Monday Night Baseball: Yanks-Tigers Gamer I

The Bombers visit Comerica Park, with Bartolo Colon and Justin Verlander squaring off as Curtis Granderson returns to his old home field for the first time since the trade.  It’s the ESPN game.  Comment away.

updated: Lineups posted and we are under way as Jeter leads off with an infield single.

NY Yankees
D. Jeter ss .242
C. Granderson cf .281
M. Teixeira 1b .256
A. Rodriguez 3b .274
N. Swisher rf .218
J. Posada dh .133
R. Martin c .293
B. Gardner lf .200
E. Nunez 2b .400
B. Colon 2.77
 
Detroit
A. Jackson cf .194
R. Santiago 2b .235
M. Ordonez dh .159
M. Cabrera 1b .333
B. Boesch rf .312
R. Raburn lf .253
J. Peralta ss .270
A. Avila c .299
B. Inge 3b .213
J. Verlander 3.64

151 comments… add one

  • Verlander is scary.
    Like Rush Limbaugh or cheez whiz. What the hell is that stuff anyway???

    krueg May 2, 2011, 5:40 pm
  • attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 5:54 pm
  • You are certainly a soul man ag…

    krueg May 2, 2011, 6:05 pm
  • Ms. Gerbil is with her Dad in MoTown (their hometown) for family matters. I am looking forward to sending frequent abusive texts as the Yankees rub that cat the wrong way.
    8 Mile this, DEE-Troit. Go Yankees.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 6:10 pm
  • Yeah…Justin is due for a bad outing.
    I threw on the ARod jersey to try and get him going tonight. And since the game is on ESPN you get to see it AG!!!

    krueg May 2, 2011, 6:18 pm
  • I don’t have ESPN anymore! Going to a friend’s house.. he’s a Tigers fan. :)

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 6:30 pm
  • Did you cut your cable too AG? I did and I’ve never looked back. $60+ a month even for all of cable/HD/DVR is highway robbery.

    AndrewYF May 2, 2011, 7:03 pm
  • Watching Detroit’s pre-game feed on MLB.tv. Granderson was so amazingly popular in Detroit, and still is.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:03 pm
  • I wonder if Granderson will want to go back to Detroit after his contract is up in two years. I’m pretty sure Detroit would welcome him back with open arms.

    AndrewYF May 2, 2011, 7:10 pm
  • Allright, let’s get to the Freewheelin’ Verlander.

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 7:11 pm
  • Weak ground ball…for a hit.

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 7:11 pm
  • Jeter nailed on a busted HnR

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:13 pm
  • Andrew: yes.. went from DirecTV (9 years!) to Comcast for a year and a half, then just OTA with streaming Netflix. I bought the MLB.tv package. I am very happy with my choice.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:14 pm
  • Speaking of years down the line, the Yankees are going to look mighty thin.
    Key players they will need to replace/resign at a higher AAV:
    RF Swisher
    CF Granderson
    2B Cano
    SP Sabathia
    SP Burnett
    CL Rivera
    C Martin
    And shortstop (and probably third base) will also be wide open.
    Cashman has a lot of work to do, because the only real replacements I see in the minors are catchers and starting pitchers, and we all know how young starting pitchers tend to work out in NY. At least their bullpen will be stocked!

    AndrewYF May 2, 2011, 7:15 pm
  • Roku Rules.
    Nice, Granderson advances to third as Teix grounds a single to right.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:16 pm
  • I would die without DirecTV. Literally. Die.
    HITS EVERYWHERE!!! Too bad we forgot to put the hit in hit and run with Jeter…

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:16 pm
  • “Roku Rules”.. at least until Comcast starts capping my downloads.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:17 pm
  • A-Rod has been getting way under the ball like that a lot lately.

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 7:17 pm
  • Andrew:
    RF- Markakis
    CF- I have to think about it…
    2B- Robbie forever
    SP- Felix
    SP- Cain
    CL- Feliz
    C- Posey
    SS- Ramirez
    3b- Not sure yet…
    Done.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:18 pm
  • “A-Rod has been getting way under the ball like that a lot lately.”
    I have my #13 on…he’ll get it together tonight.
    BASES LOADED FOR…Posada. Nevermind. Sigh.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:20 pm
  • Wow.. Comerica is EMPTY.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:20 pm
  • Man it is quiet in the ballpark…you can actually hear the stabbings.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:20 pm
  • Prediction: k’s swinging on a breaking ball down.

