Game 20: Tanaka takes Fenway



This game is a Very Big Deal. Or at least that’s what we’ll hear all night (and all series, really) because it is Masahiro Tanaka‘s first career start in Fenway Park. Everything is bigger when it comes to the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry and acting like mid-April games are more meaningful than they really are is part of it. It’s kind of annoying but whatever. Annoying if the Yankees lose, anyway.

David Robertson is back off the 15-day DL and he will be a huge boost to a bullpen that was started to get a little exposed late last week. Shawn Kelley and Adam Warren did fine jobs as the interim closer and setup man, respectively, but now they’ll be pitching one inning earlier. It’s not necessarily the ninth inning that improves with Robertson back, it’s the middle innings, the sixth and seventh. Re-adding an elite reliever the roster has a trickle-down effect. Here is the Red Sox lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. DH Carlos Beltran
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. 1B Mark Teixeira
  6. C Brian McCann
  7. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. 2B Brian Roberts
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

It is cloudy and warm in Boston, plus it’s supposed to start raining later tonight and continue right through to tomorrow night. Doesn’t looking like it will be a problem for tonight’s game unless it goes to extra innings. Tomorrow is another matter, but we’ll deal with that when the time comes. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET, and you can watch the game on My9 and MLB Network. Enjoy.

Rotation Update: As expected, Joe Girardi announced Vidal Nuno will get another start following Ivan Nova‘s elbow injury. He’s scheduled to start Saturday against the Angels.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. nycsportzfan says:

    Tanakas all ready having effects on Sox fans. A good friend of mine, who is Sox fan, and alaways tries to smack talk for Sox/Yanks, is quiet as a church mouse.

  2. nycsportzfan says:

    Tanaka and Solarte gonna be house hold names for Sox after tonight. Gut feeling.

    • The Other Matt says:

      I hope so. It would definitely be nice for Tanaka to throw the ball well tonight, not only for his sake, but runs aren’t that easy to come by against Lester. And as for Solarte, he went 0-3 with 2 K’s against Lester in their first matchup, and he has been decidedly better against righties than lefties, so I don’t know if your feeling will come to fruition. Hopefully I’m wrong, as would it benefit the Yankees and my fantasy team.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        I just totally blanked out Solarte faced Lester all ready. Still sticking with the gut feeling, but its truly “gut” now, as the small sample size of evidence says different.

        Tanaka on the other hand, is a beast, and as long as his pitches are down, will have some of there one dimensional power hitters hitting the ball on the ground, namely Napoli and Big Sloppy.

  3. RetroRob says:

    Yankees vs. Red Sox on RAB.

    Let the Game of Threads begin.

  4. CountryClub says:

    @RailRidersTT: Austin Romine announced as the starting catcher here. I do not see him on the bench. Arcia is in the gear.

    @RailRidersTT: Romine wasn’t lined up with the rest of the team either for the anthem.

    • Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:


    • The Other Matt says:

      I doubt they trade Romine now with Cervelli on the DL for next couple of months, and being one foul tip off of McCann’s hand away from having JR Murphy as your starting catcher with no other real options (since it seems very unlikely we see Gary Sanchez this season). But if another team were willing to part with something of decent value, I could see it.

    • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

      I put even money on the Boston fans starting a chant of “China sucks!” when Tanaka takes the mound.

    • forensic says:

      You stay classy, Boston? Like most Yankee fans haven’t essentially said the same thing about Cano leaving for more total money?

      • Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

        that’s just a taste of the harassment. They had giant banners around the stadium calling him Judas. They were throwing money, coins and batteries at him in the outfield. They harassed his wife.

        When have yankee fans done that. In fact when Damon came back to YS after turning down a fair offer, he received a standing ovation.

        • forensic says:

          Yankees fans have done plenty of that stuff. Especially if you ask Cliff Lee.

          • Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

            Cliff Lee wasn’t a former player, and nobody knew what his fat wife looked like until she opened her big mouth.

            • forensic says:

              The irony abounds with this comment.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

              It’s time to put that behind us. I understand many of get a half-woody at the thought of him in pinstripes, but it may not ever happen, and it may have absolutely nothing to do with his wife when it doesn’t.

        • Mikhel says:

          Surely you were not around in the 70s until part of the 80s when throwing batteries was common. As for former players it was never a big issue in reality since the BIG players of both teams didn’t change teams because there was no free agency, and later in the mid 80s to mid 90s the “rivalry” was mostly non existant (Boston either dominated some years or the Yankees did or neither did, it was rare that both were dominant the same season).

  5. nycsportzfan says:

    Busted out my Sparky Lyle 1977 autographed baseball for good luck tonight.

  6. vicki says:

    i’m not at all annoyed that people will consider this game to be a Very Big Deal. i’m investing in the hype, because it’s fun. but then, i don’t get paid to be rational.

    i did blow off a schmancy gala where mo will be honored. good game: no regrets.

  7. CountryClub says:

    @jorgeccastillo: #Yankees lineup being announced. Ellsbury was booed. Jeter was cheered.

  8. Havok9120 says:

    We shall give them a second Königgrätz.


  9. forensic says:

    Alright Yanks, let’s start the series off nicely tonight!

  10. nycsportzfan says:

    What a fuckin treat, I get the YES broadcast tonight, and don’t gotta watch NESN.

    Conehead tonight.

  11. Prussian General Jordan Brink says:

    The Prussian incursion of New England begins!

    Let’s go!

  12. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Does anyone know a way to stream Rangers/Flyers online or something? Can’t watch both.


  13. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    That was a much more audible boo, even on radio.

  14. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    Sawx fans booing a player their organization didn’t even offer a contract to. What a bunch of geniuses.

  15. forensic says:

    Good job umps, at least you got that discretion call right (assuming he does stay at 3rd).

  16. Prussian General Jordan Brink says:

    Boy, if the Yank fans boo Cano, I will lose whatever respect I have left for them.

    I expect the dirtbags in Boston and Philly to boo stars and champions.

    Not us.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

      I still just don’t get this response. Sorry. I see zero issue with booing him.

      • forensic says:

        I agree. Is he still wearing pinstripes? No. Then I can boo a player for another team if I choose.

