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Today in The Journal News

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Today in the Journal News on May 14, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A road trip that started with two huge wins in Boston ended on Thursday with the Yankees being shutout for the second time in as many days. The offense has gone silent this week and will attempt to make some noise again when the team returns home tonight against the Twins.

The Yankees finally made the Juan Miranda call-up before Thursday’s game, adding the left-handed hitter to what had become a right-heavy lineup. The notebook also has items on Nick Swisher, Derek Jeter, Chan Ho Park and Sergio Mitre.

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79 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 14th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    What started out as a great road trip really ended on a sour note. I’m glad the guys are finally home for a decent stretch, but home won’t necessarily be the panacea unless you think that it was all that time on the road that caused their offense to slump. We talk about the Rays all the time, but the Twins are a very, very good team as well – this will be a tough series. Hopefully AJ will get back on the beam and the offense can support him.

  2. JM May 14th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    The Twins are a great team. They have added some offensive pop this year and their pitching remains solid. This will be a tough series, for sure.

  3. Joe from Long Island May 14th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Good morning, to Betsy and the rest of you all out there –

    I’m taking a day off from work today to do prep work for stepson’s college graduation this Sunday. Lots of little things, but, first things first –

    Betsy, you’re right, coming home by itself does not guarantee anything, and the Twins really are a good team (past performance against the Yanks notwithstanding). Having said that, I really do think the road was wearing on them. Couple that with the nagging and more serious injuries, and 22-12 looks even more impressive.

    But, the beauty of baseball is that there’s always another game coming up. Tonight, AJ goes, and he’s been pretty good when his FB has been sharp, as it has been for most of the season. Confidence is a big part of athletic performance, and between AJ and the guys feeling better about being home now for a prolonged stretch, I am optimistic.

    Later.

  4. blake May 14th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    MTU,

    bravo, keep up the good work.

  5. JohnC May 14th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    WHo goes for Twins tonight? Baker or Liriano? Yankees.com says Liriano but the papers are saying Baker.

  6. blake May 14th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Joe,

    You’re right…that is the beauty of baseball. Enjoy your day off and congrats to your stepson. I’m actually working today….yuck.

  7. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 14th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Hi Joe!

    Congratulations!

    I agree that the Yankees must be dog-tired; this schedule has been brutal – I’m not sure how they’ve withstood it to be honest. The Tigers are a good team, but 3/4 against the Yankees good? I don’t think so. I sort of think the Yankees suffered the same syndrome that I do when I go away. At first, I’m eager to go away and I have a great time on vacation. However, when the departure date arrives, no matter how good of a time I’ve had, I’m always ready to go home. I’m not saying they’ve given at bats away (that’s not in their DNA so to speak), but I’m sure they saw the finish line at the end of the Tigers series. That said, their big guns really need to start getting and staying hot…….they’ve been exceptionally cold all year.

  8. upstate kate May 14th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    mlb.com also says Liriano is pitching tonight

    Joe- congrats to your stepson!

  9. ¯\(°_o)/¯ May 14th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Bad series’ happen. Sometimes you lose 2 out of 3 to the worst team in baseball (2009 Nationals).

    Baseball is a game where in certain circumstances, the worst team can beat the best team. That’s one of the things that make it so much different than every other sport.

    The Tigers straight up played better during this series. That will happen. Yankees aren’t going to win every series this year. There’s a good chance they’ll lose a series to a team much worse than the Tigers. It happens.

    You move on.

  10. MTU (aka GBURL) May 14th, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Blake-

    When you make the genes your friend almost anything is possible.

    Joe-

    The problem is now your stepson has to actually go out there and do something.

    Seriously, Congrats ! :)

  11. pat May 14th, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Many athletes are creatures of habit so getting into a routine is likely more of a panacea than just getting home.

    Add in the injuries and guys may be trying to do a little more than they were trying to do a few weeks ago and getting off their games a little in the process.

  12. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 14th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I’m so used to the media panicking or trying to instill panic in fans that it’s a surprise when they are level-headed. On the Daily News show on SNY, the entire panel (John Harper and company) expressed absolutely no concern and for the very reasons we’ve been stating. In fact, they are all very confident in the Yankees……It was nice to hear.

  13. Hit Girl May 14th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    If somehow Cerevelli could start tonight, and not win. Posada the Yankees would win.

