Game 31: Turn The Page


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Last night’s loss was tough to swallow, but the only thing you, me, David Robertson, and the Yankees can do is turn the page and focus on tonight’s rubber match against the Rays. CC Sabathia is on the mound against David Price, the sixth time the two ace left-handers have met. The Yankees are 0-5 in the previous five meetings, believe it or not. 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
3B Eduardo Nunez
Chris Stewart

LHP CC Sabathia

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. stuart a says:

    4 games behind tampa and 2 blown saves against tampa.

    problem is drob and soriano are toast for tonight, so not only do they blow the game but the pen is short tonight. move phelps to the pen when pettitte comes back and therefore have another pretty good arm in the pen.

    gardner issue is concerning. they need his taking pitches in the lineup and speed….

    • Knoxvillain says:

      Phelps needs to stay in the rotation when Pettitte comes back. Hughes needs to be out of the rotation or just DFA’d. I hate seeing him pitch. He had a great game the other night, but I’m not sold. Five years in the ML and he’s had half of a season as a good starter. Hughes to the pen, Phelps stays up.

  2. Dan in Atlanta says:

    Maybe once CC would like to not have to hear that we need at least eight innings from him. Well, now he gets to hear we need 9.

  3. jjyank says:

    Well if the back end of our bullpen is gonna be shot, at least it happens on CC day. Get it done big man!

  4. Kramerica Industries says:

    Probably heard this by now, but in these Price/Sabathia matchups, the Yankees are 0-5.

    Need to put an end to that tonight.

  5. Kramerica Industries says:

    Nunez being Nunez.

    Hahah, oh wow.

  6. jjyank says:

    Nunez…come on man.

  7. CBean says:

    freakin’ nunez

  8. The Melkman says:

    The Eduardo Nunez Experiment never fails to fail…

  9. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    “… reaches on fielding error by 3rd baseman Eduardo Nunez”


  10. Cy Pettitte says:

    I like how Nunez has completely destroyed any trade value he had, however minimal, before this season started in a month.

  11. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Electric baby

  12. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Grand slam right here

  13. Cy Pettitte says:

    put another run on Nunie’s ERA

  14. Karl Krawfid says:

    Does A-Rod have to DH this damn much? Damn man.

    • Havok9120 says:

      We’d be asking why he didn’t DH more if he got hurt a week or two ago.

      Pick your poison. Until he shows he’s still durable and has just had bad luck….

  15. Swish saved Nunez’s ass..we need a stat for Nunie, UnEarned Run Average.

  16. The Melkman says:

    You gotta love these throws Swish has been making the last couple of games. Arm looks good as ever.

    • jjyank says:

      True. That sac fly last night in the 9th, I thought there was no chance, that throw by Swish was awesome.

  17. jjyank says:

    Get well soon Chavez.

  18. Hummingbird S. says:

    ridiculous inning all around… CC hits a lousy hitter on 0-1 pitch, the worst defender on the league makes another error and finally a blooper finds grass and drives in a run.. It’s a mix of bad luck with incompetence

  19. flamingo says:

    The Yankees think he can be a viable infielder… why exactly?

    Every time I convince myself he can turn it around his next time out, he does something like this.

  20. Tom says:

    Lefty groundball pitcher… why would you weaken the left side of the defense?

  21. Need Pitching says:

    Seriously, don’t the Yankees need to reach the conclusion at some point that Nunez isn’t a competent major league baseball player.
    I’m all for giving young guys a chance, but Nunez is just ridiculously bad.

    • Havok9120 says:

      I think the decision will be made at some point this season. I won’t be surprised, or even angry, if its well into the second half though.

  22. mt says:

    Has any other team gone with a back-up infielder who can’t field?

  23. Havok9120 says:

    That was unfortunate.

    Another nice throw by Swish tho.

  24. Leg-End says:

    Nunez gonna Nunez

  25. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Nunez needs to be sent to AAA

  26. Hummingbird S. says:

    all 3 pitches in the strikezone.. wonder what he’s waiting for

  27. Cuso says:

    No. Why swing? Idiot.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Yes….because all three of those were clearly hittable. Especially that one at the knees and inside that probably wasn’t even a strike.


      • Cuso says:

        I was specifically looking at the 3rd pitch.

        But thank you for your sigh.

        Feel free to post other bodily functions as well.

        • Havok9120 says:

          The third pitch was an backdoor cutter that broke back over the plate. Its not like he grooved a fastball.


          Thanks for the permission. Really needed that one.

  28. flamingo says:

    Good Cano is back, I hope!

  29. jjyank says:

    Eight game hitting streak, eh? Sounds like Robbie is rounding into form nicely. Keep it up, we could use a boost in that offense.

  30. stuart a says:

    girardi is loyal to a fault. nunez cannot field, let alone play 4 positions effectively. the love for Nunez is a head scratcher for me….

    nunez’s errors have cost this team big time this season…..

    so cc gave up an enearned run and threw probably 7 more pitches then need be….

    leiter is a moron…bj upton does not strike out alot. 11 k’s in 55 ab’s. 20% and career #’s I bet are similar. not exactly joe dimaggio 45 k’s a season.

  31. SMK says:

    Girardi after the game: “I think Nuney’s coming along with the glove.”

  32. 7 pitches, all strikes…Price is coming out hot.

  33. stuart a says:

    cano has 9 rbi’s, not exactly great…..

  34. Cuso says:

    This looks eerily like the 8th inning last night.

  35. Clyde Barrow says:

    Great hitting by Cano and ARod. Too bad nothing will come of it because Teixera will pop up to end the inning.

  36. jjyank says:

    A-Rod over the last 2 weeks:

    .372 / .471 / .512

    Hopefully a sign of things to come.

    • Havok9120 says:

      He clearly needs Tommy John.

      Oh, and the offense sucks.

      • Don'tcha Know? says:

        Teixera sucks . . . Not much of an argument there . . .

        • Havok9120 says:

          Yes there is and we’ve had it before.

