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2007-06-23 12:17
by Cliff Corcoran
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Kei Igawa looked like Steve Austin for four innings last night ("we can fix him, we have the technology"), but turned into Steve Blass in the fifth. Igawa held the Giants scoreless on two hits through four while walking just one and striking out five, including Barry Bonds on three pitches in the fourth. Kevin Frandsen then lead off the fifth by hitting a good pitch for a double, and Omar Vizquel hit a chopper to drive him in. Igawa got the next two batters to fly out, but Randy Winn doubled to push Vizquel to third and Igawa lost the strike zone pitching out of the stretch. Given the opportunity to strand Barry Bonds in the on-deck circle, Igawa walked Ray Durham to load the bases, then threw six pitches a good three feet from Jorge Posada's target (two of which Bonds fouled off) to walk Bonds and force in the second San Francisco run. Bengie Molina followed by cracking a screamer to the wall in left, but Hideki Matsui got on his horse and made a game-saving leaping catch, crashing into the wall with the final out.

The good news is the Yankees had a five-run lead heading into that inning and got one of those two runs back in the sixth. With two outs, Melky Cabrera, batting lefty against reliever Randy Messenger, fouled a pitch off his right shin. For a moment it looked like Cabrera might have broken something as he hopped around the plate then sat down as Gene Monahan checked him out. Melky stayed in the game, however, and cracked the next pitch past Dave Roberts in center for a stand-up triple. Once on third, he bent back over to rub his aching shin only to get a ribbing from Larry Bowa. The YES camera's caught Melky angrily pushing the wise-cracking Bowa away as Bowa erupted in laughter. A nice moment that was followed by a nicer one as Jeter singled Cabrera home to make it 6-2.

Bonds cracked his 749th career homer off Scot Proctor in the eighth and Alex Rodriguez singled home a Derek Jeter triple in the ninth to put the final score at 7-3 Yanks.

This afternoon Mikey Moose looks to give the Yanks a quick series win against Noah Lowry on FOX.

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2007-06-23 12:36:29
1.   matt nokes forever
Starting line-ups, courtesy of LoHud:

YANKEES
Cabrera CF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Posada C
Matsui LF
Cano 2B
Cairo 1B
Wang RHP (7-4, 3.33)

GIANTS
Roberts CF
Winn RF
Durham 2B
Bonds LF
Klesko 1B
Molina C
Feliz 3B
Vizquel SS
Morris RHP (7-4, 3.21)

2007-06-23 12:39:05
2.   matt nokes forever
I guess that means that the foul ball off Melky's shin didn't leave any lingering effects... whew! Thought we'ld have a Damon siting in center for a minute there. Thankfully, we dodged that bullet.
2007-06-23 12:57:16
3.   RIYank
Cliff, did you get the starters wrong in that last sentence, or am I just not understanding what you meant?
2007-06-23 12:57:52
4.   seamus
damn.
2007-06-23 12:58:25
5.   seamus
3 i'm pretty sure he got the starters wrong.
2007-06-23 12:58:39
6.   matt nokes forever
3 That's the Sunday matchup.
2007-06-23 12:59:59
7.   seamus
wow. bonds is a mega liability out there, huh?
2007-06-23 13:00:23
8.   matt nokes forever
Atta boy, D.J.! If Morris is hanging pitches up like that all day today, we should be just fine.
2007-06-23 13:02:03
9.   matt nokes forever
7 Prince Fielder's pops has more mobility at this stage.
2007-06-23 13:02:08
10.   matt nokes forever
7 Prince Fielder's pops has more mobility at this stage.
2007-06-23 13:03:13
11.   seamus
he has stolen two singles from us. darn.
2007-06-23 13:03:22
12.   WeMissPaulie
Sterling called DJ's ball out again!
2007-06-23 13:03:39
13.   matt nokes forever
Holy shit! Durham's having a day at 2B already.
2007-06-23 13:04:19
14.   WeMissPaulie
It is high....it is far....it is.....off the wall!
2007-06-23 13:04:45
15.   matt nokes forever
12 Senility 1, Sterling 0
2007-06-23 13:04:45
16.   RIYank
Wow, without great fielding we'd have had the first three guys on base. Good sign, if you're feeling optimistic; opportunity lost if you're not.
2007-06-23 13:06:23
17.   matt nokes forever
Anybody else watching this on FOX? Or am I the only one suffering through Robin Williams and Billy Crystal reading the starting lineups?
2007-06-23 13:08:23
18.   seamus
17 i enjoyed it.
2007-06-23 13:08:43
19.   RIYank
17 Yeah, painful. And now a quick reminder that Dave Roberts once stole a certain base. I'd forgotten that one. Because I have Alzheimer's and completely lost the fifteen times it was mentioned yesterday.
2007-06-23 13:08:59
20.   matt nokes forever
18 I wanted to hurt myself.
2007-06-23 13:09:22
21.   seamus
19 yeah, that bugged me. like rubbing salt in the wound.
2007-06-23 13:09:56
22.   matt nokes forever
19 FOX was repeating it for Sterling, re: 15
2007-06-23 13:10:51
23.   RIYank
Easy and encouraging worm-killing inning.
2007-06-23 13:14:52
24.   RIYank
Wow, that was embarassing.
2007-06-23 13:14:52
25.   matt nokes forever
Dammint Jorge, so slow...
2007-06-23 13:16:02
26.   seamus
we have nothing to show for looking good at the plate so far.
2007-06-23 13:19:16
27.   matt nokes forever
BALCO really looked like he was hustling to that ball out there in left... what a dog.
2007-06-23 13:19:41
28.   seamus
bonds looks awful. They should show highlgihts of him fielding just for entertainment.
2007-06-23 13:19:47
29.   RIYank
This must be a first for Miggy, huh?
2007-06-23 13:20:07
30.   seamus
29 miggymantle.
2007-06-23 13:20:55
31.   matt nokes forever
Wang has the most amazing swing ever. He's like an anti-instructional video out there at the plate!
2007-06-23 13:22:03
32.   seamus
31 igawa was better.
2007-06-23 13:22:51
33.   RIYank
Is there a DH in Taiwan? Because he looked like he'd never batted before.
2007-06-23 13:25:08
34.   matt nokes forever
33 They said that was his 14th career at bat... looked like he hadn't swung since t-ball. And then of course, that 0-2 duece was just unfair. Morris should be fined by Selig for that.
2007-06-23 13:26:11
35.   matt nokes forever
Way to hustle down the line, Barry... maybe that gigantic head of yours is slowing you down.
2007-06-23 13:28:13
36.   RIYank
Miggy in a Wang game, can't really complain. And he drew the IBB, so no complaints there either.
2007-06-23 13:34:02
37.   matt nokes forever
Melky! Two triples in less than 24 hours!
2007-06-23 13:34:32
38.   RIYank
Dang, Melkman. Cliff's title today could be a tribute to Melky.
2007-06-23 13:35:32
39.   matt nokes forever
HA! 1-0
2007-06-23 13:36:35
40.   RIYank
Morris is lucky that he hasn't given up five runs or so already.
2007-06-23 13:36:44
41.   Bob Timmermann
The DH is pretty much universal in baseball now. The Central League in Japan doesn't use it. I would assume that in Taiwanese amateur ball there is a DH and it would be used in whatever is left of the pro circuit there.
2007-06-23 13:37:35
42.   yankz
It's XBH day apparently. I haven't had an A-Bomb in a while...
2007-06-23 13:37:50
43.   matt nokes forever
We should be up by more right now.
2007-06-23 13:38:14
44.   yankz
Weak.
2007-06-23 13:38:31
45.   yankz
43 Patience.
2007-06-23 13:40:40
46.   RIYank
41 Thanks.

