Game 128: Home

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

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.

Categories : Game Stories


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

    Lyle Overbay pretending to be Jeff Goldblum?

  2. JLC 776 says:

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

  3. Alright, now that is a sweet sand-sculpture.

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

  4. Now Batting says:

    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.

  5. trr says:

    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!

  6. dkidd says:

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

  7. dkidd says:

    hiroki hit a wall around his 25th start last year

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

  8. 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.

  9. Sweet Dick Willie says:

    Play today, win today. Das it.

  10. Wheels says:

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

  11. vicki says:

    lefty with reverse platoon splits
    chris stewart

  12. forensic says:

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

  13. Cuso says:

    Little bit of a sloppy at-bat there

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

    Shift this.

  15. forensic says:

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

  16. Cuso says:

    Nice job, Sori

  17. Eddard says:

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

  18. pat says:


  19. dkidd says:

    who’s sori now???

  20. Wheels says:

    That pitch was pretty low.

  21. Cuso says:

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

  22. vicki says:

    lou, you old coot.

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

  23. pat says:

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

  24. Cuso says:

    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 says:

      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.

      • Cuso says:

        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.

  25. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    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 says:

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

  26. dkidd says:

    mark reynolds, pickin’ machine!

  27. Pat D says:

    Just remember everyone…cocaine is a helluva drug.

  28. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Kuroda looking extra filthy.

  29. vicki says:

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

  30. Wheels says:

    Gotta cut Lou off before he gets going.

  31. dkidd says:

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

  32. vicki says:

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

  33. RetroRob says:

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

  34. dkidd says:

    tropicana outfield is in pristine shape

  35. dkidd says:

    dice-k being dice-k

  36. forensic says:


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

    Dang it

  38. Eddard says:

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

  39. RetroRob says:


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

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

  41. dkidd says:

    if they mated:

    coco crisp + felicia “snoop” pearson = chris archer

  42. number 21 says:

    I really dislike the Rays.

  43. Rolling Doughnut says:

    The hand. Fuck.

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

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

    10 bucks says Gardner is on the DL by tomorrow.

  45. Kevin G. says:

    This is ridiculous.

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

  47. Kevin G. says:

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

  48. RetroRob says:

    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!

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

    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).

  50. forensic says:

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

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

    of course

  52. Eddard says:

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

  53. Kramer says:

    Hiroki is falling behind effing everyone.

  54. stuart a says:

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

  55. number 21 says:


  56. forensic says:

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

  57. Kramer says:

    And another fucking two out hr. Ffs.

  58. Cy Pettitte says:

    the Kuroda regression came at a great time

  59. the Real Greg says:

    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.

  60. Eddard says:

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

  61. Kramer says:

    G–dfucking dammit Kuroda. ARE YOU KIDDING ME.

  62. forensic says:

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

  63. JLC 776 says:

    Seriously, what the hell?

  64. number 21 says:

    oh come on…

  65. forensic says:

    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.

  66. Eddard says:

    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.

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

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

  68. Cuso says:

    Hooked on a feeling?

    I guess playing good teams should readjust our outlook.

  69. JLC 776 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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

  70. the Real Greg says:

    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.

  71. Rolling Doughnut says:

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

  72. the Real Greg says:

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

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      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 says:

        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

  73. Kramer says:

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

  74. Rolling Doughnut says:

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

  75. your mom says:

    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.

  76. Rolling Doughnut says:

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

  77. Wheels says:

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

  78. your mom says:

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

  79. Kramer says:

    Tonights tickets were a gift.

    Fuck me.

  80. vicki says:

    lobaton thinks he’s a baseball player.

  81. JLC 776 says:

    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.

  82. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

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

  83. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    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!

  84. vicki says:

    o’s just had a six-run inning….

  85. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  86. Wedge says:

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

  87. forensic says:

    At least this time it was Zobrist…

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

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

  89. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  90. Kramer says:

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

  91. And in merrie olde England says:

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

  92. Wheels says:

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

  93. your mom says:

    Good job Grandy, nice at bat.

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

    Why on earth is Kuroda still in?

    Let Joba take one for the team

  95. JGYank says:

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

  96. forensic says:

    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…

  97. Kramer says:

    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 says:

      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.

  98. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Wow. What a catch.

  99. Kramer says:

    Of course he caught it.

  100. JLC 776 says:

    One of those nights.

  101. stuart a says:

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

    tampa’s d has really hurt the yanks tonight…

  102. VT Yankee Fan says:

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

  103. Shittyshittybangbang says:

    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 !

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

    That’s just awful, Brett.

  105. vicki says:

    twins are doing their part.

  106. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Jesus Brett you are one bad baserunner.

  107. Shittyshittybangbang says:

    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 !

  108. vicki says:

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

  109. And in merrie olde England says:

    Shame it’s the first one.

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

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