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Game 9: Yankees at Royals

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 09, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES
Damon DH
Cano 2B
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui LF
Giambi 1B
Molina C
Cabrera CF
Gonzalez SS
Kennedy RHP

Notes: Jorge Posada has been diagnosed with a shoulder strain according to the KC team doctor and should only miss a few days. It doesn’t look like a DL. He had the MRI sent to Dr. James Andrews for confirmation and the Yankees will have their doctors look at it as well. “It’s good news because it’s not serious,” Posada said. … Gonzalez is in the lineup. There seems to be a chance that Morgan Ensberg will go on the DL with a mysterious knee injury. It may not necessarily be Jeter.

The Yankees won’t say what the move is until after BP.

UPDATE, 6:51 p.m.: Stunning news from Joe Girardi. It seems that Ensberg injured his left ankle on Monday. This was probably news to Ensberg until he was told about it today. The Yankees will announce their move after BP but that’s what it’ll be, Ensberg placed on the 15-day disabled list.

So Jose Molina will catch with Jorge Posada his “hopefully we don’t have to use him” backup.

cavity.jpgUPDATE, 6:56 p.m.: The Journal News was able to obtain a copy of Ensberg’s MRI. As you can see, he has a wrenched ankle. But it could be the breadbasket.

UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Morgan Ensberg survived. Shelley Duncan was just optioned to Triple-A Scranton. Why they wait to 15 minutes before the game to reveal that, I have no idea. But that’s the move.

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: The bad news keeps coming for the Yankees. Ian Kennedy is injured (we don’t know what it is yet) and Brian Bruney is starting.

UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Kennedy is fine. There is rain coming and they didn’t want to waste his start. It’s raining now.

UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: There seem to have been slowdown issues with the blog since the plug-in to edit comments was installed. So that has been yanked, at least for now. We apologize for the issues but it should be fine now.

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1,028 Responses to “Game 9: Yankees at Royals”

  1. Geo April 9th, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    here’s hoping Jeet and Jorge get better

  2. Lauren April 9th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    How did Jorge hurt his shoulder? does anyone know?

  3. Hughes 5.00 April 9th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    We are CURSED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 9th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Sweet Post, Pete ! ;-)

  5. Mr. Mientkiewicz April 9th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Why not just try and trade Ensberg for a low-level minor leaguer. I get the feeling he may not see any real playing time, injury or not.

  6. Lauren April 9th, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Molina!

  7. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 9th, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Here’s hoping that the Phantom Knee injury to Ensberg is not so serious :-)

  8. Jimmy 27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Lauren -nothing specific- probably throwing – just one of those things

  9. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Let’s get a win tonight

  10. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    How the heck did Ensberg get hurt?

    Also, for the record, my birthday’s saturday, not today. Because someone said they were confused :)

  11. Frank Discussion April 9th, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Anyone else care to issue their predictions on where the strike zone is going to be tonight ? I’m guessing it ends up somewhere in the westbound lanes of I-70 or perhaps in nearby St. Louis.

  12. Jaewon April 9th, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Let’s go Yankees!
    *clap, clap, clap clap clap*

    Here’s to the health of THE New York team, and here’s to IPK!

  13. mel April 9th, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Lauren,

    Posada said he felt it in ST. What he’s saying and the doctors are saying is two different stories. Jorge was acting like his career was over. Sometimes he really irritates me with his straight talk. I’d rather have rainbows and butterflies. :)

  14. Lauren April 9th, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Baltimore and the Royals are running away with their divisons ;)

    Who do we root for tonight: Boston or Detroit??

  15. Lauren April 9th, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Mel,

    Wow!!

    where was Jorge emoting his career was over?!

  16. Jimmy 27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    NEVER ROOT FOR BOSTON.

  17. mel April 9th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    I hope I’m not offending anyone, but please realize that Alex is not a SS anymore. By his own volition. He knew the deal when he came to the Yankees. He knew the deal when he signed on for another 10 years.

    Please leave the poor horse alone.

  18. Christy Canyon April 9th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Never root for Boston this early in the season.

  19. Brian from PA April 9th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    my favorite straight talk from jorge ever is: “i screamed, i thought they were bubbles” in reference to the swarm of bees in sarasota last year. the epitome of a sentence taken out of context…oh jorge, you made it sound like you’re afraid of bubbles!!

    but jorge isn’t a doctor. i’ve hurt my shoulder before, and it feels like hell. a strain in your shoulder feels like there is something seriously wrong, so i can see why jorge was so concerned about it.

    let’s kick some royal ass tonight…when was the last time the Yankees lost a series to the Royals? eitherway, the Yanks owned Greinke last year so they better continue that trend.

  20. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Lauren: Detroit, easy.

    RULES FOR YANKEE FANS CONCERNING THE RED SOX:

    1) It is NEVER, in ANY circumstance, appropriate to root for the Red Sox to win.

    2) In the rare instance a Boston win would have a direct effect on the Yankees’ chance at a division lead or playoff spot, it is okay to root for the other team to lose, but NOT for Boston to win.

    3) In instances of baseball feats–such as a no-hitter, it is acceptable to root for the player in question, but not for the team as a whole (ie, it’s okay to root for Laptop’s no hitter for one night, but not for the Sox to win that game), and even then it’s not okay to root for the player in question if the team against which this feat would be achieved is the Yankees.

    Any questions?

  21. Mr. Mientkiewicz April 9th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    You root for the Yankees tonight, the rest will take care of itself.

  22. Westerner99 April 9th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Betemit is out of options…I believe Ensberg is out of them, also….or he might still have one left but can’t be sent down without his permission due to his MLB service time. The only guy on the bench with options left is Duncan.

  23. 2008 Yankees April 9th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Wow….it really says something when Molina is hitting in front of Melky…wow…
    I think Posada will play come next Monday, same with Jeter. I know these next 5 games count in the standings but every team is going to go through these kinds of injuries.
    Going 3-3 in these 6 games would be a blessing. Arod/Abreu/Matsui will need to carry the offense until. Hopefully they get an unsung hero from the rest of the lineup, but they certainly need Cano and Damon to get started soon.

  24. Jaewon April 9th, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Lauren: Detroit, but I’d be almost happy if Boston wins too.

  25. Christy Canyon April 9th, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    They need Ensberg around this season in case A-Rod gets hurt. An Ensberg/Betemit platoon would be needed in that case.

  26. Mr. Mientkiewicz April 9th, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    The Yanks got swept by the Royals a couple years ago…in KC.

  27. mel April 9th, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Lauren,

    I’m sorry, I exaggerated, but he was pretty down after yesterday’s game. Not sure what it was, we’ll see, we’ll see. I think more caution should’ve been used in talking about it until they had more information. But Jorge’s no Jeter in the info deparment.

  28. S.o.S.27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    “Who do we root for tonight: Boston or Detroit??”

    That should not even be asked. Fan of 2 teams. Yanks and anyone who plays the hated ones.

    Can we dl Giambi and put Duncan in for him? He hasnt done anything this year and its just about the time that he pulls something.

  29. Jeff April 9th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    PHIL HUGHES change in Mechanics and thus loss in velocity???

    http://saberscouting.com/2008/.....l/#more-86

  30. Brian from PA April 9th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    no reason to root for Boston. to what benefit is it of ours if they win? detroit’s hole gets even deeper? who cares?

    Rebecca, good rules for the most part, except personally i don’t root for amazing individual accomplishments if it’s a Red Sox doing it. I was rooting for Buchholz’s no hitter to get broken up.

  31. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Let’s go Detroit! Get win #1!

  32. Mr. Mientkiewicz April 9th, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    I love you Christy Canyon, but I’ve got to disagree. I don’t even think Ensberg should have made the team.

  33. Jimmy 27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Rebecca
    Question:
    Are you sure it’s ok to root for Laptop’s no hitter?
    That does not sit right with me.

    Doesn’t Melky bat 9th for the “second leadoff hitter” factor?

  34. S.o.S.27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    “ie, it’s okay to root for Laptop’s no hitter for one night, but not for the Sox to win that game.”

    Rebecca-Needs a correction. No way i want a red sox getting a no hitter!!

  35. Jeff April 9th, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    PHIL HUGHES change in Mechanics and thus loss in velocity???

    http://saberscouting.com/2008/.....l/#more-86

  36. Christy Canyon April 9th, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    What can I say, I like Ensberg :)

    Just a hunch I suppose, but I think he is pretty good. And even though Betemit pretends to be a switch-hitter, he is only a good hitter from one side of the plate. And Ensberg complements that well because he mashes from Betemit’s weak side.

  37. Jimmy 27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Mr Chips – How was class?

  38. Brian from PA April 9th, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Ensberg would be pretty useful at 3rd in the event Alex goes down. let’s hope that doesn’t happen though *knocks on wood for like the 40th time today* but then again Betemit is also a decent third basemen. or a prospect like Cody Ransom could be called up. I think we’re good, defensively anyway, if A Rod goes down.

  39. Brian from PA April 9th, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Jimmy 27

    Class was alright, thanks. Got my test back, scored a 92%. After that we spoke spanish a lot. (the class is Spanish 202)

  40. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    I think it’s pretty easy to see why Posada was particular distressed after yesterday’s game. He couldn’t throw. And they lost. And he thought he was getting better.

    I don’t know about anyone else out there, but I often overreact in the moment. :)

  41. Lauren April 9th, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Bill Buckner cried after throwing out yesterday’s first pitch.

    I hate to say it, but here goes: THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!!

  42. Jimmy 27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    How do you say “the machine stole my chips” en Espanol?

  43. JGNYC (insert Pro-Yankee slogan here) April 9th, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    I think Ensberg may have more value as a trading chip than as a player on this year’s squad, but let’s see how the season plays out.

  44. Matt Waters April 9th, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Seems Mr. Ensberg has been hit with a severe case of rosteritis.

  45. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond April 9th, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Lauren–8 games in is not “running away with the division.” You NEVER root for Boston except, perhaps, in the rare circumstance that both teams have made the playoffs and a Boston win over another playoff-bound team will result in home field advantage for the yankees in the first round. Only exception.

    2008 Yankees–Melky’s hitting 9th for his speed in front of Damon. It’s not a knock on his bat.

  46. Buddy Biancalana April 9th, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    mel-

    Ready for Boom Dizzle vs Melo & AI on National TV tomorrow night? Should be a good one.

  47. Brian from PA April 9th, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Bill Buckner was just trying to make a story with his fake tears. if he was so hurt by the aftermath of his botched play, then he wouldn’t have autographed thousands of pictures of that play along with mookie wilson. the dude probably made more money off that play than he did in his career before that.

  48. Brian from PA April 9th, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Jimmy 27

    Yo no se.

  49. S.o.S.27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I have to agree with Christy. Betimet sucks and atleast with Ensburg, he has a track record that shows he succeeded in the bigs. Its worth the risk.

    Brian,
    I dont think Ransom is a prospect. If im not mistaken he’s been in the league for awhile. But i would rather have him in there than Wilson.
    Spanish word that might mean fries or chips. Cant remember. Papas fritas.

  50. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I feel a lot better! Phew!! Hopefully Andrews confirms the KC DR diagnosis.

  51. Lauren April 9th, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Elizabeth-

    My poor attempt at sarcasm; sarcastic smiley face notwithstanding.

  52. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    I’m glad that Posada might only be out for a few days and should be alright…hope the diagnosis for Jeter comes up good as well. I wonder where Ensberg got the knee injury…well, if he goes on the DL, at least it’s a back-up and not a full-time player. But I hope he’s alright.
    Jorge hurt his shoulder on April 1 (Opening Night) when he made an awkward throw to second to try to throw out a runner.

  53. S.o.S.27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    “How do you say “the machine stole my chips” en Espanol?”

    Not sure but i do know how to say “dame mi pinchi dinero”.

  54. Mr. Mientkiewicz April 9th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Ensberg could be useful, you’re right, but holding onto a guy in the event ARod goes down just doesn’t make sense to me. Look, if ARod goes down no one is going to replace his production. Then to have Ensberg try and learn firstbase on the job…when is Cashman going to learn. Get a real firstbaseman, say someone like…me.

    I’ll never understand why the Yanks throw their money away like they do. 1.75 mil for Ensberg. The guy has no position on this team.

    You need good defensive subs and guys with speed on this bench. Like it’s been said before, you’re not going to pinch hit for anyone in this line-up.

  55. Jimmy 27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    La machina ________ mi papas fritas!

    are we close?

  56. Brian from PA April 9th, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    SoS

    Sorry, i guess i just thought the word “prospect” took less time to type than “minor leaguer”.

    papas fritas means french fries but it may be suitable for potato chips as well. the thing is i couldn’t remember the word for “stole” so i just decided to go with “yo no se” (i dont know)

  57. S.o.S.27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    stole = robaron(i think)

    I do miss your glove Mr. Mienkuoulokjljlich. I agree. We should have resigned him. Good luck charm for arod.

  58. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond April 9th, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    La vendedora automática robó mis patatas fritas

  59. Brian from PA April 9th, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Jimmy 27

    i believe you have it, besides the blank. the only correction i’d make is that it would be “mis” papas fritas, not “mi”. if the noun is plural so is the pronoun.

  60. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond April 9th, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    stole = robar, s.o.s.

  61. Brian from PA April 9th, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Elizabeth is the winner!

    Her prize?

    the chips!

    except the police will confiscate them, as they are exhibit A.

  62. Fran April 9th, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Pete – I read that SWB called up a catcher this afternoon. Is Chad Moeller in KC? Is there another roster move to be made?

  63. S.o.S.27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Elizabeth,
    Thank you. To think i was born in south america and cant get a sentence right. Disgraceful i tell ya.

  64. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Tonight is Ian’s night. The first start, Yankee stadium jitters are gone. Look for him to hand the ball to Joba directly tonight.

  65. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond April 9th, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Brian–I’ll gladly give them up for the sake of forensics.

  66. Jimmy 27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Gracias – might as well learn something while we’re here

    Brian what was their VORC?

  67. Sterling Steiner April 9th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    I never want to see a guy go down, but in this case, I sure hope it’s Ensberg and not Jeter.

  68. Lauren April 9th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    S.o.S.27-

    Well, Bush was born in the United States and he mangles the language, every day.

  69. S.o.S.27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Hows the weather in k.c.?

  70. Yankees Ben April 9th, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    I would bat Melky 2nd Cano 6th Gimbi, Molina, Gonzo.

  71. Mr. Mientkiewicz April 9th, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Thanks S.o.S.27. I miss being a member. Don’t tell the Pirates I’m blogging…we’ll be playing shortly.

    They really should have resigned me though. I should be the everyday first baseman and the Big G should be a DH or bat off the bench.

    Your bench should be:

    Molina
    Duncan
    Giambi
    Gonzalez/Ransom
    Gardner/Damon

  72. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond April 9th, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    S.O.S.—”Robaron” is the past perfect form of the verb. “Robar” is the infinitive.

  73. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Fran -

    There is a Chris Stewart listed on SWB roster, catcher, no number. I didn’t notice if he was there earlier.

  74. S.o.S.27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    “laura-Well, Bush was born in the United States and he can’t get a sentence right, either.”

    What was that word he uses. Nukiler.
    Thanks, I feel better now.

  75. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    And Chad Moeller is still on SWB roster, too.

  76. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond April 9th, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Fran–SWB gets to replace Gonzalez with someone now; maybe a C was their choice.

  77. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Hablo español, pero, no lo hablo bien :)

  78. Mr. Mientkiewicz April 9th, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Hey here’s what I’m thinkning. They need to pry me from the Pirates along with Marte in some not-so-blockbuster deal. Send Ensberg over her for me.

  79. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 9th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....land-on-dl

    Posada may not land on DL after all
    by anaconda on Apr 9, 2008 6:11 PM EDT in News

    Ed Price of the Ledger has the latest:

    Jorge Posada said his MRI today showed a strained right shoulder and he estimated he can return in 3-4 days.

    Posada said he is relieved because he feared he would need surgery.

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News was just on Michael Kay’s radio show and reported that Morgan Ensberg has an issue with his knee and he could be the headed to the DL instead of Derek Jeter.

    Obviously, we’ll know a lot more about all of these issues when Girardi talks to the media before the game.

    [Note by anaconda, 04/09/08 6:22 PM EDT ]

    Pete Abe confirms mysterious knee injury to Ensberg and adds that Posada’s MRI will be sent to famed uber-surgeon Dr. James Andrews for confirmation on the condition of his ailing shoulder.

  80. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond April 9th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Rebecca–Hablo espanol un poco, tambien.

  81. Mr. Mientkiewicz April 9th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Yo tengo un lapiz, me lapiz es amarillo.

  82. Fran April 9th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Doreen and Elizabeth – Thanks for the information. When I saw that SWB called up a catcher I naturally assumed.

  83. Louise April 9th, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Hell im rooting for Boston tonight.. I wanna see Det keep losing.. If that makes me a fake yankee fan then so be it..

  84. S.o.S.27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Doug above all was a good clubhouse guy. I like your bench but as I stated earlier. We seem to win games when Giambi is out. He hasnt done crap this year and dl is calling his name. Duncan needs his chance. Pavano needs a friend, go to him G. Gardner is batting 364 early on with a dinger. I hope he can make it up here sometime this year.

  85. Brian from PA April 9th, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    ok im out ill be back at gametime maybe

  86. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 9th, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Louise = fake Yankee fan …. *So BE it!*

  87. Rhapsody in Blue April 9th, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    sos27
    Dwight Eisenhower from Abilene Kansas pronounced nuclear the same way as Bush, as do other from that part of the country.
    Kind of like New Yorkers pronoucing Oregon incorrect instead of the proper way Ora-gin

  88. S.o.S.27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    “Hey here’s what I’m thinkning. They need to pry me from the Pirates along with Marte in some not-so-blockbuster deal. Send Ensberg over her for me.”

    Hell you can have Hawkins,Betimet,Henn,Farnworthless,Bruney and Ramirez for those two.

  89. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Thank God Posada doesn’t need shoulder surgery.
    Pavano’s got Sanchez and Brackman on the DL with him. Oh…wait. They’re actually working to…I dunno…help the club sometime in the future. Unlike the walking disaster himself.

  90. DurhamYankee April 9th, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    papas fritas are french fries, unless you are from England I assume you are trying to say papitas which means chips. La machina de vendedora se robo mis papitas

  91. Jimmy 27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Chad jennings
    http://emedia.thetimes-tribune.....WBYankees/
    tabid/552/Default.aspx

    Brown replaces AG
    Moeller was not scheduled to play this game.

  92. Louise April 9th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    So a yankee fan never cheers for Boston to win.. So therefor a scenario of.. Boston plays Minnesota to make up for a rainout the day after the regular season ends…

    The Yankees need Boston to win, to make the wild card.. so therefore by a lot of thought processes on this blog.. we have to root for Minnesota even if it means the Yankees miss the playoffs….

    Detroit to me is a bigger threat to the Yankees this year, because I honestly feel we will be the wild card this year. So there the more Detroit loses the better chance of the wild card coming from the East…

    Perhaps I am not the fake yankee fan, and people like Don Vito aren’t smart enough to look at things rationally.

  93. Yazman April 9th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Ensberg tweaked his knee sliding down the bench to make room for Jeter. I’m guessing once Jeter’s able to come off the bench, Ensberg’s reverse movement up the bench should tweak his knee back the other way, and he’ll be fine.

  94. panic April 9th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Who is our backup/emergency catcher tonight?!!!

  95. Mr. Mientkiewicz April 9th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Now you’re talking. Send over Betemit(cause I’ve definitely got the better-mit), Henn, Ensberg, Farnsworth and Ramirez…of course there’s that whole money thing with those guys. My current employer doesn’t have the deepest pockets…oh games starting gotta go. Thanks.

