Apr
22

Game 18: Home Away From Home

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(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

The Yankees just played three games on turf in Toronto, now they’ll play three more in Tampa. They’re in their home away from home, a place with a huge faction of Yankees fans thanks to transplants and the club’s ties to the Tampa area. It’s not quite like a home game — some games at Camden Yards in recent years really felt like they were being playing the Bronx, no? — but it’s damn close. Here’s the lineup that will face left-hander Matt Moore…

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

And on the mound is the man with the fourth highest bWAR in MLB history among left-handed pitchers through their age-32 season, CC Sabathia. Here’s the link if you don’t believe me.

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. The weather in St. Petersburg is gorgeous, but oh wait, they’re playing in a dome. For shame. Enjoy the game.

Curtis Granderson Update: Granderson hit off a tee and soft toss today for the first time since suffering his fractured forearm. He continues to play catch as well, though there is no firm timetable for his return. Granderson said he thinks he’ll need 50-75 at-bats before he can rejoin the team — he missed all of Spring Training, remember — but the good news is he should be able to take advantage of the informal nature of Extended Spring Training and get like, ten at-bats a day.

Late Kevin Youkilis Update: Youkilis was a last-minute scratch because his stiff back starting acting again during batting practice.

Categories : Game Threads
  • BigBlueAL

    Youk is scratched from the lineup, Overbay starting instead. Back acted up again after batting practice according to the beat writers on Twitter.

  • Winter

    Why does Francisco keep batting second. I’d literally rather see any other hitter in the lineup in that spot.

    • Laz

      Even Ichiro?

      • Winter

        Ichiro’s not in the lineup tonight.

  • Havok9120

    So I’ve decided that the reason we lost in such ignominious fashion yesterday was the lack of a reference to Prussia in the Game Thread.

    I take full responsibility for this terrible oversight and shall endeavor to never let it happen again.

    FOR PRUSSIA!!

    • YankeesJunkie

      Otto VanBismarck would be proud.

      • Havok9120

        Von. Bismarck is rolling in his grave at the thought that he was Dutch.

        See what I did there?

    • jjyank

      You spelled “Russia” wrong.

      #facebookmeme’d

      • Havok9120

        Well done.

        We shall have ALL THE MEMES. All of zem.

  • Eddard

    At least Boesch gets a shot. Now if he gets another 2 hits tonight I don’t want to see Ichiro back in RF tomorrow. Give Boesch a shot to get it going. And if Youk were healthy I’d put him in that 2 hole to break up the lefties and give Gardner a patient hitter behind him. Then Robbie can focus on hitting and not what Gardy is doing.

  • LK

    Craziest part of that LHP list is how low Randy Johnson is.

    • Chip

      Randy Johnson didn’t really turn into a world-beater until he went to Arizona and figured out how to not walk people

      • jjyank

        True, wasn’t he like 29 or so when he figured it all out?

        • LK

          Age 29 was the first season he had more than 3 bWAR. The quintessential late bloomer.

          • jjyank

            Yup. Those tall lanky guys can be like that. Explains why he’s lower down on that WAR list, though. I’m sure he’d jump several spots if he put it all together at age 25.

            • LK

              Well he ended up pretty high on the career list, which is all that really matters at the end of the day. Definitely one of the most unique career paths of any player

              • jjyank

                Yeah, and him placing that high despite his late-blooming just serves to illustrate how good he was when he did figure things out.

                • LK

                  Totally.

                  Consider: At his current age, CC is 25.2 WAR ahead of where Johnson was at the same age. CC still needs 49.4 (!!!) WAR to get to where Johnson ended up.

  • vicki

    think the dodgers would be able to lure maddon and friedman away after this season? i heard some talk in LA.

  • Chip

    This may be the worst non-September lineup I’ve seen them roll out in 10 years

    • Chip

      Seriously

      Gardner – Solid leadoff, speed, on base guy with outstanding defense
      Francisco – Minor league contract
      Cano – He’s Cano, all around greatness
      Wells – Teams have been giving him away for 4 years now
      Cervelli – Backup catcher who couldn’t beat out Stewart last season
      Boesch – Cut in spring training
      Nunez – Axisa’s favorite prospect whipping boy who honestly has never been anything special
      Overbay – Cut by the Red Sox despite the terrible offense they have
      Nix – Probably shouldn’t even be the 25th man on a good team

      • jjyank

        It does look weird after what we’re used to, for sure. My only minor nitpick is Nix. He was the 25th man on a team that won 95 games, won the division, and made it to the ALCS last year. He’s fine for the UTIL spot, I just think he’s getting exposed now that he’s starting so often.

        • trr

          What other choice do we have

    • Vern Sneaker

      Agree. Very strange-looking lineup. But u gotta believe, right?