          That, however, is not the focus of most these posters. The offense in general is what most of them like complaining about.

        • jjyank says:

          Nobody mentioned Tex except you.

          • Don'tcha Know? says:

            Funny… Last I checked, Teixera was part of the aforementioned “offense”. Hmm, I could be wrong, however. Let me go check my notes.

      • You’re finally getting it. Unless we score at least 5 runs an inning, with out any homers (cause homers kill rallies), and our starting pitchers go at least 7 shut out innings, and Robertson even gets into a 3 ball count the game shouldn’t count as a win, because we’re the Yankees and every game should be an automatic blow out win.

  37. Hummingbird S. says:

    comon Teix, its your good side.. do something

  38. Hummingbird S. says:

    he obviously does nothing and yet another out with RISP… this team is predictably bad right now, and there are no easy fixes

  39. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Teix really was better when he was drinking milkshakes in tex and atl.

  40. Need Pitching says:

    un-fucking real

  41. Cy Pettitte says:

    DFA Nunez.

  42. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    Can I play 3rd?

  43. flamingo says:

    Thanks, Nunez. Thanks a lot.

  44. Erica says:

    The second I log on here …. NUNEZ ERROR.

    Le sigh. Hi everyone.

  45. jjyank says:

    Alright…I think it’s time for a defensive replacement.

  46. aRX says:

    WTF Nunez!??

  47. Karl Krawfid says:

    How the hell is this guy in the majors?

  48. mt says:

    Also it surprsied me but they said on Yes that CC has started agsinst Tampa 14 times as a Yankee and only won twice (yes, wins are overrated but not as much for your ace who you know will go 6-8 innings in a game unless he gets absolutely bombed).

    (And I remember one of those games was the near no-hiiter when he gave up a hit to Sohppach in eighth inning. Reporters were all over Girardi as to whether CC would have started the ninth if he still had no-hitter.)

  49. Mike Axisa says:

    Just take him the fuck out.

  50. Wow…flash backs to Chuck Knoblauch…

  51. FIPster Doofus says:

    Not sure if serious, Nunez.

  52. Clyde Barrow says:

    Nunez has got to go. This is ridiculous.

  53. CBean says:

    Concussed or not, get Chavez in the game

  54. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Pull him right now put in nix

  55. Leg-End says:

    Nunez, you gotta be shitting me.

  56. The Melkman says:

    Any JV 3B in a NYC public high school turns that double play every time.

  57. Hummingbird S. says:

    another miss on player evaluation by Cashman and Girardi… love that he’s still in there

  58. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    At what point do they run out of patience with Nunez?

  59. Knoxvillain says:

    I try to like you, Nunez. But please die.

  60. Cuso says:

    Wow. This is actually getting funny.

  61. flamingo says:

    I love the sarcastic cheers.

  62. Havok9120 says:

    Oh that was incredible.

    And this is why I was a little peeved with the MLB taking its sweet time on Chavez’ tests.

  63. Sansa says:

    We can’t have Nunez committing error after error every game. If you’re going to rest Jeter and Arod as much as you are you need someone you can field. Nunez can’t field, period. He was better in left field.

  64. wow says:

    holy crap this team sucks. lol

  65. James A says:

    It would be one thing if Nunez was hitting, but hes not. This should be the last game of E-duardo era

    • NoH says:

      This is something that I’ve been thinking too. We keep hearing that he’s being put in the lineup because of his offense, but I’ve never really seen him as a stud offensively either. I don’t think he’s terrible with the bat it’s just that he doesn’t do enough to make up for these ridiculous errors defensively.

      • Joey H. says:

        No, lets be fair. For streaks of last year his bat was live. Especially when compared to Pena who can’t get the ball out of the infield. However, Pena capitalizes when the ball is hit his way.

      • Havok9120 says:

        He’s very streaky, and when he’s hot he’s incredibly hot. Hot enough to try and shoehorn him into the lineup.

        That said, its getting to the point where you’re right. Almost no amount of offense can make up for this nonsense.

  66. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Nunez cheer lol

  67. 718 says:

    Suck a tale pipe Nunez!

  68. NoH says:

    Lol that was a play even Nunez couldn’t screw up.

  69. mt says:

    Zobrist trying to hit ball to Nunie – LOL

  70. Leg-End says:

    Nice pick Nunez, way to be.

  71. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    Is Nix still up?

  72. John Henry says:

    Cashman please take Nunez away from Girardi.

  73. Hummingbird S. says:

    they are actually bunting towards Nunez.. it’s that bad

  74. Cuso says:

    Errordo ‘No’nez

  75. Josh Hamilton is just unreal. I hope he can play at least 130 games this year…I’d really love to see 150+ games from him.

    • Knoxvillain says:

      Probably won’t happen. I’d love to see him in New York though. I don’t think he would last in this city with his problems, but I could be wrong. Doesn’t matter though, Girardi would bat him 8th.

      • I don’t think he should or is going to leave Texas, they’ve supported him through everything, and he’s said in interviews that means a lot to him. But when this dude is healthy he’s a great hitter who is so strong the ball just jumps off of his bat.

      • Havok9120 says:

        You’d love to see him in NY, but you don’t think he would last?

        Eh, wot?

        • Knoxvillain says:

          Yep. If he could last I’d love to see him here. But I don’t think he would last so no point in thinking about it. Plus that 189 bullshit.

    • Joey H. says:

      Swisher replacement? Ha.

      Actually wouldn’t be too crazy finances aside. His lack of ability to stay healthy can be some what alleviated by the DH merry go round.

      • and his love for crack cocaine as well as a whole mess of other things will definitely be the opposite of alleviated with living in the NY area. Seriously, I’m a broke 22 year old living on the Jersey side of the bridge, and i know absolutely anything I want is but a phone call, or maybe two.

  76. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Put arod at 3rd and let CC hit.

  77. Whatever Floats Your Boat says:

    I wonder if Joe Girardi’s wife ever finds him alone in the bathroom with a well-worn picture of Eduardo Nunez?

