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Have We Met Before? You Look Familiar (I know you from some place...I just can't put my finger on it)
2006-06-05 13:32
by Alex Belth
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to

Pair of aces on the menu tonight as the Yankees and the Red Sox sqaure off in the Bronx. If the glass is half-empty for you Yankee fans, you are probably convinced that Mussina will suffer his first bad outing of the year tonight. If you are a Sox fan, you can only hope that Beckett feeds off of his first performance against the Yanks, and not how he pitched against Toronto recently. Course the Sox also hope that Mussina finally slips. Mikey Moose has been brilliant so far, every bit the ace of the staff. With the Yankees at less than full snuff he's more important that ever. It's a cool spring evening in New York. It should be a fun one.

Let's Go Yan-Kees.

Hey, folks, Cliff here, back from a birthday weekend getaway with a few quick roster notes.

The toxic twins, Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi, are back in their usual spots at third and DH tonight, but Derek Jeter is riding pine due to being hit on the thumb by a pitch in yesterday's game. Melky moved up to hit second in Jeter's place and the hot-hitting Andy Phillips hits seventh ahead of right-fielder Bernie Williams and shortstop Miguel Cairo. Word is Mo is available tonight after the weekend off. Good stuff for the most part. Since Jeter's x-rays were negative we can hope it'll just be a one-day thing for him.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, have undergone a few changes since we last saw them, primarily getting Coco Crisp back in center and leading off, bouncing Kevin Youkilis down in the order, and losing Wily Mo Peña to the DL (though he was hurt and on the bench when these teams last met).

Here's how they look today. Note that Pythagorean record.

Boston Red Sox

2006 Record: 33-21 (.611)
2006 Pythagorean Record: 30-24 (.564)

Manager: Terry Francona
General Manager: Theo Epstein

Home Ballpark (2005 Park Factors): Fenway Park (101/101)

Who's Replacing Whom?

  • Coco Crisp (DL) replaced Wily Mo Peña (DL)
  • David Pauley (AA) replaced Lenny DiNardo (DL) (and a brief glimpse of David Wells)
  • Jermaine Van Buren replaced Mike Timlin (DL)
  • Manny Delcarmen repalced Dustin Mohr (minors)

Current Roster

1B – Kevin Youkilis (R)
2B – Mark Loretta (R)
SS – Alex Gonzalez (R)
3B – Mike Lowell (R)
C – Jason Varitek (S)
RF – Trot Nixon (L)
CF – Coco Crisp (S)
LF – Manny Ramirez (R)
DH – David Ortiz (L)


L – Alex Cora (IF)
L – Willie Harris (OF)
L – J.T. Snow (1B)
R - Doug Mirabelli (C)


R – Curt Schilling
R – Tim Wakefield
R – Matt Clement
R - Josh Pauley
R – Josh Beckett


R – Jon Papelbon
R – Keith Foulke
R – Julian Tavarez
R – David Riske
R – Rudy Seanez
R – Manny Delcarmen
R - Jermaine Van Buren

15-day DL: R – Mike Timlin, R – Wily Mo Peña (CF), L – David Wells, L – Lenny DiNardo

Typical Lineup

S – Coco Crisp (CF)
R – Mark Loretta (2B)
L – David Ortiz (DH)
R – Manny Ramirez (LF)
S – Jason Varitek (C)
R – Mike Lowell (3B)
R – Kevin Youkilis (1B)
L – Trot Nixon (RF)
R – Alex Gonzalez (SS)

Comments (320)
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2006-06-05 14:42:36
1.   randym77
The lineup, per Peter Abraham and Mike and the Maddog:

Johnny Damon CF
Melky Cabrera LF
Jason Giambi DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Andy Phillips 1B
Bernie Williams RF
Miguel Cairo SS

Jeter's bruised thumb is keeping him out of the lineup for now, though he's trying to convince Torre to change his mind.

2006-06-05 14:54:35
2.   Steve Sax
Cairo at SS is terrible. He doesn't even have the range to adequately play 2b.
2006-06-05 15:04:44
3.   JohnnyC
Perhaps he'll "energize" the team with his cheerleading on the field.
2006-06-05 15:04:51
4.   Shaun P
Oh, I don't know Steve, Cairo did seem to get to some balls to his left that Jeter seems to frequently miss.

I wonder if Jeter will lobby his way into the lineup. We all know that Beckett wouldn't intentionally hit him - that's not the right way to play, now is it Josh?

2006-06-05 15:06:07
5.   JohnnyC
Which reminds me, does Peter Gammons still keep track of the ML leaders in "energy?" Or did that category die along with Nomar's Fenway-friendly days?
2006-06-05 15:19:15
6.   randym77
Peter Abraham reports that Jeter may be out a few days. He can't throw, and didn't even try to bat.

He also reports that Torre is impressed with KT. Maybe it will be T-Ball who gets sent down.

2006-06-05 15:59:49
7.   brockdc
6 So impressed with KT that he's benching him tonight in favor of Bad Lefty Bernie. It never ends.
2006-06-05 16:03:09
8.   42YrOldRookie
timlin seemed to always be effective against the yanks. glad he's not available.
2006-06-05 16:08:53
9.   rbj
7 Just repeat to yourself: Long isn't playing. Long isn't playing
2006-06-05 16:18:21
10.   Marcus
It's always a joy to see Ortiz go down swinging.
2006-06-05 16:18:46
11.   tommyl
6 Joe could be sitting him to avoid having to deal with Beckett, in Yankee stadium as a one week called up rookie. Just a thought.

Now THAT is how to pitch to Ortiz.

2006-06-05 16:20:33
12.   rbj
2006-06-05 16:20:44
13.   tommyl
...and Manny
2006-06-05 16:20:50
14.   claybeez
2006-06-05 16:21:10
15.   Marcus
Wow! Keep it up Moose!!!
2006-06-05 16:21:28
16.   BklynBmr
10 Unless you're in the back alley with him ;-) Yeah, hopefully Moose can keep him in a slump tonight, and start one for Manny...

Wow. That was some major league pitching right there...

