Game 21: No Roofs, No Turf

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Yankees just went 3-3 on a six-game road trip that featured six games on turf and in a stadium with a roof. They’re back home in the Bronx to start a ten-game homestand with fresh air and real grass. Outdoor baseball is the best.

Anyway, the Blue Jays are in town for four games and these games are far more important to them than they are to the Yankees. That doesn’t mean they’re insignificant, but Toronto didn’t make all those moves this winter to finish April in the AL East cellar. They need to put some distance between them and New York while the Bombers are dealing with all their injuries. The Yankees, on the other hand, need to generate some offense after getting shut down by the Rays this week. Unfortunately, they’ll have to do that against a left-hander tonight. Here’s the lineup that will face Mark Buehrle…

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

And on the mound is the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist, Hiroki Kuroda.

It’s a little chilly but otherwise nice and clear in New York. Great night for baseball. The game is scheduled to start at 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Kevin Youkilis Update: Youkilis (back) is not available at all tonight. He tried to take some swings today but he isn’t ready yet. Joe Girardi said this isn’t a DL situation just yet and they are hoping he can return on Saturday.

Derek Jeter Update: Jeter (ankle) held a press conference today that wasn’t newsworthy, really. He said he’ll be back at some point even though he refused to set a specific target date. He’s disappointed by the setback, yadda yadda yadda.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. RobA says:

    Not expecting much offense either way tonight. Kuroda should be good, and that Yankee lineup is hot garbage, sorry to say.

    I expect you guys to win tonight, but if we can steal one here ai like our chances of taking 3 of 4 vs. you guys.

  2. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Bad enough Francisco is still in the lineup, but why the need to keep batting him second so he gets more AB’s?

  3. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I thought the Jeter conference was fun, at least. I love his ability to be polite, conversational, but clearly in charge of what he is going to self-disclose or not in his press conference. There aren’t many atheletes who do that as well as Derek.

    I hope we bludgeon Mark Buerhle, just like the old days.

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

      Yeah, Jeter seems like a third lead character from Oceans’ 11, he’d fit right in with Rusty and Dany.

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


  5. JRod says:

    Hope Youk doesn’t have to go on the DL. April and it already feels like he’s a cornerstone player for us.

  6. Josh S. says:

    And what’s the rationale of batting Ben Francisco 2nd in the lineup? He’s been arguably the worst hitter on the team. That usually gets you moved down in the order. Does he have good numbers against Buerhle? Not that anyone’s hitting that well.

  7. Jamie B says:

    Can someone tell me why Mustelier isn’t up?

  8. Get Phelps Up says:

    Kyle Overbay is the brother of Sam Pearce.

  9. Dalek Jeter says:

    Two things: Why isn’t Pronk in the lineup? He has better numbers off Buehrle then Francisco. Two, if Youk’s still not healthy DL him and bring up a pitcher, it’s been 6 days now the team’s been working w/ a 24 man roster.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      The don’t really need another pitcher, and Youk is important enough to the offense right now that they can’t really afford for him to unnecessarily miss several extra days.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Agreed. There’s no one down there now that’s such a necessity that we should put Youk on the DL to get him up here.

        • Dalek Jeter says:


          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

            I’d like that, but they could just demote one of Kelley, Phelps, or Warren to make that happen. No need for an 8 man bullpen right now.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            Let Monty come up when there’s a spot ready for him to actually win. That might not be so far away with our fine collection of long men at the back of the bullpen.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Can’t they rectoactively place him on the DL? I mean, if they can then he’d only be out 9 more games, at least one of which (tomorrow) he’s not going to be playing anyway, and at least two of which he’s going to need to be getting his timing back anyway, so send him down for a few rehab games. So IMO he’d only really be missing like 6 games, and that’s if their playing every day for the next 9.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

          Right, but if he can come back in the next couple of days, he’d be missing at least 5 games unnecessarily, for the sole purpose of calling somebody up who likely won’t play anyways. I don’t see the point.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Who do we need up here so badly as to make it worth it to have him out of an extra weeks worth of games beyond what they expect him to need?

