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Game 9: Yankees at Rays (with Xavier Nady update)

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Game time: 4:08 p.m.

YANKEES (4-4)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Swisher RF
Posada DH
Cano 2B
Gardner CF
Pena 3B
Molina C

Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (1-0, 1.29).

RAYS (4-4)
Upton CF
Crawford LF
Burrell DH
Pena 1B
Aybar 3B
Bartlett SS
Kapler RF
Hernandez C
Iwamura 2B

Pitching: RHP Andy Sonnanstine (0-1, 9.64).

Andy Pettitte vs. the Tampa Bay hitters.

Andy Sonnanstine vs. the New York hitters.

IN MEMORY OF JACKIE: All of the players today will wear No. 42 in memory of Jackie Robinson’s debut with the Dodgers. Mariano Rivera is the only player who still wears 42.

END OF THE ROAD: The Yankees are 4-4 on their nine-game trip, which ends today. It was the longest trip to start the season in team history. Your friendly neighborhood beat writer has spent the night at home three days since Feb. 8. Yeah, it’s April 15.

SWISH AT THE DISH: Nick Swisher has hit in seven straight games this season at 11 of 24. He has 10 runs scored, 11 RBI and 9 extra-base hits. He has been on base in 15 of 28 plate appearances.

A STRIKING STAT: Yankee pitchers have 55 strikeouts in the last six games.

GOOD HISTORY: Andy Pettitte is 15-4 in 24 starts against the Rays in 24 starts. He is 8-2, 3.27 in 12 starts at Tropicana Field.

CANO NEARLY PERFECT: Robinson Canp has at least one hit in seven of the eight games this season.

BRETT THE JET: Brett Gardner is 4 for 10 with five runs scored in the last three games.

Back with more later on.

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE, 12:55 p.m.: Nothing official yet, but the word is that Xavier Nady will need surgery and miss the season.

UPDATE, 1:47 p.m.: We just spoke to Nady. He didn’t want to say too much until he sees team doctor Chris Ahmad in NYC tomorrow. But he indicated that the MRI showed a tear and surgery will be needed.

UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: This is interesting Chien-Ming Wang is throwing live BP on the field. He’s facing Ransom and Cabrera.

UPDATE, 2:13 p.m.: Wang threw 21 pitches and looked good. Sinker was down. He said he felt good.

UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: Joe Girardi said the news on Nady was bad but they’re hoping that the team doctor says something different. But the MRI wasn’t good. Nady will be going on the DL tomorrow. No word yet on who will get called up.

Girardi feels they have enough coverage in the infield with Melky Cabrera around. I asked him about Austin Jackson, who is off to a hot start at Scranton. But as I expected, Girardi said they felt it more important that Jackson play every day in AAA than ride the bench in New York.

It sounds like Juan Miranda is a possibility. Although Kevin Russo was taken out of the game in Scranton today.

As for Wang, Dave Eiland came up with the idea for the live BP session. It was encouraging, Wang said. He was able to keep the ball down and made the adjustment with his footwork in terms of keeping his arm at the right angle instead of trailing behind.

David Cone was standing behind the cage. “He looked good to me because everything was down, even when he missed,” Cone said. “That’s what you want to see from a sinkerball pitcher.”

In other news, Jorge Posada feels fine. The Yankees are being cautious with him, hence his being the DH two days in a row. Plus, let’s be honest, Hideki Matsui looks helpless. Girardi said Posada would catch tomorrow. He also plans to use Ransom tomorrow.

Alex Rodriguez could take BP by the weekend. … George Steinbrenner will be at tomorrow’s game.

UPDATE, 4:18 p.m.: We’re underway at the Trop. Ten minute delay to a power outage. It was caused by the storms yesterday.

UPDATE, 4:32 p.m.: Every time I look up I say to myself, ‘Why is Mo hitting?”

UPDATE, 4:33 p.m.: Meanwhile, it’s Cowbell Day at the Trop. Imagine my delight. There needs to be a Shut The Hell Up And Watch The Game Day at parks.

UPDATE, 5:01 p.m.: Wow, a first baseman who can throw he ball to third base. What a concept. Heck of a catch and tag by Jeter, too.

That is the kind of play the stat folks can’t possibly quantify. Jeter goes to third, makes a lunging catch and tags the runner. Next guy up singles, so Jeter helped prevent a run there.

That’s why you need to watch the games to appreciate certain players. Jeter has abhorrent range to hie left. But he makes a lot of plays like that, too. It doesn’t balance out. But he’s a better defender than the stats indicate.

UPDATE, 5:10 p.m.: Rough inning for Pettitte as three doubles leads to two runs. 2-0 Rays.

UPDATE, 5:17 p.m.: How fitting that on Jackie Robinson Day, Robinson Cano (who was named after Jackie) drills a two-run homer. Robbie wears 24 in honor of Jackie.

Now it’s 2-2. Great start for Robbie.

UPDATE, 5:55 p.m.: Pettitte is pitching a solid game (6 6 3 3 0 4) and trails 3-2.

UPDATE, 6:17 p.m.: Yankees just announced that Yogi Berra will throw out the first pitch tomorrow.

UPDATE, 6:33 p.m.: Doubles by Derek and Damon tie the score at 3-3. Yankees in business with a runner on second and nobody out. Big spot for Tex and Swish.

Pettitte has gone a solid seven and the bullpen is ready. If they get the lead it’s Swish and Mo to close it out.

UPDATE, 6:35 p.m.: OK, so Bruney is warming up.

UPDATE, 6:45 p.m.: Big mistake there by the Rays I think. Cano will deliver.

UPDATE, 6:47 p.m.: Or ground into a force. Bad job by the Yankees there, leaving a runner on second.

Stay tuned after the game for the complete home opener press release. Kelly Clarkson has the anthem. Paul Olden was named the announcer. All fans will receive a pin. Gates at 10 a.m.

Pettitte staying in the game.

UPDATE, 6:53 p.m.: The Rays have no class sometimes. Pettitte goes 7.1 and allows three runs and they play Hit The Road, Jack when Girardi takes him out. Please.

UPDATE, 6:59 p.m.: Bruney has retired 14 straight, 10 by strikeout. He has fanned the last five batters he has faced.

Oh, if only Joba was the set-up man.

3-3 into the ninth.

UPDATE, 7:06 p.m.: Big double there for Ransom. Now can the Yankees drive him in?

UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: Derek Jeter can. 4-3 Yankees and the only 42 left in the majors, Mariano Rivera, should be coming in.

This would be a heck of a win.

UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Mo does what Mo does and the Yankees win 4-3.

They finish up the road trip 5-4 and open the new place tomorrow.

Check back later for the release on tomorrow’s festivities.

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1,268 Responses to “Game 9: Yankees at Rays (with Xavier Nady update)”

  1. Stacey April 15th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Let’s go Yankees!

  2. Paddy R April 15th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    hoping for good news on X…

  3. JJ April 15th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    5-4 would be a nice way to end the trip

  4. ANSKY April 15th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Swisher was looking like a lock to pitch the 8th inning for the rest of the year until Nady’s elbow went.

    Which reminds me … any word on Nady yet?

  5. Mike in Harrisburg April 15th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I think between DR’s disgrace in the WBC and his own work over the offseason, we are seeing an earnest, motivated Cano perhaps for the first time ever this year.

  6. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    “I think between DR’s disgrace in the WBC and his own work over the offseason, we are seeing an earnest, motivated Cano perhaps for the first time ever this year.”

    I think that Robbie heard the same trade rumors we did and decided that he better get his act together or he’d be playing somewhere else.

  7. A.l.i.a.s. April 15th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Bad news for Yanks: a junk pitcher on the mound for Rays.

  8. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 15th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    “Your friendly neighborhood beat writer has spent the night at home three days since Feb. 8. Yeah, it’s April 15.”

    Try going abroad for a semester and not seeing your family-because they refuse to visit-for four months. Well, okay, my brother visited. But my parents couldn’t be bothered.

  9. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Yeah….the .342 unmotivated Cano of 2006 or the .306, 97 RBI unmotivated Cano of 2007….who needs that guy?

  10. A.l.i.a.s. April 15th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Will Rick Porcello and Armando Galarraga be co-Rookies of the Year, Pete?

  11. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Carlos Pena will be Pettitte’s pain today unless he moves him off of the plate. He deals with Upton and Crawford very well.

  12. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Yeah, going abroad to live is really awful. :(

  13. bru April 15th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    i have Armando Galarraga on my fantasy team & am thinking about picking up porcello.

    i have volstad also who has given me 2 wins & looks great.

  14. Cowbell204 April 15th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Galarraga is not a rookie.

  15. vin April 15th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Looks like all the disgruntled Mets fans who dislike CitiField are going to get ANOTHER ballpark. Seriously, who else will be there?

    http://www.miamiherald.com/1460/story/999947.html

  16. Guy Incognito April 15th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Rebecca:

    When I was in college in upstate New York no one wanted to come visit either. Utica isn’t the draw it once was…

  17. ALB3 April 15th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I say Pettitte starts a rivalry tonight by hitting one of their big bats.

    Why not?

    Baseball is much more fun when the players run out on the field and stand around as if they just fought. Sometimes, they puff their chests out and yell as teammates conveniently hold them back.

  18. ANSKY April 15th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    GB7 – if Cano could be as ‘unmotivated’ as he was in ’06, we’d sooner be able to forget the unmotivated guy who wore his uniform last year.

  19. Mom April 15th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Rebecca,
    Ouch

  20. vin April 15th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I wonder if Swisher will come in from RF to face Kapler…

  21. Mike in Harrisburg April 15th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    “Yeah….the .342 unmotivated Cano of 2006 or the .306, 97 RBI unmotivated Cano of 2007….who needs that guy?”

    I’m not saying he was BAD before, but he never seemed to be a particularly driven or intense guy on the field, and that seems to have changed, at least through 8 games. Gone, so far, are the lackadaisical swings and apparent nonchalance in the field. If it’s true, he could be scary good this year.

  22. Paddy's Pub April 15th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    We will win this game. And then drinks on me.

  23. randy l. April 15th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    “Try going abroad for a semester and not seeing your family-because they refuse to visit-for four months. Well, okay, my brother visited. But my parents couldn’t be bothered.”

    rebecca-

    don’t fee bad. gb7 went abroad and orville never visited him once.

  24. m April 15th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Whatever Cano is doing, he needs to continue to do it. But I can’t decide whether I should
    scream or laugh at his first pitch routine.

    He stands there, knees locked, like he’s waiting for the bus or something. Casual as can be.

    But like I said, keep doing whatever you’re doing.

    Kapler was all class about Swisher. Kapler must’ve learned that when he was a manager. :)

  25. ANSKY April 15th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Mike – I’ve thought for a while that if Cano would play with at least half as much hustle as Dustin Pedroia, then he’d probably be a better 2B than Pedroia. Until now he hasn’t appeared to be playing with half as much hustle, and Pedroia’s been the better 2B.

  26. Dano April 15th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I’m off to the Arsenal-Villareal Champions League game, and will be following the Yanks on the iPhone.

    Two big games!!

  27. tampayank April 15th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    “vin April 15th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Looks like all the disgruntled Mets fans who dislike CitiField are going to get ANOTHER ballpark. Seriously, who else will be there?

    http://www.miamiherald.com/1460/story/999947.html

    The renderings look very nice, very ‘Miami’ look w/ the all white

  28. Hokiehill April 15th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    I’ll pipe up on this again…Cano slumped last year for sure and I think that affected his play at 2nd, but I think his “lack of hustle” has been greatly over-blown…Cano has always had a very smooth, fluid playing style which looks like less hustle compared to a guy like Pedroia who looks like he’s trying to break his neck playing 2nd base. Personally I don’t think hustle has ever been a problem for Cano, just maybe a little lost focus last year due to woes at the plate.

  29. m April 15th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Why are they building stadiums in a recession? Of course we won’t hear a peep from the media about it.

  30. Doris from Rego Park April 15th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Can someone please tell me what SJ44 does for a living… Is he a scout? Writer?

  31. Count of Montefusco April 15th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Listening to Boston sports radio this morning…it is DELICIOUS. Here’s a sampling of the goodness:

    - Is Papi finished? Was it ‘roids? Is it because he’s 33? Is he REALLY 33?

    - Is Dice-K hurt? Has management issued a gag-order?

    - What if Lowrie DOES need surgery? THEN what?

    - Beckett suspension is “UNCALLED FOR!”

    - What would it take to get Hanley Ramirez back???

    and so on…somebody call the WHAAAAAAAAAAmbulance!

  32. Mark April 15th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    The Mets are having a dedication ceremony for their J. Robinson rotunda

  33. Doreen April 15th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    I don’t want to seem rude or ignorant, but what exactly was Jackie Robinson’s connection to the Mets?

  34. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 15th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Haha. Yeah, I really can’t complain, can I?

  35. Mark April 15th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I don’t want to seem rude or ignorant, but what exactly was Jackie Robinson’s connection to the Mets?
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    The Mets don’t have any history so they have to steal someone elses.

  36. ANSKY April 15th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Hokiehill

    Cano being a smooth player is exactly why I say if he ‘appears’ to play with half as much hustle as Pedroia. Different kinds of players, different styles of play. I agree with you on that. Half the ‘apparent’ hustle of Pedroia would be optimal speed for Cano.

    Last year he was getting just a little too laid back, which was part of why he was eventually benched.

  37. Trevor April 15th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    So the Marlins are getting a new stadium by 2012 and the Rays aren’t getting one anytime soon. Anyone know why?

  38. Stephen April 15th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Goo to know Yankee fans aren’t the only ones who overreact to a bad start. From the boston Globe comments:

    Dice K needs to be traded. He will never listen to his coaches and throw strikes. Do we really need a pitcher that can only go 5 innings on a good day? The sox need a big bat and/or a top shortstop and Dice K has a lot of value. While he is a good pitcher, he just doesnt fit the Red Sox mold.

    This is an 18-game winner who’s been picked by some to win the Cy Young this year, alas.

  39. AD April 15th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Any News at all on X?

  40. number 2 for prez April 15th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Count of Montefusco
    April 15th, 2009 at 12:48 pm
    Listening to Boston sports radio this morning…it is DELICIOUS. Here’s a sampling of the goodness:

    – Is Papi finished? Was it ‘roids? Is it because he’s 33? Is he REALLY 33?
    – Is Dice-K hurt? Has management issued a gag-order?
    – What if Lowrie DOES need surgery? THEN what?
    – Beckett suspension is “UNCALLED FOR!”
    – What would it take to get Hanley Ramirez back???

    and so on…somebody call the WHAAAAAAAAAAmbulance!

    hahahhaa…has to be WEEI….don’t worry, another couple of losses and it will all about the patriots for the rest of the summer….those guys are such babys!!!!!

  41. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    “Can someone please tell me what SJ44 does for a living… Is he a scout? Writer?”

    Lawyer, but sure some of his business deals with professional sports. I remember him talking about being at arbitration hearings.

  42. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Enjoy, Dano. Go Gunners, go Porto!

  43. Chris from NJ April 15th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Man, things aren’t looking good for X. Thank goodness Cashman had the sense to keep all of the OF depth that he did when he didn’t get good enough trade offers. I’m really curious what the OF will look like next year. Gardner, Swisher, Holliday? Gardner, Swisher, Jackson? Either way, I’m becoming quite big fans of both Gardner and Swisher.

  44. vin April 15th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    “I don’t want to seem rude or ignorant, but what exactly was Jackie Robinson’s connection to the Mets?”

    Mark pretty much hit the nail on the head.

    I do think, and someone can correct me if I’m wrong, that Wilpon was a big Brooklyn Dodger fan growing up. But even before he bought the team the Mets always made a big deal about Jackie. I believe for the 50th celebration in 1997 the Shea was the epicenter for all the Jackie Robinson day activities.

  45. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    “What would it take to get Hanley Ramirez back???”

    That is pretty much the funniest question of the bunch. Keep dreaming Red Sox fans!

  46. Jenny4Swisher April 15th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Does every player really need to wear 42? Believe me I am all for what Jackie did for the game. But his number being retired should be enough.

  47. vin April 15th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I was a little disappointed to hear that all players would be wearing #42 for today’s games this year. The number thing got a little out of control – my vote is for each team to elect one player to wear the number. Seems like it would make it more special.

  48. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Doreen
    April 15th, 2009 at 12:49 pm
    I don’t want to seem rude or ignorant, but what exactly was Jackie Robinson’s connection to the Mets?

    ————————————————————

    None, really, doreen, other than NY. When the Mets were born in 1961, they drafted as many ex=Dodgers, Giants and Yankees as were available to give the team some sort of fan identity.

  49. Drew April 15th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I don’t want to seem rude or ignorant, but what exactly was Jackie Robinson’s connection to the Mets?
    ———————————————————————

    According to MLB.com’s press release, Shea Stadium (and now presumably CitiField) was (and is) the stadium closest to where Robinson used to play ball at Ebbets Field. And the blue in the Mets uniform is taken from the blue in the Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. O….kay.

    Of course, there’s no denying what Robinson represents to the entire game — the breakdown of the color line in baseball — and the Mets do, technically, play the game.

    Does the new Yankee Stadium have a Masanori Murakami Foyer?

  50. hootyhoo April 15th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    BREAKING NEWS UPDATE, 12:55 p.m.: Nothing official yet, but the word is that Xavier Nady will need surgery.

  51. Chris April 15th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    How’s the always-crappy weather in New York looking for Thursday?

    Snow/Rain delay/postponement expected can I presume?

  52. m April 15th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Count,

    That was pretty tasty, just reading about it.

    I won’t profess to know what goes on in Boston or on the Sox in particular.

    But watching them last night, they’re like dead men walking. Youk and Drew are carrying the team offensively and they battled all night long. But there’s no swagger or fire. (maybe because they’re not playing in a green sardine can).

    But, humor me while I insert a little psuedo-psychoanalysis.

    The Red Sox didn’t make any big moves over the winter. No, you can’t count Penny, Smoltz, and Saito as big moves. The rug was really pulled from under them when they lost out on Teixeira.

    Sure the Yankees overspent this winter (and the last, and the one before that), but it’s always in a sincere attempt to build the best team possible. And this winter has just the humdinger. CC, AJ, AND Tex? And we stole Swisher, too?! Not fair!!! is the cry around baseball.

    Anyway, I digress. If there was a way to measure the energy and heartbeat of a clubhouse, I’d say the Yankees are off the chart and the Red Sox is on life support.

    It’s not that they’re struggling. Every team goes through that. I truly think the Red Sox feel overmatched this season.

    Theo & Henry didn’t go out and restock and reload. Very surprised they didn’t go hard at AJ Burnett or give Tex an offer they couldn’t refuse. I guess they underestimated the size of the Yankee checking account and the committment of the Steinbrenners to win.

  53. tampayank April 15th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    surprised the Boston faithful would start questioning Papi roid allegations w/o any evidence, man they’re harsh…..roid or not, with his body type it doesn’t surprise me that he has the chance to break down physically quick, not exactly a physical specimen

  54. Doreen April 15th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Why don’t the Dodgers go all out for Jackie Robinson? Or do they, and we don’t hear about it because it’s 3 hours later there?

    And I thought they had players wear #42 last year to commemorate Jackie Robinson. Again, I don’t want to be rude and ignorant, but what particular significance is the 62nd anniversary of his breaking the color barrier? I don’t want to be misconstrued – Jackie Robinson was a brave man who understood what he was doing and why and he has my utmost admiration. But it seems to me when you overdo things, you cheapen them. You make people ask questions like I am: “Didn’t we already DO this before?” “Are we going to have to do it again NEXT year because it will, after all, be the 63RD anniversary” and so on.

  55. Tom in NJ April 15th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Hmmm. I wonder if Douglas Adams was a Jackie Robinson fan?

  56. Tom in NJ April 15th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Oh, “BREAKING NEWS UPDATE, 12:55 p.m.: Nothing official yet, but the word is that Xavier Nady will need surgery.”

    Bad news.

  57. m April 15th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Oh, that is so sad for Nady. Never mind the Yankees, they’ll survive.

    But just horrible for Nady and his young family. I’m sure the Yankees will do their best to support them.

  58. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 15th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    You people that keep saying that pedroia is better than cano are just not looking at the whole picture. Canos first two years are better then pedroia’s. Hes more talented defensively and should have won the gold glove two years ago. The only reason pedroia won the gold glove was because he doesnt get to very many balls easily and when he does he has to dive and make it look incredible tough. If Pedroia put up another MVP type season while Cano putters then I will resign.

  59. Drew April 15th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I thought they planned to do the #42 thing every year. It’s Jackie Robinson Day. Like Memorial Day. It’s done every year.

  60. JohnC April 15th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Thats too bad about Nady. Hope he cam make it back this season. Now you see why they held on to Melky.

  61. bobshantz April 15th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    bummer on Nady, no longer good trade bait

  62. Doris from Rego Park April 15th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks Patrick

  63. gayle April 15th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Weather for tomorrow calls for abundant sunshine

    Sad news for Yankees and the X Man, especially the X man who is in his walking year

  64. CaptainsCorner April 15th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    The Yankees are lucky that in the off season they got what they considered to be an “extra” player in Swish. This team always has injuries. Can you imagine if Cash never got Tex and or Swish. Then this team would really be in some trouble. Poor Nady.

  65. Paddy R April 15th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    just awful news on X if true. even though this now means our depth is gone, this is why you don’t trade depth in the first place, so that you can endure things like this. does this happen to other teams too, or are we just getting hammered with injuries the last 3-4 years (since matsui/sheff)?

  66. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    “BREAKING NEWS UPDATE, 12:55 p.m.: Nothing official yet, but the word is that Xavier Nady will need surgery. ”

    With the way he described the pain this was the inevitable result. Now the question is, will the surgery be for cleaning up scar tissue or repairing a ligament? Hopefully the former.

  67. Doris from Rego Park April 15th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    thats sucks for nady; seems like a good guy. isnt this a walk year for him as well?

  68. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    DREW- He did so much to advance this country as well. It isn’t just baseball. What he did transcended society.

  69. vin April 15th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    “It’s not that they’re struggling. Every team goes through that. I truly think the Red Sox feel overmatched this season.”

    Fact is they’ve played three tough teams so far. The real test will be how they do in the upcoming 4 game series at home against Baltimore – a team with a great offense but little pitching. If their hitters don’t significantly come around while facing the birds, then they should start worrying.

  70. William Buckner April 15th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I wonder if Cashman is still an idiot for not trading away Swisher. Depth is critical!

  71. m April 15th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Trevor,

    The Rays release artist renderings for a new stadium last year. Not sure how far along the process was, but the Rays said the other night that in light of the economic times they’re holding off. The ownership hopes that they can give the fans something exciting on the field to be excited about for the next couple of years. (translation: no money)

  72. Al from BK(Can this situation just go away?) April 15th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    4 O’clock start? :(

  73. raymagnetic April 15th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    “I think that Robbie heard the same trade rumors we did and decided that he better get his act together or he’d be playing somewhere else.”

    This is going to sound far-fetched but maybe Cano simply had a bad year last year.

  74. Hokiehill April 15th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    ANSKY, I think we’re basically saying the same thing, just different words…when you say last year he was “getting a little too laid back,” I would say, “he was getting frustrated and lost focus.” Semantics at this point but whatever the problem was, I hope it’s behind him and this Cano sticks around for the whole season!

  75. curious April 15th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Yes. it was steroids for Ortiz.

  76. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 15th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    BREAKING NEWS UPDATE, 12:55 p.m.: Nothing official yet, but the word is that Xavier Nady will need surgery.

    =====================

    Damn. Bad news. :(

  77. ANSKY April 15th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Hokiehill –

    I might add that I realize appearing to hustle doesn’t equate to playing well.

    Ages ago I went to MSG to see one of Wayne Gretzky’s last hockey games. I’m not a hockey fan, but I wanted to see him play before he retired. And even though I wasn’t a hockey fan, I could see that even his next-to-last year, he was still by far obviously the best player on the ice. By far. Even as a man in his late 30′s and slowed by age. The apparent effort it took for him to be that good, relative to the other players’ effort and abilities, was minimal. To see him in his prime would have been something.

    Back to Cano … now I’m not saying Cano could be baseball’s equivalent of Gretzky. Knowing the extremes to which threads can deteriorate over the silliest misinterpretation is why I feel the even need to spell that out explicitly. I’m just recognizing (when I suggest Cano flaked out last year) that you don’t have to act like Pete Rose on crack to be as good as you can be.

  78. ANSKY April 15th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Hokiehill – yes I think we are agreeing in different words.

  79. Jeter's Edge (Remove the dang net!) April 15th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    “Can someone please tell me what SJ44 does for a living… Is he a scout? Writer?”

    I was almost certain he was Michael kay in disguise but he debunked that theory. Which leads me to my knew theory,
    SJ44 is really, Mike Francessa!!! It makes perfect sense. SJ only pretends to be hard on Tank so that people don’t become suspicious. It’s all so clear now!

    lol :-)

  80. Doris from Rego Park April 15th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    The theme song for “Milke’d Up” sounds like a SNL parody

  81. Jack April 15th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    We have 0 right handed power now without A-Rod…

    Nady is more important than people think

  82. curious April 15th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    the Sox were one blown call (ball ruled a catch after hitting the wall) from being 1-7.

    think about that.

    long, long season, but their rotation has looked VERY VERY shaky.

  83. Lori April 15th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    The story last night was that Dice-K left after the 1st inning (after giving up 5 runs) with a hip injury. Has there been any update on that?

    But more important, where’s the update on X? I know folks have been calling for Swisher over Nady in RF for good, but I seriously hope X isn’t hurt.

  84. raymagnetic April 15th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    “Mike – I’ve thought for a while that if Cano would play with at least half as much hustle as Dustin Pedroia, then he’d probably be a better 2B than Pedroia. Until now he hasn’t appeared to be playing with half as much hustle, and Pedroia’s been the better 2B.”

    Nonsense. Cano put up 2 years as good as the year Pedroia put up last year.

    It’s amazing how little respect Cano gets around here. He came in as a rookie that few had heard about and had an above average year.

    Then he put up 2 outstanding years which were equal to the year Pedroia had, and suddenly he’s not half the player Pedroia is? Nonsense, I tell ya, nonsense.

  85. DT April 15th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    BREAKING NEWS UPDATE, 12:55 p.m.: Nothing official yet, but the word is that Xavier Nady will need surgery.

    This is what happens when you have a non-pitcher on the mound. Someone always gets hurt.

    Yeah, I know Nady didn’t pitch. But there must be a connection there. Call Oliver Stone.

  86. curious April 15th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    “We have 0 right handed power now without A-Rod…”

    uhh…Posada, Swisher, and Teixeira are all switch hitters.

    but i do agree with you that losing Nady is a bigger blow than people think.

    but not as bad as it would be if Cash didn’t replace Giambi and Abreu with Teixeira and Swisher.

  87. vin April 15th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    “But it seems to me when you overdo things, you cheapen them. You make people ask questions like I am: “Didn’t we already DO this before?” “Are we going to have to do it again NEXT year because it will, after all, be the 63RD anniversary” and so on.”

    I couldn’t agree more. IIRC, the Dodgers do more than the rest of the teams, but not as much as the Mets. Techinically, Jackie never played in LA… his last year was in 1956 at age 37.

  88. Phil April 15th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Best wishes to XMan.

    People shouldn’t be surprised that Papi is collapsing. Big, fat 1B/DH types like Ortiz, Mo Vaughn, George Scott and John Mayberry have always been done around age 32 or 33.

  89. William Buckner April 15th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    “We have 0 right handed power now without A-Rod…”

    Really? Jeter, Posada, Tex, Swisher all hit right handed.

  90. curious April 15th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    preach on raymagnetic.

  91. Lori April 15th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    So that’s what happens when I don’t refresh before posting a question. Poor X. Terrible news.

  92. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Doreen
    April 15th, 2009 at 12:59 pm
    Why don’t the Dodgers go all out for Jackie Robinson? Or do they, and we don’t hear about it because it’s 3 hours later there?

    And I thought they had players wear #42 last year to commemorate Jackie Robinson. Again, I don’t want to be rude and ignorant, but what particular significance is the 62nd anniversary of his breaking the color barrier? I don’t want to be misconstrued – Jackie Robinson was a brave man who understood what he was doing and why and he has my utmost admiration. But it seems to me when you overdo things, you cheapen them. You make people ask questions like I am: “Didn’t we already DO this before?” “Are we going to have to do it again NEXT year because it will, after all, be the 63RD anniversary” and so on.

    ————————————————————

    They do. They have a big ceremony, murial painted on the wall, streets around Dodger stadium and at the time Vero Beach named.

    I think it was about 3-4 years ago, that the Dodgers opened the season as the only ML team without an African-American on their 25 man roster on Jackie Robinson Day. Ironic, huh?

  93. Dan April 15th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Thank god the Yanks have Swisher. I wonder who will get called up if the rumor is indeed true. If Nady’s added to the 60-day DL, my money is on Duncan or Berroa.

  94. m April 15th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    BTW, I don’t believe the team at all when they say Matsui will see time in the field, albiet not a day before June. His fielding days are done.

    Damon/Gardner/Swisher with Melky rotating in on rest days. We’ll be royally screwed if Tex’s wrist continues to be a problem, as that’ll pull Swish to 1B.

    Melky in RF is not horrible. Not the end of the world. But who’s the 4th OF then? And no! It’s not Austin Jackson. They’re not going to have 3 out of our 4 OF be AAA guys.

    Whatcha think? Trade for Bobby Abreu? (that’s a joke, please, don’t take me seriously).

  95. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 15th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Best wishes to X for a speedy recovery.

    This hurts the Yankees in terms of depth, hopefully he won’t be out too long.

  96. jay destro April 15th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Niceguy Nick Swisher to the rescue

  97. Phil April 15th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    John Roddriguez, the patient RF for the SWB Yanks just hit a massive homerun.

  98. Betsy April 15th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Shoot – but not unexpected. Poor Nady – and this kills our depth.

  99. ANSKY April 15th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Patrick – Only my guess … it’s probably going to be a repair job for the X Man. How bad I have no way of knowing. But just from my own experience and talking to friends who have also had sports injury-related surgeries, scar tissue loosening up can feel pretty uncomfortable or even hurt a little, but not like the sharp pain like X described. Too bad for him if that’s what it is.

  100. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Phil- Hey he does have to jog to first probably once a game. That is hard work. You can’t blame him for breaking down.

  101. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 15th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Ach, missed the ‘miss the season’ part.

    So, do we trade? Perhaps Rick Ankiel, I’ve heard, has been mentioned as a candidate?

    Do we deal with the farm system

    That’s a pretty big RH bat to miss.

  102. ANSKY April 15th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    DT – Oliver Stone – good one! :)

  103. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Surgery was inevitable, but that doesn’t mean he will be out for a long time. If this is just cleaning up scar tissue he could be back before the all-star break. If it’s ligament damage he will be done for the year.

