Apr
22

Game 20: Tanaka takes Fenway

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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
  • nycsportzfan

    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.

  • nycsportzfan

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

    • The Other Matt

      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

        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.

  • RetroRob

    Yankees vs. Red Sox on RAB.

    Let the Game of Threads begin.

  • CountryClub

    @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”

      Hmmmmm.

    • The Other Matt

      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.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost
    • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

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

    • forensic

      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

        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

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

          • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

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

            • forensic

              The irony abounds with this comment.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              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

          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).

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • vicki

    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.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      what’s a schmancy gala ?

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        One so schmancy, you can even drop the “fancy” when referring to it.

        • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

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

      • vicki

        in this case, a posh fundraiser (big brothers big sisters).

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Cool. Where?

          • vicki

            the waldorf.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Very nice. I actually haven’t been in there since I was a kid.

    • forensic

      I agree. I don’t mind at all that there are some more hyped games than others. At least it goes away after a couple of games, unlike other things that are dragged out each and every game shoved down your throat ad nauseum.

  • CountryClub

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

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Ma just described Ellsbury’s reaction as a “mixed one. Some boos, some cheers.”

    • nycsportzfan

      Question answered.

    • Havok9120

      Well…..okay.

    • vicki

      bizarro fenway.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Surprised anyone cares. He won 2 titles there but all Red Sox friends I talk to don’t really care one way or the other about him. He was never a “True Red Sox” to borrow that phrase.

      • vicki

        i never considered him to be one either. too handsome.

  • Havok9120

    We shall give them a second Königgrätz.

    FOR PRUSSIA!!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      PRUSSIA!!!!!!!!!

      • Chris

        Prussia sucks.

        But then maybe I’m just bitter about the Partitions of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

  • forensic

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

  • nycsportzfan

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

    Conehead tonight.

  • Prussian General Jordan Brink

    The Prussian incursion of New England begins!

    Let’s go!

  • The Guns of Navarone

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

    Thanks

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

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

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

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

  • forensic

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

  • Prussian General Jordan Brink

    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

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

      • forensic

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

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I’m not burning my Robbie t-shirt or anything. I’m just booing him.

          • forensic

            I didn’t throw away his jersey, I’m just certainly not wearing it.

          • vicki

            and we know he doesn’t respond well to booing. unlike, say, jake ellsbury.

      • Prussian General Jordan Brink

        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

          the sophisticated ones? what a pose.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          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

          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

          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

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

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Aaaaaand the drama begins…

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    And you can go fuck yourselves, Boston.

    Love,
    Jacoby Ellsbury

    • The Other Matt

      PS Get ready for 18 more games of this. I hope.

  • forensic

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

    • nycsportzfan

      Agreed. Wait, looks like umps might put him at 3rd?

  • Leg-End

    Steal home, that would be fun.

  • nycsportzfan

    Haha! Thats how you answer boos!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Fuck Boston.

  • The Other Matt

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

  • Prussian General Jordan Brink

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

  • The Other Matt

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

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

    Sweet hit, Jete!

  • Havok9120

    If they only give him two….ugh.

  • mustang

    This is too much fun already

    LMAO!

  • Mykey

    Nice base running.

  • Havok9120

    The Captain: making arguments irrelevant since 1995.

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

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

    • The Other Matt

      Curious to know how it went, since Ellsbury has yet to hit a home run thus far.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Ells buries it into the seats, or something like that.

  • Chip

    This is already a very fun game to watch

  • Prussian General Jordan Brink

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

  • nycsportzfan

    Jeter baby! What a start!

  • forensic

    Nice! Good job Jeter!

  • Mykey

    Perfect start.

  • mustang

    Beltran = MACHINE!!!!

  • mustang

    JETER

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

    Keep the train going.

  • nsalem

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

  • Get Phelps Up

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

  • CashmanNinja

    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.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I like the start to this game

  • Chip Rodriguez

    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.)

  • nycsportzfan

    Holy shit, Cappy at 3rd!!!lol

  • forensic

    Yeah Sox!!! Fundamentally sound.

    • mustang

      Yes sir

  • CashmanNinja

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

  • nsalem

    Phucking AlPhonso

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    This is some start.

