Game 81: Halfway There


(Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Today is America’s birthday and it marks the halfway point of he 2012 season. The Yankees come into their 81st game with 48 wins on the year but also four losses in their last six games. Thanks to some well-timed AL East mediocrity, both the Red Sox and Orioles gained zero games in the standings while Tampa gained just one during that time. Hooray for that.

It’s too bad the Yankees have to spend the holiday playing indoors in a stupid dome, but that’s life. Blame the schedule-makers. Here’s the lineup as the Bombers look to avoid getting swept at Tropicana Field for the second time this year…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
RF Nick Swisher
LF Andruw Jones
Russell Martin
3B Jayson Nix

RHP David Phelps

This afternoon’s game starts at 3pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Get Phelps Up says:

    Opening Day, 4th of July and Labor Day all in this stupid garbage stadium.

  2. Greg says:

    I originally said 4 this week. Well thanks to the Oakland A’s, I think we can make it 3 in any combination. Take today’s game and split with the Sox and call it a half.

    • Cuso says:

      Although I haven’t commented any time you brought it up, I will admit that I bought into it.

      Now I’m pissed off. Just win today, please.

  3. Tony says:

    Cano will hit a homer off Price in this game. Book it

  4. Cuso says:

    And the video on SunSports just completely Shit the bed and I have to listen to Staats through two cups and a string.


  5. Cuso says:

    I miss the captions that come with the photos, Mike.

    Bring those back please.

  6. Brian S. says:

    Think Granderson reaches 200 this season?

  7. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    19 pitches not bad for a 1 2 3 inning. Good job Jeter.

  8. Greg says:

    I think we can agree right now that they will need to trade for a starter after the break. Warren was horrible, Garcia was okay and we need a long man in the pen

    • Will (the other one) says:

      I disagree. Garcia + no trade may be better than giving up assets for the pitchers that are available, and there are plenty of available options for long-man duty.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if the team swings a trade, but I don’t think they *need* to at this point at all.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      not really a need, more of a luxury
      CC should be back soon, Freddy/Phelps should be serviceable enough until Andy gets back

  9. Monterowasdinero says:

    Looks like the bench is calling the pitches.

  10. DERP says:

    Finally, you stupid POS ump

  11. Monterowasdinero says:

    Gotta swing Upton.

  12. Monterowasdinero says:

    Maddon with a righty cleanup batter against Phelps? Strange manager.

  13. Monterowasdinero says:

    Whatever happened to the legendary Sam Fuld?

  14. stuart a says:

    lucky arod is batting 4th. love his production. need his high slugging % and power in the middle of the lineup to strike fear in the opposing pitchers.

    give arod an extension..

    besides sucking the guy cannot even play the field every day…he is a boat anchor on this team……

    • Knoxvillain says:

      You’re here earlier than usual.

    • Crime Dog says:

      Please, tell me more.

    • Brian S. says:

      Why aren’t you banned yet?

    • Will (the other one) says:

      Stuart, it concerns me that you continuously confuse baseball players with boat anchors, but it occurs to me that you may never actually have seen an actual boat anchor. It’s usually very large, somewhat bulky (often in the shape of a large, duplicated fishhook) and made of metal. Most importantly, when in service, a boat anchor is suspended by a chain or rope, the other end of which is attached to…a boat. By this point, the dissimilarities of this piece of nautical equipment to the average baseball player (a human who wears a uniform and is outfitted with special sports gear) will hopefully be obvious.

      I can see how this confusion on your part may have arisen, given the fact that the phrases “baseball player” and “boat anchor” both begin with the letter “B.” I hope, however, that this brief primer will help you to avoid conflating them in the future.

  15. DERP says:

    Nice play

  16. stuart a says:

    fuld is hurt….had surgery

  17. Greg says:

    Well, winning the 09 series is the trade off for this, everybody

  18. Cuso says:

    0 RBI vs. Rays

  19. Mike Axisa says:

    That cutter is ridiculous.

  20. Cuso says:

    Guess hitter

  21. TommyBoy says:

    Really growing to just hate Arod.

  22. Brian S. says:

    Phelps had three strikes called balls that last inning.

  23. Greg says:

    If they get swept, we will need the A’s to help us again.

  24. Jimmy says:

    OT. Zach F%^&*g Parise just ruined my 4th of July.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      13 year contract with a full no movement clause. he can go. I don’t see his game aging well.

      • Jimmy says:

        Agreed from the left side of the brain, but the right side says it almost feels like Niedermeyer leaving again.

  25. Cuso says:

    Ooh. Phelps looks good this inning.

  26. Brian S. says:

    Oh fuck it’s Sean Rodriguez. IBB him.

  27. DERP says:

    Sit the fuck down you POS fuckface Rodriguez.

  28. Cuso says:

    Trade bait! Get Felix and Cole for Phelps!

  29. stuart a says:

    arod has less rbi by 10 then Daniel Friggin Murphy.

    the reason I harp on this is because the guy is hitting 3rd or 4th and no 1 on the telecasts ever point out the obvious, he is killing the team…

    arod should to the press state I am not doing my job and if Binder Boy wants to bat me anywhere in the lineup I am fine with it, all I want to do is help the team..

