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Would You Believe?
2006-06-04 07:59
by Alex Belth
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

With the meat of the Lumber Company--Matsui, Sheffield, Rodriguez and Giambi--unavailable yesterday, it looked like it'd be an uphill battle all afternoon for the Bronx Bombers. When Randy Johnson allowed three runs in the first I wondered if Miguel Cairo might get some mound time before the game was through. But Johnson settled down nicely and pitched into the eighth inning. Scott Proctor blew a two-run lead but Johnny Damon hit a line drive, solo home run against Chris Ray in the top of the 10th, and Chien-Ming Wang survived some tension in the bottom of the frame as the Yankees beat the Orioles, 6-5.

Damon had three hits, Jeter had two, while Bernie drove in three and Andy Phillips popped another dinger. But the big story was that Johnson gave his team the length they were looking for. Though he did not figure in the decision, it was an encouraging performance. And another "W" for the Relacement Level Yankees? Yo Snoops, we'll take it.

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2006-06-04 08:26:19
1.   Levy2020
What do people think of the 10th inning bullpen strategy? I was especially flummoxed becuase I didn't know that Rasner was on the DL.

Matt Smith was the only reliever who hadn't pitched in either of the two previous games, and Torre has to expect to empty the bullpen for Small (hasn't been pitching well) and Wright (hasn't been pitching 6+) every week.

And this everything we need to know about Scott Erickson. Send him down, trade him, do something. He's just taking up a spot. It's one thing to be bad on the roster, but this cements him as "not used," I think.

But why would Joe bring in Myers to face a single righty (instead of Smith especially) and then why use Wang as a reliever? It worked, but I thought Wang always had trouble in (a) his first inning of work and (b) with runners on. Especially bad traits for relief work.

2006-06-04 08:34:59
2.   xiemark
First career save for Wang since high school!
2006-06-04 08:38:18
3.   Jeteupthemiddle
I don't think Smith was there yet.

At least, I don't think we can assume he was there considering he was flying out of Columbus yesterday.

2006-06-04 08:41:31
4.   randym77
Smith wasn't there. Torre said he got there during the 10th, and would have been available to pitch the 11th, if necessary.
2006-06-04 08:45:00
5.   randym77
The Post calls them the "Home Grown Gang":

http://www.nypost.com/sports/yankees/64655.htm

>> Grow your own and roll it in pinstriped papers. It's something the Yankees haven't done since the late '60s, when everyone was doing it.

When was the last time seven of the nine names in a Yankees lineup were home grown? Maybe never. <<

2006-06-04 08:57:01
6.   atc
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If memory serves, Torre employed the same late inning strategy against Roberts last season, i.e., bringing in a lefty to make Roberts bat from the right side, only to have Roberts deposit Mike Stanton's first pitch into the leftfield seats and end the game. Even though he got away with it yesterday, I cannot comprehend why he didn't let Wang start the inning.
2006-06-04 08:59:25
7.   unpopster
Regarding the pen, I've been giving Mendoza some thought and I think we have to give Torre, Cashman and the FO the benefit of the doubt.

The questions has repeatedly been posed here: why hasn't Mendoza been called up to take Erickson's place?

I think the asnwer is that Mendoza is being readied to be that mid-season STARTING savior (a la Small and Chacon circa '05) that we will almost certainly need this year. With the advance ages of Johnson and Mussina, plus the historical health issues with Wright and Wang, I think we'll be needing a starter at some point this season. Instead of trading our chips away for a Dontrell Willis, maybe the FO sees a healthy and effective Mendoza as the answer.

Mendoza has been succeeding so far in Columbus. All he needs is to strengthen his wing a little more and he might just be the answer come mid-season when a Johnson or Wright go down with an injury.

We all know that Mendoza has always wanted to start. Maybe he'll finally get the chance to stick as a starter in '06?

Thoughts?

2006-06-04 09:07:01
8.   Jeteupthemiddle
I think the reason is that the Mendoza is still only being clocked at 84 mph and they aren't confident that he will be able to get out major leaguers. He knows how to pitch so he is getting the minor leaguers out, but he won't "fool" big leaguers. Didn't he throw 95 when he was here?

Whether that's true or not, I don't know, but I do think that is their reasoning.

As for Erickson, I'm hoping that in the very least he is released when Chacon comes back from the DL.

2006-06-04 09:15:00
9.   Rob Gee
"Grow your own and roll it in pinstriped papers."