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

        Yeah, but they can make the DL stint retroactive, right? Although Idk exactly how that works.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          You need some sort of time machine, and hope that old Youk and new Youk don’t wind up in the same place.

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

            Like that car in Back to the future??

            Wait a second is Youk actually Marty McFly??

        • Havok9120 says:

          That’s still leaves him out an extra week longer than they expect him to need.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

          It is retroactive, but you’d force him to miss 15 days (including the time he’s already missed) when he could have possibly only missed about 8 games (if he can actually come back in the next couple of days). I’m not sure any callup would actually even be used in the next couple of days, so why not give it a couple of more days to heal and see if he’s ready at that point?

          • jjyank says:

            Yeah, I’m with you there. I’m not sure who the Yanks could bring up that could potentially add as much value as him being able to play 6-7 games.

  10. Vern Sneaker says:

    I’d put the Geico gecko 2nd before I’d start Francisco.

  11. Mike HC says:

    Taking Francisco out of the lineup against lefties and replacing him with fucking anyone, preferably Hafner, would dramatically improve our production vs lefties. Girardi has to at least give us a shot. I know he is not this bad, but even at career averages he is not good.

    • RobA says:

      Girardi replacing him with Girardi would probably be better.

      • Mike HC says:

        Hafner is a career .804 hitter against lefties. Cano is a career .790 OPS hitter against lefties. Quick, bench Cano for any righty 2nd base bum fresh off waivers!

  12. Eddard says:

    Batting Francisco anywhere is idiotic but especially 2nd IN BETWEEN the two LHB, Gardner and Cano. We won’t even get to PH Hafner because they’ll bring in a LHP and let him pitch to Francisco. And Girardi is dumb enough to leave Francisco in there. Without Youk, Hafner really can’t PH for Nix because we need him at 3rd.

  13. Vern Sneaker says:

    Oh great. O’Neill with Kay. Can’t wait to hear about Paul’s new lawn mower and what he likes on his pizza and have Kay interrupt every third pitch to say count’s 2-1 (just like it says on the screen).

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      I heard a rumor that O’Neill likes to eat a lot.
      I’m just wondering which of them will awkwardly hit on Meredith the most tonight.

  14. Commenter from the Future says:

    WOW. It’s April 25th, 2029! It’s the 16th anniversary of the night Ben Francisco went 5-5 with 12 RBI’s against Mark Buerhle! Do you remember where you were that night!

    What a night that was! The earth swallowed up the Blue Jays afterwards, and it was the same night the Yankees got the Marlins to take Ivan Nova for Giancarlo Stanton.

    Gotta go. President Miley Cyrus is about to speak.

  15. Tom says:

    Love the caveman platoon approach to the lineup. Lefty pitcher = righty hitter.

    Nevermind Buerhle exhibits virtually no career left/right splits… and even if he did, Hafner might stil be a better option against a lefty.

    Or at least put Hafner in for Ichiro (and put Francisco in RF). At this point the Yankees are effectively carrying 2 DH platoon bats

  16. Dalek Jeter says:

    HiRok! and Cano!

  17. oldmanalex says:

    Do people even go see yankee games anymore? That place looks dead lol

  18. oldmanalex says:

    Michael Kay trying to start something over nothing lol

  19. Yankeefan says:

    That Yankee attendance is embarrassing wow. i sure do miss when the old stadium was packed.

    • Mike HC says:

      The stadium has been empty all year, but I don’t think it is ever been this empty. It should fill up more throughout the night but it is ridiculous right now.

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


  21. Eddard says:

    Hiroki needs to get out of this. There’s not much margin for error unless Ben Francisco is going to have a breakout performance.

  22. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Just got here. 1st inning and Hrock are sill not getting along I see. How did he give up he runs?

  23. WhittakerWalt says:

    Did Francisco just swing through a 79 MPH “heater?”

