Game 34: Opposites

2013 Draft: Phil Ervin
Granderson homers, plays left in second minor league rehab game
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Coming into the season, the Royals and the Yankees were viewed as polar opposites. One has been in a cellar for the better part of two decades, the other has been at the top of the game. One made a huge blockbuster trade this past offseason, the other kinda sat around and did nothing. One has a roster full of young talent, the other has lots of old guys. One team is viewed as an up and comer, the other a … down and goer?

They both, however, currently sit right near the top of their respective divisions. The Yankees actually lead the AL East by percentage points over the Orioles and Red Sox despite lagging in the run differential department. Now that they can again use their DH and won’t have to worry about any left-handed starters, let’s hope they can beef up that record and increase that division lead this weekend. Here is the lineup that will face right-hander Wade Davis…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. LF Vernon Wells
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  6. SS Jayson Nix
  7. 1B Lyle Overbay
  8. 3B Chris Nelson
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is the 2004 First Team High School All-American, Phil Hughes.

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 8pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Eduardo Nunez Update: Nunez (ribcage) took some swings in the batting cage and felt fine, but he won’t hit on the field until tomorrow. I assume he’s available in an emergency like yesterday.

Joba Chamberlain Update: Joba (oblique) threw a 27-pitch bullpen session and came through with no issues. He’ll do the same on Sunday, and if that goes well, he’ll head out on a minor league rehab assignment.

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2013 Draft: Phil Ervin
Granderson homers, plays left in second minor league rehab game
  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Has there been any word on Youk’s progress/timetable?

    I think he’s eligible to come off the DL on Monday, though it doesn’t seem like he’s on the verge of coming back.

    • forensic

      I was thinking about the same thing the last couple days. Unfortunately, Chad Jennings had this update today:

      • Kevin Youkilis did some rotational workouts in Tampa. It’s the first time he’s done that since going on the DL. He’s obviously nowhere near getting back on the active roster. “I don’t have an expectation of when we’re going to see him,” Girardi said.

      If only he were a 90 year old in a 34 year old’s body…

      • forensic

        If only he weren’t*

        • forensic

          wasn’t*

          arrrrggghhhhhhh…

          • vicki

            weren’t! (subjuctive mood)

            • TomH

              The subjunctive! Great to see it. Precision is always welcome.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Well that sucks. Hopefully we’ll see Adams and/or Musty pretty soon.

        • McLovin

          Can’t wait for Musty!

  • Deathstroke heathcott

    Lol at the no mo zone.

    • trr

      Glad we can laugh at it now

  • vicki

    that lineup actually looks kind of sexy after yesterday’s.

    • Deathstroke heathcott

      I JIMP’d.

  • McLovin

    Lets go!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Hooray AL baseball!!!

  • Wheels

    Singleton and Cone, much better.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Stop bragging, some of us are stuck with John Sterling, who described this team as “plucky”

      • WhittakerWalt

        “plucky?”

        That’s a word that should only be reserved for Pippi Longstocking.

  • Pasta

    Girardi hates romine.

  • vicki

    jackasses.

  • Pasta

    Hate first pitch hitting take pitch robbie damm it.

  • forensic

    Waldman thinks Cano got booed because he’s the only name they recognize.

    They sure are utterly clueless with no memory whatsoever.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Yes because Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki, and Vernon Wells have absolutely no name value, Suzyn. And Neither does Lyle Overbay, who has been in the league for like a decade.

      • forensic

        You didn’t even mention Hafner who played in their division for many years.

        • Dalek Jeter

          …I kind of forgot about Pronk. Sorry Pronk.

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

            Ah, yeah. Pronk is a big one.

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

        Brett Gardner doesn’t have a ton of name value, and before this season I would have vaguely recognized Overbay’s name, and that would have been the extent of it.

        Wells has been bad for a few years now, though he used to be good.