Nice.

2006-06-04 09:15:08
10.   randym77
This is the lineup according to YES. Giambi's in, A-rod's still out.

Johnny Damon CF
Melky Cabrera LF
Derek Jeter SS 5
Jason Giambi DH
Jorge Posada C
Bernie Williams RF
Andy Phillips 1B
Robinson Canó 2B
Miguel Cairo 3B

Subject to change at any moment, of course, given the way this season's gone for us.

2006-06-04 09:21:36
11.   randym77
YES just changed the posted lineup:

Johnny Damon CF
Melky Cabrera LF
Derek Jeter SS
Alex Rodriguez DH
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Canó 2B
Andy Phillips 1B
Terrance Long RF
Miguel Cairo 3B

A-Rod's in, Giambi's out.

2006-06-04 09:28:02
12.   sam2175
So Terrence Long in, Bernie Williams out.

:sigh:

2006-06-04 09:30:36
13.   RichYF
On the bright side, TJ Beam just got promoted to Columbus.
2006-06-04 09:32:57
14.   randym77
I can understand not wanting to overwork Bernabe...but what about Thompson? He got a hit and a BB yesterday, which means he's already got better numbers than T-ball.
2006-06-04 09:35:29
15.   Rob Gee
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2006-06-04 09:40:10
16.   Jeteupthemiddle
10, 11 Sadly, I found that amusing.

And on another note, when both Arod and Giambi are healthy again, I advocate keeping the lineup as is with 1-3 being Damon, Cabrera, Jeter.

2006-06-04 09:42:18
17.   markp
I like Cabrera, but when Arod & Giambi return he should be moved to a spot lower than either of them in the line-up.
2006-06-04 09:49:35
18.   rbj
7 Interesting idea, unpopster, but I don't remember Mendoza being a particularly effective starter in years past. Partly that was due to him being the long man/spot starter. I'd rather see him back in that role, minus starting.
2006-06-04 10:12:08
19.   JeremyM
Why Long? Geez. Give Thompson another shot.
2006-06-04 10:19:08
20.   rbj
OK, who's this Jason Brown kid I see getting bumped from Tampa to Columbus? Is he that good to make the leap or what?
2006-06-04 10:24:17
21.   RichYF
18 I agree. I saw Mendoza pitch against the Twins' AAA team. I believe the game was rained out, but before it was, he didn't really impress me. He does his best work in the short term. Lohse went for the Twins, and you can tell he has major league stuff. He was dominating the lineup. Mendoza gave up 2-3 runs before the 4th, and he just looked very "hittable." I'm not sure on his velocity, however. He's a sinkerball, isn't he? The "average" sinker is mid-high 80s, so I wouldn't be surprised if that's where he was.

I see no reason to start Long over Thompson, but at this point my guess is that Torre sees them as "interchangeable" much like the Farns/Sturtze situation. Lopez is a RHP, so obviously Long has the advantage being left-handed. Bernie needs rest, and we all know he stinks vs RHP (maybe Torre has noticed the same trend).

I see it as a similar situation as the one with Phillips. He was a wildcard, but he got a few chances (finally) and impressed. It seems to be that way for any "kids" in NY. If they aren't over-impressive (save Cano), they get shipped out or buried. Thompson basically just needs to be patient, and make sure he makes the most of his limited opportunities. Hopefully he'll get noticed.

Also, I was reading about Melky, and there was a quote from Joe saying something like "The arm, I didn't know about." What the hell goes on in that organization? How was it not relayed to Joe that he has a good arm? It's not like it just showed up two weeks ago. Mind boggling.

2006-06-04 10:27:55
22.   Jeteupthemiddle
I think they knew he had a strong arm, but they didn't realize how accurate it was?
2006-06-04 10:31:21
23.   Jeteupthemiddle
20 Nope. He is 32. He is simply a roster filler guy that will be bounced from team to team depending each one's needs. He only got 16 ABs in A+ and batted .188.
2006-06-04 10:36:38
24.   RichYF
22 I suppose that's reasonable. The rest of the quote had to do with the accuracy he possesses. Still, it's just odd to me that things like that go unnoticed, don't you think? His arm has been MORE than impressive. He's got a cannon. Considering the Yankees outfielders throwing abilities (or lack thereof), it would make sense for something like that to be a huge plus for a player coming up, no? I guess I over-reacted a bit, but it still makes me a little nervous.
2006-06-04 10:39:18
25.   rbj
23 Thanks.
And now A-Rod is in at DH, Giambi is out.
2006-06-04 10:49:08
26.   JeremyM
Wow, there are really 32 year old guys in A ball? Shows what I know about baseball.
2006-06-04 10:55:18
27.   randym77
I wonder if Melky is benefitting from major league coaching. Or just the incentive to stay in the bigs.

