Yanks top Halos, take Sunday night rubber game


Source: FanGraphs

The Angels blew the Yankees out on Saturday, so the Yankees returned the favors on Sunday. Led by their captain, the Bombers topped the Halos by the score of 11-5. Here’s a bullet point recap…

  • Vintage: I dunno about you, but I’m loving this vintage 1999 model of Derek Jeter. The Cap’n has been the team’s best hitter all season, and he beefed his season line up to .366/.395/.610 with a double and a homer int this game. He also hit another ball to the warning track (off a righty!) and is just flat out locked in. Love it.
  • Middle of the Order: The 3-4-5 hitters have been struggling in the early goings this season, but they broke out a bit on Sunday by going a combined 5-for-12 with three walks. Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira each doubled and stole a base. Yes, stole a base. Once those two plus Alex Rodriguez really get going, it’ll be glorious.
  • Not So SuperNova: The good news is that Ivan Nova struck out eight in six innings, but the bad news is that he allowed four runs and was again pitching into and out of trouble all night. He only had one 1-2-3 inning and gave up two homers — a solo shot to Mark Trumbo and a two-run Yankee Stadium cheapie to Chris Iannetta — plus a number of other balls to the wall. He didn’t allow a single multi-run homer last season. The increased strikeout rate is great, but it appears to be costing Nova some ground balls. He was good enough, not great.
  • Sorianope: Staked to a four-run lead, Rafael Soriano couldn’t escape the seventh inning before loading the bases and bringing the go-ahead run to the plate. He allowed two hits and two walks before David Robertson bailed him out. Robertson also pitched the eighth inning even though the Yankees tacked on some insurance runs, likely because he missed all that time in Spring Training and is still trying to catch up.
  • Leftovers: Russell Martin drew his team-leading ninth and tenth walks of the season, pushing his OBP to .455 despite a .182 AVG … Raul Ibanez‘s two-run bomb landed in the suite level just below the upper deck; only two others (Russell Branyan and Brandon Allen) have been hit up there … I’m legit surprised Albert Pujols didn’t hit his first homer of the season in this series … I enjoyed Terry Francona in the ESPN booth, it was neat to hear him talk openly about his thoughts on various Yankees, including Manny Banuelos … Nice grab by the ball boy on a Nick Swisher line drive in the fifth; the Yankees have had a couple of good glove kids on the left side in recent years, none better than Skippy.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerdy stats, and ESPN the updated the standings. The Yankees welcome the lowly Minnesota Twins to town for a four-game series starting Monday. It’ll be Freddy Garcia and old buddy Carl Pavano in the opener. RAB Tickets can help get you in the door if you want to catch the game.

Categories : Game Stories


  1. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Again, You started this in like the fourth inning, threw in the stuffs about Sori right after it happened. I’m on to you Axisa.

    • Johnny says:

      That’s how everybody does it. That’s why I like it when games suddenly change in the eighth or ninth inning. I like to envisage a whole room of reporters tearing up their summaries and throwing their typewriters at the wall.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Did you read Chad Jennings’ write up of that long game in Baltimore? He was like “I, and everyone in the press box, has rewritten our recaps 5 or 6 times. I’ve given up. The Yankees won.”

        He eventually put the real one up, but that was funny.

      • Chen Meng Wang says:

        Haha, I know, I’m an amateur journalist, and have written sports pieces before. I’m just busting his chops. and yeah, when things change late in games there’s a whole lot of frantic typing followed by a whole lot a deleting of stuff that would have been nice filler(like a garbage time double, that was thought to be icing on the cake)

  2. Rey22 says:

    Damn, efficient with today’s recap. That was fast

  3. Johnny says:

    Also, Boone struck out two righties and one lefty, one of those men being Albert Pujols.

  4. Plank says:

    Yankees in first and Boston and Tampa Bay tied for bottom in the division.

    No it means nothing, but it’s still cool to see.

  5. Nick says:

    what did francona say about ManBan?

