Apr
12

Game 12: Turn The Page

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(Al Bello/Getty)

The Yankees lost a disappointing game to the Red Sox last night, but the quick turn-around means they can turn the page right away and focus on today’s game. I suspect these guys don’t have any problems turning the page anyway. Veteran team, been there, done that, yadda yadda yadda. There’s no time to dwell on anything in this sport.

The one thing I enjoy about this current Yankees team is that just about every day, they’re sending a quality starting pitcher to the mound. That hasn’t always been the case the last few years and really the last ten or twelve years. Hiroki Kuroda gets the nod this afternoon and, despite being the team’s best pitcher the last two seasons, he might only be their third best starter right now. That’s kinda cool. Kuroda has been excellent at Yankee Stadium and I sure would like that to continue this afternoon. Here is the Red Sox lineup he’ll face and the Yankees lineup that will back him up:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Brian Roberts
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. DH Carlos Beltran
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. RF Alfonso Soriano
  7. 1B Kelly Johnson
  8. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  9. SS Dean Anna
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It rained a little bit this morning but not much, and the forecast for this afternoon is gorgeous. Sunny with blue skies and not a cloud in sight. Temperatures approaching 70 too. That’s awesome. This afternoon’s game will air on YES (not FOX) and begin shortly after 1pm ET. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Chip Rodriguez

    I really like this lineup against RHPs. Gardner and Roberts could make for some really good, lengthy PAs at the top.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Ells too…I was thinking when I saw the line up posted on LoHud, even if they don’t hit (though I think they will) those 3 are going to be a gigantic pain in Lackey’s ass.

      • forensic

        Ellsbury might bug him because he’s one of the very few guys actually hitting in the lineup, but he’s actually 7th in P/PA seen, only ahead of Beltran and Soriano.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I was thinking of Ellsbury more in the his career P/PA seen…he hasn’t seen a lot this season, but over his career he’s been a guy who sees a lot of pitches.

          • forensic

            He’s at 3.91 P/PA so far this year. If he finished there it’d be a career high for him. He’s been in the 3.8’s the last three years and his career average is 3.78.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    My niece is coming over, so that means the Yankees win.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    ellsbury looks so incredibly fit, goddamn

    • Dalek Jeter

      Keep it in your pants, Tyrone =P

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      He crotch protrudes so nicely in the pic, and the motion….

  • D$1184

    We don’t have a better option for the second spot in the line-up then .148/.333/.148 Brian Roberts? I know we don’t need an All-Star at every position but .148’s not going to cut it.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      The .333 number is more important.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Even more important, SSS but the dude has sean 4.78(!!!!) pitches per AB this season. That’s insane.

    • forensic

      At this point, there really isn’t a better option. McCann’s no better, Soriano’s OBP is way lower, and though Johnson’s OBP is close, Girardi’s head might explode if he batted four lefties in a row (really, Johnson’s not the kind of guy you would want batting 2nd anyway, but the lefty part is huge too).

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      11 games, and I assume you were around during the off-season and know the answer to that question.

    • lou

      Gotta have a different lineup on a daily basis. 8 games in starters need a rest. HA!

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I guess the 25-man roster this season is news to you.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    “The one thing I enjoy about this current Yankees team is that just about every day, they’re sending a quality starting pitcher to the mound.”

    Except every 5th day when CC stars. Hiroki is going to show CC how it’s done tonight just like Pineda did Friday night. This was the one match up I felt good about coming into the series. Win tonight and Supernova takes the series tomorrow.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      Spare me. CC threw 7 innings, 6 of which were scoreless, against a team that’s got a terrific offense.

      I’m also pissed off about the one inning where he made a few mistake pitches and looked visibly upset about Ortiz’s infield single, but that was still a pretty good start.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Spare you what? The inning where he got bombed counts just as much as the six scoreless.

