Game 106: Yankees West

Granderson triples, Phelps throws four innings in rehab game
Cave & Bird help River Dogs to a win
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(Harry How/Getty)

Since being purchased by the Magic Johnson led Guggenheim Partners group early last year, the Dodgers have turned into the West Coast version of the Yankees. Or at least what the Yankees were in the mid-2000s. They’ve spent a ton of cash and hoarded stars, and that has them sitting in first place in the NL West. They’ve won nine of ten games since the All-Star break and have a $147M pitcher on the mound tonight. Quite the pickle for the East Coast Yankees. Here’s the lineup that will face Zack Greinke:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. 1B Lyle Overbay
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. 3B Jayson Nix
  8. C Chris Stewart
  9. LHP Andy Pettitte

Oh yeah, NL park so there’s no DH. Get ready for some strategy!

I didn’t even need to check the weather to know it’s perfect baseball weather in Los Angeles. They haven’t had a rain delay at Dodger Stadium in something like 12 years or whatever. Anyway, first pitch is scheduled for a little after 10pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Roster Move: Nix (hamstring) was activated off the DL, obvioulys. David Adams was sent to Triple-A Scranton earlier in the week to clear a roster spot.

Injury Update: Alex Rodriguez (hip, quad) is scheduled to start another minor league rehab assignment on Thursday. It’s unclear where that will happen or if he’ll be suspended before that. Either way, that’s still the plan.

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Granderson triples, Phelps throws four innings in rehab game
Cave & Bird help River Dogs to a win
  • trr

    Strategy???
    Well, at least Joe has the binder.

  • Wheels

    What a treat to read Jeter’s name in that lineup.

  • forensic

    Thanks to the asinine MLB blackout rules, I can’t even watch tonight’s game because it’s not even on the regular Dodgers FS channel.

    The best I can do is watch the small screen on the MLB Game Mix channel of MLBEI.

    Good thing you’re spending all your time on A-Rod instead of stuff like this, Selig. Screw you MLB!

    • Kramerica Industries

      The Dodgers and Lakers are screwy. I never know when either of those teams is on FSW, or KCAL, or (for LAL now) Time Warner SportsNet.

      • Timothy

        I live in Charlotte, NC. Even with the MLB package all Braves, Orioles and Reds games are blacked out. Yes, I said the Cincinatti Reds. They all are somehow able to claim a part of my market. Talk about annoying. Even paying close to $200 for “all the games” I miss at a minimum the 19 vs. Baltimore. You can imagine how pissed I was a few years ago when they played the Reds in interleague too…

        • Kramerica Industries

          Yikes!

          I’m rather fortunate as a Tampa denizen. Only the Rays are blacked out on MLB.tv, and the Rays are available on TV. I could show you some shady sites, but I refuse to post them on RAB.

          kramersaltaccount@hotmail.com

  • Kramerica Industries

    I guess Michael Kay can afford to make the trip to Dodger Stadium.

    On that note, I’m probably going to Vin at some point tonight.

  • Eddard

    Joe said Eduardo Nuney could be an option at 3rd! They need to get his bat into the lineup. Nix doesn’t deserve to play every day. Andy needs to turn it around tonight against an NL lineup.

  • Kramerica Industries

    They haven’t had a rain delay at Dodger Stadium in something like 12 years or whatever.

    I seem to loosely recall that it had been, like, 30 years since the Dodgers had a rainout, prior to a 2008 rainout.

    But yeah, rain and baseball mind themselves in Los Angeles.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Not a fun night elsewhere in the league.

    Every single AL team with a better record than the Yankees won tonight.

  • Wheels

    First time the Yanks have played in Dodger Stadium since the ’81 World series?

    • The Real Greg

      No they played here in 2010

    • Kramerica Industries

      1997, 2004, and 2010 all saw regular season trips to Dodger Stadium.

    • Wheels

      Oh wow, duh.

      • The Real Greg

        Yeah, the other way was correct though. Dodgers came to Yankee Stadium for first time since the 81 series.

    • vicki

      some chad huffman’s biographer you’d make.

      and don’t you remember torre proctor’d jonathan broxton’s arm that series?

      • Wheels

        Golly.

  • Troll Hunter

    66 degrees in LA at the end of July????? Is that normal?

    • vicki

      i go to chavez ravine every august. i take a sweater.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    A Yankees Suck chant in L.A.? Wow.

  • Troll Hunter

    Listen to those clown shoes Dodger fans moan about not getting a strike on a pitch 2 feet off the plate.

  • BigBlueAL

    Kind of sucks the Yankees have to face Grienke and Kershaw while the O’s host the Astros, Indians host the White Sox and the Rangers host the Angels. Not to mention the Red Sox hosting the Mariners.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Houston led 3-0 at one point tonight.

      Didn’t exactly take much intelligence to realize that the lead wasn’t going to hold.

  • CashmanNinja

    Callaspo removed from the Angels game. Sounds like a trade is a brewing…

  • The Real Greg

    That was smoked

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Jesus. Cannon fodder Puig.

  • vicki

    man-bear-puig. dude is cool.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Kay is rubbing his fat pouch while telling us Jeter is rubbing Puig’s chest.

  • Dan in Athens

    This had better be an IBB.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Go ahead Puig. Steal home.

  • Dan in Athens

    This is like drink a bottle of vodka and driving 90 past the police station. Even if you get away with it, it was fucking stupid.

    • The Real Greg

      And he didn’t

  • Cy Pettitte

    Andy gives up so many fucking 2 out runs ugh.