  24. SeventhAce says:

    I come home to see Ben Fucking Francisco batting second AGAIN. Really? What is the logic behind this? Haven’t they gotten enough data out of this stinking experiment? WHY?!

  25. hogsmog says:

    Dude come on, at least have the decency to not bat Francisco second. At least Nunez has speed if he does get on, which is still a hell of a lot more than Ben.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      The binder works in mysterious ways.

      • Mike HC says:

        Makes me wonder if this is a Ron Burgundy situation here where he reads whatever is on the teleprompter without thinking. A division rival got access to the binder and messed with the numbers to make Francisco look like a good start, and Girardi just mindlessly follows the binder.

        Go fuck yourself Yankee fans. I’m Joe Girardi?

  26. Alkaline says:

    Well, time for some SCII

  27. Mike HC says:

    Did Cano look a little injured/tired right before they went to commercial there?

  28. Anderson Silva says:

    I sincerely hope they don’t get shutout by a mediocre pitcher just because he throws with his left hand.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      It’d be much tougher to get shut out by a pitcher you’ve seen the team beat the shit out of 100 times before.

  29. vicki says:

    that sucks hard.

    when i wished for a laugher so i could watch the draft and clippers game i shouldve been more specific.

  30. Karl Krawfid says:

    I mean how many 2 seam fastballs are you gonna throw?

    Shit is non stop.

    Mix the shit up.

  31. Anderson Silva says:

    Hiroki looks terrible. Missing by a mile.

  32. WhittakerWalt says:

    Lawrie with “curious” opposite field power.

  33. Eddard says:

    You could fill the old YS with the empty seats at tonight’s game. It’s a nice night and not a soul is watching the ballgame. Should tell the FO that they need to lower ticket prices so hardworking folk can afford to go to the games.

  34. jtb1081 says:

    Inexcusable to walk people, our bullpen does it way to frequently. But, even more inexcusable, Cashman not signing Melky Cabrera to come back. Cashman the great GM who loves bums.

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

    Get Warren/Phelps up?

  36. Get Phelps Up says:


  37. vicki says:


  38. Kramerica Industries says:

    Wow. Dead center field. Yikes.

  39. WhittakerWalt says:

    That’s better.

  40. Eddard says:

    That’s what we need more of in the lineup. Good thing our other HR masher is on the bench.

  41. Kramerica Industries says:

    What is with the carry on these flyballs?

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

    Jesus, Wells totally owns Buehrle.

  43. Vern Sneaker says:

    That was a hell of s a short quick impressive swing by Wells, wasn’t it.

  44. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Wells is .296/.367/.563, partying like it’s 2006

  45. WhittakerWalt says:

    Any time you want to snap out of it, Nuney.

  46. Kramerica Industries says:

    Gee, when do the Yankees get four games to beat up on the Astros?

  47. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Nice play.

  48. vicki says:

    Perfessional Baseball Player.

  49. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Oh my. What a play.

  50. Eddard says:

    Nixy proving he’s not as worthless as Ben Francisco. Nice play.

  51. Anderson Silva says:

    any word on when Youk might be back?

  52. Vern Sneaker says:

    Nix dominating.

  53. Dalek Jeter says:

    Bunt Francisco!!

  54. Anderson Silva says:

    time for redemption ben. do it!

  55. Eddard says:

    Got something going here…for Ben Francisco to ruin.

  56. Dalek Jeter says:

    …according to the unequaled John Sterling Francisco has “okay numbers” against Buehrle…he’s hitting .231

  57. Anderson Silva says:

    this motherfucker is worthless.. 2 fat pitches in the same place and he can’t do shit

  58. Tom says:

    Well at least it wasn’t a DP.

    /glass half full

  59. Dalek Jeter says:


  60. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:


  61. jjyank says:


  62. Get Phelps Up says:

    Oh fuck yes Robinson.

  63. Anderson Silva says:

    that’s how you do it! Robbie!!

