Apr
04

Game Three: Baby Steps

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(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The first two games of the season have not gone according to plan, to say the least. The Yankees have been outplayed by the Red Sox in pretty much every facet of the game (hitting, pitching, defense) and are a well-deserved 0-2 to start the year. Things could always be worse, I guess.

For the sake of lowering expectations, there are two things I would like to see the Yankees do in tonight’s series finale against Boston. One, it would be cool if they weren’t done four runs after two innings. That one seems simple enough, yet they were unable to do it Monday or Wednesday. Two, it would be even cooler if they actually held a lead at some point. Remember, they didn’t hold a single lead in the ALCS last year, so you have to go back to Game Five of the ALDS for the last time the Yankees had more runs than their opponent.

If they do one of those two things, I guess I’ll be happy. If they do both, then I’ll be even happier. If they do all that and manage to win … well, I don’t want to get greedy now. Here’s the slightly shaken-up lineup…

  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. 1B Lyle Overbay SS Eduardo Nunez
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez 1B Lyle Overbay
  9. C Frankie Cervelli

And on the mound for his first April start since 2010, left-hander Andy Pettitte.

It’s cold once again in New York, but it’s not as brutally freezing as it was last night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and the game can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Try to enjoy.

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425 Comments»

  1. Time for the new guys to buck up. I have faith they’ll do stuff tonight. 5-2 win maybe?

  2. forensic says:

    Not at all shocking that it took all of one game for the lefties at the top of the order to drive Girardi nuts and start messing with stuff already.

    And it’s also nice to see that there is absolutely no plan in place for the catchers, other than blindly swapping them every game no matter what. I’m sure that’ll really help one of them hit moderately well. Game 1, Cervelli gets a hit so he immediately sits game 2 despite having experience and success against Buchholz while Stewart has never faced him. Now game 3, Cervelli has never seen Dempster while Stewart at least has. Now, far be for me to ask for Stewart to start any game, but at least use something other than every other day to make damn decisions.

  3. Winter says:

    I can understand batting Cano second, but not with Cervelli batting ninth. Put Nunez ninth as a “second leadoff hitter” (god know how much everyone loves those), or Ichiro or something. I just don’t like the idea of the hitter batting two spots above our best (and only elite) hitter being a complete no-show at the plate.

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

      2010-2012
      Ichiro .699 OPS, 93 wRC+
      Nunez .701 OPS, 88 wRC+
      Cervelli .702 OPS, 93 wRC+

      Granted Ichiro is significantly better vs. RHP, but that would be a reason to try to get him more AB’s, not less.

  4. jjyank says:

    Hm, not sure how I feel about Cano in the two slot. Let’s see how it goes.

  5. Adam says:

    Can Big Show bat cleanup?

  6. jjyank says:

    Whoa, new MLB.TV interface for the season. I didn’t see it last night, so this may not be new to some of you. I like it. I don’t have to scroll down the list of games to find the team marked as my “favorite” anymore. Yay progress.

    • Winter says:

      Maybe I’m just remembering it wrong (or used to the new one from watching spring training), but in what way is the interface different? I don’t notice any change.

      Again, I may just be used to the new one.

      • jjyank says:

        It’s different for spring training. Maybe it’s the xbox app that’s different, because that’s what I use. I logged on and there was an update to download, and then it was different.

        Basically it used to just have all the games listed on a horizontal line, and I had to scroll through to click one. Now it defaults the Yankee game to a window about 1/4 of the screen and has additional info on the sides, like news, highlights, schedules, and lists of other games. I can just click the window of the Yankee game to full screen it. Much better layout.

  7. valgoth says:

    or chokeslam a redsox player

  8. YankeesJunkie says:

    Seeing the day where Travis Hafner hitting clean up is just scary. Tex, Granderson, and Jeter please come back soon! However, Pettitte locks down the Sox tonight and the Yanks win.

