Game Four: Just Win

A full view of Girardi's rotating DH plan
Pettitte goes three in first minor league outing
(Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Rays had their fun this weekend, but it’s time to close the book on that series. The Yankees are in Baltimore now, a place that has been very friendly to them over the years. They’ve won 17 of 25 games at Camden Yards over the last three years, part of a 39-15 record against the O’s overall. Coincidentally enough, the Yankees have gone 13-5 against the Orioles in each of the last three seasons. They sure could use a win now, the natives are starting to get restless. Here’s the lineup…

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

RHP Ivan Nova

Tonight’s game will start just after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Try to enjoy.

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A full view of Girardi's rotating DH plan
Pettitte goes three in first minor league outing
  • Naved

    Haha I guess the topic title.

  • RetroRob

    Matusz worked out with Brady Anderson this off season, and put on ten to 15 pounds of muscle over a four-month period?

    Blood test, please.

    • Soviet Swag

      Sign me up (for the workout, not test)

    • Mike HC

      ha, just commented similarly below

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Is all this stuff Havoc is saying about Prodigy really true? I really wish Mobb Deep didn’t have to end like this…

    (cries while listening to Shook Ones Pt. II)

    • LiterallyFigurative

      Wait….what happened?

  • Monterowasdinero

    I am here. Good night weatherwise. Nova warming up. ARod hit some bombs in bp.

    • Gonzo

      I’m going to the Wednesday game. You going to that one?

    • jjyank

      Maybe you can “Stairs” Matusz for us between innings if he looks at all sharp?

    • RetroRob

      Have some Boog Powell BBQ while you’re there. You only live once…as far as we know.

    • mustang

      BTW your boy is sitting out Darvish.

      Camden Yards looks beautiful enjoy the game!

      If they lose its all on YOU!
      LOL

      • mustang

        Win this one Monterowasdinero boys!

  • Pat D

    Woo hoo! First game I can watch complete this year!

    Only 74 more days until blessed termination!!!

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Nunez at 3B tonight with a ground ball pitcher on the mound. Let’s hope that not too many balls find there way to 3rd base tonight.

  • Mike HC

    Brady Anderson is employed by the O’s to get their players back in shape? Interesting choice.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Jeets, all sorts of awesome against southpaws

    • RetroRob

      I thought it was funny that some people were saying the Yankees looked old this weekend (and, btw, young teams look old when they’re losing), yet Jeter and A-Rod looked good, and it was the youthful Nunez who made a costly error.

      • Chen Meng Wang

        Shh… you’re ruining the narrative.

  • Johnny

    Jeter is doing amazing leading off in the first so far. Has he gotten a lead-off hit in all four games thus far? (Swisher with the pop-out.)

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Good evening ladies and gentleman. Let’s get a win tonight, huh?

  • jjyank

    Is the site painfully slow for anyone else? The rest of the interwebs seems fine to me, but refreshing this page is like dial-up speed.

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

    A-Rod’s up to five walks with just one strikeout this season.

    • mustang

      very nice!

  • Johnny

    Wow. Teixeira STILL getting booed just because he didn’t sign up with Baltimore with ’09. IT’S BEEN THREE YEARS PEOPLE. And who would want to play in Baltimore? I’ve seen The Wire. (Thank you :D ).

  • Johnny

    Oh, finally. Can you believe we’re ahead for once? BIG TEX.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    TEX is a bum!!!! oh, wait…

  • Hummingbird S.

    Teix missed a cookie but comes back with nice base hit. Good job!

  • Bryan

    You know whats awesome, living in the DC area thereby giving me access to the first game of the year on my TV…just to have my three other roommates gang up on me for watching it. They don’t like baseball you see. And even though it is my TV and sound system, god forbid I want to watch something without their implicit approval.

    Fuck roommates.

    • Mike HC

      haha … I feel that. I just ditched the roommates for the first time of my life this year, and boy is life great, ha.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Right Handed Teixiera > Left Handed Teixiera

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    I wonder if the Yanks really love hitting in Camden Yards, or if the O’s pitching staff has just sucked for the past 20 years.

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      I’m going with the latter even though Camden Yards is a great hitters park.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        Like a lot of things, its probably a little of both. The ball really carries with the humidity down there, but the Orioles haven’t had a decent pitching staff in ages.

        • I’m sexy and I Cano it

          Say the Yankees and Orioles switched places in terms of success the last two decades. We’d be talking about everyone who loves hitting in Yankee Stadium. Having a home home park like some of the ones in the AL East is only a real detriment to your team if your pitching staff is as awful as the Orioles has been. I’m sure everyone in the American League loved hitting in Yankee Stadium in the dark days of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Nowadays it doesn’t matter what ballpark you’re playing in when you have to face CC Sabathia.

          • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

            BTW-Love the name. Horrendously cheesy song, which is why I love it.

  • karel capek

    Guys how good does the new Three Stooges movie look? Can’t wait for them to remake The General…staring David Cone, naturlich.

  • mustang

    This is the way it should be!

  • Kevin G.

    What’s with the O’s and Jays going back to their old, shitty logos?

  • Karl Krawfid

    3-1 check swing. Come on buddy.

  • Hummingbird S.

    good play by Hardy but I think Grandy might have swung at ball 4 on the previous pitch

  • William Bonney

    That’s the swing you got on 3-1? Oh well, it’s just a matter of time before we knock Matusz out of the game.

  • RetroRob

    So, ESPN is showing a Cubs/Brewers game, and not Darvish’s debut?

    • Chen Meng Wang

      I feel like they got Texas’ game last night in hopes that he would debut last night.

      • RetroRob

        Hopfully it will be on MLB.com, where I have an account.

  • Kevin G.

    Wilson “Name three better utility infielders” has returned!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Andy is pitching btw. Tampa Yanks.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      So if we look at a calendar, skip every 5 days and give him 5 starts to get stretched out…..

      I figure his first game back is May 4th @ Royals. Next home game would be the 10th against the Rays.

      (slips away, doubles price for May 10th game on Stubhub)

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Am I the only one who isn’t concerned with Nova?

    • Johnny

      Yes.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      I’m only concerned because of the elbow injury late last year. If Nova’s healthy, I’d choose him over Hughes in the rotation.

      Obviously Garcia will be the first to go, but after that I like Nova more than Hughes. They probably won’t do it though, just because they want to leave their options open with Phil, given his arb status and whatnot.

      • radnom

        Despite Mike continually saying that he “finished the year hurt”, it was confirmed that he would’ve made his next start had the Yankees not been eliminated. He missed like 3 innings from this injury – if it wasn’t the last three innings of his season no one would have remembered it.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nova inducing a weak ground ball, haven’t see that in a while

  • flamingo

    Gameday just told me Nova’s last pitch was 96??

    • RetroRob

      That’s what it showed here too. He can hit mid-90s, but usually lives around 92/93.

      • Chen Meng Wang

        I saw a game he pitched against the Angels last season, he was working right around 94 for most of the game, touched 96 a couple times. I never realized he threw that hard before.

        • flamingo

          Icing on the cake.

  • Bryan

    Wow MLB had that last fastball at 95. Was not expecting that in inning 1.

  • Johnny

    I love Andruw Jones. He’s so happy! 100% happy, 200% of the time.

  • jjyank

    Nova looked pretty good. Left a couple pitches up, made a couple other good pitches. Way better than ST that inning though.

  • Mykey

    Nova looks good after one. 94 with movement.

  • Mike HC

    Markakis looks like he tacked on some mass in the off season as well. I can definitely see the power continuing the entire year.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    A one-two-three inning?! By a Yankee starter?! After scoring a run in the top of the inning?!?!?! OMG!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    this is more like it, looking like 2nd half 2011 Nova. much better command.

  • mustang

    Boys thats what it looks like when a pitcher throws strikes!

