Game 81: Halfway There

Update: Yankees claim Darnell McDonald off waivers from Red Sox
Fourth of July Open Thread
(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.

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Update: Yankees claim Darnell McDonald off waivers from Red Sox
Fourth of July Open Thread
  • Get Phelps Up

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

  • Greg

    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.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      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.

  • Tony

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

    • Brian S.

      He only has two home runs off of lefties this year right? Both of Johan Santana?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

    Great.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

    Bring those back please.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      “How dare you call a strike on the great Centaur”

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Haha. Not bad.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        “I smell bacon.”

      • RI$P FTW

        “Did you hide my syringes??”

  • Brian S.

    Think Granderson reaches 200 this season?

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

      I bet he doesn’t come within 20.

    • Greg

      He’s at 91 right now.

      So he needs 109ks in 82 games

    • Knoxvillain

      About 190.

    • Crime Dog

      That’s like, 175 more homers. Dream big Brian, dream big.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

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

  • Greg

    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)

      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)

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

  • Monterowasdinero

    Looks like the bench is calling the pitches.

  • DERP

    Finally, you stupid POS ump

  • Monterowasdinero

    Gotta swing Upton.

  • Monterowasdinero

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

    • Greg

      Keppinger has been their hottest hitter of late so it makes sense

      • Monterowasdinero

        Oh I see. That’s why we have ARod batting 4th.

        He’s been on fire!!

  • Monterowasdinero

    Whatever happened to the legendary Sam Fuld?

  • stuart a

    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

      You’re here earlier than usual.

    • Crime Dog

      Please, tell me more.

    • Brian S.

      Why aren’t you banned yet?

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

        He’s not doing anything wrong, just being annoying like everyone else.

        • Brian S.

          Yeah but this is the the nth degree annoying.

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

            He’ll tire himself out eventually. They all do.

      • RI$P FTW

        Another typical, dumb American that thinks he has the right to never be offended.
        “I don’t like this! Make it go away!!”

    • Will (the other one)

      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.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        lmao

  • DERP

    Nice play

  • stuart a

    fuld is hurt….had surgery

  • Greg

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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    0 RBI vs. Rays

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

    That cutter is ridiculous.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Guess hitter

  • TommyBoy

    Really growing to just hate Arod.

  • Brian S.

    Phelps had three strikes called balls that last inning.

  • Greg

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

    • Widget

      Let it go man. The red sox are shit and not a threat to anyone.

  • Jimmy

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

    • Cy Pettitte

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

      • Jimmy

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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Ooh. Phelps looks good this inning.

  • Brian S.

    Oh fuck it’s Sean Rodriguez. IBB him.

  • DERP

    Sit the fuck down you POS fuckface Rodriguez.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Trade bait! Get Felix and Cole for Phelps!

  • stuart a

    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

      Dummy up, you…..

    • eephus_pitch

      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.

  • Brian S.

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

    • Athenian

      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

      They were all molested by uncle Ronald.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

  • Athenian

    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.

  • stuart a

    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….

  • DERP

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

  • DERP

    I hope nothing good ever happens to this ump.

    • Greg

      Those were good strikes

  • Brian S.

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

    • Greg

      As opposed to versatile black players who can’t hit?

    • eephus_pitch

      GRIT

  • DERP

    Are posts disappearing? Or is it just me?

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

      Someone was impersonating stuart and I got rid of it.

    • Brian S.

      Not just you.

  • Greg

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

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

      He’s gotten ten outs.

      • Greg

        He’s looked better so far then the other two in this series

      • Mike N

        He’s just finished the first three-inning game of this double-header and earned the start of the second six-inning game about to start.

  • Mike N

    Phelpsy looking good!

  • DERP

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

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

      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.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        I don’t disagree with you. I’m just wondering if they’d expend an option for that?

        He has a lot left? I don’t know. ??

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

          The option was already used when he went down the first time.

