Game 148: Win it for Brett

(Greg Fiume/Getty)

(Greg Fiume/Getty)

A few weeks ago, losing Brett Gardner to a Grade I oblique injury would have been devastating. He was the team’s second best hitter until the cavalry arrived in late-July, and he’s been a steady, count-working presence atop the lineup. By no means is Gardner a star, but he’s a very big part of the team and the Yankees can’t really replace what he brings to the table. It’s a big loss and they’ll have to get over it. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander John Lackey:

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

And on the mound is right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who held these same Red Sox to two runs in six laborious innings last week. He threw 117 pitches in those six innings, an average of 4.68 pitches per batter faced. Mike Napoli leads all qualified hitters with an average of 4.57 pitches per plate appearance, for reference. Given the state of the bullpen, Kuroda needs to put together a fewer quick innings.

It’s been raining in Boston for a good part of the day, but things are supposed to be clear for the game tonight. Clouds and humidity, lots and lots of humidity, but no rain. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm ET and can be seen on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Austin Romine (concussion) passed an imPACT test. He rode a bike and hit in the batting cage today, and he’ll take light batting practice on the field. They’ll see how he feels and go from there … Boone Logan (elbow) has “turned a corner a little bit” and could be available when the Yankees play the Blue Jays next week … A-Rod (hamstring) is scheduled to play third base tomorrow.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Jedile says:

    Instead of With it, can we please try to win it??

  2. Eddard says:

    I think it’s supposed to say Will it for Brett because that’s what they’ll have to do. Without Gardner the defense is much worse and the lineup is not nearly as deep. Just look at 6-9. Just a nightmare season.

  3. Cuso says:

    I’m Sick With It

    He Hate Me

  4. Cuso says:

    Dammit. He changed it. No more fun for the inmates :-\

  5. CashmanNinja says:

    Granderson in the leadoff spot is going to kill us. I’d rather put Ichiro there since he *hopefully* wouldn’t strike out as much and usually makes better contact. The loss of Gardner really, really hurts :|

  6. Anderson Silva says:

    Is it too much to ask for a nice, easy, 8-3 win and a vintage, 8IP, 2ER performance from Kuroda?

  7. vicki says:

    good conditions for the sinker, if only stewie can keep it in front of him. if only.

    today and every day, i miss you, russell martin.

    • CashmanNinja says:

      I hated the thought of locking Martin up long term, but that’s before Romine face planted and Cervelli turned out to be dumber than we previously thought. That one is biting us in the ass now because Stewart…is just not a capable catcher. I don’t even think his defense is worthy enough of a backup job. He’s like the new-aged John Flaherty.

  8. CashmanNinja says:

    That was a BEAUTIFUL play by Cano! Finally someone did that! WOW.

  9. Anderson Silva says:


  10. vicki says:

    as i live and breathe.

  11. Anderson Silva says:

    I really like this Grandy-Alex combo to start things off.

  12. Patrick says:

    Who is the third announcer? Ken and Kay of course but who is the third guy?

  13. Elton Cod says:

    Bret “The Hit Man” Gardner. His absence really hurts this lineup. Back to having a bunch of trash/recycling in 5-9.

  14. nsalem says:

    He was busting it

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



  16. Cuso says:

    Wtf was that?! How do you call a strike on that check?!

  17. Wheels says:

    A bunt double!

  18. Anderson Silva says:

    What a joke of an AB by Soriano.

  19. Pat D says:

    Fuck yo’ shift!

  20. A bunt double, that is a first for me.

    Also, no umpire review as its not a new crew, but we have:

    Ted Barrett
    Mike DiMuro
    Ron Kulpa
    Alfonso Marquez.

  21. JGYank says:

    Way to show them how it’s done Cano. Nice hustle.

  22. dkidd says:

    hiroki threw a gazillion pitches last start. hoping for the best…

  23. Pat D says:

    I would seriously not mind if I never had to hear about/look upon Pedroia ever again.

    Translation: someone put a hit out on him.

  24. Anderson Silva says:

    Get to 0-2 and throw a cookie down the middle. Great to see Kuroda getting tips from Hughes.

  25. Pat D says:

    Mike Napoli is one ugly mf’er.

  26. Elton Cod says:

    a list of all known bunt doubles, though i think there’s been one or two more this year:

  27. JGYank says:

    I getting tired of the shift.

  28. Pat D says:

    Yea, it’s easy to hit doubles in that travesty of a ballpark.

    Who’s with me to go blow it up?!?

  29. dkidd says:

    crooked number in the first was pretty much a given

    we’re still winning

  30. JGYank says:

    Also if you are gong to shift him to pull at least pitch inside so he pulls the ball.

  31. Anderson Silva says:

    This is depressing. The Red Sox are so much better it’s not even funny.

    • Captain Turbo says:

      They’re obviously cheating.

      • Anderson Silva says:

        Or they have a better GM and FO who can assemble a better team.

        • Captain Turbo says:

          That’s just crazy talk.

        • Mikhel says:

          Better than the demigod Cashman? That’s ludicrous!!!

          The Yanks signed Youk for $13 millions, he must be good to be paid that!!

          Also the Yanks acquired Wells, Overbay and Haffner, who wants young good players when you can have players who years ago batted and were amongst the best?

          As for pitching the Yankees didn’t need to sign somebody because they are a well oiled machine producing a lot of aces!!

  32. Leg-End says:

    I kinda expect us to be down early against the Red Sox these days, no big deal plenty of time to come back.

  33. Anderson Silva says:

    I wish Kuroda would come inside against a lefty every now and then. Everything is down and away, they are sitting on that pitch and driving it the other way.