I love watching Bonds in action. And I use the word "action" in the loosest possible sense.

"And he makes a very good play not letting this ball get by him." !?!?!

2007-06-23 13:40:46
47.   Bob Timmermann
40
That sounds like a typical Matt Morris start. He has inherited Kirk Rueter's role on the Giants staff in that regard.
2007-06-23 13:42:47
48.   yankz
Jeter has a 17 game hit streak. Good grief.
2007-06-23 13:42:49
49.   matt nokes forever
46 If by action you mean being relatively immobile, then yes it is thoroughly amusing... and an excellent job of not letting the ball get by him, even though most average outfielders probably could have caught it on a fly.
2007-06-23 13:43:20
50.   matt nokes forever
If Durham caught that one, I would have driven out to Frisco and shot him myself.
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2007-06-23 13:43:41
51.   RIYank
I love Durham, he's awesome.
2007-06-23 13:47:08
52.   RIYank
50 You must appreciate the artistry (as long as we're winning).
49 Yah, that's what I meant. Was Morgan serious? He doesn't usually say crazy things about actual plays, that kind of stuff.
2007-06-23 13:50:12
53.   matt nokes forever
52 Been stellar defensively, especially so far today... but he's wearing a white jersey, so it kinda ticks me off.

And I'm pretty sure that Morgan was honestly praising that sprawling, near-face-plant of a dive by Bonds... but then again, it is Joe.

2007-06-23 13:50:12
54.   RIYank
That was a big batter, nice job Wanger.
2007-06-23 13:53:49
55.   matt nokes forever
Dave Roberts is at bat... why haven't I seen a replay of that steal he had in the playoffs? FOX is slipping.
2007-06-23 13:54:34
56.   RIYank
That wasn't a bad pitch that Roberts ripped.
Winn is another big batter, if he gets a hit the situation becomes very tense.
2007-06-23 13:56:03
57.   RIYank
Yikes. Something wrong with the Wanger. Posada obviously noticed -- but not corrected. GULP.
2007-06-23 13:56:07
58.   Eirias
I just got on the PC. Did Sterling seriously say that Omar Vizquel belongs in the Hall of Fame?
2007-06-23 13:56:12
59.   matt nokes forever
Shit... Wang's pulling an Igawa... all over the map
2007-06-23 13:56:33
60.   51cq24
56 it was down but it was much further in than he was trying for
2007-06-23 13:56:41
61.   RIYank
ooh, that 2-0 change was nice, though.
2007-06-23 13:58:04
62.   RIYank
58 I dunno, I'm listening to Joe Morgan. He hasn't been bad today, although he did inexplicably complement Bonds' fielding on an incredibly bad play.
2007-06-23 13:58:36
63.   matt nokes forever
whew!
2007-06-23 13:58:49
64.   OldYanksFan
Well... No Barry with the bases loaded. I'm good.
2007-06-23 13:59:27
65.   RIYank
Whew, important wormburn. Nobody wanted to see Bonds up this inning.

Now let's pile up some more hits.

2007-06-23 13:59:38
66.   51cq24
58 he did.
2007-06-23 14:01:15
67.   OldYanksFan
By the way, does anyone remember when during the Mets game that Joe was asked who was better... Jetes or Reyes? And his answer was Jetes... not because Jeter has been doing it for 11 years, but because Jeter has rings. Jetes is the better player because he has rings.

I guess that makes DougOut better then Mattingly. Maybe the dumbest, most unenlightening thing I've ever heard.

2007-06-23 14:01:17
68.   matt nokes forever
66 Senility 2, Sterling 0
2007-06-23 14:01:48
69.   OldYanksFan
Did ANYONE know Robin and Billy are here watching the game today?
2007-06-23 14:03:29
70.   matt nokes forever
69 Never would have guessed... it's only camera shots 1,234,567 and 1,234,568 of them since the READ THE STARTING LINEUPS, doing a ridiculously pathetic schtick. Who knew?
2007-06-23 14:03:45
71.   matt nokes forever
69 I hate FOX.
2007-06-23 14:04:47
72.   RIYank
69 Gotta be the best kept secret in SF.

Oh, Melky, let's not make a habit of this!

