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Yankees trade for Austin Kearns

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

ph_400290The Yankees have officially announced a trade for outfielder Austin Kearns. He was acquired for a player to be named later and will be here tomorrow.

“We can use him in a lot of different ways because he’s used to playing every day,” Joe Girardi said. “It just gives us more depth and more experience… It will give me a chance to rest our left-handed guys, where you don’t have to run the same guys out there every day and you can keep them healthy and strong, because we’re going to need them.”

How quickly did this come together? Girardi said Brian Cashman first mentioned Kearns name today, and it was done by tonight. Girardi said the Yankees will decide tonight and tomorrow who to send down when Kearns is activated.

As I wrote early this morning, the outfield wasn’t a spot where the Yankees absolutely had to add a player, but a guy like Kearns fits. The Yankees have seemed committed to playing Curtis Granderson every day, but this will give them a chance to occasionally sit Granderson against lefties. It should also end any thought of Marcus Thames playing the field.

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191 Responses to “Yankees trade for Austin Kearns”

  1. Eric UWS July 30th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Not bad. Over the last 162 games this team’s playing over .650 ball. We’ll be fine

  2. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Berkman, Kearns, maybe Helms and Lilly later tonight?

  3. jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 10:25 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?

  4. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Joel Sherman says the Yankees believe they’re out on pitching both starters and relievers.

    Then why the Lilly rumors?

    Keep in mind Sherman was fed correct information about Berkman.

  5. Mark-Cant Touch This July 30th, 2010 at 10:26 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.

  6. Tyler July 30th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Wonder who is on the PTBNL list? If they gave up Melancon and Paredes for the Big Puma, would it be safe to assume that neither Nova or Mcallister are on the list?

  7. jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Jeez, has anyone seen the Tigers lineup tonight? It looks like half of the players are minor leaguers.

  8. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    “Pathetic showing tonight again.”

    Matt, is that you? :P

  9. Eroc July 30th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    “Berkman, Kearns, maybe Helms and Lilly later tonight?”

    Reach higher…. DeJesus, Soria, Greinke, Marmol

  10. PittsburghYankeeFan July 30th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    No need for Lilly. Something is up if they get Kearns. What?

  11. Carl July 30th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    # jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Jeez, has anyone seen the Tigers lineup tonight? It looks like half of the players are minor leaguers.

    Looks that way because they are.

  12. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Mark,

    Wade Davis has been a hot pitcher lately. He has pitched as well as anybody on that staff since the ASB. He’s a very good young arm.

    Its not shame to lose a one run game. It happens.

  13. PittsburghYankeeFan July 30th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Who needs an outfielder and Joba?

  14. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    “# Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    GLove, is that good that he looks like a short reliever?”

    Yes and no.

    Yes in that he was effective tonight and a lot of great starters don’t walk onto the mound with every pitch working for them.

    No in that his secondary stuff is still lacking. He had a wonderful curveball once that now seems to be a pitch he cannot harness with any kind of consistency. I’m not even going to get into the “changeup” from spring training we were supposed to see sprinkled in.

    That curve was a deadly #2 pitch and it’s not there. Maybe it’s hiding in the clubhouse with Joba’s old slider?

  15. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I’m really surprised the Yanks gave up on Melancon………that’s not quite nothing, but they obviously didn’t see him as their future closer.

  16. Yank 97 July 30th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Leyland fears the Red Sox that much? He needs to use his closer for a 4 out save with a 5 run lead?

  17. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    DeJesus is out for the season, Soria and Greinke aren’t on the trade block, and Marmol isn’t either.

    But, nice try.

  18. WMD July 30th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    ARod pressing again. 6th inning 2-0 & 2-1 pitch with Teixeira on 1st and no outs and he missed both fastballs right down the middle. That was the game right there.

  19. Mark-Cant Touch This July 30th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:28 pm
    Mark,

    Wade Davis has been a hot pitcher lately. He has pitched as well as anybody on that staff since the ASB. He’s a very good young arm.

    Its not shame to lose a one run game. It happens.
    _______

    The point being yankees bats are inconsistent and they have been all year.

  20. PittsburghYankeeFan July 30th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    G Love

    I thought his curve was excellent tonight. Had he thrown it instead of a FB on the 2-2 count he likely would have won.