  34. Eddard says:

    It might be just about time to pull the plug on this season. They just aren’t in the same league as the Sox. This is supposedly our ace and they’re treating him like a 5th starter. Hiroki hasn’t looked right in a month and with the loss of Gardner it might be end of the line.

  35. JGYank says:

    Kuroda has lost the zone and is getting hit around already. And a high pitch count. He better get his shit together fast.

  36. JGYank says:

    What sucks is we don’t have a lot of offense to come back. Ryan and Stewart are rally killers. This is wher we miss Jeter and Gardner to lengthen the lineup.

    On a side note imagine the up the middle defense if Gardner was healthy? Cano Ryan Gardner. Awesome combo defensively.

  37. vicki says:


    he’ll find it; i just hope it’s not too late.

  38. David N says:

    Well this has escalated quickly.

  39. Captain Turbo says:


  40. JGYank says:

    Can we please pitch inside to back them off the plate and jam them?

  41. Eddard says:

    Ballgame over, season over. That’s all she wrote, folks. Kuroda has melted down, Gardner is gone for the season and they just can’t beat the Sox.

    • Captain Turbo says:

      It’s that kind of attitude that beat Hannibal at the Battle of Zama.

    • stuart a says:

      your hysteria is funny.

      your are a doom and gloomer… why even watch?

    • Winter says:

      Eddard’s memory is only four days old. Because five days ago they did beat the Sox.

      Also, they lost three of four in that series and didn’t fall out of contention. All they need to do is tread water for this series and the schedule gets significantly easier.

      Also they’re averaging over 6 runs per game in their last eleven games. They have failed to score at least four runs only once in that stretch. This game isn’t over, much less their season.

  42. dkidd says:

    that could have been worse

    no one died

  43. Anderson Silva says:

    Who would have thought? Another pitch away, another hit the other way. Fucking dumb. Thanks for July Hiroki!

  44. Joey says:

    Fuck you Kuroda. Retire.

  45. Pinkie Pie says:

    Well……things certainly aren’t looking very rosy right now. How can you blame anyone for being pessismtic after this?

  46. Widget says:

    It’s fitting that the season ends in Fenway. Terrible fans with an ugly team. Lackey may not give up a run tonight.

    Really let down with how bad Kuroda fell off the face of the earth down the stretch.

  47. Joey says:

    How typical that this guy would come out and put the game out of reach in the first inning. Pathetic.

  48. stuart a says:

    only stupid hitters will not adjust. throw it away hit it oppo.

    look evven cano figured it out with the bunt double…

    game is over at 7:40 EST..Kuroda has been awful for about 7 starts…

    team is on fumes…kuroda at all star game looked like a cy young pitcher, now he looks like hughes, cc, and joba..

  49. Widget says:

    It’s going to be hilarious when the Red Sox get smoked in the post season.

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

    …Annnnnnd this was not at all predictable. This is also the reason Cleveland has over a 10% chance of making the playoffs over us. The Red Sox are just too good for us. We can’t compete with our pitching.

    I’m sure we’ll score a bit, but it’s hard to see the pitching get anything but worse from here.

    • Kenny says:

      Yeah. This Sox lineup has the biggest margin of advantage over the Yankees’ lineup I can remember in years. With the Y’s lineup now “shorter” (although, frankly, Jeter hadn’t been adding much length), the gap is huge.

      They seem to have had a good plan against Nova in NY (take a pass on his curve). Now they’re doing a number on Kuroda’s down-and-away.

      A lot to do for Cash during the off season. If it’s another do-nothing off season, 2014 will be a really long year.

      They might pull it out tonight, but you just have to figure the Sox have a brutal edge, every game.

  51. Frank says:

    Runs allowed after 2 outs. Been a problem all year for this team. I’m betting Yanks are in top 10 in MLB.

    • Mikhel says:

      Before today: 233 runs. With 1 out 230 runs. With 0 outs 140 runs.

      The Yanks are the 14st best team in that regard before today. The worst? The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in California of USA in America of The Eart in The Solar System of The Via Lactea in the Universe, have allowed 291 runs with 2 outs.

  52. Mikhel says:

    Thank god the Yanks saved Kuroda for the Bosox.

    In his last 3 starts vs the Sox including today:

    12 2/3 innings, 20 hits, 11 Runs, 9 ER, 3 W, 6 K, a WHIP a bit below 2.00

    • stuart a says:

      who else do they have? nuno? huff? hughes? they have no options but just whine….

      • Mikhel says:

        Anybody, when you know your pitchers are not doing so good vs a rival team, skip him, you’ve got a 40 man roster, use it!! If Jeter is not gonna come back, then put him in the 60 day DL and promote somebody! Same for the other deadweights still in the 40 man roster and in the DL.

        How many times have you seen CC getting pounded by the Rays and the Red Sox because JoeG thinks “this might be his day”? Sabathia has allowed what… 48 runs in 67 2/3 innings in the last 3 seasons vs the Bosox (9 starts)?

        This team looks worse every year because the Yanks never take risks to try and improve. If your starter can’t beat a team this far in the season with so much in the line, by all means SKIP HIM!!

  53. Anderson Silva says:

    With Reynolds warming up, it’s great that Girardi starts Nunez at 3B

  54. David N says:

    Sorry, I blinked. Did I miss the Yankees coming to bat?

  55. dkidd says:

    need a 10 pitch at-bat here from ichiro

  56. Eddard says:

    Took 30 minutes for Kuroda to retire the Sox in the 1st. Took 30 seconds for Lackey to retire the Yanks in the 2nd.

  57. NY2FanMaynard says:

    7 pitch inning… I hope they start making Lackey work…. This could be a long night.

