It ain’t that bad, chum. Cliff’s got the preview.
Never mind the pity party:
Let’s Go Yank-ees!
Did I *ever* pick the right time to go on vacation for a week and a half.
So glad I didn't have to watch those games.
In any case, I'm back now and the Yankees can return to winning.
LET'S GO YAN-KEES!
Well I'm certainly not sparkly bouncy happy. Plus it's fifty and has been raining all day.
Why is this game starting so early?
Thank god cult is back. Man, it's sucked while you were gone! No more vacations for you.
Shit. I thought Grandy got that one.
Way to go, Nuney!
 I love plays! When the other team uses them.
I looooooove plays.
Location of the tag?
Is it an out when you tag the guy in the cup? Kinda seems wrong...
Ugh. WTF has happened to Alex?
 Injury to insult!
That's right, keep throwing that 2-seamer to Rob.
Well, at least Cornflake can hit from the right side ...
Yankees are allowed to do this?
What time did the game start?
Nunez is going to get in trouble now, right? You're not allowed to do that with two out and the bases loaded, I believe.
 Damn, I'm just too slow.
 6:40. I know, right?
Ahh... in play, runs. How sweet.
 What kind of horse shit is that? I missed an inning and a half!
What is there left to say, really?
HOW FUCKING HARD IS IT TO MAKE A THROW TO FIRST?!?!?!?!?
"We don't think this is who this kid is!"
 Yeah, not sure. But same thing tomorrow.
Girardi, I presume, on Nunez?
 I for one, welcome our new DH overlord!
 Joe Girardi's quote about Nunez. He's never, ever been able to throw, but the Yankees think he's better than this.
I don't know what fucking bizarre point the Yankees are trying to prove with Eduardo Nunez, but it needs to stop
Luck of the Irish.
 I really hope he wasn't *really* the sticking point in the Lee trade.
 So far, it's Nunez 2 Tampa 0, even with the error.
 Even if he was, that mistake prevented an even bigger one, so, I'm cool with it.
 And he did make one very nice play, too.
(But he still sucks.)
CliffLee, Belth's least favorite adverb :-)
 I think ultimately it was for the best because of Montero. But if it happened because the Yankees think Nunez is worth a damn, that's a horrifying thought.
I look at Teix's .255/.380/.500 line, and I can help but think of the later years of Darrell Evans
 I actually think of Giambi that way, but looking at his BR page I see that it was just a few years.
Yee-Haw. Atta boy, AJ!
Baseball is just brutal.
Brutal and unforgiving.
 Words of wisdom, Lloyd. Words of wisdom.
Nunez throws from a different arm slot each time. He's a 'lazy thrower'. He can be fixed.
 Life *is* pain, Princess, anyone who says differently is selling something.
First Noble Truth: Life is suffering.
Hey, look who it is! It's our old buddy!
Dontcha know? How someone looks in a SSS is *EXACTLY* predictive of how their MLB career will turn out!
I take it back.
Wait, Damon has *7* homers this year?!?!?!?
 The Yankees have just chosen not to over the last however many years.
Why do they always say lefties love the low and inside ball? Isn't it just as easy for righties to drop the bat head down and golf it out?
 They've had other important things to do.
 Great question, I always wondered about that.
 Than develop minor leaguers in the minor leagues?
 I've been asking that for years.
I almost asked it just now, in fact.
 Minor issue.
I don't like this Nunez' swing, either.
It's as long as the day is wrong.
 I don't like the cut of his jib, either.
I want to see footage of Jorge Posada stealing third
Year GP Errors
2007 120 33
2008 92 19
2009 120 33
2010 144 15
Yeah, it's completely incomprehensible how the Yankees might perceive that Nunez might have figured something out defensively last year. How silly, right?
 He's got a big nose too.
 And at this juncture, isn't it pretty obvious that he has not?
Man, that was close.
The Rays' announcers are fussing that Jeter gets too much respect from umps. ("That pitch has been called a strike all night long!")
Hell yes. 9-pitch walk. Not as good as an RBI single, but if we can get Price out a little earlier it's a bonus.
 Yeah. They aren't too bad -- they're enthusiastic. But they're slightly clueless.
 Either you grasp the concept of SSS or you don't ...
God, Curtis has some quick hands.
Hot FUcking Damn, Curtis! Love that man!
Right off the bat!
Grandy is just unreal.
Price is still throwing that damn 2-seam in the high 90s.
Hell yes! Love Curtis. THANK GOD FOR CURTIS.
Did you see him let that ball travel?
And then had the hands to turn on it anyway?
 He's playing like he has for his entire professional career save one year. How is that a small sample?
Dear Robbie ... please watch Curtis ...
Meanwhile ... I'd bet good money A-Rod's oblique/hip is bothering him
And we almost have Price out of the game, too. Even if they just strike out next inning, if they could soak him for 15 pitches or so...
 I'll take that as, no, you don't.
Yes, asshole, he hit a home run off you, stop looking incredulous.
I adore Leiter.
Wtf is that white shit that sprays up from the turf?
Good job, boys.
Robinson Cano, ladies and gentlemen.
Is there water on that field?
AJ is blessed today.
 Clearly I don't. I don't understand why 2010 is a better representation of his abilities than the rest of his career.
60 pitches through 5 innings? Get'em, Ace-J Burnett!
