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Game 102: Yankees at Rays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Jul 30, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (65-36)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Colin Curtis DH
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Phil Hughes (12-3, 4.04)
Hughes vs. Rays

RAYS (63-38)
John Jaso C
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Matt Joyce RF
Willy Aybar DH
B.J. Upton CF
Reid Brignac 2B
Jason Bartlett SS

RHP Wade Davis (8-9, 4.32)
Davis vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Tim Welke, 1B Scott Barry, 2B Bill Welke, 3B Mike DiMuro

WEATHER: Domish.

BERKMAN ON THE WAY: The Lance Berkman trade is official according to Joel Sherman. Won’t be announced until tomorrow.

FIRST TIME: Phil Hughes has not faced Tampa Bay this season. The Rays have hit him in the past — team average of .333 against him — and Carlos Pena in particular has had success, going 2-for-3 with two home runs. That said, all of those numbers are based on pretty tiny sample sizes.

WAITING FOR NO. 600: Alex Rodriguez is 4-for-8 with two home runs in his career against Rays starter Wade Davis.

LEFT ON LEFT: According to Elias, Robinson Cano is the first Yankees left-handed hitter to have double digit home runs vs. LHP in back-to-back seasons since Reggie Jackson in 1979 and 80. Cano has 11 homers off lefties this year, tied with Albert Pujols for the most in the majors.

UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: Six pitches into the game, the Yankees have a 2-0 lead. Derek Jeter lead off with a single, then Nick Swisher hit the first pitch he saw for a two-run homer, his 19th of the season.

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Carlos Pena has hit Hughes in the past, but Hughes got the best of him in the first inning, getting a strikeout to strand Longoria at first. Still 2-0 Yankees.

UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Another big strikeout by Hughes to strand Upton at second.

UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: So far so good for Hughes, who has a shutout through four innings. That 2-0 lead stands.

UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: That’s Gardner’s fourth steal in six games, and his 30th of the season. It came after multiple pick-off attempts and on a pitch out. The guy is fast.

UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Robinson Cano gets the first Yankees hit since the first inning, but in the process, sends a chunk of the bat into the crowd. Looks like it hit someone directly in the head. Lots of medical attention.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Evan Longoria has a great at-bat song. Not so much because it’s a great song, just because it works really well for at-bat music. Cool rhythm. Loud guitars. And oddly enough, some well placed violin. I like it because it’s not instantly familiar, so Rays fans probably know it only as Longoria’s AB music.

UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Matt Joyce just clobbered a ball to right field for a three-run homer. It looked like a 2-2 cutter that Hughes left up. It’s now a 3-2 Rays lead.

UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Hughes gets  strikeout to end the sixth just as Chamberlain is starting to get loose in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: Joel Sherman says he’s hearing Mark Melancon and Jimmy Paredes are going to Houston. Sounds about right. Astros get a guy who seems to need a change of scenery, and a hit-or-miss young guy.

UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Now comes word the Yankees might be trading for Austin Kearns, who was just pulled for a pinch runner.

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849 Responses to “Game 102: Yankees at Rays”

  1. California July 30th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Oh no. It’s Hughes starting.

    This could get ugly for us Yanks in a hurry.

  2. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Wishful thinking…

    Lance Berkman is the calm before the storm.

    It indicates Cashman has not been scrambling and won’t be pushed to the 12th hour without options.

    He has a plan, has been proactive and is getting things done well in advance of the deadline.

    Getting Berkman for nothing with ample time to spare speaks volumes about Cashman’s work ethic, underlying strategy and unwavering focus.

    We’re getting an 8th inning guy and I think we’re in for a special treat.

    Marmol or Soria.

  3. CountryClub July 30th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Looks like Russo and Paredes. Great trade.

  4. mduffy52 July 30th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    That Cano stat is amazing.

  5. Crawdaddy July 30th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Sherman might be right, but the trade isn’t official until it’s announced.

  6. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Is there any word on what we actually gave up for Joey Fattone, er, Lance Berkman?

  7. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Good luck Phil.

    I’m ready to deal. A hike for a win.

    Enjoy the game folks. :)

  8. maelias33 July 30th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Welcome to the bronx puma

  9. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    So does Laird get promoted to AAA in place of Russo?

  10. Jason22 July 30th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    # Giuseppe Franco July 30th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Jimmy Paredes is a 5-tool talent? Seriously?

    Yes in fact he is, ask Patrick Teale who the most talented all around players the Yankees farm system has, and he has Paredes near the top of the list.

  11. Richie Rich July 30th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    CountryClub July 30th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Looks like Russo and Paredes. Great trade.
    ________________________

    I’m not big on giving up a tremendous talent like Paredes

  12. CountryClub July 30th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Scratch Russo from that trade. He’s on the bench. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

  13. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    SJ, ok that’s fair about trading prospects too early instead of too late – and I agree the Yankees do a good job with that. It’s moot because that was sheer speculation on Piliere’s part….

  14. luis July 30th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    they were talking about Nova and/or Adams for berkman

  15. CK in LA July 30th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    A salary dump trade is always cheaper than a Playoff run trade … good job.

  16. ZMAN July 30th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Brett, you might like this tweet then

    BobKlap
    Source says #Yankees “may have some other things cooking” after Berkman deal is complete.

  17. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    # mick July 30th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    SJ
    Other than our catching prospects, what openings do we have up here in the near future?

  18. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Interesting news here. Carlos Zambrano says that he’d accept a trade to another team. I wonder if he’d pay that team to let him pitch?

  19. Mike Ri July 30th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Miss Iowa is hot !

  20. CountryClub July 30th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Here’s a bit of a surprise: buster says houston is picking up a lot of the money.

  21. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    mick,

    SS and 3B in three years and a closer in another year or two. That’s about it.

    You can always upgrade pitching each year.

    Overall though, this team is very, very deep now and in the foreseeable future.

  22. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    ZMAN July 30th, 2010 at 7:01 pm
    Brett, you might like this tweet then

    BobKlap
    Source says #Yankees “may have some other things cooking” after Berkman deal is complete.

    ********

    The Royals covet Russo ;)

    At least that’s what that farce NYYrumors claims.

  23. luis July 30th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    CountryClub July 30th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    That might mean better prospects i guess

  24. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    SJ

    Don’t think we are giving up Nunez or Laird in this deal

  25. CB July 30th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    They’re not going to give up anything of value to get Berkman in terms of talent. The player will be a true, complete non-prospect.

    People keep commenting that the yankees are giving up nothing for Berkman. Not true. They are giving up an enormous sum of money. No other team in baseball would make this trade. $7m is a great deal of money.

    With $7m is more than the Astros spend on their entire draft. This trade would literally allow them to spend big for their entire draft next season essentially on the Yankees dime. Or they could sign 10 very talented international free agents if they wanted with $7M.

    The yankees are giving up a lot – they are just giving up a lot of what they can afford to lose.

    They aren’t going to give up a player of any particular note.

  26. Fondo Motz July 30th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I love the end of July.
    Rumor, speculation, wishing, hoping.
    Anyone who says they can block it out and just wait for the results is full of baloney.

    This is fandom at its best.

  27. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Buster_ESPN
    Heard this: The Yankees continue to work on other deals, and expect to make at least one and maybe two more acquisitions.#trades

  28. ZMAN July 30th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Buster_ESPN Heard this: The Yankees continue to work on other deals, and expect to make at least one and maybe two more acquisitions.#trades 2 minutes ago

    Buster_ESPN Heard this: The Astros are picking up a lot of the money owed to Lance Berkman in their agreement with the Yankees, and the NYY won’t be giving up any major prospects. #trades 3 minutes ago

  29. CountryClub July 30th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    With the Astros picking up money, it sure sounds like they’re trying to do right by one of their own. We did what we could to get you to NY. Now go win a ring and come back to us next yr.

  30. Jason22 July 30th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    # IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Paredes can’t field and can’t get on base. You’re borderline insane if losing Paredes in a deal for Berkman is something you’re worried about.

    Um before you throw out names, you should know what you’re talking about, and you obviously don’t, so yeah.

    Trading prospects is going to happen, you have to sell high on them, you trade Paredes you are not doing that, and whether you know it or not, he has one of the highest ceilings of any Yankee minor leaguer.

  31. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I’m not big on giving up a tremendous talent like Paredes

    ————————-

    Tremendous talent? He’s a utility infielder, nothing more. He sure as hell can’t get on base and he’s made a ton of errors in the field. I’m not going to lose any sleep over this and neither should you.

  32. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    “People keep commenting that the yankees are giving up nothing for Berkman. Not true. They are giving up an enormous sum of money. No other team in baseball would make this trade. $7m is a great deal of money.”

    Was this posted to make us feel good or bad? LOL!

  33. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    If Buster is correct, and he has very good Yankee sources, he is saying the player(s) going back are non-prospects AND the Astros are picking up a chunk of Berkman’s money.

    That’s probably in exchange for Berkman agreeing to waive his NTC to NY AND the Yankees agreeing not to pickup his option.

    Meaning, the Yankees are probably in the hunt for other deals now and it wouldn’t shock me if they did another deal tonight or tomorrow.

  34. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Um before you throw out names, you should know what you’re talking about, and you obviously don’t, so yeah.

    Trading prospects is going to happen, you have to sell high on them, you trade Paredes you are not doing that, and whether you know it or not, he has one of the highest ceilings of any Yankee minor leaguer

    ———————-

    I’ve seen the guy play. He’s made 23 errors this year in 71 games and has a .312 on base percentage. What’s the problem with saying he can’t field or get on base? He’s not a star prospect by any means, you’re just nitpicking this trade.

  35. Fondo Motz July 30th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Do any of you get the posts in a mixture of English and Albanian.
    Any suggestions on how to get all English?

  36. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    So the Steinbrenner boys, if anyone doubted it, still have their dad’s desire to win…………..

    It’s just $$ and they can always make more of it, so that works for me. I’d rather keep the prospects and either use them or trade them for what we need.

    LOL It looks like the Yanks are sitting there with other teams coming to them – I love it!

  37. Jason22 July 30th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    CB, I think you are right, I don’t see how with them picking up all the money, that they would put Paredes in the deal, it makes no sense, and it’s just probably a day off for a kid who has pretty much been the best player on Charleston all year.

  38. Fondo Motz July 30th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Betsy – You got it 100% girl.
    Uncle Georgie still rules !

  39. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Why would we even consider picking up a 15m salary next year? Berkman needn’t worry.

  40. luis July 30th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    game time!!

  41. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Jason,

    Ceilings are always very, very dangerous. I know the Yankees farm system really well and Jimmy Paredes is not a name other teams come up with when they talk about the top guys in the system.

    I don’t pay attention to internet scouts. Often, they fall in love with a kid they see on a certain night and can’t let go of the image.

    Paredes is an interesting kid but, FAR from a 5 tool, sure fire ML prospect.

    If he is in the Berkman deal (no idea if he is), he’s at least 4 years away from the majors.

    That’s not something that is a big concern if you are the Yankees.

  42. Jason22 July 30th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    # IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I’ve seen the guy play. He’s made 23 errors this year in 71 games and has a .312 on base percentage. What’s the problem with saying he can’t field or get on base? He’s not a star prospect by any means, you’re just nitpicking this trade.

    You must not know about talent then if you judging him for his errors, I guess we should have traded that Jeter kid when he led the league in errors too.

    What are his other #s since you have seen him?

    You do know he has been there best player the entire year right?

    Since you have seen him play and all.

  43. UnKnown July 30th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    jeter takes the first pitch

  44. Pauldanand July 30th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    The drums arre gone but where are the cowbells???
    I miss those soccer hoooooooorns too

    not

  45. joeman July 30th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    lets see what joba can do tonight with a 6-4 lead into the 8th…

  46. UnKnown July 30th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    As the captain goes so does the Yankees. Can’t MLB ban those cow bells.

  47. luis July 30th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    nice piece of hiting there

  48. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    If the Astros are picking a lot of Berkman’s money you would have to think the Yanks are giving up a decent prospect. Otherwise it doesn’t make much sense.

  49. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    YES!!!! SWISH!!!!!

  50. Pauldanand July 30th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    wooo hooooooooooooo

  51. Pauldanand July 30th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    wooo hooooooooooooo

  52. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    a bomb from swisher lol

  53. Spiced Ham July 30th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Swishalicious!

  54. Eric UWS July 30th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Thats how you set the tempo Swish

  55. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    You do know he has been there best player the entire year right?

    Since you have seen him play and all

    ———————-

    You can’t sit here and defend a guy with a 4% BB rate. He simply cannot get on base when he doesn’t hit. He’s a below .300 OBP guy when he’s slumping. His speed is all well and good, but you can’t steal first base. The guy has a .282 BA with a .312 OBP, that doesn’t jump out at you? His lack of patience at the plate is alarming.

  56. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Go Swish!! He needs to bat 2nd. Berkman will extend the lineup even more, he can bat 6th

  57. Fondo Motz July 30th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Yeah Swish

  58. CB July 30th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Jason22,

    I don’t think they are giving up anything of any worth in this deal in terms of talent.

    No team wants to take on any money. Even the marlins – a team notoriously cheap – was forced to pick up some of the money to trade Cantu. Cantu only had $2.2M left on his deal. The Fish had to pick up $600K.

    If the Fish could have traded him without taking on any of the money they would have. But there were probably no takers.

    No one else but the yankees was going to make this deal.

    And if Olney is correct and the yankees aren’t giving up a prospect and not picking up all $7M then all the better.

  59. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    we won’t need joba when we’re up 12-0 in the 8th.

  60. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    He’s been the best player on a so so Charleston team.

    However, the best prospect on the River Dogs is Heathcott and its not close.

    That kid has a chance to be a real star and scouts have been very impressed with him this year.

  61. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I can’t believe the Rangers…Lee, Cantu, Guzman, inquired about JJ. Ridiculous to be able to on the league’s dime.

  62. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    All 35,000 Yankees fans are standing…

  63. Jason22 July 30th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    SJ, I respect your opinion, but Patrick is not some internet scout, and you should know that too.

    He sees the minor league guys, and does not fall in love with them, he does not hype players, he is honest.

    Great start to the game, good job Derek and Nick.

    Back to Paredes, he is not a sure fire major leaguer, not at all, but he is a kid with big time talent, and again trading him here is not a good deal for his potential value.

    Again I don’t think he is in the trade, if I am wrong, I will state again they made a bad deal, just for his potential.

  64. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Here comes 600.

  65. Fondo Motz July 30th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    CR9 – Diamondbacks did it broke, why not Texas

  66. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    All 35,000 Yankees fans are standing…

    ======================
    Lol…good line.

  67. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    …or not.

    Fondo

    Because MLB is supposed to “fair”

  68. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 30th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Welll hellloo everyone…I’[ve been more of a lurker than a poster for most of the season. BUt it trade deadline time, so i thought i would stop in and say hi.

    WTG Swish!

    Alex cant catch up to a 95 mph fastball…he looks to be pressing a bit.

  69. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    good at by tex and arod, but 2 k’s, lets go cano

  70. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    That ball was ripped up the middle.

  71. Lost July 30th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    “The guys on the Major League Baseball Network said that Berkman doesn’t want the Yankees to pick up his option. I wouldn’t be surprised if he re-signs with Houston in the offseason.”

    Both Yankees and Berkman need to mutually agree to pick up his option. Not gonna happen.

    Yanks still have a few other things in the works tonight.. it might get interesting.

  72. Rob B July 30th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Is it just me, or was Alex’s leg kick kind of high on that strike out?

  73. Jason22 July 30th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    SJ,

    Yes Slade is the best prospect on the team, but Paredes is not very far behind in terms of raw tools.

    Again I think CB is right, I can’t see him being in the deal, and I have no problem with trading these kids, just for the right value, and if he is in the trade, I don’t think it is the right value that’s all.

  74. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Cano scalded that ball.

  75. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    The best hitter in Charleston this year has been Rob Lyerly and Luke Murton, but, Lyerly can’t play 3rd base for crap.

  76. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Nova is pitching in Scranton tonight so he isn’t in the deal.

  77. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    LostNYY

    #Yankees still have a few other things in the works tonight.. it might get REAL interesting from my source in Tampa. ( ?? )
    less than a minute ago via web

  78. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    i h@te that 2rd base ump. jorge didn’t swing

  79. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Paredes is a butcher at 2nd base. His pro fielding average at all positions in his career is a combined about .905.