2006-06-05 16:21:50
17.   Alex Belth
Mikey Moose bringing the pain!
2006-06-05 16:21:56
18.   tommyl
Man do I love watching Moose these days.
2006-06-05 16:22:59
19.   Alex Belth
So what's not to love?
2006-06-05 16:24:38
20.   Alex Belth
Beckett got jobbed 1-2.
2006-06-05 16:25:15
21.   Alex Belth
Wow, lost him. Nice job by Damon.
2006-06-05 16:26:14
22.   rbj
Is it too early to mention that Beckett is pitching a no hitter? (not to mention shut out)?
2006-06-05 16:28:18
23.   BklynBmr
22 LOL! You just beat me to it, rbj. Damon took care of the perfect game, no we work on the no-no...
2006-06-05 16:29:20
24.   tommyl
22 Is it too early to mention that Beckett is still healthy?
2006-06-05 16:29:34
25.   BklynBmr
Holy sh*t. I don't belive what I just saw...
2006-06-05 16:30:10
26.   tommyl
Does that make up for the Nixon inside the park HR?
2006-06-05 16:30:47
27.   randym77
And the shift comes back to bite them...
2006-06-05 16:30:50
28.   claybeez
You gotta love Melky!
2006-06-05 16:31:05
29.   rbj
Well that took care of the shut out.
2006-06-05 16:31:11
30.   BklynBmr
26 In spades, times 10, you name it...
2006-06-05 16:31:19
31.   tommyl
That was wonderful, simply wonderful, like watching a Little League game.
2006-06-05 16:31:32
32.   Simone
Interesting run. Nice.
2006-06-05 16:32:11
33.   tommyl
I love Melky!
2006-06-05 16:33:33
34.   tommyl
BTW, I think Melky might have missed the bag and third...
2006-06-05 16:33:35
35.   BklynBmr
29 If this is the final score, I'll take being no-hit... no, not really. Not against this team or hurler, for that matter...
2006-06-05 16:34:31
36.   Alex Belth
That was the perhaps the most joyous run the Yankees have scored all year. Three cheers for Melky!
2006-06-05 16:37:04
37.   rsmith51
34 I thought that too, originally. Whey I saw the replay, he appeared to touch both.
2006-06-05 16:37:09
38.   Simone
The lead man on again. Come on, Moose.
2006-06-05 16:39:46
39.   singledd
Lets not mention that Melky is easily out at 2nd with a decent throw.
Jete's didn't take batting practice. Might be out this entire series. Lets hope ARod and Jason don't get the shits.
2006-06-05 16:41:06
40.   Simone
2006-06-05 16:41:42
41.   BklynBmr
36 Maybe thisclose to Jorgie's walk-off vs Los Rangers, but this is one for the books. This is why baseball is the greatest game ever invented. You can watch a million games, and then see something you've never seen before. If Melky gets sent down this year, someone is gonna have to get a restraining order against me...
2006-06-05 16:41:54
42.   Simone
Mussina has nothing.
2006-06-05 16:41:57
43.   tommyl
C'mon Moose, settle back down.
2006-06-05 16:43:08
44.   tommyl
42 A little early for that after King Ortiz and Manny last inning?
2006-06-05 16:45:12
45.   Cliff Corcoran
41 Melky ain't going nowhere. According to Peter Abraham, Torre's considering pushing everyone down a spot to bat him second even after Jeter returns. I'm down.
2006-06-05 16:45:46
46.   yobi
Can anyone explain to me why Arod doesn't play SS & try to bury Cairo at 3rd?
2006-06-05 16:46:22
47.   Cliff Corcoran
Two in, two out. Bases empty. Moose locks it down from here.
2006-06-05 16:47:58
48.   rsmith51
45 I am ok with that, too.
2006-06-05 16:48:47
49.   rsmith51
46 We might realize that ARod is much better than Jeter at SS.
2006-06-05 16:49:18
50.   BklynBmr
47 Good call. Now they have to start slappin' Beckett around...
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2006-06-05 16:50:01
51.   rbj
46 Yobi, Cairo looked awful at 3b in Baltimore.
2006-06-05 16:50:24
52.   yobi
49 Right, I forgot that that's a secret.
2006-06-05 16:51:00
53.   Simone
Yeah, Jorge.
2006-06-05 16:51:33
54.   yobi
Isn't 3rd where he got most of his time in St. Louis?
2006-06-05 16:52:11
55.   rbj
45 Thanks Cliff. Melky shouldn't be going anywhere -- except around the bases.
2006-06-05 16:52:12
56.   Simone
I was yelling go to 3rd and then remembered it was Jorge. LOL!
2006-06-05 16:54:09
57.   rbj
2006-06-05 16:54:12
58.   randym77
Yeah, Phillie! Way to go, kid!
2006-06-05 16:54:22
59.   tommyl
2006-06-05 16:54:33
60.   Cliff Corcoran
Hey, I was away all weekend, can you guys tell me how right I was now?
2006-06-05 16:54:47
61.   Simone
Yeah, Andy!! Okay, I'm finally willing to let up on Phillips, but I'm still don't want him on my team other than at desperate times.
2006-06-05 16:54:52
62.   singledd
Methinks Giambi will be the DH for a while.
2006-06-05 16:55:18
63.   chris in c-bus
Goodbye!...Looks like somebody was sittin' dead red and you know AP can turn on a fastball...
2006-06-05 16:55:26
64.   Simone
Bernie hitting Beckett?! Beckett obviously has nothing.
2006-06-05 16:55:37
65.   celerino
I knew there was a reason why I woke up at 02:30 am to watch this... yeah Andy!
2006-06-05 16:55:38
66.   singledd
Wouldn't it be nice to give Moose a big lead. Guy deserves one easy game.
2006-06-05 16:56:06
67.   BklynBmr
Hopefully this will be a Spencer-esque HR binge (Sept'98) for Andy. That was a monster shot...
2006-06-05 16:56:19
68.   rbj
You were right Cliff, you are right.
I for one am happy to be wrong that Melky & Andy weren't quite ready.
2006-06-05 16:56:24
69.   singledd
65 celerino... where are you?
2006-06-05 16:56:47
70.   unpopster
wow, these KIDS are really showing the league something. Four runs and Melky and Phillie are respoonsible for them all!!
2006-06-05 16:56:53
71.   Marcus
Man, I love watching Beckett get rocked.
2006-06-05 16:56:59
72.   Jeteupthemiddle
Andy Phillips Rocks.

and on another note, if no one said anything, the quote of the Title of this thread is from RENT.