      • Chip

        You know they’ll win 3-0 with homers from Cervelli, Nunez and Nix

  • mt

    Even though Youkilis has been pretty bad against lefties so far this year I still really wanted him in lineup given his history against lefties – this is where small ball offensively could help us (which has not really gotten going).

    I want to win one of these Moore/Price games. Then hopefully eke out a victory against Cobb who tends to do well against us. I don’t want to face a sweep Wednesday.

    • Chip

      We always have a chance with Cano in the lineup and CC on the mound. That being said, I share your concerns

      • jjyank

        Agreed. Moore is a really talented young pitcher, but don’t discount CC. The Yankees have a better lineup than the Rays, and CC is just as capable of shutting the Rays down.

  • brian

    Serious question… ill post here since the other thread is done…

    Do any of you actually NOT think Cano has been using PEDs all this time???

    Don’t respond by talking witch hunt or innocent til proven guilty or u dont care or whatever… do you think he used them???

    • Eddard

      I don’t think he has. He hasn’t tested positive. His name wasn’t mentioned at all. There’s no proof. But they’ll report it anyway and tarnish the man’s name. That’s what they do best.

    • jjyank

      No, I don’t. And yes, innocent until proven guilty. That story should have never even seen the light of day without something other than “well…he knows people that went to a clinic that still has yet to be proven to provide PEDs.”

      That’s not news.

    • Chilango

      No

    • LK

      Personally, I assume every player is on PEDs.

    • Get Phelps Up

      This whole thing just screams this (0:27):

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS6f1MKpLGM

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR)

      What reason do I have to believe Cano juiced?

      There’s none whatsoever.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Because Melky did, and A-Rod did, and one of the (probably) 100s of people who works for his organization is connected to Biogenisis.

        /rolls eyes

    • Havok9120

      No, I don’t. There’s precisely no evidence to think he has except that he’s played well.

  • SeventhAce

    I’m going to say this again, I hate astro turf fields.

    • Chip

      It’s 2013 and professional baseball teams still use them. Ridiculous

  • Troll

    If it weren’t for Mike Napoli, I don’t think the Red Sox would’ve won a single game yet . . .

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nice at bat.

    Fastball looks straight. May be this shitty camera angle though.

  • The Real Greg

    I am in full negative mode tonight. I have a major beef with television right now about the portrayal of men amongst other things. So it would not surprise me to see both the Yankees and Nets lose tonight.

    • jjyank

      Easy, buddy.

    • vicki

      gloriously random.

      • The Real Greg

        Hey I needed to put it down someplace besides on Twitter where it disappears into the Twitterverse.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Greg, negativity in other aspects of your life will not influence the outcome of sporting events. I have 4 homework assignments due tomorrow, 2 long term projects due next wednesday, 3 homework assignments due next monday, and one regular assignment due next monday. I’ve also concluded that I’m an abject social outcast. None of this has any influence on the outcome of this game.

      • The Real Greg

        I know that as a logical fact. But feelings and emotions can get very dicey.

        • Dalek Jeter

          ‘Tis true. That’s why I do my best to ignore them.

    • Chilango

      News for ya man: the outcome of the game probably does not depend on your mood. Sorry

      • The Real Greg

        I know that.

    • http://b-rar.tumblr.com Brendan

      The portrayal of men? What the hell?

      • Havok9120

        Why’d you even ask? Why??

  • Josh

    Anyone else watching game ESPN think this is a horrible camera angle?

    • Karl Krawfid

      Yes is bad also.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’m worried about Youk’s back if he can’t even DH.

    • TomH

      Well, there she goes!

    • Havok9120

      I’d prefer to completely rest him than push it for a random game in April. We need him long term.

  • OldYanksFan

    True or False:
    This is our ugliest lineup in a decade.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Steve Pearce batted cleanup for us last year, so no.

      • jjyank

        This always reminds me of this: http://www.overthemonster.com/.....0/game-134

        • Dalek Jeter

          I don’t even need to click the link “Scott Podsednik is batting 3rd?”

          • jjyank

            Haha yup.

            • Dalek Jeter

              The best thing ever.

              • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR)

                That was awesome.

          • Havok9120

            We all like that site entirely too much. We know all their memes.

    • http://b-rar.tumblr.com Brendan

      I distinctly remember games where Alvaro Espinoza batted 2nd.

      That’s only marginally worse than Ben Francisco.

  • OldYanksFan

    CC is going to need to pitch a CGSO in order for us to win this game.
    (Or an 8 IP SO with Mo Closing it out).

  • Get Phelps Up

    Even for the Rays that is a dreadful crowd.

