Which Way To Splitsville? Rays-Yanks Gamer IV

A beautiful performance by Wang last night left the Yankees at .500 on the season and playing for a split with the Rays as the four-game series concludes tonight at the Stadium. Right-hander Jason Hammel gets the start; supposedly he may be the odd-man out in the Rays’ rotation upon Scott Kazmir’s return. Moose gets the ball for New York, hoping to shake off a 5.2 inning performance against Toronto in which he gave up four runs (three earned) in the loss.

Molina is catching Moose today and yesterday’s hero, Hideki Matsui will DH while Damon roams left field and Wilson Betemit handles the chores at first. Shelley Duncan serves the second night of his two-game suspension. Erik Boland reported that Joe Girardi said Joba and Giambi could play tonight if needed.

Lineups follow, comment away.

Baseball-Reference.com game preview

A. Iwamura 2b .227
C. Crawford lf .174
C. Pena 1b .222
B.J. Upton cf .278
C. Floyd dh .333
E. Hinske rf .400
W. Aybar 3b .231
M. DiFelice c .000
J. Bartlett ss .211
J. Hammel NA
J. Damon lf .136
D. Jeter ss .217
B. Abreu rf .318
A. Rodriguez 3b .333
H. Matsui dh .350
R. Cano 2b .174
W. Betemit 1b .200
M. Cabrera cf .364
J. Molina c .333
M. Mussina 4.76
66 comments… add one
  • Is Molina Moose’s personal caddy now?
    AG, thanks for picking up my slack. I have been extremely inactive around here I am real sorry for that. Baseball is kicking my butt right now, very little free time!

    John - YF April 7, 2008, 5:41 pm
  • > Is Molina Moose’s personal caddy now?
    Possibly. Posada caught Moose 14 times last year; Nieves 11, Molina 3.
    > thanks for picking up my slack
    No worries – I get addicted to writing gamers.

    attackgerbil April 7, 2008, 5:47 pm
  • Go Yanks!

    Lar April 7, 2008, 6:28 pm
  • Anyone around? I promise not to troll… just stuck in a boring meeting with Gameday and nothing else to amuse me.

    soxgirl April 7, 2008, 6:59 pm
  • Let’s beat up this #5 starter.
    JD singles, but Jeter grounds to fielder’s choice. 1 out.

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:19 pm
  • Hell yes. Abreu is going to make the Yankees consider a new contract this year.

    AndrewYF April 7, 2008, 7:19 pm
  • Abreu hits a _deep_ shot, scoring Jeter. 2-0 early lead, and matches the scoring output of last game already.
    I have Damon on the YFSF fantasy team, so *shakes fist* at Jeter for the run!

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:20 pm
  • I dunno if it was really that deep. It was a line drive right down the right field line. Couldn’t have traveled more than 340 feet.

    AndrewYF April 7, 2008, 7:23 pm
  • Hammels is throwing a lot of strikes thus far, but mostly in the “because we’re hitting it” category. 17 pitches this inning thus far.
    Moose got a 1-2-3 inning on 8 pitches, 6 for strikes. Yes, it’s against the Rays, but then again, the Rays have a better record in the East than a few teams, including the Yanks (who might be lucky or pitching extremely well, or both)

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:24 pm
  • I guess deep compared to the 314 fence. =) It was no-doubt though, except for maybe being foul.
    Matsui grounds out after 6 pitches. Hammels with 18 pitches, 13 for strikes.

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:26 pm
  • Moose topping out at 85-86mph with his “fastball.” Last time out, Gameday kept calling them changeups…

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 7:27 pm
  • Moose throwing straight changeups to BJ Upton, first three being balls, and the last two were strikes.
    I remember Upton being aggressive/hacker type of hitter. Showing decent patience there.
    Still, Moose got him out grounding to the captain. One out.

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:27 pm
  • How many times is everyone going to mention that BJ Upton’s hero was Derek Jeter? It’s not interesting after the fifth time you mention it.

    AndrewYF April 7, 2008, 7:28 pm
  • Or “fastballs” at 85s. Depending on who you believe, apparently.

