Game 84: Keep It Going

(Hannah Foslien/Getty)

(Hannah Foslien/Getty)

The Yankees have secured themselves at least a split of this four-game series with the Twins, but a split isn’t good enough. They’ve got a very favorable schedule between now and the All-Star break, and they’ve got to take advantage given their poor play over the last month or so. Luckily, beating the Twins is something of a specialty. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander P.J. Walters:

  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. SS Luis Cruz
  9. 3B David Adams

And on the mound is 2011 AL Pitcher of the Month for July, left-hander CC Sabathia. It would be cool if he repeated that performance this July.

Another clear and gorgeous night in Minneapolis, so they won’t have any trouble getting this game in. This one is scheduled to start at 8:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. The Real Greg says:

    2 for 15

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

    Ichiro has cooled off a bit.

  3. trr says:

    People bitch about Wells, but Hafner has been almost as bad

  4. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jeez. Empty space tonight.

  5. dkidd says:

    this is the only line-up in baseball where luis cruz bats higher than ninth (and yes, i’m including the national league)

  6. Dalek Jeter says:

    A facebook friend’s facebook friend is an open lesbian and her ‘cover photo’ is her holding a giant confederate flag. I’m so fucking confused.

  7. The Doctor says:

    Well that was about 50 feet over the wall. Lucky break.

  8. Get Phelps Up says:

    I remember Morneau hitting a foul homer off CC in 2011 that Gardenhire got ejected for arguing with the replay.


  9. ThisTimeFred says:

    With all the injuries, will the Yankees fire all the trainers?

    • The Doctor says:

      If every single player has major setbacks, yes. The initial injuries aren’t their faults.

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

        iirc, they fired a strength and conditioning coach due to a rash of leg muscle injuries a few years back.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Muscle injuries are preventable, and it’s the S&C coach’s job to design regiments to prevent them, it could be the Yankees felt he was pushing them too hard.

      • ThisTimeFred says:

        Isn’t there something to being a pro sports trainer where you have to advise athletes on workout routines, stretching, and how to best prevent injuries from occurring? Or do major leaguers each hire their own trainer these days?

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Yeah, I can’t believe Stevey allowed Granderson to break his hand on not one, but two(!!) HBP! Or A-Rod to be born with an abnormally shaped hip! HOW DARE HE?!

  10. The Real Greg says:

    Oh Almonte, you just took that pitch.

  11. Dalek Jeter says:

    So I found a tumblr dedicated to gifs from the TV show Archer organized by episode and separately by character and has basically every line from every episode in gif form. There is a God and he is just, and there is a Heaven and I’ve seen it.

  12. lightSABR says:

    Always a great half-inning when Chris Stewart’s groundout is the highlight…

  13. trr says:

    Amazing that Stewart has only 13 ribbis

    • The Real Greg says:

      Well he’s a “meh” hitter and he’s batting in the black hole.

      • MannyGeee says:

        and NO ONE batting in front of him.

        • The Real Greg says:

          Or behind him for that matter.

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

          He’s had 102 runners on base in his PA’s.
          He’s managed to score only 10% of them.
          229/268/229 w/ RISP will hurt anybody’s RBI total.

          • MannyGeee says:

            Well, I neglected to mention that he sucks ass on top of this. How many of those 102 were in scoring position, just for fun?

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

              According to BRef: 52 on first, 29 on second, 19 on third
              (only adds up to 100)

              • MannyGeee says:

                OK, so he plated 10 of 48 in RISP. Thats a .230 clip, which is in line with a light hitting catcher batting 9th in front of the likes of Don Francisco and David Adams…

                Not excusing him from sucking ass with the lumber, just adding some perspective.

          • The Real Greg says:

            How many on third with less than two outs?

            Just curious

  14. The Real Greg says:

    This ump is bad. Bad call to Walters and a bad call to CC

  15. Dalek Jeter says:

    CC’s getting hit a little hard for my liking…

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Even the outs have been a bit too hard for me to feel awesome about this game. Hopefully the offense forgets that they’re this offense for one more night at least.

  16. The Real Greg says:

    Seeing how feeble CC has been, it amazes me that he dominated the Boston Red Sox in that start.

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

    Gardner is downright frigid.

  18. Get Phelps Up says:

    Wow, the Astros FINALLY scored a run against the Rays! It only took like 20 innings, but alas…

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

    CC looks like shit so far.

  20. Dalek Jeter says:

    Terrible communication between Zolio and Gardner there…

  21. WhittakerWalt says:

    Is CC getting squeezed?

