Game 116: The Fill-In Ace

X-ray shows Pettitte's fracture is healing well, expects to throw this week
Josh Norris' Low-A Charleston scout notes
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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X-ray shows Pettitte's fracture is healing well, expects to throw this week
Josh Norris' Low-A Charleston scout notes
  • Arya

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

  • JoeyA

    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

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

    • vin

      “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

        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…”

  • The Real Greg

    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.

  • Hoss

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

  • Big Member

    “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?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      only about 3.5 months older than Phelps and about 7 months older than Nova

      An experienced kid?

      • Big Member

        “6 years of MLB experience ”

        I guess reading comprehension is no longer tought in schools

    • Kramerica Industries

      For a second, I thought you were referring to Kuroda.

      I guess it’s hard to believe Hughes has been in the majors for this long.

      • RI$P FTW

        Well, how much has Philip Glass actually pitched in that time, though?

        • Betty Lizard

          Oh don’t encourage me. I’m working so hard to view Phil Hughes with equanimity.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      By Age, yeah. He’s got more MLB experience, but Hughes hasn’t exactly been stellar until June of this year, and now he’s coming off back to back terrible starts.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      Okay:

      “A shitty Freddy Garcia, some piece of shit that allows too many home runs, and two kids”

      Better?

      • Heisenberg’s Hat

        You really think Hughes is a “piece of shit?”
        Damn, that’s harsh.

  • CUYanks

    Do we root for Josh Beckett tonight?

    • jjyank

      Nooooo. I hate that guy.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      Why? I have a feeling the Os will take care of themselves.

  • paul

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    Bah, easy way out tonight.

    MLBN with Vasgersian and Kaat.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Totally.

    • pat

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

      • Kramerica Industries

        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

          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

        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.

        • pat

          Lol.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          Yeah! Who want’s to judge players by how they actually help the team win. If a guy looks like a baseball player, than god damnit he’s a baseball player!

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          This was literally written by Clint Eastwood’s character from Gran Torino. He was even making gunfingers as he typed it.

  • pat

    Throw pitch, get out. Me likey.

  • VT Yankee Fan

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

  • Jimmy McNulty

    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.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

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

    /Kay’d

  • pat

    DON’T HURT MY HIROKI

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    horribly executed rundown

    • CUYanks

      Yeah, but at least it got the job done. Surprising it was so bad with Teix in on it.

      • pat

        Where was Cano? Shouldn’t he have been backing up the 1B and taking that throw? I could be wrong though.

        • pat

          Nevermind. Cano was going to 2B

        • The Real Greg

          Remember Hamilton was hitting. Cano was probably on the grass.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        I think Tex’s part was OK. Nix just held onto the ball way too long.

        • jjyank

          Yeah. I think Nix tried to fake a throw to get Andrus to run back towards second, but it was pretty unconvincing. The throw he did make looked like an emergency “OH SHIT” shovel pass more than a legit throw to me.

          But he is a BASEBALL PLAYER , so there’s that.

  • The Real Greg

    Lucky Kuroda didn’t hurt himself there

  • pat

    Forgot to sit Harrison tonight. Shit.

    • jjyank

      No offense, but I really hope you regret it.

      • pat

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

        • jjyank

          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.

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Over what time period has he started to slump? 3 days? He has a .958 OPS in August.

    • Brian S.

      He swung at two ball four’s.

  • tyrone sharpton

    guys ichiro kinda looks like kuroda

    ohhh shit that was racist

  • jjyank

    Great inning there by Kuroda.

  • Brian S.

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

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Jeter got a hit on a ball that should have been turned into an out. Evens out.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

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

  • Brian S.

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

  • pat

    OO that 0-1 looked like a strike.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

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

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Of course…as soon as I give the dude some props…

  • jjyank

    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.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      but…but teh RISPFAIL!!!!

    • Brian S.

      And yet we haven’t been that great over that span. Let’s go back to RISPfail and start winning 70% of the time again.

      • jjyank

        Funny how that works. Maybe there’s no such thing as too many homers?!?!?!

    • jjyank

      Or was it .322? I may have gotten graphics mixed up. Either way, it’s sweet.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        It is .322, and it’s still sweet.

  • tyrone sharpton

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

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I think he works in the front office with the Rangers.

