Apr
18

Game 17: Go For Six

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The Yankees have won five games in a row (six of their last seven!) and they’ve done it with offense, with pitching, and with defense. One phase of the game is not carrying them, it’s all three. Unlike last April, when the team played well but it felt like we were waiting for the other shoe to drop for certain players (Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner, specifically), this year’s success feels far more sustainable. I can’t be the only who feels like that, right?

Anyway, Carlos Beltran is not in tonight’s lineup after tumbling over the right field wall in foul territory last night. According to the various beat writers on the scene, Beltran had an MRI on both his wrist and shoulder and everything came back clean. He is sore though, and he will skip batting practice today and instead receive treatment. Beltran hopes to play tomorrow but Joe Girardi is fond of giving players that one extra day when they’re banged up. We’ll see. Here is the Rays lineup and here’s the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. DH Alfonso Soriano
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 2B Yangervis Solarte
  7. 1B Kelly Johnson
  8. 3B Scott Sizemore
  9. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It is hot, humid, and pouring in St. Pete tonight, but none of that matters because of Tropicana Field. It’ll be a climate-controlled 72 degrees (or thereabouts) for tonight’s game whether you like it or not. First pitch is scheduled for just after 7pm ET and you can watch live on YES and, depending on where you live, MLB Network. Enjoy the game.

Categories : Game Threads
  • forensic

    You’re here playing hurt, even doing a chat, and yet Beltran needs a day because he’s ‘sore’. What a baby.

    • jim p

      And Mike is probably paid only half of what Beltran gets.

      • Dalek Jeter

        And Mike is probably paid in a month half of what Beltran gets in an hour.

        FIFY

    • Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline)

      You know what John and Suzy say. He’s a ballblogger. He does a little bit of everything. Professional ballblogger at its finest.

      • forensic

        “Every day he does something to help the RAB team learn.”

        • Dalek Jeter

          “Even when he forgets the Game Thread, he does something.” ;)

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Can the power of Jordan Brink lead us?

    • Havok9120

      We invoke both the mighty Jordan Brink and The Great Elector.

      At some point, I’ll make a photoshop picture of Jordan Brink on the Prussian flag in place of the eagle.

  • Cheval Anonyme

    Yangervis Solarte anagram of the day:

    “Tyro savages liner.”

    • Axis of Mike

      Like it! May I add: Gravy is near stole?

      • Cheval Anonyme

        You may. But there are many, many more…

  • Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline)

    For Mother Prussia!

    • Dalek Jeter

      Alkaline is on #teamPreußen!

    • Havok9120

      Für das Vaterland!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Keeping it simple tonight: für Preußen. All wins are für Preußen.

    • Havok9120

      If Jordan Brink were Prussian, he might be able to match The Sizemore in ability.

  • Wheels

    Pretty good lineup, even without Beltran.

    • Havok9120

      I certainly like it better than I did the lineup in the second doubleheader game.

      That gave me flashbacks of last season.

    • forensic

      Personally, I’d prefer to see Roberts in there instead of Sizemore, but it is what it is.

      It’s kind of funny that Girardi is basically saying it’s a bad thing that Roberts hit so much last night, because he actually had to run. It’s like he’d prefer it if he went 0-4 since he wouldn’t run much and could play two straight days.

      • nycsportzfan

        I know we see differently on this scenario, but I just think Joe’s very comfortable with all on this team, and dosen’t mind giving guys days off, as of right now, everyones chipping in and no one looks like they dont belong. Shoot, Sizemore has 3of are RBI tonight. Solarte and Anna have held there own(anna mostly with glove), and Kelly Johnson has done his part, and Cappys hitting..etc You can afford to rest guys.

  • Preston

    These next six games are going to be awesome. Let’s put our biggest division rivals in the rear view and cruise to an AL East title.

    • Havok9120

      Yup. 16-6 by next week.

    • forensic

      So basically go for the full season version of a perfect afternoon at Yankee Stadium:

      ‘It’s when the Yankees score eight runs in the first inning,’ Ruppert said, ‘and then slowly pull away.’”

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ike Davis to The Pirates for minor leaguer Zack Thronton.

    • forensic

      That’s a good deal for Davis. Anything to get him away from the Mets dysfunction and their inability to make a decision about 1B.

    • TheRealGreg

      And apparently the infamous PTBNL

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      I suppose it kinda helps the Pirates, in the sense that they need someone to play first. Maybe he gets a fresh start with change of scenery.

      For the Mets, it means they made a decision about something. That’s progress for them.

    • Preston

      The rumor is that the PTBNL is the more substantial part of the deal (but can’t be traded yet because he’s a 2013 draftee).

  • TheRealGreg

    Worried a bit about Kuroda. Bad numbers career wise against the Rays, but we will see.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      You’re always worried about something.

      • TheRealGreg

        I know. Pessimistic nature

        • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

          Greg, you’re something a bit more than a pessimist. I’m a pessimist, and you’re consistently worse than me.

          • TheRealGreg

            Well to be fair, worried is a bit much. I’m not “life or death” concerned.

            Before I looked at the stats, I thought this game was a slam dunk, but now I’m a little on the fence

      • Dalek Jeter

        Guys, the weather report said the sun was supposed to come out at 6:57 and it’s 6:56 and there’s no sign it’s coming up. I’m concerned.

        • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

          Ur n idito.

          • Dalek Jeter

            What’s that Macho Man?? I couldn’t hear you over the sound of I JUST BEAT 2048 AGAIN!!!

            • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

              ?? ? ?????.

              • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

                Huh. Apparently RAB doesn’t recognize Cyrillic.

                • forensic

                  I love the timestamp issues RAB is having. You replied to yourself a minute before you wrote the original comment.

                  That’s some skill.

                  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

                    That is the very definition of “Macho.”

                  • Dalek Jeter

                    That is amazing.

