Game 77: De Facto Ace


(REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

With CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte both on the disabled list, Hiroki Kuroda as taken over the role of staff ace by default. Adam Warren & Co. took a pounding last night, so the bullpen is a little short and fans are pretty annoyed after two straight losses (the horror!). Lots of high quality innings will be appreciated today. Here’s the starting nine…

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

Today’s game starts a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Roster Move: The Yankees sent Warren back to Triple-A after last night’s game and recalled D.J. Mitchell, who threw 103 pitches on Tuesday and should be good for long relief today. Hopefully that’s not needed. Joe Girardi said that David Phelps will likely start Wednesday and throw 80-85 pitches.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Welcome back, DJ Mitchell. Make the most of it.

    Won’t be around for the Game Thread again. Here’s to Kuroda making the slide a short one.

    *raises glass*

  2. Kramerica Industries says:

    The photo caption should have something about Jeter.

    Is Chris Stewart the worst player currently in the major leagues? It’s a valid discussion.

  3. Smart Guy says:

    DFA stewart already, bring cervelli back!

  4. Will The Thrill says:

    Not much of an improvement but I have to admit that I miss the Cisco kid.

  5. David says:

    Anyone think the Phils will look to trade Cliff Lee? And would the Yankees be interested? The Yanks are built to win in the somewhat immediate future. Why not try to milk the last few good years out of Cliff Lee? Just a thought.

    • Smart Guy says:

      making any significant trade will be dumb and hurt this team more than help

      if anything wait till the offseason and spend

      • Crime Dog says:

        I mean any significant trade wouldn’t be dumb. It depends on the right circumstances, for the right price. And for what the 29 other teams have been asking of the Yankees, I doubt that happens.

        • David says:

          Yeah, I just see this team with one offensive starter under 30 and think they can’t throw any of the jeter, arod years away. What does the offense even look like in 4 years when all of the young pitchers are finally ready.

  6. Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

    Loved the Meme last night about it being Jeter’s fault for everything Steward did wrong yesterday like throwing a ball into CF, getting thrown out at 2B, etc.

    • Pat D says:

      I don’t think Greg was too happy about it.

      It’s kind of funny in that we started blaming everything on Jeter for something he didn’t actually do, as opposed to the things that he has done wrong.

    • Erica says:

      The things you need to get through a rough game thread sometimes, amirite?

    • RI$P FTW says:

      All we know is that’s it’s never CC’s fault. No matter what.


    Just let Phelps pitch(if hes doing well).. Jesus! So sick of this treating of pitchers as if there babies for godsake.. This is what the guy did his entire life, and if hes gonna get hurt, its not gonna becuase he throws 15 more pitches or so.

    And to MIKE, i don’t think fans are annoyed that the yanks lost 2 in row, but more at GIRARDI or not starting the INN the other night with ROBERTSON, knowing WARREN was going the next day.. Most fans feel as the first loss could of been avoided..

  8. Mike N says:

    OK. What the fuck is up with the goofy matching green shirts they’re wearing in the booth?

  9. Cuso says:

    The caption of the above picture could read : “What do you mean I’m not starting?! I’m hitting. 270!”

    • Cuso says:

      Welcome back, Russell. Get hot.

      • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

        That was some pussy play he made last night letting that runner slide in under his tag.

        He didn’t have to let himself get run over in a blowout but he could have at least made an effort to get the out when the ball beat the runner by at least 5 feet.

        • Erica says:

          I wonder if his back had anything to do with his inability to get that runner out, though. I’m just guessing. I really have no idea.

  10. Erica says:

    Alright guys. Let’s do this. Shut these pesky ChiSox DOWN.

  11. Cuso says:

    This schtick O’Neill has with the song titles is funny.

    He should keep it for > 1 week.

  12. Cuso says:

    Youkilis upset stomach….

    Translation : Youkilis pooped his pants last night.

    Let’s get that trending…

  13. Erica says:


  14. Mike Axisa says:

    Hooray for having a real catcher behind the plate.

  15. Erica says:

    Poop. Come on Hirok!!

  16. Cuso says:


    Now trending

  17. Erica says:

    Sweet Home Chicago
    It’s Getting Hot In Here

    I love you, Paul O’Neill.

  18. Brian S. says:

    How many times is Dunn going to walk this series?

  19. Cy Pettitte says:


  20. Erica says:

    That’s MISTER Curtis Granderson!