  80. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    meant 3rd base ump sorry

  81. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    who cares about a minor league 2b at this point..

  82. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Jason,

    “Raw” being the operative word.

    Do you know how many kids the Yankees have in the Dominican Summer League who profile like Paredes? A bunch of kids.

    He’s an ok propsect. He’s not a Top 10 guy by any means.

    Like I said, I don’t know if he is in the deal or not……they are being closed mouthed about who is in the deal because they are working on other things.

    However, if he is, its not like they traded a guy that will be in NY anytime soon.

  83. CB July 30th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    “Yanks still have a few other things in the works tonight.. it might get interesting.”

    Whatever side of the ledger one falls on with the Lee-Montero deal, the major signal that demonstrated was that the Yankees organization is highly committed to doing what’s required to win the world series this year.

    They are not joking around. They aren’t going to get ripped off. But they are going to do everything possible to maximize their probability of winning back to back championships and starting another dynasty.

    If that means picking up multiple millions of dollars for Berkman so be it.

    I’m sure they are far from content with only the Berkman deal. Cashman is looking to constantly improve.

  84. Jason22 July 30th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    # IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    You can’t sit here and defend a guy with a 4% BB rate. He simply cannot get on base when he doesn’t hit. He’s a below .300 OBP guy when he’s slumping. His speed is all well and good, but you can’t steal first base. The guy has a .282 BA with a .312 OBP, that doesn’t jump out at you? His lack of patience at the plate is alarming.

    His lack of walks is not a big deal at this point in his career, if he continues to not improve, then yes, but at his level, no, it is not huge.

    Again look at his extra base hits, and his stolen bases, he has a very big set of tools for a 21 year kid.

  85. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Paredes is a butcher at 2nd base. His pro fielding average at all positions in his career is a combined about .905

    ————–

    Believe it or not, he was even worse at 3B

  86. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    After 1 inning in trenton with no score, Romine is 1-1 and Laird is 1-1 with a double high off of the left center field wall.

    Noesi just got hit with a 2 run homer in the 2nd.

  87. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Losing Jimme Paredes is like , not even top 100 of worst things that could happen to our farm system / major league team

  88. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Hughes has to locate his pitches to Crawford and Pena tonight. No crappy cutters…

  89. CB July 30th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    “and if he is in the trade, I don’t think it is the right value that’s all.”

    If Paredes does happen to be in the deal (and I have no idea if he is – I’d doubt it) but if he is that means the yankees don’t see him as a prospect of any note.

    Whoever they trade will be from their organizational filler bucket. If that’s Paredes then he’s organizational filler.

    This isn’t going to be someone to worry about.

  90. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    It’s so nice to have a GM that understands the path to short-term and long-term success. He has a plan in place, and refuses to deviate from the plan! CASH!

  91. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    # Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 30th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Welll hellloo everyone…I’[ve been more of a lurker than a poster for most of the season. BUt it trade deadline time, so i thought i would stop in and say hi.

    WTG Swish!

    Alex cant catch up to a 95 mph fastball…he looks to be pressing a bit.
    ————————————

    Thanks coach ! LOL

  92. m July 30th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    psst-Carl. Here’s a hint. The Yankees like patient hitters.

  93. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    who is this jimmie piersall guy you speak of?

  94. Carlo July 30th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Will Berkman be in the lineup tomorrow night?

  95. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    His lack of walks is not a big deal at this point in his career, if he continues to not improve, then yes, but at his level, no, it is not huge.

    Again look at his extra base hits, and his stolen bases, he has a very big set of tools for a 21 year kid.

    ——————–

    I don’t doubt he has “tools,” but I don’t believe he has enough to be a starter on a major league level. I see him as a pinch runner type. He can’t even field well enough to be a utility infielder. Of course I would enjoy seeing how he develops, but I just can’t get worked up about losing him in a trade for Berkman. We’ll see if he’s really in the trade or not, if not, great, and we can have a front row seat to the rest of his development. When it comes to prospects, this type of argument is all speculation, there’s no telling about things will work out. But, based on his numbers, I have a hard time believing that he could hit or field on a major league level. If he sticks around, I hope I’m wrong.

  96. Jason22 July 30th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    SJ,

    They don’t have many kids like him anywhere, be it in the DSL or not.

    The best DSL kids are in the outfield, like Santana and Lopez, but again his combination of speed and potential power is impressive.

    Yes he is very raw as we have said, but it’s not like he is even as raw as a Mesa, he has good hitting tools, he needs to improve his walks, but his hitting is pretty good already.

    Nova is becoming very interesting as guy who might help the bullpen before the year is over. What do you think of him SJ?

  97. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    # Rob B July 30th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Is it just me, or was Alex’s leg kick kind of high on that strike out?

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    Just you, but I’ll call and see that he gets it down a little anyway ! LOL

  98. joeman July 30th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    like to see them pull the plug on the trade, rather see them get a RH batter that can hit LH pitching, plus a lock down 8th inning guy

  99. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 30th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    57ryank:

    Really?!? you chose me of all the people on this sight to make fun of….Sorry, i forgot to push the sarcasm button.

    Now i know why i dont post here that often…

  100. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Hughes has good stuff so far. He has been off with location but he has thrown a couple of good curves and his fastball is swing and miss.

  101. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Hughes has good stuff tonight. Late movement on the fastball and great velocity. His demeanor is great too. He looks determined out there.

  102. Frozen Rope July 30th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    if it’s not Nova, probably Zach McAllister in the Berkman deal??

  103. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Nice giddy-up heater up in the zone ……Berkman is going to be a very good Yankee……CB, did you get my e-mail this morning ????

  104. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Berkman is a SH. They aren’t pulling the plug on the trade its done.

    There aren’t any RH hitters on the market worth anything and none of them are as good an all around hitter as Berkman.

    Getting him doesn’t preclude them from making additional deals.

  105. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    funny how they don’t say a word about this trade during the game…

  106. joeman July 30th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    # SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Berkman is a SH. They aren’t pulling the plug on the trade its done.

    There aren’t any RH hitters on the market worth anything and none of them are as good an all around hitter as Berkman.

    Getting him doesn’t preclude them from making additional deals.
    ————————————————————————————-
    fair enough

  107. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    joeman….They need a lefthanded stick, it’s been a hole sinc Johnson went down……

  108. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Nice AB from Grandy.

  109. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    # Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 30th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    57ryank:

    Really?!? you chose me of all the people on this sight to make fun of….Sorry, i forgot to push the sarcasm button.

    Now i know why i dont post here that often…

    ============================ LOl Means joking, J/K

    Really do you expect him to hit every 95 mph fastball ? He swung, he missed ! Wasn’t late on it.

  110. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Michelle B -

    I have never seen that screen name (57ryank) before tonight. Don’t let him discourage you from posting.

  111. Frozen Rope July 30th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    just checking but it’s only the Rays broadcast on MLB Extra Innings tonight right? Pity, they’re broadcasters are big time homers :-/

  112. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    i still hope they keep colin curtis up here…

  113. joeman July 30th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    # Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    joeman….They need a lefthanded stick, it’s been a hole sinc Johnson went down……
    ————————————–

    guess they needed one all year then, that guy is a waste

  114. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    he’s still their 4th OF

  115. BBFan July 30th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    What all this trade stuff tells me is that the Stienbrenner kids want to win this year irrespective of the cost a as gift to the memory of thier father.

    Also, it will be first WS under thier full management.

  116. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Really do you expect him to hit every 95 mph fastball ? He swung, he missed ! Wasn’t late on it.

    ——————

    He was late on it.

  117. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Doreen, when are you flying out ???/

  118. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Right now the yankees don’t have a viable DH option against Righties. Miranda is ok, but Berkman is a huge upgrade. Thames should theoretically not stink vs lefties. Even though I wish they’d replace him too.

    Berkman is a good get.

    4 p/pa this season, thats 3rd on the team. He hits righthanders very well. He gets on base very well.

    Lefthanded he will take advantage of NYS.

    and as has been pointed out, his righthanded sample size is small. He is usually around an .800 OPS vs lefties.

  119. Frozen Rope July 30th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    if the Yankees have to eat Berkman’s salary the Astro’s should at least kick in for the $2 mill buyout at the end of the year.

  120. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I don’t know why this keeps coming back in my head – but seeing how Cashman has traded or signed ex yankees this year I’m feeling a Farnsworth trade to the yankees…

  121. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    why is jeter swinging at the 1st pitch w/ gardy on base, crazy

  122. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    # Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Michelle B -

    I have never seen that screen name (57ryank) before tonight. Don’t let him discourage you from posting.
    ————————————

    I was 57′yank before registration. Don’t wanna discourage anyone, just kidding her.

  123. Frozen Rope July 30th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Miranda and Park for Berkman. Right?

    RIGHT?

  124. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    if the Yankees have to eat Berkman’s salary the Astro’s should at least kick in for the $2 mill buyout at the end of the year

    ——————

    I was surprised to hear that it’s possible that Houston is going to be throwing in a fair bit of his salary in the deal. We’ll see.

  125. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    BNightengale Curiously, Lance Berkman had recently exercised his no-trade rights for possible deal with White Sox before accepting Yankees’ trade.

  126. Eric UWS July 30th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Woulda been nice to get Gardy a chance to get to second base.

  127. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    # mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    why is jeter swinging at the 1st pitch w/ gardy on base, crazy

    —————————————

    He’s just a crazy HOFer’

  128. luis July 30th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    frozen

    I hope LOL

  129. CB July 30th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Pat M.

    I actually didn’t get one from you. I’ll resend you another message you can reply to.

  130. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    When you add another SH into this lineup, it makes matching up with them very tough.

    Plus, Berkman has a great eye, has played in the post-season, and really wanted to come to NY.

    He could be a guy, a la David Justice ten years ago, that just fits into this lineup nicely for the next two months.

    Its one of those deals that is worth the risk, IMO, because they couldn’t keep going much longer with that spot in the lineup being so iffy.

    The division and competition is too tough.

    When you can add a stick with his pedigree, and the cost is manageable, you do it.

  131. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 30th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks Doreen!

    Geesh i say Hi and i get attacked…oh well.

    Anyone wanna take a guess at who the yankees are going after based on @BusterOlney’s tweet.

    “Heard this: The Yankees continue to work on other deals, and expect to make at least one and maybe two more acquisitions.#trades”

  132. Joe from Long Island July 30th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Ah, yes, those lovely catwalks in the Trop….

  133. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    He’s just a crazy HOFer’
    ===============
    still should give gardy a chance to steal the base

  134. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Wow, Hughes is now locating and just oozing with confidence. He’s looking efficient.

  135. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Cashman needs to go

    No way Cashman goes after Farnsworth. Give him some credit he pulls off some pretty good deals.

  136. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    # IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Really do you expect him to hit every 95 mph fastball ? He swung, he missed ! Wasn’t late on it.

    ——————

    He was late on it. WRONG ! Big field !

  137. Lost July 30th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    hughes throwing that curve over for a strike is huge.. looking good tonight is right.

  138. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 30th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks Doreen!

    Geesh i say Hi and i get attacked…oh well.

    Anyone wanna take a guess at who the yankees are going after based on @BusterOlney’s tweet.

    “Heard this: The Yankees continue to work on other deals, and expect to make at least one and maybe two more acquisitions.#trades

    ——————————

    You would have to assume their next move would be bullpen related.

  139. m July 30th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    My son is so funny. “Hey mom, did that guy ever get #600?” This was before his first AB.

    I would like #600 to be a TB special. I want it to hit whichever one of those rings that will make it a homerun. A cheap one off the stupid catwalks.

  140. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    “BNightengale Curiously, Lance Berkman had recently exercised his no-trade rights for possible deal with White Sox before accepting Yankees’ trade.”

    Why is that curiously? What non-Chicago born player would choose the White Sox over the Yankees?

  141. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Hughes has a 20% whiff rate on his fastball so far. Sick.

  142. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    # IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Really do you expect him to hit every 95 mph fastball ? He swung, he missed ! Wasn’t late on it.

    ——————

    He was late on it. WRONG ! Big field

    ——————–

    Huh?

  143. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    That fastball is MOVING with action through the zone.

  144. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    25% now

  145. BBFan July 30th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Berkmand trade kind of reminds me that of David Justice in 2000.
    Justice was batting .265 with Cleveland when the trade was made with Cleveland going nowhere.
    Then he comes to Yankees in a playoff race and hits .305
    Berkman could also be such an acuisition.

  146. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Hughes is looking good right now. He is throwing the breaking pitches with that explosive fastball.

  147. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Gardner doesn’t always go when expected, just like last night when on first, later stole 3rd.

    I still have all the faith in the world in Jeter. One of the very best.

  148. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    That fastball is MOVING with action through the zone.
    ===========================
    Late life

  149. m July 30th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Phil didn’t lie when he said that he was happy with his bullpen work.

  150. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    It’s early, but Hughes looks good.

  151. Joe from Long Island July 30th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Phil’s got it going tonight. Looks a lot different out there. But, then again, I guess when you’re doing what you want against good competition, you look a certain way. Ron Guidry used to call it “inner arrogance” – as if to say, “I’m good, I know I’m good, I don’t need to open my mouth, I just need to blow you away…”

    But, what do I know. Let’s go, Phil….

  152. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 7:41 pm
    Cashman needs to go

    No way Cashman goes after Farnsworth. Give him some credit he pulls off some pretty good deals.
    *****

    Jeremy I’m not knocking the trade – farnsy has actually been fairly decent this year and he’d actually be an upgrade on chan ho park

  153. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Did Hughes just hit 96 on the gun? Wow.

  154. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Eeesh, ugly throw there.

  155. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    That’s gonna happen all night.

  156. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Upton didn’t waste anytime there….Hughes needs to at least check the runner.

  157. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    CB, I recieved your e-mail……

  158. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    # IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    # IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Really do you expect him to hit every 95 mph fastball ? He swung, he missed ! Wasn’t late on it.

    ——————

    He was late on it. WRONG ! Big field

    ——————–

    Huh?
    ———————————————
    I mean from what I saw he wasn’t late enough ( if at all ) to have hit it fair. He didn’t miss it because he was late.

  159. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Cashman needs to go

    I understand. I just don’t want to see Farnsworth. lol !

  160. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, not only are the Yankees not giving up any major prospects for Berkman, but the Astros are picking up “a lot” of his remaining contract.

    Interesting.

  161. Eric UWS July 30th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Some heat from Hughes tonight.

  162. Fondo Motz July 30th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Nice Phil

  163. m July 30th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    This is early season Hughes.

  164. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Hughes looks good tonight. Bringin the heat!

  165. Joe from Long Island July 30th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I wonder if attitude can add a mile or two to a fastball. Whatever it is, he’s gotten some Ks – Pena, and now Brignac, where he’s blown it by them.

  166. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    man his 94 mph looks like 97

  167. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Hughes is eventually going to be the ace of this staff. This guy has good stuff.

  168. CB July 30th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Hughes looks very amped up for this game. He’s throwing bullets. He’s actually overthrown a few pitches but that’s probably from being so up for the game.

    Nice to see Swisher give him a lead to work with.

  169. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Here’s to hoping this is Hughes first dominant start in a long time.

    He has swing-and-miss late life on that fastball and he’s spotting the curve and fastball.

    I also believe he’s throwing inside more. He’s done that twice.

  170. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    SJ, is the factball command that you speak of all the time ????

  171. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 30th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Phil hit 96 and 94 twice on the gun in that last sequence. Looks like he got his command back too.

  172. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Here’s to hoping this is Hughes first dominant start in a long time.

    He has swing-and-miss late life on that fastball and he’s spotting the curve and fastball.

    I also believe he’s throwing inside more. He’s done that twice.
    =========================================
    Would make betsy proud, unless she’s really matt.

  173. jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Johnny Damon pulled from the lineup in Boston…could it be??????????

  174. joeman July 30th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    # Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Here’s to hoping this is Hughes first dominant start in a long time.

    He has swing-and-miss late life on that fastball and he’s spotting the curve and fastball.

    I also believe he’s throwing inside more. He’s done that twice.
    —————————————

    that is what joba stop doing

  175. Jacques Strappe July 30th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    (Formerly known as ANSKY – someone else took my name when registeration started)

    So what are the likely / tangible / real trades after the Berkman deal, as opposed to frivolous rumors?

