Game 14: One of Two



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]

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Darren says:

    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.

  2. vicki says:

    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 says:


      Not that bad now, though.

      Sometimes it snows in April. Thank you, Prince.

      • vicki says:

        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 says:

          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$ says:

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

      • Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

        I didn’t see any purple rain.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      well said, and totally agree.

    • Mikhel says:

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

  3. BrienTaylorsRookieCard says:

    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 says:

      Really odd timing for sarcasm.

      • BrienTaylorsRookieCard says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

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

                • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

                  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 says:

      It’s coming to an end?

      • BrienTaylorsRookieCard says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            I appreciate your optimism.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

              “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.

  4. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

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

  5. BrienTaylorsRookieCard says:

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

  6. nycsportzfan says:

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

    • nycsportzfan says:

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

      8inn 0er 10k 1bb. Damn!

  7. I'm One says:

    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.

  8. nycsportzfan says:

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

  9. Havok9120 says:

    I hope Sizemore realizes that we play for Prussia here.

    Gotta break in the new guy.

    • lightSABR says:

      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!

  10. JGYank says:

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

  11. nycsportzfan says:

    easy enough 1st for Tanaka.

  12. nycsportzfan says:

    Fuck Yeah! Another jack for Belty!

  13. TheRealGreg says:

    He is on fire

  14. Yankenstein says:

    Carlos belts it.

  15. nycsportzfan says:

    Ells is a freaking stud! Just a freaking stud!

  16. Yankenstein says:

    Jacoby is winning the hearts and minds.

    • lightSABR says:

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

  17. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  18. vicki says:

    spanked it.

  19. Havok9120 says:

    Beltran and Ells certainly seem to understand.

  20. xnyles says:

    Beltran is good.

  21. MartinRanger says:

    Come on McCann. Time to break out.

  22. nycsportzfan says:

    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.

  23. Rick says:

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

  24. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    Remember when Carlos Beltran looked done?

  25. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  26. JGYank says:

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

  27. MartinRanger says:

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

  28. TheRealGreg says:

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

    • Reuben Sierra's Chains says:

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

    • lightSABR says:

      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.)

  29. MartinRanger says:

    Wow he’s definitely safe.

  30. Yankenstein says:

    Johnson has got to learn to stretch.

  31. mick taylor says:

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

    • vicki says:

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

      • mick taylor says:

        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

        • Mike Axisa says:

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

          • mick taylor says:

            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 says:

      You’re fucking obsessed with Swisher. Still.

  32. TheRealGreg says:

    Cubs will challenge and win. He was safe.

  33. JGYank says:

    Safe. Should be quicker.

  34. JGYank says:

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

  35. MartinRanger says:

    Not a sharp splitter today for Tanaka.

  36. nycsportzfan says:

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

  37. Rick says:

    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.

  38. Kosmo says:

    Solarte walks ! He can do it all !

  39. nycsportzfan says:

    Solarte continuing to impress with the BB.

  40. nycsportzfan says:

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

  41. Mandy Stankiewicz says:

    Lets go Scott’s knee!

  42. MartinRanger says:

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

  43. Wheels says:

    Boss Tanaka.

  44. TheRealGreg says:

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

    • Rick says:

      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.

  45. MartinRanger says:

    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.

  46. Rick says:

    Masahiro has stolen my heart

  47. Yankeefan91 says:

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

  48. Havok9120 says:

    Much better that inning.

  49. MartinRanger says:

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

  50. MartinRanger says:

    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.

  51. Havok9120 says:

    Well that sucked.

  52. IamtheWalrus says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

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

        • nycsportzfan says:

          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 says:

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

      Just teasing.

  53. Havok9120 says:


  54. Wheels says:


  55. Yankeefan91 says:

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

  56. Tom Q says:

    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 says:

      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.

  57. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    Junior Felix was that way back, Sterling?

  58. MartinRanger says:

    There you go Brian. Hit it OVER the shift.

  59. Kosmo says:

    Tanaka = ???

  60. Wheels says:

    That’s how you do it, McCann.

  61. MartinRanger says:

    Yangervis the on-base machine.

  62. Havok9120 says:

    Beat the shift!

