Game 76: Could Have Had Yu

(Jennifer Stewart/Getty)

(Jennifer Stewart/Getty)

Two winters ago, the Rangers blew everyone away by bidding over $50M for the right to negotiate with right-hander Yu Darvish. The Yankees submitted a token $15M bid with the idea that they’d take him if he fell into their laps, but otherwise they weren’t terribly interested because they were concerned how his stuff and makeup would translate to the big leagues. Obviously those concerns look foolish now, as the former Nippon Ham Fighters ace has handled the transition just fine. More than fine, really.

Tonight, the Yankees will face Darvish for the second time since deeming him not fit for New York some 18 months ago. He manhandled them his first time out — a ten-strikeout masterpiece in which he held the team scoreless through 8.1 innings — which was his fourth MLB start and something of a coming out party. With a much inferior lineup tonight, the Yankees will have to hope Darvish truly can’t handle Yankee Stadium and the Big Apple in order to have a chance to win. Here’s the starting lineup:

  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 Darvish’s countryman, right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. This is the 11th matchup between Japanese-born starting pitchers in baseball history. These two met last April as well, number seven out of those eleven.

It is pretty gross in New York right now — hot with just enough humidity to make everything feel sticky. Some showers are expected later tonight, but much later. Not anything that is a real threat to the game as long as they don’t go into extra innings. The game is scheduled to start at 7:05pm ET, and you can watch on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Mark Teixeira (wrist) is seeing the doctor tonight and Joe Girardi said he is concerned about the lingering discomfort. They should have an update later on … Eduardo Nunez (ribcage) had some simulated at-bats while Frankie Cervelli (hand) hit off a tee and soft-toss today … Girardi also said he isn’t expecting any of the team’s injured players to return before the All-Star break in three weeks.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. JobaWockeeZ says:

    In before someone complains about the title.

  2. Joe says:

    Yea, but we got YOUkilis… that’s like the same, right?

    • trr says:

      He-kilis, all right.
      Christ, did we really spend $12m on him?

      • The Real Greg says:

        Yep, but I’m wondering about the 3rd base market. We had Chavez, who has done well with the D-Backs, but of course he got hurt. I don’t know.

  3. forensic says:

    Just for some entertainment before what could be a frustrating game, here’s a trade that was offered to me in my fantasy league:

    Melky, Josh Hamilton, Lincecum, and Sabathia


    Joey Votto

    Talk about trying to slip a trade by with quantity instead of quality…

  4. CONservative governMENt says:

    It seems like the $189M budget for 2014 would have been easier if the Yankees had signed Darvish and Cespedes when they had the opportunity. With the posting fee not counting against the total especially, would have given them a bit more flexibility.

    • Joe says:

      Yep, sure seems like the international market is where the Yanks had to take advantage to get elite players with minimal payroll hit.

  5. The Real Greg says:

    Also in this series, the Yankees will face another offseason WTF? when they face AJ Pierzynski. He could have been had by the Yankees to fill the catcher’s spot. Most people did not believe that he would repeat his performance last year. Well so far, he has not hit for the power he did last year, but he is hitting for a much better average.

  6. your mom says:

    This thread will probably have a lot of negativity tonight. I can feel it.

  7. CashmanHas2Go says:

    Brian Cashman on Yu Darvish: “Na. Not interested. Don’t think his stuff translates to Major League Baseball.”


    • The Real Greg says:

      Well to be fair, Igawa was a classic overreaction to the Red Sox signing Dice-k, which turned out not much better for them.

      • Dan says:

        Two things most memorable about Kei Igawa:

        1. He wore sunglasses while he was pitching in day games.
        2. He did wind sprints in the OF pre game to warm up on days he pitched.

        When he was struggling after a while during year one I think he was asked to stop both of these things. But nothing changed.

        • Mikhel says:

          1) Igawa used sunglasses in Japan because his stats on night games were significantly better, so he tried to replicate the same sensation of pitching in a “low light” environment.

          2) Pitchers in Japan are used to exercise, something fatass pitchers in US leagues are asked not to do so (other leagues in America: Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, México, Venezuela; allow their pitchers to exercise), to avoid risking their bodies, though in the end they end up ready to star in the newer “Free Willy” movie.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      If he could see into the future I’m sure he’d do the right move.

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

      Igawa was definitely a Big Stein thing. No way that was Cashmoney.

      • The Real Greg says:


      • CashmanHas2Go says:

        “Igawa was definitely a Big Stein thing. No way that was Cashmoney.”

        That is simply and completely false.

        “Well to be fair, Igawa was a classic overreaction to the Red Sox signing Dice-k”

        If that was an attempt to DEFEND Cashman’s actions, it’s not a very good one.

        • The Real Greg says:

          Hey I’m on your team. I think Cashman should be let go after this year, just to bring in a new point of view.

          • CashmanHas2Go says:

            I think he should have been let go YEARS ago. About the best thing that can be said for Cashman’s job performance is that he might actually be a better GM than he is a human being. And he’s an awful GM.

            • Guns says:

              Because he cheated on his wife?

              • CashmanHas2Go says:

                Cheated on his wife repeatedly…

                Seen on security cam’s sneaking around back alleys looking for servants’ entrances in hotels to do so…

                Paid blackmail money in an attempt to cover it up…

                Attempted to lineup fake ID’s and secret abortions for at least one of his hookers… Oops… My bad… I meant for one of his “girlfriends.”

