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Game 109: Red Sox at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 07, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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YANKEES (66-42)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (10-5, 3.89).

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RED SOX (62-45)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Martinez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Drew RF
Varitek C
Reddick LF
Green SS

Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (13-4, 3.27).

TIME/TV: 7:05 / YES.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: The game post will be divided up tonight in the interest of making it easier to people to read. My plan is to have at least two (or three) posts during the game and hopefully the in-game conversation will flow from one post over to the next.

We did this last night and it seemed to work out well for everybody. So whenever a new post does pop up, please make that where you post your comments. Thanks.

STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have won four straight and are 24 games over .500 for the first time this season. They lead Boston by 3.5 games, matching their largest lead. Boston has lost three in a row.

ON A LONG ROLL: The Yankees have won 15 of 20, 28 of 38 and 51 of 76.

50,000 COMING?: The Yankees drew 49,005 last night, the largest crowd in the short history of the new park. With this being a Friday night, the weather perfect and a great pitching matchup, might tonight surpass that?

MELKY’S POWER: Melky Cabrera has 11 homers, his career best.

BEEN BURNED: A.J. Burnett has been hit hard by Boston, giving up 11 earned runs on 13 hits and eight walks over 7.2 innings in two starts. He had been 5-0 with a 2.56 ERA in eight career starts against the Red Sox previously.

BAD MAN ON THE BUMP: Josh Beckett is 10-2, 2.02 in his last 14 starts. He is 2-0, 5.82 in two games against the Yankees this season. This link has how the Yankees have fared against Beckett individually. They have done pretty well.

WELL? WE’RE WAITING: Alex Rodriguez has gone 66 at-bats without a home run, his longest streak since a 77-AB drought that started in 1997 and ended in 1998.

RED SOX ROAD WOES: Boston is 27-28 on the road, having lost nine of its last 14 away from Fenway Park.

That’s it for now. Back with more later.

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: Ramiro Pena here.

UPDATE, 3:57 p.m.: Anthony Claggett optioned to Scranton.

UPDATE, 4:05 p.m.: Chad Gaudin joins the team Sunday. They will take a pitcher off the roster then.

UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: Boston DFA’d John Smoltz and Billy Traber. RHP Junichi Tazawa here and INF Chris Woodward claimed off waivers from Seattle.

UPDATE, 7:00 p.m.: If there has been a more perfect night for baseball than this, I haven’t seen it. Great night for a game. Hope you’re here. If not, enjoy it at home. Updates here all night long.

UPDATE, 7:08 p.m.: A.J. warmed up to the theme music from 300. Good stuff.

7:09 p.m.: We are underway. 75 degrees at first pitch.

UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: With a runner on third and two outs, the Yankees pitched around Youkilis to get to Ortiz and he grounded into the teeth of the shift as Cano was standing in shallow right field. Cano bobbled the ball and still threw Ortiz out. Big Papi is a shell of what he used to be.

You’re watching the remnants of the Steroids Era every day. Ortiz is a groundball machine. A-Rod has gone 18 days without a homer, etc. It’s why so many GMs did not want to shed prospects at the trade deadline. The value of young players has climbed in the last two years because the assumption is they know how to play clean and you have to question any veteran.

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: A.J. at 27 pitches after two innings. Economical for him.

UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: 10-pitch AB for Swisher. Yankees in business against Becket: first and second, nobody out. You bunt here? I think so. Couple runs in this game could be big.

UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: I don’t get it. Girardi bunts all year and now he doesn’t. 4-6-3 for Melky.

 
 

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902 Responses to “Game 109: Red Sox at Yankees”

  1. Erica - always OPPC August 7th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Here’s who is in so far for “Guess the Line Up”
    No submissions after 3:40- This is the LAST CALL

    *Fran, Ramey, Patrick, Upstate Kate, Benfica356, David, CM, NYY626, YankeeRay, Henner, Melissa C, Dan the Man, Albany Yankee, Tom from Worcester, Justin, UK, BBB, SA, RayVT, GGBG (all the same)
    *Rebecca, Roger (Live From Amsterdam) (same)
    *Nick, Yankee Trader (same)
    *Dr. Cox
    *Adam
    *William Buckner, Rob in VT (same)
    *Hensley Muellens
    *Ben
    *Frank from Chatham

  2. GGBG August 7th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    LETS GO GET ‘EM BOYS! Come on AJ!

  3. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible August 7th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    just in before the deadline

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Tex 1b
    Arod 3b
    Matsui DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2b
    Swisher Rf
    Melky CF

  4. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Gardner has a role to play as well with his speed. That said, come playoff roster time it will be interesting if the Yanks carry an extra bat or an extra arm. Gardner might get edged out due to Hairston’s speed and versatility. I think Joe will cary the extra position player in Gardner.

    Still I am a Melky supporter and have been from the start.

  5. Tom in N.J. August 7th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Public Service Announcement with guitars!

  6. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 7th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    AJ Burnett and Josh Beckett are due for some ‘law of averages-ing’ tonight, eh?

  7. Uncle Ellsworth So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right? August 7th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Pete you should Put a note in the Comments when you are making a new Thread.

    Thanks I hate giant unruly threads

  8. NYY626 - Beantown is going down. August 7th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I reallly enjoy the fact that the BOTTOM 3 of our line-up usually consists of cano, swish, and melky. Just felt like throwing that out there :)

  9. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    The Rays acquired catcher Gregg Zaun from the Orioles for a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to an Orioles press release.

  10. Drills August 7th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Melky is on a nice little run right now, but Gardner is better than him and will reclaim his starting CF spot once he gets off the DL.

  11. I sharted August 7th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    jeter ss
    damon lf
    teix 1b
    Arod 3b
    Po DH
    Cano 2b
    melky cf
    Swisher rf
    molina C

  12. CM (Be patient with the prospects) August 7th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks for the link,Pete, on how Yankee hitters have fared against Beckett.

  13. Erica - always OPPC August 7th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I sharted
    August 7th, 2009 at 3:40 pm
    ***

    Dude, I told you- I am not allowing that handle in my game. You are disqualified

  14. DT - OPPC member August 7th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I wonder if the umps will have to issue a warning before one of the games this series?

    I can’t see it happening tonight, but if somebody gets plunked and tempers flare – I see it happening Saturday.

  15. Jerkface August 7th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Hinske won’t be on the playoff roster.

    the bench will be Molina, Gardner, Hairston, Pena I bet

    I think Joe will forgo power and go with speed and versatility.

  16. Uncle Ellsworth So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right? August 7th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    expect more heroics from Melky tonight

  17. m August 7th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Nick,

    No, I was thinking of bodhi. Not sure what you meant by the comment if it wasn’t him.

  18. Dan the Man August 7th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Pena will not be on the playoff roster over hinskie

  19. GMAN August 7th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    The 1st time I was at “The Stadium” to see a Yanks/Sox game was in late 70′s…Doyle Alexander pitched a masterful game against Boston…the crown was awesome. Doyle was on a roll where he was a threat to pitch a no-hitter everytime out. Later in his stint with the Yanks…he was getting roughed up regularly and punched the clubhouse wall…The Boss shipped him out for a bag of broken bats… Then Doyle resurrected his career.

  20. GGBG August 7th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    IF we have Gardner on the bench come playoff time we will need Hinske’s power potential more than Pena’s contact / speed. Especially if we have Hairston on the roster who can play basically everywhere.

  21. Mike C. August 7th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    JF

    Lets make the postseason first before we start thinking about rosters.

  22. CountryClub August 7th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    A poster over at RAB mentioned that once Gardner comes back, the Yanks will be able to roll out a late inning outfield lineup of Hairston, Gardner and Melky. That’s a damn good defensive outfield and you have Melky’s arm in right.

  23. m August 7th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Oh! Were you thinking trisha? If so, then yes, I get it. Duh!

  24. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release August 7th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Erica-your PBF is on with Michael Kay on 1050 ESPN radio right now. :)

  25. Mike C. August 7th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Also they could go with 11 pitchers and carry all 5 guys you mentioned.

  26. Jerkface August 7th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Pena will not be on the playoff roster over hinskie

    I think Girardi will go for the speed and defense over power. If I’m wrong I don’t think it is a big deal, but Hinske is hardly getting any playing time and there is no one really to pinch hit him for. I see Gardner and Melky getting in a lineup vs a righty more than Gardner/Melky and Hinske. Swisher will play a lot of the games.

    he would be valuable off the bench vs the national league, but thats about it.

  27. Tom B August 7th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    only 800 tickets on stubhub still available for tonights game so it should be pretty full.

  28. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Hinske will be on the roster. Hairston and Pena are the same player. You always go with experience in the post-season.

    Hinske could be a valuable post-season PH. He will be on the post-season roster.

  29. Erica - always OPPC August 7th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Congratulations to our 21 winners of “Guess the Line Up”

    There are:
    Fran 2:01
    Ramey 2:08
    Patrick 2:10
    Upstate Kate 2:11
    Benfica356 2:12
    David 2:15
    CM 2:16
    NYY626 2:24
    YankeeRay 2:27
    Henner 2:46
    Melissa C 2:50
    Dan the Man 2:51
    AlbanyYankee 2:53
    Tom from Worcester 2:54
    Justin 3:07
    UK 3:08
    BBB 3:16
    SA 3:20
    Ray VT 3:24
    GGBG 3:29
    RalphieD 3:38

    We also have our very first threepeat winners CM and YankeeRay. Congratulations again.

    Please tune in on Monday for our next thrilling round of Guess the Line Up. I will update the standings MUCH later tonight

  30. Eugene August 7th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I’m surprised that a lot of the players have a solid batting average against Beckett. If they can all do it tonight we should have another good game.

  31. Cash is King August 7th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I think Cashman is smart enough to realize that having Hinske and Hairston on his playoff roster gives Girardi more flexibility and pinch-hitting options.

    If Pena is here, I would think Claggett is gone.

  32. Uncle Ellsworth So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right? August 7th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Tom B
    August 7th, 2009 at 3:46 pm
    only 800 tickets on stubhub still available for tonights game so it should be pretty full.

    just curious
    What kinda prices?

  33. Dan the Man August 7th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    TWO in a row!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. m August 7th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    If they have Gardner, then they’ll take Hinske over Pena.

    Hairston is now filling the job of Pena.

    Hinske, Hairston, GGBG, and Jose sounds about right. Am I forgetting anyone?

  35. Ruben Sierra August 7th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Red Sox activate Tazawa and acquire Chris Woodward from Mariners

  36. Ruben Sierra August 7th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Edit: Signed former Mariner Chris Woodward

  37. Trevor August 7th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Yay Pena is back.

  38. Jerkface August 7th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Did the red sox seriously just activate their 18 year old japanese dishonorable product?

  39. NYY626 - Beantown is going down. August 7th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    August 7th, 2009 at 3:47 pm
    Congratulations to our 21 winners of “Guess the Line Up”
    ____________________________________________________________
    Shocking!! Really!

  40. Ruben Sierra August 7th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    ”The Red Sox have activated RHP Junichi Tazawa from Triple A Pawtucket and designated reliever Billy Traber for assignment, according to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
    The team has also signed and activated former Mariners infielder Chris Woodward. A corresponding move has yet to be announced.

    Tazawa has made two starts for the PawSox since being promoted from Double A Portland. In 11.1 Triple A innings he has allowed three earned runs and struck out six. The 23-year-old right-hander had a 2.57 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 98 innings for Portland”

  41. Uncle Ellsworth So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right? August 7th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    El Nino Back!

  42. BBFan August 7th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    “Alex Rodriguez has gone 66 at-bats without a home run, his longest streak since a 77-AB drought that started in 1997 and ended in 1998.”

    Nothing directly to do with this statement:

    The rap against A-Rod has been that he always swings for fenses and does not play situational baseball looking for a hit when that is all needed. During this home run draught (if it can be called so – he will likely have 30+HR by the season end), he is hitting very high average helping the team.

    So, which A-Rod do we need? If Jeter had the same numbers as A-rod the last few days, people will be gushing over it :) For the record, Jeter is doing very well, the comment not one against the other.

  43. Carl August 7th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Wooo Pena! WB!

  44. Ruben Sierra August 7th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Prob Lowrie to DL

  45. m August 7th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Claggett gone?

    Poor kid. Has not had good call ups.

  46. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Chris Woodward…..the new starting SS for your 2009 Boston Red Sox.

    For those scoring at home, Nick Green is hitting .125 since June 23.

    Theo is a genius!!

  47. upstate kate August 7th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Yay! we redeemed ourselves from last Friday when no one was right on “guess the line-up”

    thanks Erica

  48. Erica - always OPPC August 7th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    NYY626 – Beantown is going down.
    August 7th, 2009 at 3:51 pm
    Erica – always OPPC
    August 7th, 2009 at 3:47 pm
    Congratulations to our 21 winners of “Guess the Line Up”
    ____________________________________________________________
    Shocking!! Really!

    ***
    Yes. People are really not feeling creative. LOL

    But I didn’t mess you up this time!

  49. Bill August 7th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Kay said Pena up Clagett down to AAA.

  50. Jerkface August 7th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Tazawa is 23? Did he go to the industrial league after college or high school? I thought he was much younger.

    No matter.

  51. miggs August 7th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Crap my post must have gotten eaten!

    My lineup was correct and submitted at 3:20 and the filter ate it.

    Pete can you check and see if you can retrieve it?

    Thanks.

  52. Ruben Sierra August 7th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Rios claimed on waivers by…..?

  53. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    GGBG
    August 7th, 2009 at 3:44 pm
    IF we have Gardner on the bench come playoff time we will need Hinske’s power potential more than Pena’s contact / speed. Especially if we have Hairston on the roster who can play basically everywhere.

    ———————————————-

    I agree GGBG!

  54. Ruben Sierra August 7th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    ESPN.com’s Buster Olney hears that Alex Rios has been claimed on waivers by an unknown team. The Blue Jays now have three choices:

    They can let the claiming team have Rios and the $60MM remaining on his contract.
    They can pull him back from waivers and keep him.
    They can work out a deal with the claiming team.
    One executive calls this an “incredible opportunity” for the Blue Jays to shed payroll.

  55. Ruben Sierra August 7th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    via mlbtr

  56. Phil August 7th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I missed the Melky thread. Anyway, he is still younger than some rookies, and could be developing into one of those bad body players who spends 12-15 years raking in the bigs.

  57. Nebuchadnezzar August 7th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Nope. No desperation in Beantown. Not at all.

  58. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    WOW! Rios! I bet it is the SF Giants! Or Mets!! LOL!

  59. Bill August 7th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Pena move is interesting. Who goes when Gaudin shows up? C-Money said Mitre still starting. My guess is Melancon goes down or Bruney (DL or trade?)

  60. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 7th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Who’d claim Rios?

  61. Nick in SF in San Rafael August 7th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    The important thing is that Melky is playing good ball out of the 9th spot and is seriously beefing up the lineup.

    As for Clagget, he served a purpose and I’m sure he knew he was only up for a couple games.

  62. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Rebecca–Optimist Prime–Montero Fanaticus Primus
    August 7th, 2009 at 3:56 pm
    Who’d claim Rios?

    A lot of people including the Yankees would love to have Rios! SF, StL, LAD, Mets, Boston, Seattle, Tigers, maybe even Tampa.

  63. m August 7th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Rebecca,

    Who would need a toolsy OF and have the money to absorb his contract?

    Remember, now, that teams like Cleveland and the Rangers are hemorraging money.

  64. Stultus Magnus August 7th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Jerkface August 7th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Did the red sox seriously just activate their 18 year old japanese dishonorable product?

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

    Get him into a game, I want to see the implosion at Yankee Stadium…

  65. Fran (the original) August 7th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Erica,

    I was 1 of 21 but at least I finally got one right:)

    Thanks for hosting.Can’t wait for Monday.

  66. m August 7th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    mets, sox, yanks

  67. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    m
    August 7th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Most likely teams are Boston, SF & Yankees.

  68. BBFan August 7th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Who will be optioned tomorrow when Gaudin comes on board?

    Melancon or Robertson?
    My pick will be Melancon.

  69. m August 7th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    And if Ricciardi & ownership don’t jump at this opportunity, then they’re crazy.

  70. RS August 7th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Bringing up Pena now was a smart move. Now we have someone to pinch run for Matsui, Posada, etc. late in a game and run on Varitek or VMart.

  71. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 7th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    The Yankees claiming Rios makes little sense if they have to pay his salary, too. But I’ve been wrong before.

  72. Cash is King August 7th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Gaudin won’t be here until Sunday. I don’t think Robertson is going down again. I rather keep Melancon than Mitre, but we’ll see what happens despite Cashman’s comments from yesterday.

  73. Drills August 7th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Like I said, this is Cash laying in the weeds and getting creative. Take on Rios’ contract, which we are the only team that has the ability to do so, and reduce the prospects it takes to get Doc.

    We’re going to get Doc guys. Cashman is a lot more creative than you give him credit for. Hal wants Doc.

  74. GMAN August 7th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    So the Blue Jays would rather have Doc for a little more than one-season than Rios for the rest of his contract. Is Rios that bad or that over-paid? What about Vernon…

    The economy has really devastated some teams with lousy records and older players with big contracts. Waiver bargains will continue…bargain trade with dumping team picking up some salary.

  75. Pat M.... August 7th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    A friend of mine who plays golf with Ken Forsch ( Asst. GM / Angels ) on a regular basis, told be that in the final days before the trade deadline, that The Blue Jays were desperately trying to package Hallady and Rios / Wells …..JP did not lower his demand for exchaned players to even warrant considerations……The feeling around baseball is that JP set the bar so high for Hallady that he boxed himself into a corner…..Come the winter meetings, he’ll be dealing with his hands tied…..He overplayed his hand in July…….The Board of Directors are not happy with JP…..

  76. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Most likely, Melancon goes down when Gaudin comes in on Sunday.

    Hard to see what trade value Bruney has right now. He can’t get anybody out. That’s not exactly making him a hot commodity on the trade market.

    Especially when that elbow ligament can blow out at any time.

  77. Jerkface August 7th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    The Yankees claiming Rios makes little sense if they have to pay his salary, too. But I’ve been wrong before.

    Its only wise if they consider him a player for 2010 until infinity when his contract runs out.

    Then you bring back one of Matsui – Damon and call next season’s acquisitions done.

  78. Erica - always OPPC August 7th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Fran-

    You are welcome and congratulations again!

    Miggs-

    If Pete and retreive your post, let me know. I will be leaving here by 5 and online again much later tonight. I will update you as a winner if it could be verified. But that is why I recommened checking to ensure I have players on the list of line ups submitted

  79. BBFan August 7th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Sorry Bill, I did not read your entry beofore posting the same content about Guadin.

  80. roger(live from amsterdam) August 7th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    i bet Rios is going to boston.they need a outfielder

  81. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Rebecca–Optimist Prime–Montero Fanaticus Primus
    August 7th, 2009 at 4:01 pm
    The Yankees claiming Rios makes little sense if they have to pay his salary, too. But I’ve been wrong before.

    The Yanks need another OF for next year and he would probably be better & cheaper than Holiday or Bay. He is younger too. Great glove & arm!

  82. GreenBeret7 August 7th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    There are only two teams capable of taking on Rios’ full contract. Or, at least only two teams that have the money and the need for a productive corner outfielder in the coming 4 years or so.

  83. Cash is King August 7th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    “The Yankees claiming Rios makes little sense if they have to pay his salary, too. But I’ve been wrong before.”

    Not if they think he’s a part of their future beyond this season. Let’s remember that his 2009 salary is 5.9M with 2/3 of the season already gone.

  84. m August 7th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    RayVt,

    The order, in this case would be:

    -Red Sox
    -Yankees
    -mets
    -Giants

  85. Jerkface August 7th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Rios is no good as the 3 or 4 hitter on a team, but I wouldn’t mind seeing him 7, 8, or 9 on the yankees.

  86. Devin August 7th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Beckett is awfully tough to hit when he is on. he will be fired up too because their guy got hit and will have extra life on his FB and will probably hit one of our guys

  87. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    “The Rays acquired catcher Gregg Zaun from the Orioles for a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to an Orioles press release.”

    Who was catching for BAL before this?

  88. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I don’t see the Jays making a waiver deal with the Yankees.

    They would just pull him back if the Yankees were the claiming team.

    Chances are, he got claimed earlier than when the Yankees would be able to select him.

  89. Cash is King August 7th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    “Most likely, Melancon goes down when Gaudin comes in on Sunday.

    Hard to see what trade value Bruney has right now. He can’t get anybody out. That’s not exactly making him a hot commodity on the trade market.

    Especially when that elbow ligament can blow out at any time.”

    SJ44,

    I’m not so sure Bruney isn’t hurt again based on Girardi’s use of him this week.

  90. Cash is King August 7th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    “I don’t see the Jays making a waiver deal with the Yankees.

    They would just pull him back if the Yankees were the claiming team.

    Chances are, he got claimed earlier than when the Yankees would be able to select him.”

    Then who claimed him?

  91. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Why is Kay rehashing the Posada non-slide? The guy had a mega night after that blunder. Let it go!!

  92. BBFan August 7th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    “We’re going to get Doc guys. Cashman is a lot more creative than you give him credit for. Hal wants Doc.”

    When?
    It can’t be before the winter.
    Doc will not clear waivers.

  93. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    “Then who claimed him?”

    My guess is BOS. It will be interesting to see if the Jays pull Rios back or deal him.

  94. BLACKACCORD August 7th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    laura,

    it was weiters..

  95. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    m
    August 7th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I think the Mets would get 1st pick because of their record, then Giants, then RS, & then Yanks.

  96. Phil August 7th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    The Yanks have last bid on waivers cause they’re in first in the AL, correct?

  97. Stephen August 7th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Boston lineup:

    1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
    2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
    3. Victor Martinez, 1B
    4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
    5. David Ortiz, DH
    6. J.D. Drew, RF
    7. Jason Varitek, C
    8. Josh Reddick, LF
    9. Nick Green, SS
    – Josh Beckett, RHP

  98. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    “it was weiters..”

    Oh, the rookie everyone thought was going to be outstanding. Guess not. LOL!

  99. BBFan August 7th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    “I’m not so sure Bruney isn’t hurt again based on Girardi’s use of him this week.”

    What use of him this week you are refering to?
    Bruney is not over used.

  100. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Rios & Wells get booed in Toronto for just occupying space! They are despised as differing Yankees Gates only the Rios-Gate & Wells-gate are 100% of the time.

  101. m August 7th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Rayvt,

    Doesn’t the respective league get first chance? So the NL teams wouldn’t get a chance until he passed through the AL?

  102. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    “The Yanks have last bid on waivers cause they’re in first in the AL, correct?”

    That’s my understanding of how waivers work.

