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Johnson & Johnson
2006-06-14 13:00
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

Call the doctor, this ain't gonna be pretty.

After showing signs of improvement in his three previous starts (18 1/3 IP, 14 H, 9 R, 3 HR, 8 BB, 20 K, 1.20 WHIP, 4.42 ERA, 2-0), Randy Johnson spit the bit in his last outing against a weak-hitting Oakland A's team. With that start--which included the first homers of the year for Bobby Kielty and Antonio Perez (the latter of whom remains 1 for 31 off the rest of the league this year)--my hopes of Johnson finding his old form this season have been crushed like yet another hanging slider. To make matters worse, the Indians are the current employer of Mr. Eduardo Perez, the lefty-killer who brutalized Johnson while with the Devil Rays last year. Perez has faced the Unit more than any other Indian over the course of his career and is hitting .296/.387/.778 against him with four dingers in 31 plate appearances. Run and hide, Yankee fans. Run and hide.

On the flip side, facing the Tribe's big Johnson, the 6'6" Jason, could be just what the doctor ordered for Alex Rodriguez, who is 9 for 20 with a trio of taters against the former Oriole and Tiger. Jason's been every bit as bad as Randy this year, but unlike with the 42-year-old in pinstripes, there are reasons to be optimistic about the 32-year-old with Chief Wahoo on his cap. Again, the hope lies in a trio of starts. In Jason's last three outings he's done this:

18 IP, 20 H, 7 R, 1 HR, 5 BB, 9 K, 1.39 WHIP, 3.50 ERA, 1-2

Okay, so that's not great, but it's a whole heckuva lot better than his overall 5.71 ERA and a damn sight better than his 9.13 mark from May. Hey, maybe the grass is greener on the other Johnson, but the combination of Jason's relative youth, his suddenly extreme ground ball tendencies, and the fact that the one guy in the Yankee line-up who owns him is all kinds of mixed up at the plate right now (thanks in part to the mooks who have been booing him of late) makes me more willing to believe that Jason Michael (not to be confused with left fielder Jason Michaels) is going to right his ship tonight than that Randall David is.

Either way, there will be more than one run scored tonight, I can guarantee that. And I'll be there to see the bloodletting. Last year I wrote about taking my 67-year-old boss to his first Yankee game (which just happened to be the game after Alex Rodriguez smacked three dingers off Bartolo Colon). Tonight the same crew will be taking the now-retired Ray to his second game at the big ballpark in the Bronx. Here's hoping we won't be wishing we were at last night's 1-0 gem. Hey, at least the weather is better. Uh, it will be better, won't it?

Comments (291)
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2006-06-14 14:28:09
1.   randym77
Answering singledd's request for predictions...I hope I'm wrong, but I predict RJ will last a little over three innings, give up 8 runs, and we'll see a lot of Aaron Small. :-P
2006-06-14 14:33:54
2.   Javi Javi
randym77,
You are ruining my afternoon with bad recent memories. God I hope you are wrong.
2006-06-14 14:39:57
3.   randym77
2 So do I, so do I. I hope RJ makes me look like a complete fool.
2006-06-14 14:54:11
4.   Shaun P
A family company. ;)

(Sorry, couldn't resist.)

2006-06-14 15:15:07
5.   yankz
4 I was trying to think of that! LOL good one.
2006-06-14 15:15:13
6.   murphy
for both yankee and fantasy purposes, i will be optimistic and predict the following line for the Unit:

7.1 IP, 4H, 2ER, 1BB, 6K

: )

2006-06-14 15:29:39
7.   randym77
According to M&MD, Giambi's DHing tonight:

Damon
Cabrera
Jeter
Giambi DH
A-Rod
Posada
Cano
Bernie
Phillips 1B

A-Rod's batting fifth. Maybe it will do him good.

2006-06-14 15:38:32
8.   singledd
(I can't help myself)
With 2 Johnsons that big in one game, it ought to be Ladies Night at the stadium.
2006-06-14 15:39:40
9.   randym77
Peter Abraham says several reporters asked Jeter why he didn't come to A-Rod's defense. Jeter said he didn't think it would do any good, and said everyone gets booed at Yankees Stadium.

Peter didn't buy it: "I think Jeter could have an influence if he wanted. He doesn't want to."

2006-06-14 15:48:13
10.   kylepetterson
AB/R
NYY - 5.97
TOR - 6.15
CLE - 6.15
LAD - 6.28
CWS - 6.34
BOS - 6.48
TEX - 6.58
CIN - 6.65
STL - 6.75
NYM - 6.78
ARI - 6.84
PHI - 6.85
ATL - 6.90
BAL - 6.90
DET - 6.96
MIL - 7.09
SF - 7.10
SEA - 7.25
HOU - 7.29
FL - 7.38
MIN - 7.49
LAA - 7.49
PIT - 7.52
WAS - 7.54
OAK - 7.55
SD - 7.68
COL - 7.74
TB - 7.85
CC - 8.51
KC - 8.62
2006-06-14 16:07:38
11.   Stormer Sports
9

Just one more reason not to confuse Sports Writers with journalists. Tho two ARE mutually exclusive.

That was a horse-shit irresponsible thing to say. Jeter should chastise fans, you know those people who pay their salaries, cheer louder than any other fans in the world when they win, trek to the Stadium at 3,000,000 plus every year, to let up on Arod. Is this guy serious? Jeter's been booed, and in his defense, no one. Tino, Paulie, Mo, Knoblauch, RJ, Wells, Cone etc..., and who came to their defense, no one!

Does he want Jeter to brink a blankey for him to the Staduim too? This is baseball in NY, get the fuck over it already. When you make 25 Mil. per and you are slumping, you're going to get booed. When you make 1 Mil. per and you're slumping, you're going to get booed.

If Jeter has so much influence over the fans, notwithstanding the ridicluous assumption that he has some responsibility to help in this case, then why did they boo him in 2004? Jeter is not God for crying out loud. To all the writers and players I say: I'm sorry you got beat up in High School, I'm sorry you weren't as good looking and didn't get the girl, I'm sorry fans and "journalists" pay so much attanetion to Jeter. Derek Jeter doesn't paint the signs, Derek Jeter doesn't pay young women to cheer for him from sea to shining sea, Derek Jeter doesn't control any of this. Remamber back in the day when you thought everyone loved the popular guy, well no, everyone hated the popular guy. Players vote him 3rd most overrated, enuff said, they are just like every other human being, jealous and green of those viewed in a better light than themselves.

Don't blame Derek Jeter. He's a class act, his parents sit classily in the far right field stands, he doesn't get arrested, he doesn't do many of the moronic things many players do, and other's own foibles and flaws shouldn't lead to irresponsile statements.

The bottom line is this, when you play for the Yankees and you play poorly while the team is not winning, not only will you get booed, you deserve to be booed.