  64. Eddard says:


  65. flamingo says:

    Ha, told my friend a few minutes ago that Robbie would homer. I’m getting a weird look right now. Obviously, I’m clairvoyant.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Ha, that reminds me. Last week a group of friends and I were watching “Game of Thrones” at my friends house, and randomly my friend says “boobies,” the scene cuts and the literal next scene was a full shot of boobs.

  66. SeventhAce says:

    Too many homeruns!

  67. Eddard says:

    The ball is traveling tonight. Good thing Philbert isn’t pitching. Hiroki needs to induce the groundball.

  68. Get Phelps Up says:

    Kay has told that story about Rasmus every series since he became a Blue Jay.

  69. Dalek Jeter says:

    Robinsons clearly has TWTW.

  70. dkidd says:

    bold prediction: it will take more than 4 runs to win this game

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Actual bold prediction: 4-3 is the final score. Kuroda settles down, goes 7, D-Rob pitches the eight and K’s the side, and Mo gets the save, breaking two bats in the process.

  71. Alkaline says:

    Had to run out for a bit; did I miss anything pass 3-0?

  72. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Overbay’s defense has been …. disappointing.

  73. Get Phelps Up says:

    Goddammit Ben.

  74. Get Phelps Up says:

    Well technically Raul snapped the Orioles streak…

  75. Mickey Scheister says:

    At what point is he not considered “sure-handed”?

  76. vicki says:

    and with the first pick of the first round the kc chiefs select eric fisher, ot, central michigan.

    • trr says:

      wake me up when the Giants pick

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      If the Giants don’t take at least 1 Corner or 1 Line Backer on day one I’m going to be very disappointed.

      • vicki says:

        i don’t think jerry will take a corner in the first round. unless dj haden drops?

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          I honestly don’t know anything about this draft class, football has taken a backseat to school and baseball and just life in general, so I hardly watch College at all anymore…but Jerry in notorious for his “best available player” strategy, I hope he puts the team’s defensive needs above that mindset this year. The Giants secondary was brutal last season AND we’ve needed a new MLB since the year before Antonio Pearce retired.

      • trr says:

        well there is only 1 pick on day 1.
        I’m thinking OL

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Durr…I’m thinking when it was a two day event…rounds 1-3 on day one and 4-7 on day two…

          #I feel old

  77. Dalek Jeter says:

    Loverbay redeems himself!!

  78. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Damn Overbay, all is forgiven.

  79. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    OK Kyle, you’re forgiven.

  80. sangreal says:

    Overbay giveth, Overbay taketh

  81. dkidd says:

    i’m happy for royals fans. they’ve waited a long time to watch a decent team

  82. dkidd says:

    bryce harper is absurd

  83. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Waaaaaay too many HR’s!

  84. Dalek Jeter says:


  85. vicki says:

    brains is BACK.

  86. Get Phelps Up says:

    That would have been 2 runs if Russell Martin hit it. :)

  87. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:


  88. Tom says:

    Wow… he totally smoked that

  89. Eddard says:

    Frankie just can’t be stopped. He will never regress.

  90. flamingo says:

    Don’t you know #smallball is where it’s at, Yanks?

  91. Tom says:

    MLB Network reporting that the Yankees listed Chris Stewart as the catcher for the all star ballot.

    • flamingo says:

      Yup, I saw it last night.

      Otherwise, I don’t think I’d believe it.

    • Mickey Scheister says:

      They said Wells isn’t on the ballot at all! This game is their response.

      • Mattinglyfan03 says:

        They have to submit a ballot early in spring training. I’m sure the outfielders on the ballot are Gardner, Granderson and Ichiro and at the time they submitted those names, Wells wasn’t even a Yankee yet.

  92. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Yankees are undefeated this year when scoring at least 5 runs.

    I hope I didn’t just jinx that.

  93. Havok9120 says:

    I don’t think that that kid was at all related to the guy who caught the ball.

    Good for him.

