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Game 13: Yankees at Red Sox

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 13, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES
Johnny Damon CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui LF
Jorge Posada DH
Jason Giambi 1B
Jose Molina C
Alberto Gonzalez SS
Phil Hughes RHP (0-1. 5.00)

RED SOX
Jacoby Ellsbury LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
J.D. Drew RF
Manny Ramirez DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Sean Casey 1B
Jason Varitek C
Coco Crisp CF
Julio Lugo SS
Daisuke Matsuzaka RHP (2-0, 1.47)

Notes: David Ortiz (0 for his last 17, 1 for his last 29, 3 for 43 on the season) was given the night off. … Hughes is facing Red Sox for the first time. … Matsuzaka is 2-1 with a 6.12 ERA against the Yankees. He won two starts in April last season. But his final two starts were not pretty: 12 10 7 7 8 9. … It’s supposed to get mighty cold in Boston tonight with temperatures down in the 30s and there’s a chance of rain. Thanks, ESPN.

Back later with updates.

UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Just watched Derek Jeter’s pregame workout. He fielded nearly 50 grounders, several in the hole and up the middle. He then did nine 50-yard sprints in front of the Green Monster with strength coach Dana Cavalea. Jeter said he felt no discomfort in his quad.

“I don’t see why not,” Jeter said when asked if he would play tomorrow. “I want to be in the lineup tonight.”

Jeter said he was running at 80 percent. If he can sprint tomorrow in Tampa, look for him in the lineup on Tuesday. Joe Girardi indicated earlier today that he would hold Jeter back an extra day once he felt ready to play.

UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Matsuzaka had walked two hitters and thrown only 4 of his 13 pitches for strikes when A-Rod came to the plate. So of course he swung at the first pitch and grounded into a double play. I know he’s a great hitter but that’s a bad approach in that situation, isn’t it? Make Dice-K throw you a strike.

UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: That was a 39-pitch inning for Hughes. The Yankees had Ross Ohlendorf warming up in the bullpen. At some point, this team is going to need a long reliever. With Mussina, Hughes and Kennedy in order, the bullpen is going to get beat up otherwise.

Tough inning for Jose Molina as well. He got crossed up on that passed ball, that seemed pretty obvious.

UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: When it comes to arguing calls, Joe Girardi seems to take the same tact as Joe Torre, which is to say he stays in the dugout. So much for the (misguided) theory by some Yankee fans that Girardi would fire the Yankees up in such situations.

UPDATE, 10:15 p.m.: Phil Hughes looked great in the first start. But he has been awful since. In his last two starts he has gone 5 innings (throwing 152 pitches) and allowed nine earned runs on 12 hits and seven walks. There have been only flashes of the ability that he has.

Not that there needed to be another reason, but the struggles of Hughes and Ian Kennedy are further evidence of why Joba Chamberlain needs to get into the rotation this season. The more young starters the Yankees give opportunities to, the greater chance they have of finding somebody they can move forward with. It’s highly unlikely all three of the kids will be quality starters. The Yankees would be fortunate if one is.

Meanwhile, Daisuke Matsuzaka hasn’t been much better tonight. The Yankees are still very much in this game. Pabelbon and Okajima are not expected to be available tonight.

UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: Nice series for A-Rod so far. He’s 2 for 11 and has gotten the ball out of the infield three times.

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  1. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Ugh rain again!! Maybe this game will be over by 1 am?

  2. Mike April 13th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    That boston lineup is garbage. They better not let the one good hitter beat them again.

  3. Bob April 13th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Damon????

    Why no Cabrera????

  4. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    at least they’re going to a dome tomorrow… wouldn’t be shocked in the least if there’s rain and cold in the new york forecast for the weds and thurs games at the stadium.

  5. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    i understand the logic in leaving Damon in, he *supposedly* hits well at Fenway, and they can’t keep sitting him otherwise he’ll never get it going. it just sucks that it affected hideki yesterday and melky today, two guys who are hitting, because of the injuries to jeter and jorge.

  6. Elizabth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond! April 13th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Where’s Melky?? Don’t they know we play better when he’s in CF and Damon’s in left? Damon made catches last night that Matsui wouldn’t have.

  7. bronxbomber77 April 13th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    thanks, ESPN… lol, too funny.

    Surprised by the lack of melkman…

    Go Phil Hughes, get your first win of the season agaisnt the crummy Sox.

    PS– Loving the construction workers at the new Stadium! Good find !

  8. Bob April 13th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Damon should be on the bench for at least as long as Posada is DHing.

  9. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond! April 13th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    *edit name line. I do know how to spell my own name.*

    That lineup is pretty weak, seriously. Cano hitting second? It doesn’t work.

  10. whozat April 13th, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    It also sucks that Cano’s back in that two-spot. He just doesn’t get on base unless he’s hitting, and he ain’t hitting right now. And he hates the cold. It’ll be up to Bobby, Alex and Hideki to produce, and the bottom of the lineup to maybe crank out an extra run or so like they did yesterday.

  11. Yo Dawg April 13th, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    “He won two starts in April last season. But his final two starts were not pretty: 12 10 7 7 8 9″

    His 2 April “wins” were actually worse than the final 2 starts:

    13 13 10 10 5 14, 6.92 ERA

    Shows you what “wins” and “losses” are really worth. The Yankee pitching was just brutal last April, that’s why Matsuzaka picked up 2 “wins.” But the Yankees dominated him.

  12. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Melky isn’t in today’s lineup because he needed to get Matsui in the lineup and not bench Posada while he was showing signs of breaking through. I wonder about Damon in CF & Matsui in LF, pressure is on Phil to be on his A game.

  13. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    well, obviously girardi is just trying to rotate who sits. would you have preferred he sat hideki for a second day in a row just to get melky in center and damon in left? with jorge needing to DH hideki, one of our only guys hitting, needs to play left. what do people want? they don’t want hideki out of the lineup but they also don’t want him in left. if you DH him jorge sits and i’m sure people don’t want him out of the lineup either. damon sat friday, hideki yesterday, melky today. when lineup spots are at a premium, which they are for the yankees, you gotta rotate who sits and it wouldn’t make sense to sit damon all the time either just because he’s not hitting well to start the season because then he’ll never start hitting.

  14. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Damon in centre over Melky? What the? It’s not like Damon was really contributing with the bat…and that’s just inviting people to run.

  15. zaly k April 13th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Hughes is facing Yankees for the first time. wow

  16. whozat April 13th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    “Don’t they know we play better when he’s in CF and Damon’s in left?”

    Do we? Given that Hideki’s a better hitter than Damon, and Melky’s certainly hitting better than Damon right now, I can see arguing that DAMON should be sitting, but not Hideki. LF at Fenway is tiny and Matsui’s played it for several years. Damon hasn’t.

  17. whozat April 13th, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    “But the Yankees dominated him.”

    Yup. With patience. I’m worried they’re going to go up there hacking because they’re hitting so poorly. Especially right off the bat. Damon and Cano could easily be out on four pitches, total.

  18. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Matsui has learned to play balls off the green monster very well in the last season or too, also.

  19. gamera April 13th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Ugh, Cano in the number 2 spot. He just can’t hit high in the order. I don’t know how many awful AB’s it will take to convince Girardi to put him at the bottom of the order. He’s not a good clutch hitter…never has been. Even when he’s had a good average, it drops dramatically with men on base. He’s best with no pressure and nobody on…then he becomes a decent hitter.

  20. CB April 13th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Matsuzaka has 22 strikeouts in his first three starts this year.

    Last year he had 24 strikeouts in his first three starts. He still has a lot to prove before he shows he is a different pitcher this year.

    He’s still showing very poor control walking 4.5/9.

    Last year of his 4 starts against the yanks he gave up 17 runs in 25 innings and walked 13 guys. None of those starts (even the ones he won) qualified as quality starts.

  21. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Cano back in the two spot. He is so bad there.

    Posada not being able to catch is taking up the DH spot. That is why the outfielders are rotating – Matsui can’t DH and they want his bat in the line-up.

  22. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    If that was the case, I’d rather stick Matsui out in left, bench Damon, and keep Melky in centre. Matsui’s bat is much more valuable and Posada is hitting well. The Yanks have proven that they need all of the offense that they can get right now.

  23. Big Papi's Slump April 13th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Girardi is doing a good job of rotating every one in to keep them fresh. Cabrera won’t play 162 games a year.

  24. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    He is trying to give his players days off. I don’t think the melkman has had a game off.

  25. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    it never ceases to amaze me about all the little things yankees fans complain so much about. people act like we’re going to lose the game just because Cano is hitting 2nd. yeah, so far in his young career he’s been a free swinger. does that mean he should hit 8th the rest of his career? i’ve noticed in the last few games he’s worked a walk and had a couple of AB’s that got up around 10 pitches. his AB to end last night’s game was a good one, he fouled off a lot of tough pitches. of course all the whiners here claim that ones he fouled off were ball 4 and he would’ve walked, but if you actually watched the AB you’d know that the ones he was fouling off were way too close to risk taking with 2 outs and 2 strikes with the game on the line. how about waiting to see how he does in a few at bats tonight before moaning and groaning about him hitting 2nd?

  26. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond! April 13th, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    jennifer–he had a game off before his suspension and 2 games during it

  27. whozat April 13th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    “The Yanks have proven that they need all of the offense that they can get right now.”

    :-O

    Are you watching the same team I am? They’ve given up more than four runs what, three times? The pitching has, in general, been quite good.

  28. Elizabeth--Melky in CF 08 and Beyond! April 13th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Brian–I was very impressed with Cano’s final two ABs yesterday. I just don’t feel he’s a good #2 hitter. I don’t think he ever will be. I’d like to see Bobby hit 2nd today and bump Alex and Jorge or Alex and Matsui.

  29. Mehdi in SF April 13th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Good luck with Phil Hughes facing the Yankees line up for the first time. There isn’t an easy out for him. :rolleyes:

  30. Jax April 13th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Another cold night for Hughes.

  31. rob April 13th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    I think Daisuke will surprise us all with a great outing against the Yanks.

  32. whozat April 13th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    “does that mean he should hit 8th the rest of his career?”

    No, but it means that, right now, his skillset is ill-suited to hitting in the 2-hole.

  33. Liz April 13th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Brian,

    Cano is in a slump, we’ve seen how he’s been hitting in the 2nd spot and guess what? He hasn’t been hitting at all. Move him down, thats how it works.

  34. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    i’m kind of going back in time here but i looked at the pitching matchups for this series like 4 days ago and it said Hughes would be facing Lester. what happened with that?

  35. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Ah okay thanks Elizabeth. I forgot about that!!

    Anyone know if Hughes faced any of the kids in the minors? Can we find out?

  36. CB April 13th, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Girardi is certainly making every effort to give Damon as much playing time as possible.

    Matsui makes some glaring mistakes in the field but he’s not as bad a fielder as his memorable mistakes make him seem

    Last year, even on his bad knee, he had the 4th highest zone rating of any left fielder in baseball.

    I personally find that hard to believe but that’s the data. And zone rating is generally a good defensive stat with regards to range.

    Now even if that’s wrong, it still suggests that he’s not horrendous out there and as his knee improves from the off season surgery he’ll continue to look better.

    I’m also not sure that Damon is such a great defensive left fielder.

    But Damon is playing a lot so far this year.

  37. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Jennifer – the only Yanks who have played in every game are Cano and ARod and ARod will probably miss a game or two this week for his baby.

  38. McLovin April 13th, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Hughes is facing the Yankees.Man Pete have you been hanging out with your Boston Patriots friends lately.

  39. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    what if A-Rod misses the 2 games at the stadium for his baby? then we’ll see where his priorities REALLY lie…with family or with the rivalry…

  40. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    He has to try and get Damon going. He got robbed out of two hits yesterday.

    The offense goes when Damon goes. Just look at last year as an example.

    When he got hot the second half of the year, the offense turned it up a notch.

    One tradition in here are folks complaining about the lineup every day. It never ceases to amaze me.

    Girardi is not going to burn out the team, or drydock guys, this early in the season. Rotate the guys, mix and match, its the way to go right now.

    149 games remaining after today. A long way to go.

  41. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Brian, I would assume you are joking.

  42. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    I know that the pitching has been very good thus far. I didn’t say anything about that. However, the hitting has not picked up on the pitchers when they have had good outings. If they’re pitchers give up more than 3 runs right now, it’s hard for them to win because the offense is only averaging 3 runs per game. Yes, it’s the early going, but it’s frustrating to see them not capitalize on opportunities with RISP.

  43. Keith April 13th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Boston’s lineup may actually be better with Ortiz not in the lineup. He must have gone to Francona and took himself out. Francona hasn’t got the stones to bench him.

  44. CB April 13th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Damon hasn’t stolen any bases yet and in general the team isn’t trying to steal any bases.

    In general, you want a patient #2 hitter to give the lead off runner opportunities to swipe a base.

    Not sure that’s a real factor with the yankees right now.

    Of course you also want a high OBP guy hitting in the two hole in front of abreu and ARod.

    I’d guess Girardi thinks Cano may be coming out of his slump. He’s had better at bats over the past 3 games. His last at bat against papelbon was very good.

    With Melky out of the line up I don’t think they have another more natural #2 hitter. You can’t put Gonzalez at #2. Molina I wouldn’t touch he’s going so well (and he’s so slow).

    The options for the #2 hole are very limited once Jeter and Melky are out of the line up.

  45. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    “Brian, I would assume you are joking.”

    Why would i be joking? You mean to tell me that he should be with his family instead of in the lineup against the Red Sox? That’s who we signed for the next decade, a guy who cares more about his family than baseball? great. just great. ;)

  46. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Hughes is facing Yankees? um..
    :)

  47. chris (from Juneau) April 13th, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    All right, who else is sick of the phrase “Carbon footprint”?

  48. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Brian :P

  49. We Miss Paulie April 13th, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Hey, did anyone see that they pulled the RS jersey out of the concrete at the new Stadium? An Ortiz jersey was buried…..superstitious, but I’m glad they got that out.

  50. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    I’m going to assume Brian is joking, because no offense but w/ a child being brought into the world I’d drop everything I’m doing.

  51. Bill from NJ April 13th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    hmm… do I start Hughes tonight or not?

  52. hugheswillbeabust April 13th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Anybody notice how the Twins starters didn’t have much of a problem against the Royals this weekend? And Hughes couldn’t make it out of the 4th inning against them? That’s the phenom? If he can’t handle the pressure vs KC, how in God’s name does he deal with Fenway?

  53. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    nasty a.. jerse :evil:

  54. back bench April 13th, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Until yesterday, it seemed like Cano was hitting like he was the official 2nd baseman glove tester. Hopefully he is starting to emerge out of that perennial early season slump of his.

    The real issue in the line up seems to be Giambi. Girardi keeps sticking him in the lineup as if by continuing to pound a ‘square peg in a round hole,’ it will eventually fit. Francona keeps putting on the massive shift that gives Jason almost the entire left side to feast upon, yet Giambi won’t use it. Help me here, is there some reason a hitter with that experience can’t do the obvious?

    And I have heard about his ability to get to ball 4. But recently, and especially with runners on base (and worse, RISP), he tries to force the issue.

  55. Big Papi's Slump April 13th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Wow, Brian…the birth of his child and you want him to miss it for 2 regular season baseball games. Amazing.

  56. Yo Dawg April 13th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    “The offense goes when Damon goes. Just look at last year as an example.

    When he got hot the second half of the year, the offense turned it up a notch.”

    ———–

    Sure Damon was better in the 2nd half, but he is getting way toomuch credit for the Yank’s turnaround. How about Abreu hitting .305/.390/.528 in the 2nf half? How about Cano hitting .343/.396/.557 in the 2nd half? How about Posada hitting .355/.463/.598 in the 2nd half? How about ARod hitting .312/.434/.624 in the 2nd half?

    These were all much more important to the Yankee 2007 turnaround moreso than Damon’s second half performance. (Especially Abreu’s and Cano’s turnaround)

  57. LathamJoe April 13th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Its not so much the issue about Damon offensively, its about the defensive alignment at Fenway WITHOUT Melky. Each game has been close and one good defenisive play could make the difference. Melky is playing very good and should be in there against the World Champs (ugh! Did I say that?) this early in the season.

  58. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    okay well apparently since the winky face wasn’t clear enough i will relieve some of the tension and let you all know that i was, infact, joking about the A-Rod baby thing.

    I wonder if it was the buried Ortiz jersey that had him slumping, and now that they dug it up he’ll start hitting?

  59. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Did you even watch Hughes’ start against KC? The umps were horrendous and the zone was never in one particular spot. It’s not all on the umps, but they had a lot to do with it.

  60. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Liriano gave up 4 runs in 4 innings today against the Royals.

    So much for your theory. Try again.

  61. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Brian was kidding.

  62. gsam April 13th, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    CB
    April 13th, 2008 at 5:17 pm
    Damon hasn’t stolen any bases yet and in general the team isn’t trying to steal any bases.

    That’s an understatement actually, they have only attempted to steal twice, caught both times.

    Second longest start to a season without a stolen base for the yankees

  63. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    hugheswillbeabust,

    that Twins pitcher is Fransisco Liriano he made his season debut after 2 yr. hiatus, he is the 2nd best LHP in the game when healthy.

    4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K’s 7.71 ERA

    not exactly handling a lineup imo ;)

  64. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    It would be nice if Giambi would use the left side of the field. If I were him, I’d just bunt a ball down the third base line to remind them that I could always find a way around the shift. It might even open up the right side a bit.

  65. Big Papi's Slump April 13th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Sorry, Brian…the smiley faces don’t show up in my browser.

  66. hugheswillbeabust April 13th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    “that Twins pitcher is Fransisco Liriano he made his season debut after 2 yr. hiatus, he is the 2nd best LHP in the game when healthy.

    4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K’s 7.71 ERA

    not exactly handling a lineup imo ;)”

    Look at the stats from the first 2 games of the series…

  67. #9 April 13th, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    “Hughes is facing Yankees for the first time. wow”

    Don’t worry – with the way the Yankees are hitting – Hughes should have no problems tonight.

  68. hugheswillbeabust April 13th, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    “Did you even watch Hughes’ start against KC? The umps were horrendous and the zone was never in one particular spot. It’s not all on the umps, but they had a lot to do with it.”

    I know, I know…it was the umps. It was the cold.

    After tonight, the excuses will be the cold and his first start at Fenway…

  69. CB April 13th, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    There’s probably going to be many trolls on the board tonight. Hughes pitching is going to have them out in droves.

    Arguing with them, even logically, about how good hughes is or isn’t will not help.

    It’s only going to make the board ground to a halt. Which is their main goal anyway.

  70. YankeesTech April 13th, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Hugheswillbebust, will you stay on here so you can be proven wrong after the game? Or would u just run away like the troll that u really are?

  71. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Meanwhile, Tim Lincecum has 9 K’s into the 5th inning in San Francisco. To think, we could have had him AND Matt Cain for Matsui and Betimit and Cashman wouldn’t pull the trigger. Shameful.

  72. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Nick where did you ever hear about that trade?

  73. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    I don’t think that the Giants offered both Lincecum and Cain. They need offense badly, yes, but they wouldn’t have any pitching left after they were sent over.

  74. Whitey Fraud April 13th, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Gino Castignoli will be throwing out the first pitch tonight, according to a rumor I just made up.

    Who’s he?

    The guy who did this:
    http://johnsterling.blogspot.c.....again.html

  75. Betsy April 13th, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    I appreciate that Joe has to juggle the lineup, but this alignment does not help Phil at all….with the rain and cold temps, he’s going to have a very tough outing. I want Melky in the lineup, but more importantly, in the field for Phil.

  76. tim boat April 13th, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Thanks ESPN is right.

    Baseball is meant to be played during the day. Especially on a weekend!!

  77. Big Papi's Slump April 13th, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    There was no such offer from SF.

  78. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Where did I hear about that trade? I think it was in the feverish imagination of someone on this very board.

  79. Big Papi's Slump April 13th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    You could make the argument that Melky is needed in the field for all five starters, not just Phil. The kid gets a day off once in awhile.

  80. Global Warming April 13th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Man I love Sunday night games on ESPN.

    No Michael Kay and beautiful ESPN HD. YESHD is nice too but for the non tech junkies out there, ESPNs games are through 720p which is much better for sports.

    Anyway, if there was only a way that I can mute Morgan but still listen to Miller and the game…hmmm.

  81. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    “Look at the stats from the first 2 games of the series…”

    yes Boof Bonser is in season 3 and is 26 yrs. old and Livan Hernandez is in season 15 and 33 yrs. old according to his papers give or take a few years, great job buddy.

    I mean Philip Hughes is in season 1 as a full time SP and is 21..damn of that doesn’t spell bust IDK what does.
    ——————-
    “To think, we could have had him AND Matt Cain for Matsui and Betimit and Cashman wouldn’t pull the trigger. Shameful.”

    completely not true, the only talk we had w/ San Francisco was for Jonathan Sanchez and Brian Wilson, SF said no. Never was MAtt Cain involved in any talks other than Fatcessa asking Fruitloops if he would be interested in Matsui plpaying for the Giants for Matt Cain.

  82. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    People, people, have you not all had your cups of Sunday coffee yet this late in the day? Did you really take “Lincecum and Cain for Matsui and Betimit” seriously for even a second?

  83. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    CB has it right. The trolls will be out in force tonight. One has already arrived.

    Best to ignore them because its like spitting in the wind.

  84. Blargh April 13th, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Caffeine on a Sunday? Hah!….

  85. Blargh April 13th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Bah, post eaten up halfway
    The rest of it was supposed to be “But seriously, it’s not like Sabean will be allowed to finish any sentence that begins with ‘Lincecum and Cain for’ ;)

  86. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    “Did you really take “Lincecum and Cain for Matsui and Betimit” seriously for even a second?”

    is your GM not Brian Sabean ?

  87. JR Yankees April 13th, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Forget about the lineup. This offense is so potent especially with Molna being a surprise contributor…and Gonzalez for that matter. We are just not getting hits with RISP. Once that happens, it doesn’t matter who is on the mound.

    My concern for tonight is the cold weather. This is Hughes’ first start in Fenway and I would rather him have stellar control of his curve tonight than anything else. We saw how the cold prevented him from getting his curve over in KC. Hopefully Matsuzaka will have equal difficulty throwing all his junk balls tonight.

  88. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    nah I want Phil to have control of his fastball grip tonight.

  89. Nate April 13th, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    http://www.baseball-reference......erbyb=Name

    Thats why Damon is in over Melky

  90. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    That’s Brian “I am not an idiot” Sabean to you, please.

    Lincecum just got K #11 in the 6th inning. He and Cain will both be residing in SF longer than Sabean will, methinks.

    And I thought the inclusion of everyone’s current favorite whipping boy Wilson Betimit in that fantasy trade was the cherry on top of the satirical sundae that would make it completely obvious.

  91. jk April 13th, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Dice K hit A-Rod with a pitch in 3 of 4 starts vs. NY in 2007. I want payback if he tries it again tonight.

  92. Luke April 13th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Gammons works Sunday nights on ESPN and a big treat to be home at(his) beloved ballpark.
    Look for doses of how much enormous talent Boston has in their farm system.
    Gammons, as objective as it gets.

  93. NYPD113th April 13th, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    “Dice K hit A-Rod with a pitch in 3 of 4 starts vs. NY in 2007. I want payback if he tries it again tonight.”

    – Jeez, when will you guys let it go.

    You’ve been singing this tune for over a decade and nothing happens.

    Plus, Phil Hughes is a Hall of Famer, he can’t afford to be putting baserunners on.

  94. Jaewon April 13th, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Nate: good find.

    For anyone scared of the “t-shirt curse”:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=nyy

  95. JR Yankees April 13th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Branden:
    Of course I would want him to have his fastball grip as well. But with Ellsbury, Crisp, and Lugo in that lineup, I hope he’s got his curve working to fool a lot of batters and get some strike outs…especially of those 3 base stealers…If Hughes can keep them off the basepaths we’ll be in a much better position.

  96. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    In Charleston, the River Dogs lead 1-0 in the 3rd.

    Betances has 5 K’s in 3 innings. Angelini stole second and third and scored on a groundout for the game’s only run.

    Montero singled in his only AB thus far.

    Betances: 3 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 5K’s.

  97. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    When Betances gets a hold his control, he’s going to be killer.

  98. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Here is something scary:

    Kei Igawa through 4 innings today for Scranton: 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 BB, 4 K’s. 51 pitches, 36 strikes.

    For the season, his ERA is 0.64. Will wonders never cease.

  99. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    he needs both of them but his fastball placement is what will make his curveball and change up the plus pitch.

  100. Vader April 13th, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    If Betances puts it all together he will be here in two years…what are the Yankees going to do with all this young pitching?

  101. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Igawa might be the best AAAA Japanese pitcher of all time.

  102. Rebecca--This blog doesn't want me to post April 13th, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Hey everyone! I just got back from Boston (I have plenty o’ pictures but the camera battery is dead and needs to charge before I can open)

    I had a great time–saw Friday’s game at a restaurant in Chinatown called Shabu Zen, and Saturday at the game was great.

    Fenway is a great–if really OLD–ballpark, and I was far from the only Yankee fan there so I could proudly display my colors.

    My friend and I left after they put the tarp back on a second time because we were wet, it was cold, and someone was waiting to meet us after the game, but dang, that lightning was scary.

    What we didn’t understand was why, during the thirty minute lull while the skies were actually clear, they didn’t take the tarp off.

    Seriously, I have never seen the weather change so much in such a short time as it did then.

    We ended up going to Harvard Square for dinner and by the time we got there, it was the ninth inning so a crowd had gathered in front of a wine and cheese shop where the game was on a giant TV, and watched, Papelbon got to within one strike of K’ing Robbie and then FOX switched to Nascar.

    Which was frustrating.

  103. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    SJ, Betances also needs to learn to throw inside , he gave back to backs I’m sure that’s something coaches will tell him to do.

  104. Rebecca--This blog doesn't want me to post April 13th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    …Testing?

  105. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    They’ll have a very talented pitching staff and relief corps for years. And hopefully have a cycle with more kids knocking on the doors.

  106. John C R April 13th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Clinton is in Scranton, knocking on doors and supporting the Yanks AAA team! Go Hillary!

  107. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Hey everyone!

    I had a great time in Boston. I was trying to write up a nice, detailed post of the weekend, but for some reason, the blog won’t let it through.

    Which is kind of frustrating.

  108. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    over under on the Red Sox fan from BX that buried the jersey will get his a.. whooped in the streets :D

  109. Henry April 13th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Maybe if Kennedy spits the bit again, Igawa will get a start…

  110. Big Papi's Slump April 13th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    You can listen to minor leagues games on milb.com for free…it is so refreshing to listen to the play-by-play guy as he doesn’t inject himself into the call. He gives it straight and avoids BS.

  111. JR Yankees April 13th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Rebecca:
    It probably has something to do with you actually ‘having a good time in Boston’. Just kidding though.

    I’m assuming you went to the games and you saw two great ones. Friday’s performance by Wang and yesterday’s small ball contributions by the bottom of the order (even though we didn’t pull out a win).

  112. Big Papi's Slump April 13th, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Scott Patterson currently coaching 1B for Scranton.

  113. Tom April 13th, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    First you take the best defender out in Melky. Second you keep Giambi in the line up. If he is not hitting there is no reason for him to play. If Giambi had any brain cells left he could be hitting the ball to left feild and getting base hits. Instead he tried to pull everything and grounds out to strange double plays. Is the manager being told to play Giambei by management. I would have kept Duncan and played him at first.

  114. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    JR: I only had a ticket for Saturday.

  115. rob April 13th, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Miguel Cabrera injured. oh. no. :lol:

  116. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    …check one two check one two

  117. Drew April 13th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Add me to the I can’t believe Damon is playing over Melky group.

  118. Stephen M April 13th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I can’t help but root against Igawa in the minors. Last thing I want is a stellar job in SWB and a call-up.

  119. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    JR: I only went to yesterday’s game.

  120. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    …Why do posts with the day of the week that comes before Sunday not get through?

  121. JR Yankees April 13th, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Just tried to ask you if you meant the word sat., but spelled out, and it never went through.

  122. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Keep trying, Rebecca. If you’re just a little more optimistic, your posts will get through. Try playing Radiohead’s “Optimistic” if you need inspiration.

  123. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    After all the negativity about the whole Moose-Manny matchup yesterday, all posts with the word “Sat-ur-day” in it are being censored. Post smarter and that kind of thing won’t happen!

  124. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    As I have to stand up for my beliefs, even if mine ends up the minority position (such as my faith in LaTroy), so do I have to state my belief in Igawa. There is no denying the guy has filthy stuff. I had hoped he could somehow get straightened out so that he would be able to translate that stuff with the major league Yanks. That is still my hope.

  125. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Happy belated birthday Rebecca!

  126. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Nick: Eh, I’m okay. Just think it’s an odd word to block out.

    I’ll try one more time:

    –saw Friday’s game at a restaurant in Chinatown called Shabu Zen, and yesterday at the game was great.

    Fenway is a great–if really OLD–ballpark, and I was far from the only Yankee fan there so I could proudly display my colors.

    My friend and I left after they put the tarp back on a second time because we were wet, it was cold, and someone was waiting to meet us after the game, but dang, that lightning was scary.

    What we didn’t understand was why, during the thirty minute lull while the skies were actually clear, they didn’t take the tarp off.

    Seriously, I have never seen the weather change so much in such a short time as it did then.

    We ended up going to Harvard Square for dinner and by the time we got there, it was the ninth inning so a crowd had gathered in front of a wine and cheese shop where the game was on a giant TV, and watched, Papelbon got to within one strike of K’ing Robbie and then FOX switched to Nascar.

    We were pretty upset, but honestly, I just think the good l-rd just didn’t want to let me see the Yankees lose on my birthday :-D

  127. whozat April 13th, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    “If he is not hitting there is no reason for him to play.”

    If he don’t play, he’ll never hit.

    Also…I didn’t realize that it’s super easy to get base hits the opposite way when they overshift AND THEN PITCH YOU INSIDE ALL THE TIME. Unless it’s way off the plate. Do you think other teams are dumb and leave pitches on the outer half of the plate asking to be poked the other way?

  128. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Dellin’s final line tonight

    5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s (2 HR on back to back)

    3:5 GO/FO

  129. whozat April 13th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    “After all the negativity about the whole Moose-Manny matchup yesterday, all posts with the word “Sat-ur-day” in it are being censored. Post smarter and that kind of thing won’t happen!”

    That’s incredibly bizarre. I wonder if there’s some kind of learning filter that sees what words are in posts that wind up banned and bans future posts that “look like” those posts.

  130. dontfirecash April 13th, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Betances seems kind of like a Daniel Cabrera at the moment…Nasty stuff but he has no idea where it is going.

  131. whozat April 13th, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    “Betances seems kind of like a Daniel Cabrera at the moment…Nasty stuff but he has no idea where it is going.”

    Guys, the kid is 19 and in low A ball. No one expects him to know where it’s going yet.

  132. Amanda April 13th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    I have to say I was thrilled with my birthday win on Friday and thought of you yesterday Rebecca – really thought they were going to pull off a win after the delay! :( Hope you at least had fun regardless!

  133. chuck April 13th, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    First time, long time…

    I just have to ask at what point does Girardi’s talk from the spring that “the players producing will play” will actually happen? Even if it is April, every game against the Red Sox is a must-win and even if this wasn’t the Red Sox Damon still doesn’t deserve to be playing. I really thought with Girardi the contracts wouldn’t matter, but I guess if they didn’t then Gardner (who is tearing up AAA) would already be up here playing center and stealing a base every time he gets on and Melky would shift to left.

  134. Big Papi's Slump April 13th, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Gardner only has limited ABs above AA, Chuck. He’s not ready yet.

    There is no such thing as a much-win game in April.

  135. Big Papi's Slump April 13th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    edit…must-win game…

  136. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    oh for the love of god i hate TV.

    just like the fiasco with last night’s game and NASCAR and the abrupt channel switching, the Rangers-Devil PLAYOFF game is supposed to be on Versus right now and they’re showing PROFESSIONAL BULLRIDING.

  137. Hellboy April 13th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    I’m not afraid to admit that I was so bumped out after last night’s loss that I needed to be comforted by Sarah Mclachlan’s song Angel.

  138. whozat April 13th, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    “Gardner (who is tearing up AAA)”

    In a whole 25 at bats!

    Small sample size, man. If some of you guys ran the team, they’d have a 600 million dollar payroll and be HORRIBLE because every guy that slumped would get cut, some hot minor leaguer would be brought in to take his place, fail, and then they’d have to make another ill-advised signing in the offseason for big money.

  139. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Everyone with good numbers against Dice-K is playing tonight.

    That’s what Girardi did. Melky is 0-9.

    Live with it. He’ll be a defensive replacement later in the game. Hughes will give up 3 in 7, but Dice K 5 in 5.

  140. Lax April 13th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Trisha, please shut your filthy jismgobbling mouth.

  141. Lax April 13th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Your arrogance is overwhelming the system.

  142. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Amanda–I had a great time.

    Boston is an amazing city. They just have a misguided baseball allegiance :-D

  143. whozat April 13th, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    “Trisha, please shut your filthy jismgobbling mouth.”

    Wow.

    Hey, how do we report posters? Trisha and I don’t agree on a lot, lot of things, but this is just completely unacceptable.

  144. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Must win? Please.

