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Game 1: Yankees at Rays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 06, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (0-0)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

LHP CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.00 in 2011)
Sabathia vs. Rays

RAYS (0-0)
Desmond Jennings CF
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Jeff Keppinger DH
Sean Rodriguez SS
Carlos Penda 1B
Elliott Johnson 2B
Jose Molina C
Matt Joyce LF

RHP James Shields (16-12, 2.82)
Shields vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 3:10 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: This might be a terrible place for a baseball game, but at least we know it’ll be dry.

UMPIRES: HP Joe West, 1B Sam Holbrook, 2B Andy Fletcher, 3B Rob Drake

TOP OF THE LIST: With their first games of the season, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera will move into a tie with Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle for the most seasons played in Yankees franchise history. This will be the 18th season for Jeter and Rivera. They’re currently tied with Frank Crosetti, Bill Dickey, Lou Gehrig, Jorge Posada, Whitey Ford and Bernie Williams at 17.

MORE JETER: Today will be Jeter’s 16th Opening Day start at shortstop, extending his own franchise record (Phil Rizzuto is second with 11). Barry Larkin was the last player to start as many or more Opening Day games at shortstop for the same club. He made 17 Opening Day starts for the Reds. No active player has started more Opening Day games at a single position with any team.

FOURTH IN A ROW: This is CC Sabathia’s fourth Opening Day start with the Yankees. Jack Chesbro, Bob Shawkey and Roger Clemens also started four openers for the Yankees. The most in franchise history is a three-way tie between Whitey Ford, Ron Guidry and Mel Stottlemyre. They each started seven. This is Sabathia’s ninth career Opening Day start.

THIRD TIME: This will be the third time the Yankees have opened a season against the Rays. The Yankees lost to the Rays on Opening Day in 2004 — when they opened in Tokyo — and the Yankees beat the Rays at the original Yankee Stadium in the 2007 opener.

CRAZY EIGHTS: After today’s game, Alex Rodriguez will have made eight career Opening Day starts at third base and eight at shortstop. According to Elias, there have been three other players since 1920 to start at least eight Opening Day games at two different positions (Ernie Banks at SS and 1B, Rod Carew at 1B and 2B, and Robin Yount at SS and CF). … Rodriguez has hit safely in eight straight openers, including all seven he’s played in with the Yankees. … This will be the eighth time Rodriguez and Jeter have started Opening Day together, the most by a SS/3B combination in franchise history.

ON THIS DATE: On April 6, 1973, Ron Blomberg became the Major League’s first designated hitter. His first-inning at-bat ended in a bases-loaded walk. He went 1-for-3 in the game.

UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: Leadoff single by Jeter and we’re underway here in the dome.

UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Without the shift, that’s a sharp single to center field. With the shift, Granderson hits into a 6-3 double play.

UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: I’m not a big fan of the band Tantric, but I’ve said it before and it’s still true: Evan Longoria’s at-bat music might be the best in the game. A relatively obscure song that starts really strong. It’s a perfect 10-second clip for the situation.

Also, CC is really erratic so far.

UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: Trusting Sabathia to get Pena. The Yankees have intentionally loaded the bases in the first, and now CC’s facing the power-hitting first baseman with two outs.

UPDATE, 3:33 p.m.: Well. That didn’t work. Full count, Sabathia went to the fastball and Pena clobbered it for a grand slam and a 4-0 Rays lead.

UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: Yankees get their first run of the season on an RBI ground out by Ibanez. It’s now 4-1 in the top of the second.

UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: Wild pitch lets Teixeira score and makes it 4-2.

UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: The Yankees have pulled withing 4-3 because Robinson Cano beat the play to the plate when Carlos Pena chose to throw home rather than try to get an out at first.

UPDATE, 4:08 p.m.: Make that 6-4 because Raul Ibanez just went deep for a three-run shot. Do people still want him released?

UPDATE, 4:26 p.m.: For the second time today Granderson has hit perfectly into the shift. It’s a 6-5 game in the top of the fourth after Longoria’s solo shot in the bottom of the third.

UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: Sabathia isn’t sharp, clearly, but as my good friend Marc Carig just pointed out, a lesser pitcher would have been long gone by now. He just got through the fourth with a 6-5 lead still intact. He’s probably got one more inning in him, and maybe part of a second inning. If Sabathia can pitch the fifth and the Yankees can mix and match in the sixth, they’ll still be able to go Soriano, Robertson and Rivera through the seventh, eighth and ninth.

UPDATE, 4:58 p.m.: Bad decision by Jeter to cut off that throw? Looked like Granderson had a shot at the out at third.

UPDATE, 5:19 p.m.: Very nice throw by Gardner gets the Yankees through the sixth inning, still a 6-5 Yankees lead. Gardner got Desmond Jennings trying to stretch a single to a double, and now Soriano is getting loose for the seventh inning. After the grand slam, Sabathia pitched another 5.1 innings with only one run. He wasn’t sharp, but he did the job.

UPDATE, 6:13 p.m.: A couple of walks were left stranded in the top of the eighth, and now Dave Robertson is in to pitch the bottom half. It’s still a one-run game. This is exactly the kind of game the Yankees built this bullpen for.

UPDATE, 6:21 p.m.: Robertson is going to need another great escape. A walk and a single have left runners at the corners with no outs in the eighth. Bottom third of the Rays order is due up.

UPDATE, 6:27 p.m.: Girardi might be off the hook for the most questionable managerial decision of the day. The Rays just tried a suicide squeeze on a two-strike pitch and Molina fouled it off for strike three. Molina had clearly missed the squeeze sign on the pitch before. Really odd.

UPDATE, 6:31 p.m.: Robertson did it again. Molina’s bad bunt helped the Yankees setup man retire three straight to strand the tying run at third. Still 6-5 with Mariano Rivera getting loose in the bullpen.

 
 

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533 Responses to “Game 1: Yankees at Rays”

  1. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Go CC. Go Yanks.

  2. Benny Blanco April 6th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Go yankees. Watching the game on my ipad…

  3. jackamir April 6th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Rays lineup is really weak. There is no way they can challenge with those bats. I don’t care how good their staff is…..

  4. AeroFANatic April 6th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Alright Yankees fans, another season awaits us. LETS DO THIS!

  5. GreenBeret7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Yankee players that exceed expectations will be Rodriguez and Hughes. Players that will disappoint this year, gardner. He doesn’t seem like he’s fixed anything so far. He’s bunting a lot but, it’s either to the wrong side of the pitcher or it’s foul. hitting, unless he can pick it up is getting worse. In the lead-off spot? Not a chance.

  6. Tom in N.J. April 6th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Work, work work work, how i hate thee

  7. jackamir April 6th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    UGH……..Joe West behind the plate…..The worlds worst umpire!!!!!

  8. GreenBeret7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    5 minutes to go. Time to kick this pig.

  9. Ghost of Steinbrenner April 6th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    And we’re off!! Go Yankees!!!!

  10. Doc Iac April 6th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    anyone know a website to listen to……ugh…john and susan?

  11. jackamir April 6th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Nice ovation for Zim, he’s lost some weight. Must be that South Beach Diet…

  12. Nick in SF April 6th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    ” Does the WC runner up get a Wild Card banner this year?”

    Nope, but the players all get a “Wild Card Runner Up” Phitens necklace and a fruit basket from Uncle Bud.

  13. 11 CF April 6th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Doc lac, you can try the websites of any of these but odds are it’s already blacked out during games.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y.....e_stations

  14. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Good start Jeets.

  15. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Hey Nick. How are ya?

    Joe West is the HP Umpire. Looks like MLB has decided to put us in the hole early.

  16. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Exciting… nice AB by Jete to start it off!

  17. GreenBeret7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Great way to open the season for Jeter.

  18. Benny Blanco April 6th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    DJ, right up the middle

  19. El Duque April 6th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    New Saison! New Hope!

    I hope for 150 Games of AROD

  20. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    That was close. Coulda been strike 3

  21. GreenBeret7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Can’t hit it much harder than that

  22. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    That stinks. That was a rip shot by Grandy. I still cant stand Sean Rodriguez.

  23. Benny Blanco April 6th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    pitchers best friend..wow!

  24. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    We had the pitch count up past 10 with no 0 outs, and then bad luck takes us out of an inning.

  25. MoRings42 April 6th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    They have to start bunting with those shifts on. Long has gotten them too pull happy.