2007-06-23 14:07:24
73.   RIYank
12 pitch at-bat! Impressive. Not that I particularly want Morris out of the game.
2007-06-23 14:07:50
74.   matt nokes forever
Effing Durham.
2007-06-23 14:13:13
75.   RIYank
Does Matsui try to catch the ball way over his head?? It almost seems like he does.
2007-06-23 14:13:15
76.   matt nokes forever
Nice grab, 'Decki. Routine fly ball.
2007-06-23 14:14:18
77.   RIYank
Wow, Molina and Bonds on the basepaths on a double-play ball, that's unfair.
2007-06-23 14:15:06
78.   matt nokes forever
77 Jetes coulda trotted over to 2nd and 1st himself to save his arm if he wanted.
2007-06-23 14:16:27
79.   seamus
77 78 i enjoy the circus.
2007-06-23 14:16:27
80.   seamus
77 78 i enjoy the circus.
2007-06-23 14:17:04
81.   seamus
sorry for double post.
2007-06-23 14:17:58
82.   seamus
who would win a race between arod, bonds, and molina?
2007-06-23 14:18:07
83.   RIYank
SF has a helluva ninfield. Defensively speaking.
2007-06-23 14:19:58
84.   RIYank
82 (I don't get it.)
2007-06-23 14:20:32
85.   matt nokes forever
83 Too bad they have a combined batting average below the Mendoza/Nieves line...
2007-06-23 14:20:32
86.   Eirias
82 The dark horse, Molina. He pays 80 for 1.
2007-06-23 14:20:48
87.   matt nokes forever
84 Me neither.
2007-06-23 14:20:55
88.   seamus
84 not sure there is much to get...
2007-06-23 14:21:51
89.   RIYank
Very nice hit by Matsui, very, very nice.
2007-06-23 14:22:40
90.   OldYanksFan
A big inning here would be nice
2007-06-23 14:23:09
91.   RIYank
85 I know. It would be harder to admire their fielding prowess if they were hitting Wang.
2007-06-23 14:23:36
92.   OldYanksFan
I meant a big inning for the YANKEES...
2007-06-23 14:24:11
93.   51cq24
88 does arod have to run twice as far or something?
2007-06-23 14:27:11
94.   bartap74
Serious question. If Cairo remains the starting first baseman (as horrible as that idea is), then what the hell is Phillips' role? If he's the utility IF, then why do we have Basak? I honestly don't understand the Yankees' roster configuration right now.
2007-06-23 14:29:04
95.   51cq24
94 maybe phillips, basak and damon can play cards in the clubhouse during the playoffs
2007-06-23 14:30:46
96.   matt nokes forever
94 I think that having Phillips on the roster (hopefully he contributes something positive in a reserve role) is meant to present the image to potential trade partners that the Yanks aren't completely desparate at first base with just Cairo there. I think its a ploy to try and keep the asking price for a decent player a bit less steep.
2007-06-23 14:31:27
97.   matt nokes forever
95 and henn too... or would he be the dealer?
2007-06-23 14:31:34
98.   seamus
93 or maybe leap tall buildings en route...
2007-06-23 14:32:21
99.   bartap74
96 Will the other teams be convinced by this if he never plays? Is his presence on the bench really that imposing?
2007-06-23 14:32:56
100.   51cq24
97 oh yeah i forgot, henn will be playing while myers gives up another bomb to papi
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2007-06-23 14:34:40
101.   bartap74
My enthusiasm and support for Joe Girardi as the next Yankee manager went down a bit there as he was praising Cairo. Highlights included the "great job" he's been doing and the "gold glove defense" he's been showing.
2007-06-23 14:35:56
102.   seamus
i always like to see Rags.
2007-06-23 14:36:25
103.   51cq24
101 but actually i think he's right about that. whether he'd keep playing him as a manager is not necessarily clear.
2007-06-23 14:36:49
104.   seamus
101 he has done a great job and played great defense. That doesn't mean that Joe isn't cognisant that he isn't a starting first basemen.
2007-06-23 14:40:36
105.   weeping for brunnhilde
101 Ok, first I'll declare officially that I'm now at a point where I find all the Cairo talk tedious.

But since you bring it up, bartap, (and I didn't hear Girardi) I'd venture to guess that "great job" carries an implicit qualification: "...for some scrub off the bench called upon to do more than he bargained for."

As to "gold glove defense" all I can say to that is that I've been quite impressed by his play with the glove. Perhaps "gold glove" is an exaggeration, but I don't think it's outlandish, as you suggest.

2007-06-23 14:44:15
106.   weeping for brunnhilde
I've been following the game casually on the radio, but I just turned on YES and there appears to be no game, just that Center Stage program with Nettles et. al.

Isn't the game on YES?

2007-06-23 14:45:08
107.   51cq24
who would pause the game at that point?
2007-06-23 14:45:29
108.   51cq24
game's on fox
2007-06-23 14:49:15
109.   OldYanksFan
94 Torre knows Cairo is not our 1st baseman. Cairo plays until he shits the bed. Then Phillips will play. Also, with JD on the DL, we need a BU1B.
2007-06-23 14:49:46
110.   weeping for brunnhilde
Aha, another scenario for bunting: if the opposing pitcher is giving up ground ball after ground ball, then a bunt might be as likely to yield a hit as swinging away.

You swing away and you roll the dice the ball will find a hole.

You bunt and you count more upon your skills as a batsman and your speed and try to force the opposing team to make an error, which may be more likely on a bunt than a standard-issue ground ball.

2007-06-23 14:50:18
111.   randym77
Miggy the Glove strikes again.
2007-06-23 14:50:23
112.   OldYanksFan
Miggy for HOF
2007-06-23 14:50:52
113.   OldYanksFan
Got a lucky break. Guy was safe.
2007-06-23 14:51:10
114.   bartap74
101105 I apologize for beating the Cairo dead horse further; it's just frustrating to see him in the lineup every day, especially it looked like the Yankees had come to their senses.

Girardi has now declared that there's "no question" that Vizquel is a Hall of Famer.

Again, I'm rooting for him to the next manager, but I'm a bit worried about the stuff he's saying.

2007-06-23 14:52:33
115.   Ravenscar
That play is really why fans of the Yankees - nor any other team - should comlain that they get more bad calls than any other team. It really does all even out.
2007-06-23 14:53:33
116.   weeping for brunnhilde
114 No problem, bartap. I understand the frustration.

As to Vizquel, I have no opinion other than to say that I've seen him do Hall of Fame things in the field, if that counts for anything.

2007-06-23 14:57:23
117.   51cq24
115 it doesn't all even out because the importance of the bad calls varies. maybe it roughly evens out, but i doubt it, and certainly not perfectly. that isn't to say the yankees get more than any other team, just that it can't really all even out.
2007-06-23 14:59:46
118.   OldYanksFan
Re: Cairo
When a C+ student gets a B, he gets more praise then when an A student get a B+.
Cairo is valuable for what he is, a D+ student playing C+ ball.
2007-06-23 15:00:09
119.   bartap74
The difference this year is that the play at first was a bang-bang play that the umpire missed while a lot of the blown calls that have been going against the Yankees this season were not even close.
2007-06-23 15:01:40
120.   bartap74
118 But the C+ student doesn't get the full scholarship to Harvard. A mediocre journeyman back-up infielder has no business playing 1st base for the Yankees.

Did they just say that Soriano stole 80 bases last year? Was that in a parallel dimension?