  9. YankeesJunkie says:

    True fact, I was not capable of watching games for the second half of the season so I did get memorized by his performance.

  10. Pat D says:

    RIP Roger Ebert.

  11. Ruby Rich says:

    I like Cano hitting 2nd in this lineup. Might as well get him as many AB’s as possible because nobody in front of him will ever get on base anyway.

    Gardner
    Cano
    Youk
    Hafner
    Wells
    Overbay
    Cervelli
    Ichiro
    Nunez

  12. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    That picture of Joba and Big Show is awesome.

  13. jjyank says:

    Just thinking about the lineup, I think I’d rather have Hafner hit behind Cano against RHP.

  14. Pat D says:

    Don’t know if I’m a fan of the lineup tinkering. Hitting Ichiro 6th is like saying you don’t expect him to do anything.

  15. Pat D says:

    Gotta love the schedule, too. Night game today. 1:00 game in Detroit tomorrow.

  16. cheddar says:

    Looks like Big Show is getting shorter, the same way his father Andre did.

  17. mrdbag says:

    Great, another game with a half empty stadium. Sigh.

  18. Pat D says:

    I just want to share this story. My college advisor is a big Red Sox fan. I had a meeting with him on Tuesday. He said that he watched the game on ESPN Monday and he thought they made way too big a deal of Bradley. He agreed that Bradley did nothing special and it reeked of bias.

    Just thought I’d share that.

  19. Mike HC says:

    You just know Pettitte is going to stop the bleeding tonight. We have seen him do it over and over again.

  20. Pat D says:

    Victorino is really annoying me. The fact that he’s the only guy I know of who sports the two-flap helmet doesn’t help.

    It always amused me that my favorite player Dave Winfield was the last guy who got to wear a no-flap helmet.

  21. YankeesJunkie says:

    The Yankees strength this year, especially with Granderson being back is going to be the OF defense in their capabilities to grab flyballs and may be especially beneficial to Hughes.

  22. Mike HC says:

    Swisher would have caught that too, but it would have ended with him tripping and then gracefully playing it off into a roll.

  23. Crespo says:

    Wow.

  24. Anderson Silva says:

    thanks Victorino

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

    That was ….ummmm….interesting.

  26. Mike HC says:

    And Cervelli got a nice elbow to the throat in for good measure as well.

  27. Eddard says:

    And that’s the type of energy and hustle that we need from our C. Frankie should be playing 80% of the games.

    • Slugger27 says:

      he probably will. everyone here acts like theres been a quote saying he wont be the primary catcher. if there is, i havent seen it.

    • Ron Hassey says:

      Hustle? He almost got caught dogging it picking up his passed ball. He’s lucky if anything.

  28. Pat D says:

    Cervelli giveth and taketh.

  29. jjyank says:

    Wow. Was not expecting that to happen. Boo, Cervelli, yay Cervelli!

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

    Nice Cervy, you even mannaged to hit that punk in the face.
    That ball you let pass… not nice.

  31. Mike HC says:

    It caught everyone napping because it would such a shockingly stupid attempt.

  32. Eddard says:

    If they can’t hit Dumpster we might as well forfeit the rest of the games until the injured stars return. This is a prime chance to turn things around against a bad pitcher.

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

      Yeah, I cannot think of a worse pitcher than Dempster… Oh wait I got one; DAVID PHELPS.

  33. Winter says:

    Heads up, Overbay and Nunez are flipped compared to Mike’s lineup.

  34. Mike HC says:

    Here we go … can’t help but feel this our game

  35. Eddard says:

    Finally Gardner gets on. Now let him fly, Joe. Don’t sit back and wait for the 3 run HR.

  36. YankeesJunkie says:

    Did Robinson Cano really start from the bottom? How will (should) this effect his contract? Who actually thinks I am serious? Who gets my joke? Who cares?

  37. jjyank says:

    What did I miss? Since when does Cano get shifted like that?