  94. Mickey Scheister says:

    Nuney was safe!!!

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

    WTF Sterling?? I’m so tired of you, clown.

  96. Havok9120 says:

    Man. The MLB Network guys:

    “The Yankee catching corps is much improved over last season, when ‘Yankee catchers’ hit just .220.”

    Burn, Russel.

    Meanwhile, it appears that the original team All-Star ballot had Chris Stewart on it instead of Frankie. lolz

  97. Dalek Jeter says:

    I was just thinking I feel really bad for Loverbay once Tex comes back. For some reason I think he’s going to be the one to go, because Youk can play 3rd and 1st, they love Nix’s ability to play multiple positions poorly versatility, and Francisco can “play the outfield.” The only player with no versatility is Loverbay.

    • Havok9120 says:

      I could see it. But Tex comes back after Grandy, so ‘ole Benny will likely already be gone.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

        Maybe not. They may send Boesch down first, and keep platooning Hafner with Francisco, for no good reason.

        • trr says:

          Word is, francisco’s got nude pix of Nunez + Cashman, and is threatening to post ‘em if he gets cut

        • Havok9120 says:

          They may, but they aren’t actually idiots. Unless the guy starts to hit once in awhile or an injury makes the depth more important I can’t see him sticking. Or does Boesch’s contract make him far easier to send down?

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

            Boesch has options, Francisco would be DFA’d. I don’t think that’s the issue though.
            My thinking is they’d have 3 LH OF’s and really no role for Boesch. Whether they kept Francisco to platoon with Hafner wouldn’t really be affected by Granderson coming back (unless they decided to use Boesch for the RH DH role, but that would make the binder explode).

            • Havok9120 says:

              I just don’t think they’ll stick with him if he’s still “batting” like this by then. I can see it happening for just the reason you’re saying (though I think the options thing would weigh just as heavily in their thinking as their handedness), but I just can’t see them doing it if he’s batting under .050.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

                Oh I think they may replace him by then. I just think he’d be replaced in a separate move, either by calling someone up (Almonte?Musty?Adams?) or acquiring someone (less likely).

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      We probably helped resurrect his career. Don’t feel too bad.

  98. Dan in Athens says:

    I think Frankie read the chat today. Keep pissing him off. Seriously he has hit more homers in April than I expected for what I thought woould be the remainder of his Yankee career.

  99. jjyank says:

    Nix flashing that leather tonight.

  100. Mickey Scheister says:

    That scurvy fuck Bautista, his face pisses me off.

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

    Dalek, is that Feinsand joining the “Blowjob for Nixy” team??

  102. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:


  103. oldmanalex says:

    Anyone think Jose Bautista is kind of done doing his Barry Bonds impersonation. He might just start regression to his career norms.

  104. Tom says:

    Granderson would have had that standing up…..

    ….after it bounced 3 times.

  105. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Yanks are putting on a defensive clinic tonight.

  106. Havok9120 says:

    Gardy laying out for the greater glory of Prussia.

  107. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Nix is having himself a game.

  108. Kramerica Industries says:

    It is an interesting dynamic.

    My NFL and NHL loyalties are set, for instance, but if I had to choose, I’m rooting for the Giants and Rangers over the Jets and Islanders any day of the week.

  109. flamingo says:

    This game is so entertaining. Here’s Nix with another hit.

  110. Tom says:

    OK, I’m calling it… A Francisco bomb here.

  111. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Yankees, Giants, Devils, and I can’t give two fucks about basketball.

  112. Havok9120 says:

    Holy Christ. At least 200 IP for TWELVE STRAIGHT SEASONS??


  113. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Looks like I missed a couple of nice innings. Nice surprise to come home to.

    Mark Buerhle, you ass will forever belong to us.

  114. Havok9120 says:

    Alright Ben Fran. Bust a move.