                • Dan says:

                  That’s an interesting reason to dislike a baseball GM. Bill Clinton is one of the most popular world figures to this day, and Anthony’s Weiner is going to win an election very soon. I wish everyone looked at life like you. I’m being serious btw.

                  • Lukaszek says:

                    I fell in love with Weiner after this tirade http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O_GRkMZJn4

                    Yes he made a mistake, but that mistake doesn’t influence the fact that he is passionate about his job and about New Yorkers. If he was a marriage counselor, I’d be worried, but he’s not

                  • CashmanHas2Go says:

                    I hated Brian Cashman LONG before he was publicly exposed for being a scumbag of a human being.

                    That he’s an off-field embarrassment is just icing on the cake on one of MANY reasons he should have been fired LONG ago.

            • Dan says:


              You can’t say he’s a bad person after looking at that picture. Any GM that gives that dude a chance has a heart of gold.

              • CashmanHas2Go says:

                Excellent point… Gave him a chance… $46 million… I hope he at least had to pay for the jacket!

          • nycsportzfan says:

            The guy that has put together a 2nd place team with worse injuries then what the redsox fielded last yr and ended with a last place team and fired manager mid season should of been replaced? Cashman stays till he wants to go.

            Hes fucking awesome!

            • Mikhel says:

              we still don’t know how the NYY will finish the season, they’ve failed misserably even when they are in 2nd in big part due to the hard division the NYY play in, with no clear big fish of the pond, it is a mele between good teams… and the NYY.

        • Steve says:

          You new here? Every move that doesn’t work was Steinbrenner or Levine. Cashman doesn’t make bad moves. Ever.

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

            Yeah, that’s accurate.

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            Cashman has his fair share of bad moves but the wtf what are you doing moves definitely belong to Levine and Stein.

          • BFDeal says:

            How cute, Steve pulled out the little false narrative the Cashman bashers carry around in their back pocket.

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

            I’m sorry, bur risking ludicrously large amounts of money on hyped but risky stars has Steinbrenner’s fingerprints all over it, and I don’t really care what “everybody” says about Cashman’s moves or some such shit like that.

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

          “That’s simply and completely false.”

          Well with that counter-argument, looks I’ll…well…

          Okay, give me better material. No, it isn’t. Risking ludicrously large amounts of money on hyped but risky stars has Steinbrenner’s fingerprints all over it, and I don’t really care what “everybody” says about Cashman’s moves or some such shit like that.

    • Dan says:

      omg he really said that??? wowzers

  8. CashmanHas2Go says:

    I would like to take this opportunity to volunteer to pack Brian Cashman’s chute for him, should he ever decide to go sky diving again.

    Free of charge, of course.

  9. Dan says:

    I feel like this new improved ownership we have is hoping Tex misses the rest of the year. Not for any salary strategy reasons really, just so they can save the money.

  10. forensic says:

    Nice catch Almonte!

  11. nycsportzfan says:

    Man, Zoilo saved Kuroda from looking like Phil Hughes getting ahead of a guy an then throwng BP to em.

  12. pop says:

    that pair of hands reaching in reminds me of steve bartman… imagine that happened in ny?

  13. Winter says:

    Kuroda’s ERA in the first inning this year? An even 6.00. In other innings it’s 2.16

    Let’s get another out here, Hiroki.

  14. nycsportzfan says:

    Good work Kuroda! Now time for Robbie to add to his long ball total!

  15. nycsportzfan says:

    Anyone see Kerry Wood discovered a body while paddle boarding in chi-town? Pretty crazy!

  16. nycsportzfan says:

    Ichiro been hittin! How high can he get that AVG to climb?

  17. forensic says:

    Get the no-hitter out of the way real quickly. Very nice Ichiro.

  18. Dan says:

    Nice, Ichiro. NOW STEAL A BASE

  19. Eddard says:

    Here’s a good opportunity for Hafner and Overbay to wake up. Get to him early or yu might not get him at all.

  20. Winter says:

    How cool would a double steal be?

    The answer is very cool unless someone gets thrown out in which case it would be very uncool.

  21. Leg-End says:

    Single him to death boys.

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

    A hit with RISP and no run.

    That’s soooo 2012.

  23. forensic says:

    Come on Overbay, gotta get at least one out of this now.

  24. Eddard says:

    Hit for contact. Keep it going, Lyle. As long as there’s no DP Zolio will come up with men on base!

  25. Eddard says:

    Yu’s off. Sit on the breaking ball like Hafner did.

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

    But he’s clutch!

  27. Mick taylor says:

    Why does it take nunez 3 months for a pulled muscle to heal? Why did old time players like Willie mays, Aaron , Spahn, nevermiss games because of injuries?

    • Winter says:

      It’s a combination of a couple of things. Players played through injuries more, but it increased chances of re-injury and decreased their performance. Also, even today some players are way more injury-prone than others; there are always some players who just don’t seem to get hurt.

    • Dan says:

      Players of all sports these days are just soft. In multiple ways. Especially basketball.

  28. forensic says:

    Terrible Overbay. Absolutely terrible.

    That’s why I would have him and Almonte switched while Almonte’s hitting.

  29. Wheels says:

    Let’s go Zoilo

  30. Dan says:

    I feel like we need to score 8 runs on 12 hits or something like that on this guy, just so after the game people aren’t asking Cashman/Girardi if they made a mistake in not being involved in signing him. But, that will probably happen no matter what.

