Game Thread: April 15th, Angels vs. Yankees

Ivan Nova faces off against Jerome Williams in the rubber match of this weekend’s three game set against the Angels. Neither of the two previous games have been close thus far. The Yankees trounced the Angel’s in the series opener and then the Angels returned the favor on Saturday. A loss wouldn’t mean much, not at this point in the season, but it would be nice if the Bombers could win their first series of the year at home.

Here are the lineups:


1. Erick Aybar – SS
2. Howie Kendrick – 2B
3. Albert Pujols – 1B
4. Torii Hunter – RF
5. Vernon Wells – CF
6. Bobby Abreu – LF
7. Mark Trumbo – DH
8. Maicir Izturis – 3B
9. Chris Iannetta – C


1. Derek Jeter – SS
2. Curtis Granderson – CF
3. Alex Rodriguez – 3B
4. Robinson Cano – 2B
5. Mark Teixeira – 1B
6. Nick Swisher – RF
7. Raul Ibanez – DH
8. Russell Martin – C
9. Brett Gardner – RF


57 thoughts on “Game Thread: April 15th, Angels vs. Yankees

  1. Professor Longnose

    Nova looks great. If Pettitte or Pineda came back now, it would be crazy to send Nova down.

  2. Professor Longnose

    I hope we don’t have to deal with the guy-they’ve-never-seen-before thing.

  3. Professor Longnose

    Nova got out of it. Really wasn’t that bad an inning.

  4. Nova looked pretty bad to me. It was only a matter of time before one left the park.

    • Fack Youk

      I hope that was sarcasm.

  5. Professor Longnose

    Ibanez is a good candidate to pop one into that wind.

    • Professor Longnose

      Of course, there’s a lot to be said for RBI singles.

  6. Professor Longnose

    Nova picks it up.

  7. Professor Longnose

    Nice swing by Jeter on his double. Looking good.

  8. Professor Longnose

    When Rodrigue and Teixeira hit, it’s really fun to watch.

  9. Professor Longnose

    Nova shuts ’em down with another good inning.

  10. Professor Longnose

    Man, Jeter is in a groove. Home run to right. Beautiful.

    • smurfy

      that guy Jeter is unreal! Lovely slomo replay of his swing.

      Nova’s doing nicely. Jerome Williams kept them off it for quite a while. couldn’t square him up.

      • Professor Longnose

        Ianetta’s got the Yankee Stadium swing.

    • Brendan

      Jeter is having a great start, no doubt.

  11. smurfy

    I love watching Ivan walk in from the inning. If it went well, you know he wants to whoop and celebrate, but he guards from looking too happy.

    This time it was a grimace, but not one I would take seriously.

    • Professor Longnose

      I buy into Nova. I think he’s going to have a good year.

  12. smurfy

    Hmmn, Tex stole it nicely. Pitcher musta ignored him.

  13. Professor Longnose

    Ibanez against lefties…eh.

    • smurfy

      you know, his bat is NOT slow. He realized too late that strike 2 was gonna be in there, and swung, reaaaly fast. His last swing on a low outside pitch also had to be fast to make that almost square contact. That was a fast grounder up the middle.

      • Professor Longnose

        OK, if you put it like that.

        • smurfy

          oh, I wasn’t disagreeing that you don’t much want him to face lefties. I was just saying that Raul’s spotty results shouldn’t be assumed.

  14. Professor Longnose

    One, two more good innings from Nova.

  15. smurfy

    Stretchy Tex! Another throw at the rubber band limit. There have been many these last few games.

  16. Professor Longnose

    Swisher is not having a good day out in right.

    • smurfy

      yeah, there have been a couple doubles bouncing off the wall, but they were well struck, so maybe he looked worse for the circumstance.

      then Grandy (I think – they’re all wearing 32) had to reach twice to pick it up.

  17. smurfy

    I see 96 pitches, he looks to be tiring, walk, now a behind in the count double. This inning was it.

    • Professor Longnose

      Yeah, don’t think he’s coming out for the 7th.

      • smurfy

        He’s missing in, like he isn’t strong enough to finish the pitch.

  18. Professor Longnose

    Jeter hit that to the wrong place.

  19. smurfy

    The seats behind home – jete clubbing another hard, this time to left center – are pretty well populated. But this afternoon, great game at Fenway, they were sitting on laps, jammed full.

    I wonder if they are more reasonably priced. They’re certainly not huge, like here.

    • Professor Longnose

      ESPN box score says Fenway had 38,024 people today, which was 102.9% full. Yanks probably have more than that, but much less than 100% full.

  20. Brendan

    Good outing from Nova. Soriano needs to throw strikes now, though.

    • Professor Longnose

      Yes to both.

    • smurfy

      yeah. He looked real good yesterday.

      and yeah, Ivan was good. This is still build-’em-up springtime, as to length. Efficiency not too bad.

  21. smurfy

    Boy, Kendrick has been amazing. If Mike’s piece and the comments hold, and Robbie goes, we should keep an eye on him.

  22. Professor Longnose

    Soriano’s last batter, either way. I hope.

    • smurfy

      he had nothing on. His pitches were just off the plate. Weird.

      • Professor Longnose

        He’s still got 7th-inning-guy problems.

        • smurfy

          snifflin’ about his pissy place in the pecking order, 7th inning blues?

          • Professor Longnose

            He’s got a cunning plan to become the closer by sucking in the 7th inning.

          • smurfy

            maybe he’s using the vortex passive/aggressive ploy.

          • Professor Longnose

            I don’t know what that is, but it sounds powerful.

          • smurfy

            marked by Ross Perot’s “great sucking sound.”

  23. smurfy

    Thank you, Mr. Robertson!

  24. smurfy

    There he goes! Raul’s spunkometer reading should rise a bit.

    • Professor Longnose

      I’m not much of a fan of the Ibanez signing, but he’s certainly doing what was expected: power, low OBP, crappy fielding.

      • smurfy

        I defended his fielding a week ago, but I happened on Lookout Landing from Seattle, and found the top ten board of video’s of Raul’s blunders. The rep that won’t die!

        • Professor Longnose

          Yeah, I’m only judging by one play, but that’s all we have to go on.

          Still, if he can keep hitting HRs, it will be worth it.

  25. Professor Longnose

    Ross Perot….jeez.

    • smurfy

      shame he went a little nuts over his daughter being harassed. He was onto something with that sound of our jobs going away. Don’t think anyone would have voted to miss the 90’s economy, but the party went sloppy.

      • Havok9120

        Guy could’ve won the popular vote before that incident. Howard Dean’s implosion in ’04 was the same way.

  26. smurfy

    Nice play, Arod! deftly done, old boy.

  27. smurfy

    Nice double by Cano. ESPN has been oddly unannoying tonight. Gushed over Robbie’s swing.

  28. Professor Longnose

    Packing it in. Goodnight, smurf.

  29. smurfy

    even the home plate ump, Jim Joyce and his steerike calls raised not an argument from me. Delightful!

  30. RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

    MON – APR – 16 – vs Minnesota – 7:05 PM – YES, ESPN
    TUE – APR – 17 – vs Minnesota – 7:05 PM – YES, MLBN
    WED – APR – 18 – vs Minnesota – 7:05 PM – YES
    THU – APR – 19 – vs Minnesota – 7:05 PM – YES, MLBN
    FRI – APR – 20 – at Boston – 3:05 PM – YES, MLBN
    SAT – APR – 21 – at Boston – 4:05 PM – FOX
    SUN – APR – 22 – at Boston – 8:05 PM – ESPN

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