    • vicki

      seems like most of the rotation do.

  • Dan in Athens

    Really fucking stupid. Inexcusable.

  • Frank

    Puig is the kind of player the Yanks need.

    • your mom

      Puig is the kind of player the Yanks will never get.

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

    Fuck, Andy, AGAIN? Really?

    I think Andy is cooked.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Never imagined Andy would give up a two-out RBI hit in the 1st inning.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    More “Yankees Suck” chants in L.A.

    What’s their problem. Nobody even remembers there was a Dodgers-Yankees rivalry. Least of all any of those voices making the chant.

    • Troll Hunter

      Yankee haters around the globe are celebrating the season the Yankees are having.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Andy gave up a first inning run in every single start he made in the month of July.

    Six times. Impressive.

  • The Real Greg

    Forget Callaspo. He’s going to Oakland

    Ken Rosenthal ?@Ken_Rosenthal 26s
    Source: Callaspo headed to #Athletics.

  • Terry Bollea

    Look on the bright side. The Captain is back!

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      When it comes crashing down and it hurts inside….

      • Wheels

        I am a Real American.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Loverbay!

  • Dan in Athens

    Pitch to the guy with the .381/.431..684 who is a career .600 hitter against Pettite or walk him to get to a .260 hitting catcher with five homers?

    Man, I usually support Girardi, but this was a mind boggling error in judgment.

  • Wheels

    Loverbay!

  • Cy Pettitte

    holy crap a HR

  • Troll Hunter

    I heart Overbay!

  • SDB

    TEH LOVERBAY!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Lasorda is constipated.

    P.s. loverbay

  • fabricio

    yes loverbay!!!!!!

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Ed Begley Jr. comes through for the first time in a long time.

  • Oy

    Aaaand Peavy to Boston.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Wtf

  • Cy Pettitte

    Sox are getting Peavy, yuck.

    • your mom

      Peavy Sucks.

  • The Real Greg

    Callaspo has been traded to Oakland for Grant Green, the 19th overall pick of the 2009 draft

    • Oy

      I don’t get this. At all.

    • Troll Hunter

      Cashman seems so impotent sometimes.

      • Pat D

        For not acquiring a third-rate player?

    • SDB

      Green’s a more ‘ready’ prospect than anyone in the org right now. Cashman couldn’t have matched that offer without giving up a few really good talents.

  • Troll Hunter

    Puig’s shtick is going to get old after he drops a few of those fly balls.

  • BigBlueAL

    Dont know if I can take another 2 months of Stewart and Romine at Catcher.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Erik Bedard Jake Peavy to Boston.

    Don’t mind that.

  • CashmanNinja

    Callaspo to the A’s? The A’s??? I realize they’re better than they’ve been, but do they really actually need him? They have a pretty good 3B as is and a lot of good, underrated players.

    • The Real Greg

      They can put him at second and short too.

    • Oy

      AND they gave up a very solid piece to get him. Green, a major league ready SS prospect for a utility man who’s not cheap. What

      • A.D.

        Agreed a lot to give up, but Green doesn’t really have a home defensively let alone it being clear he can be an everyday ML SS

  • Cy Pettitte

    Yankee killer Jose Iglesias believed to be going to Chicago

    • your mom

      Making room for Salamander Bullfarts.

  • BigBlueAL

    Collaspo to the A’s, looks like Peavy to the Red Sox.

  • Dan in Athens

    And with that, Michael Young finally ends up in pinstripes.

  • Cy Pettitte

    are you fucking kidding me? I’m so sick of Andy’s bullshit

    • nycsportzfan

      7inn 8hit 2er 0bb 3k… Freaking bullshit!!!lol

  • vicki

    one more time, cash: while you’re there, get me some scott van slyke.

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

    I’ll give Andy four innings.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nice shutdown inning, Andy.

  • Troll Hunter

    Fat scrub

  • CashmanNinja

    I don’t get why Callaspo’s value was that high. He’s solid, but nowhere near amazing (although he would have been a godsend for us). He didn’t come cheap though and it just seems like an awful lot to give up. If that’s the price tag than I’m glad we didn’t go all in for him. I’m also not scared about Peavy to Boston. I just do not trust Peavy to stay healthy. I don’t know…he just doesn’t scare me like when he was on the Padres.

    • forensic

      Agreed on everything, except that Callaspo would’ve been a godsend for the Yankees.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Bitch-slapped by Uribe.

  • vicki

    uribe and loverbay. we’re even.

  • your mom

    I guess every right handed bat will get a hit tonight.

  • Mouse

    Harper, Puig, Cespedes, Trout or Myers.

    If you can only pick one, who do you take?

    • your mom

      Trout.

      • Dan in Athens

        Trout, not even close. And Machado should third on your list after Redneck Jesus.

        • vicki

          i hate myself for loving machado.

    • Wheels

      Harper.

    • Troll Hunter

      trout

    • vicki

      i’m in the puig true believer camp; still take redneck jesus.

      • Dan in Athens

        Redneck Jesus is damn good, and it’s ok, all Yankee fans long for Manny. It’s like being able to redo ARod and not let him take the roids or talk to the media. What might have been…

    • Lukaszek

      Trout because of the .325/.401/.562 slashline he put up, as well as the stolen bases and the defense

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Somebody feed the animals in the Dodger dugout

  • I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    I cannot stand Nix and Stewart, it actually annoys me when they come to bat..

    • Troll Hunter

      Jayson Truitt Edward Nix annoys the piss outta me!