  176. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Johnny Damon pulled from the lineup in Boston…could it be??????????
    =================
    don’t need him anymore

  177. m July 30th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I don’t think Swisher was sending his regards to the 3B ump there. :shock:

  178. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I’m completely prepared for the Yankees to announce that they traded the back-up third baseman from Charleston for Berkman and some fan on this site will go crazy about the prospect.

  179. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    # Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 30th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks Doreen!

    Geesh i say Hi and i get attacked…oh well.

    Anyone wanna take a guess at who the yankees are going after based on @BusterOlney’s tweet.

    “Heard this: The Yankees continue to work on other deals, and expect to make at least one and maybe two more acquisitions.#trades”
    ——————————————————————–

    I apologize if I rubbed you the wrong way ! Was J/K

  180. NYY fan in NH July 30th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Hughes is dealing.. Pitch count at this point gets him to the 6th inning. So hopefully he can have a couple easy innings and get him into the 7th inning tonight.

  181. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Jacques Strappe July 30th, 2010 at 7:51 pm
    ===============================
    are you related to jack squat?

  182. Eric UWS July 30th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Johnny was scratched for a more typical damon reason- upper back spasms

  183. Mike Ri July 30th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    i agree with Mick . . we don’t need Johnny anymore

  184. Jacques Strappe July 30th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    is that somebody you now, mick? :)

  185. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    That was not anywhere near a strike. Dont get thrown out Alex. You cant argue every strike like Ortiz or Youkilis.

  186. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    come on ump

  187. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    alex is mad, watch him hit one out…

  188. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Good job ump on that called strike….

  189. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I didn’t even realize Tino was in the booth until just now. He sure is quiet.

  190. m July 30th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    ANSKY! How’s baby Strappe doing? Clever name. Gross, but clever. :)

  191. Eric UWS July 30th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Kind of a poor inning. Lets go phil

  192. Dan in Philly July 30th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    lol at michael kay getting a litttle bit too excited

  193. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Michael Kay actually tried to sell that as a deep fly ball. Sterling taught him everything he knows.

  194. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    “i agree with Mick . . we don’t need Johnny anymore”

    Nick Johnson’s wrist sends it’s regards. :P

  195. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    alex puts his head down, like oneill used to and kay still gets excited,

  196. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    as i said yesterday arod power is non existant.

    he hitting some lnedrives, but he can’t hit a fyball to the warning track

  197. Rich in NJ July 30th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Kay sucks. SUCKS!

  198. Jacques Strappe July 30th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    No Johnny redux please, unless he’s happy to leave his glove (actually, his arm) home.

  199. JS July 30th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Wow. The game threads have been a pleasure to read through. I really hope to have CB, SJ, Pat M., etc comment during the game threads.

    It’s always great to have in-detail analysis during the game.

  200. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    as i said yesterday arod power is non existant.

    he hitting some lnedrives, but he can’t hit a fyball to the warning track

    ——————-

    What does this even mean? His power is non-existent? It just up and left after his 599th homer?

  201. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I wonder if the special balls being used against Alex are filled with a sponge so he can’t hit it out. lol.

    I think the changing of the balls is a bit distracting though, are they going to do that for every milestone hit, passing the big names if he gets that far?

  202. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Kay sucks. SUCKS!
    ===============
    he should be called “hollywood” mike

  203. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I hate having to watch Arod’s at bats soo closely waiting for #600. We have to study every swing, every pitch it’s like was his swing right, leg kick ok, was the bubble he was making with his gum too big? Hit the damn homerun already!!!

  204. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    “What does this even mean? His power is non-existent? It just up and left after his 599th homer?”

    LOL! His power was DFA’d.

  205. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Haha, what terrible camera work there. It looked like it was gonna hit the scoreboard.

  206. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Kay heart attack.

  207. Jacques Strappe July 30th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    M!

    She’s doing great, thanks. Seems like suddenly, but she’s 17 mos, vocab of about 15 words ( little more than half in Japanese) and of course, she’s incorrigably cute. And a Yanks fan too.

  208. mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    kay is sounding more like sterling…good thing this is a tv game

  209. m July 30th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    The only thing worse than Kay pulling a Sterling for a Yankee HR is him pulling a Sterling for the Rays.

  210. Rich in NJ July 30th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    “he should be called “hollywood” mike”

    As he is shown the door.

  211. mick July 30th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    why no word on the trade?

  212. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Rich in NJ July 30th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    “he should be called “hollywood” mike”

    As he is shown the door

    ———————

    SEE YA!

  213. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    “His Power was DFA’ed”

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!

  214. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    WOW!

    1.2.3

    k’s Crawford on the curve in the dirt.

  215. mick July 30th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    but hollywood is goin to marry jodi applegate…

  216. CB July 30th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    The count was 2-1. Clear fastball count. Hughes throws Crawford a fastball and completely overpowers him for strike two. Crawford has a very weak, defensive swing.

    When you have a fastball like that they shouldn’t be able to touch your curve ball. And right there Crawford had no shot.

  217. pat July 30th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    brianmctaggart Berkman hugging teammates in clubhouse
    about 1 hour ago via web
    Retweeted by BryanHoch and 17 others

  218. jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    WOW!

    1.2.3

    k’s Crawford on the curve in the dirt.

    ——————————————————————————————

    This is the best I’ve ever seen Phil throw the curve. I hope he can keep it up for 7 innings.

  219. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    m-

    Man, you are QUICK!

    I didn’t get the play on his name until your post.

    Clever, Jacque (ANSKY)! :)

  220. UpState July 30th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Welcome to NY, Lance !

    …Live from Yankee Stadium it’s Fat Elvis as the “Big Puma”.

    (He’ll be here all week)

  221. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Oswalt losing 3-0 so far.

  222. Mark-Cant Touch This July 30th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Pathetic inning

  223. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    # mick July 30th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    i still hope they keep colin curtis up here

    —————————————

    Me too, they need some youthful enthusiasm with some talent.

  224. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    The Yanks have to get back to being patient. Davis doesn’t have good command and his pitch count was getting up there but swinging at the 1st pitch doesn’t help.

  225. Eric UWS July 30th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Lester down 2-0 in boston. 7 hits through 2.1

  226. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I asked this a week ago or so. Who was the last player to hit a grand slam and then in the next game an inside the park HR after Gardner did it a while back.

    Hint, he just drove in the 3rd. run for the Reds tonight.

  227. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Game being played at a pretty brisk pace so far. It’s a nice change from the painfully long game last night.

  228. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I asked this a week ago or so. Who was the last player to hit a grand slam and then in the next game an inside the park HR after Gardner did it a while back.

    Hint, he just drove in the 3rd. run for the Reds tonight

    —————————

    Cabrera. I never would have guessed that. He’s no speed demon.

  229. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Rays putting more of Hughes pitches in play. Love this Hughes. If he pitches like this down the stretch you have to pitch him in the playoffs.

  230. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Nice inning from Phil

  231. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I wonder if the talking heads have started on the usual “the rich get richer” with the deal of getting Berkman. If not, it will. Just imagine what would be said if this isn’t the only move they make.

  232. UpState July 30th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Scott Rolen.

  233. pat July 30th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    BryanHoch
    Berkman says he’s “nervous” & “apprehensive” about trade, says Houston is “like the womb” for him; but won’t stand in way of Astros deal

  234. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    And the Tigers are really wasting opportunities against Lester. Littering the bases with runners and leaving them on. Nice job by the Tigers to put some guy with a .000 .000 in. Must be just up from the minors. They really must care about winning ;)

  235. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Phil is just boring his fastball in on the hands…….Last outing it seemed that he was too erect and even stiff at times…..Tonight it’s free and easy as he’s really driving to the plate…..

  236. Eric UWS July 30th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I know Curtis just fouled out, but I like his approach at the plate a lot.

  237. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Yogi Mantle

    They are already saying that. Especially some Met fans and Red Sox fans. Actually some Red Sox fans are mad at theo for not making some good deals.

    People forget that Nick Johnson has been out so the Yankees were most likely going ot go after a bat. But Yankee haters are blinded by their hatred.

  238. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    # IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I asked this a week ago or so. Who was the last player to hit a grand slam and then in the next game an inside the park HR after Gardner did it a while back.

    Hint, he just drove in the 3rd. run for the Reds tonight

    —————————

    Cabrera. I never would have guessed that. He’s no speed demon.

    ————————————————-

    Was referring to Rolen. Didn’t he drive in the last run ( 3rd for Reds? )

  239. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    We’re just up there hacking away. Aside from Swish, we worked Davis in the first inning, and not much since. Wonder how many pitches he has.

  240. m July 30th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Jerkface. How about starting him on the road in the WS? :)

  241. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Kay thinks that Berkman would move into the #2 spot in the lineup? What?

  242. luis July 30th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    CR9

    67

  243. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Kay might be the voice of the Yankees media wise, but sometimes I really question his baseball smarts

  244. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    # 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    # IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I asked this a week ago or so. Who was the last player to hit a grand slam and then in the next game an inside the park HR after Gardner did it a while back.

    Hint, he just drove in the 3rd. run for the Reds tonight

    —————————

    Cabrera. I never would have guessed that. He’s no speed demon.

    ————————————————-

    Was referring to Rolen. Didn’t he drive in the last run ( 3rd for Reds? )

    ——————–

    Haha, maybe. I am even more surprised in that. He’s slower than Cabrera!

  245. BD (Boston Dave) July 30th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I´m in the rainforest in Peru :)

    barely picking up internet signal at small village so cant read posts

    who did the yanks give up for Berkman????

  246. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Jerkface. How about starting him on the road in the WS?

    That would probably help to neutralize the homefield advantage in the playoffs :)

  247. luis July 30th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    good at bat here from ggbg

  248. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    67 pitches through 4 1/3 isnt terrible, but not great either.

  249. Eric UWS July 30th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Since he’s come up, Gardner has really developed good control of the bat and the strikezone. He’s really learned how to foul balls off he cant get to.

  250. pat July 30th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    “Kay thinks that Berkman would move into the #2 spot in the lineup? What?”

    Buster Olney said the same thing.

  251. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    brett gardner is awesome

  252. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    “Kay thinks that Berkman would move into the #2 spot in the lineup? What?”

    Buster Olney said the same thing.

    —————-

    Really? I don’t understand that at all.

  253. GoYanks July 30th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    10 pitch at bat – ends with a walk.

    good job Brett

  254. m July 30th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    pat,

    Just Berkman trying to say the right things? He could probably fly to Tampa Bay on cloud 9.

  255. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Nice job Brett.

  256. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Great at bat by Gardner. He is trying to make up for Jeter, Tex, Cano and Posada swinging at the 1st pitch.

  257. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    What time is our game on tomorrow? Is it possible Berkman could be in lineup tomorrow?

  258. luis July 30th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    hit and run guys

  259. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    # pat July 30th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    “Kay thinks that Berkman would move into the #2 spot in the lineup? What?”

    Buster Olney said the same thing.
    —————————————————-

    Personally, I would not move Swisher, just like Gardner, leave them alone, where they’ve done the job this year.

  260. Joe from Long Island July 30th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    2-0 – Brett goes now

  261. m July 30th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Kay hyperventilating over that bat.

  262. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Gardner should hang out with the Rays during spring training maybe they could teach him how to read a pitcher to steal bases quicker.

  263. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    # pat July 30th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    “Kay thinks that Berkman would move into the #2 spot in the lineup? What?”

    Buster Olney said the same thing.

    ———————–

    I guess his OBP is high enough to justify it, but I never really pictured that being the way it worked out. I figured he’d be 6th or 7th. It’s not really a big deal I guess, just took me by surprise.

  264. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    # IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    # 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    # IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I asked this a week ago or so. Who was the last player to hit a grand slam and then in the next game an inside the park HR after Gardner did it a while back.

    Hint, he just drove in the 3rd. run for the Reds tonight

    —————————

    Cabrera. I never would have guessed that. He’s no speed demon.

    ————————————————-

    Was referring to Rolen. Didn’t he drive in the last run ( 3rd for Reds? )

    ——————–

    Haha, maybe. I am even more surprised in that. He’s slower than Cabrera!

    ————————————

    Double checked, it was Rolen for sure.

  265. luis July 30th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    c’mon he didn’t commit

  266. Tar July 30th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    BD

    No names yet, at this point not even confirmed trade. Be safe.

  267. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    jeter with a dreadful at bat

  268. m July 30th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I don’t think Berkman gets plugged into the 2 slot.

  269. pat July 30th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    m

    I hope so. Nervous and apprehensive usually doesn’t mesh well with NYC

  270. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 30th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    well at least it was Double Play Derek that time…

  271. UpState July 30th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    GGBG – making things exciting even on pop-ups !

  272. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 30th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    wasnt*

  273. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    That was strange.

  274. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    MLB Extra Innings having problems.

  275. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Wow. An umpire took his time, and made the correct call. He was clearly safe.

  276. m July 30th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Lucky thing Brett grabbed the corner of the bag.

  277. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    I think Giradi eases Lance into the lineup….I can see him hitting behind Jorge…Back to back sw’s, nice

  278. Jacques Strappe July 30th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    M – Love to chat but the blog isn’t really the place … check with Chad if you want to shoot me an e-mail.

  279. Tar July 30th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    I love stealing bases on the Rays.

  280. UnKnown July 30th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Oh I thought they were going to call Gardner out on that steal, I would’ve been all sorts of mad.

  281. CB July 30th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    “Tonight it’s free and easy as he’s really driving to the plate…..”

    Pat M.-

    I agree. He looks much more active and kinetic in his lower body and it’s showing in his fastball. More legs moving to plate. He’s getting through his wind up faster.

  282. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I kind of like hearing that from Berkman – he’s honest and Houston has been his home for his whole career. He’s got his best friend in Andy to help ease the transition to NY and AJ will give him a welcoming pie in the face.

  283. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Swish lay off that crap in the dirt…

  284. jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    My Ouija board says Brandon League…but my Ouija board has lied before.

  285. m July 30th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    ANSKY,

    Thanks. Give your little one a big hug. :)

  286. Mark-Cant Touch This July 30th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Keep it up Hughes, Yankees need to be more patient , Jeter swung at ball 4 that inning.

  287. Tar July 30th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    “Swish lay off that crap in the dirt…”

    I beg to differ, that was an excellent pitch by Davis.

  288. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 30th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Betsy,

    Not only has Houston been his home for his whole MLB career, he was born not far from there and he went to RICE. so he hasnt been on a team outside of texas his whole life.

  289. Jacques Strappe July 30th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I dont see Berkman in the 2 spot. With this season’s numbers, he looks like a good chance for the bottom third. Not the Berkman of old.

  290. Jacques Strappe July 30th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    M – she gets plenty … gives as many too.

  291. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    # Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I kind of like hearing that from Berkman – he’s honest and Houston has been his home for his whole career. He’s got his best friend in Andy to help ease the transition to NY and AJ will give him a welcoming pie in the face.
    ———————————————-
    Tthey said on MLB network that Andy helped talk him into it

  292. UnKnown July 30th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    That Hook that Phil is throwing is money tonight.

  293. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 30th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 8:30 pm
    My Ouija board says Brandon League…but my Ouija board has lied before
    _________________________________________________________________________

    Nice! Actually, my ouija board says Joakim Soria, but my ouija board likes to be a bit outlandish at times.

  294. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Michelle, I didn’t know that…………He’ll be fine. I’m sure it will take some getting used to, but now he’s got a chance to win.

  295. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    I agree, we’ll likely see Berkman in the lower order. However, if he was in the 2 spot, he might likely thrive due to his surroundings. Possible.

  296. m July 30th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    I meant one from the blog. :)

  297. Jacques Strappe July 30th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    oh … got it … sorry … slow brain sometimes …

  298. m July 30th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Michelle’s,

    Does your ouija board have a stamp, “Made by Bret the Hitman” on it?

  299. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Boy, after a nice quick 4 innings, things have really seemed to slow down.

  300. dave85 July 30th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    wow.. I really didn’t now Erick Aybar had an OLDER brother on the Rays…

  301. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Girardi should not touch the top of the lineup. Swish has been excellent hitting 2nd and he shouldn’t make a change half way threw the season. Berkman should bat 6th or 7th and see how it goes. You also don’t want Berkman coming in trying to do too much,

  302. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    He’s losing his zip.

