Game 128: Home

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Jeter draws a walk in second minor league rehab game
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It’s gut check time. The Yankees beat the crap out of the Blue Jays this week to climb to within striking distance of a wildcard spot, but now it’s time to face an actual good team. A playoff caliber team, even. The Rays are one of three teams — more if you consider how close the AL East and AL West division races are — the Bombers are currently chasing for that second wildcard spot. New York comes into the series five back of Tampa.

Despite what is usually a strong pro-Yankees crowd — Tampa is the team’s home away from home, remember — Tropicana Field hasn’t been too kind the Yankees these last few years. They did take two of three at the Trop back in May, but otherwise they’ve won just six of their last 21 games in the ballpark dating back to 2011. Thankfully, that means nothing now. It has no bearing on how the Yankees will perform this weekend. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Chris Archer:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Curtis Granderson Joe Girardi said he’ll be the primary DH going forward
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano prefers to play the outfield, hence Granderson at DH
  5. 3B Alex Rodriguez
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. 1B Mark ReynoldsLyle Overbay was a late scratch with flu-like symptoms
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is the Ace in America, right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.

It’s hot and humid with on-and-off rain all day in St. Petersburg, so I guess it’s a good thing the Trop has a roof. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm ET and can be seen on My9. Enjoy.

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A popular gripe that’s worth considering
Jeter draws a walk in second minor league rehab game
  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Lyle Overbay pretending to be Jeff Goldblum?

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091064/

  • JLC 776

    How about Westport today? Let’s see the Yanks try to channel some of that!

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

    Alright, now that is a sweet sand-sculpture.

    Yay for last trip to the Trop this year. Thank god.

  • Now Batting

    Just had this idea pop in my head:

    When Jeter comes back have him and Arod each start two days in a row with Granderson at DH. On the third and fourth days DH Jeter/Arod and sit one of the outfielders.

    This way neither Arod nor Jeter play the field for more than three straight days.

  • trr

    TB has not been kind to us the last several years.
    I think we need to win tonight to win this series.
    I’m stoked, and I haven’t been able to say that too much this season….Let’s win this!

  • dkidd

    i’m picturing lyle overbay in the clubhouse eating handfuls of sugar and buzzing

  • dkidd

    hiroki hit a wall around his 25th start last year

    hope he’s got something left in the tank, we need an #ace

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

    This series umpiring group (prepare your barf bags, because it ain’t pretty.)

    Gary Darling (No. 37 / HP-CC)One of baseball’s most experienced umpires (27th season), Darling is a good ump, not my top 5 umpires, but good at what he does. Infamous for a lawsuit in 1991 by Lou Piniella about not calling his games fairly, should be interesting given he is in the booth today I believe with Kenny and David. As for his performances, he’s got a large, large strike zone. People better be swinging at borderline pitches.

    Jerry “Nineteenth Inning Nightmare” Meals (No. 41 / 1B)Do I even have to state anything about what this nightmare means? We all know how bad Jerry Meals is with call making. (Run out every damn ground ball, because we know he has no eyeballs.)

    Chris Conroy (No. 98 / 2B)Announced as a full-time umpire this year after Brian Runge was let go, Conroy is not a rookie, but extremely tight strike zone.

    Will Little (3B)Sound familiar? We saw Will Little a couple weeks ago and is one of the two real rookies on the umpiring staff, aside from Adam Hamari, who we saw on Tuesday afternoon. Calls were not great then, or now, so really, pray he does make good calls today.

    I have no words on what to say, but really, be very very nervous.

    • dkidd

      darling’s strike zone is so big, it had to go to sea world to get baptized

      #yomama

    • forensic

      I’m trying to decide what’s worse: Singleton, Cone, and Piniella in the booth or Meals on the field…

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

        I vote Meals and its not even close.

        • forensic

          Yeah, the other one isn’t good either though.

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    Play today, win today. Das it.

  • Wheels

    Pull up a seat, crack a beer, it’s gonna be a good one.

  • vicki

    lefty
    lefty
    lefty
    righty
    righty
    righty
    righty
    lefty with reverse platoon splits
    chris stewart

    • dkidd

      lefty loosey
      righty tighty
      stewie stinky

  • forensic

    Ok offense. I sat Archer and put my faith in you. Do some serious damage please!

    • pat

      Cano gonna vindicate you here.