      • tyrone sharpton

        interesting…the guy’s brother is great at it, but i figured a legend like maddux would also be a good pitching coach if he wantd to be one

      • Jimmy

        What the hell does Greg Maddux know about hockey?

  • The Real Greg

    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

    • Brian S.

      I bet Maddux said “Ron is going to start doing coke again if you keep walking people.”

  • Brian S.

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

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    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.

    • Erica

      OH man… then nobody would call the game… because the replacement would actually be calling the game and it would just be… weird.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Right, I was really curious as to what it would be like if the Yankees home broadcast actually called the game and gave me a mental picture as to what was happening on the field…instead of using 50’s Broadway segue and metaphors.

        • Erica

          Radios would explode. I guarantee it.

          This guarantee brought to you by Geico.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      That doesn’t make you terrible.
      The real question is how are they taking the death of Marvin Hamlisch?

  • Brian S.

    Don’t walk Moreland.

    • Brian S.

      >>>:(

    • The Real Greg

      No but to be fair, Moreland is not your average number 9 hitter.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

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

    • Brian S.

      I’d say.

  • Brian S.

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

  • Brian S.

    I don’t like Jimmy Fallon or Rudy Guliani.

    • Erica

      You’re not American.

      NOT. AMERICAN.

    • jjyank

      I like Fallon, but Guliani can shove it.

      • Brian S.

        Fallon isn’t funny but he thinks he is. Also I hate all comedians that start doing annoying commercials.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      Has Fallon ever been funny? Ever?

      • jjyank

        I enjoyed him at the White House Correspondance Dinner. Though Obama was funnier than he was, so I’m not sure if that’s a plus to Obama or a minus for Fallon.

  • The Real Greg

    Oh David Cone just took the Sox to School

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

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

    • Erica

      Ohhhhhhhhh… he did. He did, that rascal.

    • jjyank

      Are you serious? If he did, Cone just went from being my favorite announcer and second favorite SP growing up to the greatest person in the history of history.

      • Brian S.

        Cone is the best. I wish Cone and Singleton did all the games and they fired Kay and Flaherty.

        • jjyank

          Cone and Singleton are definitely my ideal set up. I like Leiter too, but he’s not around much anymore.

        • Erica

          Yeah, I could listen to Cone all day.

          • Get Phelps Up

            I’d love for YES to give Cone and Leiter their own talk show.

            • jjyank

              Hells yeah, I’d watch that show every day. Even though I can’t get YES. I’d find a way.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              They made too much money during their careers for that kind of commitment. They do a handful of games a year to keep busy and that’s pretty much it.

            • Erica

              OH MY GOD, or at least a show teaching us about pitching. YES YES YES!

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        Yeah, it was awesome. They were talking about the Red Sox player meeting where they wanted to fire Valentine. I just wasn’t sure it was Cone or O’neill who said it.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle
  • Erica

    Nice piece of hittin’, Tex!

  • Brian S.

    Fuck I wish that was fair.

  • Brian S.

    Double in the gap Robbie.

  • The Real Greg

    Great at bat by Robbie

    And its’s shoulder time

  • Brian S.

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

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Granderslam?

    • Brian S.

      IM THE ONE WHO ASKS QUESTIONS AROUND HERE

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Or not…I can’t even get on Grandy for swinging at that. First pitch fastball right down the middle.

  • The Real Greg

    I knew they were going to walk him.

    Break it out Grandy

  • Get Phelps Up

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

  • Brian S.

    Granderslam coming up?

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    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.

    • Erica

      It was pretty gross out today. Thick, soupy, gross. Bad hair day.

      • jjyank

        I envy the weather up north.

  • Cy Pettitte

    nice AB Grandy….

  • Erica

    Ugggggg Grandy :(

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Tom

      Hard hit? Or a can of corn?

  • Arya

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

  • swishers fauxhawk

    back to back walks

    swing at first pitch

    • The Real Greg

      That pitch was right down the middle though. Grandy missed it

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • Tom

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

  • Arya

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

    • Hummingbird S.

      the pitch was right there… Granderson sucks right now, still it was THE pitch to hit

  • Wow

    Seriously man. Take a friggin pitch.

    • jjyank

      Nah, that was a damn good pitch to hit…Grandy just didn’t get it done.