            • Preston

              But have you ever gotten 4096?

              • Havok9120

                Don’t get him started. Him, Macho, and Jorge Steinbrenner are obsessed.

                • Preston

                  It’s mind numbing but hard to stop. My best is a 4096 and an additional 2048.

                  • Dalek Jeter

                    I have not, my best is two 2048′s on the same board. I couldn’t get them together…I still play it to kill times occasionally, but I don’t have the same ambition to keep going now that I’ve gotten the 2048.

                • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

                  You horrid liar! I broke away weeks ago!

    • Wheels

      Hell yeah Jeter.

      • Wheels

        wrong spot. But relax Greg, have a cream soda.

    • forensic

      Four of his five starts against them have been in September the last two years. Hopefully it’s more a function of when he faced them rather than just them being them.

      CC’s been terrible against them too and got by yesterday, at least.

      • TheRealGreg

        Very good point. I wondered about that.

  • Mike HC

    If Jeter has a big year, there is no way he is going to want to retire.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    By the way, if you’re playing the home version of “Spot the Looney,” the answer is “He’s playing first base for Tampa Bay.”

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    You aren’t going to put anyone in the rearview mirror in April. And the Rays aren’t our biggest rival, the Sox are. Sox are defending champions. Os have a good young nucleus as well and just took 2/3 from us in our park. It’s going to be a dogfight all season.

  • No 2013 again

    Horrible breaking ball, Ellsbury has to punish that.

  • TheRealGreg

    Looks like Bedard’s getting a high strike

  • The Guns of Navarone

    David DeJesus… respect his game

    http://movies.dosthana.com/sit.....Stills.jpg

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Those are nice.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Jeez. I wish I was a baseball player.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      I like her teeth

    • Mr. Roth

      Too wristy.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Petition to save Scotty Sizzle from the roster crunch. Please leave your mark:

    • Dalek Jeter

      I will be honored to sign such a petition.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        We would be honored if you would join us.

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

          He just grabbed you in a force choke

    • Mr. Roth

      [x] I support Scott Sizemore
      [_] I do not support Scott Sizemore

    • Havok9120

      Indeed.

  • Prussian General Jordan Brink

    Sorry I’m late.

    FOR PRUSSIA!

    • Dalek Jeter

      Hey man, what was your most recent handle before this, I’m just curious.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Shiftaliscious!

    • TheRealGreg

      Ironically against the team who I think started this craze.

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

        I believe you are right.

        Take that, Mad Scientist!

  • Wheels

    McCann.

  • No 2013 again

    McCann heating up! I like it.

  • No 2013 again

    What I think is most impressive about Solarte is his batting eye. I thought he was hacker..

    • Dalek Jeter

      He looked like a hacker in ST and early in the season, but he has looked a lot better the last week or so.

      • No 2013 again

        It’s not that he’s walking a lot, but he just gets himself in good counts

        • Dalek Jeter

          For a guy like him, that’s almost as important as actually taking walks.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Robinson who? This Solarte kid does everything that Cano did and more. And he’s one thing Robbie never was, a True Yankee. I think he’s the next Yankee Captain.

  • Dalek Jeter

    John gets SO EXCITED for Solarte hits, it’s wonderful.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Never nervous Yangervis!! Solaaaaaaarte, Solaaaaaarte!

  • TheRealGreg

    Work into fastball counts and rake.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Keep it going, Man-of-a-thousand-handles!

  • TheRealGreg

    Should have taken the out at first

  • No 2013 again

    Great stop but a stupid decision by Loney

  • Leg-End

    Punish him.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Even as a baserunner Soley makes the heads up move and gets in the way of the ball! This is our next Captain!

  • Dalek Jeter

    THE LEGEND CONTINUES!

  • forensic

    Boy do I hate these official scoring rules. There should either be a hit or an error. None of this in between shit.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Team Sizemore for the lead!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    FUCK

    and

    YES

  • forensic

    Sizemore!

    Forget what I said before about preferring Roberts for tonight…

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Clean living right now. Clean living.

  • Dalek Jeter

    The weirdness continues. Was that ball hit as hard as John is making it sound?

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Yep. It was smacked. loney made a great back hand scoop, but the effort planted him on his butt.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      Yes. Knocked Loney off his feet. Johnson can hit.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I have no doubt Johnson can hit, he’s slugging in like the .530s I’m pretty sure. I was just curious on this particular play.

    • TheRealGreg

      I think so.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    SIIIIIIIIZEMOOOOOOOOOORE!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ugh. Bunts. We just hit a 3 run double…so here take a free out.

  • Dan

    That’s what happens when you put the ball in play. Put pressure on the fielders and make things happen.

  • No 2013 again

    gotta challenge that… he was safe.

  • Wheels

    So great.

  • Axis of Mike

    This lineup is downright OFFENSIVE!

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Not sure if this is worth challenging, frankly.

    • forensic

      Studies from before/early in the season said that almost any play that is close is worth challenging, especially if it contributes to a potentially big inning like this.

      There aren’t nearly as many missed calls as people seem to think in the course of a typical game (especially over just the first 6 innings).

  • Havok9120

    Scott Sizemore shall deliver us.

  • Wheels

    safe.

  • TheRealGreg

    CLEAR THE BASES

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    SIZZLE!

  • No 2013 again

    Sizemore!!!! This guy can’t go down when Tex returns

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    BASES CLEARING TRIPLE FOR SIZEMORE!

  • Leg-End

    We just went up one size more.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Challenge dat sheeeet

    • lightSABR

      He was totally safe. I mean, it was close, but I’m pretty sure the ump got it wrong.

  • lightSABR

    Scott Sizemore: Professional baseball player.

    • Mr. Roth

      Facts don’t get any more factual than that.

  • BrianMcCannon

    Someone sign me up for Team Sizemore.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    How did Ichiro not beat that out? That bunt was a beauty.

