Jul
02

Game 83: Keep Going

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The losing streak is over and the Yankees actually scored a whole bunch of runs in last night’s win over the Twins. It felt just like old times. The Bombers aren’t out of the woods yet though, not even close really. They have to jump three teams if they want to win the divisions and two if they want to sneak into the postseason as a wildcard. As I said yesterday, they really need to take advantage of all these games against the Twins and Royals before the All-Star break. One win ain’t enough. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Samuel Deduno:

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

And on the mound is the 2004 First Team High School All-American, right-hander Phil Hughes.

Clear skies and sunshine in Minneapolis, so they won’t have any trouble getting this game in. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Jayson Nix (hamstring) is day-to-day. He felt some tightness after running out his double last night. Joe Girardi said it’s not considered a DL injury, but they don’t know when he’ll be able to return to the lineup … Mark Teixeira (wrist) had surgery as scheduled yesterday and everything went “as planned,” the team announced.

Categories : Game Threads

337 Comments»

  1. SDB says:

    Nix hurt? Oh no! There’s nobody in this lineup who can do something to help the team, EVERY day!

  2. Pseudoyanks says:

    Trade deadline…Sell, sell sell.

  3. Kramerica Industries says:

    I remember when the Yankees went to Minnesota last year; it was the same week as my birthday. Monday-Wednesday series.

    The three SP’s in that series, in this order, were Pettitte, Hughes, and Sabathia.

    The first three SP’s in this series are, in this order, Pettitte, Hughes, and Sabathia.

    Damn. That’s funny.

  4. trr says:

    We have no time for sarcasm or snark, we need to put together a winning streak against the weak sisters of the AL.
    Let’s win this one!

  5. The Real Greg says:

    I will lead with this. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the best record in baseball. 15 of their 51 victories have come when they score 3 runs or less, including 3 against AL competition, two of which were 1-0 victories against Detroit.

    Also the Pirates as compared to the Yankees offense:

    Average .05 runs more
    Have the same amount of hits (661)
    Have 1 less home run than the Yankees do
    Have 7 fewer walks
    Have the same batting average
    Have a higher OBP by .04
    OPS difference of .14 in favor the Pirates.

    And the Pirates have the best record in baseball.

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

      I agree.
      They should have kept Russ.

      • forensic says:

        And A.J…

        Wait, what???

      • The Real Greg says:

        Yes.

        I will also add that they have each scored 320 runs. The Pirates and Yankees offense is very much alike. Yet one team has the best record in baseball and the other is 4 games over .500.

        Plus the Pirates are in a solid division with the Reds and Cardinals.

        • forensic says:

          Plus the Pirates are in a solid division with the Reds and Cardinals.

          You seem to have missed two other teams there, both of which are among the worst in baseball.

          • The Real Greg says:

            And yet, the difference in SOS is only .19. You would think it would be more with two crappy teams in the division.

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

          And in the National League.
          And have faced a weaker schedule.
          And don’t play in a hitter’s park.
          In the AL East.
          Where every team is at least .500 right now.

          Pirates 95 wRC+, so slightly below average park adjusted.
          Yankees 84 wRC+, so very putrid park adjusted.

          It’s possible to win like that.
          It’s just not very realistic in a hitters park in the AL East.

          • Tom says:

            So you need to correct for the park the teams are playing in?

            And if you strip out the pitchers, the Pirates have a wRC+ of 103; it’s almost like the run environment in the NL is somewhat lower because the pitcher hits.

          • trr says:

            That’s almost like a non-rhyming poem

    • Pseudoyanks says:

      Well done.

    • Winter says:

      They also have the best team ERA in baseball. The Yankees have the 12th. And they get to beat up on the Cubs and Brewers.

  6. TomH says:

    ARod apparently 0 for 2 and now out of the game.

  7. Get Phelps Up says:

    Wang getting crushed again (6 runs in 1.2 innings so far). Idiot Cashman needs to be fired for letting him go to a division rival!

