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Game 138: Rays at Yankees

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

YANKEES (87-50)
Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Hinske DH
Cabrera LF
Gardner CF

Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (16-7, 3.48).

RAYS (72-64)
Bartlett SS
Crawford LF
Zobrist 2B
Pena 1B
Burrell DH
Longoria 3B
Kapler RF
Navarro C
Perez CF

Pitching: RHP Matt Garza (7-9, 4.01).

TIME/TV: 1:05, YES.

STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees play a doubleheader today, with the second game at 7:05. … Yanks are coming off a 5-2 road trip that was capped by a 14-8 loss in Toronto yesterday. They start the day with a 7.5-game lead on Boston in the AL East and a five-game lead on Los Angeles for best record in the league and home-field advantage. The Red Sox are at Chicago today and the Angels are at Kansas City.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To you, Suzyn Waldman. Thanks for reading the blog and try and enjoy your long day in the booth.

THE JETER METER: In case you haven’t heard, Derek Jeter needs three hits to tie the franchise record of 2,721 career hits held by Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig. Jeter has said he wants to play in both games.

CC TIME: Sabathia is 6-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his last seven starts.

RIVERA READY: Mariano Rivera is cleared to pitch after missing the last five days with a sore left groin. I would think they would use him in only one game.

GRITTY, GUTTY AND BACK: LHYB Fan Favorite Brett Gardner has been activated off the disabled list. He has been out since late July with a broken left thumb. He ran all the way from Scranton and made it in 90 minutes. Amazing.

THANKS: To my Journal News colleague Jake Thomases for texting in the lineup. He’s covering the games today. The blog will be updated from time to time, although not quite as maniacally as usual as I have assorted things to do at home.

Great weather, get out and enjoy the day or enjoy the games. Happy Labor Day.

UPDATE, 11:39 p.m.: Shelley Duncan is being recalled from Scranton as well. Good news for him. Both he and Gardner were on the 40-man roster.

A few notes via Jake:

• Shelley Duncan isn’t expected to arrive until the middle of Game 1. Girardi said he can play first base and the outfield, though he hasn’t played much first.

• Girardi is going to talk with Jeter after Game 1 to discuss whether he will play again, but expects him to be in the lineup for both ends of the doubleheader.

• Jeter said he hasn’t thought about pursuing records in the future but will play “as long as it’s still fun.” He said two of his his most memorable hits were his first hit and first homer. He has the first hit ball but not the first HR because the fan wouldn’t give it back to him.

• Jeter is 14-43 (.326) against today’s two Rays pitchers.

• Hinske’s locker was moved into the near left corner between Johnny Damon and Josh Towers to accomodate the callups. He was formerly along the far left wall with the relief pitchers.

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606 Responses to “Game 138: Rays at Yankees”

  1. benfica356 September 7th, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Joe G wins again haha.

  2. Phil - Not a troll since 2007 September 7th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Go Jeets!!!

  3. benfica356 September 7th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    i was expecting this. Matsui and Damon gets this game off, probably Hinske and Gardner next game.

  4. Doreen September 7th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Oh, man. Joe G must be looking here first! Did anyone have Hinske in as DH????

    (Actually, I’m not surprised. Matsui had the slide into home yesterday…should have thought of that earlier, though. :lol: )

  5. hey kelvin says September 7th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    wow nobody got this

  6. Fran (the original) and OPPC member September 7th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Doreen,

    I think you’re right. Girardi wanted to win GTLU. Wonder what surprises await in the 2nd game.

  7. Sony September 7th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Nice to see GGBG back in there. The Yanks have played great without him (well, except for yesterday), but they’ll be that much better with that extra spark.

  8. rb September 7th, 2009 at 10:28 am

    I posted game 2 lineup guess in last thread. Can I make changes to it (j/k)?!

  9. rover September 7th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Aside from the upcoming new Yankee record and the MLB record for shortstop hits. Isn’t there something else Derek sets a record for when he does it. I know there is just am misrembering for now.

  10. SamVa September 7th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    4 things
    1. Can’t wait to see how Gardner does.. Interesting how Cabrera timed getting hot to make it just a little harder to sit him.
    2. Cano hitting in the 5th spot.. Hope we get to see him just explode hitting behind Arod.
    3. I think it’s sort of unfortunate that we end up with Sabathia and Burnett on the same day.. I feel like you want them on separate days because in theory that gives your bullpen more time off for starts like Chamberlain and Gaudin… It will be interesting to see how they fair though.
    4. Does CC make it to 20?

  11. Doreen September 7th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Happy Birthday to Suzyn Waldman!

    Fran -

    Oh, the second game lineup is going to be a doozy! :lol:

  12. benfica356 September 7th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Girardi is today’s winner however either Fran or 86W could get an extra point for the 2nd game.
    Here is the standings
    Guess the Lineup Winners
    Clint(9/1)
    Joe Girardi(9/2, 9/3, 9/4, 9/7)

  13. SJ44 September 7th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Happy Birthday Suzyn! Hope you are having fun covering the team this year.

    Wouldn’t it be funny if at the end of the year, Girardi tells Pete he checked out the blog each day for the lineup and looked to win Guess The Lineup each day?

    An insider trading like situation for baseball! lol

  14. SJ44 September 7th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Lester over CC? LOL

    I could see its going to be a rough day in the blog between moronic Rays and Red Sox shills.

    Take a look at the standings Chris and get back to me.

    Hopefully your team can hold off Texas and make the playoffs. That would be an accomplishment.

  15. ditmars1929 September 7th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Does anyone know how many 3-hit and 4-hit games Jeter has had this season?

  16. Johnny D. September 7th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Finally a game I can watch!

  17. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus September 7th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Welcome back GGBG

  18. peter September 7th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    On the train, on my way to the game, technology is great.

  19. Johnny D. September 7th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Remember when the Rays were the team to beat this season?

  20. rb September 7th, 2009 at 10:40 am

    “Wouldn’t it be funny if at the end of the year, Girardi tells Pete he checked out the blog each day for the lineup and looked to win Guess The Lineup each day?”
    —————
    SJ, I wouldn’t be surprised if Suzyn has mentioned GTLU to Joe G! Whatever he’s doing, I won’t fault him – it’s been working. :)

  21. Ham Fighters September 7th, 2009 at 10:44 am

    girardi v. torre in the W.S….

    that would be a classic…

  22. Jonathan September 7th, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Peter,

    A friend suggested to me that I suggest that you make a change about GGBG.

    GGBG Now stands for Go Go Brett Gardner…

    What do you all think?

  23. Ham Fighters September 7th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    peter
    September 7th, 2009 at 10:38 am
    On the train, on my way to the game, technology is great.

    ….some giants fan said the exact same thing in 1889.

  24. SamVa September 7th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    GRITTY, GUTTY AND BACK: LHYB Fan Favorite Brett Gardner has been activated off the disabled list. He has been out since late July with a broken left thumb. He ran all the way from Scranton and made it in 90 minutes. Amazing.

    hahahahahaha.. Pete makes me laugh every day..

  25. pat September 7th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    3-hit games- 15
    4-hit games- 4

  26. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    do the yankees need to clear a spot ont he 40-man roster for GGBG?

  27. bru September 7th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    SamVa
    September 7th, 2009 at 10:48 am
    GRITTY, GUTTY AND BACK: LHYB Fan Favorite Brett Gardner has been activated off the disabled list. He has been out since late July with a broken left thumb. He ran all the way from Scranton and made it in 90 minutes. Amazing
    ============================================================

    looks like he lost a step

  28. rover September 7th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Did Brett advise Girardi of his tender ankle.

  29. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    BG!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Steve T September 7th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I needed some help.

    What us the best place to buy tickets to a Yankee game?

  31. hey kelvin says September 7th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Steve StubHub is awesome, try it for tickets.

  32. Aww. September 7th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Pete not covering the games on a potentially epic afternoon and evening? Unfortunate.

  33. Fran (the original) and OPPC member September 7th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Rishi,

    Gardner is on the 40 man roster. Don’t think they ever took him off.

  34. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Thanks, Fran – got confused with how the DL time worked out…

  35. murphydog September 7th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Happy Birthday Suzyn! Say hi to John for us.

    For those of you who like to poke fun at Suzyn, have a look; you might be surprised.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzyn_Waldman

  36. Christina- Gardner update on the blog from my outing to Rochester September 7th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    good to see Gardner back. Saw him in Rochester, and he was great with the fans (signing autographs for kiods and posing with them while on deck).

  37. Steve T September 7th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Thanks Kelvin.
    The people on this site are great.

  38. Steve T September 7th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Thanks Kelvin.
    The people on this site are great.

  39. CountryClub September 7th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Pete,

    I’m surprised you’re giving up a chance to see history today. I would think that was one of the real perks of the job.

  40. JoeyA September 7th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Steve-
    The corner right outside the stadium, around the 2nd inning

    Just don’t give them your money first and let them “go get the tickets”

  41. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Nice to see Brett back……boy, if I were AJ I would have chosen to pitch the first game. He’s not going to have anyone behind him in the 2nd – Jeter, Tex, Cano, Alex will probably all have that game off. CC we know will pitch well – AJ’s game is big as we need to start getting him back on track.

  42. rb September 7th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I think Jeter and Tex will both play the 2nd game. Alex will either DH or not play. Cano gets the game off.

  43. rover September 7th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Hmm maybe pete knows the plan to have Jetes to go 0 for whatever until the last game. Could be the yankee bean counters plan. Don’t think you could sell it to jeter under any condition for any sum of money.
    Git er done Derek.

  44. jpb1973 September 7th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I just saw on the ESPNNews crawler that Josh Hamilton is going to miss some time with the Rangers. That doesn’t sound too good for their wildcard chances.

  45. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Shelly called up

  46. hey kelvin says September 7th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    If the defense is solid, I believe AJ will have a decent game. It’s time to bounce back and today should be it.

  47. benfica356 September 7th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Shelly called up?

  48. benfica356 September 7th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Shelly called up?

  49. jpb1973 September 7th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I surprised to see that Evan Longoria is batting 6th in the order for the Rays.

  50. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    benfica356

    Shelly Duncan

  51. Christina- Gardner update on the blog from my outing to Rochester September 7th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I am shocked to see Duncan being called up this early. I wonder if one of the OF are injured.

  52. rb September 7th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    “I am shocked to see Duncan being called up this early. I wonder if one of the OF are injured.”

    Precautionary after the collision maybe?

  53. tex's friend September 7th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    i think the plan is to make sure scranton doesnt go all the way. duncan up, whose next?

  54. Christina- Gardner update on the blog from my outing to Rochester September 7th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    He was at 99 RBI in Scranton too, today being the last day of their regular season. They wouldnt call him up today before the playoffs unless they plan on using him, id assume.

  55. Mark H September 7th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    At least some players from Trenton can go and help Scranton now.

  56. theyankeewarrior September 7th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Why not DH Matsui in game 1 so you can sit him in game 2 and DH Alex or Derek?

  57. benfica356 September 7th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    i think there gonna use Shelly for game 2. Maybe Damon is getting the day off after the collision.