  303. pat July 30th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Joelsherman1
    Have heard #Astros are paying $4 million of the $7.5 million Berkman is owed between 2010 salary and buyout #Yankees

  304. Mark-Cant Touch This July 30th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I know he is late on hughes FB but should hughes try a change?

  305. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Nicely done Young Master!

  306. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Caught him LOOKING

  307. m July 30th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Wow. Screwup all around for the Rays. Niiice pitch by Hughes there.

  308. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Nice call HP Ump. Sit your ass down Brignac. Pretend we’re the Red Sox and enjoy your strikeout.

  309. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Great pitch Phillip

  310. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Maddon is a moron. He has just been lucky having the talented team that he has which makes him look like he knows what he’s doing.

  311. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Two of hughes 93 mph fastballs were called cutters because of the movement, don’t think he has lost his zip yet.

  312. m July 30th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    pat,

    Thanks. Nice job by C-Money.

  313. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Nice with the 2 seamer.

  314. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Nicely done Cashman. How does Cashman get a team like the Astros to contribute more than 50% of what is owed to Berkman?

  315. CB July 30th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    “Two of hughes 93 mph fastballs were called cutters because of the movement, don’t think he has lost his zip yet.”

    There’s been a bunch of four seamers pitch f/x has classified as cutters tonight. His four seamer has been electric.

  316. NYY fan in NH July 30th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Phil with a 74 mph curve followed by a 94 mph heater.. That’s good pitching!

  317. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Come on Hughes….

  318. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Nice job Phil. Though they worked him, Phil did not break!

  319. joeman July 30th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    looks like 1 more inning from PH

  320. CB July 30th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Another good inning from Hughes. But the Rays are starting to adjust to Hughes fastball. They’re picking it up a little better and they are guessing fastball more.

  321. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    The fastball isn’t put away caliber at this point.

    He’s up to 75+ pitches.

    He’s tiring just a tad but I’m thinking maybe he can get through 6 and into the 7th.

  322. m July 30th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Good job not letting the leadoff runner score.

    Let’s go, bats. You should be gnawing on bullpen arms by now. :mad:

  323. Mark-Cant Touch This July 30th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Come on offense! Lets put uo some breathing room.

  324. jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 8:30 pm
    My Ouija board says Brandon League…but my Ouija board has lied before
    _________________________________________________________________________

    Nice! Actually, my ouija board says Joakim Soria, but my ouija board likes to be a bit outlandish at times.

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

    Michelle,
    I like what your ouija board is telling you a whole lot more then what mine is telling me.

  325. Eric UWS July 30th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    How do ya like that. Jhonny Peralta with his second home run of the game. 4-0 Det.

  326. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Berkman wasn’t moveable unless the Astros picked up half of his deal. He would only approve a trade to 4 teams. No team was going to pay $4m+ for 2 months of him

  327. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Lester got beat with the cutter again. Sounds like Hughes. lol !

  328. Eric UWS July 30th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Jhonny Peralta with his second HR off Lester.

  329. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I feel like this quest for 600 has been like singing 1 million bottles of beer on the wall….

  330. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Hughes is pitching great right now. Seems like he is doing all the right things tonight.

  331. Kav July 30th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    if tampa bay telecast is not working turn to espn of mlb network for a rod

  332. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Missed another one…..

  333. luis July 30th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    that was the pitch damn!!

  334. CountryClub July 30th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Sorry if this has been posted: sherman saying Houston picking up 4 mil of 7.5 berkman is owed.

  335. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Frankly, I don’t think a pitcher cares any more about giving up ARod’s 600th HR than giving up any homerun at all to ARod. I mean unless you’ve given up all 600 HRs to him, who cares???

    :)

  336. Mark-Cant Touch This July 30th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    A-rod is having some long swings.

  337. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Make that a billion bottles of beer on the wall….

  338. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Geez. the guy hadnt thrown a strike all inning, and then Al started hacking, grr.

  339. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 30th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 8:45 pm
    jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 8:30 pm
    My Ouija board says Brandon League…but my Ouija board has lied before
    _________________________________________________________________________

    Nice! Actually, my ouija board says Joakim Soria, but my ouija board likes to be a bit outlandish at times.

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

    Michelle,
    I like what your ouija board is telling you a whole lot more then what mine is telling me
    _________________________________________________________________________

    Hopefully mine is wrong and Joakim Soria and Zach Grienke are on their way.

  340. Tar July 30th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    he’s frustrated because he wants to beat the Rays.

  341. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    come on jorge, arod with a missed opportunity oh well

  342. Mark-Cant Touch This July 30th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    A-Rod was taking some very long swings.

  343. NYY fan in NH July 30th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Oooofph.. Arod down to .273 now.. He’s pressing. Wish he would just crank one and get it out of his system. This could take some time.

  344. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Arod is trying too hard right now. 2 pitches right down the middle and his swing was way too big.

  345. Mike in Chicago July 30th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Oh, Alex.

    The pressure.

    Just pretend you’re hitting number 601.

    Just like the Traveling Wilburys went from their acclaimed debut album titled Volume I directly to Volume III, to avoid the pressure and expectations of Volume II.

  346. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Be nice to get into the Rays bullpen right about now…..Aren’t they a little short out there ????

  347. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I think a broken bat going into the stands is worse than a bat that slips from the hands. Those broken edges can do some damage to people.

  348. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    2-0 count and a double play which took forever to develop. :mad:

  349. Rob B July 30th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Posada was safe. Blech.

  350. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    That sucked.

  351. luis July 30th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    jorge was safe on that play

  352. Mark-Cant Touch This July 30th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Opportunity wasted.

  353. Eric UWS July 30th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    That went from promising to not in about 5 seconds.

  354. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Posada made that pretty close. I wonder if his usual running speed determined the out. It sure looked like he was safe because of the fumbling with getting that ball out of the glove.

  355. Nick in SF July 30th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Ok, folks, just got caught up via dvr… I have a question from the previous thread:

    What’s all this malarkey about Berkman being a “2-month rental”????

    Would he not be team property all the way through the parade?

  356. NYY fan in NH July 30th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    The catching situation is a concern now IMO with Posada and Cervelli slumping and Posada just showing his age lately.. Romine and Montero are the future here.

  357. Tar July 30th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    “Another good inning from Hughes. But the Rays are starting to adjust to Hughes fastball. They’re picking it up a little better and they are guessing fastball more.”

    Agree CB.

    Experience, changing things up, confidence in his off-speed stuff will all help Phil when teams start to zero in on him. Pitching smart. For some reason it makes me wonder what kind of pitching coach Pedro would be.

  358. Mark-Cant Touch This July 30th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    A-rod needs to cut down his swing.

  359. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Hopefully Hughes can get threw another inning. He is going to have to keep throwing his curve since they are on his fastball and it didn’t have as much life in the 5th.

  360. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Cow bells are the Tampa version of vuvuzelas.

  361. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Another 2 strike hit. Hughes seems to give up a lot of those. 2 today…

  362. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 30th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Nick,

    i think the parade is in his contract….we should be ok there…its the trip to the white house they are going to work out.

  363. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Arod swinging for the fences. What a mess.

  364. rconn23 July 30th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    This is a really crucial inning for Hughes.

  365. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Another 2 strike hit. Hughes seems to give up a lot of those. 2 today…

    He needs to make better pitches 2 strikes, but he is often 2 strikes so

  366. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    MLB Extra Innings back with YES Feed. Woohoo!

  367. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Wow, these YES announcers are excruciating. The baseball IQ is stunningly low.

  368. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    The irony is he had two pitches that he would’ve hit for home runs if he wasn’t trying so hard to hit home runs.

  369. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 30th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    ON the Berkmand trade via MLBTRADERUMORS.com:

    Berkman vetoed a trade to the White Sox, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale (Twitter link).

  370. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Maddon’s not afraid to make oddball decisions because nobody cares if they don’t work out!

  371. Nick in SF July 30th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks, Michelle… I’m afraid the trip to the White House will be a problem if he’s already back in Houston by then. Maybe he can get a pinstriped day pass.

  372. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Yeah Posada’s time is about up. I like the guy but next year should be his last year. You can’t keep on going with old vets.

  373. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    The Rays are going to abuse old man Posada in this series

  374. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    90 pitches now.

    He’s definitely tiring.

    He was explosive early and spent a ton of energy.

  375. NYY fan in NH July 30th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    This is the critical point in the game right here for Phil..

  376. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    No No No ! Not Joba. Keep him away from this game !

  377. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Cano scared me there. Nice play though.

  378. Tar July 30th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Good play robbie.

  379. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Enough with this Maddon loser. I am tired of hearing about how great he is. What has he won? At least Scioscia has 1 world series which keeps him on his pedestal.

  380. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Im just joking with all the people on the blog saying “this is the critical inning/time for Phil” when I say “NO, REALLY???” ;)

  381. Kav July 30th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    ITS ON YES NOW!!!!!!

  382. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Captain Clutch

    Maddon beat the Red Sox. Factor in that they blew a 7-0 lead in Game 5 and managed to pull themselves together for Game 7. He essentially saved the Red Sox from becoming back to back WS Champions.

  383. luis July 30th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    last inning for the phil ??

  384. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I know ! Maddon’s team got beat down by the Phillies in 08. The guy hasn’t done much.

  385. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    ouch.

  386. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Crap.

  387. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Dang !

  388. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    dammit.

  389. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Kind of felt that coming.

  390. terpbomber July 30th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Fail.

  391. Eric UWS July 30th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    you gotta be kidding me

  392. Frozen Rope July 30th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    lemme guess – the cutter?

  393. pat July 30th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    :sad:

  394. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    First road HR allowed by Hughes this year.

  395. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    should have went with the curve again.

  396. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Just could see that happening…Should have gone back with the offspeed

  397. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    You have to be kidding me. From this Joyce loser. Hughes and the homerun ball is pathetic already.

  398. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Ugh. Just pathetic.

  399. dave85 July 30th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    “# NYY fan in NH July 30th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    This is the critical point in the game right here for Phil..”

    ouch

  400. kd July 30th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    that’s the game. time for the offense to score some runs

  401. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Nope, high fastball.

  402. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Good job Phil.

  403. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    no ! It was a fastball up in the zone.

  404. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    If he walks him, yank him

  405. Rishi July 30th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Yuck. Got to get it back now.

  406. MikeY July 30th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Hughes. Fail.

  407. weez July 30th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    One bad pitch. I was hoping he’d bury another curve there

  408. rconn23 July 30th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Gotta finish off hitters. Bad pitch. Hopefully the offense can pick him up. This would be a tough loss given how well Hughes had pitched up until now.

  409. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    It’s not “the game”.

    Believe it or not, they play 9 innings.

  410. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    What a splendid joke. First 2 batters of the game score, and then offense goes sleepy sleepy. 2-0 count for Jorge last inning and hacking away for the double play.

  411. Anthony Murillo July 30th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I know Phil Hughes is young and talented…but man it’s so hard to watch him pitch at times. I wish we could just fast forward through his growing pains

  412. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Captain Clutch
    Cut the guy some slack ! They are only down a run it’s not the end of the world.

  413. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Still not a bad outing from Phil. Now the Yankee bats really need to pull together and bail him out.

  414. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Hughes really struggles getting the 3rd out of an inning. He barely got out of the last 2 innings.

  415. Tar July 30th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    How long until Matt shows up?

  416. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    # Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    You have to be kidding me. From this Joyce loser. Hughes and the homerun ball is pathetic already.
    ————————————————–

    You wouldn’t be saying that if the Yanks had 10 runs, would ya’ ?

  417. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Yankees announcers jinxed it. Saying Joyce was a disappointment.

  418. NYY fan in NH July 30th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    One lousy pitch and makes his line look average.

  419. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Crappity crap crap. I hope arod is up for mashing some bullpen.

  420. theREALkevin July 30th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    is there a reason YES has to show the home run replay a million times? i swear this network tries so hard to be neutral sometimes they go overboard

    disgusting from Hughes, he has to be disappointed, he had thrown such a great game to that point. his biggest problem this year has been finishing off hitters when he has two strikes on them and it just bit him again

    game not close to over yet though

  421. Shadow Kid July 30th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    according to MLBTR, Melancon was traded for Berkman; not sure how I feel about that

  422. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Paredes and Melancon to houston. They pay 4 mil.

  423. Eric UWS July 30th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    All these 2 strike hits are KILLING phil. Terrible, terrible, terrible

  424. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    can’t afford to lose games likes this

  425. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Just catching up on the afternoon’s events

    I know this has probably been beaten to death, but if this Berkman thing happens. I love it.

    We need a DH.

  426. pat July 30th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Joelsherman1
    Heard #Yankees are sending T-A reliever Mark Melancon and Low-A infielder Jimmy Paredes to #Astros for Berkman

  427. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Wow. Cue the complaints about giving up the closer of the future.

  428. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Wow. Cue the complaints about giving up the closer of the future.

  429. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    They can get this back. They have looked like they were going to break through a couple of times against Davis. If Grandy gets on they will get rolling.

  430. kd July 30th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    sj,

    i meant that we cannot expect hughes to throw a shutout. they will likely need more that two runs to win.

    the next blog upgrade needs to be an edit button. i realized the second i hit the submit button that my comment would read that way!

  431. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Not Melancon :x

  432. CB July 30th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    The main issue with Hughes wasn’t that he was tiring. The main issue was that the Rays had adjusted to his fastball and Hughes ran out of ideas out on the mound because he couldn’t locate his curve ball consistently for strikes.

    That home run was developing over the past two innings. The Rays adjusted and were handling his fastball better. Hughes just didn’t have another weapon to keep them off the fastball consistently.

    Joyce was just sitting there geared up for a fastball. It wasn’t even a guess. He was just sitting on the pitch and Hughes made a mistake on the pitch.

    The next step in his development is to refine his curveball and change up.

    That Hughes didn’t have an effective change up to throw to a guy like Joyce is a problem.

  433. CountryClub July 30th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    He missed his spot, but it still wasnt a bad pitch. Sometimes you have to tip your cap to the hitter.

  434. theREALkevin July 30th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    wow. leadoff walk could have been big there.

  435. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    That might have been ball 4. Stay disciplined Grandy.

  436. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Of course, Matt Joyce said in the pregame how he REALLY wanted to beat the Yankees. Of course you want to beat all teams, but you REALLY want to beat the Yankees.

    And Grandy swingin at ball 4. MAD

  437. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    pathetic 3 and 1 count, another weak at bat.

    and hughes choked

  438. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Just Melancon and Paredes? That’s a fantastic trade then…..

  439. GoldGlove9486 July 30th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    When was the last time the Yankees beat a good pitcher? Probably David price almost two weeks ago. They feasted on garbage….last night they left a million runners on base until the mighty Cleveland bullpen imploded. Thank God we are getting Berkman. Colin Curtis is not a major league DH.

  440. MaineYankee July 30th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 9:08 pm
    It?s not ?the game?.

    Believe it or not, they play 9 innings.

    ———————————————–

    It’s amazing how many don’t seem to know that.

  441. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Don’t know anything about Paredes. But Melancon is a waste. Nice trade.

  442. Frozen Rope July 30th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Joba coming in to put the game away for the Rays.

  443. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    m July 30th, 2010 at 9:11 pm
    Wow. Cue the complaints about giving up the closer of the future.
    *************

    I am confused. I thought Soria was the closer of the future

  444. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Granderson come on…

  445. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Bad at bat by grandy. You gotta take the walk.

  446. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Swinging at a 3-1 count. I dont understand! Nowhere near the strike zone.

  447. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Wasn’t even a terrible pitch. Maybe he overthrew it a bit too much and it tailed back over the plate.

    Good swing.

  448. MikeY July 30th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Grandy is terrible

  449. theREALkevin July 30th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    soriano and especially benoit are simply not as good as their ERAs suggest. no chance they finish the season that low.

  450. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    YEAH!! Good job Curtis and Curtis! Enjoyed getting those hacks in?!

  451. Asd July 30th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    What? Hughes throws the cutter and pays the price? Shocker!

  452. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Cue the crybabies….

  453. Yankeefran July 30th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Let’s go offense!

  454. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    anotther weak hack with a 3 and 1 count.

    pathetic

  455. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Erica-

    They are both NYY Closers of the Future duh.

