Game Two: Revenge


What a beautiful place for a ballgame! (J. Meric/Getty Images)

Opening Day didn’t go according to plan, but the best thing about baseball is that they play everyday. The Yankees will get their first regular season look at Hiroki Kuroda this evening, their brand new veteran number two starter. Kuroda looked sharp all throughout Spring Training and was probably the club’s most effective starter in March, but it was March and no one cares. Now he’s gotta go it against a lineup of big leaguers multiple times. I expect him to be more than fine. Here’s the starting nine…

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

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Tonight’s game starts at 7:10pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Line up change.

  2. Phife Dawg says:

    HIROK time. Lets roll, you guys.

  3. dkidd says:

    lol beckett

  4. Dela G says:

    Love to see the red sox get pounded

  5. Jesse says:

    Let’s go HIROK!

  6. jjyank says:

    Lets do this!

    And love that the Sox got rocked. Seems like they’re banking their whole season on Beckett and Lester pitching well, so its great to see Beckett get shelled.

    • CP says:

      The thing I noticed is that Beckett was topping out at about 91 today. That sounds a lot like Hughes last year.

      • jjyank says:

        That’s interesting. I didn’t watch the game, just checked the box score. If Beckett can’t get past 91, that is encouraging (for a Yankee fan, obviously).

      • Mike HC says:

        Beckett is notorious for horrendous April’s though. He definitely could have a poor year, but I don’t think that start really means anything.

  7. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Can we do better than yesterday? Please lol, that was such a sad way to start the season.

  8. Dino Velvet says:

    Schilling was right Boston = Titanic

  9. Dela G says:

    This Meredith girl is not half bad. Not going to say hot, but I would definitely consider after a couple of drinks. She’s pretty good at this interviewing thing

  10. Mike HC says:

    I’m liking how it looks like Girardi is going to handle the lineup this year. Credit to Cashman for building a good bench on the cheap.

  11. Cy Pettitte says:

    Really excited to see Kuroda’s Yankee debut

  12. Dave says:

    Question: I’m going to Australia for the summer, but when I’m here in the states, I’m in the blackout area for YES. Should I get the YES package or the MLB.tv package?

    • karcotte says:

      YES package will be worthless outside YES market.

    • mike_h says:

      you can double check with customer support but when in Australia you are not in the blackout so mlbtv is good but when in NY metro blackout area you will need the YES add on.

      my advice go mlbtv and do the month to month YES add on when in the states

  13. Kevin G. says:

    Why is Granderson batting 6th?

  14. mustang says:

    Not a good day for Manuel Banuelos 3.1 IP 11H 4R 4ER

    Ouch !

    Its Ok Go RiverDogs ! Go Dante!

  15. Chen Meng Wang says:

    God damnit, it’s cowbell night…

  16. karel capek says:

    Coney 2012

    Let’s make him famous…for looking like Buster Keaton.

  17. D-Rob da man says:

    I could not believe the Rays celebrating yesterdays win like a WS game what a bunch of goomers.

  18. Soviet Swag says:

    I didnt watch the game last night and didnt watch intros, who is that third guy in the booth???

  19. V says:

    Joe Girardi, overthinking things.

    Curtis Granderson against David Price in 2011:

  20. Mike HC says:

    What a garbage stadium to open the season in.

  21. Dela G says:

    Price is in midseason form, already hitting 96 on the gun. Good lord

  22. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Maddon really loves moving his infielders around, huh? I wonder if it makes them uncomfortable at all?

  23. Mykey says:

    Well done, Mark. That’s how you do it.

  24. Mike HC says:

    He was not expecting fastball there

  25. Virgil Earp says:

    And Teixera continues to be worthless. We have no protection for Robbie and Alex.

    • jjyank says:

      Oh come on. He hasn’t hit for average, but a guy that hits as many HRs as Tex does is “worthless”? I think your comment is “worthless”.

      • Kostas says:

        Worthless might be harsh but to the posters point, Tex puts as much fear in pitchers as John Kruk does to salads.

  26. mustang says:

    Dante just got a hit of Tim Hudson what is Tim hudson doing in A Ball ?

  27. Karl Krawfid says:

    Woo just lookin’!

    I ain’t trying to hit I’m just lookin’!

  28. Virgil Earp says:

    If the leadoff hitter reaches base don’t be surprised to see Girardi instruct Hirkoki to intentionally walk Carlos Pena to set up the righty righty match up against Longoria.

  29. Kostas says:

    Tex, no one watches pitches quite like you do. I think batting 5th is still to high. Thankfully you make up for your poor hitting with stellar defense.

  30. Greg says:

    I’m seeing the same things from Mark that I saw last year. What happened to this guy since 2009?

  31. Mike HC says:

    It has to do with run support and also the fact that everyone in the NL West pitched like an all star.

  32. First time lawng time says:

    Just wanted to say that it’s really not a big deal that they lost last night, and if they lose today it’s really not a big deal either. It happens. They’re not going to win every single game. With that said, I think everyone should just be relaxed this season, because I know people tend to get tense. It’s perfectly normal to lose. They lose today, but they play again tomorrow, so you just gotta get over it.

    Just wanted to to give everyone a pep talk for the season. I know people like to flip out, but it’s really unnecessary.

  33. Dela G says:

    Damn, he pitches so slow. Ugh

  34. jjyank says:

    I like that pause in the windup. Its cool.

  35. Mykey says:

    There you go Nunez! Mid-season form.

  36. Cy Pettitte says:

    good old NuniEEEEEEEE

  37. Greg says:

    Same Nunez from last year

  38. Pinstripes in Cali says:

    2012 Cy Young candidate Hiroki Kuroda…

  39. Needed Pitching says:

    and Eduardo Scissorhands has returned

  40. Virgil Earp says:

    He sure did work on his fielding during the offseason. Why is Jeter sitting in the 2nd ballgame of the year?

  41. Dela G says:

    Nunez already working his error count!

  42. Mike HC says:

    Man, the SS for my softball team is more surehanded than this guy.