    • Plank says:

      The Yankees tend to hype their prospects but Banuelos and Betances are good young pitchers.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Wasn’t Hersheiser the one who said the Yankee hype thing? It might’ve been Schulman but I know it wasn’t Tito.

        • Plank says:

          May have been. I just had it in the background at that point.

        • sangreal says:

          Yeah, Tito was talking about the depth in the system (Phelps, Banuelos, Betances, etc) and someone else said that the Yankees have a rep for overhyping prospects. Tito responded with an anecdote suggesting Banuelos is the real deal (about the game he pitched vs. the Sox last spring)

        • Rookie says:

          Yep. I’m pretty sure it was Hersheiser. And I think sangreal got what Francona said exactly right, too, below.

    • Havok9120 says:

      He was hyping them hard. Said that they looked like they could legitimately contribute this season. He was especially high on ManBan.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      He told a funny story from spring training last year, Banuelos started against the red sox, and got optioned to the minors the following day or whatever. The next time Tito saw Cash he said something to the effect of thank god you took him out, I thought he was coming north with you.

      • Monterowasdinero says:

        And it was a 3-2 strikeout of Youkilis on a changeup with the bases loaded that was most impressive.

  6. pat says:

    The Yankees welcome the lowly Minnesota Twins to town

    Welp, thanks for jinxing it. We’ll be lucky to split.

  7. Knoxvillain says:

    D-Rob goes 1.1 and doesn’t get four strike outs. Something is wrong.

  8. Havok9120 says:

    Great game. And while I’m glad to see the Twinkies come to town, the schedule after that….

    3 at Boston, 3 at Texas, and then 3 with Detroit in the Bronx. That’s gonna be an interesting stretch.

  9. Matt DiBari says:

    The second homer didn’t bother me so much. A Yankee Stadium shot in a seven run game.

    He did seem to get tired in the fifth and sixth though

  10. Bob Stone says:

    The Yankees are LOADED. They have so much talent throughout every area in all levels of the organization. The Yankees are going to do serious damage this year.

    Forget the burp in Tampa Bay. This team is going to play some great baseball this year.

    Lookout American League. Lookout National League. This team is going to roll over everyone.

    I smell the aroma of a World Series VICTORY. And . . . it is such a sweet smell.

    GO YANKS!!!!!

    • Havok9120 says:


      How can this be?

    • Rookie says:

      I think the Yankees are loaded and have a great shot at having the best regular season record in baseball.

      But in a post season series, while their bullpen should give them an advantage against everyone, it seems to me that they would be likely to be at a disadvantage starting pitching wise against any number of teams — including Tampa Bay, Detroit, L.A. Angels, and, of course, the Phillies, to name just a few. And if ARod plays like a 37-year old and Swisher and Teixera do their usual disappearing act, it’s hard to imagine a World Series victory would be very likely. That said, anything can and does happen in the post season — and the regular season in individual series. So whatever the odds might be, I hope we get hot and win.

      • Bob Stone says:

        I agree with all your comments. But . . . I think the Yanks have a really great shot at a WS Victory.

      • bpdelia says:

        I don’t know man. Cc, kroda pineda pettite seems like it could be more than afequate with the and offense of this team.

        Its truly a huge departure from the last trn years where the yankees have been exceptional but top hesvy, this year I think they and Texas are the two most balanced teams. And after watching ana im even more skeptical about their offense.

        Tex and ny are pretty clearly the class of the al with tb and ana just behind then a gap and det and bos.

      • Havok9120 says:

        CC, Kuroda, Pineda, Pettitte? I mean, sure, its not a group of aces a la Philly or Tampa, but our offense AND bullpen are better than either of them can field.

        Detroit? Unless Verlander is pitching 3 of the 4 games, I give us the edge until we see our guys implode.

    • boogie down says:

      I love the smell of Yankee baseball in the morning. It smells like… victory.

  11. flamingo says:

    So Nova has the flu? He pitched really well, taking that into account.

    Weird game, but wins are awesome. I love beating the Angels.

