Game 92: Just Win

Roberts is playing his first game back in Baltimore. (Patrick Smith/Getty)

Rude of LeBron to overshadow Roberts’ return to Baltimore. (Patrick Smith/Getty)

Considering all the injuries and their extended stretch of mediocre play — 42-42 in their last 84 games! — this could be a season-defining series for the Yankees. I don’t think that’s hyperbole either. If the Yankees sweep, they’ll be a game back of the Orioles and right in the thick of the AL East race. If the Yankees get swept, forget it. They’ll be seven games back and buried. They would have to seriously consider selling at the trade deadline.

This is the epitome of a one game at a time weekend. The All-Star break is coming up, so Joe Girardi can lean a heavily on his late-inning relievers if necessary. In fact, I encourage it. This is the most important series of the season (to date), after all. Win at all costs, then enjoy the four-day mini-vacation next week. Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 2B Brian Roberts
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  9. DH Kelly Johnson
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It’s a little cloudy but hot and uncomfortably humid in Baltimore, which is pretty standard down there. Tonight’s game will begin a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Updates: CC Sabathia (knee) has postponed his appointment with Dr. Andrews on Monday. He will first get opinions from Dr. ElAttrache and Dr. Maister … in case you missed it earlier, the Yankees acquired lefty Jeff Francis in a minor trade with the Athletics. Jim Miller was designated for assignment and Matt Daley was called up.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Cuso says:

    Let’s start slugging this series, huh? Like innings one through nine.

  2. For some reason, I keep purging, but my umpire review isn’t showing. Weird.

  3. mustang says:

    Bitches can hope to be swept but I’m a Yankees fan failure and hoping for failure thats for other fans

    So with that lets channel this organization historical past and whip some ass and if they go down go down fighting.


  4. hornblower says:

    Same old lineup. Ichiro and Kelly Johnson need to go on vacation. As do I.

    • Daniel says:

      I say give Kelly Johnson this weekend. If he doesn’t get anything going then you’ve got to replace him coming back from the break. He’s not the only one killing us, but he’s a guaranteed unproductive out way too often.

  5. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    I like how the DH hits 9th. What a great use of that spot, a .218 hitter that should have been cut weeks ago. What ever happened to the great DH’s this franchise used to have?

  6. vicki says:

    i’m sorry, but it’s time for steve pearce to remember he’s steve pearce.

  7. LOL! says:

    When you bat a DH 9th in the lineup that’s posts a .212 your season pretty much it done. Your DH is your power hitter a guys who can mash and be an rbi machine. Sorry fans let’s talk in 4 years.

  8. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Welcome back to Baltimore, BRob!

  9. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    An Ichiro XBH!!!!

  10. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Ichiro with an XBH! Soley is red hot so they’ve got a good chance to get 2 here.

  11. Darren says:

    LOL, nice trolling Mike. If they get swept they’re buried? Right, almost no teams have ever made up a 7 game deficit with half a season to play. Ok then. It’s fine to be a typical emotional Yankee fan. What’s super annoying is the cloak of SABR bullshit that everyone likes to hide behind. Everything can be explained by small sample sizes, regression, etc….except when it doesn’t suit your purposes.

    • Mr. Roth says:

      Toronto and Baltimore have never had an epic collapse in the 2nd half of a season…Wait, what’s that?

      Nevermind, yes they have.

  12. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    That’ll teach the Os fan not to cheer him.

  13. vicki says:

    brian. roberts.

  14. Get Phelps Up says:


  15. WhittakerWalt says:


  16. Buddy says:

    With all the injured starters in MLB. I wonder any team will go w/ a 6 man rotation like they do in Japan… Give ‘em an extra day for their arms to recover.

  17. Sorry, RAB, but this has been in moderation for 40 damn minutes now. Secondary links removed; only the primary one left. Dammit, ridiculous.

    Dirk Hayhurst is such a piece of shit.


    While I was in spring training with the … You know what, I’m not going to tell you. Too many potheads still in action there. Let’s just say that while I was in spring training with a certain organization, a group of guys on the team got robbed. They were all staying in a house together, splitting the rent through the course of the spring, their luxury rides all parked out front in a row, leaving at the same time every day. It wasn’t hard for the local criminal element to figure out who they were and the schedule they kept. When these criminals decided to hit the house, they made off with all manner of high-end accessories, televisions, gaming systems and other tech toys.


