Game 11: Rubber Game

(Al Bello/Getty)

(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


  1. Alkaline says:

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

  2. forensic says:

    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.

  3. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  4. Mike HC says:

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

    • forensic says:

      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.

  5. Eddard says:

    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.

  6. MannyGeee says:

    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 says:

      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.

  7. Pasta says:

    Hate BSPN Games those guys really hate us.

  8. nycsportzfan says:

    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..

  9. nycsportzfan says:

    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…

  10. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  11. Mick taylor says:

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

  12. Pasta says:

    Stadium looks empty

  13. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  14. forensic says:

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

  15. Pasta says:

    Kuroda has movement on the ball again

  16. YankeesJunkie says:

    Kuroda looks sharp in the first inning.

  17. Eddard says:

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

  18. nycsportzfan says:

    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..

  19. MannyGeee says:

    Chen pitched VERY well against the Yankees last year.

    Not sure if reverse jinxing or legit concerned

  20. forensic says:

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

  21. MannyGeee says:

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

  22. nycsportzfan says:

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

  23. Winter says:

    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)?

  24. forensic says:

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

  25. forensic says:

    “Deeper and thicker” from Hershiser.

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

  26. MannyGeee says:

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

  27. MannyGeee says:

    Hiroki is making it looks simple tonight

    • forensic says:

      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.

  28. Havok9120 says:

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

    When did this happen?

  29. Kramerica Industries says:

    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 says:

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

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        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 says:


    • forensic says:

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

      16-2 in extra innings is pretty crazy too.

      • forensic says:

        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.

  30. jjyank says:

    New least favorite word: “Buck-ball”.

  31. MannyGeee says:

    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.

  32. MeloJeter says:

    I feel like I’m watching an Oriole infomercial

  33. MannyGeee says:

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

    • forensic says:

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

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

  34. Havok9120 says:

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

  35. Winter says:

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

  36. MannyGeee says:

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

  37. MeloJeter says:

    The Buck Showalter suck fest continues

  38. Pasta says:

    Buck sucking but he did have on his sweatpants lol

  39. Havok9120 says:

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

  40. MannyGeee says:

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

    • forensic says:

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

  41. Eddard says:

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

  42. flamingo says:

    Nice AB even if nothing came of it.

  43. forensic says:

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

  44. Havok9120 says:

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

  45. Kramerica Industries says:

    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 says:

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

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        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.

  46. MannyGeee says:

    Machado = a young Alex Rodriguez.


  47. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  48. Havok9120 says:

    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.

  49. forensic says:

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

  50. Pasta says:

    Jeter is indefititley????

    • TomH says:

      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.

  51. Anthony says:

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

    Beating a dead horse much?

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

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

      • Anthony says:

        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.

  52. forensic says:

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

    • MannyGeee says:

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

      • forensic says:

        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.

  53. MannyGeee says:

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

  54. Cy Pettitte says:

    should of bunted

  55. Pasta says:

    Here comes the redsox love

  56. Winter says:

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


    • TomH says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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

  57. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  58. Get Phelps Up says:

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

    No mention of the Reyes injury…

    • MannyGeee says:

      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

  59. your mom says:

    Need to upgrade Nix.

  60. Cy Pettitte says:

    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.

  61. nycsportzfan says:

    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…

  62. MannyGeee says:

    Wow. Turned that Like a young A Rod

  63. your mom says:

    Nice pitch by Kuroda.

  64. Pasta says:

    Chris davis = HGH

  65. Cy Pettitte says:

    filthy spillover 2 seamer

  66. MannyGeee says:

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

  67. Havok9120 says:

    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.

  68. MannyGeee says:

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

  69. Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball) says:

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

  70. forensic says:

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

  71. Pasta says:

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

  72. Hall and Nokes says:

    Kruk and Buck: A Love Story

  73. nycsportzfan says:

    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..

  74. MannyGeee says:

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

    • MannyGeee says:

      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

  75. TomH says:

    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?

  76. MannyGeee says:

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

  77. Pasta says:

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

  78. Cy Pettitte says:

    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

  79. nycsportzfan says:

    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!

  80. Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball) says:

    Come on Youk hurt them!!!

  81. Havok9120 says:

    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.

  82. your mom says:

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

  83. MannyGeee says:

    So many goddam pop ups.

  84. BigBlueAL says:

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

  85. Anderson Silva says:

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

  86. nycsportzfan says:

    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!!!!!

  87. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  88. Pasta says:

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

  89. MannyGeee says:

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

  90. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  91. Pasta says:

    Here Girardi for 20 secs thanks joe.

  92. Havok9120 says:

    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?

  93. Kramerica Industries says:

    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…

  94. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Buck Showalter is a MASTER of EVERYTHING.

  95. jjyank says:

    You guys think Kruk spits or shallows?

  96. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  97. Pasta says:

    I am almost ready to put on john and suzyan

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

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

    • TomH says:

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

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        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 says:

      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.

  98. nycsportzfan says:

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

  99. Terry says:

    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.

  100. Terry says:

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

  101. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Cano woulda had that? Did I get that right?

  102. your mom says:

    Fucking Nix. Useless.

