’s to hopin I get to shut up all the Twins fans I work with tomorrow. The nerve, Twins fans talking smack to a Yankees fan since owning them x 15 years. You wouldn’t think it, but they are obnoxious little group those Twins fans..

  195. Mike E says:

    Boone Logan again? Eek

  196. Electric Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    1 inning logan please.

  197. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

    LNOGY!

  198. mustang says:

    3 HR by Granderson, 7 runs and it’s a close game.

    STARTING PITCHING!!!!!!!

    People remember this game the next time we talk about the Montero trade!!!!

  199. Hummingbird S. says:

    It feels like everytime Logan and Rapada get in the game they go 2-0 to the first hitter..

  200. Electric Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    11 players have hit 4 no one has hit 5

  201. sdjohn says:

    Would love a little hit and run if Jeter gets in a good count here.

  202. Electric Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Electric baby

  203. Monterowasdinero says:

    Nunez always does something good. He never gets down. He is ……..

    The world’s most interesting utility man.

  204. Dela G says:

    those were some great fake boobs in the stands

  205. Chen Meng Wang says:

    History? maybe? Please?

  206. Professor Longnose says:

    Would love to see some history here.

  207. MannyGeee says:

    More surprising, Nunez going on the first pitch, or Nunez helmet coming along for the whole ride?

  208. sdjohn says:

    Only a single, what a scrub…

  209. Dela G says:

    nice job grandy

  210. Chen Meng Wang says:

    That was a very nice throw from Doumit.

  211. Duh Innings says:

    I love Al Leiter but he’s been a little too much tonight.

    He’s basically saying the only really bad mistake Hughes made was the second homerun to Doumit. Al, yes, the four runs in the first inning were unearned due to Nunez’s error, but Phil was partly responsible for them from serving up a two-run single and a two-run double after that error. The two-run single, fine, that’s mostly on Nunez. The two-run double? Mostly on Hughes. It was a shared sucking.

    Oh yeah, enough with this idiocy re: awarding wins. Justin Verlander pitches scoreless ball the first eight innings of a game but gets a no-decision cuz his closer blew the lead, the closer gets the win for simply being the last pitcher on the mound before his team walks off with a win (Detroit’s season opener), yet Phil Hughes can pitch 5 1/3 IP 6 R 2 ER ball and possibly get the win if the bullpen is good enough to keep the Twins from tying the game. There has to be some rule changes and minimum standards for a win.

    New rule: Official scorer’s discretion awarding a win. If Sabathia pitches 8 scoreless innings, leaves the game up 1-0, Mo blows the lead in the 9th, Yanks win it in the bottom of the ninth 2-1, Sabathia gets the win at the officia scorer’s discretion.

    Another new rule: You give up more runs (earned and unearned) than innings pitched, no win for you even if you leave the game with the lead and the lead is kept the rest of the way. The best reliever gets the win unless he saves the game (no win in that case, just a save.)

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      I like the first rule, second one, not so much.

      • flamingo says:

        Same. I really dislike reliever wins in general. Someone pitching for one inning and getting the win always annoys me.

    • RetroRob says:

      Offical scorers, and the media outlets most of them work for, won’t go for it. With players being awarded tons of money based on awards, no official scorer will want to be in a position where denying a win or awarding a win could lead to him being questioned.

    • V says:

      The 2 run single in the 1st is a double play if the manager isn’t obsessed with proving he’s as smart as Joe Maddon.

      • forensic says:

        Have you even looked at Doumit’s spray chart? It’s Teixeira-like on the infield. A huge glob of outs on the right side and very, very few on the left side.

        How is playing the percentages ‘obsessed with proving he’s as smart as Joe Maddon’?

  212. flamingo says:

    This game’s pretty great so far.

  213. MannyGeee says:

    Got, he didn’t even hit 4 homers today…. Can I get an A-Jax trade redo?

  214. sdjohn says:

    Now, I know I’m gonna get some shit for this, but I’m gonna say it anyway. I’m hoping Arod throttles back the swing and gets the ball in the air deep enough to hit sac fly. Don’t have to hit a 3 run bomb here, but cannot K or GIDP.

  215. MannyGeee says:

    Cano needs to take a goddam pitch… For realz

  216. RetroRob says:

    Robbie. Bad.

  217. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Robbie…fail. I love ya buddy, but FAIL.

  218. Havok9120 says:

    My gut tells me that we’re not scoring here. Brain and heart tell me we are.

    I’M SO CONFLICTED!!

  219. flamingo says:

    A double play ball, Robbie? Really?

  220. Don'tcha Know? says:

    Holy Shit. From favorite to least favorite.

  221. Electric Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Maybe if robbie had a full day off to rest er fail.

  222. First time lawng time says:

    That Yankees Universe commercial is so bad. You can tell they’re reading off the teleprompter. Especially Jeter LMAO

  223. Chen Meng Wang says:

    So gentleman, I have a brain buster for you. My best friend’s girl friend of a year and a half wants to go out for drinks, just her and I. Normally I’d have no problem doing this because her and I are friends, but she had a dream about her and I about two weeks ago, and there has definitely been a tension between us since then. What should I do?

  224. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    great game by hughes today. if that nunez error never happened the line would have looked even better. now he can build on this for his net start

  225. Don'tcha Know? says:

    Soriano making his best attempt to blow the lead. Bravo, Soriano, bravo.

  226. Electric Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Hate this doughnut guy more than plouffe.

  227. Greg says:

    K’s the side!

