Blast Off: Bucs-Yanks Gamer II

Rocket returns to the Stadium today, his first game back after his dramatic seventh-inning announcement little more than a month ago. Back then the Yanks were 5.5 back from the Sox. Now it’s a considerably wider gap, but finally the team looks to be playing up to it’s ability, having taken 7 of it’s last 8, including a stirring 10th inning victory against the Bucs last night. Yankee fans can only wonder what Clemens will add to the mix. Pettitte and Wang have pitched very well of late, Moose is coming off a solid outing (his first in a while, even if it was cut short), and Tyler Clippard has been an adequate 5. The Bucs throw 25-year-old lefty Paul Maholm, who’s not nearly so dire as his 2-8 record. Tonight, the Sox will face the D-Back rookie Micah Owings, who’s been exceptional thus far, at 4-1. The Yanks probably wanted him in the Johnson deal, but settled for Princeton’s Ross Ohlendorf, who’s scuffling in Triple-A. The Sox face Johnson tomorrow, but the news on this pretty afternoon is Roger Clemens. The Yanks, even with a ship that seems to be righted, could sure use some vintage Rocket fuel. Let’s hope they get it. Comment here….

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  • My Dad is a greedy bastard. And thank God for that. I’m gonna be LOADED.

    Koby June 9, 2007, 12:13 pm
  • I don’t know about you all, but after every strike Clemens throws today, I’m going to make a toast and play Suzyn Waldman’s call. It’s just that kind of day.
    “And the pitch from Clemens…right down the middle.”
    “Fastball on the corner for strike two.”
    I swear to God this won’t get old ever.

    yankeesnj June 9, 2007, 12:22 pm
  • The NY lineup, courtesy Lohud:
    Damon DH
    Jeter SS
    Abreu RF
    Rodriguez 3B
    Posada C
    Matsui LF
    Cano 2B
    Phelps 1B
    Cabrera CF
    Clemens RHP

    YF June 9, 2007, 12:32 pm
  • And away we go….

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:05 pm
  • Jeter draws a laff on a mound visit before pitch 1, then Bautista tries a bunt on pitch 1. Foul.

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:09 pm
  • Bautist puts a 3-2 fastball through the right side after slapping a hanging splitter just foul off the wall down the left field line.

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:12 pm
  • Sanchez flies to center. 1 down.

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:13 pm
  • nasty split on the outer half ks bay. bay looking lost this series.

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:16 pm
  • LaRoche singles to follow, Bautista scores from 2nd, having advanced on a splitter in the dirt during the bay at bat.

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:17 pm
  • Doumit Ks. Fastball away. Not a bad inning, but he gives up the run.

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:19 pm
  • anyone know why i’m blacked out from watching the game on mlbtv when i live in massachusetts?

    Chris June 9, 2007, 1:19 pm
  • Damon gets the Yanks off to a nice start. Here’s last night’s hero….but isnt he always?

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:22 pm
  • We’ll take lots of “not bad innings” just like that. Rogah will have a 9.00 ERA. Sounds good to us.

    SF June 9, 2007, 1:22 pm
  • Here’s last night’s hero….but isnt he always?
    Uh, OK, Suzyn.

    SF June 9, 2007, 1:23 pm
  • Jeter doubles to the wall in left. 2 in scoring position and none out for Abreu.

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:24 pm
  • Abreu nubs the first pitch back to Maholm. Worked last night, but not here.

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:25 pm
  • Alex gets the ball on the ground to 3rd, scores Damon.
    Ties it up.

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:27 pm
  • Clutch groundout right there, followed by Clutch-sada’s RBI single. At least Clemens is off the hook for the loss.

    yankeesnj June 9, 2007, 1:27 pm
  • POSADA! JETER! Jorge delivers the single, Jeter scores from 2nd. Bay had him dead to rights but Jeter gets around the tag as Paulino fumbles the ball.

