Jul
22

Game 99: Texas

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The schedule was not too kind to the Yankees these last 24 hours or so. Last night’s series finale against the Red Sox started at 8pm and ended sometime after midnight, then the team had to travel to Dallas for tonight’s series opener against the Rangers. Preston Claiborne tweeted everyone arrived sometime around 6am. Crummy schedule, but that’s baseball life. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Yu Darvish:

  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 making his first start in 12 days, right-hander Ivan Nova.

Typical Texas weather for tonight’s game, meaning it’ll be freaking hot. No showers or anything though. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Try to enjoy.

Categories : Game Stories
  • Kramerica Industries

    Adrian Gonzalez would really be bitching and moaning about the schedule right about now.

  • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

    Off topic, but Braun is suspended for the rest of the year. I guess that means A-Rod will be too.

    • kenthadley

      One could only hope it’s forever.

    • Gonzo

      T.J. Quinn is saying an OTL source said the evidence against A-Rod is “far beyond” what they had on Braun.

      No clue what that means though.

      • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

        TJ Quinn: “A-Rod will be a different story. MLB’s case against him includes possibility he interfered with investigation. They’ll go after him harder.”

        “If plan for other players is to attack Bosch’s credibility, Braun just made that very difficult.”

        “Braun was first player MLB was building a case against. A-Rod last.”

        So if ARod was last, then his suspension may not come until the offseason.

        • Gonzo

          If it’s coming in the offseason, that could be a good thing. Could be a bad thing too.

      • trr

        And they had enough on Braun to have him cave in, a far cry from 2 years ago when he looked in the camera and lied like the scumbag he is. I think they’ve got enough on A-rod to get him to capitulate as well.

        None of this is anything to be happy about.
        A sad, sad day for the game I’ve played and loved all my life.

        • Gonzo

          I’m a glass half full guy. It’s possible that someone’s life was saved by all this stuff. Considering the side effects and all amateur drug dealers out there, that’s not far-fetched.

          • Tom

            Wow, what a refreshing perspective.

            (and no that isn’t sarcasm)

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    With the lineup the way it’s been lately and the scheduling, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees got 3 or 4-hit. Or worse.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Boy, that was prophetic.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        I’d be parading around the fact that I was right a lot more if it weren’t so painfully obvious what was going to happen from a mile away…

  • RetroRob

    So Braun suspended for the remainder of the season, so obviously the 50, 100, etc. list it out the window.

    What will A-Rod agree to and when?

    • Gonzo

      I have to hand it to the reporters handling this case throughout. The CBA language was more flexible than most believed to be.

    • trr

      From what is being reported, the 65 games (the rest of the season) was a compromise.
      What this means for A-rod is unclear. At this point, it’s still speculation, but speculate away….

  • Pseudoyanks

    I lived in Dallas for two summers. “Freaking hot” doesn’t quite capture the hellish conditions.

    • RetroRob

      I believe the recent weather in New York would be considered winter in Dallas. I’ve actually never experience a Dallas summer, but I have a Houston summer and it’s brutal.

      • Pseudoyanks

        Never been to Houston, don’t think it will make my bucket list.

    • Ethan

      I used to live in Bangkok. Man, that was hot.

  • dkidd

    braun not appealing. does that mean the evidence mlb has gathered is substantial? starting to think a-rod never plays another game

    • RetroRob

      Nah. The Union would not allow a lifetime ban, and on what grounds? No reason for A-Rod to accept it either.

      • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

        I have trouble seeing the union banding together for someone as unlikeable as ARod.

        • Betty Lizard

          Thank the gods “likeability” isn’t a condition for collective bargaining rights.

          • trr

            Quite so, Betty

      • Dan

        This isn’t the union of 1995-2004. These aren’t the same players who turned a blind eye and fought against drug testing and suspensions tooth and nail. The impression I get based on what several MLB reporters have written, is that the current clean players hate the cheaters, because they’re taking away from their sources of money and their opportunity to play in the Majors. Don’t expect the union to go to the mattresses to defend Alex on this.

        Alex, on the other hand, would never agree to a lifetime ban. He’d have every incentive to fight it tooth and nail, and in court if necessary. MLB will decide what they want to do, and they’ll probably settle, and probably on a larger number of games than what Braun got.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      T.J. Quinn
      ?@TJQuinnESPN
      Source also tells OTL evidence provided about A-Rod is “far beyond” what Bosch gave them re Braun.

    • aRX

      Thats the thing that gets me. Even with a positive test, he found a loophole/technicality and walked. He has a powerful union behind him, and yet he takes 65? No way that happens unless they got him dead to rights.

      A-Rod could get hammered.

  • yeayo

    The corpse of Hafner in the lineup….ugh.

    • trr

      Any over under on how many times he K’s tonight?

      • WhittakerWalt

        If he doesn’t get pinch-hit for, I predict 3. First two times he’ll swing over the top of that breaking ball down-and-in that he always swings at. Third time he’ll take a BP fastball right down the middle, because he’ll have mind-fucked himself so bad he doesn’t know what to do.