  103. CB August 7th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Very surprised to see someone claim Rios.

    I hope it’s not the Yanks.

    If I had to guess this has mets written all over it. Possibly the tigers?

  104. Tom in N.J. August 7th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I thought it was AL teams last to first, then NL teams last to first. AL gets first dibs because Rios was on an AL team.

    I think

  105. GreenBeret7 August 7th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    It would almost certainly be an American League team that would claim Rios, since they have first crack at him. Not sure if the Angels would get in on that deal. If so, make that three teams.

  106. Trevor August 7th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Kay has been going on and on about how stupid it was for Melancon to hit Pedroia.
    Either Arod Teixeira or Jeter will get hit is my guess.

  107. Cash is King August 7th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Why is that only Yankee fans aren’t surprised that the signings of Smoltz and Penny might not have been as good as advertised by the Red Sox and mediot outlets like ESPN?

  108. miggs August 7th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Erica its not a big deal at all. Thanks though, I’ll let you know.

    Well I did better than I thought today with StubHub. Ended up snatching a few tickets in section 134 for only $20 over face value. My favorite spot, the main dugout seats, were a little pricey today for what I was looking for.

    I’m headed over soon. May post once or twice from the park.

    Everyone enjoy the game.

  109. Bill August 7th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I think eventually Gaudin will get his shot as #5. When he does the NYY should send Mitre to AAA so he can continue to start (in case of emergency!). No point in putting him in pen and lose SP depth like they did with PH and Ace. It’ll be interesting to see what Gaudin does with his opportunity. Going from playing out the string in SD to pitching in the middle of a pennant race with the NYY must seem like a dream come true.

  110. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Laura – Ortiz needs more shakes!
    August 7th, 2009 at 4:09 pm
    “it was weiters..”

    Weiters is very good & will be a star. He is actually hitting now although he had a shaky start.

  111. m August 7th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Or does he go through the NL first, then AL? Argh. Help.

    I just hope that Cash doesn’t even look Bay’s way if Boston grabs Rios.

  112. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    The Yankees did not claim Rios. I don’t think Hal will let Cash spend the money.

  113. G. Love August 7th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Rios smells like an Omar move. They know they don’t have the chips to trade for a corner OF and they know no corner OF in their right mind would sign with them as a free agent.

    That said, I think it’s Mets, Giants, Red Sox in that order.

    I don’t think the Yankees would claim him but you never know.

  114. Dr. Cox August 7th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Laura:

    I agree that Posada MORE than made up for it.

    But it was such a gafee and could have changed the course of the game. Thats why people, the media and fans harp on it. Kind of so they instill it in their heads not to let it happen again.

  115. Nebuchadnezzar August 7th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    No chance it’s the Yanks — Cash already said they couldn’t take on Halladay’s salary, why on Earth would they then consider Rios’? Short answer: they wouldn’t.

  116. CountryClub August 7th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I know he’s a solid player, but I think the Jays would be nuts if they didnt get out from under that contract. They should just let him go.

  117. Phil August 7th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I doubt the Yanks would claim Rios cause we already have a bunch of OF’s.

  118. miggs August 7th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Wouldn’t be shocked if the Sox claimed Rios.

    If you think about it, they still have that Tex money burning a hole in their pocket.

    Its a definite possibility.

  119. m August 7th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    haha. Is that the same lineup? If so, there will be lots of winners today.

  120. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    “I just hope that Cash doesn’t even look Bay’s way if Boston grabs Rios.”

    m, I think that Bay has been exposed. He has been stinking up the joint lately.

  121. Cash is King August 7th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    “What use of him this week you are refering to?”

    That’s my point, he hasn’t been used this week which is why I think he’s hurt.

  122. Joe from Long Island August 7th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I will nothing less than shocked if Rios goes to the Mets. I really can’t see the post-Madoff Mets/Wilpons taking on that salary.

    I will be slightly less surprised if it’s the Red Sox, for similar reasons. Though Henry is not reported to have been scammed by Madoff (at least not publicly), he has lost a ton of loot in the market past couple of years. Boosting Red Sox payroll means less profit, I would think. Though Rios would help their team.

    A deal with the Yanks???

  123. jake [bring back shelley] August 7th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    According to mlbtraderumors.com someone claimed Alex Rios.

    Idk if i would be too happy if the Yanks got him.
    He’s good but not worth all that money.
    We’re in such a good groove right now, we’re okay without him…with swisher,melky,damon all doing well, and we’re going to get Gardner back soon, and we still have Hinkse..i just hope it’s not us, or the Red Sox, or Angels for that Matter.
    Unfortunately, i can see the Angels picking him up, as Vlad just got off the DL and can’t play the OF much with bad knees.

  124. Carl August 7th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Man Smoltz might be done for real

  125. Phil August 7th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I don’t think Boston would take Rios either. He’s a bad OBP guy.

  126. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Jorge isn’t a good baserunner. Neither was Bernie.

    Both guys have other talents. Baserunning isn’t one of them.

  127. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    m

    m you are correct sir & I was wrong! RayVT

    Any player under contract may be placed on waivers at any time. If a player is waived, any team may claim him. If more than one team claims the player from waivers, the team with the weakest record in the player’s league gets preference. If no team in the player’s league claims him, the claiming team with the weakest record in the other league gets preference. In the first month of the season, preference is determined using the previous year’s standings.

  128. Mike C. August 7th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I bet they get rid of Mitre when Gaudin is activated. They probably are just keeping him around for long relief today and tom. Gaudin could start Monday.

  129. Cash is King August 7th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    “Rios smells like an Omar move. They know they don’t have the chips to trade for a corner OF and they know no corner OF in their right mind would sign with them as a free agent.

    That said, I think it’s Mets, Giants, Red Sox in that order.

    I don’t think the Yankees would claim him but you never know.”

    Let’s remember that Rios has to clear AL waivers before he’s exposed to the NL teams.

  130. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Traber DFA’d

  131. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    “Man Smoltz might be done for real”

    It’s time. He needs to leave before it gets more embarrassing.

  132. Erica - always OPPC August 7th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Here’s the Deal LoHudders-

    I would appreciate all of your good wishes to help me win mega millions tonight. If I win I can quit my job and professionally run “Guess the Line Up”.

  133. The Phranchise August 7th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    I would love if they got Rios. Great arm in RF. He has speed. His contract is a lot, but he is 28 years old, entering his prime years. Yankees get him he would be a perfect 6th place hitter or batting 5th against lefties. He has speed. Yankees defense and offense would be upgraded right away. If the Yankees were willing to do the contract (which they would need to pay someone in the offseason) then he would cost them nothing in prospects. The best offseason free agents are Holliday and Bay. Since they would get at least as much money and length of a contract do you think either would bring more to this team?

  134. Erica - always OPPC August 7th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Rayvt
    August 7th, 2009 at 4:15 pm
    Traber DFA’d

    ***
    Who could have seen that coming…

  135. GreenBeret7 August 7th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    m
    August 7th, 2009 at 4:11 pm
    Or does he go through the NL first, then AL? Argh. Help.

    I just hope that Cash doesn’t even look Bay’s way if Boston grabs Rios.

    ————————————————————

    Teams in the waivered player’s league will have first choice, going from worst record to best. If he’s not selected, it goes through the other league, worst to first. If nobody claims him, any team can trade for him.

  136. Giuseppe Franco August 7th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I hope Smoltz sticks around and they keep running him out there.

  137. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    “I would appreciate all of your good wishes to help me win mega millions tonight. If I win I can quit my job and professionally run “Guess the Line Up”.”

    Erica, we can split it. I just bought my tickets 10 mins ago.

  138. BBFan August 7th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I do not think Gaudin is any better than Mitre. He walks too many and gives up too mnay hits.

    As bad as Mitre looked, Yanks still won 3 of 4 games he started. May be he is a lucky charm :)
    My hope is he will turn it around in the next start, given he has four starts under his belt this season. Though he has given many hits, mostly ground balls, his stuff looked good in some of his innings. If he can maintain the consistency he will succeed.

  139. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Rios isn’t a LF. He’s a RF and the Sox are paying JD Drew 14 million bucks to play right field.

    If they take on Rios, that’s 130 million dollars (total contract dollars) of salary for 2 RF’s. Makes little sense.

  140. Dima August 7th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Question of the day: who does Beckett plunk?

  141. 66 stripes August 7th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Tomorrow’s lineup:

    Jeter SS
    Swisher RF
    Teixeira 1B
    Rodriguez DH
    Cano 2B
    Cabrera RF
    Hinske LF
    Hairston 3B
    Molina C

  142. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    “UPDATE, 4:05 p.m.: Chad Gaudin joins the team Sunday. They will take a pitcher off the roster then. ”

    I hope it’s not Melancon. He’s pitched well enough to stay with the big club.

  143. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    “Question of the day: who does Beckett plunk?”

    One of two: Jeter or Alex. My vote is Alex. They seem to like hitting him.

  144. Cash is King August 7th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    “Rios isn’t a LF. He’s a RF and the Sox are paying JD Drew 14 million bucks to play right field.

    If they take on Rios, that’s 130 million dollars (total contract dollars) of salary for 2 RF’s. Makes little sense.”

    I don’t think it’s the Red Sox either, but I’m surprise to see you make that point about Rios not being a LF because I think he’s very capable of playing that position despite him being a RF for the Jays.

  145. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I think this team is gonna be EPIC.

    I really think today is gonna be a classic.

  146. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    The Red Sox called up Junichi Tazawa, acquired Chris Woodward from the Mariners. Looks like SS is a problem for Boston! Could Green be gone next?

  147. Doreen August 7th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    So, if the Yankees claimed Rios, who’s gone? Swisher? Hinske?

    Or someone else?

    I don’t think the Yankees took Rios because right now there is no room for him.

  148. The Phranchise August 7th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Rios’s contract from Rotoworld:

    04/04/08: Signed seven-year, $69.835 million contract w/2015 club option and full NTC 2008-09, limited NTC 2011-15. 2009: $5.9 million, 2010: $9.7 million, 2011: $12 million, 2012: $12 million, 2013: $12.5 million, 2014: $12.5 million, 2015: $13.5 million club option w/$1 million buyout, 2016: Free Agent

  149. JRod August 7th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Tazawa called up in Traber’s place. The Red Sox acquired Chris Woodward too. This is from MLBTR via WEEI.com

  150. G. Love August 7th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Imagine if the Blue Jays literally just give away Rios for salary relief. They have that power right now. They don’t have to take a player back. They can just award him to the claiming team.

    If that happens what a sad state of affairs Toronto has become. Remember when the Sky Dome was hot and packed every game?

    Still can’t believe teams passed on Manny when was available for nothing but a waiver claim years ago. I know he was making 20 million but he was still in his prime.

  151. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Mitre is starting Monday. They have already said so.

    They also said Gaudin is starting in the bullpen.

    He will shadow Mitre’s start and they will see what happens.

    I think Melancon is the odd man out when Gaudin arrives.

    He needs to pitch more in AAA. He’s not yet ready for primetime.

  152. m August 7th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Whomever claimed Rios has to be serious, because the risk of getting stuck with that contract is very real.

  153. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Sorry not this team is gonna be EPIC, this game.

  154. Erica - always OPPC August 7th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Laura – Ortiz needs more shakes!
    August 7th, 2009 at 4:18 pm
    “I would appreciate all of your good wishes to help me win mega millions tonight. If I win I can quit my job and professionally run “Guess the Line Up”.”

    Erica, we can split it. I just bought my tickets 10 mins ago.

    ***

    So funny, I just walked out of here to go buy tickets too right before I posted that!

  155. pat August 7th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    “Traber DFA’d”

    He deserves nice parting gifts.

  156. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    “I don’t think the Yankees took Rios because right now there is no room for him.”

    Exactly. Plus, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The team is firing on all cylinders right now. We don’t need to rock the boat by adding such a high impact guy.

  157. CountryClub August 7th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    It’ll be Melancon that gets sent down. Robertson isnt going anywhere, and deservedly so.

    Melancon will be back in Sept.

  158. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I’m thinking Tex is plunked.

    I hope there’s a brawl.

  159. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    SJ44
    August 7th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Drew can play LF and 1B. Bay is hurt and who knows how serious it is. Plus he is a FA next year and he isn’t playing well now. This could be a cheaper option for them.

  160. Doreen August 7th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    m -

    That, too! (getting stuck with the contract)

  161. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Its very hard to just slot Rios in LF. They have Jason Bay, even though he is banged up right now.

    There just isn’t any room for him on the Sox.

    Its also tough to have a guy change positions this late in the season. Very hard to do.

  162. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    “He needs to pitch more in AAA. He’s not yet ready for primetime.”

    I don’t know, SJ44. Melancon has pitched pretty well since he’s been back.

  163. Carl August 7th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.c.....8;c_id=mil

    CC needs to throw the “Slide Piece” a lot more

  164. Doreen August 7th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I have never purchased a lottery ticket. I wouldn’t even know how to do it.

  165. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    “I’m thinking Tex is plunked. I hope there’s a brawl.”

    I don’t. Sometimes, players get hurt in brawls. That’s the last thing we need right now.

  166. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Good luck winning the lottery!

    The world needs a professional “Guess the Lineup” runner.

  167. Mark H August 7th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    It will be Melancon, and that is fine, it will be good for him to get 3 weeks of regular work in AAA, and then called up September 1st with I’m sure Edwar and Albaladejo.

  168. w/e August 7th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Gammons: O.k., I was wrong about Smoltz, and I was wrong about Penny, but take my word for it, Tazawa will dominate in the AL East.

  169. BBFan August 7th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    “I hope it’s not Melancon. He’s pitched well enough to stay with the big club.”

    It will be Melancon unless some other RP goes on DL. The only other alternative is Roberton who seems to be gaining Girardi’s trust.

  170. upstate kate August 7th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    good luck W/ the lottery Erica, you are going to need to quit your job to keep up w/ guess the line up!

  171. Bill August 7th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    SJ, I agree that Melancon will probably go to AAA when Gaudin shows up. But the Bruney situation makes me wonder. They have used Melancon more than Bruney lately. They didn’t use Bruney with a 3 run lead in the 8th and they didn’t use him in a blowout. When are they going to use him? He throws 95 so it doesn’t look like he’s hurt but maybe they come up with an “injury” to DL him until 9/1.

  172. Pat M.... August 7th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Do the Yanks take a look at Billy Wagner if he clears ????

  173. m August 7th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Doreen,

    I don’t think the Yankees would have any problem taking that contract on for 5 years of Rios.

    I’m talking about a team that’s in dire straits or attempting to block another team.

  174. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    You have a point Laura.

    I’ll be specific; I hope there’s a brawl but one where no Yankees are hurt or suspended for long periods of time.

  175. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    If Yanks were to get Rios, I’m sure they’d find a spot for him. Pena to start with & Gardner probably after that would be the odd man out of the 25 man roster.

  176. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    “I have never purchased a lottery ticket. I wouldn’t even know how to do it.”

    It’s very easy. Just go to a store that sells Mega Millions. Ask for a Quick Pick for however much money you want to spend on it (most people do a $5 Quick Pick). And then you are done.

  177. Jerkface August 7th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    “Traber DFA’d”

    He deserves nice parting gifts.

    I believe the yankees allowed him his choice of 3 of the following 5:

    - old seats from yankee stadium
    - dirt from old yankee stadium mound
    - $50 Yankee Universe gift card to merchandise store
    - 1 meal voucher good for Loebels steak sandwich and garlic fries
    - Game used HR ball signed by Jorge Posada

  178. ADam August 7th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    UPDATE, 4:05 p.m.: Chad Gaudin joins the team Sunday. They will take a pitcher off the roster then.”

    Why not just send Mitre down instead of wasting options on some of the young guys. Gaudin Cant be worse than Mitre….

  179. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I’m thinking Tazawa will be starting for the Sox in Smoltz’s place very soon?

    Or is he Masterson’s replacement?

  180. Abdababdaserser August 7th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Claiming off waivers is worst to first in the standings in the league the player is from. Then the worst to first in the other league.

    The Yankees get last crack at Rios before teams in the NL could claim him.

  181. Cash is King August 7th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    “Its very hard to just slot Rios in LF. They have Jason Bay, even though he is banged up right now.

    There just isn’t any room for him on the Sox.

    Its also tough to have a guy change positions this late in the season. Very hard to do.”

    I understand the “no room for him” point, but my point is don’t use Rios being a RF and not LF as a reason why he can’t play that position.

  182. m August 7th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Pat,

    NO!

  183. The Phranchise August 7th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Rios is not the type of guy the Sox would want or contract they would want to take on. The Sox are much more motivated to chase young players, but who are locked in for short deals that are manageable. Hence going for Gonzales on the Padres. I can’t see it being them unless they are completely desperate. They would be much more apt to maybe take a chance like this on a similar player who could play short. If they are taking on money this year it will be for pitching. Victor Martinez was the improvement for their offense.

  184. GMAN August 7th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Gammons has no game left…

  185. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    “I’ll be specific; I hope there’s a brawl but one where no Yankees are hurt or suspended for long periods of time.”

    I’ll do you one better. I hope that there’s a brawl, but that the only players that get to exchange blows are Joba and Pukelis and Joba beats the crap out of Pukelis, but his pitching hand is fine and he doesn’t get suspended because Pukelis threw the first punch that missed. :P

  186. Erica - always OPPC August 7th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN
    August 7th, 2009 at 4:25 pm
    Good luck winning the lottery!

    The world needs a professional “Guess the Lineup” runner.

    ****
    The amazing part is, I know you are not even being sarcastic

    And Thanks Upstate Kate. I am a little amazed by how popular the little game has gotten myself so quickly

  187. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Drew can’t play first base. He can barely play LF. If he could, they wouldn’t have had to put Youk out there last night. They already have Youkilis and Martinez at first base.

    They aren’t going to just stack up guys with 8 figure salaries to sit on the bench. No team, not even the Yankees, run their business that way.

  188. w/e August 7th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Erica, just make sure you have Dustin Pedroia, the Little Bit Of Luck Guy, with you when you buy your ticket.

  189. NYY626 - Beantown is going down. August 7th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I think the people hoping for brawls need to watch a different sport :)

  190. NYY626 - Beantown is going down. August 7th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I think the people hoping for brawls need to watch a different sport :)

  191. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    “The Yankees get last crack at Rios”

    ———

    I wouldn’t say they get last crack. I’d say they’re on crack if they claim him.

    The only way Rios makes sense is if the receiving team gets $$ back or a decent player back in addition to Rios.

    That isn’t going to happen.

  192. Lauren August 7th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    YAY Pena’s back!

    AJ, I love ya, but you better step it up tonight!

  193. Doreen August 7th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    m -

    I still think you gotta really like a guy to take on that contract, and have room for him. Although limited NTC on the back end of the contract helps.

  194. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    “Do the Yanks take a look at Billy Wagner if he clears ????”

    I wouldn’t. He’s old and washed up. Plus, he’s a Mets retread. No thanks!

  195. w/e August 7th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    What exactly is Gaudin doing between now and Sunday?

    Vegas, baby.

  196. Erica - always OPPC August 7th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Jerkface
    August 7th, 2009 at 4:26 pm
    “Traber DFA’d”

    He deserves nice parting gifts.

    I believe the yankees allowed him his choice of 3 of the following 5:

    - old seats from yankee stadium
    - dirt from old yankee stadium mound
    - $50 Yankee Universe gift card to merchandise store
    - 1 meal voucher good for Loebels steak sandwich and garlic fries
    - Game used HR ball signed by Jorge Posada

    ***
    Old Yankee Stadium seats are actually really pricey. I believe it was the Yankee Stadium grass seed offered instead. LOL

  197. Uncle Ellsworth So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right? August 7th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Smoltz dfad

  198. CountryClub August 7th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Adam, it’s only one option burned per year. So if they send Melancon down on Sunday, it doesnt count as a 2nd option for this season.

  199. Erica - always OPPC August 7th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Laura – Ortiz needs more shakes!
    August 7th, 2009 at 4:29 pm
    “Do the Yanks take a look at Billy Wagner if he clears ????”

    I wouldn’t. He’s old and washed up. Plus, he’s a Mets retread. No thanks!

    ***
    AND he enters the game to “Enter Sandman” which belongs to only ONE pitcher in Yankee Stadium

  200. Stultus Magnus August 7th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Laura – Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    “Man Smoltz might be done for real”

    It’s time. He needs to leave before it gets more embarrassing.

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

    I could say the same for Madonna.

    ;)

  201. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    NYY626-You thinking hockey? :-)

  202. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Where is Gaudin that it’s taking him 3 days to get to NYC?

  203. Jerkface August 7th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I would love to see a brawl. I would never wish for serious injury, but the Red Sox are not doing too hot in brawls lately. The rays handed them their ass last year at fenway.

    Jeter and A-rod will stand out of the fight with Pedroia chatting and laughing.

    Varitek, Beckett, and Papelbon will try something.

    CC, Burnett, Joba, and Hinske will shut them down.

  204. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Smoltz DFA’d.

  205. Trevor August 7th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Smoltz DFA

  206. Bill August 7th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Kay: Smoltz DFAd

  207. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Smoltz DFA’ed today, per Kay.

  208. Chad August 7th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Smoltz was just DFA’d.

    Looks like Tazawa may get a few turns. We may see him from the pen tonite/tomorrow.

  209. m August 7th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Doreen,

    I think Rios is someone they’d be interested in.

    Now, it’s crowded this season. But we might need outfielders next season.

    Although, Damon is hitting himself back into consideration. :)

  210. joeysdadjoe August 7th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Whoever put that claim in is stupid….considering the commitment involved.Riccardi should consider this a gift from God and award the claiming team Rios’ rights

  211. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    We should send down Pena and bring up Duncan just for the brawl.

  212. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Can’t say that I’m surprised. He gave it a shot. It didn’t work out. I might have tried to put him in the bullpen first, but I guess BOS didn’t want to go that route.

  213. Giuseppe Franco August 7th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Yep, those Red Sox have a huge surplus of pitching.

  214. Cash is King August 7th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    “Where is Gaudin that it’s taking him 3 days to get to NYC?”

    Because the Yankees gave him permission since he threw 85 pitches on Wednesday.

  215. Bill August 7th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    per Paul O’Neil: Schmoltz DFA’d

  216. Frank from Chatham, NJ August 7th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    My hunch is that the Tigers put the claim in for Rios.

  217. Captain October August 7th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Smoltz just designated for assignment.

  218. NYY626 - Beantown is going down. August 7th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN
    August 7th, 2009 at 4:31 pm
    NYY626-You thinking hockey?
    ____________________________________________________________
    Exactly.

  219. RonH August 7th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    SJ, sorry if you haven’t already commented but do you realistically think it’s the Yanks who may have claimed Rios? I’m not so sure this wouldn’t be a good move.

