Game 111: Escape from Detroit


(Photo Credit: USA Today)

The first three games of this four-game series have been a nightmare — even last night’s win seemed like it was pretty stressful. The weather gods may have mercy on the Yankees today though, because the forecast in Detroit is looking pretty ugly all afternoon. If they do need to postpone, the makeup game would likely be played on September 17th since that’s the only mutual off day these two teams have the rest of the season. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that. Here’s the starting nine…

SS Derek Jeter
DH Nick Swisher
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Eric Chavez
CF Curtis Granderson
LF Raul Ibanez
RF Ichiro Suzuki
Chris Stewart

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Today’s game is scheduled to start a little after 1pm ET, but who knows with the rain. We’ll keep you updated on any delays or other announcements. If they do play, you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Update: The game is currently scheduled to start at 1:15pm ET.

Update Part Two: Scratch that, the game will not start at 1:15pm ET. No word on a new start time yet. This is going to be a fun afternoon I see.

Update Part Three: Now they’re saying the game will begin at 1:35pm ET. This one might be a five-inning affair.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. jjyank says:

    *grumble grumble grumbe* week day day games *grumble grumble*

  2. Eddard says:

    They need to escape with a split. The Os have shown no signs of slowing down and the Rays have their best player back. Hiroki has been our ace all season so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him put up 7 innings of 1 run ball.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Orioles have 4 against the Royals next so they should continue to roll.

      But then they have a tough stretch,

      Boston for 3
      at Detroit for 3
      at Texas for 3
      Blue Jays for 3
      White Sox for 4
      at Yankees for 3

      • Jim Is Bored says:

        Haha Boston.

        Plus the Blue Jays basically have no one left. No other MLB team should be whining about injuries this year with the bad luck they’ve had.

        • The Real Greg says:

          Never wave off divisional games.

          • Jim Is Bored says:

            ??? Where was a waving off anything?

            I’m just saying the Blue Jays and Sox are the black sheep of that group of teams. You have 3 division leaders, a team tied for the wild card, and then two teams who are in 4th and 5th place in the division.

            • The Real Greg says:

              Who are divisional opponents who usually play them hard.

              It sounded like you were already putting them in the O’s win column.

              • Jim Is Bored says:

                Every single team in baseball has played the Orioles “hard” the past 15 years.

              • Jim Is Bored says:

                And what professional team shows up for a game and says “Oh, this isn’t a divisional opponent, I guess we can go easy today.”

    • Cris Pengiucci says:

      I’m kind of surprised they’re fighting for a split today. Even though they weren’t playing well coming into this series, I thought the pitching matchups played to the Yankees advantage and 3 of 4 was quite possible. This could have been the series that set the Yankees on a roll again. Glad Kuroda’s on the hill if the game gets played.

  3. The Real Greg says:

    Questionable scheduling by MLB according to Jayson Stark

    “MLB finally announced 2012 postseason sked. NO off day between ALDS Game 5 & ALCS Game 1 even though the ALCS site depends on ALDS outcome!”

    • Eddard says:

      Bud Selig has screwed this up so much. He had to rush his 2nd WC into place without planning accordingly. Should have done it next year when the schedule could be tailored to the extra play in game. What a disaster.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        He didn’t have to rush anything.

        Idea finalized and confirmed in Spring Training 2012, effective 2013.

        I mean, that would’ve been logical, right?

        MLB has fucked this up beyond astronomical proportions.

  4. Kramerica Industries says:

    How far in the archives did you dig for that picture, Mike?

    That certainly isn’t from a rainy day at Comerica this year.

  5. Kramerica Industries says:

    Hah. I see the Rays aren’t broadcasting today.

    I can’t forget how, on 9/24 last year, when they were only 2.5 behind Boston and the season was in it’s last stage, Sun Sports actually aired a college football game between, I’m guessing, Middle Tennessee St. and Auburn, instead of that night’s Rays/Jays game.

    If I ever needed proof of how little baseball means in this area, that night was it. Outrageous that such a game would not be on the air.

  6. CUYanks says:

    Have we discussed the Machado call up here yet? Seems like quite a rush.

    • jjyank says:

      It does. Isn’t he only 20?

    • Jim Is Bored says:

      The only way they lose service time is if he stays up into next year. Not sure they have anything to lose outside of potentially stunting his growth by ~20 games. And I don’t think he’ll do much in the majors, so as far as I’m concerned, it’s non-news right now.

  7. Knoxvillain says:

    Three days of class next week and I’m done. Then I start the fall semester on the 27th. No break again. Fuck.

  8. Mike N says:

    KILL FISTER!!!!!!!!

  9. Mike N says:

    The best thing about going to a day game is that it’s an excuse to get sodden drunk on beer in the middle of the day.

  10. The Real Greg says:

    2 well struck balls hit right at people.

  11. chilango says:

    Kuroda needs to step up.

  12. Erica says:

    Let’s kick Detroit to the curb!!!

    In other news, I just bought shoes and found the MLB Fan Cave – West 4th & Broadway in Greenwich Village. I think I saw something being filmed but it was too hot to stop and peer in. Successful lunch break!

  13. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    There’s a gentleman in one of my fantasy leagues whose team name is “Fister? I Hardly Know Her.”

  14. vin says:

    If the Yankees had the Orioles winning percentage in 1 run games… they’d be 38 games over .500. And they’d still be 5 games behind the ’98 Yankees.

