Jul
20

Game 97: Just Win

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This seven-game series is the most important stretch of the season (to date), and things got off to a rocky start with last night’s series opening loss to the Red Sox. The Yankees are seven back of first place in the AL East for the first time since 2008 — not coincidentally, they also have their worst record after 96 games since that playoffs-less season as well — so at this point they have to focus on getting into a wildcard spot. They can get greedy and shoot for the AL East after that. Here’s the starting lineup that will face right-hander John Lackey:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. 1B Lyle Overbay
  5. LF Vernon Wells
  6. DH Travis Hafner
  7. SS Eduardo Nunez
  8. C Chris Stewart
  9. 3B Luis Cruz

And on the mound is right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who invoked his no-trade clause to block a deal to the Red Sox at the 2011 trade deadline. He was a True Yankee™ even before he wore the pinstripes.

It’s hot and humid in Boston, and there is a chance of showers later this evening. That might be a factor if they go to extra innings or if this one lasts as long a typical Yankees-Red Sox game from like, 1997-2011. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 4pm ET and can be seen on FOX. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Derek Jeter (quad) has started riding a bike and is receiving treatment … David Phelps (forearm) threw a lengthy bullpen session earlier this week and will make a rehab start on Tuesday. Brian Cashman confirmed he won’t automatically re-enter the rotation when healthy … Jayson Nix (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment soon … Frankie Cervelli (hand, elbow) has started throwing again.

Rotation Updates: Ivan Nova will start on Monday against the Rangers while Phil Hughes will follow on Tuesday … the Red Sox pushed Jon Lester back due to “wear and tear,” so Ryan Dempster will start tomorrow’s series finale instead.

Update (3:46pm): The start of the game will be delayed due to the threat of rain. No word on a start time just yet.

Update (3:55pm): First pitch is scheduled for 4:25pm ET.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Ethan

    Can anyone find out the Yankees’ record on fox saturday games for the last 5 years and the last 10 years?

    • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

      I would be very interested in that.

      • Ethan

        I don’t know how to use baseball reference and fangraphs well enough to find a stat like that unfortunately.

        • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

          I hear you. Still learning myself. Not sure there is a metric for FOX games anyway though, haha.

  • CONservative governMENt

    Hopefully Hughes is traded before that Tuesday start.

    • trr

      doubtful

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Who would you prefer make that start?
      Doesn’t seem like Pineda’s ready. Or Phelps. Marshall would be on short rest. Nuno’s still hurt.

      • 28 this year

        A pitching machine with one of those bounceback nets is about equivalent to whatever battery starts that day.

  • ExitCashman

    Don’t give Hiroki a True Yankee tag. It’s a ticket out. Cashman dumped Matsui, Posada and Ibanez who also earned the distinction.

    He also played hard ball with the ultimate True Yankee, Jeter, in contract negotiations. Now why the hell doesn’t he do that with folks like Burnett (who we’re still paying) Pavano, Igawa, Marte, Feliciano, Tex, Youk, etc.?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      He dumped Posada?
      Pretty sure Posada retired because nobody wanted him. Should they keep former Yankees forever just because they’re True Yankees?
      Jeter got a well above market value contract.
      AJ got market value. So did Pavano. So did Tex (maybe slightly over)

    • Pat D

      I hereby declare you a TrueYankee(TM).

      Now here’s your one-way ticket to the LoHud boards.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I sure hope you’re impressed with yourself, at least.

      • Duh Injuries

        Why is your last name a really bad tasting fish?

    • Pa Poo

      Po-Po quit on his team, remember?

  • mike c

    brady anderson is such a tool… according to him a-rod wasn’t hurt at the end of last year and he simply just can’t hit a 90 mph fastball anymore. f’n tool

    • trr

      and they used the surgery/rehab as a cover-up, right?
      well, nobody ever accused these guys of being geniuses.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Brady’s just pissed that the steroids only gave him one good year, instead of a HoF career.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        When guys with average pop suddenly hit 50 HRs a season: The Brady Anderson story.

        If Alex Rodriguez has to serve a suspension, Brady Anderson should be beaten right off of television for 20 years.

    • Pat D

      Wait a second, Brady Anderson gets paid to be an analyst by somebody?

  • trr

    with Kuroda pitching, this is the Yanks best chance to steal a game this series. but that lineup is as feeble as ever, the bench a mockery…

  • Eddard

    It’s not Just win anymore, it’s Must win. If they get swept they might as well start looking at selling what they can at the deadline. Today is their best chance at a win with Kuroda on the mound and facing a righty. CC vs Lester is not a good match up for NY.

    • Eddard

      Just read Mike’s note about Dumpster pitching instead of Lester. Kuroda and CC lined up against has been pitchers, they have to take this series and get back in the race.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Lackey is actually good now.

        • Rick

          He looks like he also stopped eating a box of captain crunch a day.

  • ExitCashman

    What’s up with Brennan Boesch? To get released, after signing a $1.5 million major league contract, by this team, he must be: 1) Seriously injured or 2) Have an attitude akin to Jordany Valdespin.
    That move is hard to figure out unless one of these things applies.

