James Gang: Yanks-Rays Gamer

I think there’s trouble brewin’. Beast action: James Shields hasn’t had fared well against the Bombers, who have a 139 TOPS against the right-hander. He squares off at the Trop against the Yankees who send Allan James Burnett. A.J. has done quite well against the Rays over his career and has struck out more Devil Fish than any other opponent.

Lineups follow, comment away.

NY Yankees
D. Jeter ss .321
J. Damon lf .279
M. Teixeira 1b .281
A. Rodriguez 3b .248
H. Matsui dh .252
J. Posada c .287
R. Cano 2b .309
N. Swisher rf .235
M. Cabrera cf .287
A.J. Burnett 3.74
 
Tampa Bay
B.J. Upton cf .242
C. Crawford lf .308
E. Longoria 3b .279
B. Zobrist 2b .302
C. Pena 1b .219
P. Burrell dh .225
G. Gross rf .270
M. Hernandez c .239
J. Bartlett ss .337
J. Shields 3.70

109 comments… add one

  • I think it goes without saying that this game is HUGE…

    krueg July 27, 2009, 7:09 pm
  • We’ll see what AJ is made of…

    krueg July 27, 2009, 7:10 pm
  • 2 out single for Tex…

    krueg July 27, 2009, 7:13 pm
  • ARod grounds out…weak 1st for the Bombers. Let’s go AJ.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 7:15 pm
  • Walks crawford…not good. AJ throws wild and Crawford makes it all the way to 3rd. GAME OVER.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 7:22 pm
  • Big K on Eva…2 outs. COME ON AJ!

    krueg July 27, 2009, 7:25 pm
  • AJ GOT OUT OF IT!!!! SWEET!!!

    krueg July 27, 2009, 7:26 pm
  • Godzilla leadoff single…he’s dangerous on the bases! not.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 7:29 pm
  • RBI DOUBLE FOR HIP HIP!!!! 1-0!!!

    krueg July 27, 2009, 7:30 pm
  • RBI TRIPLE FOR CANO!!!! 2-0!!!

    krueg July 27, 2009, 7:32 pm
  • SAC FOR FLUSHER!!!! 3-0!!!

    krueg July 27, 2009, 7:34 pm
  • Jeter singles…

    krueg July 27, 2009, 7:35 pm
  • Yankees apparently going after Bronson Arroyo. I’d be really upset if he goes to New York.

    Atheose July 27, 2009, 7:40 pm
  • K’s Pena…sweet. That’s 3 so far…
    We need another starter…he would do the trick I think Ath. Where did you read that?

    krueg July 27, 2009, 7:41 pm
  • I found it Ath…

    krueg July 27, 2009, 7:44 pm
  • ANOTHER K…that’s 4.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 7:47 pm
  • GREAT DEFENSIVE PLAY BY AJ!!!! WOW!!! 2 strong innings so far…

    krueg July 27, 2009, 7:48 pm
  • Yankees apparently going after Bronson Arroyo. I’d be really upset if he goes to New York.
    That would be weird. Would Arroyo do his rendition of Dirty Water for the Yanks now?

    SoxFan July 27, 2009, 8:10 pm
  • Flusher sucks…K. Big surprise!

    krueg July 27, 2009, 8:18 pm
  • Melky f-cks up the hit-and-run…1 out. Then walks…

    krueg July 27, 2009, 8:21 pm
  • 1-2-3 inning for AJ…solid 4.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 8:32 pm
  • Barlett channelling Chuck Knoblauch there..

    Lar July 27, 2009, 8:36 pm
  • Mmmm, 74 pitches through 4 innings. Exactly what I want from my #2 starter in the post-season. At that rate they better have Hughes, Joba, and Aceves in the bullpen.
    Then Brandon Arroyo can start a playoff game!!!

    Rob July 27, 2009, 8:36 pm
  • Teixiera with a lucky hit, and we have first and second, no outs, and ARod up.

    Lar July 27, 2009, 8:38 pm
  • ARod took a close 0-2 pitch. I thought it was low, but it looked good over the plate for a strike out. Here’s Matsui, who has been relatively hot lately.