  58. Matt K September 7th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    GGBG for MVP!

  59. Christina- Gardner update on the blog from my outing to Rochester September 7th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    That’s what I am thinking too, benefica. Good for Shelley, hes earned the call up.

  60. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Congrats to Shelley.

  61. RonH September 7th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I sure hope Shelley is back with SWB for the playoffs. They need him in that lineup. I was looking forward to seeing him try to get RBI 100 today.

  62. Christina- Gardner update on the blog from my outing to Rochester September 7th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Would they call him up for a day or two and send him back again? Unless Damon is hurt, I can’t see them using him very much after the DH today. He has more use in Scranton than in NY at the moment.

  63. NYY626 September 7th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I just got 4 tix for tonight off of Stubhub. Let’s go Captain!

  64. Ed - campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 7th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    “I just got 4 tix for tonight off of Stubhub. Let’s go Captain!”

    did you won the bidding? i seriously don’t like the new system, I like the “buy it now” option but they took that out. :(

  65. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I have no idea why Duncan is up here, but I hope he gets sent down ASAP.

  66. Mark September 7th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Damon – 2-16 vs. Garza; 6-21 with 2 HRs and 2 doubles vs. Sonnenstine

    Matsui – 1-9 vs. Garza; 5-15 with 2 HRs and 2 doubles vs. Sonnenstine

    Posada – 3-10 against Garza; 1 for 13 vs. Sonnenstine

    It’s not like Girardi just pulled these lineups out of a hat.

  67. john_halfz September 7th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Now there’s a positive outlook, Betsy

  68. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Excuse me, John Halfz…..Duncan is a lousy major leaguer. I have no desire to see him on this roster.

  69. john_halfz September 7th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Are you concerned that he’s somehow going to get meaningful playing time? That he’s going to derail the trip to the World Series?

  70. john_halfz September 7th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    He’s 30 years old, he’s been loyal to the organization, he interacts with the fans. I really can’t see how a 30 day callup to reward him hurts anything.

    Of course, he can’t hit a curveball. But he put together a nice little year in Scranton and a guy like Damon could probably use the rest.

  71. Craw September 7th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Girardi is going wayyyy overboard when it comes to resting guys. We have just about a month left in the season… not a week. He doesn’t need to be resting multiple guys every day. We haven’t even clinched anything yet. LA has already picked up 2 games on us for HFA this weekend.

    The lineup that AJ will have tonight will be scary. A little too early for him to start taking the foot off the gas. You also don’t want these guys to get out of rhythm by sitting every 2-3 days.

  72. bruceb September 7th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Sorry for this moan but I’m getting fed up with Joe G messing with our lineup every day. The time to rest players is AFTER you’ve clinched a playoff berth, not before. Don’t see the Rays leaving out any of their names in Game One do you?

  73. john_halfz September 7th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Uh, Craw, they’re 5 up with 25 to go. Johnny Damon is turning 36 in two months. Matsui just turned 35, and runs like he’s 45. What’s the sense in running them down?

    FYI, Johnny Damon is hitting .318 in games he starts after a team day off or a personal day off. A guy who’s played professional ball since 1992 can keep himself in a rhythm

  74. hey kelvin says September 7th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Bruce b chill out, this is actually smart. We got 7 1/2 game up, we can rest players here and there. Especially with double headers.

  75. john_halfz September 7th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    The standard odds for winning with a 5 game lead with 25 games remaining is about 90%. You people should take it easy.

  76. john_halfz September 7th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Of course Tampa Bay is going to trot out their A lineup. Their realistic opportunity has passed, but Maddon will push the gas at least through their Toronto series, especially if they can win 3 or 4 in New York and all 3 in Boston.

  77. Seven September 7th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Congrats to Shelly nice to see him back. He was having a nice seasonin scranton he deserves to get called up.

  78. SJ44 September 7th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    The Rays are fighting for their lives. The Yankees are not.

    Any of you whiners watch much baseball?

    They just went 5-2 on a roadtrip. Not exactly, “taking the foot off the gas”.

  79. scott September 7th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    must win game today

    don’t want to turn this into a losing streak

  80. NYY626 September 7th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 7th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    “I just got 4 tix for tonight off of Stubhub. Let’s go Captain!”

    did you won the bidding? i seriously don’t like the new system, I like the “buy it now” option but they took that out. :(
    ________________________________________________________________
    No bidding! Those are only for the tickets that say “auction”. The tickets with a regular price attached are instant. You can call them at 1-866-STUB-HUB if you have any problems. They are very helpful on the phone.

  81. SJ44 September 7th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Must win game today?

    Ok, whatever you say.

    When does school start again?

  82. john_halfz September 7th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Here are teams who have must win games today:

    Tampa Bay
    Texas
    Florida
    Colorado
    San Francisco

    Here are teams that really ought to win today:

    Boston
    Detroit
    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Here are teams for whom must win games will not occur again until October:

    New York Yankees
    Philadelphia Phillies
    St. Louis Cardinals
    Los Angeles Dodgers

  83. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    john_halfz

    You have to take the Dodgers and put them in to the ought of win category.

  84. Ed - campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 7th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    “No bidding! Those are only for the tickets that say “auction”. The tickets with a regular price attached are instant. You can call them at 1-866-STUB-HUB if you have any problems. They are very helpful on the phone.”

    oh okay, thanks good sir.

  85. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Giants 3.5 back Giants 5.5 back.

  86. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Rockies 3.5 back****

  87. john_halfz September 7th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Carl: Yes, probably…and add Minnesota to the must win

  88. Fran (the original) and OPPC member September 7th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    On the pre-game. Kim said that Duncan was called up for the DH to have an extra bat on the bench. Doesn’t seem like he’s staying too long.

  89. john_halfz September 7th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Ed:

    Sorry to disappoint you, but Willingham is a Type A free agent. Can’t see the Yankees going for that.

  90. 86w183 September 7th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Here’s a complete list of every team with a must win game today:

    Kansas City — the only team facing post-season elimination today.

    any questions?

  91. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    It’s pretty much a must-win for CC if he wants to get to 20 this season. Since no one else but Andy Pettitte is even going to get to 15 (prove me wrong, AJ, go ahead and do it), that would be nice.

    @Doreen: were you congratulating murphydog for getting married?

  92. Fran (the original) and OPPC member September 7th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Heading up to the Bronx. Have tickets for Game 2, but going to City Island first for lunch and then over to the Stadium.

    Let’s go Yankees (twice)!

  93. haiku-man September 7th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    -JOHN_HALFZ

    Did you purposely leave out the reigning WS team Philly,from the ought,or must win games in October?

  94. Christina- Gardner update on the blog from my outing to Rochester September 7th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Betsy, I understand why you don’t like Shelley as a player, but the guy hit 30 HR’s and 99 RBI in Scranton this year. Having him on the team for a month isn’t going to kill the Yankees, as I doubt Girardi isn’t going to even use him that much. You will probably see him in game 2 and then sparingly from there on.

    How is him being in the Bronx detrimental to the team? It isn’t. It’s rewarding a guy who worked his butt off in AAA.

  95. Cal September 7th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    True– it is a must win game for CC if he wants 20 wins lol

    Glad to see Joe giving him a pretty good lineup and letting him start the 1st game.

  96. raymagnetic September 7th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    “Did you purposely leave out the reigning WS team Philly,from the ought,or must win games in October?”

    Re-read his post.

  97. john_halfz September 7th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Philadelphia is pretty safe. They won’t have to win until Game 1 of the NLDS

  98. #23 Hitman September 7th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Jeter…3 hits today. Let’s see it!! Go Yanks!!

  99. West side September 7th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Philly is 8 games up in the loss column over Florida… tthey are in very good shap.

  100. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Christina: I knew you were sweet on Shelley.

  101. raymagnetic September 7th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Betsy is hoping that Duncan gets sent down between the first and second game of the doubleheader so that AJ doesn’t have the horror of having Shelly in RF.

  102. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Is game one of the division series a must-win? ;)

  103. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I’m not sure how AJ will react to the horror of having Shelley in the dugout. Could a wanton forearm bash take down our senstive #2 starter?

  104. Christina- Gardner update on the blog from my outing to Rochester September 7th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Christina: I knew you were sweet on Shelley
    ——-

    Quite possibly, but stats don’t lie. Hes leading the International League in pretty much everything.

  105. crawdaddy September 7th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Pretty funny comments today even those from the Rays trolls.

  106. rover September 7th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Shelley understands his position career wise. My bet is he plays cause he loves it. Sure what ever he makes may be more than he could otherwise. But I sense love of the game.

  107. Frank from Chatham, NJ September 7th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I like Duncan for a lot of baseball intangible reasons and if he could just hit a curve, he could help on a consistant basis. Probably would easily hit 15-20 HRs in a part time role – a la Hiske but from the right side.

    Watching him here in September is a nice “thanks for a job well done” in Scranton.

  108. devin September 7th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    ray – LOL

  109. Trev September 7th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    “Is game one of the division series a must-win? ;)”

    With Burnett going in game 2… absolutely lol

  110. NYY626 September 7th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Wow, this Jeter intro Michael Kay is doing is pretty dramatic – “4 more hits to sit on top of Yankees Mount Olympus”

  111. bobby September 7th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    -AL games out
    Orioles 31
    Blue Jays 25.5
    KC 24
    A’s 21

    -NL
    Wash Nat’l 31.5
    Pittsburgh 25.5
    Padres 20.0

    For some the season is already over.

  112. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Oh god not John Flaherty :(

  113. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    CC hasn’t been good against the Rays this year. Lets see if he can change that.

  114. Edward September 7th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    CC is facing Matt Garza, probably the Rays toughest pitcher to hit.

    AJ is facing Sonnenstine… the Rays worst starter with a 6.62 ERA.

    Why shouldn’t CC get a better lineup? Throw the “C” lineup against Garza and it will be a long afternoon. CC is also chasing 20 wins. Girardi knows what he is doing.

  115. Uke September 7th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Bobby, the O’s can still dethrone boston for the wildcard!

  116. Sevrx September 7th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Just take pitches against Garza and get to their horrid pen… the one that has blown 8 of their last 12 save opportunities.

  117. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Lets go Yankees!

  118. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    CC sure has a lot of junk in his trunk.

  119. Doreen September 7th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Nick in SF -

    In one of the last few threads, murphydog mentioned a Mrs. Murphydog and that it was a status update – so I’m assuming – yes, a marriage. I’d be really embarrassed if I assumed incorrectly. :oops:

  120. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Harmon Killebrew like

  121. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Ouch!

  122. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    wow – that must suck – to get hit and called a strike!

  123. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    @Doreen: I could be wrong, but I think murphydog was making a joke, as another of our esteemed commenters had suggested that certain male commenters provide their status. I’ve been under the impression that murphydog has been married for a number of years. I could be completely wrong.

  124. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    man – just got back from the gym and waiting for Jeter’s first ab to take a shower – this is taking FOR-EVER

  125. m September 7th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    C’mon, Sexy Ump! Get this show moving along.

  126. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    CC!

  127. m September 7th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Kay just dropped a hint for GTLU, guys. :)

  128. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    and here I thought Cervie was going to get the start ;)

  129. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    That was all announced yesterday anyway.

    Come on Jeter!!!! Let’s get four!

