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Postgame notes: Teixeira day-to-day

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Jun 08, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees lost sole possession of first place in the American League East tonight. They could have lost much more.

Mark Teixeira seems to be relatively OK after being hit in the right knee by a first-inning pitch. Teixeira gets hit quite a bit, but this one was different. Teixeira was left squirming in the dirt, and he had trouble walking off the field, even with help from Joe Girardi and Tony Pena.

“My concern was that he fractured his kneecap,” Girardi said. “Tex has been hit a lot in three years that we’ve had him, and I’ve never seen him show that much pain before. He’s tough. He’s played with a broken toe and a lot of ailments. He was in a lot of pain, and that was scary.”

Girardi said Teixeira will probably not play tomorrow. Teixeira said not to rule it out.

“I always hope to play tomorrow. Always,” he said. “If I’m alright to go tomorrow, I’m going to go.”

First place on June 8 is something the Yankees want. Teixeira is someone they need. At this point in the season, Teixeira’s health immediately became the greatest concern. X-rays were negative, and Teixeira was diagnosed with a contusion (basically a bone bruise). He said there was never much swelling, and it wasn’t too painful after the game.

“It hit right there, kind of in between the knee cap and the side of the knee,” he said. “It was actually a lucky place. If it hits on the knee cap, it might do a lot of damage, so I feel lucky in that regard.”

Said Alex Rodriguez: “There are certain guys you can’t go without, and Tex is one of those guys. He’s in the middle of our lineup, and he produces day in and day out on both sides. I had a little bit of a flashback to the postseason when he got hurt running down the bases. You talk about him or Robbie, there are some guys that are irreplaceable.”

Here’s Teixeira.

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• Freddy Garcia threw a total of 46 pitches tonight. That’s all it took for Girardi to realize his starter didn’t have it. “He was up. He was behind. His stuff wasn’t crisp tonight,” Girardi said. “It’s really the first start we’ve seen that from him. He struggled, and they jumped on him early.”

• Girardi suggested that it seemed like the Red Sox were sitting on Garcia’s offspeed pitches. Garcia said that’s nothing new. “Probably,” he said. “But when I’m pitching I have to concentrate and throw strikes. I don’t have the chance really to make any adjustment. Everybody is sitting on my offspeed, but if you throw it where you want to hit the spot (you have success). If you don’t do that, that’s when you get hit.”

• Garcia said he would have liked to have had a chance to get himself straightened out, but he also seemed to understand Girardi’s decision to pull him early. “Next time, hopefully do my job,” he said.

• Ultimately, it’s hard to argue with the decision to pull Garcia in the middle of the second. Luis Ayala pitched 1.1 hitless innings, and Hector Noesi was tremendous. Technically, I guess the David Ortiz two-run homer stands as the difference, but it’s impossible to pin this loss on Noesi. The rookie keeps proving his value around here. He allowed a total of three hits through six innings. “He gave us a chance to get to where we were,” Girardi said.

• The last Yankee to pick six innings in relief? Kei Igawa, who did it on April 28, 2007 against the Red Sox. He got the win in a 3-1 game that day.

• Raise your hand if you thought you’d be reading about Kei Igawa tonight.

• The Yankees best players tonight were two guys who didn’t start the game. Noesi had his six innings of excellent relief, and Jorge Posada went 3-for-3 with a walk and the RBI single that brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth. “I wasn’t even in the lineup,” he said. “It’s one of those things. Throw you out there and hopefully you can produce.”

• Posada’s first two hits came off Jon Lester, his first two hits off a left-hander this season. That broke an 0-for-27 streak against lefties.

• Derek Jeter had two hits to move within 12 of career hit No. 3,000.

• Nick Swisher also had two hits, including a two-run double. That’s a good game following a good road trip.

• Girardi said Eric Chavez was examined and it was determined that he’s better, but not better enough to begin running and going through baseball drills. “He’s still not there,” Girardi said.

• Ortiz flipped his bat after the home run. Girardi seemed bothered by it, but not too bothered by it. “I didn’t really care for it,” he said. “I don’t know if he was upset that he missed some pitches earlier. I’ve got a young kid on the mound. I don’t know if he was upset that he came in hard on him. When it happens to you, you’re going to defend your guy. If it’s our guy, I’m going to say there was nothing intentional about it.”

