Game Nine: Back to the Bronx

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

First, the good news: the Yankees are back home in the Bronx to open a three-game weekend series with the sudden division rival Orioles, who just took two of three from the Red Sox in Fenway Park. They used both Darren O’Day and Jim Johnson in each of the last two days, so the back-end of Baltimore’s bullpen might be a little short the next day or two.

Now, the bad news: the weather still sucks. After having the last two games against the Indians rained out, the Yankees are back home and are staring at another potential rain-interrupted game. It’s been raining on-and-off all day in New York, with most of the heavy stuff coming this morning. The forecast calls for another shower tonight and maybe possibly a playable window later on. Getting a little sick of this weather nonsense.

Also, some more bad news: right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will be on the mound for the Orioles. Between the regular season and postseason last year, he held the Yankees to four runs in 20.2 innings (1.74 ERA) with 24 strikeouts and just one freaking walk across three starts. Goodness. I guess it’s good nearly the entire lineup looks different right now than it did last year. Here’s the starting line…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. 3B Kevin Youkilis
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. LF Vernon Wells
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. SS Eduardo Nunez
  8. 1B Lyle Overbay
  9. C Frankie Cervelli

And on the mound is the would-be 2000 Olympian, CC Sabathia. He was called up to the big leagues and had to be removed from the Olympic roster. USA won the gold anyway.

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on My9. Yep, the first My9 game of the season. Obviously the rain may change things. If they do play, and I really hope they do, enjoy the game.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Havok9120 says:

    Isn’t the meme that My9 games cause rainouts?

    Reverse-lock it is!

  2. LarryM Fl says:

    More contact hitters who are selective. So may be we can change Miquel’s good fortune.

  3. flamingo says:

    Sterling just said that Suzyn will come back with the lineups “dressed as the most beautiful West Point cadet you’ve ever seen.”

  4. Pat D says:

    So 42 is worth seeing. It’s not great, kind of a standard Hollywood biopic, but the performances are good. It’s also interesting to see how some of the other Dodgers react to Robinson as the season goes along more so than anything else.

    I’d try to start a Harrison Ford Oscar campaign, but that’s an utterly futile task, so I won’t bother.

  5. Eddard says:

    CC looks like he’s locked in early. If the bats can put a few runs on the board CC will take us home.

  6. teddy says:

    i think cc plus fastball is gone, but he can still be very good high 8o’s to 9o

    • Mike HC says:

      While you are probably right, I’m giving him to June-July to really make any definitive statements about velocity being gone for good.

  7. Vern Sneaker says:

    CC looks sharp!

  8. Mike HC says:

    Just assumed this game would be delayed with the bad weather luck we have gotten, I missed the start of the game. CC must have breezed through that first inning.

  9. Chilango says:

    See if Gardner can run on Wieters

  10. Vern Sneaker says:

    I’d like to see a reply showing Cano going down the line. Didn’t look like he was running all out at the end, but I cN’t be sure

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      Quick hands, the ball was placed and played perfectly for a DP especially for a mediocre runner like Cano.

  11. YankeesJunkie says:

    Youkilis could be a one year Damon which would be pretty awesome.

  12. The Real Greg says:

    I do not believe that would have scored Gardner.

  13. Dalek Jeter says:

    So, is Chris Davis for real? Or does everybody concur that it’s only a matter of time until he falls off a cliff?

  14. TomH says:

    The O’s, not a bad team. The common opinion–probably correct–that they will not repeat their record in close game wins doesn’t take into account that they may just naturally improve with a year’s additional seasoning. Moreover, they’ve got a first-rate manager.

    • Havok9120 says:

      I agree that people are too pessimistic about their chances of natural improvement.

      But even if they “naturally” improve by 5-6 wins that’d still leave a heck of a gap with what happened last year unless they can repeat that preposterous record in close games or something very near it.

  15. Anderson Silva says:

    those 89mph fastballs down the middle are going to be hit very hard more often than not

  16. Eddard says:

    Sam Pearce is back! And he hasn’t improved one bit.

  17. Dalek Jeter says:

    “CC’s purposly holding back V-Lo early in the season so he doesn’t get tired later in the season, I’m sure that’s what he’s thinking”-Suzyn Waldman


  18. YankeesJunkie says:

    CC’s stuff not as good as last time out, but his command seems to be improved.

  19. OldYanksFan says:

    I love to watch Robbie hit…
    by WHY THE FUCK does he swing on the first pitch (which wasn’t so good) just after a 5 pitch walk, with one of the leagues fastest men on 1st Base?