    • Pat D

      Do you even bother to read what’s posted on this site? Sometimes I wonder.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      1) He’s not very good (essentially replacement level for his career)
      2) He’s injured and of no use right now
      3) They needed a roster spot
      4) The contract was a split contract, he was making $500K in the minors

      • ExitCashman

        Agent says he’ll be ready in August. That’s no different than Grandy, Cervelli, and he’s young enough to have a future with the team.
        There are others who could be cut, and I thought the Yankees signed him because they thought he was quite good compared to the other OF they had (including Mesa, Neal and Almonte).
        Thanks for the clarification on the contract.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Right. He’ll be ready when they’ll likely have Granderson and/or Almonte back, making him unneeded.
          Quite good is probably an overstatement. They signed him because Granderson was hurt and he was a low cost flyer.
          28 years old, career below average hitter in 1540 PA’s, horrible defender, slow baserunner. If he had a future beyond temporary injury replacement with the team, the Yankees have bigger problems. Probably not worth what he’d make in arbitration, so he’d be a non-tender candidate in the offseason anyways.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Yes, he’s young enough to have a future watching balls slowly roll by him in the outfield while having occasional pop off the bench. Oh, we have to keep THAT guy. How silly.

          Just because the alternatives aren’t any good either doesn’t mean he’s Willie Mays.

          • Pat D

            Or even Willie Mays Hays.

            • Rick

              I would love Willie Mays Hays

          • Duh Injuries

            Yeah because Melky “Strikeout Machine” Mesa and Thomas “Real Deal” Neal are sooooo much better than a guy with power who isn’t even 30 yet, ok.

            Where do you come up with this crap?

            I’d rather have Boesch in Yankee pinstripes right now than Mesa or Neal. His “occasional pop off the bench” > no pop off the bench from Meal (Mesa + Neal) or Messy Meal (if these two likely suck ass.)

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              He’s probably better than Neal, but that doesn’t do much good right now, since he’s hurt and all.
              Mesa has power as well. And can actually run and play defense.
              All are under 30. Boesch is the oldest, and most expensive, of the 3.
              Bottom line – they all suck. Makes more sense to keep the ones actually healthy enough to contribute. There’s a strong chance none are on the 40-man roster next season.

            • Pat D

              Where exactly did he imply that Mesa or Neal were better? All he said was Boesch was nothing special, and that was without considering his current injury.

              For someone whose “last name” is “Injuries,” I would have thought you’d be more knowledgeable about them.

              • jjyank

                Nah. “Injuries” is his married name. He’s still “Innings” at heart.

                • Pat D

                  I’m somewhat afraid you know this.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    If anything, baseball fans get to see 2 and an iota of a baseball games since Mets are still going and FOX is playing Reds/Pirates.

  • Snuke Swanky

    Watched last night’s game this morning. That 8th inning really underscores everything that’s gone wrong with this team.

    Still think they’re better off buying at this point. All it’s gonna take is 2 or 3 offensive upgrades (which can be made, but needs to happen very quickly).

    Anyone who thinks they should sell needs to be prepared to trade Cano.

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

      I’m on the buy list, by far. There is no reason to sell, especially this season in baseball, where you can be 10 back and still come back. It’s not impossible.

      • Snuke Swanky

        I just can’t see anything of value coming back unless it’s a trade that involves Cano (or Kuroda).

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

    I thought Joe Buck was supposed to be here today. I’d rather have him up there than Tim McCenile.

  • dkidd

    jennings
    zobrist
    longoria
    myers
    loney
    scott

    does tampa have enough offense to take the division?

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

      I wouldn’t count James Loney and Desmond Jennings as power really.

      Jennings is easily beatable.

      • dkidd

        i didn’t give them a chance going into the season, but if myers and loney aren’t mirages, they might have a shot

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Never write off the Rays. Honestly. Just don’t do it.

          • dkidd

            i never learn

    • Robinson Tilapia

      They have enough Tampa-ness to take it.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    30 seconds into it and The Fox Sox ball-licking is already starting. I’ll be watching this one with the sound off.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Examples?

  • WhittakerWalt

    And here we go with Papa Yankee making excuses for Pettitte’s pitching from last night.
    “In my mind he only gave up 3 runs last night”

    Every damn time with this team.
    “They didn’t really give up those runs”
    YES THEY DID.

  • Winter

    Oh god, I’m glad he’s safe, but don’t slide into first.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Please stop with the dumb ass slides.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Of course.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    How the fuck? OK. That was awesome by Iglesias. The reflexes needed to make that work. Wow.

  • David N

    Well that was a buzzkill.

  • fabricio

    dam it ichiro

  • 28 this year

    Lol, story of the season.

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

    Highway robbery. At least contact is being made.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Seriously. Have him hit that ball again 100 times. How many times would that be a DP? That was Iglesias.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        You don’t think Nunez could have made that play?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Nunez would have made an equally impressive play for completely different reasons.