  78. mt says:

    These errors also driving up CC pitch count whne we need him to pitch at least 8 tonight.

  79. That’s two unearned runs tonight.

  80. Hummingbird S. says:

    game over with this shitty offense.. CC needs to do better

  81. Kramerica Industries says:

    Two out hits driving in a run for the second straight inning.

    With David Price on the mound, this type of shit will drive this game out of reach in a hurry.

    • Don'tcha Know? says:

      Careful, it’s only the second inning!!! That’s what people say, right? Doesn’t matter that David Price is pitching . . . no, not at all.

  82. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    2 errors, 2 runs.

    Fuck you Nunez.

  83. Sansa says:

    A 2-0 deficit seems like 6-0 with the way this offense is hitting. Nunez screws us every time he plays in the field.

  84. 718 says:

    FU Nunez!

  85. Erica says:

    I’m sure it’s been said but it seems like Nunez is the 2012 version of Gaudin.

  86. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Anyone notice grandy has a shitty arm. Other than the rest of baseball.

  87. Cy Pettitte says:

    I feel like we might be seeing Sweaty Freddy tonight

  88. Tom says:

    It’s also not just the unearned runs… how many extra pitches has CC had to throw thanks to Nunez?

  89. The Melkman says:

    Nuney’s ERA for the day is currently 10.73

  90. Knoxvillain says:

    Nunez might set the fucking record for most RBIs for opposing teams in a season.

  91. stuart a says:

    noonie with 2 erros has caused CC to throw literally 20 extra pitches.

    the guy is a joke. postgame with Girardi and his usuall bullshit… take time, blah blah blah.

    btw nice ab by tex last inning. what a shocker tex did not ge tthe run in. this is a 3 year downtrun for him, when do people admit he is not that good. the guy is a 230 hitter know, never adjusts..

    he is a joke offensively a joke….

  92. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Nunez needs to slip in the shower after the game.

  93. Rey22 says:

    Someone get Nunez off this fucking roster. Please. Zero value with the bat, and absurdly negative value with the glove. Entirely fucking useless. I’d rather have Pena and his shitty bat but decent glove in the lineup.

  94. Cy Pettitte says:

    holy shit that was a laser

  95. The Melkman says:

    In Curtis We Trust.

  96. Erica says:

    OH! Grandy! Okay! Everyone – KEEP DOING THAT.

  97. flamingo says:

    Apparently that’s only the second HR Price has given up this season? WHICH MAKES IT EVEN BETTER.

  98. CBean says:

    oh Curtis Granderson, I love you

  99. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    Yankees 1
    Rays 0
    Nunez 2

    That was a bomb.

  100. Sansa says:

    Grandy still showing he can hit lefties. He should keep hitting 2nd even vs lefties.

  101. Leg-End says:

    Granderson gonna Granderson.

  102. RetroRob says:

    Eduardo: 2
    Yankees: 1

    It’s tough to win with a double-agent working against you.

  103. Tom says:

    Nunez 2, Yankees 1, Rays 0…. not sure what total will be the highest tonight.

  104. Kentucky Bomber says:

    If we are going to lose with our young players release Jones, release Chavez, release Garcia, bring up kids. Otherwise send Nunez to Empire State where he can learn his craft, whatever it is.

  105. CBean says:

    wait, is Andruw hurt? Jesus did the whole team break a mirror while walking under a ladder?

  106. Cuso says:

    Can u run a little harder, please? I mean at least make it “look” good….

  107. Havok9120 says:

    That was a great play by SRod.

  108. Sansa says:

    Oh no, not another hamstring to an outfielder. The lineup will be even weaker if Jones has to leave.

  109. Guest says:

    Yes, Grandy should totally hit sixth against lefties. Totally.

  110. Cy Pettitte says:

    well Andruw looks done. OF is down to Ibanez, Swish, Grandy, Nunie and Nix

  111. Cuso says:

    STEAL damnit.

  112. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Nunz electric

  113. jjyank says:

    At least Nunez can do something right.

  114. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Nunz electric walk there

  115. Sansa says:

    Nunez trying to do everything he can to show his value.

  116. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    Beckett has already given up 4 to the Indians. Perhaps he is better suited to become a full time golfer.

  117. Cy Pettitte says:

    Stewart is out most clutch hitter.

  118. RBC says:

    This is a comedy of errors tonight

  119. Erica says:

    Chris Stewart! Yes.

  120. Mike Axisa says:

    Chris Stewart. It’s happening.

  121. jjyank says:

    Man Stewart has really impressed with the bat! Seriously, what alternate universe is this?

  122. The Melkman says:

    Way to be Stewart!

  123. Karl Krawfid says:

    Chris Stewart > Russ Martin.

    Stop bitching.

  124. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    So I guess 2 runs against Price isn’t all that insurmountable.

  125. RetroRob says:

    Spirit of Nunez infests all teams at Yankee Stadium.

    Exorcist in transit.

  126. flamingo says:

    Where’d this offense come from? I’m starting to like this backup catcher – he’s not a black hole in the lineup, apparently!

  127. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Stewie rocks

  128. Zooboy says:

    Hoo-weet Thins!

  129. Leg-End says:

    Yeah Stewart nice job.

  130. Sansa says:

    Chris Stewart does such a good job in limited duties. I think he should play more if Martin keep struggling. Nunez makes up for one of those two runs he lost.

    • BK2ATL says:

      Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but he actually might next year, if he keeps it up and Martin continues to struggle at the plate.

  131. Cuso says:

    THATS why you don’t wait to steal. If Nunez on first none of that happens. No 2nd run. No Stewart on 3rd.

  132. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    While Stewart likely would not continue hitting over the long haul why not play him while he has the hot hand?

  133. mt says:

    Why did BJ think he could throw out Nunez?

