Jul
11

Game 92: The Captain Returns

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Two-hundred and forty-three days after crumbling to the Yankee Stadium infield with a fractured left ankle in Game One of the ALCS, Derek Jeter returns to the lineup this afternoon. He was expected to be back much sooner, but sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Better late than never, of course.

With just four Triple-A rehab games under is belt — and a bunch of simulated at-bats in Tampa before that — after close to nine months of no baseball activity, I really have no idea what to expect from Jeter at this point. I do expect there to be some rust, that seems inevitable after such a short rehab assignment, but I don’t know how long it will take him to shake that off. At the same time, the team’s shortstops have been a collective disaster this year, so it won’t take much for the Cap’n to improve the lineup. Either way, I’m glad he’s back and I hope his presence gives the club the shot in the arm they so desperately need.

Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is sending out there against Ervin Santana:

  1. CF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. RF Vernon Wells
  5. 1B Lyle Overbay
  6. LF Zoilo Almonte
  7. SS Eduardo Nunez
  8. 3B Luis Cruz
  9. C Austin Romine

And on the mound is left-hander Andy Pettitte, who really needs to put together a strong outing from start to finish. Things have not been going well since he returned from the DL seven starts ago.

It was raining for a good part of the morning but the tarp is off the field and the game is expected to start on time. There is a chance of showers later this afternoon, however. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Roster Move: Travis Ishikawa has been designated for assignment to clear both a 25-man and 40-man roster spot for Jeter, who was officially activated off the 60-day DL. I hope Ishikawa wears a Yankees hat into the Hall of Fame.

Final Vote: You have until 4pm ET to case your vote and help send David Robertson to the All-Star Game. Here’s the ballot. You can also vote using the #HighSocksForVotes hashtag on Twitter. Just tweet that out and it count as one vote. At last check, Robertson was second behind Steve Delabar in the voting.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Robinson Tilapia

    See…gone before we could figure out how to spell Ishakawa…Ishawika….Iswakana…..

    • the Other Steve S.

      I assume he was one of those guys I would see in the dugout and ask myself, “who izzat?”.

  • your mom

    Ishikawa will be sorely missed. . . . by none.

  • your mom

    When are we getting rid of Joba and Hughes???

    • Robinson Tilapia

      As soon as I drop this anchor.

  • forensic

    And so ends maybe the most pointless roster move and tenure in Yankees history. I’ll never understand what they were thinking with that. Unbelievable…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Gone quicker than a bag of Qualls.

      BTW, Qualls is now considered a desirable trade target for some. I thought we declared him legally dead on here.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Did it hurt anything?

      • forensic

        With 2 strikeouts on 7 pitches and at least one misplay in the field, it certainly didn’t help anything. Though I’m sure those 6 innings that Overbay had off were critical for him.

        And again, it was right as Adams was getting on base and maybe hitting again.

    • trr

      it’s almost like he was a one game rental

  • your mom

    I really dig Scranton’s cap. Don’t know why.

  • Steve

    Until a trade or injury return, all they have to do is get that lefty 1b platoon in ruiz or canzler

    • forensic

      Absurdly, they had a righty who could play 1B on the roster and decided to send him down for the waste that was Ishikawa. And it was right as he had maybe started hitting again (over .400 OBP the last week).

      • Duh Injuries

        Adams would’ve been sent down to make room for Jeter anyway, since Ishakawa was DFA to make room for Jeter.

        • forensic

          Not necessarily. You could’ve seen Gonzalez be DFA’d instead since just sending down Adams doesn’t clear a 40-man spot for Jeter.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Damn, I love Opening Day!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      *looks down at lineup and still sees Cruz and Romine*

      • Pseudoyanks

        *wakes up from temporary fog*

      • Duh Injuries

        What annoys me about the demotion of Adams is it’s already cost the Yanks two runs as I think Adams would’ve got to that ball Cruz didn’t get to. ‘Problem is the Yanks need Cruz who I don’t think they could send down to AAA. If they could, they should’ve sent him down and kept Adams since Nunez is back and expected to be the primary SS the rest of the year with Jeter being the primary DH now that Hafner has fizzled out from playing so much after years of underplaying due to injury (what else besides age?)