    This is why a big contract to Robbie scares me.
    He is a great talent but never plays smart.
    As soon as his bat speed goes, he will be an average hitter.

    • TomH says:

      You are probably correct. It’s too much to expect him to be the kind of student of hitting that, say, Williams was. But if only he could think about it like Pinella or Tony Gwynn.

  20. SeventhAce says:

    This is not pleasant weather to pitch in, especially for someone like CC who prefers the warm weather.

  21. Chilango says:

    CC is mixing his pitches nicely, which he better keep doing because his fastball seems to have deserted him this year.

  22. Laz says:

    At least we dont have Pearce at DH.

  23. YankeesJunkie says:

    The ball is not carrying at all tonight

  24. SeventhAce says:

    FUCK U Os, FUCK U.

  25. Eddard says:

    Oh no, not again. Why Nuney?

  26. Mike HC says:


  27. Dalek Jeter says:

    …FUCK! Does it look as bad as Suzyn and John are making it?

  28. BigBlueAL says:

    Nunez with some tough luck this season.

  29. Pat D says:

    Oh, this looks good.

    An, no, Gary Thorn, this doesn’t have anything to do with Nick Markakis getting hit last year. Even your color guy says you’re wrong.

  30. ahh says:

    Nunie didn’t charge to the pitchers mound, what a classy fella.

  31. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nunez moved into the pitch.

    Opened on the ball coming in.

  32. Eddard says:

    He’s going to stay in the ballgame! Any other ballplayer would have come out of the game. Nuney is setting an example for the rest of the team.

  33. Dalek Jeter says:

    God damnit. Time for the Jayson Nix show.

  34. vicki says:

    ah, great. all the jayson nix you can eat. get well soon, nuni.

  35. hogsmog says:

    Ahhh how bad did it look?

  36. Pasta says:

    If i am the other team i try to hit nunez too. Cc needs to take a head now

  37. SeventhAce says:

    Fuck, now we get Nix…. Fuckin’ Os.

  38. SeventhAce says:

    C’mon boys, run the train on Gonzalez.

  39. Pasta says:

    Yankees will send out the bat er jeter signal after the game.

  40. Dalek Jeter says:

    Target field has heaters. Underneath the field. So it doesn’t snow on the field. Why didn’t they just build a dome?!

  41. vicki says:

    the wind wears pinstripes tonight.

  42. Anderson Silva says:

    why?? what a dumb play

  43. Dalek Jeter says:

    Youk…come on man…I was just starting to root for you too!

  44. Chilango says:

    Oh fuck, what was that?

  45. Pasta says:

    Mlb should make a rule all new stadiums have to have retractable roofs.

  46. Eddard says:

    Don’t know what Youk was thinking trying to go to 2nd but with one swing he collected more clutch hits vs the Os than ARod has all postseason last year. That’s why I want Youk to be the starting 3rd baseman for us all season.

  47. Anderson Silva says:

    I`m really liking Youk and Hafner so far.. great additions

  48. SeventhAce says:


  49. Anderson Silva says:

    fucking cold weather, I thought that was gone

  50. Chilango says:

    Woulda shoulda coulda been out

  51. Eddard says:

    That should have been gone. It would have won the ballgame, too.

    • forensic says:

      I wish they would stop playing these 3 inning games.

      I know people think games are too long now, but that’s just taking it too far.

      • Eddard says:

        They’re not getting 3 more runs off CC, not the way he’s pitching. They might not even get 1 more run. Just struck out the side, the heart of their order.

        • Havok9120 says:

          It’s like every game you watch is the first one you’ve ever seen. Like a person with anterograde amnesia. That would even explain your heartfelt adoration and confidence in such random players.

          It’s charming, really.

  52. Dalek Jeter says:

    Sigh…Ichiro looks terrible so far.

  53. Eddard says:

    Put Boesch in there. Give him a shot. Ichiro just doesn’t have it anymore.

  54. Dalek Jeter says:

    Real quality AB’s from the bottom of the line up. I hate to sound dour/trollish…but the Ichiro signing looks worse and worse everyday, and it’s not like Jayson Nix is even Derek Jeter out their defensively. I really think A. Boesch should get a chance out in RF for a few weeks and B. we should look for an upgrade for a BUIF if that search isn’t currently happening.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Too early for such an upgrade I think. It’s not as if the team was married to Nix before the season, there just wasn’t anything all that much better available by the time the dust settled.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        “It’s not as if the team was married to Nix before the season…”

        I disagree Havok. It seems that Joe G has some sort of affinity for both him and Stewart.