  8. forensic says:

    So, Chien-Ming Wang getting destroyed again.

    Can’t believe the Yankees didn’t call him up because he pitched alright for them half a decade ago…

  9. I'm One says:

    So your point is that you can win without a great offense if you have great pitching. Our pitching has not been as dominant as it was at the beginning of the season. You also need to look at the level of competition. Have the Pirates played a weaker schedule than the Yankees? (Personally, I don’t care to look it up and it is pretty hard to compare NL teams to AL teams and half way through the season, it’s probably pretty even).

    I’d love for the Yankees to be able to win without a dominant offense. It’s not happening right now, so like Mike said, they need to take advantage of the weaker teams thy’re playing during this stretch.

    • I'm One says:

      Reply fail to The Real Greg above.

    • The Real Greg says:

      I know that, which is why I mentioned the 3 victories against AL competition including two 1-0 shutouts against one of the better offenses in the AL.

    • forensic says:

      For what it’s worth, the Pirates opponent SOS is .496% while the Yankees is .515%

      • The Real Greg says:

        And that’s not even that different. A difference of .19?

        • forensic says:

          That actually is a pretty big difference. The Yankees have the 4th highest SOS and the Pirates have the 20th highest SOS.

          Of course, some of that is because more teams have beaten the Yankees overall, but still…

          • The Real Greg says:

            Also you have to remember that the Yankees played the Jays when they were under .500 so it has to be at the time of play.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      1/4 of the Pirates games have come against Milwaukee and the Cubs.

  10. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    I’m curious, were there any frequent posters claiming that it was a huge mistake to let Wang go? I have to admit I was (silently) unclear on why they didn’t give him a shot in the majors, but I tend to defer to the judgment of the management on these things.

    • trr says:

      I don’t think so. He had the right to opt out of his contract if the team didn’t bring him up, which they didn’t. Can’t blame him for taking the opportunity to pitch in the bigs again.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      There were a few, but most people realized that it was probably because he would basically be what Adam Warren is and since we had that already there was no reason to add another. And as his last two starts have indicated, it looks like they made the right move.

    • I'm One says:

      Yup, I’m with you. I’m no baseball scout and didn’t see him pitch each time out, so I figured they knew something I didn’t.

  11. Wheels says:

    Good lineup. Go get em

  12. The Real Greg says:

    Have to say it.

    Wang and Fister both got reamed tonight.

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

    Gardner has cooled off a bit.

  14. forensic says:

    Really Ron? He’s the one guy you didn’t want to beat you?

    Then maybe you shouldn’t have kept pitching to him and bringing in right-handed relievers to face him.

  15. forensic says:

    Morneau could’ve tossed that ball to the third baseman to throw back to the pitcher and they still would’ve gotten Cano.

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

      Morneau could’ve tossed that ball to the third baseman left fielder to throw back to the pitcher and they still would’ve gotten Cano.

      ftfy

      • forensic says:

        Thanks. I was thinking afterwards that I should’ve said he could’ve gone around the horn with it and still got him, but I think the point has sufficiently been made.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I know hustling is “the right way to play the game” but Zolio busted it down the line, and he basically made the same contact as Cano, both resulted in a put out…so what difference does it make?

      • forensic says:

        Being a professional. Potentially forcing the defense in a mental or physical error.

        It’s not that difficult.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          No it doesn’t but it affects maybe 1 or 2 plays over the course of the season. I just can’t get myself worked up about it.

          • forensic says:

            It’s not only 1 or 2 over the course of the season, and it’s not just groundouts to first. It’s singles he could turn into doubles, doubles into triples.

            Even with his level of speed, it makes a difference and it’s aggravating.

            • Dalek Jeter says:

              On balls in the gap/to the wall, I can understand getting upset a bit, but on groundouts to the right side of the infield? “Meh, I wish he would run it out” is about all the caring I can muster.