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

    • The Guns of Navarone

      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.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Exactly. Not until the umps are off the field for good.

        • Havok9120

          What if they’re robot umps?

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            They still have to get off the field.

            This better not be an Archer reference I don’t get.

    • The Other Matt

      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.

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

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

  • Winter

    YEAH JEETS!

  • nsalem

    will tex continue going the other way??

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

    They still booing Tex?

  • Havok9120

    w00t!

    CAPTAIN!

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • forensic

    Nice!!!

  • nycsportzfan

    Tanaka feels we’ve done enough offensively.lol

  • Winter

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

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

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

    • Chip

      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

      Ehhhhh.

      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.

  • Chip

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

    • vicki

      wow, yes. he gets crushed on his first pitch; career-long, and especially this year.

  • nsalem

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

  • mustang

    Nice AB there

  • Mykey

    Nice at bat McCann.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    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

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

    • nycsportzfan

      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

      disagree. maybe im wrong

  • The Other Matt

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

  • forensic

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

  • The Guns of Navarone

    TanakaTime

  • Leg-End

    Good start, knock em down now Tanaka.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

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

  • mustang

    That went well

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    That would’ve been funny

  • slammy

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

  • nsalem

    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.

  • Chip

    I was convinced that was gone off the bat

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Solarte’s mini Sammy Sosa-skip only helped that perception

      • Chip

        Lester threw his hands down and the crowd gasped too. O well

  • forensic

    LOL, Ellsbury is loving this!!!

  • Mykey

    Awesome.

  • The Other Matt

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

    • The Other Matt

      *are

  • King George

    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

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

    • Havok9120

      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

      Heart says Cano, head says Ellsbury.

    • nsalem

      I would say strongly Cano #3

    • Prussian General Jordan Brink

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

      • King George

        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

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

    • King George

      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.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    gold

  • Mike

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

    • forensic

      MLB Gameday Audio. $20 for the full season.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Doesn’t the FAN have a streaming site?

      • nsalem

        don’t think so. but not positive

  • nsalem

    Let’s see if the Saux chase our guy

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    No, really, go fuck yourselves.

    Love,
    Jacoby

  • nsalem

    Guess Mr. Ellsbury is sending a strong message

  • Prussian General Jordan Brink

    Ells with the bat and the glove.

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

    • Havok9120

      Jawohl, Herr Generaloberst.

    • forensic

      He really has grown on me too. Still hate the contract and dread the injuries, though.

  • Winter

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

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

      Gotta change eye levels for the splitter. Can’t throw everything in the same spot.

      • Winter

        I guess so, but a fastball middle-up to Pedroia is not a good pitch. If he’s gotta go up, go up away from the center or up out of the zone.

  • CountryClub

    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.

  • mustang

    Jacoby miss them I think.

  • The Other Matt

    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 .

  • WhittakerWalt

    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.

    • Mykey

      Pretty different scenarios.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Sure, there are differences. The Sox didn’t even offer Ellsbury a contract. What was he supposed to do?
        But the M’s offered Cano 65 million more than we did. I’m not sure anyone would turn down that kind of cache.

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

          They offered him 6/$120 actually

        • nsalem

          I think if the Yankee’s were serious about signing Cano they should have delayed the signing of Ellsbury.

          • forensic

            So they potentially miss out on signing either of them?

            • nsalem

              No. They could have come to an agreement with Ellsbury and delayed the announcement until the Cano situation was resolved . I think they knew they weren’t resigning Cano anyway. There is no way I would have risked losing Ellsbury.

      • Winter

        How so?

      • King George

        If anything, they’re pretty similar. Both with their team plus 7+ years, won a World Series, thought to be irreplaceable, fan favorites. Only difference I guess is Jacoby went to a rival and Robbie went to a shitbox.

        • Mykey

          Maybe it’s just personal, but the difference you highlighted is pretty meaningful to me.

    • forensic

      What’s wrong with booing someone on another team?

      • WhittakerWalt

        “Wrong?” Nothing wrong, I guess. I just don’t like booing our former players.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    That splitter is SOOOOO nasty

  • forensic

    Nice ‘Naka!