  220. Dale August 7th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I wouldn’t mind picking up Smoltz. He can perform much better than Mitre and can provide some big game presence to the staff.

    I’d take a shot. Boston cut the cord way too soon.

  221. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    “We should send down Pena and bring up Duncan just for the brawl.”

    You know who was good in brawls? Krazy Kyle Farnsworthless. At least he’s good for something. :P

  222. Erica - always OPPC August 7th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Is today MLB DFA day or something???

    Jeez- lots of throats getting slashed around baseball

  223. BBFan August 7th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    If a team believes in Rios (I am not sold on him given his low OBP) and they need to sign a high profile OF in the off-season, they will claim him. This year his salary is low ($5.9mil) and for the reminder of the season it will be about $2mil only (except for yanks who have to pay 40% more in luxury tax). Rest of his contract at 12mil per year is not that bad for a young player with tools entering his prime.

  224. Abdababdaserser August 7th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Rios isn’t a bad player. He isn’t doing all that well this year, but he is on a tough shape team going no where.

    The Yankees are the last AL to get a chance to grab Rios before the NL can put in a claim. Dodgers are dead last at a shot to get an AL player.

  225. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    “Because the Yankees gave him permission since he threw 85 pitches on Wednesday.”

    Oh, okay.

  226. Doreen August 7th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Wow. Smoltz DFA’d?

    That’s a sad ending for him.

  227. m August 7th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Poor Smoltzie. Seems like a really good guy.

    He gave it a go, and he just wasn’t ready. And the AL is a beast.

    Should’ve just retired.

  228. Erica - always OPPC August 7th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    So I am really glad we are back to posting the same piece of news 50 times

    Did someone say something about Schmoltz??? :roll:

  229. w/e August 7th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Thus proving once and for all that Mike Mussina is a very intelligent man. He went out at the top of his game.

  230. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Sorry Schmoltzie.

  231. pat August 7th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Smoltz DFA is kind of sad. End of an era and all that.

  232. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    “Is today MLB DFA day or something??? Jeez- lots of throats getting slashed around baseball”

    It’s starting to get late. Teams who have a chance to win don’t have time to wait for guys to figure it out.

  233. Erica - always OPPC August 7th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    So- Smoltz Yankee 5th starter?? hehehe

  234. CB August 7th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    “The Red Sox called up Junichi Tazawa, acquired Chris Woodward from the Mariners. Looks like SS is a problem for Boston! Could Green be gone next?”

    For years 1b was a blackhole for the yankees.

    They kept trying to stick non-1b at the 1b slot – whether that was Giambi (really a DH), Andy Phillips, Minky, etc.

    SS has been that kind of black hole for the Sox.

    And SS is by far the most important defensive position on the diamond besides catcher.

    It’s amazing that Theo hasn’t been able to ever find a viable SS for all of these years.

    They caught lightning in a bottle with Nick Green but now he’s regressing very fast. He’s hittin .074 since the all start break and is a poor fielder.

    And now they are falling back to Chris Woodward.

    Wrists injuries are very tough. It was a huge risk to count on Lowerie this season.

  235. Abdababdaserser August 7th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Given the way Smoltz looked and talked last night, he just might be hanging it up. He had nothing he could go to.

  236. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I don’t think the Yankees claimed him and, as the team is currently set up, I don’t think they need him this year.

    My guess is Tazawa is starting against the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Wakefield isn’t ready to return, nor is Dice-K.

    Unless they put in a waiver claim for someone, Tazawa looks like he will be in the rotation.

  237. Erica - always OPPC August 7th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Laura – Ortiz needs more shakes!
    August 7th, 2009 at 4:36 pm
    “Is today MLB DFA day or something??? Jeez- lots of throats getting slashed around baseball”

    It’s starting to get late. Teams who have a chance to win don’t have time to wait for guys to figure it out.

    ***

    As Yogi would say, “it gets late early around here”

  238. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    SJ

    Drew has played 220 games as a CF & 33 games as a LF in his career. When he was with the Cardinals, he played 1B in some preseason games and was relegated back to the OF. Also, he could have played LF last night, but then because Bay is hurt they would have had no RF.

  239. newsflash August 7th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Chris Woodward is not good.

    that is all.

  240. betsy August 7th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    M, lol – I can see how what I wrote would be confusing. I just meant that I am not overly concerned if they lose tonight (meaning, I’m going to try not to worry myself about it – they won last night and a loss tonight isn’t the end of the world). I still think it’s important that AJ pitch well, but that’s a separate issue from wanting the team to win tonight. Of course, if you assume Beckett is going to pitch well, then AJ pitching well gives the team a much better chance of winning than if he doesn’t pitch well.

  241. NYY626 - Beantown is going down. August 7th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Jeter and A-rod will stand out of the fight with Pedroia chatting and laughing.
    ____________________________________________________________
    I only agree becuase alex has a bad hip, otherwise I think he’d be in the middle of it.

    I actually laughed last night when Pedroia slid into second. He looked so pissed off about being hit that I really thought he was going to ram in Jeter as hard as he could. But at the last minute, his man-crush got the best of him :) ( who can blame him tho?)

  242. NYY626 - Beantown is going down. August 7th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Jeter and A-rod will stand out of the fight with Pedroia chatting and laughing.
    ____________________________________________________________
    I only agree becuase alex has a bad hip, otherwise I think he’d be in the middle of it.

    I actually laughed last night when Pedroia slid into second. He looked so pissed off about being hit that I really thought he was going to ram in Jeter as hard as he could. But at the last minute, his man-crush got the best of him :) ( who can blame him tho?)

  243. hardwired August 7th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Smoltz sans splitter = sitting duck vs. lefties.

    Sit back and relax, John. Next stop, Cooperstown.

  244. Joe from Long Island August 7th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    How could the Red Sox DFA John Smoltz? I thought signing him was the height of brilliance? You know, low-cost, low-risk, all that crap….

    Yeah, low risk. The only risk the Red Sox took was in wasting 5M dollars, giving their bullpen more work in his starts, and losing those 5 games in a pennant race.

    If the Atlanta Braves give up on someone, it’s for a reason.

  245. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Dice-K will never be ready. He was just lucky, he walked WAAAY too many batters. He’ll never perform consistently ever again.

    I don’t know his BB’s to K but I’ll be willing to bet it’s BAD.

  246. pat August 7th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Smoltz seemed to get through line-ups once before all heck broke loose.

    Could he have been an effective guy in the pen?

  247. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Rios has played 106 games as a CF & 710 as a RF. He could be an upgrade at CF too.

  248. kd August 7th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    i wonder how gammons will wax poetically about smoltz.

    out here in the bay area, gammons is refereed to as a rad sox apologist. i love it

  249. BBFan August 7th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Erica,

    Just curious !
    How much time you devote for “Guess the Lineup”
    Especially given you are at work when you do it.

  250. GreenBeret7 August 7th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    You have to wonder if a team will wait until Smoltz is released in 10 days and take a crack at letting him set up against right handed hitters. A team like Detroit is desperately in need of bullpen help.

  251. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    You know what the lesson to be learned is?

    There are no “geniuses” in this business.

    Those of you who constantly overstate every Theo Epstein move, as if he is re-inventing the game, need to face some facts.

    He can’t find a SS. Think about it. The most important position on the field (according to many) and Theo has constantly made the wrong decision.

    He gave JD Drew 70 million dollars.

    They spent over 100 million to get Dice-K.

    This off-season of Smoltz, Penny and Baldelli has been a disaster.

    ‘Ya think the Red Sox could use Dustin Masterson right now?

    These are not great moves, people.

    So, when some of you are in full, “Brian Cashman must go” mode, think about the above moves Theo has made, take a good look at where the Red Sox are right now, and ask yourself who is better positioned for the future.

    Its the Yankees and its not really in dispute right now.

  252. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    “You have to wonder if a team will wait until Smoltz is released in 10 days and take a crack at letting him set up against right handed hitters. A team like Detroit is desperately in need of bullpen help.”

    I said earlier that BOS should have given him another chance in the bullpen. I guess they weren’t interested.

  253. Erica - always OPPC August 7th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    BBFan
    August 7th, 2009 at 4:41 pm
    Erica,

    Just curious !
    How much time you devote for “Guess the Lineup”
    Especially given you are at work when you do it.

    ***

    Let’s just say- more than I should. But I do multitask well.

    As long as I don’t start getting swamped at work, it shouldn’t be a problem

  254. BFARBS August 7th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    smoltz has been DFA’d

  255. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    “‘Ya think the Red Sox could use Dustin Masterson right now?”

    No, but I’m sure they wish they had Justin Masterson back. LOL!

  256. ADam August 7th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Pretty Lame how the Red Sox Treated Smoltz… Kind of a Joke… Could have gave him more time in the minors and maybe worked with him a little more…

  257. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Ray,

    An upgrade for who? Melky Cabrera has been a better player than Alex Rios this year.

    You really think the Yankees are going to sit Melky Cabrera for Alex Rios? That’s not happening.

    Just because guys played a position years ago, doesn’t mean they are good at it.

    JD Drew has hamstring problems. He isn’t healthy enough to play other positions on the field.

    Every player isn’t interchangable.

    I don’t see the Yankees taking on 67 million dollars of Rios’ contract when the Yankees don’t need him right now.

  258. cashman needs to go August 7th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    how dumb is JP Ricciardi…if he gives up rios for basically nothing – and no one will bite and give up the farm for halladay this winter – he will then have gotten exactly 2 draft picks for halladay (AND Rios – plus rios’s salary relief)

    wouldn’t it have been better to trade both rios and halladay for a lesser package of prospects – but more than the 2 he will get after the 2010 season…

    i can’t believe GM’s are this stupid – he makes cashman look like a genius…

  259. Cash is King August 7th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I can’t blame the Red Sox how they treated Smoltz. They gave him 8 starts and time is getting short while battling multiple teams for a playoff spot.

  260. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    “Pretty Lame how the Red Sox Treated Smoltz”

    Look at what ATL did to their boy Glavine? Glavine had years of history with ATL. BOS didn’t really have ties to Smoltz so I’m not surprised. This is a business. These guys put personal feelings aside when it comes to money.

  261. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    SJ44
    August 7th, 2009 at 4:46 pm
    Ray,

    An upgrade for who? Melky Cabrera has been a better player than Alex Rios this year.

    Sorry SJ! Not Melky! He could play CF for Boston!

  262. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    New to me, maybe not to you:

    Smoltz DFA

    Rios claimed off wavers by “some team”

    WEEI announcers and callers willing to believe that Girardi told Melancon to hit Elfkin so that Beckett would hit him and get the inside game taken away due to warning.

  263. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Laura,

    Good point! lol

  264. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! SOMEBODY FIND ME THE REAL CC SABATHIA !!!! August 7th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    “A lot of people including the Yankees would love to have Rios! SF, StL, LAD, Mets, Boston, Seattle, Tigers, maybe even Tampa.”

    Rumors are Mets or Giants.

  265. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Ray,

    Over Ellsbury? That’s not happening.

  266. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Didn’t read Pete’s update before I saw the info on Smoltz.

  267. hardwired August 7th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Everyone saying the Braves “didn’t want him” is mistaken. The Braves made a solid offer, with guaranteed money. Boston just blew them out of the water, plain and simple.

  268. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    If the Yanks were to sign Rios, he would play RF. Melky in CF. Swish & Damon would paly LF.

  269. Mark H August 7th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I can’t feel bad for John Smoltz now that he gets to sit home and cash big checks.

  270. cashman needs to go August 7th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    So, when some of you are in full, “Brian Cashman must go” mode, think about the above moves Theo has made, take a good look at where the Red Sox are right now, and ask yourself who is better positioned for the future.

    Its the Yankees and its not really in dispute right now.

    ==========================================================
    SJ44 although I agree with you that there are no genius’s as gm’s – theo does have 2 WS rings and cashman – on his watch alone – has none (the Ws wins in the late 90′s weren’t “his” teams)…..and its all about winning

  271. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    “Laura, Good point! lol”

    SJ44, I couldn’t turn down an opportunity to bust your chops. :)

  272. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Always have to love the WEEI conspiracy theories!

    Yeah, Joe Girardi is going to do something dumb like that in a 13-4 game.

    How about they look at Josh Beckett’s numbers against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium before coming up with such nonsense.

  273. m August 7th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    SJ,

    I’m not counting the Red Sox out of anything even if it looks like they’re down for the count.

    But you are so right. What Cash has done is a complete makeover of the farm system, and gotten a good mix of youth, athleticsm, and power on the big league team. People criticize the Yankees for big $$ contracts, but that’s how you lock up good players for years.

    The Red Sox have always operated like the NFL. Cut players a year too early, rather than a year too late. But it leaves them vulnerable to prospects flaming out, injuries, and inconsistent performances by their regulars.

    So, the Sox aren’t down for the count, but the Sox are vulnerable right at this moment. If the Yankees don’t take advantage, they might regret it later when the Sox will undoubtedly get up off the mat. This is an opportunity to demoralize a team that had gotten used to being at or near the top of the division for many years now. Tampa Bay’s got a say now, so there’s a lot more pressure for Boston now.

  274. ADam August 7th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Wow… the first ESPN writer to call himself an idiot for thinking the red sox had more pitching than they knew what to do with. Thank You Buster…

    Wonder If Gammons will get on camera for the smoltz thing as fast as he did for the Ortiz and Manny debacle??? I think not

  275. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    SJ44
    August 7th, 2009 at 4:49 pm
    Ray,

    Over Ellsbury? That’s not happening.

    You are probably right SJ. But Drew/Rios could be the LF/RF for next year at little expense this year with Bay being a FA that is going to cost a lot of $$. It gives them someone now as a backup.

  276. Johnny D. August 7th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Welcome back Pena!!! I never thought I’d miss you so much!

  277. BBFan August 7th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    “I can’t blame the Red Sox how they treated Smoltz. They gave him 8 starts and time is getting short while battling multiple teams for a playoff spot.”

    I won’t blame Sox. They are fighting for a play off spot and already gave as many starts as they can afford.

    The problem is most of the players (except Mussina) do not know when it is the end of thier career and make fools of themselves by hanging on too long.

  278. Doreen August 7th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    No one knows whether the Red Sox offered Smoltz a chance to stay on in the bullpen. No one knows if that’s even something Smoltz would consider at this point.

    I don’t like the Red Sox, but it’s really unfair to talk about whether or not they treated a player fairly without having all the facts.

    Besides, I’d saying paying a guy $5 million to take a shot at pitching for them after major shoulder surgery isn’t too shabby. They took a risk. It didn’t work.

  279. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    TOR has made some God awful contracts these last few years. Wells. Rios. Ugh!

  280. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    What are you talking about? Cashman made all the moves in ’99 and 2000 as a GM. That’s 2 rings.

    His move to get David Justice was one of the main reasons they won in 2000.

    He was the farm director when the Yankees brought in Jeter, Posada, Pettitte, etc.

    His hands are all over many of the dynasty moves.

    Cashman doesn’t have to take a back seat to Theo when it comes to doing his job.

  281. GMAN August 7th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    John Smoltz is a Hall of Famer for sure.
    A gutty, gritty, class act, total professional.

    I can’t believe he can’t help out in the pen somewhere.

    His duel with Andt in the World Series was one of the best match-ups in history. Gave everything he had…the Yanks were just ever so slightly better.

    An awesome game!

  282. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    My guess is the Mets grab Smoltx but he gets injured when a stray raindrop floats onto his nose with freak force and breaks it, forcing the Mets to convert Angel Berroa to a pitcher.

  283. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! SOMEBODY FIND ME THE REAL CC SABATHIA !!!! August 7th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Welcome Back EL Nino! :D

  284. jpb1973 August 7th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: Boston DFA’d John Smoltz and Billy Traber.

    ——————————————————-

    Noooooooo!!! This can’t be true. Peter Gammons told us all that Smotlz stuff was electric.

    On a serious note…I betcha’ the Red Sox wish they still had Justin Masterson now.

  285. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    “No one knows whether the Red Sox offered Smoltz a chance to stay on in the bullpen.”

    True, Doreen – but if I was a betting woman (and I am), they didn’t. Think of it from Smoltz’s perspective. He’s on a team that has a shot at going to the playoffs. He hasn’t been there in ages. He’s at the end of his career and probably wants to go out with a ring. Would you turn down a bullpen assignment if you were him?

  286. CB August 7th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    “Those of you who constantly overstate every Theo Epstein move, as if he is re-inventing the game, need to face some facts.”

    When the Red Sox recently traded for Adam LaRoche many hailed it as another example of Theo making a deft “low cost” move.

    When he then traded LaRoche for Kasey Kotchman many yankee fans went ballistic.

    Another great move.

    Last night Kevin Youkilis was forced to play LF. JD Drew has a bad groin that could pop at any time.

    Why was Youkilis playing LF?

    Because when Theo traded for Adam LaRoche in order to make up for Papi being awful, they had to DFA Mark Kotsay.

    Becuase they DFA’d Kotsay they had no back up outfielders on the roster.

    So that’s why they had to rush Josh Reddick up from AA to the big league club in the middle of a viscious penant race.

    Why did the Sox make a move for Chris Woodward?

    Because earlier in the week they wanted to call up Bill Traber.

    To make room for Traber they had to DFA Gil Velazquez who was their back up middle infielder.

    So in the span of a week Theo DFA’d the Sox primary backup outfielder and backup infielder to make ancillary moves.

    And then Jed Lowerie and Jason Bay got hurt.

    Which left them scrambling for yet another backup outfielder and backup infielder.

    If Brian Cashman had managed the yankees roster in this way, yankee fans would be livid and screaming bloody murder.

  287. GMAN August 7th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Cashman is better than Theo but I think Sabean beats them all.

  288. in a pineapple under the sea August 7th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    John Smoltz reduced to a situational righty? I can’t see him reducing himself to that level…

  289. Joe from Long Island August 7th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I thought Theo came on board in 2004. If so, then I don’t know how much credit he can take from that WS, as the team was pretty much set up when he took the job. Ortiz, Manny, Lowe, Pedro, Damon…they were all in place, no?

  290. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    “He was the farm director when the Yankees brought in Jeter, Posada, Pettitte, etc.”

    Did Adam Rubin ever contact him for a job? :P

    Sorry. I’m bringing back old controversies. That one died down too quickly for my tastes.

  291. able 21 August 7th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Pretty shabby treatment by the Sux regarding Smoltz.But then, I guess that’s what we’d expect from them, right?

  292. GMAN August 7th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    It’s official…the Ped Sox have pushed the panic button.

  293. mattyinnj August 7th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    mets would have a nice team for next year if they got rios to go with francour, beltran, wright, reyes, and possibly orlando hudson as a free agent. They need to add pitching though

  294. grab rios August 7th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I would love to have Rios. Is it possible the Yankees could still upgrade their offense? I doubt anyone would claim Swisher’s contract off waivers so move him to a team that could use an extra bat…he would fit in nicely on the Rockies or Twins. Grab Rios, plug him into RF. It’s not like the Yankees can’t afford it, and you can never have too many runs.

  295. Bronx Jeers August 7th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Forget Smoltz. What about Traber!

    That dude left his arm out there last night and he gets cut the next day?

    For shame Red Sox, for shame.:lol:

    I’m telling you this is one cold business.

    As far as Smoltz is concerned,

    It’s kind of cool that the Yanks may have ended his career.

    That’s what you get when you sign on with the Sox!

    Smoltz has got nothing to be ashamed of though. The guy’s a hall of famer no question.

    The only regret would have been for him and Glavine not to retire with Maddox. Would have been a great story to see them get inducted together.

  296. able 21 August 7th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I wonder if Theo made a play for Pavano and lost him to the Twins?

  297. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Cashman coming up on Kay’s show in about 5 minutes.

  298. in a pineapple under the sea August 7th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    The only regret would have been for him and Glavine not to retire with Maddox. Would have been a great story to see them get inducted together.

    ——————————————–

    cool premise, but I don’t think all 3 will be 1st ballot guys. In fact, I’m guessing only Maddux is a 1st ballot hall of famer.

  299. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Hey, they have their world championship. None of them had anything less to prove.

  300. able 21 August 7th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I agree that Smoltz is a HOF’er and will look on his Sux experience as a negative one, and that has nothing to do with his performance.

  301. Uncle Ellsworth So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right? August 7th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Theo
    flew down to be there when the let Smoltz go.
    What should they have done when they decided they didnt want him?

  302. CB August 7th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    “Besides, I’d saying paying a guy $5 million to take a shot at pitching for them after major shoulder surgery isn’t too shabby. They took a risk. It didn’t work.”

    I believe his contract paid him largely based on the number of days he was on the 25 man roster.

    So by DFA’ing him they no longer have to pay him.

  303. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I too will be surprised if Smoltz` is through with baseball.

    Lou Merloni said he is hoping that if it is the Sux who have claimed Rios that Toronto pulls him back and the Sux try to trade for McDonald as part of the package. They’re not too pleased that Lowrie is out of the game again.

    When WEEI comes up with conspiracy theories oftentimes they are really convinced it’s true.

  304. Patrick August 7th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I’d take rios over ellsbury in cf. Rios is a plus defender at all 3 OF positions.

    That being said I doubt the sox claimed him and I hope the yanks didn’t

  305. Frank from Chatham, NJ August 7th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    One should compare the Yank & RedSox beat writers at key stages of the season.

    Stage 1 Yankees lose their eight straight to the Sox
    Stage 2 Yankees end their losing streak to the Sox

    Reading the online Boston Globe today, one would think the Sox world is crumbling from all sides.

    I just don’t recall the Yankee beat writers losing it after the team wet 0-8 against the sox.

  306. mattyinnj August 7th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Epstein became gm in 2002 he left after the 2005 season driving in his volvo wearing the famed gorilla suit that he later auctioned off.

  307. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! SOMEBODY FIND ME THE REAL CC SABATHIA !!!! August 7th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Do ppl realize Alex Rios sucks right now, I mean he upgrades D, but his bat is Nick Swisher w/o the patience.

  308. CB August 7th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    “Those of you who constantly overstate every Theo Epstein move, as if he is re-inventing the game, need to face some facts.”

    When the Red Sox traded for Adam LaRoche many hailed it as another example of Theo making a deft “low cost” move. He was a “power bat” that would help add depth.

    When he then traded LaRoche for Kasey Kotchman many yankee fans went ballistic.

    Another great move.

    Last night Kevin Youkilis was forced to play LF. JD Drew has a bad groin that could pop at any time.

    Why was Youkilis playing LF?

    Because when Theo traded for Adam LaRoche in order to make up for Papi being awful, they had to DFA Mark Kotsay.