    • Leg-End

      He did, its challenge time.

      • Darren

        Ugh. He should have been called safe but that should not have been overturned. Horrible, horrible. Replay is a joke so far.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          What??? Pretty conclusive on the replay if you ask me.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          I mean, that’s why they put replay in the game… for bang, bang plays just like that.

        • Dalek Jeter

          “He should have been called safe.” Which is what the replay showed, and therefore the call was overturned.

          “But that shouldn’t have been overturned.” If the replay showed he was safe, why shouldn’t the out be changed?

          “Replay is a joke so far.” So because they challenged a call and changed a wrong call to a right call it’s a joke?

          Can you please elaborate?

          • forensic

            This is almost FJM worthy.

          • Darren

            He looked safe with the naked eye, but the replays were from from conclusive.
            The ball does not need to hit the back of the glove for the runner to be out, it merely needs to enter the glove.
            There wasn’t one single replay that showed his foot on the bag before the ball entered the glove.

  • Dan

    Obviously you don’t want to count your chickens before they hatch, but I really think the team is better with Solarte and Anna on the team, and no Ryan. A lot can change between now and the 2-4 weeks it takes Ryan to come back (maybe someone gets hurt, or Solarte turns into a pumpkin, or Roberts doesn’t heat up). But I really hope they consider not handing him his spot back.

    • Axis of Mike

      I really like Anna. Makes it tough to know what to do w Ryan but he is one helluva SS.

    • forensic

      So, they’re just going to release Ryan suddenly after signing him to an (albeit absurd) two-year contract in the offseason?

      • Dalek Jeter

        Does Ryan still have options? I have no idea how that works.

        • forensic

          His options don’t matter. He has over 5 years of MLB service, so he can refuse any assignment to the majors, meaning the Yankees have to either release him or keep him on the 25-man.

          • forensic

            *assignment to the MINORS

            • Dalek Jeter

              Well, we’re still at least 3 weeks away from them needing to make that decision. These things tend to work themselves out.

      • Dan

        No, obviously you can’t just release him. He’d have trade value–cheap, awesome on defense, and under contract. I’m just saying I’d explore the options.

        • forensic

          I disagree that he has any trade value. A player of his offensive skill on a two-year deal (with a 3rd year option!) is not something teams are looking for. His defense took a step back last season (though it’s yet to be seen if that’s a trend or a one-year thing). Plus, he’s coming off a back injury that has sidelined him for basically two months by the time he possibly gets back.

  • Axis of Mike

    Bedard might just get an out some day if he bears down.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    He was safe by a mile. Who’s at 1st, Bob Davidson? Girardi will win yet another challenge.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Seriously, Girardi’s been on point with his challenges.

  • Dalek Jeter

    42 pitches have gotten him 1 out in the 2nd Loving it.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Bedard up to 42 pitches already.

    It’ll be great if they force him out of the game by the fifth inning, and again beat up on the pen.

  • Axis of Mike

    Tampa Bay been berry berry good to us.

  • Dela G

    love sizemore

  • Wheels

    Nice, that works.

  • No 2013 again

    To me it looked like Escobar didnt even touch second base

    • lightSABR

      He didn’t. It’s called the neighborhood play, and they do it to be less vulnerable to takeout slides. It’s not reviewable, probably for safety reasons.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Girardi should have challenged again.

    • TheRealGreg

      Neighborhood play. Not reviewable.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        Even when he was nowhere near the neighborhood?

  • Ethan

    Second baseman never touched the base. Is that a challengable play?

    • forensic

      Nope, they said they won’t review the neighborhood play at 2B (though I kind of disagree with them).

    • The Guns of Navarone

      C’mon… need to tack on

  • RkyMtnYank

    Awesome that Gardner didn’t slide into first and was safe, hope that continues!

  • Leg-End

    Bedard looks really hittable to the point that I would fancy my chances.

    • Axis of Mike

      I’m a little concerned that Kuroda also looks hittable tonight, so they should pile on runs if they can.

      • Axis of Mike

        Case in point: Longoria’s hit. High pitch, a meatball.

        • Preston

          Hiro is fine. Case in point, the double play he induced to erase Longoria’s single.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Anna’s been a solid player for what he’s asked to do but when you’ve got the hot hands of Solarte and Sizemore you need to stick with them. Anna’s gotta go when Teix is back. Ryan might have lost his job as well.

  • Wheels

    Nicely turned double play. wow

  • Tom

    Was Ichiro not running 3-2? (or did I miss that?)

    Gardner not running? At least send him 3-1 and trust Jeter won’t chase out of the zone.

    With the exception of Ellsbury the Yankees have been conservative on the bases in terms of stealing/starting runners. Especially with a lead, they should be keeping the pressure on.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Seems so obvious. I wonder if they have some sabermetric reason for not doing it.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    nicely done, captain

  • Axis of Mike

    Damn! Solarte kills at every friggin position!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Solarte is even turning Robbie Cano DPs now. People wondered how they would replace Robbie, how will the Mariners compete when the power goes they’re just left with a powerless overpaid, slow middle infielder.

    • Axis of Mike

      Solarte’s OBP right now is a frightening .577, easily the best on the team.

      • forensic

        His SLG is .577, not OBP.

        And Beltran is at .614.

  • Axis of Mike

    I’m starting to feel like I just mounted a powerful motorcycle and took off. I’d love to see this team keep this up, what fun that’d be!

  • Axis of Mike

    Last year I really thought the lack of a top-notch defensive catcher cost us dearly. This year it’s early but McCann seems to be making a clear impact.

  • Preston

    It’s almost like Eric Bedard shouldn’t be starting MLB games anymore…

    • lightSABR

      Of course, they did this to David Price last night, too…

      I love having an actual offense.