  • Winter

    Nasty, nasty, nasty splitter to Ortiz!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    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.

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • forensic

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

  • Mikhel

    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).

  • Leg-End

    Dat splitter.

  • The Guns of Navarone

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

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

    Nasty. Filthy.

  • hogsmog

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

    • The Guns of Navarone

      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.

  • Luisergi

    That was outside

    • Luisergi

      That was nasty

  • nycsportzfan

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

    Ichiro!

  • Dan in Athens

    That splitter is Clemensesque

  • forensic

    Nice Ichiro!

  • nycsportzfan

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

    BROB wit the knock!

  • forensic

    Nice boys, keep the pressure on!

  • mustang

    95 mph Fastball hitting the black and then that tonight

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3OGvHivbHg

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

    Doesn’t that slacker Ichiro have 3000 hits yet?

  • The Other Matt

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

    Signed,

    Someone Who Can Play Left Field Better Then You

  • BigBlueAL

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

  • Dan in Athens

    Classy job by the Sox with the video board

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Truthfully or sarcasm?

  • Luisergi

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

    • nycsportzfan

      What a guy Rock was to have on the bench.

  • Tom

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

  • nycsportzfan

    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.

    • nycsportzfan

      would be

  • forensic

    wow, that was close.

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

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Maybe it’s the camera angle but those pitches don’t look all that close to me.

  • nycsportzfan

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

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Jinxtastic

      • nycsportzfan

        Think so? Shit, my bad.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Goodness no… totally kidding

    • nycsportzfan

      or hit rally killing double play on one pitch.lol

  • Luisergi

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

  • The Other Matt

    Welp… That was what I hoped would not happen.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    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

  • King George

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

    • WhittakerWalt

      It’s everyone on that team.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      I think they all picked it up from Beckett

      • The Guns of Navarone

        I can’t even begin to describe how relieved I am I don’t have to look at his freakin face anymore. My dislike for him runs deep.

        • Chip

          I will likewise celebrate the day Ortiz stop taking roids and retires

  • forensic

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

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

    Wow, that was really close.

  • forensic

    Or just do that shit…

  • Chip

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

    • TheRealGreg

      I was saying that as they went to break.

      It was close

  • TheRealGreg

    Bad luck

  • Leg-End

    Damn it, he hit that well too.

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • vicki

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

  • No 2013 again

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

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Tanaka’s mechanics are so smooth.

  • TheRealGreg

    Tanaka is hyped. 94 mph

  • The Guns of Navarone

    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

    • forensic

      He’s also gotten pop-ups and K’s up there. You can’t just throw at one spot or eye level.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Good point

      • nycsportzfan

        good post forensic.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      I think he’s pitching up by design. Especially with his splitter.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Ace.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Carlos Gomez is at the park tonight

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Ok, ok. Gomez would’ve got to 3rd.

  • The Other Matt

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

  • BrianMcCannon

    Sori has a good time at Fenway, huh?

  • Chip

    How does Soriano NOT get a triple out of that?

  • mustang

    Joe needs to talk to that man.

    • forensic

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

  • Yangeddard Solarte

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

  • nycsportzfan

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

    • The Other Matt

      Easily.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    no harm, no foul

  • Chip

    Some classy Boston fans trying to interfere with the play again

  • forensic

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

    • Preston

      Single still brought him home. No big deal.

      • mustang

        Not today, but will be.

      • forensic

        All that does is encourage bad habits.

        • Preston

          He’s 38 he’s not forming any habits. I’ll take him as he is.

    • nycsportzfan

      Thank god it didn’t cost us. McCann with another oppo field hit!

  • Mikhel

    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)

    • Mikhel

      damn tablet posting wherever it wants when i refresh the comments section.

  • mustang

    WEEEEEEE!!!!

  • BrianMcCannon

    BP! Although we can’t get too comfortable.

  • vicki

    i love to watch teix run.

  • BigBlueAL

    This is beautiful to watch.

  • King George

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

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    BWHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHHAH

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

    doubles for everyone!

  • Havok9120

    MT25, activate.

    That run.

  • Havok9120

    Oooof. Sori. Run, man, run.

