Game 146: Win it for Derek

(Patrick Smith/Getty)

(Patrick Smith/Getty)

The Yankees delivered some bad but not at all unsurprising news this afternoon. Derek Jeter‘s season is over due to lingering left ankle soreness, and he won’t return even if the team manages to claw its way into the postseason. I know as well as anyone that Jeter wasn’t exactly productive when he did play this year, but losing him is still a big blow in the grand scheme of things. No one wants to see Eduardo Nunez or Brendan Ryan in the lineup on a daily basis, especially in important late-season games. That’s what we’re stuck with, however. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Scott Feldman:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Alex Rodriguez
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. RF Curtis Granderson
  6. 3B Mark Reynolds
  7. 1B Lyle Overbay
  8. SS Brendan Ryan
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is left-hander Andy Pettitte. He’s been excellent in his last six starts (1.75 ERA), and with Ivan Nova coming back to Earth, Andy is the team’s best starter at this very moment. The Yankees need him to come up big tonight.

It is crazy hot in Baltimore, with temperatures in the low-90s and humidity that makes it feel like 100+. That’s mid-August weather, not mid-September weather. The important thing is that there is no rain in the forecast. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Roster Update: Ryan has joined the team, obviously. Jim Miller was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot.

Injury Updates: David Robertson (shoulder) is indeed available tonight. That’s good news. … Boone Logan (elbow) is not feeling any better and isn’t close to returning. That’s bad news.

Categories : Game Stories


  1. nycsportzfan says:

    I don’t mind seeing Nunez in the lineup often. I’ve always liked his speed and batting ability(reminds me of Alexi Ramirez) type. Hopefully Brendan Ryans Defense is more then what we’d get offensivley and on the base paths from Nunez. At least hes good defensively though.

  2. vicki says:

    my god, bobby valentine.

  3. YankeeFan says:

    Yanks really need to see what they have in Cabral. I doubt Logan comes back this season.

  4. Eddard says:

    Excuse me, no one wants to see Eduardo Nuney in the lineup on a daily basis? Anyway, they must at least split this series to stay alive. Can’t rely on Huff tomorrow so tonight is a must win.

    • Winter says:

      All games are “must win” at this point. I don’t mean that they have to win every single game, but they do have to play with the mentality that every game is do or die. They can’t let one get out of hand and say “we’ll get ‘em tomorrow.” And they can’t give up on any game. I don’t care if they’re down five runs in the second inning. That game is NOT over ad they still need that win.

      • Chris says:

        I am thinking they have to win both of these games. They need a 5 game win streak somewhere in here and they have to beat the teams ahead of them. Running out of time for these splits to be acceptable.

    • vicki says:

      mike was trolling you, E.

  5. Rolling Doughnut says:

    I’m sorry to see Jeter done for the season but I disagree that he’d be better either defensively or at the plate than Nuñez. The Cap’t looked pretty rough at short and his slash, albeit SSS, was pretty bad.

  6. JGYank says:

    When you are batting behind Brendan Ryan you know you suck.

  7. JGYank says:

    Why are people defending Nunez? Can’t catch or throw accurately and is a below average hitter. He only runs well.

    • JGYank says:

      Never understood what people saw in him. He has 1 good tool and yet he somehow was seen as the SS of the future.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      I’m sticking up for em, becasue i like his line drive swing and his speed. Yes, hes not great defender, but i like his offense and swing. His avg is down a bit, but hes played darn well offensivley for awhile now. He was a 280BAhitter coming into the yr with good SB/CS ratio also.

      • JGYank says:

        I do like the fact he hits liners and sometimes hits the ball hard, but he is not good enough offensively to justify his defense. He just doesn’t get on base enough or get enough extra base hits. He’s like Ichiro now without the flailing out of the zone or the infield hits. He has a .267/.315/.374 career line and has a 85 wRC+ and -2.1 WAR in his career. Fangraphs has him at -40.7 fielding runs. Not good.

  8. RetroRob says:

    Ryan and Stewart back to back. Yikes.

  9. Anderson Silva says:

    The throw beat him but he missed the tag. What a fucking throw by Wieters.

  10. JGYank says:

    Gardy on third with one out and Cano up against a righty. Got to like our chances of scoring here.