    They haven’t won a gme Posada has been in, since his return. He somehow affects the team flow by is presense.

    I like Posada but he has stooped the good tymes rolling. The Yankees will eventually win with him in the game, once everybody adjust to him again.

  14. blake May 14th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    The bats are gonna awaken tonight…I feel it.

  15. Fran (the original) and OPPC member May 14th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    It will be nice for the Yankees to be home. They only have 6 road games the rest of the month and 3 are at Citi Field.

    Betsy,
    I did catch Daily News Live and they were confident in the Yankees which is not always the case.

    Joe,
    Congratulations.

  16. SJ44 May 14th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Its Posada’s fault the Yankees lost 3 of 4 in Detroit?

    Usually this nonsense ends up in game threads. Its a shame trolling now takes on the morning shift.

    How in the world did this team win the World Series last year, and 4 others, with Jorge Posada catching?

    The stupidity of some people never ceases to amaze me.

  17. JM May 14th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Ironic in particular since Posada was the only one who really hit the ball yesterday.

  18. upstate kate May 14th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    just stop the Posada nonsense
    Posada was one of the few who got a hit yesterday
    Cervelli was catching AJ when he lost to the sox
    no way did Posada “stoop the good tymes”

  19. blake May 14th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    SJ,

    I guess trolls have to blame someone for the Yankees having the 2nd best record in baseball, the 2nd best run differential, and the most runs scored.

  20. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 14th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Why is anyone responding to this dope?

  21. Patrick from CT May 14th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    The Yankees need AJ to pitch well tonight. Also, Tex and ARod need to start carrying the offence. This will not be an easy streach of games coming up…

  22. blake May 14th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Yes, for all the critisism of the Yankee offense, they still are leading baseball in runs scored. They are injured and worn out right now…once they get healthy and a taste of home cookin then its steamroll time if they continue to pitch the way they have.

  23. upstate kate May 14th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    sorry Betsy, I wouldn’t have responded had I seen SJ and JM’s comments first.

    we went thru this endlessly last year w/ Molina and I am beyond tired of it.

  24. Flash May 14th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Hit Girl is arguably the worst thing to happen to this forum, comment after comment is idiotic.

  25. Coffee Talk May 14th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I’m all verklempt

    Talk amongst yourselves

    I’ll give you a topic

    Hit Girl is neither a ‘Hit’ nor a ‘Girl’

    discuss

  26. MTU (aka GBURL) May 14th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    SJ-

    Thru the miracle of genetic engineering I hope to implant a gene into all trolls that will lead to “spontaneous combustion” whenever they begin to move their mouths or touch a keyboard with a finger.

    If the graft takes there will not be any trolls here any more. they will all self-destruct.

    If not, other solutions might be forthcoming. :)

  27. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 14th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Kate, you don’t need to apologize, but responding to this person like she’s normal is showing too much respect to her. He/She won’t go away if we ignore her, but it will make us feel better, lol.

    We really need an ignore function and I have no idea why the IT department won’t do it (but they felt it important to change the look of the blog which wasn’t necessary at all).

  28. John in Ohio May 14th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Miranda is going to club some homers this weekend. Mark it down.

  29. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 14th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    If I were so inclined, I’d start a blog of my own and just email passwords to people I wanted to let in……….It’s getting to that point of irritation with me. Now, I would never ever do it, but it’s a nice thing to think about.

  30. Fran (the original) and OPPC member May 14th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    If I were so inclined, I’d start a blog of my own and just email passwords to people I wanted to let in
    ************
    Betsy,

    I hope that I would get a password ;)

  31. SJ44 May 14th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I think we should just take these several troll catch all comments, tack them to the top of this blog, and then just move on.

    Every loss is Posada’s fault.

    Cashman and Girardi need to be fired immediately, especially after losses, because mommy has to hear me cry myself to sleep at night.

    The entire roster needs to be blown up, especially after losses.

    This team has no “heart”, especially true after losses.

    Austin Jackson is a Hall of Fame player. I can’t believe the Yankees traded him. Fire Cashman.

    Bring back Melky Cabrera. Even though he is hitting .200 in Atlanta, and Brett Gardner is having an all star type of start, Melky is the better player. I know it. I can find some stat that will back me up.

    The Yankees would never lose a game with Cervelli catching everyday. GET IT DONE GIRARDI OR YOU ARE FIRED!!!!