  12. Josh says:

    Based on the fact that Derek Jeter is hitting .366/.395/.610, I would say the Yankees have won the Pineda trade.

    I kid, I kid.

  13. forensic says:

    I can’t believe Howie Kendrick’s career BA against the Yanks is only .345. It seems like it should be closer to .700 or so.

    They just can’t seem to figure out how to get him out. It’s like Alex Rios back when he hit in something like 30-40 straight games against them.

    • forensic says:

      Oh, and I would like to thank Mike Scioscia for sitting him on Friday when he should NEVER miss a game against the Yankees. That certainly helped out.

  14. Bob Stone says:

    What a great piece by ESPN. The journey of the Major League baseball bat from tree to clubhouse is fascinating.

    Despite ESPN’s BoSox bias, and our overall disdain for their totally one-sided coverage, they do some good things every now and then.

    Let’s give them kudos for this story.

  15. Adam Parker says:

    I can’t wait to read the narrative later in the season if (when!) Jeter keeps this up. Minds will explode!

  16. Bob Stone says:

    This site is dead tonight. Did everyone go to bed early so they can get enough sleep to go to work tomorrow?

    • Havok9120 says:

      Nah. 663 comments in the Game Thread. It was a blowout win (or at least it promised to be) and its Sunday night. People have things to do tomorrow.

      That said, a lot of the regulars were missing tonight. We only heard from Neeeded Pitching and Joba once all night. Robinson was MIA. DM went to bed early apparently. CJ and Ted Nelson have had a reduced presence in the early season. Plank was around, but I don’t think he counts over in his timezone.

  17. Bob Stone says:

    I hate all this Jackie Robinson #42 crap. No one should care about race or creed or gender. Why can’t we move on past all this crap?

    It feels so totally wrong to see everyone wearing the same f^%king number on their respective uniforms.

    Let’s evolve a little bit.

    • Steve (different one) says:

      Jackie Robinson?? I thought it was Mariano Rivera day, just like every Sunday.

    • Havok9120 says:

      What he did was and is worth celebrating. His accomplishments were great on the scale of human events, not merely the scale of race or sports.

      Ceasing the celebration of greatness is the quickest way for society to embrace mediocrity.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      You’re right and you’re wrong. Nobody should care about race/religion/creed/gender/sexuality. These are all personal things that don’t effect one’s ability to do something, or detract from their humanity in anyway. You’re correct in that. But people did care, and do care, and treat people differently because they don’t fit into certain aspects and therefore aren’t people. Now, today we have to celebrate people that struggled against that adversity and helped prove to the populus that everyone, no matter how different, is a person.

      • Chen Meng Wang says:

        and that really nice line Havok has about greatness and mediocrity.

      • Bob Stone says:

        You are VERY right in your statement that we need to celebrate heros. We need to celebrate people that have fought with every fiber of energy in their respective bodies to make society better.

        I am just fed up with hypocrisy and political correctness. MLB is doing ALMOST nothing to promote baseball in the black community.

        I feel that our society needs to move on and not celebrate the fact that we don’t see color anymore. The more we dwell on it the more we see color as an issue. I think it goes beyond the original benefit or the attained equality and keeps pointing to the differences.

        Let us just move on.

        • Plank says:

          Baseball is dying everywhere other than the South, West coast, Texas, and Southwest of America. Baseball is aware of it and actively attempting to promote the game. What you just said is false.


          But whatever, I don’t want to get involved in your racist tirade.

        • Havok9120 says:

          I understand what you’re saying but a nation, a people, should not abandon our heritage. We’ve been made better by our diversity and we’ve been made what we are by our history. Ignoring or trying to forget either is not only folly, but counter productive. We do point to the differences at times, but that’s because there ARE differences and trying to forget that fact in the name of equality and political correctness is almost as dumb as discriminating because of those differences was and is.

          When people make those differences out to be a weakness that must be balanced out by the actions of society, THAT’S pointing to the differences in a negative way. Pointing to the differences as something to be embraced and celebrated as something which contributes to the whole is something entirely different. It is a grave mistake to equate the two.