    I didn’t notice anyone predicting that we’d go 18-0 vs. the Red Sox this season, and I think 17-1 is a stretch too. how many “must win” games did the Yanks lose in April and May last season and then still take the season series vs. Boston and win the Wild Card?

    We’re in much better shape thus far this year, regardless what happens tonight in our youngest pitcher’s first ever start in a chilly Fenway Park.

    I like our chances a lot tonight, with a rested Joba and Mo in the wings vs. a Paps that probably won’t be available and no Papi at all. But either way, please take it easy with the “must win” talk.

  145. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    i hate the world. just scrolled a the bottom of my screen with professional bullriding “versus is not permitted to televise the stanley cup playoff game New Jersey vs New York in your local viewing area”

    I LIVE IN PHILLY ITS NEW JERSEY VS NEW YORK. IT’S A FRIGGIN PLAYOFF GAME. i hate TV.

    so, now i have nothing to do but screw around on here until the Yankees game.

  146. Lax April 13th, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Well, I apologize for the cussing, but is it really only me who finds her pronouncements extremely snobbish and arrogant?

  147. bronxbomber77 (troll hunter extraordinaire) April 13th, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Its almost game time…

    Do I start Hughes in my fantasy league ?

    Small park, no Melky in CF.

    Yet, Sox offense is looking pale, save Manny and JD Who…

    Ready to hunt some trolls, however…

  148. bronxbomber77 (troll hunter extraordinaire) April 13th, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    BTW…. Baseball Tonight? I love the clip of Boggs on the horse. Love it…

    GO NYY !

    #27 in 2008 !!!

  149. chuck April 13th, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Well I’m confused with that logic because the only way to know if “hot” minor leaguer is for real is to give him a chance. How long does he have to play well before it goes from “hot” to just a good player? Gardner also had a good spring, which made an impression on Girardi.

    I’m not saying he is an answer, but this offense is dead right now and Gardner would definitely be a spark. It would only take a game or two to see if he is overmatched.

    I’m also realistic and know this will never happen b/c its not how the Yankees work and there just aren’t enough roster spots with Betemit and Ensberg taking up space.

  150. Big Papi's Slump April 13th, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Lax, I often disagree with Trish’s sentiments, statements, and the tone of her posts…but that is still not an opening for what you typed.

  151. Rockin' Rich April 13th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Why repeat something objectionable and unacceptable, whozat?

    Just send e-mail to Peter and for cryin’ out loud, don’t feed the trolls!

  152. Lax April 13th, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Agreed. I apologize to Trisha, sincerely. I just think she should tone down the rhetoric.

  153. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Let’s go Rangers!

    Devils lead 1-0 :(

  154. whozat April 13th, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    “It would only take a game or two to see if he is overmatched.”

    And whoever they’d sent down would have to spend ten days in the minors as a result.

    How do I have a good feeling a minor leaguer is ready? When he’s strung together several good months at AAA, or he’s destroying AA and has the skillset to believe he could contribute right now.

  155. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    If anybody is interested the Joe Girardi show is coming on YES in 5 minutes.

  156. Rockin' Rich April 13th, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Lax;

    I didn’t see anything she said to justify your vulgarity and rudeness. If you disagree with her, fine. Respond or not, but there’s no place for that kind of name-calling here. Be good or be gone!

  157. Kill-Schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    If Lax’s scurrilous insult about Trisha’s mouth has any validity, she has a welcome place in my home.

    The mantra for this evening is patience, patience, patience. Make Lice-K throw strikes.

  158. Blargh April 13th, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    “Make Lice-K throw strikes.”

    That’s not cool, man

  159. Clay Buchholz stole my laptop, (aka Joe) April 13th, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    “If anybody is interested the Joe Girardi show is coming on YES in 5 minutes.”

    I just tuned in. I must have missed his opening monologue. Was it funny? Also, who’s the musical guest for tonight?

  160. Tom April 13th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Once again, I can’t understand why people want to replace Melky with Gardner. When you look at Gardners totals and break it down to 500 at bats, you see the following. A 298 average, 150 hits 20 doubles 6 triples and less that 2 home runs, ( he only hit 1 home run in 800 at bats) and 107 strik outs. Lets remember he only hit 260 in AAA and 217 aginst left handers, Melky in the majors last year hit 273 with 149 hits, 24 doubles, 8 homeruns and only 68 strike outs. Regarding put outs Gardner average last year 2.5 put outs in the minor leagues Melky average 2.61 put outs per game in the majors. Melky arm stops many baserunners from taking an extra base. Melky also threw out 16 while Gardner threw out only 7. Gardner will play at 25 this year. Gardner has struggled in AAA and some times even seemed over matched. Gardner needs to impove his offensive game this year or risk just being a fifth outfielder. There have been many players who had great speed but never made it.

  161. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Chario (sp) is the guest tonight.

    BTW how lame is that!! :lol:

  162. Vito April 13th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Let’s just say it. ESPN Hates the Yankees….Any true Yankee fan knows it….I mean, I see on their website where they interviewed that idiot that buried the shirt. He lives in the Bronx and HATES NYY ??…They also knew he was going to profess that ….and then he goes on to say that he wouldn’t step foot in Yankee Stadium even if he was GIVEN seats to sit in George’s Private box. Listen JERK, first off, the chances of you being GIVEN those seats is equal to you growing a 3rd brain cell….and wake up, MORON !,,,,when you did the dastardly deed, as you said for the sake of the Red Sox Doofus Tribe ( I mean, uh , Nation )…and took a job for a day for the only purpose to bury a David Ortiz Shirt in the concrete so that you could put a curse on the Yankees……YOU WERE IN THE FRICKIN’ STADIUM !!!!!…..I would expect that the rest of the Nation Of Fools would rally behind their King of the Idiots and praise him for a job well done….THAT act of stupidity is them showing how desperate they are to close the huge gap we have on them for ALL TIME WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS. A title that they will NEVER have, no matter how many infantile stunts like this they can come up with…( rant over )…. ;-)

  163. Paul April 13th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Smothers Brothers next week….

  164. Kill-Schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    I didn’t call him Rice-K.

    I call him Lice-K, as in the pestiferous vermin, the symbol and trope for all Red Sox and their fans.

    “Lice-K” does not intend to allude to any common mispronunciation of any other word.

  165. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Jennifer and Clay – I think that the Girardi show needs new writers and a new sidekick for Joe.

  166. Clay Buchholz stole my laptop, (aka Joe) April 13th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Chario (sp) is the guest tonight.

    BTW how lame is that!!

    It is lame. Too bad Tony Randall’s dead.

  167. Vito April 13th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Kill-Schill(ing)
    .
    How many smart BoSux fans can you fit in a phone booth ?
    .
    answer…..BOTH OF THEM !

  168. Clay Buchholz stole my laptop, (aka Joe) April 13th, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    “Jennifer and Clay – I think that the Girardi show needs new writers and a new sidekick for Joe.”

    Fran, you’re right about Joe needing a new sidekick. Andy Richter was fat and had a big head, but at least he was funny.

  169. Doreen April 13th, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Rebecca -

    I’m glad you enjoyed your birthday weekend in Boston. It is a great city, sports allegiances notwithstanding.

    I have to say, I was away all weekend at my daughter’s parents’ weekend at her college. So, I didn’t get to watch yesterday’s game. I’m sure that at the time it happened, I probably would have been scratching my head as to why anyone would want to face Manny. However, with the benefit of reading all the post-game accounts, I have to say a couple of things. First, I’m proud we have a manager who is unapologetic about his decisions, and that he had a rationale for making his decision instead of a “we went with our gut” kind of thing. Second, the reasoning to me was sound enough. Third, if Mussina makes his pitch, who knows? Fourth, if Bruney did his job, the game is different. And last, it’s always, always easier to second guess than to make the decision.

    I’m hoping for a good outing for Hughes. Let’s go Yankees. I’m gonna pass on watching the game on ESPN – who can take that agita??? – and rely on you guys for updates.

    I think it’s important to remember how young the season is. It’s also important to remember that as Yankees fans we need to stay positive together. Sometimes it seems like the entire world has a bone to pick with the NYY, simply because they ARE the NY Yankees. It boggles my mind that there are some people who post here with such negative comments that seem to be almost pulling for the demise of some of our own players. Regardless, I think the point of being a fan is to root for the guys on the team you love, whether you like them or not. The bottom line is we want the team to succeed and it seems counterproductive to root against guys.

  170. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    LET’S GO DEVILS!

  171. Clay Buchholz stole my laptop, (aka Joe) April 13th, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Doreen,

    Where does your daughter go to school?

  172. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Yankees are gonna smack around Dice-whatever tonight….mark my words….Phil is gonna ROLL !

  173. Doreen April 13th, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    NYIT in Central Islip.

  174. Jax April 13th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Round 2 will be Montreal vs Rangers.

  175. gayle April 13th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    You have to know something is wrong when the viewer questions are better than the hosts questions.

  176. Guiseppe Franco April 13th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    ESPN does not hate the Yankees. That is such a myth.

    In actuality, they love the Yankees. Their ratings are never better (regarding baseball content) on nights when they broadcast Yankee games.

  177. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    1-1 Hockey game

    I hope this baseball game isn’t another long marathon..plese be good weather!
    I can barely keep my eyes open now..

  178. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    plese=please

  179. gayle April 13th, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    also whomever is the director of this show they need to go to a 2 shot not the closeup of each guy it looks way to lo-fi for the Yes Network and their productions

  180. ER April 13th, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    ” Yankees are gonna smack around Dice-whatever tonight….mark my words….Phil is gonna ROLL !”

    LOL. Maybe in a parallel universe.

  181. Doreen April 13th, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Wow!

    Questions that we’ve seen here time and again got asked and answered!

  182. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    remember guys

    as tempting as it might get, DONT FEED THE TROLLS

    :)

  183. Paul April 13th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    can’t remember the loser announcer at espn…

  184. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Windy and cold, that is tonights conditions. :(

  185. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Giuseppe Franco,

    they love to hate the Yankees because that’s how the majority of baseball fans feel. Jealous, envious fans who hate the Yankees are more likely to watch if there is anti-Yankee content.

    and then there are guys like Peter Gammons, Jim Caple, etc who openly profess their love of the Sox. notice, the ESPN crew who are Yankee fans (Buster Olney, for one) aren’t as open about it. It’s ok for Steve Phillips to bash the Yanks.

    I believe that if Buster Olney was as open a Yankee fan as Bill Simmons is a Sox fan, he’d be looking for a new job.

  186. Drive 4-5 April 13th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Guiseppe Franco,

    Youre right, ESPN does love the ratings the Yankees bring. But ESPN spews a lot of anti Yankee bias to boost those ratings. Plus, 2 of their espn.com reporters have actually gone through the trouble of writing Yankee bashing books.

  187. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    I’m thinking Yankees 6-5.

    I’m thinking Damon will get some key hits.

  188. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Jennifer -same as it has pretty much been so far. I am sure that the Yanks are looking forward to the dome tomorrow night.

  189. ER April 13th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Good news for Jeter. Can’t wait to play in that Tropical weather starting Tuesday.

  190. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Trisha – your predictions have been good so far.

  191. ER April 13th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Okay predictions. 8-2 Sox, unfortunately.

  192. gayle April 13th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Allegedly no Pappelbon or Okijima tonight we have JOba and Mo no problem

  193. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    It will be really important to make Daisuke work tonight. If that means he gets 7-8 K’s, so be it.

    Yeah, I’m talking to you Cano!

    Remember, Papelbon almost certainly wont pitch tonight. If they can get his pitch count up on a cold night like tonight, he might only last 5IP.

    Then the Yanks can hopefully feast on the Pap-less Sox bullpen.

  194. Paul April 13th, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Damon .195
    Cano .188

    that’s gonna change

  195. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    you beat me to it gayle.

    I suspect they would use Okajima if absolutely necessary to get a tough out or two.

    did Tito say that both guys were unlikely to pitch tonight?

  196. greg April 13th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Prediction…

    6-2 Sox unfortunately.

    Hughes looks bad.

  197. gayle April 13th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Boston Dave-

    Yes he said for sure Pap not available and mostg likely not Okijima as well

  198. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Here’s my prediction: by the end of the game, Phil and Dice-K’s ERA’s will be a lot closer to each other than they are at first pitch.

  199. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Fran, the specifics might be way off, but just so long as we win. Right?

    GO YANKEES!

  200. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    to compound things, if Daisuke gets the win, I lose this week in fantasy. If he doesn’t get the win, I win.

    cmon Yanks!

  201. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Actually they play tomorrow night.

    Oh how original Yankees s– chants. How about Lets go chants? Classy

  202. YankeeDiva April 13th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Hughes looks bad.

    Uh? The first pitch of the game was just thrown.

  203. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    thanks gayle

    good news and makes it even more important to be patient against Daisuke.

  204. John in Ohio April 13th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Let’s see if Cano can be patient too.

  205. Dee April 13th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    The Joe Girardi show wasn’t bad at all. I like the fan questions and Joe’s answers, especially the one about Patterson not making the team and about Hughes’ velocity. But the director really needs to rethink making us stare at the back of Joe’s head for half the show.

    LOL at Michael Kay saying what if this show becomes the next I Love Lucy or Seinfeld. I know he was kidding but still, fat chance:-)

  206. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Damon leads off with a walk. That’s the type of thing that the Yanks need-work the counts and get to the pen quicker…and hit with RISP

  207. Paul April 13th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    walking the leadoff batter!!! THAT”S GONNA BE A RUN FER SURE!!!!

  208. Guiseppe Franco April 13th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    I’ve heard all the arguments many times before but they don’t hold a lot of water.

    I think Yankee fans just don’t like to hear criticisms of their team or praise of the arch rival.

    It works both ways, though. RSN is the same way. They call ESPN the YES Network II.

    ESPN does not have an anti-Yankees agenda. They are more interested in cold hard cash than anything else.

  209. Paul April 13th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Damon “used to be a prolific base stealer”

  210. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Let’s go Yankees!

  211. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Wow look at that throw from medium deep cf. the ball bounced the second. :lol:

  212. JT April 13th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    joe morgan is an idiot.. he just said the yankees dont really steal bases anymore, compared to when they were younger… then he mentioned cano as a person who stole bases for the yankees….

    The yanks were 3rd in stolen bases last year, and cano had less than 5… Fire Joe Morgan

  213. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    http://www.puristbleedspinstri.....lines.html

    A Yankee Fan goes to Fenway.

    ***

    I do not like Cano in the two spot. I know there’s not another option with Melky sitting, but just because it’s the best option doesn’t make it the right one.

    Oh well. Here’s hoping Robbie can put something together; he had a good game yesterday.

  214. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Damon gets the Yanks’ first steal of the year

  215. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    We stole a base!! :) will that shut everyone up?

  216. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Why the blank would Joe Morgan feel the need to tell Abreu that he was 0 for 10 against Dice K, or whatever he said it was. To get in his head?

    What a tool.

  217. Dee April 13th, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Finally a stolen base!

  218. Paul April 13th, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    who’s that on second??

  219. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    A-Rod GIDP. Dang it!!!

  220. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Johnny Damon used to steal bases? Huh He stole 27 last year! The most on the team! Really Joe M is it that difficult to read stats off a sheet?

  221. Paul April 13th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    rats

  222. sam April 13th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    wow, Arod is back to being pathetic. this guy will be an albatross for 10 years. worst offense in baseball.

  223. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    bad at bat a rod, the guy is struggling with his control, can’t swing on the first pitch

  224. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    that sucked

  225. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    You have a pitcher who has walked 2 of the first 3 batters he’s faced. I don’t care if you’re A-Rod or Zeus himself, you take the first pitch.

  226. Umyeah - IM NEW April 13th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Why swing at the first pitch when the pitcher hasnt found the plate yet?

  227. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    The thing about Matsuzaka is that he can have a bad inning or two and then really settle in. In fact that is typically his rhythm. The Yankees definitely have to find a way to get to him when they have him on the ropes.

  228. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    A Rod really let Dice K off the hook.

    Yanks must lead the league in GIDP.

  229. abe April 13th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    doesn’t A-Rod know that Matsuzaka is throwing a lot of cutters this year in these occasions? geesh.

  230. mark April 13th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    hey, they said that the shirt story wasn’t true, but they just uncovered the shirt today after digging thru a huge block of concrete? PR trying to cover the story much? Maybe we should’ve kept it there, cause it was an Ortiz jersey and he’s been doing awful since it was under there.

  231. vrsce April 13th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Rally killer

  232. sam April 13th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    This is why Arod will always get booed. The batter in front of him just walks on 4 pitches and Arod swings at a pitch out of the zone…the first pitch he sees…and kills the rally and might have killed the game.

  233. Global Warming April 13th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Talk about boneheaded.

    The guy can’t find the plate and you bail him out by swinging at the first pitch.

  234. JT April 13th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    yeah sam… the yankees should trade arod for someone who’s going to get us more than 120 rbi’s a season. What a terrible player.

    way to overract 2 weeks into the season

  235. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    :( it is already starting. Didn’t take too long.

  236. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    So where in the world were those pitches?

  237. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    hughes already getting squeezed, oh boy

  238. NY April 13th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    this ump has a very small strike zone

  239. JT April 13th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    On snap did that gun say 94mph…

  240. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    what!!!! Where in the WORLD is the strike zone??? Come on!

  241. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    So it’s not just me.

    Good lord two of those were so strikes.

  242. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    So it’s not just me.

    Good lord two of those were so strikes.

  243. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    the ump may have a very small strike zone, but our batters think it is all the way to the dugout, just watch what Cano swings at.

  244. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    The K zone is small tonight. Some of those pitches were definitely borderline.

  245. sam April 13th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    hughes once again showing his great command. i know, it’s the weather.

  246. McFadden April 13th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    ESPN and Gameday has Hughes at 93-94

  247. Jax April 13th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    He’s sitting 93.

  248. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Folks, “Sam” is not overreacting, he’s trolling. Tread with caution.

  249. vrsce April 13th, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Jennifer

    You are an apologist for poor performance.

    Arod was pathetic to swing at the first pitch and Mussina should have enough self respect to retire rather than take 11mm for an 85mph fastball.

  250. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Oh man. Horrible throw by Molina puts Ellsbury on third.

  251. JT April 13th, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    man some of the people on this blog are more pessimistic than mad dog… and he’s a yankee hater

  252. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Wow that was a poor throw. He would have had him.

  253. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    **Rangers up 2-1

    Come on Phil!

  254. sam April 13th, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    hughes can’t even throw a pitch-out correctly. the guy is going to be a bust.

  255. SteveHoweYouDoin April 13th, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    No player is more infuriating and exciting at the same time than Arod. You know Hughes will struggle tonight. Where’s Arod’s plan in that at-bat? Nonexistant.

  256. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Steph

    agreed. tight strikezone.

    however, as long as the HP ump is consistent, its fine. we have Joba and Mo tonight and the Sox dont have Pap and prob not Okajima… so if both starters cant go deep into the game, it seemingly benefits the Yanks.

  257. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Oh my god! There is NO STRIKE ZONE except the middle of the plate. They have to pay these umpires for the small strike zone, to ensure a high scoring game.

    This is the biggest load of crap I’ve seen in a while.

  258. Beezr April 13th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    93, 94, eh? eh? (albiet with s*** command)

  259. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Yeah, if the ump is consistent on where he is going to call the pitches and calls it the same way for both pitchers, I won’t really complain.

  260. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Damn it looks cold there.

  261. Greg April 13th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Geez, do you guys actually WATCH Hughes pitch?

    He’s nothing special at all. There’s nothing above average about the guy.

  262. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    :D

  263. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    That was a nasty curveball! Man!

  264. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    nasty curve

  265. jo April 13th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    that curveball there is why phil is nasty

  266. JT April 13th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    yeah greg, just like buchholz and lester. Actually lester sucks even more

  267. vrsce April 13th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Greg

    He is as good as Mussina.

  268. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    That is outrageous. There IS no strike zone.

  269. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    I’d take the weather they’re in. I’m boiling.

  270. sam April 13th, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    walk drew to get to manny. nice going phil the flop.

  271. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    I’m sure they’d love the weather you are in.

  272. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Hughes is going to get Manny out. Hope it’s short enough that no run scores.

  273. Paul April 13th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    where are you, steph?

  274. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    I’m sure Jeter would, at least. It’s been over 90 for the past 2 days.

  275. Big Papi's Slump April 13th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Bust him in, Phil.

  276. Wilson Betemit April 13th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Seven innings for Phil tonight, yanks must take advantage of the opportunities that they get. Phil must prove that he is ready and one to do that is shut down the red sox, he will!

  277. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Steph, after the weather they’ve played in i’m sure they all would.

  278. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    trust in the CHANGE phil

    manny will be fooled

  279. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    SoCal. It hit 98 today…and at 5:30, it still hasn’t even hit the 80s.
    At least Hughes isn’t afraid to pitch inside.

  280. alex April 13th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    I had a fantastic giggle at Manny fumbling with his bat.

  281. Paul April 13th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    good call big papi!!

  282. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    at least show the changeup to keep them guessing (not on 3-2)

  283. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    2 pitches busting him inside, nice!!

  284. sam April 13th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    well, so much for hughes. and so much for this game.

  285. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Guess not.

    :(

  286. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Hank Steinbrenner is not a happy man right now.

  287. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Argh. Manny with a single and it’s 1-0 Sox. I’m glad I’ve got ESPN on mute.

  288. Greg April 13th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Manny Ramirez is a better hitter than Arod, plain and simple.

  289. ADave April 13th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    I said it yesterday, I’ll say it again today. Manny is the most dangerous hitter on Planet Earth. Arod hits into a double play, Manny nails a single. GRRRRR…

  290. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Does Hughes ever have a good outing?

  291. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    2-0 Sox on the sac.

  292. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    dang it. come on Phil!

  293. Greg April 13th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Another horse**** outing from the overrated Phil Hughes.

  294. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    i still like hughes’ fastball tonight though

  295. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    still gotta love Hughes pitching inside to Manny so much…PUNK !

  296. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Poor pitch selection by Molina/Hughes. He got the last out on a curve, so Manny was sitting curve there. There’ve been a couple of times this has happened, this season alone. It’s an experience issue, and a trust issue, but it’s bitten him now.

    Also, this is why A-Rod swinging at the first pitch was so boneheaded. He totally bailed out Dice-K, while the Red Sox hitters are showing the proper plate approach.

    God it’s frustrating to watch.

  297. SteveHoweYouDoin April 13th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Atta boy, Arod – down 2-0 because you’re a headcase in the batter’s box.

  298. alex April 13th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    If the ump has a normal strike zone, Ellsbury never walks and none of this ever happens.

    Why doesn’t Hughes get the same strikezone EVERY PITCHER in the ENTIRE MAJOR LEAGUES AND MINOR LEAGUES gets?

  299. Rocco April 13th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    ok that was a good pitch… that was a curveball outside that manny just hit.

    Also this is the 2nd straight start for Hughes where he constantly blowing his hands… Lets wait till it gets warm to judge him at least… i have no doubt that we can score at least 2 on dice-k.

  300. Paul April 13th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Casey at the bat

  301. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Umpire has a very tight zone. I didn’t think it would be a scoreless game at all.

    I just hope that Dice K comes back shaky and the Yanks take advantage.

    Does anyone else find Morgan and Miller overtly anti-Yankee with just about everything that comes out of their mouths?

  302. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    we gotta hold them here, we only score 3 runs a game.

  303. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Hughes keeps falling behind. When you do the hitter has the advantage. Not only did he give up 2 runs but his pitch count his very high.

  304. Kj April 13th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    does hughes throw anything but a fastball and a curve?

  305. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    30 pitches

  306. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    “Manny Ramirez is a better hitter than Arod, plain and simple.”

    Well, first I can’t stand Manny. I respect his bat. His cockiness makes him very confident.

    Arod is a better hitter than Manny, he is just more of a head case which costs him with lack of confidence. If Arod had manny’s confidence and patience.. wow.

  307. Alvin April 13th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    The pitch to Manny was good. Molina set up low and away and Hughes hit the target…but that’s why Manny is good.

  308. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    No worries,,,,Dice-K stinks and we will Mashin’ his keester REAL SOON, ALL !!! ;-)

  309. vrsce April 13th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Manny did what Arod should have.

    Now we will hear the “it’s only April” dirge from those so called real fans who can not realize how flawed this team really is. Overpaid geezers like Mussina, past it players like Damon and Giambi and raw youth like kennedy and Hughes.
    It is only April. this could get real ugly.

  310. Paul April 13th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    over 30 pitches

  311. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Thank God for ground rule doubles. Saved a run there.

  312. ER April 13th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Well, it has been proven once again Bucholtz > Hughes by a mile.

  313. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Hughes will be out by the third.

    He is horrible. I love Phil and believe in his potential, but he sucks right now.

    Hank is not happy.

  314. DMan April 13th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Sigh.

  315. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    trisha, do yourself a favor….turn down the volume on those idiots and listen to ANYTHING else instead….even the sound of paint peeling…. ;-)

  316. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    We lucked out on that one.

    Phil Hughes is the 2nd youngest player in all the majors. I think he is showing great poise. Hopefully he gets the next out.

  317. Russell W April 13th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Pretty terrible pitching by Hughes. Completely has no idea where the zone is. All his strikes are hittable minus the pitch to Fudge-packer-Pedroia.

  318. Greg April 13th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Hughes is NOTHING. Casey had no problem turning on his inside “fastball”.

  319. SteveHoweYouDoin April 13th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Who comes in to relieve Hughes first?

  320. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Jon Miller, after Hughes first pitch strike said “a rare first pitch strike for Hughes”

    he’s thrown a first pitch strike to 4 of the 6 batters.

  321. Beezr April 13th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    I read a Phil quote this week in one of the papers where he said that this game was sort of “getting the first one out of the way”; he was referring to his first start in the rivalry. You gotta love that fighting spirit. It’ll be out of the way pretty quickly if he keeps this up.

  322. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Don’t worry folks, we have Kennedy tomorrow night to go at least 1 inning.

    So glad we don’t pick up a proven pitcher in the off-season.

  323. Kj April 13th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Unreal I understand he is young but besides the Texas game lastyear this kid hasnt shown me a thing. He looks very avegare.

  324. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    A-Rod puts up incredible numbers, but he’s a “guess” hitter. He sits on a certain pitch, and if that’s the pitch, he’ll liekly clobber it. He puts up huge numbers over the course of a season because of this approach. It works in the aggregate.

    Manny, however, is better able to adjust to a pitch, imo. He doesn’t sit fastball, or curve; he reacts. This, to me, makes him the better hitter.

    This is why A-Rod is not the clutch hitter that, say, Manny is. In small samples, or in situations where a pitcher can outthink a-rod, he’s going to fail. Or, he’s going to swing at the first pitch from a struggling pitcher.

  325. bill_brasky April 13th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    ugh this is terrible

  326. Dee April 13th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Fine, it’ll be a high scoring game. Yankees offense, snooze is over. Phil needs back up!!!

  327. matt April 13th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    And this is why Ian kennedy should not have pitched against the Royals. He gets pushed back a day, and you have Moose on the mound tonight, not an unproven rookie in Fenway on national television.

  328. rconn23 April 13th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    The weather and youth is no excuse. He’s been terrible. I’m sure in time the kid’s going to be really good, but he’s got to find a way to get ahead of hitters on a somewhat consistent basis.

  329. rconn23 April 13th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    The weather and youth is no excuse. He’s been terrible. I’m sure in time the kid’s going to be really good, but he’s got to find a way to get ahead of hitters on a somewhat consistent basis.

  330. PAT M. April 13th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    John Miller certainly likes to cast a dark cloud when talking about Hughes…..

  331. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    I am flad hughes can pitch 150 innings this year.. at this rate we can use him every game.

  332. sam April 13th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    “Phil Hughes is the 2nd youngest player in all the majors. I think he is showing great poise”

    you are an idiot. he has shown zero poise.

  333. Jax April 13th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Hughes has five pitches but for some reason he only throws 2. It’s become frustrating.

  334. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Calm down people

  335. Amanda from La. April 13th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    I am hating seeing this happen to phil. I know he has potential, and LOTS of it. Just want to see him get out of this inning.

  336. Paul April 13th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    geez…they’ve been batting for a half hour

  337. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    i really really really really really wish ARod hadn’t swung at that first pitch.

    as it is Hughes is at 35 pitches. We could’ve done that to Dice k

  338. DMan April 13th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Not great…

  339. Russell W April 13th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Doesn’t look like Hughes is going to get another guy out. Good thing we have Ohlendorf warming up.

  340. melkyy28 April 13th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    LIKE MUSSINA WOULD BE ANY BETTER. DID YOU HAPPEN TO SEE THE GAME LAST NIGHT?

  341. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    For anyone watching this on Gameday, you’ll notice the following line:

    93 3″ 13″

    His pitches are all the same speed, with the same break. It’s no mystery why they’re hitting it. They take one or two pitches to lock in, and on the third they tattoo it. Hughes has good stuff, but this is just pitching inexperience at the moment. He’s got no variety to his fastball, and his curve, while nasty, can be sat on like Manny showed.

  342. NJ in Tampa April 13th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    This is getting ugly.

  343. Greg April 13th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    And Hughes has no “out pitch”, either. Good God, there isn’t a more overrated prospect in all of baseball.

  344. Kj April 13th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    What 5 pitches he throws a curve and a fastball until he mixes in more pitches he will never be good…and this game is over…LETS GO RANGERS

  345. Russell W April 13th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Great job Hughes! Now go take the early plane home and our bullpen can wear out like in the Royals game.

  346. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Ouch. And Ohlendorf is warming in the pen

  347. melkyy28 April 13th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    manny ramirez is the devil.

  348. Dr. Cox April 13th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    I think its about time we have Jorge come back in to call these games. As much as I like Molina, he doesnt have nearly the experience Posada does when it comes to handling young pitchers.

  349. bill_brasky April 13th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    now its just embarrassing

    dammit this series started out so well

  350. vrsce April 13th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Seriously can anyone think that Santanna would have been any better? Can you?

  351. Russell W April 13th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    He got lucky there, that wasn’t a strike.

  352. weatherman April 13th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    In a stunning announcement, the Yankees will play the next 2 nights in 72 degree temperatures. The wind will be at 2 MPH with allowance for air conditioning.
    As for consistency with umpires calling balls & strikes ……

  353. Stephen M April 13th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    I have no doubt whatsoever that Hughes will be great. But in reality, he and Kennedy are in the rotation not because they’re ready, but because the Yanks have no other options.

  354. Russell W April 13th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    “Seriously can anyone think that Santanna would have been any better? Can you?”

    Right now? Yes.

  355. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Phil will be fine. The Yankees will be fine. It is the first inning.

    GO YANKEES!

  356. scorpio April 13th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    That was ugly. We may need Joba in the rotation afterall…Phil & Ian have been pretty disappointing.

  357. Dr. Cox April 13th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Russel W, take it easy.

    The kid is 22 years old and pitchng for the first time in the most hostile ball park in the nation of a team where he grew up rooting for. We need to be patient with these kids. If Yankee fans start expecting perfection from them THIS early, its going to indimidate them.

    Take it down a notch, bud.

  358. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    That was pretty ugly. He threw from behind and it did not seem like he and Jose were on the same page.

  359. Alvin April 13th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Well that was messy. Good news is, Dice-K looks deliciously hittable tonight.

  360. Wilson Betemit April 13th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    yeah this is awful. the kid does not have it. Its amazing how he still look under control and calm even though he is pitching poorly.

  361. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    why can’t the Yankees ever get it right in April?

    I’m sick of it. We fire our manager, we hire a new one, make all the same decisions keep all the same players and expect different results?

    crazy.

    I’m already sick of this team. They play like they’re a bunch of old geezers. (no offense to old geezers)

  362. Big Papi's Slump April 13th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Note the time, with only one inning complete…the board has gone negative. Why wait this long?

  363. Ken April 13th, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    It’s gonna be a long night…Im praying our starter can give us 3ip.

  364. Scooter April 13th, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Is this really what we can expect this season from the posters on this blog? We go down 3-0 in the first inning and it’s the end of the world? Are we officially done enjoying tonight’s game? Should we not even watch the next eight innings?

  365. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    wow

    now I know what SJ44 was talking about with the game threads…

    not worth it.

  366. rackem April 13th, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Dr. Cox don’t blame this on Molina

  367. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    what a special start to the game.

  368. scorpio April 13th, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Not expecting perfection. But an ugly first inning like that is not acceptable…2 walks and a wild pitch all came in to score. At least make the hitters earn it.

  369. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Hey, did you guys know the Red Sox spanned the globe!!! They are just having so much trouble because of so much traveling! Golly! Poor guys!

  370. YankeeJosh April 13th, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    The Yankees have an intense April schedule with few off-days and tough opponents. The second half of the schedule is a lot easier. It’s April, and you certainly don’t want to stink up the joint a la the Tigers, but it really is okay if they don’t play .600 baseball now. Yes, this team has flaws, and hopefully they’ll be adressed, either by Hughes and Kennedy improving, Joba moving to the rotation, or by Cashman. They are 6-6, that’s fine for now. They just need to stay around .500 for now until the weather gets better and the pitchers and hitters get into a rhythm and things will get going.

  371. Pepper Brooks April 13th, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I know I am going to catch hell for this but this performance plus the last one by Hughes is not good. He does not have any confidence. This is not a good sign for this team and the year.

    ARod needs to pull his head out.

  372. godzilla April 13th, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Looks like that game yesterday might have been important and set a pitiful tone for the month. Thanks Clueless Joe 2!