2006-06-05 16:57:44
73.   randym77
64 I was thinking that, too. Not only Bernie, LH Bernie. Beckett's hurtin' tonight.
2006-06-05 16:57:56
74.   BklynBmr
60 Cliff, you're the first person I think of when Andy goes deep. I swear. See how indespensible the Banter has become ;-)
2006-06-05 16:59:04
75.   Simone
randym77, I wonder if Beckett's blister problem is back?
2006-06-05 16:59:37
76.   tommyl
I love being right
2006-06-05 16:59:39
77.   chris in c-bus
beckett's stuff rivals aaron small's tonight...bravo.
2006-06-05 17:00:18
78.   celerino
70 On a small kibbutz in Israel's Arava valley near Eilat... but I grew up in the white high rise buildings off the Concourse on 158th Street - you can see them to the right of the Bronx County courthouse
2006-06-05 17:00:20
79.   randym77
Hey, take it easy, guys! Keep this up and they'll pull Beckett.
2006-06-05 17:01:12
80.   BklynBmr
Good thing we don't have to worry about anyone getting plunked, 'cause Josh plays the game the right way...
2006-06-05 17:01:17
81.   chris in c-bus
I love to hear sutcliffe suck varitek off after finally making a throw to 2nd that didnt land in short center...why does espn let this guy call baseball games?
2006-06-05 17:01:33
82.   chris in c-bus
2006-06-05 17:01:44
83.   randym77

They're teeing off Beckett tonight...

2006-06-05 17:01:53
84.   Simone
Giambi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Yankees killing Beckett! Loving it!
2006-06-05 17:02:14
85.   rbj
Keep Beckett in.
2006-06-05 17:02:15
86.   BklynBmr
Giambi! Man, this inning is getting better and better...
2006-06-05 17:02:33
87.   Marcus
Man, this is just downright a pleasure to watch. Keep it up Yanks!
2006-06-05 17:02:47
88.   tommyl
Think Giambi might be over the flu
2006-06-05 17:03:28
89.   tommyl
Van Buren? Is that a name of a non-president?
2006-06-05 17:04:12
90.   singledd
78 Thanks. BB is truly the International Yankees site.
It's not fair watching the Sox take advantage of our disabled team like this.
2006-06-05 17:04:59
91.   rsmith51
Now, the Yanks can work the Sox bullpen.
2006-06-05 17:05:00
92.   BklynBmr
Welcome to Columbus, Beckett...
2006-06-05 17:05:47
93.   chris in c-bus
1 1/3rd strong innings...biotch.
2006-06-05 17:06:17
94.   Rob Gee
Cliff, every time Andy does some thing good, I smile knowing that somewhere you're smiling too.

And what a fun night this is!

BTW: Look up Hanley's numbers. Good times all around!

2006-06-05 17:06:38
95.   Cliff Corcoran
92 I'll show you Columbus, Josh!
2006-06-05 17:07:06
96.   rsmith51
81Don't forget that Varitek won the gold glove last year.
2006-06-05 17:07:31
97.   Marcus
89 8th President. Apparently you haven't run in to the Van Buren Boys...

1.1 innings for Beckett. Now time to knock around Van Buren.

2006-06-05 17:07:41
98.   Cliff Corcoran
Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to meeee! Take a shower Josh Beckett, Happy Birthday to meeeeee!
2006-06-05 17:08:33
99.   nyctarheel87
Definitely international...i'm coming to you guys from Saudi Arabia.

I felt those homers from here

2006-06-05 17:08:37
100.   singledd
I hope we don't let up with this lead. It's a good opportunity to burn out their BP for the next 3 games.
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2006-06-05 17:08:43
101.   tommyl
And an exhausted BP for Pauley tomorrow night.
2006-06-05 17:09:31
102.   chris in c-bus
96 - I hear you on varitek and I agree he is a decent catcher...the point of my post was that Rick Sutcliffe is a boner of an analyst, imho..
2006-06-05 17:09:43
103.   tommyl
97 Oh, I have in TV form. I just found it hilarious that anyone born after 1850 has that name.
2006-06-05 17:09:49
104.   dpmurphy
1 1/3rd strong innings...biotch.

Classy yankee fans as always.

2006-06-05 17:11:45
105.   tommyl
Andy's now batting .300 with 4 HR and a .826 OPS. Just makes you wonder who else we should be giving a chance to.
2006-06-05 17:12:05
106.   rsmith51
102 I wasn't defending Varitek at all. He is not a GG caliber defender, especially in the same league as Pudge. He is a pretty good hitter, though.
2006-06-05 17:12:55
107.   Simone
Damn, when did Manny figure out how to catch? I don't like.
2006-06-05 17:13:08
108.   tommyl
106 When he's not slimmed down ;)
2006-06-05 17:14:08
109.   rsmith51
105 Nice to see Giambi hit as DH. Andy just needed a chance. Here's hoping he can keep it up.
2006-06-05 17:14:21
110.   Rob Gee
And dpmurphy is a masochist! Welcome to the party!
2006-06-05 17:14:35
111.   BklynBmr
I never give Manny a shot to catch anything out there, but he always seems to somehow snag the ball — at least against us.

OK, Moose — 6 pitch inning and back to Beantown's bullpen...

2006-06-05 17:15:49
112.   chris in c-bus
106 - I agree, Varitek's numbers look decent for his career, but I think he could be right at the beginning of the typically quick decline that happens to a lot of least I hope so...
2006-06-05 17:16:29
113.   BklynBmr
110 I don't even want to know what the 'DP' stands for...
2006-06-05 17:16:53
114.   Simone
Moose has a huge lead. He better settle down.
2006-06-05 17:18:43
115.   randym77
Someone just posted these numbers over at YES:

Record with Sheffield: 19-11
Record with Matsui: 19-13
Record with Matsui and Sheffield: 14-10