  • heismanziel

    It’s really good to see Boesh back in the lineup tonight. I really wish Joe would play him more often. Brennan is obviously playing in the outfield tonight, but even with ichiro out there, Boesch should be the DH over francisco.

  • teddy

    cashman must get a guy who can hit leftys like tommorrow. cano not hitting them anymore either

  • Cy Pettitte

    terrible 0-2 pitch

  • The Real Greg

    Absolutely unforgivable on an 0-2 pitch

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Ryan Roberts LOL

  • Dalek Jeter

    0-2 homer? That’s an ominous start.

  • teddy

    hr to ryan roberts are you serious

  • Chilango

    0-2 hanging slider. not good

  • brian

    Ok, let me ask the question this way…

    Every last penny in your bank account must be wagered on whether or not Cano has used PEDs at least somewhat regularly over the years…..

    Even 1 to 1 odds… you guess right you double your money, you guess wrong you starve until you get your next paycheck… what would you say…

    We all know the answer, you just are tired of hearing about all this PED crap, I am as well… but let’s not be disingenuous

    • jjyank

      No, I don’t think he did. This whole discussion is stupid, in my opinion.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Still taking the no. There is literally nothing directly tying him. Not one word of his name anywhere in BioGenesis’ records. Nothing.

    • Winter

      What are you even trying to accomplish?

    • Get Phelps Up

      It sounds like you just want people to say they think Cano is guilty.

    • Havok9120

      0_o

      lolwut?

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR)

      If you give me a reason to believe Cano juiced then I might believe he used juiced.

      As it is, we have no reason to believe he juiced.

      I think it’s ridiculous people even assume he’s juicing, honestly.

  • DC

    That homerun train horn has to be one of the most irritating sounds in baseball.

  • OldYanksFan

    Shit… Ryan Roberts averages 5.1 HR/yr. And CC gives him one?
    If I say game over…. am I an (old) troll?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Annnd that is why you start ichiro

  • BigBlueAL

    Pretty frustrating watching Gardner stand on 1st and not bother trying to steal against a pitcher where scoring runs is gonna be tough. Boone (watching on ESPN) predicted the 1-2 breaking ball in the dirt to Francisco and said before the pitch Gardner should think about running now anticipating a breaking ball but nothing.

    Gardner was on 1st for I believe 8 pitches before he got out on Cano’s fielder’s choice. Very frustrating watching Gardner’s inability to steal right now.

  • OldYanksFan

    Does Ichiro catch that?
    OK. Now Game Over.

    • Karl Krawfid

      easily.

  • Alkaline

    Should have IBB Sean R. :D

  • Chip

    Well, time to put a fork in this one

  • The Real Greg

    Now you understand why Ichiro is still starting in left field?

    • Chip

      I’m sorry, I just had a flashback of Ichiro grounding to second base

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      CC just gave up homeruns to Ryan Roberts and Yunel Escobar. Your argument is invalid.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Ichiro wouldn’t have been able to catch that if he was in left field.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow…what the fuck CC?

  • Cy Pettitte

    well this game’s over.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    lololololololololol so fucking bad.

  • Alkaline

    Now I’m going to enjoy this comeback much, much more.

    • jjyank

      I like the way you think.

  • The Real Greg

    This game is over.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Does this mean you’ll go away?

  • bobtaco

    OK, everybody can now start the CC velocity worry watch

    • Anthony

      I laughed.

  • http://b-rar.tumblr.com Brendan

    Over/under on CC making it out of the 1st?

  • matt s

    Cant believe I saw this on CBS sportsline before here, but Nick Goody had TJS today.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Hey CC you have Andy and Mo on your team. Learn to throw a cutter.

  • Leg-End

    Oh boy, CC isn’t sharp and this one is about done.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Yankees will bring the tying run to the plate this game.

      • Leg-End

        Positive vibes, I dig ya.

        • Havok9120

          All that requires is a random run or two and a nice RISP situation.

          If you can’t muster up that level of positive thought with only a 4 run deficit with 7.1 innings to play, then you may be being a tad unrealistic.

  • Eddard

    CC doesn’t have it tonight. He looks awful. He looks like Phil Hughes.

  • Chilango

    Game set match

  • YankeesJunkie

    CC Sabathia needs to stop this Phil Hughes impression.

  • OldYanksFan

    Good fucking God!
    Is Concentration on TV tonight?

  • Anthony

    What the hell??? Guaranteed even though Moore is the worse pitcher we won’t hit him at all tonight, but of course the Rays are all over the much better CC. I hope I eat my words.

  • mt

    Of course Escobar gets hot right before we get to Tampa.

    Those were some hard-hit shots.

  • MeloJeter

    CARSTEN…CHARLES…SABATHIA

    you get in this house right now

  • OldYanksFan

    CC turns the Bad News Bears into the ’27 Yanks.
    How much more money do we owe him?