    What didn’t make the news was the other stuff that got taken. I may have been naive enough to believe the news reports, but then you start to hear things on the locker-to-locker information superhighway. First, one of the guys really liked his firearms and had a couple of automatic assault rifles, including some AK-47s. Next, a large collection of porno DVDs had gone missing. Finally, the pillow-case-sized bag of weed that had been sitting on the kitchen table, next to its accoutrements. All of it gone, none of it reported.

    So, not saying which organization, when it happened, which players may have been involved. Anonymous narcing. Ok. As you were.

    Except one thing really struck me the instant I came across it:

    AK-47?s. Gee whiz, that’s an awfully specific thing to mention, isn’t it? I mean, it’s not just a gun, not just an assault rifle, it’s a very-specifically mentioned gun. You know who, as a Tampa resident, I learned a long time ago likes his AK-47?s? Rays third baseman Evan Longoria. Huh. Maybe I should dig further.

    PORT CHARLOTTE — Among the items stolen Saturday from the Port Charlotte rental home shared by three prominent Tampa Bay Rays was an AK-47 rifle belonging to star third baseman Evan Longoria.


    The investigation into the midday break-in at the house shared by Longoria, ace pitcher David Price and shortstop Reid Brignac is continuing.

    This article is dated March 28, 2011. Damn, you know what would make this story REALLY fascinating? There are so many links here, what if Dirk Hayhurst was actually a part of the Rays organization as of that time period? That would really pin things down, wouldn’t it?

    Hayhurst’s final spring in professional baseball was with the Rays in 2011. He never pitched in the majors for the club, but he did pitch that spring and for Triple-A Durham for the season.


    If this guy is going to leave this many gaping holes in his story, then at least have the g-ddamn guts to say the organization straight up. I’m no investigator or anything, and the fact that I could piece all the details together in less than five minutes tells me that he wrote that part in an obvious/not obvious way.

    I have no respect for this jackass. Never had, and certainly never will.

    Sorry, but I read that article this morning, and I know reaction has already occurred, but, dammit, that really struck a nerve.

  18. Need Pitching & Hitting says:


  19. No 2013 again says:


  20. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Kelly might be turning it around. Great decision to DH him tonight.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      You are the best.

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        Dude’s a straight up blog troll, an amusement, really, even though that’s probably not his intention. He is pretty good at messing with the heads of a lot of the guys around here though.

        • Daniel says:

          Either he is a really accomplished troll, or he is exactly the way he is and deserves to be studied by someone. He is an asset either way.

  21. mustang says:

    YESSSSSSS !!!!

    Kiss my get swept ASSSSS!!!

  22. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Two homers in two innings? The first two innings? The Earth’s magnetic poles must be reversing.

  23. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    2 xbh’s in one game for Ichiro????

    What is this insanity????

    (lil’ stu must be very upset)

  24. Rolling Doughnut says:

    xb hits some very palpable xb hits.

  25. mustang says:


  26. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Soley’s been red hot. There’s nobody else I’d rather have up the plate right here. Could be a chance to end it.

  27. No 2013 again says:

    what a joke

  28. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Ichiro 2 XBH’s in one game! And Rob Thomson finally made a good hold.

  29. BigBlueAL says:

    Picking up where they left off last night, stranding runners in scoring position which will most likely bite them in the ass later.

  30. WhittakerWalt says:

    The pumpkin formerly known as Yangervis Solarte strikes again.

  31. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    This is how they lost last night. Too many men left on base. Kelly needs to drive those runs home when he has the chance.

  32. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Not cool Solarte. Not cool at all.

  33. No 2013 again says:

    that’s how you lose baseball games.. fucking joke

  34. mustang says:

    Its ok shit happen get them next.

    GO YANKS!!!

  35. Rolling Doughnut says:


  36. Slap-Ass says:

    RISP fail yet again.

  37. Slap-Ass says:


  38. WhittakerWalt says:

    What the hell

  39. RkyMtnYank says:

    What’s that like 12 errors Jeter hasn’t been charged with so far this year, just stupid!

  40. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Fucking IF defense.

  41. WhittakerWalt says:

    Nice play, Cap.

  42. No 2013 again says:

    what a surprise..

  43. No 2013 again says:

    they are leading 2-0, have men on 2nd and 3rd one out. They fail to score (like they always they do) and on the next inning the pitcher hits a batter, the veteran SS misplays an easy DB ball and then the mediocre pitcher lets the run score on a wild pitch. Freaking garbage, .500 team all the way

  44. WhittakerWalt says:

    “And that is a ball that Jeter gets EVERY SINGLE TIME”

    - Suzyn Waldman

    Every single time? Really? You mean, other than this time?

