Game 60: No DH



The Yankees have already played six interleague games this season, but all six have come at home in Yankee Stadium. Now they’re going out on the road to Atlanta, which means no designated hitter. That means pitchers hitting making outs and sacrifice bunting and double switches and all sorts of horrible stuff. I hate it. 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
C Russell Martin
RHP Ivan Nova0-for-4 with four strikeouts and one sac bunt in his career

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and thankfully the forecast has cleared up. Things weren’t looking too hot a few hours ago. The game will be broadcast on YES. Enjoy.

Andy Pettitte & Hiroki Kuroda Updates: Pettitte (hand) and Kuroda (foot) are fine and on track to make their next starts. The former barely has a bruise on his hand after barehanding a one-hopper yesterday and the latter came through yesterday’s bullpen session fine after taking a comebacker to the foot.

Brett Gardner Update: Gardner (elbow) visited Dr. Andrews today and will visit Dr. Kremcheck on Thursday. The Yankees haven’t received the results from Andrews yet, though I wouldn’t expect them to announce anything until he gets the second opinion later this week.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Betty Lizard says:

    Looks like a good (pretty even) match up. NOT FAIR!!!!!!! I prefer our inter league opponents to be more submissive.

  2. mustang says:

    Going down to Atlanta for Wednesday’s game then to Washington for Friday’s.

    Hate to watch pitchers hit, but I love interleague games they allow me my once a year “Men Baseball Trip”.

    Still I’m getting a lot shit from Miss Mustang and the little Mustangs, but sooo worth come Wednesday.

  3. dkidd says:

    careful on the base paths, ivan

  4. Gonzo says:

    Pitchers not named CC hitting makes me nervous.

  5. Christopher says:

    I’m with you on Faded and worn National League rules. They seem to guarantee boring ball.

  6. jjyank says:

    But all my National League fan friends assure me that their way is soooo much more strategic and wonderful and how the DH is ruining baseball!

    Pssshh. Yes, an automatic out every turn through the line up is just so awesome.

  7. Joe says:

    Quick poll: What ends first? Hughes’ obligatory homer/start, Soriano’s obligatory men on base, Yanks obligatory homer/win?

  8. Will says:

    I hate interleague.

  9. Careful running out their Ivan.

  10. Pat D says:

    I dreamed a dream the other night.

    And in this dream, our children were safe and secure. They were like this because they needed not grow up in a world where baseball games were played without a designated hitter.

  11. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Someday, I will rule the world and, on that day, allowing the pitcher to bat will be considered a crime against humanity.

  12. Over/under hits for pitchers not named CC: 7

  13. Greg says:

    If Delgado’s getting that call…

    • Tom says:

      A bit off topic but the guys on MLBNetwork mentioned something I could not believe:

      Adrian Gonzalez has 103 AB’s since his last walk. He then got to a 3-0 count…. and struck out.

      I’m Surprised he isn’t catching more grief given his contract (though I guess Crawford probably shields him from this some)

  14. Mike Axisa says:

    Hooray for two-out runs.

  15. Pat D says:

    OMG! RISP non-fail!

  16. LiterallyFigurative says:

    RISP-binson Cano!!!!!

  17. Nice, RISPWIN in the first inning!!

  18. jjyank says:

    Looking forward to the next series….I’ve mentioned this before, but if anyone wants to come to DC…I have an extra ticket to Friday’s game. Just throwing that out there.

  19. Greg says:

    Meanwhile Bryce Harper is continuing his tour of destruction in the AL East. He has an RBI single in the top of the first against Toronto

  20. Pat D says:

    This naturally reminds me of the two very different trade packages the Braves gave up/got for Teixeira.

    I wonder if any one player was ever traded like that in such a short time span (meaning what the Blue Jays traded to the Yankees for Fred McGriff is not comparable to what they got from the Padres for McGriff).

  21. Wow, since when is Micheal Bourn an offensive threat? He’s hitting over .300?!?!

  22. jjyank says:

    I was just about to say “Man, Chipper Jones is still playing!” And then I realized that Braves fans probably say that about Jeter.