How morons like Abraham continue to earn a living is beyond my comprehension, I'll have to chalk it up to the average sports fans IQ being below the Interstate.

Grab the toilet paper and dog shit and head to White Planes, Peter needs a visit.

2006-06-14 16:10:14
12.   randym77
Nice play by Andy.
2006-06-14 16:12:12
13.   Marcus
I'm already tired of this "A-Rod getting booed" conversation. What if he has a great game tonight, hits a key home run and the crowd wants a curtain call? That's the silliness of all these booing shenanigans, because if he does hit a home run, you know the jagoffs booing him will immediately turn to cheers if he gets a key hit. What's the friggin' point of the boos?

Oops, I'm contributing to this pointless conversation, I'll just duck on out of here! ;) I'm sending Alex Rodriguez nothing but positive brain waves tonight:

!DOR-A NUR EMOH A TIH! !DOR-A NUR EMOH A TIH!

2006-06-14 16:12:36
14.   Stormer Sports
Not getting those calls isn't helping Johnson either.
2006-06-14 16:13:15
15.   Bama Yankee
12 Andy atones for the 9th inning miscue last night....
2006-06-14 16:15:25
16.   Stormer Sports
Marcus,

I actually don't care about the boos. What I thought was ridiculous was some piece of shit blogger, beat writer, assuming Jeter should bear responsiblity of chastising the fans. I mean come on, from a guy who couldn't play left in a D League softball game.

2006-06-14 16:17:09
17.   Mattpat11
Its sort of funny to watch people's swing when they strike out swinging. Often, even if they made contact, I really doubt the ball would go anywhere.
2006-06-14 16:17:16
18.   randym77
Well, that wasn't so bad. Though Randy looked extremely relieved when he got out of the inning...
2006-06-14 16:17:39
19.   Bama Yankee
Does Michael Kay realize that sprinters have to break a chest-high tape and base runners have to get to a base that is attached to the ground? The reason not to slide into first has more to do with injury than whether or not you can get there sooner.
2006-06-14 16:19:21
20.   Marcus
16 Hey Stormer, no worries, I actually didn't even see your post before I wrote mine, I was just refering to the whole atmosphere today. In fact, after reading Abraham's post I had a similar reaction to yours, although maybe not as strong. I definitely don't agree that Jeter should have to stick up for A-Rod with the fans. I think Abraham is just fanning the flames with his speculation, which is his prerogative I suppose.

Overall I think Abraham does a good job and his blog definitely adds value compared with the other Yankee beat blogs.

2006-06-14 16:23:10
21.   yankee fan in Hollywood
Just got in front of the TV...how's Randy Johnson doing ???
2006-06-14 16:24:22
22.   Mattpat11
Its going to be the Randy Johnson and Alex Rodriguez Show tonight. Mark my words.
2006-06-14 16:25:20
23.   rilkefan
Yeah, Jeter's gotten booed, but nothing like this (reportedly), and for playing a lot worse. He's the captain. One of his guys is getting booed by yahoos, and it may be hurting the team. He ought to step up, especially now that people see him as purposefully failing to do so.
2006-06-14 16:25:47
24.   Mattpat11
Well that was an adventure.
2006-06-14 16:26:13
25.   rilkefan
22 - I've argued with you a lot in the past, but let me say I like that attitude.
2006-06-14 16:27:26
26.   yankee fan in Hollywood
Atta boy' Randolph Johnstone!!!!
2006-06-14 16:28:26
27.   Stormer Sports
23

People only see him as purposefully failing to do so because of an irresposib;e statement which relys on speculation and extrapulation, not fact.

2006-06-14 16:31:34
28.   Marcus
No comment.
2006-06-14 16:32:10
29.   Stormer Sports
As my little league coach said, the longer the swing, the longer the slump.
2006-06-14 16:33:30
30.   rilkefan
27 - caught your drift on this already. Shall we have a "Is not!" "Is so!" "Is not!" match?
2006-06-14 16:33:37
31.   Jeteupthemiddle
19 Nope, the reason you do not slide into first base is not really because of injury, but because you will get there faster than if you slide....sliding slows you down. The only reason you would ever slide into first is if you need to avoid a tag.

It has nothing to do with a chest high piece of tape vs. a base in the ground.

2006-06-14 16:34:16
32.   Stormer Sports
30

I'll pass. I got it out of my system I think.

2006-06-14 16:34:31
33.   randym77
Johnson has done okay.

And Jorgie got a hit. I didn't think it would get outside the infield, but it did.

And now Robby extends his hitting streak.

Let's go, Yankees!

2006-06-14 16:35:18
34.   Stormer Sports
31

Thanks Jete, physics isn't a required course at Minor League camp.

2006-06-14 16:36:24
35.   Stormer Sports
UGH!
2006-06-14 16:36:42
36.   randym77
Well, Bubba Crosby just hit a leadoff homer in Columbus.
2006-06-14 16:37:56
37.   rsmith51
I guess Bubba is ready then, huh?
2006-06-14 16:39:11
38.   yankee fan in Hollywood
Do we necesarily want Bubba back ??? He's not much better then let's say KThompson. But I guess he's one of Torre's boys now.
2006-06-14 16:40:32
39.   singledd
Why is it that when RJ faces a player who hasn't had a hit since the Korean war, I worry.
2006-06-14 16:40:59
40.   Jeteupthemiddle
Well it would be Bubba over Green...not over Thompson.

However, I would rather Thompson get the bulk of the playing time (though I don't think he is an everyday player but a nifty platoon guy).

2006-06-14 16:41:11
41.   Rob Gee
Unit at 96 mph.
2006-06-14 16:41:25
42.   rsmith51
38 At least Bubba can play the OF. Of course that means Bernie is without a position, which is a good thing.
2006-06-14 16:42:11
43.   yankee fan in Hollywood
Yeah but we all know Torre will continue to play Bernie Williams over KThompson in right field.
2006-06-14 16:42:37
44.   randym77
I want Bubba back. What can I say, I like the guy. I think he deserves a chance.

I think the plan is to rotate KT, Bubba, and Bernie in RF, so Bubba's return doesn't necessarily mean KT's benched.

I'm pretty sure it's going to be Nick Green heading out of town, not Kevin.

2006-06-14 16:42:47
45.   Bama Yankee
31 Kay said that sprinters would slide across the finish line if it made you get there faster. My point was that his analogy makes no sense because the sprinter would not break the tape by sliding across the finish line (not to mention the burns that he would get from the track). I agree that sliding slows you down. Injury also plays a part in the decision not to slide into first, ask Robbie Alomar.
2006-06-14 16:44:17
46.   yankee fan in Hollywood
31 Why not just slap the ball out the glove instead ?
2006-06-14 16:44:27
47.   rbj
1 Care to revise your prediction, randym77?
:-)
2006-06-14 16:45:58
48.   yankee fan in Hollywood
I want to see Arod drop a bunt...maybe that will help things going.
2006-06-14 16:47:23
49.   Marcus
31 & 45 Injury avoision is a big part of it. I'll agree that sliding slows you down, but diving doesn't. Of course, it doesn't speed you up either, so it's basically a wash. I fiddled around on the internet reading about this topic at one point and MLB coaches generally say you shouldn't slide into first because of injury, but players do it anyway because they think it shows "hustle".

