Game 43: A Friendly Face

Update: Banuelos' sore elbow not considered serious
Mustelier & Ortiz lead Triple-A team to win
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Yankees have scored double-digit runs just three times in 42 games this season (7.1%), down from 11.1% last season and 11.7% the year before. The first time was the win over the Angels on Sunday Night Baseball (when Raul Ibanez nearly hit a ball into the upper deck), the second time was the huge Fenway Park comeback win over the Red Sox, and the third time was in Kansas City against Luke Hochevar two weeks ago. Hochevar is on the mound again tonight, and boy if there was ever a time for him to repeat that 2.2 IP, 7 R showing, it’s right now. Here’s the lineup…

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

RHP Phil Hughes

The weather in New York isn’t great again but it looks like they’ll get a full nine innings in tonight. The game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

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Update: Banuelos' sore elbow not considered serious
Mustelier & Ortiz lead Triple-A team to win
  • Robinson Tilapia

    ROY HUGHLLADAY!!!

    (Suggestions for the lineup welcome)

  • jjyank

    Hmm I think my vote for Luke’s face up there would instead be cast in favor of “creepy”.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He looks like he has a secret.

      • jjyank

        Let’s hope that secret is “I forgot how to pitch.”

        • Robinson Tilapia

          and that he doesn’t look at our lineup and say “ah, now I remember.”

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            he learner the knuckleball specifically for this start

            • Robinson Tilapia

              He learned the reverse gyroball just for this start.

        • Erica

          He just wants to give us all of the runs.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            ….and we should go ahead and take them. None of this “ah, nah thanks. You can keep them…” from the past few games.

            • Erica

              Yes. Let us accept his generosity without giving back. This is a special gesture. We shall not overlook this.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    So guys? How we gonna Dick this one up tonight!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Prediction: Hochevar will walk a guy with the bases loaded and no outs and the Yankees will not score a run.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Prediction, Phil Hughes will throw an andy Hawkins style no-hitter wherein we lose 4-0.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Wasn’t the Hawkins one 4-1? Another early 90’s suck moment I remember too well.

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          I thought it was 4-0, but it coulda been 4-1. I know it was against the ChiSox

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Let’s win baby.

    • jjyank

      I’m not your baby…do I look like Erica to you?

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Erica’s not ‘my’ baby. I don’t take possession over girls that I have a standing FIP with.

        • jjyank

          Good man.

          • Erica

            HAHAHAHAHAHA

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        I don’t know. I hear u both have nice bums.

        • jjyank

          I am NOT an object!

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            You love being objectified.

            (She danced like she wanted it)

          • Robinson Tilapia

            But you told me you were a doctor right before you…

            *cries*
            *leaves in a huff*

            • jjyank

              You liked it.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                You told me it was a dye contrast MRI. I thought I had no choice.

                • jjyank

                  Oh you didn’t. But you still enjoyed it.

  • DAiello18

    Ok we are in good shape. Just poured Jobu a shot of rum and gave him a cigar. He blessed our bats. I also sacrificed a chicken. Time to win.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Well done. We all know Jesus Christ can’t hit a curve ball

      • DAiello18

        It’s true. I like Jesus very much, but he no help us hit a curveball.

        (is it bad that reading that back to myself i pictured Cano saying it?)

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          I can’t think of him without Allstate in my head.

          Which is weird also

          • https://twitter.com/#!/DannyAielloUCF DAiello18

            Allstate/love and basketball come to mind for me.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Good to see my santeria recommendation was taken seriously. Maybe we do need a Cuban on the team for this purpose. Mustellier surely knows his way around un reguardo.

    • boogie down

      Heh, quite the coincidence that the booth mentioned Cerrano.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    If the Yankees don’t win tonight I’m going to be very upset, because I just watched the season 3 opener to Dexter, and there’s a new fucking serial killer as well as Rita being preggers.

    • jjyank

      GREAT show. I’ve seen them all.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Come on Phil. Let this guy swing.

  • Mike HC

    I think Hughes can salvage this season. If he can continue to develop into a dangerous pitcher, Cashman may be able to keep his job after all, ha.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Hughes looks very good so far, nice and aggressive like his bullpen days!

  • Chip

    So Hughes is currently our best starter. Didn’t think you’d hear that anytime this season did you?

    • jjyank

      No, because CC still is. One mediocre start from him doesn’t erase the string of beast mode starts before that.

  • ultimate913

    A 1-2-3 inning in the 1st? By Yankee pitching?

    http://i2.kym-cdn.com/entries/.....s_Face.jpg

  • jjyank

    Well that’s not a good omen.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Damn, Jeter chased ball 4 twice.

  • Hummingbird S.

    awesome AB by Jeter… especially nice that he swung at balls 4 and 5

  • Chip

    I really hope we don’t hit home runs today. Those stupid things keep destroying our rallies

    • RkyMtnYank

      We need whatever runs we can get at this point, can’t afford to be picky.

  • Hummingbird S.

    not even a garbage pitcher can cure this offense..

    • jjyank

      I’ve been frustrated too, but it’s been one inning.

      • Hummingbird S.

        no, its been 42 games..

        • jjyank

          Not against this pitcher it hasn’t.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Let’s win this one!!! PLEEZ!!!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Prediction: Someone will attempt to score from third tonight but will stop and quizzingly look at that strange pentagon-shaped thing before being tagged out.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Strange pentagon shaped thing?

      • Mike Nitabach

        HAHAHAHAHAH!

      • jjyank

        Heh. Think about it.

        • Mike Nitabach

          Classic!

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          ahhhhhhhhhhh….it took me a minute but I think I got it..

          • Mike Nitabach

            Are you visualizing the pentagon?

            • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

              I’m guessing it’s home plate. It’s the only thing I can think of…it has four sides and runners from third haven’t seen it in a long time.

              • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                five*

                • jjyank

                  Yeah, that was correct lol

                  • Mike Nitabach

                    w00t!

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Has anyone seen this? How much of a total douche is David Ortiz?

    http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/.....eam-leader

    • RkyMtnYank

      Oh, he’s just misunderstood! hehe

    • jjyank

      “I don’t get no respect,” he said.

      Okay Mr. Dangerfield.

  • jjyank

    Nice curve there.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This is that ACE Phil Hughes. THIS IS THE ACE PHIL HUGHES.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Where in the world are these curves coming from? That’s David Robertson in Phil Hughes’ uniform. It’s the only explanation.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Did D-Rob grow like half a foot and pack on 40-50 pounds?

  • RkyMtnYank

    Liking this version of Hughes!

  • Mike Nitabach

    I am eating pad thai right now. If the Yanks win, I have to eat it every game night.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      I had tangerine chicken as the game started…I’ll gladly eat that every night if it means the Yankees will win. Pad Thai is delicious, so embrace it lol.

