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Game 17: Yankees at Rays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 18, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hiroki KurodaYANKEES (10-6)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Brian McCann C
Yangervis Solarte 2B
Kelly Johnson 1B
Scott Sizemore 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 3.86)
Kudorda vs. Rays

RAYS (7-9)
David DeJesus CF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Matt Joyce LF
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Wil Myers RF
Logan Forsythe DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Ryan Hanigan C

LHP Erik Bedard (0-0, 0.00)
Bedard vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Been raining a lot today. Thankful for the roof.

UMPIRES: HP Joe West, 1B Marty Foster, 2B Clint Fagan, 3B Rob Drake

DO IT AGAIN: On this date in 2005, the Yankees scored 13 innings in the second inning of a 19-8 win against the Devil Rays. At that point, it was only the third time in franchise history that they’d scored 13 in an inning and the first time they’d done it at home.

ALSO ON THIS DATE: A more iconic moment from this date in history came on April 18, 1929 when the Yankees wore numbered uniforms for the first time. Two days later, the Indians permanently adopted them as well. Numbers became standard for all teams in 1932.

AND ALSO THIS: One more thing from April 18 in Yankees history… It was on this date in 1923 that the Yankees hosted the inaugural game at the original Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees beat Boston 4-1. Starter Bob Shawkey got the win and Babe Ruth hit the stadium’s first home run, a three-run shot in the third inning.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Couple of singles to start the inning, then a bad throw by Loney trying to get the lead runner after a nice play at first, and now the Yankees have the bases loaded with no outs in the second. Here’s Sizemore.

UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: There’s a three-run double by Sizemore. With no outs, Thomson was looking to hold Johnson at third, but Johnson sprinted through the sign to score on a bad throw to the plate.

UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Overturned call at first base. Ichiro is on with a bunt single. That was a 47-second replay delay. Runners at the corners, still no outs, top of the order up.

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Rays turn to the bullpen with two on and two out herein the fourth. Jeter coming to the plate. Still a 4-0 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Jeter down swinging.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Really nice play by Ellsbury for the second out here in the fourth inning, but back-to-back singles and a two-run double by James Loney have put the Rays on the board and cut the Yankees lead in half, 4-2.

UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Kuroda was cruising early in this game, but it turned into a real grind after that leaping catch by Ellsbury back in the fourth inning. He’s now out with the lead cut to 4-3 and the go-ahead run on base. Phelps is in to face Forsythe with two on and two outs in the sixth.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Solarte is going to stay in, but he fouled a ball pretty hard off his shin.

UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: Warren was ahead in the count, 1-2, against all three hitters he’s faced this inning. Jennings singled in a run, Longoria worked a walk to load the bases, and Loney just singled to put the Rays in front 6-5.

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510 Responses to “Game 17: Yankees at Rays”

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 18th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    mass time. BBL

    GO YANKEES!!!

    GO HIROKI!!!!

  2. Chambliss April 18th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Atta boy captain.

  3. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    “Why would Betances be unavailable? He is a reliever. He should be able to throw 26 pitches and then pitch the next day.”
    ______________

    It’s a terrible problem. How long does Girardi think fans are going to tolerate a pen that has not given up a run this season? We are outraged!!

  4. Hassey April 18th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Jeter owns lefties
    What a story if he really hits .300 with 175-200+ hits

  5. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Atta boy Jeet!

    Speaking of John Sterling, I’m stuck listening to him in the car… Hopefully I get to hear one of those HR calls; of course afterwards Sterling will tell me the ball was actually caught. :)

  6. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Hassey April 18th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Jeter owns lefties
    What a story if he really hits .300 with 175-200+ hits
    ===================

    He has actually hit better against RHP’ers this year (774 vs 694 OPS coming in to tonight)

  7. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    drabrams April 18th, 2014 at 7:19 pm
    The pen hasn’t allowed any runs this season? Check again.
    ____________

    I was wrong, my bad. Thanks for the correction.

  8. BoJo April 18th, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Yankee Trader April 18th, 2014 at 6:40 pm
    Hamilton at 3.83 seconds. All of them beat Prince Fielder to first. Check out the link.
    —–
    Yet strangely, none of them could beat Prince to the dinner table.

  9. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Random conversation for the day – I have an 2008 nissan altima, i want something more fun. Looking at a Mini or a Beetle, but also have eyes for a used porsche cayanne – Thoughts?

  10. Revenge of Stoneburner April 18th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Solarte – good job by the Yankees scouting department

  11. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Wow, is he hot.

  12. RadioKev April 18th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Haha Solarte is our lucky rabbit’s foot or something

  13. pkyankfan69 April 18th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Jerkface April 18th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Great inning

  15. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    SCOTTY SIZEMORE aint going no where!

  16. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Sizzling!!!!!!

  17. Jerkface April 18th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    It used to be that the Red Sox would have all their nobodies and minor league guys come up to the majors and play out of their minds. Can this year be the year the Yankee nobodies come up and scorch all year?

  18. Revenge of Stoneburner April 18th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    this scouting staff, this scouting staff

  19. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    3 runs should be enough the way the Rays are hitting

    Challenge that one Joe

  20. tomingeorgia April 18th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Man, I like this team!

  21. pkyankfan69 April 18th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Safe!

  22. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    He’s safe!!!

  23. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    That should be an easy one to overturn, but you never know with those clowns

  24. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Who was the GM that wrangled these guys? Solarte? Sizemore? Roberts? Johnson?

  25. Jerkface April 18th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Replay puts Ichiro a hit closer to 3,000, so clearly replay is worth it.

  26. NYY fan in NH April 18th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    This lineup can certainly extend itself. Sizemore has been pretty good since he’s come up!

  27. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Ichiro comes through again! Done? I think not. Go Yankees!!!!

  28. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Its going to be a long night for the Rays pen I think

  29. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Runneres have been getting jobbed at 1st base for soooo long. Bout time they did something to get it right.

  30. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Who was the GM that wrangled these guys? Solarte? Sizemore? Roberts? Johnson?
    ====================

    Same one that wrangled Vernon Wells, Travis Hafner, Kevin Youkillis

  31. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Runners*

  32. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    escobar didnt even touch the bag –

  33. RadioKev April 18th, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    That’s some lackadaisical D.

  34. pkyankfan69 April 18th, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Could the Yanks have challenged again there that Escobar didn’t touch second base on Gardner’s grounder?… Sure didn’t look like he touched the bag

  35. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 7:43 pm
    SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Who was the GM that wrangled these guys? Solarte? Sizemore? Roberts? Johnson?
    ====================
    Same one that wrangled Vernon Wells, Travis Hafner, Kevin Youkillis
    ___________________

    Who?

  36. Revenge of Stoneburner April 18th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 7:40 pm
    Who was the GM that wrangled these guys? Solarte? Sizemore? Roberts? Johnson?

    *******

    As I mentioned to bojo on another topic, this is too controversial of a topic on this channel – to discuss further: go the DarkWeb factor 7z – go to forum Y, then enter passcode: Alpha Beta Conspiracy Joe Girardi Does Not Like Offensive Catchers Because Insecurity Malfunction McCann Now On Team Tango Zebra.

  37. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Same one who wouldn’t include Nunez for Cliff Lee.

  38. ecc16 April 18th, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    exiledintampa says:

    April 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Same one who wouldn’t include Nunez for Cliff Lee.

    Yea because that would have been such a good trade in the first place

  39. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Pk –
    i dont think the can challenge the “in the neighborhood” play. Which i think is stupid.

  40. I Am Winning April 18th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    The “neighborhood” call is going to stir some controversy this year, I’m sure of it. If it’s the bottom of the 9 1 out, bases loaded, down by one run, this game determines playoff birth or not and a ball was hit to the 3rd basemen he throws to 2nd and then 1st for the season ending double play, but the 2nd basemen didn’t touch the bag, I’m sure the manager will review that play. In years passed it was understood to not bother with it unless it was so blatantly obvious.

    I am glad though, I’ve always hated the neighborhood call, but maybe I’m in the minority here.

  41. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Same one whose moves have paid off in spades to this point? Criticizing failures but not acknowledging successes?

  42. mick April 18th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Yeah!

    Here’s our team theme song!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq52BiBv6d4

  43. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Jeters looking good. Why is he retiring again?

  44. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Longoria has to be pitched inside more. I don’t know why the Yanks always throw him pitches out and right over over the plate. He needs to be tied up inside.

  45. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Yan Solo looks a little like Cano and played a little like him there.

  46. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Solarte does it all.

  47. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Same one whose moves have paid off in spades to this point? Criticizing failures but not acknowledging successes?
    =================

    Through 16 games Vernon Wells had a 1013 IPS with 5 HR. Cashman was called a genius. Rest of the way, well, lets forget that nightmare

  48. RadioKev April 18th, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Solarte winning the Robbie Cano award for April. Who needs Robbie Cano?