  96. S.o.S.27 April 9th, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Rhapsody,
    Never knew that. Thanks
    How do New Yorkers pronounce it?

  97. DurhamYankee April 9th, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Panic: Ensberg, im fine with that

  98. Lauren April 9th, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Rhapsody in Blue-

    Did Ike ever say, “They based some of their decisions on the word people who have trained to disassemble, that means not tell the truth.”

  99. DurhamYankee April 9th, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Panic: Ensberg, I’m fine with that

  100. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Louise, in that situation you root for Minnesota to lose, not the Red Sox to win ;)

  101. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 9th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Louise, I was joking. Chill….relax…..calm…think happy thoughts….The only way we root for Boston to win, is if in the process, they sustain daily injuries that completely tank their season… ;-)
    .
    Remember, breath slowly, go to your happy place….OHM…OHM…OHM !

  102. Yazman April 9th, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    And happy birthday Rebecca, and kudos, defense matters!

  103. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    That’s a good question. Betemit would probably have to be the back-up or emergency tonight because of Ensberg’s injury and Posada being down for a couple days. Or Shelley. He could be the iron giant behind home.

  104. Sterling Steiner April 9th, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Is this one of those fake injuries?

  105. MJL April 9th, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Haha, that’s great Pete.

  106. Mr. Mientkiewicz April 9th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    One last thing…I’m healthy. See ya.

  107. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    DuhramYankee: Ensberg’s injured…

  108. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Yazman -

    :lol:

  109. panic April 9th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Durham, ensberg is now on the dl!!

  110. S.o.S.27 April 9th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Louise,
    Why are you worried about Detroit? They arent in our division and we as Yankees shouldnt ever think of getting the wild card. Last year was an abotation. Only Sox fans start the season thinking wild card. Plus Detroit has no pitching besides Verlander. Not to worry. They wont be their in the end. Allways go against boston unless it helps us.So now will you go for the cats?

  111. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    LOL Peter

  112. S.o.S.27 April 9th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    “aboration”

  113. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    I’m so glad it’s not Jeter or Posada that has to go on the DL!
    Get well soon, Ensberg.

  114. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Pete -

    :lol:

    Can they DO that?????

  115. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    SoS 27 -

    Since you were self-correcting, it’s aberation. :)

  116. S.o.S.27 April 9th, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    “Ensberg tweaked his knee sliding down the bench to make room for Jeter. I’m guessing once Jeter’s able to come off the bench, Ensberg’s reverse movement up the bench should tweak his knee back the other way, and he’ll be fine.”

    Classic!!

    Hey i noticed Jeter had to go get his bat from the fense the other day. Maybe thats why he was struggling.
    Note to Girardi.
    Hold Jeters bat!!

    Signed
    Sultan of Swat

  117. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Pete, that image is great, lmao.

  118. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond April 9th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Louise–you don’t play for the wild card. You play for the division.

  119. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Well, you know, if Ensberg did have a sore ankle before today, it may explain why he hasn’t been used, right?

  120. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond April 9th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Ah, the fakety fake DL stint. Classic. ;)

  121. DurhamYankee April 9th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Thats pretty funny that teams can get away with stuff like that, I LOVE it! I guess Betemit would have to catch bc Shelly may charge at someone running at him down the 3rd base line.

  122. Christy Canyon April 9th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Wow, that Operation Guy looks almost as unattractive as the Hedgehog!

  123. S.o.S.27 April 9th, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Doreen
    April 9th, 2008 at 7:04 pm
    SoS 27 -

    Since you were self-correcting, it’s aberation.

    I take that back. Not only do i not have the spanish language down. But all languages. Thanks Doreen. I needed that.

  124. Louise April 9th, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    LMAO does this mean Ensberg needs an operation!?!

  125. Jimmy 27 April 9th, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Operation guy is Shemp

  126. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond April 9th, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Doreen–it’s “aberration.”

  127. Kevin April 9th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Pete that is hillarious….good work

  128. Fran April 9th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    The picture that Pete posted looks an awful lot like Carl Pavano!

  129. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Alright. Let’s go Rangers!

  130. YanksAngel April 9th, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Very cute Pete! I was terrible at that game.

    Nice to see some creative roster plays. That’s a good sign Jeter is not injured more than reported. He really had me worried not using his ‘I’m fine line’ like he usually does.

    Now he’s moved to the ‘It’s not that bad’ line.

    I sware I think if he had a broken arm, he would be out there with a cast on if they’d let him. :)

  131. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    LET’S GO DEVILS!

    Yeah, you heard right!

    JERSEY PRIDE ALL THE WAY!

  132. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    LOL. :)

  133. Yankees Ben April 9th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Here is my question if Bettemit can’t play SS for a few days why is he on the team?
    Although I like him on first in limited action, We have 4 First Baseman. Although I think Ensberg is only good on 3rd, so why is here? I guess thats why he got injured.

  134. Louise April 9th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Elizabeth -

    Im sure the Orioles are playing for the division too.. but in reality they won’t win it…

    The Yankees will be in trouble come August when all the IP limitation on their pitchers come to fruition.. So I don’t think we have the ability to win the division this year…

    I want to win the division, but I dont think its realistic this season.

  135. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Elizabeth -

    You are correct! Aberration it is! (I actually checked the dictionary, but my contacts are blurring up on me and I didn’t see the second “r” which I thought was how you spelled it, but because of the blurry eyes, well, whatever — no excuses!)

    SOS 27 -

    At least you try to speak Spanish!

  136. GatorSzar April 9th, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Ensberg with an injured breadbasket…LMAO…damn, us >30 year olds LOVED that game…great blog Pete

  137. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    YanksAngel-if you broke both of Jeter’s legs and he was in a wheelchair, I’m sure he’d insist on getting out there in one of those motorized scooters to help him move to the left and right quicker. It just might be hard to scoop the ball and get off a throw…put a catapult on it?

  138. mel April 9th, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Over/under on number of runs for Bonderman in the first? I’m rooting for the Tigers, but his first inning ERA is bloated.

  139. Andrea April 9th, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Why couldn’t Betemit “hurt his ankle”?

  140. Irabu's Son April 9th, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    If I were Ensberg, I’d be FURIOUS.

  141. YanksAngel April 9th, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Steph

    And that’s why we love him so much!!

    I hope he’s ready for the Boston series, remember his blast off Shilling last year :)

  142. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 9th, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    OK, that does it,,,since Louise thinks that it is not realistic that we can win the division….I label her TROLL….now everyone stick their fingers in their ears and say ” booga booga booga ” !!!!

  143. back bench April 9th, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Does anyone know if AG can bunt?

  144. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Definitely. Hey…that motorized scooter WOULD come in handy trying to break up a DP. Put a little more horsepower in it and have him take a trip around the bases.
    I want Jeter back as soon as possible, but I want him to be as healthy as he can be. I don’t want to see him go down on the DL at some point in the middle of the year when it’ll be more critical to the team.

  145. Yanksgal07 April 9th, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    That hit my funny bone PETE….I’m still chuckling. I use to love that game too..

    Good Luck to Ike tonight. Hope the guys remember what
    good hitters they are since they seem to have forgotten at the moment …

    Go Yankees 2008 !!!

  146. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    I think the Yanks had him lay down a bunt or two last year. He should be able to if he’s light in the bat and a lower-order hitter.

  147. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond April 9th, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Louise–but if you play for the division, doesn’t the wild card just fall into place?

    Besides, the innings limits aren’t as bad as some made it out to be. IPK will have an innings limit around 195, Hughes around 165-170, and Joba around 135.

  148. myrtlebeachfan April 9th, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    I don’t know why nobody has mentioned it, but Ensberg’s injury is clearly fake. The Yankees need Ensberg to fake an injury in order to have Gonzalez come up without losing Jeter for the 15 days. That way, we will have Jeter back in 3-4 games with Gonzalez still on the bench as a PR and what not until we are forced to sent Gonzo back down for Ensberg.

    It’s clear, at least to me.

  149. Louise April 9th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Well IPK won’t be an issue, I don’t see him sticking with the club… He doesn’t really have big league stuff.

  150. Drive 4-5 April 9th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    At last! As I’ve been saying in my previous posts Ensburg’s place on the roster doesnt make sense. We already have two 3rd basemen and 3 first basemen on the roster. He’s too slow to use as a pinch runner. We’ve now seen what Cashman’s plan was for him all along.

    Get well soon Morgan! We might need ya back on the DL as soon as you get off it!

  151. LathamJoe April 9th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Ensberg has the same injury that Sean Henn has. Its called
    “Out-of-Options-itis”

    Jeff:
    Interesting article about Hughes’ loss of velocity. Somehow I can’t help but believe that the hamstring injury still has an effect on his driving off the mound, rather than a change in his mechanics. Maybe its his tentativeness from the injury, maybe the hamstring is still weakened, but somehow it seems to be linked to his leg drive.

  152. cw April 9th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Cabrera singles

  153. george April 9th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    cannot root for Boston, can’t merely aspire to sneaking into the wild card. we’re not rooting for some outfit like the Devil Rays or Pirates, we are rooting for the New York Yankees.

  154. Jimmy 27 April 9th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    heresy!

  155. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    I think we all know Ensberg’s move is a result of Creativerostermovitis.

    What I have to wonder is if the announcers on TV will play along…

  156. Mr. Mientkiewicz April 9th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Whew. Not in the line-up tonight. Perhaps a trade is on the horizon. I’ll be checking in from the clubhouse between innings.

    What you do is pretend you need a bathroom break and then you check your emails and stuff. Damon did it all the time last year.

    Get my number 11 ready, I sense a comeback.

  157. pat April 9th, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    They just showed a quote from A-Rod on the Yankee BP show from last night. It said something about it’s tough having 2, 3 or 4 guys hurting right now. I guess Jeter, Jorge and Giambi are the 3, which would leave Ensberg to be the 4th. How did the writers not pick up on that? :smile:

  158. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond April 9th, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    I don’t know why nobody has mentioned it, but Ensberg’s injury is clearly fake. The Yankees need Ensberg to fake an injury in order to have Gonzalez come up without losing Jeter for the 15 days. That way, we will have Jeter back in 3-4 games with Gonzalez still on the bench as a PR and what not until we are forced to sent Gonzo back down for Ensberg.

    It’s clear, at least to me.

    ………..we’ve all been mentioning it.

  159. Mr. Mientkiewicz April 9th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Hey maybe I can get Nady to come over with me. He’d fit in nicely in left.

  160. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) April 9th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    louse; i haven’t agreed with one thing you’ve ever said on this blog

  161. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Posada took some ground balls and BP.

  162. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Just got in, too many to go through, but I read the important stuff at the top.

    Good news on Jorge.

    Yankees are sweet. They’ll be fine.

    You want injuries? Look at Oakland in 2006. Now THEM’S are injuries.

    I hope the news about Jorge calms anyone who was worried.

  163. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Poor Morgan. :(

    How can anyone report with a straight face that Morgan is hurt.

    Yes pregame doesn’t have a roster move yet.

  164. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Actually, I’m not relaxed about Posada until Dr. Andrews sees the MRI results. It wouldn’t surprise me if he ordered another set (series?).

  165. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Have the Yanks fitted Ensberg with a pair of crutches and everything yet?

  166. cw April 9th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Lowell hurt?

  167. SJ44 April 9th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Cashman to Ensberg: “How’s your ankle”?

    Ensberg: “Fine, why”?

    Cashman: “We may have to DFA you”.

    Ensberg: (grabbing his ankle) “Its KILLING ME”.

    Cashman: “Ok. Its the DL for you”.

    Ensberg: “I’m no doctor but, I think I will be ready to go in 15 days”.

  168. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Well there goes the A Rod to short rumors. Now about that opt out clause……..

  169. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Girardi: best case scenario for Jeter to come back is Friday.

    He didn’t look like someone who was playing poker when he said it. Jeter also doesn’t sound like someone getting ready to go on the DL!

    Girardi held a brief team meeting to emphasize the need to play the game right. (Too many errors in games.)

  170. Will April 9th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    This post is Pete at his BEST!!

  171. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond April 9th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    SJ–I laughed out loud. :)

  172. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Doreen, I was relaxed even if Po was going on the DL because I have such faith in Molina. But it doesn’t sound like that is going to happen.

  173. cw April 9th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Polanco made his second error in 2 days.

  174. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    By the way, the way Pete wrote the Posada stuff is ambiguous. I read it to say that Dr. Andrews has already concurred but they will have their docs look at it also.

  175. cw April 9th, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    based loaded

  176. CB April 9th, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    It’s funny, but last time at this year there were many people killing Cashman for the Randy Johnson trade.

    How does it look now? They got a decent year from Viz when they were desperate for relief help and they’re getting the 45 th pick in the draft for losing him to the Rockies.

    Ohlendorf is on the team and pitching well. And now Gonzalez is getting the call to fill in for Jeter.

    Not a bad trade for a 40+ pitcher who was unhappy, wanted a contract extension and can’t stay healthy.

  177. ANSKY April 9th, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Are you sure that isn’t Igawa’s MRI? Look at those abs … he came to spring training in that kind of shape! Look at the hair too – all you need is dark shades and it’s him!

    I will not comment on the visible lack of any … oh, never mind.

  178. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    SJ: That made me crack up! Brilliance!

  179. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Crap, Sux have bases loaded one down.

    Pray for a DP.

  180. miggs April 9th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Well it looks like the Yankees are just being the Yankees…. overly cautious with injuries. I disagree with some previous posts stating that the Yankees always downplay injuries that are more serious. I think they are purposefully vague about injuries, and they never rush guys back.

    2 perfect examples are Jeter and Posada. Jorge never had any pain in his shoulder, he just lacked strength there. So they pull him out, get an MRI, and he’s out a few games. No big deal.

    Obviously if Jeter was more seriously hurt, he would have been on the DL, not Ensberg. That’s funny how they most likely just made up a knee injury for the guy. I’d be pissed. They had no choice but to bring up AG, even if its only for a few games. Did you guys see Betemit last night? Ouch.

    Anyway, I’ll bet Jeter is back by next week also. Its April and its cold. There is no need to rush anything.

  181. mel April 9th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    cw,

    Just saw that. Single, 4-pitch walk (Drew!), error, after mowing through the heart of the lineup.

    Of course, the Tigers will be roaring by the time it’s our turn to play them.

  182. cw April 9th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    1-0 sox

  183. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Devils and Rangers scoreless after one.

  184. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond April 9th, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    mel–I know, right? That’s how it always works. Teams suddenly look like World Series contenders when they play us. ;)

  185. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Come on Bonderman. Get out of this

  186. cw April 9th, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    2-0 sox, still bottom 2nd. Again, Lowell hurt?

  187. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Hope so.

  188. Richard B April 9th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    If you’re interested about Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA projections… here is a blog with that info and their take on it… according to the blog the PECOTA projections have been gettin more accurate as the years pass.

    http://nyystadiuminsider.com/2.....dings.html

    PECOTA projections 2008 AL EAST
    East W L RS RA AVG OBP SLG
    New York Yankees 97 65 881 724 .276 .356 .444
    Boston Red Sox 91 71 838 745 .273 .354 .429
    Tampa Bay Rays 88 74 786 718 .258 .335 .423
    Toronto Blue Jays 78 84 762 775 .265 .333 .424
    Baltimore Orioles 66 96 750 882 .262 .329 .414

  189. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Bonderman has totally lost the zone.

  190. DurhamYankee April 9th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    They dont know what it is but Lowell is hurt. Looks like he twisted the glove hand diving for a ball

  191. cw April 9th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    DP, 2-0 sox, end of 2.

  192. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    CB, I remember only a small number of people who didn’t like the Unit trade. Michael Kay was one of them. And a few random posters here, but most people loved getting anything for him. The jury is still out on the Sheff trade, but I think Humberto will start to show his worth this season.

  193. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Thank me for making a statement so I could be proven wrong!

    DP.

    However, Bonderman’s pitch count must be in the 90s.

    :)

  194. mikethemike April 9th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    well i guess shelly did not need to clear waivers ?

  195. pat April 9th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Didn’t Lowell do that last year too?

  196. panic April 9th, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Solong Shelly

  197. mel April 9th, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    TG

  198. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Boy, you leave to clean up the kitchen a bit, and you find a medical miracle has occurred! :lol:

  199. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Shelley in AAA? Dang.

  200. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond April 9th, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Who called Shelley being sent down?! *raises her hand*

  201. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    I wasn’t here for the Sheff trade but I would have taken a bag of balls for him because his malcontent attitude and telling the team how to play totally outweighed what he was bringing in terms of production.

    I still blame him for killing us in the first round of the postseason where he mouthed off to the press that he should be playing and saint joe put him in the lineup and he didn’t do jack schlit. Good freakin riddance to him!

  202. Brad April 9th, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    The only bright note with Detroit losing is the table being set for Steve Phillips to eat crow.

  203. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond April 9th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    There are currently 26 players on the Yankees.com roster ;)

  204. Fran April 9th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Shelley has options left. Besides isn’t Alex supposed to be taking off a few days soon when his wife has the baby? They might need Ensberg to play 3rd base.

  205. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Wow! Morgan-next time I get hurt like that, can I have your miracle cure?

  206. TIME 4 #27 April 9th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    It looks like lowel is injured, i’ll be very calm playing the bosox with out lowel.

  207. DurhamYankee April 9th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Im watching the MLB Extra Innings Tigers game(waiting for my Yanks to start) and the NESN announcers are bickering, pretty funny stuff. Apparently one of them is over sensitive and believes that a comment made by the other announcer is going to get him fired. True Story!

  208. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Brad. Nowhere near enough. If that makes you happy I say let them beat the crap out of the Sux and then start losing again!

  209. Andrea April 9th, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Wait. So is Ensberg NOT on the DL?

  210. Mr. Mientkiewicz April 9th, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Wow, the bench tonight is:

    Betemit
    Jeter (hurt)
    Posada (hurt)
    Ensberg(hurt?)

    Who am I missing?

  211. mel April 9th, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    It took them 15 min before game time because they were waiting for Yogi to do the coin flip.

    This Lester & Matsuzaka first base carosel is irritating me. They walk men from morning to noon, and never pay for it.

    Our young pitchers walk people and it’s a different story.

  212. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Sending Shelley down is the smartest move. If either Jorge or Jeter need to go down, they could bring Shelley back up. If they dl’ed Morgan and needed to dl either Jorge or Jeter they couldn’t bring Morgan back till after the 15 days.

  213. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    durham Remy and Orsillo are really funny and play well off each other. As much as I hate being stuck with NESN when Yank games are on, I will say that Remy is as about objective a sportscaster as you’re going to get. He is the opposite of a homer and he will always admit it if there are bad calls, no matter which way they go.

  214. ANSKY April 9th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Bill Buckner crying after throwing out the first pitch to Dewey Evans was so touching.

    I wonder, if the Chi Sox ever play at Texas’ home opener, would they have Nolan Ryan throw out the first pitch to (or, ‘at’) Robin Ventura?

  215. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    I love David Cone’s analysis, but he always has such a pained look on his face. :)

  216. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Morgan isn’t hurt. If he was hurt he wouldn’t be up here.

  217. cw April 9th, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Tigers forfeited their at-bats at top of the 3rd.
    Bottom 3rd, 2-0 sox.

  218. Fran April 9th, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    I also believe that Ensberg is the emergency catcher and with Jorge hurt they need some insurance.

  219. V April 9th, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Here’s hoping Shelley’s back soon :-( I’d really like to see him used more often.

  220. mel April 9th, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Dang, Shef, do you hate us that much? :)

  221. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    When is Alex’s wife due?

  222. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Kennedy scratched and Bruney is starting? What???

  223. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    1-0 Rangers

  224. pat April 9th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Bruney is starting?