  31. nycsportzfan says:

    SWING THE FUCKING BATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. The Real Greg says:

    Darvish’s array of pitches saved him. Kept the Yankees completely guessing.

    • Winter says:

      That’s Darvish’s M.O. It’s what makes him good. What you said is like saying “Mariano Rivera’s cutter saved him. Kept the opponent’s from making good contact.”

      • The Real Greg says:

        Exactly. So while he was not on with his stuff, he was able to throw the kitchen sink at them to get them out.

    • Anderson Silva says:

      he could only throw the backdoor breaking ball for strike. The rest was missing badly. What saved him was having to pitch to Overbay with the bases loaded. He’s a joke.

      • The Real Greg says:

        It doesn’t matter whether he locates with them or not. If a player is expecting a fastball and is thrown a slider, he will probably swing and miss.

  33. forensic says:

    Ugh, that could come back to bite them later.

    25 pitches is fine, but 3 hits and bases loaded with 1 out with no runs is terrible.

    • The Real Greg says:

      And the real problem is that there seemed to be nothing wrong that the Yankees did. Darvish just pulled out his many pitches to keep Almonte and Overbay guessing.

  34. Eddard says:

    That will be their best chance all game. Yu can’t let him off the hook like that.

  35. Leg-End says:


  36. The Real Greg says:

    Again, that inning felt strange. It seemed like the Yankees did everything fundamentally right. Darvish just outwitted them.

  37. Anderson Silva says:

    So, Darvish could only throw one pitch for strikes in that inning (backdoor slider) yet they could not manage to score a single run. What a fucking joke.

  38. Dan says:

    Remember when we had that long ball problem? Like last year? Glad we took care of that, it was rather annoying.

  39. The Real Greg says:

    And the trolls have arrived right on time.

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

    Nice play

  41. your mom says:

    WTF? No runs last inning? My fucking computer froze on Overbay’s AB. Things were going good until my stupid POS computer froze. Fuck.

  42. The Real Greg says:

    By the way, I’m not defending Lyle. He has slid. But there is nothing the Yankees can do right now. It makes it so frustrating which is why nobody is watching, Michael Kay!

  43. CashmanHas2Go says:

    So with the bases juiced and only one out, Lyle takes a half-hearted swing at a borderline breaking ball in a 2-1 hitter’s count…

    Then stares a 2-2 breaking ball hanging right over the middle of the plate.

    Wish I could say I was surprised. This is what happens when your GM loads down your roster with crap he scraped off the bottom of a dumpster.

  44. Eddard says:

    We’re so desperate for offense we’ll even take A-Rod back. 7-8-9 look like children against Darvish.

  45. your mom says:

    Adams is looking pretty pathetic at the plate.

  46. The Real Greg says:

    So I will offer the question to you guys.

    Who available and within reason should the Yankees get for 1st base?

    • Leg-End says:

      Justin Morneau?

      Power seems to be down but I’d take a chance on him with the short porch and a change of scenery.

    • Dan says:

      I’m obsessed with getting Danny Espinosa at the moment so thats all I can think of right now. Maybe Morneu if it’s for very little.

  47. Darren says:

    Cano’s arm is just otherworldly. That particular ability – throwing across his body with total consistency, speed and accuracy – is one of the best tools I’ve ever seen of any player. Amazing.

  48. Kramerica Industries says:

    So glad to see the Yankees completely fucked up a first inning opportunity against Darvish.

    Yeah, that won’t backfire at all tonight.

  49. Dan says:

    Half of this lineup is completely helpless at the plate. Why would this be a professional team???

  50. forensic says:

    The bottom of the lineup makes me sad…

  51. Eddard says:

    If Overbay had just sat on that breaking ball like Hafner did. Everyone but him knew it was coming. Darvish’s FB was way off in the 1st. That was their last best chance.

  52. Petebest says:

    Im annoye. This is like the 5th game this year that hasn’t been aired on the my9 affiliate in my area. Can’t find it on tv anywhere

  53. forensic says:

    Game over? ;-)

  54. Eddard says:

    And that could be it. It might be like the Rays game. Once Logan gave up those 2 extra runs it was over.

  55. CashmanHas2Go says:


    There’s 1 more run than Brian Cashman’s shit parade is capable of scoring against a quality pitcher.

  56. Dan says:

    Has anyone seen Arod and his new twitter account? People are very mean.


    • Dan says:

      Also just look at Arods twitter account and click on some of the pictures hes posting on instagram. So many comments on them it’s sad. He is so hated its scary.

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Watching this lineup and especially Youk/Adams/Nix at 3B this season Arod should be more popular than ever with Yankee fans lol.

    • forensic says:

      That’s pretty predictable, unfortunately.

      But, this one was at least a little funny:

      .@AROD got a Twitter? Will his account stop working in #October?

    • Alkaline says:

      Okay, someone commented saying Arod was the best he’s ever seen. Another guy says he must not watch much baseball cause Jeter’s better.

      People make my head hurt.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      I knew that would happen. Yet these very same people will continue to suck the dicks out of guys like Ray Lewis or Michael Vick who have done far worse things that ARod has ever done.

  57. Anderson Silva says:

    Kuroda with no command. If he gives up another run it’s over.

