Game 74: Encore

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Last night’s win over the Rays was the Yankees’ first real comfortable win since the Mariners series in Seattle. The Yankees scored some runs early and the bullpen didn’t make things interesting late. It was nice. I could go for another one of those this afternoon. Considering all five teams in the AL East are now at or over .500 — no other division has more than three .500 teams — the Yankees need wins any way they can get ‘em. Here’s the lineup that will face rookie right-hander Alex Colome:

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

And on the mound is left-hander CC Sabathia, who in 2003 became the youngest pitcher to start on Opening Day since Doc Gooden in 1986. He was 22 years and nine months old.

It’s another great weather day in New York, so the Yankees and Rays will be playing under lots of sunshine when the game begins at 1:05pm ET. You can watch on YES and MLB Network. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Derek Jeter (ankle) took batting practice and fielded grounders with the team at Yankee Stadium. He has done pretty much everything except run … Frankie Cervelli (hand) started taking dry swings yesterday … Alex Rodriguez (hip) has started taking simulated at-bats in Tampa.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. trr says:

    This might be as good a line up as we can field currently.
    Maybe we can score a few runs? Looking forward to seeing Z today

  2. Eddard says:

    I like having a more consistent lineup. Gives the players a chance to get in the groove. CC needs to step up today since we don’t know what we’ll get from Supernova tomorrow.

  3. Pat D says:

    It was exactly one year ago today that I worked my last day at T-Mobile.

    Which means it’s been one year since I was paid for working.

    This has been both good and bad.

  4. Kramerica Industries says:

    How do we interpret this “.500 or better” stuff, anyway?

    Is it indicative of the AL East still being the strongest division in baseball top-to-bottom, like it has been, more-or-less, for the past number of years?


    Is it indicative of the parity in baseball right now, which creates more competition but doesn’t leave room for any “great” teams?

  5. Cuso says:

    You know, Phelps’ surly demeanor when he comes off the mound was starting to grow on me.

    But now, it’s like he’s always brooding all the time. He might be a serial killer…..

  6. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Hey Greg, I just saw your response to the results of our bet last year that I posted last week.

    (For the record: http://riveraveblues.com/2013/.....nt-6387979

    “As per this comment — http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....nt-4658431 — Greg bet that lefties would hit better off of Oliver Perez the rest of the year than righties would. This was based on 31 (!!) at bats to that point in the season, which somehow outweighed decades of baseball history and 9 years of Perez’s career where righties hit better.
    At the time, lefties were hitting 13 for 31 off of Perez (.419), while righties were hitting 2 for 18 (.111).
    For the rest of the year, lefties hit 3 for 26 (.115) off him, while righties hit 9 for 36 (.250).”)

    Anyway, as Need Pitching pointed out after your response, these stats were for the *rest of the year* after we made the bet. The stats you posted were for the entire year, including the 31 fluky at-bats that took place before our bet that led you to believe that we should ignore the previous 9 years of Perez’s career. (By the way, when you said 61 and 62 at bats, you were looking at PA, not AB, which are 57 and 54, not that that changes much.)

    Anyway, again, hopefully this will convince you that you shouldn’t make predictions based on 31 at bats, especially when it goes against mountains of evidence to the contrary.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Okay you win on the technicality.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

        I’m sorry, what? Technicality?

        It was very straightforward. You bet that lefties would hit better against Perez than righties for the rest of the year. They didn’t, and it wasn’t close. What technicality are you talking about?

        • The Real Greg says:

          I didn’t recall using “rest of the year” But I believe you. I call it a technicality because I forgot I said that.

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

    Encouraging start.
    Runs please.

  8. Darren says:

    Great news on the injury updates. Seems like we might get Tex back in 10 days, with Jeter, Grandy, Cervelli and ARod back by 3rd week of July. If Zoilo can show some pop and energy for a couple of weeks, we can pull ahead and win this division by 5 games.

  9. Bo Knows says:

    Gosuke Kato went 1/3 with another homer; kid might have more pop in his bat than we realize.

  10. trr says:

    Hold on to that optimism Darren, we need it!

