Apr
09

Game Four: Just Win

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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.

Categories : Game Threads

613 Comments»

  1. Naved says:

    Haha I guess the topic title.

  2. RetroRob says:

    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.

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

    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)

  4. Monterowasdinero says:

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

  5. Pat D says:

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

    Only 74 more days until blessed termination!!!

  6. Manny's BanWagon says:

    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.

  7. Mike HC says:

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

  8. Hummingbird S. says:

    Jeets, all sorts of awesome against southpaws

    • RetroRob says:

      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.

  9. Johnny says:

    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.)

  10. Chen Meng Wang says:

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

  11. jjyank says:

    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.

  12. Mike Axisa says:

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

  13. Johnny says:

    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 ).

  14. Johnny says:

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

  15. Chen Meng Wang says:

    TEX is a bum!!!! oh, wait…

  16. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  17. Bryan says:

    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 says:

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

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

    Right Handed Teixiera > Left Handed Teixiera

  19. Steve S. says:

    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 says:

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

      • Steve S. says:

        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 says:

          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.

  20. karel capek says:

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

  21. mustang says:

    This is the way it should be!

  22. Kevin G. says:

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

  23. Karl Krawfid says:

    3-1 check swing. Come on buddy.

  24. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  25. William Bonney says:

    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.

  26. RetroRob says:

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

  27. Kevin G. says:

    Wilson “Name three better utility infielders” has returned!

  28. Karl Krawfid says:

    Andy is pitching btw. Tampa Yanks.

    • Steve S. says:

      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)

  29. Chen Meng Wang says:

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

    • Johnny says:

      Yes.

    • Steve S. says:

      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 says:

        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.

  30. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  31. flamingo says:

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

  32. Bryan says:

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

  33. Johnny says:

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

  34. jjyank says:

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

  35. Mykey says:

    Nova looks good after one. 94 with movement.

  36. Mike HC says:

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

  37. Chen Meng Wang says:

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

  38. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  39. mustang says:

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

  40. Johnny says:

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

    Is it possible he’s right?

  41. Don'tcha Know? says:

    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?

  42. Brian says:

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

  43. Mike HC says:

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

  44. Bryan says:

    Wieters. He will be good this year.

  45. Pat D says:

    Fucknuts.

  46. Chen Meng Wang says:

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

  47. D-Rob da man says:

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

  48. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  49. Hummingbird S. says:

    great slider there..

  50. Chen Meng Wang says:

    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.

  51. mustang says:

    Nice! One mistake and move on.

  52. Pat D says:

    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 says:

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

      • Johnny says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

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

      • I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

        He blatantly said that he “loves” Fidel Castro.

    • Bryan says:

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

      • Fin says:

        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 says:

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

    • RetroRob says:

      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 says:

      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.

  53. Chen Meng Wang says:

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

  54. Bryan says:

    Has Jeter had any hits in the air yet?

  55. Johnny says:

    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.

    • Mike Axisa says:

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

      • Johnny says:

        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 says:

        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.

    • StanfordBen says:

      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.

  56. mustang says:

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

  57. Hummingbird S. says:

    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.

  58. Bryan says:

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

  59. JobaWockeeZ says:

    All I want to do is laugh.

    • Havok9120 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  60. William Bonney says:

    Alex was really fooled there.

  61. Greg says:

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

  62. flamingo says:

    Those double plays are the absolute worst.

  63. Mike Axisa says:

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

    • Greg says:

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

      • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

        It’s still a stupid decision.

        • Greg says:

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

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            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 says:

            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.)

  64. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  65. Cy Pettitte says:

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

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      LOL

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      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 says:

        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.

  66. Steve S. says:

    (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

  67. Will says:

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

  68. Sabathiasgut says:

    Of course. Every mistake always capitalized on

  69. D-Rob da man says:

    Gardner gets that

  70. Karl Krawfid says:

    Damn Grandy just missed a highlight reel catch.

  71. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nunez sucks jesus man.

  72. Sabathiasgut says:

    Nunez is garbage

  73. William Bonney says:

    Alex has that out. Good job, Girardi.

  74. D-Rob da man says:

    Nunny again

  75. D-Rob da man says:

    Chavez needs to be the backup at 3rd

  76. Kostas says:

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

  77. JobaWockeeZ says:

    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 says:

      Sad part is his offense is barely average.