  11. Get him on, get him over, get him in. Well done.

  12. Wheels says:

    Gardner advances to 3rd

  13. dkidd says:

    small ball!

    brendan ryan approves

  14. Vern Sneaker says:

    Just got in and learned the Jeter news. Sad. One of the greatest. Hope he can return next year and be useful in some role that isn’t embarrassing. I’d hate to see him go out the way the Mick did. That was painful.

  15. Anderson Silva says:

    Ryan and Stewart back-to-back is sad.

  16. nycsportzfan says:

    Come on Yanks! This is such a freaking monster game, lets get it done!!! Muscle up Gardy, u haven’t went deep in awhile.

  17. Cy Pettitte says:

    I could get used to Ryan and Cano up the middle in the field

  18. Anderson Silva says:

    Only this sorry ass team can deploy the shift and still get beat on it. What a mess.

  19. Cy Pettitte says:

    does the shift ever work for the Yankees? they either hit it the other way or through the shift.

    • Tom says:

      A couple of weeks ago on MLB tonight they had an interesting stat.

      The Yankees are one of the top 5 teams in terms of # of shifts (interestingly 4 were in the AL East). They were also the only one of those teams that was estimated to get 0 benefit from it (the other teams were in the 5-10 runs saved by shifting).

  20. CashmanNinja says:

    The shift was on and they still couldn’t get that? And come on Cano…geez.

  21. Eddard says:

    Pathetic throw by Robbie. They never should have scored 2 there. Never.

  22. Winter says:

    Ugh. What a bad throw. Just airmailed it.

  23. RetroRob says:

    They have Machado at home plate with a semi-decent throw.

  24. Frank says:

    Same old problem all season rears its ugly head- inability to close out an inning with 2 outs.

  25. nycsportzfan says:

    Pettitte coulden’t get outta this inning with 2out and no one on to start it out.

  26. Kenny says:

    About a two-foot gap in the shift and they can’t get it?

  27. nycsportzfan says:

    Seems like most of the time we get 3ball 0strike counts, we end up striking out alot. Arod can’t strike out up 3-0 in the fucking count. Thats just so freaking annoying! Feldman is a clown. Hit this dude!

  28. Cuso says:

    A-Rod is the King at letting 2 perfect strikes go by and then swinging at one out of the zone.

  29. Winter says:

    Ok Robbie, let’s make up for that throw now.

  30. Cy Pettitte says:

    the Rays are just begging the Yankees to take their playoff spot, they better win tonight.

  31. Anderson Silva says:

    not even a single hit in 4 hits against Roger Clemen.. I mean Scott Feldman.

  32. Feldman has now thrown 10.2 straight scoreless innings against the Yankees, and the Yankees still have no hits tonight. Eww.

  33. nycsportzfan says:

    Sterling cant believe the yanks haven’t sniffed a hit against Feldman. I agree.

  34. Eddard says:

    Soriano and Alex get 2-0 counts and can’t do a damn thing. Rays are losing so they’ve got to win this.

  35. nycsportzfan says:

  36. Wheels says:

    Machado is a scary good third baseman.

  37. Widget says:

    Tampa sucks. How can we not snatch that wild card from them? This sucks because watch Tampa smoke the yankees next week.

  38. Three times Andy has allowed the leadoff man to reach tonight. Not exactly a recipe for success.

  39. JGYank says:

    Tampa is losing and Cleveland and Texas lost. We have to take advantage. We don’t know how many opportunities we will have to catch up.

    • Already wasted three chances last week, and if the Yankees miss out, that’s gonna be a source of irritation for the next six months.

      • JGYank says:

        Yeah. Tons of missed opportunities and we can point to several games. We even let KC sneak up on us and get back into the race. They are like a game behind us. All the WC contenders have not played very well.

  40. Anderson Silva says:

    Awful pitching by Pettitte. He’s not long for this game.

  41. Eddard says:

    It’s just about time to stick a fork in this season. They haven’t managed a hit off Tillman and Andy isn’t sharp tonight. They lose this one it’s over.

  42. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

    All they had to do was get Mike Trout… And Andrew McCutchen… And Chase Utley… And Chase Headley… And Clayton Kershaw… And Greinke… And Puig.. And Goldschmitt.. I missed the part where that was difficult.