  11. trr says:

    something up with the site? it keeps telling me I’m typing too fast, and I know THAT ain’t the case!

  12. Eddard says:

    It’s saying I’m posting too fast which is probably the case but I’ve never seen that message before.

  13. Eddard says:

    Get on the board here and rattle his cage early.

  14. Eddard says:

    LOL! 3-2 count and he’s struggling with his command and what’s he looking for? Takes it right down the middle.

  15. The Real Greg says:

    Threw him so many changes that he was frozen.

  16. Darren says:


  17. Kramerica Industries says:

    Longo kills Sabathia. Holy crap.

  18. Darren says:

    Girardi better start warming someone up.

  19. Darren says:

    Just watching Jeter take BP is inspiring. Imagine if we get him back in 20 days? Damn, let’s hope.

  20. The Real Greg says:


  21. Eddard says:

    OK, now here’s another shot. He’s wild. Make him pay.

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

    WordPress doesn’t like my comments, apparently.

  23. The Real Greg says:

    That’s twice that the pitching coach has come out and settled him down. There has to be a limit on the number of times the pitching coach goes out there.

  24. Eddard says:


  25. Kramerica Industries says:


  26. Eddard says:

    Errors, wildness, walks. They have to make this guy pay.

  27. Eddard says:

    1st and 2nd with one out for the 3rd inning in a row! SCORE this time.

  28. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, the shift worked out there.

    Run(s), please.

  29. trr says:

    OMG is this gonna be one of those games where we’re 0-9 w/RISP?

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

    Once again, the Rays have Zoil’d themselves!

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


  32. Cy Pettitte says:

    great piece of hitting by Not Vernon Wells

  33. Kramerica Industries says:

    Zoilo’s going to cool off eventually and then we’ll all hate him, but during this time when he’s mashing and we don’t need to see Vernon Wells at all, we’ll be glad.

  34. trr says:

    from out of the shadows, a saviour has emerged!

  35. Eddard says:

    Wells would have struck out there. Zolio should be the permanent LF.

    • The Doctor says:

      The league will adjust and he’ll cool off, but until that happens, it absolutely makes sense to have him out there. Hell, when he slows down, Mustelier should come up and get starts. They can just ride the fact that no one really knows how to pitch to these guys until Grandy gets back.

  36. ExitCashman says:

    Zoilo – The Gay Blade!

    Oh wait, that was Zorro…

  37. nsalem says:

    whitey 61 gator 78 ????

  38. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:


  39. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:


    Can we just enjoy Almonte and come up with cool names for him.

    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

      Eventually the league will caught up to him and he will cool off.

      Eventually the sun will go supernova and the earth will explode.

      Until then let’s enjoy the party.

  40. Eddard says:

    This has CC CG written all over it. If they can just put a couple more runs on the board he’ll cruise to the end.

  41. ExitCashman says:

    Looks like we should have kept Wang. Pitching more reliably than Hughes, that’s for sure.

  42. Dalek Jeter says:

    So what have I missed? My friends came to visit at work right before first pitch…how has Future Hall of Famer King Zolio Almonte, First of His Name, King of The Yankees, The RailRiders, and The Thunder, Lord of The AL and Protector of The League looked?

  43. Wheels says:

    Nothing like sitting on the beach, and listening to the Yankees game on the radio.

  44. Eddard says:

    Make them pay again for the walk and the error! Put these runs on the board and CC will make it stick.

  45. Cy Pettitte says:

    Zoilo can secure his own Yankeeography with a hit here

  46. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Zoilo with the bases loaded. He would beat Quinn for mayor if he delivers here.

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

    Nice AB.

  48. Wheels says:

    That works.

  49. trr says:

    Great patience

  50. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Hell of an at-bat. I tip my hat to you, Z-somethingorother.

  51. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    The Z Man killing them softly .

  52. Cy Pettitte says:

    .625/.667/1.000. Zoilomania>Puigmania lol

  53. Eddard says:

    Nice eye by the kid. He’s really impressed.

  54. Cuso says:

    This dude has patience at the plate in two ABs with the bases loaded.