    If we just add these 7 comments to every thread, it would save the trolls that live on here a lot of time and effort because its the only thing they write about on a daily basis.

  32. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 14th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Fran, you’d get the first :mrgreen: !

  33. Steve May 14th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    The next time the Tigers meet the Yankees it will be at the Stadium August 16-19 and they will not see the same Yankee team.

  34. ¯\(°_o)/¯ May 14th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Doznt Hit Girl useually speel bettar then that and has bettar grammer?

    Troll of Troll?

  35. MTU (aka GBURL) May 14th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    The single best way to get rid of trolls is to put a SMACKDOWN on the rest of the league, and I do believe it’s coming soon. :)

  36. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 14th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    No Troll for you…….

    Trolling for Dollars……

  37. upstate kate May 14th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    SJ
    you forgot the:
    why did Cashman let Matsui and Damon go
    Javy can’t play in NY/ has a loser gene
    Jeter is done
    why did Cashman get Thames/Winn

  38. I am a Fat Walrus May 14th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Melky is a better player because he had the “Got Melky” T-Shirts. It are a fact.

  39. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 14th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    To be fair, the loser gene thing belongs to Joel Sherman.

  40. blake May 14th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I’m still amazed Sherman put that in print…even if he heard it elsewhere.

  41. Fran (the original) and OPPC member May 14th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    SJ and Kate,

    You also forgot:
    Why did Cashman sign Nick Johnson. He is always getting hurt.

    Betsy,
    Thanks :)

  42. Stephen Dedalus May 14th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I think it was “has the light gone out in Jeter?” or some such esoteric nonsense.

  43. MTU (aka GBURL) May 14th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Blake-

    Isn’t that yesterday’s news ? So passe. ;)

  44. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 14th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Blake, I know …….I’m not sure I’ve read a more insulting comment. It didn’t insult just Javy, but his family as well.

  45. blake May 14th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    It is because a cure has been found.

  46. blake May 14th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    It is pretty funny how people pine away for last year’s team when this year’s has a much better record to this point in the season than they did. Now granted the 09 team did go on to win a WS but you can’t really critize a team for games that haven’t been played yet can you?

  47. upstate kate May 14th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    ah yes Fran, how did I forget that one?!

  48. MTU (aka GBURL) May 14th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Blake-

    I’m going to turn Selig into a “cackling Hyena”, and for the press core I am working on activating a gene which will slowly but surely cause the skin at the corner of their mouths to grow towards each other. You can envision the result of that.

    With respect to the hands and typing that same genetic modification will cause the them to develop webbed hands and feet. So no typing will be possible.

    However, it will improve their swimming ability and cause them to bond better with Dolphins. :)

  49. SJ44 May 14th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Very good additions everybody! lol

  50. blake May 14th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    MTU,

    Sounds like a plan…looks like a troll would have a tough time typing anyway…do they have oposable thumbs?

  51. pat May 14th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    blake

    I asked someone yesterday if they missed the team that was 13-17 a year ago this time or the one who won the WS but they didn’t answer me. :wink:

  52. MTU (aka GBURL) May 14th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Blake-

    “do they have oposable thumbs?”

    Nope. Just conflicting ideas, and they walk on their knuckles. ;)

  53. blake May 14th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    pat,

    yea I imagine they couldn’t think of an intelligent reply…I think people forget how poorly the Yankees played to start the season last year.

  54. Matt May 14th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Liriano or Baker tonight?

  55. Dylan May 14th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I think the Yankees should start Posada AND Cervelli. Do we really need Golson on the roster? We should send him down and bring up another catcher. Cervelli and Posada are both hitting, so why not keep them both in the lineup. Cervelli is obviously better behind the plate, and the pitchers seem to like to throw to him. Obviously the Yankees aren’t going to bench Posada. Anyone who is suggesting that doesn’t deserve to be a Yankees fan. But I would love to see Posada at DH and Cervelli behind the plate. It will help keep Posada healthy for the entire season. Plus, the way Cervelli is hitting, the Yankees wont be any worse off offensively.

  56. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 14th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Fans blame Cash for breaking up a winning team – that’s what it comes down to.

    Opposable thumbs? I don’t think these trolls have gotten off all fours yet…….

  57. Bronx Jeers May 14th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Liriano. Who isn’t exactly what the the doctor would order to cure their woes but then again, it’s baseball. You can’t predict it. Don’t even try.