    • Bob Stone says:

      And one further thought. African American athletes are NOT drawn to my favorite game . . . . which of course is Major League Baseball . . . and of course the Yankes in particular. They go to the NBA and the NFL. Period, the end.

      The % of African Americans in MLB has been declining for years. MLB has done an awful job of promoting the sport in the black community. Who cares? If African Americans want to play football, basketball, soccer or golf, who cares?

      Let’s keep looking for guys from around the workd who love the game also. I don’t care if there aren’t any African Americans in the game. We have to be color blind and move on.

      This Jackie Robinson #42 SHIT has to stop.

      And I don’t care. I am so tired of political correctness in this country. It is destructive to the fabric of our society and dishonest.

      • Plank says:

        No one cares about race in Sanford, FL. Why don’t you go there?

      • gc says:

        If you really think the celebration of Jackie Robinson in baseball is about political correctness, you have no fucking clue.

        • Bob Stone says:

          I didn’t say that. I threw political correctness into the general argument I was making that our society needs to move forward.

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            I agree with you, however, Jackie Robinson had to put up with a ton of shit in his career. What he did for the Civil Rights Movement was second only two Martin Luther King Jr. We’re not celebrating him because he’s black, we’re celebrating him because he’s great. What he did is worth celebrating, I’d say that you can be a post racial society and still celebrate Jackie Robinson. We can be a post racial society and still hate Hitler and Slavery right? So why can’t we hate Hitler and celebrate Jackie Robinson at the same time?

            • Bob Stone says:

              I am so tired. Can’t we get past this? As I have posted elsehwere in this thread, how much good could we do for the sport and poor African American kids in black ghettos with all the money spent on all those special #42 uniforms?

        • Bob Stone says:

          And further – Celebrating this great triumph of one man ocercoming a barrier without DOING anything beyond that is just so much marketing BS.

          DO SOMETHING MLB. Stop giving lip service.

          You have no f*&king clue if you don’t undertand that.

          • Plank says:

            Again, (for the 4th time in this thread I believe) MLB has the RBI program which attempts to get baseball back in the inner cities of America.


            Go ahead and comment that MLB should actually DO SOMETHING instead of PAYING LIP SERVICE. Angst!!!

            • Bob Stone says:

              Plank – TRUCE – I think we both believe in the same idea. I would just like to see a different implementation of the program. That’s all I am saying.

              And, by the way, numbers don’t lie. African Americans made up 13% of MLB players five years ago. Today that number is down to 8%.

              So MLB is FAILING in it’s efforts to woo black players.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Disagree completely, the RBI program? They’re heavily marketing their biggest black stars in Granderson, Hunter, Rollins, Howard, Fielder, Jeter, Crawford, and McCutcheon. I mean Major League Baseball can’t force black people to play baseball, but to say that they’re just letting them go isn’t true. Perhaps this new CBA will drive black people further away from baseball since there will be no more bonus babies and you won’t be set to take care of your family once you get out of HS.

        • Bob Stone says:

          The money is part of the problem. A young superstar black kid can be set for life with a signing in the NFL or the NBA. It is not as good in MLB.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          …..and that bastion of black America, Mark Teixiera, who’s heavily involved in Harlem RBI.

          RBI is a WONDERFUL venture. Several friends work for it.

  18. JCYanks says:

    I get what you are saying Bob, but I think if major league baseball says okay we are gonna ignore the African American community it can only hurt. All of us here love baseball, and the more people we can get involved the better. Sure, economically, it is easier for african american kids in poor cities to play other sports. But baseball can steal make strides to reach out and Jackie Robinson day is one of them. If we say okay African Americans can go do whatever, then it only decreases the amount of people we have interested in baseball and around the world. I think Tito said it the best, we shouldnt pat ourselves on the back so much for doing an obvious thing and welcoming a black player into the game. It was the right thing to do but it was long delayed. Period. I do not think thats a case of political corectedness gone wrong.