And I don't care what you say, I use "avoision".

2006-06-14 16:47:23
50.   Bama Yankee
Tough luck Andy...
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2006-06-14 16:48:43
51.   randym77
47 LOL! I'm very happy to be wrong!! :-D
2006-06-14 16:48:46
52.   yankee fan in Hollywood
Has the Melky man hit a HR yet ???
2006-06-14 16:51:07
53.   rsmith51
52 Nope, not yet.
2006-06-14 16:51:39
54.   Alex Belth
Melky has yet to hit a MLB homer.

Nice diving play by Grady Sizemore, huh? Andy Phillips had two unassisted plays on Grady, so the Indians' center fielder pays him back.

I thought Randy Johnson's location was awful in the first inning, but he got away with two or three fat pitches--including one to Hafner. But he was much sharper in innings 2 and 3.

2006-06-14 16:52:37
55.   rsmith51
Is there a correlation between no facial hair and Ks? Or did he not have the mustache last game, too?
2006-06-14 16:52:48
56.   yankee fan in Hollywood
52 I noticed a couple times yesterday the outfield playing really shallow when Melky was batting.
2006-06-14 16:55:17
57.   rsmith51
Melky showed some power at Columbus. I wonder if he changed anything when he came up.
2006-06-14 16:56:34
58.   rsmith51
I predict a good AB by ARod this inning.
2006-06-14 16:57:00
59.   wsporter
So which Randy is the Bizarro Randy; this one so far tonight or the no command, crazy, cranky one?
2006-06-14 16:58:10
60.   yankee fan in Hollywood
59 I don't know but whick ever Randy this is...Let's keep him!
2006-06-14 17:00:31
61.   yankee fan in Hollywood
C'mon Arod...Just a single baby!!!
2006-06-14 17:00:34
62.   randym77
Giambi just missed a homer.

But I'll take the double...

2006-06-14 17:00:49
63.   rbj
Giambi!
2nd & 3d, no outs. 2 rbis for A-Rod
2006-06-14 17:00:51
64.   Rob Gee
Hear we go...
2006-06-14 17:01:21
65.   randym77
Anything but GIDP, A-Rod!
2006-06-14 17:01:31
66.   Marcus
One thing A-Rod has done particularly well this season is get hits with RISP. Here we go...
2006-06-14 17:01:59
67.   randym77
Reached on an error. Good enough!
2006-06-14 17:02:34
68.   yankee fan in Hollywood
Sometimes that's all a player like A-rod needs. Let's hope this slump is over !!! Let's pray.
2006-06-14 17:02:35
69.   rbj
I'll take an error.
Was Jeter running on contact, to give Alex an rbi?
2006-06-14 17:02:57
70.   Rob Gee
Well it won't get him a curtain call but it does get the job done.
2006-06-14 17:03:02
71.   Jeteupthemiddle
he got the RBI.

the crowd cheered.

perhaps this will get him started.

2006-06-14 17:04:01
72.   wsporter
58 rsmith51, that'll do.
2006-06-14 17:04:14
73.   yankee fan in Hollywood
Why did Arod stop running to 2nd base? that was weird...and then he just stood there instead of getting out the way.
2006-06-14 17:04:15
74.   rbj
Canoe, nice single.
2006-06-14 17:04:35
75.   randym77
First RBI of the game, courtesy of Alexander Emmanuel. :-D
2006-06-14 17:04:36
76.   Marcus
Did the crowd boo A-Rod for getting forced at 2nd there?
2006-06-14 17:04:48
77.   rsmith51
Why anyone pitches a strike to Cano is beyond me.

Way to go, Cano!

2006-06-14 17:05:57
78.   wsporter
Cano looks so smooth right now.
2006-06-14 17:07:44
79.   rsmith51
Hit and run for Bernie with Cano gives me bad memories.
2006-06-14 17:10:06
80.   yankee fan in Hollywood
I just hope that long inning didn't get RJ's bones all stiff...
2006-06-14 17:12:15
81.   Stormer Sports
.... and it begins.
2006-06-14 17:16:07
82.   Marcus
...and it ends.
2006-06-14 17:16:14
83.   yankee fan in Hollywood
it could have been a lot worst.
2006-06-14 17:16:41
84.   yankee fan in Hollywood
...the bleeding has stopped
...for now
2006-06-14 17:17:03
85.   Marcus
So far, I'm most happy that RJ hasn't walked anybody. That was a big problem against Oakland, and has been a sign of bad things in the past.
2006-06-14 17:17:06
86.   Alex Belth
Nice job by Johnson to get out of trouble. He's looking much better tonight, no?

Also, nice that Rodriguez had something positive happen. The crowd got behind him. Not only that but I think he beat out that throw, even though it was high. A really nonchalent play by Johnny P at short.

2006-06-14 17:18:05
87.   Alex Belth
Emily says that Paul O'Neill is a dead ringer for Screech from "Saved by the Bell."
2006-06-14 17:19:40
88.   Rob Gee
6 K's and 58 pitches through 5 innings. I'll take that.
2006-06-14 17:19:42
89.   Alex Belth
Johnny!
2006-06-14 17:19:56
90.   randym77
Yeah, Johnny!!!
2006-06-14 17:20:32
91.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
John-ny Baseball. John-ny Baseball.
2006-06-14 17:20:37
92.   wsporter
How does he do that with one hand?
2006-06-14 17:21:03
93.   Alex Belth
Aggresive play by Melky. Not so wise. Close, but no cigar.
2006-06-14 17:21:03
94.   Knuckles
Just Melky being Manny...
2006-06-14 17:21:15
95.   Rob Gee
87 There's something deeply wrong with that assessment. My favorite ballplayer of all-time compared to Screech.
2006-06-14 17:21:55
96.   wsporter
Oye, Rookies!
2006-06-14 17:22:42
97.   rbj
If only he hadn't overslid. Oh well, I'd rather have a young kid be a bit over aggressive and realize he has to turn it down a notch at times (a la crashing into Damon) than not live up to his potential.
2006-06-14 17:22:45
98.   randym77
94 ROFL!

Perish the thought...

2006-06-14 17:22:46
99.   Alex Belth
They showed Giambi and Damon going through the tail end of their congrats daps in the dugout. They end their hand-jive by wagging their tongues briefly at each other as if they were Gene Simmons.
2006-06-14 17:24:04
100.   randym77
97 Me, too.