2007-06-23 15:01:57
121.   OldYanksFan
114 If a great hitter who can't field or run get into the hall, when not a great, great fielder?
2007-06-23 15:03:40
122.   OldYanksFan
120 IT'S TEMPORARY! Giambi, JD and Minky are injured. Phelps stank in the field. Ya gotta go with the flow sometimes.
2007-06-23 15:03:55
123.   51cq24
i love jorge, but he just struck out with a guy on 2nd, they give him the clutch performer of the game, and the first replay they show is of him getting tagged out at 2nd
2007-06-23 15:06:59
124.   matt nokes forever
I don't know what all this debate about Cairo is... why don't we just make Jorge the regular first baseman and that way we can work Nieves into the everyday lineup?
2007-06-23 15:07:10
125.   bartap74
122 We're nearly halfway through the season and the Yankees haven't had a decent 1st baseman start a single game. Just when does temporary start looking permanent?
2007-06-23 15:12:36
126.   weeping for brunnhilde
Btw, I've not seen much of these past couple of games--what's up with Derek's baserunning?

Picked off?

Hung up on a ball hit to his right?

He's getting caught stealing?

Any theories?

My one theory as to the cs is that perhaps he's lost a step but hasn't adjusted yet.

2007-06-23 15:12:53
127.   OldYanksFan
Did ANYONE know Robin and Billy are here watching the game today?
2007-06-23 15:13:15
128.   Ravenscar
Whoops. That last inning with A-Rod on second with no one out is looking a little worse alla sudden.
2007-06-23 15:13:50
129.   51cq24
126 he's hurt
2007-06-23 15:14:48
130.   Ravenscar
OK, that clip of Robin Williams actually standing with everyone and cheering his team on was pretty cool. It's always nice when the celebrities are actually paying attention.
2007-06-23 15:18:10
131.   matt nokes forever
Great play Miggy! HOFer!
2007-06-23 15:18:13
132.   OldYanksFan
13 hits in 7 innings. We have squandered many opportunities. That never bodes well.
2007-06-23 15:18:50
133.   matt nokes forever
Dave Roberts is up... time for that video clip of that stolen base thing in the playoffs.
2007-06-23 15:19:48
134.   OldYanksFan
122 It's Cairo that temporary. Will we get a decent 1Bman this year? Don't know. We may just be weak there all year.
2007-06-23 15:20:42
135.   OldYanksFan
Lets hope Mo is having a good day. Its time for his monthly save.
2007-06-23 15:23:02
136.   randym77
Steve Goldman's book about the Sox winning the WS puts the blame (at least partially) on Torre, for not pinch-running speedy Bubba Crosby or Kenny Lofton, while Francona did use Roberts that way.
2007-06-23 15:25:23
137.   randym77
Ugh. :-P
2007-06-23 15:25:26
138.   matt nokes forever
Shit.
2007-06-23 15:25:35
139.   51cq24
that's some effort from robby cano
2007-06-23 15:25:56
140.   matt nokes forever
139 Bonds-esque hustle.
2007-06-23 15:26:22
141.   Mattpat11
We're gonna lose this game, and we deserve it, after yet another embarrassing effort.
2007-06-23 15:27:07
142.   3rd gen yankee fan
Sometimes Sterling's grasp of the obvious is a riot.

"Proctor, Myers, Bruney, Vizcaino and Farnsworth all have the same affliction -- they don't throw enough strikes." hahaha thanks for that.

2007-06-23 15:27:11
143.   OldYanksFan
This is true. Torre managed poorly. But how many times in 2004 did a Yankee player have a change to slam the door? A dozen? More?
2007-06-23 15:28:24
144.   OldYanksFan
Wow. How exciting....
2007-06-23 15:28:28
145.   matt nokes forever
Loaded for Barry... yippee.
2007-06-23 15:28:35
146.   Ravenscar
OK, that's not a good idea.
2007-06-23 15:28:55
147.   OldYanksFan
Bring in Mo now. Let EDSP close.
2007-06-23 15:29:12
148.   redking
Why bother taking out Wang if the bullpen is going to lose the lead?
2007-06-23 15:29:16
149.   51cq24
143 ok but joe torre had the chance to slam the door on the sox by putting mariano in after gordon gave up a bomb to ortiz in the 8th inning of game 5, instead of waiting for gordon to give up a walk and a single after that
2007-06-23 15:30:08
150.   Mattpat11
143 Torre's refusal to pinch run Kenny Lofton and mind boggling decision to not bunt on big fat Curt Schilling with a bad leg were huge reasons we lost. The manager's job is to put the team in the best position to win and he refused because he didn't want to embarrass Varitek or Schilling.

We don't play that way.

Thats one of the few things I blame on Torre.

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2007-06-23 15:30:11
151.   Ravenscar
An inch lower, that pitch would have been in the water.
2007-06-23 15:31:31
152.   Mattpat11
Bruan, if you're going to walk him, hit him.
2007-06-23 15:32:01
153.   matt nokes forever
Deja vu... only this time worse. Thanks Myers. Thanks Bruney.
2007-06-23 15:32:06
154.   Mattpat11
Yankees did everything they could to lose this game, and thus far they are successful.
2007-06-23 15:32:13
155.   Ravenscar
I'm not really sure if that's what Buck Showalter intended.
2007-06-23 15:32:20
156.   weeping for brunnhilde
"Come on, you Yankees, stop walking people!"

--my 4 1/2 year old.

2007-06-23 15:33:08
157.   51cq24
wait a minute, is he putting the lefty in now for klesko??
2007-06-23 15:33:23
158.   matt nokes forever
156 wise beyond his years...
2007-06-23 15:33:41
159.   weeping for brunnhilde
126 But that doesn't account for the mental lapses, does it?
2007-06-23 15:34:11
160.   OldYanksFan
I guess Bruney is not a magic pill. How many times did EDSP come in and people here cried for Bruney?

Again... managers manage and players play. Players win or lose the game. Francoma put Roberts in to run. He called for the SB. But Roberts stole the base. If he was out instead of safe, would Francona's head be on a stick?

2007-06-23 15:34:37
161.   3rd gen yankee fan
This team is not making it to the playoffs.
2007-06-23 15:36:01
162.   randym77
Walking Bonds is not the worst thing that could have happened.
2007-06-23 15:36:03
163.   Mattpat11
160 And Torre refused to manage because it might embarrass Red Sox.

We don't play that kind of baseball.