        Ichiro, however…yeah, she doesn’t know what she’s talking about.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Okay, maybe I hold other people up to the unfair expectation of myself and my complete over-analyzation of most baseball players. Especially AL players.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Love those 9 pitch first innings…

    • trr

      Dontcha? grrrrr

  • Dalek Jeter

    4 pitches to tha first batta?!?!! TOO MANY PITCHES!!!

  • Pasta

    A phil hughes ground ball out WTF

  • Dalek Jeter

    Oh god Phil…you need to 8, especially if Logan is the 8th inning guy tonight.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Phly Ball Ground Ball Phil

  • forensic

    According to Sterling, Robertson is clearly the closer tonight because Girardi would never use Mo 3 days in a row this early in the year.

    Nevermind that Girardi clearly said Robertson is not available tonight and Mo is more likely than Robertson.

    Just making it up as he goes…

    • Dalek Jeter

      Thank god that 1. I’m not alone in listening to this drivel and 2. You did your research on who is available and who isn’t, because I was just going to assume that his report on the ‘Pen was accurate.

      • forensic

        Chad Jennings and Lohud is absolutely invaluable. Vin Mercogliano (sp?) also does a great job when he’s there on Jennings’ days off.

        Brian Heyman on the other hand is pretty blah.

        • Havok9120

          I hate when Heyman does the coverage on LoHud.

          • forensic

            Yeah, one of the best things about road trips is you know Jennings will be working them all as all his days off are at home.

  • vicki

    lol @ big bad billy butler, the homerun king.

  • McLovin

    Alex Gordon is Native American, never knew that.

  • Dalek Jeter

    THE RISING SUN!!!!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Ichiro!!!

    • McLovin

      Damn you beat me. :(

  • McLovin

    Ichiro!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • forensic

    Atta boy Ichirooooooooo!!

  • vicki

    i guess he felt like hitting it out.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ichiro for 2013 Home Run Derby

  • Pasta

    Ichibomb!!!!!!

    • Havok9120

      No, no. You have to stay consistent with your usual routine and admonish him. He swung at the first pitch.

  • Havok9120

    Hehehe

    Ichiro Suzuki. Power hitter.

    FOR PRUSSIA!

  • Eddard

    There’s that selective power from Ichiro!

  • nycsportzfan

    Ichiro and now nix with the double! YES!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    “Nix is as valuable as anybody on this team the first month and a half of the season.”-Suzyn Waldman

    I’m not making that up. She actually said those words. Also John Sterling called his .224 average “The best .224 he’s ever seen.”

    • McLovin

      Lol best .224 he has ever seen.

  • Pat D

    Grandy would of struck out.

  • forensic

    Ok, it’s official, Sterling and Waldman must just be playing with us ‘Eddard’-style.

    They just insisted Nix has been the most valuable Yankee over the first month+ of the season…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Loverbay!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Overbay crushed that one, nice.

  • Eddard

    Wade reeling here. Put up 4-5 runs here and that will be all Philbert needs.

  • forensic

    Yeah Overbayyyyyyy!!

  • SDB

    LOVERBAY!

  • Dalek Jeter

    LOVERBAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nycsportzfan

    He hit that one OVER THE BAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OVERBAY!!!!!!!!!!

  • forensic

    “I love it, I Lyle Lovitt”

    – Sterling

    Ok, shoot me now…

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Seriously?
      That is awful.
      So glad I rarely have to resort to listening to the games.

      • forensic

        Sadly, yes, I’m serious. I can’t make shit that bad up…

  • Havok9120

    Thank God Grandy wasn’t in there. Would’ve just been another K.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Haha!

    • Pat D

      I already said that.

      • Havok9120

        And?

        • Pat D

          I claimed this for Prussia already!

          • Havok9120

            Excuse me, but I don’t think you’re the one that gets to be staking claims in the name of Prussia, sirrah.

            • Pat D

              Well that’s your opinion.

