Game 17: Go For Six

(Brian Blanco/Getty)

(Brian Blanco/Getty)

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


  1. forensic says:

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

  2. Chip Rodriguez says:

    Can the power of Jordan Brink lead us?

    • Havok9120 says:

      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.

  3. Cheval Anonyme says:

    Yangervis Solarte anagram of the day:

    “Tyro savages liner.”

  4. Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline) says:

    For Mother Prussia!

  5. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  6. Wheels says:

    Pretty good lineup, even without Beltran.

    • Havok9120 says:

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

      That gave me flashbacks of last season.

    • forensic says:

      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 says:

        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.

  7. Preston says:

    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 says:

      Yup. 16-6 by next week.

    • forensic says:

      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.’”

  8. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ike Davis to The Pirates for minor leaguer Zack Thronton.

    • forensic says:

      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 says:

      And apparently the infamous PTBNL

    • Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

      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 says:

      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).

  9. TheRealGreg says:

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

  10. Mike HC says:

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

  11. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    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.”

  12. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    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.

  13. No 2013 again says:

    Horrible breaking ball, Ellsbury has to punish that.

  14. TheRealGreg says:

    Looks like Bedard’s getting a high strike

  15. The Guns of Navarone says:

    David DeJesus… respect his game


  16. Cuso says:

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

  17. Prussian General Jordan Brink says:

    Sorry I’m late.


  18. Cuso says:


  19. Wheels says:


  20. No 2013 again says:

    McCann heating up! I like it.

  21. No 2013 again says:

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

  22. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    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.

  23. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  24. TheRealGreg says:

    Work into fastball counts and rake.

  25. Cuso says:

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

  26. TheRealGreg says:

    Should have taken the out at first

  27. No 2013 again says:

    Great stop but a stupid decision by Loney

  28. Leg-End says:

    Punish him.

  29. Yangeddard Solarte says:

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

  30. Dalek Jeter says:


  31. forensic says:

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

  32. Chip Rodriguez says:

    Team Sizemore for the lead!

  33. The Guns of Navarone says:




  34. forensic says:


    Forget what I said before about preferring Roberts for tonight…

  35. Cuso says:

    Clean living right now. Clean living.

  36. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  37. Jorge Steinbrenner says:


  38. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  39. Dan says:

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

  40. No 2013 again says:

    gotta challenge that… he was safe.

  41. Wheels says:

    So great.

  42. Axis of Mike says:

    This lineup is downright OFFENSIVE!

  43. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    Not sure if this is worth challenging, frankly.

    • forensic says:

      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).

  44. Havok9120 says:

    Scott Sizemore shall deliver us.

  45. Wheels says:


  46. TheRealGreg says:


  47. No 2013 again says:

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

  48. Yangeddard Solarte says:


  49. Leg-End says:

    We just went up one size more.

  50. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Challenge dat sheeeet

  51. lightSABR says:

    Scott Sizemore: Professional baseball player.

  52. BrianMcCannon says:

    Someone sign me up for Team Sizemore.

  53. Yangeddard Solarte says:

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

    • Leg-End says:

      He did, its challenge time.

      • Darren says:

        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 says:

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

        • The Guns of Navarone says:

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

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          “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 says:

            This is almost FJM worthy.

          • Darren says:

            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.

  54. Dan says:

    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 says:

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

    • forensic says:

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

      • Dalek Jeter says:

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

        • forensic says:

          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.

      • Dan says:

        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 says:

          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.

  55. Axis of Mike says:

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

  56. Yangeddard Solarte says:

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

  57. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  58. Chip Rodriguez says:

    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.

  59. Axis of Mike says:

    Tampa Bay been berry berry good to us.

  60. Dela G says:

    love sizemore

  61. Wheels says:

    Nice, that works.

  62. No 2013 again says:

    To me it looked like Escobar didnt even touch second base

    • lightSABR says:

      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.

  63. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    Girardi should have challenged again.

  64. Ethan says:

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

  65. RkyMtnYank says:

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

  66. Leg-End says:

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

  67. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    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.

  68. Wheels says:

    Nicely turned double play. wow

  69. Tom says:

    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.

  70. Chip Rodriguez says:

    nicely done, captain

  71. Axis of Mike says:

    Damn! Solarte kills at every friggin position!

  72. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    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.

  73. Axis of Mike says:

    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!

  74. Axis of Mike says:

    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.