  58. Eddard says:

    At this rate the Yankees will be the one team in the division below .500 on July 4th.

  59. Alkaline says:

    Let’s go Hirok!

  60. Alkaline says:

    Let’s go Hirok!

  61. Alkaline says:

    There we go! Nice play!

  62. your mom says:

    The difference between Romine and Stewart is at least Stewart can throw out runners.

    • Anderson Silva says:

      Romine is on a whole different level of suckness. He can’t field, can’t throw and is one of the worst hitters in the league.

  63. Dalek Jeter says:

    So…what have I missed?

  64. Anderson Silva says:

    How much longer can they keep taking that backdoor breaking ball? Can’t they at least look for it every now and then?

    • Guns says:

      They’re All-Star caliber hitters. They’ll make the adjustment soon and then there will be HELL TO PAY!!

  65. The Real Greg says:

    I mean let’s just bash the hell out of Cashman for not building a quality farm system and pipeline of prospects. And also for relying on washed up players too many times.

    I watching the Mets game right now. At least that team has good announcers and a young roster with a stud pitcher.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      True colors finally showing.

      • The Real Greg says:

        Hey I’m not a Mets fan. BY ANY STRETCH.

        But that is how bad this Yankees team is playing. They play ugly. When the Mets play ugly, I can tease them and make fun about it.

        • BigBlueAL says:

          Hey man trust me I cant stand watching this current Yankee team. Puts me to sleep most of the time with the horrible offense. But still can never compare the Mets favorably to the Yankees. Especially this season when the Mets have one of the worst teams in their franchise history even with Matt Harvey.

          • The Real Greg says:

            But that’s just it. I can watch the Mets play like Keystone Kops and laugh at them. I don’t have that luxury with the Yankees.

            I’m the kind of fan who in 1986 would have rooted for the Mets and in the two recent Super Bowls, I rooted for the Giants even though I’m a Jets fan.

            • John says:

              “I’m the kind of fan who in 1986 would have rooted for the Mets and in the two recent Super Bowls, I rooted for the Giants even though I’m a Jets fan.”

              In other words, a terrible fan.

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

      And are on pace for missing the postseason for the 7th consecutive season.
      I’ll take the tradeoff.

      • The Real Greg says:

        I will too. But in terms of entertainment, right now, there’s no contest.

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

          Either you’re trolling or you’ve finally just totally lost it.

          In what universe does anybody but you think the Mets are more fun to watch than the Yankees?

          • The Real Greg says:

            In a universe when the Yankees are a non scoring team and the Mets have Matt Harvey.

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

              So, because of ONE player, the Mets are more fun to watch. ONE? Who only plays once every five days?

    • Alkaline says:

      Because young roster with a stud pitcher has gotten them far.

  66. Mick taylor says:

    Michael young would be a good pick up.what would it take to get him if phillies trade him

  67. King George says:

    On a positive note, Pineda looks damn freaking good tonight.

  68. Nathan says:

    For years, all I heard about was how Darvish was the real deal and how the Yankees would back up a dump truck of cash for him. All this supposed Yankee interest and then the days before the bidding ended, the news that the Yankees would NOT bid aggressively for him.

    I mean, I get that the Yankees are likely gun-shy after Igawa but they’ve got to get over it sometime. I hope that Darvish dominates the Yankees every time they play him so that the FO (whomever decided not to bid aggressively) can see their mistake.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Now to be really fair to Brian, I don’t think they would have outbid Texas. Texas was desperate and had money to spend.

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

      I hope we crush Darvish every time out so we win.

  69. nycsportzfan says:

    Another fucking snooze fest on our hands, it looks like.

  70. forensic says:

    They’re going to mess this up just like the Yankees, right?



  71. number 21 says:

    And this could be game right here.

  72. WhittakerWalt says:

    Buckle down, Hirok.

  73. Dalek Jeter says:

    Robbie should’ve gone home with that.

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

      They still likely would have scored.
      And still had bases loaded with only 1 out.

  74. Eddard says:

    Overbay couldn’t even do that. Hit a grounder so slow it couldn’t be turned into a DP and thus scored a run. It’s over.

  75. BigBlueAL says:

    Has there ever been a worst left-side of the infield in MLB history than Adams and Nix??

  76. WhittakerWalt says:

    Oh goodie, it’s an unearned run.

  77. Dalek Jeter says:

    That was a nice play by the baseball player.

  78. Wheels says:

    Pretty nice play by Nix.

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

    Right, 2-0. This game is pretty much over.

    I’d like to defend myself from comments made above concerning Cashmoney.

    First of all, I don’t know shit about his personal life and don’t care short of bodily harm or some other sort of mental torture, if we’re granting for the sake of argument that the Chinese water torture or water boarding is on the table.

    Risking ludicrously large amounts of money on hyped but risky stars has Steinbrenner’s fingerprints all over it, and I don’t really care what “everybody” says about Cashman’s moves or some such shit like that. That’s just not Cashman’s M.O. at all, and it’s a CLASSIC Steinbrenner M.O.

  80. your mom says:

    So now Adams is sucking in the field too. Disappointing. I was high on him, not so much now.

  81. Dan says:

    Jayson Nix has so much grit. We should trade him to Arizona for Paul Goldschmidt.

  82. Dan says:

    Overbay hits a home run here I think.

