Apr
14

Game 11: Rubber Game

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(Al Bello/Getty)

Early-season games against the Orioles haven’t meant much in recent years, but Baltimore’s surprising success in 2012 and what we expect will be a tight AL East race this summer means every game against a division rival is very important. The Yankees and O’s have split the first two games of the series and you know both teams are hoping to walk away with a series win. If the Bombers are going to have any shot at contention this year, these are the games they need to win. Here’s the lineup that will face left-hander Wei-Yin Chen…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. LF Vernon Wells
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. 3B Kevin Youkilis
  5. DH Ben Francisco
  6. RF Brennan Boesch
  7. C Frankie Cervelli
  8. 1B Lyle Overbay
  9. SS Jayson Nix

And on the mound is the 2006 Nippon Pro Baseball ERA champion, Hiroki Kuroda.

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 8pm ET and can be seen on ESPN. The weather in New York is fine, just a little chilly, in case you are still weather paranoid after all the rain issues earlier this week. Enjoy the game.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Alkaline

    Okay, I haven’t been around the past few days. What did I miss?

    • Big Member

      my fantasy team is badass

      • Luis Castillo (not the one who dropped the ball)

        That’s actually true… Even you have the luxury to play Eddie Núñez and his .182 obp tris week

      • trr

        mine is ass- bad…

  • forensic

    I’d like to see a little more offense tonight, though it’ll be difficult with Francisco (who might as well be a lefty considering his splits) and 4 other lefties in the lineup against Chen, not to mention Nix.

    Unfortunately, they don’t get to see the Indians pitching again yet. The last two games have been more like the first bunch instead of the 2-3 in the middle. Obviously, that will happen sometimes against ok-good pitching, but I’d rather it not become a sort of trend again.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Last season, Baltimore took 2/3 in all three series at Yankee Stadium, including winning both rubber games.

    For the love of all that is good and decent, DO NOT let that happen again to start off 2013.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Except for the final 3 ALDS games…

      • Kramerica Industries

        Cherry-picked statistic left out for the purpose of perpetuating the narrative.

        Even so, a 5-7 home record is nothing to write home about. Time to regain the Bronx in this particular matchup.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Of course.
          I just felt a need to point that out. :)

  • Mike HC

    I’m really not getting this DH platoon. Hafner is a better hitter against lefties than Francisco is.

    • forensic

      Sadly, you better get used to it.

      “He just hasn’t had a lot of at-bats,” Girardi said. “It’s very rare that we don’t see left-handers in our division. It’s just kind of happened, so I expect him to play an important role for us and to do some damage on left-handers. The good thing is he’s going to see a lefty today, and then we’re going to see two against Arizona. And chances are you’re going to see at least one against Toronto and one against Tampa, so his playing time is going to be more regular.”

      He’s going to be playing a bunch in the near future. Anything is possible, but I don’t expect him to produce much of anything either.

      • Mike HC

        It’s a head scratcher.

      • MannyGeee

        I am not in the business of questioning the skipper, but you almost HAVE to play the hot hand with Pronk.

        • forensic

          It’s not even just the hot hand, for what it’s worth, he even hit lefties better than Francisco did last year.

        • trr

          It’s hard to figure Girardi out sometimes, isn’t it? At times he seems lock a rock-head, at others he seems guilty of over-thinking….

          yeah, I’d go w/Hafner. Definitley

  • Eddard

    Those Top 4 guys and Cervelli are going to have to produce if we’re going to put runs on the board for Hiroki. Those other guys won’t do much. At least Boesch has a better chance of running into one than Ichiro. Hiroki will need to be sharp tonight.

  • MannyGeee

    Ben Francisco, Designated “Hitter” bums me out every time I see it. If they had no plans on using him in the field, then they could have just signed an “All Bat” RH DH.

    Sure, no one saw Boesch falling into the Yankees lap, and it’s easier to say they shoulda than the reality of the business of the game, but shit man. Ben Francisco just doesn’t hit…

    • hogsmog

      Neither do Wells, Youkilis, or Cervelli.

      Francisco will be one of the first to go when everybody gets healthy, but since it seems like all the other scrubs/washups decided to OPS 1.000 this week, hell, I’ll be optimistic for a change.

      • MannyGeee

        I could be talked into Wells and/or Youk being a valid RH DH at this point in their careers because they did, well you know, HIT at some point in their respective careers.

      • Winter

        Francisco will not be one of the first to go. Any MLB team needs two catchers, and I don’t see the Yankees getting a new one in the near future.

        • forensic

          Um, Ben Francisco, not Francisco Cervelli…

        • MannyGeee

          I think he’s referring to BEN Francisco, not CERVELLI Francisco.

        • Havok9120

          Ben Francisco, not Frankie Cervelli. I think.

        • Winter

          I’m an idiot. I find myself saying this a lot.

          • And in merrie olde England

            FWIW I thought something similar until I realised he gets called Frankie for the most part on here.

            • Havok9120

              Yeah, but you’re in Britain and get a pass.

              • And in merrie olde England

                I thought it was about Stewart playing not Frankie getting released. Rereading it not sure why, guess Francisco is that much of a non-factor in my mind.

  • Pasta

    Hate BSPN Games those guys really hate us.

    • flamingo

      Francona kind of evened it up a bit last year. This year :/

      • Pasta

        Stoolman kruk and hershier yankee haters

  • nycsportzfan

    I’m excited to see Wells and Youk get some licks against a lefty tonight.. Got a feeling at least one of them if not both is in for big game..

    Glad to see Cervelli in there alittle more regulary… It only took god knows how long for them to catch on that hes better then Stewart..

    Chen is a tough pitcher, and we’ll need at least one of our Lefties to do some hitting tonight to go along with are righties most likely.. Cano? Overbay maybe? Gardy? who knows, but one of them will have to step up tonight..

    I’m very excited about this game, especially after watching my knicks clinch 2nd see with dismantling of pacers today..

  • nycsportzfan

    Back in the late 90′s early 2000′s our staff used to get off on trying to one up the pitcher from the day before’s performance, and all though Hughes stunk, Kuroda will want a gem , to follow CC’s past 2 gems and Andy’s 2 gems…

    • MannyGeee

      I hope he can feel his hand this week, I am not sold on him having been healthy last go round

  • Get Phelps Up

    So it’s almost like Girardi wasn’t blindly alternating between Stewart and Cervelli.

    • forensic

      Well, he actually said so himself that it was basically just alternating them for the first week or two. Though this is earlier for additional PT than I thought he’d give in to it.

    • Havok9120

      Doo dee doo.

  • Mick taylor

    Tiger woods has not won a major since the PGA began steroids testing

    • MannyGeee

      Or since he got busted with his dick in the cookie jar.

    • wheels

      If his ball doesn’t hit that flagstick, things could have been far different.

  • Pasta

    Stadium looks empty

    • MannyGeee

      Says everyone watching a Nationally Televised Yankees game since last May

    • Havok9120

      But I’ll bet attendance is still over 80%.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I wonder when the last time the Orioles were in the SNB game was.

  • forensic

    At least Kuroda stuck up his glove this time instead of the bare hand.

    • MannyGeee

      Obligatory “Cano makes that play at SS” comment

      • forensic

        Can’t wait till Cano misses one at 2B and it’s time for the ‘Cervelli woulda had it’ comments.