    Do it for Prussia.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I know it’s Prussia, and I know Prussia and Russia are two completely diffrent countries, but every time you say “do it for Prussia, or win for Prussia” I can’t help but think of that terrible snickers commercial with Robin Williams “We win this for MOTHER RUSSIA!!!!!!!!!!!!”

      • Havok9120 says:

        I’ve never seen that. And I don’t really feel like I’m missing out too much.

        It still makes me sad that Russia still owns East Prussia. I want Königsburg back on the map.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Now what I want to know is why autocorrect felt the need to change Königsberg to Königsburg. Both are real places, but one is an abandoned hill castle in the middle of nowhere and one was/is a major city.

  115. Mickey Scheister says:

    .074 BA in nearly 30 ABs…ouch. At what point does this non-outfield playing outfielder get the DFA?! There has to be someone on the 40 man that can at least bat .220. This is brutal.

  116. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    That’ll do just fine, HIROK, all things considered.

  117. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:


    About the $189M plan.
    Seems more speculation than fact though.
    And Passan doesn’t appear to understand how AAV is calculated.

    • Havok9120 says:

      My quick skim counted two quotes, only one of which was from anyone ID’d as directly associated with the team and he’s just a “Yankees official.”

      There’s nothing to see here.

  118. teddy says:

    assuming they couldn’t pinch hit hafner there because youk hurt

  119. Havok9120 says:

    I gotta say. The starters have come through on their end of the deal to this point.

    And, dear God, thank You for John Smoltz being sick. That’s the last thing I need to ruin my great day.

  120. Stratman9652 says:

    The idea that 10-15 home runs could actually be obtainable for Cervelli is kinda awesome considering I didn’t expect him to hit more than 5. Watching his swing it seems like he is using his lower body a little bit more.

    He used to start with each foot on the front and back line of the batters box and almost no kick and when he did hit the ball he had no balance and no torque. It looks he brought them a bit closer together underneath himself with a little bigger kick and is actually hitting ball with authority.

  121. Yankees Sans Francisco says:

    Just tuned in. Look at that, all our runs by the long ball. TOO MANY HOMERUNS!!!!!

  122. vicki says:

    jets are on the clock.

  123. Havok9120 says:

    Meanwhile, Joba, don’t do that. We need you.

  124. vicki says:

    jobba jobba hey.

    i’m distracted; what sayeth the gun?

  125. Tom says:

    Nice work by Joba… that was a key batter with Bautista and Ecarnacion due up.

    He looks like he’s starting to settle in. He also seems to be trusting his fastball a bit more and is not so slider/curve heavy on the mix.

  126. vicki says:

    and with the 9th pick of the first round the ny jets select dee milliner, cb, alabama.

    not bad.

  127. Winter says:


  128. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Run, Brett, run.

  129. Tom says:

    So when exactly did Hafner get hurt?

  130. Dalek Jeter says:

    wait I stepped away for one minute, Literally 1 minute, what happened?

    • Roadgeek Adam says:

      Francisco bunted.

      Lawrie nearly got him, was ruled out by Fairchild.

      Umps got together, reversed the call.

      Gibbons has been ejected.

    • Tom says:

      They huddled and ruled he trapped the ball on the ground and didn’t catch it cleanly.

      (It also looked like he beat the throw anyway)

  131. YankeesJunkie says:

    Good call!!! Also Francisco’s average is doubled up and Gibbons fighting make this perfect.

  132. Eddard says:

    The designated bunter. That should be Francisco’s last at bat as a Yankee.

  133. Havok9120 says:

    The HELL you say. The throw didn’t beat him AND he didn’t catch it.

  134. Eddard says:

    Francisco got a hit! He has done something productive!

  135. Alkaline says:


  136. Wheels says:

    Any way you slice it, he was safe.

  137. WhittakerWalt says:

    I can’t believe I’m actually seeing umpires going out of their way to get a call right.

  138. Dalek Jeter says:

    Welp…that’ll get you another 2 weeks of AB’s Francisco. And I know Cano wound up going yard when it was 1st and 2nd one out and Francisco popped out, but if he can bunt why didn’t he in that situation before?

