The Big Unit vs. The Royals

On paper it’s a mismatch. Let’s hope it plays that way on the field. Last year, KC gave the Yanks fits. This year, the boys are 2-0 against the Midwesterners, but it hasn’t been easy. Danny Bautista, a highly touted 25-year-old righty who throws gas, is on the hill today for the Royals. He’ll have his hands full, as will his teammates. Between RJ and Bautista, we should see some Ks, and some old-school, blow-it-by-’em hardball. Time to dial it up. Consider this your game thread for all the action. Play ball.

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  • 1 Up, 1 K. Good start.

    YF April 13, 2006, 1:10 pm
  • And a pop up and another K. Now let’s see what young Danny B. brings…..

    YF April 13, 2006, 1:14 pm
  • Wow. Hits the century mark on the K. Serious heat.

    YF April 13, 2006, 1:16 pm
  • Sheff! No fastball too fast for Sheff. Bautista’s strength plays into the Yankees’s power.

    YF April 13, 2006, 1:19 pm
  • When Sheff is hitting to the opposite field…you know that pitcher is dealing….

    YF April 13, 2006, 1:21 pm
  • A-Rod walks. Interesting test here: can Giambi catchup with the heat?

    YF April 13, 2006, 1:22 pm
  • when Sheff hits to centerfield you know the pitcher is dealing

    NickYF April 13, 2006, 1:23 pm
  • And we’ll have to wait to find out. Second time A-Rod’s been caught on the bases this year.

    YF April 13, 2006, 1:24 pm
  • Another 3u, 3d for RJ, w/ a k.

    YF April 13, 2006, 1:31 pm
  • Opposite field madness! Ducksnort puts the Giambino on first…..

    YF April 13, 2006, 1:33 pm
  • And Mats puts him on 2nd.

    YF April 13, 2006, 1:35 pm
  • Bernie! RBI 1200. Congratulations Bernie. (And how ’bout those wheels on Giambi!)

    YF April 13, 2006, 1:36 pm
  • Is Al Leiter actually talking about how frustrating pitchers who nibble are? Hello?!? AL!!!!

    YF April 13, 2006, 1:38 pm
  • Cano RBI! Time to bunt Stinnett! There’s no way he gets the ball in play.

    YF April 13, 2006, 1:39 pm
  • I’m a genius! Well done Kelly!

    YF April 13, 2006, 1:39 pm
  • Damon sac! Nice. 4-0.

    YF April 13, 2006, 1:41 pm
  • And RJ wins a nice battle with the ex-Sox Graffanino. Still rolling thru 3.

    YF April 13, 2006, 1:56 pm
  • To Sheff’s credit (chills just ran up my spine), he just tied Carl Yastrzemski on the all time homerun list.

    kbosox April 13, 2006, 1:58 pm
  • Ouch.

    YF April 13, 2006, 2:03 pm
  • And here comes the Proctologist. Uh-oh.

    YF April 13, 2006, 2:46 pm
  • Is Randy hurt??

    Travis April 13, 2006, 2:47 pm
  • just read over at bronx banter that waldman and sterling are speculating it’s a strained oblique

    NickYF April 13, 2006, 3:05 pm
  • This Myers thing….it’s not working out. 2 on and Joe’s letting him face a righty? He’s been getting knocked around good by LEFTYs….

    YF April 13, 2006, 3:15 pm
  • Counting our blessings…..

    YF April 13, 2006, 3:17 pm
  • I wonder it Sturtze’s crappy start of the season will finally convince Joe that he, in fact, is Tanyon Sturtze, and should not be a set-up man.

    NickYF April 13, 2006, 3:36 pm
  • Two things: First, I hope this is the Giambi we get for most of the season. Second, why did RJ pitch only 5 innings? What happened? Please tell me good news…

    RichYF April 13, 2006, 3:55 pm
  • Johnny D! 3 Run upper-deck shot!!
    I can’t wait until he rips one just left of Pesky Pole in early May.

    timothymulhere April 13, 2006, 4:04 pm
  • Rich, I’ve heard mixed things about Randy leaving early. Kay says it’s nothing; waldman and sterling were speculating about an oblique strain.

    NickYF April 13, 2006, 4:05 pm
  • Sweep! 5-4! Bring on Johan!

    YF April 13, 2006, 4:18 pm
  • Well, I guess I’d be more worried if he were at 65 pitches rather than 87…RJ is usually good for 100+ though, which makes me worry a little. I really hope it’s nothing. We seriously cannot afford to lose the Unit right now. Hopefully he just felt tight and was taken out as a precaution.

    RichYF April 13, 2006, 4:18 pm
  • I am glad Dr. Kay weighed in. How the heck would anyone know, for that matter, at this point?

    SF April 13, 2006, 4:19 pm
  • I hope that Waldmen and Sterling will be as accurate about their specualtions as they are about most everything else–spotty at best.

    walein April 13, 2006, 4:31 pm
  • Kay weighed in, based on a discussion he had with Johnson in the dugout. But, true, it’s obviously too early to know anything. Still, this is what people do when a star leaves a game apparently early. No?

    NickYF April 13, 2006, 4:33 pm
  • When a player leaves a game early, (particularly when he has a history of back and knee problems) the chances are that he felt something happen to his body. Whether or not that’s an injury of significance won’t be known, even probably by Johnson himself, for a bit more time than right after the game. Just look at Crisp – he continued to play and afterwards thought he was fine. He had a fractured finger.

    SF April 13, 2006, 4:59 pm
  • here you go – Johnson didn’t feel a thing, according to Cashman.
    Johnson (2-1) was pulled after 87 pitches, but New York general manager Brian Cashman said it was not for any medical reason, it was simply a baseball decision.

    SF April 13, 2006, 5:03 pm
  • To Sheff’s credit (chills just ran up my spine), he just tied Carl Yastrzemski on the all time homerun list.
    Only Yaz didn’t take steroids.

    Hudson April 13, 2006, 5:18 pm
  • But he did eat a ton of polska kielbasa.

    SF April 13, 2006, 5:35 pm

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