    • Pat D says:

      Yea, but Chipper debuted first.

      • jjyank says:

        Yeah, true. Dude’s been around forever, and all with the Braves. Pretty rare.

        • Pat D says:

          Yea, Jeter and Chipper are so comparable in that respect. They’re both future HOF’ers with great career numbers. Jeter’s got the hits, Chipper’s got the HR’s.

          Chipper’s got the MVP, but Jeter’s got the rings.

          • and Jeter’s been robbed of at least 2 MVPs in his career.

            • Pat D says:

              You could make a strong case for him in 1999, 2006 and 2009.

              1999 was such a weird vote. Pedro probably deserved it. 2006 was really the year, I thought. Mauer might have deserved it more that year, though. 2009 is tough because Mauer did have an unreal year. Problem was too many people voted for Teix.

          • jjyank says:

            Yup. I think it’s cool when players spend a HOF career with one team. Not just Yankees, but it means so much to a franchise to have a guy like that. Guys like Chipper and Jeter will be with their respective organizations (in some capacity) forever, and you just don’t see that very often these days. But it’s cool when it does happen.

            • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

              “Guys like Chipper and Jeter will be with their respective organizations (in some capacity) forever, and you just don’t see that very often these days.”
              Not sure if you will still see guys “with their respective organizations in some capacity” going forward…even lifers like Jeter and Chipper. It’s about the money. The old timer lifers didn’t make enough as players and had to be coaches to pay the bills. I don’t see a guy like Bernie as a Yankee coach in 10 years, but had he been a ’60′s era player, very possible.

              • jjyank says:

                I’m not sure what you’re going for here.

                I wasn’t talking about Jeter or Chipper being coaches, but spending their player career there. It’s rare, but as long as those types of players play for organizations willing to spend the money to retain them, it will still happen. And that’s cool. I like it when guys wear one uniform. Not sure where you got all this 60′s era coaching stuff.

                • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

                  You said “forever”, I thought you ment working for the team forever and I was just making a point about the difference in economics for players. Never mind.

                  • jjyank says:

                    I meant like maybe they’ll be spring training guest instructors or something. Just that they were tied to that one organization forever. And that’s cool. Not an impossibility, but rare.

  23. Pat D says:

    Yay for Bourn/Prado DP’s.

  24. Greg says:

    I’m already upset at the ump. Delgado got that inside pitch and Nova did not

  25. I love it when Sterling says something like “The ball just doesn’t carry here” then the player at the plate launches one to the wall.

  26. Pat D says:

    OK, that don’t drink sugary drink commercial freaked me out much more than those anti-smoking commercials.

    • jjyank says:

      Sometimes I am glad that MLB.TV doesn’t show commercials.

      • Pat D says:

        It’s something I need to consider, and I am trying to cut down on soda as much as I can, but I know I’m at risk for diabetes because of my weight and that my dad has one form of it. So they showed a picture of a foot afflicted with it, and it was quite disgusting. My feet are already ugly enough due to all the ingrown toenail procedures I’ve had in my life.

  27. LiterallyFigurative says:

    The answer to the text poll is Smoltz

  28. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    C ya

  29. Greg says:


  30. Hahaha…the ball doesn’t carry hear.

    Lord Voldemort gives zero shits.

  31. Greg says:

    Hanging curve

  32. LiterallyFigurative says:

    It’s a bandbox! Pop fly!


    • Pat D says:

      All these Mets fans calling Francesa and whining about that today. He had the same reply to all of them: So the Mets didn’t have a chance to hit one out like that?

      Finally one Mets fan called in and told his fellow Mets fans to suck it up, stop their whining, and just worry about beating the Yankees in their own travesty…uh, ballpark.

  33. Pat D says:

    So much for a potential win without a HR.

    One day……some day.

  34. jjyank says:


  35. Take 3 pitches. Don’t move the bat.

  36. Greg says:

    I did not know Nova was that tall

  37. Robinson Tilapia says:


    Now I’m scared.

  38. Pinstripes In Cali says:

    Nice Nova!