  26. GreenBeret7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Yanks sign a high Twins draft pick from 2009…a left handed pitcher.

    opener: Pineda plays catch for second straight day http://bit.ly/IfMIGI

    Matt Eddy?@eddymkReply

    Yankees signed LHP Matt Bashore, the 46th pick in ’09 draft whom Twins released this spring. Missed ’10 with TJS; 17 rookie lge IP last year

  27. MG April 6th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    CC has really lost weight since last season…

  28. GreenBeret7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Not the greatest start to walk this guy.

  29. Benny Blanco April 6th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    walking jennings?? Nice.

  30. luis April 6th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Go Yankees!, I can’t watch the game, but I hope the best!

  31. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Losers with a Yankees suck chant.

  32. Ed Whitson April 6th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    2 hard hit balls and a walk. Way to go fatty.

  33. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Nice play Jeter.

  34. qiantom April 6th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    CC is gonna lose this one. Never good in April.

  35. Nick in SF April 6th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    “Hey Nick. How are ya?”

    Fine, thanks, and you? Not able to watch the game at the moment and quite sleepy, so I’m not going to try to decipher your new name. But best of luck to you this season.

  36. MoRings42 April 6th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    wow what?

  37. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Unnecessary

  38. Pat M. April 6th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Texeria makes every play look easy….That was not an easy play, never is when you have to stretch towards the outfield

  39. LGY April 6th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    LMAO

  40. jacksquat April 6th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    A bit dangerous as Pena can get lucky and it’s 4-0.

  41. GreenBeret7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Not liking this move at all. His control has been a bit off so far.

  42. LGY April 6th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Girardi be trolling

  43. Benny Blanco April 6th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    why are we intentionally walking a hitter so damn early in the game? Only girardi makes moves like this….

  44. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I like Girardi, but come on… Rodriguez is not a good hitter. You put CC in a tough spot loading the bases.

  45. MG April 6th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    the return of blog trolls is another sign of spring, just like the swallows returning to Capistrano and azaleas blooming at Augusta National, where Freddie Couples is challenging for the lead…

  46. jacksquat April 6th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    ……………………..

  47. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    :roll:

  48. qiantom April 6th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Intentional walk in the 1st inning doesn’t even sound right.

  49. Benny Blanco April 6th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    This is what happens when you walk the bases loaded., you have no room for error when you have CC with sketcy control in the first inning.

  50. charlestonchew April 6th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    LOL.

    I’m obviously a yankees fun, but that is kind of hilarious. Hahhahaha. Man. Why did Girardi think walking Sean Rodriguez was a good idea again?

    CC must be so mad at Girardi right now.

    Sigh.

  51. Ed Whitson April 6th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Wow – who’s worse Girardi over managing in the first inning or CC with his meatballs (pun intended) ?

  52. Benny Blanco April 6th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Unreal……. This is what happens.

  53. luis April 6th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I am at the beach, did CC got out of the jam?

  54. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Intentional walk in the 1st inning doesn’t even sound right.

    First inning of the first game. Awful.

  55. angpan April 6th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Aas my husband says – The Genius Girardi!

  56. 11 CF April 6th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Pena was something like 4/35, 19Ks off Sabathia, I wonder why they didn’t go after a bum like Ibanez to platoon with him.

  57. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Thats just fantastic.

    Good, Nick. Glad youre doing well. Its been the best year of my life, starting with the Giants 2nd Super Bowl victory of the patriots!!!

  58. Georgia_in_MS April 6th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    wow – that will shut us up.

  59. Rice Pudding Flavoured Relief Pitcher April 6th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I like Girardi but that had to be the most dumbest move he’s made in his entire coaching career.

  60. MoRings42 April 6th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Joe Girardi….

    Unbelievable. From not pinch hitting Russel Martin for Jesus Montero last year in the playoffs to intentionally walking a nobody in the first inning to bring up a guy with power.

    I don’t know. Just wish he would sit on the bench and let these guys play the game.

  61. YankeeRay April 6th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Didn’t throw a breaking ball to Pena? Why walk bases loaded in 1st?
    Unbelievable start to the season.

  62. jacksquat April 6th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    luis April 6th, 2012 at 3:35 pm
    I am at the beach, did CC got out of the jam?

    Girardi called for intentional walk to Sean Rodriguez to load the bases, then Carlos Pena grand slam.

  63. xcv April 6th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    good thing yanks have ibanez. much rather have him than pena

  64. luis April 6th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Forget about it, thanks Chad

  65. mick April 6th, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    they dont call him anal joe for nuthin’

  66. MG April 6th, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    the intentional walk to Rodriguez made absolutely no sense in the 1st inning of the 1st game of the year.

    Can someone call the Yankees dugout and have someone take a match to the binder?

  67. Pat M. April 6th, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Wow…..Looking for # 1 and Pena didn’t miss it…..

  68. Yankee Trader April 6th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    No Luis, CC did not get out of a jam. Decided to pitch all fastballs to Pena and the last meatball on a 3-2 count was a meatball up and away that was crushed.

  69. jacksquat April 6th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Maybe Joe got his Rodriguez’ mixed up…

  70. deleonj April 6th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    girardi is such a control freak
    id pitch sean rodriguez any time. pena has been through ups and downs but everyone knows what can do

  71. Duh Innings April 6th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Girardi, in the first inning of the season, shows why he is an absolute moron with absolutely no feel for the game whatsoever.

    First, he should’ve hit-and-run with 3-2 on Granderson.

    Second, he should’ve had his ace Sabathia pitch to Sean Rodriguez because Rodriguez hit only .223 last year and last I checked wasn’t a terror to Sabathia.

    Instead, he plays station-to-station then intentionally walks a kid who can’t hit in favor of a guy who hit two now three homeruns off Sabathia (spare me the 4 for 35 jive.)

    4-0 Rays and don’t be surprised if this game isn’t over already considering the Rays’ ace is on the mound, not their #4 or #5 starter.

    Good job Girardi. He looks more like a one trick pony (2009) with every season and dumb inning like this one.

    Note to Girardi: Stop managing off a computer and start managing with your brain.

  72. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Just gotta chip away. Girardi with an idiotic move, but its still early

  73. charlestonchew April 6th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    CC is going to be pissed off and settle in.

    We will win this game.

  74. Bryan April 6th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    And the Non-Ace Ace and Retardi begin the year right where they left off 2011

  75. Pat M. April 6th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Time to split before all hell breaks loose here…….Top of the 2nd inning guys…

  76. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Let’s chip away.

  77. charlestonchew April 6th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    One swing and we’re one run down

  78. ralphfl April 6th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    No Trolling there is NOWAY you walk a guy in the first inning 1ST INNING 0-0 game WTF JOE???? at least ill be able to keep track of how many games Joes loses and not the yankees

  79. luis April 6th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Thansk JS. It’s only the first inning

  80. MG April 6th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    game isn’t over yet, Shields doesn’t have much today either-the only thing that save him trouble in the 1st was the shot by Grandy that turned into a DP

  81. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    bad decision

    bad pitch selection

    really bad fastball on 3-2 there.

    let’s get em back

  82. LGY April 6th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Maybe because it’s Opening Day but I can’t stop laughing about that IBB.

    Hilariously stupid.

  83. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Girardi didn’t throw that fastball up and over the plate.

    it’s not 100% his fault

  84. 11 CF April 6th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I wouldn’t be suprised if Girardi pinch hits Jones for Gardner first time around because “we needed a home run.”

  85. Ace April 6th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Nothing like Girardi over managing

  86. qiantom April 6th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    The Rays’ lineup after Longoria is basically a joke. There is no managing needed to win against them. Girardi needs to chill sometimes.

  87. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Not the worst result by Swisher. Gotta chip away and hope CC settles down.

  88. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Need these two runs.

  89. charlestonchew April 6th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I had a dream last night Ibanez hit a home run today.

  90. luis April 6th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Thanks Trader, not good but is only the first inning

  91. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    And just like that, 2 outs. We did get a run, nice job Ibanez. But had a chance at a big inning.

  92. LGY April 6th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Girardi didn’t throw that fastball up and over the plate.

    it’s not 100% his fault

    ——-

    True.

    CC has been struggling with his fastball command since last summer.

  93. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    earn that new contract Russell!

  94. xcv April 6th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    at least he didn’t KO or pop out on the infield

  95. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    “CC has been struggling with his fastball command since last summer.”

    ———–

    yeah, it’s a bit of a concern. He seems to lose the fastball command, then regain it, then lose it…

  96. charlestonchew April 6th, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I believe that the first inning mistake WAS Girardi’s fault. CC was clearly having trouble with his location. Location mistakes are not a big problem with Sean Rodriguez — a .236 hitter who drove in under 40 runs last year. A location mistake to Rodriguez is more likely to be an out than it is against Pena, who can just blast it over into the seats. When CC didn’t have his command, it is way better to face Pena the next inning with nobody on base.

