Aug
19

Game 121: Protect This House

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The Cap’n counters with a stomach chop. (Jason Szenes/Getty Images)

Did you know that the Red Sox have won 13 of the last 18 games they’ve played at the new Yankee Stadium dating back to the second half of 2010? Granted, the Yankees are 15-8 at Fenway Park during that time, but still. Gotta protect the home turf, you know? The two clubs split the first two games of this weekend set and the Bombers have a chance to celebrate just their second (!) series win over the BoSox in the Bronx since last winning the World Series. Here’s the starting nine…

SS Derek Jeter
1B Nick Swisher
2B Robinson Cano
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Eric Chavez
LF Raul Ibanez
C Russell Martin
RF Ichiro Suzuki
DH Casey McGehee

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It’s a nice cool, autumnal evening in New York. The game is scheduled to start a little after 8pm ET and can be seen on ESPN. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads

636 Comments»

  1. Big Member says:

    Happy sunday everybudy. As it happens, today our favorite team is once again facing the boston red sox. On the mound we have one of the bestest pitchers in baseball during the last 5 years, mister CC sABTHIA. Im pretty sure some of you have not been very thrilled with the perfomance CC is having this year. Big member understands that. Lets us look at CCs pitching line this year

    CC: 12-3 3.56 ERA

    The first thing that stands out is the low win tottal. CC has won more than 17 games since his dog days playing for the Native Americans. The low win total is actualy a result of inguries. CC has been on the DL twice this year. Howver this does not excuse the highest ERA he had since 2005. Well lukcy for you big member as analised CCs performance using adanced substractionmetrics. My findings have been stegering.
    First, CC has picthed 2506 innings in his pro carrer. Thats very alot my friends. Pitching actually put alots of stress on the pitchers arm for those of you who neve payed basebal before. CC has been suffering from naging elbow pains. Elbow is an organ of the hand which can be found on your 2 arms. Now connect the 2 together my freinds. Eblw pains+ high innigs picthed= injury concern

    The biggest concern is the shoulder injury. The shoulder is another vital oran of the arm and it can be found between your head and your elbows. From what I gathered and understood after readngs lotsa articles on elbows is that pain from the elbow can move to the shoulder. Pain in the shoulder causes shoulder injury. What does shoulder injury means my firneds? It means missing 2 years. Shoulder injuries kill careers. We cannot miss the big ace for 2 years
    Lets gather our findings. Theseis is that CC has been struggling. The base f the sturggling is his huge ERA. The result of the ERA is the amount of innings pitched. Big amount of innings pitched= elbow soreness. Elbow soreness= shoulder srgery.
    with the playofffs comming up, i also research CC substractionentircs in the postseason:

    CC 4.81 era

    wow bigmember why does CC suck in the playofs? Thats becasue he overworks in the seaosn. this is why I made a plan of how to make CC an ace again

    I propose movig CC to the pen for the duration of the season. By moving him to the pen he can take it easy and not pitch very manny innings. That can make shoulder surgery go away. He will be able to be our number 1 in the spring. By moving CC tothe pen we will have another shutdown reliever besides K-Rob and mr.#untuk. i mean, we already have sweaty fready, hughes, kuroda and felps. Andy will be back soon. CC is simly a nestle to the rotation at this point and is a better bet to high perrorfmance in the pen

  2. Hoss says:

    Mike, Derek is showing him where the bottom of his jersey should go. There’s a reason he was on the cover of GQ…

  3. Kramerica Industries says:

    Did you know that the Red Sox have won 13 of the last 18 games they’ve played at the new Yankee Stadium dating back to the second half of 2010?

    You know, now that you mention it…

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      And I should add – fuck the Angels.

      Biggest frauds in the league right now, without question.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        You really have to admire the way Mike Scioscia gets the most out of the talent on his roster.

        • The Real Greg says:

          True, but he got a ring so that stands for something.

          • Chip says:

            They’ve got what should be by far and away the best pitching in the league, they have a future HOF in his prime in addition to the best player in the league in the lineup. They should be a juggernaught even with just decent production from everybody else.

          • Kramerica Industries says:

            That was Rally Monkey-induced shit that I still can’t believe to this day.

            103 win Yankee team was completely incapable of holding onto any leads.

            Adam Kennedy hit three fricken’ home runs in a clinching game.

            Of course, the 5-0 deficit in the World Series facing elimination.

            It’s only fair the Angels have been a perennial disappointment every year since 2002.

      • LiterallyFigurative says:

        Yeah, I was told the season was over once they got Grienke. Somehow, I think the prisoners of the moment forgot that you actually CAN’T PREDICT BASEBALL!

  4. The Real Greg says:

    This game worries me. The reverse lock theory scares me a bit.

  5. Kramerica Industries says:

    Really want to see them pound Beckett, as they should, tonight.

    I can’t bear the thought of another home series loss to the Red Sox, especially given how down in the dumps they are right now. I mean, if the Yankees can’t take a home series from the Red Sox under these circumstances, when will they ever?

  6. jjyank says:

    Let’s keep it rolling, Hiroki. Kill them all!

  7. Mike N says:

    Francona looks like a fucking bar mitzvah boy in his gray suit + light purple shirt and tie.

    I wore a beige suit + brown shirt and tie for mine. See if you can guess what decade that was!

  8. DERP says:

    Let’s get this over with by 10 so I don’t have to stay up late.

  9. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Ok Grandy I’ve been bitching bout you not hitting 3rd or 4th, do some big things today

  10. Scott Boras says:

    wow francona just called crawford slow as in menttaly slow…cant expect better from a former boston menagar.

