May
25

Game 45: The Left Coast

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Swish is one of two former A's in tonight's lineup. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

It’s only a handful of games a year, but these late West Coast games are the worst. I’ve lived in out west before, I much prefer Yankees games starting at 4pm out there than 10pm here. First world problems, eh? Here’s the lineup…

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

RHP Ivan Nova

Tonight’s game starts a little after 10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Ivan Nova News: Apparently Nova was dealing with a “minor hamstring” problem at some point recently, a separate issue from the right foot contusion and right ankle sprain he suffered two starts ago against the Orioles. He’s fine though and will make tonight’s start.

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463 Comments»

  1. Arya says:

    And these are games the Yankee pitchers should dominate. This is a weak offense and a pitcher’s ballpark. Nova needs to get back on track tonight.

  2. Mike Nitabach says:

    How the fuck am I going to stay awake for this game?

  3. Yankeefan1421 says:

    Good to see Tex back up in the middle of the lineup.

  4. jjyank says:

    RAB late night! Let’s do this boys.

  5. Mike Nitabach says:

    Fuck, yeah!

  6. Mike Nitabach says:

    RiSP!

  7. Tom says:

    Why is Tex batting 5th against a righty?

    • Yankeefan1421 says:

      Because he was an elite hitter five years ago.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Girardi wanted to break up all the R/Ls in the lineup because Oakland has 4 (!!!) LHPs in the ‘pen.

      • Tom says:

        So he couldn’t just swap Swisher and Tex? Not all that hard.

        Also at most there will be 2 lefties together (Cano/Ibanez) if he just moved Tex down to 7.

        • Need Pitching says:

          “So he couldn’t just swap Swisher and Tex? Not all that hard.”

          Tex last 2 weeks: .348 wOBA
          Swish last 2 weeks: .195 wOBA

          that, and the lefty thing, probably played into the decision

  8. Havok9120 says:

    Right, doesn’t look like I’ll be getting a feed until Tampa/BoSox ends.

    I shall play some more Witcher 2.

    • jjyank says:

      Dude, GREAT game. I played it twice already.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Yeah, this is my third playthrough. I bought it on release, beat it, played it again when they released Version 2.0, and am now playing it again now that the Enhanced Edition is out.

        Its not as earth shattering an improved as the Witcher 1′s EE was, but they basically remade the game for that one. Its still a great improvement though. Especially considering its totally free.

        • jjyank says:

          I’m assuming you’re playing on the PC. I never had a PC that could run it, so I’ve been playing on the xbox since the EE was released for it. So much fun though. It’s kind of like a cross between Fable and Dragon Age with more focus on real time combat decisions and a darker backstory.

          • Havok9120 says:

            PC all the way and always. Mods alone make PC gaming worth it.

            But yeah, its universe is muccccch darker. The books are fantastic as well and W1, while quirky, was a very very good game.

            • jjyank says:

              Unfortunately I never got to play the first game. But my PC is maaaaad old and I have a Mac now, so that’s that for computer gaming haha. I should look into the books though, I really like the backstory.

              • Havok9120 says:

                The Last Wish is the first collection of short stories he wrote for Geralt. Its out in English.

                Blood of Elves is the first novel, and the only one of them yet translated into English.

                • jjyank says:

                  Sweet, I’ll look into that, thanks.

                  • Havok9120 says:

                    By the way….the first Witcher is out for MAC these days. You may want to look into whether or not yours can run it. It isn’t a super hardware intensive game if you turn the settings down. Just a thought.

    • Never heard of it, but I’ve been so wrapped up in Skyrim I haven’t needed another game since November.

  9. Mike Nitabach says:

    Large foul territory.

  10. LiterallyFigurative says:

    RISP-fail, late night style…

  11. Cuso says:

    Friggin mlb package. Pittsburgh game ended dammit! Put my Yankees on!!!

  12. NoH says:

    I really wish tex could hit the ball the way that granderson did with that single.

  13. Reasons I love west coast games: 1. I’m an Insomniac. 2. Every job I’ve had since the age of 16, save one season, I worked during games and was relegated to radio listening.

  14. Strat says:

    Even the guys that run Gitmo think that Bob Lorenz doing west coast games is f#cking cruel.

