Game 22: End of the Trip

(Jared Wickerham/Getty)

(Jared Wickerham/Getty)

These last two games have been polar opposites. Almost everything went right in Tuesday’s win and then almost everything went wrong in last night’s loss. I guess I shouldn’t expect any differently from these two teams. The Yankees have split the first six games of this seven-game trip through Tampa and Boston, so tonight’s road trip finale is the difference between an okay trip and a meh trip.

Thanks to Michael Pineda‘s pine tar related suspension, the Yankees will play the next ten games with a 24-man roster. They made a series of roster moves this afternoon and appear to be going with a three-man bench and a full seven-man bullpen for the time being. That makes sense. The bullpen was worked hard last night because of Pineda’s early ejection and you’d rather run out of position players than pitchers if push comes to shove. Here is the Red Sox lineup (Shane Victorino was activated off the DL) and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. DH Alfonso Soriano
  5. 1B Mark Teixeira
  6. C Brian McCann
  7. LF Brett Gardner
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. 3B Yangervis Solarte
    LHP CC Sabathia

Like last night, it is cool, cloudy, and very windy in Boston. No rain though, and that’s the most important thing. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm ET and you can watch the game on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Notes: In case you missed it earlier, Ivan Nova will indeed have Tommy John surgery. He has been transferred to the 60-day DL … righties Shane Greene and Bruce Billings were called up while righty Preston Claiborne and infielder Dean Anna were sent down.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. RetroRob says:

    I knew Billings would show up at some point. Didn’t expect him this early.

  2. Dalek Jeter says:

    Drinking game, drink every time an announcer says “pine tar,” “suspension,” or “Michael Pineda,” chug for the amount of seconds it appears on the screen when they show the photo of Pineda’s neck from last night or his hand from last week, and finish your drink if they show the video.

  3. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    Amazing how much less confident I feel than I did just 24 hours ago.

    Baseball, ye doth be a fickle mistress.

  4. The Guns of Navarone says:

    A win tonight would really help take the sting out of last night. Gotta hope the bats continue their Jekyll and Hyde act and show up tonight after last night’s debacle. They’ll need offense tonight because I have very little confidence in CC.

  5. LarryM Fl says:

    Winning 4 of 7 from Tampa and the Red Sox would be very nice. Winning three of seven ok but disappointing. Tonight’s a new game with a new script. Hopefully a Yankee win is written.

  6. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    CC’s gotta step up tonight and show that he can beat the Sox. I fully expect the offense to stake him a lead and he has to make it stick.

  7. Dalek Jeter says:

    Dieses Spiel gewinnen wir für die große Königreich Preußen und für seine Gnade, König Friedrich der Große.

    • The Guns of Navarone says:


    • Prussian General Jordan Brink says:


      (Sung to “Team America World Police” theme song)

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Just realized, I didn’t put the translation, We win this game for the great Kingdom of Prussia and for his Grace, King Frederick The Great!

    • lightSABR says:

      Für seine Majestät, König Friedrich den Großen.

      Big moment for RAB tonight – now somebody’s grammar has been corrected in German. Also his incorrect style for Frederick – Frederick claimed the style “his majesty,” not “his grace” – just to show that I really do have way too much time on my hands.

      • Havok9120 says:

        I’ve always liked you lightSABR.

        Stepping in for me like that while I’m away at a party and upholding the meme?

        You, sir, are Good People.

  8. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    Yea, those Grand Prospect Hall commercials have become the local commercial that I absolutely loathe for this year.

  9. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    We play for Prussia. We win for the silly kid with the crap on his neck.

  10. The Other Matt says:

    Something tells me that Victorino will be a pain in the ass tonight.

    • WhittakerWalt says:


    • nycsportzfan says:

      Something tells me, CC’s gonna give us distance and quality tonight. I say Yanks win this one, and never relinquish the lead all game.

      • The Other Matt says:

        Although I would like to, I don’t know if I can agree with you wholeheartedly there. I had CC pegged for a line of 6.1 IP with 4 ER, coming into tonight. We’ll see though. Stay away from the long ball and he should be fine though, and continue to not walk anyone.

        • nycsportzfan says:

          So far, just as planned. CC doing his part, and Yanks taking lead, and never relinquishing it. Albeit, its still only the 6th inning.

          I get where you were coming from though Matt.

          • The Other Matt says:

            I give you credit, he was pretty good tonight. Aside from the walks, he did a real good job. Strikeouts and ground balls. Can’t ask for much more. I’m happy to admit that I underestimated CC tonight.

  11. Art Vandelay says:

    how did they get that photo of jeter? GET THAT CAMERA OUT OF THE TUNNEL !!!

  12. Lonn Trost's Press Secretary says:

    Geez. Check out the guy in green sweatshirt behind the plate. YIKES

  13. WhittakerWalt says:

    Guhh, the weak grounders are back.

  14. King George says:

    I know I’ll be called an idiot because I’ve been on this board for a long while, but what is the Prussia meaning? I’ve always seen it…I just don’t like being the guy to laugh at inside jokes!

    • Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

      Ur n idito.

      Sorry, that’s another internet joke.

      It’s something that regular poster Havok started last year. If he shows up, he could explain it better.

      • Winter says:

        H was studying Prussia one night and said it. The Yankees won that night, and re next couple of time he said it, so it stuck.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      It’s a meme that started early last season. The Yankees seemingly did well when we dedicated games to Prussia after a game where Havok compared the underdog 2013 Yankees to the Prussian army in the Franco-Prussian war. We have since gotten more and more intricate, and if you go back and look at games this season when we haven’t mentioned Prussia or have been lazy about it, we have lost. Who are we to argue with the Baseball Gods.

  15. WhittakerWalt says:

    He’s booted that bad-hop grounder like he’s been doing it his whole life.

    • Tom says:

      Dammit! Beat me to it!

      Has the official scorer been let go yet? He does know that’s a “hit” in Fenway. Bogaerts stats as a rookie trumps Doubront’s stats – duh!

  16. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    I proclaim that every Yankees game should start this way.

  17. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Nice. Get hot Sori.

  18. Chip Rodriguez says:

    Nice way to start, Sori.

  19. The Other Matt says:

    Soriano has had some nice swings of late, when he hasn’t swung at balls in the other batter’s box.

  20. Yangeddard Solarte says:


  21. nycsportzfan says:

    Like I said last night, were pretty good against Doubrount, and I figured we’d take care of business tonight and take the series. Doubrount isn’t anything special.

  22. nycsportzfan says:

    Sori driving in runs, like he do!

  23. Giancarlo Murphy says:

    Looks like Doubront could use some sort of substance to give himself a better grip.

  24. The Guns of Navarone says:

    This is the Doubront I know and love. He’s their Ivan Nova.

  25. Prussian General Jordan Brink says:

    Derek…..you alright?

  26. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    Is it me or did CC put a few pounds back on?

  27. King George says:

    Damn, should have used pine tar CC!

  28. The Guns of Navarone says:


  29. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    I thought CC might get retaliation for what transpired yesterday. I applaud him for standing up for the club.

  30. nsalem says:

    3rd time Ortiz has been hit since beginning of 2011

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      By the Yankees? Can’t be the total number.

      • Tom says:

        He’s been hit 3 times in 198 games against the Yankees.

        A big deal of it was made several years ago when they had never hit him. Which led to him getting plunked that series and him bitching to the press abut bringing it up.

  31. Get Phelps Up says:

    Wrigley is the obvious answer for me.

  32. The Other Matt says:

    Nice to see Brett Gardner actually work a walk for all the times he just goes up to the plate and looks at pitches.

  33. vicki says:

    yay stupid future former transfer rule!!

  34. King George says:

    Transfer rule helps us out. Ok.

  35. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Doubront is all over the place. Need to take advantage.

  36. Mykey says:

    Wow, that rule change is just so terrible.

  37. Luisergi says:

    Give Gardner the steal sign for christ sake! he won’t do it alone.

  38. WhittakerWalt says:

    This transfer rule is a pile of suck.

  39. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    YES! The old transfer rule benefits us this time.

  40. The Guns of Navarone says:

    YEEEESSSSSS! Doubront’s not long for this game.

  41. Lonn Trost's Press Secretary says:

    Who is the shmuck who came up with this transfer rule?

  42. Mykey says:

    Solarte’s back everybody!

  43. King George says:

    Never nervous…

  44. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    Is Solarte’s bat back?

  45. nsalem says:

    The boys back on track.

  46. Prussian General Jordan Brink says:


    Good plate appearance as well.

  47. WhittakerWalt says:

    Lil’ Abner reference by Old Man Sterling. He’s got his finger on the pulse.

  48. nsalem says:

    3 times since 2011 all games not just yankees

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      Wow that’s just… that’s nuts.

      Especially when I looked at last year’s leaders and saw Choo got plunked 26 times haha

  49. PFOJ says:

    Man, it didn’t matter but the route Gomes took there was awful.

  50. The Other Matt says:

    Impressive AB there by Solarte. Took some pitches, fouled off a few pitches, and comes away with a two run double. Nice to see him get around on a pitch batting right handed, where he hasn’t really swung the bat all that well. Trying to figure out if had to do with facing Jon Lester twice, or if he really isn’t as good a hitter righty as he is lefty.

  51. Cuso says:

    Yangervitude back yo workin ABs

  52. MP says:

    HELL of an AB by Solarte, and the YES booth paying no attention at all. On 3-2, fouled off a fastball, a curve, and a cutter before the double.

  53. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Solarte battling here. He could hit a base knock and some RBIS.

  54. No 2013 again says:

    Solarte! Welcome back buddy!

  55. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    YES! YES! SOLARTE IS BACK!!!!!!!!!

  56. mustang says:

    SOLAR !!!!!

    All needed was day off


  57. Cuso says:

    Boston scorer says…..