  43. jjyank says:

    Wow and I thought Nunez’s problem was throwing…

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

    Your antics will never get old, Nunez.

  45. Cuso says:

    Ugh. Nunez already huh?

  46. teddy says:

    wow nunez, just wow

  47. Karl Krawfid says:

    Should have kept Bill Hall.

  48. Derrick says:

    NunEz strikes again.

  49. mustang says:

    Jeter may have no range but at least…….

  50. Ethan says:

    Why is Jeter getting an partial off day? It’s the second game of the season!

  51. RetroRob says:

    Ahh, Eduardo. Why am I not even angry at you? Probably too early in the season. The Captain doesn’t have the range, but he makes sure outs are outs.

  52. Dela G says:

    Where did that miss?

  53. Cuso says:

    Where was that pitch?

  54. Cy Pettitte says:

    wtf that’s a ball but that one to Cano was a strike?

  55. Johnny says:

    Nunez is horrible. A pillar of salt is superior. Chavez would be a better shortstop. Honestly, I would trust Chavez as a utility guy 10x more than I would Nunez. The only problem is that Chavez would get injured fielding the first grounder that came to him.

  56. Ethan says:

    Wow this game has slowed to a crawl

  57. Chen Meng Wang says:

    I hate Suzyn Waldman so much…she is sooooooo annoying.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      She’s going on and on about how the Rays have a disco ball in the club house and has no idea what a disco ball is called…

  58. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nice pitch but Jennings got a huge jump

  59. jjyank says:

    Nice pitch! Too bad Nunez put Jennings on.

  60. Tom says:

    Gotta IBB Longo here with 1st base open?


  61. Mike HC says:

    ARod just needs to play like the cocky kid from bad news bears and just take all Nunez’s balls.

  62. D-Rob da man says:

    Kuroda should round house kick nunez in the head after the inning

  63. Mykey says:

    Veteran A-Rod not letting Nunez anywhere near that one.

  64. Karl Krawfid says:

    Do people forget A-rod played a hell of a third base last year?

    I mean he was a beast in the ALDS. He just couldn’t hit.

  65. Ethan says:

    Ugh i wish Girardi would bat anyone anywhere at anytime like Maddon does. Who cares if they are a veteran, if they can’t perform they should be moved down in the lineup!

    Also, yay for Arod for taking that ball and not letting Nunez getting it!

  66. mustang says:

    Good job A-Rod because we want Nunez to never touch the ball.


  67. D-Rob da man says:

    Nunez added an half hour to this game

  68. Greg says:

    That was inside

  69. Johnny says:

    I hope we get a Kuroda vs. Beckett matchup this season. Game time: 7h 33m.

  70. Mike HC says:

    Martin tried to get the call … I think the umps might be on to him

  71. Virgil Earp says:

    Hirkoki’s getting squeezed.

  72. D-Rob da man says:


  73. jjyank says:

    Man I thought Kuroda had him there.

  74. Dela G says:

    That was strike 3… C’mon man

  75. Ethan says:

    I sure hate inconsistent umpires! Do they even have a way of evaluating their performance, including strike zone accuracy?

  76. Chen Meng Wang says:

    So, if the first inning has taken a half out, this game is going to be 4.5 hours. Hooray.

  77. Dela G says:

    Anyone else love the fact that AJ Burnett will never pitch an inning for the yanks? No more 7 run games against Boston

  78. D-Rob da man says:

    22 pitches
    Thanks nunny

  79. Dela G says:

    He’s getting squeezed badly

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

    Michael Kay loves pointing out when pitchers use the ol’ Jeff Nelson move doesn’t he? And yeah, Kuroda is getting squeezed.

  81. Mike HC says:

    Guess I should cancel my plans. This game might not end till midnight at this pace.

  82. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Thanks Nunez and thanks for overmanaging Girardi.

  83. El biberon says:

    I wanna rip my ears off my head listening to Lou pinella, he’s so bad it’s distracting me from the game

  84. Cy Pettitte says:


  85. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Rays 0
    Nunez 2

  86. jjyank says:

    …I hate you Nunez.

  87. teddy says:

    this is all giradri fault

      • First time lawng time says:

        Girardi is a crappy manager. I’m not saying this is his fault, but I know you like to defend him. Jus saying in general that he’s a bad manager.

        • Greg says:

          He might be, but I dont like people losing their jobs unless they are losing. Girardi has fielded all winning teams and has a ring.

          And before you mention Torre, he was here forever and kind of overstayed his welcome.

          Just like that I dont like if the Jets fire Rex Ryan if his team has a winning record this year.

  88. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Nunez is so bad that even a simple errors fucks everything up.

  89. Virgil Earp says:

    And we’re seeing the beginnings of Hiroki Kuroda in the AL East. Nunez didn’t do him any favors but Huroki has to get out of that if he’s going to pitch in this division.

    • First time lawng time says:

      It’s been one inning. One inning is way too small of a sample size to be indicative of anything.

  90. Rey22 says:

    Luke Scott looks just like Sabretooth from the Wolverine Xmen movie.

  91. mustang says:

    Where are all of you that complain about Jeter range?

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Can I go in your world where errors = range? It’s two different things but continue not making sense.

      • mustang says:

        Bottom line Jeter makes the play and the inning ends with no runs in the REAL world.

        THAT’S MY WORLD !!!!

        Does that make sense in your world?

        • Greg says:

          Unfortunately that’s the fallacy of the predetermined outcome.
          You cant say that if Jennings grounds out the inning goes the same way.

          • mustang says:

            Your right, but my guess if it did is that Jeter would make play as he has almost every time all these years. Never know what you have until its gone.

            • Needed Pitching says:

              there is something in between Jeter and Nunez
              a SS that has range and makes most of the routine plays
              Complaining about Jeter’s lack of range is in no way an endorsement of having Eduardo Scissorhands at SS. Each are bad in their own way, but Nunez is even worse than Jeter.