  • Mikhel

    Soriano doing his best Carlos Gómez impersonation there

    • The Guns of Navarone

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

      • Chip

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

        • Chip

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

          • The Guns of Navarone

            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

              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

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

              • Mikhel

                i agree

      • Mikhel

        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.

        • Prussian General Jordan Brink

          Bryce Harper-tinez

  • forensic

    Ripped that one!

    /boxscore’d

  • The Other Matt

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

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    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?

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    This is fun

    • nycsportzfan

      Its been worth the wait(offday), thats for sure.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

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

  • Chip

    Solarte regressing to the mean

  • forensic

    Nice! Keep it going!

  • Chip

    I love this joke of a ballpark

  • nycsportzfan

    Its looking like a fun boxscore to check later.

  • AndrewYF

    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.

  • Havok9120

    All the power hitters hitting for power.

    WHAT IS THIS BLACK MAGIC?

    • The Guns of Navarone

      They have burned their idols and prayed to the One True God… The Lord of Light.

      • Havok9120

        ….

        Frederick Wilhelm von Brandenburg?

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Haha not a Game of Thrones fan, I take it.

          • Havok9120

            I am, and got the reference.

            I just prefer Prussia.

            • Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline)

              Heathen.

      • Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline)

        +1

  • mustang

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

    • The Other Matt

      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

        Good call Matt, your info showed up in Solartes AB’s tonight, no doubt.

        • The Other Matt

          Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You’re far too kind. LOL

    • nycsportzfan

      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.

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

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

  • forensic

    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.

    • mustang

      Wow less then week very nice at least last time you gave it a bit longer.

      • forensic

        He’s had one good game in the last two weeks with a rapidly rising K-rate. It’s fair to wonder if the league is coming around to him.

        • mustang

          .263 AVG 1HR 2 RBI 5BB 12B 5H in the last 7 days

          While 2nd and 3rd and every game JUST HORRIBLE

          • mustang

            1 double = 12B

        • mustang

          You are right the league all over him.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      I think Johnson will replace Roberts more often. Considering his injury history he doesn’t figure to play all that much. Johnson will get his ABs.

      • mustang

        THIS!!!

    • nycsportzfan

      Solarte has come down to earth. I have a feeling, hes getting a day off soon.

      • mustang

        THIS!!!!!

        He has only played 19 games

  • No 2013 again

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

  • Dan in Athens

    He did it!!! Ichiro drew a walk!’

    • Havok9120

      I was stunned as well?

  • forensic

    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…

  • forensic

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

  • Chip

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

  • The Other Matt

    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.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Ellsbury slam incoming.

    • Get Phelps Up

      OK, I’ll be quiet.

      • Havok9120

        Dammit man.

        BEHOLD WHAT YOU HAVE WROUGHT!

  • Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline)

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

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

    The BABIP gods smile upon us today.

  • Chip

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

  • TheRealGreg

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

  • BigBlueAL

    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.

    • nsalem

      disagree

  • Yangeddard Solarte

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

    • TheRealGreg

      It’s 4-0, man

      • forensic

        lol, Greg playing the calming voice in a game thread.

        • Havok9120

          Up is down.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        And Lester’s pitch count is nice and high

  • No 2013 again

    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.

  • Chip

    Ugh, so close to breaking this open!

  • Havok9120

    Whoa. When did YES get a ticker?

    • forensic

      It’s MY9.

      • Havok9120

        Oooooohh. Good call.

  • JGYank

    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.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Have to knock him out this inning. Those DPs are killers.

      • Havok9120

        Would certainly be nice. It’s hardly a do-or-die thing, though.

        I’d love to gas their bullpen though.

  • forensic

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

  • Tom

    Crap.

    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?

    • YankeeDJW

      Gave up a few hard hit balls in the first, but has seemed very good so far.

      • Tom

        Thanks.

    • Havok9120

      He’s needed a few plays behind him, but he’s looked darn good. Especially against Napoli and Ortiz.

      • Tom

        Thanks as well.

  • YankeeDJW

    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.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Agreed. And I’d be surprised if the Yanks don’t score more. Keep putting runners on and good things will happen.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      I don’t trust a 4 run lead in this bandbox.