  58. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Get this run in!!! Doubront has absolutely nothing tonight.

  59. Tom says:

    Not great but alright bey Ellsbury.

    Jeter needs to get this run home.

  60. The Other Matt says:

    Guy in the stands near where the ball bounced in, when Napoli was trying to catch it, looked kind of like Derek Lowe.

  61. Mykey says:

    Wait, what?

  62. Dalek Jeter says:

    Come one Beltran, let’s pile on early! Plus, you need to celebrate your Birthday!

  63. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Joe gonna win another challenge. Solarte will score. Keep pouring it on.

  64. CashmanNinja says:

    The fact that the ball was able to go THAT far back should prove to the naked eye that it didn’t hit Beltran. It wouldn’t be possible for it to ricochet like that if it hit Beltran on the foot.

  65. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Although replay takes forever sometimes, I’m so glad it’s part of the game now. These ups man… You wonder how they can honk up so many calls.

  66. King George says:

    These umpires sometimes make some seriously bizarre and, quite frankly, boneheaded calls. This wasn’t even close!

  67. Dalek Jeter says:

    Are foul balls challengable?

  68. PFOJ says:

    Not even sure what to cheer for here, free pass for Beltran isn’t bad either.

  69. The Guns of Navarone says:

    What on earth can they be looking at?

  70. Cuso says:

    Phil Cuzzi looks like F. Murray Abraham

  71. No 2013 again says:

    All those calls being overturned are just more evidence that umpires suck at their jobs.

  72. No 2013 again says:

    What an awful call… that should be reversed easily.

  73. Tom says:

    I thought HBP was not reviewable? Or foul tips for that matter?

  74. The Other Matt says:

    Excuse my french, but: How in the fuck could you presume that the pitch was foul tipped and/or a check swing? I need answers…

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      Bad umpiring. It’s actually quite common.

      • The Other Matt says:

        A bit all too common. At least they got it right on the review. Well the people in New York did.

        • The Guns of Navarone says:

          Yeah I’m waiting for when they review it and don’t get it right. Farrell whines a lot but if/when that happens to the Yanks I’ll be furious.

          • The Other Matt says:

            I’ve seen it happen a few times already. One that comes to mind is when the Yankees played in Toronto and Thole not only blocked the plate, but the runner (I believe McCann) looked to be safe from a certain angle.

            • The Guns of Navarone says:

              Yup I remember that. I think I remember that Girardi didn’t challenge the block of the plate and that’s why he wasn’t called safe… or something like that.

              • The Other Matt says:

                Exactly. He challenged one but not the other.

                • forensic says:

                  Nope. A challenge covers all portions of a play. The manager doesn’t say what part he’s challenging. He just challenges and the review looks at everything involved in it.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I think that was more Michael not knowing what was going on to say “foul tip.”

      • The Other Matt says:

        Ironically, after I wrote what I did, initially, that dawned on me.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Silly us to think that the play by play guy would know what happened on exactly the previous pitch, right?

          • The Other Matt says:

            I don’t know man. You are talking about Michael Kay “The Orcacle” here.

          • forensic says:

            Why is everything about Kay being clueless? The Red Sox guys didn’t know if it was a foul tip or a HBP either.

            • Dalek Jeter says:

              Because Beltran hadn’t even lifted the bat from his shoulder.

              • forensic says:

                Well, I didn’t see the pitch so I can’t speculate. But, you can still have a foul tip without the bat moving from your shoulder. And, they’re just trying to interpret what the umpires were doing and calling. That involved both runners going back and Beltran still standing at the plate, so it’s fair to figure based on that that a foul tip was called.

  75. Tom says:

    Regardless of the outcome, there is one certainty:

    John Farrell will not think it’s fair (unless they rule a double play somehow)

  76. nsalem says:

    That should not have taken so long.

  77. nsalem says:

    We need all the runs we can get. Have a feeling this is going to be a long and high scoring game. Hope I’m wrong.

  78. Mick taylor says:

    Luv instant replay.it means umpscannot screw yankslike on Beltran playBeltran will get hit in this game in retaliation for mrpeds ortiz hit by pitch.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I recognize some of these words!

    • Mr. Roth says:

      That’s the 3rd time EVER that Ortiz has been hit by a Yankee pitcher.

      I’m hoping this is the season that we at least double that number.

      • The Guns of Navarone says:

        And all three need to be thrown by Betances. Like a Joba/Youkilis thing. Just throw at him every time you face him.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        I get why people want to see Ortiz hit, make him uncomfortable, makes you feel good, whatever…but I don’t like giving away baserunners. Especially to face the opposing team’s 4 or 5 hole hitter.

        • Mr. Roth says:

          I want him hit at the right times. Late in games that are blowouts, situations that you might consider intentionally walking him, etc…

  79. nsalem says:

    45 minutes and 9 outs recorded.

  80. No 2013 again says:

    4-run lead and Sabathia walks the leadoff guy. That’s pathetic.

