Bent Spokes, Wobbly Wheel: Yanks-Twins Gamer I

When the best performances of the wheel’s first turn are four-inning no-decisions from Pavano and Pettite narrowly edging the gutsy performance of a rain-out in the second game of the season, it’s good to look to the lighter side of things.  On tap for today?  Pavano vs. Ponson.  Only the deepest cynics and depressive-types can’t have a chuckle when reading that ballot.  Carl Pavano, with his starter-leading 1.85 WHIP takes the mound for New York as late-season castoff Sidney Ponson makes his first appearance of the year for Minnesota.  After the last seven days, does it really seem all that strange?  The first week of the regular season saw spectacular triumphs by the offense to go with the trials of the rotation, including Andy Pettitte throwing middle relief two days before a scheduled start as New York continues to scramble.  Whatever it is Gator takes to quash ulcers, I want some.

Defense?  Yes, please.  I’ll blame it on early-season rust and playing in conditions better suited for pond hockey and keep my head buried in the snow for now, not to mix metaphors.  Injury sent Matsui to the DL and Damon lost playing time due to his barking, sexy calves.  Jeter and Abreu are playing hurt after plate mishaps.  However, there’s plenty of inspired baseball as well.  Álex was simply devastating at the plate; New York would likely be winless without his contributions.  Yesterday, Johnny came off the bench to work an 11-pitch at bat into a triple, and followed up with a single his next time up.  Jorge and Robi are both swinging very well.  The staff ERA is bulging just south of five and one-half, but the Yankee pen has given up only two runs (one earned) after the sixth inning so far.

New York came in from the cold to the quirky confines of the Metrodome.  The Twins are off to a 4-1 start, with Morneau and Mauer continuing their torrid production from last season.  Santana started yesterday; New York will have the good fortune of not facing him in the three-game series.  Kevin Thompson has been called up to replenish the depleted oufield, but it’s Melky, Johnny and Bobby from left to right tonight. 

Lineups

New York Yankees
J. Damon cf
D. Jeter ss
B. Abreu rf
A. Rodriguez 3b
J. Giambi dh
J. Posada c
R. Cano 2b
D. Mientkiewicz 1b
M. Cabrera lf

Minnesota Twins
L. Castillo 2b
N. Punto 3b
J. Mauer c
M. Cuddyer rf
J. Morneau 1b
T. Hunter cf
J. Kubel lf
M. Redmond dh
J. Bartlett ss

186 comments… add one

  • YYYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!
    this has got the makin’s of a big win tonight…
    YYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

    dc April 9, 2007, 5:00 pm
  • dc chanelling Crank Yankers I believe.
    Ponson v. Pavano–Another Version of the Ed Whitson Classic

    Nick-YF April 9, 2007, 5:16 pm
  • “special dc”

    Tyrel SF April 9, 2007, 5:19 pm
  • Am I the only person in America that believes that Pavano has the ability to be a “Good” pitcher? I am starting a movement “Give Carl a Chance!” Who’s with me?

    Triskaidekaphobia April 9, 2007, 5:21 pm
  • Look out for Cuddyer!

    YF April 9, 2007, 5:21 pm
  • Where’s all the “regression to the mean” people? ;) This can only get better for the Yanks!

    Lar April 9, 2007, 5:25 pm
  • Trisk, you’re the pitching coach, so perhaps you should be trusted over someone like me. What do you like about him?

    Nick-YF April 9, 2007, 5:26 pm
  • Trisk, you’re the pitching coach, so perhaps you should be trusted over someone like me. What do you like about him?

    Nick-YF April 9, 2007, 5:27 pm
  • I have been in the camp that Pavano should return to being a reasonably competent (if not better than average) starter given time and better fortune. However, “Pavano pitching against Ponson” trumps projecting right now.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 5:33 pm
  • I’m not Trisk, nor am I a pitching coach, nor do I assume to know the first thing about small sample sizes of pitching, but I liked the first 3 innings Pavano gave us. He looked pretty darn good until the defense, and his ability to pitch effectively, fell apart in the 4th and 5th. Better defense and warmer temps can only help the Yankees tonight, while nothing can help poor Sidney Ponson, who is likely to give up 6 runs by the third inning. Of course, now that I’ve said it, he’ll pitch a 3-hit shutout.