  104. vin April 15th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    ” Can you imagine if Cash never got Tex and or Swish. Then this team would really be in some trouble. Poor Nady.”

    Signing Tex just got even more useful. Without Tex, Swisher would be slated to play 1B, leaving either Melky in RF, or Miranda/Shelly to play 1B with Swish in RF. Whew… good thing the Sox blew it.

  105. Billy April 15th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I think John Rodriguez gets a long look at least. He’s a much better outfield than Duncan and has some pop in his bat.

  106. Mike in Harrisburg April 15th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I didn’t mean to disparage Cano with my comment. He’s just come out of the box strong this year and I offered two reasons why that might be so. No one can say that it’s been his talent level that’s limited his success. It’s been consistency. He plays consistent – he plays great.

  107. Boston Dave April 15th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I dont see them making any major trades until at least June/July when teams that have started to fall from the race will start to shed payroll.

  108. Code X April 15th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    So who gets called up? Duncan?

  109. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    “Can someone please tell me what SJ44 does for a living… Is he a scout? Writer?”

    Who is this masked man?

    SJ=The Stealth himself(it was said last year that Cash reads this blog)

    He did mention that he owned a few minor league teams back in the day. But i think that was just to throw us off. SJ i mean Cash. Nice move on getting Swish.

  110. William Buckner April 15th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Way to early to look into trade market. Though with the pitching depth, we’ll be a player there come early summer.

    Ankiel will be amongst names kicked around for sure, depending on where St. Louis is in standings.

  111. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 15th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    and miss the season.

    ================

    Oh no. I missed that part. This sucks.

  112. vin April 15th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    “Whatcha think? Trade for Bobby Abreu? (that’s a joke, please, don’t take me seriously).”

    Miggs and I discussed this last night. Well, not Abreu, but I said that I wouldn’t be surprised if Cash uses this injury as an “excuse” to swing a deal for a CF – thereby restructring the nature of the OF. I think Miggs and I agreed to disagree on that. ;)

  113. Vito April 15th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    wow – I prefer Swisher to Nady as a starter but not at the expense of losing Nady. If he is out for the year his Yankee career is probably over as he is a free agent at year’s end.

  114. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I highly doubt Shelley will be brought up. A roster move would have to take place to bring him up.

  115. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Sorry to hear that Nady :(

  116. William Buckner April 15th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Detroit will be holding a total fire sale in June. Especially if they’re out of the race.

  117. PC Dave April 15th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Imagine Duncan and Swisher in the clubhouse together?

    The chemistry will be off the charts

  118. vin April 15th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    “Oh no. I missed that part. This sucks.”

    That sneaky Pete just snuck that tidbit in. :(

  119. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I think Pete added the “miss the season” part. I don’t recall reading it either.

  120. vin April 15th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    “The chemistry will be off the charts”

    As will the # of K’s.

  121. CaptainsCorner April 15th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    If Nady is out then it seems like Melky becomes the guy who plays when Damon or Matsui needs a day off. I think that they are ok as long as Damon can play 5-6 days of the week. Hopefully Arod will be back before we know it.

  122. m April 15th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    GB7,

    Are you around?

    Who do you think will get the callup?

    Does Miranda have OF experience or is he merely a mediocre 1B? (and yes, guys, I know he’s a lefty)

  123. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 15th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Francesa is actually gonna talk hockey today? The Armageddon is upon us.

  124. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Lets hope Tex’s wrist is feeling better. I would hate to see Swish having to cover for him at first and have MANO DE PIEDRAS in right field. Assuming Baby Huey gets the call up. If i had a choice to have Duncan in right or a ghost man. Id pick the g-man.

  125. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    “Oh no. I missed that part. This sucks.”

    You missed it because Pete edited it in.

    If this turns out to be true, I feel bad for Nady. If he could have stayed healthy and put up another good season at the plate he’d be in line for a big pay day. Now he’ll probably have to sign a 1 year deal for the 2010 season and build his value back up.

  126. Boston Dave April 15th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    ““What would it take to get Hanley Ramirez back???”

    That is pretty much the funniest question of the bunch. Keep dreaming Red Sox fans!”

    ————————-

    The Sox somewhat secretly put a plan together to go after Hanley before the 2008 season. I believe they offered a package centered on Buchholz that also included some top prospects.

    Florida said no thanks.

    Boston does have the chips, and the desire, to make a run at Hanley should he ever become available.

  127. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Miranda is a very mediocre 1B and I would not trust him in the OF.

  128. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Bad news for X (not so worried about his young family; the paychecks aren’t going to stop coming) and bad news for the Yankees. Nady had on-the-field value and also value as a commodity. Booooooooo.

  129. AD April 15th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Agreed The 42 thing is overkill, I totally understand what everyone is trying to do and can’t have more respect for honoring JR.

    But C’Mon, we all know its to sell Jerseys and be politically correct, JR day has nothing to do with JR

  130. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    For all of those suggesting that Cano isn’t or hasn’t played up to his potential, I’d say BS. There is nothing in his minor league numbers that ever suggested that he would be a career .300 hitter and run producer unless you consider 2004′s partial season at AA. The same can be said about his fielding. I’d say that he worked hard to improve on what could have been a career in the minors. He’s played far above what was ever expected of him.

  131. PaulydaGoat April 15th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    What about Jim Edmonds??

  132. Boston Dave April 15th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    “Detroit will be holding a total fire sale in June. Especially if they’re out of the race.”

    ————–

    as will plenty of other teams. The Yankees would be wise to play with the guys they have for a while.

    They may not need to trade for anyone. If they do, they’ll find more options to trade for at cheaper prices in 2-3 months.

  133. Tank April 15th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Yeah, I wouldn’t mind lucking Magglio Ordonez from the Tigers as a bat off the bench to spell Swisher

  134. Boston Dave April 15th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    GB7,

    I thought “potential” just meant what the “experts” said. You always have to ruin everything with your darn facts.

  135. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    “Boston does have the chips, and the desire, to make a run at Hanley should he ever become available.”

    In their dreams they do. Asking for Hanley is like asking for Pujols. Both guys are pretty much untradeable. MAYBE if the Red Sox offered Bucholz, Bowden, Pedroia, and Lars Anderson. Even then I wouldn’t be surprised if the Marlins turned them down.

  136. bodhisattva April 15th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Mike in Harrisburg
    April 15th, 2009 at 12:23 pm
    I think between DR’s disgrace in the WBC and his own work over the offseason, we are seeing an earnest, motivated Cano perhaps for the first time ever this year.
    =============================================

    Amazing, isn’t it, that he made it to the majors, nearly won a batting title, and managed to come into the season with a .303 career average with neither earnestness nor motivation.

    Just dumb luck, I guess.

  137. m April 15th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Nick,

    Actually, I meant to say that the Yankees will support Nady. Surgery, rehab, the whole nine yards. Even though he’s probably not going to be around after his contract expires.

    I hope they keep him around in the dugout. Eye candy. Mmmm.

  138. Jbomb April 15th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Blessing in disguse with Nady. Don’t get me wrong I think he’s a good player but he pretty boring to watch. The yankees have enough boring players.

  139. Fran April 15th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Can’t Nady get less invasive surgery like A-Rod did?

  140. gayle April 15th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    We have no OF in the minors currently on the 40 man roster so if anyone is called up moves will need to be made

  141. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    “What about Jim Edmonds??”

    I’d jump all over that. The dude can still hit and his fielding is still good enough (although not spectacular like it used to be. The only problem is he’s a lefty bat. I’d still take a flier on him though.

  142. Tseng- Rename "Cy Young Award" the "Swisher" award. April 15th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Jbomb,

    So the most important thing is to have players that are interesting to watch? I didn’t know that interesting players won games on the basis of being interesting alone.

  143. AD April 15th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    God, I was so looking forward to Matsui Sitting on the Bench and the yanks having versatile players,

    That lineup is so sluggish with him in it

    Maybe a trade for a good corner outfielder can come early?

  144. m April 15th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    And by support, I meant support in ways that they didn’t support Pavano, who was on his own.

  145. Doreen April 15th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Awful news about Nady. I wonder if there’s still hope he won’t miss the entire season? I guess we’ll wait for the “official” update on that.

    Drew -

    Thank you for that information. I did not realize that there was a Jackie Robinson Day. Somehow, that helps me answer my own questions with a better attitude. :)

  146. Jbomb April 15th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I just mean I’d rather have players on the feild that should some life and excitment. Like Swisher! Thats what the yankees have been missing since Oneil left.

  147. Billy April 15th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    “Blessing in disguse with Nady. Don’t get me wrong I think he’s a good player but he pretty boring to watch. The yankees have enough boring players.”

    You have to be kidding me. You ok with losing depth, a decent bat, and a possible trading piece. Unbelievable.

  148. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    “Can’t Nady get less invasive surgery like A-Rod did?”

    In his elbow? I doubt it. If he has ligament damage then it has to be repaired before he can play. That is at minimum a year until he’s ready to go.

    At this point it is pointless to speculate on his injury and what solutions there are since we don’t even know what’s wrong with him yet.

  149. Kernal April 15th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Gardner hitting 7th today?

    I kind of like Girardi’s “box of chocolates” lineup, you just never know what you’re going to get.

  150. m April 15th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    What’s with the big Cano debate? We all love him, and no one’s dissing him.

    How about picking on A-rod or something? :)

  151. vin April 15th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    “The yankees have enough boring players.”

    I’m sure constantly watching Babe Ruth circle the bases got boring after awhile, right?

  152. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    “Yeah, I wouldn’t mind lucking Magglio Ordonez from the Tigers as a bat off the bench to spell Swisher”

    Dont you mean the other way around? Lets not put Swish in the hall of fame after 2 strong weeks. But we can put him in the all star game as the first 10th man to get voted in.

  153. Jbomb April 15th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    You comparing Nady too Babe Ruth?

  154. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    http://www.wfan.com/Swish-s-Wi.....ntRating=1

  155. Mac Daddy April 15th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Looky looky here! Molina catching once again! Keep it up Girardi!!

  156. William Buckner April 15th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Hopefully Matsui regains his stroke. He becomes even more important after this injury.

    Too bad Kevin Cash got hurt last night. He could have been promoted and given a little flexibility in allowing Posada to DH.

  157. Betsy April 15th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    The Yankees have the worst luck. I understand injuries are part of the game, but they have been decimated by serious injuries the last few years. This just kills our depth. Do we have any options at this point or do we have to wait it out for a few months?

  158. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Nady out for the season ? Jesus this trade gets worse.

    Try to steal Milledge from the Nats while we still can.

  159. m April 15th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Ouch. Must hurt to have Gardner batting above you. :)

    Haven’t seen Pena with my own eyes yet. How’s he doing? Is he holding his own?

  160. Billy April 15th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    The Tigers are not going to trade anyone with a big salary. They are already paying a lot for Sheff and would have to eat part of Magglio’s. That’s not happening.

  161. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I guess Jorge is dh’ing so he can start the entire weekend?

    Also no Ransom again at third.

  162. Jbomb April 15th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Whats the disaster with losing Nady. Why do we have to replace him with another outfielder? We have too many to begin with. Melky’s the first back up now.

  163. vin April 15th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    “You comparing Nady too Babe Ruth?”

    Actually, no. I’m responding to a silly comment with an even sillier retort.

  164. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    m: sure, but is there a scenario in which the Yankees *don’t” support Nady? That’s what teams do when one of their signed players needs surgery, isn’t it? Except the Padres, they just give the injured player a wad of benjis and put him in a cab to Tijuana.

    One thing the Yankees will do for Nady that other teams don’t do is sing the ‘Get Well’ song. It’s the Yankee way.

  165. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    So is Matsui injured now too? Or has Girardi decided he sucks?

  166. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    What happened to Kevin Cash?

  167. Tex's New Best Friend April 15th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Matsui out two days in a row.

    Confidence in him lost.

  168. Boston Dave April 15th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    “In his elbow? I doubt it. If he has ligament damage then it has to be repaired before he can play. That is at minimum a year until he’s ready to go.”

    ——————

    for Nady, it could be career threatening. just speculation on my part but he has already had Tommy John surgery on the elbow.

    I hope it’s nothing too serious.

  169. m April 15th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Nady’s out and your first thought is that trade? Brandon, bad trades happen. Gotta move on. ;)

  170. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    “Melky’s the first back up now.”

    That’s the problem..

  171. kasey April 15th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    curious that molina’s catching again. it’s a good decision but it’s gotta bring jorge’s health into question a little bit, no?

    bad news about nady. the depth and versatility of the team was one of its strong points. that’s diminished greatly if nady’s gone.

  172. bodhisattva April 15th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off)
    April 15th, 2009 at 1:01 pm
    You people that keep saying that pedroia is better than cano are just not looking at the whole picture. Canos first two years are better then pedroia’s. Hes more talented defensively and should have won the gold glove two years ago. The only reason pedroia won the gold glove was because he doesnt get to very many balls easily and when he does he has to dive and make it look incredible tough. If Pedroia put up another MVP type season while Cano putters then I will resign.
    ==============================

    You’re 100 right but you’re wasting your time. Cano’s style of play does not satisfy an emotional need on the part of the viewer. The smoother a player is, the more emotionally alienating he is to a certain point of view.

  173. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 15th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    ““Can’t Nady get less invasive surgery like A-Rod did?””

    Not necessarily. Bones are different than ligaments.

  174. Left Coast April 15th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    We are dangerously thin depth wise

    It’s the same story every year with these injuries, we’re always playing short handed.

  175. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    m
    April 15th, 2009 at 1:19 pm
    GB7,

    Are you around?

    Who do you think will get the callup?

    Does Miranda have OF experience or is he merely a mediocre 1B? (and yes, guys, I know he’s a lefty)

    ————————————————————

    That would be a tough call. Duncan offers nothing on defense, and he’s not great working part time.

    Rodriguez may work…fair bat, fair glove….nothing special.

    No reason to bring Miranda in. He’s a left handed hitting first baseman with a Giambi glove.

    Todd Linden can play all three positions, but, he has never hit in the majors.

    And, I doubt that they’d go to AA Trenton to bring up Colin Curtis, who would be the best solution. I’m guessing that barring a trade, John Rodriguez will get the call.

  176. YankeeRay April 15th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Why is Posada DH again?

    Now not signing Manny just got larger. Like I said, trade Nady in a salary dump for a minor leaguer and use that money towards Manny.

    Next year now.

  177. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    OK, I don’t have time to read all the posts so I’m not sure if this has been covered yet. But if Nady’s out for the season, the blatantly logical thing to do would be to sign Frank Catolanatto, right? The Rangers are paying him $6MM not to play and he’s a Yankee fan from Long Island so the price tag won’t be high.

    Get it done and let Melky go to free up the roster spot if need be. I don’t to see him as the 4th OF. just…no.

  178. Mac Daddy April 15th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Molina will be catching 3 out of 5 games by no time…Love it

  179. Rudy April 15th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Well I’d rather see Pena at 3B than Ransom – that’s for sure.

  180. m April 15th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    jennifer,

    Hurt his shoulder sliding into home. He was hitting well, too.

  181. DT April 15th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    “We have no OF in the minors currently on the 40 man roster so if anyone is called up moves will need to be made”

    If Nady is out long term – he goes on the 60 day DL – it frees up a roster spot.

    My guess is Shelly Duncan returns. Until Arod returns you want the extra right handed bat.

  182. Jbomb April 15th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I don’t see whats so silly about wanting players on the field that show a little passion. I was talking about players on the team currently not 80years ago!

  183. Giuseppe Franco April 15th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    curious that molina’s catching again. it’s a good decision but it’s gotta bring jorge’s health into question a little bit, no?

    ———–

    No, I think it probably has more to do with the Rays running like mad against Posada on Monday and ensuring Posada is the starting catcher tomorrow for the opener.

  184. vin April 15th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I’m a little surprised to see Molina catching again today. Especially with Matsui already getting the night off yesterday. Depth will be key with this team.

  185. vtred April 15th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Girardi wants the good defense out there against the Rays, with Molina at C with Andy who gives up a lot of baserunners.

    And Posada is swinging better than Matsui. Makes sense.

  186. G. Love April 15th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    So how long until Bodi and Ray bring out the racism allegations in here again because anyone has the audacity to question Cano’s work ethic (something his own organization has done on occastion) and Melky’s talent (something every organization has done calling him a 4th OF at best).

    You two are broken records. We get excited about Swisher and Gardner and it’s “racism” according to you two social scientists.

    Cano didn’t just have a bad year last year. He had a year that required disciplinary actions i.e. benching. He looked awful and uninspired last year.

    Melky was so great last year he got sent to AAA after winning the CF job the prior 2 seasons.

    If those aren’t indictments of the players and their work ethics, then I don’t know what is.

    And it doesn’t matter if they are white, black, or green. They treated last season like a joke and it showed in the box scores and in the standings.

    Cano looks awesome this year. Apparently, something clicked. The posters in here aren’t making up the reports of his “unfocused” play. Read Torre’s book. It’s got several mentions of Cano and his tendency to play lazy and get distracted.

    That’s from Bowa and Torre. That’s not from me.

    The reason they draw Yankee fans ire isn’t that they are Dominican. It’s because they looked like they didn’t care at times last season and didn’t appear to be working at their games.

    That’s it.

    You want to spout racism in here then answer me why Mo is the most beloved Yankee on the team? Why Bernie and Jorge both are beloved?

    You want to know why? Because the fans can tell when a player cares and when a player is just going through the motions.

    Last season Melky and Cano were going through the motions.

    This season, Cano looks like a much better player and no one is taking any credit in here away from him for his fast start.

  187. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Posada at DH doesn’t bring into question his health. It brings into question Matsui’s health.

    In other news, YankeeRay and jbomb, you are both dumb.

  188. Trevor April 15th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    They’re not replacing Nady. Melky becomes the 4th outfielder and spot starts. They had a surplus of outfielders now that one is down there’s no need to bring up more.
    What it does mean is when Arod comes back instead of Pena or Ransom being sent down both may stay.

  189. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Personally, I will be appalled if the Yankees even think of John Rodriguez or Shelley Duncan…or Melky Cabrera as the 4th OF for that matter, when the ideal answer to this problem is just sitting there waiting for Cashman to call his agent in the form of one Frank Cattalonatto. Seriously, it just makes too much sense and will only cost what, $400k?

  190. Boston Dave April 15th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    “Why is Posada DH again?”

    —————–

    I’m guessing it’s because Tampa runs A LOT.

    Molina is a better deterrent to Tampa running wild.

  191. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    ‘And, I doubt that they’d go to AA Trenton to bring up Colin Curtis, who would be the best solution. I’m guessing that barring a trade, John Rodriguez will get the call.’

    Either this or trade for Lastings Milledge. I’d go John Rodriguez then speak w/ Washington and see what we can getaway with.

  192. m April 15th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    kasey,

    I think Jorge’s healthy. It’s just giving the nod to Jose’s defense vs. the Rays. Lotsa Posada vs. the Indians in the NYS.

  193. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Guys! Frank Cattolanatto!

  194. William Buckner April 15th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    “What happened to Kevin Cash?”

    Banged up sliding into home in last nights game.

  195. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Hello people!! Joe wants Jorge behind the plate for the first game at the new Yankee Stadium. Thats it end of story.

  196. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Boston Dave
    April 15th, 2009 at 1:22 pm
    GB7,

    I thought “potential” just meant what the “experts” said. You always have to ruin everything with your darn facts.

    ————————————————————

    I guezz it’s just my “crusty, old geezer” side of me, screaming to get out.

  197. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Brandon,
    Miledge was sent down this week for his slow start. I know he had great upside. But dont you think we can get better than Lasting? Is he really that much of an upgrade from the players we already have? I like the Ankeil idea. Not sure if Edmonds has anything left in the tank. I think we should weather the storm till June and see whats available.

  198. Rudy April 15th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    vtred April 15th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Girardi wants the good defense out there against the Rays, with Molina at C with Andy who gives up a lot of baserunners.

    And Posada is swinging better than Matsui. Makes sense.
    =========================================

    Andy also holds runners very well, I don’t think that’s why he did it. I think it’s more because of Matsui.

  199. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 15th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    kasey:

    I think it might be because Jorge is supposed to catch the home opener tomorrow, but it is a good question.

  200. Tex's New Best Friend April 15th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    What exactly has Milledge done to get people interested?

    Didnt make it with the mets, got sent down by the nationals, dont think he will make it on the Yankees either.

  201. Stuckey April 15th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Can anyone say “Adam Dunn”…? I knew that you could…

  202. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I ***guess***

  203. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    G.Love

    That.. or Cano just had a bad year!! I didn’t know you could read the guy’s mind and know his intentions. How the heck do you know if he was unfocused and not trying? Uh, you don’t. He had a bad year, plain and simple.

    Melky on the other hand just isn’t a good player.

  204. Jbomb April 15th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    And why’s that Patrick?

  205. BX 44 April 15th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    We need a righty bat on the bench. Duncan makes sense

  206. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Okay here is what probably was supposed to happen.

    Jorge catches Wang, Jorge catches AJ. Jorge gets day off today. Catches tomorrow.

    Well because Jorge caught a long mentally grueling game (Wang’s) He gave him a half day off, than didn’t want him catching today 4 pm and tomorrow 1pm.

  207. number 2 for prez April 15th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    bobshantz
    April 15th, 2009 at 1:02 pm
    bummer on Nady, no longer good trade bait

    one of the worst comments I have ever read on here….just plain ignorance and stupidity!

  208. Boston Dave April 15th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    “Miledge was sent down this week for his slow start.”

    ———–

    SoS,

    I read he was also sent down due to his attitude (showing up late, stuff like that)

    He sounds like he needs to get his head straight or he’s never going to make it in this league.

  209. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    OK….nobody is talking about Frank Cattolanatto because you guys already had a lengthy discourse about his virtues earlier in the thread that I missed, right?

  210. G. Love April 15th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    That’s horrible news about Nady. I like him and was really expecting big things from his this season. He seems like a good guy to boot.

    As for the lineup, I like the Jorge DH, Molina C thing against the Rays.

    Jorge’s bat looks to be in great form and after seeing Molina pick Pena off at 1b last night, he’s a big weapon against these guys.

  211. TRex April 15th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    With the economy the way it is, the mid-season trade market is going to have more available than in past years.

  212. joeyA April 15th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Too bad for Nady, and Boras for that matter. Thanks for donning the pinstripes X-man.

    Alex can’t come back soon enough, but, the way I see it, with all those bad starts in prior years, coming out of April 500 or a game or two above is an accomplishment.

    If Swisher can keep up his usual form all season, losing Nady won’t be terrible for the team. We basically lose depth, but Melky isn’t a terrible 4 OFer.

    Obviously, this team is going to get a bat sometime this year in the OF. Matsui, aside form not hitting, generally looks like hes closer to 44 than 34. He may really kill us if we continue to hope for his bat to come around.

  213. Jbomb April 15th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Lets induct Nady into the hall of fame. And lets sign another old decrepted player to replace him because now we’re almost certainly going to miss the post season. Please

  214. Mac Daddy April 15th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    you people can sugarcoat it all you want…burnett has already made it clear molina is his guy and you are seeing the others do the same…will posada still catch, yes. but molina will be catching 3 out of 5 before long

  215. Fran April 15th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Everyone was worried about where Swisher will play. Now if Nady is out for the season I guess Swisher becomes the everyday Right Fielder.

  216. AD April 15th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    THANK GOD NO MATSUI!!!!!! KEEP JORGE AT DH and Call up Kevin Cash

    We can do it with a catcher platoon of Cash/Molina and Jorge DH’in

  217. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    It’s funny how people fall back on their pet obsessions when the bad news on Nady hits. Nady injured? Shouldn’t have traded Tabata! Get Lastings Milledge! Nady hurt? That’s why his teeny salary should’ve been used to sign Manny!

    kasey: I don’t think Posada DH’ing has anything to do with his recovery, I think it just makes sense to sit Matsui (who hasn’t yet set MLB on fire this season) against a tough lefty and let Molina catch against the speedy Rays.

  218. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    “Lets induct Nady into the hall of fame. And lets sign another old decrepted player to replace him because now we’re almost certainly going to miss the post season. Please”

    Posts like these are what make you dumb. Do you understand now or do you need more explanation?

  219. CB April 15th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    In the off season many of us made the case that the primary case for signing Teixeira wasn’t because the offense was necessarily going to have enought talent but that everything had to go right for it to be good.

    That meant Posada coming back, Cano rebounding, Swisher rebounding, etc.

    That meant not having injuries.

    Bad news on X. Very unfortunate. Takes away one of the team’s major strengths -it’s depth.

    But thank goodness they actually signed Tex. If they hadn’t they would have been up a creek right now.

    Without Tex (and swisher’s tremendous versatility…) they would be forced into making a bad trade for an overpriced, older player.

    Tex’s signing becomes even more valuable now. If they don’t have any other major injuries (big if…)they’ll be ok with Swisher in RF and Tex at 1b.

    Hopefully Tex’s wrist gets better. With Nady gone they absolutely can’t afford to have Tex hurt and they absolutely can’t afford for Alex to have ongoing problems with his hip.

    And hopefully it’s just scar tissue that needs cleaning out for X.

    Ben Sheets had a partial repair to a torn ligament and he’s expected back in 6 months. Maybe X could come back by September.

  220. vin April 15th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    “Andy also holds runners very well, I don’t think that’s why he did it. I think it’s more because of Matsui.”

    That’s where I was going with it. Molina is an outstanding defensive catcher, but Posada is not that far off – and his arm has looked great this year. Posada could catch today and tomorrow, I don’t think that would be too taxing.

    I think Matsui is the issue.

  221. Boston Dave April 15th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    from MLBTR:

    “Angels infielder Brandon Wood appears big league ready. Will the Angels trade Chone Figgins this summer to make room, or at least let Figgins leave as a free agent after the season? There are plenty of ways to sort out the situation, but Wood deserves to play.”

    sorry to stir the pot with more fodder. I just know there are some Figgins fans out there.

  222. Mr Yankees April 15th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    damn i hope that nady thing isnt true omg the whole year that would be a killer injury and look at reality swisher cant stay this hot the whole season hes going to cool off some time and that would be a huge concern this season its alomost as the posada injury last season and also you got to belive if this is true the a-rod thing would get speeded up

  223. Dan April 15th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    We are dangerously thin. One more injury, and this lineup becomes pretty pedestrian. On days when Matsui or Damon rest, it is pretty bad.

  224. miggs April 15th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I agree, this says more about Matsui (health or performance-wise) than anything else.

  225. Tex's New Best Friend April 15th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    you people can sugarcoat it all you want…burnett has already made it clear molina is his guy and you are seeing the others do the same…will posada still catch, yes. but molina will be catching 3 out of 5 before long

    —-

    this will only happen if matsui’s bat doesnt come around. if he starts hitting, no dh spot for posada and we need his bat more than molina’s arm.

  226. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Sonnanstine isn’t a lefty Nick.

  227. saucY April 15th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    nady :(

  228. Doreen April 15th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I don’t want Lastings Milledge anywhere near Yankee Stadium, especially in Yankee pinstripes.

    On MLB yesterday they were speculating that if he doesn’t deal with this demotion in a positive way (i.e. – no poor me stuff, but rather, work on what was not going right), he may never see the big leagues again.

    He is the epitome of a guy who is so full of himself. I don’t care if he’s 50-tool player. He’s missing one important one – humility.

  229. m April 15th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    GB7,

    Thanks for that.

    Not a big Duncan fan (booo, mel!), but whomever we bring up will be taking Melky’s role as the 5th OF. I suppose we need a mascot more than an OF at this point. :)

    BBB,

    It’s not that we don’t hear you, but I think Cashman (and by extension us) will take a ‘wait and see’ approach. Teams are going to start dropping like flies. Think Theo will trade away Ellsbury? :P

  230. Fran April 15th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    With a running team like Tampa Bay I like Molina catching and Jorge at DH. I know Posada’s shoulder is better, but Molina is still stronger behind the plate.

  231. Kevlar April 15th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    John Rodriguez doesn’t help us, he is a lefty.

    We need some righty pop when we bench Matsui

  232. Jbomb April 15th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Its crazy how everything is working out for Swisher since he lost the starting RF position in spring.

  233. raymagnetic April 15th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I’m pretty sure Ray NEVER brought up the racism card.

    I’m also sure I’m just pointing out the fact that it’s ignorant to say Cano doesn’t have any drive when he had 3 very good years his first 3 years in the majors.

    I’m not a social scientist at all, but it’s ridiculous how much flack Cano gets around here.

    I never said ANYTHING about racism but as they say a guilty conscious doesn’t need any accuser.

  234. BBFan April 15th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    “I highly doubt Shelley will be brought up. A roster move would have to take place to bring him up.”

    If Nady needs surgery, he will likely go on 60 day disable list in which case a spot will open on 40. Then they can bring any one they want.

  235. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Kevin Cash?! Yikes. I’d rather have PJ Pilittere if it came to that.

    If the Yanks arent gonna DH Matsui cause he looks awful, which he does, then they need to call up Juan Miranda to DH! Except against lefties, obviously, where either Hideki can DH or Jorge and Molina will catch on those days.

    Also, I will literally throw up in my mouth if the Yankees give MLB at bats to Shelley Duncan or John Rodriguez when devoted Yankee fan, lethal Red Sox killer and renowned Gritty McScrapster is just sitting home in Smithtown, just waiting for the Yankees to sign him for $400K.

  236. Tex's New Best Friend April 15th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    5 or 6 of our starters are switch hitters and then A-Rod will be back. We are fine. Jeter even has 2 homeruns. usually doesnt hit a hr until the summer.

  237. GZA April 15th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Why does God hate the Yankees?

  238. Bill April 15th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Re: Nady. NYY don’t have any other OF on 40 man other than who is currently on the NYY. Roster move would have to be made. JRod? Duncan? AJax? Maybe a deal?

  239. JB April 15th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Yeah midseason trades will be possible especially this year, but the Yankees bench which wasn’t tremendous just got that much worse.

    Catalanotto, Shannon Stewart, even Jim Edmonds solid hitters that could pinch hit and serve as a viable backup. Not the worst, but bench just became Molina, Melky and Pena. That is not good.

  240. G. Love April 15th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I know I didn’t see him much last year, but can Edmonds still play a corner OF position on occasion?

    He is still out there as a free agent and might be a good option to help replace Nady.

  241. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I agree completely, Tex . . . Milledge is not the answer. The bigger problem is that Matsui is an albatross. Posada is better as a DH, and that leaves no room for a guy that can’t play the outfield. Besides, I like today’s lineup better without him.

  242. Joe (Utica) April 15th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Should have traded Nady when we signed Tex… But no one deserves to be hurt bad enough for surgery. Hope he bounces back quickly for his sake. He is no line up buster though.

  243. m April 15th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Nick,

    Unfortunately, my pet obsession WAS Nady!

  244. blee April 15th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    AJax time? too soon?

