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Yankees postgame: Seeing triple

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Apr 12, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The postgame buzz mostly revolved around the 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play that the Yankees turned in the eighth to help preserve their 5-2 victory over the Orioles.

“You’re not going to see things like that happen in a crucial moment,” Joe Girardi said.

Let’s recap: The Orioles started the inning against CC Sabathia with singles by Alexi Casilla and Nick Markakis, bringing up the potential tying run. Then Manny Machado grounded to Robinson Cano, who threw to Jayson Nix for the force on Markakis at second.

Next came the key moment. Instead of throwing on to first for the double ball, Nix fired to Kevin Youkilis at third.

“It’s better to have the lead runner out,” Nix said.

Casilla was tagged out by Youkilis in a rundown. Then Youkilis threw to Lyle Overbay at first with Machado straying.

“I knew right away we’ve got a triple play,” Youkilis said.

Overbay fired to Cano at second for the tag on Machado. That makes three. The Yankees couldn’t contain their glee, especially Youkilis.

“When stuff like that happens, you feel like you’re back playing Little League again,” Youkilis said.

It was the Yankees’ second triple play since 1969 and first in the Bronx since 1968. They had one three years ago in Oakland, also helping Sabathia out of a jam.

“Any time you get a triple play, you’re fired up,” Sabathia said.

There was another key moment, though. How often are you going to see Adam Jones drop a fly ball? Not too often.

“He’s one of the best center fielders in the game,” Sabathia said.

But he dropped Vernon Wells’ drive to the track with the bases packed and two outs in the seventh. The 2-2 game became a 5-2 game on the error.

“The chances of that happening are slim, slim, slim, but we caught a break,” Girardi said.

“I don’t dwell at all on Adam’s play because he’s spoiled us with such a high level of play in center field,” Buck Showalter said. “That’s why it gets everybody’s attention. He’s special. I’m real glad he’s on our side.”

The Yankees were glad to have Sabathia on their side again — eight innings, two runs, eight hits, nine Ks, no walks.

“I thought he was brilliant,” Girardi said.

Sabathia, in his second straight strong start, threw 102 pitches, only 28 of them balls.

“I know his velocity isn’t what it used to be, 95, but I tell you, he’s really using his changeup and slider to get guys out,” Kevin Youkilis said.

Mark Teixeira had his wrist examined by Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser. It was expected that Teixeira would be cleared to start swinging a fungo bat. He was not.

“He wants me to get a little stronger before I swing,” Teixeira said. “All good news. I’m just not swinging yet.”

Teixeira doesn’t think this changes the timetable for his return too much. He still hopes to be back the first week of May.

Eduardo Nunez is day-to-day after suffering a bruised right wrist when he was drilled by Miguel Gonzalez in the second.





70 Responses to “Yankees postgame: Seeing triple”

  1. Nilsson April 13th, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Good catch, jacksquat. I just saw the replay again and Cano did raise his hand. Cano did very good. But I’m going to give Nix some credit too for executing the play since you rarely see shortstops making those types of plays.

  2. Rich in NJ April 13th, 2013 at 12:10 am

    I give credit to Nix for having the presence of mind to listen to Cano.

  3. jacksquat April 13th, 2013 at 12:15 am

    The whole infield executed very well.

  4. Cashmoney April 13th, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Master Hughes to the Angels for something good?

  5. Rich in NJ April 13th, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Probably have to wait until he is fully healthy and extended to get full value, whatever that is.

    But I don’t think the Yankees would do it. They are a win-now team and neither Nova nor Phelps is probably thought of as a sufficiently reliable alternative.

    Then there is the issue of Pettitte’s age.

  6. jacksquat April 13th, 2013 at 12:27 am

    I’m not sure they can afford to trade Hughes. They have Phelps but with Andy already having problems, Kuroda being older, Nova may not get it together, I wouldn’t trade pitching.

  7. Rich in NJ April 13th, 2013 at 12:29 am

    If they want to trade a pitcher, put Nova at AAA, hope he excels, and then maybe some team will bite.

  8. Locke April 13th, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Great game, the Yankees have spoiled me again. I hated the Wells, Youk and Hafner signings but they are all proving me wrong.

    Go Yankees!