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:28 pm
  • Does he have a photo of DJ in his pocket? =)

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:29 pm
  • Hinske lines out, and Aybar popped out on one pitch. Moose using a few more pitches that inning, but still a great 19 pitches over 2. Hopefully the Yanks can add a few more to make it easier for Moose.

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:30 pm
  • Yup, that’s my thinking too, Lar. Give him a decent margin to work with and he might put up a decent effort tonight. This TB pitcher should be shelled, there’s just no excuse if he doesn’t.

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 7:32 pm
  • The Yanks have been putting out hits the last game or two, just not capitalizing on them. To be fair, they also faced Burnett, Halladay, and Shields, who are all solid.
    Cano grounds out on two pitches. Let’s see if Betemit can provide some power..

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:34 pm
  • Oof, Robbie…

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 7:34 pm
  • The answer is no, with a 5 pitch strikeout. Let’s hope Melky get on and cause a little chaos against a young pitcher.

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:35 pm
  • Is there, like, a switch somewhere that turns off once they score 2 runs?

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 7:36 pm
  • Not a bad pitch to go the other way, but results not too good, as Melky flies out on 4 pitches.
    After 2, it’s 2-0 Yanks.
    Hammels at 29 pitches, 20 for strikes, with a much better inning.

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:37 pm
  • Lar, are you watching YES or ESPN broadcast? I’m curious about the nonsense spilling from Steve Phillips’ mouth.

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 7:37 pm
  • Yes, it’s called Abreu and A-Rod not being at the plate.

    AndrewYF April 7, 2008, 7:37 pm
  • ESPN, but I turn off the sound and “work”.. ;)

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:37 pm
  • Uh oh. Jeter out, Betemit at SS, Ensberg at 1b.

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 7:38 pm
  • Oh jesus, Jeter out of the game, no reason given yet.
    Actually, they may have just improved themselves. Jeter has been awful lately.

    AndrewYF April 7, 2008, 7:38 pm
  • Uh oh, I hope the Captain’s okay, but Ensberg comes in to play 1B, Betemit takes over at SS.
    That’s a nice kind of flexibility to have..

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:39 pm
  • Whoa, a moonshot from Gomes. At least it’s a solo jack.

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 7:39 pm
  • Gomes golfed a 68 mph splitter into the stands. 2-1 Yanks.

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:40 pm
  • Yeah, if Jeter is really hurt, that’s bad. But if it’s nothing major and he gets a breather for a day, might do him good.

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 7:40 pm
  • Looks like a 68 mph splitter right down the middle. Even I can make a HR out of that, thogh probably not as well hit as they do..
    I’ll say though, Moose going 6 giving up 3 runs would be good enough for me. Though technically that’s already a “quality start”, but still, the Yanks pitching can only carry the offense for so long..

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:42 pm
  • Moose not getting calls

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 7:42 pm
  • With 1 out, Moose walks Barlett on 5 pitches. The last pitch was borderline, but you’re not going to get those calls until you earn them..

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:43 pm
  • By the way, I just noticed Iwamura playing 2nd base.. didn’t he play 3rd last year? I was actually at the game Friday, so if this was the case, I’m kind of embarassed! =)

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:45 pm
  • Moose letting Bartlett knows that he knows he’s there. Or something.
    2 tosses over, and then a pitchout on a 1-1 pitch..

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:45 pm
  • Apparently, it was justified – Bartlett steals the base on the next pitch, and now it’s a 3-1 pitch..

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:46 pm
  • Sorry Lar, he’s been playing 2nd every game so far :)

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 7:47 pm
  • Iwamura pushes Bartlett to 3rd with 2 outs. An early but crucial out is here, with the dangerous Crawford at the plate.

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:48 pm
  • OK, Moose limits the damage. Now it’s time for the offense to do damage of their own. Stop screwing around, guys. Seriously.

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 7:49 pm
  • any word on Jeter?

    soxgirl April 7, 2008, 7:49 pm
  • Luckily, Moose induces a groundball out. It was a tough inning, despite giving up only a walk and a hit. 19 pitches in that inning alone, but the telling number is that only 10/19 were strikes. Overall, 38 pitches and 23 strikes for Moose after 3.
    2-1 Yanks.