    Looking back on it, isn’t Solarte what Musty was supposed to be?

  49. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    no neighborhood replay

    Torre, MLB’s executive vice president of Operations, would agree with that assessment. In an interview last week with ESPN he said, “There is a play at second base that is known as the neighborhood play, which is really a second baseman or shortstop getting the throw on a double play that may not touch the base at the same time that he has the ball. This is a negotiation with the players’ association so a lot of the infielders don’t have to stay there and maybe get hurt on a slide in. So it’s not something where somebody is reaching for a ball. That would be replayed — any kind of high throw that may have pulled him off the bag.”

  50. pkyankfan69 April 18th, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Pk –
    i dont think the can challenge the “in the neighborhood” play. Which i think is stupid.
    ————
    Yeah that’s weird… Especially when you consider they can challenge another nitpicking play like when Anna took his foot off 2B for a second when he slid in against Boston.

  51. mick April 18th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    i dont think the can challenge the “in the neighborhood” play.
    ==================
    It’s a beautiful day “in the neighborhood.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMUGJZrR9Jg

  52. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    No. You acknowledge success but I have never seen you acknowledge failure. You throw enough mud against the wall some of it is bound to stick. Johnson was a great sign. Roberts and Sizemore were flyers they got lucky (so far) on. I applaud them for that.

  53. Revenge of Stoneburner April 18th, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Daniel Barbarisi ?@DanBarbarisi 20h
    Interesting quote from CC Sabathia tonight: “I think the chemistry on this team is really good as opposed to the past couple of years.” Hm.

    *****

    What’cha talking about C.C.?

  54. RadioKev April 18th, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Yeah that’s weird… Especially when you consider they can challenge another nitpicking play like when Anna took his foot off 2B for a second when he slid in against Boston.
    ——–

    I don’t think you should be able to challenge that either… should be ump’s disgression.

  55. RadioKev April 18th, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    *discretion, yuck that was a bad typo

  56. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Daniel Barbarisi ?@DanBarbarisi 20h
    Interesting quote from CC Sabathia tonight: “I think the chemistry on this team is really good as opposed to the past couple of years.” Hm.
    —————–

    I think Arod being gone for the year helps the team a ton. All we heard 24/7 was Arod this Arod that. The team was tired of hearing his name and now it’s 25 guys instead of 24 and 1. I am sure the team hopes that he doesn’t come back next year either.

  57. Revenge of Stoneburner April 18th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Brad Boxberger warming up for the Rays, of the Vermont Boxbergers

  58. BoJo April 18th, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    This outing can’t be helping Bedard’s credentials for HOF consideration.

  59. Hassey April 18th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    There’s something happening here
    What it is ain’t exactly clear

  60. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    BTW from now on i will refer to Yangveris as Yan Solo and his sidekick Dean Anna as “Chewbacca”

    I cant wait for the May the 4th

  61. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 7:54 pm
    No. You acknowledge success but I have never seen you acknowledge failure. You throw enough mud against the wall some of it is bound to stick. Johnson was a great sign. Roberts and Sizemore were flyers they got lucky (so far) on. I applaud them for that.
    _________________

    I think it was you who made that comment the other day, I answered you. You’re wrong I have criticized the Yankees when I thought it was warranted. As an example, I disliked immensely their previous draft philosophy of taking high-risk high school players rather than more seasoned ballplayers from college programs. I think Cashman blew it for not dealing Joba and Hughes when their value was higher and their signing a player like A-Rod to a ten year deal was a huge mistake.

    I also differentiate what Cashman does from what he is allowed to do by management. I am no fan of Randy Levine as an example. I think they handled the Jeter negotiations horribly. Enough?

  62. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Putting things in perspective, coming into tonights game

    Roberts BA 194, missed a couple of games due to back
    Anna BA 158, soon to be demoted
    Johnson batting 234 with 3 HR, about what we expected
    Ryan on DL
    Sizemore has all of 10 AB

    Really, the only one who might be a real find IMO is Solarte

  63. BoJo April 18th, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 7:58 pm
    Daniel Barbarisi ?@DanBarbarisi 20h
    Interesting quote from CC Sabathia tonight: “I think the chemistry on this team is really good as opposed to the past couple of years.” Hm.
    —————–

    I think Arod being gone for the year helps the team a ton. All we heard 24/7 was Arod this Arod that. The team was tired of hearing his name and now it’s 25 guys instead of 24 and 1. I am sure the team hopes that he doesn’t come back next year either.
    —-
    He could be talking about the improved quality of the gummies for all we know. Someone mentioned earlier that CC and ARod are buddies…but there has been a lot of feel good things happening to provide a better atmosphere in the clubhouse.

  64. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    This year will be the Win It For the Capt. Year.

  65. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I think it’s time we stopped. Hey, what’s that sound. Everybody look what’s goin down.

    Yankee bats are back in town.

  66. G. Love April 18th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    The spectre of Tex returning hangs over this team like a black cloud.

    If the offense goes cold upon his return…

    This team looks fantastic right now.

  67. BoJo April 18th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Walking a lead-off hitter who was batting .182? I must have missed that chapter in the Art of War.

  68. Revenge of Stoneburner April 18th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    The Twins – where ex-NY pitchers go to die – - – - -

    Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource 19h
    Mike Pelfrey has a 7.98 ERA and Phil Hughes has a 7.20 ERA.

  69. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    If I were Joe I would ease Tex in slow…like 7th.

  70. tomingeorgia April 18th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Is there anything Solarte hasn’t done well?

  71. NYY_Girl_Penny April 18th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    G. Love April 18th, 2014 at 8:06 pm
    The spectre of Tex returning hangs over this team like a black cloud.

    If the offense goes cold upon his return…

    This team looks fantastic right now.

    —–

    Glove, that is what I was just thinking. Is Girardi gonna stop playing Solarte when Tex comes back? If so, I will lose it.

  72. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I say we extend Kuroda now.

  73. NYY_Girl_Penny April 18th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    tomingeorgia April 18th, 2014 at 8:08 pm
    Is there anything Solarte hasn’t done well?

    —-

    Made us long for Tex? :)

  74. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Is there anything Solarte hasn’t done well?
    =============
    we haven’t seen him at SS yet.

  75. Revenge of Stoneburner April 18th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Aceves sighting in AAA tonight

  76. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    “Putting things in perspective, coming into tonights game.”
    ———-
    This is perspective. 10-6 in first place with a 2 game lead in the AL east with a 5 game win streak. That’s all that matters, that’s how a GM and manager should be judged. It’s early in the season and time and injuries will tell the real story come November. So far . . . REAL good.

  77. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    The spectre of Tex returning hangs over this team like a black cloud.
    ————–

    I don’t mind him coming back but I hope that Girardi doesn’t throw him into the middle of the lineup. Him and Soriano back to back was absolutely terrible to watch. I would move Solarte up in the lineup and maybe put him in the middle of them. Tex is not a middle of the order bat anymore.

  78. BoJo April 18th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:05 pm
    This year will be the Win It For the Capt. Year.
    ====
    What was last year–”we don’t care no Mo?”

  79. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    It’s early in the season and time and injuries will tell the real story come November. So far . . . REAL good.
    ===============
    Everything’s Coming Our Way

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq52BiBv6d4

  80. NYY_Girl_Penny April 18th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 8:02 pm
    Putting things in perspective, coming into tonights game

    Roberts BA 194, missed a couple of games due to back
    Anna BA 158, soon to be demoted
    Johnson batting 234 with 3 HR, about what we expected
    Ryan on DL
    Sizemore has all of 10 AB

    Really, the only one who might be a real find IMO is Solarte

    —–

    Everyone I talk to keep saying that he is a nobody playing on adrenayne and it won’t last. I remidn them of the fact that Cano was a career .266 Minor League hitter.. he was nothing special and was almost traded 2x. I have also heard that if you wanna be good at your craft, and get better at it, sorround yourself with people that are good at it.. Hopefully this is just the beginning but I will tell you this much.. he is super fun to watch and I sure love an underdog story, who doesn’t ?

  81. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    drabrams-

    i agree – but it appears that part was directly negotiated by the MLBPA to avoid injuries.

  82. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    What was last year–”we don’t care no Mo?”
    ======================
    Jeter is bigger than Mo.

  83. G. Love April 18th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    mick,

    I was thinking he could bat Tex 10th.

  84. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Rays can’t field, pitch or hit.

  85. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    G.

    That would be an insult. 7th is a good compromise.

  86. NYY_Girl_Penny April 18th, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 8:11 pm
    The spectre of Tex returning hangs over this team like a black cloud.
    ————–

    I don’t mind him coming back but I hope that Girardi doesn’t throw him into the middle of the lineup. Him and Soriano back to back was absolutely terrible to watch. I would move Solarte up in the lineup and maybe put him in the middle of them. Tex is not a middle of the order bat anymore.

