Aug
14

Game 116: The Fill-In Ace

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BFFs. (REUTERS/Adam Hunger)

The Yankees got a nice if not unexpected pitching lift from David Phelps and Derek Lowe yesterday, and tonight they hand the ball to their de facto ace Hiroki Kuroda. With CC Sabathia on the shelf, Freddy Garcia a shell of his former self, and three kids in the rotation, Kuroda is the guy Joe Girardi & Co. are going to lean on for quality outings every five days. A win tonight guarantees at least a split with the other best team in the AL. Here’s the starting nine..

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

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

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575 Comments»

  1. Arya says:

    This is one I feel confident in. Kuroda is a tough man to beat at home.

  2. JoeyA says:

    Here’s to hoping for a Yankees win & the always welcomed, never failing to deliver negative reports coming from Boston clubhouse.

    The gift that truly keeps on giving, year in & year out.

    • Hoss says:

      Yes, the Fried Chicken & Beer Committee went to see J. Henry to complain.

    • vin says:

      “One player who spoke on the condition of anonymity was present at the meeting but told ESPNBoston.com, “it was just like any other meeting.”

      Indeed it was.

      • Hoss says:

        Bobby V. is toast. Whenever an owner says publicly that your job is safe, it’s time to dust off the resume. “Hello, MLB network…”

  3. The Real Greg says:

    It scares me to say this but….

    I feel good about this game.

    Kuroda pitched well in Texas against this lineup. Harrison is not a strikeout pitcher. The offense has been loaded with righties…

    The fact that I feel reasonably well about this game scares me a bit.

  4. Hoss says:

    Mets just did us a favor by taking Shoppach from the Red Sox. Maybe they’d take a flyer on Ciriaco, too…hehehe

  5. Big Member says:

    “CC Sabathia on the shelf, Freddy Garcia a shell of his former self, and three kids in the rotation”

    6 years of MLB experience and still a kid?

  6. CUYanks says:

    Do we root for Josh Beckett tonight?

  7. paul says:

    kuroda – 7 innings, 3 runs. yanks win 6-4

  8. Kramerica Industries says:

    Bah, easy way out tonight.

    MLBN with Vasgersian and Kaat.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

      Totally.

    • pat says:

      Kay, Coney and Paulie on My9. I won’t complain.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        One of the best booth’s YES can have.

        Don’t care at all for Flash or for Lou. Leiter’s barely ever around with his duties a MLBN.

        That leaves Coney, O’Neill, and Ken. Honestly, those three in the booth with Kay out isn’t too bad either.

        • pat says:

          Away games with those three are the best. That’s my ideal lineup too. I feel like they don’t let Kay get away with saying as much dumb shit so he’s not too insufferable.

      • M-Three says:

        Get ride of Cone, add either Singleton or Flash and then its a good broadcast. A lot of you may complain about Michael Kay but the only 2 YES guys that suck are Cone and Leiter. Both of them are unbearable to listen to because every other word out of their mouths is about those stupid statistics that have ruined baseball known as “sabermetrics”. I will forever hate Bill James for creating those and ruining the way people should judge players.

  9. pat says:

    Throw pitch, get out. Me likey.

  10. VT Yankee Fan says:

    The Yanks are currently playing with a 25 man payroll of $126MM. DL payroll is $80MM.

  11. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Nice win last night, great job by D-Lowe. Bullpen’s fresh and ready to go, hopefully Hiroki can get it to them with the lead.

  12. I don’t get why everybody love’s Kuroda so much, Nova’s got more wins than him.

    /Kay’d

  13. pat says:

    DON’T HURT MY HIROKI

  14. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    horribly executed rundown

  15. The Real Greg says:

    Lucky Kuroda didn’t hurt himself there

  16. pat says:

    Forgot to sit Harrison tonight. Shit.

    • jjyank says:

      No offense, but I really hope you regret it.

      • pat says:

        None taken. Real team>>>>>>>>> Fake team.

        • jjyank says:

          Of course. I usually do start pitchers against the Yankees (unless it’s my worst guy) just so I have a silver lining in the event that the Yanks lose. But I will always root for the real team. It also helps when you have a very comfortable division lead, so a fantasy pitcher shellacking doesn’t bother me really.

