May
14

Game 35: Raining In B’more

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One of two things will happen tonight, and I’m not talking about the Yankees either winning or losing. Tonight’s game will either be rained out or played in sloppy conditions and possibly through a series of delays. It’s been raining on and off all day in Baltimore and the heaviest stuff is supposed to come later tonight, and I don’t mean midnight or early tomorrow morning. I’m talking eight or nine o’clock. As of right now, the game is scheduled to start at 7:15pm ET. We’ll see. Here’s the lineup…

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

RHP Ivan Nova

If they do end up playing tonight, you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads

633 Comments»

  1. jjyank says:

    Come on rain, I wanna watch baseball!

  2. flamingo says:

    Susyn’s interviewing Buck Showalter now.

    I don’t even have a reaction to that yet.

    • OMG! Bagels! says:

      what is she saying?

      I notice that all former Yankees are “great friends” of John and Suzyn.

      • flamingo says:

        She asked him about the O’s starting pitching and then talked exclusively about the Yankees. What he thinks of Any, what he thinks of Mo. And she kinda insulted him by saying that he didn’t recognize Mo’s potential, and that’s why he lost his job. Unless he’s cool with that; I don’t know him.

        • RetroRob says:

          Showalter himself has recognized that, saying he probably would have remained the Yankees manager if he had gone to Mo sooner. Having very clear memories of ’95, including Mo’s very first start, being sent back down, his recall and better fastball, his great game against the White Sox, I remember being very interested in his ability, but I didn’t think Showalter had misused him or didn’t recognize him.

          Mo continued to show promise the remainder of that summer, but he was no sure thing when called out of the pen, and I give Showalter credit for even carrying him in the playoffs. I do remember thinking Rivera had gone to a new level against Seattle, something that would continue for the next 17 years, and hopefully another year next season!

  3. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    The circus is falling down on its knees.
    The big top is crumbling down.

  4. RetroRob says:

    Rain distrespecting the memory of Flanny again!

  5. Sansa says:

    So nice to see Chavez playing 3rd for A-Rod. We definitely don’t want Nunez at 3rd with a groundball pitcher on the mound. Teixera still needs to be moved down though.

  6. flamingo says:

    Paging John and Susyn: A-Rod is hitting. Tex is not. No need to move A-Rod anywhere.

    (Why do I listen to them again?!)

    • RetroRob says:

      Pure statistics. You figure they’re bound to be right some times, but then they surprise us again.

    • jjyank says:

      I know, I find it kind of funny that so many people think A-Rod has been sucking. The power’s not there, but over the last 2 weeks his OBP is .426 and .384 on the season. He’s not the problem.

  7. jjyank says:

    I am really not liking the new Jason Hammel.

  8. hooray, there’s baseball tonight :)

  9. RetroRob says:

    Rain.

    Need.Runs.Early.

  10. Professor Longnose says:

    I demand runs!

  11. Cy Pettitte says:

    that was a terrible pitch. Martin set up in and it was up and over the outside of the plate.

  12. Karl Krawfid says:

    If Nova had fastball command, he would be great.

  13. jjyank says:

    Ugh.

  14. Hughesitis: getting a hitter to 0-2, not putting him away.

  15. Need Pitching says:

    batting practice

  16. flamingo says:

    Is Nova elevating his pitches again?

  17. CBean says:

    Phelps please

  18. Pat D says:

    Well this has been a great start.

  19. mt says:

    Hammel has not given up more than two runs in any start this year so if form holds, we better hold them here.

  20. mt says:

    This might be a Garcia night.

  21. RetroRob says:

    When are those rains coming?

    Did anyone see the article on ESPN (Insider) that says Jeter has hurt Nova this year by not getting to balls that most SS’s would, leading to five additional runs. Without those, his ERA would be 3.70 as opposed to 5.10?

    While it was interesting and not a shock, it still was a surprise, since to me the problems Nova is having can be illusted by this inning. Pitches up, balls being driven hard into the OF and over the wall at a greater frequency.

    • mt says:

      Yes, I saw that.

      I do think Jeter has not looked good from a range perspective but was surprised at the impact of Jeter on Nova since Nova has been giving up doubles and home runs (which have nothing to do with Jeter) at an alarming rate so far this year.

      • RetroRob says:

        I wonder if it’s also related to some of the shifts the Yankees have used, especially earlier this year. One of the games referenced was a game where a ball was hit right where Jeter normally would be positioned, but the Yankees had him way out of position.