  • Devil Dawgs

    Sell!!Get the prospects, resign Cano,and lets go!!!We are way to old
    to compete!

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

    So what will it take to have a negativity-less thread for one ball game? Beer for everyone?

    • trr

      Works for me!
      C’mon Pronk
      Knock it out of the park, Cruz!

    • RetroRob

      Can’t remember. Even when the team wins people complain.

      Many Yankee fans have a loser mentality.

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

        Yeah well, the fact that we can’t have a positive thread drives some of us nuts.

  • OldYanksFan

    I’d bet even money ARod gets a 150 game suspension.
    If so, it would be GREAT for the Yankees if it started in 2014.
    That would allow him to play this year, where he could help the team, and since the money saved for a suspension does NOT count against the salary cap, this would give the Yankees about $22.5m more to spend next year. This would make it easier to make the $189m line, and have enough money to get a player more productive than ARod (for 2014).

    • trr

      Also, I remember reading that the team can get 80% of his salary back this year from insurance if he’s out past Aug 1, can anyone confirm that

      Man, we are vultures picking apart his contract

      • Elton Cod

        Who cares if they get the 80% back? It’s not like the Steinbrenners are going to invest that money back into the team – they’ve already established they want to spend less so they can buy more vacation homes or whatever it is they do.

        • OldYanksFan

          ?YANKEES Opening Day payroll
          (Major League contracts plus pro-rated signing bonuses):
          ?2013: $228,106,125

          Yup… the Steinettes are some cheap bastards.

    • RetroRob

      I’d have to see evidence they plan to spend. Recent Hal moves suggest he’s pocket the money.

      • kenthadley

        This. These guys have been Wilponing the team since the old man died.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Their payroll this year is higher than it’s ever been before.

  • Eddard

    Nova’s our #2. This is a must win with him on the mound. Good start to the game with Gardy on.

  • OldYanksFan

    Anyone else with the Extra Innings package that has this game starting at 8:00 PM?

  • Elton Cod

    I don’t really care about Braun one way or another – but now Kruk is bitching about how Braun lied to him. It’s one thing to lie, but it’s another thing to lie to John Kruk! A baseball legend! The outrage!

    Now I have to like Braun a little bit, just because he did something petty to make Kruk feel indignant.

    • RetroRob

      I’d be happy if Joe Morgan returned to replace John Kruk.

    • SellTheFarmRay

      Which is worse, lying to John Kruk or not paying proper homage to Luis Gonzalez during batting practice?

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      Kruk doesn’t have the balls to say it to Braun’s face

      • trr

        I see what you did there

  • OldYanksFan

    Rays up on the Sawks 1-0, top of the 1st.

  • SellTheFarmRay

    Did they disclose what Braun’s specific violations were? IE, what was he using and when? For some reason, I have a different reaction to something that was done 3 years ago versus something that’s ongoing.

  • nycsportzfan

    I’m so sick and tired of these scumbag athletes. Sorry to the ones who actually do things the right way, but these pukes who think they are actually worth this ridiculous money when they know they are using performance enhancing drugs to improve there numbers.

    It should be simple. If you get caught, ur current employer has the option to void ur current contract completley, as they cheated to get the money.

    • Rich

      You telling Me if someone tells you take this pill and you can make 12 million dollars, you wouldn’t do it. Please. They are only harming themselves.frankly I’m happy cuz this might give the Yankees the ability to get out of all that money

    • Elton Cod

      This is a dumb opinion.

      Players do not get paid for adhering to moral codes.

      Players get paid because they generate profits for the people who own teams and run the league, and people who own TV networks etc.

      Players are in fact worth that ridiculous money because the profits they generate are ridiculous.

      It doesn’t matter whether or not McGwire or Sosa ‘cheated’. Their race to 61 generated shitloads of revenue. They deserved a share of that revenue – a greater share than they got.

      • Rich

        Completely agree. The moral media police are the biggest hypocrites society has especially when they would take every edge imaginable.

    • kenthadley

      When you remember that Arod negotiated his contract based on the fact that he was the “clean” homerun champ, and at the same time knew how dirty he was, you realize that the penalties for him CANT be too severe. He not only BS’d the Yanks out of millions, but he did it to the fans also. To think these guys have the audacity to challenge Ruth and Maris’ records is nauseating.

      • Rich

        I don’t care about any of that. He did what every person would do, to do whatever it takes to get the most money and then cover up the lie.

        • kenthadley

          If every person would do it, why are the current players supporting these penalties…did Jeter do it? Mo? Bernie? Every person with the morals of a rat would do it, not every person.

          • Rich

            Morals are the argument of people that have nothing else to argue. Plus btw how do you know Bernie or Jeter didn’t take greenies during the season back then. It’s the same shit, PED for an edge.