  15. Widget says:

    I really hate Reddick’s stupid face.

  16. Kramerica Industries says:

    It will be a bitch and a half for New York to get that third goal tonight.

    This is vintage Marty right now. I fear he’s not allowing another goal until the Final.

  17. Knoxvillain says:

    Well, the benches cleared in the Rays-Sox game after they hit Luke Scott.

    I may be one of a few people on here that actually likes Luke Scott.

  18. Nova needs to make more pitches like that. Even the one he allowed the hit to Weeks, not bad, it just found a hole.

  19. Tom says:

    Red Sox drill Luke Scott… again. Benches empty.

    2 out, noone on first pitch fastball thrown behind him. Another pitch later in the AB in, and then finally drilled.

  20. eephus_pitch says:

    Does it still count as a Tex pop-up if it wouldn’t have been a pop-up in any other stadium?

  21. Widget says:

    Red Sox are scumbags. They always hit guys and then they act like everyone is out to get them. Scumbag ownership and scumbag players.

  22. Widget says:

    So the RISPfail is making it’s fancy west coast trip.

  23. The Troll says:

    Quick, someone jinx the RISPfail!

  24. There is so much foul territory at this place.

  25. Hummingbird S. says:

    FB count, he got the FB with little movement right down the middle and couldnt do anything but pop out.. how long can they keep carrying Martin’s dead weight?

    • The Troll says:

      My guess, the rest of the season. Doesn’t seem like the Brass ever removes a “starting” player for poor play, especially a catcher. He’ll be weighing down the end of that lineup come October.

      • Havok9120 says:

        If we had a better alternative, you might be on to something. But we don’t, nor is one readily available as far as I know.

    • Need Pitching says:

      not like they have a better alternative right now

  26. LiterallyFigurative says:

    OVERTIME AT THE ROCK!

  27. jjyank says:

    Nice pitch!

  28. Stratman9652 says:

    Is there anything more sleep inducing than a west coast game with Bob Lorenz in the booth?

  29. The Troll says:

    I know that I’m entirely alone on this, and I’m honestly surprised I’m even saying this, but I want Cervelli starting behind the plate. Oh god, what’s happened to me?!

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      he’s sucking even worse than Martin, but on AAA

      • The Troll says:

        His emotions, whilst sabotaging him, need to be displayed at the professional level. Make Franky happy, Franky will hit. Make Franky sad, Franky will not hit. Easy. As. Pie.

  30. Karl Krawfid says:

    THat day off did a lot for Grandy.

  31. LiterallyFigurative says:

    I like this Granderson, not pull-happy.

  32. Kramerica Industries says:

    OT with a chance to reach the Final on the line.

    Fucking hell, man.

  33. Greg says:

    DEVILS WIN!

  34. Widget says:

    Ouch that was fast. Bye Bye Rangers.

  35. Kramerica Industries says:

    That didn’t take long at all.

    Fuck.

  36. Will The Thrill says:

    Keep looking at perfectly hittable pitches and swinging at shit in the dirt Arod.

  37. NICE!!!!!!!!!!! I hope the Yankees win today, I’ve had a shitty couple days and them winning would definitely cheer me up.

  38. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Oh No, Co Co!

    At first I thought Cano hit the ball too well, but it got by Crisp.

    Ribbie for Robbie.

  39. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Congrats to the Devils.

    Rangers need offense.

  40. TEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    he’s too pull happy =P

  41. Widget says:

    Damn Tex. Welcome to the 2012 Yankees.

  42. Karl Krawfid says:

    Loving this haha

  43. LiterallyFigurative says:

    The Keystone Kop A’s

  44. jjyank says:

    This is like little league defense. Love it.

  45. New Balance Cleats says:

    oh don’t you just love Oakland

  46. Arya says:

    Good work. Nice to see Mark get a hit. Nova can breathe easy now against this lineup. Hope he goes deep and gets himself back on track.

  47. Hummingbird S. says:

    late, but MARK!! finally!!

  48. New Balance Cleats says:

    Didn’t Tex have a good series in Oakland last year that kind of got him going for a bit?

  49. Mike Nitabach says:

    wooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Mike Nitabach says:

    How did it ever make sense to put bullpens in foul territory?