  • Winter

    Guys, does Iglesias have quick hands? The FOX broadcast hasn’t really made that clear.

    • Alkaline2.0

      So I heard that Boston SS might have some quick hands. Further studies are necessary before confirmation, however.

      • Alkaline2.0

        Ack. He’s at 3rd. That’s what I get commenting before I put the game on TV!

    • David N

      So glad John and Suzyn are providing my commentary for this one instead of Buck and McCarver.

      • Winter

        Buck’s not there (not sure why), but since you’re not listening to FOX I should probably tell you that “Iglesias” has four syllables but “Jose” only has two. It’s an incredibly important detail you might not get if you’re not listening to FOX.

        • David N

          Hopefully Buck doesn’t come back. That would solve 1/3 of that problem.

          Though it sounds like the replacement might not be that much better.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    It’s not four syllables to say his name. “-sias” needs to roll off the tongue as one syllable.

    I appreciate the attempt at a Spanish lesson, though.

    • Alkaline2.0

      R-Tils, could you have that guy who claimed something about a message board study look into seeing if Iglesias has quick hands?

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Iglesias hands are so fast he can jerk off in public without being noticed.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          ….until the end.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Athenian can lick my nuts.

        • Pat D

          The wait for that report is becoming like the wait for Ortiz to “gather all the information.”

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Athenian’s busy helping OJ find the real killers.

            • Pat D

              That’s noble of OJ to work on that from jail.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Seems a little odd to me that the Sox would have Iglesias at 3rd and Drew at SS.

    I would think you’d want the far better defender with much more range at SS

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Stephen Drew, from what I hear, is pretty sensitive about being moved around the infield.

      • Pat D

        How did he pick that up from Michael Young? They were never teammates.

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

    Can you shout any louder Kenny Albert? It sounded nuts.

  • Winter

    Just get this batter, Hiroki. Just get through the first.

    • Alkaline2.0

      1 down, 8 to go!

      • Winter

        I was referring to the fact that his ERA in the first inning is double that of any other inning.

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

    Vernon Wells got the umpire confused I sense.

  • Alkaline2.0

    I would have died if Nava fell onto his face.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Pretty stupid pitching to Papi with a base open. Lucky Nava stumbled around 3rd base.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Even with the stumble, and Wells’ shitty throw, Nava would have been out,left field at Fenway is shallow

  • Robinson Tilapia

    That was such bad base-running by Nava the Yanks just hired him to coach third base.

    *cha-ching*

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Nava is a joke

  • Ken

    Time to sell.

    Trade Cano for a kings ransom in young major league talent and minor leaguers.

    Trade Tex, and Joba to Braves for BJ Upton

    Trade Kuroda for a Zach Greinke-like package

    AROD can’t be traded so we will keep him, or let him be suspended.

    Release Youk, sh*t bum.

    Trade Grandy, Hughes for Trumbo

    We need young talent! Let Jeter sit out this year and come back full strength next year.

    Entertain CC trades for young talent and/or bundling with bad contracts.

    • Rick

      Why would you ever want BJ Upton? That guy has declined consistently for the last 3 years.

      Also, how badly it hurt when you fell off your rocker?

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

      B.J. Upton? Really?! Dude isn’t worth the contract he’s got.

      Mark Trumbo needs to show consistency.

      Not Youk’s fault his back went out.

      Never trade Cano.

      • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

        What if there was a way for Cano not to go to the Sox, and you get Xander Bogaerts and Mike Giancarlo stanton

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

          Not interested.

    • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

      The way BJ has played I’d rather give up a little more and get Justin. Otherwise sounds good.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      This is the type of stuff I would propose when I was about 12 and tried to call into Art Russ Jr’s radio show. I only got on once.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Old school, baby.

        770 am if I remember correctly.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Yup. Oh, and I tried. That was after-school every day. We’d either try to get on Magic Matt Allan on Z100 (which we did, many times) or Russ.

          I remember when I did get on. I suggested that Scott Nielsen could replace Righetti as closer. It really was the kind of thing you’d roll your eyes at if RAB were around there.

          I remember him being nice to me, asking me how old I was, and thanking me for calling.

          • Manny’s BanWagon

            These kids don’t know what it was like trying to get sports info before ESPN, WFAN and the Internet.

            • Pat D

              I do! It was box scores in The Star Ledger. And waiting for every Sunday’s issue to see the full list of batting averages.

              • Manny’s BanWagon

                Fantasy baseball was a bitch to do manually with box scores. I poured over the daily news in those days.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Yeah, but the drafts were so much more fun.

                  My friend once picked Chet Lemon three years after he retired.

                  • Manny’s BanWagon

                    I have Chet Lemon’s baseball card somewhere. Looked like he was wearing white sox pajamas.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              You only heard of prospects:

              1. In September.
              2. When someone got injured
              3. Whey they got traded
              4. In the “On the Way Up” section of the yearbook.

              • Manny’s BanWagon

                Once in a while a beat writer would do a article about the farms. I’d read it like a million time. That and the sporting news.