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:50 pm
  • Molina en fuego!!!

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 7:51 pm
  • No word on Jeter yet…

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 7:52 pm
  • Molina’s been doubling, and he puts Damon in a good position to drive one in with a lead off double.

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:52 pm
  • Grrr. How hard is it to hit the ball on the ground to the right side? At least move the runner over, jeez.

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 7:53 pm
  • Alright, going to head toward the gym – haven’t seen anything online related to Jeter yet either (in other live blogs) so hopefully it’s just one of those little things that goes away..
    Go Yanks!

    Lar April 7, 2008, 7:53 pm
  • Jeter has a strained quad.

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 7:56 pm
  • 2 more runners stranded. Gah!

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 7:59 pm
  • Gomes’s HR notwithstanding, Moose has looked decent so far. Lots of strikes, lots of grounders. *Knocks on wood*

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 8:06 pm
  • Hit some balls hard there, but still nothing. Thank goodness for Abreu and Mussina.

    AndrewYF April 7, 2008, 8:08 pm
  • Yeah, but how long do you think Moose can hold them off? 4 pitch innings by the offense ain’t gonna get it done. What happened to their vaunted patience?!

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 8:15 pm
  • Moose walks the tightrope to complete the 5th. Meanwhile, another out on 2 pitches. Yuck.

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 8:25 pm
  • You know.. part of me really really hopes the Rays dont pull off soemthign liek third place this season if only because I know, I freaking KNOW, certain sports writers will attribute it to the name and uniform changes giving them new identity and stuff like “making them forget the losing of the past, and focus on winning in the present” and so on and so forth.
    Upon reading that, I will get so angry.

    Dionysus April 7, 2008, 8:26 pm
  • Just got the kid to bed. Saw the first 2 out of the corner of the eye—Moose: looking sharp—but what happened to Jeets?!?

    YF April 7, 2008, 8:27 pm
  • Strained quad

    soxgirl April 7, 2008, 8:28 pm
  • Jeter left with a strained left quad. Apparently he’s day-to-day. Hopefully nothing serious.

    yankeemonkey April 7, 2008, 8:28 pm
  • and Joe Morgan will say something liek “the new uniforms gave them a new personality and helped them come together as a team and thats how you win ballgames. A computer that wrote Moneyball can’t predict that, its somethign those stats nerds won’t understand. You can’t understand that unless you’ve played The Game”
    and then I will throw a chair at the TV, screaming “PECOTA picked them to get 88 Wins, you insufferable moron! Every sabermetric site raves about how good the Rays will, comparitively, be! WHY ARE YOU ALLOWED TO USE WORDS?!”

    Dionysus April 7, 2008, 8:32 pm
  • Can’t really complain about Moose this year. Decent first start, and another solid 5+ here. More than solid tonight. But where’s that offense? Not gonna keep winning games with a negative run differential.

    YF April 7, 2008, 8:38 pm
  • OK, Dio, now you’re making me root for the Rays, just to see all of that unfold.

    soxgirl April 7, 2008, 8:38 pm
  • Ugly. Cano dropped the elbow, Ensberg should have had it.

    YF April 7, 2008, 8:41 pm
  • Saved.
    Flash, in the both, with a good point about the team missing Bowa, 3rd base coach and infield monitor. Bobby Meacham is no Larry Bowa.

    YF April 7, 2008, 8:43 pm
  • Okay, bats. PLEASE.

    AndrewYF April 7, 2008, 8:44 pm
  • Saved.
    Flash, in the both, with a good point about the team missing Bowa, 3rd base coach and infield monitor. Bobby Meacham is no Larry Bowa.

    YF April 7, 2008, 8:46 pm
  • Can’t anyone here play this game! Aided trip for Abreu….

    YF April 7, 2008, 8:48 pm
  • Can’t anyone here play this game! Aided trip for Abreu….
    And Alex picks him up with the flair to center. 3-1

    YF April 7, 2008, 8:49 pm

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