        • Tom

          He’s already been sent down this year.

          The options work on a yearly basis…. once he gets sent down once in a year, it doesn’t matter how many times you do it; it’s still just 1 option that’s burned.

          • RI$P FTW

            I learned something today. Thank you.

      • DERP

        Yeah, I misinterpreted your post. Do you think he will be back up after the AS break?

    • Tom

      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.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

    • DERP

      Probably the only way we will get a baserunner. /troll

    • Greg

      And risk Price getting ejected and suspended? No way

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        it would be a warning not a straight ejection.

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

        Didn’t you say Shields would hit someone as retaliation yesterday?

        • Greg

          No

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

            Oh wait, that was Cuso. My bad.

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          Actually I said that yesterday. Yes. I was surprised they didn’t.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      If I had to guess it would be either Tex or Swish.

      • Brian S.

        I hope it’s Teix.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Can’t bean Tex with the walk to Grandy now. So it’ll be Swish.

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          & Cano saved Swisher there. It’s gonna happen.

  • Brian S.

    Bean all the Rays.

  • Mike N

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

  • Athenian

    Price got screwed on that one.

    • Mike N

      Yep. Clearly over the corner.

    • Brian S.

      Phelps had three strikes called balls int he first inning. Cry me a river.

      • Athenian

        Well, didn’t see that because I don’t have the game live on tv. Saw the Price pitch because mlb.com did a live look in. Hope you don’t drown in your own river.

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

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

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

      And he threw another fastball.

  • Greg

    Pinella and Baylor (with the Rockies)

  • Brian S.

    Bean him Price!

    • Brian S.

      Teixeira that is. Leave Rodriguez and Cano alone.

  • Mike N

    All right: RISP! C’mon, now!!

  • Mike N

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

    • Mike N

      Although I guess everyone feels awkward against Price…

    • eephus_pitch

      stuart may have an opinion about this.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    (Random disparaging comment)

  • Greg

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

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      I’m considering adding guess-hitter as the 3rd entry to my dictionary following GT and SP

    • Widget

      Shame the Yankees aren’t as awesome as the red sox. They have so many options for their #4 hitter. If only the Yankees were scrappy enough.

    • RI$P FTW

      Swisher is the greatest player ever. Maybe he could hit 4th?

  • Greg

    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

    • Widget

      Greg your obsession with the red sox is pathetic.

      • Greg

        This has nothing to do with the Red Sox. They happen to be the other game on MLB Network.

        Its Aaron Cook throwing a shut out on 81 pitches.

  • Greg

    This umpire has been bad for both pitchers

  • Karl Krawfid

    We need Juan Miranda back.

  • stuart a

    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…..

    • eephus_pitch

      Do you ever get any new material?

  • Mike N

    “He just guessing up there right now.”

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

  • DERP

    Hector Noesi is terrible.

    • Mike N

      Hahahahah. Yeah, he is.

  • DERP

    At least he didn’t throw it into center!

  • Greg

    My goodness

  • Brian S.

    stuart a is not an ace.

  • Greg

    Carlos Ruiz anybody?

    • Widget

      Just sad how a player as below average as that guy owns the Yankees.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Joba’s crappy mechanics look intact!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Yep. 80 pitch area.

  • Brian S.

    God fucking dammit

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

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

  • Greg

    And that’s why they walk him alot

  • DERP

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

  • Athenian

    damn.

  • Brian S.

    I fucking hate Sean Rodriguez.

  • DERP

    What a maroon.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

    (Urrrp)

  • DERP

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

    • Mike N

      In my head, I said to myself, “Nice job, Martin!”

    • Monterowasdinero

      Low/no expectations makes life easier.

      • Greg

        That’s why I’m a negative person

  • Greg

    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

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Those are weird splits. HR or nothing v Toronto huh?

      • Greg

        7 hits in 25 at bats against Toronto. 2 home runs

  • Kosmo

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

    • Monterowasdinero

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

      • Kosmo

        it´s the difference between 5-6 great innings rather than 4 innings

    • Brian S.