  43. nycsportzfan says:

    down 3-1 now. Pettitte is getting tagged. If we come back tonight, could be back breaker for O’s. Lets hope.

  44. Frank says:

    This game is getting away from them. Andy needs to get out of this right now.

  45. Vern Sneaker says:

    Singleton with a Doo-Wop reference. The Jive Five, great group. Go Ken!

    • Cuso says:

      Man alive! Two fo’ five! Shut yo mouth! I can dig it!!

      yo, remember back on the boogie when cats use to harmonize like…whooo, whooo whooo whooo, / yo, my men and my women,

  46. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Andy’s getting rocked. ope Girardi doesn’t wait till we’re down by 5 or 6. e looks tired, pitch count or no pitch count.

  47. nycsportzfan says:

    Pettitte getting smacked around! Wowsers! Hard hit missles!

  48. Frank says:

    Another 2 out situation. Can they limit the damage to just the 1 run?

  49. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Two strikes put him away Andy.

  50. Wheels says:

    Come on Andy

  51. Eddard says:

    WOW! What a shot. Just like that they’re back in the ballgame.

  52. RetroRob says:

    I suppose if the first hit’s not coming to the 5th inning, at least make it count.

  53. Rolling Doughnut says:

    A bomb into the street.

  54. Wheels says:

    Grandy gets a plaque for that? Pretty sweet

    • RetroRob says:

      Seems to me there must be lots of plaques out there, or maybe that’s a more unique HR shot than I’m giving credit for?

      Nice distance, but at Camden I’d think they’d be more common.

      • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

        They put down little baseball sized plaques with the name of the player and date of the home run for all the balls that carry onto the street. It’s basically comprised of Brady Anderson and David Ortiz exclusively.

        • RetroRob says:

          Thanks. I would think lefties with decent power would make it out there with some regularity, although pulling a ball for distance and height is not that easy. I know O’Neill has got to be out there. I would think Cano would have put one out there, too, but perhaps not.

  55. That story about Curtis and Long must be dated to either 8/9 or 8/10/2010.


  56. Cuso says:

    No one is calling anyone a “JT “

  57. Cy Pettitte says:

    I’m starting to think Reynolds might be a good option for 3B next year if A-Rod is suspended. He’s looked solid defensively, will probably stay healthy and they can most likely get him on a 1 year deal.

  58. 1-2-3 from Pettitte and the lineup turns over here. Time to get this game back even, or even better.

  59. Cy Pettitte says:

    fuck I love A-Rod. Serious man crush right now.

  60. Alkaline says:


  61. Wheels says:

    An A Bomb! fuck yeah

  62. Darren says:

    Fuckin AROD! Comin through for his bestie, the Cap’n!!

  63. MP says:

    Man, does A-Rod look good right now. Salary and all, gonna miss that dude’s bat next year.

  64. Rolling Doughnut says:

    ARod is heating up wow.

  65. Eddard says:


  66. RetroRob says:

    Power Rod.

  67. JGYank says:

    Tied. Nice to know we can comeback at any time.

  68. Many things I don’t like about ARod. But he is a Yankee, and he has my full support. No two ways about it.

  69. Wheels says:

    Oh shut up about that shit right now, Kay.

    • Andy says:

      Not watching–what was Kay saying?

      • I figure this was in regards to Kay mentioning Willie Mays and that ARod is only seven HR shy of 660 now.

        I don’t think ARod gets there. He won’t in 2013, and the suspension will likely end his career.

        • RetroRob says:

          I agree on the first, not the second.

          He will play after the suspension. He will be owed three years of pay and he certainly doesn’t seem anywhere near done. If anything, he looks as good as he has in a few years post the surgery.

          I suspect the suspension will be reduced and he will play at some point in 2014.

        • JGYank says:

          I wouldn’t say it’s likely. Arod clearly will do a lot to get the rest of what is on his contract.

        • OldYanksFan says:

          My guess is the suspension will be between 100 and 150 games. Not only will he play in 2014, but I BET he’s gunning for 715.

          The guy is driven. Even as an elder, with both hips fixed, he may be better now than 2 years ago.