  • forensic

    the Yankees lineup that will back him up:

    Or the Yankees lineup that will fail to back him up, as has been the case way too often during his Yankee tenure.

    • vicki

      seriously, what the hell. he got little run support in LA as well; nor much in japan, i’ve read.

  • Dalek Jeter

    The leader of the Prussian incursion of RAB seems to be on an internet blackout of late, so on his behalf: Für Preußen, alle Herrlichkeit zu König Friedrich der Große!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Flurbdee fleebdur flurbdee! We play today, we win today!

      • Dalek Jeter

        HOW DARE YOU INSULT THE PROUD KINGDOM OF PRUSSIA!!!

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          That’s just Cuban-Prussian speak.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      how did the Prussia thing even start again?

      • Dalek Jeter

        Early last season Havok decided to dedicate a game to Prussia. We won. As the early season progressed, during games that we mentioned Prussia the scrappy line up did well…as we mentioned it less and less we lost more and more…so here we are.

      • Dalek Jeter

        http://riveraveblues.com/2013/.....nt-6134268

        I think this was the first Prussian dedication.

  • Dalek Jeter
    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Can’t understand why he didn’t do one this year.

  • WhittakerWalt

    “CC pitched a darn good game last night”

    STFU STERLING!!!

  • vicki

    i know it does the trick, but anna’s throw to first is just so ugly.

  • WhittakerWalt

    If Papi hits a homer here, how much hot-dogging does he do?

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Michael Kay “and Ortiz, he seems to be defying age…the older he gets hes not losing anything.” Hmmmmmmm whatever could it be????

    • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

      burritos?

    • Dalek Jeter

      He told you, he’s looking into the PED thing and it’s nothing we should be concerned about and that it’ll all be clear soon. 11 years ago.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        11 year ago was the test. That news conference was……somewhat more recent.

    • WhittakerWalt

      He just REALLY wants to win.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        His TWTW tool is obviously an 80.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I still remember that interview with Hawk. Brian Kenney wanted to murder everybody.

          • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

            I just want to murder Hawk.

            That’s perfectly reasonable, right?

            • Dalek Jeter

              Yes.

    • forensic

      Pine tar?

  • vicki

    battled.

  • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

    I don’t like John Lackey – there I said it.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      That makes you the charter member of about the 763rd “I Hate John Lackey” club.

      • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

        haha do I get a t-shirt?

        • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

          You probably should. But I don’t get to make those decisions.

    • WhittakerWalt

      There’s nothing to like.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Welcome to the club, I think the Macho Man is selling out numbers short.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Jeez, this offense.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    c’mon Ells, run.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    BELTRAN FUCK YEAH!

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    That a way!

  • forensic

    There you go Beltran!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    CARLOS! AND VERDUCCI WAS JUST CRITICIZING JACOBY FOR GETTING ON BASE AHEAD OF A HR HITTER! 2-0 LEAD!!!!

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Wait. What? That makes less than zero sense.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Perfect sense in eddardworld.

        • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

          I was referring to the comment he attributed to Verducci. If he really said that…what the hell was he thinking?

  • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

    Just lovely Beltran.

  • vicki

    beltran spanks it!

  • WhittakerWalt

    Shouldn’t it be something like “Beltran Belts One?”

    • Dalek Jeter

      You know that’s way too simple for Sterling. McCann’s should obviously be something about a McCannon ball, but you know it won’t be.

    • vicki

      i think that’s how it started in his head, but he got too cute with the espanol.

  • Dalek Jeter

    BELTRAN!!!!!!!!!

  • WhittakerWalt

    McCann really swings at everything, doesn’t he?

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

    I better not hear a damn ‘boston sucks’ chant in the stands today.

    • Dalek Jeter

      What about a “fuck John Lackey” chant? because nobody likes John Lackey.

      • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

        That’s acceptable.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I love it. Lackey was pitching arrogant like he could just keep pumping fastball after fastball at every Yankee like he thinks he throws 97. I cant believe he was dumb enough to throw cockshot fastballs every pitch to Beltran.