      • forensic

        Granderson certainly knows how to K multiple times in one game, and I’m sure he could figure out how to do it one time through the order too…

  • nycsportzfan

    Overbay is freaking such a professional!

  • McLovin

    Bronx Bombers in action! Nice Overbay!

  • nycsportzfan

    Cano is licking his chops after watching ichiro and over the bay go deep like that!

  • PineTar

    Overbay is becoming a trade chip….tsss whats that?

    • Pasta

      If tex comes back this year? He may need surgery

  • nycsportzfan

    Man, it’d be nice to start a series off with a WIN.. Seems we have trouble at times getting that 1st one..

  • Eddard

    With the way Phil is pitching 4 runs should be enough support.

    • nycsportzfan

      Ya, hes pitching the best ball i’ve seen em pitch.. Of course he has a leadoff walk as I post this..lol Hopefully, were not done tacking on.. I feel like Cano will do some damage tonight..

    • forensic

      It’s been one inning…

      And just like that, 2 on and no out.

      • nycsportzfan

        whats been one inning? I was saying Hughes has been pitching best ball i’ve seen in his career over the last several starts, not in this game..lol

        He’ll get outta this jam, don’t u worry there pal..

        • forensic

          1. I didn’t reply to you, I replied to Eddard who basically says the game is over already

          2. He get out of the jam? And Jarrod Dyson of all people…

    • Pat D

      Do us all a favor. Shut up your predictions.

  • Dalek Jeter

    http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr.....qbvg3o.jpg

    I say this way too often, but greatest thing on the internet.

  • nycsportzfan

    Redsox just hit into a DP with 1st and 3rd one out, still nursing a 1-0 lead against R.Ortiz.. Be sweet if they take a Loss with there Ace on the mound…

    • forensic

      I doubt it will happen. Toronto still doesn’t even have a hit. And their defense is doing their normal job of trying to give away games.

      • nycsportzfan

        all it takes is one pitch when u keep it at a 1run game.. My point is Lester pitching No No into the 6th and yet Boston still strugglig to pull away against Ramon Ortiz…

      • nycsportzfan

        and just like that Toronto has RISP with one out…

        • forensic

          It was a 2-out double, and they predictably stranded him, for some reason using a lefty to suddenly pinch-hit for a righty against the lefty Lester.

  • The Real Greg

    Oh Phil…

  • Pasta

    Hey 4 run lead how about walking the first guy Fuck.

  • nycsportzfan

    Uht oh, 1st and 2nd nobody out.. Come on Phil, focus…

  • The Real Greg

    I was worried about this. Phil has had to pitch in so many close contests that he might lose his concentration when the Yankees gave him a lead.

    • vicki

      oh, greg.

    • Havok9120

      Bwuh?

  • Pasta

    Classic hughes

    • The Real Greg

      But not recent Hughes

      • mustang

        He missed his last 2 outings I think.

    • Pasta

      Yup called that one

  • mustang

    Wow!!!

    A little late and you guys start the party without me.

    4 runs !!!! We all know what that means to the old average runs per game.

    BTW- Whoever made Just For Fun Baseball didn’t have to practice daily with a 4 year old or go to 9 am games on Saturday not fun for daddy :(

    Just kidding its great to see my boy play.

  • Porkchops

    Double play please.

  • Pasta

    Elliott johnson yankee killer with the rays

    • vicki

      stats don’t say so, unless you’re referring to the bullshit cervelli collision. you may be thinking dan johnson. we nipped that in the bud.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Hughes is doing his best David Robertson impression. One more guy Hughesy!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Phuck Phil. Not good.

  • SDB

    Ugh. Phil. Sigh.

  • Dalek Jeter

    …FAIL PHILLIP ALL TYPES OF FAIL!!!!

    YOU BRING SHAME TO PRUSSIA!!!

  • The Real Greg

    Now THAT is classic Hughes

  • Cy Pettitte

    seriously? one strike away….and he gives up a HR to Dyson (who?)