  • lightSABR

    The Rays look like they just called the bullpen. 51 pitches to get 7 outs, and Bedard’s probably not stretched out all the way. If we keep this up, I can’t wait to see what their bullpen looks like tomorrow and Sunday.

  • Wheels

    Solarte is impressive.

  • TheRealGreg

    Kuroda has not pitched well so far.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Pitched well enough so far.

      • TheRealGreg

        He has gotten away with it, but his location has not been crisp.

        • TheRealGreg

          That was a nice pitch though. Maybe he’s starting to find it.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Hopefully he can do what Pineda did against the Cubs (I know Rays>>>>Cubs), grind through 6 or 7 even if he doesn’t have his best stuff. “Grind it out” as Pettitte and Clemens used to say.

          • TheRealGreg

            Yep.

          • forensic

            (I know Rays>>>>Cubs),

            The Rays and Cubs have actually scored the same number of runs this season (and it took the Rays two extra games to get there) and their team OPS’s are probably extremely close when you account for the P/DH different.

    • TheRealGreg

      but he has gotten away with it.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      He looks pretty good so far to me. 30 pitches in 3 innings. Not bad.

  • mustang

    I SEE

    Team Sizemore
    jjyank
    Cuso
    Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead
    JGYank
    Dalek Jeter
    mustang
    I’m One
    Jorge Steinbrenner
    Chip Rodriguez
    Yankee$
    Jersey Joe
    Cool Lester Smooth
    Mr. Roth
    Vicki
    24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY!!!!!

    IS HAVING FUN TODAY

    Hit the theme song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6nuKOMDkV0

    • mustang

      Open membership as always

      :)

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      I was going to get offended at not being included, but I just remembered I never swore allegiance to Team Sizemore.

      • lightSABR

        I’m feeling kind of left out, too, but I was too wishy-washy about His Sizeness, so I deserve it.

        Anybody know why Axisa thinks he’s just a Nix who can’t play shortstop?

      • mustang

        Welcome!

        Sizemoreism is open to anyone who is willing to accept it and dares to dream of the upside.

        • Dietrich Enns justifies the means

          Can I accept Sizemorism even though I’m a Sizemoron?

  • Tom

    Good to see Mr Awesome O’Clock (John Lackey) getting lit up a bit again. O’s up 4-0 early on Boston.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Orioles knocking around Lackey so far.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Excellent. It’s very hard for me to root for Buck and/or Adam Jones (his pompousness bothers me) but if there’s one guy I can be on their side against it’s Awesome O’clock.

  • Wheels

    That 0-1 pitch to Jeter was not a strike.

    • lightSABR

      And not particularly close, either. I guess their catcher frames well?

      • forensic

        Gameday had it as a strike, for what it’s worth.

        • lightSABR

          Huh. Okay. It didn’t look like it to me or the PITCHf/x window on MLB.tv, but I guess it must have caught a corner.

          • forensic

            Gameday had it right on the edge, I believe, and all the strike zone windows are a little different, so who knows. It’s hard to believe any of them too exactly. It was also a cutter (again according to Gameday) so it could look inside and then just barely break at the end and catch the inside corner.

            • Wheels

              Maybe. It really looked inside though, and Jeter’s reaction to the strike call was incredulous.

  • forensic

    Suzyn Waldman is way too excited that Boxberger’s nickname from Maddon is Boxy.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Time to start wearing down the pen!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    They need to tee off on Brad Boxberger. Blow this one open.

  • Wheels

    What a catch!

  • mustang

    Nice DDDDDD!!!

    • lightSABR

      I don’t care if Mike’s right about the Ellsbury contract. I’ve loved watching him play for the good guys.

      • mustang

        It’s rare to see a guy sign a big contract with Yankees and be this productive right from the start.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Wow, nice catch by Ells. The defense has been a pleasant surprise this season.

    • Winter

      I mean, we all knew the OF defense would be strong and the IF defense would be shaky, which is how it’s turned out.

      • nycsportzfan

        The IF defense has been pretty good. Jeter made a few slick plays last night, and they’ve made alot of slick DPs this yr, and last night, a Triple play. I don’t know the stats, but i’d say are IF defense is ranked in the top half at this point.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Sizemore givith, Sizemore taketh.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    That sequence sucked.

  • Wheels

    Damn.

  • forensic

    Yuck.

  • nycsportzfan

    Come on Kuroda, buck up!

  • TheRealGreg

    Kuroda’s been asking for that.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Translation: “I told you so.”

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    They never blew the game open and now it’s a ballgame again.

  • Winter

    Two out walks are never good.

  • forensic

    So, sounds like two bad defensive plays by Sizemore in the last 3 batters. No bueno…

    • lightSABR

      It was a great throw to get the third out, though.

  • nycsportzfan

    Of course, I was just about to say, Yankees pitching has given up 1ER in the last 31innings, but Kuroda couldent finish the 4th with that staying true.

  • No 2013 again

    Kuroda is definitely not sharp today, but Jeter and Sizemore’s shitty defense cost him this inning

  • nycsportzfan

    Oh well, now we tack on!

  • alittleblackegg

    Kuroda does’t seem to have a strike-out pitch today. He’s throwing stuff just off the plate but Tampa’s not taking. We’re pretty lucky to be up 4 – 2. Hopefully he can gut it out.

    • lightSABR

      Yeah. He gets to 2 strikes fine, but then he can’t finish.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Runz plz

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    You can either pay $20 million/year for 10 more years to keep Robbie Cano or you can have Yangervis Solarte for peanuts on the dollar. I’ll take Solarte every day of the week and twice on Saturdays.

  • lightSABR

    Such a hilarious feeling. “We’re sure to score! That no-name minor-league free agent is up again!”

    • lightSABR

      Blast. Even Solarte couldn’t save us.

  • TheRealGreg

    Swings at the first pitch…..