    His last two games he has looked great.

  21. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    repost-

    Oswalt awful in his 6 inning of work against the Nationals, and Happ shuts out Brewers on 2 hits in his six innings.

  22. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Some poster said I hope the Yankees hold on to the wildcard spot because they lack desire. LOL !

    It’s just one game not game 7 of the World Series and it’s July. Some people act like losing a game is the end of the world.

  23. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    GLove, the curve really concerns me………….I’ll even put the change to the side for now (again, though – I don’t want to hear him say again that he knows it’s a big pitch for him when he doesn’t use it) because without it, he’s a 2- pitch pitcher. I hope he works on that over and over and over again in the off-season.

  24. DanKirby July 30th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    # Laura – I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    “Pathetic showing tonight again.”

    Matt, is that you? :P

    He’s taken his act over to RAB tonight.

  25. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Betsy,

    Melancon is a prime example of people in this blog severely overrating prospects.

    Go back a season or two and he was an untouchable to some in here.

    Now he’s part of a salary dump trade.

    Doesn’t mean he won’t do well in Houston. Latroy Hawkins did well in Houston.

    Just means that you should stop yourself before projecting a player who has never played in the majors as a future closer and successor to Mo.

  26. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    The Yanks got in at 3 am this morning, so that could explain the crappy offense

  27. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Since when does YES show the interviews of the other team? I don’t want to see that crap. Who gives a crap what they thought?

  28. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Personally I’d like Sean Marshall as a lefty swingman from the Cubs.

    Wouldn’t hurt to have another lefty and for the right deal, Lilly might fare well in YS.

  29. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    His curveball has been excellent in three of his last four outings.

    Tonight, it was outstanding.

    As others have said, if he went to another curveball on the pitch to Joyce, perhaps he gets him out.

    The changeup will come. Its a feel pitch and it takes awhile for guys to master it.

    He didn’t throw 4 cutters tonight. It was all fastballs and curveballs.

    If he keeps pitching like this, he’s going to win more than his fair share of games the rest of the way.

  30. Crash July 30th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Looks like Granderson will be seeing the bench more against lefties. Gardner has a 381 obp against lefties. And Kearns will not be a butcher in the outfield like Thames.

    Yanks dont need a starting pitcher. Mosely will do a respectable job as the 5th starter until Pettitte returns.

  31. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    PittsburghYankeeFan,

    It looked like, to me, that in key at bats the Rays were laying off the curve and it wasn’t dropping in for strikes.

    However, my wife was talking my ear off during the game so perhaps I wasn’t paying close attention, lol.

  32. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    “The Yanks got in at 3 am this morning, so that could explain the crappy offense”

    This may just be my own ignorance, but I never understand why they get into town so late. The game against CLE didn’t end that late.

  33. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I was reluctant to post this earlier today but I thought tonight was possibly the biggest start of Phil’s young career.

    And I wanted to say that I felt confident that he would perform “to the manner we are accustomed to”

    And he did just that. I’m almost pis-sed at Jorge for calling that phreakin phastball ! :wink:

  34. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    GLove, I always thought fans overrated him. Now, I’d never seen him pitch, but I had a problem with fans proclaiming him the EIG before he’d thrown a pitch in the majors. They talked about him like he was a sure thing to be a lockdown reliever – again, before he even threw a pitch in the big leagues.

  35. Bill D July 30th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    “The Yanks got in at 3 am this morning, so that could explain the crappy offense”

    Not as much as good pitching does.

  36. tampayank July 30th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    “Betsy says:

    July 30, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    The Yanks got in at 3 am this morning, so that could explain the crappy offense”

    And they’ll probably be out till 3AM tonight;)

    Hopefully the old guys get some rest

  37. Chad Jennings July 30th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Just updated with some comments from Girardi.

  38. 98NYY July 30th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Maybe the answer to the bullpen is Thames…after the arm strength he showed at third…

  39. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Sean Marshall isn’t on the market. The Cubs pulled him from trade talks.

    It would take significant assets to get him and I don’t see the Yankees going in that direction.