        • MannyGeee

          Mixed amongst the “Lazy Cano” comments

  • Pasta

    Kuroda has movement on the ball again

  • YankeesJunkie

    Kuroda looks sharp in the first inning.

  • Eddard

    Hiroki looks sharp early getting those ground balls. If the offense can scrape together 3 runs that should be enough for Hirok.

  • nycsportzfan

    Kuroda seems to be locating very nicely early on, with a nice easy 1st.. His fastball has a nice bit of movement on it so far..

  • MannyGeee

    Chen pitched VERY well against the Yankees last year.

    Not sure if reverse jinxing or legit concerned

    • Mike HC

      Nah, the guy is just a good pitcher.

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

      17 R (14 ER) in 24 IP is VERY well?

      • MannyGeee

        Felt like it was better. Fuck looking up facts, I am going on my gut here…

        My bad.

        • Bo Knows

          He had one really good game and then got lit up in the other games

    • forensic

      He actually had a 5.25 ERA against them in 24 innings and allowed 6 homers for what it’s worth.

      He was great once, serviceable twice, and bad once.

      • Kramerica Industries

        That bad game was the last meeting of the regular season, I think. He got hammered in Baltimore.

        The start before that he did very well. I don’t remember the “serviceable” ones very well, though I’m guessing those were both early season meetings.

        • forensic

          His last start, which was in Baltimore, was the bad one. The one before that was serviceable and in NY. His first start of the season, also in NY, was serviceable. His second start against them, also in NY, was the good one.

          If you’d like quick reference:

          http://www.baseball-reference......;year=2012

  • forensic

    Ugh, I forgot just how often ESPN insists on the behind the plate view and just how much I despise it.

    • Havok9120

      It’s terrible. Are they that desperate to mix it up even though it adds nothing to the broadcast?

    • wheels

      That goddamn ticker is the worst.

  • MannyGeee

    Yeah, Gardner should have to do 20 push ups every time he hits the ball in the air

  • nycsportzfan

    Yuck, 2 lazy infield pops to start the game..

  • Winter

    I’ve heard the story about Vernon Well’s dad before. Didn’t Wells use his no trade clause on a trade to the Yankees at some point (obviously he changed his mind eventually)?

  • forensic

    Ok guys. Next inning try to get one out of the infield…

  • forensic

    “Deeper and thicker” from Hershiser.

    He must’ve been reading RAB. Was that last year or before then? Everything blends together.

  • MannyGeee

    I feel like Cano swings at that pitch at his chin more often than a hitter of his caliber should.

    • forensic

      I think he swings at a lot of pitches more often than a hitter of his caliber should.

  • MannyGeee

    Hiroki is making it looks simple tonight

    • forensic

      Much better than his first two, that’s for sure.

      Long way to go still though. Hopefully it’s not a ‘typical’ no run support night for him.

  • Havok9120

    Wait, wait, wait. Gold Gloves in up the middle positions makes a Championship-caliber team?

    When did this happen?

    • jjyank

      And we all know how important that award really is.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I feel like Baltimore didn’t overachieve as much as we all want to think they did in 2012, but the Orioles are not winning 93 games again if their approach remains the same in 2013.

    That 29-9 one-run record was just absurd. It’s impossible to repeat.

    • Winter

      Didn’t overachieve? They beat their Pythagorian W-L by 11 games!

      • Kramerica Industries

        I meant that I thought they were a legitimately good baseball team. Not a 93 win team, but not the crummy turds we kinda made them sound like for most of last season around here.

        The way many of us talked about them, it was a miracle they won 75 games.

    • trr

      correct-amundo

    • forensic

      They’re already just 1-3 in one-run games this year.

      16-2 in extra innings is pretty crazy too.

      • forensic

        Showalter is so defensive about it too. He was on with Brian Kenny and got all sorts of attitude when Kenny mentioned a few things, not even going that far with it.

  • jjyank

    New least favorite word: “Buck-ball”.

  • MannyGeee

    ESPN Rule 1: Red Sox are magical
    #2: if the Sox aren’t on, then Joe Maddon is a genius
    #3: if the Rays aren’t on, then suck on Showalters dick for a little bit.

  • MeloJeter

    I feel like I’m watching an Oriole infomercial

    • trr

      only 1/2 hr ’til Game of Thrones…

      • MeloJeter

        Hour and a half ’til Vikings ;)

  • MannyGeee

    Jesus, the sucking of Buck Showalters amazingness is getting old and were only 1/2 way through 2…

    • forensic

      15 years, over 2100 games, and yet still BARELY over .500 in his career.

      Yeah, it’s simplistic, but geez, get over it guys…

  • Havok9120

    Southern Comfort just seems like such an odd brand of “alcohol” to see nationally televised.

    • Pasta

      Like drinking syrup.

      • MannyGeee

        If rednecks and frat boys drank Aunt Jemima

        • Havok9120

          You know I’ve never met a single person from down here that drinks that stuff?

          • MannyGeee

            Only know one person in my life that ever drank that stuff, in Sprite. Nasty nasty stuff

      • Havok9120

        I’ve got one friend that thinks it’s the greatest thing ever. No one else I’ve ever spoken to has liked it.

        • Pasta

          Who could forget a southern comfort hangover and the power vomitting.

          • Havok9120

            I don’t think I’ve ever even had it. Certainly never by choice. Only way I may have gotten it is if someone was using it as the well brand.

          • Pasta

            SC is a bad hangover but the worst hangover ever is Yukon Jack. Thought i was going to die

  • Winter

    Let’s take a vote: Who thinks the ESPN booth is happy that Youkilis is a Yankee?

  • MannyGeee

    Fucking hell, guys. Lets put one on the ground and test out the defense a bit.

    • MannyGeee

      No sooner do I say it…

      • Havok9120

        You’re a genius!

        • MannyGeee

          Blind squirrel theory, brother….

  • MeloJeter

    The Buck Showalter suck fest continues

    • MannyGeee

      Wow. At this rate I might blow Buck…

  • Pasta

    Buck sucking but he did have on his sweatpants lol

  • Havok9120

    Holy crap. No wonder Showalter’s reputation is so good.

  • MannyGeee

    Frankie working the count a bit. I like it, lets get into that bullpen first

    • forensic

      Their bullpen is typically really good. They may need to do whatever damage they can against Chen instead.

  • Eddard

    Cervelli just knows how to work a count. That’s something we didn’t have a lot of last year.

    • Havok9120

      Incredible.

  • flamingo

    Nice AB even if nothing came of it.

  • forensic

    Leave it to the Marlins to make Halladay look like a great pitcher again…

  • Havok9120

    Meanwhile, the Astros are already up to 113 strikeouts. Sheesh.

    • MannyGeee

      Yikes. They are gonna be epic

    • forensic

      And they’re only that low because they sat Brett Wallace for two games and then somehow went a whole game without K’ing.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I do remember that Machado play last season. That was pretty fucking brilliant. And it was in a 2-2 game, 9th inning, of a critical September series with the Rays, who were only two or so games back in the standings at that point. Enormous play.

    • And in merrie olde England

      I’d not seen it before, awesome play. Comparing him to Arod is getting a little carried away though.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Yeah, I didn’t even pay attention for that part. I just looked up in time to see the play, which I remember from seeing live last year.

  • MannyGeee

    Machado = a young Alex Rodriguez.

    Whoa….

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

      The only thing he has in common with A-Rod is being a HS SS from Miami. Look at what A-Rod did when he was Machado’s age.