  21. Jimmy says:

    Just got tickets to the 2nd game next Saturday. Anyone been to the Fenway grandstand recently? Is it safe to wear Yankees gear or should we go as civilians? If it was me twenty years ago, I wouldn’t even ask, but I’ll have my wife & teenage sons with me.

  22. Brian S. says:

    Granderson’s bat profiles well for a corner outfielder so I won’t mind him getting that five year-eighty five million dollar extension this winter.

  23. Grandyman into the 2nd deck!!!!!!!! and enjoying an icey afterwards.

  24. Need Pitching says:

    lmao … CGrand with the FlavorIce

  25. Erica says:

    Robbie, so hot now.

  26. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Oh please Yankees, do not let me have to deal with another 3 Hegone inning.

  27. Brian S. says:


  28. Need Pitching says:


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

    Those Youk chants are OK right there.

  30. Bahahahaha I love when Youkilis fucks up.

  31. Cuso says:

    Peavy is speaking in tongues.

    The Devil killed John….

  32. Cuso says:


    He pooped again!

  33. jon says:

    almost twice!!

  34. jjyank says:

    Just got here…damn DMV took almost 4 hours for me to get DC plates/license. How’d they score the run?

  35. Cy Pettitte says:

    Youk is making ARod look like a pop up pro

  36. Wow, I thought A-Rod couldn’t handle pop-ups back in the day. Youk is just AWFUL out there.

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

    Dammit Ramariz…what I would have given to see Youkilis drop two popups in one inning.

  38. Brian S. says:


  39. Cy Pettitte says:

    was that Dewayne Wise or did Granderson just bat in the 9 hole?

  40. Mike Axisa says:

    Dewayne Wise’s bunt turned the season around.

  41. Need Pitching says:

    Chris Dickerson who?

    -Dewayne Wise

  42. captain kiwi says:

    ack, these day games always take me by surprise. looking good so far!

  43. Steve says:

    THis is a bit off topic but I thought O’Neil and Sweet Lou hated each other from their Cincy days? Am I wrong about that?

    • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

      He’s a quote from Pinella when he was managing the Mariners and O’Neil thought a pitcher was throwing at him.

      ”I had Paul O’Neill in Cincinnati for three years,” Piniella said. ”You know what? He was a crybaby over there every time they threw the ball inside on him. Pitchers knew it, so they frustrated him. What he has to do is step up there, hit a ball off the left-center-field wall like a man and that stuff stops. But we weren’t throwing at Paul.”

      • Steve says:

        I thought so. Wasn’t Pinella one of the big reasons O’Neill was traded in the first place?

      • eephus_pitch says:

        I love O’Neill, but he was a crybaby. Lou ain’t wrong about that.
        Either way, they definitely seem to have buried the hatchet.

  44. And, the family is here…I have to go be social and what-not. Go Yankees.

  45. Cuso says:

    Legs feel “sprite?”

    What, Lou?

  46. Brian S. says:

    The White Sox are putting together some really annoying at-bats.

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

    I hope Porcello will line up to pitch against the White Sox this year.

  48. Brian S. says:

    I want more runs.

  49. Cuso says:

    Yeah, until Gardy gets back Wise has earned the starting LF job against RHP.

  50. Brian S. says:

    God dammit that was like two inches from a home run.

  51. DM says:

    I said it before, I say it again. A-Rod isn’t running at top speed for some reason. I wonder if the knee or hip is barking.

  52. Andy says:

    Anyone else cringe when they watch Girardi in those Dunkin Donuts commercials?

  53. stuart a says:

    arod hits like a slap hitting shortstop and runs lug a first baseman.

    he is horrible.. anyone have his ground ball %? must be high..

    35 rbis’s is horrible.( i know experts RBI’s are a stupid stat).

    he needs to move down in the order if he is going to suck this bad……

    • Alex Rodriguez says:

      I’m not going to call your sister. That was a one night thing will you shut up already?

    • Bunt Gardner says:

      I’m only happy when it rains
      You want to hear about my new obsession
      I’m riding high upon a deep depression
      I’m only happy when it rains…pour some misery down on me

  54. Brian S. says:

    Don’t walk Dunn anymore please.

  55. Davey Sharpton says:

    Idk looks like Chris Stewart has a foreign substance on his hand in that picture…

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

    Wait, did Kay say the White Sox were 18-1 in day games?

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      No way they’re that good. I think he said Baltimore was better, and they are 14-7 in day games.

      Unfortunately, we all learned how worthless day/night game records are last year. Yankees killed it in day games all season, but they only had one day game in the playoffs, and they lost.