  40. Mark-Cant Touch This July 30th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    This yankees offense worries me going into the post season. It a pad the stats againts horrible bullpen offense. That won’t work in the playoffs againts teams with good arms. This offense is too on and off. And is lacking from last year.

  41. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    We better not find out that Arod and Jeter were whoopin’ it up with SJ in Ybor city til the wee hours tonight!

  42. Yank 97 July 30th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    “Looks like Granderson will be seeing the bench more against lefties.”

    Yep. Cash knew he couldn’t just give away ABs in the postseason when we face lefties and that is what Granderson does against lefties. Thames is strictly a DH. Now we have a guy who can platoon with Granderson who can play the field. We now have lineups to kill lefties or righties.

  43. SAS July 30th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Betsy,

    Yes, I was going to say that. We play late nights on getaway days unlike other teams. They have lost the first game of a series a number of times this year.

  44. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Laura, because they were forced to play a stupid night game last night. The game last night ended around 11 or so – give or take an hour to get their stuff togethere………..then it’s probably a 3 hour flight to Tampa

  45. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    0 Days, 17 Hours, and 22 Minutes until the Trade Deadine!!!!!!!

  46. PJH90 July 30th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    So a 24 year old pitcher has not developed a Johan Santana change up. Sounds like he is a bust and should be used as trade bait or as a reliever.

    As for his curveball, it looked pretty good through out the game tonight.

  47. SAS July 30th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Don’t the Yankees need another backup infielder?

  48. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I feel bad for Thames if they can’t find him a home and DFA him. He’s been all you can ask for in a hitter but at this point he’s a light hitting DH.

    This is likely his last year as a professional baseball player.

  49. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    “This offense is too on and off. And is lacking from last year.”

    That might have something to do with the fact that the lineup is quite different from last year’s. I would mention two key guys who are missing, but SJ44 won’t allow it. :P

  50. Carl July 30th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    # Mark-Cant Touch This July 30th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    This yankees offense worries me going into the post season. It a pad the stats againts horrible bullpen offense. That won’t work in the playoffs againts teams with good arms. This offense is too on and off. And is lacking from last year.

    They got shut down for a game. It happens man. Tampa got shut down by Joba. JOBA.

  51. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    GLove,

    I’m not makin’ it up there until tomorrow so, if the boys are out tonight, I can’t be blamed!

    Mark,

    They just blasted David Price last week. They pounded Roy Halladay. They just beat up Carmona. These are all all star pitchers.

    They have hit good pitching all year.

    Please, don’t overreact over one game.

    This team is BETTER against good pitching. Its when they face guys they have never faced is when they struggle.

  52. Cashmoney July 30th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    I haven’t seen consistent grinding and clutch ABs from our offense all year. It stands no surprise that we are shut down by Wade ‘Davis in Co. It’s one game and in itself isn’t not that big deal. If we wind up getting swept , it’s not the end of the world. It would be interesting to see how the Yankees offense will handle Bosox and Tampa’s pitching from here on out.

  53. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    This may just be my own ignorance, but I never understand why they get into town so late. The game against CLE didn’t end that late.

    —————————————————————————————

    I’ve probably stated this ad nauseaum but… I am perfectly suited to be the assistant to the traveling secretary.

    Forget these Austin Kearns deals Cashman. Put Jeers in the right spot and I’ll give you a 2-3 additional wins per season man!

  54. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    SJ, I know that when his curve is on, it’s really good – that article in NJ.com a few days ago indicated that he’s had issues with it and, even in ST, he said that it comes and goes for him………….but when it’s good, it stays good for awhile. Why do you think he didn’t throw the curve there? Not enough trust in it?

  55. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    True of false?

    We just saw the last pitches Joba will ever throw as a Yankee tonight?

  56. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    “Laura, because they were forced to play a stupid night game last night. The game last night ended around 11 or so – give or take an hour to get their stuff togethere………..then it’s probably a 3 hour flight to Tampa”

    I’m losing track of days. I thought that yesterday’s game was a day game. I’m getting senile.

  57. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Does this mean the end for Thamesie?

    I really love Thamesie, his cute baby face, and his 2 walkoffs. I really hope this is not see ya to Thamesie.

  58. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Bill, true……..

    It was a big game for the Yanks and Phil did well – that’s a good sign.