    • Mikhel says:

      Almost every time a rival pitcher is in the 60-70 pitch count in the 3rd or 4th inning, the Yanks manage to allow him to get into the 8th inning with an upper 90s pitch count… how the fudge is that even possible? LOL

  58. Pinkie Pie says:

    That was a pathetic half-inning….

  59. JGYank says:

    Great ABs. 7 innings to turn this around at least.

  60. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Way to take a pitch Ichi.

  61. stuart a says:

    ichiro sucks and he is a selfish player also. nunez is just stupid.

    both out on 1 pitch. ichiro is a friggin disaster. imagine victorino instead of ichiro. imagine almost anyone instead od ichiro with his 300 obp and 300 and change slugging %..

  62. Anderson Silva says:

    Greatest July pitcher in Yankee history! Thanks Kuroda!

    • Winter says:

      Are you seriously complaining about Kuroda? Sure, he’s sucked recently and is probably out of gas, but we wouldn’t even be contending if he hadn’t pitched like a Cy Young candidate for 3/4 of the year.

      • Anderson Silva says:

        Sorry, I’d like my team to have a pitcher who can be good all year long and not melt when August comes. It’s still important to win games in august and september you know?

        • Winter says:

          A win in July is just as important as a win in August. I’ll take Kuroda this year over most other players in the MLB.

          • Pat D says:

            If you don’t like what he says, just ignore him. He’ll break out that line soon enough.

          • Mikhel says:

            Also, a loss and crappy starts in september hurt as much as those in april. A non-consistent pitcher is not going to help a lot be it in april, march or september when they hit their awful streak.

      • David N says:

        This. Even if he sucks the rest of the year (which is looking like a distinct possibility at this point), he was carrying this team on his back up until a few weeks ago. They’d probably be five or six games out at this point without him. It’s frustrating, but I can’t complain too much about it.

    • Elton Cod says:

      I hope Keith Hernandez spits in your face.

  63. NY2FanMaynard says:


  64. dkidd says:

    is anyone warming?

    tonight might be a “lose the battle to win the war” situation

  65. JGYank says:

    I d take all four corpses and replace our pitching staff with them.

  66. YankeeFan says:

    They finally decide to go inside to a lefty…to the #9 hitter…pathetic

  67. P says:

    Thanks for no showing tonight Kuroda. You worthless bum.

  68. David N says:


  69. YankeeFan says:

    Stewart is so terrible. How do you get crossed up so often in mid-September

    • Mikhel says:

      Same thing that plagued: Posada, Leyritz, Stanley and even Martin, they play catcher because they were told it was the easier way to get to the majors (lack of catchers with power) but their position was not being a C, they didn’t develop to be a C, they just happened to be infielders disguised as catchers.

      It is ridiculous that one of the best catchers to play for the Yanks in the past 30 years is still José Molina.

  70. NY2FanMaynard says:

    Stewie I hope you can catch the pitchout!

  71. Widget says:

    Explain to me again why they decided they could win with Stewart at catcher? Cashman should be fired for bone headed move alone.

    • stuart a says:

      cervelli was playing well before he got hurt. he was # 1 catcher….

      • Mikhel says:

        Cervelli was a question mark, the Yanks already knew there were rumours of his PED use before the season started and Pierzinsky was still available (this in mid december, Cervelli decided to speak in mid february and say he didn’t use PEDs from Biogénesis).

        The Yanks decided that Stewart was the best catcher they had available as a backup so they went with that plan (a low AVG, low OBP, no power, average throw, bad at blocking plays at home… man it sounds like Girardi saw himself in Stewart and gave his approval).

  72. stuart a says:

    walking big poopi in the 2nd after another pass ball.

    this could get REALLY ugly WOW

  73. JGYank says:

    Good call intentionally walking Ortiz and setting up the dp.

  74. Anderson Silva says:

    Stewart is the best!

  75. Widget says:

    WHY ARE THE RED SOX SO FREAKING WHITE AND UGLY???? WHY??? Who in their right mind would cheer for such an ugly team? Oh nevermind it’s Boston, their women have beards.

  76. Leg-End says:

    Honestly I’d rather see Murphy catch right, Stewart is actually terrible at everything.

  77. Elton Cod says:

    Eckersly is rightfully talking about how awful Stewart has looked on defense lately.

    • David N says:


    • YankeeFan says:

      Not only is he terrible defensively but he is terrible at adjusting to the hitter and what the pitcher has or doesn’t have. He’s a terrible hitter so how can he understand any of this and it’s happened countless times i.e. joba throwing two rolling sliders to Adam Jones, calls for it a 3rd time and it gets whacked for a 3-run shot.

    • Anderson Silva says:

      So is Kay. Apparently Girardi is the only one who doesn’t see it.

      • Elton Cod says:

        Short of putting a catcher’s mask on himself, what else do you think Girardi can do about it?

        • stuart a says:

          do not be rationale… like for a starting pitcher, they do not have many options . same issue at catcher. cervelli got hurt then suspended. romine is hurt. etc..

          people just like to whine. no rationale solutions jsut whine…i know there solution is to get mccann… or trade for yadier molina…

          • Mikhel says:

            What about Murphy? Is that rationale enough?

            The only whinning I’ve seen so far is you whinning that people criticize and give reasons on why something is going wrong and how it COULD be better, yet you don’t offer solutions, just excuses on the issues being discussed.

        • Anderson Silva says:

          When Romine was healthy, he should have playing. Nowadays, why not try Murphy every now and then? It can’t be any worse than this shit Stewart is doing.