    • nycsportzfan

      At least were still winning…

  • nycsportzfan

    wow.. I don’t even know what to say after that.. How?

  • Karl Krawfid

    you have to be fucking kidding me.

    A fast ball?

    Really?

  • TinePar

    Oh dear, Oh Phillus.

  • The Real Greg

    SO the one time that Hughes is given a sizable lead, he proceeds to blow most of it right away.

  • Pat D

    Grandy would of struck out there if he was playing for the Royals.

  • mustang

    Well Hughes was due for a bad start lets just hope he finds himself.

  • Eddard

    I cant believe Phil threw that pitch. The worst that guy should be able to do is single.

  • forensic

    Jarrod freakin’ Dyson of all people…

  • teddy

    epic fail by hughes.his ego got him again

  • Pat D

    2nd career home run to a guy with a .331 career slugging percentage.

    So it’s not quite Bucky Dent taking Mike Torrez deep, but…

  • Pasta

    Phil we will miss you next year when you are in in the nl west

  • Havok9120

    I leave for 15 minutes to write some emails and the lead is reduced to one run?

    Son of a crap.

    • nycsportzfan

      thanks for nothing!

    • mustang

      Yes, Sir.

      • nycsportzfan

        lol

  • WhittakerWalt

    Phil literally has the ability to give up a homer to anyone.

    • Betty Lizard

      He is generous.

  • The Real Greg

    Again, can these guys ever win a game easily?

    • TinePar

      Short answer? No. Long answer, Gritty!

  • nycsportzfan

    I wonder what the odds were that Dyson and Ichiro homer in the same game?

  • Pasta

    We like one run games
    :)

  • Betty Lizard

    I was going to break my resolution not to watch Phil Hughes games. Fired up MLB.com and realized I’m blacked out. Thank you baseball gods.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Just when I was starting to like Philbert again.

  • The Real Greg

    Now watch as the Yankees don’t score another run in this game. (hopefully wrong, but I’ve seen it before)

    • Havok9120

      ……

      • The Real Greg

        I saw it a lot last year.

        • Pat D

          Prove it. As I have found out, you can’t trust your memory.

          • The Real Greg

            There was that Indians game early in the year last year at home where they got a big lead and blew it.

            • Pat D

              Well that’s only once.

        • Havok9120

          You mean with a totally different lineup? And a lineup which we also saw put up double digits?

          We understand. You are the very personification of nervousness. Still though, breathe some.

          • The Real Greg

            Not nervousness. Frustration, yes. Looking for that blowout victory that feels like has eluded us since the Cleveland series. So that we can relax.

  • Pasta

    Davis off the ropes now

    • Havok9120

      Sigh.

  • nycsportzfan

    Did Dyson ever homer before that?

    • forensic

      Once. September 27th, 2010.

  • Pat D

    At least Meredith isn’t holding onto a piece of barbecue.

  • The Real Greg

    If it weren’t the second inning, I would get the pen up.

    • Pat D

      It isn’t the second inning.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Jinx!

        • Pat D

          Beat you to it.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            Yeah, I cheated. I saw yours first.

            • Pat D

              You have shamed Prussia.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      It isn’t the second inning.

      • Pat D

        Jinx!

      • The Real Greg

        Oh right.

        Get the pen up.

    • Havok9120

      You’d do that half the time any starter looks even the least bit off.

  • Pasta

    Who is long telief today? Nuno

  • Slim Hughesy

    Would the real Phil Hughes please stand up…and he has.

  • Pasta

    Meridith screams when she talks i miss kim.

  • Dalek Jeter

    To be fair, I’m pretty sure that’s Hughes’ first homer in like…four starts?

    • The Real Greg

      It was. But

      1. It was to a player that shouldn’t hit home runs.
      2. It was in a game that looked like and had the potential to be easy street.