      • jjyank

        I think I fucked up…I had the leftover grilled chicken I ate last night…

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          rookie mistake.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          You fucked up! You fucked up!

        • Mike Nitabach

          FOOL!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/DannyAielloUCF DAiello18

    Singleton with the Cerrano reference middle of the broadcast. Love it

  • Knoxvillain

    So does Tex come up with RISP this inning? If he does, no runs.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    raise your hand if you didn’t feel that coming…

  • Hummingbird S.

    hahaha, what a shitty player.. fitting for this shitty team

  • Kevin G.

    Where’s Leigh Teixeira when you need her to smack some sense into Mark?

    • Knoxvillain

      Probably never leaving her home if she has any sense.

  • Mike Nitabach

    I am so glad we got to hear about Singleton and Swisher sniffing Swisher’s new “The Lish” cherry wood bats. Now my day is complete.

  • Knoxvillain

    HAHAHAHAHAHA OH GOD MY SIDES!

  • In Mason We Trust

    Hughes looks sharp. The bats, however…

  • Monterowasdinero

    Phil looks great so far-from his 12-6 DRob curve at 75 mph to his low and rising fb at 94. He has also thrown a few changeups in hitter’s counts although not for strikes.

    I could get Hughsed to this.

  • 15 DAY DL

    Sit Tex until he tries going the other way on an outside pitch. He is an absolute joke.

    • Mike Nitabach

      If they sit him, he isn’t ever going to try going the other way on an outside pitch, is he?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Prediction: Someone will round third tonight and Robbie Thomson will just send them straight to the dugout.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    So a 28 year old rookie can take a low outside pitch the other way, but a “all star caliber” veteran can’t. I’m sorry, there’s something wrong there.

    • Knoxvillain

      He’s not All-Star caliber anymore.

  • Kevin G.

    Insurmountable lead.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Quintero can hit with RISP but the Yankees can’t.

  • http://www.geeks2you.net Marc

    Yikes, hopefully we can at least score 1 run tonight

  • Robinson Tilapia

    The radio feed is running way too behind the feed on my Iphone. I’m waiting for this run to goddamn score. Ah, there it is.

  • jjyank

    George Brett is hilarious, I have to say.

  • jjyank

    That RBI double aside, Hughes is looking good.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Hopefully my transition from office desk to car will rally this team.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Something to cheer you guys up in these dark days http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ba7rRfKIHxU

    seriously never stops being funny.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Yanks are getting walks. That’s a good sign.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      They’re not having any trouble getting guys on at all. They just can’t bring them around.

      • Mike Nitabach

        True…

  • In Mason We Trust

    Ok, why is Dwayne Wise and Freddy Garcia on the roster?

    • jjyank

      Garcia maybe, but you cut Wise and that’s how you end up with Ibanez in the outfield half the time.

      • In Mason We Trust

        I’d rather have Ibanez out there than Wise and his lightweight bat.

        • jjyank

          I sure wouldn’t.

      • Need Pitching

        Ibanez ends up in the OF over half the time even with Wise on the roster

        • jjyank

          Then imagine how often without Wise.

    • Chip

      Do you remember when we were forced to play Ibanez and Nunez in the outfield? I’ll take strikeouts over that

      • In Mason We Trust

        I’d rather take my chances with Ibanez and Nun-E.

  • Cy Pettitte

    what a terrible AB

    • Knoxvillain

      It is Dewayne Wise.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    so completely off topic, but it looks like New Jersey is getting ready to decriminalize marijuana.

    • jjyank

      Woot! It’ll probably get vetoed, but baby steps.

      I thought it was only up to 15 grams though? Still a start.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Still, who has more than 15 grams in public. I think Christie’s going to try to veto it, but if it gets more than 2-3rds of the state senate, i think it over powers his veto.

        • Pat D

          Of course he is. If he doesn’t, he’ll never be able to run for president unless he switches parties.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            He could always just take no action on it…pretend to go on vacation or some shit and not come back until the bill has been on his desk for 45 days (NJ legislative process states that if the governor takes more than 45 days to sign, selective veto, or outright veto a bill, if no action is taken the bill becomes a law)

        • jjyank

          Heh well I bought in zips back in the day, or QP’s if I was with a few friends on it. So it was “in public” for a transportation period of time I suppose.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            god, besides when I was moving I could never think of picking up more than a zip. Even when I was moving, it was never more than a qp…

            • jjyank

              Buying in bulk is just cheaper…Cosco taught me well.

              • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                yeah, but if you buy more than a zip at a time for personal use it goes stale before you use it all. I always got/get half/quarter zips at a time.

                • jjyank

                  Yeah, the QP would be for three other friends, everyone gets a zip. I never got more than that either.

      • Mike Nitabach

        How fat do you roll ‘em??

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          seriously…jj’s all like “yeah 15 grams are nice, but I’m going to be needing to carry at least a zip for the fatty’s i roll”

          • jjyank

            If you’re not smoking a 20 gram Gotti, you’re doing it wrong.

    • Knoxvillain

      Until Obama sues them for it, lol.

    • Pat D

      Just something else to make Christie go insane, I suppose.

      I, however, am all for it.

  • Tom

    Hit and run please…

    • Tom

      Or wait for the DP….

  • Need Pitching

    predictable DP is predictable

  • cjc

    Glad to see things improving

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Remind me why Wise didn’t bunt?

    • In Mason We Trust

      This isn’t the unselfish 1990s Yankees anymore.

      • jjyank

        …what? So Wise is arrogant now too? I love that meme.

  • Chip

    Ugh, even our hard hit balls end up being double plays

  • Kramerica Industries

    DPDJ has been back in full force the past week or so now.

  • mt

    Girardi getting too cute.

    • mt

      Meant to be a reply to above question as to why bunt by Wise was taken off – hoping Wise pounds a 1-0 cookie is laughable.

      • Need Pitching

        likely the bunt was never on
        After the walk, Wise was probably taking all the way and just faked the bunt.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      how is he getting more attractive?

      • Pat D

        Did the braces come off?

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        It’s his bum

  • eephus_pitch

    I can’t even be angry or surprised anymore.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    My guess for Trivia question is Willie Wilson.

  • Pat D

    Wow, all 3 of my guesses for that question were wrong.

  • Knoxvillain

    Pure comedy right now. They should change their name to the fucking New York Carlins or something. Geez.

    adsglkhalgjdasgj

    • Pat D

      That’s disrespectful to Carlin, who was funny funny.

      We need to think of something like uncomfortable funny. I’m going with New York Carolinian Baptist Pastors.