      • Prussian General Jordan Brink says:

        You don’t see the blatant hypocrisy of booing a guy who changed teams for the best contract?

        And NY fans are supposed to be the sophisticated ones?

        I don’t expect them to cheer him forever, but he deserves an ovation the first time up to the plate.

        • vicki says:

          the sophisticated ones? what a pose.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

          No one said your own fandom can’t be hypocritical.

          He chose to take the money to go play for a last place team in the Pacific Northwest rather than the pinstripes. Hell yeah, I boo him. I also appreciate all he did for us and all that nice stuff.

          And, yes, Boston fans are complete assholes for doing the same to Ellsbury.

          See how it works? :)

        • forensic says:

          How is it hypocrisy? I’m not telling other team’s fans they can’t boo and then doing it myself. If a guy leaves your team for whatever reason and is on another team, then go for it, boo if you choose.

          Sure, some cases make less sense than others, but it’s their prerogative.

        • Deep Thoughts says:

          It was certainly the most lucrative contract. Whether it turns out to be the best contract is for Robbie to decide and us to debate.

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      I think he gets booed. I think a lot of fans are pissed that he left… no matter what the reason is.

  17. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Aaaaaand the drama begins…

  18. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    And you can go fuck yourselves, Boston.

    Jacoby Ellsbury

  19. forensic says:

    Fuck you fan!!! That would’ve been at least a triple!

  20. Leg-End says:

    Steal home, that would be fun.

  21. nycsportzfan says:

    Haha! Thats how you answer boos!

  22. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Fuck Boston.

  23. The Other Matt says:

    Interesting start to the game. Whatever the call ends up being, nice start by Ellsbury.

  24. Prussian General Jordan Brink says:

    That should be a triple. Ellsbury is way too fast to just get a double on that play.

  25. The Other Matt says:

    There we go Captain! Could hardly ask for a better start to the game.

  26. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    Sweet hit, Jete!

  27. Havok9120 says:

    If they only give him two….ugh.

  28. mustang says:

    This is too much fun already


  29. Mykey says:

    Nice base running.

  30. Havok9120 says:

    The Captain: making arguments irrelevant since 1995.

  31. nycsportzfan says:

    Looks like dude with Bruins jersey who touched the ball is gonna be able to catch the playoff game after all.

  32. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    I’ll take it. Too bad Sterling has to take back his HR call.

  33. Chip says:

    This is already a very fun game to watch

  34. Prussian General Jordan Brink says:

    This is a nice way to start a series, no?

  35. nycsportzfan says:

    Jeter baby! What a start!

  36. forensic says:

    Nice! Good job Jeter!

  37. Mykey says:

    Perfect start.

  38. mustang says:

    Beltran = MACHINE!!!!

  39. mustang says:


  40. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    Keep the train going.

  41. nsalem says:

    Thank God it wasn’t a double because Jeter would have bunted and given up the first out of the game.

  42. Get Phelps Up says:

    Grady Sizemore is down to a .654 OPS. That didn’t take long.

  43. CashmanNinja says:

    That was an interesting call by the umps. I definitely think Ellsbury gets a triple there. It was the deepest part, who knows if it would have bounced straight to Jackie Bradley Jr. The part I have a problem with is that it’s always been called a dead ball if there’s interference, but Bradley Jr. should have kept playing it.

  44. The Guns of Navarone says:

    I like the start to this game

  45. Chip Rodriguez says:

    Great way to start. Just keep piling them on. (After seeing the O’s blow a 5 run lead and then almost blow a 6 run lead, I want some huge numbers.)

  46. nycsportzfan says:

    Holy shit, Cappy at 3rd!!!lol

  47. forensic says:

    Yeah Sox!!! Fundamentally sound.

  48. CashmanNinja says:

    So far so good…let’s not get ahead of ourselves though.

  49. nsalem says:

    Phucking AlPhonso

  50. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    This is some start.

    Never get cocky, though. Strange things happen in this God-foresaken shithole.

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      I’ve seen too many tense, back-and-forth games in this park. I’m nervous from start to finish when the Yankees visit Fenway. It sucks.

    • The Other Matt says:

      Absolutely. We’ve seen too many unforeseen take place against the Red Sox, especially at Fenway. With that being said, it is nice to get Tanaka a couple of runs of support before he takes the mound.

  51. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    Nice, Jete, but please stop with the head-first slides.

  52. Winter says:


  53. nsalem says:

    will tex continue going the other way??

  54. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    They still booing Tex?

  55. Havok9120 says:



  56. nycsportzfan says:

    2-0! Belty with the rib single! Beltrans looking pretty young so far in 2014.lol

  57. forensic says:


  58. nycsportzfan says:

    Tanaka feels we’ve done enough offensively.lol

  59. Winter says:

    That’s Soriano alright. Watch two pitches over the plate then swing at the ball at his feet.

  60. nycsportzfan says:

    And the finishing touch to a sweet start to the game, getting Lester over 20pitches after 1inn.

  61. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    If forced to choose, I’d rather have Ells then Cano

    • Chip says:

      I disagree on this only due to the durability issue. If I could be sure that they would both be healthy over the next 7 years then I might agree

    • Havok9120 says:


      Ells on his contract > Cano on his? Absolutely.

      This year….? I have to go with Cano. The infield and offense would both get a nice boost.

      I love Ells’ game though.

  62. Chip says:

    I don’t understand why you don’t swing at Lester’s first pitch every time

  63. nsalem says:

    Very big AB if McCann draws the BB we’ll get Lester pitch count to around 30 in the first inning

  64. mustang says:

    Nice AB there

  65. Mykey says:

    Nice at bat McCann.

  66. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Well Lester certainly looks sharp despite giving up that pair of runs. Good velocity, curveball and cutter look sharp, glad they got to him early.

    • Chip says:

      Curves always look good when you hang them over the middle of the plate and they don’t swing at it

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Yeah, he just kinda got greedy to a couple batters, and got ahead, and just tried to fast to finish em off. Your right, otherwise, hes actually looked really good. Thats why its great we got him over 20pitches to boot, so we can get em outta here quickly.

      As I say this, McCann works a BB. Perfect.

    • nsalem says:

      disagree. maybe im wrong

  67. The Other Matt says:

    Tremendous AB by McCann to work the walk. At the very least, continue to have Lester throw a few more pitches.

