Aug
20

Game 124: Game One

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No matter who you’re playing, it’s really hard to sweep a doubleheader. The Yankees split their previous two doubleheaders this season but don’t really have that luxury anymore. Every game and every win is extremely important from here on out. Sweeping the Blue Jays today would help their slim postseason chances but getting swept would nearly bury them. Their margin for error is that small. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Esmil Rogers:

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

And on the mound is right-hander Ivan Nova, who is coming off his first shaky outing since officially rejoining the rotation in early July. He allowed just three runs in seven innings against the Angels, but they did tag him for a season-high ten hits. Shake it off.

No concerns about the weather today at all. It’ll be hot and sunny with a little bit of humidity, but no threat of rain. They won’t have any trouble getting the two games in. First pitch for the first game is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Roster Update: Preston Claiborne has rejoined the team as the 26th man for the doubleheader. By rule, he has to go back to the minors tomorrow

Injury Updates: Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is still day-to-day, but yesterday’s MRI did come back negative. It’s still tight but they hope he can play the second game tonight … Derek Jeter (calf) will play in a simulated game and run the bases today for the first time since being placed on the DL.

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373 Comments»

  1. Can’t say that I blame the Yankees but it seems like they are really taking it slow with Jeter’s rehab.

  2. DERP says:

    Clarkin pitched one inning in the GCL today.

  3. Eddard says:

    This is a must win with Nova on the mound and Hughes going tonight. Nuney’s going to try to gut it out tonight but there’s a good chance we’ll get a double dip of Jayson Nix.

  4. tyrone sharpton says:

    not related, but Jack Curry reads this blog? In that “Behind the Scenes of the Yankees Pregame Show” video, you can see curry’s on RAB

  5. trr says:

    There’s just no getting away from Chris Stewart is there?
    I think if he dies before me his ghost would haunt me somehow…
    This must mean Romine’s catching tonight, right?…. right?

    Need a sweep / not a split. Somebody step up and do it for us!

  6. Darren says:

    Now is when we find out what this team is really made of. Are they simply a 4th place team, with many many flaws? Or something more? I don’t think any game is a must win until you’re about to be eliminated, but getting on a hot streak now is crucial.

    PS great news about Jeter, maybe we’ll see him on Saturday. He is the final piece of the puzzle.

  7. JLC 776 says:

    According to Joel Sherman, Ryan Dempster is almost certainly going to be suspended today.

    My only hope is that Dempster appeals his suspension and gets to play during the appeal. It would be such wonderful irony.

  8. Kevin G. says:

    Love when you can hear Bald Vinny yell out the players names on a nice day.

    Also, who’s the bigger bust this season: Angels or Blue Jays? I remember everyone was saying the Jays were going to the World Series and that the Angels had Muderer’s Row.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Toronto, easily, to me. We saw the warning signs with Pujols last year, and most folks, at least here, were wary of going near Hamilton.

      Toronto was supposed to win the Super Bowl, NBA Championship, and Masters.

  9. Robinson Tilapia says:

    IVAN NOVA DID NOT LISTEN TO JOHN STERLING’S “KEYS TO THE GAME!!!”

  10. Elton Cod says:

    Cano made the right choice – don’t trust Nix.

  11. Samuel says:

    Does this one day call up for Claiborne affect his status s needing to spend minimum 10 days in the minors after being sent down tonight?

    I ask because the ten days after tonight wouldn’t stretch into the expanded Sept 1 call up date.

  12. Wheels says:

    Robbie should have let Nix field that.

  13. Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

    Woohoo we’re not losing!

  14. And the umpiring crew for this series (note there will be a 5th umpire today due to it being a doubleheader, I have no clue who the 5th is, but I have my beliefs. Usually its a AAA call up.)

    Scott Barry (HP)Not a whole lot to say about Barry. He is a hitter’s umpire in his 7th year of umpiring in the majors. Expect a lot of calls to go to the hitters.

    Adam Hamari (1B)Like Will Little, ROOKIE. Hamari is a rookie and has a strike zone that annoys the blazes out of me. Swing at close pitches, or it will likely be Strike 3.