  456. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Why does everyone make such a big deal out of this game ? If they lose they lose. They still have a chance to take the series and last I checked it’s July not Sept.

  457. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    2 brutal at bats. Too bad the Yanks went to sleep after the 1st inning….

  458. GoldGlove9486 July 30th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Posada’s gotta do a better job calling pitches. He looked like he was walking Longoria intentionally to face Carlos Pena, the Yankee killer. Give me a break.

  459. pat July 30th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    When was the last time the Yankees beat a good pitcher?

    Carmona?

  460. UnKnown July 30th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Book it Alex hits the game winning HR

  461. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I swear as soon as this bleeping idiot michael kay opened up his big trap and said that matt joyce has been a disappointment so far for the rays i said to myself watch this guy hit a bleeping homerun right now. And as soon as he hit it i cursed kay out like no one ever has – if words could kill this bleephole kay would be dead right now from a massive coronary. NOt that i’m wishing mind you but he does that bleep time and time again – jinx motherbleeper…

  462. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Asd
    It wasn’t a cutter. It was a high fastball.

  463. ZMAN July 30th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Can’t believe they gave up our closer of the future for a rental player..

  464. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    He didn’t throw a cutter to Joyce.

    If you are going to cry, at least have a clue.

    It was a FASTBALL up in the zone. Not a cutter.

  465. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    2 runs in the first 2 batters of the game to this Wade Davis, and nothing after.

  466. GoldGlove9486 July 30th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Michael Kay is an embarrassment. I’m shocked the best team in sports allows him to be the television face of the franchise. He gets excited like a little girl when A-Rod hits a SHALLOW fly ball.

  467. CountryClub July 30th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    It wasnt a cutter. It was a 93 mph 4 seamer up in the zone.

  468. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Asd July 30th, 2010 at 9:14 pm
    What? Hughes throws the cutter and pays the price? Shocker!
    ————————-

    I’ve been pretty critical in the past of pitch selection when Hughes starts but tonight he has done a really good job of mixing in offspeed and breaking pitches. It really wasn’t a terrible pitch. Probably tailed back over the inside corner a little bit but Joyce got his hands in and put a good swing on it. It’s not because he’s relied on the cutter too much tonight…

  469. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Come on tie it so Hughes doesn’t leave the game with the loss.

  470. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    But I will say this. If Joba comes into this game then this game could be over.

  471. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    That tells you he wasn’t the closer of the future.

  472. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    And since we are in the homestretch…

    0 Days, 18 Hours, and 43 Minutes until the Trade Deadline!!!! Woohoo!!!!

  473. Nick in SF July 30th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    What the heck is Marbles Martinez saying on YES? I can make out every 6th or 7th word.

    “mudedh buubbuhdy mubedy fastball bubbedy bubuh muh”

  474. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    CB….Jouyce was sitting dead red…Then he gets one up and backdooring over the plate….See ya……What’s that 18 longballs he’s served up this season ????

  475. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    GoldGlove9486 July 30th, 2010 at 9:16 pm
    Michael Kay is an embarrassment. I’m shocked the best team in sports allows him to be the television face of the franchise. He gets excited like a little girl when A-Rod hits a SHALLOW fly ball.
    ————————-

    Lol there’s a big game going on between 2 good teams and all you can think about is how bad Michael Kay is. Just enjoy the game man.

  476. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Send Hughes back out for the 7th

  477. Jason22 July 30th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    The Astros made a great trade for a guy who is basically done as a hitter.

    The only hope is dhing his knees let him become somewhat decent.

    His #s on the road and batting righty are so bad, it will make Yankee fans miss Randy Winn.

    Melancon might have needed a change of scenery, but they sold really low on him compared to what his value was a year ago.

    I have already said everything about Paredes, will he reach his high ceiling, probably not, but if he ever does, the Yankees will look very bad.

    For a broken down former big bat, you don’t trade players whose value is at the low end of what they should be, and that’s what they did.

    Phil needs to be told by Eiland, you have to throw your change up to left handed hitters with two strikes, until he is forced to do so, he is going to continue to fall in love with his cutter, and give up homeruns.

  478. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    And moving Melancon also frees up a spot on the 40 for Berkman. Miranda will probably go to Scranton.

    Buster reporting that this is the first of several moves the Yanks will make in the next 18 hours.

  479. syd_cash July 30th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    The Yankees random hitting slumps bug me. Such a shame for Phil who was having a solid night…picked the wrong moment to throw a fastball when his offspeed stuff was working so well.

  480. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Before this at-bat, Gardner had gotten on base 6 out of his last 6 plate appearances. 5 via the walk.

    Hopefully we can plate a couple more runs.

  481. GhettoBlaster July 30th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    This is where the Rays have the DISTINCT ADVANTAGE on the Yanks. Once the Rays get to the 8th inning with a lead, it is pretty much over.

    Benoit/Soriano= one of the best 8th/9th inning combos in baseball. Hopefully Hughes/or whoever Joe brings in will keep the Rays at 3 runs.

    Too bad Hughes gave up another big HR.

  482. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    LOL ! Melancon closer of the future ? lol !

  483. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Berkman will be in the lineup tomorrow night.

  484. Lost July 30th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    If the Yankees traded a stack of shower towels and backpack for Josh Hamilton people would still complain about it.

    Wow.

  485. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I hope the people who are being serious about Melancon being closer of the future realize that he has like a 3.50 ERA in AAA this year. And he’s been shelled and had no control in all of his stops in the Bronx. The guy could turn out to be decent but he’s definitely dropped from consensus closer status. The Yanks have better guys in the system. At worst if he doesn’t pan out as a starter Brackman will likely be a dominant reliever.

  486. pat July 30th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Joelsherman1
    Heard #Yankees, #Astros completed deal about 1:30 pm Eastern, which means can officially announce at that time, 24 hours later, tomorrow

  487. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Jason 22 wins the prospect hugger of the night award.

  488. Carlo July 30th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Does the tatoo artists who put AAAA on Melancons forehead go with him to Houston in the deal?

  489. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Nick in SF says:
    July 30, 2010 at 9:18 pm
    What the heck is Marbles Martinez saying on YES? I can make out every 6th or 7th word.

    “mudedh buubbuhdy mubedy fastball bubbedy bubuh muh”
    —————————————————

    He sounds like Hunter Thompson up there…..without the LSD.

  490. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    # SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Cue the crybabies….

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

    Right on !

  491. Nick in SF July 30th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Just shower towels now, but they were the master bath towels of the future. :mad:

  492. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Nick,

    That’s the perfect depiction of Tino there.

    The less he talks the better. Which is a shame because he actually makes sense when you can make out what he’s saying.

  493. Tar July 30th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    When did Melancon become a non -prospect type of player?

  494. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Mother heffalumper!

  495. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    SJ, you bat Berkman 2nd or 6th?

  496. syd_cash July 30th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    oh boy Joba pitching in an important spot…this could end badly

  497. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    pat,

    Is tomorrow a night game? :)

  498. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    m

    SJ said it’s a night game.

  499. Carlo July 30th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I for one am thrilled melancon is in this deal. He was so overhyped and so brutally bad. Almost to the point where I would get physically sick whenever he was called up for his 10 day stay that would always include at least 1 appearance where he would walk 3, hit 1, give up two hits and a home run and record 2 outs before being removed.

  500. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Hughes is frustrating. Can’t wait for him to develop into a real pitcher next year.

  501. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Well then, it’s time to cut the ol’ umbilical cord.

  502. JobaTipsHisCap July 30th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Joba time

  503. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Look at those stats. Joba really is bad. Still don’t understand how you can fall off like that.

  504. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Sure didn’t appear so. FB was straight as a string.

    Good trade if Berkman helps out down the stretch.
    ———————————————————————–# SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    That tells you he wasn’t the closer of the future.

  505. pat July 30th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    m

    7 o’clock eastern.

  506. UpState July 30th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Melancon.
    Has a few brief chances – didn’t seem ready.
    Maybe at his max.
    Wish him the best in Guam ….I mean Houston.

  507. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Still a good game from Hughes. I knew the Yankees should’ve saved a couple of runs from yesterday for today.

  508. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    wow, could the demotion of Joba lead to him getting better?

  509. Mark-Cant Touch This July 30th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    This game is on the offense, and their pathetic 2 runs against cy young. The game is not over but unlike the pathetic Idians bullpen, runs are not guaranteed after the starter leaves.

  510. BumKnee July 30th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Glad to see them get rid of Melancon. Next to go should be two more bums–Joba and Granderson.

  511. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Jack Curry sold his soul…everyone has this trade and Curry and the YES broadcasters aren’t discussing the details because Yankees aren’t ready to announce it.

    By the way I love Tino but he’s brutal in the booth

  512. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Benoit’s got a sub 0.90 ERA. :(

  513. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Hughes was really really good for 4 innings today. But he got worn down some what in the 5th and 6th because he still doesn’t have a put away pitch. The Rays saw a ton of pitches in those innings and eventually after fouling off a couple of pitches the batter gets one they like. They still need to work on that with him.

  514. luis July 30th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Carlo …. never got extended chance to really stick but i think he could use a change of scenery

  515. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Nice Joba inning!

  516. pat July 30th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Good job by Joba.

  517. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Nice job by Joba tonight.

  518. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Granderson is far from a bum lol. Plenty of teams will gladly take him off the Yankees hands…

  519. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    # Tar July 30th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    When did Melancon become a non -prospect type of player?

    ========================================
    Today ?

  520. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    That’s about as dominating an inning as Chamberlain’s had in quite a while, regardless of the batters.

  521. YankeeRay July 30th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I bat Bergman 6th and drop Jorge to 7th. When Posada isn’t catching then he sits and becomes Cervellis late inning PH and catcher. Now we don’t have to worry about Cervelli getting hurt when Posada is Dhing.
    Grandy 8th Gardner 9th much better line up.

  522. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Come on Jeter make him work.

  523. Carl July 30th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    # m July 30th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Benoit’s got a sub 0.90 ERA. :(

    Blew the game against us last time. Let’s see him do it again.

  524. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Jason22….Very good point about the change to Joyce….He really needs to throw that pitch 3-5 times a game…….It’s a deadly pitch, especially to lefthanders

  525. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Who’s ready to jump on Joba ? Come on now, fess up !

  526. BumKnee July 30th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Tyler–you are correct–Granderson is far from a bum. I misspoke. He is an incredible bum.

  527. Tar July 30th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    “Benoit’s got a sub 0.90 ERA. ”

    That’s good, because it’s only going to go up from here. Starting tonight.

  528. California July 30th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Well done by Hughes tonight.

    A quality start.

  529. YankeeRay July 30th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Berkman

  530. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks, pat.

    What’s the saying? “It’s 7:10 pm somewhere.”

  531. theREALkevin July 30th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    i’m tired of Benoit overperforming. he can’t keep this pace up for the whole year. he’s only thrown 35 innings so far anyhow. let’s tie this thing up if he comes in, or anyone else for that matter.

  532. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Tyler–you are correct–Granderson is far from a bum. I misspoke. He is an incredible bum.

    —————————-

    Nice of you to show up tonight. It’s a pleasure.

  533. lil m July 30th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Welcome Mr. Berkman!!

  534. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Yankees Close To Acquiring Austin Kearns
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [July 30 at 8:27pm CST]

    The Yankees are “on the verge” of acquiring Austin Kearns, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (via Twitter).

  535. Carl July 30th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Austin Kearns to da Yankees

  536. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Well the Yankees are going to need some luck right here.

  537. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Do they have a rally in their bones?

  538. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Hughes pitched well tonight. He made ONE mistake.

    It happens.

    That pitch could have been popped out and everybody would be cheering.

    Sometimes, the other team makes a play. It happens.

    Two more innings to make a comeback.

    Chip,

    I’d bat him 6th and bat Posada 8th to break up the lefties.

    Jeter
    Swisher
    Tex
    Arod
    Cano
    Berkman
    Granderson
    Posada
    Gardner

  539. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    # Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Granderson is far from a bum lol. Plenty of teams will gladly take him off the Yankees hands…

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

    Indubitably !

  540. CountryClub July 30th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Austin Kearns to yanks

  541. BumKnee July 30th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Santa Claus–glad to accomodate you. Put coal in grandy’s stocking

  542. YankeeRay July 30th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    GTLU tomorrow
    Jeter
    Swisher
    Tex
    Arod
    Cano
    Berkman
    Granderson
    Cervelli
    Gardner

  543. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Kayem Frank pictured with mustard. :)

    Oh, yeah. Great job by Joba.

  544. Jason22 July 30th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Chip you win the slow person award for the night.

    Each prospect has a value assigned to them, Melancon once had a higher value, it is now much less, they sold low on him.

    Is that to hard for you to understand?

    Paredes has raw tools that other than Slade Heathcott and Abe Almonte, no one else in their minor leagues have, again they sold low on him.

    It’s not about not trading guys, that’s part of what the minors are for, it’s about getting the proper value for each chip you have, and in my opinion they sold low on both players.

  545. syd_cash July 30th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    I think the Berkman deal can be helpful. We needed an extra bat. He hasn’t had the greatest season in Houston, though he had a strong July. I think he should bat in the 6 spot not 2, Swish does good there.

  546. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    and of course kay says how benoit has been lights out this year except for the last time the yankees faced him – which of course is a reverse jinx..

    God i’m sounding like CR9..i need help

  547. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    It’s not that Melancon wasn’t a prospect. It’s just that he wasn’t having a good year and is not looking like he would be an integral part of the bullpen anymore. He’s not really an untouchable guy at all. If you can get a guy like Berkman you give up Melancon in an instant.

  548. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Kearns to the Yanks for a PTBNL

  549. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I really hope fantasy camps for women work out for Tino.

    Cause I don’t think he has a long broadcasting career ahead of him

  550. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Hetman says Austin Kearns is close to being a Yankee. Why would Cashman want Kearns?

  551. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Jeter needs to lay off those high for him fastballs….

  552. GoldGlove9486 July 30th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Swisher is going to hurt himself swinging that hard

  553. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    lol @ Cashman needs to go! Thank God I dont have to hear Kay trying to or accidentally jinxing his own team.

    But your handle suggests you do need help. Cashman has put the Yankees in the drivers seat, refusing to get taken advantage of.

  554. syd_cash July 30th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    i think its had to come back against the Rays when you lose the lead late in the game. Unlike the Yanks they have a shutdown bullpen… :(

  555. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 30th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Yankees to Acquire Austin Kearns

    Yankees Acquire Austin Kearns
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [July 30, 2010 at 8:27pm CST]
    The Yankees are “on the verge” of acquiring Austin Kearns, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (via Twitter). The Indians will obtain a player to be named later, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (via Twitter). The deal is done, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Twitter.

  556. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Never been a big Austin Kearns fan but if the price is right he would be a nice bench piece for some right handed power off the bench.

  557. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Heyman. Not Hetman. But still… Why?

  558. UpState July 30th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Why Austin Kearns ?
    How / Where would he fit ?
    (if this is actually true)

  559. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 9:31 pm
    Kearns to the Yanks for a PTBNL
    **********

    Why?

  560. YankeeRay July 30th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Kearns for PTBNL

  561. theREALkevin July 30th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    kearns seems too similar to Thames for me. Berkman i guess sort of makes sense. but Kearns i can’t really figure out.

  562. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    When is the relief pitching help going to come?!

  563. BumKnee July 30th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Kearns, Berkman–and hopefully a few more. anyone in the line-up is preferable than the Grandyman who can’t. His hot streak is history. Back to .215 and 2k’s per game for the rest of the year

  564. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I always liked Kearns. Good pick up….Cashman got him so we don’t have to watch Granderson attemp to hit lefties anymore.

  565. GoldGlove9486 July 30th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Is it just me or have the Yankees been popping up EVERYTHING since the first inning?

  566. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    and such is our luck, the ball just stays in play by an inch. ********* JOKE!

  567. UpState July 30th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    YankeeRay July 30th, 2010 at 9:32 pm
    Kearns for PTBNL

    Why ???

  568. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    berkman – good trade
    kearns – eehh not so much – he’s like the white thames

  569. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Let’s go Tex

  570. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I’ve never seen Paredes play but looking at his stats nothing really stands out to you… He’s 22 years old and in Charleston. Seems like he has speed and hits for a decent average but has almost no power. I wouldn’t put him even near Almonte and Heathcott who are both younger and have more potential all around…

  571. syd_cash July 30th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Why do we need Kearns and Berkman. Don’t see that. Berkman is a good deal Kearns too??? Why??