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

    Don’t think that’s CODY Ross, Michael.

  39. Pat D says:

    Sigh.

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

    YAY!! Free outs!!

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

      With one of the best hitters on earth at the plate!!

      • Winter says:

        I dunno, given how the last two games have been somewhat lackluster offensively, I don’t mind trying to jumpstart the scoring. Sucks that he was thrown out, but he’s one of the fastest runners in the league (possibly the fastest) and I don’t mind sending him.

  41. BrienTaylorsRookieCard says:

    double sigh

  42. Mike HC says:

    Middlebrooks has range all the way to rightfield! He is going to break UZR!

  43. Pistol pete says:

    Gardner flatfooted and Cano won’t go the other way so now we have 2 outs and nobody on, great.

  44. WhittakerWalt says:

    I have a sinking feeling Robbie’s going to spend the entire season just getting himself out. When did he become pull-happy?

  45. Athenian says:

    Always fascinated that players like Cano who are considered great hitters, can’t adjust to a shift.

    On the bright side, we are at least seeing consistency in the team.

    • Freddy's Dead says:

      That’s two big hits the Yankees have gotten on pitches out of the zone. Great hitting by Gardy and Overbay. (What’s Joe calling Overbay? Lyley?)

  46. WhittakerWalt says:

    That was some Jeterian range by Nunie.

  47. Reuben Sierra's Chains says:

    Yankees were not behind by 4 runs after 2 innings of last nights game as is stated up top. But I know what you mean…

  48. BrienTaylorsRookieCard says:

    cano to jeter…I mean not Jeter.

  49. Pat D says:

    That was the greatest GIDP ever!

  50. jjyank says:

    Suck it, JBJ.

  51. Cuso says:

    Nunez didn’t even pretend to take a step toward that ground ball.

  52. Crespo says:

    Where’s the adjustment Wells? You know they’re going to pitch you away. Why am I even asking?

  53. Crespo says:

    Holy fuck Ichiro

  54. WhittakerWalt says:

    Ichiro. WHAT.

  55. Crespo says:

    and of course it bounces in the stands

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

    Shit, bad break!!!

  57. Eddard says:

    Damnit. That was Nuney’s RBI. Now the C has to hit with RISP.

  58. King George says:

    Who has faith in Lyle here?

  59. BrienTaylorsRookieCard says:

    6 percent of yahoo fantasy baseball has nunez on their teams. starting on mine (though I might be biased).

  60. Crespo says:

    3-run bomb. please.

  61. flamingo says:

    Oh, look, runs!

  62. Mike HC says:

    Yes!

  63. Crespo says:

    A LEAD!!!

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

    A lead!!!!

  65. Eddard says:

    Nuney and Overbay! We might have a new 1-2 punch on our hands.

  66. jjyank says:

    Thank you, Overbay, Thank you.

  67. Crespo says:

    Lyle Overbay, extension candidate.

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

    Yes, nice break!!

    There you have your lead Mike.

  69. Vern Sneaker says:

    Nice!

  70. Pat D says:

    What’s this lead of which we speak?

  71. forensic says:

    XMRadio and Gameday must be having technical difficulties. They both have a 2 next to the Yankees and a 0 next to the Red Sox.

    Can anyone clarify what’s going on for me???

  72. WhittakerWalt says:

    Cervelli: professional hitter.

  73. Anthony says:

    This is my first time sitting down for a game, and before they announced Overbay was batting I was legit just staring at the TV thinking “who the eff is this??”. But hey, a hit with RISP!

  74. WhittakerWalt says:

    Nuney is 2-2 in Jeter impressions.

  75. flamingo says:

    I love these double play balls.

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

    Jeter got a tan or something? May be he went to Brazil or Africa…

  77. Eddard says:

    Andy looks sharp. I don’t know why people continue to doubt him after he keeps coming back and dominating every time.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      More injury risk than anything else with me. I don’t doubt his ability to get the job done when healthy.