  11. RetroRob says:

    “…the Bombers have a chance to celebrate just their second (!) series win over the BoSox in the Bronx since last winning the World Series.”

    What am I missing there? That means the Yankees will have won two of the three series wins in the Bronx since 2009. That’s not amazing either direction.

  12. Mike N says:

    Ground balls are Hiroki’s friend.

  13. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    oh espn…yes the red sox never have work ethic problems..they are working too hard. what a network lmao

  14. jjyank says:

    <3 the Captain.

  15. Mike N says:

    CAPTAIN!!!!!!!!

  16. Kramerica Industries says:

    That was ripped.

    Hope this is a sign that the floodgates are open right from the start.

  17. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Jete! Someday we will all tell our grand kids we got to watch him play

  18. Mike N says:

    That works.

  19. The Real Greg says:

    You better get this run in

  20. Kramerica Industries says:

    That was ugly, Robbie.

  21. captain kiwi says:

    robbie just looks so rough lately.

  22. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    awful

  23. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Robbie is lost

  24. Mike N says:

    GOTTA SCORE THIS FUCKING RUN!

  25. The Real Greg says:

    FOR FUCKING SAKES ROBBIE! THE FUNDAMENTALS

  26. Hummingbird S. says:

    what an awful AB..

  27. dkidd says:

    can’t remember seeing cano look this lost

  28. Widget says:

    Just a hideous at bat by Cano. This game already sucks.

  29. RetroRob says:

    Robbie still getting himself out. Please end slump.

  30. Michaels' Pineda says:

    Free swingin’ mother fucker.

  31. Robbie slumping something awful. Good evening every one, Big Member made me laugh again.

  32. Mike N says:

    Hell yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Kramerica Industries says:

    That’ll work, Curtis.

  34. bobtaco says:

    thank you Curtis!

  35. The Real Greg says:

    Oh thank god Curtis

  36. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Thank you Grandy

  37. jjyank says:

    RISPHIT! Thank you, Grandy.

  38. Hummingbird S. says:

    Grandy!! at least he’s coming out of his slump

  39. Michaels' Pineda says:

    Hell froze over…

  40. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Thank you Curtis.

  41. RetroRob says:

    …yes while Robbie slumps, Grandy seems to have ended his.

  42. Ugh I can’t stand Granderson. All he does is hit a homer or strike out. He’s absolutely useless.

  43. Get Phelps Up says:

    Thank you Grandy!!

  44. captain kiwi says:

    GRANDY. fuck beckett and his bullshit first-strike-that-was-actually-a-ball

  45. captain kiwi says:

    OT – nice win pirates! phew lol

  46. I like that Francona is singing the Yankees praises, but who exactly has Rothschild made better Tedo?

  47. jjyank says:

    Damn. Gave it a good ride, though.

  48. Hummingbird S. says:

    damn… didn’t quite hit the sweet spot

  49. RetroRob says:

    Too bad we weren’t in Fenway for that ball.

  50. DERP says:

    I was hoping that would carry a little more.

  51. The Real Greg says:

    That’s okay. They got the run they were supposed to get.

  52. DERP says:

    Ibanez is homering today.

  53. Dino Velvet says:

    Kuroda starts game on3 of the playoffs, right?

  54. RetroRob says:

    Did AJ Burnett pitch all 19 innings in that game?

  55. jjyank says:

    Nice, Hiroki! Looked damn sharp there.

  56. DERP says:

    Staten Island, Charleston, and Tampa combined for five hits today to go along with six errors. Tampa only played one inning though.

  57. The Real Greg says:

    I tell you what, give Cano credit. He hasn’t let his offensive struggle affect his defense

  58. Mike N says:

    During LLWS coverage this afternoon, they compared the sizes of Kuroda and the Japanese kid pitching tonight. He is thirteen years old, six feet tall, and over two hundred pounds.

  59. Hall and Nokes says:

    Haha what the hell was that?

  60. Pat D says:

    What the fuck was that?

  61. Did ESPN just give the Yankees credit for winning in spite of injuries?

  62. Will The Thrill says:

    I love the Yankees bench this year. I hope we don’t get let down too much next year when it isn’t as awesome.

  63. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    This strike zone is generous

  64. jjyank says:

    LOL at Lavaraaaahhhhhhaaaawaayyyyy

  65. DERP says:

    The one play Nick Punto couldn’t make.

  66. The Real Greg says:

    We’re hitting it hard so far.

  67. Hall and Nokes says:

    The guys in the Cialis ads look younger and younger to me every year…

  68. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Who else thinks melky should get another 50 games for that fake ass website

    • RetroRob says:

      Totally. What a dumb-ass move. It makes the situation much worse. The Yankees wouldn’t even bring him back on a one-year contract. Character issues.

  69. What should we take from the Angels/Rays series? The Angels are underachieving frauds, or the Rays are that good?

  70. Will The Thrill says:

    I just took a peek at the Yankees schedule for the rest of the season. It’s pretty tough. We’re basically playing the Rays, Orioles, Blue Jays and Red Sox a buttload of times. It goes without saying that they Yankees have to play their best baseball going down the stretch so they can not only win the division but go hot into the playoffs.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Well we’ve owned the Blue Jays of late.

    • Red Sox and Jays: Who gives a fuck? We’re better than both teams. Orioles: Also better than, they’re lucky little shits though.
      Rays: Going to be fun match ups.

    • Mike N says:

      Is there any statistical evidence that “going hot into the playoffs” is predictive of playoff success? How did the Yanks do in the last few weeks in 2009? (I’ll go look it up and report back.)