And hey, it's not as embarrassing as that time Bubba lapped Jason Giambi.

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2006-06-14 17:24:35
101.   wsporter
That was one sweet lefty swing Paulie had.
2006-06-14 17:25:15
102.   yankee fan in Hollywood
I remember most of Giambi's homeruns this year being with just Jeter at first base....
2006-06-14 17:25:16
103.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Radke works out of bases loaded 1 out in the 1st.
2006-06-14 17:26:54
104.   Alex Belth
Rain delay in Philly. The water should be on its way. "Hon, unless the clouds are long and wide, it's going to still take a little while before it gets to us," says Emily, the minister of defense.
2006-06-14 17:27:41
105.   Rob Gee
99 It's funny but the thing that started to turn me around on Damon was his reaction to Melky's 'catch'. Just a classic moment made that much better. The guy is fun to have around because he does have fun.
2006-06-14 17:31:06
106.   randym77
105 Damon won me over when he turned a fly out into a double through sheer hustle. The ball was dropped, and he ended up on second because he ran hard out of the box. This despite the fact it was something like the 8th inning with the Yanks up by 10.

That, and the fact that he knows all the vendors at the Stadium, and greets them by name every day. Or so Michael Kay says.

2006-06-14 17:33:07
107.   Alex Belth
That's a terrible call by the ump.
2006-06-14 17:34:02
108.   randym77
Okay, now I'm ticked. He should be out, and he's on base. Grrrrr.
2006-06-14 17:34:09
109.   Alex Belth
Bad call, two bad pitches, and Hafner has a chance...shit.
2006-06-14 17:34:43
110.   wsporter
That was a bad call, now Randy has to get 4 outs this inning.
2006-06-14 17:35:11
111.   Alex Belth
I say Hafner hits a dinger here. Emily thinks RJ gets him out.
2006-06-14 17:35:43
112.   randym77
Emily is right. :)
2006-06-14 17:35:50
113.   Alex Belth
That's why she pays the bills around here.
2006-06-14 17:36:35
114.   wsporter
Alex, better take that lady to the track.
2006-06-14 17:38:03
115.   wsporter
They cut away fast on MLB did Johnson have anything to say to Schrieber as he walked to the dugout?
2006-06-14 17:39:07
116.   singledd
22 pitches for Clement in the 1st. I smell sole possession of 1st.
2006-06-14 17:39:07
117.   Rob Gee
101 You know I really liked what he did on the field but it was the little moments off it -

Game in 1995 when we shouted his name from our right field box. He turns around and gives us a thumbs up between pitches.

Or the Fan Fest after the 96 season. We're standing in line all day to get autographs. Torre looks like he's in hell. Jorge is oblivious. Last line of the day - Bernie or Paulie? Who do you choose? We choose Paulie. Bernie's line is blowing by us - for every one of us to move, five of those guys are moving. We're like - what the hell?Well, we get to the front of the line - Bernie's a machine - sign then pass, sign then pass. Paulie is taking a minute with each and every fan to thank them, shake their hands, and take photos for as long as it was going to take.

Contrast that with my memory of standing in line for three hours as a ten yo to get Mickey Mantle's ink. He was scheduled to sign from like 10 am to 1pm. Well, at 1pm there were about twenty of us left. And Mickey packed it up and went home.

2006-06-14 17:42:28
118.   rbj
Is the pitch count right: 6 innings, 75 pitches for Unit? That's 12 pitches per. dam good.
2006-06-14 17:43:00
119.   rilkefan
117 - great stuff.
2006-06-14 17:43:19
120.   yankee fan in Hollywood
This is exactly why to me Jorge is the Yankees MVP...He lights the fire under our asses!!!!
2006-06-14 17:44:53
121.   Simone
Yeah, Jorge! You tell him. It is time a Yankee hitter gets upset over all these HBPs.
2006-06-14 17:46:52
122.   Alex Belth
Bad break with the double play as well as the warning...Yanks can't break this one open...
2006-06-14 17:47:32
123.   yankee fan in Hollywood
Look for RJ to retaliate in the next inning. Not smart b/c he'll put a man on base but I expect him to b/c Jorge is his catcher.
2006-06-14 17:47:41
124.   Alex Belth
Way to go Bernie!
2006-06-14 17:47:54
125.   wsporter
GOB = Good Old Bernie
2006-06-14 17:48:36
126.   rbj
Andy!
2006-06-14 17:48:36
127.   randym77
ANDY!!!!!!
2006-06-14 17:48:51
128.   Alex Belth
Way to go Any! Now, THAT'S what we're talking about!

Yay!

2006-06-14 17:49:03
129.   Simone
Nice, Bernie! Good job, Andy! You show Joe (and me). LOL!
2006-06-14 17:49:07
130.   Rob Gee
Cliffy!
2006-06-14 17:49:56
131.   yankee fan in Hollywood
You guys think the Jorge arguing with Johnson (the tribes pitcher) has anything to do with him giving up ASS here in the 6th inning!!!
2006-06-14 17:49:57
132.   Alex Belth
Guess Randy won't need to retaliate now...
2006-06-14 17:50:10
133.   Zack
Love to see Andy get back on track, lets hope it carries him again!
2006-06-14 17:50:15
134.   randym77
BTW, Dotel's in in Columbus, and doing much better than he did last night. Two Ks and a ground out.
2006-06-14 17:50:31
135.   wsporter
Wow, I was just saying to the wife it would be great if the "kid" jerked one and put a little comfort on the board. My goodness, this is fun when the "kids" are putting it together.
2006-06-14 17:51:35
136.   Bama Yankee
Andy!!!!
Roll Tide!!!
2006-06-14 17:52:20
137.   yankee fan in Hollywood
I give all the credit in the world to Jorge Posada on this one fellas...He mos definitely provided a little fire under the Yankees' asses!!!!
2006-06-14 17:53:01
138.   Alex Belth
Nice stroke Johnny.
2006-06-14 17:53:05
139.   Bama Yankee
137 Good call Hollywood
2006-06-14 17:53:30
140.   yankee fan in Hollywood
And the shalakin' continues...It would be great to see A-rod take part in this...
2006-06-14 17:54:13
141.   yankee fan in Hollywood
The Twins just took a 2 - 0 lead...oh yeah!!!
2006-06-14 17:54:16
142.   wsporter
Any weight in the notion that Jorge got under Johnson's skin and caused some of this?
2006-06-14 17:54:46
143.   Alex Belth
I don't give the credit to Jorge, though that stuff is nice. I think Johnson's horseshit pitches and some nice swings had more to do with it than anything else. But I know what you mean.
2006-06-14 17:55:05
144.   wsporter
137 YFH I didn't see that.
2006-06-14 17:56:12
145.   yankee fan in Hollywood
wsporter,
great minds think alike.
2006-06-14 17:56:13
146.   Alex Belth
Did Jorge's at bat rattle him? That's certainly possible. But it was probably a matter of time before they got him anyhow. This isn't J. Santana we're talking about.
2006-06-14 17:57:03
147.   Alex Belth
Nice if Randy can get them six outs here.
2006-06-14 17:57:53
148.   yankee fan in Hollywood
I wouldn't pull the plug on him even if he gave up a single...His pitch count is low.
2006-06-14 17:58:05
149.   rbj
Good for you Unit.
2006-06-14 17:58:11
150.   yankee fan in Hollywood
I told you so!!!!
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2006-06-14 17:58:20
151.   randym77
Crap. RJ's ejected.
2006-06-14 17:58:25
152.   Marcus
Well if Randy is going to retaliate he picked the right guy.
2006-06-14 17:58:29
153.   Stormer Sports
Did Randy Johnson become a Yankee today?
2006-06-14 17:58:38
154.   Simone
Ugh, RJ gets thrown out. Oh well, at least he didn't implode. LOL! The Stadium chanting RJ's name. Love it.
2006-06-14 17:58:40
155.   Rob Gee
[Cough] Bullshit.
2006-06-14 17:58:47
156.   yankee fan in Hollywood
That's my boy blue!!!!! (Old School) LOL...
2006-06-14 17:59:29
157.   Simone
It is about time that the Yankee pitchers start retaliating. I don't care whether the HBP was intention or not.
2006-06-14 17:59:29
158.   Zack
There is no way that Randy getting thrown out here is a good thing.
2006-06-14 17:59:30
159.   Stormer Sports
Jason Kendall calls it "badminton" and I certainly agree.
2006-06-14 18:00:24
160.   wsporter
Did we have anyone up? Was he out there to do that?