    Ted Barrett (2B-CC)Entering his 20th season as a Major League umpire, Barrett actually called David Cone’s perfect game, also infamous for ejecting 6 people in April 2005. In order to get a strike, you need to pitch high, because the low strike call is not likely. However he is extremely unpredictable.

    Mike DiMuro (3B)Seventeen years umpiring, DiMuro is the pitcher’s umpire of the group. Most, if not all borderline calls, will got to the pitcher, including Roy Halladay’s perfect game, which had a extremely pitcher-friendly strike zone. Also, he is among the highest in ejection rates above the average, so hope no one plunks Alex.

    Not the worst crew, but Hamari is a rookie who has driven me nuts in his strike zone.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I hadn’t seen one of your umpire write-ups yet. This is excellent.

    • Alright, based on the crews, I might have the fifth umpire. I can’t vouch for it.

      Alfonso Marquez (sitting out game 1, Hamari planning)Shrimpy strike zone. Very few umpires with smaller strike zones than Marquez. Also has a total attitude problem, and is a high ejector, so DiMuro and Marquez on the same crew, if I am correct might be a headache in the arguing department. Marquez was the home plate umpire during the Don Zimmer-Pedro Martinez brawl.

    • Reuben Sierra's Chains says:

      All of the base umps will be working the second game again on the bases. They will just switch out the HP ump with the 5th Ump so he is fresh for his plate game.

  15. Elton Cod says:

    I just imagine Michael Kay, rolling around in bed, unable to sleep, because he is tormented by the question: :”What does it mean? What does it mean? What would Ichiro having 4,000 hits between here and Japan mean? We know what 4,000 hits here means. We know what 3,000 hits here means. BUT WHAT DOES 4,000 HITS BETWEEN HERE AND JAPAN MEAN? JUST WHAT DOES IT MEAN, GOD? Pete Rose says it means something different from 4,000 hits here. He is probably right. If anyone knows what 4,000 hits means, it’s Pete Rose! But the question remains: WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Who decides? Do we decide? How?”

  16. Wheels says:

    Nova isn’t looking so sharp.

  17. tj says:

    nova doing a cc impersination

  18. Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

    Damn passed ball. Glad we have Stewart back there.

  19. tj says:

    who sed stewert is a good defensive catcher?my grandmother wud have cought that

  20. Cy Pettitte says:

    another run that wouldn’t have scored if not for the defensive wiz Chris Stewart

  21. Kramerica Industries says:

    Certainly don’t like what I see as I come in today.

    1-0 and two more in scoring position. Nova not exactly sharp.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

      Without the HBP and passed ball they likely don’t score at all.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Well, the Nova I saw myself there wasn’t sharp, either, so boo for that.

        Needs to turn it around before it’s too late. 4-0 no longer feels completely impossible, especially given the Toronto SP, but if Nova isn’t sharp, the Jays will score more than four runs.

  22. wedge says:

    stewart plays more than posada did

  23. Wheels says:

    Dammit. WTF Nova

  24. tj says:

    stewert cant field or hit

  25. Bo Knows says:

    Why the Bloody Fuck did he throw a fastball in that count?

  26. JLC 776 says:

    This is going according to plan.

  27. Karl Krawfid says:

    0-2 fastball to davis.

    I mean could you be anymore stupid than that?

  28. Eddard says:

    Better get Warren up. This was a must win.

  29. Kramerica Industries says:

    What a fucking awful start to this game. For the love of g-d, Nova, that was an 0-2 pitch.

  30. ialien says:

    no worries guys keep holding out that this team can make playoffs.

    [/peter pan]

  31. tj says:

    nova getting raped

  32. OldYanksFan says:

    A little too much love from the booth for Soriano.
    He was a decent pickup, and he got scorching hot for a while.
    But he is basically and .800ish OPS guys who K’s a lot.
    I’m glad to have him…. but he ain’t the 2nd coming of Barry Bonds.

  33. wedge says:

    does rothschild tell these guys to throw 0-2 pitches right down the middle?

  34. Mandy Stankiewicz says:

    Oye! C’mon Nova!

  35. dot says:

    This is an inauspicious start.

