Game 36: Royal Sweep

(Ed Zurga/Getty)

(Ed Zurga/Getty)

Even though they’ve won 21 of their last 30 games, the Yankees have yet to sweep a three-game series this year. That comes with a big asterisk though, remember they did sweep the Blue Jays in a four-game series at Yankee Stadium late last month. They’ve won the first two games of this series in Kansas City and have arguably their best pitcher on the mound going for their fifth straight win overall this afternoon. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Ervin Santana…

  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 2005 Best Nine Award winner in Nippon Pro Baseball, right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. That award is given annually the best player at each position.

This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start at 2:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Mariano Rivera-Joba Chamberlain Spat: As you’ve probably heard, Mo and Joba had a little verbal spat in the dugout prior to yesterday’s game. Sweeny Murti says they kissed and made up afterwards. The only real mistake here was letting it happen in public. No big deal.

Real Joba News: Chamberlain (oblique) felt fine after throwing a bullpen session this morning. He’ll make a minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Scranton on Tuesday. The team will see how he feels about that, but it’s possible he’ll be activated off the DL as soon as Thursday.

Ivan Nova Update: Nova (triceps) felt something in his side playing catch either yesterday or today, so he has been ruled out for tomorrow’s doubleheader against the Indians. Joe Girardi confirmed he would have been activated off the DL to start the second game.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Bo Knows says:

    Considering the yankees luck with injuries, is it safe to assume Nova will be out for the next 3 months which we will then find out he needs TJ?

    (I’m only kidding…..partly)

  2. trr says:

    No more of the “I” word!
    Let’s sweep this thing!

  3. jjyank says:

    I suggest that nobody read the comments (is that what they’re even called? I don’t do twitter) on that Sweeny Murti link. A lot more Joba hate than I expected for what I consider an incredibly minor incident.

    Anyway, I have to go to work now. Yay weird hours. Go Yanks. Do it for Prussia.

    • Travis L. says:

      One of these days, you’re going to have to explain the Prussia thing to me! Go Yanks!

    • BigLoving says:

      I’m a big Joba fan but what he did with Mo was absolute bullshit on so many levels. Respect what Rivera was conducting the interview for, respect Rivera for being the greatest closer of all time, respect Rivera for being one of the most influential names in the clubs history and respect your elders dammit.

      • jjyank says:

        And I think you (and many others) are overreacting. The word “bullshit” to me is reserved for something other than things involving the word “hush”. It’s no big deal.

        • Alkaline2.0 says:

          I agree. To me it was a non-issue. It seemed Mo was just busting Joba’s chops when Joba wasn’t in a good mood. I’ve been on both ends with close friends numerous times; I’ll be shocked if someone here hasn’t experienced something similar.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        As much as it doesn’t seam it to us, we have to remember that from an “employee” standpoint, Joba and Mo are equals. I’m sure Joba respects Mo for being the best ever at what Joba himself does, but at the same time they’re both grown men doing the same profession. If my coworker shushed me when I felt it was unwarranted and I had worked w/ them for a handful of years, I’d probably say the same thing. Being “shushed” is disrespectful, and I’d feel like I was treated like a child if another grown man shushed me.

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          I think Joba has a lot of growing up to do. He’s done plenty of immature things in the past, from chest-thumping to driving drunk. He has a pretty bad reputation around the league, and it’s hard to say it’s unwarranted.

          • The Big City of Dreams says:

            Chest thumping???

          • Get Phelps Up says:

            What’s so bad about the chest thumping?

            • The Big City of Dreams says:

              It’s baseball and ppl don’t like the over the top emotion that some players show. Yes some guys go overboard like Chapman flipping but in sports you’re going to have players get excited. Some of the same fans that don’t like it sometimes turn around and say the team is so boring no one shows emotion.

              One of the things I hated is when Yankee fans wanted Joba to act like Mo after finishing an inning. Why?? Joba is not Mo everyone approaches it differently. Mo gets the save and is calm while Joba is a burst of energy. Both guys have their personalities so why the big need for one guy to be someone else. After ppl always complaining player X tries to hard to be this guy.