    35 rbis after 81 games, do the math Einsteins……..

    • Jimmy says:

      Dummy up, you…..

    • eephus_pitch says:

      I have a question for you. It’s a serious one, so take your time.
      When A-Rod is at the plate, do you root for him to succeed or fail?
      If he succeeds, the Yanks benefit.
      If he fails, you get to talk smack about him.
      What do you root for?
      If you say you root for him to fail, you’re not a Yankee fan.
      Let’s hear it.

  30. Brian S. says:

    Darnell McDonald is cousins with Pirates pitcher James McDonald. And his brother Donzell played for the Yankees in 2001.

    • Athenian says:

      Might as well add that they both attended Cherry Creek High School(Denver Metro area) with now DFA’d relief pitcher Brad Lidge. Unfortunately for those three, even attending the over hyped snobbish school they pale in comparison to the brilliance that was Roy Halladay who attended Arvada West High School (Denver Metro area). Thankfully.

    • RI$P FTW says:

      They were all molested by uncle Ronald.

    • Cuso says:

      His uncle, Old, is the head groundskeeper at Tropicana.

  31. Athenian says:

    Who had Cliff Lee with 1 win by the All Star break? Yankees approaching a year without a win in Tampa?Or R.A. Dickey pitching like Cy Young. This first half of the baseball season is upside down.

  32. stuart a says:

    all these humongous sick contracts in hockey, basketball, baseball, almost never pay off.

    the wild are still far from a contender and they gave out $190 mill in guaranteed contracts today….

  33. DERP says:

    If you are gonna hit a guy, always to good to make sure he leaves the game. Well done.

  34. DERP says:

    I hope nothing good ever happens to this ump.

  35. Brian S. says:

    Why do managers love versatile white players that can’t hit?

  36. DERP says:

    Are posts disappearing? Or is it just me?

  37. Greg says:

    I would say that Phelps has earned another start so far.

  38. Mike N says:

    Phelpsy looking good!

  39. DERP says:

    I am curious as to what will happen if Phelps pitches well here? Does he still get sent down (like Mike mentioned earlier)?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Why wouldn’t they? He’s not going to pitch for at least another 12 days anyway. Let him go down and get some innings in.

    • Tom says:

      Probably. With the all star break and the 10 day rule, he’d be able to be called up the 3rd (?) game back after the all star break.

      After today, I guess he could pitch in an emergency on Sunday (3 days rest), but why carry him on the 25 man for just that?

      I assume McDonald will be put on the 25man for the Boston series.

  40. Cuso says:

    I’m telling ya, a Yankee is getting beaned today. We got 2 of theirs yesterday and 2 today with no response.

  41. Brian S. says:

    Bean all the Rays.

  42. Mike N says:

    I didn’t get the impression that either of Phelps’s HBPs were intentional.

  43. Athenian says:

    Price got screwed on that one.

  44. Mike Axisa says:

    Price throws a breaking ball here, Grandy’s done after all those high-90s fastballs. Doesn’t even need to be a strike.

  45. Greg says:

    Pinella and Baylor (with the Rockies)

  46. Brian S. says:

    Bean him Price!

  47. Mike N says:

    All right: RISP! C’mon, now!!

  48. Mike N says:

    A-Rod looks so awkward at the plate: not comfortable and locked in.

  49. Cuso says:

    (Random disparaging comment)

  50. Greg says:

    He just guessing up there right now. UNfortunately we have nobody else to put in that 4 hole besides Cano

  51. Greg says:

    Aaron Cook pitched a 3 hit shutout against the M’s a few days ago on 81 PITCHES!

    That’s criminal. Seattle fans should ask for their money back

  52. Greg says:

    This umpire has been bad for both pitchers

  53. Karl Krawfid says:

    We need Juan Miranda back.

  54. stuart a says:

    Arod is a joke. The guy is a guess hitter. Brain surgeon, they do not think you can get around on the inside gas. No need to guess. Again he is killing this team…bat cano 3rd, tex 4th, swisher or Ibanez after them tehn afraud.

    ibanez sucks but he gets hits with RISP. Tex gets lucky on occassion, arod is just horrible…

    anyone who is not up in arms over arods performance is his bitch or on his payroll…..

  55. Mike N says:

    “He just guessing up there right now.”

    Is there anyone who wouldn’t just be guessing against Price today?

  56. DERP says:

    Hector Noesi is terrible.

  57. DERP says:

    At least he didn’t throw it into center!

  58. Greg says:

    My goodness

  59. Brian S. says:

    stuart a is not an ace.

  60. Greg says:

    Carlos Ruiz anybody?

  61. Monterowasdinero says:

    Joba’s crappy mechanics look intact!

  62. Cuso says:

    Yep. 80 pitch area.

  63. Brian S. says:

    God fucking dammit

  64. Mike Axisa says:

    Haven’t seen Sean Rodriguez beat the Yankees enough this series, hopefully they play Tampa again soon.

  65. Greg says:

    And that’s why they walk him alot

  66. DERP says:

    I’ve had enough. Throw at his head the next time he comes to the plate.

  67. Athenian says:


  68. Brian S. says:

    I fucking hate Sean Rodriguez.

  69. DERP says:

    What a maroon.