    • Need Pitching says:

      missed what he said, but they are 19-11 in day games

  57. Kramerica Industries says:

    And the White Sox would be even better if they didn’t suck ass at the Cell.

    So there’s that, Mike and Lou.

  58. Pat D says:

    This game kinda boring.

  59. Brian S. says:

    Why is Ibanez on this team?

    • Need Pitching says:

      because they don’t cut players just for having a slump?

      • Brian S. says:

        Sub .300 OBP isn’t a slump.

        • Need Pitching says:

          it’s the result of a long slump from a guy whose offensive value isn’t his OBP to begin with

          • Brian S. says:

            “Long slump.” Look what he did with the Phillies last year. It’s who he is at this point.

            • Need Pitching says:

              .799 OPS and 108 wRC+ vs. RHP (which is really the only split the Yankees would be seriously concerned about)
              As long as he’s above average against RHP, they’ll likely keep him around.

              I’m still expecting an upgrade by the trade deadline, but
              that line vs. RHP might be enough for the Yankees to keep him around.

              • Brian S. says:

                You don’t think Cust or Branyan is that upgrade?

                • Need Pitching says:

                  maybe/maybe not – I definitely don’t think it’s a guarantee that either would be, but I wouldn’t be surprised if either did better.

                  But neither plays OF anymore, and Ibanez is getting most of his playing time in the OF right now. I think that would be more something to think about if/when Gardner ever comes back healthy, and if Branyan and/or Cust are still swinging the bat well at that point.

  60. Brian S. says:

    Hiroki Cruiseoda.

  61. DM says:

    I hope Phil and Phelps have been watching the Kuroda clinic intently today.

  62. Cuso says:

    Momma says Peavy is ornery because he got all dem teeth

  63. Pat D says:

    Dewayne Fucking Wise!!!

  64. Cy Pettitte says:

    uhhhh holy shit Dewayne Wise.

  65. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Dwayne freaking Wise!

    Brother looks like Robbie Cano out there!

  66. Mike Axisa says:

    Dewayne Wise’s bunt turned the season around!

  67. Mike N says:

    Such a Wise man!

  68. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Dewayne Wise with the gunshow!

  69. Bubba says:

    Black Hole Martin is back

  70. Need Pitching says:

    it might be Wise to give Dewayne some more PT while he’s actually swinging the bat well

  71. captain kiwi says:

    DWISE!!! on fire! i friggin’ love it!

  72. Andy says:

    New starter?

  73. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Does this mean that we get to hit Youkilis?


  74. Pat D says:

    That pitch had intent.

  75. Brian S. says:

    Jeter wasn’t getting on base any other way so whatever.

  76. Adam says:

    Oh good, can’t wait to hear the conclusion of the inner ear problem story!

  77. Brian S. says:

    A. Romine just got a hit….for the Angels.

  78. RetroRob says:

    Why is Old Timer’s Day tomorrow? Isn’t it usually on a Saturday?

  79. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Next up: Lou tells us about the time that he caught the ferry to Shelbyville!

    So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ‘em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you’d say…

  80. Pat D says:

    Ha! He did hit Youk!

  81. Need Pitching says:


  82. captain kiwi says:


  83. Brian S. says:

    Why hit him where he has padding? And why in front of Dunn? What the fuck?

  84. RetroRob says:

    Why would they want to hit him? Did Youkilis do something?

    To me, it looked like he leaned into the pitch.

  85. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Juuuuuuuuuussssssttt a bit outside.

  86. Mike N says:

    Nasty pitch!

  87. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Looked a little low, but I’ll take it.

    Kuroda on cruise control.

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

    Plunking Youk and then getting a strikeout = True Yankee

    • Brian S. says:

      If he keeps this up all year I’d offer sheet him. If he accepts 1-12.5 would be pretty good.

      • captain kiwi says:

        kuroda has done some great work this year. if they get him for a decent price for another year, i wouldn’t be mad at all.

  89. dontchaknow says:

    goddamn kuroda <3___<3

  90. Cy Pettitte says:

    that was crushed. Robbie in god mode.

  91. Mike N says:


  92. Brian S. says:

    BOB 4 MVP

  93. Pat D says:

    Cano gets his HR back!

  94. Mike Axisa says:

    Yanks won’t be able to hit homers off good pitchers.

  95. jjyank says:

    Cano will miss June. I sure hope July is just as kind.

    That wasn’t his prettiest swing, but that dude has some crazy power.

  96. Kramerica Industries says:

    Cano should be a .330/30 guy with that swing.