      • jjyank says:

        Same, but for me it’s not injury so to speak, but rather endurance. He hasn’t pitched a full season since 2009.

  78. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

    I’m convinced that the Yankees’ problem in the first two games was a lack of people who boast the middle name “Eugene.” This solves that.

  79. Vern Sneaker says:

    Andy is such a pro. Love watching him pitch.

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

    I freaking love Andy Pettitte.

  81. jjyank says:

    Great fielding, Andy.

  82. hogsmog says:

    Andy Andy Andy

  83. flamingo says:

    This game is pretty nice so far.

  84. Robinson Tilapia says:

    GARDNER GOES YARD!!!!!

  85. Mike HC says:

    Yankee Stadium special for Gardner!

  86. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

    GARDNER GOES YARDNER

  87. Cy Pettitte says:

    Gardy bomb!

  88. Anthony says:

    Wooooo

  89. Eddard says:

    There’s a slump buster for Gardner! Keep racking up those runs for Andy.

  90. Crespo says:

    Too short Shane

  91. BrienTaylorsRookieCard says:

    we are unstoppable!

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

    Jesus, I just blasted my pants!!

    Nice Gardner see? you don’t need no stinkin’ stolen bases!

  93. Pat D says:

    YS3 Special.

  94. jjyank says:

    Well Brett Fucking Gardner goes yard. The Yankees have to win this game now.

  95. Tom says:

    The Yankees next 40HR CF’r?

    It is good to see him occasionally attack the first pitch to keep pitchers honest.

  96. Mike HC says:

    From that replay angle it looked like Victorino was waiting for an Angels in the Outfield type pick me up

  97. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Brett Gardner: Cocksman.

  98. BrienTaylorsRookieCard says:

    It would be fun if someone said “we rely too much on the long ball” right now.

  99. hogsmog says:

    I’m watching Gameday; can anyone tell me if Youkilis actually changed his stance?

    • Mike HC says:

      I haven’t really done a study, but from what I remember, there definitely seems to be less pre pitch movement.

      • jjyank says:

        I don’t think the stance itself changed much, he is supposedly keeping his hands a bit lower so he’s quicker to the plate. I think that’s what it is, I could be misremembering though.

    • Stratman9652 says:

      Enough to notice a change, not enough to stop him from looking like a clown. He still has that goofy dance, but when the pitch comes in you can tell he drops his hands lower than he used to.

    • Barry says:

      I think he’s just dropping his wrists earlier. Instead of swinging straight from his crazy cocky pre-bat routine, he does that but drops his wrists right before the wind-up.

  100. Kramerica Industries says:

    get home, and the Yankees have a lead. Nice!

  101. Hall and Nokes says:

    Hafner isn’t very good looking, is he?

  102. Robinson Tilapia says:

    The Eduardo Nunez conundrum.

  103. Anthony says:

    Nuney should make more of those plays so he doesn’t have to throw the ball lol.

  104. Stratman9652 says:

    Nunez is still a derp even when he makes a great play.

  105. jjyank says:

    Nunie with the ups.

  106. Eddard says:

    I thought that was Ozzie Smith out there for a minute. Great play by Nuney.

  107. Chip says:

    Nunez is looking great on defense. Color me shocked

  108. Eddard says:

    Coney is just full of interesting stats. He’s the best baseball analyst in the game, imo. FOX would do well to replace McCarver with Coney.

  109. Vern Sneaker says:

    Hard to believe Andy is 106 years old.

  110. I say this every year, and I’m always shocked to say it:

    I missed hearing Michael Kay’s voice.

  111. Vern Sneaker says:

    He’s been interesting this series. Kay doesn’t follow up well with him, though. Cone’s stuff could lead to much longer discussions but it takes two.

  112. Stratman9652 says:

    Lol at Coney outing Whitey Ford’s cheating tactics.