    Becuase they DFA’d Kotsay they had no back up outfielders on the roster.

    So that’s why they had to rush Josh Reddick up from AA to the big league club in the middle of a viscious penant race.

    Why did the Sox make a move for Chris Woodward?

    Because earlier in the week they wanted to call up Bill Traber.

    To make room for Traber they had to DFA Gil Velazquez who was their back up middle infielder.

    So in the span of a week Theo DFA’d the Sox primary backup outfielder and backup infielder to make ancillary moves.

    And then Jed Lowerie and Jason Bay got hurt.

    Which left them scrambling for yet another backup outfielder and backup infielder.

    If Brian Cashman had managed the yankees roster in this way, yankee fans would be livid and screaming bloody murder.

  309. Bill from NJ August 7th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    anyone have the red sox’s lineup?

  310. ADam August 7th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    “Ped Sox”

    - Fantastic

  311. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    The Red Sox ebat writers are overreacting. I still think the Sox are making the playoffs.

  312. Jeremy August 7th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    The Yankees are better set up for the future than the Red Sox. They have many holes to fill, and they don’t have any serious infield or outfield prospects.

  313. Dr. Cox August 7th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Ok, So I just bought a ticket to the game.

    See ya later people, Im leaving for the STADIUM.

    YANKS!

  314. mattyinnj August 7th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    alex rios lacks one thing right now which is confidence and who would blame him when you play in the AL east and for toronto. If you put him on a contender in a place where he is a complimentary piece and not one of the stars he will bounce back.

  315. able 21 August 7th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Anyone notice that Carl Pavano keeps getting moved further north? Soon he’ll be playing at Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories.

  316. CB August 7th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Recently as the Red Sox traded for Adam LaRoche many hailed it as another example of Theo making a deft “low cost” move.

    When he then traded LaRoche for Kasey Kotchman many yankee fans went ballistic.

    Another great move.

    Last night Kevin Youkilis was forced to play LF. JD Drew has a bad groin that could pop at any time.

    Why was Youkilis playing LF?

    Because when Theo traded for Adam LaRoche in order to make up for Papi being awful, they had to DFA Mark Kotsay.

    Becuase they DFA’d Kotsay they had no back up outfielders on the roster.

    So that’s why they had to rush Josh Reddick up from AA to the big league club in the middle of a viscious penant race.

    Why did the Sox make a move for Chris Woodward?

    Because earlier in the week they wanted to call up Bill Traber.

    To make room for Traber they had to DFA Gil Velazquez who was their back up middle infielder.

    So in the span of a week Theo DFA’d the Sox primary backup outfielder and backup infielder to make ancillary moves.

    And then Jed Lowerie and Jason Bay got hurt.

    Which left them scrambling for yet another backup outfielder and backup infielder.

    If Brian Cashman had managed the yankees roster in this way, yankee fans and people in the media would be livid and screaming bloody murder.

  317. BBFan August 7th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    “theo does have 2 WS rings and cashman – on his watch alone – has none (the Ws wins in the late 90’s weren’t “his” teams)…..and its all about winning”

    Unbelievable statement.

    Without Manny they would have never won those WS.
    Manny was signed by previous regime.
    In fact, Theo tried to waive Manny but did not succeed.

    How is it that the WS wins in 1998, 1999 and 2000 have nothing to do with Cash. He was GM since 1997.

  318. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    *beat* writers

  319. steve August 7th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    pena is hitting .240 in AAA

    what is the purpose for him being up? atleast bring up someone like shelly who can provide some RH pop to compliment Hinske off the bench.

  320. pat August 7th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    The press release from the A’s on Giambi’s DFA said he had the lowest batting average in MLB and 4th lowest SLG %.

    That’s cold!

  321. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Rios is a young hitter in a funk where the whole Toronto fanbase hates him. He & Wells have taken abuse as the cause for Halladay being shopped. Also, Rios & Wells haven’t fared well. I believe Rios at 28 yrs old will hit again at a new location. If I’m Boston, I’d sign him and possibly trade him to an NL team next year if he doesn’t work out. Giants & Mets would take him in a heartbeat.

  322. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! SOMEBODY FIND ME THE REAL CC SABATHIA !!!! August 7th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    “alex rios lacks one thing right now which is confidence and who would blame him when you play in the AL east and for toronto. If you put him on a contender in a place where he is a complimentary piece and not one of the stars he will bounce back.”

    Now we’re making excuses for his sucky play?

    Ok I got to get home. Peace lohuders! and again WELCOME BACK EL NINO :D

  323. able 21 August 7th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Pena is a base stealer. Simple as that

  324. it's all good August 7th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    See ya later people, Im leaving for the STADIUM.

    —————————

    Enjoy the game, Wyatt Earp. Better let the people in your section know there’s a new sheriff in town.

  325. Bill from NJ August 7th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    im leaving for the stadium at 6.. hope i make it in time from battery park.

  326. Stultus Magnus August 7th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    My guess is the Mets grab Smoltx but he gets injured when a stray raindrop floats onto his nose with freak force and breaks it, forcing the Mets to convert Angel Berroa to a pitcher.

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

    They’ll have to get Berroa back if they want to do that. They DFA’d him too. http://tiny.cc/metsblog
    But I’m sure he’s available.

  327. xyz August 7th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    *beat* writers

    ———————

    Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg are easily my favorites.

  328. pat August 7th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Ellsbury CF
    Pedroia 2B
    Martinez 1B
    Youkilis 3B
    Ortiz DH
    Drew RF
    Varitek C
    Reddick LF
    Green SS

  329. ePic August 7th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    “I would love to have Rios. Is it possible the Yankees could still upgrade their offense?”

    Brilliant. Let’s get a player with a .728 OPS to replace a player with a .863 OPS. What an upgrade!

  330. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    “Do ppl realize Alex Rios sucks right now, I mean he upgrades D, but his bat is Nick Swisher w/o the patience.”

    Does Brandon realize that Alex Rios is playing on a crappy team and is much better than his number would indicate? :P

    That being said, I’m against the Yankees picking him up. Like I said before, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  331. Carl August 7th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Pena can give Jeter/Cano rest.

  332. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I feel bad for Traber. I really do.

    Someone said something about the Sux wishing they had Masterson. Well if you listen to WEEI they have pretty funny soundbytes throughout the day. From what I understand they are from actual callers. One of the soundbytes I heard a little while ago: “I just heard John Smoltz was desginated for assignment. Good thing we have Masterson in the rotation. Oh we don’t?” Here’s another one” “You know you’re in trouble when you hear yourself starting to say that Dice-K wasn’t really pitching that bad!”

    I think we need to consider that their rotation is truly in a shambles. As far as I can see their rotation is Beckett, Lester, and Wakefield. Oh yeah, and Bucholz. While on a very good day that isn’t half bad, they haven’t all been seeing too many very good days. Their pen is equally iffy right now.

    I think this is Ortiz karma. Oh well.

  333. saucY August 7th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    just checking in and checking out. long day…

    we don’t need rios. i’m guessing it’s the mets who made the waiver claim.

    sorry to see smoltz go. was hoping he’d make a bullpen appearance or something this weekend…

    going to the scranton/iron pigs game tomorrow. didn’t think to look who the big team was playing when i bought those tickets. oh well.

    go yankees!

  334. Stultus Magnus August 7th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    “theo does have 2 WS rings and cashman – on his watch alone – has none (the Ws wins in the late 90’s weren’t “his” teams)…..and its all about winning”

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

    You could argue that Cashman never fully had the reins until a few years ago.

  335. Bill from NJ August 7th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    its nice that lowell is out of the lineup.. he seems to always burn the yanks.

  336. Carl August 7th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Lowells range at 3rd makes me wish that he was in the lineup :(

  337. Dazz August 7th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Beckett is a big game pitcher and always rises to the occasion. I expect a big performance from him tonight, just like he had last time (6 IP, 1 H, 8 Ks).

  338. CM (Be patient with the prospects) August 7th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I feel really bad for Smoltz. Don’t know why. He was a great pitcher in the 90′s. Poor Smoltz.

  339. Phil August 7th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Brian Cashman became GM in 1998 and has 3 rings with his teams.

  340. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    “Lowells range at 3rd makes me wish that he was in the lineup”

    A few of those balls that got by him last night didn’t two years ago. I hope his play isn’t an indication of what is going to happen to Alex once he has the full blown surgery.

  341. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    “The Red Sox ebat writers are overreacting. I still think the Sox are making the playoffs.”

    I didn’t think the Sux were going to make the playoffs when they were at full health. I called them to come in 3rd in the AL East from day 1. Oh yeah, I got trashed for it too by some self-righteous Yankee fans!

    :lol:

    Punchline – hmmm. Now I’m wondering if they’ll even make third place. I think they’d really have to fall apart to drop to 4th.

    Oh yeah, Merloni and the Sux also talked about the possibility of getting Scutaro.

  342. able 21 August 7th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    If they do a frontal lobotomy on Arod when they do the hip, he’ll be fine.

  343. xyz August 7th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Cashman is certainly better with the interviews lately. I’m only dramamine drowsy (vs. completely narcoleptic).

  344. CB August 7th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    When the Red Sox traded for Adam Laroche people hailed it as an example of Theo making a low cost move. They needed a “power bat.”

    When they traded LaRoche for Kasey Kotchman – another great move.

    Why was Youkilis playing LF?

    Because when they traded for LaRoche – a power bat who offers no roster flexibility – they DFA’d Mark Kotsay, their 4th outfielder.

    When the DFA’d Kotsay they had no other viable veteral OF on the roster.

    So that’s why they had to rush Josh Reddick up from AA to the big league team in the middle of a penant race.

    Why did the Sox have to sign the awful Chris Woodward?

    Because earlier in the week they wanted to call up Traber.

    Tom make room for Traber they had to DFA Gil Velazquez who was their back up infielder.

    So in the span of a week or Theo DFA’d the Sox primary backup outfielder and backup infielder to make ancillary moves.

    And then Jed Lowerie and Jason Bay got hurt. Which means they need a backup outfielder and backup infielder and have had to scramble to find anything (Chris Woodward? To back up Nick Evans?)

    If Brian Cashman had made these moves, yankee fans would have been livid and once again saying all he can do is spend money.

    In the mean time this season Cashman made quiet trades for Hinske and Hairston.

    I’d say they’re a bit better to have in a penant race than Josh Reddick and Chris Woodward.

  345. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Rios has a lifetime batting average of .340 in Fenway. He would be a terror in that stadium.

  346. Uncle Ellsworth So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right? August 7th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Oh yeah, Merloni and the Sux also talked about the possibility of getting Scutaro.

    Aha!
    Scutaro – been saying it for months.

  347. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Oh God, now Cashman is talking about Posada’s non slide. People, let it go!

  348. pat August 7th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Last night was the all offense line-up for the Sox.

    Tonight giving Joshy the “A” team defensviely to back him up.

  349. Giuseppe Franco August 7th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Dazz August 7th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Beckett is a big game pitcher and always rises to the occasion. I expect a big performance from him tonight, just like he had last time (6 IP, 1 H, 8 Ks).

    ————

    Beckett was pretty clutch in the ALCS last year in Game 2 when he got hammered by the Rays (4.1 IP, 9 H, 8 ER).

    He’s not the invincible superman that people think he is.

  350. Doreen August 7th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Laura -

    Coming off the last couple of starts he had, and the way he was talking after last night’s game, I’d guess he wasn’t too pleased with what he had to offer. I wouldn’t be surprised if he turned down such an offer. Or perhaps he asked for time to decide and they couldn’t give him that luxury.

    Or perhaps it was cut-and-dried, thanks, John, but no thanks. :)

  351. Bronx Jeers August 7th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I don’t think the Sox would take on Rios. Theo’s not that stupid. Or desperate.

    The thing about the Sox (which is actually commendable) is that if they don’t make the playoffs, it’s not the end of the world. They just adjust and re-group and come back at you next season.

    And lets not all count them out just yet. They got their ace going tonight and they’re still very much in this race.

    If they’re anything, it’s resilient.

  352. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    “I feel really bad for Smoltz. Don’t know why. He was a great pitcher in the 90’s. Poor Smoltz.”

    As do I. Smoltz was a player who always played the game right and was a very classy individual. It seems like such an ignominious end for him…

  353. mattyinnj August 7th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    cashman has 3 rings and has been to 5 world series as gm in the time that epstein is only 2 for 2

  354. Vince August 7th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    No letting up tonight. Get to Buckett early and often. Above all, get to Boston’s bullpen by the 5th inning.

  355. able 21 August 7th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Remember when Smoltz had to speak for the Braves in ’99 because Bobby Cox was crying over losing 4 in a row.
    How great was that?

  356. able 21 August 7th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Remember when Smoltz had to speak for the Braves in ’99 because Bobby Cox was crying over losing 4 in a row.
    How great was that?

  357. CB August 7th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    When the Red Sox traded for Adam Laroche people hailed it as an example of Theo making a low cost move. They needed a “power bat.”

    When they traded LaRoche for Kasey Kotchman – another great move.

    Why was Youkilis playing LF?

    Because when they traded for LaRoche – a power bat who offers no roster flexibility – they DFA’d Mark Kotsay, their 4th outfielder.

    When the DFA’d Kotsay they had no other viable veteral OF on the roster.

    So that’s why they had to rush Josh Reddick up from AA to the big league team in the middle of a penant race.

    Why did the Sox have to sign the awful Chris Woodward?

    Because earlier in the week they wanted to call up Traber.

    Tom make room for Traber they had to DFA Gil Velazquez who was their back up infielder.

    So in the span of a week or Theo DFA’d the Sox primary backup outfielder and backup infielder to make ancillary moves.

    And then Jed Lowerie and Jason Bay got hurt. Which means they need a backup outfielder and backup infielder and have had to scramble to find anything (Chris Woodward? To back up Nick Evans?)

    If Brian Cashman had made these moves, yankee fans would have been livid and once again saying all he can do is spend money.

    In the mean time this season Cashman made quiet trades for Hinske and Hairston. I’d say they’re a bit better to have in a penant race than Josh Reddick and Chris Woodward.

  358. Oh no you didn't! August 7th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Maybe the Yanks should consider having Posada wear a headset in his batting helmet (like NFL quaterbacks use).

    “Run, Jorge, run. Now slide!”

  359. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    “Beckett was pretty clutch in the ALCS last year in Game 2 when he got hammered by the Rays (4.1 IP, 9 H, 8 ER).”

    Ah, but that was against the vaunted Rays, who for BOS are what LAA is for us – a team you just can’t seem to beat when you really need to.

  360. Cash is King August 7th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    “Oh God, now Cashman is talking about Posada’s non slide. People, let it go!”

    You have to listen to Cashman’s comments in the context of the point he was trying to make. His point was the Yankees can’t assume nothing and have to keep the foot on the pedal at all times by going all out because they’re in the middle of a dogfight that has too many games to play first before the outcome is known.

  361. Jeremy August 7th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Wakefield sucks ! I don’t know why they are counting on an old man who gives up on average 4 or 5 runs per start to be the hero in the Red Sox rotation. LOL And he sucks in the second half.

  362. Clyde August 7th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    The thing is that Burnett can only beat bad teams

    He dominated the Mets twice, Baltimore twice, Toronto once, Twins who are under .500 etc.

    But he lost to the Phillies, Sox twice, White Sox, Toronto in Toronto etc.

    He needs to pretend that he is facing the KC Royals tonight and then he might pitch well…..

  363. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    He wouldn’t be facing the Red Sox pitchers that he compiled the .340 BA against at Fenway.

    That’s one reason why that stat with players has little meaning.

    How can Michael Kay not know the DFA rule? He keeps saying, “The Sox didn’t cut ties with Smoltz”.

    He is saying, “if nobody claims Smoltz, they can send him to AAA.

    That’s not the rule.

    When a player is DFA’ed, the team has 10 days to trade him if a team claims him. If not trade can be reached, the player is released.

    The only way the Sox can send him to AAA is to sign him to another deal if no trade is made with him after 10 days.

    Geez man, if you are going to be in the baseball business, at least know the procedural rules.

  364. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    “Maybe the Yanks should consider having Posada wear a headset in his batting helmet (like NFL quaterbacks use).

    “Run, Jorge, run. Now slide!””

    :lol:

  365. Stultus Magnus August 7th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Beckett was pretty clutch in the ALCS last year in Game 2 when he got hammered by the Rays (4.1 IP, 9 H, 8 ER).

    He’s not the invincible superman that people think he is.

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

    No kidding, I don’t mind that the Yanks are facing Beckett. He’s tough sometimes, but usually hittable.

  366. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I will be surprised if the Red Sox did not claim Rios! Truly. He will be a cheap addition this year and easily tradeable next year to the NL – Mets or Giants if needed. Also, Rios would be their fallback if Bay leaves. Add to that the fact that Rios is a .340+ hitter in Fenway and I think it is a done deal. I hope not, because I’d like Rios in RF next year for the Yanks.

  367. Johnny D. August 7th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    That’s such BS, Clyde. Where do you people come up with this idiocy?

  368. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    He also beat the Rays twice, almost no hitting them, in Tampa in April.

    Are the Rays a bad team?

  369. Cash is King August 7th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    “Geez man, if you are going to be in the baseball business, at least know the procedural rules.”

    He’s too busy trying to do “Centerstage”, ESPN spots and his radio gig to do the proper homework necessary to be knowledgeable about the baseball rules.

  370. gayle August 7th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    SJ-

    Ian Browne who is the best writer for MLB.com for the Sox is saying that if SMoltz accepts an assignment to AAA the team can assign him there.

  371. John August 7th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Stick and Watson built the dynasty

    Cashman hoped on the train that was already in motion, just like Torre did. Right place, right time. The foundation was built before they came on board

    Cashman did not build the train, he just maintained it.

  372. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    “The thing is that Burnett can only beat bad teams”

    Hey I have an idea then! Maybe Girardi can sit down and reconfigure the rotation so that any time Burnett’s turn comes up he faces the worst of the teams that we’ll face!

    Then again, I seem to remember a few teams that posters here were kicking to hell (remember the Nats?) beating the Yanks.

    Hmmm.

    Maybe we’ll just have to pretend Burnett can beat good teams. Yeah, that’s it!

    Bronx Jeers – I am definitely not writing off Beckett or saying we will never lose to the Sux again. I am saying they aren’t making the playoffs.

    :)

  373. Clyde August 7th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Johnny D,

    It’s a fact. Did he pitch well against the Red Sox, Phillies, or White Sox?

    He has not beaten good teams this year. Yeah, Tampa I guess. But they are a 3rd place team.

  374. BBB August 7th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Let’s sign Smoltz to a minor league deal. If we can get him right he can do his revenge on red sox for us. It’ll be super sweeet!

  375. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    SJ

    I know a players stats may be skewed because of the pitchers an opponent may have, but the RSox have had good pitching. Fenway is a RH hitters dream park like Yankee Stadium is a LH’ers dream. Rios also hits the Yankees well too. He reminds me of Darrell Evans in RF.

  376. Cash is King August 7th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    “Stick and Watson built the dynasty

    Cashman hoped on the train that was already in motion, just like Torre did. Right place, right time. The foundation was built before they came on board

    Cashman did not build the train, he just maintained it.”

    Hey slick, who was Stick and Watson’s assistant GM during the building of that dynasty?

    To say that Cashman didn’t contribute is just dumb as he was there from the beginning.

  377. Phil August 7th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Stick and Buck got the dynasty going and Watson got boomed for Cashman who was kicking butt while Watson was GM. Cash was the youngest GM ever when he got the job and then other teams started to hire young GM’s.

  378. BBFan August 7th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    “When a player is DFA’ed, the team has 10 days to trade him if a team claims him. If not trade can be reached, the player is released.”

    Are you sure SJ?
    DFA stands for Designted For Assignment (emphasis on assignment).
    I think ( I am not sure), based on the experience of the player, if they clear waivers, they can be sent to AAA or if they disagree should be released. What I do not know is the cut-off for experience.

  379. Doreen August 7th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    CB -

    Ah, well, I did not know the details of his contract. Calculated risk.

  380. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Clyde, while I don’t have the energy tonight to go and do all the research, I wouldn’t be surprised if Burnett beat one of the first place teams when they were in first (meaning that I am not necessarily talking only about the teams that are currently in first.)

    Just a guess.

  381. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    No, Watson didn’t build the Dynasty.

    Cashman, Buck and Stick had more power than Bob Watson when he was with the Yankees. That’s a big reason why Watson left.

    Gotta brush up on your Yankee history.

    Gayle,

    The only way he can accept a move to AAA after being DFA’ed, is to sign a minor league contract. My point is, they have to make another deal with him to be able to assign him to AAA.

  382. m August 7th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I hoped on a train, but it never came. :(

  383. Counts August 7th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    An assistant GM should get credit? So does Jean Afterman get credit if we win a WS this year?

  384. Nick in SF August 7th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    “I didn’t think the Sux were going to make the playoffs when they were at full health. I called them to come in 3rd in the AL East from day 1. Oh yeah, I got trashed for it too by some self-righteous Yankee fans!”

    You must have some specific fans and comments in mind. Can you name some of them? Or maybe just the one or two most self-righteous of them and what they said?

  385. dtv August 7th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Bye Smoltz-y!

    So much for the vaunted ESPN propaganda touting him as an impact signing who was “born to pitch in Fenway”

    HA!

  386. Cash is King August 7th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Let’s not shortchanged Watson now because with Cashman’s input, he was the one that made the Tino trade and got Wells as a free agent.

  387. rm August 7th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Theo has done a very good job of putting together teams that are good enough to make the playoffs and hoping to get lucky. By contrast the Yankees always strived to put the the best team in baseball on the field and they have consistantly put a better team on the field than the Red Sox. The Sox have only won the diivision once this decade and their record has been much worse than the Yankees even if you choos to star counting in 2004. Yes the Red Sox have two rings since 2004 but that is mostly a matter of luck. Going into the playoffs with 7 other good teams even the best team has less than a 20% chance of winning it all. If you consistantly put one the best teams in baseball you will win more championships in the long run. Hopefully it is the Yankees turn this year.

  388. pat August 7th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    DFA Rule

    “A major league baseball player is designated for assignment when his team wishes to remove him from the 40 man roster. The player is instantly removed from the 40 man roster and must be traded, waived, or released within 10 days. If the player clears waivers, the team can outright the player to the minor leagues. An outrighted player is no longer on the 40 man roster but still receives all money from a major league contract.”

  389. KWAN August 7th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Torre was the one who hopped on the train. He won with Showalter’s team.

    Cashman actually built the dynasty with Stick, Torre just reaped the benefits of the end results.

  390. Cash is King August 7th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    “An assistant GM should get credit? So does Jean Afterman get credit if we win a WS this year?”

