Game 153: Ten to go

Ichiro named AL Player of the Week
Pettitte, homers carry Yankees to win over Twins
(Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

There are only ten games left in the regular season, starting tonight with the first of three in Minnesota. The Yankees have completely dominated the Twins in recent years, but that doesn’t mean these games will be easy. Score early, score often, and give Andy Pettitte (and his ~90 pitches) some breathing room. Here’s the lineup…

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

LHP Andy Pettitte

Tonight’s game starts at 8:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

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Ichiro named AL Player of the Week
Pettitte, homers carry Yankees to win over Twins
  • Joe

    LETS GO PETTITTE!

  • LarryM., Fl.

    Just get some hits, pitching, catch the ball and we win! Lets GO Yanks.

  • CountryClub

    Need to go 8-2 to win the division outright.

    • OldYanksFan

      Correct. If TB is out of it by the time the O’s get down their, they may not put up much fight. I TB can get within 3 of the O’s, that would work to our advantage.

      The O’s play Toronto and the Sox (for 6) at Home then 3 in TB. I do see they taking 7 or 8 games.

      However, BJs up 2-0 right now.

      • vicki

        i think y’all are completely nuts to wish for the rays to get that close to the postseason. and it’s not like madden would sanction anything other than hard play, even if his team is eliminated by the last series of the season.

  • Darren

    This, my friends, is a fucking pennant race. Holy shit.

  • OldYanksFan

    I try not to react out of pessimism, but I don’t see our offense having us finish ahead of the O’s. If CC and Andy can be studs, and Hiroki gets back to mid season form, and 2 of Hughes, Nova or Phelps can pitch to their potential, they could carry us to the finish line.

    But that’s a lot to ask.

    • DERP

      Have you seen the Orioles rotation recently?

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Melquisedec Mesa? WHERE IS HE???

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

      Looking for third base.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        NOT ENUFF ROOKIEZ

        • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

          CLEARLY! I got a fever, and the only prescription, IS MORE MELKY (Mesa)!!!!

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Now he HAS to hit a homer before the end of the season for me to see if that’s actually Sterling’s call.

            • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

              It will be.

  • Mike N

    Please, no extra innings tonight!

  • CountryClub

    From chad Jennings over at Lohud:

    Since September 3, first place in the American League East has been a difference of no more than one game. The Yankees and Orioles have locked into the sort of division race that hasn’t been seen since a fight between New York and Boston — the Giants and Beaneaters, I mean.

    According to Elias, the streak of 21 straight games during which two teams have stayed within a game of one another for a division/league lead is the second-longest in baseball history behind the final 22 games of the 1889 season when the New York Giants and Boston Beaneaters stayed within a game of one another before the Giants won the National League by a game.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Not for nothing, but win or lose that is fucking awesome. In a way it’s a bit disappointing that the wild card could allow us BOTH to make it in.

      We really should enjoy this. We’re witnessing one of the greatest division races of all time.

    • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

      Whoa.

  • Get Phelps Up

    This would be a perfect night for Ricky Romero to win his first game in forever.

  • DERP

    Wei-Yin Chen has really hit a wall.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    The lovely Minneapolis skyline….or not.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    According to a troll on some other thread, my in-laws apparently live in a commune with 20 other families. While, in some ways, that’s not ENTIRELY far from the truth, it’s sure news to me.

    • jjyank

      Haha I got a real nice chuckle out of that grade-F trolling effort.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        It would have been funnier had they said “come with us next to a farm,” which would have actually been true.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          “come live with us”

        • jjyank

          Ha, I just saw his response to me:

          “That spelling is perfect and your grammar is not. But what do u expect from a star wars loving nerd with no real world skills. useless career choices ftw.”

          Somebody needs to go back to troll school.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Useless career choices. Funny. Let’s see who laughs last there. You’re going to be quite the rock star and soon.

            • jjyank

              That’s the hope. And even if it doesn’t work out, there are quite a few things you can do with that degree.

              I’m guessing that he’s a regular. Might be that Frank guy, he’s tried to “poli sci is useless” troll me in a game thread a few weeks ago.

          • Get Phelps Up

            What thread is that?…I’m too lazy to go back and look.

  • DERP

    Baltimore’s run differential is getting dangerously close to zero. Only at -3 now.

  • Zack

    Games like tonight watching the O’s and the game earlier today…they really don’t have a great rotation. A team like the Rangers would have mashed them out of the park.

  • CUYanks

    Somewhat interesting question: Right now, we are only 0.5 up on Baltimore, and 2 up on the second wildcard. This year, we have a 99%+ chance of making the playoffs (though some of that includes the possibility of a 1 -game playoff). Last year, we’d have a much more real chance of missing the playoffs outright, but barring falling behind Oak and Bal, we wouldn’t have to worry about a 1-game playoff.

    Putting aside what you think about the new playoff format, would you rather have last year’s system or this year’s with how the standings are playing out this year?

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Last year’s and it’s not even close. Hate this bullshit new wildcard.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Same here.

        • Darren

          Why?!! Unless you’re arguing for no wildcards at all, how could think the old way is better?

      • Laz

        Unless you are the wildcard it works out better. They will probably have to burn their best pitcher in the one game playoff.

    • OldYanksFan

      If the WC playoff was 3 games instead of 1, it would be a lot better.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Hey guys, take a look at CountryClub’s comment above, because it is fucking awesome.

    Enjoy this, guys, it’s one of the greatest division races in the history of baseball.

  • jjyank

    Step 1: Baserunner.

    Step 2: ???

    Step 3: Profit.

  • Mike N

    ICHI-BAN!!!!!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Great way to start the game. Bring ‘em in A-Rod!

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    Hi! Jeter! ICHIRO!

    BASEBALL. I LOVE SEPTEMBER BASEBALL.

  • RkyMtnYank

    How bout that Ichiro fella huh!

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Jeter’s OBP against lefties at .400 for the year now.

  • vicki

    dang, ichi. just dang.

  • Chilango

    Ichi in the 2 hole delivers.

  • Leg-End

    Your good at baseball Ichiro.

  • jjyank

    Yay Ichiro! And boo RAB for spoiling it for me :P

    There’s been so many games broadcasted nationally over the last few weeks that I forgot that I have the mlb.tv delay tonight.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Come fucking on Robbie.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      With the way he’s been hitting, I’ll take it.

  • Joe

    Joe Paw’s tweeting some funny stuff tonight.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Sloppy apprroach to the AB by A-Rod. Swinging at the first crap off-speed pitch to “at least “get a run on the board instead of putting good AB together.

    • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

      Should we boo him???

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    Okay Robbie. I’ll take it.

  • Mike N

    Good job, Cano!