      • Havok9120

        So Ichiro hitting a homer was a death knell for Davis as well. And Loverbay makes it a double death knell.

        • The Real Greg

          Not Overbay. 139 career homers.

          If Ichiro does it again, then it would be a death knell.

          • Havok9120

            ….

            I can’t decide if it’s your constant need to balance yourself on a ledge or the incredible double standards you use for the Yanks versus their opposition that’s been annoying me lately. But it’s certainly one or the other.

            • WhittakerWalt

              Greg can be inscrutable, for sure, but I don’t think it’s an overreaction to be annoyed with a Jarrod Dyson homer. The guy has about as much power as an NL pitcher.

    • PlatypusJonesy

      He picked a hell of a time/situation.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Isn’t with a big lead the best time to give up a 3-run HR?

        (Obviously a bigger lead would have been better).

      • Dalek Jeter

        I agree, it’s not ideal, but hey, we’re still winning, and if he goes back to what he was in the first, then all of a sudden we’re looking at his 4th or 5th straight quality start.

    • Pasta

      I bet he gives one up into the water fall next

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Alex Cobb has 13 strikeouts in 4.2 innings so far. That’s 13 K’s in 14 outs (he had a K where the guy reached, so it’s really that 12 out of 14 outs were by strikeout). Despite that, he’s given up 3 runs, one on a balk to let the guy who reached on a K score.

    • Dalek Jeter

      That is like AJ in his prime type numbers…

  • Porkchops

    I’d be happy with a quality start from Hughes.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    I know after 33.1 innings in low-A ball is way too early to start drooling over a prospect, but Rafael De Paula is starting to make me drool.

  • Pat D

    Ooh, that’s a good trivia question.

  • brucevodka

    DePaula at 12 K’s now

  • TinePar

    Loverbay comes through again!

  • SDB

    LOVERBAY!!! AGAIN!

  • The Real Greg

    Thank you Overbay for proving me wrong and that is a good call. He did not tag him.

  • Havok9120

    Nix and Loverbay, the greatest hitting combo in the MLB.

    w00t!

    FOR PRUSSIA.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Loverbay again!!!

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Man, its like Tex never left.

  • Pasta

    Musty for nelson
    Grandy for the black hole francisco.
    Good times coming.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Adams for Nelson.
      Musty for Francisco.
      Granderson for Boesch.

      • Pasta

        Musty can play third base and of.
        Girardi likes “boshie”

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Boesch barely plays now.
          I’d imagine he’d play even less when Granderson returns.
          Maybe not enough AB’s to go around for calling up both Adams and Musty at the same time to make sense though.

          • Pasta

            5 ofers ichiro wells grardy grandy boesh
            Ifers loverbay cano nunie musty youlk nix
            At catcher if romine is getting one day a week he should be sent down for wilson a better buc

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              I just don’t see the point of 5 OF’s, especially with 4 being LH, and Musty, Nix, and Nunez all having at least some OF experience in case of emergency.

              You’re also carrying an extra position player w/ 5 OF, 6 IF, 2 C, and a DH.

  • Porkchops

    Is there really no way to keep Loverbay after Tex returns?

    If only he knows how to play 3rd or the outfield. *sigh*

    • TinePar

      DFA Tex, it’s the only way.

      But seriously no, once Tex is back you gotta figure Youk becomes the backup 1B anyway. Someone might need him enough to get a little something in return though.

  • Pasta

    Overbay is awesome even with herpes

  • OldYnaksFan

    Royals announcer:
    (After Loverboy’s double)
    “I don’t know what fountain of youth Overbay is drinking from”

    • Havok9120

      The one we keep under the Home clubhouse at the Stadium.

    • vicki

      idiot.

      2013 94ops+
      2012 94ops+

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Thanks for the help Moose Tacos.

  • nycsportzfan

    i thought i was imagining moustakas running to 2nd there..lol

  • The Real Greg

    Moustakas made a mistakas.