  68. forensic says:

    Oh well, at least they got those two. Still a nice way to start the game.

  69. The Guns of Navarone says:


  70. Leg-End says:

    Good start, knock em down now Tanaka.

  71. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    That should be more than enough for Hiro. Shut em down.

  72. mustang says:

    That went well

  73. Cuso says:

    That would’ve been funny

  74. slammy says:

    Got so excited when he hopped. I thought it was clanking off the monster as well

  75. nsalem says:

    Wonder if the Bruins fan got tossed. If anyone is watching or listeing on another feed than my 9 and finds out please let us know.

  76. Chip says:

    I was convinced that was gone off the bat

  77. forensic says:

    LOL, Ellsbury is loving this!!!

  78. Mykey says:


  79. The Other Matt says:

    Ellsbury playing like he’s out to prove to the Sox what they were missing.

  80. King George says:

    Curious to ask you guys…knowing what we know now with the contracts being what they are, would you still rather have Cano in the 3 hole or Jacoby leading off? It was a question I heard earlier today on MLB Radio.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

      Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh. Robbie. Never ask that again. Brings up too many feelings.

    • Havok9120 says:

      If the contract is in play I take Ells if I have to choose. My conviction only grows if Cano’s contract would lose us Beltran or McCann.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Heart says Cano, head says Ellsbury.

    • nsalem says:

      I would say strongly Cano #3

    • Prussian General Jordan Brink says:

      Still Robbie. It’s way too fresh to ask this question and get an objective answer.

      • King George says:

        Oh I agree. I just wanted to pass it along and get a mini-discussion just because I hadn’t truly thought about it until the radio today.

    • forensic says:

      I hate both contracts, but at least Ellsbury’s is shorter. I’d probably have to go that way.

    • King George says:

      I tend to go Jacoby only because I have a hard time believing the front office would have also brought in a McCann or Beltran along with Robbie. I think it was Cano + Tanaka or Jacoby, McCann, Beltran, and Tanaka. Just my own thought.

  81. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:


  82. Mike says:

    Hey does anyone know if its possible to listen to the radio broadcast of the games online?

  83. nsalem says:

    Let’s see if the Saux chase our guy

  84. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    No, really, go fuck yourselves.


  85. nsalem says:

    Guess Mr. Ellsbury is sending a strong message

  86. Prussian General Jordan Brink says:

    Ells with the bat and the glove.

    The more I watch him, the more I love having him here.

  87. Winter says:

    Tanaka’s gotta stop leaving pitches up in the zone.

  88. CountryClub says:

    Just to flow up:

    @RailRidersTT: Something to keep in mind regarding Romine: Seems like everyone around here has been battling some kind of cold. Possible he’s sick.

  89. mustang says:

    Jacoby miss them I think.

  90. The Other Matt says:

    Of insignificant meaning but: David Ortiz has the same walk up song as Derek Jeter, “Here I Go” by Mystikal. Not exactly the most popular song in the world .

  91. WhittakerWalt says:

    See, this is why I really don’t want any of us to boo Cano. I don’t want to be anything like these shitty Sox fans.

  92. The Guns of Navarone says:

    That splitter is SOOOOO nasty

  93. forensic says:

    Nice ‘Naka!

  94. Winter says:

    Nasty, nasty, nasty splitter to Ortiz!

  95. Cuso says:

    Hey! Did you know an anagram of Yangervis Solarte is “A Traveler Sings, Yo?”

    He’s been here and there, I’d rap about it too.

  96. nycsportzfan says:

    Wathing Tanaka pitch is like watching live Art. Hes poetry in motion. I got a serious mancrush on Tanaka.

  97. forensic says:

    Good job Tanaka! Got your first Fenway inning out of the way. They’re all ‘normal’ innings from now on.

  98. Mikhel says:

    Surely you were not around in the 70s until part of the 80s when throwing batteries was common. As for former players it was never a big issue in reality since the BIG players of both teams didn’t change teams because there was no free agency, and later in the mid 80s to mid 90s the “rivalry” was mostly non existant (Boston either dominated some years or the Yankees did or neither did, it was rare that both were dominant the same season).

  99. Leg-End says:

    Dat splitter.

  100. The Guns of Navarone says:

    That splitter…. Get used to it rest of baseball. Nothin’ but breeze coming off those bats.

  101. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    Nasty. Filthy.

  102. hogsmog says:

    Ok I’m just looking at gameday, but that series of pitches/locations to Napoli just looked outright dirty.

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      It was a beautiful thing. Threw him a two-strike fastball at 95mph and I was thinking that sets him up for just about anything… splitter or slider. Awesome sequence. Gotta credit McCann as well.

  103. Luisergi says:

    That was outside

  104. nycsportzfan says:

    I’d love to get Lester to about 47-50pitches after this inning.


  105. Dan in Athens says:

    That splitter is Clemensesque

  106. forensic says:

    Nice Ichiro!

  107. nycsportzfan says:

    Wow, I hate the Sox, but gotta give em props for the tribute to Jacoby.

    BROB wit the knock!

  108. forensic says:

    Nice boys, keep the pressure on!

  109. mustang says:

    95 mph Fastball hitting the black and then that tonight


  110. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    Doesn’t that slacker Ichiro have 3000 hits yet?

  111. The Other Matt says:

    Johnny Gomes, you no fielding bastard, there is no sun out. You can take the f*cking shades off.


    Someone Who Can Play Left Field Better Then You

  112. BigBlueAL says:

    Tanaka gets into a bit of trouble then just toys with Papi and Napoli.

  113. Dan in Athens says:

    Classy job by the Sox with the video board

  114. Luisergi says:

    Ichiro doing his best Tim Raines so far, and I love it.

  115. Tom says:

    Would love to eee them run here with a surprise double steal.

  116. nycsportzfan says:

    This be a big wasted opp to bust this open here. I appreciate the added pitches to Lesters count, but we need to come up with 1or2 here. Lester is kinda like CC, in that he can struggle, and then settle down for long stretches quickly.

  117. forensic says:

    wow, that was close.

    Lester’s not a happy camper. Surprise, surprise…

  118. nycsportzfan says:

    Beltran has chance for monster game, in only 2innings here.