  51. The Troll says:

    Holy balls, Nelson Cruz. Have a day why don’tcha!

  52. Havok9120 says:

    According to the Gamecast, that strikezone was horrendous to Pennington.

  53. Mike Nitabach says:

    One of the things I like about Nova is that he always look cool, even when he has had bad outings, he looks calm and collected. Like the anti-Burnett.

  54. Mike Axisa says:

    Rickey & Dave Stewart (1990), Tejada & Zito (2002) for the trivia? I know the second set is right.

  55. Greg says:

    2002 A’s- Miguel Tejada and Barry Zito

    1990 A’s- Canseco and either Stewart or Welch

  56. Mike Nitabach says:

    It looks like there’s about 100 feet behind home plate, too. I’m surprised they don’t have a bullpen back there.

  57. Mike Nitabach says:

    RUSSEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLL!

  58. Nice, even Martin getting involved!!!!!

  59. Havok9120 says:

    Russel Martin: determined to remain just below the Mendoza line.

  60. Mike Nitabach says:

    C’mon Jeet!

  61. Cuso says:

    I know its easy to say this now, but I had a gut feeling that this trip was where Tex and Martin got hot. They’re not done tonight.

  62. Widget says:

    I hate that football stadium that pretends to be a baseball park.

  63. Mike Axisa says:

    Jeff Mathis is pitching.

  64. Havok9120 says:

    Holy crap! I found a broadcast.

  65. Mike Nitabach says:

    C’MON, A-ROD!!!!!! DO IT!!!!!

  66. Mike Nitabach says:

    urghj

  67. God damnit alex…how did you swing at that first pitch then let the 0-1 just sail in for strike 2…

  68. New Balance Cleats says:

    Well that was disgusting

  69. mt says:

    RISPfail is almost laughable.

  70. Bartolo's Colon says:

    this is truly unbelievable. put someone on second or third, and i seriously would rather have an a ball player up to bat.

  71. Arya says:

    It’s amazing how nobody can just hit a long fly ball or a soft grounder that can only get one out. Right now I’d settle for 1 run in these situations.

  72. The Troll says:

    What’s the RISP stat thus far?

  73. Widget says:

    Despise Reddick with every fiber of my being. Pretty pathetic that he’s the A’s best hitter.

  74. New Balance Cleats says:

    Nice snag by that yankee fan

  75. Mike Nitabach says:

    Cano is always spewing seeds.

  76. Bartolo's Colon says:

    web gem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. Mike Nitabach says:

    RAUUL!

  78. Need Pitching says:

    Raul wit da D!

  79. Tom Q says:

    Half serious: at some point, does Robby Thompson start sending runners home with none out? I mean, they’re not scoring this way.

  80. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yankees could have bust the game wide open.

    Annoying ass team that doesn’t hit with risp.

  81. Greg says:

    Ibanez with the running catch

  82. Bartolo's Colon says:

    nice, only way we can score now

  83. Mike Nitabach says:

    Singleton just informed us that the Yanks lead the majors with GIDP with bases loaded. Lovely.

    BUT! WOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  84. jjyank says:

    Robbie…your swing is just so beautiful..I need to go change my pants.

  85. CUYanks says:

    Does Bob Lorenz even have a home run call?

  86. …Damnit Tex! Even when you do well you FAIL!!!

  87. CBean says:

    Tex you’re not fast.

  88. Greg says:

    Nice play by Smith

  89. Widget says:

    What the fart. That sucked.

  90. Mike Nitabach says:

    FUUUGG! Although enjoyable to see fair balls bouncing around in the fucking bullpen.

  91. Havok9120 says:

    Ahhhh…..Tex. Sigh.

  92. New Balance Cleats says:

    LOL @ watching Tex run

  93. jjyank says:

    Raul. Fuckin’ Raul.

  94. Greg says:

    What a stat: 21-6 when scoring 4+

    But FALLACY

  95. Widget says:

    Nice an RBI double for Raul.

    Oh right Tex is too damn slow. Nevermind.

  96. CUYanks says:

    Yankees hit so poorly with RISP that they can get back-to-back doubles and not score!

    • Tom says:

      But if Tex was on base wouldn’t RISP fail kick in?