    Yes, if you’ve been with the organization for years and have served various positions such as farm director before becoming the Assistant GM and have been part of the decision-making process.

  391. CB August 7th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Sorry for the multiple posts above – I think the filter was blocking my posts but I wasn’t getting a message that that was the case. Thought something was going on with my computer.

  392. joe August 7th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Oh yeah, Torre was such a big product of the Yankees, that’s why he is out in LA with the best record in baseball and is going to go to another WS this year with 1\2 the payroll of ours…..

  393. BBB August 7th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Why bashing Torre when he’s all the way in the West now.

  394. BBB August 7th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Why bashing Torre when he’s all the way in the West now.

  395. Pat M.... August 7th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Yanks can actually put a severe hurt to the Bosox tonight if they beat the Bosox top pitcher…..Heinske was a nice pickup, however Hairston was significant……Boston is not as good as their record would indicate….That’s been said many times since June….

  396. VT Yankeefan August 7th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    “The Yankees have won four straight and are 24 games over .500 for the first time this season.”

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

    If the Yanks went .500 for the rest of the season they would end with 93 wins. The most wins an AL team has ever needed to win the wild card was 94 (A’s over Boston in 2002).

  397. Nick in SF August 7th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    “Cashman actually built the dynasty with Stick, Torre just reaped the benefits of the end results.”

    Isn’t that what the field manager’s job is? To take the team the front office gives him and… manage it on the field?

  398. m August 7th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Cash has a lot of money at his disposal.

    The fact remains that only one team under his tenure didn’t make the playoffs and that was due to 3 key injuries and the Rays’ miraculous season.

    At no point in his time, did the team look truly god-awful like the Sox look awful like they do this season (depleted) and 2006 (lackluster).

    So, yeah, we haven’t been to the WS in a while. But neither have a lot of teams. And it isn’t because we haven’t had the weapons, and certainly not for a lack of trying.

  399. Jerkface August 7th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Oh yeah, Torre was such a big product of the Yankees, that’s why he is out in LA with the best record in baseball and is going to go to another WS this year with 1\2 the payroll of ours…..

    In a weaker division, a weaker league, with a team in which he has had little to no input.

    Torre has positives. He also has negatives. He was the manager of very poor teams, and teams that underachieved, as well as helming some of the greatest yankee teams to ever exist to world series.

    He hasn’t been to a world series in 6 years.

  400. smk August 7th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I don’t think the Sox want Smoltz to accept the assignment. They obviously want to cut bait, completely, and thus save incentive $$$. If he’s on the roster at the end of the season, they’ll owe him even more dough.

  401. Yankee Trader August 7th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    My guess is that the Tigers put in a claim for Rios, therefore sitting Ordonez so he doesn’t reach his incentive laden contract based on at bats, that will force them to pay him next year.

    Can Bruney be sent down, or is he out of options?

    Question on trades made in August. For example if the Tigers claim Rios, and the Jays want to get players in return, is it players on the active roster who must also clear waivers, lets say a Polanco was in the deal, or the 40 man roster? And are players on the DL allowed to be sent thru waivers?

  402. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    “Oh yeah, Torre was such a big product of the Yankees, that’s why he is out in LA with the best record in baseball and is going to go to another WS this year with 1\2 the payroll of ours…..”

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen. LAD will be lucky to make it out of the first round. They most certainly aren’t getting past PHI.

  403. Pat M.... August 7th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Joe Torre….Hall Of Fame…..

  404. dtv August 7th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    joe August 7th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Oh yeah, Torre was such a big product of the Yankees, that’s why he is out in LA with the best record in baseball and is going to go to another WS this year with 1\2 the payroll of ours…..
    ==============================

    So why did torre fail to win the series his last 7 years with the yanks, considering he had the largest payroll in the league?

  405. m August 7th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Oops. That sentence was messed up. You guys know what I mean, the injuries have made them god-awful!

    And thank the goodness that Alex has bounced back better than Lowell.

  406. VT Yankeefan August 7th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Torre has positives. He also has negatives. He was the manager of very poor teams, and teams that underachieved, as well as helming some of the greatest yankee teams to ever exist to world series.

    He hasn’t been to a world series in 6 years.

    =================================================
    Do you realize how ridiculous that would sound coming from anyone but a Yankee fan? We have really been spoiled. And that’s a good thing.

  407. Yankee Trader August 7th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I can think of only one pitcher that the Braves no longer wanted to resign that made a difference in the last dozen years, and it wasn’t Wright, Hammond, Farnsworth.

    Any guesses? Stay away from Brave pitcher discards!

  408. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    “And thank the goodness that Alex has bounced back better than Lowell.”

    m, Lowell had the full blown hip surgery whereas Alex only had the minor one. We won’t know how Alex will do after the full surgery until next season.

  409. ArodMVP217 August 7th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    “Rios has a lifetime batting average of .340 in Fenway. He would be a terror in that stadium.”

    I saw that, with power at fenway

  410. Brian (Red Sox Fan) August 7th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Just a few thoughts from our sinking ship:

    (1) If the Sox pony up the money for Rios, it’s because of the cash they saved by not signing Texeira. I think I prefer Texeira.
    (2) For those who are trashing Beckett’s Game 2 start agains the Rays, he had just strained his oblique and had been “shot up” (pain killer) before the game. He was clearly not right.
    (3) This season is starting to look like 2006 – too many injuries.
    (4) The potency of the Yankees lineup is pretty daunting. All of their “old” players (Jeter, ARod, Posada,Matsui, Damon) refuse to play “old.”
    (5) All of the Red Sox “old” players do play “old.”
    (6) If you’d seen all of Smoltz’ starts, you’d know why he was DFA’d. He’s actually been getting worse – his stuff was better in June.

    There is some concern, to say the least. A lot of pressure on Beckett …..

  411. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    You know, I have to wonder what Omar was thinking when he re-signed Oliver Perez. The guy has as many walks as he does innings pitched. And they gave him a 3 year deal!!

  412. 7 UP August 7th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Torre batted A-Rod 8th in a playoff elimination game.

  413. BBB August 7th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    “In a weaker division, a weaker league, with a team in which he has had little to no input.”

    Errr right….Last I check both Giant and Rockies are 1 and 2 in wild card standing. Funny how everybody label AL East as the toughest division in baseball since Yankee, Ray , and Sox are in playoff contention. While calling NL West the weakest for having the same exact competition.

  414. Yankee Trader August 7th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    You know, I have to wonder what Omar was thinking when he re-signed Oliver Perez. The guy has as many walks as he does innings pitched. And they gave him a 3 year deal!!
    —————————————————–
    You know he was one of the seven Mets passed thru waivers on day 1 !!!!!!!!

  415. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Hi Brian! Always nice to hear from a Sox fan who isn’t trolling. You are right; Beckett was jacked up last season, but I still think he can be gotten to. We’ll see tonight!

  416. Mark H August 7th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Sox or Mets did not claim him according to mlbtraderumors.

  417. m August 7th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Laura,

    True.

    BTW, Kay is uber-excited. He’s doing PBP for ESPN radio tomorrow. Would be interesting to listen just to see how different he is out of the YES booth.

  418. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 7th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Brian: Thanks for the info on the other side of the fence!

  419. m August 7th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    neither mets nor sox claimed rios

  420. Nick in SF August 7th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    “So why did torre fail to win the series his last 7 years with the yanks, considering he had the largest payroll in the league?”

    Because Cashman didn’t have complete control!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXBY5nJDz_k

  421. Jeff August 7th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Put the Rockies or Giants in the AL, they are under .500.

  422. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    “While calling NL West the weakest for having the same exact competition.”

    The NL in general (save for PHI) is weaker than the AL. Everyone knows this. Interleague proves this. Put the Giants or the Rockies in the AL East and they’d be battling BAL for last place.

  423. Jerkface August 7th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Errr right….Last I check both Giant and Rockies are 1 and 2 in wild card standing. Funny how everybody label AL East as the toughest division in baseball since Yankee, Ray , and Sox are in playoff contention. While calling NL West the weakest for having the same exact competition.

    Last I checked the AL east had 3 teams with over 60 wins and 4 of the top 10 offenses and 2 of the top 10 pitching staffs and a DH.

  424. dtv August 7th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Brian (Red Sox Fan)-

    Smoltz’ release wasn’t a surprise.

    But I love laughing at ESPN for the season long propaganda on how Smoltz would be the most “dominate” pitcher in september because he was “born to pitch in Fenway”. They’re supposed to be a news service, not Theo’s PR arm.

  425. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    “BTW, Kay is uber-excited. He’s doing PBP for ESPN radio tomorrow. Would be interesting to listen just to see how different he is out of the YES booth.”

    I was just thinking that I wish I could hear it. I don’t have Sirius so it’s a no go.

  426. Jim M August 7th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    “Yankee Trader
    August 7th, 2009 at 5:43 pm
    I can think of only one pitcher that the Braves no longer wanted to resign that made a difference in the last dozen years, and it wasn’t Wright, Hammond, Farnsworth.

    Any guesses? Stay away from Brave pitcher discards!”

    Kevin Millwood?

  427. Corey August 7th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I think Rios is better than he has let off lately….I think a change of scenery would do him well. Toronto is a pretty drab place lately

  428. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    “Last I checked the AL east had 3 teams with over 60 wins and 4 of the top 10 offenses and 2 of the top 10 pitching staffs and a DH.”

    Ding ding ding ding ding! We have a winner!

  429. Jerkface August 7th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    The dodgers also had the courtesy of beating up on the NL west early, going 15 – 8 and 20 and 9 in April + May, while then playing around .500 ball since.

    They went .500 in interleague.

  430. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Laura-I’d take the Yankees over Philly any day.

  431. Cando August 7th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    You can’t seriously believe that the Rockies and Giants would be legit in the AL, right?

    Dodgers, I’ll give you. Same with the Phillies. They could compete with the AL teams.

  432. Yankee Trader August 7th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    If the Yankees did put a claim in on Rios, and we can work out a trade to lessen the impact of his salary maybe JP could take on Igawa!!!! LOL

  433. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    “Torre batted A-Rod 8th in a playoff elimination game.”

    Thanks, 7-UP. I had successfully blocked this horrific image from my mind until you dredged it up. :P

  434. bru August 7th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Eugene
    August 7th, 2009 at 3:48 pm
    I’m surprised that a lot of the players have a solid batting average against Beckett. If they can all do it tonight we should have another good game.

    ————————————————————

    girardi will go with power & experience in the playoffs

  435. 77513 August 7th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    “But I love laughing at ESPN for the season long propaganda on how Smoltz would be the most “dominate” pitcher in september because he was “born to pitch in Fenway”. They’re supposed to be a news service, not Theo’s PR arm.”

    I remember Gammons saying Smoltz would be the best pitcher in the al east in september. Gammons is Theo’s spokesperson so that is what Theo was thinking. Boy was Theo wrong on that one.

  436. Dan the Man August 7th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    what is the latest on Rios?

  437. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    “Laura-I’d take the Yankees over Philly any day.”

    I would too, but I think that out of all of the NL teams, PHI is the one who could hang in the AL. The rest of them would be lucky to see .500, LAD included.

  438. Jerkface August 7th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    The dodgers are a good team. Lets not say they suck. They have great young players. They are also going to get rocked in the world series if they make it that far.

    The Phillies are the only team that can match up with an AL team and surprise, its because the Phillies are basically an AL team masquerading as an NL team.

  439. You Know Who August 7th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I watched the very first R*d S*x – Yankees game of this season last night.

    I guess I’m the Yanks’ good luck charm.

  440. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Brian, not that you have the definitive answer, but you do know your players better than we do. I think probably far too much time was devoted to debating whether or not Beckett is going to plunk one of the Yankees tonight. I am in the camp that, especially under the present circumstances, the guy is going to go out and try to win a game and the last thing on his mind is whether or not the elf’s feelings are hurt from last night.

    What is your take?

  441. upstate kate August 7th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Clyde- Tampa is only a 3rd place team b/c they are in the AL east, they would be in 1st place in the AL central

  442. BBB August 7th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    “The NL in general (save for PHI) is weaker than the AL. Everyone knows this. Interleague proves this. Put the Giants or the Rockies in the AL East and they’d be battling BAL for last place.”

    2009 Interleague Records (W/L)
    Giants 9-6
    Rockies 11-4
    Phillies 6-12

  443. randy l. August 7th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    i asked my red sox friends over at the liquor store next door at the weekly wine tasting to point out the first red sox at they saw on the hundreds of people passing by on the sidewalk. now this is cape cod in the summer.

    it took five minutes before a lady came walking by wearing one.

    red sox nation is shaken.

    they didn’t expect this.

  444. 77513 August 7th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    They are probably going to send Melancon down tommorow. Thats too bad he is pitching very well. Its probably better he can get regular work. He does have a bright future though.

  445. Yankee Trader August 7th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Jim-

    “Yankee Trader
    August 7th, 2009 at 5:43 pm
    I can think of only one pitcher that the Braves no longer wanted to resign that made a difference in the last dozen years, and it wasn’t Wright, Hammond, Farnsworth.

    Any guesses? Stay away from Brave pitcher discards!”

    Kevin Millwood?
    ——————————–

    I’m sorry. I meant to say that made a difference for the Yankees!

  446. randy l. August 7th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    -”first red sox hat”, that is.

  447. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    “I watched the very first R*d S*x – Yankees game of this season last night.

    I guess I’m the Yanks’ good luck charm.”

    Thanks for the karma, you garbagy little troll. Keep it up. We’ll probably win the world series in 4 straight with your pretend Yankee fandom here telling everyone how worried you are for the Yankees.

  448. MG August 7th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    I had a long phone conversation with one of my best friends this afternoon who is a lifetime Sox fan. We never argue about baseball and respect each other’s opinion because he is at least as knowledgeable as I am.

    His opinion is that the Sox are in deep trouble and have no pitching depth. We both agreed that Lowell is pretty much done (I have lots of respect for him, it’s too bad he didn’t spend his whole career as a Yankee because he’d probably be a legend in the Bronx) and they are going to have a tough time holding off the Rays and Rangers for the wild card.

    I’m looking for at least 2 more wins in this series and think this is the Yankees year to win another championship, those of you who just like to criticize every error, roster change, or managerial move are really missing a great time enjoying this team play winning baseball.

  449. Yankee Trader August 7th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Can they not send Bruney down, or is he out of options?

  450. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    “The dodgers are a good team. Lets not say they suck.”

    I didn’t say they sucked. I said that they are not as good as their record may indicate. Can you imagine what the Yankees record would be if they played in the NL West?

  451. Tweedle Dee August 7th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Yes… I’m sure Randy Wolf would have a mid 3s ERA in the AL East facing BOS, BAL, NYY, TB lineups rather than SF, ARI, SD.

  452. Jerkface August 7th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    The NL west played the AL west and the Central this season. ohhh the central. NL vs AL east this season.
    Not to mention the phillies now are a much different team.

    The dodgers could hang in the AL west, but the AL east is where kings are crowned.

  453. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    I can almost gurantee someone will be buzzed, if not plunked.

    It’s just a matter of whether a brawl will start or not.

  454. Abdababdaserser August 7th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    It will be interesting to see what team claimed Rios.

    If the Jays are desperate to dump some salary they might go through with a minor trade for him.

    If – again IF, the Yankees had claimed him, he would upgrade defense in LF and can spell Melky in Center. The Yankees would have too many outfielders though. Swisher isn’t going to be let go. Hinski would probably be the one to go, which wouldn’t be that bad given how rarely he plays.

    Rios isn’t a favorite of mine, so if its not the Yankees I won’t be crushed. I personally think its some other team that put in the claim. With all the money problems that a lot of teams are having this year the candidates are few for which team put in the claim.

    Maybe Tigers.

  455. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    “2009 Interleague Records (W/L)
    Giants 9-6
    Rockies 11-4
    Phillies 6-12″

    Who did they play? Let me guess – it wasn’t BOS, NYY (except for PHI), LAA or TB. Am I right?

    These guys may have positive records, but overall, the AL beat the NL – just like they do every year.

  456. swingsandmisses August 7th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    From perusing around the internet, Rays fans seem much more intimidated by Burnett than by Beckett or Halladay. The Rays have beaten the latter two a number of times but AJ’s been much tougher on them recently.

  457. BBB August 7th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    “Can you imagine what the Yankees record would be if they played in the NL West?”

    Well you can say the same for “Can you imagine what the [insert any small market team here] record would be if they have the same payroll as Yankee”

  458. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    The only team with a winning interleague record is Colorado, and they’re behind SanFran in the wild card.

  459. You Know Who August 7th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I will be watching tonight, too.

    But it’s a shame that we got no chance against J*sh “The Sc*m” B*ck*tt.

    I see “The Sc*m” pitching a shutout while A.J. dissolves by the third inning.

  460. Jim M August 7th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    “I’m sorry. I meant to say that made a difference for the Yankees!”

    lol…. I was hard press the find the one. I don’t think the Braves let a good pitcher get away.

  461. jpb1973 August 7th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    They are probably going to send Melancon down tommorow. Thats too bad he is pitching very well. Its probably better he can get regular work. He does have a bright future though.

    —————————————————

    Does anyone think the Yankees might DFA Brian Bruney or find a way to put him on the DL until September 1st when rosters expand?

  462. MG August 7th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Brian (Red Sox Fan)
    August 7th, 2009 at 5:44 pm
    Just a few thoughts from our sinking ship:

    (1) If the Sox pony up the money for Rios, it’s because of the cash they saved by not signing Texeira. I think I prefer Texeira.
    (2) For those who are trashing Beckett’s Game 2 start agains the Rays, he had just strained his oblique and had been “shot up” (pain killer) before the game. He was clearly not right.
    (3) This season is starting to look like 2006 – too many injuries.
    (4) The potency of the Yankees lineup is pretty daunting. All of their “old” players (Jeter, ARod, Posada,Matsui, Damon) refuse to play “old.”
    (5) All of the Red Sox “old” players do play “old.”
    (6) If you’d seen all of Smoltz’ starts, you’d know why he was DFA’d. He’s actually been getting worse – his stuff was better in June.

    There is some concern, to say the least. A lot of pressure on Beckett …..
    ———————————————
    Brian, thanks for being a stand up guy, I appreciate that as do many others here…

  463. ejr89 August 7th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    the al east lineups are insanely good. we all know how good boston ny and tampa are, but baltimore and toronto both have great offenses this year. and yankee stadium, fenway, camden yards are all hitting parks

  464. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    “I’m looking for at least 2 more wins in this series and think this is the Yankees year to win another championship, those of you who just like to criticize every error, roster change, or managerial move are really missing a great time enjoying this team play winning baseball.”

    I think we win Sat and Sun; tonight can go either way.

  465. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    BBB-That’s not the point. We weren’t talking about payroll, we were saying that for whatever the reason the NL West is way easier than the AL East.

  466. Jerkface August 7th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I didn’t say they sucked. I said that they are not as good as their record may indicate. Can you imagine what the Yankees record would be if they played in the NL West?

    Wasn’t talking to you. I was just saying in general, people get wrapped up in hyperbole when they argue against or for another team.

    The dodgers are good. Their rotation is kind of meh, and in the playoffs they’ll be relying on Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw to carry them. Thats a relatively new player and a rookie.

    They LITERALLY pitch Jeff Weaver in actual baseball games.

    They also have 3 regulars at or under 100 OPS+

  467. Abdababdaserser August 7th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Hmmm, three weeks till Byrd is expected to be ready. Wakefield out. Smotlz DFA’d. Masterson traded. Penny next?

  468. Brian (Red Sox Fan) August 7th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Trisha – Beckett won’t obviously hit a Yankee tonite (IMO). But he will hammer the inside corner …. he noticed how the Yankees try to hook outside pitches towards the porch. Beckett knows how to pitch inside w/o endangering life and limb (if he so chooses).

    If Melancon really wasn’t throwing at Pedroia, he has to refrain from “pitching inside,” because the guy is dangerous …. and he’s going to get a Yankee star hurt in retaliation.

    If he was throwing at Pedroia, it was totally uncalled for – especially from the 12th man on the staff.

  469. Zack August 7th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Interleague records are kind of flawed

    Didn’t we lose 2 series to the Nationals and Marlins? (and a dropped pop up away from losing one to the Mets)

    Last yr, we lost a series to the Reds and Pirates

    Year before that, we went 1-5 against the Giants/Rockies

    Yet we are better by a mile than all those teams.

  470. CM (Be patient with the prospects) August 7th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    “I can almost gurantee someone will be buzzed, if not plunked.
    It’s just a matter of whether a brawl will start or not.”

    I want to see the rivarly reunited. A brawl would be cool,but I don’t want to see someone like Burnett get injured because of it.

  471. BBB August 7th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    “The dodgers could hang in the AL west, but the AL east is where kings are crowned.”

    So you’re saying Red Sox is the King? lol they won the last two in AL east

  472. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    “Well you can say the same for “Can you imagine what the [insert any small market team here] record would be if they have the same payroll as Yankee””

    I disagree, BBB. We’ve had huge payrolls for the last 8 years and what has it gotten us? It’s not the payroll; it’s the personnel, on the field and behind the scenes.

  473. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    The Red Sox and Rays WERE Kings the last two years. Notice that the Sox won the WS two years ago and the Rays made it to the Fall Classic last year. That’s no coincidence.

  474. Yankee Trader August 7th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    MG-

    Lowell has had 7 hits in his last 20 AB’s, with 5 RBI’s and is batting near .300. He might not be fielding as well but he still is a threat with the bat.

    You can’t discount the Red Sox hitting with the addition of Martinez, and their bullpen is still statistically one of the best in the majors.

  475. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    “Wasn’t talking to you.”

    Are you sure, because, you know – it’s all about me. :P

  476. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Giants have pitching so they would not be a bottom feeder anywhere. Hey, i’m an AL East proponent, but the Phils beat Tampa last year. The Dodgers are good. Colorado is probably a this years Toronto equivalent or maybe less.

  477. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    “I can almost gurantee someone will be buzzed, if not plunked.

    It’s just a matter of whether a brawl will start or not.”

    I on the other hand don’t believe it. I actually give both teams a lot more credit than you apparently do. If this were the first week of the season – maybe. If the Sux were leading the Yankees in the AL East – maybe.

    They are playing for the big prize and I don’t think either team is so stupid or immature as to let the childish “You got me, now I’ll get you!” get in the way.

    Put another way, Beckett would be beyond stupid to have the inside of the plate taken away from him because he decides to “buzz” someone.

    Last night a few of the sportscasters actually thought there might be warnings give out before the game even began.

    The above is my take and along with it certainly my hope. We’ll know more shortly.

    Also, anything done tonight could have ramifications for the rest of the series. I wouldn’t think either team wants to go there.