      • Knoxvillain

        The New York Dane Cooks. Or any woman comedian.

    • eephus_pitch

      The NY Carlos Mencias.

      • Pat D

        I hope that’s a joke.

  • Erica

    SIGH.

    • Erica

      Sighed before Francouer’s home run. Cool beans.

      • Mike Nitabach

        Don’t you dare sigh again.

        • Erica

          Must turn into robot brb

          • jjyank

            Not if that involves you leaving the room again.

            • Erica

              That whole shtick doesn’t work anymore though!

            • Pat D

              Yea, really, I thought we talked about this.

              • Erica

                You’re not the boss of me.

                • Pat D

                  I’ll Jedi mind trick you.

                  • Erica

                    Psh. I’ll use my Vulcan powers against you!

                    • Pat D

                      You don’t know the power of the Dark Side!

                  • jjyank

                    Vinnie Paz baby!

                    +1 for anyone who gets this reference.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    9 straight starts with a homer

  • https://twitter.com/#!/DannyAielloUCF DAiello18

    http://instagr.am/p/K8roAKIg3i/ Suck it Francoeur you prick.

  • Cy Pettitte

    its not a Hughes start without a HR surrendered

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    an opponent going yard and a ycpb….worst sequence ever.

  • eephus_pitch

    I see Hughes’ record is still intact.

  • mt

    9 straight with a HR.

  • widget

    Is it me or does Francouer own the Yankees this season?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    2 runs = insurmountable

    • Erica

      Literally.

    • eephus_pitch

      Of course not. It only feels that way.
      Like, every freaking game.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Hah, whenever you get mentioned in a graphic with Black Jack McDowell from his Yankee year, you know you’ve fucked up something.

    • eephus_pitch

      But he won 15 games that year!!!!!

      /Michael Kay’d

  • Hugh

    And there’s the ball game.

  • In Mason We Trust

    What does Girardi think when he manages? Comments in 3,2,1…

    • RkyMtnYank

      He thinks? Thought it was all in the binder.

    • Mike Nitabach

      “At least I’m so ripped the veins bulge out of my forearms.”

  • mt

    Can we score 3 runs? Not sure, even against Luhe H.

  • cjc

    He has at least 1 pitch an inning miss by a foot

  • https://twitter.com/#!/DannyAielloUCF DAiello18

    Wang was activated by the Nats today to be their long man.. Boy has he faded into the abyss. I remember when he was a 19 game winner… Sigh.

    • In Mason We Trust

      I live just outside of Syracuse and I went to a Chiefs game, and he went all the way into the 9th inning with that familiar heavy sinker. He’s still got it, he’s the long man because the Nationals are stacked with good pitching.

    • Mike Nitabach

      I mark his end with that fucking groin strain jogging home from third in interleague.

  • flamingo

    Just turned on the radio in time to hear Hughes give up a home run… Ugh. How does he look otherwise?

    • RkyMtnYank

      He’s actually looked really good, just a couple of actual mistakes cost him dearly.

      • flamingo

        That’s great. (Said absolutely sincerely.) If he can hold them at two runs through six – that’s more than I expected from him.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Besides the Homer? very, very good.

  • ClayDavis

    Well this lead is now too much to overcome

  • https://twitter.com/#!/DannyAielloUCF DAiello18

    Does 2-0 feel like 9-0 to anyone else, or maybe it’s just me.

    • Need Pitching

      more like 15-0

      • cjc

        +100

    • RkyMtnYank

      Yea, 2 runs is alot to expect from this current team.

  • jon

    Thats what you get for cowering like a little girl on a pop fly

  • cjc

    This is just painful to watch

  • flamingo

    ROBBIE DA BEST

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Haha that’s Torrie Wilson!

  • RBC

    Isn’t that Torrie and A-Rod’s buddy??

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Yep

  • Mike Nitabach

    WOOO! CANOOOO!

  • Kevin G.

    What the fuck was that?

  • jjyank

    Thank you Robbie. Can that be a spark please?

  • Cy Pettitte

    that’s more like it Robbie

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    A run!

  • Need Pitching

    well they hit a HR

    at least now they have a chance to win

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      still too big of a deficit.

    • eephus_pitch

      He clogged the bases with that. All 4 bases got clogged in a hurry.

  • Hugh

    Rally killer.

  • Erica

    Go Robbie.

    Yo, offense – see what he did?

    See?

    See THAT?

    DO THAT, TOO.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      NO!!! we cant hit to many homers! To many homers iz bad!!!! See Alex did it right, singles, build runs the old fashioned way. Back when men where men and homers weren’t hit because guys weren’t strong enough to go yard.

      • Erica

        Babe Ruth? They just TOLD him he hit home runs.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          It still boggles my mind that he hit 40 homers and out homered entire teams!!!!!! Granted, for half of his career “grounds rules doubles” that bounced over the back wall were considered homers, but that’s still incredible.

  • Tom

    73 pitches through 4innings… looks like a 6inning start

    He’s averaging just under 5 pitches per AB…. even a perfect game at that rate is 135 pitches.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    What just happened? What does it mean when a Yankee player hits the ball over the fence on the fly?

    • Erica

      I don’t know. I forgot. Loud clanging sounds. Cheering. I think it’s good?

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        It can’t be good. I’ve grown accustomed to boo’s.

  • Chip

    It would be nice if Cano would stop that, he’s supposed to be starting rallies!

  • Mike Nitabach

    That was the sound of a ball hit with the sweetest center of the sweet spot.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Robbie “one pitch” finally got one, cool, but would expect him to roll-over on the next two ab’s.

  • Mike Nitabach

    A-ROD CRUSHED ONE!

  • RBC

    Is this actually Yankees offense we’re witnessing???

  • cjc

    Lol if only tex could be so lucky

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    ARod special right there.

    Sigh

    • cjc

      a hits a hit especially for these fuckers

  • Hugh

    This is new.

  • jjyank

    Thanks A-Rod. My fantasy team needs the steals with Gardner out…

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      HaHa!!! It’s so pathetic I’m thinking the EXACT same thing.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    This is why Alex should be a number two hitter. I will not let this die until it happens.

    • Pat D

      Mike Francesa would like to have a word with you.

      • RBC

        LOL…. I listened to the show today also :)

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Don’t tell me Francesa and I agree on something…I’d have to kill myself…

        • Pat D

          Uh, no.

          He had Sweeney Murti and Mark Feinsand on at the same time, and Francesa opined that ARod’s OBP doesn’t matter, only his RBI total.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            god he’s just a giant tool. I know I’ll never get my way though. The mindset is “he’s been a home run hitter his entire career, and he’s been an RBI guy his entire career, so he must still be.” So for at least the next year Alex is going to be hitting 3 or 4, no matter how much I complain about it.