Record without Matsui and Sheffield: 19-12

2006-06-05 17:18:50
116.   tommyl
Hmmm...Moose might have a bit of something Simone.
2006-06-05 17:19:08
117.   MattinglyHOF
I guess Jason is over the virus
2006-06-05 17:22:25
118.   tommyl
2006-06-05 17:22:26
119.   Cliff Corcoran
Having a real center fielder rules.
2006-06-05 17:22:50
120.   Zack
Holy crap, I just turned it on!! Wow, not at all what I expected
2006-06-05 17:23:26
121.   randym77
Heh. An even better catch than Manny's.
2006-06-05 17:23:58
122.   tommyl
So anyone else think we let Sheff's option go, shift Melky to RF next year and use the money to go after some pitching and bench players?
2006-06-05 17:24:12
123.   Alex Belth
Nice catch by Damon to end the 3rd. Nice glare by Manny as he rounded second, and then waited for his glove to be brought out to him.
2006-06-05 17:25:13
124.   rbj
122 Sheff who?
Seriously, he may be Wally Pipped.
2006-06-05 17:25:15
125.   tommyl
120 Zack, you missed the Melky steal, 1st to home in the first inning, a three run Phillips HR and a three run Giambi HR. Beckett is gone.
2006-06-05 17:26:07
126.   chris in c-bus
122 - If Sheff is out for the year, I'd say it's very likely he's played his last game in that crazy talk? I love him, but he's getting up there in age and would be coming off a major injury in 2007...he'd have to take a paycut and 2 year deal, max...wouldnt he? cliff? others?
2006-06-05 17:26:11
127.   tommyl
124 I would be so happy to watch our payroll drop by a ton.
2006-06-05 17:26:58
128.   BklynBmr
124 We've seen the last of Iron Sheff in pinstripes.
2006-06-05 17:28:06
129.   randym77
I'd be willing to let Sheff walk. He'll be 38 next year, and seems to be spending more and more time on the DL.
2006-06-05 17:28:27
130.   atc
Are Kay and Kaat really giving Torre credit right now for having confidence in Phillips, sticking with him, and giving him his chance to play? Or am I just hearing things?
2006-06-05 17:29:28
131.   chris in c-bus
128 - we probably have...I just hate to see him so quickly dismissed considering what he's done here...dude can still rake, but health is obviously a huge concern...
2006-06-05 17:29:51
132.   NealPhd
i just said the same thing, unbelievable. Torre was forced to play him
2006-06-05 17:30:15
133.   rsmith51
Wouldn't that be like if a base runner is hit by the ball? Bernie goes back to first?
2006-06-05 17:30:53
134.   Rosbif22
what just happened?
2006-06-05 17:30:59
135.   BklynBmr
126 If he comes back in August/September and ends up mainly DH'ing, his numbers will probably look terrible. He's too smart for that. He'll shut it down for the season, and start negotiations next year with "Hey, you know I'm a .300 hitter, 35HRS and 100+ RBI. Pay me."
2006-06-05 17:31:44
136.   tommyl
131 I think Sheff is great and I'm not dismissing him at all. I'm just saying, based on his age, injuries piling up and his pricetag, I don't think he's worth it. Melky adds speed and possibly better fielding for much cheaper.
2006-06-05 17:32:47
137.   tommyl
130 Yeah, that comment pissed me off too. Why wasn't Andy starting from opening day then?

I didn't see Melky on the 25-man, did you?

2006-06-05 17:32:51
138.   rbj
Me confused.
2006-06-05 17:34:54
139.   rsmith51
137 It didn't make any sense to not let Andy play some DH. I don't think Torre should get credit, at least not until the last week.
2006-06-05 17:35:25
140.   tommyl
2006-06-05 17:35:29
141.   rsmith51
2006-06-05 17:35:40
142.   rbj
Now that's the Manny I remember.
2006-06-05 17:35:45
143.   BklynBmr
Did somebody say Melky?
2006-06-05 17:35:56
144.   claybeez
I miss Sheff and Matsui. I still believe they could be important to a playoff run. However, there are fewer nights in which I'm shouting at the screen because we had men on, no one out and didn't get a run home.

I'm not sure if it's a chemistry thing or a swing for the fences issue. Regardless, I'm enjoying watching good defense and clutch hits peppered with a few monster blasts.

2006-06-05 17:36:10
145.   rsmith51
Manny giveth, he taketh away.
2006-06-05 17:36:17
146.   atc
I'd like to give Torre credit for that rbi double as well.
2006-06-05 17:36:24
147.   Marcus
I think this kid can play!
2006-06-05 17:36:27
148.   Simone
Yeah, Melky! See now that is the Manny that I like!

No more complaints or criticisms about the Yankees' farm system from Baseball Prospectus and company.

2006-06-05 17:37:05
149.   yankaholic
Save some for the rest of the series... but i think the key for the Moose is simple.. be down after 2... and the offense will take care of it for u..

and how sweet it is... there is zero power outage... i have never been more happy with the yanks in the last cupla years

and nice game... hopefully a good series..

2006-06-05 17:37:05
150.   randym77
I don't get Manny.
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2006-06-05 17:37:21
151.   chris in c-bus
135 - I dont think Sheff would shut it down if he's healthy enough to swing without pain...he wants a ring with this team...I think he'd be confident enough that somebody would overpay on a 2 year deal based on his last 7 years to be the DH...Baltimore would, Jays would, Angels probably would etc...If he'd agree to a 1 year deal, I'd love to have him back...
2006-06-05 17:38:02
152.   rsmith51
144 I don't know if it is reflected in the numbers, but the defense is much better this year. Mostly Damon, but probably in RF as well.

It is definitely reflected in their pitchers' numbers.

2006-06-05 17:39:09
153.   Marcus
Bad news for the Red Sox, their long man can't find the strike zone.
2006-06-05 17:39:31
154.   tommyl
147 I don't know, maybe when Bubba comes off the DL we should send Melky down and keep T-Long. He's got some experience after all.
2006-06-05 17:39:35
155.   rsmith51
Yeah, the Yankees have Scott "Freaking" Erickson to handle the middle innings. This Kay/Kaat combo is not very good.
2006-06-05 17:40:33
156.   chris in c-bus
136 - I didnt mean you specifically, just in general the feeling seems to be 'let him go' from most fans...
2006-06-05 17:41:20
157.   BklynBmr
151 Depends which Sheff pops up at which time. If things are really coming together by September and this club looks like a lock for the post season, he might take the ride for the ring. If we're 6 or 8 back in mid-late August, he'll pass. That's my guess...
2006-06-05 17:41:24
158.   randym77
144 I think it's a swing for the fences issue. The team was very unbalanced.

Whacking homers works against mediocre pitching, but it often fails against good pitching. We had no plan B when slugging didn't work. Now we do.

2006-06-05 17:41:59
159.   rbj
154 Quiet tommyl. Yankee brass might hear you and do that.

Melky for ROY?