  81. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Man, CC can’t even crack 88 on his fastball. And I don’t think that’s his two-seamer either. I haven’t seen him throw a pitch harder than 88mph.

  82. The Guns of Navarone says:

    I know what you’re thinking, David Ross. Don’t do it. Don’t you dare.

  83. Dalek Jeter says:


  84. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Yeah Teix!!! FREAKIN LOVE THAT GUY!!!

  85. The Other Matt says:

    Well that answers the question Mike asked, and answered for that matter, as to who would hit a home run first, Ellsury or Teixeira.

  86. Kevin says:

    stellar commentating on that home run, Kay

  87. Tom says:

    Nice job bouncing back… but he can’t be walking people in this park and expect to get away with it consistently.

  88. Dalek Jeter says:

    If Gardner doesn’t steal here I may actually cry.

  89. Yangeddard Solarte says:


  90. Mykey says:

    Wait, they called that a hit?

  91. Tom says:

    “Infield single”

    I get the hometown scorer cooking the books for guys like Pedroia, but the opposing team too?

  92. Mykey says:

    Golden sombrero yesterday, bomb today. It’s almost as if he bats better righty.

  93. Dalek Jeter says:


  94. The Other Matt says:

    Nice to see Gardner steal one. Without a throw even. *Slow Claps*

  95. King George says:

    Bats are alive and well today, ladies and gentlemen.

  96. Dalek Jeter says:

    Serious question, when was Gardner’s last stolen base?

  97. nsalem says:

    Brian’s really good the last couple of weeks. Hope he stays healthy

  98. King George says:

    Gardner hasn’t stolen in a while. Now he’s just saying “F*** it”

  99. Dalek Jeter says:


  100. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    Killin’ it!

  101. JGYank says:

    Tex homers and Gardy steals 2 bags. Happy now everyone?

    • JGYank says:

      Roberts threw in a single as well just for good measure.

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      All is as it should be.

      • JGYank says:

        Considering we are about to put the RS further into the basement and increase our lead in the division I would agree. They just don’t have the same vibe as last year.

        • The Guns of Navarone says:

          Not at all. And after a season where just about everything went their way it’s to be expected.

          • JGYank says:

            They lost Ells, Drew, and Salty. Combine that with the fact they should regress because they had good luck last year and guys like Ortiz and Uehara shouldn’t be as good this year, and they were bound to come back to earth. Thought they will still be pretty good though but they are better than they have played.

  102. forensic says:

    Shocking news: Sterling and Waldman ‘REALLY like this team!’.

  103. forensic says:

    What happened? Sterling said they were making the pitching change, but then nothing happened.

  104. Mr. Roth says:

    Slowly but surely Brian Roberts will pull his numbers up to a respectable level. The guy is seeing the ball way too well to not hit all year.

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      Yeah I agree. With the ABs he puts together day in and day out you figure all he needs is his health a little bit of luck

  105. Cuso says:

    “Ok, A-Rod. We’ll keep you around for 2015 if you split your paycheck with Yangervis.”

  106. Get Phelps Up says:

    This is beautiful.

  107. mustang says:


    There Defense is horrible !!

    Do you miss Jacoby Ellsbury?

  108. King George says:

    Getting ugly.

  109. Dalek Jeter says:

    Woot!!! Love when Bad Doubront shows up.

  110. Tom says:


    Keep pilling this shit on! Ellsbury needs to take 3rd now… just because he can!

  111. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Lineup really showed what it can do when fully healthy. Teix with the added power, Sori with the double, Solarte contributing from the 9 hole. Speed on the base paths. Great ballgame after last night’s debacle.

  112. nsalem says:

    I still don’t see this game as a lock to win. I hope they keep on scoring. Game is on pace to being close to 5 hours (which probably won’t happen)

  113. nsalem says:

    Bradley is having a really bad series defensively. He looked bad on Tuesday when he lost his balance 3 different times.

    • Widget says:

      It’s because he’s not a very good player. Just an over hyped Red Sox prospect.

      • forensic says:

        I don’t usually buy into all that stuff, but I actually do think he’s a result of it. I don’t see much in his history that screams great (or maybe even good) big leaguer to me.

  114. Cuso says:

    The commentary has devolved.

  115. The Other Matt says:

    I love David Cone’s personality on the telecast. And Paul O’Neill when he is in the booth, as well.

    • Mykey says:

      Kenny, Paulie and David is my favorite booth. A rare treat though.

      • The Other Matt says:

        Kenny Singleton is also a joy to listen to, as well. His intellect of the game is enjoyable, and his stories which he shares are also a treat, as he doesn’t do it too much to bear.

  116. Charles R. says:

    THIS team though. Fuck the haters!

  117. Johnny says:

    Gotta love Joe Maddon’s tweet: “I’m in favor of legalizing pine tar, but it’s usage may have to begin with the Rockies and Mariners.”

  118. Mykey says:

    It feels like it’s been at least half an hour since the booth talked about something that’s happening in the game.

  119. Cuso says:

    That was a God-awful ball 3 called to Pedroia.