    And then McCann didn’t see a single fastball…..and Lackey threw a hissy fit.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    that lead didn’t last :(

  • Dalek Jeter

    God damnit.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Pussyfeathers.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    As my Cardinals fan buddy calls Kuroda: “Corrosion”

  • Kosmo

    could be a wild game.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    wow, Ortiz had to stand and admire even that flyball to Ells?

    • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

      When he’s not playing baseball Ortiz stands in front of a mirror and looks skyward.

    • Lukaszek

      I think he was admiring Ellsbury’s incredible fitness, like the guy who made the third comment

  • Dalek Jeter

    I freakin love Ellsbury’s aggressiveness. Gardner, PLEASE start doing that.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Guidry.

  • vicki

    can-can. told you.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Awful call from Sterling. “McCann can, yes McCann can!”

    • BrianMcCannon

      Shakin’ my head.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    FINALLY HE HITS IT OVER THE SHIFT!!!!

  • mustang

    FINALLY!!!!!

    WELCOME TO TH YANKEES!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    OFFICER MCCANNON!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    BRONX BOMBERS HAVE FINALLY ARRIVED!

  • forensic

    Nice McCann! See what can happen when you swing at something other than a curve in the dirt?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Oh McCan-Can, McCan-Can, to the can-can jingle. I want to hang myself.

  • http://www.draftstreet.com/register.aspx?r=Jedile Jedile

    Too many homeruns!!!! I love it!

  • Dalek Jeter

    A BACK TO BACK AND A BELLY TO BELLY!!

  • forensic

    Belly to Belly!

  • mustang

    YANKEES!!!!!

    BOMBS AWAY!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Just for how bad the offense was last season: the last time the Yankees went back to back was Teixeira and Cano LAST JUNE.

    • vicki

      if you really want to know:

      144 homeruns, good for 22nd best in the majors
      .376 slugging, good for 27th best in the majors

      that we were in the picture into september was pitching and pixie dust.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Let me see if I can guess the 3 teams below us in slugging: The Astros, The Cubs, and The Padres.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Wow, only 1 for 3. I completely forgot how terrible The Marlins were last season.

  • BrianMcCannon

    Power surge!

    • Squints

      Unless hes gonna hit a homerun everytime its meaningless because he doesnt know how to hit to the other side which is always wide open for him.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        How, exactly?

  • forensic

    Even as diminished as Tex is now, he can’t get back soon enough to get Solarte back out of the lineup again at this point.

    • Dalek Jeter

      You always know how to find the cloudy gray lining, forensic :p

      • mustang

        THIS!!!! but I’m use to it like my mother-in-law.

      • forensic

        It’s just a silver lining that needs a little touch-up. You’ve seen the shine before, it’s just worn down a bit and needs to get back to its roots.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I agree with you, I cannot wait until Tex is back in the line up and Yangervis goes back to being what Dean Anna is right now…I just like poking fun.

          • Dalek Jeter

            I do wonder what Girardi’s going to do with the line up though…I mean I sort of really like Ellsbury hitting third if only because it’s the only way to get both him and Gardner to the top of the line up. I guess it could go:

            LF Gardner
            SS Jeter
            CF Ellsbury
            RF/DH Beltran
            1B Teixeira
            RF/DH Soriano
            C McCann
            3B Johnson
            2B Roberts

            • forensic

              That’s not bad. I’m not hating Ellsbury 3rd right now, since it’s not like they’re displacing a Cano-type hitter at this point. Against righties, I’d move McCann up above Tex (assuming he starts hitting somewhat consistently) and even consider Johnson above Soriano.

              The tough lineup is vs. lefties though. It seems many of those days will be the ones where guys get their days off though, so there’s probably no real need to consider steady lineups there.