2006-06-05 17:42:37
160.   tommyl
I really do love this team. I'm remembering one year ago and how the team was just a lethargic, ugly mess.
2006-06-05 17:42:54
161.   Zack
As long as this doesn't turn into one of those infamous games like, ahem, game 3 two years ago, where we score a billion runs and then never score again...
2006-06-05 17:43:09
162.   tommyl
159 Actually I was thinking I should have warned Rob to put on his batting helmet ;)
2006-06-05 17:43:31
163.   chris in c-bus
154 - Nice! Seriously though, when Bubba does come back, T-Bag can be given his outright release and we will have some solid outfield defense if Bernie's in the dugout...
2006-06-05 17:43:55
164.   Marcus
159 I hate to say it, but as good as Melky is playing for the last few weeks, he's not even Rookie of the AL East (Papelbon).
2006-06-05 17:44:05
165.   tommyl
158 You know, I've never seen a solid sabermetric study of these issues. Does anyone know of any? Cliff?
2006-06-05 17:45:11
166.   tommyl
2006-06-05 17:45:24
167.   Simone
It is time to start hitting their people and hitting them hard!
2006-06-05 17:45:29
168.   rbj
2006-06-05 17:46:16
169.   claybeez
158 I think you're right. Seems to me that could be corrected with a change in approach. Sheff and Jason can go the other way. On the other hand I don't know how to cage in Groundzilla. But, I do love his super alter ego.
2006-06-05 17:46:17
170.   tommyl
168 first pitch fastball. I'm thinking it was at least to send a message.
2006-06-05 17:46:33
171.   Rosbif22
165 I agree. I've gotten overly tired of people saying, "I like these Yankees, they have spunk now" without anybody actually showing whether statistics back this up.
2006-06-05 17:46:40
172.   chris in c-bus
157 - wow...I certainly understand why you'd say that based on Sheff's track record with his lips, but I dont think he'd do that to a team that is showing this kind of heart...Now that he's older, he still talks, but his actions arent quite as childish...I really think he will come back if at all possible this year...but I could definitely be wrong..he can be a tad bipolar...
2006-06-05 17:46:57
173.   GoingDeep
11 runs on 8 hits.....
2006-06-05 17:47:04
174.   Simone
Cano!!!! Kicking butt time! I can't believe it is still just the 3rd inning.
2006-06-05 17:47:22
175.   randym77
Yeah, Robby!
2006-06-05 17:47:31
176.   yankaholic
We shud apply the World Baseball Classic MERCY rule..

and i remember we ran a ... routs count..

put one up for our HEROES..

2006-06-05 17:47:36
177.   BklynBmr
I need some form of closure from past Red Sox blowouts of the Yankees. I demand at least 17 runs from the fellas tonight. 13 in, 4 more to go...

Let's go Yan-keeeeeees

2006-06-05 17:47:38
178.   kdw
Folks with a tv, did that look intentional?
2006-06-05 17:48:00
179.   Rob Gee
And to think the Yanks are decimated!
2006-06-05 17:48:26
180.   Marcus
Far be it from me to assess Riske's motives, but are they really giving up in the 3rd inning by intentionally beaning Posada?

Well, apparently they aren't trying to get outs, so maybe he did bean him on purpose. There's Cano's power!

2006-06-05 17:51:07
181.   MattinglyHOF
Defense is an added benefit.Were stronger at 1B and lf Melky also gives us an OF arm to respect.Crosby KT and D-Bag(T-Long) give us good RF D as well.
2006-06-05 17:51:42
182.   chris in c-bus
The whole team's gonna have to go shave after the 5th if these offensive outburts continue...1 hr 40min to play 3 innings...
2006-06-05 17:53:33
183.   rilkefan
KT in for Damon after this inning, or are there too many guys out?
2006-06-05 17:54:25
184.   chris in c-bus
181 - maybe I am misreading...but T-Long gives us nothing except for being .167 hitting washout taking up a roster spot...I dont know his numbers, but his defense is average at best and his offense is why even the reds and royals didnt want him...
2006-06-05 17:56:34
185.   BklynBmr
172 I agree, Chris. Don't get me wrong — I like the guy and want to see him succeed here. His ABs are almost Bonds*-like. Every freeking swing has danger written all over it. For Bowa, a distracted fan or the pitchers ERA. I'm just hoping he does not have to go under the knife and lose 2 months. If so, it'll be a very different team from the one he left, maybe one that does not need him, or one he can't help. It'll be an interesting call on his part either way...
2006-06-05 17:56:38
186.   randym77
169 Last year, Torre did talk about small ball, doing the little things right, etc. And sometimes they would try it...for awhile. The sluggers can't seem to resist swinging for the fences when crunch time comes, though.

And some (most?) of our sluggers just don't have the other skills. They aren't fast, or their defense isn't good, or they can't bunt. While a contact hitter isn't likely to be in the Bigs if he doesn't have other skills.

I think we have a great balance of contact and power now. The sluggers aren't pressing as much, because they know if they get on base, there's a good chance someone will move them up. They don't feel like they have "hit a 5-run homer," as Kay likes to put it.

I've probably posted this quote before, but what the heck, I'll post it again. MIT mathematician Alan Natapoff on why the Pirates beat the Yankees in 1960:

"A champion should be able to win at least some of the tough, close contests by every means available--bunting, stealing, brilliant pitching, dazzling plays in the field--and not just smack home runs against second-best pitchers."

2006-06-05 17:57:27
187.   Zack
Ugh come on guys
2006-06-05 17:58:17
188.   Simone
Jeez, come on. Help Moose get out of the inning.
2006-06-05 17:59:24
189.   rsmith51
184 Torre and Cashman are the only 2 people who think Long can help this team.
2006-06-05 17:59:39
190.   Marcus
Don't worry, dpvaritek is up to bat.
2006-06-05 17:59:46
191.   BklynBmr
OK, bring in Mo and let's close this out now. Oh, wait, it's only the 4th inning. Is this game 3 hours old or is it just me?
2006-06-05 17:59:57
192.   tommyl
186 That's all well and good, but what stats do you have to back up the claim that power only teams don't do as well? In terms of runs produced they certainly seem to.
2006-06-05 18:02:36
193.   Marcus
192 Yeah, despite what some commentators might tell you, last year's White Sox won with good pitching and home runs. Small ball didn't win them the WS.
2006-06-05 18:03:31
194.   rsmith51
160 It is a different game than 1960. And the HRs seemed to work well for the Yanks in 1961. This team has a good batting average, good on-base percentage, good slugging percentage. I think sacrafice bunting is way overrated.
2006-06-05 18:03:34
195.   Zack
So here's a question. Do unearned runs count against a quality start?
2006-06-05 18:03:47
196.   randym77
192 "In terms of runs produced they certainly seem to."

Natapoff argues that runs produced aren't what matters. Or why play the World Series at all? Why not just hand the prize to the team that has racked up the most runs during the season?