        • forensic says:

          I also disagree with Havok on that. I think they knew from the start that he would make the team. I think that’s the only reason he agreed to the minor league contract or being assigned to the minors or whatever it technically was when they removed him from the 40-man.

          I’m betting they told him if you do this to give us an extra spot for ST, we’ll definitely add you again for the season.

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            That’s definitely true, because I can see him catching on for at least a utility role on a lesser team like the Twins or Mariners, but he was probably told that if you take the minor league assignment then you will be added to the 25 man come opening day.

        • Havok9120 says:

          I’ve no doubt that Girardi will use him if he’s on the roster, but everything we hear (which, I grant you, isn’t much to begin with) tells us that Girardi actually has very little input about who’s on that roster in the first place. What’s more I’m speaking in more general terms, as in I think they were quite willing to sign someone other than (or in addition to) Nix in the first place.

          There just weren’t many options that didn’t have better deals on the table from other teams.

    • TomH says:

      I hate to sound dour/trollish…but the Ichiro signing looks worse and worse everyday….

      I don’t know about its sounding “dour,” but I’ll be damned if I can understand how anyone but a natural-born Pollyanna could call it “trollish.”

  55. Vern Sneaker says:

    Got to love CC’s stuff tonite.

  56. Eddard says:

    Anybody who thinks the Os are going to score 3 more runs off CC just isn’t watching the game. He is manhandling them. It’s a thing of beauty. Just wish that Wells hit to the warning track would have carried out because it would have won the ballgame. 5 Ks in a row!

  57. Vern Sneaker says:

    60 pitches, 47 strikes.

  58. Kramerica Industries says:

    Finally made it in tonight. That took way too long.

  59. vicki says:

    you poor bastards are missing paulie talk about the guy taking his daughter to the prom.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      I remember high school and the prom season.

      It makes me so glad that I didn’t bother with it.

  60. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    The live fangraphs metrics have CC at a negative 0.07 FIP. That’s neat.

  61. SeventhAce says:

    I know how hitters have to be on their toes…. but I thirst for Gonzalez’s blood. I want to smack him with his cleats…

  62. vicki says:

    i love aj ellis.

  63. teddy says:

    gardner walks twice and you hit him bunt

  64. Eddard says:

    What an AB there by Cervelli. He got thrown at and knocked down but he battled and battled and worked the walk. Now drive him in.

  65. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ribbies for Robbie!!

  66. Kramerica Industries says:

    Robbie finally started hitting. Amazing what it does to a lineup.

  67. OldYanksFan says:

    Mike has a new post up….
    Basically, X-Rays on Nuney were NEGATIVE.
    Nothing broken.
    He is day-to-day, although I would think he will be out 2 or 3 days anyway.

  68. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Robinson Cayes.

  69. Vern Sneaker says:

    Sweet swing, Robbie!

  70. Dalek Jeter says:

    Damn. Youk looks really, really good to start the season.

  71. SeventhAce says:

    Now we wonder if that bunt from GGBG was needed?

  72. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Really, Pronk?

  73. OldYanksFan says:

    Brains with a BIG walk!
    The Yankees led baseball many years over the last 15 in BBs.
    I think that is REALLY important.
    So far, this year, they are toward the bottom.
    A bad sign.
    Ichiro, Cano and Overbay all like to swing the bat… regardless of where the pitch is.

  74. Anderson Silva says:

    very disappointing ABs by Hafner and Wells.. not good there

  75. JLC 776 says:

    I liked the successful ‘swing at the first pitch’ party!

  76. Eddard says:

    That walk by Cervelli is what got it all started. He battled and battled even after getting thrown at right by his head. That run might be all CC needs. Robertson and Mo are well rested if needed.

  77. OldYanksFan says:

    Meanwhile, Bryce just hit his 5th HR and sports the following line.
    0.421 / 0.463 / 0.842 / 1.305
    I don’t say this lightly, as I worship Mantle.
    But this kid is the Second Coming.

  78. Dalek Jeter says:

    Damn…CC’s pitch count is great! I was hoping to get both Robertson and Mo in this game for fantasy purposes…now it looks like the ball is going right from CC to Mo.

  79. Kramerica Industries says:

    Excellent play by C.C.

    But, damn, get the damn ball magnetism off you.

  80. BigBlueAL says:

    MASN has CC throwing only 88-90 but he sure seems to have alot more life on his fastball than in his first 2 starts.

  81. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Damn, it’s too bad CC isn’t an ace.

    I’d love it if we could get an ace who pitched like this.

  82. Vern Sneaker says:

    For a guy who can’t hit, Nix sure swings a lot. He’s waked only 39 times in his last 674 plate appearances. That’s a bad joke.