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:28 pm
  • Smart move by Yankees brass to hold Roger’s debut off until the Bombers got to face a AAA squad.

    SF June 9, 2007, 1:29 pm
  • Cano singles and Bay lollipops a throw home in a failed effort to get Jorge.. Pittsburgh looking real sloppy. 3-1.
    SF: All things considered, with 2ks and the hit by bautista on a good pitch, it’s certainly a respectable first for clemens. first inning is always the toughest.

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:33 pm
  • Pirates offense not much worse than the ChiSox, and that was the other option.
    Doumit doubles. That’s not so great.

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:37 pm
  • OH MY GOODNESS… never mind.

    Doug June 9, 2007, 1:38 pm
  • Paulino not even close. K 3.

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:39 pm
  • Did Leiter really just say “Clemens may touch the mid-90s, he may not”? I don’t think there’s a person alive, including Clemens himself, who says he can reach the mid-90s anymore. Clemens owes Paulino one for that swing on 2-1 on a mediocre pitch, what a gift. This Pirate lineup is damn unimpressive. Yuck. I don’t envy Pirates fans.

    SF June 9, 2007, 1:42 pm
  • Lots of pitches, but this AB hasn’t been that great. Batter swinging at stuff way high, way outside.

    Devine June 9, 2007, 1:43 pm
  • Clemens finally gets Wilson to fly out. Took awhile.

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:44 pm
  • NL teams really get the worse of the interleague matchups. When AL teams play in NL parks, the downgrade of no DH isn’t a big deal offensively, since pitchers are basically lost causes. But NL teams don’t carry a DH, so when they visit AL parks that extra hitter they slot in at the DH spot is a massive downgrade from their AL opponents’.

    SF June 9, 2007, 1:44 pm
  • Paul Maholm should change his name. The simple fact that his name is very close to “Pat Mahomes” just can’t mean anything good.

    SF June 9, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • Clemens fields the Duffy dribbler and nails him at first. Good that he’s fielding the position well right off the bat, so it doesn’t tempt more of the same….
    Pirates strand the lead-off double. Clemens had trouble putting away Jack Wilson, which is not ideal, but still a good inning.

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:47 pm
  • I don’t buy the whiny “we get the D-Backs, they get the Pirates” stuff (it all should even out over time), but I really just don’t like interleague play at all. Unfortunately, there’s ZERO chance it’s going away. I dislike it on a conceptual level – why create a balanced schedule for teams within each division and then unbalance it through interleague play? It’s so stupid.

    SF June 9, 2007, 1:47 pm
  • 44 pitches through two for Rog. Against a AAA lineup. Bring on the AL!!!!

    SF June 9, 2007, 1:51 pm
  • for the record, we also get the dbacks. and we always get the mets.
    yanks go 1-2-3.

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:52 pm
  • Clemens’ splitter looks good. The problem is his fastball, which doesn’t. I assume he’ll improve over each start as he gets back into shape (assuming he doesn’t hurt himself). But the fastball needs to improve over what he’s got today or good lineups will sit on it. It’s probably good enough to get bad lineups out, though, as we can see today.

    SF June 9, 2007, 1:53 pm
  • Yeah, exactly YF, that’s why I don’t buy the whining about the mixed interleague schedule, about who plays who. I just don’t like it in theory.

    SF June 9, 2007, 1:54 pm
  • Bautista walks, but Sanchez goes into the 643 dp. All 3 leadoff batters have made on thus far.

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:56 pm
  • Bay an easy out. A shame he’s slumping as he comes into nyc. here’s a player you’d like to see have a couple of big days when the media’s watching. though i’m glad he’s not going to be doing it against the yanks….