• The Yankees are 1-6 against the Red Sox this season, including a sweep the last time the Red Sox played at Yankee Stadium. “We go back and forth with these guys,” Rodriguez said. “One year we were 0-8 and then we tied it 8-8. It goes back and forth, we play these guys so many times. We have a lot of respect for each other. Right now, they’re playing very well, and they’re very comfortable on our home field.”

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91 Responses to “Postgame notes: Teixeira day-to-day”

  1. GreenBeret7 June 8th, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Trent Boras (yep. His kid) was taken in the draft by the Brewers. Those negotiations would be worth the price of admission to sit in on.

  2. G. Love June 8th, 2011 at 12:15 am

    “We have a lot of respect for each other. Right now, they’re playing very well, and they’re very comfortable on our home field.”

    I’m glad it’s as obvious to the players as it is to the fans of this team.

    Maybe they should let the Red Sox have the home clubhouse and dugout tomorrow too?

    Pathetic.

  3. Pat M. June 8th, 2011 at 12:17 am

    The Boston Bimbo….Entertainment at it’s best….

  4. G. Love June 8th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Why she thinks we care what she writes in here is the most interesting psychological question of the night and why doctors invented hard drugs and electro shock therapy.

    I haven’t read one of her posts and she keeps incessantly posting in here. That’s seriously impressive mental illness. Something running rampant with some of the online folks in here of late.

  5. Rich in NJ June 8th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Right now, I wish Girardi was day to day as manager. I’m too pissed though. GN.

  6. Tyler June 8th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    GB-

    I think the Cardinals drafted Boras’ other son a couple of years ago… not surprisingly he didn’t sign haha.

  7. Nick in SF June 8th, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Girardi really does take the long view.

    And right now that’s Little Dante!

  8. GreenBeret7 June 8th, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Pat, how are things out your way? Hope you and family are doing well.

    I have no idea what sort of player Trent boras i. Do you?

    The only Yankee pick that I have any familiarity with is Bichette. Frankie Piliere is high on his bat, especially the power.

    It was hilarious to read allt of the idiots wanting Posada booted to PR, then watch him come up with 3 hits. Tomorrow will be a heavy day for him with his son’s surgery, but, he should know the results by game time. Best of luck to him, his family and to the little guy. No kid should ever have to know about those things.

  9. Captain Clutch June 8th, 2011 at 12:31 am

    and they’re very comfortable on our home field
    ———–

    That’s definitely not something that you want to hear Arod say. The Yanks losing these games has to more to do with what they aren’t doing instead of what Boston is doing. Boston comes into these games with a chip on their shoulders and the Yanks seem to lose their edge as soon as they start losing. But it’s nothing new the hitting with risp has been a problem all year.

  10. UnKnown June 8th, 2011 at 12:33 am

    No kidding the Yankee Players should just let all the Sox players sleep with their girls as well. Just embarassing. Come on fellows tomorrow this bs stops.

  11. G. Love June 8th, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Little Napoleon and Little Dante sound like a match made in heaven.

  12. GreenBeret7 June 8th, 2011 at 12:35 am

    How the Hell was this game on Girardi? Blame the ones that earned the blame.

    Noesi in 6 innings made one mistake to a player thats done the same thing to veteran aces. Really like the way Noesi carries himself on the mound. Get the ball and throw it. No messing around. Has no issues in buzzing a hitter either. One of the few young pitchers that knows how to pitch inside.

  13. UnKnown June 8th, 2011 at 12:37 am

    And here’s Ortiz’s reaction:

    “I don’t know, I mean, it’s not my first time, it’s not going to be my last one, you know what I’m saying? Big deal. I’m a home run hitter. That’s all I can tell you right now. I’ve done it before. It’s not like I do it all the time. It’s part of the excitement. What can I tell you?”

    This is a guy who feels way to entitled. He needs to get hit square. Nuff said.

  14. tyanksfan36 June 8th, 2011 at 12:37 am

    GB

    went to the Tampa Yankees game tonight. Josh Romanski and the whole TY pitching staff did a great job. It was like errorville though. 6 errors between both teams, there probably could have been 1 or 2 more but the scorers were being generous. Everyone was getting banged up too. Walter Ibarra got a cramp jogging out a double, the Clearwater catcher had a ball fouled off his finger and the Clearwater center fielder totally ate dirt trying to get to a ball. Scraped his hands and face up but stayed in the game.