  134. BK2ATL says:

    Babe “Skeets” Stewart strikes again. Great to see Nunez try to make something happen with his legs. Still owe CC one run, kid. Granderson is in a HR zone. Let’s go, Cap.

    Lovin’ it.

  135. Cy Pettitte says:

    once again, Francisco weeps.


    Oh, wait? we scored and we’re winning?!?! I’m a huge fan, We’re the best team in baseball!!! What are you talking about? I’m not a flip flopper, I stay through this team no matter what!! How dare you!

    • jjyank says:

      Mitt Romney is that you?

      • Havok9120 says:

        His “position has evolved.”

        Well, that’s a President Obama quote, but you get the idea.

      • You caught me. I usually dont discuss politics, but Obama totally cool with gays getting married, and I’m totally cool with this. I mean if I vote it’s going to be for him anyway, but that’s one more positive.

        • jjyank says:

          Agreed. Thing is, the Mitt Romney joke isn’t even partisan. It’s pretty well documented how many times he’s changed his opinions.

          • RetroRob says:

            They all do.

            I hate all politicians. Does that make a political comment or a non-political comment?

          • Havok9120 says:

            No, not partisan at all as long as you don’t try to pretend he’s alone in that between the two. They’re both terrible with sticking to a position, and very good at not going on record on an issue unless its on their terms.

            Now. Back to the game. These threads are bad enough without opening a political debate.

  137. Sansa says:

    Price is losing the zone here. Walk to Nunez. Walk to Jeter. Let’s take advantage while we can.

  138. Cuso says:

    Any time you can put Fielding pressure on the Rays, they fall apart. I’m remembering the Shields-CC pitching duel last year. If you play their small ball game, you have a better chance. The Earl Weaver 3-run HR baseball doesn’t work on theses guys
    I miss Gardner.

    • Don'tcha Know? says:

      Have there been any updates on Gardner? I never quite realized how much I cherished his company until he was gone. :(

  139. Guest says:

    Seriously, what K do people think Hamilton will get?

    Let’s say he plays 155 this year and puts up .365/.440/.650 w/50 HR’s and 157 RBIs. As ridiculous as those numbers are, given his talent, recent performance, and this unbelievable start, I think 155 games is the biggest stretch.

    What would that kind of Bondsian performance get for a former league MVP who’s going to be 32, has crushed his body on and off the field, and the year after that Pujols K (which looks turr-ible already)?

    It’ll be really interesting to watch. My guess is, if he puts up ridiculous numbers, he gets 3 yrs 60 from someone with a club option for year 4 also at 20M.

    • jjyank says:

      No idea what he’d get, but I’ll be its more than 3/60. A lot more, and I really hope it’s not from the Yankees.

    • Spiff says:

      Lol, even if he hits .310 with 35 homers in 130 games he’ll probably get more than that.

  140. Mike Axisa says:

    Well that’s unfortunate.

  141. Erica says:

    OOOF. That hurt.

  142. Karl Krawfid says:

    Just 2 runs after all that.

  143. Sansa says:

    Damn, what bad luck for Swish. Damnit.

  144. RetroRob says:

    Damn, that looked like a sure hit. That is, unless Maddon had the 2B’man, SS and CFer all standing around second, which is possible.

  145. The nunez factor says:

    Jesus swish. Hard but right at price

  146. Stratman9652 says:

    So does anyone else think maybe this year is the first in a slow transition to DH for A Rod? I can only buy so much of the whole “keeping him fresh” line for so long. If that is the case, it certainly makes the Montero trade much more logical if they thought the DH spot was going to be A-Rod’s sooner rather than later.

    • jjyank says:

      I dunno if this is a transition, but I think knowing that A-Rod would eventually be the DH certainly made Montero more expendable.

      • Erica says:


        …Kidding. We’ll let this one pass.

      • mt says:

        Yes, I agree Montero as Dh on Yanks with Arod and Tex contracts was stupid – but still do not know why he couldn’t be back-up catcher and part-time DH.

        He already has caught several games for Seattle (especially after Olivo injury) and the world did not end, including some good games by Felix and Noesi’s shutout. Now Yanks may have to pay big dollars for Russell Martin (even with his crappy average) or Miguel Montero given the Yadier Molina contract.

        In any case Yanks wanted potential pitching stud Pineda bad so probably all of the Jesus position speculation is moot.

        • jjyank says:

          Most people don’t think Montero could be a starter. And leaving Pineda’s injury and hindsight aside, a pitcher of that caliber is most likely more valuable to the construction of the team than a BUC/part-time DH is.

    • Havok9120 says:

      I think they’re testing his durability more than anything. I’ll be interested to see if they keep him DH’ing at this rate all season if he stays more or less healthy.

      But if this was the plan for this season all along, you’re right that it makes the trade look more logical from their perspective.

  147. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    The Red Sox are really this bad, aren’t they?

    7-1 cleveland.

  148. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I might have to change my handle to Chris Stewart #1 Fan.

  149. Karl Krawfid says:

    CC has the Jordans on.

    Notice the ups.

  150. RetroRob says:

    Yeah. Screw range. Make plays. I need to save my angst for the pen.

  151. OldYanksFan says:

    Good things happening at Fenway to our beloved Beckett.

    • jjyank says:

      Good. Now that Poopelbon is gone, Beckett can take the mantle as my least favorite player.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Oh shit! I thought that game was in Cleveland.

      Red Sox have lost 10 of 11 at Fenway. I’d love to find a statistician who can verify the last time that happened. I certainly can’t think of a time recently.

  152. Let’s keep the heat on Price here. I mean we’d probably have the lead right now if that line drive wasn’t directly at Price.

    PS, I’ve lost all faith in the Red Sox making this a three team race.

  153. flamingo says:

    John and Susyn discussing the awfulness of the Sox = awesome.

  154. Erica says:

    Yay Robbie!

  155. RetroRob says:

    Cano. No shift works for me.

  156. Erica says:

    I can literally listen to Al Leiter talk about pitching all day.