  • OldYnaksFan

    Lester 1 hitting the J’s thru 7.

    • vicki

      just 3K. babip juju.

  • nycsportzfan

    Gardy!!!!

  • Pat D

    Grandy would have struck out.

  • The Real Greg

    FAILURE Cano

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    I am loving all of this offense especially after the last two wins.

  • nycsportzfan

    Come on Robbie, gotta focus there…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Granderson HR.

    • Pat D

      Clearly he will hurt our offensive production tremendously.

  • The Real Greg

    Could have used that run, guys.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

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

      Clearly they can’t lose this game.

      • The Real Greg

        I didn’t know if that stat was still in play.

        • The Real Greg

          And now its in jeopardy

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Dammit Phil.

  • Pasta

    And hughes in trouble again

  • The Real Greg

    FAILURE HUGHES

  • SDB

    FFS. Phucksake.

  • Pat D

    This went to shit pretty fast.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Can’t wait until Hughes and Nova are off the Yankees.

    • Ray World

      And for me Joba.

  • Pasta

    Hughes to atlanta for mcanns
    I even throw in francisco and mesa

    • Pat D

      Your trade proposal sucks.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Horrible route on that fly ball by Wells.

  • nycsportzfan

    Fudging Hughes, u chump! Just because u finally pitched a series of good games dosen’t mean u get a free pass and can pitch a dud.. U got to go many more good ones in a row, u chump..

    • Pat D

      Is it that hard to type “you?”

      • nycsportzfan

        yes

  • The Real Greg

    What’s the run total high for the Yankees this year? 7?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      14

    • nycsportzfan

      I don’t know, but its more then 5.. I think we scored 9 once?

  • Pasta

    Hughes will look good in Mets uniform

    • The Real Greg

      Or Padres or Giants.

      • Pasta

        Thats right Mets fixed their stadium bad for phil

  • nycsportzfan

    Welp, we got some more work to do, because our starter can’t get a WIN despite 5runs scored for em.. Hughes annoys me so much, that when he does bad, my blood boils…

  • Stu

    Hughes just seems incapable of pitching with a lead. Pitching well at least.

    • The Real Greg

      That was exactly my worry when the Yankees got that lead so early.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Hopefully this leadoff double turns into a run.

  • The Real Greg

    Need this run desperately. Also Gardner last inning would have been nice too.

  • nycsportzfan

    I want to punch hughes in his face..

    • Pat D

      Pretty sure he’d kick your ass.

      • nycsportzfan

        I didn’t say he woulden’t.. I said i want to punch him in the face.. Can u read?

        • Pat D

          It is difficult with your horrible spelling.

          My point is that you could try to punch him in the face, but he’d probably kick your ass first.

          • nycsportzfan

            What part of my writing can u not read? Are u read-tarded?

            • Pat D

              As I said earlier, you constantly use “u” instead of “you.” I can only assume that is a difficult word for you to spell.

              You misspelled “wouldn’t.”

              You keep using two periods. Are you trying to end a sentence or type an ellipses?

              Lastly, your pun was quite horrible.

              • Dalek Jeter

                Hey man, he’s only in the fifth grade. And he reads at a fourth grade level thank you very much.

              • nycsportzfan

                I just like the way it looks with extra periods.. Is that ok wit(u like that?) U(u like that)????

  • The Real Greg

    And here comes Chen

  • nycsportzfan

    Ichiro is beasting tonight, as is nix!

  • Eddard

    Should be able to get 1-2 runs here, although it’ll have to be Overbay who does something.

  • TinePar

    He’s an easy Lover-bay!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Evan against a lefty!!!
    Have yourself a game Lyle.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      *Even

  • The Real Greg

    Have a night Overbay!

  • SDB

    Someone tell Teix to slow down his rehabbing with the way Loverbay’s going.

    • Pasta

      Tex may need surgery so careful what you wish for.