2006-06-05 18:04:07
197.   tommyl
193 I'm aware, in fact I think their "small ball" actually cost them runs.
2006-06-05 18:04:26
198.   rbj
That's better.
Now get some more batting practice in. Ruin the Sox bullpen for the next three games.
2006-06-05 18:04:41
199.   rsmith51
194 should refer to 186
2006-06-05 18:05:12
200.   rsmith51
Coincidentally not ironically.
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2006-06-05 18:06:44
201.   rbj
195 I don't think so. It's really an unofficial stat, but basically you're just trying to measure how good a pitcher is, not how good a defense he has behind him.
2006-06-05 18:06:53
202.   chris in c-bus
185 - this is definitely becoming a different team, but I dont know that it's one that couldnt use Sheff or one that he couldnt help...using a combo where giambi and sheff rotate as the DH to still allow phillips to get enough ABs would be a better alternative than giving fringe at-bats to somebody like Crosby, Bernie, or dare I say it, T-Long in RF...I dont think Shef would bog down the current batting order because he hits for a decent average, doesnt strike out a ton, and drives is runs...we certainly lose a little on RF defense if/when he plays in the field, but I'd still take that if I had Damon and Melky out there covering ground...either way, the Yanks are dropping a bloodfart on the Sox right now and life is good...
2006-06-05 18:08:15
203.   tommyl
196 I'm not saying you are wrong, I am asking for the analysis. Why do you or does he claim these things? What stats are you using to back them up? Certainly one 7 game series is nowhere near enough of a sample size to draw any conclusions on. Plenty of power teams (see the '27 Yankees) have done well in the postseason.
2006-06-05 18:16:13
204.   BklynBmr
202 I hear ya on all counts. I just meant by him 'not being able to help' was if we were 8 or more games out of the race at the point he was able to return. If that was the case, he may opt to not risk some poor numbers with new contract talks due after the season. With any luck, he'll be back in a few weeks and all of this will be moot...
2006-06-05 18:17:12
205.   tommyl
Robbie and Mussina!
2006-06-05 18:17:16
206.   Simone
Give it up for the shift!
2006-06-05 18:17:46
207.   rbj
The papi shift works.
2006-06-05 18:18:04
208.   BklynBmr
What a great play by Robbie! He was halfway to the fence in RF. Smart hustle by Moose, too!
2006-06-05 18:19:03
209.   tommyl
And I hate to say it, but that was good humor by Ortiz there getting a chuckle out of Robbie.
2006-06-05 18:19:21
210.   chris in c-bus
204 - right on, BB...Having a healthy Sheff would be a good problem to have...
2006-06-05 18:19:29
211.   randym77
203 I don't know if there is a way to analyze it. Especially given the small sample size we currently have.

Call it my intuitive reaction. I remember when the Yankees played the White Sox last year, and they were tough games, not least because their OFers always seemed to chase down everything in the general zip code. Defense wins they say. Dunno what the stats show.

2006-06-05 18:19:43
212.   rilkefan
209 - what did Ortiz do?
2006-06-05 18:20:45
213.   Alex Belth
Smooth play by Cano to end the top of the fifth. Funny mock anger reaction by Ortiz too.
2006-06-05 18:21:14
214.   claybeez
An OF of Melky, Damon and Sheff would be more than palatable. But where do Andy's AB's come from if Matsui makes it back?
2006-06-05 18:21:29
215.   tommyl
212 He waited on the line for Robbie to come by, and then fake jumped like he was going to tackle him, laughing the whole time.
2006-06-05 18:22:30
216.   randym77
221 Ortiz pretended to attack Robby. Kind of fake jumped at him.
2006-06-05 18:23:30
217.   tommyl
214 Lets worry about that when and if both of them make it back. This team could be totally different again by then.
2006-06-05 18:23:41
218.   rilkefan
215 - thanks. Impossible to dislike Ortiz.
2006-06-05 18:24:24
219.   BklynBmr
215 That's cool. Despite his Yankee-killa exploits, Papi is pretty hard not to like...
2006-06-05 18:25:22
220.   rbj
A dozen straight 10 hit games, a new Yankee record.
2006-06-05 18:26:07
221.   randym77
Wow. They only now got their 10th hit of the game?
2006-06-05 18:26:13
222.   tommyl
[218, 219] Agreed. He's just always so cheerful and never taunts or pulls other annoying moves. I also can't bring myself to hate Wakefield, he's such a class act and he's played his whole life for Boston and come back from a lot of adversity.
2006-06-05 18:27:37
223.   tommyl
Another thing I like about this lineup, is with Jeter back in, there are really no black holes/easy outs.
2006-06-05 18:29:46
224.   rilkefan
221 - 8 walks. Hmm, every Yankee has a hit, but some are missing walks...
2006-06-05 18:32:04
225.   monkeypants
OK, when should Posada and (probably) Damon come out? It would be nice to get Thompson a couple of ABs.
2006-06-05 18:33:51
226.   Cliff Corcoran
First non-quality start of the year. Good time for it.
2006-06-05 18:35:34
227.   randym77
Is this lead Erickson-proof yet?
2006-06-05 18:35:40
228.   Zack
Anyone else know full well Joe will bring in Proctor this game?
2006-06-05 18:36:50
229.   monkeypants
228 Sterling just said Proctor was warming...
2006-06-05 18:37:50
230.   BklynBmr
222 So true on Ortiz. Manny would own the world if he took a lesson or two from Papi. On Wakefield, I also thought it was classy move by the Fenway faithful when they gave him a long standing 'O' in his first appearance of 2004, after breaking their hearts with the Boone HR the previous October. Very hard to hate on Wake, too...
2006-06-05 18:37:58
231.   randym77
Proctor is warming. I thought Joe wanted to rest him.
2006-06-05 18:38:53
232.   Zack
This is going to make me so mad...This is the whole reason to have Erickson isn't it? I mean, why are we using Proctor here?????
2006-06-05 18:39:19
233.   BklynBmr
227 No lead is Erickson-proof...
2006-06-05 18:39:24
234.   Zack
Kay being an idiot again acting like the Yanks NEED to bring in Prcotor if Moose comes out...
2006-06-05 18:41:39
235.   wsporter
96 pitches for Moose, he looks tired and a little out of sync with all those long innings. Last Inning for Moose?

This would seem to be a good chance to let Mr. Smith go to the mound.

