Jul
16

Game 89: Ten Up

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(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Games against division rivals are always meaningful, though just not as much when you have an eight-game lead. The Yankees have a ten-game lead on their opponent tonight, the Blue Jays. They’re always pesky as you know, and it doesn’t get much better than Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion in the middle of the lineup. The big division lead is comfortable but don’t be fooled, there’s a long way to go. Here’s the starting nine…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
DH Alex Rodriguezdealing with a stiff neck, otherwise he would have played third
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Nick Swisher
LF Raul Ibanez
3B Eric Chavez
C Russell Martin

RHP Phil Hughes

Tonight’s game starts at 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads

501 Comments»

  1. Pat D says:

    I’m of the opinion that all they have to do is win each series. As such, I believe that winning the first game of the series is a good idea. Especially when facing a guy they should tattoo.

    • Greg says:

      I agree on both counts.

      Plus after this we go play the A’s for 4 games and the A’s have found some offense to play with.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        Everyone finds offense against the Twins these days.

        • mt says:

          Look at numbers – they have been scoring a lot even before Twins series – may have to do when Yoenis Cespedes came back. Remember he was out the last time we visited Oakland.

      • Reason says:

        The Yankees have feasted on the A’s over the years. They’re not a push over, but the Yankees have beaten up better A’s teams than this one.

    • Nathan says:

      That’s it. Basically win the first two, no pressure on the third. Of course it’s nice to sweep but as long as you win the series, that’s what matters.

  2. Let’s hope the Paul O’neil theory is in full effect today.

  3. Reason says:

    So what are the chances that a HR is not hit in this game? I am surprised that Alvarez has been so HR happy considering his groundball rate.

  4. Mike Myers says:

    I hate how they keep talking about how phil hasn’t given up a homer in X innings…..jinx alert!

  5. Countryclub says:

    Both Trenton beat guys said they’ve heard that the W sox are interested in Betances. Norris said his source told him that they were ‘zeroing’ in on him. W Sox have anything yanks would want?

  6. Kevin says:

    All the talk of home runs..this game will be a pitcher’s duel!

  7. forensic says:

    Uh oh, the big YES box at the top of the site is gone. Visit YES is still on the side under the street sign though.

  8. Bartolo's Colon says:

    hughes in ys in this weather against hr hitting team scares the crap out of me. hope this secures the reverse jinx

  9. Reason says:

    There goes Phil’s chance for a 27-pitch complete game.

  10. forensic says:

    Oh good, Tim mcclelland. Love waiting an hour for every strike call.

    • jjyank says:

      I can deal with the ridiculous motions and the karate screams, but the delayed calls are easily the most annoying for me.

      • flamingo says:

        I kind of love the crazy screams, they’re entertaining.

        Delayed calls – Sterling on delayed calls is a nightmare.

  11. Reason says:

    Cobly Rasmus. Another reminder on why I like the Yankees grooming policy. I think it’s a bit extreme, but I’d rather they go overboard than allow their players to like homeless people.

  12. flamingo says:

    Gameday isn’t working for me in Firefox or Chrome, but it is working in Internet Explorer. That’s never happened before.

  13. Bartolo's Colon says:

    good thing about bautista is that if it goes opposite field, it almost never goes out. but ys does have the shortest rf

    • Reason says:

      I think he hit one opposite-field HR against the Yankees last year, although not sure if was in Toronto or NY. It might have been the first opposite field drive he hit that year.

      The problem with Hughes vs. Bautista is his command. Phil could aim for a pitch on the outside and have the pitch drift right into Bautista’s power zone.

  14. Greg says:

    John Farrell going to the Joe Maddon book of managing.

  15. Countryclub says:

    Extend the 3 run streak with one swing, Teix.

  16. Reason says:

    The umpire seems like he’d rather be anywhere but at Yankee Stadium when he calls balls and strikes.

  17. flamingo says:

    Yeah, Kay, but Beckett’s not supposed to hold onto pitches that long. There’s, like, a freaking rule against it that isn’t enforced for him.

  18. This kid is working himself into trouble. Let’s make him pay for it :D

  19. flamingo says:

    Great AB by Tex.

  20. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    This would be a good time for a Garbage Slam.

  21. Greg says:

    Not a golden opportunity here with two outs, but it would be nice to score here.