              • mustang says:

                I totally understand, but people complain about Jeter’s lack of range like the Yankees can just bring someone up. Yes, the lack of range does show up here and there, but the routine plays happen more often and I think fans are spoiled by a man who makes those routine plays on the regular.

  92. Disney23 says:

    FU Nunez!

  93. Ethan says:

    Is there a defensive metric for number of extra runs allowed due to errors? Add 2 to nunez, I’d be very interested to see just how bad nunez’s errors have been.

    • jjyank says:

      Ha yeah fielders should have URAs (unearned run average). Every run after an error (the ones that don’t count for a pitcher’s ERA) should be applied to the fielders URA.

    • Cuso says:

      It would basically be unearned run avg (ura)

    • Tom says:

      UZR models this with what they call errR (runs due to error for a fielder). You’d have to go to Fangraph and pull up the player and look at the breakdown within UZR.

      It’s hard to simply just looked at unearned runs as pitcher quality comes into play and if you have a 2nd error in the inning how do you assign the runs?

  94. jjyank says:

    Nunez with the redemption!

    Not really though.

  95. D-Rob da man says:

    Kuroda should go take a shit in Nunez locker in the middle of the inning.

  96. Mike E says:

    Nunez and a terrible strikezone makes it 5 outs per inning.

  97. mustang says:

    Wow back up on that too its going to be a long game.

  98. Kostas says:

    Watching Nunez says so much about the lack of quality middle infield talent in the Yankees system. Damn near threw he ball away.

  99. Mike HC says:

    You know deep down that Jeter feels like the team got what they deserved for pulling him from short.

  100. Cuso says:

    Calling a Nunez bomb here

  101. Ethan says:

    Price is pitching really well so far. Those 2 runs could really hurt later in the game.

  102. Darren says:

    Girardi is a monkey. Sitting Jeter in the 2nd game of the season?. Just DH Nunez! ARod probably needs the time off more than Jeter!

    goddamn my blood is boiling through the roof already….if George was around he would have Sweet Lou and Girardo switch places after every loss.

  103. DT says:

    I’d kill to get an utility infielder that can actually field the ball

  104. D-Rob da man says:

    The Rays are becoming the new Redsox really hate this team.

  105. mustang says:

    Dante 2 for 2 of tim hudson not bad at all.

  106. Mykey says:

    Well this may get out of hand soon. Christ.

  107. D-Rob da man says:

    Gardy would have caught that.

  108. Mykey says:

    Kuroda just cannot avoid 3-2. Great.

  109. Johnny says:

    No fan of Detroit or Fielder, but his second home run of the game was glorious.


  110. jjyank says:

    That was pretty scary for a second there.

  111. Virgil Earp says:

    A-Rod has to give way there. Teix had the better angle.

  112. D-Rob da man says:

    Thats cause jeter is not there. Lol

  113. bobtaco says:

    Remember when Pena used to be a .200 hitter?

  114. Chen Meng Wang says:

    sigh…I know it’s a long season but this is upsetting :(

  115. Mykey says:

    So… Can we go back to Spring Training?

  116. Kostas says:

    Seriously, letting Pena beat you? Embarassing.

  117. D-Rob da man says:

    Pena again.

  118. jjyank says:

    The 2012 Yankees are not doing good things for my blood pressure so far.

  119. Darren says:

    remember when The Yankees could have had Carlos Pena for nothing and he sat and rotted?
    Love Ya Cash.

  120. D-Rob da man says:

    Kuroda welcome to Al east beast ball. No easy outs here. And f-ing cow bells.

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

    not looking forward to the annoying ‘must win’ narrative the local papers will try to manufacture about game 3 if they lose. that would be the worst part of a loss.

    and price is cruising; this doesn’t feel like yesterday where shields clearly did not have his stuff working so 4-0 wasn’t that big a deal.

    • Mykey says:

      Honestly these losses mean nothing. It just makes it hard to watch SportsCenter later.

      • Greg says:

        No, it makes all of ESPN harder to watch. The good news is that the Red Sox are getting creamed early, so that kind of even;s it out.

      • Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

        i wouldnt say nothing. every game has the same 1/162nd meaning, until you get to the end of the season where they then coudl be meaningless if you clinched/are out of it. and against AL East co-contender Tampa, they certainly have meaning.

        Ask the Sox if they wish they could’ve had one of those early season losses back from last year.

  122. Karl Krawfid says:

    All the “old” players are ready for the season.

    All the young guys are playing like shit.

  123. Johnny says:

    Derek Jeter is the only good player left on this team

  124. mustang says:

    Jeter two hits boring.

    Smile on my face.

  125. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Kay’s first misread fly ball of the year.

  126. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Wow, according to pitch FX this ump has a very tight strike zone. and damn BABip gods, starting early this season.

  127. Ethan says:

    How come swisher is batting 2nd?

  128. Mykey says:

    Hahahaha this is a joke.

  129. Kevin G. says:

    Terrific start to the season.

  130. Chen Meng Wang says:


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

    Hiroki looks….ummmmm…..really good?

  132. Karl Krawfid says:


  133. Cy Pettitte says:

    this game is pretty much unwatchable, bad everything right now.

  134. D-Rob da man says:

    You can notnthrow meatballs here.

  135. jimmy says:

    He obviously can’t handle the pressures of the AL East. Worst. Signing. Ever!

  136. bonestock94 says:

    The ’09 season didn’t start that well either

  137. Ethan says:

    Couple more rays runs and this game is going off. It’s early but the Yanks just don’t look good offensively (except for Jeter). Plus, I have some econometrics studying I probably should do.

  138. Virgil Earp says:

    I just don’t know if he can pitch in this division. He’s all over the place tonight. And what a brilliant move to DH Jeter the 2nd game of the season. More over managing from Joe.

  139. bobtaco says:

    Who is the long man today, as Kuroda has already thrown a lot of pitches…

  140. Kostas says:

    Well, I didn’t think the Yanks would start 0-2.

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

    Kuroda needs to not groove first pitches to this team, that was 3rd-4th time he got burned doing that.Something Martin/Rothschild needs to let him know about.