    Andrew April 9, 2007, 5:37 pm
  • That’s nice of you to say Nick, but I am simply a HS coach, definitely no Gator or Mel.
    There’s really nothing to dislike about his skill set. His success will hinge on his ability to cut down on the walks. His 2003 and 2004 are very similar if you look close. Even though most consider his 2004 season to be his breakout. His WHIP in 2003 was 1.26, in 2004 it was 1.18 and his ERA dropped 1.30 to 3.00 from 4.30. I hate to say this but his skill set is very much like Wang with the ability to strike out batters on a more frequent basis. Take away the lost seasons as a Yankee and this guy really hasn’t been awful. I think there is upside and hopefully when it’s all said and done his greatest achievement won’t be diddling Alyssa Milano!

    Triskaidekaphobia April 9, 2007, 5:40 pm
  • but what an achievement!

    Nick-YF April 9, 2007, 5:43 pm
  • i’m with you trisk on giving cp the benefit of the doubt…he’s a proven major league pitcher who despite his “perils of pauline” ordeal over the past season or 2 is capable of helping the yankees in a big way….
    that is from crank yankers nick….yyaayy!!
    i am special tyrel…

    dc April 9, 2007, 5:44 pm
  • Anyone else holding there breath for Jorge’s first off day of the season? It’s bound to come this week.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 9, 2007, 5:44 pm
  • color me nervous about pavano pitching to contact in the metrodome. hard hit balls can really move through that infield.
    fingers crossed.

    YF April 9, 2007, 5:45 pm
  • YF, now in the “dc school” of no capitalization, almost no punctuation. This has been going on for a few days now. Either he’s finally showing his man-love for dc or his “shift” key is broken.
    dc: you need to call him on this. That’s your style, and don’t let him cramp it!

    SF April 9, 2007, 5:47 pm
  • i’m just lazy sf, but i hate a copycat…on the other hand, i’m flattered…and i do like yf…he is a yf after all…

    dc April 9, 2007, 5:51 pm
  • then again, i like you too…i’m so confused…

    dc April 9, 2007, 5:52 pm
  • Is the game on YES as well as ESPN? I don’t think I can handle 2+ hours of “wisdom” from Joe Morgan…

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 6:18 pm
  • sf can check my emails; i never cap. never have. on these threads i can hit from either side. i’m the jorge posada of blog comment capitalization. GOT IT?

    YF April 9, 2007, 6:28 pm
  • And “Elements of Style” weeps softly in the corner….

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • Trisk, Jorge had a kind of off-day yesterday. So he’ll probably have another one if Rasner starts again. Don’t want to confuse poor Pavano or put Mussina and Pettitte off.

    Andrew April 9, 2007, 6:46 pm
  • That’s just not true, YF. I checked the archives, you CAP’d all the time.
    Here’s a random game thread from last year.
    http://yanksfansoxfan.typepad.com/ysfs/2006/07/satan_fish_yank.html#comment-20420948
    There’s way more where that came from.

    SF April 9, 2007, 6:47 pm
  • Also, YF is missing the art of ellipses that dc has apparently mastered (or beaten to death). That’s how to tell their posts apart.

    Andrew April 9, 2007, 6:48 pm
  • alas, I have no style. Just bad grammar and poor spelling;

    Nick-YF April 9, 2007, 6:55 pm
  • dc April 9, 2007, 6:57 pm
  • damn. i thought i was the ee cummings of yfsf.

    sf rod April 9, 2007, 7:07 pm
  • On the bright side for Yanks fans, your lineup ought to be able to make a very tasty snack out of Sidney (“El Guapo Wannabe”) Ponson…
    At 6-1, 258 lbs., he makes me feel svelt.
    Ponson had his moments some years ago, but really went to seed in the past few.