  225. mikethemike April 9th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    brian bruney starting ? what is the deal man
    jezzzzzzzz

  226. Gitmo April 9th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    WTF… Ian Kennedy scratched.. Bruney is starting.

  227. DurhamYankee April 9th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Trisha: I dont know who is who but it DID seem that one of them was not happy with the other. Maybe I was wrong.

    Cano has a big game tonight

  228. DJ April 9th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Bruney? What the fu…

    What now?

  229. miggs April 9th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Kennedy got hurt…more info is on its way

  230. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Okay, now, I know Bruney’s being pitching wonderfully of late…but honestly, WTF?!

  231. William April 9th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    when did kennedy get so fat? he looks like bruney

  232. V April 9th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    :-(

  233. willisf April 9th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Wow any word on what happened to Kennedy???

  234. jay destro April 9th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    wow wtf

  235. cortlandchick April 9th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    what!?!! no IPK?????

  236. sara April 9th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    what the hell? What happened to ian???

  237. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    The look on Girardi’s face said it all. Obviously this is not good. Poor Bruney. Where’s Igawa when you need him.

  238. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Just what the Yanks needed…another injury. Here’s to hoping that Kennedy’s alright as well.

  239. sevrox April 9th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    the sky is falling the sky is falling

  240. SDJohn April 9th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Dear God,

    Please help me understand why my Yankees are falling like flies, and hitting like drunk hamsters?

  241. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    What the frack? Bruney is starting? What happened to Ian?

  242. Gitmo April 9th, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Shouldn’t Joba replace Kennedy in the rotation?

    Just kidding.

  243. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    You know, when the injury bug bites…

  244. jim April 9th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    why not start joba here.. i mean, both are working out of the pen, atleast joba is groomed to be a starter. you’d think he’d be more prepared for this role.

  245. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Cone said he looked like he was pitching gingerly in his warm up. Also said maybe he just couldn’t get loosened up.

    When the going gets tough the tough get going.

    COME ON YANKEES!

  246. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    I have a feeling they’ll stretch Bruney as far as possible, send him down, and bring up some pitching if Kennedy’s really hurting.

  247. Ramon2 April 9th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    WE ARE CURSED !

  248. SDJohn April 9th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Does this mean I’m gonna have to see Kei Igawa soon? F that, I hope it’s Horne

  249. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Durham,

    you are incorrect about that. they are kidding around. Orsillo said yesterday that any former player can be a good game analyst and Remy, jokingly, took it to mean that anybody can do his job.

  250. Clay Buchholz stole my laptop, (aka Joe) April 9th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    I blame it on the stupid cold weather.

    Oh, I almost forgot, Bruney?? WTF????

  251. Jimmy 27 April 9th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    No one told Stering and Suzyn.

  252. SDJohn April 9th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    It’s early, but will we attempt a straight steal at all this year?

  253. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    I need a drink. Vodka or Tequila? hhmm decisions

  254. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    I don’t have the energy for this server tonight.

    I don’t think Singleton should have said what he did about Greinke. I didn’t really need to know information that personal about the poor guyh.

    Enjoy the game.

  255. Beezr April 9th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Why can’t YES get the f-in story? Seems kinda silly. Don’t they have Girardi’s cell phone number?

    God, this whole beginning of the season reminds of…last season.

  256. chris April 9th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    why is brian bruney starting tonight …..what happened with kennedy and where did this injury bug come from

  257. Fran April 9th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Here we go again! Can we get Cano out of the #2 hole.

  258. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Nooo to Kei Igawa!! :cry:

  259. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Pete, can you give us anything on Ian?

  260. RobNY April 9th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    These royals announcers are killing me…. any news on IPK?

  261. DMan April 9th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Wow, uh… Lets not panic yet..

    But this isn’t exactly the pattern we wanted to start with!

  262. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    1 down, 26 to go.

  263. Christa April 9th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Has Bruney ever started before?

  264. mattseattleusa April 9th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Having to deal with the Royals announcers on Extra Innings..they say the Yankees have not released any info on the Status of IPK…

  265. Josiah April 9th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Kennedy isn’t injured!
    He is coming it later if the weather cooperates cuz storms are on the way in KC

  266. DJ April 9th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Igawa and Mussina in our rotation with our prospects all undervalued by every GM in the sport? Let’s hope vehemently that this is as short term as possible.

    Unless they consider moving Joba to the rotation earlier than planned, then move him back to the pen later.

  267. greg April 9th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    What will it take to convince the Yanks that Cano cannot hit in the top half of the order!

  268. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    The server for this blog is driving me batty.

    Oh man, this bullpen is gonna be tired by the time we play Boston.

  269. Jimmy 27 April 9th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    IPK NOT HURT!!!!

    It is weather related!

  270. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Ian out for rain only, not an injury.

  271. THEcanoCANNON April 9th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    kennedy is fine he just will pitch later on in the game if the weather holds up

  272. DJ April 9th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    And that explanation Singleton just gave is the most bizarre thing I’ve ever heard.

    They delayed his start because it’s going to rain?

  273. Jax April 9th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Rain is coming and that’s why Kennedy isn’t starting.

  274. frits April 9th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    they are saying on YES that the yanks said that rain is 40 minutes away and that they didnt want to waste kennedy’s start. if the rain comes, he won’t pitch, but if the rain doesn’t come then he will. they’re saying it looks like its starting now…

  275. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    according to KC announcers…. “Alberto Castillo makes the play”

  276. DurhamYankee April 9th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Boston Dave:
    Thanks for clearing things up. It was probably the first time I have had them not on mute. Maybe thats why I don’t get their humor.

  277. YankeeXDev April 9th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Well at least we know it wasn’t an injury just a weather issue

  278. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Curiouser and curiouser.

  279. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    This game is 1 of the main reasons why this team needs a long man. The bullpen is going to be absolutely dead by the end of the week. Kennedy 2 innings last week, Hughes 3 innings yesterday. How smart are the Yanks?? Kennedy didn’t start because of the rain???

  280. Rudy April 9th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Girardi is a genius.

  281. Richard April 9th, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Listening to the WCBS live broadcast and they reported that a really bad weather front is looming and Girardi didn’t want to start Kennedy if the weather suddenly turned bad after he’d only pitched a few innings.

  282. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Yay, Girardi learned from his errant ways in marlin land, our pitchers will survive next season too.

  283. jay destro April 9th, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    ok to quote Rebecca “torre would not have done this”

    yup.

  284. Fran April 9th, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Interesting move by Girardi. Doesn’t want to waste Kennedy’s start to a rain delay or rain out. If there is a delay Kennedy can come in after. And it is now raining in KC.

  285. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    And it’s pouring.

  286. NSK April 9th, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Joe Girardi is a genius! Give Kennedy some rest, don’t make him overwork, and everything is good. Hopefully Bruney will be okay for 3 or 4 innings.

  287. DJ April 9th, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    frits,

    You came in last place. But you get the gold medal for most thorough report. :D

  288. RB April 9th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    regarding holding IPK back….I really like how Girardi is thinking, why put the kid out there for an inning or two and then have the game get cancelled

  289. mel April 9th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    SA,

    The blog crashed with news of IPK being scratched!

  290. Sterling Steiner April 9th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    This is a move that can either be really, really smart, or come back and bite Girardi in the behind.

  291. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I was having a heart attack for nothing

  292. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    DJ it is smart! We don’t have any off days. IF they start Ian and the game gets delayed for 1 1/2 after 2 innings, they lose Ian. And they won’t be able to use him for 5 days.

  293. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    no prob Durham. As trisha said, the BoSox announcers are pretty good.

    let Grienke throw 30 pitches and then let him get yanked for the rain.

    smart move by the Yanks to start Bruney.

  294. sevrox April 9th, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Kennedy is being held out of this start because he just got dealt to Oakland for Rich Harden.

    You heard it here first.

  295. Rishi April 9th, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    had to check in when I saw that Bruney was starting – thanks for the updates guys…i don’t think we could handle any more :) so i’m just wondering how Ensberg’s ankle cleared up so quickly ;)

  296. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    I’m so glad Kennedy isn’t injured…and if there’s a rain delay, it’s going to be a smart move because he can come in after it’s dry.

  297. NSK April 9th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    CaptainsCorner, I totally agree with you. But who would you bring up and send down? My pick: bring up Rasner, send down Hawkins.

  298. DJ April 9th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    I love the way Pete’s post looks:

    “They’re putting Ensberg on the DL with an ankle injury.”
    “Ensberg is fine, Shelley is being optioned.”
    “Kennedy is hurt and Bruney is starting.”
    “Kennedy is fine and will start as soon as it stops raining.”

    The Yankees are confusing us all. :)

  299. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Great idea by girardi. It is clearly only going to get worse.

  300. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    1-1 in the Rangers/Devils game

  301. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Girardi is a genius. Just as Singleton said that it started pouring. But if they never stop the game and just play threw the rain then the move really didn’t do anything.

  302. David April 9th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    what r u guys using to watch the game online?

  303. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    whoever said Lester never gets burned by his walks.

    thanks you… he just let 2 of them score.. way to curse him.

  304. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    And it is pouring now! There is like 5 people in the stands and 2 of them are going to suffocate there children with a plastic bag over there head!

  305. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    whoever said Lester never gets burned by his walks.

    thank you… he just let 2 of them score.. way to curse him.

    4-2 Tigers

  306. pat April 9th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    “torre would not have done this”

    I believe Torre did it last week against the Giants.

  307. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    TIGER TIGER BURNING BRIGHT!

    4-2!!!!!!!

    :D

  308. Dan April 9th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Zach Greinke looks pretty good on the mound. Even though its against the Yankees, its still nice to see him do well.

  309. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    giambi better start juicing soon if he knows what’s good for him and his team.

  310. mel April 9th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    I try not to complain too much about swing early in the count. I see value in doing that against good pitchers who pound the strike zone, but an 8 pitch inning against a guy who has thrown 11 strikes:9 balls through 2IP?!?!?

  311. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    WOW. MLB is doing something new this season! It seems that I will always be getting the YES feed. DirectTV is giving me 4 separate options, 2 HD and 2 regular. The first one I put on was the Royals feed, the 2nd is the YES feed. They never gave that option before and lots of times I was stuck with the opposition team’s feed! Maybe I won’t be screwed when it’s the Sux-Yanks games!!!!

  312. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    This is just stupid. It is pouring. We can’t afford to have someone else get hurt! Why won’t they call it?

  313. David April 9th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Sopcast doesn’t seem to be broadcasting mlb games.

    what are you guys using to watch online?

  314. DJ April 9th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    4-2 Tigers.

    My god, the dead have arisen.

  315. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Hopefully we don’t use Kennedy at all, then we push Pettitte back a day to pitch in Boston.

  316. ANSKY April 9th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Nice to hear Girardi’s a genius.

    I was about to unleash a plague of a gazillion poisonous midges on the first person who posted that they knew … just abso-freakin-lootley KNEW the Yanks should have made the Kennedy of Santana trade.

  317. mel April 9th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Boston Dave,

    That was me and you’re welcome!

  318. melkyy28 April 9th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    will SOMEONE go more in depth regarding the shelley duncan thing? does anyone think as soon as jeter is back, shelley will be back??!?!? someone answerr me!

  319. ANSKY April 9th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    BTW –
    Go Tiggers!
    Up 4-2 in the 4th.

  320. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    nice economical 40 pitch inning for Jon Lester…

    go Tiggers

  321. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    melky unless someone goes on the dl, Duncan will be down for 15 days.

  322. DMan April 9th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    A rain out would be -Magical-

  323. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    thank mel :)

    it’s about time

  324. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Let me guess the umpire will let Bruney give up a run and then they will stop the game. Ofcourse they don’t want to let there pitcher pitch in the rain.

  325. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    cause the players are being paid millions to play. oooh water is so scary! just play!

  326. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Whoa just realized this the Yankees only trip into KC this year. A Rainout could result in one of those fly in days during a mutual day off.

  327. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    The Yanks needed someone to play short, so they brought up Gonzalez. Originally, Ensberg was going to hurt his ankle, but if A-Rod needs a day off because his wife goes into labour, he’ll probably play there. The Yanks have plenty of first basemen right now. Jeter should be back for a start at some point in Boston.
    Seriously, they should put a rain delay on now. The weather looks terrible.

  328. jdo7 April 9th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    i think its 10 actually

  329. sara April 9th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    can we put Bruney in the starting rotation? :-)

  330. NSK April 9th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    pat-Torre actually did something good when managing the bullpen?!?!?!

    Yes, I love Torre, but I’m glad we have Girardi now.

    Traber is warming in the pen. Girardi is a genius…and Brian is getting soaked.

  331. melkyy28 April 9th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    jennifer- what about ensberg going on the DL?

  332. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    The Royals announcers are questioning why they didn’t start Joba in this weather? If they weren’t going to start Kennedy, you bet your life they wouldn’t start Joba!

  333. Rudy April 9th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Bruney is dominating so far this year. WOW. He’s by far the best reliever after Joba.

  334. RosterRooster April 9th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    BruneDog is tearin it up. Maybe he should start every game, and then hand it over to the starter.

  335. DMan April 9th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Bruney doesn’t look overly happy to have gotten this job tonight…

    Anybody else notice how pissed he looks?

  336. myrtlebeachfan April 9th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    None of the myp2p streams are giving me anything substantial without being spotty.

    Anyone know of a stream that is actually working, preferably on sopcast.

  337. mel April 9th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Bruney’s K’ed 4 of 7 batters. :shock:

  338. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    mussina come on now. Playing in the rain is for football not baseball. Players could slip and hurt themselves. Who cares what they earn. It won’t stop them from slipping.

  339. Jimmy 27 April 9th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Who are you?
    and what have you done with the REAL Brian Bruney?

  340. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Bruney staking his claim to the comeback player of the year award…. nice job Brian

  341. melkyy28 April 9th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    when is arods wife due to have the next rodriguez child? HOPEFULLY NOT DURING BOSTON!!!

  342. Yankee Fan in Boston April 9th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    What the FRICK?

    Where hte hell did Cy Bruney come from? Holy cow!

    The best part is, this probably won’t even count. But man, he’s making them look ridiculous up there. Somebody needs to tape this game and send it to Joe Torre.

  343. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Have I mentioned how excited I am to have Joey G. as our manager? I promised it would be ad nauseum! Man I love a manager who thinks out of the box. This guy is so damned bright!

  344. sevrox April 9th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Bruney looks purty damn good so far. Just throw strikes is all Girardi and most of the Yankee fan base wants. Makes a huge difference.

  345. V April 9th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Wow, 4 Ks through 2.

  346. chaossolver April 9th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    lol might have caught lightning in a bottle… making bruney a starter is an intriguing option, might be a better idea than to take JOba out of the eighth.

  347. Dee April 9th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Wow, go Bruney!

    It’s pouring and still he seems to care about every pitch, taking the time to talk over pitches with Molina instead of rushing to get off the mound and out of the rain. I know he’s paid good money and this is his job, but still, nice to see. Awesome K’s.

    Did I just write a whole paragraph in praise of Brian Bruney?? I need my head examined:-)

  348. ANSKY April 9th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Melkyy28 – My guess is, if they don’t have to DL Jeter they can bring him back in a few days, or early next week if he’s ready. If they don’t DL him, someone has to go down so they can bring up Gonzo, who’s a more suitable SS than Betemit, at least with the glove. There are a few guys who can play 1st on the bench – Betemit, Ensberg, Giambi, Shelley – then one of them can go down. If Jeter goes DL, he can’t come back for 15 days from the time he goes on the list so they’re locked into being w/o him for that long. This way, whenever Jeter gets better sooner, they can send Gonzo down and bring Shelley back. More flexibility. Shelley probably has options too.

  349. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    I don’t believe Morgan was hurt. I think they were trying to figure out how to bring up Alberto.

  350. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Pete,

    did the website admin go on the DL too? :)

    the site is painfully slow since the edit button was added

  351. Jax April 9th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Molina could hit. Good hitter.

  352. mel April 9th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Boston Dave,

    I also said that Molina’s one of our more consistent hitters. Do you want anything else?

  353. Leatherheads April 9th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    They won’t call the game until a Yankee is hurt and/or Kansas City has the lead.

  354. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Bruney has looked fantastic so far this year. If he could just get out of those 3-ball counts, it would be perfect. But I’ll take a season of exactly what he’s doing now.

  355. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Are you guys watching the same game I am? Bruney with the strikeouts?

    Molina with the double?

  356. melkyy28 April 9th, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    ANSKY- When you say options about Shelley what do you mean?

  357. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Melky’s at bats are usually as useless as they come.

  358. Andrew [in] Orlando April 9th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Do the Yankees know something the Umps don’t? Why isn’t the game called? We might not be wasting Kennedy’s start but we are wasting other players

  359. Juggy April 9th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    I don’t get it.. Why no bunt?

  360. Steve Howe You Doin April 9th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Possible rain-shortened game – any reason why melky doesn’t bunt Molina over to 3rd there? Ridiculous.

  361. sevrox April 9th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    rosterrooster: “BruneDog is tearin it up. Maybe he should start every game, and then hand it over to the starter.”

    I found this exceedingly humorous.

  362. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    lol mel

    nice of the HP ump to ring Damon up after the 2nd strike.

  363. sevrox April 9th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Yep – Damon has started off the season as one of the top players in MLB, much like he desired.

    oy

  364. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Nice try ump-calling Damon out on 2 strikes. Oh well. He K’s one pitch later anyway.

  365. sara April 9th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    the Yankees are seriously pathetic at the plate

  366. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    So we should waste a starter if there is potentially a dh tomorrow? Than we’ll have to make a roster move.

  367. DJ April 9th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Rebecca,

    Damon K’s with RISP? Yeah, same game. :)

  368. Leatherheads April 9th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Please put this in stone now. With man on second, no outs, bunt the damn ball.

  369. mel April 9th, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Good Job, Bruney. Go take a hot bath.

    FSN Kansas City guy said the ump rang JD up on 2 strikes. Turns out he was psychic.

    Billy’s turn now.

  370. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    So we should waste a starter if there is potentially a dh tomorrow? Than we’ll have to make a roster move.

    He didn’t think that Brian could go another? Would it have been too many pitches?

  371. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    if the Yanks win this game, you think Francesca will claim he’s been calling for the relievers to start the game for years?

  372. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Traber’s pitching now.

  373. SJ44 April 9th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Its just more of the Bud Selig led nonsense of MLBH.

    You create a schedule that has the Yankees playing in KC one time this year and its in April.

    Meaning, absent a monsoon, they will play this game in rotten weather.

    Makes no sense at all.

    Brian Bruney is really throwing the ball great this season. Not good, great.

    He looks like a different pitcher.

    If he can pitch like this all season, its really going to help out the bullpen. He’s becoming a weapon for Girardi now.

  374. Butch Wynegar April 9th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    I know Pete loves the Patriots, but has he ever said who his favorite baseball team was? Is it the Red Sox?

  375. Mehdi in SF April 9th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Hmm is this game going to be called? because unless kennedy goes 9 tomorrow our pen is seriously going to be depleted. whut whut.

  376. Fran April 9th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    I hope the Yankees come out of this team batting slump soon.

  377. David April 9th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    where can I get an audio stream of the game?

  378. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    they need to play the short RF shift against Grudzielanek… every damn hit goes to the same spot

  379. V April 9th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    “Hmm is this game going to be called? because unless kennedy goes 9 tomorrow our pen is seriously going to be depleted. whut whut.”

    Who was scheduled to start tomorrow? Why not two starters?

  380. keith April 9th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    If it doesn’t get rained out you’ll see Kennedy later.

  381. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Rain is letting up. Only downside I can think of with this strategy is that it’s possible some of the players are playing the game as if it is going to be rained out. We’re going to need to get Ian out there soon.

