Apr
04

Game Four: TANAKA

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For most of the winter, we didn’t even know if Masahiro Tanaka would be made available. We heard the Yankees wanted him early in the offseason, but MLB and NPB decided to revise the posting system, and no one could be posted until that was compete. It took weeks and at one point it appeared there would be no agreement. Eventually it all got sorted out and Tanaka became available.

After months of rumors, the Yankees and Tanaka agreed to a record seven-year contract worth $155M. The team has to pay another $20M to the Rakuten Golden Eagles on top of that. It isn’t just the largest contract ever given to an international player (by $87M!), it was the fourth largest pitching contract in baseball history at the time. Brian Cashman tried to downplay expectations by saying Tanaka could be a solid number three starter this year, but c’mon, you don’t give a guy that much money without expecting an immediate impact.

Tanaka’s ascent to the top of the Yankees’ rotation officially begins tonight, when he makes his first start of the season. Spring Training was a success and he has handled everything well by all accounts, but now it’s time for him to show why so many teams were willing to sink nine-figures into him. Despite all of his experience and success in Japan, I’m sure there will be some nerves in his first MLB start. How could there not be? He’s only human.

Joe Girardi told Dan Barbarisi the flight up from Houston was one of the bumpiest of his career — he called it the “knuckleball express” — so it’s good Tanaka flew ahead of the team earlier this week. The rest of the Yankees weren’t so lucky. Derek Jeter is getting a scheduled day of rest after playing three straight games, which is a good idea given his injuries and the turf. The struggling Alfonso Soriano is sitting as well. Ichiro Suzuki and Yangervis Solarte are each getting another start after being yesterday’s offensive heroes. Here is the Blue Jays lineup and here is Joe Girardi’s lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. DH Carlos Beltran
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. 1B Mark Teixeira
  6. 3B Kelly Johnson
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 2B Yangervis Solarte
  9. SS Dean Anna
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

It has been pouring in Toronto all day, so the Rogers Centre roof will be closed. At some point the Yankees will play a game outdoors. I think. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and, depending on where you live, MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • forensic

    So excited for this game. Really starting to wish I had taken tonight off so I could watch him live instead on DVR.

  • Dr TJ Eckleberg

    Wtf kind of lineup is that?!

    • WhittakerWalt

      I’m guessing it’s the “defense first/old guys don’t want to play on turf” lineup.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Hey, I don’t see the names “Reid Brignac,” “Alberto Gonzalez,” or “Luis Cruz” in it.

      • forensic

        They’re just spelled a little differently, look for “Dean Anna” and “Yangervis Solarte”…

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Or “Sam Pearce”. Or even “Steve Pearce”.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Batting clean up. That seriously had to be one of the worst Yankee line ups I ever saw.

    • vicki

      yeah, that’s a spring training lineup. but hey, spring training went pretty well.

    • nycsportzfan

      Its give guys a break because they are playing 13straight games, and just traveled pretty far, and they are facing a RH pitcher, so its lefty heavy. Smart.

      • Dale Mohorcic

        Yankees score double digits tonight.

        • nycsportzfan

          They are almost halfway there, only through 3. Could be right on.

    • Dan

      Apparently the team didn’t get in until 5 AM, and they hit some horrible turbulence. So I’m not surprised guys are getting the day off.

  • RetroRob

    It’s a cook book!

  • BFDeal

    Excited to see Tanaka tonight.

    On a side note: I can’t believe the Red Sox made the beards part of their WS rings.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Because of course they did.

    • forensic

      You can’t? To me it seems like a very Red Sox kind of thing to do. I’m half surprised it doesn’t say “This is our fucking city” on them.

      • BFDeal

        Yeah, I should have expected it…

      • WhittakerWalt

        Or “Big Papi’s the only black person we like.”

        Sorry, that was cheap.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Gotta say, I really like the top 5 of that line up. Put Sori 6th, Jeets 7th, Kelley 8th, and Roberts 9th and I’d love it.

    /continues beating dead horse

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      No no, Shawn Kelley pitches the 8th, not bats in the 8th slot.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Whoops…Kelly Johnson** my mind isn’t all there today or ever.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          It’s a Friday evening. I’ll pardon it.

    • CashmanNinja

      As much as I think Tex will rebound a bit…I think 5th is just way too high for him. Even with Sori not playing I think I’d still drop him to 6th or 7th in that lineup since his swing just doesn’t look right yet.

      • forensic

        Even with Tex’s ability down, there’s still nobody below him in the lineup that I would necessarily move above him. Even with Soriano in there, I’d keep him up there (I expect Soriano to have a pretty bad, maybe even terrible, year that people will somehow be surprised at).

        • Dalek Jeter

          Meh, I still expect .250/.300/.450 with at least 25 bombs and 85-95 RBI. He’s not going to be great, but there is a bit of value there.

          • CashmanNinja

            I’ll be honest…the wrist scares the shit out of me. It really looks like he’s holding back, yet he’s still trying to pull every freaking pitch (damn that shift). I truly think he’d be muchhhh more productive and valuable if he’d actually start going the other way again. Sacrifice a few home runs for a higher average/less K’s. He wants to pull everything, but now his wrist is a wreck and he’s most likely going to have trouble getting under a ball with enough power to drive it out. Unless he re-learns hitting it to other fields then the shift will kill him.

            • Dalek Jeter

              I’m talking about Soriano…who doesn’t have wrist problems as far as I know?

              As for Teixeira, there is a real chance he’s not back to 100% power wise till the second half or even next season. I mean look at Bautista, he had a good year last year by league average standards but was far from what he was in 2012 but has looked like 2012 Bautista in ST and in their first series at the Trop.

              • CashmanNinja

                Ahhh, thought you were talking about Sori. I don’t even know if Sori will get that far over 20. He wants to kill every pitch he sees, but as of now he’s getting absolutely killed with off-speed stuff. It looks like he can’t pick up the ball whatsoever. The other night he was either extremely early or flat out swung over the top of off-speed pitches. It may just be that he’s rusty since he had that mega-flu in ST, but he’s another guy who is an all-or-nothing kind of hitter. It’s hard not to cheer for the guy though. As for Tex…I just think he may need to re-invent himself as a hitter. Buatista took a while to get back to form, but he’s not the same type of hitter. He’s an extreme pull hitter, but he gets under the ball all the time; Tex is always on top of every hit (hence hitting into the shift). Who knows?

    • forensic

      When did Shawn Kelley start hitting too? :-)

      Kelly Johnson has no 2nd e, but you keep putting it in there. Come on man, you’re better than that. You even know how to spell Alfonso…

      • Dalek Jeter

        Yeah, it’s clearly Alphonso ;)

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’m really starting to believe John Sterling just exists to give me headaches. I just put on the game and the first thing I hear is him calling Edwin Encarnacion “Eddy,” I don’t know why but I hate when he does that and he always does.