  • Knoxvillain

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

    • Erica

      Hate?

      • Knoxvillain

        Yes. I hate seeing him come up. If the Yankees are smart they will trade him this offseason for something.

        • The Troll

          Smart? (I can play this game too!)

          • Erica

            Can?

            • The Troll

              ? ?

              • Erica

                Heh. Trolling at its finest.

        • Erica

          A rough patch doesn’t speak for his entire season, though. That’s quite brash.

          • Knoxvillain

            It’s annoying. He’s not young, can’t steal bases, can’t play good defense, getting less hits, and striking out more. I like him a lot. But I hope he goes after this year.

        • Widget

          I would trade him too. He’s an all or nothing hitter.

        • Brian S.

          I agree with you. He’s a 2-3 win centerfielder at this point in his career. If he finishes around 40 home runs they should trade him to Seattle for James Paxton and then include Paxton in a deal for Justin Upton.

          • Get Phelps Up

            Why would Seattle want him? Impending FA and they’re probably not gonna be contending next year.

            • Brian S.

              They need offense and a right fielder and they could extend him. They have two other pitching prospects that are also legit and pitching isn’t a concern for them anyway.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting

                Weak defensive OF, offense mostly based on power, wrong side of 30 = probably a very bad fit for Seattle/Safeco.

                • Brian S.

                  You can still hit home runs to right field in Seattle. Besides they are moving the fences in this winter anyways.

      • jjyank

        I could never. Grandy is super easy to like. Can be frustrating sometimes as a player, but I love him as a person.

        • Erica

          Yup, he’s easy to root for.

          I can see people getting all pissy and wanting to get rid of A-Rod when he doesn’t hit, but I think part of it has to do with his monster contract.

          • Brian S.

            I find A-Rod easy to root for because half the fanbase hates him.

            • Erica

              Same here, hahaha. I even named my car after him, just to be obnoxious.

            • jjyank

              I find it easy to root for because he’s a great teammate. He stays late in ST to run extra drills with young guys, invited them to his off season work outs, is a legendary batting cage rat. I find him very easy to like.

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Brian S.

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

      • Hummingbird S.

        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

        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.

  • Brian S.

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

  • The Real Greg

    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

    • Knoxvillain

      The problem is Granderson is the worst outfielder on the Yankees right now.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Ichiro says hi.

        • Knoxvillain

          Still worse right now. I’d rather have Ichiro up at any time in any situation before Granderson.

          • Heisenberg’s Hat

            Andruw Jones wants to take you bowling.

    • Hummingbird S.

      the real problem is that a guy that you count on to drive in runs HAS to be able to hit a straight fastball right down the middle.. with 0, 1 or 2 outs, it should not matter with that pitch

    • Widget

      Well if the Yankees were facing Phil Hughes all these two out rallies would lead to runs.

  • Brian S.

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

    • pat

      Something more as in….?

      • Brian S.

        Last year was the outlier and he’s a sub 120 wRC+ hitter with bad defense.

  • DERP

    Carl motherfucking Crawford

    • Widget

      Overpaid bum that plays for the red sox? i didn’t know he was playing in this game.

  • pat

    Rangers are swinging at absolute dogshit pitches right now.

  • Knoxvillain

    Lol, Josh Hamilton. I love seeing him fail.

  • jjyank

    Nice Hirok. Get this man some damn runs!

  • The Real Greg

    This is starting to get interesting…

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      You shut your whore mouth! Don’t say it! Don’t even think it!

  • Wow

    Texas is getting absolutely Seattle’d.

  • DERP

    In which inning will Hiroki allow his first hit?

    • Knoxvillain

      Next game. He’s gonna throw a no-no.

  • Big Member

    Chavez should be hitting 6th not Kranderson

    • DERP

      He hit fifth yesterday.

    • pat

      Playing CF too?

  • DERP

    A single!

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Jeter makes that play ;)

  • Erica

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

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

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

    • Brian S.

      You’d watch

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        If the her is Sasha Grey or Stoya, in a heartbeat.

        • The Troll

          Wow . . . Talking about catapulting yourself over the line there, buddy.

          Deviant.

          Creep.

          • jjyank

            Oh relax.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            I lost my line years ago in /b/

            • Brian S.