2007-06-23 15:36:30
164.   Mattpat11
162 Should have hit him.
2007-06-23 15:36:41
165.   51cq24
160 but we're talking about bad managerial decisions, not poor execution (which was obviously also a problem)
2007-06-23 15:39:10
166.   Mattpat11
I'm not sure I understand this. Some of the Giants baserunners have scored. Why is this?
2007-06-23 15:39:13
167.   51cq24
i cannot believe he got out of that
2007-06-23 15:40:49
168.   randym77
Could've been worse.

C'mon, Yanks, time to break out the lumber.

2007-06-23 15:40:59
169.   OldYanksFan
So was bringing in Myers right or wrong? He walked his man.
Was bringing in Bruney right or wrong? He walked his man.
Was bringing in Villion right or wrong? He got the popup.

I can't say if Joe made no mistakes or 3 mistakes. But I can say for sure that Myers and Bruney made mistakes. (And Villion didn't look so hot).

2007-06-23 15:41:32
170.   Ravenscar
You know, I actually expected that to go a lot worse.
2007-06-23 15:41:43
171.   tommyl
Why is Britton not on this team? Is Villone really better than he is?
2007-06-23 15:42:02
172.   Mattpat11
Here's Johnny.
2007-06-23 15:42:41
173.   OldYanksFan
Put this guy on the frakin' DL already
2007-06-23 15:43:35
174.   51cq24
this damon thing is beyond absurd
2007-06-23 15:43:50
175.   Mattpat11
This is where I'd pinch hit Phillips.
2007-06-23 15:43:57
176.   Mattpat11
This is where I'd pinch hit Phillips.
2007-06-23 15:48:10
177.   Mattpat11
Took him long enough to see that
2007-06-23 15:48:34
178.   51cq24
was jeter off-balance, fooled, over-anxious, hurt...?
2007-06-23 15:50:09
179.   Mattpat11
178 hit and run. He probably decided he was swinging no matter what was thrown
2007-06-23 15:51:23
180.   51cq24
even on a 3-2 pitch??
2007-06-23 15:52:46
181.   Mattpat11
Nice showing there Bobby.
2007-06-23 15:55:20
182.   Mattpat11
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW CRAP
2007-06-23 15:56:47
183.   Mattpat11
Can we PLEASE trade this man?
2007-06-23 16:00:10
184.   OldYanksFan
Jetes is hurt
2007-06-23 16:04:42
185.   Mattpat11
HR for A-Rod here
2007-06-23 16:06:08
186.   51cq24
YES
2007-06-23 16:06:23
187.   bartap74
A-GOD!!!!!

Sign that man to an extension, now!

2007-06-23 16:06:25
188.   Mattpat11
I like being right
2007-06-23 16:06:27
189.   Simone
Yeah Alex! Tons of Yankee fans in the crowd.
2007-06-23 16:07:24
190.   tommyl
Well at least we still have A-Rod, at least for this year. Man we'd be awful without him.
2007-06-23 16:12:33
191.   Mattpat11
Interesting question. If the season were to end as is, I can't give A-Rod the MVP. If you want to say that the Most Valuable Player had to be on a playoff team (and I do) who do you give it to?
2007-06-23 16:18:44
192.   51cq24
191 arod is clearly the most valuable player, playoffs or not. otherwise it has to be magglio.
2007-06-23 16:21:17
193.   Mattpat11
192 If the award was Most Outstanding Player, I'd give it to A-Rod.

I just can't say a player on a team that did nothing is the most valuable in the league

2007-06-23 16:22:49
194.   51cq24
i'm glad they show the replay without home plate in the picture
2007-06-23 16:23:31
195.   51cq24
193 is a diamond not valuable unless owned by the richest man in the world?
2007-06-23 16:23:39
196.   Mattpat11
"when they talk about Andy, they talk about his character first"

I'd certainly hope so. If he's as great a guy as they say, I wouldn't even bring up the baseball skills.

2007-06-23 16:24:02
197.   Mattpat11
195 Is it the most valuable?
2007-06-23 16:24:33
198.   OldYanksFan
195 ahhhhh Grasshopper...
2007-06-23 16:25:58
199.   OldYanksFan
Valueable? Where would the Yankees be without him? But Maggie may well see the PS. And Vlad is also tearing it up. For ARod to win MVP, there will need to be spme distance between him and #2.
2007-06-23 16:26:14
200.   51cq24
197 it is if it is
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2007-06-23 16:27:11
201.   RIYank
200 A rare sentence made up entirely of two letter words.
2007-06-23 16:28:48
202.   RIYank
Now we know what Vizcaino is good for: Giant-killing.
2007-06-23 16:30:12
203.   Bama Yankee
201 If it is to be, it is up to me.
2007-06-23 16:31:59
204.   RIYank
203 Yo, do it, ok!
2007-06-23 16:32:00
205.   51cq24
is anyone else having bad reception on fox?
2007-06-23 16:33:07
206.   RIYank
Go KT, go!
2007-06-23 16:34:13
207.   RIYank
I hate bunting.
2007-06-23 16:34:19
208.   51cq24
are you kidding
2007-06-23 16:34:34
209.   Simone
What was that? Stop freaking bunting.
2007-06-23 16:34:38
210.   bartap74
205 Yep.
2007-06-23 16:35:16
211.   51cq24
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON I DONT EVEN KNOW BECAUSE OF STUPID FOX
2007-06-23 16:36:15
212.   RIYank
Jesus H. Christ.
2007-06-23 16:36:41
213.   bartap74
A-Rod is really running away with the battle of the all-time greats (though I'd debate Bonds' status as such).
2007-06-23 16:37:32
214.   51cq24
ok so for a while it was all blue screen. now it's flipping back and forth between game and blue screen and i see the situation. did abreu bunt his way on or what?
2007-06-23 16:37:34
215.   RIYank
211 Abreu bunted but KT was forced at second. The Giants decided to 'pitch around' A-Rod, but he pulled a 2-0 up the line for a double, Abreu stopped at third. They're walking Posada now. One out.
2007-06-23 16:38:55
216.   AbbyNormal821
211 214 Hey all! This freakin' interference is reminiscent of what happened in SF during the...'89 World Series was it? I mean, I hope that's not what it is, but...it's kind of freaky, no???
2007-06-23 16:39:03
217.   RIYank
Now they're loaded for Matsui. Oooooh. 0-2 count...
2007-06-23 16:39:48
218.   RIYank
Matsui strikes out on three pitches!
Now two out, bases loaded for Robbie.
2007-06-23 16:40:24
219.   RIYank
(I'm out of state, no interference at all.)