              • WhittakerWalt says:

                I remember a game in ’08 against the Indians. Joba gave up a huge go-ahead homer to David Dellucci. Lost them the game. Then the next day Joba’s brought in on a non-crucial spot and strikes out Dellucci. This time he pounds the chest. Irritating. He couldn’t do it in the big spot, but feels no shame in crowing the next time?
                I know it’s probably just a generational thing. I accept that. I’m old. But I don’t like it.

                • The Big City of Dreams says:

                  But it goes both ways there have been moments when it’s in a big spot and doesn’t do it. I maybe wrong but I don’t think he does it anymore since so many fans had a problem with it yrs ago.

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            I’m not saying he doesn’t, he can be immature, but I’m putting myself in his shoes, regardless of who is “shushing” me, as a relatively successful 27 year old I’d probably react the same. Especially if I was having a shitty day.

            • Bo Knows says:

              and the more experienced veteran, has every right to tear him a new one and put him in his place, but that’s not Mo’s personality. While its true they are technically “equals” they aren’t even in the same plane of existence in terms of importance, respect or skill. Joba should have shown more respect than saying “Don’t ever shush me” my entire feeling on the matter is he hasn’t earned that right to talk to any veteran Yankee, let alone a HOF and a G.O.A.T such as Mariano Rivera like that.

              It would be one thing if Mo, swore or something but Joba acting all high and mighty when he honestly hasn’t done much of anything annoys me more than anything.

      • Betty Lizard says:

        Oh baloney. Rivera was in the dugout with the press. He wasn’t with the family who’d lost a child. There’s no expectation of quiet in the dugout and if he wanted quiet he could go in the clubhouse or the press room.

        Respect goes both ways. Rivera shouldn’t have called out Joba to the press. And he shouldn’t shush anyone not his child.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Basically what Betty said. Just because Mo is Mo and Joba is Joba doesn’t mean that Mo can’t do anything wrong.

    • Pat D says:

      Mo is God and Joba is not God.

      Why did you expect anything different?

    • The Big City of Dreams says:

      A lot more Joba hate than I expected for


      Not unexpected given who is involved…Mo and Joba. Plus it happened in front of the media and many fans are sick of Joba. I agree with you it’s a minor incident but it’s being made into a big thing. It’s not like they fought and throw things at each other.

  4. Dalek Jeter says:

    Just clicked on the first link about the “verbal spat,” do Yankee fans really hate Joba that much?! I mean they were taking shots at Joba the person just as much, if not more, as they were taking shots at Joba the pitcher.

    • The Big City of Dreams says:

      Just clicked on the first link about the “verbal spat,” do Yankee fans really hate Joba that much?!


      Yes there are fans that hate him.

      Get off the team for disrespecting Mo
      A waste
      Just like his mom.

      I think the dislike is based on him being a hot topic but never living up to his ceiling.

  5. Eddard says:

    They’re sending their most consistent pitcher to the mound to complete the sweep. I like sticking with the exact same lineup since it’s been working well on this road trip.

  6. Eddard says:

    Joba did come out of that spat looking childish, but it sounds like he bent the knee to Mariano and all is good again. Joba is young and needs to learn respect so this is just a learning opportunity for him.

  7. Dalek Jeter says:

    Way to make Santana work, Gardner *rolls eyes*

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Swinging at the first pitch is what our leadoff hitters do. Jeter’s made it a cottage industry.
      Of course, if Gardner had the track record of Derek Jeter it would be more understandable.

  8. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow, according to Gameday this strikezone is a postage stamp.

  9. Wheels says:

    The baseballs even have pink stitching today.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Ha, that’s actually pretty cool…even though I think that would make it harder to pick up spin on a bright day like today.

  10. Dalek Jeter says:

    Guys…this strike zone is fucking miniscule. Take a god damned pitch.

  11. forensic says:

    I hate inane comments like this usually, but geez, day game after 2 night games, won the first two games of the series, and others…

    Girardi must hate Romine.

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

      I’m assuming Romine has to start one of the games tomorrow.
      Joe didn’t want to risk the damage inflicted by playing Romine back to back days.

      • forensic says:

        He’ll certainly start the Phelps start tomorrow.

        I can only assume he’d destroy the space-time continuum by putting him with any other pitcher…

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I remember joking about this last year about Pierce or McGhee, so time to bring it back: Romine must have killed Girardi’s dog while banging his daughter or wife.