  130. SJ44 September 7th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Waiting on a Christina25 post attacking CC for being a “hand hunter”.

  131. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    :mad:

  132. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    well – that was over quickly

  133. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    :(

  134. m September 7th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Huh! The lengths Joe Girardi will go to to foil the LoHudders’ attempts at GTLU.

  135. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    TylerKepner: Garza leads the league in opponents’ average (.233). It’ll be tough for Jeter to do it today. Fly out to right on first pitch.

  136. Doreen September 7th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Nick in SF -

    I thought there was a “significant other” murphydog. Oh,well. If I’m wrong, oops.

  137. m September 7th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks to Swishy, Garza’s pitches per batter went up 4-fold!

  138. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    base runner, baby :)

  139. m September 7th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    LOL. Tex doesn’t look anything like Gardner, how could Bartlett get them mixed up?

    Let’s go Alex.

  140. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Nice, it’s a full house

  141. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Damn nice swing.

  142. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    that looked a lot like his 500th home run

  143. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    @Doreen: you’re probably right and I’m probably wrong. Aside from certain subjects (such as the effect of motivational speeches on struggling pitchers) I don’t know much. :(

  144. Phil - Not a troll since 2007 September 7th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Girardi has done a phenomenal job of resting guys and rotating the bench in and out to keep everyone sharp. He is extremely popular in the locker room right now. The new guys, especially, LOVE playing for him.

  145. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Alex!!!

  146. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    YAY-Rod!

  147. m September 7th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Nice! Is there anything funnier than Tex going full steam? He looks so earnest!

  148. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    thanks for the notes, Pete

  149. MG September 7th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    the ball was ripped…

  150. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Way to expand the zone stupid Ump

  151. Anthony Murillo September 7th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Why can’t Cano hit with anyone in scoring position?

  152. Doreen September 7th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I love Alex this year. Great piece of hitting.

  153. Doreen September 7th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I love Alex this year. Great piece of hitting.

  154. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Anthony Murillo September 7th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Why can’t Cano hit with anyone in scoring position?

    Did you watch the at bat?

  155. Phil - Not a troll since 2007 September 7th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Oh to have Alex Rodriguez’s physical talents for five minutes…

  156. Frank from Chatham, NJ September 7th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I like Flash’s style and inside perspective from a catcher’s view – but this “proud” stuff has got to go.

    Redundant is too nice.

  157. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    the game looks very different on gameday than it does in real life

  158. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    wow did that get out quickly

  159. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Oh no, Longoria has figured out the secret.

  160. MG September 7th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    A home run to the #6 hitter on a 3rd place team?

    CC is not an ACE!!!!!!!!

  161. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    MG

    lol

  162. MG September 7th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Or maybe it’s Posada’s fault, he called the pitch away.

  163. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Navarro is small lol

  164. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    does that mean Posada gets credit for all the Ks :)

  165. MG September 7th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Or Cano’s, he should have been playing deeper

  166. Phil - Not a troll since 2007 September 7th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    School starts tomorrow…trolls decrease by 50%.

  167. m September 7th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I’m watching YES, and I didn’t hear Flash say “proud” once.

    I know that Coney uses it all the time, “Huuughes is proud of his fastball”

    The one that gets me is Leiter and even the other teams broadcasters using the, “He’s a nice little player”.

  168. MG September 7th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    it can’t be Gardner’s fault or Cervelli’s, they are the favorite sons of the LoHud blog. Maybe Duncan, since he is taller than Swisher, could have leapt into stands and made the catch.

  169. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Derek needs some rogaine®.

  170. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Hi all! Just joining up so I haven’t gotten to see the daily posts ‘ceptin for a few near this one.

    I want to say that I have been running errands and tearing up all morning every time I think about Jeter breaking the record. I am sure I will bawl like a baby when it happens and I bet a lot of people will. I know yesterday I was talking about the Iron Horse but Nick is right – this will be seen in its own context but nothing will be taken away from the moment. I think the thing that grips me the most about this is Derek’s very nature and character as both a ballplayer and human being. We’re not going to see a showboater who is thrilled to have broken a record. We will see the classiest player in the game downplay it and be sincere about downplaying it.

    All I can say is Mr. and Mrs. Jeter, what phenomenal parents you are to have turned out a son like Derek.

  171. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    MG
    September 7th, 2009 at 1:43 pm
    it can’t be Gardner’s fault or Cervelli’s, they are the favorite sons of the LoHud blog. Maybe Duncan, since he is taller than Swisher, could have leapt into stands and made the catch.

    ————————————————————

    Duncan wasn’t going to catch the ball by jumping over the wall….maybe knock the wall down and catch it, though.

  172. m September 7th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Pssh. Ransom coulda had that one.

    Garza with that chronic twitch. :)

    Sexy ump doesn’t have much of an arm. :?

  173. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Tarheelyank

    lol I hate him

  174. MG September 7th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    GreenBeret7
    September 7th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Duncan wasn’t going to catch the ball by jumping over the wall….maybe knock the wall down and catch it, though.
    ———————————————————
    in that case, Duncan could single handedly take care of the ‘launching pad’ bs about the new stadium, just play him a few games in the outfield.

  175. m September 7th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Tarheelyank,

    Thanks. I guess every fastball pitcher is proud of their fastball.

    I’ll pay more attention, was wrapping a gift.

    And I actually don’t mind Flaherty. Much, much better than that Chip Caray. Talk about “ugh!”

  176. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    he almost beat that out

  177. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Speaking of Posada since SOME of you just can’t stay away from the sarcasm, I am thrilled to death that Molina is catching AJ tonight. Just understand that some of us are as committed to believing in Molina paired up with certain pitchers as some of you are in thinking it is bunk.

    The best news though is that we are all committed enough to our positions that there is no need for extende discourse on why or why not to accept a certain perspective.

    Both are valuable members of the Yankees. I prefer Molina catching when “delicate” pitchers are pitching.

  178. Orlando Crhis September 7th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Bully on Flash for telling Kay in no uncertain terms that he would not massage Kay’s throat at about 9pm this evening.

  179. Truth September 7th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Speak for yourself. Pete might be a Gardner fan boy but the majority of us are not.

  180. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    trisha – I am interested to see how Burnett does with Moilina

  181. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    *Molina

  182. m September 7th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    trisha,

    Some people just can’t seem to move on, can they?

  183. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    MG
    September 7th, 2009 at 1:50 pm
    GreenBeret7
    September 7th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Duncan wasn’t going to catch the ball by jumping over the wall….maybe knock the wall down and catch it, though.
    ———————————————————
    in that case, Duncan could single handedly take care of the ‘launching pad’ bs about the new stadium, just play him a few games in the outfield.

    ————————————————————

    Play him in left field at Fenway and knock that monstrosity down.

  184. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    No pregame by the way, so coverage of tonight’s game starts right at 7. That’s good news for those of us who are multi-multi tasking this week.

    Hey Kim and Suzyn have birthdays on the same day!

  185. tex's friend September 7th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    kim jones is hot

  186. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Wow, Kim look great for 40.

  187. hey kelvin says September 7th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    i thought he said 28.

  188. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Very funny, m.

  189. m September 7th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I thought KJ was 28? She certainly could pass, and that color looks great on her.

  190. Fire Joe Girardi September 7th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Kim Jones..

    Just .. something about her. No.

  191. Dino September 7th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    what happened to pete’s diss of fran x. healy?

    happy birthday to kim jones … 28 ? I thought she was older.
    happy birthday suzyn … breast cancer survivor … god bless you

  192. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    they are kidding – she is 40

  193. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    britney spears is 28. Kim is a mature woman who looks great at 40.

  194. m September 7th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    What was wrong with that? I used her initials, I said she was 28, and I said that color looked good on her.

    Enough of this Nazi filter, Pete!

  195. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I want two CCs on the Yanks

  196. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    trisha – Michael Kay says Yankee pregame at 630

  197. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Geeze Jason Bartlett looks like he is 10.

    Mel, when I bring it up it is not to disparage Posada but more to keep hoping that certain matches will yield better results. I still see a problem with certain matchups and that is why I will bring it up when Molina is catching certain pitchers. But you never see me making digs in reverse or taking shots at Posada when Molina pitches or saying those dumb thing about “Gee I guess that was Molina’s fault” when Posada is catching and something goes wrong. I just don’t see the need for those comments. There is a sincere divergence of opinions and I don’t think anyone needs to be beat up for having an opinion on one side or the other.

  198. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    GJ CC

  199. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    who’s hotter, Kim or Boston’s Heidi Watney?

    http://www.sidelinehotties.com.....ney-11.jpg

    I have to go with Heidi, but then again she’s actually 28.

  200. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    ok, bats – we’ll take some runs now (a hit would be nice, jeter)

  201. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Rish – then I guess it means the radio pregame. I did hear Sterling announce it so he probably just meant radio.
    Thanks for that.

    :)

    As an aside, I LOVE MY DVR!!!!!

  202. Dino September 7th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    i just googled kim jones ;) hehe hehe ,settle down beavis

    she is 40 according to wiki

  203. m September 7th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Oh, trisha. I’m not talking about you. Even though you still bring up stuff, you’re not snide and you don’t get personal.

    I feel bad for you because you still are subject to personal abuse.

    And I feel bad for us because we’re still subjected to the sarcasm remarks like, “Oh, that Posada’s intimidating the pitcher from the bench”.

    Just enough, already.

  204. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    “happy birthday to kim jones … 28 ? I thought she was older.
    happy birthday suzyn … breast cancer survivor … god bless you”

    Dino, what a very sweet post. God bless YOU for that.

  205. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    it’s hard to stay on Jeter-watch and Oudin-watch at the same time!

  206. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Why does our moron broadcaster keep saying he broke his wrist, this is at least the second time he’s said that. HE BROKE HIS THUMB

  207. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Kay on Gardner: “the wrist is fine.”

    Uh, Kay, he broke his finger. Nothing wrong with his wrist.

  208. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    m: you weren’t joking?

  209. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks Mel. I didn’t think you were but wasn’t totally sure. It is not fun when you can’t bring up a point here without getting hit in the face with sarcasm pie – especially when you don’t tend to throw those pies at the opposition.

    Thanks again for you comment.

  210. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    HOMER BUSH – remember when Justin Christian was the next Homer Bush?

  211. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Dino September 7th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    i just googled kim jones ;) hehe hehe ,settle down beavis

    she is 40 according to wiki
    ======================================

    Yup. There’s alotta bark on that tree. :)

  212. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    ok, Jeter – here we go…

  213. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Man BG is fast

  214. zmaster September 7th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    zmaster reporting from behind the plate.. jete looks excited & jumpy

  215. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Boo this man!

  216. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    it’s only human, but it seems like Derek is pressing.

  217. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Grrrr, now he needs to get 4 more PA’s and get a hit each time. Could still happen.

  218. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Anyone remember when Clemens was going for his 300th win? That’s actually something I would like to misremember. What an every 5th day horror show that was! And a circus cirus. He had an entourage wherever he went.

  219. S.A.--Serenity Now September 7th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    it’s hard to stay on Jeter-watch and Oudin-watch at the same time!