      • MannyGeee

        Machado might be a centaur. I think you might be discounting this as the link.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Machado owns a treadmill that sprays steroids in his ass?

    • Cy Pettitte

      A-Rod had 1.045OPS as a 20 year old so Machado only has to get his OPS up by ~.350 over the rest of the season

    • forensic

      Too bad he hasn’t hit much at all in the majors yet, though of course that would get in the way of their Orioles-fest so far.

    • Pasta

      Only espn can you hear such wisdom.
      Maybe mannys been to the miami clinic

    • Get Phelps Up

      Age 20 Machado: .262/.294/.445
      Age 20 ARod: .358/.414/.631

      Yeah…

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I wanna punch the first guy who ever said that.

  • YankeesJunkie

    When A-Rod was 21 he was already one of the best hitters in baseball.

  • Havok9120

    I prefer to think that the commentary is such a painful puff piece because they’ve not had a chance to talk about any of this stuff during a broadcast yet this season.

    But it’s getting really hard to give them the benefit of the doubt.

  • forensic

    Even against a lefty, gotta think Nix could bunt here…

    • YankeesJunkie

      Why give out so early in the game especially with opposite side hitter and pitcher.

      • forensic

        Because Nix is a really bad hitter and he’s much more likely to do something like that which at least doesn’t advance the runner anywhere.

        • forensic

          And then that can happen too wasting the whole chance…

  • Pasta

    Jeter is indefititley????

    • TomH

      There has been, for a while now, something vaguely ominous about the official statements concerning the Jeter situation. I don’t know where these ESPNers got “indefinitely,” but it seems like the appropriate word.

  • Anthony

    I’m still not sure that the Yankees have injuries. ESPN, can you please give me more updates?

    Beating a dead horse much?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      It’s a nationally televised game and believe or not some people don’t follow the Yankees.

      • Anthony

        I disagree. Even a casual baseball fan would be aware that Jeter and Grandy are down, the way its been covered by ESPN and the like. Its basically the basis of every doom-and-gloom scenario.

  • forensic

    All that, and they don’t say that MLB did exactly what everyone is bitching at A-Rod for supposedly doing…

    • MannyGeee

      Difference is (allegedly) that A Rod wants to burn the evidence while Selig wants to raise a witch hunt with it.

      • forensic

        Or, make a copy of the letterhead or whatever it’s on so they can fraudulently create whatever they want…

        I wouldn’t put anything past them at this point.

  • MannyGeee

    Who had 8:51pm in the “Biogenesis mention” pool?

    • TomH

      Hell, not I. I had it figured for 8:03

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I had the opening graphic.

    • Havok9120

      I’m so glad my internet died during that segment.

  • Cy Pettitte

    should of bunted

  • Pasta

    Here comes the redsox love

  • Winter

    It may just be me, but I think the ESPN booth has a slight, subtle, pro-Red Sox bias.

    /sarcasm

    • TomH

      The Red Sox love is to go with the mawkish sentimentality of their O love. These people always have story lines (referred to as “narratives” by cliche-driven journalists, with pretensions), and one of them is the plucky, young upstart, able to challenge the mighty Yankees (or RedSox). Inevitably, this is accompanied by hommage to the manager of the plucky, young, etc. team (e.g., the Rays and their manager: plucky team of the past 2-3 years). Everything is showbiz.

      • And in merrie olde England

        Anyone would think they want people to become involved in this “narrative” and gain some attachment and watch again to see how the story unfolds? Sports are turning in to soaps to expand their demographics.

        • TomH

          My private peeve is the Variety Show routine, where they interview people in the dugout, putting the game on one of those mini-screens, as if baseball is less interesting than their dumb questions.

          • And in merrie olde England

            I know right, I was watching someone(?!) the other day and they had a hockey goalie in the booth and were talking with him and pretty much ignoring the game (as was I at that point). They’re announcers because they’re not comedians no matter how much they want to be /rant

  • Kramerica Industries

    Boston being 7-4 is annoying, no doubt, but they still have a ton to prove.

    And Kruk saying he likes this roster “more than [he] did the last couple years” is revisionist history if I’ve ever heard it. Especially in regards to 2011.

    • Havok9120

      No kidding. I can’t believe they let him get away with that.

  • Get Phelps Up

    “Has there been anything that makes you think an AL East team will be better or worse?”

    No mention of the Reyes injury…

    • MannyGeee

      I like how Kruk mentioned that they knew that the Blue Jays weren’t going to go 162-0 because “they are Analysts”…

      As an ACTUAL Analyst by trade, John Kruk can suck a dick

  • your mom

    Need to upgrade Nix.

    • Pasta

      Might be awhile with jeter being out for the rest of the year or forever
      -ESPN booth

      • MannyGeee

        Breaking News from ESPN: Derek Jeter tragically dies from broken ankle.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Nunez then Jeter.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      We clearly need to find an ELITE player for that coveted third-string backup infielder job.

  • Cy Pettitte

    surprised they didn’t mention the greatness that is Jackie Bradley Jr.

    oh wait he’s hitting .107/.283/.143 so they can’t hype him anymore.

    • Tom

      But he hits to that slash line with class and great maturity.

      • Get Phelps Up

        And grit.

        • Jersey Joe

          And a quality work ethic and a long backstory.

  • nycsportzfan

    Man, this guy chen is throwing a ton of pitches that are getting alot of plate and we just keep fouling em off.. He must of thrown aobut 4pitches to gardner all ready that are dead red fastballs directly over middle and hung a breaking pitch dead red as well, and hes missed all of em…

    Finally he hits one, and of course he hits into a DP.. We gotta do better with the loaction of CHens pitches…

  • MannyGeee

    Wow. Turned that Like a young A Rod

  • your mom

    Nice pitch by Kuroda.

  • Pasta

    Chris davis = HGH

  • Cy Pettitte

    filthy spillover 2 seamer

  • MannyGeee

    Wow, HIROK! with the boss 2 seamer. Suffice to say he can feel the ball again.

  • Havok9120

    So we’re halfway through the game and it’s been 3 and a half innings of loving on Buck and Machado and an inning on the ALE as a whole being wide open. Plus that 5 minutes on Yankee injuries.

    Maybe they’ll change the subject a bit for the other half of the game.

    • forensic

      5 minutes on Yankees injuries?

      It was closer to 1-2 and then 10 minutes on A-Rod being the devil incarnate.

      • Anthony

        They been mentioning it here and there, not really going in depth but the frequency is a little annoying.

  • MannyGeee

    Here we go… Face Time with Buck. He’s so dreamy in 3……2……

  • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

    #HIROK
    A way of life.
    That two seamer inside on lefties is Maddux-like.

  • forensic

    With all these pop-outs you’d think Tex was back in the lineup already…

    • Troll

      There should be a “Like” button on this site.

  • Pasta

    I wonder if the booth guys have a used pair of Bucks drawers to sniff in the booth too.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Kruk and Buck: A Love Story

    • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

      You’ve got yourself some tittle for a shitty gay novel.

  • nycsportzfan

    2pitches to drill to cano to start the AB and again, we simply foul em off.. How are we not nailing some of these pitches? Hes throwing a ton of hittable pitches..

  • MannyGeee

    Wow, we’re now praising Zach Britton. Interesting.