  157. Need Pitching says:

    ugggh…fuck BABIP

  158. Cy Pettitte says:

    F you BABIP gods

  159. Sansa says:

    Another unlucky break. We’re getting some good swings off Price and working the counts. It’s just a matter of time before we break through.

    • jjyank says:

      True that. I’ll take all the optimism I can get on game threads.

    • Professor Longnose says:

      Innings or months?

      • Sansa says:

        Innings. Have you been watching the game? A-Rod and Swish hit the ball on the screws right at people. Granderson just hit it deep to right center after hitting a HR his 1st time up. Cano has two hits. They’re seeing the ball well, just getting a little unlucky thus far.

  160. Havok9120 says:

    Another one on the screws.


  161. jjyank says:

    So close.

  162. flamingo says:

    I thought that would be a home run, Sterling, thanks.

    He was doing such a good job of toning it down, too.

    • Havok9120 says:

      See, if we lose the game, all we’ll hear about is offensive failure from all the people who, oddly, disappeared last inning. But that’s one we just missed and two balls caught on the screws, one of which scores a run.

  163. Cy Pettitte says:

    so many loud outs, they should pound him the 3rd time through the order

  164. RetroRob says:

    A DH question. I should know this, and certainly did at one time,but not sure now.

    Can a DH and position player switch without losing the DH? Meaning, if Girardi decides he can’t take it anymore, could he simply flip A-Rod to third and Nunez to the DH spot?

    • Need Pitching says:

      if ARod went in at third, pitcher would take Nunez’ spot in the lineup (not sure that’s a bad thing)

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      A-Rod could go from DH to third, but Nunez would have to be replaced in the line up.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Nope. If you take the player who started at DH and move him to any position, you lose the DH. Can’t sub in another player until he pinch-hits or pinch-runs.

    • Spiff says:

      No, we lose the DH by switching the DH to a position in the field. But CC batting and A-rod’s glvoe is probably better than nunez batting and his glove.

    • RetroRob says:

      Thanks. It’s what I suspected. Still doesn’t make sense beyond it’s just a left over from when the rule was created. Instead of eliminating the 1st/3rd spin play (really??), maybe updating the DH rule would be better.

  165. RetroRob says:

    Red Ruffing?

    Andy Pettitte?

    I’m pretty sure it’s not Ford.

    • Professor Longnose says:

      Ford haed two 20+-game seasons after Houk took over for Stengel, but I think Stengel held him out to face good teams and he didn’t pitch as many innings. So, yeah, he might not have gotten to 19 too often.

      Guidry had 2 or 3 20s. Not sure about 19s, though. One 18 I remember, year after the 25.


      • RetroRob says:

        Ford had a couple 20-win seasons, including a 25 one, and Pettitte had two 20-plus win seasons and a 19, but the others were all 14-16 seasons. Ford similar because of how he was used, as you noted.

        Turns out I misunderstood the question. I thought they said there were two they were seeking, when there was only one more. It was Ruffing.

  166. Kramerica Industries says:

    Insultingly easy Rays trivia question tonight.

    “Who hit the last home run in the old Yankee Stadium?”

    Yeah, I guess I would know that, but the final game was nationally televised, and it was amusing that Jose Molina powered up that night. I would hope most of the dumbasses in the market know the answer.

  167. Havok9120 says:

    See, if we lose the game, all we’ll hear about is offensive failure from all the people who, oddly, disappeared last inning. But that’s one we just missed and two balls caught on the screws, one of which scores a run.

    • jjyank says:

      Guess I’ll just post my original reply here:

      I just really don’t understand that concept. Why do they disappear? Do they really want the Yankees to do poorly so they can comment? I don’t get it.

      • Professor Longnose says:

        I would guess it’s not that they disappear, it’s just that they don’t feel they have anything to say. For some people, “Hey, a run!” feels like a silly comment, whereas “Sheesh! An error!” doesn’t. Others are the other way around, and some like or don’t like both kinds. I find different kinds can be intelligent, dedicated fans, and differenth kinds can be obnoxious morons.

        Personally, I go back and forth.

        • jjyank says:

          I get that, but you rarely see the doomsayers say things like “A-Rod’s hit really well the last two weeks” or “This pitcher’s fastball command is awesome tonight”. It’s more like “we haven’t scored in 2 innings, we’re teh doomed and old!” I just don’t see the point.

          • Professor Longnose says:

            Well, it takes all kinds. I suppose a chunk of it is trolling.

            On the other hand, EVERYTHING is teh doomed anyway.

        • Havok9120 says:

          I don’t mind either type in and of themselves. Even a poster like Cuso, who I generally disagree with and who generally is on the negative side, at least doesn’t totally blank out on nights where the game goes well, only to show up if there’s a bad inning. The same can not be said for many others.

          Heck, Clyde/Bonnie may have switched to trolling, but he at least isn’t averse to the occasional positive comment.

          • Professor Longnose says:

            I enjoy witty, negative comments, having been raised on them. What I really hate is when someone not only has an opinion, but insists that it’s right and everyone else is wrong.

            • Havok9120 says:

              Yes, this as well.

              Like I said, negativity is usually constructive and useful. It rarely gets to me, even when its monolithic. Negativity in spite of all reason and evidence though? And that you only voice when something goes wrong?

              That’s when I get annoyed.

      • Erica says:

        If there’s one thing I have learned commuting to the city 5x a week via bus and observing the general population for about an hour and a half each way, it is this:

        People enjoy being miserable.

      • RetroRob says:

        Oh, you’re talking about the whiners who basically only show up when bad things are happening, and especially right at the end of the game like last night?

        There’s only a few of them. They’re probably here the entire game but by nature everything is bad to them, so they can’t engage in normal banter. Life is miserable for them.

  168. Kramerica Industries says:

    On a more serious note, Sabathia needs to stop allowing hacks like Elliot Johnson and Chris Gimenez to reach base.

    That’s 3-4 reaching base, in relation to Sabathia’s pitching to them.