    Pretty cool. I like it.

  55. Eddard says:

    One more hit and CC should be able to take us home. Nobody would even need to get up in the pen.

  56. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Nice camera shot of Zoilo staring out like a young Like Skywalker staring out at the twin moons of Tatooine.

  57. Cuso says:

    For such a “baseball player ” Nix sure swings at a lot of balls nowhere.near the plate

  58. trr says:

    The Nix speciality, striking out w/RISP.
    Normally he just takes strike 3, today he wanted to mix it up a bit

  59. Wheels says:

    Oh well, at least we got a run.

  60. Dalek Jeter says:

    …is it just me or is the website all sorts of fucked up right now? It’s telling me I’m commenting to quickly meanwhile I’ve only posted like…twice in this thread?

  61. Cy Pettitte says:

    say bye bye to this lead

  62. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Hooray for fakes.

  63. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Just don’t intentionally walk this guy.

  64. Dalek Jeter says:

    I’m calling right now that if he gets Zobrist, you have to walk Longo and make Myers beat you.

  65. JobaWockeeZ says:

    IBB Longo right here or the game is tied.

  66. Kramerica Industries says:

    I agree with walking Longoria, but I must admit the idea of Myers getting that first career HR here scares the shit out of me.

  67. Eddard says:

    Don’t throw anything Longo can hit.

  68. Cy Pettitte says:

    you could just feel that coming. thanks CC.

  69. Dalek Jeter says:

    Zolio will win this game for us.

  70. Karl Krawfid says:

    A 2 strike fastball?


    Fuck you CC.

  71. Jose Canseco says:

    That was horrible. No gold glove for you.

  72. 28 this year says:

    Unless almonte drives in some runs, yanks ain’t winning.

  73. BigBlueAL says:

    Maybe they shouldnt have stranded 9 runners on base thru the first 5 innings.

  74. Eddard says:

    I can’t believe CC just did that. Aces should be able to shut down that game and not give up grand slams to rookies.

  75. John says:

    Although walking Longoria was the right move, it seems like IBBs never end well for the Yankees

  76. Frank says:

    Absolutely the worst pitch to throw a fast ball hitter on a 1-2 count. That’s on CC, Stewart or both. Just fucking brutal.

  77. ExitCashman says:

    Ball hit top of wall, Gardner’s glove knocked it over into stands.

  78. Dalek Jeter says:

    If Wells pinch hits for literally anybody I will be sick. (John just mentioned that ‘all the lefties’ are coming up after Stewart)

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      Wells isn’t going anywhere for another year and a half. We’re gonna have to get used to seeing him stick up the place.

      • LK says:

        I think there’s a chance that if he sucks until the middle of next year they’ll cut him. He’s definitely around for another year though.

  79. Dalek Jeter says:

    Can we stop making Torres look like D-Rob?! he has a 1:1 Strike:Ball ratio and has K’d three consecutive guys going into Gardner’s AB.

  80. LK says:

    I feel like maybe we should stop having CC load the bases intentionally against the Rays.

  81. Cy Pettitte says:

    watch them get 0 hits in the 6th-9th innings now.

  82. Kramerica Industries says:

    That HR also gave this game a conspicuously similar feel to this Rays/Yankees game from a little over four years ago:


    Namely, the Aybar HR.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      Looking at that Yankee lineup makes me cry.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Really. 5-3 didn’t feel so insurmountable back then. Tied it in the 8th with a two-run rally, and did the same thing the next day, too! (actually scored three runs in that game).

        When runs are harder to score, seeing bullshit, glove-aided grand slams like that with two outs and two strikes just hurts even more. This isn’t a reliable “bloop and blast” team at the moment.

      • LK says:

        That lineup really was the best. No matter which 3 guys were due up it was like “we’re scoring some fucking runs this inning.”

  83. Rolling Doughnut says:

    OK. Just got here. What happened to CC?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Myers Grand Slam. Would have hit the top of the wall, but Gardner’s attempt to catch it actually pushed it over the wall.

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        Fucking baseball gods. CC has 2 K’s not too sharp today?