  139. Havok9120 says:

    Wow. That was pretty awesome for them to do. I mean, it’s clear the other umps had a better view so it makes sense for them to do. It’d be pretty great if they make a habit of this.

    Bye, bye John.

  140. Eddard says:

    I agree with Gibbons, they pick and choose which calls they overturn. Either overturn them all or overturn none. I said the same thing when it worked against us.

  141. SeventhAce says:


  142. vicki says:


  143. Mickey Scheister says:

    Is anyone else’s YES MLB.tv feed jacked up?

  144. Dalek Jeter says:

    For anybody that missed the chat this afternoon, http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....-all-time/

    Coolest baseball gif. Ever.

  145. Dalek Jeter says:

    Now…I love the Cap’n, and I’m not saying that it would’ve been…but there’s a good chance that just that play is a pasta diving single.

  146. Mouse says:

    Put a pair of glass on Ben Francisco and he looks exactly like Erkel.

  147. Dalek Jeter says:

    Note to Michael Kay, literally every human being would “test positive for testosterone.”

  148. Yankees Sans Francisco says:

    Way to be D-Rob

  149. Havok9120 says:

    Uh oh. MLBN’s guy just called Yank’s fans “spoiled.” I’m sure that won’t cause any problems.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      We are spoiled. Some of us act that way, others don’t.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Oh, of course we are. There’s just a very large population of us that refuse to admit it and get…grumpy whenever that fact gets pointed out to them.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Note to that “very large population,” refusing to admit your spoiled is one sign that you’re acting spoiled.

  150. Eddard says:

    Impressive work by Robertson against their best hitters.

  151. Havok9120 says:

    Well done Ich.

  152. Havok9120 says:

    Alright. Wrap this up Sandman.

    Für Mo, König, und Preußen!

  153. Mickey Scheister says:

    Three pitches. Same exact spot, 2-1. C’mon man!

  154. Dalek Jeter says:

    Mo. I love you man.

  155. Yankees Sans Francisco says:

    Yeaaaaah suck it Lawrie

  156. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:


  157. Darren says:

    Did Mo gain weight?

    • Havok9120 says:

      Yeah. He went from the 178 he entered the league to his 181 career average to 184. He’s packing them on.

      • Darren says:

        I didn’t say he gained a lot, but he’s gained a few since last year, right? Was he really 178 when he started? I thought he was like 165

  158. Commenter from the Future says:


  159. jjyank says:

    Ah, great game. Mo is such a pleasure to watch.

  160. Mickey Scheister says:

    Fitting fashion, striking out that scurvy fuck Lawrie! MO!

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

    Does Cervelli’s chest protector say “Cervi” on it?

  162. Get Phelps Up says:


  163. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Reports of Yankee demise were greatly exaggerated. Great win.

  164. Mickey Scheister says:

    The games seem shorter without all the big name guys in the line-up.

  165. Eddard says:

    That was a nice W. I knew coming back home would right the ship. I think they can take 3/4 in the series, and 7/10 on the home stand.

  166. Dalek Jeter says:


    • Commenter from the Future says:

      I can’t. I fear for what you’ll do to Jon Niese to stop it.

      I’ve said too much. Goodbye forever.

      Thank you, sweet vicki. I will never forget you.

  167. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    This was a fun little three run comeback.

  168. Havok9120 says:

    To give credit to MLBN, they just did a 2 minute impromtu Mo-fest after he crushed the Jays that inning.

  169. Commenter from the Future says:

    Goodbye, my friends. Back to the year 2029 I go.

    The evil Eddard has been stopped. Throw him a hover parade…………..

  170. PFOJ says:

    I definitely was not giving them much chance down 3-0 to a lefty. Great win. Also, Mo was filthy tonight. Best he’s looked since The Incident.

  171. trr says:

    Giants select Justin Pugh

  172. trr says:

    Hope it’s not Peee-heeeew

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