  70. Cuso says:

    You better start calling him S-Rod – he’s earned it.


  71. DERP says:

    Nice play by Martin. Are we allowed to compliment him if he does something good?

  72. Greg says:

    Looking at his stats, Sean Rodriguez seems to own the AL East this year

    Red Sox: .300/.323/.433
    Yankees: .290/.389/.452 (prior to that hit)
    Blue Jays: .280/.345/.560

  73. Kosmo says:

    really bad umpiring. Minimally Phelps got squeezed on 12-15 pitches by the ump.

    • Monterowasdinero says:

      Yes. This needs to be factored into evaluating his performance as well as Martin not throwing to 2B due to a massive brain fart.

    • Brian S. says:

      Phelps had five strikes called balls and one ball called a strike for a -4 according to brooksbaseball net. Price has had one strike called a ball and two balls called a strike for a +1

  74. Mike N says:

    Ugh. Maybe bunting would have been reasonable there?

  75. Mike N says:

    Double ugh.

  76. Athenian says:

    That one run may just hold up. Sounds like Price is dealing.

  77. Greg says:

    Andruw Jones is sloooooooooooooooooooooooow

  78. Jag says:

    Ugh @ the dp :(

    And hi all… I read these threads every day but finally decided to post something. You provide a nice recap to read at work as well when I happen to miss the game. Hi, and go Yanks! Hopefully they overcome price today.

  79. wow says:

    They’re just lucky it’s still not a no-hitter. This is pitiful. Hopefully it doesn’t carryover to Fenway.

  80. DERP says:

    I can’t get over how much Hector Noesi sucks. Thank god for got rid of that turd.

  81. Jag says:

    Good performance by Phelps, well done by the kid.

  82. Mike N says:

    Was Phelps on a hard pitch count?

  83. DERP says:

    Montero is 0 for his last 22.

  84. Bobby Banana says:

    I’m starting to think we shouldn’t consider the Yankees an elite offense anymore. All the heavy lifting seems to be done by Cano and Grandy with others seldom chipping in. Maybe we shouldn’t be that surprised and angry that Tampa is beating us. You can’t expect an offense carried by two or three players to do well against great pitching. Just look at the Detroit Tigers.

  85. Brian S. says:

    Nice one Rapada. That was great.

  86. DERP says:

    I don’t care if we lose anymore. Bring in the hardest thrower and start injuring these fuckers.

  87. Countryclub says:

    I said this yesterday too, but this mix & match thing Girardi is doing is painful to watch. Why not just start the inning with Mitchell and let him pitch?

  88. Jag says:

    Double play would be nice here.

  89. Athenian says:

    Looks like here is where it unravels. Was hoping for better.

  90. Bobby Banana says:

    It truly is amazing how the Rays could be in a time wide offensive slump for a month but when they play the Yankees they manage to score runs like nothing.

  91. Brian S. says:

    Come on Eppley…

  92. Mike N says:

    Do it, Epples!!!

  93. Brian S. says:

    They are running wild on Russ this series.

    • Mike N says:

      Yeah. I don’t know what’s up with that. Maybe Girardi told him before the game: “No matter what, do NOT throw any balls into the outfield!”

  94. Tom says:

    What are they doing?

    It’s Carlos Pena… he’s out easily – why concede the base.

  95. Cuso says:

    Brooks Conrad. uh oh.

  96. RobC says:

    did Martin just miss a chance for an interference call on that steal?

  97. Jag says:

    And sit down.

  98. DERP says:

    Nice job by Eppley.

  99. christopher says:

    That’s the way to do it. Focus on the batter.

  100. RobC says:

    Did Martin miss a chance for an interference call on the steal of 2nd?

  101. Mike N says:

    Nice job by Eppley!

  102. Tom says:

    So 3 or 4 innings left for the pen in a 1 run game… is Girardi going to be stealing outs with Eppley and Gaudin or will he be using the big guns with a day off tomorrow?

    He should only need 1 more inning out of Eppley/Gaudin

  103. Bobby Banana says:

    Good job Epps. It’s refreshing to see a Yankee pitcher pitch to the Rays with no fear. Not that these scrubs should be feared…

  104. Nathan says:

    Sad that the backup catcher is hitting better than our starting catcher.

    • eephus_pitch says:

      Only in terms of batting average.

      • Greg says:


        Martin: .299
        Stewart: .295

        • Mike Axisa says:

          Only took the worst year of Martin’s career and the best of Stewart’s.

          • eephus_pitch says:

            Are sane people actually clamoring for more of Chris Stewart?
            That is a recipe for utter disaster. At least Martin can hit one out on occasion. Try watching a full season of Chris Stewart. They’ll be begging for Martin.
            Yes, Martin has sucked. Stewart’s still MUCH worse.

          • Hummingbird S. says:

            I dont think he’s arguing that Stewart is a better ballplayer than Martin or that he had the better career (at least he shouldn’t be). He’s merely pointing out how AWFUL Martin has been this season, and that pretty soon Stewart will be an equal option to Martin (considering this season’s results).

            • Greg says:

              Exactly. In terms of offense they are pretty much even right now with the exception of power

            • eephus_pitch says:

              Martin’s been terrible, but Stewart’s a AAAA player. He has an empty batting average thanks to some bloops, soft singles, and drops by third basemen.
              If he gets much more playing time he’ll be overexposed.