    Stupid move, no doubt. You can’t expect a pitcher who is having trouble with control to avoid making mistakes.

  97. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Back in the game.

  98. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I don’t know that Shields will be allowed to go to 100 pitches today either – prob not more.

    Get that pitch count up, keep the game close, hammer that pen.

  99. GreenBeret7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    As odd as the move by Girardi was, Sabathia hasn’t helped himself with the walk and deep counts.

  100. deleonj April 6th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Girardi didn’t throw that fastball up and over the plate.

    it’s not 100% his fault

    —-

    girardi put him in an unnecessary situation

  101. m April 6th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Let’s go, Gardy.

  102. BBFan April 6th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Game threads are no different from last year.
    Unbearable :)
    It is still second inning…….

  103. charlestonchew April 6th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    That Gardner guy just can’t hit…… =)

  104. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Yanks always hit for CC.

  105. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    As odd as the move by Girardi was, Sabathia hasn’t helped himself with the walk and deep counts.

    True, but if you have a pitcher getting into deep counts and having already walked 1 batter, why put him on the razors edge?

  106. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    “Stupid move, no doubt. You can’t expect a pitcher who is having trouble with control to avoid making mistakes.”

    ————

    you also can’t expect to win a game if your pitcher can’t throw strikes or avoid leaving fastballs up over the plate.

    it was a bad decision by Joe, probably bad pitch selection, and a really bad pitch.

    can’t always blame Girardi when the players screw up.

  107. MoRings42 April 6th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Nice hit by Gardner. I’m glad at least one player is not pulling the ball today.

  108. MG April 6th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    as I said, Shields doesn’t have much, all he’s thrown is fastball and change and if he doesn’t get ahead with the fastball he can be hit.

  109. luis April 6th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    We got one back, we are in business

  110. ralphfl April 6th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Yes Joe did not make the pitch but he should NOT have had to do it if Joe would have JUST LET HIM PITCH

  111. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    “girardi put him in an unnecessary situation”

    ———-

    agreed – but what was the situation? to get a hitter out?

    oh no, not that.

    CC didn’t throw the ball well. CC gave up runs. It’s his fault too.

  112. LGY April 6th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Gritner starts off his disappointing season with a disappointing single.

  113. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Right back in the game. Jeets with a chance to get another back.

  114. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Shields at 40 pitches is nice.

  115. qiantom April 6th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    To me, CC has always been a tad below the other big-name aces because of his control issue.

  116. jacksquat April 6th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Mostly Girardi’s fault. A lot less likely Sean Rodriguez hurts CC.

    People aren’t saying the game is over.

  117. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Grandy man can!

  118. GreenBeret7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    really odd that both control pitchers are having control issues.

  119. MG April 6th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Grandy should be looking for 1st pitch fastball to drive here…

  120. luis April 6th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Make that two, we have a ball game and a needed rest for CC

  121. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    the Grandy Man Can

  122. YankeeRay April 6th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Grandy stinks against Shields. Can’t read that change up and refuses to stay back and hit the ball the other way.
    Amazing that he can’t adjust.

  123. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    CC needs to settle down. He can out last Shields at this rate. We have the bullpen advantage and lineup advantage.

  124. charlestonchew April 6th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Girardi had one decision to make: Let CC face Rodriguez with a person on first and second OR face Pena. The choice was literally between “who do i face? pena or rodriguez?” He chose to face Pena, a much better hitter, with MORE people on base.

    It is a stupid decision. CC did not execute and that is his fault. He needed to go to his slider and change, maybe the curve, even if they weren’t working perfectly. It would not have been easy to hit one of them if he could have gotten it into the strike zone. He was all fastball– predictably relying on it.

    I’m not saying CC isn’t to blame. Girardi should not have walked Rodriguez is the point I’m trying to make. I don’t think it’s a defensible move, even if it works.

  125. m April 6th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I missed that whole inning. But Girardi shouldn’t expect miracles from CC this early in the season. That being said, CC is better than that.

    Let’s hold them at 4.

  126. charlestonchew April 6th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    LOL — Molina is such a bad hitter.

  127. Doc Iac April 6th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    according to mlb gameday….cc is way off…

  128. MoRings42 April 6th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Even if Sean Rodriguez hurts Sabathia.. It’s the first inning of the first game of the season. There is no need for Girardi to be dictating anything until the 7th/8th inning. CC is a Cy Young Winner and Russell Martin is not a rookie.

  129. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Nice play Arod.

  130. MG April 6th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    CC isn’t throwing the ball well today, he looks out of sync, that’s not unusual for him early in the season. Hopefully he settles in and gets through another 5 innings without giving up more runs.

  131. luis April 6th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Unfortunately I am not watching the game. But the only thing I say is. That I wouldn’t put CC against the wall in the first inning, especially if he is having command issues

  132. mick April 6th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    one of the mos conservative moves ive ever seen girardi make…
    louie P in the booth staring over his shoulder?
    george would bring in Lou tomorrow.

  133. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    CC turns it on over the summer months and down the stretch.

  134. MG April 6th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    if you ask CC after the game about pitch selection to Pena he’s probably say he was concerned about walking in a run after missing with the 1st pitch fastball so kept throwing it when he should have gone to the breaking pitches like he started doing right after the HR.

    This game is far from over, both teams will be in the bullpen by the 6th inning, most likely…

  135. Duh Innings April 6th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Why is Granderson batting second let alone starting this game? Sheilds has owned him and has owned him in this game so far. Granderson has already killed the Yanks (DP then inning-ending K with the bases loaded.)

    If the Yanks and Rays finish with the same record, the Rays win the season series, and the Rays win this game, this game should be the one everyone should point to as to why the Yanks lost the division thus possible homefield advantage throughout the AL postseason (and possibly the entire postseason.)

  136. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    A-rod looks damn good. Please stay healthy please stay healthy

  137. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Yanks tagging Shields.

  138. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Nice drill shot by Alex and good baserunning by Cano.

  139. ralphfl April 6th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    but if the yankees LOSE THIS GAME i blame JOE more then CC yes CC made the pitch nut really you can’t defend the walk there is just noway you can defend what Joe did no matter what the yankees win this game easy IF JOE JUST SITS IN THE Dugout

  140. Benny Blanco April 6th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Arod is locked in

  141. -Matt- April 6th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    If the Yanks and Rays finish with the same record, the Rays win the season series, and the Rays win this game, this game should be the one everyone should point to as to why the Yanks lost the division thus possible homefield advantage throughout the AL postseason (and possibly the entire postseason.)

    —————————————

    a little dramatic?

  142. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Matt, ya think?

    crazies are out already

  143. m April 6th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    :mad:

  144. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Mr Pop Up is back. Sickening.

  145. Benny Blanco April 6th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    The shift wins again.

  146. luis April 6th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Guys, let’s not overreact it’s only the first game of the season, I doubt that this game will set the fate of the team.

  147. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    cmon Nick

    big run to bring home here

    keep the pressure on

  148. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Just gotta get 1 run out of this.

  149. m April 6th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Yay!

  150. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Heads up.

  151. Bryan April 6th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    the Tex Pop up has returned

  152. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    PHEW

    wow

  153. MG April 6th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    bad play by Pena there, both decision making and throw…

  154. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    just a terrible throw home – he kinda side armed it a bit

    lucky

  155. -Matt- April 6th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    One-run game
    Didn’t really see that coming, honestly

  156. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Raul with a chance to really tick Shields off here and change the momentum completely

  157. Bryan April 6th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Pena bails out another terrible at bat by Swisher

  158. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    If Raul gets the hit, I will officially apologize on this blog about saying how stupid his face looked.

  159. Shame Spencer April 6th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    NICE!

  160. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    ump squeezing Shields a tiny bit (more on the 1st pitch)

  161. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Raul your face is so pretty.

  162. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Raul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  163. Against All Odds April 6th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Ok more of that please.

  164. luis April 6th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    4-3 already?

  165. Benny Blanco April 6th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Ibanez. Woooooohooo

  166. Shame Spencer April 6th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I still think his face looks stupid.

  167. jacksquat April 6th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Rauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuullllllllllllllllllllllllll. :D

  168. charlestonchew April 6th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    YEAHH!!!

    Like I told you guys, i had a dream that Ibanez would hit a home run today!

  169. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    JF,

    haha

    baby steps, right?

  170. LGY April 6th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Raauuul. This Opening Day is full of LOLs

  171. Pat M. April 6th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Raul Ibanez !!!!!

  172. m April 6th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Rauulll!!!!

    “Raul, so cool”. Sterling’s call. :?