  • Johnny

    Nova looks good. Sterling says it’s the crisp north-east air.

    Is it possible he’s right?

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Don’t even start indulging him, the last thing we need is Sterling developing a Kay type ego.

      • RetroRob

        I think that ship has sailed. : -)

    • Ro

      ..or it could just be that the Yanks are no longer playing in a shit hole with 6 short stops in the field.

      Just a thought.

      • Mike HC

        haha

    • Mykey

      It’s true. Latino’s like Nova fair much better in crisp, cool climates rather than those of Florida. That is why my family immigrated from Venezuela to New York.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    So Gardner just doesn’t play anymore, huh? Righty, lefty, whatever . . . How can one infuse his greatest gift when he’s not even given the chance to get on base?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Dude it’s game four of the season. Gardner’s already played in two of them. That’s a huge workload.

    • Johnny

      Girardi’s binder says that all players need rest after playing in two consecutive games. How dare you doubt the binder, Sir.

      • Sarah

        One game is enough for needing rest in Joe’s binder.

  • Brian

    No cable, laptop is broken and all I have is my shitty cellphone to keep in contact with the game….. god help me.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Been there, sorry bro.

    • Pat D

      That’s me when I’m at work now. I dare not be caught using my phone or watching the Gamecast on my computer. They could fire me for that and I’d lose my severance.

  • Mike HC

    Now this is baseball. I don’t know what the hell you call that thing they play in Tampa.

    • Mike HC

      Spoke too soon …

      • Bo Knows

        or not

  • Bryan

    Wieters. He will be good this year.

  • Pat D

    Fucknuts.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Change up right down the middle…that’s what happens to them.

    • V

      Two great pitches low in the strike zone called balls = have to lay one in there.

  • D-Rob da man

    Anyone notice Nova doesnt have the slider he had last year?
    Could the injury he had last year make him lose it?

    • Bo Knows

      or it could be early and he might not have feel for his pitches yet

      • Bo Knows

        also he’s thrown only 1 or 2 sliders

    • Havok9120

      Its a lot better this game than in ST. We’ll see.

  • Cy Pettitte

    at least he’s racking up the whiffs and K’s

  • Hummingbird S.

    great slider there..

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Nice comeback after the homer by Nova. Matusz is garbage, we should be able to score at least three or four more runs against him.

    • Hummingbird S.

      Matusz looks a heckuva lot better this year. Im not sure he’s “garbage”

    • Havok9120

      He’s a work in progress, not garbage.

      Still, we should be able to get to him.

  • mustang

    Nice! One mistake and move on.

  • Pat D

    I don’t really want to get off-topic or start some kind of political discussion here, but I think it would be pretty terrible if Ozzie Guillen was somehow fired for his Castro comments. It would be a pretty sad commentary on the state of our country, oh, crap, there I go making it political.

    Look, I’ve never cared for Ozzie but for him to potentially lose his job over that seems like the worst type of knee-jerk overreaction. Agree/disagree?

    • Chen Meng Wang

      I’m sorry, I have no idea what Ozzie said about Castro, what was it?

      • Johnny

        He said “I love Castro.”

        No, he shouldn’t be fired for it. So he’s an idiot. You don’t fire people for having stupid opinions; you fire them for being bad at their jobs. If he’s a legitimately bad manager you let him go. You don’t let him go because, for some reason, he idolizes Castro. This isn’t the Cold War anymore. Cuba is utterly irrelevant.

        • Chen Meng Wang

          I agree with Bryan, he has to be aware of where he is. If he says something like that in Chicago, it’s not a big deal. Should he be fired? No. Should he get his ass kicked by a bunch of Cubans who defected and know how much of a douche Fidel is? Yes.

          • I’m sexy and I Cano it

            Imagine if the Marlins had signed Yoenis. Things would get interesting to say the least.

      • I’m sexy and I Cano it

        He blatantly said that he “loves” Fidel Castro.

    • Bryan

      It is all about where he is. He is coaching in Miami. You don’t say things like that there.

      • Fin

        Yea, there is a huge anti Castro Cuban fan base in FLA and the Marlins have gone out of their way to court that population. For Ozzie to open his mouth and come out positive for Castro, might get him fired for being stupid more than political reasons. Can you really trust a guy with your organization that can do something so stupid?

    • Greg

      If he had said this when he was managing the White Sox, it would have gon

    • RetroRob

      Unless his comments so inflame the community that people are protesting outside the park, blocking the entrances to the game (as some groups have threatened), and it depresses attendance.

      It will have nothing to do with free speech. Simply business. Baseball is a regional sport. If he hurts the business and it can’t be fixed by words, then he goes away.

    • Havok9120

      Its not really a commentary on the state of the country, as almost anywhere else in the country all this gets is someone to crack an eyebrow. Even the vast majority of Republicans and conservatives would think he’s an idiot but not that he should lose his job.

      You just don’t say that in Miami. Ever.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Jeet’s has come out like a house on fire to open the season.

  • Bryan

    Has Jeter had any hits in the air yet?

    • Hummingbird S.

      linedrives dont count?

      • Bryan

        Sure. I haven’t seen anything yet. Douchebag roommates. So he is hitting line drives? Great. Was the first inning single a line drive as well?

        • Hummingbird S.

          yep… he’s doing great against lefties, as usual.

  • Johnny

    Somebody needs to sit down with Nick and calm him down. He’s all over the place. What the hell was that swing? Swisher is far better than that. As Sterling said—again, correctly, *shudder*—this early-season slump is all in his head. It’s like last year.

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

      Early season slump? He came into the game hitting .273/.429/.636 with more walks than strikeouts.

      • Johnny

        Yes, I misspoke. I didn’t mean slump per-se; I just meant these bad at-bats he’s having here and the various pop-outs he’s had over the last three games. You can tell by his body language that he’s getting a little up in his head.

      • Bo Knows

        He means Swish changing his approach with men on base, so far he’s shown a habit of swinging at bad pitches with men on base. He’s letting the everything else dictate his play rather than him playing the game.

        • Bo Knows

          Its probably just him getting too amped up

    • StanfordBen

      Swisher in an early season slump? He was batting .273 with an OBP of .429 and SLG or .636 coming into today. 3 games means almost nothing either way, but that’s a pretty awesome start (would be career high OBP and SLG for him), so I’m not sure how you can say he’s in a slump.

      • StanfordBen

        Oops, Mike beat me to it.

  • mustang

    I wonder whatever happen to the Jeter is done crowd of early last year?

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

      Let’s see him hit some righties before we proclaim him back.

      • mustang

        What 2011 was down year for him?

        Your a hard grader.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Heh batting average.

          • RetroRob

            He’s 37. I’m not expecting him to “be back.” Just productive, and considering how weak the position is right now, the bar won’t be high.

            Yet the anti-Jeter crowd will return when he slumps, and then they’ll disappear again once he goes on a hot streak.

            • mustang

              This!

              Here to a yearlong hot streak I like the quiet.

          • mustang

            http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/b.....osition/ss

            I don’t think that’s too bad but then again stats is not my game.

            • JobaWockeeZ

              He’s better than half of every other shortstops but age is definitely catching up. Even only using average Jeter hitting .320 was the norm. He’s declining but everyone else sucks more.

              • mustang

                “He’s better than half of every other shortstops”

                You should of ended it there and be happy with it.

              • mustang

                You were saying?

    • flamingo

      He doesn’t have a complete down season behind him this year? People are more optimistic that he can adjust? He’s hitting?

  • Hummingbird S.

    Matusz looks just like Hughes, in the sense that he’s not exactly having a great game but it’s a hell of a lot better than last year.

  • Bryan

    Matusz will get through 5 innings today. And then the strike em out caught stealing occurs. Nothing ends a solid build-up like that.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    All I want to do is laugh.

    • Havok9120

      Aren’t you supposed to be a Yankee fan or something?