            • Nathan says:

              You read my mind. Exactly the point I was trying to make.

  105. Greg says:

    I Blame Lou for this. I think we’re 1-7 when he is in the booth.

  106. eephus_pitch says:

    Jayson Nix is a baseball player.

  107. Athenian says:

    Maybe this game is supposed to go 1-0 to the 9th and then Rodney has a blown save.

  108. Bobby Banana says:

    I think we all hate Rays games since they magnify how old the Yankees look.

  109. Mike Axisa says:

    Some at-bat by Granderson.

  110. Greg says:

    He finally decided to go to the breaker

  111. eephus_pitch says:

    Granderson vs. lefty breaking ball.

    • Kosmo says:

      nice AB by Granderson unoffically the 3rd time he SO. Ugly is right. maybe a .238 starting CF in the all-star game.

  112. Countryclub says:

    If it wasn’t for Jeter and Grandy, Price’s pitch count would be like 60 right now. they’ve both made him work at least.

  113. Mike N says:

    You gotta hand it to Price. He’s been nasty today.

  114. JB says:

    he battled. what are you going to do…

    the zone is big, but it looks the same on both sides.

  115. eephus_pitch says:

    “He was brilliant”

    -John Sterling’s assessment of Phelps’ performance.

    He threw 4 1/3 innings, you old fool. Settle the fuck down.

  116. Brian S. says:

    Carlos Lee to the Marlins confirmed.

  117. Cuso says:

    This game is difficult to watch. It’s not a pitcher’s duel. It’s one good pitcher and zombies everywhere else.

  118. Mike N says:

    Bear down, Eppley.

  119. flamingo says:

    I just got in – how was Phelps?

  120. Jag says:


  121. Greg says:

    Tex message

  122. Mike N says:

    FUCK, YEAH!!!!!!!!!!

  123. Hummingbird S. says:

    just got home… How are we doing so far?


  124. Mike Axisa says:

    Homer doesn’t count, shoulda used three singles to score.

  125. Greg says:

    Hanging change

  126. flamingo says:



  127. Greg says:

    Nice job ARod. That was a hanger too.

  128. Hummingbird S. says:

    and now and A-Rod double! awesome

  129. Brian S. says:


  130. Mike N says:

    Now this is a perfect example of why the “you can’t beat good pitching with the long-ball” is bullshit. How are you gonna put together walks and singles against Price? But with just one mistake pitch like that one–up and over the plate–kaboom: a run scores.

  131. flamingo says:


  132. Hummingbird S. says:

    I hate this motherfucker Sean Rodriguez

  133. Karl Krawfid says:

    A-Rod turnin’ on them burners!!!!!!

    Where are you Stuart!!!!!!!

  134. Kosmo says:

    Cano I love you but yet another brainlock.

  135. Brian S. says:

    Would have been nice if Cano moved the runner over.

  136. Tom says:

    Would have like to see Cano at the least move ARod to 3rd…. while you have to be aggressive against a pitcher like Price, you can’t get jammed like that on a 0-0 pitch

  137. Greg says:

    Lets see of Russel can stretch the gap between him and Stewart right here

  138. Hummingbird S. says:

    please no DP..

  139. christopher says:

    I felt that breeze here in NYC.

  140. Mike N says:

    Swish, c’mon! Sheesh.

  141. christopher says:

    A-rod is a base running monster.

  142. Mike Axisa says:

    I have never seen umpire’s interference before.

  143. christopher says:

    That sucks.

  144. Mike N says:


  145. Hummingbird S. says:

    Jones is worthless, he has a job and that is to hit LHP but he cant do it… time to cut him loose

  146. Greg says:


  147. Brian S. says:

    And that would have been a run. Thanks ump.

  148. sangreal says:

    that would have been a run without the umpire’s interference

  149. Hummingbird S. says:


  150. Mike N says:

    WHAT THE FUCK!?!?!?!?!?

  151. christopher says:

    Why should we pay for ump interfernce? That’s a huge break for the Rays

  152. Tom says:

    Isn’t the ump just part of the game?

  153. Cuso says:

    What. The. F@ck. Is. That?’?!?!

  154. Mike N says:

    Swisher still standing there at first!!! DUH!!

  155. christopher says:

    A-rod just won’t give up on the base paths.

  156. Tom says:

    Nick Swisher not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed.

  157. Karl Krawfid says:

    This place is the new hell for the Yankees.

    Should have been a sac fly.

  158. Brian S. says:

    If that happened in the Yankees favor it would be the first story on ESPN.

  159. DERP says:

    This ump can go kill himself after this game is over.

  160. Cuso says:

    Umpires interference is NOT a rule at the plate. Girardi has to protest.

  161. christopher says:

    That inning both sucked and didn’t suck, but basically sucked.

  162. Mike N says:


  163. Brian S. says:

    Fuck you umpire. We should be winning.

  164. Hummingbird S. says:

    Nice of the ump to prevent that run. Also, Martin and Jones are worthless and need to be cut.

  165. Bobby Banana says:

    Russell Martin is the Yuniesky Betancourt of catchers.

