Game 105: More Mariners


(Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Scheduled days off in the middle of a homestand are always kinda weird, but I’m sure the players love ‘em. The Yankees lost four of the first six games on the homestand and now welcome the Mariners to the Bronx for three games. They took two of three from Seattle in each of their previous two series and a repeat showing would be nice. Here’s the different looking lineup…

CF Curtis Granderson Joe Girardi doesn’t want to stack the lefties
SS Derek Jeter
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeirathe wrist is fine
DH Raul Ibanez
RF Nick Swisher first time back in the outfield since the hip strain
3B Eric Chavez
LF Ichiro Suzuki
Russell Martincatching CC Sabathia for the third time this year

LHP CC Sabathia

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Andy Pettitte's Fibula (former Manny's BanWagon) says:

    I get the lefty-righty thing but they have their 2 lowest OBP guys setting the table for their biggest home run hitter. Can’t say I get that strategy.

  2. “Joe doesn’t want to stack the lefties” 3-8 are all going to come up as lefties at least till Millwood is out of the game.

  3. RetroRob says:

    With the Yankees and M’s together again, maybe we can hope Cash and Z cook up another deal, like maybe this time sending a catcher/DH to the Yankees for Adam Warren and some unknown player in A ball.

    Oh, let’s be honest. It would be a trade just for a DH. We no longer have to pretend that Montero can catch. He can’t. I am still confident he will still turn into a .300/30 HR hitter.

  4. MartinRanger says:

    The M’s are still trying to make Jesus a catcher. And he doesn’t look horrendous back there. But the biggest problem is that he’s not near done filling out. It’s like Miguel Cabrera – he was athletic enough for third/outfield when we saw him in 2003 – now he’s firmly a first base type.

  5. Mike N says:

    Any idea why MLB Network coverage would be blacked out in Southern California for this game?

  6. RetroRob says:

    So does the Mason Williams Watch go static now, or can we have a vote on an in-season addtion. Someone intereting to watch for the last month or so. Let’s really put that curse to the test.

  7. Over 10 pitches in the first against Seattle?! SO NOT AN ACE!!

  8. jjyank says:

    Parents are that the game tonight, curtesy of my mom’s sweet company tickets. Win one for ‘em big man!

  9. RkyMtnYank says:

    Nice start for CC.

  10. RetroRob says:

    I thought that was an automatic ejection? Fall on the field, intentional or not, and you’re out.

    • Nathan says:

      That would be a double wammy: Your face all over the evening blooper news and then ejected in the first inning.


    • Kramerica Industries says:

      That would just be insanely cruel.

      I’m pretty sure this only comes into play if it’s an intentional (or, at least, instinctive) act that disrupts an otherwise live play.

      Foul balls are routinely picked off the field from overreaching fans.

  11. Nathan says:

    That dude ATE it right there…hahaha.

  12. MartinRanger says:

    Jeter that was unimpressive.

  13. Hummingbird S. says:

    Granderson has a 7 pitch AB, so naturally Jeter swings at a crappy first pitch and grounds out

    • The Real Greg says:

      He would have done that leading off too.

    • RetroRob says:

      He’s been doing it all his career.

      First pitch 2012: .365/.382/.500/.882

      First pitch career: .381/.396/.563/.959

      Both lines better than his overall lines.

      But, sure, let’s make the HOFer with 3200+ hits a less-effective hitter so Hummingbird feels better.

      • jjyank says:

        Yeah, I fall into that camp. It can feel frustrating at times, but Jeter has been very successful with his approach, so I can’t fault him for it.

        • I’m somewhere in between, I understand he’s incredibly effective swinging at first pitches, especially when they’re “get me over fastballs.” However it does frustrate me from time to time that regardless of how the pitcher is going (just walking a guy on four pitches, or just had a long ass AB) he’s decided in the batters box “I’m swinging first pitch. It could be a 50 foot curveball, I’m going Vladdy on it.”

        • RetroRob says:

          I agree. I don’t like it when Granderson strikesout, and I don’t like it when Jeter swings at the first pitch and makes an out. Of course, I love it when he gets a hit.

          Yet I also recognize that Jeter knows way more about hitting and himself and the pitcher on the mound than collectively everyone here to the nth power.

          Don’t change, Derek. I’ll live with my frustration because he knows how to hit. I don’t.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        Just because he has good numbers on the first pitch doesn’t mean he should swing at every first pitch.