    ——–

    Do you think Tex will be more or less productive then Soriano/McCaan ? I can tell you for sure — as the #1 Anti-Tex person here — that having Soriano/McCaan/Tex 4-5-6 or in any consecutive order will be very painful to watch that is for sure. I do think that Tex will have something to prove when he comes back, it’s not going to be like, “hey gazzilionaire just go play and be casual”, he know’s what the fans are thinking of him, but more importantly he knows that his team is hungry and playing hard right now.. nobody wants to be a fat pig when around hungry people! :) That is the only hope I have for Tex, that he goes hard and is hungry as a result.

  87. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    It’s never pretty when the wheels come off.

  88. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    g. love – LOL!

    maybe tex can help the bullpen guys out.

  89. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    drabrams -

    yes! had several weird plays involving the transfer already this season.

  90. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    If I mention the Rays, people around here will say, “You mean the Devil Rays”.

  91. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Will they rate the umps based on replays at the All Star break to see who makes the team?

  92. BoJo April 18th, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:07 pm
    If I were Joe I would ease Tex in slow…like 7th.
    ===
    I’d say let him work the 8th inning first, then move him up as he proves himself….maybe once every three days to give him regular work.

  93. NYY_Girl_Penny April 18th, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    G. Love April 18th, 2014 at 8:14 pm
    mick,

    I was thinking he could bat Tex 10th.

    —–

    LOL ! He has batted 10th and still left runners stranded.. but when they interviewed him he just coughed!

    No seriously, I think we may see a more energetic Tex this season, he will play harder than he has since 2009.. and I’d bat him 2nd before I batted him 3th-4th-5th but he should get the same treatment as anyone who needs to prove himself!! Start at 9th and work his way up.. but Girardi will put him 4th/5th immediately of course.

  94. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    anyone had a boxberger? more like white castle or in n out?

  95. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    ” No time for the old in an out, love. Just came to read the meter”.

    Movie reference.

  96. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    NYY_Girl_Penny April 18th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Everyone I talk to keep saying that he is a nobody playing on adrenayne and it won’t last. I remidn them of the fact that Cano was a career .266 Minor League hitter.. he was nothing special and was almost traded 2x. I have also heard that if you wanna be good at your craft, and get better at it, sorround yourself with people that are good at it.. Hopefully this is just the beginning but I will tell you this much.. he is super fun to watch and I sure love an underdog story, who doesn’t ?
    =====================

    I believe Canos last season in AAA he was only 22, and it was more of a pitchers league. Solarte is 26.

    I agree its a great story and hopefully has a nice ending.

  97. Revenge of Stoneburner April 18th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    clockwork

  98. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Is that Clockwork Orange?

  99. BoJo April 18th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I was worried earlier today about Bedard pitching like he had a chip on his shoulder. Turns out he did pitch like our very own Chip was sitting on his shoulder. Nicely played Chipster!

  100. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Yes! My Druggies!

  101. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    When Tex comes back he should bat 7th, and let him hit himself back up in the order

  102. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    When Tex comes back he should bat 7th, and let him hit himself back up in the order
    =================
    good idea ;)

  103. comet April 18th, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Last year was We’re Crippled by injuries!

  104. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Go Ellsbury!!! I have a crush on him already. Please stay healthy.

  105. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Nice catch by Ells

  106. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Te AMO MUCHO – Elsbury!

  107. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    ells
    jeter
    beltran
    soriano
    mccann
    tex
    solarte
    johnson/roberts
    gardner

    will probably be the order

  108. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Great catch by Ellsbury. Capiche Beltran? See ball . . see wall . . catch ball . . don’t fall

  109. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    as of now Ells is the MVP

  110. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I wonder if Maddon has started drinking yet

  111. Revenge of Stoneburner April 18th, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    this ellsbury guy, this ellsbury guy

  112. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    It’s time for Maddon to bring out the penguins.

  113. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Do we ever get Longoria out?

  114. Jerkface April 18th, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Sizemore quickly spoiling my good vibes from yesterday at third.

  115. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Damn all of this with 2 outs

  116. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Good thing Ells made that catch or it could be a 1 run game

  117. BoJo April 18th, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Is the walk up music for the Tampa Bay 1B Loney Tunes? It should be.

  118. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    as of now Ells is the MVP
    ====================
    Hey! Who’s reading LoHud? 1 min

    David Waldstein @DavidWaldstein

    Hey Yankee fans, who’s your 16-game MVP, Ellsbury or Solarte?

  119. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Come on Kuroda!!!

  120. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Damn…

  121. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Don’t get closer than that. Sizemore is not much of a 3Bman

  122. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    That ball was hit hard but Sizemore shoulda had that. These earned runs don’t show up for what they are on paper.

  123. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Johnson or Solarte will be there when Tex gets back.

  124. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Sizemore looks like he has never played 3rd base before. I don’t know what his natural position is but I don’t like him over there.

  125. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    boy they squeeze em at the Tropicana

  126. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    drabrams April 18th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Safe. All this because of a 2-2 strike that called ball 3.
    ===========

    25% of calls are wrong. Umps don’t call strike 3 as often as other strikes, and they tend favor the home team

  127. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    That inning stunk….

  128. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Bring back Questec.

  129. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I hate umpires that start to squeeze the plate when the momentum shifts. It’s like they want to put themselves in the game. Is that Joe West? I shoulda remembered. Never mind.

  130. jmills April 18th, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Jesus, I’m sorry Yankee fans, I got a cactus in the foot, then I made the point of callling my mother. She always begins by trying to feel out how I’m doing financially.

  131. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Sizemore looks like he has never played 3rd base before. I don’t know what his natural position is but I don’t like him over there.
    ================

    UZR doesn’t either. From the numbers he is better defensively at 2B. SSS though

  132. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    does she still think you’re a dentist?

  133. GregD April 18th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Joe West is terrible!!!!

  134. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Well weak sauce defense cost us 2 runs. Let’s hope it doesn’t come back to bite us in the ass.

  135. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    drabrams April 18th, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    You must concocted all of that, pete.
    ============

    The 25% yeah, but not the 2 strike and home bias, studies have shown this

  136. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Who will be the 3 millionth post?

  137. Jerkface April 18th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Sizemore is a 2B from the minors, but he did play 91 games at third in Oakland in 2011. So he should be fairly familiar with the position. He made such a nice snag yesterday on a hard hit ball that took a hard hop, but then he completely botches that play right there.

    None of the Yankee players have looked good at third. Even Solarte looked bad there.

  138. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!

  139. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:49 pm
    Who will be the 3 millionth post?

    IS there a prize? 2 tickets to Lohud after dark?

  140. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    It was me, I am # 3,000,000, what is my Prize?
    where is peteabe when you need him?

  141. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Can’t believe I won with that! It wasn’t even mine, but the computers.
    =============================================

    Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!

  142. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Solarte has a good eye and good approach up there.

  143. NYY_Girl_Penny April 18th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    McCaan looks like Tex too me at the plate. Way to inpatient, trying to do too much, going out of the zone.. but he makes more contact. I’m not thrilled with McCaan obviously, in fact i am underwhelmed and don’t have many offensive expectations of him.

  144. jmills April 18th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    mick, every time my mom thinks I’m a dentist. I love her, I love my sisters.

  145. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    where is the post count?

  146. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    i keep it manually in my head..

  147. jmills April 18th, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    There’s no post count! :D

  148. mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....nt-3000008

  149. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    ” NYY_Girl_Penny April 18th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    McCaan looks like Tex too me at the plate. Way to inpatient, trying to do too much, going out of the zone.. but he makes more contact. I’m not thrilled with McCaan obviously, in fact i am underwhelmed and don’t have many offensive expectations of him.
    ========================

    He is a catcher, you don’t need as much offense from him as a 1Bman.

  150. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    AHHH — thanks Mick!

  151. mick April 18th, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Must be a big religious holiday tonight, happy, holy to all….good night.

  152. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    It was me, I am # 3,000,000, what is my Prize?
    where is peteabe when you need him?
    ===============

    Watching the Red Sox being dominated by the Orioles

  153. jmills April 18th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    mick, you have been a friend ( and still]

  154. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Offense wake back up!!!!!

  155. mick April 18th, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    It was me, I am # 3,000,000, what is my Prize?
    where is peteabe when you need him?
    =============================
    Didn’t someone named Jessica win the 1 or was it 2 millionth post?
    A few years back.

  156. mick April 18th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    mills thanks no more music tho’

  157. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Sizemore that was ball 4. Good thing he got a big hit earlier….