    Probably the most naturally elegant swing in baseball today. Compare him to Bryce Harper to see the other end of the (productive) spectrum.

    • Will (the other one) says:

      Seven more hits this season and he WOULD be a .330 guy.

      Just goes to show you how different stats can look if a few more balls drop in here or there.

  97. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Who is creepier: the little bit of luck things, or W.B. Mason?

    • Pat D says:

      Little bit of luck, by far.

      Though the fact that the WB Mason ‘stache is now hanging out with kids is…troubling.

      • jjyank says:

        Hahaha yeah it was one thing when he was trolling the two guys that owned that coffee company, but now he’s helping small children sell lemonade.

    • Mike N says:

      LBOL. By far.

      I like the WB Mason ads and jingle. Although those fuckers are two-faced bastards: in New England, their trucks have Red Sock logos on them.

  98. Brian S. says:

    Dustin Pedroia is better than Robinson Cano.

    /Red Sox fans

    • captain kiwi says:

      ugh. some sox fans i know actually believe that and it physically ills me.

    • jjyank says:

      I remember those times. If I had a dollar for every time I got involved in that argument in college. Unfortunately, that included 2008, Robbie’s down year. Also included the little munchkin’s MVP. But I would love to have that argument again.

      • Mike N says:

        Someone was claiming on sports radio this week about how that dude practically runs the locker room, and if management wants to make something happen, they have to get him on board first. Sickening, if true.

        • jjyank says:

          If Cherington has to run anything, and I mean ANYTHING by Pedrioa first, then they are stupid.

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

          It’s amazing what The Collapse did to that organization. It’s a total circus now.

          • Mike Axisa says:

            Did the collapse or circus come first? Chicken or the egg question.

            • jjyank says:

              I would imagine the circus. Beer and chicken, no accountability, etc., probably contributed to The Collapse. It just wasn’t covered really, because the Red Sox could do no wrong in the eyes of the people/media before that. After The Collapse, all this crap came out.

              That’s my theory anyway, but I can see it the other way too.

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

                It was a circus before and it became even more of a circus when Francona, Epstein were fired, chicken and beer, etc became known.

                my guess.

      • Brian S. says:

        You mean Grady Sizemore’s MVP year?

  99. jjyank says:

    I went to go look at the scores around the league, and was surprised to see so many night games. Are there usually 7 night games on Saturday? Boston, Tampa, and Baltimore all haven’t played yet. I never paid much attention to the non-Yankee MLB schedule aside from reading the scores the next day, but this struck me as a lot of night games.

  100. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    This is glorious…the sound on the wSox broadcast has gone out…all on it’s own, didn’t even have to mute the Hawk here.

  101. Cy Pettitte says:

    Kuroda = ace.

    he laughs at your “inconsistent” tag

  102. Mike Axisa says:

    KU RO DA

    Singlehandedly smashing every stereotype about NL pitchers, Asian pitchers, fly ball pitchers … he’s a renaissance man.

  103. Brian S. says:


  104. BK2ATL says:

    Ace pitching by Kuroda. Great game. Take a bow. Have a seat.

  105. vin says:

    Man, do I love Kuroda.

    Dude’s a pro.

  106. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    So what is John Sterling’s home run call for Dewayne Wise?

  107. Mike N says:

    Wise on fire!

  108. captain kiwi says:

    triple short of the cycle. wise, you astound me.

  109. Will (the other one) says:

    Dewayne Wise: working hard to earn YOUR approval since 2012.

  110. Brian S. says:

    Jeter is now at .300 I believe.

  111. jjyank says:

    Remember when Mike was talking about how when a team wins a World Series, they get unexpected contributions from unlikely sources? Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself here, but it would be cool if that guy was Wise.

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

      possibly, but it’s probably a little early for that. Right now I’d say Eppley, Ibanez, Rapada, maybe Soriano and Hughes.

      • jjyank says:

        Oh I know it’s early. But with Gardner’s injury, it would be cool if Wise ended up pulling a career year out of his ass.

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

          It definitely would be…after all, his bunt single turned the season around!

    • captain kiwi says:

      get ahead of yourself all you’d like. i’m on that same boat lol. wise is having a meteoric rise of likability in my eyes. if the yanks go on to win the world series this year, i’d have a special spot in my heart for him. pitching last night is what really did it for me haha.

  112. VT Yankee Fan says:

    Kuroda June stats:
    Opponent batting average .201
    WHIP 1.00
    ERA 1.98


    • RetroRob says:

      He’s our ace, at least for another week or so.