    On a separate and completely unrelated note, if Navarro’s photo on GameDay is at all current, dude got FAT.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Watch out, I heard Sterling scours RAB comments to find out what would annoy you the most. Every time you express your disgust at some commenter’s proposed Sterling home run call for a new player, Sterling cackles and writes it down in his little book of Sterling-isms. He’ll never call Encarnacion by any other name than Eddy now.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Honestly it wouldn’t be a change, it’s about 9/1 Eddy to Encarnacion now.

      • Dalek Jeter

        And I’m just throwing it out there, I’ve never seen Eddard and Sterling in the same room.

    • forensic

      He’s even worse than normal for Blue Jays games. You have ‘Eddy’, ‘Botista’, ‘our old friend Milky’, and probably others I’m blocking out right now (I wonder if Navarro will also be ‘our old friend’).

    • SevenAces

      I think he’s got your place bugged, he knows you hate it and he’s doing it on purpose.

      • Dale Mohorcic

        I only stream the opposing teams radio now. Can’t listen to Sterling and Waldmyn (sic).

  • Jason

    Does anyone know an online stream to this game?
    I really want to watch Tanaka’s debut and sadly this game is not on MY9 and I dont have a subscription to MLB network. Any help is appreciated.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Website policy, since they are affiliated with YES we cannot discuss anything but absolutely legal ways to watch the game.

      • Dalek Jeter

        So, short answer, no.

        • Jason

          Oh I never realized that till now. I guess I skipped over all the YES videos on the side like it was nothing.
          Thanks for the response.

    • Mr. Roth

      Have you tried asking google? Also, the MLB package is on free preview this week (just make sure to look for the SD channel)

  • forensic

    According to Suzyn, what we’re going to see tonight is “the United States debut” of Tanaka. Should someone tell her where Toronto is?

    • Dalek Jeter

      I just thought the same thing. I’m so happy I’m not alone in this suffering.

    • Wheels

      lol

    • Mr. Roth

      The United States of North America

      • Pineda Colada

        I laughed too hard at that…must be the beer

  • The Other Matt

    For Christ’s sake, get this game started already.

  • TheRealGreg

    This start is so big. We saw how the Yankees became gun shy when Igawa blew up in their face. If this guy blows up, what will happen?

    And first impressions are huge.

    • Captain Turbo

      Always a possibility but the difference is they actually scouted Tanaka.

  • Dalek Jeter

    On behalf of Havok, I’d like to dedicate this game to Prussia and Frederick the Great.

    • forensic

      Can’t that die after they missed the playoffs and were generally pretty bad last year?

      • Dalek Jeter

        We only got really bad and fell out of it after we stopped doing it regularly…so no.

      • Dalek Jeter

        see? SEE?!?! GOOD THINGS WHEN WE PAY HOMAGE TO PRUSSIA!

      • The Great Gonzo

        Eat a dick Forensic…. For PRUSSIA

      • Havok9120

        We do all for Prussia, Forensic. The quicker you accept this, the better.

  • JGYank

    Not only do we get to see Tanaka, but we also get to see Ells and Gardy back to back at the top of the order for the first time and our best defensive outfield (Still would prefer Soriano playing over Ichiro though). Anna is also making his first start.

  • Captain Turbo

    Is this long pregame designed to lull the Yankees into a sleepy slumber? It seems to be working.

    • forensic

      This was all scheduled, it’s why they pushed back the start time. I guess it was too difficult to just start the ceremonies a half hour earlier…

  • vicki

    too bad roy votes for yanni and tanak will cancel each other.

  • The Belafonte

    So funny to watch the Toronto players during Canada’s national anthem. They have no clue what the words are lol.

    • SevenAces

      I’m pretty sure the words “maple” “hockey” “hoser” “mounties” and “snow” are in that anthem.

      /ignorant American

      • The Belafonte

        Pretty sure there’s a “Ay, fuck you budday” in there as well.

  • Leg-End

    For Arstotzka!

    • SevenAces

      Papers please!

  • The Belafonte

    Man, I haven’t been this pumped for a Yankees game since….Shit, I forget

  • JGYank

    Tanaka prediction: 7 IP 6 H 8 K 1 BB 2 ER 1 HR.

    • MB923

      JESUS you got the whole thing right except the 1 BB part.

  • The Other Matt

    I hate to be Mr. Pessimistic, but don’t be surprised if either Encarnacion or Bautista take Tanaka deep in their first at bat.

  • Pasta tanaka

    Tanaka time

  • nycsportzfan

    Hey Mike, its kinda funny were still going on our “whos the 1st to hit a HR for Yanks” prediction. You got one up on me tonight, as Ells is starting and Sori is not.

    • The Belafonte

      Dean Anna will be the first Yankee to hit a homer. Just you watch.

      • nycsportzfan

        If he is, it’d of meant more had you called it to start the yr..

    • nycsportzfan

      Wow Mike, thought you might of been right, Ells gave that one a ride! Leadoff double!

    • The Other Matt

      You almost seemed damn near prophetic just now.

      • nycsportzfan

        Mike.A actually picked Ells to do it, I got Sori, but hes not playing tonight.

        • The Other Matt

          Yeah, I was speaking in reference to you saying he had the leg up tonight since Soriano isn’t in the lineup. My mistake.

          • The Other Matt

            How crazy would it be if Ichiro or Anna hit the first home run of the season?

  • Wheels

    nice start.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wonderful open to the game!!

  • JGYank

    Nice! Jacoby’s first hit!

  • TheRealGreg

    Right down Broadway

  • Pasta tanaka

    Has arty stole a base yet?

    • forensic

      Who is arty?

  • TheRealGreg

    Gardner needs to steal this bag. Double steal possibility

    • Dalek Jeter

      I don’t know if this was posted before the Beltran hit, but I don’t like stealing third with no outs and a lefty up there.

      • TheRealGreg

        It was posted before. Order is messed up

        • Dalek Jeter

          That’s been happening a lot early in the season, I wonder if Mike has noticed it or anybody has pointed it out to him.

    • RkyMtnYank

      He’s had cement feet so far.

  • RkyMtnYank

    There we go! Glad to see Solarte back in there too.

  • Pasta tanaka

    Just missed it

  • nycsportzfan

    Hell ya, belty!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Tex with the Ribbie!!!

  • forensic

    YES! Keep taking some of the pressure off Tanaka.

  • Wheels

    yeah Tex!

  • The Belafonte

    On the board first for a change haha.

  • JGYank

    A run already. Takes some pressure off Tanaka to be perfect.

  • Nathan

    Wow…a little late to the game. Up 2 already? NICE!

    Can’t wait to see Tanaka let loose!

  • SevenAces

    Gotta love that 1 2 punch on top of that lineup.

  • OldYanksFan

    Oh crap….
    ‘Brewers score 4 in 9th inning to spoil Fenway opener for Red Sox’

    • The Belafonte

      Love. It.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Tonight is shaping up to be a good night.

  • Pasta tanaka

    Me likely )

  • Dale Mohorcic

    Can anyone think of an outfield that could cover as much ground as the 3 that are out there tonight for the Yankees?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Not off the top of my head, no.