              • Dalek Jeter

                Yeah, I threw that line up together based on how their hitting right now. If this is McCann’s coming out party I’d be absolutely okay with him hitting 5th.

                • Dalek Jeter

                  They’re**

    • mustang

      “Even as diminished as Tex is now, he can’t get back soon enough”

      just to get another big bat in the line-up PERIOD!

    • King George

      Three days ago, that would have been blasphemous.

    • mustang

      Guy still batting like .324/375/486 and can’t even give him a week……LMAO!!!!!

      • forensic

        He’s 0 for his last 11 with 5 K’s. And with his career history, I’m sorry I’m not expecting much of a bounce back. The sudden inability to make contact is the most concerning thing. That’s supposed to be one of his abilities.

        I do find it impressive how in the span of 9 minutes you went from agreeing with me that Tex needs to be in there to bashing me for not sticking with Solarte.

        • mustang

          Please just stop its 0 for fucking 11 everyone has slumps. The league has adjusted lets see if he adjusts. I want Tex yes, but I want Solar at 3rd!!!!!

          • forensic

            You’re not going to have both Tex and Solarte. You have to pick one because they’re (rightly) not benching Roberts (at least at this point) or Johnson for him. The choice between the two is pretty simple if you’re not putting too much stock in ST and his first 25 PA’s in the majors.

      • mustang

        I forget they have so many high upside options at 3rd.

        My bad

        • forensic

          Kelly Johnson moves back to third, which is what the set-up was supposed to be.

          • mustang

            Like doing so much better!!!!

            God help us if a player live up to something more then he should be. Your probably right but can we give more then fucking week!!!

            • mustang

              Funny part people are always bitching on how the Yankees don’t give rookies a chance.
              I know what Johnson can do he been in the league for 9 years can we give Solar like another 2 weeks!!!

              Its Like game 11 out 162 !!!

              • forensic

                Not all rookies are created equal.

                • mustang

                  Wow just wow.

                  You let us know who ones we should be looking at.

                  lol

                  • forensic

                    You can start with the ones who don’t spend 8 years in the minors, with two different franchises, neither of whom thought enough of him to even add him to a 40-man roster, much less 25-man, while he can’t even reach a .750 OPS in the hitter-friendly PCL.

                    Look, I’m not saying they need to DFA him before his next AB. I’m saying he is not a starter in the major leagues. Get Tex back, return to your scheduled starters, and he’ll still get plenty of PT between platooning, days off, and nagging injuries.

            • forensic

              Yes, Kelly Johnson actually is doing much better. And he has a track record of some success in the majors to fall back on. Solarte has likely been in the minors for 8 years for a reason.

              • Dalek Jeter

                The reason is everybody in Texas has their head up their ass according to Suzyn Waldman.

                • vicki

                  and ian kinsler.

                  • Dalek Jeter

                    Amazing. You don’t post often compared to other regulars vicki, but when you do it’s absolute gold.

                    • vicki

                      curtsy.

  • mustang

    Solar Power is seeing lots of clouds.

    :(

  • Dalek Jeter

    All these rally killing homerz. We need some singles.

  • Wheels

    Pedroia is annoyingly good.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Now watch Hiroki bear down to hold this lead and hand the ball over to the pen. He won’t lose the lead like CC has continually done over the past 1+ seasons.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Alright Soriano no more complaining about you DH role…

  • forensic

    Come on Kuroda, you really don’t have to give the lead back right away again.

  • Wheels

    nice.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Good grief, Ortiz can’t stop staring and admiring even his infield pop up now.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Well done, Kuroda!

    I hate, hate hate hate hate hate Joel Sherman’s voice. So much. It makes me almost as angry as Mike Napoli’s stupid beard and I think his “New York accent” is fake.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Are the Sox putting Uehara on the DL, or are they playing with the NYY 24 man roster special?

    • forensic

      They’re just trying to be more like the Yankees.