          • stuart a says:

            Romine should have played more recently when he was hitting well I agree with that but Girardi has a clue he is not a moron.

            for a starting pitcher with no’ phelps, pineda, nuno, and banuelos out for the year they got limited options. also marshall and others did not progress as much as hoped.

            warren is not a starter and hughes stinks. btw hughes is 28 not exactly ancient. the guy won 18 and 16 in 2 seasons. joba has been utterly terrible also…

            • Mikhel says:

              “Girardi has a clue he is not a moron” remember when the Yanks bat went dead vs Detroit two post-seasons ago and JoeG decided he was not going to use Montero even when he batted very well in his only game and Martin was batting 0.170+ AVG?

              Do you know why Ichiro is not put in the starting lineup vs lefties even when he is hitting almost 0.100 AVG points better than vs righties?

              Do you know why Vernon Wells kept on playing when he was in a massive slump with no extrabases for more than two months?

              Yeah, JoeG is not a moron, not at all.

  78. your mom says:

    Well, what a way to start the game. If we get blown out at least we can rest Mo and DRob. We have enough shit pitchers to eat up innings. Hell, just let Kuroda take a hit for the team. Maybe his ERA goes up further and we can re-sign him for a little cheaper.

  79. Anderson Silva says:

    Imagine that, he goes inside and gets a K.

    • Elton Cod says:

      Crazy suggestion: Kuroda knows more than you about location, seeing as how he is a professional with years of experience and is quite good at what he does, while you are just a douchebag with no apparent skill at anything.

      Location is not like a video game, where you drag the cursor to wherever you want the ball to go. Placement in real life is a lot harder, especially when you’re having a bad night with control/your stuff.

  80. nycsportzfan says:

    If Kuroda gives up even one more run, were toast.

  81. Jedile says:

    That reliever warming up is HUGE. looks like 2x Bart Colon

  82. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Lucky we got out of that jam with no further damage.

  83. Kenny says:

    I’m not watching. Could the huge reliever be Betances?

  84. JGYank says:

    Thank God for that catch. Soriano seems to get better and better everyday defensively.

  85. This is just so damn disheartening. Win three straight, the Red Sox have their bats cooled a touch by the Rays (12 runs in 28 innings, which isn’t terrible but it’s not 37 runs in 37 innings), and the purported Yankee ace promptly gives up four in the first inning tonight and looks like hot shit.

    I mean, what the fuck? The Yankees pitching isn’t good right now, but this isn’t a fucking triple-A pitching staff. Have some damn backbone against this team. They’re good, but they’re not unbeatable.

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

      I think “cooled a touch” was pretty much the only possible outcome after the first BoSox series.

      I mean, it’s disheartening but to be honest it’s SO predictable that it isn’t terribly so. I mean, we knew going in we’d be lucky to take 1 of 3. Not so surprising that this is game one.

    • Kenny says:

      It’s may not be a AAA pitching staff, but it’s got some age on it, in Kuroda, Pettitte, and Rivera, and these guys are gassed. Hughes is just barely not AAA, Huff too.

      How the hell they play “Steinbrenner 189″ and also field a competitive team next year will require divine intervention.

      • Mikhel says:

        No need for divine intervention, with a division as strong as the AL East you can pretty much count on teams beating amonst themselves for much of the season, you only need to keep on playing a little bit above 0.500 and you’ll be in contention…

        BUT… also keep in mind that Toronto won’t be as bad next season (I think) so the Yanks might as well be next year’s version of the 2013 BJays if they don’t address their needs as they didn’t do after 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, as long as they keep on patching the team with “has beens” and “el cheapo” players who are injury prone… ugh.

  86. dkidd says:

    we’re outmanned, outgunned, outnumbered, battered, beaten and left for dead

    just how we like it

  87. Alan says:

    So I sighed as the announcers on MLB network said “This could be the inning the Yankees make a move” as Brendan Ryan is at the plate. Then I almost shit myself when I saw the ball take off.

  88. Leg-End says:

    Brendan Ryan!?!

  89. JGYank says:

    Defensive SS bitches.

  90. nycsportzfan says:

    Eck making fun of Ryans batting, and he goes Awesome!

  91. Anderson Silva says:

    how about that no-hit SS!

  92. Even if it was for a hit, that was unbelievably stupid from Curtis.

  93. JGYank says:

    Ryan even makes Stewart look bad. 1 pitch popup. When is the last time he hit the ball hard or had a good AB. Why is he still on the team?

  94. Pinkie Pie says:

    There’s a start! Now build on this run.

  95. Jedile says:

    Brendan Ryan, the weak hitting short stop that turned the season around with a HR.

  96. David N says:

    Brendan Ryan, defensive specialist.


  97. Captain Turbo says:

    Home run for Ryan? The world is officially upside down.

  98. Pinkie Pie says:

    Aaaaaaaaand Stewart still sucks.

  99. Betty Lizard says:

    I did wonder why frogs were falling from the sky. Then I looked at Gameday.

  100. dkidd says:

    i love that every single red sox fan is thinking “bucky f-ig dent”

  101. JGYank says:

    Grandy needs to work on his bunting.

  102. YankeeFan says:

    Now would be a good time for a 1-2-3 inning. Just got an unexpected run in the 3rd from the #8 hitter, get Cano & Soriano up quick. I still think Lackey sucks despite his numbers.

  103. Stewarts folly says:

    Is that chris farley warming up in the pen?

  104. Pinkie Pie says:

    Nice start, Kuroda!

  105. nycsportzfan says:

    Kuroda has a noodle arm at this point. What a waste of a awesome season, its just going down the shitter.

  106. stuart a says:

    kuroda is just awful tonight.

    WOW… no idea what to do to get this guys out.

    38 and tireing and terrible down the stretch astute yankee fans will be clamoring to give him a 3 year deal at $13 mill per year, I let him walk…

    adios bite the bullet and move on….