    • Nathan

      You’re forgetting the Yankee outfield of

      Matsui – Damon – Sheffield

      ?

      I kid, I kid.

      Brett & Jacoby could probably cover 80% of the outfield.

    • The Other Matt

      The Angels when they had Trout and Bourjos weren’t too shabby.

  • King George

    Boy, this could be a huge inning. Keep it up, boys!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ichiro, I know you’re Ichiro…but please continue to forget that your Ichiro.

  • JGYank

    Offense is doing its job tonight. With some help from the Jays starter of course. Let’s see if the bottom of the order can come through…

  • nycsportzfan

    God, I wish the Knicks and Yanks were not playing at the same time tonight. I am not gonna be able to chat as much on here, as I gotta follow the Knicks also.

  • Pasta tanaka

    This is fun

  • forensic

    Nice Johnson, sure wish Beltran would’ve/could’ve scored on that.

    Come on Ichiro, at least get the one run home!

  • RetroRob

    Feels like it should be 6-0.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    Lots of batting averages going up fast.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ichiro :( I mean, not the worst possible outcome…but second worst.

    But it’s time for a Solarte Par-Tay.

  • JGYank

    Ichiro has already gotten enough ABs for the year if you ask me.

    • nycsportzfan

      Well, he got yet another hit, once the replay overturns the bad call by the ump. Speed is a huge asset of this team, and might I add , Ichiro really upped the pitch count of McGowan on that 2nd AB. Good work Ichiro!

      • nycsportzfan

        make that another 2hit game. 4oppo field hits all ready. He did get caught going for 3rd, but I like the agressive running by Ichiro up 2.

  • Nathan

    So this is how the Astros felt a couple days ago!

  • Pinkie Pie

    Whaddya doin’, Ichiro?

    Alright Yangervis, strut your stuff. Show ‘em what you can do.

  • forensic

    Ugh, damn it Ichiro.

  • Nathan

    Wow Ichiro…DAFUQ?

  • Nathan

    Something about Solarte reminds me of Melky. Not sure what it is.

  • Pasta tanaka

    Wow ichiro
    That went over like a fart in church

    • The Belafonte

      Looked like one of my AB’s in The Show 14.

  • JGYank

    Tanaka Time!

  • I collect Brett Gardner cards

    The ichi AB was a killer

  • TheRealGreg

    Just shows you how much this lineup has declined in terms of depth

    • Mr. Roth

      What the fuck are you talking about? You’re aware that 2013 happened, right? To see this lineup has less depth is a complete fuck head thing to say.

      Pardon my french.

      • No 2013 again

        For a team that spent nearly half a billion dollars in the offseason, it’s kinda sad that they have Ichiro and Solarte taking ABs in the 4th game of the season.

        • forensic

          …in the 3rd AND 4th games…

        • Mr. Roth

          Yeah, they also have Jeter, Soriano, and Roberts available off the bench. It’s one thing to not like tonights lineup, it’s another to say that they have diminished depth.

        • Mr. Roth

          Not to mention the 2 guys you’re complaining about provided the majority of the offense last night.

  • Wheels

    Time to witness the dawn of a new era.

  • forensic

    Come on Solarte, how about another lucky hit, please!

  • Dalek Jeter

    That sort of feels like a letdown…too bad the A Line-up isn’t out there.

  • forensic

    Damn, second straight night with a ‘disappointing’ two-run inning. Really need to take advantage of situations like that.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Weak. Alright whatever, we FINALLY get to see Masahiro’s first big league outing!

  • Captain Turbo

    Did Tanaka put on CC’s uniform by mistake?

    • Pinkie Pie

      Seriously. Tuck in that shirt, rookie.

  • forensic

    Well, that’s no bueno…

  • Leg-End

    That wasn’t in the script.

  • Pasta tanaka

    Free swingers the jays
    Good test

  • Nathan

    Well that was…ummm.

    Unpleasant?

  • Pinkie Pie

    Fuck you too, Melky.

  • RetroRob

    A 2-0 lead and a 30-pitch inning from the starter is a good way to start, but feels a bit flat. The hits were placed in such a way that it was base-to-base up front and then leaving the bases loaded with only one out.

    Yet 2-0!

  • Mykey

    BUST.

  • forensic

    Alright, it’s time for ‘Naka!

  • nycsportzfan

    Tanaka looks kinda cross eyed at times.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Better get Phelps up. Tanaka looks rattled.

  • Dalek Jeter

    SEND HIM BACK IT’S IGAWA 2.0!!!!!(ALL THE EXCLAMATION POINTS!)

  • King George

    Welp…that didn’t go as planned.

  • The Belafonte

    …Poop

  • Pasta tanaka

    Hanging curve

  • Mykey

    Bautista still in spring training complaint form.

  • Marc

    Aaaand out come the trolls

  • TheRealGreg

    Nice recovery by Tanaka

  • Pasta tanaka

    Splitter is nasty!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    That split finger to open and the Encarnacion AB was NASTY.

  • vicki

    that’s right, makun. you do you.

  • nycsportzfan

    Sit the Freak down Joey Batshit!

  • Havok9120

    ‘Dat splitter.

  • The Belafonte

    Pitch didn’t come close to him. Booooooooo.

    • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

      we’re canadian. boooooooo

      • The Belafonte

        Hey, there’s good things about Canadia. Like the strippers and…..well the strippers mostly

        • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

          ha I’ll take your word.

  • Leg-End

    Looked pretty good, wasn’t rattled by the HR. Love that splitter, love it.

  • Dan

    That was probably the funniest way to start a MLB career I’ve ever seen. Nice to see him rebound right away.

  • The Other Matt

    Tanaka is going to be solid, don’t get me wrong. But I knew he was going to be susceptible to give up home runs when I saw him give up a blast to Freddy Galvis this spring, that looked like it came off the bat of Ryan Howard.

  • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

    That’s called a strike Bautista.

  • Nathan

    Other than that HR, he looked fine.

  • The Belafonte

    Gives up a homer, and he bounces right back. Nice.

    • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

      Yea not exactly AJ.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Pretty nice bounce-back after the homer to Melky. A weak grounder followed by K’ing two of the better RHH in baseball.

  • RetroRob

    Startling? Why is it startling, Michael?

    Nice inning, minus that whatever-it-was pitch.

  • forensic

    According to Suzyn, Encarnacion had a terrible spring which led into his terrible start to the season.

    As clearly evidenced by his .328/.386/.563 line in spring training…

    • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

      Don’t confuse her with numbers.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Shush, he didn’t look like he was hitting. You know that’s what was really important.

  • forensic

    Nice recovery Tanaka. Just needed the homer to snap you back into believing it’s just another game, considering all the other stuff going on around you.

  • The Belafonte

    Man does Anna have a beak on him.

  • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

    Ellsbury playing baseball tonight.

  • Mykey

    Honestly, that might be the best thing for Tanaka. A little adversity to deal with after the home-run, nerves wise. But settled down immediately and made Joey “I’ve never agreed with a call against me” Bautista and Encarnacion look foolish. Might show him that he can deal with whatever this league might throw at him…
    /reaching.