  15. pft2 June 8th, 2011 at 12:38 am

    A bone bruise is basically an area of micro-fractures. It can take quite a while for symptoms to resolve. My guess is Tex comes back from it pretty quick, but it will affect his hitting for awhile.

    Red Sox SP’ers have hit 27 men this year, and some have put some serious hurt on other batters. No other team in MLB is even close. They also led the league last year but are well above their pace this year. I recall Cano being drilled in the first game of a series last year that put him out for awhile. Cano, like Teixeira tonight, was the teams hottest hitter at the time.

    While intent can not be proven, it seems to be an effective strategy if it is, or even if it is not.

    Jeter hacking away on a 3-1 pitch in the 9th on what was clearly ball 4 ended any realistic hopes of a comeback. I can understand him chasing it on 3-2, but not a 3-1 count. He should of taken a walk and the tying run would be up at the plat with 0 outs.

  16. Tyler June 8th, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Unknown-

    That Ortiz quote is garbage. He gives no reason for flipping the bat, doesn’t even mention the pitch inside earlier. He seems like he just did it because he felt like it….

  17. G-C June 8th, 2011 at 12:45 am

    By July 15th, its my hope that the rotation will be:

    CC-Hughes-Colon-Burnett-Noesi.

    Noesi has been extremely, extremely impressive. He attacks the zone consistently with hard, quality stuff. You just don’t see that out of many young pitchers, particularly ones who haven’t taken a whole lot of reps in the upper minors.

    Call me crazy, but the kid looks like he could be a low end #2 or legitimate number three in a major league rotation if he continues to develop this way.

  18. G. Love June 8th, 2011 at 12:49 am

    It’s clearly an effective strategy. The Red Sox routinely target the Yankees hottest hitter and pitch inside to them to make them uncomfortable & fall out of the slump. Often they get hit in this process. Oh well. Who cares. If the Yankees retaliate, the Red Sox will just hit the Yankees best player again and again and again.

    This will never stop as long as the captain of our team prefers to hug the opposition than charge the mound when they use his teammates for target practice like they used to use him back in the day.

    The Yankees are a patient, pragmatic, classy team who doesn’t play gutter ball.

    The Red Sox get angry, get even and get satisfaction. They hate the Yankees. It’s evident on many of their faces during the game. They hate Arod with a passion and like laughing at him.

    I hope the new crop of young Yankees in the system coming up don’t come up while all these patient, turn the other cheek vets are in house.

    Someone needs to change the culture of this team back to what it was with Munson and Nettles and what it was when with the early dynasty teams when Baltimore would use Tino for target practice and benches would empty.

    This team hasn’t shown that kind of intensity towards an opponent since Torre became St. Joe and Jeter became the ambassador of the game.

  19. GreenBeret7 June 8th, 2011 at 12:50 am

    TY, sounds like a great game to watch. I noticed that Lyerly had 2 more hits and Romanski was lights out. He’s having a good season. Thanks for the update. Same can’t be said for the rest of the system.

  20. G. Love June 8th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    meant to say, “fall into a slump” above.

  21. Nick in SF June 8th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Hughes in the rotation and pitching well enough to be slotted right behind CC by July 15th is optimistic. Hope it happens, but not if it means a drop-off for Colon and less good AJ.

  22. Nick in SF June 8th, 2011 at 12:53 am

    I’ve got a fever and the only cure is more Slade?

  23. tyanksfan36 June 8th, 2011 at 12:58 am

    The craziest part of the game tonight was that a strikeout ended the half inning 9 times. It seemed that every time I looked up or stopped talking, some guy was striking out and they were walking off the field. In 2 back to back innings(3rd and 4th) the last out of the inning was on a strikeout. It was a dominant pitching performance. Even when I thought Romanksi wasnt doing well, I would look up and see that he had 2 strikes on the guy. Romanski had a rough patch coming off the DL but now he is starting to pick it up

  24. Bo knows June 8th, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I’d take an antihistamine. Slade, slade down to 216 for the month of May.

  25. Nick in SF June 8th, 2011 at 1:06 am

    I don’t see Slade getting that May batting average up, try as he might.