  45. Jimmy Smash says:

    Come on, Derek. These are important games. Thought you were about winning.

  46. mustang says:

    Come on Kuroda pick up teammates

  47. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Jesus. At least play at the ML level ffsake.

  48. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Just a bit high…

    Let’s give some more runs away now.

  49. No 2013 again says:

    they don’t even give the opposition a chance to beat them, they beat themselves

  50. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Put Frankie in at catcher. McCann didn’t even know what pitch was coming. Jesus Christ.

  51. mustang says:

    Ok Bad inning lets get all back now.

  52. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Well this has been an extremely well-played, fundamentally sound, inning.

  53. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Kuroda better apologize to us after this trash performance.

  54. Slap-Ass says:

    LOL this fucking inning.

  55. WhittakerWalt says:

    That was the most ridiculous inning of this ridiculous season.

  56. JGYank says:

    So everyone has stayed healthy so far today? Amazing.

  57. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Miggy Gonzalez is going to bear down now and not give up another hit. He’s a Yankee killer.

  58. Hassey says:

    Cashman should get Executive of the Year for the genius Jim Miller moves.
    Would someone with some guts hit the flush button on this years team already? Yeesh, it’s right there in front of u, are you frikkin blind? We could get back a haul

  59. stuart a says:

    whay a friggin inning. capped after the clutch AB by solarte.

    kuroda did what kuroda does, just enough to lose.. train fuckin wreck..

    give ichiro an extension he is up to what 7 extra base hits for the season…..

    btw that was an error by the captain, junior high play…

  60. vicki says:

    a text exchange.

    friend: when did you catch the fatalism of a cubs fan?

    me: around the time chris stewart was getting 340 plate appearances in pinstripes.

    i appreciate that people want to believe in disney movie endings, like some people believe praying to a supernatural being will have some positive effect on their lives. but this team is bad at nearly every aspect of the game, and it’s had a cumulative effect on me. faith in the face of evidence is theological babble. even the miracle mets had pitching.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      Hmm…Vox clamantis in deserto?

    • Hassey says:

      Let’s leave The Lord out of this. S/he didn’t put together this roster.

    • JGYank says:

      While I agree about the state of the team, it’s not impossible to make the postseason thanks to the weak division and the 2nd WC. We could get lucky and start winning 1 run games left and right 2012 orioles style and finish with a just good enough record better than what our run differential would suggest it should be. And we have the back end of the pen to do just that and I’m sure cash will continue to try to add to the current roster.

      • Hassey says:

        That’s crazy talk
        Sell Mortimer, sell

        • JGYank says:

          No it’s not. I refuse to rule it out. I’m not optimistic at all, but teams outperform their talent all the time. Crappy teams on paper have made it to the postseason before, so why can’t the Yanks? They’re not even that far behind. The rays made up 10 games in a month so I can think we can make up this deficit in almost half a season. It’s like in mlb the show, even though you might have a crappy team, if you sim the season enough times you’ll win eventually and vice versa. I haven’t checked the odds of making the postseason but I’m sure they’re above 10%, and most people act like they’re 1%.

        • steved fl says:

          haha good one!

      • vicki says:

        back end of the pen is, of course, that non-awful aspect i was referring to.

        i’ve followed some bad teams; other sports, as well as pre-dynasty yankees. i can enjoy watching in the moment. unlikely wins, spectacular catches, all that. it’s a rude awakening after years of being spoiled and conditioned, is all.

  61. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Kuroda will surrender the game here. Yankee killer Miggy Gonzalez won’t allow another hit, if you can call these guys playing tonight Yankees.

  62. Hassey says:

    Gonzalez is no Yankee killer. Their lineup just sucks

  63. Hassey says:

    What a pleasure to watch a game without Michael Kay. He must be off somewhere else narrating someone’s nightmares

  64. WhittakerWalt says:

    Is Kuroda drunk?

  65. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Wow, nice play.

  66. No 2013 again says:

    what a play by tex!

  67. JGYank says:

    Tex was all over that. Great play!

  68. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    That was intentional. I would throw one right at Markakis’s wrist next inning.

    • Slap-Ass says:

      Beyond obvious. Of course there won’t be retaliation on our part. We’ll kindly give them the lead in the next 2 innings or let them walk off in the ninth.