I would rather have had the 6 outs.

2006-06-14 18:00:50
161.   rbj
'Bout time Proctor shows up.
2006-06-14 18:00:59
162.   Simone
Gawd, Proctor Get Hits A Lot. Oh well. Hopefully, the Yankees can hang on.
2006-06-14 18:01:03
163.   Zack
Maybe this was Torre's way to justify using Proctor for two innings?
2006-06-14 18:01:04
164.   bp1
Uh oh. Scott Proctor. The 6-1 game now all of a sudden feels a lot closer.
2006-06-14 18:01:20
165.   Rob Gee
Waldman is pissed - the girl's fired up!
2006-06-14 18:01:25
166.   Alex Belth
That's a classic that he hit Perez. lol! Welp, he looks bad if Cleveland gets back in the game. The crowd gave him a round of applause. Personally, I think Jorge over-reacted to being hit. But then again, Jorge has always had some of the red ass in him. At least, RJ and Posada have something to bond over.
2006-06-14 18:01:26
167.   rilkefan
159 - "badminton"?
2006-06-14 18:01:53
168.   bp1
165 She talking about Bubba's groin again?

(Man, I shouldn't have said that, but I couldn't help myself).

2006-06-14 18:02:58
169.   Alex Belth
Rob,

What is S. Waldman angry about?

2006-06-14 18:03:34
170.   Zack
Why not bring in Matt Smith here? jeez...
2006-06-14 18:03:43
171.   singledd
Clement has thrown 44 in 2 innings. Minn. up 2-0.
2006-06-14 18:04:33
172.   Alex Belth
Dude, I completely missed that he didn't even hit him!!! Wow.
2006-06-14 18:04:47
173.   bp1
Perez still batting?!? Didn't even hit him, and he got tossed? What a baby game this is turning into. Geez.
2006-06-14 18:04:51
174.   rbj
Wait a second, Unit didn't even hit the guy?
2006-06-14 18:05:31
175.   Alex Belth
Awww, fat man. Nice pop up, Chubb Rock.
2006-06-14 18:05:47
176.   Marcus
Huh? What the hell is going on?
2006-06-14 18:06:17
177.   bp1
And we're saying Jorgie overreacted? Perez pulled a Manny on Big Unit. Gimme a break.

Final out. Quickie. Nice Scottie. Arm ain't quite fallen off yet.

2006-06-14 18:06:28
178.   Rob Gee
169 "You can't be doing that stuff. You do that in a 10 to 1 game or the next inning. That's selfish. You don't do that now..."

Most anger I ever heard from her. Sterling was the calm one. "Well, that's baseball!"

2006-06-14 18:07:15
179.   Stormer Sports
167

Kendall reacted to his suspension for charging the mound, getting tossed, he called it an overraction by Bob "my pussy smells nice" Watson, claiming that the game has turned soft in this regard, and I agree. Let the guys play for God's sake. It's about fucking time a Yankee pitcher grew some balls and protected the hitters. I bet Tino would have appreciated it.

2006-06-14 18:07:18
180.   Alex Belth
Man, the Tribe made it relatively easy on Proctor.

No, Johnson didn't hit him. The pitch was high and inside, but didn't look like a blazing fastball. Maybe it was a slider. But it came near Perez's hands. But it didn't hit him. I don't doubt that it was intentional, and Kaat said as much himself.

2006-06-14 18:07:54
181.   Simone
So RJ got ejected from moving the guy off the plate?! B.S. Jorge has always had a terrible temper.

Good job, Proctor.

Thank you, rain for delaying the Mets game so ESPN could show the Yankees game.

2006-06-14 18:08:31
182.   bp1
178 "You don't do that now ..."

Do what? Brush him back?!? :-)

Somewhere, Bob Gibson is chuckling quietly to himself.

2006-06-14 18:09:18
183.   Alex Belth
Yeah, Perez had a nice mini spaz going there for a minute too. Calm down, ya scrub. I know you are a big leaguer and I know that your old man was a great big leaguer. Chill.
2006-06-14 18:09:23
184.   rbj
I'm sure it was intentional, but you can also just be backing the guy off the plate or make the hitter not get settled in.
good thing, Unit's hitting his spots, even if not the hitters.
2006-06-14 18:09:50
185.   yankee fan in Hollywood
I expect the Cleveland pitcher to hit yet another Yankee...
2006-06-14 18:11:00
186.   Alex Belth
The big difference with Gibson is that pitchers were generally permitted to throw inside and hit batters during his era. He'd of killed an umpire if he had so many restrictions put on him like guys do today with the warnings and whatnot.
2006-06-14 18:11:41
187.   yankee fan in Hollywood
Not the hands please...don't hit the hands!!!
2006-06-14 18:12:39
188.   wsporter
He doesn't have to hit him, it's a discretionary call by the ump. Yet, once Jorge did what he did he really didn't leave Schrieber any room. The game could have gotten pretty stupid pretty fast.

I think Jorge was a little hot about Jeter getting buzzed up and in (given the thumb) then being hit himself.

