Game 113: Beat the Jays


(REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)

The Yankees have a nice little three-game winning streak going, and they’ve won five of their last eight games overall. It doesn’t feel like it though, it’ll take more than a nice eight-game stretch to wash away the stench of those three awful weeks starting out in Oakland. New York has a chance to win their first three-game series in Toronto in more than three years this afternoon, and here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is running out there…

DH Derek Jeter
RF Nick Swisher
1B Mark Teixeira
2B Robinson Cano
LF Andruw Jones
CF Curtis Granderson
SS Jayson Nix
3B Casey McGehee
Chris Stewart

RHP Ivan Nova

This afternoon’s game starts a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Strat says:

    Awfully pessimistic post. Three game winning streak! Toronto is a mess. No reason not to be optimistic.

  2. Kevin G. says:

    Surprise afternoon game caught me off guard.

  3. jjyank says:

    Man, I remember when I used to look forward to Nova’s starts. Good times.

  4. The Real Greg says:

    Why is everybody on edge about CC excessively? Mild elbow soreness is much better than full on pain.

    There should be a bit of concern,but not all out panic.

  5. jjyank says:

    This is off topic, but I’ll go for it anyway. My phone (Motorola Droid 2) completely shit the bed the other day. Like, people can’t hear me talk when I make phone calls kind of shit the bed. Verizon said they are sending me a LG Lightning as a stop-gap until my upgrade. I found it odd that I was getting a different model instead of a refurbished Droid 2. Which might be okay, since I hate my phone. Anyone have any experience or hear anything about the LG Lightning? It’s going to be my phone until my upgrade in April whether I like it or not.

  6. Kramerica Industries says:

    Michael Kay?


  7. Kramerica Industries says:


    Will we be praising SuperNova today, or wishing to reach the Novacaine after this game?

  8. wait…the top of the first inning is over already? The game started like 6 minutes ago, no?

  9. Good first inning for Nova…but he’s like AJ was last year. 5 good innings with one absolute disaster in the middle or at the end.

    • Rooting for U.S. Steel says:

      I dunno, I don’t have the same gut-churning sensation when Nova starts that I did when Burnett took the mound. Nova hasn’t been great of late, but he’s a better candidate to throw a decent game on any given day than A.J. was.

      And yes, I realize I’m tempting the fates here…

  10. jjyank says:

    A Golden Corral commercial just mentioned tilapia. I laughed.

    • Rooting for U.S. Steel says:

      Blast. Reply failure.

      Had it been followed by a spot for Harry Potter DVDs we might have had to put you back together…

  11. Mike N says:

    This home-plate umpire is a self-aggrandizing asshole. Hey dumb shit: No one cares about you, no one wants to pay attention to you, and no one wants to be distracted by your absurd bellowing.

  12. Rooting for U.S. Steel says:

    Had it been followed by a spot for Harry Potter DVDs we might have had to put you back together…

  13. why hitting grandy near head? that’s not cool.

    • chilango says:

      Looked like an off speed that got away

    • Rooting for U.S. Steel says:

      Aaron Laffey has been better this year, but he’s never been a paragon of control. I don’t love how much our players have been beaned, but it’s not hard to think that legitimately was an accident, given the nature of the pitcher…

  14. The Real Greg says:

    Oh those soft tossing lefties….

  15. Mike N says:

    Wow! The wind must have taken that one.

  16. Brian S. says:

    Two hard hit balls given up by Nova. That fastball is still hovering over the middle.

  17. Brian S. says:

    Two hard hit balls given up by Nova. That fastball is still hovering over the middle.

  18. chilango says:

    Nova’s up and in the middle. Fuck

  19. Mike N says:

    I wonder if the catchers ever say to this asshole ump, “Hey, motherfucker. Would you mind not screaming at the top of your lungs into my fucking ear?”

  20. Cliff Lee has 2 wins, AJ Burnett has 14. Therefore AJ is 7 times better than Cliff.

    • The Real Greg says:

      This year, oh yes.

    • Mike N says:

      I have to say, I am glad that AJ is pitching well in Pittsburgh. I always felt bad that a guy like him with great stuff just couldn’t handle the pressure in NY.

      • As am I, I’m just upset he could never be good here. I met him once in Closter, really a nice guy.

      • Brian S. says:

        It wasn’t the pressure, it was the short fences he could not handle. Too home run prone for a small ballpark.