    Hudson April 9, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • Standup double for Damon. Good to have him back.

    Andrew April 9, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • Leadoff 2b for Damon. Yanks victimized by a couple of cheapies just like that against the O’s. Goes around comes around.

    YF April 9, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • And there’s an example of how defense can be screwed on astroturf.

    Andrew April 9, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • Jeter single.
    I said EMAILs SF. do we need to argue about EVERYTHING?!?

    YF April 9, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Abreu rbi single. takin’ my time here. still captcha free…..

    YF April 9, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • sidney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    dc April 9, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • CAPTCHAed. Fuck.
    Alex flies to right, derek to third. nice.

    YF April 9, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • For those of you who hate ESPN, the game is on FSN, which is what it’s being broadcast in on MLB.tv (obviously they’re not carrying the ESPN broadcast). That’s interesting, that MLB is allowed to broadcast a nationally televised game.

    Andrew April 9, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • …oops, i forgot the elipse…
    …sidney!!!!!!!!!!!…

    dc April 9, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • The fact that the Yankees get to face Sidney Ponson is a big-time scheduling imbalance. It’s like if the Sox got to pad their win total by playing my softball team. Totally unfair. I’m going to write a letter to the Commissioner’s office.

    Tyrel SF April 9, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • 45 steps….does Michael Kay talk about the most ridiculous things?

    Triskaidekaphobia April 9, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • giambi bb’ed.

    YF April 9, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Will Jorgie juice one?

    Andrew April 9, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • GRD for Posada to the deep left corner. Kubel should have caught that. 3-0.

    YF April 9, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Almost! Were we helped by inept fielding or screwed by the GR Double?

    Andrew April 9, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Ponson looks AWESOME! Good thing they kept him and sent down Garza….Something tells me Ponson is headed back to ARUBA very soon.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 9, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • “…a nationally televised game…”????????
    what??????????
    …what are you, a heretic, andrew?…there’s no such thing, is there?…king bpud won’t hear of it…

    dc April 9, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Cano first pitch fister to left, caught by Kubel this time, no shot for Giambi to score.

    YF April 9, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Man, how does Ponson still collect a paycheck in the majors? This guy has been a disaster that past couple of years… What could Minnesota possibly see in him? I’ll miss him in Baltimore.

    ToddSF April 9, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Bucuti Beach, here comes Sidney. Watch out judges!
    Minky out 6-3. Yanks could have done a lot more damage there.
    Okay, let’s see what King Carl has in store for us.

    YF April 9, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • I don’t understand the first-pitch bunt. Why not try out the pitcher before you give up an out?

    Andrew April 9, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • baltimore chop single for castillo on 3-2. feh.
    pavano up in the zone.

    YF April 9, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • I have a feeling Pavano’s gonna get hammered if he keeps his pitches up like that. Posada should give him a mound visit before too much damage gets dealt.

    Andrew April 9, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Bubbles Hargrave….my favorite non-yankee.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 9, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Nice play by Pavano. Saves him pitches.

    Andrew April 9, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Mauer 1-6-3.
    Carl, Carl, He’s Our Man!

    YF April 9, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Apparently healthy calves are overrated. Atta Boy JD.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 9, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • sidneyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    dc April 9, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • I said EMAILs SF. do we need to argue about EVERYTHING?!?
    But this is a game thread, and your style is cramping my man dc!

    SF April 9, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Abreu getting close…

    Andrew April 9, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Abreu!!

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • I heart Sidney….

    Triskaidekaphobia April 9, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • That is a nice at bat. 5-0.

    YF April 9, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • That was a home run swing.

    Nick-YF April 9, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • And did I call it, or what?