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Looked fine to me. I don’t blame him for challenging the kid with the fastball. The kid hit it. Shit happens.

          • Manny's BanWagon says:

            Wasn’t the count 1-2?

            Not too smart IMO to challenge a FB hitter with huge power on that count in a bandbox ballpark.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              Until that kid actually hit a home run in the major leagues, he wasn’t a FB hitter with huge power.

              Ok, NOW he’s a FB hitter with huge power. ;)

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Mike, what’s the deal, I’ve barely commented, and I’m getting the “you’re commenting too quickly, slow down” screen. It’s…frustrating.

  84. dkidd says:

    we’re gonna need to go full monte today

  85. Kramerica Industries says:

    I kinda like seeing patient Robbie for a change. Three walks now.

  86. LK says:

    This is an encouraging game for Cano. If they’re not going to give him pitches to hit (and they’re not, because why would they?) he’s gottta take his walks.

  87. Kramerica Industries says:

    Don’t DP, let Almonte tie things up.

  88. Dalek Jeter says:


  89. Robinson Tilapia says:

    C’mon Zoilo!

  90. ExitCashman says:

    Whoa… Swisher flashback, except that would have been a full somersault and the ball would be kicked to CF.

  91. Dalek Jeter says:

    Zoilo, if you get a good pitch to hit, just hit it hard, that’s all I ask!

  92. jtb10381 says:

    what a bum CC is. On a 1-2 pitch to a guy who has ZERO hr’s this year. What a joke. Just another overpaid, overhyped Yankee bum…Cashman style.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Can’t tell if serious or trolling…

      But if serious, are you really calling the CC signing a bad move?

  93. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    That works

  94. BigBlueAL says:

    Dunno if thats showing respect for Almonte or lack of respect for Nix and Adams.

  95. Kramerica Industries says:

    Bringing in a lefty to face Nix?

    I mean, sure, McGee can be overpowering, but this is still interesting. Nix can actually kinda/sorta hit LHP.

  96. Dalek Jeter says:

    Nix. Take a fucking Strike. Take Two strikes. Just don’t hit the ball on the ground!!

  97. ExitCashman says:

    Yes, Michael, Zoilo’s been in pro ball since before you got laid – we know.

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

    Gee, Michael Kay, maybe the manager is paying more attention to how the pitcher is pitching than what hand he throws with.

  99. BigBlueAL says:

    Nix now 0 for 8 with the bases loaded. LOL

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

    Another walk!

  101. BigBlueAL says:

    Adams with 2 walks!!

  102. Dalek Jeter says:

    Nice AB Adams!!

  103. John says:

    Nice AB.

  104. Mick taylor says:

    Nix sucks

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

    Can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’d rather see Chris Stewart hit.

  106. LK says:

    I never thought the day would come when a PH would come in for Chris Stewart and I’d be skeptical of the move.

  107. Dalek Jeter says:

    Idk, I think I’d rather Stewart than the dude that was overpowered by a pitching machine earlier this week.

    (tried to post this before the AB)

  108. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Oh Vernon.

  109. Robinson Tilapia says:


    I’m so sorry.

  110. BigBlueAL says:

    HOLY SHIT!!!!

  111. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:


  112. Dalek Jeter says:


    You’re still terrible but I’m so happy you chose that moment to be not be!!

  113. Eddard says:

    WE HAVE JUST SEEN THE IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!! Great call by the umps here.

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

    This site is extremely aggravating right now.

    And it’s about damn time Vern.

  115. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Sweet Jesus. Wells?

  116. Get Phelps Up says:

    Wait, so Gameday tells me that Wells hit a ground rule double that scored 3 runs. What happened?

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      It was ruled “spectator interference” not a Grounds Rule Double, and since there were two outs the umps judged that if the fan hadn’t interfered Adams would have scored from 1st anyway (since he’d be running on contact) and allowed the third run to score.

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

      Technically, it wasn’t ruled a ground rule double, it was ruled fan interference. Ball was hit one hop off the wall, bounced straight up, and was touched by a fan before falling back on the field.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Get a new phone…..oh, wait…..that DID happen!