  245. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Mac Daddy
    April 15th, 2009 at 1:40 pm
    you people can sugarcoat it all you want…burnett has already made it clear molina is his guy and you are seeing the others do the same…will posada still catch, yes. but molina will be catching 3 out of 5 before long

    ————————————————————

    You couldn’t possibly have thought of this by yourself. Tell the truth, now. One of your 12 year old buddies helped you dream this up.

  246. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    EDIT: Also, I will literally throw up in my mouth if the Yankees give MLB at bats to Shelley Duncan or John Rodriguez when devoted Yankee fan, lethal Red Sox killer and renowned Gritty McScrapster *Frank Cattolanatto* is just sitting home in Smithtown, just waiting for the Yankees to sign him for $400K.

    So busy hyping Cat with glowing adjectives I forgot to actually identify him, lol.

  247. Mr Yankees April 15th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    posada retire lolz posada i dont know he lost his rythem with pitchers he keep calling the same sequence not like molina catch molina with wang next start and watch wang be old 19 game winner again i think joe girardi has got to talk about posada about that sooner or later

  248. KO April 15th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I’m more upset that we can’t trade him now. Weak.

  249. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Just how good would a crippled Shannon Stewart or a 40 year old Edmonds be without any spring training?

  250. JB April 15th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    More teams were interested in Swisher, under contract, switch hits, younger. Nady was due to be a free agent so short term solution for teams. Glad they made no moves. They do need to shore up the bench now though. Can trust Matsui will be healthy and you don’t want many games of Melky, Gardner and Swisher as your OF.

  251. YankeeRay April 15th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Patrick
    April 15th, 2009 at 1:35 pm
    Posada at DH doesn’t bring into question his health. It brings into question Matsui’s health.

    In other news, YankeeRay and jbomb, you are both dumb.

    —–

    Patrick, whats dumb, signing Manny when we needed a RH power bat or wishing that we had?
    He will be a Yankee next year when he opts out.

    I got ridiculed for wanting to salary dump Nady and Matsui to use that money to sign Manny. Now who’s laughing. While I couldn’t have predicted Nady’s injury, I did forsee Matsuis demise and a lack of RH power even with Arod.

    Duncan is probably the only way to go as we need a RH bat. I like the Edmunds idea but he doesn’t help from right side and the 40 man roster limitations hurt us in any move.

  252. miggs April 15th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    The idiots are out on full force….

    “dangerously thin” ? “decimated by injuries” ?

    You freaking drama queens. Shut up.

  253. Tom in NJ April 15th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Brian Giles, anyone?

    The Padres may want to move him. But, he may not want to come here to play….

  254. TRex April 15th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Last year TB lost Crawford/Longoria late in the year-everyone expected a late season collapse. Good teams overcome injuries.

  255. bodhisattva April 15th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    ANSKY
    April 15th, 2009 at 1:06 pm
    Hokiehill –
    I might add that I realize appearing to hustle doesn’t equate to playing well.
    Ages ago I went to MSG to see one of Wayne Gretzky’s last hockey games. I’m not a hockey fan, but I wanted to see him play before he retired. And even though I wasn’t a hockey fan, I could see that even his next-to-last year, he was still by far obviously the best player on the ice. By far. Even as a man in his late 30’s and slowed by age. The apparent effort it took for him to be that good, relative to the other players’ effort and abilities, was minimal. To see him in his prime would have been something.
    Back to Cano … now I’m not saying Cano could be baseball’s equivalent of Gretzky. Knowing the extremes to which threads can deteriorate over the silliest misinterpretation is why I feel the even need to spell that out explicitly. I’m just recognizing (when I suggest Cano flaked out last year) that you don’t have to act like Pete Rose on crack to be as good as you can be.
    ==========================================

    This is actually a good analogy. I made a similar one, but with Cano and Mario Lemieux, Mozart to Gretzky’s Bach.

    For years, Lemieux was called “lazy” and not a hard worker – particularly a joke since he had to have someone else lace his skates before each game because his back was so bad, he couldn’t even bend over. The English Canadian writers, particularly, accused him of lacking heart. Gretzky, too, early in his career, was said to lack the “intestinal fortitude” of Bryan Trottier.

    I don’t know how many times Girardi has politely explained that Cano’s smoothness does not mean a lack of effort. I blame the media for perpetuating the stereotype that the water cooler abuser is somehow the more “honest” player. Even the vocabulary they use is ridiculous. It’s sort of their vicarious way of making it – the other guy who’s too good is someone they can’t relate to, so his contribution is diminished.

    How many times, for example, has Cano been interviewed this year by YES? I haven’t seen one interview.

    How many stories has the blogger here written with quotes from Cano? Even though he roared out of the gate? Any? Maybe I missed the story with quotes? It’s all well and good to report his stats – but doesn’t he have a voice? A face?

    The kid went to high school in Newark, not the DR, so his english is fine.

  256. Skinnyhead April 15th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Must we do the Jackie Robinson thing every year? Enough already.

  257. JB April 15th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Those guys wouldn’t be great, but signing them to a minor league deal gives you an option eventually at some point. Or would we rather have a limited bench and Shelley Duncan roaming as a backup? May not be worse, but we have no consistent pinch hitter off the bench now.

  258. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    “He sounds like he needs to get his head straight or he’s never going to make it in this league.”

    Boston Dave,
    How many years does it take to get your head on straight? Ill stick with our gritty gutty players. I will take the bait on Figgins. He can play multiple positions and has speed on the base pads. Send them IPK and Miranda(if needed).

  259. 86w183 April 15th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    The smart move short term is Frank Catalonotto who is basically a LH version of Nady. He’s a tough out, he’s a New Yorker and he wont cost much.

    If they are going to make a trade they would likely use Melky and a pitcher or two to see what they can get… the better the pitcher(s) the better player they can get.

  260. Jbomb April 15th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Edmunds Yea he’ll last about a week! And I’m dumb!

  261. raymagnetic April 15th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    “I got ridiculed for wanting to salary dump Nady and Matsui to use that money to sign Manny. Now who’s laughing.”

    Easy for you to want to salary dump players and add more payroll at the same time.

    Who exactly was going to take on Matsui’s salary if you had dumped him?

  262. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    “We are dangerously thin”

    Not with CC we aren’t. ;)

    “Sonnanstine isn’t a lefty Nick.”

    That’s a good point, and I regret the error. But you know who is a lefty? Barry Bonds.

  263. Al from BK April 15th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Frank Cattolanatto what a brilliant idea! The guy off his couch is still better than Shelley. Also A-Rod coming back will feel like a 10 ton boulder being rolled off the Yankees bats.

  264. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    “I got ridiculed for wanting to salary dump Nady and Matsui to use that money to sign Manny. Now who’s laughing.”

    Who’s laughing? I am, at you. Signing Manny was a dumb idea then and it’s a dumb idea now. Those that come up with dumb ideas are, in fact, DUMB.

  265. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    ‘Brandon,
    Miledge was sent down this week for his slow start. I know he had great upside. But dont you think we can get better than Lasting?’

    Acta and him never got along, it’s like Swisher and Ozzie that’s what people think.

  266. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    “Brian Giles, anyone?”

    I thought he didnt want to play for the Yanks or the east coast?

  267. TRex April 15th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    “I got ridiculed for wanting to salary dump Nady and Matsui to use that money to sign Manny. Now who’s laughing. While I couldn’t have predicted Nady’s injury, I did forsee Matsuis demise and a lack of RH power even with Arod.”

    Matsui had very little trade value in off-season. 13 million, aging corner OF with limited defensive ability, and coming off surgery. yanks would have had to eat large chunk of his salary.

  268. miggs April 15th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    And to think Pettitte would rather work with Molina is another dumb, clueless comment.

    Not only did Posada catch Pettitte’s gem last week, he’s been catching Andy for the better part of 14 years.

    Yeah, he lobbied for Molina.

    You people should never be given access to the internet.

  269. Mark April 15th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    When did posada turn into a catcher that couldn’t call games…he did just fine in 2000

  270. Nome April 15th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Need to play Ransom more, he mashes lefties

  271. AD April 15th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Dan April 15th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    We are dangerously thin. One more injury, and this lineup becomes pretty pedestrian. On days when Matsui or Damon rest, it is pretty bad.

    Dan – Not a question of Rest with Matsui ,He is being benched due to lack of hitting hence (DH) his career is very close to over, He is old, slow, constantly looks like he’s in pain. We are not that thin, Swish and Damon give us a lot of flex in the outfield… Do not think for one second that missing Matsui makes us thin… it actually makes us better…

  272. KO April 15th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Also, where is Matsui??? Sonnanstine is a slow throwing righty. That is like the best match up for Matsui. Is he hurt or what? I’m tired of seeing Posada DH already. Molina is so worthless at the plate, he is basically an automatic out. Anyone calling out Posada doesn’t know crap. He has handled Yankee pitchers for over a decade, he knows how to call games. They won 4 titles with him as catcher. If you question anything make it his throwing or health or something else.

  273. G. Love April 15th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Ray,

    Both you and bodi were going on in yesterdays game thread about how it’s racism that drives people to criticize Melky and Cano.

    You were both in agreement over it.

    I think it’s the most ludicrous thing to ever hint at since the Yankees are filled with every kind of ethnicity.

    The reason why Cano gets flack is not just because he infuriates fans. People in the game have written about his lack of focus. His former coaches have gone public with it.

    That’s infuriating to a fan hearing a player needs to be reminded to take his job seriously. Needs a babysitter to keep him motivated.

    I’m hoping he’s grown up. He has tremendous talent and I’ve said before that I think he has the capacity to grow into an Ortiz type power threat.

    As long as he takes the game seriously and puts in the work he can be great.

    Last season he was awful.

  274. Mac Daddy April 15th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Every Yankee pitcher would rather work with Molina…if they express that or not is a different story…molina is 50 X the CATCHER Posada is

  275. m April 15th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    At this point, we’re filling Melky’s old spot of the 5th OF. Premium should be placed on defense, youth, and athleticism (sp?).

    To use Cashman’s favorite words, “If something presents itself” or makes sense to upgrade the OF offense, then he’ll do it.

    Right now, we have one of the hottest players playing RF. If and when Swish cools off, we can panic. But now is definitely not the time to freak out.

  276. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    “That’s a good point, and I regret the error. But you know who is a lefty? Barry Bonds.”

    Hmm you’re right, and that’s who we should sign to fill the massive gigantic huge gaping void left by Xavier Nady. He probably won’t serve jail time, SIGN HIM NOW CASH!!!

  277. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    mel: I definitely agree that Cash will not make any rash moves, nor should we the fans be rash, but I don’t think signing Cat is really all that rash. I imagine he’d only cost 400K, since the Rangers are already paying him, and might even take a minor league deal. And, he LOVES the Yankees so much that this is like serendipity, kismet. And he murders the Red Sox.

    I don’t expect them to do something immediately, I think theyll at least officially announce Nady’s injury first, lol, but it’s hard not to ponder potential moves in the meantime.

    signing Cat just makes so much sense and is a no risk proposition…even if he never ends up actually playing for us, it only costs chump change. I’ve always been a Cashman supporter but if he really fills this hole with someone like Shelley or more Melky, when there are options like Cat or even Jim Edmonds out there, I will be jumping off his bandwagon in a hurry.

  278. vin April 15th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    “Gritty McScrapster”

    We already have one gritty player. We don’t have room for two.

    Actually, the Sox have a guy that might’ve been a good fit – Mark Kotsay. He’s a lefty hitter, but a solid major leaguer.

  279. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Youv got more doom and gloom on this blog about losing Nady than we had when we knew Alex wasnt going to start the season.
    As long as our pitching stays healthy. We can deal with having a back end of a lineup that resembles N.L. baseball.

  280. Bill April 15th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    The Mets’ connection to Jackie Robinson is that they were the successors to the Dodgers and Giants as New York’s National League team. The Mets’ team colors of orange and blue were intended to be a combination of the two teams’ colors. So, there is a connection. Should they have a memorial to him as such a major part of Citi Field? I’m not sure. But you can make the case that he does deserve some sort of lasting tribute, I suppose (after all, MLB retired his number).

    Also, there is a Jackie Robinson Parkway in Queens. I don’t think there’s one in LA.

  281. William Buckner April 15th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    No trades are done in April.

    Very few in May either.

    We need to find temp fill in’s until then. JROD (funny to write), Duncan types can fill in for now.

    We’ll be trade players come June.

  282. The Other Phil April 15th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Geez. People still talking Manny nonsense?

  283. dan 771 April 15th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    we need to trade hughes and kennedy for lastings milledge!!!

  284. miggs April 15th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    The reason they draw Yankee fans ire isn’t that they are Dominican. It’s because they looked like they didn’t care at times last season and didn’t appear to be working at their games.

    That’s it.

    “You want to spout racism in here then answer me why Mo is the most beloved Yankee on the team? Why Bernie and Jorge both are beloved?

    You want to know why? Because the fans can tell when a player cares and when a player is just going through the motions.

    Last season Melky and Cano were going through the motions.”

    Couldn’t have possibly said it better myself.
    The race card is a lazy and offensive argument and I stated the same thing yesterday.

    Those guys need to get over themselves.

  285. KO April 15th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    AD, you’re wrong bro. In what world, when Nady is already out, does losing Matsui HELP the Yankees? That’s a joke. Maybe the guy cannot stay healthy anymore. But when he is healthy, he’s a .290 plus, 20 HR, 100 RBI guy. On no planet are they better without those numbers. Also, with Matsui DHing regularly, it slides everyone into their normal position for most of the time

  286. YankeeRay April 15th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    raymagnetic
    April 15th, 2009 at 1:50 pm
    “I got ridiculed for wanting to salary dump Nady and Matsui to use that money to sign Manny. Now who’s laughing.”

    Easy for you to want to salary dump players and add more payroll at the same time.

    Who exactly was going to take on Matsui’s salary if you had dumped him?

    —–
    Raym, at that time we didn’t know he would look this bad and you are right because the economy was dictating the moves like never before. We could have moved Nady for sure and save 6mm.
    Looking back it was easy for me to say eat Matsuis salary and sign Manny. Looking now, is that a bad idea considering the landscape for 1 year?

    Either way we will compete with our pitching and Cash will have to get creative to replace nadys RH bat in time.

  287. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Al BK and 86w: YES!!!! The Frank Cattolanatto bandwagon is pulling out of its parking spot!!!

    Seriously, this has to happen. It’s just too perfect. Cattolanatto belongs on the Yankees. And imagine how thrilled he’d be to play for his home team? awesome!

  288. JoshWhite April 15th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Check this out, Derek Jeter is the only guy with money in his mouth.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4068889

  289. Phil April 15th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Where exactly are they supposed to play Brian Giles if we get him? Swish is the RF now as he should have been to start off the season, and Damon is the LF. Unless they think Matsui is toast, they’ll call up JRod or get some bench type bat.

    Austin Jackson has been removed from his AAA game, just now, but he was hit by a pitch earlier.

  290. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    If NYY does go out and trade for an outfielder, they need to figure out whether it’s for a full-time outfielder like Schumaker, or a part timer like andruw Jones or Marlon Byrd, or a singles hitter like Cattalanotto or a bomber like Ankiel.

  291. Kevlar April 15th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I know the Mets would never trade with us, but should we call Omar about Sheffield?

  292. Boston Dave April 15th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    “To use Cashman’s favorite words, “If something presents itself” or makes sense to upgrade the OF offense, then he’ll do it.”

    ———–

    due to the economy, we could see an unprecedented # of players made available closer to the trade deadline.

    teams like the Sox, Yanks, Mets, etc may be at a huge advantage because of payroll flexibility.

    IMO, the worst thing the Yankees can do is panic and go seeking top players now. Teams will want more now than they will in a couple months when the pool is much larger.

  293. This Place is Full of Morons April 15th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    “Why Bernie and Jorge both are beloved?”

    Jorge was not beloved for a long time. People wanted the white “gritty” Italian guy who couldn’t hit.

  294. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    “Matsui had very little trade value in off-season. 13 million, aging corner OF with limited defensive ability, and coming off surgery. yanks would have had to eat large chunk of his salary.”

    Who says you cant trade a player with 2 bad knees for an all star?

  295. Billy April 15th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    we need to trade hughes and kennedy for lastings milledge!!!

    Looks like you and Milledge both have 5 cent brains.

  296. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    vin – lol yeah, but unlike Gardner, Cat is a Gritty McScrapster with pop. He’s also a Gritty McScrapster who loves the Yankees and kills the Red Sox. I think we always have room for one of those!

  297. G. Love April 15th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    GB7 — Credit where credit is due. Good point about Edmonds. I was just throwing a name out there. With no spring training, he’s not an option at all. He probably wouldn’t be ready until June.

  298. Jbomb April 15th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    In short There is know reason to panic with Nady out for the season. I think Swisher will have a big bounce back year and you already see his impact in the clubhouse. I’ll take heart and passion over talent and numbers any day. Nick may not put up the same numbers as Nady would at the end of the season but In a big spot I’d much rather see Swisher at the plate than Nady.

  299. William Buckner April 15th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Cattalanotto makes a lot of sense in the short term.

  300. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    vin
    April 15th, 2009 at 1:54 pm
    “Gritty McScrapster”

    We already have one gritty player. We don’t have room for two.

    Actually, the Sox have a guy that might’ve been a good fit – Mark Kotsay. He’s a lefty hitter, but a solid major leaguer.

    ————————————————————

    who’s also on the DL. Boston would deal with NYY anyway.

  301. Corey April 15th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    The depth aspect of the Nady injury sucks…but all you people hating on Nady got your wish…Swisher is now a starter.

  302. Vito April 15th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Miranda makes the most sense since he is on the 40 man and can play 1st if Teixera is hurting or DH if Matsui is hurting or ineffective. Swish is everyday RF now, Melky the 4th OFer. Also, bring up Aceves for Coke in case Wang goes 3 for 3 in blow ups.

  303. Stuckey April 15th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Yankees couldn’t sign Ramirez.. least not after they already signed Sabathia, Burnett and Texiera.

    You can only sign a max of 3 Type A (I believe the correct term is) free agents a year.

  304. Phil April 15th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Kevin Russo was also lifted from the game.

  305. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    GB7: But the Yankees wouldn’t actually have to trade for Cattolanatto, would they? Since the Rangers released him any team can sign him for the league minimum, like with the Tigers/Mets and Sheffield, right?

    This is why I’m so vehement that he has to be the one the Yankees sign…significant upgrade (over Melky or worse, Shelley) that costs nothing. There are other significant upgrades out there, but none of them cost nothing.

  306. Mitch April 15th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Well, everyone who has been talking about how great Swisher is, now we have a full season to see what he’s all about…I just don’t see him doing what Nady does.

  307. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    People, shut up already about that punk, Milledge. And forget about Matsui being some sort of savior. He’s clearly broken down. They can get by for now with Damon and Swisher at the corners and Gardner in center. Of course, Melky will be getting more ABs now (maybe he plays 2X – 3X per week). A midlevel veteran outfielder would help, but there’s no urgency.

  308. CB April 15th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    “Frank Cattolanatto is just sitting home in Smithtown, just waiting for the Yankees to sign him for $400K.”

    This is a very good idea. It would be better if he were right handed but given the circumstances he would be a very good fit.

    Only in a bizarre off season like this one would a player like Cattolanatto be without some kind of job at this time of the year.

    I’d sign him. Very good idea.

  309. Boston Dave April 15th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    “You can only sign a max of 3 Type A (I believe the correct term is) free agents a year.”

    That is incorrect, I believe. Especially if they didn’t resign Pettitte.

    Even after they had, Cashman said they had not reached their max.

  310. Jeter in LF April 15th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    That sucks about Nady. Obviously, it would have been great to trade him before this happened, but that’s life.

  311. YankeeRay April 15th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Can’t believe no one is calling for Bernie lol

  312. Jbomb April 15th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    What exactly did Nady do for us last year. It’s not like he replaced posadas bat and got us into the post season.

  313. Boston Dave April 15th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Cattalanotto is a good option if he is indeed only going to cost $400K.

    nothing wrong with low risk options right now.

    I’d wait to make any larger moves.

  314. Tex's New Best Friend April 15th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    My guess is by the time Wang’s next start comes, Aceves will be in the majors just in case.

  315. Jeter in LF April 15th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Dave is right, you can sign more than 3 Type As, even irrespective of Pettitte.

  316. G. Love April 15th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    You could bring up Miranda.

    Ransom can be the 5th OF basically with Pena on the roster.

    Miranda would be nice bench bat/Tex backup.

    The only reason why I’d even consider bringing up Shelley is to have a RH power threat on the bench.

    Other than that and team chemistry, he doesn’t do much though.

  317. 86w183 April 15th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Cat can’t take a “minor league” deal unless he plays in the minors which does no good. If he’s signed they have to make room on the 40 and that’s something they’d prefer to avoid.

    My guess is they call up Duncan to be a RH bat on the bench… he costs nothing and maybe he can get a hold of a few… not likely, but maybe.

    Ransom mashes lefties? On what planet?

  318. Jbomb April 15th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    I can’t beileve so many people have given up on Melky. He’s still young and can improve greatly. His arm is enough to keep him a starter on many ML teams.

  319. vin April 15th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    “The race card is a lazy and offensive argument and I stated the same thing yesterday.”

    I got into that issue with bohisattva yesterday. I find it irritating that a few boneheads come here and say negative things about Melky and Robi because of race (ahem Brettisgod ahem), and it indicts the rest of us who are frustrated with Melky/Robi because of their play.

  320. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Changing the subject for a moment.

    Dice K lasted 1 inning giving up 5 runs last night and was a homerun derby pitcher his first outing. But the strange thing is i dont see any sports site coming out and saying that he might have been overhyped and over paid. If that was C.C. or A.J., it would be on the front page of every major sports site.

  321. DT April 15th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    “At this point, we’re filling Melky’s old spot of the 5th OF”

    not necessarily. I think the only reason we had 5 OF’s is because Melky was out of options.

    Right now they have 4, plus they were talking about Matsui in the OF around June. (heaven forbid)

    It would be good in have a righty bat, who could PH late in the game – or someone with some speed who could PR.

  322. Jeter in LF April 15th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    86w183

    Ransom mashes lefties? On what planet?
    __

    Plant Beer League.

  323. Trevor April 15th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    So Russo an infielder and A.Jackson removed from the game?
    And we need a outfielder and perhaps an infielder. Hmmmmm

  324. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Duncan is a waste of bench space, as is Ransom. Miranda is one-dimensional too. Frank Cat is a better option than all of them.

  325. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Lord, Ransom can’t even mash potatoes.

  326. Billy April 15th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    “I can’t beileve so many people have given up on Melky. He’s still young and can improve greatly. His arm is enough to keep him a starter on many ML teams.”

    Melky might be a AAAA outfielder. His game hasn’t improved at all since he first came up. I like him but the talent is just not there.

  327. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Frank Catalanatto makes the least amount of sense, asctually. He’s a below average left fielder and can’t play right field at all (2003). No speed, no power and his bat is slowing down. Sitting on the couch at home is his best position.

  328. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 15th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Russo was lifted from the game?

    Interesting idea re: Catalanotto. And the cool thing is the uniform makers wouldn’t even have to try to fit his name on the back!

  329. vin April 15th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    “Kevin Russo was also lifted from the game.”

    hmmm…

  330. Tex's New Best Friend April 15th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Trevor, Jackson is not coming up unless he is the everyday starter. you dont improve by PH ing and sitting on the bench.

  331. bodhisattva April 15th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    miggs
    April 15th, 2009 at 1:56 pm
    The reason they draw Yankee fans ire isn’t that they are Dominican. It’s because they looked like they didn’t care at times last season and didn’t appear to be working at their games.
    That’s it.
    “You want to spout racism in here then answer me why Mo is the most beloved Yankee on the team? Why Bernie and Jorge both are beloved?
    You want to know why? Because the fans can tell when a player cares and when a player is just going through the motions.
    =-===========

    I have to run to post office, but I did want to say – that’s just it; a fan can’t tell whether a player cares. A fan can project what they think onto a player. To act or draw conclusions on your perception of something that can’t be measured – how much a player “cares” – is the first faulty step, and anything drawn from that assumption has to come into question. It’s very shaky ground, and exposes you to posters like me questioning your agenda.

  332. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    “Only in a bizarre off season like this one would a player like Cattolanatto be without some kind of job at this time of the year.”

    CB: EXACTLY. It’s serendipity. The Yankees would be so, so, so foolish not to take advantage, there aren’t enough “so’s” in the world to describe how silly it would be. Unfortunately, I think failing to take advantage of opportunities of this nature has been Cashman’s weak point as a GM. But this makes so much sense, especially considering our huge geographical advantage, that even he cannot possibly drop the ball on this one, right? If he did, it would cause me to lose major confidence in his abilities as a GM.

  333. DT April 15th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    “Lord, Ransom can’t even mash potatoes.”

    LOL…. or as Billy Bob Thornton would say… mash potatoes with no gravy.

  334. Billy April 15th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Miranda had a horrid spring but is mashing now. The last time we had a power-hitting guy at 1B … Carlos Pena.

  335. m April 15th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Phil,

    Seriously? Russo lifted? He was the first person that came to my mind. But I knew if I mentioned him, people would say he’d get killed by major league pitching. Whether or not that’s true, it seems that they’re developing Russo as a super-utility guy. Right, GB7?

    Tex,

    You’re talking Aceves as a long-man, not a starter, right?

  336. Anthony April 15th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Isn’t the greatest left fielder of all time sitting home doing nothing except for waiting for his next court date? I’m joking, but it’s something to think about if we want to start looking at other over-the-hill guys.

  337. AD April 15th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    KO -

    Completely Understand Where you are coming from my man, But Matsui is AWFUL, he is a Double Play Factory who is not a good OBP guy. I know his stats are good, but most if the guys stats are junk. He gets a lot of RBI in games that don’t mean much and yes, he may go on a hot streak no or then, but him out of the lineup esp this year, they are just a better team, Oh and BTW hes .125/1/2/.192OBP this year.

    I can smell those numbers all the way from DC, I know Hideki is a fan favorite and to a lot of people he represents a different kind of yankee, but the reality is hes just not very good, and right now, this season does not make the yankees better.

  338. Jbomb April 15th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I think you have to give him a little more time before you write the book on his potential. I hope we don’t trade him and see him turn into another carlos pena and Navarro.

  339. Coach6423 April 15th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Nady out for the season ? Jesus this trade gets worse.

    Try to steal Milledge from the Nats while we still can.

    .09 hitting lastings milledge. The one that was just demoted from the god awful Nationals. The one that was late for opening day. Yeah, lets trade IPK and Melky for him right now, as you suggested last night. While we are at it, Lets trade Hughes and Gardener for Jesse Barfield and a can of beer nuts.

  340. Chris April 15th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Billy, I agree. Especially when taking about him being on the Yankees. However, I think he could fit nicely, and be an important part of several major league teams.

  341. Tex's New Best Friend April 15th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Tex,

    You’re talking Aceves as a long-man, not a starter, right?

    Yes

    Why is there an interest in Kevin Russo? Who are we losing in the infield?

  342. tampayank April 15th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Melky has looked a little better in the little playing time; I think he’ll be a good bench option

  343. Yankee U April 15th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    I don’t think Duncan is on the 40 man roster either so if they’re avoiding adding someone to the roster. he’s out too.

  344. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    hmmm. I wonder what Bubba is doing these days?

    Im not sold on having Duncan called at this time. He would be a double whammy.
    1. He cant field. He might actually do better fielding blind folded.
    2. He would reaggrivate Tex’s wrist injury with those super human bionical high fives he gives when getting excited.

    So the question to ask yourselves is would you rather have Tex or Shelley?

  345. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    “UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: This is interesting Chien-Ming Wang us throwing live BP on the field.”

    Hey, just like he did against the Rays!

    Thank you, please don’t forget to tip your waitress. Try the veal.

  346. Patrick Bateman April 15th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Good thing they didn’t trade Swisher now.

  347. Tex's New Best Friend April 15th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    The last time we had a power-hitting guy at 1B … Carlos Pena.

    Pena stunk in the yankee system.

  348. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    “This is interesting Chien-Ming Wang us throwing live BP on the field. He’s facing Ransom and Cabrera. ”

    If anyone should be practicing more its those three.

  349. Dan April 15th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Jeter R
    Damon L
    Teixeria S
    Rodriguez R
    Posada S
    Cano L
    Swisher S
    Matsui L
    Gardner L

    We’re going to struggle against lefties without Nady

  350. Dustin April 15th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Wang has looked like a BP pitcher his first two starts, may as well make it official

  351. Jbomb April 15th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    The last time we had a power-hitting guy at 1B … Carlos Pena.

    Pena stunk in the yankee system.

    Yea just like Melky stinks!

  352. M1kew April 15th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Sorry to hear about Nady. My questions have to do with the business side of this bad news:

    1) Assuming Nady does not play this season (or his play is severely limited) will he still be considered an “A” level free agent?

    2) Does insurance cover his salary during his time on the disabled list?

    I apologize if my questions seem cold. I am truly sorry that Nady is injured. I am just trying to understand the impact on the Yankees from these two angles.

    Thanks

  353. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    JoshWhite
    April 15th, 2009 at 1:57 pm
    Check this out, Derek Jeter is the only guy with money in his mouth.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4068889

    Thanks for posting this – please read

    Jeter outs money where his mouth is.

  354. m April 15th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Tex,

    Starting over the winter, the Yankees have been playing Russo in the OF corners. GB7 would know more than I would. But Russo is on fire in the leadoff spot. He was 4-4 until his last at-bat yesterday.

  355. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Maybe the Yankees are going to call up Jackson and Russo and send down Ransom? Let Jackson get some starts all over the outfield and keep Swisher in the same role he’s been in.

  356. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    ‘.09 hitting lastings milledge. The one that was just demoted from the god awful Nationals. The one that was late for opening day. Yeah, lets trade IPK and Melky for him right now, as you suggested last night. While we are at it, Lets trade Hughes and Gardener for Jesse Barfield and a can of beer nuts.’

    Yes I’d trade Melky + IPK for him right now if I could. Your second deal is ridiculous.

  357. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    “Miranda had a horrid spring but is mashing now. The last time we had a power-hitting guy at 1B … Carlos Pena.”

    I think i remember that guy. Whatever happened to that no hope .250 hitting first baseman with his fair share of strikeouts?

    Watching him rake against us kills me everytime.

  358. KGsturnz0r April 15th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    “We’re going to struggle against lefties without Nady”

    good thing there are more righties in the game

  359. Tom K April 15th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Jackson was HBP in his first at-bat today. I think that is the most logical reason why he was pulled.

  360. Ed - Swish is awesome! April 15th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    “We’re going to struggle against lefties without Nady”

    you think Swisher can’t hit lefties all? after all, there’s no point in being a switch hitter. geesh, where have you been?

  361. AD April 15th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Patrick

    - No way A-Jax gets called up… like PetAbe said, He needs to play everyday at this point in his career

  362. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    ‘Maybe the Yankees are going to call up Jackson and Russo and send down Ransom? Let Jackson get some starts all over the outfield and keep Swisher in the same role he’s been in.’