  373. Marc April 13th, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Growing pains. They’re going to happen with these kids. More than once for sure.

  374. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    dont feed the trolls

    if you respond to them, you dont have the right to then criticize them

    the game posts are bad enough without them involved

  375. vrsce April 13th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Dr Cox

    Ok let’s be patient with the kids. What about Arod and his lame first pitch swing or Giambi or slo ball Mussina? Any apologies or sage advice ?

  376. mel April 13th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    So Phil’s having a rough outing, big deal.

    The two walks hurt, or rather the second one if the first one wasn’t really a walk.

    Another thing. Did anyone dump on A-rod for swinging at the first pitch when Matsuzaka was having a hard time throw strikes? Dude’s at 5 strikes, 10 balls. No that’s not backwards.

    Let’s go Yankees!

    btw. Accidently went to Boston audio. They were positively giddy that Hughes crossed up Molina.

  377. mark April 13th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    man this comment place is crazy. everyone’s so pessimistic riding on hughes. the guy is 21, probably younger than the majority of commenters in this place. he’ll get it goin, it’s his 3rd start of the season. did you see johan yday against the big bad brewers? hughes ain’t gona be an ace in one game at age 21. give him time.

  378. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    this team needs a shake up or a fire lit under their asses. Remember two years ago when Leyland called out the Tigers for playing like a bunch of girls and they went on to a great season afterward? We need that. Yankees are playing like a bunch of little girls (no offense to little girls)

  379. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Yeah, I’m having a hard time staying on this board because everyone is so negative the minute a starter gives up a run.

  380. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    god i love watching Jon Miller and Joe Morgan. their insightful, exciting and unbiased commentary really brings a lot to the game!!

    “That was an example of how good a hitter Manny is because he couldn’t handle that pitch so he just took it.”-Joe Morgan. Go kill yourself joe.

  381. Dr. Cox April 13th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Rackem I am not blaming anybody. My point was, well, take a look at last season and all the rookies, new pitchers, young pitchers, this and that, that Jorge had to deal with. He has experienced it all and can call a better game.

    When he gets back behind the plate, things will be called differently, like not giving Manny a curveball on 3-2 after numerous fastballs. just my opinion.

  382. Bronx Born April 13th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    what has happened to this blog. we are being infiltrated by complete idiots.

  383. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    before you guys get upset, just remember the following:

    1) We’ve lost games worse than 3-0.

    2) Even Nolan Ryan lost games on occasion.

    3) Still 8 innings to go. Anything can happen.

  384. KB April 13th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    I have no doubt that Phil can ultimately be a #2-3 for a long time. But the whole decision was- given that Posada, Rivera, Matsui, Giambi, even Jeter- are now on the downside of a career- do you play to win now? That is why the Santana deal would make sense. If you don’t do it, you get to realize that Hughes is not ready for prime time. As evidenced tonight, and in KC. The guy should be in AAA.

  385. Mike Housman April 13th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    I will give Hughes a break but the Arod ab was horrible. He cannot swing at that pitch – we get two wlks no runs – sox get two walks and score 3.

    This ofense is pathetic.

  386. vrsce April 13th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Mel
    Many dumped on Arods idiot swing

  387. Scooter April 13th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    If we keep working Dice-K the way Matsui just did I’m not too worried about a three run deficit this early.

  388. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    the redsox are a much more disciplined team in all areas. It really shows with their patience in the box. It’s embarrassing to watch the Yankees at the plate after seeing the sox.

    Can Santana be better than 39 pitches the first inning?

    Santana is still the top 3 pitcher in all of baseball and will be for years to come.

  389. Dr. Cox April 13th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    vrsche,

    I have nothing to say about the veterans. They have a job to do and they simply arent doing it.

    But that will change.

  390. SteveHoweYouDoin April 13th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    odds on jorge bouncing into a dp…

  391. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    boy, i still really really really really wish arod hadn’t swung at the first pitch. another walk by dice k.

  392. Russell W April 13th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Brian from PA – couldn’t agree more. This guy has no idea what he is talking about.

  393. Colin April 13th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Arod grounding into the double play might lose this game..?

    The umpire had a small strike zone for dice-k and Hughes. As hughes went through his 40 pitches, the umpire has expanded his strike zone.

    (What would have happened if Arod doesnt ground into a dp..? Yankees may score some run?)

  394. The Monk April 13th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Absolutely horrendous inning for Hughes — no control, no communication with Molina, and 39 pitches.

    Yikes.

  395. godzilla April 13th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    “We go down 3-0 in the first inning and it’s the end of the world?”

    When you have an offense as pathetic as the Yanks, then yeah, it’s the end of the world (or at least the end of the game) when they fall behind 3-0. Did you even watch Arod GUESS at the first pitch he saw and kill the game right then and there?

  396. Russell W April 13th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    “odds on jorge bouncing into a dp…”

    1 in 2

  397. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    If Yanks are patient at the plate we’ll be in good shape with Sux bullpen.

  398. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Dice-K is still having trouble finding the zone. It’s not over, people.

  399. RobNY April 13th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    yeah i just came to check out what was going on around here. No boston dave, no CB, no SJ44…. wonder why…. just a bunch of clowns….ill take myself elsewhere with all the nonsense ive read thus far.

  400. pat m in ct April 13th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Boston Dave, Steph-

    Do what I do. Read the blog late in the game or after. Too much panic/trolls/negativity.

  401. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Yeah, those pep talks are really working for the Tigers this year. They are 2-11.

    I think some of you are either too young or too ignorant to watch games.

    Killing a 21 year old kid because he had a bad first inning in his first start in Fenway. That’s hysterical! lol

    Its why I have said the game threads are a waste of time. good for Pete’s post count and that’s about it.

  402. Rocco April 13th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    I cant blame Arod for swinging at the first pitch. Maybe he though that since Abreu walked he was going to get a juicy fastball to hit.

    Calm down people.

  403. PreteFunkEra April 13th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    I’m really not liking the green screen behind the hitters, where they use tv magic to paste ads.

    It creates a weird shadow around the hitter.

  404. The Monk April 13th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Sorry Doc Cox, I’ve counted too many times when Jorge has called for a two-strike curve to Manny, who absolutely kills breaking balls.

  405. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Who are all these new freaking idiots posting on this blog…and I’m being kind.
    long game ahead of us. chill

  406. sam April 13th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Rebecca,

    you are an idiot who hasn’t been watching the yankees play if you think they even have a prayer of coming back.

  407. Paul April 13th, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Matsui was running

  408. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    posada fouls out. it just gets better and better.

  409. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Check this out. If an umpire has a ridiculous strike zone, lots of bad things can happen, especially to a young and relatively inexperienced pitcher. Who knows how the inning changes if some of those obvious strikes were called.

  410. vrsce April 13th, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    RoBNY

    Please go and join those smug self satisfied (yet somehow wrong) guys.

  411. ADave April 13th, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Satan is at the plate…

  412. kasey April 13th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    the shame about hughes is that, because of the santana deal, he no longer has much margin for error or room to go, and if he becomes the solid 2-3 starter i think he will, that will still be a disappointment because he was the guy who “kept” the yankees from getting santana. it’s a shame the kid’s going to be saddled with it, because he’ll probably grow into a pretty decent major league pitcher, but if he’s not god’s gift – and, news flash, hughes apologists, he sure doesn’t look like he is right now – then he’s going to be considered a huge disappointment.

  413. Blargh April 13th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    If a real fan is supposed to dump on his team, then what does an enemy do?

  414. Russell W April 13th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    strikout giambi… watch

  415. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    All – it is obvious that there are a lot of Sux groupies hanging out here. You have to ignore them rather then fuel their stupidity.

  416. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Yeah, true. It’s really sad that this board has to be ruined by a few sour grapes.

  417. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    giambi’s swing always looks so late it pisses me off

  418. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    SJ44-

    Two years ago, leyland was their new manager, they played a late game like they didn’t care and he ripped them in the media, they went on to have a great year and played great.

    All I’m saying is that we have the new manager now, what for? He’s EXACTLY like Torre from what I can tell.

  419. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Santana is playing in a weaker league, is 1-2 and has already given up 5 HR’s this year fleas.

    That’s 38 HR’s in his last 28 starts. Hardly impressive.

    Let’s not get carried away with trashing Phil Hughes just yet.

    Trust me, there isn’t a single person in this blog who is intelligent enough to determine this kid’s future off 3 starts in 2008.

    He, like all young pitchers, have to take their lumps. It goes with the territory.

    If you aren’t patient with young players, you will never develop them.

  420. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    lmao. this place is ridiculous. i know i’m not being any better than anyone because i made negative comments too but so many people are resorting to personal attacks against eachother because the Yankees are losing in the 2nd inning of an April 13th game.

    ridiculous. i’m out.

  421. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Fleas, just curious, but are you going to be able to sit through any Hughes starts this year without indulging in your Santana fantasies?

  422. vrsce April 13th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    We have met the enemy and he is us

  423. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    After 12 games you have reached that conclusion Adam? too funny.

  424. Kj April 13th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    I am so sick of reading on this blog that the ump is the reason hughes has been bad. Hughes has been bad because he only throws 2 pitches.

  425. Scooter April 13th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    So Giambi is going back to .050 tonight?

  426. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Kasey,

    Hughes has the patience and margin of error from the people who count. Fortunately for him, its not some of the fan base.

  427. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    I asked if the game will be over 1am. I wish to revise that to 2 am.

    1 hour for 1 plus inning.

  428. Wilson Betemit April 13th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    21 learning to pitch to mlbatters in the major league give the kid a break. As long as the hitters hit this team will be ok
    I believe these early season struggles are important for young players it helps them develop.

  429. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Here come our best two hitters, Molina and Gonzalez.

  430. RobNY April 13th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    lol vrsce….. ill just come back when i can read some intelligent baseball conversation, as opposed to what you bring to the table. That said I wont be responding to you or any of the other clowns for the duration.

  431. BBFan April 13th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    A few observations:

    A-Rod swinging at the first pitch was not as bad as many think. Dice-K just walked Bobby on four pitches and he was likely to groove a fast ball. Good guess but did not work out.

    Regaring Hughes, let us stop whining about the umpire. He is consistently throwing off the plate. May be his ball is moving too much, but he is not able to locate it on the plate. In fact, that is true in all his starts this young season. There is a reason why he has such high pitch count in all his starts. We can not balme the umpires in all the games for his high pitch count.

    Even with 3 runs deficit, Yanks have good chance of winning. Dice-K is not doing good and thier bullpen is shot. We are only in the second inning and we have 7+ innings to recover.

  432. mel April 13th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    vrsche,

    Thanks, didn’t want to wade through the muck. I was in the car for that AB and I almost went into road rage.

    Phil just needs to pound the zone and trust his defense. Sox are not going to want to help Phil with his pitch count situation.

    Decent AB for Jason. At least it wasn’t a DP.

  433. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    unbelievable

  434. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    SJ don’t forget he gave up 3 hr’s today in a pitchers park!!

  435. vrsce April 13th, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    SJ44
    Are you suggesting that Hank S. has patience?

    We shall see.

  436. SteveHoweYouDoin April 13th, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    If Giambi does in fact stay healthy all year, what happens? Last few years, Giambi on the DL has been magical. It’s given us Shelley, and similar scenarios in years past. I wonder if having him “available” will prevent us from doing what we maybe should do… (e.g., promoting gardner to LF and Damon to DH)

  437. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    I think this will be a high scoring game. It is only a matter of time before we get to Dice.

  438. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Know what I want to see?

    I want to see Girardi run out and argue balls and strikes and then see Jeter manage the team for the rest of the game.

    I just want to see some passion from someone since I’m seeing nothing at the moment.

  439. randy l April 13th, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    it’s 40 degrees out. this is not a good night to be hitting. hughes needs to quit nibbling and throw strikes and take his chances.

  440. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Hank has more patience than all the whiners in here.

    This is what young pitchers go through people. Its part of the process.

    Regardless of the outcome today, they aren’t scraping their plan with these kids. Its not going to happen.

  441. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Wow!! That was an awful call!! He was out!!

  442. Brian April 13th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Agreed, with the overall sentiment. Hughes is somewhat of a problem. The bigger problem, to me, is that Damon and Giambi sucked last year, and are awful now. The offense is dreadful and they are the 2 main culprits.

    Cash money, its Shelly Duncan and Brett Gardner time.

    For god sake, even give morgan ensberg a shot. He got 1 start and had 2 hits. Thats as many as Giambi has had all year in 40 at bats.

  443. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Notice that so far nothing is going our way.

    I think Phil will be better this inning. Hey if he can stop the bleeding now it will help.

  444. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    SJ44-

    They made ALL the same decisions about players. They went for power right hand arms in the bullpen that sometimes throw strikes and an old veteran guy utility infielder over speed and energy. What’s different about Girardi? I don’t get it.

    I’m not making a judgement 12 games in, but this spring training and season so far have looked eerily similar to those since ’04. Looks like we’ll have a good second half and go out in the first round again.

    The object is to improve the team and i don’t see how we did that.

  445. ER April 13th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Remember, I predicted 8-2 Sox.

    Go Yankees! But Phil Hughes, you’re a dou_che_bag.

  446. ADave April 13th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Poor Phil can’t catch a break. Jeez

  447. Greg April 13th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    He was safe. This is hard to watch.

  448. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Some of you people need to grow up!

  449. Brian April 13th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    For clarity, I’m saying Hughes is a minor problem visa a vie Damon and Giami because I do have confidence Hughes can be straightened out. Damon and Giambi are done and they are killing this team.

  450. Blargh April 13th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Also, patience is a nice virtue to display

    After all, The Legend That Is Santana pitched to the tune of a 6.49 era in his first 86 innings (ERA+ of 80 that year)
    4.74 era in the 43.7 innings after that (ERA+ of 96 then)

  451. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Dang, Crisp was out at first and then he takes second.

  452. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    sam: So what if the Yankees don’t win?

    ….

    He was totally out. I am not enjoying this game much right now. Hopefully it will change. Still remember that game last September when we were down 7-2 and won.

  453. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    ADave

    Catch a break? How about the umps making the right calls.

  454. Greg April 13th, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Let’s not forget who hit the go ahead jack Friday night however….

  455. We MIss Paulie April 13th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Its totally unbelievable how so many people are jumping ship on this guy already. It’s like 32 degrees, it’s his first inning in Fenway EVER, and he’s looking at Manny. Give him a break, like another 20 games, then see where he’s at.

  456. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    SJ44,

    I don’t think the frustration and dumping on of Hughes is specifically focused at him. I think it’s providing an outlet for the frustrations that this April is giving some of us. In 2007, and 2005, the Yankees got off to horrible starts, only to mount unbelievable comebacks in both years. You know the results.

    The Yankees tried a different approach this winter, which is to keep their youth, and see if they can ride them, as opposed to paying for past performance. The problem is, aside form Joba, we haven’t seen anything worth keeping so far from the youth, and the age on the team has once again put us into a mediocre April.

    Yes, it will probably turn around. Yes, Hughes is being griefed a bit too hard here. But the Sox came into this series just as lifeless and limp as we did, yet aside from Wang’s dominance, we’ve been the same tired team, and the Sox have found a way to put it together.

    A-Rod’s at bat tonight is a perfect example. Why in the hell do you swing at the first pitch there? That’s bad. That’s call-out-by-your-manager bad. Yet, it won’t happen. The Sox, on the other hand, get walks and passed balls and clutch singles and sac flies. 3 runs, and not really a whole lot of hitting to accomplish it. We get GIDP, again. It’s come to the point this early when I get anxiety with a runner on first, because it seems like it’s an automatic GIDP.

    Hughes is taking the heat because he’s pitching poorly, but it’s the team as a whole that is causing these feelings. You can say all you want about it being April, but one of the things fans and management wanted to change with Girardi is the slow start. I don’t see that changing. And it’s very frustrating.

  457. rackem April 13th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    ER that is unacceptable

  458. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    This is not an umpire issue game. He is just having trouble throwing consistent strikes.

    This is not like KC.

    Here is the way I look at it. If you can’t stomach growing pains, and think these young guys are all going to be great from Day One, its probably best you take a break from watching the games until June.

    We went through this with Melky. He was awful in that Red Sox series and that estwhile baseball sage Mike Francesa declared him a “bust”. How has that worked out.

    We went through it with Cano and Wang.

    Hughes is throwing 92-93 tonight. I thought he didn’t have any velocity. He’s had a rough go so far.

    That’s part of learning how to pitch at this level.

    You take the pain in April to enjoy the benefits later in the year.

  459. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    And Crisp looks like he was out on the steal as well. What the heck?

  460. vrsce April 13th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    SJ44

    It is not the kids, they will be fine.
    There is no excuse for Arod’s play and the overthehill gang, like Mussina, are just not championship material anymore. So make all the April noises you wish, however I will bet you would have a different roster if you were GM

  461. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    nice catch by the attorney general

  462. Alvin April 13th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    AG!!!! Learning from Jeter are we!

  463. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Nice play by AG there.

  464. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    I see nothing wrong with this Yankee team that won’t take care of itself as the season progresses.

    I’m truly not worried about the starters, the pen, or the offense. Every game won’t be a masterpiece. Big deal.

  465. Jack Knight April 13th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    how about that basket catch, gonzales haters

  466. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Like I said.

    Now try to get your stress level down and enjoy the game.

  467. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    So I don’t know about you guys, but I think that was a much better inning.

    Maybe Phil was just nervous.

  468. Wilson Betemit April 13th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    YEAH!!!!!!

  469. Rey22 April 13th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    That pitch sequence to Pedroia was sick

  470. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    atta boy Hughes nice bounceback inning. Let’s get to Dice-K now.

  471. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    If you’ll notice now, Hughes is mixing up his pitches better, there throwing two curveballs in a row. He’s got the stuff, now he’s got to learn WHEN to use it, and keep the hitters off balance. He’s a bit too predictable right now, thats his biggest weakness.

  472. Dee April 13th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Yes, go Phil!

    Now offense it’s your turn!

  473. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Nick

    I think the world of hughes, I never wanted to trade him for Santana. Most here know that. I have been saying that all year. I am not talking about Santana anymore, it’s dead wood.

    My concern is this team as a whole. They play without synergy. They play like an old tired ball club. Accept they have very young players that have just horrible along with the veterans.

    Yes it is April, but this is going to be a very lonnnnngg year.. I for one, am not counting on leaving the stadium for the new one the right way..

    There is a problem with Yankee Brass when players in the off season were thinking of going elsewhere.. i.e. Posada, Mo, Arod.. the Yankees used to be the epic franchise to play for… but there is major conflict in the owners box.. almost like reps vs dems..

    I won’t even get started about what the Yankees did and did not do to give the respect that Bernie Williams deserver.

  474. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    I think Hughes got into Pedroyer’s head there. Nice.

  475. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    A “Willie Mays basket catch” ???

    That was a Derek Jeter basket catch.

    Why must we suffer Jon Miller and Joe Morgan on every single ESPN baseball game? Do they realize they’re as much a mockery as John Madden is?

  476. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Give Hughes credit, he got 4 outs that inning.

  477. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    John calling a ball dropping in before it happen.

  478. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Nice bat slam there.

  479. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    What are the Sox “putting together”?

    They won a closely fought 1 run game yesterday, got dominated in Game 1 of this series and, at least so far, are taking advantage of a struggling young pitcher.

    Geez, its April for God sake.

    Do any of you remember the April series in Fenway last year? It was MUCH worse.

    The season isn’t over after tonight and this game has no bearing on any other game the rest of the month.

    Its one game of a 162 game schedule. Game 13 to be exact.

    Folks need to calm down, grow up and relax. If you can’t, watch Desperate Housewifes.

  480. Amanda from La. April 13th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    I’d say Pedroia got a little mad there, nice to see Hughes pull through that time! Now if we can get some runs in…

  481. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, Chasing Greatness! April 13th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Nice pitching by Hughes to strike out Pedroia and to strand Crisp at third. Not being able to drive in a runner from third with less than 2 outs is something that can change a game. Matsuzaka isn’t firing on all cylinders, so the Yankees are very much in this, no matter what some would have you think.

  482. Rishi April 13th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    I think we should also keep in mind what a huge Sox fan Phil was – I can’t even imagine how hard it must be for him to pitch there after having dreamed about it so much as a child…

  483. Alvin April 13th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Last year Phil had a tendency to pitch long first innings and then settle in afterwards. Again, it comes with being young. We can score more than 4 runs tonight. Matsuzaka doesn’t have his best stuff.

  484. JT April 13th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Hughes has so much better command when he’s throwing the FB at 91. He was at 93-94 the first inning, probably over throwing to calm all the damn critics, and lost his command. It’s probably too early in the season for him and doesnt have the command at that speed yet.

    Let’s just settle with great command at 91-92. Im fine with that.

  485. jo April 13th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    WOW!
    you have to admit that phil hughes when he throws strikes is nasty! he made pedroia look like an idiot

  486. pat April 13th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    “Are you suggesting that Hank S. has patience?”

    More patience than you. I haven;t heard him utter word 1 about anything on field yet this year. You on the other hand have had quite a bit to say.

  487. YankeeJosh April 13th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    If Hughes settles down and goes 5 innings, allowing 3 runs, that’d be an adequate first Fenway start.

    Remember, Hughes was the only pitcher to win a game for us in the playoffs last year and he looked really good. A few early season struggles are to be expected. I bet as the weather gets better, so will Hughes.

  488. Dee April 13th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Brian from PA,

    Welcome back. And ignore the trolls and the name-calling. I already reported a particularly unacceptable troll post to Pete.

  489. Colin April 13th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    myrtlebeachfan: I think Madden is funny b.c. he says stuff completely unrelated and even doesnt try to stay on topic.

  490. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Please take Giambi away.. I cannot wait until he is gone! Maybe will replace his “I can only pull the ball, but lost my steroid power” with another batter who can only hit foul balls. Least then he will burn out some opposing pitchers and give the rest of the team a chance to hit.

    Ever heard the phrase, “Guaranteed out” when you were little? Giambi is a perfect example.

    trust me on this, I respect Giambi as a person.. but hit MLB days are numbered.
    hint: Texiera..

  491. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    You know I have a Yankee baseball forum and we finally got so sick and tired of lemon suckers ruining our enjoyment in games that we set up a secret forum and just shared it with the rational Yankee fans and let me tell you it made all the difference in the world in our enjoyment of Yankee games.

  492. ADave April 13th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    We can’t be critical of a guy like Phil yet. He is the 2nd youngest player in the entire game, and he’s barely pitched in the majors.

    But bums and cheaters like Giambi, feel free to rip away.

  493. KB April 13th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    I’m as big a Yankee fan as any, but the umps did not miss the call at first or on the SB- safe on both counts.

  494. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    gonzalez looks like he has a pretty good eye, knows the strike zone well

  495. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    AG got robbed.

  496. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Now that is something that didn’t go our way. :(

  497. Dee April 13th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Is it bad that I was hoping for a three-men collision there?

  498. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Joe Girardi said on his show earlier that there is nothing wrong with Phil Hughes. He is still building arm strength. He said that if the velocity is not there in June then he would be concerned.

  499. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    dee yes and no. :lol: Maybe just enough to knock them out of todays game. :P

  500. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Oh okay. Dice K is throwing a no hitter, a perfect game.

  501. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Please, now we are killing Arod?

    Yeah, I would have a different roster. I would get rid of Arod because he had the nerve to hit into a DP.

    Really folks, you gotta put things in perspective.

    You can’t kill people in April. It makes no sense.

    How ’bout this. Let’s give it to Memorial Day. If the team sucks, then you guys can dump all you want on me and the other optimists who see the teams glass as half full.

    Deal?

  502. mel April 13th, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Why is everyone talking about Hank? Did something happen?

  503. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Players are dropping like flies, glavine left todays game in the first inning.

  504. Stephen M April 13th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    SJ,

    I usually agree with you, both about the team and the tone of the comment section during bad games. But to dismiss everyone who disagrees with you as whiners/too young/too stupid to understand the game the way you do if off-putting.

    As I said above, I think Hughes will be terrific, but he’s just not ready to pitch in the majors. He’s pitching because he’s needed, not because he’s ready. And I felt this way during his first start against Toronto, so it’s not a glass-half-empty opinion.

    So I disagree with you. But please don’t just dismiss my opinion out of hand and label me as too stupid to see things the way you do. Disagreements are fine. It’s part of the fun!

  505. Paul April 13th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    1 RB so far…Damon will have about 18 at the end of the year

  506. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    every time i see matsuzaka pitch i’m not that overly impressed with him

  507. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    That’s 2 walks and a SB from the “oh my god, how can Girardi possibly let Damon play, he should be DFA’s immediately” leadoff hitter.

  508. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Mel -

    No someone made a silly comment about Hank not being happy because Phil had a bad inning.

  509. vrsce April 13th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Deal

    What record would you suggest by that date?

  510. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Arod is the man, I just wish that his brain was not so “wet”.

    When Arod is confident and his head is right, he is absolutely the best player in the game.

    when it’s not.. well you can’t be perfect all the time.

    Even me as negative as I can be, I do not talk bad about Arod… I mean how could you???

  511. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Damon’s got his second walk. Hopefully this time he gets to score.

  512. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    okay guys i forgot about this but i just remembered, i got rally peanuts today so we’re gonna be alright. i was at the store and they were selling baseball team peanuts so of course i got a Yankees-themed bag of peanuts.

    for those who doubt the power of rally peanuts: in 05 i was at a Mets Yankees game at the stadium, mets were winning the WHOLE game, a guy started handing rally peanuts out to everyone in the left field bleachers where i was sitting and the Yanks tied it in the 8th and won it in the 9th on a walkoff single by Giambi. i have another rally peanut story for those who still have doubt.

  513. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Sj44-

    I still want to know why we fired a manager and replaced him with his exact clone. So the Yankees are in the best shape of their lives and there’s no ice cream in clubhouse. They’re still playing like a bunch of overpayed geezers. I thought the managerial change was supposed to change that.

  514. yanks April 13th, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    SJ44
    Could you imagine the doom and gloomers being yankee fans in the 80′s?

  515. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 13th, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    2 stolen bases by Damon. Who said this team doesn’t steal?

  516. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Damon takes second again. 2 steals for the Yanks.

  517. Dee April 13th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    “Why is everyone talking about Hank? Did something happen?”

    Mel – trolls happened.

  518. Alvin April 13th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    If Matsuzaka leaves early, who exactly to the Red Sox have in the bullpen? Three innings of Timlin makes me happy.

    Damon’s 2nd steal of the game. You guys can cross that off your complaint list now.

  519. Scooter April 13th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    “Who said this team doesn’t steal?”

    Me. It was only the second of the season :)

  520. mel April 13th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    trisha,

    Thanks. Someone’s spit just snowballed, huh?

  521. kasey April 13th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    sj –

    i was referring to the fan base. i know the organization is largely behind hughes. i’m glad a number of people on pete’s blog aren’t in charge of baseball decisions for the yankees. i think most of the fake trades “proposed” this offseason were evidence enough of the lack of knowledge displayed by a few around here.

    i’m somewhere in the middle on hughes. i think he’ll be a good 2-3. i think he’s displayed a lot of potential but, right now, is unable to spot his fastball the way he needs to. that will come with experience, and what he can do after he’s able to really command his pitches will dictate just how good he can be. i believe that, because the yankees system was so barren for so long, guys like hughes and kennedy are expected to be the saviors of the franchise rather than just good pitchers. just having a couple of pretty good pitchers come up through the system would be a nice change of pace, let alone guys like joba, hughes and kennedy.

    in terms of this year’s team, i still think they’ll win the division. worst case scenario, they’re at 6-7 after 13 games and nobody’s running away with the division on april 14. the offense hasn’t gelled, they’re not healthy, and hughes and kennedy will be a whopping three starts into their respective seasons after tomorrow.

    i don’t think they’re going to be world champs this year. i think they can win the AL east simply because i don’t think the division is as strong this year as it has been in years past. i’m mostly looking forward to them shedding some of those massive contracts and getting a bit younger the next couple of years, letting hughes, kennedy and chamberlain grow into their roles.

  522. Scooter April 13th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Looking at Dice-K I’m confident this team can break out any moment.

  523. david p April 13th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Giambi on the DL is our blessing. ITs given us Duncan of course but lets not forget what andy philips did for the yanks last june-august.

    then when giambi came back for the postseason….

    i too respect giambi as a person but hes poison for the yankees.

  524. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    trisha,

    Phil has been bad all year thus far except one outting. Kennedy has been dreadful, beyond terrible..

    Hank should be steaming right now.. he has every right. If it was my ball club you would see a lot of changes.. and I don’t mean uniforms or numbers. I’d stir hornets nest beyong your imagination..

    starting with the old “The list” game.

    Pick three players out of a hat and make them take the first 2 pitches for there first 2 at bats.

    The person with the best night get pulled from that hat.. go on down the line until everyone gets some humility and build synergy. More to the game than that.. but that is part of “the list”

  525. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    How about a 2 out hit for once.

  526. Papelboner April 13th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Joe Morgan is fantastic tonight.

  527. WTL April 13th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    The hitting instructor should be fired. Every Yankee has been late on DK’s fastball. No one is getting the barrel out front. This is fairly basic mechanical stuff.

  528. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    giambi and cano need a night off to reflect.

  529. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Fleas, if Hank is steaming then he is an idiot.

    I doubt he is steaming.

  530. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Kennedy has been beyond terrible? He didn’t look too bad after that first inning in KC. And Phil has been “bad all year thus far except one outing?” Wow, this is his third start…so he had one good one, one bad one, and he had a better second inning. You sure know your stuff.

  531. Scooter April 13th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    WTL,

    Who else should the Yankee’s fire tonight?

  532. Papelboner April 13th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Just goes to show spring training numbers mean nothing. Cano and Giambi were both over .400

  533. Dee April 13th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    “Phil has been bad all year thus far except one outting. Kennedy has been dreadful, beyond terrible..”

    “all year”?? It’s April 13, no?

  534. Paul April 13th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    late breaking stunning news…a squirrel was found alive under the Orsneeze jersey

  535. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    could Jon Miller get more excited

    “and a fastball for strike 2 for Daisuke!!!!!!!”

  536. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    atta boy Bobby. finally a 2 out hit with RISP

  537. Luigi April 13th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    2 out hit with RISP!!!!

    hooray!!!

  538. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Yeah Bobby!

  539. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    ok ok ok. How about two two-out hits in a row.

  540. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    well its certainly about time

  541. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Hey Fran, well I did name Damon to do good things tonight.

    Good for you Johnny.

  542. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Nice hit by Abreu! Drills one off the Monster to bring in Damon. 3-1.

  543. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, Chasing Greatness! April 13th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    See! Abreu with the RBI double, everything’s gonna be all right!!

  544. Umyeah - IM NEW April 13th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    and thats why bobby is the best hitter on this team. hes never off balance, always knows the strike zone.

  545. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    atta boy bobby
    more runs boys!

  546. Yu Con Du Eek April 13th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Down 3-0 with no hope.

    Sloppy Joe 44, some of the Desperate Housewives are better looking than Youkilis, I think I’ll check them out now.

  547. WTL April 13th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Scooter:
    “Firing” was a figure of speech. I was just making a point about the poor swing mechanics and plate approach throughout the entire lineup. This is often a coaching issue.

  548. Alvin April 13th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    3-1 Red Sox. Matsuzaka had it coming. That was a nice swing by Abreu.

    A-Rod flied out. Better DFA him and bring up Shelly.

  549. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    jesus christ……..

    3 – 1 we need to wake up.

  550. mel April 13th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Well, we got on board. Hold and chip.

  551. CWM~my Countrymen April 13th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    WHAT ARE U DOING AROD!!!!! STOP STRIKING OUT OR POPING OUT!!

  552. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    hold em here Phil

  553. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    The good news is that Matsuzaka has also thrown a lot of pitches. He’s at 60. Phil at 50.

  554. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    we got that run because i started eating rally peanuts.

    you’re welcome.

  555. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Is it just me or does A-Rod fail to come through when we need him way more often than the others?

    I try to stand up for A-Rod and say that he does come through in the clutch enough. But does he? He just never seems to look like he’s in control of the pitcher during the at-bat. Many hitters that I can think of look more in control

    Manny Ramirez, Albert Pujols, Barry Bonds, Ichiro, Vlad Guerrero, Chase Utley, Derek Jeter, to name a few.

  556. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Trisha – right after Damon got on and stole his second base I thought of your prediction. Let’s hope you are right about the score. And start working on your prediction for the Tampa Bay series.

  557. CWM~my Countrymen April 13th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    WTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  558. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Well, he come the trolls again. Hughes walks someone.

  559. ANDY` April 13th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I think we Yankee fans are going to be in for a long painful summer. The offense is in a funk. the lineup is old. won’t be surprised if we don’t make the playoffs and Cashman will be fired at the end of the season.

  560. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Tell me that none of those pitches were strikes. That’s what happens when pitchers get squeezed. I’d rather see Phil Hughes get annihilated behind an umpire who calls a good game than this BS.

  561. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    threw 2 changeups to Drew. Not strikes but still a good pitch. He should use it more. Can’t go with 2 pitches, no matter how good they are.

  562. CWM~my Countrymen April 13th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    myrtlebeachfan ~
    i agree like yesterday he strike out in 3 pitches aganist t
    pap

  563. Scooter April 13th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Oops, the umpire made a mistake and called a strike on Manny.