      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

  • Mike N

    Ugh. Maybe bunting would have been reasonable there?

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

      David Price doesn’t need any help getting outs today.

  • Mike N

    Double ugh.

  • Athenian

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

  • Greg

    Andruw Jones is sloooooooooooooooooooooooow

    • Monterowasdinero

      He and Swish for a match race!

    • eephus_pitch

      stuart blames A-Rod.

  • Jag

    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.

  • wow

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

    • Greg

      The Red Sox pitching staff is nowhere close to the Rays staff

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Look out!

  • DERP

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

    • Mike N

      Hahahahaha. I hated when the Yanks needed him to pitch well.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Ok Phelps. Good start. Now go to the minors and get “Nova-Pissed.”

      Come back and win 16 games.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Post fail

  • Jag

    Good performance by Phelps, well done by the kid.

  • Mike N

    Was Phelps on a hard pitch count?

    • Brian S.

      Yup. 75-80 and he went 81.

      • Mike N

        Thanks.

  • DERP

    Montero is 0 for his last 22.

  • Bobby Banana

    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.

    • Brian S.

      I agree. Cano is the only one playing above expectations. Everyone else has played below what should be expected of them.

      • Greg

        Jeter has been playing even with expectations.

        • Brian S.

          Meh. .600 OPS last two months.

          • Greg

            But overall…

            • Brian S.

              107 wRC+. Negative defensive value. 16 million dollars.

      • Mike N

        Which is a good sign for the second half.

        • Brian S.

          Or just a sign that everyone is old as fuck.

          • Greg

            Well those should be factored into your original expectations

          • Greg

            Well those should be factored into your original expectations

          • Brian S.

            Well those should be factored into my original expectations.

            • Greg

              Sorry it does that to me sometimes

    • DERP

      I disagree.

    • Squints

      Two losses in a row due to poor defense and lack of timely hitting against one of the best staffs in MLB and the offense isnt elite?! The Yankees have been and will be power and pitching. They cant hit 6 doubles and 3 home runs a game.

  • Brian S.

    Nice one Rapada. That was great.

    • Mike N

      This ump is a little dodgy. I’m not sure I’d blame Rapada there, with at least one arguable strike called a ball.

      • Jag

        Agreed. He was squeezed.

  • DERP

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

  • Countryclub

    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?

    • Greg

      Is Mitchell even on the team?

      • Countryclub

        Yeah, he’s the long man.

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

      Because D.J. Mitchell pretty much sucks and it’s a one-run game.

      • Countryclub

        Oh, ok.

  • Jag

    Double play would be nice here.

  • Athenian

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

  • Bobby Banana

    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.

  • Brian S.

    Come on Eppley…

  • Mike N

    Do it, Epples!!!

  • Brian S.

    They are running wild on Russ this series.

    • Mike N

      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!”

  • Tom

    What are they doing?

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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Brooks Conrad. uh oh.

  • RobC

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

  • Jag

    And sit down.

  • DERP

    Nice job by Eppley.

  • christopher

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

  • RobC

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

  • Mike N

    Nice job by Eppley!

  • Tom

    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

    • Mike N

      Gaudin???

      • Nathan

        That’s what I was thinking: When did the Yankees get Gaudin back…again?

        • Tom

          Qualls, Gaudin,

  • Bobby Banana

    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…

  • Nathan

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

    • eephus_pitch

      Only in terms of batting average.

      • Greg

        OBP

        Martin: .299
        Stewart: .295

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

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

          • eephus_pitch

            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.

            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

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

            • eephus_pitch

              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

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

  • Greg

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

    • Mike N

      hahahahah

  • eephus_pitch

    Jayson Nix is a baseball player.

  • Athenian

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

  • Bobby Banana

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

    • RI$P FTW

      And how inefficient their spending looks.