  103. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  104. Anderson Silva says:

    Why must Nix be so bad at baseball?

  105. Havok9120 says:

    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.

  106. MannyGeee says:

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

  107. Kramerica Industries says:

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

    • jjyank says:

      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.

  108. Anthony says:

    Whining like a 5 year old over the call.

  109. your mom says:

    Commentators should shut the hell up.

  110. Pasta says:

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

  111. And in merrie olde England says:

    You cannot catch with a glove!!!

  112. Terry says:

    Kruk is just fat.

  113. MannyGeee says:

    #HIROK getting some gas on it. Love that dude

  114. Slu says:

    Kuroda impresses me with his approach.

  115. Ethan says:

    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.

  116. MannyGeee says:

    That might be the hardest hit ball of the game.

  117. Eddard says:

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

  118. Pasta says:

    Frankie goes deep here im calling it

  119. nycsportzfan says:

    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…

  120. Get Phelps Up says:

    Kruk is the O’s Eddard.

  121. Terry says:

    Cervelli’s hair is just awesome.

  122. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  123. Eddard says:

    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.

  124. Anthony says:

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

  125. nycsportzfan says:

    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..

  126. Ethan says:

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

  127. Cy Pettitte says:

    All I ask of Nix is a sac fly.

  128. Terry says:

    So close, good job Overbay

  129. Pasta says:

    Almost loverbay.

  130. MannyGeee says:

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

  131. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  132. Havok9120 says:

    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.

  133. nycsportzfan says:

    Come on Gardner, get em in!

  134. Terry says:

    Please nix, put it in the air.

  135. Anthony says:

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

  136. Get Phelps Up says:

    Well done Nix.

  137. Terry says:

    thank you Nix, Cervelli, Overby, and Boesch!

  138. Kramerica Industries says:

    Look at that. Manufacturing a run.



  139. forensic says:

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

  140. Anthony says:

    Look at us manufacturing runs!

  141. your mom says:

    Yay Nix, thanx for not fucking up.

  142. mustang says:

    Small Ball!!!

    Love it!

  143. MannyGeee says:

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

  144. Eddard says:

    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.

  145. Pasta says:

    Gardner please do something here

  146. Cervelli is the Man says:

    John is gushing over Cervelli right now.

  147. Cy Pettitte says:


  148. And in merrie olde England says:

    Lets go small ball!

  149. forensic says:


  150. Pasta says:


  151. Slu says:

    Manufacturing runs…..

  152. Anderson Silva says:

    GARDNER!! DAmn!!!

  153. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Gardy goes Yardy!!!!!!

  154. Kramerica Industries says:

    Holy shit Brett!

  155. Ethan says:


  156. Anthony says:


  157. your mom says:


  158. mustang says:

    THEN BOMB!!!!!

  159. MannyGeee says:

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

  160. jjyank says:

    Haha! Gardner with teh powah!

  161. Robinson CanYes says:

    Alright Gardner!!!

  162. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  163. YankeesJunkie says:


  164. jjyank says:

    Good lord he fucking crushed that.

  165. Get Phelps Up says:

    That was planted.

  166. Adam says:

    That swing was Damon-esque.

  167. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  168. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  169. forensic says:

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

  170. Pseudoyanks says:

    The Little Offense that could.

  171. mustang says:

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

  172. Eddard says:

    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.

  173. MannyGeee says:

    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

  174. Athenian says:

    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.

  175. MeloJeter says:

    Machado with a very Rodriguez like booted ball

  176. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  177. Cervelli is the Man says:

    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 says:


      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.

  178. MeloJeter says:


  179. BigBlueAL says:

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

  180. And in merrie olde England says:

    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.

  181. MannyGeee says:

    Cano, STAHP!

  182. nycsportzfan says:

    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!

  183. Kramerica Industries says:

    Even Gardy turns 30 this year?

    Damn. Time flies.

  184. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  185. nycsportzfan says:

    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…

  186. MannyGeee says:

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

  187. jjyank says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

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

    • forensic says:

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

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


      • jjyank says:

        Don’t fight it!

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        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.

  188. nycsportzfan says:

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

  189. jjyank says:

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

    Heh. Hehehehe.

  190. MannyGeee says:

    Woulda been nice to follow the big inning with another one

  191. mustang says:

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


  192. forensic says:

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

  193. MeloJeter says:

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

  194. nycsportzfan says:

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

    • mustang says:

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

      • mustang says:

        Forgive me Cash for not believing

      • nycsportzfan says:

        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..

  195. MannyGeee says:

    Cano=lazy throw…

    hooray, I did it!

  196. MannyGeee says:

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

  197. jjyank says:

    That two-seamer is really nasty tonight.

  198. nycsportzfan says:

    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!

  199. Cervelli is the Man says:

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

  200. Get Phelps Up says:

    Wow that was some filthy movement.

  201. Pasta says:

    That was nasty shit right there.

  202. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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.

  203. forensic says:

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

  204. Havok9120 says:

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

  205. MannyGeee says:

    Dude, Hiroki is fucking dealing

  206. jjyank says:

    Hirok-n-roll, baby.

