Game 122: Stay Hot

(Jim Rogash/Getty)

(Jim Rogash/Getty)

The Yankees have won six of their last eight games, including a blowout win over the Red Sox in the series opener on Friday night. The offense is firing on all cylinders thanks in large part to the molten hot Alfonso Soriano, who is doing a mean David Justice impersonation as the club tries to claw its way back into the playoff race.

New York will look to continue their recent hot streak with not just their best pitcher on the mound this afternoon, with one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. Hiroki Kuroda has been masterful all season but especially of late, posting a 0.94 ERA and 2.08 FIP in 48 innings across his last seven starts. He’s held batters to a .215/.253/.267 batting line during that time. That’s basically Chris Nelson as a Yankee (.222/.243/.278). Yeah, Kuroda’s been awesome.

Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is sending out there against right-hander John Lackey. He’s allowed 18 runs in his last 32.2 innings (4.96 ERA). Let’s hope those struggles continue.

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. 3B Alex Rodriguez
  6. DH Curtis Granderson
  7. SS Eduardo Nunez
  8. 1B Lyle Overbay
  9. C Chris Stewart

And, like I said, Kuroda is on the mound.

It’s a little cloudy in Boston but there is no threat of rain. Not too hot, not too cold, not too humid … pretty great day for baseball. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 4pm ET and can be seen on FOX. FOX plus Fenway Park usually equals pain for the Yankees, but I’m feeling good about this one. Enjoy the game.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. acb says:

    Thank god Chris Stewart is still in the lineup especially after the night game. His bat is vital to the offences success. Lets hope he gets multiple bases loaded situations tonight.

  2. trr says:

    Scoring all these runs almost seems like an embarrassment of riches.
    Let’s keep it going and win this series TODAY

  3. Eddard says:

    Can’t lose a divisional ballgame with Hiroki on the mound. This is a must win. They got to Lackey last time when the lineup only went 3-4 deep. Now it goes 8 deep.

  4. Bo Knows says:

    I think Mike was right, the only way to keep Girardi from playing useless Stewart is to trade, that favorite toy.

  5. JonS says:

    WTF Girardi, play Romine!

  6. Get Phelps Up says:

    I’m going to say the first 2004 reference comes in the top of the 4th today.

  7. deedubs says:

    not that it makes a big difference, but any reason why Grandy isn’t in LF?

    more experience in Fenway, better overall defender than Sori, no?

    • forensic says:

      Granderson has actually played only two defensive innings in LF in Fenway, both in 2005, and didn’t have to make a single play out there.

      Even with his time in the NL, Soriano has more experience in LF there (even just based on last night).

    • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

      Also, I thought Soriano played the Green Monster really well last night for the most part and his stronger arm keeps runners from advancing quite a few times. Granderson might have the better range but that’s not really needed in Fenway left field.

  8. SeventhAce says:

    They need to beat the crap out of Lackey like the shit filled human pinata he is, all he does is run his mouth off and cry like a little baby when the strike zone isn’t going his way.

  9. forensic says:

    I’m pleasantly surprised that A-Rod is in the lineup again.

    I’m unpleasantly surprised (well, not really surprised I guess) that Stewart is in the lineup again.

  10. Good thing my FOX feed is all sorts of screwed up, I won’t be watching Tim McCarver have to be present.

  11. acb says:

    really hope Arod hits a monster homerun off lackey.

  12. forensic says:

    That’s basically Chris Nelson as a Yankee

    Good thing it’s not Chris Nelson as an Angel.

    Or worse, Chris Nelson against Boone Logan.

  13. Lukaszek says:

    Joe’s Chris Stewart fetish is a bit unnerving

  14. 28 this year says:

    Wow I hate these announcers. So annoying and useless

  15. Lukaszek says:

    I love how the announcers are verbally ejaculating over the Red Sox players

  16. Alfonso Soriano's Ancient Knees says:


  17. SeventhAce says:

    This is why I hate fucking Dustin Pedroia, how he always shows that face and looks at the UMP disappointingly whenever something is not called in his favor. Soriano was obviously safe, but yet he turns his head over like “c’mon!”. Stop bitching and just play.

  18. Gonzo says:

    I want a HR or a beaning here. Sad but true.

  19. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I could do without another Soriano belly flop back to the base today.

  20. Cy Pettitte says:

    if you guys think the announcers are bad today just wait for the ESPN broadcast tomorrow night

  21. Robinson Tilapia says:

    It’s Slightly Pleasant O’clock!

  22. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I think Ken Rosenthal thinks John Lackey’s a complete shit.