        I asked this question once before, but how do shifts impact defensive metrics. I was told they should account for them, but the more I’ve read, it seems they may not.

        No matter. We know Jeter does not have good range, and as to why it’s hurt Nova more than the other Yankee pitchers this year may simply be one of sample size. Yet I still think Nova’s problem has been more related to his command and getting his pitches up. We saw that again in the first.

  22. Cy Pettitte says:

    Of the O’s fans keep booing Teix they should be forced to take him and his contract

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      if not of

    • jjyank says:

      That one makes me laugh.

      “Yeah, let’s boo this guy for choosing a successful team that can win me a world series ring over a shitty team who finishes last every year!!! The nerve.”

      O’s fans should be booing their front office for not building a good team that would entice free agents.

  23. Karl Krawfid says:

    Tex doesn’t look healthy in the face lol

  24. RetroRob says:

    It’s that juice diet Tex went on. Juice is bad. It’s made him weak and ill. Go have a steak, Tex, go have a steak.

  25. jjyank says:

    Ohh man they just showed the Chris Davis pitching clips. So funny.

  26. flamingo says:

    Just when I was thinking a double play would be nice!

  27. Erica says:

    Shoulda been rained out!

    /bandwagonjumper’d

  28. wow says:

    my gosh… this team.

  29. Will says:

    Okay am the only one thinking we should let Swish, Grandy, and Martin go to make room for Hamilton and Hamels?

    • all of the above if you’re serious.

    • jjyank says:

      Hamels, sure, but why would the Yankees pass on resigning Swisher so they can instead sign a (relatively) old, hardcore ex-addict for likely almost twice the amount of money?

      • because teh HOMERZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!111!!!!!!!!oneone!!!

        • RkyMtnYank says:

          Yea, let’s continue to overpay for previous production. This is the typical Yankee overreaction that will lead to more albatross contracts. Hamels yes, but keep Swish and Grandy.

          • I’m not even so sure about Hamels…He’s going to coast SOOO much money.

            • jjyank says:

              Yeah, I’m torn as well. Hopefully ManBan continues to beast AAA and Nova becomes a solid mid rotation guy, and Hughes improves. That would save them a lot of scratch.

            • RkyMtnYank says:

              True, but for a premium lefty in his prime I think that’s a wise investment. I’m normally for letting the kids play though!

            • Betty Lizard says:

              I really like Hamels, but whenever the prospect of acquiring him is brought up I get a diffuse feeling of doom.

              And this is before his beaning of Harper, which I regarded as a real twatwaffle move.

  30. Erica says:

    NOVA NO

  31. DERP says:

    Official call up Banuelos post. Who’s in?

    • all aboard the third rushed pitcher train!!!!!!

      • RetroRob says:

        Screw that. We need to bring up Campos from A ball, bad elbow and all!

      • jjyank says:

        Seriously. The kid’s only been able to legally drink for a couple of months, he’s not exactly spinning his wheels down there. ManBan needs to spend all of 2012 in AAA, prove his back is healthy and prove that the improved control so far is real. Let’s have this conversation in March of 2013.

        • Tom says:

          +1

          The guy threw ~130 innings last year…. let him throw ~150-160 in the minors this year so there’s isn’t this crazy innings limits/shut him down/use as short reliever craziness. It’s not like he’s been lights out above A ball.

          If he pitches well, give him a shot at the rotation next year and as a 5th starter he’d be able to pretty much pitch the whole year

  32. aRX says:

    DAMNIT! Please be able to walk it off!

  33. Future Yankee Bryce Harper just hit his first(of many) career homer.

  34. Alex has really been quietly picking it up recently…not so much for power, but his OBP the last two weeks or so as to be insane.

  35. Karl Krawfid says:

    Cano is missing pitches he would murder last year.

  36. Karl Krawfid says:

    Didn’t miss that one.

  37. Widget says:

    Send the runners because it’s about to be double play time.

  38. Tex…ok fine. Do that, that’s fine, the result is anyway.

  39. Sansa says:

    Well at least he advanced the runners. Let the real hitters drive the runners in.

  40. DERP says:

    Yeah, so John Danks sucks. Good thing we didn’t trade for him.

  41. RetroRob says:

    He really doesn’t throw 95, does he?

  42. Professor Longnose says:

    Tie the score or suffer my wrath!

  43. Erica says:

    Swwwwwish

  44. DERP says:

    ah ah ah ah ah ah Shazam!