        • RetroRob says:

          When should he?

          • Yankee Fan 1 says:

            when mike deems it appropriate, of course ;)

            • RetroRob says:

              Ha. As I said, I understand the frustration because I feel it myself, but I can’t take it too seriously. Jeter knows the best pitch is often the first pitch, and that pitch was very hittable. Were people upset when Granderson swing at the first pitch to drive in the first two runs. Curtis expected he might get ahead and went for it. I’m fine with Jeter’s out. I’m fine with Granderson’s hit.

  14. Hummingbird S. says:

    that opposite field swing is so nice..

  15. MartinRanger says:

    Oppo for Robbie! Well done. If he gets hot again we’re in great shape.

    Okay Teix, time to make a big return.

  16. MartinRanger says:

    Good AB for Teix. Results or no. That wrist looks just fine.

  17. Kramerica Industries says:

    This is an important series for the Yankees, if for no other reason than the two 2nd place teams in the division are playing each other this weekend as well.

    If the Yankees win these games, then the O’s and Rays can’t gain, but only lose ground.

  18. The Real Greg says:

    Well wasn’t expecting much from that anyway. Two out scoring is difficult

  19. Mr. Pink says:

    Oh my goodness. Can we please not lose to Kevin Millwood? The division lead isn’t getting any larger.

  20. Nathan says:

    CC looks a lot slimmer today.

  21. Damn shame about Wise leaving. I think that if out AAA team had a home stadium he might have stayed.

    • RetroRob says:

      Has he signed with another team? Unless he gets a MLB deal, I question the move. He would have been back in September and had a shot at the postseason roster as Girardi’s pinchrunner, defensive OFer.

      • MartinRanger says:

        But seriously, what 34-year old professional ballplayer with significant ML experience wants to travel around the east coast on buses with no home stadium?

      • Yeah, he signed back with the Chi-Sox on a minor league deal. I completely agree with MartinRanger though, you’re a millionare who has played a lot of time in the Majors and Minors do you really want to spend the next month living out of a crappy motel and bus?

        • jjyank says:

          Yeah, the travelling AAA service can’t help. Really I’m surprised guys like Cust and Branyan have hung around as long as they have. Also more recent signees like Fukedome.

        • RetroRob says:

          It makes sense if he went back to the team he knows, plus it’s one that is in playoff contention. He’ll be called up for them in September, too, so I can see it. For all we know, before he declined the Yankees offer to go back to AAA, he already knew the White Sox wanted him.

          The Yankees got lucky with DeWayne in that he got a bit hot and had some big hits (and a bunt), but the longer he hung around the less he was going to hit.

          • MartinRanger says:

            Yup. And I thank him for his efforts and all but I honestly believe Ichiro has something left. It just seems like every time he hits the ball hard it is right at somebody.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      His bunt will not be forgotten.

  22. jjyank says:

    CC looking pretty sharp so far. The strikeout on the fastball is really encouraging to me, because fastball command seems to be what the stated reason is for whenever he’s shaky.

  23. OMG there’s this guy yelling and the radio microphones are just loud enough to pick up what ever he’s saying, but not clear enough so it sounds like a drunk ape trying to speak and it makes me want to rip my ears out.

  24. Nathan says:

    Cecil Fielder looks like the dad from Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.

  25. Hummingbird S. says:

    Milwood is pouding the lefties away but they still insist on trying to pull that ball. The one time a lefty tried to go the other way, Cano hit a booming double..

  26. The Real Greg says:

    So far Millwood has been living on the outside corner with his changeups and fastballs. The lefties have to adjust.

  27. MartinRanger says:

    Well C.C.’s brought his a-game. The offense? Not so much.

  28. jjyank says:

    Nice play Chavez!

  29. RetroRob says:

    Nice play. I thought that was lost once it hit off the glove.

  30. Nathan says:

    That looked like the Chavy of old.

  31. Mike N says:

    CC looks good so far. Maybe he needed his arm to kind of tire out from a few runs through the rotation to get his feel back.

  32. Get Phelps Up says:

    CC looks awesome so far.

  33. jjyank says:

    Way to beat that out Brett….erm, I mean Ichiro!

  34. RetroRob says:

    Ichiro hits balls hard for outs. Maybe he should just hit more dribblers like that.