    • Karl Krawfid

      You don’t owe him shit.

    • Havok9120

      Oh stop it. Are you seriously going to criticize them giving him those two contracts or are you just being grumpy due to the first inning?

      • jjyank

        CC’s been worth every penny so far.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Okay, let’s say for the sake of speculation, CC figures it out and somehow shuts the Rays down for the next 7 innings and his final line is like 7IP 4ER 8Ks 1BB 6H and we lose, is it on him or the offense?

    • Havok9120

      Eh. That can be split about evenly. They should be able to score 5 runs. CC also shouldn’t put them down 4 in the first.

      • Dalek Jeter

        That’s my frame of thought too, I’m just curious as to what the commenting public think.

    • jjyank

      It’d be both, and perhaps a tip of the hat to Moore as well. I don’t believe in assigning blame to one aspect of a game that 20+ guys are involved in. I suppose you can occasionally (like Luis Castillo dropping that ball to let the Yankees win), but most of the time I think blaming one person is just a coping mechanism for fans.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR)

        Even that loss wasn’t all Casillo’s fault. The fact is they were already in a one run game in the ninth inning.

        • jjyank

          Fair enough. I was just trying to think of an instance that one player fucked up something he shouldn’t have that directly led to a loss. That was the first thing to jump to mind.

          99% of the time though, you can’t blame a loss on one person.

          • Dalek Jeter

            I think you could say yesterday’s game falls firmly on the shoulders of Phelps and Nova.

            • jjyank

              Well that’s two people :)

              I’m not saying it never happens. If a starter gives up 10 runs and they lose 10-9, then you can pretty safely just blame the starter. I personally like to spread the blame around.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Half and half

  • Havok9120

    You’ll all be leaving then, I assume. What with the game being over and all.

    • OldYanksFan

      Nah…. We’ll stay around and insult the players and the team in general.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Hooray.

      • Havok9120

        Let the good times roll.

    • vicki

      i’ll take my leave in a few, but because i have to go to work, where i’ll be watching the comeback kids.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR)

    Hey guys, the second inning is starting.

    I just wasn’t sure if any of you realized.

  • Wheels

    Buzzkill.

  • Chip

    Wow, apparently the bandwagon is emptying tonight. CC is still one of the best pitchers in the league. He missed location and they hit him hard. It happens

    • Havok9120

      Eddard will not be please with an empty bandwagon.

      His Dad will probably get pissy at us again, too.

  • Chilango

    Regression to the mean. With a little help from Sabbathia.

  • Chilango

    Way to take a few Cervi.

  • mt

    Should be interesting how far they go with CC if he continues to struggle – Warren is very well rested but we also have to deal with Phil’s start tomorrow (Matt Joyce is salivating.)

  • brian

    Geez IDK, actually being REAL about the whole thing…

    Cano went from a nothing prospect to a guy who grinds out 160 games a year at a middle infield position and basically at a near MVP type level…

    Oh, and his mentor?? Arod.. his best friend??? Melky

    Can we stop lying to ourselves?? We all know he did, all we can do is hope no official ‘proof’ comes out so we can keep burying our heads in the sand..

    I’d have a lot more respect for the people who just admitted they think he did it but said they didn’t give a crap

    • Winter

      So at this point it’s clear you’re just trolling for attention. I’d recommend that my fellow sane commenters refrain from engaging.

      • Troll

        STFU. He can say whatever he wants. The only troll here, besides me, is you for spewing your trite, bootless, feeble remark.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      I’d have a lot more respect for the people who wait for even flimsy evidence before staining a man’s name with the PED accusation which is not easily washed off.

    • Dalek Jeter

      “Cano was actually listed as the Yankees #2 prospect entering that 2005 season.” Via Pinstripe Bible.

    • http://b-rar.tumblr.com Brendan

      By your logic, everyone you’ve ever known is guilty of rambling idiocy based solely on their association with you.

      • jjyank

        Well played.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR)

        Okay, admittedly this one actually did make me lol.

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR)

      lol wut???

      See more on Know Your Meme

    • TomH

      This is a pointless exercise.

    • jjyank

      Cano was’t “nothing” as a prospect. We also don’t know if/when A-Rod did steroids as a Yankee and if/when Melky did steroids as a Yankee.

      You may think he has done PEDs, but it’s beyond stupid to claim that as a fact, and even further beyond that point to say that “we all know he did”. No, nobody knows jack shit. Your trolling ass included.

    • Havok9120

      I’ll bite one last time due to boredom. It amuses me that you’re claiming that the fact that he plays a ton of games every year is a sign of ‘roid usage because another “sure sign” has become premature breakdown of a star player’s health.