          • Dalek Jeter

            The ‘moral’ ‘gentleman’ who ‘always does things the right way’ and ‘the ultimate teammate’ Andy Pettitte says hi!

            • kenthadley

              Pettitte made a mistake and admitted it. You can’t compare his situation with Braun who destroyed anyone who disagreed with his defense, or Arod who negotiated a 250 million contract on a fraudulent premise that only he know about.

              • Dalek Jeter

                How do you know that Andy isn’t still using HGH? By your moral standard, a lie of omission is a lie nonetheless and the liar shouldn’t be trusted. It’s not like he came out and admitted that he took HGH on his own free will, he was caught using and admitted it.

                • Rich

                  Cause he’s part of the “core four” he is immune from everything. Shit, maybe he should go get some HGH to pitch out of the sixth inning

                • OldYanksFan

                  I agree…. However HGH is NOT a PED.
                  It’s like lumping Reefer in with Crack.

                  • Dalek Jeter

                    Human Growth Hormone is a drug used by athletes to enhance their body’s performance by speeding up it’s recovery time. Performance Enhancing Drug.

        • trr

          I feel sorry for you Rich. Perhaps you are describing your own moral-less mindset, but you sure as hell don’t speak for me or many others here

    • Bo Knows

      cheating at a game make these guys scumbags, nevermind the abusers, murderers, bigots, rapists, thieves, drug dealers, that douchebag that cut you off in traffic

      • Rich

        Like anything else in life, if given the chance, I would take it and laugh all the way to the bank. Look at Melky, he got suspended and made 12 million guaranteed, that’s a fair trade

  • Cy Pettitte

    screwed by the 2nd base ump again

  • Bo Knows

    That is so stupid, take away every player’s stats who are busted? Where does it end, because if you do that then you best take away every player who used a spitter, every drunk, addict, racist…etc

  • Elton Cod

    John Kruk’s ranking of evils in the world:
    1. Baby killers
    2. Baseball steroid users
    3. Terrorists
    4. Sex criminals

    • Dalek Jeter

      1. Yankee Steroid users
      2. Baseball steroid users
      3. The Yankees
      4. Baby Killers
      5. Terrorists

      Fixed it for you.

      • Gonzo

        John Kruk, he’s soft on sex criminals.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I’m not saying it’s because he is one…but I’m also not saying he’s not.

          • Bo Knows

            He hasn’t denied the allegations that we pulled out of our asses (pun intended…..OOOOh MYY!) but we’ll just assume he is

    • Crime Dog

      5. Diet Soda

  • nycsportzfan

    How can such a money making bussiness be so fucked up that Alex Rodriguez is able to keep this contract even though hes been caught cheating, which basically means, he cheated to get the money?

    Its absoulutley the easiest way to stop this ever. You simply void there contracts completely, if you want.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Say you’re Scott Boras, why in gods name would you ever allow Alex Rodriguez to sign a contract with a single cause that allows the Yankees to void the contract. Especially a ‘steroid clause’ in 2007 after the whole steroids thing came out before hand.

      • Elton Cod

        You would do it for the morality of it! This is how things used to be when you bought bubblegum cards and looked on the back and saw an asterisk next to ’61′ BECAUSE IT WAS CHEATING TO PLAY MORE GAMES, IT WAS AN INSULT TO BABE RUTH AND BASEBALL AND AMERICA. You signed contracts for the morality of it not for the mutual self-interest. Lou Gehrig, for instance, never signed a contract. He just shook hands with the owner before every year. All Lou needed to do was shake hands and look you in the eye. So much trust and integrity and gamesmanship, that handshake meant more than any printed words and signature could ever mean.

        • Rich

          Back then they had other “handshake agreements” too like the reserve clause and no black players on baseball.

          • Elton Cod

            Exactly. Back when everything was just and good. No DH and no interleague either. A more honorable world.

    • awy

      ‘cheating’ is not a legal offense. not going to the ballpark and perform is a more serious offense. there’s nothing wrong here.

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    “Last week, Weiner said that the MLBPA wouldn’t fight for any players who might be suspended when faced with overwhelming evidence that they used performance-enhancing drugs.”

    For those of you who think the union will automatic back these guys up.

    “TJQuinnESPN
    Source also tells OTL evidence provided about A-Rod is “far beyond” what Bosch gave them re Braun.”

    Now that NYDN story of MLB giving A-Rod 150 game deal is a lot less strange.

    Wow! Just think if MLB is going for the big Strike 3 on A-Rod a life time ban.

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      I guess if your A-Rod and your facing 150 games or a lifetime ban you might as well roll the dice in arbitration since your career is probably over regardless.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        I’m not sure he’d put all that money at risk to try to salvage whatever might be left of his career.

  • wow

    Remember when Darvish was risky and not worth the investment? Those were the days.

  • Cy Pettitte

    1-0 and this game feels over already.

  • Anderson Silva

    It’s amazing that Hafner, Wells and Overbay still have a job with this team. What a joke.