                Right around this time of year I’d be buying every NFL preview magazine I could get my hands on too.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        I think it was Art Rust Jr

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      1)You’ll get some talent back. Not sure about a king’s ransom for 2 months of Cano.
      2) Braves laugh. They have a better, cheaper 1B.
      3) Kuroda’s may or may not waive his NTC.
      4) yep
      5) DL or release. No difference.
      6) Angels laugh.

    • Pat D

      This is remarkably similar to some of DI’s trade proposals from the last year.

      Do you guys share agents?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Nowhere here is Melky Cabrera re-acquired, however.

        • Pat D

          We can’t have everything.

  • Rick

    LOverbay served his purpose. I’m not pining for Morneau. Though he’s not longer what he once was, his name alone would provide better protection for Cano.

    • Rick

      That meant to say that I AM pining for Morneau

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    I gotta say I’m shocked at how well Lackey has pitched this year.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      And we’re going to hear about it all game from the Fox booth

    • Rick

      I’m shocked at how much weight he’s lost

    • Pat D

      Never doubt the guy who lives at Awesome O’Clock.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Hafner’s ABs are about as un-suspenseful as you’ll ever see.

  • Eddard

    The old Nuney is back, folks. He’s turned the corner since getting fully healthy. Now drive them home.

    • WhittakerWalt

      The “old Nuney” stunk, too.

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

    Bah. If Vernon Wells were only 100 lbs lighter.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Way to fuck it up Stewie.

    He better be framing a Picasso for Kuroda.

    • Pat D

      Probably not the best artist to use as a metaphor for framing purposes.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        How about Bob Ross then?

        • Pat D

          Not familiar with him. So long as he didn’t specialize in abstract, I’d say fine.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Maybe in our world there lives a happy little tree over there.

          • Manny’s BanWagon

            He was the man. Anyone could paint with a brush. He could do an entire painting with a spatula.

  • Winter

    Am I the only one who’s surprised by how much Hafner’s sucked this year? His problem had always been staying on the field, he’d never had trouble mashing when he was healthy. This year it’s been the opposite.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Yeah, I thought he’d hit if could stay healthy too.

      Surprised he’s sucked this bad.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I thought he was pretty done in ST. He actually won me over in April. I have no clue whether than means I’m surprised right now or not.

  • Dan

    I think Stewart is my least favorite Yankee ever.

    • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

      Sal Fasano? Carl Pavano? Kei Igawa? Nick Johnson the second time? Javier Vasquez? Esteban Loaiza?

      • Winter

        Who doesn’t like Sal Fasano?

        • Pseudoyanks

          Anyone named Sal gets a pass.

      • Pat D

        Mel Hall? Buddy Groom? Jeff Weaver? Jose Contreras? Kenny Rogers? Ruben Sierra, the first time? Armando Benitez? Terry Mulholland? Xavier Hernandez?

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Hated Jeff Weaver. Even hated the way he looks. He always looked like a whiny brat to me.

          • Pat D

            I just realized I forgot Mike Witt. I can’t believe I forgot Mike Witt.

      • Dan

        Sal Fasano had killer facial hair.
        Those other guys are easy to hate. This guy is a 3rd string back up or a 2nd stringer for a AAA team. He not only starts most games for the NYY, but he regularly receives high praise from Joe Giradi.

        • Winter

          What’s Girardi gonna say “yeah, you’re right, he sucks”? He’s got to support his player, even when his player isn’t that good.

          • Dan

            Than why don’t we hear the same level of praise for other players who aren’t very good? Even one’s that are decent don’t get praised as highly or as often as Stewart. I thought most people had agreed that Girardi had an irrational love for and attachment to Chris Stewart.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        There will never, ever be someone on this team who I despise more than I did Esteban Loaiza. Ever.

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          I kind of felt bad for him. His arm was never the same after throwing a million cutters his one good year with the White Sox.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            It was two things:

            1. It was right in the middle in me feeling a ton of Cuban pride about Contreras, his being able to bring his family over and watching him at the stadium, etc. I was pretty pissed about trading him.

            2. Loiaza just looked like a tool. Some guys just should never wear pinstripes.

            • Manny’s BanWagon

              Contreras had a decent career. I blame the Yankees not being able to get the best out of him like don cooper did in Chicago.

        • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

          I’ll second that one

    • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

      Pants Lendleton?! Pedro Feliciano? Morgan Ensberg for a portion of Spring Training? Chuck Knoblauch (the end)?

  • WhittakerWalt

    Sterling just floated the idea that Lackey was intentionally pitching around Stewart.

    #cantmakethisshitup

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

      Well, if he was intentionally pitching around Suzyn Waldman, it would be a sight.

  • Ken

    Glad I amuse you guys. I agree some of this is far fetched, but it’s time for a shakeup. Hughes and Joba will go. They need to decide on Cano and Grandy. I love Cano, but do we really want to pay him 200+ million?

    Maybe we can trade a jabroni minor leaguer for Jesus Montero?

    • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

      If they ever get Montero back there will not be happier person than me

    • Pat D

      At least you admit it’s farfetched.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I have no clue how I feel about Cano. He probably could fleece me for that sort of money if I were running things, I’ll be honest.