  36. Pat D says:

    Awesome time to turn back into a pumpkin, Nova.

    Of course, one of those runs is on Stewart, but actually maybe not after Davis’ double.

    • Bo Knows says:

      It’s on both, Nova fucked up big time he’s due for a clunker anyway but still it’s frustrating. I’ll bet he’ll be better next start (though he’s not done in this game, damage has been done)

      Stewart I question his bat, I question his Defense; now he has me questioning his game calling ability. Nova’s curveball is his best pitch, it’s probably become one of the best curves around, there is not one single reason he’s throwing a fastball in an 0-2 count against a team that is full of guys that are dead eye fastball hitters.

  37. JLC 776 says:

    Guys, I just checked baseball-reference, and get this. A 4 run lead is COMPLETELY insurmountable. Especially in a small park. Against a guy with a near 5.00 ERA.

    Just turn it off and lets reconvene for game 2, what do you say?

  38. Elton Cod says:

    Oh well.

    If this were a month ago, this game would be over.

    Now, Jays have an iffy pitcher on the mound, we actually have an offense…4 runs is surmountable.

    Not great signs from Nova, though. And you really don’t want to get into the bullpen early on Game 1 of a doubleheader. Having your defense standing in the sun for a long-ass half-inning probably isn’t great for fatigue either.

  39. Bo Knows says:

    Once again I ask why is he throwing a fb in an 0-2 count? It worked that time, but players are whiffing almost 20% of the time on his curve.

  40. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I actually have a productive conversation with someone and come back to 4-0. Nice.

    Just a hunch, but tj in this thread = teddy?

  41. JLC 776 says:

    Yeah, you BETTER fear Lyle Overbay.

  42. Cy Pettitte says:

    great job Nix, couldn’t even clear the pitcher’s spot

  43. John says:

    Nix is terrible.

  44. Eddard says:

    “I shudder to think where that left side of the infield would be without Jayson Nix.” – Suzyn

    This was said immediately before Nix hit into an inning ending DP.

  45. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jayson Nix doing his Jayson Nix things.

    It was nice when he wasn’t here for a few weeks.

  46. stuart a says:

    i was thinking as nix came up to bat. as bad as nunez can be and how stupid he can be, man it is a downgrade to have nix hitting in this spot. nix as a defensive replacement for Nunez late in a game that is another story. but Nix gets a big hit about once every 90 AB’s. Seatlle last year comes to mind.

    he is the epitome of a utility player whom as they play more shows why more and more they are a bum.

    nove down 4 to 0, not good……….need to win this game..

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      He’s a journeyman 25th man who’s played 2/3 of the season as a member of the starting nine.

      • Elton Cod says:

        This is why I defend Nix. There’s nothing wrong with being a journeyman 25th man. There is something wrong with playing a journeyman 25th man in the starting nine for 2/3 of the season. Nix isn’t responsible for the Yankees having to overplay him. If you want to get mad, don’t get mad at poor Jayson. The league would be a lesser place without journeyman 25th men like him. Don’t hate him for being who he is. But do go ahead and hate the Steinbrenners for $189m/Ichiro/Youkilis whatever.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I defended the Youk signing, so I can’t say much there. Clearly, I’m better off at my desk.

          Otherwise, agreed.

          • Elton Cod says:

            You can have a different opinion about Youk, blame “luck” rather than/along with personnel decisions, or blame “Cashman” or “the farm”; whatever the case, the point is that Jayson Nix was not the cause of the circumstances that required Jayson Nix being an everyday player so he’s not the thing to direct anger at. Unless this all was an elaborate plan on NIx’s part – he injured Jeter and A-Rod, buddied up to the front office to influence their personnel decisions, etc – so that he could have the starting opportunity. In which case he deserves massive respect as well as anger.

  47. wedge says:

    not fair to the team nix

  48. Pat D says:

    I’m honestly not sure what Yankees I’ve ever had more irrational hate for other than Nix and Stewart.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Neither approaches Esteban Loaiza territory to me.

      • Pat D says:

        For whatever reason I remember so little of Loaiza’s tenure with the Yankees. I just remember he was traded for Contreras.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I was very pro-Contreras at the time, so that contributed to it. I also just hated his face. He looked like somone dressed as a Yankee for Halloween.