      Also, don’t bother asking for opinions if you aren’t going to believe anyone who says they think you’re wrong. Just bad form. Oh, and don’t use “we” as if you’re a regular commenter here and part of the HiveMind. I’d honestly be surprised were you a Yanks fan at all, but not knowing/caring how the comment tree system works is a pretty good giveaway that you’re a one trick pony and have no regular connection to the site.

      Good day, sirrah.

  • Anthony

    Was that the fastest half-inning of the season so far?

  • heismanziel

    Yankees have not lost back to back games since april 5th-6th.

  • Alkaline

    Alright, let’s not have another 4 run inning, CC, mmmkay?

  • Karl Krawfid

    91!

    It’s growing folks!

  • mt

    ESPN is focusing on CC flexing his left hand back and forth in the dugout as if he has discomfort – not sure what they are saying on Yes, if anyhting at all.

    • Leg-End

      Haven’t mentioned it, yet.

  • Chilango

    CC is hurt. He can’t look this bad and be healthy

    • Leg-End

      As he strikes out two.

      • Chilango

        Wish there was delete option on this blog.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I wish everyone reacted to overreacting like you just did on here. Well played.

    • http://b-rar.tumblr.com Brendan

      He’s not hurt, his command sucks. It happens.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Agree, doesn’t have his best stuff or command right now. Whether he can somehow grind his way through the game or not will be the big factor in if this can be a close game or a blowout.

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

      Alternatively, sometimes good pitchers just pitch poorly.

      • Chilango

        Well yes, and alternatively, he might be hurt. A 3 mph drop in fb velocity seems kind of drastic

    • jjyank

      Sure he can. Even good pitchers have bad games.

  • Karl Krawfid

    91! mo heat!

    • Chilango

      He hit 91?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Brett Gardner vs Sam Fuld in a large head little body contest

    • http://b-rar.tumblr.com Brendan

      ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME RYAN ROBERTS

  • forensic

    Well, this game is off to quite a start.

    Good thing it’s Boesch in RF instead of Ichiro…

    • Havok9120

      Hehehe

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    I don’t think enough people here appreciate how blessed they are to see 15 WB Mason commercials each night.

    • Leg-End

      Even better, “commercial break in progress”

    • Havok9120

      I trot out “Who but…W.B. Mason.” (the Ken Singleton version) pretty much every chance I get.

  • Buhner’s barber

    So is Pineda’s rehab assignment happening right now? I know he needs 30 days, and after that they’ll probably send him down for 2 weeks to set his service time back, does that mean he can he might be up for good in something like a month?

    • jjyank

      He just threw a simulated game. I don’t know his schedule, but I’d think that he is still more than a month away.

      • vicki

        one inning.

    • forensic

      He’s doing a sim game. That has nothing to do with a rehab assignment.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR)

    You know, I just tried to find TSJC’s Twitter page.

    It no longer exists.

    This makes me sad.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, he deleted it some time ago.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        He now totally destroys trolls from above.

  • mt

    Not making a lot of good contact against Moore.

    Revis interviewed on ESPN (threw out first pitch) – says “no hard feelings” towards Jets – not sure I believe it.

  • trr

    None too promising tonight…I have familial obligations – when I return Gents and Ladies, I would expect you”ll have
    us in the lead by dint of your awesome telepathic control of Yankees Universe. Or at least one lousy hit….

  • Dalek Jeter

    Jayson Nix is my least favorite Yankee…I think Ever. I can’t think of a player on a team I root for that I’ve despised as much as him. If he truly was the 25th man and rode the pine, I probably wouldn’t hate him that much…but he played in 74 games last year and 14 out of 18 this year.

    • jjyank

      I think that may be partly due to John and Suzyn giving him virtual blowjobs all the time.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I would agree, that’s probably part of it.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Never, ever put ‘Suzyn’ and ‘blowjobs’ in the same sentence again, no matter the context.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Funny. I actually do like Nix.

      Least favorite Yankee ever? Probably Esteban Loiaza.

  • forensic

    Come on guys, just get that first hit so we can at least stop thinking about being no-hit.

  • jtb081208

    Great job CC. Great team you built Cashman, Francisco (batting 2nd you’re an idiot Girardi), Boesch (who no one wanted), Overbay (who sucks at everything except whiffing), Nix (who should be a waiter at Chilis), and the list could go on and on. Cashman couldn’t build a team properly if his marriage depended on it. $231 million and this team has no depth and no one coming off the bench WITHOUT the injuries. This Cashman built team will do EXACTLY what all Cashman built teams have done (except 2009) in the past 15 years, beat up mediocre teams in the regular season, lose to good teams but win enough to make the playoffs and then get their asses kicked in the playoffs against a REAL team with a REAL GM. And, all season long we will have to hear how great Cashman is from the prejudiced news media and the fans cuz they win regular season games against BUMS. Nothing new, same old song and dance.