  158. mick April 18th, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    sizemore working his way off the team

  159. chicken_stanley April 18th, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    No-no alert… Harang no hits top of 7

  160. joecembrale April 18th, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    McCann is going to be just fine. I think he is still pressing too much. In the end, he will play to the back of his baseball card. Tex is a major disappointment because from the left side, he changed the kind of hitter he was to a dead pull hitter and now cannot adjust from that.

  161. jlyanks85 April 18th, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    mick April 18th, 2014 at 9:05 pm
    sizemore working his way off the team

    How when he drove in 3 of of the 4 runs we have tonight?

  162. chicken_stanley April 18th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I would’ve thought Sizemore’s 3 rbi earlier would have granted him a little more slack than it seems he’s being given tonight

  163. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    3 rbi’s minus the 2 runs he cost at 3rd, he’s still +1 but falling fast.

  164. NYY_Girl_Penny April 18th, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 8:59 pm
    ” NYY_Girl_Penny April 18th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    McCaan looks like Tex too me at the plate. Way to inpatient, trying to do too much, going out of the zone.. but he makes more contact. I’m not thrilled with McCaan obviously, in fact i am underwhelmed and don’t have many offensive expectations of him.
    ========================

    He is a catcher, you don’t need as much offense from him as a 1Bman.

    ——–

    I agree, but Girardi doesn’t. He seems to bat him as if he is babe ruth.

  165. J. Alfred Prufrock April 18th, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    penny – You’ve now compared McCann with Russell Munson and Texeira. There are like zero similarities. McCann is way better than Tex is as a lefty and Martin is awful period.

  166. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    drabrams April 18th, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    The 0-2 call to Escobar was likely strike 3.
    =====================

    Both sides seem to be getting the same tight zone

    BTW, my 25% incorrect call estimate was high, its 14%

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/.....z2zI3vofAT

  167. UnKnown April 18th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Exiled were u at the game lasr night

  168. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    I bet Maddon cusses every time Zobrist hits into the shift.

  169. joecembrale April 18th, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Joyce just wears us out…

  170. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    UnKnown. Boy I wish. I have to work till 7pm. Times are hard.

  171. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Jeter has to make that play at SS

  172. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    clutch-
    even if Jeter fields the ball he for sure doesnt throw Joyce out – he’s pretty fast and that’s deep in the hole.

  173. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Would have been a heck of a play if Jeter made it. A lot of SS probably get a glove on it, but not many would also be able to throw Joyce out I don’t think

  174. joecembrale April 18th, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Phelps?

  175. J. Alfred Prufrock April 18th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Hey mills, cheer up. Melky’s 4 for 4 :)

  176. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Make Longoria hit the ball to LF. I am tired of seeing him hit balls out over the plate to RF.

  177. GregD April 18th, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    McCann hitting .381 over past 7 games

  178. J. Alfred Prufrock April 18th, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    GregD, No one sane is worried about McCann ;)

  179. jlyanks85 April 18th, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Have they gotten him out in this series? Every time up it seems like longoria hits the ball hard.

  180. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Exactly what I just said. They have absolutely no idea how to pitch to Longoria. Everything is always away, away to him. You have to change things up with him instead of attacking him the same way every single time.

  181. Jerkface April 18th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Would have been a heck of a play if Jeter made it. A lot of SS probably get a glove on it, but not many would also be able to throw Joyce out I don’t think

    I think most SSs would have fielded it cleanly and thrown from a dead stop tbh Jeter has zero first step and no range, so any play where he is stretching his glove and doesn’t reach is one a better SS gets to.

  182. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    mick April 18th, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    mick April 18th, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    It was me, I am # 3,000,000, what is my Prize?
    where is peteabe when you need him?
    =============================
    Didn’t someone named Jessica win the 1 or was it 2 millionth post?
    A few years back.
    ====================

    Twas before my time.

  183. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Kuroda is done. This should be his last batter.

  184. chicken_stanley April 18th, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    3 rbi’s minus the 2 runs he cost at 3rd, he’s still +1 but falling fast.

    ————

    Tough crowd here tonight :)

  185. blake April 18th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I think maybe half the SSs in the big leagues make that play Jeter didn’t make……not all of them but a lot. Even if he had caught it I doubt he was throwing him out…..

  186. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Harang at 121 pitches and 6 walks through 7. Still has the no no. Do you take him out?

  187. J. Alfred Prufrock April 18th, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    C’mon, Kuroda-san.

  188. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Harang has 6 walks 5k’s and no hits through 7

  189. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Myers is a time bomb waiting to go off

  190. blake April 18th, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I don’t have the spray chart in front of me but shifting Longoria is kinda strange to me…..he can hit the bal the other way and even though he hit that on a line to the outfield he clearly was thinking about hitting it to 2B where nobody was……if you’re gonna shift him then you can’t pitch him away like that

  191. joecembrale April 18th, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    One more out , Kuroda

  192. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Kuroda was in a little bit too long….

  193. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Tough luck Kuroda, ran out of gas.

  194. jlyanks85 April 18th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    These 2 out RBI really are annoying to give up.

  195. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 18th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....n-longoria

    .239 vs red sox
    .301 vs yankees

  196. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Kuroda was in a little bit too long….
    ===================

    Yes, its fortunate Myers did not hit that out and make it a 5-4 deficit

  197. chicken_stanley April 18th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    The bats went to sleep after what appeared to be a comfortable lead… hold ‘m here and then go score a few

  198. Jerkface April 18th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    The Yankees have always had bad game plans against elite hitters.

  199. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Joe was a dollar short and a day late on the call to the BP.

  200. TheStraw April 18th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Should have been pulled after Longoria…

  201. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Rays TV announcers really critical of the Yanks pitchers approaches to their hitters.

  202. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    The Houdini is in

  203. Jerkface April 18th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    http://www.fangraphs.com/spray.....battedball

    This is why you shift on Longoria, Blake. He hits tons of ground balls to the left side.

  204. blake April 18th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Phelps as a fireman isn’t the best thing….

  205. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    It seems like this game is slowing slipping away. The bats went to sleep once Bedard left the game and they have to wake up again if they want to win this game.

  206. blake April 18th, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Jerkface says:
    April 18, 2014 at 9:32 pm
    http://www.fangraphs.com/spray…..battedball

    This is why you shift on Longoria, Blake. He hits tons of ground balls to the left side.

    When you play him normal…..when you shift him I think he’d have the ability to just hit it to 2B……shifts assume the player can’t adjust and certain players can’t…..I’m just not sure Longo is one of those guys

  207. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    This is the kind of game the Yanks always seem to lose. Get some early runs, hitters give up trying to tack on and go down meekly, starter lets opponent back in game, bullpen loses it late.

  208. blake April 18th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Need more runs

  209. chicken_stanley April 18th, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Rays TV announcers really critical of the Yanks pitchers approaches to their hitters.

    —————-

    They may have a valid point in this case…. normally, though, the Rays tv announcers are clueless… worst in baseball, IMO

  210. comet April 18th, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Hey Tom here is an opportunity for you:

    http://www.realtor.com/realest.....otoGallery

  211. Jerkface April 18th, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    When you play him normal…..when you shift him I think he’d have the ability to just hit it to 2B……shifts assume the player can’t adjust and certain players can’t…..I’m just not sure Longo is one of those guys

    So you turn Longoria from a guy that crushes the ball with pull power to someone who is trying to hit ground balls to the right side??? I don’t buy. I never buy it! I don’t buy that hitters can alter their approach so heavily as to completely redistribute their ground ball tendencies. If Longoria could be so good as to hit the ball whereh e wanted, he would already be doing that to hit better.

  212. comet April 18th, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Hey Glen!

    Tight game. We need more runs!

  213. J. Alfred Prufrock April 18th, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Gary Sanchez having a forgettable night behind the plate.

  214. Revenge of Stoneburner April 18th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    steal

  215. Jerkface April 18th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Yankees have a completely rested bullpen so I think they should be able to close this one out so long as they don’t give up a HR.

    Ellsbury had a 250 PA stretch last year where he OPS’d .900, his hot streak could last until June.

  216. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Ellsbury is an elite player, no question about it.

  217. Revenge of Stoneburner April 18th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    good

  218. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I love Ellsbury!

  219. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Ellsbury is going to steal 80 bases , bat 350 and score 150 runs this year

  220. J. Alfred Prufrock April 18th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    When Sori gets hot, he can’t be stopped.

  221. Revenge of Stoneburner April 18th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    nice

  222. blake April 18th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    “So you turn Longoria from a guy that crushes the ball with pull power to someone who is trying to hit ground balls to the right side??? I don’t buy. I never buy it! I don’t buy that hitters can alter their approach so heavily as to completely redistribute their ground ball tendencies.”

    Sure they can…..it depends on where the pitch is. You saw right there that the pitch was away and he just went with it knowing there was a huge hole over there……his swing allows him to do that. As I said if you’re gonna shift guys like him then you have to pitch them inside because he’s gonna hit it where it’s pitched.