    And btw, Tampa is a very good team, arguably top 3 in the AL. Losing to them 2x in a row, if it happens, is not something to be embarrassed about.

    • Greg says:

      Grooving the first pitch, I think, is a side effect of pitching against NL opponents in a big ballpark.

      There is no shame in it. But the media is not going to play that way which makes it unbearable to do anything.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      Obviously every loss should be something to be embarrassed about. This team should go 162-0, anything else is simply unacceptable. You do realize that the Rays magic number goes down to 160 if we loose this game right. (sarcasm detector optional)

  142. D-Rob da man says:

    Rays players over celebrating again

  143. Dino Velvet says:

    This is gonna get ugly.

  144. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards says:

    dont worry bout the starters, Andy And Pineda in May.

  145. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Hooray…a double play.

  146. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards says:

    get phelps in there. lol

  147. Ethan says:

    Please, get something done on offense.

  148. Derrick says:

    Oh well at least that second wild card is available

  149. Gil L says:

    T. Austin taken out after 3.
    Cotham out after 4.
    Anybody knows why?

  150. Johnny says:

    Sterling dropping OBP-related joke bombs on air.

  151. Greg says:

    Well, there’s your answer on DH’ing Jeter.

  152. JobaWockeeZ says:

    This defense of theirs is too annoyingly good.

  153. Pat D says:

    So…I’m at work. Is the season over yet or something?

  154. Kostas says:

    Watching all these shifts makes me wonder why the Yankees never seem to have the same success in scouting opponents. Clearly Girardi’s binder is full of wrong answers.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      The Binder never lies. How dare you.

    • j6takish says:

      It’s pretty remarkable how they always seem to be in the right place at exactly the right time. It’s not like they are using information that isn’t widely available to the public

  155. Johnny says:

    These shifts Maddon pulls are so embarrasing. Because you know no Yankee hitter will ever play late on the ball to beat it. They’re going to be hitting into these shifts all season long.

  156. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jonesy beats the shift!

  157. bobtaco says:

    61 pitches for Price too, the Yankees will see the Rays BP this game

  158. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:


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


  160. D-Rob da man says:

    Woo hoo we scored one

  161. jimmy says:

    Run Andruw run!

  162. Kevin G. says:

    I don;t know why, but watching Jones run is hilarious.

  163. Cy Pettitte says:

    Andruw was chuggin’ lol

  164. Ethan says:

    Alright now you have to capitalize on this martin!

  165. D-Rob da man says:

    Is that nunez on fist for the Rays.

  166. Kevin G. says:


  167. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nunie making amends, somewhat

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

    It’s a ballgame, gentlemen.

  169. Greg says:

    Nunez giveth and taketh

  170. karcotte says:

    Here’s to the nunez/gardner platoon all season.

  171. D-Rob da man says:

    Nunez can hit

  172. jimmy says:

    Jeter is killing the ball.

  173. Greg says:

    More evil BaBIP.

    • Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

      yep, they smoked price that inning. methinks the shine is off his stuff a bit. hold TB at 5, can still take this one.

  174. Ethan says:

    Argh really want to watch more of the game but need to learn econometrics. Any of you out there can explain the Logit and Probit models? I would be so grateful :)

    • jjyank says:

      I just stick to Poli Sci. Easier that way.

      • Ethan says:

        Poli sci is my second major. Just doesn’t have much for job opportunities unless I decide I want to do law.

        • jjyank says:

          It does if you get a few good internships. I was Poli Sci, then got a Masters in Poli Sci, and now I’m only 24 and already and Intel Analyst for a government agency that I can’t disclose haha. Poli Sci is great, you just gotta apply it the right way.

          That being said, math related things are probably easier. But it worked out for me anyway.

          • Ethan says:

            Where did you intern? For my summers I’ve been doing things that are probably more suited for economics. Worked for the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand my first summer, interned at Citibank last year and between my 3rd and 4th I’ll be spending it at the university working on my honors (kind of like you do for a masters but for undergrad) and doing research.

            • jjyank says:

              Studied abroad in Amman, Jordan, learned Arabic. Did internships with the National Council on US-Arab Relations and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, both in D.C.

              • Ethan says:

                Several people have really recommended that I learn an up and coming foreign language, Arabic would be a great one. Those sound like pretty awesome internships. Do you mind my asking where you did your undergrad and masters? If so, just say so.

                • jjyank says:

                  Undergrad at the University of Vermont (I like snowboarding haha), grad at Rutgers University. Not marquee schools, but my experience has taught me that its more about your GPA and your experiences there than the name. Rutgers isn’t an Ivy League school, but when you get a Masters with a 3.9 GPA and submit a good writing sample, that is more important than a name brand school.

                  As far as languages go, if you can learn Arabic, Chinese, or Farsi, you’re set. Any one of those gives you a massive boost.

                  • Ethan says:

                    I go to school in Canada (being half Canadian i get great tuition prices) and have a very strong GPA here. Grad school will almost definitely be somewhere in the US as that’s where I want to work.

                    If I do end up pursuing poli sci I will probably try to learn a language to go along with it whether it’s one of the three you mentioned or perhaps Russian.

                    • jjyank says:

                      Russian is still a good option. It was obviously much more ideal 20-30 years ago, but it is still a good language. To make a baseball comparison, the three languages I mentions would be #1 starters, with Russian as a solid #2.

                      But definitely keep up with the econ stuff. It’s much easier to break into the industry as an econ related positon and then go from there. What is it you want to do?

                    • Ethan says:

                      Can’t reply anymore :(. Not quite sure exactly where I want to go but I like micro more than macro so most likely that I’ll end up in the private sector. I’m still considering learning a language if I do go forward with economics. Russian, Chinese and Portuguese would all be great languages (i think) with those being the languages for the BRIC countries.

                    • jjyank says:

                      Sounds like a good plan. Government does have a lot of openings in micro econ stuff (usajobs.gov) Are you a US citizen? Not being a citizen is a huge detriment for government jobs, though I’m sure the private sector has plenty of opportunities too, I just don’t have any experience in that area.