  • Mike N

    YEAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SWISHALICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    GARBAGE TIME

  • Get Phelps Up

    That was a long Garbage Time shot…

  • Hummingbird S.

    WOW

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Garbage. Time.

    (Swisher can’t hit in September)

  • ArchStanton

    Just like Swisher, hitting a home run with a lead.

  • Effthisnoise

    Garbage time

  • Mike N

    That was a sweet pitch to hit! Looking at it, I felt like even I could have jacked that one!

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Garbage Time is the Best Time.

  • jjyank

    SWISH! Garbage tiz-ime.

    What a monster shot.

  • Leg-End

    Man that was hammered.

  • Chilango

    Swisher getting hot in Sept? Yay.

  • ArchStanton

    Granderson can and will strike out against anyone and everyone.

  • DERP

    Moar runz plees.

  • Mike N

    I hope Pettitte will also get the benefit of what looked like a relatively generous inside strike zone.

  • The Troll Monger

    Swisher finally decided to play for his next contract, great job Swish. Is it any surprise Grandy struck out, what did you expect?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Well this is a nice little cushion to give Andy.

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    Plouuuuffffeeeee.

    Where’s Plouffy? Not that I care. I’m not accepting his FIP. It just feels appropriate.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That’s cold.

      • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

        :)

    • jjyank

      I’m sure he will be absolutely crushed to see this.

      • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

        But…he knows!

        • jjyank

          His heart still believes.

          • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

            That poor heart of his. We need more ladies to post here.

            • jjyank

              True that.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    wtf?!?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’d like to welcome all the Cano bashers early tonight. We’ve got some Skynyrd on the jukebox and the Bud Light girls are here.

    • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

      Dollar specials?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Free wings.

        • jjyank

          At least there’s something to chase the shitty beer.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            They never showed. What do we do with all this Bud Light?

            • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

              Beer pong!

              • jjyank

                In that case, you better not place any bets. I destroy in pong.

                • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

                  It’s on beeyotch!!!

                  • jjyank

                    If we play NBA Jam rules, you may not even make it to your first rack.

                    • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

                      I don’t even know of such rules?

                    • Joe

                      I’m I the only that notices these two comment on each others threads every time.

                    • jjyank

                      You make 2 in a row, and you can announce “I’m heating up!”

                      If you make the third on your next shot, you’re “on fire” and can shoot continuously until you miss. At which point it just goes back to normal.

                    • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

                      Oh yeh I do that! I just didn’t know it was NBA Jam official haha

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      Is there a “big head mode” that goes along with that?

                    • jjyank

                      Also, you better hope there’s no Skunk Rule. I know you don’t play that, because it is pretty much just a Vermont thing as far as I’m aware.

                      That’s if you lose before you can get a rack, you have to run around the outside of the house naked.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      NONE OF THIS ever happened in South Florida.

                    • jjyank

                      That rule wouldn’t be so bad in South Florida. Happened to me one time. In Vermont. In February.

                    • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

                      I’ve gotten skunked twice and refused to participate both times because modesty.

            • Pat D

              Destroy it. Drop it to the bottom of the deepest ocean. Such a thing will bring you only misery.

  • The Troll Monger

    Bad baseball. This is how you lose to the Twins.

  • Bob Michaels

    The grandy Man can`t K # 185.

  • Chilango

    Andy’s getting squeezed

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    Cmooonnnnnn ANDY!

  • Nice Scheister

    This park is huge…Ichiro’s hit looked like a HR in YS3 off the bat, Raul looks small and the walls are monstrous.

    • Pat D

      They look like tiny, tiny people.

      It’s so cute.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Come on Andy.

  • Pat D

    Andy no look so good.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Andy does not look good so far.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Let’s see. The single and the walk weren’t good, but that grounder was all on Robbie.

      • Mike N

        It wasn’t clear to me that he could have beaten the batter to first. You think he could have?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Meh. No clue. Alright, Robbie, you’re off the hook.

  • Chilango

    Andy lost the zone

  • Darren

    BTW, fuck Sterling in the eye socket for his call on the ARod non-dinger last night. What a complete assclown.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Yeah, that sucked.

  • Mike N

    Nice pitch!

  • Chilango

    Sit down Morneau way to go Andy

  • Karl Krawfid

    Watch out for Plouffe.

    He is good.

    • jjyank

      What? I heard he was just a mediocre head shop clerk.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Beware of scorned FIP.

      • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

        Hehehehe

  • Mike N

    Andy is really flirting a bit much with the center of the plate. The first pitch of this AB looked too hittable.

  • Mike N

    Awesome!

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    Yeaaaaaahhhhhhh!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Nice job Andy!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Thank you Andy.
    Just settle in now.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Thank God, Andy.

    No more of that shit tonight.

  • Effthisnoise

    Andy

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Andy Pettitte, you’re so cool!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Andy was just fucking with them.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Ibanez stays hot too, that’s cool.

    • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

      I see what you did there.

  • CUYanks

    Ricky Romero makes me so nervous. He must have some sort of injury to drop off like this.

    • Pat D

      It would make sense, considering that every other pitcher on their staff has been hurt this year.

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    Dammit Russ.

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    Chhhhhhhav.

  • The Troll

    3 run first? Uh oh. That’s usually a death knell for this team. Hibernation mode ACTIVATED!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Swooning comment by Erica towards Chavez upcoming.

    • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

      Permanent swoonage. God. That man is dashing!

      • The Troll

        My money’s on Ichiro being a ninja freak in the sack . . .

      • Robinson Tilapia

        He is a ruggedly handsome fellow, isn’t he?

  • WhittakerWalt

    “The double play really hurt in this inning.”

    Expert analysis there, Sterling.

  • Chilango

    Run up the pitch count, get into the gassed pen, that’s the plan. let’s go,

    • RkyMtnYank

      I’m not sure we don’t want to try and keep this starter in for a bit to the tune of 6-8 runs. :)

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Why not both?

        • RkyMtnYank

          I’m all for that too! Mo runs!

  • ArchStanton

    That was nice of Jeter, showing Martin he would’ve hit into a double play if he hadn’t beat him to the punch.

  • jjyank

    I think I know why Plouffy isn’t here tonight. It’s simple: He’s hiding from the The Real Plouffe.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s in his contract to stay away from the real Plouffe.

      • jjyank

        Or maybe he just want to avoid all the cheesy jokes I will be making about their names throughout the series.

      • Pat D

        There is only so much Plouffe that can happen in one place at one time.

        • jjyank

          PLOUFFE OVERLOAD!

      • Get Phelps Up

        Complication: He is the real Plouffe.

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    Hay Plouffe!

    • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

      Plouffy goes poof.