  564. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    “WHAT ARE U DOING AROD!!!!! STOP STRIKING OUT OR POPING OUT!!”

    haha, dude while you’re at it tell him not to fly out, line out, foul out or ground out either. tell him we only want to see walks and hits.

  565. LGV April 13th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    It’s only April. About 150 games left. No need for panic.

  566. CWM~my Countrymen April 13th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    3-2 game on the line runner on 2nd, arod will be the last guy u want up

  567. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Kasey,

    If Phil becomes a solid #2 or #3 guy in the rotation, I’m a happy camper.

    He’s only 21. There is a learning curve here and everytime he goes out there, he learns something.

    Fleas, he hasn’t been “awful” all year. He was excellent the the Blue Jays, so so in start #2, and the jury is still out here.

    Hell, he hasn’t pitched any worse that Dice-K tonight or Santana in his last two starts.

    Its a long season and I’m killing anybody in April. I learned that lesson last year.

  568. PreteFunkEra April 13th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Brian…Even though I’m allergic to Peanuts, pass them over here!

  569. Cry Babies April 13th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Oh my goddd……we’re never gonna scoreee….the sky is falling oh my godd, oh no! Phil Hughes is the biggest goat since Dale Murray or Ed Whitson or Danny Tartabull!!! MY GOD, his 93-94 mph fastball just is so, blah…The world is over, the world is over! We’ll never win again! He totaally doesnt have an out pitch, certainly not his breaking ball which drops off the table and is rated as a plus pitch by almost any knowledgable scouting agency with any respectability. God the yankees are really in trouble. Lets fire Girardi.

  570. alext April 13th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    That’s an error, I don’t care what the scorer says.

  571. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Now tell me that was not just bad luck!

    Cripes, I hope this stuff turns around.

  572. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    hes been doing that the last 4 games

  573. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    I guess you missed Arod’s season last year Myrtlebeach.

    I think that should stop any talk about him not hitting in the clutch.

  574. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    I cannot believe that you people will not admit that this team is playing horrible.

    wow denial is such a powerful tool.

    note: I said all year *THUS FAR*.

  575. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    The way some of you guys are posting, it sounds like a certain someone winning the presidential election.

    No Yankees fan likes to see someone as important to the franchise as Phil Hughes struggle, but it happens.

    He’s human, not G-d.

  576. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    haha, dude while you’re at it tell him not to fly out, line out, foul out or ground out either. tell him we only want to see walks and hits
    No, tell him he can only hit homers. The Yanks would never be shut out again.

  577. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    well there’s bobby’s run handed right back.

  578. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    hughes cant take the pressure like joba

  579. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    this is some growing pain right here for Hughes, I wonder what he is thinking right now

  580. Teddy April 13th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Hughes DESPERATELY needs a third pitch.

  581. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    oh darn

  582. Wilson Betemit April 13th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    If we agree that giambi has nothing why would it be so bad to dfa him at some point send down wilson, bring up duncan and….sign bonds. we need guys who can hit!

  583. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Now if Melky had been in CF…

  584. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    why isnt hughes taken out yet?

  585. ADave April 13th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Hate to say it people, but the way our offense is playing, its game over. Goodnight.

  586. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    neat.

    just want to apologize for those 2 runs scoring it’s because i threw up some rally peanuts.

  587. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    They’re just sitting on his fastball, and riding the merry-go-round…

  588. WTL April 13th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Damon couldn’t even start at the AA level with his arm and bat.

  589. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    I’m not watching anymore. You people can keep your optimism all you want. This not the Yankee team that you think it is. The Yankees are broken. A lot more than “finding their groove” is needed to fix them.

    Trisha:
    Hank is an idiot if he is steaming? His 200 million dollar payroll is awful! If that doesn’t get someone steaming..

    I TOLD YOU HUGHES WOULDN”T LAST THREE INNINGS. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.. DENIAL

  590. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    that was the exact same pitch casey ripped in the first inning, why throw it again?

  591. Bronx Betty April 13th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Whats wrong with Phil?

  592. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Anyone else wonder why Joba wasn’t put in rotation and Phil in the pen? I’m not bashing Hughes at all, think he’s going to be great, but Joba has 3 pitches that he throws for strikes , and Phil only has the 2. You can get by with 2 pitches for an inning or two, but not twice around the order as we are finding out here in Boston. He HAS to get a 3rd pitch, even if the Yanks shevled his slider, he needs to be able to throw the slider or changeup for strikes to be an elite pitcher.

  593. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Ohlendorf is coming in.

  594. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    these two weeks remind me of the postseason last 3 years
    Ok pitching and bad offense

  595. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    DFA Giambi? lol. DFA a guy who makes over 20 million dollars this year. fact is, they’d just never do it. period. they need to humor themselves that as long as he is available they aren’t wasting the money.

  596. mel April 13th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Fleas,

    Please. We hear you. What do you want us to do? What the hell can we do to make this team play better?

  597. LGV April 13th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    It’s only the third inning. Lots of baseball left. This game is not over by any means.

  598. alext April 13th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    I’m not rooting for a team that has Barry Bonds on it. I’d rather lose 5 WS in a row than win one with Bonds.

  599. Papelboner April 13th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Arod was as clutch as it gets last year. He will be fine. If there is one guy we don’t have to worry about it is him.

  600. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    I wonder if Pete would consider setting up two blogs each game, one a complainer’s blog and one a regular blog. He could call them whatever he wanted to call them.

    It really did work well for us when we had two separate forums going during games, where the perpetual complainers – and yes that’s their right also – spent all their time with each other and the others of us who really didn’t get upset about things spent time together.

    Just a thought.

  601. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Keep your chin up Phil
    Well that sucked
    Stop the bleeding Ross

  602. YankeesTech April 13th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Fleas, You are just like those fans last year who said our season was over….

    It’s the same tune every year and it doesn’t get old.

  603. mel April 13th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    SDJohn,

    Hughes has a higher IP limit and Joba proved his value as Mo’s setup man.

  604. YankeeJosh April 13th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Fleas, the Yankees are 6-6 one game out of first place and have played in horrid conditions thus far. Tonight’s game has not gone well, but it’s a bit early to say that the team is broken.

  605. pat April 13th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Is everyone okay with Ohlendorf coming in now?

    Figure if everyone votes now, the second guessers parade can be cancelled for tomorrow.

  606. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Do I think the Yankees will turn it around? Yes. Probably. Do I think they make have a pitching problem between Mussina-Hughes-Kennedy? Yes. Probably. The thing I hate to see is people say that the games in April aren’t as important as the games in September, because that’s just not true. These games count, too. I’m tired of April being our Spring Training. I’m just tired of this team playing dead to start off the year, and it makes it harder watching our Great Young Hopes get beat around.

  607. BBFan April 13th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Phil does have good stuff. He needs to harness it and throw stikes. Development of a third pitch will help.

    Today, he was probalby hyped up for his first start aganst RedSox. If he can learn from it go better job next time that would help his psyche.

  608. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Fleas: sometimes blog posters need a night off too.

  609. Kill-Schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Just curious, at what juncture in the season, do those averse to trading Hughes for Santana rue their position?

    Or do we wait until 2009 or 2010 or 2010 or 2011 or 2012 before Hughes blossoms into the pitcher that Santana already is?

    Sorry, there isn’t anything I detest more than losing to Sux. I almost think I’d rather watch a Paul E. Shore film.

  610. We MIss Paulie April 13th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    I think its hilarious how some people are getting on Arod. How short a memory you have.

    So, Hughes gets kicked around tonight. Learn from it and move on.

    Just be glad its not Chase Wright out there.

  611. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    If Santana is in a *weaker* NL and belongs there, where do think Hughes belongs? Eh?

    Mel:

    Nothing. We just can’t do anything about it but eat it sadly.

  612. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Trisha-that is an excellent idea. Could the non-complaining one be password protected to keep the trolls out?

  613. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Rebecca – “He’s human, not G-d.” After Santana got booed by the Shea faithful yesterday he said “We are only human.”

    One concern I have is with the Yanks not having a long man out of the bullpen are they putting too many innings on these other guys. Tonight the bullpen will have to pitch 6 innings.I hope Kennedy gives them length tomorrow.

  614. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    I want to clarify that I am not being a pessimist here. I still feel that the Yankees are a far superior team to the Red Sox and that Phil Hughes is above Clay Buchholz. I am frustrated with our play right now.

    Hughes has had a terrible break with calls this game, but he should have handled it and got back into the counts.

    Sometimes an ump is just so bad that you can’t get hitters out without giving them hits.

  615. Casey April 13th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I’d like to see the Yankees sit Giambi and recall Duncan for 1B. Also, I think they should give Gardner a shot in CF and platoon Matsui/Damon/Melky between LF and DH.

    With Duncan and Gardner, they’d get some more speed(Gardner) and some more right-handed pop (Duncan). Giambi is useless anymore.

    This is once Jorge is back behind the plate. Depending on the future plans for A Gonzalez, he might be a better utility man than Betemit. They might want him to get AB’s in the minors, though. Cashman is no genius.

  616. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Phil will be fine, HAS to get that 3rd pitch though. Problem is he can’t just throw a pitch he’s not comfortable with at the major league level, that’s why I was so surprised they didn’t have him working on it in spring training. Dude will be a stud in a year or two with that 3rd pitch.

  617. LGV April 13th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Regarding Hughes, first game at Fenway, it’s pretty cold, and how old is he again? 21!!

    Tough game for the kid, but you roll with the punches.

    Where are the people who were singing his praises after his ALDS performance last year. That’s the kind of potential this kid has, let’s not forget that.

    Let’s just have some patience with him.

  618. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    if the yankees make the postseason it will be like this and the yankees will have to win by pitching

  619. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Fleas, I will respectfully disagree and say this IS the team I think it is, and I am confident they will coalesce and be the team I know they are capable of being before very long.

    I’m more than willing to patiently wait it out.

    And here is a P.S. for you. Even if this team was lame, terrible, not working out, and just plain poor with no hope of going anywhere but down – they’re the team I root for and so I would continue to be here and cheer them on. I am not a frontrunner and I am not a fair weather fan.

    And I’m very very patient.

  620. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    “Fleas, You are just like those fans last year who said our season was over….”

    Where did it get us? LOL, we snook into the post-season and did what?

    Want to sneak in again this year?

  621. Amanda from La. April 13th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    I am ready to see Phil’s turn around, after reading his blog often I know he’s a good level-headed young guy. All the fans need to be patient with him, he too good to not deliver. Of course, there are some things that Hughes can work on in the mean time. I can’t even imagine being on of the youngest pitchers in the MLB. and we all know, but forget, it’s just April. gotta get time to get in a groove.

  622. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Nice stab by Giambi. Good work by Ross as well.

  623. mel April 13th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    3 of the 5 runners were BBs that came around to score. Phil had this trouble last year. He bounced back just fine, and I have as much confidence that he’ll bounce back as many of you have that he won’t.

    So there! (sticking out tongue-that’s not violating terms is it?)

  624. Teddy April 13th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    What’s weird is, Phil had his best stuff of the year tonight. His fastball was excellent, and had a lot of late bite. All of his curves were very sharp. However, his control was awful. He needs to get ahead of hitters.

    Also, his pitch selection was awful against Manny in the first. He got ahead of him 1-2 and then wasted 2 fastballs up-and-in, and Manny clearly wasn’t going to chase. Then the count is full and Hughes is forced to throw him a strike…and we all know the result. If Hughes would’ve thrown a change away Manny probably would’ve taken strike three.

    But it is just becoming more and more apparent that Hughes needs a third pitch (and his control) to be consistently effective.

  625. Beezr April 13th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    After this, their going to need to ‘stretch out’ Joba so quickly I wouldn’t be surprised if they used two horses and some rope.

  626. kasey April 13th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    “If Phil becomes a solid #2 or #3 guy in the rotation, I’m a happy camper.”

    agreed. they’ll have wang at the top of the rotation for a while, and i think joba’s going to be something special. you put those three in the same rotation, you’re in good shape for a while.

    i’m not especially sold on kennedy, but i need to see more of him as i’m less familiar with the kid.

  627. bigjf April 13th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    SDJohn, thanks for the laugh. The kid is TWENTY ONE YEARS OLD! And he has the fastball, curve, and change. You wanted the kids? You got the kids. Now be ready to take the licks as well.

    Phil got some good footage tonight to learn from his mistakes, but I have little doubt that this kid is going to be awesome.

    But yes, they will need a long man or this bullpen is going to take a beating. Who do you send down? Ensberg?

  628. John April 13th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    HAHAHAHAHA! So funny how every Yankee fan thought Hughes was going to be so dominant this year!

    Hughes is 21 frickin years old! If he ever becomes a ace type starter it wont be for another 2 or 3 years. So you can all relax about whether a ball put in play is an error or a hit.

    When we heard over the last few years that New York and their fans dont have the patience for a youth movement THIS IS WHAT THEIR TALKING ABOUT!

    If you are for a youth movement be prepared for awful starts and appearances here and there by Joba, Hughes and Kennedy for the next couple years.

    Everyone thought Hughes would be better than Mussina this year… What a joke…

  629. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    i think Buchholz is better than hughes. He has a better fastball,i guess same curve and scouts said he got one of the best changeups

  630. Triple OG April 13th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Alext,
    But you would root for one with Giambi on it

  631. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Ball gets away from Molina and Youkilis scores

  632. Scooter April 13th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    “Trisha-that is an excellent idea. Could the non-complaining one be password protected to keep the trolls out?”

    There would be no need because a blog of non-complainers is boring to trolls. It’s the people screaming trade A-Rod that make this blog so enjoyable for trolls.

  633. alext April 13th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Wow… Molina has been filling in great, but tonight he’s terrible. Maybe with Posada back there, Hughes has a better game.

  634. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Trisha, I hear you and I respect that even if it gets lost in translation. Don’t think for a moment that I am not rooting for them as much as I am venting.

    But there is a place for people to work out their kinks, it’s called *the minors* ..

    not being able to pitch more than 3 innings does not bode well for being MLB ready.

  635. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    how frustrating is this

  636. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    *slaps hand against forehead* ugh, well there’s no chance if we’re just gonna keep GIVING them runs. seriously, out of the Red Sox 6 runs how many of them came from a guy who got on with a hit, scoring on a hit?

  637. JT April 13th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Molina has caught the “I cant catch” disease from Posada

  638. ADave April 13th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    It’s only the third inning. Lots of baseball left. This game is not over by any means.

    @LGV: Are you watching the same game we are???

  639. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Mel, I know Joba’s inningare limited, but so is Phils. A difference of 10 innings isn’t that big a deal. Yes, Joba is usedful as a setup man to Mo, but he will be a starter, and he will not be WASTED as a setup man for 3 more years, mark that down.

  640. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    “Everyone thought Hughes would be better than Mussina this year… What a joke…”

    Now that is something I still do believe. Better than a prime Moose? Dunno about that.. better this year? I think so.. he will pick it up, but that does not mean that this team has a chance this year. Which they don’t.

  641. Dee April 13th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    alext, I wouldn’t blame Molina, that was a wild pitch by Olendorf and the earlier mistake was also way off the plate by Hughes.

  642. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    jesus christ this team is so painful to watch right now

  643. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Game over even if yankees score 6 runs you think they can stop redsox from scoring?

  644. Bronx Betty April 13th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Someone nudge Clemens.

  645. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    The Scranton team would play better than this team.

  646. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    I’m just pissed that Boston’s offense was as lethargic as ours coming in, and they wake up against us, and not vice versa. Would’ve really liked it to break the other way…

  647. Rob April 13th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Chalk it up to a bad night – I still think the Sux are way overhyped and this will prove out over 162.

  648. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    SDJohn-Hughes’ limit is going to be somewhere around 170. Joba has it at about 140-that’s a 30-inning difference.

  649. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Fran – forget the score. Let’s just go with the overall prediction…

    :)

    Well here’s the good news. Matsuzaka had to sit for a while. (Always the optimist I am.)

  650. Fleas (already sorry) April 13th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Bronx Betty!!! HAHAA. Now that made my night.

    We’ll nudge Clemens and then Nudge Bonds too. *faints, that would make me never watch the Yankees again.

  651. BBFan April 13th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    How sweet it would be if we win this game!
    All we need is 6 runs in six innings.
    Its doable and that would be great way for the offense to bust out.

  652. Jax April 13th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Not good again going to the pen this early. Asking for Kennedy to give length tomorrow.

  653. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    what are the chances Phil goes down to minors after this?

  654. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Yankee Fan in Boston

    i’m gonna have to go ahead and disagree with you there. i’d have to say the Red Sox offense woke up when Detroit came to town, not against us.

  655. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Rob – I’m with you.

  656. Dee April 13th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Oh my, maybe we should have kept that jersey buried…

  657. gayle April 13th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    You know what I will look at this game as a learning experience for Phil (needs to throw strikes and trust his stuff). Some good signs so far we have stolen some bases taken a lot of pitches. It will really be nice to get to some warm or controlled weather where we can get back to normal things.

    Have seen some bad things as well.

    Beyond that this is game 13 it really doesnt mean a thing in the grand scheme of things other than Phil’s poor outing may cost me this week in the fantasy league.

  658. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    yeah Hideki. here it comes baby..

  659. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    LETS GO WhY DIDNT MATSUI START YESTERDAY HE IS HITTING THE BALL NICE

  660. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    from what I see the kids are reacting just like Girardi’s Marlins , I remember when they came to Yankees Stadium they all looked over anxious and it took them awhile to lose that look. It’s going to be ok it’s just that they are in that process right now.

  661. Russell NY April 13th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    “what are the chances Phil goes down to minors after this?”

    Zero. Sadly, they don’t have any other options.

  662. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    i predict 6 run rally!

  663. gayle April 13th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Also when will the team be able to re-slot Andy so we dont have Moose, HUghes and Kennedy all in a row and perhap save our bullpen some work. I think that will be an important thing moving forward especially with innings limit etc.

  664. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Consolation Prize time: let’s at least inflate Dice-K’s ERA. We did well agaisnt him last year, let’s do that again.

  665. JT April 13th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Your a catcher.. as long as the ball is close to the plate, its your job to catching it or blocking it…

  666. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    As long as we keep Matsuzaka working, there’s hope.

  667. mel April 13th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Fleas. That’s a rhetorical question. I asked you want us to do about it because you keep going on and on and on and on.

    We can’t do anything, so use your MLB insider sources and get the word to Hank that you want him to extricate Johan Santana from those ungrateful Mets fans and put him in his rightful place in the Yankee rotation.

    Tell him his prize pitching prospect sucks and doesn’t deserve the chance to figure it out. Tell him that your brother can do better than him and do whatever it takes to trade for him. Never mind that he may or may not be a pitcher. Only you know that for sure.

  668. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    i dont blame hughes, hes a big time redsox fan and this is what u dream about pitching in fenway next start he’ll be good

  669. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    dont give in just yet

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....=270914102

    I was at this game last season.

  670. Teddy April 13th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    The Yanks will definitely have a good year, but there are too many useless players on the roster.

    Giambi can’t hit or field, and he’s only playing because of that fat check he gets every two weeks. Shelley deserves to be the everyday first baseman, he’s hit 3HR in 3 games at Scranton.

    Betemit can’t play the middle infield, so essentially, he’s useless because Ensberg is better and plays the same positions. Ensberg doesn’t play, so essentially, he’s useless.

    Gonzalez deserves to stay, he’s had a lot of good ABs and plays good D up the middle. So, the bench should probably be Gonzalez, Giambi (just because they’ll never get rid of him because of his contract), Ensberg, and Molina, with Betemit released or traded and Shelley the starting 1B.

  671. KB April 13th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Seriously- ignoring everything about Hughes long-term, he is destroying the bullpen, this cannot continue. I think he either has to do down, or they need a 13 man pen.

  672. joe April 13th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    I hate being negative because I know that this team will turn it around and start scoring runs, but I can’t stand hearing that it’s the cold weather. Every other team they play are playing in the same conditions and they seem to score runs. I have faith that this team will be fine but they just look very bad right now.

  673. Frank Discussion April 13th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Hughes isn’t getting better, he’s getting worse. He needs to work out his issues in the minor leagues, not as #3 in the rotation. As it stands now, Joba needs a shot in the starting rotation. Hughes just isn’t cutting it.

  674. YankeeJosh April 13th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Molina is probably tired. He’s caught a lot of games in a row without an off day since Posada can’t catch at all. Catching does wear on a player.

  675. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    bigjf, I can’t tell if your arguing with me, or against me. I did want the kids, and I’m happy as hell we didn’t make that move. I’m not one of those clowns on here that thought Phil was going to come out and dominate EVERY perfomance this year. I knew, and everyone should have known, that it was going to be highs and lows with Kennedy, and Phil, and yes, even Joba. I’m fine with that. Phil will be fine, just has to get a 3rd pitch he can consistently throw strikes with. He will get it. The d-o-u-c-h-e-b-a-g-s on here that thought Phil would pitch lights out every game at 21 are the ones that don’t know how baseball works.

  676. Russell NY April 13th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    I long for the days when Ramirez retires. Their offense will fall apart with Ortiz not hitting. I don’t fear anyone else on their offense.

  677. RobNY April 13th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    The only real problem I have is letting matsui and damon play in the same outfield. Two spaghetti arms and matsui has looked really old lately. I would much prefer Jorge gets another day off let Matsui DH and play the regular outfield.

    Note: (not because Jorge just struck out lol)

  678. Blargh April 13th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Again, The Legend That Is Santana took 3 years before it started being Legend-worthy
    Or 3 years for Peavy’s tale to start
    Or 6 years for Sabathia’s

    I’ll accept young pitchers taking a couple of years to develop

  679. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    I think that give a week or two, if Hughes still struggles, I would consider bringing Karstens in, see if anything happens, I think Phil is still frazzeled from the off-season trade talk and I still trying to get his confidence back.

  680. Dee April 13th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    To all the naysayers who are dumping on Phil, Damon, Jason and even Arod – you were probably the same people screaming to trade Matsui a month ago. And look at him now.

    Be patient.

  681. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    CMON BUNT!! Easy base hit!

  682. what. April 13th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    “Whats wrong with Phil?”

    He is overrated. And now the yankees fans our finding out the reality that he sucks.

  683. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Anyone know Matsuzaka’s pitch count?

  684. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Karstens is injured. They’d have to bring up Rasner (0.75 ERA in AAA).

  685. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    trisha,

    73 coming up

  686. LGV April 13th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    ADave,

    I wrote that when the game was still 3-1.

    BTW, wasn’t it last year when we were losing 7-1 in the 8th inning and we made a comeback.

    I’m not saying we’re gonna win, i’m just saying its pretty sad to panic in the third inning of a game, or for that matter, the second week of the season.

  687. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    I will 4ever despise the BoSux and their trolls (fans)…Good night, ALL….
    .
    Trolls,
    Don’t forget to be at the Bus Stop early in the AM, you know …it IS a school night, pimple faces !
    .
    .

  688. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Gayle – I agree that Andy and Wang should not be back to back because they’ll give innings. They need to be between Kennedy and Hughes.
    Did you do your fantasy team for next week? I keep making changes.

    Trisha – I am still wtih you. If not tonight, then we’ll get ‘em tomorrow.

  689. Rishi April 13th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Trisha – he’s approaching 70

  690. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks Boston Dave.

    PLEASE – no DP!

  691. Scooter April 13th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Five walks and only one run to show. C’mon guys.

  692. Rocco April 13th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    At least there’s a good hockey game on 3-3 Rangers/Devils just starting OT.

  693. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    wouldn’t it be something if Gonzo gets the big hit

  694. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    this would be a completely different game if we were just able to capitalize on all these runners on base, matsuzaka is just not that good tonight

  695. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Morgan and Miller have butchered more stats tonight than usual (and they usually butcher many)

  696. what. April 13th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    We should write letters to the commissioner of baseball because this umps have a conspiracy and call his strikes balls. It has happened all three games he pitched this year.

    Yankees fans are ridicules. Who you think phil is? …..god…..please.

  697. yeah April 13th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    hughes and kennedy suck, cashman should be fired for not trading for santana.

    our offense is anemic, giambi, damon and cano are worthless at the plate right now.

    time to start looking ahead to 2009 when we have alot of our dead weight off the books

  698. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Man, as much as we rip on Hughes, how much would Dice-K drive you guys nuts? 103 million dollars and the dude is walking guys with a 6 run lead.

  699. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    NICE JOSE!! jose!! jose!! jose!

  700. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Molina doubles

  701. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Write this down – I predicted Alberto Gonzalez’s HR in the 4th inning on April 13th, against the Red Sox.

  702. WangFan88 April 13th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Jose Molina is the best player in the MLB.

  703. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Man. Posada -> Giambi -> Molina. That’s gotta be the slowest 3-man train in the majors! But God help you if you want to block any one of them at the plate.

  704. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Steph I’ve heard anywhere ranging from 150-160 for Hughes. 140-145 for Joba. I could be wrong though. I’m saying that because of Joba’s more than a 2 pitch pitcher, where as Hughes throws fastball/curve, fastball/curve. He’s gonna be great, but why didn’t we have him working on his changeup more?

  705. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Please let’s plate more runs!

  706. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    If I am Joe Girardi, I would give Hughes atleast 2 more starts, if nothing improves, I would consider sending him down to the minors. Sending a 21 year old pitcher down to the minors is no harm, I would consider Karstens or Igawa. I would have Phil work on his change-up and hopefuly he can regain some confidence.

  707. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    CAnt wait till Manny leaves i hate that dude!

  708. Bronx Betty April 13th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Giambi moves like a tug boat

  709. randy l April 13th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    the weird thing is that this game isn’t over. matsuzaka isn’t exactly bob gibson out there.

  710. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Rocco

    don’t rub it in. the Rangers-Devils game is blacked out here for some ridiculous reason. it’s a game in NYC against a north Jersey team. I live in southeast PA. how the hell do i get a local live blackout? i didn’t get blacked out from the Flyers game on VS the other night and they play 25 miles from my house. ridiculous.

  711. BigV April 13th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    I think of Legacy and all I can think of is how the 3-4-5 hitters for the Yankees whomever they are……… have been consistently outperform by the Red Sox 3-4-5 for the last 5 years – It is sickening the under performance by them.

    Most notably A-Rod- (really how in the F-in world is this guy worth 27mm a year REALLY! He can beat up the weak to average teams – but he underperforms consistently against the real good ones – year in year out playoffs, regular season etc)

    Meanwhile we get tortured by watching film highlights of Ortiz and Manny and now Youkalis hitting in the clutch and hitting moon shots into the seats.

    Glad to see A-ROd’s replacement if he had left Crede having a good year. What would the savings be? 15 mm a year – what a waste…………..

    TRADE FARNSWORTH

  712. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Molina is a doubles machine!

  713. Teddy April 13th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Gonzalez has a good AB every time up.

  714. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Nice AB there.

  715. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Again, Karstens is injured with a hammy pull. If the Yanks are going to bring up an emergency starter from AAA, it’ll probably be Rasner…or Igawa.

  716. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Daisuke at 83 pitches and counting

    big inning here

  717. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Nice AB for the AG! Bring in Timlim to finish this inning.

  718. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    I odn’t think sending Hughes to the minors is the answer though. It’s not mechanics, or stuff, it’s pitching smarts. Ok, maybe a little bit of it is command, but every game I’ve watched of his I’ve felt he got squeezed by the ump. I really think it’s more an issue of learning how to get big-leaguers out, and the only place he’ll do that is in the big leagues.

    He dominates AAA. He’s not going to learn much of anything there. Maybe Posada back there will help, maybe a little luck is needed, but he’s going to have to take his blows in the big leagues.

  719. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    igawa? are u kidding me? Smoking some crack? i rather take fansworth than igawa at least he can throw heat!

  720. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    This kid is incredible.

  721. ADave April 13th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    @boyy. Manny won’t be leaving soon. The Red Sox are in a perfect position. They have option years on him for the next 2 years. He’ll keep playing his butt off to he can set himself up for another deal in 2011.

    All we can hope for is he starts acting out and for an extension sooner rather then later.

  722. Jeff NJ April 13th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    In the words of one Bruce Springsteen, come on up for Rising. You can’t celebrate the Yankee comeback if you have bashed them. I’m on board for the comeback

  723. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    AG is making him work.

  724. WTL April 13th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Now THAT was a quality at bat! Clutch!

  725. Alvin April 13th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    That was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

  726. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    wow ALberto nice looking player!

  727. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    WHO NEEDS DEREK JETER? (just kidding relax) Atta boy Alberto!

  728. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    wow Gonzo 8O

  729. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Gonzo@@@

  730. Teddy April 13th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    get rid of Betemit. Alberto’s Ked once and he’s always putting the ball in play and taking pitches. He deserves to stay.

  731. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    AG gets his first RBI of the year

  732. Kill-Schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Falling in love with the AG. Have to get this run in now from 3rd. Gotta to.

  733. Bronx Betty April 13th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Girardi needs to issue some roller skates

  734. Hank Lundquist April 13th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Rangers Devils in OT..the only game to watch tonight.

  735. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    wow

    that is an impressive AB

    its painful watching Molina not score on a sure thing single with Coco’s arm in center but I cant criticize him… he is the man so far.

  736. Scooter April 13th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Molina is lightning!

  737. YankeeJosh April 13th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Gonzalez may be earning a spot with the team. He’s looked really good, and Betemit and Ensberg really haven’t played much of a role. Having a solid back-up infielder surely os more valueable than 4 firstbasemen.

  738. WTL April 13th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Too bad there’s nowhere for this kid to play fulltime.

  739. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Molina and the Attorney General seem to be carrying our offense right now.

    Well, maybe not, but they are impressing me, a lot. Especially Molina. I am really glad he’s on the team.

  740. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Well, if Molina had a bit more speed, he would have scored there.

  741. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Igawa has had a pretty good April so far he has been working on his change-up and slider, and he is coming along, I think he should be a long reliever….

  742. Scooter April 13th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Ok, that was ridiculous Molina.

  743. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    If I’m Damon here, I smack one off the monster and wave at the crowd. Wouldnt’t that be a great moment for Sports Center.

  744. Teddy April 13th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    I think I couldda ran to Fenway from my couch and scored on that ball!

  745. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    you need players like molina and alberto in the postseason

  746. mel April 13th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Not only an RBI, but he ate up 10 pitches to push him to 85 pitches.

  747. Dee April 13th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Awesome!

    AG over Betemit, one of the best decisions Joe G has made so far!

  748. RobNY April 13th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    So the attorney general was raking in AAA and has hit pretty well on the big team. Can we dump ensburg and keep AG? Not that ensberg isnt good but i like having a legitimate middle infielder on the bench…

  749. WangFan88 April 13th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    LOL, Jose Molina and Alberto Gonzalez are the heart of our order! 7-3!

  750. Kill-Schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    God I miss Bowa at 3rd base. Come on, Molina could have scored there.

  751. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    wow, smart play by Molina…

    I was mad he didnt score but he would have been OUT – a huge help for Daisuke if he gets out there.

  752. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Only Molina doesn’t score on that….. but it’s ok. The AG moves up 90 to take the GIDP out of the equation.

  753. Bronx Betty April 13th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    forget about the DH, baseball needs a Designated Runner rule!!!

  754. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    You think BeteStrikeOut would have had that kind of at bat? Heck no. Maybe now Joe G can convince the brass to DFA his butt.

  755. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Gonzalez is looking very good. If he gets sent down to Triple-A, I hope he comes back soon. He is great…also depending on how many years Jeter has, maybe DH soon, Gonzalez could be some trade bait…

  756. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    A bit more speed? You need speed to have a bit more of it. Molina has mass, but no velocity.

  757. V April 13th, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Wow, there really are a lot of imbeciles out there.

    Trolls, please consider getting a life.

    Yankee fans (the ones complaining to all hell after every single bad occurrence) please get your heads out of your collective asses.

    I wish there were required registration, and the ability to ignore the morons.

  758. Tra April 13th, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Even though Gonzalez has been more than capable so far, I don’t think they can keep him in the majors no matter how good he is. A young kid like that should be playing regularly, not sitting around as a utility player.

  759. Scooter April 13th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Ha ha ha ha ha.

    I love Molina.

  760. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    That was some slide by Molina!

    :D

  761. Betsy April 13th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    I’m sorry to say that I can see no positives coming from tonight. Ok, so Phil had better velocity tonight – he had horrible command and he couldn’t even make it through 3. That’s not bad, that’s just pretty terrible. It’s funny that he put in all that hard work and it hasn’t paid off – I feel for Phil because he’s probably trying like crazy.

    I thought there would still be some bumps this year, but not at the beginning and not this bad. Something is just wrong – even in his bad starts last year, I don’t recall him having such short outings; he’s been almost non-competitive. I have to admit that it’s discouraging. I know he’s only 21, but Phil has regressed…….and badly.

    We don’t have anyone decent to replace him, but if we did, I wish we could send him back to AAA. The Jays did that with Roy Halladay and look how that turned out. It’s hard to watch this. Phil is not used to struggling, he’s used to dominating. I hope he’s mentally tough enough to deal with this.

  762. BX 12 Fordham RD April 13th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    A-Gon looked like a vet on that at bat, nice to know this kid can play a bit.

  763. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Molina looked funny running home on that sac, but I’ll take it! 7-4 Sox.

  764. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    If I’m Cano here, I do the exact thing I just said Damon should do.

  765. pat April 13th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Chip, Chip, Chip…..

  766. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    7-4
    come on. get some more!

  767. Kill-Schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Benji, Miller called him. Either way, I’ll take the run. Please, I’d prefer to listen to a dental drill than John Miller and Joe Gorgon.

