Game 86: Make It Three

(Hannah Foslien/Getty)

(Hannah Foslien/Getty)

It’s been a while since the Yankees last won three straight games. They haven’t done it since sweeping the Blue Jays and winning the first game of the Orioles series in Yankee Stadium three weeks ago. They have a chance to win their third straight this afternoon, and whenever the Yankees need a win, the Twins always seem to come through. Especially in Target Field. Here is the Twins lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. SS Derek Jeter
  2. 2B Brian Roberts
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. LF Alfonso Soriano
  8. C Frankie CervelliBrian McCann was a late scratch because his foot is still sore, though x-rays were negative
  9. 3B Zelous Wheeler
    RHP David Phelps

It is nice and sunny in the Twin Cities. No threat of rain or anything. Perfect afternoon for baseball. Today’s game is scheduled to start a little after 2pm ET and you can watch live on YES. Enjoy the game.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Raza says:

    No Brett Gardner? Lame…

  2. Chris says:

    Roberts day was so good yesterday I like the idea of batting him 2nd and 6th.

  3. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    I know Roberts had a big day yesterday, but batting him 2nd and 6th is a bit much.

  4. ChristisKing says:

    Not bad… Roberts batting twice…. What happens though if he’s up and he’s on base? Do they just ask Gardner to run for him in the meantime

  5. Zeddard Wheeler says:

    McCann scratched is just fine because Frankie gives us more offense from the catcher position anyway. BGDP is going to have another good start and this should be another W.

  6. Mary Ann says:

    Cashman needs to go. A’s pull off big trade for pitcher’s and he just sits on his butt doing nothing. At minimum, he could have joined the trade and got one of the 3 top prospect shortstops that the Cubs have stocked up. What is the plan for next year?

  7. ropeadope says:

    Either my proposed lineup last night got in Mike’s head or he’s just pulling my chain (listing Jeter – Roberts in the top two slots).

  8. Chip says:

    At the game and couldn’t believe the show Wheeler put on in bp. Dude hit one into the third deck. I had no idea he had that much power

  9. OldYanksFan says:

    It’s the O’s vs the Red Sox.
    MY GOD WHO DO I ROOT FOR ?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!

  10. common sense says:

    Roberts had the game of his life yesterday so he’s gonna play until the season ends and still bat about .240.

    Wheeler had a great game so according to the Yankees he’s the next big thing and will play 75 games to many and in the end bat .245.

    The Yankees won two in row so now everything according to the Yankees in Yankee land is fine and dandy. Leaving Yankees fans no hope and running out the same different lineup every day and every other game when they lose Joe will say “Well he had a few great swings” “we feel as if he’s coming around”

    You like that? “same different lineup” That includes the starters who are batting .240 .240 to high .215 along with the bench guys who play just about every day and bat .215 as well.

  11. Marty Foster behind the plate today. Have Phelps throw everything in the dirt.

  12. ALZ says:

    30 year old making his 4th career start with like a 6 era; if soriano can’t make contact today he shouldn’t even bother getting on the plane.

  13. vicki says:

    i usually love long, languorous ballgames, but let’s get this one in quick. it’s too pretty out to be nerding on the yankees all day.

  14. RetroRob says:

    …and all those players like Roy White were allowed to use greenies.

  15. TheRealGreg says:

    Oh good lord this strike zone’s gonna suck

  16. TheRealGreg says:

    Yankees haven’t seen Pino before and it has showed here.

  17. TheRealGreg says:

    He looks like Charlie Hayes

  18. TheRealGreg says:

    What was Gardenhire arguing about?

  19. ALZ says:

    The big man does it.

  20. BigBlueAL says:

    11 scoreless innings in a row and counting for the Yankees offense. Back to normal :-(

  21. RetroRob says:

    Xander Bogaerts. Ha.

  22. BigBlueAL says:

    Not watching Yankee broadcast, has Kay ripped Gardner the way he did Ellsbury for not playing today?? Or is this not a “big” game like he claimed the last game vs Tampa apparently was which is why it was so appalling that Ellsbury sat that game out.

    • Not to the same degree. Questioned Girardi more than Gardner cause this sounds like it was Girardi’s decision.

    • RetroRob says:

      He went blabbering off about how when he was a kid Roy White would play in every single game. Then he somehow tried to weave the extreme outlier of Cal Ripken into the conversation, disregarding that an argument could be made that Ripken might have been better with some days off. He somehow didn’t mention Lou Gehrig.

