Yanks Versus Twins

Is this is some type of cruel hazing ritual? The Twins send out the young and innocent Scott Baker to face the absolutely murderous line-up of the New York Yankees. With Mussina (20-4 career record against Minnesota) on the mound, the Bombers look primed to make it four in a row. Discuss the game here.

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  • I don’t know anything about Baker, so I looked up his situational stats from last year. Detroit and KC knocked him around a bit, but he looked pretty solid the rest of the way across the board in his brief time upstairs. 3.35 era, 1.16 whip, .241 baa in 53 innings.
    Looks like he has four good pitches and is pretty unflappable regardless of his situation. He tore through single and double A. I found this article on him from when he was with the Red Wings: http://tinyurl.com/s397d

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • attackerbil, good scouting report

    NickYF April 14, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • Yanks need to win this one if Santana is pitching tomorrow evening.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • 7 pitch 1-2-3 inn. for Baker.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • I think they had better worry about the rookie before worrying about Santana, WE. ;)

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • Baseball in the Metrodome is pretty weird. Having seen quite a few games there, I would say it’s like playing in a mausoleum. Old Metropolitan Stadium was much nicer, out in the fresh air and sunshine.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • attack, If he’s still holding us down by the fifth, I’ll start worrying.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • I remember when I went to my first game in the King Dome, 1996 vs. NY. Seattle won that game. The echoes made it like watching the game in a cement tunnel. Glad they blew it up (which was incredible to watch on TV). Safeco is a beautiful park.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Nice inning Moose.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • attack,
    Same effect in the Metrodome.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • I see Boston scored. Jumping back and forth between the two games. Picture in picture doesn’t work with my satellite dish. Baker K’s ARod.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • ARod, whatcha doin?!

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • Is there anything better than getting off work on a Friday to have two great games to watch at the same time? Thank *insert your favorite deity here* it’s baseball season.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • It’s true.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Mike Moosehandles Rondell.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Any time Hunter doesn’t hit it out of the infield, I’m happy.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Nice catch in deep left center by Damon to save a run.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Manny K’s again. 2-1 Sox.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • Cano holding up his end of the order. Love it.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Yahoo! Sports needs to update Damon’s picture. He still has his Sox Hat/Sox Lox.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Damon seems to have had little trouble acclimating.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • Jeter, rbi groundout, 1-0 Yanks.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • Gotta like Damon’s play so far, attack.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • No doubt. He has no problem with the NY limelight it seems.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • I guess that Boston limelight must be just as, or more, intense.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • No doubt.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • Twins 1st and third, no outs. Bear down Moose.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • First real trouble Mussina has faced.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • 1-1, damn. Need to limit the damage.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • Still grim. need two here.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • No good. WP from Moose? Hope he gets himself together.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • Phew! DP for Moose to escape but Yanks trail 2-1.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Followed by a walk. At least the DP is back.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • There it is. Thanks, Rondell.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • I am lagging you by quite a bit, WE. That’s what i get for having to leave my TV feed.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • No problem attack. I’m glad someone else is around. This Baker kid is tough.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Blake seems to have settled down.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Blake=Baker.. darn it. Was writing an email about Steve Blake from the Blazers and mis-typed it.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Damn that Sox/Mariners game is tight. 2-1 at the stretch. Fast game too.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • 1-2-3 for Moose in the 4th. Let’s get some runs.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • WE – If you want, check out that url I posted at the top of this thread. Baker has an impressive, short minor league career.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Yeah, M’s had tying run at third with 1 out but Schilling k’d Ichiro and the next guy to get out of it.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • I’m watching the Yankee game on Fox Sports North, and the Twins announcers really like Baker so far in his MLB career.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 9:26 pm
  • Posada, hit and an error, on second. Lets capitalize.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Good inning for Moose.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Nice base running Jorge, at third, 1 down, and……… he’s thrown out at the plate on Bernie’s fly to right. Damn.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • He was safe! Robbed!!!

    YF April 14, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • How does Mantague blow that?! Jeez. He’s right over it.

    YF April 14, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • It’s killing me. My net connection is too slow! Was the play at the plate close?

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Yeah. Laugh it up Mauer. Just you wait!

    YF April 14, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • Jorge slid around the tag. He was safe. Nice throw by Ford though. And just now, a nice play by Bernier in foul territory to retire him.

    YF April 14, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Meanwhile, the best team in NYC continues to roll, up 3-0 at Milwaukee.

    SF April 14, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Ouch, that hurts SF. But the funny thing is, they might be the best team outside of NYC too.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • What? Because they’ve taken out the Nats and the Marlins? Schedule-maker has been awfully generous to the Mets thus far. Though we did predict they’ll take the NL East.

    YF April 14, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Another 1-2-3 for Moose. Settled down.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Meanwhile, a nice inning for the Moose. Alright, time to play catch-up.

    YF April 14, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Jeez. K for Damon. I like this Baker kid. Nice arsenal of pitches. Not afraid to throw strikes.

    YF April 14, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Whoa, Damon’s amazing exploding bat. Jeter flys out, and Sheff pops out. This Baker kid is looking like Jim Palmer.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • What? Because they’ve taken out the Nats and the Marlins? Schedule-maker has been awfully generous to the Mets thus far. Though we did predict they’ll take the NL East.
    It’s always the schedule with you, YF. Can’t you give them just a little credit?