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


  23. Dalek Jeter says:

    Welcome to the Yankees. Please leave Mr. Cruz.

  24. The Real Greg says:

    LOL Luis Cruz

  25. Anderson Silva says:

    great no-bat, all glove SS they got..

  26. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh what the fuck?

    Way to introduce yourself to the team.

  27. 28 this year says:

    Did Nunez come back?

  28. The Real Greg says:

    No Brains Cashman strikes again

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


      • The Real Greg says:

        Should have kept Martin
        Should have kept Ibanez
        Should have drafted better

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

          Not sure how any of those relate to Cruz (the backup to the backup to the backup to the backup).
          Should have kept Martin.
          There was no reason to think Ibanez would hit anywhere near the way he has so far this year. (though I thought a DH who couldn’t play a position in any circumstance was a bad choice)
          Should have drafted better.

          • The Real Greg says:

            Yeah the Ibanez thing is probably the most hindsight of any of those points.

            I still think they should trade for him.

            • Get Phelps Up says:

              You know, he has a CAREER high SLG at age 41. It would be dumb to expect that to keep up all season. If and when he stops hitting all those homers, he’s useless.

              • The Real Greg says:

                The slugging percentage might regress, but the right field porch might negate that. Remember, Seattle is tough to hit home runs in, even with the moved in fences.

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

                Yeah, I’d pass.
                I wouldn’t expect him to be anymore the rest of the season than he was last year. I really wouldn’t be surprised if Hafner outhit Ibanez over the rest of the season.
                If they are going to upgrade DH, they need to find somebody likely to be well above average at the plate for the rest of the season. I don’t think Ibanez is that guy.

              • MannyGeee says:

                Lest we forget last season he had a super hot April & May, went on holiday for a better part of the summer and came back with the stick in September/October. We could be so lucky to have that same trajectory with Pronk.

                The last grizzly veteran they held on a year too long was Andruw Jones and we all know how that ended… In the Far East. Its better to cut bait a year too early than a year too late in these situations

  29. WhittakerWalt says:

    Luis Cruz is here for his glove?

    • MannyGeee says:

      Nope, just the next warm body off the waiver wire. Just so happens that his reputation proceeded him, and just blew up in his face a touch

  30. Frank says:

    That error by Cruz aside, Sabathia has nothing this game.

  31. Dalek Jeter says:

    Mariano’s best gift so far was the gold “Enter Sandman” from Cleveland. No other gift will compete with that all season.

  32. WhittakerWalt says:

    Outs would be nice.

  33. Kramerica Industries says:


  34. The Real Greg says:

    Ichiro showing Luis Cruz how it’s done

  35. ThisTimeFred says:

    Crooked Cap could stand to shed a few el-bees.

  36. WhittakerWalt says:

    Fucking Sterling. The way he described that play I thought it was a sac fly.

  37. Rolling Doughnut says:

    How does CC look tonight?

    • TomH says:

      He got out of that inning well enough, but for most of the rest of the game, he’s seemed very hittable. A lot of really well-tagged balls. In some ways, the New Model CC.

  38. Kramerica Industries says:

    That inning could’ve been a lot worse.

  39. Dalek Jeter says:

    Not a terrible inning all things considered.

  40. The Real Greg says:

    Is it possible to pitch well and pitch badly in the same start? Cause CC is kind of doing that right now

  41. Bo Knows says:

    Can’t watch the Yankees(Don’t have yes) , but on the Mets/D-Backs game there is a 26 yr old as the home plate ump. I always thought you had to be old and blind to be an MLB ump.

  42. nsalem says:

    Mussina and Brown I think

  43. WhittakerWalt says:

    Luis Cruz will get that run back with his bat, don’t you worry.

  44. Dalek Jeter says:

    Trivia, I’m going to say Moose and Brown.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Welp, I missed the question.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        2004 2 Yankees got their 200th win in back to back games, who were they. Brown and Moose were the only guys on the team A. Good enough to have gotten 200 wins and B. Pitched long enough.

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          I try to block out the Kevin Brown part. I can honestly say I don’t remember anything about any of his starts while he was a Yank.

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            His only appearance I remember is a blow out he came in the 8th or 9th inning.

            • MannyGeee says:

              The only thing I clearly remember about the Kevin Brown era is how shockingly similar he looked like the Bug in Men in Black.

