Game 32: The Return of Jesus


(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

I was hoping to see a lot more of Jesus Montero at Yankee Stadium this year, but alas, six games is all we’ll get. Funny enough, Montero’s temporary return to New York has overshadowed the fact that Felix freakin’ Hernandez is on the bump for the Seattle and the Yankees figure to have a devil of a time figuring him out. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Nick Swisher
LF Raul Ibanez
DH Eric Chavez
Russell Martin

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

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

Categories : Game Threads


  1. RetroRob says:

    Montero? Montero, Montero, Montero? (quite safe)

    …but the portal must be sealed.

  2. MannyGeee says:

    Like going to your kids soccer game after a divorce or watching your roommate move out with his 50in TV, no matter how amicable it was, it still stings a little bit…

  3. jjyank says:

    I am very wary of this game thread. I want Montero to do well, as long as the Yanks win in the end, but I also do not want to leave the thread due to frustration from ridiculous comments. Sigh.

  4. J says:

    Damn, losing Montero hasn’t really sunk in until just now. Thank god we only play the Mariners a couple times a year.

  5. jjyank says:

    On another note…let’s hope we get good AJ…errr Kuroda, I mean, tonight.

    Kidding, but I’d kill for a gem tonight.

  6. Havok9120 says:

    Oh thank God. I thought I was going to be stuck with the Mariners Radio broadcast.

  7. Well, that was poor timing.

  8. chcmh says:

    maybe we should bring in a reliever for the 1st and let Kuroda start the 2nd

  9. MannyGeee says:

    Anyone concerned that that one homer against Felix might be juuuuust enough to lose this game?

    on top of Kuroda not being able to buy some run support…

  10. bobtaco says:

    Montero seems to have gotten no reception at all…

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Not surprising. He wasn’t around all that long and 90% of the people there don’t follow the minors.

      • MannyGeee says:

        Plenty of ppl saw the 2 oppobomb game though…

        • Havok9120 says:

          Meh. Was one game after we’d clinched the division. Most fans don’t fall in love after 1 good game in a meaningless stretch of baseball.

        • RetroRob says:

          Yeah, but he’s still a rookie with no major attachment to majority of the Yankee fanbase.

          His “legend” is much bigger on boards like RAB than among Yankee fans in general.

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            And since he was traded he’s now a DH that can’t walk and might have power. So even the legend got smeared in the places that used to love him.

            • Havok9120 says:

              That isn’t true at all, no matter how often you say it. We all still love him, most of us think he’ll be an awesome hitter, and most think he’s a decent backup catcher.

              In other words, most of us kept the same opinions.

              • RetroRob says:

                I think you’re probably right.

                My point had more to do with the fan reaction. I have friends who are very big fans and were aware of Montero, but really didn’t have the emotional committment to him that exists here. These fans have no idea who Gary Sanchez is, or Mason Williams. They are aware of Manny Banuelos, and wouldn’t blink an eye if Manny was traded tomorrow.

                Most fans still don’t focus all that heavily on the minors, although they do quite a bit more than they did ten years back because of the Internet/blogs, etc.

                • Havok9120 says:

                  Oh, no. I was talking about JWZ’s comment. The point about the average fan not knowing/caring too much, if at all, about guys in the minors is definitely true.

                • DM says:

                  The YES promos on both TV and radio used him as a selling point. As far as prospects go, I think he’s gotten a lot of fanfare. It’s different being a prospect vs being THEE prospect of organization — esp a hitting prospect from the Yankees.

                  “Ichiro and Jesus Montero return to the Bronx!…”

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Then it loos like a lot of people got their wish.

    • jjyank says:

      Doesn’t surprise me. Dude was a New York Yankee for all of a few weeks. Most casual fans don’t give a crap that a prospect was traded.

  11. jjyank says:

    My existence in this thread lives to see another few innings haha.

  12. Cy Pettitte says:

    that was relatively good for a Kuroda 1st inning

    • Greg says:

      You know Kuroda’s ERA is under 4. Perfectly fine for an NL pitcher joining the AL

      • Cy Pettitte says:

        yea but half the runs he’s given up have been in the first inning, so that was relatively good for a Kuroda 1st inning.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Agreed. I’m not disappointed in him yet. The fact that he’s getting ~3 runs per game in support is awfully disappointing.

  13. MannyGeee says:

    “montero is Still just 22 years old….”

    Thanks Suzyn, keep a kickin in the balls..

    • RetroRob says:

      That’s funny, because two years ago (2010) when she’d mention Montero, she would say he was 22 back then. She did it consistently. Last year she said he was 23. Have no idea where she gets here info from.