      Though I’ll give the Yankees credit that they were actually able to resist their normal temptation to do that with Tex and Robertson this time.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Same, the day they put Tex on the DL I actually said something to the effect of “I’m not happy Tex is hurt, but I am happy the Yankees immediately put him on the DL and didn’t pussyfoot around with a short roster.”

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Carlos catches that. Not sure why Sori is playing the field. Now Hiroki has to pitch out of another jam.

  • forensic

    Holy Shit Soriano. How many different ways are you going to try to screw over Kuroda defensively?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Go sit down A.J. You dick.

  • Wheels

    Looks like a sellout today.

  • Mike HC

    Hell yea. Good to see Beltran looking so good. Maybe he can be a poor man’s Cano in the middle of the order?

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    MCCANN CAN! THIS IS HIS COMING OUT PARTY AGAINST THE BULLDOG!!!

  • Chip Rodriguez

    McCann picked a good time to heat up.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Carlos Beltran is awesome, I’m so happy he’s decided his season has started…now Brian can succeed by doing what he’s been doing: pulling the ball to the right hand side. (that would be the absolute least successful thing he could do while still being successful obviously.)

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Oh, the look of anger and despair on Lackey’s face is fantastic.

  • forensic

    Yeah McCann!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    OFFICER MCANNON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike HC

    The middle of the order has arrived!

  • mustang

    Hi my Name is Brian McCann.

    FUCK THE SHIFT!!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    McCann breaks out!

  • mustang

    Just for forensic the great kelly johson and his track record

    • forensic

      After talking about how I shouldn’t be using a SSS in a discussion, you’re then going to use 1 AB as part of it?

      • mustang

        Your right, but the timing was to good to pass up. Johnson hits into a DP while Solar finally hits the breaking pitches they been feeding him.

        But there track record show……..bah…bah….bah

        :)

        • vicki

          maybe just dial back the queasy-making rah-rah a tiny bit? and we can all come together hoping the best for the kid.

          • mustang

            Ok, your right and I like forensic but sometimes this whole idea that we should live and die by players track records is annoying. He is probably right but damn give it more then a 0 for 11 in game 11 of 162. His replacement is Kelly johnson not Brooks Robinson.

    • mustang

      And Solar says HI

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    And Soley knocks the bulldog out of the ballgame. He’s due to go on a streak.

  • Kosmo

    no obits quite yet

  • Wheels

    That pitch was high.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I will trade losing to John Lester all season if it means they’ll hit 4 homers off of Lackey the following game. I just hate his stupid ugly face.

  • forensic

    They’ve been doing way too many spots with Meredith this season. The one inning last year was too much as it was, now they go to her almost every other inning. I can’t stand it.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I’d rather get to be watching and seeing too much of Meredith than all the Suzyn Waldman any one person could take without going insane.

  • nsalem

    Lead off walks with a 4 run lead suck especially when the meat of the order is coming up.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Kuroda got really squeezed there on 2-0 and 3-0.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ugh, John just said it was an 8:00 game tomorrow. I cannot believe I have to choose between my friend’s weekly Game of Thrones viewing party and the Game. So disappointing.

    • Wheels

      I hate when ESPN intrudes.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Same…and even though I’m pretty sure it’s going to be next week because, Olenna Tyrell said the wedding is a fortnight away last week, there is a chance Joffrey’s wedding is tomorrow night.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Both Hiroki and Pineda showed how it’s done. I’m sick of excuses being made for CC – “Well, it’s a good lineup and 4 runs in 7 innings isn’t that bad from a $20 million man.” Hiroki and Pineda have shown that this lineup can be tamed and defeated without the offense bailing them out.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Kuroda’s final line: 6 (2/3) IP 4ER

      • forensic

        Shh, no facts allowed in Eddardworld.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I know. And you could say that Girardi left Kuroda in a batter or two too long…but in my mind you could say the same about CC last night. Leave him in after the first homer? Sure. After the squib hit by Papi? Okay. After the Napoli(i think) hit? Why??