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

    Some at-bat by Granderson.

    • Jag

      Twice now, hopefully Price is out soon.

  • Greg

    He finally decided to go to the breaker

  • eephus_pitch

    Granderson vs. lefty breaking ball.
    Ugly.

    • Kosmo

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

  • Countryclub

    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.

    • Kosmo

      price will give TB at least 7 plus

      • Countryclub

        Definitely. But he’d be working on a complete game if it wasn’t for those two.

  • Mike N

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

  • JB

    he battled. what are you going to do…

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

  • eephus_pitch

    “He was brilliant”

    -John Sterling’s assessment of Phelps’ performance.

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

    • RI$P FTW

      When Axisa writes the same thing later, you’ll be licking his ass and agreeing.

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

        Sounds like jealousy.

      • eephus_pitch

        WTF. I don’t suck up to anybody.
        Phelps was OK. Better than could be expected.
        Not brilliant.

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

      And he put seven men on-base.

  • Brian S.

    Carlos Lee to the Marlins confirmed.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

    • Kosmo

      it´s like watching a bad ED Wood movie.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    This d-bag

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Sit down S-Rod

  • Mike N

    Bear down, Eppley.

  • flamingo

    I just got in – how was Phelps?

    • Mike N

      BRILLIANT!

    • Crime Dog

      Not bad. Looked really good at times, just walked/hit too many guys. Gave them around what you’d expect, plus some K’s which was nice.

      • flamingo

        Thanks.

  • Jag

    TEX!!!!

  • Greg

    Tex message

  • Mike N

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

  • Hummingbird S.

    just got home… How are we doing so far?

    TEIIIX!!!!

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

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

  • Greg

    Hanging change

  • flamingo

    OH YEAH

    TIE GAME

  • Greg

    Nice job ARod. That was a hanger too.

  • Hummingbird S.

    and now and A-Rod double! awesome

  • Brian S.

    AROD SUXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  • Mike N

    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.

  • flamingo

    A-ROD!

  • Hummingbird S.

    I hate this motherfucker Sean Rodriguez

  • Karl Krawfid

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

    Where are you Stuart!!!!!!!

  • Kosmo

    Cano I love you but yet another brainlock.

  • Brian S.

    Would have been nice if Cano moved the runner over.

  • Tom

    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

  • Greg

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

    • Greg

      My fault. JOnes is batting

  • Hummingbird S.

    please no DP..

  • christopher

    I felt that breeze here in NYC.

  • Mike N

    Swish, c’mon! Sheesh.

  • christopher

    A-rod is a base running monster.

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

    I have never seen umpire’s interference before.

  • christopher

    That sucks.

  • Mike N

    WHAT?!?!?!?!?

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • Greg

    Unbelievable

  • Brian S.

    And that would have been a run. Thanks ump.

  • sangreal

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

  • Hummingbird S.

    HOW RIDICULOUS IS THAT? HOWS THAT THE YANKEES FAULT?

  • Mike N

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

  • christopher

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

  • Tom

    Isn’t the ump just part of the game?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    What. The. F@ck. Is. That?’?!?!

  • Mike N

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

  • christopher

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

  • Tom

    Nick Swisher not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This place is the new hell for the Yankees.

    Should have been a sac fly.

  • Brian S.

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

  • DERP

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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Nevermind. I just looked it up. It’s correct.

      • Jag

        I had to look it up myself… it’s unbelievable…

  • christopher

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

  • Mike N

    DAMN!

  • Brian S.

    Fuck you umpire. We should be winning.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

    • Tom Q

      If they followed all your cuts, they’d pretty much have a seven-man roster.

  • Bobby Banana

    Russell Martin is the Yuniesky Betancourt of catchers.

  • Greg

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

  • RI$P FTW

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

  • eephus_pitch

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

  • Nathan

    Ump call was horseshit.

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

  • Kosmo

    NY should consider PH for Martin late in games.