  • The Other Matt

    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

      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

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Well Matsui of course…

  • nycsportzfan

    Tanaka is just unreal!

  • Havok9120

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

    • Chip Rodriguez

      Cy Buchholz went 2.1 innings yesterday and gave up 6 ER.

      That was a great sentence to type.

  • forensic

    Everybody watching should know one pretty easily.

    • TheRealGreg

      But who’s the other?

      • Mikhel

        Hideki Matsui, 2009.

      • forensic

        I had the right team (thanks to a hint), but the wrong player. It’s Paul Molitor for the Jays (I believe).

  • Winter

    Matsui!

  • YankeeDJW

    The local commercials on NESN are horrendous.

    • forensic

      As are the local commercials on every channel in history.

      • Havok9120

        I’ve always thought Tampa’s were especially terrible.

        • Mikhel

          And when they aired their games in those ION channels… uuugghhh

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Watching YES so much over the years I know the Slap Chop commercial by heart

  • No 2013 again

    Comon, no rain!

  • Mykey

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

    • AndrewYF

      Soriano’s right there with ya.

  • forensic

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

    • The Other Matt

      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.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Molitor was the other trivia answer.

  • Havok9120

    Hold off rain. Hold off.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    ouch

  • mustang

    I REALLLLY

    Hate that guy

  • King George

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

  • Mikhel

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

  • Mikhel

    damn again pitching down the middle

  • YankeeDJW

    Lead cut in half just like that.

  • King George

    Shit.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck.

  • Havok9120

    Sigh.

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

    • Chip Rodriguez

      Trop. Bad things happen there. There seems to be an injury every couple of visits.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

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

  • The Other Matt

    That was a shot and a half.

  • Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline)

    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

  • Yangeddard Solarte

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

  • BigBlueAL

    Welcome to Fenway Tanaka.

  • YankeeDJW

    C’mon. Tanaka is falling apart here.

  • No 2013 again

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

  • forensic

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

    Didn’t really need two in a row though.

  • Mykey

    Ugh.

  • Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline)

    I enjoyed Sori’s throw there.

  • The Guns of Navarone

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

  • King George

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

  • Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline)

    That..that escalated quickly.

  • TheRealGreg

    I think he wanted to quickly get through the inning

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    And you people wonder why I hate Fenway.

  • TheRealGreg

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

    • Mykey

      Oh, alright, I’ll calm down then.

    • King George

      Thanks for the quality insight, Greg.

    • forensic

      So, you go from ‘we’re fine, it’s 4-0′ to ‘it’s ok that we’re going to lose, I figured we would anyway’ in the span of about 5 minutes.

      • TheRealGreg

        Since I had that expectation, the score meant nothing to me. It’s April. I wanted to see how Tanaka pitched only. The fact that we got 4 runs off Lester is a bonus

      • mustang

        I have to ask why even bother?

        Like the last two days of nonsense.

        Sorry just think your smarter then that

  • mustang

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

    Not a good way to pitch

    • TheRealGreg

      I think that’s exactly what he was thinking

    • Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline)

      Not at all.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

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

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Time to get to this tired bullpen.

    No mercy. Not even the children.

  • forensic

    Geez Soriano, pitiful…

  • lightSABR

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

  • The Other Matt

    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

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

    • Havok9120

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

      • The Other Matt

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

        • Havok9120

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

          I honestly don’t know.

          • The Other Matt

            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

              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

      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.

  • Tom

    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

      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).

      • Tom

        I think it has to take over for the Michael Young classy meme, no?

      • vicki

        and those dicks put their umbrellas away. i’d definitely have to say something if people put those things up in front of me at a game.

  • BigBlueAL

    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.

  • TheRealGreg

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

  • The Guns of Navarone

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

    • Mykey

      I’ve seen this movie before. That’s precisely what happens.

    • Havok9120

      I mean, that can happen after you score four runs. Has less to do with going to sleep than the law of averages.

  • YankeeDJW

    Love McCann going the other way lately.

    • YankeeDJW

      Trying to, anyway.

  • JGYank

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

    • TheRealGreg

      Well, he’s a flyball pitcher.