  49. wedge says:

    But why does stewart play EVERYDAY. Even dominant catchers get days off. He never does, and he is HORRIBLE.

  50. acb says:

    can we just start the inning with 1 out that we way can save ourselves from another miserable stewart at bat?

  51. Itsallhowuseeit says:

    Ahh my favorite pastime, scrub hitters scoring runs off of one of our better pitchers while their career nobody shuts the yanks down.

  52. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I just waited to finish a Chris Stewart at-bat before walking over to the copier, and now am going during a Brett Gardner at-bat.

  53. JLC 776 says:

    Rogers spots Stewie the 3-0 count and still gets him out easily.

  54. JLC 776 says:

    Next guy to swing at the first pitch against this guy needs to be summarily executed.

  55. Kramerica Industries says:

    BOOM!

    That’s a fine way to get back in the game.

  56. Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

    ialien, where are you now?

  57. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Yeah, this game is over.

    ROBBBBBBBBBBIE!

  58. SDB says:

    ROBBIE!

    Oh, wait, we’re supposed to be mourning the 0-4 deficit.

  59. Eddard says:

    Guess it’s not quite over yet. LOL!

  60. Itsallhowuseeit says:

    That!

  61. Mandy Stankiewicz says:

    ROBBIE CANO! A-DONTCHA KNOW!

  62. Elton Cod says:

    I called it a little while ago – 4-0 is disheartening but this Jays pitcher is iffy and we have an offense again. 4-3, 3rd inning, game on. We can still make the playoffs.

  63. Pat D says:

    I’d forgotten what it was like to get back in the game with one swing of the bat.

  64. The Big City of Dreams says:

    Cano being his usual lazy self :)

  65. JLC 776 says:

    Huh… leave for a few minutes and find 3 runs on the board. Nice!

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      So I guess how it works is that you should leave for a few innings, but Manny and I can’t even take a leak this game. Just great.

  66. Kramerica Industries says:

    Sure looks like Nova has settled in now.

  67. dot says:

    Nice play by Nix to get Reyes.

  68. Cy Pettitte says:

    I think Bautista might have hurt himself running into the wall on Soriano’s foul ball

  69. Lukaszek says:

    Ahh crap there’s no vegetables in my house and I’m in the mood for a tomato. Hopefully when I come back they’ll have the lead

  70. Anderson Silva says:

    I see that not only is Nix playing but he has been his usual shitty self at the plate. What’s the status on Nunez?

  71. fabricio says:

    of course stick swinging stewart pops the ball up

  72. Anderson Silva says:

    If Stewart gets ahead 2-0, he should not swing till it gets to 2 strikes. He is absolutely terrible. Weak popup on a FB in the middle of the plate.

  73. acb says:

    i’d say there is a high probability that Stewart starts the night game as well.

  74. Anderson Silva says:

    looked out to me.. another blown call against the Yankees.

    • Anderson Silva says:

      now we get 2 on because the umps can’t do their jobs. Fucking great.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

      I can tell you, having MLB Extra Innings has opened my eyes to the lack of bias.

      I watch a shitton of baseball, and i’ll just say, the umpires are terrible. Everywhere. Every team has a right to be pissed off.

    • Bryan says:

      About as close as it can be. Looks out from one angle and safe on another. Hard to fight it.

  75. Bryan says:

    God I hope not.

  76. Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

    Come on, Ivan.

  77. JLC 776 says:

    I went away for a few minute during that 2 on 1 out. You’re welcome.

  78. Anderson Silva says:

    Can Cano get to 400 career HRs? What’s the most a 2b has hit for a career?

  79. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Professional ballplayer.

  80. MP says:

    Nova’s got that “even when your stuff isn’t at its best you can fire off a decent start” thang rockin right now.

  81. Kramerica Industries says:

    Five games for Dempster is a joke. Give me a break.

    • JLC 776 says:

      MLB needs to figure out a way to properly suspend pitchers. This is what always happens.

      “I intentionally threw at a guy and got an extra day’s rest!”