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          He was actually significantly worse on the road last year. (although he did allow more HRs at home)

        • Mike N says:

          That may have been part of it, but he also just didn’t have the psychological makeup that would have allowed him to adjust, and as soon as he got behind batters or in games, he lost the plot. Having watched him pitch almost every game as a Yank, it was clear that he too easily lost his composure when things got tricky.

  21. mt says:

    Without having to face Rasmus, Bautista, Arencibia, Lawrie and Lind, there is no excuse if Nova stumbles in this game.

  22. Kramerica Industries says:

    Stewart’s offensive “prowess”.

    Yeah, ok.

  23. Wait Stewart put a charge into that ball?

  24. Mike N says:

    Just slightly under it.

  25. Brian S. says:

    Fuck, really? Stewart hits a ball hard and nothing to show for it…

  26. jjyank says:

    Wow that was a hell of an effort by Hechavaria (sp).

  27. chilango says:

    2d time around let’s pound Laffey

  28. chilango says:

    Another K for Swisher. I know I’m gonna get a lot of shit but I just don’t like him batting 2d.

  29. Brian S. says:

    OT but Ayn Rand freak Paul Ryan has just been chosen as Mitt Romney’s VP candidate.

  30. chilango says:

    Kay just said Nova’s locating the fastball and has control of the curve. What game am I watching then?

  31. The Real Greg says:

    Remember Laffey shut down the Red Sox twice this year. So he can be effective.

  32. Kramerica Industries says:

    Canadian spellings are amazing.

    “re” beats the hell out of “er”.

  33. Hoss says:

    Are there stats for batters who take the most called 3rd strikes? Because I think Swish has got to be near the top of the list. His reactions to those calls do not endear him to the umpires, either.

    • Mike N says:

      This would be consistent with his patience and ability to run up the count. If you’re gonna be real patient, you’re gonna have more called third strikes. You can’t get one without the other.

  34. The Real Greg says:

    Gotta be the Doc.

  35. Mike Axisa says:

    Not sure on the trivia, Hentgen maybe?

  36. Kramerica Industries says:

    There’s no way the trivia question answer is Roy Halladay, is there?

  37. Kevin G. says:

    Did that football player pull down Doug M.’s pants and reveal his bare naked ass?

  38. Mike N says:

    I lost the plot there. Why did they show clips of high-school football?

  39. The Real Greg says:

    As to the trivia: I forgot he was a Blue Jay

  40. Brian S. says:

    Laffey is lucky as shit.

  41. Mike N says:

    C’mon! RISPHIT!!!

  42. The Real Greg says:

    Clue to the trivia answer: Dave Duncan

  43. chilango says:

    Grandy got a cookie. Cmon guys. RISP. Let’s go

  44. jjyank says:


  45. Mike N says:

    yesssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! risphit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. The Real Greg says:

    Good slide

  47. Get Phelps Up says:


    Awesome slide by Tex, too!

  48. chilango says:

    Nix comes through again.

  49. Get Phelps Up says:

    Anyone hear Sterling’s call?

  50. Rooting for U.S. Steel says:

    You Cannot Stop Casey McGehee. You Can Only Hope to Contain Him.

  51. Mike N says:


  52. jjyank says:

    Wow. He murdered that ball.

    Riddle, I assume you’re on the radio. What was Sterlings call for him?

  53. “how do you like that, Casey At The Bat.” Sterling’s just getting lazy now.

  54. Rooting for U.S. Steel says:

    Sterling’s call: Casey at the bat!

  55. Kramerica Industries says:

    True Yankee™

  56. chilango says:

    A bomb. Nice to see the bench stepping up. Way to go

  57. nsalem says:

    Casey at the Bat
    Casey ya later

  58. Mike N says:

    Laffey sure ain’t laffin’ now.

  59. Get Phelps Up says:

    There’s the Aaron Laffey we know and love!

  60. Brian S. says:

    Chris Stewart has been raking lately.

  61. Mike N says:

    Oh, shit. Middlebrooks is out for the season.

  62. Kramerica Industries says:

    O/U: Nova gives back 3.5 runs this inning?

  63. Mike N says:


  64. Brian S. says:

    Welp there goes perfection.

  65. Kramerica Industries says:

    David Cone is such an awesome color guy.

    • Mike N says:

      He is hilarious. When he was playing for the Yanks in the late 90s, he lived in the same building as me. When I would run into him, I would just give a thumbs-up, and he would always do an exaggerated thumbs-up and make a funny face in response. He must have moved out before the perfect game, though, because I never saw him the ’99 season.

  66. Mike N says:

    Cone just admitted to tax evasion????

  67. jjyank says:

    That curveball was nasty.