    Brian Cashman, the GM who does LESS with MORE.

    • jjyank

      *sigh*

    • Get Phelps Up

      …And Cano used PEDs.

    • Havok9120

      I see Mike left the Troll Signal on again.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      With less money he’ll be hard pressed to trade the farm. I think he’ll get better with a lack of money to throw around.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      *fluuuuuuush*

  • TomH

    Well, we can thank God or Mama Nature that lefties don’t comprise 50% of the population. If they did, this team would be dead in the water.

    I don’t have an alternative, but it’s hard to take Francisco anywhere in the lineup, much less at #2.

  • forensic

    Geez CC. Methinks Adam Warren will be getting his first appearance in 13 days tonight.

  • Leg-End

    Roberts again!?! You gotta be kidding me.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Man this is bad.

    And he almost killed Wells.

  • Dalek Jeter

    WELLS!!!!!!!

    pleasedontbehurtpleasedontbehurtpleasedontbehurt

    • jjyank

      Two months ago, would you have ever thought that you’d be wishing that Vernon Wells wasn’t hurt? Baseball is a funny game.

      • Dalek Jeter

        2 months ago I was expecting Jeter to be back around now :/

        • jjyank

          Aw now you just made it sad. This mini-thread is now just a sad, sad panda.

  • Chilango

    Nice grab.

  • Chilango

    Just don’t think he’d be missing this much unless something wasn’t right. Alternatively, he might just be pitching poorly

  • forensic

    As if the game wasn’t bad enough. We also have to listen to Lou Piniella for three days and, to a lesser extent, Ken Singleton doing play-by-play…

    • Get Phelps Up

      Singleton’s PBP >>> Kay’s

      • forensic

        Eh, I’m actually a fan of Kay. Singleton isn’t terrible, but it’s just too much of him.

        • jjyank

          I prefer Singleton. He doesn’t offer as much for color in my opinion, and I think he’s less annoying than Kay. Don’t get me wrong, I actually don’t mind Kay. But I do think Singleton is better. My ideal booth is Singleton, Cone, and O’Neil/Leiter.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Kay made my day on the radio today yelling at Knicks fans, I must say. He gets a long reprieve from me.

  • Havok9120

    “All brave Prussians follow me!”

    -Field Marshall Kurt von Schwerin, his last words before being killed by a cannonball.

    • Havok9120

      This shall be our rallying cry. Ben Francisco shall play the part of Kurt von Schwerin.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Brock Lesnar scares me.

  • forensic

    Ben “Designated Lefty Masher” Francisco…

  • Alkaline

    Bleh. Mozilla won’t update the comments for me.

  • forensic

    What a gift. Hanging curve/slider right down the middle.

    At least they won’t be no-hit.

  • Anthony

    We have life!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Be sure to subtract one homer from Robbie’s end of season total because this game was already over.

    • Havok9120

      Garbage Time. Doesn’t count.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        SwisherTime?

        • Havok9120

          Exactly. The meme lives on.

    • Raymond Freemont

      Does this apply to just Robbie or can it be extended to other players? If so I say most of Napoli’s RBIs shouldn’t count this year.

  • jjyank

    I will never tire of watching a Cano home run swing.

    • forensic

      I could do without the pose at the end, but it’s relatively minor compared to some guys.

      • jjyank

        I don’t mind it. I don’t think of it as a pose so much as just admiring the bomb. I’m cool with it.

  • Havok9120

    “Rays drew good crowds over the weekend…”

    Let’s not get crazy now. They averaged less than 23K per game on a weekend series against a very good team.

  • TomH

    CC looks down at the mouth. A sad pup tonight.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Pretzel-crusted Tofurky kielbasa. Shaved brussel sprout salad. Dogfish 90 Minute IPA.

    • forensic

      What is “Food that sounds nasty and I would never eat”, Alex.

      :-)

      • Robinson Tilapia

        HA!

        I fucking love brussel sprouts.

        The kielbasa is just part of what marriage is about. I’m sure you’ve got your version.

        • forensic

          heh, we’re actually both pretty blah eaters with similar tastes and generally eat the same basic stuff every week or so, so I’m lucky in that sense.

          It’s just hard to cook and have different stuff all the time with our schedules and everything.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Yeah, I’m sure. That’s why I’m trying to work my schedule to do as much 9-5 as possible. Even my 12-8’s really screw things a bit. Can’t imagine how you do it.

    • Havok9120

      Baby sirloin steak. Rare. Toast. Buttered.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Hunger. Sated.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Aka a man’s meal, R-Tils =P

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Real men are proud when they consume vegetarian meat products.