      In my head he hits the dog while getting road head from the daughter.

  12. Eddard says:

    I’d love for Romine to get a chance but the veteran starters clearly prefer to throw to Stewart. That’s why Romine only catches Phelps. And that’s just fine. Backups usually play 1/5 games anyway. What the veteran starters want, they get, that’s why Russell Martin is a Pirate.

  13. Dalek Jeter says:

    There is no way Jayson Nix has played every game, Suzyn.

    I mean at the beginning of the season we had Nunie and Youk starting.

    Also, Mitchell is being called up, John.

    These guys need to do their research.

  14. nycsportzfan says:

    God, Nelson K’s a ton. Stewy with a base knock.

  15. nycsportzfan says:


  16. SDB says:

    Cano swings for Prussia. Nice.

  17. Dalek Jeter says:


  18. Cy Pettitte says:

    that swing, so beautiful

  19. Wheels says:

    Dontcha know!!!

  20. Eddard says:

    ROBBIE! They’re really jumping on Santana’s 1st pitch today. Must be the gameplan. Hiroki might not give up another with the way he’s going so that’s a big HR.

  21. forensic says:

    Nice Cano!

  22. SDB says:

    Wells is also swinging for Prussia!

  23. Dalek Jeter says:


  24. forensic says:

    Back to back, and Belly to belly!!!

  25. Cy Pettitte says:

    Wells on fire on this road trip, damn.

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


  27. Wheels says:

    Back 2 back!

  28. nycsportzfan says:


  29. Get Phelps Up says:


  30. forensic says:

    I want 3 in a row…

  31. Karl Krawfid says:

    Man this Yankee team is fun to watch.

    Easier to watch when you’re not expecting much from most of these guys.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I think that’s it…I mean I personally was expecting the team to be struggling but at .500 right now. This is definitely better.

      • Karl Krawfid says:

        Yep just waiting for the injured players to come back.

        As far as I am concerned, Jeter A-Rod and the others can take their time.

  32. nycsportzfan says:

    Red Cocks getting beat 3-0 as well. Setting up to be a nice day, possibly..

  33. Dalek Jeter says:

    Yeah Pronk!!! Keep it coming!!!

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


  35. Wheels says:

    The Bronx Bombers.

  36. forensic says:

    A double Hafner? You’re off the team!

  37. JonS says:

    So who sits for Granderson, Garder or Ichiro?

  38. nycsportzfan says:

    Pronks swing is as sweet as candy..

  39. nycsportzfan says:

    Victorino just got fudged up trying to rob a HR by Melky.. He looks like hes hurt pretty badly.. Jays up 5-0 now..

    • JonS says:

      Damn, never want to hear something like that.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      nevermind, Victorino’s up now and OK.. THey say he just knocked wind outta him. It looked pretty ugly though. Still, there down 5-0.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Cy Dempster getting hit pretty hard.

    • forensic says:

      Checking out the Jays box scores lately, I’ve noticed that Gibbons has been doing the same as Girardi, batting Bautista (his typical, and should-be 3rd hitters, in my opinion) 2nd in his lineup.

      Desperation must be taking hold north of the border…

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

        Not a believer in lineup simulations then, eh?

        • forensic says:

          Not to that point, no. I want my best batting 3rd. I’d almost prefer 4th to 2nd. According to the numbers I’ve seen, there are more runners on base for those lineup spots than 2nd and that’s when I want them up.

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            Your 3rd, 6th, and 9th hitter are also the most likely to be up with nobody on and 2 outs.

            • forensic says:

              Whether or not that’s true, it doesn’t change my opinion. There are a lot more outs made in baseball than hits/reaching base. I still want them where there are more baserunners.

  40. Dalek Jeter says:

    I hate bemoaning small things…but Ichiro would’ve walked at least 2 pitches ago if he didn’t just swing at everything.

  41. Arnav says:

    The O’s are all over Diamond.

  42. WhittakerWalt says:

    This strikezone has my mystified.

  43. nycsportzfan says:

    We haven’t swept the Royals in KC since 2007. Who’d of thought a team with as many injuries as this yanks team would possibly be the team to do the deed? Baseball is a funny game..

  44. Brian S. says:

    Can someone link me to the Joba-hate article?

