Monday Baseball Open Thread

The Yanks look for what revenge they can find in an ST game against the Tigers this afternoon (they’ll face Verlander and top prospect Andrew Miller). Igawa on the hill for the Yanks in his debut against an MLB opponent. The Sox face the Dodgers. Comment here on all the action. Don’t forge to enter our little brainteaser competition.

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  • This is great news for all sorts of reasons, the least of which is baseball.

    SF March 5, 2007, 1:20 pm
  • I take it does not have Gameday for these games?

    z118 March 5, 2007, 1:29 pm
  • Dude, Igawa’s getting squeezed. Should definitely be at worst two outs, bases loaded, no runs scored.

    Devine March 5, 2007, 1:30 pm
  • Heh, but he gets helped out with the minor-leaguer swinging at the high heat.
    Ball 1 to Inge with 2 outs and the bases loaded.

    Devine March 5, 2007, 1:32 pm
  • Got ‘im on the curve. 3 walks, 3 strikeouts. 1-0 Tigers.

    Devine March 5, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • So far, I’m underwhelmed.

    Andrews March 5, 2007, 1:35 pm
  • Sweet play by Jeter.

    Andrew March 5, 2007, 1:56 pm
  • Take that, Verlander…

    Andrews March 5, 2007, 2:00 pm
  • Pavano didn’t look so hot on Sunday either. Hey, it’s ST, and different pitchers have different approaches, particularly early, but only half his pitches for strikes? Eww.
    I’m officially rooting for Brendan Donnelly for Sox closer.

    Paul SF March 5, 2007, 2:21 pm
  • different strike zone than japan could be a factor, even though he was robbed on a couple calls

    Andrews March 5, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • that’s 2 for arod, and i don’t mean errors (like lugo:)

    Andrews March 5, 2007, 2:25 pm
  • Paul, did you mean igawa or verlander?

    Andrews March 5, 2007, 2:29 pm
  • No, I meant Pavano. Igawa’s struggles or whatnot reminded me of a thing I saw on SportsDesk this morning.

    Paul SF March 5, 2007, 2:36 pm
  • Steven White: Nice slider, but not so great with the contol.
    Andrew Miller is gonna be a monster.

    YF March 5, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • Ooof, what a crappy game thus far for the Sox.

    Devine March 5, 2007, 2:51 pm
  • White Ks Casey. White looks tall, and his pitches have a nice sink to them.

    YF March 5, 2007, 2:56 pm
  • Polanco plates 2 on a pitch out over the plate. Jackson is done. Showed some good things, but looked like the Tigers were able to hit even his best pitch—that hard sinking fastball. And the mistakes they certainly hit. Perhaps not ready for prime time.

    YF March 5, 2007, 3:02 pm
  • Chris Britton on. He’s battling for a spot in the pen.

    YF March 5, 2007, 3:04 pm
  • Sheff pops to shallow left. Inning over. 5-4 Tigers.
    Not a great day for the Yanks thus far, given the Igawa troubles. At least Mo is Mo.

    YF March 5, 2007, 3:05 pm
  • Breaking news, Tavarez sucks. Hasn’t put the game out of reach yet, but he HAS increased my heart rate by about 50%.

    Devine March 5, 2007, 3:07 pm
  • How are you following the game, Devine? I tried listening to WRKO’s streaming feed, but they don’t have the game…

    Paul SF March 5, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • Nice AB by Sardinha ends in a pop to the catcher. Sardinha looks A LOT like Melky at the plate. Chalk that up to hitting coach Kevin Long?
    Kevin Thompson bunts himself on. We all know the Tiger pitchers ain’t so hot with the fielding….

    YF March 5, 2007, 3:10 pm
  • What is Joy? Watching Jeter crack one right up the middle. God it feels good to see Derek on the field again. Looks like he’s picking up right where he left off…..

    YF March 5, 2007, 3:13 pm
  • The MLB package (MLB.TV “Premium”), Paul. I believe I am, in fact, listening to WRKO from the station identification a few minutes ago. Hmmm….

    Devine March 5, 2007, 3:13 pm
  • I think I’m picking the Tigers third in the Central this season.

    Paul SF March 5, 2007, 3:14 pm
  • MLB must not allow them to stream even the ST games, so I guess they stream whatever they get from syndication instead. Lousy. At least DISH Network doesn’t black out NESN’s ST coverage… Just too bad there’s not more NESN ST coverage.

    Paul SF March 5, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • Alex watches strike 3 with the tying run on 2nd–for the love of god SOMEONE CALL THE POST!!!!!

    YF March 5, 2007, 3:20 pm
  • All right, seriously, get hits. 1 hit all game. Gah.
    …it’s Seanez. Light him up like a Christmas tree!

    Devine March 5, 2007, 3:23 pm
  • Well, I was going to say Clippard looks good, but he certainly went wild.

    Andrew March 5, 2007, 3:26 pm
  • Clippard, all over the place, beans Clevlen on the back of the head on 3-2.

    YF March 5, 2007, 3:27 pm
  • Oh look, a man at third and 2 outs. This is familiar. Hopefully, the outcome will not be.

    Devine March 5, 2007, 3:30 pm
  • Totally familiar, still no runs. Yuck.

    Devine March 5, 2007, 3:32 pm
  • So apparently Seanez played all last season with tendinitis, with pain at an “8” on a 10-point scale. This fact does not make me respect him at all — if the pain’s that bad, you’re not helping your team, so sit down.