        BTW Andy Pettitte looks cooked and at what point do the Yanks have to consider putting him on the disabled list to give him a breather? The rotation could be Sabathia/Kuroda/Hughes/Phelps/Nova for two turns after the All-Star Break. Pettitte works stuff out in “rehab” at AAA and returns later this month / early next.

        • forensic

          No, they couldn’t send Cruz down without him agreeing to it, but they could’ve just dumped Gonzalez. But, there’s no way Jeter will be the primary DH instead of SS this year.

  • ROBTEN

    On the one hand, I am glad he’s back. He can certainly improve what has been, to put it mildly, a depressing line-up to this point.

    On the other hand, this seems like a rushed, panicky move and I hope that it does not turn into a Teixeira-redux situation. Four games seems pretty quick to determine that a twice-broken ankle is fully healed and ready for not just game activity, but the full rigors of a season, much less prepared to play at mid-season level.

    Oh well, here’s to the eternal hope and unpredictability of baseball. (And, unlike some people, here’s hoping Alex is following shortly.)

    • forensic

      I’m not necessarily worried about him getting hurt again (though it could happen). I just think it’s rushed and panicky because I’m not sure he’s ready to hit and help now, combined with the 4 more days of sitting around doing nothing during the ASB.

      • ROBTEN

        This too. It’s not like he’s been tearing the cover off the ball. SSS and all that, but there’s spring training for a reason. Is he in game shape? Can he hit ML-level pitching? The walks seem to point to his ability to “see” pitches fairly well–although this could also be due to MiL pitchers–but whether bat speed is there will be the question.

        Again, I hope it works and Derek hits like Derek (and is not just a sagging attendance/ratings decision). At this point, with a team wRC+ 83, I am not sure it could really get worse. Can you score negative runs?

        • forensic

          Can you score negative runs?

          Depends how many Vernon Wells’ you can fit in the lineup.

  • nycsportzfan

    I wish i was at the stadium today so freaking badly!

    • nycsportzfan

      quickly changing my mind.

  • forensic

    It still amazes me that they hadn’t even reached 8 runs at home until last night.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That was a surprising stat, wasn’t it?

      • forensic

        It’s crazy, we all know they can’t hit, but you’d think they’d fluke into one of those games along the way in such a hitters park.

        Last season it took them all of 3 games to break 8 at home. And 5 games to do it twice.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Andy, you already had your bad inning in the bullpen. It already happened. Doesn’t need to happen again. Really.

  • Pseudoyanks

    So when the creatures were shouting DER-EK JET-ER, did he wave at them from the dugout?

    • forensic

      If he hadn’t then they wouldn’t have stopped.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        He should have waved his ankle at them.

      • Pseudoyanks

        Maybe the beer guy showed up in the middle of the chant.

    • nycsportzfan

      THey said he might of been hitting.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Andy’s kinda tentative today.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Would it be too much to ask for for iLuv or iHome to make one of these dock/clock/radio things that allows me to plug my iPhone 5 AND get AM radio so that I don’t have to put up with the audio/Gameday lag AND cut into my data plan by listening to the game at work?

  • forensic

    Ugh… Yet again for Pettitte.

  • fabricio

    please retire Pettite

  • Rolling Doughnut

    The have the infield back? Another run and it’s over.

    • http://cornellatbat.tumblr.com Matthew Provenzano

      I was surprised by that move as well. When you average a little less than 4 runs per game, there’s really no reason to give up a run for an out.

      • ROBTEN

        True:

        (Not So) Fun Fact: The Yankees have been shut out 7 times already this year, after just 6 last year. They’ve scored three runs or less in 48% of their games this season (44 of 91).

        So, perhaps Joe is just an optimist–the glass is 52% full.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    The Pettitte comeback experiment has not gone too well now has it.

  • forensic

    Thank you Royals for being so stupid as to still employ Miguel Tejada.

  • Wheels

    Would be nice to be able to use some of those excess runs from last night.

  • Alissa

    Why the heck does Joe insist in constantly catching Romine with Andy?! Andy can’t work with him…every time he does he STINKS!!

    • nycsportzfan

      day game after night game. But, some of those pitches from Andy were just not where they should of been. Not romines fault.

    • forensic

      The way Pettitte’s been pitching, you could put Johnny Bench back there and he’d stink. It’s not a Romine thing.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Even Varitek would only be able to coax a measly 4-hitter the way Pettitte is pitching right now.