  • Eddard

    Greinke ran down the line faster than Robbie Cano there. Looks like we’ll have to win Hiroki’s start to get the split.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Against Kershaw?

  • Troll Hunter

    441 way to go Andy

  • The Real Greg

    Rumbling that that Red Sox and White Sox have the Tigers in a menage

    • Cy Pettitte

      Danny Knobler@DannyKnoblerCBS
      It appears Tigers are getting Jose Iglesias as part of White Sox-Red Sox trade

      seems they know Peralta is getting suspended

      • The Real Greg

        Exactly

      • Cy Pettitte

        Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal
        Exec’s speculation: Peavy to BOS, Iglesias to DET (to cover for Peralta suspension) and A. Garcia to CWS. Just speculation at this time.

        I think I’d rather have Iglesias over Garcia

      • Dan in Athens

        You are only saying that because Peralta is getting suspended.

  • The Real Greg

    Also now I wonder if Middlebrooks is not ready, whether the Sox will go after Michael Young.

    • your mom

      They should go for Cliff Lee too.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      They should go after A-Rod three.

  • Pat D

    Who’s at the bigger disadvantage regarding the DH? Are they seriously having this discussion?

  • Troll Hunter

    Now watch Gardner run with the batter 0-2 and 2 outs.

  • Troll Hunter

    Again moan 2 feet off the plate

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Steal Brett! Wtf?

    • Troll Hunter

      You new to this?

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        Yes. Ive never watched before.

        What’s it like?

        • Troll Hunter

          SUX

  • Troll Hunter

    wow

  • Winter

    Jeter looking really slow down the line. I’d rather him be slow than injured, though.

    • Wheels

      Ichirooooo

      • Wheels

        wrong spot.

      • Wheels

        Not the first time Ichiro has done that this season.

        • Wheels

          nice hit Sori

          • Wheels

            whoa, screwing this up royally

  • The Real Greg

    I think the Yankees should just stand pat and regroup for next year.

    • Troll Hunter

      I agree but remember NEXT year was supposed to be the bad year with the $189 mandate.

      • The Real Greg

        Of course if this organization was better run and constructed, that mandate wouldn’t be a problem. Look at the Buccos.

  • Winter

    All this stuff about Puig, but YES is missing Ramirez’s contribution. He’s probably the main factor for their recent performance.

  • rich

    Puig can dive into home plate, rub it in and do whatever he wants, if he hustles like that on every routine ground ball like he did there. Much appreciated

  • Oy

    What a great sellers market. A 25 year old major league ready SS with a .388 wOBA is gone for 1.5 years of an expensive utility player? A top 50 prospect, 22 year old, MLB ready OF is traded for Peavy?

    Sorry, can’t help but bitch about what Cashman and Co could’ve gotten if they decided to sell. We’d be having a top 5 farm system instead of single A talent and under performing AA outfielders.

    • The Real Greg

      And have all of New York chanting for his head for selling out. And losing money from ratings and dropping attendance.

    • Pat D

      You’re overvaluing the prospects quite a bit.

    • your mom

      Don’t matter, we’d fuck the prospects up anyways.

    • rich

      Iglesias is the most overrated player in baseball right now. By this time next season, he will be hitting under .250 with an under .300 OBP. He sucks. I actually gotta give Boston credit for selling high on that bum and getting a pitcher they need, if he’s healthy of course

  • forensic

    Boy, almost every batted ball has been smoked. They’re all over Pettitte’s stuff tonight.

  • rich

    Just keep pitching to the hottest hitter in baseball right now.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      There are two outs and the bases are empty. Do you just want to put him on base every single time?

      • rich

        When he’s 8 for 12 off of you and hitting bombs all day, yes. Yes I do.

      • Dan in Athens

        Until someone else is pitching, hell yes.

      • Dan in Athens

        And no more pitches within six inches of the plate to Hacking Puig.

        • vicki

          six? he’ll just muscle that. make it nine inches.

          i know, i know. twss.

  • Dan in Athens

    Stop fucking pitching to him Andy.

  • vicki

    omigod, i’m so aj ellis jealous.

  • The Real Greg

    Bad move Hanley

  • Kramerica Industries

    Andy is so fucking horrible with two outs.

  • SDB

    Whattathrow.

  • Dan in Athens

    Shades of the past…

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Let’s trade AAA for Puig.

  • Pat D

    Meanwhile, Casablanca is on TCM.

    “It would take a miracle to get you out of Casablanca, and the Germans have outlawed miracles.”

    OR

    “It would take a miracle to get you out of a suspension, ARod, and the Selig has outlawed miracles.”

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

      I just realized, Renault is a real piece of shit.

      • Pat D

        You take that back this instant.

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

          I love Renault. But the way he prostitutes women puts him pretty squarely on the “douche” list.

          • Pat D

            Yea, but it never happens during the movie. He redeems himself.

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

              It doesn’t seem as if he regrets that particular perk of his job, though. At least Rick never resorted to blatant prostitution.

              With that said, Renault (Or is it Reinault? That’s how it sounded in the movie)is probably my favorite character. At the end of the movie his redemption is really the surprising one.

              • Pat D

                Yes, it is a bit surprising.

                But everything about that movie is so awesome, and Claude Rains’ performance as Renault is one of the big reasons why.

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

                  What I meant was, it was the story of Rick. His redemption was really necessary to complete the story arc. We’re never really shown Renault’s character arc; while his redemption was believable, it also wasn’t necessarily inevitable.