    Paul SF March 5, 2007, 3:42 pm
  • YF, by “Steven White” did you mean “Stephen Jackson”? At least that’s what Singleton+Flaherty called him, I think….
    -a confused monkey

    yankeemonkey March 5, 2007, 3:45 pm
  • Hey, YM, where ya been? Long time, no see…

    Paul SF March 5, 2007, 3:46 pm
  • Oops, nevermind.
    -an idiot monkey

    yankeemonkey March 5, 2007, 3:46 pm
  • Aw, dang. The first run does come in, but the second runner coming in is called out at the plate for the third out. Still, a little more hope. Don’t let them score in the ninth. 2-1 Dodgers.

    Devine March 5, 2007, 3:48 pm
  • Hola, Paul! I’d been lurking here mostly…too much stuff to do at work, no time to comment. However, spring is coming, the sun is shining, and YM is out of hibernation!
    OK, I take it back about sunshine, we’re apparently in the middle of a whiteout here in NYC. Grrr.

    yankeemonkey March 5, 2007, 3:50 pm
  • Sorry YM. I meant Jackson.

    YF March 5, 2007, 3:52 pm
  • Well, so we are! I just looked out the window at work and it’s certainly coming down.

    Devine March 5, 2007, 3:52 pm
  • I smiss snow :-( 80 degrees and sunny here in West Texas.

    Paul SF March 5, 2007, 3:54 pm
  • You suck. As if I needed another reason to hate Sox fans ;-)

    yankeemonkey March 5, 2007, 3:56 pm
  • lol
    I still miss snow, though. Although we actually got some this winter…

    Paul SF March 5, 2007, 3:59 pm
  • anyone think tavarez retaliated for manny getting hit, by plunking jackson?

    sf rod March 5, 2007, 4:03 pm
  • Last out, still a run down, nobody on.

    Devine March 5, 2007, 4:07 pm
  • There’s your ballgame. 2-1 Dodgers over Red Sox.

    Devine March 5, 2007, 4:08 pm
  • And the Tigers bring in…..Felix Heredia to close out the game?
    Good bunt by Melky, good play by Felix/Casey.

    Andrew March 5, 2007, 4:19 pm
  • That’s the Heredia we know! Tying run on.

    YF March 5, 2007, 4:23 pm
  • !!!!
    Ah, they are untouchable.

    Andrew March 5, 2007, 4:25 pm

    YF March 5, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • Goodness.

    Devine March 5, 2007, 4:26 pm
  • Heh. Go Yankees–get all that winning out of the way in Spring Training when it doesn’t count. :)
    Over on the Sox side, Lester made it back to the mound for the first time and by all accounts looked good. Beckett went three scoreless with 2Ks. Not a bad day at all.

    mouse - SF March 5, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • The hitting will come. As long as the key pitchers keep putting up zeroes, I’ll feel good. Tavarez’s struggles seem to kill the idea of him as closer though. Donnelly took the tough loss today, but he still seems to be the man for the job.

    Paul SF March 5, 2007, 4:34 pm
  • Agreed, Paul. Thus far Donnelly is the front-runner.

    Devine March 5, 2007, 4:39 pm
  • Paul SF: I wonder what Seanez’s excuse was for sucking during his first stint in Boston?
    I don’t feel sorry for him, nor do I appreciate him playing hurt (if he really was,) because he was killing us.

    Steve March 5, 2007, 4:53 pm
  • I go to a seminar and the Yanks hit a walkoff. Figures. Guess I’ll have to spend the rest of the season in meetings…

    yankeemonkey March 5, 2007, 5:00 pm
  • Dice-K pitches to college kids…
    Kei pitches to: the current AL reps to the WORLD SERIES…(or have we forgotten ?) And it didn’t seem like Leyland left ANY starters at home !!!
    YUP, there’s a good comparison..
    Patience kiddies, patience… the sky is NOT falling …YET….
    New country, new language, new ball, new routines, new catcher, new foods, new umps/strike zone, new team mates, etc.

    Cookback March 5, 2007, 5:23 pm
  • This may be premature, but does anyone know what options the Sox have with Piniero if his (ahem) “arm angle” remains shite? I’m assuming we’re already on the hook for the $4m. Can we leave him in extended ST or AAA to figure things out, or is it all or nothing with him?

    tommy March 5, 2007, 6:44 pm
  • He signed a contract for $4, which is guaranteed unless he retires or something (not likely), or if the Red Sox unload his salary on another team for a bucket of balls. It’s a risk, and $4m may not seem like much but it’s $4m Theo could have spent on a more proven guy like Dotel. Second year after TJ surgery usually = awesomeness.

    Andrew March 5, 2007, 6:56 pm
  • But what I’m asking is if he’s not “ready” by April, whether the Sox can continue to pay him and put him down in Pawtucket to see if he can figure things out, or whether his guaranteed contract means that he has to be on the Major League roster (barring injury and rehab).

    tommy March 5, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Ah, I see. Well in that case I remember the Yankees couldn’t send Giambi down to AAA without his express written conesnt. That might be the case of a player without options, or contractual obligations, or for a player who’s been in the majors for a certain number of years.
    I think the Yankees were seriously considering releasing Giambi for a while and swallowing the remaining money ($70 mil?) on his contract. Thank god they didn’t do that. If it came down to that, the Red Sox could do the same thing.

    Andrew March 5, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • I think the Red Sox might delay Piniero’s being on the big team by DLing him–maybe they’ll have him spend some time around DeBarr and catch some rule5itis.

    froggywomp (SF) March 6, 2007, 10:01 am
  • I’m wondering what they’ll do with Kyle Snyder. I like him a lot, but he’s out of options and will surely be claimed on waivers if he doesn’t make the team.

    Paul SF March 6, 2007, 10:24 am

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