              ???

              • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                4chan.org/b/

                • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                  don’t ever go there. It’s nowhere near as bad as it used to be, but that’s a good thing. Every meme since the existence of the internet started in some form/some way on /b/ but it there was so many bad and dark things…

                  • Erica

                    4chan is scary. I checked it out a few times and ran far away.

    • Erica

      You had a handle about the Plouffe, so I mean… does it have to be Yankee-centric? Just change it now.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        I only had that for about a week, and one of the reasons I changed it was because it was about a non-yankee player, and that felt weird.

        • jjyank

          Really? You were The Plouffenator for only a week? Felt like longer. What was it before that then?

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            Chin Meng Wang

            • jjyank

              Oh right, I remember now.

            • Erica

              I didn’t know that was you! haha, awesome.

        • Erica

          But it was funny!

    • jjyank

      Fister? I barely even know her!

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        I still refer to the trade as the Fist Her Fur Bush trade.

        • jjyank

          Well done.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Liquor in the front, poker in the rear.

  • Big Member

    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…

    • Brian S.

      A-Rod should DH. He has a 150 wRC+ as a DH this year, just get it over with and have him hit there.

    • Knoxvillain

      Better than Beltre? A healthy Longoria (until he gets hurt next week)? Cabrera? Encarnacion?

  • Tom

    Send him 3-2

  • Brian S.

    Hey offense, fucking do something already.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      The Mets / Reds are stuck in the same situation. 0-0 Young and Latos keep working themselves out of trouble. The sad fact is that the defense barely caught a probable Young RBI…

      • jjyank

        Shhhh! Latos is on my fantasy team. Don’t jinx it.

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

          From my point of view, I would prefer a jinx.

          • jjyank

            Why, do you have Young?

            • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

              I am a Yankees / Mets fan, flipping between both games. I always want to see the Mets win for a change.

              And yes, I do like Chris Young. He’s a fun character.

              I might do my first fantasy next year.

              • jjyank

                You…you’re BOTH? I don’t know what to say. I hate the Mets.

              • Erica

                How are you fans of both teams?!!?

              • Brian S.

                Mets are dumb.

              • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                Def not a fan of the Mets, I don’t mind when they win, nor do a root for them to lose…they’re just there to me.

                • jjyank

                  I guess I know more obnoxious Mets fans than you. The ones I know hate the Yankees because we have more fans and are more popular, and my only response is: “Asshole, you moved in to OUR city. We were here first, not our fault.” But they still talk shit. So therefore, I hate the Mets. For me it goes Red Sox, Phillies, Mets.

                  I guess it’s weird that 2 of my top 3 are in the NL, but I really, really hate those teams.

                  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                    Of the few Met fans I associate with, only one hates the Yankees and she’s hot as hell so I allow it.

                    • jjyank

                      That’s fair. Most of the one’s I know are just overweight dudes. So, not okay.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

    • Brian S.

      Harrison is quite good, but he shouldn’t be inducing so many weak popouts.

  • jjyank

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

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Joe DiMaggio was good at baseball.

      • Brian S.

        DiMaggio to teh eighth inningz

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        1941 season:
        621 PA, 30 HR, 12.2 % BB%, 2.1 % K%(!!!), .287 ISO, .357/.440/.643, 183 wRC+, 10.6 WAR

        • jjyank

          Absolutely nuts. I don’t care how much the game has changed, having 8 career strike outs more than career homers is INSANE.

          • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

            Ridic, right? Like…I have nothing to say.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Yeah dude, guys never used to strike out like they do now.

  • sangreal
  • Tom

    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”

    • jjyank

      I’m watching. It was awesome.

    • Erica

      Flat-out mindblowing.

  • Hummingbird S.

    time to score some runs

  • Chilango

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

  • Jag

    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.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      I’m just saying, if anything happens I’m coming after you and Sterling.

      • Jag

        You’re right. I mind blanked on the jinx… nothing to see here.

      • jjyank

        And the MLBN crew.

        • Jag

          Kay just said it too.

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    Some runs would be nice.

    Been a quick game so far.

  • DERP

    Fuck Mark Reynolds

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    WORK THE FUCKING COUNT

  • pat

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

  • Erica

    ANDY!