    • MannyGeee

      And how fantastic their farm is. No one mentioning that Wang & Pineda are mid season potential guys for the Yankees…. But nah, Zach Britton and Tommy Hunter are the shit

  • TomH

    Tired of hearing about their minor league stars, the rewarding of their years of failure. What was the story on their owner? Cheapskate or what?

  • MannyGeee

    Wow, the frustration on these guys just KNOWING they are missing great pitches.

  • Pasta

    Yanks no pitching depth
    Phelps warren wanger pineda nuno no no depth.

    • nycsportzfan

      whos wanger?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        80′s hair metal band. She’s oooonly seventeeeeen….

        • TomH

          Hahahaha

        • TomH

          Ha ha!

          • pablos tomh sammich

            Ha ho! indeed

      • Pasta

        Wang

  • Cy Pettitte

    what I have gleamed from this inning:
    -All of the Orioles prospects will work out and reach their ceiling
    -The Yankees only have 3 pitchers

  • nycsportzfan

    Cano works a BB.. I hope Youk is ready , this gus gonna throw him at least a couple just below the belt 90-91 mph fastalls that will catch a ton of plate.. Do not foul em off!

  • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

    Come on Youk hurt them!!!

    • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

      Or pop it up… Fuck.

  • Havok9120

    It’s amusing to me that Kruk keeps saying that he thinks all 5 teams have an equal shot.

    One would not know that with the praise being liberally distributed to the O’s and Sox by the booth.

  • your mom

    The hell’s up with all the pop-ups?

  • MannyGeee

    So many goddam pop ups.

  • BigBlueAL

    These infield pop-ups on 88-90 mph fastballs down the middle is getting pretty damn annoying.

  • Anderson Silva

    I honestly dont get how they cant hit this Chen dude. His stuff is far from special.

  • nycsportzfan

    I’m not seeing what Chen is doing to keep us so off balance and with these weak AB’s? I’d think they’d be making much better contact off this guy, the way hes throwing.. Again, Francisco this time gets pitch to hit, and simply fouls it off.. Man, this is frustratng.. Hit the freaking ball!!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    This lineup is pretty punchless against LHP. That continues to bear itself out tonight.

  • Pasta

    Angel love now jesus what a suckfeast. Did the even mention the yankees triple play friday night?

  • MannyGeee

    Wow… Someone tell Ben Francisco that he is not at Augusta.

  • Cy Pettitte

    talk to Girardi, spend 1/2 the time talking about the Orioles.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      “Don’t you just love the Orioles? Boog Powell is underneath the table blowing me right now! Ain’t it great!”

      • Havok9120

        Who is Boog Powell and why should that reference NOT go ten feet over my head?

        • TomH

          How sad for you!

          • Havok9120

            Yeah, not a baseball historian at all. There’s too much information about Prussia, World War Two, and Byzantine Rome jammed into my brain.

            • OldYanksFan

              Boog Powell was a Byzantine warrior who fought many Prussians during WWII. You honestly didn’t know?

              • TomH

                Hahaha

            • TomH

              August 26, 1071, day of bitter memory.

  • Pasta

    Here Girardi for 20 secs thanks joe.

  • Havok9120

    Oh my God. Now the losing has made them hungry instead of it mattering in and of themselves. And apparently they’re numb to pressure.

    What the heck IS this?

  • Kramerica Industries

    It’s funny, because I remember the 2011 Yankees had that dynamite bullpen of Ro-So-Mo, and they had a losing record in one-run ballgames.

    Gee, it might not be as important in one-run games as we think it is…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Buck Showalter is a MASTER of EVERYTHING.

  • jjyank

    You guys think Kruk spits or shallows?

    • jjyank

      *swallows

      Damn it.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Spits it out. Pours some BBQ on it. Then swallows.

        • jjyank

          I bet he saves it to use on steaks later.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Heard of Steak N Shake? Here’s Steak N Sperm.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    …and the pitching coach is MARVELOUS and Buck is a GENIUS.

  • Pasta

    I am almost ready to put on john and suzyan

    • Robinson Tilapia

      If it wasn’t for the tape delay, I would have done it from the first second. I can’t stand delays, though.

    • TomH

      I made that choice 10 mins. ago, with great pleasure. These 3-man teams talk too damned much.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        John and Suzyn are like listening to an FDR fireside chat compared to these dickbags.

        Speaking of dickbags, can we have a Jon Niese update?

    • Troll

      Wow. If presented with the choice of listening to Ma & Pa Yankee or the NESPN chodes, you choose herpes? I will mute ESPN but honestly, John and Suzyn are far and away superior to anything that Bristol, CT can provide. ESPN may actually be worse than FOX . . . maybe not. That’s a tough one.

  • nycsportzfan

    Huge out there, getting hardy on 3-2 count and runner on 1st.. A run or 2 and this one could be over..

  • Terry

    So Steve Sax is the O’s first base coach? Can he handle that? Cause he sure couldn’t throw to 1st base for a while.

  • Terry

    I have been sticking with John and Suzie while watching on ESPN online, almost in sink.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Don’t electricute yourself trying to type from the sink.

      • MannyGeee

        Hehehe, I am so glad you showed up tonight dude.

        #You’retheBuckShowalterofmyGameThreads

        • jjyank

          …you use his sperm on your steaks?

          Dude.

          • MannyGeee

            Insult my sexuality all you want, but HOW DARE YOU insult my steak eating methods…

            • Robinson Tilapia

              A few years ago, some high-end sushi places started serving cod sperm on the menu.

              I’m sure at least one dipshit per night questioned what ordering it would mean for his sexuality.

          • MannyGeee

            And for the record I wrote this before the steak sperm shenanigans…. Sick sick people

            • jjyank

              Gotta keep up with the memes, Manny. It’s a fast paced world.

        • Kramerica Industries

          #apostraphesruinhashtags

          #hashtagfail

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Cano woulda had that? Did I get that right?

    • MannyGeee

      Nailed it

  • your mom

    Fucking Nix. Useless.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I bet Kruk would “get” that call if it went in favor of the O’s.

  • Anderson Silva

    Why must Nix be so bad at baseball?

  • Havok9120

    This is what it would feel like if Eddard worked as a broadcaster for YES and we had to listen to him ramble on about Nunez, Cervelli, and Phelps all night.

    • And in merrie olde England

      I’m up for that, those crazy kids must get into all kinds of hi-jinks!

    • jjyank

      Actually I would LOVE a one game guest appearance from Eddard.

      • Havok9120

        Yeah, but we’ll get these jokers at least half a dozen times this season. And that’s if all we do is watch Yankee games.

        • jjyank

          It’s a sad truth.

  • MannyGeee

    Oh fuck you Kruk. He caught the ball and lost it on the transfer. You are a shit for brains

  • Kramerica Industries

    That was clearly a catch. What in the hell is Krukky talking about?

    • jjyank

      I have no idea. And then his suggestion of all the rules that should be changed, THAT’S the one that needs to change? Shut the fuck up. He caught the ball, he just dropped it on the throw. It’s really not that complicated.

  • Anthony

    Whining like a 5 year old over the call.

  • your mom

    Commentators should shut the hell up.

  • Pasta

    Kruks right please allow all runners 2 bases their that should help.

  • And in merrie olde England

    You cannot catch with a glove!!!

  • Terry

    Kruk is just fat.

  • Terry

    Nice

  • MannyGeee

    #HIROK getting some gas on it. Love that dude

  • Slu

    Kuroda impresses me with his approach.

  • Ethan

    If an outfielder catches a ball and loses it while trying to throw out a runner at home is it an out? Yes!