  75. Preston says:

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

  76. lightSABR says:

    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.

  77. Wheels says:

    Solarte is impressive.

  78. TheRealGreg says:

    Kuroda has not pitched well so far.

  79. mustang says:

    I SEE

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


    Hit the theme song:


  80. Tom says:

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

  81. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    Orioles knocking around Lackey so far.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      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.

  82. Wheels says:

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

    • lightSABR says:

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

      • forensic says:

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

        • lightSABR says:

          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 says:

            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.

  83. forensic says:

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

  84. Chip Rodriguez says:

    Time to start wearing down the pen!

  85. Yangeddard Solarte says:

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

  86. Wheels says:

    What a catch!

  87. mustang says:

    Nice DDDDDD!!!

    • lightSABR says:

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

  88. Yangeddard Solarte says:

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

    • Winter says:

      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 says:

        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.

  89. Dalek Jeter says:

    Sizemore givith, Sizemore taketh.

  90. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    That sequence sucked.

  91. Wheels says:


  92. forensic says:


  93. nycsportzfan says:

    Come on Kuroda, buck up!

  94. TheRealGreg says:

    Kuroda’s been asking for that.

  95. Yangeddard Solarte says:

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

  96. Winter says:

    Two out walks are never good.

  97. forensic says:

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

  98. nycsportzfan says:

    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.

  99. No 2013 again says:

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

  100. nycsportzfan says:

    Oh well, now we tack on!

  101. alittleblackegg says:

    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.

  102. Dalek Jeter says:

    Runz plz

  103. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    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.

  104. lightSABR says:

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

  105. TheRealGreg says:

    Swings at the first pitch…..

  106. No 2013 again says:

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

  107. TheRealGreg says:

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

    Ball has been up all game.

  108. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

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

  109. Yangeddard Solarte says:

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

  110. forensic says:

    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).

  111. Tom says:

    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.

  112. Kosmo says:

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

  113. TheRealGreg says:

    Get the pen up

  114. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Goodness it’s painful watching Jeter play shortstop

  115. No 2013 again says:

    Enough of Kuroda, he has nothing.

  116. Winter says:

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

  117. forensic says:

    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.

  118. Yangeddard Solarte says:

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

  119. No 2013 again says:

    Bad Girardi, it’s clear Kuroda has nothing.

  120. Eric Young says:

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

  121. TheRealGreg says:

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

  122. Winter says:

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

  123. Wheels says:

    Nice, one more Hirok.

  124. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    This feels like a Sux game.

  125. No 2013 again says:

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

  126. TheRealGreg says:

    And Kuroda’s bad numbers against the Rays continues.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      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.

  127. TheRealGreg says:

    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.

  128. teddy says:

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

  129. Chip Rodriguez says:

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

  130. TheRealGreg says:

    Kuroda FAILED

  131. Darren says:

    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.

  132. Yangeddard Solarte says:

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

  133. No 2013 again says:

    good job by Phelps!

  134. mustang says:

    Nice job Dave

  135. nycsportzfan says:

    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 says:


    • Dan says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

      fuckin amazing

  136. Dan says:

    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.

  137. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    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.

  138. nycsportzfan says:

    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.

  139. The Guns of Navarone says:

    This offense has gone SILENT!!! Shhhhhhh

  140. Tom says:

    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!

  141. mustang says:

    Ellsbury is amazing!!!

    • Preston says:

      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.

  142. Yangeddard Solarte says:

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

  143. Wheels says:

    Ells batting .373

  144. No 2013 again says:


  145. TheRealGreg says:

    The legs of Ellsbury created that run

    • No 2013 again says:

      How about Soriano’s bat?

      • TheRealGreg says:

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

        But Ells got into scoring position with his legs.

    • mustang says:

      Yes Sir

      Thank you

      • nycsportzfan says:

        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.

  146. Winter says:

    Aaaaaaaaand Harang is out.

  147. mustang says:

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

  148. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    Ells 8 stolen bags in 17 games.


  149. Tom says:

    Solarte’s going to crank one here…

  150. No 2013 again says:

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

  151. RkyMtnYank says:

    oh damn, that was a hard hit on the shin

  152. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    Ells >>>>>> Cano

  153. Eric Young says:

    Gameday says injury delay…what happened?

  154. mustang says:

    Solar is hurt.


