Game 14: One of Two

2014 Draft: Matt Imhof
Hal Steinbrenner is "pretty content" with current roster
(Presswire)
(Presswire)

The Yankees and Cubs were rained out last night, so they will play both games of their two-game series today. There’s something about these little two-game interleague series getting rained out, it seems. Remember last season when the first game against the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium was rained out and they played a doubleheader the next day? Weird. The Yankees will be visiting Wrigley Field later this summer, if you’re wondering.

Derek Jeter is not in this afternoon’s lineup, but don’t worry. He and his sore quad are fine. Joe Girardi confirmed the Cap’n will play the second game of the doubleheader against left-hander Travis Wood. They weren’t going to play Jeter in both games today, so playing him against the southpaw makes sense. Both Girardi and Jeter said the quad is a non-issue at this point. I guess four straight days off really helped. Here is the Cubs lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

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

With Tanaka starting today and Michael Pineda starting tonight, I’m not sure we’re going to see a more exciting pitching day all season. It’s like baseball Christmas morning.

It rained all day yesterday and I even saw some snow flurries last night, but it is sunny out today. Just really cold. There is no threat of rain or anything, so they’ll get both games in without a problem. The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled to start at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

David Robertson Update: Robertson (groin) is scheduled to throw off a mound on Thursday, his first time doing so since getting hurt. He still plans on being activated when eligible next Tuesday. [Sweeny Murti]

Mark Teixeira Update: Teixeira (hamstring) has left the team and is rehabbing in Tampa. Girardi said he isn’t sure when he will get into minor league rehab games, however. [Anthony McCarron]

Brian Roberts Update: Roberts has a lower back strain and is on medication. He feels better and could play today if needed, but Girardi said he will try to stay away from him. [Bryan Hoch]

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2014 Draft: Matt Imhof
Hal Steinbrenner is "pretty content" with current roster
  • Darren

    Sorry, after last year, I wouldn’t trust any injury update for a second. Least of all any updates regarding Jeter or Tex. The only proof will be what we see on the field.

  • vicki

    the cold weather is a blessing, else i’d feel a little guilty staying inside all day and night to watch stud pitcher fest 2014.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Exactly.

      Not that bad now, though.

      Sometimes it snows in April. Thank you, Prince.

      • vicki

        oh, i still think it’s bullshit. after an ordinary cold, wet winter it snows in april and you think “that’s weird” (or write a song about it). this year was indecent; and last night was just another slap in the face.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I literally have a suntan from Saturday. I hear you.

          What was bizarre last night is that, despite it being about 35 degrees and snowing, there was a fireworks show in Brooklyn. Freaked me out.

        • Yankee$

          If you think this winter was indecent, come walk a mile in my Chicago snow shoes…

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        I didn’t see any purple rain.

    • nycsportzfan

      well said, and totally agree.

    • Mikhel

      ooow and here I have my nephew insisting that we should go to the beach, this time of year is wonderful here in Baja.

  • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

    Please share your favorite moments of Glass Roberts Yankees career as it is now coming to an end. I’ll always remember that time he batted in that game.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      Really odd timing for sarcasm.

      • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

        Sadly, it’s always a good time for sarcasm in my world.

        I’ll admit I’m not mad at the guy – just feel bad for him.

        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

          I just meant it was weird timing because he could have played today.

          If you’d said it 3-4 days ago, would have made more sense.

          • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

            I see what you’re saying – yea he’s “available” – probably just got him drugged up (what I do when my back hurts). Perhaps if it were another body part I’d be more optimistic and/or it was player not named Brian Roberts. Back and Roberts in the same sentence does not bode well for us, regardless of his availability. Youk was available for a bunch of games last year too despite his injuries and well…

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Are Kevin Youkilis and Brian Roberts formerly cojoined twins sharing the same nervous system? No, they are not.

              You believe Brian Roberts has already fallen apart. Good on you. The facts, as we currently know them, speak otherwise. That could change tomorrow. I’ll stick to the facts. Thank you and drive through.

              • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

                Looks like he’s in the process of falling apart – as expected. Maybe I’m right, maybe I’m wrong. Didn’t claim any definitive knowledge – it’s a message board – speculation is pretty rampant and usually not a big deal. I’d suggest chilling out a bit. btw how many games do we get out of Roberts this year? I’d be curious to hear your opinion.

                • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

                  85-90 more. With potential PR/PH/def rep in 15-20 more, especially in interleague.

                • Jorge Steinbrenner

                  You commenting over and over that Brian Roberts is legally dead =/= speculation.

                  80-100. Never said he was durable. I’m just not joining in your eulogy.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      It’s coming to an end?

      • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

        I don’t know – it’s April 16 and his back is messed up. Kind of hard to be optimistic at this point.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          He’s available today, if needed.

          I wouldn’t be dying to write his obituary yet. This team needs all the infield depth it can get.

          • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

            I appreciate your optimism.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              “Roberts has a lower back strain and is on medication. He feels better and could play today if needed, but Girardi said he will try to stay away from him.”

              Read above.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Listening to Suzyn pronounce Yangervis Solarte is a beautiful thing. Her voice literally rises two octaves.

  • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

    Do they make personalized bases for each game (with the date/team on them)?

    • vicki

      yep.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      They will all show up on a future episode of Yankee/Steiner Collectibles.

  • nycsportzfan

    Predicted pitching line for Tanaka 7inn 6hit 2er 1bb 8k

    • nycsportzfan

      wow, I thought Tanaka would pitch really well, but hes been flat out best in the game like, today.

      8inn 0er 10k 1bb. Damn!

  • I’m One

    I’m looking at the scoreboard on MLB Game Day and it shows R H E | C then the count and outs. What does that “C” stand for? It has a “stop light” below it (one light for each team) which is green. Can’t figure it out. Anyone know what it is? Thanks.

    • TheRealGreg

      Challenges

      • I’m One

        Thanks. And that explains why I haven’t seen it in previous years.

  • nycsportzfan

    Dante Bichette Jr. is having himself a whale of a start to the 2014season. 13bb/8k 333BA and avg’ing a hit per game.

  • Havok9120

    I hope Sizemore realizes that we play for Prussia here.

    Gotta break in the new guy.

    • lightSABR

      I’ve gotta love the Prussia thing, having actually lived there, but sometime somebody’s got to explain to me where it came from.

      Until then, für Preußen!

  • JGYank

    Is it me, or does it feel like tanaka is pitching much more than every 5 days?

    • nycsportzfan

      I think its just time seems to fly more then anything else.

  • nycsportzfan

    easy enough 1st for Tanaka.

  • nycsportzfan

    Fuck Yeah! Another jack for Belty!

  • TheRealGreg

    He is on fire

  • Yankenstein

    Carlos belts it.

  • nycsportzfan

    Ells is a freaking stud! Just a freaking stud!

  • Yankenstein

    Jacoby is winning the hearts and minds.

    • lightSABR

      I didn’t expect to become a fan of his as quickly as I have. Funny how batting averages above .350 will do that.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Few things sound more uncomfortable than John Sterling trying to use Spanish words. He and Jon Miller should teach a seminar.

  • vicki

    spanked it.

  • Havok9120

    Beltran and Ells certainly seem to understand.

  • xnyles

    Beltran is good.

  • MartinRanger

    Come on McCann. Time to break out.

  • nycsportzfan

    God, I love how good Ellsbury is. Its like he was born to play MLB. I love guys who can flat out “HIT” and not just for power, but really “HIT”. And that speed is just nuts.

  • Rick

    Need Soriano and Ellsbury to have monster games to help the fantasy team

    • vicki

      has anybody in your league picked up springer yet?

      • Rick

        Literally the second he was called up. Kind of insane.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Remember when Carlos Beltran looked done?

  • WhittakerWalt

    Oh, great. There’s a new 1-8777-KARS4KIDS commercial. It is somehow even worse than the original.

    • vicki

      impossible.

      • WhittakerWalt

        I wouldn’t have believed it either, but here we are.