      (I assuming you’re talking about the strike ‘em out throw ‘em out.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        When Andruw Jones smiles when making an out he’s over defended to death. People literally threw stones at commenters who called him out for that.

        Fans who do the same thing get the opposite reaction? Consistency is lacking.

  • William Bonney

    Alex was really fooled there.

  • Greg

    Good sequence of pitches. Threw hard and then got him with a slider.

  • flamingo

    Those double plays are the absolute worst.

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

    Weiters is arguably the best defensive catcher in baseball. Why are they sending the runners? Some major brainfarts so far.

    • Greg

      They thought A-Rod would make contact. He’s hitting well to begin the season.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        It’s still a stupid decision.

        • Greg

          No. Its a “hero if it works, goat if it doesn’t situation”

          • JobaWockeeZ

            The benefit of having one more runner in scoring position is meaningless with power hitters like ARod and Granderson up in a miniature ballpark.

          • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

            If it works, it’s “bad decision, good results.” Like every time Nunez makes a play, that doesn’t make playing Nunez a good move, it just means you avoided the worst-case scenario (which hasn’t been happening so far for this team.)

  • Hummingbird S.

    Alex cant miss that pitch. Hanger, perfectly place in the middle of the zone.

    • Greg

      Dont blame Girardi at all for that move. Alex has been hot to begin the season and should have made contact with that ball.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Is your name Greg Girardi?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Girardi pushing all the wrong buttons. hope he hits the self destruct button next.

    • Hummingbird S.

      LOL

    • Chen Meng Wang

      I’m curious, only because I think managers are over rated in general, who would you want instead of Girardi? Obviously, somebody who is available.

      • Cy Pettitte

        I’d like to be consistent with what he was doing last year and before that. I feel like he’s making decisions this year he definitely wouldn’t have made last year.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    (This is for Retro Rob, and any the other 40-somethings)

    Woh-oh, Andino
    We could make it together
    The further from here, girl, the better
    Where the air is fresh and clean

    Hooh-hoooh, Andino
    Just take my hand and I’ll lead ya
    I promise life will be sweeter
    And it says so in my dreams

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Just one of those things. Everytime I hear his name, I think of that dopey song.

    • RetroRob

      Am I over 40? Let me check. Oh my god, you’re right!

      You can tell I’m over 40 because I wrote out “oh my god,” instead of writing OMG.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        Join the club, my friend.

        For the rest of you, you haven’t lived until you’ve had your prostate checked. BOOOOO-YAHHHHHHHH!

  • Will

    Argh! Arod was wayyyyy too anxious there. That 3-1 pitch was ball 4 down and in.

  • Sabathiasgut

    Of course. Every mistake always capitalized on

  • D-Rob da man

    Gardner gets that

  • Karl Krawfid

    Damn Grandy just missed a highlight reel catch.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nunez sucks jesus man.

  • Sabathiasgut

    Nunez is garbage

  • William Bonney

    Alex has that out. Good job, Girardi.

  • D-Rob da man

    Nunny again

  • D-Rob da man

    Chavez needs to be the backup at 3rd

  • Kostas

    Nunez is just a disaster. He should play evn more.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    The rotating DH would be tolerable if the fucking super sub CAN FIELD THE BALL. He can hit like Igelsias for all I care just do the one thing you’re brought to do.

    • Kostas

      Sad part is his offense is barely average.

      • Havok9120

        For what position? He’s above average for starting SS, he’s about average for 3B, and he’s well above average for most bench guys.

        Enough with the unthinking hatefest. Good grief.

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

    I don’t blame Nunez for that. Infield was in, tough play.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Mike, didn’t you get the memo? Nunez is to be granted zero leeway ever. He’s god awful, especially if he doesn’t convert any ball hit within thirty feet of him into an out. Any play he does make he should make anyway, and any hit he gets is to be forgotten right after it happens.

      • Jonathan

        Estimated games played at 3rd base in your lifetime: Zero

        • Chen Meng Wang

          Actually, it’s 7.

        • I’m sexy and I Cano it

          Chien Ming Wang is a pitcher, silly.

    • Jonathan

      Not for a legitimate major league 3rd baseman. It wasn’t hit hard and went off the middle of his glove. Must be made.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Well that’s irony for you when Mike is the sole defender of Nunez.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Fingers crossed for a DP.

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      Boom

  • William Bonney

    Wouldn’t want to play Alex in the field with a groundball pitcher on the mound. It seems Girardi just can’t do anything right.

    • Havok9120

      ……

      We can either play him everyday (this would be 4 days straight at 3rd, with 3 on turf) and then be pissed off when he gets hurt or we can rest him and accept the trade off.

  • Mike MzX

    Eduardo Nunez is a trainwreck defensively. He stinks. Why is Chavez not at 3rd if A-Rod is playing DH.

    • William Bonney

      It’s only because Matusz is a lefty and Joe is obsessed with left-righty matchups. I suspect against righties Chavez will be in there.

    • Johnny

      Because Girardi values offense over defense. I’d rather try Chavez over Nunez, even against lefties, but Girardi is clasping his binder tightly as we speak.

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

        Because Girardi values offense over defense.

        As he should. The day you start putting defense over offense is the day you turn into the Mariners.

  • Johnny

    Andy Pettitte:

    3IP
    2H
    1ER
    2K
    0BB

  • Cy Pettitte

    very nice Nova

  • Sabathiasgut

    Now don’t fuck it up anymore girardi

  • William Bonney

    That’s how you play 3rd base, Nunez.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      The last person I want Nunez taking notes from is Mark Reynolds.

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

    Heh, Darvish walked the first batter he faced on four pitches.

    • Havok9120

      Now that’s just funny.

    • Sarah

      Hah.

  • William Bonney

    Against lefties Joe just needs to play Gardner in LF, Jones DH, Alex 3B. Every now and then against lefties you rotate Jeter to DH and play Nunez at SS. Against righties is when you DH Alex and play Chavez at 3B. Gardner needs to play more often and Joe needs to stop managing like Mr. Burns.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Gardner has been a below average player against lefties, Nunez not so much.

  • Michaels’ Pineda

    Come on, Martin! Ducks on the pond

  • Cy Pettitte

    KLaw on twitter: “Got a text from a scout that Andy Pettitte was 85-87 in his outing tonight, very easy, with a plus change”

  • Bryan

    MLB gamecast has Matusz really being squeezed on the bottom of the zone. Confirm/deny

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Impossible for the opposing pitcher to get squeezed.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Thx, Reimold.

  • Michaels’ Pineda

    Deuces in the 4th!

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Oh, Captain, my Captain :)

  • Hummingbird S.

    Jeets, simply on fire.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Wow, Jeter is looking really good so far.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jete! crushed that.

  • flamingo

    Jeter’s on fire tonight.

  • Michaels’ Pineda

    The same people that wrote him off last year are singing to a different tune this year.

    • Havok9120

      Either that or they’ve disappeared completely. They’ll be back.

      • Michaels’ Pineda

        Unfortunately so…

  • mustang

    Not bad for 37 year old on the decline.

    Big smile on my face.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Same old bad Brian Matusz.

  • Pat D

    Pettitte just fell apart.

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      sadface

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Is it possible that Cashman’s grooming Nunez as a mid-season (or earlier) trade candidate? Seems there’d be plenty of teams looking for a 2B/SS/3B that can hit on par. More playing time, more looks, more interest? Just a thought.

    • Fin

      I think its more possible, they are hoping to see him play well enough to take more playing time at ss from Jeter.

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

    Yu’s getting lit up. By the Mariners. With no Jesus Montero.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Nolan really has egg on his face now, huh?

      • radnom

        Yes, 1/3 of a inning is enough time to judge a FA signing.

    • mustang

      If Montero were in maybe he wouldn’t be getting as lit up.