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

    I’m doing the same. lol

  220. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Stevie, I would think it would be so normal for him to press at this point. Who could be calm? And I’m sure he just so wants to get this behind him so he can continue to lead the team to number #27. That’s just who he is.

  221. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    OH MY GAWD, IT’S A CAKE!

    IT’S IN MR STEINBRENNER’S BOX!

    AND IT’S BACK TO SAVE THE YANKEES!

  222. Orlando Crhis September 7th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    YES just delivered the cake to Suzyn. Radio listeners, did she say, “OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS!”

  223. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Suzyn Waldman looks great for 75.

  224. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Hey she looks very very good. Good for her. That’s a lot of travel in the course of a season!

  225. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    yay, Oudin going to the third set

  226. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    The last thing people should be concerned about is Jeter “pressing”. Garza is a damned fine pitcher.

  227. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    What a play by BG!!!

  228. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Who’s hotter Suzyn or Bella Abzug?

  229. Phil - Not a troll since 2007 September 7th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I miss CB’s posts.

  230. Doreen September 7th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Happy Birthday to Kim Jones! (Didn’t know it was her birthday, too.)

    Flaherty was kidding about 1985, right? Gullible I can be, and lately I don’t do rapid mathematics automatically, sadly. :)

  231. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Rod is locked in

  232. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    A-rod’s decided he wants to get Jeter’s 4 hits ;)

  233. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Hes batting .280 now

  234. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Happy Birthday Mr Blimpe.

  235. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    OH, No!!!! The Red Sox scored in the first inning. They’re on a major roll and will overtake the Yankees by the end of the day.

  236. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    You have to love players like Mitre

  237. Michael K (not that one) September 7th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Homer Bush stole 6 bases in 1998 and was caught three times. In the post-season he stole 1 in the ALDS and 1 in the ALCS. Now, I’m no expert, but I don’t think you can steal 2nd and 3rd when you have a total of 1 stolen base. I guess it was possible that the 6 in 1998 were accomplished by stealing 2nd and 3rd three times, though that seems unlikely.

    http://www.baseball-reference......ho01.shtml

  238. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    You have to love players like Mitre
    ==============================================

    And during yesterday’s post game interview, most of the women did. :)

  239. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    “OH, No!!!! The Red Sox scored in the first inning. They’re on a major roll and will overtake the Yankees by the end of the day.”

    :lol:

  240. MG September 7th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    GreenBeret7
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:27 pm
    OH, No!!!! The Red Sox scored in the first inning. They’re on a major roll and will overtake the Yankees by the end of the day.
    ————————————————
    Not only that, GB, but Buerhle and Rios are now on the Sox secret payroll and are going to make sure that happens today, Rios overran Youkilis’ hit already.

  241. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Stevie

    haha

  242. S.A.--Serenity Now September 7th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    OH, No!!!! The Red Sox scored in the first inning. They’re on a major roll and will overtake the Yankees by the end of the day.

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

    :lol:

  243. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Kay saying Moose wasn’t a good team mate.

    Wow. I didn’t know that.

  244. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    BG!!!

  245. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    GUESS WHO’S BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!?!?

  246. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Wow great play by Brett, and he had to avoid swisher coming

  247. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Admit it!

    Melky doesn’t make that catch. :)

  248. SJ44 September 7th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Absolutely fantastic catch by Gardner.

  249. RalphieD (OPPC) September 7th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    how did he catch that?

  250. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Meant to say:

    Admit it!

    Melky doesn’t make that catch. :)

    But he probably does double off the runner at 1st with that arm.

  251. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    If that doesn’t make the web gems then you know that ESPN has a bias against the Yankees. Oh wait…

  252. S.A.--Serenity Now September 7th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    GGBG!

  253. Yanks-Fan September 7th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    WHAT A FREAKING OUTSTANDING PLAY BY GARDNER!!! HOW MUCH WE’VE MISSED YOU!

  254. hey kelvin says September 7th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Gritty and gutty.

  255. CM (Jeter will get pied someday) September 7th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    GGBG covered A LOT of ground on that catch.

  256. S.A.--Serenity Now September 7th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Kay saying Moose wasn’t a good team mate.

    Wow. I didn’t know that.

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

    Kay has no love for Moose. He needs to just shut up

  257. SJ44 September 7th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    It’s all part of a big conspiracy by MLB teams to lay down against the Red Sox.

  258. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    MG
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:31 pm
    GreenBeret7
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:27 pm
    OH, No!!!! The Red Sox scored in the first inning. They’re on a major roll and will overtake the Yankees by the end of the day.
    ————————————————
    Not only that, GB, but Buerhle and Rios are now on the Sox secret payroll and are going to make sure that happens today, Rios overran Youkilis’ hit already.

    ————————————————————

    Jim Pir-one and I discussed that at length last night. I’ve got to agree with him, because if there is one thing he knows, it’s conspiracy. (Actually, it’s the only thing he knows.)

  259. Karen September 7th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I love Melky, but no way he makes that catch. I can’t believe Gardner didn’t double the runner off though.

  260. Christina- Gardner update on the blog from my outing to Rochester September 7th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    That 90 minute run from Scranton to the Bronx doesnt appear to have slowed Gardner down a bit. What a catch!

  261. MG September 7th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Yanks-Fan
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    WHAT A FREAKING OUTSTANDING PLAY BY GARDNER!!! HOW MUCH WE’VE MISSED YOU!
    —————————————————
    that was an outstanding play by Gardner but let’s face it, the Yankees have been playing almost .750 ball since he was hurt, they couldn’t have missed him that much.

  262. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    CC needs to attack. Stop nibblin’

  263. joeysdadjoe September 7th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Yanks-Fan
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    WHAT A FREAKING OUTSTANDING PLAY BY GARDNER!!! HOW MUCH WE’VE MISSED YOU!

    That was a great play but look at the standings.Yankees did pretty good without him.

  264. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    >Kay saying Moose wasn’t a good team mate.

    Kay has a beef with Moose. I don’t know the particulars but when the Torre/Verdouchey book came out, there were some Moose quotes in it and Kay railed him for it. He ended up mentioning encounters he had with Moose in the past without getting into any details.

  265. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon)
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    Meant to say:

    Admit it!

    Melky doesn’t make that catch.

    But he probably does double off the runner at 1st with that arm.

    ————————————————————

    If Cabrera couldn’t have caught that ball, then, he couldn’t have doubled off Navarro.

  266. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Attack!!

  267. MG September 7th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Carl
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:38 pm
    CC needs to attack. Stop nibblin’
    ————————————
    Carl, CC walks about 1 a game, he was pitching around the guy to face Crawford once Navarro stole second. He obviously liked his chances against the lefty more than facing Bartlett.

  268. Thomas B. September 7th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    If Nady was in RF he could have made that catch.

  269. Thomas B. September 7th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Better yet. If Melky was in RF he would have had it.

  270. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    whew

  271. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    MG

    Why pitch around him in a 1-2 count?

  272. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Ted Lilly has GREAT peripherals.

  273. Phil - Not a troll since 2007 September 7th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    CC only giving up one run thus far is pretty impressive considering he is struggling with his control.

    Watch Posada’s glove move on every other pitch. The play Gardner made on the ball was on a pitch that should have been down and out…instead it was middle, thigh high.

  274. S.A.--Serenity Now September 7th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    get cracking bats

  275. Awais September 7th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    melky COULD make that catch.

  276. Yanks-Fan September 7th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    joeysdadjoe
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:39 pm
    Yanks-Fan
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    WHAT A FREAKING OUTSTANDING PLAY BY GARDNER!!! HOW MUCH WE’VE MISSED YOU!
    —————
    That was a great play but look at the standings.Yankees did pretty good without him.
    —————
    Not everything is related to standings. Gardner brings great speed to a rather slow team. He brings that real base stealing threat and great defense in the outfield.

    The Yankees have done great because they are a deep and extremely talented team, but what Gardner brings, practically nobody else in the team does. Thats why I say they’ve missed him.

  277. MG September 7th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Carl
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:42 pm
    MG

    Why pitch around him in a 1-2 count?
    ——————————————–
    you’ll have to ask CC, both walks today are to Barlett.

  278. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    outside again

  279. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    MG

    Hes nibblin’

  280. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Flash still thinking that the Rays could challenge for the wild card. I would like to think it’s because he believes it rather than any kind of sentimentality for the Rays.

  281. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    “If Cabrera couldn’t have caught that ball, then, he couldn’t have doubled off Navarro.”

    Yes, I do understand that. Just lamenting the fact that Gardner doesn’t have a stronger arm.

  282. MG September 7th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Carl
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:46 pm
    MG

    Hes nibblin’
    —————————————-
    Carl, he’s pitching, not throwing, that’s what excellent pitchers do.

  283. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Damn, Posednick is one heck of a slaps single hitter.

  284. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Here’s hoping that the White Sox are good at sacrificing in the least. 2nd and 3rd, one out.

  285. joeysdadjoe September 7th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Yanks-Fan
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:44 pm
    joeysdadjoe
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:39 pm
    Yanks-Fan
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    WHAT A FREAKING OUTSTANDING PLAY BY GARDNER!!! HOW MUCH WE’VE MISSED YOU!
    —————
    That was a great play but look at the standings.Yankees did pretty good without him.
    —————
    Not everything is related to standings. Gardner brings great speed to a rather slow team. He brings that real base stealing threat and great defense in the outfield.
    The Yankees have done great because they are a deep and extremely talented team, but what Gardner brings, practically nobody else in the team does. Thats why I say they’ve missed him.

    I am glad he will be here to pinch run and play defense in the playoffs.

  286. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    MG

    All pitchers nibble a few times a game. I’m not saying hes Joba now. He just needs to stay in attack mode.

  287. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    CC doesn’t nibble, he devours.

  288. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    CC doesn’t nibble, he devours.

    lol

  289. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Oh Captain! My hits record pick has been on life support and Jeter just yanked the plug. :(

  290. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    ok – can get get something done in the second game of the DH? I was trying to get on the road before it was too late!!

  291. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Tie score.

  292. MG September 7th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Carl, in case you didn’t know it, starting pitchers have to get through the order 3 or 4 times for a win. That means making adjustments during the game, you can’t keep throwing major league hitters the same pitches throughout a game, they eventually start hitting them. So you change the sequence or location of pitches and that means there will be times where CC won’t be as efficient against certain hitters, particularly in the middle of games. Meanwhile, CC has pitches 5 innings of 2 hit ball even though he doesn’t have great location or command, what’s to complain about?

  293. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    this is just like when ARod home was on the verge of hitting his 500th homer.

  294. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    this tennis match is getting good!!

  295. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Stevie
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:54 pm
    this is just like when ARod home was on the verge of hitting his 500th homer.
    ———————————————-
    My sister just said the same thing

  296. Mark H September 7th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    WOO HOO Mel 1 more game she is the Russian killer.

    oh yea go Yanks!!!

  297. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    CC doesn’t nibble, he devours.
    ====================================

    Just like Giambi eating a bacon-double-cheeseburger

  298. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    CC to Zobrist:

    “Let’s see how you feel about old number one!”

  299. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    3-1 white sox

  300. Terry from NH September 7th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    3-1 ChiSox

  301. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Please no phony Sox scores… last night Peter Gammons said that Beckett would be on top of this game today…

  302. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Boo!