  • nycsportzfan

    Oh snap, hes got the EM playing when he comes up!!! Gotta love it!

    BASE HIT!!!

  • David N

    Please don’t hurt the ankle running like that, Derek.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Too funny. Way to go Cap’n.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Weak groundball to the left side on the first pitch? Jeter’s in midseason form =P

  • Wheels

    Yay, that counts! Welcome back Jeter

  • forensic

    Finally, some power in the lineup…

  • I’m One

    Cap’n batting 1.000. Should have brought him back sooner. Guess he can still run a bit.

    • Mike HC

      The real Yankee season has officially begun.

  • Mike HC

    Someone should tell Cano the fake bunt thing doesn’t work if you don’t actually bunt every now and then.

  • SDB

    Is it just my eyes, or is Santana getting a much bigger strike zone than Pettitte did? A couple of the ones to Butler seemed like strikes.

    • jdp

      Stop whining.
      Saint Andy got old. Deal with it.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        You stop whining.

  • nick swishah is a stahting pitchah

    of course he did

  • nycsportzfan

    All right!!! A couple real screamers has us in prime positon!!!lol

  • Cy Pettitte

    here come the Bronx Singlers. If they can string together like 6 more singles they can tie this game up.

  • Electrick

    And here come a double play

    • Electrick

      comes*

  • nycsportzfan

    Well done Captain! Also Wellsy!

  • Crime Dog

    Does anyone think that Wells has “looked a lot better” recently, like Flaherty just said? His recent hot streak has been mainly just ground balls finding the hole. That’s at least what it’s looked like to me.

    • http://cornellatbat.tumblr.com Matthew Provenzano

      Yeah, I don’t think going 14-36 is by any stretch “turning it around”. You can only cheat a loss in bat speed for so long.

    • NeilT

      You’ve just described _ALL_ the Yankees hitting for the past week*

      * Homers by Cano, Overbay, and Cano’s it’s-a-double-no-it’s-a-homer-hey-no-it’s-not-it’s-a-trip…-oops-a-double last night excepted.

    • Matt

      No, I think he has looked better. He is more patient at the plate and is hitting the ball hard to all fields. The better “luck” is because he’s hitting more hard grounders and line drives instead of popping out or hitting weak grounders.

  • Electrick

    So you’re allowed to score with a runner on 3rd and less than 2 outs? interesting…..

  • Brian in MA

    obligatory 1 run scored

  • NeilT

    Jeter is batting 1.000! He went first-to-third on a single! He tagged up and scored on a sac fly!!!

    The Yankees season is SAVED!!

  • stuart a

    1 run for the yanks is 3 runs for other teams.

    do not want to count him out but Pettitte has been bad for at least a month.

    2 strike hits seem to be killing him…

    also pettitte cannot field his position like Cc and smart teams get at least 1 free hit a game on that factor.

  • SDB

    FFS Andy.

  • Wheels

    Damn, Pettite has become a horrible fielder

  • forensic

    Geez, that must be the 4th or 5th ball Pettitte has thrown past first base in the last couple of weeks.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I hate to say it but it’s probably time for Andy to retire when Pineda is ready.

  • NeilT

    Watching Andy this past month, I think he needs to man up and call it quits at the ASB. He’s gassed.

    • Ed

      ^—– I second.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Reminds me of when people were calling for Hideki to get DFA’d at the ASB in 2009…

      • forensic

        His OPS was nearly .900 at the ASB in 2009. Not sure I’m buying into much of that DFA stuff.

  • Elton Cod

    Hasn’t Andy made an error in the last 3 starts or so? or at least the last 3 starts of his I’ve watched.

    Oh look, another run. He kinda sucks.

  • forensic

    Nunez with the flying helmet again. It’s amazing that thing never stays on.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Andy’s basically done. He’s been awful since he came off the DL. Maybe he’s just gassed. Now he’s going to give up three more before Joe pulls him. Not good. And it’s too early for that first beer….

  • Emil

    #KabakHat— Benjamin Kabak (@bkabak) March 20, 2013

    • forensic

      Huh?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Santana is getting a huge zone compared to Pettitte

    • I’m One

      Gameday is sure making it look that way.

    • jdp

      Another whining Saint Andy lover.

  • Wheels

    I didn’t think Romine had it in him.

  • Wheels

    Runs!