  • Tom

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    That was, like, a six pitch inning there.

    • Brian S.

      Through the middle of the order…

    • Tom

      They took 1 strike (which ironically was Cano)…

      I get trying to be aggressive, but with his pitch count up that high, work him over a bit.

  • Brian S.

    Hey offense, go fuck yourself.

  • The Real Greg

    You know who Harrison is, in terms of pitching?

    He’s Chien Ming Wang from the left side.

    • Brian S.

      Not quite. Wang had like 65% ground ball rates.

      • The Real Greg

        But their repertoires are almost the same.

        Power sinker and breaking ball

      • VT Yankee Fan

        Wow, it always seemed like he was a fly ball pitcher.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          You’re being sarcastic right?

    • pat

      And CMW was reaally good when he was healthy.

  • Jag

    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?

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

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

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      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.

  • Erica

    YES CANO. YES.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Cano’s underarm throw is always mind-boggling.

  • jjyank

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

  • pat

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

  • Brian S.

    Robbieeeeeee

  • Erica

    “It whispers across the outside corner.” – Kay

    Whispers.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      lol

  • jjyank

    Kuroda looks so damn good.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Get him a run please.

  • Tom

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

    Ridiculous.

    Score some runs for the guy……

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    More car commercials should have Judas Priest. Just because.

    • Erica

      And less Train, please!

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        No amount of Train is a good amount. “he” should be banned from making “music.”

  • Countryclub

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

  • pat

    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.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Can someone please take a pitch?

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Kill yourself, Andruw.

  • jjyank

    Dear MLBN Crew,

    STFU about what it is you keep referring to!!

    Love,

    All Yankee fans everywhere

    • sangreal

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

      • Kramerica Industries

        Sounds perfectly in character for Michael Kay.

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

  • Erica

    C’mon Grandy!

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Curtis is my dog, but he can strike out against anybody.

  • Brian S.

    How are there 2 outs already?

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • Tom

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

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

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

    • Erica

      He IS.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      GOOD JOB!

    • Erica

      See?!?

  • The Troll

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

  • pat

    McGee parks a hanging change.

    • pat

      Or blasts it at the SS. Great job Russel. Goddamn it.

  • Brian S.

    lol Andrus

  • Erica

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

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    I wish McGeeHEE would have hit a GROUNDS rule double.

  • Brian S.

    FUCK YOU OFFENSE

  • Kramerica Industries

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

  • DERP

    The Red Sox offense can go kill themselves.

  • Tom

    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.

    • pat

      They have actually made a bunch of solid contact, but it’s been right at people.

  • jjyank

    Damn it.

  • DERP

    It was always going to end like that.

  • Erica

    BOOOO ANDRUS BOOOOO

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    fucking cheap ass infield hit

  • Brian S.

    FUCK YOU ANDRUS

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Of course it’s an infield hit

  • Hummingbird S.

    that’s unfortunate

  • pat

    Coulda predicted it would be fucking Andrus that breaks it.

  • flamingo

    Wow, I really hate you right now, Andrus.

  • Get Phelps Up

    They should give Nix an error.

  • DERP

    I’m sure Jeter would have made that play.

  • Mick taylor

    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.

    • pat

      HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAA

    • Get Phelps Up

      like last years playoffs

      He had ONE at bat in the playoffs last year.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Make that one PA.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Jones had zero at-bats in the playoffs last year.

  • Kevin G.

    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.

  • Brian S.

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

    • pat

      Nah, he laid out. That’s a hit no matter what.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    So, who goes on the kill list?

    • jjyank

      ANDRUS. And…Andrus?

  • jjyank

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

  • Hall and Nokes

    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.

    • Brian S.

      If he got hurt I would be happy because fuck the Rangers.

  • RI$P FTW

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

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      You go to hell, you go to hell and you die!!

      /south park’d and joking, don’t die.

    • jjyank

      YOU TURN YOUR TV OFF RIGHT NOW!

      • RI$P FTW

        Done. I’ve got the munchies. I’ll be back around 10:30.

  • Kramerica Industries

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

  • Hummingbird S.

    weak ass throw from swisher there..

    • pat

      Yeah, that was an easy one for a lefty to make.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Yuck.

  • Erica

    Shite shite shite

  • Tom

    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.