  • Electric

    Why is McCann giving multiple signs w/ no one base?

    • Electric

      on base*

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

      The man in white.

      • Electric

        Hah forgot about this. Thanks.

    • Tom

      The Yankees (and I believe a few other teams) suspect the Jays are stealing signs at home. I think this started a few years back with the infamous man in the white shirt, who folks thought were relaying signs from the stands.

  • Electric

    Ells swingin it

  • I collect Brett Gardner cards

    Tanaka will retire 15 in a row

  • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

    Run Jacoby Run!

  • RetroRob

    This game feels like the Yankees should be building a slaughter based on all the hits and the way Tanaka has looked, minus the Melky pitch, yet 2-1. Baseball is a funny game.

    • Wheels

      That Ichiro strike out was harsh.

      • RetroRob

        Yup.

    • forensic

      That’s why it was so important that Beltran score on the hit (or that Ichiro at least gets him home), but I’ll take Sterling’s word (why, I don’t know) for it that he would’ve been dead at home on Bautista’s arm.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I have a hard time believing it, personally…I guess I’ll find out on the encore when I get home.

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

          He would have been out by a mile. Throw was right on line and Beltran can’t run anymore.

        • RetroRob

          I was just about to add that I didn’t see that hit, so I can’t say if Beltran should have attempted to scorer or not, but Mike answered.

          I would be careful running on Bautista’s arm. He may not be a great OFer, but he has a good arm.

          That’s what I was referring to above. Things were just a little bit off in that first inning that prevented a breakout inning, despite all those hits.

  • Havok9120

    Man, Ells/Gardner topping the lineup is a beautiful thing. Regardless of outcome here.

  • will

    Hey mcann, no more change ups or whatever the hell that was

  • Dalek Jeter

    Dang Gardy…I know you gotta protect on 2 strikes, but that was right on the corner according to GameDay and with how wild McGowan has looked in this inning and all game really…odds are that’s ball 4 tonight.

  • nycsportzfan

    Tanaka beasted after that leadoff homer!

    Ells with the huge game so far! 2hits , a run scored, and a SB!

    • Pinkie Pie

      He’s playing as advertised

      • nycsportzfan

        Yeah , but he still has yet to get through 1inning, uncsored upon. Runner on 2nd and only 1out in the bottom 3rd right now. Hopefully this will be his 1st unscored against inning in his ML career.

  • Dalek Jeter

    My first DAMN YOU STERLING of the year.

    • forensic

      That one wasn’t nearly as bad as most of his. He broke off his excitement pretty quickly.

    • RetroRob

      If you’re listening to the radio, you’re defenseless with Sterling. At least on TV we could tell it was foul, despite Kay’s attempt to suggest the opposite.

  • RetroRob

    Come on, Michael. We can see the TV and knew it was foul off the bat.

  • No 2013 again

    Beltran needs to keep that ball fair.. that hanger wasn’t even inside. Bad job by him.

  • The Other Matt

    Nice play ranging up the middle by Anna.

    • Wheels

      indeed.

  • The Belafonte

    Lind’s beard makes him look like he hunts the Smaug in his free time.

    • Captain Turbo

      Thorin Oakenshield wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a ratty beard like that.

  • The Belafonte

    Dioner Navarro looks like and over inflated beach ball.

    • King George

      Holy shit, he does.

  • TheRealGreg

    He has to cut out that changeup. 2 hangers, 2 hits

  • The Belafonte

    Time for a DP here.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    They should let Meredith call PBP some time to see if she’d change her voice inflection.

  • King George

    Is anyone else tired of Meredith the Walrus talking?

    • The Belafonte

      Did the intentionally hire someone who looks almost exactly like Kim Jones or, was it just coincidence?

  • TheRealGreg

    WHY DOES HE KEEP THROWING THAT? C’mon Brian.

    • forensic

      They weren’t all the same pitch. And most of them were sliders, not changeups (according to Gameday). He can’t just stop throwing that pitch for the most part. It’s easily his 3rd pitch.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Isn’t that interference?

    • TheRealGreg

      No, he was in range of the bag

  • Pinkie Pie

    *facepalm*

  • Dalek Jeter

    This…this is not good.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    What the hell was Teixera doing. Absolutely atrocious. If he ain’t gonna hit he’s gotta field his position.

  • The Belafonte

    Oh goddammit

  • Mykey

    Yikes.

  • andrae hinds

    Im watching the bluejays broadcast of this game and it is a most pleasant listening experience, i usually watch the yes feed with Kay

    i think i know why i watch yes on mute sometimes; Kay is pontifical in tone and the Bluejay broadcasters are conversational in tone. … if that makes any sense, why can’t we get rid of Kay? Who likes him really?

    Anyone else think Tanaka has a pretty animated face?

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Better get Phelps up. This is turning into a disaster.

  • nycsportzfan

    Jesus Tanaka, keep the freaking ball down! My god! Dude can’t get through 1 freaking inning unscored upon?

  • vicki

    teix needs an exorcist.

  • No 2013 again

    Tex is worthless. Pathetic throw

  • forensic

    Did Tex take throwing lessons from Giambi during his time off???

  • cheddar

    Looking forward to football minicamp next month.

  • Mykey

    Fuck man.

  • RetroRob

    Teix is normally flawless on those, but that was going to be too close.

  • I collect Brett Gardner cards

    Wow

  • The Other Matt

    WTF ?!

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

    All ground balls.

    • cheddar

      Other than the homer.

    • No 2013 again

      hard hit ground balls.. he needs to locate a lot better.

      • Mykey

        In some case maybe. In others it at least looks like he’s making his pitches. He’s just getting a little unlucky.

        • No 2013 again

          I’m seeing a lot of pitches up in the zone. He can do better.

  • Mykey

    What the hell is going on?

  • nycsportzfan

    On a day Ryu gets lambasted, looks like Tanaka might do the same.

    Wow, Tex injured now??lol What’d he do, hurt himself on the throw??lol I just don’t get how these guys get hurt so freaking easily. Its really crazy.

    • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

      worst athletes next to fat football players

    • nycsportzfan

      Wow, he hurt his hamstring on that foul ball, I think, where he stretched for it. Thats pathetic. Can any of these guys move without hurting themselves? Its baseball for godsake!

    • forensic

      Ryu isn’t Japanese.

    • Silvio

      Why the hell would anyone say he was laughing out loud about this? The only thing in your favor is that this kid’s locution, “lol,” probably never means the person is laughing at al.

  • TheRealGreg

    The media is going to kill him…

    • The Belafonte

      Eh, who gives a shit really. It’s one start.

  • will

    Who’s the long reliever today?

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    That’s probably the end of Teixera’s season and his career won’t ever be the same again.

  • Leg-End

    Man, Tex looked pissed. Not good.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Um…what is happening?

  • Pinkie Pie

    This looks promising…..

  • Nathan

    Ah crap, what happened to Tex?

  • RetroRob

    What happened?