    • JCYanks says:

      Also, political corectedness is sometimes needed. I think what we become upset about is when politicians use it to pander to certain groups. I understand the frustration there. But that is more of our political system, and how political rhetoric sadly functions. Not corectedness. If the absence of correctedness allows for racially aggressive language and hate, then we absolutely need it.

      • Bob Stone says:

        It bothers me that blacks can use the full “N” word and create RAP music that calls black women “Hos” and Imus gets nailed for doing the same thing.

        That is an example of misdirected political correctness and REVERSE racism.

        And please undrstand. Blacks in this country went through hundreds of years of hell to get where they are today. I get that.

        But we have gone tooooooo far. Demagogues like Al Sharpton, who is a proven liar, keep this race thing going just too much.

    • Bob Stone says:

      To that I say: Take all the extra money spent on SPECIAL #42 uniforms for EVERY player on EVERY team in baseball and spend it in the black community.

      This is such a waste of money and time. I can’t stand it!

      Be honest. Try to promote MLB in the black community. I HATE lip service instead of REAL action.

      • Plank says:

        Aren’t you just providing lip service instead of real action? Baseball is doing something.


        • Bob Stone says:

          Thanks for the info. Great Link. I still say MLB could do more. And they should.

          • Havok9120 says:

            Such as what? Sure, you can sit and shout “DO SOMETHING!” but that’s hardly contributing. What would you have them do?

            • Bob Stone says:

              I could give you a whole program. I do that for a living. I do not want to do more work tnight.

              I like being here on RAB for diversion. So, you have unknowingly crossed one of my real serious lines.

              So, I am not going to do that. I have ten ideas for MLB that could really improve opportunities for blacks in the sport. But it would take me a LOT of work to outline it to you or MLB or the RAB Community and I am trying to be here for FUN . . . NOT WORK!!

  19. Plank says:

    Jackie Robinson integrated the most popular sport in America 8 years before Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus. Baseball isn’t honoring a black hero, they are honoring an American hero.

  20. Jimmy McNulty says:

    We all knew Nova’s ERA would be a little worse this year than last. However, if you whiff eight batters and only walk two in six innings…isn’t two HRs a little flukey? I recognize that he wasn’t great, but probably better than his line suggested. Anyways, not a great start but it’s not like there was nothing to like. Like a certain overrated asshole bust’s start recently. Looking at you Hughesy.

    • Bob Stone says:

      Phelps and Hughes are going to switch roles.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Is Hughes going to start being awesome and is Phelps going to start sucking?

        • Bob Stone says:

          LOL – No. Remember that Mariano Rivera started as a very average Starting Rotation guy. I think Hughes is going to be an excellent reliever.

          And, I know it is too early to say, but I think Phelps is going to be a great starter, like that guy we let get away to Arizona.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          That was really funny. I almost may apologize for being on your so case so much after that.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Not this season.

      • Rookie says:

        If they keep pitching the way they have been, I think it would be hard to justify doing otherwise.

        • Plank says:

          A decision will be made when Pineda is back from injury. The Yankees would send Phelps down and move Hughes to the pen even if they both continue to pitch as they have been, I would think.

          • Plank says:

            That said, it’s a grand total of 8 IP for Hughes and 8.1 IP for Phelps we are discussing.

            • Jimmy McNulty says:

              Hughes kinda has a book out on him. He can’t keep the ball down, he can’t finish hitters, and he has no real out pitch. That’s been the case since the hamstring injury, and it appears to still be the case. I think it’s okay to take Hughes through the cleaners, it’s not like he’s a rookie or anything like that…the book’s out on him.

    • Johnny says:

      There was a hell of a lot of wind tonight. You can put it down to that I guess, but the obvious response would be “so give up fewer fly balls.”

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Every pitcher gives up some fly balls…if about 1/10 of them leave the park I’d say that’s a pretty fair rate. I know, I know…everyone has different HR/FB ratios, but either rate Nova’s was flukey on Sunday..