  22. Bartolo's Colon says:

    im not expecting runs, but we are working the pitch count at least

  23. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    WTF Swish?
    Swing the bat maybe?

  24. Greg says:

    Alvarez made good pitches in that at bat. All with movement.

  25. Arya says:

    Nice AB Swisher just standing there and watching 3 straight good pitches go by.

  26. Countryclub says:

    Sighhhh

  27. Reason says:

    Have no idea what Swish was doing there. Clearly wasn’t picking up his pitches as he didn’t swing. Alvarez has just about the worst strikeout percentage going.

  28. I hate the delay from gameday, I never get to see where punch outs to end an inning end up, was that a strike? Sterling’s call made it sound “borderline”(out of the strikezone)

    • jjyank says:

      I’m not watching gameday, but it looked like a strike to me.

    • Tom says:

      FYI – if you are on MLB.com, you can switch over to classic view (upper right corner) and then go back and click on the AB and it will show all the pitches.

  29. jjyank says:

    Damn it. At least they made him throw 25 pitches.

  30. forensic says:

    They looked like it’d be an 8 or 9 pitch inning, so at least they improved the pitch count. But geez, terrible AB for swisher and even tex had several very hittable pitches he missed/fouled.

  31. According to ESPN Mo was on Kay’s show today and said he’s working to comeback this season. My phone just told me so.

  32. Brian S. says:

    Full Huse

  33. Cy Pettitte says:

    good job not melting down Phil

  34. flamingo says:

    Way to work out of it, Hughes.

  35. Professor Longnose says:

    Hughes looks like a completely new pitcher.

    But I’m still afraid to get on the bandwagon.

  36. Greg says:

    3 walks. I think that adds to why Swisher was taking in that atbat. Doesn’t full absolve it, but explains it.

    • Tom says:

      Apparently Swisher knew Chavez was going to walk in a future AB.

      This is a guy who walks <2/9IP and has most of his minor league career. As soon as you get to 2 strikes you have to swing anyway. I get him taking a pitch or two, but for some reason you seem to justify or try to explain away offensive failures (a lot)

      • Greg says:

        No, I just understand that sometimes pitchers deserve credit where its due. He had just walked 2 in a row and he threw 3 really good pitches in succession to fool Swisher.

        • Tom says:

          He threw 2 good pitches… the last one wasn’t all that good and had a lot of the plate (the off angle camera makes that look like it’s on the corner)

          There’s a reason why Alvarez has a K rate of ~3/9IP and a swinging strike rate <5%… and it's not because he has great stuff.

          • Greg says:

            Fair enough, I thought the third pitch had movement.

            But those two good pitches (the location) fooled Swisher into taking the third

  37. Cy Pettitte says:

    Russ Mart being productive!

  38. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Russell!!! With the YS special!

  39. Brian S. says:

    No one hits cheaper home runs than Russ. How many would he have this year if he didn’t play in Yankee Stadium?

    • Nathan says:

      I’m sure he’ll be happy to get what he can at this point. A run is a run.

    • forensic says:

      He’s got just 2 homers on the road this year. Of his 7 at home, I’m not sure I remember more than maybe one going more than 2-3 rows deep.

      • Get Phelps Up says:

        According to Hit Tracker, half of his 6 YS homers before that one would be out in at least 8 other parks. 2 of them were only out at YS, and one was actually classified as being out in 0 parks however that happens.

  40. dontchaknow says:

    muscle !
    ps how is garcia wearing a hoodie
    /random thoughts, ignore me lol

  41. jjyank says:

    Yeah Russ!

  42. Rasmus and Soriano are the only people I’ve seen that not only stand outside of the back of the box, but stand all the way at the front.

  43. jjyank says:

    Hughes looking good tonight.

  44. flamingo says:

    Oh, look, it’s a non-single from A-Rod!

  45. swishers fauxhawk says:

    pasta diving bautista

  46. Greg says:

    That was smashed.

  47. Cy Pettitte says:

    this is not a cheap 19 game hitting streak. Robbie is so locked in, love it.

  48. Andy says:

    Rockets every time

  49. flamingo says:

    This offense has been so much fun to watch lately.

  50. RI$P FTW says:

    Now Cano is admiring non-HR’s? Yikes.