  • TheRealGreg

    And the bridge will begin to fill up

  • Wheels

    Teixeira’s probably gone for a while.

  • Winter

    WHAT HAPPENED?

  • No 2013 again

    An old guy got injured? Pulled hammy? Who could’ve anticipated that?

  • Hall and Nokes

    Good season so far.

  • TheRealGreg

    Looks like he pulled his hammy.

  • BigBlueAL

    Great start to the season for Tex.

  • Winter

    Tanaka may be struggling, but that splitter is pretty nasty.

  • I collect Brett Gardner cards

    Welcome to NY Adam Dunn!

  • Mick taylor

    Deanna is not amajorleaguer Tex is the biggest bust in baseball. Overbay or Ike Davis please

    • Winter

      Seriously? Overbay?

      • Pinkie Pie

        Ike Davis?????

      • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

        I think I’m more offended by the suggestion of Ike Davis.

    • The Belafonte

      Mick, You have to be one of the most uneducated, moronic posters I’ve come across on the internet. And that’s saying something. Holy fuck. Just stop posting man.

      • Silvio

        People that thick never really know what you’re talking about when you describe them to themselves.

      • Mick taylor

        I think only the biggest fucking moron would defend this performance from a 23 million dollar player so why don’t you get your head out of tex’s ass

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Ah yes, the injury bug.

    I was wondering when his callup was coming.

  • TheRealGreg

    And of course, Brian Cashman doesn’t get a backup first baseman,

    I can’t watch this shit.

    • Dalek Jeter

      No. Wait..comeback…

    • Havok9120

      lol

  • Dalek Jeter

    God, Game Day is useless.

  • Havok9120

    Crap.

  • Leg-End

    Seriously, who is actually going to play first base? Sizemore?

  • Captain Turbo

    Well, this went from fun to crap in short order.

  • Electric

    Man gotta feel bad for Tex.

  • RetroRob

    That half inning sucked on multiple levels.

  • Steve

    Russ Canzler come on down!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Looks like Solarte and Anna will be playing a lot.

  • I collect Brett Gardner cards

    Yu’s Debut: 8 H, 4 BB, and 5 ER in5.2 IP

  • TheRealGreg

    The end result is that you have an injury prone player fill in for an injury prone player.

    This has trouble written all over it.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I thought you said you were leaving?

      • TheRealGreg

        Said I wasn’t going to watch it. I’m still here.

        • Pinkie Pie

          You perplex me, Greg.

  • cheddar

    I heard that he originally tweaked his hammy in WBC last year. Can we still bill their insurance?

  • Pinkie Pie

    Nothing’s changed.

  • forensic

    Tex injured? Why am I not surprised at that…

    • Winter

      It’s really too bad. Prior to last year he was incredibly durable (except for that bronchitis thing).

      • Silvio

        Yeah, but the thing is he’s now even older. Old guys break down. Lots of oldsters on this team.

        • Havok9120

          He’s, what, 33? Just turned 34? Even in baseball that ain’t old.

      • forensic

        And all the leg problems at the end of 2012. And the leg problems at the end of 2010.

        He’s pretty clearly breaking down…

  • The Belafonte

    Here’s what I fear, McGowan gets into a groove that lulls the offense into a slumber.

  • Winter

    Is it strange that, after watching yesterday, I am now incredibly happy to have Brian Roberts on base?

  • Mick taylor

    Where are all the experts on this websitewho last year ripped Lyle overbay . He would be better at 1 million year than this 23 million dollar bust Tex.

    • Winter

      That Teixeira money is already spent. I’d rather have the better player.

      • Mick taylor

        Tex is not better he iswashed up

  • will

    At least he won’t be making more errors

  • RetroRob

    What would happen now if Roberts got injured?

    Depth check!

    • TheRealGreg

      That’s what I’m saying

    • Winter

      Jeter at SS, Anna to 2B.

    • Hall and Nokes

      If?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Roberts? Anna moves to third, Solarte to second, Jeter comes in to play SS. If Johnson gets hurt…that may spell trouble.

      • Winter

        Hmm. You think we’d se Solarte at 1B? Or Soriano? Or maybe even Cervelli/McCann?

  • King George

    Hmmm, wonder if Cashman regrets the lowball deal to Reynolds right about now…

    • Havok9120

      I hope not.

      • King George

        Oh right. Because Kelly Johnson and Russ Canzler are better options. LOL

  • Winter

    That was an incredible jump. I’m starting to like Roberts (which sucks, since he’s gonna be hurt in a week).

  • Winter

    Challenge? CHALLENGE?

  • Pinkie Pie

    Interesting. I like this system.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    CHALLENGE JOE! HE WAS SAFE!

  • No 2013 again

    No replay was needed. He was clearly safe. Umps are what’s wrong with the game

  • TheRealGreg

    Challenge!

  • RetroRob

    Safe.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Challenge? is it close? Guys? John and Suzyn are worthless? Help?

    • Electric

      hes safe

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    This is a great system. They’re getting these calls right and that only took a minute.

  • Wheels

    safe

  • The Belafonte

    He was fucking safe. Such bullshit.

    • Havok9120

      Not BS unless they confirm it.

  • Havok9120

    w00t!

    Accuracy!

  • Havok9120

    Safe. Nice.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Woohoo! Closest thing to robot umps we’ll get in the foreseeable future.

  • adeel

    Why should a manager HAVE to challenge. Why can’t an umpire just ask for a review if they are not sure?

  • The Belafonte

    Shouldn’t even have to fucking challenge if the goddamn ump did his fucking job right I the first fucking place!

    I WANT ROBOTS! FUCKING ROBOTS NOW!

    • karcotte

      calm

  • Dalek Jeter

    So, he’s safe? Inning continuing? That’s what it sounds like?

    • Mulato

      Yeah he’s safe

  • nycsportzfan

    Solarte!!!! 2run double!!!

  • No 2013 again

    Solarte!!

  • Leg-End

    Solarte!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    SOLARTE STRIKES AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!! EDUARDO NUNEY WHO???????????

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Never would have happened without the replay. We’d still be down 3-2. Baseball finally came to its senses and for the betterment of the game.

  • Dalek Jeter

    YANNI!!!!!! 2-RUN DOUBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RetroRob

    I love instant replay.

    • Dalek Jeter

      +1

  • King George

    YANGERVISSSSSSSS

  • TheRealGreg

    NEVER NERVOUS

    • Wheels

      ha

  • forensic

    YES! Thank you Review!

    (and you too Solarte)

  • Wheels

    Solarte! yesss

  • Mykey

    Yeah Solarte! Loving it!

  • Pinkie Pie

    Hell yes!

    Solarte’s got moxie.

  • Electric

    Solarte! Everyone getting good swings tonight

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Come on, haters. Give it up for Gervy a little bit at least.

    Takin advantage in SSS.

    • Captain Turbo

      Gotta love the Gerv-man.

    • forensic

      From how everyone is pronouncing it, it should be Hervy.

  • Havok9120

    Yesssssss!