  82. dkidd says:

    thanks gibbons. by all means, get cecil and his filthy stuff out of there

  83. wedge says:

    granderson, big spot, little bite

  84. Anderson Silva says:

    5 day suspension for Dempster. LOL

  85. dkidd says:

    okay, two strikes. time for reynolds to shorten up, take a new approach…

    just kidding

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

    I’m starting to get the extremely frustrating feeling that we’re just going to leave a gazillion men on base and not score again for the rest of the game.

  87. Kramerica Industries says:

    I have a very weird feeling that Stewart does something good here.

  88. JLC 776 says:

    The words, “This lineup really needs Eduardo Nunez” used to be spoken in jest.

    Not anymore.

  89. Anderson Silva says:

    PH for Stewart.. Wake up Girardi

  90. Cy Pettitte says:

    hahahahah what the hell?

  91. Anderson Silva says:

    FUCKING WOW!!

  92. Leg-End says:

    Chris STEWART!? What have they done with the real one?

  93. dkidd says:

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME??????

  94. Get Phelps Up says:

    Well that was unexpected.

  95. Kevin G. says:

    No fucking way. LMAOOOOOOOOO

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

    Holy Shit!!!

    That was way more than a little league HR.

  97. Dan in Athens says:

    The least likely home run since the Wizard in the 85 playoffs.

  98. sangreal says:

    In Play, Run(s)

    Such a welcome sight

  99. Elton Cod says:

    We’ve got ourselves a stew going.

  100. Winter says:

    WARNING TRACK POWER!

  101. Bryan says:

    Greatest.catcher.of.all.time.

  102. Eddard says:

    THAT BALL IS HIGH! IT IS FAR! IT IS GONE! HE CHRISTENS THE LEFT FIELD SEAT!!!!!!!! HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT?

  103. About pinch hitting.

  104. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    That was for my Vicki.

    Love
    Chris Stewart

  105. 28 this year says:

    Did that really just happen?

  106. Eddard says:

    “The 3 guys who deserve special mention are Chris Stewart, Jayson Nix and Lyle Overbay.” – John Sterling

  107. Pat D says:

    You know, I used to hate Stewart when he played for the Giants. It’s amazing what a new uniform can do for a guy.

    He’s still a dick.

  108. Eddard says:

    Maybe Stewie should be used as a PH in tonight’s game.

  109. The Real Greg says:

    And now you may all apologize to Chris Stewart

  110. Bubba says:

    Chris Stewart flips the bird to RAB.

  111. JLC 776 says:

    Is this real life?

  112. Charles says:

    STEWIE!

  113. MP says:

    Romine will never play again.

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

    Only bad side: There will be more Chris Stewart. Why couldn’t somebody else do that, huh? Just HAD to be Stewart.

  115. Cy Pettitte says:

    I believe the Blue Jays now have 3 infield singles in 6+ innings.

  116. TCMiller30 says:

    Which is more impressive?

    Stewart hitting a home run?
    Or Wagner throwing a pitch that even Stewart can take yard?!

    • dkidd says:

      i enjoyed stewart’s confused reaction immediately after contact. like: wait, what was that?

      • TCMiller30 says:

        Haha ya. He looked like he thought he just ripped it foul or something then thought, “holy crap… did I jus.. umm.. Oh ya, I have to start running to first”

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

      The funnest part is that Stewart totally cheated he started this bat like yesterday anything, but a fastball and it would probably been a strike.

  117. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fucking Reyes has done that twice today.

  118. The Real Greg says:

    This is two starts in a row that Nova has not been good.

  119. 28 this year says:

    On a double header not giving Nova a chance to keep going? After that second inning, Nova hasn’t looked too bad.

  120. dkidd says:

    great pitch, ivan

    the boy is becoming a man

  121. dot says:

    Quick hook, he’s sub 90 pitches and looks great.

    It’s his game, leave him in.

  122. Anderson Silva says:

    don’t agree with this pitching change. It’s Gose and he is terrible. Let Nova work this out.

  123. Kramerica Industries says:

    This is a weird move. Would’ve thought it would be done to face Lind, if anyone, but Lind is behind Encarnacion here.