            • Pat D

              The contract is the other reason.

              • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                The contract shouldn’t figure into it at all. AT ALL. He’s still in the line up, and it’s not like he’s being dropped to the bottom third. He’s still in a very important part of the line up.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          Seriously, I’m getting the noose ready..please tell me him and I aren’t in agreement.

    • Erica

      A-Rod is a stahtin pit–oh wait.

  • Kevin G.

    Alex Rodriguez, realizing he has now become a singles hitter, decided to complete the transformation by beginning to steal bases and be a speedster.

  • Mike Nitabach

    What the hell was that?????

  • Chip

    Man, A-rod might have the best baserunning instincts of anybody I’ve ever seen

    • Chip

      And there’s further proof, most runners would have just stood there looking at the ball rather than realize that nobody was covering third

  • http://www.geeks2you.net Marc

    Why do they suck so much with RISP?!

  • Pat D

    You asshole, ARod, stealing just set you up for more RISP fail.

    It’s bad enough you guys have already lost your chance to win a game without hitting a HR.

    It’s like they’re not even trying.

    • Erica

      I’m laughing and I feel like I shouldn’t.

  • cjc

    Here swish to strikeout

    • cjc

      Way to prove me wrong he’s so terrible

  • Cy Pettitte

    RISP Fail. ugh.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/DannyAielloUCF DAiello18

    0-16 this series with RISP. We are on pace to set a god damn record of some sort.

  • Chip

    Swisher is very obviously pressing when he’s got a man on

  • eephus_pitch

    It only feels like Swisher has struck out in every AB since he returned to the lineup.
    It’s an illusion.

    • cjc

      No its not

  • Hugh

    Man on 2nd, one out.

    Pop out, strike out.

    Straight from the text book.

    • Pat D

      “How to Leave Men on Base in Style”
      —2012 New York Yankees, as told to Mike Lupica

      • Pat D

        Note: Lupica will write this book no matter what happens the rest of the year, and without watching a single inning of any game.

        • Erica

          His columns are mind boggling because I don’t think they’re actually in English. They’re just a bunch of words thrown together.

          • Pat D

            I have not looked at anything he’s done for some time now. I can’t remember exactly when that was, but there was something he wrote that was so incredibly stupid that I was like, “OK, I’m done.”

            • Erica

              Your brain and intelligence must thank you graciously for choosing to step away.

              • Pat D

                It’s one of the few things they thank me for.

                We have a Homer Simpson-esque relationship, minus the beer.

        • eephus_pitch

          I still giggle when I think about that love letter book he wrote about Sosa and McGwire.

          • Pat D

            We all wanted to believe.

  • Need Pitching

    damn ARod.
    Killed the rally by selfishly stealing second and getting in scoring position.

  • RkyMtnYank

    I would of liked for Brett to stay on the broadcast for a couple more innings, was interesting.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    So my friend who doesn’t follow the yankees, and hates sports in general, just called them out for not being able to score runs…You know it’s bad times when even your nonsports friends making things up on the spot are right.

    • Mike Nitabach

      hahahahah

  • Pat D

    OK, MIB, that alien was just trying to order an iced coffee. Why was he arrested? Was he in Arizona?

    • https://twitter.com/#!/DannyAielloUCF DAiello18

      Something was done here +1

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      He’s out in public in his non-human costume. That’s like MIB101.

      • Pat D

        Dammit! I knew I forget something simple.

    • jjyank

      Haha I laughed.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    I’d give a kidney for Tex to just try to go to left field right now.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      A baserunner in RISP and I get to keep my kidney?! HOORAY!

  • Professor Longnose

    .279

  • Erica

    Shift the eff up!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/DannyAielloUCF DAiello18

    A “double” through the shift… My eyes must deceive me.

  • Professor Longnose

    Leadoff runner on second.

    And he’s going to score! Sez me.

  • Pat D

    I was about to say that could just be the type of play they need. Teix beats the shift and a dumb play by Francoeur.

    Then I realized he’s now in scoring position, so…

    • Professor Longnose

      Yes, but Russell MArtin’s up. No one’s in scoring position when he’s up.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/DannyAielloUCF DAiello18

      Popup, Strikeout, Groundout?

  • Mike Nitabach

    C’mon, Martin!

  • chris

    that’s the kind of hits this team needs to get going

  • Hugh

    Tex shoud have stayed on 1st despite the error.

    Discuss.

  • chris

    every nub counts

  • Need Pitching

    now’s a good time for a bunt

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Wise bunt. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD I HATE THE BUNT BUT BUNT!!!!!!!!

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    OK, pleeeeease have Wise bunt!

  • jjyank

    I’ll take it. Please guys, get something outta this.

  • widget

    Strikeout then a double play or double play then a strikeout?

  • https://twitter.com/#!/DannyAielloUCF DAiello18

    For the Love of Jobu BUNT

  • Chip

    Ahh crap, now they have the double play set up

  • RkyMtnYank

    A force actually sets up the double/triple play, sad we actually have to think about that.

  • Hugh

    Setting up the triple play.

    I’m calling it. You know you want to see it, too.

  • jjyank

    Unrelated to baseball, but I want to see if I can give a +1 for someone.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....nt-4296782

    No Googling!

  • chris

    get wyse, man

  • chris

    wow! nice.

  • jjyank

    HELLS yeah! Great bunt.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Nice bubt!!!

  • Erica

    Whoa

  • Cy Pettitte

    a hit with RISP!

  • Kevin G.

    Bunt again!!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Perfect outcome to that scenario. DEREK TAKE STRIKE ONE!!!

  • FIPster Doofus

    That’s the halcyon moment of Dewayne Wise’s Yankee career.

  • Need Pitching

    look at Wise being usefull

    • Need Pitching

      *useful

  • Chip

    2-0 I’d be tempted to let him swing for the fences

  • TampaYankee

    Great bunt by Wise!!!

    I like that guy alot, wish he had a better bat, but I’m glad to see him back up in the big leagues.

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Bunts!!!!

  • Hugh

    Quadruple play.

  • Professor Longnose

    Hang on, peoples…runs is comin’.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Bases loaded/0 out.

    How do they fuck up this time?

    • Chip

      Strikeout, double play

  • RkyMtnYank

    Nice job Wise, he should bunt every time!

  • eephus_pitch

    Let’s do this.

  • Mike Nitabach

    HE TOOK!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Wow, that ball must have been in the dirt for Jeter not to swing.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Melky Cabrera leads MLB in hits? What the shit is happening?

    • DM

      Yep, picked up right where he left off — maybe better. I guess A-Rod was on to something after all. The 1 “fluke” year is turning into 2.