        • Nigel Bangs

          Nice Simpsons reference.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      There’s a giant sign that taunts you in DUMBO when going over the Manhattan Bridge.

  • JGYank

    Ells and Beltran signings have looked great so far. Not a coincidence our outfielders are the top 4 in the lineup.

    • Jimmy

      Just remember how good Wells was last April.

  • MartinRanger

    Tanaka not locating all that well.
    Fortunately the Cubs are terrible.

  • TheRealGreg

    Tanaka’s location is off. Could be an effect of a extra day’s rest.

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      Isn’t that when he should be his best. With extra days off? That is what he is used to.

    • lightSABR

      1 H, 1 BB, and 7 K in 6 innings? Man, I hope his location is off every day.

      (Not disagreeing with you, by the way–I’m not watching. These are just pretty sweet results.)

  • MartinRanger

    Wow he’s definitely safe.

  • Yankenstein

    Johnson has got to learn to stretch.

  • mick taylor

    too bad yanks did not decline swishers option in 2011 and signed beltran then

    • vicki

      right. because swisher’s 2012 128 ops+ and 3.8 fwar really dragged the team down.

      • mick taylor

        well , maybe if beltran is on the team in 2011, the yanks get past the tigers. wheras the choke king played like he had bet on the tigers. if they get past tigers sweetie, problably go all the way

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

          They weren’t winning anything with that rotation in 2011, Beltran or no Beltran.

          • mick taylor

            i meant the 2012 playoffs not 2011. in 2012 the scores were 6-4, 3-0, 2-1, and 8-1. yank pitchers except for cc in the 4th game when the series was over anyway gave up few runs. with beltran in the lineup , they could have won the ibanez game as well as score ed more than 3 runs and 2 runs in games 2 and 3

    • WhittakerWalt

      You’re fucking obsessed with Swisher. Still.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        He looks so much like David Ortiz.

  • TheRealGreg

    Cubs will challenge and win. He was safe.

  • JGYank

    Safe. Should be quicker.

  • JGYank

    Tough play, but I think sori gets that. Nice effort though.

  • MartinRanger

    Not a sharp splitter today for Tanaka.

    • TheRealGreg

      Although that one to Olt was good. But you’re right

      • MartinRanger

        Definitely the best he’s thrown all day. Hopefully that’s the start of something.

        Yangervis with the walk!

        • vicki

          cold, dry weather isn’t so good for break; but it should keep the ball in the park.

          knock wood.

        • nycsportzfan

          And yet, hes on pace to throw possibly the best start in baseball in this early part of the season. I guess its pretty safe to say, we got something here.

      • MartinRanger

        That was a beautiful sequence.

        Tanaka looks like he’s settled in. Bad news for the Cubbies.

    • nycsportzfan

      Early still. 2scoreless without his best pitch being A+ grade, is pretty cool.

      • nycsportzfan

        Looking better and better as game goes on.

  • nycsportzfan

    Tanaka’s splitter is scary good. This guys got the stuff to be the best pitcher in the big leagues, period.

  • Rick

    I love me some Tanaka … I also love the guy next to me with the tv in his office who is a die hard Yankee fan.

  • Kosmo

    Solarte walks ! He can do it all !

  • nycsportzfan

    Solarte continuing to impress with the BB.

  • nycsportzfan

    Ells is on pace for 69SB 208HITs and 58Doubles. Safe to say, hes off to a blazing start!

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    Lets go Scott’s knee!

  • MartinRanger

    Yeah it’s safe to say that nastiness to Olt gave him the feel back.

  • Wheels

    Boss Tanaka.

  • TheRealGreg

    Much better location that inning. In his first two starts, once he got into a groove, he became hard to stop

    • Rick

      Can we not analyze him on an inning by inning basis? If it was so easy for a pitcher to throw the ball where he wanted, when he wanted, they wouldn’t ever make mistakes. Sometimes the grip is off, sometimes the ball just slips, etc. – they are humans after all.

  • MartinRanger

    His repertoire actually reminds me a lot of later career Roger Clemens, once he lost the 95 mph fastball. Lots of splitters throughout the count, a get-me-over slurve for needed strikes, fastballs up and down in the zone.