  113. sangreal says:

    That helmet…

  114. The Other Sam says:

    Maybe a chin strap for Nuney?

  115. jjyank says:

    Hah, of course Nunez loses his helmet. I’d love to see that stat actually. What MLB player loses his helmet down the line the most?

  116. Tom says:

    I thought the Red Sox traded Josh Beckett?

    Dempster really slows down with men on base.

  117. Crespo says:

    Kay said it, Dempster taking way too fucking long. Indians Blue Jays it is.

  118. Vern Sneaker says:

    Couple of hits here to break this open!

  119. jjyank says:

    Hehe. Kay said “fister”.

  120. forensic says:

    Does Pettitte really only have 40 pitches in 4 innings? Are they just swinging at everything or what?

    • jjyank says:

      I forget his exact pitch count, but yeah, pretty much. A few of the hits were on the first pitch, and Andy’s gotten a couple double plays as well.

  121. jjyank says:

    89 pitches for Dempster through 4. Love it.

  122. Freddy's Dead says:

    I’d like to know if anybody thinks there’s a better curveball in the game now than Pettite’s.

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

      Lee’s for a lefthanded, Verlander’s for a righthanded.

      • Freddy's Dead says:

        Wouldn’t argue Verlander, but not sure I agree on Lee. Whatever. It’s a damn good one when he gets it over. Loving Andy tonight.

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

    Paraphrasing…

    Sterling: “I think Dempster, Morneau and Lawrie are from the same area, I don’t know exactly where or wich, but they are from the same area…”

    Yes you moron, it’s called freaking Canada.

  124. jjyank says:

    This comment is kinda late, but man, I LOVE watching Andy’s windup. Just so smooth and effortless.

    • Freddy's Dead says:

      I agree! Enjoying this hugely. We might get to see Mo and feel all warm and fuzzy.

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

      I also love how, before the first pitch of the game, he looks into evrey infielder’s eyes and does a little fist pump. I like that very much.

    • Stratman9652 says:

      Pretty much any time I create a video game pitcher I give him Andy’s pitching windup. Probably the smoothest in the game.

  125. hogsmog says:

    I reiterate:

    ANDY ANDY ANDY

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

    Good to see Robby getting off to a good start. They really need him to carry the offense for a while.

  127. Tom says:

    6ER in 5.1IP for Buerhle….. welcome back to the AL, Mark.

    • jjyank says:

      I shall now go laugh in the face of my buddy who picked him up in my fantasy baseball league a few hours ago :D

  128. Freddy's Dead says:

    I’m rapidly getting over the revulsion of having Youk on the team.

  129. jjyank says:

    Nice to see Yankee fans have embraced Youkilis. There’s been a few Yoooouuuuuk chants already.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I kinda really like him, but I always did.

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

        Don’t lie, there is no way you liked Youkilis, you probably respected and recognized that he was a good player, but you didn’t like him like him.

        I liked to see his face after facing Joba.

        • Cool Lester Smooth says:

          I’ve always loved Youk. But I’ve also lived in Boston for his entire career.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          If there were archives here, you’d be able to look back and say that I’ve always written, “if he’s good enough for Jeter, he’s good enough for me.”

          But, no, I wouldn’t fuck him or anything.

  130. Bryan says:

    We may not win a lot of games, but dear lord we will wear out most pitchers by the 6th inning.

  131. Vern Sneaker says:

    I hate it when we don’t cash in these situations. Wells needs to come through. Two innings in a row like this and only a 3-0 lead.

  132. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’ve never seen what Vernon just did before. Wow.

  133. Jose Iglesias is an annoying pain in the ass.

  134. Cy Pettitte says:

    Iglesias has like what, 5 hits this series and I don’t think one was hit hard or left the infield.

    • forensic says:

      He had two hard hit balls down the 3rd base/LF line last night, both to the OF, one for a double and one held to a single.