  68. Brian S. says:

    Remember when Chris Stewart was supposed to be good at throwing out runners? lol

  69. Get Phelps Up says:

    How did nobody notice that was a balk.

  70. Can some one explain to me what’s going on?

    • The Real Greg says:

      Apparently on the pitch Davis stole, they called a balk.

      So that strike doesn’t count and neither does the stolen base.

  71. Kramerica Industries says:

    Balk calls are weird.

  72. Wtf Nova…do you know the definition of a ‘Shutdown inning?’

  73. Brian S. says:

    Hey Nova throw your fastball right down the middle more.

  74. Kramerica Industries says:

    No lead is Nova-proof, I guess.

  75. Nova…time and a place for a purpose pitch. This was not it.

  76. Mike N says:

    C’mon, Nova. Get a hold of yourself.

  77. Mike N says:

    Nova has lost the damn strike zone.

  78. Mike N says:

    That was a lucky one.

  79. chilango says:

    3-2 curve, nice. One more let’s go

  80. Get Phelps Up says:

    Crisis averted.

  81. Wow…we still have the lead. Good job Nova.

  82. Pat D says:

    I remember liking SkyDome at one point. I can’t really remember why, because now I find it almost impossible to watch a game played there since I can never pick up the ball against the infield.

  83. chilango says:

    Nova gets out of it…but that’s because we’re in Toronto. Can’t see him pitching well against good teams.

  84. Kramerica Industries says:

    By the way, the Casey at the Bat stuff made me dig this old gem up, courtesy of Mr. Kabak:

  85. Laffey reminds me of Warren from Empire Records.

  86. sangreal says:

    Cone should really spend more time at RAB instead of PSA

  87. Brian S. says:

    Cone just referenced Pinstripe Alley. Does that make you jealous Mike?

  88. Guys, I’m going to have to kill myself. John and Suzyn and I agree on something. I cannot live in a world like that. Greg, I leave you my collection of music, we probably share likes. jjyank I leave you my blog, please continue the humor I have started there. Robinson Tilapia, I leave to you my external full of every episode of Doctor Who ever. I’m sure your wife will enjoy it. Erica, I leave to you my signed Poison poster that my older cousin gave me.

    They agree that the wave is basically the worst thing ever.

  89. Brian S. says:

    Cano works epic walk, Jones and Granderson swing at first pitch. lol

  90. Kosmo says:

    granderson turns into a pumpkin after the 3rd inning of virtually every game.

  91. Brian S. says:

    No more leadoff runners!

  92. Mike N says:

    Nice slider!

  93. The Real Greg says:

    His slider and curve have been haunting the Jays all day

  94. Mike N says:

    Loud out.

  95. Mike N says:

    Nova has been fortunate today.

  96. Brian S. says:

    Casey Mcgehee=beast

  97. jjyank says:

    Nice McGehee! Good to have him step up with lefties on the mound and Chavez needing a break.

  98. The Real Greg says:

    Stewart angry!

  99. Mike N says:

    Eww. Who wants to watch people kiss in slo-mo like that?????

  100. Brian S. says:

    Fifty shades of Cone lol

    • RetroRob says:

      BTW I’m going to claim ignorance here. Can someone tell me in one or two lines what Fifty Shades of Grey is about? I went to look it up and there was a Wikipedia entry that was too long for me to even bother reading.

      • Started as Twilight Fan Fiction, some how turned into a few hundred pages of BDSM porn between a young woman and older man. Women love it cause it makes them feel dirty.

        • jjyank says:


          I will stay far, far away from that.

        • RetroRob says:

          Ahh, okay, thanks. Explains how I’ve been able to ignore it. I’m usually up on most pop cultural references, even I think in which I have no interest, but this one is too far out for me.

          Now I am surprised Cone has even heard of it!

        • Brian S. says:


        • Tom Q says:

          Older man? The guy’s 27. Granted, she’s 22-ish but, Christ (spoken by a guy well past 27).

          What it’s mainly about, aside from the S&M, is a girl who somehow not only stays a virgin till she’s graduated from college, but also somehow never owns a computer till then. And, oh yeah: every single orgasm she gets from this guy is catacylysmic/earth-moving. Major chick fantasy.

          • I don’t think your details make it any less…off putting is the word I’m going to use.

          • Rocky Road Redemption says:

            You’re not seriously implying that you can’t stay a virgin up until after college? Because I find that kind of insulting.