  173. MG April 6th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I am just laughing my ass off right now, a whole winter of LoHud discontent about signing Ibanez is gone in the 3rd inning of the 1st game of the season…

  174. Nick in SF April 6th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

  175. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Raul Ibanez….

    your MAJOR LEAGUE LEADER IN RBI

    yah baby!!!

  176. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    (well, tied with Pena :) )

  177. Yankee Trader April 6th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Who woulda thunk that. Ibanez just made a lot of LoHudder friends with that blast.

  178. Shame Spencer April 6th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Oh god, put your helmet back on Raul….

  179. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Oh god, put your helmet back on Raul….

    Maybe he could hit HRs while wearing a catchers mask.

  180. Shame Spencer April 6th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    MG April 6th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I am just laughing my ass off right now, a whole winter of LoHud discontent about signing Ibanez is gone in the 3rd inning of the 1st game of the season…

    —————————–

    Pssh, please, it’ll return.

  181. tomingeorgia April 6th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Nothing slow about Ibanez’s swing on that one.

  182. Nick in SF April 6th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Somewhere Randy Winn just threw up in his mouth. Or perhaps chuckled and the eternally unsolvable mysteries of baseball.

  183. luis April 6th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    YES!!!!! To say that I wanted him cut from the team!. Keep making me look bad Raul!

  184. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Raul be seeing you, Raul so cool, John Sterling at his best!!!

  185. Shame Spencer April 6th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Oh god, put your helmet back on Raul….

    Maybe he could hit HRs while wearing a catchers mask.

    —————

    Great compromise for everyone!

    And look at that stellar Tampa defense at work…

  186. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Welcome to New York Raul! Great at bat right there… good to pick up Tex too. Now CC has to continue to settle in and they need to keep scoring runs.

  187. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Aint never seen that before.

  188. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Girardi knew that by giving TB an early 4-0 lead, they would relax too much and open the doors for the Yanks to pounce

    genius!

  189. LGY April 6th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Another disappointing AB by Gritner

  190. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Run,run,run.

  191. m April 6th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Base hit! Gardner needs all the hits he can get.

  192. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    And of course, Ibanez hitting 1 HR doesnt mean anything in the grand scheme of things. Even Randy Winn hit a HR :) But its a good start.

  193. 11 CF April 6th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    So disappointing, right?

  194. Shame Spencer April 6th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    luis April 6th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    YES!!!!! To say that I wanted him cut from the team!. Keep making me look bad Raul!

    ——————————

    blake and I have a theory that the more we hate him the better he will perform….

  195. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Shields is not long for this game the way the Yanks are working him…. it would be great to get into that Tampa ‘pen

  196. Boston Jim April 6th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Raul haters come out come out

  197. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Shields ain’t gonna make it through 5 at this rate.

    Hows that TB bullpen lookin’? :)

  198. lounge lizard April 6th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    With everyone feeling better:

    I have the radio feed on while watching. As Girardi was trotting to the mound, Sterling said, oh, he’s going to ask CC what he wants to do. And that’s probably what happened. If he wanted to tell CC to IBB, he just had to wave four fingers from the dugout.

    If Joe does nothing, he’s telling CC to pitch to the guy. If he waves four fingers, he’s telling him to walk him. If he goes to the mound, he’s probably giving his big guy the option. Not 100% but probably.

    And Joe didn’t tell Martin and CC to throw all fastballs to Pena, instead of one of the nice offspeeds he threw the next inning.

  199. mick April 6th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Shame. Raul no American Idol but sure can hit….

  200. 11 CF April 6th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Still not happy about Raul, Girardi is going to overuse him and he looks like Jafar from Aladdin right before he turns into a snake.

  201. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Very nice 2 innings there. Nice glimpse into the offensive potential of thsi club.

  202. Nick in SF April 6th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    ” Make that 6-4 because Raul Ibanez just went deep for a three-run shot. Do people still want him released?”

    Yes, send him away on top!

  203. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    “Still not happy about Raul, Girardi is going to overuse him”

    ———-

    he’s the DH against righties.

    Did he also ask Raul to mow his lawn or something?

  204. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    They have to keep putting pressure on Tampa though… last year the Yanks had a habit on going silent in the later innings after taking the lead. I still don’t feel confident that 6 will win thsi game.

  205. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Gotta think CC is pretty flippin happy to get those runs back so quickly.

    He knows the drill. It’s lockdown mode.

  206. luis April 6th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Shame,

    Last season I offered to pay a one way ticket for Jones to go back home, so you are not the only one. Let the reverse jinx continue! :)

  207. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Nick in SF April 6th, 2012 at 4:14 pm
    ” Make that 6-4 because Raul Ibanez just went deep for a three-run shot. Do people still want him released?”

    Yes, send him away on top!
    ——————————————

    If his career ended right now, where would Raul rank among the greatest yankees of all time? .500 avg, 2.500 ops, 1 homer, 4 RBIs….. legendary.

  208. MG April 6th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    CC has made the adjustments an experienced, successful starter does when his best pitch isn’t working, he’s pitching backwards now and getting ahead with breaking balls.

    The only AB that Shields was able to do that was against Granderson in the 2nd inning, he went right back to his normal pattern in the 3rd without his good stuff and got nailed…

  209. Chambliss April 6th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I really wish that they had released Ibanez before the end of Spring Training.

    What a wild start to the season. Wow.

    Big Game James coming up small after being given a 4-0 lead. Time for CC to buckle down for a few innings so that Joe can unleash the weapons in the pen.

  210. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    MG,

    good point

  211. jacksquat April 6th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Looks like it might be a battle of the bullpens. Phelps might get to pitch.

  212. xcv April 6th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    sabathia blows!!

  213. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Longoria looks locked in also. 6 is not going to win this game. They need to pick up a few more against that bad Tampa pen.

  214. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I knew Ibanez’ HR wasn’t good enough. Should have been a 6 run shot.

  215. MG April 6th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    BD, unfortunately he threw the bp fastball to Longoria there…

  216. Chambliss April 6th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    What part of buckle down did CC not understand?

    Is the wind blowing out in the dome today??

  217. Nick in SF April 6th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    “Did he also ask Raul to mow his lawn or something?”

    That’s Little Dante’s job until he saves up enough money to get that new bicycle.

  218. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    nice change from CC to Keppinger to start

    need to see more of those

  219. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    What with all this talk about ibanez face? He looks like a normal dude. Maybe your talking about the massive amount of chew he has in?

  220. Benny Blanco April 6th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Battle of the bullpen today. Cc doesn’t have it,neither pitcher does.

  221. -Matt- April 6th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Yikes, CC

  222. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    oy vey

  223. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    What with all this talk about ibanez face?

    He looks like an emaciated ET.

  224. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Tampa has a horrible offense… and i mean horrible. I don’t see how CC could possibly struggle so much again them. I mean.. just look at the names in that lineup. Just horrible.

  225. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    CC always looks like this on Opening Day… it takes him a little while to get rolling.

  226. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    time to warm Kontos up in the pen…

    eek

  227. hardwired7 April 6th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    classic slugfest

    it’s starting to resemble this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSK-Iv3gh9I

  228. Bryan April 6th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Typical non-ace Ace

  229. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    a double play would be fantastic here.

  230. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Bryan April 6th, 2012 at 4:22 pm
    Typical non-ace Ace
    ——————————–

    CC always struggles on Opening Day…. that makes him not an ace?

  231. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    yea, but a minor league pitcher should be able to roll through this offense. Sure, longo and zobrist are good hitters. But… this has to be one of the worst offenses in the game. Sean roadriguez! is their 5 HOLE! hitter. bahaha.

  232. Nick in SF April 6th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Are they going to use that Longo home run ball for tomorrow night’s first pitch?

    Don’t break the chain.

  233. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    “Bryan April 6th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Typical non-ace Ace”

    =====

    typical troll

  234. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    A-rod has flashed some nice range at third in the early going of game 1. Made some nice plays in spring too. That knee treatment must be the business.

  235. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Sean Rodriguez is a better player than you’re giving him credit for… they aren’t a powerhouse offense by any means but they are capable of putting up some runs. Add that to the fact that they are playing in front of a packed house for a change and it can be tough.

  236. LGY April 6th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Sean roadriguez! is their 5 HOLE! hitter. bahaha.

    ——-

    Dude, Sean Rodriguez leads the league in IBB. Respect.

  237. GreenBeret7 April 6th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Answer to quiz. Sojo was opening day SS in 2001

  238. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I posted an article about shifting before, but there is no coincidence that aggressive shifting is part of why the Rays lead the league in defense each year. The Brewers went from near last to near first by emplying more than 150 shifts last year after using under 50 the year before.