    The name Austin Jackson and MLB should not be spoken until the earliest August.

  363. Anthony April 15th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Billy, are you talking about the last power hitting guy at first in the minors? Because I would think that Giambi and Tex both count as pretty good power hitting first basemen.

  364. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 15th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Jackson needs to be playing every day.

  365. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    “Yes I’d trade Melky + IPK for him right now if I could.”

    Scary. I’m glad you aren’t the GM.

    I’m not saying the Yankees SHOULD call up Jackson but why was he pulled from the game? He could be getting promoted. Reading comprehension please guys.

  366. vin April 15th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    “The Yankees would be so, so, so foolish not to take advantage, there aren’t enough “so’s” in the world to describe how silly it would be.”

    Are you related to him, or something? Your passion on this topic is remarkable.

  367. R+ April 15th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Maybe we’re going to trade Jackson and Russo for Milledge?

  368. jeff April 15th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    the yanks will be smart and not trade now. They will have Arod back as the big righty bat in a couple weeks. They can live without Nady, although obviously it’s a tough loss. If Nady is out awhile, they’ll wait til the break to make a move. Honestly, once Matsui can play OF again they have Matsui, Damon, Melky, Gardiner and Swisher who are all solid guys in the lineup. Absolutely no need to panic. Don’t forget as well Posada and Texiera are good switch hitters so it’s not like on one can hit from the right-hand side of the plate.

    I would have started the year with Tomko on the roster instead of Jon A. But that being said and no longer an option, I’d probably look into bringing up Acevas to cover in case Wang blows up vs. Cleveland, then send him down and look to bring up another bat, maybe a third catcher, in the short term.

  369. DT April 15th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    “Jackson was HBP in his first at-bat today. I think that is the most logical reason why he was pulled.”

    good point.

  370. Yankee U April 15th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Gee, Wang looked good pitching to Ransom. How is that encouraging, everybody looks good pitching to Ransom.

  371. Tex's New Best Friend April 15th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Because Nady is hurt, we now stink vs. lefties?

    If we were dependent on him to save us against lefties, we werent winning a title.

  372. YankeeRay April 15th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    AD
    April 15th, 2009 at 2:17 pm
    Patrick

    – No way A-Jax gets called up… like PetAbe said, He needs to play everyday at this point in his career

    —–

    If the coaches there feel hes ready for a shot there is nothing wrong with that. If he fails then he goes back down and regroups. I think they did that with some guy #7 once.

  373. G. Love April 15th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Brandon,

    I’m with you. I’d trade for Milledge now if it all cost was IPK. I love his potential.

    The only thing that scares me is his attitude issues.

    That said, I LOVED when he high fived the fans as a Met. He got so much flack for that and it was undeserved. He was kid.

  374. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Please, let’s not even mention calling Austin Jackson up.

  375. Al from BK April 15th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    “Maybe we’re going to trade Jackson and Russo for Milledge?”

    If this happens I stop being a Yankee fan.

  376. PaulydaGoat April 15th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I think BBB IS Cat….

  377. Tex's New Best Friend April 15th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    So Russo may be coming up then to play OF. Acceptable since he would be 5th anyway. i think we are fine. we have scored at least 4 in each game. hitting isnt our issue so far.

  378. DT April 15th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    “UPDATE, 2:13 p.m.: Wang threw 21 pitches and looked good. Sinker was down. He said he felt good.”

    This helps Dave Eiland. Now he can change up a bit and say “Wang just needs to carry his BP sessions into the game.”

  379. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    m
    April 15th, 2009 at 2:10 pm
    Phil,

    Seriously? Russo lifted? He was the first person that came to my mind. But I knew if I mentioned him, people would say he’d get killed by major league pitching. Whether or not that’s true, it seems that they’re developing Russo as a super-utility guy. Right, GB7?

    Tex,

    You’re talking Aceves as a long-man, not a starter, right?

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, in the minors, if they’re trully committed you younger and more versatile, Russo would be a choice over most others. If they need offense, then Berroa to replace Ransom would be the choice. Russo’s not a great defensive player anywhere. He could fill in at most positions, though. One thing I’d have him do is to buy a catcher’s mitt. That’s the one thing that has always puzzled me about Duncan. Why hasn’t he learned to catch, at least a little. He has as good a catching instructor as you could find in his father. He could fill the Johnny Blanchard role on this team.

  380. tampayank April 15th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Kay comparing Swisher to Brosius; saying that quiet pickup could be huge especially w/ the Nady opportunity; he gets his big shot

  381. Dave B. April 15th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    The NYY should trade Veras for Coco Crisp. Would be a nice guy to have on the bench, great defense, speed, righty pop.

  382. RussW210 April 15th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Austin Jackson pulled in the 3rd inning of his game last night. New York New York?

  383. Michael Kei (Igawa) April 15th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I love that, DH Posada when there are fast runners on the other team…

  384. Jbomb April 15th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Austin Jackson. Thats one BADASSSS Name.

  385. m April 15th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    How does Ramiro Pena look? How he does might factor into giving serious consideration to guys like Miranda or Russo.

  386. CB April 15th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    “But this makes so much sense, especially considering our huge geographical advantage, that even he cannot possibly drop the ball on this one, right?”

    Not sure I’d go that far.

    Catalanotto was pretty close to a league average player last year and he’s definitely on the decline. He is also not a great defensive player by any means – he’s not good even for LF.

    But to be able to find a guy who could be league average to replace an injured OF on April 15 is a plus. Normally in this situation you’d have to sign a far below average OF – not even an average to slightly below average one.

    That said – if they signed Jim Edmonds instead I’d be fine with that also.

  387. DT April 15th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    “That’s the one thing that has always puzzled me about Duncan. Why hasn’t he learned to catch, at least a little. He has as good a catching instructor as you could find in his father. He could fill the Johnny Blanchard role on this team.”

    He could block the plate for sure.

  388. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Michael Kay fails again. Nick Swisher is nothing like Scott Brosius.

  389. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    “Gee, Wang looked good pitching to Ransom. How is that encouraging, everybody looks good pitching to Ransom.”

    Thats a good point. I would think its a lose lose situation. If Ransom hits him than it drags his confidence down even more. If he owns him. Then its nothing to brag about.
    The most important thing is for him to forget whos at the plate and remember how to get back the 94/95 mph heavy sinker he had not long ago.

  390. Joe Monte April 15th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    The only way Austin Jackson gets called up to the majors right now is b/c Matsui has to go to the DL as well as Nady. Jackson needs to be playing everyday and that will only happen if we lose two players and Damon shifts to DH.

  391. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    ‘Scary. I’m glad you aren’t the GM.

    I’m not saying the Yankees SHOULD call up Jackson but why was he pulled from the game? He could be getting promoted. Reading comprehension please guys’

    PLEASE what player in that deal would = Milledge’s upside.

    I know your not saying Jackson should come up, he was pulled last night because he was hit by a wild pitch. He shouldn’t touch NY until he gets atleast 300 ABs in AAA.

    IPK + Melky for Milledge…if you can get away w/ that you do it because Milledge is the guy who is the bargain, not Kennedy, Melky is a 4 OF or 5 OF. Lastings w/ Kevin Long if he fixes him could be a steal. And he’s better in the COF so… and he has a gun from the OF.

  392. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    GB7: Despite Cat’s flaws, don’t you think he’s still a better option than Melky, Shelley Duncan or John Rodriguez? Those guys are all AAAA players. I’d be worried that the lineup couldn’t carry Gardner’s bat plus one of those guys’. Especially with Rodriguez still out.

    There is also always the possibility of trading for someone who might be a better fit than Cat of course, but because teams’ demands’ are relatively high this early on & will dwindle as the season goes on, it doesn’t seem like there’s any reason not to at least try to fill this hole w/o having to give up any of our internal talent. If not Cat then Jim Edmonds would seem to be an option too. Then if that doesn’t work they can always release them, since they’d only be signed for pennies, and trade for someone.

  393. rconn23 April 15th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Maybe we’re going to trade Jackson and Russo for Milledge

    I hope you mean Steven Jackson. Because there is the ditinct possibility that Austin Jackson is already a better baseball player than Lastings Milledge, with none of the lingering character issues Milledge has.

  394. m April 15th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    IPK pitching. 1 ER through 4IP. Probably wondering why he hasn’t been taken out of the game yet. :)

  395. C April 15th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    WOW Nady-Marte trade just keeps getting worse :(

  396. Ed - Swish is awesome! April 15th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    “Maybe we’re going to trade Jackson and Russo for Milledge?

    If this happens I stop being a Yankee fan.”

    me too. Jackson is worth way more than Milledge.

  397. Jbomb April 15th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    They probably pulled Austin for a trade. The yankees farm system is where prospects go to die or where they go to be traded and successful on another team.

  398. RussW210 April 15th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I don’t think Austin Jackson should be out of the question here. He is 22 years old, not a little baby.

  399. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Swisher>Scott

  400. Steve B April 15th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    “The NYY should trade Veras for Coco Crisp.”

    If the Royals were really interested in such a deal, they would have saved time and just kept Ramon Ramirez, the middle reliever sent to Boston in exchange for Crisp.

  401. frankiedue April 15th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Man I guess Frank Catalanotto’s agents now post at the LoHud Yankees Blog.

  402. Coach6423 April 15th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Milledge is awful. Epitome of ego. He is young and can’t play. You know what $40 buck and potential will get you…..2 pizzas. Who cares about potential. You don’t trade pitching for potential, you don’t.

  403. rb15 April 15th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Meanwhile, Dice on the 15 day DL.

  404. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    DT
    April 15th, 2009 at 2:26 pm
    “That’s the one thing that has always puzzled me about Duncan. Why hasn’t he learned to catch, at least a little. He has as good a catching instructor as you could find in his father. He could fill the Johnny Blanchard role on this team.”

    He could block the plate for sure.

    ————————————————————

    He could block any plate from the dugout. Of course, he could block any plate at the dinner table, too.

  405. Bronx Jeers April 15th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Nady out for his walk year? Ouch for him.

    Catalanotto? Worth a shot.

    Otherwise Melky just got his 2nd life.

    And I hope the added pressure to Swish doesn’t send him spiraling down the wormhole.

  406. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Brandon: asking again, when did you become a narcissist?

  407. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    BBB
    April 15th, 2009 at 2:26 pm
    GB7: Despite Cat’s flaws, don’t you think he’s still a better option than Melky, Shelley Duncan or John Rodriguez? Those guys are all AAAA players. I’d be worried that the lineup couldn’t carry Gardner’s bat plus one of those guys’. Especially with Rodriguez still out.

    There is also always the possibility of trading for someone who might be a better fit than Cat of course, but because teams’ demands’ are relatively high this early on & will dwindle as the season goes on, it doesn’t seem like there’s any reason not to at least try to fill this hole w/o having to give up any of our internal talent. If not Cat then Jim Edmonds would seem to be an option too. Then if that doesn’t work they can always release them, since they’d only be signed for pennies, and trade for someone.

    ————————————————————

    I’d still take Cabrera. he can steal some bases, hit a homer on occassion and he plays more than an adequate outfield at all three positions.

  408. Vincent April 15th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    We should see this lineup when we play the Rays all the time. Posada should never be behind the dish when its a game against TB.

  409. PaulydaGoat April 15th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Jackson got hit by a pitch, so that could also be a reason he got pulled…

  410. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    ‘Brandon: asking again, when did you become a narcissist?’

    A quarter to eight ! :x

  411. DT April 15th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I don’t want Frank Catalanotto.

    His “Frank TV” promo commercials on TBS drove me bonkers.

  412. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    CB: Haha, I probably was exxagerating a little bit. I really should expand that a bit to say that because there are such an unusual amount of options available as far as league average players, that it would really be dropping the ball for Cashman to ignore those options and choose instead to fill the hole w/a far below average player from within, like Shelley.

    Cat doesn’t have to be the guy, I’d be perfectly fine with Edmonds too. I’ve just always had a soft spot for Cat. Guess that’s pretty obvious, lol.

  413. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Brandon, I’m just not a Milledge fan. I think he’s overrated and immature. I don’t want him on the team. I think IPK for Milledge is unfair for the Yankees because I don’t think Milledge will reach his potential.

    I agree that Jackson needs more time in AAA but who knows what the Yankees think. They might call him up sooner.

  414. m April 15th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    rb15,

    Do you know what the corresponding move is?

  415. Betsy April 15th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    So is this a rare case of TJ not holding up for a whole career? AJ had TJ and although people have said that in a way it’s good news, because he’s already had it done, we see here that there is no guarantee that the elbow will hold up.

  416. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    What’s it say about Millidge when the Nationals consider Elijah Dukes as the more mature of the two?

  417. BIGBLUE April 15th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    no Posada catching?

  418. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Guys, I am not Frank Cattolanatto, I’m not even sure I can spell his name! I think I’ve used about 8 different spellings while I’ve been e-singing his praises here.

  419. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    ‘Milledge is awful. Epitome of ego. He is young and can’t play.’

    really ? it’s plain and simple he’s not going act stupid here. Not w/ this clubhouse. He would know better and what do you mean he can’t play, he can’t play CF but he can LF or RF. If you can steal him you steal him.

  420. Al from BK April 15th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I like Molina behind the plate especially against the Rays.

  421. rb15 April 15th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    m – they called up hunter jones from pawtucket. leftanded reliever. don’t know anything about him, except that he’s on his way to oakland to try to make the game today.

  422. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Do any of Tabata’s crime-spree-cougar wife’s grown-up kids hit righty?

  423. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Lets get Bernie Williams.

  424. Al from BK April 15th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Although I would selfishly want Ajax in the BIGS right now, I know he needs more time at AAA. September call-up perhaps.

  425. PaulydaGoat April 15th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    BBB it was just a joke….

  426. Coach6423 April 15th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    But see, giving up IPK and Melky for him is not a steal. Giving up Kei Igawa for him is a steal. Melky is a better player than Mielldge.

  427. David Cone's Labrum April 15th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Can someone explain why Gardner goes from hitting leadoff last night to batting 7th today?

  428. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    lol I know Pauly, I was j/k too.

  429. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Nick that last comment has me rolling :)

  430. Billy April 15th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    “really ? it’s plain and simple he’s not going act stupid here. Not w/ this clubhouse. He would know better and what do you mean he can’t play, he can’t play CF but he can LF or RF. If you can steal him you steal him.”

    He might have five-tool potential but he doesn’t have one between his ears.

  431. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Apparently, Chad Jennings has no more info on the reasons for removing Jackson and Russo than anyone else, other than the Jackson HBP.

    ***I don’t know anything other than what I’m seeing in live box score.

    In the bottom of the third, manager Dave Miley took both Austin Jackson (right) and Kevin Russo out of the game. Todd Linden replaced Jackson in center field, Doug Bernier replaced Russo at shortstop.

    Could it be that the Yankees are choosing between those two for a call-up*** ?

    ***UPDATE: Just wanted to mention — and I should have mentioned it before — that Jackson was hit by a pitch an inning before he was taken out. He might simply be a little sore. Russo coming out makes no sense in the context of the game, at least not that I can tell*** .

  432. Hokiehill April 15th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    damn Carl, you beat me too it! Ha!

  433. m April 15th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    rb15,

    Thanks. I bet Masterson slides right into his slot. Where’s buckteeth? Is he in Pawtucket or is he with Boston?

  434. Corey April 15th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Losing Nady stinks….but Cabrera as your 4th OF still isnt too bad of a deal. It’s not like Nady hits .300 ball or has a cannon of an arm.

  435. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Brett Gardner batting 7th in the Yankee lineup would upset me more if Gabe Kapler wasnt batting 7th in the Rays lineup. Both teams have a pretty weak bottom of the order today. But I bet Gardner wouldnt strike out against Swisher! :p

  436. Mac Daddy April 15th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    with damon back in, gardner drops back down

  437. tampayank April 15th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    what are everyone’s thought about Pena at 3b yesterday

  438. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 15th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Do any of Tabata’s crime-spree-cougar wife’s grown-up kids hit righty?

    =========================

    LOL! I spit out some coffee reading this. Thanks Nick

  439. AeroFANatic April 15th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Russo coming up to take Nady’s spot. Russo to be the super utility 3b/ss/2b guy with some speed. Would not be surprised to see him stay up too when A-Rod comes back, and dump Ransom.

  440. rb15 April 15th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    m – agreed. masterson should and probably will make dice’s starts for him. buckholz is in pawtucket, i think.

  441. Doreen April 15th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Brandon -

    What makes you think Milledge would be different here? I mean what in his history points to any possibility of him changing his personality? He may have tremendous upside, but his downside is heavier. I’m not talking about the high-fives to the kids – anyone can be overexuberant. It’s the latenesses and what comes across as a cavalier attitude toward his teammates and clubhouse protocol and acting as if he’s already achieved his upside and not in a good way.

    It ends up being an energy sucker to deal with personalities like his seems to be.

    Maybe he’ll grow up. Nothing I’ve read about him so far, and nothing I’ve seen, indicates that he will ever be any different than he is now. Manny got away with “being Manny” for years only because he produced. Lastings can’t “be Lastings” until he produces consistently in the major leagues. And he keeps getting in his own way.

    I think it’s a shame.

    And maybe he will achieve his upside someday. I don’t want the Yankees to be willing participants in such an experiment.

  442. Pasqua April 15th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    There is no way that Cashman pulls a trade at this stage of the game. One reasons is, it’s simply too early in the year. Players’ values are all out of whack. And, two (and most importantly!) Nick Swisher is an everyday player! His BA is going to take a tumble, but his power numbers and OBP should remain high. He’s a perfectly acceptable everyday right fielder, and having Melky on the bench is probably not stressing out anybody in the organization (except the fans). These are the moments when it becomes clear what a fantasy baseball world we live in.

  443. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    ‘But see, giving up IPK and Melky for him is not a steal. Giving up Kei Igawa for him is a steal. Melky is a better player than Mielldge.’

    Agree w/ part 1. No he’s not I’m sorry, maybe they were neck and neck in his first yr. but Melky is not better than Lastings.

  444. Steve B April 15th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    M:

    Buccholtz apparently has a minor hammy issue in Pawtucket. I think you have it right. They’ll likely pitch Masterson in Matsuzaka’s spot and probably bring up that Bard kid for their pen.

  445. David Cone's Labrum April 15th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Corey –

    What’s lost with Nady is depth.

    The “idea” of his righty bat on the bench late in games, or of him balancing out the lineup against a lefty.

    Also, always the potential for knocking one over the fence.

    With Melky, I think there’s some depth, sure. Just not with the potential to really change a game offensively.

  446. tampa yankee from long island April 15th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !)

    i would steal him if i could.

  447. AeroFANatic April 15th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Gardner hitting 7th makes sense. You want him to get more at bats than Pena or Molina, and also if Gardner gets on Pena/Molina can bunt him over given the situation is right.

  448. Pasqua April 15th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Threadjack: Dice-K is on the DL. Looks like everybody’s got problems.

  449. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Miranda and John Rodriguez both have homers today. Kennedy’s day is mixed. 5 innings, 5 hits, 1 run (earned), 2 walks, 4 strikeouts. 84 pitches, 57 strikes. 2-1 Scranton

  450. m April 15th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Brandon love him some problem children. ;)

  451. Coach6423 April 15th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Agree w/ part 1. No he’s not I’m sorry, maybe they were neck and neck in his first yr. but Melky is not better than Lastings.

    The fact that Melky is on the roster of the Yankees, and Milledge was demoted from the 1 win Washington Nationals….yes Melky is a better player.

  452. tampa yankee from long island April 15th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    melky is not close to as good as lastings.that’s just stupid.

  453. Tex's New Best Friend April 15th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Melky is better than Milledge. Milledge has shown no sign that he will be a successful pro player. Melky has had his moments.

  454. Tex's New Best Friend April 15th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Melky is better than Milledge. Milledge has shown no sign that he will be a successful pro player. Melky has had his moments.

  455. Corey April 15th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    David….Cabrera is a switch hitter….so does the L/R thing losing nady really matter? Late in a game I’d rather have melky’s defense than Nady’s bat more times than not….Just sayin. Nady is a decent player, but losing him doesnt crush this team at all. He’s been rather mediocre aside from his hot streak when he first came over last summer

  456. Forntoso April 15th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Let me ask you something

    We need a big hit in the bottom of the 9th, who do you want up…. Duncan, John Rodriguez, or Bernie?

    Make the smart choice… sign Bernie.

  457. Pauly April 15th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    So is it safe to assume Girardi is playing Molina behind the plate in lieu of Posada b/c it’s the Rays on the basepaths? This is the second day in a row, Jorge’s not hurting is he?

  458. rb15 April 15th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    steve – they recalled hunter jones from pawsox. lefty reliever.

  459. randy l. April 15th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    ” Now he can change up a bit and say “Wang just needs to carry his BP sessions into the game.”

    i will say it for eiland that he stays on point.

  460. RussW210 April 15th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Where did you hear BB is on the DL?

  461. vin April 15th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    “and also if Gardner gets on Pena/Molina can bunt him over given the situation is right.”

    And you don’t have Molina clogging the bases ahead of Gardner. I always think its funny when people post their projected lineup and have Matsui directly ahead of Gardner.

  462. m April 15th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Steve B,

    Thanks for that info. Buckwheat had a good winter/spring. Let’s hope it doesn’t translate to the majors.

    GB7,

    Are you watching the Scranton game? Gameday says that Russo came out in the middle of the defensive inning. Is that correct?

  463. Joe Monte April 15th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Rumor:

    Cody Ransom has been demoted to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    The Yankees have purchased the contract of IF Kevin Russo.

    Xavier Nady (elbow) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

    The Yankees have purchased the contract of OF Austin Jackson.

  464. vin April 15th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    “We need a big hit in the bottom of the 9th, who do you want up…. Duncan, John Rodriguez, or Bernie?

    Make the smart choice… sign Bernie.”

    I see where you’re going with this… how about Cash gets Reggie back in uniform?

  465. Perry April 15th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Rumor, or something you just made up based on the facts that we have?

  466. m April 15th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Kennedy is so enticing, he just kills minor league hitting. But is it fools gold?

  467. Wave Your Hat April 15th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I can’t see either Catalanotto or Edmonds being a fit for us.

    Catalanotto is basically a left handed DH now. He doesn’t hit lefties, and his outfield defense last year was very poor. He doesn’t give us what Nady gave us at all.

    Edmonds doesn’t work either. He really only hits righties, and you wouldn’t want to play him in CF any more. He’s never played a corner OF position, so you have the learning curve issue, plus it would require moving Damon to CF which I don’t think the Yanks want to do, plus they seem to be committed to Gardner for now.

    I don’t see any good fit now. Losing Nady is just a blow we’ll have to take for a while.

    Fortunately, for a change the Yanks have some depth in the OF to soften the hit.

  468. RussW210 April 15th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Joe Monte – where’s that coming from?

  469. rb15 April 15th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    boston.com (globe website). there’s a link on the front page. apparently, tito is pretty annoyed at how much dice was used in the wbc. if i were a red sox manager or red sox fan, i would be too.

  470. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Paging LastingsIsGod, please pick up the LoHud Courtesy Phone.

  471. David April 15th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Melky mashed the ball in the Spring and has some pop.

    He is fine as a 4th OF, its playing every day that exposes him.

  472. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    ‘Melky is better than Milledge. Milledge has shown no sign that he will be a successful pro player. Melky has had his moments.’

    WTF ? when did Melky reach 14 HR 61 RBI. Homer glasses off Melky Cabrera was never better than Milledge, maybe in CF but bat skills/baserunning/speed that’s all Lastings

  473. tampa yankee from long island April 15th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Tex’s New Best Friend

    i would take lastings 2008 over any of melkys years.

  474. David Cone's Labrum April 15th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Corey –

    PH Nady for Matsui against a lefty (Okajima, for example) and then put Melky into CF to replace Gardner, possibly.

    I understand your point, I do. I just think Melky serves little purpose on this team other than a strong arm.

  475. Joe Monte April 15th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Sorry, I didn’t get a chance to provide the link. Take a look at the comments section from the following link:

    Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Blog

    http://community.thetimes-trib.....-game.aspx

  476. AD April 15th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Actual Talk of Lastings Milledge? What? What year is , how long have I been asleep?

  477. m April 15th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    lol, Nick. Totally rotten. Who was first Melky or Brett?

  478. Brian M April 15th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Pete, it is early I know but it looks like you might have to rethink your pick for the AL Cy Young.

    Through 2 starts DiceK has a TOTAL of 6.1 innings pitched and a 12.79 ERA. Yeesh.

  479. mm bacon April 15th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    1 week into the season and we already down one important player for the season. Sports Gods why?!

  480. Tex's New Best Friend April 15th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Bernie Williams!!!!

  481. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    m
    April 15th, 2009 at 2:49 pm
    Steve B,

    Thanks for that info. Buckwheat had a good winter/spring. Let’s hope it doesn’t translate to the majors.

    GB7,

    Are you watching the Scranton game? Gameday says that Russo came out in the middle of the defensive inning. Is that correct?

    ————————————————————

    No, can’t get either video or audio to come up on MILB today. Need to check and see if they renewed the account. Only have Gameday running, so no word on Jackson or how Kennedy’s actually pitching. now at 6 innings and 90 pitches. 60 strikes, 30 balls.

  482. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    “The Yankees have purchased the contract of OF Austin Jackson.”

    no freaking way. Source?!?!?!

  483. gayle April 15th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    15dl was also
    posted on mlb tweet

    ESPN MLB – Red Sox SP Daisuke Matsuzaka placed on 15-day DL (arm fatigue); he was MVP of World Baseball Classic

  484. PaulydaGoat April 15th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    “Jim” is it really a rumor when you link to yourself??

  485. Doreen April 15th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Joe Monte -

    If you read further down, there is another comment that says Jackson got hit on the elbow and the trainers spent a fair amount of time over it, and that’s more than likely the reason he got pulled.

  486. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Jackson was hit on the elbow last night so he’s not coming up here, it makes no sense in many ways A. Why rush him B. He was hit by a pitch on his elbow. Russo is the one who prbly replaces Ransom is my guess. OF wise I guess J.Rodriguez.

  487. MikeD April 15th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Pauly, that could be part of it, but keep in mind that the Yankees played a night game yesterday, and a later day game today, and and an even earlier day game tomorrow. Girardi no doubt wants Posada behind the plate tomorrow, and with Matsui in a funk, he’s using the opportunity to keep Posada’s hot bat in the line up.

  488. Rishi April 15th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Shaun (NY): Austin Jackson or Brett Gardner in CF this year?

    Jim Callis: (2:40 PM ET ) Give Jackson a couple of months in Triple-A, then give him the job.

  489. Billy April 15th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    “The Yankees have purchased the contract of OF Austin Jackson.”

    no freaking way. Source?!?”

    Some clown on CJ’s blog!

  490. Giuseppe Franco April 15th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    “The Yankees have purchased the contract of OF Austin Jackson.”

    ————

    That’s baloney. Someone is screwing around.

  491. m April 15th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Am I the only one that feels embarrassed for Bernie? Putting out “feelers” on his promotional tour?

    And doesn’t he look like a member of the Blue Man group on his CD cover?

    That rumor was fake. Jennings just challenged him to figure out how to put both those guys on the 40.

  492. Joe Monte April 15th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I’m sure Pete will be providing additional information soon enough. It’s highly probable Austin Jackson was taken out b/c of the hit by a pitch. Russo, that’s a very possible call up.

  493. Vito April 15th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Frank C is not an option. Last thing we need is a left handed OFer with no power and average fielding ability. We already got some of those. Consider the 40 man roster – adding a free agent – is it really worth it when we are talking about a backup here? Miranda can be a decent stopgap from the 40 man until Arod gets back in which case it is no longer an issue since Ransom could probably be as good as Nady in a role of backup/spot start vs LHP. Nady loss hurts depth but remember he is a low OBP, avergae fielder who had one decent season. He is very replaceable and should have been on the bench anyway. Edmonds, Frank Cat, etc are all pointless in this situation IMHO.

  494. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Rumor: Bernie Williams has just re-titled his new CD “Looking Backwards”.

  495. Anthony April 15th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Milledge is not the answer to anything. I think the prospect-loving on this site has gone off the deep end. Not every prospect pans out. So what Milledge was once highly-touted? What has he shown that indicates he’s going to take it to the next level? I would not trade IPK, despite his struggles, for Milledge and neither would any sane GM. IPK could bring in someone established later this season. Not only does Milledge have problems on the field, but he’s also a headcase.

  496. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Who cares who’s better between Melk and Miledge. They both arent good enough to play with the Yanks for the long haul.
    We’re comparing to bench warmers for god sakes!! Their both not winning the bench warmer of the year award. Thats going to Swish.

    Nick,
    You are on a roll today.

    If the rumors true about AJAX. I hope they are planning on playing him everyday. Or i see this as a bad move.

  497. Corey April 15th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Boston Red Sox were 9-6 on April 15th 2008. They had a rather hot start….their start this year could be the difference between the playoffs and no playoffs. People always say its only April, but april took NY out of the playoffs last year

  498. RussW210 April 15th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I don’t see where Austin Jackson would fit unless someone else gets hurt. Jackson is a CFer and Gardner has been good so far. No need unless you plan on playing Jackson permanently in CF/RF and using Swish as the utility again.

  499. CaptainsCorner April 15th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    There is ZERO chance that the Yanks would bring up Jackson now. He will come up when he is ready he will not be rushed to be a 4th outfielder. Yanks will likely bring up Russo or some veteran who will sit on the bench.

  500. randy l. April 15th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    “I don’t see any good fit now. Losing Nady is just a blow we’ll have to take for a while.
    Fortunately, for a change the Yanks have some depth in the OF to soften the hit.”

    it was a nice luxury having an extra outfielder, but with damon, gardner , and swisher and melky backing up all three positions they still have an outfield. stuff happens. i think they should play for a few more weeks and see how things shake out.

    this team is all about the starting pitching. if one of them had gone down with a tear , then the yankees would have a problem. losing nady isn’t good , but it’s not devastating by any means.

  501. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    “That rumor was fake. Jennings just challenged him to figure out how to put both those guys on the 40.”

    I know I saw it too.

  502. Peter Abraham April 15th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    The quickest way to get yourself banned from this blog is to post false news. Don’t be a jerk.

  503. Tex's New Best Friend April 15th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Bernie can be brought in as a 5th fielder at a low cost, and can maybe be a little productive. He wanted to come back, here is a chance.

  504. AeroFANatic April 15th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    They could waive Ransom and put Nady on the 60 day DL, therefore freeing up 2 spots for Russo and Jackson…

    When A-Rod comes back, Pena or Russo goes back down and the other becomes the super utility guy.

  505. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    yeah, Melky is definitely not better than Milledge. It isn’t even really close. Milledge has mental probs. but is flat out a better baseball player. His mental issues scare me away from him though.