    Kruek is such an idiot.

  • MannyGeee

    That might be the hardest hit ball of the game.

  • Eddard

    Boesch by gosh. Wonder how long Girardi keeps trotting Ichiro out there to appease management.

    • Slu

      All-Star Break at the least. I think Ichrio hits before then though.

      And Frankie keeps raking.

    • jjyank

      Funny, I thought Ichiro was being trotted out there to appease you.

    • pablos tomh sammich

      Eddard with his FINGER on the PULSE of Joe’s managerial decisions.

      Next we’ll hear he plays Ben Francisco because he simply likes the curvature of his ass.

      • pablos tomh sammich

        indeed.

        whoops.

      • jjyank

        Character = broken.

        • Havok9120

          Maybe no one will notice after the Gardner homer.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I can’t believe Plouffy fucked that up.

          *hides*

          • jjyank

            Liar.

  • Pasta

    Frankie goes deep here im calling it

    • Pasta

      Good enough.

  • nycsportzfan

    I said a lefty or 2 was gonna have to step up tonight against Chen, little do i know, its a lefty(boesch) doing all the damage..lol
    Good game for the forme tiger…

  • Get Phelps Up

    Kruk is the O’s Eddard.

  • Terry

    Cervelli’s hair is just awesome.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Bottom of the lineup producing. Get some runs out of this. The ALDS was full of failures in these spots.

  • Eddard

    Cervelli is just a professional hitter. They kept him down for so long it’s good to see him finally getting the chance he deserves.

    • MannyGeee

      Dude.,,,

    • OldYanksFan

      (…. as he eats a Cervelli sperm sandwich….)

  • Anthony

    Lets go guys, perfect opportunity right here, gotta get the runs in early against this team.

  • nycsportzfan

    God i love Frankie Cervelli! It’d be nice if it didn’t cost us a middle reliever and our FO would of realized this before trading away Kontos for stewart, but its noticed now, and i’m glad we got a catcher who can do more then hit in the 230′s and hit some HR’s..

  • Ethan

    My god this espn booth is one of the worst I’ve ever heard.

  • Cy Pettitte

    All I ask of Nix is a sac fly.

    • Cy Pettitte

      awesome, thank you.

  • Terry

    So close, good job Overbay

  • Pasta

    Almost loverbay.

  • MannyGeee

    Holy shit snacks. The bottom of the order putting a charge in the ball.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Legit surprised that ESPN hasn’t mentioned Cervelli’s ties to the Biogenesis clinic yet.

  • Havok9120

    Darn. The O’s outfielders have either just misread a lot of balls or they’ve been making great plays and robbing us a lot.

  • nycsportzfan

    Come on Gardner, get em in!

    • Havok9120

      Gotta watch Nix bat first.

      • nycsportzfan

        Ya, i was just forecastng the inevitable, a 2run bomb by gardner..lol j/k! What a shot!

  • Terry

    Please nix, put it in the air.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      There you go.

    • nycsportzfan

      Nix and Gardner, the N and G boys!!!!lol

  • Anthony

    Blah, would have liked more from that but I’ll take it.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Well done Nix.

  • Terry

    thank you Nix, Cervelli, Overby, and Boesch!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Look at that. Manufacturing a run.

    #playingtherightway

    #SciosciaBall

  • forensic

    Nice job Nix. Actually managed to get the job done this time.

  • Anthony

    Look at us manufacturing runs!

    • mustang

      THIS!!!!

  • your mom

    Yay Nix, thanx for not fucking up.

  • mustang

    Small Ball!!!

    Love it!

  • MannyGeee

    LoverBay and Nixy with a pair of sacs! Small ball mutherfuckers!

  • Eddard

    I love those two ABs by Overbay and Nix. They didn’t try to hit a HR and strikeout. They put the ball in play and got it deep enough to move the runner and score the run. With the way Hirok is pitching it might be enough.

  • Pasta

    Gardner please do something here

  • Cervelli is the Man

    John is gushing over Cervelli right now.

  • Cy Pettitte

    GARDYBOMB!!!

    • And in merrie olde England

      test

      • And in merrie olde England

        Ha, it takes me an extra minute to see. (unless you were calling it?!)

  • And in merrie olde England

    Lets go small ball!

  • forensic

    Gardy!!!!!!

  • Pasta

    Gritty

  • Slu

    Manufacturing runs…..

  • Anderson Silva

    GARDNER!! DAmn!!!

  • Cervelli is the Man

    Gardy goes Yardy!!!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Holy shit Brett!

  • Ethan

    GARDY!

  • Anthony

    WISH GRANTED. GO GARDY!!

  • your mom

    Yesss!!!!!!!!!!11

  • mustang

    THEN BOMB!!!!!

  • MannyGeee

    Oh come on, Gardner almost hit the top of the pole? Am I being plunked right now?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Someone must have put some of Travis Hafner’s sperm on his steak.

      • jjyank

        This is a meme I can have some real fun with.

        • MannyGeee

          The memes are gaining a real homer-sexual undertone this season, between steak sperm and Jon “Bag O Dicks” Niese.

          • jjyank

            I blame ESPN. And Plouffy.

    • flamingo

      There was that crazy game played against the O’s in the rain at like 1 AM, where Gardner banged a HR off the foul pole. I think it was about 2 years ago.

  • jjyank

    Haha! Gardner with teh powah!

  • Robinson CanYes

    Alright Gardner!!!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Uh…..Brett, did you REALLY just do that?

  • YankeesJunkie

    Damn!!!!

  • jjyank

    Good lord he fucking crushed that.

    • Anthony

      Almost went over the pole!

  • Get Phelps Up

    That was planted.

  • Adam

    That swing was Damon-esque.

    • MannyGeee

      Which is why I love/hate it so much.

  • Cy Pettitte

    for all the talk about it, Orioles defense has been pretty unremarkable this series

  • Get Phelps Up

    20 year old A-Rod makes that play from SS.

  • forensic

    But, but, but… I thought Machado was the 2nd coming???

  • Pseudoyanks

    The Little Offense that could.

  • mustang

    I’m really starting to attached to this team as is.

  • Eddard

    Gardner is such a weapon at the top of the lineup. 3 runs and Hiroki only has to get through 2 more innings to get to Drob and Mo.

  • MannyGeee

    Ha. A young A Rod wouldn’t have caught that ball off the chest. That would be TWO bobbles on Machado tonight, though this is the first error charged

  • Athenian

    Checking in from writing….Have to love the way the Yankees have been playing baseball. After a rough first week, they are starting to play better baseball. Just love it.

    If the current pitching continues and the “flow” of the team continues, they are one medium and minor trade/pickup away from having a really good team.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      WHERE’S MY STUDY?!?!?!

      • Athenian

        I am finishing it up. This thing called taxes got in the way. Royal pain in the ass.

  • MeloJeter

    Machado with a very Rodriguez like booted ball

  • Get Phelps Up

    I wonder what the Orioles version of Greg is thinking now.

    • jjyank

      “Is it safe to get out of the fetal position now?”

    • Cervelli is the Man

      Just check out SB Nation’s Camden chat

    • forensic

      “Why can’t we develop great young players like Brett Gardner? All we get is crap like Manny Machado.”

      • MannyGeee

        I laughed

    • Havok9120

      I dunno, but I’ll be going over to Camden Chat at some point to find out.