  207. And in merrie olde England says:

    framin’ frankie!

  208. Havok9120 says:

    Guy is cruising.

  209. mustang says:

    God i love good starting pitching.


  210. Pasta says:

    More runs please make it a laugher and rest mo.

  211. OldYanksFan says:

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

    • forensic says:

      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 says:

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

  212. nycsportzfan says:

    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 says:

      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…

  213. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Alesmith Nut Brown Ale.

  214. Pasta says:


  215. jjyank says:

    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?

  216. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  217. YankeesJunkie says:

    MacFarland-greatest ever!!!

  218. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Unbelieveable OBP FOR Cervs.

  219. forensic says:

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

  220. Havok9120 says:

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

  221. MannyGeee says:

    Wow… Imma say it, Machado is fucking Pourous

  222. Tom says:

    A young ARod would have had that…

    Just sayin’

  223. Pasta says:

    Another one by Arod Jr

  224. Havok9120 says:

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

    Wait, what?

  225. And in merrie olde England says:

    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.

  226. forensic says:

    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.

  227. Dela G says:

    keep it up, yanks

  228. MannyGeee says:

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

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      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.

  229. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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 says:

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

      And yes, definitely.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        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.

  230. Cervelli is the Man says:

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

  231. nycsportzfan says:

    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..

  232. mustang says:

    I love the Cano spot.

    too cool

  233. Cervelli is the Man says:

    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 says:

      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.

  234. TomH says:

    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 says:

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

    • forensic says:

      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.

    • jjyank says:

      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 says:

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

      • Havok9120 says:

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

        • jjyank says:

          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 says:

      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.

  235. Pasta says:

    Hey the triple play made it to the broadcast

  236. MeloJeter says:

    Frankie hustling to prevent the advance

    Love that guy

  237. Havok9120 says:

    Gah, should’ve had that out.

  238. forensic says:

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

  239. forensic says:

    Very nice play there!

  240. The Real Greg says:


  241. jjyank says:

    Woooo, real nice DP there.

  242. Kramerica Industries says:

    Nix atones for that earlier miscue.

    That was beautifully turned.

  243. Cy Pettitte says:

    Cano! now that was pretty

  244. Havok9120 says:

    Wow. That was a fantastic play by all involved.

  245. Anderson Silva says:

    Robbie! So pretty!

  246. mustang says:

    Pitching and Defends.

    tear running down my face

  247. Get Phelps Up says:

    Hirok for the shutout or Mo for the save?

  248. And in merrie olde England says:

    Jetarian throw!

  249. The Doctor says:

    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 says:

      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…

  250. The Real Greg says:

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

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      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.

  251. Dela G says:

    john kruk is a fucking moron

  252. nycsportzfan says:

    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..

  253. jjyank says:

    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.

  254. Pasta says:

    Betance needs to go to the pen for good.

  255. Kramerica Industries says:

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

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

  256. Tom says:

    Why in the world is Logan up?

    What circumstance is he pitching before Rivera?

  257. forensic says:

    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.

  258. MeloJeter says:

    Hiroki must not have gotten the memo about Buck Ball

  259. TomH says:

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

    • Pasta says:

      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 says:

      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.

  260. jjyank says:

    Really, Nix?

  261. Kramerica Industries says:

    And Nix screws up again.

    Nevermind. Geez.

  262. Pasta says:

    Come on nix wtf

  263. mustang says:

    When is jeter coming back?

  264. MeloJeter says:

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

  265. Havok9120 says:

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

  266. forensic says:

    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…

  267. Get Phelps Up says:

    I’ve had enough Jayson Nix for a while.

  268. YankeesJunkie says:

    Time for a double play!!!

  269. The Real Greg says:

    LOL at Mo’s reaction

  270. Bo Knows says:

    Nix you suck

  271. The Doctor says:

    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.

  272. Tom says:

    Let get the GIDP to end it here….

  273. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Kevin Youkilis is a joy to watch.

  274. BigBlueAL says:

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

    • And in merrie olde England says:

      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.

  275. Troll says:

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

  276. mustang says:



  277. jjyank says:

    Beautiful, Hiroki. Just beautiful.

  278. YankeesJunkie says:


  279. Tom says:

    Dominant! Sheer dominance…

  280. Robinson Tilapia says:


    Give that man a standing ovation. GREAT WIN.

  281. forensic says:

    Awesome job tonight Kuroda!!!

    Just barely enough run support.

  282. Bo Knows says:

    Kuroda you’re the anti-Nix!

  283. Kramerica Industries says:


  284. The Doctor says:


  285. Havok9120 says:

    GOT HIM!

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


  286. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  287. mustang says:

    This is horrible they only score 3 runs.

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


  288. Pasta says:

    Nice won last two series now 500 in series wins

  289. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    9/10 for Frankie on the fist pump.

    10/10 for Hiroki.

  290. Eddard says:

    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.

  291. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  292. Tom says:

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

    That is a bit ridiculous.

  293. flamingo says:

    What an amazing pitching performance.

  294. Pasta says:

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

  295. BigBlueAL says:

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

  296. WhittakerWalt says:

    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.

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