  107. NY2FanMaynard says:

    Is it batting practice?

  108. YankeeFan says:

    Are they really still trying to get the lefties out on the outside corner? Watched the first couple of innings now stuck on Gameday for the 3rd and looks like Salty and Drew both crushed pitches on the outside corner.

  109. Stewarts folly says:

    Let chris farley pitch

  110. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Joe get Kuroda out of there ffsake.

  111. Stewarts folly says:

    Let wells pitch

  112. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Shit, I missed the Brendan Ryan homerun!

  113. Stewarts folly says:

    Stewie fuck up coming up

  114. Jedile says:

    Arod is the very best
    like no one ever was.
    To inject with the best,
    to hit homeruns is his cause.

    He will travel around the bases,
    striding with his centurion prideeee.

  115. Pinkie Pie says:

    Good job not letting that leadoff double score, Kuroda. Now the offense needs to chip away.

  116. Stewarts folly says:

    Lets see farrel last year caught stealing signs leave toronto
    Hgh causes bad face acne and can increase facial hair growth
    Yup redsox miricle season.

  117. YankeeFan says:

    Red Sox really keeping the Yanks in the game right now. Have to take advantage.

  118. JGYank says:

    At Fenway you have to pitch inside to lefties and away to righties without getting too predictable. Right field is a huge and every hitter aims for the monster.

  119. Anderson Silva says:

    Soriano is a mess right now.

  120. Rolling Doughnut says:

    They’re really making Lackey work here.

  121. Stewarts folly says:

    Sori bomb please

  122. Stewarts folly says:

    Loverbay crushed it
    Ratboy pissed

  123. Pinkie Pie says:

    Gritty………so gritty

  124. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Ratboy should get the E

  125. JGYank says:

    Cano and Ryan have been the only bright spots tonight. Lackey is still sharp.

  126. vicki says:

    ahaha. back under your bridge!

  127. Wouldn’t mind a Nunez cheap flyball 310 feet to LF.

  128. Stewarts folly says:

    Wow joe montana has put on some pounds

  129. Anderson Silva says:


  130. Kenny says:

    What are they paying Ichiro?

  131. Anderson Silva says:

    I’d PH reynolds here.

  132. Pinkie Pie says:

    Ichiro’s taking meatballs right down the middle….

  133. Winter says:

    At this point, I’d actually rather see Wells starting over Ichiro. That’s how bad it’s gotten.

  134. JGYank says:

    And that’s why ichiro shouldn’t be at the top of the lineup.

  135. Rerm says:

    Ichiro, you poopy

    That was about as hard as he can hit it, I guess.

  136. Wheels says:

    Listening to CJ Nitkowski for the first time, and I think he’s pretty good. His no nonsense, laid back style seems to temper Sterling’s zaniness a bit.

  137. Stewarts folly says:

    Hit victorino again i like watching him bitch

  138. Pinkie Pie says:

    David Ortiz really pimped that fly ball didn’t he?

  139. Stewarts folly says:

    Poopi going to bunt lol

  140. Well, the Twins are just gonna get wrecked this weekend, aren’t they?

  141. JGYank says:

    Kuroda has settled in nicely besides that last pitch.

  142. Stewarts folly says:

    Someone please kill stewie already.

  143. The sheer weakness in the contact Chris Stewart gets on batted balls is damn-near mesmerizing. Seriously.

  144. Rolling Doughnut says:

    2-35 and can’t block the plate. He’s a mess.

  145. Silvio says:

    Some of these guys parachuted in this year, from other teams, have no patience at the plate, as if they come from hacker traditions.

  146. Stewarts folly says:

    Damnit curtis close

  147. The Pesky Pole is the stupidest thing in any baseball park.

  148. Stewarts folly says:

    Easy to hit when you know whats coming.

  149. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Celebrity chef David Burke warming up in the bullpen for the Yankees.

  150. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Don’t see how we don’t sign Cano.

  151. JGYank says:

    Where would we be without Cano?

  152. JGYank says:

    Haven’t worked Lackey’s pitch count at all. Need to get to the middle of their pen.

  153. vicki says:

    hirok has given up nearly a quarter of his total earned runs in the first inning this year.

  154. JGYank says:

    Rally time?

  155. Stewarts folly says:

    Even salty is a better catcher than stewart

  156. JGYank says:

    Lackey is starting to bend…

  157. I feel very safe in my assertion that John Lackey is the biggest on-field douchebag in baseball.

  158. JGYank says:

    Come on Cano just stop it. That’s unfair. He is so getting paid.

  159. Dan says:

    Anyone know who John Sterling’s broadcast partner is tonight? C.J. somebody?

    • Mikhel says:

      C.J. Nitkowsky? He’s a lefty who used to pitch for the Reds, Tigers, Yankees and other teams, he pitched in México during the winter and in the dominican republic last season (I can’t remember if he went to the caribbean series that Dominican Republic lost to México) and pitched in Japan.

  160. NY2FanMaynard says:

    kuroda has recovered quite nicely. Don’t know how much he has left though.

  161. Captain Turbo says:

    Two hits for Ryan? WTF?

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

    Oh, Stewart. Even when you hit long balls off the wall, you can’t get to second base.


    isn’t that what Lackey was yelling at Scioscia in the 2009 ALCS?

    • Mikhel says:

      That also applies to the whole 2004 Red Sox team when Mientkiewicz got the final out of that world series and kept the ball.

  164. NY2FanMaynard says:

    Thud. That was me fainting… Stewart just got a hit.

    Lackey’s gone, before kuroda. Too funny.