  45. WhittakerWalt says:

    And there goes Suzyn Waldman making excuses for Cruz. “It’s not fair, he hasn’t played in two weeks, he was DFA.”
    Always an excuse.

  46. The Real Greg says:

    Raul would have probably crushed that

  47. Anderson Silva says:

    being shut down by PJ Walters has got to be a new low

  48. TomH says:

    What else should she say? “He’s a bum, fine example of the trash Brian is bringing in?” or words to such effect?

    What she did say, sounds entirely reasonable.

  49. Dalek Jeter says:

    sigh…1 hit though 4 against a guy who in his last two outings combined has gone 3.2 innings and allowed 12 ER.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Suzyn likes his ability to be effective without throwing hard. Riiiight. I’m sure it has nothing to do with facing this lineup.

  50. WhittakerWalt says:

    Free baserunners, here you go.

  51. nsalem says:

    Great trap opportunity right there.

  52. Dalek Jeter says:

    Defensive Catcher!

  53. ThisTimeFred says:

    Why is 1 of the 2 NY Yankee radio broadcasters a Boston Red Sox fan with a thick, Bawston accent?

  54. Dalek Jeter says:

    Why is Jim Joyce still in baseball?

    • The Real Greg says:

      Because he took responsibility for his bad call while other haven’t.

      By the way, that was the right call

  55. MannyGeee says:

    Going for another three fingers of scotch at this pace.

  56. Kramerica Industries says:

    Sabathia’s command has simply not been fully there tonight.

  57. The Real Greg says:

    This has doom written all over it

  58. MannyGeee says:

    81 pitches and not through the 4th, and just walked 2 guys he has no business walking. Shaky is a good word here…

  59. MannyGeee says:

    Tulo and Evereth can’t come off the DL soon enough… Alexi is KILLING my FBB team right now.

  60. The Real Greg says:

    Stewart has had crappy luck here. 3 hard hit balls all right at people

  61. ThisTimeFred says:

    Suzyn Waldman: The Mexican Leagues are in Mexico. Huh.

  62. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh motherfucker.

  63. Dalek Jeter says:


  64. SDB says:

    Thanks John. I didn’t need that.

  65. nsalem says:

    Brown was not on the team in 2003 John.

  66. The Real Greg says:

    Classic Yankees getting BaBIP fucked game

  67. WhittakerWalt says:

    Dear God, I hope someone was recording that radio broadcast. Because that was quite possibly the worst pbp of Sterling’s career.

  68. Kramerica Industries says:


  69. The Real Greg says:

    Brett is no Arcia

  70. Dalek Jeter says:

    Gardner with a Granderson like route.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      I think Sterling thought it was going to be caught, because when it was hit he said “Goodbye Mark” to Feinsand as if that ended the inning.

  71. Frank says:

    Walters’ last 3 starts- 0-3 and a 16.00 ERA. Yanks lineup making him look like Cy Young.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Do I have to pull the surprised question again?

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

        Here’s a fun fact for you, Greg. You seem to not realize this: You NEVER have to pull the surprised question. Ever. That’s entirely you. Sometimes, people can be frustrated with a bad offense even though we know they’re bad. Asking people “Are you surprised?” every time is NEVER, ever some you have to do. It just makes you sound like a dick.

  72. The Real Greg says:

    This is as about as close a shitty good start as you can get, especially if he goes 6.

  73. Kramerica Industries says:

    Damn. I thought that was gone.

    Still, gotta get this game tied right here.

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


    They have to be able to score here, right?

  75. Dalek Jeter says:

    Robbie: hit the ball hard and in the air please. Or if they want to walk you let them walk you.

  76. Dalek Jeter says:

    God damnit Robbie. What are you swinging at there 1-1?!?!?!

  77. Dan says:

    It seems like every single Robinson Cano at bat starts with him taking a called strike 4 seem fastball at the knees. I’d love to see him drive one one day.

    • DavidAdamsIsGod says:

      He’s the hottest hitter in the history of human civilization…and people still complain

      • Dan says:

        Not complaining. Just curious that he takes the first pitch for a strike so often. And it’s even more curious that is very often a very hittable fastball as well.

  78. Dalek Jeter says:

    ROBBIE IS EN FUEGO!!!!!!!!

  79. The Real Greg says:

    Hanging breaking ball. 2-2

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

    Good Robbie is so fun to watch hit.

  81. SDB says:

    Attaboy, Robbie.

  82. Kramerica Industries says:

    Robbie is fucking LOCKED IN.

    Excellent. Time to take this game by the horns.