  239. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Well that slow spring by Cano isn’t carrying over right now haha. He looks great.

  240. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    JF,

    I wonder why more teams don’t do it. Do you have any other #s?

  241. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Alex locked in already

  242. -Matt- April 6th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    A-Rod locked on pace for a 2.500 OPS this season

  243. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:30 pm
    Alex locked in already
    —————————–

    He looked locked in early last year too… they key for him is staying healthy. Maybe his surgery has made him right physically. If he’s healthy throughout the year, he’s going to put up huge numbers.

  244. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I wonder why more teams don’t do it. Do you have any other #s?

    http://www.billjamesonline.com....._to_shift/

  245. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    CC better get that pitch then too.

  246. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    thanks JF

    Tyler – I remember that. Definitely gotta stay healthy.

  247. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Big hit here.

  248. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Unlike the anecdotal evidence showing how shifting seems to be working for the Rays and Brewers, we consider the 40- 50 point drop in batting average on grounders, short liners and bunts against the Ted Williams Shift to be direct evidence in favor of The Shift. Is it conclusive? No. Is it comprehensive? Not really. It’s only two years and doesn’t include all plate appearances.

    Is there more research to be done? Yes. We are working on this as we speak. In particular, we are working at looking at all plate appearances, not just grounders and short liners. Nevertheless, there is good preliminary evidence that The Ted Williams Shift appears to be working, especially with the bases empty.

    This is the important part. Its limited research, but 40-50 points of lost average thanks to the shifts.

  249. charlestonchew April 6th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Swish is sooo clutch ; -)

  250. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    RAUL

    take the sole league lead in RBI here..

  251. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    sean rodriguez might be a nice player but he is their 5 hole hitter. most teams have a guy that can post 30-40 homers in that spot. not a guy who hits .240 with virtually no pop. It would be like russel martin as our 5th hitter.

  252. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    If Ibanez doesn’t hit a grandslam I am turning him over to the government for study.

  253. m April 6th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    8 RBI in his Yankee debut. :)

  254. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    damn, ibanez put good wood on that one too. It’s a shame that tex is a no show.

  255. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    You’ll never see the green & yellow nitrogen/helium based skies of your home planet again, Raul.

  256. Chambliss April 6th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Can’t they just ship Joe West somewhere far away? He is awful. Then again, Tex needs to swing at that pitch with two strikes.

  257. luis April 6th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    M,

    If this doesn’t make me eat my words, I don’t know what would ;)

  258. mick April 6th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    gotta find a way to separate tex and swish in the lineup

  259. m April 6th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Walking Molina? Unforgivable.

  260. pkyankfan69 April 6th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    At least Molina will clog the bases.

  261. luis April 6th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Chambliss,

    And miss all the fun of West’s moving and discretional strike zone?

  262. Shame Spencer April 6th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Ugh, I hated ET… I didn’t think I needed to be taught to mistrust the government at such an early age. I hold it single-handedly responsible for my high levels of cynicism.

  263. pkyankfan69 April 6th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    That 0-1 slider to Joyce was right down the middle.

  264. Carlo April 6th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    The value of a deep bullpen is a day like today when ur starter is walking jose molina.

  265. Chambliss April 6th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    West is squeezing CC terribly.

  266. Shame Spencer April 6th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Is Molina one of the top 60 catchers in baseball?

  267. Pat M. April 6th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Face……Tex loses a hit a week, which is the difference between .300 and .250, or there about

  268. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Nice play Swisher.

  269. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    The highly underrated defense of Nick Swisher.

  270. Pat M. April 6th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Wow, Swisher’s glove is huge, I mean the size of it….

  271. luis April 6th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Shame,

    Number 57 right on top of Cervi. Stewart and tadle

  272. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    94 on the corner at the knees, finally a nice fastball by CC.

  273. Carlo April 6th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Pat – does tex lose a hit a week because of the shift or because he continues to get worse offensively?

  274. ralphfl April 6th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Carlo this is Tex redo 2011 same ole stuff as last year just turn the page.

  275. Shame Spencer April 6th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    luis April 6th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Shame,

    Number 57 right on top of Cervi. Stewart and tadle

    —————–

    :lol:

  276. Patrick April 6th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Nice start by Ibanez.. I hope I’m dead wrong about him and he continues to be useful.

  277. Shame Spencer April 6th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Anyone else see that guy in the stands wearing a Boston hat?

    I never get those clowns…

  278. Patrick April 6th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Lou Piniella is a really bad announcer… is he going to be a regular this year?

  279. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    So, CC is the number one starter? The “ace?”…

    Told ya earlier that he’s just a workhouse and absolutely nothing more.

  280. Pat M. April 6th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Carlo…..He hits 1 ball a week that would be a hit if not for the shift……On average, I watched a series last season vs tampa and he must have lost 5 hits

  281. -Matt- April 6th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Something I can’t believe is that Shields is actually doing MUCH worse than CC if you look at their lines

  282. Chambliss April 6th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    West’s biggest problem is that his twelve chins keep getting in the way.

  283. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Lou Piniella is a really bad announcer… is he going to be a regular this year?

    He should be speaking the least, but he is infact speaking the most. I don’t know if thats by word count or just time, because he keeps pausing every 2 words as his brain hour-glasses on what to say next.

    Cone should be the primary color.

  284. Shame Spencer April 6th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Patrick April 6th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Lou Piniella is a really bad announcer… is he going to be a regular this year?

    —————————-

    He sounds kinda nervous to me.. the pacing between his words has been awkward lol. I think he just needs to warm up through a few more games to get comfortable.

  285. LGY April 6th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Gardner now 2-3. What a disappointment.

  286. Patrick April 6th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    He sounds kinda nervous to me.. the pacing between his words has been awkward lol. I think he just needs to warm up through a few more games to get comfortable.

    I actually feel kind of bad for him because he is clearly out of his element. Has he ever announced a game before?

  287. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 4:49 pm
    Lou Piniella is a really bad announcer… is he going to be a regular this year?

    He should be speaking the least, but he is infact speaking the most. I don’t know if thats by word count or just time, because he keeps pausing every 2 words as his brain hour-glasses on what to say next.

    Cone should be the primary color.
    ———————————

    I love listening to Cone as the analyst… he’s the best on YES with Singleton imo.

  288. pkyankfan69 April 6th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Shame Spencer April 6th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Patrick April 6th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Lou Piniella is a really bad announcer… is he going to be a regular this year?

    —————————-

    He sounds kinda nervous to me.. the pacing between his words has been awkward lol. I think he just needs to warm up through a few more games to get comfortable.
    ———————————

    Yea, Lou sounds very unforgettable and nervous like he is spending all of his time just trying not to screw up… We need some more Paulie games

  289. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    This has to be Shields last inning no matter what

  290. Shame Spencer April 6th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    “I actually feel kind of bad for him because he is clearly out of his element. Has he ever announced a game before?”

    Other than the spring training games, none that I know of… did he ever work on ESPN?

    He sounded better when he and O’Neill were arguing lol, that’s what this booth needs right now, more O’Neill. (And cowbell)

  291. Pat M. April 6th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Time to catch the train to San Diego for the Dodger / Friar’s game……Sitting in the warehouse terrace seats in left for the first time…….

  292. -Matt- April 6th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I seem to remember CC having a bad Opening Day in 2009. I forget how that season ended up, though.

  293. UnKnown April 6th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Longoria on every single pitch lines a single to center – kay

  294. Chambliss April 6th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    CC is lucky that pitch stayed in the park. Thigh high and down the middle to Longoria.

  295. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Sabathia just is not that good.

  296. Bryan April 6th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Non-Ace Ace

  297. Bo knows April 6th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Granderson oops. Tough read

  298. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 4:58 pm
    Sabathia just is not that good.
    ———————————-
    Clueless

  299. MG April 6th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    CC gave up 13 runs in 17 innings on opening days in 2009-11 with the Yankees and won 19+ each year, he’ll be fine this year also.

  300. m April 6th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Whew. Let’s get a lazy fly ball and get to the top of the 6th.

  301. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    That’s why that Pena grand slam in the 1st ticked me off so much…. Pena really is not a good hitter. He just occasionally gets a fastball and can put it out of the park. he’s so one dimensional.

  302. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Bryan April 6th, 2012 at 5:00 pm
    Non-Ace Ace
    ———————–
    That’s what aces do, get out of jams while struggling.

  303. m April 6th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I said lazy fly ball. :mad:

    Let’s go bats. The baseball gods might not like that I laughed at the Boston bullpen.