  39. Greg says:

    There’s 1

  40. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Best not take second ever.

  41. Need Pitching says:


  42. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Please just jog, Ivan! Get tagged off of 1st. No running

  43. BK2ATL says:

    Nova smokes a hit to right-center!!!! So funny.

  44. jjyank says:

    Dear Nova,




  45. Our pitcher gets a hit…and our future HOF shortstop strikes out. Gotta love baseball.

  46. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Dear Mike,

    Can you declare a moratorium NOW on mentions of Chien Ming-Wang during interleague play at NL parks? Please?

    Thank you.

    Your fan,

  47. Pinstripes In Cali says:

    Amazing that with how good the Braves were during Jones’ career, they have only one World Championship. Bummer to have a different dynasty co-occur with yours.

    • They had a few chances before 96, just cause they didn’t take advantage it’s not our fault lol.

    • jjyank says:

      Yep. Though it was pretty cool to have a consistent World Series rival year after year.

    • Pat D says:

      The thing with those ’90s Braves teams is that, for the most part, they ran into teams that were better than them.

      In ’91, I’d say they were about even with the Twins. In ’92, they weren’t as good as the Blue Jays. In ’93, they fucked up by losing to an inferior Phillies team. Who knows how ’94 would have played out, but they didn’t appear to be better than the Expos. In ’96, you could probably make the case that they should have beaten the Yankees. In ’97 and ’98, they probably lost to inferior teams in the Marlins and Padres, respectively. In ’99, they were not better than the Yankees.

      • Pat D says:

        Now that I’ve re-read what I wrote, I realize I made a more compelling case that, yes, the Braves did underachieve horribly.

        Losing in the playoffs to inferior teams is much worse than losing in the World Series.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

      It’s a shorter duration but I say the same thing about the late 80′s Mets. The fact that they only got one ring is a joke (that I’m still laughing at…hahahahahah…can’t control myself.)

      • Erica says:

        Seriously. A Mets fan friend of mine went to yesterday’s game, took a picture of A-Rod and captioned it, “steroids.”

        So bitter, so so bitter.

  48. Erica says:

    A few minutes late but:

    1) Really overly giddy that Nova got a solid base hit.
    2) Booing A-Rod is so, so over
    3) Armchair GM Dad keeps babbling about Jeter’s slump

  49. If Chipper is on the bag alex is long out.

  50. Greg says:

    Chipper dragged the tag. If he didn’t do that, ARod was out

  51. Tom says:

    Nice thing about only 4 games is MLB Tonight shows a ton of plays from all the games….

    Nice baserunning by ARod (and Cano to take the extra base behind him)

  52. Greg says:

    Well, weve already scored a two out run today…

  53. Mike N says:

    Looking good so far!

  54. Greg says:

    Pitching coach told hi, to throw changeups. Yankees hate that

  55. Erica says:

    At least Swish won’t be bunting. Heh.

  56. Greg says:

    Well that worked

  57. haha, well I mean…I still guess better lucky than good.

  58. Erica says:

    Mmmm love me some wild pitches.

  59. Mike N says:


  60. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice at-bat by Swish.

  61. Greg says:

    We could see a pinch hitter next inning.

  62. Erica says:


  63. Greg says:

    Be happy they got a run out of it

  64. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Bases loaded wackness.

    When will it end?

  65. Athenian says:

    Thankfully there was the wild pitch. The bases loaded suck machine is in full force again.

    Wonder if by August the Yankees will not be afraid of RISP or bases loaded?

  66. Tom Q says:

    If the Yankees could advance to mediocrity with the bases loaded, they’d have the best record in baseball.

    • Joe says:

      Guys, you have to remember, the commissioner actually put this added clause in the new CBA so that there would be more parity* in the league: The New York Yankees will be fined with a 3% luxury tax increase for every .100 AVG w/ bases loaded, and 2% for every .100 AVG w/ RISP. Yankees are just practicing austerity here. Baseball Economics for ya…

  67. mt says:

    Maybe it’s me but I notice that Yanks swing a lot on 1-0 pitches when bases loaded. I know everyone wants to be aggressive but the approach with bases loaded is not working as well given recent results – wish they would put more pressure on the pitcher.

