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Hafner lifts Yankees to third straight win

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 27, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

For the first time all season, Travis Hafner started against a left-handed pitcher. It’s the only reason the Yankees won this game. Hafner hit a game-tying three-run homer, then a game-winning RBI triple to carry the Yankees to a 5-4 win against the Blue Jays. They’ll try for a four-game series sweep tomorrow. Yankees starter CC Sabathia once again lasted eight innings and allowed nine hits, two of which were home runs. Sabathia let the Blue Jays take an early 3-0 lead, and after Hafner tied the game with a three-run homer in the fourth — it was Hafner’s first extra-base hit against a lefty this season — Sabathia gave it right back on a solo homer by Brett Lawrie. But Hafner struck again in the seventh. After Vernon Wells tied the game with an RBI single, Hafner hit a go-ahead triple off left-handed reliever Brett Cecil. Because of a depleted bullpen, Sabathia’s ability to give distance was crucial, and Joba Chamberlain handled the ninth for his first save since 2010.

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102 Responses to “Hafner lifts Yankees to third straight win”

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  2. Nick in SF April 27th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Another great team win. Quite satisfying with key contributions from both the old and the new Yankees.

    Nice series win as well. Now we get greedy.

  3. yankeefeminista April 27th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Nice win. Had should see some LHP going forward. Jays pen stinks. Great job by Joba flashing 3 plus pitches (because Joba is a stahtah!!!)

  4. MG April 27th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

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  5. yankeefeminista April 27th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    *Haf should read

  6. Bo knows April 27th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Joba Wocky, but gotter done. Woo!

  7. MG April 27th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Chamberlain did a good job today but translating a 20+ pitch inning and two runners on doesn’t exactly translate into being a starting pitcher.

  8. tomingeorgia April 27th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    That game was fun, the kind that has kept me a fan for 60 years.

  9. 4 NYY April 27th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    MG April 27th, 2013 at 7:13 pm
    Chamberlain did a good job today but translating a 20+ pitch inning and two runners on doesn’t exactly translate into being a starting pitcher.

    ————————

    Agree 100% Not a closer either, but valuable still. IMO

  10. yankeefeminista April 27th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    MG, I’m not exactly basing it on today’s game, but you probably knew that.

  11. ObviousMan April 27th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Obviously the scoreboard is lying. Because according to smart commentators on here, Wells and Hafner are horrible, and Cashman should be fired for acquiring them.

  12. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 27th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I know I’m not supposed to say anything about how I felt about the Yankees acquiring the veteran players they did, nor how I feel and have always felt about Vernon Wells, because apparently some feel it’s in bad form to do so. I’m sure there were at least some others who were excited about it or excited to see those particular guys and what they might be able to do to help the team. In saying that, I also realize that if things go to hell, I’ve put myself in a position to be criticized by those who weren’t crazy about the idea. I can live with that too.

    Anyway, it is exciting to see guys coming through and the Yanks coming from behind in games.

    *********

    Poor Astros loaded the bases twice in the first inning and came away with only 2 runs. I really feel for them.

    :(

  13. Don April 27th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Without the juice Melky seems to be an ordinary guy, certainly not what he was at the beginning of last season with SF.

  14. ObviousMan April 27th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    The “Realistic!” fans on this website said that Cashman should have signed Melky over trading for Wells, and called for his head because he elected not to do so. Go Nostradamus!

  15. ObviousMan April 27th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    so much more quiet and pleasant on these forums after the Yankees win. The usual crowd of complainers only shows up when they lose….to be “Realistic!” of course.

  16. ObviousMan April 27th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Yankee Trader, Rich in NJ, Against all Odds, want to come make a comment about how Girardi ruined Joba’s career or something. You must bring the “Realistic!” and Yankee Universe to all us poor fools that actually bought into what Cash and Joe were doing.

  17. ObviousMan April 27th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Or maybe we can get a lecture on how Montero’s .283 SLG % is sorely missed by the Yankees right now and should get Cashman fired? Is Steve Lombardi here?

    :)

  18. vrsce April 27th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    A very enjoyable game, I love this team.

  19. mick April 27th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Poor Astros loaded the bases twice in the first inning and came away with only 2 runs.
    ===================
    We did that a lot last year.
    On the bright side , if the Astros keep loading the bases, think of what that does to the RS pitching staff.

  20. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Yankee Trader, Rich in NJ, Against all Odds, want to come make a comment about how Girardi ruined Joba’s career or something.
    ====================
    Don’t forget he ring leader and his henchman.