He had that one amazing throw shortly after he came up this year, but after that, he threw a couple that were powerful but way off. Like, closer to the pitcher's mound than to home plate, and missing the cutoff man by a mile. I wondered if that first throw had just been a fluke. But he's gotten much better lately, both in accuracy and in using cutoff men.

IIRC, that article that mentioned Joe's saying he didn't about Melky's arm also said that the Yankees spoke with Melky during spring training. They felt he was falling behind the others, and basically gave him a verbal kick in the pants. So maybe he needs some extra motivation/atteniton to keep him on track.

2006-06-04 10:58:50
28.   Benjamin Kabak
Luckily, this is Aaron Small's last start.
2006-06-04 11:12:54
29.   Rosbif22
28 Let us all hope he doesn't find a way to stick around.
2006-06-04 11:13:26
30.   Benjamin Kabak
When Chacon gets activated, who goes? Small or Erickson?
2006-06-04 11:14:30
31.   randym77
This is not looking good.

And how can Detroit not be beating up on Matt Clement?

2006-06-04 11:14:57
32.   Benjamin Kabak
Boston up 2-0 with Clement tossing a no-hitter through 3. That won't last though.

That home run was the 7th of the season giving up by Small. That's in 20.2 innings. That's pretty bad.

2006-06-04 11:15:37
33.   RichYF
30 How about both?
2006-06-04 11:16:51
34.   randym77
Dotel is now expected to be ready to join the team at the end of June or beginning of July.
2006-06-04 11:21:28
35.   Benjamin Kabak
34 Are you sure? I've heard Dotel may be here as soon as June 15.

http://tinyurl.com/fe2vg

2006-06-04 11:26:53
36.   randym77
35 Possible, but I think that might be optimistic. I'm hearing the end of the month is more likely.
2006-06-04 11:32:24
37.   Benjamin Kabak
No more glass slippers for this Cinderella. That's for sure.
2006-06-04 11:33:23
38.   Benjamin Kabak
Ugh. I wish someone would shove a Cowboy Up Millar's.....

Bye, Bye Aaron.

2006-06-04 11:33:41
39.   randym77
Okay, I think it's time to pull Smallie. Unless they're just going to let him eat innings and give up on this game.
2006-06-04 11:34:02
40.   Rosbif22
lol...one of the orioles announcers said, "give me a bad. I can hit this guy!"
2006-06-04 11:34:20
41.   Rosbif22
bat, not bad.
2006-06-04 11:34:55
42.   Simone
Kevin Millar! It is going to be a long game.
2006-06-04 11:36:04
43.   joe in boston
My own personal hell:

Home sick on another rainy weekend: check

Balt. announcers: check

My 2 kids trashing the house: check

Yanks getting killed: check

Kevin F-in Millar homers: check

Small getting creamed and Torre is taking the nap that I should be taking: check

2006-06-04 11:36:20
44.   Benjamin Kabak
If Small were to pitch 150 innings this year - which he won't - he's on pace to give up 54 home runs.
2006-06-04 11:37:06
45.   fansince77
We used chant "fight at the bat rack...I want to hit!"
2006-06-04 11:37:19
46.   joe in boston
What's the mercy rule in MLB ?????
2006-06-04 11:37:28
47.   Rosbif22
Well, that's 1 down, 53 to go.
2006-06-04 11:37:34
48.   Benjamin Kabak
Are you shitting me? Who the hell is this kid?
2006-06-04 11:37:57
49.   RichYF
Best. Pitcher. Ever.
2006-06-04 11:38:48
50.   Rosbif22
What kid?
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2006-06-04 11:39:49
51.   RichYF
48 Small is 32-34 or so. Also, I say pull Damon and let KT play the rest of the game. He needs the rest.
2006-06-04 11:39:50
52.   Zack
Maybe this game will get Torre over his love affair with Small and they will send him down...doubt it though
2006-06-04 11:41:30
53.   Rosbif22
52 I don't think failure affects Torre's love for players.
2006-06-04 11:44:37
54.   Benjamin Kabak
50 The guy who just hit that last home run. Brandon Fahey.
2006-06-04 12:08:53
55.   tommyl
Matt Smith, 1.1 innings, 0 hits, 1 BB, 1 K.