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        They actually had a seven game winning streak in the 150 games played range, including a series victory in Anaheim and a sweep of the Red Sox at home.

        I can’t believe I just typed those two phrases as factual information.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

        I’m pretty sure there is no correlation. In general, team “hotness” doesn’t predict how they’ll do in upcoming games. There are lots of studies on how “streakiness” either barely exists or doesn’t exists. Don’t know about people who have specifically looked at performance going into the playoffs though.

      • Mike N says:

        They were 20-11 in Sept/Oct of 2009. Hilariously (sadly?), they were also 20-11 in Sept/Oct of 2004.

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          Yankees were always ending the season on hot streaks during those years.

          In 2005 and 2007, they had to because of the shitty starts they had.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Next 12 games are fairly navigable, and the Yankees better take advantage.

      3 at Chicago and Cleveland, followed by 3 vs. Toronto and Baltimore.

      Gotta win a solid number of those games, because then the Trop comes calling…

    • RetroRob says:

      Heading into September, for the most part all those teams will be playing each other. No easy schedule for teams in the AL East, but the Yankees have one advantage the other teams don’t. The Yankees don’t face the Yankees.

    • DERP says:

      I think we have the easiest schedule left of anyone in the division.

  71. Anthony says:

    Hahaha, Hirok is Ciriaco’s kryptonite. I usually don’t like watching too intensely when the other team is up but god Kuroda’s pitching is too good to ignore.

  72. Athenian says:

    You have to consider Kuroda the best off season signing in the majors. Dude could easily be the number one on this staff and for the playoffs.

  73. Kramerica Industries says:

    There goes the perfect game.

  74. The Real Greg says:

    Rule 1

    Never let Nick Punto beat you

  75. Widget says:

    I hate how crappy hitters seem to hit just fine against the yankees. It’s why the rays scare me, they are a lineup full of crappy hitters.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      I’m pretty sure it’s not remotely true that crappy hitters hit fine against the Yankees. More likely, crappy hitters hit crappily overall against the Yankees, though of course by random chance some will hit well.

      However, if you do believe that, you should be completely psyched to play all the good offenses in the playoffs, because if crappy hits hit well against you, that means great/good hitters hit comparatively not that well (either that, or you’re giving up a massive amount of runs to everyone, which the Yankees haven’t).

  76. dkidd says:

    oddly, this is only the seventh start kiroda has made against an al east team

  77. DERP says:

    Sit your bitch ass down

  78. nice bounce back after that cheap little single.

  79. Kramerica Industries says:

    Since we’re talking schedules, 2012 has a much different feel than past years, at least to me.

    The AL is seriously watered down this year. I would argue that none of these teams are any great. We all know the Yankees flaws. Texas’ rotation is falling apart. Anaheim is in disarray. Detroit has underachieved. Chicago’s kinda overachieved to be where they’re at. Baltimore’s massively overachieved. And the Rays recent spurt is the placebo effect of Longoria coming back – that O will fizzle soon, and the 3-2 losses will return in grand fashion. They’re no different than the 2010/2011 teams that lost in the ALDS.

    But, thanks to this parity, it feels like there have been almost no easy stretches. Even this upcoming 12 game stretch leading into the series at Tropicana Field, has the White Sox and Orioles, both over .500, on it.

    Hopefully, the Yankees start to re-assert some of their June/July dominance in the coming weeks and make this easier.

    • Mike N says:

      The AL is seriously watered down this year.

      This is not consistent with the evidence. The AL crushed the NL in interleague play.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        As in, I truly don’t believe there to be a great team in the American League this year. A number of good, perhaps even pretty good teams, yes.

        But I don’t think any of these teams stack up well against the last great American League baseball team.

        Maybe they’re just too busy beating each other up. I wouldn’t be shocked to hear that argument.

  80. captain kiwi says:

    CAPTAIN!!!!

  81. Hummingbird S. says:

    jeets is HOT

  82. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jeter’s rakin’ tonight.

  83. Cy Pettitte says:

    Cap’n > *

  84. Mike N says:

    JEET!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!

  85. Anthony says:

    CAP’N!

  86. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Captain Amazing

  87. jjyank says:

    Derek…you’re amazing. Thank you for making my inner child so happy.

  88. CBean says:

    <3 Jeter!

  89. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Beckett has left a lot of pitches over the middle of the plate, he will get rocked tonight

  90. DERP says:

    Tomorrow would be a good time for Ryan Dempster to get his shit together.

  91. Get Phelps Up says:

    It’s gonna be so awesome when 38 year old Derek Jeter finishes the year leading the AL in hits.

  92. Derek’s a top 5 all time all around short stop, right?

  93. Darren says:

    Scott POSEDNIK is alive? and still playing??

  94. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Note: Josh Beckett’s goatee looks stupid.

  95. DERP says:

    That looked like a good pitch.

  96. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Caught a break on that call.

  97. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Alright Robbie, time to break out

  98. The Real Greg says:

    Got a break there. Take advantage.

  99. DERP says:

    Who is the manager for Boston next year?

  100. dkidd says:

    two things:

    i always thought it was pronounced nap la-JOY, not nap LAH-ju-way

    luke appling’s career OBP is one point lower than his career SLG

  101. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    To everyone who normally claims that ESPN hates the Yankees, please listen to the Jeter adoration going on. I’ve always found it ridiculous that people here claim that ESPN is biased against the Yankees, when the rest of the country thinks the exact opposite.