  26. I Am Winning June 8th, 2011 at 1:14 am

    MLB Roy Halladay News Feed: “Halladay has history against Reds, Wood”

    He sees red, he gets wood, wonderful.

  27. jacksquat June 8th, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Tell you what, if I were the manager or I were pitching, Big Poopy would have been on his big, fat ass first pitch, next at bat after the bat flipping.

  28. Crawdaddy June 8th, 2011 at 1:19 am

    To blame Jeter for Red Sox pitchers hitting Yankee batters is lame.

  29. Nilsson June 8th, 2011 at 1:21 am

    pft2 June 8th, 2011 at 12:38 am

    ..

    Jeter hacking away on a 3-1 pitch in the 9th on what was clearly ball 4 ended any realistic hopes of a comeback. I can understand him chasing it on 3-2, but not a 3-1 count. He should of taken a walk and the tying run would be up at the plat with 0 outs.

    ———————————————————————

    Hit the nail on the head.

    Sacrifice bunts notwithstanding, Jeter is usually a smart hitter. But this one
    left me scratching my head, especially when the team is down by 3 runs.

    Perhaps the pressure to get the 3000th hit during this home stand was floating
    in his mind. I dunno.

    It would have been nice to see Papelbon squirming with two men on and nobody out,
    and the short porch in RF. I’m convinced he pitches more tentatively.

  30. I Am Winning June 8th, 2011 at 1:22 am

    The bat flip in itself I don’t mind. It was more the look he gave. What was the purpose of glaring in, at your own bench, after throwing the bat, with the look as if you just proved everyone in the world wrong? I don’t quite see the need for that look. He made it seem like we hit him his first 2 ABs, than he FINALLY(!!!) got us where it really hurts. But obviously, that is all false.

  31. lounge lizard June 8th, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Red Sox SP?ers have hit 27 men this year, and some have put some serious hurt on other batters. No other team in MLB is even close. They also led the league last year but are well above their pace this year. I recall Cano being drilled in the first game of a series last year that put him out for awhile. Cano, like Teixeira tonight, was the teams hottest hitter at the time.

    While intent can not be proven, it seems to be an effective strategy if it is, or even if it is not.

    _____________________________________________________________________

    Overall, Red Sox pitchers have hit 36 batters and, you’re correct, that is by far the most in the league. And Lester has hit 9 himself, which puts him well in the lead on the RS staff.

    Red Sox batters have only been hit 22 times.

    Yankee batters have been hit 27 times, second-most in the league. Tex has been hit the most on the team (6 times). Yankee pitchers have hit 20 opponent batters.

    One oddity: the White Sox are the outliers in players gettting hit: 39, with Carlos Quentin hit 13 times. White Sox pitchers, OTOH, have only hit 12 opponents total. I wouldn’t have expected that discrepancy from Ozzie.

  32. Bo knows June 8th, 2011 at 1:50 am

    I’m actually a big fan of the Heathcott (Heathcliff) mashie. Turn around and hit the catcher, classic. The alcohol problems including blackouts kind of dim the shining.

    http://www.postandcourier.com/.....salvation/

  33. Bo knows June 8th, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Fangraphs on Yankee defense – very interesting, but sometimes silly. Swisher at zero or average and Granderson at -2

    Martin: -1
    Teixeira: -7
    Cano: -4
    A-Rod: 3
    Jeter: 0
    Gardner: 7
    Granderson: -2
    Swisher: 0

  34. West Coast Yankee Fan June 8th, 2011 at 2:27 am

    GreenBeret7
    June 7th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Is Boston Bimbo aware that Red Sox pitchers have hit 14 more batters than Yankee pitchers? 34-20. That’s a lot of mistakes. She’s got the IQ of an ice cube.

    ************

    Big tough misogynist internet guy – calling women bimbos. Zero class.

  35. Mike Ri June 8th, 2011 at 6:28 am

    UGHHHH . . thats all i can say … Lester didn’t have his best stuff , we had his pitch count way up early , and couldn’t take advantage of it ! . Some nice defensive plays by the Red Sox didn’t help either.

  36. Purenyyankee June 8th, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Either tonight or tomorrow night Adrian Gonzalez better get a ball in the middle of his back.

