Game 47: Stop the Skid

(Rob Carr/Getty)

(Rob Carr/Getty)

The Yankees and the Rangers are the only teams in baseball that have yet to lose three consecutive games this season, but the Bombers have lost two straight coming into tonight’s contest against the Rays. This series could create some headaches for New York with Vidal Nuno starting tomorrow and Alex Cobb starting on Sunday, so winning the opener tonight would be a pretty nice regardless of how many games they’ve lost in a row. Here’s the lineup that will face the pitcher former known as Fausto Carmona:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. LF Vernon Wells
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. RF Curtis Granderson
  6. 3B David Adams
  7. 1B Lyle Overbay
  8. SS Jayson Nix
  9. C Chris StewartI guess the groin is okay

And on the mound is the former Falmouth Commodore (Cape Cod League), right-hander David Phelps.

The sky is clear and it’s sweltering in St. Petersburg, but that doesn’t matter because the Yankees and Rays are playing indoors. Tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 7:10pm ET and can be seen on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Injury News: Andy Pettitte (trap) will throw a bullpen session tomorrow after playing catch the last two days … Kevin Youkilis (back) could join Mark Teixeira (wrist) on a minor league rehab assignment next week … Joba Chamberlain (oblique) will throw two innings in an Extended Spring Training game tomorrow … Eduardo Nunez (ribcage) will play in a minor league rehab game soon … in case you missed it earlier, Ivan Nova (triceps) was activated off the DL while Dellin Betances was sent to Triple-A to clear a roster spot.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. trr says:

    If we’re to have any chance to win this series, we need this game tonight!

  2. vicki says:

    victorino and middlebrooks on the dl. here come the tears.

  3. Fausto Carmona's SS# says:

    This is a definite must win. It might be a slug fest, but we have to beat Fausto Carm…errr….Roberto Hernandez.

    I hate the Trop. I hate it more than Fenway, if that’s even possible.

  4. trr says:

    Bah! We go through that every week!

  5. Dr. TJ Eckleberg says:

    My9 sucks. I hate that I can’t watch these games on Directv. Stupid.

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

    Wait, when did Carmona change his name?

    • Fausto Carmona's SS# says:

      I think the INS changed it for him…..

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      In 2012, Dominican police arrested him accusing him of using a false name to get a visa. His real name is Roberto Heredia Hernández, and he is three years older than he reported. Why he changed it who knows? Wonder what he got up to in the DR.

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

        Well, damn.

        • Roadgeek Adam says:

          I still call him Carmona, easier to disambiguate him from the other Roberto Hernandez, who played for the Rays in the early 2000s.

          That and I hate his guts.

  7. Eddard says:

    I think they have a good shot to win 2/3 and it starts tonight with BGDP.

  8. Dalek Jeter says:

    Hehe, Sterling is calling the Tampa starter Carmona!

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

    Hooray for dumb slides!

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

    I hate when opposing teams play good defense.

  11. Pat D says:

    We’re all slipping.

    For Prussia!

  12. Pat D says:

    So what is everyone’s least favorite out of these three parks in which the Yankees seem to suck?

    The Trop
    Angel Stadium

    • trr says:

      The Trop sucks. I’ve been there. It sucks.
      Did I mention it sucks?

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

      Angel Fucking Stadium, thank you very much.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      The Trop and it’s not even really that close. At least the other two are aesthetically enjoyable and look like a ball park. The Trop is ugly as fuck and looks like (and really is) a giant warehouse with a baseball field in it.

  13. trr says:

    Dang! a couple of at’ems

  14. Dalek Jeter says:

    Hooray, a simple 10 pitch inning for a dude sporting an ERA north of 5.

  15. Dalek Jeter says:

    I really hope that this is the regular line up until Youk or Tex gets back, only with Stewart as the BUC because I want to see Romine as a starter to see if he can do it in the majors.

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

    Help from the Rays fan. Not sure Hafner makes second on that otherwise.

  17. Eddard says:

    They’re really kicking that old man out of the ballgame?

  18. trr says:

    Do they REALLY have to toss that fan?

  19. sangreal says:

    It’s always something at this dump. Feel bad for the old guy getting kicked out

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

    First base umpires ftw

  21. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Caught a break there.

  22. SDB says:


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


  24. Dalek Jeter says:

    Nice, LOVERBAY!!

  25. vicki says:

    loverbay greenlight. love. it.

  26. Eddard says:


  27. trr says:

    3-0 count!