  • Need Pitching

    any chance Jeter doesn’t hit a ground ball here?

  • Will

    Yankees special? Is it coming
    .

  • Kevin G.

    Melky? MELKY?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?

  • TampaYankee

    And here comes the Jeter double play. He’s so clutch when it comes to that.

  • mt

    Our favorite situation – bases loaded, no outs.

  • chris

    come on, capt.

  • jjyank

    Another take! Yay patience.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Please don’t strike out derek. Even a dp means the game’s tied.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Unless he hits it to Hochevar, who throws to Quintero, who throws to Hosmer.

  • Erica

    Nervous

  • http://www.geeks2you.net Marc

    Let’s see how they screw up this situation lol. Ok, no more trolling for me.

    • jjyank

      Good call.

  • chris

    yay!

  • jjyank

    OMG RISPHITS!!

  • Erica

    YEAH!!!!

  • Mike Nitabach

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    RISPWIN?!?!?!?

  • Professor Longnose

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Captain clutch!

  • RkyMtnYank

    Wow, how the fuck did that happen.

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    A RISP HIT!!!

    • Kramerica Industries

      Technically, two in a row.

  • Pat D

    What are these things? Hits?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Holy fucking shit!!

    WHAT WAS THAT!?!?!?

    Is this what happens on days where I get more than three hours of sleep?

  • chris

    did we need that? we did!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Now they’re in business.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    proud to say i’ve supported hughes throughout…glad he’s back on track

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Guys…I’m confused. What’s this feeling I have? It’s like a warmness in my chest, and I’m smiling?

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      but its’ not a forced smile…it’s just coming naturally…

  • Monterowasdinero

    RIP

    Risp

  • Chip

    Francour might have had a play at home

    • Pat D

      I agree.

  • chris

    let’s go grandy.

  • Mike Nitabach

    RIP IT OPEN!

  • Erica

    Okay I’ll take it!

  • jjyank

    At least that wasn’t a DP.

  • chris

    ok. we’ll take ‘em as we get ‘em.

  • eephus_pitch

    Weak RBI groundout feels like sweet bliss at this point.

  • Kevin G.

    Get mad, Alex. Get MAD.

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    This is so gonna bite the Royals in the ass…

  • Chip

    I’ll take that, now we just need to hit the ball out of the infield

  • Pat D

    Fail, Curtis. Fail.

    Another 0 for RISP and Bases Loaded.

  • jjyank

    Okay A-Rod, I don’t care right now where your power is, I will most gladly take one of those singles.

  • mt

    An RBI groundout – what a shock!

  • DERP

    Someone hold me.

  • http://www.geeks2you.net Marc

    Make ‘em pay Alex!

  • chris

    so now arod can make them regret it

  • Need Pitching

    an A-bomb would be very nice right here

    but I’ll settle for an A-bloop

  • chris

    lets go arod

  • Mike Nitabach

    I’ll take a sidewinder bugfucker single like the last AB.

  • Mike Nitabach

    ugghh

  • Hugh

    Dizzy.

    Going to lie down.

  • chris

    ooof

  • Erica

    Fuck

  • Need Pitching

    awful ARod, just fucking awful

  • Cy Pettitte

    an A-K from A-rod. ugh.

    • Pat D

      A disgruntled ARod’s favorite weapon? Sounds scary.

  • chris

    time for a two out rally

  • Pat D

    Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.

  • Erica

    Cmon Voldemort.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Ibanez was going for a five-run homer on that first pitch.

  • widget

    Intentionally walking a guy to get to A-Rod. Never thought I’d see that. How the mighty have fallen.

    • Pat D

      Nothing sadder than an aging athlete.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      They’ve been intentionally walking guys to get to A-Rod since Gary Sheffield was a Yankee.

    • Chip

      Well, that has a lot to do with Cano being awesome

  • chris

    time for an ibomb

    • jjyank

      Somewhere an Apple exec just trademarked that.

  • TomH

    Huge disappointment if they don’t get more runs.

  • chris

    don’t be shy ibanez

  • eephus_pitch

    I AM LORD VOLDEMORT

  • Erica

    OH my God I hate EVERYTHING

    • Mike Nitabach

      hahahahahah The Yanks do have a lead.

      • Erica

        Not enough HULK SMASH

    • Robinson Tilapia

      HAIR METAL MOMENT!

      I, hate the rain and sunny weather,
      and I, hate beach and mountains too;
      (and) I don’t like a thing about the city, no, no,
      and I, I, I, hate the countryside too!

      And I, hate everything about you!
      …everything about you!

      I, don’t like a thing about your mother,
      and I, I hate your daddy’s guts too,
      I don’t like a thing about your sister,
      ’cause I think sex is overrated too.

      • Erica

        +1000000000000000

  • Mike Nitabach

    AAAUUUUUUGGGGHHHHHHH!

    But still, a 3-2 lead!

  • Cy Pettitte

    so bad.

  • jjyank

    Well…at least we have a lead?

  • chris

    ok. a lead for the young guy on the hill

    • TomH

      Who quickly walks the lead off man!

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    That was…less than an optimal outcome.

    At least we have a lead!

  • chris

    slow it up, phil

  • Robinson Tilapia

    It took a lot of driving in circles to get that sort of measely rally.

    • jjyank

      THEN GET BACK OUT THERE!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        What do i do with the sleeping baby?

        • Erica

          The snoozin’ baby is more productive than this lineup! YEAH!

  • eephus_pitch

    Best thing to do is walk the leadoff man on 4 pitches.

  • widget

    Say bye bye lead. You have to score more than 2 runs in a bases loaded no outs situation.

  • Tom

    Just caught the replay on the Derek Jeter single – why in the world was Tex tagging up on that?

    You have Jeff Francouer in RF… even a semi-deep fly to right and there’s a decent chance he gets thrown out, yet alone one that shallow. The only way he could have tagged is if Francouer had made a sliding catch and decided to lay on the ground for 2-3 seconds to give Tex a head start

    He’s lucky he didn’t get forced out at home.

    • Chip

      He was dead at home if Fancouer had come home

  • Monterowasdinero

    Big inning for Phil.

  • jjyank

    Shut it down Phil. Come on, we need a win.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You mean Roy?

      • jjyank

        Yes, my mistake.

  • Mike Nitabach

    That dude groaned like he just got a sudden testicle seizure.

  • chris

    that’s it, keep swish busy in right

  • Pat D

    Now that we have some time, I want to share a little story.

    There was a family restaurant about a mile from my house that my mother and sisters worked at over the course of 20 years that we have lived where we do. The place up and closed about 2 years ago when the scumbag who bought the place about 10 years ago closed it without warning.