  • No 2013 again

    So many wasted opportunities… With the way Kuroda is pitching we’ll need a lot more than 4 runs

    • Preston

      I’d bet a lot of internet dollars that 4 runs is enough.

    • mustang

      You were saying something about Kuroda pitching

  • TheRealGreg

    He got through that one, but Hanigan had a good swing at that ball.

    Ball has been up all game.

    • Preston

      DOOM!!! Doom and Gloom!

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    HA! Lackey getting lit up 6-2 O’s in the 5th

    • Preston

      Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Hiroki only needs to get through one more and then they can set up the lock down trio of Phelps-Warren-Kelley.

  • forensic

    lol, two straight days Robin Ventura has intentionally walked Prince Fielder to get to Kevin Kouzmanoff and has gotten burned by it.

    I wonder if eventually Ventura will look at Fielder’s numbers and realize how terrible he’s been (and how great Kouz has been, in a SSS).

  • Tom

    Big half inning here – heart of the Rays order.

    They’ll bat once more, but if they can get through this inning the Yankees are in good shape.

  • Kosmo

    Zobrist-Joyce-Longoria vs. Kuroda over the last 5 years a combined 16 for 45 with 6 HRs

  • TheRealGreg

    Get the pen up

  • Wheels

    Ugh.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Goodness it’s painful watching Jeter play shortstop

  • No 2013 again

    Enough of Kuroda, he has nothing.

  • Winter

    So Harang has 7 no-hit innings against the Mets, but his pitch count is already at 120.

    • Tom

      It’s Harang… I think you let him try to have his moment in the sun.

      Set the cap at about 170.

  • forensic

    7 no-hit innings for Aaron Harang against the Mets. But, he’s walked 6, struck out 5, and thrown 121 pitches already (it’s also just a 1-0 game). Wonder if they risk leaving him in.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Hiroki needs the old reliable sinker here to induce the pitcher’s best friend.

  • No 2013 again

    Bad Girardi, it’s clear Kuroda has nothing.

  • Eric Young

    Free pizza if Harang pulls it off: http://mlb.mlb.com/sponsors/do...../index.jsp

    • Winter

      Here’s the question: does a combined no-hitter count?

  • TheRealGreg

    4 runs should be/have been enough for your number 2.

    • Winter

      It still might be…

      …triple play time!

  • Winter

    When did Larry Rothschild start wearing glasses? Has he always and I’ve just never noticed?

  • Wheels

    Nice, one more Hirok.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    This feels like a Sux game.

  • No 2013 again

    YES guys have a point, why is Kuroda not using the splitter? It’s been all sinkers and sliders..

  • TheRealGreg

    And Kuroda’s bad numbers against the Rays continues.

    • nycsportzfan

      Still in line for the Win.. He battled tonight, and did enough to keep us in the game. Again, i’ll take this from Kuroda, if its gonna be one of our bad starts from a starter. Could be alot worse.

  • TheRealGreg

    I think he knows that he doesn’t have his splitter. That’s why, as mentioned earlier, he has not been able to put hitters away.

  • teddy

    when will giradri learn the shift against the righthander don’t work. another run because of giradri

  • Chip Rodriguez

    boy, Kuroda’s pitching as if it’s late August.

  • TheRealGreg

    Kuroda FAILED

    • Revan

      Girardi failed harder.

      • TheRealGreg

        I don’t think so. Girardi wanted Kuroda to get through the 6th.

  • Darren

    I’d love someone to ask Jeter, once he’s retired, why he won’t dive for balls. This is not an issue of range declining with age. It’s been like that for at least 10 years and feels like it’s always been that way. I gotta feel he made a conscious decision that it’s not worth the wear and tear on his body, or something. Such a weird hole in his game.

    • cr1

      How quickly we forget!

      Wonder if anyone would like to count the hundreds of times that the tired cliché ‘pastadiving Jeter’ passed for wit on this very board?

      • Darren

        Sorry, I don’t understand your comment.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    And it’ll be up to BGDP to bail us out again.

    • Preston

      Of the 12 pitchers on the big league roster David Phelps is the worst…

  • No 2013 again

    good job by Phelps!

  • mustang

    Nice job Dave

  • nycsportzfan

    This is exactly why its smart to keep Dellin Betances on the big league roster. There is gonna be games, are starters don’t go the amount of Inn’s we hoped, and your gonna need more then a couple studs in the pen. Being able to use Dellin to close the door last night, instead of Phelps or Warren, is gonna be huge tonight.

    • mustang

      THIS!!!

    • Dan

      The thing that’s frustrating about Betances is that he may have the best pure stuff on the staff, but he just can’t control it. It’s great having him. But say Ramirez or Montgomery tears up AAA this year, if Betances doesn’t find control he could be on the way out.

      • nycsportzfan

        He only walked guys in 2of his outings. Phelps has 3outings, hes walked at least one guy. It happens. Betances on the other hand, has probably the best ability on the team to strike guys out, including Tanaka and every other starter. He gets a bad wrap when he walks a guy, but so what, as long as he puts up zeros, and keeps striking guys out, and not allowing hits?

        • Dan

          But it’s not like he just randomly walks a batter. He goes through stretches where he can’t throw a strike. It happened yesterday, and fortunately he settled down. Walks happen, but if he keeps playing with fire where he can’t throw a strike he’ll eventually get in trouble.

          • nycsportzfan

            Well, every reliever gets in trouble. Every reliever gives up runs once in awhile. With Betances, chances are hes gonna get outta his james and do more good then bad, because of his ability to get swings and misses, with a devestating heater and power curve.

            Phelps is always in trouble. Instead of walking guys when hes deep in counts, guys get hits off em. Whats the difference?

            • nycsportzfan

              To be honest, i’d rather have Betances in right now, then Phelps or Warren. I just think Betances is better, and as the season goes on, Betances will be used more and more, and work his way up the ladder more and more. Hes just in the midst of earning Joes trust, as Warren and Phelps all ready have is all..