  • cheddar

    “Sooooolarte… whoa oh oh oh…”

  • Darren

    I’m seduced by Solarte.

  • The Belafonte

    Solarte says, “Mick taylor can suck my anus”

  • Dalek Jeter

    Now maybe Tanaka can be the guy we saw in spring and have seen flashes of this game for 3 or 4 inning and we can win back to back games.

  • Havok9120

    Replays making a difference early.

  • forensic

    And Tanaka has the lead back.

    Hopefully he starts to settle down now. It’s hasn’t been as terrible as people are making it out to be (though he obviously hasn’t been very good yet). One of the runs was also unearned.

  • Mykey

    Going back a little bit, that was a hell of an at bat by Ichiro.

  • Tom

    Have to agree with Kay – why cap the challenges at two? You should keep getting the challenge back so long as you are correct.

    • Havok9120

      I have to think that’ll be the first modification to the new system.

  • Pinkie Pie

    This is a GREAT development for Major League Baseball.

  • Hall and Nokes

    I bet Don Draper got so much tail in India

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Do you think there’s a site or MLB matrix that keeps track of mangers’ success on challenges AND umpires’ frequency of overturned calls?

    • forensic

      I would assume so. Roadgeek Adam would probably know since he apparently knows the umpire websites.

    • TheRealGreg

      Bet you there will be.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa
      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        Sweet. Thank you.

    • RetroRob

      It wouldn’t shock me, although there really should be a low fail rate on challenges. As we saw with Girardi, a manager won’t call for it until he gets the signal from his bench that it should be reviewed.

      Yet, maybe that would make in an interesting look. What manager is so clueless that he calls for reviews that he can’t win!

      • forensic

        What manager is so clueless that he calls for reviews that he can’t win!

        Bruce Bochy on Tuesday challenged a pickoff attempt at 1B who was called safe and he was wrong. Two pitches (and one double) later the guy scored on a passed ball and was actually out, but Bochy couldn’t challenge it. Oops…

    • Havok9120

      Not yet, but it’ll come.

  • Get Phelps Up

    So I just got in, how has Tanaka looked so far?

    • TheRealGreg

      So So

    • alittleblackegg

      Made a couple mistakes, his control could be sharper, but there is no doubt his stuff gets batters out. Overall, looks good.

    • RetroRob

      Not three-runs-in-two-innings bad, but he’s been off.

    • Get Phelps Up

      OK thanks guys.

  • Wheels

    That looked outside.

  • Electric

    Bautista should have smacked that hanging slider

  • HH

    How bout that Dean Anna AB !?!?!?!?

  • RetroRob

    The problem is they can’t replace Tex without DL’ing him, or sending someone else down. So if he has one of these day-to-day things where he can’t play at all, yet it lingers for a week, it could be a problem for the Yankees.

    • Winter

      The problem is they can’t replace Tex without DL’ing him, or sending someone else down. So if he has one of these day-to-day things where he can’t play at all, yet it lingers for a week, it could be a problem for the Yankees.

      • RetroRob

        Yes, that would be an even bigger problem. I’ll think positive for now that this will not be too long term, although that gets back to my post. A 7-game shut down is not easily addressed the way the roster is constructed.

    • forensic

      Unfortunately, the Yankees love to do that ‘play with a 24-man roster for a week before inevitably DL’ing the guy anyway’ thing.

      • RetroRob

        I know. Yet they usually have a back up in those situations. They really don’t here.

  • Electric

    If Gardner played that better off the wall they might have had encarnacion

    • Havok9120

      It would have had to bounce directly into his glove. He made a pretty nice play as it was.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Hopefully Tex’s hamstring strain is only grade 1.

  • TheRealGreg

    Amazing that that’s only a double

    • forensic

      Thought you couldn’t watch anymore (again)?

      • TheRealGreg

        I’m a weak person.

        • Pinkie Pie

          You’re fickle, that’s for sure.

        • Havok9120

          Noted.

  • Mykey

    Probably wouldn’t have affected the outcome of that play at all if it were someone else, but Gardner is amazing.

  • Captain Turbo

    Is it irrational for me to not like Encarnacion and everything he stands for?

  • Darren

    How do you say meatball in Japanese

    • forensic

      Igawa?

      • Havok9120

        Well done.

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

        I would’ve gone with Irabu, but then I remembered that meant “fat, puss-y toad”

  • RetroRob

    Command off, not getting ahead. That’s a problem.

    #captainobvious (btw, love the new Hotels.com commercial)

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Put more runs on the board. This lead is shaky with Tanaka being prone to the long ball.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Who needs Tex when Johnson’s making plays like that!

  • forensic

    Nice to see Ellsbury join the season, only 3 days late.

  • Electric

    I guess his calf is ok

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Ellsbury was a great pick up. He’s setting the table now drive him in.

  • Electric

    Ugh you got to be kidding Girardi

  • Mykey

    So Brett Gardner has the highest average at Rogers Centre of all active players. What’s the call? Bunt. Meh.

  • RetroRob

    Popped up?

  • Wheels

    Ellsbury earning that cash.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    I hate that bunt. Ellsbury should have just stole 3rd. And here comes the IBB. Brilliant.

  • TheRealGreg

    Well done

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Might as well pitch around McCann and pitch to Roberts and Johnson.

  • forensic

    Nice McCann!

  • Electric

    There should be 0 outs right now. Nice job by McCANN

  • Pinkie Pie

    Another one of those deep fly balls would actually be useful here.

  • The Belafonte

    Bunting was stupid.

    • TheRealGreg

      As the Yankees scored a run

      • The Belafonte

        Giving up an out when you don’t have to is always stupid.

    • RetroRob

      Especially when the runner at second is Ellsbury, who could have stole third while Gardner was up or the next batter.

  • nycsportzfan

    This is why you don’t cry about the offense after 2games. 2games later, they scored 4, and all ready have 5, not even halfway through this one.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Fuck yeah, Brian.

  • HH

    Roberts replacing Tex’s production I see

  • forensic

    Alright Johnson, show Girardi you can hit lefties too!

    (there are going to be way too many bad unintended Johnson puns this season)

  • Electric

    One inning that’s a strike the next it’s a ball

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Gardner could have just tried to pull the ball instead of giving up the out there. Could have gotten a hit and created a bigger rally. I wouldn’t have even pitched to McCann with Roberts and Johnson up next.

  • PFOF

    Are you guys Brian McCanns or Brian McCan’ts? I’m a Brian McCann.

    • Pinkie Pie

      If Brian McCann McCan’t do it, no one McCann.

      • Havok9120

        Ouch.

  • TheRealGreg

    No walks so far for Tanaka in his first start. Impressive

    • forensic

      He never walks guys, which is huge. He can survive giving up some solo homeruns. When they become 2 and 3 run shots because of walks is when pitchers get in real trouble.

  • The Belafonte

    6 pitches. Very nice.

  • forensic

    Very nice Tanaka. Roll right through the bottom of the order with ease this time (since Tex wasn’t there to screw things up again).