    Make sure pitcher can throw a strike at least.

    Thank God for the wild pitch.

  68. Erica says:


  69. Good job all around. Now if hitters could stop launching balls directly back at our pitchers…that’d be great.

  70. Cy Pettitte says:

    that double play was so awesome.

  71. Cy Pettitte says:

    that double play was so awesome.

  72. jjyank says:

    They Braves are winless on Mondays? 0-8. Talk about your random stats, but let’s hope this continues.

  73. Pat D says:

    Yankees got lucky.

  74. your mom says:

    Why throw the pitcher offspeed shit, just give him the heater.

  75. jjyank says:

    Ugh, I’m not enjoying the MLB.TV 2-minutes-behind-the-actual-TV-feed thing. Makes commenting more annoying, since I knew the DP happened before it did.

  76. you all have to look at the top gif on my tumblr right now. I have no idea why, but I laughed at it for a good thirty seconds.

  77. Hall and Nokes says:

    I think that’s Bourn’s first out since May 16. Nice job.

  78. Pat D says:

    Too easy, Jim Leyritz.

  79. Mike Axisa says:

    Trivia is way too easy.

  80. Andy says:

    Jim Leyritz

  81. Paul VuvuZuvella says:


  82. Greg says:

    Its Leyritz. He hit one in game 4 of the ’99 Series

  83. Kramerica Industries says:

    National League people are funny like that.

    I mean, their idea of real “baseball” is to have black holes in the lineup, just because of…strategy!!

    I actually like the idea of NL ball more, but only if pitchers had any idea how to hit. Other than that, it’s a bunch of bullshit baseball that I can’t support.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      You can make the argument that there is more strategy involved in the AL. Many times in the NL the decisions are make for you. Gotta pinch-hit in this spot so taking the pitcher out is automatic. In the AL you have to figure out exactly when the pitcher is done.

    • Mike N says:

      Both pitchers in this game have hits. I think they made a deal before the game to go easy on each other.

  84. Pinstripes In Cali says:

    Wow, are these clowns serious? Grits are god’s gift to fried eggs and bacon.

  85. Pat D says:

    Kay has tried grits? With all of his other food oddities, and he’s actually tried grits????

  86. your mom says:

    CGrand needs to hit a HR to keep this 1 run per inning going.

  87. your mom says:

    87 pitches for Delgado. I guess he won’t make it past the 6th as usual.

  88. Mike Axisa says:

    Those fuckers changed the question! It said the only Yankee to hit homers against the Yankees in ’96 and ’99. I assumed it was Andruw.

    • Pat D says:

      That wouldn’t be right, either, though. Andruw Jones didn’t hit a HR against the Yankees in the ’99 Series.

  89. flamingo says:

    How’s Nova doing with getting ground balls so far?

  90. Tom says:

    Ehh.. not a great inning but Grandy and Arod at least worked deep counts (even Nova saw 5 pitches).

    Delgado’s at 87 pitches through 4 innings…. they need to work him over some more next inning and get into the bullpen early.

  91. jjyank says:

    I don’t want him to do it against the Yankees, but McCan is my fantasy catcher. He needs to hit better!

  92. Erica says:


  93. Greg says:


  94. Mike N says:


  95. Need Pitching says:


  96. Pat D says:

    Holy Swisher!

  97. Cy Pettitte says:

    OH MY GOD! Swish!

  98. dontchaknow says:


  99. LiterallyFigurative says:


  100. Erica says:

    Track. Wall. Jaw. FLOOR.

  101. DERP says:

    Someone fill this noob in please.

  102. Mike N says:

    Nova better buy Swisher’s drinks tonight.

  103. jjyank says:

    Garbage time catch?

  104. Arya says:

    That looked like it might have come down in front of the wall, still impressive though.

  105. Manny's BanWagon says:

    I just dropped Freeman from my team for Allen Craig. He better not get a hit

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Allen Craig was still on waivers in your league? I picked him up a bit before he went on the DL again. He should’ve been long gone.