  303. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    5th BAD game in a row for the mighty Beckett.

    Things are so bad, yesterday ESPN was calling on Dice-K to return and save them.

  304. S.o.S. September 7th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Kotsay is killing his former team.

  305. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    “Please no phony Sox scores… last night Peter Gammons said that Beckett would be on top of this game today…”

    HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

    That is very funny.

    :D (both what Gammons said and your rendition)

  306. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Another missed strike 3 call

  307. S.o.S. September 7th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Nick,
    Never doubt Gammons. He said that the Smoltz/Penny aquisition was better than the C.C./Burnett one.

  308. S.A.--Serenity Now September 7th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Go Oudin!

  309. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    See attack!

  310. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    CC to Kapler:

    “Let’s see how you feel about old number one!”

  311. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    CC being a bit of a drama queen to end these innings. :razz:

  312. Yanks-Fan September 7th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Girardi is heating up his managing skills for the postseason.

  313. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    OOHDAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAMMMMM!!!!!!

  314. MG September 7th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Carl, keep saying the same stupid thing, enjoy yourself. Each pitch sets up the next one, the fastball inside and the slider down had him looking for something that would jam him so the fastball away was unhittable.

  315. Rishi September 7th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    NICE JOB Oudin!

  316. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Please please please put up some runs for CC.

  317. MaineYankee September 7th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Nick in SF
    September 7th, 2009 at 3:00 pm
    Please no phony Sox scores… last night Peter Gammons said that Beckett would be on top of this game today…

    —————————————————–

    He is.

    His top isn’t so high anymore. :lol:

  318. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    MG

    um no.

  319. MG September 7th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    I think the Yankees break through here, 3rd time through the order, they usually hit the long ball against Garza.

  320. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Please please please put up some runs for CC.
    ———

    Swisher got them off to a good start.

    I’m not opposed to Tex reaching on a fielding error again.

  321. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    By any means necessary. No justice, no peace.

  322. liz (obviously new) September 7th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    what’s the general rule (or practice) for relief pitchers on double header games? Can a pitcher pitch on both games?

  323. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Teixeira’s April and late season slumps will cost him the MVP. The front runners are Mauer, Jeter and Morales.

  324. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Al preparing to take Garza deep.

  325. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Rays K swinging.

    Yanks K looking.

    A-Rod don’t play that.

  326. 86w183 September 7th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Guys have saved both ends of doubleheaders on many occasions. It comes down to how many pitches you throw in game one whether or not a manger would use you in game two. I doubt Mariano coming off a minor injury would pitch in both, but Hughes could.

  327. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    way to go Rod!

  328. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Or perhaps dunk one in for a base hit…

    :)

  329. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    liz: almost zero chance anyone will pitch in both games with neither one being particularly important to the Yanks’ fortunes.

    Are you by any chance posting from Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe? If so, you might be my sister-in-law.

  330. Yanks-Fan September 7th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Great game so far, A-Rod!

  331. Karen September 7th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    A Rod is sure hot. Robby, not so much.

  332. Karen September 7th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Need a hit here Jorge.

  333. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Mo is the closer for one game, Hughes will be the closer for the other; barring a blow out of course, which I’d love to see in this game.

  334. YankeesLuv September 7th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Karen,
    I think Arod is hot too, and he’s having a nice game too. ;) lol

  335. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Seriously, Podsednik is out of control with those singles!

  336. Alan September 7th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    The A-Rod of late is just what the team needs. Not going for the fences is just what the doctor ordered.
    He’ll still get his share of HR’s but getting on base is best.

  337. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Classic attempt to pitch around Posada to get to Hinske.

  338. MG September 7th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Jorge is going to get the green light on 3-0

  339. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    How lucky are we to have at least two horses in the starting rotation.

  340. liz (obviously new) September 7th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    thanks 86w183.. but I was more concerned about the possibility of this game going into extra innings..

  341. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    nooooooooo!

  342. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    dang it

  343. Karen September 7th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Oh crap, you hate to waste those scoring changes because we sure aren’t getting many. I hope CC can hang in there a while longer.

  344. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Two very good pitchers going here. A lucky hit is going to make the difference.

  345. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Make that Mauer and Morales, GB – Jeter will never win an MVP.

  346. MG September 7th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Jorge ripped it but right at Kapler.

  347. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    CC’s at 102 pitches. He needs to be batter to batter in the 7th, with both a lefty and righty warming up in the pen.

    Just my humble opinion.

  348. liz (obviously new) September 7th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    no Nick.. i’m not from Lake Tahoe :)

  349. Matt September 7th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    See Joe.. this is what happens when you bench 2 big stars at a time… the team is lethargic.

  350. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    It might be settled by a lucky hit, but it might be more a question of which pitcher tires/blinks first. CC is at 102 as this inning starts, how mich farther can he go? Garza is at 98, what about him?

    As CB has posted a few times, the Yanks have staggering numbers in the 7th inning and beyond, so I wouldn’t necessarily attribute what we hope is coming to luck.

  351. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Karen September 7th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    A Rod is sure hot. Robby, not so much.
    ======================================

    Oh, here comes the LoHud sexist comments.

  352. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    liz, I suspected as much. If my sister-in-law had that question, she would probably just ask my brother.

  353. hey kelvin says September 7th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Smh, CC sabathia deserves the win..

  354. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Garza tends to struggle if left in past 100 pitches. Or at least he has in the 2nd half. We’ll see if that holds true today.

  355. MG September 7th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    this is why pitch counts with veteran pitchers are overrated, CC is still throwing 96, why take him out?

  356. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I’m thinking lucky based on the way both guys are pitching and have the ability to pitch deep into games.

    Whatever.

  357. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    CC to Perez:

    “Let’s see how you feel about old number one!”

  358. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Threat in Chicago. Bases loaded, two out, Martinez up.

    GO BUHRLE!!!!

  359. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    CC!!!!!!

  360. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    CC to Bartlett:

    “Let’s see how you feel about old number one!”

  361. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    AND AT THE SAME SECOND!!!

    Martinez flys out and CC records a K, both to end the inning.

    Oh I love that symmetry.

  362. rconn23 September 7th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    C.C. was in beast mode there. Get that man some runs.

  363. Benny Blanco September 7th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    CC= 3.40 era

  364. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Hey, it might very well come down to luck. But luck is the residue of design, or so they say.

    How about we compromise: if the Rays win, we’ll call it luck, if the Yanks win, we’ll recognize their superior talent?

  365. MG September 7th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Yankees need to score here to get CC a win. If I’m Girardi and the score is still tied CC pitches the 8th, you don’t overlook opportunities for 20 game seasons for the sake of a pitch count. If they score, Hughes in the 8th, Mo in the 9th and put it away. Sonnenstine has been awful this year, they could score 10 runs tonight and blow the Rays out.

  366. Drain003 September 7th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    CC deserves a win… get him one

  367. Dragon September 7th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    And now we have 3 automatic outs due up.. Hinske, Gardner, Carbera. Easy work for Garza

    Guess this is another cheap ND for CC, just like he had vs. the White Sox. Sure wish Joe had the “A” lineup in there…

  368. RalphieD (OPPC) September 7th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    “Yankees need to score here to get CC a win. If I’m Girardi and the score is still tied CC pitches the 8th, you don’t overlook opportunities for 20 game seasons for the sake of a pitch count. If they score, Hughes in the 8th, Mo in the 9th and put it away. Sonnenstine has been awful this year, they could score 10 runs tonight and blow the Rays out.”

    the dude is at 118 pitches and you want him to continue to pitch in a semi-meaningless game?…yea that makes a lot of sense

  369. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Betsy
    September 7th, 2009 at 3:19 pm
    Make that Mauer and Morales, GB – Jeter will never win an MVP.

    ————————————————————

    Jeter doesn’t have all of the glitzy numbers of the other two, but, he’s been the one constant on the Yankee offense this year, and, passing these milestones will bring more attention to what he’s doing. I think that he has a shot.

  370. haiku-man September 7th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    The ACE pitched 118 today.
    Hope the Yankees bats come alive and help him get# 17.chop chop!

  371. Phil - Not a troll since 2007 September 7th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    You absolutely do not run CC out there with a ridiculously high pitch count – just for the sake of a regular season win that means nothing.

    Why risk injury and blow him out in a meaningless game when October games are the only ones that matter?

    Stupid, school boy thinking. Classes start tomorrow and the trolls can go away.

  372. zmaster September 7th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    I dropped a foul ball :(

  373. Karen September 7th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Come on Ski — just try to get wood on the ball.

  374. john_halfz September 7th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    The “A” lineup might be out because

    1) Yanks lead Boston by 7.5
    2) Yanks lead LAA by 5
    3) Matt Garza is a really good pitcher
    4) Matt Garza is a really good pitcher who has tended to dominate the hitters who are not hitting today
    5) Johnny Damon is 36 years old

  375. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Hinske wore him down for Melky.

  376. liz September 7th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    anybody knows who’s warming up? (if there is any)

  377. MG September 7th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Phil – Not a troll since 2007
    September 7th, 2009 at 3:34 pm
    You absolutely do not run CC out there with a ridiculously high pitch count – just for the sake of a regular season win that means nothing.

    Why risk injury and blow him out in a meaningless game when October games are the only ones that matter?

    Stupid, school boy thinking. Classes start tomorrow and the trolls can go away.
    ———————————————-
    Phil, don’t insult me, if you ask CC he’ll want to be out there. I have no issue if Girardi pulls him but pitch counts for veteran pitchers like CC don’t mean much.

  378. Karen September 7th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Hughes is warming

  379. RalphieD (OPPC) September 7th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    hughes was warming up..

  380. Karen September 7th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Go Melkman!

  381. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I need a BG Triple

  382. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I don’t think MG is a school boy.

  383. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    STOOOPID IDIOT KAY!

    yet again, he said Gardner had a broken wrist.

  384. john_halfz September 7th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Well, MG, he should have been nicer, but advocating sending CC out for the 8th is flat moronic

  385. Karen September 7th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Brett needs a welcome-back hit

  386. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Yes melky! Nice base running!

  387. Karen September 7th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Great play Melkman! If we can just get Melky in it might be enough . . .

  388. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Hey, a feet first slide! I didn’t know they did that anymore.

    :P

  389. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    GB, I hope you’re right – I think Jeter deserves serious consideration, but I am suspicious of voters. I agree about Tex…..

  390. MG September 7th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    have some of you actually watched CC pitch in the 7th? He was throwing 95-96 and the changeup that K’ed Barlett was nasty. CC has never been hurt while pitching, do you really think there is some kind of wall that would hurt him to throw another inning? I didn’t exactly say I would give him the whole 8th inning, if he showed signs of fatigue I’d go to the ‘pen, just like they’ve been doing for the last 50 years.

  391. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    LOOKING LOOKING LOOKING

  392. Johnny D. September 7th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Break this dang duel apart!

  393. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 7th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Der-ek Je-ter
    Der-ek Je-ter
    Der-ek Je-ter
    Der-ek Je-ter
    Der-ek Je-ter

    Now’s the time!