  120. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    CC getting screwed with ball/strike calls this inning.

  121. Cuso says:

    Shut up pink hats.

  122. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Pedroia can do his hop into oncoming traffic for all I care

  123. Dalek Jeter says:

    There goes the No-no. lol

  124. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Just don’t hang that slider CC. Need to limit the damage. Don’t want to watch him cruise along and then a walk here a hit there and then BAM

  125. ALZ says:

    meh. they ahead by 6 still. Just try get innings, and prevent the big innings, a run here and there won’t kill them.

  126. Dalek Jeter says:

    Too bad Ells doesn’t have that accurate of an arm, if that ball is on the plate it’s a bang bang play.

  127. JGYank says:

    I hate 0-2 hits.

  128. Cuso says:

    Carlos looks angry in that freeze frame

  129. No 2013 again says:

    0-2 pitch down the middle.. CC is still mediocre

  130. Mykey says:

    Wow, what a strange looking man by Beltran as he almost got that foul ball.

  131. The Other Matt says:

    Good play by Jeter to chase Victorino back to the bag.

  132. Dalek Jeter says:

    That’s all you get CC. Slam the door here please.

  133. Tom says:

    Damn lead off walk… two innings in a row.

    You just can’t do it in this park with a big lead. Even if Ratboy hits a popup over the Monster you have to make him hit his way on. He got away with it last inning and it burned him this inning.

  134. TheRealGreg says:

    Crappy 0-2 pitch.

  135. Mykey says:

    So, potentially stupid question coming up here; when a pitcher loses velocity on his fastball like CC, does he try to alter his change up by slowing it down a couple MPH to maintain the separation in velocity? Is that possible/difficult to accomplish?

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I would imagine that he’d try…but I know nothing about the biomechanics of pitching, so I have no idea if it’s possible.

    • Axis of Mike says:

      I think it’s a good question, and I’d guess that it’d be not too hard to do, but IMHO, CC needs to develop a big slow curveball to be effective again. If he doesn’t figure something out he’s gonna become a millstone for the Yanks.

  136. Axis of Mike says:

    Hopefully it doesn’t mean much for this game, but that 0-2 pitch really didn’t help the argument much for CC. Even a rookie pitcher would’ve probably wasted a couple to see if they could get a swing and miss. What he was trying to do I can’t say but he’s gonna need this kinda run support if he keeps doing that against good hitters. Sheesh.

  137. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    And don’t count out Solarte for ROY, Michael.

  138. Cuso says:

    Keep swinging beet-chez!

  139. Dalek Jeter says:

    CC cruises for 2 2/3rds, not one word.

    1 bad 0-2 pitch? Everybody freaks the fuck out.

    • Axis of Mike says:

      Logically, why would there be one word when he’s cruising? I made a comment and, while I typed it, didn’t feel freaked out, but your point is taken. Mine was that the Sox can score runs fast, especially if you pitch like that to them, that is all.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        It’s a valid point. My comment was more aimed at “no 2013 again” types who literally show up when a player they dislike or the team in general is struggling then immediately disappear as soon as that changes.

        • No 2013 again says:

          When has he been cruising? Maybe you are not watching the game. He hasn’t been “cruising” since 2012.

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            Through the first 2 2/3rds while guys where swinging and missing left and right and he was inducing weak contact and the baserunners were 2 walks on close pitches and a HBP.

    • No 2013 again says:

      He has walked 3, hit a batter and allowed 2 doubles in 3 innings. He’s hardly “cruising”

  140. Cuso says:

    Abreu will be ROY

  141. No 2013 again says:

    The Yankees should strongly consider platooning Tex and KJ. Tex is worthless as a LHB.

  142. Tom says:

    Bottom of the order, CC needs a quick inning here.

  143. nsalem says:

    wow 91mph

  144. Axis of Mike says:

    I hope this offense stays hot, and that Vidal Nuno or some young pitcher emerges to save our bacon while Big Knucklehead cools his heels.

  145. TheRealGreg says:

    CC is getting nothing borderline. He needs that now.

  146. Cuso says:

    Is Cuzzi going to flinch at every CC offering and “almost” call strikes?

  147. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Don’t eyeball fuck CC or he’ll thump your skull for you

    • King George says:

      Yeah, wtf was that? Bradley is a fringe player in his second year (actually, he didn’t even play all of last year). Chill out.

      • The Guns of Navarone says:

        Especially an 87mph two-seamer that got you right on the numbers. Textbook HBP. Definitely needs to chill.

  148. Axis of Mike says:

    My girlfriend asked how old Fenway is. I hadda look it up. 1912. Geez…

  149. Dalek Jeter says:

    Moar Runs plz?

  150. Cuso says:

    That’s the second time Pedroia struck out looking tonight!

    Oh, wait.

  151. Karl Krawfid says:

    CC is turning into a bigger blacker Andy Pettitte and i’m fucking excited.

  152. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Phil Cuzzi…

  153. Dalek Jeter says:

    This strike zone is upsetting me. It’s been moving around all night.