  83. Dalek Jeter says:

    Zolio is going to Zoil Gardenhire’s plan here.

  84. The Real Greg says:

    Bet you he goes with the lefty

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

    Man, the Twins suck.

  86. Kramerica Industries says:

    Bah. Stupid Orioles took an 8th inning lead.

  87. Dalek Jeter says:

    Good situational hitting by Loverbay!

  88. The Real Greg says:

    There’s another clutch RBI for Overbay

  89. Get Phelps Up says:

    Nice hustle there by the Lazy Dominican…

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

    CC’s been shaky all game and just had to sit through a relatively long half inning.
    That doesn’t bode well for a shutdown inning.

    I hope I’m wrong.

  91. Duh Injuries says:

    The Yanks should do this in the offseason in this order:

    - Trade Sabathia to an N.L. team for three starting pitching prospects a team would give up for him thinking they’re getting over on the Yankees.

    - Re-sign Kuroda to a one-year $20M contract he’d take ($5M raise.)

    - Re-sign Chamberlain to a one-year $2.8125M contract (1.5X his 2013 salary) on the condition he reports to AAA to start the season there to build up his arm to be a starting pitcher again. He can opt out the day after Game 81 / the first half of the season.

    - Offer Hughes a one-year $14M qualifying offer ($150K shy of double his 2013 salary) so they’re committed to him for only one year if he accepts the offer or they get a draft pick if he declines the offer.

    - Offer Pettitte a minor-league contract where he makes $7M if he makes the team. He is too old and injury-prone to give a guaranteed contract to, so he’d have to show he’s healthy enough as well as good enough to get paid. If he thinks he can get a guaranteed contract elsewhere (either Texas team), more power to him. If he still wants to pitch after this season and wants to be at home for 90 games since he’d play nine more games in Texas if he signed with Texas or re-signed with Houston, he’d probably sign with either Texas team regardless of what the Yanks do (make him an offer or let him go.)

    The 2014 Yankees rotation after Kuroda could be four from Hughes, Pettitte, Nova, Nuno, Warren, Chamberlain, Marshall (seven homegrown pitchers), Pineda, and the three Sabathia trade acquisitions (four trade acquisitions) for ELEVEN under control, no risk to low risk, inexpensive save Hughes (and Pettitte if you consider $7M expensive – I don’t), young save Pettitte options for the rotation, and who says the Yanks couldn’t sign and/or trade for anyone?

  92. Eddard says:

    Robbie’s back up to .300. Looks like the Twins were just what the offense needed.

  93. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow…if he had made contact there it would’ve been a double down the line.

  94. Dan says:

    When both players are locked in, who’s a better hitter–Robbie Cano or Miguel Cabrera? (Remember–when they’re locked in, not over the course of the season)

  95. The Real Greg says:

    There’s strike 4

  96. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jeez, C.C.

    Really should’ve just let Adams play that.

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

    That’s the 3rd baseman’s play, jackass.

  98. The Real Greg says:

    And that’s Adams’s ball

  99. The Real Greg says:


  100. Dalek Jeter says:

    After seeing those replays I don’t think Cano had the ball and the base at the same time at any point on that play.

  101. Dalek Jeter says:

    The Ford Escape: The perfect car for Grand Theft??

  102. SDB says:

    White Sox have the tying runs on base. Can I dream?

  103. Kramerica Industries says:

    Wow. I cannot agree with Sabathia still being out there with the way he has labored.

  104. nsalem says:

    I like leaving CC in First Guess

  105. The Real Greg says:

    Could be his last batter regardless

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

    How is CC still in this game?

    Let the records show I said this before any runs were scored, lest people (*cough* Greg *cough*) say it’s 20/20 hindsight later.

  107. Dalek Jeter says:

    When they’ve hit the ball they’ve hit it hard, but CC’s final line isn’t going to look too bad…

  108. Kramerica Industries says:

    Man, Jake McGee’s just a lot more prone to giving up big hits this year, isn’t he?

    Chris Carter just destroyed a baseball. 4-1 Astros.

  109. SDB says:

    If anyone here has mlb.tv, turn to the Rays/Astros game (Houston just took the lead) – that’s one of the bigger home runs I’ve seen in a while.

  110. The Real Greg says:

    And the Sox get a walkoff homer by Jonny Gomes over San Diego

  111. Archimedes says:

    Another walk-off for the Red Sox and their stellar off-season signings . . .