    So this weekend came a story that some company purchased the property and intends to turn it into a nursing home. Frankly, I can’t see how the building is big enough, but OK.

    However, yesterday the first township meeting is held and it turns out that the people who bought the place want to open a mental health clinic, in order to treat people who suffer from “anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder for a period of 4-6 months.”

    Well, naturally, the shit hit the fan. All of my concerned citizen neighbors were there with the normal complaints. “Find another area.” “What if these people have criminal records?” “I don’t want my son exposed to that.” Essentially, as always, NIMBY.

    Anyone have an opinion on this? Frankly, I find it said that people only think of themselves. I doubt that if this place is meant as a shorter-term clinic there would be too many people with criminal records there.

    • Mike Nitabach

      “anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder for a period of 4-6 months”

      As far as I am aware, there is no correlation between suffering from any of those disorders and committing violent crimes.

      • Professor Longnose

        A very quick search of pubmed comes up with an article suggesting there might be a link, especially for patients at risk of substance abuse: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20819987

        • Mike Nitabach

          From that abstract, it looks like there is almost no link except in bipolar patients who are drug abusers.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            And all they’re saying is that it’s worth a further look. When you find that there’s, maybe, something there, but there’s not enough to prove causation, etc., it’s generally what you write in your conclusion. Interesting, but not what you’d want to cite as evidence.

          • Professor Longnose

            You would need a whole lot of these studies to make any general conclusion. Like most medical issues, it’s a complicated issue, and even an association isn’t a causality.

    • Professor Longnose

      I don’t trust private mental health clinics because of the potential for quackery. But if it’s on the up and up, it could work. It really depends on who the potential clients are and how much it costs, which would tell you a lot about what kind of people would go there.

    • jjyank

      NIMBY just pisses me off. I’ve taken enough environmental politics classes in my academic career for it do just inherently bother me when people say “Hh, yeah we need a place like that. Oh wait, you mean you want it in my town? Fuck that.”

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Honest full disclosure, for real reals:

      I’ve been a social worker for 15 years and have worked in plenty of mental health settings. That’s utterly ridiculous. People who are in need deserve help, regardless of whether they have a criminal record, and people do better when those options are available close to their homes.

      I can’t speak on the particulars of this specific place but, based on the information you’re giving, there should be zero concerns as the effect of quality of life in your neighborhood.

      I’m not getting into arguments or discussions on this on here. That’s my opinion. Take it or leave it (not directed at you, Pat, obviously.)

      • jjyank

        I think we seem to be in agreement here.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          You told me you were a doctor.

          • jjyank

            The Love Doctor.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              HAIR METAL MOMENT!

              You need my love baby, oh so bad
              You’re not the only one I’ve ever had
              And if I say I wanna set you free
              Don’t you know you’ll be in misery
              They call me (Dr. Love)
              They call me Dr. Love (calling Dr. Love)
              I’ve got the cure you’re thinkin’ of (calling Dr. Love)
              And even though I’m full of sin
              In the end you’ll let me in
              You’ll let me through, there’s nothin’ you can do
              You need my lovin’, don’t you know it’s true

              So if you please get on your knees
              There are no bills, there are no fees
              Baby, I know what your problem is
              The first step of the cure is a kiss
              So call me (Dr. Love)
              They call me Dr. Love (calling Dr. Love)
              I am your doctor of love (calling Dr. Love), ha
              They call me (Dr. Love),
              they call me Dr. Love (calling Dr. Love)
              I’ve got the cure you’re thinkin’ of (calling Dr. Love)

              • jjyank

                I think this is more for Erica. I’m a reggae/hip-hop guy.

              • Erica

                YES. You are just a LIBRARY of appropriate hair metal.

      • Pat D
        • Robinson Tilapia

          Inpatient facility. Should be secure. Worst thing I’d worry about would be ambulance sirens.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Also sounds like people were more perturbed about the “nursing home” reference, initially.

          • Pat D

            The author of the story posted in the comments that the “nursing home” claim is purely for zoning related purposes.

            Something tells me the people here won’t care about that.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Clearly, that’s creating mistrust, though.

              No clue as to the particulars as to zoning in your area.

              I used to work adjacent to the crisis unit when I first was in the field in Florida. Whenever you heard “Code Red” over the PA, it meant every male was to report to the crisis unit, usually because someone was being admitted against their will. This was generally a bad idea in every sense of the word, as was proven when I slooooowly walked over once and witnessed someone with almost no MH experience practically break a guy’s neck trying to subdue him. Fun times.

              Thankfully, I’ve moved faaaaar beyond that in my career.

      • Professor Longnose

        I certainly agree that everyone who needs help should get it.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      I assume criminals don’t go to restaurants?

      It’s really stupid. People who are depressed, anxious or bipolar are not criminals. People are so stupid.

      There are not enough mental health clinics as it is and most run out of medical buildings etc. Just because it’s a stand alone site doesn’t mean people are coming to gitcha.

      Ooga booga

      • Robinson Tilapia

        That’s it. I need you to explain your screen name. It makes me want a bagel every time.

        • jjyank

          Me too. Though I love bagels unconditionally.

    • Erica

      The general public is the worst. People who need help deserve it. Boom. The end.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Quick hook I bet

  • chris

    i kinda wish they didn’t obsess about 100 pitch count

    • TomH

      Sterling: “When Allie Reynolds pitched against Early Wynn, they didn’t worry about 100-pitch counts. 150 maybe.”

    • JohnnyC

      Maybe if they ever let them throw more than 90 pitches a game in the minors. They lift them at the earliest sign of trouble. How do you learn? I thought development was paramount not winning minor league games.

  • chris

    and that wasn’t a strike?

  • TomH

    Important inning for Hughes.

  • Mike Nitabach

    uh oh

  • chris

    let him get out of this

  • Mike Nitabach

    Rothchild to Hughes: “Get this fucker out, you fuck”.

  • TomH

    I left the room and came back to hear Sterling referring to Musial. Anyone else listening, who knew what the point was? My co-favorite, with Mantle.

  • Tony

    Please take him out. Im worried

  • Kramerica Industries

    Phil Hughes struggling with two outs?

    That never happens.

  • JD

    Why no LOOGY for Gordon?

  • Professor Longnose

    100 pitches, game on the line. Sheesh, bring in a lefty.

  • Mike Nitabach

    YESSSSSS!

  • Tony

    Great job by Phil

  • chris

    ok. good job, phil.

  • JD

    and exhale

  • JD

    That was such a Phil Hughes inning. Only thing missing was a home run.

  • Frank

    Hopefully, that’s it for Hughes. He got by. Get him out of there.

  • Fernando

    Way to go Phil. Working too hard can give us a heart-attack-ack-ack!