      • Havok9120

        You’re really banging the drum of anecdotal evidence in this thread.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Overbay absolutely destroying the Royals, including a lefty. YCPB.

  • Pasta

    Loverbay awesome

  • nycsportzfan

    Maybe tex should go? Just saying..lol

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Runs!!! !!!

    • nycsportzfan

      Ur wish is Gardy’s command!

  • The Real Greg

    And we pop Chen’s cherry in the ERA column.

    • Pasta

      He wont be able to walk for a week.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    It’d be awesome if we can keep this lead now!

  • Pasta

    Nelson got his pinstripes

  • Eddard

    Nelson! Already more productive than Ben Francisco.

    • SDB

      Ben Francisco doesn’t bat for Prussia.

      • Havok9120

        ‘Ole Benny has been exiled to garrison duty in Memmel.

  • vicki

    chris nelson, true yankee?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Hahahah, riding the bus still has some magic from last season!!

    #oldmemesdiehard

    • Havok9120

      That magic backfired on us once or twice, too. Glad it didn’t here.

  • Pasta

    More runs make it hughes proof

    • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

      You beat me too it, although I thought they might have thrown Logan in.

  • SDB

    So do they bring back Hughes for the 6th now, or turn it over to the BP?

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Gardy!! This lead is Logan-proof. Heh.

  • The Real Greg

    You let Hughes pitch the 6th now and then go to the pen.

  • Pasta

    This is fun like mlb the show on rookie

  • Eddard

    What’s amazing is that Cano, Hafner and Wells have been quiet and they have 10 runs. Robbie with one rbi.

    • Dalek Jeter

      It’s been the Loverbay and Nixie Show.

  • nycsportzfan

    This is great!!!!!!!!!!

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Stick it to ‘em Cano

  • The Real Greg

    All Jordany Valdespin does is hit pinch hit home runs. He just hit another against the Pirates.

    • Roadgeek Adam

      Nothing wrong with that.

    • Pasta

      Kids a born AL DH.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    A shutdown inning would be quite nice now.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    5-6-7-8 batter destruction.

  • nycsportzfan

    Twinkies helping us out again tonight, drilling the O’s!

  • Havok9120

    Awesome inning. Huzzah to the bottom of the order.

    For Prussia. Let’s wrap this up.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    That’s not a shutdown inning, Phil.

  • nycsportzfan

    Claiborne please!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow…Hughes just doesn’t have anything tonight. Get him out Joe.

  • SDB

    Is Phil’s goal just to make it a save scenario for Mo?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      You mean for Logan?

  • Pasta

    Please girardi its time to pull him.

  • JRod

    Get Hughes out NOW before he flushes the lead again.

  • nycsportzfan

    As good as Hughes been, he only collected one W the last serveral starts, and yet tonight, hes been horrible, and can get the W.. Evens its self out, i suppose..

  • Dalek Jeter

    More runs. Just because.

  • OldYanksFan

    True Stat:
    Phantastic Phil has won 96% of his starts when the Yankees scored 10 runs or more.
    Thought you should know.

    • nycsportzfan

      When did he lose a game we scored 10?

      • Dalek Jeter

        He could also get a no decision, like say he leaves down 4-2 in the 5th or 6th and we catch up and go ahead in the 7th or whatever and it winds up being 10-2.

        • forensic

          He can also do shit like this:

          http://www.baseball-reference......7220.shtml

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)
            • forensic

              I don’t know. Yours he just got his ass handed to him like any other Bad Phil day and then the offense went off. Mine he was given an enormous lead and then continued his implosion and couldn’t even finish 5 for the win.

              I guess six of one, half dozen of the other. Both pretty horrible, and amazingly enough against the same team almost within a month of each other.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                This one’s a bit more like yours.
                http://www.baseball-reference......8040.shtml

                • forensic

                  Ah yes, good find. Going way back in the archives there. Guess there are plenty to choose from with him.

                  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                    I’ve noticed the Yankees seem to score 10+ runs for Phil quite often.