    • Greg

      Or get a new starting catcher at the deadline

      • Crime Dog

        I’m cool with that. I don’t see any obvious improvements out there, but thats why Cash is a ninja.

  • Mike N

    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!

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

      Girardi spent how many years behind the plate? I’m sure he knows the rule. There’s nothing to argue.

      • Mike N

        GRR! hahahahahah

    • Mike N

      And even if it is a legitimate rule, he should have argued that A-Rod was gonna be safe regardless!

  • Stop and Frisk

    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.

    • Nathan

      Haha…that sounds like Randy.

      “But Cash, Cash…he’s an ex-All Star!”.

  • Crime Dog

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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

    • Mike N

      Does it say if the rule is waived when the umpire determines that the runner would have reached even without the ump’s interference?

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

        The ball is dead as soon as he hits the ump.

        • Mike N

          Tx.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        There’s no subjective interpretation, so no. It appears black and white

        • Mike N

          Thx.

  • DERP

    lol we all know how this will end

  • Dewayne is Wise

    The ginger is killing us

  • Mike N

    AUGH!

  • Jag

    Ugh Pena

  • Greg

    Game over. Hope for the A’s

  • Hummingbird S.

    Logan is back.. the real pathetic Boone Logan

    • Hummingbird S.

      shutdown reliever my ass..

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

        He needs to be cut.

        • Hummingbird S.

          We dont have enough relievers as it is. But he is not a relief ace like you claimed.

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

            Except for everything that he did before this series that says he is. You’re the most “what have you done for me lately” commenter we’ve ever had.

  • Brian S.

    Hit more Rays now.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    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.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Crap. Did I just break commenting rule? Sorry.

      • Mike N

        Not any rule that I’m aware of. Did the RAB SWAT team just bust into your house?

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          A guy just busted into my apartment with a ski mask and a tazer. He had the proportions of Mike Axisa, but…..

    • Mike N

      That may be more interesting than the rest of this game. Let’s hope not, though.

  • Nathan

    FFFfffffuuuuu…

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

    • Mike N

      Phelps was pulled on a hard pitch count, so he went the full distance.

  • flamingo

    Ugh.

  • eephus_pitch

    That could have gone better.

  • TommyBoy

    Logan is a true American piece of shit!

  • DERP

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

  • christopher

    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.

  • Kosmo

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

  • Leg-End

    Hatty not Pena………

  • CC’s Hammy

    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

      “Worst 1st place team in baseball”

      That phrase makes me laugh.

      • CC’s Hammy

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

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

          Don’t worry, we will.

        • Mike N

          How about “worst team with the second-best record in baseball”?

      • Crime Dog

        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

          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.

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

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

            • CC’s Hammy

              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

            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

              “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

                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?

                • Mike N

                  Absolutely not intending to be nasty to you. Sorry if it came across that way.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

      • CC’s Hammy

        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.

  • christopher

    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

      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.

      APPEAL!!!!!!

  • Frank

    Shaping up to be a tough week for Yanks.

    • Widget

      How so? The Red Sox are next and the Yankees will take 3 of 4 from them. I’d say that is a pretty good end of the 1st half.

      • Frank

        Yanks will be lucky to split this weekend.

        • Widget

          I’m really afraid of a team rolling out Nick Punto, Ryan Kalish and some dude named Gomez.

  • Greg

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

  • Widget

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

    • Greg

      No.

  • Tom

    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.

    • Tom

      *bat is splintering*

    • Mike N

      “The hits before the HR’s are the killers.”

      Really!?!?

      • Tom

        Yes… HR’s by a guy like Pena are going to happen.

        When you are giving up 2 strike hits to guys hitting .200 in front of them you turn a solo shot into a couple of runs. (or open up the bunt/SB/error run scoring event)

  • Karl Krawfid

    Bullpen is gonna be ran into the ground.

    All-star break can’t come soon enough.