      I think Tex was being a good teammate. His real mistake was not stopping at 1st so Raul could actually get a hit and upon realizing this he intentionally ran into the out at 3rd.

      • CUYanks says:

        I love Tex. What we didn’t know is that if he made it to third he would have kept running for home, video game style. After all, 3rd is scoring position too.

  97. Greg says:

    FALLACY ALERT

  98. New Balance Cleats says:

    RAAAUUUUUUUULL!!!….never get tired of saying that

  99. Charles says:

    So this is what offense feels like, it’s been a while…

  100. Mike Nitabach says:

    Makes Tex’s basreunning blunder all the more painful.

  101. Mike Nitabach says:

    C’mon, Swish. Just get a base hit.

  102. Mike Nitabach says:

    WOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  103. Havok9120 says:

    Garbage Time?

    Garbage Time.

  104. Cy Pettitte says:

    I can see why this guy was a reliever.

  105. Widget says:

    West Coast games are the best. It’s so nice to see the big bad evil big market team abuse the little innocent small market team.

  106. Bartolo's Colon says:

    wtf was that? first time in a while we brought a run home from second or third

  107. Karl Krawfid says:

    Pride…Power…Pinstripes…

  108. New Balance Cleats says:

    Swish going oppo???

  109. jjyank says:

    Garbage time!

  110. Havok, I just watched the video you posted…OMG I’d kill for assassin vision! And fire/water arrows. My biggest beef with the game is poisons when it comes to bows and arrows. You poison the bow, meaning one shot is poisoned…but everybody knows in the real world you’d poison the entire quiver. I’m not saying one bottle of poison should work for hundreds arrows, but I think like 20 would be fair.

  111. Will The Thrill says:

    Wow. Impressive homerun by Swish. Nice to see him go oppo. His walks are down though which is kinda weird.

  112. mt says:

    We only hit homers with RISP – none of those singles or doubles or RBI groundout/sac fly things.

    (I wish I was kidding.:-))

  113. NoH says:

    I’m loving all of these opposite field hits, especially the ones of the extra base variety.

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

    Hey guys, I just started watching in time to see Swish hit an oppo bomb! (which was also a RISP hit!)

    Also, what on earth happened that made Tex try for a triple?

  115. New Balance Cleats says:

    ewww chavez

  116. chris says:

    wine, couch, late night ball don’t exactly mix. nice to wake up to that score though.

  117. Tom says:

    Good to see Swisher going the opposite way batting lefty. Even the flyout was to center. He can also get a bit pull happy from the left side at times.

  118. New Balance Cleats says:

    Goddammit I hate these smoking commercials

  119. Mike Nitabach says:

    I’ve got some maple sugar candy.

  120. short leash for Nova tonight…he’s had an AJ quality to him this season…he seems to have one or two really bad innings.

  121. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nova sucks.

  122. Havok9120 says:

    That slide by Swish was….pretty cool actually.

  123. Will The Thrill says:

    Way to keep giving the runs back Nova. Argh.

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

    Wow that was some catch by Grandy.

  125. Wow, Sizuki hit that ball a LONG way. I’m amazed Grandy ran that down.

  126. Mike Nitabach says:

    This is a weird park, because that looked like a pop fly off the bat.

  127. Need Pitching says:

    Tex did it right that time

  128. Mike Nitabach says:

    Nice curves!

  129. Greg says:

    Nasty pitch

  130. Bartolo's Colon says:

    thank god the a’s suck

  131. Havok9120 says:

    Niiiiiiiice K Nova.

  132. Second and third, no out? Give up one run? I’ll take that every time.

  133. Mike Nitabach says:

    Couldn’t you push bunt into the gap when they put the shift on? Is it too difficult to reliably bunt like that?

  134. New Balance Cleats says:

    I feel like my mind was just raped by Bob Lorenz “late night” voice…

  135. Mike Nitabach says:

    What the hell is Colon slamming into the floor of the dugout?

  136. Mike Nitabach says:

    Cano needs MOAR SEEDS!

  137. Havok9120 says:

    Lord, its the bottom of the 6th?

    Time to make another drink.

  138. Mike Nitabach says:

    I think I ate too much maple sugar candy too quickly.