  14. jjyank says:

    Liking how A-Rod has pulled his numbers up. If he can keep up that .388 OBP, I will be a very happy man.

  15. Havok9120 says:

    Jesus has his eye on you Grandyman!

  16. I’d run again if I was Grandy. Worst case scenario, a great hitter leads off next inning.

  17. chcmh says:

    no throw montero

  18. Professor Longnose says:

    1 for 1 SB against Montero!

  19. Sansa says:

    Run all day on Montero. Run run run.

  20. Mike Axisa says:

    Alright tie game.

  21. RetroRob says:

    A Yankee getting thrown out by Montero would be emotionally crushing. Kind of like Adrian Gonzalez getting struck out by Chris Davis.

    • jjyank says:

      No, the Chris Davis thing is worse haha.

      • RetroRob says:

        I know. Couldn’t resist the dig. Montero’s arm is actually not bad. Release a bit long at times, but certainly has the arm strength to throw out runners.

        The Davis thing was funny, and I even understand how Gonzalez struck out. He was loaded for a fastball. He was not expecting a very good changeup. A regular pitcher on the mound and and Gonzalez doesn’t offer at that pitch.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Not even on the same planet of soul crushing.

  22. I guess you take that with Felix on the mound lol.

  23. Cy Pettitte says:

    I knew they’d get a run after they gave out that 1st inning stat about Felix. Good job by Kay, give him an RBI or something.

  24. jjyank says:

    Wooo I’ll take it. I know that SB wasn’t Montero’s fault, but I hope they make him look silly back there. Yankees know him as good as anyone I hope the run like nuts.

    • Professor Longnose says:

      No, no, no! It’s all Montero’s fault! The trade was great!

    • Havok9120 says:

      Yeah, I’m hoping we take advantage against a guy we know. Especially with King Felix having that particular hole in his game.

      • jjyank says:

        Right, Felix is slow to the plate. Not saying they get many baserunners, but when they do, I hope they’re aggressive.

  25. Havok9120 says:

    Bam! New game.

  26. chcmh says:

    looked like they had grandy.

  27. Tom says:

    I usually hate when a runner gives up the out at 2nd on an RBI single (especially when the run is going to score easily), but in that case they might have had a play at home.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Yeah. He wasn’t out for sure, but that would’ve been a closer play than I’m comfortable with considering who’s on the mound.

      • I absolutely agree. I very rarely would approve of what Robbie did, but it would’ve been waaaaaaaay to close of a play at home, and you take every single run you can get against Felix. Especially with Hiroki “the newest AJ Burnett” Kuroda on the mound.

      • zxy says:

        Plus, who wants to see Granderson plow into Montero? Definitely worked out for the best.

  28. Greg says:

    His pitches are up

  29. chcmh says:

    not quite following Kuroda’s strategy

  30. Havok9120 says:

    Ugh. Ump.

    Not saying they were all strikes, or even any of them. I was just hoping for one close call.

  31. chcmh says:

    crap stance looked like youklis lite

  32. Havok9120 says:

    Heh. Kay’s pronunciation of “plantar fasciitus” was…interesting.

  33. Greg says:

    Red Sox will definitely be put under the lie detector when Youkilis comes back. Middlebrooks just hit a 2 run double.

  34. jjyank says:

    LOL Tex doesn’t need no stinkin’ bunts, Michael Kay, he just needs to get shitty hits to the left side!!

  35. Sansa says:

    Well at least he got on base.

  36. Total Dominication says:

    Tex be trollin.

  37. Havok9120 says:

    Felix is clearly off; they should pull him to be safe. He’s probably hurt.

  38. jjyank says:

    Ugh stop talking about Garnder. I already know my fantasy team is fucked in steals now, stop bringing it up Kay.

  39. Greg says:

    That’s another problem I’ve had with Gardner. He’s been a bit injury prone

  40. Havok9120 says:

    Yikes. All my commercials are in Spanish tonight.

    • jjyank says:

      Yo quiero Taco Bell?

      • Havok9120 says:

        All I know is, these commercials have some seriously poor production quality. Like…I’d expect better from even local companies. Which these are not.

        Its like Latin American TV advertising is on the same level of American TV 25-40 years ago.

        • jjyank says:

          Ahh the developing world. Good times.

        • RetroRob says:

          I used to get at least one Latin American/Spanish channel on cable. I used to watch for short bursts because the women were so incredibly hot. Not great production values, but pleasant things to look at. The channel went away. I think it’s a package I don’t pay for.

  41. chcmh says:

    don’t get to casual guys

  42. jjyank says:

    Watching the Mariners makes me miss Griffey Jr. He was my favorite non-Yankee player growing up. Dude had the sweetest swing.