  166. Greg says:

    Its official. Yankees arent going to win this game unless they overcome great obstacles because that looked like fate

  167. RI$P FTW says:

    Stupid old-timey outfits. If they’re trying to be accurate, shouldn’t the asian dude be in a cage?

  168. eephus_pitch says:

    I’m not the kind to complain too much about umpiring, but what the HELL is going on in this stadium?

  169. Nathan says:

    Ump call was horseshit.

    And Martin needs to be sat down. He isn’t helping the club.

  170. Kosmo says:

    NY should consider PH for Martin late in games.

  171. Mike N says:

    This is a frigging outrage! I can’t believe Girardi just sat there and took it. Get in that stupid ump’s fucking face, Joe!

  172. Stop and Frisk says:

    I can’t wait for Martin to negotiate with Cashman.
    Martin: I want 5/75m
    Cashman: here are your 2012 stats.
    Martin: minor league deal?
    Cashman: spring training invite.
    Randy Levine: 5/100m.

  173. Crime Dog says:

    I’m almost at the point of being pro-callup Cervelli. Almost.

  174. Cuso says:

    (c) Umpires interference occurs (1) When an umpire hinders, impedes or prevents a catchers throw attempting to prevent a stolen base,

  175. DERP says:

    lol we all know how this will end

  176. Dewayne is Wise says:

    The ginger is killing us

  177. Mike N says:


  178. Jag says:

    Ugh Pena

  179. Greg says:

    Game over. Hope for the A’s

  180. Hummingbird S. says:

    Logan is back.. the real pathetic Boone Logan

  181. Brian S. says:

    Hit more Rays now.

  182. Cuso says:

    INTERFERENCE (a) Offensive interference is an act by the team at bat which interferes with, obstructs, impedes, hinders or confuses any fielder attempting to make a play. If the umpire declares the batter, batter- runner, or a runner out for interference, all other runners shall return to the last base that was in the judgment of the umpire, legally touched at the time of the interference, unless otherwise provided by these rules. Rule 2.00 (Interference) Comment: In the event the batter-runner has not reached first base, all runners shall return to the base last occupied at the time of the pitch. (b) Defensive interference is an act by a fielder which hinders or prevents a batter from hitting a pitch. (c) Umpires interference occurs (1) When an umpire hinders, impedes or prevents a catchers throw attempting to prevent a stolen base, or (2) When a fair ball touches an umpire on fair territory before passing a fielder. (d) Spectator interference occurs when a spectator reaches out of the stands, or goes on the playing field, and touches a live ball. On any interference the ball is dead.

  183. Nathan says:


    Starters not going the distance are burning up the bullpen and then boom…this happens.

  184. flamingo says:


  185. eephus_pitch says:

    That could have gone better.

  186. TommyBoy says:

    Logan is a true American piece of shit!

  187. DERP says:

    I hope Pena comes up again and we hit him right in the forehead.

  188. christopher says:

    It’s July 4th, it’s summer, it’s beautiful weather, why are we stuck playing in this awful place, indoors with a worn out carpet? I have no love for this place or team.

  189. Kosmo says:

    Logan puts a slider right down the middle. here hit the ball

  190. Leg-End says:

    Hatty not Pena………

  191. CC's Hammy says:

    They are the only team in baseball that can’t get f***ing Pena out. This is just ridiculous. Give up a single to the #9 hitter on an 0-2 pitch and then worry about the runner so much that you serve up a meatball to a guy who couldn’t hit lefties if his life depended on it.

    Worst 1st place team in baseball, The Rays were dead in the water coming in but got really healthy really quickly against this group.

    Good thing for the exra wild card spot – we’ll need it,

    • Mike N says:

      “Worst 1st place team in baseball”

      That phrase makes me laugh.

      • CC's Hammy says:

        Check back after the Red Sox series and see if you’re still laughing.

      • Crime Dog says:

        In a league where the White Sox, Pirates, and Nats are in first place, I’ll take my chances with the Yankees.

        • CC's Hammy says:

          Maybe so but this has been more smoke and mirrors than anything else. Unfortunately Banuelos and Betances have taken a step back so potential trades for someone like Lee two years ago aren’t even possible.

          • Mike Axisa says:

            26-11 in their last 37 games, all against teams with winning records = smoke and mirrors

            • CC's Hammy says:

              I respect all of your work but you really think this team has been dominant? I think I saw it here that only 3 wins were by more than a couple of runs. They’ve gotten by more with bullpen guys over-achieving and Cano getting really hot. I don’t expect A-Rod or Tex to do much more than they’ve done. All that said, wins are still wins so in a sense I agree. Just mucho frustrated to possibly get swept by a team that was dead on its feet coming in.

          • Crime Dog says:

            Smoke and mirrors in what sense? Some of their best players have not even heated up yet (Swish, Tex, A-Rod) and they’re still comfortably in first. Cano and Grandy have been awesome but if some of these guys heat up, they could go on another crazy roll.

            • Mike N says:

              “Some of their best players have not even heated up yet (Swish, Tex, A-Rod) and they’re still comfortably in first.”

              But don’t you get it? They suck and are never gonna heat up. Because whatever happened this week is guaranteed for the rest of the season.