  124. Bryan says:

    Gose is a groundball threat though. Nova likes the groundballs. I agree that Nova should stay in but the binder probably states it would be best to go with someone else.

  125. The Real Greg says:

    For those who are saying he looks great. I disagree. His pitched have been up in the strike zone and like his last start, he’s having command problems with his fastball.

  126. Anderson Silva says:

    I don’t get burning Logan for Gose. He’s definately bringing in Kelley for Encarnacion.

  127. lightSABR says:

    Should have left him in. It’s a doubleheader–you need every inning you can get out of your starters.

    • Bubba says:

      Normally I’d agree but you have the lead and we can’t afford to any games at this point. With Hughes going tonight, that game could be over before the Yankees come to bat.

    • lightSABR says:

      Heck. Every out. That’s one less appearance we can get out of Logan in the next three games, for an out Nova probably would have gotten anyway.

      But who knows. Maybe Gose absolutely mashes right-handed groundball pitchers.

    • SDB says:

      Try and win the game where you’re leading. Besides, Warren and Claiborne will probably pitch 6 or 7 innings this evening with Flyball Phil starting.

  128. JLC 776 says:

    I’m real surprised at the quick hook with a double header looming.

    I get that you go for the win in hand, but I thought Nova was looking okay.

  129. Eddard says:

    Girardi is playing the odds here. He’ll use Kelley, Drob and Mo for the game he thinks he can win. He doesn’t think he can win a game that Phil Hughes starts.

  130. The Real Greg says:

    The only thing I can come up with for that change is the fact that Girardi now has two lefties in the pen and can afford to burn one of them with a lead.

    It is strange though

  131. NeilT says:

    I know I’m late to the party, but does my screen really say that Chris Stewart hit a 2-out 3-run homer, or am I hallucinating and should I get some help with this?

  132. Kramerica Industries says:

    The only danger here is that Kelley is homer prone, and Encarnacion can hit those with the best of them.

  133. Anderson Silva says:

    it would sure be nice to have Logan to face Lind here.

  134. Kramerica Industries says:

    Wow, Kelley. After being 1-2, this is just awful.

  135. JLC 776 says:

    Time for me to take a quick break…

  136. Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

    Relievers who walk people = brain aneurysms for Peckerheads.

  137. The Real Greg says:

    Now if he gives up a run here, careful with your fallacy comments.

  138. Anderson Silva says:

    What a mess created by Girardi. Head-scratching moves.

  139. The Real Greg says:

    Your 7th inning man, ladies and gentlemen

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

    Annnnnnd breathe.

  141. Kramerica Industries says:

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand…

    exhale.

  142. Shittyshittybangbang says:

    I just peed and shit myself a little.

  143. Cy Pettitte says:

    hooray for insurance runs and red hot Cano

  144. Anderson Silva says:

    Robbie on a mean streak!

  145. lightSABR says:

    Ichiro!!!

    (Also, Cano. But it was sure nice to see some speed there.)

  146. Kramerica Industries says:

    I fear that it has happened too late in the season to save their playoff chances, but at least Yankees baseball is fun to watch again.

  147. MannyGeee says:

    So…. Is Cano 4-4 right now? This shit is cray.

  148. JLC 776 says:

    I’m perfectly okay with at least one of Soriano or Cano being hot at any given time.

  149. Anderson Silva says:

    Sori should assume everything is going to be a breaking ball to him

  150. The Real Greg says:

    It’s amazing to me that ARod is helping the Yankess get on a hot stretch on the field and yet is trying to sue them off the field. Its so dichotomous

  151. lightSABR says:

    Come on, Grandyman. Turn this into a rout.

  152. Kramerica Industries says:

    Three True Outcomes.

  153. Anderson Silva says:

    3-run HR or bloop 2-run single, get it done Mark!

  154. Of course D-Rob gets 7-8-9 in the order.

  155. Anderson Silva says:

    so much swinging and missing at hanging curves..

  156. lightSABR says:

    Dang. Nice inning by D-Rob. The first strike-three call was awful, but we’ll take it.

  157. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I have an actual meeting and Chris Stewart……hits a three-run homer? How many commenters dropped dead at that point?