2006-06-14 18:14:08
189.   Rob Gee
182 Seriously the guy that overreacted is the ump - the guy pitches inside and gets tossed? He didn't hit him? What!?
2006-06-14 18:16:11
190.   rbj
I prefer a HBP for a HBP, then issue warnings. The first one is free for each team.
2006-06-14 18:16:59
191.   bp1
Ruht Rho, Rhaggy. Kelly coming in from the 'pen. Hope Jorgie is just po'ed, not dl'ed.
2006-06-14 18:19:16
192.   Marcus
191 Hopefully Joe is just taking him out to get a bit of rest before the day game tomorrow.
2006-06-14 18:19:42
193.   randym77
I think just didn't want want Jorgie to get beaned.
2006-06-14 18:20:07
194.   Alex Belth
Tough spot for Stinnett. Nice job by Cleveland's lefty Perez there.
2006-06-14 18:21:17
195.   bp1
Stinny had absolutely no chance there whatsoever. Might as well pinch hit Kevin Thompson and at least given the team so chance at a baserunner, as unlikely as it might have been. Stinny comes running in from the 'pen in full gear, grabs the bar and starts warming up.

No chance at all.

Oh well. 6-1. You think we can avoid The Farns and Mo tonight?

BP

2006-06-14 18:21:34
196.   GoingDeep
Kelly "K-Man" Stinnett strikesout again.
2006-06-14 18:21:49
197.   rbj
Maybe we'll see Smith and Villone.
2006-06-14 18:23:34
198.   rbj
Toss him, toss him. He threw inside.
2006-06-14 18:23:44
199.   bp1
Proctor still in. I figure his arm is gonna just drop to the mound sometime around August 15th after throwing his gazillionth pitch this year, probably in an 8-2 game.

Whoa. Up and in. Heh heh.

2006-06-14 18:25:11
200.   Alex Belth
Steady Scotty, steady...Nice at bat, nice strike out...good mix of heaters and off speed pitches.
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2006-06-14 18:25:38
201.   Alex Belth
Proctor throwing strikes tonight.
2006-06-14 18:26:11
202.   GoingDeep
Plunk Him!
2006-06-14 18:26:23
203.   Alex Belth
Peralta flies out to center, two outs.
2006-06-14 18:26:31
204.   bp1
Yup. Where are these strikes in a 3-2 game?

Not complainin'. Just sayin'.

2006-06-14 18:26:49
205.   rbj
Wow, 1-0 in Detroit. Looks like the hitters there have caught whatever's going around.
2006-06-14 18:27:25
206.   Alex Belth
Boone lines out hard to right.
2006-06-14 18:28:03
207.   rbj
Well, Thames ties it up.
2006-06-14 18:28:15
208.   wsporter
Gotsta like that. Who pitches the 9th?
2006-06-14 18:29:24
209.   rbj
And Clement just hits Rondell White. Still 2-0 Twins.
2006-06-14 18:29:45
210.   Alex Belth
Do they bring in Villone to pitch the ninth? I don't recall seeing him for more than a minute now.
2006-06-14 18:30:25
211.   Alex Belth
Mota. Piazza's boy.
2006-06-14 18:30:47
212.   Shaun P
Boy, I wished I didn't have stuff to do and had seen this game from the start! I can't believe Unit got ejected for not hitting Perez. Un-freakin'-believable. Like he didn't hate the umps enough.

I also thought it was interesting that, with Torre out and Maz calling the shots, who's warming up in the pen but Mr. Ron Villone. Maz always seems to remember Villone, while Torre always seems to forget him.

2006-06-14 18:30:57
213.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Just brutal for Hendrickson in Detroit. Error prevents him from getting the complete game shut out. Detroit ties it.
2006-06-14 18:31:07
214.   rbj
Villone was the only announced guy warming up, unless Torre thinks Proctor can go another inning (he did have at least 2 days off)
2006-06-14 18:32:02
215.   bp1
No idea who's gonna come in for the ninth. Knowing Joe, he could be having Maz putting names in the hat as we speak, heh heh heh.

Easy to laugh when it's 6-1. Just don't scare us, Joe. Let's put this one in the books toot sweet.

Cano hasn't let those homers get to his head. He's back to spraying the ball today. He's some hitter.

2006-06-14 18:32:25
216.   wsporter
Has to be a lefty, no?

Robbie!!!!

2006-06-14 18:32:30
217.   Knuckles
Cano + opp field = Sweet
2006-06-14 18:32:32
218.   Alex Belth
Another hit for Cano. Man, does he ever like going to left. 15 for his last 32, says Michael Kay. He swung at three pitches in the at bat and they were all good cuts.
2006-06-14 18:33:27
219.   Alex Belth
How tall is Mota? Guy looks really big.
2006-06-14 18:34:33
220.   Alex Belth
Tentative swings by Bernie there as he flies out to left. He looked over-matched.
2006-06-14 18:35:46
221.   rbj
Now 3-0 Twins after 4.
2006-06-14 18:37:30
222.   rsmith51
219 6'6"
2006-06-14 18:38:13
223.   bp1
Villone. 1.75ERA. 17 hits in 25 innings? Dude's pitching. How come I never heard of this guy?
2006-06-14 18:38:28
224.   Bama Yankee
219 210 lbs
2006-06-14 18:38:52
225.   bp1
Crap. Jinxed. I'll shut up now. Wish Alex and Cliff had a "delete" feature on this here blog.
2006-06-14 18:40:06
226.   Paul in Boston
Twins only up 2 (now 3-1) due to solid Boston defense, lack of clutch hitting, and incredible incredible incredible luck for Clement, who looks lousy. I can't see him lasting much longer ...

Please no need for Mo here in the 9th!

2006-06-14 18:42:58
227.   rbj
No Cleveland announcers, that wasn't a high pitch. Replay showed it clipping the bottom of the letters.
2006-06-14 18:44:37
228.   bp1
No drama here, Ron. One more out. Let's get this done.
2006-06-14 18:45:46
229.   bp1
Took Kitty 26 outs to come out with the "looks like he's trying to hit a five run homer". Slow night, I guess.
2006-06-14 18:45:51
230.   Shaun P
Grrr . . . why is Mo warming in the pen with a five run lead? Villone is more than capable here.
2006-06-14 18:45:53
231.   rbj
So this Villone kid, was he just called up from Columbus or Trenton? Looks good, maybe he can spell Proctor some.
2006-06-14 18:46:31
232.   Rob Gee
I'm really, really starting to like this team. Hopefully no stupid trades.
2006-06-14 18:47:20
233.   bp1
Andy P!!!!! You da man!!
2006-06-14 18:47:32
234.   randym77
ANDY!!!! Holy guacamole.

I hope he's all right.

2006-06-14 18:47:39
235.   Knuckles
I like these 'manageable' games ending well before 10pm.

Dammit Andy don't get hurt w/ 2 outs in the 9th of a 5-run game!