  83. Dalek Jeter says:


  84. Wheels says:

    Way to go Pronk

  85. Leg-End says:

    Well what do you know, Pronk’d

  86. forensic says:

    Woohoo!!! A run!!!

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

    Fuck the first inning.

  88. BigBlueAL says:

    Signs of life!!

  89. Winter says:

    Just got back, how did all the runs score?

  90. The Real Greg says:

    Either one of those outcomes would have been nice in the first inning. But beggars can’t be choosers, especially with this lot.

  91. Dalek Jeter says:

    I’d get excited for that…but we have the devil’s threesome coming up.

  92. The Real Greg says:

    See Almonte doesn’t really run quickly. They would have turned 2 in the first, I think. But of course that was fallacy.

  93. forensic says:

    Nix muscling up there, trying to get a 5th ball to the warning track…

  94. WhittakerWalt says:

    Sheesh, Nix has NO power.

  95. Dalek Jeter says:

    I’m amazed Adams held up 0-1…I expected him to swing out of his shoes after that first pitch fastball.

  96. Eddard says:

    Zolio could hit a lead off triple and the three stooges at the bottom of the lineup couldn’t get him home.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Eddard has turned into a troll!

      • Eddard says:

        It’s not trolling if it’s true.

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

        Coming from the man who said the Mets are more fun to watch than the Yankees.

        Pot, meet kettle.

        • The Real Greg says:

          It is more entertaining.

          It’s a positive outcome for me when the Mets lose. But I don’t mind them winning.

          For the Yanks, its winning and that’s it.

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

            Why don’t you watch the Mets then?

            Before you misinterpret what I said:

            . I’m not saying become a Mets fan

            . I’m not saying hope the Mets win

            . I’m not saying hope the Yanks lose

            I’m saying that you should watch the Mets if they entertain you more. Seriously. There’s no reason not to. If you want to keep up with the Yanks to make sure they’re winning there’s always Gameday. OR you can check back every couple innings or so.

            If you really think the Mets are more fun to watch then there’s literally no reason you shouldn’t just watch them.

    • Dan says:

      I agree. I really personally despise our bottom 3.

  97. Dalek Jeter says:

    That was a great AB from Adams.

  98. Dan says:

    I see David Adams and I just envision him being like Chase Utley with less power. But than he gets up at bat and sucks.

  99. BigBlueAL says:

    Well at least Adams is beginning to draw some walks.

  100. forensic says:

    Solid AB by Adams there. Too bad it brings up (one of) the pitcher’s spot.

  101. forensic says:

    Stewart just missed his pitch there. Gift fastball right down the middle.

    That is why you are Chris Stewart…

  102. BigBlueAL says:

    At least the Yankees cleared the 7-9 spots.

  103. The Real Greg says:

    You could have had AJ this year, Cashman.

  104. Anderson Silva says:

    it’s the fucking slider all game long. Will they ever be ready for it?

  105. Dalek Jeter says:

    Really? 2 homers by the 9 hitter? Really? Hirok? Really?

  106. Kramerica Industries says:

    Kuroda getting killed by Leonys Martin. Jeez.

  107. BigBlueAL says:

    Gotta be freaking kidding me.

  108. Dan says:

    Alright, now its game over.

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

    Look at that, Big Bang Theory is on!

  110. forensic says:

    Another homer for Cheech??? Geez Kuroda.

    It seems like no pitcher on this team can have a good shutdown inning.

  111. WhittakerWalt says:


  112. Anderson Silva says:

    another HR to the #9 hitter. Kuroda is simply not good enough

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

      Good enough for what?
      He’s been one of the best pitchers in the league.

  113. your mom says:

    Leonys Martin? Really? Shit.

  114. Wheels says:


  115. Dalek Jeter says:


    Please don’t give that one back, Hiroki!!

  116. BigBlueAL says:

    Too many homeruns.

  117. forensic says:

    Yeah Gardy!

  118. Anderson Silva says:

    BRETT!! And that wasn’t a cheapie!

  119. Anderson Silva says:

    Geez, look at that. A slider and he was ready for it. Who could have guessed?

  120. Eddard says:

    The #9 hitter, Gardner, who’s next to hit a HR Ichiro?

  121. Alkaline says:

    I must say, it would have been fun with all the Yu puns if he was a Yankee…

  122. Eddard says:

    Robbie worked a walk! Good AB battling back. Now drive him home.

  123. nycsportzfan says:

    Some one from batter 6 down is gonna have to pitch in for us. Its been all top of the order so far. Nix,Adams,Overbay, or Stewart needs to do something special offensively tonight in order for us to win.

  124. BigBlueAL says:

    WOW, excellent baserunning by Cano.

  125. Dalek Jeter says:

    Great baserunning by robbie!!!

  126. Alkaline says:


  127. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Somewhere stuart got pissed off.

  128. Wheels says:

    Cano booking on that

  129. Eddard says:

    Who just hit another single and what has he done with Hafner? Two balls hit the other way?

  130. forensic says:

    Two misplays by Beltre in one game? Gotta take advantage of this situation.

    Unfortunately, it’s Overbay again. Maybe he can just stick an elbow out over the plate…

  131. Dalek Jeter says:

    Just hit the ball in the air, Loverbay…just please hit the ball in the air.

  132. BigBlueAL says:

    Would be amazing if Hafner can get hot again.

  133. your mom says:

    I’d rather have Zoilo hitting here.