  155. WAJohn says:

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

  156. No 2013 again says:

    Those last 3 innings are going to be painful

  157. Cuso says:

    Damn you, Albino Aceves

  158. pat says:

    This camera angle fucking sucks.

  159. WAJohn says:

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

  160. mustang says:

    Like the way McCann works with his pitchers.

  161. Dr Van Nostrand says:

    This Joe West strikezone is a joke

  162. TheRealGreg says:


  163. No 2013 again says:

    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?

  164. TheRealGreg says:

    Rich Eisen ?@richeisen 2m

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

  165. Wheels says:

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

  166. WAJohn says:

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

  167. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    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.

  168. Chip Rodriguez says:


  169. No 2013 again says:

    Very nice by Jeter, awful job by Escobar

  170. No 2013 again says:

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

  171. WAJohn says:

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

  172. pat says:

    Thornton still has the gas.

  173. No 2013 again says:

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

  174. Yangeddard Solarte says:

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

  175. TheRealGreg says:

    Should have gone with the fastball

  176. Yangeddard Solarte says:

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

  177. WAJohn says:

    If this 1-2 is close we are wrong

  178. Chip Rodriguez says:

    I do not like the way this is going.

  179. mustang says:



  180. No 2013 again says:

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

  181. No 2013 again says:

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

    • nycsportzfan says:

      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.

  182. The Guns of Navarone says:

    The mighty Rays have woken from their slumber

  183. RkyMtnYank says:

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

  184. WAJohn says:

    Fuck you joe west

  185. mustang says:


  186. Chip Rodriguez says:

    Joe West, are you fucking kidding me?

  187. Yangeddard Solarte says:

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

  188. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Fucking Warren had two strikes on all three batters

  189. Wheels says:


  190. TheRealGreg says:

    I told you I was worried about this game.

    Too good to be true

  191. No 2013 again says:

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

    • Winter says:

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

      • No 2013 again says:

        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 says:

          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.

  192. mustang says:


  193. Winter says:


  194. mustang says:

    They are still winning this game

    • Chip Rodriguez says:

      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.

  195. TheRealGreg says:

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

  196. WAJohn says:

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

  197. OldYanksFan says:

    Why throw a Fastball on a 1-2 count?

  198. Winter says:

    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.

  199. Zach says:

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

  200. Winter says:

    Oh, so that’s a strike.

  201. Dan in Athens says:

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

  202. No 2013 again says:

    It would be nice if Roberts could get on base here

  203. JGYank says:

    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.

  204. Winter says:

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

  205. nycsportzfan says:

    Ichiros gonna do something big, I can feel it.

  206. mustang says:

    I hate when Yankees Fans act like Mets fans.

  207. TheRealGreg says:

    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.

  208. WAJohn says:

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

  209. Dan in Athens says:

    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?

  210. mustang says:



  211. Chip Rodriguez says:

    Gut feeling:

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

  212. Wheels says:

    Top of the order due up.

  213. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    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.

  214. WAJohn says:

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

  215. No 2013 again says:

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

  216. BigBlueAL says:

    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.

  217. WAJohn says:

    Oh Warren, why?

  218. mustang says:

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


  219. Rolling Doughnut says:

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

  220. WhittakerWalt says:


  221. nycsportzfan says:

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

    • Yangeddard Solarte says:

      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 says:

        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.

  222. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

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

  223. nycsportzfan says:

    Get well Drob.

  224. Yangeddard Solarte says:

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

  225. nycsportzfan says:

    Cabral, you fucking suck.

  226. mustang says:

    Wow this guy sucks!!!!

  227. mustang says:


    Come on you know there going to be payback.

  228. mustang says:

    Come on joe save US!!!!

  229. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Enjoy Scranton Senor Cabral

  230. mustang says:

    How does he swing at that?


  231. forensic says:

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

  232. Chip Rodriguez says:


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

  233. BigBlueAL says:

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

  234. mustang says:

    He is going to really hurt someone.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      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.

  235. Tom says:

    How does West toss him?

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

  236. Chip Rodriguez says:

    two straight HBPs? Yikes.

  237. Reggie C. says:

    Did the home plate ump warn the Rays?

  238. nycsportzfan says:

    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.

  239. WAJohn says:

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

  240. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Making the case FOR pine tar

  241. Reggie C. says:

    Should nick Swisher warm up just in case?

  242. Daniel says:

    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.

  243. mustang says:

    Well that sucked

  244. Axis of Mike says:

    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.

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