  45. jjyank says:

    Love me some garbage time!

  46. Sansa says:

    Yeah, Swisher shouldn’t be batting 5th or anything.

  47. Tony says:

    Swishalicious in garbage time

  48. Mike Nitabach says:

    YEAH!!! SWISH!!

  49. flamingo says:

    Yeah, he’s swishalicious.

  50. RkyMtnYank says:

    How do we not resign Swisher at this point given the lack of quality RF’ers, as long as he stays healthy? I have become a real Swish fan these past couple years.

  51. Love the let’s go Yankees chant.

  52. Lord Snow says:

    Nothing I hate more than seeing scrubby, shit-for-sticks on the Red Sox getting big, timely hits.

  53. YankeesJunkie says:

    Nice job by Nova getting out of the jam.

  54. flamingo says:

    The leadoff walk didn’t score!

  55. flamingo says:

    DON’T. BUNT.

  56. Sansa says:

    Jeter continues to be a rally killer. Where’s the .400 Jeter hitting doubles every other at bat?

  57. jjyank says:

    Question about 2013 free agents for you guys. Hamels gets most of the love, but what do you guys think about Anibal Sanchez? He’ll likely be significantly cheaper than Hamels, and has been pretty solid and is putting together a real nice 2012 so far. Not necessarily endorsing it, but if the Yanks don’t want to spend what Hamels will cost, Sanchez might be an interesting option.

  58. See what you did Derek.

  59. Erica says:

    GRANDYMAN!!! Oh, he CAN!

  60. YankeesJunkie says:

    Curtis Fucking Granderson!

  61. flamingo says:

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah Grandy!

  62. DERP says:

    o hai Eutaw Street! Nice to see you!

  63. Mike Nitabach says:

    GRAND!!

  64. haha judging by Sterling’s an all of your reactions, he must of CRUSHED

  65. Professor Longnose says:

    I liked that bat toss my Rodriguez there.

  66. DERP says:

    It’s almost like throwing the ball right down the middle was a bad idea.

  67. JJ, to answer your question about Sanchez, Annibal up there…meh.

    • jjyank says:

      Depends on the contract though. Do you want Hamels for 6-7 years or Anibal for 3-4? I see both arguments.

      • clearly Anibal, but I’m not sure if he could pitch in the AL East.

        • jjyank says:

          I think he could if he keeps his peripherals at 2011/2012 levels. More than a K per inning and less than 3 walks per 9. But yeah, if he reverts to the mid 7s in K/9 and 3-4 BB/9 from earlier in his career, he’d be in trouble.

  68. DERP says:

    Hey Nova how about you stop walking crappy players.

  69. Pat D says:

    Nova’s luck has run out.

  70. DERP says:

    Fuck Nova. Stop allowing hits to crappy players.

  71. Pat D says:

    Is this Avery any kind of prospect?

  72. flamingo says:

    Nova, WHY.

  73. Mike Nitabach says:

    Ughh.

  74. Widget says:

    That lead was fun while it lasted.

  75. Wow, Suzyn all over A-Rod for taking the ball the other way.

  76. 718 says:

    Nova got lucky last year! He blows!

  77. Need Pitching says:

    how do they not have anybody warming up?

  78. Mike Nitabach says:

    FUUUUUUUUUUUCK.

  79. YankeesJunkie says:

    Meh!

  80. Mr. Pink says:

    Argh. I’m really getting tired of the overall inconsistency of this team.

  81. flamingo says:

    Okay, let’s pull Nova now.

  82. jjyank says:

    Not so Super, Nova.

  83. Pat D says:

    So…I guess Nova’s the biggest concern in the rotation now, right?

  84. Erica says:

    I get up for a minute and the Yankees are in the lead. I walk back into my room and now we’re down 5-3. OKAY.

  85. RkyMtnYank says:

    Damn, Hardy didn’t even fully swing through that ball.

  86. DERP says:

    Nova allows a homer. Drink.

  87. 718 says:

    Again, Nova got lucky last year! He blows!

  88. CBean says:

    Phelps now?

  89. Pat D says:

    Freddy Garcia sighting. White flag, white flag!!!!

  90. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Hardy’s been on an absolute tear this month.

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

    Phelps is gonna get Noesi’d out there isn’t he?

  92. The Bobfather says:

    Hamels, Greinke and Hamilton in 2013 please.

  93. Pat D says:

    “Umbrellas popping up.”