  43. Havok9120 says:

    Eeegads Tex. Scared me.

  44. RetroRob says:

    Ibanez just never looks comfortable when he is lining up a ball. Or maybe I’m just not comfortable looking at him.

  45. I love that the tobacco age in NJ is 19

    • jjyank says:

      Why, did you just card, and subsequently deny, someone some Dutches?

      • No, I just carded, and was subsequently begged by a cute 18 year old to sell her a hookah “because it’s for my best friends birthday, and she really really wants a hookah, and pleasepleaseplease I’ll do anything.” I’m clearly not a horrible person, so I just strung her a long for a few minutes and hooked her up.

        • jjyank says:

          “….anything, huh?”

        • jjyank says:

          Also, I, until recently, worked as a bank teller part time while I worked on my Masters, and I used to LOVE denying people stuff. So I wouldn’t blame you if you did (though cute girls might be an exception).

          • Oh, I love denying underage kids, but if the girl is 18 I’ll usually let it slide. Mostly because they’re cute but partially because if she’s considered an adult by the state, there is no reason she shouldn’t be allowed to buy tobacco.

            • Or tobacco products in this case.

              • jjyank says:

                My favorite was when the kid was 18, but never switched his account over from a custodial account from when they were younger. NOPE. NO MONIES FOR YOU, GET OUTTA MY BANK! In customer service jobs like that, telling the customers to go away in a huge perk. Also, working in a bank, I always had the “Imma call the cops bitch” card up my sleeve.

                • Haha, I had a teller do that to me.

                  • jjyank says:

                    Actually I’ve found that middle aged people are waaaay worse than kids. I had a guy come in one time with AmEx traveler’s checks. He asks if they can be deposited as cash, and I say “no, they have to clear”. And he starts yelling at me “NOEZ THEY ARE AZ GUD AS CASHHH”. I say no, they are travelers CHECKS not travelers CASH, therefore they are deposited as CHECKS. He then procedes to tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about, and gets in my face and leans over the counter, and I procede to hit the tiny little button under the counter that summons the local police. BOOM, have fun downtown bitch. I liked that job.

                    • Haha, wow I wish I had a magical “cops please take douchey costumer out of my face” button. But yeah, in my years in multiple menial service jobs is that younger people are generally more willing to bend to make something work out for everybody, where as if you’re a 20 something (or worse a teenager) telling a middle age person they’re wrong…watch out.

                    • jjyank says:

                      I’ve had several people arrested. It’s very satisfying.

    • Havok9120 says:

      16 here.


      • Are you from overseas, or are you 16? I’m confused?


        • Havok9120 says:

          I’m just living in Mississippi/Louisiana. And I either had it wrong in my head or MS moved it up since the last time I’d checked (many, many a fortnight ago).

          But, to my knowledge, the Feds never REALLY forced the issue on tobacco.

          • RetroRob says:

            Those are tobacco states, right? I was driving down south a couple months in Tennessee. Stopped into a bar with a friend who lived down there and I wa surprised when people were smoking in the bar. Then I realized tobacco states are not going to do many things to restrict the use of tobacco.

            • Honestly that’s just NJ and NY, and maybe a few others. You can go to Penn and smoke in most Bars and restaurants.

            • Havok9120 says:

              Nah. Can’t grow tobacco here. The soil won’t take it. Tobacco is almost as hard on soil as it is on the human body.

              The South as a whole, however, doesn’t like doing statewide bans on tobacco or alcohol. They tend to leave it up to the locals. Quite a change from New York, my home state.

  46. Don'tcha Know? says:

    So the gameplan, apparently, is to take as few pitches as possible? Another CG for the King?

  47. Hall and Nokes says:

    Looking at the crowd, I can see why Montero got no reception.

  48. Cuso says:

    Coney. Just took a tongue in cheek shot at Leyritz

  49. chcmh says:

    not wasting a lot of time here

  50. chcmh says:

    0 for Jesus

  51. Cy Pettitte says:

    I guess if Cash had to make one trade, making the Pineda trade is probably better than what the Indians would have wanted for Ubaldo. man is he bad.

    • jjyank says:

      Yeah, at least the Yankees still have 4 years to get something positive out of Pineda. Ubaldo…they wish they had an injury to blame.

  52. Wait, they have John Jaso, who I’m pretty sure is a “catcher”, DHing and Jesus catching?

    • Greg says:

      That’s what I thought. They better hope Jesus doesnt get injured…although it would be poetic justice

  53. Greg says:

    Would you let Tex bunt with Felix on the mound

  54. Mike Axisa says:

    Double steal. They could pull it off against Felix and Montero.