    Just thought I’d share.

  15. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    Just hoping for a game without a Cabrera homer.

  16. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Thanks Miggy

  17. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    Thank you, Cabrera! That was Scioscia Ball right there.

  18. Andy says:

    What a weird fucking series

  19. The Real Greg says:

    Cabrera certainly did something there

  20. chilango says:

    Finally one goes our way in this series. Thanks Miggy

  21. jjyank says:

    Gameday is saying Injury Delay. What’s happening?

  22. Mike N says:


  23. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    I think AJax would have caught that.

  24. chilango says:

    Ibañez and Chavy…

  25. Cuso says:

    Look, look!

    Old men running!

  26. Andy says:


  27. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice 2 out rally.

  28. Get Phelps Up says:

    RISPwins the best.

  29. jjyank says:

    I never thought I would see this on Gameday: Raul Ibanez triples.

    How in the hell did that happen?

  30. Mike N says:

    Bust this fucker OPEN!!!!! KILL FISTER NOW!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Cuso says:

    4 back-to-back lefties.

    3 base hits. stack ‘em, Joe

  32. chilango says:

    Run Ichiro NOW!

  33. Andy says:

    What a stewie base hit

  34. Kevin G. says:

    I love it!

  35. Mike N says:


  36. chilango says:

    Finally we get some breaks…

  37. Cuso says:

    not to be greedy, but Ichiro should’ve scored there.

    he thought it was a pop-up and wasn’t going at top speed

  38. JonS says:

    Doug Fister sounds like a porn name.

  39. Mike N says:

    I sure hope this game is not an emotional roller coaster like yesterday.

    • RetroRob says:

      The Yankees are still not in top form and the Tigers are playing great and it’s in their park.

      In other words, count on it!

  40. chilango says:

    fuck he’s missing his spots

  41. Need Pitching & Hitting says:


  42. Mike N says:

    WOO! DP!!!!!!

  43. chilango says:

    Oh yeah. strike em out throw em out.

  44. Mandy Stankiewicz says:

    Can anyone help? MLB audio via my iphone never works/is not currently streaming well from the office. Can I use my itunes app subscription to MLB Gameday audio to stream through my PC ? Susan, I miss your sweet shrill.

    • JonS says:

      I can’t say for sure. I have the subscription and stream to my phone, but yours should be MLB subscriptions and should work. Try it.

  45. JonS says:

    That was a nice double play. good job Kuroda and Stewart.

  46. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    A pig just flew past my window.

  47. The Real Greg says:

    There’s his first walk as a Yankee

  48. Karl Krawfid says:

    Did Ichiro just walk?

  49. RetroRob says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player hit the ball as softly as Stewart, especially someone his size. Not drive with that swing.

  50. Mandy Stankiewicz says:

    Thanks Jon. It looks like I have a mobile only purchase (purchased from the itunes store is only good for mobile). Under ‘help’ if you have any problems you can change the feed, which seemed to work…

  51. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Is there a reason Swisher is DH and Ibanez is LF instead of vice versa? Does Swisher need rest? The same thing happened with Ichiro as DH and Ibanez in LF on Monday.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      Probably just rotating the DH to rest guys. They don’t have an off day for a while.

    • Mike N says:

      Everybody can use as much rest as possible, so they balance it as best they can.

    • Cuso says:

      20 straight games. Guys need half-days here and there. Especially since Nick is going to have to start every game on the turf in Toronto with them throwing three consecutive lefties at us.

  52. Cuso says:

    Hiroki magic. Why can’t this game be at night while we’re all watching?

  53. Mike N says:

    Classic Jeterian at-bat!

  54. How is there only 100 or so comments?! It’s the 5th inning lol.

  55. Mike N says:

    Is there something weird about the camera angle, or is Swisher looking up at the sky before he gets finally set for each pitch?

  56. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    That worked well.

  57. Heisenberg's Hat says:


  58. Kramerica Industries says:

    Two strike ‘em out/throw ‘em outs in this game.


  59. Mike N says:

    Bummer. But loving these full counts.

  60. chilango says:

    This is why Swisher should NOT bat 2d. He strikes out way too much.

  61. Cuso says:

    Come on, Cano. Don’t flail. Don’t give ABs up just because there’s 2 out

  62. Widget says:

    I wish Avila was the Yankees catcher.

  63. The Real Greg says:

    Remember the fallacy

  64. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fuckin’ Comerica.

    That’s gone even in the Bronx.

  65. Fallacy: Jeter would’ve scored if he didn’t get TOOTBLAN’d

  66. I’ve been running, running errands, and taking the bus to work so I’ve only been listening to the game, but it at least sounds like they’re getting good contact off of Fister, the BABIP gods are just laughing at us.

  67. cashthegenius says:

    watching on camcast, what happened? did Jeter not score off of a double?

  68. The Real Greg says:

    Reason why the Yankees have only 2 runs.

    5 of their 7 hits have come with 2 outs

  69. chilango says:

    Swish kills a possible rally, with a little help from the Capt. Doesn’t the binder say: Never send anyone with 2 strikes on Swisher.? Guess not. Fuck. Much rather see Ichiro bat 2d. Except for this year they have comparable OBP but Swish is slow and unclutch.

  70. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Man, I would love to see the Tigers miss the playoffs. They are scary.