  • Mike N

    Pettitte really seems to have settled down and found his location. Maybe he was just too excited and throwing too hard in the first inning?

  • Hummingbird S.

    nice bounce back inning from AP.. looking good now.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    So many leftover Shake Shack burgers from Citifield, we made Shake Shack patty hash for dinner tonight. Yum.

    • jjyank

      Heard good things, but I’ve never had the pleasure. 5 Guys is pretty much my best option around here, that I’m aware of.

      • Mike N

        Shake Shack is unbelievable!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Dupont Circle, buddy. You’ve got a Shake Shack right there.

        I actually think Five Guys grew way too fast, too quickly, with a product that tastes nothing like the first time I had it. I don’t even think it’s Wendy’s quality anymore.

        • jjyank

          Oh wow. Had no idea. I spend most of my time either in the ghetto or Metro Center area. Also had training for a week by Farrugut West, and interned a couple of years ago by McPherson Square. Never ran across one.

          Maybe if I’m bored this weekend I’ll take the train to Dupont and check it out.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Actually, you’ve also got Good Stuff Eatery, Spike Mendelsohn’s place, as well. Really good burger in the Shake Shack style as well, and some GREAT shakes. Another of my favorite burgers.

            • jjyank

              Hm. About 10 blocks or so from where I work. I suppose I could just take a long lunch break one of these days.

        • Pat D

          My love for Five Guys was extreme when it first came to my area. Since then, it’s steadily waned.

          Probably had something to do with getting sick after eating it a couple days before Christmas in 2010. My parents also had Five Guys that night, and the only thing I had on mine that they didn’t have on theirs was lettuce. I therefore deemed that the culprit.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            My real test of a burger is if the patty itself tastes like anything. Bite into a Five Guys patty without condiments or anything. No taste whatsoever. Do the same with a Shake Shack patty. No competition.

            Smashburger doesn’t have a whole lot of taste, but they’ve got a nice texture to their burger.

            I can talk burgers forever. Sorry.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              …and Erica, if you still work in Chelsea, my favorite burger of all time is not far away at the Ace Hotel Lobby Bar.

            • Pat D

              No Shake Shack where I live. I felt lucky to get Five Guys. I was also happy when Sonic came into our area. Then I had their food. Not a fan.

              I wish there was a Hardee’s nearby, just because I’ve that when vacationing in the south and always liked them for some reason. I’d kill for a Steak ‘n’ Shake or In ‘N’ Out. Even Jack in the Box just so I could say I’ve had it. Damn midwestern/west coast only chains.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                What do you have out there? I’m curious.

                People swear by Steak n Shake. Tried to convince the family to go to one when we were stuck in the midwest once, but nooooooo.

                • Pat D

                  Pretty much just the normal stuff. McDonald’s, BK, Wendy, Arby’s, Subway, Toxic Hell have always been around. Chick-Fil-A (fuck them), Five Guys, Sonic, Panera have been more recent additions. I think there are KFC’s and Popeye’s around somewhere.

                  For chain sit down places there’s Red Robin, Applebee’s, Friday’s, Ruby Tuesday, the steak places.

                  There’s really not a lot of variety, though it’s gotten a bit better the last few years. I still just wish we could get more.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    We actually have a weird thing for the Ruby Tuesday salad bar. Can’t explain it.

                    Just go for the best local burger, I guess. Who needs the chains.

      • Defensive Indifference

        Have you checked out Ben’s chili bowl yet?

        • jjyank

          I have not. Should I?

          • Robinson Tilapia

            It’s a classic. Down by Howard, I think.

            • jjyank

              Oh word. I get my hair cut around there, I’ll check it out next time I’m there.

          • Defensive Indifference

            Yes. I think you’ll be glad you did.

            • jjyank

              Will do, thanks for the tip!

    • Pat D

      Glad to hear that you treated them like people and that they were appreciative. I made this comment last night, but wasn’t sure if you saw it.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I saw it. Thanks, dude.

        • Pat D

          No problem.

  • Pat D

    I just scrolled back up in this thread and found the comments in the Aardsma thread. How many times did that guy change his handle? Thrice?

  • Hummingbird S.

    they are really hitting this guy hard.. hopefully they will blow this one wide open soon

  • Get Phelps Up

    2 soft popups for Arod…stuart a must be having fun tonight.

    • jjyank

      ….parades….parades…parade parade parades…..


      ….

      …..

      *changes pants*

      • Pat D

        Ew.

        • jjyank

          You liked it.

          • Pat D

            Uh…………no.

            I can only imagine what stuart looks like, and all possibilities of that, coupled with what you said, are just plain horrific.

            • jjyank

              Could have been worse. I could have thrown a few “Ike Davis'” in there.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              This is how I picture him:

              http://wallpapers99.com/UpR.....p_8994.jpg

              • jjyank

                Ahahaha. Perfect.

              • Pat D

                That’s an insult to Carl Fredricksen and everyone at Pixar.

    • Pat D

      Cano, too, after his first AB.

      • Get Phelps Up

        He got an RBI.

        • Pat D

          He would have made a comment about how he was finally up to 80 RBI’s and still doesn’t have as many as Ike Davis and that he deserves a parade………

          ………

          • Get Phelps Up

            one rbi….finally up to 80..throw a parade….he might get 90 if hes lucky but probably 85 or 82……..

            • Pat D

              Wait a second. Are you secretly stuart a??????

              • Get Phelps Up

                if i am…..will you throw a parade…?

                • jjyank

                  ….give him a raise…

                • Pat D

                  Yep. Turns out you’re the big hero. We’re gonna throw you a parade, and jjyank is in charge of confetti!

                  • Pat D

                    Shit, forgot to add that I get to drive the float.

                  • jjyank

                    Damn it. I wanted to design the floats!

                    • Pat D

                      Sorry, I’m assigning the jobs around here.

                    • jjyank

                      Fine. I’ll be at Party City if anyone needs me.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          …throw him a parade….

  • Karl Krawfid

    Jeter Ibanez Ichiro > A-Rod Cano

    hilarious.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Cano can’t do anything right nowadays (I know it was a tough play, but he usually makes it)

  • CUYanks

    One of Ibanez’ better throws there.

  • Joe

    Why are there 3 people making every comment.

    • jjyank

      Because we’re fucking awesome?

      • Joe

        or fucking losers.

        • jjyank

          Now that’s not very nice.

          • RkyMtnYank

            Must be another new Joe.

            • jjyank

              Yeah I was gonna say. This doesn’t seem like the high school kid who was asking me about college application tips the other day.

              • RkyMtnYank

                exactly, he’s been in enough game threads to know what’s what.

                • jjyank

                  We should probably tell him to get a more unique handle. I imagine this won’t be the last of people picking “Joe” as a handle.