      • Manny's BanWagon says:

        Yeah he was.

        Hosmer is a free agent too. I’m debating dropping Craig to pick him up.

        • jjyank says:

          I want to play in your league! My waiver options suck, my friends in the league are freakin’ ruthless.

          • Kramerica Industries says:

            There is one person in my league who is 8-1. The only other team that is any good is, surprisingly, 3-6, but now routinely putting up the highest scores each week.

            I’m 9-0. Too easy. I have an outfield stable of Trout, Cespedes, Swisher, Craig, Joyce, and Moreland, and that’s with Ellsbury, Gardner, and Markakis on the DL! I mean, that’s impossible to do in a league with smart people.

            • jjyank says:

              I wish I was in a league with dumb people. I mean, I’m in third place (overall) in a 12 team league, so that’s not bad at all. But Swisher, Feliz, and Street on the DL aren’t helping me. But like I said, my waiver options to replace those guys suck because my fellow league-mates jump on things so fast. The one gift I got was someone dropped Joyce, and I dropped Logan Morrison to pick him up.

      • jjyank says:

        He was long gone in my league as well.

  106. Pat D says:

    The D!

  107. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yankees flashed great leather that inning.

  108. Need Pitching says:

    Nova getting by with a little help from his friends that inning

  109. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Not sure if this has already been discussed. Thoughts?


  110. Dino Velvet says:

    If only Cano was gritty.

  111. Countryclub says:

    Anyone know why Morrow (Toronto) got pulled after 1 batter tonight?

  112. Tom says:

    I’m surprised they are pitching to Martin here…

  113. Greg says:

    If you think about it, Delgado could have done all this and only give 1-2 runs. The wild pitch cost him a run and Cano had a 2 out hit

    • Hall and Nokes says:

      I’m amazed Fredi Gonzalez left him in. This wouldn’t have happened except that Fredi bombed yesterday by pulling his starter for Leave On Hernandez too early.

  114. In Mason We Trust says:

    Our old friend, John Sterling, continues to call Brian McCann, Brian McCannon. “And McCannon flies out to center field and we’ll be back here on the Yankees Radio Network, Driven by Jeep.”

  115. dkidd says:

    bryce harper now ops-ing over .900

    it must feel good to be a nationals fan

  116. Erica says:

    Ohhhhh, the tomahawk.

  117. Pat D says:

    Wow, these idiots still can’t do the Tomahawk Chop in unison?

  118. Mike N says:

    I lost my concentration: why did Rothschild go to the mound?

  119. In Mason We Trust says:

    I remember during the end of Game 4 of the 1999 World Series, the fans at Yankee Stadium were doing the mock Tomahawk Chop.

  120. Mike N says:

    Wow, that anti-soda commercial was pretty heavy-handed.

  121. In Mason We Trust says:


  122. flamingo says:

    A triple would be nice here, Jeter. Or a walk. Anything.

  123. Kramerica Industries says:

    And another double play.


  124. In Mason We Trust says:

    I’m getting sick of hearing that song in the Chevy commercial.

    • Will The Thrill says:

      No kidding. I hate how they’re trying to make Detroit seem wholesome and successful. It’s poverty stricken and no commercial you make can change that. The economy is not getting better as much as the government tries to pass that notion along. Also I doubt people sing that “hot dogs, baseball, apple pies and Chevrolet” song.

  125. Will The Thrill says:

    Wow. Horrible at bat by A-Rod. I feel like not getting the big hit to put the Yankees over the top will come back to haunt them.

  126. The Troll says:

    First 60 games . . . Has a team ever done worse with RISP over this span of time? As soon as they put a man on second you can nearly flawlessly predict the impending doom. This predicament is beyond old.

    • Need Pitching says:

      “Has a team ever done worse with RISP over this span of time?”

      Yes, Giants, Marlins, and Padres … and that’s just this year

  127. Mike N says:


  128. Mike N says:

    Miami’s beating Boston. lolz

  129. Crime Dog says:

    Was Soriano actually up or was he just “up” in the bullpen (i.e. walking around)?