  • forensic

    Nice Romine! It’s amazing that he’s only played a full 9 innings once in over three weeks.

    Can he go the distance today?

  • forensic

    And nice Ichiro too!

  • SeventhAce

    The captain and his intangibles already affecting the team!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    2 out XBH? Followed by an RBI single? Us? Wow, now pull Andy and put in the long man. ANY long man.

    • Wheels

      Seriously. Paging Adam Warren…

  • NeilT

    What just happened? I look away from Gameday for a minute or two to (shock, horror) do some work and Romine doubles?!

    • SeventhAce

      The captain told him to hit a double, so he did.

  • Elton Cod

    Derek Jeter: back to his rally-killing ways.

  • forensic

    Who had Romine being the one to get their first non-Cano/Overbay XBH in what feels like a month?

    *no one raises hand*

  • I’m One

    Jeter can’t hit in the clutch. Trade him (for a bag of Qualls?).

  • forensic

    For a guy who’s supposed to be a terrific fielder, it sure does seem like Cruz bobbles a lot of balls.

    • dkidd

      he was terrific last year

      nyc nerves?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Nice work Andy.

  • forensic

    Nice shutdown inning.

  • forensic

    Now Cano can’t even run all the way down the line on a groundout? No, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s just one of those things that you should do every time.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Out of all the complaints about this year’s team, it seems to me that’s pretty much the least important, if still valid.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      I was thinking the same thing. It just rankles the shit out of me to see him dog it down the line. And it leads to bonehead baserunning like yesterday when he admires his HR, then jogs to 2d and finally decided to go for 3d.

  • dkidd

    that de-escalated quickly

  • nsalem

    Whitey Herzog DicK Howser and IDK

  • Anderson Silva

    Andy really has nothing left. Maybe it’s really time to retire. He’s being clobbered by a weaker offense than the Yankees.

    • forensic

      Sadly, they aren’t a weaker offense than the Yankees. Yeah, they have fewer homeruns than the Yanks, but they still have a higher BA, OBP, SLG, and R/game.

      • Anderson Silva

        they are close enough, which means they are really bad

    • sangreal

      He is hardly being clobbered. A bunch of dinky hits. He doesn’t look any worse than CC did earlier in the season and nobody thinks that is due to his age

  • Rolling Doughnut

    OK Andy nice Houdini there.

  • forensic

    Could you imagine 27 seasons with no playoffs? The Yankees would have to go till 2040 to reach that. That’s crazy.

  • forensic

    Really Meredith? Kay asks about injury updates on A-Rod and you have to start with a steroid thing??? Come on now…

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Stonehands Nuñez at Short.

  • RetroRob

    Derek returns and Nunez reverts to his former error-prone ways.

    BTW I know Pettitte has pitched mediocre to worse the last five or six starts, but has the defense been lousy behind him also?

    • sangreal

      Yes, it has been, but that includes Andy’s defense as well. Teams have figured out they can easily bunt on him

      • RetroRob

        I’ve noticed that. He always had a reputation as a solid fielder. Not sure if he’s injury (back issue), age, or what, but they are bunting more. On the defense side, just feel there’s been a lot of softly hit balls dunking in.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Maybe, and he seems to have had some bad BABIP (I do not have the stat though so maybe I’m wrong) but since he came off the DL, he has not been sharp. Thank God it’s KC today. The Sox would be pounding him.

    • forensic

      Yeah, the defense has been kind of yuck, but he’s also contributing to it (he has errors in three straight starts now). And for what it’s worth, only two unearned runs have scored and one of those was after his own error.

  • Get Her Lager

    Thinking ahead, who is going to take care of 7th inning, and 8th/9th if we don’t get a tie/lead? Claiborne has been bad lately and Joba is terrible. Girardi has a habit of giving close games away in the 7th/8th if we’re not ahead. I’d hate to see him put in Joba, we really need this one.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I totally forgot this game was on so early! I see Andy’s given up his usual 4 runs.

  • forensic

    Nice Overbay!

  • Cy Pettitte

    runs, glorious runs!

  • FIPster Doofus

    Lyle fucking Overbay.

  • WhittakerWalt

    THIS IS WHY YOU CAN’T PREDICT BASEBALL!

  • WhittakerWalt

    Eff you, former Angel.
    Oh, here comes the Overbay BJ from Ma and Pa.
    “He has been clutch all year!”