    Like someone said last week, that reminds me of RollerCoaster Tycoon. I wish that game still worked on my computer.

    • jjyank says:

      Dude I was ALL about that game when I was a kid. Loved it.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      It’s been a while since I heard that mentioned. Fucking loved that game.

    • Erica says:

      The days of Windows 95 were glorious days indeed!

      • Pat D says:

        I always sucked at that game for some reason.

        Civilization 2 was the game that I spent more hours playing than any other game. Then came Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds.

      • Erica says:

        YES!!!! Did you construct the most elaborate city evar, only to set tornadoes upon it right after?

        • Haha, I was more of a plague of locust type, but absolutely. I read an article on Cracked about a year ago about a guy who made the most efficiently run city in the history of the game, his Sim’s life span was roughly 33.5years. When asked why and if he was concerned about the extremely low life span, he said “the city is made to run at efficiently, life span of it’s occupants wans’t taken into account.”

  94. DERP says:

    The phasing out of David Phelps makes me sad.

  95. jjyank says:

    Wow, Robbie is simply the best in the business on that play.

  96. RkyMtnYank says:

    Wow, Robbie’s so f’n smoothe! Pedroia would have never made that play!

  97. I still can’t get over how Suzyn was ripping Alex to Fiensand, saying getting on base isn’t enough.

    • Pat D says:

      Well, I’d gladly sacrifice 20 points of his current OBP if it meant a few more extra base hits.

      Yea, I know that’s contrary, but I’d still take a .360 range OBP from him.

      • I understand your point, but as of right now I’m happy that Alex is healthy and that he’s getting on base at a .400 clip.

        • jjyank says:

          Agreed. I’ll gladly take .400 OBP A-Rod. If Tex behind him was knocking him in more often, I don’t know if we’d be complaining as much.

        • Pat D says:

          I assume he’ll start hitting more home runs as the weather gets warmer. I agree that his health is most important.

    • Athenian says:

      She is such a tool.

  98. The Bobfather says:

    Is it weird that instead of looking forward to facing the Orioles, I actually dread facing them now?

  99. Athenian says:

    Who had “yanks are owned by Orioles” at the beginning of the season? At least they can beat the Mariners.

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

      4-2 against a team isn’t getting owned by them.

      • Pat D says:

        Yea, really.

      • Athenian says:

        Um two of the wins were in extra innings. In NY, they did exactly what is going on now, out hit, out pitched…but we all have different expectations of success and failure.

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

          So the extra inning wins don’t count or something? I dunno about you, but I consider 4-2 a success no matter how it comes.

    • Need Pitching says:

      wtf are you talking about?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Yanks have won four of six against Baltimore this year.

    • Athenian says:

      This sounds like the Tebow justification in Denver. He was average at best for 90% of the game and then pulled out a win. Beating the Orioles in two extra inning games, almost getting swept at home, is not a good sign for a team that should be dominating a far less superior team. Focusing on the first three wins as though they hold more value than how the team is actually playing is only a set up for greater set back….

      Although my patience are now tested with bases loaded…let me be the optimist, double play coming and only one run.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        Oh look, wrong again.

      • jjyank says:

        “let me be the optimist, double play coming and only one run.”

        If that’s your version of optimism, then I truly feel sorry for you.

      • Need Pitching says:

        however they win, winning is far from getting “owned”
        and the Orioles have the best record in the division, if you haven’t noticed. Perhaps they are not as “far less superior” as you think

  100. flamingo says:

    O’s broadcast praising Cano’s pivot. And Cano in general.

    And then he hits a double.

    (Quick, say something nice about Tex.)

  101. DERP says:

    Embedded Yankee Luis Ayala warming up!

  102. Tom says:

    I know the HR’s are problematic , but for Nova I think it still comes down to walks I think.

    He walks the #9 hitter to lead off an inning and then goes 3-1 to a the next hitter and has to come in with a strike…. what might have been a solo HR on a mistake to Hardy becomes 3 runs in a hurry.

    • DERP says:

      Especially since the walk came to a utility player and the triple was to a guy who hasn’t really hit at any level.

    • Mike E says:

      Nova currently has an 11.76% HR rate on the changeup. That’s pretty terrible. He’s gotta locate the pitch down and away more and his homerun problems will be a non-issue.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      Yeah, the control has been a problem this evening but his overall BB/9 has been below 3 so nothing to stick your nose at.