    • nsalem says:

      Sox are headed west. Let’s see how they do ot there.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Are you fucking kidding me with this shit? Did Gomes punt the helmet again?

      This Red Sox stuff is getting pretty damn nauseating. I guess after last year, their fortunes were going to return to the good side.

  112. Kramerica Industries says:

    Heehee, Sabathia finally fielding one cleanly right there.

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

    Shaky most of the game, but I’ll take 7/2 all day.

  114. Dalek Jeter says:

    7IP 2ER 7H 3BB 9K’s? I’ll take that 162 games a year.

  115. Kramerica Industries says:

    I still refuse to believe the Red Sox are a legit .600 win percentage caliber team.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Hey the Pirates are a .622 winning percentage team and it might go up tonight.

    • Frank says:

      RS have a good offensive team. Pitching is a ?. Plus they have talent in the minors they can trade to get better.

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

        If they can add a big starter, they’ll be very dangerous.

      • SDB says:

        Offense like Jose Iglesias, BA .409.

        They have a bunch of guys like him and Nava in incredibly hot streaks. I just don’t see that lasting.

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          Nava has started to regress of late, though.

          What’s freaky here is that they continue to roll off the W’s despite Buchholz not even being in the rotation. It’s absolutely mind-boggling. That’s not exactly a stellar pitching staff without Buchholz.

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          And Iglesias has a .470 BABIP.
          I also don’t think Mike Carp is a true talent 172 wrc+ hitter.

  116. Frank says:

    I’ll give it to CC. Mediocre first 5 innings, threw a lot of pitches. But he got the lead and locked it down. Good job.

  117. Dalek Jeter says:

    F’ off Hicks. If we were losing I’d be more upset, but w/e.

  118. Get Phelps Up says:

    Cano has really cooled off.

  119. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Cano cooling off…

    That’s right, I waited all game for Cano to make an out so I could make that comment.

  120. Frank says:

    Gotta say the Twins keep coming up with good OFs. Span, Revere, Gomez, and now Hicks and Arcia.

  121. nycsportzfan says:

    I don’t care how we win or by what score. Just win baby!

    Cano is the only guy who can look like a 5yr 50mill dollar guy for 2months and then instantly go to a 7yr 147million dollar guy in 2wks. That dude is fucking raking!

    • The Doctor says:

      He isn’t the only one, many players are like this. You just only notice it with CanĂ³ because you watch the Yankees.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        This, very few guys are Miggy where it seems like they hit .340 all year. Most great players will be hot and cold and hot and cold over the course of the season. Case in Point, in 2004 Jeter hit .292/.352/.471 for the season but was like 0-24 or some insane number for a large chunk of April. Another perfect example is Hamilton before this season, he’d look like Mickey Mantle fused with Babe Ruth for a month and then look replacement level for a month.

  122. The Real Greg says:

    Wait a minute. Ibanez is 1-4. No longer cool.


  123. The Real Greg says:

    Cody Ross just hit a 3 run homer off Matt Harvey and the D-backs take a 3-2 lead.

  124. Kramerica Industries says:

    Three straight nights for Mo.

    With only a one run lead, and Mauer looming if there’s any baserunners, this isn’t the most ideal of circumstances…

  125. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    I just noticed that not only is A-Rod going 0 for 2 in his second rehab game a front page ESPN headline, but there’s a “Reax” story on the front page as well.

    The main story informs me that A-Rod “isn’t panicking about his slow start — yet.” The guy has 0 hits in 4 entire at bats, what’s not to panic about??

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

      He’s cooled off a bit.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Easiest way to get page grabs or sell papers? Tell people how horrible Alex Rodriguez is and how you should hate him and how he’s bad and should feel bad.

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

    nice play

  127. SDB says:

    Dammit, not the bloops again.

  128. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jeez, another bloop shot against Mo.

    There haven’t been enough of those recently.

  129. Kramerica Industries says:

    One out left to get.

    Gonna have to earn it against Mauer.

  130. Dalek Jeter says:


  131. Kramerica Industries says:


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

    Nice win.
    Keep getting fat on the Twins.

  133. Get Phelps Up says:

    Back in 3rd place!

  134. Karl Krawfid says:

    200 wins for big CC right?

  135. The Real Greg says:


    You can’t win games in the American League scoring 3 runs…..?

  136. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Three in a row in Minnesota? Ya darn tootin!

  137. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    That was a great match-up at the end. Look at that… 3 straight wins. Love them Twins.

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

    Man, the Twins REALLY suck.

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