    • Greg says:

      He was just up

    • forensic says:

      Looked to me like he might have been looking at a blister or fingernail issue and was throwing to let Girardi know if he’d be able to pitch later or not so he can plan.

      Hopefully I’m wrong and reading too much into it, but that’s what I saw from it.

  130. Arya says:

    Nova has given us exactly what we needed tonight. Now if only the offense could put a couple more runs on the board. Then we have Phelps close it out and save the rest.

  131. Tom Q says:

    Okay, so, not to downplay the annoyance over all these double-plays with men at third, but…

    …is it my imagination, or are an awful lot of them turned on balls up the middle, rather than the tailor-made right-to-the-shortstop sort?

    I realize the result is the same in either case, but the latter would be the sign of something worse, right? Some of those balls up the middle ought to eventually scoot through, if BABIP achieves any kind of balance?

  132. Tom says:

    Time to tack on some runs and give the main arms in the pen the night off.

  133. Mike N says:

    Wow! What a catch.

  134. Need Pitching says:


  135. Pat D says:

    Playing the Superman theme after that?

    Hyperbole much?

  136. Tom Q says:

    Great; like they need help lowering their RISP

  137. Even when they hit the ball solidly w/ RISP, they fail.

  138. jjyank says:

    Damn you Bourn Identity.

  139. Mike N says:


  140. Haha, even Kay’s getting into the action about RISPfail.

  141. Pat D says:

    I blame that on Kay.

  142. Mike N says:


  143. Erica says:

    Oh man.

  144. Need Pitching says:


  145. On the bright side, Ivan can come out for the 7th now.

  146. JobaWockeeZ says:


  147. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jesus Christ.

    This team has decided to be efficient with wasting RISP chances. Just hit into the DP and take the 0-1, instead of an 0-2.


  148. Havok9120 says:

    Hello all. Home from work early.

    This seems to be going fairly well.

  149. Tom Q says:

    This is Guinness Records level improbability

  150. Rick says:

    Genius strategy by braves to load the bases they know the deal.

  151. Greg says:

    And they’re still winning!

  152. teddy says:

    pinch hit with a lefty bat, giradri should be fired

  153. 718 (Bronx) says:

    I don’t care what the win-loss record is the Yankees are pathetic! #RISPFAIL

  154. Will The Thrill says:

    Fuck double plays for ever existing.

  155. Arya says:

    Jesus. Even a little dribbler that only gets one out at 1st or 2nd would be nice right now. Deep fly ball. Who cares about getting a hit, just don’t hit into a DP!

  156. Athenian says:

    It seems unfair to make the Yankees load the bases only to see them, fail again. This is seriously one of the most ridiculous laughable things in baseball. $200 million monster can’t even score a run.

  157. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Whenever I heard that Tomahawk Chop in the late 90′s, I always substituted “Mo” for “Whoa” and it never failed me. You can thank me for ’96 and ’99.

  158. Hummingbird S. says:

    good night people, how are they doing so far?

  159. Karl Krawfid says:

    Feels like one of those games the Yankees will blow.

    • jjyank says:

      You shut your mouth when you’re talking to me!

    • Will The Thrill says:

      The Braves basically handed them like 3 or 4 opportunities to blow the game open but Yanks went out with a whimper. This hitting with RISP problem is starting to become a huge problem. And it’s a problem throughout the whole line up not just 2-3 guys.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Its annoying, frustrating, and concerning….

        But saying “its becoming a huge problem” implies that its been costing us a lot of wins lately. It hasn’t.

        Now that I’ve said that, we’ll probably lose 4-3, but still.

  160. Arya says:

    This is the pitch count where Nova started to struggle in his last start as well. It was the 9th inning vs the Rays. Hopefully he can get through this.

  161. eephus_pitch says:

    I think the better question is “has there ever been a good offensive team that failed so miserably with the bases loaded?” Because this is a good offense. It’s not some crappy NL lineup. No one’s surprised when the Padres fail with RISP.

    • Mike N says:

      This is why I’m not worried, and interpret current RISPFAIL as nothing more than statistical noise.