  • forensic

    Nava is a massively better hitter vs. righties than lefties and has great career numbers vs. Kuroda.

    I have no idea why Girardi left Kuroda in to face him instead of the lefty Thornton. It was pretty clear the Kuroda was beyond gassed.

    • Dalek Jeter

      My guess is he’d been good all game, has been great early in the season the past two years, and there was a 4 run lead. Literal worst case scenario was Nava hits it out and it’s 6-4

      • Dalek Jeter

        With all that said…why in gods name is Thornton facing a righty???

        • vicki

          suzyn said (i double-checked) that napoli was 0 for 9 career against thornton.

          oh well.

          • Dalek Jeter

            Suzyn would also love an infield of Nix, Solarte, Nunez, and Sojo. I know that has nothing to do with anything but it was my immediate reaction to “Suzyn said.”

  • forensic

    Wow, that seemed like it might’ve been a bit of a gift strike 3 there. Thank you!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Toss him, ump. Ump called that same pitch strike 3 on Dean Anna last inning.

    • Wheels

      I think Anna’s pitch was even higher.

  • nsalem

    Dont like sticking with Thornton

  • Tom

    Why is Thornton still in?

  • forensic

    That’s fine, hit him. Thornton shouldn’t be pitching to him anyway with 1st base open and a lefty on deck.

    • nsalem

      No way. Especially when we have 3 lefties

  • forensic

    Ugh, well that didn’t work out like it should’ve.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Can never make it easy. Huge test for Betances here though.

  • hogsmog

    woah woah woah why is thornton staying in

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Nice job LOOGY and what the hell is Girardi doing shifting all the time? They also had a play at 3rd and Soley dropped it. So much went wrong. I’d bring in Warren for an inning and 1/3rd to bail us out.

  • forensic

    Please be the good Dellin, please be the good Dellin…

  • Karl Krawfid

    You couldn’t have brought Betances in to face Napoli?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Hahaha fuck you Mike Carp.

  • Yankeefan91

    i hate the shift with bases loaded.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Mike Carp stealing with 2 men on down by 2 runs? Farrel’s asleep at the wheel.

  • Wheels

    McCann!

  • mustang

    YES that’s stupid

  • nsalem

    Thank You Carp.

  • Tom

    The element of surprise… I’m sure it surprised the shit out of Farrell!

  • Dropped Third

    Anna and roberts suck. Cant see them lasting all year.

    • forensic

      I don’t think they expected Anna to last all year. Them saying he’s taking Ryan’s spot to back-up Jeter tells me that he’s clearly the favorite to be sent down whenever Ryan starts playing again.

  • forensic

    Speaking of the Royals, one of those errors was committed by Moose Tacos. He’s also hitting .094/.171/.125 on the season. What the hell happened to this kid. He was supposed to be terrific and instead he’s just getting worse.

    • vicki

      sometimes guys who tear in up in AA ball don’t go on to dominate in the bigs?

      sometimes.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Run Gardy!! FFsake.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Gardner steal. Now. Robert’s is gonna give you like 7 pitches to do it with.

    Or Girardi can act like he’s still managing the Marlins. Sigh.

    • forensic

      Sometimes it seems like he’s just mixed the worst of his two managerial situations. The small ball and bunts of the young NL Marlins with the constant resting and platooning of the old AL Yankees.

  • vicki

    grrr.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Don’t like the bunt there. Rather see Gardner pick a pitch and go.

  • http://azocar.com Solarte=Azocar

    Gardner got a 5-yr deal. No need to steal anymore. Nice job, Cashmoneyman.

  • Tom

    Bunting up two runs.

    If this is a good play the guy you chose to get the 2nd most AB’s in the lineup that day is probably not the right choice.

    You open up a free base for the 3-4-5 hitters and the opposing manager can match-up.