                  • Ethan says:

                    Yup, I’m American-Canadian dual. I will definitely look into some government jobs in the micro field.

                    Anyways, I need to get some studying done. Thanks for all the advice!

    • j6takish says:

      Learning about the Rays teaches you everything you need to know about econometrics

  175. Johnny says:

    Lou Pinella talks a lot but says nothing.

  176. Greg says:

    If the Yankees score one more run, then the blame is partially off Nunez because his error only gave up two runs.

    • I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

      If the Yankees score one more run

      Then it will be a one run game

    • Tom says:


      If they lose 4-3 won’t the 2 unearned runs be the (theoretical) difference between a 4-3 loss and a 3-2 win?

      • Greg says:

        No because Kuroda gave up 2 earned runs after the error. He could have given up none.

        • Mike says:

          That’s poor logic. From that exact same reasoning, Nunez shouldn’t have had the error in the first place that led to the 2 unearned runs.

        • Tom says:

          So Kuroda giving up 2 ER’s is a poor outing and puts the blame back on him?

          Once again, huh?

          The expectation is that Kuroda should throw a shutout?

          • Greg says:

            The 2 runs that Kuroda gave up after the error were directly in his control. He had the power in the situation.

            In the first inning, the Nunez error took away the control that Kuroda had.

            • Tom says:

              Right and if the Yankees score another run then they win the game 3-2 without Nunez’s error….

              (which obviously takes the blame off Nunez and puts it on Kuroda?)

  177. Virgil Earp says:

    Lou just says anything that comes to him. Who cares about Petco Park? We’re in Tampa for Yankees-Rays. They need to replace Lou with Paulie or Al Leiter.

  178. mustang says:

    Did I heard that right 5 HR of beckett ?

  179. Kostas says:

    Funny Michael Kay says with 100% certainty “that should be two”. When the ball is hit to Nunez, he says, “ball on the ground, Nunez to his left… and he boots it”.

  180. Mike HC says:

    Might we see some Phelps tonight?

  181. RetroRob says:

    These shifts have nothing to do with Joe Maddon. They’re given to him by the front office. It’s all computer driven. That’s why Ben Zobrist will cease showing solid defensive numbers at 2B as soon as he leaves the Rays.

    • Kostas says:

      See Carl Crawford. You could be right.

      • RetroRob says:

        Crawford’s defensive metrics also took a hit moving to LF at Fenway, which negates one of his greatest assets: speed. Yet I’m sure positioning was helping him in Tampa.

        I am fascinated by Tampa’s increasing use of shifts against all hitters. If history teaches us one thing, if it’s working, other teams will begin to deploy the same types of shifts, and more front offices will begin to study the data to deploy their own shifts.

        • Tom says:

          Crawford’s #’s were already suspect before he left TB.

          He had a career UZR/150 at the Trop of 22.5
          He had a career UZR/150 away from the Trop of 7.5 (when he was with TB)

          His defensive #’s were going to take a hit as soon as he moved out of the Trop to ANY park.

          Fenway doesn’t help, but it is not the sole reason for his decline. (They also have changed the park correction recently for Fenway to take care of some of that)

        • JohnnyC says:

          The knee-jerk response to this is that your pitchers have to execute their pitches in order to make hitters hit into these shifts. But the insight that TB may have latched onto is that the patterns depend more on the swing mechanics of the batter than the location of the pitch. I.E., Teixiera will try to pull everything even if it’s on the outer half of the plate.

  182. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Hooray, the leadoff walk.

  183. mustang says:

    YESSS!!! Nunez

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

    Can’t. Beat. The. Fucking. Shift.

  185. mustang says:

    This thing that the Rays are playing on field is really annoying.

  186. Cy Pettitte says:

    Joe Maddon actually had them move the LF wall out 1ft before the game in anticipation of Jones being in the line up

  187. jjyank says:

    Damn it!!! I thought that was gone.

  188. Greg says:

    I;m really starting to think that going to Yankee Stadium has ruined Mark Texeira’s offensive game.

  189. DT says:

    No goddamn luck

  190. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:


  191. mustang says:

    Damn Dante ! SO

    2 for 4 the 2 hits being of Tim hudson I can live with it.

    Another bad day Culver 0 for 4. I wonder if he has any “range”? LOL

  192. Cy Pettitte says:

    teeing off on Kuroda. super.

  193. Greg says:

    Scott really likes the lowball.

  194. D-Rob da man says:

    Oy another hidecki irabu moment.

  195. Kostas says:

    Seriously, first Pena now Luke Scott? It is one thing to get beat by talented baseball players, but when it is second rate hacks, WTF?

    • Greg says:

      Pena and Scott are not second rate hacks.

      • Kostas says:

        Sorry, dude, they are. They are fillers to a line up due to expanded leagues. With no Tampa, AZ, Colorado, these guys are bench players, at best – more likely AAAA players.

        • jjyank says:

          Pena hits 20-30 HRs annually…and he’s a bench player?

          • Kostas says:

            Averages 140++++ K’s a year. Career .239. .210 hitter with RISP… Seriously, your playing the HR stat, c’mon.

            • jjyank says:

              Not saying Pena is a star, but he is a useful player. And HR are important. Not the be-all, end-all, but how many bench players can you name that can hit 30 HR a year? None? That’s that I thought.

        • Needed Pitching says:

          Pena rakes righties.
          Should be a platoon player … maybe yes.
          AAAA player – ridiculous

          10th best hitter in baseball against RHP (wOBA) over the last 5 years, a common trait in AAAA players, amirite?

        • JAG says:

          Really? Luke Scott I can kind of see, but Pena? He’s widely considered a strong defensive 1B and is an OBP and SLG machine.

  196. Chen Meng Wang says:

    On a fun note, I beat the Orioles in The Show 2-0 earlier today in The Show, with a minor league line up an Brackmonster on the mount (last years edition)

  197. D-Rob da man says:

    This is not the nl west
    Meatballs over the middle of the plate here get killed.