    • Cy Pettitte

      it’s not like there’s anyone better in the system that could replace them right now

      • kenthadley

        No…Cashman has run the system to his creed since 2006. All those problems are over….we are full of talent. George was the problem before…now we are supreme…..what? no?

  • Rich

    Btw guys. Von Miller of the Broncos was suspended four games for PEDs too, where is the outrage

    • krk

      I’ve seen no report claiming his suspension is specifically for PEDs and not any other controlled substance.

  • dkidd

    “watching” on gameday

    how does nova look so far?

  • Dalek Jeter

    I wonder if MLB/Selig realizes they’re doing their image just as much harm as good with this steroid bullshit. Sure, make the game as clean as possible, but when you’re making deals with shady people and dragging players through the mud left and right for a year before taking any kind of action you’re not making yourself look good.

    • Eddard

      As Gene Hackman said in Mississippi Burning, these people are crawling out of the sewers, maybe the gutters are where we outta be. Nobody cares what MLB is doing to get the info. The players are guilty and they got their man today.

      • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        Wow I think I actually agree with Eddard.

        I need a drink.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Yeah? I think it makes them look grimey and vindictive…but I guess the winners get to write history, huh?

          • Crime Dog

            I think that in 20-30 years, this’ll be looked at as a disgrace and an embarrassment for what MLB has done. History won’t look upon what and how they’ve gotten their evidence well.

          • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

            Dude we all know that MLB probably knew about the riod problem and did nothing. Still once the genie was out of the bottle players should just no better and stop.

            MLB told these guys the party is over they now choose to continue clearly knowing what might happen.

  • Eddard

    If they do suspend A-Rod I hope it’s a lifetime ban and the Yankees can recoup that contract. Then they’ll be able to re-sign Robbie and get another impact bat. Could be the best result that A-Rod is gone for life.

    • your mom

      Who’s your other “impact” bat?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    How’d the run score? How many XBH Nova give up?

    • Eddard

      Walked Kinsler, he stole 2nd even though he was out. Another blown call by the 2nd base ump allowed Beltre to drive him in with a single. He’s allowed no XBH’s.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Thanks.

  • Rich

    Is there a worst everday player than Luis Cruz?

    • Steve

      Not anymore

    • jedua

      Eduardo Nunez says hi

  • Cy Pettitte

    3 innings, 0 hits, 30 pitches. sigh.

  • Cy Pettitte

    another one bites the dust. see ya Cruz.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nice catch.
    And yet another injury.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Luis Cruz’s ACL might have just exploded.

  • Bo Knows

    Nunez, that’s one you have to get

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

    Hopefully he’s fine.

    He stayed in the game. (Of course after Almonte, who knows)

  • Frank

    Cruz my not hit but gotta admit he’s very good defensively.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Literally 20 hours after botching a play that I make.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Overall, he’s looked good defensively.
        That play was brutal though.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I agree, I just sorta felt like being a dick.

  • Frank

    And then there’s Nunez.

  • Dalek Jeter

    For those curious because I was:

    “MLB did not announce specifically what violations Braun committed. Instead, it merely stated that he was suspended for the remainder of the season for violating the Joint Drug Agreement in the Basic Agreement, and that he had agreed to it.”

    From the Milwaukee Sentinel.

  • Alex

    I’m sitting here listening to Sutcliff bitch and moan how players like Wally Joyner didn’t have a chance to make more all-star games because of guys like Rodriguez. But where is Sutcliffs proof that those same guys didn’t use steroids, just because ou were not caught doesn’t mean you were not juicing. You can’t just summarily dismiss every big name star in the 90s. There where a ton more players other then Arod to use steroids but since they retired before the Balco scandal and were not tested doesn’t mean they are clean and deserve praise. Also Selig alone with every MLB exec know about steroids and ignored it so I wish Bud would get of his high horse and stop pretending that he is the moral conscience of baseball. Sorry for the mini rant, had to get it out of my system.

    • Crime Dog

      Wally Joyner ADMITTED that he used steroids that Caminitti gave him. I’m so glad I’m not listening to Sutcliffe right now.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Hahaha, god damn Sutcliffe is an idiot.

      • Alex

        I wish I wasn’t watching espn either but I live in the Texas market and just can’t stomach Texas commentators. They have a tendency to put me to sleep.

      • FORMER ACE MannyGeee

        I wish. NAY… I would have given my first born son to have seen Boone come out during Sutcliffe’s Wally Joyner diatribe and tell him that Joyner admitted to using PEDs. Would have been the best TV ever.

      • FORMER ACE MannyGeee

        In case anyone was wondering, link (because I was wondering):

        http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....#038;num=7

    • Dalek Jeter

      Yes. I agree with this. I would love for it to come out that a Sutcliff or a Kruk used greenies or someshit that are basically PEDs.

    • Bo Knows

      Arod was going to make ASG whether he juiced or didn’t, Wally Joyner?