  • Erica

    Phew!

  • jjyank

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

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Mo bless America, motherfucker

  • DERP

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

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

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

  • DERP

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

    • Brian S.

      You’d watch?

    • Tom

      Beckett was starting… surprised he only gave up 4 runs

      Red Sox closer , setup man , 6th inning guy Mark Melancon will keep it cloes.

      • Tom

        As he serves up a 3 run HR… :-)

        (and tacks on 2 runs onto Beckett’s total for 6ER)

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        6 runs.

  • Brian S.

    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.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

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

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

    • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      Of course it embeds even though I didn’t want it to. How do you stop that? I’m not using the embed link.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      This is amazing.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      That’s fake right…like oh. my. god. I’m in shock. That…how did that happen? I’m seriously in shock…like I joke about things, and I’ve told my fair share of Hitler jokes and racist things…but for a “professional” broadcaster to equate “baseball edicate” to Nazi Germany and Slavery…I lied before Mr. The Troll…this crossed my line I didn’t know I had.

      • jjyank

        I think it is fake… towards the end, it didn’t sound like Kay to me. I hope I’m right.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

        Michael Kay has always struck me as an uptight and proper, stick up his ass type of guy. I would have never expected a rant like that out of him.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          I’ve heard him rant before and he can get personal with some callers calling them names and shit, but this was just way out of line.

          • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

            I’ve never listened to his radio show but his in game broadcasting is so G rated he could do play by play in a Disney movie.

            On the other hand I could totally see Coney flipping out and cussing someone out on air.

    • flamingo

      THE HECK IS THIS

    • Robinson Tilapia

      What was the guy arguing about? I honestly need more context here.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

        Someone tweeted it because Kay was getting pissy on twitter because people were getting on him about jinxing no hitters.

  • flamingo

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

  • your mom

    The offense got Kuroda here.

  • Brian S.

    What exactly does Jones provide that Mustelier couldn’t?

    • Hummingbird S.

      I’m with you that he’s useless but you don’t need to repeat in every other comment

      • jjyank

        Yeah, and let’s stop pretending Mustelier is a sure thing. He’s had exactly zero MLB at bats, let’s temper the expectations.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I once fell in love with a 28 year-old Cuban in AAA. *sigh*

  • DERP

    LOL another Mark Reynolds homer

  • Erica

    Kelly Shoppach to the Mets?

    What?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      That would be correct.

      So hoping it gets Rob Johnson out of the catcher lineup.

      • Erica

        Does this help the Mets at all? CAN anything help the Mets at this point?

        I just… I hate to say this. I just feel bad for them – not their fans, no – but the fact that the team always seems to have something good going and they just TANK.

    • Brian S.

      Yes. The Sux want to get Ryan Lavahnaweigh more playing time.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Now maybe we can get him from the Mets?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        apparently, Yankees weren’t interested

        • Kramerica Industries

          Red Sox would never give the Yankees someone like Kelly Shoppach anyway.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            I agree. They could have claimed him just to block a trade.
            (Not that Shoppach to the Mets hurts anything)

  • Erica

    D-Rock.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

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

  • flamingo

    A hit, a palpable hit.

  • Brian S.

    Thank you for taking him out Ron.

  • The Real Greg

    Well they got Harrison out of the game

  • Evitable

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

    • Get Phelps Up

      Soriano will pitch if it’s tied going into the 9th.

  • Brian S.

    Why does Ogando chew on his chain?

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Who knows, nerves?

  • OMG! Bagels!

    When did Swish start rocking the high socks?

  • Brian S.

    Draw the walk Swish

    • OMG! Bagels!

      Or not.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

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

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    SWISH! NO 16

  • DERP

    Monster at bat

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Arya

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

  • Erica

    HOLY CRAP SWISHER HOLY HOLY HOLY CRAP

  • jjyank

    GARBAGE. TIME.

    HELLZ YES!!!!!

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nick Swisher.

    Nah, not a clutch hit.

  • Cy Pettitte

    some garbage time runs of course.

  • Tom

    Garbage time, baby!

  • Hummingbird S.

    SWISH!!!

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Saw that coming.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Doesn’t get anymore GARBAGE TIME than that.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Garbage time is the BEST!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

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

  • sangreal

    man I hate stat padding

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Garbage time!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    How much are Ranger fans hating Nick Swisher this series?