  169. Karl Krawfid says:

    CC needs a cutter for these righties

  170. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    CC is really good but boy, why do you throw a 3-2 breaking ball to Elliot Johnson?

  171. The Melkman says:

    I’ve heard Kay do this before too…shouldn’t it just be a “6-3 double play,” not a “6-6-3 double play”?

  172. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Strasburg with 11 Ks through 5 IP. Kid is straight up nasty.

    • Leg-End says:

      He’s in my opponents fantasy team this week along with Hamilton, I can’t catch a break.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

        I’v got Strasburg on my team, but the guy I’m facing has Hamilton.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Strasburg fell to 81st in my league before being drafted.

        Lucky me. TJS and everything, I know, but he’s about as filthy as it gets.

  173. chcmh says:

    nunie working his back to yankee loveland

    • RetroRob says:

      Of course. That’s what’s to be expected and why he’s earned the nicknames around these parts as The Eduardo Nunez Experience(TM) or the World’s Most Interesting Man.

      He’s always fascinating. I’m really not sure I can think of a comparable Yankee through the 80s.

  174. Kramerica Industries says:

    I’m a huge baseball degenerate who has watched thousands of games in my life and will probably watch parts of over 1000 this year as well before it’s all said and done.

    That said, I’m stumped about this:

    No one will question the serious talent the Rays have in their rotation. David Price, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson, Jeff Niemann, and Matt Moore might be the best rotation in baseball right now.

    But over the past three years, how have the Rays consistently churned out 90 wins when they regularly feature the likes of Sean Rodriguez/Elliot Johnson/Reid Brignac/Sam Fuld and others in their lineup, and a bullpen that has had a multi-team reject as their closer each of the past two years end up becoming a stud, along with fledgling middle relievers consistently becoming reliable shutdown arms?

    Sternberg, Friedman, and Maddon are like a triumvirate of evil geniuses. But there’s no way the Rays are this good in terms of true talent, are they?

    Or am I completely misguided? It’s ok if I am, because I often times end up being misguided with my “opinions”.

    • Don'tcha Know? says:

      The fewer runs you give up the less you need to score in order to win.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Meh. They, much like us actually, are quite good at pickups off the scrap heap. Their MLB scouts are good just like their other scouts. That’s the simplest answer, I think, though it certainly isn’t all-encompassing. Luck and coaching also play a major role.

    • Professor Longnose says:

      They have an advantage in that they don’t get rattle by noise when they play at home.

  175. jjyank says:

    Nunez trying real hard to make fans like him again.

  176. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    Is it just me or does Price have a really bad pickoff move?

  177. Leg-End says:

    Nunez is redeeming himself, nice job.

  178. RBC says:

    Who’s complaining about Nunez again??

  179. Don'tcha Know? says:

    It seems the only way to get Nunez going offensively is to instill him with significant guilt.

  180. Karl Krawfid says:

    Didn’t feel like swinging.

  181. Karl Krawfid says:

    RISP fail again.

  182. Erica says:

    Every time I see Jeter up against Price, I get giddy flashbacks to the DJ3K game. I could have sworn that as the ball flew through the air, the noise of the crowd paused for a slight second – was it really happening? Was that his 3,000th hit? – it sure was.

    Beautiful day and memories for a lifetime.

    • jjyank says:

      I was so pissed. I was on vacation the week before, and I kept checking every couple of days to see if he did it. Literally does it the day before I got home while sitting in an airport. YOU COULDN’T WAIT ONE MORE DAY JETERZ!??

      • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

        I feel you…I was away for both A-Rod’s 600th and CC’s near perfect game. Plus, because of Fox’s stupid blackouts, I also couldn’t watch the 9 run comeback against the Sox.

        • Erica says:

          Not seeing the comeback had to be painful! Listening to it on the radio was interesting because Sterling.

          (I was at ARod’s 600th game, too. Maybe I need to apply for the position of Nu-Kate Hudson so they can win some more games.)

          • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

            I was at what I thought was Andy Pettitte’s final regular season win – July 8 2010. 8 gorgeous innings followed by a Mo save.

            Small memories.

            • Erica says:

              Heh. Andy –> Mo (Mo for 2 innings??) must have been truly beautiful.

              • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

                He threw a killer offspeed pitch to Yankee Killer(tm) Russell Branyan with the bases loaded on a 3-2 count.

                And then 2 days later, Javy Vazquez *almost* outpitched Felix Hernandez. Javy Vazquez!

            • Kramerica Industries says:

              April 10, 2010 at the Trop.

              Was four outs away from seeing C.C. Sabathia throw a no-hitter. And he had only walked one batter in that game.

              Damn you Kelly Shoppach. Damn you to hell.

              • Erica says:

                D’awwww. Devastating. But still a gem of a performance!

                July 3, 2010 – Yankee Stadium

                My first game at the new Stadium, with a Brett Gardner grand slam to boot!

      • Erica says:

        Oh man! That’s such obnoxious timing! SO RUDE OF TEH_JETURR.

        I got tickets to that game back in, like, February. Total fluke. My dad and I picked out a Saturday game that fit in with our work schedules and that was that.

        If you remember, the game the night before (7/8) got rained out. My friend Mike had tickets to it and kept telling me that Jeter was going to hit 3K. I told him it wasn’t happening until my game – of course, I was right. The best part? We agreed that the “loser” of this bet had to buy the “winner” a case of beer.

        I’m still waiting for my case, dangit.

  183. Havok9120 says:

    I love the Paul O’Neil food jokes.

    • jjyank says:

      As do I. I had a quick visual of Paul O’Neil being the “closer” in those Turkey Hill commercials.

    • Erica says:

      Yes! It would be silly to see him enter a hot-dog eating contest. And then win.

      • Havok9120 says:

        My favorite Paulie moment in the booth was that 15 inning game AJ vs Beckett in ’09. It was long, even for a Yanks/Sox game of that many innings. He ran out of food and none of the concessions would bring him any. He wound up raiding the booth fridge and eating a 3 year old pack of yogurt.