    Andrew April 9, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Why did Ponson give in? Away, away, away…inside in his wheel house…dopey Ponson.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 9, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Booooooooooo!
    I love FSN’s “interesting stat” of A-Rod having 19 K’s vs Ponson, tied with Zito. I guess that’s kinda weird, since Ponson sucks so much.

    Andrew April 9, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Andrew, Andrew, he’s our man…

    Triskaidekaphobia April 9, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Terry Ryan is widely lauded as a great GM. And I’m not going to argue.
    But Sidney Ponson?
    WHY?
    (Of course, to you NYY fans, he’s your favorite tosser tonight.)

    I'm Bill McNeal April 9, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Good rip from Cuddyer to the corner to lead off the bottom of the second.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Jorge was set up outside, called for it outside and Pavano comes in…that’s the crap that drives me nuts!

    Triskaidekaphobia April 9, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • P.s., welcome back, Bill.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Cuddyer gets hung out to dry between second and third on a hard shot at Jeter. Nice.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Thanks, AG. Good to hear from you.
    Glad to be back.
    Hope you had a prosperous offseason.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 9, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Besides the fact that he’s only thrown 13/23 pitches for strikes and has thrown only 2 first-pitch strikes…Pavano looks pretty decent. This is upsetting; I expected a 5-4 game one way or the other by the end of the second inning.

    desturbd1 April 9, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Nice play by jeter to nab cuddyer between 2nd and 3rd.
    then kubel flies out deep to left.
    this is what pavano can do when he gets defense: sneak by a couple of innings without getting dinged. but at some point all of the tagged balls will catch up.

    YF April 9, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • just had a comment erased. grrr.

    YF April 9, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Giambi to lead off the Yankee third. He takes ball one, then fouls one back off first. Giambi swings over the next pitch, breaking down, for 1-2. Ponson throws the same pitch and Giambi defends it. Then Ponson comes up and away, and Giambi misses badly for the K swinging.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Jorge up. Misses inside for ball one. Another ball, and then Ponson misses way low out. The 3-0 is a fastball that catches the outside corner; the 3-1 is in-low. Posada takes his base. Cano up.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Cano takes strike one. The next is on the hands; Cano chops it to second; Castillo tosses to Bartlett to get Posada but Cano is safe at first. Two away to Mientkiewicz.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • giambi ks. i will admit that i’m concerned about giambi this year. i believe he’ll be valuable, but if he hits .185, he’s going to need an awful lot of walks to remain viable. 30 homers and a .380 obp isn’t bad, but it’s not what we’re used to.

    YF April 9, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • is cano allergic to a walk. jeez…

    m.g. yanks fan April 9, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Minky takes ball one, then rips a liner to right but Cuddyer comes in to make the grab. End of the Yankee third.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Robinson hasn’t met many pitches he doesn’t like this year it seems.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Been hangin’ out with Jeff Francoeur, our Robbi has…

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Yeah Jeter’s range is awful…LOL

    Triskaidekaphobia April 9, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Twins third.
    Pavano starts Mike Redmond off with a ball, then a foul off first. The 1-1 is chopped up the middle. Jeter grabs it, spins, and throws to first; one hopper that Minky snags for the out.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Jeter nice play on the ball up the middle; Minky makes the scoop a bit more dramatic looking than perhaps necessary.

    YF April 9, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Pavano misses inside to Bartlett, then a strike looking. Foul off third. The 1-2 is head high. The 2-2 is a _nice pitch_ on the high outside corner for a K looking.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • …didn’t Ortiz leave Minnesota because they didn’t think he was any good? His contract had absolutely nothing to do with his release…

    desturbd1 April 9, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Castillo hits a two hopper that Alex has to wait on, then guns across to get Castillo to end the inning.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • great throw by A-rod. that thing whizzed across my tv screen

    m.g. yanks fan April 9, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Nice play by Alex! Great inning for Pavano and the Yankee defense. This is what we didn’t see in his first outing. That’s the best inning yet by a Yankee starter: 2 grounders sandwich the k. HALLELUJAH!