    I’m with CR9 relief pitching please, thank you…that’s what we need to win the W.S. At the end of the day I don’t think its going to be our hitting that’s going to let us down in the playoffs.

  572. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Benwah. :P

  573. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    goldglove

    yep. when the yanks batters struggle, it’s usually just weak impotent popups

  574. California July 30th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Rays will sweep?

  575. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Maybe Cashman has a grand plan I don’t know !

  576. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Dammit. Offense was left in cleveland. Should arive by tomorrow night 8:30 pm ish.

  577. Tar July 30th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I heard for hours now Non-prospect. Melancon is not having a good year, but I would not describe him as a “non-prospect. I think the Astros are eating a lot of Berkman’s contract, so non-prospect became struggling prospect. LOL. That’s my story and I am sticking to it.

  578. BumKnee July 30th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    trade Granderson for the 200 more specially mmarked baseballs that Arod is going to need.

  579. GoldGlove9486 July 30th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    “Weak, impotent popups. Good thing I don’t have that problem, Suzyn.” “WHOAAA, JAWN!”

  580. theREALkevin July 30th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    benoit threw a number of pitchers over the heart of the plate there. pretty bad not at least getting a base runner…… one shot left.

  581. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Is Kearns under contract beyond this season? What positions does he play?

  582. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    California
    You really are getting old. Everyone knows that you love the Red Sox. Get a new act !

  583. Mark-Cant Touch This July 30th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    This offense has been pathetic again, you need to score runs when you can 2 runs in the first then they go to sleep. If the Indians had any kind of bullpen the Yankees would of gotten a split. Good job Hughes. Offense go hand you head for making a 4 ERA pitcher look like Cy Young again.

  584. syd_cash July 30th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Well maybe A-rod will hit #600 in the 9th…we sure could use a homerun right about now

  585. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Joba for two?

  586. BumKnee July 30th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    The Rays have an 8th inning pitcher who can pitch. the Yankees have a nut job. Big difference come playoff time.

  587. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    syd_cash July 30th, 2010 at 9:35 pm
    Why do we need Kearns and Berkman. Don’t see that. Berkman is a good deal Kearns too??? Why??

    I’m with CR9 relief pitching please, thank you…that’s what we need to win the W.S. At the end of the day I don’t think its going to be our hitting that’s going to let us down in the playoffs.
    ————————–

    If all these reports are true, there doesn’t seem like there is much available in relief pitching unless you want a guy like Will Ohman. The Yanks looked at Soria and Nunez but they both aren’t available.

  588. Cashmoney July 30th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    good effort by hughes. Rays pitching has overpowered the yanks. as expected , I am hoping to win 1/3 in Tampa. having little confidence in Javy tom, hoping that he proves me wrong.

  589. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    syd

    ah, kearns provides depth. Miranda and Curtis likely sent down.

    also, although our offense usually has the talent, our offense has let us down in the playoffs many times in the past decade. Most notably, the 2006 playoffs.

  590. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    After getting berkman wouldn’t getting kearns be redundant?

  591. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    m July 30th, 2010 at 9:36 pm
    Is Kearns under contract beyond this season? What positions does he play?
    ******
    on the yankees he’ll play left-out

  592. Jason22 July 30th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Pat M,

    I don’t understand why they are not pounding it home to Phil about using his changeup, it makes no sense not to use it when he is obviously having issues with two strikes against left handed hitters.

    I thought with Eiland gone maybe that was part of the problem, but he is back now, and he still refuses to throw it. Phil has a lot of talent and I think he is a smart kid, but he needs to look at the videotapes and see what he is doing wrong. He would realize how effective the changeup would be to these guys sitting on his fastball or cut fastball, whatever he is throwing to them.

  593. YankeeRay July 30th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I bet Thames goes and they keep Colin Curtis up. Kearns is more versatile than Thames.

  594. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    ok whats the point on kearns

  595. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    m–

    don’t know about kearns’ contract but he plays the corner outfield spots i think. he was a huge prospect a few years back with cincinatti. i have a few friends who are big reds fans from there that i go to college with and they were telling me that his first game the park was completely sold out and going crazy. he was kind of the jay bruce of his time for the reds but really never panned out and got hurt alot. he’s having a good year this year though. he’ll be a nice bench piece. not a completely necessary trade but he will make the team better i think.

  596. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Tyler,

    Halfway decent relief pitchers are a dime a dozen. Im not talking a Soria. Just a decent relief guy. We could possibly fill the role from within, but I doubt we do.

  597. BumKnee July 30th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Tyler–Berkman and Kearns are coming because your guy the Grandyman is really horrible, Cashman knows it, the world knows it, and you don’t.

  598. Bill D July 30th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Jays just pinch ran for Bautista.

  599. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Red Sox with another blown call that goes their way. When it’s a close play on the bases for them, expect it to go their way!

  600. Cashmoney July 30th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    # sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    After getting berkman wouldn’t getting kearns be redundant?
    ———————————–
    berkman is a DH, austin play CF and hit lefties. Berkman’s split for lefties has never been great and is worse this year. So , I don’t think it’s redundant. good bat , now we just need to find infielder for the below replacement bat Pena.

  601. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I don’t understand Joba. How can he be 96-97 one night but 91-93 tonight?

  602. IIOIIOIIO July 30th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Tyler–Berkman and Kearns are coming because your guy the Grandyman is really horrible, Cashman knows it, the world knows it, and you don’t.

    —————-

    You’ve said the same thing 100 times. We get it.

  603. Jason22 July 30th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    # Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I really hope fantasy camps for women work out for Tino.

    Cause I don’t think he has a long broadcasting career ahead of him

    LOL Erica….

    No Tino is just about the worst announcer I have heard on any Yankee game and that is saying something.

    He seems like a good guy, but man David Cone is sorely missed.

  604. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Look up Granderson’s numbers in 2007. Copy and paste what they were please. And don’t give me the whole that was 3 years ago and he sucks now bs. he’s in the middle of his prime.

  605. Nick in SF July 30th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Did Tino just ‘hubuduhbuhduh” or “Joba”?

  606. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks to Miguel RBI leader Cabrera for doing nothing in that AB. Per the usual for that fat slug. Ended the game a few days ago against the Rays with a chance to tie the game. fat slug!

  607. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Wow, three SO, no runners for Joba. Really nice job by him.

  608. BumKnee July 30th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Easy–Santa Claus.

  609. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Sunny,

    No. Veteran RH bat off the bench who can play LF against lefties, moving Gardner to CF.

    Could be a platoon partner for Granderson.

    Berkman can’t play the OF anymore.

    That’s the best Joba has looked in two months.

    Very solid 2 innings.

  610. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Chamberlain looks like a completely different pitcher tonight. No fidgeting, no messing around.

  611. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks, guys.

    Austin Kearns of
    1 year/$0.75M (2010)
    1 year/$0.75M (2010)
    signed by Cleveland as a free agent 1/5/10 (minor-league contract)
    contract purchased by Cleveland 4/5/10

    via: cots

  612. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    that mistake was stupid, he should throw another curveball and it could cost the yanks the game.

  613. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Kearns is a back up player. He can play the outfield agaisnt a lefty if Granderson or Gardner needs the day off. Or so we don’t have to see Granderson face a lefty. The Yanks needed a major league hitter on the bench. Now Miranda can go back to AAA where he belongs. Not a big deal..

  614. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    CR9-

    Who in your opinion is halfway decent. The guys who are halfway decent on the market aren’t worth giving up prospects for because they won’t improve the bullpen at all. Better to fill it internally or give guys time to sort things out.

  615. Macfan July 30th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Really need Javy to come up with a quality start tomorrow against Garza from the get go of the game.

  616. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    CR9
    Actually I would say the pitching let the Yankees down during those years more so than the hitting. Look at the roations from 2004-2008. Straight up garbage !

  617. jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    The Austin Kearns rumor makes no sense unless the Yanks will trade one of their current outfielders (CG?) for something bigger.

  618. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    kay jinxing arod…

    here’s my own jinx –

    who wants to bet that arod does 1 of 3 things – strikeouts out on a 3-2 count, grounds weakly to SS or pops up to shallow CF….there eat that bleeping kay!!!

  619. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    The homerun pitch wasn’t a bad one by Hughes. It was out of the zone and high. Most batters would’ve swung through it or popped it up. Sometimes hitters get lucky. It looks like Hughes is on his way back.

  620. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    GB-

    That breaking ball he dropped for strike 1 on Longoria was a thing of beauty. He really looked confident tongiht and just went about his business from pitch 1. very encouraging…

  621. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Tyler, he was a NL ROY with the Reds back in 02 I think

  622. BumKnee July 30th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Captain Clutch–Granderson needs three years off–not a few games here and there.

  623. Macfan July 30th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    “# CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks to Miguel RBI leader Cabrera for doing nothing in that AB. Per the usual for that fat slug. Ended the game a few days ago against the Rays with a chance to tie the game. fat slug!”

    +++++++++++++++

    LOL, you know if that was the Yankees he would have probably hit a HR in that spot

  624. syd_cash July 30th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    BumKnee July 30th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    The Rays have an 8th inning pitcher who can pitch. the Yankees have a nut job. Big difference come playoff time.

    ———–

    My point exactly

  625. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    They probably walk Alex.

  626. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Arod please cut down on your swing here…..

  627. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Soriano has to blow a save sometime.

  628. Tar July 30th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Looked outside

  629. YankeeRay July 30th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    With Berkman no more need for Thames. Posada will PH for Cervelli and Kearns for Grandy and then move to OF. Thames will be DFA’d and Miranda sent down IMO.

  630. Cashmoney July 30th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    @mac, i hope Javy will come through. I won’t bet on it though.

  631. syd_cash July 30th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Robbie can do it

  632. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    A-rod can’t hit anything right now. All I see from him are popups.

  633. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Another pitch over the plate missed. #600 is really messing with his head.

  634. SAS July 30th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    The problem with Tino…imo ….is that he has very bad sinuses. Otherwise, he is cooked as a broadcaster.

  635. JobaTipsHisCap July 30th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    This is sort of mini postseason game, good pitching dominates no matter how much your lineup looks good on paper.

  636. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    pat m-

    Did he end up winning ROY? I know he came up with a ton of hype and put up good numbers at the beginning but definitely was a disappointment in cincy. didn’t realize he won ROY though. my friends aren’t too big of kearns fans lol. just another hyped up guy for the reds who didn’t come through as much as promised.

  637. Cashmoney July 30th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    i am thinking , Miranda sent down for Berkman, and Curtis Colin sent down for Austin.

  638. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Two sub par at bats.

  639. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    So many popups. :mad:

  640. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Kay is a scmuck tonight…..Hammering on Alex

  641. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Damn. 12-4 is not bad. But 13-3 sounds much better.

  642. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    both arod and jeter with the receding hairline – they are getting old!!!

  643. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Tyler

    I have no current knowledge of any halfway decent relief pitchers on the market. I’d look at the Indians roster, perhaps Perez (dont know if he’s good any longer or if we even need another LHP). But I am sure there are others out there that have struggled this year that have some success in their past.

  644. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Kay is especially annoying in tight games like tonight no?

  645. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    this game on hughes, he blew the lead and cost the yankees the game

  646. Spiced Ham July 30th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Not a good loss.

  647. Jason22 July 30th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Other than Gardner, the entire team has had pretty terrible at bats all night long.

    No patience, swinging at high fastballs, just not good.

    Bad way to start a series.

  648. JobaTipsHisCap July 30th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Posada is amazingly slow.

    Only one game lead now.

  649. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Weak swing from Cano. Too bad the bats feel asleep after the 1st inning. 1 swing from garbage cost them the game.

  650. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Good Posada is slow. Like I said before his time is running out. After next year call it quits.

  651. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Boo! One mistake pitch and a ton of popups.

    Take the next two, guys.

    And for heavens sake, make the starters work.

  652. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Boo! One mistake pitch and a ton of popups.

    Take the next two, guys.

    And for heavens sake, make the starters work.

  653. Eric UWS July 30th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Pathetic

  654. lil m July 30th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Okay, win tomorrow. And Sunday lol.

  655. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    ugg.

  656. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    -god

  657. pat July 30th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    People reading what they want to see in Alex’s ABs.

    Other than Swisher’s first AB, everyone’s ABs looked like Alex’s tonight.

  658. YankeeRay July 30th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Bad loss tonight

  659. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    SAS-

    He sounded like that on Baseball Tonight too. He should just stick to working as a baseball executive imo. He really doesn’t have the voice for broadcasting.

  660. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Ugly. Just a yucky display by the offense.

  661. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Yep, Macfan, that’s why he is a fat drunk slug.

    What a terrible terrible offensive performance against Waid (misspelling intentional) Davis.

    You score 2 runs in the first to ABs of the game, and then go on to do NOTHING. ZERO. Waste 2-0 counts, waste ABs. Strike out on ball 4′s. Weak impotent popups.

  662. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    “Kay is a scmuck tonight…..Hammering on Alex”

    He tried to make it seem like Alex’s chase for 600 is somehow hurting the team. That’s bogus. They didn’t lose tonight because Alex didn’t hit a HR. They lost tonight because no one hit anything other than Swisher.

  663. YankeeRay July 30th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    I’m looking forward to Berkman lengthining the lineup.

  664. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    # Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Kay is especially annoying in tight games like tonight no?
    ________

    And in blow outs, and in wins and in losses, and pretty much in general.

  665. Spiced Ham July 30th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I can stop, eat dinner, take a nap, and still beat Posada in a 100 yard dash.

  666. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Berkman better bat 6th, the lineup completely falls off a cliff after Cano.

  667. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    That loss stung a little :-(

    We’ll get them tomorrow

  668. ZMAN July 30th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Worst loss of my career

  669. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Actually, the big mistake was walking Longoria. But anyway, overall Phil looked good tonight.

  670. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Spiced Ham July 30th, 2010 at 9:51 pm
    I can stop, eat dinner, take a nap, and still beat Posada in a 100 yard dash.
    ***************

    I believe that exact logic got the hare in trouble in “The tortose and the hare” LOL

  671. mick July 30th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    # Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Kay is a scmuck tonight…..Hammering on Alex
    ================================
    When they did that promo for “Dinner for Schmucks”, didn’t Kay’s picture pop up on the screen?

  672. YankeeRay July 30th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    A lot of pitchers have had poor outings following NH or PG this year so lets hope Garza stays true to form.

  673. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Did Kay say that? Because I swear the booth was praising Alex in the beginning of the game. Talking about how he’s still producing and what not.

    Anyway, I don’t care about Alex’s 600. Just win series. Starting with this one.

  674. Carl July 30th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I really thought they were going back to the curve ball 2-2. God what a tough loss. 1 pitch.

  675. JobaTipsHisCap July 30th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    at least Sux is losing right now in fenway

  676. Eric UWS July 30th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    This was just an awful awful game

  677. syd_cash July 30th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Such a let down loss. Cruise control the whole game and then the 3-run homer. Disappointing

  678. Mike in Chicago July 30th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Wow, reading some of the posts here after a loss…

    Is it wrist-slitting time? Really?

    Are you all dusting off the old Leonard Cohen albums, listening to Famous Blue Raincoat or Avalanche, thinking of Phil’s gopher ball and waiting to expire?

    C’mon. One game. It’s a pennant race. They need to get them tomorrow.

    Phil pitched a great game, made one mistake.

  679. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I think they will take the next 2. Javy’s going to be good tomorrow and they jump on Garza coming off the no-no. Then Sunday just let the big man do his thing.

  680. pat July 30th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Rays got very excited to win a Friday game in July that they said didn’t mean anything because it’s only July.

  681. Cashmoney July 30th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    tough loss, i can’t help to think what if Damon and Matsui is batting as oppose to Curtis Colin and Granderson. Oh well, let’s see the latest reinforcement berman and austin can do.

  682. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Tough loss. We’re having more trouble with TB this season than we did last. This is going to be a dogfight right to the end.

  683. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    At least Gardner stole a base tonight.

  684. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I know arod had a problem with the hp umps strike zone. Sounds like they all did.