              • CC's Hammy says:

                Why so nasty? Where did I ever say anything other than an opinion displaying frustration over the way this series went and the fact that if we had swept the Rays would basically be dead at 10 out in the loss?

    • Cuso says:

      I tend to think whoever leads the NL Central on a given day is the worst 1st place team in baseball.

      • CC's Hammy says:

        True but if they played the Yankees this weekend they’d still have won. What a lost series. Maybe Farnsworth will pitch like he did with the Yankees and we can get back in this game. Need to salvage something.

  192. christopher says:

    So, that was pretty weird, because the catcher backed into the umpire and you can’t really say the umpire should have jumped out of the way, because when have you ever seen an umpire jump back after a pitch? The weirdness continues because the umpire called that on himself.

    • Mike N says:

      That’s interesting, because the rule requires that the “umpire hinders, impedes or prevents a catchers throw”. So if the catcher is a dumb klutz and backs into the umpire, then arguably the umpire didn’t “hinder, impede or prevent” the throw; the catcher did it himself.


  193. Frank says:

    Shaping up to be a tough week for Yanks.

  194. Greg says:

    Oakland and Boston tied 2-2 in the seventh. Let’s hope the A’s can help us again

  195. Widget says:

    It’s gonna be hilarious when the Yankees take 3 of from the Red Sox. We will all forget this hideous series. Except Greg.

  196. Tom says:

    The hits before the HR’s are the killers.

    A couple of games ago they gave up a single to Molina on a 2-2 fastball (when he will swing at virtually any pitch with 2 strikes)… and tonight Elliot Johnson singles on an 0-2 pitch (It wasn’t a bad pitch, but he should not be able to put an 0-2 pitch in play unless his batter is splintering)

    The HR’s matter, but they will happen – putting crappy hitters on base ahead of them is a bigger problem.

  197. Karl Krawfid says:

    Bullpen is gonna be ran into the ground.

    All-star break can’t come soon enough.

  198. Tom Q says:

    After that umpire’s interference, I’m past the point of even holding the Yankees responsible for the past few days. When this much bad karma shows up in one place, I’m thinking, “Forget it, Jake — it’s Tampa-town”.

  199. Jag says:

    I guess I’m in the minority, thinking this team is still good. At least disregarding this past series…

    Some bad errors and whatnot and things could have changed pretty quickly.

    I haven’t given up hope yet the Yanks can come back today either. It’ll be tough, but it’s possible. Remember, down 9 against the Red Sux, and we won 15-9.

  200. ClayDavis says:

    What the hell. How was that a strike.

  201. Widget says:

    Nice AB Jeter. Wow that was a buzzkill.

  202. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Grandy and arod back to back hrs

  203. ClayDavis says:

    Pitch was at his feet. Come on. Take the walk.

  204. DERP says:

    tsk tsk

  205. Mike N says:


  206. DERP says:

    Ibanez here please

  207. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Somebody wake up a-rod.

  208. Karl Krawfid says:

    Tex could go deep and the Yankees will find a way to lose this game.

  209. DERP says:

    Where are the Canos? He should be up.

  210. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Love crazy kyle

  211. DERP says:

    A-Rod will swing at the first pitch

  212. ClayDavis says:

    This is the Farnsworth I remember.

  213. Mike N says:

    DO IT!!!!!!!!

  214. Cuso says:

    Nobody is afraid of you Alex. Get mad.

  215. Tony says:

    Now would be a great time to pass Lou Gehrig

  216. flamingo says:

    C’mon, Yanks!

  217. Frank says:

    C’mon A-Rod prove me wrong

  218. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Go take those brooms and sweep out the stadium shitters

  219. Mike N says:


  220. Tony says:

    OK, just don’t ground into a DP. Let Cano get up and smash one

  221. Cuso says:

    They’re all gonna laugh at you Alex. Get even.

  222. christopher says:

    Let’s go, A-rod!

  223. Tom says:

    Yankee hitters chasing a ton of bad pitches in hitters counts today… it’s like they make up their mind to swing before the pitch

  224. DERP says:

    The ump can’t save you now Rays.

  225. Mike N says:


  226. Tony says:

    Yes! Great take

  227. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Eat it stuart a

  228. Cy Pettitte says:

    thanks Farnsy

  229. Mike Axisa says:

    That was … close. Wow, some take.

  230. Hummingbird S. says:

    pretty fucking nice take Alex!

  231. christopher says:

    Woah! I think the ump just gave us a gift I’m happy to take. Different type of umpire interference?

  232. DERP says:

    I am shocked that that wasn’t called a strike.

  233. Leg-End says:

    A-Rod with AAAAAAAAAAA-Walk.

  234. Frank says:

    We’ll take that. SF ties the game.

  235. Cuso says:

    Matsui recruited Farnsworth to embedded’dom’

  236. Greg says:

    Meanwhile the A’s have taken a 3-2 on the Sox in the Seventh

  237. TommyBoy says:

    Damn Farnsworth! 4 walks!

  238. Mike Axisa says:

    Robinson, please murder a baseball.

  239. Tony says:

    Don’t settle for just this one run. Add two more and let Drob and Soriano do their thing

  240. Brian S. says:


  241. christopher says:

    Sometimes it takes balls of steel not to swing.