  • Cervelli is the Man

    Me too Mustang, this offense looks a hell of lot better than the postseason last year. I never want to see A-Rod in pinstripes again personally. I think he is a big downer for this team.

    • mustang

      Agree.

      I would like Jeter back soon because the other choices are so much worse. No disrespect to everyone else but they can take their time.

  • MeloJeter

    pestimistic

  • BigBlueAL

    Has to be the farthest Gardner has ever hit a baseball.

    • Kramerica Industries

      He hit a 400-footer at Fenway during a SNB game in 2011. I definitely remember that.

      • BigBlueAL

        Actually now that I think about it believe he hit a HR in Citi Field too which wasnt a cheap one since there are no cheap ones at Citi Field.

        • Get Phelps Up

          I remember that game. He was a single away from the cycle too I believe.

  • And in merrie olde England

    Between that HR for Gardner and Frankie’s 450ft effort into the bullpen the other day I’m starting to think I have a gas leak in here.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Might it just be a tea overdose?

      (you see, it’s funny because you’re in ENGLAND, and Englishmen are stereotyped to drink a bunch of TEA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!)

      • Havok9120

        ietc

      • MannyGeee

        That’s racist….

        (They drink a shit ton of beer too. Fullers London Pride is the shit, especially when it’s cask drawn)

        • And in merrie olde England

          It’s not racist it’s stereotypical?

          And it’s Gin time :)

        • Robinson Tilapia

          J.W. Lees is the shit.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Joba is starting on Tuesday as well!

      • And in merrie olde England

        That would probably finish me off. My butler would be informed I needed a jacket with many buckles and no holes at the ends of the sleeves and I would spend the rest of my days trying to bite my own ears.

  • MannyGeee

    Cano, STAHP!

  • nycsportzfan

    I said a few times in this Game chat that Chen had been getting away with a bunch of pitches that were hittable, and catching way to much plate with his fastball, and we kept fouling em off, and finally we make em pay, and Boesch and Frankie rake pulled singles and Gardy pulls monster HR… Thats what i’m talking about! Bottom of the order putting in work!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Even Gardy turns 30 this year?

    Damn. Time flies.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Don’t remind me of what I’m turning next year.

      *chug*

      • Troll

        84 and knowledge of the internet. I’m impressed.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I love my WebTV.

      • mustang

        NEVER bring up this topic again.

        • mustang

          and don’t dare ask

  • Get Phelps Up

    “That’s how you field a ground ball Manny.”

  • nycsportzfan

    This offense is more fun to watch then last yr, and i love the fact anyone on any day can be the hero’s in this lineup and even though Gardy cranked that HR, guys can hit and its not just HR or and bust

    This offense just feels more balanced…

  • MannyGeee

    This just in, they are comparing Youks Gold Glove with the one that Manny “mini A Rod” Machado is gonna win. Fuck me

  • jjyank

    Ladies and gentlemen, you all have me to thank for Kuroda pitching well. You see, I took one for the team and benched him in fantasy baseball. So of course he is now destined to pitch a complete game shut out.

    • MannyGeee

      Hehehe, I tried the opposite juju with benching Chen tonight, and that seems to have worked so far. Make sure you thank Dalek for that too, since his team took a giant shit on the rug this week, so I didn’t need to press my luck tonight.

      • jjyank

        Hah yeah, that wasn’t even a fair fight.

        I had nothing to gain by starting Kuroda anyway, I was already winning in every pitching category and I needed to protect my ERA/WHIP leads since my opponent didn’t have any pitchers going today.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I benched him too but only because I had a slime lead in ERA and didn’t want to chance anything.

      • Get Phelps Up

        *slim not slime

      • jjyank

        Yep, I’m in the same boat. I had nothing to gain, but could have potentially had something to lose.

    • forensic

      I thought you were gonna take credit for the offense too.

      They just started really hitting right after you and RT showed up.

      /resistingjokeabouthavingspermcoveredsteaktogether

      • jjyank

        Don’t fight it!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        There’s more to it.

        I actually got on the thread and was about to comment on how boring the game was……but I resisted out of fear of jinxing the game.

        You can all start thanking me now.

  • nycsportzfan

    Just when Josh Hamilton thought he passed Brett Gardner in HR’s, Gardy catches him again!!!lol

    • Havok9120

      He’s on pace for 27 homers!

  • jjyank

    …and then they take about Kruk’s mouth watering about steaks.

    Heh. Hehehehe.

    • jjyank

      *talk. I cannot type today.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Spermy fingers.

  • MannyGeee

    Woulda been nice to follow the big inning with another one

  • mustang

    The Jays lost to KC something about those highlights made me feel so good.

    LMAO

  • forensic

    Yeah, I’m sure not a single one of Hershiser’s 117 hit batters were on purpose.

  • MeloJeter

    I can watch the rest of this one sparingly while I watch Ragnar Lothbrok

  • nycsportzfan

    Cervelli has scored 6runs in his past 4games, including this one, which isn’t over yet.. Dudes getting it done…

    • mustang

      Martin .065-HR 0- 1 RBI – .171 OBP

      • mustang

        Forgive me Cash for not believing

      • nycsportzfan

        lol! I was one who heavily was against bringing back Russ Martin.. He drove mecrazy at the dish.. Cervelli always hit, and i always felt, his defense was not as bad as made to be… I love his energy as well..

        I got a feeling everytime hes up, hes gonna get on base, which is the kinda feeling u have for someone much better then a TripleAAA player, slash, cup of coffee a yr with big club type player..

        • mustang

          Still early, but I feel you.

  • MannyGeee

    Cano=lazy throw…

    hooray, I did it!

    • forensic

      Cervelli woulda made the throw.

      Sorry, little late on the uptake.

  • MannyGeee

    Chris Davis may or may not be the biggest hack since Adam Dunn. I am calling SSS dumb luck on his first two weeks.

  • jjyank

    That two-seamer is really nasty tonight.

  • nycsportzfan

    I posted early on before this one got underway that in the late 90′s early 2000′s, guys would pitch gems and the next guy up would want to out pitch the previous pitchers gem, and Kuroda would want to match CC’s 2latest gems and Andys 2gems, and hes done just that..

    This is a masterful performance!

  • Cervelli is the Man

    We need an actual chat instead of these posts, would be better.

    • MannyGeee

      Nah, you can get some pretty good conversations going in this format. Helps keep people on a topic, and less chaos.

      • forensic

        Yeah, I’m not a fan of the game chats either.

        • jjyank

          Me either. It just ends up being a Q&A with Mike, not really conversations between commenters.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I’d rather have this a hundred time over.

            Mostly because it’d be really hard to get Mike to post anything related to sperm and steaks.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Wow that was some filthy movement.

  • Pasta

    That was nasty shit right there.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Today’s RT celebrity interaction occurred at the Bronx Zoo, where me, a friend of mine, and our two kids briefly bonded with a third dad who was there with his one year-old daughter….and was Chris Hayes of MSNBC.

    The camera takes away about 10 years of age.

  • forensic

    Geez, that pitch moved like 18″ or so. Crazy.

  • Havok9120

    That was a HECK of a pitch, at least in terms of movement.

  • MannyGeee

    Dude, Hiroki is fucking dealing

  • jjyank

    Hirok-n-roll, baby.

  • And in merrie olde England

    framin’ frankie!

    • Havok9120

      I noticed it more yesterday than today, but it seems like he’s been doing a ton of that and doing it very well.