  71. Kramerica Industries says:

    As much as I want to discount the Orioles, even now, I can’t anymore.

    Over 2/3 of the season is gone, and the O’s are still well above .500. At some point, they deserve their just due.

  72. chilango says:

    Bear down now guys. C’mon.

  73. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Well, fuck.

  74. Kramerica Industries says:


  75. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Well fuck.

  76. The Real Greg says:

    Cant blame the offense.
    Kuroda got his run support and he failed

  77. God damn. down the middle of the plate according to Gameday.

  78. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Right down Broadway. A good hitter like Avila won’t miss many of those.

  79. Cuso says:

    Give up one more run then start the torrential downpour.

  80. Widget says:

    Avila OWNS all.

  81. Karl Krawfid says:

    That sucked.

  82. Mike N says:

    All right. New game. Let’s do this.

  83. Kramerica Industries says:

    How many of these chicken shit hits have the Tigers gotten in this series?

    I’m getting 2010 LCS flashbacks.

  84. Mike N says:

    Shitty fielding. Kuroda leaned over, instead of crouching down to field that.

  85. RI$P FTW says:

    Hear those footsteps?

  86. chilango says:

    Kuroda made one mistake. Give him a break. I’m more pissed at fucking Swisher. He always seems to be in the middle of some rally killing clusterfuck.

  87. Kramerica Industries says:

    Are you fucking kidding me with this shit?

  88. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Are you fucking joking me?

  89. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    What the hell?
    The Yankees are just a giant clusterfuck right now.

  90. Karl Krawfid says:

    Come on Raul god damn.

    • CUYanks says:

      That was a tour de force of terrible fielding. No range, lets the ball go by, and then fumbles it before delivering a weak throw in.

  91. Cuso says:

    Girardi’s getting run

  92. RI$P FTW says:

    Should there be such a thing as an error being charged to a baserunner in MLB?

  93. Well..if a fan touched it the base runner has to go back to third.

  94. DT says:

    Fuck the umps

  95. JonS says:

    Get thrown out Joe!

  96. Mike N says:


  97. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yankee fan in the front row should’ve touched that.

    Sure, he would’ve been ejected from the ballpark, but talk about taking one for the team…

  98. I was just about to say, regardless of how this ends a manager is getting tossed.

  99. CUYanks says:

    Can he protest this type of thing?

  100. Ethan says:

    Yet another reason why we need replay.

  101. Karl Krawfid says:

    Wow did not see the ump do that. Bullshit.

  102. FIPster Doofus says:

    That was awesome.

  103. Kramerica Industries says:

    Wish we saw this side of Joe more often.

    This team needs a kick in the pants right now. Umps, too.

  104. xnyles says:

    I want replay in baseball.

  105. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    On the one hand Girardi is right — Welke calling it foul then changing his mind is ridiculous.

    On the other hand, it didn’t make any difference — Ibanez just misplayed the ball.

  106. Mike N says:

    Girardi should’ve kicked dirt on Welke.

  107. Kramerica Industries says:

    Ball was clearly fair. The umpire initially fucking that up just misleads everybody involved.

  108. Cuso says:

    Here comes the pouring rain, you just know it.

  109. The Real Greg says:

    Peoplearound here have been saying Kuroda is the ace of this team. If he is to be the ace, he can’t do this ti the bottom of the order.

  110. Karl Krawfid says:

    Now that’s what the fuck im talking about Joe

  111. JMK says:

    Fair or foul call really didn’t matter. Ibanez simply can’t field. But he has a triple and a double. How mad can you be at him?

  112. chilango says:

    Girardi should take out his frustration on the fucking binder. Ball was fair. Ibañez just didn’t get there. Our shitty fielding, bad baserunning and SWISHER choking again in the clutch is why we’re losing.

  113. jjyank says:

    For those of us not watching…did Girardi get his money’s worth on that?

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      I’d say more than his money’s worth, considering that the ball was fair and Ibanez wasn’t even looking at the ump.

    • Mike N says:

      Jawboning, yeah. He should’ve kicked dirt on Welke, though.

    • Joey H. says:

      Considering I thought he was going to have to call his wife to get the checkbook, absolutely. Kay just said he knows Joe for 15 years and never seen him that mad.

  114. JonS says:

    Has anything every came from a game being played under protest?

  115. RetroRob says:

    The umpire’s mixed call was a mess, although I don’t think it had any impact on Ibanez.

    What’s messed is Ibanez is out playing in a big LF. If Ichiro was there he might have caught it. Is Swisher injured?

  116. Joey H. says:

    I am not sure I have ever seen Joe that pissed before. I honestly thought he was going to punch that umpire in the face.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      I probably would’ve if I were in those shoes.

      Then again, my anger control can get really, really bad at times.

  117. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    Yanks probably go quietly this inning. Just a feeling.

  118. Hoss says:

    I thought we got Ichiro so Ibanez wouldn’t have to play the field.

  119. cashthegenius says:

    every other team in baseball knows what a shut down inning is

  120. Kramerica Industries says:

    Are Mike and John totally oblivious to the fact that the crowd knew that was a fair ball, and Ibanez could’ve heard that instead?

  121. 10 pitch inning. right after your pitcher just labored. Gotta do better than that guys.

  122. The Real Greg says:

    Oh for the magic of 2009….