1-0 to Rob.

2007-06-23 16:40:41
220.   51cq24
it seems to be fine now except from the cf camera
2007-06-23 16:41:02
221.   51cq24
ok all fixed now it seems thank you
2007-06-23 16:41:32
222.   RIYank
Damn. And Robbie really drilled it, too. Carp.
2007-06-23 16:41:33
223.   randym77
Crap.
2007-06-23 16:42:04
224.   bartap74
My reception is still terrible, even during the commercials. All other channels are fine.
2007-06-23 16:43:00
225.   51cq24
well the game is obviously ending now in this half inning
2007-06-23 16:43:29
226.   Simone
Robbie had a chance to get to 1st base. I hope that he was busting his butt and not cruising like he usually does when he thinks he is out.
2007-06-23 16:43:43
227.   RIYank
That ball had "three run double" written on it. The Giants' infield has saved the game so far.
2007-06-23 16:44:03
228.   randym77
I'm not getting a blue screen, but both picture and sound are really glitchy. Very annoying.
2007-06-23 16:45:27
229.   OldYanksFan
I think Robbie didn't run
2007-06-23 16:45:59
230.   RIYank
Hm.
Jeter would have caught that.
2007-06-23 16:46:30
231.   WeMissPaulie
Well, I guess Farns has the no confidence vote today.
2007-06-23 16:46:41
232.   51cq24
did arod just give up on that ball right as breneman said he wasn't giving up on it?
2007-06-23 16:47:07
233.   51cq24
231 he pitched the 8th
2007-06-23 16:47:10
234.   WeMissPaulie
Proctor can not walk this guy - we're done.
2007-06-23 16:47:25
235.   RIYank
231 I thought Farns already pitched.
I missed about 80 minutes of the game, though, and I can't get Gameday up to look at the innings I missed.
2007-06-23 16:47:37
236.   Simone
229 Typical. I like Cano, but he is not a gamer. If the Yankees produce another 2nd baseman, Cano should be traded.
2007-06-23 16:47:59
237.   WeMissPaulie
Ah, sorry. Missed him. Thanks.
2007-06-23 16:48:04
238.   RIYank
232 Yes, I'd say that's an accurate account.
2007-06-23 16:51:48
239.   RIYank
I missed all the bad innings. Going by what I've seen, our bullpen is awesome. I choose to believe that.

Oh, god. Did Melky lose it in the sun, or what?

2007-06-23 16:51:54
240.   randym77
Well, I've lost Fox entirely now. Blue screen, no sound.
2007-06-23 16:52:18
241.   51cq24
actually, farnsworth was fine. myers and bruney were not.
2007-06-23 16:53:07
242.   WeMissPaulie
I think he lost it in the sun. Hes facing directly into it.
2007-06-23 16:53:19
243.   OldYanksFan
K Now!
2007-06-23 16:53:30
244.   51cq24
240 going into 12th after a pop up by roberts
2007-06-23 16:53:42
245.   RIYank
240 Well, Melky lost a fly ball in the sun, but the loathesome Dave Roberts pops out to end the inning with the winning run on second.
2007-06-23 16:54:13
246.   OldYanksFan
I missed some stuff. KT in? Who's out? Matsui?
2007-06-23 16:55:41
247.   randym77
Why did Gameday say the double was to LF? Did KT back up Melky on the play?
2007-06-23 16:56:04
248.   WeMissPaulie
Jete is out with an injury TBD....Matsui is not in the field.
2007-06-23 16:56:43
249.   randym77
I think Matsui was double-switched out for Proctor.
2007-06-23 16:57:19
250.   RIYank
247 They were both near it. The ball bounced next to Melky's glove. Melky picked it up first and threw it in.

Huh, I don't know exactly what's going on -- Matsui batted in the 11th but Thompson fielded. No idea why.

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2007-06-23 16:57:52
251.   WeMissPaulie
Who is left in the BP besides Mo?
2007-06-23 17:00:04
252.   51cq24
251 maybe just henn
2007-06-23 17:00:31
253.   RIYank
251 I can't think of anyone.

Andy walked to lead off the inning, Melky bunts foul (for those who can't see).

2007-06-23 17:00:32
254.   randym77
Nice AB for Andy, considering his struggles against lefties.
2007-06-23 17:00:43
255.   bartap74
I thought Henn was in the minors.
2007-06-23 17:01:45
256.   51cq24
255 oh maybe i dont even know anymore
2007-06-23 17:01:48
257.   RIYank
Melky pops out. Sorry, Andy didn't lead off, of course. There are now two outs with Andy on first.
2007-06-23 17:02:37
258.   randym77
Thanks, RIYank.

Great time for Fox to have technical difficulties, mutter, grumble.

2007-06-23 17:03:00
259.   51cq24
that's a strike???
2007-06-23 17:04:17
260.   randym77
Pickoff attempts? Do they know Andy Phillips is a horrible base runner?
2007-06-23 17:05:02
261.   RIYank
There's nobody left in the pen but Mo. And the starters. We're carrying 12 pitchers.

KT flies out shallow center. Bottom of the 12th coming up.