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 7:21 pm
  • Jorge making Verlander work. Like it.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:22 pm
  • So I saw something about Posada today. His BABIP is .082. That’s about the most extreme bad luck I’ve seen.

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 7:22 pm
  • PLEASE WALK IN A RUN!!!!! PLEASE!!!

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:23 pm
  • Double for Jorge!

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 7:23 pm
  • I CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT I JUST SAW!!!!!! HIP HIP…GROUND RULE DOUBLE!!!!! 2-0 GOOD GUYS!!!!
    Awesome.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:23 pm
  • Posada!! Another double. GRD saves Detroit a run.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:24 pm
  • Love it. Thanks for making me look stupid Jorge!

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 7:24 pm
  • Negative reinforcement IH…it’s a thing, remember???

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:25 pm
  • Runners on second and third, two away. Russell Martin offers weakly at a fastball. The 0-1 is a breaking pitch that misses a bit low. The 1-1: inside. Another breaking pitch is over the plate. 2-2, two away, two on base.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:25 pm
  • Made him throw a lot of pitches…nice.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:25 pm
  • Martin is watching heat on the outside corner. Doubt he could have done anything with that juice. Nice pitch. Yankees up 2-0 after the first.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:26 pm
  • Verlander is so much fun to watch. SCORCHING heat and a 12-6 curve. Glad Yanks made him work early.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:28 pm
  • Hi, Austin Jackson. What is that bat for?

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:29 pm
  • Bartolo.
    Representing for fat dudes everywhere.
    3 pitch K.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:29 pm
  • I’m hoping for a pitcher’s duel. But…I’ll take a blowout. A win.
    But I do love a good pitcher’s duel.

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 7:29 pm
  • Big strike zone right now for Colon.. that 1-0 looked high and away.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:30 pm
  • Colon makes me want to go to Popeye’s. Twice in a day.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:30 pm
  • Tough grounder for Nunez. I don’t think Cano would have had it either.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:31 pm
  • Man. Bartolo has a surprisingly good move to first.

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 7:31 pm
  • Ordonez scares the living shit out of me.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:32 pm
  • Yes, Dusty, I agree.. Colon is great with that snap throw.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:33 pm
  • That outside fastball has crazy movement…

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:33 pm
  • He’s not showing the heat he had last outing. Maybe he gets stronger later in the game.

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 7:33 pm
  • Whew. That was close.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:34 pm
  • Wow.. close play as Nunez goes to 2nd on the FC. Two away.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:34 pm
  • He has dusty…he was throwing 96 at the end of his last start.
    Plus, it’s nippy up there.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:34 pm
  • If Cabrera’s only damage is a single I’m thrilled. Let’s go Bartolo…

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 7:34 pm
  • At least he didn’t go deep…he can have singles all day long.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:35 pm
  • Ordonez through Colon’s legs.. oof. But no big deal. Any base, two away to Boesch.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:35 pm
  • Boesch grounds 4-3.. end of the first. Sweet.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:36 pm
  • True about the weather. It’s easy to forget about that when you live in the South.
    This is the first start of his I’ve been able to see. I haven’t seen him pitch since his Cy Young year with the Angels.
    Out of trouble. Gardner leading off. He’s been hitting well lately.

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 7:36 pm
  • “through Colon’s legs…oof”
    Was that the sound the ball made?
    Nice job Bartolo.

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 7:37 pm
  • GARDY!!! Nice…

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:40 pm
  • Gardner! Nice dink to right.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:40 pm
  • “sound the ball made?”
    I don’t think much passes through Colon’s legs without some comment.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:40 pm
  • Gardner has been swinging it better lately. Love when he gets on to start the inning. Steal. Steal. Steal.

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 7:41 pm
  • It’s like going to see the Redwoods in the Avenue of the Giants.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:41 pm
  • Nice. Gardner on. Let’s see if he steals. He’s only 4 for 9 in that department so far, but that’ll change.
    Wups. Nevermind. Gardner goes 1st to home.