  23. BigBlueAL says:

    Greg you are spot on, Wheeler at-bat reminds me so much of Charlie Hayes lol.

    • TheRealGreg says:

      He just looks like him. Stocky build, round face.

      • ropeadope says:

        And for the older crowd, Walt “No-Neck” Williams in terms of the stocky build and wide smile. Williams played primarily for the White Sox, but finished his career with the Yankees. One notable characteristic of Williams was running to his outfield position at full speed when his team took the field, and doing the same when returning to the dugout. Don’t know how this correlates with Wheeler.

  24. There we go Cervelli.

  25. TheRealGreg says:

    Bet you Matt Thornton will be used in this game.

  26. Zeddard Wheeler says:

    If Frankie hadn’t started we wouldn’t be leading 1-0. BGDP and Frankie is a battery that should be used more often. Wouldn’t mind seeing Frankie and McCann platoon at catcher, especially with the way Frankie is swinging the bat.

  27. Zeddard Wheeler says:

    Another day another multi hit game for Frankie. He’s set them up nicely here to give BGDP and the short pen an insurance run.

  28. Mick taylor says:

    What does it take for yanks to get Josh willingham to replace soriano

    • fred robbins says:

      The time to get Josh was 2 years ago when he hit the free agent market for 3 years and 21 million– I guess that was too good a deal for the Yankees to take and with a good power hitting outfielder and right handed bat… all of which they were looking before– but they went with Wells I believe at this time— or was it Raul… but it killed me that they didn’t even make a move on this guy who always kills the Yankees.

  29. blubber123 says:

    How many hard hit balls with so little to show? “watching” on Game Day so can’t tell for sure but seems every other out is a line drive.

  30. TheRealGreg says:

    Dammit Phelps

  31. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    How is nobody warming up yet?
    The HR and lineout weren’t warning signs?

    I know the bullpen is short, but that’s just ridiculous.

  32. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice game by Phelps.

    How about some offense now?

  33. fred robbins says:

    These low scoring runs are just going to kill Betances and Warren- and that’s if Warren is not already feeling some effects that are sometimes called being “Proctered” around here…dammm
    It seems like Girardi has lost confidence in Shawn Kelly, and I don’t blame him- but he almost has to be used to day over the other two just mentioned.

    And wasn’t there any other choice to insert over Soriano today?

  34. TheRealGreg says:

    Great job by Phelps but that pitch selection to one of the guys who can homer in that lineup is really bad.

    Let’s see if we can squeak it out

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      It was more the horribly missed pitch location (it was supposed to be outside corner, missed the target by about a foot), than the pitch selection that did him in.

  35. GGBG Fan says:

    Lol Twins broadcaster bashing the Yankees farm system. “And the Yankees don’t have any homegrown arms in the starting rotation so they had to go get Tanaka.” Umm look who’s starting against you?

  36. Zeddard Wheeler says:

    Lead off man on again and no runs. This team just doesn’t know how to manufacture a run when they need it. Twins will and this will be yet another 2-1 loss.

  37. Zeddard Wheeler says:

    Why the hell is Gardner not in LF. Two 40 year olds just waltzed to a foul ball pop up and let it drop. That will costs us.

  38. iblamejay-z says:


  39. Slap-Ass says:

    This offense is nauseating.

  40. TheRealGreg says:

    Would you have bunted Ellsbury there?

    • Zeddard Wheeler says:

      I would have manufactured the run. Bunt, hit and run, steal, anything other than the stationary Girardi ball.

  41. GGBG Fan says:

    Jeter + Soriano = Less than stellar defense

  42. TheRealGreg says:

    Wonder if Gardner would have played that on a hop.

    Pirela can’t get here soon enough

  43. Kelley has got to be thinking, “I’ve gotten you an out twice..”

  44. nsalem says:

    The writing is on the wall. I hope the right parties are reading.

  45. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Fucking bad news bears.

  46. BigBlueAL says:

    Good thing Gardner got the day off today.

    • TheRealGreg says:

      Don’t know if Gardner would have gotten to that one or played it on a hop. He probably would have gotten the foul pop up After that, fallacy time

  47. vicki says:

    kelley is broken.

  48. iblamejay-z says:

    Soriano is just useless at this point

  49. Glue Factory says:

    Paging Mr. Soriano.
    Paging Mr. Soriano.