  685. Nick in SF July 30th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I wanted a Double-Double. :cry:

  686. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    3-2 Game tells me that the pitchers were in control….All 5 runs on 2 swings…..Damn running over the plate up in the zone fastball to Joyce is still gnawing at me

  687. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Too bad that one mistake cost the Yankees the game.

  688. Erin July 30th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Well, that was a bit of a letdown. :(

    Oh well-go get ‘em tomorrow.

    And was it just me or were the Rays acting like they just won Game 1 of the ALCS??? LOL

  689. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Tough night. One pitch changed the game.

    In the end, adding Berkman and Kearns make the Yankees a better team for the stretch run and Hughes pitched solid tonight.

    Tee it up tomorrow and keep grinding. All you can do.

  690. Tar July 30th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    “Kay is a scmuck tonight…..Hammering on Alex”

    Kay the schmuck. LOL I think he has a new Lohud name.

  691. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    HP umpire was a joke. Phil and our pitchers got some favorable calls, but the Umpire was more in their favor. Pitches in both batters boxes were strikes for the Rays pitchers.

    Positive out of this game, Joba pitched very very well.

  692. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I am blaming this on John Sterling.

    I was listening in the car and he carried on for 5 minutes on how Hughes only allowed home runs at Yankee Stadium

    It was a classic example of the Broadcaster Kiss of Death

  693. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    “Anyway, I don’t care about Alex’s 600. Just win series. Starting with this one.”

    I agree, but he does need to get it out of the way. It’s starting to become the story for some and that could lead to it being a distraction (more than it is already).

  694. mick July 30th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Hughes made one bad pitch Pat M…it happens.

  695. Nick in SF July 30th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld
    so I can sigh eternally…

  696. lil m July 30th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Here’s to a great performance from Javy + a revitalized offense combining for a win tomorrow. Lance Berkman, come on down!!

  697. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    The Rays are a good team and so are the Yankees. I don’t know why some are surprised. I said it before and I will say it again there could be a Yankees- Rays ALCS this year.

  698. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Does anybody know what is going on with Gary Sanchez? I’m assuming he’s hurt because he hasn’t played in a while but does anybody know how serious?

  699. LeTHuL27 July 30th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Posada can get a 40 feet head start running to first base and I can still beat him.

  700. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Oh please with the Damon and Matsui nonsense.

    Believe it or not, both guys made plenty of outs in their times as Yankees and both guys haven’t hit all year in their new homes.

    They didn’t lose tonight because Damon and Matsui weren’t in the lineup.

    Stop looking for villains. It was a tight game and they got beat.

    It happens. Its baseball.

    They even lost tight games with both Damon and Matsui in the lineup last year.

  701. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Just read that Kearns had a sore right knee. Why are we trading for him?

  702. terpbomber July 30th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    What made this loss annoying was the team closing up shop after the first inning. Hughes did exceptionally well, yet that ONE pitch instantly became the turning point of the game. I had expected the game to be close, but not with this outcome.

  703. Mark-Cant Touch This July 30th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Tonight lost was once again on the offense this offense is soooooooooooooooo frustrating making another 4 ERA pitcher look like Cy Young. Bu7t don’t worry they will have a 11 run outburst to pad the stats. This offense will be a big problem in the playoffs, I hope Berkman can help.

  704. m July 30th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    The first pitch to Robi was outside on gameday. I thought it was over the plate. But either the ump or gameday was very wrong.

  705. 57ryank July 30th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    2 runs won’t cut it very often. Pitching was very good !

    We now will have a better bench and DH. Bye bye Thames and Miranda. Park next ?

  706. benfica356 July 30th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Buster_ESPN Heard this: With two trades in the books today, the Yankees are working on another — presumably somebody who can play 3B. #trades

  707. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Also I could see Garza being off on Sat. after that no-hitter. Usually guys have some issues after throwing a no-hitter or perfect game.

  708. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Laura – I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 9:58 pm
    Just read that Kearns had a sore right knee. Why are we trading for him?
    **********

    I still can’t quite figure that out

  709. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Yuuuuuucccccchhhhhh.

    A Phreaking 2 pitch game!!!

    Good game though….besides the result. Phil was pretty solid. My bud was screaming for another breaking ball. Guess he was right.

  710. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Jeremy

    Outside of Price, and possibly Neimann, their starting pitching is not that great. Aside from CC and Evan and possibly Zobrist or Pena, their offense consists of a bunch of slugs.

  711. Mike in Chicago July 30th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    # Nick in SF July 30th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld
    so I can sigh eternally…

    ——-

    Ring the cowbells that still can ring
    Forget Phil’s perfect offering
    There is a crack in everything
    That’s how the Lance gets in.

  712. mick July 30th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    So much for Curtis being the 4th OF, that’s now Kearns job.

  713. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    “Buster_ESPN Heard this: With two trades in the books today, the Yankees are working on another — presumably somebody who can play 3B. #trades”

    You can thank Thames and his hysterical football pass throw for this. :P

  714. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    This wasn’t the umpires fault tonight.

    Let’s try not to act like children this evening.

    The Rays are a very good team and the Yankees lost a close game.

    Fact is, if the Yankees can win one in Tampa this weekend, they will have done fine for themselves.

    Its going to be a close race all year between these two teams because they are clearly better than everybody else.

  715. YankeeRay July 30th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    SJ, you agree that the Yanks will DFA Thames? He doesn’t fit IMO. He can’t play the field and his PH will not be needed. Only ones to PH for are Cervelli which Posada will do and Grandy which Kearns can do and then play OF. I think they keep Colin.

  716. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Damon and Matsui had nothing to do with this loss. The yanks were just swinging at tough pitches and didn’t get away with bad ones. Make no mistake. This loss sucks much butt. But a lot of season left. The offense will hopefully cone alive tomorrow.

  717. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Ouch, bad loss.

    I don’t know what to think about Phil. I’ve been wanting him to concentrate on the curve because IMO it’s more important that he gain consistency with that – he can work on the change in the off-season (again, but this time, he needs to have conviction that it’s an important pitch; he keeps saying it is, but I don’t think he means it. IMO, he should have used it earlier this season when he was confident in it coming out of ST).

    Sure he was solid, but he gave up another HR – he can’t keep the ball in the park and that’s going to be a problem for him going forward. We all want him to live up to his potential, but right now he doesn’t have enough pitches.

  718. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    “Also I could see Garza being off on Sat. after that no-hitter. Usually guys have some issues after throwing a no-hitter or perfect game.”

    Mark Buerhle lost like the next 6 or 7 games after his perfect game. Here’s hoping the same is true for Garza.

  719. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Erica-

    I think it’s for a power bat off the bench who can also play the corner spots in the outfield. Against a lefty he can play left and Gardner can take center to give Granderson an off day for example. I don’t know what’s going to happen to Thames but he may be gone. Kearns definitely upgrades the bench. He won’t start but is a good power guy off the pine.

  720. jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    On the minor league front Ivan Nova had a good game (7-1/3 inning – 0 earned runs). Scranton won 2-1 as Jorge Vazquez had a 2-run HR.

  721. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    #

    @wallacematthews A-Rod needs a slumpbuster. Where’s Rosie O’Donnell? 12 minutes ago
    ______________

    Ouch! lol

  722. Tar July 30th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    And was it just me or were the Rays acting like they just won Game 1 of the ALCS??? LOL”

    It was a nice win and a nice play from Pena, but yeah I noticed it as well. I bet the Yankees noticed also. I love when Mariano and Jorge smile shake hands and do the walk to second base.

  723. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West July 30th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    8:59pm: The Yankees are still in on Lilly, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times (Twitter link). The Padres had discussions about Lilly, but nothing is imminent, according to Dan Hayes of the North County Times (Twitter link).

  724. 98NYY July 30th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    What was positive in this loss…if that is possible…Hughes…Chamberlain! Negative…getting in at 3 a.m…look forward to seeing the new lineup tomorrow.

  725. Don July 30th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Phil and Joba were both good tonight. That has to be seen as something positive.

  726. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    That said, the offense was MIA after the first.

  727. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    SJ
    Don’t listen to some of them. Some of them were the same people who talked trash about Damon and Matsui last year when they didn’t perform..

  728. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    “I think they keep Colin.”

    I like this kid. I hope they give him a chance.

  729. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    What else is cash looking for? Unless he plans to flip some of these players I don’t see how all of these trades make a lot of sense without dumping some current people. Thames, Miranda, etc.

  730. GoldGlove9486 July 30th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    A-Rod’s gonna go deep tomorrow. And then he’s going on a 2007-like tear. It’s going to be fun! JOBA TONIGHT! No one is discussing his performance at all.

  731. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    SJ

    I apologize for disagreeing, but the HP umpire’s LARGE strike zone for our batters had a lot to do with their struggles tonight.

  732. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 10:01 pm
    Erica-

    I think it’s for a power bat off the bench who can also play the corner spots in the outfield. Against a lefty he can play left and Gardner can take center to give Granderson an off day for example. I don’t know what’s going to happen to Thames but he may be gone. Kearns definitely upgrades the bench. He won’t start but is a good power guy off the pine.
    **************

    If Kearns means that the Thames experiment can finally come to an end… bring him on

  733. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Lilly makes no sense; I sure as heck don’t want to see Phil sent to the pen early because of Ted Lilly. If Phil starts pitching well again, he’s better than Ted.

    I know one board that is just dying now with the trade of Melancon.

  734. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Hughes has his first 100k season. I know not a big deal. But it’s just the start of something great.

  735. m July 30th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Joba was really good. At least that’s what Tino said. I think.

  736. ZMAN July 30th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    They only got 1 hit in the final 8 innings of the game… a blooper by Cano.

  737. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Kay still trying to beat the “Alex is hurting the team” drum. Loser.

  738. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Lilly. No thanks.

  739. mick July 30th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    It was a nice win and a nice play from Pena, but yeah I noticed it as well. I bet the Yankees noticed also. I love when Mariano and Jorge smile shake hands and do the walk to second base.
    ==================
    Yeah, they acted like they never won before(led by Longoria), which they haven’t…

  740. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Erica-

    I mean I don’t know for certain but I would think that they won’t keep both. Kearns can be a guy who can fill in against leftys and provides some power now. He also is a much better fielder than Thames but so am I and the entire little league of the Bronx so that isn’t saying much. I think they will keep Curtis up because he’s shown he is a pretty good pinch hitter and can run a little bit. Kearns seems to be set for the same role as Thames so I don’t know the point of keeping both but you never know…

  741. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    i owe hughes an apologyize, he pitched well.

    can anymone explain to how austin kearns makes sense.

    he doesn’t hit leftys well

  742. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    CR9
    Sorry but the Rays are still good. I recall everybody saying the same thing about the Rays in 2008 and they made it to the World Series.

    The Yankees and Rays are the best teams in baseball period ! This is going to be a close race and I don’t see Boston being a factor in the end.

  743. m July 30th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Well, Kay’s off base. It’s not hurting the team.

    Well, we saw what happened when they struggled against Tomlin. Let’s hope for an offensive explosion tomorrow.

  744. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    CR9, I have to give you credit. You never waiver from your beliefs [regardless of how wrong they may be.] :P

  745. BA July 30th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    The only thing i can think of with the Kearns move is… I guess he can hit as well as Thames and he has to be better in the OF. But with Berkman at DH the Thames spot is useless anyway. Maybe Granderson sits against some lefties and Kearns starts in LF while Gardner plays CF.

  746. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I do think arod is starting to press. He has had a few swings tonight that could be characterized as over the top.

  747. mick July 30th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    If Phil starts pitching well again, he’s better than Ted.
    =================================
    Phil pitched just fine.

  748. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 10:05 pm
    Erica-

    I mean I don’t know for certain but I would think that they won’t keep both. Kearns can be a guy who can fill in against leftys and provides some power now. He also is a much better fielder than Thames but so am I and the entire little league of the Bronx so that isn’t saying much. I think they will keep Curtis up because he’s shown he is a pretty good pinch hitter and can run a little bit. Kearns seems to be set for the same role as Thames so I don’t know the point of keeping both but you never know…
    ****************

    I think I am a better fielder than Thames

  749. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    “can anymone explain to how austin kearns makes sense.

    he doesn’t hit leftys well”

    Neither does Berkman (at least so far this season).

  750. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    This was the first HR Hughes gave up on the road this year. He pitched very well except for one pitch. It happens. That’s baseball.

    Three of the last 4 games, Hughes has pitched well. Sometimes, you just get beat and that’s the way it goes. He will be fine.

    Especially since the pitch Joyce hit was up in his eyes. Credit to him for getting on top of it.

    Hughes had a great curveball all night.

    Ray,

    I don’t think they DFA Thames. I think Miranda and Curtis will probably be back in the minors and they are adding a veteran bat to their bench. If they add another infielder, perhaps they make another move.

    Kearns will probably play in LF against lefties and sit Granderson in those games. Gardner would then play CF.

    Overall, a tough loss but a win tonight for the Yankees because they are upgrading their team for the stretch drive and it doesn’t sound like they are finished yet.

  751. GoldGlove9486 July 30th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    A-Rod has 8 RBI’s in 8 games…my math tells me that’s a 162 RBI pace. He’s really hurting the team Michael. I wish he hit it in Cleveland so Michael wouldn’t have had the pleasure of making the call.

  752. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I just plain don’t like Joe maddon. He’s a decent manger and he’s got a great team, but I think the guy is as smug as they come. He seems like he is a players manager so I’d probably like playing FOR him but playing against him and watching it as a fan I can’t stand him…

  753. Mark-Cant Touch This July 30th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    You people seem quite happy after the offense did another disappearing job, Unlike the Indians the Rays actually have a bullpen, getting 11 runs a games and scoring 8 of those runs off a bullpen does not a good offense makes. Yankees are still doing what they have done all year making pitchers with 4 ERAs look like studs. But don’t worry over the next 3-4 they will have a 9-11 run outburst to give the illusion that they are actually a consistent offense. Good job by Phil, just one bad pitch, good Job by Joba. Hopefully Berkman can help this lineup, any team with a bullpen has a shot against the Yanks.

  754. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I still wish one of those posts on mlbtr read Yankees acquire Cliff Lee.

  755. Lost July 30th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    LostNYY #Yankees still have a few other things in the works tonight.. it might get REAL interesting from my source in Tampa. ( ?? )
    about 3 hours ago via web

    News about Yanks in on Lilly is starting to break.. heating up.

  756. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 10:08 pm
    Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 10:05 pm
    Erica-

    I mean I don’t know for certain but I would think that they won’t keep both. Kearns can be a guy who can fill in against leftys and provides some power now. He also is a much better fielder than Thames but so am I and the entire little league of the Bronx so that isn’t saying much. I think they will keep Curtis up because he’s shown he is a pretty good pinch hitter and can run a little bit. Kearns seems to be set for the same role as Thames so I don’t know the point of keeping both but you never know…
    ****************

    I think I am a better fielder than Thames
    ————————-

    What do you really think about Marcus Thames?

  757. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I know a lot of these moves are “minor” but a bullpen arm would be a good thing, no?

  758. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I wanna see Hughes pitch on Wednesday. i wonder if I should go.

  759. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Mick, he pitched well enough – but he’s giving up HRs to these terrible hitters and that’s going to be a problem. I don’t know how you fix that – except just to execute better. He has to work on his secondary pitches in the off-season. He’s not the reason they lost, though – that falls on the offense.

  760. mick July 30th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    How would Lilly fit in here?

  761. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I always thought Melancon was the one to replace the King….. Lundquist that is.

    Some will remember that play at the plate.

    Nick,

    Might not be the best night to quote Cobain. Too much despair as it is.

    But…I was recently reading an old interview. He was a big admirer of The Pixies of course. He said ” I always thought I should have been The Pixies. Or at the least in a Pixies cover band” Kind of funny I thought.

  762. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    “I just plain don’t like Joe maddon.”

    Neither do I. He’s brought over that LAA arrogance to TB.

  763. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    atleast boston is losing

  764. Lost July 30th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Chances of actually acquiring Lilly.. 50% and you know it never rains when the weather forecasts claim that. Now had I said 20% we’d have Lilly and it would be pouring. :P

  765. ZMAN July 30th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    The Kearns signing probably signals the end of Granderson playing against lefties. Why else did they need a RH hitting OF when they already had Thames and Curtis was doing a great job?