      • forensic

        Damn you, Cano. Get it to A-Rod now. Was gonna sit him but added him late to my lineup. Maybe he’ll make both pay off.

        • forensic

          Or not.

      • pat

        Oooooor not.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Little bit of a sloppy at-bat there

  • Wheels

    Sori

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Shift this.

    • forensic

      Did the shift really affect it? Sterling said it went right over the bag.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Not really. Probably a routine play for normal positioned 1B.

        • forensic

          Ah, somehow I’m not surprised. He also never even mentioned that they were shifted (though I figured they were since they do almost every batter).

  • forensic

    Does Suzyn really have to say “By the way, Alex must be up because they’re booing” for every one of his AB’s???

    • vicki

      i challenge you to drink every time they refer pissily to the piped in crowd noise. you’ll black out by the sixth.

      • forensic

        heh, they just had their second one…

      • Havok9120

        Did we ever come up with a drinking game for this season?

        Needs to happen for September if this series goes well.

        • trr

          I’m on it!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Nice job, Sori

  • Eddard

    There’s Hiroki’s run. Soriano continues to be the best pick up the Yankees ever made.

  • pat

    SHIFT THAT, MOTHERFU*KER.

  • dkidd

    who’s sori now???

  • Wheels

    That pitch was pretty low.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I can’t watch these games. I want to, but the Rays announce team is too vile.

    • dkidd

      dottering lou pinella is no treat either

      muted

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

      Dewayne Staats and Brian Anderson, the latter of which drives me ape myself.

  • vicki

    lou, you old coot.

    can you believe he’s only three years kenny’s senior? age is a state of mind.

    • pat

      Well, you know what they say……

      • forensic

        You can’t predict dementia?

        • pat

          Black don’t crack!

    • RetroRob

      I think Lou has always been an old coot, even when he was in his 20s.

  • pat

    Horsesh*t call for strike 3. Lower than the first two.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I’m on a “24” marathon for the last couple weeks.

    Seriously, how dumb was season 6? It’s awful – beginning to end.

    • Pat D

      I’ve never watched 24, but in a similar vein I’ve recently binge watched all the seasons of Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. The first 7 seasons are all pretty enjoyable, but starting with season 8 and continuing through the most recent season, it’s been riddled with an overload of unlikeable contestants, a lack of likable contestants, extremely artificial and forced “drama,” rampant executive meddling and an extreme overuse of “to be continued” episodes which just shouldn’t happen in a competition show. I mean, this year they didn’t even reveal both finalists until the night of the finale!

      That said, I’ll still watch it just to see Ramsay unload on the idiots who think they’re good cooks and are not.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        Hmm. I never watched that. I’ll have to give it a try.

        If you decide to ever watch “24,” you can skip season 6 and not miss anything. Of course season 8 wasn’t too good, either. 6 was abysmal, though.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Finally returned to Yankee baseball after a week to see they took a series from the Sox and swept the Jays (lol). Pretty sweet. Would love 2 of 3 here as well. I feel like this team is heating up.

    • RetroRob

      Being that baseball fans are superstitious, we kindly ask you to leave until after the parade down Canyon of Heroes.

  • dkidd

    mark reynolds, pickin’ machine!

  • Pat D

    Just remember everyone…cocaine is a helluva drug.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Kuroda looking extra filthy.

  • vicki

    and that stuff is why i don’t hate lou in the booth.

  • Wheels

    Gotta cut Lou off before he gets going.

  • dkidd

    if the yankees don’t make it, i’d settle for tito’s indians beating the red sox in the play-in game

    • RetroRob

      If the Yankees don’t make it, I overall will have to root for the Dodgers to go all the way because of Donnie Baseball.

      • forensic

        For me, my dislike of the rest of that team overtakes my allegiance to Donnie. Can’t really root for them.

      • dkidd

        no doubt

      • vicki

        i can get behind that. i’d like aj to win his starts in a seven-game nlcs, but the dodgers advance.

        • RetroRob

          Root for Nick Swisher if the Indians make the postseason?

          • vicki

            i’d like a big october moment for giambi too.

            should the yankees fail to make it, of course.

  • vicki

    mark reynolds’s silhouette is very 1920s. loose uni, high socks. i like.

    • Havok9120

      Uh oh. Vicki has chosen her prey.

      • RetroRob

        Species

    • dkidd

      romine projects a similar look

      • vicki

        and he’s my hard crush.

        • ropeadope

          Not a good track record with RAB devotees and Yankees catchers.