  135. Robinson Tilapia says:

    That was a gorgeous push bunt and, yes, I almost typed “bush punt.”

  136. Bryan says:

    Let’s try this again.

    Did Dellin start tonight’s game for Scranton? If so, any word on how he did?

  137. Vern Sneaker says:

    Andy, I am SO impressed!

  138. jjyank says:

    Andy is really helping me with my fantasy baseball comeback!

  139. MannyGeee says:

    What’s up mutherfuckers. Sorry I’m late… Parenting stuff. A couple of observations so far:

    - Brett the Jet doing his best “non fast white guy” impression tonight. Huzzah!
    - when the Real Team shows up, they are going to absolutely sodomize Dempster. This lineup is what it is and they have beat him up a bit… July series is gonna be some shit.
    - Fuck Jose Iglecias
    - Andy Pettitte is a god.

    - Joe Castiglione (WEEI Red Sox announcer) to open the game:
    “And here comes FOURTY year old Andy Pettitte, who was JUST 5-4 last season on an INJURY PLAGUED 2012″

    He apparently forgot to mention the steroids and the Herpes outbreaks, but outside of that he pretty much covered the talking points… Cock sucker

  140. sangreal says:

    there goes another helmet

  141. Stratman9652 says:

    David Ross has a ridiculous arm.

  142. Eddard says:

    Another 2 hit game from Nuney. I wonder when he’ll start getting his due.

  143. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

    Someone probably told Nunez that he could become Willie Mays if his helmet fell off a lot. Somebody was lying.

  144. Pat D says:

    Well, that’s nice. Glad both outfielders thought it was out.

  145. So close to making through seven scoreless.

    And it had to be JBJ again. Ugh.

  146. Eddard says:

    Well that wasn’t a good pitch at all. Get out of this and we can get to Drob and Mo if we need them.

  147. jjyank says:

    Fuck you, JBJ. I was getting really close to catching my fantasy opponent in ERA.

  148. Vern Sneaker says:

    A f-ing pitching clinic.

  149. Anthony says:

    Yay for the Yanks (and Pettite) making me feel slightly better for this season.

    On a completely unrelated note, I found myself looking at Stephen Strasburg’s stats from last season (writing a preview for school newspaper)…. he had an 11.1 SO/9 in 160 innings. That’s got to correct this season, no? I’m wondering if that’ll affect his other numbers (ERA, WHIP).

    • Bryan says:

      I don’t think so. He is more like Verlander in that his stuff gets better as the game wears on. He only struck out three in his first start but I don’t think he will have a SO/9 less than 9. So I guess a little bit of a regression, but definitely not by much. His stuff is nasty.

    • Tom says:

      1 more inning for Andy?

      With MLB conveniently scheduling a day game for tomorrow, it would be nice to hold one of Ro/Mo back.

    • Cool Lester Smooth says:

      You’re right. He faded towards the end of last season because it was the most he had ever pitched.

      He should be better this season.

      • Anthony says:

        I do remember some talk that he was flaming out towards the end. That’s probably why his ERA was above 3 (barely). Maybe the Nats did make the right choice, although I definitely didn’t agree last year.

  150. Eddard says:

    That’s why Gardner should be the permanent CF. Granderson can adapt to LF. Having Gardner in CF makes the whole outfield better defensively.

    • Winter says:

      Yes, but will the runs saved by the defensive change make up for the runs lost while Granderson is out of the lineup learning a new position?

  151. Stratman9652 says:

    Andy Mother Fucking Pettitte.

  152. Ron says:

    Thanks maimi clinic

  153. Eddard says:

    That’s why he should start 80% of the games. Chris Stewart can’t do that.

  154. Barry says:

    Cervelli FTW!! HAHA

  155. Bryan says:

    Who says the Yankees have no power?????

  156. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

    Gardner and Cervelli in the same game? No. Way.

  157. jjyank says:

    CERVIIIII

  158. Dela G says:

    The Cisco Kid!