    YF April 9, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • dddddeeeeeeeeeffffeeeeeeeeeennnnnsssseeeeeee!!!!!!!!

    dc April 9, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • 3 innings from a Yankee starter, no runs. That’s a record for this season so far, isn’t it? Sad.

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • D – I I I I I I I I I I

    YF April 9, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Yankee fourth
    Melky up. Ponson is way in for ball one. Then low for ball two. The 2-0 gets the outside corner for strike one. Then another strike. Cabrera defends the 2-2. Deuces again: fastball inside to make it full. Cabrera grounds out to first. Damon up. he grounds out 63 on a 1-1 pitch. Jeter up.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Jeter takes low away. Ponson comes inside and hits him; just a graze on the .. um.. manly area.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Ding Dong! Ponson with the cup check on the captain. Supermodels everywhere cringe.
    DON’T YOU BE HITTIN’ OUR CAPTAIN SIDNEY!

    YF April 9, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Abreu takes a strike at the knees, then another strike. Strike three looking. Very out of character at bat from Abreu to end the inning.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Oof. Which part of “pile on runs” do they not get?

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Sidney Ponson has a kind of Vince Neil look. Except that Vince Neil is now far past his prime, like 45 years old, puffy, and probably had a touch too much Botox.

    SF April 9, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • SF, i’m watching it on HD…Ponson is hard to look at. so much sweat….ewww

    m.g. yanks fan April 9, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Checking out for an inning or so. Make us proud, Carl.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • …correct about ortiz d-1…he left minn because they didn’t think he was any good, not because he cost too much…oops…the odd thing is that his line during his last year with minn was pretty darn good…that may be why the theory that they couldn’t afford him…

    dc April 9, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • mg: can you actually see where he cooks the bacon in the folds of his neck?

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • If Pavano wins this game, will we get a slew of “Carl Pavano, True Yankee” claptrap?
    Please tell me no, YFs…

    SF April 9, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Pavano for Cy Young!

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • That’s uncalled for, AG. *barf*

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • can you actually see where he cooks the bacon in the folds of his neck?
    What?!

    SF April 9, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Eww eww eww. Closeup of Sir Sidney is gross, even without HD.

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • 7-8-9 still no hits….

    Triskaidekaphobia April 9, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Hahaha, Pavano thought that was going to take his head off….

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • dinner time….

    YF April 9, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Aaaand the wheels are about to come off!

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • …maybe not. Amazing.
    Cy Pavano gets Remond to hit into a 6-6-3 DP to end the inning.

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • *Redmond
    Melkman looking a bit lost at the plate so far.

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • OK, who gets better dates, Hunky Tom Brady or Jeter?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 9, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Jeter gets more action, but Brady gets the better action. Brady takes quality over quantity, without a doubt.
    They are both playing strong hands, regardless.

    SF April 9, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • D’oh!

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Alex is ON FIRE!

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • That’s fair, SF.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 9, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Arod has five homeruns already…. Beat that Ortiz and Manny.

    Jaycee-Yf April 9, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • sidneyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    dc April 9, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Bill: Good question, but keep in mind they play different sports. Jeter runs on hitting(on) clinics. Brady runs on fertility clinics.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • …yyyyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!…

    dc April 9, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • erm scratch the second “on”.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Jeter’s having a great game all around. He’s hitting, he’s made excellent plays in the field, and he’s been terrific on the bases.
    and Alex just keeps destroying the baseball. wow.

    YF April 9, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Boston Globe reports that J.D. is headed for Boston.
    The Red Sox claim LHP JD Durbin from Arizona.
    Wonder what this means, besides the fact that Theo doesn’t like his pitching.
    Who gets dropped from the 40-man?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 9, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Hmm. My comments in this thread are looking much like a Sidney Ponson closeup: vacant and icky. Methinks I shall keep quiet for a while…

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • “…Beat that Ortiz and Manny…”…uh, together?…

    dc April 9, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • My apologies, YM, regarding the bacon. Hopefully, you already enjoyed your dinner.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Crap.. totally butchered a good one liner by not previewing, even _with_ a captcha to give me a second chance.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • I had, gerb. I almost enjoyed it a second time when I read that, though.