  23. forensic says:

    That was absolutely pitiful baserunning there Soriano.

  24. Gonzo says:

    Ken Rosenthal looks like the Six Flags guy grew some hair.

  25. Anderson Silva says:

    this team has to be the worst baserunning team in the league

  26. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

    Pretty sure Soriano’s going for a 40-40 season like it’s 2002 all over again.

  27. Anderson Silva says:

    Every RHB has reached, every LHB has made an out (or 2). Wonder what the binder has to say about that…

  28. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Randy Levine would have made A-Rod try to score in order to ruin his career.

  29. forensic says:

    “Good Going” for having a birthday? Is that like “Congratulations, you haven’t died yet!”?

  30. Gonzo says:

    Chris Stewart with the bases loaded? Reverse logic! Grand slam!

  31. SDB says:

    Can we pinch hit for Stewart?

  32. Anderson Silva says:

    Bases loaded for Stewart, whoever called for that gets the prize.

  33. Eddard says:

    Chris Stewart sucks again, what a surprise. They must break through!

  34. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Dana White is a Sox fan. Why am I not surprised.

  35. Eddard says:

    I said the lineup went 8 deep. Unfortunately, the 9th hitter came up in the biggest spot and failed once again. 3-4 runs might be enough for Hiroki today.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

      Again, how is this lineup 8 deep? Ichiro, Overbay, and Nunez were all in the lineup the last time they faced Lackey but that one was only 3-4 deep?

  36. Lukaszek says:

    Chris Stewart reminds me of Bear Grylls (the guy who drank his urine on television)

  37. vicki says:

    seriously though. if hirok doesn’t want to pitch next year maybe he’d like to play short for the yankees.

  38. forensic says:

    That ball was eminently catchable. Terrible baserunning followed by terrible defense for Soriano so far.

    He looked like Cano going to first on a groundball on that one…

  39. nsalem says:

    If Nava signed for 1 dollar. I wonder if it was check, a dollar bill or 2 rolls of pennnies.

  40. Anderson Silva says:

    now that’s pretty

  41. forensic says:

    Nice Cano.

  42. Cy Pettitte says:

    what a play by Cano to save a run

  43. Lukaszek says:

    Dear diary, today Cano was a pretty Diligent Dominican

  44. Get Phelps Up says:

    Robbie made that look so easy.

  45. SeventhAce says:

    So, aside from Cano…how many or which 2Bs get to that?

  46. Anderson Silva says:

    I honestly don’t get how binder guy Girardi can justify hitting Ichiro second against righties.

  47. forensic says:

    Yeah, McCarver.

    After next offseason, Yankees sign Ichiro to 9-year deal.

    Later that day, Mike Axisa is arrested after Randy Levine’s body is found in the Yankees’ Executive parking lot.

  48. Anderson Silva says:

    our lefties are trying to hit that curve off the ground. It is not working.

  49. Bo Knows says:

    I know John Lackey is ugly as hell, but quit trying to nail him baseballs and focus on getting hits

  50. forensic says:

    For some stupid reason, I was so excited thinking that this was the last time we’d have to hear McCarver tell the same dumb stories over and over again, and new ones that no one cares about.

    But then I checked and they still have two (!) more FOX games this season. They actually also still have another ESPN game after tomorrow.

    Aren’t both of those over the max allowed for one team on those networks in one season???

  51. Anderson Silva says:

    Sox are getting a bunch of bloop hits

  52. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I thought for sure Nuney would kill someone there. Nice attempt.

  53. vicki says:

    and then how did game 7 go, timmy?

  54. forensic says:

    Is McCarver just yelling at himself now?

  55. SeventhAce says:

    Damn it, Rob Schneider gets on base.

  56. Get Phelps Up says:

    Why is Victorino hitting right handed against a RHP?

    • Bo Knows says:

      It’s grittier

    • forensic says:

      I hadn’t even thought about it, but BR says he has 25 PA’s against righties as a righty just this season. I guess he’s used to it and does it against guys with certain repertoires.

      Maybe Kuroda’s splitter, which would move away from him as a lefty, is causing him to do it.

    • Steve says:

      He has a pulled hamstring that makes it difficult to swing lefty when he lunges at outside pitches

  57. Robinson Tilapia says:

    OK, you’re on base now. Slide back to the back with some grace, Sori. You can do it. You’re only 37 years old at this point.

  58. SeventhAce says:

    They should just IBB Sori…

  59. Anderson Silva says:

    to me, he looked clearly safe

  60. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Alfonso Soriano is a reverse-savant on the basepaths.