    • vicki

      and piss away an out moving a runner who really ought to be moving himself.

  • forensic

    Juuuuusssst a bit outside.

  • Tom

    Double steal here!

  • Dalek Jeter

    DOUBLE STEAL GO DO IT

  • mustang

    That not fair good pitch to Beltran

  • pat

    I understand not going with 2 strikes, but come on BG

  • Tom

    Is someone unavailable today? (Warren/Kelley)

    • forensic

      No, they should both be fine.

  • forensic

    Nice Anna. I can’t help but think that grounder goes right pastadivingjeter.

  • pat

    Warren loves that changeup. As do I.

  • vicki

    home-grown a-war.

  • forensic

    Very nice Warren! Just one more very scary Kelley inning left, as he’ll have to turn over the lineup.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Adam Warren looks like he’s been doing this for a decade. We have so much young talent in that pen and one of those guys could join Hiroki, Pineda, Nova and Tanaka in the rotation to make it the best in baseball.

  • BigBlueAL

    Id leave Warren in to pitch the 9th.

    • forensic

      I’d like it, but no way Girardi does it.

      • forensic

        Well, given what’s happened so far, I’ll say there’s a chance he does it if they make it a non-save situation for Kelley.

    • nsalem

      agreed he’s the hot hand right now and we need this game big time.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to get through while Robertson’s gone. If it means some old-school saves and not having the guy available the next day, then do it.

        Warren is looking like quite the revelation this season thus far.

    • pat

      I was just thinking the same thing. Straight back to the old days of relieving. Goose would be proud.

      • vicki

        sparky too.

    • Dalek Jeter

      but I need validation/vindication for picking up Kelley…just one save that’s all I want.

      • vicki

        i read through the comments in that link you posted to havok’s first prussia reference. we were wondering if a six run lead was kelley-proof. i’d forgotten that side of him.

  • Dalek Jeter

    KJ!!!!!!!!

  • forensic

    Yeah Johnson!

    mustang, I won’t even say anything. ;-)

    • mustang

      Solar answered
      xoxo

  • Tom

    Coney… with the eery unintentional foreshadowing.

    • Mikhel

      Cone loves stats and sometimes I think he is matching up scouting reports of players and pitchers to “foreshadow” what could happen, for example: a good fastball hitter who pulls the ball hard facing a mostly fastball pitcher with not a lot of movement, it could result in a K but most likely the hitter has the advantage. Him being a pitcher really helps him… I think, but I could be wrong.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Kelly leading the club in HRs!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Just when everyone wrote of Soley he’s came through with a 2 hit day. He’s here to stay, folks. It’s Brian Roberts who does nothing and needs to go when Ryan returns.

    • Mikhel

      And even Ryan shouldn’t be considered as a sure thing, the guy can not hit, his fielding is good, but I’d rather have an infielder with good (not excellent defense like Ryan’s) who can get on base above league average, with a batting average superior to a pitcher’s BA.

  • nsalem

    Bend My Johnson!!!!

  • mustang

    Kelly Johnson making mustang pay.

    LOL

    • mustang

      And Solar break out again..

      NOTHING BUT LOVE FOR EVERYONE!!!

  • pat

    KELLY SMASH

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Soley and Anna bringin up the rear! Joe better PH for Roberts, he’s an automatic out.

  • pat

    We have so many goddamn non-descript white LHB. Can never tell the difference between Johnson, Anna, or Roberts.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Roberts is a switch hitter, so he’s the non-descript white guy who bats right handed on occasion.

      • Mikhel

        That’s what confuses me most, once I think I know who’s batting, in comes a non-descript white guy batting RH and I don’t know who the hell is now hahaha.

    • forensic

      I thought with Beltran, Soriano, and Solarte that they’d be past the ‘generic white guys’ phase of last year. I guess all the other guys like Roberts, Ellsbury, McCann, and Anna just counteract all of that though.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Well done by Mr. AAAAnna.