  119. Luisergi says:

    Bitch and moan you punk!!!
    The red sox are definetly the best at that.

  120. The Other Matt says:

    Welp… That was what I hoped would not happen.

  121. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Stop the fucking bitching. When you throw a pitch in the other batters box and the catcher brings it back over the plate that does not equal a strike

  122. King George says:

    Is it just me or does Lester seem to bitch just as much as Lackey, it’s just not talked about nearly as much?

  123. forensic says:

    Ok, Beltran. Get at least one of these runs home here with less than 2 out!

  124. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    Wow, that was really close.

  125. forensic says:

    Or just do that shit…

  126. Chip says:

    Almost looked like Napoli didn’t keep his foot on the bag

  127. TheRealGreg says:

    Bad luck

  128. Leg-End says:

    Damn it, he hit that well too.

  129. nycsportzfan says:

    Wow, that was a devestating fastball to AJ to K him. Placed perfectly.

  130. vicki says:

    what’s that, coney? he’s giving you a riser?

  131. No 2013 again says:

    It’s a damn shame that they couldnt add more runs, but at least Beltran hit it hard

  132. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    Tanaka’s mechanics are so smooth.

  133. TheRealGreg says:

    Tanaka is hyped. 94 mph

  134. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Gotta watch those pitches up in the zone… only time he’s ever given up a hard hit ball so far is the one up to Pedroia and that one to Xander

  135. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:


  136. Cuso says:

    Carlos Gomez is at the park tonight

  137. The Other Matt says:

    Had Soriano ran hard out of the box, and not gazed at it, he would have had an easy triple.

  138. BrianMcCannon says:

    Sori has a good time at Fenway, huh?

  139. Chip says:

    How does Soriano NOT get a triple out of that?

  140. mustang says:

    Joe needs to talk to that man.

    • forensic says:

      Talking to him won’t do anything. It wouldn’t be the first time he’s talked to, and he’s still doing it.

  141. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    They are teeing off on Lester. Can Soriano just start running hard from the start? He just stands there and admires his double. RUN!

  142. nycsportzfan says:

    Sori got caught admiring there. Would he of got to 3rd?

  143. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    no harm, no foul

  144. Chip says:

    Some classy Boston fans trying to interfere with the play again

  145. forensic says:

    Fuck you Sori. God, I hate that shit. Should’ve been standing on third easily.

  146. Mikhel says:

    If the reports are true about Ellsbury being relegated by Pedroia and others, and Jacoby being not happy with his teammates for taking sides and forming groups that other viewed as something that had to stop (ultimately those guys who wanted homogenity were traded)

  147. mustang says:


  148. BrianMcCannon says:

    BP! Although we can’t get too comfortable.

  149. vicki says:

    i love to watch teix run.

  150. BigBlueAL says:

    This is beautiful to watch.

  151. King George says:

    McCannimal! I love it, let’s get to this pen early.

  152. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:


  153. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    doubles for everyone!

  154. Havok9120 says:

    MT25, activate.

    That run.

  155. Havok9120 says:

    Oooof. Sori. Run, man, run.

  156. Mikhel says:

    Soriano doing his best Carlos Gómez impersonation there

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      I really believe it’s a Dominican thing. They just play the game a different way.

      • Chip says:

        That’s a confirmation bias thing. I’ve seen white dudes dog it on fly balls too

        • Chip says:

          Remember Jeter almost getting thrown out at second on a ball he thought was gone?

          • The Guns of Navarone says:

            Honestly I don’t.

            But just because some white players do it doesn’t make my observation false. I’m talking about the admiring home runs and bat flips and all that. Sure, plenty of players do it, but I feel like a good number of Dominican players are the biggest offenders. And from what I’ve gathered, the game is much more rowdy over there and players show their emotions much more often compared to MLB.

            Just my two cents

            • Mikhel says:

              Caribbean baseball as a whole (including México) have a “spicier” way of playing ball, but standing in home plate admiring a homerun is not as common as in MLB where the same players seem to it regularly, I can not explain it, Canó hustled in the DR, always smiling and things like that. Rodney in the caribbean series also seemed different.

              American, hispanic or martian I dont care where they are from nor, they have to stop admiring their shots.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

              I really hope that someday we’ll stop caring about things like this and focus on what actually matters.

      • Mikhel says:

        I’ve also seen non hispanics do that, most of the players nowadays seem to do that and I absolutely hate it… they should run until they either know the ball is gone or was catched.

  157. forensic says:

    Ripped that one!


  158. The Other Matt says:

    About time somebody on the Yankees was able to take advantage of the curveball. Lester has left a few right in the zone already.

  159. W.B. Mason Williams says:

    Man these announcers can’t help but take a shot at Soriano’s character.

    Off the bat I thought it was a high fly. How many guys you REALLY see run out a fly-out?

  160. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    MCCANN! Johnny Lester won’t last long in this ballgame.

  161. Chip says:

    Solarte regressing to the mean

  162. forensic says:

    Nice! Keep it going!

  163. Chip says:

    I love this joke of a ballpark

  164. nycsportzfan says:

    Its looking like a fun boxscore to check later.

  165. AndrewYF says:

    Pretty sure Lester is tiring of pitching for the penny-pinching, minigolf-ballpark Red Sox.

    Come over to the dark side, Jon. It pays well and you don’t get trashed on your way out of town.

  166. Havok9120 says:

    All the power hitters hitting for power.


  167. mustang says:

    One of few times I seen Solar swing at a real bad pitch.

    • The Other Matt says:

      He hasn’t been nearly as good from the right side as he has from the left side so far. He was 0-3 with 2 K’s against Lester in the Bronx.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Nah, hes chased that same pitch on like 3of his K’s now.. Seems chasing the high fastball outta the zone with 2strikes is a weakness of his.

  168. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    Someone tell Solarte that if you have to swing overhand, it’s probably a ball.

  169. forensic says:

    I don’t have a problem sitting Johnson tonight against Lester, but if Solarte’s struggles continue I sure hope Johnson doesn’t stay glued to the bench so much.

  170. No 2013 again says:

    Everything working for us! Bloopers, hard hit balls..

  171. Dan in Athens says:

    He did it!!! Ichiro drew a walk!’