      • Tom says:

        Overall it’s good but the results are bimodal:

        In the 4 starts he’s given up 4+ER: 2,3,4,3 (includes tonight)
        In the 3 starts where he’s given up 2ER or less: 0,0,2

  103. Mike Nitabach says:

    OHPLEASEOHPLEASEOHPLEASEOHPLEASE!!!!!!

  104. flamingo says:

    This is nice.

  105. DERP says:

    Someone hold me.

  106. Professor Longnose says:

    Anyone know the Yankees slash line with bases loaded and nobody out?

  107. flamingo says:

    Ibanez has gotten all sorts of timely hits; I think it’s time for his first grand slam.

  108. Embedded Yankee Luis Ayala aka Worst Pitcher in History with an ERA under 2

  109. DERP says:

    Time to reinforce the warehouse windows.

  110. Havok9120 says:

    So. I’ve apparently missed a fairly eventful game.

    C’mon boys. Lets chase Ayala here and tag him for about 7 runs.

  111. Lord Snow says:

    At least one run. Please.

  112. unless this is right down the middle…take.

  113. Erica says:

    C’mon Voldemort. DO IT DO IT

  114. BOW AT THE SIGHT OF THE INFINITE POWERS OF LORD VOLDEMORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  115. Erica says:

    I’ll take it!!!!!! RAUUUUUUUL!

  116. Mike Nitabach says:

    YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  117. DERP says:

    I’ll take it.

  118. sum dum phuk says:

    Lord Voldemort strikes!

  119. jjyank says:

    Hells yeah, I’ll take it. VOLDEMOOOOOORT!

  120. Need Pitching says:

    Davis should stick to pitching

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

    The power of Lord Voldemort!

  122. flamingo says:

    Chris Davis to the bullpen, huh?

    I’ll take a two-run single. THanks, Raul.

  123. Professor Longnose says:

    That could easily have been a double play. Thanks, O’s.

  124. Sansa says:

    Is Michael Kay going to tell that story all year about the fake from 3rd to 1st.

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

    Remember all the times Ayala came in last year and allowed inherited runners to score and then get outs to keep his ERA nice and low?

    Nice to be on the other side of that.

  126. Sansa says:

    This could be set up for another Jeter DP.

  127. Mike Nitabach says:

    OHPLEASEOHPLEASEOHPLEASEOHPLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

  128. I think Jeets should bunt the runners over =P

  129. Havok9120 says:

    C’mon Cap’n.

  130. Leg-End says:

    I think Russell just walked on 4 strikes.

  131. Erica says:

    I want my water but I’m not getting up to get it. I’m staying put.

  132. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Nutter Butters and beer. Not an great idea.

  133. DERP says:

    Fuck off Jeter

  134. Tony says:

    Lets go Grandy

  135. flamingo says:

    Ugh. Jeter, you’re supposed to get a minimum of three hits a night. How have you missed the memo?

  136. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    We’d better hope the game does not get called now.

  137. Tom says:

    Following online, but are these guys really swinging through 86-90mph fastballs from Luis Ayala?

  138. Mike Nitabach says:

    urgh

  139. DERP says:

    Fuck this.

  140. flamingo says:

    Seriously, should have expected that. It’s just the way Ayala works. Keeps the old ERA down.

    • ArchStanton says:

      He could’ve given up a grand slam there and would’ve been fine ERA-wise due to the error- I think. If only he had known that!

  141. Pat D says:

    RISP fail all around.

  142. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Where has the genius of KLong gone?

  143. Buddy says:

    Wow. Great job by Ayala.

  144. DERP says:

    I predict this will end well!

  145. JohnnyC says:

    Luis Ayala just dominant with the sinker-slide. LOL on Yankees.

  146. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yankees should have only scored 1 run that inning. Just bad man.

  147. flamingo says:

    Nova getting ground balls keeps my blood pressure down.

    …Wait, he’s hurt? NO.

  148. Erica says:

    Oh goodness, Nova.

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

    That isn’t good…

  150. 45yearyanksfan says:

    what a terrible offense……..other than jete EVERYhitter does nothing but swing for the fences no matter the situation… ted williams of 406 fame, greatest hitter that ever lived fame got booed in doston for decades for being a selfish hitter by ignoring the shift… what does that make mark”i usesto hit 100 points better’ texeria………disgusting

  151. The Bobfather says:

    OMG. Can anyone hit with RISP on this team!? That was a golden oppourtunity to break this game open. Jeter and Granderson were wayyyyy too anxious in those at bats. What ever happen to selectivity at the plate? Also I miss Luis Ayala #shouldvekept.