  139. Athenian says:

    Holy Drachma what is going on with the Yanks…s

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

    Would anyone else rather have Singleton solo than Lorenz/Singleton? I know I would.

  141. StanfordBen says:

    I’m in northern CA so I have to listen by radio (MLB.tv blacked out and I don’t have it on TV). The Oakland announcer is just boring enough that I’m deciding to mix it up and risk Sterling for an inning or so. Everyone wish me luck.

    • jjyank says:

      Sterling is an adventure, but I do think he’s better than most other announcers.

      • StanfordBen says:

        I hate that he sounds like the MovieFone guy. I just can’t stand his pompous attitude.

        Duane Kuiper here in SF is by far the best I’ve heard. I love listening to him and his home run call is great, like a fan who’s legitimately excited about what’s happening.

    • Mike Nitabach says:

      Sterling is overdramatic, but he does a very good job of keeping you on point with the situation listening on radio.

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

        I agree; of course, I only listen to him when I am blacked out from a Fox game.

        • Mike Nitabach says:

          I listen a lot driving in the car, and he keeps you very well appraised of the situation, which is what you care about when listening on the radio: men on base, pitch count, outs, etc.

    • eephus_pitch says:

      Me, too. It’s unfortunate.

  142. Need Pitching says:

    Swish!!!

  143. Havok9120 says:

    Dang. With the glove.

  144. Nova laughs at all who doubts him.

  145. Hahah, I really liked that WB Mason commercial

  146. Karl Krawfid says:

    Would one of these idiots swing at a hanging breaking ball?

  147. Mike Nitabach says:

    BUNT INTO THE GAP!

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

    Oakland is 2nd only to Tampa in the “ugly stadium with annoying noises” catagory.

    • NoH says:

      Remember when that guy used to be there at every game and he would buy a seat for himself and also one for his drum, then bang the damn thing all game? It drove me crazy.

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

        Honestly, the cowbells at the Trop are worse. Of course, that’s not really saying much…

    • Mike Nitabach says:

      At least they don’t have vuvuzuelas.

  149. Greg says:

    get the pen up

  150. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nova is just trash man.

    • Greg says:

      Are you saying that he goes in the failure category?

    • Mike Nitabach says:

      What the you talking about? The dude is in the bottom of the seventh, thrown fewer than 100 pitches, and allowed three runs? How is that “trash”? Are you just trolling?

    • pistol pete says:

      If 20 and 6 over the last year and a quarter is trash I’ll take more. He hasn’t lost on the road in nearly a year. You’re tough.

      • CUYanks says:

        W-L is probably not a great stat to use, but you’re definitely right that he has been competent for a year running.

  151. Mike Nitabach says:

    OK. Seriously, there is something about either this park or the wind, but even a real popout is flying out of the infield.

  152. eephus_pitch says:

    Jeez, Nova gets thrashed even by a team of banjo-hitters.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Thrashed? Wut?

      • Mike Nitabach says:

        Some people are drunker than other, is my theory.

      • jjyank says:

        I guess 7 IP and 3 ER is trash. Funny how far the trolls will reach.

        • eephus_pitch says:

          It’s extremely irritating being referred to as a troll if you simply voice criticism of a mediocre pitching performance. Nova’s pitching has been very shaky. It just has. I don’t see how it’s “trolling” to point this out. He gets hit very hard, even by lousy offensive teams.

          OK, maybe I was overreacting by saying “thrashed,” but it was in the heat of the moment and I was nervous that he’d give up a crooked number.

          You can all ease off on the “trolling” bullshit. It’s not like I was calling for them to fire Cashman and Girardi and trade everyone else.

          • Mike Nitabach says:

            You’ve got an idiosyncratic definition of a mediocre pitching performance.

            • Need Pitching says:

              it’s somewhat mediocre if you factor in opponent and venue
              giving up a .500 SLG against to a team with very little power in a pitcher’s park is a bit alarming (especially considering it’s been an ongoing problem for Nova this season)

              • eephus_pitch says:

                Exactly. If he pitched like this against Texas it wouldn’t be much of a concern.
                It’s the context. The A’s can’t hit at all, and Nova’s giving up line-drives to guys who are hitting under .200.