    • RkyMtnYank

      fuckin amazing

      • RkyMtnYank

        reply fail

  • Dan

    Considering all of the Rays pitching woes, I’d honestly be surprised if the winner of the AL East won more than 92-93 games. This race is totally wide open.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    I don’t think it’s fair to say a pitcher failed when the club gets through 6 with a 4-3 lead. Kuroda didn’t have his best stuff today but he didn’t let the game get away from him either.

    • Kosmo

      I totally agree.

  • nycsportzfan

    End result is, Kuroda did just enough to possibly earn himself a victory. I’m glad these kinda games are considered bad for Yanks starters these days. Alot of teams would be stoked to have this paticular start be one of these bad ones from a starter.

    • mustang

      and THIS!!!!

      Keep speaking the good word Bro

      • nycsportzfan

        Yes sir.

        Ells and Sori combine for a tack on run!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    This offense has gone SILENT!!! Shhhhhhh

    • The Guns of Navarone

      And then… bingo bango

  • Tom

    Well at least one guy on this team with speed runs.

    And great job by Soriano picking him up… he’s been really good after that slow start!

  • mustang

    Ellsbury is amazing!!!

    • Preston

      Honestly, I couldn’t have done a bigger 180 on this guy. I knew he was a good player. But I didn’t think I was going to love watching him play so much.

      • mustang

        Fucking machine defensively and offensively.

        To think that I question the signing……STUUUUPID!!!!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    That’s how you use the speed to your advantage.

  • Wheels

    Ells batting .373

  • No 2013 again

    Fonzy!!

  • TheRealGreg

    The legs of Ellsbury created that run

    • No 2013 again

      How about Soriano’s bat?

      • TheRealGreg

        You had to like your chances with Sori against a hard throwing left hander.

        But Ells got into scoring position with his legs.

    • mustang

      Yes Sir

      Thank you
      Boston

      • nycsportzfan

        And with Ells, another good thing is, he dosen’t have a ton of tread on his tires, as hes had his injury problems in the past, which kinda works both ways, as sure, it sucks you hurt a part of your body, but your also getting tons of time off, and keeping the wear and tear down on your body.

        I got a feeling Ells is gonna be a beast for a good chunk of his contract.

  • Winter

    Aaaaaaaaand Harang is out.

  • mustang

    They don’t even have Tex or Robertson just scary exciting!

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Ells 8 stolen bags in 17 games.

    !

    • Winter

      Obviously he won’t keep it up, but at that rate he’d steal 76 bases!

      • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

        I just looked up his stats – he had 70 in 2009. Wow!

        • Winter

          He definitely has that kind of upside, but I’ve got to think he’ll slow down a bit as the season drags on and he wears down some.

  • Tom

    Solarte’s going to crank one here…

  • No 2013 again

    Joe West has a very generous K zone for Rays’ pitchers

    • TheRealGreg

      What else would you expect from Mr. “Yankees games take too long”?

  • RkyMtnYank

    oh damn, that was a hard hit on the shin

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Ells >>>>>> Cano

    • Winter

      Nah

  • Eric Young

    Gameday says injury delay…what happened?

    • TheRealGreg

      Solarte hit a ball off his shin.

    • Winter

      Solarte fouled a ball off his shin.

      • RkyMtnYank

        for the ball to go that far off the shin was just crazy

  • mustang

    Solar is hurt.

    Damn

    • mustang

      I doubt he will play tomorrow he use a day off anyway.

  • WAJohn

    Anyone else sick of watching Gardner (when he does get on) sit at 1st base with no intent to run whatsoever?

    • ALZ

      get used to it.

  • No 2013 again

    Those last 3 innings are going to be painful

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Damn you, Albino Aceves

  • pat

    This camera angle fucking sucks.

  • WAJohn

    I know he’s been decent, but I just don’t trust Phelps in these situations

  • mustang

    Like the way McCann works with his pitchers.

  • Dr Van Nostrand

    This Joe West strikezone is a joke

    • nycsportzfan

      agreed.

  • TheRealGreg

    FUCK YOU JOE WEST

  • No 2013 again

    Joe West is pathetic. The strike zone is huge for Rays pitchers but now he’s squeezing Phelps. How’s this guy allowed to ump Yankees games still?

  • TheRealGreg

    Rich Eisen ?@richeisen 2m

    Country Joe West, once again the industry leader of exasperating managers. Perfect combination of incompetence and nonchalance.

  • Wheels

    Did they take out Phelps because he got hit with the liner? Or because they just wanted to go with Thornton here?

    • TheRealGreg

      I think a bit of both

  • WAJohn

    Would love to see umpires graded using PitchFx. Joe West would be on the unemployment line

    • ALZ

      Honestly I’m fine with strikezones varying to a point, but that is as long as it’s consistent for everyone throughout the game.

      • WAJohn

        Exactly. But this has been pretty one sided tonight.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    The only thing that can knock BGDP out of ballgames these days are line drives that hit him in the arm. Hasn’t given up one single run since Toronto.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    TOOTBLAN!

  • No 2013 again

    Very nice by Jeter, awful job by Escobar

  • No 2013 again

    Girardi is doing an awful job tonight, left Kuroda too long and now had Thornton face 2 righties.

  • WAJohn

    Really trusting Warren here. C’mon Adam you got this

  • pat

    Thornton still has the gas.

  • No 2013 again

    Regardless if it works or not, it’s a terrible strategy to have Thornton pitch against 2 righties.

    • Winter

      Zobrist is a switch hitter.

      • Winter

        And he had to pitch to Rodriguez since he was the first batter he faced.

      • No 2013 again

        I’d rather Warren faces Zobrist batting as lefty than Thornton.

        • ALZ

          But you also want to be able to have Warren pitch the whole 8th.