2006-06-05 18:42:07
236.   Zack
Kay really doesn't know what he is talking about: he says that Yanks have to realize that Wang is pitching tomorrow and he doesn't give them the kind of innings they need and leaves early, yet he has gone 6 or more in all but 3 starts, two of which were at the start of the year...
2006-06-05 18:42:14
237.   BklynBmr
9th place on the all-time K list for Moose, 2,874, passing Jack Morris...
2006-06-05 18:42:51
238.   chris in c-bus
after he pitches tonight, proctor will have thrown 30 pitches on 6/1, 39 on 6/3, and then however many tonight...why not rest him another day and not give any hitter a look at him tonight where the outcome is no longer in doubt?
2006-06-05 18:43:01
239.   Zack
Ok Joe...the smart thing would be to take Moose out for the 7th, put in Erickson with Myers/Villone warming...
2006-06-05 18:43:32
240.   wsporter
234 Zack, should anyone actually pay attention to Kay?
2006-06-05 18:44:35
241.   Zack
Touche wsporter, touche
2006-06-05 18:44:39
242.   chris in c-bus
Without looking at the matchups/numbers I'd go straight to Villone...Erickson can go rub Moose's feet...
2006-06-05 18:45:20
243.   BklynBmr
17 runs, Yanks. 17 runs. You know what I'm talkin' about...
2006-06-05 18:45:29
244.   wsporter
How many guys will this idiot hit?
2006-06-05 18:46:46
245.   BklynBmr
237 Moose ties Morris with 2,874, not passes. My bad.
2006-06-05 18:47:05
246.   wsporter
2006-06-05 18:48:52
247.   BklynBmr
244 Why 'Time Bomb' is not his nickname, I'll never know...
2006-06-05 18:49:36
248.   rbj
Wow, didn't realize Moose was only 126 Ks from 3000. That'll put him in the HoF.
And yes, it should be Smith then Villone. Another ten runs for the Yanks, then it'll be ok for Erickson - on a batter by batter basis.
2006-06-05 18:50:18
249.   Cliff Corcoran
Erickson threw 53 pitches yesterday, he's off tonight. Smith threw 20, I give him a rest. Villone threw 12. I go to him. Proctor looked tired just warming up.
2006-06-05 18:50:51
250.   Marcus
To add to the chorus: Why Proctor???
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2006-06-05 18:51:30
251.   Simone
Here we go. Proctor has been spotted a heap of runs, he better not give them up.
2006-06-05 18:52:01
252.   Cliff Corcoran
Proctor's on pace for 112 innings. I think a week ago it was 107. Joe's actually increased his usage since saying he's going to rest him more.
2006-06-05 18:52:06
253.   Zack
Joe just has no clue...Hey, proctor hasn't pitched in two days, he needs to stay sharp!
2006-06-05 18:53:14
254.   rsmith51
Maybe they are saving Villone for a close situation.

I can't say that with a straight face.

2006-06-05 18:53:21
255.   Cliff Corcoran
Seriously, Proctor looks winded just standing out there. You can see his back heaving as he breathes.
2006-06-05 18:53:27
256.   wsporter
I just don't get this. It's not like he needs the work. Maybe he's better with more innings? Why not Smith? Well, I don't pretend to have all the info, so.....
2006-06-05 18:54:01
257.   chris in c-bus
It's totally nuts...69 pitches in last 3 days and torre puts him in a game that it not in doubt...I just dont get it...Villone was the easy call and he cant come up with it...maybe villone is the latest with the squirts so he's in the clubhouse?
2006-06-05 18:54:09
258.   chris in c-bus
It's totally nuts...69 pitches in last 3 days and torre puts him in a game that it not in doubt...I just dont get it...Villone was the easy call and he cant come up with it...maybe villone is the latest with the squirts so he's in the clubhouse?
2006-06-05 18:55:15
259.   GoingDeep
How likely is Moose to make HOF considering he hasnt won a CY or won 20 games? Obviuosly he still has some gas in the tank but he isnt high profile which could hurt.
2006-06-05 18:55:27
260.   chris in c-bus
257, 258...whoa, got a little fired up there...
2006-06-05 18:55:28
261.   rsmith51
257 & 258 Agreed.
2006-06-05 18:57:10
262.   rsmith51
Sure, now he doesn't give up a homer.
2006-06-05 18:57:20
263.   wsporter
It's nice to see Fat Papi tap back to the mound. What was that 9 pitches? I still don't get that one.
2006-06-05 18:57:37
264.   randym77
Maybe Torre's planning to use Villone as the closer.
2006-06-05 18:59:06
265.   Zack
And because it was an easy inning, Joe will throw him out there next inning to ensure he raises his pace...
2006-06-05 18:59:09
266.   wsporter
Maybe they didn't want Fat Papi to get a look at the lefties Smith or Villone?
2006-06-05 19:00:01
267.   chris in c-bus
264...maybe so...if he uses Villone for the 8th and 9th I might let him off the hook, but I still wouldve exhausted more folks before having proctor pitch...
2006-06-05 19:01:00
268.   chris in c-bus
266 - another good point/possibility...
2006-06-05 19:01:13
269.   wsporter
Maybe if they didn't let T-Ball have any sunflower seeds he'd just go away?
2006-06-05 19:02:07
270.   chris in c-bus
Zambrano has a no-no through 6 against 'stros...
2006-06-05 19:04:02
271.   Cliff Corcoran
Certainly you don't want Proctor facing Manny, do you? Or do you want to give him a practice crack at him when he can't do any harm (leading off down at least eight)?
2006-06-05 19:05:45
272.   Cliff Corcoran
Villone is warming.
2006-06-05 19:06:26
273.   Zack
villone is up, lets hope he comes in
2006-06-05 19:06:59
274.   wsporter
Villone is up and ready. Ok.
2006-06-05 19:15:34
275.   MattinglyHOF
Im with you guys on Proctor.To sort of quote Mariano Duncan"We play today Proctor pitches today dassit"
2006-06-05 19:16:22
276.   Cliff Corcoran
271 Right, I failed to notice they subbed in for Manny. Whatever. Villone in. I say they let him finish it and if they need a short reliever before Farns tomorrow they go to Smith.
2006-06-05 19:17:02
277.   chris in c-bus
275 - LMAO!
2006-06-05 19:18:48
278.   Cliff Corcoran
Why is Mo stretching? Is he feeling well enough that they can give him an inning to knock the rust off?
2006-06-05 19:19:06
279.   Zack
So, Mo is they bring him in to get him work, or assume he will be needed a lot this series and rest him? I say the latter...
2006-06-05 19:19:09
280.   wsporter
Bye Bye No no
2006-06-05 19:20:04
281.   Marcus
Why use Mo in this game? Joe, come on. THINK.
2006-06-05 19:21:03
282.   marc
I'm not sure we have a lot of alternatives with this miserable bullpen . If we give up a bunch of runs then Mo's gonna get used up tonight and Boston can certainly get a bunch quickly. Also we're not adding to the lead now
2006-06-05 19:21:13
283.   Cliff Corcoran
Farns and Myers warming.
2006-06-05 19:21:40
284.   wsporter
Just the slightest hint of guily in Pitos voice for jinxing the No no. Cliff, if that had been one of us I think you would have popped a blood vessel.
2006-06-05 19:22:10
285.   Cliff Corcoran
Nice play by Villone to go home and cut off the run.
2006-06-05 19:23:18
286.   rbs10025
280 By Preston Wilson? Will wonders never cease.
2006-06-05 19:23:21
287.   Cliff Corcoran
284 I'm glad you jinxed the no-no, I'm trying to keep ahead of murphy in my fantasty league and he has Big Z.
2006-06-05 19:24:02
288.   wsporter
Why would they send Nixon? Would they think the Yankees would give up a run for an out? Or was it just an example of baserunning in a 13 - 5 game?
2006-06-05 19:26:46
289.   wsporter
287 Me? How do I get credit?