  9. Cashmoney April 13th, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I see a match there between Hughes and Angels. It’s probably prudent to wait and see what happens with Nova, Phelps and possibly even a guy like Nuno. Yanks have an aging staff, I mostly count AP in for 25 starts. But they could be a match between two. Realistically though, I think Angels would go after a guy like Garza later on.

  10. Rich in NJ April 13th, 2013 at 12:59 am


    They were aging almost everywhere after last season, and they basically added more age, and locked up Ichiro for two years, although from Sherman’s reporting, it may be that Cashman was against that (to his credit).

  11. Eroc April 13th, 2013 at 12:59 am

    If they have no plans of re-signing Hughes, they should learn from their Swisher/Martin mistake and trade him

  12. fantasygame101 April 13th, 2013 at 1:20 am

    triple runs error plus triple play equals w.

  13. Rich in NJ April 13th, 2013 at 1:24 am

    btw, If this analysis is correct about Hughes, it may be another reason why it’s smart to keep him:

  14. Pat M. April 13th, 2013 at 2:08 am

    I was told that there’s no such thing as rising action on fastballs

  15. Jerkface April 13th, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Because there isn’t. ‘Rising action’ is a visual trick where the brain anticipates a ball dropping due to gravity but the ball drops less than anticipated.

  16. Pat M. April 13th, 2013 at 2:22 am

    That must be why I always fouled them back

  17. Jerkface April 13th, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Its why Hughes fastball gets lots of whiffs, but also why he gets a lot of flyballs. Hitters will subconsciously be swinging slightly below where the ball truly ends up, ending up with lots of flies.

  18. UnKnown April 13th, 2013 at 3:47 am

    anybody who wasn’t here tonight to root them on…



    Good one Mickey. So if you miss a Yankee win because, oh I don’t know, maybe you have other things in your life to do, like work or spend time with loved ones. That makes you a “Yankee basher.” Good one. I mean you have all told us already that you are the smartest and best Yankee fan around so no sense in trying to compete.

    I am watching the game back on DVR right now before I go to bed just so that I can try and earn my “fan pinstripes.” :grin:

    From what I gathered, before life got in the way from the 3rd inning on tonight and I missed the rest of the game, it was an AWESOME win. Lots of excitement. And the best news is I will be around for the entire game tomorrow. Hope that will meet your “fan standards.”
    Go Bombers!

  19. UnKnown April 13th, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Wow this is a great game. Not even the cold weather can stop us. :wink:
    No excuses necessary when the club is rolling like they are right now.

  20. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 5:56 am

    What a start to the season.

  21. RadioKev April 13th, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Good morning folks.

    I’m still fairly optimistic about this team. The Blue Jays have hit a bump with Jose Reyes and their starting pitching (who could have guessed?). The Orioles rotation isn’t a world beater. The Red Sox aren’t a complete team either. And we can still over power The Rays.

    Add Granderson and Jeter to the mix soon, some midseason call ups for relievers and maybe a guy like Adams/Heathcott/Austin/Mustelier, and I think we’ve got a playoff team.

  22. RadioKev April 13th, 2013 at 6:33 am

    And how about CC? You’re not a real fan if you don’t root for and believe in this guy. He’s not the best pitcher in the game, but he finds a way to get the job done.

  23. PacoDooley April 13th, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Just watching the highlight of the triple play – moron John Sterling’s comment -”they throw to third, why I don’t know…” – that was a smart play by Nix – he knew that the runner had only just passed second and there was loads of time to get him – why not get the lead runner?

  24. RadioKev April 13th, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Just watched the Reyes injury. That’s why I think Cano’s low impact style of play is a blessing.

  25. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 7:29 am

    After what happened to Reyes ( and it doesn’t look like the achilles, more like a bad sideways sprain but possibly a complete rip up ), I’m going to focus on sorting my taxes so I can figure out how much to pay the government of Canada and their so-called ” public servants “.

  26. RadioKev April 13th, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Mm… yes… same here. I also know that I’m likely paying Turbo Tax more than my actual return. Fun!

  27. Benny Blanco April 13th, 2013 at 7:38 am


    He’s not the best pitcher in the game but occasionally yankee fans have a propensity to throw darts at cc because of his slow april starts. CC is getting better and better at his craft and we have to appreciate the kind of stud he is.

  28. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Is Johnny Mac available and still able? Finally, they made Bautista cover third ( for all the wrong reasons ). I don’t care if he doesn’t like it there. Gose can handle centre ( of course ), Rasmus can move his Arkansas self over and Bonafacio can get his head together.

