Game 152: Oops

Mike’s out, so I told him I’d do the game thread. And then I forgot. Oops. My bad. Here’s the game thread for tonight. I don’t have anything witty to add. I’d just like to see a few more wins before the season’s out. Run the table on the last homestand for Jeter, maybe?

Game 151: Retaliation?

(Brian Blanco/Getty)
(Brian Blanco/Getty)

Things got a little heated between the Yankees and Rays last night after Derek Jeter was hit by a pitch up high. Tampa has plunked several Yankees hitters in their last few meetings. Following the game, Joe Girardi and some players said they weren’t necessarily upset with getting hit, but where they were getting hit, specifically up high around the hands and head. If you’re going to pitch inside, do it down in the zone. That was their basic message.

The Yankees are clearly upset with the Rays and frustrated by the way their season has played out in general, so if there is going to be any sort of retaliation, it’ll happen tonight, in their final head-to-head game of the season. It’s worth noting that Joe West, tonight’s scheduled home plate umpire, was just suspended one game by MLB for an incident over the weekend, meaning there will be a replacement umpire on the staff. Hopefully nothing happens and these two teams just play baseball. Throwing at people is weak. Just beat them. Here is the Rays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. DH Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. LF Chris Young
  6. CF Brett Gardner
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    RHP Brandon McCarthy

More heat, more humidity, and more rain in the St. Petersburg area today. The Tropicana Field dome came in handy this series. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:10pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Game 150: Big Mike in Tampa

BIG MIKE IS HERE

Michael Pineda is very familiar with the Tampa area. Big Mike spent the better part of the 2012-13 seasons at the team’s Spring Training complex while rehabbing from his shoulder surgery, so pitching in Tropicana Field — which is really across the bridge in St. Petersburg, not Tampa — should feel like a homecoming. Will his teammates actually score runs for him? The magic 8 ball says … “Don’t count on it.” So there you have it. Here is the Rays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. LF Brett Gardner
  4. 1B Brian McCann
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. DH Chris Young
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. C Frankie Cervelli
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    RHP Michael Pineda

It’s a typical Florida day down in St. Pete, meaning hot, humid, and rainy. Good thing the Trop has a roof, I guess. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on My9. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Mark Teixeira is out with soreness in his surgically repaired wrist and there is no timetable for his return at this point … obviously Frankie Cervelli (migraines) is feeling better and has been cleared to play … in case you missed it earlier, Masahiro Tanaka is tentatively scheduled to return to the rotation on Sunday.

Game 149: Stay Alive

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(Mitchell Layton/Getty)

Two weeks from now, the regular season will be over. There are only 14 games left in the Yankees’ season including tonight, and while they are mathematically still alive in the postseason race, they are an extreme long shot. In fact, a loss tonight coupled with an Orioles win over the Blue Jays would officially eliminate the Yankees from the AL East race. Let’s try to avoid that one more day, okay? Here is the Rays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. 2B Martin Prado
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. 3B Chase Headleyfirst game back since being hit by the pitch in the chin last week
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. C John Ryan Murphy
  9. SS Brendan Ryan
    LHP Chris Capuano

It’s hot and humid in St. Petersburg, plus it’s been raining on and off all day. This is one of the days when the roof comes in handy. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:10pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Game 148: Split

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(Rob Carr/Getty)

The Yankees managed to beat the Orioles yesterday afternoon, which is notable because they’ve beaten the O’s only four times in 14 tries this season. They had lost five straight to Baltimore before yesterday’s win. Winning tonight’s game would give the Yankees the series split, meaning they will have not lost a series to the O’s for the first time this season. Modest goals, I guess. Here’s the Orioles lineup and here’s the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. LF Brett Gardner
  4. 3B Martin Prado
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 1B Mark Teixeira
  7. DH Chris Young
  8. 2B Stephen Drew
  9. RF Antoan Richardson
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It is cool and clear down in Baltimore tonight. Pretty much perfect September baseball weather. Tonight’s game will begin just after 8pm ET and you can watch on ESPN. Enjoy.