    SF April 14, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Paps in for the ninth. Sox up 2-1. Lets hope he gets bombed.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • YF – I credit the Mets for a lot of the moves they made this offseason, but the subtraction of Mazzone from the Braves is HUGE for the Mets. I don’t know what that means for the O’s yet though.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Credit they deserve. But they’re not going to play .900 ball all year! I sure do like David Wright. And expect a better year from Beltran.

    YF April 14, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Another solid inning from the Moose. He just does so much better when he keeps men off base. Of course, all pitchers do, but his stretch position is so awkward it seems like he’s a whole different player with men on.

    YF April 14, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • The Sox nail it down. Off to bed. Go Twinkies!!

    SF April 14, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • It’s over, 2-1 Sox. We need a comeback.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Jeez. Scott Baker owns A-Rod!

    YF April 14, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Who doesn’t own A-Rod during a close game?

    SF April 14, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Ugh. Kay with the false hope on the call. KAAAAY!

    YF April 14, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Damn, Giambi slightly jammed.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Time running out.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • SF,
    I thought you were going to bed.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Sweet hook from the Moose to K Hunter. 2 of ’em. Put that in the book.

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • And another K. Moose mixing it up like a master.

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • Walks Batista. We’re up over 100 pitches now. Two on. Time for relief.

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Playing with serious fire here, leaving in Moose. (Not that the Sturtze option is so fantastic.) Where’s the Farns?!

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • Looks like Baker’s night might be done. Rincon in the pen for the Twins. Torre coming out. Have to stop this rally. Sturtze in the pen? No, please no.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • Ugh. Catchable ball.

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Don’t want to go to 3-2 here.

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • 3-2. Great.

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • Juan f–king Castro.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • 3-1. Two batters too many here. Not Joe’s finest hour. Blech.

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • Sturtze’s era is 8.10 and here he comes.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • Matt Smith in the pen

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • Matt Smith sighting!

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • Tanyon loads ’em up.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • Wheels. Coming. Off.

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • Phew.

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • Baker’s out and that’s fine with me. Let’s go!

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • Good at bat for the walk from Posada. One swing….

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • Wow! The ump was going to ring him up and then didn’t.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • Come on Robby..

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • Now we see the Farns warming??? WTF Joe?

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • Cano!

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • Yeah, 2 on, 0 outs, keep it going Bernie..

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • Bernie…I knew it..

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • Ugh. Bernie.

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • And that’s the end of that.

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:33 pm
  • Joe Nathan looming in the ninth.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • Matt Smith debut…

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:35 pm
  • I’m late getting in on the thread – but I have to add something. I’ve not done the legwork to back this up, but seems to me that the Yankees of the last handful or years often struggle with rookie arms on the mound.

    sandy April 14, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • Why does Torre like to start using the pen after the horse is already out of the barn?

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:40 pm
  • Matt Smith would do well not to fall behind 3-1 in the future, but we’ll take the out. He best keep in mind that the express route to Joe’s dog house is by throwing balls. And there’s no worse place to be than Joe’s doghouse.
    Meanwhile, why are we only seeing The Farns now, down by 2? Bad Joe. Bad, bad, Joe.

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:40 pm
  • That’s because our rookie pitchers in recent years have been nothing to write home and tell the folks about, sandy.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:42 pm
  • The Yanks do have their problems against youngsters (though they dispatched Bautista quite handily yesterday), but this Baker kid looks to have a future.

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:42 pm
  • Whoops, you meant rookies from the other team. My mistake. With Matt Smith in I thought you meant Yankee rookies.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:45 pm
  • And the Twins extend on two dink hits.

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:47 pm
  • 4-1. Great, off the end of the bat.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:47 pm
  • Matsui joins the circus…

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:51 pm
  • well, obviously were f–ked in this one.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:52 pm
  • Okay. Some nights are just not your night. Let’s just hope Wright has something tomorrow, and the boys can get something together on Santana.

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:54 pm
  • Crowd chanting “Yankees suck”. I suspect Red Sox insurgents.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:55 pm
  • The good news: we beat the Sox game thread! Pyrrhic victory, but we take what we can get….

    YF April 14, 2006, 10:56 pm
  • I guess it would be safe to say the Twins pitching is slightly better than the Royal’s.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 10:59 pm
  • Aaaaaaaand…. theeeeeeee….. Yankees are a .500 ballclub.

    Hudson April 14, 2006, 11:07 pm
  • Hudson is like a jack-in-the-box, waiting to pop up after the Yankees lose. Back in your box Hudson.

    whatever April 14, 2006, 11:22 pm
  • Hey whatever, I wasn’t the one who arrogantly predicted the Yanks would “haze” the Twins’ young pitcher.
    No class, these New York fans; you can dish it out, but you can’t take it.

    Hudson April 14, 2006, 11:41 pm
  • Hudson, your not very perceptive, I was joking with the jack-in-the-box comment. And who said anything about hazing? And by the way, Hudson, did you see me or any other Yankee fan jump into the Sox thread right after they lost the previous two games, just to dish out an immature, quick little nyah-nyah like you just did? And you want to talk about class, you dopey little f–k?

    whatever April 14, 2006, 11:54 pm
  • FITE!!!

    airk April 14, 2006, 11:57 pm
  • I gotta stop with the predictions. The Yanks lost because of me. Sorry, ladies and gents, I jinxed them.

    NickYF April 15, 2006, 1:12 am
  • I need to consider some anger-management classes.

    whatever April 15, 2006, 10:20 am

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