      Hughes and Joba “may” go. There’s no reason to trade them if you’re not getting a return that’s going to offer something back.

      With Montero, it’s very possible he’ll be facing a 50-game suspicion and, if this early in his career, he’s already exposed as a PED user, then what kind of player really is Jesus Montero? It’s a fair question. Yes, though, I’d stick Scottie Allen in a box and send him to Seattle for him. Sure. Seattle wouldn’t…..yet.

      • Pat D

        You’re under a 50-game suspicion, too.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Damnit. I can’t even blame the phone on that one.

          • Pat D

            It’s OK. When we all meet in secret, you’re always prime suspect #1 of posters suspected to be using IPED’s.

            You know, Internet Performance Enhancing Drugs.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              If it would make me even 1/20th of Alex’s salary, I’ll expose my butt cheek for a shot right now.

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

      I’m not paying Cano any less than $219MM over 7 years. He needs to stay here, and any less is garbage.

      Is it a budget questionable deal? Yes. Is it worth it? In my opinion, definitely.

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

    That’s something I wish we’d do more, letting umpires have mics. I’d like to hear more of them to be honest.

    (Of course more ways to give crap to ones like Angel Hernandez, Marty Foster, Adrian Johnson ,you name it. )

  • Robinson Tilapia

    How many people would ever think that exchange between Gardner and Welke would have happened?

    Just goes to show that, in the end, none of us really know jack shit about what goes on during a game.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Hey, what’s the deal with that kid with both the Yankee and Sox hats?

    • Pat D

      He just hasn’t figured out who he is yet.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Kuroda needs to do well today to balance out Cole Hamels shitting the bed against the Mets of all teams for my fantasy team.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    That kid can sure hit for the Sox, Go Bosox.

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

      I hate Jose Iglesias ya little troll.

      I fight Red Sox fans, not cheer for the team.

      Go smoke your troll weed somewhere else.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    If dez Jankees wins and makes dee playoffs my taco stand gives dee free taco dinners to my amigos here. Si

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I thought I had the taco stand.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        That was an imposter.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I know. Let’s just get this right, trolls. Have some fucking self-respect for the art.

  • Mwaha

    Is Robbie gona be the first platoon player to get a 200mill deal?

    • Dan

      Don’t be mean.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Handle jacking is the least necessary thing

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

      Happened yesterday as well, that’s why my handle is blue again ;)

      • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

        How does one acquire a blue handle?

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

          You got a website? ;)

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          Buy Mike a garden gnome for his backyard I believe.

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

            Would the Mets garden gnome from before the ASG be sufficient? :p

        • http://fillinthewebsitefield Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          fill in the Website field

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Si, If the Jankees makes the playoffs, me and my new business partner Manny are giving away free taco dinners from our growing stand.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Free TSJC-branded burrito with every purchases.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Purchase.

      • Pat D

        Put me down for a dozen!

  • Dan

    Make mine a burrito please, Tacos give me gas.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    I can’t stay the whole game, my BF is coming home soon and wants me to get the whip and spikes out for a Late Nooner..

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

      Dude doesn’t quit I see.

      Clearly he must be half-assing the heroin or something.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Even if it were true, Adam, we love you.

  • Ken

    Least favorite Yankees:
    1- Carl Pavano
    1a- Kevin Youkilis

  • Snuke Swanky

    Tampa Bay is going to win this division.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Anyone know the Bombers record on afternoon FOX games the last few seasons??

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

      Desperate troll to say the least.

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

    As Nunez loses his helmet again.

  • Eddard

    2/2! They might consider moving Nuney back up to that 2 hole to split up the lefties and lengthen the lineup. It’s very clear that the Eduardo Nuney of old is back.

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

      It is not that clear, Eddard. We need a full season of consistency really.

  • Eddard

    He’s a sparkplug. Now bunt him over to 3rd and sac fly him home.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Did you just see that?

  • http://fillinthewebsitefield Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Squeeze coming?

  • http://fillinthewebsitefield Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Da fuck.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    cAN’T sCORE FROM 3RD Wrahahahahahaaaaaaaaaahahahaahaaaaaaaa

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

      Go imitate someone else, preferably on a different site.

      Clearly you have a really fucked up mind.

  • Cy Pettitte

    this offense is just unreal. can’t help but laugh.

  • Art Vandelay

    I post on the Yesnetwork forums so I have more say then most here.

    This team will be just fine they are gonna win the net 7 outta 10.

  • Eddard

    So desperate to score a run they send Nuney on contact. Hiroki is going to lose another game giving up 0 runs.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      They sent him? Really? I did not see that. Thought he went on his own. wow.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    The Yankees Score like mylast few date nights, Not much.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Even when Nuñez gets a hit, he manages to fuck up. The infield was in ffsake.

    • http://fillinthewebsitefield Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Contact play was most likely on. Called from the bench.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Yes I saw it on the reply. Sorry Eduardo.

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

    Over 1600 HRs on the DL? Yikes.