    • sangreal

      lonestarball is pretty salty

      • Brian S.

        I loved reading their World Series game 6 thread.

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          That’s gotta be one of the worst losses any team has ever suffered. The game was OVER if Cruz makes that play. It was not an easy play, but it still has to be made.
          The rest is history.
          But it’s the Rangers, so fuck them.

  • jjyank

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

  • Chilango

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

  • DERP

    Nick Swisher should go to jail for raping Ogando.

  • Adam

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    LOLgando.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    TEX! NO 23

  • DERP

    Is this real life?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Is this just fantasy?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Ogando caught in a landslide …

      • Erica

        Caught in a landslide…

        • Robinson Tilapia

          No escape from reality.

          NEXT!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    AND BELLY TAH BELLY!

  • Erica

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

  • jjyank

    TEX!

    Man this game is awesome right now.

  • Adam

    Damn…too many homers.

  • Brian S.

    BACK TO BACK AND BELLY TO BELLY

  • Jag

    Swish! Tex!!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

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

  • Hummingbird S.

    TEIX!!! We need to face Ogando more!

  • The Real Greg

    The Tex message!

  • Kramerica Industries

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

    Amirite?

    Am? I? Rite?

  • OMG! Bagels!

    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.

    • Erica

      OMG! Homeruns!

    • Kramerica Industries

      Quit hogging the credit.

      I had to switch from MLBN to the YES crew 20 minutes ago. So, observe…

  • flamingo

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

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Ron Washington: still terrible.

  • Get Phelps Up

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

  • flamingo

    AHAHAHAHAHA

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

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

    • Erica

      Later d00d!

    • jjyank

      Peace Plouffy.

  • Tom

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

  • Brian S.

    Three in a row too much to ask?

  • Mick taylor

    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.

    • jjyank

      One PA? Really? Hell of a sample size there bro.

      • Erica

        He’s our newest troll!

        • The Troll

          There can be only ONE!

          • jjyank

            Unfortunately, there are many.

          • Erica

            You must destroy him!

    • Get Phelps Up

      He had one PA in the playoffs and it ended up in a sac fly.

    • DERP

      He made out!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He drove in a run with a sac fly to make it a two-run game. Jeter and Cano did nothing after him with the game on the line. Please get your facts right or watch the games.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Are we randomly screaming about Andruw Jones again?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Seriously, using one Sac Fly as the basis for your argument is very, very weak. There are plenty of legit reasons to complain about Jones. No need to make ridiculous arguments.

  • jjyank

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

  • Al Davis

    belly to belly!!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Why no PH?

    • The Real Greg

      Well, Ibanez doesn’t play good defense and the odds of Ichiro jacking one are not good.

      • Brian S.

        How do you know the odds of Ichiro jacking one?

        • The Real Greg

          Are you really asking me that question?

          • Brian S.

            How many have you seen him jack?

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Did he ever borrow some porn from Matsui?

    • Tom

      Because up more than 2 runs, Girardi doesn’t care about offense platoon situations.

      He’ll probably put Ichiro in at the top of next inning for defense though.

      • The Real Greg

        Plus there were two outs, so really the only impact one could make was to hit a home run

        • Tom

          Sure… getting on base and the ability to steal a base would have provided zero value.

          Better to have a righty who doesn’t hit very much against righties hit instead.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          2 out rallies do occur from time to time, and Ichiro does rarely hit HR’s anyways.

  • Mick taylor

    The second playoff game that Garcia pitched.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Hit “reply” to what you’re replying to. It’ll make you sound more like a fool and less like a fool AND senile old man.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        stuart a reincarnated …

        • Get Phelps Up

          jones sucks ike davis has more rbis……….

        • jjyank

          Celeste?

      • Mick taylor

        Andruw flies out to right fielding game two at Yankee stadium. Memo to Robinson how about a bet you a years supply of tacos andruw does nothing in the playoffs. I can drive from my east side apt. And meet you in the hood honey.

        • jjyank

          ZOMG teh reply button???!!

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I heart this reply, tacos, hood, and all.

          I mean…..where would the tacos be from? Did you know that I actually HAD tacos in the hood today? I bet you didn’t!