  768. BBFan April 13th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    It is down to three runs in 5+ innings!!!

  769. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    let’s go Robbie

    did you see AG’s at bat??

    make Daisuke work and float a fastball right down the middle

  770. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Oh, Yes…Matsuzaka has a MUCH brighter future than any of the AAA boys we have,,,I mean, Joba, Phil, IPK…they are so much older and have a way lower ceiling than Dice-K….I mean the Dice Man as the leader of the BoSux pitching staff…I mean, come on BEANERS, UNITE….you HAVE TO LOVE the way he pitches against the Yankees lately…and when spotted a 7-1 lead…he is CLUTCH ! ;-)

  771. Rocco April 13th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Devils win :(

    Rangers winning series 2-1. Next game in NY on Wednesday night.

  772. randy l April 13th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    the red sox pen isn’t deep tonight. a hit by damon and it’s a ball game.

    close enough.

  773. V April 13th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    And Fleas, you’re the absolute worst of all.

    My response to every post you make from here on out:

    WAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH – WAAAHHHHH – WAAAAAH!

    Idiot.

  774. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    is it true that betemit earns around 8 mil a year?

  775. Alvin April 13th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    It’s a shame that Hughes was so off today, because Matsuzaka has nothing.

  776. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Like a freight train rumbling down the third base line, I love it. Wow, can the Yankees really come back in this game after I’ve already chomped down on the cyanide capsule???

  777. what. April 13th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    PAT M.
    April 13th, 2008 at 4:29 pm
    A notable career moment for young Master Hughes this evening…..He rises to the occasion, and all the idiot talking heads in Bristol will sing a sightly different tune by 10:00…..Is it Miller & Morgan time tonight ?????

    Where is pat m. hiding in his closet?..Is just going to get worse yankee fans is going to get worse trust me.

  778. Jeff NJ April 13th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    wait till we get to the Boston bullpen. This game is far from over

  779. YankeeJosh April 13th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    RobNY

    I’d rather dump Betemit than Ensberg. We could use the righty bat in Ensberg, but Betemit stinks from the right sude and we have Giambi from the left side, so I don’t see his role on the team other than defensive replacement at first base.

  780. YankeeJosh April 13th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    RobNY

    I’d rather dump Betemit than Ensberg. We could use the righty bat in Ensberg, but Betemit stinks from the right sude and we have Giambi from the left side, so I don’t see his role on the team other than defensive replacement at first base.

  781. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Gang, you have to be at least excited that Matsuzaka is over 90 pitches in the 4th inning.

  782. Teddy April 13th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    What is Cano swinging at??? Man he looks lost at the plate…

  783. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    cono Robi !

  784. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Cano is having the same first half like last year

  785. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    The Yanks are right back in this game. And Matzuzaka is probably done for the night. He is right about 100 pitches.

  786. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Damn Cano, if you could put 2 good halves together I would feel alot better about you.

  787. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I think that Robbie needs to sit out a few games to get his head on straight. He’s just killing us!

  788. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Cano is a real sucker for that low and inside pitch. He’s always digging for it.

    Can’t wait for Jeter to get back into the 2-hole…

  789. Scooter April 13th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Wang is smiling at Matsuzaka’s pitch count.

  790. NY April 13th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    we need to top them here if we are going to have a chance.

  791. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I will post it one more time

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....=270914102

    people need to stop giving up in the 3rd inning. at least its back to being a game again. daisuke will pitch one more inning at best and then we’ll see if Mike Timlin and Manny Delcarmen can hold the lead.

    we have Joba and Mo for 3 innings if needed.

  792. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    is it true that betemit earns around 8 mil a year?
    Where’d you hear that? He’s got about 1.45 mill or something like that for this year.

  793. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Look at Dice-Loser’s Line so far…IT IS STELLAR…I love those walks, DUDE…you are gonna be a MLB STAR….Does anyone have an extra 100 million to pay this STUD ???

  794. Arch April 13th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    OH! Robbie,
    we got Dice-K by the throat, why would you want to let him get away….nuts

  795. Kill-Schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    All right this is doable. We’ve debilitated Boston’s pen the last two games. I want DelCarmen.. I want Lopez… I want Bryce Flores…. Lol

  796. Hank Lundquist April 13th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    now that OT is over…i switch over to watch Cano pop out..he has been pathetic so far.

  797. BX 12 Fordham RD April 13th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Am I the only one that sees Giambi, Farns, Mussina and my mind just jumps to $80m off the books next year ? It is the same way when I hear Viz’s name mentioned and in my ears I just hear “sandwich pick”

  798. ADave April 13th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Great rally by the Yanks. Cano has to break out of this. He’s too good and has too much potential. Come on Robbie. More time in the cage, and less time at Marquee and Bungalow 8.

  799. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Hard to believe this is still the 4th inning.

  800. BBFan April 13th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    “When it comes to arguing calls, Joe Girardi seems to take the same tact as Joe Torre, which is to say he stays in the dugout. So much for the (misguided) theory by some Yankee fans that Girardi would fire the Yankees up in such situations.”

    Girardi stands and walks around talking to people.
    Do you want him to argue calls and get thrown out?
    Doesn’t make sense.

  801. Blargh April 13th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Betemit’s making 1.165 million this year

    But speaking of 8 million dollar contracts (or in that range), Sabathia of the 11.57 era after 3 games is making 9 million this year

    Matsuzaka’s at 90 pitches after 4 innings; dig into that bullpen, guys! :)

  802. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    how many people think Joe went into the hallway to curse after that pop up

  803. NY April 13th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    haha…Joe doesn’t want to talk to ESPN so he just left the dugout….i love it

  804. BX 12 Fordham RD April 13th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Don Vito..

    easy making fun of Dice K as we have our own Japanese pride and enjoy probably finishing dinner at the Scranton Benihana tonight….Igawa is a far bigger bust at this point

  805. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    I don’t know about you guys, but I know that 3 years ago, I was scared about 2020….now I can say i feel pretty comfortable with our kids, this could be the line-up in what 13 years?
    C- J. Montero
    1B-S. Duncan
    2B-R. Cano
    3B-M. Vechionacci
    SS-A. Gonzalez
    OF-M. Cabrera
    OF-J. Tabata
    OF-A. Jackson

  806. joe April 13th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Wow. Cano is absolutely lost at the plate right now. It is almost painful to watch especially since he is such a great hitter.

  807. V April 13th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Igawa’s a much cheaper bust.

  808. Rob April 13th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Time to back Senior Manny off the plate a little – don’t hit him – just pitch him inside.

  809. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    just hit manny with a fastball, he’s just way too comfortable at the plate right now lol

  810. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Giambi, Farnsworth, Mussina, and lets not forget The Mighty Pavano, all off the books. For me, it’s all about shedding Giambi. He has been an anchor that has dragged this team down, and made it impossible to get a decent player at first base.

    I’m still semi-high on Mussina. It’s Giambi and Pavano that I can’t wait to see off the books.

  811. lil' m April 13th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Still enjoying this new season with all its ups and downs. Having these new young players is the most exciting thing that’s happened in years, growing pains included. It looks like ownership, the front office and on-field management are in sync in a way they haven’t been for some time. Thanks to SJ44, CB for your insights – it helps me to appreciate what I’m seeing even more. Let’s go Yankees!!!!!

  812. Rob April 13th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Mission accomplished – I should be a manager :)

  813. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    In 13 years, won’t Duncan be about 40? Montero will probably move to first as well, considering his build.

  814. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Boston Dave
    April 13th, 2008 at 10:08 pm
    I will post it one more time

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....=270914102

    people need to stop giving up in the 3rd inning. at least its back to being a game again. daisuke will pitch one more inning at best and then we’ll see if Mike Timlin and Manny Delcarmen can hold the lead.

    we have Joba and Mo for 3 innings if needed.
    ..

    BOSTON DAVE is now dubbed NEW KING of the OPTIMISTS ! ( you may all take your seats now ! ) :-) Love you, Dude ! ;-)

  815. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    See, there’s a positive from this game regardless.

  816. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Boston Dave – a lot of similarities. Yanks come from behind. Matzuzaka pitching. The Yanks do seem to hit him well.

  817. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Brendon: In 13 year Shelley Duncan will be 41 or 42 (not sure if he’s 28 or 29 right now)

  818. randy l April 13th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    now that made my night. manny hates that. do it again.

  819. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    woops :lol:

  820. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Who said everyone is givng up here? I have my rally cap on this game is not over.

  821. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Cano has earned the right for us to not doubt him after 12 games.

    he started slow last season as well. some players just dont start great. he will figure it out and had some good cuts yesterday and the night before.

  822. BBFan April 13th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    That was good, knocking Manny off his feet.

  823. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Devils won BTW 4-3..

  824. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    A alittle over reaction by Manny..the actor..As Olendorf gets squeezed

  825. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    I think I’m getting that there are Yankee posters here who will whine about anything they can. So I’m guessing that unless we have a Yankee pitcher throw a perfect game and everyone in the lineup hitting over 300 at once, IT’S JUST NOT ENOUGH!

    Are we going to have constant crying throughout every game of the season about every AB of every Yankee player who isn’t on top of his game at some point in time?

  826. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    The only place that last pitch is not a strike is in Boston….this ump Stinks BAD ;-(

  827. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Is Ohlendorf capable of starting? Something tells me he used to be a starter. He’s got good stuff. I wonder…

  828. pat April 13th, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Manny is more afraid of inside pitches than any Major Leaguer I have ever seen.

  829. gargoyle April 13th, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Dice-K, 4 IP, 92 pitches. Papelbon and Okajima unavailable.

  830. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Nice to see Hughes and Ohlendorf not afraid to back Manny’s stupid ass off the plate. Wang and Moose wouldn’t do it for some reason. Well Wang didn’t have to but Moose just won’t pitch anyone inside.

  831. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    well what other first basemen do we have in our system?

    Can I remind everyone…Carlos Pena was once in our syste, he could be our first basemen right now and we wouldn’t even be talking about Ensberg, Giambi and Betimit…

  832. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    We need to hold them here.

    Come on Ross!

  833. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    come on Ross

  834. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Don Vito

    I was at that game in the monster seats, miserable… until the end of the 7th inning.

    I moved down and sat a few rows behind the Sox dugout just prior to the 8th inning just in time for Giambi and Cano to hit a couple blasts of Okajima, and then they got to Papelbon to take the lead.

    Mo came in for the save. One of the best games, if not the best, I’ve ever been to.

    Not saying it’s gonna happen tonight… but it sure would be nice if it did.

  835. BBFan April 13th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    That should tell how good a hitter Youkikis is and you do not want to load the bases intentionally to get to him. Even the best hitters succeed hitting the ball safely only once in three attempts.

  836. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    When Manny catches one in the ribs…I’ll be dancin’ in the street…. Every team in baseball owes him at least one of those for each time he has shown up a pitcher with his PUNK POSE at the plate as he watches his HRs go out… I’d puke daily if the Yankees ever brought him over, I don’t care what talent he has, he’ll never have the class to be a Yankee….He is a perfect fit for the Loser Nation.

  837. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Ohlendorf used to be a starter, yes. However, he got injured last year and he had a high ERA when he came back from the injury, so the Yanks moved him to the bullpen. He saw the velocity on his pitches rise a tick or two and wasn’t happy about the move at first, but then he realized the benefits. Then he got the call-up by the Yanks last year and has been in the pen since the switch.

  838. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Devils won, I can go to sleep happy :-D

    However, I would go to sleep happier with a Yankee win. Which, of course, involves an out here.

  839. Hank Lundquist April 13th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    God forbid the umpires ever call these guys out on strikes. and these announcers are just horrific. Joe Morgan, for how great a player he was, he is just as bad an announcer. i don’t know how he keeps this job.

  840. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Damn,,,,can we get a 3rd strike called…EVER ???????????

  841. Betsy April 13th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    I just love Phil, so if he becomes a #2 or #3, I can not say that I will be happy about it. Leave Joba, Buchholz or anyone else out of it. Phil was touted as the #1 pitching prospect in baseball last year and he was always thought of as having ace potential. If he doesn’t live up to that, I will still love the kid, but I’m not going to pretend that it won’t be a huge disappointment. That said, I am not going to that far and predict Phil to only be a #2 or #3 (the latter would be a disaster – going from an ace-type to sort of just a reliable, solid starter? Ugh) at this point. Just as SJ and others have said, I have to have faith that Phil will work this out.

  842. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Wow, according to gameday, that ball was a textobook inside strike. That’s just bad umpiring.

  843. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    We could REALLY use a DP here.

  844. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    I wonder if anyone will pick Giambi up after he’s done with us. There seems to be an overabundance of DH’s in the AL. I can’t see anyone else being crazy enough to use him at 1B.

  845. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Boston Dave…I SO Envy you…that must have ROCKED ! Do you have any pictures of the BeanEaters with the smirks knocked off their faces ???

  846. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    holy hell. does this umpire even know what a strike is? i guess he just made a bet with a friend that he could make this game take SO long that you can read War and Peace before it’s over.

    and Varitek hits into a DP, there you go ump SQUEEZE THAT

  847. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Man alive I have to believe our luck just turned around!

  848. Luigi April 13th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    big DP ollie!!!

    more runs please

  849. Kill-Schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Now what? Farnsworth? Hawkins? Ohlendorf for another inning?

  850. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    we really needed that!

  851. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    …Hey man, three outs, no runs, I’m good with it.

  852. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Thanks, Varitek!

  853. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    darnit

    nobody will believe me now

    i was just about to type that Ohlendorf is the type of pitcher that can get Varitek to ground into a double play

    Tek always falls for the sinker

  854. YankeeJosh April 13th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Do we know that both Okajima and Papelbon are unavailable?

  855. William April 13th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    its funny how no one blames eiland for the poor pitching like we did with guidry.

  856. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    nice call steph

  857. Alvin April 13th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Yes, thank god. Only in baseball can you go from hell to heaven with one pitch.

  858. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    ughh Joe Morgan is unbearable to listen to, and his right hand man’s witty jokes just annoying.

  859. V April 13th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    I’d just like to point out a quick list of names for those whining about Phil Hughes’ third start of the year. At 21.

    Roy Oswalt. Francisco Liriano. CC Sabathia. Fausto Carmona. Justin Verlander. Chris Young.

    Compare this list to the following list:

    Brett Tomko. Jeff Suppan. Kyle Lohse. Edwin Jackson. Cliff Lee.

  860. Hank Lundquist April 13th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    BTW- John Miller sucks just as much as Morgan.

  861. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Thank God for Jason Varitek. Since he stopped juicing, he just isn’t the player he used to be. But I guess that’s true for all former steroid users.

  862. gayle April 13th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Fran yes my roster is set the big decision I had was Fleiz vs Longoria and I decided to go with the rook. Everything else is pretty easy decision lol.

  863. mel April 13th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Whew!! That’s it for Olendorf. Let’s go guys. They’re going to trot out Matsuzaka to increase his Cy Young chances. Keep going at him. Patience is the key.

  864. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    get some more runs boys
    keep on chipping away

  865. RobNY April 13th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    @ myrtlebeach …. when we got him from arizona he was a starter, and wasnt that great in the minors. He picked up velocity in the pen and has been looking pretty good there.

  866. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    YankeeJosh,

    i doubt they’ll go unless its an emergency situation or the Sox get really desperate

    im assuming you know about Papelbon last night

    and okajima has thrown 2 nights in a row. okajima threw less than 20 pitches combined, but we saw what happened to him at the end of last season and i think they will baby him somewhat this year.

    its unlikely either pitch… but who knows.

  867. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    this is complete BS….ESPN looks like it will get what it wants as I am looking at 2 pitches in that last AB that are definitely strikes ESPECIALLY what was called ball 4. This home plate ump needs to just put on a Beaneater UNI and get on with it……We can beat the Bums on the field, but teaming up with the Ump, they may be a bit much to defeat….completely terrible… :-(

  868. Hank Lundquist April 13th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Laura-

    I’d like to see Giambi go back on it if it helps him hit.

  869. Martini6196 April 13th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    How long do you think the Yankees will allow Phil to stay up in the majors if he keeps pitching like the last 2 starts?

  870. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Okay let’s go Yankees.

  871. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    nvm i think his contract is 8 mil a year

  872. Dee April 13th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    “Do we know that both Okajima and Papelbon are unavailable?”

    Pretty sure about Papelbon. He pitched more than one inning last night after having to warm up 3 times because of the rain delay.

  873. Alvin April 13th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    I don’t get why Joe Morgan is so bad. He makes mistakes sometimes but he doesn’t make me want to throw up or anything. I also don’t see much bias. Am I missing something?

    *braces self for flurry of backlash*

  874. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Hey…how come the Home Plate ump didn’t over-rule the out call on the end of that DP ?….How is he going to be able to collect his bribe money if he isn’t SUPER OBVIOUS that he is here to earn it tonight ??? the bastage….

  875. Kill-Schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Yes, Yes, I know. We can’t draw any conclusions from Phil’s 3rd start. But it’s like yelling at your mother when she burst into the room while you have your hand up Kate Bosworth’s shirt and she screams from shame.

    You want to shoot your mother at the moment but you love her all the same.

  876. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    If Hughes does not pitch atleast 4 innings in his next start the Yanks are going to have to atleast consider sending him to AAA. I know they do not have anyone to replace him. Not only is it going to kill the team going to the bullpen in the 3 innings every time but it is not safe for him to keep throwing so many pitches an inning. That is how these young pitchers get hurt. Last time out 3 innings 70 pitches, today not even 3 and 60 something. AAA will not help him but he does not have command of his fastball or his mechanics are bad whatever it is they need to fix it.

  877. BBFan April 13th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    With the heart of the line up, we need to score at least two runs this innning and bring the deficit down to 1 run with four innings to go.

  878. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    “BTW- John Miller sucks just as much as Morgan.”

    No way. Miller isn’t as arrogant as Morgan. Morgan thinks that he was some baseball God back in the day and that everything that’s going on today is beneath him. He’s full of himself and a blowhard. He’s the reason I listen to all Yankees games on ESPN with the mute button on.

  879. Rishi April 13th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Per Pete’s update: no Okijima and Paps tonight

  880. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Don Vito,

    I only had my dang cell phone so only got a few crappy pics.

    if all the fans in thbe expensive seats behind the sox dugout werent rich nerds, someone would have started a fight with me.

    i was screaming at okajima and papelbon on their way back to the dugout after failing to preserve the lead.

    it was a thing of beauty.

    unlike that 3rd strike call to Abreu.

  881. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    How the heck was that a strike????

  882. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Don’t remember who it was that asked but about the availability of Okajima and Papelbon: Francona said before the game he won’t use papelbon and he really doesn’t want to use Oki because he’s thrown in 3 straight games.

  883. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Boston Dave….I believe you, dude….Like lying on this board would be one of your traits….NOT ! ;-)

  884. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Screw this umpire. He’s a homer with a dinner-date.

  885. Hank Lundquist April 13th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    He’s still pitching to get through inning and get the win.

    OUT SIDE THE K ZONE!!!!!!!!

  886. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    that’s not even a strike

  887. YankeeJosh April 13th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks Boston Dave.

    I know Okajima hasn’t thrown a lot of pitches this series. I still feel like Francona might go to Papelbon in a save situation late in the game. Just a hunch on my part.

  888. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    I had to walk my dog and I missed the end of the 4th, were there calls to bring in Joba to finish off the inning?

  889. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Gayle – I am now set too. I have Derek and was just waiting on him but I think he’ll be back tomorrow.

  890. BBFan April 13th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Probably this will be the last inning for Dice-K and Yanks get to hit against the weak Sox bullpen for four innings.

  891. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    John Miller and Morgan hates the yankees

  892. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    SAME EXACT PLACE that our pitchers are getting called Balls,,,this Dice-Schmank GETS the 3rd strike call and HE TOTALLY has not earned anything off the plate with all the CRAP he throws up there……I’m sorry, but Girardi needs to go out there and get thrown out of the game….SHOW US THE JEWELS that we know you have Joe,,,this UMP is the WORST !

  893. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Come on, Mr. Pop Up. Work a walk.

  894. Hank Lundquist April 13th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    gAy-Rod has that 5-3 down pat.

  895. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    god. the heart of our order is like the bottom of the order lately, and the bottom of the order is like the heart. how can they let Dice-K settle in NOW?

  896. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    hawkins is pitching next inning lets hope for the best

  897. Papelboner April 13th, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    does joe morgan even know what he says

  898. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    YankeeJosh,

    if Tito uses Papelbon, I honestly think that would be good for the Yankees.

    they have overused him a bit already in April. maybe his shoulder problems are behind him but they could really wear him down if he keeps up at this pace.

    even if he comes in and closes out the game, it could cause him to be tired at the end of the season or increase his risk for injury.

    as CB and others have pointed out, the Sox bullpen is thinner than last season and they may be forced to “Proctor” Papelbon and Okajima, if you catch my drift.

  899. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Hank Lundquist

    LOL OMG I SEE WHAT U DID THERE u said gAy Rod as in homosexual and it still rhymes with A-Rod LOL!! GOOD 1 DUDE.

    tool.

  900. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    I suppose you can say “Viz” rather than “Proctor” as well since Luis is the one whose battling injuries already this season.

  901. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    It would be really sweet to see Posada homer…

  902. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    What an idiot he says the pitch to Abreu was a strike. Then they show K zone and it shows that it was not a strike and he says oh K zone says that it is not but don’t worry about that. These announcers don’t even know what they are talking about. Why does Arod keep swinging at low pitches in the dirt?!!

  903. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    and automatic out right now Cano,Damon,Arod,and giambi
    dont u agree?

  904. randy l April 13th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    “Morgan thinks that he was some baseball God back in the day”

    umm, he was about as good as a second baseman gets.

  905. Jeff NJ April 13th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Peter, you are so right, you never know which pitchers will succeed in which situations. For all we know Hughes might be better used in one or two inning intervals and Joba might be better starting. Another month of pitching like tonight and they just might switch jobs.

  906. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    i’m eating more rally peanuts.

  907. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    But I guess I can take a single.

  908. William April 13th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    uh oh mr clutch is coming up!!!!!!!!

  909. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    YankeeJosh,

    I dont think Girardi and Francona are as caught up in these games as the fans are.

    Jeter could have played if it were a big game.. Ortiz prob doesnt sit either.

    the managers recognize its just one game in april. they arent going to risk injury.

  910. Hank Lundquist April 13th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    112 pithes or so and Fracona is keeping him in?.. lets hope they can continue this inning..

  911. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    yankees has a better bullpen by far
    mo beats pap
    joba beat okjima
    bruney beats manny
    and the rest are better than what boston brings

  912. BBFan April 13th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Herec is the opportunity for Giambi to prove he is not washed up.

  913. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Do you REALLY care who are the “automatic outs” right now? Do you know that can change with an AB?

    How about just posting LET’S GO YANKEES!!!

    And meaning it.

  914. pat April 13th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    eat quicker Brian

  915. YankeeJosh April 13th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Boston Dave,

    I certainly wouldn’t mind that in the long run. I think Okajima will come back to earth this year regardless of how much he’s used.

  916. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Daisuke at 116 pitches and counting on a cold April night.

    he wore down last season… these are the types of games that cant help.

  917. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Giambi…I’m looking for a single.

  918. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Giambi is as lost as ever. He looks EXACTLY how he did when he came back from the HGH stuff and he couldn’t hit anything.

  919. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Let’s make Francona pay for the stupidity of leaving Dice-BB out there this long, just to get him a chance at a win….STUPID MOVE, no matter how it shakes out…

  920. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    damn giambi..too bad. didn’t get enough. URGH.

  921. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    giambi can’t catch a break

  922. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Okay let’s hear it.

    I have the kleenex ready.

    Let’s all dump on Giambi.

  923. Steph April 13th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Argh, he flies out.

  924. Bronx Betty April 13th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Whats wrong with Giambi??

  925. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    and after 116 pitches, Dice-Loo’s arm actually falls off on the way to the dugout… LOL !

  926. ray (sox fan) April 13th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Don Vito A. Bellamo
    April 13th, 2008 at 10:08 pm
    Look at Dice-Loser’s Line so far…IT IS STELLAR…I love those walks, DUDE…you are gonna be a MLB STAR….Does anyone have an extra 100 million to pay this STUD ???

    You guys all complain about Red Sox trolls……stupid posts like this one by Vito match the ignorance of any Red Sox trolls. Vito…..even though Dice-K is not sharp tonight why don’t you compare his line tonight with your stellar franchise?

  927. pat April 13th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks Pete. Now chart Giambi for us.

  928. kidjock April 13th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    117 and 4 earned through 5. I guess Dice-K is going to get another standing ovation from the faithful?

  929. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    YankeeJosh,

    I keep saying that about Okajima too but nothing yet. I think he’s a free agent after this season so hopefully he tests the market either way.

    if he keeps it up, he will score some big $$$$. hopefully he doesnt give boston a discount.

  930. Kill-Schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Can you be more unlucky than Giambi? He’s been crushing the ball the past week and can’t get a hit.

    BTW, Campbell Scott’s a vulgar base stooge of the oil plutocracy.

  931. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    mark teixeira next year pls?

  932. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    I’m just gonna say I’m not happy w/ Giambi , that’s all ..no hate no dumping, just that.

  933. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    LET’S GO YANKEES!!!
    .
    and you KNOW, that I Mean it !
    .
    ;-)

  934. brian April 13th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    The more young starters the Yankees give opportunities to, the greater chance they have of finding somebody they can move forward with. It’s highly unlikely all three of the kids will be quality starters. The Yankees would be fortunate if one is.”

    Do you think pete means this season, or this season and beyond?

  935. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    dang it

  936. Bob April 13th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    think this game will be over before 1AM?

    So not only do they lose this one, but they’ll sleepwalk through tomorrow night’s game too.

  937. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    nah, sox have a 2009 team option at 1.75M

    darn

  938. V April 13th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    “Giambi is as lost as ever. He looks EXACTLY how he did when he came back from the HGH stuff and he couldn’t hit anything.”

    Stop whining. He had a good at bat that ended in a deep fly to the deepest part of the park with the wind blowing in. Farther to the left and that hits the wall.

    Stop whining.

  939. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Okay, let’s hold em here.

  940. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    oh look at that the bunt hit the ump in his jewels ..good for you

  941. BX 12 Fordham RD April 13th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Giambi is going to go down as a prototypical “enhanced” player from this era….lots of warning track power these days and a .250 hitter at best.

    If he cannot mapquest his way to BALCO his career looks very different and is over a long time ago…

    $20m off the books will be his biggest achievement at the end of this season

  942. Marc from Portland Maine April 13th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Hey Ray,

    You just forfieted your pass here. Go home.

  943. godzilla April 13th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Hughes is no better than somebody like Wade Taylor, who flopped in the bigs. And whoever talked about the “poise” that Hughes shows is a fool.

  944. Bryan April 13th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Giambi is a waste

  945. hughman April 13th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    hughes is getting squeezed and that is it, the sole problem. He gets strikes called and he’ll be ahead and hitters won’t hit him. Sure, Manny got a soft liner single on an outside curve, he unraveled a bit. He gets respect, he’ll be lights out. I am serious.

  946. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Pete almost sounds like he’s given up on Hughes.

  947. V April 13th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Wow, Pete, you sound like one of the whiners. Awesome.

  948. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    ray (sox fan)…..I didn’t know that they let you out of your padded room so early in the year ? How’s it going, Mister ” I am a sox fan, but everyone needs to respect my opinion on the Yankees’ Board” Einstein ?….Dice-K stinks and you know it….how’s that for a stupid post, stupid ?…now YOU say: ” I know you are, but what am I”…go ahead, I know that you just had the argument with your litle sister….

  949. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Give the Yankees credit for coming back in this one so far.

    Its not like Dice-K impressed tonight. Unless of course, you are Jon Miller and Joe Morgan, who think he is impressive.

    Hughes? Bottom line, you have to have patience with him.

    From a pitching perspective, he has to minimize his first inning pitch counts. That’s killing him right now.

    To do that, you have to have fastball command. Right now, he doesn’t have it.

    Time for Eiland and Mike Harkey to monitor his bullpen heavily and see if its mechanical.

    He’s too good to struggle the way he has struggled.

    In the long run, it will make him a better pitcher but right now, its tough to watch.

  950. Bob April 13th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    I’m gonna at least wait until Hughes pitches in some halfway decent weather before worrying about him.

  951. BX 12 Fordham RD April 13th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    why are these two arseclowns talking about 2004 again ?

    Is Miller legally blind or can he see what he is wearing ?

  952. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    V, I hate to say it but I did think the same thing.

    Also, as someone already mentioned, Molina has to be really spent.

    Good to retire Crisp as he is fast once he’s on.

  953. RobNY April 13th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Hey ray(sox fan) i dont much care for that kind of thing either but the key difference I would imagine is that he is on a Yankee forum. You dont like him you can read a Red Sox forum? When i come on and hear that the Yankee sky is falling my only other option is to beat my girlfriend…

    joking.

  954. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Now I know what it would be like listening to NESN…With these 2 announcers you would never know that it is not there own broadcast..Just disgusting…

  955. Pepper Brooks April 13th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Some observations. I was grilled for saying this team lacked life and discipline at that plate and was told to check back in May because it would be different. 2 weeks to go and they are still a .500 team at best.

    But, this team is slowly molding into what it could be for the remainder of the year. As of now:

    Hughes is still a year away from being what he is projected to being. Command is just not there nor is the confidence.

    As assembled, this is not a good hitting veteran team. Abreu is doing ok, but Posada, Matsui, Giambi, Damon all look lost at the plate. Granted it is a long season and the law of averages will come into play but as evidence tonight, Dice K walks the 2 of the first 3 batters and ARod swings at the first pitch. Dice K continues to miss and the Yankees are watching the “hittable” strikes and “fishing” for everything else. Boston has not, thus the score.

    Continuing on the hitting, This team is no longer aggressive with strikes. It is one thing to drive up a pitch count but it is another to watch good strikes. They have only face 6 quality pitchers and beaten only 1 – Halladay.

    If you are going to continue to use Damon in the leadoff spot, you need to exploit any speed he has remaining when he gets on base. This is not happening

    Cano is NOT a 1-5 hitter. 6-8 is better because there is less pressure.

    With Posada on the shelf, he presents a better option to the DH than trying to get Giambi in the line up. Bring in Duncan, use Ensberg… can’t believe there is not a better defensive option than Giambi.

    the one bright spot, except for Hughes, has been the pitching. The Yankees are going to have a bright future with the rebuilding they are doing. Just sad that Old man Steinbrenner shot his wad on has beens who performed ONLY against the Yankees.

  956. Johnny from Taipei April 13th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Huh. Dicek couldn’t retire Gonzales in the 4th even though using 11 pitches and he’s getting into trouble himself in this inning. It seems that we’ll stay in the game if he keeps staying on the mound.

    Hi, Nick in SF. I had said hello to you here in the Yankess home opening day. Bit it might be too late to be seen because there’s always lag in forwarding my posting. And I haven’t put your photos in my blog (http://blog.roodo.com/johnnyschannel)yet, because I found there’re problems like culture challenge that I should address first. For example, I found it interesting that you linked President Roosevelt with NYY; however, it hard to expalain to my people here.
    And, you’re right, I was upset with the election in Taiwan last month. I accept it. That’s what we call democracy.

  957. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Marc from Portland Maine …..ray never had a pass here, he’s one of those party crashers that came to the keg party and stole a cup and tried to blend in with the crowd…only after a beer and 1/2, he opens his mouth to show his complete stupidity and gets is @$$ kicked out the front door, before he can try his best pick-up line on one of your women.

  958. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Every Boston player seems to give Boston a discount when they sign, save Damon.

    Oh, and how about Alberto. Maybe he’ll have a spot on this team soon. If we don’t decide to move Jeter, he’s just raised his stock to become a pretty decent piece of trade bait.

    Good for us either way. I’ll be rooting for him anywhere.

  959. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    “umm, he was about as good as a second baseman gets.”

    I’m not saying that he wasn’t. Actually, I think he’s just bitter that today’s guys are making more money than he did when they may not be as good as he was.

  960. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    you know, reading this blog during the game has helped me in not listening to what these morons on ESPN are saying, but now you guys keep writing about what they are saying, which doesn’t help :(

  961. Betsy April 13th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Boston Dave, you’re right – Pete does seem to have given up on Phil. I guess he’s got the right to do that if fans are going to (and I was really upset before), but I can’t say as I agree with his comment.

  962. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    the HP ump had a tight strike zone, for the most part, for BOTH Phil and Daisuke and the results show. Phil hasn’t caught much luck in the early going, not to defend some of his control issues or mistake pitches, but its just too early to panic.

  963. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Getting squeezed wasn’t Hughes’ problem tonight. It was fastball command. Once that gets under control, he will be fine.

    Its a matter of working through it. Its not easy, as we saw tonight with Dice-K.

    Only difference between the two tonight are two WP’s.

    Both guys had trouble throwing strikes. One is 21, and hasn’t started 10 ML games. The other has 100 million of team money tied up in him.

    Counting the posting fee, of course.

  964. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    GREAT inning!

    LET’S GO YANKEES!!!!!

  965. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    GOod inning get the offense right back

  966. hughman April 13th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Give Giambi a chance too. He often starts cold, and he isn’t striking out much, and his batting avereage on balls in play is fluskishly low. He’ll pick up with the weather, as will Hughes.