  165. Hit one to the moon, Curtis.

  166. nycsportzfan says:

    Ryan and Stewart setting it up for top of the order. Do you Pinch Hit for Grandy with Wells? Grandys been hot, but we need this guy to score from 3rd base no matter what. I think i’d go with Wells and slide Ichiro to CF for now.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Granderson gets ahead 3-0 on Breslow. And just like that its a full count and Granderson could K even after going ahead 3-0. This is why i’d of went with Wells here. And as i knew it would happen, Granderson K’s on a pitch way outta the zone.

      It was a bad call though

  167. He did not go, and didn’t even throw to 3rd base. Freaking umpires.

  168. vicki says:

    brutal call, blue.

  169. Pinkie Pie says:

    Yankees need to capitalize RIGHT NOW.

  170. JGYank says:

    Terrible call.

  171. JGYank says:

    Stewart and Ryan got on base. We are destined to score.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Good call.

      Hey, anyone notice are old farm player Abe Almonte is playing for the Mariners big league club? Hes actually in there against Wainwright tonight. I wondered what happened to him?

  172. Anderson Silva says:

    what a fucking joke, he didn’t go

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

    I can’t wait for that challenge system.

  174. Eddard says:

    HUGE call there against the Yanks. He didn’t even come close to swinging.

  175. Winter says:

    And that’s why the home plate umpire should never call it himself.

  176. But, you know, Victorino didn’t offer.

  177. JGYank says:

    This is who I want at the plate don’t care he’s a lefty.

  178. Pinkie Pie says:

    Time to earn that big contract, Robbie.

  179. Rolling Doughnut says:


  180. Even though ARod couldn’t score, I’ll still take a tie game. Better than a deficit.

  181. nycsportzfan says:


  182. Pinkie Pie says:


  183. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Don’t know how you can’t resign Cano.

  184. JGYank says:

    I heart Robbie. 4 for 4

  185. Eddard says:


  186. rich says:

    And this is why Cano is better than that bearded troll in Boston that plays second base.

  187. Eddard says:

    This is why you never count this team out. They just never say die. Now it’s up to the clutch Overbay to get the lead. Although I would just walk Overbay.

  188. nycsportzfan says:

    How does AROD not score on that???

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

    Seeing them make these comebacks after July/early August has been so bizarre. You mean it’s NOT over when we’re down by at least two runs? Really??????

  190. Darren says:

    I’m confused, is the season still over?

  191. Meeks54 says:

    I’ve seen enough, Pay Him!!!! Doncha Know!!!!!!

  192. JGYank says:

    If Grandy got on we might have the lead. Dam ump

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

    Okay, now it’s time for the bullpen to step up.

    Miracles have happened before, right?

  194. Cuso says:

    Still gotta send A-Rod there. He could’ve kept his jogging pace and scored.

  195. JGYank says:

    Remember when people wanted to sell and trade cano? Me neither.

  196. Mikhel says:

    The yanks NEED to take this game, Cleveland already won, Baltimore is on the verge of winning, Tampa is winning and Texas is already losing.

  197. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nuñez BLOWS.

  198. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Kuroda lasted longer than Lackey. wow.

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

    I think I have more irrational hatred for Nunez than I’ve ever had for a player. Every time he misses a play, even a difficult one like that at a position he isn’t used to, I want to strangle him.

  200. Pinkie Pie says:

    I’m not about to sing his praises, but Kuroda’s start could have gone much worse.

  201. The Real Greg says:

    I don’t know who they should go to?

  202. Mickey Scheister says:

    Reynolds please.

  203. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I wish we could plunk everyone at Fenway right now.

  204. your mom says:

    We need a defensive upgrade at 3rd. Bad call leaving Kuroda in.

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

    Here comes the disaster inning.

  206. itsallhowuseeit says:

    Good lord

  207. vicki says:

    i heart stairs, bitches.

  208. nycsportzfan says:

    Cabral hits And just like that all the work on the comeback is gonna be for not. Way to go Cabral!

  209. So now is when the Yankees plunk Ortiz.

    (unintentional, duh. But go figure for all the times when it actually happens.)

  210. The Real Greg says:

    The failure of the bullpen the last two weeks will be the nail in the coffin.

  211. Louedwards says:

    Arent u supposed to stay in front of the ball, not dive OUT OF THE way?? Wtf nunez…

    • Mikhel says:

      Yes, always keep the ball in front of you and block it from passing you over to the outfield, but nowadays most infielders just get out of the way of a ball because, you know? it hurts like hell and they just don’t get paid enough.

  212. Mikhel says:

    Just the second HBP for Ortíz by the Yanks in his career… right? In that same span Jeter has been hit 21 times by the Red Sox since 1998 when Ortíz went to the bosox, 24 HBP in total for Jeter by the Bosox since 1995.

  213. your mom says:

    We need a DP here.

  214. Anderson Silva says:

    I love that they keep running Nunez out there and losing ecause of it

  215. your mom says:

    I wince at the thought of what kind of caliber pitchers we have available in the pen.

  216. JGYank says:

    At least it’s not Joba…

  217. Claiborne was a total disaster against the Red Sox last week. Not exactly filled with confidence here.

  218. Wheels says:

    Oh shit.

  219. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Joba? Oh my. Time to start greasing the asses.

  220. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

    fucking awful

  221. The Real Greg says:

    Craftsman works with bad tools= bad product.

  222. your mom says:

    Fucking shit.

  223. your mom says:

    triple play coming

  224. Pinkie Pie says:

    DP please?

  225. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

    of course

  226. and then a grand slam.


  227. it’s almost like the Yankees were so excited about erasing a four-run deficit, that they wanted to create another.

  228. Anderson Silva says:

    goodbye game!