  172. forensic says:

    lol, Pierzynski reaches so far to catch the pitch outside that he nearly falls over, and yet he holds it there to try to get the call. Dumbass…

  173. forensic says:

    Anytime you guys want to NOT hit into a double play would be fine with me.

  174. Chip says:

    Its about time all these little flukey hits fall for us instead of the opposition

  175. The Other Matt says:

    I still remember Al Leiter’s start against the Red Sox at Fenway, when the Yankees picked him up off of waivers from the Marlins, I believe. He pitched well that day and the Yankees won the game. I had to be about 13 years old or so, on vacation with my family in Orlando. Good times.

  176. Get Phelps Up says:

    Ellsbury slam incoming.

  177. Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline) says:

    Would have loved to see that go up the middle. Darn.

  178. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    The BABIP gods smile upon us today.

  179. Chip says:

    Ellsbury doesn’t have a grand slam………….yet

  180. TheRealGreg says:

    You get 4 runs off of Jon Lester, you take them and be happy.

  181. BigBlueAL says:

    Normally Id be pissed that the Yankees wasted 2 HUGE opportunities to blow the game open. But with Tanaka on the mound I feel like a 4 run lead is more than enough.

  182. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Jesus, that’s the only place Ells could hit it to get the DP. Two wasted chances to blow this wide open.

  183. No 2013 again says:

    2nd DP in 3 innings is no good.. they should be up by so much more. Still, it’s nice to beat up on their best pitcher.

  184. Chip says:

    Ugh, so close to breaking this open!

  185. Havok9120 says:

    Whoa. When did YES get a ticker?

  186. JGYank says:

    This game has gone great so far. Lester has been on the ropes, Tanaka has looked good so far. This is a pretty exciting game.

  187. forensic says:

    There ya go, turn one for the good guys! :-)

  188. Tom says:


    The Yankees should have had this one blown open by now. And without those DP’s Lester would probably be at 80-90 pitches by now; though he’s still at 72pitches after 3IP which is great.

    Just following online- Tanaka as sharp as it seems?

  189. YankeeDJW says:

    Need to pour it on more. I don’t trust a 4 run lead with our ‘pen. Let’s not hit into a DP next time.

  190. The Other Matt says:

    I honestly thought once Ellsbury fielded that ball, back hand, and not Ichiro, that Bradley was going to have a sure double.

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      This. The smart move would be having Ichiro field the ball not just because of his arm but because he wouldn’t need to do a 360 to throw it in

  191. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Well Matsui of course…

  192. nycsportzfan says:

    Tanaka is just unreal!

  193. Havok9120 says:

    I forgot that the Sox ‘pen was so gassed. Me likey.

  194. forensic says:

    Everybody watching should know one pretty easily.

  195. Winter says:


  196. YankeeDJW says:

    The local commercials on NESN are horrendous.

  197. No 2013 again says:

    Comon, no rain!

  198. Mykey says:

    Let’s get through 5 quick please in case the rain picks up.

  199. forensic says:

    Can’t believe neither of them had Matsui. That’s pretty embarrassing.

    • The Other Matt says:

      It’s very easy to forget that Matsui was a primary DH that year, he did play LF for the majority of his time with the Yankees. And I can’t remember if he played LF when they played the games in Philly that year.

  200. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    Molitor was the other trivia answer.

  201. Havok9120 says:

    Hold off rain. Hold off.

  202. W.B. Mason Williams says:


  203. mustang says:


    Hate that guy

  204. King George says:

    Was not comfortable with 4-0. Definitely not comfortable after that bomb. Need more runs.

  205. Mikhel says:

    Yup… the year of the Joe Carter HR off Mitch Williams.

  206. Mikhel says:

    damn again pitching down the middle

  207. YankeeDJW says:

    Lead cut in half just like that.

  208. King George says:


  209. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    Fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck.

  210. Havok9120 says:


    I can’t decide whether I hate Fenway or Tropicana more.

  211. W.B. Mason Williams says:

    Ok, Tanaka, I’m all about competition but…

  212. The Other Matt says:

    That was a shot and a half.

  213. Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline) says:

    Well. If he’s going to give up a HR, let it be by someone on the fantasy team.

    *Note: No one cares about my fantasy team

  214. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    And that’s why we needed more runs, Greg.

  215. BigBlueAL says:

    Welcome to Fenway Tanaka.

  216. YankeeDJW says:

    C’mon. Tanaka is falling apart here.

  217. No 2013 again says:

    this feels like that Tampa game that they blew. Tanaka needs to calm the fuck down..

  218. forensic says:

    Didn’t want to walk him, that’s bound to happen sometimes.

    Didn’t really need two in a row though.

  219. Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline) says:

    I enjoyed Sori’s throw there.

  220. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Here we go… Not sure how or why he lost his command all of a sudden

  221. King George says:

    He keeps hanging stuff up in the zone. What happened to Masahiro? He doesn’t look good right now.

  222. Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline) says:

    That..that escalated quickly.

  223. TheRealGreg says:

    I think he wanted to quickly get through the inning

  224. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    And you people wonder why I hate Fenway.

  225. TheRealGreg says:

    Again, I thought Tanaka was going to be outpitched by Lester and we would lose the game anyway

  226. mustang says:

    Maybe he is thinking what we all are thinking hurry up before the rain.

    Not a good way to pitch

  227. W.B. Mason Williams says:

    Ok these MLB Network guys are really, really hugging the Sox.

  228. W.B. Mason Williams says:

    Time to get to this tired bullpen.

    No mercy. Not even the children.

  229. forensic says:

    Geez Soriano, pitiful…

  230. lightSABR says:

    I hate playing the Red Sox. Or at least, I hate playing them anytime we have less than a ten-run lead.

  231. The Other Matt says:

    This is honestly pretty scary how they’re tagging him. I was hoping he wouldn’t be rattled after giving up the home run to Ortiz, can’t say I’m feeling soothed at this moment.

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      Still has to be some adjustment there. I doubt he’s seen anyone club one of his pitches the way Ortiz did.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Breathe, man. Pitchers have bad innings. His MO says that he doesn’t get rattled.

      • The Other Matt says:

        His MO also has shown he has a tendency to give up the long ball.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Does that carry over from Japan or is that just since he’s been here?