2006-06-14 18:47:41
236.   rbj
Way to go Andy!
BTW, Cliff, you were right about him.
2006-06-14 18:47:53
237.   Shaun P
Oh my lord, Cliff is dancing a jig in the stands right now - presuming Andy isn't hurt!

See Mr. Torre, Villone can do it - and so can Andy!!!

2006-06-14 18:48:17
238.   bp1
Hit his face! Yikes!
2006-06-14 18:48:23
239.   wsporter
What happened? MLB cut out 5 pitches from the end.
2006-06-14 18:48:23
240.   Rob Gee
Bat and glove, Cliffy!
2006-06-14 18:48:35
241.   Alex Belth
What are you crazy, Andy? Jeez, a highlight play, but potentially stooopid.
2006-06-14 18:49:01
242.   singledd
What happened? MLB crapped out on me.
2006-06-14 18:49:05
243.   randym77
Looked like Andy landed face first on a rather hard-looking chair.
2006-06-14 18:49:51
244.   bp1
God, I hate it when Kay says "... and we'll hand out the awards you love so much.".

I mean - GEEZ. It just makes me grit my teeth. I generally like the guy, enjoy his radio show, but that "schtick" stuff makes me nuts.

2006-06-14 18:49:53
245.   rbj
236 wsporter
Andy basically dove into the stands about 2 rows in to get that foul ball. Not as dramatic as Jeter's, but still the possibility of a cracked skull or broken rib.
2006-06-14 18:51:08
246.   bp1
242 Andy caught a pop-up in the photog section. Leaned over, sort jumped into the section, caught the ball, and landed face first on a chair. Ouch. Seems ok.
2006-06-14 18:51:15
247.   randym77
I think Andy really, really wants to play. Threw himself into the stands to catch a pop up. Landed face-first on the empty chairs. Made the catch, but may have hurt himself doing it. It was risky, that's for sure. It's not like this is game 7 of the world series. Or even heading into OT with the Red Sox.
2006-06-14 18:51:18
248.   Alex Belth
Nice win.
2006-06-14 18:51:26
249.   Shaun P
You're right Alex 241, but I think 'The Kid' figures he has to do something to impress enough to keep playing everyday. Giambi positively looked big brother-ish there.

Way off topic - but Lincoln is using Deep Purple music in their commercials?? Wow.

2006-06-14 18:51:29
250.   wsporter
245 rbj Thanks, Is he up and walking around?
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2006-06-14 18:52:29
251.   bp1
Villone ran over after the play. Yeah man - these guys are allright.

(not photog section. Just near it)

2006-06-14 18:53:42
252.   kdw
250 Waldman is talking to him on radio and he says he's okay.
2006-06-14 18:53:42
253.   randym77
He seems all right. He was bent over for awhile, and the trainer came out, but he stood up and walked off, seemingly okay.

We'll see how he feels tomorrow...

2006-06-14 18:55:08
254.   Shaun P
251 MFD, he's up and walking around with a big -eating grin on his face.

Not to beat the dead horse, but Andy has 5 homers in his first 100 ABs this year. That projects out to 30 HRs in 600 ABs. Think the Yanks would have liked that kind of production out of DH the last couple years? Yeah, me too.

'Night all - hope tomorrow is just as much fun!

2006-06-14 18:56:05
255.   wsporter
Gotsta like this bunch, this feels like a good win all way 'round withthe way they pitched, fielded and hit. It feels like they're on track.

Robbie is hitting like a machine right now.

2006-06-14 18:58:48
256.   bp1
255 Two days ago, it was the end of the world. Even the radio guys were saying the A's sweep was the start of the end.

I tell ya. Joe's right. 162 seasons a year with this team.

Just gonna enjoy tonight. Good clean win, with a little extracurricular activities ta boot. Enjoyable to watch. Let's get out the brooms for tomorrow and built up some steam heading into interleague (gag, cough) play.

2006-06-14 18:59:08
257.   Sliced Bread
250 Phillips looked a bit dazed but was otherwise all smiles, high fives, handshakes, and knuckleknocks. Working class hero is what he is, launching himself into the stands to end a 6-1 game. Displayed a powerfully fine swing on that 2 run drive, too.
Has Cano been on this team 10 years or what?
Unit's big. Giambi's a machine. Posada over Varitek any day.
2006-06-14 18:59:53
258.   bp1
257 High five, Sliced.
2006-06-14 19:01:03
259.   pistolpete
Don't look now, but:

Johnson - 8 wins
Mussina - 8 wins
Wang - 7 wins

..and it really doesn't seem like we've seen the best of Randy or Wang, either. Scary!

2006-06-14 19:02:31
260.   Rob Gee
Speaking of former DH's - Rondell White is sporting a .432 OPS right now in 176 AB's.
2006-06-14 19:02:54
261.   randym77
What a fun night. RJ had a decent night. A-Rod is coming out of his slump. Andy hit a homer and made that highlight-reel game-ending catch. The injured Jeter and Giambi hit well. Cano's on fire. Heck, everyone in the starting lineup got at least one hit.

And in Columbus, Bubba hit a homer and Dotel pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

And the Sox are losing.

Life is good. :)

2006-06-14 19:04:18
262.   Yu-Hsing Chen
What the, Red Sox can't even score against Brad Radke?

And Clement continues to suck...

2006-06-14 19:06:02
263.   Bama Yankee
Thanks for the update on Andy, my MLB.TV crapped out on me too. I've been telling you guys that my boy Andy can play some D (he can hit a little if they will let him). I am afraid that he will be riding the pine again when interleague play starts back up.
2006-06-14 19:09:29
264.   randym77
Hopefully they'll at least use him as a late inning replacement in the interleague games.
2006-06-14 19:10:25
265.   Rob Gee
259 That's the thing - that will make all the difference and is the reason they got swept. Unit regressed. Moose wasn't on. And Chacon was just coming back.

If those three pitch to their talent, this team has a chance to go far. Even still , it will be fun to watch (just please no stoopid trades).

2006-06-14 19:14:21
266.   wsporter
256 bp1, oh boy, no kidding. You would think some folks hadn't experienced a major league season before. Thanks all for the fill in on Andy. He's been a favorite around our family for a couple of years. It's great to see him doing well in the big town.

257 Slice, this seems to be a nice mix. They're fun to watch in a way they haven't been in a while. Last year's desperation and spirited come back were wonderful but there is actually something different about this group. They seem to have replaced an air of certainty and assuredness with an air of curiosity and desire. It's wonderfull watching the youngsters find their sea legs in the context of winning baseball and a penant race.

2006-06-14 19:14:55
267.   Sliced Bread
Good point, Bama. Interleague will cut into Andy's time. But I think he's officially earned a spot on Joe's team. Giambi seems to be one of his biggest supporters, which means Joe won't let him rust on the bench. Big game for your homeboy tonight.
2006-06-14 19:16:16
268.   Yu-Hsing Chen
The Sox managed 1 run over 6 inning against Brad Radke, Clement can't even make it through 4, so now the Sox must burn it's already worn out and utterly junkie minus two guys Bullpen again.