  55. Sansa says:

    We’ve got a rally going. Now if Teixera can do something here.

  56. DERP says:

    Matt Wieters just took a huge hit.

  57. Damnit Alex/Robby Thomson.

  58. Cy Pettitte says:

    uhhh what was that?

  59. Sansa says:

    Really really stupid. Idiotic with 0 outs. Just idiotic.

  60. Tom says:

    Nobody out… why on earth do you send him, unless he’s pretty much scoring standing up?

  61. RetroRob says:

    Being agressive is a good dea, unless staying at third loads the bases with no outs.

  62. Greg says:

    I think he’s safe. He got the foot on the plate before Montero tagged the knee

    • Havok9120 says:

      Hard to tell with that angle. The ump may have given the “the ball beat the runner,” call, but he had the best view on that play.

  63. jon says:

    against felix? yea you gotta go for that run

  64. mt says:

    Alex looks like he is moving in slow motion.

  65. Sansa says:

    Robbie Thomson likes to send guys with 0 outs. Never knew why. Sure it’s King Felix but they had just gotten 3 straight hits off of him and Swisher is up.

  66. Greg says:

    Before snybody says it.


  67. Havok9120 says:

    How DARE Russel Martin handle The Binder.

  68. The Dude says:

    Argh. This inning had so much promise. Yankees ran themselves out of it.

  69. Greg says:

    6 hits off of him but all singles.

    I agree with the send. You have to go for the run

  70. tabbert says:

    how you can get three hits to start a inning and not score a run is beyond me.

  71. sum dum phuk says:

    Tonight the King will bow down before Lord Voldemort.

  72. Steve D says:

    a rod hesitated twice. it looked that way to me.

  73. parmesan says:

    Gary Darling just eating Ibanez up there. I mean c’mon, the first pitch was arguable(looked away) but that second pitch curveball was way off the plate. It can’t be understated how much you change a guy’s fortunes from 1-1 to 0-2.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      ump wasn’t giving that pitch 0-1 pitch to Kuroda earlier, shouldn’t have given it to Felix.

  74. The Dude says:

    Argh. Yankees. Making crappy players look like batting champs since forever.

  75. Sansa says:

    So we send guys home with 0 outs because it’s King Felix and we have to get that run but we don’t move the infield in to stop one run? It doesn’t make any sense. Now he’s walked the bases loaded so it doesn’t matter. Get the DP.

    • parmesan says:

      Agreed, I don’t understand it at all. Felix on the mound and he’s being very economical thus far, you don’t want to surrender anything. Praise Ryan for swinging at garbage, though.

  76. up until this inning Hiroki had recovered nicely since the lead off homer…if he can get a double play I’d be so happy.

  77. Professor Longnose says:

    Chris Chambliss was one of my favorite Yankees way back when.

  78. Professor Longnose says:

    Nice K!

    (Second-out Ks in a jam are great, but they make the two-out hit really suck.)

  79. RetroRob says:

    I had the felling he pitched around Ackley to get to Ryan, kind of like El Duque used to. Problem is he now has to face Ichiro.

  80. chcmh says:

    my hiro

  81. Havok9120 says:


    Whew. That was….not an easy inning to watch.

  82. DERP says:

    I (heart) the Mariners offense.

  83. RetroRob says:

    Nice. I think Ichiro would have beat the throw to first.

    • jjyank says:

      “Zduriencik said that from his standpoint as a GM, he ‘never tries to win any trade.’”

      I call bullshit right there.

    • “I never try to win a trade” seriously Jack Z? lol, you should always try to win a trade. To say otherwise is silly

      • jjyank says:

        He’s lying. Any GM in the history of trades EVER tries to win a trade. They wouldn’t be doing their job otherwise. Whether or not they were right, or they were successful, is another story. He’s just trying to sound nice after the Pineda injury.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      He’s screwed the team multiple times so he better.

  84. jjyank says:


    ICHIRO: 0

    HIROKI: 3


  85. You ready to hiROK?!

  86. Professor Longnose says:

    I forgot Rickey was a Mariner. I remember him as a Padre.

  87. Cy Pettitte says:

    Felix is gonna throw a CG

  88. chcmh says:

    jeter looks unsettled

  89. YankeesJunkie says:

    Nice walk by Jeter.

  90. Mike Axisa says:

    Some at-bat by Derek.

  91. Mike Axisa says:

    I was going to say they should have Derek steal, but I think you gotta give Curtis a chance to swing with a man on.

  92. Sansa says:

    Now if only Grandy could get a hold of one after that great AB by Jeter.