Gotta find the silver lining somewhere.

Long is just awful at the plate. How much longer do you think we need to endure him.

And oh, there goes Erickson, being well, Erickson.

2006-06-04 12:09:49
56.   tommyl
Haha, Erickson's June BAA is 1.000. That's just too funny.
2006-06-04 12:12:42
57.   Simone
This is just one game, I refuse to freak out. However, with a couple exceptions, the pitching has been simply abysmal lately.
2006-06-04 12:17:13
58.   Stormer Sports
I agree. The silver lining should be that Smith gets nore opportunities out of the pen aand isn't forced down when Dotel and Chacon back.

One can only hope that Joe and Cash see fit to cut Erickson. Sadly, that may require 5 or 6 more horrid outings before the "veteran" is given ample chances. For crying out loud, even Jose Lima would have been a better signing than this washed up reject that even the pitching depleted Dodgers didn't want.

Hint to management: If the Dodgers dont want a player, he's not just bad, he's horrible, don't sign him.

2006-06-04 12:17:47
59.   Stormer Sports
I agree. The silver lining should be that Smith gets more opportunities out of the pen aand isn't forced down when Dotel and Chacon back.

One can only hope that Joe and Cash see fit to cut Erickson. Sadly, that may require 5 or 6 more horrid outings before the "veteran" is given ample chances. For crying out loud, even Jose Lima would have been a better signing than this washed up reject that even the pitching depleted Dodgers didn't want.

Hint to management: If the Dodgers dont want a player, he's not just bad, he's horrible, don't sign him.

2006-06-04 12:18:27
60.   rilkefan
We're a long way from 10 hits... (Yeah, who cares - but one has to hope for something.)
2006-06-04 12:18:58
61.   Stormer Sports
Leave Erickson out there through the 9th, even if its 25 to 3! Don't waste the bullpen this game for God's sake.
2006-06-04 12:19:06
62.   tommyl
57
I'm not freaking out at all. We have to lose sometime, but you should learn from your mistakes. Small, as much as I love the guy, is just ineffective both as a starter and a reliever. Erickson is simply awful. When Chacon comes off the DL, Smith should stay up, Mendoza (if Dotel isn't yet available) should be brought up and both should be DFAed.

Long should be released the second Bubba Crosby comes off the DL, or at best sent down to AA or AAA.

That's what I am taking away from this game. Lets see if Cashman and Torre do it.

2006-06-04 12:19:34
63.   Stormer Sports
When is Chacon due back?
2006-06-04 12:20:23
64.   randym77
Crap. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse.
2006-06-04 12:20:42
65.   Stormer Sports
I'll fucking kill Lopez myself, I'll fucking kill that piece of shit! God dammit, Shut up Palmer, it's 10-0, you don't have to start hitting guys!
2006-06-04 12:22:02
66.   BklynBmr
65 You get Lopez. I'll take Palmer.
2006-06-04 12:22:36
67.   Stormer Sports
Can we get a message out to the Yankee fans at Camden Yards to Nancy Kerrgigan this fucker out in the lot. That was completely uncalled for. If Erickson is worth anything, he'll throw every damn pitch high and in until Joe is forced to yank him.
2006-06-04 12:23:04
68.   Benjamin Kabak
66 Yah. Jeez. Someone shut Palmer up.

What happened to Derek? I was away from the game for a second. Is he okay?

2006-06-04 12:24:01
69.   randym77
Derek was hit by a pitch on his injured hand. It looks pretty bad. He was hurting. It sounded really bad. This sucks. :-(
2006-06-04 12:24:40
70.   Alex Belth
Jeter was hit in his right hand by a pitch. he looked to be in considerable pain and was removed from the game.

Not good at all.

2006-06-04 12:24:52
71.   randym77
63 From today's Post:

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Shawn Chacon makes a rehab start today for Double-A Trenton and there is a possibility he could rejoin the Yankees' rotation Friday night. Chacon is on the DL with a bruised left shin . . . Octavio Dotel will start a rehab assignment Thursday with Single-A Tampa. Dotel threw an inning yesterday in an extended spring game. Torre has targeted the third week of this month for Dotel to join the Yankees.