  394. Karen September 7th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Crap — I can’t believe all these called strike 3′s. Let’s go Jete!

  395. Anthony Murillo September 7th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Man, the Yankees have been taking pitches that are right there. Teixeira, Jeter, now Gardner. Stop looking for the walk…

  396. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    man :(

  397. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Both Garza and CC have put on a pitching clinic today.

    I hope Joba is paying attention. 3-2 count? Why try and make the “perfect” pitch? Just challenge them with that fastball.

  398. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Man just :( aaaaah poor cc

  399. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    pinching my nose

  400. Yanks-Fan September 7th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    DAMM IT!!!

  401. YankeesLuv September 7th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    ahhhh Jetes.
    Arod stole all the hits, I blame him! :)

  402. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Oh no! :(

    Anthony Murillo, do you mind if I send the link to your pic with Wang to a Yankee-fan buddy of mine in Taiwan? I think he would get a kick out of your story.

  403. Yanks-Fan September 7th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Really poor CC, another great outing that goes without a chance of a win. Freaking Garza!!

  404. Dragon September 7th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    There goes CC’s CY Young.

    Thanks, offense. Glad to see you can beat up on Brian Talet in a meaningless game but can’t step up for your ace’s CY Young candidacy…

  405. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Sabathia has 4 more starts and needs to win all four to get to 20. also, 23 strikeouts short of 200. Unless Verlander and Greinke fall apart, he’s not likely to get the Cy Young.

  406. vtred September 7th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Man this offense is so streaky. Sucks they couldn’t get it done for CC.

  407. West September 7th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Joe should have matched up CC with Sonnenstine, that way we would have had a better chance to score runs.

  408. Anthony Murillo September 7th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Hey Nick,

    Go right ahead buddy.

  409. X-Mann September 7th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    He’ll probably have 4 starts left, but his last start may be truncated just to get him tuned up for the ALDS.

    Oh well… a shame the offense couldn’t help him out.

  410. SJ44 September 7th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Lot of whining with a first place team dragon.

    Your Red Sox are losing today. Perhaps you should worry about them.

  411. Dave September 7th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    He prob. has to run the table now to have a chance. With this offense, who knows? They’ll probably score 8 runs the day before he pitches, 8 runs the day after, and the day he pitches they’ll score 1.

  412. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Breaking ball away do it

  413. john_halfz September 7th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    MG:

    I watched CC pitch the 7th, yes. 8-9-1, right? And I saw Phil Hughes warming up in the bullpen. So you’d rather have CC at 118 come out for 2-3-4 in a game where a leadoff hit could be the difference?

    Good thinking, skip.

  414. SJ44 September 7th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    How is the offense “streaky”? They ran up against a good starter today. It happens. That’s baseball.

  415. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    GO HIM!!!

  416. We Miss Paulie September 7th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Hey Dragon, who’s YOUR CY young? Sorry, Beckett lost that bid months ago. He’s throwing a gem today too.

  417. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Got**

  418. tex's friend September 7th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    caught a break. looked like the ump was calling him safe.

  419. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Nice job!!!! He gone! Grab some pine, meat!

  420. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    The Yankees offense is just fine………fine enough to lead them to the best record in baseball. Ok, today CC didn’t get run support – it stinks for him, but it happens to every pitcher. It’s no reflection on the Yankees…..

  421. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    WOW!!!!

    Not many people get Crawford!!!

  422. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Oh, wow, that was close. I thought the Yankees stole one there, but watching the replay Cano juuuuuuuuuuuust got Crawford’s knee before the foot hit the bag. Sooooo close.

  423. tex's friend September 7th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    it’s a yankee home game. of course they won’t win until the bottom of the 9th.

  424. SJ44 September 7th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    He was out. YES had a great angle on it.

  425. MG September 7th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    john_halfz
    September 7th, 2009 at 3:50 pm
    MG:

    I watched CC pitch the 7th, yes. 8-9-1, right? And I saw Phil Hughes warming up in the bullpen. So you’d rather have CC at 118 come out for 2-3-4 in a game where a leadoff hit could be the difference?

    Good thinking, skip.
    ——————————————-
    It’s old school thinking, I’ve been watching and playing baseball much longer than you’ve probably been alive, kid. You didn’t see me complain when Hughes came in, did you? Or complain that he should have pitched the 2nd game or that the offense stunk or any of the other crap on this blog in the last 5 minutes?

    CC had handled Crawford all day, struck him out twice, I would have given CC the option of going batter by batter-maybe Girardi did just that and CC said he was done, we don’t know. But to call me an idiot because I have an opinion that doesn’t match yours just makes you look like a moron.

  426. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    “How about we compromise: if the Rays win, we’ll call it luck, if the Yanks win, we’ll recognize their superior talent?”

    Works for me. The Verizon portion of my wireless is still quite quirky. Internet goes down and then it’s anyone’s guess as to the numbers of connects/disconnects I have to perform to get it back up. I think I counted 8 this time. Thankfully Verizon is coming back tomorrow to deal with it.

    Burhle still doing a real nice job in Chicago.

  427. liz September 7th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    I read somewhere that Joe had the pitchers (CC and AJ) decide who’ll take which game. I think CC took game 1 knowing its the tougher assignment and that AJ needs to work some things out. That and because he said he wanted to work with Posada.

  428. RS September 7th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    “Joe should have matched up CC with Sonnenstine, that way we would have had a better chance to score runs.”

    Burnett needs the run support more than CC does. He badly could use a win.

  429. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    What’s all the ruckus?

    Are they doing the wave at the stadium?

  430. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    GJ Hughes!

  431. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Ha!

  432. Phil - Not a troll since 2007 September 7th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    MG – I will always call out troll thinking. Both veteran pitchers and newbie have limits to the amount their shoulders can withstand. Going for a personal milestone at the expense of the team and their potential long-term goals is selfish and stupid – troll thinking.

  433. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Man, Phil is utterly ridiculous. When is the last time he gave up a hit? When he walks or gives up a hit, it’s almost a surprise…….I can’t wait to see him in the rotation again.

  434. haiku-man September 7th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I wish the Yankees score a run(s).The last thing you need is xtra innings with a dbl header!

  435. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Did Shelley get there yet?

  436. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Come on Swish, now would be a good time to get a homerun here.

  437. john_halfz September 7th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    MG

    Didn’t call you an idiot, skip. Surprised that a guy who’s been around the block wants to work the ace hard in a meaningless game.

    Sabathia’s gotten to 123 pitches twice this year. How far, realistically, were they going to push him? And of course you know that batters are hitting around .300 off of him after pitch 100, right?

  438. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Betsy
    September 7th, 2009 at 3:57 pm
    Man, Phil is utterly ridiculous. When is the last time he gave up a hit? When he walks or gives up a hit, it’s almost a surprise…….I can’t wait to see him in the rotation again.

    ————————————————————

    I guess that you didn’t get the message, Betsy. Hughes is better suited for the 8th inning next year. NYY will just go out and sign another 90 million dollar starter.

  439. Phil - Not a troll since 2007 September 7th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    The YES network has had some exceptional camera work of late…the non-HR to left field in Toronto, various slow mo angles on plays at the bases. Solid work, ladies and gentlemen of YES.

  440. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    If Hughes had thrown less pitches, I would say bring him back for the 9th and save Mo for tonight (or the 10th, if we are unfortunate enough to see extras).

    But with 18, better to bring in somebody else.

  441. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Tex is due

  442. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    LOL GB – the Yankees can throw $$$ at anyone and sign them. Ah – a return to the 80′s. I knew nostalgia is in again, but really…….

  443. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    oooh nice

  444. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I told you

  445. RS September 7th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Yeah, Tex!

  446. Karen September 7th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I love this team

  447. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Walk to Rodriguez and then Cano smokes a double.

  448. kav September 7th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    The best thing that could happen is tonight Jeter ties or breaks the record in the bottom of the 9th for the win. A pie and a record together.

  449. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  450. YankeesLuv September 7th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Oh come on! Intentionally walking Arod, darn!
    Come on Robbie!

  451. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    WHADDAYAKNOW? ROBI CANO!

  452. Karen September 7th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Good move taking Swishahouse out. He probably couldn’t score on a sac fly. He started it all out with a walk!

  453. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    You just have to figure the Yankees score here. I want to say it is virtually impossible for the Yanks not to score. I know we’ve seen it happen but I just cannot imagine it happening with the real Murderer’s Row and Cano here!

    :)

  454. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Come on Cano! You are due for a clutchy hit!

  455. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    LOL GB – the Yankees can throw $$$ at anyone and sign them. Ah – a return to the 80’s. I knew nostalgia is in again, but really…….
    ——————-

    Hey, why not! I mean, Pavano is available again. Or would you prefer Ponson? Randall Johnstone?

  456. S.A.--Serenity Now September 7th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Let’s go Cano

  457. espitzer September 7th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Don’t you have any errands to do? Or things to buy on Ebay?

  458. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Betsy
    September 7th, 2009 at 4:03 pm
    LOL GB – the Yankees can throw $$$ at anyone and sign them. Ah – a return to the 80’s. I knew nostalgia is in again, but really…….

    ————————————————————

    Hey…it’s only money, and, not even ours. As fans, we deserve the best and most expensive. Then, go out and trade the farm for Halladay and put him in the pen.

  459. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I hope to see a Grand Slam

  460. MG September 7th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Phil – Not a troll since 2007
    September 7th, 2009 at 3:57 pm
    MG – I will always call out troll thinking. Both veteran pitchers and newbie have limits to the amount their shoulders can withstand. Going for a personal milestone at the expense of the team and their potential long-term goals is selfish and stupid – troll thinking.
    ————————————–
    think whatever you want, pal, I don’t give a crap, but there is a big difference between an opinion based on baseball logic and history than someone following the game on Gameday thinking he can actually understand what is happening.

  461. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    There ya go!!!

  462. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    No Randy, I’m here to stay!

    :)

  463. YankeesLuv September 7th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    There ya go Robbie! Nice!

  464. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Sac fly nice

  465. RS September 7th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Nice job, Cano.

  466. RalphieD (OPPC) September 7th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    nice job robbie…very very nice job

  467. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Sac fly. I’m down with that.

  468. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    That’s all she wrote!

    ROBBY!!!!!

    :)

  469. Yanks-Fan September 7th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Solid job, Cano.

  470. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Phil Hughes > Lance Cormier.

  471. S.A.--Serenity Now September 7th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Get some more

  472. rb September 7th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    It’s a ribbie for Robbie! :D

  473. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Good enough, Cano. Score the extra run with Longoria due up after Burrell.

  474. S.o.S. September 7th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    CONSPIRACY!!
    They waited till C.C. was out of the game to score. Must be Cashman trying to avoid 20 game winner/cy young bonuses.

  475. Karen September 7th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Let’s break it right open with a few more runs. Ray’s bullpen really stinks.

  476. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Includign today, the Yankees have won 14 consecutive games when Hughes pitches in a game.

  477. john_halfz September 7th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    MG:

    Why do you assume people are “following” the game on Gameday? It’s not possible that people are watching? That some people who are watching know even though Crawford was overmatched today, he’s had some pretty good cuts off of CC in the past?