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      The article isn’t Joba Hate, the comments are, and I read the first one linked in the article…it’s right below the starting 9.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        Comment sections everywhere are filled with hate. That’s just how it goes.
        I don’t hate Joba, I just get annoyed with his attitude sometimes. I still want him to do well for us.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Ours isn’t? Except for those who deserve it… *glares at Jayson Nix and Chris Stewart*

          • WhittakerWalt says:

            Haha, our comment section actually has standards. Yahoo and CNN comment sections are the worst. People just brazenly call the president a “monkey” on those threads.

  45. forensic says:

    Yay!!! Kuroda used his glove that time instead of his hand.

  46. Eddard says:

    Hiroki might not give up another run. He’s got them pounding it into the ground today.

  47. Amanda says:

    Mike dont hold your breath waiting for wells to turn into a pumkin or sayng overbay is gone when Tex comes back im sure you are happy your wrong alot ! lol

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      You’re really that much in love with Overbay’s .300 OBP? He’s been a nice fill-in for Tex, but let’s get real.

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

      You seriously think they are going to bench Tex for Overbay?

    • RetroRob says:

      As a Yankee fan, I am happy the Yankees have been able to find useful pieces who have helped the team while the A lineup is on the mend. I would not expect this production all season, especially from Overbay. I could see Wells having a solid season.

  48. Wheels says:

    It would be amazing if this is the beginning of an illustrious Yankee career for Vernon Wells.

  49. forensic says:

    Yay Moose Tacos!!!

  50. RetroRob says:

    Answer to the Quiz is the Quiz.

  51. forensic says:

    Of all the times for Overbay to go the other way…

  52. Dalek Jeter says:

    I absolutely blame Nix, John. You gotta make sure the ball is going to fall before you go.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      What was Ma and Pa’s reaction to that boneheaded play?

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        “I can’t blame Nix there, you have to take the chance.”

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          You cannot be serious. It was a terrible play. Nice catch and all, but not even Sportscenter worthy. Horrible baserunning.
          Nix must have the same naked pictures of Ma and Pa that Ben Francisco has of Girardi. I’m thinking it was a key party or something.

  53. forensic says:

    Nice job Nix, always doing something good to help the team…

  54. Eddard says:

    Encarnacion just hit one out of Fenway against Dumpster. People keep waiting for Wells to turn into a pumpkin, they should be looking at Boston.

  55. Wheels says:

    A Rush Limbaugh sighting.

  56. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Back to civilization, kind of…game summary? thanks

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Royals: Leadoff double, bunt to third, sac fly in first

      Yankees: Robbie and Wells went back to back (TOO MANY HOMERS) and Robbie’s is a two run shot.

  57. Get Phelps Up says:


  58. Arnav says:

    CG for Hiroki?

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      That would be great, seeing as how we’ve got Phelps and another kid starting tomorrow’s game…we might really need the bullpen.

  59. Alkaline2.0 says:

    Kuroda seems to be doing well.

  60. RetroRob says:

    Rex Hudler is the first player I can remember the Yankees drafting.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      MAYBE I remember that, but I definitely do remember him as a prospect.

      • RetroRob says:

        I don’t know why I remember him, since he was drafted in 1978 and I had been watching baseball prior to that. There must have been some extra buzz around his selection.

        Also, I even remember him being interviewed at Yankee Stadium after he was drafted. No doubt delivered to the Stadium by the crooked cab driver in the story just mentioned.

        And that is perhaps why I do remember him. He was interviewed on TV by the local broadcast team of the Scooter, White and Messer, and it clearly left an impression on me as a kid that is there to this day.

        • forensic says:

          The only thing I remember about Hudler is him getting arrested in a KC airport for possession of marijuana…

          • RetroRob says:

            I won’t comment since that means nearly a half hour after the way-too-long Hudler story ended on TV we are still discussing him.

            Yet my non-comment actually is a comment, so it continues!

  61. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Interesting tribute to Rex Hudler that’s taking WAY too long.

  62. SDB says:

    Nice at bat, Brett.

  63. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Reading over the thread. I’m glad we resisted the trap of spending time on whatever this Joba/Mo nonsense was. I feel worse as a human being that I even know about it, much like I feel worse that I know what Candy Crush Saga is.