    • RetroRob says:

      There’s a better balance with, oddly, Francona.

      For the most part, all networks will try to take a slightly negative take toward the Yankees, try and find flaws. It happens to all teams regarded as being the best.

    • jjyank says:

      The negativity does happen a lot, but the Yankees have the best record in the AL and are playing well of late, so there’s not much to say anyway.

  102. Medium Member says:

    I’m afraid that Robbie got so spooked by his buddy Melky getting caught on the juice, Cano has stopped taking his juice.

  103. The Real Greg says:

    Double steal

  104. Hummingbird S. says:

    day off sometime soon for Robbie.. he needs it

  105. DERP says:

    Nice job of Swisher to actually go that time.

  106. grumphat says:

    “Last at-bat Robinson Cano swung and missed by a good six or seven inches…Beckett has made him take some real funny swings. You just don’t see that often from Robinson Cano.” – Terry Francona, who has obviously not watched many Yankees games this year.

  107. Anthony says:

    HAHAHAHA!

  108. The Real Greg says:

    THERE WE GO

  109. Mike N says:

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!! WP!!!!

  110. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    But I thought the Yankees only scored on homeruns?

  111. LAVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHNWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  112. Get Phelps Up says:

    Lol nice one Lavahhhhhhhhhhhnway.

  113. jjyank says:

    Ahhhh fuck you, Beckett.

  114. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Lavarnway is awesome.

  115. DERP says:

    Better defensive catcher: Montero or Lavarnway?

  116. Hummingbird S. says:

    nice prospect behind the plate… plays D like Montero :)

  117. Chilango says:

    I thought Robbie was going to swing at it…

  118. bobtaco says:

    Paging Kevin Long…

  119. Kramerica Industries says:

    And Robbie strikes out with a runner on 3rd, 1 out, for the second time tonight.

    He is in some kind of slump.

  120. RetroRob says:

    Jeez, Robbie. Two RBIs for your taking in two straight ABs.

  121. captain kiwi says:

    excellent job espn. full-count, incoming pitch, and you leave the cam behind the plate. jesus.

  122. DERP says:

    That was a dirty pitch.

  123. DERP says:

    Do it Chavez. DO IT!

  124. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Make him pay Chavy.

  125. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    “It’s hard to criticize an offense that’s second in the majors…but let me criticize their offense for a while.”

  126. When everybody’s healthy I still argue the line up should be:
    Jeter
    A-Rod
    Cano
    Tex
    Grandy
    Swish

    and so on.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      I like Swish batting second.

      But with so many good hitters, it’s kind of hard to go wrong.

    • jjyank says:

      I was totally with you earlier in the season, and might be with you again. BUT. If Swish stays hot, I would keep him in the two-hole. Otherwise, I agree.

  127. Pat D says:

    Oh, joy, the too many homers narrative.

  128. Kramerica Industries says:

    Cue the “too many home runs” talk.

  129. The Real Greg says:

    Nasty pitch by Beckett, but Cano has to learn that contact can bring RBIs too.

  130. Chilango says:

    Get Beckett NOW

  131. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh my god this stupid narrative again. So Tito, is it easier to put together 3 hits against an ace or hit a HR?

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      I didn’t listen closely to his response to the question, but it sounded like he started by saying that hitting homers is how they score runs, and that’s fine.

  132. captain kiwi says:

    swish is looking like “wtf you doin the wave for?”

  133. Kramerica Industries says:

    NO WAVE

    NO WAVE

    NO WAVE

    My God, Stadium folks have no respect for themselves.

  134. Mike N says:

    One of the reasons the Yanks got Ichiro was to “manufacture runs” instead of hitting homers???? These fuckers should have shut up when they were still making some sense.

  135. Mike N says:

    Make them pay for walking to get to you, Chavez!

  136. DERP says:

    FUUUUUUUUUCK

  137. RetroRob says:

    Stupid reasoning. Acquiring a .260 slap hitter to add to the lineup to make it more diverse, as opposed a .260 powerhitter is pointless.

    It’s been shown that power-hitting teams do better in the postseason.

    The nonsense never ends.

  138. Hummingbird S. says:

    wasted opportunity.. at least the pitch count is up

  139. The Real Greg says:

    It could easily be 0 runs so let’s be happy we got 2.

  140. Internet Explorer: Comes installed on every PC, still needs advertisements begging people to use it.

    • JonS says:

      But the song is cool.

    • Chilango says:

      Because IE sucks. Has buggy browser add-ons/extensions that are susceptible to attack, and on IE Flash exists as an ActiveX control for which there is a big lack of security control. And IE s also slow as shit

  141. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    If Crawford is getting surgery on Tuesday, why the hell is he playing today? What’s the upside there?

  142. Anthony says:

    Interesting argument in this booth..

    • Not really, the odds of the Red Sox making the playoffs is 5.1%. If I was the Sox I’d realize we’re probably not making the post season, go have the surgery now and be ready for spring training.

      • JonS says:

        They are saying that his recovery might be the 9-12 months like a pitcher and not the 5-6 of a position player.

      • Tom says:

        +1

        The other thing that has gone unmentioned – would Carl Crawford be the reason they go on a hot streak and be the difference maker?

        If they were to get in, it would be starting pitching.

      • Anthony says:

        I agree. It sounded like one of them (not sure who, splitting my attention) was VERY adamant about their season not being over yet, hence the interesting. I mean you can cite all of the miracle comebacks you want but your not being realistic.

  143. RetroRob says:

    Sweat or tears?

  144. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    So smooth

  145. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Nice to hear Francona owning up to his mistake.