  159. Get Phelps Up says:

    That landed in A-Rod territory.

  160. Vern Sneaker says:

    I need to get to my eye doctor immediately.

  161. Winter says:

    #TooManyHomers…

  162. BigBlueAL says:

    I know its early but Ive really liked the at-bats Cervelli has had so far this season.

  163. Chip says:

    What……the…….hell?

  164. Crespo says:

    Haha cone, blEEchers

  165. Ka "Meme" Abdul Jabbar says:

    TOO MANY HOMERZ!!!!!!!

  166. Tom says:

    Gardner HR, Cervelli HR…

    That’s it I’m buying a Power Ball ticket!

  167. jjyank says:

    Jeez. The Yanks are winning, and that’s awesome, but the speed element seems to be hurting them tonight. Gardner caught stealing, Nunez caught stealing, and now Gardner out trying to stretch a hit. Maybe not be THAT aggressive.

    • Chip says:

      Took 2 on-line throws and 2 great snags by the shortstop to get them stealing. The Gardner thing I’m ok with, he’d have made it if he didn’t hesitate out of the box

  168. t says:

    thats 2 hits the shift have taking from cano tonight

  169. MannyGeee says:

    Got to say, David Ross man… Woulda loved to see him in Pinstripes. The problem with the defensive catcher that can’t hit is that unless they are either at the Molina/Ross level, they will disappoint…

  170. JRod says:

    I’m going to take the short sample tonight and run wild with it. What the hell, all the pessimists do. This team can hit. Cervelli is going to force the legion of absurd doubters to eat their words.

  171. Stratman9652 says:

    I come back and Cervelli has homered? What the hell is going on tonight?

    • Chip says:

      Cervelli didn’t homer, Cervelli HOMERED. I’ll make the bold prediction that he will never in his life hit a ball that far again

  172. Iglesias again? Are you fucking kidding me?

    This is Ciriaco shit.

  173. Vern Sneaker says:

    Uh, what’s this , Girardi? Are u nuts?

  174. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Gardner and Cervelli homer in the same game?

    I bet that doesn’t happen again this season.

  175. Chip says:

    My goodness, how many stupid little dinky hits are they going to get in this series?

  176. Vern Sneaker says:

    Whew!

  177. Barry says:

    I have a man crush on Andy Pettitte and I don’t even want to say no homo.

  178. Tom says:

    Wow… that was an impressive turn. Ellsbury can get down the line with the best of them.

  179. Bryan says:

    If Andy were to make the HOF…not saying he will just IF…I demand his bust be of his glove in front of his face only showing his eyes and passion staring you down. No other way.

  180. MannyGeee says:

    Also, Nuñez has really impressed defensively.

    • Chip says:

      If he keeps this up, he’s going to end up being at least a part time starter when Jeter comes back. He’s got the range to be great at short and the bat is definitely above average for a shortstop

  181. Tito Francona says:

    Give that man a beer! And some fried chicken.

  182. jjyank says:

    My hat tips for you, Andy. Brilliant.

  183. Get Phelps Up says:

    Andy Pettitte is the man.

  184. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Now how about Mo for the save.

  185. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I love this game. This is Yankee baseball.

    • Barry says:

      That and I don’t have HDTV box in my room so I’ve got an old school picture with letterboxes, bringing me back to the 90s.

  186. Crespo says:

    Vernon Wells aka Craig Wilson

  187. Pat D says:

    As I cue up Enter Sandman…

  188. Barry says:

    Every time Mo comes out to pitch this year it’s must-see TV for any fan of baseball.

  189. Eddard says:

    What a treat we get this year watching Andy and Mo’s swan song. It couldn’t be more fitting that Andy gets this team in the win column and Mo gets the save.

  190. Robinson Tilapia says:

    C’mon, Mo.

  191. Barry says:

    Chin music.