  93. Havok9120 says:

    C’mon Curtis….let’s bust a move here.

  94. Johnny Blackout says:

    Can anyone explain to me why Montero kept number 63? Obviously the M’s were gonna start him (no minors bullshit) but what, he didn’t have enough clout yet to request a non-spring-training number? I just don’t get it.

  95. RetroRob says:

    Once again, Kay forgetting he’s doing TV and we can actually see what’s happening.

  96. Havok9120 says:

    Man….I really do hope Hamilton or Kemp can pull off a Triple Crown. That would be pretty awesome.

    • jjyank says:

      Let’s say Kemp. I prefer it not be an AL team. Though if Hamilton does it, maybe a team I don’t like gives him an 8 year deal or some such nonsense.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Indeed, I’d prefer Kemp as well.

        Still….I’d take it from either because it just doesn’t happen.

  97. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Awful, awful call.

  98. Felix Hernandez: good pitcher.

  99. YankeesJunkie says:

    Close call for Granderson.

  100. Cy Pettitte says:

    come on why is Felix consistently getting that call when Kuroda isn’t?

  101. chcmh says:

    that looked outside, darling

  102. Sansa says:

    That was outside. Nobody thought it was a strike except for the blind ump.

  103. Greg says:

    That long inning and that at bat by Jeter has put the pressure on Wedge. Felix at 73 pitches through 5, just 3 pitches behind Kuroda

  104. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Shutup Michael Kay. Affirmed won the Derby by about a length and a half over Alydar and they were never close. The Preakness was a solid half length. The Belmont? Ok, that was neck and neck.

  105. RetroRob says:

    Just think. We could be seeing this daily.

    And, yes, I’m kidding.

  106. YankeesJunkie says:

    Trade lost!

  107. Mike Axisa says:

    That was inevitable.

  108. jjyank says:

    Damn it, was hoping this wouldn’t happen.

  109. chcmh says:


  110. Greg says:

    Bad scouting report by Martin. Dont even try to throw that pitch outside to a hitter whose power is that way

    • RetroRob says:

      More importanly, don’t fall behind 2-0. He was trying to get him to fish on the first two pitches. The first one was too far outside for Montero to offer at it.

  111. Sansa says:

    And that’s why you don’t trade him. Montero just dealt us the death blow.

  112. Havok9120 says:

    *takes cover*

  113. parmesan says:

    Monty feasting on the Short Porch. Oh What Could Have Been.

  114. Zooboy says:

    Paging Mr. Cashman….

  115. GardnergoesYardner says:

    The minute I turn on the game. Really? He had to go oppo way and remind us all of last September.

  116. jon says:

    miss you jesus

  117. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Heh too late Cone, Sanchez already got hype. He’s a goner.

    • Greg says:

      But again the fact that we dont have a Felix Hernandez pitcher right now and the reason we got Pineda in the first place goes back to my old gripe.

  118. Mike, I’m just curious, have you ever thought about enacting the rule they have over at OTM? you have to wait a day after making your account to post things over there.

    • jjyank says:

      Not the worst idea in the world.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I want to but Ben and Joe say no.

      • Sansa says:

        But you’re editor-in-chief and out rank them. I never see those two in the game threads anyway.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Heh. Not sure that the one co-founder can tell the other two co-founders “This is the way we do things now! Tut tut peons!”

        • Mike Axisa says:

          EIC is a title I didn’t even want, really. The three of us all have different responsibilities, mine happens to be the content.

      • jjyank says:

        Obviously its your guys’ site, do what you feel is best. It’d be nice to discourage all the names we’ve never seen before post stuff when something bad happens. That OTM policy stopped my from posting Andino’s face when they were losing to the O’s.

      • Kevin G. says:

        Democratic voting process!

      • No offense to Ben or Joe, because both guys are outstanding writers and I’m sure great guys, but I kind of feel like you run this place a little more than they do. You post the most articles, host the Chats, and are involved in the comment section much more often then they do.

  119. Tom says:;s_type=7

    The umpire has basically changed this game and taken the bat out of the lefty hitters tonight…. given the 2 different lineups this impacts the Yankees more I think.

    Wish MLB would stop this crap of umpires calling pitches 6inches off the plate to lefty hitters.

  120. Erica says:

    Oh wah wah wah, Montero hit a home run. Awesome.

    My father, the armchair GM of the Yankees, is one of those false narrative types. He keeps stating over and over that I’m new to baseball and I don’t understand why the Pineda trade is a bad trade.


    • Erica says:

      My father, faux-GM, also says that Jeter is in a slump now.