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

    • The Other Matt

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

      • Havok9120

        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.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

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

  • mustang

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

  • forensic

    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!

  • Chip

    I think I would have Solarte bunt here

    • Chip

      I think he missed the sign on the first pitch

  • Chip

    Man, juuuuuuuuuust missed that

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Bunt not the right play here anyways.

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

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Jesus… Solarte fuckin killing us in this game

  • YankeeDJW

    Please no DP here…

  • nsalem

    I loved the last last two AB’s.

    • mustang

      THIS!!!

  • Chip

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

  • nycsportzfan

    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.

  • forensic

    I actually wouldn’t mind a bunt here either.

    • TheRealGreg

      Neither would I.

    • nsalem

      agreed

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Awful swing

  • forensic

    Ugh…

  • Chip

    Ichiro doing Ichiro things

  • TheRealGreg

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

    • Chip

      Pretty sure Solarte missed the sign

  • No 2013 again

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

    • forensic

      Maybe he was and Solarte messed up by missing the sign. We may never know.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Channel Bucky Dent, B-Rob

  • YankeeDJW

    Ok, so two awful strikeouts instead.

  • YankeeDJW

    YES!!

  • No 2013 again

    Atta boy Roberts!!

  • forensic

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

  • Mykey

    Roberts!

    Yeah, Napoli should’ve had that one.

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • No 2013 again

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

    • Havok9120

      He clearly fears you.

  • http://linesinmyhead.blogspot.com Charles R.

    In play, run(s)!

  • Paul

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

  • nsalem

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

  • The Other Matt

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

    • forensic

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

      • The Other Matt

        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.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Atta boy!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Interesting scoring to save Lester’s ERA.

    That is more often called a hit than not

  • forensic

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

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Big… with a capital BIG

  • Yangeddard Solarte

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

  • vicki

    haha the pedroia hop in slow motion.

  • Chip

    Ahhh, Brian Roberts decided to start playing baseball today

    • nycsportzfan

      Well, technically he started playing in Tampa, when he had that huge 3hit game in the 10-2 win.

      • forensic

        And then was absurdly benched by Girardi leading to an 0-9 the rest of the series.

        • nycsportzfan

          Thats why I posted, we all know who’ll be riding the pine tomorrow after his last hit(over turned to reach on error).

  • Havok9120

    Woooooooo

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Lester’s last batter too

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Ellsbury = STUD

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    NICE!!!

  • YankeeDJW

    ELLS!!!

  • forensic

    Yeah Roberts showing the wheels!!!

    Yeah Ellsbury!!!!!!

  • Chip

    I would turn Ellsbury loose 3-0 here

  • Prussian General Jordan Brink

    Ellsbury to Fenway Faithful:

    Blow me, beotches!

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Ells >>>>>>>> Cano

  • JGYank

    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.

  • Mykey

    Love it.

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Tom

    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.

  • No 2013 again

    Dagger!!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    AND THEY FINALLY PUT THE DAGGER IN LESTER’S HEART! AND IT’S BOSTON’S OWN JACOBY ELLSBURY!

    • Chip

      “The Yankees are my daddy”

  • The Guns of Navarone

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

  • Worst Fans In Baseball

    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.

  • http://linesinmyhead.blogspot.com Charles R.

    Ellsbury! In play, run(s)!

  • YankeeDJW

    Watching McCann chug home was kinda funny.

  • King George

    JAKE!!!!!!!!

  • Chip

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

  • Chip

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

  • Nathan

    I’m starting to really like this Jacoby guy.

  • Widget

    Still wanted more runs off of Lester.

    • Havok9120

      Because he’s usually so hittable?

  • YankeeDJW

    Jetes!!

  • The Other Matt

    Let’s keep it going. Good job Cap.

  • nsalem

    What a great offensive team performance tonight.

  • Havok9120

    Me. Likey.

  • mustang

    Most important Jeter taking care of forensic’s Team

    :)

    • forensic

      Works for me. Unfortunately I benched McCann and my opponent has Tanaka.

      Gotta take the good with the bad, I guess. :-)

    • mustang

      fantasy team

      • Havok9120

        I believe jjyank has him as well.