  154. nsalem says:

    Why should the Yankees consider platooning Tex and KJ??? Tex OPS righties in 2012 which wqas his worst year was .770. Johnson has been anywhere near that number since 2010. Tex at his worst is a better hitter than Johnson. If you include the differences in their defense your points are very off base.

  155. No 2013 again says:

    Pedroia dives for everything. So unnecessary.

  156. Dalek Jeter says:

    Man, to be young, rich, relatively good looking, and a professional baseball player for the New York Yankees and live in NYC.

  157. Karl Krawfid says:

    We watched Moose do what CC is doing. Learning how to pitch with low velo. CC will be good.

  158. Tom says:

    Nice inning. Should be able to get through 6innings now.

  159. Karl Krawfid says:

    The Mccanimal with a hell of a frame job

  160. Cuso says:

    Nice to go thru 2,3,4 like that right there. That’s huge. Hopefully is will speed this game towards conclusion.

  161. The Other Matt says:

    I just want to say thanks to Keith for all the beers, I mean, years. LMAO

  162. nycsportzfan says:

    I missed the Tex blast, was it a drive?

  163. nycsportzfan says:

    CC continues his streak of striking out at least 6 in every start hes made so far. Not bad for no velocity, ey?

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      Hell yeah. And he’s picked it up in the last three innings, too. Not bad considering Phil Cuzzi’s strikezone moves at will

      • nycsportzfan says:

        We’ve certainly seen some great pitching at times this yr. Tanaka, Pineda, Betances(crazy stuff!), and now CC pitching like Dandy Andy would. Good stuff.

  164. Karl Krawfid says:

    Looking like Cliff Lee now.

    2 seamer in to freeze them.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Just needs to be a bit more economic. If he can get it so he’s ending 7IP with 106 pitches, that would be amazing.

  165. nycsportzfan says:

    Dandy Andy, I mean CC pitching bad ass tonight!

  166. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Great outing for CC. Got us through 6 with a five run lead and now someone in the pen can mop it up.

  167. Chip Rodriguez says:

    CC’s done a fine job.

  168. Chip Rodriguez says:

    McCann laughs at the shift, again.

  169. Dalek Jeter says:

    Gardner’s just like “wait, that’s a ball this time? Okay?”

  170. TheRealGreg says:

    Would you have Roberts bunt here?

  171. nycsportzfan says:

    Yet another oppo field hit for Bri guy.

  172. No 2013 again says:

    Love McCann going the other way. Hopefully opposing teams will stop shifting.

  173. TWTR says:

    Shift that, baby.

  174. mustang says:


    where is forensic ????


  175. nycsportzfan says:

    5th error!!lol

  176. The Guns of Navarone says:

    EXACTLY what this team needed

  177. Dalek Jeter says:

    God, they’re worse than like the Bad News Bears out there.

  178. nycsportzfan says:

    Holy shit, Solartes having some start to the yr.lol

  179. Dalek Jeter says:

    Cap’n getting in! 2 more runs!

  180. mustang says:



    Where is the hitting streak at now?

  181. Holy Ghost says:

    Glad I started Solarte on my fantasy team tonight

  182. Dalek Jeter says:

    SOLO and ELLS blowing it open! Maybe squeeze one more inning out of CC then go to one of the guys we called up tonight to finish it up and give all of our key bullpen guys a night off.

    • ALZ says:

      cc already at 106 through 6, just pull him and throw Greene out there. Guy was a starter and they have a huge lead, who cares if he lets some runs in, it’s mopup duty.

  183. nycsportzfan says:

    Tonight will help Solartes avg a bit from the right side.

    • The Other Matt says:

      Yes it will. Looking like maybe it’s Lester that gives him trouble from the right side more than anything. No shame in that. His at bats have looked a lot better here tonight than they did Tuesday.

  184. Tom says:

    Have they just “Bruce Billings-proofed” this game?

  185. Tom says:

    Nice! Day off did him some good apparently.

    I would say garbage time… but I don’t think there is such a thing in Fenway

    And the hits just keep on coming….

  186. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    I usually find blowouts boring but I’m rather enjoying this.

  187. nycsportzfan says:

    Super stoked for Shane Greene now!!!lol Couldent of worked out more perfect!

  188. nycsportzfan says:

    This team is a blast! When they’re bad, they are bad, but they sure do mix in some really good baseball in between.

  189. Karl Krawfid says:

    Sox have 3 hits folks

  190. The Other Matt says:

    Solarte and Jeter doing my fantasy team some justice. I’m loving it!

  191. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nice work by CC. 2 runs in 6 innings–at Fenway– and it’s the “new” CC. Not too shabby, I’d say.

  192. Chip Rodriguez says:

    Keep piling it on!

  193. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Love, love, love coming into Fenway and bullying the Red Sox.

  194. Lukaszek says:


  195. Tom says:

    I’m just not seeing good defensive SS watching Bogaerts play (albeit in limited time). I don’t think he’ll be bad, but it was made to sound like he was really good when he came up.