  64. Alkaline2.0 says:

    So Marshall is pitching tomorrow? I saw him on Tuesday for AAA. Minor league games FTW

  65. Vernon_is_the_man says:

    Wow so nice. Vernon has made me a complete believer.

  66. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nice bit of running. Homers and some small ball. I like it.

  67. forensic says:

    Nicely done Wells!

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

    Nothing on that throw

  69. forensic says:

    Wow Nix, that was the slowest throw I’ve ever seen. You could’ve rolled it over there quicker. Even Swisher’s made harder throws…

  70. Dalek Jeter says:

    Suzyn, you don’t “get an oblique” when you have an oblique injury. The oblique is a muscle in your side. you strain your oblique. You dumb, dumb woman. And just because you’re on the DL doesn’t mean that you can’t get hurt again

    And of course they’re killing Joba for the Joba/Mo thing.

    • Wheels says:

      The Joba/Mo thing is such a non story. Fucking high school gossip.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        I know, but god forbid anybody speak back to Mo with anything but the respect a catholic would show the Pope.

      • RetroRob says:

        I just find if funny that fans are angry at Joba, as if they have any part of this. Joba is a member of the Yankees, a member of the Yankee bullpen, has a personal and positive relationship with Mo based on everything we’ve heard over the years, and is in his 7th season on the team. For whatever reason he was pissed at Mo, who he does not view as a diety as fans do.

        I know if someone told me to be quiet or to shhhh, I would be annoyed. I do think Joba was in the wrong here because he made it public, but it is a non-event.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Did he really make it public though? I mean Mo told him to shush in front of fans and the media.

          • RetroRob says:

            I would say he made it public by confronting Mo while the media was still around. That’s one of those “awareness” things that a player just should take into account, and for the most part I think all the Yankees are good at. He should have went to him later when the tabloid reporters had left.

            Yet the fact that it did annoy Joba and he did confront Mo probably says something about Joba’s mood yesterday. These guys are humans. It’s a non-story to me.

            • Dalek Jeter says:

              Agreed, Mo tried to have a little fun with Joba on a day when Joba wasn’t in the mood…shit happens. Athletes like anybody are allowed have days when everything bothers them, hell it’s how I spend most days.

            • Rolling Doughnut says:

              Right, Joba talked back to God and the faithful got pissed. I’m slightly on Joba’s side although mostly I don’t give a shit either way.

  71. OldYanksFan says:

    5 HRs for the J’s. Up 10-1 over the Bloody Sox.

    • forensic says:

      Good thing your name for the Sox and nycsportzfan’s name for the Sox haven’t combined. This is a family blog…

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        HA! I personally like OldYanksFan’s more, because there’s an actual background to it, and blood is red, as opposed to nycsportzfan which is vulgar for no other reason but vulgarity.

  72. Brian S. says:

    Alberto Gonzalez>Nix

  73. OldYanksFan says:

    What’s up with Jesus Montero? Is he depressed playing in Seattle?
    A .673 OPS in 596 ABs.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      He’s bored.

      • The Doctor says:

        Basically, if the pitcher isn’t throwing an 100 mph 12-6 curveball, he’s not even going to bother. Boring.

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      Not depressed, just Bored.

    • Brian S. says:

      He sucks

    • RetroRob says:

      If a hitter has a flaw, MLB pitchers will find it and use it a hitter forever. Montero has not been able to, or has been unwilling to adjust. If he doesn’t figure it out he is going to be a bust. I still have faith, but it weakens every passing day. I think this also confirms some of the maturity issues we heard rumors about, not taking well to instruction, etc. Doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy, not at all, but he clearly has some issues going on in between the ears.

  74. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Gotta take my hat off to Cashman. Signing Kuroda on back to back 1 year deals for reasonable money has been a stoke of genius. He’s pretty close to have been the Yankees best pitcher over the last 200 games.

  75. The Doctor says:

    Sabathia may be the official “ace”, but it’s pretty clear that Kuroda’s been the team’s ace for the past year if you ask me. Just a pleasure to watch.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      He’s absolutely at worst been 1b to Sabathia’s 1a.

      On a nerd topic, what have you thought about this second half of season 7 of Doctor Who?