  37. Mike Ri June 8th, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Purenyyankee –

    I totally agree . .Im sick of our guys always getting hit.

  38. Purenyyankee June 8th, 2011 at 6:54 am

    The frustrating part is that we had runners on base and chances all night. No big hits. Granderson and ARod were terrible. How can ARod take that 0-1 fastball right down the middle of the plate?

  39. upstate kate June 8th, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Yeah, I agree w/ both you guys. They had Lester over 50 pitches in the first 2 innings and couldn’t capitalize. Sometimes the close games are harder than the blow outs.
    The wild AJ is pitching tonight…is it possible one happens to get away from him?

  40. blake June 8th, 2011 at 7:28 am

    AJ has a chance to step up tonight. Put one in Gonzalez ‘s ribs in his first AB and then dominate from there on.

    Lester and Buchholtz haven’t been as unhittable this year as they were last….and none.of their pithers are going deep into ballgames. It’ll be interesting how that affects their pen as the season goes if that continues…….they have hit Lester and made him work really hard both times they’ve seen him this year….had Noesi started the game the Yanks may have won.

    Noesi is really impressing me….they need to expand his role pretty soon I think. Kid doesn’t have dominant stuff but its not bad….and he repeats his delievery well and pounds the zone. He throws off speed stuff in various counts and challenges hitters……I like what we’ve seen from him a whole lot…..might be time to get him in the rotation soon.

    Really need to get tonights game and give CC a shot at taking the series tomorrow night. As I said….AJ has a chance to step up here and I hope he does.

  41. blake June 8th, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Sounds like Anderson is probably going to need TJ surgery…..the A’s might be done.

  42. Rich in NJ June 8th, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Still pissed.

  43. BIG AL June 8th, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Hope we can take an early lead, big enough, so AJ can do a little pay back to A-Gon for Tex, and Ortiz, just for being an A-Hole.

  44. MTU June 8th, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Blake-

    Any interest in Gio ?

  45. blake June 8th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    MTU,
    Yea but I don’t see them trading him….maybe for Montero + but I wouldn’t do that.

  46. Wang IS Taiwan June 8th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    AJ has never been afraid to hit batters. That’s one plus. I hope he settles down and gives the Yanks a good game. Somehow, I can see us getting swept in this series …AGAIN.

    I hate that the Red Sox always seem too give the Yanks their best, while the Yankees seem to just not show up. What is up with that?

    Did you guys see the batting AVG for Pedroia when he plays against the Yanks vs. other teams? There you have it. Something like .560 vs. .213. (Don’t quote me, but that’s a good ballpark estimate.)

    Where did the fire go??? How can they NOT retaliate after two of their guys get hit — and Tex in a major way. And why let Lester off the hook??

    I’m with Rich — I’m still mad about Game 1.

  47. MTU June 8th, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Blake-

    I understand but you said with Andersen needing TJ they might be out of it.

    If so, maybe they are sellers and willing to listen ?

    Yeah. I don’t do Jesus for Gio. Not elite enough.

    Just wanted your opinion. Thanks.

  48. Wang IS Taiwan June 8th, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Noesi was pretty great. I’d like to see him given a chance to start over Nova.

  49. Rich in NJ June 8th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    How can the A’s trade Gio with Anderson hurt?

  50. MTU June 8th, 2011 at 8:01 am

    By the end of the season it’s pretty likely the Yankees and Sux will be around 8-8.

    Remember last year ? We spotted them 8 games.

    As far as retaliation goes I agree with Randy. It would seem to be most effective when done immediately. Sends the message.

    OTOH, it is said that revenge is a dish best served cold.

    We take the next 2 and this is just a bad memory.

    ;)

  51. blake June 8th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    MTU,

    I think they will be sellers pretty soon….Beane has never been shy about that, but he usually tries to turn veterans into prospects. I don’t see them trading Gio unless he’s really made a big offer.

    The best target still is probably Danks if the ChiSox don’t climb back into the race…..but its starting to look like that they will. Phil Hughes might be the best acquisition out there.

  52. Rich in NJ June 8th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    And the Yankees have pitching depth in the mL. Their primary need is an impact bat.

  53. MTU June 8th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Rich-

    Real simple.

    They may conclude they are out of it and want to reload.

    They could get a pretty good haul for him.