    For fuck’s sake…

  61. Bo Knows says:

    Soriano looked safe

  62. forensic says:

    And, he was safe, but no mention from McCarver (shockingly enough).

  63. Robinson Tilapia says:

    That was an Enrico Pallazo-level call on the strikeout there.

  64. 28 this year says:

    Soriano was safe but too bad the announcers are kissing pedroia’s ass

  65. Anderson Silva says:

    two bad calls in a row, sori was safe and that was not a strike. Umps are really trying to win this one for the red sox

  66. Get Phelps Up says:

    Of course Fox is too busy gushing over Pedroia to even notice that he was safe.

  67. Um, Fieldin Culbreth, he was safe.

    Tim McCarver supporting the Red Sox is so ridiculous.

  68. Mickey Scheister says:

    Sori was safe and A-Rod got called out on a ball six inches inside.

  69. Mickey Scheister says:

    He really wanted to call Grandy out there.

  70. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Surprised they didn’t call Curtis out there, plus give the Sox a run for it.

  71. Get Phelps Up says:

    3* stolen bases today.

  72. Fieldin Culbreth and Adrian Johnson owe us a run.

  73. Bo Knows says:

    surprised Ortiz didn’t go into his roid rage

  74. stuart a says:

    fox announcers do not even comprehend that Soriano was safe on the CS….

    the firs base running mistake on Soriano was big…

  75. your mom says:

    Fucking umps suck. It’s just really annoying that there was no mention Sori was safe either(like someone mentioned above). Fucking homer announcers. I mean really, there’s no way in hell we’ll win this game with shit calls like that.

  76. Now how important is that bad call?

    We’re now losing thanks to Fieldin Culbreth and Adrian Johnson.

  77. Elton Cod says:

    Only have the radio feed. I hear Soriano was safe on the stolen base. But before I heard that I was thinking – do we really need all these steal attempts? We have guys who can hit. Just get hits and walks. If you you get a few hits, you’ll score a run. Stealing a base might occasionally get you a run in some edge cases. But it just as likely will get you an out. If you get an out, you’re less likely to get more hits. Even if you still manage to get more hits, there will no longer be a runner to drive in. We’re no longer desperate for every hit to count. Just let the hits happen, stop being Mr. Manager.

    Soriano got himself picked off yesterday, almost got picked off a few other times yesterday, almost got picked off today, got ‘caught’ stealing, got tagged up on a line drive. Calm down, dude, just let A-Rod and Granderson advance you.

    This is still 1000 times better than four weeks ago, I just really want to sweep these fuckers.

  78. your mom says:

    Sit the fuck down Nava.

  79. Anderson Silva says:

    fuck Overbay.. what a shitty play. You have Ortiz running home, throw there.

  80. your mom says:

    WTF? was the ump even looking on that pitch?

  81. forensic says:

    That was pitiful Overbay.

  82. your mom says:

    Jesus fucking christ Overbay!!!!!!!

  83. Steve says:

    That was the umps fault too!

  84. Bo Knows says:

    these umps are fuckin blind

  85. Anderson Silva says:

    another bad call against the Yankees. Some people might think they are screwing the Yankees on purpose.

  86. SDB says:

    Bring on the review system.

  87. Robinson Tilapia says:

    “The ump….he wasn’t in the right position.”

    He was practically fondling Alex Rodriguez’s nuts. My ass.

  88. forensic says:

    Geez, ugly defense, ugly baserunning, ugly umpiring…

    This just doesn’t seem to be the Yankees day.

  89. your mom says:

    Fucking umps!!!!! Killing me! Fuck this game. We have no chance because of these fuck ass umps!

  90. Mickey Scheister says:

    Another TERRIBLE call. MLB doesn’t want the Yankees to get on any kinda run. Fucken bullshit.

    • Steve says:

      Yeah, MLB really doesn’t want their biggest money maker to make the playoffs and attract more viewers. And big calls never go the Yankees way, especially not in the playoffs. This ump conspiracy stuff is hilarious.

      • Mickey Scheister says:

        I just didn’t think it would be humanly possible for one to suck so much at life, these umps have proven me wrong. How would Selig look if A-Rod carried the Yankees to the WS?

        • Steve says:

          The same way he did in 2009, the same season he admitted using steroids and then put the team on his back en route to winning the World Series. Just a few years older now

          • Mickey Scheister says:

            Not the same. No looming suspension, no hearing pending. From “a lifetime ban” or “will use best interest in baseball clause to prevent Alex from playing during the appeals process”…yet here he is, on our television. Not the same at all my friend.