        All the helps.

        • mustang

          Jeter taking care of RAB

          Baby

  • nsalem

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

  • Havok9120

    The Captain.

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • nsalem

    Hasn’t Bradley stumbled more than once tonight?

    • YankeeDJW

      To be fair, it’s a little slick out there now.

      • nsalem

        you’re right. I didn’t take that into account.

  • forensic

    Nice Jeter!

  • mustang

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

    I’m not worthy

  • JGYank

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

    • Havok9120

      Yep.

      Now time to crush their bullpen so that it can’t recover for the rest of the series.

    • forensic

      Yup, hopefully they don’t settle for that though. Keep adding on and beating up on the relievers if you can.

  • King George

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

  • mustang

    http://www.nydailynews.com/lif.....-1.1763024

    Yep, I’m not worthy AT ALL.

    • Yankee Fan 1

      Yeah Jeets! #obligatory

  • nsalem

    Beautiful shut down inning.

  • (a different) Rick

    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

      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.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Lester couldn’t handle the pressure of facing Tanaka

  • YankeeDJW

    Teixiera made a nice play!

  • Eselquetodolosabe

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

    • forensic

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

    • Tom

      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

        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.

  • TheRealGreg

    GREAT inning by Tanaka.

    We had problems doing that last year.

  • forensic

    Nice easy inning. Great recovery!

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Ace!

  • Tom

    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.

    • mustang

      Yes, Sir

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      that was all patented red saux MSM propaganda.

      they pushed the same disinformation a few years back when they signed has-beens Smoltz and Penny.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        “They won’t trade Penny unless it’s for a Smoak-type bat.”

        – Peter Gammons

        Remember that crap?

        • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

          HA!

          Good times.

    • JGYank

      This is where losing Ells is going to hurt them. Unfortunately, Solarte is coming back down to earth as well and Roberts hasn’t been good. Guys like that only last so long before you want a more productive player.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      Last 7 games: 1 for 22 .045

  • Bronx Boy

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

  • mustang

    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.

    • Havok9120

      Same. It’d be great to have him up that high on the list.

      • Havok9120

        And, of course, having him go out on such a high note.

        • mustang

          201 hits for the year tall order, but I’m not bitting against it.

    • Chip

      Assuming he gets 740 PA this season which isn’t unreasonable, he only needs to hit .271 the rest of the season to get it

      • Chip

        On the other hand, if he gets only 700 PA which is probably more likely, he needs to hit .288

        • Havok9120

          Either of those is a crap ton for a guy his age coming off an injury.

          • Chip

            Yep, I’d definitely mark this one as unlikely

            • Chip

              If he hits .300 for the season, he still needs about 675 ABs

    • vicki

      too bad they don’t count postseason hits….

  • Bronx Boy

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

  • Chip

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

  • Cheval Anonyme

    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

      Bravo!!

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

  • YankeeDJW

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

  • The Guns of Navarone

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

    • TheRealGreg

      Tried to, but wasn’t high enough.

      • Chip

        He was trying to go in again and just missed

  • Winter

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

    • Havok9120

      He shook of several, looked like.

      • Havok9120

        Wow, what a terrible sentence.

        It looked like he shook off several.

      • Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline)

        Yoda?

        • Havok9120

          I’m a bit tall for Yoda.

        • Tom

          Ha! Thinking I was that too.

  • Chip

    He’s lucky he got that baseball back

    • TheRealGreg

      Well Napoli hit it to the deep part of the park.

  • No 2013 again

    that pitch was perfect.. stupid ump

  • JGYank

    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.

  • nsalem

    Maybe Ichiro has found is Nichero

  • Havok9120

    All is going well.

  • No 2013 again

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

    • Havok9120

      That K-rate shooting so far up seems like a pretty bad sign.

  • TheRealGreg

    Coming back to Earth. Throwing more offspeed at him

    • Chip

      Yep, the league adjusted to him and now he has to adjust back

      • TheRealGreg

        Yep. And that was something that David Adams did not do. Let’s see if Solarte can

        • nsalem

          Adams is unfortunately not doing well this year.