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 7:41 pm
  • Wow!!! great hit! Nunez doubles in Gardner, but then gets caught cheating at third.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:41 pm
  • 3-0!!!! Eduardo got gunned…meh. We’ll take it.
    MAN did he wait on that breaking ball…love it.
    Eduardo is pretty good. WAY better than Pena.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:42 pm
  • First out at third base. I do like the aggressiveness, but ya.

    Lar May 2, 2011, 7:42 pm
  • Nunez clubbing Verlander?? OK!
    Bummer to run into an out there.

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 7:42 pm
  • Nunez nice double, but dumb baserunning. Never make the 1st out at 3rd base!

    AndrewYF May 2, 2011, 7:42 pm
  • It’s too bad Gardner is so slow. Oh wait, I meant Mercurial.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:43 pm
  • Nice one AG. Up comes the Captain. yyyyeeah.

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 7:43 pm
  • 44 pitches with 1 out in the 2nd….excellent.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:44 pm
  • JETER!!! 2 for 2!!!

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:45 pm
  • Great piece of batting by Jeter.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:45 pm
  • Anyone watching that Mets @ Phillies game last night when the big news of the night came in?
    Jeter singles. I think he’s gonna get hot soon.

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 7:45 pm
  • Jeter 2 for 2. Yeah krueg – that negative reinforcement thing is working nicely! Grandy-man…

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 7:46 pm
  • 49 more…

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:46 pm
  • It always does IH…I hope that’s the one thing I have imparted on you my friend. :)

    krueg May 2, 2011, 7:46 pm
  • Granderson is locked in on Verlander’s breaking pitch.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:46 pm
  • Oh… dang.. I reverse jinxed him.. a change but he tipped it to the glove.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:47 pm
  • Hm. Nice video on Grandy’s stance last year vs this year. Yeah, he had a lot of extraneous movement before.

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 7:48 pm
  • Teix grounds out 4-3, but another run, going to the bottom of 2.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:49 pm
  • Just for old times’ sake, know that Godzilla hit a walk-off today for the Athletics. I can’t help but love Matsui.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:52 pm
  • Colon is kicking some serious ass right now.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:52 pm
  • Bartolo is so much cooler than Bart.

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 7:53 pm
  • Dinger. Damn.

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 7:53 pm
  • Avila goes opposite to the pen in left center. Detroit 1, Yankees 3.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:54 pm
  • Colon crippled Inge on fastballs.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 7:55 pm
  • Verlander will only get better as the game goes on, so let’s hope the wasted opportunities won’t come back to haunt the Yanks..

    Lar May 2, 2011, 7:58 pm
  • I have to check out for a bit. Have a great game, all.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 8:00 pm
  • conflicting programs…Chuck and Yankees.

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 8:02 pm
  • Colon is getting smacked around a bit, though so far it’s been scattering. The Yanks will need some padding runs, I feel. (Or Colon could settle down, but ya..)

    Lar May 2, 2011, 8:07 pm
  • Phil Hughes test came back negative. Phew. But they still know nothing it seems…

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 8:08 pm
  • Damn. 3-2. Shouldn’t have said anything about Cabrera’s damage being limited to a single. He’s annoyingly great with the bat.

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 8:09 pm
  • …except that he sucks IH. Phil Hughes has always sucked. He had that nice run last year that they threw the breaks on…and ever since, he’s been back to his normal crappy self. The dude has no confidence. Without it, he is done.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 8:10 pm
  • Russell. Single.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 8:14 pm
  • Yanks have Verlande on what is clearly not his best day

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 8:18 pm
  • MCab is so good. Annoying great is a good way to describe him. But ya, another opportunity up here. Verlander wants to stay in, but he’s been in and out of trouble so far..

    Lar May 2, 2011, 8:19 pm
  • Awful bunt, but it is Nunez, so at least decision wise it’s not as bad as making Swisher do it. Awful execution though.

    Lar May 2, 2011, 8:20 pm
  • And a quick 0-2.

    Lar May 2, 2011, 8:21 pm
  • Verlander reminds me of Josh Beckett. Great velocity, great 12-6 curve, capable of shutting down a great offense. But he also has a surprising amount of terrible outings.

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 8:21 pm
  • Wild pitch, but only Gardner is alert to move up, as Nunez stays at second — with Jeets up, the double play still intact.