 I checked to see if Ron Washington and the Rangers just left town? They did not. ; )
Little pieces of rubber and sand
 Hey, that's what I figured. It looks just like the indoor soccer field junk when I watch my kids play.
Well, that's mean.
Although, ever since baseball covered up for Hamilton a few years ago, its probably warranted.
These two guys are a vaudeville act!
I love 'em!
This isn't good.
Uh oh. AJ meltdown.
That got out of there quick.
 Weird. Thanks, Diane.
welp.. sorry to jinx y'ass, AJ. dammit.
Jeter's range is horrible.
Sigh. AJ giveth, AJ taketh away.
Painful. Just painful.
Swish didn't have a shot at that? (I'm watching the radio)
Geez, I check facebook for a minute and everything goes to hell.
So we're going to lose this one too, is that it?
Oh Christ, not Boone Logan
 Who else?
OH, JESUS CHRIST!!
Well you've come this far AJ. You may as well cough it up.
This team really, really sucks.
Jesus Christ on toast.
Can't anyone here (besides Curtis) play this game?
And now we're losing.
Except that it's not.
This team fucking SUCKS!
I blame myself. ugh.
 Its really, really not.
This is starting to feel like a lost summer. Of course, I felt that way at this point in '09, too, so you never know. But I'm sick of this team.
Now I'm just cracking up.
This is absurd.
No words... just... no... words...
Was a good April the worst thing that could have happened to this team?
Now the offense should start rolling over and the defense should fall apart.
Hmmm .... 85 win team here ....
Crowd is dead on.
He's always "very good early on."
*cracking up like a diabolical fiend*
What a fucking disgrace!
I want blood now!
I hope Tampa scores ten more runs before this game is over!
If you lose command in the 6th inning, you're not a good starting pitcher. That is all.
I wonder if Dontrelle Willis has anything left?
Luis Ayala, Savior.
I wish Girardi would go on a rampage after this game.
Turn shit over, crack some skulls, bark like a raving psycho...
 Huh? Why, because AJ sucked?
 agreed. This is a team that could use a little controversy. something for the writers to write about. Something Fox Sports and ESPN can really latch onto.
 Because the team sucks and I just can't take it anymore!
 We've also had error number 174675 in the last six games or whatever it is.
They knocked out Price and AJ gave it up? I'm going back paperwork.
 RI Yank, you can't sneak a "Shining" quote in here without me noticing. Shelly Duvall no the stairs had better swings than A-Rod recently..
I've just had enough! This team is making *me* feel like a barking, raving pyschopath and I'd rather the burden of feeling thus be shifted to the guy who's actually in charge.
I was just looking at ESPN's team rankings. Yanks near the top in hitting, mediocre in pitching, near the bottom in defense.
So Nunez goes 10 pitches and tries his damndest, and Jeter hacks at the first pitch, like usual.
If Maddon had any sense he'd walk Curtis.
What'll this be, five in a row?
Its going to be particularly appalling when Farnsworth closes us out.
ugh. John Sterling, you drive me nuts. N-V-T-S, nuts!
 What'd he say now?
 *He's* their closer? Are you kidding me?
 Sadly, it will be six.
Any particular reason the Yankees are bringing in the blow out relievers?
 Just makes a flyout sound like it's going to be a HR. (although Curtis' deep out in the first I can understand, as it was caught at the top of the wall)
 They could at least bring in Noesi for a look.
I wish there was someone to blame and get upset at, but as the season unfolds, it's starting to look like they just might not be as good as we've come to expect.
 Five game losing streak we shouldn't be fucking around.
Good work, Logan.
Soriano still unavail? If so, does that mean Joba for the 8th?
 He's out until at least Wednesday. If you're wondering why they didn't DL him, well, who knows?
I feel more apathetic than angry. But what a goat fuck of a week...booooooooooooo
Two outs, no one on, hit a home run last time up? You know what to do Joba...
My God... this looks a little like 1965.
 I'll take your word on that..
Christ! ARod has a .780 OPS.
Seven fucking Eighty!
Hoe does Gritner miss that meatball?
Of course, 1-2-3 for fucking Farnsworth.
Insult to fucking indignity.
This is a hopelessly bad team.
argh .... I'm gonna tell myself these are good teams they are losing to ...
When the Yankees lose tomorrow, they'll have fallen to .500.
 That's not encouraging at all. If this team is to go anywhere, they're going to have to beat good teams at some point.
Dice-K tonight... 4.1 IP, 5H, 7BB
(so, it could be worse)
Wait, what did I miss? They were leading 5-1...Fuck a duck, this is bad.
 There was a headline on one site that said Soriano still feels stiffness; good thing the doctors are looking into that because it's been well over four hours, but that's pretty much what the season has come to at this point. Just looking at the box score is TMI...
 AJ threw 60 pitches of 1 run, 3 hit ball through 5 innings.
Then in 2/3 of an inning, he threw 41 pitches (2 of which were WPs) of 5-hit, 5-run ball to ruin is own victory.
 Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
 Sox mounting a comeback... maybe it couldn't.
This team needs some serious reconstruction.....1-5 on a home stand! and then a loss like this. Maybe it's time to call up some kids like in 2005 (Cano and Wanger) and release a couple guys (Posada at least).
Boston wins... Dang
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