  242. Athenian says:

    ARod gets an RBI – says in the post-game “failure was not an option”.

    stuart in all his joy rushes to a tattoo parlor in the Bronx and gets the quote wrapping around his bicep.

  243. Brian S. says:

    Eat a dick stuart!

  244. DERP says:

    If we take the lead, I don’t think I will be able to watch the rest of the game. I’d be too scared.

  245. Tony says:

    Robbie’s got this. He’s been in beast mode lately

  246. Kosmo says:

    Thank you Kyle !

  247. Countryclub says:

    If they take the lead they’ll win. If they only tie it….I’ll be worried.

  248. christopher says:

    Nasty ass pitch there.

  249. Tony says:

    Please don’t strikeout

  250. DERP says:

    Chris Tillman is about to shut out the Mariners. That is really happening.

  251. Greg says:

    I dont blame Cano for swinging at that. That was a hanging slider that didn’t break. If it broke a bit…

  252. ClayDavis says:

    These fans are idiots

  253. Cy Pettitte says:

    Robbie > *

    soooooo good

  254. ClayDavis says:

    Woooooo Robbie

  255. Tom says:


  256. Greg says:


  257. DERP says:

    Let’s fucking go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  258. Tony says:

    Cano is the man!!!

  259. Hummingbird S. says:


  260. christopher says:


  261. Mike N says:

    YIPPYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!

    WOOOOOO! ROBBIE!!!!!!!!

  262. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Luckily very rarely outfielders can throw because Teix is the slowest person in existance.

  263. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Take those brooms and stick them where the sun dont shine

  264. CC's Hammy says:

    Now that’s heart by the hottest hitter in baseball.

  265. TommyBoy says:

    To quote LeBron James! “Bout damn time”!

  266. Leg-End says:

    Robbie we like you hot.

  267. Brian S. says:

    Cano’s bat interfered with that pitch. All runners must return to their original base.

  268. flamingo says:


  269. Cuso says:

    Stay frosty. Don’t give up ABs here.

  270. Tom Q says:

    RISPSuccess! Hardly recognize it.

  271. Tony says:

    C’mon Swish. More runs can’t hurt

  272. christopher says:

    Come on, Swish.

  273. Mike N says:

    C’mon, Swish. Let’s get some insurance here.

  274. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Pile on swish its what you do best

  275. CC's Hammy says:

    I know he’s 37 but doesn’t it seem like A-Rod is really station to station at this point?

    • Tony says:

      He did steal 3rd twice in this game

      • CC's Hammy says:

        Yeah but even the broadcast team mentioned that Price wasn’t paying him any attention. He still has speed but when you watch him run doesn’t he look like he’s a little timid Watch him round first next time he has single that might be a double and see if you see what I mean. Not a criticism just something I’ve noticed more and more.

  276. Cuso says:

    Stay frosty!

  277. Hummingbird S. says:

    swung at ball four.. bad hack

  278. Tony says:

    Not even close

  279. CC's Hammy says:

    I liked the patient Swisher better than the agressive Swisher.

  280. christopher says:

    Okay, let’s do this the hard way, come on.

  281. Greg says:

    Swisher had hero eyes all throughout that atbat

  282. Cuso says:

    Come on with that. Take the damn walk.

  283. Brian S. says:

    Please don’t extend that fuck.

  284. TommyBoy says:

    What happen to the Swisher that walked 90-100 times a year? Now he’s swinging at that garbage!

  285. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Please drob and sori dont blow this.

  286. Bobby Banana says:

    Carlos Beltran > Nick Swisher

  287. Tom says:

    Swisher swung at 3 balls (2 way off the plate) in that AB….

  288. Hummingbird S. says:

    comon Jones, prove me wrong

  289. Crime Dog says:

    Anyone else notice McGee slows up when he throws offspeed pitches?

  290. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Trade jones for darnell crabman mcdonald

  291. Mike N says:


  292. christopher says:

    I’ll take every break we can get in the Pit.

  293. Cuso says:

    RISP success stat-padding. Hooray.!

  294. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Wise time

  295. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Martin really needs a few weeks off

  296. captain kiwi says:

    just caught up with the game, way to fight back yanks! although this bases loaded stuff kinda scares me…

  297. Mike N says:


  298. Greg says:

    Martin’s offensive struggles are now starting to get in his head on defense. We need a new catcher.

  299. Hummingbird S. says:

    Now if D-Rob and Soriano do their jobs we can salvage this game.

  300. TommyBoy says:

    WTF Yankees! Time to release Martin! He is God awful!

  301. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Swisher takes the walk and thats a sac fly and run.

  302. Bobby Banana says:

    Russell Martin is dragging this team down. He’s fucking useless.

  303. Adam says:

    Would calling up Cervelli mark an improvement at least with the bat?

  304. Brian S. says:

    Should have pinch hit Chris Stewart.

  305. Frank says:

    Swish K was huge. Cost Yanks at least 1 run, maybe 2.

  306. Dewayne is Wise says:

    5 away

  307. Mike N says:

    Cervelli is starting to look better to me…

  308. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Scott looks stupid with the woverine look.