          I honestly don’t know.

          • The Other Matt says:

            Not so much in Japan, I don’t believe. But scouts said that they felt he might give up a more than a few homers transitioning to MLB because his fastball came on a straight plane. Also, there aren’t very many power hitters over in Japan, they tend to swing for contact, as opposed to hitters in MLB swing for power.

            • Havok9120 says:

              I know the difference in offense between the two. I just don’t like saying “he’s looked like he’ll be long ball prone” during his first month in the league.

    • King George says:

      I don’t want to make excuses for him, but I’ve noticed the last few at-bats that he’s been rushing…almost as if to beat the rain and get to the 5th.

  232. Tom says:

    He took that called 3rd strike with the maturity of someone who’s been taking called strike 3′s for years.

    Is it raining hard? He didn’t throw any splitters that ining and I wonder if it is a grip thing.

    • forensic says:

      It rained for a bit, but you can barely see it now (in their normal views).

      And that Bogaerts stuff will never get old (at least not this year).

  233. BigBlueAL says:

    He does ramp up the velocity with runners in scoring position. That at-bat plus the 2 in the first inning with Pedroia on 2nd I saw several 94-95 mph (MLB Network gun). Havent seen anything faster than 91 in any other at-bat.

  234. TheRealGreg says:

    I honestly believe Tanaka rushed to beat the rain and got rocked as a result.

  235. The Guns of Navarone says:

    I’m terrified the offense is just gonna go to sleep now

  236. YankeeDJW says:

    Love McCann going the other way lately.

  237. JGYank says:

    It does seem he is a little homer prone, but solo shots won’t kill you.

    • TheRealGreg says:

      Well, he’s a flyball pitcher.

      He’s like Phil Hughes, only if Phil Hughes had a nasty strikeout pitch

    • The Other Matt says:

      Yes. Ver fortunate that there weren’t anyone on base for those two shots.

      • Havok9120 says:

        It isn’t just fortune though.

        He gave up a pair of homers to elite power hitters and has looked very good aside from that. There’s skill involved.

  238. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Here’s another chance, 1st and 2nd no outs. They must cash in.

  239. mustang says:

    He does that a few more times and that shift will go bye bye.

  240. forensic says:

    So close for McCann. Guess this is his way of giving me the finger for sitting him tonight on my fantasy team.

    Keep it going please!

  241. Chip says:

    I think I would have Solarte bunt here

  242. Chip says:

    Man, juuuuuuuuuust missed that

  243. Cuso says:

    Bunt not the right play here anyways.

    Tex wouldn’t be speedy from 3rd and Ichiro is not a good deep fly ball candidate.

  244. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Jesus… Solarte fuckin killing us in this game

  245. YankeeDJW says:

    Please no DP here…

  246. nsalem says:

    I loved the last last two AB’s.

  247. Chip says:

    McCann looks like he just might be good at this baseball thing

  248. nycsportzfan says:

    Wow, McCann is quite a hitter. He dosen’t seem like a pull happy player at all. Hes got a bunch of oppo field hits this yr.

  249. forensic says:

    I actually wouldn’t mind a bunt here either.

  250. forensic says:


  251. Chip says:

    Ichiro doing Ichiro things

  252. TheRealGreg says:

    Girardi messed up there. Got to go one way or the other. Can’t go both

  253. No 2013 again says:

    Really dumb strategy. Solarte was already 0-2, should have been bunting from the first pitch.

  254. Cuso says:

    Channel Bucky Dent, B-Rob

  255. YankeeDJW says:

    Ok, so two awful strikeouts instead.

  256. YankeeDJW says:


  257. No 2013 again says:

    Atta boy Roberts!!

  258. forensic says:

    Whew, what luck there. Still blown too many chances, but at least they got the one there.

  259. Mykey says:


    Yeah, Napoli should’ve had that one.

  260. nycsportzfan says:

    Well, we know whos sitting on the bench tomorrow, don’t we?

  261. No 2013 again says:

    6 LOB in 4 innings.. Roberts better come through here.

  262. Paul says:

    Can we please capitalize on base runners? Here we go again…men left on base…goin to bite us in the ass…

  263. nsalem says:

    Brian was being viciously attacked by the unintelligent a mere 48 hours ago.

  264. The Other Matt says:

    Boston’s official scorer trying to do justice to Lester’s ERA, because that should’ve been ruled a base hit.

    • forensic says:

      Eh, I’d give that an error too. It was nearly right to him.

      • The Other Matt says:

        Idk. It was a hard hit ball, it’s not like it was a soft-liner right too him. I’m pretty sure if Pedroia or Ortiz hits one like that it would be scored a base hit.

  265. Cuso says:

    Interesting scoring to save Lester’s ERA.

    That is more often called a hit than not

  266. forensic says:

    Damn, that 3-1 pitch was the one you wanted Ellsbury.

  267. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Big… with a capital BIG

  268. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Roberts finally contributing! They almost blew another chance. Drive Lester out of the ballgame.

  269. vicki says:

    haha the pedroia hop in slow motion.

  270. Chip says:

    Ahhh, Brian Roberts decided to start playing baseball today

  271. Havok9120 says:


  272. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Lester’s last batter too

  273. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Ellsbury = STUD

  274. YankeeDJW says:


  275. forensic says:

    Yeah Roberts showing the wheels!!!

    Yeah Ellsbury!!!!!!

  276. Chip says:

    I would turn Ellsbury loose 3-0 here

  277. Prussian General Jordan Brink says:

    Ellsbury to Fenway Faithful:

    Blow me, beotches!

  278. nycsportzfan says:

    Oh my god, Lester must of passed that imaginary line in total pitches where a arm automatically falls off, no?

  279. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    Ells >>>>>>>> Cano

  280. JGYank says:

    Wow. Just an outstanding performance by the offense. Even if it took several tries to knock out Lester. Completely wore him down after only 5 innings and were able to get 7 runs. Great job working the count and they got plenty of hits and walks while doing so. The RS defense made things easier, but that was encouraging regardless.

  281. Mykey says:

    Love it.

  282. nycsportzfan says:

    Ellsbury is a fucking stud!!!! Hell yeah!!

  283. Tom says:

    In play, run(s)

    Nothing sweeter when following online.