  91. forensic says:

    Well, at least Rosenthal can admit the terrible call at 2nd on the Soriano steal, even if McCarver still won’t acknowledge it.

  92. your mom says:

    Need this out Kuroda.

  93. your mom says:

    Fucking weak ass hit.

  94. forensic says:

    This is among the most aggravating innings of the season.

  95. Anderson Silva says:

    game over, umps win this one

  96. Widget says:

    Just wanted to add that allowing Nunez to play the field is some of the dumbest managing in the history of sports.

  97. Get Phelps Up says:

    Stupid umpire costs us a run.

  98. stuart a says:

    no big deal. why take out the human element. I go to the game to see the umps fuck up..

    no big deal.

    overbay nice play you jack ass….

  99. Karl Krawfid says:

    Lyle and the umps.

    Jesus Christ.

  100. Widget says:

    Fox games never go well. ALso fuck the clowns the in the booth. They are the most biased piles of crap ever.

  101. your mom says:

    How the heck did Kuroda get charges with all 3 earned runs?

  102. Cuso says:

    You should’ve just stepped on him, Alex

  103. your mom says:

    What????? He’s out????????????

  104. forensic says:

    So, I wonder what McCarver thinks Overbay should’ve done on that grounder.

    He hasn’t quite made it clear yet.

  105. forensic says:

    Very graceful, A-Rod.

  106. Wheels says:

    Relieved to see A-Rod didn’t get hurt there.

  107. your mom says:

    Time to tag this ugly fuck for some runs.

  108. Widget says:

    They needed this win to take this series. CC is getting bombed tomorrow and Dumpster will thrown a 4 hit gem.

  109. Wheels says:

    Here we go.

  110. fabricio says:

    good stuff stick swinging stewart lets start a rally !!!!

  111. your mom says:

    The shortest ground rule double ever.

  112. forensic says:

    2nd and 3rd, no outs, top of the order.

    Absolutely have to get at least those 2 runs home here.

  113. forensic says:

    What the hell was that at-bat, Gardner???

  114. Kosmo says:

    Chris Stewart is on fire !

  115. your mom says:

    Fuckin-A Gardner. Good patience there.

  116. Karl Krawfid says:

    Gardner swinging at the first pitch.

    And now Ichiro is up.

  117. Mickey Scheister says:

    John Lackey may be thinner but he’s still an ugly fuck.

  118. Mickey Scheister says:

    It didn’t look THAT spectacular ESPN, get off Pedorias nuts!

  119. vicki says:

    yes, it is difficult to make a routine grounder look difficult.

  120. your mom says:

    Good job Ichiro.

    Stupid announcers gushing over Pedroias’s def play. Wasn’t even that special.

    • SeventhAce says:

      I have it on mute and I had a feeling that they were all gushing and O-facing over that simple back hand stab…

  121. Wheels says:

    A run. That was good, I guess.

  122. Cuso says:

    Really? That was a “”verrrry difficult play?” And on his birthday no less?


  123. forensic says:

    “On his birthday, no less. Yeah!”

    What? Is it suddenly harder to play on your birthday? Is he thinking about what matchbox cars and Tonka trucks he’s going to get this year?

  124. fabricio says:

    it looks like cano is swinging at everything again

  125. forensic says:

    Gardner really short-circuited that inning with his terrible AB. That sucks.

  126. your mom says:

    Along with instant replay, they should add a rule that bans ugly-ass viking beards.

  127. Kosmo says:

    Ichiro and his 28 RBIs

  128. your mom says:

    Nasty pitch there. Sit down fat shit.

  129. forensic says:

    “ONLY the 5th strikeout for Kuroda in this game.”

    He hasn’t even finished 5 innings. How many do you want him to have???

  130. Mickey Scheister says:

    “Only the fifth strikeout for Kuorda.”

    It’s the fifth inning?!! C’mon man!

  131. Kosmo says:

    turn the volume off you´ll save yourselves a headache.

  132. your mom says:

    Arod needs to go yard here. That would be sweet.

  133. your mom says:

    Wow, their poles are gonna be beyond shiny after that. Actually, maybe a little sticky though.

  134. forensic says:

    Yeah Tim, his teammates are going to start to boo him now.

    You’re always right on the money.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      feels like media is reaching so much lately to bash A-Rod because he’s actually been/looked pretty good this year. I’m sure everyone on the team would rather he go away so Jayson Nix can start at 3rd again.

  135. Mickey Scheister says:


  136. SeventhAce says:

    Another reason why I hate Fenway…

  137. forensic says:

    That seems like the 2nd or 3rd time Starlin Castro has been pulled from a game for various things like that. Also no offensive production.