          • Betty Lizard

            Yet we persevere!

            I console myself for the loss of Martin with Romine.

            And Alan Turner, Ichiro’s interpreter.

            And David Cone.

            • ropeadope

              Betty!!! Always great to see you. I was just about to start scouring Pirates blogs.

            • vicki

              alan turner caught my eye just recently.

              the woman has taste.

  • RetroRob

    So basically if Lou does mostly Yankee-Rays games in Tampa, the team must have a .300 winning percentage when he’s broadcasting.

  • dkidd

    tropicana outfield is in pristine shape

    • Havok9120

      Buh dum pishhhhh

  • dkidd

    dice-k being dice-k

  • forensic

    Ugh…

  • Wheels

    F*ck!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Dang it

  • Eddard

    I can’t believe Hiroki just got beat by Lobaton.

  • RetroRob

    Bad.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    All right New Offense, this is what they pay you for.

  • dkidd

    if they mated:

    coco crisp + felicia “snoop” pearson = chris archer

  • number 21

    I really dislike the Rays.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    The hand. Fuck.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Hey, remember when all of our players were getting hurt all the time?

    10 bucks says Gardner is on the DL by tomorrow.

  • Wheels

    No!

    • Wheels

      phew

  • Kevin G.

    This is ridiculous.

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

    Alright, how many HBPs will it take before we give some retribution?

  • Kevin G.

    Also, it wouldn’t be a Yankees-Rays game at the Trop without some scrub hitting a big home run

  • RetroRob

    2:00 am, so calling it a night. I hope to check my MLB app when waking up to see the results of a Yankee come-from-behind win!

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Listening to an away crowd cheer is always demoralizing. Maybe I’ll put it on mute.

    But, we’re hitting him hard. This lead won’t last long if Kuroda can calm down a bit (it seems as if he’s coming back to Earth at exactly the wrong time too).

  • vicki

    yuck.

  • forensic

    Ugh… This game is pretty annoying already, and it’s been less than 3 innings.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    of course

  • Eddard

    This continues to be a house of horrors. And Sweet Lou should just take a nap and let Kenny and Coney talk.

  • Kramer

    Hiroki is falling behind effing everyone.

  • stuart a

    Nix was hit flush, gardner hbp deflected off his hand. he should be fine…

  • number 21

    Fuck

  • forensic

    There’s never a good time for it, but this is a REALLY bad night for Kuroda to have a bad game.

  • Kramer

    And another fucking two out hr. Ffs.

  • Cy Pettitte

    the Kuroda regression came at a great time

  • the Real Greg

    3 out of 4 starts this month, Kuroda has not been sharp. His only “ace like start” was 8 innings of shutout ball against the Angels.

  • Eddard

    This ballgame is over. Hiroki just doesn’t have it today. 2 HRs allowed tonight and 0 in the previous 54 innings.

    • Wheels

      a tad premature.

    • Wheels

      ok, maybe

  • Kramer

    G–dfucking dammit Kuroda. ARE YOU KIDDING ME.

  • forensic

    And there goes Sterling on another one of his diatribes about how useless every number and stat in the history of the universe is…

  • JLC 776

    Seriously, what the hell?

  • number 21

    oh come on…

  • forensic

    Geez Kuroda, if you’re going to give up homers to everyone you could’ve at least given one to Zobrist instead of a GIDP.

  • Eddard

    Kiss this game goodnight. They know have to rely on CC to win the series. And if Hiroki has given up 3 HRs just imagine how many CC is going to give up.

    • stuart a

      rare form for eddard..

      might as well turn off the tv…

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

      What would we do without you, big guy.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    And isn’t this just the perfect time for Kuroda to come back to Earth?

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Hooked on a feeling?

    I guess playing good teams should readjust our outlook.

    • the Real Greg

      No because they beat good teams too in this little run. Boston and Detroit

  • JLC 776

    How do you roll your eyes on an internet blog at everyone declaring a 4-run game over?

    You miss the game against Toronto the other day?

    Wait – let me guess – “But that’s Toronto, they suck. Waaaaaaaaah!”

    Shut up, if we’re climbing back in this, these are the hurdles. And if we lose today, we take the next two.

    Channel your Mariano Duncans.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Your optimism is laudable but it’s better to be realistic. The Jays DO suck and TB is a much more difficult team to come back on.