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      Nonsense. Only Yankees prospects are overrated.

    • ALZ says:

      Many evaporators said he would probably end up moving to 3B within a few years, because they expect him to outgrow it. He is a bat first prospect, but that is valuable at ss.

  196. Roy Munson says:

    What is the history b/t CC and Jackie Bradley.?

    • Tom says:

      I was curious about that too… Was it Cone who just kind of dropped that comment and didn’t elaborate on it all?

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      I don’t think there’s much of one. I can remember CC hit him once before. They’re trying to keep people tuned in during a blowout.

    • The Other Matt says:

      CC has seemed a bit perturbed by Bradley’s presence in the past. He did work some very tough at bats against in the opener last season, as David, Michael, and Leiter mentioned. I remember last season at the Stadium, when CC struck out Bradley he cursed at him as he walked off the mound, but not in his direction. And it wasn’t one of those pump myself up curses, it was go sit the fuck down type of moments. Furthermore, last series at the Stadium when CC struck him out, he called him, verbatim, “Sorry ass motherfucker.” So it does seem to me that Bradley gets under CC’s skin a little bit. Don’t mind it at all though him disliking Bradley, if that is the case.

      Here is the video from last time with him calling Bradley a punk ass MF


  197. lightSABR says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, that was Xander Bogaerts, Rookie of the Year.

  198. nycsportzfan says:

    Anyone have Yangervis Solarte being tied for team lead in RBI’s towards end of April?

  199. ALZ says:

    This guy is sending nothing into the zone.

  200. Holy Ghost says:

    What I like most about this Yankees team is their ability to score runs without hitting many homers. Very happy with the lineup so far…

  201. lightSABR says:

    Not impressed with this ump’s strike zone.

    Also, Breslow has now thrown 40 pitches and gotten 2 outs.

    • Chip Rodriguez says:

      Breslow really looked uncomfortable out there. A tiny part of John Farrell must have thought it would be nice if his pitchers had something to help their grip in the cold.

      • lightSABR says:

        Cashman and Girardi said all the right things about not holding Pineda’s ejection against Boston against them – it’s a classy team I cheer for, and I like that.

        But if I saw a a hint a Boston pitcher had something on his hand, I’d be having the ump check him every freaking inning.

  202. Cuso says:

    I didn’t say weird! I said….not weird.

  203. Dalek Jeter says:

    I cannot believe it’s only the 7th inning.

  204. nycsportzfan says:

    Who in the world didn’t see Twins signing of Hughes and Nolasco as a train wreck waiting to happen? Just so stupid.lol

  205. RkyMtnYank says:

    Kid probably still can’t feel his feet touching the ground.

  206. ALZ says:

    Nice to see Greene finally.

  207. TheRealGreg says:

    FFS Warren

  208. Mikhel says:

    I wonder what Jeter told Greene that made him smile.

    Aaaaaaand another Jeter error vs Boston.

  209. Dalek Jeter says:

    Shane, I can’t abide you walking my nemesis, I need you to go walk down those dark stairs by Cesar Cabral. -CC Sabathia

  210. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    There’s been a whole heaping lot of sloppy baseball tonight.

  211. Dalek Jeter says:


  212. The Other Matt says:

    Jeter (in my Ferris Bueller’s Day Off voice)

  213. Holy Ghost says:

    12-2 in the 7th inning. Why is Jeter still in the game?

    • TheRealGreg says:

      Dean Anna was sent down.

    • Tom says:

      Probably because the Yankees have one backup IF on the roster.

      Short bench for the next 10 games with the Pineda stuff. One IF, one OF, one C. Probably will still see it in the OF with Ichiro, but Girardi’s probably going to not be doing much subbing for IF’s or you’ll have another chance at Beltran at 1st (or Muprhy at 3rd?)

  214. Cuso says:

    Come on guys. This kid doesn’t need bonehead shit play right now.

  215. nsalem says:

    I wonder how many times in baseball history that 2 Shanes have faced each other.

  216. TheRealGreg says:

    Would not have brought in Greene this early.

    Maybe the 9th.

  217. nsalem says:

    Herrara has now Carroll Hardy in Boston History as a relative uknown PHing for an all time great.

  218. Dalek Jeter says:

    Damnit Shane.

  219. Dalek Jeter says:

    Breaking out the Coney perfect game footage. Love it.

  220. TheRealGreg says:

    Why did Joe bring in him in the 7th. BRING HIM IN IN THE NINTH when the game is in hand.

    If we lose this game….

  221. The Other Matt says:

    Watch Shane Greene become the next good/great Yankees reliever. And one day we’ll think back to tonight, in Fenway, in a 12-2 game, when he couldn’t throw a strike to save his life, and had a ground ball out booted by the HOF Derek Jeter.

  222. TheRealGreg says:

    I have seen the Red Sox come back SO MANY times at Fenway.

    You heard the crowd beginning to rumble there. If that had fallen in, it would have gotten louder and louder.