Hey, not for nuthin.

2006-06-05 19:27:57
290.   Cliff Corcoran
Sorry, Chris in C-bus jinxed it in 270.
2006-06-05 19:28:40
291.   wsporter
Has Andy convinced everybody that he can hit?
2006-06-05 19:30:41
292.   Cliff Corcoran
The YES producers are just fantastic. Kitty rolls on about Dean Chance and they produce footage of Chance pitching and Murcer's splits against him. That's impressive.
2006-06-05 19:31:04
293.   Cliff Corcoran
Looks like Mo's comin' in.
2006-06-05 19:32:28
294.   Yu-Hsing Chen
I thought i was dreaming when I opend up game day heh
2006-06-05 19:33:41
295.   Zack
Not sure how I feel about Mo here: on the one hand, he needs work, on the other hand, he tends to pitch a lot in these games...
2006-06-05 19:36:59
296.   Marcus
I suppose you can make the argument that you need to see how Mo feels in a low-leverage situation. Also, given the other options (Farnsworth throwing a lot of innings lately as well), it probably makes sense. After thinking it over, I think I'm ok with it. But it just seems like such a waste.
2006-06-05 19:37:07
297.   C2Coke
Given the his performance this year, Mo kinda seems to need a little time to work coming off a few days of not pitching. Maybe that's what they are doing? Making sure he is ok by letting him work in a low-stress situation before the actual stress comes?
2006-06-05 19:37:28
298.   wsporter
Oh ouch. Um, Mo looks ok.
2006-06-05 19:38:45
299.   wsporter
"Don't paint your hat red" schill.
2006-06-05 19:40:29
300.   Cliff Corcoran
Andy is so money around the bag.

Game over.

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2006-06-05 19:40:50
301.   Marcus
Ha ha, "Pinch-hitter Alex Cora replaces David Ortiz". That's the first and last time I'll ever see those words, most likely.
2006-06-05 19:41:05
302.   Zack
Well save for Proctor's appearance, a wonderful night!
2006-06-05 19:41:11
303.   C2Coke
Let's go! #1 Yankees.
2006-06-05 19:41:18
304.   Cliff Corcoran
Big smile on Mo, I think he's pleased to have gotten that inning in.
2006-06-05 19:41:21
305.   Peter
Gameday is saying they pinch hit for Papi. How can that be?
2006-06-05 19:41:22
306.   randym77
Yankees win!

Not bad, what with Jeter out and all....

2006-06-05 19:41:59
307.   BklynBmr
First pul-ace, Yank-eeeees!
2006-06-05 19:42:29
308.   C2Coke
Great to see that big Mo smile. And great to see that big Andy smile.
2006-06-05 19:44:42
309.   C2Coke
I find it hilarious when Flaherty said, "Gotta feel good to know you should be in the lineup tomorrow," to Andy. And Andy really SMILED.
2006-06-05 19:48:37
310.   wsporter
Andy does have some soft hands around the bag. What a great night. To bad the got Proctor up but he did only throw 9 pitches. Nice to see these guys hold it together like this. This is great stuff.
2006-06-05 19:48:42
311.   BklynBmr
'Nuttin better than switching to Baseball Tonight after a Yankees win (as EI literally cuts the broadcast seconds after the final out, no post game.) Lemme see them highlights!
2006-06-05 19:48:53
312.   Cliff Corcoran
309 I think that's an in joke between ex-teammates.
2006-06-05 19:56:29
313.   wsporter
Baseball Tonight showed the standings, Oh boy that looks good. Tomorrow is another day but this is a nice start.

Andy Phillips got the post game interview. That is so cool.

2006-06-05 19:56:51
314.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Let's hope Wang doesn't keep following Beckett's pattern of outting tomorrow as he have been most of this season...
2006-06-05 19:57:44
315.   tommyl
Man, Andy even interviewed well. Cliff, you should start keeping track of all the times you were right but it took six months to pan out.
2006-06-05 20:14:08
316.   BklynBmr
315 If Andy fails to mention Cliff in his HOF acceptance speech in 2027, it will be a sad day indeed. ;-)

Seriously, with this guy and that guy having a man-crush on some prospect, it's cool to see someone who knows the organization — and the game — stick to their convictions. Kudos, Cliff.

Sorry to hear you'll be leaving The Banter for the scouting/development gig with the Yanks, but you've earned it ;-)

2006-06-05 20:40:08
317.   wsporter
TJ Beam: 4 k's in 2 perfect innings in relief against Ottawa on an ugly night for the Clips. This guy is flat out filthy. He could be involved in the mix before too long.

Go Yankeees!

2006-06-06 00:24:57
318.   joejoejoe
The Yankees not only passed Boston to lead the AL East but tied the White Sox in the Wild Card standings. Taking the playoff lead and gaining two young everyday players in Cabrera and Phillips in a two-week stretch. Sweet!
2006-06-06 02:40:18
319.   randym77
312 I must say, I'm liking Flash as a sportscaster a lot more than I liked him behind the plate (or at it). The players seem so comfortable with him, probably because he is a former teammate. He really brings out the best in them.
2006-06-06 02:44:49
320.   randym77
From the Post:

"The Yankees have called up infielder Nick Green from Triple-A Columbus as insurance during Derek Jeter's absence with a sore thumb.

To make room on the roster, the Yanks will either send OF Kevin Thompson back to Columbus or release OF Terrence Long."

Please let it be T-Ball...

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