  59. Fernandez11 July 30th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Laura,

    have you ever been on a plane…the whole process takes a long time

  60. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Only problem with the “offense isn’t as good as last year” is, most of the offensive numbers don’t support that statement.

    They have a higher run differential this year than last year. They are only off about 8 runs from last year’s pace.

    Their HR’s are down but, that’s because Arod’s numbers are down, Tex didn’t hit for two months, and Posada has been hurt.

    Overall, its still a very good offensive team that just got better today adding two more veteran hitters.

  61. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Bret,

    False. I don’t think there’s anyone on the market the Yankees would trade Joba for by tomorrow night.

  62. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    That’s rough, Mark…………most teams aren’t as good against good pitching as they are against crappy pitching.

  63. SAS July 30th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Bronx Jeers,

    You got it

  64. jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    The confusing thing about the Austin Kearns deal is that its a deal that could have been done a month ago. Kearns is only making $750,000…its not like Cashman had to wait until his value dropped.

  65. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    SJ,

    Good. We have to keep you away from the veterans as much as possible. Lord knows what kind of hijinx you’ll get them into.

  66. Crash July 30th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    The offense is fine. I think the yanks lead baseball in runs scored. What more do people want? This is not a video game. People forget last year team the offense had there slumps too.

  67. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    “Only problem with the “offense isn’t as good as last year” is, most of the offensive numbers don’t support that statement.”

    True. I think that what sticks out for most of us is that last year’s team had a lot of come from behind wins. AJ was pie-ing someone at least once a week it seemed. This year, not so much.

  68. Bill D July 30th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Kearns has been pretty ordinary against lefties (.250 avg, .330/.390/.720). Still, ordinary is a lot better than abysmal. Nothing wrong with this trade.

  69. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Bret,

    False.

    Betsy,

    He probably felt he had him set up for a fastball in, which he did. The pitch just got too much of the plate. It happens.

    cashmoney,

    If you haven’t seen grinding, clutch AB’s all year, you haven’t watched the games.

    They still see more pitches than any other team in the league and lead the league in OBP.

    What more do you want? They are almost 30 games over .500 at the end of July.

    Pretty tough to sell they aren’t a good offensive team.

    They got shut down by a hot pitcher last night after getting into Tampa at 3 in the morning after playing 4 straight games in Cleveland.

    That’s the way it goes.

  70. Carl July 30th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    # Bill D July 30th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Kearns has been pretty ordinary against lefties (.250 avg, .330/.390/.720). Still, ordinary is a lot better than abysmal. Nothing wrong with this trade.

    I think him and Lance will pick it up once they get here. Can’t wait!

  71. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    This theatrics loser Valverde cant find the strike zone. Hey loser, throw a strike. Nearly walking patterson, walking Scutaro and Lowrie, now 2-0 to Youkilis. Scumbag.

  72. Carl July 30th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    I hate the Red Sox as much as any Yankee fan, but I want Ortiz to hit a slam off that loser Valverde.

  73. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    He’s just walking people with no regard for winning. Hmph. Get this stain out of there. Hey loser, pretend you’re facing the Yankees and pour in strikes.

  74. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Fair enough, SJ – that’s why he’s a 24 year old and not a robot. I guess his next start comes against the Sox?

  75. raymagnetic July 30th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Mark,

    I think if you were to check Baseball Reference’s game logs of Yankee games this year you will see they have beat quite a few name brand pitchers this year.

    I think you may be suffering from selective memory.

  76. pat July 30th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Laura

    Think of the amount of gear a team travels with and the time it takes to pack it, transport it to the airport and load it into the plane on top of the flight time.

    They took off at 12:45 and landed at 2:45 this morning. They probably didn’t get to sleep until closer to 4am by the time they unload bags and get to the hotel.

  77. Carl July 30th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    And he does lol

  78. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Isn’t it a good thing there aren’t so many come from behind wins? It means they get ahead and stay ahead in games. That’s a good thing.

    I saw two stats last night that bear repeating….

    The Yankees have won more games as a defending champion after 100 games than ANYBODY in the history of baseball this year. That means, no defending champion has won this many games 100 games into their season they are defending their titles.

    Its also the third most games they have won after 100 games in the HISTORY OF THE FRANCHISE.