  223. Dalek Jeter says:

    Butterfield is only conservative when to compared to Robby “Fuck it send everybody always” Thompson.

  224. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    I guess they’re trying to make it interesting.

  225. ALZ says:

    Don’t freak out. They still have 7 run lead.

  226. Tom says:

    Good job by Joe not waiting too long there. If they were down, maybe you leave Greene in and see if he can right the ship.

  227. swizmo says:

    Can someone fill me in on the origins of the CC/JBJ beef? Been looking around online and only found the video of CC calling him a sorry ass motherfucker. CC doesn’t seem the type to show his teeth without being provoked. What did JBJ do?

    • Mikhel says:

      Maybe when Jackie Bradley Jr. debuted last season and had a Ciriaco-like streak against the Yankees. I remember CC yelling at him, but thats it.

  228. Tom says:

    So Pierzynski is the defensive catcher on their team now?

  229. Tom says:

    Keep booing Fenway… Ellbury seems to be quite unnerved by it!

  230. No 2013 again says:

    Goddamn is this some sloppy baseball..

  231. nycsportzfan says:

    4runs scored for BROB tonight. Hes getting hot.

  232. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    I think I’ve seen more passed balls tonight than any other game.

  233. nycsportzfan says:

    Holy shit, they are warming up Carp.lol

  234. ALZ says:

    Carp is warming up!

  235. nycsportzfan says:

    Any chance we see DROB just to get a inn under his belt, in a pretty stress free game?

  236. Dalek Jeter says:

    I don’t like that Warren was back out there. Give Betances a shot at back to back days, or let Billings pick up some innings before he’s put on the shelf to caddy Phelps.

  237. lightSABR says:

    Sweet! Newbie fan admission: I’ve never watched a position player pitch before.

  238. nsalem says:

    This should be fun

  239. Tom says:

    Jackie Bradley Jr…

    Remember when he had an OPS early on around .900 and there were some thinking maybe something was clicking with him at the plate after his struggles last year?

    He now has an OPS under .600 (or has what is known as Grady Sizemore-itis).

  240. TheRealGreg says:

    McCann was safe but we want to go home

  241. Mikhel says:

    is he pitching a knucleball also?

  242. Dalek Jeter says:

    Am I the only one who hopes this gets really ugly?

  243. TheRealGreg says:

    Oh we are going to see David Robertson

  244. Mikhel says:

    Dean Anna pitched for the Yankees last week. Wade Boggs twice pitched.

  245. lightSABR says:

    Yeah, this ump’s strike zone has “I want to go to bed” written all over it.

  246. The Other Matt says:

    The Yanks should steal home. LMAO

  247. Dalek Jeter says:

    hahahaha Carp’s getting squeezed now. This is fantastic.

  248. The Other Matt says:

    If he had of struck out Ellsbury their crowd would’ve went freaking nuts.

  249. nsalem says:

    Would it not be better for the RedSox to pull their players off the field and forfeit the game rather than risk the health of Carp’s arm to finish it. Wonder how much they would be fined if they did that.

  250. Captain Turbohiro Tanaka says:

    The YES announcers have been going on some strange tangents tonight.

    • ALZ says:

      The NESN guy spent an inning talking on his cell phone about scarfs.

      • lightSABR says:

        They pull that kind of nonsense all the time. I remember one spring training game where they went whole at-bats with the camera on the booth, not showing the game.

  251. nycsportzfan says:

    Is 12bbs a record for a game?

  252. Dalek Jeter says:

    I mean…thanks for the free inning in Fantasy…but apart from that I hate this move.

    • The Other Matt says:

      Same here. I’m starting to think you and I have damn near the same fantasy team roster.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Hehe, seriously. How are you doing in your league? I’m currently 2nd in my division and 4th overall in the league.

        • The Other Matt says:

          Almost the same. Second in divison, and third in the league. Though this week I’m up 8-1-1 on the guy that’s ahead of me in the division.

  253. nycsportzfan says:

    5-2 against the blosox.

  254. The Other Matt says:

    Did somebody just propose to a lady behind the plate?

  255. nycsportzfan says:

    Awesome game! I still can’t get 12bb’s wrapped around my mind.lol

  256. The Other Matt says:

    Girardi trying to put the moves on Suzyn Waldman. I see you Joe.

  257. Joe says:

    I missed the last 4 innings, why the hell was McCann playing first base?

  258. ALZ says:

    2/3 in Fenway. I’m content with that.

  259. forensic says:

    That helps get rid of some of the bad pine tar taste!

  260. Chip Rodriguez says:

    5 out of 7 against the Sox so far, and 4 for 7 on a road trip that included the Trop house of horror.

    I’ll take that any day.

    Quality outing from CC to get the ship back on track after yesterday’s embarrassment, and the hitters all came to play. Nice to see production all over the lineup.

    • Evan3457 says:

      Don’t look now, but CC pitched a good game in Tampa, and a good game in Boston.

      In the same season.

      On the same trip.

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