          • Deathstroke Heathcott

            Ron Swanson disagrees and he’s the foremost authority on real manliness.

      • forensic

        We’re having steak tonight too. And now I don’t want to wait another almost hour for it…

  • Vern Sneaker

    Cone very good tonite on CC’s pitching. Even as a Yankees fan/Mets hater, my favorite booth is Cohen/Darling/Hernandez. So much better than even our best combo.

  • forensic

    Fucking A’s.

    First they get swept and wake up the Rays right before the Yankees come to town (which has obviously continued into tonight), and now they don’t show up against the Red Sox either.

    • Raymond Freemont

      To be fair, the Red Sox cheat at home.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I think it’s safe to now say “Motherfuck the Boston Red Sox” again.

  • forensic

    Play Boesch more!!!

    :-)

  • Dalek Jeter

    Nunie bomb!! calling it!

    • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      I’ll second that. He’s due.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Even a Cone/Kenny broadcast can be ruined by Lou.

    • Vern Sneaker

      For sure. One cliche or “duh” comment after another.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’ve actually liked Lou tonight.

      • Vern Sneaker

        I liked watching him hit.

  • TomH

    The Astros series can’t come fast enough. If Youkilis is missing and Nunez and Ichiro keep looking futile, these next 7 games could be bad news.

    • forensic

      And 4 of the first 6 of those 7 games are against lefty starters.

      They’ll then theoretically just see one lefty in each of the Houston and Oakland series. Then it’s three road interleague games where they’ll lose the DH (doesn’t matter vs. lefties but it sucks losing Hafner vs. righties).

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        I agree but I actually can’t wait to “lose the DH” when they face some lefties.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    That is not a beautiful skyline, Lou. That’s barely a skyline.

    God, I wish that first inning had never happened.

  • Kramerica Industries

    As most of you may already know, I live in the Tampa Bay area, and thus am directly in enemy territory, especially at a time like this.

    And one argument that I hear all the fucking time, and is one that I alternate between not giving two shits about, and just getting pissed off at the total misinformed nature of it, is the idea of the following (copied directly from FB, name obviously withheld):

    If you’re a Yankees fan, live in Florida, and you are not from New York, you are just being a troll

    I mean, seriously dude, fuck you. The worst part is that comments like that are guaranteed to get some 30+ likes, because people are fucking sheep; incapable of thinking for themselves. Obviously, perhaps thanks to the nature of this game, I’m leaning on the pissed off side of that comment at this point in time. But, if I ever needed more reason to have zero respect for Rays fans, it’s shit like that. Get a grip, you fucking loons.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Yes, good thing there are so few of them.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I get emails from Marlins fans sending me pictures of Jose Fernandez so that I can get to know him now before he’s a Yankee in five years.

  • forensic

    After that scouting report earlier, shouldn’t Greg be here talking about how Moore was just an 8th round pick?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      The negative vibe just swept him away in the first inning.

    • Havok9120

      There’s always the recap thread.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Gotta send Gardner here.

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

      They’re down four runs. They need the base runners, not the extra 90 feet.

      • Dalek Jeter

        That was on the 3-2 on Fransisco, I figured Fransisco was going to at least put the ball in play.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Every time Francisco plays I expect to wake up and read they’ve dumped him. But NOOO. I mean, wtf.

  • forensic

    Ben Francisco’s presence on this roster just makes me sad.

    It’s gonna be a LONG set of 6 games.

  • MannyGeee

    Whats up bitches… Wifey had to work so I was on kid duty whilst watching the game.

    A couple of thoughts:

    1) I know its early, but seriously, fuck Ben Francisco. I have an irrational hate for him, for no other reason than his being here.

    2) I am gonna say it. Is it possible that with Jeter and Alex gone, Kevin Muthafuckin Youkilis as become the heart of the Yankees? Now excuse me while I pour myself a bleach cocktail.

    3) CCs first inning bullshit is getting a little out of control. For real…

    4) I HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE ESPN Broadcasts. The worst things ever.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      2) Still Cano

  • Dalek Jeter

    That…was…a really bad swing Vernon.

  • forensic

    Somebody should tell Wells that Moore throws a changeup. He doesn’t seem to know that…

  • Vern Sneaker

    Discouraging.

  • MannyGeee

    OK So Wells blew his load in Toronto this weekend and brought nothing to Tampa I see… That would be the at trick with 4 more innings to go… We may see a Golden Sombrero here tonight, boys. Prepare to see history

  • Chilango

    Oh Wells, Matt’s already given up his one run so no wonder they didn’t score.

  • forensic

    You know, at this point I could deal without the hourly updates on all the injured guys. I’d almost prefer getting it once every week or two and have it seem like they’re taking big steps that way rather than these little almost no-progress, progress reports.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow… Get it together CC.