    Think about those two stats for a minute and you will chill out complaining about this team.

  79. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Valverde is straight up trash lol !

  80. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    HAHA. You got what you wanted, Carl. I hope you’re happy if the Sox get handed this victory. They are more than capable of reeling off 7 or more straight victories like the PHillies.

  81. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    7ip 1h 0er for Hughes’ next outing.

  82. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Lelyand is a bad manager. He overmanaged by taking Coke out when he was doing fine.

  83. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Just when I thought it was nice of the Tigers to bring in Valverde in a non save situation, he walks the bases full in bottom of the 9th.

  84. jesusmonterofordh July 30th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    come on det

  85. Carl July 30th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    # CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    HAHA. You got what you wanted, Carl. I hope you’re happy if the Sox get handed this victory. They are more than capable of reeling off 7 or more straight victories like the PHillies.

    Man what in the hell are you talking about.

  86. Chambliss July 30th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Leland is in a coma. Wow

  87. Cashmoney July 30th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Only problem with the “offense isn’t as good as last year” is, most of the offensive numbers don’t support that statement.
    ============================================
    1. Arod was out for 2 months last year, one can assume they would have score even more runs
    2. Damon and Matsui are proven professional hitters who handles pressure and clutch situation better whoever yanks could muster this year.
    3. I am not surprised about run differential as we have a better pitching than last year.
    4. I am will ignore all the above arguments as in reality raw number says the offense is that much ‘worse than last year.

    when it come down to it… i feel damon and matsui will be sorely miss in a big spot down the stretch. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

  88. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Tigers doing their best to lose this game.

  89. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    SJ, that’s a great stat…………and maybe it’s because Cash didn’t stand pat.

    It’s annoying, but I’m not going to freak out if the Sox come back – I’m more concerned with taking at least 1 game in this series. If they do that, then they’re ok.

  90. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Lelyand should get Valverde out of there .

  91. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Carl

    You wanted a slam off this fat slug Valverde.

    Where are your theatrics and dancing now you scumbag Valverde. SCUMBAG!

  92. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Grand slam by Ortiz 6-5 Tigers.

  93. Chambliss July 30th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Vmart will walk.

  94. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    SAS,

    10 years of matrimony is roughly 25% of my life so 40 yrs would be the majority. Congrats.

    At this point I just hope that in 30 yrs I’ll be content in my “final hunting grounds”

    Like Randy l., MTU and other various scoundrels in here. :wink:

  95. Crash July 30th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Bill D July 30th, 2010 at 10:45 pm
    Kearns has been pretty ordinary against lefties (.250 avg, .330/.390/.720). Still, ordinary is a lot better than abysmal. Nothing wrong with this trade.

    ————–

    Yeah they are not great numbers. But those numbers are still better than what Granderson does against lefties this year (214 avg/.252 /.286/.538).

  96. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    However, I will be annoyed, lol – are there any outs?

  97. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    No dancing for Valverde tonight.

  98. Carl July 30th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    # CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Carl

    You wanted a slam off this fat slug Valverde.

    Where are your theatrics and dancing now you scumbag Valverde. SCUMBAG!

    And that’s why I wanted a Slam off this loser. Dancing, taking his hat off and putting it back on. Detroit is gonna win though.

  99. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    He’s a scumbag. He doesnt care. What a difference a uniform makes. Face the pinstripes, dance around like a maniac. Face a puke red uniform and walk around like your hurt and befuddled.

  100. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Did someone ask about Gary Sanchez earlier? I’m on RAB now and they mentioned in their ML recap that he was seen wearing a brace on his right wrist……

  101. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    That pitch was a STRIKE!

  102. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    LOL I know where Matt is……………..I found him on the game thread at RAB

  103. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    1. Posada and Granderson have both missed a month each with injuries.
    2. Arod played at about 60% for two months with injuries.
    3. Tex was in a 2 1/2 month slump.
    4. Jeter is having an off year. Yet, despite all that, this offense is performing at, or above last year’s levels.
    5. Damon and Matsui are having bad years. Damon is hitting .202 with RISP and Matsui is hitting like Granderson against LHP. As professional hitters as they may be, you can’t stop Father Time.