                I know, these are still major league hitters and these things happen. We’re fans; we’re allowed to get frustrated when they do. Just as we’re allowed to get exasperated when Sabathia allows an 0-2 homerun to a non-hitter. Being annoyed by such things isn’t troll behavior. Saying they should trade CC for Strasburg is troll behavior.

          • Havok9120 says:

            You’re absolutely right. Although, to be fair, I think most of the trolling comment was directed at Karl Krawfid even tho he was responding to your comment. I certainly don’t have you in the troll book.

      • eephus_pitch says:

        I see him getting cuffed around pretty hard, even by this A’s team which can’t hit at all.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Its three runs off two solo shots and a sac fly. 6 hits, 1 walk.

          It is, in other words, the kind of outing we’ve been seeing from Nova for the last year.

    • CUYanks says:

      Remember when he used to struggle after around the 5th? At least he’s all the way into the 7th.

  153. Will The Thrill says:

    Only Ivan Nova would make the A’s look like an offensively competitive team. The lead keeps getting smaller…

    • Havok9120 says:

      …….

      Okay, this is just silly now.

    • pistol pete says:

      Quit bitching about Nova he’s going to be 5 and 2 after tonight and 21 and 6 over the last year and a quarter and stretch his winning streak on the road to over a full year. He makes peanuts is young and has a bright future ahead of him. Give him some room.

  154. Mike Nitabach says:

    Speaking of noises, I miss Freddy the pan man. I treasure the picture I have of me and my wife with him outside the stadium.

  155. Nova’s got awful!! 3 runs over 7 innings against a big league line up?!?!?! UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    I wonder how many people think the Yankees are going to lose this game. I’d bet more than few…

  157. mt says:

    Now everything A’s hit is in air. Nova was supposed to have a minor hamstring issue so maybe he did get tired.

    If he keeps pitching like this, once he faces better teams, he may give up 50 homers this year.

    Tack-on runs would be nice but that may be asking too much of this offense.

  158. CUYanks says:

    Is it sick for me to kinda be wishing for another cushy save situation for Soriano with a 3-run lead in the 9th to build his confidence?

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

      That’s what I want, but only because if he picks up ~35 saves this year, there’s a small chance of him opting out after the season.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Nah, as long as you’re hoping for a win there’s no harm in being creative in your demands.

      Especially since we’ve scored six runs already. Pretty much everyone should be happy with that, even though I know they aren’t.

    • StanfordBen says:

      Sick, dude.

  159. Mike Nitabach says:

    I am officially drunk. Should I pour another drink?

  160. Mike Nitabach says:

    There’s no such thing as an infield popup in this stadium.

  161. pistol pete says:

    Logan looks great, hope Joe let’s him finish the 8th and give Wade another day off. Soriano should close the 9th.

  162. Great inning by Logan there…I’m starting to trust him a little more.

  163. mt says:

    On a good note Boone is striking out lefties with that slider like mad recently.

  164. Tom says:

    Did Logan not get the memo that 8th inning relievers are supposed to pitch themselves into a jam and then pitch out of it?

    What’s with this 1-2-3 low stress inning?

    After just 8 pitches, do you send him back out for the 9th?

  165. CUYanks says:

    Arod is marching towards 3000

  166. Havok9120 says:

    ARod with teh wheelz.

  167. Karl Krawfid says:

    A-Rod man. Beast.

  168. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i like al on the base paths

  169. Havok9120 says:

    Little too quick on the trigger with the foul ball. That was a HR waiting to happen.

  170. Need Pitching says:

    lol … Joe Maddon calling out the Red Sox for “idiotic, incompetent, cowardly behavior”

    https://twitter.com/RaysJoeMaddon/status/206246377758539776

    • Havok9120 says:

      Love it.

      • Mike Nitabach says:

        Baseball players running at each other and slapping like middle-school children is fucking hilarious.

        • eephus_pitch says:

          I think Kyle Farnsworth is the only one who knows how to throw a decent punch. Unfortunately, it’s the only thing he does right.

    • eephus_pitch says:

      This is the same guy who pitched around Teixeira a couple years ago to prevent him from beating Peña for the homerun title. Because that’s really professional.

    • Tom says:

      They threw at him at least twice in that AB (and there were 2 other pitches inside).