  28. Wheels says:

    Lyle is clutch

  29. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Turn him looooose–

  30. Cy Pettitte says:

    great read by Adams, didn’t think he had any chance to score on that

  31. Wheels says:

    F’n sweet

  32. trr says:

    That fan’s still there!

  33. Eddard says:

    Jayson Nix professional ballplayer. And that old guy forgot where he was sitting!

  34. Dalek Jeter says:

    He always DOES SOMETHING! #professional ballplayer

  35. Dalek Jeter says:

    Who brings a god damned horn to a fucking ball park?!

  36. Eddard says:

    Is there anything Jayson Nix can’t do?

  37. Eddard says:

    Calling to the pen in the 2nd inning. Get Carmona out and deplete their pen for the rest of the series.

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

    Make him pay, Vern. Make him pay.

  39. vicki says:

    get pissed, vern.

  40. Eddard says:

    I know Maddon is smart but this is just stupid.

  41. Pat D says:

    Joe Maddon: Managerial Genius.

    Don’t believe me? Just ask him.

  42. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Walk the bases loaded w/2 outs and Wells coming up on my

  43. Pasta says:

    Make him pay

  44. Eddard says:

    That’s ok, 3 runs is all BGDP needs.

    • SDB says:

      Who cares? It’s Fausto pitching, I’d love to see him go for at least 7 or 8 runs. Then onto wearing down the bullpen.

  45. Dalek Jeter says:

    I know we make fun of the crowds that Tampa draws, but lets be real. I just got the opportunity for a free “live look-in” from Gameday (because I’m in network I can only get the radio package) and knowing I’d get the Tampa broadcast and have to look at the ballpark I declined.

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

    Nice play.

  47. Wheels says:

    Big league play right there

  48. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Adams continues to impress

  49. Dalek Jeter says:

    His throwing motion still scares the fuck out of me, but with that said, I hope I have the pleasure of that moment of fear for every play Adams makes for the next decade.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      it’s weird, out of his hand I always think, for a second, that it’s going way over Overbay’s head and then it hits him in the chest.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Yup, it’s the over the top motion, it’s not something you regularly see out of an infielder.

  50. The Real Greg says:

    Katie Sharp ?@ktsharp 17m
    David Adams is 8th Yankee since 1916 with at least one hit in 7 of his 1st 8 career games. Only other in last 20 years was Hideki Matsui

  51. Eddard says:

    At this rate Phelps might throw a CGSO with 75 pitches thrown.

  52. Pasta says:

    Hey madacone is up.

  53. Dalek Jeter says:

    So…Hughes vs Pineda vs Phelps vs Nova. Discuss


  54. Eddard says:

    People don’t want to hear this but Chris Stewart is by far the better option. Romine needs to go down to AAA and learn how to hit.

  55. Dalek Jeter says:


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


  57. Pat D says:


  58. your mom says:

    I’m glad Fausto sucks.

  59. vicki says:

    y’all like offense, tune into the series up in toronto.

  60. Pat D says:

    Fred McGriff is the trivia answer by the way.

  61. Dan in Athens says:

    Hey I flew my dad down for his 64th today. I am the guy who had Gardys hr hit off his hand right into my dads cap. Crazy

  62. Pat D says:

    I’d just like to say, as I usually do, that Luke Scott should die of gonorrhea and rot in Hell.

  63. Tom says:

    I think that was Gardner’s 3rd HR on a first pitch fastball.

    The second or third time up I think he should look to ambush that first pitch more as pitchers are often laying pitches in assuming he’s going to try and work a deep count.

  64. Cuso says:

    Nova if you’re in the pen crying to yourself “Why?”

    Take a look. That’s why.

  65. Dalek Jeter says:

    You’re fucking kidding me right?

  66. Pat D says:

    Oh for the love of Mo.

  67. The Real Greg says:

    He’s okay!

  68. Pat D says:

    I forgot it was Happ who hit Granderson in spring training.

    The baseball gods were excessive in their retribution on that one.

  69. V says:

    These Granderson HBPs are really getting ridiculous.

  70. DavidAdamsIsGod says:

    Too early to say this kids might be for real?

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Yeah, probably. I hope he’s legit though. That would really help clear up our 3B situation going forward.

  71. vicki says:

    go, rook.

  72. Wheels says:

    C’mon Nixey

  73. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    I’m going to flip if Grandy is hurt…

  74. V says:

    It’s obvious their game plan was ‘pitch him inside inside inside inside’. If your pitcher can’t control the inside pitch, he shouldn’t be throwing it.