                  If they ended up making Renault go the opposite direction and made him full-blown evil or whatever you want to call it, I wouldn’t have been completely surprised, whereas I would have been with Rick.

  • Dan in Athens

    Juan Uribe taketh, and then giveth.

  • The Real Greg

    And now that decision by the Dodgers 3rd base coach looms large.

  • Duh Injuries

    WTF is up with Hanley Ramirez?

    Uribe wasn’t dogging it, he couldn’t get to the ball.

    Bad form by Ramirez as you don’t call out your teammate in front of the opponent.

  • Duh Injuries

    Also like the Yankee announcers said Soriano would’ve scored if Uribe got the ball anyway.

  • stuart a

    i have never been a big fan of peavy…

    i think the trade works best for the chisox who need a bunch of help.

    assume young will be available if yanks want him. if the price is high, pass…

    granderson will help a ton. then only joke hitters are catcher and 3b..

    • your mom

      I want Trumbo.

  • forensic

    I flip back to the game and Flaherty is going on and on about how great Chris Stewart is.

    Shocking…

  • Anderson Silva

    not a strike, but we gotta have human error in the game

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

    I give Andy credit. He did better than I certainly expected.

  • your mom

    Boston getting Villareal too? Power arm, maybe Farrell can fix him. Didn’t realize that piece of shit Iglesias was worth so much. Not that Villareal or Peavy are all that good.

    • Anderson Silva

      How do you feel about this trade? I think the Sox did good, turning a lucky half season of a mediocre player into a decent/good pitcher. It certainly helps them this season

      • your mom

        Looks good for everyone except I hope Detroit is getting more than Iglesias.

  • vicki

    2013 starters, 2-outs, ops against:

    andy .739
    cc .775
    hugsie .547
    hirok .647
    phelps .574
    nova .820

    • The Real Greg

      What’s league average?

      • Dan in Athens

        Al – .725, NL .706 in 2013

    • your mom

      Amazing that Hughes and Phelps are so low.

    • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

      Where could one find such highly specific stats like this??

      • vicki

        bref outs in inning splits.

        • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

          Thanks!!

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

    The dialogue in “Casablanca” is so damn good.

    • vicki

      this may not be verbatim.

      “i was told you were the most beautiful woman ever to come to casablanca. it was a gross understatement.”

      “you’re very kind.”

      my new year’s resolution every year is to learn to take a compliment like that.

  • Winter

    Good inning from Andy. Gotta love facing their pitcher…

  • johnnyb93

    Theo Epstein’s grandfather and great uncle wrote the screenplay for Casablanca.

  • Anderson Silva

    lets hope Jeter can recapture the magic against RH pitchers… otherwise it’s not going to be pretty

  • Dan in Athens

    Did they just say Willie Stargell hit a ball over the right center pavilion? Anyone know if that’s on youtube or anywhere else?

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

    This is the inning he gets rocked. Andy’s curve looks awful.

  • Michael Allen

    I’m watching the game on MLBN. Vin Scully is… Well he’s Vin Scully. The man could commentate on a single blade of grass growing and I would gladly stop and listen.

    Just saying.

    • Dan in Athens

      GOAT. Sorry, Mel.

    • Winter

      Completely forgot about Scully! How could I? Switching MLB.tv to the Dodgers broadcast now.

    • SDB

      Fuck the MLB.tv blackout here.

      I’m stuck with Ma and Pa.

    • vicki

      not trying to start anything but they really ought to put somebody in the booth with him.

  • Bobtaco

    Thanks to Theo Epstein’s grandfather…

  • The Real Greg

    Anybody see what’s going on in Texas right now?

    • vicki

      WOW.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ichiro faked me out for a second, thought he gave up on it

  • your mom

    I want to talk shit about the offense having only 4 hits but they are facing Greinke.

    • vicki

      dodgers have overtaken first place. time for greinkles to tank.

    • Anderson Silva

      It’s going to be worse tomorrow.

  • Dontshushme

    Peavy to sox.

    • vicki

      shh.

  • Anderson Silva

    Didn’t notice Nix was back. Can’t say it’s good to have him back.

  • your mom

    Our 3rd basemen suck. God I hate Nix.

  • BigBlueAL

    Assuming they dont trade for a 3B just let Adams play 3B every day for God’s sake. Cant stand watching guys like Nix or Cruz anymore. At least Adams give you hope of actually hitting the ball to the OF in the air once in awhile.

    • your mom

      I’d rather see Lillibridge.

      • BigBlueAL

        Lillibridge sucks too. Though he has shown some pop at least during his career. Would definitely rather see him than Nix at least but again if they are going to be wasting a spot in the lineup at 3B at least waste it on a young player who has some pop in his bat.

    • forensic

      Yup, hated that they sent down Adams instead of just dumping Lillibridge.

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

    So our company is seriously considering Grease since we heard how cheap it was for licensing (given our specific circumstances, $370 for two shows).

    The problem is, everything else about Grease is expensive. Really expensive.

    Our other option, which costs the same in licensing, is “Nunsense”. It’s a good show, and much cheaper.

    But, it’s not Grease.

    So basically we’re really trying to figure out if Grease is a feasible option or not. Probably not, but we can hope.

    • Pat D

      Grease sucks.

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

        You shut your whore mouth.

  • Wheels

    Stewart is not a speed merchant.

  • The Real Greg

    The official trade

    Red Sox: Peavy and Villereal
    Tigers: Iglesias
    White Sox: Iglesias and 3 low level Red Sox prospects

    • Dan in Athens

      Sox aren’t giving up anything else. Young is either a Yankee or Phillie at 4:01 tomorrow.