  63. Ethan says:

    BABIP reference! Yay for Sabermetrics referebces!

  64. vicki says:

    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.

  65. Havok9120 says:

    lol @ the guy with a base.

  66. MartinRanger says:

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

  67. Havok9120 says:

    Alright. I like this.

  68. TheRealGreg says:


  69. Yankenstein says:

    The Racoon !!

  70. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    Brian McCann beats a throw home? I hate radio.

  71. Cuso says:

    Scotty Sizzle!

  72. Havok9120 says:

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

  73. MartinRanger says:

    Damn. That looked low to me.

  74. TheRealGreg says:

    Oooh that was a ball

  75. Havok9120 says:

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

    Still, a run!

  76. Cuso says:

    Scotty doesn’t know

  77. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

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

  78. Havok9120 says:

    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 says:

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

  79. Wheels says:

    Another one bites the dust.

  80. Nathan says:

    Boss Tanaka is rolling!

  81. vicki says:

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

  82. Yankenstein says:

    A Yankee Stadium double for Gardy.

  83. Cuso says:

    Oppo poppo from Gardo!

    (Not taco. Little bit o’ pop though)

  84. Havok9120 says:

    Steal third!

  85. TheRealGreg says:

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

  86. Tanaka 2014 Cy Young says:

    How’s Tanaka looking today..

  87. PFOJ says:

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

  88. TheRealGreg says:

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

  89. Wheels says:

    weird play.

  90. Yanksinfirst says:

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

  91. Cuso says:

    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.

  92. nycsportzfan says:

    Again, Ells is a fucking stud!

  93. Yankenstein says:

    The more you see Jacoby the more you like him.

  94. Yankeefan91 says:

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

    • Havok9120 says:

      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.

  95. Wheels says:


  96. Yankenstein says:

    Tanaka is dealing.

  97. Jimmy says:

    Sit The Fuck Down

  98. Havok9120 says:

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

    Me likey.

  99. 28 this year says:

    Both Cubs hits are bunts lol.

  100. Cuso says:

    You see that, Tex?


  101. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

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

  102. Yankenstein says:

    The Racoon strikes again!

  103. Cuso says:

    Niiiice play, Anna

  104. Cuso says:

    Smooth move by Scotty Sizzle

  105. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    I fucking love you, Masahiro Tanaka.

  106. Yankenstein says:

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

  107. stuckey says:

    Nice outing by Masahiro Tanotanace

  108. Winter says:

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


  109. Cuso says:

    Ooh. Masa out for the Ocho.

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

  110. dela g says:

    Hammel is pretty tough

  111. TheRealGreg says:

    8IP 2 bunt hits 1BB 10 Ks

  112. Cuso says:

    God damn it, he is the man.

  113. 28 this year says:

    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.

  114. Rick says:

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

  115. Yankeefan91 says:

    I Love You Tanaka

  116. Preston says:

    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 says:


      • MartinRanger says:

        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 says:

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

      There is a case.

      • Rick says:

        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 says:

          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?

    • Pete says:

      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 says:

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

    • RetroRob says:

      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.

  117. Yankenstein says:

    Jacoby is a walking double.

  118. Winter says:

    That was a great jump.

  119. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    Julio Iglesias at Foxwoods!

  120. nycsportzfan says:

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

  121. Yankeefan91 says:

    hes not coming out for the 9th

  122. TheRealGreg says:

    Probably the right move by Joe

  123. MartinRanger says:

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

    McCann better not be broken.

  124. MartinRanger says:

    Wait we’re burning the closer in game one?

  125. Havok9120 says:

    That was a nice play with that sun out there.

  126. MartinRanger says:

    First Jackie Robinson day without Mo. Wow.

  127. lightSABR says:

    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.

  128. Cuso says:

    I told you to stop faking me Ichiro.

    And stop elbowing my right field wall, too.

  129. nycsportzfan says:

    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.

  130. Yankenstein says:

    Boom !!

  131. vicki says:

    big mike, you have quite the act to follow.

  132. Yan Solo says:

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

  133. lightSABR says:

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

  134. nycsportzfan says:

    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.

  135. Havok9120 says:

    Won it for Prussia.

    Great game.

  136. Naved says:

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

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