    • JV says:

      He’s busy abso-FRIGGIN’-lutely sucking at baseball right now to respond. It’s just sad to watch at this point.

  50. Zeddard Wheeler says:

    And just like clockwork the Twins will manufacture a run and it’ll be yet another 2-1 loss. They can manufacture runs and the Yankees can’t. And Gardner should have been subbed in LF late in the game.

  51. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice play.

  52. TheRealGreg says:

    This would be interesting if the Twins bunt Parmelee here when the Yankees didn’t bunt Ellsbury

  53. iblamejay-z says:

    what happens when you give a team 5 outs in an inning

  54. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice job, Kelley.

  55. vicki says:

    i take it back, shawn kelley. you were heroic.

  56. TheRealGreg says:

    The Twins shot themselves in the foot when Dozier didn’t advance to second on the drop. That would have completely changed the complexion of the inning

  57. JV says:

    Soriano needs to be cut now! 2 mistakes in a row in the field and an absolute ZERO at the bat. Get rid of this guy now…

  58. iblamejay-z says:

    wow that was very Yankee-esque of the twins

  59. RetroRob says:

    I suspect Ellsbury’s UZR will be even worse after that catch.

  60. Ron says:

    This is Kelly this team needs with all the bullpen overuse

  61. TheRealGreg says:

    By the way, they gave Dozier a hit on that drop. Home cooking

  62. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Well at least Soriano provides good, um, uh…….memories?

  63. iblamejay-z says:

    Soriano = Crispy

  64. JV says:

    Glad to see Soriano make up for his fielding mistakes with a great at bat. 0 for EVERYTHING!!!!! Totally useless.

  65. WhittakerWalt says:

    I don’t want to alarm you, but Soriano also can’t hit lefties now.

  66. Deep Thoughts says:

    I am officially ready to see Zoilous Wheelmonte on the left side. Adios y gracias Alfonso.

  67. JV says:

    Gardner is in, 4 at bat’s too late.

  68. Patrick says:

    So is it realistic at all to think Soriano will be DFA’d?

  69. Figure we’ll see Jim Miller in the 10th? Betances isn’t usable, I doubt Huff is. D-Rob can definitely only go 1 and Warren can probably go 1.

  70. Patrick says:

    The redemption of Shawn Kelley? First time he hasn’t looked lost on the mound since he came back.

  71. Kelley looks great today. Let’s keep it up in future appearances.


  72. iblamejay-z says:

    Lets bring back Johnny D…I mean with him being able to hit better than half the league and all

  73. steved fl says:

    Girardi should be kicked in the nut sack everytime he puts Sorianos name in the lineup!

  74. TheRealGreg says:

    Yankees have hit a few balls solidly in this game that have found glove. BaBip

  75. TheRealGreg says:

    Remember when people wanted Kelly Johnson to have more at bats?

  76. Kosmo says:

    Jeter yells “now knock me in goddamit“

  77. iblamejay-z says:

    Jeter lives! Lets go Roberts…rake another one

  78. TheRealGreg says:

    They score runs when their pitching is bad and they don’t score when they pitch badly.

  79. JV says:

    A leadoff single???? Is that a thing, I thought those only happened after 2 outs. Yankee offense, ugh…

  80. WhittakerWalt says:

    Does Thornton get anyone out?

  81. TheRealGreg says:

    JGYank wanted to see Thornton so here he is.

    • JGYank says:

      Not in that situation. Drob was the right call there. Thornton is strictly a LOOGY and a low/medium leverage guy. Almost got out of it, but he also missed giving up a homer by inches.

  82. ALZ says:

    Nice. Got the runner off.

  83. Tom says:

    So how many times is Girardi going to have Robertson warming up?

    After working two days in a row, he should have just been brought in once he got him loose. He’s going to blow out a guy already working on reduced rest warming up multiple times in the bullpen (he’s already warmed up twice, no?)

  84. Farewell Mo says:

    Is Meredith pregnant or did she just get fat?

  85. Kosmo says:

    Thornton pumping the heat.

    • Farewell Mo says:

      Maybe Girardi can start using him a bit more. 17 innings in half a season doesn’t justify a roster spot especially with most of the starting rotation not getting deep into games

  86. TheRealGreg says:

    And again getting a hit with 2 outs.

  87. ALZ says:

    Get Drob in here.

  88. Kosmo says:

    Ichiro 10RBI Suzuki

  89. ALZ says:

    come on. hitting arcia?