      LOL

      sorry couldn’t help it

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

      Sheesh, they’re getting the bullpen up already. One out in the first.

      • Havok9120

        Just walked in a run…..

        That’s a shame.

      • Fin

        Eh, I think its entirely possible that what the Yankees saw in the minor leagues and what they have seen in workouts ect. tells them that Nunez is a good defender and it should eventually translate to games. I doubt they give him the chances they plan on if there wasnt a lot of evidence pointing to him being able to do it. They arent well known for their patience with prospects and have had chances to trade him and passed them up.

    • RetroRob

      Three runs in the first and still going.

      That’s a season-worth of runs for Darvish in Japan.

    • Cy Pettitte

      he just imploded. 4 pitch walk with the bases loaded.

  • Johnny

    The Chronicles of Joseph Elliott Girardi, Manager (NYY, 2012)

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit?pli=1

    Thoughts and suggestions are welcome

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    WOW! JOE MADDON MUST HAVE CALLED HARDY BEFORE THE GAME AND TOLD HIM WHERE TO PLAY AGAINST CANO!

    DAMN YOU MADDON! DAMN YOU TO HELLLLllllllllllllaaaaahhhhh

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      LOUD NOISES

  • Bryan

    Woooooooooooo able to watch now! You would think with mlb.tv premium they’d allow you to wstch blacked out games.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow Yu is throwing a ton of pitches

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Hideki Irabu dominated in his first start in the states.

      DISCLAIMER: I am not comparing Hideki Irabu to Yu Darvish.

      • Holy Ghost

        Irabu had better stats than Nomo in Japanese baseball

  • Holy Ghost

    Darvish looks like a dud so far

    • Havok9120

      Means absolutely nothing.

      Still, I’m glad he’s their problem and not ours.

  • Hall and Nokes

    When did the Mariners get so patient at the plate? They’re killing Yu right now.

  • Johnny

    Darvish has been completely lit up. 1 out, bases loaded, 4 ER.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Do I remember a subscription internet service for Yankee games? 60 bucks? When I look around now all I find is the MLB.tv shit for $100-$125, but the trouble is, I don’t care about any other team. Is there a way I can buy/stream JUST NYY games?

    • flamingo

      I think you can, through YES, if you have one of their specified cable providers. I think I saw a link in the chat this past Friday.

      • Don’tcha Know?

        Damnit. No cable. Live in Cali. Crap. Really don’t want to shell out 125 dollars.

        • Sarah

          Worth it though.

        • flamingo

          I’d definitely shell out the $$$ for MLB.tv – only Yankees games are blacked out, so why should I bother?!

          • Don’tcha Know?

            Blacked out in NY or everywhere?

            • flamingo

              NY. If you’re in California, you shouldn’t have a problem.

            • BK2ATL

              Blacked out in Georgia…. What gives? I have YES all day, until the live games.

              • RetroRob

                Did you just get YES in GA? I thought the YES feed out of market doesn’t include the games, or maybe that’s only in markets that already have a MLB team. Not sure since I live in NY, but a friend of mine just relocated down south and he’s trying to figure out what package he has to buy that has both YES and Yankee games. He’s in a market that does not have a MLB team.

                • BK2ATL

                  I just recently switched to AT&T U-Verse and got the U-450 channel package. Comes with YES. Was able to see some ST games.

                  So far, no live games in the regular season, since all were broadcast on ESPN, MLB or TBS. Tonight was the 1st in which I thought I’d be able to catch it on YES.

    • Michaels’ Pineda

      I wonder the same thing. I love the Yankees, but I don’t mind seeing other games. I wish the YES Network could have an app for the smart phones and from there you can buy a year of baseball of just Yankee games.

  • StanfordBen

    Darvish: 1 IP, 4ER, 4H, 3BB, 2K, 42 pitches. Heh.

    • jon

      welcome to america

      ps youre facing the worst offensive team in the league

      • Havok9120

        That’s the only part that would worry me if I cared.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    On an interesting note, Darvish is having a bit of a struggle vs the mighty Mariners.

  • Pat D

    Go figure.

  • Johnny

    That’s good work Nunie!

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Nunie!!!!!!!!

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

    Check out Eduardo.

    • Bryan

      Greatest 3b ever

  • Cy Pettitte

    holy Nunie.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Well look who learned how to play defense this offseason!

  • mustang

    OMG !!!!

    Its the end of world!!!!!

  • Havok9120

    Nunez has heard your prayers, people of RAB.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    That makes me feel better about Robbie being robbed of an RBI single before.

  • William Bonney

    That Nunez kid is really talented. Great move by Joe putting him into today’s lineup.

  • Avi

    All you guys that wanted to pay $120MM for Darvish are geniuses wow!

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      I was firmly against going after Darvish, but even I can acknowledge that his first inning ever isn’t a fair sample size.

      • Avi

        Don’t worry, I’ll be here all season long to rub it in their faces.

    • Rookie

      So his first outing in a new league/new country is proof positive that those of us who thought/think it was smart to go after Darvish are idiots whereas CC’s almost identical performance in his first outing after two mediocre postseasons and multiple knee surgeries is irrelevant? Got it…

      I don’t think CC’s subpar first outing is particularly suggestive of what kind of year he’s likely to have. And I don’t think Darvish’s first outing is either.

      I gather Japanese baseball is roughly equivalent to AAA or a a little bit better. Darvish has dominated in Japanese baseball, averaging an ERA of 1.99, as I recall, for his entire career, and pitching to a 1.44 ERA while managing 10.7 strikeouts per 9 innings, a .838 WHIP, and only yielding .2 home runs per 9 innings, while pitching 232 innings in 2011 at age 24.

      If an American pitcher had done that in AAA, would you be equally dismissive if he had a lousy first start? Would you have done that with Strasberg or Matt Moore? That makes no sense to me.

      Darvish may not fully adjust to pitching every five days for two or three years. In fact, he may NEVER fully adjust to it and be a shadow of what he was pitching once a week in Japan or even destroy his arm trying to do it. But subject to that one extremely important caveat, I expect the same thing from Darvish that I would expect if he had done the same thing in AAA at the same ages. In other words, I expect a lot.

      But I log your vote that the verdict is in and that he’s a bust.

      I assume you, like most observers, think paying CC $142 million over the next six years makes more sense. As a Yankee fan, I hope so, although I think otherwise — primarily because of my concerns about CC’s knee(s). In any case, it’s certainly going to be interesting watching what Sabathia and Darvish do over the remaining five or six years of their respective contracts.

      Incidentally, what gives me more confidence as a Yankee fan is the young, high ceiling arms we have on the way — including Pineda, Campos, Depaula, Bashore, Banuelos, and Betances, not to mention Nova and Hughes. In my view, they’re the best rationale I can come up with for the Yankees not pursuing Darvish more aggressively.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Yu got served

  • Kostas

    Nunez?

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    The worst offense in baseball is bitch-slapping Darvish right now.

    Heh.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Oh, now it makes sense. They sat that lazy, god for nothing .200 batting Montero kid. Had get the ball and chain off their neck.

      • Fin

        Yep, seems there were no good moves to make this off season. Pineda, Darvish and Montero are all busts.

  • Michaels’ Pineda

    John Sterling on Nunies play…

    AHHH! You can’t predict baseball, Susan.

    • Pat D

      Did he really say it?

      • Michaels’ Pineda

        No. I’m just being a schmuck. lol

  • Cy Pettitte

    Noesi is doing his best Yu impression

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      ANDRUW!

  • RetroRob

    Do shifts only work for the Rays?

    • flamingo

      The baseball gods just don’t like teams who buy wins.

  • Pat D

    Stupid fucking shift.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Texas announcers are talking about Josh Hamilton’s tape measure home runs saying that the “Captain Morgan Club” way in the back of the park might not be out of reach. The awkward silence when they realized what they said was priceless.