            • I think he’s implying that it would be difficult to stay a virgin through college, as well as not have access to a computer through college. The first one is difficult, especially with social and peer pressure, but the second one is just about impossible. Unless the book is based in like the mid-late 90s.

              • RetroRob says:

                I’ll believe it’s easier to make it through college and be a virgin than not have access to a computer through college.

              • jjyank says:

                I guess it depends where you went to school. I went to a school that was consistently a top-20 party school, so you were NOT staying a virgin :P

                I took care of that in high school anyway, though.

                • Reasons I want to go away to school after I finish my associates:
                  1. New people
                  2. Smoke easier
                  3. Easy Pootang

                  Yes I’m a horrible person.

                  • jjyank says:

                    No, you’re just in your early twenties :P As far as #2 goes, not many places better for that than UVM. 4/20 there was just a massive party everywhere. The school even cancels classes for the day because they know everyone will just skip anyway. God damn it I miss college.

                    • Wait, Seriously? They cancel class on 4/20? You’re kidding right?

                    • jjyank says:

                      Nope. They called it an in service day or some bullshit. My freshman year they didn’t do that, but everyone skipped anyway. The next year, and from then on, they had some in service day every year on 4/20. It was awesome. Everyone smoking out in the open all over campus.

                      If you’ve never been, you gotta visit Burlington. Such an awesome place, and you’d probably fit in well there.

              • Rocky Road Redemption says:

                All right then, that’s cool. Carry on with your scheduled mocking of these travesties.

          • Rocky Road Redemption says:

            No, the REALLY amazing thing is that she has her first wet dream in college. And she reacts to the wet dream in the same way a pre-teen reacts about getting their first period. Not only that, the dream has to do with Christian grey dressed in jeans, shirtless, with cowboy boots on top of a horse or some shit like that. It’s hilarious.

        • vicki says:

          imagine a book about baseball by someone who had never seen a game.

      • Rocky Road Redemption says:

        Those books make a mockery of literature.

        The two greatest lines of all time:

        From the first book:

        “…I had my very own Christian Grey-flavored popsicle!”

        -Ana, the main character, referring to love interest Christian Grey’s penis

        From the sequel Fifty Shades Darker:

        “…Do you want a regular vanilla relationship with no kinky fuckery at all?”
        My mouth drops open. “Kinky fuckery?” I squeak.
        “Kinky fuckery.”

        These lines actually appeared in the books.

        I shit you not.

        That is all.

        • Ugh. I cannot believe my sister, mother, and other women in my life who I respect are reading this trash.

        • RetroRob says:

          Thanks…err, I think.

          I’m hoping you Google’d that and it’s not retyped from your personal editions. Not that I have an issue with anyone in to whatever, but that’s scary shit.

          • Rocky Road Redemption says:

            I found a website that goes through each chapter of the books and reviews them. I was laughing so hard I nearly choked. The main character actually talks to her “subconscious” and “inner goddess”, portrayed as humans who apparently live in Ana’s mind or something.

            She reacts bizarrely to extremely normal things people say. These are paraphrased quotes, but they’re not exaggerations.

            “Hello Ana, nice to see you today.”

            “Please Ana, have some food.”

            These books are amazing in their own special way.

            • RetroRob says:

              Sounds like there is a whole another segment out there that enjoys making fun of it.

              Has anyone seen the author interviewed? Is she (I’m guessing it’s a she) as weird as her writings?

              Okay, I need to leave this part of the thread. It’s the 8th inning and I’ve learned way too much about this!

  101. Mike N says:

    RISPHIT FOR THE CAPTAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  102. jjyank says:

    Watching Jeter defy age has been awesome.

  103. RetroRob says:

    Nice, Derek.

  104. Brian S. says:

    Jeter racks up multi-hit games

  105. Get Phelps Up says:

    It’s so awesome to see Jeter leading the AL in hits.

    • Brian S. says:

      I want he and Cano to finish 1 and 2

    • jjyank says:

      It really is. For people my age, Jeter is like a baseball god. The face of the franchise, the model of consistency. I love that he’s not going down without a fight against Father Time.

      Jeter was never even my favorite player (that was Bernie for me, and now Cano) but there’s no denying how awesome a season for a 38 year old shortstop this is.

  106. The Real Greg says:

    And to think we get to play these guys even more in this second half

  107. Brian S. says:

    Loup is a cool last name.

  108. Brian S. says:

    Nova hates Russ, news at 11.

  109. The Real Greg says:

    Encarnacion should get used to that.

  110. Mike N says:


  111. Get Phelps Up says:

    Stupid warnings. How on earth does that seem intentional?