  • your mom

    The way Darvish is dominating, that 1 run will probably hold up for the win.

  • Anderson Silva

    I feel confident in saying they will get no-hit tonight. They are not touching Darvish, not with this joke of a lineup.

    • Frustrated

      You cannot call this team a joke. Jokes are funny and entertaining. This team is worse than a B-rated horror film.

      • ExitCashman

        Hobo with a Shotgun would work

    • FORMER ACE MannyGeee

      Are you sure you’re not dalelama? It was a very pathetic proclamation, sounded like something dude would say

  • Frustrated

    I think we are witnessing a no hitter. Just gets worse.

    • your mom

      At least it’s not a perfect game.

  • your mom

    Holy shit I’m getting fucking sick of this Ryan Braun news.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Is this the first time in baseball history that a pitcher hit the first batter and then threw a perfect 9 innings? The Ruth game started with a walk.

  • ExitCashman

    I am so tired of these blown calls game after game. When are we going to get instant replay? Not only do you need to make the play in baseball, you need to convince some old self-important schmuck that you did. What a load of crap. Fuck the umpires and their union.

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

    Guys, its 1 run, not 7.

    Same on getting sick of the Ryan Braun news.

  • your mom

    Who did Leonys Martin hit 2 HRs against earlier this year? Was it Feces or Hughes?

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

      Hughes I believe.

      • your mom

        It was Kuroda.

  • Eddard

    That one run is going to be the difference just like it was last night. They will have been screwed out of two Ws by the umps.

  • forensic

    Well, this thread is about what I expected. 90% steroids, 10% game.

    Glad I missed that part, not that there’s much to talk about regarding the game yet.

  • Alex

    ESPN has all these outlets for news, maybe they should stop hijacking this game with Braun.

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

      It’s ESPN. Give them sports tabloid type news, they’ll Hawk it till 3 AM.

      • ExitCashman

        The Rangers have the only manager in MLB that’s been busted for drug violation. Discuss.

        • FORMER ACE MannyGeee

          They’ll cover it after the public lynching of A Rod.

  • ExitCashman

    Mike noted that Overbay had worst offensive game in MLB this year last night. His predecessor, Tex, had that distinction last season. Some things never change.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Tex was 2nd worst. Kotchman had a worse game.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        And Chris Davis was the third worst, in a game in which he was the winning pitcher.

  • Bo Knows

    Is that Nolan ryan’s grandson? Any chance he can pitch/hit? This team needs help

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    So not a no-hitter.

  • Dalek Jeter

    yay we won’t be no-hit.

  • Cy Pettitte

    at least they won’t be getting no hit tonight

  • forensic

    A hit!!!

  • your mom

    Yay!!!!! No hitter is not a possibility any more.

  • Bo Knows

    no hitter over bitches

  • Hall and Nokes

    Way to honor Mo with that cheap hit.

  • ExitCashman

    CC said he was embarrassed last night? Then he should have told Joe to pull him and done us all a favor.

    • FORMER ACE MannyGeee

      Get over it. Today is a new day

  • forensic

    Is there some sort of contractual obligation that they have to show Nolan Ryan 400 times a game and talk about him for half of it???

    It’s so annoying.

    • your mom

      Just be glad none of the Bushs are there too.

  • Warren

    Listening to this commentary is so painful.

    • FORMER ACE MannyGeee

      Insufferable

    • your mom

      Watching the righties against Darvish is fucking painful. We need another bloop hit.

    • forensic

      I assume that’s the ESPN broadcast? YES is boring with their pairing, but at least it’s not overly painful.

  • ExitCashman

    Wow, Sutcliffe has got to be the most annoying announcer I’ve ever heard. The guy is up there with Hawk Harrelson, except someone stuffed cotton in his mouth.

    • your mom

      No one is worse than the Hawk. How can White Sox fans tolerate his bullshit???

    • FORMER ACE MannyGeee

      At least Hawk will break from the preaching to be interesting or funny for 30 seconds a game. Sutcliffe is just brutal.

  • MP

    Too many dang homers.

  • nycsportzfan

    These guys are fucking garbage! They look goofy against the fastball. Every AB , they look the exact same, like its the first time they seen it. Freaking pathetic as fuck! How is it possible some of these guys are MLB players?

  • Alex

    I love how ESPN and Fox conviently forgot that Ortiz was implicated in steroid use a couple years ago.

  • forensic

    So, neither team can keep track of the number of outs?

    • forensic

      And now they’re joking about not having their heads in the game?

  • your mom

    Nova’s looked good. Should be tied at 0.

  • Eddard

    This game is going to be 1-0, folks. And nothing at all will happen to that 2nd base ump if he ends up being the difference in the ballgame. He won’t be reprimanded, he won’t be fired, and he’ll probably work the World Series.

    • FORMER ACE MannyGeee

      A little dramatic, but yeah. That missed call was huge.