      • Wheels says:

        Just bringing up the A-Rod’s PED thing after they put up a graphic of the all-time HR leaders. I mean that’s fine and in garbage time in July or something, but the game is close and the topic has been talked to death already.

    • Kenny says:

      Agree. ARod is getting it from all quarters. I’ll be damned if I can see why his own broadcaster crew has to join in every time he hits a home run.

  70. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

    I hope alex is doing the “they’re about to suspend me so they obviously aren’t going to test me so i will do steroids” bit just as an f you to MLB

    • RetroRob says:

      Oh, they’re testing him! Bud would love to catch him now. Yet remember, he didn’t fail a test. His name was on a list, so whatever he was doing to cover up his PED usage must be pretty good.

  71. JGYank says:

    How does Pettitte look?

  72. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Oh fuck why is Andy still in there? He had a 1-2-3 fifth, great. But he should not have started the sixth.

  73. JGYank says:

    Quality start against a good lineup. I’ll take it.

  74. Eddard says:

    Andy’s pitched another gem. Past two games he’s done the same only to have the pen implode and blow the lead. Let’s hope they can win it for him this time.

  75. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Well, I’m glad to have been proved wrong.

  76. Mick taylor says:

    Anyone know why yanks have neverplayed at home on sept 11 since9/11?

  77. Cuso says:

    It feels like we’re chasing another solo home run

  78. Cuso says:

    David Huff. Wow.

  79. JGYank says:

    Pull him. He’s done.

  80. Wheels says:

    Good job Andy.

  81. JGYank says:

    Hopefully we can get out of this inning before we get to the middle of the order.

  82. Cuso says:

    Nice start, Andy. This is your swan song, too. We won’t forget you.

  83. Eddard says:

    Andy gave them all he had tonight. Pen needs to pick him up for once. Kay made a big deal about Andy going past 100 pitches. I think Joe is treating him like Mariano, he won’t be back next season so might as well use up everything he has in the tank.

  84. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Andy stepped up. Well done.

  85. OldYanksFan says:

    It’s probably temporary, but ARod now has the BEST OPS on the team.

  86. JGYank says:

    Who’s coming in from the pen?

  87. Winter says:

    I’m not sure I like going to Kelley here. Roberts bats better vs righties and Pettitte would have held McLouth better.

  88. nycsportzfan says:

    Stewart and Ryan make pressence felt with huge Caught stealing throw and pick and tag by the duo.

  89. Eddard says:

    Got him! That’s the one thing Stewie does well.

  90. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Stewie nails McClouth then Kelley freezes Roberts. Nice.

  91. Eddard says:

    I’d PH Eduardo Nuney for Ryan here and see if he can spark something. If he gets on, PH Ichiro for Stewie.

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

    Late comer here (awesome through by everybody’s least favorite catcher).

    Quick Jeter take: Sorry he’s gone, it’s a real shame, but to be honest he wasn’t helping that much anyway…oh well.

  93. Nope, not predicting a Stewart home run here.

  94. RetroRob says:

    He’s not DL’d. They could use him in an extreme emergency.

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

      That’s something that shouldn’t be tempted though. They’re right, concussions are ultra-serious.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      No way. He has a concussion dude. Like his brain was rattled around in his skull. He’s out for a week, maybe more.

  95. RetroRob says:

    Hunter throws 98 mph? I don’t think so.

  96. Eddard says:

    They’ll have a shot in the 9th with 3-4-5, Drob needs to hold them if he’s coming in.

  97. Hope DRob doesn’t have the same rust he did when he pitched against Chicago last week.

  98. Wheels says:

    Shit, leadoff hit.

  99. Rolling Doughnut says:

    DRob got LUCKY there

  100. Kenny says:

    Not sure if it’s been discussed but…wow…Bobby Valentine, really?

  101. MP says:

    Sick off-speed there to get Davis.

  102. YES says:

    Manny isn’t stealing don’t worry about him

  103. Wheels says:

    This is huge.

  104. RetroRob says:

    Ryan is supposed to catch those.

  105. Mr. Roth says:

    this ump has the weirdest strikezone…

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

    I thought Ryan was this defensive wizard? Come on dude.

  107. Rolling Doughnut says:

    There’s our defensive addition. wtf

  108. lee says:

    yeah, seems like i’ve seen Jeter make that play a time or two.