  229. nycsportzfan says:

    Claiborne gets Nava with the K, but it don’t matter. No way were getting outta this un scored with the guys were throwing out there.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Told ya. Claiborne has nothing special what so ever. So much for getting rid of him when his stocks at his highest. Teams know he sucks now.

  230. your mom says:

    Fuck you Nava!

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

    Now get a DP and let’s get the fuck out of here.

  232. itsallhowuseeit says:

    All you can do is laugh

  233. NY2FanMaynard says:

    13 pitchers in the bullpen… Who can pitch?

  234. Eddard says:

    Ballgame over, season over.

  235. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Just don’t get swept.

  236. JGYank says:

    R u kidding me?

  237. Eddard says:

    Girardi and Claiborne have blown it again against the Sox. Couldn’t afford to lose this one but they did. All that work in the Os series is lost.

  238. JGYank says:

    Was Kelley available?

  239. Pinkie Pie says:

    Well, that little comeback was fun while it lasted.

  240. Anderson Silva says:

    Gotta love that the rally started because Nunez couldn’t make a play on the field. Great idea to start him at 3B!! What a genius Girardi is.

  241. John says:

    What a joke

  242. Tom says:

    Matt Daley warming?

    I guess Betances did indeed run over Girardi’s dog.

  243. your mom says:

    Fuck the fucking Red Sox. Eat a fat dick you ugly bearded ass muthafuckas!!!!! Claiborne you pathetic shit.

  244. Elton Cod says:

    I hate Joey’s pen management as much as the next troll but at this point it’s like giving somebody sixteen pawns and then getting angry at them for being bad at chess.

  245. Meeks54 says:

    fuckin serious, of all things.

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

    And the Devils lost Kovalchuk on top of it.

    Can we safely say it’s over?

    3 back of the Rays in the loss column when they’re playing the Twins, now we’re behind the Indians and their cream puff schedule, and even Baltimore won.

    It’s over. And about time.

    • JGYank says:

      Eddard 2.0

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

        Nah, I’m more consistent.

        • JGYank says:

          True but still a pessimist.

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

            Sure. I’ve said this before, but it’s a label that doesn’t particularly bother me. Okay, yeah. And? I’m a pessimist, all right.

            • JGYank says:

              Whatever. Just gets annoying listening to it eventually.

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

                But everybody else gets to repeat themselves a billion times. Okay.

                • JGYank says:

                  It’s not just a few people. It’s all of the overreacting irrational fans that constantly complain.

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

                    Oh well. I’m not going to hold myself responsible for everybody. I think pessimism is a pretty damn fair reaction. I don’t think I’ll be disappointed when the season is over. I probably won’t be proud either. I’ll just “be”. They’ll probably win about as many games as we thought they would before the season started. So it goes.

                    • JGYank says:

                      I never said you can’t be disappointed or proud. You were saying it’s over like 100 times. It’s not over. There are still two weeks left so stop whining and root for team or just stop. I’m not calling just you out, it’s everyone who overreacts after ONE GAME even after winning three in a row. It’s bad enough we have guys like Eddard doing it but the half the fanbase has a nervous breakdown every time something doesn’t go their way. And it’s really annoying.

  247. The Real Greg says:

    All of you screaming for Girardi’s head are finally realizing the product he’s had to work with.

    You should be ashamed of yourselves.

  248. Meeks54 says:

    Yankees never say die

  249. Mikhel says:

    Good choice by Joe Girardi, Clairborne’s last three games have all been vs the Sox (including today).

    He has:

    1 inn of work, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 HR, one of those a grand slam.

    • Tom says:

      “He was due for a good outing”

    • Winter says:

      Who would you have pitched?

      • Mikhel says:

        You’re right there’s nobody else left in the bullpen.

        Dude/dudette, you need to check stats more often and know how everybody has been doing.

        • Winter says:

          Seriously. Who would you have pitched?

          • Mikhel says:

            Seriously check the roster, winter:

            To help you a bit, they have available:

            Matt Daley
            Shawn Kelley
            Adam Warren

            Zagursky and Marshall? I don’t think so.

            Clairborne has plainly sucked vs the bosox, I don’t see how it can be accepted as a good move when it was obviously a shitty one even before he threw his first pitch of the inning.

            • Winter says:

              Claiborne’s been bad, yes, but I wouldn’t put Matt Daley in over him. Shawn Kelley has been hurt recently, for all we know he wasn’t available. Adam Warren’s been terrible as well, plus you don’t want to throw your long man in with bases loaded. And, as you say, Zagursky and Marshall are non-options as well.

              • Mikhel says:

                AAAND Daley just retired his inning without too much trouble and it was the dangerous part of their lineup.

                CHECK STATS WINTER!!! Kelley pitched two days ago, he is very much available. Warren has pitched 6 inn in his past 5 games with 3 H and 1 R (16 inn, 4 R in his last 10 games).

    • your mom says:

      I don’t even remember the last time he actually pitched in a game. Too bad the pen sucks outside of Drob and Mo. You would think with expanded rosters there’d be someone useful in the pen.

      A big Fuck You to Eduardo Scissorhands!!!

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      “Presto’s my guy in a big spot. I like his complete lack of an out pitch.”

  250. your mom says:

    Should’ve traded Cano when we had the chance(half kidding)

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

    Anybody know what their percentage to make it in has crashed down to?

  252. rich says:

    Remember when Jackie Bradley, Jr. was the next top prospect? He sucks

  253. Meeks54 says:

    I hate relievers.

  254. Jon g says:

    At this point, joe has to start getting betances in games and see what he has. Cant be much worse than Jobber and Claireborn have been

  255. JGYank says:

    If only we had a rested pen… The injuries have killed us. Could of used Logan or something.