  83. Vern Sneaker says:

    *walked* (maybe waked is more accurate)

  84. wheels says:

    Nunez’s hand isn’t broken, good news.

  85. SeventhAce says:

    Fuckin’ UMP.

  86. Kramerica Industries says:

    I will never understand balks.

  87. teddy says:

    this is going well

  88. SeventhAce says:

    I wanna pitchfork Davis, fucker had the whole “yea yea fuck you guys” look as he walked away.

  89. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yep, there it goes.


  90. SeventhAce says:

    Yankees 2, Baltimore 1, UMPs 1

  91. teddy says:

    pathetic baseball

  92. Dalek Jeter says:

    So it’s Yankees: 2, Orioles: 1, Umps: 1 w/ the way they’re talking about the balk on the radio?

  93. BigBlueAL says:

    Typical Orioles late inning magic. Tie the game thanks to an error and a balk and now with a chance to take the lead thanks to a botched DP.

  94. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Cano should have tagged second to get the lead runner.

  95. JLC 776 says:


  96. Pat D says:

    Fucking balk call.

    Fucking high throws from CC.

  97. Vern Sneaker says:

    Baseball will make u crazy.

  98. Eddard says:

    That 1st base ump should be fired tomorrow for not knowing the rules. We’ve seen this time and time again from Jerry Meals and that ump in the Tampa-Texas game calling a phantom 3rd strike. Nothing ever happens to these guys.

  99. Pasta says:

    The balk changed the game

  100. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Not sure why everyone’s so pissed at the umps. The balk probably didn’t make a difference in the end, plus it was probably a balk anyway. Yanks just need to get it back now.

    • wheels says:

      It wasn’t a balk.

    • Pat D says:

      Wieters isn’t on second to score on a single without the balk, so, yea, it did make a fucking difference.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

        Fallacy of the predetermined outcome and everything, but if the rest of the inning had played out the same, Wieters would have scored. I was mostly objecting to people saying Yanks 2, Orioles 1, Umps 1, because that’s not really true.

    • JLC 776 says:

      I don’t think that run scores without the balk. But I do agree, Yanks need to just focus on winning!

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

        It’s impossible to say what would have happened, but it’s kind of hard to argue that the run *wouldn’t* have scored without the balk, which seems to be what several people were suggesting.

    • SeventhAce says:

      Yeah we really shouldn’t be pissed off at umps for not doing their jobs. Wait whaaaaaaat?

      Next time the cops give you a ticket for something you never did, you should thank them!

      • Barry says:

        Last time they did that to me it cost me 3500 and 6 months of probation. Thank you PA for signing away my right to a jury trial and sticking me with an asshole judge and a bench trial. No evidence? Too bad, take the plea deal and give us money and then we’ll expunge the whole thing.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

        I get as pissed off about bad umping as the next guy, and I would far prefer robot umps, I just don’t think that was a particularly bad example. I don’t know enough about the intricacies of balks to know whether it was definitely the right call, but both Wieters and the first base coach reacted immediately. And what happened the rest of the inning was enough to get that run scored anyway.

        • SeventhAce says:

          Actually Wieters reacted to the UMP calling the balk followed by the first base coach parroting the two.

          Trust me if you sat Wieters down and asked him what constitutes a true balk, he would be dumbfounded and struggling. What Wieters did there was to help his own team as much as possible, which was stupid considering the umpire’s bad call was going to stand regardless if Wieters and co. reacted that way or not.

          It was a bad call and we’ll just have to live with it. But fuck am I going to sit here and just say “UMPS know best”. CC touches his fucking pants all the fucking time, I could be wrong but this is the first time it has been called a balk.

    • Chilango says:

      the non-balk made a big difference

    • Tom says:

      Following online – was CC getting squeezed this inning?

      Brooks had two pitches to Markakis (on the inside) inside the actual zone – were they high? And the first pitch to Machado looked like it was also in the zone (not even on the edge)

      Nevermind – the umpire was apparently just setting things up for the dramatic – can’t wait to see this video to MLB.com

  101. Eddard says:

    Cervelli did it again, he’s the table setter tonight. Now bunt him over and drive him in.

  102. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Brains with some really good ABs tonight. Love it.

  103. Slu says:

    Cervelli has been really solid this year. So far, I don’t miss Martin at all.

  104. Barry says:

    MY9 games suck. I don’t get them on directtv. They should just all be on YES.

  105. Kramerica Industries says:

    At least they got some walks against Miguel Gonzalez this time. The guy really pisses me off, with his inexplicable dominance.

  106. SeventhAce says:

    LOL Cerve educating the ump.