  134. Dan says:

    DP overbay. or a home run. one or the other no matter what.

  135. WhittakerWalt says:

    Please don’t screw this up.

  136. BigBlueAL says:

    They gave Beltre an error on that play?? That ball was freaking smoked.

  137. The Real Greg says:

    Overbay fails AGAIN

  138. your mom says:

    Fuckin pathetic…..

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

    So, so clutch.
    Tex could’ve done that. With one good wrist.

  140. Wheels says:

    Overbay stinks

  141. forensic says:

    Shocking. Overbay completely sucks again (still)…

  142. Anderson Silva says:

    Great decision to bat Overbay 5th. I sincerely hope he doesn’t blow another one.

  143. BigBlueAL says:

    Overbay is clutch.

  144. Anderson Silva says:

    remember when people wanted Overbay to play out of position so they could have his bat? LOL

  145. Eddard says:

    Overbay is a DFA candidate if Teixera ever comes back.

  146. WhittakerWalt says:

    This fucking team. All they need is an out that isn’t a strikeout, and that’s still a bridge too far.

  147. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fucking thunderstorms.

    This game is becoming impossible for me to watch, what with the internet connection going in-and-out.

  148. Anderson Silva says:

    1-1 hanger, that was the pitch to hit and he missed it.

  149. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fucking Indians fell apart in the 7th and, gee, look at Chris Davis hitting ANOTHER home run.

  150. The Real Greg says:

    Neither Overbay nor Almonte have been good tonight. The Yankees are playing with a lineup of 4.

    Also I should add that if Kuroda is an ace and doesn’t give up 2 homers to the ninth hitter, the Yankees have a 2-1 lead right now.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Here we go again.

    • Anderson Silva says:

      Almonte didn’t get 2 ABs with a runner on third and 1 out. Overbay did, and he K’d both times. Overbay needs to be sent packing ASAP

      • The Real Greg says:

        Playing the fallacy game

        Almonte would have hit into a DP in the first and the runner would have been thrown out at home in the 5th.

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          I didn’t get to see either AB because of my power situation, but I’m presuming Zoilo grounded out both times.

          In which case YOU are playing the fallacy game now of presuming that pitch sequences and what came of both AB’s would’ve been the same under different circumstances.

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          Speaking of fallacies…

          “… if Kuroda is an ace and doesn’t give up 2 homers to the ninth hitter, the Yankees have a 2-1 lead right now.”

    • Alkaline says:

      Greg, you’re either this desperate for attention or you have an unhealthy attachment to a sports team. If it affects you this much, I seriously suggest just stop watching sports.

      Either way, I feel bad for you man.

  151. Dalek Jeter says:

    Just gotta get one more run, we own Joe Nathan…he just can’t pitch to pinstripes.

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

    “You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” Cashman told ESPN New York. “Alex should just shut the f— up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”



    • The Real Greg says:

      Cashman should stop worrying about ARod and start worrying about trades.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Something really tells me Cash thought he was talking off the record when he “gave” that quote.

      • jtiddah says:

        I really hope so. Otherwise that’s poorly played by Cashman. This is just going to the media wolves in a frenzy. Its not like Alex did anything wrong. His Dr thinks he’s ready for baseball. His Dr just happens to not be their Dr.

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

      That’s pretty bad…and yeah, it seems from the way it’s worded that Cashman thought he was off the record. Very un-Cashman like.

    • forensic says:

      Cashman sure can diffuse situations well…

    • Steve says:

      That was a mean thing that Randy Levine said. He really should have handled that better.

  153. Anderson Silva says:

    0-3, 2 Ks and 5 LOB. Overbay is garbage.

  154. WhittakerWalt says:

    I always laugh when the Yanks get a runner to third with less than two out. Sterling loses his mind with excitement when that happens, every time. “The Yankees could score this run on an out!” he breathlessly declares. Every time.

    Yes, they could score that run on an out, but they’re not going to.

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

    Overbay 3/13 at getting runner in from 3rd with < 2 outs this year.
    That's rather pathetic, for such a clutch hitter.

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

    Beyond the warning track!!!!!

  157. Kramerica Industries says:


  158. Wheels says:

    Nix power surge!

  159. Dalek Jeter says:

    JAYSON FUCKING NIX?!?!?!?!?!

    I’m so fucking confused right now

  160. Alkaline says:

    That Nix sure is a special ballplayer. He’s a professional through and through.

  161. forensic says:

    Nix! 5th ball to reach the warning track!

  162. BigBlueAL says:

    Hell has frozen over.

  163. Dan says:

    Such Grit in Nix. Such a ball player.

  164. Anderson Silva says:

    holy shit Nix

    • nycsportzfan says:

      He dosen’t hit alot of HR’s, but he certainly picks good pitchers to hit em off.(verlander and darvish).

  165. Eddard says:


  166. Hall and Nokes says:

    Ya know Suzyn

  167. Eddard says:

    There’s that hanging slider again. If only Overbay could have hit one.

  168. Anderson Silva says:

    can’t believe he was ready for a slider and hit it out. It’s almost like he knew it was coming.

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


  170. flamingo says:

    The HRs in this game run the gamut from expected to slightly surprising to NO FREAKING WAY.

  171. BigBlueAL says:

    Nix has 2 HR’s on the season, off Verlander and Darvish.