      • Havok9120 says:

        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.

  78. Mike Axisa says:

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

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

    Fingers crossed for a DP.

  80. William Bonney says:

    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 says:

      ……

      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.

  81. Mike MzX says:

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

    • William Bonney says:

      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 says:

      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.

  82. Johnny says:

    Andy Pettitte:

    3IP
    2H
    1ER
    2K
    0BB

  83. Cy Pettitte says:

    very nice Nova

  84. Sabathiasgut says:

    Now don’t fuck it up anymore girardi

  85. William Bonney says:

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

  86. Mike Axisa says:

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

  87. William Bonney says:

    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.

  88. Michaels' Pineda says:

    Come on, Martin! Ducks on the pond

  89. Cy Pettitte says:

    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”

  90. Bryan says:

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

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

    Thx, Reimold.

  92. Michaels' Pineda says:

    Deuces in the 4th!

  93. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Oh, Captain, my Captain :)

  94. Hummingbird S. says:

    Jeets, simply on fire.

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

    Wow, Jeter is looking really good so far.

  96. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jete! crushed that.

  97. flamingo says:

    Jeter’s on fire tonight.

  98. Michaels' Pineda says:

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

  99. mustang says:

    Not bad for 37 year old on the decline.

    Big smile on my face.

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

    Same old bad Brian Matusz.

  101. Pat D says:

    Pettitte just fell apart.

  102. Don'tcha Know? says:

    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 says:

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

  103. Mike Axisa says:

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

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      Nolan really has egg on his face now, huh?

    • mustang says:

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

      LOL

      sorry couldn’t help it

    • Mike Axisa says:

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

      • Havok9120 says:

        Just walked in a run…..

        That’s a shame.

      • Fin says:

        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 says:

      Three runs in the first and still going.

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

    • Cy Pettitte says:

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

  104. Johnny says:

    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

  105. Steve S. says:

    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

  106. Bryan says:

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

  107. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow Yu is throwing a ton of pitches

    • I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

      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.

  108. Holy Ghost says:

    Darvish looks like a dud so far

  109. Hall and Nokes says:

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

  110. Johnny says:

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

  111. Don'tcha Know? says:

    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 says:

      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? says:

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

        • Sarah says:

          Worth it though.

        • flamingo says:

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

          • Don'tcha Know? says:

            Blacked out in NY or everywhere?

            • flamingo says:

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

            • BK2ATL says:

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

              • RetroRob says:

                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 says:

                  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 says:

      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.

  112. StanfordBen says:

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

  113. LiterallyFigurative says:

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

  114. Pat D says:

    Go figure.

  115. Johnny says:

    That’s good work Nunie!

  116. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Nunie!!!!!!!!

  117. Mike Axisa says:

    Check out Eduardo.

  118. Cy Pettitte says:

    holy Nunie.

  119. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Well look who learned how to play defense this offseason!

  120. mustang says:

    OMG !!!!

    Its the end of world!!!!!

  121. Havok9120 says:

    Nunez has heard your prayers, people of RAB.

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

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

  123. William Bonney says:

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

  124. Avi says:

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

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

    • Rookie says:

      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.

  125. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Yu got served

  126. Kostas says:

    Nunez?

  127. Steve S. says:

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

    Heh.

  128. Michaels' Pineda says:

    John Sterling on Nunies play…

    AHHH! You can’t predict baseball, Susan.

  129. Cy Pettitte says:

    Noesi is doing his best Yu impression

  130. RetroRob says:

    Do shifts only work for the Rays?

  131. Pat D says:

    Stupid fucking shift.

  132. Stratman9652 says:

    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.

  133. Monterowasdinero says:

    Nova has a wicked hook tonight.

  134. Pat D says:

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

  135. LiterallyFigurative says:

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

  136. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Cano is crazy good at turning 2

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

    Beautiful pitching by Nova.

  138. D-Rob da man says:

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

  139. jon says:

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

  140. BK2ATL says:

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

    • Fin says:

      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 says:

        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.

  141. LiterallyFigurative says:

    DRUW!

  142. Chen Meng Wang says:

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

  143. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Andruw!

  144. teddy says:

    andrew jones just jack one nice

  145. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    What a shot!