              • trr says:

                I don’t what else to say except it’s how the game is played, and if you have that take it easy mentality it will infest all aspects of your approach . I’m 57 and in my meaningless Men’s Softball league, I bust it on every play. You play the game hard, you play it with pride.

      • Anderson Silva says:

        I kinda agree there. I think it would be much worse if Cano would hurt himself busting down the line on a sure out just to make it look closer.

        • forensic says:

          If he gets hurt playing the game professionally and hustling, then so be it. Plenty of guys can get hurt half-assing it too. Hell, people get hurt in BP, as we saw last year.

  16. Dalek Jeter says:

    Phil has already thrown 5 pitches to get two guys out, there’s no way he can go deep into this game.

    /suzyn waldman’d

  17. Wheels says:

    Exhale, Hughes made it through a first inning unscathed.

    • forensic says:

      For what it’s worth, the 1st inning is actually only Hughes 3rd highest ERA per inning (behind the 5th and 3rd innings).

  18. The Real Greg says:

    This might not be popular, but if you can get Ibanez on the cheap from Seattle, he could fill Hafner’s role. Raul just hit his 20th HR of the season.

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

      He hit 19 last year.
      I wonder if the power he’s shown this year is sustainable?

  19. forensic says:

    Ok, next inning they’ll get a ball to the outfield…

    • The Real Greg says:

      When I was playing the MLB 2k games, I hated facing sinker ballers.

      The pitch could be right down the middle and have late movement and you just pound it into the ground.

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

      liar

  20. Dalek Jeter says:

    It looked like Deduno was grimacing coming off the mound there, you should take him out as a precaution Gardenhire.

    • forensic says:

      Unfortunately, he’s been doing that after every out.

      I actually considered picking him up for this game, but just couldn’t do it. Hopefully the Yankees pick it up soon and make me happy I didn’t grab him.

  21. Dalek Jeter says:

    Robbie made that look too easy. Pedrioa has to dive for that ball and it’s on every highlight reel for the week.

  22. Dalek Jeter says:

    Just realized because they’re talking about it…down to essentially a 1 man bench. Stop carrying 13 pitchers.

  23. Get Phelps Up says:

    So with Nix injured I can only imagine who the emergency catcher behind Romine is.

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

    How was that pitch not a called strike?
    (the 1-0 pitch)

  25. WhittakerWalt says:

    First “little girl with the curl” reference at 8:41pm.

  26. forensic says:

    That pitch almost hit Stewart and yet he still swung at it.

  27. Wheels says:

    This is getting ridiculous.

  28. forensic says:

    Ok, second time through the order they’ll get one to the outfield…

  29. Dalek Jeter says:

    We’re gonna get perfect game’d with 27 groundball outs, aren’t we

    /doom’d

  30. Wheels says:

    I think it’s possible to get a hit out of the infield against this dude.

  31. forensic says:

    0-31 at 3B is longest since SS in 2004. So, of course, I immediately said that’s the season Jeter got hurt opening day, but then remembered that was actually 2003.

    That 2004 streak actually was all Jeter. Pretty ugly numbers that April, obviously.

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

    Ichiro gave up on that rather quickly.
    Seemed catchable.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Yeah, I wonder if given the pitcher involved that he thought it was gone

    • forensic says:

      Might have been, tough to tell with the high wall/overhang and sun area out there. Of course, YES never shows a replay so we’ll never know.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      It looked gone to me b/c of the sun and the way he played it, but like forensic said, no replay so it’s hard to say.

  33. Dalek Jeter says:

    God damnit. So close.

  34. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yay for more two-out run scoring hits.

    Seriously. Not enough of those allowed recently.

  35. The Real Greg says:

    I would have just walked him, Phil

  36. Whittakerwalt says:

    LOL Sterling extolling Granderson’s outfield defense.

  37. Wheels says:

    the 3rd inning forensic…

    • forensic says:

      Yup. Just wait till the 5th too.

      Of course, it’s not all that surprising since that’s often when the top/middle of the order bats, but still, he’s got huge gaps between those and the other innings (this is all SSS, but the point still stands).