  223. joecembrale April 18th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Regardless of how anyone feels about shifts, did anyone really want to see Kuroda, with what he had left, come inside to Longoria.

  224. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Soriano! Love that guy!!!

  225. blake April 18th, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Ellsbuys swing is so good

  226. Revenge of Stoneburner April 18th, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    more

  227. chicken_stanley April 18th, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    comet says:

    April 18, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Hey Glen!

    Tight game. We need more runs!

    ———–

    Hi Comet! Apparently, you request it and then it happens!… you need to post more often! :)

  228. Jerkface April 18th, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Sure they can…..it depends on where the pitch is. You saw right there that the pitch was away and he just went with it knowing there was a huge hole over there……his swing allows him to do that. As I said if you’re gonna shift guys like him then you have to pitch them inside because he’s gonna hit it where it’s pitched.

    He hit a line drive, Blake, which as you can see from his batted ball distribution is already a thing he does to the right side. What the shift is designed to stop is GROUND BALLS. You will have a point when Longoria stops grounding out to the left side 80% of the time.

  229. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Maddon is a genius in his mind but he should have IBB Soriano when Ells stole 2B

  230. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Joe West is absolutely terrible

  231. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Jerkface, I think the point may be that Longoria may be a better hitter when he goes to all fields as opposed to trying to pull the ball and yank it out of the park. The shift encourages Longoria to be a better hitter

  232. NYY fan in NH April 18th, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Ellsbury producing runs. He’s such a nice change of pace for this lineup

  233. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Solarte please don’t get hurt we need you.

  234. jmills April 18th, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    ” I’m on the road to find out “

  235. blake April 18th, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    “He hit a line drive, Blake, which as you can see from his batted ball distribution is already a thing he does to the right side. What the shift is designed to stop is GROUND BALLS. You will have a point when Longoria stops grounding out to the left side 80% of the time.”

    A line drive but he could have hit a hard ground ball too just as easily…..I don’t think he will get shifted enough to find this out but Id be interested to see how his ground ball distribution changed if everyone started shifting him……I bet he’d hit more ground balls to 2b…..

  236. tomingeorgia April 18th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Comet,
    Does that include the rest of Detroit as well?

  237. 4TrainNorth April 18th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    For sure, Jake is special.

  238. blake April 18th, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Solarte can’t be hurt! No!!!!

  239. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    We are stacked, this is no short term aberration. With Ellsbury, Jeter looking like Jeter, Gardner, Beltran, Soriano, McCann, Solarte and Johnson, we are going to score lots of runs. Teixeira doesn’t need to be an elite hitter, above average defense and some long balls and RBI’s will work just fine.

  240. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Despite an OBP over 400, 8 SB and speed that allows him to score from 2B on any single, Ellsbury has only scored 9 runs. This highlights the issues with hitting with RISP for most of the first 16 games

  241. UnKnown April 18th, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Ells is da bomb. How did the Sox let him walk so easy

  242. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Phelps is not a late inning reliever. I know that he is one of Girardi’s boys but he should not be pitching in these posts.

  243. blake April 18th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    UnKnown says:
    April 18, 2014 at 9:50 pm
    Ells is da bomb. How did the Sox let him walk so easy

    Because the media says Grady Sizemore and Jackie Bradley mays are just as good…..basically they wouldn’t pay him…..they are doing the same thing with Lester…..if you won’t sign for a big discount they let you go

  244. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Unless Phelps is pinpoint, he pretty much just throws BP.

  245. blake April 18th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Get somebody up and in there….phelps doesn’t have it

  246. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Ugh, hope Solarte’s OK.

    Watching a different few games here, but when on Yank game looked to me like Kuroda was throwing a ton of sinkers. Noticed I didn’t see many splits, and guess Jack C. just said his splitter wasn’t working well. Nice to get the Ells insurance run, but Phelps needs to shut em down here.

  247. BoJo April 18th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Phelps drives me crazy…can’t put away at 211 hitter

  248. jmills April 18th, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    ” Bring tea for the tealerman, rise for the son “….rain that they made rain.

    Sting rules – great bass player!

  249. GregD April 18th, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Joe West is terrible!!!!!

  250. J. Alfred Prufrock April 18th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Mason Williams denied his
    3rd hit
    Of
    The night when RF leapt and snared a rising line drive over his head.
    Also held up lOn down and away pitch right before hitting the rocket. They’re talking about how
    Strong his wrists are now compared
    To last year. He’s stronger and what have liked is the improved bat control

  251. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Phelps is a bulldog and battles I will give him that. But he doesn’t have the stuff to be a late inning reliever. Girardi’s obsession with him is ridiculous.

  252. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Ouch!

  253. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    That hit Phelps’ throwing hand? SMH

  254. J. Alfred Prufrock April 18th, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    What I have liked…

    Crap, be ok Phelpsie

  255. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    How do none of the Yanks beat reporters question Joe on his use of Phelps? He doesn’t pass the eye test at all.

  256. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    blake April 18th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    UnKnown says:
    April 18, 2014 at 9:50 pm
    Ells is da bomb. How did the Sox let him walk so easy

    Because the media says Grady Sizemore and Jackie Bradley mays are just as good…..basically they wouldn’t pay him…..they are doing the same thing with Lester…..if you won’t sign for a big discount they let you go
    ===============

    Kind of like the Yankees did with Cano. LOL.

    Coming off a World Series win its easier to do. Also, they feel Bradley is a legitimate replacement, and Sizemore is just on a 1 yr deal as insurance.

    Lester has been inconsistent the past 3 years. Red Sox got burned on the last Beckett extension and want to make sure the last 2 months last year was not a fluke.

    Also, there was some bad blood between Ells and the Red Sox over the way they handled his injury in 2010.

    They also don’t forgive players who don’t sign team friendly extensions and go Y2Y like he and Papelbon did.

  257. jmills April 18th, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Oh,” how lord, how they play and play on this happy day, On this happy day!

  258. J. Alfred Prufrock April 18th, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Blessing in disguise?? IGTs either bring out the worst
    In people or some
    Of
    The worst people bring themselves
    To IGTs

  259. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Phelps has been lights out his last four games. No runs allowed, two hits and six strikeouts. Questioning Girardi’s pen management? Really? That’s rich.

  260. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    jmills, looks like the Melkman is delivering.

  261. BoJo April 18th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Phelps reminds me of Bob Tewksbury. George would have run Phelps out of town by tomorrow.

  262. Revenge of Stoneburner April 18th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Betances the Dolphin – Phelps the tunafish

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQR4-cl9ODc

  263. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Stupid base running! Good for us.

  264. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Good job by Jeter. Escobar seems like a total tool, he acts like he is the greatest player ever.

  265. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Niice

  266. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    If the Sox don’t want Lester I’ll take him

  267. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    The Tampa clubhouse boy better go remove all sharp objects from Madden’s office immediately.

  268. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    As Eddy Stanky liked to say, Escobar is an All Star from the neck down, although in Escobars case he is not even an All Star

  269. comet April 18th, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Hey Mills. Nice weather these days!

    Who are you picking to get to the Stanley Cup finals?

  270. jlyanks85 April 18th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Little uncomfortable having Thornton face a righty and switch hitter back to back. Hopeful he gets this guy out.

  271. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Escobar dumb

  272. jmills April 18th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    ” I just don’t want to work around just like they say “

  273. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    SweetSpot says:
    April 18, 2014 at 10:01 pm
    The Tampa clubhouse boy better go remove all sharp objects from Madden’s office immediately.

    Yea he was on the radio today and he seemed pretty frustrated…..he’s all about fundamentals and not beating yourself …

  274. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    And Escobar costs the Rays a run

  275. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Déjà Boonie

  276. chicken_stanley April 18th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Blessing in disguise?? IGTs either bring out the worst
    In people or some
    Of
    The worst people bring themselves
    To IGTs

    ——————–

    Sorry for the ignorance but I’m listening to John and Suzy… are we winning? :)

  277. jmills April 18th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Comet, I’m stuck here avec, Cat Stevens! :)

  278. NYY fan in NH April 18th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    bullpen struggling here a bit tonight.. Where’s Warren?

  279. J. Alfred Prufrock April 18th, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Sox are not
    Good.

  280. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Good job by Jeter. Escobar seems like a total tool, he acts like he is the greatest player ever.
    =====================

    Doesn’t expect to be paid like one though, didn’t he take a pretty team friendly extension?

  281. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Thornton facing 2 righties is hysterical. That is exactly why I don’t want a lefty specialist on this team because Girardi just can’t help himself and he will have him face righty batters.

  282. comet April 18th, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    wings beat the bruins

  283. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Boone Logan-like…

  284. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    The bullpen is killing them tonight….