    • Tom

      J.B. Wendelken, Francellis Montas, Cleuluis Rondon are the prospects that Boston shipped out.

      If you are wondering “who?”…. exactly. First 2 are pitchers, last guy is an A ball SS with a decent glove but apparently no bat whatsoever.

      Not a huge Peavy fan but this seems like an absolute steal for Boston as they seem to have sold ridiculously high on Iglesias (who has an OPS under .500 for the last month)

      White Sox also got Avisail Garcia from Detroit

  • Wheels

    Great catch Sori!

  • nycsportzfan

    Soriano is killing it for us!

  • Dan in Athens

    Soriano – defense? Confused.

  • nsalem

    D for form A for results

  • Anderson Silva

    Gardner didn’t look like he was running full speed.

  • Dan in Athens

    JH Jr. would be starting for us at third right now.

    • vicki

      faint praise.

      • Dan in Athens

        I’m not the one who set the bar where it is.

        Did I mention how much I hate Yousless?

  • Anderson Silva

    very nice game from Pettitte.

  • Dan in Athens

    Did Andy just duel Zack to a draw? Wow, hell of a job

    • vicki

      against a team that hits lefties pretty well too.

  • Michael Allen

    Big fan of Greinke. Simileons aside, I was disappointed the Yanks didn’t get involved with him this offseason.

    Does anyone see Maddux when they watch Greinke? Slightly less upright type of delivery, same type of stuff, and baseball intelligence.

    Go ahead, Alfonso.

    • Michael Allen

      Simoleons*

  • ropeadope

    Surprised Red Sox were willing to part with Iglesias. Guess they’ll go with Drew and Snyder on the left side with Middlebrooks returning at some point. Peavy can be fragile. My hunch is the Red Sox will come to regret the deal.

    • SDB

      Smart move to sell high. But it saddens me we won’t see the regression of Jose Iglesias to his usual light hitting self in Fenway.

      • Mike

        Detroit doesn’t care about ss offense I guess. Either that or they’re just dumb.

  • SDB

    Now that’s the Andy I remember. Hopefully the offense backs him up now.

  • DavidAdamsIsGod

    Scratch a run out right here and lock this down

  • Wheels

    Andy’s got to be feeling pretty good after that performance.

    • sangreal

      He should, but if you watch the postgame I bet he will say otherwise

  • Anderson Silva

    Wells PH is kinda like having the pitcher bat. Really.

  • DavidAdamsIsGod

    Inspiring effort in that AB Vern

  • BigBlueAL

    Solid at-bat by Wells.

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

    Well, you gotta give Andy credit. Tell you what though, he was really pretty lucky.

  • BigBlueAL

    I fear the Yankees might not score again this series.

    • The Real Greg

      Even if they were a normal lineup you could offer that possibility

      • BigBlueAL

        Kershaw is amazing but he aint shutting out any Yankee lineup from 2009-2012.

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

    Too bad. If Jeter was able…

    Damn you, Kay. You beat me to it.

  • DavidAdamsIsGod

    My favorite part of the show every night

    D-Rob

  • WhittakerWalt

    If only Jeter had been playing short.
    #obviousjoke

  • Wheels

    Jeter will start running faster eventually, right?

  • your mom

    And Texas ties it up.

    • vicki

      angels bullpen should self-immolate.

      • ropeadope

        lol, when I notice you in the thread Ms. V., I immediately open up dictionary.com as I know I’ll be referencing it often. Thank you for improving my vocabulary.

        I know Frieri imploded last night. I won’t look at tonight’s game until later (or tomorrow).

  • nycsportzfan

    The entire AL EAST WON tonight. We really need this game.

  • DavidAdamsIsGod

    Have a fuckin seat

  • Lukaszek

    Robertson made a fool out of Puig

    • your mom

      Best part of the night so far.

  • Tom

    And for the 2nd night in a row Frieri blows a save against Texas.

    Thanks California, LA, Anaheim, North American Angels

  • Dan in Athens

    Hit HRam right in the ass. Don’t want to hurt him, just don’t let him hit here.

  • your mom

    If we go to extras and lose tonight, please don’t let it be a walk-off HR to Puig. Hate that guy.

  • DavidAdamsIsGod

    It’s a joy to watch this guy pitch.

    Hope he’s Mo’s successor.

  • Dontshushme

    Alright lets scratch one across here please

  • nycsportzfan

    RObertson stole Puigs lunch money and gave him a wedgie to boot!

  • your mom

    Hate to see this team next year if Kemp is healthy and they sign Cano.

  • Anderson Silva

    domination by DRob

  • Dan in Athens

    I’d send DRob back out unless the Yanks score. Day off yesterday and on Thursday and only 9 pitches in the 8th.

  • BigBlueAL

    I feel just as calm and confident when DRob is in the game as I am when Mo is in.

    • vicki

      (more so sometimes.)

      • BigBlueAL

        Never. If my life was on the line and I had to choose 1 pitcher to pitch a scoreless inning Im taking Mo every time. Even 43 yo Mo lol.

  • Anderson Silva

    Cano taking FB down the middle for no reason

    • The Real Greg

      That’s strange for Cano and you know it.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Sometimes you just guess wrong.

  • Mike

    I can’t believe Boston got Peavy for basically a utility if + 3 low level scrubs.

    • DavidAdamsIsGod

      White Sox would hang up on us if we offered Sanchez, DePaula, and Gardner.