    • Eddard says:

      If fan interference helps the home club the fan should stay and get free tickets for 3 months. If he hurts the home club he should be banned from the stadium for life.

    • pop says:

      fan interference, so runner who started on first was not automatically sent back to third…

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Alright, thanks y’all.

  117. Wheels says:

    So Girardi is a genius?

  118. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Cy Pettitte

    where are you????

  119. Leg-End says:

    Are they seriously trying to get that fan out for touching that? Ridiculous.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      That’s a rule throughout baseball, if you interfere with a ball in play you’re gone. Once the ball is over the fence, it’s fair game, but if you’re reaching over the fence/wall, you’re immediately ejected from the stadium.

      • Leg-End says:

        But the ball bounced off the top of the wall and into his glove, he didn’t exactly have his glove hanging over the wall.


        • Dalek Jeter says:

          That is a bit harsh (I’m on the radio, so I didn’t actually see the play) but if the umps had ruled that happened, then it would be a grounds rule double, and Adams would’ve been sent back to third. I’ll take the insurance run for a fan being ejected. (as long as the fan is never me.)

  120. LK says:

    OK, lock this shit down bullpen. We cannot afford to waste a game Vernon Wells does something useful.

  121. Dalek Jeter says:

    I really hope Girardi Logic doesn’t dictate that this means Wells should be reinstated into the line up and push Almonte to the bench before he deserves to be taken out.

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

      It was against a lefty. I think Wells was going to continue to play against lefties no matter what.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        RHH Almonte must be pretty sour to not even get a chance over Wells.

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

          .670 OPS vs. LHP in AAA this year.
          fwiw, Wells has a .723 OPS vs. LHP this year (though much of that was early in the year)

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            I’ve disagreed with Joe more than once this season but a <.700 OPS against LHP in the minors is a very good reason to not face them in the majors. I mean a situation like yesterday, with a decent lead, sure, but I understand him not starting against LHP at the Major League level.

    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:


      Girardi is not that stupid he is going to ride the Z train until it stops.

  122. Mike Axisa says:

    I know the comments are being a pain, we’re working on it. Might not be good until tomorrow.

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


  124. Jason says:

    When Robertson is on he is easily one of my favorite pitchers to watch do his thing. That curve is just brutal.

  125. Dalek Jeter says:

    Four walks for Robby?!?! That has to be a single game high for Cano.

  126. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Cano 4 walks

    Wells hitting


  127. Jason says:

    Not one to usually compliment umpires, but Hunter Wendelstedt has called a really good game today.

  128. Robinson Tilapia says:



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

    Bad job by Overbay.

  130. Wheels says:

    WTF Overbay

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


    Awful defense this inning.

  132. Wheels says:

    WTF Nix

  133. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    That’s CANO at second you dumb ass.

  134. BigBlueAL says:

    WTF is Nix doing??????

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

    C’mon Mo. Get out number 5.

  136. BigBlueAL says:

    Mo is throwing 92-94 today. Amazing.

  137. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:



  138. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nice comeback win!

  139. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:


    Very nice game thread even when they were down. What a difference having lots of regulars makes.

  140. Joey C says:

    I’ve been constipated for over four days, and I kid you not within two minutes of the final out doors finally opened for business. What a great win and a great day. Thank you Yanks.

  141. Pat D says:

    Still undefeated when scoring 5+ runs.

    Now I’d better go take my accounting test.

  142. Mick taylor says:

    Secondgood game by Wang. Should have kept him and traded hughes

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

    Are you shitting me with this? One of the only games the WHOLE YEAR I miss and it’s awesome?

  144. stuart a says:

    ditto the nice win comment. I was cursing big time after the granny but I also was cursing after the 5 pitch walk to Fuld.

    the team can pitch, run, and play defense, if they can hit middle of the pack they are in business.

    the d in the 9th was horrible, best Mo has looked to me all season.
    Vernon wells finally(literally ) got a big hit….

    Beautiful day…….

  145. Zoilo goes Montero says:

    Finally we string together a pair of nice games!

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