    Hopefully that carries over to the next inning against the top of the order.

    • HH

      yep … nice half inning

  • forensic

    Nice Ichiro, wish you had done that a couple of innings ago though. Oh well…

    • forensic

      And after I complement you, you go and do that? With no outs???

  • The Belafonte

    So….Can Ichiro play first?

  • Pinkie Pie

    smh

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Absolutely stupid by Ichiro. Runner on 2nd with 0 outs is a good situation. Idiot.

  • RetroRob

    Ichiro working on his trade value.

    I wonder if he can play first?

    • Axis of Mike

      Well, this much I can tell you, he won’t strain a hamstring on a routine play. The dude is flexible, stretches constantly.

  • No 2013 again

    So that’s the good base running Ichiro brings?

  • King George

    Why the fuck, Ichi?

  • RetroRob

    That was a bad move.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Come on with that shit.

  • The Belafonte

    Ok that was fucking dumb.

  • TheRealGreg

    When that play happened, I thought he could get to third.

    It was a nice throw

    • Pinkie Pie

      He gambled in a situation where there was absolutely no reason to gamble.

      • TheRealGreg

        Again, not saying it was smart.

        Just saying that I thought he was going to get there

        • Pinkie Pie

          Well evidently it was Rob Thompson who made the gamble. Still stupid given the situation.

    • TheRealGreg

      Not saying it was smart, I’m saying that I thought he would make it

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      With no outs, you have to be absolutely positive though.

  • Tom

    Nice of the Yankees to start giving outs to the Jays pitchers the last couple of innings – don’t want to score too many runs.

    • RetroRob

      Heavy betting action on this game. Trying to manage the spread. The fix is in.

  • Justin

    Ichiro took a chance, a la Johnny Damon, and it didn’t pay off. It happens. Everyone complaining would have been praising him if he was safe, but you have to take the good with the bad. I’ll take that aggressiveness any day of the week on my team.

    • Darren

      Word.

  • Wheels

    Wow, did Thompson really wave Ichiro?

    • Wheels

      *Thomson

  • Havok9120

    Sigh. Ichiro.

    • Havok9120

      Rob Thompson, really.

      • RetroRob

        In retrospect, it does appear to be Thompson who made the call.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Xenophobia is on the menu

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Quit faking me out, Ichiro, you little Sonofa…

    • RetroRob

      I think he faked Tanaka out, too.

  • Havok9120

    If you’re gonna make a Yellow -blank- joke, you gotta go with Yellow Menace.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Or Fever

    • Havok9120

      Uh, oh. Did the BanHammer get broken out?

      • Dalek Jeter

        Looks as though that may be the case.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Dammit, I always miss the fun stuff.

      • Alkaline

        ??

      • Alkaline

        Reply fail. Meant the ?? for this post.

      • Alkaline

        So. My question mark’s were meant for Havok. If this post doesn’t work, I’m just going to go to bed. Looks like I’m replying to Havok, but then refreshes and shows it as a new post. Curses!

        • RetroRob

          Well, you’re posting, just not where you want to post!

    • WhittakerWalt

      Yellow Peril.

  • forensic

    There you go, ‘Naka! Starting to hit his stride now.

  • TheRealGreg

    The way Tanaka has handled Jose Bautista has been fantastic.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Tanaka’s struck out Joey Bats twice. So far this hasn’t been a half bad first outing. He’s missed location at times, but he’s also kept messy situations under control. He’s got poise.

  • Wheels

    nice K

  • BigBlueAL

    6 K’s with 0 bb’s thru 5 for Tanaka.

  • The Belafonte

    Stuck Bautista out twice today. Awesomeness.

    • The Belafonte

      Struck him out too

  • will

    Tanaka is not happy with himself it seems tonight, he’s seemed annoyed a lot

    • TheRealGreg

      Remember, he comes from a culture in which people apologize for being sick and missing work.

  • HH

    TanaKKKKKKa !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pinkie Pie

    Fantastic game for Ellsbury.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Huge pick up for the Yankees.

      Speed at the top. Wait until BG gets going. Gonna be real fun.

      • Pinkie Pie

        It looks like a great pickup now, but I’m not looking forward to a 36-37 year old Ellsbury with diminished speed and defense. Those are his calling cards.

  • Dan

    Ellsbury is gonna steal a LOT of bases this year. If he gets a power boost because of the short porch he could be a legit MVP threat (provided he’s healthy).

  • Tom

    Pretty impressive that even going in feet first it still wasn’t that close.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I don’t know about Gardner’s proficiency on the high inside fastball. Any other quadrant he’s fine, but that seems to always be a miss/out for him.

  • TheRealGreg

    Gardner not really good

  • RetroRob

    I like Ellsbury.

    I’m easily influenced.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Me, too. I like Bubble Yum.

  • Havok9120

    At the very least, I’m liking their bullpen usage.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Way to go, Gardy. Can’t catch up with the 90 mph “heat.”

  • Pinkie Pie

    C’mon YES cameras, show us the guy who ran out on the field.

  • HH

    Choo who????

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Look at the stupid hockey fan, yayyy

  • RetroRob

    A-Rod just tried to get into the game.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      You’ve won the night.

    • Leg-End

      Winner.

    • Pinkie Pie

      lel

    • Havok9120

      Excellent.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Yeah, this definitely wins the night.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Defense not exactly helping Tanaka out very much in this game.

    • Havok9120

      Lotsa DPs so far this season, though.

    • RetroRob

      That could be a problem all year with that splitter and lots of ground balls.

  • The Belafonte

    How harsh can the penalty be in Canada for running onto the field really?

    “Ay budday! Don’t do that again, ok budday?” [slaps ass]

  • TheRealGreg

    Get the bullpen up

    • TheRealGreg

      Never mind.

    • Havok9120

      Sigh.

  • Dalek Jeter

    This is a test. also, 6-5-3 DP…strange.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Tanaka’s first big league double play.

  • Havok9120

    ‘Dat defense.

  • Wheels

    Double play.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Hells Bellsbury!

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Meh, that was dumb

  • Pinkie Pie

    Ellsbury is putting everyone else on the field to shame tonight!

  • Wheels

    pretty sick catch by Jacoby.

  • Dix Neuf

    This stadium looks like farts

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Now the question is can Ichiro actually hit a fly ball to the OF?

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      And the answer to that, sadly, is no.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Kelly Johnson showing the…speed isn’t the right word…

  • Pinkie Pie

    You’re fucking killing, Ichiro.

    • Pinkie Pie

      *killing me

  • No 2013 again

    I’ve had enough of Ichiro for a whole season and we’re not even through the 4th game.

  • Wheels

    TRIPPPLE

  • The Doctor

    There’s gotta be something against putting Ellsbury and Gardner next to each other in the rule book. This just isn’t fair.

  • Tom

    So they really gave EE a hit on that ball to Solarte?

    I haven’t seen that much hometown cooking outside of Boston. (Pedroia is a really good 2nd baseman, but the next error he commits in Fenway Park might be his first ever in that park)

  • Tut

    Sterling just said “Struck on and missed!” Really, he said that!