  51. Tom says:

    Nice.

    Swing the bats fellas! I know it’s good to work the count but this is the kind of guy you swing at the first good pitch with.

  52. jjyank says:

    YEAH ROBBIE!!

  53. Rooting for U.S. Steel says:

    Three or more runs, here we come… ::fingers against the Evil Eye::

  54. vicki says:

    laughing at youk scoring on the E3.

  55. Greg says:

    See he got those pitches over in the first at bat

  56. handtius says:

    Is hughes getting a lot more groundballs lately (besides the bosox game)?

  57. forensic says:

    Bautista bunting? Yes sir, may I have another???

  58. Greg says:

    We got a short porcher. They got a short porcher.

  59. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    and strike 3

  60. jjyank says:

    Well, Hughes is gonna give up a few homers. I’ve come to accept that. He has done a pretty good job of keeping the bases empty when it happens though.

  61. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Phil without a homerun…

    http://veryhilarious.com/wp-co.....k-gone.jpg

  62. flamingo says:

    70 pitches through 3+ innings. That’s amazing.

  63. Phil’s a fly ball pitcher, in a stadium that’s easy to hit homers in. As long as nobody is on base when it happens I can live with a solo shot or two a game.

  64. Greg says:

    That just destroyed the pitch count working.

  65. Greg says:

    Worst trade of the Year.

    Melky Cabrera for Jonathan Sanchez.

    Sanchez just gave up 5 to Seattle in the first inning.

  66. forensic says:

    People seriously just need to let go of Mo pitching this year. Geez, get over it.

  67. Pat D says:

    4 pitch walk to the #9 hitter with 2 outs?!? DFA his ass!!

  68. Tom says:

    4 pitch walk to the #9 hitter with 2 outs… that’s frustrating.

  69. jjyank says:

    Rays are down 3-0 to the Tribe, FYI.

  70. Toronto’s broadcast just showed a graphic, Grandy has a better average against lefties than righties this season.

  71. Tom says:

    And with that a season high strikeout total for Alvarez… (five)

  72. forensic says:

    Leave it to Granderson to strikeout twice in 3 innings against a guy who doesn’t strike anyone out.

    Though of course he has to set his season high tonight…

  73. Kramerica Industries says:

    Alvarez, he of whom with the K/9 of three, has 6 in five innings tonight.

    That’s brutal.

  74. Arya says:

    We may only have 3 more chances at that 3rd run. We need to keep the streak alive. Someone needs to hit a solo HR.

  75. Greg says:

    Alvarez has made great pitches tonight, utilizing his sinker and changeup.

    • Don’t tip your cap to this guy Greg. We should be hitting him better. I blame Mike for doing that write up for consecutive games with scoring 3+ runs.

    • Tom says:

      Yankees offense has been crap.

      ARod swung through a 3-0 fastball right down the middle on his way to the strikeout. That’s just poor hitting, not good pitching

      Granderson fouled off how many hittable fastballs before he struck out on a low change?

      You are looking at the final pitch of an AB and based on that result deeming it good pitching or being fooled… you aren’t looking at how many pitches the offense has swung through or fouled off prior to that.

  76. Get Phelps Up says:

    The O’s are regressing in the worst (best?) way right now. I guess you can only get away with having the 2nd worst run differential in the AL for so long.

  77. Pat D says:

    USA basketball team not looking so good right now.

    Neither is the baseketball team.

  78. Kramerica Industries says:

    We’ve lamented RISP fail before.

    The Indians just had a bases loaded/0 out situation, and a 3-0 count to Johnny Damon, against a pitcher who had thrown 43 balls in 82 pitches.

    That’s pretty remarkable.

  79. RI$P FTW says:

    Hughes trying to hang in against a last-place team. Cool.

  80. Greg says:

    Both teams scoring on porchers and RBI doubles by their best hitters.

    Both teams probably feeling like they should be pounding this guy.

  81. How many pitches has Phil thrown? any chance we see him start the 7th?

  82. your mom says:

    So does Girardi bring Phil back out for the 7th?

  83. your mom says:

    Need a HR here.

  84. RI$P FTW says:

    Swish just got a hit vs a last-place team. Nice.

  85. your mom says:

    Good God Ibanez.