  • Tom Q

    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”.

  • Jag

    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.

    • Tom Q

      You’re not in the minority of those with half a baseball brain. It may seem to you you’re outnumbered because, on every day the Yankees fall behind, this site is swarmed by people who live to trash the team.

      • Mike N

        Exactly.

      • Crime Dog

        Yeah, this.

      • Countryclub

        +1

    • Hummingbird S.

      this team is GOOD. Unfortunately they have some big holes that could use an upgrade. For example, a lefty masher that can play in the OF (Jones is done), an average catcher and a bullpen pitcher that is not a specialist.

  • ClayDavis

    What the hell. How was that a strike.

    • Greg

      That’s a good call. It ran on the inside

    • Tom

      Because it was over the plate?

      The catcher’s glove move a lot so it looked like it was way inside.

  • Widget

    Nice AB Jeter. Wow that was a buzzkill.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Grandy and arod back to back hrs

    • Greg

      Except tex is batting 3rd

  • ClayDavis

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

  • DERP

    tsk tsk

  • Mike N

    PHEW!

  • DERP

    Ibanez here please

    • Crime Dog

      Haha, what!? Please look at the numbers. Nothing would make that a good call.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Somebody wake up a-rod.

  • Karl Krawfid

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

  • DERP

    Where are the Canos? He should be up.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Love crazy kyle

  • DERP

    A-Rod will swing at the first pitch

    • Greg

      Wrong

    • Greg

      Wrong

  • ClayDavis

    This is the Farnsworth I remember.

  • Mike N

    DO IT!!!!!!!!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Nobody is afraid of you Alex. Get mad.

  • Tony

    Now would be a great time to pass Lou Gehrig

  • flamingo

    C’mon, Yanks!

  • Frank

    C’mon A-Rod prove me wrong

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Go take those brooms and sweep out the stadium shitters

  • Mike N

    THAT WAS BALL THREE

  • Tony

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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

  • christopher

    Let’s go, A-rod!

  • Tom

    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

  • DERP

    The ump can’t save you now Rays.

  • Mike N

    YEAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tony

    Yes! Great take

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Eat it stuart a

  • Cy Pettitte

    thanks Farnsy

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

    That was … close. Wow, some take.

  • Hummingbird S.

    pretty fucking nice take Alex!

  • christopher

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

    • DERP

      definitely not a gift

  • DERP

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

  • Leg-End

    A-Rod with AAAAAAAAAAA-Walk.

  • Frank

    We’ll take that. SF ties the game.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Matsui recruited Farnsworth to embedded’dom’

  • Greg

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

  • TommyBoy

    Damn Farnsworth! 4 walks!

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

    Robinson, please murder a baseball.

  • Tony

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

  • Brian S.

    AROD SUXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  • christopher

    Sometimes it takes balls of steel not to swing.

  • Athenian

    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.

  • Brian S.

    Eat a dick stuart!

  • DERP

    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.

  • Tony

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

  • Kosmo

    Thank you Kyle !

  • Countryclub

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

    • CC’s Hammy

      I agree…

  • DERP

    shit

  • christopher

    Nasty ass pitch there.

  • Tony

    Please don’t strikeout

  • DERP

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

  • Greg

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

  • ClayDavis

    These fans are idiots

  • Cy Pettitte

    Robbie > *

    soooooo good

  • ClayDavis

    Woooooo Robbie

  • Tom

    Cano!!!!!!!

  • Greg

    CANO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DERP

    Let’s fucking go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Hoo-ray.

  • Tony

    Cano is the man!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    ROBBIE!!!! MONSTER!!

  • christopher

    Yeeeeeeessssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike N

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

    WOOOOOO! ROBBIE!!!!!!!!

  • JobaWockeeZ

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

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Take those brooms and stick them where the sun dont shine

  • CC’s Hammy

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

  • TommyBoy

    To quote LeBron James! “Bout damn time”!