  109. Robbie, Sori, Curtis.


  110. MP says:

    Huge escape there. Got through the meat of their order with ours coming up. Attaboy Robertson

  111. Eddard says:

    Now is the time to win it with 3-4-5 against Jimmy Johnson.

  112. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Jesus DRob just can’t do it the easy way.

  113. Frank says:

    Hard to believe on 20k fans in the park with their team in the thick of a playoff spot. Especially vs. Yanks.

    • RetroRob says:

      It is odd. September baseball, they’re in the race, they’re playing the Yankees, the team they’re fighting for a spot. Yankee fans usually help fill up the park, too. Seems like both fan bases are a bit out of it.

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

    Pffffft, so not clutch.

  115. Cy Pettitte says:

    Robinson! now close it out, Mo.

  116. Eddard says:


  117. Wheels says:


  118. Cuso says:

    Get the fuckin’ Sandman ready!

  119. OldYanksFan says:

    ARod Is the biggest cheerleader on the team.

  120. Eddard says:

    Grandy! Another high ball hit well. That’s a big insurance run to get home.

  121. Mo has no doubt been shaky of late, but he is now in this game, and not facing Machado-Davis-Jones, either.

    Get Curtis to the plate, and we should be feeling good.

  122. Wheels says:

    An insurance run would be nice.

  123. Hardy-Dickerson (remember him?)-McLouth due up in the 9th, as is.

    Wouldn’t be shocked if Markakis PH for C-Dick.

  124. Cuso says:

    It’s a joke that Adam Jones is heralded as a lock for a GG. He’s defent, but he definitely isn’t deserving of the “Gold Glove lock” accolade

  125. OldYanksFan says:

    Sometimes just getting the bat on the ball is more important than moving a lot of air.

  126. Eddard says:

    The only one they could PH for Overbay would be Nuney but then you’d have to bring him in defensively. I’d just leave the clutch Overbay in with the 4-3 lead.

  127. Winter says:

    I’m sorry, but why isn’t Wells PHing here?

  128. Frank says:

    HUGE. Overbay with another clutch hit.

  129. Jerry Meals would’ve called him out.

  130. Wheels says:

    Yes! Overbay

  131. Eddard says:

    OVERBAY! CLUTCH AGAIN! Big insurance run.

  132. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Big run. Sweet.

  133. Dan in Athens says:

    Do not go gentile into that good night

  134. ropeadope says:

    Overbay in overdrive to leg it out!

  135. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    I never thought I say this, but here goes: Let’s GO Red Sox!

  136. The Real Greg says:

    Quick question will clear confusion. If he swings and it hits him, is the ball dead? Because if not, he should be at first base.

  137. Frank says:

    Somebody is going to blow a gasket.

  138. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    3 more outs. Lets do this.

  139. Mick taylor says:

    Terrible managing by showalter. Why not walk overbay and pitch hunter to Ryan? Where are all the experts who said overbay should be cut?

    • Eddard says:

      Yes, that was not good managing there. Joe would have either had to let Ryan hit or PH Ichiro vs Hunter and force Nuney to come in defensively. Buck has been outmanaged tonight.

  140. The insurance run is just so huge. Mo has been shaky, and now there’s some cushion.

    Have to hope he’s not gassed out right now. At least it’s the bottom 1/3 coming up.

  141. Tom says:

    Thank you Buck.

    He has his righty on with the first 2 out of 3 hitters being lefty.

    Then rather than just walk Overbay to face hard hitting Brendan Ryan he brings in a LOOGY for Overbay? Overbay may not hit lefties well, but Ryan doesn’t hit ANYONE well.

    Buck really screwed that inning up pretty good. But thanks for the tack on run, Buck.

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

    All right Mo, now let’s make Lewis and fucking Clark proud.

  143. The Real Greg says:

    By the way, HOLY CRAP A’S

    17 runs in 4.1 innings?

  144. Eddard says:

    4 pitches, 2 out! Make this quick, Mo.

  145. Wheels says:

    One more.

  146. Jeez, one strike away.

    Don’t let this end the same way quite a few recently have.

  147. nsalem says:

    Twice as many 3-1′s for Mo in 2/3rds of an inning as CC has had in two years.