  86. Greg says:

    That’s what you get with a sinkerballer.

    Really no golden opportunity for either team. That was the closest.

  87. Cy Pettitte says:

    Carlos Quentin would have gotten a hit against this last place team there

  88. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    RISPFail: Even when you’re winning lots of games, still makes you want to tear your hair out.

  89. your mom says:

    I don’t know about Hughes facing JP.

  90. your mom says:

    First pitch swinging are we?

  91. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Remember guys, if you say “last place” after anything the Yankees do in this game it immediately makes the achievement not matter.

    Hughes 6.1 innings, 2 runs? Doesn’t matter, last place.

    Got a hit? Doesn’t matter, last place.

    Made a great play that preserved the lead? Okay, but it shouldn’t have been necessary because the team you’re playing is in last place.

    Try it! It’s fun!

  92. teddy says:

    i hope cashman bluffing, but the yanks need 2 bsts, lf and dh, could be a 3rd baseman.

    i know market is thin, but ibanez just isn’t any good, farm system has nothing at the high levels that can help.

    cashman so far has failed the offense this year

    • Andruw's Smile says:

      Cashman failed!!

      This is a crazy line of thinking, but I mean it’s your right to be crazy I guess.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      ??

      One of the best offenses in baseball.

      • jjyank says:

        Some people will never be happy. I’d love to see what people like him would be saying if they were fans of almost any other team.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Cashman is such a failure that his team has an eight-game lead in arguably baseball’s best division.

  93. Cy Pettitte says:

    phew, pushed Hughes through 7 and escaped unharmed after the double.

  94. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Veerry Nice Job, Phil.

  95. Cuso says:

    Get Hughes a freaking run here.

  96. your mom says:

    Nice job tonight Hughes. Now if the offense can put a run on the board for you that would be sweet.

  97. flamingo says:

    Hughes did good.

  98. Great job there working out of the lead of double by a speedy guy like Davis w/o the run scoring. Let’s get Hughes the win guys. I hate the stat but he deserves it.

  99. RI$P FTW says:

    They need a win against this last-place team.

  100. Cy Pettitte says:

    someone explain to me how Aaron freaking Cook is pitching so well for the Sox.

  101. What was Martin looking at on 0-1? accoriding to gameday it was a slider up and out over the plate. Isn’t that like prime hitting?

  102. RI$P FTW says:

    All tied up against a last-place team from a country with terrible health care and police on horses. Wonderful.

    • jjyank says:

      You’re entering the stuart a level of useless and repetitive comments.

    • TomH says:

      They’re playing for Queen and Country against yankees, i.e., Americans. They’re all celebrating their victories in 1812 this summer. The NYY are just playing.

      Yankee fans just can’t get straight how excited the Jays get when they play the Yankees. Whatever punishments God may otherwise have ordained for them (“last place,” “mounties,” etc.), these all vanish in their win-won-for-the-country mode. This is particularly true when the Yanks go up to Toronto.

    • Brian S. says:

      Terrible health care?

  103. eephus_pitch says:

    Jeter vs. righthanded groundball pitcher has been predictably groan-worthy.

  104. Greg says:

    In 2009 I am 100% confident we are winning this game.

    Now, 60-40, I think

    • Rocky Road Redemption says:

      I can say with close to 100% certainty that you were not 100% certain in 2009 we would win this game.

  105. RI$P FTW says:

    Greinke scratched to ‘recharge’ batteries? Good luck playing in NYC, bud.

  106. Get Phelps Up says:

    Phil Hughes can’t even get a win against a last place team. What a schmuck.

  107. FIPster Doofus says:

    Sweet play.

  108. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Great play!

  109. Cy Pettitte says:

    that was an epic play by Cano

  110. forensic says:

    Nice job Robbie’s!

  111. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    This is a scary matchup.

    • TomH says:

      Apropos what I said just above, WERE Bautista to pop one, there would be risks of mass aneurysm and heart attack brought on by sheer joy and excitement, all the way out to Vancouver Island.

  112. jjyank says:

    What a play!

  113. RI$P FTW says:

    YAY!

  114. Greg says:

    Oh he hurt his hand

  115. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    DRob broke Bautista.

  116. Get Phelps Up says:

    Bautista broken.

  117. RI$P FTW says:

    I guess he quit roiding.