    • JonS says:

      He was the “more valuable” pitcher last year as well. Call it what you want. :)

  76. OldYanksFan says:

    Why so much hate for Nix?
    He makes less than $1m, plays a number of positions, and has 0.3 bWAR so far this year, which is better then a couple of starting Shortstops.

    • Brian S. says:

      Because he sucks and I want to see Adams or Mustelier.

    • RetroRob says:

      I think most people are indifferent to Nix. There are a few vocal haters.

      My issue is more with the Yankees, who out themselves in a situation where Nix has to play so much.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Because he’s a below average hitter and below average fielder (at every position) that gets WAY too much love from the media and the front office.

    • JRod says:

      The hatred for Nix is among fools who don’t understand baseball, and think that every SS hits like Jeter. Or just plain garden variety haters.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        BULLSHIT. We’re just tired of hearing how great this (very average) player is. We’re not fools who don’t understand baseball. That’s nonsense worthy of Buzz Bissinger.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          BULLSHIT. We’re just tired of hearing how great this (very average) slightly below average player is. We’re not fools who don’t understand baseball. That’s nonsense worthy of Buzz Bissinger.


  77. Wheels says:

    He was safe

  78. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Perez had his GPS going on that one. Wow.

  79. Dalek Jeter says:

    Man, I love well pitched games. Unlike that middle game in Colorado this game and yesterday’s have gone by at a nice pleasant pace. Not once have I thought “God how is it only the __ inning?!”

    • JonS says:

      I 100% agree. However, this is the type of game that the ADHD, I can only watch football, crowd calls boring.

  80. forensic says:

    Um, no Cone. He wasn’t looking at Perez at all, he was looking at the ump.

  81. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ugh, Gameday is frozen…how many pitches at Kuroda at?

  82. forensic says:

    Jose Valverde blows a save.

    All is right with the world.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      My least favorite thing about how he acts when he gets a save is if somebody did that stupid fucking spasming dumb dance after hitting a homer, everybody would be up in arms about it. But since Valverde is an “oddball” and “a personality” it’s completely fucking okay.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        Between him and Fernando Rodney it’s a serious asshole convention.

      • RetroRob says:

        A couple of seasons back, the MLBN guys were talking about what’s more annoying, Joba Chamberlain’s emotions on the mound, or Valverde’s. Shockingly (or perhaps not), they seemed to think Joba’s was worse. I believe just the opposite. I don’t have problem with emotion that is legit. I don’t think Joba is showing up players. I don’t think Papelbon is showing up players. I think it is legit emotion, so I’m fine with it.

        The theatrics of Valverde and Rodney is not emotion. It is a narcissistic show that screams: look at me. I had issues with Soriano’s untuck, too, but it was subtle enough that it wouldn’t drive me crazy like Valverde.

        • Brian S. says:

          But who cares if baseball players have fun? I think Valverde is a bit extreme but it’s a game and fans seem to like it.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          I agree 100%. Papelbitch’s jackoff motion and Joba’s fist pump are emotional releases, Rodney and Valverde’s are basically “haha, I’m better than you now look at me!!”

  83. Brian S. says:

    Kuroda only has one strikeout

    • forensic says:

      KC doesn’t strike out much in general. They just go up there hacking, which is also why they don’t walk and their run total isn’t as high as it should given their OK BA.

    • Wheels says:

      “Strikeouts are fascist” -Crash Davis

  84. Dalek Jeter says:

    …they just started talking about how Ichiro shirtless looks on the radio. Sterling brought it up.

  85. Brian S. says:

    Think Rivera could go today? He’s been pitching an awful lot lately.

    • Brian S. says:

      Plus we might need him tomorrow for one of the games.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I wouldn’t because of the Double Header tomorrow. It looks more and more like it’s going to be Phelps/Warren or Phelps/Nuno and I’d much rather have as many bullpen arms ready to go tomorrow as possible.

    • forensic says:

      I’d be surprised if either Robertson or Rivera were used today. That’s why the PC is so critical for Kuroda right now. Just gotta keep it going for 2 more innings hopefully.

  86. forensic says:

    Whew, Kuroda, and I, thought that was gone…

  87. Dalek Jeter says:

    He’s going to use Mo today. I can feel it.

  88. Anderson Silva says:

    Baseball needs to get rid of umpires.. they absolutely fucking suck

  89. Pat D says:

    Kuroda wants to karate chop Diaz right now.