  148. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Final strike Mo let’s go put him away

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

    Here it is.

  150. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Gardy got a late jump on that.

  151. Cuso says:

    How could Gardy be playing him that shallow?

  152. OldYanksFan says:

    Need a back door here……

  153. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Jesus Mo.

  154. David N says:

    Damn, that Overbay hit was HUUUUUGE…

  155. ArchStanton says:

    Not a good match-up right now.

  156. All these foul balls. This is getting irritating. Do not want the big guns in the O’s lineup to get next chances. Finish this here, Mo.

  157. Cuso says:

    This is getting really,REALLY dicey right now

  158. Karl Krawfid says:

    Come on elevate Mo!

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

    I feel really bad about this.

  160. One strike away AGAIN. Third time’s the charm. Finish this.

  161. Eddard says:

    Damn it, Mariano. Close this out! 4 pitches to get 2 outs now he’s at 17.

  162. Seriously, if this ends up being another “two out, two strikes blown save”, I can’t imagine what I’ll do. Irritating as all hell.

  163. Wheels says:

    Phew. Great win

  164. David N says:


  165. nycsportzfan says:

    Come on Mo, this is a huge game brother! We need you, you HOF’er you!

  166. Andy says:

    Yankees win! (But Tampa ties it)

  167. The Real Greg says:

    And of course the Red Sox and Rays are tied in the 8th 3-3

  168. Tom says:

    Nice job… at this point it’s not about style points. Just get the “W”

  169. NeilT says:

    …and breathe again.

  170. flamingo says:

    Tampa just tied the game.

  171. OldYanksFan says:

    Mo ‘Houdini’ Rivera.
    No good for my stomach.

  172. Karl Krawfid says:

    Thats how you elevate!!!!!

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

    Mo is pitching REALLY badly right now.

    • Darren says:

      Pitching badly for Mo, maybe.

      Still pitching like your standard top-notch, closer in the non-Mo division.
      This is how other teams get their saves. Nervous 9ths, Wetteland style, remember?
      Mo’s super calm 1-2-3s for 15 years was a once in a lifetime occurrence.

  174. Eddard says:

    FINALLY! Got a gift call on the 2nd strike. Another great day with all the others losing. Boston needs to hold on.

  175. Wheels says:

    Little help from the ump on that 2nd strike.

  176. Meeks54 says:

    Come the fuck on Workman, he’s like Boston’s version of Phil Hughes or Joba.

  177. MB923 says:

    Man if Brett Gardner did not play McClouth so shallow, Mo throws about 10 less pitches than he did, doesn’t give up a run, and gets a clean 1-2-3

    Oh well, we got the victory and that’s what matters.

  178. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Not pretty but Mo gets it done. Now let’s cobble together a win tomorrow

  179. Meeks54 says:

    Can’t believe I have to pull for Boston, let’s go you bunch of misfits.

  180. WhittakerWalt says:

    Cano now has 100 RBI, so he’s a good player.

    - stuart

  181. The Real Greg says:

    Red Sox bring in Uehara

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

    Oh, fuck you Loney.

  183. The Real Greg says:

    Another thing to consider.

    Texas has come crashing back to Earth. 2-8 in their last 10 games, including getting swept by the Pirates.

    Rangers have 3 at home against Oakland, 4 in Tampa Bay and 3 in Kansas City.

    So both WC spots may be up for grabs.

  184. David N says:

    I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but…

    Come on, Napoli.

  185. nsalem says:

    go sox!!!!

  186. David N says:

    Thank you Mike Carp.

  187. Mike says:

    Sox are winning it for Derek!

  188. Well Fauxto isn’t his nickname just because of his name. ;)

  189. Eddard says:

    Carp has hit a GS! Maddon brings in Roberto Hernandez and everyone and their brother knew that was a bad move.

  190. The Real Greg says:

    Damn, a Pinch hit granny by Mike Carp.

  191. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Man, it is so distasteful to have to root for the Red Sox.

    But the Yankees’ playoff chances have already tripled over the past two nights and will increase further once the Rays lose. Still a ways to go, but it feels pretty good for now.

  192. Meeks54 says:

    I think the Red Sox have this one in the bag after that granny.

  193. Meeks54 says:

    1 game back bitches!!!

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