    - RAB commenters

  118. Pat D says:

    That doesn’t look good for Joey Bats.

  119. forensic says:

    That’ll make the rest of the series, and maybe season, a touch easier.

  120. Brian S. says:

    Damn that sucks. Bautista is fun to watch when he’s not playing the Yankees.

  121. jjyank says:

    WTF just happened to mlb.tv?

    “Unable to play content. Could not access selected content. Please try again later.”

    Right after Bautista apparently got hurt. Anyone else with this?

  122. Pat D says:

    USA chant? Idiots.

  123. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Suddenly the commercial about tendons breaking down because of steroids comes to mind

    • RI$P FTW says:

      Thanks for making my point.

      • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

        Your right, I guess a guy who had 74 him runs in six seasons just shows up one year with 54 because he adjusted his swing. Only a 41 homer difference from the season before.

  124. Greg says:

    And of course he walks the pinch hitter

  125. Betty Lizard says:

    Bummer about Bautista. I don’t like injuries to any one. (OK, there might be an exception or two.)
    I’d much rather see the best compete. Sappy, I know.

  126. Greg says:

    Hearing that Joey Votto needs knee surgery and he’s out for a month

  127. your mom says:

    Okay, no win for Hughesy. How about a win for Drob?

  128. your mom says:

    Who the fuck is this guy? And the last pitcher for that matter?

  129. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    RI$P FTW/Rainbow Connection’s style of trolling is getting more sophisticated. He tries to pass himself off as semi-serious by pointing out that he’s “joking” when people get too annoyed at him, and making the occasional semi-intelligent comment.

    This serves as a semi-clever front where we give him just the slightest bit of give before we snap at his next episode of trolling. It also allows him to easily deflect criticism. If we call him out on obvious trolling, he can act righteously indignant because, hey, he was just joking!

    I think we should do with him what we did with bo, troll of legend, and adopt him as sort of a pet. When he insults people we could say, “Oh, that’s just Rainbow Connection. He’s just our pet troll. He growls a lot, but he’s harmless.” That way instead of annoying us he’ll become a sort of blog mascot. Like bo.

  130. Pasta Stumbling Sojo (formerly StanfordBen) says:

    Is it time for another Arod stealing 3rd base special?

  131. your mom says:

    Nice gift, all we need is a single Robbie.

  132. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Cano launches one here

  133. captain kiwi says:

    let’s go robbie!

  134. RI$P FTW says:

    That’s a last-place error right there.

  135. Kramerica Industries says:

    Initial reaction: Ugh

    Second reaction: Whew

    Third reaction: Dammit

    No DP’s, Tex.

  136. Greg says:

    So they are now 2-6 with RISP

  137. Andruw's Smile says:

    Anyone miss stuart? Anyone…

  138. your mom says:

    RISP Fail >>>>>>>>>> Jut say “No”.

  139. Andruw's Smile says:

    Ortiz hurt too. Bad news comes in threes for sluggers today. Votto, Joey Bats and Big Papi

  140. Tom says:

    This has got fake to 3rd, throw to 1st inning ending double play written all over it.

  141. Bartolo's Colon says:

    please get a run here

  142. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Alright A rod and Cano, don’t get Nelsoned

  143. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    That was a good 2-0 swing.

  144. Andruw's Smile says:

    Tex is charging the mound! Oh wait…

  145. Bartolo's Colon says:

    weak

  146. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yay for that shitty luck.

  147. Greg says:

    This is it. The Golden opportunity has arrived

  148. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Two huge breaks for them. C’mon swish, fly ball at at least

  149. Karl Krawfid says:

    Epic at bat Swish.

    Now finish em.

  150. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    That was a great pitch.

  151. Kramerica Industries says:

    Swisher does all that, all for nothing.

    Shit.

  152. Arya says:

    And he just stood there again. Worthless.

  153. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Really swish?

    • sangreal says:

      I can’t blame him for that one. 3-2 with the bases loaded and the winning run at 3rd you can’t be thinking breaking ball

  154. Karl Krawfid says:

    Omg what fail Swish!

    That was a hanger man!

  155. Bartolo's Colon says:

    ill take it, was convinced he was hitting in to the dp there

  156. Greg says:

    Went offspeed and froze him

  157. eephus_pitch says:

    Very tired of Suzyn talking about the Blue Jays throwing “beautiful” pitches.