  90. Brian S. says:

    lol at pitches 1 and 3 being balls.

  91. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Fuck. Guess it’s DRob and Mo today after all.

  92. forensic says:


    And he actually is using Robertson here, which I assume means he’ll also use Mo.

    So, that’s two games tomorrow that neither of them will be available. I’m all for winning the game at hand, but that sure hurts things for tomorrow.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      +1 Especially with the series won, I’d be completely with a “lose the battle to win the war” mentality and to go to a Kelley or a Claiborne here or in the 9th.

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

        Why chance losing a battle you have a great chance to win, in case it MIGHT have an effect tomorrow?
        For all we know, both games could be blowouts tomorrow.

      • forensic says:

        What are you +1′ing? The rest of your comment seemed to go against what I was saying I’m mostly ok with.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Really, I thought I was agreeing with you lol. Are you not saying that you’d rather him have Mo/D-Rob available tomorrow?

          • forensic says:

            If I had a choice, I would’ve tried to stick with Kuroda for at least the last out in the 8th to save one of them. But I’m not going to risk sacrificing a game they’re in position to win by going to Kelley/Claiborne over Robertson/Mo. Win the game at hand and worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. It certainly hurts for tomorrow, but they could blow this one and then get blown out both games tomorrow with no chance for them to pitch, and then you’ve lost 3 games instead of 2.

  93. Wheels says:

    Looked like Kuroda had some words for the ump as he was leaving the game there.

  94. Brian S. says:

    How come the Nationals and Braves don’t have .600 win percentages. So much talent on those two teams.

  95. forensic says:

    And of course Laz Diaz had to make sure people noticed him before the game was over. Surprised it took this long.

  96. Dalek Jeter says:

    Hopefully Joe either sends Robertson back out for the 9th or allows him to pitch in one of the games tomorrow, I mean he basically only got a dry hump today (2 in-game pitches) if he doesn’t pitch the 9th.

    • forensic says:

      I’d be fine with him pitching the 9th, but Mo is already warming so that’s not going to happen.

      Even with just the 2 pitches, today is 4 out of 5 for both of them, so tomorrow would be 5 out of 6 and 3 straight. I’d be absolutely shocked if either of them pitched tomorrow.

  97. Dalek Jeter says:

    So for the last couple days I’ve been reading a chapter a day on the bus of The Game of Thrones, and for whatever reason chapters seem to be long enough for me to read one between work and home…I watch the show too and both are great (at least the first book is really good so far) but the young characters are…so much younger…in the book. It’s actually adding a very, very creepy level to the story.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Yep, there’s no way they could have done some of that stuff with live action. The Dany chapters alone would get them arrested.

    • RetroRob says:

      I’ve missed most of this season on HBO as I’ve been out of the country more than in it the past two months, so to get my GoT fix I was considering reading book one. Is it available as an eBook I can download or print? Either is fine, although thinking ebook might work better for me right now.

    • forensic says:

      Like Girardi’s daughter kind of creepy? ;-)

  98. Wheels says:


  99. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nixie gets 2 on his 2nd chance.

  100. forensic says:

    Nice! And right as I was going to type that I was a little concerned about what may happen after that single given how much he’s pitched recently…

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

    And they just keep on winning…

  102. forensic says:

    Beautiful relief guys!!! 10 pitches for 4 outs. Can’t beat that.

    Terrific Sweep!!!

  103. RetroRob says:

    Eight pitches. It’s almost like he didn’t pitch.

    He can save both games tomorrow.

  104. Pseudoyanks says:

    OK, who took my broom?

  105. Anderson Silva says:

    great W. Also, 2 pitches for D-Rob and 9 for Mo. They should be good to go tomorrow.

  106. Dalek Jeter says:

    ball game!

  107. WhittakerWalt says:

    “Gee I sure hope we don’t get swept on the road trip”

  108. Brian S. says:

    So how come Jackie Bradley Jr., Ryan Lavarnaway, Allen Webster, and Will Middlebrooks are all far below replacement level?

  109. Get Phelps Up says:

    10 games over .500 now.

    In comparison, last year’s team didn’t reach that mark until June 11.

  110. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Well done boys. Short and very sweet. Still don’t think Mo or DRob will pitch tomorrow though.

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