  • Rick

    Masahiro has stolen my heart

  • Yankeefan91

    does Girardi Have a nickname for Tanaka? I would assume it’s Tanaki ?

    • MartinRanger

      Masi?

      • Rick

        Agree here. Don’t think he’d change simply the last letter of his last name.

    • vicki

      of the several under consideration i liked tanaks.

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      Tank T

  • Havok9120

    Much better that inning.

  • MartinRanger

    ooh, ooh, I know that one: it was Joe Borowski. I listened to that game in the car on ESPN.

  • MartinRanger

    Glad Tanaka’s figured it out because this team’s inability to hit Hammel/any veteran with a decent sinker/slider mix and good command is back with a vengeance.

    • TheRealGreg

      Who else fits into that category?

      • MartinRanger

        Feldman is the most obvious.

      • MartinRanger

        Generally because the Yankees are a power-hitting team a guy who makes them pound the ball into the ground gives them fits. It’s been that way for a while. And then last year they couldn’t hit anybody.

  • Havok9120

    Well that sucked.

  • IamtheWalrus

    I know it’s probably not a popular opinion, but I enjoy Leiter as a broadcaster. He really teaches what he is trying to convey. A bit wordsy, but what does it matter on a tv broadcast?

    He and Cone are the best of the group.

    • MartinRanger

      I’ve been enamoured with him ever since he clearly explained Aaron Small’s weird curveball/changeup back when he was dominating for us.

    • Havok9120

      I do like when he’s up there talking pitching, that can be quite useful. And though he can be a bit pompous, I generally like him up there in terms of entertainment.

      I think we’ve really got a nice (and varied) group of broadcasters.

      • MartinRanger

        I love it when we get O’Neill because he has a lot of hilarious stories from his playing days.

        Flaherty is very solid as well. Kenny’s got a lot of old-timey stories.

        Frankly the guy who annoys me is the one who’s talking the most.

        • Havok9120

          Yeah, I feel Kay is the weakest of the group, but that’s mainly because he’s got a different job.

          I love O’Neil in the booth for the entertainment value. He’s just generally funny. And the game a few years ago where he and Tino were in the booth was probably the most hilarious broadcast I’ve ever listened to.

          • MartinRanger

            It’s so great with O’Neill because he’s got this laid-back midwestern drawl that is such a ridiculous contrast with his attitude back when he was a player.

            • vicki

              i would watch a 24-hour paul o’neill reality channel. whoever thought to mic him on old-timers day is a genius.

        • nycsportzfan

          Pauly is my Fave, easily. My 2nd choice would be Al Leiter actually. I don’t care for Coney’s voice, albeit, I love the guy because what he did in pinstripes as a player, and I think Singelton is very bland. Singelton is just kinda boring to me, albeit, a very solid man.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      He’s going to suck at announcing soccer, though.

      Just teasing.

  • Havok9120

    TanaKKKKKa.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      Has anyone used that as a sign yet?

      • Havok9120

        I haven’t seen it. It’ll come if he keeps this up.

  • Wheels

    TanaKa

  • Yankeefan91

    Tanaka so far has gotten alot of strikeouts in the early season i know that was a big concern to a lot of people.

  • Tom Q

    May I say that, when I watch Tanaka pitch, neither Kei Igawa nor even Hideki Irabu come to mind for even a second?

    The front office scouted this one right.

    • MartinRanger

      It’s the lack of sunglasses.

      To be fair that’s pretty much the only thing I liked about Igawa. Beyond the contract I was always rooting for him because he looked so ridiculous.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Junior Felix was that way back, Sterling?

  • MartinRanger

    There you go Brian. Hit it OVER the shift.

  • Kosmo

    Tanaka = ???

  • Wheels

    That’s how you do it, McCann.

  • MartinRanger

    Yangervis the on-base machine.

  • Havok9120

    Beat the shift!

  • Ethan

    BABIP reference! Yay for Sabermetrics referebces!

    • Havok9120

      From Leiter too. Color me impressed.

      Though he didn’t really know what it stood for.

