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Yankees play spoiler in Fenway Park celebration

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 20, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

After the Red Sox celebrated the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, the Yankees celebrated a 6-2 win against their Boston rivals. When a lengthy pregame ceremony came to an end, Ivan Nova extended his winning streak to 15 consecutive decisions, the second-longest such streak in Yankees history. Derek Jeter passed Dave Winfield on baseball’s all-time hits list, Alex Rodriguez passed Ken Griffey Jr. on baseball’s all-time home run list and Eric Chavez homered in his first two at-bats. Nova pitched six innings, striking out five and walking none. After scoreless innings from Cody Wade and Dave Robertson, the Yankees tried to close out the game with Cody Eppley, but after a leadoff single in the ninth, Mariano Rivera came in to finish off the win.

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63 Responses to “Yankees play spoiler in Fenway Park celebration”

  1. kd April 20th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    awesome

    ivan “all i do is get wins” nova at it again

  2. Bret The Hitman April 20th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Fenway 100 year anniversary – what better way to clean up that dump than a sweep.

    Nova 3-0. I want to see 20!!!

  3. igotid88 April 20th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    15 in a row

  4. mick April 20th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    A losing tradition deserves a loss handed to them by the NYYs

  5. Rich in NJ April 20th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Nova was the star of the game, and quite frankly, their best starter by far, at the moment.

  6. Bo knows April 20th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    The best news is that Martin hammered the ball twice. I wonder how Joe G knew that was coming?

  7. yankeefeminista April 20th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    SuperNova shines on!

  8. luis April 20th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    A perfect day. The Yankees win, the Sux lose at our hands!!. Nova impressive outing yet again. Has to cut the base runners though. The kid is simply money!!. Drob nasty, Mo is his Moness, Wade did a good job as well. The offense was very good, but i have to say that i want them to take more professional at bats, they didn’t squeezed Laptop as they should have and force him out of the game early.

  9. antisocial scrooge April 20th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    not sure if this was posted before, but nice scouting report on Gary Sanchez.
    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....ng-report/

  10. LGY April 20th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Great start by Nova.

    No way to justify pinning that second run on him. It’s not like he gave up a hit or something after the sun aided “hit.” The run was a direct result of the sun blinding Swish.

    6 IP 1 ER 6 H in my book :D

  11. luis April 20th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    El Hombre delivered yet again!!

  12. PittsburghYankeeFan April 20th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    The Phil Hughes demotiion watch continues. Unlike Phil, Nova has now out together a great finish to last season with an excellent start to this season.

    Shows how it can be done.

    Tomorrow could be the end of Freddy G as well. Does he get out of the 4th?

  13. luis April 20th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Yankeefem,

    That scouting report linked by scrooge was signed by Mike Newman. Is he the good one or is it Mark?

  14. yankeefeminista April 20th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    It isn’t Mark Newman who is our Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations.

    Mike Newman is a writer for Scouting the Sally and does some prospect writing for fangraphs. I would be caution regarding what I believe based on what he writes; he often sees players once and makes generalizations. For example, he said Cito’s lower half was thick and questioned Cito’s ability to catch long term. Kind of ridiculous.

  15. luis April 20th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    6 IP 1 ER 6 H in my book :D

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

    In mine too!

  16. yankeefeminista April 20th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    lol, to play short stop RE: Cito, not catch. :p

  17. yankeefeminista April 20th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Vato!!!!

  18. luis April 20th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    yankeefeminista April 20th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    It isn’t Mark Newman who is our Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations.

    Mike Newman is a writer for Scouting the Sally and does some prospect writing for fangraphs. I would be caution regarding what I believe based on what he writes; he often sees players once and makes generalizations. For example, he said Cito’s lower half was thick and questioned Cito’s ability to catch long term. Kind of ridiculous.

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

    The report raises doubts that he could be an adequate catcher at the MLB level and says that unlike Montero his swing is a bit too long to warrant playing him at the backstop poisition. Where have i read that before?? ;) That’s why i asked.

  19. luis April 20th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I am sick of the downplaying of our prospects

  20. RSM April 20th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Didn’t see the game, but just watched the highlights.
    Arod crushed that ball!!

  21. luis April 20th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    My bad, i misread the article. The article says that he may be a below average Catcher with 250 and 450 potential. I can’t believe that it his ceiling

  22. luis April 20th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    *that’s his ceiling*

  23. Benny Blanco April 20th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Nova has walked only 2 hitters in 3 starts with 20 k’s.

  24. blake April 20th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    What an enjoyable game….Nova was awesome….spanked Buttholtz….ruined the Sox celebration…..nearly perfect

  25. blake April 20th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Nova threw a lot more cutters today than I can ever remember him throwing….he’s got like 6 pitches now (4 seam, 2 seam, cutter, curve, slider, change)….we should start calling him Yu Nova!

  26. blake April 20th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I won’t be surprised if Francona is back in Boston next year…..they screwed up and I think the organization and city is probably starting to realize what a mess this is going to be with Valentine….