                    • forensic

                      Yup, he’s generally been a mainstay near the top of the run support lists.

                      That brings me back to the constant “This is a guy who won 18 games for us” lines from the last couple of years.

                      Yuck… (not the wins, but rather the belief/thought that it was because of him and not the rest of team much of the time)

                    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                      In fairness, he did give up 2 runs or fewer in 14 of his starts that year, 3 runs or fewer 20 times. He deserved a fairly high win total that year.

  • nycsportzfan

    Overbay, what the hell!!!lol j/k!

  • nycsportzfan

    Nice pitching by Kelley.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Lorenzo Cain is a great name.

    • nycsportzfan

      Hes got nothing on Rusty Kuntz.

  • forensic

    Given how much the Yankees struggle against southpaws, I wouldn’t be surprised if Chen comes in and dominates for three or four innings at some point this series.

    Mike, given your recent performances in this manner, could we maybe get something in the recap about expecting 8 shutout innings from Shields tomorrow?

    I think you might be on to something here.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Shawn Kelley isn’t letting Panstson take his job so simply.

  • forensic

    I can’t believe that after all these years Girardi still makes the same predictable mistakes leaving Hughes in too long for him to give up the inevitable homerun in games where he clearly doesn’t have it going on.

    10-5 in the 6th inning is tailormade for him to try to steal a few relief innings from Nuno instead leaving Hughes in to make it closer, and then use some of the more regular guys again.

    • The Real Greg

      Meh.

      • forensic

        Well reasoned out reply. How’d the offense going to sleep work out for ya?

        • The Real Greg

          Hey they proved me wrong.

          I’ll freely admit that.

          As to your point, I don’t count Kelley and Logan as important regulars. Not with Claiborne pitching well and Rapada on the mend. Now if they had to use Robertson and Mo in this game, that’s another story.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            If Robertson was actually available today, he likely would be used in the 8th with a 4-run lead.

            • The Real Greg

              I don’t know. Who would pitch the 9th then?

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                Depends who was available.
                Somebody non-Mo would start the inning, and Mo would be in at the first sign of trouble.

          • forensic

            I didn’t say they were necessarily important, but they are (at least Logan is) some of the guys he more regularly uses.

            As for as Robertson and Mo, Robertson is definitely unavailable, otherwise I would certainly expect Girardi to do his typical thing and use him even with a 4-run lead in the 8th against the 4-5-6 guys. Mo likely wouldn’t normally pitch with a 4-run lead, but depending on who he has to use in the 8th and what happens, I’m not ruling out see him yet either.

  • nycsportzfan

    Overbay on pace for 29hr and 91ribs..

  • Pat D

    Fucking Rangers. Learning how to score goals would be useful.

    • Jimmy

      Great playoff OT hockey. Can’t even blink.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Apparently annoying the Yankees runs in the Escobar family…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    That’s some damn fine bullpenning by Kelley.

  • forensic

    Very nice job by Kelley. Still think it was made for Nuno, but Kelley did quite well picking up a couple of innings there.

  • The Real Greg

    Overbay!

  • Havok9120

    Loverbay!

    Awesome.

  • The Troll Monger

    #herpes

  • The Real Greg

    Why no Nuno here? Ask him.

  • The Troll Monger

    Still no Nuno. My heart hurts.

  • vicki

    is the coast clear? i needed to take a break from the, erm, commentary. obviously the friday night mensa meeting let out early.

    • Havok9120

      Was a bit rough for a game in which we were never behind.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Phil seemed determined to give it away, and was getting killed all night.
        Despite the final score, this was certainly no nail-biter.

  • forensic

    Nice win. Good to finally have one with a little bit of a cushion by the end and really nice to get the first game of a series, which hadn’t happened in awhile.

    Hopefully Pettitte can start/continue regrouping tomorrow. They’ll likely need it with Shields going as a tough opponent.