  304. Nick in SF April 6th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Hey Tyler, thanks a lot for that great Mizzou showing in the tourney. I picked them to make the Final Four. I ended up coming in 2nd place in my pool. A few points from Mizzou would’ve helped! :mad:

  305. UnKnown April 6th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Concerned about Wade in the 6th . Too bad CC couldn’t get through 6.

  306. GreenBeret7 April 6th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Bryan April 6th, 2012 at 5:00 pm
    Non-Ace Ace

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    That makes you a non-bridge troll.

  307. CountryClub April 6th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Cory Wade is warming up? Weak…….

  308. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Nick-

    That loss honestly still hurts. I could hardly watch any of the rest of the tournament. They obviously lacked height but I thought they should still be able to overcome Norfolk State… Norfolk just shot the lights out and every fluke bounce went their way. Plus, I think Mizzou put a little too much into winning the Big 12 tourney… Haith looked like he just made the Final 4 cutting down that net.

  309. Nick in SF April 6th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    CC coming back out? I need one more K. :oops:

  310. UnKnown April 6th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Surprised that Girardi didn’t mix and match his way through the 6th inning here. CC has not been sharp at all and he has now thrown over 100 pithces. Seems to be stretching it too much for my liking.

  311. m April 6th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Nick got his K. :)

  312. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Great play

  313. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Gardner. Boom headshot.

  314. LGY April 6th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Gardner is such a disappointment!!!

  315. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    1 outfield assist on the year!

  316. pkyankfan69 April 6th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Gardy showing why he was robbed of the GG last year.

  317. m April 6th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Don’t you read the scouting reports, Dez? :evil:

  318. UnKnown April 6th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Gardner is mad he didn’t get the gold glove last year. What a rip off.

  319. Nick in SF April 6th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Woo hoo! Now let’s score some more runs!

  320. 4time April 6th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Girardi looks pretty good – he has managed the game where his ace has a lead through 6.

  321. SoS April 6th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    What is up fellas!!

    Today is game 1 and we know what comments that brings. Here are some.
    1. We have no Ace.
    2. Baltimore will be contenders.
    3. Toronto will be contenders.
    4. To be an Ace you have to throw over 97 mph. see Verlander.
    5. Whats taking so long for Cashman to pull an early bird trade?
    6. Alex isnt clutch. No ribis.
    7. Swish should take Tex spot. Tex sucks.
    8. Wish we had Ajax. Granderson should be demoted to AAA.
    9. Wheres the Melkman.
    10. Montero would have hit a 5 run homer.

  322. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    SoRoMo

  323. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    What is this loser doing on a 3-0 and 3-1 count???

  324. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Swisher with a terrible AB after getting ahead 3-0.

  325. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    3-0 count and he swings 3 straight pitches. No sense, no feeling.

  326. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Swisher has always been a clown that doesn’t take the game seriously and that AB is just more proof.

  327. 4time April 6th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Thank god we have a budget now, or we might have actually re-signed Swisher for $50 mil or so.

  328. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    They need to tack on another run or 2 to make me feel comfortable about this….

  329. luis April 6th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    How does Martin has looked on the plate?

  330. 4 NYY April 6th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Ibanez called and said he’s not wearing a mask at bat. Also said J F is soooooo bald !

  331. tomingeorgia April 6th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    How many relievers does Tampa carry? This seems like the seventh or eighth today.

  332. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Let’s go Jeter.

  333. UnKnown April 6th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Jeter rakes lefties. I think Maddon just boxed himself

  334. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Jeter vs a lefty, yes, this should be a good PA.

  335. kd April 6th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    time to blow this game open

  336. hardwired7 April 6th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Joe Maddon’s next genius strategy: a new pitcher for each pitch.

  337. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Jeter swinging like a slow, old, rusty gate.

    Same crappy, unclutch hitting…

  338. SoS April 6th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Joe Maddon’s next genius strategy: a new pitcher for each pitch.

    =======

    Topping that off with changing the pitcher before a pitch is thrown, just to psych out the batter.

  339. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    And Maddon’s strategy works, unlike Girardi’s intentional walk.

  340. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Am I the only one who is dreading this one run lead for the ‘So’ portion of the SoRoMo connection?

  341. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    It would have been nice to add on at least 1 there but this is the scenario the Yanks want…. taking the lead into the 3 relievers at the end. Up to them to perform here.

  342. LGY April 6th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Someone has Krispy Kreme doughnuts stashed at the end of the dugout.

    Hopefully Hughes is down in the clubhouse.

  343. luis April 6th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Soriano starts with a k

  344. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    enough of this ” non ace” crap. CC has always been a slow starter out of the gate. He didn’t have anything close to his best stuff today.. but despite the four run first he was able to just grind out 5 more innings and only giving up one run. He still gave us six innings, and left the game with the lead and pitched well enough to give the team a chance to win. What else can you really ask for from any pitcher? At the end of the day, its all about giving your team a chance to win and he did just that with virtually no command of his fastball today.

  345. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    What else can you ask?

    Your “ace” not giving up 5 runs in 6 innings.

    This game has the feel of a loss.

  346. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Shields definitely isn’t an ace then right? 6 runs in 5 innings? How about when Halladay gave up 3 runs to the Cards last year? And Cliff Lee let up 4 in one inning?

  347. Nick in SF April 6th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Clean inning for Sori– never mind.

  348. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    so, i guess james shields suck too? What a bum… cant believe he gave up 6 runs. He is at best a 4-5 starter.

  349. Carlo April 6th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Is it me or does soriano look really bad?

  350. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Tabbart, I agree. The big man will be ‘big soon enough. If we win, no worries, right?

  351. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    BEA utiful!

  352. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Great job Sori! lets tack on another run for D-Rob!

  353. tomingeorgia April 6th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    1-3. Pretty DP.

  354. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Ok, ‘So’ down, RoMo ToGo.

  355. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Let’s tack On 3 or 4, I’d rather NOT see Mo today, as much as I love him.

    Good game outside of the first inning. lol

    Girardi let up four runs in 2/3 of an inning.
    CC pitched well, only allowed 1 in 5.2 innings.
    :)

  356. luis April 6th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Soriano took bare of the Redart of the order, that 7th inning was key.

  357. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Brett-

    People overreact way too much in yankee land. CC is a fake ace because he doesn’t strikeout hitters like king felix, or he is a fake ace because he doesn’t have pin point control like doc halladay, or he is a fake ace because he cant simply go 8 shutout innings. I don’t think people really understand what a ” ACE” really is. I will sign up for a guy who pitched 230+ innings a year, has a era in the low 3′s, is almost a sure lock for 20 wins a year, and is a absolute bulldog on the mound. CC never loses confidence, he never quits, he never feels bad for himself. Good or bad, cc always gives it his all and can always be counted on to give this team a great chance to win each time out. So, if that is ” fake ace” then so be it. I am more than happy to have that ” fake ace” on my staff.

  358. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Tough day for Grandy

  359. luis April 6th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Took care of the heart of the order

  360. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    This would be a great time for an A-Bomb

  361. Nick in SF April 6th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    tomingeorgia, I left you a British golf anecdote last night, did you see it?

  362. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Granderson is a ” fake slugger” he is 0-4 today and only hit like .240 last year. Just a complete bum if you ask me. Probably should be batting 7-8th in the lineup. : )

  363. tomingeorgia April 6th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Fred Couples with the Masters lead in the clubhouse at -5. Love them old farts, and it looks like Tom Watson might make the cut!

  364. Salliedogs7 April 6th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 5:48 pm
    What else can you ask?

    Your “ace” not giving up 5 runs in 6 innings.

    This game has the feel of a loss.
    ————————-
    Not a Yankee fan.

  365. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Tabbart, I am in 100% agreement with you over here in Queens.

    He pitched well enough after the bad inning to keep us in the lead.
    Another thing an ace does, even when he doesn’t ‘have it’.

  366. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Tyler, any time is a good time for an A-Bomb! lol

  367. Bo knows April 6th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Fred Couples with the Masters lead in the clubhouse at -5. Love them old farts, and it looks like Tom Watson might make the cut!

    They normally run out of gas in the third round, rarely in the fourth.

  368. Georgia_in_MS April 6th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    What happened to Kim Jones?

  369. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    A-Rod is seeing the ball great.

  370. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    they offered her contracts a few times, she turned em down.

  371. luis April 6th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    6th pitcher used by Maddon today, he has used pretty much every pitcher he had on the BP

  372. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Tyler, the thing to take out of this game, outside of the fact that Raul Ibanez earned the dogs called off of him after his HR, is A-Rod looking much more fit out there.

  373. luis April 6th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I smell a homer

  374. Yank1 April 6th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    MS – left for the NFL network

  375. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Luis, it better not go Extras, for maddons sake.