  • Leg-End

    Robbie we like you hot.

  • Brian S.

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

  • flamingo

    YES ROBBIE!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Stay frosty. Don’t give up ABs here.

  • Tom Q

    RISPSuccess! Hardly recognize it.

  • Tony

    C’mon Swish. More runs can’t hurt

  • christopher

    Come on, Swish.

  • Mike N

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

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Pile on swish its what you do best

  • CC’s Hammy

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

    • Tony

      He did steal 3rd twice in this game

      • CC’s Hammy

        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.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Stay frosty!

  • Hummingbird S.

    swung at ball four.. bad hack

  • Tony

    Not even close

  • CC’s Hammy

    I liked the patient Swisher better than the agressive Swisher.

    • DERP

      I liked the site before you got here better than the site after you got here.

      • CC’s Hammy

        Sorry to insult you with an honest opinion.

      • Brian S.

        I know you like insulting people you disagree with but it’s obvious that Swisher has stopped taking walks because he wants to pad his RBI total in his contract year.

        • CC’s Hammy

          How did my original comment insult anyone? I just thought part of Swisher’s value was in his ability to both use his good eye and also drive in runs. Now we’re really only getting one side of the equation, If he is doing it intentionally to pad his RBI’s in contract year I’d be surprised.

          • Brian S.

            That comment was directed at DERP

            • CC’s Hammy

              Thanks

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

          Bases Empty: 7.0% walks
          Men on Base: 10.2% walks
          RISP: 10.6% walks

          • CC’s Hammy

            Good points. Just seemed like he was way more selective in the past.

  • christopher

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

  • Greg

    Swisher had hero eyes all throughout that atbat

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Come on with that. Take the damn walk.

  • Brian S.

    Please don’t extend that fuck.

  • TommyBoy

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

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Please drob and sori dont blow this.

  • Bobby Banana

    Carlos Beltran > Nick Swisher

    • Brian S.

      BUT BELTRAN WILL GET HURTTTTTTTTTTT.
      -All of RAB

      • Countryclub

        Still have half a season to go

        • Brian S.

          Swisher has been hurt this year and Beltran has not. But Carlos is the fragile one.

          • Rocky Road Redemption

            Yes, he is. One season is not a career.

  • Tom

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

  • Hummingbird S.

    comon Jones, prove me wrong

    • Hummingbird S.

      that’s something, I guess

  • Crime Dog

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

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Trade jones for darnell crabman mcdonald

  • Mike N

    Booted!

    • Mike N

      Well, actually not booted. That was a pretty good stop to save the run.

  • christopher

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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    RISP success stat-padding. Hooray.!

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Wise time

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Martin really needs a few weeks off

    • Greg

      Martin needs to go.

  • captain kiwi

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

  • Mike N

    Darn.

  • Greg

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

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • TommyBoy

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

  • Dewayne is Wise

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

    • Greg

      That’s a bit of a fallcy and you know it

  • Bobby Banana

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

  • Adam

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

  • Brian S.

    Should have pinch hit Chris Stewart.

    • Greg

      That’s what ‘m starting to think

  • Frank

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

    • Greg

      FALLACY

    • TomH

      An absolutely unintelligent AB from someone who normally would know better.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    5 away

  • Mike N

    Cervelli is starting to look better to me…

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Scott looks stupid with the woverine look.

  • CC’s Hammy

    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.

  • christopher

    Nice, David.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Highsox bringing it.

  • cr1

    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.

  • Mike N

    Ump’s got a dinner date!

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Come on dave!!!!

  • christopher

    You get have to get used this with Robertson.

    • TomH

      Maybe so, but that’s why Soriano is better suited as closer.

  • Greg

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

  • Hummingbird S.

    Sean “Barry Bonds” Rodriguez… we are fucked

  • Brian S.

    Walk more shitty hitters Robertson.

  • Mike N

    C’mon, D-Rob!