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2006-06-04 12:25:22
72.   Stormer Sports
So, Cairo will have to play short and DH Giambi against Boston? Giambi will have to be throwing up blood to miss any more time.
2006-06-04 12:25:27
73.   BklynBmr
68 Fastball nailed him on the hand/wrist — his bad one. It looked painful. And I'm not sure it wasn't intentional.
2006-06-04 12:26:23
74.   Benjamin Kabak
73 I'll drive up to Baltimore and take out Lopez myself if that's the case.
2006-06-04 12:27:12
75.   randym77
They said Posada will be play 1B and Stinnett will catch. Cairo will play SS and Andy will play 3B.

I think. It's very confusing.

2006-06-04 12:27:45
76.   Stormer Sports
At this rate, Chacon will be playing left field and Dotel will be at first when they get back.
2006-06-04 12:28:24
77.   JeremyM
If it's intentional they better nail the first Orioles hitter up, or Tejada. This is crap.
2006-06-04 12:30:52
78.   Stormer Sports
It was absolutely intentional. That is what makes it so bad. Erickson plunks two guys in two days, that is why. So now Erickson costs us games on the mound and gets Jeter hurt. It is 10-0, no excuse for that. I understand a little if the game is somewhat within reach.

Come on Erickson, prove you're worth something and send Tejada to the hospital. God I miss Billy Martin and Lou Piniella sometimes.

Piece of shit Erickson, grow some balls. His wife must have them in a jar.

2006-06-04 12:31:48
79.   BklynBmr
77 Effin' Erickson. That was the opportunity. Their SS for ours.
2006-06-04 12:32:39
80.   JeremyM
It's possible Torre said no retaliation, after all he probably wants to use Erickson for the rest of this game.
2006-06-04 12:34:09
81.   Stormer Sports
I'm with Jason Kendall all the way. Are they all going to meet at the Stewarts for ice cream and popsicles after the game? It's become badminton out there. Pedro would have sent Tejada to the clubhouse for sure there. Not many guys with balls anymore. Matt Morris plunks three guys in an inning and we cannot even get one up and in.
2006-06-04 12:35:18
82.   rbj
Wow, I leave at 0 - 2, get back at 0 - 10. And now Jeter hurting.

I have to disagree about Erickson plunking someone right away. He would get immediately tossed, and then Torre would have to burn a decent pitcher in a lopsided loss. Wait until there are two outs in the bottom of the 8th. Then he can get tossed. And Erickson better be pitching until then. No reason a good pitcher needs to work today.

2006-06-04 12:36:23
83.   Stormer Sports
80

I dont give a fuck what Torre said. Torre aint playing, and when he was, he would have called for the plunk. Is his fat ass at the plate? He doesn't get to make those decisions, those are for the players to make, I don't care what anyone has to say on that matter, you don't play, you don't get to decide when you need to protect your guys.

2006-06-04 12:38:58
84.   Stormer Sports
82

Hell, let Kevin Thompson pitch for all I care. Get Wade Boggs out of retirement to pitch. Erickson had to hit Tejada there, he has lost quite a bit of respect from the Yankee lineup, they might not say it out loud, but they know he can't be trusted to pitch, and now he can't be trusted to protect them.

I'm tired of this manager calling for no retaliation. It's not his decision to make.

2006-06-04 12:39:04
85.   Simone
Jeter is injured now? Will will it end?
2006-06-04 12:40:21
86.   BklynBmr
BTW, this asshole is still tossing a shutout, isn't he?
2006-06-04 12:41:30
87.   rabid stan
80, 82 Forget saving the pen for the Boston series. If Lopez broke Jeter's hand with that crap... so goddam angry.

Remember that Red Sox minor leaguer who mule-kicked the catcher and then charged the mound? Cairo should do that here. A-Rod should have done it in the sixth.

2006-06-04 12:41:54
88.   rbj
86 Well done BklynBmr!
2006-06-04 12:42:25
89.   Shaun P
86 That's a great point, Bklyn - but it will never work with T-Ball up.

See what I mean? What a useless _____________.

Now, with Cairo at the plate - nice work!

2006-06-04 12:42:48
90.   BklynBmr
There. That was easy. Now how about a line drive that takes out about 6 of Lopez's chicklets?
2006-06-04 12:42:51
91.   Stormer Sports
No not Arod, he's still healthy.
2006-06-04 12:43:31
92.   Stormer Sports
NOt with Joe's kinder gentler Yankees.
2006-06-04 12:43:57
93.   smingers
Yes, Erickson's a punk. But what else is new? Hopefully Jeter is just bruised. We still walk away from this game with another series win despite all the injuries. Andy and Melky continue to prove they belong. KT and Matt Smith are getting a shot. And Long, Small and Erickson are a few steps closer to being off the roster. All in all, it's a good weekend for the Yanks.