  172. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    I was reading the prior comments about J Nix’s lack of power literally while he hit that HR. Jayson freakin Nix.

  173. Eddard says:

    The only thing more surprising tonight would be if Stewie hit one out here.

  174. Alkaline says:

    Thoroughly enjoy that three of us mentioned Nix as a professional ballplayer after his HR.

  175. forensic says:

    Stewart gets a hit, Nix hits a homer, and yet Overbay can’t even freaking make contact.

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

    Did…did we knock Yu Darvish out of the game in less than 6 innings on the same day Nix and Gardner hit a HR and Stewart got a hit?

    What the Hell is going on here?

  177. Eddard says:

    The lineup got Darvish out in the 6th and hit 3 HRs off him. That’s baseball, Suzyn.

  178. Anderson Silva says:

    I wonder where the hell is Kevin Long to tell the batters to sit on the slider.

  179. Dan says:

    I saw this a few years ago and found it interesting then. I just remembered it and thankfully still had it saved in my favorites.


    • Winter says:

      Unfortunately, given Darvish (and, to some extent, Ryu’s) success, we’re going to continue seeing big contracts for NPB players (yes, Ryu came from the KBO, but given that the KBO is inferior to the NPB, I think we won’t see huge signings from there).

  180. Tom says:

    Darvish is throwing 31% sliders this year; I hate to say it but how long before he has elbow or shoulder problems? When you add in curveballs, he’s throwing over 40% breaking pitches (which is a ton for a starter)

  181. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Yu Darvish has been stellar as an MLB pitcher. He’s given up HR’s to Brett Gardner and Jayson Nix.

    In the game is Neal Cotts, sporting a miniscule ERA despite being complete and utter scrap heap fodder.

    This is why you pay attention and respect numbers, but nothing in baseball is ever a straight line.

    Uggggggghhhhh, what a ruuuuuuuuush.

  182. Kramerica Industries says:

    Two transformers just blew near my residence.

    For once, neither was mine.

    I need to get this in before mine does blow. Seems to be near.

  183. Anderson Silva says:

    What a concept, the LOOGY comes in and retires 2 LHBs.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Helps if you have a good LOOGY

    • Winter says:

      The thing is, Logan hasn’t really been a LOOGY for a few years now. The last year there was significantly better vs. LHB than vs. RHB was in 2010, his first year with the Yankees. In 2011 and 2012 he was about the same vs. LHB as vs. RHB, and in 2013 he’s actually been better versus righties.

  184. Dan says:

    I wonder if Seattle is watching Pineda progress in these minor league starts. They are going to feel terrible if he pitches like even a quality #3 starter the rest of the way this year.

  185. Dalek Jeter says:

    Scratching my head at this move.

  186. Anderson Silva says:

    Terrible move. Not to take Kuroda out, that I agree. But bringing Logan into the game is fucking terrible.

  187. Eddard says:

    Cruising along, might as well take him out and bring in a lesser pitcher.

  188. Dalek Jeter says:

    Cookies for Boone!!!

  189. The Real Greg says:

    Well….. Kuroda has to feel bad that Boone Logan was able to dominate him.

  190. WhittakerWalt says:

    Every time Sterling pronounces Leonys Martin’s name I’m reminded of the “Lyonnaise potato” scene from Midnight Run.

    I can’t be the only one.

  191. TomH says:

    I just heard about that Cashman comment re ARod. Guy sounds like he’s having a mid-life crisis or had a snoot full. As dumb as his “failed starter” remark a few weeks ago.

    • Eddard says:

      What’s amazing is that Cashman said about Kevin Long, “Some people just aren’t good in front of cameras.” I hope he was taking about himself, too.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Last I checked Mariano doesn’t start games anymore.

    • Johnny Wise says:

      Yeah, almost as dumb as calling Toronto the “crème de la crème of the AL East.”

      • TomH says:

        You know if I were you, and if–as I think unlikely–you were watching the American League East recently, I would think about changing my screen name to Johnny Stupid.

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

    BS ump

  193. Anderson Silva says:

    that’s not even close to a strike

  194. Bo Knows says:

    Bullshit call Ump not even close

  195. WhittakerWalt says:

    Time to make a horseshit pitcher look like an ace.

  196. Anderson Silva says:

    So Cotts has a .361 OBP against LHB yet retires the 5 lefties he faced. Great.

  197. Dan says:

    I would like to find a stat for how many times the Yankees went 3 up 3 down in an inning this year. I would imagine it’s a lot. They seem to do all their scoring in one or two innings and that’s it.

  198. Bo Knows says:

    So that bullshit to Cano was a strike but D-Rob throws pitches at the knees and those are balls

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


  200. forensic says:

    Two hits for Andrus and his sub-.300 OBP and sub-.600 OPS.

    That’s annoying.

  201. Dalek Jeter says:

    Great throw by Stewart!!!

  202. The Real Greg says:


  203. JobaWockeeZ says:

    That’s actually close. Good swipe though it made it look like he was out by a mile.

  204. Eddard says:

    Defensive catcher. Much better option than Romine.

  205. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    Defensive catcher.

  206. Anderson Silva says:

    VERY NICE throw

  207. WhittakerWalt says:

    So Chris Stewart throws out a baserunner and suddenly we have to be amazed at what a “great” year he’s had?