  152. Sansa says:

    And now Nova can’t get the W.

  153. CBean says:

    No Rapada!

  154. Havok9120 says:

    The MT25 has been set to beast mode on D the last week or so.

  155. The Bobfather says:

    SometImes I think that K-Long is a one dimensional hitting coach. He helps hitters perfect their homerun swings but doesn’t preach selectivity at the plate or a gap, singles approach. Just my opinion.

    • JohnnyC says:

      All hitting coaches are that way. They specialize in swing mechanics. Baseball philosophy is something you learn on your own by watching smart hitters like Wade Boggs.

  156. Erica says:

    Kay is talking about Jeff Nelson. Again.

  157. DERP says:

    D Money coming in!

  158. RkyMtnYank says:

    Phelps in a nice high leverage situation, I’ve been a Phelps fan so hope all goes well!!!

  159. 45yearyanksfan says:

    here’s a good old fashioned narrative……….the number 27….i’ll just assume you’re familiar with the narrative pre 1996

  160. DERP says:

    Who the hell just got helped to the clubhouse. It wasn’t Nova. It was some white dude.

  161. RkyMtnYank says:

    wtg Phelpsy, hope goes at least one more.

  162. 45yearyanksfan says:

    the point is sabremetrics are only part of the story..unself play, such as a situational approach at he plate, as old fashioned s it sounds allows for more productive at bats

    • jjyank says:

      Ahh one of my favorite ridiculous narratives. Teixeira is so arrogant, that he hits into the shift on purpose!

      P.S., you know there’s a reply button, right?

    • DERP says:

      Thanks so much for your great posting tonight! It really adds another dimension to the game thread!

    • Havok9120 says:

      Yes, because controlling where the ball goes off the bat against major league caliber pitching is so easy. That’s why shifting and spray charts are useless and ineffective.

      You aren’t very good at this are you?

  163. Been on a two week tolerance break…probably popping out of work and over to my buddy’s apt to end that. Why can’t any of my friends be into regular season baseball?

  164. Dan in Atlanta says:

    Seriously, is Curtis the Tim Tebow/Shaq of baseball? The guy is everywhere with charities and promtoing the game. He makes me proud to be a Yankee fan.

  165. Sansa says:

    Great. Let’s push one more across and go Phelps for one, SoRo to close. CC on the mound tomorrow for the sweep.

  166. Professor Longnose says:

    This is IT! Score some bleeping runs!

  167. Andy says:

    I know he’s getting his hits, but doesn’t Alex look a little off balance at the plate?

  168. Sansa says:

    Nice piece of hitting by Alex. Cano and Teixera need to have the same plate discipline.

  169. …she’s still going on about Alex sucking :(

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

    Boooooooo…you didn’t sign with our terrible team! Boooooooooooo!

  171. Havok9120 says:

    This strikezone is making my head hurt.

  172. Mike Nitabach says:

    TEEEEXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx!!!!!!!!!

  173. Need Pitching says:

    damn selfish hitting

    • 45yearyanksfan says:

      listen…i don’t think tex and the rest of the team are selfish ballplayers.. iwas merely within the historical context of williams that in cetain situations, when you need baserunners and your behind, it’s a beatiful thing to see a guy shorten his stroke and go the other way…i’ll admit that my fanatacism deserves a smack down when i’m wrong… my most humble apoligies….i just yearn for the days when the asthetic, artful practice of baseball was the order of the day

  174. RkyMtnYank says:

    Shift that bitches!

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

    Tex!!!!!!!!

  176. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Finally

  177. Erica says:

    MT25! THE ORIOLES FANS LOVE IT!

  178. flamingo says:

    TEX? TEX?

    You’re on the mark, Teixeira!

  179. jjyank says:

    Wait, y u no bunt Tex??!!

    Good to see that. Atta boy Tex.

  180. Mike E says:

    No way Teixeira could hit a homerun if that baserunner was in scoring position. More RISP fail.

  181. Cy Pettitte says:

    boooooo Teix boooooo

    oh wait, HR? Yea Teix!

  182. Sansa says:

    MARK TEIXERA GOT A HIT WITH MEN ON BASE!!!!! 7-5 LEAD!

  183. Havok9120 says:

    Hmmm.

    We never score any runs. Impotent offense. Homeruns don’t count because that isn’t situational hitting and its not sustainable and stuff.