        • Chip

          Shelley Duncan, Shane Spencer, ect. You could make a long list of guys who came up and destroyed fastballs for a few weeks before the league figured out they couldn’t hit offspeed stuff

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Ace!!

  • nsalem

    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.

  • TheRealGreg

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

    • TheRealGreg

      Never mind.

    • Havok9120

      I…don’t think that’s correct.

      • TheRealGreg

        That is why I said, never mind.

    • Tom

      ?

      He’s on 5 days rest no? (Wed – Tues)

  • forensic

    Great job Tex!

  • nsalem

    double phucking wow!!!!!

  • Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline)

    Wow.

  • Yolo Fo Solo (Alkaline)

    Wow!

  • forensic

    Now that’ll probably injury his other wrist…

    • CountryClub

      His left wrist is the bad one, right?

      • forensic

        Nope, the right one.

        • CountryClub

          Oh ok. Makes me feel better.

  • vicki

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

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Oh shit. WRIST.

    • CountryClub

      This

  • Chip

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

  • forensic

    There you go, Beltran!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Garbage time HR from Beltran. Unclutch.

  • Havok9120

    Pffft. Garbage time.

  • forensic

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

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    KJ may be in on-deck circle

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Whew. Thank God.

    • TheRealGreg

      Nope. Looks like he’s fine.

  • Holy Ghost

    Carlos is worth every penny

  • YankeeDJW

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

  • Tom

    So I assume Tanaka is done?

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

    • Havok9120

      Thankfully, still out there.

    • forensic

      Just now hit 100 pitches. Maybe he’s going batter to batter? It’s been pretty unstressful for him, other than one inning.

    • Tom

      Going 1 more I guess (or at least a few batters)

  • The Guns of Navarone

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

  • Mikhel

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

    • forensic

      He was already at 107 at that point in the Cubs game. And now he’s done here at just about the same 105 point.

      • Mikhel

        Yeah, but at least that time it was worth a shot to see if he could complete the game. He usually threw more than 110 pitches in Japan. Not 150 like in the koshiens but still he could go 10 pitches more.

        • forensic

          Complete games mean nothing here. And he’s not pitching once a week like he was over there.

    • Havok9120

      rabble rabble rabble

  • YankeeDJW

    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.

  • Dan in Athens

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

  • Mikhel

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

  • Tom

    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

      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

      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

        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

        I can definitely see the 100+ pitches thing.

  • Tom

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

    And striking out ratboy is a good start!

  • The Guns of Navarone

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

    • YankeeDJW

      Hahaha.

    • Mikhel

      Hahahaha priceless!!

  • The Guns of Navarone

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

    • nycsportzfan

      In the rain no less.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Awesome, Dellin. Awesome.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Throw him a chair!

  • Havok9120

    That was awfully pretty.

  • nycsportzfan

    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

      I meant, Phelps and Warren, not Thornton.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      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.

      http://www.baseball-reference......8130.shtml

      • nycsportzfan

        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.

  • nycsportzfan

    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

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

  • Tom

    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!

    • forensic

      It might just be more than the rest of the guys in their pen needed a little rest (though this makes it 3 of 4 days for Tazawa, so that’s good for us).

      • forensic

        He also used Mujica, which makes it 3 out of 4 for him too.

  • No 2013 again

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

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

    That park is such a joke.

  • forensic

    Longest single ever? Longest single ever.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Ventura’s grand slam single was longer

      • forensic

        Oh, you and your facts…

  • Chip Rodriguez

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

  • TheRealGreg

    I agree. Solarte seems more comfortable from the left side

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Mikhel

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

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Nice Play!

  • forensic

    Nice, two bare-handers tonight.

  • TheRealGreg

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

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Chip Rodriguez

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

    • nycsportzfan

      I actually wanted Nunez over Solarte or Anna, and I was dead wrong, and happily admit it.

  • baravelli

    Betances, the Driving Cat.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Solarte is really good with his bare hand!

  • YankeeDJW

    C’mon, finish this.

  • nycsportzfan

    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.

  • forensic

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

  • will

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

  • Mikhel

    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.

  • Dan

    Tanaka is an ace in the making.