    • Pat D

      Oopsies.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      LMFAO!

      That’s funny.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Haha, that’s funny.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Nova has a wicked hook tonight.

    • Havok9120

      He looks pretty darn good, even taking the fact that its Baltimore into account.

  • Pat D

    Huh. So why does the box score on the MiLB.com site say Pettitte threw an absolutely horrendous 4th inning?

  • LiterallyFigurative

    It seems like Nova was just messing with things in Spring Training. It looks like two completely different pitchers.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Cano is crazy good at turning 2

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Beautiful pitching by Nova.

  • D-Rob da man

    Cano has a cannon bet he could pitch with that arm.

    • jon

      i love to see him in right throwing out guys trying to go 1st to 3rd

  • jon

    I know its only the Os but 6 strike outs not bad for nova

  • BK2ATL

    This is the Nova that we expected!!! Nice to finally see a good start.

    • Fin

      Just another example of how meaningless ST is. Man, its hard to remember this kinda stuff when ST is actually taking place, and there is nothing else to go on.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        That’s why I barely bother watching spring training anymore. I used to get all worked up about the Mike Jerzembeck’s of the world, but eventually you’ve gotta realize that it’s impossible to track day to day progress.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    DRUW!

  • Chen Meng Wang

    ANDRUW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Andruw!

  • teddy

    andrew jones just jack one nice

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    What a shot!

  • Johnny

    So that’s what happens when Jones is left in to face a righty…

  • jon

    protip: do not throw jones a fastball

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    What is Sterling’s call for Andruw?

    • jon

      something like

      andrew jones makes his bones

    • flamingo

      Appalling stuff – Merry Andruw, and Keeping up with the Joneses.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        Oh, that’s right. I must have been blocking it out to keep my sanity.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      I forget the first half, but the second half is “he’s keeping up with the Jones'”

  • jon

    lol @ angry buck

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Honest question: does Andruw Jones have the most raw power of any player on the Yankees?

    • jon

      id say its between him teix and arod

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

      Yes, I’m convinced of it. Was saying it last year.

    • Johnny

      He’s definitely up there. Actually, looking at everyone—and this is anecdotal—I think the answer would be yes. I mean, he’s hit some monster shots. I think I remember one in Cincinatti that was loud? And he’s struck some big blows at Yankee Stadium too. He’s definitely impressive.

      As either Mike or Joe said in one of their articles, this outfield is loaded. It has to be the best in the majors, offensively AND defensively. And I’m discounting Ibanez. He’s not meant to be playing the outfield.

    • DM

      A-Rod by far. Jones swings as hard as he can every time. Alex can just meet the ball and elevate and it will carry out sometimes. That’s raw power.

  • Mike

    Maybe it’s “The Show” jitters but both Darvish and Noesi haven’t done so hot.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Is it moe or are the Yankees not striking out that much so far?

    • Needed Pitching

      insert 3 Stooges joke here

      • Karl Krawfid

        lol me***

  • mustang

    Noesi not exactly having a park in the park either, but he is facing the rangers

    • mustang

      WOW!

      A walk in the park!!!!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    #chinstrap

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nunie teach Gardy how to do that

  • LiterallyFigurative

    This Nunez kid really stinks man!

    Gedimouddahea!

  • RetroRob

    Somewhere, the Scooter smiles.

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      Like

  • Pat D

    Where’s that Nunez losing his helmet picture?

  • jon

    first lost helmet of the year!

    • Havok9120

      He did it in Tampa as well I believe.

  • Greg

    Here comes the bunt

    • RetroRob

      Girardi refused to stop bunting until he gave up at least one out.

      • Needed Pitching

        you sure that was Girardi.
        I’m guessing Jeter may have done that on his own

        • Havok9120

          He usually is doing it on his own, or so the beat writers tell us.

          But screw that, it’s Crush Girardi Week.

        • RetroRob

          It’s possible, but my bet’s on Joe.

          • Needed Pitching

            my bet is Joe didn’t call either bunt

  • D-Rob da man

    Nunny the new gritner

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Ok Jeter, that wasn’t cool.

  • V

    3/3, sac bunt. Yep, same old, same old. GAH.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Jeets…you’re 3-3. don’t bunt. Nunez is an average offensive player, he’s fine bunting. You’re supposed to be a superstar offensively. Swing the bat.

  • flamingo

    I don’t understand – he’s three-for-three tonight and he’s got over 3,000 hits. What will convince this guy that he doesn’t need to bunt? I hate giving away outs.

    • Greg

      But again, if you say that, you cant criticize Joe for sending the runners in the first inning when A-Rod was getting pitched to. You can’t have it both ways

      • flamingo

        Except I don’t think Joe had anything to do with this. Jeter just likes to sacrifice.

      • Havok9120

        Its pretty well documented that Jeets does that on his own 95% of the time.

  • Preston

    I liked the Nunez bunt. Hated the Jeter bunt.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Can’t tell… Was that TWO bunts in a row?

    • RetroRob

      Yes. Nunez messed up Girardi’s plan by actually getting a hit with him bunt, so then Jeter bunted to chew up the out.

      • LiterallyFigurative

        Damn that Nunez…always doing something wrong.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Swishawalk

    • Havok9120

      It was in Garbage Time ™ anyway.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    I know it’s only one start, but I’m really happy that Nova had/is having a good outing tonight. I feel like he’s going to have a great year, spring training aside.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Bases loaded…..Cano up.

    Countdown to blowout……..

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    There’s no way Darvish’s hair color is natural right?

    • RetroRob

      He’s a froster.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Jeter’s bunting just kills me. I don’t understand how such a smart player can have such a huge blind spot.

    • Tom

      Not watching the game… I assume Jeter was doing it on his own and it was the ol’ bunt for a hit and if it doesn’t work at least you move the runners?

      It wasn’t a straight sacrifice was it?

      • Needed Pitching

        Looked like the try for a hit, settle for a dumb ass sac play

        • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

          if that was a try for a hit it was a pretty sad attempt.

          • Needed Pitching

            as Jeter’s bunts in similar situations frequently are

      • Havok9120

        No, he was going for a hit. He didn’t miss by too much either, just a little too hard.

        • Tom

          Thanks guys.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Oh, Sterling how I hate you’re excitement.

  • flamingo

    God, Sterling just about gave me a heart attack there.

  • Michaels’ Pineda

    Say it Ken. Payback is a bitch

  • Preston

    The O’s can’t buy an out right now and jeter gave them one, insane.

    • flamingo

      This. It’s ridiculous.

      • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

        And yet it may be decades before an announcer criticizes ‘small ball.’ Yet to hear it happen, not holding my breath.

        • Havok9120

          The guys on MESN came pretty close. They were all like “why do the Yankees bunt so much?”

  • William Bonney

    Man, so close to 3 runs.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Ouch. Really, Robbie?

  • Johnny

    That’s what happens when you give away an out. Did Girardi call for that bunt, or was that a decision #2 made on his own?

    • Chen Meng Wang

      I’m thinking Jeter on his own, he does it a lot and I don’t understand why.

      • I’m sexy and I Cano it

        It’s one of Jeter’s many intangibles.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    how many base loaded situations is that left empty on the season?

    i know, robbie did just miss a HR by a couple ft.

  • mustang

    Jeter’s bunt really stupid!!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Jeter playing short and third today.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    The 100M man from Japan has given up 5 runs in 2 IP.

    Welcome to the AL, tomodachi.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    This is a big at bat. Reynolds runs into ‘em now and again. 2 outs, bad play by nunez, little roller, can’t leave one up Nova.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    Whew, feel like Nova got away with one there. And exhale.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Nova’s at 78 pitches in the game…how long do you think they let him go?

    • Greg

      One more

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      79.

    • Havok9120

      Not sure what he topped out at in the Spring. I think he’ll send Nova out for the 7th.