  184. DERP says:

    Swisher and Teixeira with the big hits. The two guys Orioles fans hate the most. Nice.

  185. Pat D says:

    Are we sure Teixeira doesn’t have something worse?

    • Mike E says:

      Whatever it is, can’t be as bad as what Pujols has.

      • Pat D says:

        I know you’re joking, but Teix is clearly sick and Pujols is just suffering from “Holy shit, I play in the American League in a pitcher’s park now and I haven’t adjusted yet”-itis.

        • Mike E says:

          Yup, and he could be 35 following declining years. I really don’t know if he’ll ever be the same hitter, but he won’t produce the same stats in the AL West again. Big parks and good pitching will lower his average. Thank god it happened to the Angels though, thats one team I have no problem hating.

    • Erica says:

      What do you think Tex has?

      • Pat D says:

        According to Jonah Keri on Grantland today:

        “A chest specialist at Columbia Presbyterian diagnosed the Yankees’ first baseman with “severely inflamed bronchial airways” that have impacted his breathing. Raul Ibanez slugging .568 has helped the Yanks withstand the loss of Brett Gardner for longer than expected, and top pitching prospect Manny Banuelos has struck out 15 batters and walked none in his first 14? innings since coming off the disabled list. But Teixeira’s got four years and $90 million left on his gigantic contract, not counting the $22.5 million he’s owed for the rest of this season. Whether Teixeira’s woes are due to breathing issues, random variance, or whatever the hell’s going on here, the Yankees could use a non-giant sucking vortex in the middle of their lineup.”

        • RetroRob says:

          Perhaps it would make sense if I went and read the article (the cognac-sipping Grantland writers annoy me, so I won’t), but what’s with the Banuelos UFO mention in Keri’s article?

      • RetroRob says:

        I don’t know. Continues interesting trend (okay, two examples) of Yankees signing big name 1B’man who are highly productive at first, then develop pull tendencies leading to extreme shifts and decreasing production, who then come up with a virus and lose weight.

  186. Greg says:

    So I just got in.

    Is Nova hurt badly? And whether he is or isn’t, he did not pitch well. ERA over 5.

    Offense has done well

    And that other team is winning again. That sucks

  187. Erica says:

    LOOK AT THAT CATCH THAT WAS A GREAT CATCH AAAAHHHHH

  188. RkyMtnYank says:

    The Grandy man can!

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

    Yankees have now scored in 4 straight innings. Not bad for such a selfish offense!

    Great catch by Curtis!

  190. Sansa says:

    WOW! Grandy covered a lot of ground there. Fortunate that it was hit there.

  191. Let’s hold on to this boys. I hope to get home to highlights of a win.

  192. RkyMtnYank says:

    Be nice to see Phelps finish the whole thing out even though that won’t happen.

  193. Erica says:

    Boone Logan will forever make me nervous.

  194. Athenian says:

    I need to stick to just checking in on the score. Each time I do the Yankees are winning.

  195. DERP says:

    Bring in Robertson please.

  196. DERP says:

    The only Tex is suffering from is huge balls syndrome.

  197. Greg says:

    Oh great.

    We lose Nova for a month

  198. Havok9120 says:

    Darn Yankees don’t care. Them and their league leading 11 come from behind wins.

  199. Mike E says:

    Nova’s got a bruised foot and sprained ankle, Rapada has a virus.

  200. jjyank says:

    Via LoHud:

    Yankees just announced that Ivan Nova has a right foot/ankle contusion and sprain. X-rays were negative. Also, Clay Rapada has a viral infection.

  201. DERP says:

    Sit down Wilson.

  202. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Boone-tang.

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

    Boooooooooone

  204. Tom says:

    Boone Logan….. ROOGY?

  205. Havok9120 says:

    Have a cookie Mr. Logan.

    You DID bring the cookies, right jj?

  206. DERP says:

    I have been listening to Danity Kane the whole game.

  207. King Charles The Great says:

    I know ERA is not the true measure of a pitcher’s performance but for what it’s worth, after today’s performance:

    Nova’s ERA: 5.44, Hughes’ ERA: 5.50.

    /huuuuuughes

  208. The Miracle Stick says:

    I didn’t realize that I would need to pay attention to the fucking Orioles of all teams.

    I’m going to set this right, apologies for the delay.

  209. DERP says:

    okay that was awesome

  210. Pat D says:

    Martin was disrespectful to Flanny.