  382. SDJohn April 9th, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    The bigger problem other than not hitting with RISP, we don’t even make productive outs. Melky can’t shorten his swing and hit a groundball to the right side there? It’s not like Greinke was busting him in with all those pitches, Melky (and all the other Yankees) never change there approach at the plate to make productive outs. Giambi gets up with runners on 3rd all the time, does he cut down his swing to drive in the run? Nope, he swings just like always, trying to pull the ball into the seats. It’s been on ongoing theme for 3-4 years. I was really hoping that would change with Girardi, but it’s still the same. Frustrating to watch other teams always get runners around the bases, and watch thy Yanks consistently leave leadoff doubles on second the entire inning.

  383. Yewnork April 9th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Am i the only person who is afraid of Billy Traber’s nose?

  384. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    SDJohn,

    I wish I could argue with you on that one.

  385. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    I hate the Rangers. They make me unhappy.

  386. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    wake up bats

  387. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Good inning by Traber…but if the Yanks can’t get Kennedy in the game because of rain, they’re going to be up a creek for relief pitching for the next couple of days.

  388. Russell W April 9th, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Great news on Posada… you are killing me Pete… first Ensberg is getting demoted then Kennedy is injured?

    Girardi is awesome. Sees the rain and knows his bullpen has been great. Figures 5 innings from his bullpen and a Yankee lead + game called = win. What he didn’t count on was the Yankees scoring ZERO runs!

  389. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Rangers up 2-1 in the 3rd

  390. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Girardi PLEASE move Cano down in the order. I know no one else is hitting but he is just plain pathetic!!! It looks like he is swinging with a blindfold on.

  391. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Are the umps trying to get this game thru 5? If so we’d better score a run or two!

  392. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    SDJohn: Normally I’d agree with you, but have you ever tried hitting in a downpour?

  393. V April 9th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Congrats, Cano. Maybe you can actually TAKE a pitch next at bat?

  394. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    It is mud in the outfield! He slipped on the bag too.

  395. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    I guess they shut off edit. Which is just as well right now it was slowing down the site too much.

  396. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Well, A-Rod’s got a double, so maybe they can get a single to get him in and hope the pen holds it for 2 more?

  397. Paolo April 9th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Gozilla hits a bomb right now…

  398. Dee April 9th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Wait, so is IPK gonna start tomorrow and everyone will move back a game? I’m going to the Sox game next wed and was hoping it’ll be Wang vs. Beckett.

    Can’t believe I’m actually saying this but I want to see more of Bruney. Since he’s used to short warm-ups, can’t he just rest a bit and come back out for the 6th or something???

  399. SDJohn April 9th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Rebecca,

    It may be in a downpour tonight, but this has bee ongoing for 3-4 years. And yes I have hit in a downpour, you should actually shorten your stride even more and have more bat control.

  400. Joe Mama April 9th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Cano is really bothered by cold weather, last year he also got off to a slow start.

  401. ANSKY April 9th, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Anti – You can’t play this game in the rain, especially in a downpour. That ball gets slick (and heavier) and when guys can’t grip it either when throwing or catching, it gets real dangerous. Like, guys can get seriously hospitalized or worse. Slick bats are a bad thing too. These guys are not wearing all the protection NFL players play with.

  402. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Are the umps blind> This isn’t safe! I don’t want any of our players to get hurt on the slick field.

  403. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    The rain is picking up again…Giambi better get at least A-Rod in here.

  404. Paolo April 9th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Big G is up – there goes the inning…

  405. V April 9th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Giambi = Jack Cust with walks.

  406. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    why aren’t they calling it?

  407. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    time to cut giambi… hes done.

  408. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Well, Giambi doesn’t get it done. Look how bad the infield looks there. Why haven’t the umps stopped it yet? If someone slips, they could blow out their knee.

  409. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Oh Giambi

  410. Russell W April 9th, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    This is pathetic – can anyone outside our middle three score a run?

  411. Paolo April 9th, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Is Giambi in a slump right now? I would say yes…

  412. ANSKY April 9th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    When Bruney first came over I was impressed with his arm. It wasn’t long before his control issues surfaced, but he sure has a gun on him.

  413. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    It doesn’t matter if they play 5 innings and then call the game. Then they would still have to continue the game tomorrow anyway.

  414. RayBlay April 9th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Steph – good idea… Giambi go run around the infield!

  415. Josiah April 9th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    uh oh..farnsworth is in..
    this could be trouble

  416. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    In comes ol’ Farnsworth.

  417. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    this is one weird a.. game :?

  418. sevrox April 9th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Giambi should be moved to 8th spot in lineup. Right before Cano.

  419. Josiah April 9th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    1 out, phew..maybe we might see a miracle after all

  420. Raphy April 9th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Girardi isn’t the first manager to use this strategy this season. Two managers (in the same game) beat him to it. One sounds vaguely familiar.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/gameda.....38;c_id=sf

  421. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    We know that Farnsworth and the rain do not go together.

  422. Paolo April 9th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    A quick out! Good job, Farns!

  423. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Joe G should get out there and argue for the game to be delayed. The infield looks very slick and even when the outfielders were walking you could see the water sloshing.

    Grounds crew guy on the phone. Doesn’t he realize it is pouring?

  424. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Oh no. Farnsworthless. I’m scared!

  425. Paolo April 9th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Ooops…

  426. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Call it now, it’s clearly dangerous for the players out there. Look at the infield!

  427. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    If it wasn’t a wet field I think Bobby would have had that.

  428. mel April 9th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    I thought they changed that rule. Don’t they just pick up the game where it left off if they suspend the game?

  429. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Uh oh

  430. SDJohn April 9th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Watching Farnsy is like watching your new puppy that just came inside, walk over to you, squat, and piss on the floor. Utterly frustrating.

  431. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    ….And how much better is Molina than Wil Nieves?

  432. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Wow there are puddles in the infield. Nice swipe by Alberto.

  433. Yewnork April 9th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    people are going to stop running on molina…

  434. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    nice throw Jose !

  435. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Molina guns down Gordon.

  436. Josiah April 9th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    ahhhhh i love alberto’s glove already oh and molinas cannon

  437. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Our pen has been outstanding! At what point if the game is still tied can they call it, than resume the game?

  438. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Who are you, Dave Eiland, and what the heck have you done with our bullpen?

  439. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you Molina for showing this team that they can not just run like crazy. Gordon go lay in the mud.

  440. Dee April 9th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Molina rocks. As much as I like Jorge, if there is one position player that should go down for the rest of the season I would want it to be Jorge, b/c of how much confidence I have in Jose.

  441. mel April 9th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    They tried to steal in that slop? I’ll take it.

  442. Paolo April 9th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Wow… the job got done…

  443. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Hopefully the yankees score, they get through the inning with the lead and the game gets called!

  444. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    sd really?

    Farns looked really good there.

  445. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    This strategy is going to be very easy to second guess if there is no delay. I assume we’ll see another inning of Farnsworth and then Hawkins or Ohlendorf. They will be short for tomorrow, I see another move coming. Possibly for (hide your eyes) Kei Igawa.

  446. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    The infield and the outfield look miserable. They are both flooded. You could see it when Abreu slid to try to catch the hit by Gordon…and you could obviously see the infield dirt is mud and saturated by water.

  447. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    thank you Marcus, I always knew you were a Yankee ;)

  448. Josiah April 9th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    wow, got through 4 innings with no runs! impressive!
    only if we can scratch across a run here or there

  449. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    dee that has to be one of the most insane and clueless things I’ve ever read on here.

  450. tim boat April 9th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Ensberg to the DL even though he’s not hurt?

    You don’t know what you’re talking about. How about doing some real research and reporting before flying off the handle with faulty and hasty conclusions. The sad part is some of the people here eat up the garbage you put out.

  451. YankeeJosh April 9th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Jeff NJ

    They could always use a combination of Kennedy/Pettitte tomorrow if needed to get to the back end of the bullpen. I doubt we’d see Igawa, maybe Rasner or Patterson if any roster moves were made.

  452. Paolo April 9th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Go Melky!!! A bomb please…

  453. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    I have a feeling giambi will hit a homerun!!! get ready!!!

  454. Paolo April 9th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Batters are on strike today…

  455. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Gonzo now woukd be a swell time for a HR

  456. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Giambi isn’t going to be batting this inning.

  457. YankeeJosh April 9th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    That infield is insane. Standing water everywhere. Girardi should argue for a stopage after this inning or pull his team off the field til they add some dry dirt to the field.

  458. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Can someone from the yankees please score a run.

  459. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    GONZO!!!!

  460. Dee April 9th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Jennifer, why, I’m not wishing on anyone to get injured of course. But if I had to choose one in a hypothetical, I’d pick Jorge b/c I have the most confidence in his backup vs backup players in other positions.

    Why who would you pick?

  461. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Alberto can hit! Can we keep him Cash?

  462. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    So I thought this Gonzalez kid wasn’t supposed to be able to hit.

  463. Russell W April 9th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Switch spots in the order between Giambi and Gonzalez. Gonzalez now has as many hits as Giambi.

  464. DJ April 9th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Ok, so do we have a penchant for 2-out hits with nobody on … or do their pitchers just relax too much?

  465. Evil Empire April 9th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    the former attorney general with a stand up double! derek who?

  466. josh April 9th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    a-gonz with a nice double.. itd be nice if our stars could follow his lead

  467. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    tim get a clue. Apparently no one did their research.

    UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: Still no official move, but Gonzalez is starting at shortstop tonight. Girardi said Morgan Ensberg is dealing with an ankle injury, and he’s the likely candidate to land on the disabled list in the next hour.

    Also, Posada had an MRI exam which revealed a strained shoulder. He thinks he’ll be out 3-4 days, but he can still DH or pinch hit, and he’s still the Yankees’ backup catcher should anything happen to Jose Molina.

    UPDATE, 6:46 pm CT: Well, so much for that. The Yankees didn’t place Ensberg on the DL. Instead, they optioned Shelley Duncan down to Triple-A to make room for Gonzalez.

    From daily news blog

    There’s been no official word on the roster move. Girardi said that Morgan Ensberg had done something to his ankle on Monday when he landed on the bag funny. So I guess Ensberg could be headed to the DL.

    from newsday blog

  468. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Teahan playing shallow in left…. way to make em pay Alberto

  469. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Gonzalez doubles. Hopefully Damon doesn’t waste it.
    But seriously…why haven’t the umps done anything yet? This is so stupid…

  470. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    dee no one. That is just wrong!

  471. SJ44 April 9th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    The AG with a double.

    Really, how can MLB justify playing a game in this mess.

    You don’t even see college teams play with an infield that looks like this.

    What an embarrassment for the sport.

    Its funny, the Yankees have played 9 games this year and they haven’t played a single game in baseball weather.

    Can’t remember the last time that happened.

  472. tcsports April 9th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Where’s Puddinhead and Dmac?

  473. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    why couldn’t Damon be on the DL :?

  474. ANSKY April 9th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Ahhhh, get rid of that Jeter schmuck … Gonzo’s won the SS job outright with that double. What’s Jeter done for us lately anyways?

  475. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Great job Damon… the biggest yankee killer since Kenny Rogers.

  476. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Saturday was nice weather. But that was the only game.

  477. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Damon K’s and…let me guess…if the Royals don’t score, they’ll play the 6th.

  478. melkyy28 April 9th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Sitting here watching YES, listening to Ken Singleton say BOO HOO shelley duncan making it sound like he’ll never be back! SOMEONE. this is so confusing.

  479. NSK April 9th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    I wonder how long THIS will last. Girardi and Eiland’s genius looks like it’s going to backfire…and that would be sad.

  480. Fran April 9th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    The field is a mess but not as messed up as the Yankee bats. How many more chances are they going to squander?

  481. joe April 9th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Damon is absolutely useless. Strikes out once again. Unbelievable.

  482. AlbanyYankee April 9th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Johnny Damon is a double agent, just like Bellhorn, Embree and Mike Myers. It is time for him to go. Bring up Gardner, put him in center and put Melky in left. Even if Gardner is a AAAA-level talent, he’ll go out there and try. Damon is the pits.

  483. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    In fairness SJ44, I was at the game on Saturday. It was 64 and sunny. If that’s not baseball weather I don’t know what is. Of course they lost anyway.

  484. MattQ April 9th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    i love how ESPN has no photos for any somewhat-new players such as Joba or Ross. MLB has them all. :rolleyes:

  485. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    PLEASE DAMON TAKE SOME ROIDS

  486. NSK April 9th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    ANSKY, I hope you don’t really mean that.

  487. Russell W April 9th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Yankee 2008 Hits with Runners in Scoring Position: 13 out of 250

  488. Dee April 9th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    jennifer it’s a hypothetical! Fact is when I heard last night that Jorge might be hurt, I wasn’t worried at all because we have Molina. What’s so wrong with that?

  489. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Maybe the Yanks will throw both Kennedy and Pettitte tomorrow since the pen will be completely worn out if this goes on much longer…

  490. Kill-Schill(ing) April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Supposedly the Yankees sent down Shelly Duncan. Is that possible?

  491. joe April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Damon is absolutely useless. Strikes out again. Unbelievable.

  492. sara April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    can we send Damon back to Boston????

  493. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    10 bucks says if the yanks give up a run the tarp will come out and victory will be handed to the royals. Such b.s.!

  494. Mark Alan April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    The man of the hour is Brian Bruney.

  495. sevrox April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Damon Sucks Out Loud. He has not bat speed anymore.

  496. NSK April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Kennedy in pen!

  497. Russell W April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Game over. Yankees suck.

  498. YankeeJosh April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    And we have an official game.

  499. joe April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Sorry about the double post.

  500. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    I knew it, I knew that would happen. Now watch them call it.

  501. AlbanyYankee April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Farnsworthless. Awful.

  502. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    bet they call the game after this inning

  503. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Buck homers. So are they going to call the game now?

  504. Paolo April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    The only good news so far is that Sux is down 2-4 after 6 innings…

  505. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Great, game called we lose!

  506. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    ok, NOW call the game…

  507. ANSKY April 9th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Albany – When I was joking about Jeter a couple minutes ago, I was making a point about people like you.

    The sky is NOT falling.

  508. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Game over, the Royals scored a run.

  509. Russell W April 9th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    The Yankees lose, THAAAAA YANKEES LOSE!

  510. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    And it was going so well.

    Oh well. At least no one was on base.

  511. Rishi April 9th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    what total crap is that – really – total garbage

  512. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Nice. Rangers win 4-1

  513. sara April 9th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    now the umps will call the game. Good job kyle

  514. RosterRooster April 9th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Farnsworth knew it right off the bat. Man im sick of seeing that face.

  515. Frank Discussion April 9th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Damon is, simply put, useless. Giambi is a close second. Tired of hearing the excuses for these two.

  516. Fran April 9th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    We are all thinking the same thing – now they’ll call the game.

  517. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    that’s how you hit a homerun, yankees. see? swing with power not like a girl (damon)

  518. SJ44 April 9th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    For all you radar gun freaks.

    Kyle Farnsworth is Exhibit A as to why radar gun readings are a waste of time.

    You can throw 95-100 all you want. If you can’t locate, you get killed. Even by guys who can’t hit like John Buck.

  519. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Can someone explain to me why Ian is warming now? the field is so slick. Joe must be sure that they aren’t going to call the game.

    Have they even dusted down the infield? Now do we knock someone down? 2 bunts back to back on a wet field?

  520. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    KC is trying to make the umps call this game

  521. Russell W April 9th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Giambi – punch Gathright in the face and put him on the DL… then you can go bye bye cause you are useless anyway.

  522. Jack April 9th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    i hate kyle farnsworth…

  523. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Geez, you think this is fair?

  524. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    john buck is a better hitter than damon and giambi combined.

  525. EY April 9th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Like Pete’s theory on Igawa, I also got a theory on Farns-worthless. It’s remarkably similar’s to the theory on Igawa and I thought really hard about it too:

    He’s no damn good.

  526. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Krazy Kyle strikes again

  527. mel April 9th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Would that be considered a walk-off homerun? Why do they even bother with the charade of playing this game.

    Are Yankee fans at Kaufman Stadium booing Farnsworth?

  528. joe April 9th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Well there’s always tomorrow I guess although the weather tomorrow does not look promising either. Once again, Farnsworth blows it. Shocker.

  529. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Any other day this game would’ve been called in the 2cd inning. This is total utter B.S. btw gathright was out on that first pick off move.

  530. Rudy April 9th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Geez, shoulda traded Farnsworth when we had the chance. I’d much rather have a Patterson or Veras out there instead of him.

  531. AlbanyYankee April 9th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    ANSKY – Go pound sand. Damon has been awful for over a season now. Farnsworth has been even worse for longer. Save it. I’m not giving up on the season, just pointing out how absolutely awful both those guys are.

  532. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    I think we need to dust someone. This running on us is getting insane!

  533. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    The umps will probably call a rain delay after the game.
    Umps: “Oh…it’s raining? Well whaddya know? I think it’s time to have a rain delay! KC has the lead! And it’s the 5th!”

  534. Russell W April 9th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    I hate feeling like the Yankees are helpless. They couldn’t win this game if their lives depended on it.

    99% chance they will lose and not score any runs.

  535. Brad April 9th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Tired of seeing Damon just waving at pitches. This is not a recent thing. Brett Gardner is a bigger threat in the batter’s box.

  536. ANSKY April 9th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    NSK – of course not. Just hoping some people might realize what they sound like.

  537. Amanda from La. April 9th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    IPK in the bullpen?

  538. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    They’re booing Farnsworth for throwing over to first to try to hold Gathright.

  539. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    This stealing of bases is really ticking me off!

  540. Russell W April 9th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    YEA YEA YEA BABY. Gathright you suck.

  541. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Nut case Farns with the get me over fastball. I do not know why Girardi thinks that he is some kind of miracle person that is going to cure this idiot. Farns makes me sick.

  542. ANSKY April 9th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Albany

    ahhh, never mind you’re useless.

  543. YankeeJosh April 9th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Why are the Royals trying to steal with this mess of a field? Seems really stupid of Hillman to me.

    But as a Yankee fan, thanks.

  544. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I’m not gonna lie Farnsworth and Damon pissed me off tonight

    YOU DON’T RUN ON JOSE JOEY !

  545. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Molina throws out Gathright at third.

  546. Keith FL April 9th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Farnsworth cannot be depended on for anything…so he is a waste….can’t use him in close games, only in mop-up or losing situations….now we have 2 Farnsworth’s with Hawkins, and 3 7-8 inning pitchers with Jaba being awesome….Farnsworth must go, we need a long man especially with the young starters…I would rather have Rasner or even Alabadejo….also since when is Girardi a weatherman, should have just started Kennedy, now the bullpen is blown out….

  547. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Call it now so we can save Kennedy!

  548. Jimmy 27 April 9th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Dee
    To the left to the left….

    Posada is irreplacable.

    And why even tempt fate. BAD MOJO.

  549. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Molina!

    And you guys are acting like it’s the end of the world. Kyle made one bad pitch. No one was on base. It’s not the ninth inning.

    Seriously, relax.

    Remember when the pen pitched a game against Baltimore last year, the day Rizzuto died? We lost that 12-0. To be down 1-0 right now? You wouldn’t have known it was the ‘pen pitching.

  550. Jack April 9th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    come on yankees can we get the offense going please!

  551. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    it’s time to cut grandpa damon and the big giambiroid. bring up gardner.

  552. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    is it still raining?

    im watching the KC feed and it doesn’t look like it still is.

  553. MMF April 9th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Just settled down from the Buck home run.

    Man did he hit that ball hard.

  554. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    It truly stinks that they Yankees may lose this game 1-0 after 5 soggy innings. But, they had scoring opportunities and did nothing with them.

    I have been patient but it seems to me, again, even in this weather, they’re swinging for the fences when a single would do the job.