  38. Dalek Jeter says:

    I can only imagine the ticket-oak brainstorming session for StubHub’s marketing department

    *drops acid**takes giant bong rip* “What if…what if…shut up man I got it…what if there’s a giant talking tree man…and dude it’ll have a constantly spinning eye…and then his voice and mouth will never sync up…and he gives you tickets.”

  39. forensic says:

    See Dalek, told you someone would strike out…

  40. The Real Greg says:

    There’s your K.

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

    Prediction for Hughes: 5 innings, 3 runs.

    Prediction for game: 4-1 Twins.

    That seems like a reasonable prediction.

  42. forensic says:

    No perfect game!

  43. Tom says:

    Hit and run maybe?

  44. Dalek Jeter says:

    I’m happy that 1-1 was called a ball obviously, but this ump really needs to get consistent with that outside corner to LHH.

  45. forensic says:

    Sorry Kenny, that’s not borderline, that’s clearly high.

  46. Kramerica Industries says:

    Outfield!

  47. forensic says:

    Damn it Cano, hit the ball softer so Ichiro can go to 3rd…

  48. forensic says:

    Come on Trafner!

  49. Dalek Jeter says:

    The hitters must be not seeing that fastball inside, because it looks clearly inside from the CF camera but they’re swinging like it’s right there.

  50. forensic says:

    Homer Bailey just gave up a walk, but still has a no-hitter going after 7 innings.

  51. Tom says:

    Homer Bailey with a no hitter thru 7. (Game is on MLB Network for folks interested – though Cincy is coming up right now)

  52. The Real Greg says:

    By the way Homer Bailey has a no no going against the Giants through 7 innings.

  53. Dalek Jeter says:

    Obligatory post about Bailey having a no-no through 7

    Forensic I hope you made that trade and he’s starting for you tonight.

  54. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, here comes the usual Phil implosion. Amazing.

  55. Dalek Jeter says:

    That is among the dinkiest doubles I have ever seen.

  56. forensic says:

    Wow, Hughes just schooled Hicks in that AB.

  57. Kramerica Industries says:

    I don’t think I realize just how much audio is important. I’m actually getting a bit sleepy, like I normally would at night, because of the lack of sound.

    *awaits two-out, two-run, spirit-killing hit*

    • forensic says:

      You’re not missing much considering a very quiet crowd and Singleton/Flaherty calling the game.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Well, yeah. I could do without Flash ever being in the booth. Of course, to make it worse, he’s a staple in these crappy team and/or midwest markets.

        I just mean, in all seriousness, I just find myself with my eyelids actually being closed for seconds at a time and generally just not being fully aware of what’s going on. It’s kinda new, for me.

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

    Please don’t let this be just a tease, Phil.

  59. Kramerica Industries says:

    Wow, didn’t happen this time.

    WELL done, Phil. Excellent escape.

  60. Wheels says:

    Houdini! wow

  61. Dalek Jeter says:

    Jeez, Flash…2nd and 3rd no out, and your home teams pitcher K’s 2 and gets a ground out…get a little pumped. Dude sounds like he’s doing play by play for the Masters.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      He exhausts his verbal and written quota of exclamation points on his Twitter account.

  62. forensic says:

    Speedy Overbay!

  63. forensic says:

    Damn Stewart, always hitting the ball too damn hard…

  64. forensic says:

    A hit by a 3B!!!

  65. Dalek Jeter says:

    5 outs away for Bailey

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

    Runs!!!!!

    A lead!!!!!

  67. forensic says:

    Gonzo!!!

  68. Dalek Jeter says:

    ALBERTO!!!!

  69. Wheels says:

    Awesome!

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

    Wow. They beat my prediction!

  71. Kramerica Industries says:

    The bottom of the lineup just produced this stuff.

    Madness!

  72. The Real Greg says:

    And Bailey is through 8 and we have a lead

  73. trr says:

    The Quick Stick of Alberto Gonzalez!