      They also hit him twice in the last series – once intentionally after an AGon HBP.

      It was a bush league move by Valentine, et.al (who said something during the fracas that stirred shit up again). And then after the game Valentine trying to be cute said maybe it was the ghost of Fenway that led to him getting hit after he said bad things in the offseason about Red Sox fans (so clearly that is something in the Red Sox heads or why would he bring it up?).

      The umps should have issued a warning or just flat out ejected Morales after a first pitch 97mph fastball behind him to start the AB which had rather obvious intent.

  171. to any pre-med’s, doctors, or nurses on this joint, I got myself a pretty brutal abrasion this afternoon, about 10 hours ago…and it’s leaking a clearish/pink fluid…almost like sweat with a little bit of blood in it…is this normal? Or should I be talking to a doctor in person?

    It’s officially as RAB time.

  172. Havok9120 says:

    Could tonight be the night of the 1-2-3 inning for Soriano?

  173. MFIKY w. the 1-2-3?!?!?! What a good night.

  174. Cy Pettitte says:

    a 1-2-3 inning here would blow my mind

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

    And the quest for a 1-2-3 inning waits another day.

  176. Mike Nitabach says:

    Do this!

  177. Mike Nitabach says:

    YEEEEAASSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  178. eephus_pitch says:

    Soriano is nothing if not consistent.

  179. Need Pitching says:

    and Third Place and climbing …

  180. Havok9120 says:

    Nice win. Could it have been better? Sure. Could my broadcast have been in English? That would’ve been nice too.

    But we still doubled up the other team and got the win. 3 straight.

  181. All around, very solid win I think.

    Besides Alex’s DP w/ the bases juiced, the offense looked good. Nova’s still allowing to much of the long ball, but like Mike Mussina always said if they’re solo shots, it’s one bad pitch, one run and you move on.

  182. pistol pete says:

    I hope Joe leaves Soriano in the closers role when Robertson returns. He’s been there before so why make Robertson do something he hasn’t done before when it’s not necessary. The 8th is his inning, he’s been excellent in that role and it’s a very tough role. I also think it gives Soriano some life and puts him back in a position he excelled at in Tampa Bay.

    • Mike Nitabach says:

      My understanding is that Girardi has declared Soriano the official closer, regardless of Roberston’s return.

  183. mt says:

    Baby steps – Nova did look better (even with 2 HRs) and offense battered Ross. They went completely cold against relievers but I’ll take it.

    I am hoping Colon’s fastball heavy repertoire will be right up Yanks alley – I remember several years ago when Arod battered Colon with 3 HRs and like 8 RBIs when he was with Angels.

  184. They just showed Tex’s homer again…I’m glad the ball went out…but damn that was a BAAAAAAAAD swing.

    • eephus_pitch says:

      In fairness he’s had a couple of big homers lately.
      The scary part is that homering like that, pulling an outside pitch, is not the best way to get him to change his approach.

    • Mike Nitabach says:

      This park is weird and feeble pops were warning track, so yeah.

    • Mike Nitabach says:

      But A-Rod seems to have kept his foot down or whatever and looks good at the plate.

  185. eephus_pitch says:

    I miss Kim Jones.

    • Mike Nitabach says:

      hahahaha me too

      • eephus_pitch says:

        Meredith Marakovits is a babe, but she’s not much in the personality department. KJ seemed like she’d be fun to hang out with.
        Ummm, not that I’ve ever given it much thought.

        • Mike Nitabach says:

          I was at Dodger stadium last season (or maybe the season before: memory shot) for the Yanks game and I saw Kim Jones striding down the concourse towards the field. So I go, “Kim! Can I take a picture with you?” And she goes, “No! I’m in a hurry!” sadness

          The cool thing was Reggie was at the game in uniform, and he was signing tons of balls and whatnot for little kids. It was pretty cool that they totally knew who he is.

          • eephus_pitch says:

            I was at two of those games. That Dodgers crowd is rough. I can totally believe they’d stomp a guy near to death. The first game was awful, and the Dodgers pummeled Burnett.

            But the second game I went to was the one where the Yanks scored 4 in the 9th and won it in extra innings. The crowd wasn’t so full of itself after that.

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