  35. MartinRanger says:

    Ichi it would be great if this wasn’t your only offensive contribution at the plate. Just saying.

  36. Cuso says:

    Ichiro is going to slug .267 during his 57-game hit streak.

  37. Kramerica Industries says:

    It’s also probably been 57 batters since Livan last K’d anyone.

  38. It's a Long Way to the Bronx (If You Wanna Hirok 'N' Roll) says:

    Not gonna say anything, but there was a certain summer night game against the Mariners about a year ago in which CC looked as if he was on his way to something special until some poorly timed rain delays threw him off.

    Not that that’s implying anything, but CC does look extremely good tonight, and it is not a stretch to say that, against this lineup, he could make something happen.

  39. MartinRanger says:

    Russell! It’s ALIVE!

  40. Damn you Robbie Thompson!!! I’m actually listening on the radio, so I have no idea if it was a good/bad non-send.

  41. Mike N says:


  42. MartinRanger says:


  43. jjyank says:

    RISP correction is awesome.

  44. Hummingbird S. says:


  45. The Real Greg says:

    Golden opportunity: CASHED IN

  46. Nathan says:

    The Yankees need games like these to get their morale back. I’m sure starting with getting their teeth kicking out in Oakland took something out of them.

  47. Get Phelps Up says:

    Alright CC, you have your runs.

  48. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Wow he waved russel martin in too
    That robbynis a real gambler

  49. The Real Greg says:

    Nice play by Thames

  50. MartinRanger says:

    First pitch swinging and another out. Jeter’s useless. /sarcasm.

  51. The Real Greg says:

    Hard hit balls all inning except for Ichiro, but the Yankees took advantage.

  52. Mike N says:

    All right, CC. DO THIS!

  53. The Real Greg says:

    Gotta be Griffey and Edgar, right?

  54. jjyank says:


  55. Nathan says:

    Oh well there goes the perfect game.

  56. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Well, there goes that “CC can do something special” thing.

    All right, now just win.

  57. Damn. Not gonna lie. I was thinking about it.

  58. MartinRanger says:

    Well that’s no good.

    Gonna need more runs, I think.

  59. Ichy balls says:

    F casper wells

  60. Widget says:

    Casper Wells?

  61. jjyank says:

    Michael Kay: 1

    Mets fans: 0

  62. RetroRob says:

    Montero looking even trimmer than earlier in the season. Seems to lose weight every year as the season progresses, although the difference this year is he looked in good shape to start the year.

  63. Kramerica Industries says:

    Any other’ers having some serious quality/glitch issues tonight?

    Given that my internet is pretty solid, and I’ve never had problems with the HD quality itself, I’m curious. This has been awful.

  64. Hummingbird S. says:

    that was a ball… love some blind umps

  65. jjyank says:

    I like it when Paulie talks about hitting mechanics instead of food.

  66. MartinRanger says:

    Damn, didn’t aim that one properly.

  67. Hummingbird S. says:

    he’s an out machine.. worse hitter than Martin nowadays.

  68. The Real Greg says:

    Again, 2 out scoring is rare and two of their possible rallies have started with two outs.

  69. Arya says:

    They should just pinch hit for Ichiro next time around, he ain’t getting another hit tonight.

  70. RetroRob says:

    Wow, that’s odd and kind of amazing.

  71. MartinRanger says:

    Wow it took BJ a whole lot longer to get to 100.

  72. RetroRob says:

    I wonder what the odds are that Justin and Upton are 2/3rds of the Yankee OF next year? Shift Grandy to left. Ton of strikeouts, though, but should be quite productive. BJ is frustrating, but better than people think he is.

    • RetroRob says:

      Justin and BJ.

    • jjyank says:

      Yeah, BJ didn’t become the player people thought he could be, so he’s written off a lot. But he’s still a damn good player, especially for a center fielder. And I’m a huge Justin Upton fan, and not just because we share the same first name (though that’s a bonus). I would love that outfield, but I highly doubt it happens.

    • I like the idea of going after BJ if the price is right, but he might get 14-18per this off season…that’s too exensive for him to me. If we could get him for like 5 years, 70-80 mil, I’d do it.

      • RetroRob says:

        If they signed BJ and traded for Justin, I just couldn’t resist having Gardner out in left still. That would be one fine athletic OF. Curtis, ummm, you’re the Yankees DH and 4th OFer!