    Basically you’re advocating that he be left in, I guess so he can get a meaningless counting stat. But to get that counting stat, he’d have to have thrown three more outs…which would easily put him at his season high…for a team that’s 37 games over .500

    See, that’s where your playing ball doesn’t give you better judgment. When I played in HS, we all wanted the ace to throw until his arm fell off, because he was better than everyone else. We weren’t major leaguers with a 162 game season and a full postseason. I can sympathize with your mentality in a town ball game, obviously

  478. espitzer September 7th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Don’t you have to go the market or do some kind of feminine hygiene?

  479. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Yankee fans are entitled to perfection from their players……nothing less will do.

  480. RS September 7th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Reliever stats can be so bogus sometimes. Bradford has put 19 runners on base in 8 innings and has a 3.38 ERA.

  481. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    S.o.S.
    September 7th, 2009 at 4:09 pm
    CONSPIRACY!!
    They waited till C.C. was out of the game to score. Must be Cashman trying to avoid 20 game winner/cy young bonuses.

    ————————————————————

    You got it. Everything is a conspiracy against the Yankees….even the Yankee front office.

  482. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    GO GO JO PO!!!!!!

  483. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Posada!!!

  484. Phil - Not a troll since 2007 September 7th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Why are you watching on Gameday, MG? You should watch the game on YES. Baseball history? Have you not seen advanced studies on the subject of pitchers bodies after 120 pitches? Wow. Uninformed, troll-like, and insulting. You have hit the trifecta.

    You will get no more responses from me, troll. I have wasted enough energy on you.

    FYI…I am sitting in section 212 at the Stadium, son (since you have such an affinity for using family vernacular).

  485. MG September 7th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Joe Madden isn’t exactly showing his managerial brilliance with his bullpen moves today. First he lets Cormier face Cano, then brings in Bradford to face Posada.

  486. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    So will Phil close it out or is Mo available today? I would go with Phil as he’s already pitched and if Mo can go, save him for tonight (hopefully)

  487. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    If Bobby Jenks can hold on, Chisox have this game.

  488. haiku-man September 7th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Thks Chad Bradford,and CC thks U 2!!

  489. RS September 7th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I don’t know if it’s a product of bad pitching or Joe Maddon’s managerial style but I’ve noticed that the Rays often go through multiple relievers in one inning. Sometimes they use up 3 guys to get 4 or 5 outs.

  490. Y 27 September 7th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Rays bullpen has blown 8 of their last 12 save opportunities.

    They have been the worst pen in baseball over the past month.

  491. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    YEAH BABY!

  492. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Another sac fly nice

  493. rb September 7th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    They are using Mo if it’s a save situation.

  494. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Nice. Two sac flies in one inning.

  495. liz September 7th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    What is the largest lead blown by Mo? I’m not saying I’m afraid of him blowing this one but I’m just curious. Does anybody know?

  496. Aardvark September 7th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    It’s a shame that one bad inning cost Beckett. You never want to see that with a pitcher.

  497. S.o.S. September 7th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    You got it. Everything is a conspiracy against the Yankees….even the Yankee front office.

    ————–

    GB,
    I knew if anyone would be on my side of things it would be you. I mean i wouldnt be surprised if they exchanged Jeters bats to make sure he breaks the record at night so they can have a fireworks show.
    YANKEES/YANKEE FANS VS. THE WORLD + FRONT OFFICE = #27 in 09

  498. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Y 27, their problem is that their starters haven’t been going deep enough into games and the pen has really been taxed. We all know what happens when the pen has been really taxed – just not this season!

    :)

  499. espitzer September 7th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I like to see Beckett lose every inning, every game.

  500. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    “It’s a shame that one bad inning cost Beckett. You never want to see that with a pitcher.”

    Um…

  501. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Kidding aside, this is why I discount the ‘lucky hit’ factor. Both starters were great, but the Yanks have the far better option with Phil Hughes compared to Lance Cormier and the Yankee hitters have fantastic numbers in the 7th inning and beyond (a factor in that being the dropoff in talent they face as other teams somehow fail to put their best arms in the bullpen, hmmmm).

    Did Kay say before that the Yanks are 14-0 in games in which they are tied in the 7th inning or later?

    (what does Randy have to do with anything? I have not seen him comment)

  502. Remo September 7th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Wonder what kind of Spring Training lineup that Burnett will get tonight.

  503. Bronx Jeers September 7th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    I really need Melky to get a hit here.

  504. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Do u push Phil for a second, so you have mo for the next game?

  505. espitzer September 7th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    You forgot your little smiley face. Feeling ok?

  506. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I’d like Mo to get into the game just to see what he has.

  507. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Aardvark September 7th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    It’s a shame that one bad inning cost Beckett. You never want to see that with a pitcher.

    ***********

    Yeah all of us a crying for Josh.

  508. Dragon September 7th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    If they use MO, then Burnett is being left out to dry tonight. A lineup missing some key guys and a bullpen without the 2 best guys. Who closes for him tonight then, Coke?

  509. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Wb Mo

  510. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I hope Texas can take advantage if the White Sox hold on!

  511. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Jen, Phil can’t go tonight anyway, so I would let him pitch…….

  512. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Blah. Player of the Game should of been Swisher or CC

  513. Phil - Not a troll since 2007 September 7th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    The place went crazy when Enter Sandman started, per usual.

  514. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I guess not. Mo out there.

  515. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Guess not…….

  516. Tom September 7th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Come on… Girardi doesn’t have creativity, he is as “buy the book” as you can get. A save situation = closer at all times unless he is injured.

  517. V Torch September 7th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Rivera hasn’t worked in a while too… if he is a little rusty, it is better than it is in a 3 run game rather than a 1 run game.

  518. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Wow where the hell was that pitch?

  519. rb September 7th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Matsui is definitely going to DH tonight, JD will be in left. I’m pretty sure that’s what Joe G said in pre-game with Sterling. My guess is that Jeter and Alex will play. I would have thought Alex would sit, but I can’t see sitting hime after his 3 for 3.

  520. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Tom, I’d rather have Mo come in in a 4-1 game than a one-run game, at this point. This is his first game in a while. Let him work out any rust with a cushion.

  521. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Stupid ump man

  522. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    5-1 Chicago

  523. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    This ump is awful! how many pitches has he missed for Mo?

  524. RS September 7th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Mo might double his total walks from last year. Just shows how unbelievable he was in ’08.

  525. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Got him!

  526. rb September 7th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    You can’t “save” Mo for tonight. It could be a blowout (Yankees win, of course).

  527. espitzer September 7th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Going with Mo is the right move

  528. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    You have a chance to win THIS game. You pitch Mo. Worry about tonight when we get there.

    ———

    Mo is getting squeezed here. He’s not getting calls on the corner that Garza got all day long. You can kind of understand the discrepancy between calls that Garza got and CC didn’t since CC’s a left and Garza a righty. But Mo’s a righty just like Garza; Mo should be getting the same calls.

  529. SJ44 September 7th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Guess Red Sox trolls have to come in here and talk nonsense since their team isn’t giving them much to talk about.

  530. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Good point, Trish – also, we may not even need him tonight. Still, tonight who’s going to potentially save the game – Robertson?

  531. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Yankees win!!!

  532. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Mo looks just fine.

    :)

  533. SJ44 September 7th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Save situation you go to Mo 100% of the time.

  534. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Magic number 18 Johnny Damon… We’ll see if it goes down to Bucky Dent, Bobby Murcer… etc

  535. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Alright………nice win all around.

  536. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Yanks should extend Mo’s contract in the offseason.

  537. liz September 7th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    it’s so nice to have such a reliable closer…

  538. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    And there you go, 15-0 after being tied in the 7th inning.

    Total domination. Kill off Tampa.

  539. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    If Rivera is rusty, they need to throw some of that water on Chamberlain and Burnett. If he’s missing the plate, it’s only by the width of a baseball. He’s the original “FREAK”.

  540. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Betsy, good question. Lots of potential scenarios but you would think that Ace will be our first go-to guy. Depending on when it is do you think it is possible that he would let Ace close out the game?

  541. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I’m always ok with Mo, lol. SJ, can Phil go tonight or is 18 pitches too much?

  542. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    2 outs bottom of the 9th in Chicago.

  543. Vince September 7th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Yesssss ! ! The Sox are winning, 5-1.

  544. Ucon Du Eek September 7th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Jeter said he hasn’t thought about pursuing records in the future but will play “as long as it’s still fun.” He said two of his his most memorable hits were his first hit and first homer. He has the first hit ball but not the first HR because the fan wouldn’t give it back to him.

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx

    I am sure, if you want, you can make an offer the fan cannot refuse.

  545. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Mkay is mad

  546. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    LOL Jorge so cute, says he is going to meet John at NYY at 4. Than turns and looks and sees it is 4:30 he said 5 no 5 i’ll be there.

  547. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    There you go, Posada just called for Hughes to stay in the bullpen. Go get him! :evil:

  548. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 7th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    White Sox win!!!!!

    :D

  549. Yanks-Fan September 7th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Excellent postseason caliber win. Both starters gave their all in a pitchers duel that lasted 7 innings. Down to the bullpens, Hughes was masterful again, while the offense, as they have made it a custom here, got through the Rays bullpen and pulled out the win. Too bad CC didn’t get the win, but he was everything you can expect from an Ace.

    We still have a healthy bullpen for the second game.

    GREAT WIN!

  550. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    KC is winning 5-1 vs the LAA

  551. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Man….the White Sox are due for a huge fine from Selig for disregarding his “Throw the game to the Red Sox” edict. Wonder if he fines Tampa for laying down for the Yankees?

  552. Nat September 7th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Hughes was at 18 pitches. Why extend him out and potentially make him unavailable for a couple of days?

    You go to your closer in that spot.

  553. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    I forgot about Ace, Trish – I wouldn’t, though. I’m just hoping that we are in that situation. Forget getting a win – who cares ? AJ needs to get back on track…….I’m confident he will eventually and that he will be big int he post-season. It all starts now – I don’t care if he dominates, I just want to see signs of improvement.

  554. RS September 7th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Funniest part of the boxscore-

    SB: Navarro
    CS: Crawford

  555. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Magic number 17.. hello Bucky F’in Dent.

    lets get it down later tonight! Chairman of the board.

  556. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Posada’s YES on-field post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/652233958a723066/

  557. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 7th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Magic number 18 Johnny Damon… We’ll see if it goes down to Bucky Dent, Bobby Murcer… etc

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

    Bucky Dent wore 20 with the Yanks. Mickey Rivers wore 17 he’s next.

  558. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Nick, I hope you are kidding. If not, well – ugh. Oh well – Jorge will have to be disappointed.

    Jen, who is John?

  559. espitzer September 7th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Any chance that a good massage in all the right places lets Mo pitch in game 2?

  560. RS September 7th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Bullpen now has won 12 straight decisions.

  561. EvoLuTioN September 7th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    rumor has it pena has 2 fractured bones in his hand

    Chris Richard called up from the Durham Bulls

    Richard, 35, hit .263 with 24 homers and 75 RBIs for the Bulls. He hasn’t been in the big leagues since 2003.

  562. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Betsy, listen to the audio Pel just posted. Kim Jones asked him how he liked the CC-Hughes-Mo combo and he said “I hope we can keep that combo together for a long time.”