      • Dontshushme

        All teams make the yanks pay a bigger price

  • WhittakerWalt

    How do you like that clown suit, Yasiel?

    • Winter

      That’s a clown suit, bro.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Ain’t going to be an easy inning. Jansen is one of the best closers in the league, surprised he was replaced to start with.

    • vicki

      he’s definitely figured it out.

      the hope is our pen hangs tough until he’s out.

  • Anderson Silva

    so much talent, it’s painful to watch him have ABs like that. Did everything wrong.

  • BigBlueAL

    Cano has been getting overpowered alot lately.

    • The Real Greg

      He’s been in a slump.

    • nycsportzfan

      his at bats have been putrid again. Almost as bad as Soriano fouling off bout 5pitches that should of went out of the ballpark before striking out. This team just flat out has the most embaressing at bats of any team i’ve ever seen. Its annoying at the pitches these guys foul off.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Has Cano gone back to getting himself out, or are these just really good pitches?

    • Winter

      Jansen’s really good, I wouldn’t read into it too much.

    • The Real Greg

      Well he took two fastballs down the middle (not back to back) so he’s not wildly swinging

      • Anderson Silva

        took 2 FBs down the middle, swung at every other pitch, including the last one which wasn’t close

  • BigBlueAL

    Yankees need to extend this game as long as possible until the Dodgers are forced to bring in League.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Or Carlos Marmol. :p

  • Anderson Silva

    What’s so special about this Jensen guy? It’s nothing but FBs, and he catches a lot of the plate with them.

    • The Real Greg

      David Robertson says hello

      • nycsportzfan

        As soon as the runner moved to 2nd and the awesome cano coulden’t hold on to the ball, i knew it was over. Who gives a fuck, this team sucks. So glad Football is in the air!

    • Dontshushme

      Um everyone looks like cy young against this line up

      • The Real Greg

        Shush

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      He throws slow, but its very deceptive to the eye in speed.

  • The Real Greg

    Reminds me of David Robertson. Overpowering

  • BigBlueAL

    Just get this game to the 10th so Nix and Stewart can hit…..

    • vicki

      zzzzzzing!

  • The Real Greg

    If the Yankees lose, it’s just a matter of being beaten by a better team. The Yankees did not shoot themselves in this game.

  • Kramerica Industries

    It will be fun to lose in walk-off fashion with Mo still in the bullpen.

    • The Real Greg

      You know baseball rules. And it’s not just Girardi that does it.

      • vicki

        there are very good reasons for the convention.

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

          There really, truly aren’t.

        • WhittakerWalt

          There are good reasons for leaving your best pitcher sitting in the bullpen, hoping for a save that may never come? I strongly disagree.

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

      I hate that unwritten rule so much, I actually physically want it to die. I want to stab it until it stops moving. It’s so, so horrible.

  • nycsportzfan

    Fuck this wack ass offense! my lord! Of course were gonna be the only team in the AL EAST to lose tonight. I don’t care what anyone says, Jansen may be good, but he wasen’t throwing good stuff tonight. Every batter got multiple pitches to unload on and did nothing with any of em.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    With these fans, you’d think we’re in Boston right now.

    • vicki

      they have to find joy somewhere; their purple and gold hearts are broken.

  • BigBlueAL

    Really couldnt let DRob pitch another inning?? 9 pitch 8th too much for him?? Considering the Yankees had a day off yesterday and have another day off on Thursday??

    • Timothy

      Yea I was upset about this too. Especially considering they will pitch Kelley now and then Rivera in 10th before Girardi just gives up and throws Warren in there for the rest of the game.

    • Anderson Silva

      head scratcher really. I have a bad feeling with Kelley here

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Angels and Rangers in Bottom of the 10th tied 11-11.

    Not everyday.

    Home runs by Mark Trumbo and ex-Met Colin Cowgill along with Geovany Soto.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Just as I say that, walk-off 3 run home run for Leonys Martin, Texas wins 14-11.

  • Charles

    Bit confused why Robertson is out, he only threw like 9 pitches to get through the meat of the order. You would think that with the bottom of the order coming up he’d be ok to go out for another inning?

    • BigBlueAL

      Gotta have him available to pitch the 8th tomorrow to keep the Yankees deficit at 1-0 heading to the 9th.

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

    So far I don’t think this is one of Joe’s better managed games.

    • Timothy

      whys that? Only thing I may of done differently was pitch Robertson in the 9th. What else has you puzzled?

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

        I had something else, but I can’t remember for the life of me what it was. I’ll try and get back to you.

  • Timothy

    Anyone else think Girardi pulls Jeter or at least rests him tomorrow if the game goes to extras?

  • Dontshushme

    980 year old uribe is gonna run into one

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    I didn’t realize Car Wash was a baseball park type song…

  • Wheels

    Might have to put on some coffee here.

  • Dontshushme

    Fuck!

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

    Well that’s just fucking lovely.

  • The Real Greg

    Cano should have caught that. He would have been out.

  • Anderson Silva

    he had a play despite the bad throw, needs to hold on to that ball

  • BigBlueAL

    Another 2 months of Chris Stewart…

    • The Real Greg

      That’s not on Stewart. The play was there.

      • BigBlueAL

        That was a God awful throw. All on Stewart.

        • Anderson Silva

          Cano had a play. He simply couldn’t do it. Cano going into another stretch of actually hurting the team.

          • Kramerica Industries

            Don’t try defending that throw. A throw that is that far up the baseline and on that kind of an early bounce is almost always a no chancer.