  123. chilango says:

    Shut down inning. You just knew it right?

  124. Brian in NH says:

    i’m really starting to hate this team

  125. Athenian says:

    That was a terrible call. But seriously, a 10 pitch inning? This team looks dead and uninterested even after their manager gets tossed. Sad.

  126. Evitable says:

    The real question is – WHY did Girardi send Jeter with two strikes on the batter? An inning earlier, Leyland did exactly that and got double play for his troubles. You just know Girardi saw Leyland do that and thought “Oh, Leyland is such a MANAGER, that was such a STRATEGIC move, I SHOULD DO IT!” So he sends Jeter, and Swisher fouls it off, so now EVERYBODY knows that Jeter is going. And he sends him again! And why? How is this is a good move? If the batter strikes out or walks, it adds nothing. If you have a sinker-ball pitcher, maybe it breaks up the double play. But this wasn’t a sinker ball pitcher. If you fly out, it adds nothing. MAYBE Jeter gets an extra base, but at the risk of a double play on a strike out or line out. And if 1 batter gets an extra base hit or 2 batters get singles over the course of the next two outs, then the extra base accomplishes nothing. But…MANAGING! STRATEGY!

    Not to mention that Ibanez wouldn’t have missed that ball if he were DHing, like he should, and Suzuki were in left.

    • In a parallel universe I see Swish hitting a ground ball to the second baseman, Jeter not running and 4-6-3 DP and you writing a long winded post saying how he should’ve sent the runner.

      • pat says:

        Yup. Damned if he does damned if he doesn’t. Swish struck out on a fastball in the zone. Can’t happen.

      • chilango says:

        No. I’d be writing a post saying that fucking Swisher is a rally killer. Which he is.

      • Evitable says:

        No — if Swish hit into a double play than dummy Swish shouldn’t have hit into a double play, but oh well, that happens. Maybe if it’s a sinkerball pitcher and a batter prone to double plays then send the runner. Otherwise, I hate that move and think it’s from the school of “Giving up outs so the manager can feel like he has a purpose beyond filling out a lineup card”.

        • I think with Swish (or any high K guy) it’s debatable. I usually have no problem sending the runner 3-2 cause if the hitter hits an normal double instead of second and third, usually the guy on first scores. Especially if it’s a guy with above average speed like Jeter.

    • chilango says:

      Right. This is on Girardi. You never send ANYBODY with Tex or Swish or Granderson KRod etc batting with 2 strikes. What is Swisher doing in the 2 hole? He belongs 5-7. Fuck Kuroda’s not getting any support, as usual.

      • jjyank says:

        And who should be in the 2-hole then?

      • I still don’t understand why you have a problem with the guy who has the 3rd highest OBP batting in the 2 hole in between the guys who are 1 and 2..

        • chilango says:

          He strikes out way too much, can’t run and sucks in the clutch. Even if you’re basing your analysis purely on OBP then except for this year, Ichiro has numbers comparable to Swish’s.

          • Kramerica Industries says:

            Perhaps Ichiro’s gotten old and sucks now.

            “Except for this year”.

            Fucking horse-shit. If that’s all you’ve got, then no one’s going to take you the least bit seriously.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

            False. Swisher’s OBP has been over 60 points higher than Ichiro both this year and last year. Ichiro is a shell of his former self. Unless Ichiro finds himself a time machine or the fountain of youth, he is absolutely awful offensively and has no business batting anywhere near the top of the order.

            And fwiw, Ichiro has been much, much worse in the clutch than Swisher this year.

          • Stop saying “Ichiro has a comparable OBP to Swish EXCEPT FOR THIS YEAR.” We’re talking about this year. A year that Ichiro isn’t taking walks, has a horrid BABIP, and is clearly an old 38. He’s lost his bat speed. He used to be great. If we had gotten Ichiro 3 or 4 years ago I’d have no problem with him leading off, but this isn’t the same Ichiro. It just isn’t.
            Btw some clutch stats for Swish this season:
            2 outs RISP .310/.420/.643
            ‘late and close’ .283/.333/.565

            And before you start using the “Small Sample Size” arguments, if you even respond to this: by definition clutch times are SSS.

            • chilango says:

              Right, So we both have SSS. And I’m not saying I particularly like Ichiro batting 2d I’m just saying I’d rather see him there than Swish.

              • chilango says:

                Aw Nicky just fanned again WRISP. Is it late and close yet? Old Ichiro would have at least taken the fucking bat off his shoulder

                • Heisenberg's Hat says:

                  The pitch wasn’t a strike. So you’re right, Ichiro would have swung at it and tapped it to shortstop.

  127. CUYanks says:

    Not to pile on, but this is a good call by Tim Welke’s standards:

  128. Hoss says:

    When was the last time the Yankees officially protested a game?

    • RetroRob says:

      I don’t know. Seems like they used to protest a couple games a year at least, but that was twenty years back. Lou Pinella was from the Billy Martin school, so I can imagine he did it. I’m sure Buck Showalter did too. They’re never overturned, that is unless it’s against the Yankees in the Pinetar game.

      • Hoss says:

        I think this one might have a chance based on the “Umpire’s Interference” argument. If Welke’s actions affected Ibanez, they cannot let the play go on. Runners should stop. Similar to when A-Rod’s stolen base was taken away when the catcher made contact with a home plate umpire.

        • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

          Ibanez clearly wasn’t affected by Welke. He pursued the ball all the way.

          He’s just a shitty defender, that’s all.

          • Hoss says:

            I don’t think it’s that clear. We don’t know if Welke yelled “foul” (likely) or if Ibanez initialy saw the foul call then saw the reversal. He reacted as if he had seen the foul call by saying “You called it foul.”

            • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

              Even if he heard Welke, he never took his eyes off the ball — he watched it land fair.

              There’s no excuse for playing that popup into a double (well, except for being a 65 year old DH playing in a huge park, of course.)

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      They protested a game against the Marlins in 2009.

      I don’t remember any since then.

  129. The Real Greg says:

    If they lose this game, the media will continue to rise up and the wheels could fall off at any moment.

  130. Kramerica Industries says:

    I don’t comment often about how males look, and for good reason. More often than not, they are ugly, myself included.

    Andy Dirks also fits that mold. Cripes.

  131. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    This whole series has been a death by a thousand cuts.

  132. What the fuck is with our infield defense the last few days?

  133. Kramerica Industries says:

    …and the requisite chicken shit hit for Brennan Boesch.

    That’s gotta be at least one for every game in this series.

  134. Athenian says:

    THIS is the problem with baseball and umpiring. They are not held accountable for their shitty performance and instead are rewarded with more games and playoff games. Such a sham and a disgrace to the game.

    Worst part is that they know they suck so bad they will never agree to over turn calls for the greater good of the game. Hate the fat fucks who should be shift managers at Chick Fil A instead.

    • Agreed. I think Bud Selig should invoke the Best Interest of Baseball clause to disband the umpires union, or cut ties with them and start from scratch because a lot of these guys have no business being umpires.

    • RI$P FTW says:

      You should be mad at unions, not honest hardworking people just trying to get by.

      • Athenian says:

        Um I get your point in general but in baseball, those fat fuck umpires are not hard working. 80% of the time they are out of position, their strike zones are inconsistent, they are unable to get down the line and move, and lack any legitimacy to be called honest hardworking people.

    • RI$P FTW says:

      And I know it’s fashionable to talk shit about Chik Fil A, but bashing people who are working for minimum wage and likening them to fat fuck coddled umps in a union who face no repercussions for doing a terrible job is very misguided and ignorant.

      • Athenian says:

        Fashionable? Not sure what you mean. But the point was they do not possess the competence to be a major league umpire and should stop trying to exceed their limitations. The shift manager is related to what you normally see in American fast food restaurants, out of shape, over weight, unkept look, like Tim Welke and the rest of the that crew. That statement is not misguided nor ignorant but simply factual.

        If you really would like to discuss hardworking people, then we can have that debate as your country simply ignores if not condescendingly disparages people who are hard working, as though they are lazy underachievers.

  135. Allie says:

    I hate Brennan Boesch.

  136. The Real Greg says:

    The wheels are going to come off.

  137. CUYanks says:

    I don’t think the game was formally protested. It usually involves the ump going over to a phone and calling the league office immediately.

    • CUYanks says:

      Also, I seriously doubt something a manager yells at an umpire during an argument constitutes a formal protest, though Michael Kay seems to believe so.

    • Mike N says:

      Not according to the YES booth. They said that Girardi reserved his right to lodge the protest after the game by announcing to the crew chief that “this game is under protest”. Then, if the Yanks lose, they will forward the protest documents to the league offices. (Obviously, if they win, they won’t.)

      • CUYanks says:

        Is this coming from anyone but Michael Kay?

        • Mike N says:

          Each league shall adopt rules governing procedure for protesting a game, when a manager claims that an umpire?s decision is in violation of these rules. No protest shall ever be permitted on judgment decisions by the umpire. In all protested games, the decision of the League President shall be final.
          Even if it is held that the protested decision violated the rules, no replay of the game will be ordered unless in the opinion of the League President the violation adversely affected the protesting team?s chances of winning the game.
          Rule 4.19 Comment: Whenever a manager protests a game because of alleged misapplication of the rules the protest will not be recognized unless the umpires are notified at the time the play under protest occurs and before the next pitch, play or attempted play. A protest arising on a game-ending play may be filed until 12 noon the following day with the league office.”

          Looks like Kay is correct, based on the official rules of baseball.

          • CUYanks says:

            I know the rules regarding protests, but the question is whether the protest was formally made. It appeared that the umpire might have told Girardi that he couldn’t protest what he thought he could, and it is possible that no official protest was filed. We will see if the umpires did file it, I suppose, after the game, but not hearing official word of a protest already is not a great sign.

            • Mike N says:

              I guess we need to know the AL “rules governing procedure for protesting a game” to know whether the umpires are supposed to lodge the protest when the manager tells them he is protesting, or whether it is the responsibility of the team to lodge the protest after the game ends. My money is on the latter.

  138. Pat D says:

    Looks like I made the right decision to watch the women’s soccer and water polo.

  139. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Note: Raul Ibanez is not a good left fielder.

  140. DERP says:

    We are either scoring this inning or going down in order.

  141. DT says:

    Why does Detriot get so many bullshit infield hits?

  142. Cuso says:

    Nobody was commenting the first 4.5 innings.

    Now everyone is.

    Troll kingdom.