Unless, of course, Jeter really is hurt. In which case, we're screwed.

2006-06-04 12:45:10
94.   Stormer Sports
93

God I wish that were true. Joe loves guys like Erickson, he aint going nowhere.

2006-06-04 12:45:28
95.   Shaun P
I have the Orioles feed on EI - what do the YES broadcasters think - intentional hit on Jeter or no?
2006-06-04 12:46:49
96.   tommyl
Any injury report on Jeter yet?
2006-06-04 12:46:54
97.   randym77
95 They were noncommital. They did note that Erickson had hit someone earlier. But they also said Lopez was known to have control issues.
2006-06-04 12:48:00
98.   Stormer Sports
...and Erickson hit Conine yesterday.
2006-06-04 12:48:04
99.   BklynBmr
Lopez has had superb command all day. Yeah, one could "get away", blah, blah — but not that one. It went where it was supposed to go.
2006-06-04 12:48:18
100.   rabid stan
Come on. Grand slam or a line-drive comebacker in the teeth for Jeet's replacement...
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2006-06-04 12:48:44
101.   smingers
94 The fact that Erickson didn't come in to a close game yesterday and only came in today because it was blowout tells me that even Joe has gotten realistic about this bum. At least, that's what I'm telling myself.
2006-06-04 12:49:39
102.   randym77
Well, nice hit by KT.
2006-06-04 12:49:49
103.   rbj
Kevin!
Apparently he wants to stay up in the bigs.
2006-06-04 12:49:52
104.   JeremyM
Erickson didn't hit anyone on purpose though, look at the scores of those games.
2006-06-04 12:50:01
105.   Shaun P
97 Thanks. Of all the things that could have possibly happened . . .
2006-06-04 12:50:24
106.   BklynBmr
When Jetes gets hit, it's always on the hands...

Go, KT!!! Thanks for the 3 run dinger, Erickson. We might have had a game here...

2006-06-04 12:50:26
107.   Simone
Okay, rally time.
2006-06-04 12:51:30
108.   Stormer Sports
94

I'll believe it when I see it. I smell a few "he just has to get back to what he knows how to do" and a couple "he looked really good after that first inning" and one "we need that veteran presence in the bullpen."

2006-06-04 12:51:33
109.   Rob Gee
With the Letterman smile, I propose a new nickname for KT - "Gapper" - plus he makes me smile with gappers like that.
2006-06-04 12:51:36
110.   Shaun P
K-T!!!!!!

Tell Long to pack his bags and get the hell out of town as soon as Bubba comes back. This kid can hit. T-Ball can't.

2006-06-04 12:52:59
111.   rabid stan
C/mon A-Rod. Plate a fifth for Lopez.
2006-06-04 12:54:10
112.   MattinglyHOF
Nice AB by KT started 0-2 worked back got a pitch to drive.Hope Jeet is ok
2006-06-04 12:54:45
113.   MattinglyHOF
Clutch A - HOLE
2006-06-04 12:55:39
114.   smingers
94 108 You guys are probably right, but with another walk by Melky and KT's first XBH, I can't help but smile.
2006-06-04 12:55:59
115.   Stormer Sports
Shouldn't Jeffrey Maher be old enogh to take out Lopez for us. Get a note to that kid.
2006-06-04 12:57:18
116.   JeremyM
113 Please don't start that stuff again.
2006-06-04 12:57:33
117.   randym77
Good news on Jeter. Bruised thumb, x-rays negative, he's day to day.
2006-06-04 12:57:36
118.   BklynBmr
110 Exactly. No reason on God's green earth that TLong should be on this roster. Keep KT, bring up another young pitcher and let all of this magic rub off on him...
2006-06-04 12:57:48
119.   MattinglyHOF
Jeter bruised thumb-day to day
2006-06-04 12:58:10
120.   tommyl
Jeter's ok. Bruised right thumb, day to day.
2006-06-04 12:58:52
121.   fansince77
I'm sorry but those were two cock shots to A-Rod. I know...I know...not hatin' but- two cock shots right dowwn the middle.
2006-06-04 12:59:25
122.   MattinglyHOF
Long AMD Erickson need to go
2006-06-04 13:00:32
123.   JeremyM
Where is Josh Beckett when you need him, to tell the Orioles how to play baseball? Hitting guys up 10-0, stealing up by 6....
2006-06-04 13:01:33
124.   BklynBmr
122 Like this minute, and take Palmer with 'em...
2006-06-04 13:02:22
125.   Simone
Erickson needs to make himself useful for one and hit a couple of the Os.
2006-06-04 13:03:21
126.   BklynBmr
Yeah, I'd pay double to watch Billy Martin manage this game...
2006-06-04 13:03:23
127.   Stormer Sports
More silver lining: I am getting a kick out of watching Posada at 1st base.
2006-06-04 13:03:53
128.   Stormer Sports
More silver lining: I am getting a kick out of watching Posada at 1st base.
2006-06-04 13:04:43
129.   Shaun P
122 Erickson needs to be exiled, haste post haste. Deported, even.