            • Duh Injuries

              Um, the throw was miles ahead of the base stealer and sometimes a secondbaseman, especially one who wants Manny Ramirez’s big contract plus another $40-100M, has to scoop the throw out of the dirt, or do you expect EVERY throw a catcher makes to a secondbaseman to be right into the secondbaseman’s glove? I don’t and I’d be reasonable to not expect it every time in a stolen base attempt.

              ‘Love the Chris Stewart bashers and Cano asskissers on here.

              • Kramerica Industries

                It’s kinda funny reading this, because Robbie’s the homegrown Yankee and Stewie is the evil mercenary.

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

    This game is about to suck.

  • Dontshushme

    Horrible

  • Wheels

    Shoulda kept Robertson in dammit.

    • The Real Greg

      Bordering on Fallacy

  • The Real Greg

    Just the better team. All there is to it.

  • forensic

    Well, that was annoying.

  • BigBlueAL

    At least DRob will be available for tomorrow.

  • SDB

    Ugh.

    Well, at least it wasn’t Puig…

  • Anderson Silva

    Cano and Girardi with the loss. Cano had a chance to get out of the inning, and Girardi is simply clueless on how to use relievers in order to win games.

    • The Real Greg

      FALLACY

      • Dan in Athens

        You know what isn’t a fallacy, pitching to HRam in the first.

    • Winter

      I have no problem with going to Kelley there. He’s been excellent. And Stewart’s more to blame than Cano on that play. But I guess Stewart isn’t a lazy Dominican.

      • The Real Greg

        The ball hit Cano’s glove. The throw was wide, but the play was still there,

  • Cy Pettitte

    are you fucking kidding me? that’s how they lose. fuck bullshit.

  • Jack P

    I feel like this would be an appropriate ending for the last game of our season…. still a long way to go though.

  • vicki

    bleh.

  • Dontshushme

    Well cano…nice game contract guy…horrible at bat in the 9th and then a catchable ball at second

    • WhittakerWalt

      I guess he’s lucky those aren’t the only two things he’s ever done in his career then, right?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Thanks, Stewart.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Last inning my wife asked me how the game was going. I said “terribly, they’re tied.” She said “that’s good, though, right?” I told her “no, because the Yankees have done all their scoring for the night. Eventually the Dodgers will score a run, and that will be that.”

    And here we are.

  • Gustavo

    Shawn “the run fairy” Kelley strikes again…

    • Winter

      Are you seriously complaining about Kelley’s performance this year?

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

    NOW can we PLEASE sell? What more do the Yanks need to realize this isn’t their year? Clouds to form a message in the sky? The ghost of George Steinbrenner telling them this explicitly?

    Okay, scratch that last bit, George wouldn’t do that..but still! JUST GIVE IT UP. Move on. Prepare for next year. We’re not good.

    • BigBlueAL

      Didnt you hear Cashman the other day?? Hal wants to win a championship this season hence the trade for Soriano!!

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

        Soriano is a nice pick up, but come on Hal. That bullshit is insulting.

        I’m not mad they’re losing at this point -frustrated and disappointed, yes, but not mad. But pretending we have a chance when we clearly don’t is going to hurt us, maybe badly, in the long run.

        It’s finally not our year. We had a great run. Accept it, move on. Prepare for the future. Stop going into denial, guys.

        • The Real Greg

          I agree.

        • BigBlueAL

          Thing is I believe Cashman agrees 100% with you but not sure ownership is totally on board. But most people here hate Cashman and thinks he is stupid so what does he know apparently.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      I’ve been telling them to sell, but Hal won’t listen to me. He never listened to me.

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

        You raised one Hell of a kid there, George. He gives us all headaches.

      • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

        I read the comment before I read the screename. Nice.

  • stuart a

    got the dodger telecast but stewie our great defensive catcher could not throw out ethier..

    stewie down to about 220 on the BA, but don’t worry he is a big slugger…

    i am sure Michael Kya has made a note of this fact. I bet Kay chalks it up to stewie playing to many games. BULL…

    offense on fire for 2 runs tonight… the beat goes on……….

  • The Real Greg

    FALLACY and Ignorance to all of you about blame. There is no blame.

    • BigBlueAL

      You really make it hard to enjoy game threads.

      • The Real Greg

        Really? I do. Have you seen this place this year?

        • BigBlueAL

          You are easily the most annoying. I used to LOVE the game threads here in 2008 and 2009. Havent had time past few years to enjoy the game threads but lately have been trying to but shit you make it real tough.

    • Dontshushme

      In a loss there is always blame just as in a win there is always credit

    • WhittakerWalt

      Just because YOU like to white knight for Girardi doesn’t mean we do. He makes stupid bullpen decisions, FALLACY or no.

      • The Real Greg

        I didn’t like the decision, but that alone is not the reason for losing. So don’t act like it is.

        • WhittakerWalt

          There are plenty of reasons for losing. Lack of hitting is no one’s fault. Our lineup just stinks. Making a poor bullpen choice is on Girardi, though. That he does have control over.
          Ultimately we probably lose anyway, because once this team goes into a scoring drought anything is possible, but I just don’t see why you get into these weird fits of mental gymnastics.
          I honestly don’t even think you know why you do it. You just like to argue.

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

        Why do you all respond to Greg? He’s made it abundantly clear, time and time again, that he’s just another troll. He’s just clever enough to troll in a way that avoids the banhammer. Don’t feed him.

        • WhittakerWalt

          I think he’s just a contrarian. I don’t believe he’s a troll.