  75. Dalek Jeter says:

    Nix is having a hell of an AB here.

  76. Eddard says:

    They’re leaving Curtis in which is a good sign. It would be just our luck if he went out.

  77. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nix is a (very) professional ballplayer

  78. Dalek Jeter says:

    I hope this is an “okay, we’re up 6-0, better safe than sorry” pulling Granderson out of the game.

  79. The Real Greg says:

    Don’t take any chances at this point.

    Put Ichiro in.

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


  81. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow. When Chris Stewart is beating you, you’ve got some issues.

  82. Leg-End says:

    Pile it on ‘em boys.

  83. Eddard says:

    They’re putting on an offensive clinic tonight. This is probably the best lineup they can throw out there at this point.

  84. The Real Greg says:

    It seems like Chris Stewart is hitting the ball more definitively this year. Not many of those just out of reach/hit the glove hits as last year

  85. Pat D says:

    Hits a HR last at bat, swings at a pitch at his eyes the next time.

    Brett Gardner, ladies and gentlemen.

  86. Eddard says:

    That pitcher needs to be taken out. He’s throwing right at the hands.

  87. Pat D says:

    I don’t think that hit him at all.

  88. The Real Greg says:

    And the Oscar goes to…

  89. Leg-End says:

    How can the booth not see that, it clearly hit his left hand.

  90. V says:

    Ok, this shit is getting REALLY ridiculous. There’s no reason to be pitching Cano up and in in a 7-0 effing game. Don’t break up the perfect game, but I want Longoria drilled 2-3 times this series in retribution. Tell the Rays they can’t pull this crap and get away with it.

  91. The Real Greg says:

    I would not throw at any Ray until it is late. Umpires can be unpredictable and they may throw him out without warnings.

  92. Pat D says:


    Granderson better be OK.

  93. Mykey says:

    God I love Phelps’ mentality. The whole “here it is, hit it” thing. It can certainly blow up in his face sometimes, but when it works, I love it.

  94. Wheels says:


  95. V says:

    The Rays got that effing pitch called a strike 3 times. F*** you, ump.

  96. Eddard says:

    Damnit, no perfecto for BGDP tonight.

  97. Rolling Doughnut says:

    OK NOW drill somebody

  98. Alan says:

    In Tampa, watching the Rays broadcast from home, the announcers were calling for a jinx. Obnoxious.

  99. Dalek Jeter says:

    Now hit Longo in his next AB.

  100. The Real Greg says:

    David Phelps was not going to get a No-No or a perfecto. His pitching style and stuff make it nearly impossible

  101. Pat D says:

    “Haven’t heard the cowbells much tonight.”

    He says just as the fucking vuvuzellas, or however the fuck it’s spelled, start up again.

  102. Hate the rays says:

    Fucking hate this team if grandy is hurt they need to hit longo.

  103. Dalek Jeter says:

    Hit Luke. Kill 3 bird w/ one stone. Sets up the DP. Get payback for Grandy and/or Robby. Hit one of the most disliked guys in baseball.

  104. lightSABR says:

    Yikes–terrible luck I have. I tune in, and Phelps starts sucking immediately.

  105. Hate the rays says:

    Hit him now

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

    Swinging 3-0 while down 5 runs?


    • Tom says:

      Maddon is a genius! He nearly had a 5 run homer there…

      Needless to say, a curious strategy.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      He walked the bases loaded with 2 outs,1st not open, to pitch to Vernon Wells. The 3-0 green light is tame compared to that.

  107. Wheels says:

    Back to work boys

  108. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Brushed Zobrist, should have plonked Longo.

  109. Hate the rays says:

    Grandy hit in the palm of the hand cant be too bad not a bone shot but he was just starting to hit.

  110. Hate the rays says:

    Jayson nix ballplayer

  111. Wheels says:

    yeah baby

  112. Hate the rays says:

    Karma is a bitch lobaton hit there

  113. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nix brought his professional A game tonight

  114. OldYanksFan says:


  115. Tom says:

    Speaking of no hitters, Sanchez has one going for the Tigers (just starting the top of the 8th). They are cutting in on MLBNetwork for those that have it.

    Also nice tack on run… that gives Phelps and the non Robertson/Mo relievers a little more margin before one of the big 2 has to get up.

  116. Hate the rays says:

    Kelly johnson could be on the mets and still hit us

  117. Wheels says:

    Way to haul some ass Robbie

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

    So who here is predicting a broken hand for Grandy?