    They can’t compete w/o Andersen anyway so what’s the diff ?

  54. upstate kate June 8th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    isn’t Dallas Braden also injured?

  55. Wang IS Taiwan June 8th, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I want to see Ortiz on his big, fat, arse. His ‘tude is tough to take.

  56. Wang IS Taiwan June 8th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I heard Braden’s out with an injury, as well.

  57. MTU June 8th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Blake-

    Hughes would be an excellent and timely acquisition.

    I still think they might need more though.

    Rich-

    I don’t see the Yankees having more than 1 rookie starter in the rotation at a time.

  58. Mell June 8th, 2011 at 8:09 am

    How can the A’s trade Gio with Anderson hurt?

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

    Whether Anderson’s hurt or not they wouldn’t move him unless they’re getting a legit bat in return.

  59. Mell June 8th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    The best target still is probably Danks if the ChiSox don’t climb back into the race…..but its starting to look like that they will. Phil Hughes might be the best acquisition out there

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

    Only 6 out now and Peavy was just DL’d. Danks will be a tough get unless the White Sox completely tank in the next 5-6 weeks.

  60. Mike Ri June 8th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I agree. .. forget hitting Gonzo.. Drill Ortiz ! i had enough of this dude

  61. MTU June 8th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    “Danks will be a tough get unless the White Sox completely tank in the next 5-6 weeks.”

    One can only hope.

    :)

  62. MTU June 8th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Blake-

    Just to try to calm things down a bit.

    What did you think of our draft ?

    How did we do in the later rounds ? Any positive surprises ?

  63. MTU June 8th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Wang-

    Guess someone told Braden to get off their mound.

    ;)

  64. Erin June 8th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I’m so glad Tex is OK. That was pretty scary seeing him go down. Noesi was great, and Posada had a very nice night. :)

    Speaking of Posada, best of luck to his son w/his surgery today.

    And the elf really needs to lose the beard. Gross. LOL

  65. blake June 8th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Mell,

    Agreed….the White Sox could still be sellers but Im almost expecting them to be contenders again by the break.

    MTU,

    I honestly haven’t had time to even look who they’ve picked past the 1st 4 or 5 picks. Cote seems interesting and so does Dante Jr……I do wonder if they reached a bit early for guys they could have gotten later and if maybe they would have been better off taking a signability risk. Who knows though…..I really wanted them to take Norris just because I’ve seen him and I think they need to throw as many LHP at the wall as they can…..I think he may go to school now though since he fell so far.

  66. Howard June 8th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Hitting Adrian Gonzolez is just stupid. It was clear that Lester was way off his game last night. I don’t like it as more than anyone, but to start issuing free passes to the middle of that lineup because some you think Lester was headhunting, or actually had enough control to hit Tex on the kneecap, is downright stupid. He was in 3-ball counts all night long, and had zero control. Hit Adrian Gonzolez, and guess what? More than likely Ellsbury is already on base against the righty, and Youkilis and Ortiz are coming next. Sounds like a great plan.
    There’s no sense in all into turning the game into a revenge fest.

  67. MTU June 8th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Blake-

    You’re no help.

    I was expecting a full report complete with footnotes.

    :)

  68. Erin June 8th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    BTW, when did Cone start doing games for the MLB Network?? I was pleasantly surprised last night (it was either MLB or NESN) Pretty easy decision. ;)

  69. blake June 8th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Howard,

    You are missing the point …..of course it wasn’t on purpose ….but he also is trying to drive that cutter inside and not caring if he hits the guy. He needs to be sent a message that if he wants to bury that cutter then he had better be careful…..put it in the back of his mind to be more careful and maybe he leaves the next one out over the plate. He can’t be allowed to be that comfortable throwing inside to Yanks hitters…..

  70. Triple Short of a Cycle June 8th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Howard,

    If you have no idea where the ball is going then you shouldn’t be on the mound. I think Youkolis was the one that said that in regards to Joba. Having 3 ball counts all night is different then hitting a guy, which he did twice in the first inning.

    I’m sure the Yankee batters or any other batters like it when they get hit all the time against one particualr team and nothing is ever done about it.

    How many times have the Yankees hit or brushed Ortiz back? Pedro used to send our guys to the hospital and we did nothing

  71. pat June 8th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    “and they’re very comfortable on our home field”

    Indictment of Yankee players or fans?