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

            He once called Cashman “Cashit”. I think he made up some similar epitaph for Hal. And what else is a perpetual contrarian but a troll?

        • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

          From what I gather Greg’s gotta funny way of thinking, but he ain’t no troll.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Pretty much the worst imaginable night for the Yankees.

    They lose, while everyone in the AL with a better record than them won.

    • forensic

      Well, the A’s lost, but they aren’t currently really competing with the Yanks for anything.

      • Kramerica Industries

        You’re one of those mild obsessive compulsives, aren’t you? ;)

        • forensic

          Mild? :-)

          • Kramerica Industries

            I’m not all that different. But it kind of comes and goes, but when it flares up, it’s not too much fun.

  • Charles

    And now we’re not going stop hearing about why Roberston should have pitched the 9th.

  • stuart a

    the play was stewies fault not cano and kelly is the 3rd best relief pitcher morons. what you want to use boon logan? joba?

    girardi made the right moves, you score 2 runs you are losing a lot of games…..

  • Cy Pettitte

    Romine should get the majority of starts going forward

  • CashmanNinja

    While they pretty much all sucked, I think Stewart gets top honors for sucking tonight. They had Ethier by a MILE…and he gives a lousy throw. Cano could have caught it, and should have, but it’s also harder to catch AND apply the throw at the same time. It’s doing 2 things at once. If the throw had been where it should have been then Cano makes that tag easily. Thanks Stewart.

    • The Real Greg

      Pedroia makes that play.

      Yeah, I went there.

      • Kramerica Industries

        FALLACY

        Yeah, I went there.

        • The Real Greg

          Touche, my friend.

  • Widget

    Sell.

  • Kramerica Industries

    In any case, rest well, Mariano. I know he needs it despite the off day on Monday and the impending off day on Thursday.

    • stuart a

      mariano has not pitched 2 innings all season I think.

      he is not coming in with the score tied to pitch 2 innings.

      not happening.. they cannot score not complicated…

      nix had a heck of a ballgame, stewart also ditto, you have right there 2 positions where they are bottom 3 in baseball in productivity…

      on the cano front he is there best player, he is just not remotely as good as he thinks he is or his groupies think he is..
      granderson will help. wells with a great pinch hit AB, he almost got the ball out of the infield…

      he will stay on the team when grandy come back they will send down melky, i would love to see vernon go adios.. he sucks…

      • Kramerica Industries

        Except Mo didn’t pitch one inning. He didn’t throw one pitch. He didn’t even do any warm-up pitching.

        So I’m not sure where you gathered two innings here. And Girardi actually has thrown Mo for two innings on the road in the regular season before, it’s just that nobody probably remembers when that was.

        (psh, try the 9/11/2010 boxscore. There’s a reason Mo blew the save the following night.)

        • Kramerica Industries

          jeez, I was so close.

          9/10/2010 boxscore, which beget that 9/11/2010 boxscore I speak of. Was thinking 9/11 was a Friday game, but it was a Friday the year before, when Jeter passed Gehrig on the Yankee hit list.

          In either case, I fell sick on 9/11 both those years, thus explaining my weird memory of those dates.

        • vicki

          what if mo had done his job on aj ellis, ethier and juan urine [sic]? we had ichi, nix and stewart next. then the pitcher. and who was on the bench?

          it would have to have been the top of the order up for LA, with some prayer for a yankee run due up afterwards, to consider using mo. any “proven closer”, really, but especially ancient mo.

          if anything it should’ve been drob.

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

        Kramerica didn’t say he wanted Mo to go two innings.

  • your mom

    I’m very confident we can turn this around…………not!

  • Cy Pettitte

    I really hope they do just sell. This team is sickening because they’re not bad enough to just laugh at like the Angels fans do at this point but they’re not good enough to win so they’re just annoying.

    • your mom

      Is it possible to sell and get good returns with less than 24 hours left?

  • Duh Injuries

    Hughes to the Phillies for Michael Young, fuck it.

    The Yanks still have Kuroda/Sabathia/Nova/Pettitte/Phelps with Nuno, Warren, and possibly Pineda as rotation reinforcement.

    If Hughes can’t net the Yanks prospects, the Yanks might as well rent a guy who could be their stopgap thirdbaseman next year or better yet their stopgap firstbaseman if they could get rid of Teixiera.

    Otherwise tell Hughes he will receive the qualifying offer no matter what he does from hereonin and if he rejects it, the Yanks get a first-round draft pick.

    Young or the draft pick is aok by me because this team’s offense has been the ruin of them.

    • acb

      huh i’m confused why would the phillies want phil hughes for young?

      • trr

        (they wouldn’t)

    • Gonzalo Hiram

      Trading Hughes for Young would be nice, but tell me why the phillies would be interested in Hughes, they are not contending anymore so why do thet want a rental. Remember Hughes would be a free agent so they would lose him, This trade just doesn;t make any sense for them.

  • Joe

    I know this sounds like a crazy suggestion, but would anyone here under any circumstance consider trading Sabathia in the offseason to try to see if they could net some position player prospects. I know Sabathia is older, but someone who needs pitching I have to believe would give up a haul for him. Yes are rotation would be in trouble, but I don’t necessarily believe you need an ace to be a playoff team, but rather solid depth in the rotation with a great bullpen. Orioles don’t have an ace in their rotation and they are doing fine. I’m not saying the Yankees should definitely trade him, but I think it should at least be considered if nothing else to see value he could bring from other teams.

    • trr

      I can’t imagine anyone would take that contract, Joe.