    Also, why didn’t the Yankees bunt on this field?

    Now, if they call this game, if Kennedy has warmed up, can he be used tomorrow?

  555. Tim April 9th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Couldn’t have said it better, Damon and Giambi are done, the Yanks have a better Leadoff player in Gardner waiting in the wings, the problem is that they just sent down their 1B, otherwise no is better than Giambi and that is all on Cashman.

  556. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Nice walk

  557. AlbanyYankee April 9th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    ANSKY – If you have anything to actually contribute, use it. Otherwise, go back to your hole. Damon and Farnsworth have contributed zero to this team for quite a while. Trying someone else can’t be a bad thing. You can’t really be worse than those two.

  558. Russell W April 9th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    3 run homer for Mr. Steroids. Here we go.

  559. Rudy April 9th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    I really hope we never see Farnsworth after this game. I really really do. I can’t watch him anymore.

  560. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Rebecca,

    I know… 4 2/3 1ER

    Don’t get mad at Farnsworth right now. The offense needs to score some runs!

  561. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    nice second walk

  562. DJ April 9th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    The KC announcers have no idea why Kennedy is warming nor even why he was scratched.

    I know their baseball operation isn’t exactly top notch these days … but geeze, can you hire one guy to do some basic research? It’s on ESPN.com.

  563. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Rebecca-I think we’re all just mad that it’s nearly guaranteed that the umps will call for a delay after this inning now that the Royals have taken the lead. They should have called for a delay ages ago.

  564. Paolo April 9th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Big pappi’s batting avg is at a pitiful 0.094 now… Oh, wait, Big G is at 0.063… Big pappi is doing OK relatively speaking…

  565. Evil Empire April 9th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    needs- farnsworth head on a stick, leadoff hitter

  566. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    nice single

  567. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    …I need to shut up.

  568. MMF April 9th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    I wish it were one bad pitch with farnsworth.

    Its going on three years now of this.

    He is crap and full of excuses.

  569. Russell W April 9th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Now we are up to a 99.2% chance of the Yankees losing.

  570. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Farnsworth cannot pitch 2 consecutive innings. Just can’t do it.

  571. Paolo April 9th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Oh, no…

  572. AlbanyYankee April 9th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Hey, ANSKY, the sky isn’t falling, but Farnsworth still sucks.

  573. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    What joke!

  574. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    I hate Farnsworth

  575. Jack April 9th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    farnsworth u stink go to the minors or be traded or just leave ! 2-0 on a day wen we cannot score and the umps will most likely call the game..please yankees can we get the bats going! cano abreu a-rod this is our chance!!

  576. Jack April 9th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    farnsworth u stink go to the minors or be traded or just leave ! 2-0 on a day wen we cannot score and the umps will most likely call the game..please yankees can we get the bats going! cano abreu a-rod this is our chance!!

  577. Gitmo April 9th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Can we lay off the knee jerk reactions? Obviously Farnsworth isn’t the most popular person on this blog, but to expect perfection is a recipe for disappointment. He’s pitching in his second inning (for the first time since before Torre was his manager) in less than ideal conditions. The bats are disheartening (specifically Damon and Giambi), but you can’t live and die with every AB.

  578. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    We are down 2 this is the NY YANKEES!! We should come back from this!! COME ON NOW!

  579. FARNSWORTH SUXS April 9th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    WTF FARNSWORTH SUXS SO MUCH HE PISS THE SHIET OUT OF ME

  580. mel April 9th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Aunty,

    Does your wife laugh at your jokes?

  581. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    It’s pouring. And the Royals are up 2-0.

  582. Beezr April 9th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Farnsworth DFA’d and Scott Patterson called up from AAA. This seems totally reasonable, so why won’t it happen?

  583. Fran April 9th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Does Girardi really think he can turn Farnsworth around? Looks like a lost cause to me.

  584. SJ44 April 9th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Its really funny reading the comments tonight.

    You do realize some of you are carrying on as if this is Game 159 instead of Game 9?

    It makes for good entertainment though.

  585. Josh April 9th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    farnsworth sshould NEVER be in a game within 2 runs, ever..

  586. Jimbob April 9th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    I’m at school watching on mlbtv and they have the royals broadcast tonight. The announcers are talking about how Farnsworthless wasn’t sure why he was only used for 1 inning at a time and not on consecutive days last year and they agree with him.

    THIS IS WHY.

  587. Tim April 9th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Of course Farsworthless gives up the hit to Guillen on a slider when he has a 93-94 mph fastball. Geesh!

  588. Mike Mineo April 9th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    this offense is absolutely laughable

  589. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    GET READY FOR A 3 RUN HOMERUN FROM THE GIAMBIROID! CMON YOU CAN DO IT!

  590. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    End of the inning. Who wants to bet there’s a rain delay next?

  591. Frank Discussion April 9th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Beezr is right on the money. Farnsworth has had too many chances, he simply can’t be relied on. If Joba enters the starting rotation, I shudder at the thought of Farnsworth as the set-up man. Time to make the change.

  592. Neil April 9th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    I thought Joe Torre managed the Dodgers.

  593. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Wow…seriously? They’re still going to play another inning?

  594. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Two runs wouldn’t normally be a horrible deficit, but 9 games into the season, this team hasn’t hit. Weather or no weather. Other teams do not seem to be quite so upset by the weather.

  595. MMF April 9th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Uhhh, Kyle Farnsworth has been bad since day one. His crappiness is nothing new.

    Shot out by Greinke.

  596. Yankee Fan in Boston April 9th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    I think tonight is a great illustration of just how poor a pitcher Farnsworth is. They basically march the bullpen out there exhibition style, and everyone gets the job done but Farnsworth. Pressed for who a fan would pick to “spit the bit” in this situation, the overwhelming majority would’ve said “Farnsworth.” He is a net loss on this team. Every other reliever held the Royals in check, but Farnsworth simply could not throw strikes, and gave the Royals near unlimited chances to score again.

    Tonight should be a lesson learned for Girardi and Cashman. I doubt it will.

  597. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    All right. Let’s not waste this.

  598. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    shut the hell up SJ44. stop talking down to others like you’re someone important. here! this is for you *middle finger*

  599. mel April 9th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Farnsworth,

    Dude. I backed you up here. You making me look bad.

    Look, can’t do much about that leadoff HR. But with 2 outs, you don’t walk someone when you have a man on first. See that pushes him into scoring position.

    Throw strikes and take a chance. Chances are low that the guy at first will score on a base hit.

    KC better have the cajones to play this one out. They were tough all day through the first 5 innings.

  600. miggs April 9th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Ok everyone, I can’t believe no one knows this.

    The game is obviously not over.

    They will not “call it”

    MLB passed a rule a few years ago, all games delayed by rain will be completed. So whether its today, tomorrow, or Saptember 4th, this game will be completed. 9 innings. Guaranteed.

    There are no more rain-shortened games. Only rain delayed. Let them call it. Who cares? It’ll just be finished at a later date.

    What seems to have backfired is holding Kennedy out. There was no rain delay, and now the most he can pitch is 4 innings. Strategy did not work.

    Nice hit Cano.. let’s get some runs !!

  601. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 9th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    OK…it is not time to panic, but here are some things that I don’t like : Farnsworth or Hawkins pitching when the game is actually on the line…and…watching an offense with this many stars on it, getting blanked by a team that will likely finish with at least 90 losses this year….now, I’m going to go kick the cat…. ;-)

  602. JR Yankees April 9th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    This offense is quite pitiful this evening. I fwe lose cause Farnsy gives up 2 runs in the 5th we cannot blame him. We’ce had a man on 2nd base three innings in a row and we can’t drive any of them in. Complete nonsense. This offense needs a swift kick. We need something to get us jumpstarted…maybe Cano singling to lead off an inning. Here we go…

  603. Gitmo April 9th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I didn’t imply that Torre was still the manager of the Yankees, Neil, just that Farnsworth hasn’t pitched two innings since before Torre was his manager.

  604. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Well, Cano singles. The Yanks still have a chance. I wonder if Kennedy will come in for the bottom half?
    And who the heck is the girl screaming bloody murder in the stands? Geesh.

  605. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    F’n Knicks win again .. BYE DERRICK ROSE :(

  606. myrtlebeachfan April 9th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Can you believe Farnsworth? The game could be called at any minute and there he goes giving up two runs in the inning that makes it qualify as a game.

    Why in the world did Girardi put him in then? He needed to wait until the 6th when we may have had a lead. Sigh.

    I guess the Yankees don’t need any couch managers, but our offense is looking pathetic. Namely Damon and Giambi. They can’t hit anything and arent swinging at strikes.

  607. Majambo April 9th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I want the billhilly to succeed but he CAN’T! He grooved that pitch to Guillen on an 0-2 pitch. Argh!!!! HE’S GOTTA GO!!!!!!!

  608. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    The way that Girardi is using the nut case makes absolutely no sense. He cant pitch back to back days or 2 innings in a row. Farns gives up the homerun and then he pitches him another inning???!! Girardi needs to learn quickly that you are only going to lose games if you over pitch him. Completely useless on this team.

  609. FARNSWORTH SUXS April 9th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    AROD GONNA HIT ONE HERE TIE GAME!!!!

  610. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Funny thing is, I agree with Anti, 3 run Giambino shot coming up soon.

  611. SJ44 April 9th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Re: Farnsworth, the HR doesn’t hurt as much as 2 BB and the 0-2 single for the other run. That’s a killer.

    Uhfortunately, that’s been Kyle’s MO as a Yankee. He just can’t finish hitters.

  612. Russell W April 9th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Double play? Really? Didn’t see that one coming.

  613. Fran April 9th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    I think they should save Kennedy for tomorrow and let Pettitte pitch against Boston Friday. He does well against them.

  614. JR Yankees April 9th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Or maybe Abreu can ground into a DP…great!

  615. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Wasted as Bobby GIDPs

  616. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    PATHETIC OFFENSE! SIGN BONDS NOW

  617. FARNSWORTH SUXS April 9th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    WOW DP

  618. V April 9th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Is every game in which the Yankees are losing going to turn into a whinefest like this?

    Wow, you guys sound like a bunch of spoiled brats.

  619. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    ooh the dp. This offense better pick it up quick.

  620. V April 9th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    anti-mussina, please crawl into your hole. You aren’t needed. kthxbai.

  621. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Dear Yankees,

    When I say ‘let’s not waste this’, I mean ‘if you bang into a double play I might throw something against the wall, which would be bad because I only rent the apartment’.

    Thanks,
    Rebecca

  622. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Why does everyone except Arod, Abreu, Matsui and even back up Molina look like little league batters at the plate? It is past the point of being pathetic, it is getting to embarrassing. Damon looks like he has zero bat speed.

  623. Teddy April 9th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Shelley has really gotten screwed this year. When spring started it looked like 1B was his job to lose, and all he did was hit well and show tremendous strides in the field. Now, he gets sent down and we have to live with anemic performances from Giambi, Betemit, etc. I’m not saying Shelley would do better (which I actually think he would, and significantly better than the other to), but he definitely deserved the oppurtunity.

  624. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    There won’t be a bullpen tomorrow at this rate. Well, aside from Joba and Mo. But Kennedy would have to go 7 or so.

  625. Tim April 9th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    The Yankees really got screwed in this game, they will undoubtedly lose but they also are using up their whole bullpen, for what? This is why they needed a long man, but the long men that they supposedly had are all garbage. Its a real shame that they Yankees have a great farm system with great arms but the good ones are either getting over TJ surgery or are in AA or A ball. BTW, that great pitching prospect Steven White got blasted in the Scranton game tonite. The only reliable starting prospect right now in AAA is Horne.

  626. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    another pathetic performance by the offense. time to fire kevin long.

  627. Dee April 9th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Boston Dave, yeah the rain stopped. Look like the game could go 9 innings and we will see IPK?

    Jimmy27, k fine I will from now on keep my injury hypotheticals to myself:-)

  628. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    anti-muss has to be the biggest brat of them all, all I ever is dumb comments like that Bonds BS

  629. SJ44 April 9th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Anti-Mussina,

    Nothing more boring than a gutless internet punk.

    Fortunately, I have your IP address and we can meet up sometime to see if you have the guts to do it to my face.

    20 bucks says you don’t.

    Now call mommy for help. You are going to need it.

  630. Jack April 9th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    i turned the game off dont even wanna watch anymore

  631. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 9th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Rebecca….I’ll send you some spackle…it’ll be there in a couple of days…

  632. Paolo April 9th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    If the Yanks is doomed to win this game, let’s not score any run and save it for the next game… :P

  633. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    This offense is just very frustrating to watch right now

  634. Angel April 9th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Sign Bonds? The sound of pitiful desperation if ever I’ve head it.

  635. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Kennedy’s in.

  636. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    V April 9th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    anti-mussina, please crawl into your hole. You aren’t needed. kthxbai.

    ——-

    you’re a homo. kthxbai.

  637. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    KC announcers are saying the rain seems to be moving away so “We should be able to get this game in”

    I dont even think they know they’d win if the game was called right now.

  638. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Paolo-if the Yanks are doomed to win the game, I’d be awfully happy.

  639. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 9th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Brilliant move !…now comes IPK for a likely 3 inning start….GENIUS ! ( Ok, I know I’m being a Monday AM quarterback,…,but this really s*cks ! )

  640. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Now Kennedy is in. This would be fine, if the offense would have scored any runs. Everything falls on the offense to this point.

  641. DJ April 9th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Boy, things get so friendly around here when the Yanks are losing… :|

  642. Paul April 9th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    The game can be called at any time now. If it is tied, or a lead changed, then they will continue playing the next day.

  643. Paolo April 9th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Well, at least IPK will not get a loss to his belt…

  644. Jimbob April 9th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Miggs – what are you talking about? There are still rain shortened games. The rule is that if you only get to finish the top of an inning and the home team still needs last ups, you go back to the end of the previous inning assuming it is through at least the 5th. If it is a tie at that point, they will finish the game another day.

  645. Dee April 9th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Kevin Long is a star and the reason Arod and the rest of offense even had the reason they had last year, so his job is safe and rightfully so. But do we need to tweak the batting order? Definitely if this keeps up.

  646. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    SJ44 April 9th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Anti-Mussina,

    Nothing more boring than a gutless internet punk.

    Fortunately, I have your IP address and we can meet up sometime to see if you have the guts to do it to my face.

    20 bucks says you don’t.

    Now call mommy for help. You are going to need it.

    ——

    OK i’m an internet punk but you’re the one challenging a stranger to a FIGHT! You’re so tough! just so you know i’ll probably knock you out.

  647. chaossolver April 9th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    lol gotta love girardi just did the good old Pinella play… starting the relievers and relieve them with the starter…
    what a hilarious game… apparently the offense decided to take the game off

  648. McLovin April 9th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Why was Ian Kennedy not in the 5th.Keep treating these Young kids like babies and they will pitch like them.No excuse to not use Kennedy it was raining harder before.

    Fransworth can’t pitch two days in a row or back to back innings.

  649. SDJohn April 9th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Jennifer,

    Did you see the puppy pee last inning?

  650. joe April 9th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    John Sterling just made a good point. Yeah Farnworthless did give up 2 runs but 2 runs in 5 innings isn’t bad. The offense really needs to get going quick because right now they look absolutely pathetic. Double plays, strikeouts, lazy fly balls, etc. It is early so there is plenty of time to right the ship, but in all honesty, 2 runs, 5 innings from your bullpen is pretty good.

  651. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 9th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Last time I checked it was a 2-0 game. So our offense isn’t doing much, but also, last time I checked, two runs wasn’t exactly the hardest deficit to come back from. I mean. Really.

    Ian, please throw some strikes, kay? Just like that, thanks.

  652. Frank Discussion April 9th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Looks like Kennedy is our much heralded long relief man. This simply doesn’t make any sense at all.

  653. Global Colding April 9th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    heheeee heheeeee heheeeeeeee heheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  654. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Kennedy should of just started the game. The bullpen has already been used a lot. You pitcher the starter and then worry about the rain when it rains not before the game. At this point it did nothing but waste everyone.

  655. matt April 9th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Why in earth is Kennedy pitching right now? Push him back to tomorrow and then Pettite goes against the Sox, and you dont have Hughes on sunday night on national television.

    The yanks are gonna lose anyway, so why waste kennedy, and have him pitching in the rain where he will be throwing heavier wet balls.

    dumb move

  656. Luigi April 9th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    girardi completely mismanaged this game

  657. Neil April 9th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Gitmo, I didn’t even read your comment before mine, I was sarcastically implying that this is the same exact way Torre would play this out

  658. SDJohn April 9th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Ian picking up where he left off.

  659. Angel April 9th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    What exactly constructive/useful is it, that that person contributes here again?

  660. Tim April 9th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Wow, I have to really blame this game on Girardi, this loss is on the manager for using Farnsworthless for 2 innings. This is pathetic and this “over the hill gang” offense is more than pathetic. Lets bring up the kids, Cash!

  661. myrtlebeachfan April 9th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    I’m definitely questioning Joe’s managing of this game. Why not start Kennedy? I don’t get it. Oh well. Let’s just waste the bullpen right before our series with Boston.

  662. Rey22 April 9th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    This game’s pitchin set-up by Girardi has me baffled :S

  663. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Matsui, stick to DH please.

  664. Teddy April 9th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Hideki is not useful in the outfield anymore.

  665. SDJohn April 9th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Hideki “the butcher” Matsui.

  666. PJH April 9th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    This game should never have started.

  667. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Rebecca,

    shhhh! :)

  668. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    that’s how you score runs, yankees.

  669. DMan April 9th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    This game is garbage… The Yankees just don’t look like they want to be there.

  670. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    3-0 KC.
    Who’s going to be available in the pen tomorrow…? Hawkins, Joba, Mo…and that’s it. I think. Unless the Yanks make a move.

  671. Angel April 9th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Game 9, for whoever had game 9 as the over/under on when people would start whining about how Girardi managed a game.

  672. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Girardi didn’t mismanage this game, the offense just can’t get it together tonight

  673. Jax April 9th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Kennedy’s first inning woes continue.

  674. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    I am really glad we didn’t get Santana this year..

    After all he would be embarrassed to play with this sorry bunch

    C’mon people .. blame it on the umps, cold or the rain whatever..

    this team sucks!

  675. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Is Matsui 70 years old? He is absolutely dreadful out there. He should never ever play the field. What is that the 5th ball so far this year that he misplayed?

  676. Beezr April 9th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Farsnworth is like an out lier in this pen. All of the other guys are throwing great. He doesn’t fit and enough is enough. We know what happens with him. I hope this is his last chance.

    But I’m calm, SJ44, I’m calm. I know that because I’m still enjoying the games. The last few seasons have inoculated me from these bad beginnings. Last year I had moments of doubt and it made watching the games not pleasant. Every error or GIDP felt like end of the season. This season I can think of how it went last year and find solace and affirmation.

  677. Gitmo April 9th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    My bad Neil. I guess this game has me a little on edge. I apologize.

  678. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Matsui should’ve had that, no doubt. He sucks in the field.

  679. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Joe G is about the only thing positive about this club at the moment.

  680. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    yankees swept by the royals? i can’t believe it. kevin long should be fired any day now.

  681. Rocco April 9th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    is it too late to just forfeit this game?

  682. Paolo April 9th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    This is going to be a LONG inning… Poor kid…

  683. Rey22 April 9th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Ok..what the heck happened to top Yankee pitching prospect Ian Kennedy??

  684. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Wow, this is the flip side from when the game started. Everyone was hailing Girardi as a genius for the way he started Bruney over Kennedy. Now it’s the opposite.

  685. ray (sox fan) April 9th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    sara
    April 9th, 2008 at 9:33 pm
    can we send Damon back to Boston????

    Sorry Sara…….we don’t want him back.