  146. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Kuroda is absolutely locked in.

  147. Chip says:

    Kuroda is going to throw another shutout at this rate. He’s so fun to watch right now

  148. DERP says:

    Don’t want to alarm anyone, but Hiroki’s ERA is under 3.

  149. Kramerica Industries says:

    Hirok-a-Dok’s ERA is officially under 3.

  150. Get Phelps Up says:

    That conversation above about records in September and playoff success made me decide to look at the Yankees Sept/Oct records and playoff results over the past years.

    2011: 16-12, lost in ALDS
    2010: 13-17, steamroleld through the ALDS, lost in ALCS
    2009: 20-11, won WS
    2007: 19-8, lost in ALDS
    2006: 18-12, lost in ALDS
    2005: 20-10, lost in ALDS
    2004: 20-11, we know what happened
    2003: 18-9 made it all the way to the WS
    2002: 19-8, lost in ALDS
    2001: 18-9, made it to WS
    2000: 13-18, won WS
    1999: 17-14, won WS
    1998: 16-11 (their worst month)
    1997: 17-11, lost ALDS
    1996: 16-11, won WS

    The only things I noticed are:
    -The Yankees have had mostly very good had good Septembers throughout the years.
    -Their worst 2 Septembers haven’t resulted in ALDS losses.
    -Some of their best Septembers (2002, 2007, 2005) resulted in ALDS losses.

    So in the end, it doesn’t seem as if there’s any relationship between the Yankees Sept records and their playoff success. Be in first place at the end of the season and I’m cool.

    (Also, Kuroda is so awesome that I can tune out of this game while the Sox are hitting and look this up!)

  151. RetroRob says:

    Originally Crawford’s surgery was scheduled for Monday, but Crawford threw a fit when they tried telling him day.

    Crawford: When’s the surgery.

    Doctor: Monday

    Crawford: What did you say?

    Doctor: Monday

    Crawford: Damn you!!!

  152. Kramerica Industries says:

    58 pitches through three innings.

    First two batters both swing at the first pitch.

    Brilliant.

  153. Hummingbird S. says:

    the bottom of the lineup has to do a better job of at least taking some pitches

  154. Hummingbird S. says:

    Ichiro!!!!

  155. Cy Pettitte says:

    ICHIRO!!!

  156. The Real Greg says:

    ICHIRO!

  157. JonS says:

    Haha you know things are going bad when you give up a homer to Ichiro.

  158. CBean says:

    Ichiro!!!

  159. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Ichiro could do that 40 times a season…if he really wanted to.

  160. Hall and Nokes says:

    Bandbox

  161. captain kiwi says:

    YES

  162. Brent says:

    SAKE BOMB

  163. DERP says:

    Bang zoom bitches

  164. Mike N says:

    MANUFACTURING RUNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  165. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Godzilllllllllllllla’s skinnier brother

  166. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    He can hit homers whenever he wants to!

  167. Get Phelps Up says:

    Ichiro!!

    Of course the ESPN booth goes completey silent.

  168. klemy says:

    ICHIRO!

  169. RetroRob says:

    Second deck. Way to go, Ichi.

  170. Kramerica Industries says:

    Ichiro was trying for a homer a few innings ago.

    If at first you don’t succeed…

  171. grumphat says:

    Why doesn’t Ichiro try to do that every at-bat? Home runs are at least 10 times more useful than slap singles, and they never turn into double-plays or force-outs if a runner is on first.

  172. The Real Greg says:

    That was second deck, so that was a legitimate bomb

  173. 4 more of those and we should have our 12 10+ HR clan, if McGehee gets that 10th he’s been robbed of.

  174. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    He gave it a pretty good ride in his first AB as well, Ichiro seeing the ball well against beckett

  175. Chip says:

    Good thing they brought in Ichiro! to manufacture runs. I really hope he has a three homer game or something in the playoffs

  176. ESPN Broadcasters: Ichiro was brought in to manufacture runs blah blah blah

    Ichiro: GFY

  177. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Were you guys aware that the Yankees once played Boston in the ALCS?

  178. Hummingbird S. says:

    Robbie slumping on the field as well… terrible decision to go for the tag

  179. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    out

  180. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    “I would call him safe if he missed him.”

    Hard hitting analysis there.

  181. Cy Pettitte says:

    Cano’s glove is sitting on his shoulder. BS call.

  182. RetroRob says:

    He got him.

  183. Kramerica Industries says:

    Wow, Robbie did tag him.

  184. Get Phelps Up says:

    Even if he missed the tag, he still went out of the baseline.

  185. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Little league has replay, but MLB doesn’t. Sad

  186. Mike N says:

    How is that fucker safe? He was running on the goddamn infield grass!

  187. sangreal says:

    Even without the tag he was in the grass

  188. RetroRob says:

    If Ciriaco gets a hit here to drive in a run, I’m heading to the Stadium to take matters into my own hands.

  189. DERP says:

    He didn’t get him. No way Salty would let a Latino touch him.

  190. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    4 outs

  191. The Real Greg says:

    Thank god it doesnt matter. And we got Ciriaco out of the way

  192. captain kiwi says:

    4 out inning, awesome.

  193. Will The Thrill says:

    I think we’ve found an antidote for Ciriaco. #hirok

  194. Tom says:

    Baseball should just clarify the basepath rule to make it easier on the umps.

    On the grass avoiding a tag going to 2nd or 3rd = out of the baseline. If that is not true now, change the cut on the infield grass to match up to the 3 feet window. This is something easy and can be implemented immediately.