  90. vicki says:


  91. TheRealGreg says:

    WOW Cervelli

  92. ALZ says:

    thats ridiculous.
    It wouldn’t even have made it anyways.

  93. iblamejay-z says:

    cmon Cervelli…no reason to throw that

  94. WhittakerWalt says:

    Playing the infield up with this defense should be hilarious.

  95. Rolling Doughnut says:

    What a joke.

  96. Can we please stop hitting Arcia? He’s not Carlos Quentin.

  97. ropeadope says:

    Just when you think you’ve seen it all.

  98. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    WTF Cervelli????????????

  99. Slap-Ass says:

    Even Cervelli wants to rebuild this muthafucka!

  100. BigBlueAL says:

    Another embarrassing loss in a season full of them.

  101. Umm, why was that even thrown?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      I think a good throw actually could have gotten the out.

      Unfortunately, that wasn’t anywhere near a good throw.

  102. Zeddard Wheeler says:

    The Twins just manufactured the run they needed to win and it’s another 2-1 loss. Stationary Joe needs to realize this offense isn’t going to hit the 3 run-HR.

    • They didn’t manufacture that…we put two runners on.

      I will say, that should’ve not been thrown to 1st. Forces the Twins to get a hit to win.

    • TheRealGreg says:

      Manufactured is a little strong.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        He’s rolling now. Unless he thinks the Twins paid Cervelli to help them out.

      • Zeddard Wheeler says:

        They put the ball in play. Morales got the runner over. Ploufe put the ball in play and ran so slow to 1st that he induced Cervelli to make an errant throw.

    • Farewell Mo says:

      They manufactured shit. Your boy Cervelli choked.

    • TheRealGreg says:

      Your Boy Screwed it up.

    • Paqua says:

      Gimme a break. Girardi is as “small ball” as they come – especially considering they’re an AL team — to an often infuriating degree. The team doesn’t hit — homers, or otherwise. You can’t “manufacture” anything if you don’t do SOMETHING with the bat.

  103. WhittakerWalt says:


  104. Farewell Mo says:

    Fucking Cervelli. He overthrew that by 30 feet.

  105. Nathan says:


  106. WhittakerWalt says:

    That was the boneheaded play of the year.

  107. WhittakerWalt says:

    Also, another game where we scored one run.

  108. The Lime says:

    Ha ha ha. Out of all the ways that I expected the game to end…at least this loss came with some laughs

  109. steved fl says:

    the team is just not good. cant hit, defense is bad. they win a couple games here and there and are hanging around because nobody else in the division can pull away. im not even sure Cashman can make ALL the moves needed to right this sinking ship. Very hard to watch.

  110. Kosmo says:

    not much to say. Girardi has his loogy in for a 2nd inning over 20 pitches runs the risk of an unhappy ending. Yanks brought Jim Miller up use him g-damit.

  111. Zeddard Wheeler says:

    For those blaming Frankie for the loss the only reason they had 1 run was because of him. Where are the big boppers Teixera, Beltran and Ellsbury? They couldn’t do anything against a 6 ERA pitcher, which has been par for the course all season long.

  112. Charles says:

    Miller was in AAA when the Yankees called up Aceves instead, doesn’t that tell you something? I’d rather have a 20+ pitch outing from Thornton than a 2014 debut from the last pitcher on the 25 man roster.

    • Kosmo says:

      it tells me NY was running out of options anyway. If Thornton got thru the inning, Miller probably was next up. FWIW Miller has pitched in the bigs. He´d also be facing a weak hitting lineup who haven´t seem much of him.

      Aceves was brought up to be the long man something Miller is not.

  113. WhittakerWalt says:

    Will there be a similar book written about this year’s Yankees?


  114. JKatlak says:

    The Yankees are hitting the right amount of homers, they are simply just not hitting enough. If Beltran was a 290 hitter. If McCann was a 280 hitter. If Tex was a 280 hitter. I don’t think anyone would be complaining that they are not hitting enough homeruns if guys hit the way they are supposed to. They are not getting enough hits because too many guys hit into the shift.

    It’s tough to get on base at a high rate if your team is not hitting. Ultimately it comes down to getting on base, but it’s no story, if you’re not hitting you’re not hitting. It’s tough to draw 5-6 walks in a game. You’ve got to be able to hit the ball. It’s as simple as that. That’s the reason they can’t get on base, they don’t hit.

  115. Chris says:

    Did anyone else throw the device with which they were watching the game or was that just me?

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