      • RetroRob

        He’s primed to go 90+ if need be.

    • BK2ATL

      One more inning. Weaker part of lineup coming up.

      Strangely enough, on mlb.com Gameday. In the midst of Nova vs. Reynolds at-bat, in the pitch call box to the left, a quote popped up stating, and I’m paraphrasing “Scout: Nova is receiving generous strike calls in this inning.”

      Never saw that before.

      • Johnny

        That Scout commentary they’ve added is atrocious. It’s just canned one-liners that pop up when a certain situation occurs.

  • Countryclub

    While i generally agree with you guys about the bunts, the majority of people in baseball do not. That doesn’t mean we’re wrong. But there’s no reason to get so frustrated when you know what’s going to happen before it happens.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      a lot of times managers use the bunt to clear the guy at the plate somewhat productively. If the guy at the dish cant hit Pitcher X to save his life, then sacrifice and get to the next guy with the man in scoring position. Or if the guy at the plate is a double play waiting to happen because he has no speed, hits too many grounders, or both. Or maybe the hitter is banged up and/or not swinging the bat well and you just want a productive out from him.

      The bunt is much maligned, and while its not a great idea to ever give up outs you have to consider the skill sets of the players involved. Fans just react to it in a knee jerk way without knowing the SRs of the pitcher and hitter.

      • CP

        if the guy at the plate is a double play waiting to happen because he has … hits too many grounders

        Like Jeter?

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

          Ahem…no comment

  • flamingo

    Nova weathered that one well!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    So someone found a missing phone? Awesome.

    4 games into the season, is Kay really out of stuff to talk about?

    • Chen Meng Wang

      One thing I’m happy about with listening to the game on the radio is I prefer Sterling to Kay. Definitely prefer Kay’s supporting cast to Waldman, but beggars cant be choosers.

      • RetroRob

        I don’t know. I mentioned yesterday, but I’ve caught about a total of four or five innings, two different games, on the radio as I was driving to start the season, and there were four cases in those few innings of Sterling going into his HR call, and not one of the balls left the park. I think one was foul, and three were caught for outs.

        He’s a tease who leaves me flaccid.

        • Chen Meng Wang

          Kay thinks wins are the end all be all for judging pitchers. I remember him being livid that King Felix won it a couple years ago, and he also thinks he’s right about everything and refuses to be reasoned with.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    So this Mark Teixera is pretty good at baseball, eh?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Grandy back to crushing lefties

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Gritty, so gritty.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      He’s the Gritty, Gutty Brett Gardner (GGBG)

      • I’m sexy and I Cano it

        Also gutsy. And caucasian.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Brett Gardner!! against a LEFTY!

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Gardner hitting a lefty?! GASP!

  • mike_h

    Gregg their closer is coming in, in a non close situation

    • http://www.twitter.com/WashngtonYankee Alex C.

      Jim Johnson is their closer.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    3 game losing streak? Manager’s an idiot? Can’t beat the shift?

    Answer-Play Baltimore. Works every time.

    • Michaels’ Pineda

      Amen, brother

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Oh, and one more thing.

      Start Ivan Nova: AKA The Stopper

      • Havok9120

        We’re in line to keep the streak intact.

      • Michaels’ Pineda

        I really felt that Nova should’ve been the number 2 starter in this rotation.

  • William Bonney

    Gardner can’t hit lefties. Yeah, we can’t play him vs lefties.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      By your logic(he succeeded at something once) we shouldn’t pitch Mo any more(he failed at something once, so clearly he can’t do it.)

    • Havok9120

      I like Gardner enough to want to play him against lefties, but your logic is as faulty as mine.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Good time to take off.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Note: I still think that Martin looks like Herc from The Wire

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      My wife watches that awful show “Breakout Kings” that he is on now. They do look a bit alike.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    WIPE THAT SMILE OFF YIUR FACE SWISHER, YOU FUCKUP!!!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Well, you still have a pretty good screen name.

  • Preston

    Wilson Betemit doubles, Nick Swisher Error. Trade Fail.

    • Havok9120

      I laughed.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Well done.

  • D-Rob da man

    Swisher with a beer league play.

  • Avi

    Poll Question:
    Would you trade Pineda for Noesi?

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

      Not the even Noesi’s mother would say yes to that.

      • Havok9120

        Watch them.

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

          Heh, I changed my comment. Your response makes no sense now.

    • RetroRob

      I might think about it if you threw in Montero, but no.

      • RetroRob

        …and just as I wrote that, I flipped over to MLB.com to watch Noesi give up a three-run jack. Five runs in less than three innings for Noesi. In the process, he let Darvish off the hook for the loss.

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      Yes, if for nothing else than the shits and giggles.

  • Havok9120

    That was a heck of a curveball.

  • V

    The defense is Bad News Bears’ing it.

  • Havok9120

    Gardner had him. Ugh.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Ugh, Davis would’ve been toast if Cano keeps his eye on the ball.

  • Hummingbird S.

    I really dont like that Nova gave up 6 extra base hits, but at least he’s improving from his awful spring.

    • Preston

      The last two doubles shouldn’t have been doubles.

  • Johnny

    MLB.com Gameday lists Chris Davis as “C. Davis” and whenever I see “C. Davis” I think of Chili Davis. For a second there I was like, “Oh, Chili Davis is playing!” :)

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      I always did the same thing with Dioner Navarro, thinking it was Dave Navarro.

  • D-Rob da man

    Chicken and beer errr thats the redsox

  • William Bonney

    Time to start warming Cory Wade.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    Scout: Nova got screwed on that call.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Scout is such a stupid addition to Gameday.

      • Johnny

        Yeah, you can turn it off though. Click on the cog in the top right corner of Gameday.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          Nice, thanks for the heads up.

  • D-Rob da man

    Sori time soon

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    What a pitch.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    …Susan Waldman is amazed that you can order pizza online. I hate her oh so much.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      she’s still talking about it.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Haha I’m surprised that she and Sterling are even aware of the internet’s existence

    • Cy Pettitte

      someone should order 50 pizzas to the booth as a prank

      • Chen Meng Wang

        That would be incredible.

  • D-Rob da man

    Sickest hook of the night

  • Cy Pettitte

    nasty curve, took Andino a second to process what just happened lol

  • Johnny

    Nova’s been striking them out. Seven thus far, one an inning.

  • Havok9120

    HECK of a curveball.

    I know they’ve tagged him pretty well, but darn does Nova look good.

  • pistol pete

    All Nova ever does is win. And to think he was replaced by Hughes last year when he was 8 and 4 and sent back to triple A after Hughes was awful when he started. Again this spring Hughes gets the 3rd starter spot after a few good innings in the spring and Nova only gets in the rotation after Pineda gets hurt or he probably would have been shuttled to Triple A again, unbelievable.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      I really think that Nova would have been the four/five guy if Pineda was healthy:
      CC
      Kuroda
      Hughes
      Pineda
      Nova

    • Fin

      Nah, I think its pretty clear Freddy would have been out. IF everyone stayed healthy and Petite was ready to go, then Nova would have been in trouble.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        Yeah, Andy’s the one who really makes it tough. But I will take Nova over Hughes every day of the week.

        • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

          I admit to being pleasantly surprised by how good Nova has worked his off speed stuff/located fastball tonight (cept against Wieters, who is locked in today). I thought he’d be around quality start material at best to start off. But the whole ‘All he does is win’ narrative is tired – as it is for any pitcher. He + the other 8 guys on the field + the same guys hitting won. He pitched well, he got 6 runs of support = win.

          • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

            You’re right, but guys like him who limit walks and generate grounders get under rated by some folks who think you need to miss bats to be successful. Guys like Nova can save your bullpen every 5 days and win oodles of games on a team like the Yanks. Is he and ace? No, but you need guys like him on a staff. Its a lot like the arguments we all had over Wang a few years ago. Not an ace, but underrated and unappreciated by some.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Nova could go another inning but it looks like Girardi is putting Soriano in next inning.