The worst part of all - the #(&#$)@)@#* is wearing Pettitte's 46! When Erickson is gone, let's all pretend he never actually wore pinstripes, agreed?

2006-06-04 13:04:57
130.   BklynBmr
127 Wait'll TLong pitches in the 9th...
2006-06-04 13:06:04
131.   Stormer Sports
126

Triple if Lou Piniella is the bench coach. If Joe ever goes, that's the guy I'd love to see in there.

Joe has a daughter right? So his balls do function then, hmm. I love theseanagers who plat one way and then manage another. Could be why he was so unsuccessful everywhere he was before the Yanks signed him, another "hmm."

2006-06-04 13:06:27
132.   rabid stan
Fer cryin out loud, they're up by six. Stop running.

The Yanks better bean somebody in this game.

Since Jeets isn't hurt too badly, maybe not Tejada, but maybe Mora, Hernandez, Millar or Javy Lopez.

2006-06-04 13:09:48
133.   rabid stan
FOR FUCK'S SAKE!
2006-06-04 13:09:52
134.   Stormer Sports
132

Give them a break, the O's are just happy to be winning a game, and it's a few more weeks before Tejada starts yelping again that he wants out.

2006-06-04 13:11:00
135.   Stormer Sports
Ok so now what Joe? Now can we hit someone in the kneecaps, can we? Why are you such a pussy joe, truly, why? Maybe he's waiting for Arod to get hit in th helmet, maybe that's it.
2006-06-04 13:11:27
136.   BklynBmr
11-4? The Columbus Kids have the O's right where they want 'em ;-)
2006-06-04 13:11:43
137.   domvjr
here comes the rally killer!
2006-06-04 13:12:38
138.   Stormer Sports
Joe Torre should never again be permitted in the same room with Frank Robinson, never!
2006-06-04 13:12:44
139.   randym77
Wow. Bernie PHing for T-ball. Maybe "Clueless Joe" isn't so clueless after all.
2006-06-04 13:12:47
140.   Rob Gee
At least we're seeing Bernie here.
2006-06-04 13:12:49
141.   domvjr
my bad, no tlongImoutahere
2006-06-04 13:13:15
142.   rbj
Ah, Bernie.
2006-06-04 13:13:40
143.   smingers
Bernie pinch-hitting. An admission that Long totally blows?
2006-06-04 13:13:57
144.   Stormer Sports
Ok now. Let me get this straight. When we are down by 7 he pinch hits Bernie, but when the game is tied, he lets T Long hit away. Joe's a genius, a mad scientist. Is Kramer making his decisions.
2006-06-04 13:14:07
145.   BklynBmr
139 Yeah, someone woke him up and told him the game wasn't over yet...
2006-06-04 13:15:31
146.   BklynBmr
Uffh, Bernie! Better than a DP, tho...
2006-06-04 13:15:41
147.   JeremyM
I thought you guys said Bernie was hitting for Long? Oh that was Bernie....
2006-06-04 13:17:19
148.   Stormer Sports
How is George's relationship with Sweet Lou these days? Are they back on good terms? Next year maybe? It would be nice to have someone in there who's forgoten more about baseball than Joe knows, now, when he was playing, or is evidencing by his managing.
2006-06-04 13:18:23
149.   BklynBmr
Well that sucked...
2006-06-04 13:19:01
150.   tommyl
Wow, that defines anti-clutch.
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2006-06-04 13:19:03
151.   rbj
Grrrr. Bases loaded, no outs, and no runs. *&%^@@#^%!!!
2006-06-04 13:19:45
152.   Simone
Ugh. Why do I keep hoping?
2006-06-04 13:19:57
153.   JeremyM
You know the Yanks have won 4 series in a row. This is one freaking game. Torre isn't perfect, but I'm sure he has his reasons for not retaliating. The way things are going, if they get in a fight then 3 or more bodies will go down.
2006-06-04 13:21:59
154.   tommyl
Why Villone?
2006-06-04 13:22:52
155.   domvjr
I don't understand the love of Pinella, He is not exactly in love with playing kids, he is a bitch with pitchers, and he has only with the best record in baseball, he couldn't get his team past the yanks. Who named him a great manager!
2006-06-04 13:23:23
156.   Stormer Sports
153