  • Chilango

    CC missed his spot again.

  • forensic

    Way to half-ass it CC. I was almost ignoring your terrible pitching in this game, but that is just inexcusable. Now I’m pissed about the whole pitiful game.

  • MannyGeee

    Oh fuck that stadium. It needs to get burnt down.

  • Kramerica Industries

    The Trop is such a fucking joke.

    I can remember a game three years ago where the Rays benefited on something just like that. Ridiculous.

    • Havok9120

      What happened?

      • MannyGeee

        moonshot popup got called a foul ball that Cervellihad to dance around and catch. after the catch, it got ruled a fould because it hit the catwalk. fuck the Trop

      • Dalek Jeter

        Ball popped straight up over a catwalk. This place is a monstrosity though.

      • MannyGeee

        popup called dead because it hit the catwalk. Cervelli caught it but The Trop rules came into play.

        • MannyGeee

          double post. I am on a roll today

  • MannyGeee

    With the way the night has gone, did anyone else get nervous with CC fielding the grounder

  • MannyGeee

    In other news, Mike Napoli has 25 RBIs this season already. WOW. He’s loving that Green Monster, huh…

  • CP

    So Gardner doesn’t slide into first on one of the few plays where it would actually help.

    • MannyGeee

      Oh sweet irony. In fairness, he probably woulda got cleated if he did.

  • Dalek Jeter

    C’mon, give us Krazy Kyle, PLEASE!

    • Havok9120

      Is that like Cotton Eye Joe?

  • MannyGeee

    Francisco gets more “hard outs’ than i’ve ever seen anyone get in my life

  • Robinson Tilapia

    This is the quietest shit game thread I’ve seen a while. Do I just send the flat Bud Light girls home at this point?

    • MannyGeee

      Probably for the best. Let me see if can help you.

      “Trade teh CCz and give hiz starts to teh Wanger!”

      • Robinson Tilapia

        NOT A REAL ACE! U ACTUALLY THINK SO!

  • Now Batting

    “Matt Harvey is the best pitcher in baseball.”

    Who the hell said that? Sutcliffe?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Not even Mama Harvey probably believes that.

      • Now Batting

        ESPN ugh

  • Mikey Scheister

    This home away from has termites.

    • Mickey Scheister

      I can’t even spell my handle right tonight. Goodnight.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Was it Smoltz or Glavine who always had first inning problems? That must have gotten old quick.

    I wish we could just return the first inning.

  • BigBlueAL

    I would hope/assume if Mustelier was healthy he would be on the team right now instead of Francisco??

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Not necessarily.

    • Havok9120

      No way to know that. It’s not as if the team has any motive to tell the press: yeaaahhh, we weren’t gonna give Ben the time of day, but then this no-name semi-prospect got hurt and, well, here he is.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I don’t think it’s a bad idea, though. That would be the one spot I think he’d fit in right now.

        • Havok9120

          Oh, I agree completely. I’m just saying that there’s no good way for the team to tell us that until he’s actually available to play.

  • Dalek Jeter

    WARREN TO TEH ROTATION!!! HE HAZ SUCCESFUL INNINGZ!!!!!!

    • Havok9120

      Is this, like, self-trolling?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        u think he haz sucesful inningz u r 2 crazy

  • MannyGeee

    So Ma & Pa spent 6 solid minutes tday on the radio trying to convince me that Boesch is a really good fielder & a great baserunner and that he will be a star in 2014. is it time for them to retire?

    • Winter

      No, that was years ago.

  • Now Batting

    500 Rays fans get to go home happy tonight.

    • Havok9120

      Holy crap. They only had 15K tickets sold.

      Jesus.

  • MannyGeee

    bum out

  • Chilango

    Result more or less expected. This lineup wasn’t going to do much against Moore anyway. Hope CC is OK.

  • your mom

    Missed the game, but it’s a good thing. Looks like Moore did good job against our AAA line-up. How pathetic is Ben Francisco.

    • Chilango

      Yup and very.

  • Cervelli is the Man

    Man, if our pitching could just hold it together. Didn’t expect this from Sabathia.

    • Havok9120

      …then we could win 1-0?

    • Chilango

      It’s probably going to be worse tomorrow. Price v Hughes.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Seems like a perfect time for good ole’ YCPB

  • Winter

    Meh. You really never know.

    Unless it’s Nova. Then you know.

    • Winter

      That was supposed to be a reply to Chilango.

  • forensic

    Pretty quick recap tonight for Mike.

    “CC shit the bed in the first inning and a lefty started for Tampa. You can figure out the rest.”

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Ugly hitting, ugly pitching, let’s move on to the next one.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    Whew, without those Cano roids, we might’ve been outhit.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      no-hit*