  143. Big Member says:

    Martin should be the back up

  144. JonS says:

    Take that Axisa. –Chris Stewart


  145. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    If memory serves, Jeter is terrible against Dotel. Crossing my fingers.

  146. Allie says:

    Did you guys know that people exist who want Stewart to be the primary starting catcher?

    I can’t decide whether the thought makes me want to laugh or cry.

    • Heisenberg's Hat says:

      The grass is always greener, I guess. I’ve even seen people who are desperate to get Cervelli back in the lineup.

  147. FIPster Doofus says:

    Two outs and a man on third? Time to hope against hope for a wild pitch/passed ball. Sigh.

  148. Cuso says:



    Holiday Innnnnnn!

  149. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Judging by the forecast, this might be the game right here.

  150. FIPster Doofus says:


  151. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Wow that pitch did not look like a strike to me.

    Can someone with Gameday tell me if I’m just being a homer?

  152. ClayDavis says:

    F’ing A

  153. Karl Krawfid says:

    Poor Kuroda. Like the Dodgers all over again.

  154. Mike N says:

    I am gonna be seriously pissed if they call this game with the Yanks down 3-2.

  155. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    Swisher, you make me regret defending you.

  156. DERP says:

    I have never been more ashamed

  157. chilango says:

    Hey whaddaya know? SWISH struck out looking with two outs and a runner 90 feet away from a tie game. ICHIRO would have at least put the fucking ball in play. Hey if he comes to bat in the ninth maybe he can get the choke hat trick. FUCK

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      You know, you’re not wrong for being annoyed with Swisher. You’re wrong for actually thinking Ichiro is better. Ichiro isn’t even an MLB-caliber hitter anymore.

    • Heisenberg's Hat says:

      OK, you’re fucking obsessed.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      Ichiro is awful. I understand knocking Swish, but to say Ichiro would be better is flat out ignoring reality.

    • I can’t wait until Swish gets a “clutch” hit or homer so you can say some bullshit line about how it was luck. Also if Ichiro puts the ball in play it’s a weak grounder right at a defender and is a simple out and the run doesn’t score anyway. I can’t believe your pulling this shit the game after the player you’re bashing was on base 5 fucking times. 5 TIMES(!!!) With an RBI and two runs scored.

    • DT says:

      What was a low strike call…should have been a ball. If he swung at it, it would have ended up an out either way.

    • Heisenberg's Hat says:

      Also, the strike 3 call was pretty bogus.

  158. Athenian says:

    It looks like this team is falling into further hard times. They are really playing bad bad bad baseball.

  159. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    fucking ridiculous

  160. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Pena should go get himself tossed.

  161. Karl Krawfid says:

    wow this is a fucking joke.

  162. JLC 776 says:

    My God, when will the pain end? Is the lineup really missing A-Rod this much?

  163. DT says:

    Fuck these umps. If i was the manager i would just pull my team off the field to protest this bullshit.

  164. DERP says:

    R Davis
    C Rasmus
    E Encarnacion
    Y Escobar
    D Cooper
    M Sierra
    J Mathis
    O Vizquel
    A Hechavarria

    This is the lineup that Toronto put out today.

  165. Erica says:

    This game is really frustrating to listen to. I’m not being a shipjumper. But it seems like every tiny thing that can go wrong, has been, in this game.

  166. Hoss says:

    For once Michael Kay is right. Cano should be forced to watch replays of Infante running down to first base until he does the same thing. Forces fielders and umpires to make mistakes.

  167. Athenian says:

    Clay “give up more runs” Rapada. ugh

  168. Eddard says:

    A comeback here is a necessity. If that fat clown Valverde dances around one more time they need to bring in Joba and drill Cabrera in back and throw one over the ump’s head for good measure.

  169. CUYanks says:

    Benoit has been homer prone lately.

  170. Widget says:

    If the orioles win tonight they will be 4 back. I’d say it is totally time to panic.

    • CUYanks says:

      It’s at least to the point where we can stop with the denial approach that says “we don’t care what happens in the other games.”

  171. DERP says:

    So next inning, Eppley, Logan, Phelps?

  172. That first pitch to Robby was so far outside it isn’t funny according to Gameday.

  173. DERP says:

    I hope we don’t waste our good hitters here and then let Valverde face the crap at the bottom of the lineup.

  174. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    It’s a brand new ballgame!

  175. TEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SENDS A TEXT MESSAGE!!!!

  176. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    Tex = UNCLUTCH

  177. Need Pitching & Hitting says:


  178. Kevin G. says:

    YES! TEX!!

  179. Eddard says:


  180. Karl Krawfid says:


  181. Widget says:

    Tex gets it. Yay Tex!!!!

  182. Tom Q says:

    Trolls: scatter! Lose yourselves in the crowd! Deny you were ever here!

  183. AaronGuielWithASmile says:


  184. FIPster Doofus says:


  185. Kevin G. says:


  186. Eddard says:


  187. Mike N says:

    CHAAAAAVEZ!!!!!!!!!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  188. Get Phelps Up says:

    I love you Eric Chavez.

  189. DERP says:

    This is awesome

  190. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Thank Mo for Chavez!!!!

  191. Erica says:


  192. Buffalo Bill says:

    Once again, too many home runs from this team. Clearly doomed.

  193. Tom says:


    Yankees taking it out of the hands of the umpires… harder to botch HR calls (but I’m sure this crew would figure out a way)

  194. Erica says:

    I need an Eric Chavez name and number tee.