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

    Could Kuroda be tipping his pitches? TB is unloading on the first pitch like crazy.

    5 runs for Rays is a pretty tough hill to climb.

    Someone at the Post/News is writing the 0-2 uh-oh article as we speak.

  199. DT says:

    Well season’s over. See you next year guys!

  200. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards says:


  201. D-Rob da man says:

    Lou not a kuroda fan huh?

  202. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Did He get hit?! Sterling and Waldman are completely useless.

  203. jimmy says:

    That could have been bad.

  204. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    LOL, make him hit the dirt as payback!

  205. D-Rob da man says:

    Maple bats again will this be the year of the fatality.

  206. D-Rob da man says:

    Likeing kuroda after the dust off lol

  207. Greg says:

    You know who Kuroda’s pitching like today.

    A.J. Burnett ans I am not kidding.

  208. Karl Krawfid says:

    Rays do what the Yanks don’t like to do.

    Add on runs.

  209. Cy Pettitte says:

    Joe shifts people to open up holes for the other team. perfect.

  210. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    Kuroda makes me miss AJ, he could do this, but with some nice Tats.

  211. Kostas says:

    This if fucking ridiculous. At least put up a fight. Spring Training is over.

  212. D-Rob da man says:

    Cano went all out for that one huh

  213. First time lawng time says:

    Boston lost 10-0 today. LOL

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

      And so through 2 games they’ve allowed as many runs as the Yanks, but our game isn’t over.

  214. Chen Meng Wang says:

    This is just torturous…it feels like the Rays are doing everything well while we’re still in spring training mode.

  215. D-Rob da man says:

    Kuroda to the showers
    He should piss in nunez locker.

  216. Cy Pettitte says:

    that was almost the worst run down ever

  217. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    Eduardo Scissorhands…

  218. Needed Pitching says:

    that play had impending doom written all over it once Nunez got the ball

  219. First time lawng time says:

    Guys, it’s one game, and it’s not even over yet. They could still win the game, and if they don’t it’s fine. They play again tomorrow. Also, let’s not act like Kuroda is a bad pitcher or can’t handle the AL East based on one game.

    • Greg says:

      Technically that’s true.

      The problems are that

      1. the media will go nuts
      2. We have to live through these crappy games.

      • First time lawng time says:

        1. Don’t pay attention to the media. It’s incredibly easy to ignore it and to pick and choose what type of news you want to read/watch.
        2. That sounds really depressing. It’s just a game. Get over it. It has no impact on your life.

  220. mustang says:

    Yanks 15 out of 23 games vs Rays, Red Sox, Angels, Rangers, and Tigers it MIGHT be a long April.

  221. Stratman9652 says:

    There was so much stupid on the field at that moment I can’t even comprehend it.

  222. Hall and Nokes says:

    Boy, Tampa is really bumbling and stumbling its way to 2-0.

  223. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Ok, can we work on getting some offense…especially if Price is now over 100 pitches and is probably coming out of the game soon?

  224. D-Rob da man says:

    Josh beckett had a rough game but a couple cases of beer and some popeyes and he should be fine.

  225. RetroRob says:

    As fascinated as I am by the Rays’ use of shifts (and I do think they’re on to something), I am equally sure their overly agressive style on the bases, most likely designed to force physical and mental errors, costs them runs, especially against more experienced teams. Of course, the Rays no doubt have data to say I’m wrong!

  226. Zack says:

    I’m sorry but we look like an old and tired team and our pitching staff is getting clobbered by one of the worst offenses in the league.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      Or we look like a team that’s getting beat by a really good pitcher who is on his game…and our pitchers are off to a bad start. Or let’s start the narrative that we’re old and tired in game 2 of the season.

    • pat says:

      LOL. 2nd game of he year and they’rr already old and tired?

  227. Tom says:

    They might give ARod the day off tomorrow (and not even DH him)?

  228. mustang says:

    Wow! they are going to sit A-Rod the 3rd game of season?


  229. Greg says:

    As I suspected, A-Rod’s probably not going to play tomorrow. Just like Jeter is not playing SS today. Girardi thinks in terms of the whole season.

  230. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Yeah the pitching and defense has been atrocious.

  231. mike_h says:

    Stupid question: anyone know the song in that Corona commercial?

  232. Cy Pettitte says:

    Soriano makes twice as much as this entire bullpen combined, can they please do something against it.

    • I Collect Brett Gardner Cards says:

      well the big boys are coming up in the 8th, so we got a shot. Unless the rays tack on more, they might.

  233. pat says:

    Front door slider plz.

  234. Karl Krawfid says:

    What the hell is up with this strikezone?

  235. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Rapada was brought in to get out the Pena’s of the world. Not walk them.

  236. Needed Pitching says:

    why is Rapada pitching to Longoria???
    a bit early to throw in the towel isn’t it?

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

    Hooray for my fantasy team.

  238. Cy Pettitte says:

    Rapada against Righty -> HR.

    wow that was predictable.

    • Kostas says:

      Not according to Girardi’s binder. But then again, he was out of IBB’s for the series and chooses never to use them late in a game.

  239. Karl Krawfid says:

    And our dumb ass manager leaves Rapada in to face the righty

  240. Chen Meng Wang says:

    According to Sterling and Waldman this is going to get over turned. People with TVs: thoughts?

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      clearly leaned over like a foot into the field to grab it. should be overturned.

      stupid Yankee fan.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      Fan clearly reached over the wall. Swish wouldn’t have caught it, but it wasn’t a homer.

    • Kostas says:

      Who cares. Game was over 5 innings ago. Plus, it is unfortunate because now Waldman has another dead horse to beat the shit out of.

  241. Hall and Nokes says:

    That completely cancels out Jeffrey Maier.

  242. RetroRob says:

    Okay, I have an issue with here already. Rapada should NEVER be left in the game to face a righthanded hitter, and heaven knows, not one as good as Longoria. What part of Rapada’s track record does Girardi not understand? He’s a LOOGY and a LOOGY only. If he fails or succeds in getting the lefty out, he should immediately be taken out of the game.