  21. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Even though Joba got the job done, he still seemed to be nibbling, not overpowering.

  22. ObviousMan April 27th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Who is the ring leader?

  23. Crawdaddy April 27th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Who’s the ring leader of the lynch mob?

  24. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    The “Realistic!” fans on this website said that Cashman should have signed Melky over trading for Wells,
    ==================
    Yeah, go after a known user, we already have one of the biggest, let’s bring back another…that makes a lot of sense.

  25. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Who is the ring leader?
    ===============
    A quiet man with many stories to tell.
    He only appears when the time is right.

  26. Nick in SF April 27th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    mick, why do you glom onto these malcontent troublemakers?

  27. Crawdaddy April 27th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Oh, the old dude, what’s his name Randy somebody, a broken down catcher that never made it to AAA.

  28. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    nick, it depends what you mean by trouble.

  29. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Oh, the old dude,
    =============
    why do you call him old?

  30. Nick in SF April 27th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    The reason you glom onto these malcontent troublemakers depends on what I mean by trouble?

    Just the standard usage.

  31. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Nick, I can easily say the other guys are the troublemakers.
    You know, the naysayers…

  32. Crawdaddy April 27th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    “why do you call him old?”

    Because he lives in past and can’t let go.

  33. joeman April 27th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    nice job today

  34. Nick in SF April 27th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    There’s a lot of stuff you can say, but that doesn’t mean you should say it.

  35. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    They come here and spew their venom toward whatever their mantra of the day is, and they are in the minority, as most here are Yankee lovers and don’t want to hear their fluff, day after day, ad infinitum.

    As Emily Latella used to say: “It’s always something.”

  36. joeman April 27th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Nick in SF April 27th, 2013 at 8:14 pm
    There’s a lot of stuff you can say, but that doesn’t mean you should say it.

    ——————————————-
    is that like say what you see

  37. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    There’s a lot of stuff you can say, but that doesn’t mean you should say it.
    =====================================
    Only one side can say what they see and not the other?
    What kind of blog would that be?

  38. tomingeorgia April 27th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Mister mick,
    They ain’t here today, as usual.

  39. Nick in SF April 27th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    So your motivation is revenge? Tit for tat?

  40. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Mr Tom,
    Funny what winning does.
    But some want to see us lose…

  41. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    So your motivation is revenge?
    ===================
    That’s quite a leap Nick.
    See 8:19 above.

  42. Nick in SF April 27th, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    So your motivation is to balance venom with venom?

  43. Against All Odds April 27th, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    and they are in the minority, as most here are Yankee lovers

    ————————-

    Are you implying the ppl he mentioned aren’t Yankee lovers?

  44. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    ————————-

    Are you implying the ppl he mentioned aren’t Yankee lovers?
    ===================================
    They might be. But when all you hear are the constant yammerings of malcontents
    it gets on your nerve, don’t you think?

    To wish losses on “your” team so they can implode faster so that they can improve faster
    is not your typical fan.

  45. joeman April 27th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    first time poster here..so what is the current state of the NYY

  46. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    So your motivation is to balance venom with venom?
    ================================
    No. I like to see discussion but when one side is in dialogue mode, it makes it impossible.

  47. j9d April 27th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Geez this has been a cant miss weekend. Way beyond expectations. Can we please take a breath and enjoy?

  48. Nick in SF April 27th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    That’s incoherent.

  49. astrocityfan April 27th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Really nice win today. Imagine if the last two games in cleveland weren’t rained out. The team might be 16 and 9 :) now if we could just get David Adams here to play third :)

  50. tomingeorgia April 27th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    joeman,
    Cobbled together, achy breaky, and doing fine so far, just like me.

  51. Nick in SF April 27th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    j9d’s post was not the incoherent one. ;)

  52. j9d April 27th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Got it, Nick.

  53. Bo knows April 27th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    The Three Wise Men just blow me away. Watched CC and he had nothing – and then somehow it was the end of the sixth and then the eighth. How’d he get there? Totally amazing.

  54. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    The conflict stems from the morality play that is LoHud.
    One side thinks they know it all, the baseball inteligencia.
    The other side doesn’t like being talked down to.
    They don’t like being lectured to.
    Is that more understandable?

  55. Against All Odds April 27th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:24 pm
    ————————-

    Are you implying the ppl he mentioned aren’t Yankee lovers?
    ===================================
    They might be. But when all you hear are the constant yammerings of malcontents
    it gets on your nerve, don’t you think?