      • forensic

        How did you see it yesterday? I thought every pitch from Hughes was hit into orbit? ;-)

        • Havok9120

          Well played, sir.

      • And in merrie olde England

        Sadly I missed it. This time around he’s seemed more like the prospect we heard about, seems like a legit option back there.

  • Havok9120

    Guy is cruising.

  • mustang

    God i love good starting pitching.

    PITCHING, PITCHING and STARTING PITCHING.

    • Troll

      Quit it. You’re embarrassing Philip.

  • Pasta

    More runs please make it a laugher and rest mo.

    • forensic

      Eh, Mo was off yesterday and they’re off again tomorrow. It’s good to get steady work.

  • OldYanksFan

    By the way, doesn’t anyone else think TB has a really weak lineup?

    • forensic

      I think it’s kind of a given at this point given that the only team in the Majors that they’ve out-scored are the Marlins.

    • Havok9120

      I thought that was a pretty universal opinion even before Zobrist and Longo became the entirety of their offense in the early going.

  • nycsportzfan

    Got a feeling Frankie baby is about to go big fly! He may even drive one to Left center and out here, as we’ve seen em do before..

    • nycsportzfan

      No hr, but yet again, on base..lol This dudes insane! I’ll take this over a occasional HR , anyday!!!!

      I wonder if Giardi thinks Cervelli reminds him of himself as a player? They both had speed for a catcher, both hit for solid batting avg, both had a ton of energy out there and it showed, and both came upith clutch at bats often…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Alesmith Nut Brown Ale.

  • Pasta

    Lol ESPN HIGHLIGHTED THE DROP BY NIX lol

  • jjyank

    That was one of the weakest pre-inning highlight reels I’ve ever seen. Of any three plays/pitches all night, Nix dropping a ball and Youk catching a ball in foul territory are two of the three you pick? Really?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Was the third Jackie Bradley, Jr.?

      • jjyank

        No, but they did flash a couple nude photos of him real quick in between the highlights as a subliminal message.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          “Why can’t I suddenly get tiny dicks off my mind?”

  • YankeesJunkie

    Kuroda and CC the third time through the rotation have show the command and guile for what so far from Kuroda a masterful performance.

  • YankeesJunkie

    MacFarland-greatest ever!!!

  • Cervelli is the Man

    Unbelieveable OBP FOR Cervs.

  • forensic

    They’re relieved that somehow Machado now doesn’t have an error anymore tonight.

    • Cervelli is the Man

      Oops

      • mustang

        LOL

    • MannyGeee

      The official scorekeeper got a visit from Krukky during the commercial break. Brought him a steak.

      • forensic

        with some ‘seasoning’?

  • Havok9120

    Cervelli now has a .500 OBP. He’s locked in.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow… Imma say it, Machado is fucking Pourous

  • Tom

    A young ARod would have had that…

    Just sayin’

  • Pasta

    Another one by Arod Jr

  • Havok9120

    Machado showing off his made range by stealing a base hit from Overb-

    Wait, what?

  • And in merrie olde England

    How come Frankie doesn’t wear the crazy batting helmet any more and still wears one of those old style catchers masks? If I was him I’d be going out there Looking like I was ready to headbutt an aircraft carrier.

  • forensic

    I know it’s an unpopular opinion, but I don’t like the whole everyone wears #42 thing. Do something nice for the guy, sure, but doing this every year is just too much for me.

    • Cervelli is the Man

      I agree, I also don’t believe in retiring a number in the whole league. We need to move on from this kind of thing. Reminding us there was racism actually doesn’t improve race relations, it actually worsens them by reminding people that they were opressed.

      • And in merrie olde England

        “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” seems to be the thought process behind it?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’m not even going to get into it beyond what I’ve said below. This will lead nowhere good, and quickly. I’m not getting all anti-racism on everyone here. I’m really not.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Must be nice having the luxury to believe that.

        • And in merrie olde England

          You callin’ Morgan Freeman out? (Not serious)

    • And in merrie olde England

      They’re not?

    • Havok9120

      I feel like it wouldn’t happen if one of Selig’s big initiatives for as long as I can remember has been to more actively pursue Afc. American athletes to the game.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Baseball-sport that most resembles US demographics=not enough African Americans

      • Havok9120

        I’m glad someone else has noticed that that is the case. I’ve always kinda wondered why no one’s ever brought that up.

        • YankeesJunkie

          That would be racist!!!

    • YankeesJunkie

      I guess Larry Doby is chopped liver.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Buzz Aldrin doesn’t get much love either.

  • Dela G

    keep it up, yanks

  • MannyGeee

    I he these three fucktards don’t get into a whole socio economic discussion about baseball in inner cities.

    • YankeesJunkie

      I would argue the draft hurts poorer people and foreigners from the DR, PR, Ven, etc. If baseball teams were allowed to have camps in the United States and sign people when they were 18 there would be an influx of new and better talent into baseball.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Very cool on Grandy’s part. Lincoln HS is out on Coney Island, which was both hit hard by Sandy AND tends to be such an isolated area from the rest of NYC.

    What a class act.

    • flamingo

      It’s in neighborhood – it amazes me how forgotten Coney Island/Brighton Beach are.

      And yes, definitely.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Once you get beyond the boardwalk, Coney Island is just desolate. One of the saddest parts of the city, and it is not getting any better anytime soon.

  • Cervelli is the Man

    How much is ESPN getting paid by the movie studio that made “42″?

  • nycsportzfan

    Cervelli reminds me a lot of Joe Giardi at the plate as a player..They both play the game with a ton of energy, adn both have speed for catchers, and both are prone for clutch at bats, and both hit for solid avg’s, and both were known as gritty ball players..

  • mustang

    I love the Cano spot.

    too cool

  • Cervelli is the Man

    How come nobody is concerned with the large reduction in the number of White guys in the NBA, or Asians in the NHL? Oh yeah, because it is stupid to worry about what race people are. Oh yeah, the media in this country is a bunch of fcktards.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      While my first instinct would be to refer to you as an ignorant prick, who does that really help? Would that get you any closer to getting in touch with yourself? No, you’d just think I’m the asshole, so I won’t.

      I will say this: I don’t know you but, the more you type, the more I feel damn sorry for you.

  • TomH

    As I keep investigating alternatives to “MLB Extra Innings”: if I were to stream MLB.tv, does that permit access to YES or only to a set of MLB announcers? That is, does MLB tv give you the choice of which set of announcers–home or away–you can stream?

    • And in merrie olde England

      Home and away normally and sometimes you get stuck in an ESPN only clusterfuck then you drink a lot,

      • TomH

        Thanks very much.

    • forensic

      Isn’t MLBEI basically the same as MLB.tv? The majority of the time, you can choose which teams broadcast you want to watch and you get blacked out in your home territories.

      • TomH

        That may be, but where I am, the cable provider seems to decide which announcing team will get the nod.

        • forensic

          Maybe it’s different on providers other than DirecTV, which is what I have and love.

    • jjyank

      Yep, as long as you’re not blacked out by a national broadcast or a team you’re in market for, you can choose either video feed. YES, or whoever they’re playing.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Only on MLB.tv Premium. Otherwise you are forced to watch the home broadcasters. And you have to be out of market irregardless.

      • Havok9120

        This. You need the premium package to choose. Otherwise it’s always the home announcers.