  107. Barry says:

    According to Yahoo we need Hafnerto come throgh here.

  108. SDB says:

    Charge the mound! Oh, wait…

  109. teddy says:

    giadri is a awful manager

  110. Eddard says:

    And once again it comes down to Vernon Wells against our old friend Strop. Don’t even lift the bat off your shoulders, Vernon, and he’ll walk you.

  111. Eddard says:


  112. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    See, told you guys. Nothing to worry about with that balk. Everything’s cool.

  113. Kramerica Industries says:


  114. wheels says:


  115. adam jones' bubble says:

    Swish with the walkoff single…nice

  116. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:


  117. Mike HC says:

    We’ll take it.

  118. Slu says:

    Hit it hard, and good things happen.

  119. Chilango says:

    instant karma

  120. DERP says:

    Is the lead big enough for us to start throwing at heads?

  121. SeventhAce says:

    LOL Jones sure feels like an ass out there right now.

  122. vicki says:


  123. Slu says:

    Nice arm.

  124. Kramerica Industries says:

    Settle down, C.C.

  125. BigBlueAL says:

    So where is DRob??

  126. The Real Greg says:

    Why CC? Why?

  127. Pasta says:

    Seroious why is cc still out there?

  128. wheels says:

    Is Robertson even warming up?

  129. Pasta says:

    What is girardi doing

  130. Kramerica Industries says:

    Triple play!

  131. Eddard says:

    TRIPLE PLAY!!!!!!!!!!! OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!

  132. Slu says:


  133. WhittakerWalt says:

    Did that really happen?

  134. Chilango says:

    oh my,,,

  135. wheels says:

    HOLY SHIT!!!!

  136. vicki says:

    enjoy your night all over sports center, gents.

  137. Pasta says:

    Triple play !!!!!!

  138. trr says:

    Triple Play!!!

  139. Hall and Nokes says:

    RIP Oriole Magic 2012-2012

  140. Pat D says:

    Jayson Nix!!!

  141. Eddard says:

    And we thought that out on the bases by Youk was bad, the Os just ran into a triple play. Great job throwing it to 3rd instead of going to 1st.

  142. Preston says:


  143. Vern Sneaker says:

    WOW! WOW! WOW!

  144. BigBlueAL says:

    That’ll work. Watching that replay dunno how the hell Cano caught that throw from Overbay and applied the tag. Great play.

  145. Taintstick says:

    What a snag by Cano!

  146. wheels says:

    Stupid My9 cutting right to commercial after the triple play.

  147. trr says:

    If a double play is the pitcher’s best friend, is a triple play his dream blowjob?

  148. OldYanksFan says:

    Very heads up play by Nix there to get the runner going to 3rd.

  149. Kramerica Industries says:

    Machado is a fucking moron.

  150. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yay for Nick Johnson managing to show up on the highlights.

  151. DERP says:

    LOL at CC yelling ‘Fuck yes’ over and over again.

  152. Havok9120 says:

    “M Machado grounded into triple play, second to shortstop to third to shortstop to third to first to second.”


    • vicki says:

      rundowns. awesome rundowns.

    • Tom says:

      I’m with you… waiting for it to be uploaded on MLB.com

    • Eddard says:

      That’s how it went down. The ball was hit to Robbie on one hop, he flipped it to Nix at 2nd. Nix saw the runner at 2nd hung up so he threw it to Youk, Youk threw it back to Nix, Nix to Youk and Youk chased the runner down. Then Youk saw the runner at 1st running off the bag so he threw to Overbay, Overbay to Cano at 2nd to get the 3rd out.

  153. Frank says:

    Great heads up play by Nix and incredible throw by Overbay and catch by Cano.

  154. Frank1979 says:

    Wow, that was crazy!

  155. vicki says:

    i think i remember that last triple play was dallas braden “get the fuck off my mound” night.

  156. Vern Sneaker says:

    That was so cool. I’m still grinning ear to ear.

  157. DERP says:


    lol he was blowing a bubble

  158. DERP says:

    If Cano gets up he is taking Hunter deep

  159. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh, hello, Mo.

  160. The Real Greg says:

    Time for the old man to roast some bird

  161. vicki says:

    piece of cake.

    and the streak is at four.

  162. wheels says:

    Nice win. Keep the momentum rolling

  163. Pat D says:

    Ain’t no grave…

  164. Eddard says:

    What a win. 4 in a row. I really think those Cervelli walks are what set the table for those go ahead runs. That guy knows how to work a count.

  165. Adam says:

    Was anyone listening to the radio feed? I can’t even fathom Sterling’s call of the triple play.

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