The Bombers are in KC with AJ on the mound, his start pushed from Sunday. Neither snow nor rain nor Royal blue etc. Felipe Paulino has been a bit of a tomato can, so the Yanks may sport AJ a lead even he finds insurmountable. Jorge’s hitting eighth and we can wave hello to our old friend the Melkman on the opposite pine. Boston is idle, a tie for the Beast could be in the offing. Lineups follow, comment away.
|B. Gardner lf||.283|
|D. Jeter ss||.278|
|C. Granderson cf||.275|
|M. Teixeira 1b||.248|
|R. Cano 2b||.304|
|N. Swisher rf||.267|
|E. Chavez 3b||.293|
|J. Posada dh||.237|
|R. Martin c||.226|
|A. Gordon lf||.298|
|M. Cabrera cf||.311|
|B. Butler dh||.284|
|E. Hosmer 1b||.275|
|J. Francoeur rf||.272|
|J. Giavotella 2b||.289|
|S. Perez c||.267|
|M. Moustakas 3b||.184|
|A. Escobar ss||.251|
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AJ is pitching. Should we even watch? Isn’t the outcome inevitable?
Gardner HBP, Jeter pushes him over with a bunt. One out to Granderson.
Grandy pops out.
Teixeira works a walk. Close pitch.
Cano grounds back to the mound, stranding Gardner and Teix.
Okay, AJ, don’t ruin dinner.
Gordon grounds out 4-3, then Melky takes a ball to the track in left center on the first pitch.
AJ strikes out Butler.. 123 for Burnett.
Now time to make dinner, with fingers crossed.
1-0. 2 out RBI single for Gardner…
THE WASHED UP, OVERRATED ONE COMES THROUGH!!!!!
2 out RBI single for the Captain…
Walks Curtis to load the bases with 2 outs for Tex…
Gardner tried to score on a passed ball…it was crazy-close call. Maybe too close for him to have tried with Tex up and the bases loaded.
Aggressive though. So I like it. Kinda.
Ugh. C’mon, Brett.
Muscle with the cannon. 2 outs.
I’m watching the broadcast on mlb.tv — Royals broadcast. Good story about Giavotella and how he idolized Jeter as a kid.
AJ gets out of trouble…weird.
Wasted a 1 out double by Robbie…back to AJ. Gulp.
1-2-3 3rd for AJ? It can’t last.
I think I am just going to watch the first three innings two more times, pretending that’s nine and game.
Don’t ever complain to me about AJ again!
Francouer up. Fear.
Only a single up the middle. Hosmer to second.
AJ is treading on thin ice…again.
It this the meltdown inning?
And Frenchy somehow manages to avoid hitting into a DP.
Wonders never cease
543.. Chavez with a nice start to that DP.
HUGE DP. Huge.
Chavez got rid of that ball fast.. very slick.
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So he delegates that duty to the next guy up.
Can one count on KC for ANYTHING?
Thome hit two for his 599th/600th dingers tonight? Good for him.
Teixeira walks, pushing Granderson to second.
C’mon, Robi. Bring them in.
Trivia on the Royals TV: who was last Yankee OF’er to lead league in home runs?
Cano flies out to right, Granderson tags and moves to third. Two away.
Answer was Maris’ 61. I was wrong.
AJ in trouble…again…1st and 2nd with 1 out…
Meltdown time? Now? It is the 5th so I’m surprised it’s taken this long?
3 straight hits…bases loaded…1 out…
Here we go. How many runs will we be behind once this carnage ends.
Bang bang bang, three singles (on as many pitches?). Swisher is getting a work-out right now. No runs across thanks to him and a good bit of luck.. here comes Melky, bases juiced with one away.
Wow… Martin just saved a run.
Amazing reactions by Martin on the fastball that was about 8′ high.
AJ throws a slider in the dirt to walk in a run.
(8′ high off the ground that is)…
Billy Butler up and AJ is pitching him away. Cory Wade is up in the pen.
Walks in a run…
Bases still loaded.
Still 1 out.
Fucking Groundhog Day.
2nd and 3rd.
Still 1 out.
Pull him Joe. Then take a bat to his arm.
8 hits, and they score on a bases loaded walk.
1st and 3rd…my bad. Assumed the worst.
Epic DP saves AJ’s pathetic ass.
We need about 8 runs here.
AJ broke my interweb.
Burnett has all the qualities I love to see in a pitcher for another team.
Order will be restored in the Yankee universe, never fear.
Jorge singles, and Martin pushes him to third with another single to right.
Posada singles…then Muscle singles and Posada gets off his turtle and gets to 3rd…
Gardner with a chopper over Hosmer scores Posada.
RBI single for Gardner!!!!
Clairvoyance, I tell you.
Jeter triples to right center, Yanks 5, Royals 3.
CAPTAIN CLUTCH!!!!!! 2 RUN TRIPLE FOR THE OLD OVERRATED ONE!!!!!
dablaze gets the soothy award for the night. Paulino is out. But the question is will Burnett be?
Sweet pickoff by Boone. No damage.
Melky plates Gordon.
Jeter singles for his third hit of the night.
Jeter steals, then Granderson goes down swinging at something that was thrown near the Yankees batting circle.
Teixeira singles to center; Melky’s throw is on line but a bit late to get Jeter at home; Yanks 7, Royals 4, Teix advances to second on the play. Here comes Robi, 2 for 4 on the night.
Long at bat ends with a fly to right, and ends the top half of the inning.
Martin guns down Giavotella at second, again. Crime does not pay. Close one there, good tag by Cano.
Time for Mo.
Perez grounds out to first on the third pitch. One away.
Jeter double clutches but still makes a nice play to get Moustakas by a whisker.
Escobar strikes out on three pitches. Ball game.
Red Sox pitchers retired 23 of the last 24 batters in the first game of the double-header. Pretty impressive day overall. Shields pitched extremely well, retiring 17 of the last 18 as well, and really only having one bad inning in the 3rd.
Am at PNC field in Scranton-Wilkes Barre where A-Rod and Montero just hit opposite-field singles with 2 out in the first but the inning ended with no damage. The Durham Bulls infield each took the opportunity of Alex being at 1st, then 2nd, and then jogging slowly to 3rd when the final out was recorded to give him fist-bumps and chat him up. And now there are 8-year olds running a relay race next to A-Rod in between innings on the 3rd base foul territory. The atmosphere here is wonderful.
2nd AB: roped line drive too center caught by the speedy Bulls CFer on full sprint at the warning track.
Just overheard in the hot dog line from a kid who looks 12 or 13 years old or so: “I wish it was Jeter who was playing”.
Ah yes A-Rod, that is your plight…
So A-Rod has had one defensive play – a pop foul that he tried to catch over the shoulder (but didn’t) while running away from home plate. Hard to gauge how well he’s moving as he isn’t running the bases very hard – his 1st-inning single likely would have been a double if he was going all out.
Bulls load the bases in the 5th, already with a 2-0 lead, work a full count, and then the batter lifts a foul pop that hangs in the air forever before A-Rod settles under it only to have it land behind him as he backpeddles and flails. And he promptly gets booed by the 5,000-strong AAA Scranton crowd. I am laughing out loud. Then the batter K’s on a high fastball. Good times. A-Rod is a supremely talented goat, even here…
Still 2-0 in the bottom of the 6th with Chris Dickerson, A-Rod, and Montero due up…and Dickerson walks. A-Rod can tie it with one swing…
Ickersone steals 2nd on the first pitch…then A-Rod pops out to the 2B