  21. Marc says:

    who was the homeplate umpire tonight

  22. Bob Stone says:

    Damn – I was thinking how much I miss TSJC. Please come back to RAB.

  23. iconoclast says:

    I love the Yankees, but also appreciate a lively political discussion and there are very few places one can find both on a sophisticated level. I agree with Bob Stone that atheltically gifted blacks are drawn to professional sports that allow for earning significant amounts of money early…and perhaps also it’s a lot easier to have the resources to develop as a basketball player…don’t need a lot of infrastructure…just a basketball and a hoop to develop skills.

    As for the politics, the term “political correctness” is a right-wing concept that seeks in a subtle way to undermine efforts to publicize injustices, by implying those who have such concerns are either not sophisticated thinkers and/or boring. So-called political correctness should only end when the problems that give rise to it vanish. None have. Remembering Robinson is simply part of remembering history and as Santayana said “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.”
    even if the specific history isn’t repeated.

    Bob Stone’s desire for a post-racial society is commendable, but it’s not going to happen just by wishing it so. Rather it will require making fundamental changes in thoughts and practices. There has indeed been enormous progress (I’m 68, white, and have lived long enough to see it), but still far to go. I do agree that Sharpton is a sleazy character…former FBI informer, tax cheat, opportunist (worked weird deals politically, undermining Freddy Ferrer vs. Bloomberg, shilling for Obama vs. his black critics). Sometimes, however, he has done things that go off script in an impressive direction (e.g., visiting guy who stabbed him after the guy went to prison; helping families of victims of racial violence behind the scenes). I think he is a deeply flawed person who has his moments.

  24. mustang says:

    I quickly read some of the comments. The reason I love this place its because it gives me a bit of a escape from the bullshit of the world around us.
    I come to RAB to enjoy the sport of baseball with my fellow Yankees fans and I must say seldom see race here. I guess post-racial society is probably out of reach in my lifetime. Then again if someone would of told me back in the late 70′s when I started following this game that I would be able to share my opinions with other fans in an informative interactive form I probably would of LOL.
    Now can we get back to argue about why the Yankees can’t develop an ace.

  25. Golly-Gee, its to bad Derek Jeter is all washed up, like most yankee fans say he is!

  26. i guess they do that here as well

  27. Scratch my last post……still learning

  28. Annie Oakley says:

    Francona is a vast improvement over Valentine. Whenever Terry said something obvious he knew it and called himself on it. He should have taken McCarver’s place on FOX.

    • mustang says:

      Little bit off your topic, but I have a new respect for Francona after deciding not to attend the Red Sox 100th anniversary. I mean seriously what fucking nerve do the Sox have after running the guy out of town and dragging his name in the mud to ask him to attend the celebration is a joke.

  29. Annie Oakley says:

    I’m not concerned about Nova althought he tends to leave some meatballs over the plate. The ball seemed to be carrying well last night but he wasn’t getting the groundball he usually does. I wonder if he didn’t have the sink. He certainly had the hook going for him.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I think he did what good starters do. He didn’t have his best stuff. He gave the team six innings and gave it a chance to blow it open later. You can’t have perfect gems every time.

    • Havok9120 says:

      From watching the two games, I think the various blog analysts have it right: he’s challenging hitters more in the zone, and getting more Ks and fews ground balls because of it.

  30. mustang says:

    Just watch Ibanez’s HR on replay WOOOOW!!!!

  31. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    The bleacher creatures seemed unusually tough on Torii Hunter last night, anyone know what he did to set them off?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      They’ve been crushing Torii (and Vernon Wells) for years.

      • j6takish says:

        Didn’t Torii say something awhile back on about how Yankee fans were annoying because they were everywhere? I think it was in response to a Yankee fan heckling him at a home game at Angels stadium

    • rek4gehrig says:

      I was at the game. The left field creatures were even worse with Bobby Abreu. I wont dare repeat some of the epithets that were hurled at him.

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