  285. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Wish Betances could pitch

  286. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Jeters too short

  287. GregD April 18th, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Joe West has a bb like strike zone

  288. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    This is going to be a tough win. Tampa’s a good team. Come on boys.

  289. jlyanks85 April 18th, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Another 2 out run , this is ridiculous.

  290. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Rays have not scored this many runs in 10 games

  291. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Every team’s pen has nights like this. Grinding.

  292. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Longoria trying to yank one

  293. J. Alfred Prufrock April 18th, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Freddy – ATM

  294. joecembrale April 18th, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Does anyone have the stats on how many two strike hits Thornton has given up this year?

  295. jmills April 18th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    a, ” blue eyed drummer reherses outside”

  296. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Squeezed

  297. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Joe west sucks so bad

  298. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Joe West is absolutely dreadful behind the plate

  299. J. Alfred Prufrock April 18th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Nah that was low

  300. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Just like I said earlier, this is the kind of game the Yanks always lose.

  301. joecembrale April 18th, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    It was low

  302. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Of course that call will cost them the game it always does. Girardi should come out and go crazy on West if Loney gets a hit.

  303. jmills April 18th, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    ” Seconds tick the time out “

  304. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    That was low.

  305. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Joe West is absolutely dreadful behind the plate
    ================

    MLB average is 14% incorrect calls behind the plate

  306. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Great slider!!!

  307. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Agree it was low. But that slider was nice. Get him, ADam.

  308. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Was that not the same exact pitch longoria walked on?

  309. J. Alfred Prufrock April 18th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Crap

  310. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Calamity

  311. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Crap. That’s tough

  312. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Dang it

  313. joecembrale April 18th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Two strike hit

  314. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I knew he would get a hit. You could see the game slipping away….

  315. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Crap. Predictable. Right over the plate.

  316. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Longoria and Loney. Tough guys to get out.

  317. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    It’s interesting. When one person in the pen sucks they all suck afterwards…

  318. J. Alfred Prufrock April 18th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Scared

  319. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Go after him.

  320. NYY fan in NH April 18th, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    What a bullpen implosion tonight.. Luck had to end sometime

  321. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    The fear when you face a team that is not awful and is struggling to score that they break out, and that’s basically what happened. Joe Wets tight zone helped, but he has been consistent for both teams

  322. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    They really need to let Betances pitch situations like these….i know he’s not available because he threw 2 yesterday but he shouldn’t be throwing garbage innings…..he should be throwing these innings because he’s got the stuff to get out of these situations

  323. joecembrale April 18th, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Courage, JAP, courage :)

  324. NYY fan in NH April 18th, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    1-2 count. Attack the hitter!! Finish him. Phelps and Warren took a step back tonight

  325. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    The Rays lineup is absolutely dreadful and they haven’t been able to score all season. The Yankees bullpen has been great but they were terrible tonight. It is bound to happen one night.

  326. jlyanks85 April 18th, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    All 6 runs with 2 outs. Yanks were just not able to put away innings tonight and could cost us the game.

  327. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Blake Betances wont get these innings until he proves he can come in and throws trikes consistently.

  328. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Nice pitch, but these guys aren’t really back end pen guys. They don’t have the explosive stuff or the killer mentality. Too fine, too much pitching not to get hit.

  329. J. Alfred Prufrock April 18th, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Someone else
    Want to email Chad
    For a change? It ain’t my turn.

  330. comet April 18th, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    We need a couple more runs. Lets go NYY

  331. weez April 18th, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    #freedellin

  332. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    NYY fan in NH April 18th, 2014 at 10:17 pm
    1-2 count. Attack the hitter!! Finish him. Phelps and Warren took a step back tonight

    —–

    Stop being so dramatic.
    They weren’t going to pitch a zero era all year.
    Everyone gives up runs eventually.

  333. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    The offense went to sleep after the 2nd inning and that is what will cost them the game. Also not having a 7th inning reliever. Phelps and Thornton aren’t the answer in the 7th inning of a 2 run game. Girardi got away with it so far but it bound to hurt them eventually.

  334. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Balfour as closer does not scare me. 6.76 FIP

  335. NYY fan in NH April 18th, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Maybe this is a game you’d like to see a Joel Hanrahan in? He looks good in rehab!

  336. J. Alfred Prufrock April 18th, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Betances is a man among boys.
    Too bad Joe doesn’t know it. Trade him somewhere where they appreciate a pitcher no one hits.

  337. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    It takes a real loser to troll a blog on a Friday night….
    I’m sure this Abrams clown knows what a loser he is so just ignore him.

  338. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Peralta = Amsterdam and 109.

  339. jmills April 18th, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Alfred, rest!

  340. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Betances will never get big innings until he proves that he can throw strikes. He has the stuff but he has no idea where the ball is going.

  341. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    ac1 says:
    April 18, 2014 at 10:17 pm
    Blake Betances wont get these innings until he proves he can come in and throws trikes consistently.

    It’s time to forget that…..they don’t have anyone else with the stuff to get it done in situations like that. Betances hasn’t given up a run despite throwing some balls in a couple of outings

  342. jlyanks85 April 18th, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:18 pm
    The offense went to sleep after the 2nd inning and that is what will cost them the game. Also not having a 7th inning reliever. Phelps and Thornton aren’t the answer in the 7th inning of a 2 run game. Girardi got away with it so far but it bound to hurt them eventually.

    4 run lead early against this rays offense should be enough to win this game. Kuroda struggling late and the pen I blame if we don’t come back.

  343. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Great.

  344. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Chad, toilet flush is needed please. Thank you.

  345. BoJo April 18th, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 18th, 2014 at 9:59 pm
    Blessing in disguise?? IGTs either bring out the worst
    In people or some
    Of
    The worst people bring themselves
    To IGTs
    ====
    You know I love you and no disrespect meant, but I have to know….do you type with your feet?

  346. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I agree Blake but he is the rookie and he has to earn it by showing some sort of consistency.
    He definitely has the best stuff.

  347. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    And you know the Yanks will give up now that they’re behind

  348. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Glad I didn’t bet on this game, I had it as a blow out Win

  349. GregD April 18th, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    let’s come back now!!!

  350. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Doesn’t have good PH numbers, so he is due.

  351. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Kuroda can’t be let off the hook, either.

    He hasn’t looked that good this year at all. More like late last season.

  352. BoJo April 18th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    chicken_stanley April 18th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Sorry for the ignorance but I’m listening to John and Suzy… are we winning?
    ————–
    Sorry for the ignorance but I’m listening to John and Suzy… is there a game on?

    FIXED

  353. Jerkface April 18th, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Maybe the Yankees should see how Betances does with regular work before declaring him unfit for high leverage. He is always going to be a risk of walks, but you take the walks because he will not give up hits and strike everyone out. David Robertson walked lots of guys and he was still an elite setup man. Maybe the walks might stop Betances from ever being a closer on this team, but he could probably close for *some team* or at least fill a setup role here.

    He is basically averaging a 1 hitter right now out of the pen with 15 Ks. 0 Runs.

  354. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    They aren’t quitting

  355. GregD April 18th, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    the bullpen has been excellent but they let us down tonight…..

  356. GregD April 18th, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    the bullpen has been excellent but they let us down tonight…..

  357. Jerkface April 18th, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Maybe the Yankees should see how Betances does with regular work before declaring him unfit for high leverage. He is always going to be a risk of walks, but you take the walks because he will not give up hits and strike everyone out. David Robertson walked lots of guys and he was still an elite setup man. Maybe the walks might stop Betances from ever being a closer on this team, but he could probably close for *some team* or at least fill a setup role here.

    He is basically averaging a 1 hitter right now out of the pen with 15 Ks. 0 Runs.

  358. joecembrale April 18th, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Ichiro needs to cheat a little here and pop one

  359. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Kuroda is up there in age maybe he doesn’t have 90 + pitches in him anymore. Girardi tried to stretch him through 2 extra batters and it cost them like it always does. I really hate when Girardi does that since it never works and he does it with CC all the time.

  360. cs in la April 18th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    The BP was due for a letdown.

  361. BoJo April 18th, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:23 pm
    Glad I didn’t bet on this game, I had it as a blow out Win
    ====
    I had a bad feeling about ti before the game and was saying we can’t take it for granted. “You can’t predict baseball Susyn…”

  362. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Tampa Bay Rays ?@RaysBaseball

    .@RaysJoeMaddon showing managerial savvy to get #Rays 1st lead in 42 innings. Used 2 pinch hitters, 1 pinch runner to claw back vs @Yankees.

    Ya he died for our sins too.

  363. Jerkface April 18th, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Both Shawn Kelley & David Robertson worked back to back games after throwing 20+ pitches in the first game multiple times last year. Shawn Kelley did it twice while throwing more pitches than Betances did so I don’t buy that he is unavailable for throwing ~25 pitches.