  74. Dalek Jeter says:

    Bailey’s 3 outs away, hooray picture and picture!

  75. nsalem says:

    What a great wraparound line-up we have. Reminds me of 2006.

  76. Cuso says:

    Wow. The Twins must REALLY stink.

  77. New Guy says:

    My god, I am forced to listen to the Minnesota broadcast. They are the worrrrstttttttt. Obviously home broadcasts root for their team a little but this is crazy!!!!

  78. Dalek Jeter says:

    I’d really like another run (or 5) before Hughes goes back out there.

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

    lol
    Take it any way they can get it.

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

    Man, the Twins are bad. Can we play them every day forever?

  81. Kramerica Industries says:

    About time some of these chickenshit hits went the Yankees’ way.

  82. forensic says:

    See Dalek, you know what that would’ve been if Cano was the batter? :-)

  83. Kramerica Industries says:

    Lol. That was gonna go foul.

  84. Wheels says:

    Damn, I turned it to the no hitter and missed that run.

  85. The Real Greg says:

    2 outs away

  86. Winter says:

    Two outs left for Bailey.

  87. Dalek Jeter says:

    Homer Bailey looks a bit like a young Christian Bale.

  88. Kramerica Industries says:

    Kinda funny how now the Reds know how to beat the Giants in their home ballpark.

    Gee whiz, when they only needed to do it once in three tries last October, they couldn’t do it.

  89. Dalek Jeter says:

    1 out away, just blew the batter away with 97! That gun must be a bit hot…

  90. Dalek Jeter says:

    1 out away, just blew the batter away with 97! That gun must be a bit hot…

  91. The Real Greg says:

    1 out away

  92. Wheels says:

    1 strike away

  93. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yawn, another no hitter.

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

    Impressive Homer

  95. The Real Greg says:

    A NO NO

  96. Dalek Jeter says:

    No-No for Homer Bailey!!

  97. Kramerica Industries says:

    Damn, excellent catch by Gonzalez.

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

    Wow.
    AG having himself a game!

  99. Dalek Jeter says:

    ‘BERTO!!!

  100. Wheels says:

    great catch Alberto

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

    Come on guys, you gotta call him off of that ball.

    And Singleton calls the play with all of the enthusiasm of a limp dish rag.

  102. Dalek Jeter says:

    Pasta-Diving Cano.

  103. Get Phelps Up says:

    First time since 2009 that it took this long for there to be a no hitter.

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

    Jayson Nix is being Wally Pipp’d Alberto Gonzalez’d.

  105. SDB says:

    And over in Chicago, the White Sox are up 5-1 against the O’s. Dunn just homered, and for once I actually cheered along with a Hawk call. (I’d feel dirty for doing that, but anything that sees the Orioles losing makes me happy.)

    • forensic says:

      Yay for my fantasy team! :-)

      • SDB says:

        Mine too, I just remembered I have Dunn in both my lineups. So double yay. Now I hope the Sox can hold onto that lead. (Another nice thing about that game is the complete lack of the stupid O’s chants.)

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          It seems like Maryland as a whole likes their professional sports atmospheres to be almost entirely collegiate-like.

          Seven Nation Army? Chants with swear words? I mean, jeez.

          • forensic says:

            Is seven nation army an actual thing? There’s a team in my league with that name and I had no idea it was an actual thing.

  106. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yawn. Red Sox win again, too.

    At least I can’t be too mad there; they were playing the Padres. Not exactly a team that had much chance of winning tonight.

    • forensic says:

      It is annoying seeing Lackey still pitch pretty well though.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        It must be Awesome-O’Clock again

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73ZXjxRAmhA

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        I’m going to do a Fangraphs in-depth self-analysis on this matter very soon.

        TJS does have a history of seeing some pitchers come back better than they were before, but Lackey was an absolute dumpster fire of shit in 2011. And, even if he is Monsieur Bouledogue, I doubt he would’ve gotten through the entirety of 2011 with a torn elbow ligament like that.