                  • RkyMtnYank

                    I was thinking the same thing. He could go with “Another new Joe” if he wanted to keep that theme. We’d remember him anyway.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          There’s a fine, fine line.

    • Pat D

      We’re like the Borg. We share a hive collective mind.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Meh. I’m more forgiving than most about Cano. But his effort is becoming a problem. Making everything look smooth is backfiring.

    • Chilango

      Right. The slump is understandable, the loafing is not.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Rally by weak contact.

  • Mike N

    WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Andy the best.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    The ol’ Andy Dandy DP.

  • Pat D

    Just what he needed? Thanks, Kay. Now I’ve got that fucking song in my head.

  • Karl Krawfid

    in play out(s)

    Nate McClouth homers.

    wtf.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I’m trying to convince myself that the Blue Jays will win.

  • Pat D

    Marty Cordova. It was basically his best year. One of many ROTY winners who was like that.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Angel Fucking Berroa says hello. Is that Ron Kittle’s music they’re playing?

      • Kramerica Industries

        Joe Charbennou (sic?) and Ken Hamelin do as well.

        • Pat D

          Bobby Crosby, Ben Grieve, Bob Hamelin, Pat Listach, Chris Coghlan, Geovany Soto, Jason Jennings, Jerome Walton…

          • Kramerica Industries

            Well, not really sure how to counter this now…

            And, holy shit, I meant Bob, not Ken. Ken Hamlin was a frigging safety. I blame the Seahawks game that’s on right now.

            • Pat D

              Yea, I pretty much named everyone who sucked afterwards. I was actually surprised that so many ROTY’s were really good players. I thought that a lot of them were terrible.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            So many of those I COMPLETELY forgot or only remember as scrubs now.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Here comes the Jays meltdown…

  • Hummingbird S.

    I wonder what Swisher was thinking there… that was clearly in the strikezone.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Numero cuarenta. I’ll take the strikeouts.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I bet if Granderson posted the exact same batting line, HR, RBI, OPS, wRC+, wOBA, etc but half of the strikeouts were turned into equally unproductive infield popups, then basically nobody would want to trade him.

  • Mike N

    YEAH! UPPER DECK!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Grats Grandy.

    40 bombs.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Grandy!!!

  • Joe

    40!

  • Dela G

    the grandy man!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice HR, but that isn’t going to help his effectivity at all.

  • CUYanks

    Too bad that doesn’t count towards his effectivity index.

  • Hummingbird S.

    damn, I missed the 4th run.. how did they score?

    • jjyank

      Grandy bomb.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Stuart! Two homers for Ike Davis today!

  • CUYanks

    Romero escapes a bases loaded jam!

    • Laz

      But he is toast, and bullpen isn’t the greatest.

      • CUYanks

        Small victories.

  • Laz

    Things not looking too good in Balt….

    • Get Phelps Up

      I wonder if the Yankees can lend the Blue Jays Joba, Drob and Soriano just for tonight to help them win that game.

      • CUYanks

        Janssen’s actually pretty decent, but I’d worry about Delabar giving up a HR or two, if he comes in.

  • Effthisnoise

    Out bitch

  • Karl Krawfid

    Grandy is doing it all baby

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Grandyman!!!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Not a good night for the Grandy haters so far.

  • EDDARD

    This is why you never bet against Andy Pettitte. 9 innings of shutout ball since returning from injury. 40 years old and still dominating MLB. Andy could pitch another 5 years if he wanted.

  • Hummingbird S.

    wow, what a play by Martin… very impressive!

  • Mike N

    Holy shit! How the fuck did they get him?????

  • Tom

    Ricky Romero hanging on by a thread pretty much the home game, but with TOR up 4-3 after 5 innings that’s probably the best possible outcome for him.

  • Chilango

    Russ!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jamey Carroll is one of those Angels specialities in that he’s great at being a total annoyance, but in actuality is a terrible MLB player.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    FUCK YEAH GRANDYMAN.

    Unbelievable throw. I thought there was no chance.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Grandy and Russ, great job. I’m critical of you both, but a nice play’s a nice play.

  • jjyank

    Wow that was a helluva play be Grandy/Martin.

  • Nice Scheister

    He totally looked safe.

    • Hall and Nokes

      Whaddya know, he was actually out! I was totally willing to live with a bad call in our favor.

    • Chilango

      He was totally out.

    • Nice Scheister

      Wow, amazing play on replay. Great call!

  • Defensive Indifference

    Grandy giveth, and Grandy taketh away. Bitches!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Moises Sierra goes big fly to restore the two run Toronto lead.

    • Dela G

      thank god

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    And I give the plate ump credit for getting the call correct on a very close play.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Swing da damn bats.

  • WhittakerWalt

    LOL Bruce Chen.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      random comment or do you mean Wei-Yin Chen?

      • WhittakerWalt

        Suzyn thinks Bruce Chen is pitching for Baltimore.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Ahh, should have known.

  • Karl Krawfid

    wow nice play

  • Nice Scheister

    Floraban > Nunez

  • RetroRob

    It would have been great if Andy didn’t have his first start rained out. That extra start would have been great.

    • CUYanks

      It will just have to be in a more important game.

      • Winter

        As in playoff games I assume you mean…

      • RetroRob

        Yup. Earlier this year, he had four starts in the minors before he made his first start, and in that game against the M’s he looked okay, but it wasn’t until his next start he really had his command. His command is still a little off, which is why I’d like the extra start before facing a playoff-level team, but I’ll take him, sharp or not.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Jays have 1st and 3rd, nobody out, hopefully they can put up a big number here.

    • CUYanks

      Anthony Gose can’t really hit.

      • RetroRob

        They should have had him bunt. Then again, the Jays are trying to develop him as a hitter, and not worried about having him bunt to help the Yankees!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Or they can just get owned by Jake Arrieta.

    • Kramerica Industries

      You were saying…

      It’s like rooting against the force with that Orioles team. Eventually, the W will just find them one way or another.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Not for nothing, but Andy’s given up a ton of baserunners in these two starts back from the DL.

    His strand rate is 100% so far. That won’t maintain.

    • ArchStanton

      True, but that has also been his MO since coming back to the Yanks in 2007 it seems. Just doesn’t seem to faze the guy.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Very true, but hopefully he’ll start letting less men on base once he shakes the rust off a bit more. To me he already looks better than he did last start.

      • Winter

        We also should keep in mind that he’s rushing back from injury to a very important start. IIRC it took him a start or two to get into form when he made comeback #1 earlier this year.

        • Winter

          *important starts. plural

  • Effthisnoise

    What a turn

  • Chilango

    Nice DP to get two fast runners.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I have no clue how Andy is doing this. He’s exceeding even the best possible scenario I could have dreamed up.