  • chris

    if this season is going to mean anything you need to let phil get himself off hooks like that. good job leaving him in.

  • chris

    time for nick to put that cherry bat to good use

  • chris

    thats not what i meant

  • Erica

    2 quick outs, what is this

  • chris

    uh, guys? we could use some more good at bats right now.

  • chris

    hmm, martin looks lost

  • Fernando

    ugh, Martin looks like shit. no way you give this guy 10 million per year.

    • Will The Thrill

      Martin has regressed to the point that he might stop being a starter and will be a Jeff Mathis-esque defense only back up catcher.

      • Chip

        Jeff Mathis: career .248 wOBA
        Russell Martin: career .334 wOBA and .305 wOBA this season despite being in a slump

        How about we reserve judgement until, say, August?

        • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

          Jeff Mathis is beyond terrible.

    • TomH

      Have they announced exactly what’s wrong with ?

      • TomH

        “with ROMINE?” Sorry

      • Fernando

        He looks fooled on just about every pitch.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He had two hits including a double yesterday and has a ~.750 OPS over the last three weeks.

    • Mike Nitabach

      I wish I didn’t now know that Martin is making $10 million a year.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        He’s not.

      • jjyank

        He’s not I believe, he’s referring to Martin’s pending free agency.

        • Mike Nitabach

          Ah. Got it. Thanks.

  • Will The Thrill

    Wow. I’m kinda getting tired of watching our lineup getting mowed down by scrubs.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Bring up Cervelli. There’s some kind of enthusiasm at least.

  • DERP

    WTF Who pitches the eighth now?

    • jjyank

      Well this is yet another scenario in which the 7th is just as important as the 8th, so does it really matter what the order is?

      • DERP

        Yeah, I blanked on the Royals lineup. I didn’t realize Hosmer was batting second, so I figured it was a waste to use Logan for just Dyson.

  • Frank

    Boone Logan in the set up role. Scary.

    • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

      Boone has been very effective this year.

      • Frank

        He’s been inconsistent and hasn’t pitched in the set up role. He got 1 out. Now he has to face Hosmer, Butler and Moustakas in the 8th.

  • flamingo

    Logan just strikes ‘em out.

  • chris

    that’s harsh putting that up on the big screen while a guy’s a bat

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Holy crap Brian Matusz with 6.1 innings of one run ball against Boston.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I never diss a guy with that much talent. There’s always a chance they put it together.

      • Pat D

        Jim Bowden assured me to give up on him.

      • jjyank

        I will forever be bitter at Matusz for him completely destroying my fantasy pitching staff until I gave up and dropped him.

  • chris

    michael kay is like ADD announcer

    • Mike Nitabach

      He and Lou together were AMAZING!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    This hasn’t been a great offensive performance in the least but, by god, I hope it’s enough tonight.

    Notice there’s no trolls around yet. They must be home poking each other in the eye with a fork.

    • Erica

      Sporks. They’re not advanced enough to use forks.

      • jjyank

        The perfect Mac and Cheese utensil.

        • Erica

          Instant mac and cheese – the best. I’m talking the microwavable kind that tastes like home cooking at 3am when you stumble in drunk. GOOD stuff.

          • jjyank

            Lived off that stuff when I was in undergrad.

            • Erica

              YUP. Chalky, unmixed cheese? It doesn’t matter. It’s still DELICIOUS.

              • jjyank

                Yes indeed.

    • Pat D

      They’re getting ready to have hamburgers for breakfast.

  • Frank

    Nice game by Hochevar.

  • Will The Thrill

    Luke Hochevar, 8Ks. How? Why? I fucking hate this team right now.

    • jjyank

      I mean at least they’re winning. Try to be happy.

      • Will The Thrill

        For now. The fucking Royals play like Cy Young award winners and Hall of Famers when they play us.

        • jjyank

          Zen baseball man.

      • jjyank

        In addition, like the Brian Matusz conversation above, former first round picks like him and Hochevar obviously have talent and can show flashes of it at any time.

      • Mike Nitabach

        Srsly. If you can’t enjoy your team holding a 3-2 lead in the 8th inning, why bother?

  • chris

    come on guys, we can’t afford mistakes

  • FIPster Doofus

    Logan’s a fat, pussy toad.

  • Need Pitching

    What the fucking fuck?

    this team just looks for ways to lose

  • mike_h

    wtf was Logan for the cover?

  • Pat D

    Oh, Francesa also said this (who’s getting the outs when they have a lead) is more concerning to him than the lineup woes.

    I thought to myself, “you’re crazy.”

    Now after Boone’s brain fart, hmmm…..

  • Cy Pettitte

    Epply vs. Butler is that much better than Boone vs. Butler?

    • Chip

      Butler destroys lefties

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    I miss D-Rob.

  • Need Pitching

    Cody Eppley in the eighth inning with a one run lead?

    What?

  • chris

    different breed of fan round here. I’m alway thinking the yanks are going to win.

    • TomH

      Aren’t these just matters of temperament, about which there’s nothing much to say? Glass half full / Glass half empty? The worst is always possible / The Best is Yet to Come? One prefers hearing Sinatra sing “Stormy Weather,” and the other is always whistling “Happy Days are Here Again.” Useful to have them both around, especially in the Pentagon!

    • jjyank

      There are a few of us optimists around here.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      We’re optimists. We’re just having some fun with the adversity.

      The trolls will show up if Soriano can’t finish this. Trust me.

  • mike_h

    new strategy for Girardi is to play every game like its World Series game 7 with all the matchups

    • Chip

      Does he really have a choice? This slump has to stop somewhere

  • eephus_pitch

    PFP

  • Tony

    we always used to laugh about the absurdity of using Joba as the 6th inning guy when he comes back because of the crazy bullpen depth. Now look who’s in the 8th

    • TomH

      Joba To The Pen!

  • mike_h

    Laredo!!!

  • Mike Nitabach

    I wasn’t paying close enough attention, but Kay said Logan was falling off the mound and thus couldn’t get to first base.

    • Chip

      On the replay he obviously had a brain fart and didn’t break for first right away

  • Frank

    If Rapada gets Moustakas, Soriano is in for the 4 out save.

    • Frank

      Well, now just the save.

  • mike_h

    what next Joe gonna let everyone in the pen throw 1 pitch. 1-0 count bring in Epply, 1-1 count bring in Logan, 1-2 count bring in Wade for the K

    shit was easier when it was Soriano/DRob/Mo

    • jjyank

      “shit was easier when it was Soriano/DRob/Mo”

      Well….yeah, duh. And if Logan gets hammered by a guy who hammers righties, would you be bitching that he left Logan in too long (to face a righty no less)?

  • Mike Nitabach

    NICE!

  • chris

    wow. that’s a gif!