        • Cuso says:

          He’s going to turn into a pumpkin soon. Against the Padres at home was not the best day to bet on that happening.

          • Kramerica Industries says:

            This is also why I don’t mind the Scott Feldman trade.

            I certainly don’t expect him to keep his Cubs form now that he’s back in the AL.

  107. forensic says:

    The Pirates scored, but still lost anyway. I thought they were so good to win all these games.

    I’m so confused…

    • The Real Greg says:

      Phillies used 6 bullpen pitchers for 3.1 innings?

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      They’ve won 3 games!! THREE GAMES!!! Against the AL in these games, including two, count that 2(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) 1-0 shutouts against the Tigers!!! Because two games is indicative of anything!

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Psh, really. What’s entirely relevant about wins over a 2nd place team?

        *ducks and covers*

  108. Kramerica Industries says:

    Ok, I seriously couldn’t tell just now whether that was a replay or live-action.

    YES has been especially bad tonight with their cameras and transitioning.

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

    David Waldstein
    ?@DavidWaldstein
    Was told Kuroda went back to New York to have tests for possible leg issue. Nova threw in bullpen and could start Friday if Kuroda can’t.

    ummmmmmm……

  110. Wheels says:

    David Adams!

  111. Dalek Jeter says:

    DAVID ADAMS!!! Seriously, can Flash or Kenny get just a little bit excited, like about anything?!

  112. forensic says:

    Two straight hits for Adams???

    It’s Armageddon!

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

    Wang DFA’d.
    Cashman failed.

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

    AG!!!

  115. Dalek Jeter says:

    Player of the Game: Alberto Gonzalez.

  116. The Real Greg says:

    ALBERTO!

  117. Wheels says:

    I know who is getting player of the game honors.

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

    AG’s 3 RBI today increased his season total to 3 RBI.

  119. The Real Greg says:

    Brett now 2 for his last 13

    (ducks)

  120. Dalek Jeter says:

    Good baserunning by Gonzalez too!!

  121. SDB says:

    ROBBIE!

  122. Kramerica Industries says:

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

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

    That ball was CRUSHED.
    Now it’s OK to jog, Robbie.

  124. The Real Greg says:

    OH MY

  125. Wheels says:

    Dontcha know!

  126. forensic says:

    Cano likes playing these terrible AL Central teams. He destroyed the Indians earlier too.

    • The Real Greg says:

      So do the Yankees

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Except the Tigers. :(

        If only the Twins owned the Tigers the way the Yankees own the Twins and the Tigers own the Yankees. This would help keep the Tigers out of the playoffs, and maybe help the Twins get to the playoffs more.

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          If the Indians hold on to their lead against the Royals the Tigers will actually be percentage points out of a playoff spot.

  127. Dalek Jeter says:

    ROBBIE CANO JUST LAUNCHED IT

    and Flash is by far the most boring announcer ever. At least John and Suzyn are entertaining.

    • Wheels says:

      So agreed.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      “If you’re a Robbie Cano, that’s right where you like the ball”

      “If you’re Alberto Gonzalez you’ve gotta be feeling pretty good about yourself.”

      “If you’re Phil Hughes you have to like your chances at a win tonight.”

      “If you’re Joe Girardi you want to get Mariano Rivera in this game any way you can.”

    • forensic says:

      The animal voiceovers on my 20-month-old’s iPad app are more entertaining than him.

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

    Damn Cano.

  129. WhittakerWalt says:

    This is what I like to call a “stuart won’t be commenting tonight” kind of game thread.

  130. The Real Greg says:

    Yasiel Puig is a man among boys

  131. forensic says:

    It’s really annoying how often Flaherty says ‘We’ll see’.

  132. Robinson Tilapia says:

    There’s is no ill a series against the Minnesota Twins can’t cure.

  133. Kramerica Industries says:

    Wow. So the Orioles aren’t so invincible, I guess.