  478. Jerkface August 7th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    So you’re saying Red Sox is the King? lol they won the last two in AL east

    Stat via XM MLB cov: Since something wild like 1992 – 2008 so 16 years

    NL AND AL EAST = 12 world series (AL east = 8)
    EVERYONE ELSE = 4

    Thanks

  479. gayle August 7th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Will Caroll is hearing that this is lots of “speculation” that white soc were the ones that claimed Rios

  480. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    The Phils beat Tampa because after the Red Sox shocked them w/that crazy comebcak Tampa’s offense went down the toilet. Garza bailed them out.

  481. sevencostanza August 7th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    payroll obviously gives you more to work with, and certainly more room for error when players inevitably don’t work out or get hurt but nothing will replace great talent evaluation and foresight

  482. Betsy August 7th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    AJ can only beat the bad team? LOL Yep, the Rangers are an awful team and so are the Rays. I hate to break it to you, Clyde, but great pitchers make a living beating bad teams…….they face more bad teams than good teams.

  483. Yankee Trader August 7th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Jim M-

    Mike Stanton would be the only useful pitcher that came from the Braves and helped us!

  484. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    “Trisha – Beckett won’t obviously hit a Yankee tonite (IMO).”

    Brian, it’s too bad I don’t know you personally because I’d get you to put some money on that. I’d fall out of my chair if Beckett DOESN’T hit somebody.

  485. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    trisha-You’re right. You give the players way more crdit than I do.

    Only way I see nothing happening is if a warning is issued before the game.

  486. MG August 7th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    the problem with someone getting buzzed tonight is the risk that one or both of the starting pitchers get tossed. Neither team wants that. Even though Melancon didn’t seem to mean that brushback last night it was just wrong, he missed location by at least a foot, maybe more, because he was trying to throw too hard. If gets sent down so Gaudin can take his place that pitch might have a lot to do with it. He’ll be back, of course, but probably isn’t ready to take on pressure situations in the majors right now. As for Claggett, I sure didn’t see anything in the way he threw last night that would lead me to believe he has a future in the majors and will most likely wind up included in a deal-he could be the PTBNL in the Gaudin trade.

  487. Joe from Long Island August 7th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    randy – are the Sox fans that much front-runners? Even when the Yanks lost out last season, I still proudly wore my Yankee cap and polo shirt. I got ribbed for it, especially by the Mets’ fans, but you still support your team, right?

  488. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    It’s a good thing the Mets sucked too last year. And they sucked much more dramatically.

  489. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    “Giants have pitching so they would not be a bottom feeder anywhere.”

    But they don’t have much offense, which is why they can’t get past LAD.

  490. sevencostanza August 7th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I think melancon has too good of stuff and too good of minor league numbers to right off so soon. the guys pitched what 15 ml innings, and with a pretty good ERA

  491. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Alright, I’ll be back game time. Go Yankees!!

  492. MG August 7th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Yankee Trader
    August 7th, 2009 at 6:03 pm
    MG-

    Lowell has had 7 hits in his last 20 AB’s, with 5 RBI’s and is batting near .300. He might not be fielding as well but he still is a threat with the bat.

    You can’t discount the Red Sox hitting with the addition of Martinez, and their bullpen is still statistically one of the best in the majors.
    —————————————————
    I was relaying the thoughts of a died in the wool Sox fan, it wasn’t just me. In case you don’t know, Sox fans can be great ‘ship jumpers’ when things don’t go their way, it’s the training from birth of years and years of frustration.

  493. Zack August 7th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    San Fran has 2 pitchers

    What do they do in the other 3 games?

    They would be very scary in a short series but over 162, not so much.

  494. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Laura – Ortiz needs more shakes!
    August 7th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I agree.

  495. Betsy August 7th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Beckett will do the buzzing first, but AJ has to be mature enough to realize that he’d do his teammates a lot more good by staying in the game rather than retaliating and getting thrown out.

  496. Brian (Red Sox Fan) August 7th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Laura – I just don’t think he’ll take the chance of getting tossed. He’s the ace, and the BP is semi-fried.

    There’s two games left after tonite. Tomorrow figures to be a blowout. One of our scrubs can hit one of your stars then.

    “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”

  497. 77513 August 7th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    If Melancon threw at Pedroia on purpose. Then I applaud Mark Melancon. For years red sox pitchers have hit yankee hitters. This could been a reply to Penny hitting A-Rod, Melancon is a stud he will be shutting down the red sox for years to come.

    But I highly doubt Melancon was trying to hit Pedroia. Girardi doesn’t use him enough. He is not going to have his best command if he is not pitching very often.

  498. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    If the Red Sox hit somebody tomorrow during a Yankees blowout, there really may be a chance for a brawl.

  499. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    “Trisha – Beckett won’t obviously hit a Yankee tonite (IMO). But he will hammer the inside corner …. he noticed how the Yankees try to hook outside pitches towards the porch. Beckett knows how to pitch inside w/o endangering life and limb (if he so chooses).

    If Melancon really wasn’t throwing at Pedroia, he has to refrain from “pitching inside,” because the guy is dangerous …. and he’s going to get a Yankee star hurt in retaliation.

    If he was throwing at Pedroia, it was totally uncalled for – especially from the 12th man on the staff.”

    Brian yes to everything you said. I think Melancon was trying to pitch inside without enough ML practice to do so. He probably also had some rivalry adrenaline going and all that stuff. Interestingly enough I found a quote from an interview with him from 2008. I’d say it appears last night he was trying to pitch his game but missed the mark – or actually hit in, albeit unintentionally!

    “I have a two-seam fastball, four-seam fastball, curveball, and a changeup that I’m working on now. I feel a lot more comfortable with it than I did four or five weeks ago. I’m trying to incorporate all those pitches. Just kind of a bulldog mentality…I go after guys, and I’m not afraid to come in and locate inside. That’s kind of my mentality.”

  500. sevencostanza August 7th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    If Beckett does anything there will be a warning, no way AJ plunks someone after a warning, it’ll end with that but then who knows what happens when someone breaks up a DP or something. ahh its gonna be a great night for baseball regardless of any theatrics that might go down

  501. Tom in N.J. August 7th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Joe from Long Island- I was in College in 2004 and 2005. The day after both game 7′s I wore my Yankee hat to classes that was taught by a huge Sox fan.

    In ’04 we locked eyes and he shook is head at me. In ’05 he told me he’d want me in a foxhole with him because I wore my hat. Later he became my dissertation advisor and good friend.

    Every summer since then I get one ticket in the mail from him to a Yankee-Sox game in Fenway.

  502. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Every team has ship jumpers. So of old folks know that because of the lean Yankee years when it wasn’t cool to be a Yankee fan! Thank goodness Steinbrenner came along and releived CBS of their lack of duties. Those were some lean years! If the Yankees were playing like Baltimore today, there would be a lot of empty seats and a lot less Yankee fans.

  503. Yankee Trader August 7th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    When you only have two good starters, you better hope you lock up a playoff berth early enough to set your rotation. Would not like to face Lincecum and Cain in a 5 game series.

  504. MG August 7th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    the ‘buzz rule’ can work both ways-if the umps give a warning on the 1st one then you can’t retaliate. They don’t always do that.

    I think Beckett will pitch inside but stay away from really going after someone and making it look obvious. If he does go after someone, though, it’s almost a sign of frustration rather than retaliation IMO. We’ll find out soon enough…

  505. Gates August 7th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    The problem is that AJ is very wild as it is. He might hit someone when he isin’t trying to and get ejected anyway if a warning was issued.

  506. bru August 7th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    i heard the yankees put cano on waivers.

    no kiddin.

  507. vtred August 7th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I remember Igawa outduled Matt Cain a couple years ago.

  508. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 7th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I’m out. I will not be on the thread at game time; if we trail it’ll be troll city. I’ll go as far to say that any more posts from me for the rest of the day are not from me, they’re from trolls.

  509. Yankee Trader August 7th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    MG-

    “I was relaying the thoughts of a died Sox fan.”

    My sympathies!

  510. Victor August 7th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    If AJ can’t pitch inside, he is so screwed

    That means he will be throwing stuff over the plate right in the Sux happy hour

    They cannot hit the inside fastball. But if he is forced to throw it on the outter half then he will get beat up.

  511. AD August 7th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    DFA’ing a hall of fame pitcher without even giving him a chance in bullpen can’t be good karma can it???

    Perfect weekend for it to occur :)

  512. H-Town August 7th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Why was Melancon trying to come inside in a 13-4 game anyway?

  513. MG August 7th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Rayvt
    August 7th, 2009 at 6:14 pm
    Every team has ship jumpers. So of old folks know that because of the lean Yankee years when it wasn’t cool to be a Yankee fan! Thank goodness Steinbrenner came along and releived CBS of their lack of duties. Those were some lean years! If the Yankees were playing like Baltimore today, there would be a lot of empty seats and a lot less Yankee fans.
    ———————————————-
    some of the posters on this blog jump ship when the Yankees are down 1-0, it’s also pretty amazing.

    I attended Yankees-Sox games in the late 60′s with 3,000 people in the stands but even in the championship years they didn’t draw that much for anything other than a Sunday doubleheader or important games near the end of the season. It was unusual to see attendance figures over 20,000. I doubt that there were more than 25,000 in the Stadium when Maris hit his 61st HR.

  514. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    “Beckett will do the buzzing first, but AJ has to be mature enough to realize that he’d do his teammates a lot more good by staying in the game rather than retaliating and getting thrown out.”

    Betsy, if you actually believe this then you also believe that Beckett is a total idiot driven by his need for revenge and cares nothing about his team’s chances this season.

    He is now the leader of that team, and their best hope. Maybe I give Beckett too much credit, though I don’t believe I do, but I think the guy is a total professional who knows how to pitch one hell of a game and will be out there to do just that. While Yankee fans don’t seem to be able at times to think beyond their most base instincts and desires, I think that those guys with multimillion dollar contracts actually have much clearer and more mature heads and actually know how to assess a particular situation and act accordingly.

    Look, I may be proven wrong, and if I am, I will feel nothing but pity for the Sux because their best hope will have totally torpedoed them. Since I’d rather watch a well-played game, best I can say is that I truly hope it doesn’t happen.

  515. Joe from Long Island August 7th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Tom – That’s the spirit! :)

    Hope you enjoy the game.

  516. BBB August 7th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    “I remember Igawa outduled Matt Cain a couple years ago.”

    I also remember Igawa shut down Red Sox a couple year ago.

  517. Rayvt August 7th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    SF has Randy Johnson, Sanchez & Zito as 3,4 & 5. RJ is injured but Sadowski is probably going to do ok as he is young. The Giants BP has been great as well.

  518. MG August 7th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Yankee Trader-nice editing although not exactly the same as the original post lol

  519. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    “i heard the yankees put cano on waivers.

    no kiddin.”

    They did. They’re trying to even the playing field.

    ;)

  520. Dazz August 7th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Beckett is a big team guy. He will definitely retaliate.

  521. CB August 7th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Brian,

    Stand up post before. I don’t think things are as dire for you guys as you’re thinking. They never are during the losing streaks.

    I do agree that there are structural problems on the Sox (as there are on all teams). I think those structural problems were papered over by the media and that’s part of why it seems like everything is falling apart all at once.

    The performance of the yankees older players offensively is one of the major surprises in baseball (and not something they should count on repeating next year). It’s not even that it’s surprising that Damon is doing so well or Jeter, etc.

    The surprise is that all the them – including Matsui – are doing well together.

    That could not be anticipated.

    We’ll see. Beckett throws a gem tonight and you guys win I can guarantee you yankee fans will be panicked all over again about how the yankees just can’t beat the Sox best pitchers and that they can only someone who is done in Smoltz.

  522. Phil August 7th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    AJ’s already been suspended for not hitting someone this year, so I don’t see him doing any buzzing, though he does have to pitch inside.

  523. Uncle Ellsworth So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right? August 7th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Tom in N.J.
    August 7th, 2009 at 6:14 pm
    Joe from Long Island- I was in College in 2004 and 2005. The day after both game 7’s I wore my Yankee hat to classes that was taught by a huge Sox fan.

    In ‘04 we locked eyes and he shook is head at me. In ‘05 he told me he’d want me in a foxhole with him because I wore my hat. Later he became my dissertation advisor and good friend.

    Every summer since then I get one ticket in the mail from him to a Yankee-Sox game in Fenway.

    good story

  524. Gary August 7th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    AJ’s whole game is pitching inside

    Beckett can kill 2 birds with one stone by hitting one of our guys. Take the inside part of the plate away from a guy who needs it AND retaliate for yesterday.

    If I was on the otherside, I’d do the same thing.

  525. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    “Beckett is a big team guy. He will definitely retaliate.”

    If he is a big team guy the last thing he will do is retaliate. If he does he’s an idiot and will then take his chances that he can’t pitch inside either.

    I give these players a lot more credit than I give so many posters here with some of their bizarro comments. I am only hoping my faith in the players is well placed!

    :)

  526. sevencostanza August 7th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Beckett throws at Bobby Abreu then walks to the plate like a tough guy just this year. He is not the well-mannered professional you are making him out to be

  527. CM (Be patient with the prospects) August 7th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    “Beckett throws a gem tonight and you guys win I can guarantee you yankee fans will be panicked all over again about how the yankees just can’t beat the Sox best pitchers and that they can only someone who is done in Smoltz.”

    Hey, it’s the appetizer of the night. :)

  528. Betsy August 7th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I agree with Gates – AJ might not intend for a pitch to get away, but the ump will eject him anyway because hey, it came close. It’s just an untenable situation – plus he’s on extra rest, so AJ will likely be even wilder than usual. He just does not do well on extra rest…

  529. MG August 7th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    BBB
    August 7th, 2009 at 6:20 pm
    “I remember Igawa outduled Matt Cain a couple years ago.”

    I also remember Igawa shut down Red Sox a couple year ago.
    —————————————————-
    While he did pitch 6 shutout innings against the Red Sox in 2007 he didn’t exactly outduel Matt Cain-in that game he pitched 4 2/3, 5 hits, 2 runs, no decision. The Yankees won the game 7-3.

    Igawa’s ERA in 2007 was 6.25, his longest start was 6 1/3, and his WHIP is 1.758. Why anyone wants to see him back in a Yankees uniform is beyond me.

  530. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    PED Sox…

    I love it.

    I need to make that t-shirt ASAP!

  531. 77513 August 7th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Beckett is a moron remember that Ryan Howard incident in spring training. Beckett did back down when Howard went to approach him in the dugout.

  532. GMAN August 7th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Yankee Trader – Was it Stanton?

  533. Brian (Red Sox Fan) August 7th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    CB – Thanks for the encouragement. With Beckett going, we have our best shot at stopping the bleeding. And when he’s healthy, there’s no one in MLB baseball I’d rather have take the ball in a “big” game.

    I’m glad you caught my point about the Yankees’ “old players.” I was trying not to make it sound like “sour grapes” (though it was). I’m totally flummoxed at their relative health and productivity.
    Also, haven’t CC, AJ, Pettitte and Joba made all of their starts? Maybe the curse has been re-reversed.

  534. Sey August 7th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    AJ can’t use extra rest as an excuse (he won’t, but people shouldn’t make that excuse for him).

    In the playoffs, you pitch on irregular rest all the time. Jeff Francis of the Rockies pitched on 13 games rest in 2007 (COL swept their ALCS, Boston’s went 7). Beckett pitched on 9 days rest in 07 as well.

    Very rarely do you get a regular 4 day rest schedule in October.

  535. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    In any event, I am out of here too. No desire to be on this thread tonight because there is either too much Yankee panic or too much trolling during these games. Neither one do I find pleasant.

    However, please remember that I am saying this so nobody will accuse me of bailing on the situation. If Beckett hits a Yankee player early in the game or with a very tight scorer, I will say right now WOW I WAS WRONG ABOUT THAT! If the Sux get a very healthy lead and he does it, I already said that particular scenario wouldn’t surprise me. I just don’t expect him to do it at all, but especially not if the game is tight.

    Enjoy the game all. Games lime tonight’s game is what it is all about. Two top-notch pitchers facing each other in a pretty meaningful game.

    GO YANKEES!!!

  536. BBB August 7th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    “Igawa’s ERA in 2007 was 6.25, his longest start was 6 1/3, and his WHIP is 1.758. Why anyone wants to see him back in a Yankees uniform is beyond me.”

    Because we invest more than $50 mil on him and Mitre, Gaudin etc are not really an upgrade over Igawa

  537. Nick in SF August 7th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    I think Beckett would be wise to let this slide:

    http://d.yimg.com/a/p/rids/200.....072320.jpg

  538. Rockks August 7th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    If Beckett has his good stuff tonight, there is nothing we can do. AJ has to step up. You can’t expect the bats to score a lot off Beckett.

  539. randy l. August 7th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    brian red sox fan-

    i agree that was a nasty looking pitch that hit pedroia.

    but does it mean the yankees were after him?

    the last time i looked he’s not even an average yankee player as far as OPS.

    is he really worth going after?

    but if the red sox want a free shot, they get one . that’s all the umpires will allow.

    who cares anyway? it’s baseball. if you don’t want to get hit, play golf.

  540. tim August 7th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Would a preemptive beaning of Youk be such a bad idea tonight?

  541. CM (Be patient with the prospects) August 7th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I would love to see a duel between AJ and Beckett. Would be a real treat.

  542. Nick in SF August 7th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Brian, I would also like to join in and say that was a good (and sober) post before. I’m not writing off the Sox quite yet. Lot of games left to go inside the Green Sardine Can.

  543. Sony August 7th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Shame to see it end like this for Smoltz, much the way it ended for Glavine and Cone. Makes you appreciate Mussina’s decision to go out on top.

  544. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    “Beckett throws at Bobby Abreu then walks to the plate like a tough guy just this year. He is not the well-mannered professional you are making him out to be”

    I personally am referring to the specifics of tonight’s situation. I am talking about tonight’s game and all it represents. I am not saying Beckett is a well-mannered professional every day of his life. I am saying he is as professional as they come when he needs to be. For every reason in the world, tonight he needs to be.

  545. Uncle Ellsworth So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right? August 7th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Aging vets and brand new “stars”
    Papi you’re in my way.
    There’s too much Smoltz and not enough Oke
    Look what’s going on inside you.

    Ooh, ooh that smell
    Can’t you smell that smell?
    Ooh, ooh that smell
    The smell of Sox surrounds you.

  546. Johnson August 7th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    “Would a preemptive beaning of Youk be such a bad idea tonight?”

    Not at all. Infact, that is what SJ should do… bean Youk in the top of the 1st…

  547. Vince August 7th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    The last thing Boston needs is to have Buckett go head hunting and face a suspension.
    That cuts them down to one reliable starting pitcher in Lester for 5 days or more.

  548. Rishi August 7th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    SJ44′s pitching tonight!!!???!!!?!?

  549. Midnight Toker August 7th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Pedroia said on WFAN this morning that he played against Melancon in college. He didn’t mention any bad blood, but I’m guessing Mark doesn’t like him very much.

    As far as Texas goes, their remaining schedule is BRUTAL.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/teams/schedule?team=tex

  550. sevencostanza August 7th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Trisha- I hear ya, it will be interesting to see what happens. Just to play devil’s advocate though i’m not sure him hitting someone somewhere along the way and getting warned necessarily hurts his team, hell it might help them with AJ’s control issues I’m sure a warning would really handicap what he can do

  551. Yankee48 August 7th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    MG
    August 7th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    “I’m looking for at least 2 more wins in this series and think this is the Yankees year to win another championship, those of you who just like to criticize every error, roster change, or managerial move are really missing a great time enjoying this team play winning baseball.”
    ——————————————————
    MG, Thank you for saying that, you took the words right out of my mouth… i’m loving this season, period.

  552. CB August 7th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    “Thanks for the encouragement. With Beckett going, we have our best shot at stopping the bleeding.”

    That’s true in the immediate. But you guys are the big favorites to win on Sunday. Lester has become a tremendous pitcher, obviously.

    The performance of the yankee’s older players is remarkable. All of the projections placed this as a good but far from great offense. And it only got up to good because of Tex.

    Jeter has been having one of his better seasons of his whole career. Posada’s shoulder has been fine and he’s been hitting back to his baseline production. Damon has been terrific yet again. And that’s a surprise. Damon was so good last year it seemed almost definite that he would regress. But he hasn’t.

    And then there’s Matsui. No idea what has happenned with him. He looked horrible for the first part of the season. His knees were so bad that he didn’t even have a stable back leg to hit off of. But then the yanks went on that long interleague run for 10 days and matsui basically never played. Ironically, that’s what he needed. His legs – as bad as they look now – are much, much better. And he’s been hitting very well.

    It’s all very surprising. Didn’t think all of these things would come together.

    Alex has been very good given that he just had that surgery. Cano has bounced back from a horrible year. Melky has been a revelation. Swisher – much better than last year.

    The only guy producing as reasonably expected has been Tex.

    As I write all this it makes me nervous…

  553. S.A.--Serenity Now August 7th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Tom in N.J. -Awesome story. :)

    I’m so ready for this game.
    Are certain people gonna try and not proclaim the game over in the 2nd inning if things don’t start out our way?

  554. Brian (Red Sox Fan) August 7th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Randy – good to hear from you.

    Technically, Pedroia is the reigning AL MVP. That makes him their “Jeter.”

    And the HBP had been preceded by a pitch (fast ball) that sailed over his head by about a foot.

    I think you’d agree that the Sox deserve to take some umbrage at that kind of careless (malicious?) pitching from a Minor League callup.

    Also, Melancon, took an agressive posture immediately after the pitch hit Pedroia …. no cringing, recoiling, etc. He didn’t seem that surprised (or disappointed) that it hit him.

    I’m just surprised. The Yankees were swinging fron the heels, but Pedroia got dusted …. doesn’t make sense.

    P.S. You haven’t seen me play golf …. that can be as dangerous as baseball.

  555. sevencostanza August 7th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Come on, he’s a AAA kid who hadn’t pitched often enough and got excited about a rivalry. He wasn’t trying to hit him and his posture wasn’t aggressive he kicked dirt around as if to say “aw shucks I’m sorry coach” it was more timid/embarrassed to me

  556. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 7th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    CB: We’re all terrified of injuries and regression. But I’m not sure it should be entirely surprising.

    2008 was wracked by injuries, but in 2007 the Yankees had the league’s best offense and it wasn’t really close.

    Now that everyone’s healthy again, it helps.

    Melky and Canó especially have been huge boost.

  557. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    “Are certain people gonna try and not proclaim the game over in the 2nd inning if things don’t start out our way?”

    :lol:

    GOOD LUCK!

    Seriously I hope for your sake that they do.