  17. The Real Greg says:

    Cano’s starting to slump again, That might have been ball 4

  18. tyrone sharpton says:

    guys ichiro kinda looks like kuroda

    ohhh shit that was racist

  19. jjyank says:

    Great inning there by Kuroda.

  20. Brian S. says:

    Two well-ish hit balls and nothing to show for it.

  21. Harrison’s thrown more balls than strikes at this point, I feel good things happening tonight.

  22. Brian S. says:

    That’s creepy how Mike Maddux touches his shoulder like that.

  23. pat says:

    OO that 0-1 looked like a strike.

  24. As much shit as I give Nix, he’s been more than acceptable against lefties.

  25. jjyank says:

    Yankees are hitting .345 with RISP in the last 45 games? And that’s the best in baseball over that span. Pretty sweet. Thanks, MLBN.

  26. tyrone sharpton says:

    is greg maddux a coach of any kind? i’d imagine so

  27. The Real Greg says:

    It surprises me that Harrison doesn’t strike more people out.

    I bet Maddux said “get the breaking ball down” He did it twice to Nix

  28. Brian S. says:

    I haven’t seen a Nix fail like that since the last ten years of New York basketball.

  29. This is going to make me sound like a straight up terrible human being, but when John and Suzyn said that Johnny Pesky’s funeral was today and they’d both be there…I kind of thought that meant they wouldn’t be calling the game tonight and I got really excited.

  30. Brian S. says:

    Don’t walk Moreland.

  31. Cy Pettitte says:

    Kuroda: big Scott and Todd fan. Walks Moreland to keep the inning going.

  32. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Did they just saw that Thurman Munson was a “fireball”? Poor choice of words.

  33. Brian S. says:

    Anyone else here think we should trade for Alex Gordon this offseason?

  34. Brian S. says:

    I don’t like Jimmy Fallon or Rudy Guliani.

  35. The Real Greg says:

    Oh David Cone just took the Sox to School

  36. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Haha. “Nothing a little chicken and beer couldn’t solve.” Did Cone say that?

  37. Erica says:

    Nice piece of hittin’, Tex!

  38. Brian S. says:

    Fuck I wish that was fair.

  39. Brian S. says:

    Double in the gap Robbie.

  40. The Real Greg says:

    Great at bat by Robbie

    And its’s shoulder time

  41. Brian S. says:

    Come on Jones. Do something for the first time since the All-Star break.

  42. The Real Greg says:

    I knew they were going to walk him.

    Break it out Grandy

  43. Get Phelps Up says:

    That’s so nasty whenever a pitcher’s hat is dripping with sweat like that.

  44. Brian S. says:

    Granderslam coming up?

  45. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Good lord, how hot is it in NY that Harrison has sweat dripping off the bill of his cap? That’s a hell of a lot of sweat.

  46. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice AB Grandy….

  47. Erica says:

    Ugggggg Grandy :(

  48. The Real Greg says:

    Dammit. Another hard hit ball down the middle right at somebody

  49. Arya says:

    Look at him sweat. He’d give Sweaty Freddy a run for his money.

  50. swishers fauxhawk says:

    back to back walks

    swing at first pitch

  51. Hummingbird S. says:

    couldnt be anymore down the middle than that.. Granderson is absolutely awful right now.

  52. Tom says:

    Ughh… good idea (sit on a fastball right down the middle), bad execution.

  53. Arya says:

    Walk, walk, swing at the 1st pitch. Brilliant.

  54. Wow says:

    Seriously man. Take a friggin pitch.

  55. Knoxvillain says:

    I am starting to hate Granderson more and more with every game.

  56. The Real Greg says:

    Guys saying that he should have taken, it was a fastball right down the middle.

    • Brian S. says:

      Make him do it more than once. He just walked two people.

      • Hummingbird S. says:

        Hate to agree with Greg, but that was the best pitch he was going to get on that AB. Unfortunately Granderson sucks right now.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

        There are two reasons to work the count. One is to try to walk, the other is to try to get a good pitch to hit. You’re probably not going to walk when the bases are loaded and you’re down 0-1 in the count (even if the pitcher has walked 2 in a row), and there’s no point in waiting for a better pitch to hit if the first pitch is down the middle. You’re supposed to swing at meatballs, he just didn’t hit it well enough.

  57. Brian S. says:

    God dammit Granderson. He walks two people in a row so of course you let him off the hook.