    • Dela G

      agreed. that cutter/slider is getting so many DPs

      [/that’swhatshesaid

    • RkyMtnYank

      This is what Andy does though, he’s a pitcher, I just don’t expect double digit K’s from him. It’s almost like he puts a runner on in order to get the double play for an easier inning.

  • captain kiwi

    just got in – andy looking good!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Jeter is not generally a good defensive shortstop, but he and Cano turn the double play better than any middle infield in baseball. That’s the benefit of having two cannon arms out there.

  • Pat D

    The answer to that question should be D. None of the Above, since none of them really have something to “bounce back” to.

    To me, a “bounce back” implies you were good the year before, which none of those three were.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Cleveland was 80-82, so I guess you could stretch and say they fell apart from mediocrity.

      But the answer is D anyway because none of those teams will be any good in 2013.

  • CUYanks

    ARod just 6 hits shy of 2900.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    We wait with bated breath to see what exciting way Toronto will manage to blow their lead. Edge of your seat stuff folks.

    • JLC 776

      Here’s when the guy w/ a .135 average ties the game….

      • CUYanks

        No, Romero’s smart. He’ll pitch around him.

  • CUYanks

    I would much prefer if Ricky Romero were done pitching for the night.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    What a play by Cano!

    Larry Bowa must be somewhere in the stadium.

  • Mike N

    BASEBALL PLAYER!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Robbie!!!!

    And with a dive!!!!

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    #LazyDominican

  • nsalem

    Robby must have read the thread this afternoon.

    • RetroRob

      Nah. He’s too lazy to read.

      • nsalem

        It was on RAB Espanol

        • AaronGuielWithASmile

          IETC, so, so much.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Bases loaded, no out.

    Nice knowing your lead, Jays.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Oh, just motherfucking-wonderful in Toronto right now.

  • Nice Scheister

    Cano with the effort? Then the lazy throw. Parade.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    That should do it for Andy. Great outing.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice job, Andy.

  • Mike N

    Awesome job, Andy!!!

  • RetroRob

    I’d send him out to face one more batter the next inning, but doubt it’ll happen.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Dare stretch Andy into the 7th?

    Not facing the middle of the order, since he just did this inning.

    • jjyank

      Under normal circumstances, absolutely. But he just hit his pitch count. I would imagine Girardi came out of the dugout to let him know he only had a batter or two left.

  • JLC 776

    I don’t really expect Toronto to win a single game against Baltimore, but this is ridiculous – how Baltimore keeps winning is the greatest mystery in all of sports.

    • CUYanks

      John Farrell’s doing his part today.

  • flamingo

    I just checked the box score – looks like Andy’s dealing. YES.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      His command hasn’t been great and he’s yielded too many baserunners, but he keeps making big pitches in big spots to get out of trouble.

      In other words, same old Andy.

      • flamingo

        Obviously I don’t need to say it – but what great news for the team.

  • jjyank

    Bravo, Andy.

  • RkyMtnYank

    I hope Andy comes back out, he’s not too far ahead of the 75 he threw last time. He can get one more batter at least.

    • Mike N

      I would be shocked if he starts the seventh. Joba is warmed up and ready to go.

      • RkyMtnYank

        I know, I just think he could take this extra step in coming back. Since Joe came out once already I’m sure that’s it for him. Great job though.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I remember this version of Ibanez. He’s awesome.

    • Winter

      I’m pretty sure Ibañez’s skill is determined by seasons. Someone should check out his stats before the solstice and after the equinox.

  • Mike N

    RAUL!!!

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I’m going to make an ultra geeky cartoon comparison here. There’s an episode of the newish cartoon “Phineas and Ferb” where the main characters’ sister realizes the reason she can’t catch her brothers breaking the rules is that a mysterious force is keeping her Mom from seeing them, so she tries to appease it with sacrifices.

    The Orioles somehow have gotten the favor of the Mysterious Force.

    Yes, I did just bring up Phineas and Ferb on RAB. NO SHAME.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Rauuuuuuuuuul!!!!

  • RkyMtnYank

    The Darklord has risen!

  • Hummingbird S.

    they are CRUSHING this guy!

  • WHIPunk

    Ohh Lowrdddd that was demolished.

  • Tim McCarver

    Can’t believe Girardi is planning to take Pettite out…he’s a pitching a shut-out! Pitch counts are disgusting, they didn’t have them in my day. Real baseball players don’t count pitches and “OBPs”, they count wins and whatever it takes to get them – grit, a high batting average, clutch hitting, bunting, et cetera.

    • Mike N

      hahahahah ugh

  • Kramerica Industries

    Seattle has seven sacks of Aaron Rodgers tonight.

    It’s only the 2nd quarter.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Well damn.

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        I don’t know if you were saying that in reaction to the comment, or if you flipped to the game for a sec.

        It’s now eight sacks.

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          No, in reaction to the comment.

          And in reaction to this comment-well, DAMN.

  • Dela G

    RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRAUUUUUULLLLL IBANEZ!!!!

  • jjyank

    Hopefully Ibanez stays hot for about another 5-6 weeks.

  • DERP

    GOD GOD GOD GOD ANTHONY GOSE

    • CUYanks

      He can throw! I forgive him!

  • Mike N

    YEAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Very delayed C-ya on that one.

    Chavez!!!

  • captain kiwi

    chavez! pile it on boys!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Wow I thought he caught that lol

    • The Real Greg

      I could tell from his reaction. The Anti-Rajai Davis.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Chavez HR and the Blue Jays escape the inning with the lead!!!!

  • Dela G

    CHAVEZZZ!!!!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’m shocked that Eddard is not here to say he knew all along they’d hit this guy he’d never heard of.

  • DERP

    Everything’s coming up Milhouse!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I also am shocked that some of us are apparently still dusting.

    • jjyank

      It’s criminal. CRIMINAL!

  • Anthony

    Extremely delayed “see ya!” by Kay was funny, lol. Thought he caught it too to be honest.

    • Mike

      Haha I thought the same

  • Mike

    Wow O’s had bases loaded 0 out and only get 1 run which was before that situation. 5-4 Jays

  • jjyank

    Man, I thought Willingham got that.

  • DERP
  • CUYanks

    Josh Hamilton might have just won the MVP… for Mike Trout.

    • Mike

      Ehh, HR for Trout off Hamilton’s glove or something? I’m lost lol

      • CUYanks

        He hit a HR to take Miggy out of Triple Crown position for the time being.

    • The Real Greg

      Eh. Miggy’s got a week to go.