  195. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Wow, just wow

  196. Chilango says:

    Jeter is fucking awesome.

  197. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Whose your daddy, Josh?

  198. Chip says:

    So much for Jeter not having bat speed anymore

  199. Get Phelps Up says:

    Jeter is so awesome.

  200. How in the hell does a hitter who has made a career at diving over the plate get his hands far enough in to get to that ball?

    • Chip says:

      By being Derek Jeter. There are very very few hitters who could have pulled that ball which is even more impressive considering he’s an oppo hitter for the most part

  201. Mike N says:

    How is the infield grass “on the basepath”? They allow for running outside the straight lines between the bases to allow for taking the angles to curve smoothly around the bases, but how is inside the straight lines between the bases “on the basepath”?

    • Chilango says:

      isn’t it 3 ft on either side of the line from 1st to 2d?

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      You’re allowed to go 3 feet outside your base path. The base path is defined as a straight line between the base and where you are when the tag attempt begins.

      “He runs more than three feet away from his base path to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielder fielding a batted ball. A runner’s base path is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely;”
      http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/downloa....._Rules.pdf

      But I agree it should be simpler (with clearly defined lines) so that umpires don’t need to make a judgment call like that.

  202. Mike N says:

    Awesome, Captain!!!!

  203. Brian S. says:

    Can’t watch the game. How are we doing?

  204. Tom says:

    Hit and run here… get Robbie focused on contact

  205. Get Phelps Up says:

    Pastadivingciriaco

  206. Wait…Cano’s allowed to have a base hit?

  207. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Nice, Robbie was due.

  208. dkidd says:

    swisher mocking beckett

    robbie!

  209. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I’m calling a Granderson homer here.

  210. jjyank says:

    “Another jam for Beckett.” I could listen to that all day.

  211. DERP says:

    Does Beckett face Chavez?

  212. Chilango says:

    Put Beckett away NOW ffucks sake

  213. DERP says:

    Keep him in please.

  214. Get Phelps Up says:

    “He’s on the brink of either losing this game or keeping his team in the game”

    A+ analysis there, Orel.

  215. Tom says:

    Reports of Lavarnway’s defense vastly improving this year have been greatly exaggerated.

  216. The Real Greg says:

    Valentine’s taking a chance.

  217. Mike N says:

    C’mon, Chavez!!!!!!!

  218. Get Phelps Up says:

    Chavez slam incoming.

  219. DERP says:

    Huge mistake by Bobby V to let Beckett face Chavez.

  220. Tom says:

    This is a mistake by Bobby V… 5th inning and Girardi will not pH for either Chavez or Ibanez this early.

  221. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Ugh.

  222. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Well that sucked.

  223. The Real Greg says:

    Dammit Chavez, Shouldn’t have swung

  224. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh my God what a waste that was.

  225. Chip says:

    Actually, I was totally thinking they should let Chavez swing away there

  226. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Why don’t you let him throw some Chavy!!! Damn it

  227. Hummingbird S. says:

    this is inexcusable… Beckett had just walked a guy to load the bases and went 3-0 so he decides to SWING THE FUCKING BAT? REALLY?

  228. Chilango says:

    Chavy missed it FUCK

  229. DERP says:

    Ibanez will homer here but still.

  230. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I don’t mind Chavez swinging away on 3-0, because he will never see a better pitch to hit than that fastball.

    But man, you can’t let Beckett off the hook like that.

  231. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    He’s having a hard time hitting the zone, make him do it 2 ties in a row

  232. Chip says:

    Seriously, he got a fastball straight over the middle of the plate. It was a good decision to let him swing, just a poor outcome

  233. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Well, fuck.

  234. Kramerica Industries says:

    Chavez and Ibanez just saved Beckett’s bacon.

    That was brutal.

  235. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Serious RISPFAIL today.

  236. Anthony says:

    Damn it. Whatever, we’re still up 3.

  237. Widget says:

    Damn it all to hell. That was terrible. Oh that beckett what a gamer, what an ace. Yankees suck. :(

  238. captain kiwi says:

    shit. that suuuuuuuuuckssssssss.

  239. The Real Greg says:

    It is now up to Kuroda to go 1-2-3 and throttle that momentum right away

  240. Mike N says:

    Hiroki is money tonight.

  241. stuart a says:

    chavez with a big f up.

    should be 5 zip or more.

    hope it does not come back to haunt them.. Jeez…………….

  242. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Enjoying the game, great to watch Hiroki work, but I’m going to be negative for a moment and ask, yet again: At what point are we going to believe the O’s are for real?

    Sometimes teams simply have a way of performing that defies usual statistical proof-like Freddy Garcia managing to get outs despite the high number of players he’s put on base.

    So sure, their run differential is astounding. And yet, we have a month and a half left in the season and as of now they have one of the wildcard spots. The sample size is no longer small. More than that, they’re only five games back of the Yankees. And they’re showing no signs at all of slowing down.

    Let’s just factor them in to the potential postseason picture as legitimate contenders and move on.

    • Six games back, and I’ll take them seriously when they have a neutral of better run differential.

    • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

      I think that, at some point, you have to stop overachieving. We’re at the point, though, that you can’t just assume that will happen during the regular season. Maybe they’re one game and out as a WC team. Maybe they can’t do this again in 2013. I’m certainly at the point, though, where I don’t exactly want to watch them gain ground.

      • Rocky Road Redemption says:

        Yeah, that’s basically how I feel.

        I mean seriously, we’re past the “LOL, Orioles” stage at least. But you wouldn’t know it by most people’s reactions.