        • Haha, if we did that our straight away outfield would be better at cutting off extra base hits than any teams “no double’s” defense.

          • RetroRob says:

            The more I think about this, the more I actually want them to do it. Curtis wouldn’t have to be restricted full time to DH. Rotate with Gardner, and days off for BJ. Curtis could still get 70 games in the OF, which leaves plenty of room to rotate A-Rod into DH.

            Justin in right. BJ in center. Gardner in left. Curtis DH/OFer.

            The strikeouts will drive part of the RAB crowd insane, but it’s an interesting option. I wonder if the Upton brothers would want to play together? They’re very competitve, but I think in a good way. They might push each other.

            • I remember seeing a piece I think it was on MLB Network and they have a great relationship, and already push each other to be better, so I think it could only get better if they were in the same line up, especially if they hit like 5-6 in the line up.

        • jjyank says:

          If that happened, that might be the one scenario that the Yankees actually trade Granderson. But he would easily be the best 4th OF in the history of the game haha.

  73. MartinRanger says:

    Andino’s smile is terrifying.

  74. MartinRanger says:

    Wow. Curtis tried.

  75. RetroRob says:

    Uhh, is that shift more extreme than most teams’ shift on Granderson? That was Teixeira-like.

  76. Kramerica Industries says:

    Bye-bye Millwood.

  77. MartinRanger says:

    Well that’s one way to increase your OPS.

  78. MartinRanger says:

    Robbie needs to go mezzanine now.

  79. DERP says:

    Wandy Rodriguez has allowed two home runs today. One was an inside the parker. The other was to the pitcher.

  80. MartinRanger says:

    Damn you Ackley.

  81. The Real Greg says:

    But again, another rally begun with 2 outs. The only scoring chance that did not start with 2 outs was the one that produced the two runs.

  82. jjyank says:

    I’m starting to really hate Casper Wells right about now.

  83. The Real Greg says:

    Luckily, CC’s on a roll

  84. MartinRanger says:

    This is as good as C.C. has looked all year. He likes facing the Mariners in the stadium.

  85. Kramerica Industries says:

    C.C. is toying with this lineup.

    How about some runs to make this even more fun? As much as C.C. is in command of this game right now, one bad pitch could turn the whole tenor of the game around.

  86. MartinRanger says:

    67 pitches and 10 strikeouts through 6. Damn.

  87. CC has been in absolute beast mode tonight. But he allowed a homerun, so he clearly isn’t an ace.

  88. your mom says:

    Nice inning. 7 pitches and 2 Ks. Would like to see some insurance runs though.

  89. RetroRob says:

    Tim Belcher?

  90. MartinRanger says:

    Take that, shift.

  91. DERP says:

    Chavez gets the run in.

  92. MartinRanger says:

    Come on Chavez get this run in.

  93. The Real Greg says:


  94. DERP says:

    I love Chavez.

  95. MartinRanger says:

    Yankee Stadium special. I’ll take it.

  96. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice cheapie Chavez!!!

  97. jjyank says:


    That should be enough for CC now.

  98. RetroRob says:

    Nice, although I saw the RFer complaining. Wonder if it will be reviewed.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Looked like he was just pissed that he couldn’t catch it.

      • RetroRob says:

        Must be. The fan didn’t even touch the ball, although on one angle it looked like their gloves might have just touched. Not sure. Not sure if it would mean anything either as both gloves were positioned above the wall.

    • The Real Greg says:

      No. It hit the top of the wall.

  99. DERP says:

    I am kind of shocked that that wasn’t caught.

  100. DERP says:

    That fan should be given a medal. Everyone take notes.

  101. your mom says:

    I wonder if Ichiro will ever get more than 1 hit in a game?

  102. Kramerica Industries says:

    How can every team in baseball hammer Felix Doubront, except this team?

  103. MartinRanger says:

    No bearing on this team, but Felix Doubront just imploded in Boston.

  104. The Real Greg says:

    Nice play

  105. Mike N says:

    I am loving CC’s pitching today!

  106. DERP says:

    No strikeouts. Bust.

  107. MartinRanger says:

    He’s gonna throw a one-hitter isn’t he?

  108. Get Phelps Up says:

    Seriously, fuck. Casper. Wells.