  376. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    man, if arod stays healthy this season…. the skies the limit for this team. Cano and grandy get most of the love, but if arod is healthy all season he has all the ability in the world to put up a monster season. Alex is one of the most talented players to ever play this game and obviously you have to wonder about his power production as he gets older but he still can put up elite numbers with the bat with his natural talent and baseball IQ.

  377. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Tampa has 2 guys left in the pen. Rodney and Lueke. I’m guessing Rodney is the closer now that Farnsworth is out.

  378. tomingeorgia April 6th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Bo,
    Who cares? Still like to watch the old guys during the brief windows between Tiger sagas.

  379. luis April 6th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 6:02 pm
    Luis, it better not go Extras, for maddons sake.

    —————

    He still has crazy Kyle ;)

  380. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    joe west is calling one heck of a game.

  381. luis April 6th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    tomingeorgia April 6th, 2012 at 6:04 pm
    Bo,
    Who cares? Still like to watch the old guys during the brief windows between Tiger sagas.

    ———————–

    I don’t think Tiger will ever be the player he once was. Besides he is got stiff competition from McIlroy

  382. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  383. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    nice to see tex not chasing!

  384. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    2 really good abs by Arod and Tex. Come on Swish! 16 pitches between those 2.

  385. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Man, this tea,m sure does run up pitch counts.
    good to see that hasn’t changed.

  386. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I think that Swisher is without a doubt my least favorite Yankee on this team.

  387. tomingeorgia April 6th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    luis,
    Woods has stiff competition from half the field, plus, he’s a boor and a rotten sport. I’m sick of him and the adoration. Poor Teix!

  388. RadioKev April 6th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    CC just seems to start slow. I should have known better to start him on my fantasy team! ;)

  389. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    This is a completely different lineup with cano batting third and having a healthy arod in the 4 spot.

  390. Georgia_in_MS April 6th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I Collect Brett Gardner Cards – Thanks for the answer.

  391. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I’d like to see raul get another shot here.
    :)

  392. kd April 6th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    silver lining–> they’re really working pitchers today. high pitch counts for tampa

  393. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Come on Swish! keep it going

  394. Patrick April 6th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Swisher looks a lot thinner than last year.

  395. Boston Jim April 6th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Pinella says some whacko stuff

  396. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    The clown Swisher is just flat out pathetic.

    How can anyone be a fan of that guy?

  397. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Couldnt even bother to take a walk. This guy must have thrown over 25 pitches, and all Swish could do is wave weakly at ball 4

  398. Bo knows April 6th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Who cares? Still like to watch the old guys during the brief windows between Tiger sagas.
    ——————–

    Absolutely, they do much better on the tough courses where they have to manufacture shots, Love the British open.

  399. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    if there is one guy I hate on this team it is Swish. His glove actually is underrated but his approach at the plate makes me want to vomit. I HATE watching him. That’s my rant.

  400. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I am actually most impressed with the yankees moving guys over and scoring runs without the long ball earlier. Didn’t see too much of that last season.

  401. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Robertson time! 5-6-7 coming up for Tampa.

  402. Yank1 April 6th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Swisher is a nice guy, but he can’t be a long term solution for us. His ABs in big spots are continually morbid.

  403. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    “Tampa has 2 guys left in the pen. Rodney and Lueke. I’m guessing Rodney is the closer now that Farnsworth is out.”

    ———

    possibly. I think Peralta will get the most save chances even though he just pitched there.

    Maddon is clearly the kinda guy who could use 8 different closers in the month that Farnsworth is out though.

  404. Playedcatchwithmunson April 6th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Swish trying to do too much, again…….. Get used to it

  405. Nick in SF April 6th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Don’t ask how, but I think Maddon is going to try to put Aceves in this game.

  406. Bryan April 6th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Swisher HA

    Nothing more to say

    I could get $10M to suck like him

  407. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Lueke, noted rapist, warming up in the pen.

  408. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Robertson’s 2011 season is freakin legendary

  409. JM April 6th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    YankeesWFAN Yanks have stranded 9 runners since Ibanez HR in the 3rd.

  410. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Swisher already has been a long term solution with us. This is his 4th year with us. His act is old and tired.

  411. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    “I could get $10M to suck like him”

    ————

    yet you still do it for $5 a pop

    beat it troll

  412. djsunyc April 6th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    i love my yankees but the sny team + production are so much better than yes network’s. thorne + darling + keith are so much more entertaining than kay + co…

  413. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Their guy will take a walk, and our loser Swishticles wont

  414. tomingeorgia April 6th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Bo,
    Even the young guys often run out of gas at Augusta National. If you watch the tournament on TV, it doesn’t look so bad. Bur in actuality, there isn’t a level sport on the whole course; it’s either uphill, downhill or side hill. I’ve walked it twice, and came home exhausted both times.

  415. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    BD-

    Yeah that’s very true… Maddon’s got a lot of LaRussa win him in the way he mixes and matches. I was surprised to see Peralta in this early but he’s trying to keep it close… gotta give him credit for managing to win even on Opening Day. This game could decide things in September with how close these two teams might be.

  416. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    “His act is old and tired.”

    ——–

    yeah, those .850 OPS seasons he’s put up are so old and tired

  417. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I really do not like swish and tex batting behind each other… They obviously put up solid power numbers but they can both become all or nothing hitters very quickly. That can lead to some very quick innings, or rally killing innings. Its obviously just the first game and i could be completely wrong. But, i wouldn’t mind jones/ibanez hitting after tex.

  418. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Said before this game had the feel of a loss. The Yanks always lose close games when they don’t add on runs.

  419. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Tyler,

    yeah…

    it’s hard not to like the way Maddon manages. He’s got no fear.

    He makes the decision he thinks will work out the best and doesn’t look back.

  420. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    BD-

    The thing i want to see with Swisher is a little playoff production if the Yanks make it. He’s given the Yanks good if not great value in right but I just have a very bad taste from his past 3 octobers.

  421. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    That was right down the middle.

  422. luis April 6th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    And West strikes again

  423. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Wow, that 2-1 pitch was right down the middle….

  424. jacksquat April 6th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Robertson has created himself another whodini situation.

  425. djsunyc April 6th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    that’s all tex has to do…

  426. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Told ya it felt like a loss.

    Same crap from the Yanks.

  427. jacksquat April 6th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    *Houdini*

  428. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    well, this was my last worry coming into the season… Drob sucking it up.

  429. m April 6th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Shields got squeezed on the edges. The Yankees getting squeezed right down the chute.

  430. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    welcome back houdini. lol

  431. Bronx Jeers April 6th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Five Minutes of Funk time?

  432. luis April 6th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Houdini time, lets hope the Wild Wild West doesn’t intervene

  433. Carlo April 6th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Now the 4-6-3

  434. luis April 6th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    one down, big k

  435. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Maddon keeps sending Pena to stay out of the DP… smart move

  436. Carlo April 6th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Truly odd sequence

  437. luis April 6th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I knew Maddon would attempt a suicide squeeze

  438. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    If this is how the rays are going to have to score runs all season…. they aren’t beating boston out in the east.

  439. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Maddon doing his best “Girardi” impression there ?

    man, that takes guts…. but not a great call IMO

  440. raymagnetic April 6th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Watching Madden mismanage is fun

  441. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    heart pumping.

  442. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    how about a Sombrero for Joyce?

  443. lounge lizard April 6th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Ok, I’ve never seen that. Thanks Maddon.

    And on the 2-1 pitch to Pena, sure, right down the middle. But it didn’t hit the target and Joe West has high standards.

  444. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    BD-

    That squeeze play was what we were just talking about with Maddon. The guy has guts but sometimes I think he just tries to be too smart.

  445. jr1212 April 6th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Who woulda thought that not every manager calls work out…

  446. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    maddon thinks this is game 7 of the ALCS. he wants this win soo much.

  447. djsunyc April 6th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    1 inning 3K’s – are you kidding me?!?!

  448. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Great job Dave.

  449. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    DROB

  450. raymagnetic April 6th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks Maddon. Sometimes what looks like “guts” is just plain stupidity.

  451. Nick in SF April 6th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Heartburn Houdini rides again!

  452. m April 6th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    OMG. Too much, D-Rob. Too close.

  453. Carlo April 6th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Just no reason for robertson to make a habit out of that. Take the result, can do without the stress.

  454. djsunyc April 6th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 6:30 pm
    BD-

    That squeeze play was what we were just talking about with Maddon. The guy has guts but sometimes I think he just tries to be too smart.

    ———–

    he would never be able to manage in new york, chicago or boston with the same type of madness…

  455. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Dealin’ Dave Robertson.