    At least Posada is consistent.

  563. Echo . Romeo . September 7th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    My prediction for A.J.:

    3 innings
    10 hits
    7 runs
    6 walks
    3 quadruples

  564. CB September 7th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    From innings 7-9 the yankees have a team OPS of .896 which translates into a team OPS+ of 147.

    A team OPS+ of 147.

    That means on average the yankees have been 47% more productive than a league average team from innings 7-9.

    And that’s not an issue of small samples – that’s over 1700 plate appearances.

    To put that into perspective – Alex Rodriguez himself has a career OPS+ of exactly 147.

    That means that from innings 7-9 the yankees, on average, have been sending up an Alex Rodriguez level of performance every at bat.

    Now that’s not to say all of the yankees have been as good as Alex from innings 7-9 because Alex himself has been so dominant from innings 7-9 that he’s bringing up the entire team average.

    From innings 7-9 the “unclutch” Alex Rodriguez this year has an OPS of 1.014 and an OPS+ of 178.

    But the startling thing is the overall team performance late in games – an OPS+ of 147.

    Think about that from the opposing pitcher’s point of view.

    He has to get 9 outs to finish the game and each guy he faces on average is performing at the level Alex has over the course of his career.

  565. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    jennifer
    September 7th, 2009 at 4:33 pm
    Magic number 17.. hello Bucky F’in Dent.

    lets get it down later tonight! Chairman of the board.

    ————————————————————

    Frank Sinatra has a number retired? Why? Nancy Sinatra, that I can see.

  566. Nick in SF September 7th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    CB, good to see you. I have been quoting your stat a bit lately.

  567. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Jim

    http://yankeesnumbers.com/play.....=%3D%2C%2C

  568. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Nick, thanks. Well, Jorge is wrong – like he was wrong about Joba. I swear, it’s like developing SP is going out of style, lol. Oh well – next year it will be Phil, pen, Mo – Jorge will survive.

  569. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 7th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Nice post CB.

  570. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    espitzer September 7th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Any chance that a good massage in all the right places lets Mo pitch in game 2?
    ======================================================
    Only if it has a happy ending :)

  571. EvoLuTioN September 7th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Well, its true.

    from the rays blog:
    UPDATE, 4:38: Pena has fractured the middle and index finger of his left hand and is done for the year.

  572. RS September 7th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Just compared the boxscore from the Red Sox game with the one from the Yankees game and came to this conclusion:

    Sabathia > Beckett
    Hughes > Okajima
    Yankees offense > Red Sox offense

    And I’m fairly confident in saying that Rivera > Papelbon

  573. Betsy September 7th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    CB, those stats are pretty amazing…….

  574. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Red soxs fall to 8 1/2 games back. Do we really even need to worry about them anymore?

  575. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks Pel!

  576. espitzer September 7th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Stevie: It usually worked for me when I had to work late. If you need a number to call, let me know.

  577. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    If Pena has a broken hand, that’s bad news for him and Tampa. He’s fighting for the home run and RBI titles and that just about sinks Tampa for the year.

    It’s also bad news for this board because “The Dimwitted Gerbil” will be here shortly about the Yankee pitchers head hunting, even though Pena was part of the cause by swinging at the unhittable pitch..

  578. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Just an fyi, If Jeter doesn’t go 4-4 tonight Yes will have pre and post game tomorrow.

  579. SJ44 September 7th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Betsy,

    Exhale. Posada is talking about it lasting through October.

    As in Playoffs, World Series, Parade of Champions.

    Honestly, Phil Hughes’ parents don’t get as worked up over quotes from players and the media about their son as you do.

    I hope that combo continues as long as it takes this year for the Yankees to win a championship.

    Worry about 2010 in 2010.

    CB,

    My nephew got called up to Lynchburg for their playoff run beginning on Wednesday. He’s played in a couple of games so far and has 2 doubles.

    Should be a fun week for him as he gets his first taste of professional playoff baseball.

  580. Carl September 7th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    lol at the Ray announcers thinking Carl was safe

  581. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    If Pena has a broken hand, that’s bad news for him and Tampa. He’s fighting for the home run and RBI titles and that just about sinks Tampa for the year.

    It’s also bad news for this board because “The Dimwitted Gerbil” will be here shortly about the Yankee pitchers head hunting, even though Pena was part of the cause by swinging at the unhittable pitch..

    ********

    Is that what you are calling that red sox troll? LOL

  582. haiku-man September 7th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    You know what’s so good about the Sawx loss today?
    Beckett’s 4th attempt at #15 denied.Sweeeeet!

  583. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    YES post-game Booth Report with Nancy Newman, Michael Kay, and John Flaherty:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/6522401441516a7a/

  584. SJ44 September 7th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    GB,

    Christina25 will be on soon crying about CC’s “handhunting” of Pena.

    Jim is waiting for the black helicopters to leave Chicago and follow the Red Sox to their next destination.

    Its all part of a bigger plot. One that’s bigger than all of us.

  585. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    jennifer
    September 7th, 2009 at 4:46 pm
    GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    If Pena has a broken hand, that’s bad news for him and Tampa. He’s fighting for the home run and RBI titles and that just about sinks Tampa for the year.

    It’s also bad news for this board because “The Dimwitted Gerbil” will be here shortly about the Yankee pitchers head hunting, even though Pena was part of the cause by swinging at the unhittable pitch..

    ********

    Is that what you are calling that red sox troll? LOL

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, unfortunately, that name just jumped on my keyboard and the dog hit the “enter key”. I’m completely innocent.

  586. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    LOL

    Ledger_Yankees Swisher on Gardner: “Fastest white man in America.” –Carig

    from twitter!

  587. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    SJ44
    September 7th, 2009 at 4:49 pm
    GB,

    Christina25 will be on soon crying about CC’s “handhunting” of Pena.

    Jim is waiting for the black helicopters to leave Chicago and follow the Red Sox to their next destination.

    Its all part of a bigger plot. One that’s bigger than all of us.

    ————————————————————

    Yep. That only means one thing. Right now, all is right in “The Evil Empire”.

  588. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Yankee lead over the S*x, week by week, starting with August 1st:

    Aug 1 – 0.5
    Aug 8 – 5.5
    Aug 15 – 7.5
    Aug 22 – 6.5
    Aug 29 – 6.0
    Sep 5 – 8.5
    Today – 8.5

    They made a mini-run over two weeks between August 15 and August 29. Other than that, the Yankees have been pulling away or holding steady.

    Watch out for Texas, Boston fans.

  589. CB September 7th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Nick,

    It’s just an amazing level of performance for a team late in games.

    And it’s not just a random occurrence inside of data. It’s not simply a statistical finding.

    There’s a reason why this is happening.

    As a team, overall they have an OPS+ of 123. That is just outstanding.

    For his career Bernie had an OPS+ of 125, IIRC.

    From innings 7-9 an OPS+ of 147. I just can’t get over that.

    It’s as if a good starting pitcher can just keep them in check the first 2 times through the order. But then they have that starting pitcher figured out or they are into the other team’s pen and they just abuse relief pitchers.

    It’s just amazing to watch.

  590. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Girardi’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/6522428722c160ae/

  591. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Game 2; Jeter 6, Damon 7, Teixeira 3, Matsui DH, Swisher 9, Cano 4, Cabrera 8, Hairston 5, Molina 2, Burnett 1. –Carig

  592. jennifer September 7th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    CC got the belt!

  593. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    LOL!

    Brad Penny is perfect thought three.

    the National League is redickulous

  594. ShamWow September 7th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I am watching NESN and according to them “Beckett had a great game because he did not give up a home run and oh by the way he lost the game”.

  595. Nat September 7th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    SWISHer is hilarious lol

  596. GreenBeret7 September 7th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    What Jeter has done this year (his whole career, really) is amazing. Last year, he was still quite good, but, not really the same. I would think that the legs were missing. This year, he’s more like the 25 year old Jeter.

    I think that Damon might be having those same issues. His homers are up, but, I think that’s more a case of him cheating on his swings, and homers and strikeouts are up. A long rest over the winter should revitalize him. You see it in the lack of steals.

    Rodriguez just has all of the pitchers confused with his approach. 3 hits, 3 different fields. They don’t seem to know what to do with him.

  597. rb September 7th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    LOL at Swish! Re: Gardner “Fastest white man in America” :lol:

  598. Pat M. September 7th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    CB’s late game numbers account for why the club is 15 out of 15 when tied after 7 …..That truly is an amazing stat…..No drunk needing a lamp post for that stat….

  599. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 7th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    GB7:

    Hopefully, Damon continues to get some rest during September so that he has fresher legs come October. If he can rejuvenate his legs for the post-season, that will obviously be great for us.

    Even if the rest does mean we’ll hear a lot of comments about “b” and “c” line ups. :lol:

  600. Pel September 7th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    CC’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/65224648c6e00dbe/

  601. CB September 7th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    SJ,

    Congrats on Tony! I’m very happy for him. As you well know, getting promoted to a higher level of play for the post season in the minors is a very big deal. That’s both a reward for the level of performance and a sign to let the kid know the organization think he’s special.

    And it’s not often you see a catcher promoted like that largely due to his bat.

    I’m sure you’re trying to keep the excitement in check – but given what Tony’s done so far the probability of him making the show is very high.

    Most important thing is that we know he’s not Kyle Skipworth (a guy BA loved…).

    He’ll of course have to meet the double AA hurdle before we know how good he might be at the pro level. But for a catcher to hit the way he has so far – he’s going to play in the bigs. He’s shown a ton so far and it’s not like he plays 1b where the floor for performance is so high that you just can’t know if a kid will make it until he rakes in AA.

    And that’s the biggest thing obviously – just make it to the bigs and carve out a career. Now I’m not saying in any way that’s all Tony’s going to do or to say what his “ceiling” is.

    But first and foremost – make it to the bigs and carve out a career. You can do that and you’ll play 10+ years and make $40-50M. That’s a dream. From their you keep pushing to expand that dream. But carving out a career is what only a couple hundred of people get to do every generation.

    Just me, but I do hope the Pirates take it easy with him and don’t promote him too fast. The way they’ve promoted kids this year in their organization concerns me some (e.g. Alvarez).

    I’d like to see them give Tony half a season in high A next year and then see where he is.

    Maybe I’m overly cautious, but I personally feel once you can see that a kid is going to play in the bigs – the first job of the organization is to do no harm.

    Anyway, I might just be overly conservative.

    On the whole you couldn’t ask for more. It’s got to be a thrill for him, his parents and your entire family.

  602. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 7th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    If the Yankees go .500 (12-12) the rest of the way the Sawks would need to go 21-4 to catch them. If all this came to pass the Rangers would also have to go 24-2 to beat the Yanks out of a wild card spot.

  603. Stevie September 7th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Brad Penny is in the midsts of the season’s 3rd no hitter!

  604. haiku-man September 7th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Looks like Yankees get back the game on the Angels.

    KC-6 Angels-3 top of the 9th

  605. haiku-man September 7th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Brad Penny is auditioning for FA,WHILE in the NL.

  606. haiku-man September 7th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Angels lost to KC 6-3 yes!

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