          • No 2013 again

            Not if you lose the game in the 7th

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Still have what we want here. 2 run lead with Warren-Kelley to close. They will lock this one down.

  • TheRealGreg

    Should have gone with the fastball

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Where was that first pitch from Warren? West has been giving that high strike to Tampa.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Ah shit

  • WAJohn

    If this 1-2 is close we are wrong

  • Chip Rodriguez

    I do not like the way this is going.

  • mustang

    WOOOOW!!!!

    YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME!!!

  • No 2013 again

    Joe West is a joke. He robbed the Yankees on that pitch.

  • Wheels

    Shit.

  • No 2013 again

    Now where’s Thronton to face Loney with the bases loaded?

    • nycsportzfan

      Not to mention, whats up with Cabral? You got 2 lefties finally, why not use the guy? Its not like Cabral has given reason to believe he can’t get out lefties. It would of been perfect situation to use Cabral.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    The mighty Rays have woken from their slumber

  • RkyMtnYank

    eh, keeping everything down there they were just staying away from him, otherwise the pitch calling should have been different.

  • WAJohn

    Fuck you joe west

  • mustang

    Damn!!

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Joe West, are you fucking kidding me?

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Girardi needs to get himself run. Give West an earful and fire up the club in the process.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Fucking Warren had two strikes on all three batters

    • Chip Rodriguez

      he had three on Longoria.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Not trying to be contrarian but that pitch to Longo was low.

        • No 2013 again

          No. Also, Strikezone has been huge for Rays’ pitchers all game long and the same is not true for the Yankees pitchers.

          • The Guns of Navarone

            Well it must be true if you say so.

    • nycsportzfan

      Betances would of K’d one of em, at least, I guarantee.

    • No 2013 again

      Actually had strike three against Longoria, but Joe West will not allow the Yankees to win.

  • Wheels

    Dammit

  • TheRealGreg

    I told you I was worried about this game.

    Too good to be true

    • WhittakerWalt

      Ugh, I forgot about your obnoxious “I told you sos.”

    • Wheels

      not necessary

    • mustang

      the game over I though it was 9 innings

  • No 2013 again

    Joe West is a fucking joke. Lost the game on that strike..

    • Winter

      Our pitching lost us the lead, not an umpire. The game’s not over, though.

      • No 2013 again

        The pitcher made the pitch. Unfortunately MLB insists on having a biased ump work Yankees games. That was very clearly strike three, end of the inning and Yankees lead.

        • Winter

          And then instead of making another good pitch, Warren threw one down the pipe. You’re like the Cubs fans who blame Bartman instead of the Cubs pitchers who let up 8 runs.

  • mustang

    Finally

  • Winter

    Dammit.

  • mustang

    They are still winning this game

    • Chip Rodriguez

      this is one thing I love about the offense this year – it’s capable of coming back late, no matter who’s at bat.

      I believe.

  • TheRealGreg

    And now we have to worry about losing 3 of 4.

    • Preston

      Dude stop stepping on everybody’s dick. Even if we lose this game, how does that mean we’re going to lose the next two?

      • mustang

        DAMN!!!!
        LOL

        WELL SAID

        LMAO!!!

    • Chip Rodriguez

      Absolutely. And we have another 140 or so games after these 4 that you can worry about losing too!

      • mustang

        Also they are on like a 5 game win streak

        • Chip Rodriguez

          but there were moments when each of those 5 games could have been lost! The horror! The humanity!

  • WAJohn

    Joe West sucks. That being said Warren threw some bad pitches with 2 strikes. Phelps didnt help.

  • OldYanksFan

    Why throw a Fastball on a 1-2 count?

    • TheRealGreg

      He couldn’t get his slider over.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Why not?

      If it were better located and not down the heart of the plate the outcome may have been different.

  • Winter

    Any chance Beltran is available to PH? If the Yankees get out of this with the score still close it’d be nice to have his bat off the bench.

    • Preston

      Should be, one runner on means the go ahead is at the plate.

  • Zach

    Let’s be blunt, our pitching lost us this game.
    Having said that… Longo was out on strike three, period.

  • Winter

    Oh, so that’s a strike.

  • Dan in Athens

    Just a horrid performance by the pen, but regression to the mean sucks.

  • No 2013 again

    It would be nice if Roberts could get on base here

  • JGYank

    Still in this. Pen was bound to give up a run at some point with Drob out. Would of have considered going to Cabral to face Loney there.

  • Winter

    B-Rob pinch hitting? Does this mean Beltran is more banged up than we thought?

    • JGYank

      Girardi probably wants him to get a full day off. I would save him for a higher leverage spot anyway with runners on.

    • Mr. Roth

      Joe pretty much said he was going to stay away from him as a pinch hitter.

  • nycsportzfan

    Ichiros gonna do something big, I can feel it.

    • nycsportzfan

      nevermind

      • nycsportzfan

        Wait a second, could that amazing catch by Ichiro be the something big, I felt coming?? Wow!

  • mustang

    I hate when Yankees Fans act like Mets fans.

    • mustang

      See below

  • TheRealGreg

    I would feel better if it weren’t Nova and Nuno next. Nova has a high ERA and Nuno hasn’t started in awhile.

    Losing 3 of 4 to a division rival is not good.

    • JGYank

      We kind of haven’t even got to those games yet nevermind finished this one… One game at a time.

    • nycsportzfan

      And Sunday, they got a converted reliever Ceaser Ramos pitching. Whats your point? Nova is coming off a studly start his last time out as well.

      • nycsportzfan

        Not to mention, if Warren can hold them, we got the top of the order coming up against Balfour in the 9th. Were not outta this one yet.

    • mustang

      Tiring.

      I forgot what losing game thread can be like.

      Again

      Tiring.

    • Wheels

      Another day at the office for Ichiro.

      • Wheels

        reply fail.