      I have this theory that he is one of the trolls on this site because some of the stuff that comes out of his mouth is EXACTLY some of the stuff posted here…

    • RetroRob says:

      Tell him he’s sexist (even if he’s not).

      I’m assuming you’re a girl by your name.

      • Tyrone Sharpton says:

        could be a transexual, you never know. I knew an Eric who became an erica, back in the battle of the bulge

      • Erica says:

        Yes, I’m a lady.

        Well, I exited the family room and called him a jerk. Oh well. I know about baseballs!

        So mature.


        • RetroRob says:

          Ahh, yes. A father telling his daughter he doesn’t know baseball; a daughter telling him he’s a jerk.

          Baseball, it’s a family game!

  121. RetroRob says:

    Runs please.

  122. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    That Montero hr was sexy.

  123. DT says:

    Glad to see Montero slow working his way to back to an average hitter’s stat line

  124. Cy Pettitte says:

    Sox just acquired Scott Podsednik, are they trying to assemble the worst OF ever?

  125. Greg says:

    I still agree with the Pineda trade because pitching wins titles.

    However, the fact that we had to go out and get Pineda and not use our own system goes back to my old gripe.

  126. Kruk That Noise says:

    Hernandez steps off the mound, Gary Darling calls it a strike.

  127. Greg says:

    The question again:

    Would you have Tex bunt?

  128. Professor Longnose says:

    I would enjoy them converting these baserunners into at least one run.

  129. Sansa says:

    Here we go, another rally going. Don’t send Alex again with 0 outs.

  130. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yankees 3-4-5 are hitting today and we still can’t get shit going.

  131. Sansa says:

    Just hit a deep fly ball, Swisher. Just get the run in.

  132. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:


  133. Greg says:

    Great pitching by Hernandez.

    Away, Away and In

  134. Cy Pettitte says:

    Felix has had a huge strike zone all night compared to Kuroda. this is bullshit.

  135. Greg says:


  136. Mike Axisa says:

    Raul’s got this.

  137. FIPster Doofus says:

    Holy fuck.

  138. Professor Longnose says:


  139. LORD VOLDEMORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  140. The Melkman says:

    Voldemort lovin’ him some short porch.

  141. chcmh says:

    see? that’s why they call it yankee baseball

  142. YankeesJunkie says:

    Raul, True Yankee, Ibanez

  143. Cy Pettitte says:

    holy fucking Ibanez.

  144. jjyank says:


  145. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:


  146. Kevin G. says:

    Who needs Montero!

    /cries anyway

  147. sum dum phuk says:

    Didn’t I say the King will bow down to Lord Voldemort? You heard it here first!

  148. Professor Longnose says:

    Short porch THIS, Seattle!

  149. Sansa says:

    SHE’S GONE!!!!!!!!!! 1ST PITCH HOME RUN!!!!!!!!

  150. Havok9120 says:

    And that, my friends, is why they love swinging at the first pitch.

  151. Karl Krawfid says:

    How big has the man Raul been for the Yanks?

    Thanks Phils.

  152. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    ibanez still sucks…montero could have also done that

  153. RetroRob says:

    Are we missing Noesi’s 6.30 ERA and the 150 pts in advantage Ibanez has over Montero?

  154. jon says:

    he who shall not be named!

  155. alittleblackegg says:

    That HR by Ibanez… glorious. I kind of love Ibanez, guys.

  156. Erica says:


  157. YankeesJunkie says:

    The last couple innings maybe means that King Felix does not go a full nine against the Yankees. Though a CG 8 IP game for him won’t be bad at all.

  158. Tom says:

    Hard to blame Swish on that…. when the umpire has shifted homeplate 6-8″ for lefty hitters, I don’t see how he can also call someone out on something just off the plate inside.

    While that’s normally a strike you can’t cover both sides of the plate very easily. He’s basically added 8″ to the plate which is a bit ridiculous

  159. fuck, Gardner had a set back? thanks for ruining the joy of the Lord Voldy jack, Suzyn.

  160. chmch says:

    he does kinda look like lord voldermort

  161. Total Dominication says:

    Bow before Lord Voldermort.

  162. Erica says:

    Okay, enjoy your Fridays all.

    I’m out like Montero was before that DEATHLY HOME RUN.

  163. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Randy Winn is still better.

  164. chcmh says:

    strikes balls looking the same over there

  165. Mike Axisa says:

    Great throw, great tag.

  166. Greg says:

    Thank you!

  167. Cy Pettitte says:

    great play by Jeets to get the tag on him

  168. chcmh says:

    something we’re not going to see montero do

  169. YankeesJunkie says:

    Jeter being 27 again is really fun to watch.

  170. Total Dominication says:

    Wow, talk about a pin point throw by the muscle.