    I guess they saw enough to know that he is a big liability against lefties and considering all the ones that could be in the postseason (Lee, Wilson, Danks, Burhlee, Price, etc.), they probably want to best position themselves for Grandy not to be an automatic out in the postseason.

    Unless Thames is the odd man out if they acquire a 3B like Olney hinted they are targeting…

  766. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Kay is actually saying Alex is hurting the team? Oh please…………..Kay is hurting the broadcast.

  767. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    testing 1-2-3

  768. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I’m not familar with Kearns – but the Yankees sure aren’t standing still, lol.

    Damn, I hated losing tonight.

  769. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    ugh. post go through

  770. Frozen Rope July 30th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Yankees getting Kearns spells the end for Thames? Must’ve been that air mail throw from third base last night that did Thames in.

    all in all, Thames has done an okay job with the stick this year, not his fault Girardi kept putting him in the OF

  771. Erin July 30th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Joelsherman1 Key in Kearns deal is that he is a competent OF, Thames is not, and Girardi had lost faith in using Thames in OF #Yankees, #Indians

  772. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Laura

    lol, but what was I wrong about? The umpire’s LARGE strike zone? The Rays not being that good? Perhaps I am wrong on that, but I don’t see Shields, Garza, or Davis as that special. Nor do I see Bartlett, Brignac, Jaso, Aybar, Upton, Joyce as that good.

  773. PittsburghYankeeFan July 30th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Rays are good, Yankees are good (likely a bit better), and hopefully the Sox are toast. This will come down to September, where the Yankees starters being more experienced will be the difference.

    We’re talking two teams close to or over 100 wins. Tough loss, but I’m not bent out of shape. Phil should have thrown the curve again–he’ll learn as time goes on.

    So they get Berkman and Kearns, and they are still dealing? For whom?

  774. Tar July 30th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    “How would Lilly fit in here?”

    Probably as an imposter. :D

  775. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Kearns was 2 for 3 tonight then pulled for the trade . Batting .272

  776. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    What would we do with Lilly? Does that mean no more Moseley? Take over in Pettitte’s absence and then Hughes when he reaches his limit?

  777. mick July 30th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Lilly, a long reliever?
    Or LIlly, a 4th starter and Javy gone?

  778. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    “Kay is actually saying Alex is hurting the team? Oh please…………..Kay is hurting the broadcast.”

    He faulted him for not driving in runs tonight….like anybody else did. Is it all on Alex’s back to drive in runs? What about Tex, Posada, Cano, Granderson or Jeter? Are they exempt from having to help the team win? Kay is just trying to make a story. Is Alex pressing a little? Yeah, he is. Is his pursuit of 600 hurting the team? Absolutely not.

  779. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Let’s go

  780. Nick in SF July 30th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Steve Albini produced Surfer Rosa and In Utero… similar sound.

    I wish I was like you… easily amused… :cry:

  781. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 10:11 pm
    I always thought Melancon was the one to replace the King….. Lundquist that is.
    —————————–

    Henrik Lundquist is nothing compared to my boy Jaroslav Halak of my blues :)

  782. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Lilly? Ugh.

  783. PittsburghYankeeFan July 30th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Let Alex continue to hurt the team, Micheal Kay. The guy is hitting near his career low yet he will drive in 130 runs this year.

    Come on, Alex, keep hurting the Yankees!

  784. Erin July 30th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Joelsherman1 #Yankees believe they are out on pitching, both start and relief. Focusing on better bat than Ramiro Pena to be A-Rod’s 3B backup

  785. mick July 30th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Probably as an imposter. :D
    =====================
    Tar, You trying to rile me up?
    No imposters allowed.

  786. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Matt Joyce has been a hot hitter of late. Beat the Tigers with a grand slam earlier in the week and he has been one of the Rays hottest hitters of late.

    He put a good swing on the ball. That happens sometimes.

    Overall though, Hughes threw the ball very well tonight as did Wade Davis.

    Its a game where both teams only had 4 hits. The pitchers dominated and the Yankees fell a run short in a July game.

    Somehow, I think they will survive.

    Sunny,

    The problem with finding bullpen help are the prices. They are too steep.

    Perhaps the Yankees are making deals to acquire guys and then spin them off for bullpen help. I don’t know.

    However, I’d be real leery about acquiring guys for the pen not named Soria because you tend to overpay and you don’t get what you paid for.

  787. Eroc July 30th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Joelsherman1

    #Yankees believe they are out on pitching, both start and relief. Focusing on better bat than Ramiro Pena to be A-Rod’s 3B backup

  788. Chambliss July 30th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Phil Coke blows away Ortiz. Coke would look good in the Yankee pen right now.

  789. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    “Joelsherman1 Key in Kearns deal is that he is a competent OF, Thames is not, and Girardi had lost faith in using Thames in OF #Yankees, #Indians”

    Or at 3B. LOL!

  790. mick July 30th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    oelsherman1 #Yankees believe they are out on pitching, both start and relief. Focusing on better bat than Ramiro Pena to be A-Rod’s 3B backup
    ================================
    Wiggy or Mora?

  791. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Unfortunately in September the last ten games the Rays play are against the O’s, Royals, and Mariners. The last ten for the Yanks are 6 against the Sox and a set against some other team. Woot.

  792. snowmanvt July 30th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Bad loss-this one is on Cashman for being asleep at the switch. Time for a new GM.

  793. PittsburghYankeeFan July 30th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Lost

    Why Lilly? To move Phil to the pen? A real head scratcher, that one.

  794. Cliffhanger July 30th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    the At bat song is also featured in MLB2k10 game, where Longoria is featured.

  795. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Also Kearns hits righties at a .280 clip so my guess is Thames is gone?

  796. m July 30th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Watching Phil Coke here. The good news is that the porn stache is gone. The bad news is he has these “things” on the side of his face. Not quite mutton chops.

    Leyland patching this game together. Youkilis took out yet another starter.

  797. Tar July 30th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Erica how much time left? This craziness is getting to me as well.

  798. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    What do you really think about Marcus Thames?
    *************

    When I don’t like someone I am incapable of faking it….
    Its one of the things I like most about me. But it sometimes gets me in trouble :-)

  799. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    SJ, I will say that clearly he’s got something to build on now……..but you’d mentioned that he ran out of ideas. Ok, I buy that he doesn’t have the change, but 3 decent/good pitches – shouldn’t that be enough? Was it poor execution or poor pitch selection?

    His stuff was certainly good – and that’s encouraging. I will beat the drum for him to stay in the rotation until late September; Lilly doesn’t make any sense for this team.

  800. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I’m watching the Marlins game tonight to see if they pull Wes Helms at any time. If they do, I’ll let you know.

  801. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Get Maddon off of YES please….

  802. Cashmoney July 30th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Kearns is a good move. I was hoping for Jonny Piralta , but i am assuming Cash will look for a replacement for Pena which would be wonderful.

  803. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Chambliss July 30th, 2010 at 10:15 pm
    Phil Coke blows away Ortiz. Coke would look good in the Yankee pen right now.
    —————————–

    Eh, Coke was hot and cold. He’d look great for a stretch and then get slaughtered. Plus, he’s really not that young. The one guy that I’d probably want back would be Michael Dunn but I’m happy with Javy so oh well.

  804. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Yeah it’s cashman’s fault. Why did he give up that 3 run homerun./ sarcasm

  805. mick July 30th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Kay is just trying to make a story.
    =======================
    True. He’s a reporter, not a broadcaster. And he knows it.

  806. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    SJ what did you think of the Capps for Ramos deal? Sounds like much overpaying to me unless the twins knew something about Ramos that the rest of the teams didn’t.

  807. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    0 Days, 17 Hours, and 41 Minutes until the Trade Deadline!!!!!!!

    But will the earth keep moving??? Stay tuned to find out!

  808. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    I felt like Hughes was “muscling” up tonight. Some starts he comes out and looks like a short reliever. Tonight was one of those.

    He pitched well enough to win. That’s all you can ask for.

    Hopefully, the addition of Berkman and Kearns is going to make the difference I think they will.

    We’re now a completely different team against LHP.

    I don’t think they are dumping Thames.

    I think they are keeping him as a bench bat.

    Curtis and Miranda will get sent down (or traded) for Berkman and Kearns.

  809. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    “lol, but what was I wrong about? The umpire’s LARGE strike zone?”

    CR9, I agree that the umpiring this season has been worse than dreadful. However, you tend to blame the umps for everything and every loss, which I just don’t think is the case. I appreciate your consistency though.

  810. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Laura – I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:16 pm
    “Joelsherman1 Key in Kearns deal is that he is a competent OF, Thames is not, and Girardi had lost faith in using Thames in OF #Yankees, #Indians”

    Or at 3B. LOL!
    *************

    In retrospect, its really lucky that no one goes to those games in Cleveland and got hurt on that throw

  811. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Erica-

    Lol I was just giving you a hard time. He really hasn’t been terrible at the plate this year though. Everybody knew he was a terrible fielder when they got him back. But Kearns is def an upgrade so it should work out good. How’s the big oil spill? :)

  812. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Ugh. NO Theodore Roosevelt Lilly PLEASE!

  813. Chambliss July 30th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Coke blows away Beltre. Ibid

  814. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Laura, that’s ridiculous; I’m glad I’m not listening.

    SJ, I can’t argue with you – I’m sure the Yankees were happy with his performance. He did get the two guys on before Joyce, and then……..well, when you’re a FB pitcher, I guess that’s going to happen.

  815. BA July 30th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    For the amount of times they need someone other than Alex at 3B can’t Pena or Russo handle it?

  816. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Betsy,

    Every game he pitches from hereon out, he’s learning and growing. That’s how it is with young players.

    Everybody on this blog wants young players on the Yankees. Yet, when they struggle, and EVERY YOUNG PLAYER STRUGGLES, folks get impatient.

    I thought Hughes threw the ball great tonight. I think he’s thrown the ball very well in three of his last 4 starts.

    The Podsednick HR in NY was a fluke, cheap HR. That’s not on the pitcher.

    Tonight? He missed location on a fastball and Joyce didn’t miss it. That happens.

    Like I said earlier, if he pops it up, everybody has a different feeling tonight.

    I’m not worried about Hughes. He will be fine.

    Just gotta keep grinding. That’s the game and you learn everyday.

  817. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    So all of a sudden, the Yankees have fallen out of love with Pena. I thought they loved the kid. He plays wicked defense. His bat, on the other hand, is lacking.

  818. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Laura

    Ok. But I haven’t blamed the umpires in the most recent few weeks for losses or in wins, as they have been pretty fair.

    However, the first game against the Indians – that we won – was a horrendous biased job. And tonight – while both Yankees and Rays starting pitchers received large strike zones, our hitters are just unable to deal with that sort of crap.

    Basically, after Swish in the 1st inning, we got 1 hit by them. Because the zone was so large, apparently our guys could not adjust to it.

  819. Eroc July 30th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Actually, if the Tigers decide in the next few hours they are sellers… would they let us reacquire Cokey?

  820. pat July 30th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    “Kay is just trying to make a story.”

    But idiots hear it, believe it and repeat it so it’s irresponsible for any journalist to do it and even moreso on a Yankee owned network.

  821. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 10:19 pm
    Erica-

    Lol I was just giving you a hard time. He really hasn’t been terrible at the plate this year though. Everybody knew he was a terrible fielder when they got him back. But Kearns is def an upgrade so it should work out good. How’s the big oil spill?
    ************

    Driving around here is back to normal.
    I still can’t believe the craziness of that morning. After over an hour of being in my car, I still could have parked it and walked home and been there in 15 minutes

  822. PittsburghYankeeFan July 30th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Lots of manuvering…maybe Chan Ho is going to go?

  823. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    GLove, is that good that he looks like a short reliever?

  824. Mark-Cant Touch This July 30th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    You guys seem more exited about Kearns than the game that the yankees lost tonight. The yankees made a 4 era pitcher look like cy young again. Unlike the Indians, Rays have a bullpen. Scoring 2 runs un the first inning and waiting until the 7th to score again dies not work againts good teams. This offense is so inconsistent. A 11 run outburst againts the Indians bullpen does not an offense make. Don’t worry a few games from now yankees will put up an 7 run inning to pad the stats. Good job by Phil and Joba. Hopefully Berkman can help this lineup. Pathetic showing tonight again.

  825. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Eroc July 30th, 2010 at 10:22 pm
    Actually, if the Tigers decide in the next few hours they are sellers… would they let us reacquire Cokey?
    *****************

    Oh crap. Berkman and Kearns really kill my fantasy of re-acquiring Damon!

    DO OVER! :mad:

  826. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Laura

    You do know that when Mr. Steinbrenner was healthy, he used to make a video montage of all the cheap calls that went against the Yankees during the season and sent the video to the commissioner’s office, right?

  827. Cashmoney July 30th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    i don’t get Ted Lilly, just guestimating this, Lilly and his 86 gas will be hammer by an AL EAST lineup on a nightly basis. Ten years ago, yeah , maybe. Stay Tuned , i doubt the yanks would be interested in him. I take Ryan Theriot of cubs instead of Lily.

  828. jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I wonder what the 40 man roster move is that will allow the addition of both Kearns and Berkman. Will they release Chad Gaudin?

  829. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Girardi confirmed the Kearns deal, but wouldn’t say who goes down. I hope Colin stays. Thames can go. The guy is horrible in the field. Not sure how the Yankees didn’t see this during Spring Training.

  830. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    It seems like the yankees rarely play well after a travel game.

  831. Eroc July 30th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    YES has been going hard after the players lately… Burnett after that hand fiasco, A-Rod tonight. Even Kay’s Centerstage with Andy asked more uncomfortable steroid/Clemens questions than I would have expected.

    I guess they got tired of being labeled as a schill network and are trying to balance it out.

  832. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    sj44 right on hughes.

    i vent cause i have anger issiues, but cool rather quickly after the game

  833. snowmanvt July 30th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    I just hope the Yanks can hold on for the wild card. No way we beat the Rays with our
    lack of desire.

  834. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    New thread :arrow:
    Yankees trade for Austin Kearns

  835. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    The Yankees definitely now have a different look against lefties. That’s going to be important down the stretch.

    Sunny,

    The Twins overpaid for Capps. That’s the equivalent of the Yankees giving up Romine for Capps. A move I certainly wouldn’t have made.

    My buddy Mike Rizzo in DC is doing a great job putting that team together. They are going to be a force to reckoned with in the NL East in another two years.

  836. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    “You do know that when Mr. Steinbrenner was healthy, he used to make a video montage of all the cheap calls that went against the Yankees during the season and sent the video to the commissioner’s office, right?”

    I did not know that, but it doesn’t surprise me one bit.

  837. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Mark-Cant Touch This
    You can’t be perfect. Also I don’t know a team in baseball right now that has great offensive games night after night.

    But I will say that they need to do better.

  838. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    SJ, that’s why I think he needs to start as often as possible. The more growing he does now, the less he’ll have to do next year. I’m torn – I’d like to see him start many games in a row (the skipping is necessary, but I do think it’s effecting him in some way), but if he does, then he’ll go to the pen earlier. Either way, Phil’s making progress again………..Davis has been pitching brilliantly for the last month, so tonight was no surprise. Get ‘em tomorrow. This race is going to be tight all year.

  839. Bill D July 30th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    “Girardi confirmed the Kearns deal, but wouldn’t say who goes down. I hope Colin stays”

    Since Berkman’s coming too, a likely scenario would seem Curtis is sent down and Thames sent packing.

  840. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Oswalt awful in his 6 inning of work against theN nationals, and Happ shuts out Brewers on 2 hits in his six innings.

  841. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I don’t think I ever thought of you as a nirvana fan…too mainstream?

    But easily amused…sometimes. I have been “married” for the last 10 years so it’s possible.

  842. SAS July 30th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Why do the Yankees need another starting pitcher???

  843. SAS July 30th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Bronx Jeers,

    You have a long time to be married. We had our 40th this year.

  844. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    once again

  845. noelhirsch July 30th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Tyler,
    Gary Sanchez was injured but I dont recall the extent or severity of the injury. He is considered by many scouts to be the best catcher (more emphasis on offense of course) in the Yankee farm system.

  846. SAS July 30th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    New thread….:arrow:

  847. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    trying

  848. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Hughes reached 100k’s for the season.

  849. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Hello

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