      • the Real Greg

        And the Yankees “ace” was on the mound. This was a very important game to state that we weren’t going to be pushed around in their park. And now we are the meek

        • JLC 776

          Everybody jumps off of bridges with every loss. Aces lose games and scraps occasionally win them.

          Sterling, annoying as he is, has a point from time to time.

          • the Real Greg

            Well at this point of the season, any loss could be fatal.

  • the Real Greg

    Axisa just made a great point on Twitter. Last year in starts after August 19th Kuroda pitched to a 4.01 ERA.

    The last two years, he has seemed to hit a wall around August.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Embarrassing. But maybe not too unexpected. Kuroda was off in his last outing as well.

  • the Real Greg

    And now people will jump off the bandwagon just as quickly as they jumped on.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      I lurk a lot here and sometimes comment and I seem to recall you took a big time hiatus a while back. In fact, in one of your posts you declared the season “over” , or was that last year?

      • the Real Greg

        I thought they had no shot in making the playoffs. I called the season over when they got swept by the Mets.

        But it was nice seeing them competitive again and scoring runs for the last two weeks. It felt like 2009 all over again.

        And now we are back here

        • Rolling Doughnut

          So maybe you should stop making the jumping on/off the bandwagon comments.

  • Kramer

    Fucking line drives are all finding gloves. What a rotten game.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    The baseball gods are fucking with us tonight ladies and gents.

  • your mom

    Nice to see Kuroda doing his best to match CC in effectiveness. Guess we shouldn’t be mad though, he’s been solid for most the year.

    Fuck I hate the Rays.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Guess Girardi’s going to let Kuroda take one for the team.

    • your mom

      Kuroda’s ERA is taking a fucking hit that’s for sure.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Not much of a choice. I doubt Huff or Warren are available yet.

      • the Real Greg

        Exactly

      • Rolling Doughnut

        I thought Huff was available.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          After 70 pitches on Wednesday?
          I’d be very surprised.

          • Rolling Doughnut

            Yes. I forgot he pitched Wed.

  • Wheels

    It’s one game, wait until the end of the weekend to say that at least.

    • Wheels

      meant as a reply to Greg’s bandwagon comment

      • the Real Greg

        CC has not provided much confidence over this year. Kuroda and Nova have been our rocks.

        And as I pointed out, Kuroda has not pitched well (in ace terms) this month

        • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

          This…this…

          I just can’t.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          Nova was pretty bad before he went down no? Feces has been mediocre to bad all year, and Kuroda is running out of gas like last year. Andy has been sharp lately so that’s a plus but if CC and Kuroda don’t step, they’re pretty much out of it.

          • Wheels

            Still gotta play the games.

            • Rolling Doughnut

              Never said they didn’t. If you’re saying anything’s possible well of course I agree.

              • Wheels

                Sorry man, I replied in the wrong spot, again, ha. Wish there was an edit button.

                • Rolling Doughnut

                  Or an embedded thread option on this blog.

          • the Real Greg

            Bingo

            • Rolling Doughnut

              Bingo? To a non-sequitur? Wheel’s comment had nothing to do with mine.

              • the Real Greg

                It was to your comment about the pitchers.

                • Rolling Doughnut

                  Got it. Thanks.

  • your mom

    Okay, well game over. Maybe we can get some dogshit and win the next 2.

  • Kramer

    Tonights tickets were a gift.

    Fuck me.

    • forensic

      Is this Kramerica?

      • ropeadope

        Has to be, no?

        • forensic

          That’s what I’m thinking. Maybe he just didn’t want to type out his whole name if he’s just on his phone.

          • Kramer

            Didn’t see you already guessed it perfectly.

          • ropeadope

            Yup

      • Kramer

        Yes.

        I’m on a phone. Easy too lazy and incompetent to spell it all out.

        • Kramer

          *way too lazy.

          Case and point.

  • vicki

    lobaton thinks he’s a baseball player.

    • your mom

      It’s amazing what a little confidence can do. Didn’t he hit like 2 walk-offs last week?

  • JLC 776

    Hope he gets this crap out of his system tonight… but he had a down game last time out as well. Hopefully CC picks up the hot baton tomorrow.

    • your mom

      Or we need to shit on David Price’s parade. Where’s Jeter when you need him?

    • the Real Greg

      He had that 8 shutout innings against the Angels.
      That’s the only ace start he’s had this month.