    • Will The Thrill says:

      O’s are just lucky. Just like the Diamondbacks last year. Their run differential speaks for them. They’ve won an insane amount of one run/close games which have put them in the pennant race.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      They’re a better team than we thought coming into the season but seriously, 23-6 in 1-run games and 12-2 in extra innings? That screams “unsustainable” to me.

      • Rocky Road Redemption says:

        It does to me too, but when do we stop assuming the slipper will fall? They’ve been like that the entire season; they only need about a month and half more of good baseball to get one of the 2 wildcards. And if the Yankees hit a bad patch while the O’s are playing well they’re close enough now that they may actually end up being a legitimate threat.

  243. Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

    I’ll drop in for a few. Why not.

    Melky Cabrera: Among the dumbest men alive, or dumbest man alive?

  244. The Real Greg says:

    THROTTLE THEM KURODA

  245. Chilango says:

    Well we let Lester off the hook so what the fuck may as well do the same for Beckett

  246. Will The Thrill says:

    Jeez. Yankees really need to stop giving Beckett breaks like that.

  247. Arya says:

    One of Mike’s posts tomorrow should be titled- Should Hiroki Kuroda win the Cy Young?

  248. Will The Thrill says:

    I’m so glad Jacoby Ellsbury’s contract with the devil has expired.

  249. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Boom

  250. jjyank says:

    Just got back from cooking/eating dinner…seems to be an awful lot of negativity considering the way the game has gone. And yes, I’ve been watching the whole time. I can watch and cook/eat, just not comment.

  251. The Real Greg says:

    Good job Kuroda. Get 1-2 more innings and finish them off.

  252. Hummingbird S. says:

    it’s a joy to watch Hiroki pitch… hitters can’t hit anything hard

  253. Hummingbird S. says:

    ICHIRO!! Slugger!!

  254. Anthony says:

    ICHY, BABY!

  255. Mike N says:

    MANUFACTURING MOAR RUNS!!!!!

  256. jjyank says:

    Ichrio can hit as many homers as he wants.

  257. Get Phelps Up says:

    ICHRO!!! Again!

  258. Chilango says:

    ICHIRO!!!

  259. captain kiwi says:

    ichiro!!!!! I LOVE IT

  260. Alkaline says:

    He likes the short porch

  261. Kramerica Industries says:

    Ichiro?

    Nah, no snarky comments. This is too funny.

  262. CBean says:

    ICHIROX2!!!

  263. Brian S. says:

    Ichiro is doing that to give Kuroda moral support.

  264. flamingo says:

    HAHAHAHA

  265. “Brought in to manufacturer runs” homers twice…Ladies and Gentleman ICHIRO SUZUKI!!!

  266. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    I guess he can homer whenever he wants … at least when Beckett is on the mound.

    ICHIRO!!!!
    (Kuroda must be providing emotional support before AB’s)

    • Brian S. says:

      lol. How dumb would it be if he was purposely avoiding home runs to slap infield singles to the third baseman?

      • Rocky Road Redemption says:

        I heard a story like that about Ty Cobb. When he started hearing people call Ruth the better hitter he got really pissed and said that if he wanted to he could hit home runs too, he just chose not to. Then he went on a a week long tear where he hit like ten home runs or some absurd number like that.

        Then, having proved his point, he went back to hitting singles.

        (Ruth, for his part, said something along the lines of, “I could hit 600 if I tried for all those dinky singles.”)

  267. Chip says:

    Too awesome for words

  268. klemy says:

    Ichiro! has determined that he likes homering.

  269. The Real Greg says:

    ICHIRO!!

  270. Anybody listening to the radio? I’d love to hear what John and Suzyn have to say about this.

  271. Tom says:

    OK he seriously needs to stop doing that.

    Get on 1st, steal, sac bunt, sac fly is a much better way to score,.

  272. CBean says:

    aw clearly Jeter’s a bust

  273. Athenian says:

    Land of the Rising Sun >>>>>>>>>>>>>Bud Light Beckett

  274. Get Phelps Up says:

    Ichiro has as many homers tonight as Cliff Lee does wins.

  275. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Tampa Bay. Whateves

  276. Hummingbird S. says:

    cheap ass homer

  277. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oof.

  278. Cy Pettitte says:

    Kuroda’s ERA is still under 3 (2.99), nobody panic.

  279. First mistake Kuroda’s made in a couple starts.

  280. DERP says:

    save situation. is there anything hiroki won’t do for this team?

  281. Kramerica Industries says:

    Put the clamps down, Hirok.

    No letting the Sox back in to this one.

  282. Anthony says:

    Bleh, it happens. C’mon Kuroda, finish ‘em!

  283. Chip says:

    It’d be nice to have old Joba back right now to bring in instead of Eppley

    • Brian S. says:

      It will be interesting to see what happens with Joba. I really hope he is just going through regular post TJS struggles.

  284. Chilango says:

    NOW the ump’s tightening the zone? WTF

  285. That 1-1 was a strike for Josh earlier in the game. I hate saying shit like that, but it’s true.

  286. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    I have to say, great showing on this thread tonight. Lots of gems.

  287. Kramerica Industries says:

    The 2013 Astros might break the 2003 Tigers AL record of 119 losses.

  288. Chilango says:

    Great outing for Kuroda.

  289. Brian S. says:

    Only 3 K’s in 7. Was Kuroda lucky?

  290. Get Phelps Up says:

    1 run in his last 16 innings allowed by Hiroki against the teams with the most and 3rd most runs scored in baseball.