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Yeah, you know. Manny Ortez.
    He’s having a John Kerry moment.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 9, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • A-Rod’s 5 homers have led the pitching-rich Yankees to what will likely be, in the end, a 3-3 record. Which is saying something, since without him they might be 2-4 or worse. Even so, it’s still 3-3.

    SF April 9, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • And for the first time, we see a Yankee starter* working the sixth. That’s worth a round of applause.
    *Pettitte in relief doesn’t count.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • gg+mvp=jeter
    ….yyyyyaaaayyyy!!!…

    dc April 9, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • YM: heh.
    Jeter with a very solid play. Tough, short hop and needing a rifle throw to get Castillo.
    Short work from Pavano there.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Not just working the 6th but getting through it fairly easily. Pavano: the Yanks’ best pitcher so far. Who woulda thunk it?

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • SF had him penciled but scratched him out as his CY winner this year on his prediction list. Coulda been King Sooth.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • …yyyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!…

    dc April 9, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • ESPN showing ARod to Minky highlights from high school football. That’s fun.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Pavano is back out for the bottom of the 7th. Nice.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Bruney and Henn in the pen.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Deep fly to center over Damon by Mauer for a leadoff double. Maybe not so nice.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Man did that shot by Mauer knuckle. Damon had no shot. The Disposables up in the pen.

    YF April 9, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Pavano turns it around and makes Cuddyer look bad for a swinging K.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • WTF? Does the bullpen phone go off automatically in the 7th? Pavano was cruising before the Mauer double and Torre still had had people warming!…

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • this is really a good matchup for Pavano. Free-swinging team, don’t work the count, lots of groundballs. good start for him.

    m.g. yanks fan April 9, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Cabrera had an outside chance to grab a line drive by Hunter but it’s just over his glove on the leap. Nice try. Run scores on the double.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Cabrera had an outside chance to grab a line drive by Hunter but it’s just over his glove on the leap. Nice try. Run scores on the double.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Redmond lines out to center to end the inning. The Twins hit the ball well that inning, but the damage was minimal.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Wheee! Pavano through 7!
    Michael Kay: “Pavano’s been brilliant…” Now there’s two words you didn’t expect to hear in the same sentence. Awesome.

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Liner for the third out after the two smoked doubles.
    Nice that Pavano didn’t get gun shy there and kept throwing strikes. Helps to have a big lead, but that’s still a good sign.
    Can’t really complain about this fine start.

    YF April 9, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Wow, 79 pitches in 7 innings. A much-needed miraculous complete game could be in store for Pavano, the unlikely hero.

    Andrew April 9, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • YM: I agree about your assertions, but Kay’s statement kind of devalues the word, no?

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • i’m guessing pavano is done.

    YF April 9, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • YF: Gosh, I hope so. He’s done enough.
    Jeter with a chopper over the middle for another single. nice.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Bruney’s coming in in relief. Nice job, Carl, but I would’ve at least sent him out to start the 8th. Gotta be thankful for the small miracles, I suppose…

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • “This is the type of situation where Brian Bruney gets to pitch for the Yankees.”
    Huh?

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Ricky Sutcliffe channeling Joe Morgan?

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Nice grab by Cano. Wow, good defense and good pitching, to go along with the offense and the bullpen. Now these are the Yankees we know and love.

    Andrew April 9, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • alex, currently on pace for 135 homers and 351 rbi.
    realistic. but even 50 percent of that would be acceptable.

    YF April 9, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Let’s hope these Yankees stick around for a while, Andrew…Not having to face Santana doesn’t hurt, of course.