  158. Greg says:

    O’Neill is absolutely right. That was a great pitch

  159. Karl Krawfid says:

    Come on Raul

    Turn it back to April when you carried us for a while.

  160. Tom says:

    Just poor hitting.

    • Greg says:

      Are you kidding? He froze him with offspeed. Even people on here are saying it was a great pitch.

      • Tom says:

        You need to stop with these ridiculous justiftcations.

        He got a hanging slider 2-2 and fouled it off, fouled off a 2-2 fastball that was up (and should have been at least a flyball)

        You need to stop looking at the last pitch of the AB and say tip your cap… try looking at the entire AB and not just the final pitch and assume if that was well located or fooled tha batter then it’s “hat tip” time.

        • Rocky Road Redemption says:

          I’ll agree with Greg. He made it to a 3 ball count then was frozen by a great pitch. It wasn’t a bad ab.

  161. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    RISPFAIL: PWNED

  162. Greg says:

    KNEEL BEFORE THE COUNT!

  163. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Booooooooooom mother fucker

  164. Bartolo's Colon says:

    turning back the clock to april!!! now please dfa him

  165. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Wooooohooooo!

  166. Tom says:

    Swing the bat…. that’s what happens when you swing….

  167. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Why the hell haven’t they DFA’s Ibanez yet?

  168. Cy Pettitte says:

    RAUL!!!!

  169. vicki says:

    professional baseball player.

  170. Arya says:

    The streak is at 40!!!

  171. your mom says:

    Ibanez bailed out Swisher’s ass.

  172. flamingo says:

    RAUL!!! VOLDEMORT FTW!

  173. captain kiwi says:

    OHHH MYYYYYY.

  174. forensic says:

    IBANEZ!!!!!!

    Welcome back to May! :-)

  175. sangreal says:

    awesome. I love grand slams

  176. Charles says:

    RAUL!!!

  177. Kramerica Industries says:

    FUCKING RAUL!

  178. Leg-End says:

    KNEEEEEEEELLLLLLLL.

  179. Knoxvillain says:

    Too many home runs!!1!11!

  180. Get Phelps Up says:

    That was awesome.

  181. jon says:

    its crazy how wrong i was about lord voldemort

  182. Betty Lizard says:

    Holy mother fucking Voldemort! My hero!

  183. jjyank says:

    VOLDEMORT…..GOES YARDEMORT!!

  184. DM says:

    Do Raul’s “mirage” homers and rbis count the same as real ones?

  185. Kramerica Industries says:

    Remember that this will not work in the playoffs. Amirite?

  186. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I’d rather Brett Gardner hit that GS.

  187. Greg says:

    Brian, didn’t you want this guy out of here?

  188. eephus_pitch says:

    Rally-killer!

  189. Get Phelps Up says:

    We’re coming, 94 Indians.

  190. dontchaknow says:

    thank you based ibanez

  191. forensic says:

    Down goes Frasor!!!

  192. Brian S. says:

    Still sucks.

  193. jjyank says:

    Bah if only the Red Sox were losing, the Yanks could gain a game on the entire division tonight.

    Not that it’s a big deal, the division cushion is pretty nice right now. But would’ve been cool nonetheless.

    • Greg says:

      Well the cushion gets bigger with Baltimore losing.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Well, if the Rays win, it’s a +.5 gain, not a +1 gain.

        I (we’ll?) see if Cleveland can hold on. I don’t expect it, because the Indians are awful at Tropicana Field. Yankees-like bad.

    • Brian S. says:

      I think I’m going to root for Wild Card teams except when they aren’t playing the Yankees. I do not want Boston to make the playoffs.

  194. Bartolo's Colon says:

    the gs was awesome, but it’s not like he’s a superstar all of a sudden. he has been playing like crap for the last two months, this is awesome, but it doesn;t erase the last two months.

    • Greg says:

      He’s not a superstar. He’s been very servicable, especially in clutch situations as Kay and O’Neill noted.