    Lar July 27, 2009, 8:40 pm
  • That almost went for a double, but only a good leap by Gross saved a run or two. Here’s Posada with two outs.

    Lar July 27, 2009, 8:43 pm
  • 1st and 2nd and no outs and we can’t score any runs…that could come back to kick us in the nuts.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • Isn’t Burnett a two-pitch pitcher? What else does he throw? And then, he sits at 92 – 93 and his curve comes in at 80.
    I see no reason Hughes couldn’t succeed similarly. And he at least seems to have a head on top of his body.

    Rob July 27, 2009, 8:53 pm
  • Another 1-2-3 for AJ…he is dealing tonight.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 8:56 pm
  • BACK-TO-BACK JACKS FOR CANO AND FLUSHER!!!! 5-0!!!!
    BOTH WERE BLASTS!!!

    krueg July 27, 2009, 8:59 pm
  • They’re now launching against Shields. 5-0 Yanks.

    Lar July 27, 2009, 8:59 pm
  • Back to back HRs.
    Swisher’s on fire.

    MikeZ July 27, 2009, 9:00 pm
  • Yanks 3-4 hitter fail to capitalize the opportunity to blow out the Rays. Still, it’s 5-0.

    Lar July 27, 2009, 9:12 pm
  • Rays are rallying…1st and 3rd with no outs. not good.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 9:17 pm
  • Time for AJ to show us what he’s worth…

    krueg July 27, 2009, 9:18 pm
  • And 100 pitches through 5 for Burnett.

    Rob July 27, 2009, 9:18 pm
  • Gets the HUGE DP…traded 2 outs for a run, 5-1.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 9:18 pm
  • Groundout…AJ got out of it! 6 solid innings.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • HIP HIP…dp. weak.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 9:25 pm
  • AJ out for the 7th…Jeter with the GREAT RANGE to snag the grounder and throw out Pena. 1 OUT!

    krueg July 27, 2009, 9:33 pm
  • al-ba-la-DOUCHE-ho is warming…DO NOT PUT HIM IN THE GAME JOE!!!!
    Great play by ARod, stretch by Tex was money too…

    krueg July 27, 2009, 9:34 pm
  • 7 outstanding innings for AJ in Tampa…GREAT JOB!!!

    krueg July 27, 2009, 9:37 pm
  • Instead of inciting me, krueg, can you at least come up with a Flusher-worthy name for Burnett?

    Rob July 27, 2009, 9:40 pm
  • I didn’t expect AJ to go 7. Good job by him.
    If the Yankees win this game, they will improve to 14-6 when AJ takes the hill, only one off of Beckett’s impressive record.

    AndrewYF July 27, 2009, 9:40 pm
  • You hate AJ Rob? He was dickhole for awhile there but he’s been pitching really well…

    krueg July 27, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • Cano’s been heating up, huh? .979 OPS in July and two walks tonight.

    Rob July 27, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • Jeter with the single…Melky to 3rd. NIce.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 9:44 pm
  • Melky gunned at the plate…nice play. Weak and lame though.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • Tex pops out…

    krueg July 27, 2009, 9:47 pm
  • COME ON AROD!!!! 2 outs with 2 on…

    krueg July 27, 2009, 9:48 pm
  • CLUTCH CARGO AROD!!!! 2 RBI’s!!!! 7-1!!!!

    krueg July 27, 2009, 9:49 pm
  • ARod might’ve finally put this one out of reach.

    Lar July 27, 2009, 9:49 pm
  • I hate his approach. Even if he does this for another four years, I still have trouble “appreciating” his “approach”.
    Dickhole. Perfect nickname. Thanks!

    Rob July 27, 2009, 9:52 pm
  • Glad I could help?

    krueg July 27, 2009, 9:53 pm
  • WE DO NOT HAVE A BIG ENOUGH LEAD FOR AL-BA-LA-DOUCHE-HO!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    krueg July 27, 2009, 9:53 pm
  • K…really? Um…ok.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 9:55 pm
  • I want Melcanoron (sp?) to pitch. Ah well.