    Could his stock go any lower after signing that huge contract?

    • stuart a says:

      problem with have big long term deals.. Huge risk..

      the guy has a under 300 OBP. he is not that good, best year was his rookie season..

  138. Lukaszek says:

    The announcers should either shut the f*** up or marry Pedroia already

  139. Anderson Silva says:

    Lackey in control. What a game to forget, they got completely screwed by the umps.

  140. forensic says:

    Another bad defensive play for Soriano, and yet he’s the one with experience out there.

    You wouldn’t know it by watching him today.

  141. your mom says:

    That’s an error right?

  142. forensic says:

    They offered him a position in the organization?

    Head Custodian?

  143. Bo Knows says:

    Oh well, Rueben Amaro Jr. will be unemployed soon enough too

  144. Mickey Scheister says:

    Okay. Mute, I can’t do this anymore.

  145. wow says:

    ugh. just when I was starting to get my hopes up about this team.

  146. forensic says:

    Terrific camera work!!!

  147. Wheels says:

    I hope we kick their asses tomorrow.

  148. your mom says:

    Hard to be mad at Kuroda tonight. With better defense and correct calls we really could be tied at this point. And once again, he has no offensive support, no wonder he had 7 losses with a sub 2.35 ERA.

  149. Lukaszek says:

    I wonder what is the Yankees’ record on Fox games

  150. Kosmo says:

    Kuroda betrayed by bad D. The 4th inning clearly cooked his goose.

  151. stuart a says:

    over.. bad calls, bad baserunning, base defense by overbay and no timely hitting.

    that equals a loss that the ycannot afford to have.

    soriano getting doubled up at second Horrible play.

    overbay f up.. Huge.

    bad call at 3rd humongous. calling soriano out stealing was a bad call but was very close the play at 3rd inexcusable..

    another loss…

  152. your mom says:

    Fuck the umps, fuck McCarver and fuck the Red Sox. What a shitty game so far. And it’s probably game over.

  153. Charles says:

    I can’t wait for instant replay…

  154. Eddard says:

    Tomorrow is a must win, putting all the pressure on CC. They couldn’t afford to lose a game with Hiroki on the mound and will now have to win a Hughes start down the road to make up for it. They really couldn’t afford to lose this ballgame.

  155. your mom says:

    Should’ve pinch hit Reynolds there.

  156. Kosmo says:

    7 ! groundouts by Gardner and Ichiro. 7!

    I actually liked Girardi PHing Wells for gardner.

  157. Cy Pettitte says:

    A-Rod or Grandy better be in the 2 hole tomorrow

  158. fabricio says:

    dam warren sucks

  159. Charles says:

    “I don’t think baseball has heard of Mike Carp before this year”…

  160. your mom says:

    Geez can the D be any more sloppy? Fucking balls bouncing all over the damn place today.

  161. Kosmo says:

    11 ! groundouts by gardner, ichiro and cano 11 !!!

  162. your mom says:

    Well, better luck tomorrow. Hopefully Feces doesn’t shit the bed early.

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

      What is enjoyable to you about calling a player on your own team a really stupid, sophomoric name? It just makes you sound like a moron.

      • Steve says:

        Yeah, listen to the Dirty Midget Whores. He knows all about stupid and sophomoric

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

          Actually, this is a reference to characters in an online text-based adventure game. These are 1) Not real people, 2) Not even made up by me, and 3) Not real people.

          Nice try, though.

    • nsalem says:

      If you’re referring to CC, you are an incredibly ignorant individual. If you are not a 9 year old you act like one.

  163. Charles says:

    Also who else is shocked in both of the first 2 games the decision to option Claiborne has bit the Yankees in the ass. Claiborne would have been the guy instead of a not-surprisingly rusty Adam Warren after Kuroda departed.

    • Eddard says:

      I made that same point days ago but people said, well Claiborne will be back in 2 weeks anyway. And these next 2 weeks aren’t crucial towards getting back in the race? FO are idiots. Hughes and Joba should have been gone months ago but they don’t want to admit failure.

    • Kosmo says:

      Claiborne`s 7.94 ERA in August might have had something to do with it.

    • stuart a says:

      warren is not rusty.

      he is not very good. rust has zero to do with it…

  164. Reuben Sierra's Chains says:

    Joe Buck ?@Buck
    Getting ripped for my “biased” calls for AND against Yankees in today’s game. Only problem is I’m not doing the game – proves a point – wah

    What an ASS

  165. forensic says:

    Yuck, glad that shit-show is over with.

  166. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

    I was told our lineup was 8 deep and this game was a lock.

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