      • Bartolo's Colon says:

        i do believe in “clutch” hitters to some extent, and he has done a great job of that, no doubt. but that doesn’t mean i want to see him play pretty much ecery day in, especially in the field, where he is just not good at all. nonetheless, the grand slam was nice

    • jjyank says:

      I just don’t see the upgrade baring a trade. Maybe Branyan or Cust for the bat, but they need an outfielder. I supposed there’s Dickerson, but someone needs to be cut from the 40 man for that to happen and with Gardner’s set back, I think the Yanks value the depth.

      That being said, I’d like to see some kind of trade.

      • Greg says:

        Exactly. I think the amount of playing time has led to his struggles. We need a starting left fielder with Ibanez getting DH duty and occasional outfield duty.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      He was hitting 318/348/455 this month before today – not exactly playing like crap.

      He is what he is – weak defender, slow baserunner, virtually useless vs. LHP, and slightly above average vs. RHP.

    • forensic says:

      Really only one month. June was horrid, but May was terrific and July thus far has been very good. Hopefully he’s getting June out of his system.

  195. Chris says:

    Oh Russell, you tease

  196. sangreal says:

    at this rate, the Yankees might finally get to play a team under 500

  197. your mom says:

    Boston won 5-1. Ciriaco 3-4 tonight. Ciriaco reminds me of the Burmese women that use brass coils to stretch their necks.

  198. Guess who was on the bus (actually walking home from the bus) during yet another late inning rally to potentially win a game?

  199. CUYanks says:

    Joe Girardi got the memo to try to pump up Soriano’s save total so he opts out.

  200. Dela G says:

    Loved the salami

  201. CBean says:

    We might need the 4 run padding here

  202. flamingo says:

    I normally hate the “we have 27 rings” response to criticism, but I covet that got rings? tshirt.

    • RetroRob says:

      I’m tired of that “we have 27 rings” response, too. Hopefully later this year it will be upgraded to “we have 28 rings.”

  203. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    That play was all kinds of fucked up all around.

  204. TheLastClown says:

    Mutha Fucka I Keeeeeeeeel You.

  205. Greg says:

    Remember, Bautista’s out

  206. Kramerica Industries says:

    Holy shit this is getting hard to finish.

  207. Karl Krawfid says:

    Um this game isn’t over.

    :(

  208. Bartolo's Colon says:

    unbelieavble that this is going to be close

  209. Karl Krawfid says:

    Well damn Lawrie thanks for the help.

  210. TomH says:

    I’ve endured hundreds of these damned late inning things since 1952. Can’t stand it no more. Turning off the tv.

  211. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Why don’t these umps want to go home?

  212. Bartolo's Colon says:

    mcclellend is such a douche

  213. OMG! Bagels! says:

    UN FREAKING TUCK

  214. Karl Krawfid says:

    Great win Yanks.

  215. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Soriano is a prick.

  216. Tom Zig says:

    UNTUCK

  217. forensic says:

    Rasmus pulled a Swisher. Thanks!

  218. RetroRob says:

    Good game, leading to a “violent” untuck by Soriano. Seemed annoyed.

  219. flamingo says:

    YEAH.

  220. jjyank says:

    UNTUCK

  221. OMG! Bagels! says:

    It was like mega MFIKY time. He’s just going to punch some random teammate out tonight.

  222. Get Phelps Up says:

    Congrats to D-Rob for finally becoming as good as Chris Davis and Cliff Lee!

  223. I’ve grown really fond of MFIKY. Like fond to the point of thinking “hmmm maybe he signs a 1 year big money deal next season, Mo does his comeback tour, retires, and then we resign Soriano.”

  224. Cuso says:

    O’Neill just noticed MFIKY was angry

  225. OMG! Bagels! says:

    I can’t believe they showed guys in flip flops. Ack.

  226. 28 this year says:

    For all the RISP fail comments that have happened, the fact that Yankees are consistently scoring at least 3 runs a game is HUGE. I mean, the Yankees dont blow out teams but they score just enough runs to win all the time. For me, at least you dont have those games where the Yankees get shut out and have no chance of winning. At least 3 runs a game gives the Yankees a strong chance in every game when they are averaging 5 runs a game. Take a step back ledge jumpers and see that unlike every team in baseball, the Yankees offense is the most consistent offense in the game constantly scoring enough runs to support the pitching staff. Thats all that counts, I dont give a shit of how they score those runs but they put runs on the board every night.

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