  104. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Jeers-

    Who you calling a Scoundrel you Rascal. :)

  105. Cashmoney July 30th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Man, Ortiz is still dangerous.

  106. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    We can still win the World Series without Damon and Matsui. I liked both of them but sometimes you have to move on. On top of that they are near the end of the line when it comes to their careers.

  107. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Buttray with that late timeout. Does that guy ever look anything but angry?

  108. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Valverde is about to throw the same amount of pitches as Park did last night lol

  109. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    No Blue Moon in Tampa SJ????

  110. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    post go through

  111. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    post go through

  112. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Yogi

    Beltre looks like Paul Pierce. Both scumbags of the highest degree. Both look like vicious criminals.

  113. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    And this sac of crap Leyland isnt taking him out.

  114. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    And Buttray gets a double. Jim working overtime to lose this game?

  115. UnKnown July 30th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Well maybe if Leyland wouldn’t have brought him in already in the 8th. Go have another heater Jimmy. Valverde above 50 pc

  116. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    When is Lelyand going to take him out ? It’s time for Lelyand to retire. He is looking real bad right now.

  117. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Pat M,

    They have it a “few” of my haunts when I’m in town.

    The night game tomorrow will mess me up a little but, Sunday should be a better night!

  118. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Huuuuughes

  119. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Bad move by Leyland walking the winning run.

  120. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Valverde already at 50 pitches with Beltre on 2nd, Red Sox down by 1 run bottom 9th 2 out.

  121. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    i dont even understand the purpose of putting him in in the 8th inning. almost as if he was trying to lose the game.

  122. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    CR9, Yeap. Though Pierce isn’t anywhere close to how Butt-tray looks.

  123. Cashmoney July 30th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    I sense a red sox walk off ….

  124. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Leyland is too old and incompetent. You would think he was on the red sox payroll.

  125. pat July 30th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    YankeesWFAN
    When Yanks add Kearns and Berkman, Miranda is definitely a goner, but then who? Curtis or Thames? I would be nervous if I was Marcus.

  126. Chambliss July 30th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Ummm…Leland….take him out now. Grady Little moment for Leland. Intentional walk to Drew, putting the winning run on base. Cameron will hit a walk off bleeder.

  127. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Huuuughes

  128. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    MTU,

    Damn…I thought you were in the mountains somewhere!! :lol:

  129. SAS July 30th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Bronx Jeers,

    It goes by fast, but I hope I have a number of good years left. Retired and stuff like that though and lots of Yankee history, but I don’t have the memory that lots of these guys have about every player I ever saw play for them.

  130. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    “We can still win the World Series without Damon and Matsui.”

    I’m so glad that I’ve entered radio silence on the Damon/Matsui issue or I would have had to post a response to this. :)

  131. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Valverde has thrown 57 pitches…WOW

  132. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    How can you trade Player to be Named….he was going to be a stud 2b for us right after Cano retires….what is Cashman thinking!!!

  133. Chambliss July 30th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Strike zone about the size of a thimble.

  134. blake July 30th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Tough loss tonight. I would have loved this win and would love to get 2 of 3 in this series but in all honesty if they just win 1 game in Tampa they leave still in first place. The Rays are good, you aren’t supposed to go in their house and sweep them.

    Love the Berkman deal considering what they gave up. I much prefer renting him for what it cost than renting Dunn for what that was going to cost. Berkman (when healthy) can still be a productive hitter and he’s a good guy as well. Also like the Kearns move.

    Not sure if Ted Lilly is all that much better than what they have and Andy will be coming back fairly soon…..I think I stand pat on that one.

  135. Dylan July 30th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Wow awesome job by Cashman so far! We gave up nothing for Berkman, and yes, Melancon is AWFUL! He gets bombed every single time the Yankees bring him up. He is a AAA pitcher, and thats it. The Yankees improved the bench with Kearns and brought in an everyday DH without giving up any significant talent. Cashman had a rough offseason, but he did very well today.

  136. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Where are these PITCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS ISNT FAIR!

  137. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Huuuuuuughes

  138. rconn23 July 30th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Jim Leyland just gave the game away. No one deserves it more than Valverde, who is a preening idiot.