      I’m hoping Phelps can provide at least league-average pitching. If so, the Yankees should be okay.

      • Greg says:

        Have Phelps pitch the next two starts and then look for a trade.

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

          Honestly, if Phelps and/or Freddy aren’t godawful, then they won’t need another starter.

        • Need Pitching says:

          My guess is Phelps makes the next start, then CC comes back, and Garcia remains in Pettittes spot in the rotation, with at best a 50/50 chance they make a trade.

  113. Greg says:

    So it looks like Kuroda went into his samaurai mode today and the offense scored some runs.

    I agree with O’Neill. This is a big victory for the Yankees if they can nail it down. Brings everything back to an even keel.

  114. Brian S. says:

    Does David’s wife approve of him pitching this inning?

  115. Cy Pettitte says:

    I like efficient DRob

  116. Greg says:

    Robertson just looks a lot more confident in the 8th inning.

    • jjyank says:

      I really think that is over blown. I think him closing a game on the heels of losing Mo, the greatest relief pitcher in history, had more to do with it than the number on the scoreboard that says what inning it is.

      I believe if D-Rob closed a game now, after the emotions of losing Mo and the pressure of replacing him have subsided, he’d be fine.

    • Brian S. says:

      Yeah he can’t handle both the ninth inning AND New York at the same time.

  117. captain kiwi says:

    d-rob. the sexiness. there are no words.

  118. jjyank says:


  119. Greg says:

    So basically we’re a pitcher’s error away from winning 7 of the last 8.

  120. Brian S. says:

    Very Hughesian outing for Peavy.

  121. Ted Nelson says:

    Pretty crazy that Peavy is back to workhorse status after the shoulder issues. I thought he could regain effectiveness, but figured it would have to be on a somewhat reduced workload.

  122. Need Pitching says:

    hey look … a shift that worked

    • Tom says:

      Have to give Girardi some credit for that one… I hate when he does it for non deadpull hitters, but sometimes it does work.

  123. Manny's BanWagon says:

    No surprise Peavy is pitching so well during a contract year. He’ll probably be signed to a big deal and then resort to being on the DL every other week.

  124. Mike N says:

    Interesting to put Logan in for the ninth.

  125. Greg says:

    Tomorrow will be interesting. Gavin Floyd has had an up and down season so we can definitely hit him. Konerko, Viciedo, and Dunn will be licking their chops to get at Hughes. It could go either way

  126. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    More than any other player in baseball, Dunn can look terrifying on one pitch and completely useless on the next.

  127. captain kiwi says:

    short leash.

  128. Mike N says:


  129. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    And all is right with the world.

  130. Need Pitching says:

    Nice win. Really starting to love Hirok.

  131. Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

    Good job RoLoSo.

  132. captain kiwi says:

    great game! guess the yankees didn’t like seeing all those points on the board last night. way to come back.

  133. jjyank says:

    I’m actually loving the untucked shirt thing.

    • Mike N says:

      It reminds me of little boys in suits at a wedding party ripping their shirts out of their pants on the dance floor because it’s just TOO CONFINING.

      • jjyank says:

        Soriano is just like “Yo man I just won the game, and I need to be COMFORTABLE NOW.”

        As long as it’s not a jig, and it only happens after a win, I like it.

  134. Karl Krawfid says:

    Kuroda said “Calm down….I got dis”

  135. Mike N says:

    What a great game! And nice and quick!

  136. Mike N says:

    OK, Wise was great, but how the fuck is Kuroda not the player of the game?

    (I really hate the whole POTG concept, and I know I should just ignore it.)

    • Greg says:

      Maybe because we are now expecting Kuroda to be lights out and we are not expecting Wise to be an offensive juggernaut

    • captain kiwi says:

      i can kinda see how wise was player of the game, but i definitely would’ve chosen kuroda. 2 rbis in a 4 run game makes sense, but 7 innings with 3 hits and 0 er is just a sexy fucking line.

  137. Jose M. Vazquez.. says:

    I have to admit that I was dead wrong about Kuroda. He has convinced me that he can be a true #2. I was opposed to his signing since they started to talk about it, but he has proven that he can compete in any league against any opponent.

  138. TampaYankee says:

    I am really diggin having Wise doing so well.

    Spoke well of the guy all season, just that I liked him and wanted him to have success, and his struggles were tough to see. But now it’s great to see him raising that average and contributing with the bat other than a bunt lol.

    Hope he continues to produce and help the team, I’m really pulling for the him.

    Awesome to see Kuroda shutting down the Sox with such a great game. We really need that right now.

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