    Odd inning = multiple runs scored. Though the Yankees changed it up scoring more than 2 runs this time.

  284. No 2013 again says:


  285. Yangeddard Solarte says:


  286. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Bringing in a lefty to face Jeter? If you say so.

  287. Worst Fans In Baseball says:

    You know, if Solarte is slowing down but now Roberts is heating up, I’m ok with that. As long as we have one good infielder at a time, we’ll be ok.

  288. Charles R. says:

    Ellsbury! In play, run(s)!

  289. YankeeDJW says:

    Watching McCann chug home was kinda funny.

  290. King George says:


  291. Chip says:

    I love watching Ellsbury play. How long until we start the MVP watch?

  292. Chip says:

    I seem to recall concern about Ellsbury hitting lefties. He sure looked comfortable against a really tough one today

  293. Nathan says:

    I’m starting to really like this Jacoby guy.

  294. Widget says:

    Still wanted more runs off of Lester.

  295. YankeeDJW says:


  296. The Other Matt says:

    Let’s keep it going. Good job Cap.

  297. nsalem says:

    What a great offensive team performance tonight.

  298. Havok9120 says:

    Me. Likey.

  299. mustang says:

    Most important Jeter taking care of forensic’s Team


  300. nsalem says:

    15 more outs to go. Please nobody suggest that this game is over.

  301. Havok9120 says:

    The Captain.

  302. nycsportzfan says:

    God, I love watching Cappy have multi-hit games.

  303. nsalem says:

    Hasn’t Bradley stumbled more than once tonight?

  304. forensic says:

    Nice Jeter!

  305. mustang says:

    Oh! Powerful Jeter forgive me for even questioning you in the spring.

    I’m not worthy

  306. JGYank says:

    8 runs against Lester and the RS? I’ll take that all day.

  307. King George says:

    I love how Lester was only charged for 3 earned runs. Give me a break. Talk about being lucky.

  308. nsalem says:

    Beautiful shut down inning.

  309. (a different) Rick says:

    I am out of market tonight so I’m watching on MLB Network. Costas is a blowhard, but man do I miss Jim Kaat calling Yankees games.

    • The Other Matt says:

      I liked Kaat, and I loved Bobby Murcer. May he rest in peace. I cried the day he died, and still miss his presence calling Yankee games, even though having never seen him play other than the Yankees Classic game the day of Thurman Munson’s funeral.

  310. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    Lester couldn’t handle the pressure of facing Tanaka

  311. YankeeDJW says:

    Teixiera made a nice play!

  312. Eselquetodolosabe says:

    Observation; John Farrell really taxed Lester. Kind of stressful outing and extra outs that injure pitchers. Very dubious, imo.

    • forensic says:

      He knows he won’t be back next year, so he doesn’t care about the long-term injury effects.

    • Tom says:

      That was surprising.

      117pitches isn’t that big a deal for Lester, but in less than 5 innings it is. The bullpen is beat up but he really left him in there too long.

      (and with a lefty replacing him, there was no platoon reason to keep him in)

      • Havok9120 says:

        With their rotation in the shape its in, it caught me kinda off guard.

        I get the logic. Bullpen is beat, rest of the starters aren’t giving much length, someone’s gotta take a bullet. I’m just not sure I’d let my ace be the victim.

  313. TheRealGreg says:

    GREAT inning by Tanaka.

    We had problems doing that last year.

  314. forensic says:

    Nice easy inning. Great recovery!

  315. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:


  316. Tom says:

    Nice job Tanaka….

    Avoid the no-no of walking the leadoff batter with this lead, and shuts them down quickly 1-2-3

    By the way Grady Sizemore is now hitting .220 with a .654 OPS and is no longer looking like an incredible find anymore.

  317. Bronx Boy says:

    Pedroia is a star, but dude looks like the super of my building on clean the boiler room day.

  318. mustang says:

    Jeter needs 184 hits to be 5th all time. Not that he needs it but top 5 all time just sounds cool

    Hoping for it.

  319. Bronx Boy says:

    Napoli didn’t get the memo beards were last year?

  320. Chip says:

    I love that McCann has to put down five fingers for the change-up

  321. Cheval Anonyme says:

    OK, this should have been in the Nova thread, but I can’t post through my company’s firewall.

    Yangervis Solarte anagram of the day:

    “Ivan’s Greatly Sore”

    • Mikhel says:


      Do you tweet then or something? I’d love to favourite your anagrams (sounds a bit dirty but it isn’t).

  322. YankeeDJW says:

    Tanaka can’t keep leaving his fastball up like that. Especially with two strikes, when he can use his devastating splitter or slider.

  323. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Throw a fastball up at the letters… change the eye level

  324. Winter says:

    Anyone else notice Tanaka shake off the changeup before throwing the fastball?

  325. Chip says:

    He’s lucky he got that baseball back

  326. No 2013 again says:

    that pitch was perfect.. stupid ump

  327. JGYank says:

    Tanaka has been excellent besides the high fastballs. If he cuts down on those, he would be really tough to hit. I think calling him a #2 type starter is pretty accurate.

  328. nsalem says:

    Maybe Ichiro has found is Nichero

  329. Havok9120 says:

    All is going well.

  330. No 2013 again says:

    Hopefully this is just a bad game for him.. but Solarte looks like shit today

  331. TheRealGreg says:

    Coming back to Earth. Throwing more offspeed at him

  332. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:


  333. nsalem says:

    Disagree with Kay saying that Ichiro is making a case for more AB’s. I think right now he is now being used optimally and may wind up much closer to his glory day numbers with only 300 PA’s over the year. I have serious doubts that he would be performing anywhere near the level he is playing now if he was on a 500 or 550 PA pace much like last year.

  334. TheRealGreg says:

    And he’s pitching on 4 days rest too. Incredible

  335. forensic says:

    Great job Tex!

  336. nsalem says:

    double phucking wow!!!!!

  337. Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline) says:


  338. Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline) says:


  339. forensic says:

    Now that’ll probably injury his other wrist…

  340. vicki says:

    i’m going to be worried sick about teixeira until we’re back from commercials.

  341. Cuso says:

    Oh shit. WRIST.

  342. Chip says:

    Please don’t be hurt please don’t be hurt

  343. forensic says:

    There you go, Beltran!