  967. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Hey, bottom of the order coming up, and given the way they’re producing, it’s a good thing :-D

  968. Jeff NJ April 13th, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Yankees I am high on: Ohlendorf, Molina, Gonzalez, Ensberg, Duncan, Gardner

    Yankees I am low on: Giambi, Farnsworth, Jeter, maybe Damon, temporarily Cano and temporarily A Rod.

    I give A Rod a pass because his wife is due any minute. Not sure why he insists on chewing gum while batting though.

  969. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    also, great inning for Ohlendorf. Aside from allowing his inherited runners to score he’s done a fine job stopping the bleeding and keeping the game manageable. Big points for him in my book.

    After these last few games, Cashman would have to be braindead not to unload Betemit and make A-Gonz our middle IF off the bench.

  970. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    4 runs on Dice-K. I’ll take it. A shame we didn’t get a few more runs tacked on while we had him in there, but hopefully their B-squad bullpen will pitch tonight.

  971. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    No offense to Pete Abraham, but I will take EVERY scout/manager/GM’s word over his everyday, and think Phil turns into a top of the rotation guy in a few years. Most 21 year olds are finishing college, or just tasting succes in the minors, while Phil is pitching on the biggest stage of all. remember all the ups and downs for young starters that all baseball people were saying less than 2 months ago? Well this was a downer, grow up and realize he is 1-2 years away from reaching his potential. And Pete, bashing Arod? You sound like the every jerk in Yankee stadium that boos him when he doesn’t hit an HR every AB, C’mon, your better than that.

  972. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    can we please score some runs here?
    :)

  973. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Betsy,

    I do expect Phil to be a good #3 or 4 starter this season (maybe not til the AS break)…

    however, he is 21 years old. i think there is a general consensus that pitchers his their prime from 26-29.

    the fact that he can come to the bigs and even compete at 21 is pretty impressive.

    seattle fans arent panicking about Felix Hernandez. you just have to give it time, and set reasonable expectations (as you’ve said previously).

  974. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    After 2 weeks in the season, its impossible to draw any conclusions on the Yankees.

    Really, its not football. Let’s see this team when Jeter is back, they are actually playing in baseball weather, and they are hitting.

    I don’t know, call me crazy but, I don’t think they are going to hit .180 W/RISP all season.

    Drawing conclusions on any team after 2 weeks of the baseball season is fools gold.

    Hopefully, they are more patient with the younger guys than some of the fans. There is talent among Kennedy, Hughes and Ohlendorf.

    Just gotta ride the ups and downs for awhile.

  975. mel April 13th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Why does Pete keep saying we don’t have a long reliever. Ohlendorf’s done okay (except letting the 2 inherited runners score).

  976. boyyy April 13th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    cmon molina

  977. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Put Joba in the rotation, ALBY as the set-up man…then go out and roll the dice for another starter.
    We can trust Andy, Wang and Joba with the ball…but Moose, IPK and Hughes are all 50/50 shots at best right now….Someone go tell George to get that checkbook open again ! :-)

  978. hughman April 13th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Pete gave up on early on phil last year with the injury too.

    And Hughes does have some command issues, but he had several first inning strikes called balls. He asn’t getting a glavine-esque zone for example, and his ball moves. He’ll figure it out. Not very worried about this. I figured it would happen. And he definitely got squeezed last time.

  979. BBFan April 13th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Pete wrote what is true about Hughes.
    Why are some people gettng on him?
    Sometimes truth is bitter I guess.

  980. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    *weren’t panicking

  981. EY April 13th, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    As awful as today’s start was, I am very much looking forward to the team getting to Boston’s fairly bad bullpen (minus Okajima and Papelbutt).

    As long as our bullpen can stop the bleeding, we’ll get to them – think Timlin and Lopez and others.

  982. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Wow. Just unbelievable!

    I am really surprised that some Y fans in the Bronx haven’t tracked the guy down and beat the crap out of him.

  983. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Man Boston fans criticize the Yanks for too many curtain calls, yet they all scream “Yoooooooooooooooooooooooooouuuu” everytime Youkilis moves.

  984. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Is the problem with Hughes, mechanical, he does have command of his fastball or is it nerves? His off speed pitches are good, but in his last 2 starts his fastball is all over the place and then he misses right down the middle and that is when he gets killed.

  985. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    RALLY TIME, FOLKS !

  986. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    The great Hawkins up in the bullpen…

  987. randy l April 13th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    gonzalez just keeps doing good things.

  988. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    *passes around rally peanuts*

    ..my cat just knocked over the bowl of peanut shells. i’ll clean it up later.

  989. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Another quality at bat by Gonzo. I’m sorry – I know some of you say that if he stayed with Jeter came back, he’d be riding the bench. But you have to admit that he’s ten times better than BeteStrikeOut.

  990. Therston April 13th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    “SJ44
    April 13th, 2008 at 8:53 pm
    Yeah, those pep talks are really working for the Tigers this year. They are 2-11.

    I think some of you are either too young or too ignorant to watch games.

    Killing a 21 year old kid because he had a bad first inning in his first start in Fenway. That’s hysterical! lol

    Its why I have said the game threads are a waste of time. good for Pete’s post count and that’s about it.”

    Well said. If Phil pitches well and dominates..He doesn’t throw hard enough.
    Then he throws hard but he shouldn’t be allowed to have off nights. People need to grow up as sports fans.

  991. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Hey I’ve got a good idea! Let’s trash Yankee players. Nothing like bringing positive energy to the situation.

  992. Jax April 13th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    I wish Hughes would have gotten more seasoning at AAA. He had 2 or 3 starts in AAA but that’s not enough. He’s basically gone from AA to the majors.

  993. pat m in ct April 13th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Does Miller get paid for every mention of the Red Sox win in 2004? He doesn’t miss an opportunity to bring it up.

  994. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    I think Damon got the memo: the less he swings the bat, the better he is!

  995. Bob April 13th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Move Jeter to 1st, Gonzalez at short, and leave Damon and Giambi in Tampa.

  996. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Okay, we have to give Damon some credit tonight. He’s walked three times.

  997. Dr. Cox April 13th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Oppurtune time for Cano to break out.

  998. GB April 13th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Hughes may end up a number 4 or 5 guy, but no way does he have the stuff, command or poise to be a staff “ace”. This wasn’t the first time a yankee prospect has been overrated and it won’t be the last.

  999. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    “trisha –
    April 13th, 2008 at 10:49 pm
    Wow. Just unbelievable!

    I am really surprised that some Y fans in the Bronx haven’t tracked the guy down and beat the crap out of him.”
    .
    Just to be clear,,,I live far away from NY at the time, but I would not be surprised to hear that is exactly what happens to that man…to go on National TV and broadcast the hate that he has for the Yankees,,,he should just put a target on his back that says “Kick my Butt, ‘cuz I’m the idiot Yankees Hater that buried that shirt at the new stadium that you heard about” ..and just get it over…what a MAROON !

  1000. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    this has the makings of a 5hr game

  1001. Pepitone April 13th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Been a Yankee fan since 1964.

    I like what Cashman is doing. It is about time they stopped trying to buy championships and start building a team like they had from 1996-2003.

    If they are going to let Giambi and Mussina go at the end of their contracts I will be ecstatic!
    By the way, what are they going to do with Pavano?

    I don’t predict great things for the Yanks this year, but next year looks very promising.

  1002. BX 12 Fordham RD April 13th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Jon Miller is getting Cheney-esque on my list of people I despise (it is not a political statement as I hate several Democrats as well)

  1003. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    “People need to grow up as sports fans.”

    Now THAT’S a novel idea.

    But they’re not paying attention. They’re too busy getting “let’s trash Cano” posts ready. Just in case.

  1004. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Whats that Robbie? You’re going to hit a 3-run homerun? Really?

    Ok I’ll hold you to it.

  1005. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    another Ball called a strike for the home team…how surprising ! :-(

  1006. Marc from Portland Maine April 13th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    I know Don Vito, you know that but some here feel having a Sux fan here like him is nice and cozy.

    I think the guy should find a home.

  1007. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    At the very least, the walks the Yankees have drawn tonight is an excellent sign that the offense is coming around.

  1008. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Dear Robi,

    whenever your ready

    sincerely,
    Brandon

  1009. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Does captain idiot pass a $20 bill to the umpire every time he wants a ball called a strike?

  1010. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    oy. Robinson, you’re kind of making it tougher and tougher for me to defend you here.

    At least he’s working deep into counts. just need some freakin results.

  1011. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Don Vito

    i was thinking that on the 2nd pitch… it hadnt been a strike earlier tonight

  1012. Bob April 13th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    or that Boston pitching blows. Either one is fine with me Rebecca. lol

  1013. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    OK, Robbie at least got them both over…now Bobby needs to drive in at least 2 ( I’ll be pulling for the JACK, though ! )

  1014. Kill-Schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Damn Robbie. Come on BOBB-AY

  1015. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

    UGH guys, ugh.

  1016. Kill-Schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    This is awful. Just can’t get the big hit this year, thus far anyway.

  1017. G. Love April 13th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    I think Hughes should get one more start this week.

    If he submarines the club again and can’t go more than 3 innings, it’s time to send him to Scranton so he can prove that he can throw strikes and pitch more than a few innings a game.

    Hopefully, he gets it back on track this week, but the past few starts have made him appear to not be ready for the majors.

    If he goes out and gives us 5 innings in his next start and only gives up 3-4 runs, you build off that. If he goes out and pitches another bomb like tonight, he needs to go work on his stuff and approach at AAA.

    I know it’s only April, but you need your starters to at least give you something.

    Keeping an ineffective starter in the rotation hurts the team, the pen, etc.

    My only problem is who we bring up to replace him in that event is not exactly pretty.

    Jeff Weaver still unemployed?

    Just kidding.

    Seriously, I’m all for giving Hughes a chance, but he has to show something in his next few starts, otherwise it’ll be bad for his development to have him up in the majors getting rocked and getting Yankee fans on the “boo” bus for the kid.

    You can’t deny for a second that when you watch him struggle, the thought of what Johan would do doesn’t pop in your head.

  1018. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Boston Dave…the strike zone is a flexible thing that changes when the batter’s uniform changes color.

  1019. joe April 13th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    PHIL TO AAA FOR 1ST HALF/ RUSS NEEDS TO START
    MIKE MAN NEEDS TO BE IN EVERY DAY

  1020. Dr. Cox April 13th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    This game is far from over.

  1021. Bob April 13th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    I’m going to bed.

    Maybe I’ll catch the end of the game when I wake up for work. lol

  1022. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    i hate to say it but abreu would be perfect for the sox, can hit the other way with ease and seems to love the green monster, would have a high average

  1023. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    “You can’t deny for a second that when you watch him struggle, the thought of what Johan would do doesn’t pop in your head.”

    Not once. God’s honest truth. Not for a milisecond.

    But I didn’t want Santana for love or money so that isn’t a surprise.

  1024. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    wow we have Philip Hughes detractors already… patience you guys don’t have

  1025. Kill-Schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Are the Red Sox catching up? Yeah 26-7, it’s real close.

  1026. Bob April 13th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    I really can’t beleive some of you have given up on Hughes already.

    His last 2 starts were in god awful weather. Not to mention he was making his first start at Fenway.

  1027. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Marc from Portland Maine …..I agree, but my bet is that he loves being bashed here, just like he likes his women to smack him around to get his jollies….

  1028. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    2-3 hitters coming up with 2 runners on. I would have rather had Gonzalez and Molina coming up. Not that I don’t trust Abreu, but Robbi may as well be hitting 9th in a NL lineup right now.

  1029. Todd Parlato April 13th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    RISP = Runners in Stranded Position…….

  1030. Pepitone April 13th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    I don’t worry about Cano, he is young and will be fine as the season goes along. So too will ARod, Posada, Derek, and Melky. It’s Giambi, Damon, and Mussina that scare me.

  1031. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    LMAO!!!!! PEDROIA GETS HIMSELF OUT ON A SURE DOUBLE!

  1032. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    wow matsui got an assist!!!

  1033. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    :D
    :D
    :D

    Thank you Sui and Robby!

  1034. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Nice play by Matsui of the green monster.

  1035. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    HAHA the smurf is out. Just as Gammons was going on and on how he is a future hall of famer.

  1036. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Hey Johnny in Taipei, I don’t think I noticed you that first game, but it’s easy to miss comments when the board has so many posts. Good to see you.

    The thing about President Roosevelt was a joke, but your blog readers might enjoy the photo with Sun Yat-sen wearing the Yankee cap. And a few of the others.

    Nice play throwing out Pedroyer there!!!

  1037. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    let’s home em here

  1038. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    you could hear Pedroia yelling “SAFE!! NOO NOOOOOO!”

  1039. Jeff NJ April 13th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    lol. Pedroia doesn’t swing and miss much huh Gammons? Well someone should teach him how to run to 2nd. Couldn’t have happenned to a bigger little loudmouth.

  1040. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    cry baby bumdroia

  1041. fleas April 13th, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    G.love

    Well said! Seriously. Thank you!

  1042. Jorge Steinbrenner (the long lost third brother) April 13th, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Just joined the game late…

    Well…..we’ll spot Phil that awful last game in KC. He plain got rocked here. Where I’m confused is what exactly do we do if he’s unraveling on us early in the season.

    You could send him down to get his stuff straight, but the person I’d trust the most to get that done is currently pitching coach at the major league level.

    We went with kids in the rotation this year. We need to soldier on. Unless it gets to the point where it would be a detriment to Phil Hughes to remain in the majors, he needs to be back out there every five days.

    Watching a guy like Ross Ohlendorf continue to work it on the mound makes this a bit easier, as it means we may be able to move Joba into the rotation sooner rather than later. But still….questions with youth will remain with him.

    Pete, I think all three of those guys are going to be quality major league starters, and so do an awful lot of the fanbase. It continues to be a lot easier to watch these young guys struggle than it is to watch overpriced mercenaries choke in October.

  1043. V April 13th, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    “G. Love”

    I agree – give Hughes 1-2 more chances. Preferably in a warm weather environment. If he bombs, send him to Scranton to work on his pitches. But he IS a major leaguer. King Felix has had his bombs too.

  1044. Todd Parlato April 13th, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Dustin: 5 foot 5 , about 25 yrs old & balding…

  1045. GB April 13th, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Yanks can’t even hit fastballs right down the middle of the plate. This just isn’t a good offense, despite the shilling going on from SJ. They couldn’t even hit the underbelly of the Sox pen. And that underbelly is showing itself to be superior to the Yanks pen.

  1046. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    When Jeter PHs for Posada, he’ll hit a homerun. Just wait.

  1047. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    way to go, Rat Boy !…Trish, I stand ready to tell you again that I am pleased to be wrong about Mr. Hawkins ! ;-)

  1048. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    How can anybody be “down” on Derek Jeter? Geez, talk about kneejerk fans….

    Captains Corner:

    I don’t think Hughes’ problem is nerves. I think its mechanical. He seems to have trouble repeating his delivery on the fastball. Sometimes, its perfect, sometimes, its not.

    I say that because when his fastball jumps as much as it has out of the strikezone, its uncharacteristic of him.

    That’s why I think they will work on his bullpens and fix it.

    You can put Joba in the rotation tomorrow. He will have his ups and downs just like Hughes.

    You can’t panic in April. You just have to work with these kids and get them over the hump.

    Its all part of developing talent.

    Its frustrating at times but, I haven’t seen one young pitcher in my lifetime who hasn’t struggled. It goes with the territory.

  1049. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    hearing Peter Gammons boast about Pedroia…it makes me think how much more biased can this guy get? Gammons doesn’t even try to hide it anymore that hes a Sox fan.

  1050. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    this is crap…all 3 of those pitches would be strikes is a Homer was throwing them…..LOSER UMP ! ;-(

  1051. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Oh Don Vito, I hope you get the chance here!

  1052. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    G Love,

    if the Twins actually made a reasonable offer for Santana, it might make sense to imagine him being on the team.

    since they didn’t, its not much different from imagining Albert Pujols on the team.

  1053. Dr. Cox April 13th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    If Giambi continues to struggle up until the all-star break, what do people suggest we do for a power left hand hitter?

  1054. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    they’re still gushing over how great Pedroia is after that horrible baserunning gaffe. imagine if Cano or Melky did that. they would be going on and on about how they need to mature as ball players and it was a bad mistake.

  1055. Kill-Schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Hey Peter Gammons, that paragon of objectivity thinks Dustin Pedroia might be the mortal incarnation of God.

    Huh, do you think we should set any store by anything this man has to say?

  1056. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Geez Pedroia-enough

  1057. Blargh April 13th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Ah, what would a 21 year old Johan do…
    5 innings of 1 ER in his first start, 3.7 innings of 7 ER in his second start, 3.3 innings of 6 ER in his 3rd start, and then banished to the bullpen until Sep 16, when he delivereth 5.3 innings of 3 ER and then follows up with a 4.2 innings of 7 ER.

  1058. Jorge Steinbrenner (the long lost third brother) April 13th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    and, no, G Love, the thought of Johan Santana does not go through my head. the decision to build from within is the right decision every time.

  1059. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Like this isn’t Home Cooking ?…let’s shrink the strike zone the MOST when Manny comes to bat…. just awful !

  1060. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    LaTroy, I am impressed.

    We make our move now.

    Think positive people.

  1061. Marc from Portland Maine April 13th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Hey Don Vito,

    It’s incredible how the atmosphere is here. I live in the heart of Sux nation and my live in girlfiend is a fan of them. We argue and have some fun, but the October season is colder than it needs to be, lol.

    Maybe if Ray could ever get a a boyfriend he should be a Yanks fan :)

  1062. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Let’s hear it Don Vito!!!!

  1063. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    I know Don Vito loves that K!!!

    thats is LaTroy

    at least you have me and trisha rooting for you!

  1064. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    how the F…….. out of all the pitchers LAtroy gets Manny out :?

  1065. PAT M. April 13th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Just to read these in game opinions is ming blowing…..Yanks will inch their way back into this game…..As for Young Mr. Hughes, learn from it and move on……The best pitch in baseball is strike one…..He’s the future gang, so get on board…As for sending him back to AAA as one genius suggested, get a clue…..

  1066. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    NICE…..MANNY…you ROCK, dude ! ;-)

  1067. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Wow. I wonder if Hawkins won over some fans with that strikeout.

  1068. Kill-Schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    GIAMBI IS NOT STRUGGLING. Are you watching his at-bats? He’s been pulverizing the ball? It’s just at people. Relax peeps, Giambi be at .260 with 15 HRS by the All-Star break.

  1069. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    haha trisha – we think alike

  1070. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Forget folks giving up on Hughes. Some have already given up on the season! lol

    Another good outing by Hawkins. Baby steps but, I’ll take it.

  1071. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    HERE COMES THE YANKEE LEAD TAKING RALLY…..who is with me ????

  1072. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    he’s down to a 10.50 ERA and dropping… :)

  1073. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    LaTroy with the best inning of the night!

  1074. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    “Hey Peter Gammons, that paragon of objectivity thinks Dustin Pedroia might be the mortal incarnation of God.”

    just wait till Jacolby starts hitting, reincarnation of the creator of god :D

  1075. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Boston Dave –

    We rock!

    :)

  1076. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Good job by Hawkins in that inning.
    The bats need to get to work

  1077. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    I think Pedroyer is Gammons’ long-lost grandson. Speaking of Gammons, I’ll try this one more time. Am I totally crazy, or does this guy look like Gammons’ long-long brother?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9.....313275728/

  1078. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Great Job LaTroy,,,,I ALWAYS knew that you had in ya ! ( Ok, you KNOW I am joking, right ? ) …..hold on, I need to eat me some crow here….. LOL…. ;-)

  1079. Dr. Cox April 13th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Bring in Timlin!

  1080. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Don V, I’m with ya.

    I’ll take 4 Yankee runs, please!

  1081. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Scooter the Squirel…can he make a pinch-apperance here, lets spark a rally!!!!!!!!

  1082. Pepitone April 13th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Guys, we should be killing this guy Aardsma, he’s a former Cub, and being a Cubs fan I can tell you from personal experience this guy stinks!!

  1083. Dee April 13th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Way to go LaTroy!

    If there are still boos and chants of Paulie after this I’m gonna start kicking some a$$ during home games.

  1084. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    SDJohn, …..so original….now crawl back under your rock,,,there is nothing for you here, little slimer

  1085. GB April 13th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Yanks can’t even hit fastballs right down the middle of the plate. This just isn’t a good offense, despite the shilling going on from SJ. They couldn’t even hit the underbelly of the Sox pen. And that underbelly is showing itself to be superior to the Yanks pen…..

  1086. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Agree on Giambi. Much better swings this weekend. Just not the results yet.

    Damon is also seeing the ball much better.

    Phil isn’t going to AAA.

    Who do you want to replace him in the rotation, Kei Igawa?

    Amazing.

  1087. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Aardsma isnt close to the zone on his slider or secondary pitches.

    sit fastball, hit fastball hard.

    lets go Yanks

  1088. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Boston Dave
    April 13th, 2008 at 11:09 pm
    he’s down to a 10.50 ERA and dropping…
    .
    .
    aaaah shaduuuup ! ;-)

  1089. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Vito, now bash Arod quickly!!!!!!!!

  1090. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Man Alex. This is very unlike his April last season… i’m gonna chalk it up to the imminent birth of his 2nd child being on his mind.

  1091. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    hhhmmm
    that does look a bit like Gammons

  1092. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    nick in sf….doesn’t look like gammons to me……..

  1093. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    A-Rod this April and A-Rod last April are so totally different that it’s becoming ridiculous. He just needs to put the bat on the ball instead of trying to crush it every pitch. Stick the bat out there and you’ll get hits.

    If Giambi and Cano would go the other way, they’d be hitting much better now too.

  1094. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    SJ44, just to be clear, Igawa replaces Hughes when Phil’s arms are both in a cast, and NOT BEFORE !

  1095. Todd Parlato April 13th, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Gammon’s favorite thing about Fenway is Pesky’s pole!!!

  1096. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    yankee hitters seems to be late on every pitch tonight

  1097. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    umps suck

  1098. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    OK,,this will be brief, but A-Rod needs to put this series behind him and quick….he has been very little help with the bat when we needed him and Boston is a team he needs to perform for…..ok and now back to the ….LET’S GO YANKEES !!!!

  1099. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    A faster runner would have beat that out.

  1100. Brian from PA April 13th, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    getting late now. hopefully the next guy out of their pen isn’t the second coming of Cy Young like David Aardsma

  1101. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    next inning

  1102. Pepitone April 13th, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    If they can’t get any runs off Aardsma, then this game is over.

  1103. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    SDJohn …..now go away…QUICKLY !

  1104. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    blackdragon,

    yes they do. especially when they are in fastball counts and should be ready for it, they are late.

    if they had pulled some of the deep flies to CF, they may have been extra base hits.

    not sure what’s up with that.

  1105. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Brian I did think the same thing about Arod. Who knows if his wife already went into labor or what’s happening behind the scenes.

  1106. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Even the anti-Yankee announcers are saying that some of the hitters (Cano, Alex) may be affected by the cold.

  1107. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Mike Timlin = Joba Chamberlain in the 8th bank on it ;)

  1108. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Last year, A-Rod was playing for a contract. Well, the option to opt out of his contract. Oh, I shouldn’t bring that up. Brings back bad memories.

  1109. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Remember the anti-arod comments when he is crushing the ball later in the season.

    We aren’t going to go back to crushing Arod now, are we?

    Blargh’s post about Santana as a 21 year old should be tacked to the top of this blog and referred to everytime people get their panties in a wad about Hughes.

    That was a great post.

  1110. Betsy April 13th, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    BD, I admit that I thought Phil would be very good this year, that he worked through most of his bumps in the road last year. However, I was wrong – the kid is going to need more time (which, at age 21, is no surprise).

    I am concerned that Phil can’t repeat his mechanics. Wasn’t it his repeatable mechanics one reason scouts loved him so much? I wonder what has changed in a year or so…………

  1111. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Arod is fine. David Ortiz is 3-43 this season.

    That’s struggling!

  1112. Betsy April 13th, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Also, no – not one time has it ever crossed my mind to wish Santana were in pinstripes.

  1113. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Trisha and Brian – I am sure that it is on Alex’s mind. I read somewhere that he has a plane ready to go. He told the Yanks he wants to know as soon as his wife goes into labor so he can leave. He said the only exception is if he is up at bat to let him finish the at bat.

  1114. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Vito, take your meds bro, schizophrenia can F you up. Crawl under my rock? little slimer?

  1115. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Ok, one yes and one no. Good enough for me. Thanks for looking. The ghost of Guillermo Prieto can rest at last.

  1116. bee April 13th, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    lol, a lot of this to look forward to from Arod! can’t hit against the main rival…lol!

  1117. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    ok that’s it ! that was the last straw , I can take the ripping !, the Pedroia BS ! the dissing on Hughes but when ESPN’s John Miller does a plugin for Mariah Carey even I have my limits !!!! :evil:

  1118. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Maybe Arod is thinking about his wife giving birth at any moment that is why his at bats have been so bad all weekend. Or he is just not hot like it seems everyone else in the lineup.

  1119. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    We’re now seeing the effects of Posada and Jeter’s injury on this team, and on the team makeup. If there is one person on the team right now who could use a day to clear his head, it’s Cano. He’s just not getting it together yet, and he could probably use a day off.

    But, since we didn’t DL Jeter, we can’t bring up a replacement SS, so we had to replace Shelly Duncan with AG, meaning we lost another 1B option to have someone fill in for Jeter, meaning we have to carry the bat of Giambi and Cano while riding out Jeter’s leg. Had Jeter not gone down, we could’ve kept Duncan and spelled Giambi, something I’m a huge proponent of, or drop shelly for a 2B/IF option that can spell Cano.

    As for Posada, he’s been kept in at DH, and with no Duncan, they apparently want “power” from 1B, and keep Giambi there. He has been more “cat-like” on defense, but he’s just not hitting. Him, and Cano, have been hurting us something fierce, but we really don’t have options right now.

    I can’t wait until we have an actual 1B option. Oh, to dream.

  1120. Dr. Cox April 13th, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    You know what… Giambi has been playing a pretty deece 1B.

  1121. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Betsy,

    no idea. I dont even know if his mechanics are the problem. he may be trying too hard and not trusting his stuff (which wouldnt surprise me considering the expectations that have been placed on him – not dealing him for johan)

    i am confident that he’ll work through his issues and be better off for it. that’s usually how it works. one thing about hughes is that he doesnt seem to be cocky or arrogant. he seems like he’ll take the advice of eiland and work to correct any flaws and become the best pitcher he can be. i trust what ive seen out of dave eiland already so i think phil is in good hands.

    patience is required though. i hate to even put a # out there but imo, we should hope and expect an ERA in the high 4′s this season from him. Anything better than that would be great. I certainly think he’s capable of that.

  1122. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    SJ – good point about Ortiz. I don’t go onto Red Sox boards or blogs, but I wonder if they are trshing him the way some Yankee “fans” are ripping Alex.

  1123. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Saying A-Rod looks like crap this series is not “Anti-Arod” because he is playing like crap. He’s grounding into unnecessary double plays and looking foolish at the plate.

    He’s a great player but he’s got to play like it soon or we’ll keep losing. If we don’t have A-Rod producing, we’re in trouble. We could have two good players for the amount we’re paying him each year.

    A-Rod always gets excuses when he’s not playing well. Its his 500th HR, give him time. He’s expecting a baby. He’s lost confidence. He’s having trouble in the field b/c of his friendship with Derek Jeter.

    He needs to play the game the way we’re paying him to play.
    I know he will eventually, but he needs to now.

  1124. Pepitone April 13th, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    What have they decided to do with Pavano?

    I live out here in L.A. so I am out of the loop.

  1125. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Fran,

    many Sox fans are saying it must be Ortiz’s knee that is bothering him, or some sort of injury.

    at least they dont just say “he sucks” like some do about the Yanks who are off to a slow start. they try to find an excuse for him rather than rip on him.

  1126. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    He needs to “now”? Its April. If they lose they are one game behind the Red Sox.

    Please, its not critical. We need Arod to hit this season, not “now”.

    Of all the guys on this team, the LAST person anyone should worry about hitting is Arod.

    He’s only hit for about 13 straight years. I don’t think he is going to stop hitting now.

  1127. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Myrtlebeachfan, what your saying is there are necessary double plays, and you know nothing about the ups and downs of a major league baseball season. Good to know.

  1128. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    hello Timlin-hope our time with you is fun

  1129. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Hawkins, Hawkins, He’s our man….. ;-)

  1130. Marc from Portland Maine April 13th, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Giambis up and all ESPN can talk about is steroids. Figures.

  1131. Blargh April 13th, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    And Hawkins brings his ERA down to 9 :)

  1132. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    touche!

  1133. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYYA

  1134. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    good job giambi too bad it couldn’t come with risp but i’ll take it!

  1135. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Maybe washed up Timlin needs to pitch to Giambi everyday.

  1136. Jax April 13th, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    And they’re showing Pettitte.

  1137. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Giambi is starting to find it. Patience people. He, and the team will hit this season.

  1138. Marc from Portland Maine April 13th, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    The Gambino just paid them back for it! I love it :)

  1139. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Alright now let’s hear all the Yankee fans here who have been trashing Giambi all of a sudden love him.

    Until his next bad AB that is.

  1140. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Boy, that ball got out in a hurry.

  1141. Rocco April 13th, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Timlin is my favorite Yankee!

  1142. Dr. Cox April 13th, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Well I just ate my words.

    Kill Shill(ing), you were right about Jason tonight.

  1143. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    To think, they almost DFA’d Giambi in the 4th inning.

  1144. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Pepitone, they have decided to bend over, use lots of surgilube and take it up the tailpipe with Carla P. I can’t type the name, it makes me physically sick to my stomach.

  1145. V April 13th, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Giambi sucks. DFA him.

  1146. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    I propose a new rule: At any time when Giambi hits a home run, we can take that home run, and substitute it for another at-bat of his in that same game.

    Seems fair.

  1147. mel April 13th, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    How fast can you go from 54 to 81? In about 3.5 seconds. That’s Timlin’s new ERA there. lol.

    Come on Timmy, 2 more just like that.

  1148. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Nice Home Run, how ’bout that SDJohn ?….you like that, BRO ??? LOL …too funny ! :-)

  1149. YankeeJosh April 13th, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Nick in SF.

    LOL, line of the night!

  1150. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    I would like Abreu to watch that tape of JD Drew actually leaving the ground in an effort to catch the HR ball :)

    nice smack Giambino!

  1151. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Molina, the doubles machina, is up.

  1152. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Yanks fan in Boston.

    Seems fair to me.

  1153. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    alright,

    we NEED to write jose molina in as the starting catcher on the All Star team

    this guy can rake! :)

  1154. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    STOP TALKING ABOUT STEROIDS YOU BIASED CRAP ANNOUNCERS

  1155. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    molina, matsui, and gonzalez are such bright spots on this team right now

  1156. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    2 run game
    come on boys
    chip away!

  1157. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Who needs Jeter and Posada? JK!!!

  1158. Rishi April 13th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    ok = here we go…let’s do this…

  1159. CB April 13th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Was this a good start tonight by Phil? No. Not at all.

    But there is absolutely no reason – none – to just give up on him now nor is there any reason right now to send him to AAA.

    It’s too early to do anything drastic and the only reason why you would make a move like that is if Phil looked overmatched.

    Which he doesn’t. He looks off – off in a major way, but in a way that is correctable.

    He’s had two rough starts. It happens with young pitchers. It is inevitable.

    Phil’s problem right now is not that he’s not ready or can’t handle the pressure, etc.

    His problem is simply his mechanics. Phil does not just have good command – at baseline he has great command and there is clearly something off on his delivery.

    They’ll figure it out, make an adjustment in his mechanics and he’ll be better.

    He was wildly inconsistent with his command. That’s an isue that needs to be fixed but even tonight, in this terrible game we saw things that show you that he belongs in the major leagues and is going to be very good.

    If anyone is interested – either tonight or tomorrow – go back and watch Manny Ramirez’s first inning at bat.

    Ultimately Manny beat Phil – there’s nothing wrong with that – a lot of pitchers have gotten beat by Manny.

    But go back and just watch the at bat again and look at Phil’s stuff in that at bat.

    Manny Ramirez is one of the great fast ball hitters in the history of the game. Not just good – but great. Manny has a well deserved reputation for being a guy that you just cannot throw a fastball by.

    In that at bat Phil threw Manny Ramirez 6 straight fastballs and Manny did not have a good swing at any of them. Not even one. Ultimately Manny hit a very good curve ball – you tip your hat to him.

    But Manny literally could not handle Phil’s fastball during that at bat. He threw his 6 fastballs in a row and Manny did not hit one of them.

    The number of pitchers in the game that could ever get away with throwing Manny 6 fastballs in a row and one not being smoked is very small.

    And yes the at bat turned out badly – manny got the hit off a good curve – but go back and look at the process.

    It is moments like that that show how talented Phil Hughes is, how much ability he has right now.

    So IMO the ability was not in question tonight. It was consistency. Unfortunately Phil could not maintain the quality of the fastballs he threw to manny.

    This is important because before you decide to send a kid down those are the kinds of things you look for.

    You can’t just look at the outcomes with a young pitcher in April. You have to look at WHY those outcomes are happenning. WHY he’s being successful at some moments and not successful at others.

    This is an issue of his mechanics and experience. They will iron them out. He is going to help this team.