Perhaps you din't get the news. It was Derek Jeter who was thrown at, not Miguel Cairo. Joe's reason is job protection, not player protection, and that oughta be reversed.

2006-06-04 13:25:22
157.   rabid stan
153 They plunked Jeter in the hands up by ten. They stole third up by six. Then went fishing for and grazed Cano up by seven.

Joe has his reasons, but who could ask for better reasons to go head-hunting?

2006-06-04 13:26:34
158.   smingers
154 Villone needs the innings. If only he could get some meaningful work.
2006-06-04 13:26:35
159.   The Bear
I woke up and i saw the line-ups, and I was like... ya... its the AAA line-ups again..
And alrite now when i look at the defensive part.. I am laughing hard... LF Melky, CF Bernie, RF Thompson... 1B is... POSADA.. WTF? and then.. 2B Cano... SS Cairo.. where is Cap? and then Philips is at 3b... how sad...
2006-06-04 13:28:04
160.   rabid stan
One more hit guys. Almost to ten.
2006-06-04 13:28:31
161.   Idaho Yankee
Donnie Baseball will be the next manager of the Yanks.

For the love of pete, purge this roster of tball and erikson. Keep small around to eat up innings till Dotel get back.

2006-06-04 13:29:28
162.   rabid stan
Ten hits. Only good thing about this game is they kept that streak alive.
2006-06-04 13:29:52
163.   randym77
159 Jeter was hit on the hand by a fastball. Some think intentionally. That's why the defense looks like it does.
2006-06-04 13:33:27
164.   rbj
Well, let's see: Kevin Thompson has given Torre reason to play him over Long. And Smith pitched well (I guess, from the box score, didn't see him.)
2006-06-04 13:33:35
165.   smingers
Does anyone else think it's a little strange that Andy has more HRs than Cano? Where has Robbie's power gone?
2006-06-04 13:33:43
166.   Stormer Sports
I don't think Donnie wants to make that kind of committment. I wouldn't mind seeing it, but if I had my choice, it would be Lou Piniella. Hands down the best manager in the game, no question about it. However, anyone who doesn't bury his Larussa-like-over-thinking-I'm a lawyer-I know more than you about managing a team with no fire at all-head in a notebook and in front of some computer screen 24/7 will do after Joe goes.
2006-06-04 13:37:23
167.   Stormer Sports
164

Smith was mildly erratic but very effective. I thought he should have been given one more inning today. I think if he hadn't issued that one walk (I am with Frank Robinson on that one, as a reliever, you're job first and foremost is to not wal anyone, if you do, what exactly is your function), he'd be a lock to get some more chances. I know Myers is the "specialist," but I would really like to see him get some time on the mound. He's got good stuff and a great presence on the mound.

Sadly, Myers will continue to get the call until it bites us right in the ass in an important situation, hopefully not in the playoffs.

2006-06-04 13:57:52
168.   rabid stan
165 Robbie looks like he's taking a contact only approach at the plate this year.

You have to be patient when it comes to power in young hitters. Doubles fluctuate more erratically year-to-year than any other kind of hit, and HR power usually comes later.

For the moment, I'm not concerned. We'll see where he stands in September. We may have to wait another season or two to get a fix on his real power anyway.

2006-06-04 14:16:17
169.   smingers
You're probably right. It just seems with his lack of plate discipline, all he contributes now are a bunch of singles and a lot of outs. Melky hasn't shown much pop either, but it seems like he's constantly on base and, even when he goes down, always makes the pitchers work.
2006-06-04 14:16:19
170.   randym77
Well, Derek said he was fine. (Of course.) He think he's going to play tomorrow. Torre says they're going to watch him bat and throw before they decide if he can play or not.

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