  112. Brian S. says:

    Yeah we’re getting beaned.

  113. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    What the hell, Joyce?

  114. One thing I’ve always loved about Nova: he’s not afraid to come inside/hit guys. I still remember his first game, drilling Bautista. One of my favorite memories of him.

  115. Mike N says:

    Srsly, though, Escobar wants to crowd the plate, he’s gonna get hit.

  116. jjyank says:

    Whoa, ballsy move by Tex there.

  117. Mike N says:

    Nice play!

  118. Get Phelps Up says:

    Nova’s pitching well because I dropped him from my fantasy team after his last start. You’re welcome everyone.

  119. chilango says:

    Nova was OK today but would have got rocked by a better team. His fastball was flat and he still has control problems.

  120. The Real Greg says:

    Andruw Jones has had one good weekend in Fenway. That’s it

  121. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Actually, I kind of take it back about Joyce. Kay (I think it was him) just made the point that it takes away the Jays’ ability to retaliate. So while Nova’s pitches weren’t intentional, there was a good chance the Jays were retaliating if he didn’t issue a warning. It probably actually helps the Yankees.

  122. Mike N says:

    C’mon, Nova!!!

  123. Mike N says:

    GRAND CATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  124. Brian S. says:

    Why couldn’t you do that against Ciriaco?

  125. Mike N says:

    Nova’s done, right?

  126. Nova’s got a chance for the CG. If he gives up another run though get MFIKY up for a nice 3 run save.

  127. Kramerica Industries says:

    I didn’t know the upper deck of SkyDome was open for Jays games anymore.

    But there are people up there.

  128. The Real Greg says:

    Good choice to not pinch hit Chavez. Him on this turf could be deadly

  129. Brian S. says:


  130. Brian S. says:

    Robertson again?

  131. chilango says:

    Robbie time

  132. Brian S. says:

    lol ten straight breaking pitches.

  133. You guys are being to quick on the trigger w/ Nova. He’s got a decent lead.

    • chilango says:

      OK but he had a decent lead his last two outings too

      • He had a lot longer to blow that lead though, he has a relatively short leash here, it’s not like it’s the 5th inning and he’s got half the game to give it back. It’s the bottom of the 8th. I think Joe pulled him a batter early even, only because it’s not really Nova’s fault McGehee didn’t make that play.

  134. Mike N says:

    Don’t boo the kid, you jagoff Jays fans!

  135. chilango says:

    94 right down the middle. Nova got lucky

  136. Kramerica Industries says:

    What in the world are these Jays thinking?

    Gose last night, Davis today. Stealing third down by 3-4 runs?

  137. Brian S. says:

    God the YES booth loves Chris Stewart.

  138. Mike N says:

    What a crap tag by McGaheay.

  139. Brian S. says:

    How is it good for your arm to throw nothing but breaking pitches?

  140. Brian S. says:

    Fuck you Mcgehee.

  141. Mike N says:

    And now a crap fielding play by McGeehay.

  142. Get Phelps Up says:

    Arod makes that play.

  143. The Real Greg says:

    McGehee not a good fielding 3rd baseman in his career. A .943 fielding percentage in 5 seasons at 3rd base.

  144. Mike N says:

    OK, this Just For Men ad with the baby is fucking horrifying. I feel like I need to wipe my brain clean after watching it.

  145. Mike N says:

    Escobar was afraid to come up to bat again!

    AND DP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  146. Kramerica Industries says:

    First ballot?

    No further discussion on that, please.

  147. Mike N says:

    Enough already about Vizquel.

  148. Mike N says:

    Did Swisher actually just go to fist bump the catcher after he struck out?? What the fuck was he doing there?

  149. chilango says:

    Another K for Nicky

  150. Mike N says:


  151. RetroRob says:

    Jones at his peak was a better defender than Ichiro. Ichiro today is better than Jones, even though Ichiro is older.

  152. Mike N says:

    END IT NOW!!!!!!

  153. jjyank says:

    Un. Tuck.

    Great win, boys.

  154. The Real Greg says:

    Untuck and the Yankees are on a roll.

  155. Mike N says:

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great pitching by Nova and the pen today!!!!!!!!!!!!

  156. RetroRob says:

    Nice easy game, although I will have apply bleach directly to my brain after the 50 Shades of Grey discussion.

  157. Velocitee says:

    Nova with a good game?

    OMG!!!11!!! ACE OF OUR STAFF!!@!#!~~~ CAN”T SEND HIM DOWN NOWWWW!!!~~!!


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