        • jjyank

          Ah. I never realized that since I always get Premium anyway. I didn’t spring for an LED TV just so I could skimp on my baseball feeds.

    • YankeesJunkie

      MLB TV Premium does. However, if you have a DVR and stay home to watch most of the games I have always enjoyed the higher quality that TV can only provide.

  • Pasta

    Hey the triple play made it to the broadcast

  • MeloJeter

    Frankie hustling to prevent the advance

    Love that guy

  • Havok9120

    Gah, should’ve had that out.

  • forensic

    Yuck Overbay, but nice hustle Cervelli. Kept him at 1st.

  • forensic

    Very nice play there!

  • The Real Greg

    Nice!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      FALLACY.

  • jjyank

    Woooo, real nice DP there.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nix atones for that earlier miscue.

    That was beautifully turned.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cano! now that was pretty

  • Havok9120

    Wow. That was a fantastic play by all involved.

  • Anderson Silva

    Robbie! So pretty!

  • mustang

    Pitching and Defends.

    tear running down my face

  • Get Phelps Up

    Hirok for the shutout or Mo for the save?

    • The Real Greg

      Probably Mo for the save, but if I were managing, I’d let Kuroda start the inning and pull him if he allows a baserunner.

    • jjyank

      Guess we have our answer with Kelley and Warren warming up.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Kuroda, he earned it

  • And in merrie olde England

    Jetarian throw!

  • The Doctor

    Bit of a harsh error on Youkilis, had to rush the throw to even have a chance at him.

    No matter though, easily undone. Is there anyone smoother than Cano?

    • forensic

      And yet Machado has one hit right to him go off his chest and it’s called a hit.

      I know, home team scoring for the hit, but geez…

  • The Real Greg

    That bullpen shot tells me he’ll let Kuroda go for it

    • YankeesJunkie

      Three run lead means the Yanks chance to win is already 95%. Always nice to see a pitcher get the CG especially when it has been as stress free as it has been for Kuroda.

  • Dela G

    john kruk is a fucking moron

  • nycsportzfan

    Not bad when u could possibly win a game when ur heart of order goes 1-13 and possibly 1-14 depending on what francisco does here…. thats actually Wells through Francisco.. And Francisco K’s.. 1-14 for those dudes adn were up 3-0..

    Nice!!!! Kuroda saves the day..

  • jjyank

    So when I joked earlier about how Kuroda would go CGSO because he’s on my fantasy bench? Granted I made that call about halfway through the game, but still kinda funny.

  • Pasta

    Betance needs to go to the pen for good.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Just have Mo on tap in case this inning gets messy.

    But Kuroda’s earned the right to try and finish this.

  • Tom

    Why in the world is Logan up?

    What circumstance is he pitching before Rivera?

    • Get Phelps Up

      to get some work in.

    • jjyank

      Same reason Kelley and Warren were but last half inning.

  • forensic

    Thank god Logan isn’t really throwing with an urgency, just taking some to the mitt.

    I’d go nuts if Girardi lost his head and used him over Mo for anyone in this inning.

  • MeloJeter

    Hiroki must not have gotten the memo about Buck Ball

  • TomH

    Thanks to everyone who answered my question about MLB tv. Very helpful.

    • Pasta

      On mlbtv premium it cost more but you get to chose home or away feeds
      So you have YES and my9 games

    • And in merrie olde England

      No probs, the premium is super worth it, I connect my laptop to my TV and it’s a great picture at 46″ as long as you have a fast internet connection.

  • jjyank

    Really, Nix?

  • Kramerica Industries

    And Nix screws up again.

    Nevermind. Geez.

  • Pasta

    Come on nix wtf

  • mustang

    When is jeter coming back?

    • mustang

      I miss the lack of range.

  • MeloJeter

    Okay Nix…that means I won’t see any booted balls for the next 2 months right?

  • Havok9120

    Ahhh, Nix. You had to kill all the good will you earned with the DP last inning.

  • forensic

    Geez Nix, good thing you make up for this terrible defense with all your hitting, otherwise there might be questions as to why you’re on a major league roster…

  • Get Phelps Up

    I’ve had enough Jayson Nix for a while.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Time for a double play!!!

  • The Real Greg

    LOL at Mo’s reaction

  • Bo Knows

    Nix you suck

  • The Doctor

    Christ Nix, I could at least pick up that ball. Not saying I’d make a great throw but I could at least field it.

  • Tom

    Let get the GIDP to end it here….

    • Tom

      Eh…. almost.

      Not hit hard enough.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Kevin Youkilis is a joy to watch.

    • mustang

      Yes, Sir !

  • BigBlueAL

    Must be interesting to listen to a conversation between Kuroda and Cervelli.

    • And in merrie olde England

      Did you see the story about Ryu and his catcher? The catcher goes out and talks and Ryu just puts his glove over his mouth and moves his head now and again.

      • BigBlueAL

        Similar to that conversation Cerveli and Kuroda had in the 9th inning lol.

        • And in merrie olde England

          I don’t think you’re actually meant admit it to the press? I suddenly have visions of translators running from the dugout.

  • Troll

    Why didn’t the Yankees pick up Torii Hunter? He would’ve been a perfect fit for the team . . .

  • mustang

    WOOW!!!!

    YESSS!!!

  • jjyank

    Beautiful, Hiroki. Just beautiful.

  • YankeesJunkie

    #HIROK

  • Tom

    Dominant! Sheer dominance…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    #HIROK

    Give that man a standing ovation. GREAT WIN.

  • forensic

    Awesome job tonight Kuroda!!!

    Just barely enough run support.

    • The Real Greg

      Barely enough?

      1 run would have been enough

      • forensic

        Fallacy!

        Especially since he would’ve been out of the game at least in the 9th if it was that close.

  • Bo Knows

    Kuroda you’re the anti-Nix!

  • Kramerica Industries

    #HIROK

  • The Doctor

    HIROK!

  • Havok9120

    GOT HIM!

    Back over .500 in a pretty darn exciting game. I’m pumped.

    Hiro!

  • Get Phelps Up

    That was some masterful pitching.
    And on top of that, and ESPN Sunday night game that lasted less than 3.5 hours!

    • Get Phelps Up

      *an

    • forensic

      Even under 3 hours. That must be some sort of record.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Having Yankees/Orioles are a lot quicker than Yankees/Red Sox.

  • mustang

    This is horrible they only score 3 runs.

    How about their average runs scored per game? !!!!!!

    :)

  • Pat D
    • Robinson Tilapia

      YES!

  • Pasta

    Nice won last two series now 500 in series wins

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    9/10 for Frankie on the fist pump.

    10/10 for Hiroki.

  • Eddard

    I thought if they could scrape together 3 runs Hiroki would do the rest. Never thought he’d throw a CGSO. Unbelievable performance as this team continues to exceed expectations.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Do we get a post-game on YES tonight? Not looking like it yet.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Why, yes, we do get a post-game.

    • forensic

      Yes, it’s on now.

  • Tom

    So that baserunner in the 9th was I think the only one that reached 2nd base.

    That is a bit ridiculous.

  • flamingo

    What an amazing pitching performance.

  • Pasta

    Biggest thing i got from tonights game
    Jeter is out indefinitley thats a long time thanks espn

  • BigBlueAL

    Safe to say Kuroda is my 2nd favorite Yankee player from Japan after Matsui lol.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I only managed to catch a few minutes of this game on the radio, but what I learned from that was Jayson Nix is a ballplayer.