  109. MartinRanger says:

    So this would seem to indicate Russell can catch CC just fine.

  110. jjyank says:

    I love how the trolls are entirely absent from this thread.

    • Haha, why would they be here. There is literally nothing to complain about, except for maybe a few missed 2 out rallies, but like Greg has said a couple of times, it’s really hard to get 2 out rallies.

    • Mike N says:

      I was just thinking the same thing. It’s sad that they gain satisfaction from rueing the inevitable decline of the Yankees this season, and none from a great game.

  111. The Real Greg says:

    Martin’s starting to get it together

  112. MartinRanger says:

    The Rus Bus is actually showing signs of life. And he’s been walking at a decent clip and has 12 homers. He really isn’t an offensive black hole.


  113. DERP says:

    Nice play.

  114. MartinRanger says:

    Curtis grounded into the shift. Off his ankle.

  115. The Real Greg says:

    Jeter should bunt because he will not be able to get a hit off this guy.

  116. If I didn’t have the MLB AT BAT app I’d be upset that I’d miss the end of the game on the bus. Best 10 bucks I’ve ever spent. I just wish I had gotten my new phone before the season, I wouldn’t had wasted 15 dollars on the game day radio.

  117. Mike N says:

    Nice bunt.

  118. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    Blah, bunts.

  119. The Real Greg says:

    And they’re taking him out? If it’s Ollie Perez, good luck to the M’s.

  120. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    Oliver Perez is still so young! What a bust.

  121. jjyank says:


  122. MartinRanger says:

    That’s more like it Robby.

    Wow he’s driven in how many runs in the last three games?

  123. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    Stop popping it up!

  124. MartinRanger says:

    Given how useless Andruw has been recently I can’t say I disagree with leaving him in.

  125. Mike N says:


  126. The Real Greg says:

    From my childhood and it seems apropro in this situation.


  127. MartinRanger says:

    Well at least we won’t have to curse the name of Casper Wells forever.

  128. RetroRob says:

    So reports are that it was the Dodgers who put in the claim for Lee.

  129. JonS says:

    What hand does Cano write with?

  130. The Real Greg says:

    Damn, how many new relievers do the Mariners have?

  131. MartinRanger says:

    No no no Chavez don’t do that!

  132. MartinRanger says:

    10 bucks that Casey’s starting against Felix tomorrow.

  133. MartinRanger says:

    God it’s like clockwork. Ichiro hits it hard. Right at an outfielder.

  134. The Real Greg says:

    You can Ichiro is getting only 1 hit per game, but he’s hitting some balls square on the nose

  135. Kramerica Industries says:

    Thank God the Yankees don’t face the Rays anytime soon.

    Evidently, the Rays don’t give up runs anymore. A big fucking annoyance.

  136. The Real Greg says:

    Seeing footage of Missy Franklin in her first race in 2001 makes me feel so old.

  137. jjyank says:

    Chavez out, Nix in. Still, it can’t be too bad if they let him finish the at bat, right?

  138. MartinRanger says:

    Damn he dropped the head on that one.

    He hasn’t been the same since that long bottom of the seventh inning.

  139. Karl Krawfid says:

    Damn CC. You gave up a huge bomb.

  140. DERP says:

    That was brutal.

  141. jjyank says:

    NICE catch, Swish. CC deserves to finish this game.

  142. JonS says:

    Swisher makes routine plays look cool. A faster RF would make that play look boring and routine.

  143. DERP says:

    Great job. I don’t think the final line does it justice.

  144. Mike N says:

    LOVE THIS GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!

  145. MartinRanger says:


  146. Ichy balls says:

    CC really great job tonight.

  147. jjyank says:

    Great game! Amazing.

  148. Tom Q says:

    CC’s line ends up looking a little weaker than deserved. It was about his best game all year, but it won’t look that way in the ERA department.

  149. Get Phelps Up says:

    CC with a big middle finger to the “not an ace” crowd.

  150. Tom says:

    Good job by Girardi leaving CC in…

    It would have been easy to go on autopilot after the HR and think save situation = Soriano, but there was no reason to pull CC there.

  151. Mike N says:

    The MLB Network dicks are discussing whether CC is a “true ace”.

  152. Itchy Cro(tch) says:

    waddafuck with ichiro. another 1 hit game…entertaining

  153. CUYanks says:

    Win number 187 for the big guy.

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