2007-06-23 17:05:45
262.   RIYank
A-Rod bats in the 13th, if we make it...
2007-06-23 17:07:16
263.   bartap74
261 Bound to happen when you have 4 pitchers combine for 1.2 innings. Torre bullpen management at its finest.
2007-06-23 17:07:22
264.   RIYank
Proctor stays in, so I guess it wasn't a double switch!
2007-06-23 17:07:24
265.   Zack
Man am I sure glad I missed most of this game...
2007-06-23 17:07:48
266.   51cq24
it's pretty nice when the opposing team's best hitter isn't playing in extra innings
2007-06-23 17:08:30
267.   RIYank
Whew, Melky tracks one down out of the sun.
2007-06-23 17:10:04
268.   51cq24
so when does andy start warming up?
2007-06-23 17:10:46
269.   Mattpat11
I have RETURNED. Just in time for the Yankees to win it all here. Right?
2007-06-23 17:10:47
270.   RIYank
266 No kidding. Though I'd sure rather have Jeter batting than K-Thomp.
And why exactly did Matsui come out, can anyone figure it out?
2007-06-23 17:11:35
271.   RIYank
268 He could. But I'm betting Roger does it if nec.
2007-06-23 17:12:00
272.   Mattpat11
Who the hell could possibly want to watch this screaming British Chef?
2007-06-23 17:12:21
273.   OldYanksFan
I wonder if Iggy is in the pen. Is today Rogers 'throw' day?
2007-06-23 17:13:05
274.   51cq24
270 double switch going into bottom of 11th
2007-06-23 17:13:39
275.   Mattpat11
273 Today should be Roger's day.
2007-06-23 17:13:46
276.   OldYanksFan
That is one DEEP RF
2007-06-23 17:16:06
277.   Mattpat11
Roger looks like he's losing some weight
2007-06-23 17:16:08
278.   51cq24
uh he's gonna be ready to pitch by the start of the next inning?
2007-06-23 17:16:37
279.   RIYank
274 What was the point of the double switch?
2007-06-23 17:17:51
280.   51cq24
yeah joe torre is a GREAT manager
2007-06-23 17:18:02
281.   RIYank
Oh yeah. Come on, Scotty!
2007-06-23 17:18:31
282.   51cq24
279 it was when proctor came in. matsui had struck out to end the top of the inning.
2007-06-23 17:19:56
283.   underdog
C'mon Yankees, end this thing. I have to drive south on the 101 from SF soon and will probably sit in post-game traffic now. Um, I mean, win, because it'll make Yankee fans happy and I hate the Giants, not for any selfish reasons or anything.
2007-06-23 17:19:56
284.   Mattpat11
280 I'd rather Proctor hit than Basak.
2007-06-23 17:20:04
285.   joejoejoe
Did they change the rules or can you still pinch hit for the pitcher?

Proctor now has two ABs in this series, Basak zero ABs.

2007-06-23 17:20:08
286.   Zack
Didn't realize A-God has struck again today, which makes it a slightly bearable game, but otherwsie this seems to be a very craptastic affair
2007-06-23 17:22:33
287.   RIYank
282 Ok, I get it. To get the pitcher into Matsui's spot. I guess that didn't work out too well, though, huh?
2007-06-23 17:23:52
288.   Mattpat11
285 Again, I think I'd rather Proctor.
2007-06-23 17:24:13
289.   randym77
264 No, I think it was a double-switch to get Proctor into the game.
2007-06-23 17:25:07
290.   51cq24
287 usually one would expect a pinch hitter by the time the spot comes up again, right?
2007-06-23 17:25:26
291.   RIYank
286 He also doubled in the eleventh with Abreu on first and one out, but Bobby stopped at third, they walked Posada, and we couldn't score. It was awful.
2007-06-23 17:26:31
292.   randym77
Man, Fox is deader than a doornail tonight.
2007-06-23 17:26:50
293.   RIYank
287 It was a smart move, except ... there are no pinch hitters. So I'd rather have Matsui in the game than Thompson.
2007-06-23 17:27:46
294.   51cq24
293 i agree
2007-06-23 17:27:57
295.   Mattpat11
That was terrifying
2007-06-23 17:29:27
296.   51cq24
oh man
2007-06-23 17:29:32
297.   Mattpat11
So was that
2007-06-23 17:29:41
298.   Simone
Arggh, so far the Yankees luck is holding.
2007-06-23 17:30:09
299.   RIYank
295 Now you've been twice terrified.
2007-06-23 17:32:02
300.   Simone
Well, that sucked.
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2007-06-23 17:32:11
301.   Mattpat11
Well, the Yankees wanted to lose the game and they got their wish.
2007-06-23 17:32:15
302.   51cq24
what the hell why were they playing so far back????
2007-06-23 17:32:28
303.   randym77
Crap.
2007-06-23 17:32:50
304.   Zack
Terrible. Just awful, in every way possible. All that doom and gloom I was holding off on? Yeah, this team doesn't stand a chance...
2007-06-23 17:32:54
305.   Mattpat11
The Yankees have lost 5 of 8.
2007-06-23 17:33:16
306.   RIYank
303 Carp.
302 My thought too.
2007-06-23 17:33:34
307.   Marcus
You know for an extra innings game, the ball park sure seemed dead.
2007-06-23 17:34:03
308.   RIYank
304 That wasn't a Doom and Gloom game. It was a hair-pulling coulda shoulda woulda game.
2007-06-23 17:34:08
309.   Mattpat11
The return of the 2007 Yankees. They're back with a VENGEANCE.
2007-06-23 17:35:05
310.   randym77
What happened on that last play? Could Melky have gotten that?
2007-06-23 17:35:16
311.   RIYank
Man, bases loaded with one down, Matsui strikes out, Robbie whips the ball up the first base line and almost... and maybe should have... beat it out...

Oh well. Carp.

2007-06-23 17:35:26
312.   Zack
308 Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory? That to me was the hallmark of the 2007 Yankees of a month ago, and that has shown up a lot again...
2007-06-23 17:35:34
313.   Mattpat11
310 If he wasn't playing in Portland
2007-06-23 17:36:13
314.   51cq24
310 no for some reason they had him playing at the warning track
2007-06-23 17:36:17
315.   RIYank
310 No, not given where he started the play. But I was thinking maybe he should have been playing shallower.
2007-06-23 17:37:37
316.   RIYank
312 Not hitting at all or horrible pitching, those to me are Doom and Gloom. Losing very close games is hair-pulling, which is very different. To me.
2007-06-23 17:38:14
317.   randym77
Weird. Usually I think Melky plays too shallow.

I doubt the positioning was his idea. It must have been called from the dugout.

2007-06-23 17:39:04
318.   RIYank
Ya know, Proctor really doesn't deserve to get that loss. He pitched well. The last two hits were garbage.

Ugh.

Yeah, now I feel the Doom and Gloom washing over me.

2007-06-23 17:39:21
319.   Zack
316 True, I suppose. But hair-pulling can inspire doom and gloom, expecially in this context, no? Yanks had to sweep this series, and against a team with an 8 game losing streak, without their best player on the field in extra innings, and having left like 15 men on base, that is doom and gloom for me. Sigh. This team pisses me off so much...
2007-06-23 17:39:45
320.   51cq24
all joking aside, how do you let the pitcher hit in the top of the 12th with 1 on and 2 outs? when's the last time proctor pitched more than 2 innings? why do we have someone on the roster who does nothing? how many times will torre deserve to be fired before he retires?
2007-06-23 17:40:04
321.   Zack
318 I knew it would come :)

Sure was good that we saved Mo in this game in case we got the lead...again...

2007-06-23 17:40:27
322.   RIYank
317 No doubt. I'm sure Melky isn't allowed to decide anything.

Well, see youse. Let's at least win the series tomorrow with Mikey Moose and make Cliff's prediction come true.