    Soriano’s numbers are very good so far except the walk rate

  228. flamingo says:

    Soriano worked out of that. Niiiiice.

  229. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

    Matt Cain is incredible.

  230. Professor Longnose says:

    Predictions for the Yankees’ record in the next 9 games?

  231. First time lawng time says:

    Soriano trying to be like Robertson.

  232. Professor Longnose says:

    Tex beat the shift! Tex beat the shift!

  233. MannyGeee says:

    Span falling on the catch… What a try-hard…

  234. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

    Ummmm, nice catch?

  235. RetroRob says:

    So are the Yankees employing more shifts this year?

    • MannyGeee says:

      Yeah after Madden clumped them at the Trop, Girardi has been going all dead pull shift on guys who may not warrant it…

      • MannyGeee says:

        Chumped, not clumped

      • RetroRob says:

        I doubt it has anything to do with Maddon, at least this year. Employing shifts requires lots of data. I found it interesting because it says to me that Yankees are trying to use data even more on the defensive side. I like the idea, but it requires more than data. It requires the right type of defense and pitchers. I’ve seen at least three balls hit right to SS and Jeter is no where near. It’s not Jeter’s fault. They have him positioned somewhere near the North Star.

        It’ll be interesting to see how much this happens throughout the season, but I sense a developing story here.

  236. Greg says:

    That Gardner play eerily reminds me of that Matsui play a few years back with less disastrous consequences

  237. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

    Oh good. As if that last GIDP wasn’t agonizing enough.

    • Greg says:

      Yeah but you expect from Martin, not Cano

      • forensic says:

        How do you not expect it from Cano? He’s hit 16 or more DP’s every season, and 18 or more every season since his rookie year. In just 7 years, he’s moved to the top 11 in DP’s in Yankee history. It’s always a huge threat with him.

  238. forensic says:

    Has Martin hit a single ball in the air yet this year?

    • MannyGeee says:

      He has been brutal… Like Nick Johnson brutal

    • Don'tcha Know? says:

      Again, I love guy. He has the dispositional make-up of a great Yankee, but, dear god, he’s an abomination at the plate. It’s never good when you expect an out from a player . . . Should’ve held onto Montero :) Now where did I put my time machine . . .

  239. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

    No worries, this is exactly where D-Rob wants them.

  240. flamingo says:

    I hate to say it, but I like the fact that our 7-8-9 guys are coming out in their usual spots. Feels pretty good.

    Aaaaaand just as I say that, DRob gives up a double. That feels familiar, too.

  241. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    You just know the twins will leave Yankee stadium and promptly loose 7 in a row

  242. Greg says:

    Good throw by Nunez there

  243. Professor Longnose says:

    NUNEZ MAKES THE PLAY!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!

  244. Electric Nunez aka the good,the bad and the ugly says:

    Drobs fastball 93 come over like its 97 best setup guy in baseball.

  245. MannyGeee says:

    Anyone else shit themselves a little bit when span hit that ball right to cano, but then you realized it was Nunez? My hand is still shaking a little bit.

  246. MannyGeee says:

    Ha. Player of the game choices huh?

  247. Don'tcha Know? says:

    So this Twins bullpen . . . They’ve been doing their job, eh? I thought the Yankees crushed soft, middle of the road relievers?

    • Havok9120 says:

      We generally do, we didn’t really this series. It happens.

      This is baseball, teams don’t usually crush one another outright. Can’t we take the 23 runs scored this series and be happy for a little while?

  248. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Here we go history coming up

  249. MannyGeee says:

    Curtis

    Curtis.

    Curtis.

  250. Kevin G. says:

    Granderson you suck

  251. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Hustle!

  252. MannyGeee says:

    Really knocked the crap outtat that one.

    not a homer, but that waaaaaas gritty!

  253. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    That should raise the ol batting average

  254. Professor Longnose says:

    What was really cool–Granderson took the 3-1 pitch.

  255. MannyGeee says:

    Wow, looked like Grandy got around that slide actually.

  256. Chen Meng Wang says:

    So on my way home John and Suzyn where just capt’n foreshadow. “The always reassuring Mariano warming in the pen.”- creepy voiced Suzyn “Granderson’s last chance, barring extra innings.”-John.

  257. CUYanks says:

    Can we get Cano in at 2b this inning?

  258. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    93?? I’m calling bullshit on the gun.

  259. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Suck it Mauer.

  260. First time lawng time says:

    Weird, but I think Robertson secretly enjoys getting into jams and then getting out of them.

    Not saying he gives up hits on purpose, just that he’s cool with it because he knows he’ll get out of it.

  261. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    The shocker nice throw

  262. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Mo >>>

  263. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Split

  264. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    6 pitches. The Mo Of old

  265. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Nice game curtie
    Joe girardi

  266. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Great probably loss tonight by the Yanks. I hope they probably lose like this the rest of the season.

  267. Chen Meng Wang says:

    WWWMW over already?

  268. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Very encouraging to see a game in which the middle of the lineup, other than Robbie of course, did most of the heavy lifting. Some more of that, and getting some consistency out of the rotation, and things will be looking good.

    • RetroRob says:

      Tex is looking better the last few games. Grandy certainly, too. A-Rod and Cano will soon join the parade. They’ll be fine. Their competition won’t. They’re just warming up.

  269. Dan says:

    That pitch to Mauer one of the nastiest cutters you will ever see

  270. Nathan says:

    Mannn…everytime I see Joba/Hughes, I think “We could have had ________”.

    What’s the deal with Yankee prospects? Over-hyped or poor development?

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