  291. Haywood Jablowmy says:

    Just got home
    Is kuroda dealing or what , does he go back out for the 8th?

  292. Nom Chompsky says:

    Fun fact of the evening:

    Derek Jeter has a higher OPS than any qualifying player on the Philadelphia Phillies.

  293. Tom says:

    Send him 3-2 with Grandy up? (I keed, I keed)

  294. Chip says:

    This is where we miss A-Rod, we’re soooooo lefty heavy right now

  295. Will The Thrill says:

    Andrew Miller needs to go back to sucking.

  296. I personally would go to the righty McGehee or Nix here. It is still only a 3 run game and Boston’s offense isn’t the reason they’re struggling?

  297. Haywood Jablowmy says:

    Good call kuroda still has good stuff ride that horse

  298. grumphat says:

    Uh…Kuroda pitched well but he was clearly getting a little sloppier in the 6th and especially 7th. Why not bring D-Rob in, especially when Joe was so eager to get Eppley/Logan up? Joe must have threesomes with Eppley and Logan (and Rapada sometimes too) he loves using them so much

  299. Silly commercial, everybody knows it takes much longer than inbetween inning to grill sausage. Especially with charcoal.

  300. Anthony says:

    Is Girardi going to keep Hirok in for the whole game? That seems so… un-Girardi like..

  301. Chilango says:

    Hope Kuroda has enough gas for one more…

  302. Haywood Jablowmy says:

    Really hate this ciriaco guy.

  303. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    I love Hirok just for getting Ciriaco out 3 times.

    • Anthony says:

      Seriously! Ciriaco batting .516 before this game against the Yanks (yes, yes, small sample size I know, but annoying none the less).

  304. Tom says:

    Awesome that even Francona is predicting Ciriaco regression.

    He’s actually been pretty good in the booth this year.

    I also like that occasionally when he realizes he has said something amazingly obvious he will call himself out for it.

  305. captain kiwi says:

    god i love hiroki.

  306. Mike N says:

    Kuroda is fucking bad ass!

  307. jjyank says:

    That two seamer was 2011 Colon-like. Nasty.

  308. Chip says:

    Man, I think Kuroda’s sinker is getting better. That thing is just flying away from the lefties

  309. Haywood Jablowmy says:

    Kuroda needs to teach Hughes that 2 seamer.

  310. Mike N says:

    I don’t think he will pitch the ninth with this pitch count.

  311. Hummingbird S. says:

    Stellar game Hiroki!

  312. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Dominance. Again. HIROK.

  313. Brian S. says:

    Hmmmm. I hope all these innings don’t add up on Kuroda. We need him for next season.

  314. The Real Greg says:

    Well done Kuroda

  315. There’s no words for how great Kuroda’s been this season.

  316. Get Phelps Up says:

    Hiroki Kuroda, 37 year old pitcher who had spent his whole career prior to this year in Japan and the NL West, is the proud owner of a 2.96 ERA in the AL East and Yankee Stadium.

  317. Tom says:

    Major props to Girardi for not being a slave to the pitch count and realizing that Kuroda was dealing and leaving him in there.

  318. The Real Greg says:

    If they pinch hit with Jones, Bobby would have countered.

  319. Brian S. says:

    Why is Ibanez batting against a lefty?

  320. Tom says:

    And just as I give him props he leaves Ibanez in to face a lefty….. (because he’s up 3 and it apparently doesn’t matter)

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      I’d normally agree, but with the way Jones has looked in the OF lately, I don’t really mind keeping Ibanez in the game for defense.

      I can’t believe I just said I want Ibanez in the game for defense.

  321. captain kiwi says:

    russ gets on and they int. walk ichiro to get to mcgehee. that would make my day.

  322. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Sooooo, how much is it gonna cost to bring Kuroda back next season? $13 mil? Does he even want a multi-year deal?

  323. Get Phelps Up says:

    Not even the immortal Ciriaco can stop Ichiro!

  324. OMG! Bagels! says:

    wheels

  325. jjyank says:

    Is Ichiro the fastest guy over 35 in the league?

  326. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    McGehee 0-4 on 8 pitches today. And 1 was a K.

  327. Mike N says:

    MFIKY!

  328. The Real Greg says:

    Damnit Soriano. Pull itr together

  329. Widget says:

    and here comes Soriano to blow it. I miss Mo so very very much.

  330. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Thank you runt.

  331. Brian S. says:

    Leadoff runners are lame.

  332. Chilango says:

    Sori gets the DP. Big sigh of relief

  333. Tom says:

    Orel apparently though it was key for Pedroia to get on.

    The lay man would think an out would be fine, but Orel gives you that special insight into the game.

  334. OMG! Bagels! says:

    We’re in untuck territory.

  335. OMG! Bagels! says:

    CAn’t beleive it’s before 11

  336. Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Good win

  337. The Real Greg says:

    UNTUCK

  338. CBean says:

    #untuck

  339. OMG! Bagels! says:

    UNTUCK MF

  340. Get Phelps Up says:

    Untuck!

    Definitely one of the most fun wins of the year.

  341. captain kiwi says:

    beautiful.

  342. jjyank says:

    Un. Tuck. Good game, boys.

  343. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    #UNTUCK

    #HIROK

  344. Brian S. says:

    WE FINALLY BEAT THE RED SOX AT HOME!!!

  345. Mike N says:

    AWESOME GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Adios, friends!

  346. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Good night , Boston!

  347. Hummingbird S. says:

    great win! good night fellas

  348. Bartolo says:

    Untuck baby

  349. Anthony says:

    What a satisfying win. Cheers.

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