  139. UnKnown July 30th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Mark Wegner not giving he dancing queen Valverde any calls

  140. Jeremy July 30th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    The ump is helping out the Red Sox right now. Two pitches were strikes called balls.

  141. Cashmoney July 30th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    59 pitchers for velverde! lol

  142. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I bet Cameron wanted that one too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How bout ya argue like everyone else does Cammy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  143. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Valverde just wanted to get the Sox hopes up.

  144. 38HotDogs July 30th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    And the loser Valverde does another dance on the mound after almost blowing a 5 run lead – what a complete loser that guy is

  145. Carl July 30th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    And they still lost. Wow that was a nasty pitch though.

  146. Chambliss July 30th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Cameron takes a called third strike. Game over. Valverde on the DL tomorrow. Yankees got a pitcher yet?

  147. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Finally, after 60 pitches, 5 walks, one grand slam, Valverde gets final out.

  148. rconn23 July 30th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    It’s s gutless performance by Valverde, but just an inexcusable job by Leyland to leave your closer in there. After he gave up the grand slam, he had to know the game was over if he left Valverde in there.

    Simply awful in every way.

  149. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    60 pitches to get the save and the loser still celebrates. Leyland has to tell him to stop with that garbage,.

  150. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Dylan-

    I agree with you and I think there might be more on the way. ;)

  151. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    I can’t believe that the Tigers still won that game. Valverde’s arm is going to be in a sling. That reminded me of Park last night.

  152. rconn23 July 30th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Ugh, How lucky.

  153. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Yank 97 July 30th, 2010 at 10:37 pm
    ?Looks like Granderson will be seeing the bench more against lefties.?

    Yep. Cash knew he couldn?t just give away ABs in the postseason when we face lefties and that is what Granderson does against lefties. Thames is strictly a DH. Now we have a guy who can platoon with Granderson who can play the field. We now have lineups to kill lefties or righties
    ************************

    I agree getting kearns is more an indictment on granderson’s struggles vs lefties than it is on colin curtis or marcus thames’s abilities. I think thames will stay and colin will be sent down. miranda goes down for berkman. i also think with berkman posada will actually get more bench time now as opposed to getting “a day off” by being the dh.

  154. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    And, player to be named was hitting .455 against right handers named John in day games…

    By the way Valverde you may want to consider toning down the celebration after you poured gasoline all over an inferno

  155. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Nothin’ like a smooth, 60 pitch save! I’d celebrate too…….then call Dr. Andrews when I got into the clubhouse.

  156. Yank 97 July 30th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    The guy threw 61 pitches in 1.1 inning

  157. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Captain Clutch, it wasn’t even a save. It was 6-1 when he came in the game, so no save technically.

    Leyland must have been desperate.

  158. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Id call this an actual gut performance by Valverde. I take back – for the day – the scumbag and fat slug comment. He obviously had nothing, and his manager was trying to help the Red Sox win by leaving him out there. And he gutted out the victory.

    Congrats Valverde, you earned that dance. You ought to kick Jim Leyland in the face on your way in the clubhouse.

  159. rconn23 July 30th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Valverde is one of the easiest guys to root against in baseball. Just a horrible imploding effort and he celebrates.

  160. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Good night Yankee people!

  161. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Not on here also

  162. Cashmoney July 30th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    I am assuming Cash is looking for a versatile infielder who can play SS. wouldn’t mind to see the yanks giving Nunez and Jo Vazquez a shot in the ML.

  163. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    ‘Night all. We’ll get ‘em tomorrow.

  164. rconn23 July 30th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    He walked the bases loaded with one out and a five-run lead. There was nothing gutsy about it.

  165. blake July 30th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Tough loss tonight. Would have really liked to get that one but really as much as you’d like 2 of 3 in Tampa, one win lets you leave in first and really wouldn’t be that bad of a result. Tampa is good, you can’t expect to go in there and sweep them.

    Love the Berkman deal. Would much rather rent him for what it cost, than to rent Dunn for what that would have cost. Berkman is a patient hitter that can still be productive when he’s healthy. Plus he’s a good guy. Also like the Kearns deal.

    Joba looked good tonight, maybe all the trade rumors have lit a fire under him??