    • The Real Greg says:

      That has been his strength this year. Throwing out baserunners.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        Oh, I know. It’s the only thing he does well. That’s all they had to say, that he’s throwing out runners really well. Let’s not pretend the guy is some kind of revelation this year.

  208. Mickey Scheister says:

    I thought ump called that pitch Stewart threw out Andrus on was a called strike.

  209. Eddard says:

    Let’s hope Nathan is available.

  210. Anderson Silva says:

    comon Adams, get on base so we can clear the third pitcher spot

  211. Eddard says:

    It’s unlikely that it’ll be over after 9 since they’ll bring in their 2nd lefty for 1-5. I would go to anyone but Joba in the 10th. Kelley, Preston, Warren. Anybody else.

  212. Anderson Silva says:

    Great farm system! They really teach them well down there.

  213. Roadgeek Adam says:

    Vernon Wells pinch-hit walk-off home run?

    [/a man can dream]

  214. Handsome B. Wonderful says:

    Going to the bottom of the ninth. Could someone remind me if the Yankees have had a walkoff win this year?

  215. Mouse says:

    Should we even dare of thinking walk-off with this pathetic team?

  216. Winter says:

    Short bench is Wells, Gonzalez, Romine, right? No point in PH-ing Gonzalez or Romine, so really just Wells (blurgh).

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

    LOL. 4 pitch walk to Chris Stewart.

  218. The Real Greg says:

    So does Gardner bunt here?

  219. Eddard says:

    He walked Chris Stewart on 4 pitches! But here comes the lefty for 1-5.

  220. forensic says:

    A four-pitch walk to Chris Stewart?

    That should be a releaseable offense…

  221. Dalek Jeter says:

    Do not bunt Gardner. do not bunt gardner. do not bunt gardner. DO NOT BUNT GARDNER.

  222. Winter says:

    If Gardner bunts, Ichiro needs to reach base. If he makes an out, they walk Cano and we have to rely on Hafner and Overbay.

  223. Dalek Jeter says:

    Brett…5 straight out of the zone. What are you swinging at.

  224. Dalek Jeter says:

    Brett…5 straight out of the zone. What are you swinging at.

  225. Roadgeek Adam says:

    What the hell was that?

  226. Guns says:

    Fucking umpires

  227. Winter says:

    Oh man, that was really off the plate, man. Man!

    –Brett Gardner

  228. Eddard says:

    I like the decision to swing away as long as they run Gardner here and get the same result. AJ won’t throw him out.

  229. Anderson Silva says:

    this umpire sucks

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

    Don’t be a statue, Brett.

  231. The Real Greg says:

    Brett has to go early.

  232. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow…what a shit inning by Brett.

  233. Eddard says:

    What an awful attempt there by Gardner. Not even close.

  234. The Real Greg says:

    And he got thrown out.

  235. Wheels says:

    Hell of a throw.

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

    Bleh. They’re gonna lose, aren’t they?

  237. forensic says:

    Well, this hasn’t gone well…

  238. Dalek Jeter says:


  239. Winter says:

    He was out by a mile. Like the choice to run, though. Hopefully this doesn’t mean Gardner won’t attempt another steal for then next week.

  240. Roadgeek Adam says:


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


  242. The Real Greg says:


  243. Wheels says:

    ICHIRO!!!!!!!!!! YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!

  244. BigBlueAL says:

    HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  245. Eddard says:

    WHY NOT!!!!!!!!! ICHIRO HR!!!!!!!!

  246. forensic says:


  247. Petebest says:


  248. Kramerica Industries says:


  249. Anderson Silva says:

    worst speedy baserunner

  250. Eddard says:

    They hit 3 HR off Darvish and got him out in the 6th. Gardner, Nix and Ichiro all hit HRs. Unbelievable.

  251. WhittakerWalt says:

    He could hit 40 homers a year!!!
    Time for Sterling’s racist homerun call!!!

  252. Robinson Tilapia says:


    Eat shit.



    • WhittakerWalt says:

      “Hiroki gave up three runs. DISASTER. FAILURE. Season over.”


      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Did he say that?

        One giant salty bag of shit for Greg.

        Anyone else practically root for Texas in this thread? Please shame them below. I have a couple of guesses in my head, without even scrolling up.

  253. Anderson Silva says:

    FUCK YEAH!!!

  254. BigBlueAL says:

    Most feel good win of the season??

  255. your mom says:

    Holy shit! Ichiroooooo!!!!! Great win.

  256. Pat D says:

    Nicely done, Eddard.

  257. Handsome B. Wonderful says:

    No one answered my question: Is this the first walkoff win of the year for teh NYY?

  258. forensic says:

    I know Nix hit one in between, but still, pretty good call Eddard.


  259. The Real Greg says:

    Mike with the trivia.

    That was Ichiro’s second walk off homer. His first came against God.

  260. nycsportzfan says:

    292BA in June for Ichiro! So he hit 322BA with NY last yr, and is hitting 292BA in June this yr. So outside a mediocre start to the season, hes hit pretty freaking good for the yanks since coming over.

    • Winter says:

      OUtside a mediocre terrible start to the season, he’s hit pretty freaking good ok for the yankes since coming over for 1.5 out of the 4 months he’s been here.

  261. The Real Greg says:

    THE White Sox just Luis Castillo’ed a win against the Mets.

  262. Mike says:

    Well we did blow everyone away with the bid for Igawa.

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