    That will subtract by 631 Monday, but still 1st on that list.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Don’t those guys at fox know that homers are bad.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    WHAT IS A LEAD AND HOW DO YOU SECURE ONE

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Gardy!

  • Eddard

    There’s Hiroki’s run! He’ll have to win 1-0.

  • Hats on deck

    Any reason why lillibridge isn’t starting? Cruz hasn’t shown any ability to hit the ball at least Lillibridge was hitting in triple a. I’d rather him get a shot.

  • Winter

    I’d love to see Gardner steal here.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Looked like the pedophiles brother could have caught that if he wasnt a primordial dwarf

  • Ethan

    So happy pedroia didn’t catch that otherwise we’d never stop hearing about how amazing he is.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    There is your lead, Kuroda.

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

    Anyway, I have to go run errands.

    If anyone posts under my name from this point, its the troll not the actual person.

    Also, yay for Gardner.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Between Jeter, A-Rod, Teix, and Grandy thats 1440 career homers if my addition is right. Where are the other 200 on the DL?

    • Rick

      I’d assume Youk.

      • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

        Makes sense. Forgot about him.

        • Rick

          He’s at 150, so still missing some in there. But then you’re just getting some silly numbers from random guys that will accumulate.

    • Hats on deck

      Your?

      • Hats on deck

        Youk* damn autocorrect

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Youk 150, Nix 36, Cervelli 8, Almonte 1
      Not quite 200.

    • Pat D

      Those four guys have 1454 combined. Youkilis has 150.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    when’s the trade deadline? i wonder how much a dunn or ibanez would cost

    • Rick

      The 31st. I’d prefer Morneau over either of those two.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Got lucky Stewie.

  • David N

    Exhale.

  • Eddard

    What a play by Stewie! Defensive catcher saves the ballgame.

  • Rick

    Wow Mike Crap is slow. I could’ve dropped a deuce by the time he got down the line.

    • Pasta

      Mike crap? Freudian slip?

  • ropeadope

    Intentional wild pitch for the final out!

    /jk

    • Rick

      Obviously pitching around Hose B Iglesias

  • Pasta

    Defensive catcher my ass
    The chris stewart era is one of the worst in yankee backstops since jim leyritz

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Jim Leyritz never was starting catcher. That doesn’t make much sense.

      • Dann

        Nieither is Stewart.

  • fabricio

    can we please bench Wells he sucks sooooo much!!!!!

  • WhittakerWalt

    Wells just looks absolutely helpless. Anyone who has to cheat that much with their swing is just DONE as a big leaguer.

  • Meeks54

    Damn you Vernon Wells

  • fabricio

    can we get a replacement for Hafner also

  • Pasta

    At this point instead of wells id rather they bring up slade and make him everyday lfer. Hes young but he can hit.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Does anyone really think the final score will be 1-0?

    • Eddard

      If the Yankees are to win that will have to be the score. But watch Hiroki leave 1-0 and then they lose the game 2-1 again.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I don’t understand how Hafner can be this bad, he has to be hurt still

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I honestly thought he’s good enough a pure hitter that he could at least hit a few more singles.

    • Now Batting

      Always gets frozen on the fastball.

  • Eddard

    DFA Hafner already. He’s a black hole between Overbay and Nuney. He didn’t even give Nuney a chance there to hit with RISP.

    • WhittakerWalt

      NUNEY IS A BLACK HOLE, ALSO.

  • Dicka24

    As a hitter how can you not just hit that ball back up the middle, or in the direction of where the SS should be? That’s an important run at 2B. A soft swing up the middle.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Cano tried to get cute there.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Robbie c’mon.

  • OldYanksFan

    LAZY!

  • Pasta

    Can someone tell me why Gary Sanchez is not going to AA ball this year? Tampa is in a pitchers league ,he is young but he would be able to hit better in trenton.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Perfect example of too much information. Honestly, what difference does it make?

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    I have a bar-room bet going — Has McCarver mentioned 2004 yet?

    • Rick

      I don’t believe so. Though I’ve had the volume on and off pretending to study for an exam.

  • Dann

    Anyone else think that Roadgeek dude is a moron, and isn’t it fnny there doesn’t seem to be anymore Trolling since he left here.

    • Dannn

      Nah, I think it’s something else.

    • Roadgeek Adam

      Your mother!

  • Pasta

    Good point..

    • Roadgeek Adam

      Hey i leave to wash out a few dainty things
      And you guys talk shit about me.

  • ExitCashman

    Youk 2013 = Nick Johnson 2010

    Pronk 2013 = Ken Phelps 1989

    We can do better.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      At least they didn’t trade Buhner for Pronk.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, even with low bar you’ve set on here.

      • ExitCashman

        Don’t you have anything else to do but pollute this board with your comments?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Nice.

          Still doesn’t make you sound any smarter.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Erik Boland@eboland11
    According to Yankees, A-Rod moved to DH from third tonight because of left quad tightness

    didn’t even get his 4 ABs in the big leagues before he got hurt again

    • Roadgeek Adam

      Oh fuck !!!