  146. Johnny says:

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

  147. jon says:

    protip: do not throw jones a fastball

  148. Steve S. says:

    What is Sterling’s call for Andruw?

  149. jon says:

    lol @ angry buck

  150. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

    • jon says:

      id say its between him teix and arod

    • Mike Axisa says:

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

    • Johnny says:

      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 says:

      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.

  151. Mike says:

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

  152. Karl Krawfid says:

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

  153. mustang says:

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

  154. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nunie teach Gardy how to do that

  155. LiterallyFigurative says:

    This Nunez kid really stinks man!

    Gedimouddahea!

  156. RetroRob says:

    Somewhere, the Scooter smiles.

  157. Pat D says:

    Where’s that Nunez losing his helmet picture?

  158. jon says:

    first lost helmet of the year!

  159. Greg says:

    Here comes the bunt

  160. D-Rob da man says:

    Nunny the new gritner

  161. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Ok Jeter, that wasn’t cool.

  162. V says:

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

  163. Chen Meng Wang says:

    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.

  164. flamingo says:

    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 says:

      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

  165. Preston says:

    I liked the Nunez bunt. Hated the Jeter bunt.

  166. Don'tcha Know? says:

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

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

    Swishawalk

  168. Chen Meng Wang says:

    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.

  169. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Bases loaded…..Cano up.

    Countdown to blowout……..

  170. Stratman9652 says:

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

  171. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

  172. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Oh, Sterling how I hate you’re excitement.

  173. flamingo says:

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

  174. Michaels' Pineda says:

    Say it Ken. Payback is a bitch

  175. Preston says:

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

  176. William Bonney says:

    Man, so close to 3 runs.

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

    Ouch. Really, Robbie?

  178. Johnny says:

    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?

  179. Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

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

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

  180. mustang says:

    Jeter’s bunt really stupid!!!!

  181. Karl Krawfid says:

    Jeter playing short and third today.

  182. Steve S. says:

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

    Welcome to the AL, tomodachi.

  183. Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

    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.

  184. Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

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

  185. Chen Meng Wang says:

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

  186. Countryclub says:

    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.

    • Steve S. says:

      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.

  187. flamingo says:

    Nova weathered that one well!

  188. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    So someone found a missing phone? Awesome.

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

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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.

  189. Don'tcha Know? says:

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

  190. Cy Pettitte says:

    Grandy back to crushing lefties

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

    Gritty, so gritty.

  192. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Brett Gardner!! against a LEFTY!

  193. Don'tcha Know? says:

    Gardner hitting a lefty?! GASP!

  194. mike_h says:

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

  195. Steve S. says:

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

    Answer-Play Baltimore. Works every time.

  196. William Bonney says:

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

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      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 says:

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

  197. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Good time to take off.

  198. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

    • Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

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

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

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

  200. Preston says:

    Wilson Betemit doubles, Nick Swisher Error. Trade Fail.

  201. D-Rob da man says:

    Swisher with a beer league play.

  202. Avi says:

    Poll Question:
    Would you trade Pineda for Noesi?

  203. Havok9120 says:

    That was a heck of a curveball.

  204. V says:

    The defense is Bad News Bears’ing it.

  205. Havok9120 says:

    Gardner had him. Ugh.

  206. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

  207. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  208. Johnny says:

    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!” :)

  209. D-Rob da man says:

    Chicken and beer errr thats the redsox

  210. William Bonney says:

    Time to start warming Cory Wade.

  211. Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

    Scout: Nova got screwed on that call.

  212. D-Rob da man says:

    Sori time soon

  213. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    What a pitch.

  214. Chen Meng Wang says:

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

  215. D-Rob da man says:

    Sickest hook of the night

  216. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  217. Johnny says:

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

  218. Havok9120 says:

    HECK of a curveball.

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

  219. pistol pete says:

    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 says:

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

    • Fin says:

      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.

      • Steve S. says:

        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 says:

          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.

          • Steve S. says:

            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.

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

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

    • Havok9120 says:

      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.

  221. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  222. D-Rob da man says:

    Nova supernova again nice job

  223. William Bonney says:

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

  224. Bryan says:

    What is the pitch count?

  225. Cy Pettitte says:

    1st “look out” of the season

  226. Steve S. says:

    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 says:

      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…

      • Steve S. says:

        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 says:

        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 says:

      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.