      • jjyank says:

        That’s how I feel as well.

      • eephus_pitch says:

        It’s still pretty astonishing. Even if they were just regular bad with bases loaded, like .200/.250, they’d have scored a ton more runs. This has been a special kind of ineptitude.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

      It will all regress to the mean in the second half and hopefully in September and October specifically.

  162. Mike N says:


  163. jjyank says:

    Haha when I say the “Ivan Nova” inscription on his glove during the meeting with Rothschild, at first glace I thought it read “Your Mom”. Maybe I’m just crazy.

  164. Need Pitching says:

    Nice job, Ivan

  165. Let him start the 8th? Or pinch hit for him here?

    • jjyank says:

      Tough call. I’d lean pinch hit, he’s at 107 and is unlikely to get through the 8th unless it’s a real quick inning anyway.

      • This is why I hate NL rules. If we pinch hit for him, and we score like two runs this inning we’re burning a reliever we wouldn’t need if there was a 9th hitter up, and let Ivan go batter to batter.

      • Tom says:

        Pinch hit – the value of a potential run (which is significantly reduce with a leadoff out) is better than trying to get a few more outs of Nova.

        He’d probably be pulled rather quickly given the score and his pitch count anyway.

        Had the Yankees been able to hit a damn flyball with a runner on 3rd in either of the last few innings, maybe you let him hit.

  166. Kevin G. says:

    Wash that mouth out with soap mister

  167. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    The scoreboard says it’s only 3-0, but it feels like the Yanks have absolutely dominated this game. Tip of the cap to Nova for another solid outing.

  168. Greg says:

    As I said earlier, it could actually be worse. We could have only scored 1 run with all of the failure because one came from a wild pitch and the other came on a 2 out hit

  169. Pat D says:

    Oh, geez, please score at least one off Durbin.

  170. rconn23 says:

    Really nice effort by Nova.

    Bell just walked Gonzalez to lead off the 9th in Miami. It was the first walk Gonzo has had since May 15. He has five home runs. Enjoy the next six years Sox fans!

  171. flamingo says:

    Wow, Nova’s been really great tonight.

  172. Greg says:

    Calling it:

    Grandy hits a solo shot

  173. Wow, Uggla is really double ungood 2nd baseman. Defensively anyway.

  174. Karl Krawfid says:

    Atlanta Yankee fans > New York Yankee fans.


  175. Mike N says:

    Nice “Let’s Go, Grandy!” chant.

  176. Kramerica Industries says:

    Red Sox lose again.

  177. BK2ATL says:

    Great job by Nova tonight!!!!

  178. Kramerica Industries says:

    Hopefully Eppley can help navigate the bottom of the lineup.

    A 3-0 lead is nothing set in stone. And it would be a shame to waste another excellent game from Ivan Nova against a National League team.

    • Tom says:

      This is why the RISP fails are huge even when you are winning… this could easily be a 5-0 game with simple flyouts and Nova would be handing the ball to Phelps for 2 innings (or maybe Nova’s pitching the 8th)

  179. Tut says:

    No Wade tonight?

  180. Kramerica Industries says:

    WTF Kay?

    The ball bounced foul immediately. That wasn’t some stupid guesswork by Fairchild.

  181. Epply got Simmons twice in that atbat.

  182. flamingo says:

    Is Gameday right? Has Eppley thrown 7 sinkers in this at-bat?

  183. mike_h says:

    former Yankee Eric Hinske coming to PH, we’ll always remember the 2009 World Series Eric

  184. Greg says:

    Fredi Gonzalez out Girardi’s Girardi

  185. Need Pitching says:

    Clay stepping up his game lately

  186. Mike N says:

    Nice job, Rapada.

  187. Hummingbird S. says:

    That’s about as sharp as I’ve seem Rapada.. good stuff.

  188. jjyank says:

    *gives cookie*

  189. Tom says:

    Eppley/Rapada locking down the 8th inning of a 3 run game?

    Not sure how sustainable that is, but I’ll take it. Looking forward to Robertson coming back.

  190. OH MY GOD, I googled ‘like a sir’ for my comment up there, and this was the third image in images. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard.