  • Erica

    NICE!!!!

  • Need Pitching

    some luck going the Yankees way for a change

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    That was totally planned.

  • DERP

    o hai double play

  • Chip

    Girardi totally had that planned, score one for the binder!

  • DZ

    I said it in the offseason, Phil Hughes will be our best pitcher not named CC this year. So far he’s making me look pretty good. Now that we finally have a 2, we need to get our offense going.

  • Pat D

    The Twins scored 9 runs in 5 innings against the White Sox.

    I am sad.

  • chris

    need some breathing room, boys

  • DERP

    BTW, are we rooting for the Orioles or the Red Sox this series? I assume everyone will say Orioles, but I just want to make sure.

    • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

      Orioles all the way.

      • jjyank

        Yeah. There is a commenter or two that actually thinks the O’s are for real, but I consider them a joke until they are still in contention in July.

        • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

          They might reach that elusive 70 win mark, but I’d be shocked if they did much more than that.

          • jjyank

            Yeah, they might be better than last year, but I was arguing with a guy last night who actually believed that the O’s would win 88 games while the Yankees would only win 84. I didn’t know what to say.

    • Erica

      Orioles!

  • chris

    oof

  • Pat D

    Yikes. Teix Smash!

  • Chip

    Alright, let’s blow this game open

  • Cy Pettitte

    Teix’s face was hilarious

  • chris

    tex really deserves love for the faces he makes

  • chris

    we needed another 15 feet!

    • Need Pitching

      in an effort to aid in ARod’s warning track power and cure Tex’s obsession to pull every pitch, the short porch in YSIII will be moved from RF to LF next season

  • pat

    Arod on steroids puts that out… :(

    • mike_h

      ARod on roids puts that on river ave

  • Chip

    What? No Jones here? This seems like the time to let him swing for the fences

    • Tom

      Seems odd. Girardi lives to get the platoon advantage when setting the lineup or when the defense is on the field.

      When he has a lead, he for some reason doesn’t deem it important… I wonder if he lets Ibanez hit there in a tie game or down a run.

  • chris

    raphael, you must throw the ball with feeeeeeling

  • Tom

    When did Ibanez become more than a platoon DH?

    I know they have the lead, but don’t you pinch hit Jones there?

  • jjyank

    Well at least this is (should be) a nice quick game. Just picked up Ghost Recon and I’m itching to pop some caps into some illegal gun runner asses.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Soriano, you fucker. Get the save.

  • TomH

    Does he ever smile? He’s the anti-Andruw

  • Robinson Tilapia

    What did Logan do that was so awful? I was tending to my kid.

    • jjyank

      Nothing.

    • pat

      Didn’t cover 1st on a GB to Tex.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Ah.

      • jjyank

        Oh yeah, I forgot about that, my bad.

  • Erica

    Crap.

  • chris

    hang in there, senor

    • jjyank

      Uno mas!

  • chris

    one more

  • Mike Nitabach

    C’mon, Soriano. One more out.

  • Pat D

    Sweep the leg!

  • Erica

    One strike one strike DO IT SORI

  • pat

    If he can’t get Escobar out here we don’t deserve to win another game.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    This is like that scene in Boogie Nights.

  • chris

    and……..untuck the shirt!!

  • Erica

    YYYYYYYESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pat D

    Jeez louise.

  • Mike Nitabach

    WOOOOOOO!!!!!!! HOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jjyank

    Well my heart definitely stopped for a second, but HELL YEAH!

  • pat

    WOOOOOOOOOOOO Boy. Alex put some STANK on that.

  • Need Pitching

    whew

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Thank you, Soriano, you fuck.

    YANKEES WIN!!!!!!!!

  • Erica

    WHAT AN ARM ON A-ROD! WHAT AN ARM!

  • mike_h

    and exhale….

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    This is what turns this team around. Book it.

  • Chip

    Ugh, that might have been a gift of a call there

    • Chip

      Nevermind, on the replay I think he was out

    • Mike Nitabach

      He was totally out.

  • DERP

    GOTTTEMMMMMMMM

  • mike_h

    this is only game 43 and yet it feels like we clinched the division

  • Mike Nitabach

    Good game!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Just for symmetry’s sake: ROY PHUCKING HUGHLLADAY!!!!!

    • Erica

      YES

  • Erica

    So many emotions. I almost want to cry happy cries.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      NEED. A. SONG.

      • Erica

        Remember the nights we sat
        And talked about all our dreams
        Well, little did we know then
        They were distant than they seemed
        Well I, oh I knew it, hey you knew it too
        The things we’d go through
        Well, we knew the things, we had to do
        To make it, baby

        You gotta cry tough
        Out on the streets
        To make your dreams happen
        You gotta cry out
        Out to the world
        To make them all come true

        Life ain’t no easy ride
        At least that’s what I am told
        Sometimes the rainbow, baby
        Is better than the pot of gold
        Well I, you’ve got to stick it out
        Whether you’re wrong or right
        And you can’t give in without a fight
        To make it, baby

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Well done.

  • Hall and Nokes

    That win was the proverbial line drive in the box score.

  • jjyank

    Now I can go play Ghost Recon happily. Boo-ya!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Go kill some Nazis or zombies or whatever.

      • jjyank

        Ew, no. That’s Call of Duty, and those games suck.

      • Hall and Nokes

        That was Castle Wolfenstein back in the day.

        • Alkaline

          That was an awesome game. I could still remember the hidden doors on the first few levels.

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    I’m glad that the Yankees won, but the general baseball fan in me says that last play is a reason why they have to expand instant replay. A play that close that was literally the ballgame…you gotta be SURE you get that right.

    • jjyank

      I agree. Not because I thought the call was wrong, but because instant replay just needs to be instituted on close plays, especially ones of such importance.

    • Mike Nitabach

      It was unambiguously clear on the replay that the call was correct.

      • jjyank

        Right, but that’s not the point. The point is that the play was close enough that it was a difficult call in real time that things like that probably be reviewed, just in general.

  • In Mason We Trust

    I first cursed when I saw the play unfold, but once the umpire called out, I yelled “fuck yeah”. Goodnight my fellow fans.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Good phor Phil. Love the use of his changeup. He needs to throw it like this in every game. The growing pains will be worth it. Throw it alot early in the game and continue with it if it is around the plate.

  • Erica

    “A delightfully manageable 2:37″

    Did Michael Kay morph into Joe West?

    • JohnnyC

      He’s been doing that with the game times for years.

    • Hall and Nokes

      If he wants to go work Padres games, by all means…

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Haha, wow…I missed the last three innings or so with having to take public transit home…I cannot wait to watch the highlights/encore to see why this board went all bipolar for a short while there.