    Not sure Lilly is a whole lot better than what they have and Andy will be back fairly soon….I think I stand pat on that one.

  166. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    SJ – it wasn’t even a save. Valverde didn’t cone into a save situation

  167. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    for the 1000th time

  168. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    doesn’t jim leyland look like he smells of cigarettes and booze?

  169. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Valverde can throw 61 pitches in one inning because he stores lot’s of extra energy in his stomach. :)

    He’s a real specimen isn’t he ? For a Zoo.

  170. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Not his fault. He was thrown into a game in the 8th inning in a nonsave situation. Had nothing stuff-wise, and his manager left him out there to die. And he came through anyways. He should dance, because it’s against the Sox, and because he worked through having nothing to gut it out anyway.

  171. Yank 97 July 30th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    # 38HotDogs July 30th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    And the loser Valverde does another dance on the mound after almost blowing a 5 run lead – what a complete loser that guy is

    ————-

    lmao so true

  172. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Blake,

    Agree on all accounts.

  173. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    So Curtis and Miranda are the 2 most likely on the flight to scranton, but in addition to Melancon who do we think comes off the 40

  174. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    So who’s gonna be our upgrade to Pena ?

  175. pat July 30th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    swbyankeesTT
    Reegie Corona hurt in collision with RF Eric Bruntlett on last play of the game. Miley didn’t know the extent of injury, but Corona was helped off field sitting on a cart and wasn’t in locker room after.

  176. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    he worked through having nothing to gut it out anyway.
    _________

    I don’t know about that, he has a really big gut! ;)

  177. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    SI_JonHeyman

    interesting that theriot was pulled from game. dodgers talks with cubs appear focused on lilly, tho.
    2 minutes ago via web

  178. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Chip July 30th, 2010 at 11:10 pm
    So Curtis and Miranda are the 2 most likely on the flight to scranton, but in addition to Melancon who do we think comes off the 40

    *************
    the 3 or 4 guys they’ll be trading for a reliever and backup infielder

  179. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    MTU -

    I think Theriot

  180. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Tigers are fighting for their lives, for some teams tomorrow is today……

  181. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Chip-

    That would be a significant one. What does it take to get a guy like him ?

  182. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    I’m thinking Yankees do something with cubbies for Theriot and Sean Marshall

  183. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Bloomquist. Thought it might be Helms before they traded away Cantu, however Marlins still looking for a reliever-Park for Wes Helms!!!

  184. Chad Jennings July 30th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Postgame notes are coming, but I just added a post with comments from Kearns. Sounds like the kind of guy you’ll like. For whatever it’s worth, Shelley Duncan was raving about the guy just three days ago.

  185. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Chip,

    Not sure who goes where, but can they still extend Nick Johnson’s DL time to create another roster spot?

    If they don’t drop Thames, perhaps Kevin Russo gets let go or Miranda.

  186. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Glad the Tigers won, but holy cow -61 pitches in 1.1 innings? Once he gave up the GS, he should have been out of there……Tigers are toast.

    Blake, I agree……..I’ll take 1 out of 3 – the Yanks know how to win there, so it’s not like if they lose the series it’s a big deal.

  187. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Tigers beat Lester. They weren’t supposed to be able to do that in Fenway.

    The matchups favor them for the rest of the series, although they officially have no closer for the weekend now.

  188. blake July 30th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Yanks lost to TB tonight but lost no ground on a playoff spot….still 8 games clear in the loss column of Boston.

  189. noelhirsch July 30th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Any predictions on the PTBNL for Austin Kearns ?

    I say Lance Pendleton or Jose Pirela.

  190. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Hughes might not need to be skipped anymore for the rest of the season. Maybe once more. But maybe they can work something out and make him pitch every sixth day for 2 starts in a row?

  191. chuckitt July 31st, 2010 at 8:05 am

    really disapointed in this move. kearns has been a bust whereever hes been. i wish they would stop screwing around with guys like him and the reigning mr DL nick johnson. if they were really looking for a move they should have got dunn from the nationals. a dh who can hit 35 hrs every year with 100 rbis. curtis and russo could have supplied the same numbers as kearns plus he a free agent at the end of the year. berkman is ok but doesnt have the pop that dunn supplies. just my opioion.

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