    MG – I really feel sad for people who get so pulled off course by what happens in games that they are never able to look at the bigger picture and really enjoy the games because of it – wins and losses. There may be a whole bunch of things I wish I could do differently/better in life, but processing the Yankee season the way I do is definitely not one of them. I wouldn’t trade the ability to appreciate and enjoy every game for all of the tea in China. I know you are the same way, so I know you understand exactly what I am saying. There are other posters here who are pretty much the same way also, so they also understand what I am saying.

    It’s that unconditional kind of love thing we have going on. Very sweet. And it sure beats beating yourself (and everyone else)up all the time because you’re never satisfied by what you’re seeing!!!!

  558. Stuckey August 7th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Would a Yankee-Sox 9 inning game in 3 hours or less be TOO much to ask?

  559. Terry #1 August 7th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I’d be very interested to see Tazawa…if only to see if his stuff matches the Japanese hype.

    As with Dice-BB, the real thing never matches up to the hype. Unfortunately, Tazawa is not likely to start against the Yankees; the blow to his confidence (not to mention the loss of face) would be devastating.

  560. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Brian as much as I love the rivalry and bravado that goes with it, I do feel sorry for RSN only because of the real pain associated with watching your players go down with injuries or just falling apart. For me it is always a lot more fun to think of the Sux as just lousy because they are as opposed to teetering on the edge because they are really having player issues.

    That’s sincere.

    I’ll still take it, mind you, but it is more fun for me the other way.

  561. MG August 7th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Trisha, I have my way of processing bad losses-I turn off the game and forget about it. There is no point worrying about the 20 games a year they get blown out, tomorrow is another day. After over 50 years of fan-dom, you just appreciate the good things and don’t stress about the rest of it, life goes on…

  562. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 7th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Stuckey, you must be new to the rivalry

  563. CB August 7th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Rebecca,

    I am very surprised.

    What you’re seeing right now is somewhat analagous to what happened with the Rays starting rotation last year.

    This is way past reasonable expectation. Way past.

    No projection model, for instance, projected the yankee offense to be close to this good.

    We’re watching a team performing close to the extreme upper bound of it’s capabilities, in terms of it’s offense.

    That happens – you better win the Series because it doesn’t happen often.

  564. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 7th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    ” This link has how the Yankees have fared against Beckett individually. They have done pretty well.”

    Wow, clicked on the link Pete provided. here is a sure bar win bet tonight –

    What Yankee has the highest batting average against Beckett?

    Answer – Sergio Mitre .500

  565. sunny615 August 7th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    CB, Just curious here, but what is your take on the acquisiton of Chad Gaudin…?

  566. Tom in N.J. August 7th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I for one am shocked:

    “Autopsy: Cocaine contributed to Billy Mays’ death”

    http://www.google.com/hostedne.....QD99U9A784

  567. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 7th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    CB: I agree with you to a point.

    I agree that what Jeter, Damon and Matsui are doing is way beyond expectations, and to a point, Melky. But I’m not all that surprised by Canó, who’s shown the potential before.

    Not surprised by Teixeira, or A-Rod, or Posada–but very pleased with all three so don’t take it as me complaining, cos I’m not.

    Any time you can bat Swisher 8th in the line up, you’re set.

    I guess for me the real surprise is not in the offensive numbers, but with the defense.

    I would never, ever have thought Jeter would be having the year he is, or that–with the exception of Damon–so is everyone else around him.

    And like I said, I’m not complaining.

    I’m really really enjoying it.

    Hope they can make it last through October and into early November.

  568. CM (Be patient with the prospects) August 7th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    “Would a Yankee-Sox 9 inning game in 3 hours or less be TOO much to ask?”

    As long as the Yankees win.

  569. Stuckey August 7th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Rebecca, no, I got back to Bucky F-in Dent, but I’m not afraid to admit, the games just aren’t that fun sometimes.

    After the 2004 Jeter-stands game, the 4+ hour Yanks-Sox game has jumped the shark to me somewhat, particularly when the pitchers become allergic to the strike zone, as they so often do.

  570. m August 7th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    566 posts already. What did Pete say? Every K he’d make a new thread?

    Can someone explain “Sayonara Kid”? Part of Sterling’s HR call for Hideki. Is it a character from some Rogers & Hammerstein musical or something?

  571. Bo Knows August 7th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I think Rios is an opportunity that knocks but once. To upgrade the OF defense by taking on a reasonable contract of three mil this year is a no brainer. It’s less than 3 weeks to Sept 1 when they could bring Gardner back. Rios is playing hurt this year, last year his value on Fangraphs was 24 mil. Replacing the noodle armed prancing tumbler with Rios would call for Hosannas.

  572. dtv August 7th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Why is Swisher batting 8th, when he’s a .313 hitter vs Beckett???

  573. Nick in SF August 7th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    “Can someone explain “Sayonara Kid”?

    I think he’s referring to the Japanese word for ‘goodbye’. :)

  574. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    dtv
    August 7th, 2009 at 7:01 pm
    Why is Swisher batting 8th, when he’s a .313 hitter vs Beckett???
    —————————————–
    because they scored 13 runs last night and Girardi likes this line up? What difference does it make where he hits as long as he gets his ABs?

  575. m August 7th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    How long has Sterling been saying, “Goodbye Kid” to Hideki? :(

  576. Uncle Ellsworth So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right? August 7th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    “Sayonara Kid” just a play on him being Japanese and
    bye – bye to the baseball

  577. Serf August 7th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Beckett and Burnett. It doesn’t matter who wins this today, (hopefully the Yankees) we’re in for a hell of a game, preferably a pitchers duel.

  578. sevencostanza August 7th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    the higher up you bat the more ab’s you are likely to get especially against the starter and the more key situations you will find yourself in with risp

  579. sunny615 August 7th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Hoping for a nice crisp game tonight from the Yanks!

  580. Phil August 7th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    PEDroia swings from the heels every time he swings, otherwise he couldn’t hit it out of the infield. Though I don’t think he was hit intentionally last night, he does lunge out over the plate, and he’s gonna get drilled sometimes.

  581. john August 7th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Anyone have a good stream for the game tonight? I don’t have mlb.tv. and it’s not on TV in Portland . . .

  582. sevencostanza August 7th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I would have liked to see swish higher up, he has been raking

  583. CM (Be patient with the prospects) August 7th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Rebecca,

    Was it you a week or two ago who described Jeter’s year as a renaissance type year? That’s the perfect way to describe the year he is having.

    “Why is Swisher batting 8th, when he’s a .313 hitter vs Beckett???”

    Like, Michael Curtiz said, “bring on the empty horses”. I can see we are in for a long night.

  584. Carl August 7th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Lets go Yankees!

  585. CB August 7th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    “Just curious here, but what is your take on the acquisiton of Chad Gaudin…?”

    I like it as a move though I don’t expect much of it.

    The best use of Gaudin, IMO would be in the bull pen. I’d put Gaudin in the pen and move aceves into the rotation.

    Gaudin has good stuff. Poor control. His big pitch is his slider. He has never been able to get left handers out however because he depends so much on that slider.

    If the yankees open up a big enough lead I’d give Gaudin spot starts and skip Joba’s turn in the rotation (assuming Aceves stays in the rotation).

    While that’s my preference what I think they will do is to give Mitre 1-2 more starts. If he’s bad they’ll put Gaudin in the rotation.

    If they open up a big enough lead we might see both Gaudin and Mitre making starts so that they can skip Joba. I think that’s partly why they won’t just DFA mitre.

  586. Nick in SF August 7th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    m: are you goofing on us? Matsui is making the baseball go goodbye.

    (disclaimer: I do not endorse this home run call)

  587. You Know Who August 7th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    It’s too soon to say Game Over for Yanks?

  588. Russell NY August 7th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Lets pick up John Smoltz. I hear he is really good.

  589. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    That ball has to be caught. Ugh.

  590. CB August 7th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    “I guess for me the real surprise is not in the offensive numbers, but with the defense.”

    Here’s where we part once again. I’m not surprised by the defense. I thought it would be much better. In fact i was counting on it.

  591. CaptainsCorner August 7th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Great now an easy out becomes a double because Posada is behind the plate..

  592. sevencostanza August 7th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I think Gaudin is a great fit for the pen, his split against righties is insane

  593. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Come on, AJ!

  594. Jeremy August 7th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Here we go !

  595. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    AJ’s already at 7 pitches, this is UNACCEPTABLE!

  596. PL August 7th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    pitch your game Burnett..he must have ADD he cant concentrate when he’s amped

  597. M August 7th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Wow!

    Are they afraid to throw strikes? Embarrassing.

  598. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    It’s not too soon to say game over…..if you want to sound like an idiot.

  599. sunny615 August 7th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    not a good start…

  600. tim August 7th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    long man warming up?

  601. CaptainsCorner August 7th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Is AJ pitching on extra rest?

  602. Serf August 7th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Wow. Dustin Pedroia is balding really badly.

  603. Carl August 7th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Big double play!

  604. PL August 7th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    thank u

  605. Pel August 7th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    8O

  606. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    why didn’t they get a triple play on that ground ball?

  607. Terry from NH August 7th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Thank god!.. can we please find the plate and stop getting behind hitters.. nice DP Robbie!

  608. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    is it too early to say “game over” for the Sox

    :)

  609. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible August 7th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    nice dp

  610. sevencostanza August 7th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    pedroia a bit far from second base there…. hmm

  611. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I’m glad that BOS traded for V-Mart so that he could hit into that DP. :P

  612. Donnie - Will Meet Dustin Pedroia Under the O'Neill Banner August 7th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    AJ’s stuff is a little TOO good tonight. That is to say, his pitches have a ton of movement on them…they’re just moving out of the zone.

    Great job to induce the DP, though. Now a little fly or a K gets us out, no damage.

  613. Joe from Long Island August 7th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    OMG – Martinez really can’t run. He’s like Lowell.

  614. EY August 7th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Huge acquisition for the Sox, that V-Mart.

  615. PL August 7th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    ok just walk Youkalis

  616. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    AJ is terrible, warm up the long man, quick

  617. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Pukelis looks like such a idiot up there, bouncing around.

  618. EY August 7th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Earth to AJ: Throw strikes

  619. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible August 7th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    smart walk…as long as you get ortiz out

  620. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    13 pitches

    TEN for balls!!!

  621. CaptainsCorner August 7th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I would walk Youk and pitch to steroids. AJ is way to hyped up, he needs to calm down. He seems to be over throwing.

  622. Terry from NH August 7th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Wow.. what is with these pitchers.. that is 14 walks in the last 9 plus innings

  623. Jinx Jinx Jinx Jinx August 7th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Ortiz home run.

  624. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing August 7th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    AJ at 37 pitches… This game is over. In fact the season is over.

    /end sarcasm.

  625. Carl August 7th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Steroid chants :(

  626. trisha - OPPC lifetime member with ice water in her veins! August 7th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    john in portland – try this

    http://sticktv.net/

    GO YANKEES!!!

    enjoy the game all.

  627. M August 7th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Good thing the Yankee pitching plan was to throw strikes…attack attack Joe said.

    Call me whatever kind of fan you want but this kind of pitching will not win in the postseason.

  628. Jon August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    On pace to 18 walks this game!!!!

  629. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    my heart just sank

  630. Pel August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    holy cow

  631. Carl August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    way to recover cano

  632. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Angel, the season is indeed over, abandon hope, now

  633. S.A.--Serenity Now August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    exhale

  634. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    good recovery cano…phew

  635. Serf August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Cano likes to create drama, I see.

  636. Trevor August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Whew Cano!

  637. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    The speculation on the presser tomorrow is that Ortiz is going to claim that he doubts the test because he hasn’t been told what he tested positive for. He’s also supposed to be highly upset that the test results were leaked. Really, fool? :P

  638. sunny615 August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    thank god ortiz is as slow as a one legged caterpillar

  639. A-rod will never get it August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    wow that was sick!!!!

  640. Jeremy August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Thank god for David Roidtiz !

  641. RS August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    That Cano is too slick for his own good :)

  642. NYY626 - Beantown is going down! August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    # Laura – Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Pukelis looks like such a idiot up there, bouncing around.
    ________________________________________________________________
    I shut my eyes every single time he bats. I can’t stand the bouncing

  643. CaptainsCorner August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Cano got me scared for a minute. Good thing Ortiz is sooo slow…

  644. sunny615 August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    15 pitches… yikes.

  645. miggs August 7th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    The Red Sox organization claims to value tradition (the green sardine) yet are such sellouts when it comes to their uniforms.

    So far this year I’ve seen them wear white, gray, red, blue, and green uniforms. Seriously? They aren’t “specialty jerseys” they wear them regularly. Even sometimes the colored ones as their HOME uniforms.

    Anyway, pretty full stadium tonight. Crowd seems happy and punmped. Nice vibe in this section.

  646. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    And Posada calls for the two seamer that induces the DP from Martinez.

    Damn him!!
    One thing that is troubling….way too many walks by Yankee pitchers to Red Sox hitters this year.
    Can’t average 8 walks a game against this team and expect success.
    Sooner or later, your luck runs out.

  647. Tarheelyank August 7th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Cano was toying with the Sox. He did that on purpose.

  648. EY August 7th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    AJ dodged a couple there…with help from VMart and Big PEDi

  649. Donnie - Will Meet Dustin Pedroia Under the O'Neill Banner August 7th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    AJ Burnett has allowed 67 walks so far this year. He walks a lot of guys, and has still managed to be our best pitcher since June.

    This is who he is, and he’s kept teams off the board. Yes, I’d like it a lot more if he threw strike one. But he’s not “terrible”, and we don’t need to “start warming up the long man”.

    Take a deep breath, please and thank you. It’s the first inning.

  650. m August 7th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    wow, AJ. That was some ugly. Thank goodness for the Big Stoppy!

  651. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I hate to say it, but I actually like the blue tops better than the boring gray ones that BOS usually wears.

  652. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 7th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    CB: While we disagree, just hope you know I totally respect your opinion =)

  653. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Cano can play in the outfield because Ortiz is so slow, if he’s playing at regular depth he could have walked to first base and beaten him.

  654. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing August 7th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    MG
    August 7th, 2009 at 7:17 pm
    Angel, the season is indeed over, abandon hope, now

    ***************************************

    MG, you’re only a true yankee fan if you abandon hope in winning a game before the game starts, and concede the season before the season begins.

  655. Jinx Jinx Jinx Jinx August 7th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    One two three inning for beckett.

  656. RS August 7th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    It’s times like these that make you miss Mussina. No matter what, he always threw strikes.

  657. john August 7th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks Trisha!!

  658. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Jetes hits first pitch, complaints start now…

  659. CB August 7th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    AJ has so many moving parts in his mechanics..

  660. Donnie - Will Meet Dustin Pedroia Under the O'Neill Banner August 7th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    “15 pitches…yikes.”

    Um…”yikes”? 15 x 7 = 105. 15 pitches in an inning will get us to the 8th. That’s not “yikes” at all, especially given he walked 2 guys.

  661. Doreen August 7th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Okay, so what are the odds that this press conference for Papi is going to exonerate him for some reason or other? A steroid that wasn’t “really” a steroid, or a “false” positive????? I am fully expecting that.

    I like what Kay said – well, “a story is coming out tomorrow.” Funny.

    So, not a clean start by our guy AJ, but he’ll be fine.

  662. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing August 7th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Laura – Ortiz needs more shakes!
    August 7th, 2009 at 7:19 pm
    I hate to say it, but I actually like the blue tops better than the boring gray ones that BOS usually wears.

    ***************************

    I keep thinking its the Twins out there, lol.

  663. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    so to recap -

    1 basehit
    1 stolen base
    3 walks

    0 runs

    only 15 pitches

    wow

  664. Trevor August 7th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Surprise no one makes a big deal about RS having a third jersey. If that’s the Yankees everyone would be complaining.

  665. CaptainsCorner August 7th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    The captain loves the 1st pitch in the 1st inning…

  666. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    sorry, 2 walks

  667. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Donnie, all my negative comments were tongue in cheek and making fun of the others who post that crap constantly.

  668. CaptainsCorner August 7th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Great strike zone tonight…

  669. Jeremy August 7th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Beckett looks nasty tonight, it’s going to be a long night !

  670. EY August 7th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Beckett looks like he’s locked in from the start :(

  671. Carl August 7th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    If he wants to hit someone, I hope he does it early to get it out of the way.

  672. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing August 7th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I’m pretty cynical about the Papi press conference too, Doreen.

  673. Donnie - Will Meet Dustin Pedroia Under the O'Neill Banner August 7th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    MG,

    Yeah, I know you were. None of that was directed at you.

  674. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    one of the walks by AJ was semi intentional, he knew he could handle Ortiz.

    It looks like Beckett is on tonight, this should be a low scoring game if AJ gets ahead of hitters.

  675. jpb1973 August 7th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Beckett looks nasty tonight.

  676. sunny615 August 7th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    12 pitches for Hackett… while not as ugly, still some good at bats…

  677. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Ortiz would be smart to tell the truth.

    It’s going to come out anyway so, you might as well be the person telling it rather than someone else doing it.

  678. EY August 7th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    If you think about it, AJ only used 3 more pitches than Beckett. Hope he settles down now.

  679. Patrick August 7th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    12 walks last night, 2 already tonight.

    I’m setting the over/under at 8.5 for tonight. Any takers?

  680. sevencostanza August 7th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Beckett’s stuff looks nice, AJ’s gotta be good and we can’t pass up any opportunities

  681. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Beckett only threw 3 less pitches than AJ did.

  682. RS August 7th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Burnett has to shut down the bottom of the Sox order if he’s going to pitch well. He absolutely cannot walk guys like Varitek, Reddick, and Green. Those are guys he should be able to strike out in his sleep.

  683. Trevor August 7th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Red Sox over the years tend to do their retaliating at Fenway. So don’t be surprised if they don’t hit any Yankee in this series.

  684. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    SJ44,

    Ortiz can say that he took a supplement that he didn’t realize had “stuff” in it, no?

  685. CaptainsCorner August 7th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Beckett always gets them out 1,2,3 in the 1st inning or 2. Things usually get better later on in the game.

  686. RS August 7th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    How many first pitch strikes have Burnett and Joba thrown these past two games?

  687. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Angel, I grew up in the ’50s where we assumed the Yankees would win the World Series every year so it’s hard for me to accept the constant negativity-this is a really good team that’s exciting and fun to watch.

  688. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    How much longer does Nancy Drew have on his contract?

  689. PL August 7th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Im sorry but this crowd is pathetic..if you dont want to make some noise to give the Yanks life, send your ticket my way next time. I’d cheer for the damn hotdog vendor if I was there, idc.

  690. pat August 7th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    “I’m pretty cynical about the Papi press conference too”

    Bringing a union lawyer with you to meet the press doesn’t forebode alot of answers and truth telling.

  691. CB August 7th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    “Burnett has to shut down the bottom of the Sox order if he’s going to pitch well. He absolutely cannot walk guys like Varitek, Reddick, and Green.”

    Couldn’t agree more. And when AJ has been bad he’s walked way too many guys who just aren’t that dangerous with the bat.

  692. Cal August 7th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Tonight:

    AJ burnett = Sergio Mitre
    Josh Beckett = Roger clemens + Sandy Koufax + Nolan ryan
    Outcome of game = ?

  693. CaptainsCorner August 7th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Hopefully AJ’s command gets better…

  694. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Man, look at that blue sky! Makes me long for home….

  695. RS August 7th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Again, Burnett just needs to throw strikes. The Sox so far haven’t got any good swings off of him.

  696. BBB August 7th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    If we actually face Red Sox in the post season it’ll be

    CC vs Beckett
    Lester Vs Burnett
    Dice-k? Wakefield ?Vs Joba

    Sox has advantage in 1st and 2nd starters ……

  697. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    And Captain Chump goes down on strikes!

  698. sevencostanza August 7th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    nice hook

  699. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing August 7th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Maybe its just me, but I’m finding it hard to get worked out about how many AB’s A-Rod has gone without a HR. I’m also finding it hard to use it as a yardstick to measure the impact of the Steroid Era on the game. I might be more inclined to do so, if the guy wasn’t playing with a stop-gap surgically repaired hip though.

  700. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    AJ has a really good fastball tonight, there has been nothing hit hard so far and that curve ball to Varitek was really nasty.

  701. Ryzin August 7th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Burnett is looking better this inning. Nasty curve to get Tek.

  702. RS August 7th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    “AJ burnett = Sergio Mitre
    Josh Beckett = Roger clemens + Sandy Koufax + Nolan ryan
    Outcome of game = ?”

    But Red Sox offense (lately) = Angel Berroa

  703. Tarheelyank August 7th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Wow Varitek has his average up to .229. He must be hot

  704. Donnie - Will Meet Dustin Pedroia Under the O'Neill Banner August 7th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    “Ortiz can say that he took a supplement that he didn’t realize had “stuff” in it, no?”

    If that’s what happened, sure. But if he intentionally obtained and injected steroids, or used another PED, it WILL come out, and he’ll be in even worse shape for lying. That’s what SJ44 is pointing out.

  705. Carl August 7th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Great inning AJ :)

  706. RS August 7th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Nice quick inning for Burnett.

  707. James August 7th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    RS, you funny as hell!

  708. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible August 7th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    nice inning…

  709. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    27 pitches

    and looking good

  710. CaptainsCorner August 7th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    That is what you have to do to batters like captain america. Good pitch. He is going to look to hook everything especially in this stadium.

  711. NYY626 - Beantown is going down! August 7th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Can we make another list of people who are not allowed to cheer if the yankees win? I mean, beckett pitched one inning and now hes nolan ryan + sandy koufax combined?

  712. CM (Be patient with the prospects) August 7th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    “Sox has advantage in 1st and 2nd starters ……”

    Remember,anything can happen in the playoffs.

  713. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    BS,

    yes he can. But, you are responsible for what you put in your body.

    Own up to it, and the story dies. Go the Clemens Route, and it will follow him for a long time.

    Much better inning for AJ.

  714. sunny615 August 7th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    clean game so far…

  715. Doreen August 7th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Angel -

    As long as ARod is contributing (which he is), I don’t care about the HRs. In fact, if I wasn’t told he was on a homerless streak, I really wouldn’t know. Now, I may be clueless, but I really, wouldn’t have known. :)

    Better inning for Mr. Burnett.

  716. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I don’t really care about the Ortiz PED crap but what a commercial for Jamba Juice if he said, ‘I started drinking Jamba Juice Shakes in 2003 and it made me a borderline Hall of Famer’…

  717. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing August 7th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I don’t expect they’ll win every year, MG – but I love being a Yankee fan and following the team, good years or bad years (although obviously the good years are better). I’m a fan for life and I’m not going anywhere.