    But still, what terrifies me the most about this Nady injury is that it opens the door for far too many Melky Cabrera at bats. While Milledge isn’t the solution I’d prefer, at least the idea of him playing every 3rd or 4th game for this team doesnt make me break out in a cold sweat.

    Until a new OF can be obtained, the Yankees really should call up Juan Miranda to take a significant chunk of DH AB’s in Matsui’s stead because Hideki looks really bad at the plate right now and we will need the offense. Juan is raking right now and I strongly believe he can hit righties at the MLB level.

  506. Rishi April 15th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    UPDATE ABOVE

  507. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    “ESPN MLB – Red Sox SP Daisuke Matsuzaka placed on 15-day DL (arm fatigue); he was MVP of World Baseball Classic”

    Isnt that the second time in 2 years hes had arm fatigue? Is his arm falling off sooner than we thought? I would have guessed it was neck fatigue with all the bombs hes been allowing this year.

  508. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    “Bernie can be brought in as a 5th fielder at a low cost, and can maybe be a little productive. He wanted to come back, here is a chance.”

    Did you see Bernie in the WBC? His defense is worse than Duncans. He needs to stay retired and stick to finding names to his albums.

  509. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I really hope that it’s Juan Miranda instead of Russo.

  510. mm bacon April 15th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Bernie’s the man. good for him and his career.

  511. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 15th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    “In other news, Jorge Posada feels fine. The Yankees are being cautious with him, hence his being the DH two days in a row. _Plus, let’s be honest, Hideki Matsui looks helpless_. Girardi said Posada would catch tomorrow. He also plans to use Ransom tomorrow.”

    Truer words were never spoken.

  512. m April 15th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Wow, Pete. You’ve been busy!

    Russo would be fun & exciting, but wouldn’t it make sense to bring an extra pitcher up for the immediate future? Damon/Gardner/Swish/Melky can hold down the fort for a bit.

    I’d like to see our pitching (i.e. Wang) get set before I worry about the 25th guy.

  513. john_halfz April 15th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I like Posada at C for lineup flexibility, but Molina adds a great deal behind the plate. He led MLB (with Kendall) in runs saved as a C last year. Runs saved means as much in figuring out wins as runs created. So it may be painful to watch him hit, but his fielding makes him a pretty decent option at the position.

  514. pat April 15th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Poor X.

  515. CaptainsCorner April 15th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    If they bring up Miranda that wouldn’t make much sense since his defense is dreadful. He would have to DH and Matsui already has that job. A defensive player with some offense would make alot more sense. As long as Damon is healthy then the player brought up wouldn’t play anyway except for defense late in the game.

  516. tampayank April 15th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Matsuzaka has thrown a lot of pitches in his life, wasn’t there a few game where he threw 100 pitches back 2 back days back when he was in high school, all that builds up to problems later, but the WBC timing is bad for MLB pitchers, I don’t have a problem w/ the hitters being a part of it

  517. Betsy April 15th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Kim Jones on with Mike

  518. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    The news about Nady is not good for him or us. However, I don’t think Cash does a trade right now. He will probably try to fill the void from within. As for us signing the Cat, in theory, it sounds like a great idea. It wouldn’t cost much and it would be a nice story for him and his family. However, if he is on the decline as some have said, why would we bother?

  519. StawthatStirs April 15th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    And I dropped Swish from my Fantasy Team thinking he wouldn’t get enough at bats.. urgh….

  520. Raja April 15th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Nady was a good player but he is a 270-280 hitter at best. He doesn’t have a rocket of an arm and isn’t exactly a fast mover. Once we get A-Rod back, we shouldn’t have a problem. With Posada at full strength, even an average year from Swisher will be more than enough. The real question mark is Matsui. The lineup is still formidable.

    Jeter
    Damon (LF)
    Tex
    A-Rod
    Matsui (DH)
    Swisher (RF)
    Cano
    Posada
    Gardener (CF)

  521. Pauly April 15th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Pauly, that could be part of it, but keep in mind that the Yankees played a night game yesterday, and a later day game today, and and an even earlier day game tomorrow. Girardi no doubt wants Posada behind the plate tomorrow, and with Matsui in a funk, he’s using the opportunity to keep Posada’s hot bat in the line up.

    The fact that Molina caught last night and is catching again today during the day game is what got me concerned in the first place, notwithstanding the fact that today’s game starts at 4:05 and not 1:05. In light of Jorge’s surgery, just thought I’d ask. Point about Matsui well taken.

  522. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Kennedy’s day is over after 6 innings. 5 hits, 1 run (earned), 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, 1 WP.

    Miranda is 1-2 with a homer and 1 walk, Rodriguez is 2-4 with a double homer and 2 runs scored.

    Berroa is 2-3 and an RBI, Eric Duncan is 1-3 and an RBI, (hitting .294)

    Claggett’s in trouble, two thirds of an inning 4 hits, 2 runs (earned), 1 walk

  523. Steve Cic April 15th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Hey, if any of you guys are on Facebook, join the Nick Swisher Fans group we started yesterday. Check it out.

    http://www.facebook.com/group......038;ref=nf

  524. gayle April 15th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Wow that AJ Burnett interview on the pre game certainly is very endearing for us Yankee fans. Always heard that he was such a jerk certainly did not come across that way at all in the interview and what he had to say about Wang and what he said to Wang makes so much sense. Nice to see that.

  525. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    “I like Posada at C for lineup flexibility, but Molina adds a great deal behind the plate. ”

    This is going to be a very unpopular thing to say, but here it goes. Molina is a much better catcher than Jorge. In fact, it’s not even close. From throwing out runners to even calling the game, Molina is the better catcher. Unfortunately for him, he can’t hit worth a damn. If his offense was better, he could have been a first string catcher for sure.

  526. Wave Your Hat April 15th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    “Molina adds a great deal behind the plate. He led MLB (with Kendall) in runs saved as a C last year.”

    When Molina saves as many runs as Posada creates, be sure and let us know.

    Posada has to get the vast majority of ABs as catcher. If he doesn’t, I don’t like our long term prospects against Boston or Tampa. Both teams are too good, and the race will be tight when all is said and done.

    Molina vs Posada (or Matsui, if that is the tradeoff) just gives away too many runs. Don’t be seduced by the defense, it’s not enough.

  527. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Claggett gets out of the inning with the lead, but, it was ugky. 4-3 bottom of the 7th inning.

  528. randy l. April 15th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    “As for Wang, Dave Eiland came up with the idea for the live BP session. It was encouraging, Wang said. He was able to keep the ball down and made the adjustment with his footwork in terms of keeping his arm at the right angle instead of trailing behind.”

    that sounds good about keeping the ball down, but what was the adjustment with the footwork? his right foot is on the rubber, he lifts his left foot and strides with it, and then lands on it. the change is in there somewhere , but what exactly?

    eiland sure likes to keep it close to the vest when giving out info. although maybe it was wang instead who gave out the info.

  529. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    And ugly, too

  530. 66 stripes April 15th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Can these interviewers please start asking AJ some new questions? Everytime they interview him, it’s the same thing. 6

  531. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    “Wow that AJ Burnett interview on the pre game certainly is very endearing for us Yankee fans. Always heard that he was such a jerk certainly did not come across that way at all in the interview and what he had to say about Wang and what he said to Wang makes so much sense. Nice to see that.”

    Gayle, for those of us blogging from work, can you quickly paraphrase what AJ said about Wang?

  532. jake April 15th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    NOO nady :( :(! I liked him!!
    BRING UP SHELLY DUNCAN!!!!!! Woot! Here’s his comeback chance! :)

    We will fight through this! GO YANKS

  533. JIm April 15th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Austin Jackson and Kevin Russo were pulled from the game today in the 3rd inning and left the stadium….

  534. Jay Hirsch April 15th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    bring back bernie!

  535. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 15th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I think even Francesa is developing a slight mancrush on Swisher. He almost sounds jovial when talking about him

  536. kei igawa's sunglasses April 15th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Sad about Nady, Melky can’t replace what Nady/Swisher combo had. Dice K’s has a lot of fatigue in his arm. I don’t remember a lot of Yankee pitchers DL’d for a fatigued arm.

  537. baseball April 15th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    PETER,
    Do you have any thoughts on poor Posada pitch selection/handling, which is being discussed??
    A well thrown ‘wrong’ pitch is better than a poor thrown ‘good’ pitch,,right?!

  538. CaptainsCorner April 15th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    It is really nice to know that George is healthy enough to be at the game tomorrow. It would be great if they can include him in the pre game ceremonies..but he will probably stay in the background.

  539. tampayank April 15th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    everyone loves Bernie but cmon, you see how slow his bat was during his limited WBC playing time

  540. gayle April 15th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Laura-

    Kim asked him that it seems that he has become close to Wang he texts’ him etc etc and asked what he had said to him.

    AJ basically said that he is there to be supportive and that he needs to remember it has been a very long time since he has been out there and doing this and that he just needs to listen to what everyone is telling him and take little pieces from everyone and that he will get it together he personally feels that perhaps some of this is rust.

  541. Ed - Swish is awesome! April 15th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    “I think even Francesa is developing a slight mancrush on Swisher. He almost sounds jovial when talking about him”

    what? McClouth broke his heart already? oh boowhoo.

  542. m April 15th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    gayle,

    Transcript, please!

    Coney gave the greatest compliment/observation about AJ. He said that when AJ walks through the clubhouse, he’s such a man, with a lot of confidence. He said some other stuff, too about how he interacts with the guys.

  543. Vito April 15th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Miranda does make sense for the next month until AROD is back.

    He has a good bat

    He can play 1B or DH (can’t be worse then Matsui right now)

    He free’s up Swisher to play RF if Tex hand issue lingers

    He is on the 40 man roster and wont require any other moves like a non roster or free agent would

    He could actually be a decent PH bat late in the game

    He and Melky could platoon with Swish moving from RF to 1B depending on which (Miranda/Melky) had to play

    Yes he is one dimensional but really so was Nady (power but low OBP and average defense at best)

    If Miranda was RH it would be a slam dunk

  544. JB April 15th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Uggghh anyone hearing Andruw Jones name batting around shortly? I am sure he will be out of his Rangers contract soon enough. I am not saying it is a good option by any means, just stating that they might be tempted if he opts out.

  545. yankeefan23 April 15th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Hey can somebody help me out with a question? I was watching baseball tonight, and some retarded analyst said the Red Sox would win the division by double digits. A tall black analyst, not sure what his name is. Anybody know? I want to make a blog that tracks his predicitions. What an idiot.

  546. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks for the info, gayle!

  547. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    ‘Austin Jackson and Kevin Russo were pulled from the game today in the 3rd inning and left the stadium….’

    For the last time

    AJAX WAS HBP LAST NIGHT ON THE ELBOW, NO HE’S NOT GETTING PROMOTED AND WE’D HAVE TO DROP SOMEONE ON THE 40 MAN.

  548. AD April 15th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    “Plus, let’s be honest, Hideki Matsui looks helpless”

    - Amen Pete

  549. Dee April 15th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    This is going to be a very unpopular thing to say, but here it goes. Molina is a much better catcher than Jorge. In fact, it’s not even close. From throwing out runners to even calling the game, Molina is the better catcher. Unfortunately for him, he can’t hit worth a damn. If his offense was better, he could have been a first string catcher for sure.

    i agree 100%. molina not only has probably one of the best percentages of throwing batter’s out in the mlb, but he calls a MUCH better game than jorge.

  550. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 15th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Laura:

    I love wang. I’m not giving up on him just yet.

  551. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    “He can play 1B or DH (can’t be worse then Matsui right now)”

    Except that the few times I saw him in ST at 1B, he was horrible.

  552. Doris from Rego Park April 15th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    That analyst was Hensley Muellens

  553. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    “Laura: I love wang. I’m not giving up on him just yet.”

    Um, Benny – I don’t remember saying that you were giving up on him. I love Wang as well and I’m not giving up on him either.

  554. tampa yankee from long island April 15th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Vito ,

    why not shelly,miranda needs to play alot to build value before a july trade.he won’t play alot here and bats lefty

  555. tampa yankee from long island April 15th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    i know he’s not on the 40 man.

  556. DT April 15th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    The only playing time Bernie gets at Yankee Stadium this year is with the guitar.

  557. JIm April 15th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Actually…..He was hit by a pitch TODAY, but kept playing.

    Update (2:08 p.m.): Not sure if it means anything, but Austin Jackson was lifted from Triple-A Scranton’s game this afternoon in the third inning. He was hit by a pitch in the second inning, but stayed in the game to run for himself and play another inning in center.

  558. pat April 15th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    From Kat’s blog

    “Nady got emotional when talking about the initial diagnosis.
    “I feel like I’m letting down the organization,” Nady said. “It hasn’t necessarily sunk in today.”
    Joe Girardi said Nady is expected to go on the disabled list tomorrow. Girardi’s initial inclination is not to call up another outfielder, but to go with another infielder or pitcher”

  559. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 15th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Dee:

    Two things stick out in my mind when I watch Jose call the game.

    1) He frames pitches very & has a great arm. i.e last nights throw to first.

    ) He keeps pitchers in great rhythm.

  560. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    It’s pretty funny to see Brandon yelling at people for having dumb ideas. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black…

  561. AD April 15th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Doris from Rego Park April 15th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    That analyst was Hensley Muellens

    Please tell me you are joking that Hensley Meullens is a baseball analyst… If so…. Great Early 90′s Yankee Bust reference, if not… how have i not seen this yet?

  562. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 15th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Dee: I don’t think there’s any question Molina’s the better defensive catcher, but you can’t replicate Posada’s numbers.

    At this point, Posada’s offensive numbers are far more valuable.

  563. Billy April 15th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !)
    April 15th, 2009 at 3:26 pm
    ‘Austin Jackson and Kevin Russo were pulled from the game today in the 3rd inning and left the stadium….’

    For the last time

    AJAX WAS HBP LAST NIGHT ON THE ELBOW, NO HE’S NOT GETTING PROMOTED AND WE’D HAVE TO DROP SOMEONE ON THE

    Brandon don’t use all caps when you are wrong as well. Way to show your fanhood. He was hit TODAY!

  564. Rishi April 15th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    From Rob Neyer:

    From Peter Abraham:

    BREAKING NEWS UPDATE, 12:55 p.m.: Nothing official yet, but the word is that Xavier Nady will need surgery and miss the season.
    UPDATE, 1:47 p.m.: We just spoke to Nady. He didn’t want to say too much until he sees the team doctor in NYC tomorrow. But he indicated that the MRI showed a tear and surgery will be needed.

    Nady left Tuesday’s game with a sharp pain in his elbow. Obviously, sharp pains in the elbow that lead to surgery and long stretches on the Pavano.*
    * In YankeeLand, “Pavano” = Disabled List.

    Meanwhile, there’s this other item from Abraham:

    SWISH AT THE DISH: Nick Swisher has hit in seven straight games this season at 11 of 24. He has 10 runs scored, 11 RBI and 9 extra-base hits. He has been on base in 15 of 28 plate appearances.
    It was patently obvious before the season that Swisher should play regularly for the Yankees, with Nady assuming a supporting role. Rather than the other way around, as Joe Girardi said he preferred. Now, we had to figure that both Swisher would eventually take his rightful place because that’s how these things usually happen. But rarely so quickly and dramatically!
    You night think Nady’s injury is a good thing for the Yankees because now Swisher has to play. But it’s not anything like a good thing. Swisher was going to play anyway. Now the Yankees have lost a pretty good player and some needed depth on an aging roster. And I suspect they’ll eventually have to go out and find another decent right-handed hitter.

  565. m April 15th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    That Rosenthal article, if you want to call it that, had something about the Redsox only needing the platoon of Varitek and whoever the backup is to be league avg. Gave the average, .238?

    Jorge’s bat is a luxury that few other teams have. That being said, I’m all for Molina getting the call a little more often.

    Losing Nady means more time for Molina. And lord knows he can’t DH. :)

  566. Vito April 15th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    “i know he’s not on the 40 man.”
    that is why – who do you drop to make room for him?

  567. Wave Your Hat April 15th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    “i agree 100%. molina not only has probably one of the best percentages of throwing batter’s out in the mlb, but he calls a MUCH better game than jorge.”

    Please explain your answer.

    Be sure to give specific instances of Jorge’s poor judgment in calling pitches and a detailed explanation of how you are sure Molina would have called those pitches more appropriately.

  568. Vito April 15th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    “Except that the few times I saw him in ST at 1B, he was horrible.”

    then who else?

    If it is not Miranda then maybe Aceves until we find out if Wang et all can pitch reliably and not kill our bullpen

  569. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 15th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    If pena goes 2-4 will Giradi give Ransom another “mental” day off? I doubt it though.

  570. Doris from Rego Park April 15th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    yes, I am joking

  571. Tex's New Best Friend April 15th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Update (2:08 p.m.): Not sure if it means anything, but Austin Jackson was lifted from Triple-A Scranton’s game this afternoon in the third inning. He was hit by a pitch in the second inning, but stayed in the game to run for himself and play another inning in center.

    When he says this, perhaps he means, dont know if this means anything, meaning he could be HURT…

  572. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Billy plain and simple it won’t be Austin Jackson.

  573. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 15th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    They are handing out cowbells to everyone in the crowd tonight!!! This whole damn franchise is a joke!

  574. pat April 15th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Vito

    Wouldn’t putting Nady on the 60 day DL open up a 40 man spot.

  575. Jeter's Edge (Remove the dang net!) April 15th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Um, Milledge was sent down to AAA on a team who’s record is 0-7, why the heck do people want him so badly?

  576. Wave Your Hat April 15th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    m-

    Jorge’s bat is not a “luxury”. It is a key component of what makes the Yanks as good as they are. We have other strengths, to be sure, but all of them add up to being only a tiny bit better than Boston and Tampa (we hope).

    Take away the difference between Posada and Molina offensively, which is huge, and the Yanks aren’t the team we think they are.

  577. He hate me April 15th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    peter,
    Any thoughts on people blaming posada for CMWs problems?
    I figure a well thrown poor choice is better than a poor thrown good pitch choice?!

  578. miggs April 15th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I can’t believe all those obnoxious fans will have cowbells tonight. Unbelievable.

    Luckily there will probably only be around 10,000 people there, but still.

    That’s a lot of freaking cowbells. And the team actually GAVE THEM OUT. As a promotion.

  579. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 15th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Jete’s Edge,

    Agreed, I don’t get it either…

  580. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 15th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Jete’s Edge,

    Agreed, I don’t get it either…

  581. Vito April 15th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Pat,
    I found this:

    “A player placed on the Emergency Disabled List (60-day DL) does not count against his club’s Active List (25-man roster) or Reserve List (40-man roster). A player can be placed on the 60-day DL anytime during Spring Training or the regular season or post-season, or a player can be transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. A player cannot be moved back to the 15-day DL once he is placed on the 60-day DL, and a player cannot be placed on the 60-day DL or transferred to the 60-day DL from the 15-day DL unless his club’s Reserve List (40-man roster) is full. ”

    If this is correct and I read it right then Nady would in fact open up a spot on the 40 man if he goes on the 60 Day DL (I am assuming the Yanks 40 man is in fact a full 40 men right now)

  582. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Tomko shut down the last to inings for Scranton. 2 innings, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts. Scranton 4-3 winners. Now 7-0 record. Promote everybody.

  583. mm bacon April 15th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you Jeter’s Edge. A Sane voice!

  584. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    ‘Um, Milledge was sent down to AAA on a team who’s record is 0-7, why the heck do people want him so badly?’

    Because he’s better than that ?

  585. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    down the last ***two*** inings for Scranton

  586. m April 15th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Good point, WYH. Jorge’s bat is a luxury few other teams have. Advantage Yankees.

    We’re not trying to run Jorge out of town. Just saying that Jose’s a great defender and calls a great game.

  587. tampayank April 15th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    miggs I think cowbells shouldn’t be allowed at MLB parks, they are banned at NFL and college football stadiums for the most part; I think artificial noisemakers are lame

  588. mm bacon April 15th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I hope the team doesn’t mail it in tonight with the excitement coming up tomorrow. Not saying they will or would ever even think about it, but I’d be stoked as hell to get everything over and done with to move in to new YS tomorrow.

  589. Lara08 April 15th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    The article about black players, Jeter and the Jackie Robinson Foundation rubs me the wrong way. I’m happy Jeter is doing something and if Bryant wants to wax poetically about him he can do so. But there is no need to try and put other players on blast.

    Players can work towards such a goal as how they see fit. Jackie Robinson Foundation isn’t the only way players can help kids.

  590. kd April 15th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    i’m sure this has been posted but for posterity:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4070935

    Dice-K to DL

  591. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I’m as big a Miranda fan as anyone, but he’s a defensive hack at 1b. His best position is DH. I don’t think there’s any chance he would look as bad at the plate as Matsui does now. And MLB pitchers don’t have a book on him yet. I say you give the guy a chance. The Yankees don’t need another significantly below average bat like Kevin Russo, Shelley Duncan or, quite frankly, Melky Cabrera right now. Not when their best hitter and best bench bat are out and their DH looks like a shell of his former self. We cant carry all these scrubs’ bats.

  592. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    The “Dream Team” is calling tomorrow’s YS opener on MLB. Bob Costas, Jim Kaat and Harold Reynolds will be doing the homors.

  593. Hokiehill April 15th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I’d be REALLY worried if Wang looked anything BUT good against Ransom and Melky…

  594. Rishi April 15th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    GB7 – Honors??

  595. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Jim Kaat? w00t! That’s awesome.

  596. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    will be doing the homors.

    And, in their spare time, they’ll also do the ***honors*** .

  597. Vito April 15th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Kaat and Costas = great
    Harold Reynolds = a$$clown

  598. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Vito
    April 15th, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    Kaat and Costas = great
    Harold Reynolds = a$$clown

    ————————————————————

    Then, mute Reynolds voice.

  599. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Cowbells = Sacramento Kings
    Cowbells = Basketball

    Crap. They found a way to bring in those annoying thunder sticks. Cowbells isnt that far off.

  600. LathamJoe April 15th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    With Texiera having difficulty batting from the right side, my guess would be Shellety Duncan, who can play RF and 1B (not very well, though!)
    This tells you a little about the dire state of the Yankees MiLB system in terms of position players.

  601. tampayank April 15th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Costas one of the best

  602. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Kaat and Reynolds = great
    Costas = annoying

  603. Vito April 15th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    GreenBeret7,
    Wish that tech existed – no more Michael Kay then as well

  604. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    LathamJoe
    April 15th, 2009 at 3:56 pm
    With Texiera having difficulty batting from the right side, my guess would be Shellety Duncan, who can play RF and 1B (not very well, though!)
    This tells you a little about the dire state of the Yankees MiLB system in terms of position players.

    ————————————————————

    Only at AAA.

  605. ALB3 April 15th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Girardi’s quote is confusing about bringing up Jackson.

    If Austin Jackson is the CF of our future and he’s tearing it up in AAA, why would he be riding the bench if he were called up?

    Does it not stand to reason that Brett Gardner would be benched so that our very capable future CF could take over?

    I know that he needs more experience in CF, but I do not think that Gardner is better than Jackson, even right now with Jackson not having played a major league game.

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

  606. Wave Your Hat April 15th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    m-

    Molina is clearly an excellent defensive catcher, and he probably calls a game well. Otherwise, with his bat, Molina would not be in the majors.

    Now, as to Molina’s game calling skills, I certainly could not tell you why he calls a game any better than Posada, and I doubt many people who post here could either (randy excluded). IMO, as to that, people just regurgitate what they hear other people say, who probably don’t know anything either.

    Game calling skills aside, which as I say can’t be shown at least by me to be any better than Jorge’s, Molina’s ability to throw out base stealers simply cannot come close to offsetting Posada’s superior offense, unless Jorge can’t throw at all, and that is clearly not the case now.

    All of which is to say people who think Molina ought to catch more than every fifth day are wrong.

  607. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Holy crap, Wakefield has a perfect game going against the A’s!

  608. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    ALB3,

    Jackson would be riding the bench because he isn’t ready for the majors yet. Right now he isn’t good enough to start in the majors but everyone expects him to be once he has more experience in the minors. Gardner is probably better than Jackson right now but that could change very quickly.

  609. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    ALB3
    April 15th, 2009 at 3:59 pm
    Girardi’s quote is confusing about bringing up Jackson.

    If Austin Jackson is the CF of our future and he’s tearing it up in AAA, why would he be riding the bench if he were called up?

    Does it not stand to reason that Brett Gardner would be benched so that our very capable future CF could take over?

    I know that he needs more experience in CF, but I do not think that Gardner is better than Jackson, even right now with Jackson not having played a major league game.

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

    ————————————————————

    It’s been debated for a month, now. Go back and read the reasons why not.

  610. RussW210 April 15th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    So it is a strain to DiceK’s arm, not fatigue.

  611. rconn23 April 15th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    “Because he’s better than that ?”

    Better than what though, Brandon? And what proof is there that he is better than what he’s shown so far?

    Baseball, more than any other sport, is where athleticism doesn’t always translate to results.

    That’s why it’s important that Austin Jackson, another “tools” guy with great athleticism, should be left in AAA to improve. Bringing him up too soon could be detrimental. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts and continue to sharpen his batting eye.

    Milledge, while still young, hasn’t proven anything. Only that he’s immature. I love his athleticism, and the Yankees need more of it. However, giving up a prospect – even if its Kennedy – for Milledge is a risky proposition at this point.

  612. pat April 15th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    The MLB Network broadcast of the opener could be blacked out in NY so don’t get too excited here.

  613. Vito April 15th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Wakefield perfect thru 2 …. LMAO

  614. D'Shawn Latisha April 15th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    pete,

    does you tink dat jackie robinson wud be a gud prezsident? he done advaenced da afric americans (lik mysef) far. i tink dat it shud be a nationa lholiday 2day becuz he is good. he dead?

  615. Betsy April 15th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I missed that interview, Gayle, but I don’t think AJ ever had a bad rep in the clubhouse as far as his teammates. In fact, in Toronto, he was considered very good with the young guys. I’m not surprised that AJ would be this supportive of Wang.

    When Kim was on WFAN earlier, she raved about AJ. Mike had suggested that AJ garnered a lot of respect from his teammates due to the Longoria pitch, but per Kim, AJ is really well liked in the clubhouse. She says he just goes about his business not looking for attention – a lot of the things he does to help teammates, he does away from the glare of the media spotlight. He also works out like a demon – this morning he was up early running.

  616. Orlando Chris April 15th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Does Mo get a commemorative jersey to wear today?

  617. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    If I mentions Wake’s bid for perfection to jinx it with malice aforethought, am I in fact delivering a counter-jinx?

  618. Hokiehill April 15th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Patrick, I agree with you on Costas being annoying…I would love to be him only because he has been able to call just about every great sporting event, but I can’t stand hearing the guy over-dramatize every single thing he covers. I actually prefer Reynolds, when it comes to baseball anyway

  619. DT April 15th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Tampa game delayed because of darkness…. whoda thunk it.

  620. tampayank April 15th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    some lights went out at tropicana, what a dump, they really need a new ballpark

  621. Bronx Jeers April 15th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Light problems at the Trop. Delay to start of game

  622. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 15th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    So I just found out my aunt died.

    kinda puts baseball in perspective, no?

  623. Joe Mama April 15th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Now there is a delay because of a power surge and the lights went out. Cowbells now lights are down it’s like a minor league organization out there

  624. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    “That’s why it’s important that Austin Jackson, another “tools” guy with great athleticism, should be left in AAA to improve. Bringing him up too soon could be detrimental. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts and continue to sharpen his batting eye.”

    Couldnt have said it better myself. STRIKEOUTS being the key word. I beleive hes only had one .300 batting avg. season. Even Melky batted over .300(less k’s) in AAA and was younger than Ajax. Everybody agrees Melky cant hit major league pitching. Ajax has obviously a much higher ceiling. But we need to be patient with him. He’ll get his chance.

    Lets not rush him like we did IPK and Hughes.

  625. D'Shawn Latisha April 15th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    In Tampa, why there be a dome? It be sunny there

  626. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 15th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    60 day DL for Nady. Its season ending TJ surgery. This is sad news.

  627. Rishi April 15th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Rebecca –

    thoughts and prayers with you and your family…

  628. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    “Now, as to Molina’s game calling skills, I certainly could not tell you why he calls a game any better than Posada, and I doubt many people who post here could either (randy excluded). IMO, as to that, people just regurgitate what they hear other people say, who probably don’t know anything either.”

    Or they go off of what the pitchers say. AJ made a point yesterday after the game to say what a great game Molina caught. I’ve heard Andy say that too. Moose said it best by refusing to work with Posada. Randy Johnson also didn’t like throwing to Posada. I guess he’s just not everyone’s cup of tea.

  629. Vito April 15th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Sorry to hear that Rebecca :(

  630. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Pete Can you ban this D’Shawn Latisha…

  631. pat April 15th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Rebecca

    Condolences to you and your family. :sad:

  632. DT April 15th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Wait until they find out the Trop electrical problem is due to excessive press box blogging – Pete is in trouble.

  633. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Staying to Write the Story
    April 15th, 2009 at 4:10 pm
    So I just found out my aunt died.

    kinda puts baseball in perspective, no?

    ————————————————————

    My condolences to you and your family, Rebecca. May she rest in peace.

  634. D'Shawn Latisha April 15th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Sorry for your loss rabeka but I don see da corralation?

  635. G. Love April 15th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Was Pete running the hair dryer in the press box again?

  636. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 15th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Condolences regarding your Aunt Rebecca

  637. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Rebecca, I’m sorry to hear that. You have my sympathies.

  638. randy l. April 15th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    “If I mentions Wake’s bid for perfection to jinx it with malice aforethought, am I in fact delivering a counter-jinx?”

    only if you mention it to a red sox fan who verbally responds back about aforementioned no hitter.

  639. DT April 15th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Sorry for your news Rebecca.

  640. pat April 15th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Nady sitting on the bench looking sad. :sad:

  641. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 15th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Rebecca -

    Sorry to hear about your aunt. My condolences to you and your family.

  642. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 15th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Season ending surgery for nady. TJ Surgery.

  643. Count of Montefusco April 15th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Are any other DirecTV out-of-market subscribers to YES blacked out????

    WHY IS THIS HAPPENING. Arrrrghh. 2 games in a row!

  644. randy l. April 15th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    “Nady sitting on the bench looking sad. ”

    in addition to not getting to play, i think he just lost a lot of money for next year.

  645. Tex's New Best Friend April 15th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Season ending surgery for nady. TJ Surgery.

    Was this confirmed on tv?

  646. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 15th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks guys.

    I feel so bad for my cousins. None of us saw this coming.

  647. saucY April 15th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    very sorry to hear Rebecca!

  648. Paul April 15th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Rebecca,
    Shalom

  649. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Will Yankee Andy be better than Tampa Andy, today?

  650. Al from BK April 15th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Rebecca- My most sincere condolences to you and your family.