2007-06-23 17:40:57
323.   51cq24
317 they were all playing back. it was from the bench.

318 not proctor's fault at all.

2007-06-23 17:43:12
324.   Mattpat11
Who the hell is the outfield coach on this team?
2007-06-23 17:43:20
325.   WeMissPaulie
Definitiely not Proctor's fault...he pitched well. Sneaky hits always end up winning a game like that.

Reminds me of WS '01.

2007-06-23 17:44:12
326.   WeMissPaulie
The batter was hitting well...he hit a double a few innings earlier. Maybe they were thinking he'd tag it again.
2007-06-23 17:44:32
327.   randym77
Was Mo even an option? Didn't he pitch almost two innings yesterday?
2007-06-23 17:45:22
328.   JeremyM
How does Matsui strike out with the bases loaded and 1 out? He has to be the most overrated player of this generation (next to the gritty Eckstein of course).

Proctor pitched his heart out, and Cairo should've had Vizquel on the play before as well. Not sure why the outfield was playing back either.

I really think that the team losing so many one-run games is not a statistical thing and something that will balance out, they simply fail to execute the plays necessary to win close games, time and time again.

2007-06-23 17:45:34
329.   randym77
And sure, NOW Fox comes back on the air.
2007-06-23 17:47:12
330.   Mattpat11
328 The list of "most overrated players" begins and ends with Lyle Overbay
2007-06-23 17:49:39
331.   Zack
327 Well, define option i suppose. Should he have been pitchign there? yes and no. The situation should never have come up and he shouldn't have pitched 5 outs yesterday, but on the other hand, Proctor was gassed and Mo could have at least pitched 1 inning, so to me its a no brainer...

bad BPp execution, bad BP management, bad hitting..blah blah blah, what a gross game

2007-06-23 17:55:58
332.   joejoejoe
Scott Proctor
6/23 - 40 pitches, 1 AB
6/22 - 22 pitches, 1 AB
6/21 - 21 pitches, 0 AB

Can anyone tell me how squeezing a third inning out of Proctor was worth wasting an AB in the top of the 13th? With a man on base? A cue shot double by Basak or Wil Nieves could have put the Yanks ahead and had Rivera on the mound in the bottom of the 13th. At-bats are precious but apparently not so precious that you can't waste a few of them on your bullpen. You can joke about Basak all you want - he's got 2812 professional at-bats. Proctor has 38 career ABs (now 40). The last time Proctor had more than 3ABs IN A SEASON was 2002. Proctor struck out 19 times in his 38 career ABs - now 21 times in 40 ABs.

2007-06-23 17:56:28
333.   Vandelay Industries
Ita a Torre trademark. Bad management of fielding positions. Melky has to be in there. Then again, calling the infield in with Mo pitching in the 2001 Series was worse. Thanks Joe.
2007-06-23 17:57:57
334.   Vandelay Industries
332

I agree. I am beginning to doubt that Joe ever managed in the NL. Wait, he did, with a below .500 WP.

2007-06-23 17:58:28
335.   randym77
My guess is that Torre was worrying about what would happen if it went to a 14th inning.
2007-06-23 18:05:49
336.   weeping for brunnhilde
I feel nauseated.

I have no idea why Leche was playing so deep, but whatever.

This game ended when Matsui struck out.

That was our best opportunity to win with a blooper of our own. Or a sac fly or a groundball in the hole--something. Anything but striking out on 3 pitches.

Oh well, what are you gonna do?

2007-06-23 18:06:54
337.   Mattpat11
332 Wil Nieves, famous for those cue shot doubles.
2007-06-23 18:07:20
338.   weeping for brunnhilde
318 It's good not to strike out.
2007-06-23 19:09:58
339.   spufi2007
A big problem we've seen again and again is that Torre won't use Mo unless the Yankees are in a save situation. I keep thinking back in horror at Game 4 of the 2003 World Series when Torre felt it was better to have Weaver in there instead of Mo in a tie game. Tonight is another night where the save stat mattered more than making the right decision by pinch hitting for Proctor and then putting Mo in the game in the 13th.

Bottom line -- Torre is a great manager for keeping calm in the clubhouse (when he's not nodding off). A perfect manager for George. But, he is average at best when it comes to tactics during a game. He had a great run of making the right move during the WS runs, but it's been a while since you felt confident in decisions he has made.

2007-06-23 19:30:11
340.   weeping for brunnhilde
339 Agreed, but in fairness, the pen got the job done today. I wanted Mo in there too, but the good news is that Vizcaino's starting to show us something.
2007-06-23 20:09:00
341.   joejoejoe
337 Scott Proctor stuck out 50% of his career ABs in minor leagues and had not batted in professional baseball for 5 YEARS until this week. You can't hit a cue shot double if you can't put the ball in play. I never said Basak or Nieves were the second coming of Ted Williams off the bench but they were better options to bat by any objective measure.
2007-06-23 20:40:09
342.   monkeypants
well, I had early dinner plans, so I missed most of the game--looks I missed a real classic. From reading the game thread and the box score, I sense all the old Torre magic at work here: not using Mo, batting a relief pitcher with two (nominal) position players on the bench, bunting Abreu.

And what's really nice is how it builds over time. Damon as PH, typically useless. But by using him at all he can't be retroacted on the DL (he was supposed to "shut down" until Tuesday, then re-evaluated). Torre's goofy tactics yesterday (using Meyers in the middle of the game instead of against Bonds in the eighth and batting two relief pitchers instead of PH/going for more runs contibuted to three run lead, which convinced Torre to use Mo for two innings yesterday, so he was only available for one inning today, so Torre would never use him w/o a lead) limited his late inning options today.

And finally, Jeter is a little dinged up and Posada is due for a day off tomorrow. That means the line-up for next game will include Cairo-Phillips-Nieves, unless Torre opts for Cairo-Basak-Nieves.

Brilliant.

2007-06-23 20:40:19
343.   Yankees Brasil
It seems we'll have Cairo, Phillips and Nieves starting tomorrow.. that should be fun
2007-06-23 21:37:27
344.   yankz
Hey, at least we get to witness The Coming of A God.
2007-06-24 03:11:02
345.   Mattpat11
342 To be honest, I don't see Damon coming off the DL in 12 days or whatever once they put him on anyway. I'd rather give him the whole fifteen to try and get better than worry about retroactively rushing him.

And Mel Hall is a kiddie rapist. He's always been a winner.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/6954198?MSNHPHMA

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