  69. RetroRob says:

    Rob (4:45 PM)

    Just catching up on your chat. I’d like to follow up on Jeff from NYC’s question about Refsnyder. What should the Yankees do with him? Believe in the bat and bring him up now to play right field, or leave him in AAA to keep learning second? How bad is he there?


    Leave him in AAA to work on it. He’s not THAT bad, just needs improvement.

  70. WhittakerWalt says:

    Jeez, Gonzales is knocking the bats out of their hands.

  71. BigBlueAL says:

    3 infield pop-ups that inning. This offense man.

  72. JGYank says:

    Pitchers need to realize throwing down in the zone to Trout isn’t smart.

  73. WhittakerWalt says:

    Wow, a weak Jeter groundout. I can see it’s rally time.

  74. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Way to make Gozalez work guys bravo!

  75. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice game by Hirok. Unfortunate that he had that one wild inning, but nice game overall.

  76. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    2-3-4 up against the pen. If they’re going to get a lead this will have to be it. Delin is ready for next inning.

  77. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    5 pitches 3 outs. The pen might hold them for a few innings but this offense isn’t going to score.

  78. WhittakerWalt says:

    2 pitches.

  79. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    Zelous Wheeler’s day off?

  80. WhittakerWalt says:

    4 pitches. Makin’ him work.

  81. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Soley with a web gem! That’ll fire up the club.

  82. steved fl says:

    how many pitches that inning? are you kidding me?

  83. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Good job, Delin. Got retaliation for Kelly.

  84. vicki says:

    chicks dig defense.

  85. RetroRob says:

    Is Pearce 5 feet tall?

  86. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    Career minor league play there by Yangervis.

  87. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Pinch run for McCann and try to win this. PH Zelous for Soley.

  88. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    If they can get a man on this inning I suspect they’ll PH Zelous for Soley and that’ll give them a great chance to get Robby a save.

  89. Need Pitching & Hitting says:


  90. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    Bunted to hard.

  91. BigBlueAL says:

    LOL and now McCann is out of the game. Great stuff.

  92. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    I just can’t believe that bunt backfired. When is Joe going to learn.

  93. Mr. FB says:

    By all means, don’t stop with just one bunt.

  94. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Here comes Zelous! He has a knack for the big hit. Get the lead and Robby that save.

  95. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    Nice pick up behind the plate.

  96. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Delin nasty as ever tonight. If only he could pitch every inning. The lone bright spot remaining.

  97. WhittakerWalt says:

    Do the Yanks have dinner reservations or something? They can’t make out fast enough.

    • RetroRob says:

      They were definitely swinging early on Gonzalez just as teams we’re starting to do with Tanaka, figuring the first pitch fastball might be the most hittable and in the Yankees case, wanting to stay away from that change-up. It worked early.

      Looks like they can go off to dinner now. A loss.

  98. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    It’s just a matter of time before one of the Os hitters gets a hold of one and end the ballgame. Warren probably serves up the walk off. Just can’t go 8 innings only getting one hit and expect to win ballgames.

  99. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Three games till the Break, why not use Betances for two innings?

  100. iblamejay-z says:

    what happens when your 1 – 4 hitters go 1 for 19 against a sub par pitcher.

  101. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Yankees are great.

  102. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    There’s your ball game and there’s your season. Pack it up. Ain’t no way Greene and TBA beat the Os.

  103. RetroRob says:

    I’ve seen this movie too many times this year.

    Two thumbs down.

  104. tepid offense is gonna be tepid. This game could’ve lasted ten more innings and they probably wouldn’t have scored any more runs.

  105. stuart a says:

    yankee offense on fire..

    they scored 2 runs tonight, yes the parade is in store..

    jeter terrible error. kuroda with the wild pitches and the y huge culprit the great NY Yankee offense..

    Besides Betances and Tanaka there is almost nothing worth watching on this team…

    Another game they should have won, they did not because there offense is fucking HORRIBLE.

  106. WhittakerWalt says:

    Anyone surprised by that?

  107. Yanks47 says:

    This team has been the most frustrating yankeed team in 20 years. I kept watching and getting let down every night , after tanka blew his elbow out I finally stopped watching as I gave up any tiny hope I hade before. These last 2 games i didnt watch ( just occasionally followed on my phone) and it doen’t hurt anymore as I just dont give a shit anymore.

  108. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Getting harder and harder to watch these guys.