  243. First time lawng time says:

    Well that Yankee fan certainly won’t be winning Genius of the Year Award.

  244. bonestock94 says:

    What a dickhead fan

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      especially because he’s a Yankees fan. wtf was he thinking?

      • RetroRob says:

        He wasn’t. Or what he was thinking is he wants to catch a baseball. The excitement of the moment, eyes up on the ball, and the belief that because he’s sitting in the stands, anything he can catch is over the wall. He, of course, was wrong! Steve Bartman syndrome.

        I don’t think it made any difference. Swish was not going to catch that ball, so it was going to be a double as is.

    • RetroRob says:

      It’s actually Jeffrey Maier out in RF. He’s older and had a tough life.

  245. Kostas says:

    Favorite move – bringing the infield in a 6-2 game? Girardi, your brilliance is only second to Peter Griffin.

  246. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    Rapada is good.

  247. pat says:

    Hahaha bloop.

  248. Chen Meng Wang says:

    for fucks sake. this is getting sad to listen to.

  249. Zack says:

    I have this bad feeling we could be looking from the bottom not before long in the AL east….

  250. mike_h says:

    Mike Gonzalez still available?

  251. rek4gehrig says:

    Good night all. Game 3 – The Real Revenge

  252. JohnnyC says:

    Why is Rapada actually in contact with the rubber? He needs the extra coupla inches.

  253. Tom says:

    Girardi is on fire early this season….

    I hope he went to Rapada because Logan is not available as L-R-L is a much better setup for Logan who at least has a prayer of getting righties out.

    Better matchup: Rapada vs Longoria and Joyce or Wade against Longoria and then Joyce. It was a 4 run game at the time and not exactly ball game over. (and it’s not like Wade worked yesterday)

  254. D-Rob da man says:

    Rapada to righties giradi raises the white flag.

  255. Karl Krawfid says:

    Cory Wade must have died warming up.

  256. JobaWockeeZ says:

    It’s GG anyways but either Girardi is using his weakest pitcher to get him outs or less logically just loves him his crappy LHP.

    Don’t know which reason it is.

  257. First time lawng time says:

    I think it’s time to bring in Chad Gaudin…or whoever the garbage time pitcher is this year.

  258. mustang says:

    Well this is over the only interesting thing left is Montero AB in Oak.

    0 for 1 but it was a very strong ground out to 2nd like my friend here would say.

  259. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh my god that’s only one out? lmao.

  260. Karl Krawfid says:

    Oh no Sean Rodriguez. Lets make that pitching change now.

    • Tom says:

      Hey, that’s a step up from intentionally walking him. There was a lefty on deck and 2nd base was open….

      (I kid…. well only sort of…)

  261. D-Rob da man says:

    Big stein is rolling in his grave

  262. Karl Krawfid says:

    And what the hell is up with YES showing the Rays dugout non stop?

    The Rays are the only damn team they do it for and it’s annoying.

  263. First time lawng time says:

    Weird question: who was the guy who, last year for the Yankees, had a low ERA, but that was only because he pitched in garbage time or something? People used to joke around, saying he’s the worst pitcher with a [insert number here] ERA.

    Was it Cory Wade or am I thinking of someone else?

  264. The Scheister says:

    This strike zone sucks! I demand a refund!

  265. James A says:

    I don’t normally have too many complaints about Girardi, but Maddon has just completely undressed him in this series. It’s not his fault that CC and Hiroki weren’t sharp, and not his fault that there’s been some RISPfail, but Maddon has his team ready, is making smarter decisions, and is making pretty much all the right calls on everything out of the box while Girardi has been wrong. Can’t wait to get out of Tampa

    • pat says:

      Isn’t Maddon the guy who had Jose Molina try to sac bunt with 2 strikes yesterday? And didn’t one of his players just get thrown out at 3rd after another was caught in a rundown at first?

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        And that makes him worse than Giaradi how? Let’s not even try and pretend that Girardi doesn’t overdo bunting.

        • Needed Pitching says:

          I don’t recall Girardi ever calling for a squeeze with 2 strikes.

        • pat says:

          Not saying that at all, but to act like the Rays players are “so much more prepared” and that Maddon is “completely undressing” Girardi is dumb when you actually look at the games, not a select few events.

    • Tom says:

      So if Girardi didn’t set fire to this game with Rapada time, the Yankees might potentially be one baserunner from bringing the tying to the plate right now?

      This is why you don’t give up on 4 run games… if nothing else it forces your opponent to use their better bullpen arms.

      (granted this assumes Wade gets out of the inning and the Rays still bring the rapist in)

  266. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    Game 3: Avoid the Sweep

    Anyone think that was going to be the game thread at 3:00 yesterday?

  267. The Scheister says:

    Let’s go with the comeback! BELIEVE IN YOURSELVES!!

  268. mustang says:

    Ok here we GOOOOOO!

  269. mustang says:


  270. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yankee baseball!!!!!!

  271. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    The Rays look like they play in a league above us.

  272. Needed Pitching says:


  273. JobaWockeeZ says:

    At this point I’m giving props to the Rays organization. Fuck you guys.

    • mustang says:

      “At this point I’m giving props to the Rays organization.”

      Agree 100%

      who thinks they will be seeing more shifts played on them?

      Me! Me! Me!

  274. Stratman9652 says:

    Never had a reason to hate them before, but fuck the Rays.

  275. sevrox says:

    Mark Tesh-air-uh – MVP!

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

    That figures.

  277. Mike E says:

    Shoulda bunted.

  278. Johnny says:

    That double-play pretty much sums up the game for the Yankees. That’s good work, boys.

  279. First time lawng time says:

    I wonder what Teixeira’s stats would be if it weren’t for that wretched shift.

  280. pat says:

    LO freaking L. Can’t buy a break. Maddon is so smart having his fielders postioned right where we’re hitting liners.

  281. The Scheister says:

    AL take notice…shift, shift then shift some more on the Yanks, I’ve counted three or four base hits robbed just tonight. Well done Rays.