  58. The Real Greg says:

    The real problem is that once again, we are starting rallies with two outs.

    If that hit by Grandy wasn’t with two outs, it would have been a sac fly

  59. Brian S. says:

    When does Granderson’s “slump” become something more?

  60. DERP says:

    Carl motherfucking Crawford

  61. pat says:

    Rangers are swinging at absolute dogshit pitches right now.

  62. Knoxvillain says:

    Lol, Josh Hamilton. I love seeing him fail.

  63. jjyank says:

    Nice Hirok. Get this man some damn runs!

  64. The Real Greg says:

    This is starting to get interesting…

  65. Wow says:

    Texas is getting absolutely Seattle’d.

  66. DERP says:

    In which inning will Hiroki allow his first hit?

  67. Big Member says:

    Chavez should be hitting 6th not Kranderson

  68. DERP says:

    A single!

  69. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Jeter makes that play ;)

  70. Erica says:

    Casey McGehee – true Yankee. No, really, I like this guy.

  71. I hope the Yankees acquire Doug Fister at some point in his career so I can change my handle to Doug Fists-Her.

  72. Big Member says:

    A Rod is gonna have to work very hard to get games at 3rd…Chavez and McGehee platoon is the 2nd best 3B in American League…

  73. Tom says:

    Send him 3-2

  74. Brian S. says:

    Hey offense, fucking do something already.

  75. Hummingbird S. says:

    this is a pitcher they should be handling easily.. the guy has no command at all

  76. jjyank says:

    DiMaggio had 8 more strike outs than home runs? Holy fucking shit.

  77. Tom says:

    Anyone watching the MLB broadcast?

    They showed a clip of Gentry talking to Nelson Cruz about how little DiMaggio struck out (just 8 more K’s than HR’s in his career)

    Cruz: “that’s like 20 strikeouts a year?”
    Gentry: “yeah”
    Cruz: “I probably have struck out 20 times in 1 week”

  78. Hummingbird S. says:

    time to score some runs

  79. Chilango says:

    It feels like we’re up 3 -0 except we’re not. Let’s get Kiroda some runs for fuck’s sake

  80. Jag says:

    Hiroki 5 inning no hitter so far…

    Let’s hope the Yanks can put some of those hits they are getting into the run column soon. I’d like to see Kuroda at least have the chance at a shut out.

  81. The Real Greg says:

    Get a leadoff double or triple so he can sac him in and put a run on the board.

  82. Kramerica Industries says:

    Some runs would be nice.

    Been a quick game so far.

  83. DERP says:

    Fuck Mark Reynolds

  84. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    WORK THE FUCKING COUNT

  85. pat says:

    Ahh yes, the “let him off the hook inning” awesome.

  86. Tom says:

    Cano needs to take a pitch or two here… ~80 pitches through 4, you cant let him have a 6 or 7 pitch inning.

  87. Kramerica Industries says:

    That was, like, a six pitch inning there.

  88. Brian S. says:

    Hey offense, go fuck yourself.

  89. The Real Greg says:

    You know who Harrison is, in terms of pitching?

    He’s Chien Ming Wang from the left side.

  90. Jag says:

    Our big RBI guys looking like Chris Stewart this inning is sad… although Stewart has looked better. I was at the game he hit his first home run, I went huh? He hit one?

  91. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    A 6 pitch inning off the guy who doesn’t have any command. Great.

  92. The Real Greg says:

    Again, all of their real scoring opportunities have started with 2 outs. They need to get leadoff men on with doubles

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      Do you think that that’s something a team can control? Are their leadoff men not trying hard enough? When the hits happen to come during the inning is pretty random.

  93. Erica says:

    YES CANO. YES.

  94. Kramerica Industries says:

    Cano’s underarm throw is always mind-boggling.

  95. jjyank says:

    Wow Robbie, you make that play look waaaaay to easy. So smooth.

  96. pat says:

    LolRobbie. There is not a better way to make that play. Unreal.

  97. Brian S. says:

    Robbieeeeeee

  98. Erica says:

    “It whispers across the outside corner.” – Kay

    Whispers.

  99. jjyank says:

    Kuroda looks so damn good.

  100. Get Phelps Up says:

    Get him a run please.

  101. Tom says:

    Dialing it up to 95mph with that much downward movement and command?