  • Winter

    Check this out:

    Raul Ibanez before the summer solstice: SLG% .464
    Raul Ibanez between the summer solstice and fall equinox: SLG% .360
    Raul Ibanez after fall equinox (2 days ago): SLG% 1.625

    I think I’m on to something.

    • CUYanks

      Big Member?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I love Big Member, but there ain’t no way he could spell “solstice” correctly.

        • jjyank

          Speaking of, it’s been awhile since we’ve seen him. Hope the Big Guy is alright.

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      Raul is a vampire?

  • toad

    So suppose it ends up that the Yankees and Orioles are tied, and both have better records than Oakland. Now what? A one-game Balt-NY playoff where the loser gets to play another game against the A’s to decide the WC?

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    So what, exactly, happened in the O’s game that made everybody so happy?

    I know the O’s only scored one run with the bases loaded and no outs, but what’s the story there?

    • Get Phelps Up

      Anthony Goes nailed Teagarden at the plate on an attempted sac fly. Really an awesome throw.

  • DERP

    Are we going to hear Adam Warren’s music tonight?

  • DERP

    Blue Jays bases loaded no out. FINISH THEM!

  • The Real Greg

    Now the Blue Jays have the bases loaded and nobody out

  • Hall and Nokes

    It’s the Toronto tease again…..

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    Hey guys. Still here! Was facetiming with the boyfriend!

    CHAVEZZZZZZZZ

    • jjyank

      Poor Plouffy…

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Not a good night in the Plouffer household.

        • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

          Poor Plouffemeister.

          • jjyank

            You de-FIPed all over his poor heart!

            • Robinson Tilapia

              The sad image of a man tragically dusting his sorrows away.

              • jjyank

                I can see him now, crying silently into a bong.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      “Was facetiming with the boyfriend”

      *walks away slowly*

      • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

        Oh c’mon.

        • jjyank

          So THAT’S what the kids are calling it these days. Got ya.

          • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

            I’m still going to school you in beer pong, young’n!

            *shakes cane* Get off my beer pong table!

            • jjyank

              Heh. What do you got, like a year on me?

              • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

                I think 2 or 3??? 25 over here :)

                • jjyank

                  I’m 24. So yeah, a year.

                  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

                    Offffffa da lawn!

              • Pat D

                You guys all make me feel ancient. I’m only 31, dammit!

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  We’ll just skip over me and say that RetroRob must be openly cackling right now.

                  • Pat D

                    Why? Older or younger than me?

          • Pat D

            Oh you kids and your face-everything.

            • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

              Yo momma’s face! Ohhhh shnap!

              • Pat D

                Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

                No, I’m just trying to start my own meme whenever someone mentions Facebook by saying, “Oh, you kids and your Facebook.”

                • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

                  Hahahaha! Even if they’re, like, older than you?

                  • Pat D

                    Yep.

    • captain kiwi

      in all seriousness… what’s facetiming?

      • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

        FaceTime is essentially a video phone call with iPhones or iPads. Pretty much like Skype.

        • captain kiwi

          on a mobile? good lord, how behind the times am i? that sounds like fucking magic to me.

          • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

            Totally! I think with the latest iOS (the operating system on iPhones and iPads) you can FaceTime over the 3G network but in the past you’d need a wifi connection. Someone correct me if this is wrong?

            FaceTime is great for my bf and I because we only see each other a few times a week due to hectic work schedules!

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I keep on forgetting you can 3G it now.

              I need my IPhone5 upgrade to arrive!!!!

              • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

                Ahhhh! How stoked are you?! Do you have an older iPhone now?

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  4. Not so bad. I’ve taken the memory to the friggin limit, though, and it’s gotten so slow. I want my 64 GBs of space.

                  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

                    Oh man. I hear ya. The 4 is a good phone, but the lagging is getting so absurd…especially in the messages app. Though, if you upgrade to iOS 6, the lagging isn’t as bad at all.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      Yeah, the 5’s on order already, so I’m not even bothering. I think I’m down to a miniscule amount of space on it anyway.

                      iOS6 on the IPad is sweet, though.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          …or it’s the new euphamism for ____________________.

          • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

            ….stuffing a lot of food in your face?

          • captain kiwi

            scrabble

          • jjyank

            Money shots?

  • DERP

    FUCK YOU REYNOLDS

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Mark Reynolds making good defensive plays.
    The Orioles can just do no wrong.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      I guess they can.

  • The Real Greg

    Sierra grounds into a force out at home. 1 away

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Shit. Hell of a throw by Gose. He looked even deeper in the OF than the Grandyman did.

  • The Real Greg

    Vizquel pops up to short. 2 away

  • Hall and Nokes

    It’s bad enough having to watch our own RISPFAIL every night…

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    Do this Joba!

  • yo

    grand slam! 9-4 jays!

    • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

      Ahahaahahahaah!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Arencibia!!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yes JP!

  • Get Phelps Up

    GRAND SLAM ARENCIBIA!!!!!!

  • The Real Greg

    Arencibia GRAND SLAM

  • DERP

    I think the J in JP stands for jesus christ.

  • captain kiwi

    grand slam blue jays!

  • Hall and Nokes

    AARON FUCKING CIBIA

  • Mike

    Grand Slam with 2 out, 9-4 Jays

  • Pat D

    Yay Arencibia.

  • yo

    ah…the sweet music of a silent Camden Yards

  • Hall and Nokes

    I’d review that. I’m sure replay will show that McLouth made an amazing 12 foot high leaping catch.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Arencibia doing work.

    Will just make the Orioles comeback more annoying.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      +1

  • Dela G

    holy shit a grand slam by the jays??? THANK FUCKING GOD

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      It takes a grand slam to break through the Mysterious Force. Hopefully.

  • Dela G

    joba super dominant. Let him pitch the 8th!

    • CUYanks

      6-run game with no off days the rest of the season!

    • Hall and Nokes

      Never. We’ll see 4 more pitchers and Soriano will come on to preserve a 2-run win.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        There has to be a guy for Cody Eppley to face tonight. He is the glue between everything pre-Eppley and everything post-Eppley.

  • The Troll Monger

    Joba with starter type stuff, weak contact and poise.

  • CUYanks

    Ricky Romero would get the win. Uh-oh….

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    Phelps as Princess Leia HAHAHAHAAHAHAHA

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Somehow it makes perfect sense that Michael Kay has never seen Star Wars.

  • Pat D

    Kay has never seen Star Wars?

    Jesus Effing Christ!

    • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

      Ugh. Everything Kay says now is invalid.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      He’s trolling you, bro.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Michael Kay has never had soup and has never seen Star Wars.

    • The Troll Monger

      Shocked. Is he human?

  • The Real Greg

    Jodi’s gonna have to fix that.