    To wish losses on “your” team so they can implode faster so that they can improve faster
    is not your typical fan.

    ———————-

    Well I can’t root for losses when it comes to the Yankees….it just feels weird.

  56. luis April 27th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Good evening,

    Honestly I don’t get why people need to get personal…. You don’t agree with someone’s position, that’s fine… Making fun of those that don’t agree with you is not very smart, you lower the level of discourse and as a result you trigger a response in kind, which lowers it even more. To a point that instead of talking about baseball matters, we exchange personal attacks among people that supposedly root for the same team.

    Back to baseball

  57. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    There can’t be conversation if a group sides with each other to monopolize a blog.
    Their dissidence to Yankee policy hijacks the blog.
    People can’t resist that?

  58. joeman April 27th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    tomingeorgia April 27th, 2013 at 8:29 pm
    joeman,
    Cobbled together, achy breaky, and doing fine so far, just like me.
    ————————–
    couldn’t have said it better

  59. Nick in SF April 27th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    mick, I was really just asking about you and your own choices, not about “sides” or what “they” do. Just you.

    Your answer seems to be that you don’t like how other people post on here and that’s why you glom onto malcontent troublemakers when they show up.

  60. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Making fun of those that don’t agree with you is not very smart, you lower the level of discourse and as a result you trigger a response in kind, which lowers it even more.
    =======================
    Exactly.

  61. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Well I can’t root for losses when it comes to the Yankees….it just feels weird.
    ============================
    It wasn’t directed at you.

  62. Bo knows April 27th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I’m really enjoying this brand of baseball, to the point of becoming a Wells’ fan. I was disappointed in him for years, a product of the HR hype. Now, he’s playing honest baseball. It’s refreshing. Maybe it won’t last but it’s good entertainment while it does.

  63. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Your answer seems to be that you don’t like how other people post on here and that’s why you glom onto malcontent troublemakers when they show up.
    =================================
    Again Nick, it depends who you think the “troublemakers” or trolls are.

  64. Jesus Bustero April 27th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    What’s the win tally on the Randy meter? What’s our pace?

  65. Bo knows April 27th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I don’t think dissidence means what you think it does.

  66. luis April 27th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Didn’t watch from the 5th inning on… But the fact that C managed to stay in the game until the 8thtells you that he is a pticher… That’s the difference between an ace or a good number 2, they are able to navigate a game and keep it within range, even without their best stuff… The rest are simply unable to do that… This is why C is an ACE

  67. tomingeorgia April 27th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    joeman,
    There was a time when AT&T and the Bell System reclassified the basic pole-climbing training course from graded to “Pass/Fail”. That’s where we are. I say we’ll pass.

  68. jacksquat April 27th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Sooo Girardi finally learned today that maybe Hafner can hit lhp, at least better than Francisco.

  69. Jesus Bustero April 27th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Also depends on who you think the “malcontents” are.

  70. Nick in SF April 27th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    No need for semantic games or evasions. Good evening to you.

  71. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    No need for semantic games or evasions.
    ====================
    Since you are the authority, can’t the same be said about you, Nick?

  72. Bo knows April 27th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I think Girardi is treating the fragile body of Hafner in an optimum fashion. He’s like the Temple of Doom hanging over a baseball game, casting this giant shadow. If it works, don’t mess with it.

  73. Nick in SF April 27th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    No, mick, the same cannon be said about me. I’ve been quite straightforward and clear.

    Good day, sir.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yT1GHoFiAw

  74. Against All Odds April 27th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:39 pm
    Well I can’t root for losses when it comes to the Yankees….it just feels weird.
    ============================
    It wasn’t directed at you.

    ————————-

    I know

  75. luis April 27th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Hopefully Romine starts tomorrow’s game… I am looking forward to see what he can do… There are two more players that I want to see up with the team ( Adams and Mustelier )

  76. ObviousMan April 27th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    The malcontents are funny, no doubt, but they do monopolize the blog, insulting/attacking anyone who doesn’t take a hardline anti-Cashman or anti-Girardi opinion. Watch, if the Yankees lose tomorrow, the malcontents will be here in droves, complaining about how the Yankees can’t develop good young starters and they should have traded for Dickey and signed Melky instead of Wells and given Montero an 8 year 300 million dollar contract, blah blah blah.