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • YM, I’d agree with that call on Pavano.
    He’s important to this team, and he comes out after 7 strong innings. That’s something to build on confidence-wise. If he struggles in the 8th, that might might not be so good.
    And who is worse to listen to: Morgan or Sutcliffe?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 9, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Mmm, 63 HR and 175 RBI, that sounds realllly nice for my fantasy team.

    Andrew April 9, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • After the last couple innings, I would have to say that if you are paying attention, Sutcliffe is worse, but Morgan is tougher to tune out.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • An Farns comes on to walk Punto on fourth pitches.
    O’Brien: “Just how meaningful was Carl Pavano’s tonight?”
    Sutcliffe: ” I think it’s just as important how Mussina’s start was the other night.”
    Train wreck.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Kay is annoying but I like Flaherty’s analysis. Thank heavens I don’t have to listen Sutcliffe’s babble….
    I have to say, watching the free preview of MLB EI, I really enjoyed listening to the Red Sox announcers. I don’t know if it’s a small sample size or whatever, but I’d gladly take them over Kay, Sterling and Co.

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Oops. typed that wrong. “How important Mussina was in the spring.” I was confused listening and typing. I must have totally misunderstood him because I have know idea what he said.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Um…There was supposed to be a sentence reading “I’m so happy the game is on YES as well.” at the beginning of my last comment.

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • AG is right on.
    And I love having Dave O’Brien on the Red Sox radio team this year. He’s terrific.
    Also, is there an ass that Sutcliffe doesn’t kiss?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 9, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • …yyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!…

    dc April 9, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Take that. Morneau out 3 unassisted and the Yanks have an easy win. Good stuff.

    YF April 9, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Very impressive (and I’d say unexpected given Pavano only) win for you guys.
    And yeah Red Sox TV team of Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy is terrific, too.
    We’re very lucky with our broadcast teams.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 9, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Nothing to complain about in that start. Looked good all the way around for NY.
    See you all tomorrow:
    Beckett/Weaver
    Pettite/Bosner
    Looking forward to it.

    attackgerbil April 9, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Adios, amigos.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 9, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Good win all around, indeed.
    It’s been fun, everyone. ’til tomorrow!

    yankeemonkey April 9, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • beacon hill April 9, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • Carl Pavano was great against a good batting lineup like the twins, maybe the yankees pitching will start doing good.
    This was his first win in almost two years I think, but How do Yankees fans feel about his performance??

    Jaycee-Yf April 9, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • Nice outing there by Pavano. No one on planet earth would have thought that possible for the man a mere six months ago. He looked sharp, and could add a new dimension to this Yankee lineup…and just in time for another contract I might add.

    Brad April 9, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • Jeebus, if he keeps going at this rate ARod is going to wind up with something like 350 RBI.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 12:04 am
  • …pavano’s performance was ok considering it was against the undermanned twins…let’s see how he does against some ml level competition…
    …by the way, did i say that we LOVE arod [today]…
    …yyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!…
    …aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrroooooooooddddddd!!!…
    …yyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!…

    dc April 10, 2007, 8:17 am
  • Yeah, A-Rod is on a friggin tear. Hopefully, he cools off just in time to be ice cold when it matters… against Boston, of course!

    Brad April 10, 2007, 9:02 am
  • major league level competition, dc? The twins only have the batting champion and the reigning “MVP” in their lineup, not to mention always-solid torii hunter. I daresay their lineup, overall, is on par with Boston’s.

    Andrew April 10, 2007, 12:16 pm
  • andrew…i was just kidding…it’s an old joke about how dicek did against kc…i love the twins…most of these guys i saw in the minors in new britain ct….i have a hard time rooting against them, but i’m a yf first and foremost…

    dc April 10, 2007, 3:39 pm
  • hey webmasters…i’m ok with the verification inconvenience, but i was just asked to do it 4 times for 1 post….that’s a little BS dontcha think?…damn

    dc April 10, 2007, 3:41 pm

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