  • stuart a

    some positive comments for a change…

    Nova is legit, he is a major league starter for sure. homegrown and his curve more is really good.

    addtl good news is hafner will not be on the team next year or cruz or joba or other dreck. I do not see them scroing tonight unless cano or gardner do something…

    games like this are why losing last night kills…stolen bases calls have not been good to the yanks the last 24 hours, last nights call was much more blatant…

    • Winter

      Keep in mind that Nova also looked legit in the second half of 2011, then completely imploded in 2012 and the start of 2013.

  • FORMER ACE MannyGeee

    Wow, nice catch from Nelson Cruz to rob Gardner.

  • ExitCashman

    SAP: Steroid Assisted Play

  • Winter

    So I just got here, saw from some comments that the ump got the Rangers’ RBI. Can anyone explain?

    • Dalek Jeter

      The 2nd basemen may have blown a call involving Kinsler stealing second when he might have been(probably was) out, and Kinsler then came around to score.

      • Dalek Jeter

        2nd base ump*

    • Oy

      According to Sterling, Kinsler’s steal was a bang/bang play. Cano argued, Joe went to the field. Kinsler ended up scoring.

      • Dalek Jeter

        bang/bang is an overstatement he was out by about half a second.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I hate this commercial.

  • Oy

    When is Manny expected to be up? If we’re loosing, might as well be entertained. http://www.theonion.com/articl.....kno,33166/

  • FORMER ACE MannyGeee

    Gee has a no hitter going through 6….

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

      Yeah, its been extremely hard for me to go between games because of that.

    • Winter

      Not anymore…

  • Dalek Jeter

    He looked out from that second to last angle…that one was really close though.

  • your mom

    Double to Soto? Bad Nova, bad! Game over?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Gardner took a Granderson-esc route to that ball.

  • Cy Pettitte

    once again, sigh.

  • Kyle

    UNWATCHABLE. Thanks Steinbrenner & Co.

  • your mom

    Good throw. I’m surprised the ump called him out.

  • your mom

    Where the fuck was this Overbay last night?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Darvish looks good in this rehab start. I’d say he’s ready to go back to the club.

    • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

      Haha…*cries*

  • forensic

    Couldn’t have done any of this last night, Overbay?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Thanks Wash.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Please go to Neal. Don’t let Hafner hit here, and don’t use Lillibridge again…

  • your mom

    Pinch hitter?

  • Cy Pettitte

    let’s see if they can string together 5 or 6 more singles/walks.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Why is Hafner being allowed to hit here? Why’d we call up Neal just plant him on the bench?

    • Conor in China

      I agree. Can’t have Hafner facing lefties in key spots.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    I’m so glad that Cashman was fiscally responsible and didn’t waste any money signing Darvish.

    • stuart a

      yep another after the fact GM. shrewd.. Texas gave him over $25 mill more then anyone else einstein…

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Nothing ventured, nothing gained moron.

        By the end of this season, he likely will have earned about $50 million of the $112 it cost to sign him in posting fees and salary.

  • Cy Pettitte

    they’re letting Hafner hit? hahahah, Joe G has completely given up.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    So why is Neal even on the roster?

  • forensic

    Ross has a huge reverse split this season. Hopefully it works in Hafner’s favor here.

    • forensic

      Of course not. Hafner’s suckiness overcomes Ross’ suckiness against lefties.

  • SDB

    That was a fun rally.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lmfao that was stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. How do you let Hafner hit there? unreal

  • your mom

    Wow. Just wow. Why the fuck am I surprised? Good call Joe.

  • Eddard

    Romine would have been a better option in that spot. DFA Hafner.

    • your mom

      Not really.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Yeah, figures.

  • fabricio

    can we please get rid of hafner he doesnt do shit anymore!!!

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Hafner is doing worse then Vernon. Didn’t think that was possible.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I bet Girardi will say something stupid in the postgame like “I really thought Hafner gave us the best chance to knock one out there for 3 runs” meanwhile Hafner since May 1, coming into tonight: .174/.255/.299

    • your mom

      LOL

    • stuart a

      he will say he took a walk earlier in the game..

      seeing the ball better.

      hafner is fuckin awful…

    • Dalek Jeter

      I’d really like to see a reporter say something along the lines of “with Hafner’s struggles this season against LHP (gives numbers) and his struggles the last few months (gives the slash you just posted) why was he allowed to hit there?” Instead of just “How come no pinch hitter for Hafner?”

  • stuart a

    wow. nice dp by hafner. he is now officially friggin awful

    i like vernon swinging on a 3 and 0 count.. girardi allowed to tell any guy over 30 to take? Vernon wells has not hit a homer in like 50 games and gets a extra base hit as often as andrus gets the green light.

    what does thomas neal or mesa need to do to get a AB against a lefty over Pronk? Hold Girardi hostage…

    at this point enough with the defering to Pronk, you pinch hit Lillibridge for him the other day.

    offense firing on all cylinders tonight…

  • http://frankmarcopolos.com ThisTimeLinda

    How bad does Cash-Man want MLB to suspend A-Roid for 200 games by yesterday?