  29. blake April 13th, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I hate that I’m starting to like Youk…’s painful

  30. RadioKev April 13th, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Yeah Benny. I generally believe that baseball is a game of fixed skillsets playing themselves out, with some tweaks here and there and some random things that happen. Watching CC is a total exception to that thinking.

    Sabathia will throw the kitchen sink at you. He makes adjustments all throughout the game. He guts it out when he doesn’t have his best stuff, he just finds a way. It’s awesome to watch.

  31. RadioKev April 13th, 2013 at 7:51 am

    blake April 13th, 2013 at 7:49 am
    I hate that I’m starting to like Youk…’s painful

    Ha. I agree. Who was it that predicted NY would love Youk? I remember seeing that tweet…

  32. Doreen April 13th, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Strange, isn’t it?

  33. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 7:54 am

    CC is the only thing on the horizon to consider 300. Halladay might not even get as many as David Wells. Jamie Moyer’s 268 or so is looking better all the time ( imagine if he was at all proficient under the age of 30 – wow! )

  34. blake April 13th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I hope Andy is ok because they need him….CC was in fact masterful yesterday in some tough weather.

    It’s easy to forget that he’s 6’8″ and that he creates a great angle on his fastball even if it’s 90 mph….if he’s locating it and his Offspeed is working then he still can be really good….more velocity will come as it warms up

  35. MTU April 13th, 2013 at 7:58 am


    AP has had those issues before. He’s always been able to overcome them after a while.

    Don’t think it will be too serious.

  36. blake April 13th, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Hey I’m not ready to say Iove Youk yet but I appreciate the way he plays…..

    I judge a lot based on how I feel when a player is at the plate..::.i feel good about Youk when he’s up there…like he’s got a good chance to do something posited or have a good AB

  37. RadioKev April 13th, 2013 at 7:59 am

    And it’s very possible he’s still regaining strength after the surgery.

    CC’s fastball hasn’t been his put out pitch in years, anyway. He dials it up every once and a while, but he’s at his best when controlling it and setting himself up for breaking balls.

  38. blake April 13th, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Hey MTU.. How goes it.

    I have to LOL at the Angels getting shut out by the Astros

  39. blake April 13th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    CC has a pretty good mentor on his team as to how to still be really good at lower velocities…..

  40. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Angels really got thumped in the solar plexus with Weaver going down, and the Dodgers with Greinke: California needs Arnold in a big way.

  41. Triple Short of a Cycle April 13th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    No knock against the Yanks but I can’t believe I’m looking forward to an April Islander game more then a Yankee game

  42. MTU April 13th, 2013 at 8:09 am


    How did you enjoy your trip ?

  43. Shame Spencer April 13th, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Morning all… CC’s contract is the one I’m worried about the least. This guy just knows how to pitch. I think he’ll transition the way Mussina was able to, with limited stuff.. and he’ll do it without a major down year.

    Kev – I know I’ve said it before, but I really think we’ll see most teams within the division having a .500ish record against each other. There will be exceptions and you might beat up on one team and get beat up on by another.. but I think it’s going to balance out in a way where it’s just a tight pack the whole way to the playoffs.

  44. Shame Spencer April 13th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    That fight between Greinke and Quentin looks funnier and funnier every time I see it…. someone teach Greinke how to bob and weave.

  45. MTU April 13th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    My thought was that the Yankee Pitching would have to carry them.

    And how far they ultimately went would be determined by their ability to stay healthy and score enough runs.

  46. austinmac April 13th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    CC had great command last night. It is surprising his velocity is no much more than Andy’s.

    Heathcott is out with a stiff neck. Norris seems to think he will be out awhile. I’m not sure I agree unless he has an injury as opposed to just a spasm.

  47. blake April 13th, 2013 at 8:16 am


    It was amazing ….it’s really hard to put that place it to words. Just such a unique sporting event….no advertisements anyway….everything is done by hand from the scoreboards on down….no electronic equipment anywhere so you have 40,000 people detoxing from their cell phone but they really could care less because they are just happy to be there….

    People wait 10-15 years just to volunteer to work there…..the efficiency of how everything is fan too is amazing….you never really stand in line for more than a few minutes for anything.