  • forensic

    Wow, how is he possibly safe?

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

    Bad call there.

  • forensic

    Yuck Gardy.

    Come on Roberts! You REALLY need a hit.

  • pat

    Damn. That’s an out.

  • Tom

    Yeah replay? Maybe it was the neighborhood play**?

    ** By neighborhood play I mean the folks doing the review at MLBAM are actually at the neighborhood bar for happy hour.

    • forensic

      lol

  • CashmanNinja

    I hate the Red Sox as much as anyone…but how could they call him safe?

    • mustang

      Agree.

  • http://azocar.com Solarte=Azocar

    Dean of Swing does it again.

    • vicki

      pretty good. i’d love it if he hit enough for this to stick.

  • Jag

    They called him safe since that happens all the time probably and didn’t want to create a mess. Difference between time out called, etc etc

    He was out according to the rules, but those little plays like that would have created a replay mess if they overturned it.

    • Mikhel

      what waas the play? I am on vacations in a Baja Calif. beach in México and my connection is not as good so as to watch the game online.

      • 28 this year

        Anna hit a double, beat the throw by a lot but bogart shelf the tag on him, Anna’s foot (slid head first) came off the bag by an inch well after the play and so technically he was out

        • Mikhel

          ooow I see, thanks. With this new replay rules I don’t know if it can be reviewed.

          I hate it when it happens against “us”, he should have been called out.

    • forensic

      Sliding past the bag happens all the time too, and they’d call him out on that. He has to be called out there. A guy stealing 2nd calls time before getting back to his feet for that very reason, it’s essentially the same thing.

      • Mikhel

        I agree.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    When Teixera returns it should be –

    1B Teixera
    2B Solarte
    SS Jeter
    3B Kelly

    Roberts shouldn’t be anywhere near the lineup, let alone hitting 2nd. But he takes a lot of pitches! He has Ben Francisco like numbers right now.

    • Mikhel

      Right now I have a lot of doubts about Teix’s fielding, the guy seemed “lost” in the first few games, a couple of mistakes here and there on top of his actual errors. I hope is all due to inactivity.

    • mustang

      I can live with this.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    I liked the safe call. Anna clearly beat the throw by a mile and was safe. Just because his foot came up for an instant during the slide shouldn’t mean he’s called out. Same as the neighborhood play.

    • Mikhel

      I think that any neighborhood play should be liable to review, if a guy was not out in those plays, he should be called safe like it is instead of giving free outs to an infielder who didn’t touch a base (a runner who misses a base is not called “safe because he was in the neighborhood of the base”).

  • forensic

    Fingernail biting time, even with a 3 run lead.

    • mustang

      No worries

      • mustang

        :)

  • Tom

    Huge out there – wanted no part of Ortiz potentially coming up as the tying run.

  • vicki

    okay, get greedy.

  • forensic

    Good job Kelley.

    Great win! Assures at least a split of the series and hopefully really gets the middle of the order going at the same time.

    • mustang

      also good job by Solar with 2 hits after 0 for 11 slump.

      I know you wanted to add that just helping out buddy.

      • forensic

        Must’ve slipped my mind…

  • Mikhel

    Nice!!!

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    We play for Prussia, we win for Prussia. A VERY nice win.

    • Dalek Jeter

      It’s official, the meme is back.

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

    Nice win!

  • mustang

    Big game since Nova on ESPN Sunday night game just doesn’t scream WIN.

    • Mikhel

      He is so inconsistent that he might as well throw a very good game tomorrow…

      Right now it is going as “predicted” (not really, I didn’t predict it per se), read from bottom to top:

      http://i.imgur.com/Oy4Ofvk.png

  • Lukaszek

    Great game, the power stroke is back on!

  • TheRealGreg

    Ironic that the only thing Roberts hasn’t done is gotten hurt.

    Good victory for the Yankees, guarantees at least a split of the series.