  • ExitCashman

    I believe that Travis Hafner acquired damaging photos from Sergio Mitre and Chad Gaudin.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Pete Abraham accuses Yankees of felony insurance fraud:

    “Given news today, A-Rod’s “quad strain” strains the bounds of believability.”

    • Dalek Jeter

      His hate for A-Rod is almost comical.

    • Widget

      You know what else is strained? His belt.

    • Bo Knows

      It makes sense that a billion dollar empire is going commit a major felony just to keep a guy they dislike out of the house

      • ExitCashman

        Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s insurance proceeds. That’s the 2nd commandment he’s busted on.

    • forensic

      He has an absurd level of hate for A-Rod.

      Truthfully though, the way the whole thing went down even has me questioning the Yankees motives and treatment of their players (though I’m sure some of it is just frustration that he’s not back now and likely won’t be in San Diego in a week and a half).

      • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

        Why does he hate ARod?

        • Dalek Jeter

          Why does anybody hate A-Rod? He’s got more money than god and comes across as aloof, arrogant, and out of touch with the media and therefore the fans as well.

          • Dan

            And don’t forget that he sucks at baseball now, while still being under a huge contract that the yanks signed him to while they were under the impression that he was clean, when he almost certainly did steroids for his whole career. And then he acted with contrition upon being caught only to be busted again. And was a choke artist before that aside from the 2009 post season.

  • Wheels

    Crap.

  • The Walking Injured

    At what point does Haf get the axe, he’s been completely useless for several months now. Call up Dan Johnson or Randy Ruiz. Sell off the spare parts for some fringe prospects at this point to a team that actually stands a chance at ending the year with a plus run diff or a winning record.

    • ExitCashman

      Randy Ruiz? The one that cheated in the NY Marathon?

      • The Walking Injured

        Couldn’t be much worse than options on this Railriders North team.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that ball was steroid assisted

  • ExitCashman

    SAH: Steroid Assisted Homer.

    • The Walking Injured

      However A-Rod and Braun are the poster children for Bio-genesis, seldom is Cruz’ name mentioned despite his connection.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        His suspension is coming. Be patient.

  • your mom

    Nice to see the steroids have paid off, eh Cruz?

  • stuart a

    btw this game is over. yanks would not score runs if they played 27 innings…

    yanks hit a homer about 7 days ago…

    • Winter

      Yankees scored 7 runs in as many innings yesterday. But you’re right, it’ll probably take them 27 innings to score just one now.

  • forensic

    I hate how two or three run deficits feel like it’s game over with this offense.

  • Bo Knows

    Pretty decent start by Nova, too bad this offense can’t score, and Joe is waving the fat white flag (Joba)

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Bright side: Nova has put together some good starts.

  • your mom

    Nunie has looked so overmatched today.

    • trr

      Nunie has looked so overmatched

  • TJF

    After seeing the wheels fall off the season (lucky it was even this watchable) I think the Yanks should be sellers at the deadline and seriously look at completely rebuilding.

    Sell high on Cano and other vets that might help someone down the stretch and retool with young players and top notch prospects.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Yankees playing a team 1-7 in their last 8 and look completely non-competitive. just sad.

  • your mom

    I just noticed that there aren’t many “sell” posts tonight. Did we get it all out earlier today?

    • ExitCashman

      Sell what? Anyone who thinks that the Yanks will trade Hiroki is nuts. He won’t approve the trade, and they blow any chance of signing him next year. They won’t trade Cano unless there is zero chance they can sign him long-term. What else is left? Hughes and Joba will get us an exploding rosin bag and a used rubber.

      • forensic

        The exploding rosin bag could at least make for some entertainment.

        • your mom

          So is Hughes or Joba using the rubber to explode the rosin bag?

    • Oy

      After the barrage of “trade Joba” posts, I’m surprised of not seeing any “trade Pronk” posts.

      • ExitCashman

        Trade Pronk? For what, some jury duty?

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          I think that was the point.

        • Oy

          Pronk, Hughes and Joba for Taveras, Wacha and Miller.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Hey! Joba got the 8th inning role back!

  • Duh Injuries

    Why is Luis Cruz playing at 3B every day or almost every day and why is Chris Stewart still the everyday catcher?

    The following Yankees should be playing every day:

    Romine at C
    Nunez at SS
    Adams called up again at 3B
    Mesa (let’s see what he can do) in LF

    The Yanks should give these young players as many plate appearances as possible.

    The starting nine should be two-thirds homegrown now (the above four, Cano, and Gardner) and 7/9ths homegrown when Almonte returns (Almonte LF, Mesa to RF, Suzuki to DH, Hafner traded or released.)

    • Oy

      I think they are still trying to win games.

      Romine:.174 wOBA, -1 wRC+
      Nunez: .270 wOBA 65 wRC+
      Adams: .244 wOBA 47 wRC+
      Mesa: .311 wOBA 86 Wrc+ in AAA.