  • Dann

    Didnt the dude just say he was leaving to go somewhere, yet he jst posted a nasty remark, loser.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Eduardo having himself a game.

  • Eddard

    Is there any doubt now that Eduardo Nuney is back to his old self? 3/3, SB. If him and Overbay had hit back to back they’d have 3 runs instead of 1. Hafner needs to be DFA’d. Nuney moved up to the 2 hole.

  • Eddard

    Now bunt Nuney over and sac fly him home.

    • Cy Pettitte

      asking Luis Cruz to get it out of the infield is asking a lot

    • Rick

      Stop posting on RAB, Girardi. We already know what you’re going to do anyway. Now make sure we win.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    All your moms are pinboys at the local bowling alley.

    • Dann

      Get off my mother ,I just got off yours

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Dr. Tilapia on Alex’s quad: “Maybe Derek gave him an STD.”

    • ExitCashman

      Not funny. You’d be out of your depths in a Fenway Park urinal.

  • Eddard

    Lineup tomorrow-

    Gardner
    Nuney
    Cano
    Overbay
    Ichiro
    Wells
    Neal
    Stewie
    Cruz

    Hafner DFA’d after tonight’s game.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    I have to admit a hankering when I look at Gardners tight butt , And it’s really me.

  • Manny S

    I am beginning to like the Troll Adam alot better than the regular.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Alright. Too much of this fake name nonsense. Enjoy the rest of the game, everyone.

  • Rick

    Atta buck Bobinson

  • Eddard

    An offensive surge! All started by Eduardo Nuney.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow, 3 runs? an embarrassment of riches

  • Rick

    LOverbay is making me eat the hat in Ben’s pic

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    4 runs?
    Unpossible.

  • Dann

    Thorton throws hard but very strait. What did the sox give for him we could get the same for Joba

  • Meeks54

    Nice inning there, finally Kuroda gets some support.

  • Revan

    If Ortiz makes the hall of fame, I volunteer to blow that place up to make a new one.

    • Slu

      Not one PED mention. Disgraceful.

      • Rick

        Huh? Ortiz has been linked to PED’s on numerous occasions.

        • Revan

          He’s upset that they didn’t mention the linkage of PEDs.

  • Dann

    Crap is up again
    Time to drop a duece

    • Rick

      Haha, the true slip before. He should’ve been (was) gunned at second if Bobinson takes his head out of his rear today.

  • Eddard

    I like how they give Ortiz a free pass for PED use but Clemens, Bonds, A-Rod get killed for it and can’t get into the HOF. Ortiz? A shoe in per FOX.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Wake the fuck up, Robbie.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Why do these guys just completely gloss over Ortiz’ PED usage? Whether or not he actually belongs in the Hall of Fame, he certainly belongs in there LESS than Barry Bonds does. Yet many voters refuse to vote him in because of PEDs.

    • Tom

      It’s amazing the McCarver who pretty much gets up on his soapbox about PED use every Saturday telecast doesn’t even bring up he failed test.

  • OldYanksFan

    LAZY! LAZY!

  • Pasta

    Lazy cano again

  • Karl Krawfid

    Great job Cano.

  • Pasta

    Why cut that throw

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Ortiz was going to be safe. Keep the other runner at second.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Runner at second was not tagging.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          If there’s a play at the plate, the ball can get away, allowing the runner to advance. It didn’t look like there was any chance Ortiz was going to be out anyways, so why take the risk?

          • Rolling Doughnut

            Sure, “anything can happen” but they had a play at the plate. A four run lead at Fenway is not insurmountable. And don’t look now they just plated another run this inning,

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              Imo, they really didn’t have a play at the plate. Looked like Ortiz was going to be in fairly easily and the throw was going to be on a hop.

  • Revan

    What the fuck was that Gardner?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Ortiz s running so they cut the throw off. Some bad D today.

    • Winter

      Even slow runners can be safe. They had no shot at getting Ortiz and wanted to hold the runner at 2nd.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Runner at 2d was not tagging anyway. IMHO they did have a shot at Ortiz. But you’re right that slow runners can be safe.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Honestly, I don’t have any confidence that Stewart would have handled a throw home. He’s a terrible receiver.

  • Tom

    So is Chris Stewart going to call the ol’ fake WP play again with Carp on 3rd?

    • first name only male – Retire 21

      Didn’t work this time.

    • Tom

      Botched the play this time….

  • first name only male – Retire 21

    PED usage aside, please name one way in which David Ortiz is more Hall of Fame worthy than Edgar Martinez. Just one!

    • RetroRob

      I can’t, and it has nothing to do with Edgar Martinez. If Ortiz was a 1B’man, the most offense oriented of positions, he wouldn’t be Hall-worthy. As a DH-only, even less so.

  • Revan

    Bad pitch but blockable….

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Tough to block a pitch that bounces that high.

    • OldYanksFan

      NOT! Hit him in the mask.

  • Karl Krawfid

    wtf was that kuroda?