  • Leg-End

    Anytime Overbay does good they just have to mention the 3 days left in spring story, we know already!

    Go Zoilo!

  • Cy Pettitte

    most runs Santana has given up in a start this year now. YCPB.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Two out rallies!!

  • Anderson Silva

    look at the offense!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    wtf was Almonte doing….?

  • WhittakerWalt

    Criminy, now they’re reflecting fondly on the Sidney Ponson Era.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Zoilo WTF,

  • NeilT

    I for one will be glad to see the back of Lorenzo Cain. He’s been a mini-Ciriaco in the field this series. If you catch my drift. Since I’m following on Gameday I can’t comment on whether or not Almonte needed to be trying to advance to 3rd.

  • stuart a

    i am in shock. 7 runs… cano and the 8 dwarfs holy moly.

    got to change the name now that jeter is back…

    see if andy can hold the lead……

  • mick taylor

    overbay may finish the year with 25 hrs and 90 r.b.is while playing solid defense.he would have more r.b.is if the lineup was not so anemic. if he played on last years team for ex. and way better than nick swisher

    • forensic

      25 HRs and 90 RBIs?

      Yeah, good luck with that.

      • nycsportzfan

        Hes on pace for 19hr 74rbi right now. So, it’d be hard for the ribbys, but he could have 21hr 80rbi by seasons end, which would be alot more bang for the yanks buck then what they are getting with mark texiera, thats for sure.

        • forensic

          BR has him on pace for 17 and 72. And that’s over a 162 game season, which he won’t reach. He’s already missed almost 10 games, so you take some more off that and he’s not getting anywhere near those 25 and 90 numbers.

          • forensic

            And that doesn’t even address how out of line his early season power numbers were from his career numbers.

    • NeilT

      I may finish the year a multi-millionaire.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Are you one of those anti-Swisher zealots?

      Because Lyle Overbay had a whopping 91 wRC+
      Swisher was 128 wRC+

      This year:
      Overbay is at 94 wRC+
      Swisher is at 116 wRC+

      Just trying to see where the “way better” is coming from.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      I’m not a big Swisher fan but he’s way better than Overbay,

      • Darren

        yeah, it’s not even close. I mean, I’m glad we have Overbay b/c if it wasn’t him I don’t know who it would be (Adams? Joseph?) but we would be a MUCH better team if we had Swisher at first. I’d have to say he would have been good for another 2 or 3 wins easy.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    The ridiculous 5 pitch walk to Vernon after the IBB to Cano was what killed Santana.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      +1. He was way too fine with him.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Rusty Kuntz. Nice name.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Better pinch hitter.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Bring in Kelly now.

  • FIPster Doofus

    What a catch.

  • forensic

    Whew, two very nice catches helping save Pettitte here.

    And right after we were talking about the blah defense behind him…

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Andy’s ass gets saved twice.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Andy’s getting battered pretty hard here.

  • SDB

    Two hits for Romine? Wow!

    • nycsportzfan

      Nunez has looked great in this one as well! On defense and at the plate.

    • nycsportzfan

      Actually, the young guys all look good today. Zoilo, Nunez, and Romine are a combined 6-10 with a double and 3rbi.

  • forensic

    Someone might want to wake up Ned Yost and tell him that Santana has been getting hit all over the place the last couple of innings.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Damnit Forensic, why would you say something?!

      • forensic

        Just trying to draw all the lurkers out of the shadows… :-)

  • dkidd

    #toomanysingles

  • Dalek Jeter

    Chris Perez is the worst good closer in baseball.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Phew, when I first saw this I thought the Indians blew it in the 9th inning again.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        Same here. Got him on my fantasy team.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Me too, and my pitching has been killing it this week then here comes Perez to push my WHIP to over .90 on the week.

          • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

            Can’t believe you people do head-to-head for fantasy baseball. Roto is the way to go.

            • Dalek Jeter

              I don’t think I’ve ever done a Roto league, I’d probably be better off for it this season, but I feel like head-to-head is more competitive and keeps you more focused on it because you’re going against a specific person.

              • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

                The main problems I have with head-to-head are that it’s so much more random and that it can really ruin things when teams that are out of it towards the end of the season don’t adjust their lineups and/or pick up free agents to remain competitive. Roto can be a long slog, but hey, so is baseball.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                If I talk about how we really only did roto leagues back in the day, before the internet, when we spent hours sitting around someone’s living room drafting by hand, would Pat say I was being an old codger?