  195. So, apparently the owner thought that maybe he should check up on me while on vacation in Turkey getting used to the time difference…and saw me do a double fist pump, and bang my chest a couple times after the homers. I’m so fucking embarrased right now, cause there’s no audio, so he’s got no idea that I’m listening to anything.

  196. thenamestsam says:

    Not a 9th inning comeback = not clutch. I’m not impressed.

  197. DERP says:

    So Eppley (Joba?), Logan, and Soriano, right?

  198. DERP says:

    Well done

  199. Get Phelps Up says:

    Chavez is on pace for 37 homers over 600 ABs.

  200. RetroRob says:

    Chavez hasn’t been this good in at least five years. I approve.

  201. Buffalo Bill says:

    In case of a post-season match-up against these Tigers, I’ve just got an entirely different feeling about that Detroit bullpen this year than I did last year. Seems REALLY vulnerable right now.

  202. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fuck its still the 8th

  203. Eddard says:

    They’ll need Phelpsy to step up here and get Miggy out. Then Logan can finish off Fielder. If they get through this Soriano should have a much easier 9th.

  204. chilango says:

    As long as it’s not Joba…

  205. Phelps getting a HUGE vote of confidence from Pena.

  206. CUYanks says:

    This could be the coming-of-age moment for David Phelps.

  207. jjyank says:

    Gah my phone died. How did the Yanks score?

  208. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    C’mon Phelps.

  209. FIPster Doofus says:

    David just slayed Goliath.

  210. DERP says:

    Huge out

  211. Big Member says:

    A Rod will split the DH when he gets back. No way in hell is he playing over Chavez if Endy is healthy

  212. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    this is odd pen mgmt.

  213. the other Steve S. says:

    Why isn’t Ichiro in for defense?

  214. pat says:

    Can we just jam Miggy every single fucking time we pitch him, please?

  215. Need Pitching & Hitting says:


  216. Seriously…Murphy’s fucking Law in every way this series.

  217. the other Steve S. says:

    Clog ‘em up big boy.

  218. cashthegenius says:

    goood lord the breaks in this game

  219. Mike N says:


  220. Karl Krawfid says:

    1-2 fastball :( Don’t like that.

  221. cashthegenius says:

    I thought a balk was a move that had the intent to fool the runner. how is almost falling because your spikes got caught a effing balk

  222. Erica says:

    Phelps’s foot got caught and that’s a balk? Why?

  223. chilango says:

    Like how many bad breaks are we going to get in this series?

  224. pat says:

    That’s always a balk.

  225. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Not crazy about going for the 4 out save.

  226. cashthegenius says:

    this feels like its gonna backfire

  227. Mike N says:

    I just read the balk rules, and they do not require that the pitcher have the intent to deceive.

  228. Karl Krawfid says:

    Ichiro baby!

  229. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    …not cool, Rafa.

  230. RetroRob says:

    My guess is it will cost more than 900K to bring back Chavez.

  231. Get Phelps Up says:

    My heart stopped for a moment there.

  232. DERP says:

    Just score ten more runs please.

  233. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    god damn. Thank goodness for Comerica national park.

  234. cashthegenius says:

    finally I like this ballpark

  235. the other Steve S. says:

    Just paid for himself

  236. CUYanks says:

    Thankfully we don’t have World Series Nelson Cruz out there.

    • RetroRob says:

      …and Washington had Endy Chavez, an excellent defender, on his bench. I can only imagine if that happened in NY.

      Washington should be fired, and not just for that screw-up, which was huge.

  237. Mike N says:


    (BTW, can I assert once again that the Yanks made the right move picking up Ichiro, given their clear need for an everyday outfielder?)

  238. Erica says:


  239. pat says:

    10 runs on Valverde please. Hate this motherf*cker.

  240. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Insurance runs please.

  241. JLC 776 says:

    USA! USA! USA!

  242. Get Phelps Up says:

    163,000+ total fans in this series. But the Yankees are so bad for baseball…

  243. CUYanks says:

    Giving up a home run to Chris Stewart would be the ultimate shame and embarrassment for Valverde’s family.

  244. RetroRob says:

    Yeah, Michael, if the Yankees win the protest goes away. They’re hoping to win that game.

  245. Big Member says:

    I want to see Valverde jizz his pants when he gets the 3 outs just to be told that his team is loosing.

  246. Karl Krawfid says:

    Get Jeter in dammit

  247. cashthegenius says:

    cmon swish….make up for past sins

    • chilango says:

      I looked up his situational stats and I stand corrected. Although I still think he strikes out too much to bat 2d. Now will you leave my mother alone…

    • chilango says:

      I looked up his situational stats and I stand corrected. Although I still think he strikes out too much to bat 2d. Like he did today. Now will you leave my mother alone…

  248. Karl Krawfid says:

    You have to be fucking kidding me.

  249. cashthegenius says:

    best play of Fielders career

  250. cashthegenius says:

    of fucking course

  251. AaronGuielWithASmile says:


    Ibanez really shouldn’t be in the outfield in the 9th inning of a one run game.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      Not that anyone on the Yankees would’ve caught that, Ibanez has just been a horror show out there today.

  252. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    please don’t blow this

  253. Mike N says:

    Uh, oh.