  171. jjyank says:

    Nice play boys.

  172. Sansa says:

    He just walked a guy and you’re down by 2 runs, why send him? Both teams have made baserunning errors.

    • jjyank says:

      Teams with crappy offenses have a greater need to play small ball like that, I think.

    • Tom says:

      Seemed a bit odd, but it is still just the 7th inning. If it was the 8th or 9th I think he has to stay put.

      They probably think if they get the runner to 2nd with no out, move him over and get him in without a hit then they just need to make up 1 run over the last 2 innings.

  173. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:


  174. YankeesJunkie says:

    Kuroda has been as good as advertised thus far.

  175. jjyank says:

    Grounded to third….AND AIRMAILED INTO RIGHT FI….oh wait, Nunez was sent down. My bad.

  176. Professor Longnose says:

    Anyone else wish they’d go back to Take Me Out To The Ballgame?

  177. Sansa says:

    They squeezed another inning out of Hiroki and now only need to get through one more before DRob. Hopefully DRob gets a chance to get the save.

  178. Bartolo says:

    Ibanez looks like voldemort with a nose.

  179. chcmh says:

    the king got his crown skewed

  180. Mike Axisa says:

    Send Jeter right now in the 1-0 count, they’re not going to pitch out.

  181. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    they should call up pinder or venditte, just to see what they can do, esp. without mo in the bullpen. would be fun to watch

  182. Alex is 2-3 against Da King. Loving it.

  183. chcmh says:

    the king is dead

  184. RetroRob says:

    The Yankees, who don’t hit good pitchers to those who are momentarily silent, have scored nine runs in a little over thirteen innings the last two nights against two of the best pitchers in the game.

    • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

      They hit good pitching. It’s the no namers or guys that have a 7.50 era that give them problems

  185. YankeesJunkie says:

    Robinson Cano may be back.

  186. Greg says:


  187. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:


  188. chcmh says:

    cano & a-rod are chewing on the mariners tonite

  189. DickM says:

    Tex has a chance from the right side.

  190. jjyank says:

    4-4. We missed you Robbie, welcome back!!

    • pistol pete says:

      Cano’s a thoroughbred, he’ll be the Yankees top hitter by Memorial Day and at year end, pure pure hitter with great hands and a beautiful swing. His defense is under rated, he has a great arm, turns the double play better than anyone and has great hands on grounders.

  191. CP says:

    I just noticed Cano is now hitting .308 on the season. So much for a slow start…

  192. Kruk That Noise says:


    *chuckles like Beavis*

  193. DickM says:

    How do you swing at that pitch at 2 and 1

  194. Javierkei Burnigavano says:

    Yanks 1 to 4 in the lineup on par with anyone in baseball right now

  195. Greg says:

    David Cone stating what we all have observed.

  196. Greg says:

    Still, Tex has not had as many popups this year as last year.

  197. chcmh says:

    watching the young man, i have to say, i can’t imagine jesus catching for a yankee ballclub

  198. RetroRob says:

    Ummm, is someone else warming up? Rapada can NOT pitch to Montero. Batting practice.

  199. jjyank says:

    Good LOOGY…GOOOOOOD LOOGY. Have a cookie.

  200. willx says:

    It’s quite obvious the yankees don’t hit good pitchers when they are pitching good, or find a way to win vs good pitchers… see post season. Price nor Felix had their A game stuff tonight. You’re a fool if you think these guys did. It was no special “prep” , it was the pitchers failing to deliver what they usually deliver.

  201. Greg says:

    Nick Johnson with a 2 run homer to give Baltimore the lead

  202. Total Dominication says:

    Early in the game, I was thinking about how I always dreamed of King Felix pitching to Montero. Just not in that uniform. Completely irrelevant now, I just wasn’t on here earlier.

  203. jjyank says:

    Yeaaah Robbie!

  204. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    And the d. Cano

  205. Greg says:

    I’m starting to think the Mets should consider being buyers at the trade deadline. They are really playing well.

    And I’m not sayong this to jerk people, I really mean it

    • Professor Longnose says:

      Got plenty of time to worry about that.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Yeah, it’ll be interesting to see if they and Baltimore stay in it if they spend at the deadline. Same with Cleveland. Heck, especially Cleveland since they’re only really competing with the Tigers.

      • jjyank says:

        Maybe the Mets (Phillies are really overrated and the Marlins kinda are too) and Cleveland (like you said, really just the Tigers). But Baltimore will fall flat on its face I think. Even if they’re better than last year, they’re not better than the Yanks, Rays, or even the floundering Sox. I think the Jays are more talented as well.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Oh, I don’t expect them to do much. But if their good record and luck leave them, say, around the 2nd WC slot in 4-6 weeks, I can see them testing the waters.