  72. MTU June 8th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Everyone calling for payback will get their wish in the next day or so.

    AJ or CC will see to it. So relax.

  73. AldotheApache June 8th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    blake says:
    June 8, 2011 at 8:35 am
    Howard,

    You are missing the point …..of course it wasn’t on purpose ….but he also is trying to drive that cutter inside and not caring if he hits the guy. He needs to be sent a message that if he wants to bury that cutter then he had better be careful…..put it in the back of his mind to be more careful and maybe he leaves the next one out over the plate. He can’t be allowed to be that comfortable throwing inside to Yanks hitters…..

    —————

    Absolutely.

  74. pat June 8th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    TylerKepner Playing catch outside Yankee Stadium, waiting for gates to open for Media Game….

  75. Triple Short of a Cycle June 8th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Getting payback is fine and dandy but it would be nice for our guys to set the tone for once and move guys off the plate and hit a couple of their guys first

  76. MTU June 8th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    New thread ==>

  77. randy l. June 8th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    lester walked one batter- one.

    he hit two.

    think about it.

  78. Erin June 8th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    New Post: Posada: ?Just go out there and keep fighting?

    :arrow:

  79. Vineyard Yankee June 8th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Anderson and Braden are both on the DL. Braden out for the year after shoulder surgery.

  80. AldotheApache June 8th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Media game??? Talk about it being time for payback with some beanballs!!!

    I’m curiois, what position does Mike Francesa play? Does he have to circle the bases in a golf cart? Otherwise, it’d take him, what, 20 minutes?

  81. Howard June 8th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I see you guys’ points, for sure, but I’m just not wanting to “send messages” to anyone. Lester wasn’t sending a message – his control was off. He didn’t get to where he is by hitting guys…he got to where he is because he’s an elite pitcher. It’s a battle of real estate – some pitchers feel that if they wanna pitch inside, that’s their right, and some pitchers don’t. I totally get it when it comes to Lester and any other pitcher facing lineups like NY and Boston: if you can’t pitch inside, you lose. Price is the same way. RJ was the same way. Pedro was the same way. Clemens was the same way. Intimidation is the key, and being mad at Lester or any other pitcher is a waste of time.
    FYI – Removing Wakefield from the equation, hit batters over the past five years is almost dead even between these two teams. We just feel it’s more on us because we’re the fans of this team, and not that one.
    My fear is just this: putting more Red Sox on base against a head case like Burnett leads to nothing good at all. AJ is much better without men running all over the place behind him.
    If CC wants to hit a guy, that’s fine, but lets not wish for AJ to deal with more than he’s already going to have to.

  82. Howard June 8th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    lester walked one batter- one.

    he hit two.

    think about it.

    ________________

    This is a stupid argument if ever there was one. Did you watch the game? The Yankee batters bailed him out of ball four more times than he threw strike 3. That’s what happens when you’re a pitcher of Lester or CC’s ilk: guys think you’re not going to walk them, so they swing because of your history. He clearly would have walked seven if they would not have kept swinging.

  83. Howard June 8th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I’m sorry, not stupid, but incorrect. I did not mean to belittle your comment. I retract.

  84. YES June 8th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Agree with previous posts,

    Terrible at bat for Jeter in the 9th. He should have been taking on that 3-1 pitch even if its right down the middle of the plate so we can bring the tying run up. Yet, he chases ball 4 & pops up. If he is not going to play the game the right way then the manager should give him a mandatory take sign.

    As far as all the batters being hit by the Sux, Gonzalez & Ortiz NEED to get hit tonight.

  85. longtimefan June 8th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Someone needs to hit Ortiz on the knee cap to end this Boston crap. Put him on his ass once or twice and all this bs stops. Unfortunetly Burnett is pitching tonight and doesn’t have the back bone for it. Really like what I’ve seen from Noesi so far, poised, confident and does a nice job. Arod needs to get his head out of his ass and start earning some of those big bucks and Girardi needs to order Gardner to start stealing, what a waste gets on base and wastes opportunities.

  86. Robert June 8th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Time for Bartolo and Garcia to go…

    Start Noesi,bring up Warren and wait to see Hughes…..

    Noesi is ready to join Nova in the starting rotation

    Lets get Younger…..

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