    • Havok9120

      I have nothing against that. Nova’s looked good, but he’s given up a ton of hits so it isn’t like he’s been cruising.

  • Cy Pettitte

    awesome job by Nova, minimized the damage every time he got i trouble. I’ll take 7IP 2ER from him any day.

  • D-Rob da man

    Nova supernova again nice job

  • William Bonney

    Well pitched game by Nova. Now turn it over to the pen.

  • Bryan

    What is the pitch count?

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

      Only 92. Send him back out there.

  • Cy Pettitte

    1st “look out” of the season

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    Beautiful, 7 inning 91 pitch, 2 run outing by Nova.

    I think Hughes was at 91 pitches in the 4th inning yesterday.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Beautiful is a little bit of an overstatement in my opinion, and I’m a huge Nova fan. He did give up a lot of extra base hits…

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        Throwing the ball well, throwing strikes, no walks, challenging hitters. That’s what I mean.

        He did give up 10 hits, but he gets plenty of ground balls so I always have confidence he’s one pitch away from getting out of trouble.

      • RetroRob

        Two of the extra base hits were on the Yankees defense, and several of the other hits were on ground balls. Solid game. I’ll take it. I still view Nova as a #4 starter who has the ability to move up to a #3.

    • pistol pete

      Hughes can’t get the third strike past a couple of innings. He should be in the bullpen and I hope he’s the odd man out when Pettitte returns. He kills the bullpen because he has high pitch counts since he doesn’t seem to have any out pitches anymore. Since the All Star break in 2010 he’s been simply awful. Nova just wins more and Freddy is very steady and can give you 7 innings. I’d start CC Andy Kudora Nova and Freddy, Hughes to the pen, he can take the spot that Joba was going to have.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    92 pitches over 7 innings and NOT ONE WALK. Not to mention the somewhat sloppy defense. Tip of the cap to Rockstar Supernova.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    That’s a great piece of hitting by Jeter.

  • Tom

    7K’s no walks…

    Nova can get away with giving up a lot of hits if he’s not walking anyone (and especially if he’s mixing in the K’s). And if he’s getting groundballs it means 1 or 2 of those hits will probably be wiped away on a DP.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      I totally agree. When you keep the ball on the ground contact isn’t such a bad thing.

      That said, the left side of our infield could hurt Nova in the future.

      • jon

        you mean jeter

        arod is was pretty fantastic out there last year

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, we’ve seen plenty of guys make careers out of games like that.

  • flamingo

    Four-for-four! Not a bad night!

    • Tom

      Seems like unless Mo has worked a bunch recently (and he hasn’t), Girardi now use him at a 4 run lead or less.

      That said given there is a lefty up to lead off for the O’s, I would not at all be surprised if he went to Logan and then played the… well I just leave him in there until someone gets on game. (not saying this is smart, just that it wouldn’t surprise me)

      • Tom

        gosh darn… reply button thingy….

  • Michaels’ Pineda

    Now batting, Number 2, Derek “4 for 4″ Jeter

  • Chen Meng Wang

    OMG they’re talking about the ordering pizza online again!!!!!!!!!!!! SHOOT ME!

  • Johnny

    Derek Jeter can’t stop hitting

  • Kostas

    It is just not the same in here without all the Jeter is done talk. That constant reminder that the Captain sucks and can’t hit anymore. So confusing.

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      Don’t worry, the “Jeter is done” crowd will be back. With weapons.

      • Kostas

        Sad that you are so right. And I thought a Cocker Spaniel had a short attention span.

  • William Bonney

    See Joe, you don’t need to bunt. Beautiful hit and run by Jete.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    See, Swisher is useless in clutch spots.

    /confirmation biased’d

  • Rudy

    Can’t help but wonder what happens in early May when Pettitte and Pineda are ready to go…..

    • William Bonney

      Nova’s clinched a spot. They better not mess with him again. Jesus, haven’t they learned from Hughes and Joba? Just let him be. Freddy goes to the pen for Andy. If Hughes struggles he’ll be in the pen for Pineda.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        Sounds about right.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      My best guess is Hughes is still struggling to keep the pitch count down, so he gets sent to the bullpen, Rapada is DFA’d opening up a spot to which ever is ready first. and poor Sweaty Freddy gets traded or something to open up room for the other.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Don’t worry, Hughes will break something sooner or later. He sprained his ankle in rehab, and players who get injured in rehab are the very definition of injury prone. This is a guy who broke a rib from pitching. Even Nick Johnson never did that.

    • Fin

      If Pineda is ready to go, and throwing with last years velocity there are no worries, as he is better than which ever pitcher he replaces. Petite has been my concern all a long as its very possible he is not better than the pitcher he replaces. It could still end up bad and unfair to Nova.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      What a wonderful problem to have that would be.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        Yes, we all get that but he’s asking what the answer is.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Any answer would be absolute speculation at this point. We have no idea what’s going to happen. Could you have predicted Kuroda’s first start?

          I still maintain that, if everyone is looking strong by the time Pettitte comes back and, if Pettitte and Pineda happen to come back at the same time, Pettitte should stay in the pen. He came back because he missed it all, didn’t he? It shouldn’t matter what role he plays, then.

          Of course, that won’t happen, and what probably happens will wind up being pretty obvious and uncontroversial when it does. There. That’s my guess.

          • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

            Ugh…your guess stinks. Sorry I asked.

            :)

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Yeah, I thought so too.

  • Johnny

    The Orioles home broadcast commentators seem to think Gardner doesn’t have a good throwing arm. Just making stuff up in the booth, I guess.

    • TomH

      I’m not so sure about that. Earlier, Palmer said Gardner was a first-rate left-fielder. Normally, those guys are pretty fair towards the Yankees. There’s no doubt that they’re O’s supporters, but they’re not gross homers like some guys (e.g., that egregious White Sox guy).

    • Havok9120

      To be fair, they’ve been pretty good tonight. A ton better than Tampa’s guys.

  • Pat D

    Eduardo Nunez is The Most Frustrating Player in the World.

  • V

    1st pitch double plays are so depressing.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Really, swinging at the first pitch?

  • Tom Q

    Wasn’t there a stretch last year when loading the bases with less than two outs seemed to be kryptonite for the team?

    If so, it’s back.

  • Sabathiasgut

    Nit picking but cmom A Rod, look at a pitch

  • Cy Pettitte

    how is this game not 15-2

  • Dino Velvet

    BWHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH

    Big PApi just got thrown out attempting to steal 2nd base.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Botched hit and run?

    • flamingo

      This night has been pretty awesome.

    • Johnny

      That play came from Valentine’s binder. Valentine just likes to laugh, so he engineers scenarios where crazy stuff happens.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Had to be a hit and run. No way he’s trying to steal.

  • Johnny

    I’m surprised that Girardi is bringing Robertson in with a four-run lead.

    • Greg

      He wants this win. Badly

    • TomH

      I agree about the choice of Robertson, but he’s probably right to take Nova out now. He was showing some signs of fatigue, and it’s best he go out with flags flying.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      I dunno, he’s only pitched one inning this year. You wanna get him regular work at the start of the year to get him in rhythm.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Just keeping him fresh, I’m guessing. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Mo in the 9th either.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Yes! Get me some fantasy points, D-Rob!

    • Michaels’ Pineda

      I lol’d at your screen name.

      • I’m sexy and I Cano it

        I’ve got a bag full of creative screen names. Stay tuned for more.

  • Michaels’ Pineda

    Birthday boy

  • Johnny

    So, Gameday says that D-Rob throws cutters rather than 4-seamers. Is that pretty much fact now? That he’s putting a cut on the ball? I thought they were just straight 4-seams.