  309. CC's Hammy says:

    Let’s go Robertson…back to lockdown status! This would be a big comeback win considering how the first game ended and the second game kind of got away from them after the 4th inning.

  310. christopher says:

    Nice, David.

  311. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Highsox bringing it.

  312. cr1 says:

    MILLION THANKS MIKE AXISA (yes I mean every cap!) for all your efforts to keep this from turning into another Lohud. Must feel like fighting the tide sometimes. But there are some of us who appreciate the struggle.

  313. Mike N says:

    Ump’s got a dinner date!

  314. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Come on dave!!!!

  315. christopher says:

    You get have to get used this with Robertson.

  316. Greg says:

    Not only does a guy get on base but that guarantees Pena of batting in the ninth

  317. Hummingbird S. says:

    Sean “Barry Bonds” Rodriguez… we are fucked

  318. Brian S. says:

    Walk more shitty hitters Robertson.

  319. Mike N says:

    C’mon, D-Rob!

  320. Tom says:

    Ughhh…. can’t be walking a .607 OPS hitter with 2 out. (also turns over the lineup an extra hitter and makes sure Pena gets an AB)

  321. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Nasty hook

  322. Hummingbird S. says:


  323. Mike N says:

    YEAH!!!!!!!!! Nice curve!!

  324. christopher says:

    Damn that curve had bite tonight.

  325. Greg says:

    Well if there are 2 outs and Pena comes up. I’d walk him.

  326. Brian S. says:

    What is Geovany Soto doing these days?

  327. Cuso says:

    Oh my God, I would’ve paid money to see D-Rob do the “bow&arrow” at S-Rod as he hopped off the field.

  328. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Prepping for shirt tail pull out routine.

  329. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Insurance runs please.

  330. Mike N says:

    A little insurance would be nice.

  331. Tom says:

    Could use a tack on run here…

  332. christopher says:

    Let’s go, Captain.

  333. Mike N says:


  334. christopher says:

    Jeter is ……unbelievable.

  335. Dewayne is Wise says:

    No bunts please

  336. Greg says:

    Red Sox just got swept by the A’s.

  337. Tom says:

    Red Sox lose 3-2, so this could be a good July 4th if the Yankees can close this out after a miserable first 2 games.

  338. Cuso says:

    Grandy is overdue for a Homer.

  339. CC's Hammy says:

    Boy can Jeter still mash lefties!

  340. Mike N says:


  341. Karl Krawfid says:

    Why would you ever throw Grandy a fastball?

  342. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    RSox lose.

  343. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Curtis is becoming adam dunn right before our eyes.

  344. Cuso says:

    howell has sick movement

  345. christopher says:

    That is one weird finish to a pitch.

  346. Mike N says:

    C’mon, Teix!

  347. Mike N says:

    C’mon, A-Rod!

  348. christopher says:

    Howell should just somersault at the end of his delivery and be done with it.

  349. Mike N says:

    WOO! Do it, Robbie!

  350. Hummingbird S. says:

    Cano makes that play

  351. Greg says:

    Hit it to the wrong part of the park

  352. Mike N says:


  353. Brian S. says:

    Damn I thought that was a double.

  354. christopher says:

    Woah nelly. Let go, Soriano.

  355. Hummingbird S. says:

    its amazing how lucky the Rays get in this building… Cano killed that pitch

  356. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Come on robbie grind the at bat take a pitch.

  357. Tom Q says:

    Thought that’d at least land fair. Robbie continues to whack the ball.

  358. The Scheister of Doom AKA The Troll Monger says:

    Happy 4th RAB, I still blame A-Rod.

  359. DERP says:

    Pena due up third.

  360. Brian S. says:

    MFIKY let’s go

  361. Mike N says:

    Yankee fans are making some noise in Tampa.

  362. christopher says:

    One pitch, one out. Let go, Soriano.

  363. Greg says:

    I would think about it….

  364. christopher says:

    Yes. Swinging at air. Two outs. Let go, Soriano

  365. Brian S. says:

    Mo taught him the cutter!

  366. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Take those brooms and push those cowbells deep bytches

  367. DERP says:

    Untuck that bitch

  368. Greg says:

    Oh man they did it.

  369. Mike N says:


    Great come-from-behind win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  370. Countryclub says:

    Good win. Enjoy the day off, boys.

  371. Greg says:

    As soon as Martin positioned in, I’m like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    But he popped it up.

  372. Brian S. says:


  373. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Logan gets the win lol

  374. christopher says:

    Phew! Untucked your shirts, pack your bags and get the heck out of the Pit! Way to go, Yanks. Happy 4th, y’all!

  375. Cuso says:

    Flaps out, Beeches!

  376. Hummingbird S. says:

    nice to finally win one there… on to the red sox

  377. flamingo says:

    Good win.

  378. DERP says:

    I hope Cano pees on home plate before he leaves.

  379. Tom says:

    Best part about this win… 3 runs on with just 1 hit (single) in the inning.

    That’s pretty much what the Rays do.

  380. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Nice meridith and her huge cans.

  381. Adam says:

    10th time a charm?

  382. eephus_pitch says:

    The only thing better than hanging the loss on Farnsworth would have been hanging it on Rodney.
    But I’ll take it, for sure.

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