  • WAJohn

    Ellsbury hits a dinger in the 9th. Im calling it now.

  • Dan in Athens

    That sucked and the 3 win scenario is likely gone despite such a great set up (barring a rally), but shouldn’t the odds be one for two in the last games?

  • mustang

    WOOOW!!!!

    NASTY

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Gut feeling:

    Grant Balfour is gonna fill up his swear jar pretty soon.

  • Wheels

    Top of the order due up.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    I like how some have declared that losing this game by 1 run means the team automatically loses the next two games as well. Can we finish this game first? And it’s not like the Yanks are 10 games out of first, they’re in first.

  • WAJohn

    Any chance we see Beltran hit for Brett “I dont use my best asset anyway” Gardner? Would love to see it

  • No 2013 again

    Terrible pitching, it’s hard to win when you pitch like this. Time to regroup and try again tomorrow.

  • BigBlueAL

    This bullpen was due to blow a game so tonight to me is not that big a deal.

    If anything its kinda good because it reminds us and the front office that this bullpen will still need outside reinforcements before the season is over.

  • WAJohn

    Oh Warren, why?

  • Wheels

    Bleh.

  • mustang

    Well before the GOOOM and DOOOM starts and depress me further have a good night guys.

    GET THEM TOMORROW

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Well, the Rays finally showed up. The pen has been great lately. Hats off to ‘em and come back tomorrow.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Man.

  • nycsportzfan

    Dellin Betances will leap Phelps and Warren on the depth chart, I can all but guarantee it.

    • Yangeddard Solarte

      Phelps hasn’t given up a run since Toronto. He’s done nothing wrong. Dellin should be given some chances in bigger spots and he’ll need to prove himself.

      • nycsportzfan

        He lets guys on base all the time, though. Its the same thing as walking a guy, if your getting in deep counts and giving up knocks. Your gonna be sitting here saying the same thing about Phelps soon, i’ll bet. The one whos got true out stuff, to get outta trouble more often then not, is Dellin.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    crap. all these runs are coming on 2 out hits.

  • nycsportzfan

    Get well Drob.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Warren was just awful today. Better start pitching better or BGDP is gonna take his job.

    • nycsportzfan

      Phelps hasen’t exactly been lights out. I’d say they both better watch out for Dellin.

  • nycsportzfan

    Cabral, you fucking suck.

  • mustang

    Wow this guy sucks!!!!

  • mustang

    Oh!!

    Come on you know there going to be payback.

  • mustang

    Come on joe save US!!!!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Enjoy Scranton Senor Cabral

  • mustang

    How does he swing at that?

    LOL

  • forensic

    Well, things could be much worse. We could be watching the Astros or White Sox pitching tonight.

    • forensic

      Now this is sadly getting closer to them…

      • Chip Rodriguez

        The Toronto bullpen last night had a nightmare inning with 8 walks. The first hit of the inning scored the sixth run that inning.

        • forensic

          Yeah, my fantasy team felt some of that pain.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    three!

    dammit, if Cabral’s gonna keep hitting batters… can he start against the Sox on Tuesday?

    • Reggie C.

      This made me laugh

    • mustang

      Good point

  • BigBlueAL

    So who is getting called up tomorrow when Cabral gets sent down??

    • mustang

      Well at least he is already in Tampa.

    • Tom

      It will likely be Tuesday – Robertson comes off the DL.

      • BigBlueAL

        With Nuno starting on Sunday they will need another arm just in case for the next 2 days.

    • forensic

      I don’t think he’ll be sent down until Tuesday when Robertson is back, but if they did choose to do it, the only real option is Claiborne (unless they wanted to push it with Bryan Mitchell).

    • Chip Rodriguez

      Aceves?

  • mustang

    He is going to really hurt someone.

    • nycsportzfan

      I’ve seen Wade Boggs pitch, among other position players, and even they could find the plate, to a degree. Thats unacceptable. He also Balked his last time out before this.

  • Tom

    How does West toss him?

    How he can he possibly determine intent given the way this inning has gone?

    • forensic

      It has nothing to do with intent, per se. At some point, West does have to try to protect the batters.

      • mustang

        THIS!!!!!

    • mustang

      Maybe he just did it for everyone safety.

      I’m sorry but that was scary .

  • Chip Rodriguez

    two straight HBPs? Yikes.

  • Reggie C.

    Did the home plate ump warn the Rays?

  • nycsportzfan

    That was one of the most humiliating things i’d ever seen from a ML player. I’d flat out release Cabral at this point. He should never see a ML mound again. What a complete joke.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      It will probably only take a mechanical adjustment to fix him up.

      • nycsportzfan

        I’ve been watching ball since 1990, and never seen anything like that. He balked his last time out as well. I don’t know if i’d give the dude another chance. Hes dangerous, and hasen’t done enough to be given another shot. To many other guys deserving, to give a dude another shot after that.

        • mustang

          Young Randy Johnson.

          NO LIE!

          • mustang

            And throwing in the mid 90′s

  • WAJohn

    Well I assume the bus to Scranton is waiting for cabral outside the trop as we type

    • WAJohn

      Err..or take a cab to the Tampa complex.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Making the case FOR pine tar

  • Reggie C.

    Should nick Swisher warm up just in case?

  • Daniel

    Anyone see Gardner’s throw back into the infield after myers’s hit in the 8th? He like 6 hopped it to 2nd base- it’s not the first time he has done that either. Yet he seems to get credit for being an excellent defender by advanced metrics.

    • forensic

      He’s not an excellent defender based on his arm strength. There’s a ton more to it than that.

    • BigBlueAL

      Arm strength has nothing to do with range.

  • mustang

    Well that sucked

    • forensic

      Yes, yes it did.

  • Axis of Mike

    Jeez that went from great to the most awful game I’ve seen in ages. Combined w last night, a wild roller coaster two nights of baseball.