    Ridiculous.

    Score some runs for the guy……

  102. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    More car commercials should have Judas Priest. Just because.

  103. Countryclub says:

    I wish the yanks would score a run or two (for more than one reason).

  104. pat says:

    Love that exchange between O’Neill and cone. Coney the pitcher comments on how Kuroda has been getting that slider outside all game and because he’s been hot he deserves the call. Paulie the hitter on the other hand, just bluntly points out it was in the other batters box and you’d need an oar to hit it. Hah.

  105. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    Can someone please take a pitch?

  106. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Kill yourself, Andruw.

  107. jjyank says:

    Dear MLBN Crew,

    STFU about what it is you keep referring to!!

    Love,

    All Yankee fans everywhere

    • sangreal says:

      Kay feels the need to lecture everyone on being superstitious in addition to talking about the event

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Sounds perfectly in character for Michael Kay.

        The way he talks down to the audience can really get on my nerves at times.

  108. Erica says:

    C’mon Grandy!

  109. Brian S. says:

    How are there 2 outs already?

  110. Hummingbird S. says:

    what a pathetic effort from the offense this last couple of innings..

  111. Tom says:

    Well he threw more than 6 pitches this inning. Progress.

  112. Come on True Yankee (TM) Casey McGehee, make things happen!

  113. The Troll says:

    Time to sit Granderson for a couple of games . . .

  114. pat says:

    McGee parks a hanging change.

  115. Brian S. says:

    lol Andrus

  116. Erica says:

    No no, Russ. Not what you were supposed to do.

  117. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I wish McGeeHEE would have hit a GROUNDS rule double.

  118. Brian S. says:

    FUCK YOU OFFENSE

  119. Kramerica Industries says:

    Offense is really now starting to let Harrison off the hook,

  120. DERP says:

    The Red Sox offense can go kill themselves.

  121. Tom says:

    Good grief… how many damn first pitch outs before they take a pitch?

    I could understand the approach if these first pitch swings were producing rockets right at people… but a lot of it is weak contact against a guy who had (or used to have) a high pitch count.

  122. jjyank says:

    Damn it.

  123. DERP says:

    It was always going to end like that.

  124. Erica says:

    BOOOO ANDRUS BOOOOO

  125. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    fucking cheap ass infield hit

  126. Brian S. says:

    FUCK YOU ANDRUS

  127. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Of course it’s an infield hit

  128. Hummingbird S. says:

    that’s unfortunate

  129. pat says:

    Coulda predicted it would be fucking Andrus that breaks it.

  130. flamingo says:

    Wow, I really hate you right now, Andrus.

  131. Get Phelps Up says:

    They should give Nix an error.

  132. DERP says:

    I’m sure Jeter would have made that play.

  133. Mick taylor says:

    Why is adruw jones on this team?he is a 220 hitter who in2 years has not delivered a clutch hit to win a game. In fact, he has usually killed the yanks when they needed a hit to win a game, like last years playoffs, the Toronto game Sunday the July angels game and too many others.

  134. Kevin G. says:

    I know the jinx isn’t real but it really is annoying when Kay or Sterling go “HE HAS A NO-HITTER! HE HAS A NO-HITTER!” for the whole game and then bitch when people tell them to shut up.

  135. Brian S. says:

    Nix should have booted that and have it scored an error.

  136. jjyank says:

    Okay, now that we can stop thinking about a no-no…let’s get this man a fucking run please!!

  137. Hall and Nokes says:

    Andrus has managed to get on base twice in this game. If he got hurt it would be nothing but perfect games against this team.

  138. RI$P FTW says:

    My fault. I turned the game on RIGHT as the hit happened. I was like ‘really?’

  139. Kramerica Industries says:

    Kinda smarted when I first saw the ball leave the bat.

  140. Hummingbird S. says:

    weak ass throw from swisher there..

  141. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yuck.

  142. Erica says:

    Shite shite shite

  143. Tom says:

    Wild pitch, but Martin’s got to block that… he reached with a backhand and didn’t shift. He’s seemingly done that a lot more this year.

  144. jjyank says:

    Bravo, Kuroda. Get some runs for the guy, he deserves a win tonight.

  145. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Mo bless America, motherfucker

  146. DERP says:

    Let’s just rip their fucking throats out right here.