  • vicki

    one thing about the overshift. it only helps with groundballs (plus low linedrives and soft flies). for the last several years mccann has had one of the lowest gb% in baseball. like super-low. i’m optimistic he may reliably beat the shift yet.

  • Havok9120

    lol @ the guy with a base.

  • MartinRanger

    A fly ball will do. Just don’t hit it at an infielder.

  • Havok9120

    Alright. I like this.

  • TheRealGreg

    GREAT SLIDE

  • Yankenstein

    The Racoon !!

    • vicki

      it just doesn’t flow though. how about ‘rocky’?

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Brian McCann beats a throw home? I hate radio.

    • Yankeefan91

      yep

    • Havok9120

      It was impressively shallow, too.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Scotty Sizzle!

    • vicki

      i like this.

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

        It might have legs…

  • Havok9120

    They really need to figure out this catcher’s rule.

  • MartinRanger

    Damn. That looked low to me.

  • TheRealGreg

    Oooh that was a ball

  • Havok9120

    Yeah. That was….questionable. The Sizemore shall have his revenge in due time.

    Still, a run!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Scotty doesn’t know

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Darn it. Scotty got screwed there.

    • Yankeefan91

      Eurotrip

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

        ;)

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    He’s just lulling them into his Sizemore-ian trap.

  • Havok9120

    I really don’t buy that Brewer’s mindset.

    Maybe that makes sense in a single game type deal, but over the course of a series? I have to think patience pays off in that respect, no matter how good your best relievers are.

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      What is this all about. I hear Kay talking but can’t understand what the hell he is saying.

  • Wheels

    Another one bites the dust.

  • Nathan

    Boss Tanaka is rolling!

  • vicki

    if i have this right, tanaks has thrown first-pitch strikes to thirteen of the seventeen hitters he’s faced.

    • Rick

      But do you ever have anything right? :)

      • vicki

        watch it, you. i know where you live.

        • Rick

          hmmm, good point – i should be more careful about those things

  • Yankenstein

    A Yankee Stadium double for Gardy.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Oppo poppo from Gardo!

    (Not taco. Little bit o’ pop though)

  • Havok9120

    Steal third!

  • TheRealGreg

    Beltran gets the job done and now Ellsbury needs to bring him in

  • Tanaka 2014 Cy Young

    How’s Tanaka looking today..

    • vicki

      worth it.

    • Yanksinfirst

      Killing it

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Like your screen name.

    • nycsportzfan

      Probably the best pitching performance in the majors this yr(that I can think of?).

      • Curt and Bernie

        Andrew Cashner had a one hitter, 11 or 12 ks but other than that start I agree.

  • PFOJ

    Does the Ellsbury at bat/catcher’s interference make more sense if you’re watching it than it does listening to Sterling describe it?

    • Havok9120

      Nope. Still unclear.

  • TheRealGreg

    Apparently Girardi declined the catcher’s interference and took the run.

  • Wheels

    weird play.

  • Yanksinfirst

    What just happened? Isnt Ells supposed to take the base? Announcers are at a loss. I’m really confused

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I have actually never seen that before. Catcher’s Interference where manager opts for outcome of play rather than free base runner.

    And it was absolutely the right call with one out by Joe. If there were zero out, you take the CI.

    • Havok9120

      Agreed. I like his decision there.

      I also like that he apparently knew a rule no one on either broadcast was aware of. That’s a win for the binder.

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

        Binder was upgraded this offseason with new platinum rings.

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

          Brick love Binder

      • vicki

        my manager can outscore your manager on a standardized test.

    • Yankee$

      It’s Rule 608…sheesh.

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

        Dammit. I really need to bone up on these rules. I’m going to flunk, I feel it.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Catcher’s inteference. Penalty is declined. FIRST DOWN!

  • nycsportzfan

    Again, Ells is a fucking stud!

  • Yankenstein

    The more you see Jacoby the more you like him.

    • Havok9120

      Really though.

  • Yankeefan91

    I Love Ellsbury im glad hes on our side. i notice over the weekend how less scary Boston is without Ellsbury.