    Lar May 2, 2011, 8:23 pm
  • What’s up with the one arm sleeve for Jeter, haha..

    Lar May 2, 2011, 8:23 pm
  • Nunez steals second, no throw with the threat of Gardner on third. 3-1 pitch to Jeter with men on 2nd and 3rd, one out.

    Lar May 2, 2011, 8:24 pm
  • Jeter swings through a nasty pitch.. c’mon Jeter..

    Lar May 2, 2011, 8:25 pm
  • Jeter swings through the 99 heat on the corner. Nasty pitch, but needed to be slightly more clutch there..

    Lar May 2, 2011, 8:25 pm
  • Unlucky break there for the Yanks, ball hit up the middle, literally off Verlander, and he barely gets Grandy out at first. Should’ve scored a run at least, maybe, if it went through..

    Lar May 2, 2011, 8:27 pm
  • Verlander upwards of 90 pitches, but Yanks lead down to 2 run now. Can Bartolo hold it here??

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 8:27 pm
  • Yes. Yes he can.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 8:29 pm
  • gotta crash soon…fading…..

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 8:29 pm
  • Wow, Verlander is incredible. Simply incredible.

    AndrewYF May 2, 2011, 9:06 pm
  • Bartolo has been so far beyond my expectations. If the Yanks pull this one out it is all Colon. Yet another superb outing. Like Verlander he got stronger as the game went on.

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 9:13 pm
  • Gardner’s got a nice on base streak going. It’s at least 6 in a row. I think it might be 8 plate appearances in a row.

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 9:18 pm
  • Verlander threw 127 pitches?!?! Wow.
    Teix walks. Do something Alex. Please.

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 9:18 pm
  • A-Rod really slumping. One pitch, one out. Swisher up with 2 outs.

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 9:20 pm
  • because we had slow teixeira on first he couldn’t score. Darn. Now we need something from Jorge with men on 2nd and 3rd…

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 9:23 pm
  • another one of those games where the yankees strand a village on the basepads.

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 9:25 pm
  • Whew. Almost kissed that lead goodbye.

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 9:29 pm
  • and then did. Second HR for avila. With all the LOBs for the Yanks this game they deserve this. blech. Too bad Alex didn’t show up.

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 9:32 pm
  • I spoke to soon. That one was on me. Sorry, guys.

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 9:39 pm
  • runner at third with one out after the WP. If they can not get the lead here I am going to sleep.

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 9:41 pm
  • Lance Berkman is hitting .411 with 9 home runs for St Louis. He looked downright feeble last year.

    DustyDrB - YF May 2, 2011, 9:43 pm
  • Damnit Derek. Good night.

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 9:44 pm
  • MCab is so good. Made him look bad on two pitches, and even an end of bat tap gets him a hit. Joba looks very scruffy hair btw..

    Lar May 2, 2011, 9:52 pm
  • Grandy getting in Zumaya’s head here, hopefully. 10 pitches so far, 11th pitch coming up, full count..

    Lar May 2, 2011, 10:01 pm
  • 12th pitch walk to Grandy. Channeling some Damon there..

    Lar May 2, 2011, 10:02 pm
  • Granderson was safe by a mile, but over slid the bag. Not clutch.

    Lar May 2, 2011, 10:03 pm
  • Next pitch was a wild pitch, making a even harder out to swallow.
    Granderson might’ve avoided the tag, but you’re not going to get that call..

    Lar May 2, 2011, 10:04 pm
  • The Yankees have had this game won about 5 times over. What a nutpuncher it would be if they lost. Holy hell what a frustrating night.

    AndrewYF May 2, 2011, 10:05 pm
  • What the hell was Curtis thinking there??? Did he think he was breaking up a fucking double play or something???
    Unreal.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 10:05 pm
  • I said Zumaya, but it is actually Valverde.
    Tex walks on 4 pitches. Still a tough out, though I like the call, if not the execution.. once again.

    Lar May 2, 2011, 10:06 pm
  • And with the absolutely gutless Angels (featuring the doesn’t-fall-far-from-the-treee Weaver) doing their regularly scheduled folding act for the Red Sox, a loss here becomes all the more frustrating.

    AndrewYF May 2, 2011, 10:06 pm
  • A-Rod fouling off pitches he usually crushes for 400-foot homeruns.
    This night is terrible.