  184. jjyank says:

    Nice CC. If only Nunez could field, you might have a shutout going.

  185. Miss anything since top 4th?

  186. flamingo says:


  187. Erica says:

    OH! CANO!

  188. jjyank says:

    Robbie!!! He’s back baby!

  189. Hummingbird S. says:

    now thats the Robbie we like to see!!!!

  190. Havok9120 says:


    Guess who?

  191. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    My goodness that was a BOMB

  192. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    ribbie for robbie!

  193. Professor Longnose says:

    Cano is definitely getting hot!

  194. Mike Axisa says:

    Welcome back, Robbie.

  195. Kramerica Industries says:

    Hopefully this is Robbie rounding into form.

    That alone would take this offense to the next level.

  196. chcmh says:

    price has that talking to himself look that i love to see

  197. Leg-End says:

    BOMB, Cano is heating up.

  198. RetroRob says:

    Way to go, Cano!

    Strange that the Rays’ best pitcher is “easier” for the Yankees than some of their other starters.

  199. The Melkman says:

    I wonder how many times Price has given up 2 HRs to lefties in the same game.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Probably never.

      I think Curtis Granderson, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Chase Utley were the only lefties to ever take him deep, period. He went two years without giving up a home run to a lefty.

      So giving up two on the same night has to be a first.

  200. Sansa says:

    WOW! Cano is locked in now. I like the good version of Cano coming back to life.

  201. chcmh says:

    alex on his horse

  202. Erica says:

    Who said it here that things would start happening against Price the third time around?

  203. The Miracle Stick says:

    I have switched my focus to David Price tonight.

    You are welcome.

  204. Karl Krawfid says:

    Come on :( we need hits with risp also :(

  205. Havok9120 says:

    Silly double plays, ruining our chance to bust it open here.

  206. Karl Krawfid says:

    Like that!

  207. Erica says:

    Sweet piece of hitting from Jones! NICE!

  208. Professor Longnose says:

    All right, they’re banging Price around pretty good.

  209. chcmh says:

    jones tumblin’ to a ribee

  210. Kramerica Industries says:

    Andruw picked up Curtis big-time right there.

    Three run lead for the big man to work with. Hopefully that’s good enough for him to take this team deep into the game, given the shallow bullpen.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Yeah, its been a warm spring, tho I dunno what the temp is tonight in the Bronx. Lots of short sleeves.

      I wouldn’t be stunned or dismayed if he gets to 120 tonight.

  211. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    Not bad to be up 3 runs with our ace on the mound after we were done for in the 2nd inning.

  212. chcmh says:

    nunez asking for more forgiveness and getting it

  213. Erica says:

    Nunez has slightly won us back. Bonus: his helmet has fallen off.

    ‘Tis a lovely turn of events, kids.

    • I love when he looses his helmet, especially because it’s natural for him, unlike my newest mancrush/mosthated Bryce Harper, who flipped his hat off on the way from first to second in a game I was watching the other day.

  214. The Melkman says:

    Classic Nuney losing his helmet.

  215. Don'tcha Know? says:

    Is it bizarre that I actually look forward to Chris Stewart’s at-bats now?

  216. Havok9120 says:

    BABIP felt bad for us.

    I love the slow mo helmet loss.

  217. jjyank says:

    Ahh Nunez, you and your helmet just don’t have a good relationship, do you?

  218. Kramerica Industries says:

    Nunez has committed two errors, and reached base three times.

    Nunez being Nunez.

  219. Havok9120 says:

    Chris Stewart trying to kill all the good will by popping up a bunt.

  220. Havok9120 says:

    Good inning. That DP could’ve killed it and didn’t. Color me happy.

  221. Don'tcha Know? says:

    Wow, with the exception of Teixera, those Yankee averages are looking fu**able, even without Gardner.

  222. Karl Krawfid says:

    Montero is gonna kill the Yanks.

  223. I missed the big inning, god damn druggies needing Detoxes to pass PTI

    • jjyank says:

      Just tell them that their THC level will have to wait the fuck until commercial breaks.

      • “yeah yeah yea, I heard you, one more test and you’re done, I don’t give a fuck, you can wait until between innings.”

        • jjyank says:

          “Listen pal, if you fail your drug test, it ain’t gonna be because the Yankee game anyways. Go eat some peanut butter or something until I’m ready.”

          • “Well if you took a second to enjoy the game, maybe your dumb ass wouldn’t have gotten caught, cause you smoked in your back yard then turned the game on, instead of going on that L-Ride.”

            • jjyank says:

              “You want some real comedy? You don’t even need to get high at all! Just watch Eduardo Nunez starts! Boom, just saved you a shit-load of community service.”

    • Havok9120 says:

      It was a thing of beauty. Swish bloop, Robbie homer, ARod stretched a double. Grandy rolled into a DP, but Andrew hit a booming double for the third run.

      Good stuff.

  224. Need Pitching says:

    6th inning defensive replacement…nice

  225. Sansa says:

    Hopefully this is a sign that Nunez won’t be playing in the field as much. Chavez can play 3rd for Alex and Nunez can occasionally play SS for Jeter. If they want his bat in the lineup they can DH him vs lefties and play Jones in LF.

  226. chcmh says:

    cc looking nasty

  227. Need Pitching says:


  228. jjyank says:

    Carsten Charles Cruisin’

  229. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Prettayyyyyyy prettayyyyy prettayyyyyy prettayyyy good.

  230. Sansa says:

    The only bad thing is CC has one, maybe two more innings left. Hopefully we can get some more runs because I don’t think they’ll use Soriano and Robertson for the 3rd straight day. Wade and Logan will probably close it out.

  231. chcmh says:

    nice play there, rodriguez

  232. Don'tcha Know? says:

    What’s Price’s average pitch count?