    • Havok9120

      They’ve got a bunch of banged up guys, as well. They’re certainly less annoying with all that AVG/OBP/SB sitting atop the lineup.

  • Wheels

    Ma-KKKKKKKun

  • Yankenstein

    Tanaka is dealing.

  • Jimmy

    Sit The Fuck Down

  • Havok9120

    Tying a (positive) franchise record on his third start.

    Me likey.

    • lightSABR

      Not watching/listening. Which record?

      • Yankenstein

        Most strikeouts in first 3 starts as a Yankee

        • lightSABR

          Very nice. Here’s hoping for at least one more.

          • lightSABR

            There it is!

  • 28 this year

    Both Cubs hits are bunts lol.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    You see that, Tex?

    (Puke)

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Is he……ok? That looked bad on radio.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      It sounds like a skinned knee.

    • Yankeefan91

      hit his glove.

    • Wheels

      yeah

  • Yankenstein

    The Racoon strikes again!

    • vicki

      every town needs a hero.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Niiiice play, Anna

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Smooth move by Scotty Sizzle

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I fucking love you, Masahiro Tanaka.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      He is a treat to watch. I think I like him.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Do I buy the t-shirt yet?

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

          You should rent with an option to paint on your back…

        • Truther

          Nah, you should get a Jose Fernandez shirt instead.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            I can’t believe I’m replying to this, but I did own a Miggy Marlins shirt once upon a time. I wound turning it into cleaning rags about ten years ago. I really wish I hadn’t. It’d be kind of cool to have around right now.

  • Yankenstein

    Tanaka with the most strikeouts in his first 3 games in Yankee history. He may work out.

    • King George

      He *may*…still not sold (sarcasm).

    • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

      …but Adam Jones doesn’t think he’s a big deal, so…

  • stuckey

    Nice outing by Masahiro Tanotanace

  • Winter

    I hate weekday day-games. I so rarely get to watch the whole thing. Just turning it on now, looked at Tanaka’s line…

    MA-KUN!

    • vicki

      the line doesn’t even tell the tale. those hits were bunts.

      • Winter

        I saw that the second one was. The first too? Wow.

        • Havok9120

          Yep. Both.

        • vicki

          the first was so close it was originally called an out.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Ooh. Masa out for the Ocho.

    Interesting move, Pepper. Let’s see how it works out.

    • lightSABR

      Two more strikeouts. I’m guessing Ma-kun’s record is going to stand for a while.

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

        Yeah, I was on board for it. I was just using the situation for a quasi-obscure movie quote.
        He looked great …and it worked out for them.

  • dela g

    Hammel is pretty tough

  • TheRealGreg

    8IP 2 bunt hits 1BB 10 Ks

    • 28 this year

      And 75 strikes out of 106 pitches. He pounded the zone and they simply could not hit him.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    God damn it, he is the man.

  • 28 this year

    Man, I wish I could have watched this game. Tanaka is something else right now. Been a while since we had a 25 year old pitcher with this kind of performance.

    • Rick

      Yea, like 5 games ago with Pineda.

  • Rick

    Thank you, Masahiro. My fantasy team needed this. I will not ask you to come out for the 9th. You have done your job.

  • Yankeefan91

    I Love You Tanaka

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      There is a shitload of Tanaka love going around today, and it is WELL deserved.

  • Preston

    Should they give him a chance to finish it? He routinely through 125 pitches in Japan and it would keep the bullpen fresh for game two.

    • Preston

      *threw

      • MartinRanger

        Nah. It’s early in the year, and he’s gone 8. Let him finish there. I might use Phelps instead of Warren though. I think he’s 8th option A followed by BGDP as option B with Robertson out.

    • TheRealGreg

      And he is going to be on an extra days rest in his next start.

      There is a case.

      • Rick

        Wouldn’t Pineda be the one going on the extra day rest? Had they not played a double header and just pushed everyone back, today would’ve been Tanaka’s start.

        • vicki

          i guess joe gets to decide; no reason to stick to the original rotation. so who gets the extra day? the guy who’s used to going every seven days, or the guy coming back from major surgery?