      He’s pitched badly against Chicago, Boston,(gave up 9 and 11 hits respectively) and now Tampa Bay

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        3 runs in 7 innings isn’t exactly pitching badly. Mediocre, not bad.

        • forensic

          Quality Start!!!

          Greg should’ve loved it…

          • the Real Greg

            The problem is the opponent.

          • WhittakerWalt

            More than 2 runs!

            FAILURE

        • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

          It’s pretty good, actually. If I could get that guaranteed from our best starter every time, I’d take it.

        • the Real Greg

          Yes, but he gave up 9 hits to the worst offense in the AL (apart from ours at the time). That’s a no-no

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    A’s are losing so worse case Yanks don’t lose any ground.

    • your mom

      A’s could come back though.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Can they please hang a crooked number on this 12 year old looking motherfucker? Just looking at him pisses me off. Lets wake up, bats!

  • vicki

    o’s just had a six-run inning….

  • WhittakerWalt

    Ever since Hiroki took over the ERA lead he’s been terrible.
    YCPB

  • Wedge

    Yanks will be 3-20 when piniella is in the booth last 2 years

    • the Real Greg

      Is that actually true. GET HIM OUT OF THERE.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Yeah, they probably would have played better with a different announcer.

        • WhittakerWalt

          What Would George Do?

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            Fire Girardi and Cashman?

    • WhittakerWalt

      Embedded Devil Ray.

    • Pat D

      Tampa St. Pete is the new Anaheim.

  • forensic

    At least this time it was Zobrist…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    I know the bullpen is short, but Kuroda is more important.
    Let Joba finish out the game.

  • Cy Pettitte

    unbelievable. in 5 innings they erased any good feelings I had based on the last 1.5 weeks.

    • JLC 776

      That’s just silly.

      React to baseball in full series, not individual games. Keeps your blood pressure safe.

    • WhittakerWalt

      That’s pretty fickle, wouldn’t you say?

    • your mom

      We can still come back. . . . . . . . . . . .

  • Kramer

    Kuroda has given up 1/4 of his home runs this season in the space of four innings.

  • And in merrie olde England

    First time I ever saw a pitcher pointing for the flyball appear to make a difference.

  • Wheels

    Gardner couldn’t hit a triple if his hand was seriously hurt.

  • your mom

    Good job Grandy, nice at bat.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Why on earth is Kuroda still in?

    Let Joba take one for the team

    • forensic

      Trying to get him the win, Girardi must feel a 6 run inning right around the corner…

  • JGYank

    Apparently Hughes’ pitching is contagious. First CC and now it looks like Kuroda has turned into him.

  • forensic

    Apparently Sterling can’t tell the difference between Kuroda and Joba by looking at them.

    I guess that’s understandable, they do look exactly the same in all ways…

    • Mickey Scheister

      They are, um, uh, both RHP?

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        Their skin tones are kind of similar too.

  • Kramer

    I know I’m a jerk, I know I’m cynical, etc.

    But is there anything more cliche’d than the baseball game marriage proposal. FFS. Enough.

    • JLC 776

      I used to have a theory that it was the same couple, traveling the country, getting re-engaged in some weird, groundhog day-esque manner every single night.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Wow. What a catch.

  • Kramer

    Of course he caught it.

  • JLC 776

    One of those nights.

  • stuart a

    jobber with a 1-2-3 inning wow. miracles do happen.

    tampa’s d has really hurt the yanks tonight…

  • VT Yankee Fan

    How bad has Joba been? That was only the 5th clean inning he has thrown all year.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      And it’s a mop up. Would have been nice to see that in some high leverage situations.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    Embarrassing ! These guys show zero fear, zero respect. These guys are digging in, sitting in their rocking chair, deep in the box, and swinging from the heels. Where’s Pedro Martinez or Roger Clemens when you need’em. These guys are WAY TOO COMFORTABLE !

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    That’s just awful, Brett.

  • vicki

    twins are doing their part.

    • ropeadope

      Mary-Kate and Ashley? God bless ‘em.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Jesus Brett you are one bad baserunner.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    The timbre of Dewayne Staats’ voice is like mother******* nails on a chalkboard ! And to say that he enjoys the demise of his ex-employer…, is a huge understatement !

  • vicki

    i hope you guys are watching the rocky movie unfolding in baltimore.

  • And in merrie olde England

    Shame it’s the first one.

    I’m going to console myself with Rocky training montages on youtube.