  364. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Betances is the only reliever other than Robertson who passes the eye test and looks like he can get a big out.

    The mark of poor “stuff” is how many hits the yankee relievers give up with 2 strikes. See how many the Rays pen give up with those counts.

  365. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    “Both Shawn Kelley & David Robertson worked back to back games after throwing 20+ pitches in the first game multiple times last year. Shawn Kelley did it twice while throwing more pitches than Betances did so I don’t buy that he is unavailable for throwing ~25 pitches.”

    Not saying he should be but I bet he is

  366. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    They can score a run off Balfour

  367. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Maddon outmanaged Girardi, which seems to happen every time these teams play.

  368. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Atta boy, Ichi.

  369. UnKnown April 18th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    You all are complaining about the strike zone like you are a bunch of Red Sox players. That pitched to evan was WAY low. It almost hit the dirt. Gut check time now. Let’s see if they can scratch across a few runs in the ninth. This ain’t on West. Its on the Pen. Grow up and own it

  370. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Ichiro is a superb defensive outfielder!

  371. joecembrale April 18th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Wow

  372. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Good lord Ichiro can still play RF

  373. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Glad we didn’t release him

  374. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    “They can score a run off Balfour”

    LOL, not even close. Their pen knows how to finish off hitters. Yanks will lose the next two games after this collapse.

  375. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:32 pm
    Maddon outmanaged Girardi, which seems to happen every time these teams play.

    —-

    Yeah it’s girardis fault phelps and warren couldn’t get outs…

    Must have missed the stat that shows the rays are undefeated against the yankees…

  376. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    It’s hilarious how freely you throw around the word collapse.
    2004 was a collapse.
    Giving up a four run lead over 7 innings is not a collapse.
    It’s a bad day.

  377. joecembrale April 18th, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    2 strike hit

  378. charlestonchew April 18th, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Warren should have gone with a changeup against Hannigan. Was obvious he was looking fastball.

  379. Hankflorida April 18th, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    joecembrale says:
    April 18, 2014 at 10:28 pm
    Ichiro needs to cheat a little here and pop one

    This lineup has only two proven power hitters and don’t expect Gardner, Ellsbury or Ichiro to pop one. Let see if they can manufacture some runs with speed and clutch hits in the 9th as they scored enough tonight to win without the long ball.

  380. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    That’s the killer

  381. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Ugh, clear he didn’t have it…

  382. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    More 2 out magic for this minor league lineup. Ridiculous.

  383. egk April 18th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Damn! Warren really stunk it up tonight.

  384. charlestonchew April 18th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    I still think we’re coming back against Balfour. The guy just isn’t any good anymore.

  385. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    “Maddon outmanaged Girardi, which seems to happen every time these teams play.

    —-

    Yeah it’s girardis fault phelps and warren couldn’t get outs…

    Must have missed the stat that shows the rays are undefeated against the yankees…”

    It’s Girardi’s fault for seeing something in Phelps that simply isn’t there. And it’s Girardi’s fault for wasting Betances in a mop-up role when Phelps talent is at that kind of level and should be used in low leverage situations.

    I predicted the Yanks would lose this game when they were still ahead by a few runs and I predict they will lose the next two vs the Rays. This was a huge momentum killing loss for NY. And if Kuroda can’t hold a four run lead, what good is he?

  386. Jerkface April 18th, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Warren has now thrown 32 pitches in this game, why was he left in for the 8th?

  387. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Betances next time please

  388. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Oh well, you can’t win them all.

  389. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Warren has nothing tonight, everything is right over the plate. Even though the bullpen has been very good I still think it’s the worst part of the team. None of these guys are really that good.

  390. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I predict I predict.
    It’s real easy to do all that predicting when there is no punishment for bring wrong.

    How bout you put your money where your pie hole is.

    If you are wrong and we win tomorrow or Sunday, you go away for a week….

    Let’s see how much you talk when someone calls you out.

  391. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    There’s always one freakin little guy that kills us. It’s Sean Rodriguez right now. I used to hate Brian Roberts cause he used to get the big hit off us.

  392. NYY fan in NH April 18th, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Complete implosion tonight. Maybe Warren was a little over hyped in this role. Kinda makes you wonder what the bullpen will be like going forward

  393. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Warren is nothing. He’s gotten by on luck so far and that will even out. Just watch him pitch. No pitches are above average. Same with Phelps and same with Kelley and same with Thornton.

    This bullpen will be melting down more often than not.

  394. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Joe Capozzi ?@joecapMARLINS 20m
    Wow! Giancarlo Stanton walk-off grand slam #marlins 8-4 over Seattle

  395. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    ACTUALLY WATCH THESE BULLPEN PITCHERS!

    NONE HAVE ANY “PLUS” PITCHES OTHER THAN ROBERTSON AND BETANCES!

  396. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Talk about an overreaction! The Yankee pen hadn’t given up a run in the last seven days. They had a rough game on the road, it happens to the best relief pitchers and bullpens. They missed their location to some good hitters – they will be better next time.

  397. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    No wonder everyone hates yankee fans.
    You people are so beyond overdramatic is is sad.
    One bad day.
    We are in first place.
    We were not going to be 162-0 and warren was going to have a bad day.
    Your lives must be so pathetically sad if every time something goes wrong you want to jump.

  398. jlyanks85 April 18th, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:39 pm
    Warren has nothing tonight, everything is right over the plate. Even though the bullpen has been very good I still think it’s the worst part of the team. None of these guys are really that good.

    The bullpen had one bad night, it’s going to happen from time to time in a 162 game season even against awful lineups like the rays.

  399. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Kinda makes you wonder what the bullpen will be like going forward
    ————-

    I think the only 2 good parts of the bullpen are Kelly and Robertson. Everyone else is decent but nothing special and none of them are back of the bullpen type guys besides Robertson. I hate to say it but I think the bullpen is going to struggle all year.

  400. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    “They missed their location to some good hitters – they will be better next time.”

    Do you watch any baseball other than the Yanks?

    The Rays offense is awful. It takes a really rotten bullpen to blow a lead vs them. And it takes a rotten starter to even let them in the game when he has a 4-0 lead.

  401. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Show me a team with 7 special players in the bullpen.
    Good luck

  402. chicken_stanley April 18th, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    At the beginning of the game, we were world beaters; on top of the world! .. 3 hours later, we are scum of the earth… c’mon guys, some perspective. Bad game tonight… 5 good ones previously. No reason to celebrate and also no reason to panic

  403. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Aceves will be up when he’s ready. Also, When D-Robs back, everybody gets pushed back an inning.

  404. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Badger fan still waiting for you to put your money where your mouth is.
    Shocker you are just ignoring it to continue whining over and over

  405. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    If the Yanks pen can’t handle the pressure of pitching in Tampa, it’s going to be a bloodbath in Fenway.

  406. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    “Badger fan still waiting for you to put your money where your mouth is.
    Shocker you are just ignoring it to continue whining over and over”

    I’ll live up to my end and leave for a week. You do the same?

  407. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Talk about an overreaction! The Yankee pen hadn’t given up a run in the last seven days. They had a rough game on the road, it happens to the best relief pitchers and bullpens. They missed their location to some good hitters – they will be better next time.
    ========================

    Against some struggling offenses. In fact, this season the Yankes pitching has not faced a team with a league average offense based on OPS coming into tonights game.

  408. SweetSpot April 18th, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:42 pm
    No wonder everyone hates yankee fans.
    You people are so beyond overdramatic is is sad.
    One bad day.
    We are in first place.
    We were not going to be 162-0 and warren was going to have a bad day.
    Your lives must be so pathetically sad if every time something goes wrong you want to jump.
    _____________

    Thank you for your rationality, common sense and for actually understanding baseball.

  409. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I remember when the badgers lost that bowl game to Boise state.
    Speaking of huge choke jobs.

  410. comet April 18th, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    This is looking ugly.

  411. ecc16 April 18th, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Cabral is we worthless

  412. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I like that. It wasn’t on purpose but since it was Longoria it’s nice to see.

  413. mick April 18th, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    The worst people bring themselves
    To IGTs
    ==========
    Does that mean you?

  414. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    “I remember when the badgers lost that bowl game to Boise state.
    Speaking of huge choke jobs.”

    Sure was. Inexcusable.

  415. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Cabral shouldn’t be on the team he isn’t a major leaguer. He throws with his left hand so that is why he is here but he isn’t any good.

  416. Jerkface April 18th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Girardi brought in Thornton to face 2 righties instead of say bringing in Betances or Kelley or Warren immediately. Thats a managerial mistake. Then he left Warren in when he struggled to get out of the 7th. Second mistake right there.

  417. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Cabral needs to get out of there.

  418. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Safe to say cabral will be gone when tex returns

  419. mick April 18th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I guess we now know who’s going down for Tex.