    Be patient. The talent is there and its there right now. What he needs to do is get his mechanics back in check.

  1160. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Wait, they are running for Molina? Can Jorge catch?

  1161. Dr. Cox April 13th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    1st to 3rd, 1st to 3rd 1st to 3rd

  1162. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    DA MELK!

  1163. Pepitone April 13th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    SDJohn,

    Thanks…I think

    I am assuming that means he is going to sit on the bench and get paid a gazillion dollars to do nothing?

  1164. joe April 13th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Who said Molina can’t hit. It seems like all he is doing is hitting, doubles mainly. He has something like 7 doubles in 34 at bats.

  1165. Dee April 13th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Man does Molina ever NOT get on base?? We have the best backup catcher in the league no doubt.

  1166. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    omg that first strike to melky was low

  1167. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    another generous strike call (first pitch to melk)

  1168. pat April 13th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Girardi seemed sure Alex would get a day off this week for the birth. It might be a scheduled delivery. Docs prefer to do those early in the week so Mom and baby are out of the hospital by the weekend.

  1169. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Hey! BRING IN PAPELSMEAR!!!

  1170. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Vito, you are boring the sh!t out of me now that I realize I’m arguing that obviously knows nothing about the game. Now little man, you have yourself a good night k?

  1171. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Nice hitting, Melky.

  1172. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    The Yankees have a pulse…. who catches?

  1173. Marc from Portland Maine April 13th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    I really did like the focus on Ortiz when they were talik aboit roids,,,

  1174. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    do we play small ball here and hope Cano can hit Lopez?

  1175. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    With Posada now behind the plate if any runner with decent speed gets on they will run like crazy

  1176. Marc from Portland Maine April 13th, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    “about”

  1177. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Fran.

    You here?

  1178. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    trisha-

    LOL

    that’s the new nickname for papelbon. Jonathan Papsmear.

  1179. Rishi April 13th, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    betamit to short…ensberg catching? or is Jorge ready to go?

  1180. Whitey Fraud April 13th, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Joe Morgan can barely string a coherent sentence together.

  1181. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    I love this ! Timlin…I LOVE YOU, MAN !!!!…now we get to rake Lopez ??? SDJOHN…are you catchin’ this ? *BRO* ???

  1182. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Boston Dave – thanks for the infor on Ortiz.

    I believe the Yanks have just lost their DH. I assume Posada will come into catch the bottom of this inning and Betemit to SS.

  1183. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    rally caps, rally socks, rally underwear on!
    We can do this!

  1184. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Timlin:Boston = Farnsworthless:NYY

  1185. Yewnork April 13th, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    make damon bunt and ph jeter for cano…

  1186. Dee April 13th, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    The use of Papelbon last night is coming back to haunt Francona, as many of us predicted.

  1187. mel April 13th, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Oh, I hope Jorge’s arm’s okay.

    Gardner would look really nice at 2nd. But I have faith in you Wilson. Don’t get doubled off.

  1188. YankeeDiva April 13th, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Myrtlebeach- You do realize its just the fan guessing at what is causing Alex to struggle he hasn’t said a single excuse. Don’t forget even during his great 2007 season he struggled a at times its part of the game for crying out loud.

    You make it sound like he hit into the double play on purpose, usually when guys with Alex or Jeter’s speed means that they hit the ball hard (which is a good thing) unforunately it was hit at someone.

    Alex is not our biggest problem right now so calling him out is insane. There are others that are struggling even more who should be the focus of the team and if anyone really thought he would have a April (or season) like he did last year needs to come back down to earth. There is a reason they call it a season for the ages….because it doesn’t happen every year.

  1189. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Tying runs on base. I guess the season isn’t “over”.

    I hold out hope our game threads can improve.

    One can dream! lol

  1190. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Pepitone, that’s 100% on point. Can’t wait to dump his sorry ass.

    Now, with the lefty coming in, does Joe even entertain the thought of pinch hitting Ensberg for Cano? I don’t think he does, but could be an option here. Ensberg hits lefties well.

  1191. PAT M. April 13th, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    It’s been suggested by a few folks here that the Yanks Bullpen is deeper and stronger than Boston’s…This game is an illustration of this point……

  1192. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Remember, it was the 8th inning in Fenway late last season… the Yanks had trailed 7-2 early…

    Giambi hits a HR that leads a miraculous comeback and a Yankee win.

    deju vu?

  1193. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    SDJOHN….try putting a complete sentence together, you may actually fool some people into thinking that you are actually not a complete moron.

  1194. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    “Girardi seemed sure Alex would get a day off this week for the birth.”

    Yeah, but he didn’t know it would be tonight.

    JUST KIDDING! Arod can still help win this thing.

  1195. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Damon has to at least show bunt. I’d like one of those patented Johnny Damon golf shot home runs though.

  1196. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    First of all, I’ve been watching baseball since I can remember having vision.

    A-Rod is able to slump. I’m not saying he can’t slump. But to look so foolish, like last night against Papelbon, or chasing balls against DiceK when he cant throw a strike. Those things are unacceptable for any player, slump or not.

    It’s even more unacceptable when that player makes 30 mil a year. He can fly out to center, ground out, and strikeout all he wants in a game. He can hit into double plays. He just has to do it with poise, effort, and smart baseball.

    He hasn’t been doing that so far.

    He will eventually. But especially for A-Rod this shouldnt be the case.

  1197. mel April 13th, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Bunt?

  1198. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Trish – I’m here. Hanging in to watch the Yankee comeback

  1199. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    deja*

  1200. kill.schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Okay, now if the pitcher gets up again, can Jeter pinch-hit?

    And do you bunt JD here?

  1201. Tucker April 13th, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Man, couldn’t Betemit make it to third? Would be nice to have a pinch runner like Gardner.

  1202. gayle April 13th, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    did we just lose the DH and if we are lucky enough to get to Posada this inning what happens

  1203. Yewnork April 13th, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    JSDBGFSDHFHKSDKFJ LEARN TO BUNT

  1204. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    SJ44-

    To hope yankees fans won’t over react isn’t realistic at all.

    Oh a Double Play. Ugh.

  1205. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    well, now we have something else to post about (like the mussina to manny AB)

    lets make it a moot point Cano!

  1206. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Melky, Melky, Melky, why Melky?

  1207. Yewnork April 13th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    now cano is gonna pop out to ss. great

  1208. V April 13th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Melky needs to learn not to run into those double plays.

  1209. kill.schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    oy vey, johhny

  1210. Rocco April 13th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    why not bunt? i dont get it.

  1211. Jax April 13th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Wow no bunt?

  1212. gayle April 13th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    That is the second time I believe that Melky has done the same thing in terms of not stopping and just running through grrr

  1213. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    I just said to myself Damon please no DP. Just DREADFUL!! The lefties have killed the Yanks so far just like the beginning of last season.

  1214. will April 13th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    WTF RUN HARD

  1215. kasey April 13th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    john miller just referred to that double-play as “beautiful,” for those keeping track at home.

    i can’t wait until damon’s off the books.

  1216. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    yeesh!
    come on Robbie!

  1217. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    how do u not bunt damon there that is so damn dumb

  1218. Pepper Brooks April 13th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    SJ, I sure as hell hope you are right because powerful hitting like that will win so many games. Just amazing.

  1219. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 13th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    That wasn’t what we needed.

  1220. V April 13th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    I know Cano’s problem right now – every pitch he gets that is hittable, he fouls off. Then he is in a bad count and has to protect the plate.

  1221. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    The DP’s have killed them the first two weeks of this season. That was a gamechanger right there.

  1222. Bryan April 13th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    I am so glad Damon is on the Yankees

  1223. ADave April 13th, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Speechless….

  1224. Johnny from Taipei April 13th, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Timlin tried to stand up where he fell off but seems to tumble over again and suffers from another homerun by Giambi. Is the guy cursed by his self-rightous sox fans?

  1225. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    …bunt would have been nice…oh, well…we DO still have a game on, folks !!!

  1226. EY April 13th, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Ewww DP. At least inning is still going…

  1227. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    wow

    Jon Miller just tipped his hand there

    what an arse

  1228. Yewnork April 13th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    jon fat@$$ miller just wants to call cano out

  1229. YankeeDiva April 13th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Keep in mind the Steinbrenners gave him 30 mil dollars know that he wasn’t going to get the big hit EVERY at bat or that he wasn’t going to struggle at times. Every regular player goes through those things over the course of the season its all part of the game (no matter what the player’s salary is).

  1230. kasey April 13th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    damon didn’t bunt because there’s at least a 75% chance cano will strike out.

  1231. CB April 13th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    If you’re not going to pinch hit Ensberg for Damon against a lefty like Lopez late in a game then I’m not sure why ensberg is on the team.

    Melky could have gone in and played center.

  1232. bill_brasky April 13th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    hindsight is 20-20 but i wish they would have had damon bunting in his at bat. then anything out of the infield makes it a one-run game with the heart of the order up or a hit ties it….thoughts?

  1233. Global Warming April 13th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    I’m going to be critical of Joe G as many here we of Joe Torre.

    How the hell do you not bunt there with Damon? One of the few can bunt on this team and in the perfect situation to do so?

    What a massive blunder by Joe Girardi.

  1234. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    please let’s get something

  1235. YankeeDiva April 13th, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    knowing

    and that he was going to struggle at times…

    It’s my bedtime.

  1236. Global Warming April 13th, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Is Joe Girardi sleeping?

  1237. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Unfortunately Robbie just hit ball four.

    Oh well.

  1238. bill_brasky April 13th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    dammit cano….

  1239. kidjock April 13th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Jeez, that was ball 4.

  1240. V April 13th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    CB – I agree – that’s where Ensberg is needed.

  1241. ADave April 13th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    2 on with no outs and we don’t score. Why God, why???

  1242. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    well,

    Abreu, ARod, Matsui….Posada, Giambi

    against Delcarmen in the 9th

    not a battle the yanks cant win

  1243. Yankee Fan in Boston April 13th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Ball 4, low pitch, Cano goes fishing, and gets the out. Second verse, same as the first.

  1244. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    As Cano swings at his best friend ball 4. They should make Damon come in and catch, now Posada has to for no reason.

  1245. kasey April 13th, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    gotta agree to some extent with global warming. if it were torre making some of these in-game decisions, plenty of folks on this blog would be calling for his head.

  1246. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Still can’t figure out why Girardi is carrying Ensberg on this team. Damon- not hitting, Cano- defintely not hitting. Lefty on the mound? I just don’t get it. Melky plays CF for Damon.

  1247. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Hopefully, Jeter plays tomorrow night. They need him back in the 2 hole. Cano just isn’t a #2 hitter and, unfortunately, he is lost at the plate right now.

  1248. YankeeJosh April 13th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Global Warming,

    I would have tried a hit and run to stay out of the DP. But agreed that Girardi should have tried something there.

  1249. Rocco April 13th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    IF they bunted to move the runners over with Damon and the same outcome occurred, the Yankees would be down 1 right now with 2 outs and abreu up… UGHH

  1250. Dan April 13th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Are these guys kidding with the “WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PLAY” stuff on the DP? That was about as routine as it gets.

  1251. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    ok I don’t understand that inning why is Ensberg on this team ? if he can’t hit for Johnny there ? what’s the point in pinch running Betemit for Molina if we’re not bunting w/ no outs to avoid the DP…..

    WTF

  1252. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    CB,

    right on

    Pete, if you’re reading, there’s a good question for you to ask Joe G

  1253. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    OK..I’ll be the master of the obvious. Cano and A-Rod are killing us in this game… Zero for 9 with 9 men left on base out of your 2 and 4 hitters ???….that is very sad !!! We are still in this game. Keep the faith, ALL ! ;-)

  1254. Wander April 13th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    That was undoubtedly the time to bunt. You can’t give up chances like that.

  1255. bill_brasky April 13th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    you mean:

    well,

    Abreu, automatic out, Matsui….Posada, Giambi

    against Delcarmen in the 9th

    not a battle the yanks cant win

    :-/

  1256. Drew April 13th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    I’m really getting tired of this home and road strategy. Two on, none out. Especially with a guy who isn’t hitting…YOU BUNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1257. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    I still think we can win this game. But if we do not I hope that those of you who were here yelling screaming and flipping out stop to think about the offense that came back from 7-1.

    Thank you.

  1258. Whitey Fraud April 13th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    There goes Krazy Kyle…

  1259. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Why does Cano insist on swinging at those low pitches at his feet that aren’t strikes? Unbelievable. Oh, God. BeteStrikeOut is at SS and Farnsworthless is pitching.

  1260. ADave April 13th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    DIE FARNSWORTH

  1261. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Its April 13th, I’m getting nervous already, our bats need to wake up. Wake Up, get some Pepsi Maxxx.

  1262. Jimbob April 13th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    God Jon Miller is annoying. He gets so excited when a yankee gets out but when anything heppens to the red sox its like the world is ending.

    Great…Worthless in to pitch. this will go from 7-5 to 10-5 really quickly.

  1263. kidjock April 13th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Oh no Kyle Farnsworth! This guy is a batters best friend.

  1264. David April 13th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Even Joe Torre would have known to bunt in that situation… Two game changing mistakes in two games?

    If he keeps this up he should be fired. Making two amateur mistakes in two nights is inexcusable.

  1265. myrtlebeachfan April 13th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    The LAST THING we needed was a baserunner to test Posada’s arm.

  1266. Pepitone April 13th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Farnsworth is worthless. Another former Cub bum.

    This is another guy, like Pavano, that is a waste of money.

  1267. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Let’s hope that Farnsworth can hold it here.

  1268. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Farnsworth. I need to find my bible

  1269. ~Adam. April 13th, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    crisp steals second then third. Farns is soooo slow to the mound.

  1270. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    I didn’t see the change, but I heard a rope off a Bosox bat, and figured they had put in Farnsy.

  1271. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Have to love Farns with the no movement fastball right down the middle. Posada shouldn’t even throw to 2nd when Crisp steals 2nd..wont get him anyway.

  1272. CB April 13th, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    The Yankees might go on to lose this game.

    But you know what – this Red Sox bullpen will not last over the course of a long baseball season.

    It’s just not going to. Matsuzaka, Lester, Buchholz and Wakefield are not going to work deep into games and the pressure is going to build on the arms in that pen.

    This season is going to be about patience. The yankee’s young pitching is going to get better and Boston’s thin bull pen is going to wear down unless they are able to make a major trade.

  1273. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Hey let’s all think positive here and try to get some of our energy to Kyle.

    We don’t need negative thoughts pumped out into the universe right now!

  1274. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Posada can’t throw, so Farnsy, putting a guy on base was not a good idea.

  1275. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Drew,

    you PH Ensberg is what you do

  1276. kasey April 13th, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    you have GOT to love the kyle farnsworth experience. got to.

  1277. V April 13th, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Jon Miller is so godawful annoying.

  1278. Drive 4-5 April 13th, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    It seems like Cano isnt seeing the ball at all. I wonder if it’s a eye problem..seriously. He seems to squint a lot. He’s a far better hitter than this.

  1279. mel April 13th, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    YankeeDiva,

    I know you don’t like people calling out Alex. It’s not right. But if you’re listening to the game on ESPN radio, their crew (Soup Campbell & gang) they’re pretty fair.

    They’re saying it’s mechanical with Alex. He’s not planting and he’s way out too front on his swings.

    So we’re not bashing on Alex, just commenting that he may be trying to do too much.

    When Alex struggles, it’s mechanical, which is mostly a mental thing.

    No one here hates Alex. We love his homeruns, but he needs to be a situational hitter sometimes. Strikeouts don’t get the guy home from 3rd, but sac flies and groundouts sometimes will.

  1280. KB April 13th, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Cano’s groundout was a run…if they bunted Damon. Why would not put men ono 2 and 3 with one out coming into the heart of your order, down 2.

    Girardi baffles me. Not saying he is not a good manager- just don’t understand the logic.

    End all, pitching determines, and that is our problem.

  1281. KB April 13th, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Cano’s groundout was a run…if they bunted Damon. Why would not put men ono 2 and 3 with one out coming into the heart of your order, down 2.

    Girardi baffles me. Not saying he is not a good manager- just don’t understand the logic.

    End all, pitching determines, and that is our problem.

  1282. bill_brasky April 13th, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    i hope you’re right cb, my two best friends are sox hands and i might suffer an aneurysm if this current trend keeps up

  1283. Pepper Brooks April 13th, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    So everyone here gets on everyone when they give up or say negative things. What has Girardi just done by inserting Farnsworth, besides give up.

    “Boy’s, let’s get ready for that flight to Tampa”.

    In these down economic times, think of the money wasted by the yankees

  1284. V April 13th, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks Farnsworth!

  1285. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    :(

  1286. Global Warming April 13th, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Ok I’m calm again.

    Assuming Farns doesn’t implode, we have Abreu, A-Rod, and Matsui.

    So theres still a chance.

  1287. bill_brasky April 13th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    hands=friends, i’m tired

  1288. stuart April 13th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Nice baserunning by Melky.. Way to use your brain..

    Nice lunge at the ball Cano!!!!!He is such a meat head sometimes….

    If Kyle gives up another run I wish they would run this sack of –it out of town. I am sick of his routine…

    Another wasted effort.. Giambi is 1 for what ever against evryone except Timlin he is 2 for 2 with 2 HR’s…

    Anotehr run because of the Kyle leadoff walk, he really jsut sucks, he never gets the job done..

    NEVER

  1289. Ryan April 13th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Girardi hasnt shown me much so far this season as a manager. He doesn’t walk Manny last night and tonight doesnt have Damon bunt in a perfect situation for it. Is he picking his a** in the dugout?

  1290. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Have to bunt with Damon in that situation. I know they are down 2 on the road but, when you aren’t hitting, you have to move guys over.

    Farnsworth does what he does best….puts the game out of reach.

    5 scoreless innings from the bullpen and Kyle kills you.

  1291. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    are you flipping kidding me?

    Joe Morgan

    “nice play by Crisp to tag up”

    uh, ANYBODY tags up there

  1292. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    OK if you bunt the runners over, there is only one out with your 2, 3 and 4 hitters coming up. Now granted Cano and A-Rod have done nothing, but that DP takes the bat out of Bobbie’s hands and he has been one of the hottest NYY hitters all year ( and yes, I KNOW it is early )…Unless Damon had monster numbers against that pitcher, that is 2 stupid moves by our fearless leader in 2 days against the Hated Beaners……this needs to stop, Joe ! Take down these notes….1) Moose makes NO more decisions this year, especially when we are playing the BoSux 2) When the tying runs are on 1st and 2nd to start an inning with no outs…ALL THE TIME…bunt them over into scoring position….. ( rant over ) ;-)

  1293. Global Warming April 13th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    The Farns, you never let me down and I love you for it.

  1294. bill_brasky April 13th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    oh god, never mind hands=fans, its bed time night all

  1295. JoeT YANKEES April 13th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Farnsworthless is worse then Mike Timlin

  1296. Rishi April 13th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    I cannot handle Kyle Farnsworth…though I think running on Posada has to be akin to the stupid no bunting on fake blood sock moron – but what do I know…

  1297. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Trisha – I’ll go with you and join the Hawkins fan club, but not the Farsnworth club. That was a big run.

  1298. blackdragon905 April 13th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    unlike the yankees, boston just seems to capitalize on opportunities, its so damn frustrating and this goes back to damon not bunting, the sox would have probably given up the run and cano’s soft grounder would have probably scored betemit and it would have only been two out with bobby on and a man on third, unbelivable!!!

  1299. MJR April 13th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Farnsworth in..Game Over!

    Why does he remind me so much of when we had Jeff Weaver throwing in-game BP.

  1300. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    OH I HATE FARNSWORTH !

  1301. jashell2000 April 13th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Joe G should have bunted JD. That was the wrong call…he will catch heat for that as well. Dang it…8-5 not looking good.

  1302. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    I’m sorry, but we need to DFA Farnsworthless now!!!! Just eat his freakin’ salary.

  1303. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    now if Krazy Kyle could just get himself a nice season ending injury, our bullpen would be instantly better…He is my new “Hawkins”…..

  1304. Colin April 13th, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    At least Melky is out there…otherwise this inning would be looking much much worse right now.

  1305. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    they want to steal and leave 1b open

    plug JD Drew with some heat

  1306. A 22 April 13th, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    i understand that kyle’s got good stuff but the guy cant hit a dam spot to save his life.

  1307. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    When will the Farns. experiment be done with?

  1308. KB April 13th, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    OK- Posada cannot play for another month. Needs to be accepted.

  1309. JoeT YANKEES April 13th, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Damn…. Jorge must be really hurting back there – good to see he’s man enough to do the job though

  1310. ADave April 13th, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    I hate you farnsworth, I really do. You are pure evil.

    For those keeping track at home – 16 baserunners, 4 runs. Grrrr.

  1311. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Farns is a good-feelings killer on top of everything else.

  1312. YankeeJosh April 13th, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    To be fair to Farnsworth, it’s not all on him. He gave up two singles, and the Sox just ran wild on Posada. There should have been no runs scored that inning.

  1313. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    I need to change the channel.
    I can’t even stand to watch Farnsworth pitch. He angers me that much

  1314. Boston Dave April 13th, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Kyle just cant come into meaningful games right now unless he can magically gain great command of his slider. his fastball just isnt cutting it.

  1315. Kill-Schill(ing) April 13th, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    If Posada can’t throw, you have to bring Joba into the game to keep runners off the bases.

  1316. Pepitone April 13th, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    I told you about Farnsworth. They should try and find some chump that will take him.

  1317. pat April 13th, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    “When Alex struggles, it’s mechanical, which is mostly a mental thing”

    If it’s mechanical, it’s a physical thing.

    Posada will make them pay for that somewhere.

  1318. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Boston Dave…you’ll give yourself cardiac arrest if you listen to those ESPN Idiots EVER,,,whether it be them broadcasting a Yankee Game, ANY MLB game or ANY ESPN Broadcast, they all hate the NYY and have no problem showing their anti-NYY bias in any situation that they can. ( plus, Joe Morgan is a cross dresser ) ;-)

  1319. Moshe Mandel April 13th, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Not one person said they should bunt before that play. One person brought it up and no one responded. There was a pitching change prior to the at bat, allowing all of the monday morning quarterbacks here ample time to say “bunt here.” But no one said it until after the play.

  1320. Fran April 13th, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Agreed that Posada can not catch right now. Especially tomorrow night against the Rays who ran all over him last time.

  1321. randy l April 13th, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    and why is posada out there?

  1322. trisha - April 13th, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Fran -

    I would be lying if I said I was totally convinced there will be a turnaround on him. Well let me just say I have a lot more confidence in starting a LaTroy fan club than a Kyle fan club.

  1323. SDJohn April 13th, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Not wanting him to pitch is one thing Vito, but wishing an injury on a player? Seriously little man, you got issues.

  1324. Jax April 13th, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Is it possible that Hawkins is better then Farnsworthless? If I had to pick one it would be Hawkins.

  1325. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    The negativity surrounding Kyle Farnsworth right now is so high, the Yankees should consider a buy-out just to get a new face in the bullpen, that has a positive attitude, is appreciated by the fans, and can pitch strikes. I.E. Alan Horne etc.

  1326. SJ44 April 13th, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Of all the people who some want DFA’ed, the ONLY guy it makes sense to DFA is Farnsworth.

    He is just awful.

    5 scoreless innings from the ‘pen tonight and Kyle puts the game out of reach.

    Girardi has to come out of this series having learned 3 lessons:

    1. NEVER pitch to Manny with the game on the line.

    2. You have to bunt guys over when your hitters aren’t hitting.

    3. Most important lesson of all………You can’t fix Kyle Farnsworth. Cut your losses, bring up Scott Patterson, and move on.

  1327. Alvin April 13th, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    You don’t give up outs down two runs in the 8th inning. As the saying goes, when you aim for one run, you get one run. The Yankees needed two. Bunting would’ve been a terrible call – sure you score one run…so what? They’re still down 7-6, and now it’s 8-6. You gotta give your guys a chance to hit.

    Remember, it’s just as easy to fall in love with small ball as it is to fall in love with the home run.

  1328. Rishi April 13th, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    I disagree – no reason to be “fair” to farnsworth when he knows the catcher can’t throw – how are you pitching and not putting yourself in the right kinds of counts to get outs…waaaaay too many balls, especially since you know they were going to run wild on jorge…

  1329. YankeeJosh April 13th, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Joba hasn’t pitched in aehile. Wouldn’t have been the end of the world to use him for an inning today.

  1330. KB April 13th, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Agreed- Joe G is not showing well thus far.

  1331. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    No, it’s not all on Farns. But it’s just sad.

  1332. Rocco April 13th, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Can’t blame Farnsworth… Did you guys see the stolen base? If they hold coco at 1st then melky catches that 2nd out and coco is still on 1st, not tagging up…

    idiots.

  1333. CB April 13th, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Joe Girardi’s love affair with Kyle Farnsworth must end. It must end.

    It means nothing that Girardi happened to be Kyle’s catcher in one of the few good years Kyle had by random chance.

    Girardi promised “competition” for spots on the roster while at the same time promising to make it his personal mission to turn Farnsworth’s career around. Girardi “saw something” in Kyle.

    Then we hear all that nonsense about how Farnsworth never asked to not be used two days in a row or never asked not to throw 2 innings in an appearance…

    Girardi’s new Kyle Farnsworth is the same as the old Farnsworth.

    An absolutely gutless performance. The team’s in striking distance. Farnsworth knows that Posada can’t throw and what does he do – base hit to one of the fastest players in all of baseball to start the inning.

    Just gutless. He must be removed from this team. Awful.

  1334. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 13th, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    the only guy I feel sorry for right now is Jorge he’s looking at these bums running on him while he can’t throw and has a bum throwing strikes to him !!

  1335. CaptainsCorner April 13th, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Disgusting how Boston can use Lopez to close out a game, but if the Yanks ever tried it would never work.

  1336. what. April 13th, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    I don’t understand why Peter hates A-rod so much. I think peter is envious of arod.Thats what i believe.

  1337. Pat G April 13th, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    I’m still angry about Damon not bunting

  1338. stuart April 13th, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    REALLY HOW MUCH LONGER ARE THEY GOING TO RUN KYLE OUT THERE?

    AT what point is enough enough?

    How many 1-2-3 innings has he had in the last season +??????????

    the # is terrible, send him to the NL send a message to the team…

  1339. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 13th, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    can we have a miracle here?

  1340. David April 13th, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Farnsworth isn’t to blame for this game. The only person you can blame for this one is Girardi. If he bunts Damon the whole game changes. If the Yankees are within one or tie, you probably have Joba Chamberlain out there instead of Farnsworth. And the only reason Posada is catching when he clearly shouldn’t be is because Girardi made a bunch of cute little moves and then decides he wants Johhny Damon to become a slugger instead of having a grade A bunter bunt. Damon is a guy who ALWAYS has the potential to beat out a bunt.

  1341. Nick in SF April 13th, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    I’d like to see something in Farnsworth too, but I can’t say what it is on this family blog.

  1342. Dr. Cox April 13th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    There still a chance.

    Anyway, I dont panic from April to June, if they are still not hitting then, then its time to break out the Xanax.

  1343. Pepper Brooks April 13th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    For those keeping score… According to Joe Morgan, if Abreu gets on then the sox could change pitchers because ARod could hit a 3 run home run.

    Sorry, I don’t have an MBA or a PHD.. but last time I checked 8-5 = 3….. Abreu + ARod = 2…

    Am I missing something those numbers arent the same are they????

  1344. Yewnork April 13th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    an advertisement for sportscenter at the backstop?? now i have seen it all

  1345. JoeT YANKEES April 13th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    Alvin – the bunt would’ve made it 2nd and 3rd (the tieing run on second) with one out giving your 2 and 3 hitters two chances to get a base hit and tie the game.

  1346. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 13th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    SDJohn ….it was a JOKE, BRO !

  1347. Brendon April 13th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    I’m not blaming farnsworth, but it started with him, if he didn’t give up the hit, posada wouldn’t of had to worry about the runner on base.

  1348. Laura April 13th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    The replay showed that Bobby was safe. His foot hit the bag before Casey came down on it. This is why we need Instant Replay.

  1349. JoeT YANKEES April 13th, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Pepper brooks untrue – when the 2 people invloved in the HR (Abreu and A-Rod) make more then a couple major league teams, you get double the runs = grand slam

  1350. stuart April 13th, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Damon never hits into DP’s look it up.. If Melky knows how to run the bases that would not be a DP..

  1351. pat April 13th, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Pepper

    Nothing makes me happier than Joe Morgan being called out for being foolish but he said couldn’t not could.

  1352. Jax April 14th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Pete thinks it’s unlikely Kennedy,Hughes and Joba all work out.

  1353. Dee April 14th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Game was still within reach at 7-5, why didn’t they bring in Joba instead of Farnsworth??? What is Joe saving him for?

  1354. mel April 14th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    pat,

    So you’re saying that Alex is hurt? That he’s compensating?

  1355. ADave April 14th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    We have Patterson and Albadejo just waiting to be called up. Why keep putting Farnsworth out there time after time?

  1356. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 14th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Alex hit a double I swear if you hit that HR …

  1357. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 14th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    A-Rod homers here…as it likely won’t matter, right ?

  1358. SJ44 April 14th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    You can’t say if he bunts the whole game changes because Cano is hitting .160. Perhaps that played into his thinking.

    Bottom line, Kyle Farnsworth has to put up a zero in that inning. You may not win the game but, you can’t have the bottom of the damn order beat you in that situation.

    I agree with CB. The Farnsworth “fixing” has to end.

    He is a wasted arm out there. Get rid of him, call up Patterson, and be done with it.

    He is just a killer at this point on the team. I can’t imagine anybody on the team having confidence when he comes into the game.

    Fortunately, its early enough in the season to fix things. Getting rid of Kyle has to be high on the list.

  1359. Pepper Brooks April 14th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Joe T… Nice call.

  1360. CaptainsCorner April 14th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Arod swinging out of his shoes…Not gonna hit that pitch

  1361. Pepitone April 14th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Look, as a Cubs fan, but a Yankee fan first, the Cubs fell in love with Farnsworth potential, but he never would learn to pitch. The guy is a hardhead. Remember him turning his back on Posada a couple of years ago? He won’t listen to anybody who is trying to teach him.

    He gave up the tying and go ahead run against the Marlins in the 2003 NL Division series and had a temper tantrum in the dugout when Dusty took him out. He actually thought Dusty should have kept him in there!!

    The guy won’t learn. DFA em.

  1362. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 14th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    ADave ….
    .
    100% agree with you !

  1363. what. April 14th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    ray (sox fan)
    April 13th, 2008 at 10:36 pm
    Don Vito A. Bellamo
    April 13th, 2008 at 10:08 pm
    Look at Dice-Loser’s Line so far…IT IS STELLAR…I love those walks, DUDE…you are gonna be a MLB STAR….Does anyone have an extra 100 million to pay this STUD ???

    You guys all complain about Red Sox trolls……stupid posts like this one by Vito match the ignorance of any Red Sox trolls. Vito…..even though Dice-K is not sharp tonight why don’t you compare his line tonight with your stellar franchise?

    best comback of the day.vito where are you?….

  1364. CB April 14th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    It’s funny how there was so much talk in the off season and so many assumptions about how Girardi was going to be “more agressive” he’s play more national league style ball. That’s he’s manufacture runs and run more instead of just “waiting” for the yanks to have a big innings.

    Competition based on performance instead of loyalty to veterans would be the be all and end all of everything.

    How many times did we hear that? How many times were articles like that written – both in the media and on the blogoshpere.

    And in the end what are we seeing? More Kyle Farnsworth. And in that last inning we didn’t see any manufacturing of runs.

  1365. Pat G April 14th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    A-rod looked terrible there

  1366. David April 14th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    It doesn’t matter if Damon never grounds into double plays. That’s not the point. Every hitter has a chance to get out. Every hitter can ground into a double play. Damon laying down a good bunt is as close to a sure thing as you can possibly get. And a tie game with Joba Chamberlain good for two innings and Mariano Rivera good for two you would take ANY day.

  1367. stuart April 14th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Pete has no clue if joba, kennedy, and hughes will work out and neither do any of us…

    giving up on these guys early is moronic..

    Houston gave up on Santan, how did that work out???????

    Hughes will be a star, stop the dam nibbling throw the damn ball over the friggin plate……..

  1368. Dee April 14th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    I’m worried all these K’s are gonna resurrect head-case Arod…

  1369. Pepper Brooks April 14th, 2008 at 12:03 am

    This team just cannot hit and their plate discipline is crap. Hits will fall but law of averages does not improve your discipline at the plate – swinging at bad pitches.

  1370. Bronx Betty April 14th, 2008 at 12:03 am

    CB-

    you’re right. lets fire Girardi!

  1371. SJ44 April 14th, 2008 at 12:03 am

    You don’t bring Joba in the game when you are behind. That’s wasting him.

    Its up to Farnsworth to do his job. He didn’t do it.

    It wasn’t the inning to bring in Joba. Not trailing by 2 runs.

  1372. PAT M. April 14th, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Sometime in the near future, there will be a contending NL team that will be looking for bullpen help….Being this is his final year, Farnsworth will be an attrctive commodity to maybe the Braves, Cubs….

  1373. Pat G April 14th, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Delcarmen is better out of the bullpen than everyone we have except for Chamberlain or Rivera

  1374. pat m in ct April 14th, 2008 at 12:04 am

    I can only guess that the reason Damon didn’t bunt was maybe it’s awfully tough to bunt off a sidearming lefty.