  456. luis April 6th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Houdini does it yet again!…He definitely needs the extra adrenaline, but i don’t :)

  457. tomingeorgia April 6th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Houdini is in the building.

  458. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Knock Knock

    Who’s there

    Who.
    Who who?

    Houdini thats who!!
    lol

  459. Boston Jim April 6th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Robertons- beast mode

  460. djsunyc April 6th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    robertson constantly putting himself in these tough situations is why i wouldn’t want to make him the closer after mo’s done.

  461. lounge lizard April 6th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    There ya go. Hit the target and you get the call even if it’s outside.

  462. Yank1 April 6th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Robertson has too much “Valverde” in him

  463. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    His OPS last year was .823.

    Small sample size, but check out his OPS in 124 postseason ABs.

  464. Rice Pudding Flavoured Relief Pitcher April 6th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    My goodness this game might be one of the most second guessed questioned games from both managers in years.

  465. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Tyler,

    I bet Maddon splits 10s in blackjack…

    the guy definitely likes to go for it.

  466. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    yes maddons suicide squeeze was questionable, but Molina showed why he is here for his Defense.
    lol
    missed a squeeze sign, and bunts the 2 striker foul.

  467. Yank1 April 6th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I like Maddon – he is a river boat gambler who doesn’t go by the book

  468. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Ibanez may have an issue if he’s gonna swing at mid 90s fastballs.

    His success this season may be tied to how well he can make the pitcher keep the ball in the zone.

  469. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    make that mid-90s fastballs that are UP

    doesnt have the bat speed for that

  470. EA April 6th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    MikeVacc
    You know, if the #Yankees played this inning this way, someone would be slandering a binder.

  471. jr1212 April 6th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Anytime Robertson gets the ball Girardi should tell him the bases are loaded..

  472. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Mariano really could pitch 5 more years I think.

  473. GreenBeret7 April 6th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    As good as Robertson has been, he’s too much like John Wettland with those walks. Tough to see him as a closer until he can clean that up a bit.

  474. kd April 6th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    if chavez can stay healthy, and that’s a big if, he’s a much better dh option than raul in the long run

  475. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Rays infield defense (minus Longo’s couple mishaps today) is ridiculously good

    I guess once they get Upton back their OF defense will be sick too.

    Best team defense in the game?

  476. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards April 6th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    possibly KD, but Raul earned a few weeks with that HR. lol

  477. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I’d say the Rays have the best defense in the game until the Sawx bring up the legend, Jose Iglesias.

    If Bobby V is right, that guy is so good he can play all 7 IF/OF positions at once.

  478. GreenBeret7 April 6th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Yank1 April 6th, 2012 at 6:35 pm
    I like Maddon – he is a river boat gambler who doesn’t go by the book

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    he’s not a gambler. He just thinks he’s smarter than everyone else. Nothing better than seeing him out think himself.

  479. Patrick April 6th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Rays infield defense (minus Longo’s couple mishaps today) is ridiculously good

    I guess once they get Upton back their OF defense will be sick too.

    Best team defense in the game?

    At least the best in the AL. Arizona has great team defense too

  480. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    somewhere blake is still out there pounding his fist saying the Yanks should have signed Beltran.

    I think Beltran and Kuroda will be the FA “steals” of the offseason.

    Furcal, Beltran, Holliday, Berkman, Freese…. Pujols who?

  481. luis April 6th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Mo time

  482. Carlo April 6th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Reminder: if rivera happens to blown this save chance, it doesn’t mean its time to put a fork in him.

  483. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’ll cry if Mariano announces he’s retiring.

    It just can’t happen.

  484. m April 6th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    DP ball pls.

  485. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Terrible 1-2 pitch from Rivera

  486. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Thats terrific

  487. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    TOLD YA SO

  488. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Thats that.

    Now the questions about Mariano will start. ugh.

  489. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    ouch

  490. Carlo April 6th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I said what I said because there was no doubt they were leaving today with a loss. Too many blown chances.

  491. djsunyc April 6th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    3 of the 4 fastballs he’s thrown were up and over the plate…

  492. Nick in SF April 6th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    :shock:

  493. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    What a demoralizing way to start the season

  494. ralphfl April 6th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I know this was a loss with how we played it was just meant to be a loss they did the right things we did our normal suck score in 2 innings then quit

  495. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    couple IBB

  496. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Rivera’s cutter wasn’t moving at the end of spring training and it’s basically batting practice now.

  497. versonine April 6th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    We had ample opportunities to tack on runs, and failed to. And our offense failed us following the Ibanez homer. Their offense gets a single and triple in 2 ABs and the game is likely over.

  498. ralphfl April 6th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    you can’t leave the guys we left on base and play the way we play and still win just not gonna be this season

  499. tomingeorgia April 6th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    GB7,
    It’s gnat season around here.

  500. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Rays and Jays in the AL East

  501. luis April 6th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Good move, look for the out at the plate.

  502. m April 6th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Why 2IBB’s. You still need to get an out before a DP.

  503. raymagnetic April 6th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    You know it’s the real season when the asinine posters start showing up. :roll:

  504. Ace April 6th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    This had loss written all over it. Left way too many on. Bad omen to start year

  505. Laura - I Bleed Blue April 6th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    It’s the first game of the season. Way too much over-managing.

  506. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Why 2IBB’s. You still need to get an out before a DP.


    Force at home.

    Some questionable defense this inning. Either alignment or in range.

  507. ralphfl April 6th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    This loss still is on Joe then after him it is on CC then on Mo in that order

  508. Nick in SF April 6th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Put Kontos in.

  509. Tabbert April 6th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    this is just about the worst way to start the season.

  510. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    “Bad omen to start year”

    100% correct. Rivera is throwing meatballs. No hitting with RISP. An ace that isn’t an ace. Swish is still a clown. A DH with zero bat speed.

  511. m April 6th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    But a walk, WP, passed ball, HBP all lose the game. Just dumb.

  512. Carlo April 6th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Pena is not the DP candidate I wanted to see here.

  513. luis April 6th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Big k

  514. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    You get the sense that this game is a harbinger of things to come this season.

  515. Triple Short of a Cycle April 6th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Where was that pitch???

  516. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    “But a walk, WP, passed ball, HBP all lose the game. Just dumb.”

    ————–

    the odds of winning are slim as it is. It’s the right play to load em and create the force at home.

  517. Laura - I Bleed Blue April 6th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Where did Johnny Damon end up?

  518. jr1212 April 6th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    How is the lost on Joe G?.. Yanks had lead in 9th. Blown saves happen to every closer its just weird when it happens

  519. Triple Short of a Cycle April 6th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I hate Carlos Pena

  520. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    But a walk, WP, passed ball, HBP all lose the game. Just dumb.

    A runner was on third so a WP or PB would lose the game. In this situation you create more chances to stop the run from scoring.

    You add HBP & Walk but force play, double play are no longer run scoring.

  521. luis April 6th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Well that sucks….Pena twice yikes

  522. muwarriorsfan April 6th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Pena’s more clutch than anyone on the Yanks.

  523. raymagnetic April 6th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    “muwarriorsfan says:
    April 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm
    You get the sense that this game is a harbinger of things to come this season.”

    Yes, lots of idiot trolls will be showing up every time the Yanks lose.

  524. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    This raises the odds for wins in the games I will actually be attending.

  525. Boston Jim April 6th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Seasons over, they all suck!! Ahhhh. Relax take a breath its one game

  526. GreenBeret7 April 6th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    tomingeorgia April 6th, 2012 at 6:48 pm
    GB7,
    It’s gnat season around here.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Tom,

    It’s gnat season everywhere and this board isn’t much better.

  527. ralphfl April 6th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Still the biggest Blunder is Joe walking the bases loaded no faith in your Ace to get a 238 hitter out.Anyone who defends joe is in denial

  528. BD (Boston Dave) April 6th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    “Where did Johnny Damon end up?”

    ————

    sitting on his couch hoping someone will pay $5M for a DH :)

  529. raymagnetic April 6th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    “This raises the odds for wins in the games I will actually be attending.”

    Some fan you are :x

  530. Jerkface April 6th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Some fan you are

    2 out of 3 in a 3-game set ain’t bad :)

  531. igotid88 April 6th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I had a feeling CC would get hit today. But not Mo

  532. Tyler April 6th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Tough way to lose…. This one is on the Yanks offense for not scoring anything since the 3rd inning. I said then that 6 runs wouldn’t win it. Rivera will be fine… I’m never going to blame him and will never doubt him. Disappointing game though.

  533. RhapsodyInBlue April 6th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Swisher picking up where he left off last season. All we need is a walk or single Nick.


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