    YF June 9, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • Id hardly call the Pirates Line up AAA. They have a bunch of very good hitters. Its certainly not an AL line up but its still solid. The AAA is their pitching minus last night’s starter whose name i wont try to spell…

    sam YF June 9, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • sf: i agree with your analysis of interleague. i’m for it, but in a more more limited capacity.
    as for clemens, we’ll see. that he’s having trouble putting folks away with the fastball is a bit worrying. on the other hand, if he can stay up around 90 and the splitter is good, he may not be dominant, but he’s likely to be better than average. perhaps a lot better than average.

    YF June 9, 2007, 2:01 pm
  • Alex walks. Jorge’s been making pitchers pay for putting him on.

    YF June 9, 2007, 2:03 pm
  • it may also be optimistic, but you gotta expect Clemens to get better from here as the arm comes around. Bottom line is he is a hell of a lot better than De Salvo.

    sam YF June 9, 2007, 2:05 pm
  • Alex steals. Awesome.

    YF June 9, 2007, 2:05 pm
  • Jorge ks and Matsui goes down 4-3. Bah.

    YF June 9, 2007, 2:07 pm
  • LaRoche Ks. That’s 4.

    YF June 9, 2007, 2:11 pm
  • Nady singles.

    YF June 9, 2007, 2:13 pm
  • Doumit Ks. Splitter looking way nasty.

    YF June 9, 2007, 2:15 pm
  • *claps*

    Devine June 9, 2007, 2:20 pm
  • Was that “Nady singles” your version of the “down goes Frazer?”

    walein June 9, 2007, 2:20 pm
  • I thought Jack Wilson was just a great singer. Damn.

    walein June 9, 2007, 2:22 pm
  • 84 pitches thru 4 innings. I don’t expect to get much more than 6 innings a start out of Roger but he’s gonna have to do a little better than this.

    walein June 9, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • Well, that’s enough of that. Yankees almost certainly still win this game, but nice for this Sox fan to see Clemens not being Superman in start #1, anyway. Later, guys. Good luck.

    Devine June 9, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • Thank goodness for the Pirates’ undisciplined pitch selection.

    Doug June 9, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • Josh Phelps hasn’t forgotten that the Pirates pitcher is Paul Maholm.

    walein June 9, 2007, 2:28 pm
  • C’mon Bobby!

    walein June 9, 2007, 2:43 pm
  • Jeter walks, Abreu singles, A Rod up with no outs.

    walein June 9, 2007, 2:46 pm
  • Eh, sac fly is OK, I’d like to see it be at least 6-3 with the gasoline portion of the bullpen presumably in the works.

    yankeesnj June 9, 2007, 2:50 pm
  • A Rod walked. Loaded, no outs, Posada Sac Fly. 1st and 2nd with one out for Matsui. Yanks have the 4-3 lead.

    walein June 9, 2007, 2:50 pm
  • I’d like to see the double steal here.

    walein June 9, 2007, 2:51 pm
  • Bases loaded no outs and we get 1 run….feh.
    lets go yankbleeeaaahhhsss.
    gotta run.

    walein June 9, 2007, 3:00 pm
  • Rog ks Doumit to end the 6th. that’s 7 ks, and that’s pretty damn sweet. No complaints.

    YF June 9, 2007, 3:05 pm
  • ill take it for sure!

    sam YF June 9, 2007, 3:06 pm
  • Nice cath by the Melkman!

    Bozo June 9, 2007, 3:25 pm
  • Nice game, they should all be like that.

    Bozo June 9, 2007, 4:26 pm
  • Jeez, the Yankees go up by 5 runs, all the gasoline comes in and everyone loses interest.
    It was a sweet game. Obviously the low point was when Rawge gave up the 3-1 with a double, but the high point was definitely the 2 K’s to end the inning, and really, quite a nice outing from the man himself. It’s nice to see starters allowed to go past 100 pitches, and Roger was only stronger for it.
    Another note – Vizcaino’s fastball was up around 93 again, touching 95. When he really sucked, his velocity was down. Maybe he can be more useful than Scott Erickson and Tanyon Sturtze after all.

    AndrewYF June 9, 2007, 7:43 pm

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