  256. OldYanksFan says:

    CC and Kuroda suck.
    DRob and Boone injured.
    You can not Win without pitching.

    And Jeter and Gritner out to boot.

  257. isn’t it kind of funny how that exact same home run last week sent me into a flying rage where I had to leave the game immediately, and tonight my reaction is completely, well, nothing?

    I’m sure I’m not the only one. Probably because it’s not shocking anymore. On either side. The Red Sox truly can do no wrong at this point.

  258. Anderson Silva says:

    on top of being the better hitting team, the Red Sox have made ALL the plays on the field like Overbays drive into the gap, this little blooper or Ichiro’s grounder deep into the hole between first and second. Meanwhile the Yankees insist on starting Nunez who missplayed the ball that the started the game winning rally.

  259. Rolling Doughnut says:

    The pen is shot. Who were they going to put in? Claiborne was probably a mistake, and maybe Kuroda sould not have started the seventh, but it’s a moot point. Unless Kuroda pitched a CG gem, it was inevitable that we were going to get into trouble late.

  260. Meeks54 says:

    Same Here Kramerica. I just laughed, it’s unreal how bad this bullpen has been at the end.

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

    Lost in all of this about using Mo until he drops because next season he won’t be here, I’m not sure if Joe realizes that A-Rod won’t be here either. Play him each day, what are you saving him for?

    • Mikhel says:

      Just like when the Yanks were being cautious with Ian Kennedy, Joba and Hughes because they were the future… and now they suck monkey balls.

    • Winter says:

      He’s got a hamstring problem right now. He may not be around next year, but if keeping him at DH for a few games means he’ll be able to play the rest of this year, I’m all for it.

  262. rich says:

    I just beg the tying run comes to the plate and the batter is Cano. I will take that right now

  263. JGYank says:

    If we don’t get to drob and mo we are screwed. End of story. And even they have been off lately.

  264. Winter says:

    If we can’t win this game, can we at least get on base against Uehara? I can’t stand hearing about his streak.

  265. Stewarts folly says:

    We may lose this game but at least
    Poppi got hit with a fastball bravo ceasar.

  266. JGYank says:

    Look it’s not the end of the world. We only came into this game one game back. Did any of us expect to sweep Boston? No. We can still win this series and we have an easy schedule after this. We can take care of the rays later when we play them. Yeah the pen Ghana been bad. But things change and they have been changing all year. We still have a chance and its been hard but we’ve have come back before.

    • JGYank says:

      Pen has been bad. Dam autocorrect.

    • Winter says:

      Exactly. Remember that they lost three of four to Boston last series and stayed in the race. The schedule gets significantly easier after this; all the Yankees have to do is not fall too far back in these three days. And, despite what anyone says, every Major League team can and will lose to every other major league team. I don’t care how bad the Yankees bullpen is or how good the Red Sox lineup is or who the starting pitchers are, any game is one the Yankees can win.

      Heck, the Yankees have now scored 4+ runs in 11 of their last 12 games. The offense has been there, all it takes if for one starter to have a good night.

  267. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Not an unsurprising result. Mo and DRob were unavailable. Although Claiborne was probably not a good idea. And what is Stonehands doing at 3rd fucking base? What is he doing in pinstripes? With 85 wrc+ it’s not like he can hit a ton. Try to take 1 of 3 from the BlowSux and move forward.

  268. Meeks54 says:

    Cabral, Claiborne, Kelley, Warren, that other douche that just pitched. Is there not one guy that can just get an out. Jesus. I hate bullpen’s so much. That’s why Mo and Robertson are such godsends, bullpens are so wishy washy.

    I’m almost rather just keep Kuroda in and run him into the ground, then trust that group of pitchers.

  269. Widget says:

    Up 4 at home and you use Uehara? Farrell is a joke of a manager. I;m sorry but he has nothing to do with any of the Red Sox success this year. Steroids and a healthy team are why they have been successful. You just know Uehara is gonna bomb in the playoffs.

    • mt says:

      Actually I agree – I want Uehara’s streak to actually continue (assuming Yankees can’t stop it during one of the next two games) for rest of season and then he gives it up in playoffs.

      That being said, I wanted Yanks to sign him this past offseason – he did not cost much. He has helped Red Sox bullpen tremendously (thought Hanrahan was not a good move and he actually helped out by getting hurt).

      • Anderson Silva says:

        Uehara has been at least good every year of his big league career. That’s exactly the type of player our front office doesn’t target, unfortunately.

  270. Pat D says:

    Hmm. Earlier I was told that with “tools like me” not around, everone was getting along and not acting like a douche bag.

    Glad to see that all it takes is a loss to the Red Sox to disprove that little statement of pure bullshit.

  271. WhittakerWalt says:

    I listened to half this game on the radio, then had to give up. Getting beaten is bad, but the constant cutaways to advertising in the middle of big innings and rallies is truly unconscionable.
    And I know I asked this yesterday, but seriously: Has Chris Stewart ever played the position of catcher before? I swear he lets more balls get by him than Posada did, and Posada was terrible at it.

  272. Meeks54 says:

    Boy, if you look at the rest of the schedule for the Ranger’s, O’s, and Rays, these teams are gonna beat each other up. Hopefully the Yankees sneak in. Cleveland’s schedule is laughable, they are in the best position imo.

  273. Meeks54 says:

    Baltimore has six games left against Boston, and a 4 game series at Tampa, yea goodbye.

    The Rangers have a 3 game set with Oakland, 4 against Tampa, and 3 against KC. So they are probably gonna say goodbye too.

    That leaves NYY, Cle, and Tampa imo.

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