  651. Tom in NJ April 15th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Rebecca, Sorry to hear about the loss of your aunt. My condolences to you and your family

  652. D'Shawn Latisha April 15th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Rabeka… i hav a church in harlem where i live an u ned guidance by lord so u wan go i kno da pasta n da revrand

  653. Bill April 15th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    In regard to Molina’s game calling skills: Just tossing this out there; It was either on a YES broadcast or on the YES boards during last season when someone pointed out that the team’s ERA with Molina catching was about a run better than when Moeller caught and almost 2 runs better than when Jorge caught. An stat minded fan could check this out if they wanted to. Game calling must figure into that.

  654. saucY April 15th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Count of Montefusco. call directv and tell them you moved to new jersey or something. they can’t tell where you live. give them the address of a friend.

  655. panayioti April 15th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Nick in SF
    April 15th, 2009 at 4:08 pm
    If I mentions Wake’s bid for perfection to jinx it with malice aforethought, am I in fact delivering a counter-jinx?

    No, basic rules apply to jinxing a no hitter. Just talk about it and it shall be jinxed.

  656. Pel (…and nothing of value was lost.) April 15th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    >Rabeka… i hav a church in harlem where i live an u ned
    >guidance by lord so u wan go i kno da pasta n da revrand

    fail schtick is fail

  657. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Well, at least Jeter is starting to get the ball in the air.

  658. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 15th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    IT is confirmed. Nady TJ surgery.
    http://www.keeperleaguegm.com/.....gery/1769/

  659. panayioti April 15th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Hr in his last AB, first drive to the warning track… Jeter must have become friendly with with ARod’s cousin.

  660. Wave Your Hat April 15th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    “Or they go off of what the pitchers say. AJ made a point yesterday after the game to say what a great game Molina caught. I’ve heard Andy say that too. Moose said it best by refusing to work with Posada. Randy Johnson also didn’t like throwing to Posada. I guess he’s just not everyone’s cup of tea.”

    Some pitchers don’t like throwing to some catchers, or so I’ve heard. It doesn’t mean that one catcher’s game calling skills are better than another’s, it just means that pitcher likes throwing to that catcher.

    Bill-

    On what set of games was that ERA difference based, do you recall? I suspect you could have some selection bias there.

    And I don’t interpret a complement to Molina’s game calling a knock on Posada’s game calling. It could be AJ wanted to say something nice about Molina, who knows?

    Maybe Molina does call a game better than Jorge, but I don’t know that and it’s one of those things that is way too subjective anyway.

    And it can’t make up for the difference in their offensive abilities.

  661. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Sorry to hear that, Rebecca.

  662. Al from BK April 15th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    2 TJ surgeries, on the same elbow? ah I bet Boras is throwing a fit somewhere.

  663. chris April 15th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Wakefield PERFECT through 4 innings. He’s just unhittable today.

  664. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Chris is gonna jinx him.

  665. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 15th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    It feels so inappropriate watching this game right now.

  666. Wave Your Hat April 15th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I messed up my last post good. I meant to say:

    Some pitchers don’t like throwing to some catchers, or so I’ve heard. It doesn’t mean that one catcher’s game calling skills are better than another’s, it just means that pitcher likes throwing to that catcher.

    And I don’t interpret a complement to Molina’s game calling a knock on Posada’s game calling. It could be AJ wanted to say something nice about Molina, who knows?

    Maybe Molina does call a game better than Jorge, but I don’t know that and it’s one of those things that is way too subjective anyway.

    And it can’t make up for the difference in their offensive abilities.

    Bill-

    On what set of games was that ERA difference based, do you recall? I suspect you could have some selection bias there.

  667. Doris from Rego Park April 15th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Rebecca-
    My condolences

  668. tampayank April 15th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    nice catch by Gardner

  669. Quikksand April 15th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    1-2-3 inning

  670. vin April 15th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Hang in there, Rebecca.

  671. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    A somewhat loud beginning but efficient inning for Pettitte.

  672. kd April 15th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    rebecca, sorry to hear that.

  673. Vito April 15th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Wake perfect thru 5….uh oh

  674. Al from BK April 15th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Rebecca- At times baseball can serve as a nice distraction, when my uncle passed away I watched a lot of ballgames even games for other teams just to feel normal.

  675. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 15th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Has anyone read my link about Nady’s TJ surgery

    -Wakefield perfect through 5…come on people we need to conjure this jinx together!

  676. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 15th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Cone on YES…” I dont think that there is any pitcher on the yankee staff that DOESN’T love throwing to molina.”

  677. Vito April 15th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    A. Sonnanstine and A. Pettitte perfect thru 1 ….just saying

  678. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Al from BK
    April 15th, 2009 at 4:25 pm
    2 TJ surgeries, on the same elbow? ah I bet Boras is throwing a fit somewhere.

    ————————————————————

    It’s not unheard of, but, not common.

  679. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    fullcount ?

  680. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    nevermind

  681. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 15th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Rebecca -

    Unless you should be somewhere else doing something else at this particular moment, don’t feel badly about watching the game. Sadly, soon enough you will be doing more “appropriate” activities.

  682. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    you can’t mess w/ Manny Cano

  683. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 15th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Robbie cano……dontcha know

  684. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Is A-Rod in the dugout?

  685. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Oakland come on and sweeeep

  686. Joekuh - They're feelin froggy, let em jump! April 15th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    D’shawn, you’re not funny.seriously.

  687. DT April 15th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Did Nady have Tommy John or some other surgery on the elbow?

    I’m confused.
    He played 137 games in 2001 (minors).
    Nady had the surgery in Sept 2001 – but then played 130 minor league games in 2002?

    I thought the recovery period for TJ surgery was longer?
    Is that just for pitchers?

  688. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    April 15, 2009
    CBSSports.com wire reports

    NEW YORK — A baseball fan says he was ejected from Yankee Stadium for leaving his seat to use the bathroom while “God Bless America” played.

    Bradford Campeau-Laurion filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against New York City and the Yankees.

    The lawsuit contends he was made a victim of political and religious discrimination on Aug. 26.

    It says two police officers who ejected him were enforcing a Yankees policy that keeps spectators in their seats during the song.

    A spokeswoman says the city law office has no immediate comment. A Yankees representative did not immediately return a call.

  689. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    lowell error lol

  690. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    There goes the perfect

  691. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Wakefields blazing fastball must be working today.

  692. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Bad error by Lowell takes away the perfecto in the 6th.

  693. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 15th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    error on lowell!!!!

  694. Lori April 15th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    BOS error – no more perfect game at least for Wakefield. Now if Oakland can just get a hit . . .

  695. Vito April 15th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    anyone see it – was it a routine play he botched or a bad scoring decision?

  696. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Routine play 1 hopper.

  697. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    He’s gonna get the no hitter.

  698. Russell NY April 15th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    You can’t get an error in a perfect game? Hmm

  699. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 15th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    no hitter through 6 for tim wakefield

  700. Russell NY April 15th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Wakefield has thrown 54 pitches through 6 innings wow

  701. rconn23 April 15th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Jason Giambi needs to pinch hit before this game is over. You can’t let Wakefield throw a no-no. You just can’t.

  702. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    perfect game = no base runners.

  703. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 15th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Perfect game is perfect because no one reached base.

  704. DT April 15th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    re: TJ surgery
    I answered my own question – thank you wiki.

    ” Full rehabilitation takes about a year for pitchers and about six months for position players. “

  705. Robert O'Kelly April 15th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Knuckleballs always felt like a gimmick to me.

    That’s not baseball! You aren’t a serious pitcher. If your gimmick pitch is working, great. I’m not nearly as impressed with a knuckled no-no as I would be with one that is thrown/pitched, as opposed to pushed.

    I think I would feel the same way if Wake played for a different team, but I can’t be sure.

  706. Lori April 15th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Russell – nope. it’s 27 up and 27 down. Plain and simple. Unfortunately the no-hitter is still at play here.

  707. pat April 15th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Giambi kills Wakefield. Is he playing?

  708. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Al from BK
    April 15th, 2009 at 4:25 pm
    2 TJ surgeries, on the same elbow? ah I bet Boras is throwing a fit somewhere.

    ————————————————————Pettitte’s still enconomical, but, unusual for him, a lot od fly balls. 5 of the 6 outs in the air.

  709. Soriano April 15th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I hate all things bosox, but Wakefield is a classy guy. No way you can hate that guy. Low-key, modest guy who does a lot of community work. Just hope he loses the no-no– and the game.

  710. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    You guys do know that there’s a Yankees game going on, right? :P

  711. pat April 15th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    The ground causes the fumble. :smile:

  712. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Man we get rid of everyone in our farm system.

  713. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    “I hate all things bosox, but Wakefield is a classy guy. No way you can hate that guy.”

    Very true. He is on my very short list of BOS players that I don’t hate.

  714. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    It was beyond a routine play, it was an easy play. Deceptively easy. Lowell should be ashamed of himself. Or even more so.

  715. Jinx Jinx Jinx Jinx April 15th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Including this one, how many no hitters have the Red sox had?

  716. Martini6196 April 15th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    “I got a FEVER….And the only prescription is MORE COWBELL!”

  717. Russell NY April 15th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Laura – you already jynxed Pettitte. Why should we watch? :)

  718. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Pettitte’s still economical, but, unusual for him, a lot od fly balls. 5 of the 6 outs in the air.

    Well, I don’t know where that copy came from, but….

  719. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Michael Kay is late. Perfect game is ova.

  720. Kareem Garcia's Jock April 15th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Funny note:

    I’m watching the game via the Taiwanese ESPN feed (I’m in class), and every other commercial is a Chien-Ming Wang laptop commercial. Not that anybody needed any convincing, but he’s treated like a God over there.

    Every commercial that he isn’t in usually has a bubbly little anime character or some half-clothed asian men. Disturbing, to say the least.

  721. Guy Incognito April 15th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Sox have had 18 no-hitters; this would make 19.

  722. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 15th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Rebecca,

    My condolences…

  723. DT April 15th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Wakefield will carry his no-no into the 9th and then lose the game – Red Sox fans will go nuts and head for tall bridges – Yankee fans will point the way.

  724. Russell NY April 15th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Andy Pettitte has perfect game going

  725. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    “Laura – you already jinxed Pettitte. Why should we watch?”

    LOL!!! So true.

  726. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 15th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I like Wakefield, too. And he really does a good job. I still don’t want to see him get a no-no, though. :) And I HATE Wakefield when he pitches against the Yankees.

    And Michael Kay is obnoxious.

  727. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Pete I think you should call the police and file and assault charge. Those cowbells are an assault on everyone’s hearing.

  728. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Hint to the rest of the lineup:

    Jeter has seen 14 of the 40 pitches thrown by Sonnanstine

  729. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Lol @ Pete

  730. PAT M April 15th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Give Cashamn his due for not listening to al the LoHud consultants who were crying for him to trade any of his extra outfielders……..Rebecca, thoughts & prayers ….

  731. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Come on big Tex. He’s long over due.

  732. AROD fan April 15th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Meanwhile, it’s Cowbell Day at the Trop. Imagine my delight. There needs to be a Shut The Hell Up And Watch The Game Day at parks.

    LMAO. Lines like these are the reason i read this blog!

  733. Something else April 15th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Bah, the ball really isn’t carrying today.

  734. DT April 15th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Tex swinging at 3-0, just missed. Good swing on 3-1 too.

  735. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    So much for the dazzling glove.

  736. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 15th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Apparently Tex is the less talented less clutch version of Arod.

  737. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Wow, OAK really stinks today.

  738. Rishi April 15th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    NICK GREEN – supporting the freaking no-no bid with some great catches

  739. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Very nice play by Nick “Don’t Call Me Julio or Jed” Green to preserve the no-no. Going into the 8th…

  740. pat April 15th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Unbelievable play!

  741. Buddy Biancalana April 15th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Wakefield has only thrown 66 pitches thru 7 innings.

  742. DT April 15th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you Gabe Kapler.

  743. Tom in NJ April 15th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Jeter-on-the-spot

  744. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 15th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Ahhhh thats why we have Tex now i get it

  745. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Great double play!

  746. Giuseppe Franco April 15th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Bah, the ball really isn’t carrying today.

    ———–

    Yeah, the wind patterns always change on a day by day basis in a dome.

  747. pat April 15th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Kapler thought Giambi was still playing 1st?

  748. panayioti April 15th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Nice double play. Tex JUST paid for himself. No other 1st baseman the Yankees had last year would have made that play.

  749. Joe Mama April 15th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    With Giambi at first the Rays would have scored on that play

  750. Orlando Chris April 15th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Rebecca – my heart goes out to you, from a lurker :)

    smiling listening to Zim talk about the good old days :)

  751. NY5 April 15th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Will the Opening Day ceremony tomorrow start at 1, or will it be starting before that?

  752. Zach in Melbourne, AUS (formerly known as Zach in Port Jeff) April 15th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    How is Gabe Kapler still playing professional ball?

  753. Joe I April 15th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    “With Giambi at first the Rays would have scored on that play”

    And a fan would have a bruise on their head.

  754. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    “Nice double play. Tex JUST paid for himself. No other 1st baseman the Yankees had last year would have made that play.”

    For those of us NOT watching at home, what was the great play that Tex made?

  755. vin April 15th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    “Deceptively easy. Lowell should be ashamed of himself. Or even more so.”

    Are you thinking what I’m thinking… harikari?

  756. Jeff NJ April 15th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    The “Snaptag”, by Derek Jeter.

  757. DT April 15th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    “For those of us NOT watching at home, what was the great play that Tex made?”

    Kapler on 2nd – ground ball to Pena, who checked the runner threw to 1st for the out.
    Kapler took off for third – Tex threw to Jeter covering who applied a swipe tag. DP

  758. Pel (…and nothing of value was lost.) April 15th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    what a waste of a great double play.

  759. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    The rays are hitting Pettitte pretty hard :(

  760. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    This is the first time that I remember Upton and Crawford do very much damage to Pettitte.

  761. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Yuk, Andy!

  762. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    That’s because Pettitte is a 5th starter. I remember 1995, too.

  763. Rishi April 15th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Pel – without that dp – it’s a least one more run

  764. Joe Mama April 15th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    How about the Yankees get some runs now

  765. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks for the replay, DT.

  766. bodhisattva April 15th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    ‘Nough effort for y’all?

  767. Donnie Baseball23 April 15th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Cano wouldve had a better chance if Gardner didnt one-hop him from CF wow he has a horrible arm also. We may need to look to get a CF who can actually reach people..haha 2 runs is where we need to hold them.

  768. Jeff NJ April 15th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    now Cano with the leather after Swisher dives for one. Is Swisher a liability in Right field? Maybe he should DH and Melky start in right.

  769. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    What’s with these 2 out nobody on rallies?? Really hurting us early in the season.

  770. pat April 15th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Laura

    Kapler on 2nd, ball hit to the left side and thrown to first for the out, Kapler waited on the throw then broke for 3rd and Tex threw to 3B and Jeter covering taged him out.

  771. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Pel (…and nothing of value was lost.)
    April 15th, 2009 at 5:08 pm
    what a waste of a great double play.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, not a bit of difference in 2 and 3 runs.

  772. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    No sweep for Oakland. At least break up the no hitter

  773. Rishi April 15th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    now can we string some hits together

  774. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Swish!

  775. pat April 15th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Has Swisher always done the little X arm cross or is that a little tribute to Nady?

  776. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks, pat!

  777. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Despite what ‘Carl’ says, Wake’s no-hitter is still intact in the top of the 8th with the Sox up 6-0 with 2 on, 2 out.

  778. Tom in NJ April 15th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Bob Cano!

  779. pat April 15th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Cano killed that.

  780. DT April 15th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    good job Cano. 2 run homer – tie game!

  781. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 15th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Cano!

  782. Jeff NJ April 15th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Welcome back to the light side, young Robinson Cano!

  783. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    See ya!

  784. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    That’s Robinson Ramirez Cano to you :D

  785. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Cano will be in contention for the batting title. Book it, Dano!

  786. vin April 15th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Robi!!! Way to hustle that ball out of the park! lol.

  787. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Another lazy, non-chalant defensive play followed by another equally lazy, non-chalant swing.

  788. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    HR for jackie

  789. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Swisher and Cano are absolutely carrying this offense.

  790. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 15th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Yay Cano!

    I had just finished thinking to myself that with these outfielders you have to hit line drives. And, Cano hit the line drive of all line drives over the fence!

  791. kidjock April 15th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Goodness how far was that?!?!?

  792. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    speed kills

  793. Rishi April 15th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    too true, GB :)

  794. Rishi April 15th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    so who else thinks the Red Sox 4 run inning might hurt Wake

  795. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    2nd idiotic baserunning play Kapler has made in a week. In Baltimore the other night, he was on second, and rounded third on a deep two out grounder to third and was thrown out by Huff by about 50 feet at the plate

  796. Rishi April 15th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    gardner…no good

  797. DT April 15th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    good thing that was a pitch out – lousy throw by the catcher.

  798. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    lucky guess on the PO

  799. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    so there’s the boring old Yankees, who hit 2-run HRs after good ABs. And there’s the exciting Yankees, who sometimes get thrown out stealing for the 2nd out with Pena batting. I wonder which team will face pitchouts!

  800. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Wake is coming up

  801. Pel (…and nothing of value was lost.) April 15th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    >Yeah, not a bit of difference in 2 and 3 runs.

    Yeah, not a bit of difference in 0 and 2 runs.

  802. randy l. April 15th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    “so who else thinks the Red Sox 4 run inning might hurt Wake”

    i’ll jump on that bandwagon.
    i was thinking the same thing.

  803. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    disappointing, could have been a bigger inning.

  804. RalphieD April 15th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    “so there’s the boring old Yankees, who hit 2-run HRs after good ABs. And there’s the exciting Yankees, who sometimes get thrown out stealing for the 2nd out with Pena batting. I wonder which team will face pitchouts!”

    what does that even mean?

  805. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Somebody give me the splits on Robi so far this early season.

  806. Pel (…and nothing of value was lost.) April 15th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Yank ‘em.

  807. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Damn Andy

  808. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    “what a waste of a great double play.”

    Ill take that double play and be all tied up.

  809. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    lead off walk

  810. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Way to hold them , Pettitte!

  811. DT April 15th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    DT @ 5:25 was an imposter…..

  812. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    ‘With all this bad news concerning Nady out for the year, and Burnett getting an MRI later, who replaces them if the news is bad.’

    Burnett is fine and your gonna get kicked out for that. :)

  813. Russell NY April 15th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Laura – this is all your fault Andy is doing this.

  814. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Pel (…and nothing of value was lost.)
    April 15th, 2009 at 5:23 pm
    >Yeah, not a bit of difference in 2 and 3 runs.

    Yeah, not a bit of difference in 0 and 2 runs.

    ————————————————————

    They’d be down 4-2 without it.

    Please tell us that you’re not a math major or accountant.

  815. joe April 15th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    “Burnett getting an MRI later”

    burnett is getting a mri? where’d you get that news?

  816. randy l. April 15th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    perfect game over!

  817. Rishi April 15th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    joe
    April 15th, 2009 at 5:28 pm
    “Burnett getting an MRI later”

    burnett is getting a mri? where’d you get that news?

    _____________

    he made it up

  818. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    no hitter gone!

  819. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    ok, my heart just dropped when I read Burnett was getting a MRI. Not cool, faux DT!

  820. Rishi April 15th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    no more no-no

  821. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Well, some people rip on some Yankees for not being gritty or exciting. But I’ll the Earl Weaver approach any day.

  822. Boston Dave April 15th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    basehit A’s

  823. Boston Dave April 15th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    perfect game had been over. Error on Lowell a while back.

    the no-no is over now

  824. Lori April 15th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Kurt Suzuki breaks up the no-hitter in the bottom of the 8th with 1 out

  825. tampa yankee from long island April 15th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    yahoo it’s over

  826. Russell NY April 15th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    no no no no mo

  827. rb15 April 15th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    suzuki singles. no no-no.

  828. DT April 15th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    “Burnett getting an MRI later”
    burnett is getting a mri? where’d you get that news?

    It was a troll. It was a poser. It was a moron.

  829. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Looks like the no hitter jinx worked.

    btw, did anyone actually watch that sux/A’s game today? I haven’t seen Brett Anderson pitch yet. i’m curious if the hype is justified.

  830. Zach in Melbourne, AUS (formerly known as Zach in Port Jeff) April 15th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    I’m sorry, the wait did not affect Wakefield.

    HE THROWS A KNUCKLEBALL!

    Half the time, he doesn’t even know where its going.

  831. SwisherRocks April 15th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    YES they broke up the no-no! Thank God!

  832. Rishi April 15th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    so – whoever was asking: coverage starts at 11:30, ceremonies start at 12, game starts at 1 tomorrow

  833. Russell NY April 15th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Now they got a run off Wakefield. Keep it comin!

  834. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Today the Bret Anderson hype was not justified. It’s now 8-1 at the end of 8. Wake has nothing left to play for. I hope he retires.

  835. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Jeter has apparently removed the insoles from his shoes. He’s getting air under the ball instead hitting on top of everything.

  836. JoeyA April 15th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I think our entire infield is going to benefit, and thus become better defenders, with Teixeira at first. We have a gold glove 1B.

    Pete
    You know that Jeter comment is going to spark a DJ to the outfield BS debate.

    For me, if he keeps drilling the ball like he has to start this season, I’ll take him with all his defensive shortcomings. But, if Pena can show an ability to hit, it would be a nice problem to have.

  837. Zach in Melbourne, AUS (formerly known as Zach in Port Jeff) April 15th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    If Andy Sonnastine can get hitters out, why cant Ian Kennedy?

  838. G. Love April 15th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I love how all the people who stood by Cano feel the need to tell everyone who criticized him for playing awful last season how great he is after he does something good.

    What you’re missing is we were mad because we knew he had the talent to be this good.

    No one was calling for him to be waived or traded for junk.

    It was beyond frustrating to see him play the way he did last season and hear the stories about his lack of focus from the press, his teammates and coaches.

    He looks awesome so far this season.

    The fact that some of us were upset with his antics last season, including his own organization, shouldn’t be so offensive to some of the geniuses who post here and feel the need to put everyone down for having a legit opinion on a player.

  839. DT (copyallthisyoustupidtrollsxydsdeedsdkg) April 15th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Andy P. needs to hold them here.

  840. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    “Laura – this is all your fault Andy is doing this.”

    Russell, there are enough things in life that really are my fault. Don’t go assigning me Andy’s crapping pitching. :)

  841. Matt April 15th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Why can’t the Yankees hit this bum?

  842. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Meh, Andy just doesnt look like he has it today. He definitely needs some run support. Unfortunately our lineup isnt too deep today with the illustrious Gardner-Pena-Molina 7-8-9.

  843. DT (copyallthisyoustupidtrolls2a4x) April 15th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    nice pick-off by Andy!

  844. panayioti April 15th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Still early but the Yankees are not as good as the Rays. Will be interesting to see how things change over the next 2 months.

  845. CaptainsCorner April 15th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Good job by Pettitte with the pick off. Sonnastine stinks. Even this bad Yankee lineup should be smacking him around. It would be nice if someone helped besides Swish and Cano.

  846. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    panayioti what?

  847. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Yeah, its really annoying when the Yankees dont hit pitchers like Sonnanstine. This one aint over yet though.

  848. KO April 15th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Can someone please tell Jeter that just because he’s hit a couple bombs this year, he’s not a homerun hitter? He’s trying to hit everything out of the park right now. Also, Damon should be FAR FAR away from the top of the lineup. Maybe anywhere in the lineup, period. He looks totally lost at the plate and is basically an automatic out at the momment

  849. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    One more year until Damon and Matsui are cleared out. Unfortunately, we’re stuck with both until then.

  850. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    This is why the Yankees need a bat. They cant just continue to trot lineups like this out there until Alex comes back.

  851. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    G. Love
    April 15th, 2009 at 5:37 pm
    I love how all the people who stood by Cano feel the need to tell everyone who criticized him for playing awful last season how great he is after he does something good.

    What you’re missing is we were mad because we knew he had the talent to be this good.

    No one was calling for him to be waived or traded for junk.

    It was beyond frustrating to see him play the way he did last season and hear the stories about his lack of focus from the press, his teammates and coaches.

    He looks awesome so far this season.

    The fact that some of us were upset with his antics last season, including his own organization, shouldn’t be so offensive to some of the geniuses who post here and feel the need to put everyone down for having a legit opinion on a player.

    ————————————————————

    what you’re missing is that he had a bad April. He hit .297 from May 1st through the end of the year. He screwed up with the hustle thing and it was corrected.

  852. KO April 15th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    UHHHH ok Maddon, I’m not sure about this move. The Yankees were not exactly crushing old Sonnanstine. i’m happy to see someone else

  853. Dee April 15th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    you think there’s any chance yankees do a mid-season trade with johnny. not that i want them to, just curious.

  854. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 15th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    G.Love -

    The only thing that ever gets me vis-a-vis Cano (and Melky) is when people try to speak to whether or not they are trying or not trying hard enough or don’t care or don’t care enough. No doubt Cano (and Melky) had horrible seasons last year, and no doubt Cano took his hitting woes onto the field. But I doubt he liked the way things were going.

    Anyway, this is so much better, isn’t it? He has done what he needed to do. And I guess with Cano, what we’ll find out is whether he has learned enough so that when he does cool down, he doesn’t also start flubbing in the field.

  855. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    What’s upw/ the YES gun it’s now a fortune teller gun :lol:

  856. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Tex looks silly.

  857. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Texeira continues to stink it up as well

  858. DT (copyallthisyoustupidtrolls2a4x) April 15th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    It’s Peace Corps. Don’t they teach trolls how to spell?

  859. CaptainsCorner April 15th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Tex looks really bad. I hope his hand is ok. If not then he should of had this series off. It looks like he is pulling his hand off when he swings. Hopefully he just looks bad because he hasn’t seen pitching in a couple of days.

  860. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Dunno about that KO, Nelson looks pretty good out there, much better than Sonnanstine, against whom I’m pretty sure the Yanks were close to breaking through. Maybe Maddon felt the sameway.

  861. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    GreenBeret7
    April 15th, 2009 at 5:41 pm
    When I joined the Peace Core years ago instead of defending my nation, it was because of youth, now we should stop trying to buy pennants, and develop our own youth and be a contender again. America’s game never meant greed.

    ————————————————————

    and you’re an idiot. It’s Peace Corps. If you’re going to try and copy an SN, at least be smart enough to spell.

  862. panayioti April 15th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Carl
    April 15th, 2009 at 5:40 pm
    panayioti what?

    Right now the Yankees are not as good as the Rays. Granted they are missing ARod, Tex is hurt, Damon has missed…they just don’t play the same type of baseball and against teams like the Rays, they can’t compete unless they are perfect. Use to be teams had to be perfect to beat the Yankees. So over the next 2 months, injuries will creep up, players will go into and out of slumps and trades will come. Could change how the Yankees compete.

  863. Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !) April 15th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    fullcount, how many is that this season ?

  864. JoeyA April 15th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Tell me why the Tigers have the guts to get rid of Sheffield, but we don’t do the same with Matsui.

    Granted, he is a much nicer person than Sheffield, but basically has even less defensive ability than Sheffield, can’t run the bases, which makes hitting anything other than a single or homerun a cringe, and his hitting is looking poorer and poorer as his knees deteriorate.

    I don’t want to know what this guy is going to look like come July or August.

  865. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    This offense is anemic right now other than Cano, Swish and Posada, no one is hitting. Time to call up Miranda!

  866. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    We had a winning record against them last year. It’s only April this year.

  867. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Swisher Brandon (I LOVE ME SOME ME !)
    April 15th, 2009 at 5:47 pm
    fullcount, how many is that this season ?

    ————————————————————

    Just a guess, but, probably 2/3rds of his at bats have been full counts.

  868. KO April 15th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Panayioti, you might want to check out the Yankees record against the Rays last season. You can believe they are the better team right now, that’s fine, but the Yankees do not usually struggle against them head to head. That is incorrect bro.

  869. randy l. April 15th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    “If Andy Sonnastine can get hitters out, why cant Ian Kennedy?”

    maybe kennedy will when he’s 26. at age 24, sonnastine wasn’t very good- 5.86era

  870. Rishi April 15th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    it’s like the ball has a magnet straight to that freaking center fielder!

  871. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I really hate not hitting pitchers like Sonnanstine.

  872. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    “When I joined the Peace Core years ago instead of defending my nation, it was because of youth, now we should stop trying to buy pennants, and develop our own youth and be a contender again. America’s game never meant greed.”

    Obviously I know this is a troll, but man…thats funny.”

    That’s Night Court Funny!!!!!!!!

  873. pat April 15th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    I’m in and out of this game and sll the 42′s are confusing me today. :sad:

  874. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Surprisingly, Swisher has only had 8 full counts and only 1 walk. sure seems like a lot more than that. (compliments of baseball-reference.com)

  875. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I would like to know what is the record for a hitter have 3-2 counts in a full season? I think Swish is threatening it.

    GB,
    That phony had me fooled. I thought with the misspelling it was you. Till you didnt post the correct spelling right after.

  876. bodhisattva April 15th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    BBB
    April 15th, 2009 at 5:49 pm
    This offense is anemic right now other than Cano, Swish and Posada, no one is hitting. Time to call up Miranda!
    =============

    I would. Miranda has the perfect swing for our Stadium and has now power.

    He’s also begun to finally hit lefties – had a 3-run HR off a lefty last week, I believe. He’s DH/bench material at the moment. I heard they wanted to teach him to be a COF.

  877. Paul April 15th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    wakefield will be 43 in August…unbelievable how he gives hitters such fits…

  878. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    April 15th, 2009 at 5:52 pm
    “When I joined the Peace Core years ago instead of defending my nation, it was because of youth, now we should stop trying to buy pennants, and develop our own youth and be a contender again. America’s game never meant greed.”

    Obviously I know this is a troll, but man…thats funny.”

    That’s Night Court Funny!!!!!!!!

    ————————————————————

    I’ve spent about 45 years trying to develop my own youths.

  879. bodhisattva April 15th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Bobby Abreu is Mr. 3-and-2, or, as I like to refer to him, The Full Count.

  880. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Pettitte Is looking great.

  881. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    S.o.S.
    April 15th, 2009 at 5:55 pm
    I would like to know what is the record for a hitter have 3-2 counts in a full season? I think Swish is threatening it.

    GB,
    That phony had me fooled. I thought with the misspelling it was you. Till you didnt post the correct spelling right after.

    ————————————————————

    I’m debating on whether or not to put you on my hit list or not. I’ll keep track until I decide to target you.

  882. myrtlebeachfan April 15th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I never feel like Andy can’t get a hitter out. Ever.

    I feel that way at points with everyone else on our staff, depending on the kind of day they are having.

    But Andy, I always feel confident. I think he’s throwing a great game. If Wang had given up the three runs, I’d be worried and upset. But Andy, for some reason, is different.