  • The Troll Monger

    Cano’s strike zone has been very wide the past several games.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Ah, the second strangest Michael Kay quirk. Never seen Star Wars, or any other fantasy movie. If it’s not going to happen in real life, he doesn’t see the point.

    • jjyank

      Condiments are all fake!!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Jodi Applegate is a saint.

  • CUYanks

    I know it would only be a half game, but somehow being up 1.5 would feel like hugely better than being up 1.

  • jjyank

    ….Michael Kay has never seen Star Wars?

    ….

    • captain kiwi

      probably never had a hot dog either. this guy…

    • RkyMtnYank

      He’s full of shit, just an attention whore!

    • FIPster Doofus

      Lucky him.

      • jjyank

        I’m going to pretend I never saw this comment.

      • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

        Star Trek is better!

        • jjyank

          Erica, we are officially fighting.

          • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

            Nope!!!

        • RetroRob

          Erica and I are sympatico.

  • CUYanks

    I understand if we try to use our B relievers for the 8th and 9th, but please no Derek Lowe. Pretty pretty please.

    • The Real Greg

      Derek Lowe has pitched okay of late.

      • CUYanks

        I understand that. It’s more of a comfort thing.

  • The Real Greg

    By the way, has anybody seen the Genevieve Gordier program with Michael Kay. He whines about his couch?

  • The Troll Monger

    Michael Kay was born February 2, 1961.
    Original Star Wars came out May 25, 1977

    Kay was 16 (or so) when Star Wars came out and be NEVER saw it?!?

    I call BULLSHIT.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      When were Heinz ketchup and Hellmann’s mayonnaise invented?

      • Winter

        1876 and 1905 respectively (although Hellmann’s was bought by Best Foods in 1932)

        • Winter

          Correction: Hellmann’s was 1912

      • The Troll Monger

        Henry J. Heinz invented the Heinz Ketchup brand in 1876 and his original recipe is still used today. Ketchup is found in 97 percent of all home kitchens and a person eats about three bottles of ketchup a year.

        In 1756, mayonnaise was invented in France by Duke de Richelieu’s chief. In 1905, the first ready-made mayonnaise was sold at Richard Hellman’s New York deli. In 1912, mayonnaise was mass marketed and called “Hellman’s Blue Ribbon Mayonnaise.”

        Source : Ted Nelson

        • captain kiwi

          the second “cous” in “cous cous” wasn’t added until 1971.

          • The Troll Monger

            Straw man.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Ted goes around picking up all the condiments Kay leaves behind.

        • The Troll Monger

          True story: I don’t like Ketchup but I love BBQ, I despise Mayo unless there’s tuna (with bits of whale) mixed.

        • CS Yankee

          LOL

        • Jack
  • Pat D

    I think that story about Jeff Kent going through hazing with Toronto is bullshit. His first year in the pros was 1992, and he was traded to the Mets during the season in the David Cone trade.

    So either Toronto did their hazing at the beginning of the year, or he was with the team at the end of the 1991 season even though he didn’t play, or he’s completely full of shit.

    • CS Yankee

      His “buddy” Barry Bonds likely didn’t go thru any hazing either.

  • Effthisnoise

    Ok wade you have a 6 run Cush, don’t fuck it up

    • The Real Greg

      Too late

    • Winter

      Would giving up Pedro Florimon’s first career HR count as fucking it up perchance?

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    Wtf.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Cory Wade…just, wow.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Pedro Florimon?

    Wtf?

  • Hummingbird S.

    Cory Wade will force Girardi to use Robertson and Soriano. And that will be unfortunate.

    • Hummingbird S.

      Also, I hope Im wrong.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    FUCK YEAH BLUE JAYS.

    Now all we need to avoid is an epic collapse and we’re two games up in the loss column.

  • captain kiwi

    jesus. 0-2 to a full count hr? wade, c’mon guy.

  • Winter

    Will Suzyn please shut up about the flowers?

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Home run balls get lost all the damn time in those flower pots.

  • Laz

    Why can’t Joba go more than an inning even though he threw only 11 pitches?

    • The Real Greg

      No more off days.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      He’s one of their top relievers. They have no more off days the rest of the season. When they have a chance to limit the usage of their top relievers, they should take advantage of it, to make sure they are available in bigger spots.

  • Dela G

    lol @ those fans looking for that ball

  • Robinson Tilapia

    You may not want to see Cody Eppley tonight, but Cory Wade does.

  • CUYanks

    Kay’s an idiot. The magic number for clinching a playoff spot is related to the Angels not the Orioles.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Does Kay really think condiments are all fake?

    • Winter

      “Fake” is offensive. Condiments prefer the term “reality challenged.”

      • jjyank

        IETC

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Funny, but this is an actual question. I wasn’t really listening and I’ve never heard this before.

    • The Troll Monger

      On radio and TV, Kay has been best known for yelling “See-ya!” during his home run calls (no matter the team, though his enthusiasm is at its obvious highest when a Yankee hits the home run) and noting the time of the game during the recap, often using the word ‘unmanageable’ if the game was longer than three hours.

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      In Michael’s world, who the hell knows what he thinks.

      I would pay to see Paulie force-feed some of that shit that Mike, somehow, has never had in his life.

      • The Troll Monger

        He should be forced to watch Star Wars and eat a condiment soup medley on the next episode of Centerstage.

        • jjyank

          I would call out sick from work just to watch that.

          • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

            I would PPV YES for that.

  • Dela G

    what the hell, i’d make this change, too

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    I haven’t been around as much so, uh…who is Justin Thomas?

    • jjyank

      Somebody who will be DFA’d in a couple days?

      • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

        Solid.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Pretty much.

      • CS Yankee

        Earning that WS ring before he gets axed tomorrow afternoon.

      • RetroRob

        DFA’d tomorrow.

        I’m guessing he’s the guy who gets the axe to make room for Aardsma.

    • Betty Lizard

      Hee. I had the same reaction. “Justin Thomas is a Yankee?”

      • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

        Hahaha and you only have eyes for the Russ Bus!

        • Betty Lizard

          Yeah, I figured I just missed some players because I was “focused.”
          Think of it as a specialty. :-)

  • bring buck back

    Phew. I was worried there for a minute that we wouldn’t get to see Joe doing any Managin’. But then a lefty came up! My night feels empty until I get to see Joe make at least one match-up/platoon move.

    • Winter

      To think we haven’t seen a single pitcher face only one batter yet!

      • CS Yankee

        Hopefully we’ll see him again in the ninth.

        Jeets 17 game hit streak is in trouble. Score more runs!

    • Pat D

      Door’s on your left.

  • CUYanks

    Does Mike go with Yogi Berra or Bill Dickey for number 8?

    • Winter

      Yogi. I flipped a coin.