  233. chcmh says:

    67 degrees at game time

  234. 28 this year says:

    Cory Wade as closer tonight is my guess. CC finishes the 8th and then Cory Wade finishes it. Hopefully lol. Either him or Soriano throws a 3rd day in a row. I am positive that D-Rob isn’t a go tonight.

  235. chcmh says:

    cc gives up a bloop, then cc gets serious.

  236. Havok9120 says:

    That groundball was like Cano saying “Alright, remember last night.”

  237. Havok9120 says:

    That 1-1 slider was insane.

  238. Need Pitching says:

    CC in full on beast mode … leave him in

  239. jjyank says:

    Wow he made Upton look silly in that AB. Beautiful.

  240. Havok9120 says:

    Cheeseburger fist pump!


  241. Cy Pettitte says:

    what a performance by CC

  242. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    When CC gets pumped, I get aroused. It’s science.

  243. BK2ATL says:

    I love watching our ace deal like he is. CC is in a major groove right now.

  244. chcmh says:

    cc is so hot he’d get ethel mermen out

  245. RetroRob says:

    It’s sorry to see Josh Hamilton struggle so much being distracted by his contract year.

  246. jjyank says:

    Good god man, Hamilton has 15 home runs already? That’s insane. Some team is going to overpay for that hardcore.

    • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

      I hope hope hope it’s not the Yankees.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Hopefully its the Red Sox.

      No! THE RAYS! That would be nice.

      • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

        The Red Sox can always use another injury prone player.

      • jjyank says:

        I wish, but that’s not the Rays style. If the Red Sox continue to tailspin I can totally see them making a move like that, likely ownership driven. But yeah, as long as it’s not the Yanks, it’s all good.

    • Alkaline says:

      Serious. I was listening to ESPN radio the other day about it. I don’t know, but I wouldn’t give him 5 years. But, he’ll get that with a large amount of money.

      • If we didn’t have Alex, who is probably the full time DH from next year through the end of his contract, I’d give him 5 years. I’d let him play the outfield for two and DH the last 3. But I wouldn’t go a day over five years.

        • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

          I want Cole Hamels this offseason and no. one. else.

          • Meh, I still think he’s a little twat. Not to say I wouldn’t root for his success if he came here, but I just don’t like him.

          • Havok9120 says:

            I’d rather keep the lineup playing.

            That said, I’d be ecstatic to get him. I just don’t think its optimal, and I’m pretty much convinced that Cash & Co aren’t interested unless he falls into our laps.


        • But there would be so many clauses written into that contract that if he even sniffed the bubbly after winning the Division, Pennant, or World Series his contract would be completely void. No offense to those suffering addictions, but a hard line would have to be drawn for this case.

      • Havok9120 says:

        5 years isn’t too insane. Its risky, but not batshit crazy considering the upside. But 5 is the absolute limit, and someone desperate for offense or really trying to show themselves as contenders will give him 7 or something.

  247. Havok9120 says:

    Steve Weatherford in teh houze!

    Big Blue? Big Blue.

  248. Trevor Plouffe is now the starting third baseman for the Twins. I’m giddy with insults.

  249. RetroRob says:

    I’d like to see Boone Logan come in to close the 9th, throw nine pitches to strike out the side.

    Just because.

  250. Havok9120 says:

    That was a heck of an inning from Price.

  251. Need Pitching says:

    hooray for defensive replacements!!!!

  252. jjyank says:

    Oh look, a third baseman!

  253. Erica says:


  254. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I am rock hard right now…

  255. Mike Axisa says:

    Another un-ace-like performance from not-an-ace CC Sabathia.

  256. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    CC would have a shutout if it weren’t for Nunez. Dominating!

  257. Need Pitching says:

    CC is the Mother F***ing Man

  258. Havok9120 says:

    Send him back out.

    Send. Him. Back. Out.

  259. BK2ATL says:

    Wow CC!!!! Guess we know who’s the real ace of the AL East.

  260. jjyank says:

    Wow CC is just awesome. Would likely be working a shutout without Nunez at third, and the spare pitches he would have saved just might have let him complete the game too.

  261. jjyank says:

    Gardner is smiling, just got there. Good news I hope.

  262. Pat D says:

    I think I saw it already mentioned, but I’m at work and skimming quickly, so forgive me.

    But I see that Mr. Beckett’s golf outing greatly helped. Anytime that Jack Hannahan and Jason Kipnis take you deep, you know you’re on your game.

  263. jjyank says:

    The Legent of Chris Stewart (TM) grows.

  264. If the Mariners got in yesterday they should all be at the game tonight watching, at least that’s what I’d be doing. Especially if I was starting the game the following day.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Meh. We’d do it ‘cuz it isn’t our career. Off days in NYC aren’t something to be squandered at work when you don’t live in the city.

    • Yankeefan Arod Fan says:

      They Usually Go Clubbing most teams do when they come to ny they usually dont club in there cities because of there media i no cuz ive gone clubbing with players from the reds.

  265. Havok9120 says:

    Hmmm. Sori.


  266. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    CC’s pitch count?

  267. Bartolo's Colon says:

    wait, why isn’t mo in?

  268. jjyank says:

    All in all, a good series. Yanks were 1 bad inning away from sweeping their chief division rival (non-tail spin division). Good stuff.

  269. handtius says:

    hey peoples. who’s anointed sori the new closer tonight?

  270. Dan in Atlanta says:


  271. chcmh says:

    can i open my eyes now?

  272. Bartolo's Colon says:

    mo better be careful, he’s going to get wally pipp’d by soriano

  273. Tom says:

    Nice inning by Sori… pretty cheap run but he looked solid.

    Would have been nice to have the sweep but 2 out of 3 is OK.

  274. Erica says:


  275. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    CC’s going 32-0 this year.

  276. Bartolo's Colon says:

    oh f, i miss you gardner

  277. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    So Nick Swisher has been productive, and Granderson proves, again, that he can hit lefties. When does Girardi finally drop Tex to the 6th spot, and let Grandy / Swish platoon the 2nd/5th spots. It’s gotta happen sometime…

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