  58. Patrick May 14th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Or you could just ignore the trolls. You all realize that this massive derail complaining about trolls is exactly the purpose of trolling us to begin with? It’s just people that hate Yankee fans trying to get a rise out of you all.

    And I’m still convinced that Chip is the most genius troll of them all. He’s like an artist with the absurdly convoluted theories.

  59. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 14th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Let’s not insult great apes (especially gorillas, whom I adore) by comparing trolls to them………Trolls are highly unevolved creatures for whom Charles Darwin would be thrown for a loop.

  60. Erin May 14th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    LOL at the “troll comments”

    MTU, you sound like LoHud’s answer to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew. :D

  61. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 14th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    We need a troll motel (like the roach motel) where they check in and they never check out………

  62. Erin May 14th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    BryanHoch If I did see these guys, I might ride with them. They obviously came in a time machine from the 80s.

    http://twitpic.com/1np9ul

    :lol:

  63. JohnC May 14th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Patrick is right. The more you respond to trolls or let themget you riled up, the more they will continue to post. They love that. Do not feed them and they will eventually go away, cause it is no fun for them when they get no response. IGNORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. MTU (aka GBURL) May 14th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Erin-

    “MTU, you sound like LoHud’s answer to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew”

    Being compared to a Muppet of such high distinction is a great honor.

    I thank you.

    The only difference is that I am not bald or bespectacled. :)

  65. Patrick May 14th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    JohnC,

    Yep, this place is seriously easy to troll.

  66. Rick May 14th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Juan Miranda has a swing tailor made for the Stadium. He deserves some chances to show it.

  67. Erin May 14th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    MTU (aka GBURL) May 14th, 2010 at 11:14 am
    Erin-

    ?MTU, you sound like LoHud’s answer to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew?

    Being compared to a Muppet of such high distinction is a great honor.

    I thank you.

    The only difference is that I am not bald or bespectacled

    ***********************
    You’re very welcome! I was hoping you’d take it as the compliment it is. :)

    No baldness or glas-ses, huh? Do you at least have a lab coat?

  68. pat May 14th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    “Fans blame Cash for breaking up a winning team – that’s what it comes down to. ”

    or maybe they are bored nitpicking the guys still here and want a crack at Matui’s .307 OBP or Melky’s .196 BA or Austin Jackson’s 43 Ks or Damon’s defense, etc……. :wink:

    Sometimes the grass is green enough if you look closely at it.

  69. champ809 May 14th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    The Yanks will get right on this home stand….I gotta feeling Robbie’s about to heat up again and Jeter I think has a big homestand…

  70. champ809 May 14th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Miranda will have a good homestand as well….just a hunch.

  71. MaineYankee May 14th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    MTU

    I saw your link to Paul Bunyon last night. It is very imposing to see.

  72. Steve May 14th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    The only sure fire cure for trolls on this type of blog is complete ignorance of them. Eventually they get tired of wasting posts and hearing themselves talk gibberish.

  73. upstate kate May 14th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    looking forward to seeing what Miranda can do

  74. Hit Girl May 14th, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Keep your heads in the sand. Tampa will win the division, and maybe the Yankees will get the WC. Verducci picked the Rays as the team to beat in this division before the season began. Watch how many weeks the Rays live in 1st place, as compared to the Yankees.

    What do you expect when the best pitcher on the team is the 5th starter? The Ace isn’t getting it done. He doesn’t scare anyone. AJ is really like a box of chocolates, you Never know if he’s on or not. Even if AJj wins, he always has that crazy out of whack inning before he comes back to earth.

  75. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 14th, 2010 at 11:27 am

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....ppbzvuCRWJ

    Sergio Mitre is tentatively scheduled to start Sunday, but Girardi wouldn’t put it in pen because he might need the right-hander for long relief tonight or tomorrow.

    If Mitre is used enough that he can’t pitch Sunday, Girardi could pitch Javier Vazquez or Phil Hughes short although he said, “I am leaning toward not doing that.”

    **I really can not believe that Girardi has not ruled out pitching Phil on short rest; is he kidding?

  76. Erin May 14th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    New Post: Pitching Matchups

  77. MTU (aka GBURL) May 14th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Maine-

    Montero is almost as imposing. :)

  78. MTU (aka GBURL) May 14th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Erin-

    A lab coat is a must in my line of work. ;)

  79. z May 15th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    test

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