Here's to hope Papalbon will throw 3 innings today.

2006-06-14 19:23:33
269.   randym77
266 Agree. I just love the mix on the team this year. Youth and experience, power and contact, speed and defense. Balanced, in a way they haven't been for awhile.

And it is a joy to watch players who are still young and hungry and full of wide-eyed desire and love of the game.

2006-06-14 19:24:38
270.   Rob Gee
And thank you Martin Van Buren.
2006-06-14 19:29:05
271.   Rob Gee
And two Grand Spamoni's in two nights!
2006-06-14 19:29:08
272.   kdw
Twins must love the Boston bullpen. Another grand slam!!!
2006-06-14 19:30:14
273.   Rob Gee
And don't look now but the Jays will be one back of the Sux after tonight - two out of first.
2006-06-14 19:31:51
274.   pistolpete
Can it be said, in light of the headline of the article, that tonight's start was a 'band aid' to the Yankees' recent struggles?

Hmm, come to think of it, there's gotta be something better.

2006-06-14 19:35:17
275.   Yu-Hsing Chen
And the Socks serve up 2 grand slam in 2 days.... to the second worest HR hitting team in the AL
2006-06-14 19:36:20
276.   Sliced Bread
266 Right on with the air of curiosity and desire, wsporter.

265 I'm liking our Big 3, Gee. Looking around the league, this is looking like a combative first place team to me - at this moment.

2006-06-14 19:37:19
277.   yankaholic
274 funny!!
2006-06-14 19:52:24
278.   RIYank
The grannie victim wasn't Van Buren but Manny Delcarmen. Guess he isn't the answer to the Boston bullpen woes -- though some day he might be, I think.
Makes me feel a whole lot better about Villone, Proctor & Co.
2006-06-14 19:53:34
279.   marc
I see that Van Buren guy that gave up the Twins salami has an ERA of 9.64. Maybe we need to keep a closer eye on Toronto. Only the division winner goes to the playoffs this year the way it looks. If Papelbon should go down at some point the Sox are going have a tough time.
2006-06-14 19:56:47
280.   wsporter
270 278 It's not the first time "Martin Van Buren" was blamed for something he wasn't responsible for.
2006-06-14 20:07:56
281.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Toronto's pitching is about the same mess that Boston is .... 2 good starter (one of them is a rookie that hasn't been seen too much yet )and the rest are mediocare or downright bad... the pen is also the same story as Boston, great closer, a good setup, and the rest are adventures at best.

And not too surprisingly Boston loads the base with two out only to have Varitek grounding out.

2006-06-14 20:13:09
282.   jayd
Mattie Clement out of the game after a half dozen walks and his arm hanging like it was half out of its socket. Same as his last game, so this is looking very ungly for the sox staff. That's the bad news but the real bad news is that this just might push them over to enter the dontrelle or zito sweepstakes. Their young pitchers have shown not to be ready but I wouldn't be surprised if Oakland took a few of those lads off their hands in exchange for zito. Ditto the Marlins.

Meanwhile my hero Bronson Arroyo, granter of the hometown discount to front office weasels and emblematic of red sox "surplus pitching" continues his march to the National League Cy Young award.

Alas poor Theo, genius GM of a year ago and this year's deadhead. Couple weeks ago they went through the list of FIVE shortstops the Sox have passed on the past two years. Such a halo remains on Theo that the local press still doesn't get it.

Francoma with two on walks to fill the bases and then watches two of his control problem kids walk in a few more runs. 10 walks and a hit batter in 6 innings. I love this game. Followed by another grand slam. You Just Gotta Believe Nitwits losing 8-1, does it get any better than this?

You know when Randy turns grumpy happy after a couple more starts like tonight, the baby bombers will make this a season to remember.

Hey, Pavano made a few tosses the other day. He's comin' back, He's comin' baaaack!

2006-06-14 20:13:12
283.   jayd
Mattie Clement out of the game after a half dozen walks and his arm hanging like it was half out of its socket. Same as his last game, so this is looking very ungly for the sox staff. That's the bad news but the real bad news is that this just might push them over to enter the dontrelle or zito sweepstakes. Their young pitchers have shown not to be ready but I wouldn't be surprised if Oakland took a few of those lads off their hands in exchange for zito. Ditto the Marlins.

Meanwhile my hero Bronson Arroyo, granter of the hometown discount to front office weasels and emblematic of red sox "surplus pitching" continues his march to the National League Cy Young award.

Alas poor Theo, genius GM of a year ago and this year's deadhead. Couple weeks ago they went through the list of FIVE shortstops the Sox have passed on the past two years. Such a halo remains on Theo that the local press still doesn't get it.

Francoma with two on walks to fill the bases and then watches two of his control problem kids walk in a few more runs. 10 walks and a hit batter in 6 innings. I love this game. Followed by another grand slam. You Just Gotta Believe Nitwits losing 8-1, does it get any better than this?

You know when Randy turns grumpy happy after a couple more starts like tonight, the baby bombers will make this a season to remember.

Hey, Pavano made a few tosses the other day. He's comin' back, He's comin' baaaack!

2006-06-14 20:13:41
284.   marc
As to the baseball Van Buren I looked on gameday and I saw Van Buren was charged for 4 runs in 2/3 of an inning while Del Carmen gave up only 1 run. But I guess Van Buren was just the enabler. The good thing is that was 2 Boston pitchers that sucked instead of just one.
2006-06-14 20:15:12
285.   jayd
whoops the old double post still working
2006-06-14 20:18:54
286.   yankz
Man, great couple of days. Wish I could've been here with you guys and girls.
2006-06-14 20:19:13
287.   marc
It's over,Twins win over the Sox There's going to be a lot of bitching and complaining in Boston
2006-06-14 20:19:26
288.   wsporter
Ta-winkies win! Ta-winkies win!
2006-06-14 20:48:52
289.   yankz
Anyone need a laugh? Imagine Giambi diving into the stands for that ball like Andy did. LOL!
2006-06-14 20:53:03
290.   yankz
And I'm proud of Bernie for the RBI and all, but what's it going to take for KT to get two starts in a row? There's no way Bernie will have any value in September if he wears himself out playing every day in June.
2006-06-15 04:24:40
291.   randym77
Posada was pulled last night because he couldn't grip the bat (bruised elbow after that HBP). He probably won't play today. :-(

Jeesh. This is just getting ridiculous.

Andy, I love ya, but it was pretty dumb to throw yourself into the stands in a situation like that. The way our luck is going this year, that's just asking for trouble. (BTW, he said he tweaked his back, but it was just a momentary thing.)

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