  147. No matter the results of this game (bullpen blows it or something), Kuroda worked his ass off. Can’t ask for anything less.

  148. DERP says:

    The Red Sox decided to take it up the ass tonight. Let’s just win this.

  149. Brian S. says:

    Andruw Jones is last on the team in WPA. Like twice as much negative WPA as the next guy. He does kinda suck you guys.

  150. Stratman9652 says:

    This just showed up on my Twitter feed… I thought Michael Kay couldn’t get much crazier…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTquJjTkfGo

  151. flamingo says:

    We just need one of those notorious Yankee HRs. C’mon.

  152. your mom says:

    The offense got Kuroda here.

  153. Brian S. says:

    What exactly does Jones provide that Mustelier couldn’t?

  154. DERP says:

    LOL another Mark Reynolds homer

  155. Erica says:

    Kelly Shoppach to the Mets?

    What?

  156. Erica says:

    D-Rock.

  157. 11 more to Murray. 10 more to Lajoie if you believe Elias.

  158. flamingo says:

    A hit, a palpable hit.

  159. Brian S. says:

    Thank you for taking him out Ron.

  160. The Real Greg says:

    Well they got Harrison out of the game

  161. Evitable says:

    Prediction – we do not see Soriano pitch because “it’s not a save situation” – Yankees lose as a result.

  162. Brian S. says:

    Why does Ogando chew on his chain?

  163. OMG! Bagels! says:

    When did Swish start rocking the high socks?

  164. Brian S. says:

    Draw the walk Swish

  165. Hell of an AB by Swish for some GARBAGE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  166. DERP says:

    Monster at bat

  167. The Real Greg says:

    SWISHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  168. Arya says:

    Swisher is on fire! Ever since Girardi moved him up to 2nd. Brilliant move.

  169. Erica says:

    HOLY CRAP SWISHER HOLY HOLY HOLY CRAP

  170. jjyank says:

    GARBAGE. TIME.

    HELLZ YES!!!!!

  171. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I just showed up in time to yell out “GARBAGE TIME!”

  172. Kramerica Industries says:

    Nick Swisher.

    Nah, not a clutch hit.

  173. Cy Pettitte says:

    some garbage time runs of course.

  174. Tom says:

    Garbage time, baby!

  175. Hummingbird S. says:

    SWISH!!!

  176. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Saw that coming.

  177. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Doesn’t get anymore GARBAGE TIME than that.

  178. Get Phelps Up says:

    Garbage time is the BEST!

  179. Mike Axisa says:

    That was an absolute monster at-bat from Swisher, who obviously can’t hit in the clutch.

  180. sangreal says:

    man I hate stat padding

  181. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Garbage time!

  182. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    How much are Ranger fans hating Nick Swisher this series?

  183. jjyank says:

    He went up to get that too, well done Swish.

  184. Chilango says:

    Man a bomb I’m gonna have to eat Heisenberg’s hat for trashing Swisher last week

  185. DERP says:

    Nick Swisher should go to jail for raping Ogando.

  186. Adam says:

    Really tough 2-2 pitch to hold off on too.

  187. Cy Pettitte says:

    LOLgando.

  188. DERP says:

    Is this real life?

  189. Robinson Tilapia says:

    AND BELLY TAH BELLY!

  190. Erica says:

    TEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  191. jjyank says:

    TEX!

    Man this game is awesome right now.

  192. Adam says:

    Damn…too many homers.

  193. Brian S. says:

    BACK TO BACK AND BELLY TO BELLY

  194. Jag says:

    Swish! Tex!!

  195. MARK AND SWISH!!!!!!!!!! TEXTING ABOUT BEING SWISHALICOUS WHILE BACK TO BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND A BELLY TO BELLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  196. Hummingbird S. says:

    TEIX!!! We need to face Ogando more!

  197. The Real Greg says:

    The Tex message!

  198. Kramerica Industries says:

    You guys all know this home run approach won’t work at all in the playoffs.

    Amirite?

    Am? I? Rite?

  199. OMG! Bagels! says:

    I just got home and turned on the TV and it was 0-0 and 10 minutes later it’s 3-0.

    You’re all welcome.

  200. flamingo says:

    I love pulling a pitcher and then having the guy at bat hitting a home run off the reliever.

  201. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Ron Washington: still terrible.