  227. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

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

  228. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    That’s a great piece of hitting by Jeter.

  229. Tom says:

    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.

  230. flamingo says:

    Four-for-four! Not a bad night!

    • Tom says:

      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)

  231. Michaels' Pineda says:

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

  232. Chen Meng Wang says:

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

  233. Johnny says:

    Derek Jeter can’t stop hitting

  234. Kostas says:

    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.

  235. William Bonney says:

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

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

    See, Swisher is useless in clutch spots.

    /confirmation biased’d

  237. Rudy says:

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

    • William Bonney says:

      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.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      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.

    • Steve S. says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

      What a wonderful problem to have that would be.

      • Steve S. says:

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

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          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.

  238. Johnny says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

  239. Pat D says:

    Eduardo Nunez is The Most Frustrating Player in the World.

  240. V says:

    1st pitch double plays are so depressing.

  241. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Really, swinging at the first pitch?

  242. Tom Q says:

    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.

  243. Sabathiasgut says:

    Nit picking but cmom A Rod, look at a pitch

  244. Cy Pettitte says:

    how is this game not 15-2

  245. Dino Velvet says:

    BWHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH

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

  246. Johnny says:

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

    • Greg says:

      He wants this win. Badly

    • TomH says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

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

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

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

  248. Michaels' Pineda says:

    Birthday boy

  249. Johnny says:

    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.

  250. Bryan says:

    Wow Nick is piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissed

  251. Pat D says:

    Markakis tempted fate there.

  252. flamingo says:

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

  253. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

  254. Bryan says:

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

  255. William Bonney says:

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

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

    Adam Jones got wrecked.

  257. Cy Pettitte says:

    DRob padding his K/9

  258. Pinstripes in Cali says:

    D-Rob looks absolutely NASTY right now.

  259. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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 says:

      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.

  260. Johnny says:

    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.

  261. Sabathiasgut says:

    Curve all in the dirt please

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

    Fucking Matt Wieters

  263. Johnny says:

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

  264. Bryan says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

  265. Sabathiasgut says:

    Throw something besides the fastball

  266. mike_h says:

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

  267. Greg says:

    John Wetteland 2.0

  268. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Nothing’s ever simple with K-Rob

  269. Johnny says:

    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.

  270. MB says:

    Do anything but BB him.

  271. MB says:

    Alright Davey boy, there ya go.

  272. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Time for a curve!

  273. Knoxvillain says:

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

  274. Sabathiasgut says:

    Thank you for swinging at ball 4

  275. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  276. MB says:

    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

  277. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Teixiera arrogantly hits into the shift.

    *sarcasm*

  278. flamingo says:

    GOD SUSAN STOP TALKING ABOUT ONLINE ORDERS

  279. Don'tcha Know? says:

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

  280. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Watching Stop throw hurts my shoulder

  281. Gonzo says:

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

    Deep thoughts by Jack Handey.

  282. MB says:

    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.

  283. mike_h says:

    bring in Mo

  284. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Enter Sandman.

  285. Steve S. says:

    Ugh, that bum Mariano is coming in.

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

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

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

      • Steve S. says:

        That’s their problem.

        Everyone knows I’m dead serious(ducks)

      • Gonzo says:

        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.

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

    Lol, 54.00 ERA for Mo.

  287. jon says:

    who is this kid with the 54 ERA?

    send him down

  288. radnom says:

    lol Nunez

  289. Sabathiasgut says:

    This shit aint funny anymore

  290. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Jesus Christ

    At least he tracked it down.

  291. The Scheister says:

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

  292. RetroRob says:

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

  293. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

  294. Sabathiasgut says:

    Hit hard

  295. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  296. flamingo says:

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

  297. mike_h says:

    yankees finally win!!!!

  298. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Start spreading the news!

    Looks like the umps somehow disrespected Flanny.

  299. MB says:

    There we go Bombers

  300. RetroRob says:

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

  301. Chen Meng Wang says:

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

  302. Rudy says:

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

  303. BK2ATL says:

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

  304. Alfredo4 says:

    What was Andino mad at?

    • MB says:

      No word yet.

      • MB says:

        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 says:

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

    • BK2ATL says:

      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.

  305. Bacciagaloop says:

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

  306. SevenAces says:

    What a bust!

    No more 0-162…

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