    Even if it’s not broken, we’re not seeing him these next two games just in case.

  119. The Real Greg says:

    That was dumb.

  120. The Real Greg says:

    Sanchez no-no broken up through 8.1 innings by Joe Mauer

  121. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Mauer just broke up the no no

    • Tom says:

      Probably a good thing as the homeplate umpire was getting a bit too wrapped up in it.

      Not quite the Contreras strike zone during his no-no bit he punched the previous two guys out on some pretty questionable pitches.

  122. The Real Greg says:

    Fractured left pinkie for Grandy

  123. Wheels says:

    Oh my god, it’s broken

  124. vicki says:

    ben francisco lives on.

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

    Thomas Neal?
    Or I guess more likely Brennan Boesch.

  126. Hate the rays says:

    Jammed wrist is my grandy prediction wont see him till mets series

  127. trr says:

    Did I mis the part where we hit Longoria?

  128. Mouse says:

    Unreal. Now we’ll never be rid of Ben Fran.

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


  130. Wheels says:


  131. The Real Greg says:

    When it rains it pours

  132. Eddard says:

    How much more cursed can one team get?

  133. trr says:

    Fuck me, you, him, and her!

  134. Leg-End says:

    Jesus fuck now Phelps is nailed…….cursed!

  135. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Now Phelps this just won’t stop. fuck

  136. fabricio says:

    for fucks sake !!!! I hope hes alright

  137. trr says:

    I must be dreaming all these injuries

  138. Eddard says:

    They’ll probably have to amputate Phelps’s arm now.

  139. Hate the rays says:

    Yankees need to issue kevar clothing to all playersl

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

    Perhaps our success isn’t the baseball gods’ apology for the 2012 Orioles. Perhaps it’s a tradeoff – they suck out our best players’ life’s blood, and in return we win games.

    Is it any coincidence that soon after we get back Grandy, we lose two series in a row? And that’s just one player. The gods need blood. So Grandy has been returned.

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

      And now Phelps is the next sacrifice. And we say that Hal wouldn’t do anything to win. In reality, he’s more ruthless than George ever was.

  141. Pat D says:

    At this point are we sure that the rafters are clear of snipers who might start taking shots at members of the Yankees?

  142. ClusterDuck says:

    Phuck. Somebody, anybody tell me that Phelps is okay.

  143. Hate the rays says:

    I cant believe we lost grandy again. Let clairborne nail longoria

  144. Hate the rays says:

    Well grandy price for next year will be lower that we can keep him

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

    This is ridiculous.

    Screw merely plunking Longoria, throw at his head.

  146. vicki says:

    it’s hard not to feel persecuted at this point. i can’t even enjoy looking at kyle farnsworth. well, okay, i can. just not as much as usual.

  147. The Real Greg says:

    We are the Black Knight from the Holy Grail so far this year.

  148. Hate the rays says:

    If you plunk longeria you have to worry about crazy kyle now and farnsy can fight.

  149. Dalek Jeter says:

    This season is the most improbable scenario ever with the injuries, and the back ups getting injured, and the team still winning.

  150. Wheels says:

    The Yanks need to change their luck. Time to make a sacrifice to the gods and throw Ben Francisco into a volcano

  151. Robinson Tilapia says:

    They’ll be 15 games in first place by the time Curtis is back.

    Hoping for the best with BGDP.

    I believe in this team’s ability to get the job fucking done, no matter what.

    • The Real Greg says:

      They played well without Curtis, so that injury doesn’t worry me.

      Phelps had better be okay because if he goes down, Nova goes back to the rotation.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Please don’t give credence to Eddard w/ the BGDP stuff. If you feed a stray once, it’s always gonna come back.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        BGDP! BGDP!

        The best part about this is that it’s a rather versatile meme.

        Phelps gets rocked? Use BGDP ironically.

  152. Hate the rays says:

    I feel sick why cant these guys be like hocky players and gut it out

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Hocky players are some of the toughest in sprts.

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

        I don’t think that’s it. In hockey you can get away with playing with no teeth or a fractured pinky or whatever because hockey, while a skilled sport, is not a precision sport. The fact is, a fractured pinky makes swinging a bat and fielding very difficult, making you pretty useless.

        In football, say, if your pinky is broken and you’re on the offensive line, well, you can still ram into people.

  153. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Great win. Knocks our guys out? We will come back, and we will come back again. Never fucking say die.

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