  686. Brian April 9th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    This is just an awful game. Can the bats finally wake up. Why Joe ever brought in Kennedy is beyond me.

  687. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Oh my Kennedy. Oh my

  688. pat April 9th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    If it makes you feel any better, the Dodgers lost when Torre started the relievers too.

  689. Luigi April 9th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    I like Kennedy and all but does anyone else think that Horne would be a better option in the rotation?

  690. Yewnork April 9th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Hank:

    Sign Barry Bonds.

    Girardi:

    Plug Bonds into the three hole. Move Bobby to the two hole and let Jeter lead off.

  691. Evil Empire April 9th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    why is damon at dh? he cant hit, at least when hes in left hes helping the team

  692. Sterling Steiner April 9th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    This Girardi move is hands down one of the dumbest things I have seen since I’ve followed baseball religiously. I really have to question his managerial skills in this game. You can’t go into the game thinking about the “what ifs,” you have to be thinking about right now, and what will get you to the fast track for a win right now. That’s certainly not starting Bruney then burning the mid and late relief.

    This game was just a weird game to me. I’m a little confused watching it.

  693. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    now we have to pricks tonight Fleas and Anit-muss the regualars..give a damn break already you two

  694. V April 9th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Rofl – Girardi mismanaged the game? And if Kennedy started and only went 4 innings, we’d still have used the bullpen for 5. Wow, all of these armchair managers are amusing.

  695. PJH April 9th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Girardi’s managing may be questionable, but I dont blame him for not starting Kennedy for a 2 reasons.
    1)Why put the kid out there when the conditions are poor and he struggled his first start.
    2)The game should have been called and still should be called. These are not conditions baseball is meant to be played in. The lake on the field as my evidence.

  696. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    reason why kennedy didn’t start is because he has the trots. He had to wait until his anti-diaherria medicine kicks in… sadly it went from his arse to his arm.

  697. SDJohn April 9th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    I’m not so much saying Girardi mis-managed the game, I’m saying why haven’t we had 1 straight steal all year. Teams run all over us. We have put 1 hit and run on, it worked. We haven’t done it again. It’s like watching the Yanks in 07, 06, and 05 all over again. In fact, besides the management of the pen, I can’t tell which Joe is managing the Yanks.

  698. GoSox April 9th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Is this becoming a trend? The Giants and Dodgers did the same thing last week — they held off on using their youngsters in the rain, then, when the game didn’t get called, they brought them both in.

    I don’t get it — if you were worried about subjecting Kennedy to these conditions at the start of the game, does it really make sense to have him pitch now? And even if you just wanted to be sure he’d pitch a full game and wouldn’t be “wasted” in a game that got postponed, is it really good for a young starter to be told he’s not starting, then be dragged into the game in the sixth?

  699. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    It is so early in the season, we ought not worry too much, but the hitters have made scrub pitchers look like Koufax.

  700. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Anti-Mussina-since when does losing one game and possibly the second of a three game set constitute a sweep? There’s still tomorrow’s game.
    Lighten up.

  701. mel April 9th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Fleas,

    No offense, but Santana has nothing to do with the offense.

  702. V April 9th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    anti-mussina – are you 13?

  703. myrtlebeachfan April 9th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Pathetic is the only word to describe this. I like Girardi as a manager more than Torre, but Joe Torre never would have done this.

  704. NYY April 9th, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Is this guy(IPK) the reason Yanks didn’t get Santana?

  705. V April 9th, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    This team sucks so bad, I have no ideas why you guys are watching the game. I have a great idea! The Orioles are doing well, root for them!

  706. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    I think Kennedy did not enjoy the 2 hour delay to his start. This game is a complete disaster and it all falls on Girardi. The pressure is going to start to mount for Joe until the offense decides to show up.

  707. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Seriously, all you that actually have hope or any sort of belief that we will make it to the post season this year… I am laughing at you.. but crying at the yankees, cause it is true.

  708. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    i agree jeter should lead off now. he grounds into too many DPs to bat in the 2 hole.

    Jeter SS
    Abreu RF
    Arod 3B
    Bonds DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Duncan 1B
    Melky CF
    Gardner LF

  709. berniepaul&tino April 9th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    I’m liking this gonzalez kid… nice throw

  710. Neil April 9th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    It doesn’t matter if this game should have never started…the Royals played in the same rain and found a way to win.

  711. Sterling Steiner April 9th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    You either start Kennedy or you don’t use him tonight and push him back to tomorrow.

    Bringing a SP in in the 6th inning totally takes him out of his element. He’s not an experienced starter or a reliever, he’s a kid who’s pitched 4 games prior to this in his career, you can’t expect him to succeed in this environment.

    I’m just glad he didn’t come in in the middle of an inning.

  712. YankeeJosh April 9th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Steph

    I don’t blame Girardi for not starting Kennedy. It was a gutsy move and a good gamble. I do think he held him out too long. At most you’ll get 3/4 innings from Kennedy tonight. If Ian started the 5th, you could have gotten 4 or 5 and saved the rest of the pen, even if he was still ineffective.

    Still, it’s just one game, and killing the pen isn’t worth it.

  713. Paolo April 9th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    OMG, no out after 16 pitches…

  714. mel April 9th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Steph,

    As far as I know we still have Albie and Ollie.

  715. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    mel,

    “No offense, but Santana has nothing to do with the offense.”

    Santana could DH, he is much better hitter than what we have right now.

  716. DMan April 9th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Why is it so hard for this team to start off the season well?

    They’ll bounce back eventually, but why must they always be such slow starters? I don’t get it.

  717. Evil Empire April 9th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    just ignore the children, they clearly have nothing better to do with their time. as odd is this game is I cant fault girardi for his moves. there could have been a rain delay and to start IPK, have him sit and then throw him back out there wouldnt have helped. my biggest gripe about the team is damon at dh with matsui in left….these moves make little sense to me

  718. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Oops there goes Giambi’s crotch again..

  719. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Okay it is still only 4 runs we have 3 innings to get back the runs.

  720. Barry Bonds April 9th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I had a .480 OBP last year and hit 28 HRs in the lefty hell hole in SF. I’m a free agent.

  721. Bob April 9th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Would it kill this team to ever get off to a good start?

    Geeez, same sh**, different year.

  722. Marc from Portland April 9th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Cheer up guys. Detroit is leading the Sux 6-2. :)

  723. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I don’t blame this at all on girardi. His goal is to protect the youngins. Nine times out of ten this game would be rained delayed in the second inning. He did the right thing. Its not his fault the offense is inept.

  724. Amanda from La. April 9th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    I have TOTAL faith in this team, really. But here I am just waiting for the turn around, I know it will happen but I hate this whole waiting thing. Still rooting and focusing on 27 in 08 :)

    Well look at that, the inning is over! Let’s score some runs guys!

  725. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    It would be nice for this lineup to get in a groove already

    but…

    relax. there are 150+ games to catch those pesky Orioles. I aint scurred.

  726. V April 9th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    I will go on record on saying I believe it was a brilliant move on Girardi’s part to start with the bullpen and go to Kennedy after the rain let up. I DO think there should have been a rain delay earlier on. It hasn’t worked out thus far, but 2 ER in 5 IP by the bullpen is excellent.

    The offense is extremely off at the moment. It WILL wake up. We always do well vs. Boston, and then we go to the warm weather of Tampa.

  727. Matt Waters April 9th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    “Is this guy(IPK) the reason Yanks didn’t get Santana?”

    No. If Kennedy were substituted for Hughes, Wang would have had to be included. And yeah, the kid has one bad start and has the nerve to get burnt on a terrible play by Matsui, so let’s start torching him now. Never mind his impeccable minor league track record, DAMNIT HE WAS TERRIBLE IN HIS FIRST START OF THE SEASON! GET HIM OUT OF HERE! OH MY GOD WE’RE GOING TO BE 4-5! WE’RE DOOOOOOMMMMMMMEEEEDDDDDDDDD

    Doomed.

  728. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Now I missed the play but should Matsui have had the ball?

  729. Sterling Steiner April 9th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    What made this game so important to burn the pen on?

    Am I missing something?

  730. Abepeter April 9th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Kennedy for long relief or AAA

  731. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Ah, I forgot about Ohlendorf. Thanks. But Alby’s in AAA, isn’t he? Or did the Yanks bring him back up and I missed it?

  732. Luigi April 9th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    lets see if we can get a few baserunners here

    at least make it interesting

  733. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    here comes another 1.2.3 inning. Okay.. I’ll try and be objective..

    someone will get an extra base hit and we will leave him stranded.

    wtf? This is pathetic!

  734. Global Colding April 9th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Just in case you’re wondering, the weather in Boston this weekend is expected to be in the low 40′s with rain showers.

  735. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    yankees is the most hated franchise in baseball. bonds is the most hated players in baseball. I think it’s time to bring the two together. make it happen cashman!

    Jeter SS
    Abreu RF
    Arod 3B
    Bonds DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Duncan 1B
    Melky CF
    Gardner LF

  736. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Guillen shoudn’t be playing!! He should be suspended!! He shouldn’t be out there to play in the game.

    Ooops who do I sound like? :D

  737. mel April 9th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Fleas,

    No offense, but I know the whole story of how Santana is a great athlete, started as an outfielder, and can hit the stitches off the ball.

    But they’re not going to let him hit in a AL game.

    I know you’re trying to be funny, I’m just not in the mood.

  738. John April 9th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    He should have defiantly caught that ball

  739. DMan April 9th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Yeah lets not panic over the season here, they’ll get better..

    It’s just these slow starts that are so damn annoying.

  740. Paolo April 9th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Inge just hit a 2-run single at the top 8th, Sux down 2-6 now…

  741. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    4 runs is like 20 to this great offense.

  742. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    anti-mussina, Did you fail English in school?

  743. Dee April 9th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    For the last time, NO to Bonds.

    GoSox and ray(sox fan) – I’m genuinely curious, there’s a sox game on right now. Why on earth are you on a Yankees blog??

  744. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Jennifer-yeah, Matsui probably should have made the catch.

  745. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Global Colding

    What happened to global warming? I thought the polar ice caps were melting.

  746. Marc from Portland Maine April 9th, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    If Detroit can break out of their offensive slump, the Yankees can’t be far behind :)

  747. Dustin April 9th, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Kennedy should be sent back down to Scranton. Call up Igawa or Rasner; they can’t be any worse.

  748. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    jennifer,

    you are assuming he went to school?

  749. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Wow some of the kids still haven’t found an apartment in NY.

  750. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Well if there is one thing that will wake up the Yankee bats, it’s playing in Fenway Park this weekend. They always seem to play their best there. Of course we’ll need Pettitte to virtual pitch a complete game tomorrow to have any semblance of a bullpen.

  751. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Santana would have been a 1000x improvement over this mess we have. I am in no mood either Mel, I can’t even stomach to watch these sorry Yankees. I usually don’t miss a game.

    The Yankees aren’t off to a slow start people, they are off to a horrendous start. that’s a pretty big difference.

    this is going to be one very big disappointing year.. I knew it the second we didn’t trade for Santana.. while you all were optimistic.

    Don’t believe the Yankee PR machine about Wang having to go with Kennedy for Santana, that is a crock of crap.

  752. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Boston, my bad. You are probably correct.

  753. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    How about Matsui makes that catch, and they don’t score any runs that inning. Terrible D.

  754. Teddy April 9th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Is that Cy Young out there???

    Ohhhhh wait…It’s just Zach Greinke.

  755. DJ April 9th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Marc,

    It took them two months last year. :\

    And it looks like our pitching is going to be just as inconsistent.

  756. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Rob, and it isn’t counted as an error. They really need to look at how errors are figured out. If he should have caught it and didn’t, than it should be an error. Why should the pitcher be penalized?

  757. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    haha@Teddy.. no kidding

  758. Keith FL April 9th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    The slow starts are so annoying…it seems the more the so called baseball experts keep saying teams have these awesome 1,000 run offenses like the Yankees and Tigers, the less these teams score and look pathetic at the plate…I will never forget when we played Detroit in the playoffs and everyone kept talking about he greatest lineup ever seen on paper and we couldn’t hit a beach ball….and we look like that tonight……wow another 1-2-3 inning, they look pathetic tonight but I said the same last year…I just think this is another transition year but if you read a good article by Verducci on SI.com he talks about how teams are buying out the free agent years of most players, so we will have to do it all with the farm system…

  759. YankeeJosh April 9th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    It’s not fair to judge Kennedy from tonight. He came in in relief, unexpectedly in bad weather and got hurt by a bad play by Matsui.

    That said, who knows about all the trade rumors, but I would have had to consider including him in a deal (without Wang) for Santana.

  760. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    “Its really funny reading the comments tonight.

    You do realize some of you are carrying on as if this is Game 159 instead of Game 9?

    It makes for good entertainment though.”

    Fleas, I think you are contributing to the entertainment tonight. thanks.

  761. Global Colding April 9th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Mother Nature doesn’t want Yankees to win, so it has reversed its meteorological trend.

    Sign Bonds now! We need an emergency bandaid.

  762. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    here goes kennedy again… bye bye kid, nice knowing you.. hey Ian, at least your married now, your wife can comfort you later..

    David cone just said kennedy got jerked off???? HAHA that is about the best hting that has happened to him tonight!!

  763. Central Ct Yankee April 9th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    did Cone just say “Jerked Off” to funny

  764. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Fleas-What about the “Minnesota PR machine” that said Wang was included in the offer for Santana.
    Get over it.

  765. Rocco April 9th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    what did cone say about kennedy? LOL

  766. Amanda from La. April 9th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Marc
    So true, all slumps eventually come to an end.

  767. Sterling Steiner April 9th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    he did say “jerked off”

  768. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Boston Dave:

    “Fleas, I think you are contributing to the entertainment tonight. thanks.”

    Thank you, it’s about time someone can take what I say with a grain of salt! Thank you, Thank you!

  769. YankeeJosh April 9th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    I’m not sure Ohlendorf would be available tomorrow. He pitched 3 innings yesterday. You’d like to give him some time off. I don’t think ALby can be called back up yet unless they DL someone, so maybe Patterson gets the call and someone in the pen gets optioned down?

  770. disgusted... April 9th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. Man, we are just not playing the game very well right now..

  771. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    That maybe true, accept I spoke to Johan. Yes, you heard me correctly. I personally spoke to Johan. Thank you.

  772. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    wang, kennedy, and melky for santana doesn’t make sense cause that’s more than their initial request of hughes, melky, and prospect.

  773. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Cone is right. He thought he was supposed to start, was out there long tossing than was shut down. And now came in the middle of the game. As he said he needs to get his work in and work things out. I don’t take away anything bad from this start.

  774. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I wonder if the Yanks will at least make a complaint about having to play in these conditions…

  775. Barry Bonds April 9th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I’m a free agent who had one of the best careers in the history of the sport.

    I’m eager to play to prove to everyone that I’ve still got it.

    I’ll come at a reasonable, 1 year contract price. And I want to be in the AL and DH.

    Pinstripes are good, they’ll make me look skinnier, get some of the attention from the media off of me if I look like I lost some weight.

    Cashman, you have my number.

  776. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Kennedy is getting squeezed.

  777. SJ44 April 9th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    4-5 is a “horrendous” start?

    The Red Sox will be 4-5 after tonight.

    Is that also “horrendous”?

  778. DominicanYank April 9th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    What’s incredibly hard to believe is that even with this lifeless offense, the Yankees have yet to be shut out in the first 8 games of the season…

  779. Paul April 9th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    is that Krazy Kyle showering in the center field fountain?

  780. Cloud April 9th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    If Ian didn’t start today, he pitch tomorrow, then everyone push back a day, is that probably??

    Or they just skip Ian then??

  781. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Alby can’t be called back up yet, so the Yanks would have to DL someone to bring him up, yes.
    I think they’ll practically need to send someone down to Scranton just to get a fresh arm for tomorrow if Pettitte doesn’t go 7. It’ll be interesting to see what they do.

  782. disgusted... April 9th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    WTF was wrong w/that pitch?

  783. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    possible AL East Standings (if current scores hold up)

    Baltimore 6-1
    Toronto 4-4
    Yanks 4-5
    Sox 4-5
    Tampa Bay 3-5

    The Yanks would be .5 games behind a team that has a chance of winning the AL East this season (Baltimore won’t). no need to panic.

  784. Christy Canyon April 9th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    David Cone is my new favorite baseball commentator :)

  785. Yankee Fan in Boston April 9th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    It’s going to take many years of success in the league for Kennedy to get some of the calls he wanted tonight. His style of pitching has little to no margin for error.

  786. sw April 9th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Having Santana wouldn’t be that helpful when the team is scoring zero runs like tonight. Pitching is not the biggest problem when you’re 26th in the majors in runs scored.

  787. Wasteland April 9th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    :P :evil: :P :evil: :P :evil: :P :evil: :P :evil: :P :evil: :P :evil: :P :evil: :P :evil: :P :evil:

  788. joe April 9th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Jennifer,
    I actually read that the polar ice caps that melted last summer all re-froze this winter. Al Gore must not be happy.

  789. Angel April 9th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Run along, Barry Bonds.

  790. Rey22 April 9th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    I will absolutely puke if Bonds puts on a Yankee uniform this season. Or any other for that matter.

  791. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    yankees were willing to sign clemens to a rich contract but not bonds? i think cashman is a racist.

  792. Andrew April 9th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    did anynoe else here cone say that kennedy was jerked off before the game? the mound that is.

    come check out my live blog if you are bored at http://stirthedrink.blogspot.com

  793. YankeeJosh April 9th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    The only quibble I have tonight is the use of the bullpen. It’s fine to decide to start with the pen and then go to Kennedy, but going 5 with the pen made no sense.

    Once it got to the fifth, it was clear this would be an official game, and Kennedy should have been in imo. Getting 3 innings from your starter in back to back games is putting too much on the bullpen.

  794. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    this team needs something to get them going… like uhm.. how about some PEDS!!!

  795. berniepaul&tino April 9th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Sign Bonds and find a way to trade for Nick Johnson.

  796. Barry Bonds April 9th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Oh, did I mention my pending perjury indictment? Or my rampant usage of Steroids beginning in 2001?

    Having thought about it, though, I’m not sure the Pinstripes would get the media attention off of me. After all, the media flocked around Clemens and Pettitte while igoring Tejada after the Mitchell report was released, right? The Pinstripes will probably just draw even more attention to me.

  797. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    The bullpen is getting used way too much. Pettitte better give them some length otherwise they are going to be in trouble. Once Girardi saw that they weren’t going to stop the game no matter how much it was raining then he should of just brought Kennedy in. You just can not keep using the bullpen when it is not necessary and tonight it was not necessary. Girardi has to be more careful with that because people said when he managed the Marlins he loved going to the bullpen earlier then he needed to.

  798. disgusted... April 9th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    i think we better sign roger mid season again..

  799. myrtlebeachfan April 9th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Kennedy is really locating this inning but getting horrible calls. I guess rookies get NOTHING when they come up. Does he need to PAY for calls? Or does he just need to be a Pedro or Clemens.

  800. Bob April 9th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Anyone complaining about the pitching, especially Hughes and Kennedy, doesn’t have a clue. They are young, they are gonna have ups and downs.

    It’s the offense that has been the problem so far. If Torre was still here everyone would be blaming him for not motivating them. What’s the reason now?

  801. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    yankees were willing to sign clemens to a rich contract but not bonds? i think cashman is a racist.
    Right. You are absolutely brilliant. That must be the reason.

  802. mel April 9th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Fleas,

    I thought of you and “Max” when I read this:

    Kill-Schill(ing)
    April 9th, 2008 at 1:37 pm
    Thanks for assuaging some of my concerns about Hughes.