  • CUYanks

    Suddenly Adam Dunn is also putting heat on Cabrera for the HR lead.

    • RetroRob

      It would be nice if Granderson put some heat on him too.

      Hamilton probably would have won if if not for his addiction to chocolate and energy drinks. WTF?

      • CS Yankee

        Tweaked needs his fix…just saying.

        • RetroRob

          I guess chocolate is better than meth, yet if it creates vision problems….

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      Edwin Encarnacion also has 41.

      • CUYanks

        Yes, good call there. Miggy will probably have to hit 2-3 more before the year is out.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    A’s still leading Texas 4-2 in the 7th.

    That would be a huge win for them if they can hold on.

    • CUYanks

      It’s a longshot, but a sweep by Oakland in the 4 game series would tie them with the Rangers. Boy would it be nice to see a team like Texas knocked out in the 1-game playoff.

      • CS Yankee

        NYY only two off the pace for best record as well…Texas has 6 more with the A’s & 3 vs. Angels

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      And then Adrian Beltre hits a two-out/two-run HR.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Anyone seen the Navy Federal Credit Union commercial with the screaming high school football coach?

    God I love that commercial.

    • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

      No?!?

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        I wish I could find it on Youtube.

        I only manage to stumble over it, like, twice a week, usually on the four letter. I was hoping there would be more familiarity around here.

        • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

          Bummer! I’ll keep an eye out.

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    Chavy <3

  • RetroRob

    Think I’d rather have the White Sox in the postseason as opposed to the Tigers. Probably just a hangover from the last two times the Yankees faced the Tigers in the postseaason.

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      White Sox young pitching also appears to be petering out a bit.

      Jake Peavy hasn’t had a great 2nd half either.

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    Jeter is so perfect.

  • Hummingbird S.

    hit streak alive!

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Hahah.

    Jeter giving a huge FUCK YOU to the hitting streak gods.

  • CS Yankee

    Jeet being clutch in the stats column.

  • CUYanks

    I like this. Casey Janssen on for the Blue Jays in the ninth, even with the 5-run lead. No kidding around.

    • Winter

      It’s their own little way of saying “Fuck you, Baltimore.”

      • CUYanks

        And promptly the first 2 men are on.

        • Winter

          Fuck you, Baltimore…

  • Pat D

    OK, they got the out at home, but why didn’t he just go for 2?

    • CS Yankee

      I hi speed is legendary to the young lad.

      • CS Yankee

        Ichi…damn autocorrect.

  • The Real Greg

    And now bases loaded nobody out in Baltimore. O’s down 5

  • yo

    aaand the O’s now have the tying run on deck with no outs

    • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

      Wtf

    • CUYanks

      Big double play.

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    Cano is SO GOOD.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Someone tell DRob to drop the ball and take his damn glove off.

  • Winter

    Bases loaded none out in the Baltimore game. This isn’t possible, is it?

  • yo

    double play, thanks mark

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Janssen induces a DP.

  • yo

    game over in baltimore

    • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

      Thanks for the updates, yo.

  • RetroRob

    Who is he calling in? It’s a five-run lead.

    • CS Yankee

      Thought he would start Lowe and go up the ladder from there.

      Maybe Drob will hone in either his hook or C/U?

  • The Real Greg

    And DRob’s coming in to get the last 2 outs, I think.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Robertson, really? Nobody else can get 2 outs without giving up 5 runs?

  • Hall and Nokes

    That went from “that game’s still on?” to “oh, shit!” to over in record time.

  • brian

    well timed dp by baltimore…

    jeter leading the regulars in obp and really only cano may finish ahead of him… and this is with the guy clearing sacrificing walks to selfishly chase hits at various points in the season

    just very impressive, with all those plate appearances

    • CS Yankee

      Say what?

  • CUYanks

    Yay for Roger Maris getting a little face time in the Magic Number counter, but let’s make his appearance brief.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Yes, let’s move on to Yogi quickly.

      • CS Yankee

        Agreed!

  • Hall and Nokes

    Girardi totally pulls out the fogger every time he sees a spider on the living room window.

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    Ummmmmmmmm. End this?

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    That ball was hammered.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Robertson needs to get away from that Cutter. The Yankee Analysts did a nice piece on how that pitch seems to be getting him in trouble.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Well in Toronto they got it done but the Mysterious Force didn’t go down without a fight.

  • The Real Greg

    Luckily there’s 2 outs. If there were no outs, I would be more worried.

  • Anthony

    Don’t get too excited, Twins fans…

  • flamingo

    DRob? What was that?

  • Pete

    Oh fercrissakes, end it already.

  • WhittakerWalt

    BARF

  • CUYanks

    Win number 245 for Andy Pettitte.

  • Winter

    For the first time in three weeks… 2 games up!

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      1.5

      /anal retentive

      • Get Phelps Up

        2 in the loss column.

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

    Game!

  • flamingo

    Now how about a pitch of the non-cutter variety to end it?

    • flamingo

      Okay, that worked.

  • Mike N

    PHEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Matt

    I don’t understand why Robertson is throwing these weak hitters his cutter.

    His cutter is 2 mph or so slower than his 4-seamer, and his control of it has been terrible lately.

    He is just helping a bunch of weak hitters out by giving them a pitch they can handle.

  • Hummingbird S.

    nice boring win! We need a lot more of those!

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Not so boring. Cory Wade shows he can’t be trusted in high leverage situations, then DRob gives up 2 runs. I would have preferred it ended 6-0 or 6-1.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Come on down, Yogi.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Yay!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Overall, a very solid win.

  • RetroRob

    All’s well that ends well.

    Nice seeing you Justin Thomas.

    • CUYanks

      And Robertson said here are a few earned runs on your way out.

      • RetroRob

        If Thomas was on the bubble, it burst.

    • CS Yankee

      Cashman: Let’s ensure we have your home address correct, in case you are rostered elsewhere next year.

      Thomas: Sure, what for?

      Cashman: For the ring, of course.

  • The Troll

    I thought D-Rob’s cutter was shit? Why does he insist on throwing it nearly exclusively?

    • Winter

      He has what we call Hughes’s Syndrome

  • Effthisnoise

    Got the win , but Drob continuously giving up huge hits and runs. Concerning

  • RetroRob

    To celebrate the win, I’m having some soup. Michael Kay would not approve.

    • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica

      All while watching Episode 1?

      • Winter

        What are you talking about, Episode 1 doesn’t exist. Everyone knows there was only 4, 5 and 6.

        • jjyank

          +1

  • Chilango

    Good job all around. Everybody’s been saying it, why hasn’t Robbie been listening? Stop throwing the cutter.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I am enjoying this “2 in the loss column” phenomenon.

  • Jack

    That’s a bullshit call.