  206. willx says:

    Binder joe i think had an orgasm tonight being able to use 3 pitchers in 1 inning

  207. Sansa says:

    Ha! There will be a lot more of this mixing and matching with Soriano and Robertson moved to the 8th and 9th. If one is unavailable like tonight, Joe will go crazy with his binder and match ups.

    • jjyank says:

      Considering it worked, I’m cool with it. Rapada, Wade, and Logan only faced one batter so they can even do that on back-to-backs days. Life without Mo will require a little more maneuvering, do what ya gotta do.

  208. Greg says:

    There. Good LOOGY. Here’s a cookie

  209. Cy Pettitte says:

    I like when our LOOGYs are LOOGYs

  210. chcmh says:

    logan planning on a whole weekend of pitching doesn’t want to waste any

  211. The bronx bombers who like to bunt says:

    Girardi needs 20 pitchers in the pen

  212. Sansa says:

    This would be a good time for DRob to get his beak wet and collect his first post Mo save. We’ll have at least a 2 run lead and it’s against the bottom of a weak lineup.

  213. chcmh says:

    my fantasy team thanks you, swish

  214. Havok9120 says:

    That’s pretty cool about Ibanez going to the cage after games.

    • jjyank says:

      Yeah, it’s a lot easier to root for cage rats I think. The harder a guy works, the more I like him.

  215. Cy Pettitte says:

    Mike what do you think of trying to buy (very) low on Kerry Wood to replace a guy like Epply in the pen? worked once.

  216. Greg says:


  217. jjyank says:

    Ohhhh man Andruw still has the easy power.

  218. Mike Axisa says:

    Andruw’s still got it.

  219. Havok9120 says:


  220. Cy Pettitte says:

    Andruw is such a beast, love watching him mash

  221. Total Dominication says:

    Do you still go to Robertson? I’m not sure 4 runs is enough for any of the other guys left.

  222. chcmh says:


  223. Tom says:

    Girardi sure has pushed the right buttons tonight.

    Even with the righty reliever obviously coming in, Jones likes him some fastball…

  224. jjyank says:

    Speaking of 90′s Braves pitching…is that the best 1-2-3 in a rotation ever?

    Smoltz – Maddux – Glavine? That’s pretty damn nasty.

  225. willx says:

    shocker! Martin got out

  226. Tom says:

    Eppley? Or just stick with Logan?

    (Smoak is a switch hitter, Carp and Saunders are lefties… though I imagine one will be pinch hit for)

  227. Greg says:

    Andruw Jones is right on the edge of the HOF debate.

    • Total Dominication says:

      He really shouldn’t be, when you consider he might be the greatest defensive player of all time.

      • jjyank says:

        He’s hurt by a few bad drop off years as a starter and a few years as a bench player. Longevity is not helpful to his candidacy. But yeah, his peak was incredible.

  228. Greg says:

    Yul Brynner or Voldemort?

  229. Total Dominication says:

    Not Ralph Fiennes, really?

  230. sum dum phuk says:

    They should put a Lord Voldemort picture next to those two pictures.

  231. Tom says:

    Logan in line for the save.
    (he came on with a 2 run lead)

  232. Mike Axisa says:

    Boston’s bullpen is about to blow a six-run lead.

  233. jjyank says:

    Girardi isn’t screwing around.

  234. Havok9120 says:

    Boone looked sad there. At least to me.

    He needs another cookie. :/

  235. sum dum phuk says:

    I feel like Boone Logan is never happy.

  236. willx says:

    Nice ploy by joe. Now he can use soriano to close tomorrow w/o upsetting robertson

  237. chcmh says:

    now, that looked like a closer, robbie

  238. jjyank says:

    Good win. Always makes you feel good about a series when they win the opener against the team’s best pitcher.

  239. Total Dominication says:

    Girardi was pushing all the right buttons tonight.

  240. Tom says:

    Yankees have beat Shields, Price and Felix over the last 4 games. The starters have also given up 4ER combined over the last 4 games.

    Hopefully this is the start of a run….

  241. sum dum phuk says:

    Are they skipping Ivan Nova’s start?

  242. forensic says:

    Great win tonight! Hopefully a good sign for the rest of the weekend.

  243. Total Dominication says:

    Come on Asdrubal, reward my fantasy team while trouncing the Sox!

  244. Greg says:

    Indians with 2 on 1 out in the eighth. Cabrera up and Padilla coming in.
    Place your bets

  245. Greg says:

    They got out of it. It looks like they will win

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