    • Kramerica Industries

      Garcia didn’t pitch in two playoff games last year, or at all in his Yankee career.

      /that guy’d

  • BK2ATL

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

  • Roger Maris’s Adopted Stepson

    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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      a.k.a Slump

  • DERP

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

  • Big Member

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

    • Erica

      What?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I can’t think of a counter to that. I’m trying.

        • jjyank

          Racism?

  • Mick taylor

    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.

      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

      This is awesome.

    • jjyank

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

      At least you use punctuation.

  • Brian S.

    BOBINSON

  • The Real Greg

    Got Him

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

    • DERP

      Did you enjoy the Youtube video where she orgasms while reading a book?

      • Brian S.

        That exists!?!?

      • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

        That was pretty awesome can’t even lie.

  • jjyank

    Good god Robbie, you are so damn smooth.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Kuroda is so fucking good, just wow.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Let Kuroda go for the CG?

    I say yes.

    • Erica

      Yup yup yup yup!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Leave him in.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • flamingo

    Four outs away from a CG shutout! HIROK.

    • flamingo

      Bah, I can’t count. Thought it was the eighth.

      • flamingo

        And it is. God.

  • Ichy balls

    Please girardi let hirok finish this game.

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Get Phelps Up

    CGSHO

  • Ichy balls

    Swisher is such a better hitter in the 2 hole.

    • RI$P FTW

      no shit! I’ve been saying that for 2 years!

  • Tom

    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.

    • Brian S.

      How can Trout win the MVP if his team doesn’t make the playoffs?

      /trollface

  • your mom

    Insurance run would be nice.

  • sangreal

    oh, Curtis….

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Lol Granderson is batting .236

  • Hummingbird S.

    Granderson needs a week off, at least

    • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      Curtis needs to hit where every other 30 home run guy hits, 3rd or 4th. All this line up scuffling is screwing him up

      • Heisenberg’s Hat

        I really don’t think hitters care that much where they hit in the lineup.

  • your mom

    Didn’t realize this Scheppers kid threw so hard.

  • The Troll

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

  • Get Phelps Up

    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.

  • Ichy balls

    Sheppers impressive

  • Brian S.

    Take that Scheppers!

  • Erica

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

    • OMG! Bagels!

      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

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

        • Brian S.
        • OMG! Bagels!

          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.

  • The Real Greg

    Looks like Kuroda’s gonna give it a go

  • Betty Lizard

    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.

  • OMG! Bagels!

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

    Yankees: STFU

    • RI$P FTW

      To be fair: $200,000,000.

  • DERP

    I thought that was long gone.

  • The Real Greg

    Oh I thought that was gone

  • jjyank

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

  • The Real Greg

    A GEM FOR KURODA

  • Hummingbird S.

    Masterful.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Hirok!!!!

  • Erica

    THAT WAS SO STINKIN’ AWESOME. Yay Kuroda!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    BOO-FUCKING-YEAH!

  • jjyank

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

    • Erica

      And against Texas, no less. This was so great to watch.

  • Chilango

    CG shutout against Texass. Well done.

  • Tony

    Great job Kuroda!

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Beastly

  • Jag

    Win! Fantastic game by Kuroda

  • Erica

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

  • BK2ATL

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

  • DM

    Required viewing for Hughes and Nova.

  • DERP

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

  • Brian S.

    Kuroda for CY Young.

  • Get Phelps Up

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

  • Dela G

    what a great game by kuroda

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Total domination of the highest scoring offense in baseball.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Have yourself a game, Hiroki-san.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    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

    • VT Yankee Fan

      Damn, that cracked me up.

  • DERP

    Second great outing for Kuroda against Texas this season.

  • Get Phelps Up

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

  • flamingo

    What a fantastic game.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

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

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

    Well played Cashninja.

  • jjyank

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

    I love this guy.

  • The Troll

    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?

  • Kramerica Industries

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

  • http://cinemademocratica.com Dave in Gainesville

    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?

    • DERP

      OMG you are hilarious.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      It’s true, you are a gigantic douchebag.

  • Zanath

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

    • Zanath

      reply fail.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

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

    • DERP

      After Boston, the Orioles go to Detroit and then Texas. I’m hoping they slip up there.

  • Big Member

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