  282. I Shift my Pants says:

    Hughes, gotta be the stopper tomorrow.

  283. The Scheister says:

    Swisher looking sweet in the field, I’m trying to be positive at this point.

  284. forensic says:

    Wonder why they told the players that the season doesn’t start till Monday?

  285. mustang says:

    And in Oakland everyone is hitting in front of Montero and everyone hitting behind Montero someone forgot to send an invite.

  286. The Scheister says:

    Spring training what? Says Wade! Epic comeback on the way boys and girls! Say tuned for some “C-Ya’s” and such!

  287. pat says:

    Maddon might have had Joyce a little too prepared there.

  288. pat says:

    Another line drive right at someone. Grrrrrr

  289. mustang says:

    The old man !!!!!

  290. JohnnyC says:

    It would scar Teixiera’s manhood if he actually went opposite field against the shift.

    • pat says:

      I he supposed to lay off a pitch he hit hard so he can try and inside out something to LF?

      • Needed Pitching says:


        • JohnnyC says:

          They were pitching him away. Didn’t have to inside out anything. Maddon knows he tries to hook everything.

          • Needed Pitching says:

            the pitch he hit was pretty much down the middle. That’s a pitch he should be trying to do damage with, especially given the score at the time.

            • JohnnyC says:

              Clint Eastwood: A man’s gotta know his limitations. A single to left would’ve scored 2. And considering the score as well, it would have prolonged the inning, possibly more runs could’ve scored. Final note: if you look at the replay, the pitch was outer half not down the middle. He went out and hooked it.

  291. Johnny says:

    Yay Shiv-ezz!

  292. mustang says:

    WE NEED A HIT !!!!!

    WE NEED A HIT !!!!

  293. Virgil Earp says:

    We look as bad as the Red Sox do right now and that ain’t good. Our two best pitchers were lit up. So much for revenge. A lot of pressure will be on Phil tomorrow to avoid a perilous 0-3 start.

  294. The Scheister says:

    Retire old man!

  295. bobtaco says:

    O’Neil Theory

  296. mustang says:

    YES THEY LIVE!!!!!!!

  297. The Scheister says:

    And it’s a SWISH-BOMB from Swisher!

  298. mustang says:

    Never give up!!!!!!!

  299. Tom says:

    Hmmm….. hard to figure the two Rapada give up runs might come back to haunt the Yankees (or the Nunez error?)

    (yes the game plays out differently, but Girardi needs to stop treating a 3 or 4 run deficit as give up time and having LOOGY’s facing righties)

    • JohnnyC says:

      I’m sure Girardi will say that he left him in to face Longoria because of the lefty batter on deck…didn’t have Boone available tonight. Still…it was the difference in the game. If Yanks had won the opener I could see the logic but…they didn’t. Now 0-2 on season. Tough way to start out, especially against a division rival.

      • forensic says:

        Logan was available. He was also warming later in the game.

        • JohnnyC says:

          That was later in the game. Logan might have gotten up on his own. Girardi’s extra careful with players coming back from injuries.

          • Tom says:

            OK, if not Logan you choose:

            Rapada vs Longoria and then Joyce
            Wade vs Longoria and then Joyce

            Would you rather Wade facing a lefty (who he gets out almost equally well as righties) or Rapada against one of the better right handed hitters in baseball?

  300. Stratman9652 says:

    I think it goes largely unnoticed when you have a guy like Cano with such a sweet swing, but Swish has a really pretty lefty swing.

  301. Chen Meng Wang says:

    So I leave work and get home in time to watch Swish go yard :)

  302. forensic says:

    Could someone tell the announcers to read the correct titles of the rows in the stat lines so they stop saying every pitcher walks almost one per inning???

  303. The Scheister says:

    And Cano takes a pitch… Holy shit!

  304. mustang says:

    YESSSS !!!!

  305. Sabathiasgut says:

    C’mon arod!

  306. Chen Meng Wang says:

    This is why I never leave games early and don’t turn off the game until the final out has been recorded.

    Also I think it’s better for the A-Rod that Rodney is coming in, he’s lost a lot of his power against LHP.

  307. Esteban says:

    Clutch Rod let’s go.

  308. pat says:

    I’m all for Girardi trying to get the most out of his players and not wanting to wreck their confidence this early in the season, but I’m kinda wishing he hadn’t left Rapada in there so long. Oh well, hindsight, 20/20 etc.

  309. Stratman9652 says:

    How many pitchers does Tampa have? I really used to almost like that team. Seriously, fuck the Rays right now.

    • Justin Maxwell's Silver Hammer (formerly Rainbow Connection) says:

      You hate them because they beat a team with a $200 million payroll? LOL at you.

  310. mustang says:

    And Montero single in OAK happiness everywhere!

  311. Chen Meng Wang says:

    …you can’t take a pitch Alex?

  312. mustang says:

    THE DAMN SHIFT !!!!!!

  313. The Scheister says:

    Regardless what ends up happening, good game.

    FWIW, A-Rod is 1-6 w/ 3Ks and 1 RBI vs Rodney

  314. Sabathiasgut says:

    Well that sucked

  315. Rick Bladt Attack says:

    A-rod must have had dinner plans.

  316. Jamey says:

    I would not be surprised if in the future being a Yankee fan will require taking a work sabatical April thru October in order to watch these games. Watching most games is about half a work day now as it is.

  317. DT says:

    Shift screws us again..ugh. That’s usually a hit and we’d have 2 on for Tex..

  318. V says:

    Fuck the Rays and fuck their shifts. Hope someone gets knocked on their ass by a hard hit liner tomorrow.

  319. The Scheister says:

    Rapada shouldn’t have stayed in past Pena. Nunez shouldn’t have been the starting SS on the second day of the season and the Shift works.

  320. Zack says:

    THe shift works,Nunez should not have been out there and Rapada stinks.

  321. The Scheister says:

    Until tomorrow, SEE-YA!

  322. pat says:

    Well at least a Jim Abbot Center Stage should be pretty cool. Abbot was the balls.

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