  202. Get Phelps Up says:

    But…I thought homers couldn’t beat good teams!!!11!!1!

  203. flamingo says:

    AHAHAHAHAHA

  204. On that note, I hope I don’t miss the bus, good night gentleman and Erica!

  205. Tom says:

    Too many damn HR’s… get some doubles guys… let people bunt you over for the sac fly

  206. Brian S. says:

    Three in a row too much to ask?

  207. Mick taylor says:

    For your info., andruw came up in the 9th inning of the second game with the game on the line and made out. Please get your facts right or watch the games. Jones sucks.

  208. jjyank says:

    Thank you, Mr. Washington, for taking Harrison out.

  209. Al Davis says:

    belly to belly!!!!

  210. Hummingbird S. says:

    Cano trying to hit a homer, grounds out weakly..

  211. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Why no PH?

  212. Mick taylor says:

    The second playoff game that Garcia pitched.

  213. BK2ATL says:

    Both Swish and Tex turned 99 mph fastballs around. Impressive!!!

  214. Roger Maris's Adopted Stepson says:

    Imagine the Swish at-bat if it was Granderson — wild swing nowhere near the ball, wild swing nowhere near the ball, wild swing, you’re out. Nice to know that somebody on the Yankees can work an at-bat and do something with it. Granderson might have more raw talent than a guy like Swish but he sure squanders it these past few weeks

  215. DERP says:

    It is nice that people can use back to back home runs in an awesome game to bitch and moan about Jones and Granderson.

  216. Big Member says:

    Ichiro should had been brought in after the 5th. His support would have helped Kuroda with the pressure

  217. Mick taylor says:

    Tell me which game in two years son has andruw got a hit to win a game or at least contributed to a come from behind victory, there are none. I ‘d rather Johnny Damon or jack cust even if they are leftys.

    • Brian S. says:

      I don’t like Jones anymore either but he’s better than Damon. Also last year Jones had like a 13 pitch walk against Aceves that lead to an eighth inning rally in Boston. We won that game and they collapsed. Therefore, Andruw Jones caused the Boston collapse.

    • DERP says:

      This is awesome.

    • jjyank says:

      Cust? What, have you never heard of Ike Davis?

      At least you use punctuation.

  218. Brian S. says:

    BOBINSON

  219. The Real Greg says:

    Got Him

  220. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Reading over the game thread. We’ve come along way from discussing Doug Fister and Stoya.

  221. jjyank says:

    Good god Robbie, you are so damn smooth.

  222. Cy Pettitte says:

    Kuroda is so fucking good, just wow.

  223. Kramerica Industries says:

    Let Kuroda go for the CG?

    I say yes.

  224. 8 shutout innings. Now does girardi give him a chance for 9?

  225. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Leave him in.

  226. Hummingbird S. says:

    Brilliant. Big ups to Hiroki. Let’s hope Girardi leaves him in.

  227. flamingo says:

    Four outs away from a CG shutout! HIROK.

  228. Ichy balls says:

    Please girardi let hirok finish this game.

  229. The Real Greg says:

    I’d go batter to batter again with Kuroda in the ninth.

  230. Get Phelps Up says:

    CGSHO

  231. Ichy balls says:

    Swisher is such a better hitter in the 2 hole.

  232. Tom says:

    Wow Cano is just ridiculous – he should be getting a lot more MVP talk.

    It will either be Trout (if the Angels stay relevant) or the new ESPN storyline Miguel Cabrera. Hamilton’s probably a hot streak away from that bandwagon getting going on him again.

    I have no problems with Trout but if Cabrera or Hamilton get it over Cano that would be maddening.

  233. your mom says:

    Insurance run would be nice.

  234. sangreal says:

    oh, Curtis….

  235. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Lol Granderson is batting .236

  236. Hummingbird S. says:

    Granderson needs a week off, at least

  237. your mom says:

    Didn’t realize this Scheppers kid threw so hard.

  238. The Troll says:

    Yeah . . . Curtis is in dire need of a 3 day hiatus/sit-down with the Klong.

  239. Get Phelps Up says:

    I’m kinda tempted to link back to one of the various April threads where it was deemed Kuroda was incapable of pitching in the AL.

  240. Ichy balls says:

    Sheppers impressive

  241. Brian S. says:

    Take that Scheppers!