    I want to meet this Randy guy. He sounds hilarious.

  77. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I’ve been quite straightforward and clear.
    ================
    As I have tried to be.

  78. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    The malcontents are funny, no doubt, but they do monopolize the blog, insulting/attacking anyone who doesn’t take a hardline anti-Cashman or anti-Girardi opinion. Watch, if the Yankees lose tomorrow, the malcontents will be here in droves, complaining
    =================================
    No. You don’t understand. According to Nick, you are the malcontent.

  79. Against All Odds April 27th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    complaining about how the Yankees can’t develop good young starters

    ——————————-

    That gets brought up whether they win or lose because they have done a poor job developing starters.

  80. mick April 27th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    This is where you fail Nick.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLrpBLDWyCI

  81. Jesus Bustero April 27th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I’m gonna miss the lumping of Montero in with Austin Jackson, Ian Kennedy and Melky.

    They all suck right now.

    But for the record, I do root for the prospects and want younger blood on this team. I do like certain prospects more than others. I’m just not here to build a whole agenda about how I’m the best fan because I started follow X player long before Y poster and I know more about the farm and how to run a baseball team than X, Y and Z and anyone who challenges me is (insert innuendo or insult against someone’s intelligence). It’s insecure, petty and obnoxious.

  82. luis April 27th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Tomorrow’s lineup:

    Gardner CF
    Nunez SS
    Cano 2B
    Youk 3B
    Hafner DH
    Wells LF
    Obervay 1B
    Romine C
    Ichiro RF

  83. luis April 27th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Could we talk about baseball?…

  84. mick April 27th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I think he’s done with Nunez up 2nd Luis.
    And Youk can’t bend over to play 3rd.
    Otherwise the lefty-righty thing is working.
    I see Ichiro 2nd tomorrow.

  85. Against All Odds April 27th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Sure Joba got his first save since 2010 and hit 97 at one point during the inning

  86. Nick in SF April 27th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Ahem… if you’re right on the lineup, luis, I hope Youk at 3rd doesn’t give us cause to miss Nix’s defense right away. And I hope his back can take it too. I do like Romine behind the dish, the first of many times Girardi will be writing that into the lineup.

  87. luis April 27th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    FTR:

    Nick is one of the more leveled headed posters in here… He calls it as he sees it… He is always in the middle… what I think he doesn’t like is extreme positions, no matter where they come from.

  88. MTU April 27th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I remember fearing Pronk when he was w Cleveland.

    When he was healthy he was a Monster.

    This Team has done a remarkable job considering all the injuries.

    Absolutely remarkable.

    But I wish Boston and Baltimore would fade so we can take 1st.

    ;)

  89. luis April 27th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Nick in SF April 27th, 2013 at 9:03 pm
    Ahem… if you’re right on the lineup, luis, I hope Youk at 3rd doesn’t give us cause to miss Nix’s defense right away. And I hope his back can take it too. I do like Romine behind the dish, the first of many times Girardi will be writing that into the lineup.

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

    LMAO… I know ;) there is a box of chocolats at stake!

    Seriously though, If they play Nix at third ( righty ) then Youk goes to first… I think it would work and the offensive output would not be hurt that much ( Obervay is not much of a improvement over Nix, but he is lefthanded )

  90. MTU April 27th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    New post ——->

  91. Nick in SF April 27th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Extremism in the defense of Yankeeness is no vice.

    – Barry Goldwater

    :arrow:

  92. luis April 27th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Mick,

    The problem I see with Ichiro in the number 2 spot is that he is not very patient and that would imply three lefties in a row, I don’t see Girardi going that route either… Maybe youkilis in the 2 spot?

  93. mick April 27th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Luis I could see him sitting Youk.
    To see how he feels and give him another day.
    Nix is hot and really I wouldn’t push Youk at 3B just yet.

  94. tomingeorgia April 27th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    luis,
    Talking baseball is what most of us are here for. We root for the most successful franchise in sports history. We revel in that. I, for one, don’t come here to rail about decisions of years past, or worry about years ahead or fret about things I know little about (and even if I did, could do nothing about). There was a great ballgame played this afternoon. And more to come, I think. I don’t like archness in any venue. There’s too much of it around everywhere. I belittle no one’s interests and fascinations. To each his own, I guess.

  95. jacksquat April 27th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Probably will be

    Gardner
    Cano
    Youk
    Hafner
    Wells
    Ichiro
    Nunez
    Overbay
    Romine/Stewart

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