  344. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Garbage time HR from Beltran. Unclutch.

  345. Havok9120 says:

    Pffft. Garbage time.

  346. forensic says:

    Well, he’s batting, I guess that’s a good sign…

  347. Cuso says:

    KJ may be in on-deck circle

  348. Holy Ghost says:

    Carlos is worth every penny

  349. YankeeDJW says:

    Remy and Orsillo are drooling all over Tanaka, and for once I agree with them. He seems legit.

  350. Tom says:

    So I assume Tanaka is done?

    And I assume Joe has someone warming up for the 8th?

  351. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Love it. He’s cruising. Not much stress. No reason to tax the pen.

  352. Mikhel says:

    Unbelievable, JoeG didn’t allow Tanaka to complete the shutout vs the Cubs but sends him here.

  353. YankeeDJW says:

    Why was Joe running so hard out of the dugout? He usually shuffles out pretty slowly. I thought for a split-second Tanaka was hurt and had a mini heart attack.

  354. Dan in Athens says:

    Big game pitcher. 18 to 1 k/bb ratio can’t last but this has been fun

  355. Mikhel says:

    at least let him strikeout another one!! if youre giving Masahiro the ball… ugh

  356. Tom says:

    Not a big deal… but why do that?

    I guess he was hoping for a quick out where he might then finish the inning?

    • Havok9120 says:

      See if he can get a quick inning with about 6-10 pitches? Wanted him to hear the decent cheer he got?

      Dunno. Don’t mind it.

    • forensic says:

      Maybe just wanted to make sure to keep his PC going above 100? Seems absurd but maybe he even just wanted him in to face the lefty Sizemore instead of Betances?

      • Tom says:

        I suspect it might have been a lefty thing (Dellin’s not exactly a platoon pitcher with his big curve though)

        Maybe he was also thinking just have Dellin get two outs and less of a chance of a walk or two snowballing into a big (or at least uncomfortable) inning?

      • Havok9120 says:

        I can definitely see the 100+ pitches thing.

  357. Tom says:

    Time for Dellin to move himsefl back into Girardi’s circle of trust.

    And striking out ratboy is a good start!

  358. The Guns of Navarone says:

    After Betances struck out Pedroia he should’ve walked over and stepped on him

  359. The Guns of Navarone says:

    I’m gonna be honest…that hook Betances has gives me a chubby

  360. Chip Rodriguez says:

    Awesome, Dellin. Awesome.

  361. Cuso says:

    Throw him a chair!

  362. Havok9120 says:

    That was awfully pretty.

  363. nycsportzfan says:

    I’ve been so high on Betances, and I still believe he’ll pass Phelps and Thornton before the season ends, as he’s gonna walk guys at times, but he dosen’t give up hits, and he strikes out a ton of batters. Hes pretty close to having some of the most electric stuff in any pen in the league.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      I meant, Phelps and Warren, not Thornton.

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      I love him. And you’re right, the walks are fine and they come with the territory, but he just has to avoid that total meltdown outing where all of a sudden he just can’t throw a strike. We’ve seen that a couple times when he was up and down in the past.

      This outing in particular sticks in my mind.


      • nycsportzfan says:

        Yeah, but that was in 2013, and the guys also been going from starting to relieving, and so on and so fourth, and it was also one of his first outings in his brief career. I think hes figured it out enough, to give him more of a leash, and shown enough for it.

  364. nycsportzfan says:

    Why not bring in a PH for McCann here? We’ve all but Won the game, and its raining and slippery out there. Its not even worth the risk of him getting hurt or hit by a pitch. You can also give your young Catcher a AB here, and a half inning catching.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      I don’t even want McCann on the base path’s at this point. Nice hitting though. Another oppo hit. Unreal.

  365. Tom says:

    I guess Tazawa needed work? Be nice to make him throw about 25-30 pitches this inning!

    As much as I like to crticize Joe, Farrell would drive me absolutely nuts!

  366. No 2013 again says:

    No words for Betances.. that was more than amazing.

  367. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    That park is such a joke.

  368. forensic says:

    Longest single ever? Longest single ever.

  369. Chip Rodriguez says:

    I really love watching McCann work against the shift like this.

  370. TheRealGreg says:

    I agree. Solarte seems more comfortable from the left side

  371. nycsportzfan says:

    Wow, poor Roberts. Thats gotta totally suck to get robbed like that, when battling so hard to get on track.

  372. Mikhel says:

    They should score that a hit for Roberts, seeing how the scorer gave Napoli an error to help Lester.

  373. forensic says:

    Nice, two bare-handers tonight.

  374. TheRealGreg says:

    If Solarte keeps making plays like that, it won’t matter what he hits.

  375. nycsportzfan says:

    Just fantastic pitching by Betances. Hows Phelps and Warren supposed to stay in front of this guy?

  376. Chip Rodriguez says:

    and to think Nunez was this close to taking Solarte’s spot at 3B…

  377. baravelli says:

    Betances, the Driving Cat.

  378. RkyMtnYank says:

    Solarte is really good with his bare hand!

  379. YankeeDJW says:

    C’mon, finish this.

  380. nycsportzfan says:

    Betances is just peppering the strike zone, can’t blame him for that run. I’m sure Giardi was fine with it.

    And there it is. Yanks win! Awesome game for Yank fans!

    The Core4 FA Signings were at it bigtime tonight! Tanaka, Belty, Ells , and Bri guy.

  381. forensic says:

    Great win! Always so nice to start off series like this.

  382. will says:

    girardi continues to missuse betances, he never should of pitched the 9th, and now he has given up a run, time to cut him

  383. Mikhel says:

    Nice watching Tanaka pitching tonight, left various pitches high and as expected were hit very hard by their pull happy middle of the order batters in Ortíz and Napoli.

    At times Masahiro looks like nothing bothers him, sure he looked mad as hell after that mini-rally the BoSox mounted and he scaped out of it, and that aspect I do like.

    I’d love to watch Tanaka being catched by an American League veteran catcher like Kurt Suzuki or José Molina, he would benefit greatly by having a catcher who knows american league batters better than McCann who was mostly catched versus national league teams.

  384. Dan says:

    Tanaka is an ace in the making.

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