  242. Erica says:

    MFIKY better not come in. I want Kuroda for the 9th.

    • OMG! Bagels! says:

      I was there on YSIII Opening Day and the crowd gave him a standing O and he didn’t tip his cap. Has he done it yet this year? I think it’s a cultural thing. He seems very humble.

      • Erica says:

        Who, Kuroda? Probably cultural. I’m not too versed on Japanese culture, though – just some of their food. :)

        • OMG! Bagels! says:

          Yeah Kuroda. He was doing well and Girardi took him out though ppl were screaming to leave him in (and no one really knew him that well). But he took him out and the crowd gave him a standing O and he just walked into the dugout and of course ppl started saying they didn’t like that. I didn’t think it had anything to do with Kuroda except that some Japanese players are uncomfortable with it.

  243. The Real Greg says:

    Looks like Kuroda’s gonna give it a go

  244. Betty Lizard says:

    A hit for Martin? OK, I’m good.

    Never ever did I expect I’d be waiting waiting waiting for Martin’s average to get to .200.

  245. OMG! Bagels! says:

    All other teams: We’re not doing well because we’re all banged up.

    Yankees: STFU

  246. DERP says:

    I thought that was long gone.

  247. The Real Greg says:

    Oh I thought that was gone

  248. jjyank says:

    MLBN puts up a graphic for what’s coming up next on MLB Tonight. Number one? “Red Sox Drama”. So awesome.

  249. The Real Greg says:

    A GEM FOR KURODA

  250. Hummingbird S. says:

    Masterful.

  251. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Hirok!!!!

  252. Erica says:

    THAT WAS SO STINKIN’ AWESOME. Yay Kuroda!

  253. Robinson Tilapia says:

    BOO-FUCKING-YEAH!

  254. jjyank says:

    Wow Kuroda. Masterful performance, very well done. I am so glad the Yanks got him the win, he really deserved it.

  255. Chilango says:

    CG shutout against Texass. Well done.

  256. Tony says:

    Great job Kuroda!

  257. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Beastly

  258. Jag says:

    Win! Fantastic game by Kuroda

  259. Erica says:

    Tex gave Kuroda the ball from the last out! Oh!

  260. BK2ATL says:

    Great pitching performance against the high-powered Rangers by our current “ace.” Impressive.

  261. DM says:

    Required viewing for Hughes and Nova.

  262. DERP says:

    Is Kuroda an ace? (This comment has nothing to do with CC)

  263. Brian S. says:

    Kuroda for CY Young.

  264. Get Phelps Up says:

    2 hitter against the Rangers. Hirok is the fucking best.

  265. Dela G says:

    what a great game by kuroda

  266. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Total domination of the highest scoring offense in baseball.

  267. Kramerica Industries says:

    Have yourself a game, Hiroki-san.

  268. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Tonight’s game put me in a great mood, so I’d like to share this with all of you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCiY1y3uJ3o

  269. DERP says:

    Second great outing for Kuroda against Texas this season.

  270. Get Phelps Up says:

    The best part was that it came against Yu Darvish’s team.

  271. flamingo says:

    What a fantastic game.

  272. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Kuroda is not our fill-in Ace. Kuroda is our Ace.

    Best deal of the off-season, rivaled only by Chavez.

    Well played Cashninja.

  273. jjyank says:

    Nick Swisher (on Kuroda): Hiro is my hero!

    I love this guy.

  274. The Troll says:

    4 of the 11 stories on ESPN MLB are about the Red Sox . . . Apparently being last place garners far more attention . . . . . Whatever happened to the practice of letting sleeping dogs lie?

  275. Kramerica Industries says:

    Orioles are 12-5 in their last 17 vs. Boston.

  276. Doubly impressive win tonight considering Girardi ran department-store mannequins out there to bat 5-6-7-8-9. This team misses ARod really bad. And Granderson. Boy, this team misses Granderson *terribly*. …Say, does anyone know when Granderson is expected back from his DL-stint with a badly sprained suddenly-I’m-a-gigantic-douchebag?

  277. Zanath says:

    I know he’s struggling horribly, but that seemed a little over the top.

  278. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    I’m not too thrilled the Red Sox lost. Fun and all, but the O’s won.

  279. Big Member says:

    I’ll kill the next poster who posts that Andy should start Game 2.

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