    • Havok9120

      Everyone’s saying he “added” a cutter. Whether that’s true or not, I can’t say.

    • DM

      Both. He cuts some of them. He started doing that more last year.

  • Bryan

    Wow Nick is piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissed

  • Pat D

    Markakis tempted fate there.

  • flamingo

    Why is Gameday telling me DRob threw like seven straight cutters? Did he?

    • Johnny

      That’s what I’m wondering. The Gameday book on Robertson says that he throws cutters, apparently.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      I think their is just so much movement on his fastball that Gameday reads it as a cutter. BC the other day the same thing was happening for me.

      • Chen Meng Wang

        there* wow…I’m usually really good with that.

      • flamingo

        That makes sense.

        Gameday still needs an overhaul, though.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Singleton’s right, complain about the 3-1 if you want but that looked like a good strike.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      My mistake, that was off the plate.

  • Bryan

    Yes Markakis is right. It was a ball. That said, it was close enough he probably should have fouled it off.

  • William Bonney

    Shouldn’t have shown him up the pitch prior, Markakis.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Adam Jones got wrecked.

  • Cy Pettitte

    DRob padding his K/9

  • Pinstripes in Cali

    D-Rob looks absolutely NASTY right now.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Wonderful job by Nova tonight. Made Spring Training seem like ages ago. Keep it up.

    Is there an alternate universe blog somewhere out there which show me the actual game thread if Darvish pulled what he did in pinstripes tonight? I’d be interested in seeing that.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      alot of “Kei Igawa 2.0″s and a hole lot of “Cash is terrible” “what a waste of money” “Send him back to Japan” “This is Bullshit” “Our rotation is garbage” “we should’ve signed Wilson” just to name a few things.

  • Johnny

    Can’t wait until the home opener. I love that whistling tune that comes on when the Yankees strike a batter out. And D-Rob rings them up like a boss.

    • flamingo

      Sponsored by PC Richard and Sons!

  • Sabathiasgut

    Curve all in the dirt please

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Fucking Matt Wieters

    • Chen Meng Wang

      He’s going to be an absolute BEAST.

      • I’m sexy and I Cano it

        Yup. He’s gonna live up to all that hype he had.

  • Johnny

    Somebody find Cashman and tell him to buy this Wieters character.

  • Bryan

    The Baltimore announcers keep stating that Robertson is throwing cutters. Either they are lookin at gamecast or people see the movement and believe cutter.

    • RetroRob

      Fastball and curve. They’re probably trying to figure out why hitters can’t catch up with his fastball so maybe they’re assuming it’s cutting.

    • Havok9120

      Mo is apparently throwing sliders according to them, so what the heck?

  • Sabathiasgut

    Throw something besides the fastball

  • mike_h

    come on DRob, you started off so good, get the out here already

  • Greg

    John Wetteland 2.0

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I can see that. Sure.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Nothing’s ever simple with K-Rob

  • Johnny

    Somebody decipher Paul Schrieber’s zone tonight. If it’s low and a foot off the plate it’s a strike; if it’s high and half an inch off it’s a ball.

  • MB

    Do anything but BB him.

  • MB

    Alright Davey boy, there ya go.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Time for a curve!

  • Knoxvillain

    You couldn’t strike out the side? You couldn’t? You and Jeter. You both suck!

  • Sabathiasgut

    Thank you for swinging at ball 4

  • Cy Pettitte

    did he just really throw 28 straight fastballs? makes no sense.

  • MB

    I guess Mo for the 9th despite it being a non-save situation. Don’t really matter, let’s just get the W please. If the O’s score 4 runs in the 9th, I just might break my computer lol

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Teixiera arrogantly hits into the shift.

    *sarcasm*

    • Havok9120

      Good stuff.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I wish I didn’t have to throw the “sarcasm” in there.

  • flamingo

    GOD SUSAN STOP TALKING ABOUT ONLINE ORDERS

  • Don’tcha Know?

    I am projecting that Teixera will be a sub .230 hitter on the year . . .

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Watching Stop throw hurts my shoulder

  • Gonzo

    What if Campos was the only good player to come out of the Montero trade?

    Deep thoughts by Jack Handey.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You never know.

      • Gonzo

        So true.

  • MB

    If interested, Boston has the tying run at 2nd in the 9th with 0 out. I hope they do tie it only to see their bullpen blow it again.

    • The Scheister

      Buck Foston!

  • mike_h

    bring in Mo

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Enter Sandman.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    Ugh, that bum Mariano is coming in.

    No way he can hold a 4 run lead. We’re screwed.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You know there’s a least one person out there who wonders whether this was sarcasm or not.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        That’s their problem.

        Everyone knows I’m dead serious(ducks)

      • Gonzo

        In response to Steve S.

        Do you know who you’re talking about? What are you crazy?

        Also, the person plying first base is Stanley Hoo. I think you are getting confused and thinking I am saying W-H-O instead of H-O-O. I can understand the confusion. He’s quite good too.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Lol, 54.00 ERA for Mo.

  • jon

    who is this kid with the 54 ERA?

    send him down

  • radnom

    lol Nunez

  • Sabathiasgut

    This shit aint funny anymore

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Jesus Christ

    At least he tracked it down.

  • The Scheister

    I could watch Nuney play every night, for laughs at least. WTF was that?

  • RetroRob

    Are we going to get: What’s Wrong With Mo Week? out of the way right away?

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      Yes: We? just might?

      • RetroRob

        I?Hope?So?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Are we going to have “Mo is finished” week early this year?

  • Sabathiasgut

    Hit hard

  • Robinson Tilapia

    That’s the way you do it. Yankees win!

  • flamingo

    Heh, Sterling didn’t have the strength to muster up his “Theeeee Yankees win!” call.

  • mike_h

    yankees finally win!!!!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Start spreading the news!

    Looks like the umps somehow disrespected Flanny.

    • Tom

      I see what you did there!

  • MB

    There we go Bombers

  • RetroRob

    I wonder what they’re annoyed at. Perhaps the Orioles think that last ball was trapped.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Russell probably said something to Andino. He does that sometimes.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      After a 3-0 start, they began to realize they’re still the Baltimore Orioles. That’d piss me off too.

      • Chen Meng Wang

        I laughed.

    • MB

      Yeah I don’t get it either RetroRob

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it
  • Chen Meng Wang

    and I so thought we were going to go 0-162.

    • RetroRob

      Perfection destroyed.

  • Rudy

    Whoa…I just noticed in the interview with Jeter that Mary has some huge knockers

  • BK2ATL

    Sweet victory!!! Nice to finally get one on the board. Let’s start a new streak!!!

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      Sweeeeeeeet, sweet victory, yeah.

  • Alfredo4

    What was Andino mad at?

    • MB

      No word yet.

      • MB

        Andino just quoted:

        “I didn’t hear anything to be honest with you,” … “I was just worried about tripping; I was concentrating on my steps so I wouldn’t trip. I think [manager Buck Showalter] had the loudest one.”

        My guess is that when he was coming towards home plate on the last play of the game, perhaps he thought Martin was going to go over to trip him.

        • Midland TX

          Jack Curry just cited Brittany Ghiroli’s tweet that Martin confronted Andino about tipping pitch location.

    • BK2ATL

      Martin busted him out for tipping pitches. Got a feeling a ball will go flying over his head or into his ribs before this series is over. Martin played it off well after the game.

  • Bacciagaloop

    Justin maxwell just went yard for stros. Should have been on our 25 man

    • Pinstripes in Cali

      no no no, old washed up has-beens like Ibanez are far superior to taking a chance on young talent.

    • Havok9120

      No. No he should not have. He has no spot on the team even if you think his egregious K rate would hold steady in the majors.

      • mustang

        Why even bother?

  • SevenAces

    What a bust!

    No more 0-162…