  192. Darren says:

    Come on Mo!

  193. jjyank says:

    You know what? Screw the YEs announcers. I’m looping Enter Sandman this whole inning.

    • JRod says:

      In honor of Mo’s last season, they should simply BLAST that shit at the stadium. Like, concrete shifting volume. I mean, like 11 times louder than they normally do. That would be the beginning of my idea of a tribute.

  194. Kramerica Industries says:

    not a strike? what?

  195. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I really wanted my comeback strikeout there.

  196. jjyank says:

    Uhhhh anyone else ahd MLB.TV shit the bed?

  197. Tom says:

    Zone seems to have shrunk… Dempster was getting that call off the plate most of the time he was in there.

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....8;s_type=7

  198. Kramerica Industries says:

    Don’t make this so difficult, Mo.

  199. Vern Sneaker says:

    Okay, I’m walking around the room now.

  200. Pat D says:

    Fuck you, Gomes.

  201. UncleArgyle says:

    This doesn’t have a good feel to it

  202. King George says:

    Come on, Mo. Let’s get Save #1. Two more outs.

  203. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Please send this kid crying back to his mother, Mo.

  204. Kramerica Industries says:

    Froze that fucker.

  205. UncleArgyle says:

    That feels better

  206. flamingo says:

    YES.

  207. Anthony says:

    Mo, Mo, Mo! (and Andy)

  208. Pat D says:

    Ain’t no grave…

  209. Tom says:

    Nice outing by Mo.

    A BS reputation walk to Pedroia, a ground ball double… he looks fine.

  210. Stratman9652 says:

    Jackie Bradley Jr. just got Mo’d.

  211. Get Phelps Up says:

    Striking out Jackie Ciriaco on 3 pitches was a pretty good way to end it.

  212. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Dare I say, the perfect baseball game. The perfect game thread.

    Yankee Fucking Baseball is back.

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

    A hit by el Capitan was the only thing missing.

    Good ol’ day’d

  214. jjyank says:

    I’m not gonna lie, I stood up from my couch and clapped like everyone else at the stadium for that last pitch.

  215. Dela G says:

    finally, a win

  216. TCMiller30 says:

    Mo says: “welcome to the big leagues Jackie. Now now to your king!”

  217. Vern Sneaker says:

    That was fun. Bradley sure got a taste of Mo.

  218. Barry says:

    Mariano even goes and pounds some fans after the interview.

    #Lastofadieingbreed

  219. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Man…after those first two games I’m just glad they didn’t get swept. Too happy to complain about the bad line up.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      “I’M SO theystillsuck HAPPY!” – Jimmy McNulty

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Hah!!! That’s pretty much how I feel. For the first time as a Yankee fan I’m worried that they might finish last, but whining about that is for the fan confidence poll, for which I am going to ask Mike if he can include a -70 as a choice.

        But seriously, I’m happy they got the win, happy Pettitte got the W and Rivera got the save…I won’t get too many more of those. Against the Sox no less, good night. I dunno what I’m going to do when the bullpen doesn’t have Mo in it anymore and Jeter’s not playing shortstop. Worries for a different day, I guess.

      • Cool Lester Smooth says:

        Well, his name is Jimmy McNulty.

  220. jjyank says:

    Love that quote by Mo on Andy’s start.

    “What’d you think of Andy’s start”

    “He was…he was Andy.”

  221. trr says:

    sorry to gush, but wasn’t it great to see Mo save it?

  222. Vern Sneaker says:

    Man, I was into that game almost like it was a playoff game. Great win.

  223. Dela G says:

    Love Mo

  224. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Games like this are why I made sure I would have Mo and Andy on my fantasy team.

  225. Now Batting says:

    Are Yankees games not blacked out on MLBtv if you live in Manhattan? The OP says available nationally but everywhere else I’m reading says black outs still exist. Would appreciate a quick answer since I need to sign up for cable/internet, thanks!

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