  27. austinmac April 20th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Blake,

    I was thinking the same thing as I watched Nova. He threw a 94-95 mph fastball, a 92 mph two seam fastball, an 89 mph cutter, an 83 mph slider, a 78mph curve and an 80 mph change. And he threw them for strikes.

  28. blake April 20th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Nova’s curveball has become a real weapon

  29. luis April 20th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    blake April 20th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Nova threw a lot more cutters today than I can ever remember him throwing….he’s got like 6 pitches now (4 seam, 2 seam, cutter, curve, slider, change)….we should start calling him Yu Nova!

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

    Blake,

    He will be a beast. His control and command has improved tremendously.His swing and miss stuff has spiked, his CB is amazing and the CU is very good as well. He didn’t have the slider today, but boy did he adjusted to it. The only blemish would be that he had a blip on the inning of the “sun hit” where he started to open up the shoulder leaving the ball up, but he adjusted inmediately and the next inning he was keeping the ball down yet again.

    All in all i think we struck gold with this kid.

  30. blake April 20th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    mac,

    yup….it was fun to watch….Nova is interesting because it seems like he’s always adding or improving something….it’s cool to see a young guy do that. He’s mixing and matching and throwing strikes most importantly

  31. blake April 20th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    “All in all i think we struck gold with this kid.”

    really starting to seem that way….he’s tough as nails

  32. blake April 20th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    happy for Chavez…..and Martin hit two balls hard! he should have had a double too.

    Buttholtz looks horrible….

  33. luis April 20th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Buttholtz looks horrible….

    Yup, He was consistently unable to keep the ball down. Even the CU was up…I said on the game thread, that it was the perfect recipe for a pounding. And there it is my other critic of the game, the offense didn’t take enough professional at bats. I think they should have taken out Buttholtz a lot earlier than they did. It would have been nice to have the Sux BP spent for tomorrow.

    What do you guys think we can expect tomorrow?

    In my view, i don’t like Garcia’s match up against the Sux. I don’t know how we are going to fair against Doubront, he was tough against us in ST.

  34. kd April 20th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    i think that tito will certainly be offered the red sixjob, but you have to wonder if he would take it. he was kinda run out of town, and blamed for losing control of that clubhouse.

    also, the red sox vaunted farm system isn’t what it used to be. you’ve gotta think there are some better jobs for him out there.

  35. RadioKev April 20th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    There’s no way Tito is back in Boston next year Blake. It was an ugly ending, especially the Globe story about his pill use and staying at his girlfriend’s place. I really don’t think the relationship can be repaired.

  36. blake April 20th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    “What do you guys think we can expect tomorrow?”

    I’d expect a lot of runs

  37. blake April 20th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    keithlaw ? @keithlaw

    Mason Williams walks up to “So Fresh, So Clean.” I approve of this.

    is Keith at the game?

  38. blake April 20th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    1h keithlaw keithlaw ? @keithlaw

    The @ChasRiverDogs folks heard I was into food and brought me a sampler of some concession items – the duck sausage is a big hit

    guess so

  39. Bret The Hitman April 20th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    The term “Butthholz” is quite disturbing.

  40. luis April 20th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    RadioKev April 20th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    There’s no way Tito is back in Boston next year Blake. It was an ugly ending, especially the Globe story about his pill use and staying at his girlfriend’s place. I really don’t think the relationship can be repaired.

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

    Still, Tito showed class by appearing in the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fenway.

  41. RadioKev April 20th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Tito is a classy guy, but I don’t see why he’d want to work with that organization again. He’ll have his pick of manager jobs when he feels ready.

  42. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 20th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Hey all! Today’s baseball lesson is about good starting pitching. See, if your pitcher limits the damage, your offense can do the rest for you – as the Yankee offense has attempted to do in 10 of 13 games!

    So stop all the foolishness about the offense, and recognize that the problem has been with the startiing pitcher.

    It’s no huge victory for an offense to come up with 7 runs after your starting pitching has given away almost as many. It’s a huge drain on the offense.

    By the way, Swish and Russell Martin said “hi”!

    :)

  43. Against All Odds April 20th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Kemp is scary

  44. blake April 20th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    yea….Pujols isn’t even the best player in LA

  45. jmv April 20th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    “Buttholtz looks horrible….”

    I see you just ran into his photo, LOL

    How are you doing, guys? Didn´t have enough time this week to post…

  46. jmv April 20th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Trisha! Do you still have that Yankees’ plate in your car?

  47. Pat M. April 20th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Tricia….So did Chavez and Ibanez …..Matt Kemp is a Triple Crown guy who will swipe 50 bags this season….

  48. Nick in SF April 20th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    How does Hulk get to be an Avenger? That makes no sense to me. Will it make sense if I watch the latest Hulk movie?

    Sorry, I meant to post that to the LoHud movie blog.

  49. jmv April 20th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Matt Kemp was a 6th rounder, talk about striking gold…

  50. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 20th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    jmv – still have the Yankee plate! I’m sure this season is going to bring a few more keyings. This version of the Sux looks like it could be one of the worst yet, despite fatty Ortiz’s roiding!