  883. Paul April 15th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    When I coined the Peach Core years ago instead of pretending my ration, it was because of mouth, now we should crop buying to guy peanuts, and develop our own booth and be a reminder again. America’s name lever vent seed

  884. CaptainsCorner April 15th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Can the Yanks hit this garbage bullpen??! Someone besides Cano and Swish please wake up!!!

  885. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Paul
    April 15th, 2009 at 5:55 pm
    wakefield will be 43 in August…unbelievable how he gives hitters such fits…

    ————————————————————

    Hoyt wilhelm was making hitters look silly at age 49. Phil Neikro threw a complete game shutout for his 300th win at age 46.

  886. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Dee — You have officially won the prize for complete lack of thought and humor in a post. Your award: hitting tips from Cody Ransom.

  887. DT (copyallthisyoustupidtrolls2a4x) April 15th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    “I would. Miranda has the perfect swing for our Stadium and has now power.
    He’s also begun to finally hit lefties – had a 3-run HR off a lefty last week, I believe. He’s DH/bench material at the moment. I heard they wanted to teach him to be a *COF*.”

    We have a lot of COFs in this blog already.
    It does stand for “Crazy Old Fart” right?

  888. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 15th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Pettitte has given us a decent effort today…now if we can just get a couple of runs…

    Let’s Go Yanks!

  889. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 15th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    not looking good…we have GGBG pena and molina then top of the order to face balfour. Our best bet is gonna be middle of the lineup against percy.

  890. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    GB
    I’m Sure you did a good job.

    Hope you know I found no humor in that (accept the misspeling).

  891. Tom in NJ April 15th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    43 for a knuckleballer is still young.

  892. Joe April 15th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Pete,

    I agree in general that one needs to SEE a person play to appreciate some of the things a guy brings to the team that don’t show up in a stat column. The problem with the play by Jeter, though, is that if you claim he is better than stats would indicate because of a play such as the double play you assume A) nobody else could have made that play or B) anyone that CAN make that play should be graded higher defensively than numbers indicate.

    There are some incredible athletes playing shortstop making some pretty incredibly athetic plays. If you assume Jeter is the only guy that can make that play, I agree he is better than the numbers indicate. If you (like me) think that there are lots of shortstops that can make that play, then they are ALL better than the numbers may indicate and it evens out…with Jeter still at the bottom.

  893. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    What a shocker…the trolls come out from under the rocks and the tulips bloom when the Yankees are behind. They wilt when they win.

  894. Paul April 15th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    GB7
    Good to know

  895. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    bodhisattva – My thoughts exactly on Miranda. The future is now. And his taking a lefty deep makes it even more encouraging, though I’d still use him sparingly in those situations. I hadn’t heard they were considering teaching him to play the corner OF spots, do you know if theyre already working on it, or just considering? I wonder if he ever played any OF in Cuba?

  896. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    April 15th, 2009 at 6:02 pm
    GB
    I’m Sure you did a good job.

    Hope you know I found no humor in that (accept the misspeling).

    ————————————————————

    Nah. No problem. It’s always the misspelled words and pathetic sentence structure that these idiots come up with that makes it so funny.

  897. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Oh, boy. Swung at ball four twice.

  898. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    This lineup really does hurt my soul. When the bottom of the order comes up it is almost like why even play those innings? Juan Miranda would be such a welcome sight right now.

  899. panayioti April 15th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    KO Panayioti, you might want to check out the Yankees record against the Rays last season. You can believe they are the better team right now, that’s fine, but the Yankees do not usually struggle against them head to head. That is incorrect bro

    I am not looking at their record last year or in prior years. I understand what happened. I am saying that the Rays have now gotten to a point where they do not have to be perfect to beat the Yankees. Their speed and defense keeps them in games. Where as the Yankees need near perfect pitching – burnett and pettitte – because they are a slower, older, average defensive team. So all pieces have to work unlike in years past.

  900. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    S.o.S.
    April 15th, 2009 at 5:55 pm
    I would like to know what is the record for a hitter have 3-2 counts in a full season? I think Swish is threatening it.

    “GB,
    That phony had me fooled. I thought with the misspelling it was you. Till you didnt post the correct spelling right after.
    ——————————————————————————————
    I’m debating on whether or not to put you on my hit list or not. I’ll keep track until I decide to target you.”

    Will the real GB stand up!! The real GB would know the movie back in the 70′s that had the american vs. japanese war told from both sides.

  901. Neil April 15th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    And Jose Molina comes up…

  902. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Nice AB. Maybe Molina can get a little poke.

  903. Dan April 15th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Molina has no chance against Balfour.

  904. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Can Girardi activate himself real quick and PH for Molina here?

  905. CaptainsCorner April 15th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Molina must be such a threat at the plate that Maddon has to bring in Balfour to face him. What an exciting at bat..

  906. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    The Yanks have got to score some runs for Pettitte, he is pitching a nice game. I could see him getting through 8 today with the way his pitch count is going. At least we get Molina out now rather then next inning.

  907. Neil April 15th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    What’s the chance Jose Molina gets a hit? Or makes contact?

  908. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    The bottom 3 and top 3 of the order are a collective 1-for-15. Yikes.

  909. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 15th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I’m fairly confident that molina is about to take ballsfour deep to right!!!

  910. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    The good news is also that if Maddon wants to use Grant in the 8th, he’ll have to sit on the bench for a half inning. It would be nicer if this were Cleveland on a rainy day, but small victories!

  911. pat April 15th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    One of those doubles Molina was so good at last year would be good now.

  912. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    S.o.S.
    April 15th, 2009 at 6:07 pm
    S.o.S.
    April 15th, 2009 at 5:55 pm
    I would like to know what is the record for a hitter have 3-2 counts in a full season? I think Swish is threatening it.

    “GB,
    That phony had me fooled. I thought with the misspelling it was you. Till you didnt post the correct spelling right after.
    ——————————————————————————————
    I’m debating on whether or not to put you on my hit list or not. I’ll keep track until I decide to target you.”

    Will the real GB stand up!! The real GB would know the movie back in the 70’s that had the american vs. japanese war told from both sides.

    ————————————————————

    Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

  913. Tom in NJ April 15th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    BBB:

    Looks as if Miranda did play some OF with Cuba:

    “Miranda, who plays both first base and outfield, will be developed in the Yankees system as a first baseman.”

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....;fext=.jsp

  914. Neil April 15th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Don’t swing maybe he will walk you.

  915. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Actually, Tora means “tiger”, not surprise.

  916. CaptainsCorner April 15th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Why does Molina even swing the bat? Just stand there with the bat on your shoulder and hope that he walks you. Both pitches he swung at weren’t even strikes. This is like an NL lineup.

  917. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Alvaro Espinoza would be a improvement to this offense. The bench now consists of Melky Cabrera.

  918. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Both pitches Molina swung at were strikes. Strike 1, in fact, was right down Broadway. Are you watching the game? The groundout was low and over. He took a close pitch to work the count to 2-1.

  919. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Pettitte has pitched a damned fine game. Just two mistakes against good hitters.

  920. Boston Dave April 15th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    this was probably already mentioned but Daisuke is DL bound

    I hope they don’t let Beckett appeal forever.

  921. CaptainsCorner April 15th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    “Strike 1, in fact, was right down Broadway. Are you watching the game? The groundout was low and over. He took a close pitch to work the count to 2-1.”

    I am watching the game thank you for asking. The first pitch was outside and the pich he swung at was low. I guess right down broadway means outside then…

  922. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Yogi! Man I wish I was there.

  923. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 15th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    UPDATE, 6:17 p.m.: Yankees just announced that Yogi Berra will throw out the first pitch tomorrow.

    ============================

    Cool! :D

  924. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    “Actually, Tora means “tiger”, not surprise.”

    Now im even more confused. Were you correcting yourself as usual or the imposter? Im guesing you were correcting yourself being that you didnt start off the sentence with idiot.

    Just to make sure. What would you throw at kids in the front row of a theatre?

  925. Dan April 15th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Great choice by the Yanks with Yogi.

  926. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    All right, CaptainsCorner, you know best. A regular Ed Rapuano behind the TV set, I guess

  927. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Tom in NJ: Wow, nice find from back when the Yanks first signed Miranda. I wonder how long it would take him to brush up on his OF skills in Scranton? Between the ability to throw him in the outfield (tho I’m sure he’d be just as bad defensively there as 1b) and the fact that he’s apparently been hitting some lefties lately, it just seems more and more like he could help the team. I saw him play in Trenton a lot of times and really believe in his bat. I hope he gets a chance soon. This game, inning by inning has been like a page by page illustration of why we could really use him.

  928. Tom in NJ April 15th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Wow, I didn’t think I was important enough to be mimiced.

  929. gayle April 15th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    oh no Kelly Clarkson with national anthem tomorrow

    mlblogs tweet yogi first pitch, kelly clarkson national anthem

  930. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    GB
    I thought it meant ATTACK!?

    Andy looks………..wait for it…….Dandy

  931. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Awesome about Yogi. There is no better way to open the new Yankee Stadium.

  932. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    lol what was tex doing

  933. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    hey, I like Kelly Clarkson! Hanging my head in shame over here, lol.

  934. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Why Kelly Clarkson?
    She has no Juice

  935. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    S.o.S.
    April 15th, 2009 at 6:19 pm
    “Actually, Tora means “tiger”, not surprise.”

    Now im even more confused. Were you correcting yourself as usual or the imposter? Im guesing you were correcting yourself being that you didnt start off the sentence with idiot.

    Just to make sure. What would you throw at kids in the front row of a theatre?

    ————————————————————

    Damned, you’re suspicious, today. I was correcting myself. Tora, Tora, Tora means Tiger, Tiger, Tiger. I didn’t know that until a few months ago.

    I throw blue M&M’s at the kids in the front row and at woment with big hair.

  936. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 15th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Never thought that could happen! BJ missing a play. Wow. Okay, let’s go!

  937. DT April 15th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    “I throw blue M&M’s at the kids in the front row and at woment with big hair.”

    GB – I think you mean *women*

    In some languages, woment translates to hen.

    Good job Jeter! Nice start.

  938. Pel (…and nothing of value was lost.) April 15th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    The Captain doing his part to bail out Andy.

  939. panayioti April 15th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Atta boy Jetes… just hide the needles so your new found power is not questioned :)

  940. pat April 15th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    You want Damon bunting or swinging?

  941. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    April 15th, 2009 at 6:22 pm
    GB
    I thought it meant ATTACK!?

    Andy looks………..wait for it…….Dandy

    ————————————————————

    Tora, Tora, Tora was the code name for their safe arrival. “Climb Mount Niitaka” was the code for mission is a go.

  942. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    since when do they have bklue M&Ms?

    Jeter= the man

  943. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    I want Damon swinging.

  944. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    It’s more of a question with Howell. Jeter’s already in SP, though. I’d rather take three chances than two to get the single run.

  945. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Do it for Johnny!!!!!

  946. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Do it for Johnny!!!!!

  947. gayle April 15th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    heard a rumour that they are using for tomorrows game the same pitching mound and home plate that was used for the last game at the Old Stadium

  948. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Welcome back my OLD friend!! Sorry for being parranoid. But i had to know. front row at a WOMENT with big hair sealed it for me.

    BTW this is where me mount a comeback. Tex is due.

  949. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Welcome back my OLD friend!! Sorry for being parranoid. But i had to know. front row at a WOMENT with big hair sealed it for me.

    BTW this is where me mount a comeback. Tex is due.

  950. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    DT
    April 15th, 2009 at 6:28 pm
    “I throw blue M&M’s at the kids in the front row and at woment with big hair.”

    GB – I think you mean women

    In some languages, woment translates to hen.

    Good job Jeter! Nice start.

    ————————————————————

    LMAO. You’re just trying to get me in trouble. I don’t need your help for that.

  951. Jeff NJ April 15th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Jeter has been energized lately. I bet he knows he is on the best Yankee team in at least 6 years.

  952. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    YES!!! Now let’s push across at least one more!

  953. panayioti April 15th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I like the direction the Yankees line up is going. Get rid of all those power whiffers and get some hitters. Singles, doubles, far cry from the power boys. Nice piece of hitting by Damon.

  954. Blackdragon905 April 15th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    JOHNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  955. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    S.o.S.
    April 15th, 2009 at 6:31 pm
    Welcome back my OLD friend!! Sorry for being parranoid. But i had to know. front row at a WOMENT with big hair sealed it for me.

    BTW this is where me mount a comeback. Tex is due.

    ————————————————————

    Not a problem. I was beginning to wonder whether I was me or an imposter.

  956. Jeff NJ April 15th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    yeah Damon! Tie game!

  957. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 15th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Tie game!

  958. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Nice cut. Everyone who complained about Girardi in the last game of the KC series should think about this one. Maddon probably went to the pen too early. I think his moves rate worse than Girardi’s the other day.

  959. Tom in NJ April 15th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    green light?

  960. kd April 15th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    damon comes through!!

    in many ways, he’s so much more important now that nady is hurt. he needs to get on base and cause havoc on the basepaths

  961. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Gayle rumor confirmed by John and Suzyn

    That’s pretty cool
    I thought Mo took the mound though

  962. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en... let's try '09! April 15th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Maybe last night was the start of something with the late game theatrics for the Yankees. Nice to see Damon arise with a big double.

  963. sfill April 15th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Way to go Johnny! Wooooo!

  964. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Bruney is warming up for the 8th inning I guess but why isn’t Pettitte going back out? I think he’s only at 87 pitches and he’s looked good so far, he ought to stay out there.

  965. Jeff NJ April 15th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I love catwalks.

  966. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Just got home to watch the end of this game, trying to catch up. Would that route Upton took to Jeter’s ball be better called Melky-like or Gardner-like?

    (Nice catwalk break! Cash in, Tex!)

  967. DT April 15th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    woohoo… nice break for the Yanks. Tex’s high fly hits a speaker – then goes out of play.

  968. Paul April 15th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Thank God for the cat walk

    Blue m and ms = Viagra

  969. PAT M April 15th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Time for Texeria to start his MVP resume for 09

  970. pat April 15th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Tex having a tough day.

  971. Pel (…and nothing of value was lost.) April 15th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Teixeira with another strikeout looking. WTF?!!?!?

  972. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Tex strikes (out) again

  973. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Gotta bring Pettitte out to start the 8th inning….going batter to batter. 88 pitches.

  974. Neil April 15th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    We have two A-Rods. YAY

  975. rodney April 15th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    @#%! texieria right now

  976. Pel (…and nothing of value was lost.) April 15th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    OK, it was way outside as per gameday.

  977. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    “Get rid of all those power whiffers”

    Oh, brother!

  978. Matt April 15th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Terrible call on Teix there. That was ball 4.

  979. Pel (…and nothing of value was lost.) April 15th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    howells getting a wide strikezone inside to the righties

  980. Matt April 15th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    The umpire conveniently expands his strike zone right when the Yankees are fighting to win this game. He did it last inning and his calls on the inside to righties have been embarrassing.

  981. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Howell’s getting a couple of calls.

  982. Terry from NH April 15th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I can only dream right now of Arod and Tex in this lineup hitting like we know they can. Maybe Tex needs a few more games to rest that wrist because he isn’t helping right now.

  983. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    For all the people complaining about our lineup (EVERY DAY, CONTINUALLY), recall that we’re 4th in MLB in runs scored. Imagine the reaction if, like Houston, we’d scored 16 runs…total…coming into today

  984. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Jorge?

  985. Terry from NH April 15th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Yanks are atrocious with RISP. Hard to understand why at least they cannot make contact. These K’s are brutal!

  986. DT April 15th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    gotta green light Posada here.

  987. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Robi?

  988. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    seems to me like the Yankees are 1/3 with RISP in this inning. What do you think the standard should be?

  989. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    The Jackie Robinson picture they don’t want you to see:

    http://tinyurl.com/cu52w4

  990. Pel (…and nothing of value was lost.) April 15th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Andy didn’t get the calls Howell was getting.

    That’s for damn sure.

  991. Ham Fighters April 15th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    interesting pitcher selection here by maddon

  992. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Would it surprise you, Terry, to learn that the Yankees hit better with RISP last year than the AL champion Tampa Bay Rays?

  993. Tom in NJ April 15th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I was born after Nixon was president, but he makes me angry. I cannot explain this…

  994. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Hmm, I don’t think this is getting calls. I think it’s inconsistent strike zones. There was one during Posada’s AB (not the intentional one, obviously) that was a bit strange.

  995. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    That hurts. Now a very weak bottom three due up in the 9th.

  996. DT April 15th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    “The Jackie Robinson picture they don’t want you to see”

    you are telling me. Nixon was a Yankee fan.

  997. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 15th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Veras again. At somepoint we have to determine whether he is to be trusted as a setup man.

  998. Al from BK April 15th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Tied game couldn’t score Damon on 2nd :(

  999. JoeyA April 15th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Can Tex bunt?

    We should have bunted Damon over and all it would have take was a fly ball. Swisher could handle that.

  1000. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Great chance for Gardner to erase a rough day in the 9th. Hope he comes through. If he gets on, it changes the inning.

  1001. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    John Halfz: It would certainly surprise me. How bout that!

    Ironically, Tampa Bay was the exact opposite in the World Series, hitting well with RISP, but lost because the Phillies were a pass the baton offense who made outs at a much slower rate, and scored more runs just by the sheer probability of having more men on base. So being ‘clutch’ doesn’t even necessarily always help. interesting stuff!

  1002. Al from BK April 15th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    “Veras again. At somepoint we have to determine whether he is to be trusted as a setup man.”

    Veras in a tight game, cannot be trusted.

  1003. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    no walk

  1004. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I think you have to lift Andy if a runner gets on.

  1005. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Then again, he controls the running game. Tough calls at 100 pitches if it’s Upton or Crawford.

  1006. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    No mas, Veras (por favor)

  1007. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 15th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    It would really make my day quite a bit better if the yankees could find a way to win this game.

  1008. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Love the result, but not quite sure on the rationale for the move. Why bring Pettitte out only for one batter? Upton’s only 6/21 against him lifetime. Eh, Brian blew him away so all’s well.

  1009. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    great inning for bruney

  1010. Duffy April 15th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    I really hope this game doesn’t come down to Marte or Veras, they scare the hell out of me but boy has Bruney looked good his last few appearances.

  1011. purenyyankee April 15th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Kelly Freaking Clarkson for the National Anthem????
    The broad is from Texas. Why Kelly Clarkson???????????

  1012. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    5 straight K’s!!

  1013. JOHN K April 15th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    HEY-LOVE THE BLOG GREAT. YANKEE FAN RETIRED IN FORT MYERS. HAD THE BLOG ON FAVORITES FOR A YEAR. FORCED TO READ IT BY TAMPA’S TV POLICY. HERE LITTLE INTEREST IN Y DETAILS,SO EVEN WHEN I WATCH MLB I’LL BE READING YOUR BLOG. THANKS

  1014. grafxkid April 15th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    was that a-rod hugging pettitte just b4 commercial. ha!!

  1015. panayioti April 15th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Bruney’s improvement is very encouraging.

    Now, we need 1 run and the Mo time. C’mon boys, give us something to celebrate!

  1016. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Is it just me or does Brian Bruney look like a complete different person after his weight loss?

  1017. Rudy April 15th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I don’t think there’s any question that Bruney is the 8th inning man.

  1018. Joe Mama April 15th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I hope Bruney keeps this up that was just filthy

  1019. Stuckey April 15th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Bruney is stupid right now.

    Last 5 guys he’s k… on 18 pithes (16 of them strikes)

  1020. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Oh, boy. Bruney is throwing pretty easy these days. He’s fanned 10 of 18 men to face him this year.

  1021. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 15th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Great job by Bruney

  1022. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Bruney looked filthy! I send him back out for the 9th and have Marte and Rivera up in the pen.

  1023. liz April 15th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    this is shaping up to be a bullpen battle… are we about to find out how good this bullpen is?

  1024. BXRonny April 15th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    A-rod hugging Pettite that’s TEAM LOVE RIGHT THERE :)

  1025. CB April 15th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Swisher has been terrific this season. Tough at bat.

    That at bat really sums Swisher’s game up in many ways. Takes a ton of pitches and successfully drives the count to 3-2.

    And on that 3-2 count with a man in scoring position in a 3-3 game on the road Swisher takes an absolutely enormous hack at the pitch. Doesn’t shorten his swing. Doesn’t really adjust to the context to much. Still looking to drive the ball very hard.

    Stats oriented baseball people often focus on OBP and high OPS and often point out correctly that guys who strike out a lot but still get on base via walks have more value than many people think.

    At the same time there’s always trade offs. And those “take and rake” kind of guys tend to be not as effective in the context of driving runs in. Context dependent stats do matter.

    Swisher’s at bat was a good example of that. Again – not saying it was necessarily his fault at all the run didn’t score.

    The at bat before you saw a similar trade off in Tex’s game. Tex is very patient and looked at strike three late in a game with a man in scoring position.

    Vlad Guerrero never lets that happen.

    No player is perfect. Every approach has it’s pluses and minuses.

  1026. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    ARod looking drunk huggin pettitte lol

  1027. Ham Fighters April 15th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    ok somebody’s gotta get on here so little g can double him home

  1028. Rudy April 15th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    grafx…HAHAH! I saw that too and was thinking the same thing! he bear hugged him like a little kid.

  1029. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Just whatever you do Joe, no Veras. Please.

  1030. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    That’s exactly how to go after Crawford, too. Up the ladder, way up the ladder and back to just up the ladder.

  1031. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth, I don’t know if you’ll remember, but I told you I was going to ask a Yankee-fan buddy in Taiwan if he knew CM Wang’s political views. He wrote back:

    “As for Wang, I don’t think he is a politics animal. So far as I know, he never expresses his political preference. Of course he was asked for the question over and over in the presidential election last year for his super popularity, but he is clever enough not to show it. But personally I think he is for Ma, the KMT.”

    There you have it. Perhaps just conjecture, perhaps learned intuition.

  1032. myrtlebeachfan April 15th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    predicting gardner hr

  1033. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    guts

  1034. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Man, I’d like to run on Shouse. And I have maybe Tino speed.

  1035. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    sigh. bottom of the order

  1036. ANSKY April 15th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Well its good to see not as many people on the thread sitting back, munching a bag of Cheetos when it’s not a losing game. They’re still there, but not en force as bad as the other night.

    GB7 … I’ll confirm exact translation with my wife when she get home, but what you say sounds about right though. M … any input if you’re there? I may have mentioned a couple months ago that the grandfather of a half Japanese friend of ours had something to do with the origin of that phrase, and was consulted for the movie.

  1037. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    All right. Ransom’s hit a few balls nicely. Let’s see one drop in.

  1038. Shred Em April 15th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Gardner’s approach really annoys me…he takes too many good pitches, then is forced to swing at stuff he can’t hit with too strikes.

  1039. Shred Em April 15th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Gardner’s approach really annoys me…he takes too many good pitches, then is forced to swing at stuff he can’t hit with too strikes.

  1040. Jeff NJ April 15th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Percival? We can hit this guy can’t we?

  1041. m April 15th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Would be really, really nice to take this one.

    Hopefully, Maddon will run through his bullpen and then Kapler will have to pitch.

  1042. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    The good news is that this is Tampa’s sixth pitcher (thanks, Joe Maddon).

  1043. pat April 15th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Yankees need to score. Other teams walk offs make me cranky

  1044. liz April 15th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    how many pitchers do the rays have?

  1045. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    So my older boy played t-ball(so cal) a couple years back against Troy Percivals son. I was coaching and Troy was as well. He was a very cool guy. The funny part about this was coincidently his team was called the angels. I asked him how did you happen to get your boys team called the angels. Hell how do i get mine to be on the yankees? He smirked and never answered the question. I guess money sometimes does talk. A year later i was coaching my boy on whatya know the yankees.

  1046. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Nick in SF
    I remember – so it is safe to say he has a few fans on the mainland? Like tricky Dick?

  1047. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    mel: LOL! I bet he couldnt K Swish though.

  1048. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    percival vs ransom in 2009 is suck vs suck. Hopefully our suck triumps.

  1049. Bronx Jeers April 15th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Ransom’s gonna smoke this craggly old buffoon.

  1050. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Ransom!!

  1051. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Alright, we officially have to cut Ransom some slack now. :P

  1052. pat April 15th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    The mental health day seemed to work. :smile:

  1053. rodney April 15th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    All Right Cody Random!

  1054. panayioti April 15th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    We don’t need no stinkin’ ARod…. Ok REALLY just kidding, but good for Ransom.

  1055. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    ooooo snap!

    but here comes Molina…

  1056. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    He was due for that one, and he deserved it.

  1057. grafxkid April 15th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    damn those cow bells!! my goodness. i cannot wait for the home opener tomorrow!!

  1058. Jeff NJ April 15th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    gutty gritty Cody Ransom comes through with the double. Excellent game, let’s take it and hit the road.

  1059. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    ANSKY
    April 15th, 2009 at 7:02 pm
    Well its good to see not as many people on the thread sitting back, munching a bag of Cheetos when it’s not a losing game. They’re still there, but not en force as bad as the other night.

    GB7 … I’ll confirm exact translation with my wife when she get home, but what you say sounds about right though. M … any input if you’re there? I may have mentioned a couple months ago that the grandfather of a half Japanese friend of ours had something to do with the origin of that phrase, and was consulted for the movie.

    ————————————————————

    I’m ALMOST sure, but, just not absolutely, positively, drop dead, bet my dog, sure on Tiger = Tora.

  1060. Duffy April 15th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Is there a reason other than his lack of offense that Matsui hasn’t been in the lineup?

  1061. pat April 15th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Jeter for hero?

  1062. CB April 15th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    “Gardner’s approach really annoys me…he takes too many good pitches, then is forced to swing at stuff he can’t hit with too strikes.”

    That’s the big difference between the minors and the majors.

    In the minors it paid for Gardner to take pitches and to be patient. Minor league pitchers just don’t have very good command on the whole.

    In the major leagues however they are simply not going to walk Gardner because chances are the worst he’ll do is hit a single.

    That at bat was very telling. Shouse goes down 2-1 and throws Gardner 3 straight fastballs and Gardner wasn’t close on any of them.

    Gardner said the major adjustment he made from the first time he came up last year and the second was that he took fewer pitches the second time. That’s fine but in turn there’s no doubt he’s going to walk less.

    He’s drawn very few walks this season.

  1063. S.o.S. April 15th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Memo to Ransom. Keep doing those daily batting practices with Wang.

  1064. rodney April 15th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    i agree grafxkid real fans dont come to the ballpark with freakin cowbells. they come with pots and pans!

  1065. grafxkid April 15th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Jeter for hero…you called it!!

  1066. pat April 15th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Hero

  1067. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Do you get any more clutch than that?

  1068. Shred Em April 15th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Der-ek Je-ter!!!

  1069. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Jeter!!

  1070. Jeff NJ April 15th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    MLB is about 10 secs ahead of my directv connection. YeSs JETER~

  1071. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 15th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Intagible strikes again!!!!!

  1072. Blackdragon905 April 15th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    DEREK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1073. rodney April 15th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    woot woot captain clutch!

  1074. PAT M April 15th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Yeah, Jeter is washed up

  1075. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    WAY TO GO JETES!!!! He’s been money late in games this series!!!!

  1076. John_Halfz April 15th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    “Poor Jeter, he looks lost at the plate.”

    I want that on my tombstone.

  1077. Joe Mama April 15th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Oh Captain our Captain

  1078. AROD fan April 15th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I’d like to thank the good lord for Derek Jeter!

  1079. panayioti April 15th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    NEVER, NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, BAD MOUTH JETER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

    People on the blog
    Steve Phillips
    Baseball Tonight Crew
    Baseball Today Podcast crew
    NY Sportswriters – Lupica, Sherman, and other yahoos

    This is why he IS Derek Jeter.

  1080. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Good call pat!!!

  1081. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    tHE rAYS HAVE AWOKEN A SLEEPING gIANT

  1082. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 15th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Jetes!!!!!!!

  1083. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 15th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Correction:

    Intangible strikes again!!!!

    Let’s Go Yanks!!!!

  1084. BXRonny April 15th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    YEAAAAAAAAAAA The captaIN came through!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1085. Bronx Jeers April 15th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Wow Jeter’s looked so so but man does he come up big.

  1086. Rudy April 15th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Time for MO.

  1087. Jonathan April 15th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Enter the sandman!!!

  1088. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    The Captain! Not we get to see the *real* 42 in this game!

    Uncle Ellsworth: I dare not speculate how Wang’s secret political views might translate into support on the mainland. I wouldn’t take my friend’s suspicians to the bank either way.

  1089. Jeff NJ April 15th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    This game should go in the Derek Jeter hall of fame initiation reel.

  1090. nettles April 15th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    W-Pettitte
    Sv-Rivera
    GWH-Jeter

    How vintage is that?!?! Love it. Shut ‘em down, Mo!

  1091. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en... let's try '09! April 15th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I’m sure that Jeter was licking his chops when he saw Percival having so much trouble with his breaking ball. The fastball came and the Captain did what he does best, came up big in the clutch.

    Now give the ball to Mo and let’s take two out of three.

  1092. able 21 April 15th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Way to go Jetes! Mariano time.

  1093. Coach6423 April 15th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Enter Sandman

  1094. myrtlebeachfan April 15th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    These are the times when Yankee fans remember why they love Derek Jeter.

  1095. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Pity that Pettitte didn’t get the win with a fine pitched game. Bruney was outstanding again. Ransom is the third star of the game. Now, it’s up to Rivera to spin a litle more magic.

  1096. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    greatly exaggerated!!!!!!!!

  1097. Russell NY April 15th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Why am I nervous?

  1098. CB April 15th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    They win this game and the past two games have been really something else.

    When’s the last time one can remember a yankee team winning with this pitching first style of play.

    The past two days we’ve really seen the value of having a deep rotation and an effective pen.

    Just great baseball.

  1099. BXRonny April 15th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    MELKYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

  1100. Russell NY April 15th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    We have a Damon, Gardner, Melky outfield? Now that’s speed.

  1101. pat April 15th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Could play by Leche.

  1102. pat April 15th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Could= Good

  1103. Russell NY April 15th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I’m feeling good about this one lol

  1104. panayioti April 15th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Right now, those signings by Cash and crew are paying off.

  1105. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    “The past two days we’ve really seen the value of having a deep rotation and an effective pen.”

    That’s how I know that this is our year. We haven’t been this good since probably 2003. If we can just stay healthy…..

  1106. Russell NY April 15th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Bad call by the umpire on that last pitch

  1107. BXRonny April 15th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    YEAH GAME OVER…. THx MARIANITO :)!!!!!!!!!

  1108. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Game ova!

  1109. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 15th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Yankees win!!!!!

  1110. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 15th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Yankees win!!!!!

  1111. Bronx Jeers April 15th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Apparently the Rays DO need more cowbell.