  • Pasta

    We really need to dump stewie

  • WhittakerWalt

    Fewer wild pitches, please.

  • ExitCashman

    The fans are already calling Drew “Nancy.” I’m sure he’s happy about going to Boston and giving up that $2.5 million.

    • WhittakerWalt

      They figure it was good enough for his brother, I guess.

  • Eddard

    Take out Hiroki now. He looks done. What a bad split allowing the 2nd run to score. Set up Kelley, Drob and Mo.

  • Pasta

    Stewie= worst yankee catcher ever!

  • Rick

    Hiroki is a special pitcher. All he does is take the ball every fifth day and provides his team the opportunity to win. With better run support this year, the guy would arguably be the leading candidate for the Cy Young.

    • Pasta

      Just imagine what we can get for him? An a prospect not out of question.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Kudos to Hirok for limiting the damage. I would think it’d be a no-brainer to take him out next inning for D-Rob. And hey look at that, 12 hits!!!

  • ExitCashman

    How much longer does Joe go with Hafner? He’s not hitting, doesn’t play a defensive position and I don’t believe that he can help in a mop-up pitching situation.

  • Tom

    Not to make excuses for Kuroda’s 7th inning, and he had a great game even with that inning, but….

    He had to be kind of shocked to see a 4 next to NY on the scoreboard when he took the mound. He hasn’t taken the mound seeing “4″ next to the Yankees on the scoreboard since May 17th (11 starts ago)

  • BetterthanHafner

    Hafner is the Yankee’s DO, or Designated Out. He cannot hit the curve and pulls all fastballs into the shift. He cannot play defense and has an ugly haircut.

    He is the worst baseball player in the Major Leagues.

    • fuster

      I agree about the hair

  • Revan

    Go cry Pedroia.

  • Cy Pettitte

    best DP ever

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Stewie!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tom

    Now that was absurdly awesome

  • Karl Krawfid

    Stewie!!!!!!!!!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Oh baby, what a play.

  • Eddard

    STEWIE! Defensive catcher! Ortiz will NOT hit with a chance to tie the ballgame!

  • gargoyle

    ohhhhhh yessssss!!!

  • Jag

    Amazing play by Stewart there

  • Lukaszek

    STEWIE! Defensive catcher lives up to his name

  • nsalem

    Nothing like taking the tying run bat out of Ortiz’ hands. Thanks Nava

  • ropeadope

    Unbelievable play. Best part is Ortiz doesn’t come up as tying (or go-ahead run).

  • Tom

    “Nava alertly tagging up” Tim McCarver

    Sure down 2 runs with Ortiz due up (as the potential tying run), obviously that was the “alert” play.

  • Nathan

    What a play!

  • Lukaszek

    Honestly, this was probably the third best play we’ve seen this season, only behind the Manny Machado and the Brett Gardner catch in Citi Field

    • ExitCashman

      Agree. I don’t even think that the Machado play was that great because he didn’t field the ball cleanly.

  • nsalem

    Dustin Lazy Anglo

  • Tom

    Lazy white boy!

    /Salty’d

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Ratboy screws up. How many errors had he made this year? None?

  • Eddard

    I would not bunt Ichiro here because then they’ll just walk Robbie Cano. Overbay has had a good day but I’d rather have Robbie hit with RISP.

  • nsalem

    Bunt controversy sighting

  • RetroRob

    Stewie must go.

    Stewie is the worst Yankee catcher ever.

    Stewie is great.

    You’re all a hoot.

  • Tom

    Just like they drew it up….

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Bad baserunning ftw

  • RetroRob

    What The F

  • Tom

    Kind of surprised they are pitching to Cano (again) with a base open

  • Revan

    McCarver not even trying to hide his Boston feelings…

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      it’s his last year as a broadcaster, he has nothing to lose

  • Revan

    Gardner is a horrendous baserunner.

  • Tom

    Delayed steal I guess? maybe hoping the SS wouldn’t cover?

    Some really horrendous baserunning on both sides – I think that’s 5 outs on the bases and there should have been a couple of more.

  • trr

    There’s been quite a few effed up running plays today

  • Karl Krawfid

    Trade Cano.

    • fuster

      good idea. a package of Stanton and Profar would be about right.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Robbie what are you doing dude.

  • Pasta

    Lazy dominican.

  • trr

    Mo is victimized by so many cheap hits -

  • Pasta

    Is that Jase up or uncle sy?

  • Karl Krawfid

    This is like Bizarro world.

  • Pasta

    Lol there is the 2004 reference lol

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Knew it was coming at some point. They probably just realized they hadn’t mentioned it so they squeezed it in at the end.

  • Winter

    FOX manages to heap on the Red Sox love even with two outs in the ninth when they’re losing by two.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      But we won so fuck ‘em.

  • trr

    Thanks again Mo !

  • Tom

    Damn non-lazy Panamanian

    /Salty’d

  • Mick taylor

    Mccarver mentioned 2004. As Johnny Damon knows, the comeback was fueled by steroids taken by period manny and company

  • trr

    No Jon Lester tomorrow night, huh?

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