    Jeez. Better start turning around that 3-6 record this weekend. No excuse not to win at least two in the Bronx.

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

    Well done Phil.

  135. SDB says:

    Quality work, Phil.

  136. Dalek Jeter says:

    I know where that Audi commercial was shot…you shouldn’t be test driving cars or driving that fast there…ever.

  137. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Did I miss anything in the thread thus far?

  138. Dan in Athens says:

    As a Hughes hater, I do have to admit he did a great job last 2 starts.

  139. Dalek Jeter says:

    Petition to play the Twins 162 games a year.

  140. forensic says:

    Singleton: “Almonte turning on the speed.”

    Camera shows Almonte breaking it down into second easily.

  141. The Real Greg says:

    The Cavalcade of Cash and Prizes!

  142. Wheels says:

    Sweet rocking chair

  143. forensic says:

    That chair is absolutely hideous.

    Also, better not let his kids play near it…

  144. forensic says:

    Should somebody tell Singleton it’s the 8th inning, not the 9th, so no matter what Mo wouldn’t pitch?

  145. Get Phelps Up says:

    Can we never have to play a team not based in Minnesota, Cleveland or Toronto ever again?

  146. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I was born by the river in a little tent
    Oh and just like the river
    I’ve been running ever since
    It’s been a long, a long time coming
    But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

    It’s been too hard living but I’m afraid to die
    ‘Cause I don’t know what’s up there beyond the sky
    It’s been a long, a long time coming
    But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

  147. forensic says:

    Is this one of those rare times where Mike can have the recap up immediately after a win instead of a loss?

  148. Dalek Jeter says:

    When did Claiborne get demoted to mop up…like if this isn’t Warren’s job, what is?

  149. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Happy 27th birthday, Lindsay Lohan.

    Flags fly forever.

  150. The Real Greg says:

    2 for 14!

    (covers)

  151. Dalek Jeter says:

    It’s tough to keep my kid’s anyone’s attention, during Bingo ever.

    fify, Flash.

  152. forensic says:

    I just noticed that in the Padres Minor Leagues there’s a player named Jose Jose.

  153. nycsportzfan says:

    We freaking own the twinkies! And thats not just when they suck.

    Kudos to Hughes for going through one of his consistent streaks(looks like it anyways), and giving the rotation a much needed GEM.

    As for the offense. 2 at the top of the order produce(ichiro and cano), and 2out the bottom produce(Adams and Gonzo).

    NICE!!

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

    In other news, the show is in less than two weeks (July 12 and 13), I still need to design the programs, and right now I’m networking frantically between people to try and get photos in to a reporter at a local paper before the night is out.

  155. Roadgeek Adam says:

    The YES camera angles (SNY as well) have been a tad wacko lately..

  156. nycsportzfan says:

    Was that Gonzo catch the 2nd best defensive play this yr for us, with Gardys rob HR being number 1?

  157. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jeez. The Preston Claiborne thing has started to no longer work, hasn’t it?

  158. Wheels says:

    shit, c’mon

  159. forensic says:

    About 2 weeks without pitching? Yup, sounds about right for Girardi and his long relievers.

    So of course he uses him in a spot to get one more out…

  160. forensic says:

    Yeah, that was well worth it, Girardi. What a complete waste.

  161. Kramerica Industries says:

    Stop with this overmanaging, Joe.

    For the love of g-d, might as well bring in Mo to face Mauer if that’s what you were gonna do.

  162. Dalek Jeter says:

    Hooray cheap saves for fantasy!!!–I mean god damnit Bullpen making the game interesting.

  163. The Real Greg says:

    2 pitches 1 save

  164. forensic says:

    Nice game! Could’ve done without the bullpen stuff at the end, but anyway…

  165. Winter says:

    Guys, don’t you think it’s time they replace Hughes in the rotations with Nova? Our best pitcher is stuck with mop-up work!

    In case it wasn’t obvious… /s

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