    Lar July 27, 2009, 9:58 pm
  • I TOLD YOU!!! WHY THE HELL IS AL-BA-LA-DOUCHE-HO EVEN ON THE ROSTER???? HE CAN’T EVEN HOLD A 6 RUN LEAD!!! GET BEND LOSER!!!

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:00 pm
  • Why is Mo warming up in a 7-2 game?

    Lar July 27, 2009, 10:00 pm
  • 7-3 now.

    Lar July 27, 2009, 10:01 pm
  • As i’m ranting on his worthlessness, he gives up ANOTHER RUN…GET HIM OUT OF THE F-CKING GAME JOE!!!!

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:01 pm
  • Mo up again…unbelievable.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:02 pm
  • Robertson in to get one stinking out…I have no confidence in him. Zero.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:02 pm
  • Pena up…this is not good. 2 on, 2 outs…7-3.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:04 pm
  • Krueg you need to take a deep breath pal…holy cow you are fired up from first pitch to the last. We do agree on one thing though, well two counting our love of the Yanks, but Albaladejo is useless. I know he usually is only called up to be that extra pitcher, but he is not a ML pitcher, he can’t get ML hitters out consistently.
    Looks like Bronson Arroyo rumor is not true Pete Abe reports. Would have been interesting to see how he and Alex would have gotten along though!

    John - YF July 27, 2009, 10:05 pm
  • Why not give Melancon a shot?

    Rob July 27, 2009, 10:05 pm
  • I’m a passionate fan… what can I say?
    ROBERTSON WITH THE K!!!! That was big, now I have SOME confidence in him…

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:06 pm
  • Attaboy. 93 on the heat. 80 on the curve.

    Rob July 27, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • Ya, that was a huge K. Still, give Melancon a chance!

    Lar July 27, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • Get Washburn…that’s who I want. Make it happen Cash!

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:08 pm
  • …or Garland.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:08 pm
  • I’m with you, Lar.
    What do you give up for Washburn though, krueg?

    Rob July 27, 2009, 10:10 pm
  • It’s tricky, and even as I hate losing these games, you got to get Mo some rest. Though I guess this game is almost (other than the Sox) as big as they come, so maybe I’m being stupid.
    But when you’re up 6..

    Lar July 27, 2009, 10:12 pm
  • FLUSHER WITH ANOTHER HR!!! 8-3!!! I’m speechless.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:13 pm
  • Swisher with his second home run, as I love this for Mo’s sake. 8-3.

    Lar July 27, 2009, 10:13 pm
  • Washburn, Snell…I don’t want Garland. He’s a contact guy and the Yankees don’t need or want a guy like that in their home park and with the defensive issues. Garland has 55 K’s in 122 innings. I’d rather Doug Davis than Garland.
    As long as they don’t have to give up BOTH Melky and Gardner, as was reported, than I am fine with getting Washburn.

    John - YF July 27, 2009, 10:14 pm
  • Some second level prospect…not much. Take on his salary.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:14 pm
  • Why do you call him Flusher? Just curious.
    Now’s the time they can try Melancon.

    John - YF July 27, 2009, 10:15 pm
  • I just want a veteran, been-there-before kind of guy. Garland and Washburn are those types…

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:15 pm
  • FLusher with a .964 OPS on the road and a .702 OPS at home.

    Rob July 27, 2009, 10:15 pm
  • Jeter demands respect.

    Lar July 27, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • You can flush his game down the toilet because it’s crap…Flusher.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • IBB in a 5 run game. That’s kind of crazy.

    Lar July 27, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • Jeter is a golden god.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • Damon said sit down JD.

    Lar July 27, 2009, 10:17 pm
  • Yeah, but now you can’t trade Melky with Gardner on the shelf. Maybe they take a hurt Gardner. Would you guys give up Jackson for two or three months of Washburn?
    I wouldn’t. Not when Hughes is gathering dust.

    Rob July 27, 2009, 10:17 pm
  • Johnny says, “yeah, go ahead and walk Jeter to get to me? Idiots.”…3 RUN BOMB!!! 11-3!!! Sit down and rest Mo…

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:17 pm
  • I screw that one up, heh. Damon said sit down Mo. ;)

    Lar July 27, 2009, 10:18 pm
  • Nope Rob, I wouldn’t give up Austin J…

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:18 pm
  • Apparently krueg is reading my mind, except typing it correctly, haha..