    And Kerosene Kyle must go.

    Great fans in Boston. Winning wth one out left and chanting Yankees suck. Nice.

  1375. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 14th, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Silver lining…at 6-7 we are only 1 back of the only team that matters in the AL East,,,we can play much better and our Manager CAN learn from his mistakes…Good Night, ALL !

  1376. Brendon April 14th, 2008 at 12:05 am

    ALong with all the names in the Yankees minor league bullpen, you also have Edwar Rameriz, Horne, Britton and Veras. All could easily take on Farnsworth, and are open to change, are willing to get better.

  1377. CaptainsCorner April 14th, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Girardi is going to have a ton of questions after the game about not bunting, just like he had about pitching to Manny. He better get used to it because so far he has not been impressive. 2 on and no one out in the 8th how do you not bunt?? If Damon has been hot then maybe it is ok, but he has been awful..Cano hasn’t been hitting either but a hit by Cano or Abreu gets you 2 runs.

  1378. Yankee Fan in Boston April 14th, 2008 at 12:05 am

    For those saying it’s too early to harp on the Yankees, tonight’s game illustrates the counter-argument. It’s not that Phil Hughes is a bad pitcher; he’s not. It’s not that Cano sucks at the plate, he doesn’t. It’s that they’re playing Bad Baseball, and it shouldn’t happen.

    A-Rod swinging at the first pitch in the first inning. Cano fishing at ball 4s and grounding out. The lack of bunting people over. The wild pitches. The throwing errors. People stealing on us as a given. Substituting Posada into the catcher position which you could argue directly gave Boston a run, as opposed to giving us anything. Using Farnsworth, AGAIN, in any role other than mop-up. It’s bad baseball, and it’s the same old crap we complained about Torre doing.

    Yes, A-Rod will hit for big numbers. Cano will turn it around. Giambi will get his walks and maybe some HRs (he’s still dead weight imo) but the team, and the manager aren’t playing good baseball, and it’s never too early to start doing that. That’s what is frustrating. I can handle Hughes getting roughed up. I think his strike zone is squeezed, and his pitch selection a little predictable, but he’s got the stuff. But I can’t excuse some of the sloppy baseball tonight, and even this season so far.

    Even some lineup moves that don’t make sense to me. Why do you have to force Cano into the #2 slot? You can’t move the line down and have Abreu 2 and A-Rod 3? You HAVE to keep them at 3 and 4? That’s nonsense. All it did was put Cano in a position to fail, and further his frustrations.

    We have a lot of issues to work out aside from not hitting. That will come around. The bad baseball needs to stop, though.

  1379. what. April 14th, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Phil “franchise” huh!!….wwwwwwwooooowwwwwwww…….and you talk about being overrated. Phil is a joke. I say send him back to the minors and let the real man in the big leagues.

  1380. Nick in SF April 14th, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Q: Would Joba have been more valuable in a game like this as a starter or as a reliever who never got into the game?

  1381. what. April 14th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    And the Yankees loose…..the yankees loose.

  1382. Drew April 14th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Kyle Farnsworth, how much do I hate thee? Let me count the ways.

    Never mind..I’d still be at it a week from now.

  1383. CaptainsCorner April 14th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Fitting that the game ends with Matsui swinging at ball 4.

  1384. trisha - April 14th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Sorry Fran.

    We’ll get them the next time.

  1385. pat April 14th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    mel

    I don;t think he’s hurt. By mechanics being off, I figure they mean he’s opening up or moving his stance and that’s a physical problem, not a mental one.

  1386. Fran April 14th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    We’ll get them Wednesday in NY.
    At least weather won’t be a factor the next two nights and Derek should be back as well.

  1387. Rich April 14th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    “Great fans in Boston. Winning wth one out left and chanting Yankees suck. Nice.”

    um… isnt it probably the most approriate time to chant it?

  1388. Pepitone April 14th, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Pat M-

    Noooooooooooooo, not the Cubs, anybody but the Cubs!!!!!!!

    Tell me that was a joke.

  1389. CB April 14th, 2008 at 12:08 am

    SJ,

    We discussed the Farnsworth situation a great deal in spring training. I did not like Girardi just guaranteeing him a spot on the team. I did not like it at all. But Girardi is the manager and it’s his team to pick.

    It’s also his responsibility to be accountable for the decisions he makes. I have not criticized Girardi for much – it’s way to early in the season. I could understand him letting moose pitch to Manny and I defended him. Even on Damon not bunting I’ll give him a pass though I would have at least pinch hit Ensberg there.

    But I can’t abide Kyle Farnsworth anymore.

    Honestly – that eight inning bothered me far more than anything else we saw in this game.

    Ohlendorf and Hawkins did a terrific job under very difficult circumstances.

    Farnsworth one inning after not pitching for several days – and just collapses as usual.

    Unacceptable – they need to be rid of him and bring up Patterson.

  1390. trisha - April 14th, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Night all!

    Onward and upward!!!

  1391. Brendon April 14th, 2008 at 12:08 am

    PAT M.
    April 14th, 2008 at 12:04 am
    Sometime in the near future, there will be a contending NL team that will be looking for bullpen help….Being this is his final year, Farnsworth will be an attrctive commodity to maybe the Braves, Cubs….

    Noone will want his contract, that is the dilema

  1392. Pepper Brooks April 14th, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Well, let’s hope they can get a split it Tampa. They do face Jackson on night 2, with the late game tonight, a sweep by Tampa is not out of the question, especially with all the power coming from this team.

  1393. Dee April 14th, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Someone needs to remind Arod not every pitch needs to be a mad swing for HR. How about just getting on base and keeping the inning alive?

  1394. Rocco April 14th, 2008 at 12:11 am

    “Sometime in the near future, there will be a contending NL team that will be looking for bullpen help….Being this is his final year, Farnsworth will be an attrctive commodity to maybe the Braves, Cubs…”

    um Farnsworth came from the Braves and Cubs… they know what he’s about.

  1395. Jax April 14th, 2008 at 12:12 am

    Only reason why Farnsworth is still on the team is because he has the a contract. He’s making 5 million. That is not big money to the Yankees. Them getting rid of him is not going to hurt. I honestly don’t know why it hasn’t happened yet. Patterson is a much better option.

  1396. mel April 14th, 2008 at 12:13 am

    That’s that.

    -Yanks were doomed by the poor start and Ohlendorf didn’t put out the fire, but they made a go of it.
    -Posada can’t catch, rather he can’t throw.
    -Damon should’ve bunted there because you had two men on with no outs.
    -We’re 6-7, not 2-10
    -Phil & Eiland will figure it out
    -Alex is trying to be a super hero, he needs to just get back to the basics and everything else will fall into place
    -Nice hitting by Molina & the AG since they’ve started
    -The sun will come out tomorrow, so I predict no rainout in Tampa Bay :)

  1397. Pepitone April 14th, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Rocco-

    Yep, as I Cub fan I can vouch for that.

  1398. CB April 14th, 2008 at 12:14 am

    “Q: Would Joba have been more valuable in a game like this as a starter or as a reliever who never got into the game?”

    I could not agree more. Before this series started how much did we hear about how big a weapon Joba would be against boston?

    He was going to “shorten” the game. He was an unstoppable weapon.

    All of this is true.

    But if you don’t get into one game in the series what value is he?

    Joba is fine in the pen right now but this series is the perfect example for why Joba must be moved to the rotation in the second half.

    If Joba had started either game 2 or 3 of this series would they have had a better chance of winning one of those games?

    Wouldn’t he have been more valuable?

    It’s very easy to see the moments when Joba helps them in the pen. It is much less easy to see the opportunity cost they are paying by keeping him out of the rotation.

  1399. We MIss Paulie April 14th, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Farnsworh is a mess, for sure.

    But I’m most concerned about Girardi making stupid calls in both games that could have been game changers. Last night pitching to Manny and not bunting tonight with 2 on and none out. BIg big game changers.

    I’m just wondering, is Girardi not as good as we all thought, or just a bit rusty?

  1400. Yankee Fan in Boston April 14th, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Girardi definitely fails his first two tests: pitching to Manny and Damon not bunting.

  1401. scis April 14th, 2008 at 12:16 am

    It’s honestly not the fact that Farnsworth gets beat…it’s how he get’s beat. An 0-2 belt-high fastball to Pedroia after he just made him look like a little leager on the previous pitch with a filthy slider? At least go up in the zone or under the hands. Those are the things that piss managers off.

  1402. ~Adam. April 14th, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Yankees Fan in Boston-

    I couldn’t agree more. It’s frustrating that they seemed to have cloned the exact same team from the last 4 years.

    And SJ44- we know it’s only April and it’s too early too judge, but this team doesn’t look any different.

    Girardi had a bad series. He’s going to hear about it too.

  1403. CaptainsCorner April 14th, 2008 at 12:16 am

    I think Krazy Kyle will definitely be traded to an NL team at the trading deadline. Cash should be able to get a decent player for him because teams will think they can fix him since he throws so hard and think his problem is pitching in NY. Maybe not knowing that he is nuts. Just get him out of here already. Olendorf has done a great job and I would rather see him pitching in the later innings then 3rd inning mop up duty.

  1404. stuart April 14th, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Pat G smart comment.. Nice sample size mental midget. And Ross Gload is the best 1B in baseball….

    he hits about 500 against the Yanks..

    I got to go, the stupidity on this site is depressing.

  1405. joe April 14th, 2008 at 12:16 am

    The person we should point the blame at for both the losses this series is Girardi. Man, did he make some bad calls this weekend. Pitching to Manny with runners on second and third with 2 outs and first base open. Then he doesn’t bunt Damon in the eighth inning tonight and the 8th run by the Sox would not have happened if Posada wasn’t catching. It was obvious he wasn’t going to throw the ball and the Red Sox knew that and took advantage. That last run only scored because Posada, who clearly should not be catching, was behind the plate instead of Molina. What a bad weekend outside of the gem Wang threw on Friday night.

  1406. Jax April 14th, 2008 at 12:17 am

    Joba also has pitched in only one game in the last week. Much more valuable as a starter.

  1407. Bronx Betty April 14th, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Hey, atleast we didn’t get wiped out 11-zip like Detroit did, today.

  1408. ~Adam. April 14th, 2008 at 12:18 am

    At least there won’t be any cold weather in the Dome tomorrow.

  1409. Ramon2 April 14th, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Hah Hah Losers.

    Hughes LOL.

  1410. David April 14th, 2008 at 12:19 am

    I think the Joba starter argument is a good one. And Olendorf looked pretty good although his control was off, so he may be able to fill that 8th inning.

    We MIss Paulie, I agree with you. I got over the mistake yesterday because supposable that was Mussina’s call (still not good for a manager to be letting players decide strategy), but tonight, that has to scare you. It’s depressing because EVERYTHING went wrong for the Yankees, but they still had a chance to win, and that poor managerial decision was too much to overcome. And it worries me also because I hope we’re not going to be talking about flawed manager logic every other game.

  1411. mel April 14th, 2008 at 12:19 am

    pat,

    I’m sorry, I misunderstood you.

    When I say it’s mental, it’s that he’s trying too hard to do something and is abandoning the mechanics that have served him well since little league.

    Almost all the Yankees today had some good, long at-bats where they battled. Alex is barely making contact.

    It happens in tennis, too. When you try to hit a winner, you’re timing is off and the ball goes right into the net.

    Once again, I’m not slamming Alex. I don’t hate him or anything. He’s gone through these things before and bounced back in big ways.

  1412. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 14th, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Girardi on Saturday was a mistake

    tonight the non-bunt, the Morgan Ensberg iced out for Damon who can hit a beach ball

    And to tell you the truth Farnsworth unless it’s about a draft pick he should be out of here the Tigers released a 23 yr. old w/ good stuff in Yorman Bazardo send Kyle away seriously, it’s just ridiculous what I watch w/ him.

    And Robi needs a*# kicking IDK why he starts slow but he just does. Again like CB said this is Girardi’s team but I don’t have to be homeristic w/ his decisions.

  1413. Frank Discussion April 14th, 2008 at 12:20 am

    I’ve tried to be optimistic about Farnsworth, but no more. He needs to go, ASAP. Can’t teach an old dog new tricks. A few really questionable moves by Girardi in this series, he’ll have to face the music. On the bright side, Hawkins is looking better, more confident on the mound. Hope that trend continues.

    As mentioned before, if you can’t get more then 3 innings from your starter, tough to pull out a win.

  1414. Pepitone April 14th, 2008 at 12:22 am

    Since Paul O’Neil retired the Yanks have lacked leadership. O’Neil played with fire in the belly, and the Yanks don’t have anybody on their team now that brings that to every game.

    Boston has Youkilis, Papelbon, and the catcher (can’t think of the guys name) to provide that leadership and fire.

    I really thought Damon would provide it when we signed him, but he is like the kid in the back of the class who never raises his hand. He’s invisible.

    I don’t know if we have anybody in the minors that has O’Neil like fire, but we have missed it since he left.

  1415. iYankees April 14th, 2008 at 12:25 am

    i don’t get why farnsworth threw with posada behind the plate. if anything you want to keep guys off the bags and the best option in the pen to do that would be joba. i don’t mind girardi going for it and subbing betemit, but if you’re going to keep posada as the catcher you need to know that kyle can give up a hit that will easily turn into a double (and subsequently score). at least with joba you know you can get 3 k’s.

  1416. CaptainsCorner April 14th, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Krazy Kyle for some odd reason doesn’t understand that his fastball has zero movement. Someone has to pound it into his brain!!!! He obviously thinks he can just throw it right down the middle and no one can catch up to it. Hasn’t he seen that he gets smacked around every single time he does that?? I love how Girardi keeps telling everyone that he will magically make him a great relief pitcher or even useful.

  1417. blackdragon905 April 14th, 2008 at 12:26 am

    suzyn just said molina pulled his hamstring thats why he was taken out, omg, they said someone is on the way as a backup for tomorrow

  1418. CaptainsCorner April 14th, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Susan: Molina pulled his left hamstring..DL That stinks..Chad Moller on his way

  1419. Tim April 14th, 2008 at 12:27 am

    The thing that people forget about Girardi and I’m already disliking the hire, (because in a lot of ways I think Girardi is a phony, he says one thing and does another) is that he is basically learning on the job, either that or he threw everything he learned from Torre out the window. The problem is imo he needs an experienced bench coach, a Don Zimmer or a Larry Bowa – type to run things by, not his best buddy Rob Thompson who up until this season has been a bullpen coach, come on! I think we are starting to see that he is in over his head already. This isn’t the Florida Marlins he’s managing but the New York Freekin’ Yankees. He made 2 huge, huge mistakes this series, managing 101 type mistakes which doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season.

  1420. Fran April 14th, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Just heard about Molina. Going on the DL. I wonder who starts tomorrow. If Posada can’t throw I guess you have to start Moller.
    Girardi also said that Hughes had terrible counts all night and that has got to change.

  1421. joe April 14th, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Are you guys joking about Molina? Please tell me you are.

  1422. David April 14th, 2008 at 12:30 am

    I honestly can’t understand all this trashing of the Yankee players. Phil Hughes had a terrible game. After that, what else was so bad besides Girardi’s managing? What more can you really ask of the Yankee players than to come back like that and be in a position to tie the game with a hit? Yeah, A-Rod looked awful, yeah, Cano looked bad, but that’s not what sealed the deal for them. Damon not bunting sealed the deal. The Yankee players put the team in a position to overcome a horrendous starting pitching effort (Hughes will be fine, and he could have been bailed out of this one) and a mad managerial call killed the come back. If Damon bunts, you have Cano and Abreu coming up with a chance to tie the game with a single hit. And you know what, if Damon lays down the bunt and Cano and Abreu don’t get the runs in, then you live with it. You say they couldn’t get the job done tonight. But they weren’t given the proper chance. And who knows, maybe Damon even beats the bunt out or there’s a bad throw or something goes the Yankee’s way. But the odds of Damon not executing a successful bunt are extremely low. And yeah, Farnsworth is bad, but Farnsworth didn’t blow the game for them by any stretch of the imagination.

  1423. anti-mussina April 14th, 2008 at 12:30 am

    great outing by phil “franchise” … hey buddy learn to throw a 3rd pitch, dumb@ss. think you can dominate the majors with 2 pitches? idiot.

    fire kevin long. how many times do i have to say it. look at all the struggling hitters- cano, arod, damon, posada, giambi, betemit.

  1424. Fran April 14th, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Tim- Robbie Thompson was not a bullpen coach. He was a special assignment coach for the team. He organized spring trainings, did scouting and other various tasks.

  1425. Kill-Schill(ing) April 14th, 2008 at 12:31 am

    No joke. Molina pulled a hamstring. He’s going on the DL.

    Not having Cervelli comes back to haunt the Yankees after all.

    I wonder how much longer until Posada can throw? I hope it isn’t more than another week.

  1426. Fran April 14th, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Joe – for real. That’s why they gave up the DH and brought Posada in to catch when he could not throw.

  1427. Charles April 14th, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Jeter, Posada, now Molina. Starting pitching is in shambles. Crappy offense. Yet another disastrous April. Just once I’d like to see the Yankees start a season on a good note.

  1428. CB April 14th, 2008 at 12:33 am

    “Krazy Kyle for some odd reason doesn’t understand that his fastball has zero movement. Someone has to pound it into his brain!!!! ”

    One of the major ways they were trying to get farnsworth to change was to get him to throw MORE fastballs.

    Girardi felt that Farnsworth was throwing too many sliders and wasn’t being “aggressive” enough or “trusting” his stuff enought.

    More fastballs was part of the new Kyle Farnsworth.

  1429. Fran April 14th, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Kill Schill – I think they have to start Moller tomorrow with Posada unable to throw and Tampa Bay likes to run.

  1430. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 14th, 2008 at 12:34 am

    “Are you guys joking about Molina? Please tell me you are.”

    no it’s the truth, I even heard him scream when he was at 1B I thought he was reacting to hit the ball and getting jammed but now we find out hamstring injury :(

  1431. V April 14th, 2008 at 12:34 am

    “Girardi definitely fails his first two tests: pitching to Manny and Damon not bunting.”

    Alternate universe – Mussina walks Manny, Youkilis hits his double.

    Damon bunts, Cano Ks, Abreu grounds out.

  1432. CaptainsCorner April 14th, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Moeller will definitely start tomorrow night because Girardi said that no one had to tell Posada not to throw because he knew not to…because he can’t. It doesn’t matter now that Molina is going on the DL but Posada should of been on the DL all of this time. They probably don’t even have another catcher to bring up from the minors to replace him.

  1433. David April 14th, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Augh this Molina injury is terrible news. Where did you guys hear this?

  1434. V April 14th, 2008 at 12:36 am

    I’m convinced – anti-mussina is a Red Sox fan trolling us.

  1435. joe April 14th, 2008 at 12:36 am

    Wow. That is totally unbelievable. That is one of the worst things that could have happened to this team right now. With Posada’s shoulder more than questionable, the Yankees have a real dilemma. I guess all that running hasn’t paid off after all.

  1436. randy l April 14th, 2008 at 12:36 am

    it made no sense to take molina out because even if the yankees tied it up or took the lead, any boston base runner on first would have ended up on third after stealing two bases without throws.

    just read the above about molina’s hamstring. that makes more sense. bad luck.

  1437. Kill-Schill(ing) April 14th, 2008 at 12:36 am

    I think you’re right Fran. I don’t know anything about Moeller but it can’t be an improvement.

  1438. Pepitone April 14th, 2008 at 12:37 am

    HEY, IS BERNIE STILL AVAILABLE???

  1439. Tim April 14th, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Fran if so that’s even worse, Thompson has no major league managing or coaching experience and he’s the manager’s right hand man. I just think with all of the other issues going on with this club to have an inexperienced manager who’s already making stupid tactical mistakes and with a bench coach with no real experience it really doesn’t bode well for this team. But hey, if the Steinbrenners are happy with this being a “transition” year and a learning on the job season I wish they would just let us know.

  1440. Kill-Schill(ing) April 14th, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Suzyn Waldman announced the Molina injury on WCBS’s post-game after interviewing Girardi.

  1441. Fran April 14th, 2008 at 12:38 am

    David – I heard it on Suzyn’s post game show on the radio.

  1442. V April 14th, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Tim – you are the absolute incarnation of all that is wrong with Yankee fans. Absolute.

  1443. CaptainsCorner April 14th, 2008 at 12:41 am

    CB: Throwing fastballs are fine. But like everyone knows the important part is where it is WHERE it is thrown. Straight and right down broadway will not get the job done. He just throws as hard as he can with no location.

  1444. CB April 14th, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Moeller is a typical decent glove no hit catcher.

    1200 career at bats in the majors – .224 BA with a .600 OPS.

    The Molina injury is a big problem. He could be out a long time given how much stress catching places on the hamstrings.

  1445. Tim April 14th, 2008 at 12:41 am

    V, I’ll take that as a compliment.

  1446. Fran April 14th, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Anybody know anything about Moeller? I know he was Ben Sheets perosnal catcher when he was with Milwaukee. And I think he played for the Nats last year.

  1447. joe April 14th, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Considering all the bad news this month, just look on the bright side. The Yankees still have 6 wins and are only 1.5 games behind the Orioles. With the way the Yanks have been swinging the bats, they could be in a much worse situation.

  1448. Fran April 14th, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Thanks CB – just saw your post. Does Moeller have any kind of arm?

  1449. anti-mussina April 14th, 2008 at 12:44 am

    this should be the lineup when everyone is back…

    Jeter SS
    Cano 2B– FORCE HIM HERE UNTIL HE BECOMES PATIENT
    Abreu RF
    Arod 3B
    Giambi 1B
    Shelly DH
    Matsui LF
    Molina C– BOOHOO! POSADA ARM HURT… ROT ON THE BENCH, WUSS.
    Melky CF

  1450. CB April 14th, 2008 at 12:44 am

    Captain,

    Listen – I don’t want him throwing more fastball. I don’t want him throwing more sliders.

    That’s what the plan was in order to reinvent Kyle. That’s what they worked on in spring training. That’s what they saw in him that made them think he had a good spring training -more agressive, etc.

    I don’t want him throwing any more pitches for this team. The way he left Posada exposed like that right out of the gate was awful. He couldn’t even come through in that kind of time of need?

  1451. PAT M. April 14th, 2008 at 12:44 am

    The injury to Molina is a major hit …..

  1452. Pepitone April 14th, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Look, who here would rather have the Yanks playing like this in September??

    No one? Exactly.

    Let’s see where they are in late August, then we can panic.

  1453. anti-mussina April 14th, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Fran April 14th, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Anybody know anything about Moeller? I know he was Ben Sheets perosnal catcher when he was with Milwaukee. And I think he played for the Nats last year.

    ——–

    Yeah, he sucks.

  1454. Bob April 14th, 2008 at 12:46 am

    All I’m gonna say is Girardi threw away a probable win in this series with two bad decsions. Yesterday with Manny, and tonight with not bunting Damon. Chances are they would have gotten at least 1 run if Damon bunted. Then bring in Joba witha one run deficit or tie and things probably would have turned out differently.

    Bad series for Girardi.

  1455. gayle April 14th, 2008 at 12:46 am

    I turned off the game after it was over so missed anything about Molina but if you notice he did grab his leg after he scored on the fly ball he got up and grabbed it right away

  1456. CaptainsCorner April 14th, 2008 at 12:47 am

    I remember him looking really good in spring training throwing out runners..I guess we will find out. Especially with those rats that run like crazy on the spring training champs. I wonder if they got there rings yet?

  1457. CB April 14th, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Fran,

    I do think moeller has a good arm. Finding a backup catcher is hard enough – getting a #3 catcher is impossible.

    For a #3 catcher Moeller is a good option. But that said he’s a major drop off with the bat form Molina, never mind the scorching hot molina we’ve seen to start off the season.

  1458. David April 14th, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Although this Molina thing is a huge hit, it’s not the end of the world. I mean when Posada comes back, you’re talking about Molina getting about 1 start a week. The only way this becomes a major problem is if Posada is not as close to being ready as the Yankees have made it seem. Because if Posada is 100%, then you can easily live without Molina and a bellow par backup catcher.

  1459. anti-mussina April 14th, 2008 at 12:51 am

    cashman is content with losing to the redsox. it’s ok for him if the redsox wins the next 15 world series as long as he gets to keep his PRIZED MINOR LEAGUE PROSPECTZZZZ. cashman will not be resigned after this year… thank god.

  1460. Fran April 14th, 2008 at 12:52 am

    CB,

    But if the rest of the line-up hits they can carry Moeller as long as he provides good defense. Posada doesn’t seem nearly ready to come back. The announcers speculated that Girardi told him not to throw. In fact Girardi said that Posada did not throw because he can’t!

  1461. RustyJohn April 14th, 2008 at 12:54 am

    Tell me what good a bunt would do in giving up an out with only 2 innings left? I think Girardi has done fairly well, particularly in bullpen management and keeping his eye on the big picture- we have 150 games left-if Torre were still here Joba would have pitched 6 of the past 9 games. Joe G is not going to destroy the team for a season so he can win two games.

    They need to start hitting- who on this blog said on opening day, “Wow, I’m really impressed with the Yankee bullpen, but the offense is atrocious!” No one, because we know the offense is better and they just need to get going- and we all thought the bullpen would suck- but other than Farnsworth and an outing or two by Latroy, the pen has been pretty bad***.

    I must admit I did not like the idea of sending Shelly down- would rather they put Jeter on the DL- and they need to get innings out of the starters other than Pettite and Wang.

    My only other complaint is “Why didn’t Giambi and Damo get injured instead of Jeter and Posada?”

  1462. Drew April 14th, 2008 at 12:55 am

    “Great fans in Boston. Winning wth one out left and chanting Yankees suck. Nice.”

    Like we never chant Red Sox suck..c’mon.

  1463. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 14th, 2008 at 12:55 am

    That is horrible about Molina

  1464. Buddy Biancalana April 14th, 2008 at 12:55 am

    anti moose-

    Cashman has already been approached about a new contract, he has decided to negotiate in the off season, if he leaves, it’s of his own volition.

  1465. CB April 14th, 2008 at 12:56 am

    If the rest of the line up hits then they can more than afford to carry moeller.

    He’s the third string catcher – for that purpose he’s decent option. It’s hard enough to get a decent #2 catcher.

    But if the line up continues to struggle then having moeller hitting is a problem.

    It was a very good move to pick him up and get him to agree to accept a position in AAA.

  1466. raymagnetic April 14th, 2008 at 12:57 am

    “Let’s see where they are in late August, then we can panic.”

    Why wait until August when the panic can start now? So what they’re only 1.5 games out, it’s very obvious that they are doomed. Doomed I tell ya. ;)

  1467. Boston Dave April 14th, 2008 at 12:58 am

    buddy.

    Anti is a troll – no point in replying

  1468. anti-mussina April 14th, 2008 at 12:59 am

    Buddy Biancalana April 14th, 2008 at 12:55 am

    anti moose-

    Cashman has already been approached about a new contract, he has decided to negotiate in the off season, if he leaves, it’s of his own volition.

    —–

    i wish he leaves!

  1469. David April 14th, 2008 at 1:00 am

    RustyJohn, a good bunt does everything you need it to… Also, a good Johnny Damon bunt isn’t your normal good bunt. Damon is a superb bunter. If Damon lays down one of his quality bunts, not only do the runners move up, (3rd, 2nd, 1 out), but you also force the Red Sox to make a throw under pressure where a bunch of things can go wrong, or Damon can simply beat it out.

    Also, about Joba, at this time he’s a setup guy who pitches 1 or 2 innings at the most. He needs to get in games. You can’t expect him and Mo to come in on 4 days rest and be particularly sharp… Yeah Tore would overuse him, but there’s going to be times in the season when Joba just needs to pitch an inning to stay sharp.

  1470. anti-mussina April 14th, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Boston Dave April 14th, 2008 at 12:58 am

    buddy.

    Anti is a troll – no point in replying

    ——

    and how am i a troll? i am a true fan and im not fond of losing. i am mad when the yankees lose and i let out my anger here instead of the streets.

    also if you accept losing then you are not a true fan you are a LOSER, A FRAUD, AND A WOMAN ( no offense to females)

  1471. G. Love April 14th, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Get me Sal Fasano, Stat!

  1472. pat April 14th, 2008 at 1:10 am

    mel

    I don’t think what you said was bashing. I think he needs to be more patient and he does try too hard sometimes.

    I guess I’ve learned to accept that all athletes have some hole in their game. As much as we fans would like it, Moose isn’t going to throw a 100 mph fastball, Jeter is not going to hit 40 HR’s a year, Jorge isn’t going to steal many bases and A-Rod isn’t going to be a contact hitter.

  1473. pat m in ct April 14th, 2008 at 1:13 am

    Drew-

    yeah, I know we do and we shouldn’t either with an out left in the 9th. No point in rubbing it in, your team’s almost got the game in the bag; win with a little grace. Wishful thinking I know.

  1474. thirtydaes April 14th, 2008 at 2:15 am

    that was a long game and we didn’t win. it’s time to regroup and get ready for the rematch @ the stadium on Wednesday & Thursday.

  1475. Chris April 14th, 2008 at 3:28 am

    I don’t understand why Pete has such a condescending tone with everything he writes. This used to be a great site for inside info, but it’s getting ridiculous with the jabs left and right.

  1476. Drive 4-5 April 14th, 2008 at 5:42 am

    If you feel so inclined,please say a prayer for Harlan Chamberlain and his family today.

  1477. can you jinx a no hitter with a blog comment? April 14th, 2008 at 6:53 am

    UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: Nice series for A-Rod so far. He’s 2 for 11 and has gotten the ball out of the infield three times.

  1478. can you jinx a no hitter with a blog comment? April 14th, 2008 at 6:53 am

    UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: Nice series for A-Rod so far. He’s 2 for 11 and has gotten the ball out of the infield three times.

  1479. can you jinx a no hitter with a blog comment? April 14th, 2008 at 6:53 am

    UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: Nice series for A-Rod so far. He’s 2 for 11 and has gotten the ball out of the infield three times.

  1480. can you jinx a no hitter with a blog comment? April 14th, 2008 at 6:57 am

    “UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: Nice series for A-Rod so far. He’s 2 for 11 and has gotten the ball out of the infield three times.”

    What you meant to say was…

    “Nice career for A-Rod so far. He’s hitting .306 lifetime while averaging over 40 homers and 120 rbi, is a gold glove defender playing out of position in deferrence to a substandard defensive replacement at short who lets balls get out of the infield three times per inning.

  1481. Steve April 14th, 2008 at 7:11 am

    Count Peter Abraham among those jumping ship. When you post “It’s highly unlikely all three of the kids will be quality starters. The Yankees would be fortunate if one is” its kind of hard to chastise others for being in panic in April.

    When Hughes is on, he can be great. We saw that in the no-hitter last year and in September and during the playoffs. But day in and day out, I think he needs another pitch and always have. You can’t throw 80-85% fastballs and fool major league hitters, no matter how good your control is. Not unless your Joba and throw it 101 MPH.

    I also think his control is a little TOO good. He needs to work off the plate a bit more. If you look at many of the pitches they were hitting last night, they were beautiful pitches. Placed perfectly exactly where he wanted to put them. Yet they got crushed. That tells you hitters are just too comfortable against him.

    He needs another pitch. He has the slider that he never uses, and he’s working on a change. When he mixes one of those in about 10% of the time, especially late in counts, I think he’ll be terrific. He doesn’t even have to throw it for strikes, in fact it may be better if he doesn’t as a swing and miss pitch. But he has 2 qualities most pitchers would kill for, outstanding control and outstanding command of plus stuff. He just needs another tool in his arsenal to finish hitters off with.

    I’m not giving up on any of the big 3.

  1482. James April 14th, 2008 at 8:43 am

    For anyone to give up on Phil after last nite is ridiculous. The guy is 21 years old. Santana isn’t exactly lighting up the NL yet so is he a bust? What about Verlander? I actually thought Phil had good stuff last nite but he just didn’t have his control. For ‘fans’ like Anti to come on here and say bad things about the young guys and Cashman’s approach with building the team is idiotic. Fair weather fan is all I have to say.

  1483. Joe April 14th, 2008 at 9:37 am

    There is no reason to panic, I agree. But the reason there IS panic is because most failed to see the oft-talked about pitchers for what they really were and still are.
    Kennedy is a finesse righty with much talked about but seldom seen “impeccable” command. Good minor league numbers, but we can all count on one hand the number of great right handed soft tossers, and we can count on exactly zero fingers the number of soft tossing right handers with barely average BB/9 numbers (which he has had his entire career including college) who would be considered great.

    Hughes does not throw 96. Hughes has touched 96 in the past, and he DID throw consistently harder when he was 18 and 19. This doesn’t have to mean he can’t be very good, but again, there aren’t too many right handers that are considered great that throw mostly 90 mph fastballs and don’t mix in at LEAST two other pitches on a regular basis. Unlinke Kennedy, he DOES have more than just one above average MLB pitch and once he starts using them and gets past the rookie learning curve I think he can be ok.

    When all fans hear is how great the young players are and never hear potential drawbacks, it is understandable to see a little panic. A more realistic view from the start would have helped. Also, I know I beat it into the ground over the last 6 weeks but…wouldn’t you rather have Joba make 3 starts through and then get skipped once to limit innings rather than have him in an 8th inning role, then lose him entirely to the minors while he stretches his arm out only to see him finally add his true value to teh club in the 2nd half of the season?

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