    BTW, I wanted the Yankees to trade Hughes for Santana and think they erred in not doing so. However, since they didn’t, I certainly want Hughes to thrive. In fact, even had they traded Hughes, I would have cheered for him regardless. (How could I not like and admire a 21-yr-old who comports himself with more maturity and humility than I do at 33?)

    In fact, unless ex-Yankees go to the Red Sox or other AL East rival, or they malign Joe Torre as a racist, I tend to harbor a soft spot for them anyway. To be honest, I can’t even summon genuine animosity for Sheffield, if I don’t necessarily root for him anymore.

    BTW, I had an 15-minute long conversation with Joe Mcillvaine at Dolphins Stadium during the Marlins-Yankees series last month. McIllvaine, the former Mets GM, is now a scout for the Twins, so I started to question him about the Santana trade.

    Naturally, he couldn’t criticize Smith GM but when I asked him why the Twins didn’t accept the Hughes, Cabrera, Marquez, Hiligoss offer, he kept invoking poker analogies. Which I interpreted as what we all now know– Smith was pitting the Red Sox against the Yankees in the hope the Yankees would offer both Hughes and Kennedy.

    He also said by the time January arrived, the Mets offer was the best one available because both the Yankees and Red Sox scaled back theirs considerably. Neither ever withdrew their offers. They just whittled them down as time went on.

    Incidentally, McIllvaine think Delois Guerra is the best player the Twins acquired in the deal. McIllvaine also think Cody Rasmus will be the Cardinals starting CF by the All-Star break and will bloom into a legitimate star.

  803. V April 9th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    I’ll take Kennedy for the next 7 years and the money used to sign Santana rather than Santana. Period. I don’t care what it would have taken to land him. I’m glad we didn’t.

  804. Christy Canyon April 9th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    That’s why Cone is my new fav!

  805. pat April 9th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Accept that I spoke with Bill Smith and he told me he lied to Johan when he told him that.

    I can write fiction too.

  806. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    “did anynoe else here cone say that kennedy was jerked off before the game”

    YESSSSSS scroll up for crying out loud. You child!!!!! haha

  807. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Fyi, the 2007 Yankees were also 4-4 and then 4-5.

  808. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Joe I heard that too! The robot must be crying oil. :lol:

    Ian has actually looked pretty good considering he was jerked … :lol:

  809. yankees April 9th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    yankee offense is DEAD

  810. Paul April 9th, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    I saw a geiko once climbing the hotel wall in New Delhi

  811. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Here is the hacker Melky now.

    This kid has no bat at all. He is all bloop singles and nothing more.

  812. Matt Waters April 9th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Kennedy will be very good all season against left handed hitters with that change-up. Terrible night for him. He doesn’t get the start than Matsui does his daily circus act in LF. That change-up is why he can be an effective starter this season. But no, let’s make him a long reliever because he had a bad first start. Right.

  813. rb15 April 9th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    joe, obviously this blog isn’t the place for political discussion, but i have to point out that the problem with the icecaps melting isn’t that they hypothetically wouldn’t re-freeze; its that they melted in the first place, which by all methods of scientific measure either wasn’t supposed to happen, ever, or wasn’t supposed to happen for a long time.

    the yankees will be ok. they’ll start hitting again. see: detroit, tonight.

  814. disgusted... April 9th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    rally time! nvm damon is up

  815. Andrew April 9th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    who jerked him off though? was it girardi? eiland? his buddy joba? i’d like to know. i think the fans should know.

  816. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Pat,

    accept I have a lot of MLB ball players as person friends. In fact, I am friends with a lot of the coaches as well.

    I am a software engineer, and you all will be using my products at the new Yankee stadium rest assured.

  817. Luigi April 9th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    im turning the game off if AG grounds into DP

  818. V April 9th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    There is NO reason Grienke should be pitching – bad move by the Royals manager. Too many pitches on a young arm in bad weather.

  819. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Kennedy’s settled down, it would seem. He really does have some “first” inning issues, doesn’t he? I’d heard a couple of weeks ago that he was trying to change up his pre-game routine, but I don’t think coming into a game in the 6th inning was part of that. :) Seriously, though, it is something that he’s going to have to overcome.

    SJ44 -

    Record-wise, this is not an abysmal start. It’s knowing that for the most part they’re getting pretty good pitching and wasting it because the offense hasn’t gotten up to speed yet. And I know the schedule and the weather haven’t been helpful, but even you have to admit that this is maybe just a bit unexpected?

    The Yankees are lucky it’s the Orioles off to a good start and not the Red Sox.

  820. Andrew April 9th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    cone seems to be privy to this information.

  821. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Let me guess there will be another DP here? I would be shocked if there isn’t. That is how bad the at bats are.

  822. joe April 9th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    I am not watching the game but from what I am hearing on the radio the infield is the worst it has ever looked while playing a game. Is it really that bad?

  823. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Andrew, hysterical !@

    person = personal in previous comment.

  824. disgusted... April 9th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    that should say on deck…

  825. V April 9th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Ok, there needs to be some work on fundamentals. Melky should not have run into that tag.

  826. joe April 9th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    LOL Jennifer.

  827. Christy Canyon April 9th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    I figured Kennedy did it himself.

  828. Frank Discussion April 9th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Nice, Melky. Really smooth.

  829. V April 9th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Accept that I know how to spell except.

  830. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Poor baserunning.

  831. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    cabrera has 0 baseball IQ. you don’t win championships with idiots like that.

  832. pat April 9th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    And the 2 out hits continue.

  833. mel April 9th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Okay, here come all the Jeter GIDP jokes.

  834. Central Ct Yankee April 9th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Timely hitting JD

  835. DJ April 9th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    “I’ll take Kennedy for the next 7 years and the money used to sign Santana rather than Santana.”

    Half the problem there is that that money is going to be used to sign Sabathia instead. And mark my words … he will be a frikking disaster.

  836. Rocco April 9th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    everyone knows torre was the racist!

    ::rolls eyes::

  837. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    OMFG, this team SUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKSSSS!

  838. Frank Discussion April 9th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    SURPRISE ! Cano swings at the first pitch !

  839. disgusted... April 9th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    F#$& CANO

  840. Andrew April 9th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Maybe it was Cone.

  841. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Cano is very picky at the plate. Send him back to AAA to learn patience!

  842. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Is Melky SOOOO dumb that he allows himself to be tagged? Please send him down to the minors. He is absolutely dreadful. I really do not know why the Yanks think he is a major leaguer. His defense is average and his hitting is awful. As the other moron Cano swings at the 1st pitch.

  843. Paul April 9th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    bad decision melk man…you ran right into the second baseman…inning over…grrr

  844. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Yes the field is in awful condition. It has been since the second inning.

  845. anti-mussina April 9th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    cano = another idiot.

  846. joe April 9th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Unbelievable. Damon gets a double with 2 outs and no one on. Man we really cannot catch a break in this game. And now Cano ground out. Wow. Four doubles in the game and not one of them scored. This game has been a disaster. Im sure tomorrow will be better.

  847. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    All these stop smoking commercials make me want to start smoking again.

  848. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Yeah because you just love watching Matsui in left field. that is what would happen if Melky was sent down.

  849. Yankee Fan in Boston April 9th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    wow, just awful baseball right there. That’s just pathetic, devil-may-care, take-it-for-granted baseball right there. It’s playing like this that we were all up in arms over Torre last year, and it’s happening again. That’s not April baseball, that’s bad baseball.

    Cano’s lackidasical swing there was equally pathetic. I understand it’s early in the season, but some of these guys look like they just want to go home. I’ve harped on Cano season after season, and I’m going to do it again. He’s got a very poor handle on the fundamentals, and it costs us games.

  850. myrtlebeachfan April 9th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    !!!!!!!!!!!!! Ridiculous!

  851. V April 9th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    “Half the problem there is that that money is going to be used to sign Sabathia instead. And mark my words … he will be a frikking disaster.”

    God I hope not.

  852. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Can we please get some more HR hitting white people on this team… like who was that guy wearing #44 Michael Jackson?

  853. Amanda from La. April 9th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    where are the bats tonight, at this point I would just like to see a number on the scoreboard.

  854. V April 9th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    The season’s over. The Yankees should throw in the towel, and take the rest of the season off, so they can rest for next year. (sarcasm, yes).

  855. Drive 4-5 April 9th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    The lack of Yankee ofense is nothing less than stunning. They are wasting a terrific run by their bullpen.

    In fairness to Ian Kennedy, the Yankees may very well have rushed him this year. When does 4 major league starts earn someone a guaranteed spot in the rotation the following year? Not to mention all the publicity and added pressure. He had a high walk to innings pitch ratio last year. He doesnt seem to have major league command yet.

    They’d be doing him a favor if they let him develop more.Eventually, he’ll be a 4th or 5th starter.

  856. mel April 9th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Fleas,

    So you’re an insider, huh?

    And the Yankees are your favorite team?

  857. joe April 9th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks Jennifer. I hate the fact that I cannot watch the games although with how the Yanks have been hitting maybe it’s better that I can’t. Lol.

  858. miggs April 9th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Wow I can usually keep my cool but this is getting ridiculous. Melky ran RIGHT INTO that double play… if he just stops, they can only get one out and that Damon double scores a run.

    They’re just playing stupid baseball. I know its early in the season. I’m not worried about the big picture. I’m worried about the way they are playing this game.

    Grienke, that guy threw 120 pitches. Cano swings at the FIRST pitch and grounds out. I just don’t get it. Take a pitch !

  859. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    V, the money flows in NY, that should be the least of your concerns. Your probably a CPA and have a great understanding of finanaces and economics… right? If not, do us all a favor and go get Jerked by Kennedy.

  860. Barry Bonds April 9th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Still a free agent…

  861. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    I hate to say it but GIRARDI’S team looks dead!! Torre used to take the heat for it and now Girardi has to. The team is not ready to play and he should take the responsibly for it. I would assume that Hank will have something to say about it soon. The managers moves have not added up yet. Maybe another meetings is in order.

  862. Jack April 9th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    id rather go after mark texeria when hes avaiable after this year for free agency. i dont trust c.c

  863. Jack April 9th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    id rather go after mark texeria when hes avaiable after this year for free agency. i dont trust c.c

  864. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    He is settled in and looks much better.

  865. V April 9th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Kennedy’s doing well now.

  866. Andrew April 9th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Everyone needs to forget about the game. Why is it that only a few commenters care about this huge story? Kennedy was jerked off! Before the game! I was always told that you shouldn’t masturbate until after the game.

    More importantly, was it a man? Was it only an HJ? Or was it a BJ or a ZJ. Regardless, it most likely was gay. So there is a gay pitcher on the Yankees.

    Tell me this isn’t a story.

  867. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    mel, he’s likely 13 yrs. old and a BS talking guy.

  868. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    So what was everyone saying about Ian. This was a strong outing all things considered!!

  869. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Mel,

    I’ve been around MLB baseball since I was 13 years old. Growing up 30 minutes from the Bronx in CT, where all my neighbors were professional ball players.

    Not to mention that a certain Lefty in MLB happens to be my brother.

  870. MikeEff- Shelley, Every Day April 9th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Fleas: this game has made me want to start smoking again. hard to believe these are the yankees we’re watching

  871. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    At least Kennedy had a quick inning

  872. Jack April 9th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    well toronto tamba and boston lost…orioles rained out…so atleast nothing changed..really a shame we didnt gain anything tho.

  873. Amanda from La. April 9th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    nice outing by ian. now let’s back it up with some runs!

  874. V April 9th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    “V, the money flows in NY, that should be the least of your concerns. Your probably a CPA and have a great understanding of finanaces and economics… right? If not, do us all a favor and go get Jerked by Kennedy.”

    George had an open checkbook. Hal seems to have a tighter limit.

    CPAs have a great understanding of accounting. Not necessarily finance and economics (my degree is in mathematics of finance, btw ;-)).

    I will again go on record that, barring injury, Kennedy ends the season with an ERA less than 4.00.

  875. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    I’ve been around MLB baseball since I was 13 years old. Growing up 30 minutes from the Bronx in CT, where all my neighbors were professional ball players.
    Wow, even the women were pro?

  876. Frank Discussion April 9th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue…

  877. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    The Royals aren’t even pitching there closer or set up guy because they know the Yanks can’t hit. How sad…

  878. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    WTF? The Knicks won another game????? Unbelievable

    Kennedy actually did a pretty good job once he settled in

  879. Barry Bonds April 9th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    I would have put that ball in the seats…

  880. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Miguelito Cairo once told me that he got jerked off while on the field..

    just look, he let me take a picture from first base :)

    http://tinyurl.com/42h4pc

  881. mel April 9th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Fleas,

    I believe you and I can respect your background. But why do you antagonize people?

  882. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Why would the Royals pitch their closer in a non-save situation?

  883. Kenny April 9th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    so who is your brother?

  884. Barry Bonds April 9th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Still waiting.

    My phones in my hand, on vibrate.

    I’ve got my spikes on and everything, just give me a call.

  885. mel April 9th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Fleas,

    Scratch that. Antagonize is the wrong word. Why are you so unhappy?

  886. Hank Aaron April 9th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Shut it, Barry.

  887. Paul April 9th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    rally caps are on

  888. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Steph, they were pro ladies having many children for MLB ball players who were never around to help raise them. In that sense, yes they were pros.

  889. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Maybe they need the ice cream and candy back????

  890. Paul April 9th, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    rally caps are now inside out and backwards

  891. Barry Bonds April 9th, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    I could teach that Cano guy how to take a pitch…

  892. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Mel,

    I am unhappy watching the disaster of this team. In real life (i.e. not blog life) I am a lot of fun and the first person to make someone smile.. go figure! I guess the blogging balances that out.

  893. Barry Bonds April 9th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    the k.c. broadcaster just said that at times that change up is so good that he can fool the ump.. rofl

  894. Paul April 9th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    it has begun….

  895. Christy Canyon April 9th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Soria is their closer, not this guy.

  896. Barry Bonds April 9th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Hey Hank Aaron….

    Stop being all jealous and pisses that I broke your record.

    And there’s still a chance that my records could get wiped out.

    So stop complaining.

  897. Rey22 April 9th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Giambi’s next. Game over.

  898. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Teams usually do because they know the Yanks can easily score 4 runs in 1 inning. That is when they are alive and trying…

  899. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Also please talk don’t talk about the Yankees saving money when they give Igawa how much just to talk to him? 45 million? Heh. Yeah the yankees are broke.

  900. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    With a 4 run lead, you wouldn’t bring in your closer. It’s not a save situation, is it?

  901. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Do these fans think every pitch thrown by a kc pitcher should be a strike?

  902. Paul April 9th, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    2 on…..tying runner on deck…

  903. Barry Bonds April 9th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    I can teach Matsui how to really become a good hitter. He’s already half way there, he can’t field. If I can get in that clubhouse with my main Japanese man, he’ll become a true hitter.

  904. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Gobble is coming in

  905. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Now it is. tieing run on deck.

    GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE IN. I think we normally hit him, but that this point it means nothing.

  906. Barry Bonds April 9th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    the giambi-matsui DP combo is now set up. great…

  907. Evil Empire April 9th, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    giambi pops out to shallow RF

  908. Kill-Schill(ing) April 9th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Mel, you quoted me, to what do I owe the honor?

    Why aren’t we debating Cashman/Girardi’s decision to send Shelly Duncan to Scranton

  909. Barry Bonds April 9th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    gobble gobble

  910. mel April 9th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    I wonder if Giambi’s looking at Gobble like he’s a turkey drumstick…

  911. Barry Bonds April 9th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    If I was batting right now, I’d be getting walked.

    I am the pwnage.

  912. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    please

  913. JimDC April 9th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    A lackadaisical effort by the Yankees. Very sad to see and in fact I wish I hadn’t watched this game. It was a waste of my time.

  914. V April 9th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    The Yankees paid $26M to the Hanshin Tigers to talk to Kei Igawa. IIRC, this money would have been returned to the Yankees if no deal was reached. They signed Igawa to a 5 year deal for $20M total.

    This was before Hank and Hal were in charge.

  915. Gator49 April 9th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Tying run on deck in Boston – Papi

  916. Evil Empire April 9th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    pathetic, cant wait to pack his, damons, and farnsworths bags. good riddance

  917. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Girardi should scream his head off at HGH. Mr. $20m cant even take a pitch.

  918. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    giambi sucks!

  919. joe April 9th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Unbelievable. Giambi swings at first pitch and pops out. What a waste he is.

  920. Paul April 9th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Jose can do it!

  921. miggs April 9th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Regarding signing Bonds, I’m actually not 100% against it. the problem is all the 4 OF/DHs are healthy (Damon, Cabrera, Matsui, Abreu) Right now they’re losing some offense at C and SS. Bonds doesn’t solve either problem.

  922. Barry Bonds April 9th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    i hit .265 off left handers last year. giambi will be luck to hit .265 overall

  923. Fleas (Almost Always Negative April 9th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    night all

  924. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    He needs to hold a team meeting or something. This team needs to settle down and let their talents take over. We know this team will not be hitting like this all year. This isn’t he NY Yankees.

  925. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Yankees need another youth infusion. Maybe Brett Gardner should be called up. Let him start in Left.

  926. V April 9th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    I am 100% opposed to signing Barry Bonds. I do note that anti-mussina has been quiet since ‘Barry Bonds’ arrived.

  927. Tommy April 9th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    damon is absolutely useless, how long is he signed for?

  928. Mike Mineo April 9th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    putting Farnsworth in for 2 innings instead of 1 was a pitiful move though. I don’t see why he could have put Kennedy out there for 4 innings instead of 3… he is a starting pitcher after all. apart from saving a run or two, it just tires the bullpen even more and sets the team up horribly for tomorrow and the upcoming Red Sox series. this false sense of confidence in washed up scrubs like Farnsworth, Giambi, and Damon just because of their financial status is sickening.

    the Yankees better be willing to use Kennedy tomorrow in a long relief… I don’t feel like wasting Joba for 2-3 innings (and in turn making him not available for the first two Red Sox games) because of mismanagement.

    since the Yankees are facing someone tomorrow who had an ERA under 6 last year, eating innings will be a must in order to at least take a game out of the Red Sox series. the Yankees scoring 0-2 runs per game off of such pitchers is really fun to watch.

  929. Kill-Schill(ing) April 9th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Mel?

  930. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Ah well. Tomorrow’s another day and another chance.

  931. Paul April 9th, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    the fat lady is singing in the showers with Farnsworthless…interview with Kim on YES

  932. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Funny how the Yanks play the Royals and all of a sudden they have fans…

  933. royals fan April 9th, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    ha ha.

  934. mel April 9th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    kill,

    Fleas was talking about how he has contacts in baseball and we coulda got Santana on the cheap, so I used your story.

  935. DJ April 9th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Todd Jones held on. Detroit finally wins.

    Thank goodness…

  936. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    if only the yankees pitchers could give up -1 runs we would win.

  937. Frank Discussion April 9th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Disgrace. The offense is a pathetic disgrace. Shut out by the KC Royals. Can’t wait to hear the apologists offer up the usual excuses.

  938. berniepaul&tino April 9th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Bonds

    They also said the ground’s crew was doing a “tremendous job tonight” I guess they’re watching a different game…

    Also, I look forward to you abusing that short porch in right this year.

  939. Angel April 9th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Acquiring Bonds doesn’t make any sense to the Yankees. It creates more a logjam at DH than they already have.

  940. Richard April 9th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    at least the yanks aren’t 1-7

  941. Abepeter April 9th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Drive 4-5

    Thats been my point about Kennedy all spring. He only had a few starts last year and very little pressure because the Yankees were mashing. But like you said, he walks alot of guys and doesn’t have overpowering stuff. In time I think he’ll be a good pitcher but I think he has work to do. But there’s a ton of people on this forum that think of every excuse imagineable – the ump is bad, its raining, its early… what’s wrong with saying the obvious he looks a little overmatched and has work to do.