  • Tom

    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)

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Nasty hook

  • Hummingbird S.

    NICE!

  • Mike N

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

  • christopher

    Damn that curve had bite tonight.

  • Greg

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

    • Brian S.

      Put the tying runner on base?

      • Greg

        I would seriously consider it

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

          You’re nuts.

          • Greg

            Joe Maddon’s nuts and look where he is.

            • Brian S.

              Hitler was nuts and he’s one of the most famous people of all time!

            • Rocky Road Redemption

              There is absolutely no connection between this and your idea.

  • Brian S.

    What is Geovany Soto doing these days?

    • Greg

      That’s an interesting name to bring up

      • Brian S.

        Maybe Long can fix him. Plus he would hook the team up with some dank weed.

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

      Making outs, mostly.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Caddying Clevenger’s jock strap.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    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.

    • Dewayne is Wise

      All their bluster if we win today they picked up 1 game on us.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Prepping for shirt tail pull out routine.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Insurance runs please.

  • Mike N

    A little insurance would be nice.

  • Tom

    Could use a tack on run here…

  • christopher

    Let’s go, Captain.

  • Mike N

    woo!

  • christopher

    Jeter is ……unbelievable.

    • Brian S.

      Yes, his .600 OPS since May 3rd is God like.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        It’s a good thing the season isn’t just three months! Otherwise you’d have a point.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    No bunts please

  • Greg

    Red Sox just got swept by the A’s.

  • Tom

    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.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Papi must be saving his 400th for us.

      • Greg

        Nope he hit it today

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          Ooh. Good.

      • Tom

        No he got it in the game today (which is a good thing) – it was the only earned run the Red Sox scored.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Grandy is overdue for a Homer.

  • CC’s Hammy

    Boy can Jeter still mash lefties!

  • Mike N

    Damn.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Why would you ever throw Grandy a fastball?

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    RSox lose.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Curtis is becoming adam dunn right before our eyes.

    • Greg

      So?

    • Brian S.

      He’s a skinny black Adam Dunn.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    howell has sick movement

  • christopher

    That is one weird finish to a pitch.

  • Mike N

    C’mon, Teix!

  • Mike N

    C’mon, A-Rod!

  • christopher

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

  • Mike N

    WOO! Do it, Robbie!

  • Hummingbird S.

    Cano makes that play

  • Greg

    Hit it to the wrong part of the park

  • Mike N

    Whoah!

  • Brian S.

    Damn I thought that was a double.

  • christopher

    Woah nelly. Let go, Soriano.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Come on robbie grind the at bat take a pitch.

  • Tom Q

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

  • The Scheister of Doom AKA The Troll Monger

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

  • DERP

    Pena due up third.

  • Brian S.

    MFIKY let’s go

  • Mike N

    Yankee fans are making some noise in Tampa.

  • christopher

    One pitch, one out. Let go, Soriano.

  • Greg

    I would think about it….

    • Tom

      ?

      • Greg

        Walking Pena

        • Tom

          Good call… put the winning run on base.

          • Tom

            *tying run* (and bring up the winning run at the plate)

  • christopher

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

  • Brian S.

    Mo taught him the cutter!

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Take those brooms and push those cowbells deep bytches

  • DERP

    Untuck that bitch

  • Greg

    Oh man they did it.

  • Mike N

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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

    Exhale.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Burp. Fart.

  • Countryclub

    Good win. Enjoy the day off, boys.

  • Greg

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

    But he popped it up.

  • Brian S.

    MFIKYYYYYYYYYYY

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Logan gets the win lol

  • christopher

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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Flaps out, Beeches!

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • flamingo

    Good win.

  • DERP

    I hope Cano pees on home plate before he leaves.

  • Tom

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

    That’s pretty much what the Rays do.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Nice meridith and her huge cans.

    • DERP

      She doesn’t compare to Jenny Dell.

  • Adam

    10th time a charm?

  • eephus_pitch

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