  420. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I think the mistake was pitching Betances in useless innings yesterday when they had a big lead

  421. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    So Cabral is going to take out the entire Rays lineup to set things up for the next 2 games.

  422. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    So, AC, you leave for a week if Yanks lose next two?

    The bet is on?

  423. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    I’m not surprised he Logan’d Thornton. You know who is and isn’t going to be used/misused/overused.

    Cabral is going to kill someone if they don’t get him out of there.

  424. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Better to get this out of their system tonight

  425. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    I would not be comfortable as a hitter now

  426. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    With Nova and Nuno, Yanks are dead meat.

  427. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Deal badger. It’s on.

  428. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    blake, um, yeah, but Joe doesn’t “trust” him.

  429. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I get not wanting to use another guy but this is embarassing

  430. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    C’mon, AC, I’m calling you out.

  431. Eric in the ATL April 18th, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I’d send him down before Tex comes back!!!

  432. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    If this was a bar, folks would be throwing drinks at each other and blood would spill. Then tomorrow, most would realize what fools they were for fighting. Some would think they were cool.

  433. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    OK, AC, Nova and Nuno, lol.

    Enjoy.

  434. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    We could be here all night.

  435. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Armageddon

  436. mick April 18th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    betances will move up sooner than you think…after tonight.

  437. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Too bad he’s gone; Swish could have pitched.

  438. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Joe isn’t happy

  439. mick April 18th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    wheres shane greene

  440. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Anyone who has MLB Extra Innings and has watched the Tampa offense knows just how bad the Yanks bullpen has to be to have this happen.

  441. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Badger I said its on

  442. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    If I were the Rays I would be getting pissed off right about now.

  443. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Cabral should be gone tomorrow. He is a AAA player.

  444. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Did joe west really throw him out of the game?

  445. mick April 18th, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    joes gonna get thrown

  446. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    What a friggin’ disgrace.

  447. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    In AAA: Shane Greene pitched for SWB tonight.

  448. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Now we get to waste Kelley as well.

  449. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Someone needs to tell cabral when you are ejected you have to leave.

  450. mick April 18th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    why not greene, why kelly, this is nutz

  451. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Maddon has no choice but to retaliate now. Sure, you can say Cabral had no idea where the ball is going, but Girardi still kept him in there. West did what Girardi should have done, and that is getting Cabral out of there before someone gets hurt

  452. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Poor Cabral.

    Greene’s in AAA. Pitched tonight for SWB.

  453. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Clueless Joe Girardi.

  454. mick April 18th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    right they sent him down…

  455. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Greene will be back tomorrow.
    The pen has been wasted tonight

  456. UnKnown April 18th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Did joe west really throw him out of the game?
    ———-
    Girardi wasn’t going to remove him.

  457. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Didn’t Greene get sent down Mick

  458. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Girardi brought in Thornton to face 2 righties
    ———–

    He does that often and it seems to cost them every single time. He never learns that an opposing manager will pinch hit for any player that is not a star. His biggest negative as a manager is his misuse of a lefty reliever.

  459. bbb51 April 18th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Phelps isn’t all that good and I’ve been reserving judgement on Warren because I never thought all that much of him. Betances is better than at least those two, and it wouldn’t shock me if he became the eig this season.

    Girardi needs to stop being Mr. Conservative though.

  460. mnmboys April 18th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Should have used a position player to get last out

  461. Jerkface April 18th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Not much more to be learned from this one, lets get 1 out and then go down quietly in the 9th and go home.

  462. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    exiled, Greene’s down in AAA.

  463. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    It’s weird that when one pen guy falls apart, all subsequent pitchers come in and suck bad also….

  464. chicken_stanley April 18th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Did joe west really throw him out of the game?

    —————–

    I dont think Cowboy thought intent was an issue… more like a public safety issue. :)

  465. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    How do the Yanks come up with guys who cannot handle any pressure like Cabral?

  466. mnmboys April 18th, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Anyone else throwing the ball well down at SWB? How is Montgomery doing?

  467. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Joe should have let Anna pitch

  468. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    “Should have used a position player to get last out”

    Absolutely.

  469. ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    What pressure?
    It’s one game in mid April….

  470. UnKnown April 18th, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Kelley’s still good for tomorrow for sure.

  471. blake April 18th, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    If this gets them to finally use the best reliever they have then it was worth it

  472. rm April 18th, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Which position player? Soriano, Ichiro, Beltran ?

  473. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Joe does not look happy. Probably had already rung this one up on the left side after the way the game started, I know I did

  474. exiledintampa April 18th, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I still say the whole complection of this game flipped on a ground ball A-Rod woulda made quick work of. bigdan will say defense doesn’t matter. he will be wrong.

  475. RYUKINGDOM April 18th, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Giradi saw some magic in a Cabral and falls in love with Phelps. Phelps is a lucky boy who always gets the benefit of the doubt. I can’t believe McCann didn’t go out there with Warren when they had all those batters ahead of the count.

  476. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Greene threw 20 pitches tonight, blew the save. Burawa’s been good, but has given up some walks lately; hopefully, he isn’t reverting. Montgomery’s numbers have been good, but not sure how he is looking (haven’t watched him pitch); don’t know if fastball is still problematic.

  477. bbb51 April 18th, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    That was crazy bad control issues, not sure I’ve ever seen a pitcher that bad, at least not one left in that long.

  478. jmills April 18th, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I like kelly johnson and Shaun Greene. Aaron Hill is a better bet! …anyway

  479. mick April 18th, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    i don’t even think they can bring greene back up so soon but cabral will go down for tex now.
    hope phelps is ok or they could dl him for drob.
    betances has to move up now

  480. UnKnown April 18th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    David Waldstein @DavidWaldstein

    Hey, even if that was accidental, Cabral deserves to be ejected just for being that bad.

  481. Captain Clutch April 18th, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Joe West is a great umpire. What a joke.

  482. UnKnown April 18th, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Axisa wants to deal Sanchez AND Banuelos for Utley. Damn I don’t know if we can do that.

  483. mick April 18th, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    why isn’t anna in for jete

  484. rm April 18th, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Can’t fault West for protecting the batters

  485. Sock Puppet April 18th, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    The sky is falling ……………. NOT !

  486. bbb51 April 18th, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I wouldn’t let Ellsbury hit just in case Maddon decides to retaliate.

  487. mnmboys April 18th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Pen will be fine when they have Betances, Thorton, Kelly and DRob pitching the innings they are supposed to. Phelps should not be used for anything other than long relief when a starter fails to pitch through the 5th. Joe is using phelps and warren every other day and they are not used to those roles.

  488. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    ac1 April 18th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    It’s weird that when one pen guy falls apart, all subsequent pitchers come in and suck bad also….
    ================

    Maybe its like a talent competition. The first guy who comes out stinks so bad the audience starts throwing garbage at him, and the next guy up gets thrown off his game, slipping on the garbage that remains on stage, and the same thing happens. Like dominoes. Something like that maybe

  489. Eric in the ATL April 18th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Get Joel Hanrahan fitted for pinstripes!

  490. bigdan22 April 18th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    So what have I been saying since the season began? This bullpen was constructed wrong from the get go. Too many starters. Not enough relief pitchers. Warren, Nuno and Phelps are not relief pitchers. They’ve all been hammered at least once in this young season because they are occupying roles not suited for them. The cascade effect that I warned about is in full force. This is the fourth bullpen fail of the young season and the second loss.

    I pointed this out over the winter. Defense fails aren’t fatal. They can be corrected in game. A bullpen fail like this is can’t be corrected. Chalk it up.

  491. pete2 April 18th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Put that one down the memory hole and forget about it.

  492. mick April 18th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    reality might have hit both phelps and warren tonight
    who’s to say the same won’t happen to betances.
    none of them are relievers and can’t go everyday.

  493. chicken_stanley April 18th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    You know the old saying – every cloud has a silver lining. Damn if I can find it, though :)

  494. mnmboys April 18th, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Betances at least pitched a bunch of relief innings in SWB. He was much stronger as a reliever than starter. Same can’t be said for phelps and warren.

  495. yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    “chicken_stanley April 18th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    You know the old saying – every cloud has a silver lining. Damn if I can find it, though :)”

    I thought the saying was “don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.” ;)

    Chicken alert :arrow:

  496. Badgerfan April 18th, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    It’s not like Phelps and Warren were lights out first time through the order as starters and then faded, so going to the bullpen would maximize their potential. They were below average starters who had to have perfect control to be effective. Exactly the opposite of what you want out of a late inning guy.

  497. Eric in the ATL April 18th, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    The silver lining may be that Betances moves up in the pecking order. I’ll give Warren a pass because he’s been damn good, but Phelps should not be used in short relief. Long man and spot starter only.

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