    Pat M – That’s why it’s difficult to take any of the complaining about offense very seriously. I think some of it is an effort to keep the Montero complaining alive and well. The rest is just ill-timed and ill-placed. Worry about your offense when they’re not scoring runs, not when they’re getting gassed daily in an attempt to keep up with ridiculously bad starting pitching!

    I have a feeling Freddy will turn back into good Freddy tomorrow. I really don’t know what to think about Hughes anymore.

  51. luis April 20th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Trisha! I guess you had a blast today as i did!….But to be fair, the offense is still streaky. Not enough professional at bats…In another time (say 09 or before) Buttholtz is out of the game before the 5th inning or during it. He lasted 6+ innings, in no small part thanks to the lack of patience of some of the hitters. That’s something they have to work on.

    Swisher had very good at bats and Martin hit two balls very hard. Swisher is great regular season bat, let’s hope he keeps that approach in the PS. Martin on the other hand, i wouldn’t hold my breath with him, he is what he is.

    Your are on point by saying that the pitching has much more to do with our current record than anything else. But in the case of the game of Marquis, we should have won that game regardless.

    The good thing is that CC appears to be rounding in to form finally, Nova is amazing. And hopefully Andy is three starts away from showing up. That’s a good trio in my book. Add to that a Kuroda that will be better than his numbers show so far and we should be fine.

  52. blake April 20th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Tampa and Matt Moore losing to the Twins as well

  53. blake April 20th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    why did Kemp sign that stupid extension…..

  54. randy l. April 20th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    “So stop all the foolishness about the offense, and recognize that the problem has been with the startiing pitcher.”

    there’s that old saying that “reasonable people disagree”.

    is it possible for you to make your own reasonable comment without putting in a negative word like “foolishness” that is an insult to opposing reasonable people ?

    baseball is a game of pitching, hitting , and defense.

    was buchholz bad today or were the yankee hitters good scoring 6 runs. or was it a little of both?

    personally, i prefer a murderers row approach to the game and really enjoy that kind of yankee baseball.

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 20th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Pittsburgh, anything’s possible though I think Freddy might be feeling a little bit better after seeing Phil struggle again. He might see tomorrow as giving him a little more longevity.

    I definitely see the competition as having gotten into both of their heads. I think Phil is more cerebral as a pitcher and therefore probably more affected.

    But these Suxers are definitely a bad bunch. They’re dealing with residuals from last season plus a nutty manager. Great!

    Later y’all.

    :)

  56. jmv April 20th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Trisha, you really are brave, LOL

    Current Boston players’ OPS vs García: .813 (from espn splits). But only 7 HR in 179 AB’s

  57. raymagnetic April 20th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Hulk is an Avenger in the comic books.

  58. Nick in SF April 20th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Hulk was never an Avenger in the comic books I used to read… but that was a while ago.

    Speaking of an effort to keep the Montero complaining alive and well, my sources say that he will be catching again tonight with his pal Noesi on the mound.

    Good way to work him into the mix, I think. Strangely, Miguel Olivo will be the DH. Maybe Wedge is trying to give him more chances to work out of his troubles at the plate, or maybe Wedge is just as bad a manager as many say. Jaso is waiting in the wings.

    :arrow:

  59. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 20th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    “But in the case of the game of Marquis, we should have won that game regardless.”

    Why? Marquis isn’t capable of settling down?

    Sorry but I don’t buy any of this “we should have won” craziness. We shouldn’t cause the offense to continually try to come from behind. That’s what we shouldn’t do.

    When your offense is third in the majors and you’re not winning, don’t look to your offense. When your ERA is 20th out of 30 teams, and you know your bullpen has been credible, point the finger at your starters.

    luis, I can certainly understand when the offense is not producing. But when they’re productive, I find any complaining to be overkill.

    And if there are games that the offense should have won, if that should happen, I can’t get too twisted about it since there will always be days when something should have gone another way. Five or more runs in 10 out of 13 games tells me the offense is clicking.

    I will be back later to respond if you should respond to this. I’d prefer to be here talking Ys baseball to out with my company – not that I don’t like my company – but I guess I’ll go and spend time with them and hope they tire of me quickly. Maybe I’ll talk Ys baseball to them! That’ll work I’m sure!

    :)

  60. Pat M. April 20th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Nick in SF……What about Emma Peel ??? She had the goods…Comic books , I know..

  61. luis April 20th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    “That’s why it’s difficult to take any of the complaining about offense very seriously. I think some of it is an effort to keep the Montero complaining alive and well”

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

    trish,

    This is also unfair. Most of the complains about the offense are based about the lack of good situational hitting up and down the lineup. In no small part as a result of aging of some players or just plain stubbornness from others.

    We have plenty of depth on the pitching side. So much, that i have no worries that it will be awesome when all is said and done. The lack of a good situational hitting approach does concerns me going forward, regardless of Montero. So please, leave him off the conversation.

  62. Nick in SF April 20th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Emma Peel, different Avengers and also before I was born. Pretty hot in those tight black body suits. She was also in one of the worst James Bond films, I think.

    New thread :arrow:

  63. Marcus April 20th, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Hulk was an original Avenger but left after issue# 2 in the comics back in 1964.

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