    Lar July 27, 2009, 10:18 pm
  • Damon’s got 5 HRs on the road and 12 at home. Insane.

    Rob July 27, 2009, 10:18 pm
  • Is that you being superstitious or do you really feel he’s “Crap?”
    I’d take Washburn in a heartbeat. Garland is pitching to a 4.41 ERA in the NL West, you have to pass.

    John - YF July 27, 2009, 10:19 pm
  • Rumor is that Seattle really likes Gardner, hurt or otherwise. So it would have to be Gardner plus. There’s zero reason to include AJax in that trade and if they asked I’d pass. He’s not going to be the superstar Montero will be, but he could still be a very good ML’r.

    John - YF July 27, 2009, 10:22 pm
  • Robertson sucks…just end this f-cking game already. please?

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:22 pm
  • Take Washburn for who, John? I’m not convinced Jackson will be much better than Gardner or Melky, but why take a chance when they don’t need a decent 5th to make the playoffs. The problem is the #4 in the post-season. And if they’d just suck it up, Hughes is clearly that guy.
    Trade Nova and Kroenke for Downs.

    Rob July 27, 2009, 10:22 pm
  • Ok, Mel time, please?

    Lar July 27, 2009, 10:23 pm
  • No…Flusher is truly awful in every way. His personality is cheeky and fun, but his game is putrid and lame.

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:24 pm
  • HE GOT AN OUT!!!! SCIENCE BE PRAISED!!!

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:24 pm
  • Gardner though is really valuable, John. He’s been worth, according to fangraphs, $9 million in only 200 ABs this year. His defense is that good. And his offense, especially with an 80% rate on 20 steals, is well-above average.

    Rob July 27, 2009, 10:25 pm
  • I agree on AJax, people (scouts, BaseballHQ, Project Prospect, BA, etc…) have really come back with mixed results on him. HQ calls him an 8A, which means solid everyday player. Even with that said I still wouldn’t move him for Washburn.
    Honestly, I’d make a move for the pitcher who would cost the least. Whether it’s Snell, Downs, Arroyo, Davis, etc…the only guy I really would be happy with is Garland. I struggle with guys who’s k/9 so low AND have such an extreme CT rate.

    John - YF July 27, 2009, 10:26 pm
  • Honestly, I trade Melky before I trade Gardner. And I sponsor his BR page!
    Still, if they keep all the outfielders plus Jackson for 2010, they just need to get a LF/DH like Bay or Dunn. Add in Montero and that’s a sick lineup and very good bench.

    Rob July 27, 2009, 10:28 pm
  • I assume you mean “not”.

    Lar July 27, 2009, 10:28 pm
  • Oh it would be tough, trust me Rob. I love BG as much as the next guy. He brings two things this team lacks, speed and defense in the OF. BUT, I think the plan is to have AJax in CF next season, so he becomes somewhat expendable. Given my druthers I would rather trade Melky, but who knows.

    John - YF July 27, 2009, 10:29 pm
  • Yanks finally won this one. 11-4.

    Lar July 27, 2009, 10:29 pm
  • Wow, we agree on something.

    John - YF July 27, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • YANKEES WIN…THHEEEEEEEE YANKEES WIN!!!!
    This is so great. Way to start the road trip by ass-pounding the Rays in St. Pete!!!!! CC goes tomorrow!!!

    krueg July 27, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • I think they have to hope that Jackson develops some power and so can play a corner. Right now, he’s no better than Gardner or Melky.
    The only reason I want Downs is so Hughes can be a starter.

    Rob July 27, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • On that note, good night fellas. Another big win for the Yankees. Impressive run here, try and enjoy it.

    John - YF July 27, 2009, 10:36 pm
  • You guys are really hitting on all cylinders right now. It’s discouraging to watch the Sox win, and look over and see that the Yanks’ lead has grown to 11-4 in the 8th. Your team is fearsome when everything clicks.

    Atheose July 28, 2009, 7:55 am

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