    AndrewYF May 2, 2011, 10:07 pm
  • It was tough for sure. I think the 2nd jumping over him flustered him a bit, but no excuses either way..

    Lar May 2, 2011, 10:08 pm
  • Error or infield hit, but either way, now two on, one out.

    Lar May 2, 2011, 10:08 pm
  • Detroit is TRYING to give this game to the Yankees. Like, doing all they can. And the Yankees, it seems, don’t like the gift Detroit is giving them.

    AndrewYF May 2, 2011, 10:09 pm
  • Weaver got fucked by the ump (thankfully!), he pitched nicely until a clear strike was not given to him, then Pedrioa totally wore him out. He wasn’t gutless. He got screwed actually. And that is coming from someone who dislikes all Weavers intensely.

    SF May 2, 2011, 10:11 pm
  • Swisher with a clean single. Tex is pretty slow, and really barely got in there. The throw was not great, but it was closer than it should. Corners, 1 out, Yanks with a one run lead.

    Lar May 2, 2011, 10:11 pm
  • This is the most frustrated I’ve been with the Yankees for quite some time.
    But Tex beats the throw home! I was CONVINCED he would get thrown out. One of the slowest runners I’ve seen.
    Let’s get more runs, and make it easy on our small pitching deity.

    AndrewYF May 2, 2011, 10:11 pm
  • It all started with Granderson with the 12 pitch walk. Valverde is pretty wild up there, though somewhat effectively so, results nonethestanding.

    Lar May 2, 2011, 10:13 pm
  • Wow, you guys are spoiled. Your team is on the verge of being 17-9 and this game thread reads like their record is the opposite.

    SF May 2, 2011, 10:13 pm
  • Andrew – ya, I was watching film and was really surprised how slow Tex is, for someone not named Posada. For some reason I thought he was faster.

    Lar May 2, 2011, 10:14 pm
  • SF – it’s just frustration from not taking opportunities. If Verlander threw a 5 hit shutout, you tip your hat. Verlander was all over the place today, and the Yanks were all over the bases today except for scoring.

    Lar May 2, 2011, 10:15 pm
  • Damn Posada. All you need to do is lift the ball and you swing through junk.
    Up to Po’s short-term (?) heir to get it done.

    AndrewYF May 2, 2011, 10:15 pm
  • The clutch Martin is up now with two outs.

    Lar May 2, 2011, 10:15 pm
  • Andrew – I was very upset about the 2-0 pitch in the dirt. Shouldn’t have swung at that one. Though Posada is a huge pitch guesser, and didn’t get the fastball in a fastball count.
    ARod just trotted home on a wild pitch, and it’s 5-3 Yanks!

    Lar May 2, 2011, 10:16 pm
  • Sorry SF. Just an incredibly frustrating night. We Yankee fans have a bit of an underdog feeling still about this season. We have no illusions about our starting staff’s long-term (season-wise) prospects, and we need all the distance we can muster.
    A-Rod sprints home on a passed ball. 2 runs SHOULD be enough. I think.

    AndrewYF May 2, 2011, 10:17 pm
  • A curveball that didn’t curve back down, and Avila can’t handle it. Martin flies out on a 3-0 pitch. I guess he got the green light, but still I would not have helped him out here. (Though Gardner is on deck)

    Lar May 2, 2011, 10:17 pm
  • True that indeed. When your pitching staff consists of Garcia, Colon, and Nova, you take all the wins you can get, bank it, but still expects the worse..

    Lar May 2, 2011, 10:18 pm
  • Just a hard time given – game threads are supposed be a haven for irrationality!

    SF May 2, 2011, 10:22 pm
  • I’ll say this: Alex has made some incredible plays at third base. Still one of the best infield arms in the game. Most other third basemen bounce those.

    AndrewYF May 2, 2011, 10:22 pm
  • I think we are entitled to be frustrated SF when we were what, 1 for 11 with RISP??? We should have won this game by 5 runs.
    BUT…we won. :)

    krueg May 2, 2011, 10:23 pm
  • Mo is Mo and despite all the frustrations, it all goes as a W just the same.
    What a night.

    AndrewYF May 2, 2011, 10:24 pm
  • Quick end to a long game. Good night guys!

    Lar May 2, 2011, 10:25 pm

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