  158. Cuso says:

    Chris BOOKING Stewart. Right booking now.

    Booking dot…..yeah.

  159. lightSABR says:

    Professional ballplayer!

  160. Eddard says:

    Jayson Nix is just a good little ballplayer. He has now 13/14 in stealing bases.

  161. Alright 4,000 watch time.

  162. The Real Greg says:

    Bad news with that is now we have to see Joba again

  163. Alright, save 4000 for the next game.

  164. Eddard says:

    Jobber will start the inning and create a save situation for Mo.

  165. Kramerica Industries says:

    The fact that Jobber is pitching the 9th probably means Mo will still need to pitch in this game.

  166. JLC 776 says:

    I like that mlb.com is using the Toronto feed for the Ichiro 4,000 hit live cut-ins.

    That’s just… something.

  167. Lukaszek says:

    We have a guy named Joba, can’t we have someone named Han Solo or something?

  168. Cuso says:

    Re: Joba

    “I’m taking an awful risk, Vader.”

  169. Anderson Silva says:

    nice tackle by Joba lol

  170. Cy Pettitte says:

    Joba should sign with the Jets this offseason

  171. Pretty? No.

    Effective? Yes.

  172. Cuso says:

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH REYES’ HAIRCUT?!?!

  173. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yeah, well, maybe Jobber’s calling was to be a DL, not a pitcher.

  174. WhittakerWalt says:

    Is 4 runs Joba-proof?

  175. Robinson Tilapia says:

    He lost a contact?

    You’re rich. Get Lasik.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Unless my eyesight is already thoroughly destroyed, I fear having surgeries/operations done on my eyes. Even with their high success rates, there’s always the chance something could go wrong.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Oh, I will definitely do it at some point. I feel like we’re at the point where enough folks have done it without going blind that it’s become fairly routine.

        The risk is worth never having that moment I realize I’ve run out of solution at midnight again.

        • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

          “I realize I’ve run out of solution at midnight again.’

          Totally don’t miss those days at all.

      • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

        I had it done not a deal.

  176. trr says:

    Even with a 4 run lead I’m nervous

  177. The Real Greg says:

    Might as well just have had Rivera start that inning. What Joe sees in Joba is weird.

  178. Anderson Silva says:

    Girardi’s bullpen management today has got to be one of the worst ever. Why not wait one or 2 more batters? They have a fucking 4 run lead. What a disaster.

  179. lightSABR says:

    Okay, that was ridiculous. I know we’re being risk averse and everything, but we’re four runs up. Joba should have gotten one more batter.

  180. JLC 776 says:

    Was there any doubt, in anybody’s mind, that as soon as Joba came out to start the inning that Mo would be called upon to finish it?

  181. fabricio says:

    of course mo gets in the game joba really cant even do this shit he blows

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

    What’s the point if the hook is going to be that quick?
    What are the odds that Joba will have a 1-2-3 inning?

  183. Robinson Tilapia says:

    They should just start selling ironic “Joba Rules” t-shirts at this point. They’d do well in Williamsburg.

  184. Eddard says:

    Girardi should bring in another pitcher before Mo so he can burn 3 pitchers in one inning. Hughes is locked in for 4 innings tonight.

  185. MannyGeee says:

    Joba with the shortest of short leashes. Almost not worth getting him out there.

  186. The Real Greg says:

    I now wonder if Girardi pulled him because of the eye

  187. Cy Pettitte says:

    why is Joba on the team if he can’t be trusted with a 4 run lead in the 9th?

  188. I have to believe Joba was pulled due to the eye. He’s still blinking.

    Good game nonetheless.

  189. fat jeter says:

    fucking joba.

  190. Pseudoyanks says:

    Good win. Let’s take two.

  191. trr says:

    Thanks (again) Mo!

  192. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Just win, baby.

    I’ve got my broom ready.

  193. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Good win almost need to take 2 at this point.

  194. MannyGeee says:

    Star of the game, Suzyn Waldman… Not Cano going 4-4 with 4 RBIs. NOPE, going Chris Stewart, Professional Baseball Player.

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