  254. Karl Krawfid says:

    Man if the Yanks drop another 1 run game man…

  255. JMK says:

    The Tigers have some luck, don’t they?

  256. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    …so this isn’t going well.

  257. Eddard says:

    Big trouble. Probably shouldn’t have used Soriano for more than 1 inning. Just get out of this tied. And we already used Phelps damnit.

  258. Darren says:


  259. RetroRob says:

    Strikeout and DP, please. I’ll take a pop up and a double play. Not being greedy in my hopes.

  260. So…why wasn’t Swish (who made the last out) put in RF, and Ichi moved to LF?

    • RetroRob says:

      Don’t know. Not sure why Swish was even DHing with Ibanez in the field. Maybe his hip is still bothering him and they’re heading up to Toronto to play on turf. Yet if I was going to “rest” Swish, I’d do it in one of the games in Toronto.

  261. Karl Krawfid says:

    Here comes the bunt.

  262. cashthegenius says:

    this is just one of those series where the other team has had every break possible

  263. Leg-End says:

    God f*****g dammit. Get out of this please.

  264. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Don’t look now, but that was a very hittable pitch.

  265. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yankees have to win this game. Only right that we win this fucking game man.

  266. Perfect, looping liner right at an infielder. Now, one hopper right to Cano would be perfect.

  267. Erica says:

    Gonna, like, slap a random person on the street if the Yankees blow this.

  268. Brian S. says:

    Strike him out MFIKY!

  269. Cuso says:

    If we get to Miggy, forget about escaping with a tie

  270. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    1 more out. Come on Rafa!

  271. Eddard says:

    Get this man, Soriano. We don’t want Miggy coming up with a chance to win.

  272. Cuso says:

    Sit on it, Potsie

  273. Mike N says:


  274. I usually hate closer celebrations, but if Sori finishes this I want him to do a whole huge dance right on Valverde’s home mound while staring at Valverde.

  275. Karl Krawfid says:


  276. Need Pitching & Hitting says:


  277. Leg-End says:

    The Great Escape, nice job Sori.

  278. CUYanks says:

    David Robertson looks different!

  279. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    That was awesome. Way to go, MFIKY.

  280. cashthegenius says:

    one run win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  281. Mike N says:


    OH, YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  282. Widget says:

    Dirks is going yard. He sucks and the suck has owned the yankees this series.

  283. Get Phelps Up says:

    Love ya MFIKY.

  284. Tom says:

    Wow… tremendous effort by MFIKY!

  285. thenamestsam says:

    God damn. You just knew getting over the one run game hump was going to take a tough one.

  286. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I wan to check Tigers blogs if they don’t like the untuck. They’re the last team that can complain.

  287. AaronGuielWithASmile says:


    Off the bat, that gave me an awful Luis Gonzalez flashback.

  288. DT says:

    Good Win!

  289. Brian S. says:


  290. Erica says:


  291. chilango says:

    A one run win. Oh boy,

  292. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    I thought for sure that ball was going to fall in the way things have been going.

  293. Darren says:

    Jesus I hate you Sterlin and you’re fake and horrible calls. Was that last out close to a hit? Sterling tried to add some drama and then stumbled over his words so I have no idea is it was an obvious out or looked like it might fall in for a hit.

  294. Eddard says:

    Well done there to get out with a split. After all that we didn’t do too bad to split on the road. Huge comeback win that hopefully leads to a big run.

  295. The Real Greg says:


    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      Yesterday you said it was just one game, and a loss is a loss, and to get over it if it happens. Today it was the biggest game of the season.

      • The Real Greg says:

        In terms of life, its just one game and get over it quickly.

        In terms of baseball both of these games were tremendous.

  296. Mike N says:

    What a great game!!! A little more exciting than I was hoping, but awesome outcome!!!

  297. Cuso says:

    Holy shit, what a much needed win.

    I mean, just straight-up NEEDED that.

  298. JonS says:

    Now that was a big boy save. Good job Soriano.

  299. CUYanks says:

    Take the split and GET OUT OF TOWN NOW!

  300. Erica says:

    The season turns back around for us with this game.

    /dramatic statement

  301. Brian S. says:

    The Yankees will not be able to hit home runs when they need to. They won’t be able to hit home runs in big ballparks. You can’t hit home runs against the best starters and relievers. Oh.

  302. CUYanks says:

    It was the Girardi ejection like in 2009! We’re going to win it all!

  303. CUYanks says:

    Longoria went 3-5 today. I have a feeling in a week or so we will be worrying a lot more about the Rays than the Orioles.

    • Tom Q says:

      Some of us have all along.

      The Orioles are well under .500 in all games decided by other than 1 run. Their record is luck at a cosmic level. The Rays are a legit contender.

      • CUYanks says:

        Yes, if you want to see something confusing, look at the Orioles’ pitching rotation, lineup, and run differential, and compare those to the Angels’ pitching rotation, lineup, and run differential– and then look at their records.

    • JohnnyC says:

      The way he’s running (or hopping almost), wouldn’t surprise me if he re-injures the leg.

  304. Get Phelps Up says:

    Clay Rapada passed Cliff Lee in wins today.

  305. CUYanks says:

    And here’s Joe Girardi on the postgame admitting the Umps didn’t let him protest.

  306. CUYanks says:

    YES still not understanding that the umps didn’t LET Joe protest. There was no protest.

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