    If the pressure on young player is too much it could damage them in the long run.

  942. Kill-Schill(ing) April 9th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Matsui did look awful on that play in LF. That’s the second fly-ball to LF I can recall he misplayed, although he caught the one in the Stadium.

    Good News is that IPK pitched well.

  943. tcsports April 9th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    jennifer

    He held a team meeting before this game.

  944. disgruntled April 9th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I will not watch another game until the yankees score over 7 runs.

  945. Steph April 9th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I wonder if the Yanks will make a move to get a new arm in the pen for tomorrow. Ohlendorf did go 3 yesterday, so the only arms in the pen are Mo and Joba after tonight.

  946. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    My only criticism of Joe today is pushing Kyle for a second inning. If you get one clean inning out of him, you thank god and move on to the next guy.

  947. Jeff NJ April 9th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Here’s where I think they went wrong tonight. Joe G, by starting Bruney, indicated that he thought the game would be rained out and therefore not count. The offense was worse tonight then it has been all season. Girardi killed the team’s intensity with the gamble. Tomorrow is a must win.

  948. Rocco April 9th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    “Matsui did look awful on that play in LF. That’s the second fly-ball to LF I can recall he misplayed, although he caught the one in the Stadium.”

    see this is why we shouldn’t have traded melky in the santana deal… We would have been putting damon in center and matsui in left every day.

  949. Amanda from La. April 9th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    tomorrow is a new day. hopefully a good one at that.

  950. V April 9th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    There’s no need for excuses. The Yankees’ offense stinks right now.

    It -will- wake up.

  951. trisha - count on me for an alternate route April 9th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Jennifer, Girardi did have a team meeting before today’s game.

  952. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    “royals fan
    April 9th, 2008 at 10:56 pm
    ha ha.”

    they actually still make you 8O

  953. Brian from PA April 9th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    wow great game. Maybe tomorrow the Yankees will score once or twice.

  954. Bob April 9th, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    The Yanks have scored 3 more runs this season than the Tigers.

    We’re extremely lucky we don’t have the same record, because we very easily could have.

  955. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    This was just a strange game. Strange day

  956. Rocco April 9th, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    “Tomorrow is a must win.”

    Must wins before Tax Day make sense to me!

  957. Kill-Schill(ing) April 9th, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Gee and I thought you were quoting me to compliment me for being the only 30+ year old man you know who admits he often acts half his age.

    Incidentally, I have no contacts in baseball. If I did, I’d have given up the practice of law years ago.

  958. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 9th, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    jeff

    Joe didn’t want to start Ian than have them call the game and have to play two tomorrow. If we had to play two tomorrow they would have had to call up another pitcher.

  959. Rob April 9th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    I thought kennedy pitched well.

  960. Jensen April 9th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    The offense is the problem here; pitching is doing at least as well as expected.

    Get rid of Giambi and Damon and we’d be getting somewhere. Bring back Duncan and the that speedy rookie who should’ve come up with the team after spring training.

  961. Luigi April 9th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Well that was depressing

    heres some good news from the minors…

    Jesus Montero: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
    Austin Jackson: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 K
    Abe Almonte: 4 for 5, 3 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding)

  962. Paul April 9th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    oops wait…the tarp is on the field

  963. V April 9th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    “Thats been my point about Kennedy all spring. He only had a few starts last year and very little pressure because the Yankees were mashing. But like you said, he walks alot of guys and doesn’t have overpowering stuff. In time I think he’ll be a good pitcher but I think he has work to do. But there’s a ton of people on this forum that think of every excuse imagineable – the ump is bad, its raining, its early… what’s wrong with saying the obvious he looks a little overmatched and has work to do.

    If the pressure on young player is too much it could damage them in the long run.”

    “Walks alot of guys?” Did you make this up on the fly? Oh, I get it, you subscribe a great deal of confidence in a tiny sample size.

  964. EricNS April 9th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Pete – does this team have any pride??

  965. Kill-Schill(ing) April 9th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Cone is a pleasure to listen to. I can’t abide Paul O’Neil. Great player but I’m not interested in hearing incessant jokes about Nevele and her re-dreckorating and O’Neil’s eating habits.

  966. CaptainsCorner April 9th, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Some notes to Girardi..
    1)Farnsidiot can not pitch 2 innings or 2 days in a row.
    2)Damon HAS to be the everyday LF. Matsui is a liability and can not play the field ever.
    3)If he keeps using Giambi in the field everyday he will be on the DL very soon.
    4)Cano must bat at the bottom of the lineup until he re learns or learns the strike zone. His at bats are not acceptable.
    5) Dont go to the bullpen unless it is necessary because they are going to be blown out. Todays bullpen usuage was totally not necessary.

  967. Rocco April 9th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    “Cone is a pleasure to listen to. I can’t abide Paul O’Neil. Great player but I’m not interested in hearing incessant jokes about Nevele and her re-dreckorating and O’Neil’s eating habits.”

    at lease spell O’Neill’s name correctly

  968. Bob April 9th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    3)If he keeps using Giambi in the field everyday he will be on the DL very soon.

    Good, he can take his .056 avg. and stay there.

  969. Rocco April 9th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    *least

  970. Paul April 9th, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    post game highlights…makes the Yanks look kinda shabby

  971. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    I won’t second guess Girardi’s move. I thought it was a good one and you all saw the rain on your television screens. This game should have had a rain delay. If it had, he would have brought Kennedy in after the delay. I also think that even as far in as the 4th inning, Girardi probably thought there’d be a rain delay, if not a rainout, since the field conditions were horrible.

    And as bad as the 2nd inning Kyle pitched was, it was only 2 runs. And Kennedy only gave up 2 runs. This offense was pitiful. That’s the story in a nutshell.

  972. mel April 9th, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Luigi,

    Add to that: Ian was able to repair his ERA a bit. He shaved about 10,000 points off.

  973. Dan from Mass April 9th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Wow, the trolls must be out to have Joe ready to fight. I just skim for a couple names, so I don’t even know what they said.

    I’m only watching from MLB Gameday in Massachusetts, but from what I see, I’m proud of the Yanks tonight. They’re obviously still not hitting. That will come. But Bruney took one for the team and pitched well, Traber seemed ok. Farnsworth wasn’t great, but between him and IPK they kept it close enough. You have to figure that 2 times out of 3, the Yanks would score at least 4 against the Royals.

    For whatever reason, they didn’t tonight. But Gonzalez came up – got his first extra-base hit behind him. I don’t know – I see some real positives from the game. Maybe it’s just the Rebecca in me.

  974. Bob April 9th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    IT’S NOT THE PITCHING!!!!!

    Sure Farnsworth is garbage, but he could have been perfect and it wouldn’t have mattered.

    You have to score at least 1 run to win.

  975. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Doreen,

    that’s right. If the game had been suspended or called like it should ahve been, the Royals lose Greinke and the Yanks save IPK.

    The only mistake tonight was that Girardi took a gamble that the umps would use reason and logic.

  976. andrew33 April 9th, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    We saw an awful first half last year so why be worried about this 4-5 start. But these games are not much fun, have they had a rally except in that 4th game against Tampa. Very surprising to me to see these injuries after they all seemed healty during the spring – but more importantly score a few runs – i dont want to hear about the awful weather. Its like sox fans complaining about the long road trip and clearly the royals had no problem scoring at least 1 tonight.

    Hopefully a few of these veterans outside of arod/abreu start hitting and soon – nice job by bruney/traber.

  977. Boston Dave April 9th, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Dan,

    no doubt.

    if there is a silver lining:

    i’d rather see the yanks losing 4-0 than 10-8 like many games last season. people would be complaining either way but you need to put it in perspective.

    the offense is coming. it was the pitching i wasnt sure of… but the pitching has been better than expected.

  978. Frank Discussion April 9th, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Pitching wasn’t bad at all, too much dead weight in the lineup… Damon, Giambi, Cano and Cabrera are all simply floundering around at the plate. Cano seems to lost what little plate discipline he had and Giambi just looks lost.

  979. KConn April 9th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    AA. Is Abe Almonte the little brother of Erick Almonte?

    BB. Can you believe that some were comparing Cano to Carew? oh please.

  980. KConn April 9th, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    ummm… I notice that Pete is so disgusted with this team that he didn’t even bother to provide updates after 9:10pm.

  981. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    as long as the SP and MRP is good I don’t have a problem, Farnsy that I have a problem with. Unfortunately we’re not scoring runs right now, we just aren’t scoring and I rather have that problem then the pitching.

  982. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    I meant I rather have that problem than the pitching

  983. Abepeter April 9th, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    V = dope

  984. Baja April 9th, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Pitching = OK
    Hitting = Not so OK
    Defense = Could be better
    Managing = Pretty damn good
    Luck = Average to plus Average
    Umps = Crap
    Weather = More crap
    Injuries = Getting them out of the way early…
    Stupidity = Getting down on Hawkins for his number

    Season in a nutshell

  985. SDJohn April 9th, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Joe’s press conference. “We aren’t hitting well”. Really? Shut out by the Royals. Well, only way to go is up? But if there was a team that could put up a – runs it would be us. Maybe Melky hits an inside the parker, but instead of running correctly, he runs to 3rd,2nd, 1st, and home for a negative 1 run game, and we lose 0- neg 1.

  986. Yazman April 9th, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    “Ensberg tweaked his knee sliding down the bench to make room for Jeter. I’m guessing once Jeter’s able to come off the bench, Ensberg’s reverse movement up the bench should tweak his knee back the other way, and he’ll be fine.”

    I meant to say “tweaked his ankle.”

  987. Ross K April 9th, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    There are way too many guys swinging wildly at first pitches and popping up for an easy out. I’m talking to you especially Damon and Giambi. I learned from last year’s tumultuous season to not declare that the season’s over a month or even 3 months in but I can’t help but be concerned. The bullpen besides Hawkins and Farnsworthless have looked great and the rotation has been decent enough, but producing runs is this teams bread and butter so guys like Cano, Giambi and Damon need to step up and start hitting.

  988. Jimmy Door Aunty April 9th, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    What a revoting development this is.

  989. JGNYC (insert Pro-Yankee slogan here) April 9th, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    anti-mussina:

    SJ44 is important to this blog. Live with it.

  990. Jimmy Door Aunty April 9th, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    * revolting

  991. yankees April 9th, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    offense’s fault, they are horrid.

  992. Doreen April 9th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Based on Kennedy’s comments and Bruney’s, this strategy isn’t something you would want to do too often. Both seemed a little bit “weirded out” by having to be in situations they’re not accustomed to.

  993. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 9th, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    We need to start scoring some runs. Hopefully that starts tomorrow.

  994. SDJohn April 9th, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Something we are missing here. Not only are we not hitting with RISP, we are not making productive outs, we aren’t running even with the odd occurence of Damon being on base, we are not putting any pressure on the defense. We haven’t had but 1 hit and run attempt all year. When you are strugling, you have to do these things. I’m not saying tonight, because of the weather, but damn, do something. I’m sick and tired of EVERY pitcher we have faced getting “he’s an incredible pitcher” line post game. Greinke, Sonnanstine, Edwin Jackson (great stuff NEVER put all together, and rocked against good offenses), Hammel. C’mon. Show some pride at least.

  995. x23 April 9th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    I thought the game should have been delayed. From the looks of it, it was raining pretty darn hard. Joe did made the right call by not starting Kennedy. It would suck for him to go out there pitch one or two innings and wait 1-2 hrs. He def. wouldn’t be back there if thats the case. Then ur burning the pen for 6-8 innings.

  996. CB April 9th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Blaming Girardi for this loss is silly.

    The pitching staff gave up 4 runs. 4. That’s it.

    If the yankee pitching staff gives 4 runs they should win 80% of the time.

    This game is entirely on the offense. It’s not the manager.

    Will this game put them in a bind in terms of bull pen workload – yes, it could. That’s a hard call for Girardi you could make an argument either way.

    But there’s nothing Girardi did today that cost them the game.

    That said they are 4-5 and that’s fine. Baltimore is a terrible team. Toronto is 4-4 and Boston is also 4-5.

    They are going to start to hit. But the manager can’t make them.

  997. yans April 9th, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Runs Scored: 25
    Runs Against: 38

  998. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    sanity is back

  999. JGNYC (insert Pro-Yankee slogan here) April 9th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Are people really blaming Girardi for this loss??? The offense scored no runs!

  1000. Az Bob April 9th, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Would have liked to have seen Duncan play more, I think the team could use some of his enthusiasm right now. Too bad we couldn’t send Giambi down!

  1001. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Farnsy for Heilman or Pelfrey anyone thing the Mets would bite ?

  1002. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 9th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    think *

  1003. Paul April 9th, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    The field wasn’t bad, I didn’t see anyone slipping even if there was water in some places. The home team obviously knew how well the field would drain. Girardi didn’t.

    Still would have lost, but sometimes I think managers get a bit too clever.

  1004. SDJohn April 9th, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    I think Girardi is a little shocked at how bad Matsui is in Left. Girardi is one of those types to sit back and watch for a bit, but he won’t let this ride to much longer. I don’t think he will put up with Giambi hitting .067, and run him out there everyday. I would love to see Betemit DFA’d and someone like Gardner come up to get some playing time. We don’t have to much roster flexibility this year. Having 4 first basemen/DH’s will really screw up hour roster. We may be seeing the last of Betemit’s days in a Yankee uniform.

  1005. Rocco April 9th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    1000th!

  1006. Louie Bags April 9th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    God, i hate giambi, and i cant wait for this year to be over so we would never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever
    ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever AGAIN!

  1007. SDJohn April 9th, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Paul, I recommend an optometry visit ASAP bro. I have NEVER seen a field is worse shape being played on in a major league game with no stoppage. Not blaming the loss on the field, that goes squarely on the inept offense.

  1008. CaptainsCorner April 10th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    I really don’t understand why Duncan was sent down. The team can use some of his energy now. Ensberg doesn’t play anyway and I really don’t even understand why he is even on this team. He has no role. Especially since he hurt his ankle then they should of just put him on the DL. Duncan probably felt awful.

  1009. Louie Bags April 10th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    I dont blame girardi but i do blame Cashman….We should of pulled the trigger for Santana and got rid of Hughes and Kennedy…their over-rated bums.

  1010. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 10th, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Louie Bags = baseball moron

  1011. JGNYC (insert Pro-Yankee slogan here) April 10th, 2008 at 12:04 am

    I’m a bit confused with Duncan being sent down as well because, with with Matsui or Damon as our DH (which has been the case for most of the season thus far), who is our OF off the bench now? Duncan was the only one.

  1012. Mehdi in SF April 10th, 2008 at 12:05 am

    I take it this Louie Bags is a troll? Either way he seems like a muppet.

  1013. SDJohn April 10th, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Louie,

    Your an idiot. Hughes and Kennedy bums, after 2 outings? Get a clue man, came back in 2-3 years and complain then when Santana is getting lit up, and Hughes and Kennedy are pitching well. Every fan should have been prepared for the ups and downs of a 21 and a 23 y/o starting pitcher. If your gonna vent, at least put the blame on the offense. Unless Santana pitched every 5th day, and DH’d the other 4 days of the week we would still be struggling offensively. Would you have liked to see the dynamic duo of Damon and Matsui DAILY in the outfield?

  1014. back bench April 10th, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Positives from today:

    A-Rod fielding under abysmal conditions

    Bruney – Wow, who knew. He has obviously made a deal with the devil – just hope the payback isn’t due until after Brian wins a game in the 08 WS for us

    Molina – Gathwright getting schooled by the KC manager (priceless) Teams will think twice about running on Jose

    Traber – Also very good. Whozat and the others called this one

    Lessons learned – JG has a much better idea of what he has with Matsui, Cano (at this point in the season), Giambi and Cabrera. Expect changes.

    Negatives (besides the obvious)

    Losing games to teams we should beat – These are “L’s” that will haunt us in September

    Knowing that we’re losing games we should win and that the competition we face will get better soon – possibly before we’re ready to handle it

    Having to watch players we liked (Matsui, Giambi, Damon) on the downside of their careers and really fading before your eyes

  1015. pat April 10th, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Tomorrow isn’t a day game? Another red eye flight for the Yanks again tomorrow night.

  1016. SDJohn April 10th, 2008 at 12:14 am

    We didn’t much have a choice except to send down Duncan. Nobody else has options. I think Betemit is in his last days of Yankee pinstripes though. We have Giambi, Ensberg, Betemit all for 1B/DH spots. Ensberg has no options to be sent down. Betemit may get back a mid-level prospect from someone like San Fran. They are probably actively shopping him. You still need some right handed pop off the bench (Ensberg).

  1017. Louie Bags April 10th, 2008 at 12:17 am

    THe yankees arent supposed to be a homegrown organization, new york should be all about winning, and WINNING NOW.

    I dont want to wait 2-3 years and see kennedy and hughes rip it up. I rather have Santana now and win 2 world series’s.

    I dont see anything from kennedy, and i supported him last year, aswell as hughes, seems like other teams have adjusted and they have nothing else.

  1018. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 10th, 2008 at 12:22 am

    since when does having Santana guarantee you 2 world series you moron !

  1019. Mike Mineo April 10th, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Matsui is doing fine compared to the likes of Giambi, Damon, and Cano.

    those jumping on him tend to be be doing nothing but following some abysmal trend. he is one of the few hitters who has done respectably well so far.

  1020. Louie Bags April 10th, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Brandon your an idiot!

    YOu lack everything needed to understand baseball.

  1021. SDJohn April 10th, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Not supposed to be a homegrown organization? WTF are you talking about? 1 starting pitcher does not win you a wold series ring. You supported Kennedy last year? MLB is all about adjustments, young starting pitchers take a few years, not a few starts to grow into a major league caliber pitcher. Settle down little man, and learn some baseball before making idiotic comments like that.

  1022. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 10th, 2008 at 12:30 am

    “YOu lack everything needed to understand baseball.”

    waste the farm for 34 yr. old players, keep building the team around the remainding 96′ team that’s gotten us somewhere. Moron !

  1023. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 10th, 2008 at 12:32 am

    on top of that Minnesota once upon a time had Johan Santana, Joe Nathan , Tori Hunter they made the playoffs where is the ring Johan guarantees them ? oh yeh that’s right he doesn’t have one.

  1024. SDJohn April 10th, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Mike, people aren’t complaining about Matsui’s offense, but he shouldn’t play in leftfield again until he retires and starts playing tavern league softball. Should be fulltime DH duties no problem though. It just so happens that it gives us less flexible roster options though. After this year, that shouldn’t be a problem any longer.

  1025. back bench April 10th, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Mike Mineo

    Watching Matsui in LF now cannot be anything but unsettling. He was a pretty good fielder as well as a very reliable bat. But first came the broken wrist, then the knee.

    Now…not so much. Still a decent bat, but certainly not the player he was a very short time ago.

  1026. Mr. Mientkiewicz April 10th, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Wow, rough one for my former team tonight. We had a long one in Pittsburgh, I got a pinch-hit, you could have used my bat tonight. It looks like you guys should be looking to ship off Damon, he needs a change of scenery. Let Matsui be the full-time DH, great guy, greater adult magazine collection. Get rid of Betemit and Ensberg, and keep the Big G on the bench. The pitching is actually looking pretty good. The bad weather excuses are running thin though…it’s chilly in Pittsburgh too.

    You should bring up that Gardner kid, or at least someone that can get around without a walker. This could be a great team. I tried to tell Brian(that’s what I call Cash), I tried to tell him defense baby, you need some defense. How many games are you going to lose before you bring Dougie’s glove back. I’m here waiting, come get me. I love New York.

  1027. Buddy Biancalana April 10th, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Brandon-

    Don’t waste your time with the trolls, not worth it.

  1028. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 10th, 2008 at 12:51 am

    I know Buddy, I know

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