    • RetroRob says:

      Baseball is a game of hope, so as a fan you’re hope has to come from somewhere. Hope that the current collection of players will come together and put on a good run. When the Yankees have had problems in the past I’ve always believed they had the talent to make a run, and they did. That’s not the case here.

      If you don’t have that hope, you need hope in the form of young talent, watching them play and develop. Unfortunately, the Yankees don’t have that now either on the big league roster.

      So, yes, it’s tough.

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        I was a kid when the only team they could beat was the Senators, and I used to watch them get killed in the ninth all the time. But my Dad still took me to games and we still rooted for them as if they were contenders.

  109. Chris says:

    I just kept skipping inning by inning on the ps3 after they scored 2 because I figured that was it. Ten innings, 2 runs sounds about right. Glad I saved myself some time. Kuroda literally has the worst luck with run support ever. It’s now a career sample size. Amazing.

    I could not care less if this team loses games. I’ll watch but at a certain point they should feel the consequences of their patchwork every year. They can respectfully eat my balls

  110. Zach says:

    Yankees flat out do not score after the fifth inning. Seriously, check out the numbers:

    • RetroRob says:

      Haven’t looked at it, but that doesn’t surprise me.

    • stuart a says:

      very interesting stat.. it is not our imagination they suck late. I thought all these great players with history would have better results but nah.

      texiera who gets kudos left and right is hitting 240..he I a slug. swings fo rthe fences all game long, tries to pull everything and a handicap on the basepaths. Like mccann they clog up the basepaths..

      sorry to say this is a last place team…they are injured and bad…anyone who thinks differently is dreaming..

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:


  111. stuart a says:

    besides being bad there is no hint of getting better.

    fuck counting on carlos beltran to turn it around.

    old broken down players go to the Yankees to get their last big contract they do not deserve….

    fucking joke…Cashman have some balls. fuck getting cliff lee that would be insanity. trade Kuroda to the dodgers for anything. trade any other over 28 year old asset for anything you can get…

    that will never happen. nah they picked up jeff francis another 33 year old piece of crap, who had potential about 5 years ago.. francis joins a crowd of crappy lefties. mostly in the pen who suck…

    btw warren has ben good but it is a relative term. he is now 1 and 5..2.50 era is good but let’s keep it in perspective…

    brian fuckin McCann. slower then shit. almost got his obp to 300…

  112. Bronx_Boy says:

    I’ve been a Yankee fan since the 50′s and I’ve never seen them sell, ever.

  113. E-6 says:

    Then don’t watch them

  114. RetroRob says:

    Let’s play two tomorrow!

  115. stuart a says:

    yanks drew 1 walk in 10 innings..

  116. Robert says:

    See Pete Obrien left game any update?

  117. Joe C says:

    First of all why was Ichiro even in the game in the tenth? He should have been pinch hit for in the ninth when the team needed a spark. Instead, Joe leave him in the game to botch a play in right.

    Second of all. Why doesn’t Joe believe in the bunt? That fourth inning with week hitting Solarte and Johnson at the plate would have been the perfect time to try a suicide squeexe. I know that McCann can’t run and all but the play would have taken everyone by surprise. Proably would have led to a run. Joe needs to think outside the box and stop looking at that binder, which doesn’t tell him how score runs. Point in fact it only tells you how not to score a run.

    Thirdly, no excuse for DJ and Brett the Jett for there agressive hitting in the late innings. Absolutely none because it ended up helping the Birds out. It really did, especially against gonlalez. They made no attempt to force him to get the ball up. Absolutely none. They just chased the first ball that was around the plate. And guess what easy grounders to firrst and second. But then they made up for it by not running down to first base. From a 19 year veteran I expect more. Somebody needs to tell him to get it together or get out of here. I am tired of it.

    And lastly, why does Joe seemed so surprised that the Yankees can’t play defense when scouts have said that he didn’t have this team ready to play coming out of spring training? Why does he act so surprised when it seems like he could have done a better job preparing them for the season? Why doesn’t Joe do something about it take to them during bp. Give them some instruction. Anything. You can’t just sit there and shake your head when you yourself could be doing something. That’s just incompetance. Plain and simple.

  118. JKatlak says:

    People thought the steroid era was bad. Boy do you wish it would come back when you consider just how many losses this team has had where they get a quality pitching performance and lose. As good as pitching duals can be, you suffer more heartbreak now they would ever during the steroid era. Not that I endorse cheating or anything, but at least your offense would very rarely fail you for any quality outings during the roid era.

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