          • Rick

            Fair points. What would you do?

          • Rick

            I also did not realize he will be getting an extra day rest with an off day built in. Sooo … ignore everything I say, if you weren’t already.

    • Pete

      I say yes, and only because it’s a DH today and you never know what happens to the starter in the nightcap. Rest the bullpen now.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Don’t go 125, but put him out there and warm up Kelley/Warren just in case.

      • TheRealGreg

        I agree. Go batter to batter with him.

    • RetroRob

      I don’t think so. While he had a extra day of rest, and he’ll have another one upcoming, they’ll want to limit his usage, especially since 125 pitches would be quite an increase from what he’s done this year.

  • Yankenstein

    Jacoby is a walking double.

    • nycsportzfan

      Just your typical ho hum game or Ells. Smacks a double, steals a bag, walks, and makes a nice grab in the OF. Dudes the shit!

    • Yankeefan91

      He sure is Gardner should learn a few things from Ellsbury.

    • lightSABR

      Now if we could just get Gardner to do the same thing. Imagine how awesome it would be to have two of them doing this.

      • nycsportzfan

        Hes not as good as Ellsbury though. Plain and simple. He’ll give yah poor man Ell’s num’s by yrs end, which will be fine.

        • MartinRanger

          He’s being paid accordingly. Roughly half Ellsbury’s salary.

          • nycsportzfan

            agreed.

  • Winter

    That was a great jump.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Julio Iglesias at Foxwoods!

  • nycsportzfan

    3more outs, and were in 1st place.(believe we get tiebreak because head to head, no?).

  • Yankeefan91

    hes not coming out for the 9th

  • TheRealGreg

    Probably the right move by Joe

  • MartinRanger

    I did NOT like the look of that stumble out of the box.

    McCann better not be broken.

  • MartinRanger

    Wait we’re burning the closer in game one?

    • TheRealGreg

      I remember Mo pitching in the first game of doubleheaders

      • MartinRanger

        Oh I do as well. But that’s God. He’s Shawn Kelley.

        • vicki

          shawn kelley is no slouch. and this is a save situation.

          • MartinRanger

            I was specifically thinking that Mariano more than once pitched both games of doubleheaders. You probably don’t do that with your backup closer.

        • Rick

          I don’t anticipate needing one when we’re leading 8-1 going into the 9th tonight.

          • vicki

            this.

            tomorrow it may rain, figuratively.

            • Rick

              heck, it might even snow again.

    • Preston

      There is some logic to it. You have the opportunity to lock down a win now versus saving him for a hypothetical save situation next game.

  • Havok9120

    That was a nice play with that sun out there.

  • MartinRanger

    First Jackie Robinson day without Mo. Wow.

    • lightSABR

      No more 42s. On the field, at least. There will always be one on my back when I’m in the stands.

  • lightSABR

    A new feeling for Yankees fans: when the manager puts in the closer after the starter has thrown 105 pitches and you suddenly feel less sure about the outcome of the game.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I told you to stop faking me Ichiro.

    And stop elbowing my right field wall, too.

  • nycsportzfan

    Never felt threatened in this one. Way to go Bombers! Tanaka, Beltran, and Ells, 3of the FA CORE4(McCann the other), continue to beast for us.

  • Yankenstein

    Boom !!

  • vicki

    big mike, you have quite the act to follow.

  • Yan Solo

    Hey, Adam Jones! How do you like them apples?! TANAKA TIME!!

  • lightSABR

    Still at the top of the AL East. And still with a negative run differential. Come on, offense. Fix that already.

    • vicki

      suck it, pythag!

    • MartinRanger

      It’s entirely that blowout to the Orioles.

  • nycsportzfan

    So, a few of you think you might be voting alittle higher then 7 on this wks confidence in the franchise thread yet??lol I sure hope so.

    • Rick

      Only if the franchise thread was based on a pitching staff entirely comprised of Tanaka’s and Pineda’s.

  • Havok9120

    Won it for Prussia.

    Great game.

  • Naved

    Warren and Betances are still ready to go tonight if need be. I am not that worried about the bullpen.