  191. Pat D says:

    “(ARod) wrapped into a 4-4-3 double play.”

    I wish one of these guys would folk or country their way into a DP for once.

  192. Pat D says:

    “Cano’s been on base all 4 times, 2 for 3 and a walk.”


  193. pistol pete says:

    Who gets the ninth.

  194. pistol pete says:

    With Rivera, Soriano, and Robertson on the opening day roster who would have ever believed that Cory Wade is the closer.

  195. Is there something wrong with MFIKY? I mean he was lifted after blowing the save last night, and he’s worked two days in a row, but Joe said last night he’d use him tonight in a save situation…but here we are?

  196. mike_h says:

    Wade, Logan combo to close

  197. CUYanks says:

    There goes the save situation :(

  198. Erica says:

    I swear to God, that Tomahawk Chop song will be the reason I trash my TV.

  199. Mike N says:

    So that means there is no save for anyone?

  200. CUYanks says:

    If Girardi goes batter-by-batter and leaves us with Garcia or bust, I will not be particularly happy.

  201. Havok9120 says:

    This is greatly amusing.

  202. Crime Dog says:

    Joe’s gone mad if he brings in Freddy here

  203. Kramerica Industries says:

    McCann must’ve done something to piss off the BABIP gods tonight.

  204. Pat D says:

    Brian McCann with the “Fuck BABIP!” game.

  205. Need Pitching says:

    If I was McCann, I would be smashing shit right now

  206. RI$P FTW says:

    Did the Yanks get Soler or what?

  207. Erica says:


  208. Mike N says:


    Excellent game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  209. Kramerica Industries says:

    Rock friggen solid W.

    This pitching staff has been fantastic for the past few weeks. And they needed them to be fantastic again tonight.

  210. RI$P FTW says:

    Soriano might be traded. Maybe that’s why he isn’t pitching.

  211. Havok9120 says:

    I actually really like this plan. Have Garcia warming in case Logan implodes, but let him close it L/R after Wade gets the first righty.

  212. flamingo says:

    Logan’s been really great. Take that, Braves.

  213. Need Pitching says:

    Who was it that was mocking somebody for saying the Yankees would be in first place by June 15?

  214. forensic says:

    Big ups to those relievers. Impressive two innings.

  215. jjyank says:


    *gives mad cookies*

  216. forensic says:

    Big ups to those relievers. Impressive two innings. Especially in a game that shouldn’t have been that close.

  217. Havok9120 says:

    Professor Longoose. Please step forward to collect your prize.

  218. pistol pete says:

    Nova’s 8 and 2 and 24 and 6 over the last year and a third, not bad. Imagine he actually had to win a spot out of spring training and had a lot of bloggers complaining about this kid earlier in the year. They’re not complaining now. I love him, he’s got intangibles, knows how to win and how to maueuver out of tough situations. He makes peanuts and is under control for years. Great scouting for whoever found him.

    • RI$P FTW says:

      An RAB guy wanted to send him to AAA. Don’t act like the mainstream media has it out for him.
      He stunk early in the year. Get ahold of yourself.

      • pistol pete says:

        If Hughes was 24 and 6 over the past year and a third the Yanks would want him in Cooperstown. What I’m trying to say is that even after all those wins he still has a very short leash and doesn’t deserve to have one. Yes he did pitch poorly earlier in the year but my point was why was it that his leash was so short. Remember Hughes was named the Yanks no 3 out of camp and Nova was still fighting for a spot following a 16 and 4 record. Oh by the way did you know that he is 11 and 0 in his last 14 road starts. I don’t know about you but I like wins, stats are important but give me a choice and I’ll take the wins.

    • eephus_pitch says:

      To be taken seriously, you need to speak another language besides “cliche.”

  219. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Love me some good Yankee pitching. Love me some Ivan Nova. Love me this game.

  220. RI$P FTW says:

    Everyone’s so worked up about losing Soler that they don’t see a great win tonight. Sad.

  221. forensic says:

    And yup, it is a blister for Soriano. That sucks.

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