  211. Mike Nitabach says:

    Let’s get some EEEEEENSURANCE!

  212. Tom says:

    So I’m guessing the bunt for a hit/sacrifice is coming?

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

    Derek, if you bunt against this lefty…

  214. RetroRob says:

    Yes, of course, have the guy hitting .370 bunt.

  215. Mike E says:

    Here comes the free out from Jeter.

  216. Tony says:

    Please leave the lefty in to face Jeter

  217. Greg says:

    All of you saying that he would bunt.

    FAIL

  218. King Charles The Great says:

    Let’s go Jeter!!

  219. Mike E says:

    Jeter looked way safe.

  220. Greg says:

    And in hindsight…

  221. Mike Nitabach says:

    TOTALLY SAFE!!

  222. Tony says:

    4 double plays by Jeter in 2 days after none all season

  223. Erica says:

    Blind umpires.

  224. jjyank says:

    Bad call. Where are my robots?

  225. flamingo says:

    Uh, Jeter…

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

    He was safe. Good fucking job ump.

  227. Dan in Atlanta says:

    Goal motherfuckers. Goal.

  228. pat says:

    Typical Curtis, just passing the baton.

  229. King Charles The Great says:

    Insurance runs please Arod!

  230. pat says:

    Just a base hit Alex. Come on, bud.

  231. jjyank says:

    *gives cookie*

  232. Need Pitching says:

    so I take it either Soriano or Robertson is unavailable
    anyone know why?

  233. Erica says:

    Uh, is it me or is anyone else trying to log on to Twitter but it’s going straight to the BBC website?

  234. pat says:

    LOONE BOGAN

  235. jjyank says:

    That was a gorgeous pitch for strike three.

  236. Tony says:

    Is something wrong with Soriano?

  237. Dan in Atlanta says:

    seven more

  238. jjyank says:

    Yay Tex!

  239. Erica says:

    MT25 DOUBLE

  240. King Charles The Great says:

    Yeah Tex!! Hopefully he keeps this up!

  241. Mike Nitabach says:

    Let’s get a hit with bases loaded! PLEEEZ!

  242. Erica says:

    You don’t hit Voldemort and expect to get away with it.

  243. jjyank says:

    Ouch. My own elbow (still healing from a fracture) just cringed watching that.

  244. Mike Nitabach says:

    Sac fly works.

  245. pat says:

    Need a ChavySlam to make me happy.

  246. NoH says:

    I know that must have hurt very badly for Ibanez, but that was probably the best possible outcome against a leftie for him.

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

    Geez that’s like 4 times Kay had gone off about Jeff Nelson tonight.

  248. Erica says:

    “The Ol Jeff Nelson”

  249. Sansa says:

    They should outlaw that move tomorrow just so Kay will shut up about it.

  250. Erica says:

    Still SO weird to see anyone but 42 in a save situation.

  251. Tony says:

    Whats up with Robertson?

  252. Sansa says:

    Where’s Dave Robertson? Is he not the closer anymore?

  253. Mike Nitabach says:

    Looking good, Soriano.

  254. jjyank says:

    Could this be the first 1-2-3 inning in 2012 for Sori?

  255. Mike Nitabach says:

    OHHHHHHH!! WHATTTTT?????

  256. jjyank says:

    Chavez!!! You’re supposed to be the anti-Nunez damn it.

  257. Erica says:

    Erm Chavy?

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

    Of course something like that would happen and spoil the 1-2-3 inning.

  259. FIPster Doofus says:

    Eduardo Chavez.

  260. King Charles The Great says:

    Heh. Of course he gives up a hit.

  261. Tony says:

    God does not want Soriano to get a 123 inning. This is coming from an atheist

  262. Erica says:

    Redemption Chavy

  263. Mike Nitabach says:

    YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  264. FIPster Doofus says:

    There’s the real Eric Chavez.

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

    Ballgame!

    Fun game thread too :)

  266. Bobtaco says:

    Omigod, Soriano smiled!

  267. RkyMtnYank says:

    Phelps gets the W, that’s cool.

  268. Sansa says:

    So did Girardi already give up on Robertson as closer? He hasn’t pitched since Friday and why wasn’t he in for the 8th?

  269. CS Yankee says:

    Seems like Arod had to get So happy at the end. Arod deserves much credit for the little things and Soriano seems like a jerk.

    Teix is waking up & Jeet needs a day off.

  270. flamingo says:

    This was a good win.

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