    It gets frustrating having people constantly trying to suck my happiness out of that sometimes.

  718. EY August 7th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    What do you know, 1-2-3 inning.

  719. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    “Maybe its just me, but I’m finding it hard to get worked out about how many AB’s A-Rod has gone without a HR. ”

    It’s not just you. I think that he’s being pitched to differently. You can’t hit the ball out if they don’t give you one to hit.

  720. Bronx Jeers August 7th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    The Jeter Ford commercials are back?

    Oy.

  721. chris August 7th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    “Maybe its just me, but I’m finding it hard to get worked out about how many AB’s A-Rod has gone without a HR. I’m also finding it hard to use it as a yardstick to measure the impact of the Steroid Era on the game. I might be more inclined to do so, if the guy wasn’t playing with a stop-gap surgically repaired hip though.”

    -yeah but pete hates arod so as far as he’s concerned its all about steroids.

  722. S.A.--Serenity Now August 7th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Let’s get a few hits and runs now

  723. sunny615 August 7th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    do they give arod the green light?

  724. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Mark Reynolds now on pace for:

    51 HR, 108 runs 114 RBI, 30 SB

    and 221 strikeouts

    WOW

  725. NYY626 - Beantown is going down! August 7th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Bronx Jeers August 7th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    The Jeter Ford commercials are back?

    Oy.
    ________________________________________________________________
    Did they ever go away? I see them constantly…

  726. L to the 2nd August 7th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    A 1-2-3 inning? What’s up with THAT? :)

  727. Carl August 7th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I just knew he was going to hit Alex on that pitch

  728. sunny615 August 7th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    ugh

  729. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Beckett is throwing some gas early in this game.

  730. Donnie - Will Meet Dustin Pedroia Under the O'Neill Banner August 7th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    “Maybe its just me, but I’m finding it hard to get worked out about how many AB’s A-Rod has gone without a HR. ”

    It’s not just you. I think that he’s being pitched to differently. You can’t hit the ball out if they don’t give you one to hit.
    ————————————-

    I feel the same way. Sure, he’s in a homerless drought, but he’s getting on base. A homer would be nice, but as long as he’s helping the team, I don’t care how he does it.

    That, however, was a terrible AB. Get up 0-3, and then lose it? Yeesh.

  731. PL August 7th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Are the Yanks sitting breaking ball all his K’s are straight heat?

  732. Trevor August 7th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    How many times has Arod looked at strike 3 down the middle. Seems like a lot recently.

  733. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing August 7th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Well Doreen, if Pete hadn’t of told us, Michael Kay would have obliged – because he just mentioned it, haha.

    Although as he pointed out, he’s not exactly slumping being 7-20. He just missed a HR last night.

  734. Donnie - Will Meet Dustin Pedroia Under the O'Neill Banner August 7th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Up 3-0, rather.

  735. A-rod will never get it August 7th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    wow guy is throwing some nast stuff. thank god he is on my fantasy team

  736. CaptainsCorner August 7th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Another by the book strikeout looking for Arod. It happens at least one time a game for him. It is funny already..

  737. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “I just knew he was going to hit Alex on that pitch”

    Trevor may be right. They may wait until they get back to Fenway to exact their revenge.

  738. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Beckett went Sergio Mitre on the 1st 3 pitches to Arod, then was Ryan/Koufax/Gibson/Drysdale/Walter Johnson on the last 3 lol

  739. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “How many times has Arod looked at strike 3 down the middle. Seems like a lot recently.”

    ———-

    that was not down the middle.

    that was a filthy pitch that was off the outside corner and broke just back over the plate.

    almost unhittable

  740. RS August 7th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “Maybe its just me, but I’m finding it hard to get worked out about how many AB’s A-Rod has gone without a HR.”

    I think it’s because in past years, whenever Arod was in a homerun drought he’d look like he was pressing too much to break out of it. That would result in lots of popups, fly outs, and strikeouts.

    Right now, he’s still having decent AB’s and getting his hits, so it’s not as noticeable. That, and the team is winning.

  741. CaptainsCorner August 7th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Shut up Kay about the Arod non homeruns. Let’s not forget he missed a homerun by 2 inches against Tampa.

  742. tim August 7th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Perfect game! for beckett thusfar!

  743. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    the Yankees won a bunch of 2-1 games right after the ASB, tonight could be another one of them…

  744. Betsy August 7th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Yep, just as funny as his game winning HRs or other clutch base hits…

  745. Doreen August 7th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Angel -

    Ha-ha! I heard that AS I was typing! :)

  746. L to the 2nd August 7th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    The rumor I had heard about Rios was that TOR was trying to trade him to SF, but another team claimed him when he tried to clar waivers.

    Who would be the candidates (AL only)?

    NYY, BOS, DET, LAA, TEX

    Only ones that make sense – $$$ and/or have the need (don’t think CWS did it)

    I’m thinking the Angels

  747. EY August 7th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Pitcher duel tonight…

  748. sunny615 August 7th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    is the umps last name Backett?

  749. tim August 7th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    This would be the ?th perfect game by a boston pitcher against the yanks.

  750. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing August 7th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    -yeah but pete hates arod so as far as he’s concerned its all about steroids.

    ******************************************

    I don’t think its that, really. Michael Kay just mentioned it too – so obviously its something that is considered a story. I just am not all that concerned about it for the reasons I said, and as Laura pointed out, they’re pitching pretty carefully to him. Its not like he’s not getting hits at all a la Papi.

  751. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    L to the 2nd,

    it doesnt have to be AL only

  752. tim August 7th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    This would be the ?th no-hitter by a boston pitcher.

  753. RS August 7th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Beckett is owning the corners of the plate right now. The Yankees are going to have to foul pitches off or flare a couple of cheap hits to the opposite field to get to him.

  754. Terry from NH August 7th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Maybe Arod has “Romo-syndrome”? Tony lost focus when Jessica Simpson was at all those games. Maybe Kate H. is having the same effect? …lol

  755. sunny615 August 7th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    yikes

  756. Trevor August 7th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    “Trevor may be right. They may wait until they get back to Fenway to exact their revenge”

    Happens all the time. They don’t retaliate at YS. Never did.

    Beckett had a chance to hit a Yankee earlier in the season after Bay got hit but he did nothing.
    Penny hits Arod at Fenway later on in June.

  757. Ryzin August 7th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Beckett brought his good stuff tonight…

  758. pat August 7th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Angel

    Me either. If he hadn’t already hit 19 of them, wasn’t getting his hits or was letting it affect his game maybe I’d be concerned.

  759. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Beckett is walking back to the dugout saying ‘I got away with that hanging slider’. Hopefully he throws some more of those.

  760. jpb1973 August 7th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    This has been an interesting (an challenging) week for Yankee hitters. They faced Buerhle on Sunday, Halladay on Tuesday and now Beckett on Friday.

  761. Jeremy August 7th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    This is going to be a low scoring game.

  762. Johnny D. August 7th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Two innings and the Yankees aren’t leading by 6 runs… They will lose this one. I’m going back to my hole. :( :( :(

  763. sunny615 August 7th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    oddly, Aj has thrown one fewer pitch in two innings than Backett. (27 to 28)

  764. L to the 2nd August 7th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    BD my thinking is he has to pass through AL first before a trade to the NL is possible – I just think it was blocked by an AL team.

  765. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Joba could learn a lot watching Beckett.

    Controlled aggression, lega in every pitch and the ball is always down in the zone.

    This is the guy Joba can emulate because they are similar in stuff and personality.

  766. RS August 7th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    The Angels don’t have a need for Rios. Their offense has scored the 2nd most runs in baseball and they have an excellent OF of Abreu, Hunter, and Rivera…all guys who are producing much more than Rios.

    Although he could be a good fit for them next year since Vlad and Abreu are FA’s.

  767. Doreen August 7th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Well, ARod has 19 HRs, missing a month and having a healing hip. So, I ascribe the homerless streak to baseball streakiness exacerbated by a slightly different way of hitting due to the hip. His play in the field has been slightly compromised as has his running – he’s not nearly as quick. But he has been running hard in base-stealing situations. I think he’s pacing himself.

    I think the HRs will come. If they don’t, I don’t care as long as he’s productive otherwise and stays healthy.

    The Yankees aren’t suffering; the team itself is HR-healthy.

  768. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 7th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    When Swisher comes to the plate – his theme song should be “For the Benefit of Mr. Kite”

  769. pat August 7th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    “Maybe Kate H. is having the same effect?”

    They lost 3 in Chicago when she was back in NY but won the 2 in Toronto when she showed up at the games. Maybe she’s a good luck charm and should travel with the team fulltime. :wink:

  770. L to the 2nd August 7th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Agree RS – this was partially a move for next year – f not LAA, then DET (push Ordonez out)

  771. maya August 7th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    “This is the guy Joba can emulate because they are similar in stuff…… ”
    ———–

    lol.

    sure joba can reach 97, 98 mph even in the 7, 8th inning.

    lol.

  772. maya August 7th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    lol.

  773. Joe from Long Island August 7th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Interesting comment by Pete on the “remnants of the steroid era.”

    I think he’s on to something.

  774. Joe from Long Island August 7th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Interesting comment by Pete on the “remnants of the steroid era.”

    I think he’s on to something.

  775. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    having Teix at first base is so comforting after the years of having a barber pole name Jason Giambi playing there.

  776. Nick in SF August 7th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Someone asked about Chad Gaudin?

    http://johnsterling.blogspot.c.....-know.html

  777. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 7th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    :Interesting comment by Pete on the “remnants of the steroid era.”
    I think he’s on to something.”

    if you had removed the word “to”, I would say yes – Red Bull

  778. RS August 7th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    I hate how high strikes are never called against Pedroia because it looks like they’re under his chin instead of at the chest like most players.

  779. S.A.--Serenity Now August 7th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    having Teix at first base is so comforting after the years of having a barber pole name Jason Giambi playing there.

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

    Tex really has been just amazing. :)

  780. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    The walks really are a problem. Can’t keep this up.

  781. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    AJ is afraid that the Hobbitt is going to unlease Sauran’s ring on him.

  782. Jeremy August 7th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    This ump sucks ! Two of those pitches by Burnett were strikes.

  783. Carl August 7th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Posada with the cannon!

  784. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible August 7th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    nice throw posada! what a quick release

  785. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing August 7th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Nicely done JoPo!

  786. CM (Be patient with the prospects) August 7th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    The Hobbit gets thrown out.

  787. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    that Posada just has a horrible throwing arm, bring back Kevin Cash

  788. Bronx Jeers August 7th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Wow what a laser by Jorge!

  789. tampayank August 7th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I know Pete has shown a lot of AROD hate but he has a point, most of these guys have continually lied so he probably was on the juice as late as last year, same w/ Ortiz, Manny, etc…let’s just hope he lives up to at least half the value of his contract….makes you appreciate guys like Derek Jeter even more….

    nice tag out by Jeter

  790. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Um, he was safe. LOL!

  791. Johnny D. August 7th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    LOL! Giving up on A-Rod because of a long stretch w/o a HR? LOL!

  792. Trevor August 7th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Posada throws Smurf out.

  793. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Great catch and throw by Jorge. He made a tough play look easy.

  794. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 7th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    If his arms were a bit longer, he’d be safe.

  795. L to the 2nd August 7th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Can’t overstate the Tex signing – & keeping him away from the RS. Don’t want to thinkabout what the standings would look like if Lucchino wasn’t an a-hole

  796. Jinx Jinx Jinx Jinx August 7th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Congrats to Beckett for the 19th perfect game / 264th no hitter in modern baseball history.

  797. VT Yankeefan August 7th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Serf August 7th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Wow. Dustin Pedroia is balding really badly.

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

    Well there is good even in some of the Red Sox.

  798. Jeremy August 7th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    maya

    Actually Joba can. He has hit 97, 98 mph deep into games this year and a lot last year.

  799. L to the 2nd August 7th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Now Cervelli would’ve run to 2nd himself & tagged him :)

  800. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    the Sox should get Hair Club for Men as one of their sponsors

  801. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    “Can’t overstate the Tex signing – & keeping him away from the RS. Don’t want to thinkabout what the standings would look like if Lucchino wasn’t an a-hole”

    I really wish I knew what he said that turned Tex off.

  802. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 7th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    “Wow. Dustin Pedroia is balding really badly.”

    lucky for him, there is no conclusive MLB test for Rogaine. Yet.

  803. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Cano is in his “if I can see it, I’m going to swing” mode. LOL!

  804. Carl August 7th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Cano baby!

  805. S.A.--Serenity Now August 7th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    There’s a hit

  806. Bronx Jeers August 7th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Good job Jinx X 4

  807. RS August 7th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Wow, Cano is almost automatic with the bases empty, even when he falls behind 0-2 and looks like he’s about to have a garbage AB.

  808. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    the way Beckett is throwing there is no advantage to taking hittable pitches

  809. Nick in SF August 7th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    J.D. Drew shows he’s worthy to walk in Swisher’s right field footsteps.

  810. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Maya,

    try checking out Joba’s starts in Boston last year and in Detroit, Cleveland and Tampa when he was hitting 97 in the 7th inning.

    They are similar guys. Especially when Beckett was Joba’s age.

  811. EY August 7th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Great job Robbie

  812. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Swisher has to move Robbie over.

  813. L to the 2nd August 7th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Some small ball now – don’t play stupid

  814. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Swisher needs to hit the ball to the right side and get Cano to 3rd with one out, a run is going to be big tonight

  815. Johnny D. August 7th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Some really bad calls being made by this ass umpiring behind the plate.

  816. Jon August 7th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Jinx Jinx Jinx Jinx
    August 7th, 2009 at 7:49 pm
    Congrats to Beckett for the 19th perfect game / 264th no hitter in modern baseball history.

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    you’ve good so far. But try not to overused it. :)

  817. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    He called that pitch twice on Posada.

  818. BBB August 7th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    “Actually Joba can. He has hit 97, 98 mph deep into games this year”

    LOL i don’t know which Joba you’re watching. Before all star game he barely finish 5 innings so it’s not really deep into games and his velocity range from 91-94 most of the time

  819. Carl August 7th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Swish caught a break

  820. Johnny D. August 7th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Swish-a-licious!

  821. RS August 7th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Hate to say it, but the ump is squeezing Beckett.

  822. hateraid August 7th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Thats twice this game the ump has called a better pitch then a previous one in the at bat a ball after being a strike.

  823. maya August 7th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I apologize then.

  824. PL August 7th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I think the Ump is equally terrible for both teams

  825. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Good AB so far for Nick.

  826. Tucker August 7th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Good at bat.

  827. Nick in SF August 7th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    DT, I don’t think Pedrodia looks like a Rogaine suspect. Unless they’re looking for someone for the “Before” picture.

    He might test positive for Keebler Fudge, however.

  828. S.A.--Serenity Now August 7th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    making him work

  829. Bronx Jeers August 7th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    “But the Yankees started the day leading the majors with 52 HBPs (eight fewer than all last season) and have hit Red Sox batters 10 times.

    Boston pitchers have hit the Yankees three times.

    Many, many factors go into that. But interesting nonetheless. ”

    ————————————————————–

    Our guys just have better aim.

  830. Carl August 7th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    wow epic at bat

  831. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    love it Swish

  832. Uncle Ellsworth So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right? August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    grind it swish!

  833. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    So uh, I kinda might get to meet Jesus Montero tomorrow (with a few other friends).

    It’s not certain, but if I told you how I felt right now, you couldn’t publish it in a newspaper.

  834. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    “I think the Ump is equally terrible for both teams”

    that’s home plate ump Chad UnFair-Child.

  835. pat August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    The bottom of the order has been really effective lately.

    Are they that good or do pitchers have a little let down after the top the Yanks order?

  836. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Swish making him work, hopefully he puts it in play to the right side.

  837. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    “You’re watching the remnants of the Steroids Era every day. A-Rod has gone 18 days without a homer, etc.”

    I’d like to see some proof that this is directly tied to him being off the juice and not residual damage from him having a bad hip. When you provide that proof, maybe then someone will care.

  838. Nick in SF August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    “LOL i don’t know which Joba you’re watching.”

    The one who’s hit high 90′s deep into games before?

  839. MG August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Melky bunts here…

  840. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    great ab…thats his value right there

  841. EY August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Wow. Awesome at bat by swish. 10 pitch walk

  842. sevencostanza August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    great at-bat, beautiful now melks gotta move em

  843. PL August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    bunt for a hit Melky..they wudnt see it comin

  844. RS August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Great AB by Swisher. Now Melky just needs to not hit into a DP.

  845. JRod August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Fantastic at bat by Swish

  846. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    big AB for Melky

    just get the runners over (bunt?)

  847. Terry from NH August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Great at-bat for Swish!… get that pitch count up!!

  848. Jeremy August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Nice job swisher, run that pitch count up !

  849. James August 7th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    do you bunt melky?

  850. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    in a game that’s shaping up like a pitchers duel, every run is BIG

  851. Joe from Long Island August 7th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Great AB by Swish, against a tough pitcher. One of the things that don’t show up in statistics.

    C’mon Melky, a single will do it.

  852. James August 7th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    joe says yes!

  853. Uncle Ellsworth So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right? August 7th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Lets go Melk!

  854. James August 7th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    then takes it back!

  855. Carl August 7th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Melky has to swing the bat

  856. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Rangers have DFA’s Vincente Padilla

  857. NYY626 - Beantown is going down! August 7th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    # Rebecca–Optimist Prime–Montero Fanaticus Primus August 7th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    So uh, I kinda might get to meet Jesus Montero tomorrow (with a few other friends).

    It’s not certain, but if I told you how I felt right now, you couldn’t publish it in a newspaper.
    ________________________________________________________________
    Congrats!! Take some pictures if you can!

  858. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    DFA’d Padilla, that is

    worth a flier (vs Gaudin) ??

  859. Joe from Long Island August 7th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Rebecca, how are you going to meet Jesus?

  860. PL August 7th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    damn…bunt much

  861. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    “Melky has to swing the bat”

    ———-

    no, he needed to get the runners over, IMO

  862. James August 7th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    the melkman doesnt deliver :( we need jeter to come up big.

  863. RS August 7th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Ugh, that was an ugly.

  864. S.A.--Serenity Now August 7th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Darn it, DP

  865. EY August 7th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Grrrr.

    Should’ve bunted there. What was Joe G thinking?

  866. Vince August 7th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Yeah Melky is a hot hitter right now, but you need to bunt there against Beckett, IMO.

  867. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    “Rangers have DFA’s Vincente Padilla”

    They should have done that a long time ago.

  868. MG August 7th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Vincente Padilla will never be a Yankee as long as Teix is on the team, period.

  869. hateraid August 7th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Can we please use pitchfx for the strike zone now? Im sick of this magic moving strike zone.

  870. L to the 2nd August 7th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    BD you might wanna ask Tex about Padilla first

  871. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I would have had Melky bunt, but that’s just me.

  872. JRod August 7th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Padilla has a bad rep. I can see a NL team giving him a shot though

  873. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 7th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Joe: I’m like Ron Burgundy. I know people.

  874. SJ44 August 7th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Wouldn’t touch Padilla.

    Bad pitcher and a bad guy. Not needed.

  875. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Beckett is at 51 pitches

    Burnett is at 44

    through 3

  876. Laura - Ortiz needs more shakes! August 7th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Well, that was unproductive.

  877. Joe from Long Island August 7th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    BD 2.0 – Tex would kill him. When the Yanks played Texas, Padilla hit Tex twice. Postgame, Tex said there was a history there, about Padilla throwing at hitters, and how he threw at Tex when Tex played with the Angels. Postgame, Tex was trying to control himself.

    I don’t think Padilla will be claimed by the Yankees.

  878. RS August 7th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Jeter should have run him over.

  879. JRod August 7th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I wonder what Beckett said to Jeter there

  880. Jeremy August 7th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Dang ! wasted opportunity

  881. Tucker August 7th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Made him work that inning. It will pay off over the next few innings.

  882. MG August 7th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    It looked like the Sox had the bunt played pretty well, that’s probably why they took it off. Beckett threw a good pitch, it’s an opportunity lost but they made him work pretty hard that inning.

  883. Donnie - Will Meet Dustin Pedroia Under the O'Neill Banner August 7th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    It’s easy to second guess now, but I’m not really sure why Melky wasn’t bunting. Oh well. Just gotta stay the course here, hope AJ shuts them down, and we get Beckett back out there.

  884. Peter Abraham August 7th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    New thread has been started …

  885. EY August 7th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    That could have been men on 2 and 3 with 1 out…and then a fly could’ve brought Cano home. Instead it’s end of inning now :(

  886. Uncle Ellsworth So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right? August 7th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    new thread

  887. m August 7th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Ah, Jeter’s too gentlemanly there. Not saying he should bowl him over, but it’s not necessary to rescue Bucket-face.

  888. MG August 7th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    the Rangers are in contention, need pitching, and dumped Padilla. That says it all about the guy.

  889. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    “Wouldn’t touch Padilla.

    Bad pitcher and a bad guy. Not needed.”

    ———-

    I agree but I think I remember Cashman having some good things to say about him earlier this season.

    He’s probably better than Mitre or Gaudin, no?

  890. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    was that a changeup to VMart?

    had some good movement. it was up, but still had VMart off balance.

  891. RS August 7th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I agree, Melky should have bunted. He’s hot, but you have to look at the situation there. The Yankees would have had runners on 2nd and 3rd 1 out, and Jeter at the plate who’s very good at hitting the ball to the right side (which would have scored a run).

  892. BD 2.0 August 7th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    must have been a 2-seamer… i take that back

    nice pitch

  893. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 7th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    “DT, I don’t think Pedrodia looks like a Rogaine suspect. Unless they’re looking for someone for the “Before” picture.
    He might test positive for Keebler Fudge, however.”

    The elf will get caught heightening like little Mickey in that Seinfeld Stand-In episode.

    I can hear Freddie Patek now –

    “Everybody knows that you’re heightening Dustin. It’s all over the Majors. You ought to be ashamed of yourself. All the progress little people made over the years and you go and blow it by pulling a stupid stunt like this.”

  894. L to the 2nd August 7th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Part II thread up

  895. Joe from Long Island August 7th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Pete has a new post….

  896. Terry from NH August 7th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    This ump is really biased tonight!

  897. igotid88 August 7th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Yanks will get Smoltz

  898. tampayank August 7th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    thank you roidtiz

  899. Jeremy August 7th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    David Roidtiz

  900. tampayank August 7th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    sit down reddick

  901. Patrick August 7th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Talking about A-rod’s lack of home runs and how it correlates to the end of the steroid era is quite possibly the stupidest thing I’ve read all day.

  902. Jinx Jinx Jinx Jinx August 7th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Red Sox score this inning.


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