Game 75: Welcome Back, Youk (But Not Really)

There is some great information in today’s pre-game notes from the LoHud Yankees blog. I’ll do my best to distill the crucial information here, but I suggest you check it out in its entirety.

  • Russell Martin is sitting today due to back stiffness, but Girardi does not anticipate a prolonged absence
  • Brian Cashman expects David Phelps to rejoin the team fairly soon
  • Ryota Igarashi was recalled to take Andy Pettitte’s roster spot

For those of you who may be interested in prospecting, Diamondbacks prospect Trevor Bauer will be making his Major League debut tonight, against the Atlanta Braves. I will certainly be bouncing back and forth between his half-innings and the Yankees game.

Onto the line-ups:

Chicago White Sox New York Yankees
Alejandro De Aza, CF Derek Jeter, SS
Kevin Youkilis, 3B Curtis Granderson, CF
Adam Dunn, DH Alex Rodriguez, DH
Paul Konerko, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B
Alex Rios, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
A.J. Pierzynski, C Nick Swisher, RF
Dayan Viciedo, LF Raul Ibanez, LF
Alexei Ramirez, SS Eric Chavez, 3B
Gordon Beckham, 2B Chris Stewart, C
Dylan Axelrod, SP Ivan Nova, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., on the YES Network. Let’s go Yankees!

Domenic is a staff writer for It's About the Money, and the host of the It's About the Money Stupid podcast. By day, he is a mild-mannered real estate attorney on Long Island, and an aspiring intellectual degenerate.

42 thoughts on “Game 75: Welcome Back, Youk (But Not Really)

  1. smurfy

    Mojo showed! The liner up the middle that Robbie was waiting for, guess he had shifted, was scorched, and Robbie’s reaction got the startled runner at first. That run was not gonna score.

    Tex saved the bacon in the 2cd.

  2. smurfy

    Big disappointment that the Yanks couldn’t score after Arod’s leadoff double. Off the end of Chavez’ bat, probably that strong fade Axelrod has been showing.

  3. smurfy

    Nova’s the magic man of Bapip tonight. 3 liners, two deep drives = about 6 outs, 0 runs.

    Ooop, long home run.

  4. smurfy

    we’ll see. After Eppley got him, Ivan pounded the padding on the dugout rail, and shouldered by Phil (?) kinda brusquely. Think he has some emotions running, deeper than his smirk would sometimes indicate.

  5. smurfy

    Arod’s second double, that DeAza fumbled, looked like a homer off the bat, but sounded (thanks, YES) like a broken bat.

  6. Professor Longnose

    Hey, smurfy, what’d I miss?

    • smurfy

      I checked at RAB, and they are mystified at Arod’s double. De Aza fumbled it at 399, but when he hit it, it looked sure to be deeep. Even a fella at the game said the sound off the bat was pure homer.

    • smurfy

      Ivan was pretty solid in the 6th, but he has been hit HARD tonight, saved in almost every inning by a hard hit shot that Swish, Grady, Jete, Tex can stab.

  7. Professor Longnose

    Back to back RISP hits! Wazoo!

    • smurfy

      yeah! and they didn’t batter Ivan too badly, thru 6 on 1.

  8. smurfy

    Man, I like this double-double-double rally. Good for two runs.

  9. Professor Longnose

    I don’t think he wants to use him, but he might have to.

  10. Professor Longnose

    Only 88 pitches for Nova.

    I much prefer the hard shots off Nova that land a couple feet in front of the fence than the ones that land on the other side.

    • smurfy

      yes, thank God. He has pitched Dunn very warily, 2 walks, I think. Problem, by report, is fb command.

      • Professor Longnose

        I want to see Dunn strike out a few times, just to get to see part of his historic K season.

        • smurfy

          would love it. ‘Fraid I have some contempt for the 3 true outcome players.

      • smurfy

        Robbie has been shifting righties, (apparently, since YES doesn’t give a look at defenses) playing just off second, and intercepted two presumed hits.

  11. smurfy

    Damn. I was ready to promote Cap’n Clutch to Major Mojo.

    • Professor Longnose

      Thst stunk.

  12. smurfy

    That tag-out was sweet, with the ball right there, where the runner kicked it. Close but clear outcome. The Yanks, and your beloved Stewart, did it just the same in the first.

  13. Professor Longnose

    I think Girardi took Nova out at just the right time.

  14. smurfy

    I predict tonight, Ivan will say something like,” We won, so that’s the big thing. But I just didn’t … I have to do more better.”

    • Professor Longnose

      I predict he’ll say, “Boy I was effing fabulous out there,”

  15. Professor Longnose

    Here’s a good place for a Dunn K.

  16. smurfy

    Boy, Boone was all over Dunn on the first two pitches. Cleaned his windshield with a perfect slider. Then tucked a sweet fb under his unexpectant, slow bat, inside. Dunn got a healthy fly, but Boone was satisfied off the bat that it was an out.

    No k, sorry.

    • Professor Longnose

      Can’t have everything. I’ll take the out.

  17. Professor Longnose

    That K was nice enough.

    • smurfy


  18. smurfy

    Santiago has a similar aspect to ManBan. A bit more hyperactive.

    • Professor Longnose

      ManBan’s been rotten this year, I hear. Too bad. They need a guy, and it’s disappointing he’s not ready to step in.

      • smurfy

        He oughta watch Santiago video. Delivery is very similar, with less Fernando V fancy dithering at the outset.

  19. smurfy

    Sweet one, Texy!

  20. smurfy

    Wow, Joe maay be avoiding stressing Drob with a save. Eppley had earned a batter, now Rapada since it’s a lefty coming up. Dave for the last of the last?

  21. Professor Longnose

    That was ugly.

  22. smurfy

    Sheiss! Rpada gets it, and throws it away!

    Come on, Houdini, bring your cape.

  23. smurfy


  24. Professor Longnose

    That was uglier.

  25. smurfy

    choke on it ugly.

    Rapada looks like a pained man, sitting on the bench, devastated with regret.

  26. smurfy

    One run. Never heard of Reed, but on him much will depend.

  27. Professor Longnose

    On. Over. In.

  28. smurfy

    Alright, Wisey! Reed gave him a couple straight fb’s to hit.

  29. Sounded like Joe got caught when the press were fact checking with DRob after the game.

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