  1112. Russell NY April 15th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    GO YANKEES! RAYS SUCK!!!!

  1113. C April 15th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Oh Mo you so good!

  1114. joe April 15th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    mo is god

  1115. panayioti April 15th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    My final comment, T Rays, take those cowbells and stick it in your ___________!!!!!!

  1116. bodhisattva April 15th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Nice play by Melky – Swisher doesn’t get there.

  1117. Blackdragon905 April 15th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Huge win today, great comeback!

  1118. pat April 15th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    It’s all over except Kim Jones interviewing Jeter

  1119. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    myrtlebeachfan
    April 15th, 2009 at 7:14 pm
    These are the times when Yankee fans remember why they love Derek Jeter.

    Love is never having to say you forgot

  1120. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    The 2nd star of the game is Cano, the 1st star has to be Jeter and Pettitte deserves all of the hugs for this game against a rough team.

  1121. Tom in NJ April 15th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Great win.

  1122. Joe from Long Island April 15th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Mo was getting squeezed. You could see the frustration on Jeter’s face. No matter. Mariano is the Greatest of All Time.

  1123. bodhisattva April 15th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    MO! Ump was squeezing him, too.

  1124. Russell NY April 15th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Insanely important win for the Yankees.

  1125. Zooboy April 15th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Sham wow!!!!

  1126. Zooboy April 15th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Sham wow!!!!

  1127. rodney April 15th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    All Right! Way to call that one Pete 5-4 on the road trip and I’m a happy fan. Let’s go win one tomorrow!

  1128. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!! Great win!

    JETER IS DA MAN FOR LIFE!!! Rumors of his demise have been GREATLY exxagerated!

  1129. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en... let's try '09! April 15th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    What a terrific win and a good sign that the Yankees were able to grind it out and end up 5-4 on the road trip.

    Outside of Wang’s struggles, the pitching has been fantastic.

  1130. DT April 15th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Jeter with the game winner – but props to Ransom.

    Not only was that a nice hit, but he hustled it into a double. Good job.

  1131. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Waldman is interviewing Ransom – shucks i wanted Jeter

  1132. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Ransom deserves a lot of credit for running that single into a double.

  1133. m April 15th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Fantastic game! Good for Ransom and what else can you say about Jeter and the pitching?

  1134. bodhisattva April 15th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    GreenBeret7
    April 15th, 2009 at 7:19 pm
    The 2nd star of the game is Cano, the 1st star has to be Jeter and Pettitte deserves all of the hugs for this game against a rough team.
    ====================
    Pettitte is a huggable Yank

  1135. Jeff NJ April 15th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Big win! Awesome. I called it Monday when the Yankees were getting hammerred that I liked the pitching matchups the next two days and would win the series. Now on to Yankee Stadium!

  1136. able 21 April 15th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Big Win. I’ll take a 5-4 road trip record given Wangs starts and CC’s first. Things are looking good.

  1137. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) April 15th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    the most excting 3-game series i remember the Yankees playing, since 2002

    it is excting to win in the late stages of a game. And to win without the HR

  1138. panayioti April 15th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Save a blown opportunity by the bull pen and Wang forgetting he was scheduled to pitch, this easily could have been a 7-2 road trip. But, things are looking good. A 4 game sweep would help things out tremendously.

  1139. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    “Insanely important win for the Yankees.”

    Absolutely, especially after the first game against these cowbell loving fools.

  1140. Dano April 15th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    And 8 cutters later, the game is done….
    The guy has one pitch, quite incredible.

    Nick in SF – our other shared team was v good tonight, swept aside Villarreal. Bring on the Semis!!

  1141. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 15th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Mo is the best
    Nice win!

  1142. Mark April 15th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Mo is God i have seen the light once again

  1143. ZMAN7777 April 15th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    A very nice win, especially the way they fought back. This one had a playoff feel. Taut and compelling.

  1144. tampayank April 15th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    MO just makes it look easy, 2 out of 3!!!! GO YANKS!!!! Good road trip, now let’s open up the Grand New Ballpark tomorrow!

  1145. Doris from Rego Park April 15th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Just got home from work- Did Swish draw a big X on his forearm for Xavier Nady? If so, his awesomeness was just elevated

  1146. Doris from Rego Park April 15th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Just got home from work- Did Swish draw a big X on his forearm for Xavier Nady? If so, his awesomeness was just elevated

  1147. JoeyA April 15th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Now I know how Boston has felt these last few years watching the Yanks get off to terrible starts.

  1148. Ham Man April 15th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Great win by a great team!

  1149. Paddy R April 15th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    WHAT A WIN!!!!! not a whole lot of that last year…love the comeback baby!

  1150. nettles April 15th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    2 out of 3 against the defending AL Champs on the road. I’ll take that! Good start, Yanks.

  1151. Vader April 15th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    You have to love having a great defensive firstbasemen again…great game and great win!

  1152. Carl April 15th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    CC tomorrow! We better get to cliff lee.

  1153. Don April 15th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    way to go mo!

  1154. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 15th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I have to confess – I couldn’t watch the last inning. Mo has been so good I thought he was bound for a fall. :oops:

    These kinds of games just did not happen last season. This has been great. Good road trip overall. Only one loss that was a real heartbreaker (in KC), although 2 were disappointing and one was just ugly.

    Yay Yankees. Welcome home!

  1155. CB April 15th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Just a wonderful two days. They get blown out to open the series against a prime competitor. Just embarrassed.

    Tex is banged up. Alex is out. Nady goes down.

    It’s the final two games of the longest road trip they’ve ever had to open the season.

    And what do they do the final two games of the series?

    Absolute shut down pitching. Just tremendous. AJ and Andy carried this team on their backs the past two days.

    AJ and Andy provided the offense the opportunity to win the game. That’s what a pitcher is supposed to do.

    Every win against tampa is like two wins in the standings.

    Great way to end the road trip.

    And the best part? After these two terrific road pitching performances the yanks send CC out to the mound next game.

    This staff has the chance to be very special.

  1156. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    bodhisattva
    April 15th, 2009 at 7:21 pm
    GreenBeret7
    April 15th, 2009 at 7:19 pm
    The 2nd star of the game is Cano, the 1st star has to be Jeter and Pettitte deserves all of the hugs for this game against a rough team.
    ================
    Pettitte is a huggable Yank

    ————————————————————

    With all of you vultures hanging around, I’ll settle for shaking his hand.

  1157. JoeyA April 15th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Mo made an entire career on a single pitch. Unbelievable.

    Now, instead of Joba for 10 pitches, hopefully we get him for, hopefully, 6 or 7 innings.

  1158. JoeyA April 15th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    one too many hopefully’s but u get my point

  1159. Dano April 15th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    CB
    Great comments lately

  1160. Doris from Rego Park April 15th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    did Swish draw a big X on his forearm in honor of Xavier?

  1161. Jeter in LF April 15th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I keep telling anyone who will listen that Jeter can still hit.

  1162. able 21 April 15th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    And now we get treated to the official opening of our new stadium tomorrow. Set your Tivo’s.

  1163. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 15th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Remember the glory days when Pettitte would toss a gem, Jeter got the big hit, and Mo shut the door in the 9th?

    Wait…That’s today!

    Let’s Go Yanks!!!!

  1164. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Doreen – You can tell it’s me by all the smileys
    April 15th, 2009 at 7:23 pm
    I have to confess – I couldn’t watch the last inning. Mo has been so good I thought he was bound for a fall.

    These kinds of games just did not happen last season. This has been great. Good road trip overall. Only one loss that was a real heartbreaker (in KC), although 2 were disappointing and one was just ugly.

    Yay Yankees. Welcome home!

    ————————————————————

    ?Don’t feel badly, Doreen. Rivera was pretty shakey. He missed the strike zone on 3 of his 8 pitches and couldn’t even strike out a batter.

  1165. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Kelly Karkson, GAG me. Pathetic. How about Billy Joel?

  1166. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Pettitte *is* extremely huggable.

    And you have to be happy for Ransom. A great job by him today, nice hustle, that is why no matter how below average he is, I just can’t hate someone who gives 110%.

  1167. Glenn April 15th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Like the K.C. series, I’ll take the ” Meatball approach ” every series (Two out of thee ain’t bad).
    That’s well over .600 spread out over the year.
    Everybody wore No. 42 today but the lone remaining player eligible to wear it in MLB closed out the game.
    Welcome home to the Bronx.

  1168. Betsy April 15th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Wow, what a win – and what a road trip. I really love this team – the difference between this year and last year is just night and day. They are missing their best hitter, their 2nd best hitter is injured, they’ve had 2 lousy performances out of their #2 pitcher AND they’ve played 9 games on the road. To take 2/3 from the Rays…….on their home turf, phenomenal. Bruney is pitching much better and obviously props to Andy, who will be the best #4 in baseball this year

  1169. bru April 15th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    who should the yankees bring up?miranda,ajax?

  1170. PAT M April 15th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    The Yanks have themselves a real ball team for 09….Special group of guys this year…..

  1171. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Jeter will be close to breaking a very special record this year – most hits ever as a Yankee he needed 192 at season’s start.
    “most hits ever as a Yankee”

  1172. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Dano: it must have been rocking inside the Emirates. I wasn’t able to watch but I followed along online. Should be a great contest vs. Man U.

  1173. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Betsy is being impersonated.

  1174. pat April 15th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    “did Swish draw a big X on his forearm in honor of Xavier?”

    I asked that earlier. When he got on base, he crossed his arms in an X.

  1175. bru April 15th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    i am hoping cc gives me huge fantasy points tomorrow.

  1176. Vader April 15th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    CB…when AJ, Andy and Joba make up the backend of your starting staff…I’d say you might be right…nevermind if Bruney pitches the way he did today.

  1177. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    PAT M
    April 15th, 2009 at 7:29 pm
    The Yanks have themselves a real ball team for 09….Special group of guys this year…..

    ————————————————————

    This team reminds me more of the ’62-’64 Yanks. They have the star players, but, they’re banged up. Everybody contributing and mainly a dazzling pitching staff.

  1178. Quikksand April 15th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Big win.

  1179. pat April 15th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    More psyched for the opener now. Here’s the rundown. Former players attending is quite the group.

    http://blogs.nypost.com/sports.....o_att.html

  1180. tampa yankee from long island April 15th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    DYNASTY IS DESTINY!

    great post.the good old days are now.

  1181. Jeff NJ April 15th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    The back end of the rotation has three names, Chien Ming Wang.

  1182. CB April 15th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “These kinds of games just did not happen last season.”

    Doreen,

    You’ve summed it up perfectly. There is just no way they would have won these past two games last year.

    No way. Especially not after getting blown out that first game with Wang on the mound.

    Wang loses a game last year and they were in big trouble because the rest of the rotation was so thin.

    Now they come back with AJ and Andy. Just tremendous.

    Even the offense – they’ve been scoring over 5 runs a game and have no business doing so.

    Alex is out. Tex banged up. But the key thing is that the pitching is keeping them in games so that they are still able to generate late rallies. The game simply has almost never been out of reach other than CC first game and Wang’s two starts.

  1183. Trevor April 15th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Too bad Mattingly can’t attend tomorrow..

  1184. Nick in SF April 15th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Very touching… Matsui said he’s going to watch a couple of his collectible dvd’s in honor of X…

  1185. Vader April 15th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I would say that I was little supprised that after Monday nights game, the fact that the Yankees did not make a move for a bullpen arm…but maybe the management of this team knew what they had in AJ and Andy.

  1186. Paul from Cali April 15th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Can anyone explain why Texiera was showing bunt in the 8th inning? Isn’t he a home run hitter? Why would Girardi want to take the bat out of his hands? Bad bad managing!

  1187. Uncle Ellsworth April 15th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Luis Arroyo
    Jesse Barfield
    Yogi Berra
    Ron Blomberg
    Bobby Brown

    Horace Clarke

    Jerry Coleman

    David Cone

    Chili Davis

    Bucky Dent

    Al Downing

    Dave Eiland

    Ed Figueroa

    John Flaherty

    Whitey Ford

    Joe Girardi

    Rich “Goose” Gossage

    Ken Griffey, Sr.

    Ron Guidry

    Charlie Hayes

    Rickey Henderson

    Reggie Jackson

    Tommy John

    Jim Kaat

    Don Larsen

    Hector Lopez

    Tino Martinez

    Lee Mazzilli

    Gene Michael

    Jeff Nelson

    Graig Nettles

    Paul O’Neill

    Joe Pepitone

    Willie Randolph

    Bobby Richardson

    Mickey Rivers

    Buck Showalter

    Bill “Moose” Skowron

    Luis Sojo

    Mel Stottlemyre

    Ralph Terry

    Bob Turley

    David Wells

    Roy White

    Bernie Williams

    Dave Winfield

  1188. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Nick in SF
    April 15th, 2009 at 7:36 pm
    Very touching… Matsui said he’s going to watch a couple of his collectible dvd’s in honor of X…

    ————————————————————

    what a guy. I’ll bet he watches the three of the double secret ones. In honor of XXX.

  1189. CB April 15th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Dano,

    Thank you for the comment. That was very generous of you.

    It’s an exciting team and it’s such a pleasure to watch them play behind this staff.

    Last year I really felt that there would be massive change in the team once the season ended. I thought they would try to change the paradigm of the team.

    And it looks like they may have successfully done that by signing CC and AJ and bringing Andy back. That and significantly improving the defense.

    Let’s put it this way. Last year is there any way Abreu would have caught that flair to right field that Melky did? How confidant would you have been in Giambi making any of those plays Tex did today?

  1190. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    “More psyched for the opener now. Here’s the rundown. Former players attending is quite the group.”

    What, no Bobby Meacham? :P

  1191. Vader April 15th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Jeff…you may be right but I’ll take him at the backend of my staff any day.

  1192. Joe from Long Island April 15th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    To continue on CB’s latest comments, if I may…These sort of wins, with great pitching and late rallies, helps build confidence for later in the season. Another thing that was missing last year. Last year was just a very disappointing season. Amazing they still won 89 games.

  1193. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    “Let’s put it this way. Last year is there any way Abreu would have caught that flair to right field that Melky did?”

    I’m a huge fan of Abreu and even I have to admit that he would not have caught that ball.

  1194. m April 15th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    The Yankees are 4-0 in AJ’s & Andy’s starts. The two “weak links” according to the experts here.

  1195. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Bruney over the last couple of games looks like a 1996 version on Rivera….striking out the side on minimum amout of pitches.

  1196. Say it ain't so April 15th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Disappointed Mussina won’t be at the opener.

  1197. Jeff NJ April 15th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    “Jeff…you may be right but I’ll take him at the backend of my staff any day.”

    If you want wang on your staff, that’s your business. No judgements here :-)

  1198. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    “you may be right but I’ll take him at the backend of my staff any day.”

    So would the other 29 teams in the Major Leagues. CMW is struggling right now, but he will come through it. He has to.

  1199. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Wow, thats quite a great list of Yankee alumni. Other than Mattingly of course, one person I’d love to see there tomorrowis El Duque. I know he left the Yankees on kinda bad terms but so have many on this list. He was still one of my favorites. His guts in big spots were unmatched and I have so many great memories of him.

    I read a few days ago that teams have been calling him and his agent hasnt returned any of the calls. I wonder what he is doing?

  1200. Vader April 15th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Anyone notice that Willie, who coaches for the Brewers is listed as attending tomorrow and Donnie is not…he most be really upset about not getting the managers chair.

  1201. Bronx Jeers April 15th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Matsui’s a married man and in his wife’s honor he is now only using centerfolds.

  1202. Dano April 15th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Nick
    It sure was! I’m worried about the semis, think our defensive injuries might cost us. Still, delighted to be involved at this late stage of the season.

    And it was good to see Super Rob Pires back again!

  1203. m April 15th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    These are the kind of wins Tampa was winning last year.

    Anyone else think the Rays pen looks kinda old?

    And what the hell’s gotten into Bruney. He’s so thin, he looked like Brian Roberts in the closeup shot.

  1204. Vader April 15th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Jeff NJ…good one.

  1205. m April 15th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I meant what the hell’s gotten into Bruney, pitching like a machine. Didn’t mean to imply he has tapeworm.

  1206. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 15th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Bruney seems to be on the Edwar diet

  1207. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Vader

    He has an off day, and will be in NY to play the Mets the following day. It was just luck for him to be able to attend.

  1208. Betsy April 15th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth, that was me!

    CB, great summations. I did feel this was a special group in ST, but they still had to go out and prove it. It’s a long season, and they will have to continue to prove it, but the right signs are there. AJ and Andy have come up HUGE for this team and you’re right – now we come back with CC? How great is that?

  1209. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    mel- yeah I though they looked old too. Turning the wrong way, throwing the ball off line. Amazing what losing does to a team. :lol:

  1210. Trevor April 15th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    The Brewers have an off day in NY there for Willie Randolph is able to attend tomorrow’s ceremonies.
    Mattingly is with the Dodgers.

  1211. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Truly, Bruney’s barely half the man he used to be.

  1212. pat April 15th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    If I was Alex I’d be really sad not getting on the plane with the team; especially for the opener. :sad:

  1213. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    It will be interesting to see what the reaction to Willie will be on Thursday on Shea.

  1214. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    pat- Is it for sure that Alex won’t be attending. I wouldn’t be shocked if he came with the team, at least for the first series.

  1215. pat April 15th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    m

    You picking on my guy? :wink:

  1216. Juggy April 15th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    In other news, Boston seems like they will be guarding the cellar this year. Things have really started off poorly for them, but to paint a brighter picture for them, at least Veritek is batting to his normal avg again (.200).

    HA! I kill me..

  1217. Vader April 15th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    How many people are going to think that tomorrow is over the top?

  1218. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Vader – damn, i hadn’t even picked up on that. that sucks. Although that was kinda why I wasnt too keen on him getting the job in the first place, in case things went bad I wouldn’t want him to stay away from the ballpark and the team.

    m – yeah, color me unimpressed with the Tampa bullpen also. Definitely don’t see Grant Ball Four repeating last year’s success. I do like Joe Nelson, but other than that I dont think they have any scary late inning arms. Certainly not many if any that I’d feel comfy about sending into a close game to pitch for the Yankees.

  1219. CB April 15th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    “Bruney over the last couple of games looks like a 1996 version on Rivera….striking out the side on minimum amout of pitches.”

    Just dominant. His fastball right now is so heavy and is simply bearing down on the hitters and eating them up.

    BJ Upton has tremendous bat speed. Great hands and a great eye.

    Bruney threw Upton 4 straight fastballs and Upton looked like he had no chance. Upton’s swing on that last fastball was no better than this first swing. He simply was not going to catch up to Bruney. There are simply not many pitchers in the game who could make Upton look that way.

    And Bruney isn’t even throwing that hard. He’s around 93-95 but he’s not doing what he used to – try to throw 97-98. What’s making his fastball so good right now is it’s location and action.

    If Bruney could lock down that 8th inning role this team is off to the races.

  1220. Glenn April 15th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Nine games off the road schedule.

  1221. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I’m betting that Alex Rodriguez makes the flight for the game. Takes a late night flight, after a heavy workout season, flies back to Tampa tomorrow.

  1222. Mac Daddy April 15th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Another well pitched game with Molina behind the plate…keep putting him back there Joe!

  1223. BBB April 15th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Oh nevermind about Mattingly and Randolph, didnt realize it was an issue of scheduling.

    I do think MLB sucks for not giving the Dodgers tomorrow off, too.

  1224. m April 15th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    pat,

    I paid him a compliment. He really did look like Brian Roberts!

    Vader,

    I don’t care what happens on the field. I just want the W.

    BBB,

    Oh yeah, that Joe Nelson kid is good. We need to put some separation between us & Tampa because Price will be called up in due time.

  1225. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 15th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Joe from LI -

    That’s so true. These games that they end up winning, and even the ones they lost, but tried and came up short, help to keep the mindset that you can win every game. And you can only do that if the pitching is there. So far, so good.

  1226. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    What is this garbage on YES? Is our postgame over?

  1227. bodhisattva April 15th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    BBB
    April 15th, 2009 at 7:28 pm
    Pettitte is extremely huggable.
    And you have to be happy for Ransom. A great job by him today, nice hustle, that is why no matter how below average he is, I just can’t hate someone who gives 110%.
    ==============================================
    Really was pulling for him after reading that tragic story about his teammates in the van, but I will be very glad to see ARod come back.

    Big hit by CR, though.

  1228. m April 15th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    If it were me, I’d go to the ceremony anyway.

    Upton is coming off surgery, so he may be behind the rest of the team. It was still an impressive at-bat for Bruney.

  1229. pat April 15th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    jennifer

    I read somewhere earlier today that he said he was disappointed to be missing the opener but he had to look at the big picture and needs to stay on rehab schedule.

  1230. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    CB
    April 15th, 2009 at 7:52 pm
    “Bruney over the last couple of games looks like a 1996 version on Rivera….striking out the side on minimum amout of pitches.”

    Just dominant. His fastball right now is so heavy and is simply bearing down on the hitters and eating them up.

    BJ Upton has tremendous bat speed. Great hands and a great eye.

    Bruney threw Upton 4 straight fastballs and Upton looked like he had no chance. Upton’s swing on that last fastball was no better than this first swing. He simply was not going to catch up to Bruney. There are simply not many pitchers in the game who could make Upton look that way.

    And Bruney isn’t even throwing that hard. He’s around 93-95 but he’s not doing what he used to – try to throw 97-98. What’s making his fastball so good right now is it’s location and action.

    If Bruney could lock down that 8th inning role this team is off to the races.

    ————————————————————

    You don’t see right handers make Crawford look that uncomforable, either. That’s the impressive part. Hitters don’t look like they enjoy the thought of facing him. Much like Percival used to be.

  1231. Christina April 15th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I am confused also, Jennifer. Did I miss the interviews?

  1232. bodhisattva April 15th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    jennifer
    April 15th, 2009 at 7:55 pm
    What is this garbage on YES? Is our postgame over?
    ===============================
    It’s because we have a ridiculous flight and a 1 p.m. start tomorrow, after playing today at 4 p.m. Screwed again by the schedule makers.

  1233. Mark April 15th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Nice win by the boys today…now lets go Padres:)

  1234. Drew April 15th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    It’s really a shame that the Rays make the Yankees look so old and unathletic, as we beat them 11 of 18 last year and 2 of 3 so far this year.

  1235. Vader April 15th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I’m with you m

  1236. joeman April 15th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Marcus Thames is on the block..says a Det paper, worth looking into ?

  1237. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 15th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    It’s on MLB.com that Alex will remain in Tampa. He will not be at the opener. I think he should have gone. He has his own private plane. He could have attended the opener and then flew home later.

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

  1238. Vader April 15th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    GB…I don’t recall Bruney having the off speed stuff I saw the last two nights.

  1239. bodhisattva April 15th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Jeter in LF
    April 15th, 2009 at 7:27 pm
    I keep telling anyone who will listen that Jeter can still hit.
    ===================================
    I wasn’t aware anyone needed convincing of that. I’ve heard him trashed for his D. People are saying Jete can’t hit?

  1240. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    pat and laura thanks. I thought it would have been nice if he went. Go for the ceremony than hop on a plane and go back.

  1241. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    If Thames is on the block, Detroit wants pitching and a minor league outfielder. Thames isn’t worth Kennedy. Horne and Tomko, maybe.

  1242. bodhisattva April 15th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Drew
    April 15th, 2009 at 7:59 pm
    It’s really a shame that the Rays make the Yankees look so old and unathletic, as we beat them 11 of 18 last year and 2 of 3 so far this year.
    ==============================
    Lol, but I think if there’s a downside to their “toolsiness”, it’s their collective impatience at the plate. Crawford, for instance, is just awful in terms of patience.

  1243. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Vader
    April 15th, 2009 at 8:02 pm
    GB…I don’t recall Bruney having the off speed stuff I saw the last two nights.

    ————————————————————

    He’s always had the slider, but, not always control of it. Thought that I read that Rivera was teaching him a cutter. Can you imagine him with Ramirez’ change-up?

  1244. joeman April 15th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    someone will have to slot into the rotation,he has POP! & might be something to look into

  1245. KO April 15th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Can YES please fix their radar gun??? It’s been broken at times even dating back to the beginning of last season. I’m sorry but Bruney is not blowing away Upton on 90 MPH fastballs. That is just not right. He had to be sitting at 95-96 these last couple of games. The Rays hitters, many of whom are pretty damn talented, have simply looked over matched against Bruney. 90-93, no way he gets those pathetic swings

  1246. thony April 15th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Why nobody thinks in Seth Fortenberry? Hey, there are few options and why not? I never have seen him playing for any team, but Seth Fortenberry has the best arm of the NY farm system. If he can’t bat, I doesn’t matter. Anyone better than Ransom…

  1247. jennifer April 15th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    I posted this earlier, but i think a lot of people missed it. It is worth the read.

    http://www.wfan.com/Swish-s-Wi.....ntRating=1

  1248. Joe from Long Island April 15th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Sheff is playing RF tonight? I may have to watch this.

    As far as OFs go…Craig Monroe might be available, as well as Thames (former Yankee).

    This is where Melky needs to show what he’s capable of. If he doesn’t get it done, then Cash will make a move. Look for Melky to get a lot more playing time to make his case.

  1249. pat April 15th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Bruney just looks to be throwing so free and easy. His ease of delivery is kind of AJ-like.

    Maybe AJ is teaching the value of not having to throw it through the wall to more than Joba.

  1250. m April 15th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    pat,

    “Free and easy” is becoming a favorite!

  1251. CB April 15th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    “The Rays hitters, many of whom are pretty damn talented, have simply looked over matched against Bruney. 90-93, no way he gets those pathetic swings”

    Bruney threw 6 fastballs that inning. 5 of them were 94. The other 95.

    He wasn’t 90-93. But he wasn’t 97-98. He’s thrown much harder in the past with much worse results.

    It’s his location right now that eating up hitters.

  1252. Patrick April 15th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Great win for the Yankees. Pettitte hung on to the game after a rough patch and pitched a real gem. The offense fought back and did just enough to win – led by Derek Jeter of course.

    I’m liking what I see from Girardi too, he is making a lot of moves and they are mostly paying off. He is making use of everyone on the roster and it seems to be working. Losing Nady hurts because it takes away one of the weapons Girardi can use in the lineup.

  1253. pat April 15th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    m

    He still may break my heart some day but I’ll remember this week fondly. :wink:

  1254. m April 15th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    pat,

    With the exception of his first appearance, he’s been terrific no?

    It does seem like Bruney’s being “Torried” by Girardi. Today was his 7th appearance in 9 games?

  1255. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Andrew Brackman is pitching much better for Charleston tonight, but, still losing 2-1.

    5 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs (earned), 2 walks, 4 strikeouts. 1 Hit batter.

    Melky Mesa has his first homer. Really good power and speed combo.

  1256. bodhisattva April 15th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Joe from Long Island
    April 15th, 2009 at 8:10 pm
    Sheff is playing RF tonight? I may have to watch this.
    As far as OFs go…Craig Monroe might be available, as well as Thames (former Yankee).
    This is where Melky needs to show what he’s capable of. If he doesn’t get it done, then Cash will make a move. Look for Melky to get a lot more playing time to make his case
    =====================================================
    There are no questions about Melky’s defense. He’s solid. He’s the best defensive outfielder on the team (not saying much, I know, but he is dependable and doesn’t get beat on the routine play).

    Melky will hit, if given the chance. He has a much better approach this year, more like he had in 2006/2007. Girardi just has to get him into games. If Gardner can somehow learn to track the ball when it’s hit over his head, having the two of these guys in the outfield late in games is going to help us immensely.

  1257. KO April 15th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    CB, so basically, I was right. By the way I said 95-96, not 97-98. The highest fastball YES clocked him at was 94 and I think that was one time. So obviously it is off. Also, while his location has been good, at least a few of his swings and misses the last couple days were just old country hardballs over the heart of the plate. Basically, here it is, the cheddar, catch up to it if you can. And they couldn’t. His fastball looks like it has a good amount of late life to it right now, as well. If he keeps pitching like this there will be no one left still rooting for Joba in the pen.

  1258. Bo knows April 15th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Especially for GB7. He needs the reassurance.

    Thanks to wikipedia

    The title is made up of the code-words that were used by the Japanese to indicate that complete surprise was achieved (? tora is Japanese for “tiger” but in this case, “to” is the initial syllable of the Japanese word ?? totsugeki, meaning “charge” or “attack”, and “ra” is the initial syllable of ?? raigeki, meaning “torpedo attack”).The name of the film has been borrowed – and parodied – for various television productions, including as “Torah Torah Torah” for episodes of NYPD Blue and Magnum P.I., and as “Tory! Tory! Tory!” for a documentary on Thatcherism.

  1259. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    LMAO. I was sure it meant tiger, wasn’t aware it was broken down that far into code. I did know that they had the JN 25 codes, though, up through Midway.

  1260. thony April 15th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Everybody knows that Mariano Rivera is an idol in NY, but how many people knows that Mo is hated in Panama, his country? So many people in Panama hates him because he forgot his country and his hometown, Puerto Caimito. The Panamanians thinks he is a “Payaso” (Clown) and he and the Yankees has enemies in all corners in Panama. It mean the Red Sox Nation is in Panama too. Nevertheless, there are many Panamanians Yankees fans. Not like in the past when Ramiro Mendoza and Ruben Rivera(Mo’s cousin) were playing with the bombers but I spect, 50% Yankees & 50% Red Sox in Panama.

  1261. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Baltimore just lost a big bat. They put Melvin Mora on the DL with a strained hamstring

  1262. GreenBeret7 April 15th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    thony
    April 15th, 2009 at 8:40 pm
    Everybody knows that Mariano Rivera is an idol in NY, but how many people knows that Mo is hated in Panama, his country? So many people in Panama hates him because he forgot his country and his hometown, Puerto Caimito

    ————————————————————

    and…what’s your point..as if anybody needed to guess.?

  1263. thony April 15th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Mo is not a GOD and he never will be GOD. I am Mariano’s fan, but I am only giving a comment about Mo.

  1264. saucy April 15th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Yeah, playing Hit the Road Jack was ridiculous. :roll:

    Just finished watching on dvr. Great game!
    .

  1265. GZA April 15th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Pete, I think they’re working on quantifying exactly the kind of play Jeter made at third today. And it’s not like he does something like that everyday. (Also, as you suggest, much, if not most of the credit ought to go to Tex.)

  1266. ShamWow April 15th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I was at the game tonight.Is the Rays home games the loudest and most annoying PA system in baseball.This is like SmackDown in the WWF.

  1267. EdFl April 15th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Thorny and GB7,
    I travel to Panama quite often. I have seen many kids with Yankee caps not Boston caps. The newspapers always praise the performances of Mo. He might not be a god but he is very well liked by his people.

    http://www.laestrella.com.pa/m...../78723.asp

  1268. SP April 15th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Nick in SF,

    Your buddy was way off on Wang’s political view. Although he didn’t say it publicly, which is smart,
    there are plenty evidence showing that he is a strong Taiwan supporter, just like many baseball players born in Tainan.

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