    • WhittakerWalt

      You must want to lose 100 games.

  • forensic

    That was pretty bad Nunez.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Stonehands misses the tag.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    For a catcher, Stewart looks pretty frail. That uniform looks huge on him.

  • your mom

    Nunie. WTF kind of lazy ass tag was that? Not that it matters though. Why is Texas stealing anyways? I though it was an unwritten rule that you can’t steal bases when you have a dominating lead?

    • The Walking Injured

      ietc

  • your mom

    WTF? Nathan with the facial hair. Looks like he should be hunting Moby Dick.

  • ExitCashman

    Nathan would be a good pickup for us considering that Mo is retiring. You think they’d take some of our top prospects, 1st round picks for him, (Cito Culver, Dante Bichette, Jr. and Slade Heathcott) plus the untouchables in the potential Lee deal (Nunez and Adams) and our two top pitching prospects in the last decade (Joba and Hughes) in a 7 for 1?

    • BFDeal

      Adams wasn’t untouchable (he was injured) and Seattle preferred Smoak over Montero. If you’re going to bitch every night, at least get your history correct.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Gardy’s really been padding his P/PA stats lately.

  • your mom

    No “Yankees suck” chant tonight?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Texas Fans>>Boston Fans.

    • The Walking Injured

      It’s true, I’d just tip my hat to them.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    Gardner’s 14 pitch a/b leading off the 9th was a thing of beauty regardless of the outcome. Nathan is already gassed. Too bad we’re probably not going to be able to capitalize on it.

  • SDB

    Until Gardy’s last PA, this was as pathetic as the 90-something pitch shutout against Derek Holland.

  • The Walking Injured

    Did we actually expect a win?

  • The Walking Injured

    Trade Pronk, Joba, and Cashman for Chopper, the AAA Braves mascot. Get it done Hal!

  • Duh Injuries

    8/9ths homegrown if the Yanks replace Hafner with Mustelier if/when Mustelier is healthy enough.

    All-homegrown if they start Corbin Joseph at 1B (Romine-C, Joseph-1B, Cano-2B, Adams-3B, Nunez-SS, Almonte-LF, Gardner-CF, Mesa-RF, Mustelier-DH, bench is Stewart, Overbay, Lillibridge, and Suzuki, release Wells.)

    • LK

      I see you’re citing the little-known “if you have 9 homegrown players in the lineup the other team has to forfeit” rule.

      • WhittakerWalt

        PLAY THE KIDS!
        And lose 4 out of every 5 games!

    • BFDeal

      So you don’t mind losing with homegrown player, huh? Moron.

  • your mom

    Can’t wait for tomorrow’s loss game.

  • forensic

    Well, that sure was an enjoyable game.

  • Pego

    I’m always an apologist for this organization. But running out this lineup every night is an abomination. You, as a franchise, expect us to pay prices that far exceed any other team. And we are willing to do that, because we have grown accustomed to a certain level of success. And I’m not saying you have to win a World Series every year. And I am well aware of the myriad of debilitating injuries that have occurred this year.

    But to not use your financial advantages in the draft and IFA (which no longer exist). To not going out in free agency the last few seasons and making a true effort to improve the team. To cutting payroll to get under the magic tax number in 2014. If you want us to lower expectations, tell us. Lower ticket prices, sell at the deadline, and rebuild. That’s fine. But do not insult our intelligence.

    You decided, after making several huge money signings, that you wanted to stop doing that. And look at where that has gotten us. The injury excuse only goes so far. We’re missing players in the last years of their careers, a player who’s performance has declined each year, a player who strikes out 195 times last year, and fucking Cervelli. That’s what we’re missing right now. With them, we’re not winning a championship. And their replacements are either over the hill or belong in the minor leagues. The fact that we aren’t 10 games under .500 is a miracle.

    If we should have different expectations for the Yankees going forward, I’m fine with that. But you don’t want us to. You want us to think we’re still going to be a contender every year. Well, based on the decisions you’ve made in the last few years, that won’t be the case for much longer.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      +1000

  • SDB

    Upside: The Yankees got one more hit than the Red Sox tonight!

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Beat me to it. The best hitting team in the ML looked worse than us tonight.

  • 28 this year

    This Yankees lineup is so bad, Zach Greinke this year even if he had 600 ABs would probably have better numbers than everyone but Gardner and Cano. I just noticed how great he has been hitting after the FanGraphs article. Not sustainable but still better than anything the Yankees have.

  • Nathan

    This team keeps finding ways to let me down. And I have pretty low expectations right about now.

  • bringbackthebullpencar

    Carlos Pena just got DFA..at least he can play the field…release Pronk

  • stuart a

    carlos pena idea not horrible. obviously him being a lefty is a probelm but hell the guy can hit a home run on occassion.

    grilli may have gotten hurt tonight. joba to the pirates for ; tabata, or some other players!!!why not?