  • Wheels

    Ha, Lawrie took a long stare at Tanaka.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Darvish’s stats from his first game vs 75-87 Mariners

    5.2 I, 8 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4K

    http://www.baseball-reference......4090.shtml

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    I’d call it a night for Tanaka. Let him get out of here in good shape and set up your pen, Kelley and Robertson for the close.

  • King George

    It’s so refreshing to have confidence in an ace pitcher who, even after getting tested a little in the early going, can get it together and produce a quality outing.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I like getting Betances up here, and hope he gets into the game. I think it’s really important to let guys like him and Warren sink or swim early in the season, to see if bullpen help is needed come the All-Star break and trade deadline.

  • RetroRob

    If this is Tanaka not being 100%, as he wasn’t, then that’s a good performance.

    • The Doctor

      Good performance, period. The fact that he didn’t have his best stuff just makes it incredibly impressive instead of just impressive.

  • will

    Betances in 8th or they go to regular 8th inning>?

  • David N

    3 runs in 7 innings against a pretty good lineup? I will gladly take it.

    Nice job, Ma-kun.

    • The Doctor

      Only 2 earned to boot, and you could argue that one of the other 2 wouldn’t have scored without the error. Not a great argument, but it can be made.

      I’m most impressed by how he’s handled Bautista. He’s made him look like an amateur all night.

      • RetroRob

        This is a reply to The Doctor, in case it doesn’t thread properly.

        Tanaka definitely was off, falling behind hitters, leaving other pitches up in the zone, command not sharp. Yet that’s why I’d say this was a very strong start. First start in the majors on the road against a power hitting line up, and he handled them without his A stuff. That’s what you want to see from a pitcher.

        What he does when he’s not quite right often says more than when he has his best stuff.

        • The Doctor

          Heyyy it worked.

          Totally agree. Even when he’s off, he doesn’t walk anyone and he stays cool all throughout.

  • FIPster Doofus

    I’m so hyped about Tanaka right now. Holy shit, what a debut.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Lost in all the chaos today: Michael Kay is actually doing a game in Toronto.

    • WhittakerWalt

      He doesn’t want Boomer and Carton questioning his commitment to the team.

      • The Other Matt

        Especially being that he has an infant at home.

        • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

          that’s funny. he’s gonna be 71 when the kid graduates high school.

  • RetroRob

    I hope they have more camera views than what we can see, which has been nothing.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Joe’s gonna lose this challenge. I don’t get that the manager can “suggest” that they review. What does that mean? They should review any close play from the 7th inning on. It’s like the final 2:00 in football or b-ball.

  • TheRealGreg

    Way to redeem, Brett.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Ugh, the Instant Replay Review is sponsored. Yet one more excuse for Mama to warble some bad copy.

  • Tom

    I thought the Blue Jays got rid of JP Arencibia?
    (Navarro not having that good of a night behind the plate)

    And nice hit Gardner!

  • Wheels

    nice, Anna on third. Let’s get an insurance run here.

    • Wheels

      yeah baby

  • Get Phelps Up

    Gardy coming through!

  • will

    No betances now :(

  • Havok9120

    GARDNER’S A BUM!!

    /Greg’d

  • RetroRob

    Okay, it appears we can no longer reply to individual posts. A glitch in the RAB matrix.

    • Havok9120

      Isn’t it just those attached to the deleted comment?

      (probly not)

      • RetroRob

        I’m not sure what caused it, but my last post at the very bottom of the thread wasn’t attached to any deleted post, unless I was trying to respond to a post that was part of the deleted post.

        • Havok9120

          I think the whole tree is cursed now.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Wow, the planets aligned just right for Gardner to steal a base, though a throw even close to the bag probably had him.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Whoa, Thornton at 95, huh? Thought he lost that.

    • RetroRob

      He can still hit 95. There was a time he could hit 97, so he’s probably lost a couple miles, but still can throw hard.

  • King George

    Here’s your moment, Dellin.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Woah, this thread is kinda messed up.

    • Wheels

      It’s making me seasick.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Thornton looks like he’s not having any fun – ever.

  • Havok9120

    I love Joe throwing the kids right into the fire from the bullpen. Warren and Dellin both.

  • The Other Matt

    Should be a nice matchup between Betances and Bautista. Remember the at bat in the spring where Betances threw him 3 straight curveballs and got him to strikeout.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I like using Betances here.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Uh oh

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Old Dellin coming to the surface.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    He’s missing

  • MB923

    Obviously it’s a gamble but I would have let Thornton face Bautsita. Tying run was not even on deck. He’s gotta face a RHB sooner or later (I’m not just saying that cause Betances walked him either. If it was a 1 run or 2 run game, different story).

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    ????????

  • TheRealGreg

    This was his problem in the minors

  • cheddar

    I love McCann. Everything about his body language is positive.

  • MB923

    LOL, A’s/Marners game got postponed because of rain from LAST NIGHT. The ground crew did not put the tarp on the field. It is not even raining right now they say. The sky is clear in Oakland, but the came is called because of the condition of the field

    http://www.mercurynews.com/ath.....me-delayed

    • vicki

      *the new market inefficiency*

  • RetroRob

    Looking forward to Pineda tomorrow. The two most interesting pitchers at the start of the year are sitting at #4 and #5 in the rotation first turn through.

    Is it a day game or a night game? If it’s the latter, I’ll miss it.

    • Wheels

      Tomorrow and Sunday are day games. 1:05

      • RetroRob

        Great. Thanks. Now I can watch.

  • vicki

    get. the fuck. out of here.

  • MB923

    Solarte does it again!!! (wonder who pitches the 9th now. Not a save situation anymore). Stick with Betances?

  • Mykey

    Good for the kid.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Boy I’ll tell ya this Solarte kid is the next big thing. He needs to be playing everyday. Yankee FO made one smart move. Sit Robbie down.

  • Jay D

    Where is the Solarte Kool-Aid? I want to believe

  • TheRealGreg

    NEVER. NERVOUS.

  • Wheels

    Solarte! my my

  • RetroRob

    There goes D-Rob’s save. I wonder if they still bring him out.

  • Tom

    That tack on run might get Betances a save.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Come on Delin. He just lost any spot he had to Warren.

  • MB923

    Fire Rob Thomson

    • Wheels

      he’s pretty lousy.

  • forensic

    I hate when Girardi brings his closer in and it’s not a save situation yet.

    /fantasyteamproblems

  • forensic

    Great win Yanks! All things considered, pretty terrific start by Tanaka!

  • David N

    I’ve got to say, it really seems weird not to have Mariano closing games. I’m a big Robertson fan, but this is still going to take some getting used to.

    • The Doctor

      It is weird, but watching Robertson’s ascent from 6th inning guy to elite setup man to closer has been incredibly rewarding.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Very good game, and good first start by Masahiro Tanaka. I for one am satisfied with what I saw today.

  • Wheels

    nice game.

  • RetroRob

    Great game, although the Tex situation is concerning.