            • SDB

              Roto’s fun, but I prefer H2H in my league where everyone’s ultra competitive, and even a roto would turn into a series of mini one on one contests.

  • stuart a

    sean kelly a great Cashman pick up.

    You think he is a little better then Aardsma?

    where i all the Cashman hate on this move???

    Kelly is the 7th inning guy, bottom line…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I think he could certainly be that next year. Sure.

      Hey, I’ll admit it: I was angry the team chose him over Aardsma. I was flat-ass wrong.

  • nycsportzfan

    It’d be sick if the yanks could sweep Minny @home while Sox get swept in Oakland. Also, Balt is playing Tor this weekend, so we could possibly gain some ground on those guys. Tampa has Hou of course.

  • Winter

    So the guy threatening to overtake me in my roto league had Santana starting… free ERA points and the Yankees actually score runs. Today is a good day.

  • nycsportzfan

    That Bobby Murcer going in between the monuments shot is so classic!

  • HateMclouth

    I wish someone could have seen my face when gameday told me we scored 8 runs again. What is going on??? Z, Loverbay and Nuney!!! Nice way to welcome DJ back.

  • WhittakerWalt

    There’s Nuney and his “terrific” bat again.

  • nycsportzfan

    Wow, Miggy hit his 30th HR. Thats nuts.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Him and Chris Davis are putting up steroid era video game numbers.

      • Winter
        • Dalek Jeter

          He may have used steroids, and he may make A-Rod look like he has a positive persona among fans and media, but holy shit could Barry Bonds hit the fuck out of a baseball. That was an excellent article, especially by reddit standards, thanks for that. His numbers from 2001-2004 were LAUGHABLY good. Like I legit laughed out loud at some of those numbers.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Call it “the asterisk room” if you want to, but he deserves his own wing in Cooperstown for those numbers.

            • Dalek Jeter

              Top 6 offensive seasons in baseball history according to wRC+: Bonds(2002), Ruth(1920), Bonds(2001), Bonds(2004), Ruth(1923), Ruth(1921)

  • Dan

    I wonder how many wins we’d have if Nunez was in the lineup all along. At least 2 more.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Twenty, at least.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    So what’s Mike’s header for this recap going to be?

    “Yankees stumble upon this ‘runs’ thing again, beat Royals.”

    • Dalek Jeter

      Mike: *Curses R-Tils Catfishing Fingers while desperately trying to come up with a creative headline*

      • Robinson Tilapia

        “Jeter returns with golden gift of how to score runs, Yanks salvage series versus Royals.”

        #headercockblockedagain

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      “Yankees accidentally cluster their singles together in the same inning, score actual runs”

  • Winter

    So.. Austin Romine’s two hits today match his cumulative total for the last month.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He’s turning a corner. Quick, send him down and bring back Ishikawa.

      • forensic

        Grrr

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Threw that one up there just for you. :)

  • Ethan

    The stadium is really empty today. Given that Jeter is coming back that really surprises me. I guess afternoon weekday games aren’t great for attendance.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      On humid, unsettled days.

  • Eddard

    The trend lately has been as Eduardo Nuney and Ivan Nova go so do the Yankees. Let’s hope it continues. Nuney and Jete are back. A-Rod and Grandy to follow. Minnesota is coming to town and all is right again.

  • dkidd

    andy is winning ugly. really really ugly

    i’ll take it! 50 wins!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      A couple of gifts on the way to retirement is fine by me.

    • SDB

      Better lucky than good right now.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Now that was some nice Thursday baseball. The Captain is back. The team picks Andy up after a rough start. Yankees TIE their high home mark for runs set, um, yesterday, but who gives a shit.

    You can smile into the weekend.

    • SDB

      One of the better games to enjoy this year. So good to see the Captain back.

      Now if Seattle and Texas win today against the Red Sox and O’s, it’ll get even better.

  • Darren

    Di dthey mention why Joe pinch hit for Jeter? Just b/c? Not a setback, right? RIGHT???

    • Darren

      Oh fuck me, ESPN says it’s tightness in his quad, with an MRI to follow. Says that Jeter says he feels good enough to play tomorrow. jesus H.