    Id recommend anyone who can get tickets to go at least once….even to a practice round

  48. austinmac April 13th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Norris of the Astros is a pretty good pitcher who will be pitching for someone else pretty soon.

  49. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Triple, your Islanders have been pleasant as have les Habs, Jets, the Sens with all those primary injuries, and even… Leafs. As always, I hope Philly completely dissolves.

  50. RadioKev April 13th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Yeah Shame, it’ll be interesting.

    I missed out on most of the A-Rod conversations yesterday, I suppose. I think he’s done in pinstripes. This level of cheating and deception is against the Yankee brand.

    And I believe most atheletes can overcome scandal and controversy, look at Tiger Woods, Vick, or Roethlisberger. The problem is, A-Rod probably can’t perform well enough to overcome this. If he had some more MVP seasons in him, maybe.

    If MLB finds a way to suspend him, it’ll be goodbye. It’s a bit of a tragedy that a guy could fall that far.

  51. MTU April 13th, 2013 at 8:18 am


    I always doubted Heathcott’s ability to stay healthy. Hope he proves me wrong. The talent is there.

  52. blake April 13th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I have Arod fatigue …..I can’t think or talk about him anymore .

    Sucks about his buddy Kobe tearing his Achilles though

  53. RadioKev April 13th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    blake April 13th, 2013 at 8:19 am
    I have Arod fatigue …..I can’t think or talk about him anymore .

    Sucks about his buddy Kobe tearing his Achilles though

    Don’t think you’ll be watching him anymore either…

  54. MTU April 13th, 2013 at 8:22 am


    I’m glad you had a good time. I’m still on special assignment.

    Back home next week. I miss my normal routine. Especially the hiking portion.

  55. Shame Spencer April 13th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Are they gonna disqualify Tiger from the Masters..??

    Kev – It’s gonna be weird to see things play out… personally? I’m waiting to see some real facts. So far, there’s nothing but a bunch of bungled stories. They need to find hard evidence of something….. I think they’re trying to push him out by playing it out publicly but if they can’t back it up I dunno if it’s gonna work.

  56. Benny Blanco April 13th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Blake, I’m with you regarding Alex. SJ44, made some great tweets regarding Alex—-how the media just hates this guy and they’re just hoping to smoke him out with all the negative press.

  57. Triple Short of a Cycle April 13th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Triple, your Islanders have been pleasant as have les Habs, Jets, the Sens with all those primary injuries, and even… Leafs. As always, I hope Philly completely dissolves.


    Agree on Philly and I will add the Rangers along with them. Normally at this time I’m rooting against the Isles so they can get a better draft pick which they wind up screwing up anyway outside of JT. Still can’t believe the last time I was at a playoff series they won was back in 1993.

  58. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I thought blake would be gone the whole weekend. I tried listening to the Masters in the car, but it didn’t make any sense – a couple of guys wipering making me think of passing out with Perry Como; at least give me Mel Torme in Night Court.

  59. Triple Short of a Cycle April 13th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Roethlisberger rapes a girl and Vick killed dogs yet Arod gets more negative press. Go figure

  60. MTU April 13th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I have to admit that the “Bandaid Brigade” is doing a great job so far.


  61. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    ” Wispering “

  62. MTU April 13th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    New one —–>

  63. RadioKev April 13th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I definitely don’t endorse the way MLB has handled this. The offering immunity thing to players report is highly dubious. The open character assassination is dubious. But, if they do have grounds to suspend Alex on buying evidence against him, he’s a goner.

    What would George do? We all know.

  64. jmills April 13th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Triple, the Isles were good in the ’93 playoffs as were the Leafs with Dougie ” killer ” Gilmour. You might be right, Long Island might not have won a series since.

  65. Madrugador April 13th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    The band aid brigade beat up on lowly Cleveland and Adam Jones gave us a hand. Boston and Detroit made us look weak. You are never as good as you think when you win nor as bad when you lose.
    If if if…..
    If Andy can stay healthy. After two brilliant starts his back is “locked up”. I hope that is all it is. Hughes didn’t have a surgical problem with his back either and look how long he was out.
    The Oriolies are a descent young team . Hope we compete as we’ll today.
    Always liked Youk. He is a gritty no-nonsense kind of player. Hated all those times he hurt us.

  66. Madrugador April 13th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Bleepin’ Apple: well not we’ll.

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