The Yanks begin a three-game series in Oakland today. Three tough pitchers…Cliff has the preview.
We kick back and cheer:
Let’s Go Yank-ees!
Let's Go Yankees!
3) Ken! I'm only going to be here for a little while. Got a scouting report on Cahill?
Nice rip from The Captain.
Just purchased MLB.tv (for the first time in several years), just in time for a 10:00 pm (European time) start and a nice poke by Jeter. Ahhh..
the painting is just...wow...
No Doubter. Word!
Damn, Tex is hot.
8) Where are you?
  I love hitting 'refresh' and getting good news from the future!
tex go BOOM!!!
 I'm in Germany for a year. That's why I have been so scarce the last month or two.
bold prediction time: A-Rod is gonna bust out big time in June
Oh, Robbie. Great hit. Stupid baserunning.
everything about that is Cano in a nutshell
Nice play by the Oakland IF catching Cano. Otherwise the Yanks are pounding Cahill this inning.
 Cahill is apparently still spooked by the Yankee unis, because he looks like crap against them for the third straight time. He's a sinkerballer and he's overthrowing and leaving his sinker up.
Three runs ought to enough to win against the A's.
Bartolo Colon is third on the All-Time Dominican RP wins list, "right behind" (by about 70 wins) Pedro Martinez...
Come on boys, there has to be something better to talk about here in the first inning.
I admit that I have developed an irrational dislike of Frankie Cervelli.
That second pitch to Swisher was the first normal-looking sinker Cahill has thrown today.
Other teams can squander lead off doubles, too. Nice.
Nice play by ARod and Teix.
Uh-oh...I seem to have broken the Banter.
The Colon special. Love that pitch.
It's sad to see Jeter walk so much.
 It's like he's not even trying to hit the ball, but too arrogant to admit it.
the bart-man kicks ass!
 It's a moral and aesthetic fiasco.
Marimba all done?
i just put on Tower of Power's famous album: Back To Oakland
Oakland Stroke...David Garibaldi is a complete drum *genius*
Oh, and hi Ken. Probably too late. But good luck to the A's, starting later this week.
 hi RI!
yup, marimba is done. but i'm about to put it back together here in my den. major pain in the arse. and there's one part that's quite frustrating to do without help. then, i need to pack the unwieldy cases in the auto and get 'em back to my drum studio, where i need to practice auxiliary percussion parts for next weekend's recording sessions. whew...
and, of course, i have loads of marimba to practice once it's set up. i have a brand new batch of material for the 3rd cd and i need to keep up with it before i hit the road. and i've got 30 tunes to chart for tour.
i'm teaching a ton though, so there's not a lot of time. i especially shouldn't be doing things like reading baseball articles, following games and posting on a blog. you'll have that...
Come on, Toad, spin one in there!
Good work, whew.
this game is moving right along...
 It's moving at Nuñez speed, except when the A's get a man on base.
Make that Gardner speed.
i love the double steal!
jeter came thru, but i was hoping for a hit, so i could write:
Gardner's legs and Coco's noodle arm saved a point or two on Jeter's average.
 Guten Morgen, Doktor! Err..I guess it's still midnight over there..I need some espresso..
Why are they playing at 4pm on a Monday?
 That painting is hysterical.
 But not on his OBP. Sad.
Hello, Mr. OK Jazz. Damn, thelarmis, the foreigners might outnumber us soon.
 Memorial Day.
bart-man friggin' ROCKS!!!
 on memorial day, no less...
I have to say, MLB.tv seems to have improved by leaps and bounds since I last subscribed five years ago or so.
 It's MUCH better. They finally figured out how to hide the scoreboard too when entering the archive.
 Memorial Day, forgot! Start of summer..and rainy season here.
Sucks seeing Matsui in that A's uniform.
Yes, Memorial Day. I'm grilling peppers, and soon there will be sausages. (In fact I might bag the end of the game and move to the final stage...
Oh, but not until Rob hits a triple.
Colon is so ugly that he really should be on the Red Sox. I mean, I'm glad he's not, but aesthetically...
Might I see an elusive complete game?
ladies, gentleman, foreigners and RI:
we have MARIMBA!!!
yay : )
oh, and 'tolo pretty much rules!
('tolo - i dig it.)
 i'd love it. i was thinking about it. and we really should. but he's at 96 pitches and GI Joe's gonna keep saying that "The 'Tolo" could blow up at any minute, so he'll pull him. pendleton pitched yesterday. maybe we'll see noesi for the 9th...
 Who the hell is Pendleton? Have I been gone that long?
i love the ZERO walks from The 'Tolo!
 lance. he's a minor league we brought up for mop-up type duties. he's done pretty well, actually. but he's a non-essential piece.
yeah, i guess you've been gone a minute, huh!
take that monkeypants! ; )
 Yeah, Cervelli is killing me this game!
the 'Tolo to finish it out!
now secure the shutout!
The 'TOLO with the shutout!!!
103 efficient pitches. ZERO walks.
Colon isn't throwing as hard as he used to, but that was the best command I've ever seen from him. He was painting the corners all afternoon. Sure, it's just the A's, but with command like that, he'd have beaten anyone today.
 i have a good friend in Berlin. i haven't been, but hear it's a beautiful city.
Mattpat, you are a good sport today. Or was that despite Cervelli?
 We haven't made it there yet...still settling in. I have a couple of friends there, though, so I should make a few trips soon enough.
 nice. glad you have your fam with you! do you go back to canada in a year? hell, i'm headed on the road for 6 weeks and that seems long to me. i'm not a big fan of travel; i'm a homebody...
Yep...back home in a year. Then who knows where next!
 as long as you stick around the banter!
travel safely & enjoy! : )
Wow. I slept through this one. I guess it's Memorial Day in the States? Seems like a great win and a pitching gem, and...
Bomb Pops! Man I haven't had one of those in 35 years or more. I was trying to explain to my daughter what one is, the other day.
Thanks for the illustration, Alex.
Ooooh, Lestah tagged for 7 ER in 5.2 IP. (Dan Wheeler allowed two Lestah-inherited runners to score.)
7-3 Pale over Crimson going to the bottom of the sixth.
Lester charged with 7 runs. Boston losing to the other Sox, 7-3 after 5.5 innings.
Damn, you were seconds too late, OYF.
[74,5,6] Lester is great but he is prone to the longball, 10 already in 70 IP this year. Though maybe that's Fenway.
Two good stories today about two loudmouths, albeit loudmouths of very different kinds.
1. John Danks sounds off about Jose Bautista's body language. Short version: Danks is one of those a$$holes who feels very strongly about the unwritten rules, especially the ones nobody else seems to know.
2. Ozzie being Ozzie. (Esp. the tweet, it's awesome.)
Oh, my comment is awaiting moderation. Well, I tried to post a couple of links, one to John Danks' righteous indignation over Jose Bautista's flouting of the Unwritten Rules, and another to Ozzie G's recent rant. I hope that comment makes it through, but if not the two rants are quite Google-able.
 DAMN MY DIAL-UP LINE!!!!!!!!!!
 OYF, there's a website called "Ask Jeeves" where you can find information on upgrading your connection.
 John Danks is a dweeeb..try winning a game before spouting off about Bautista.
Ah, I see the White Sox have a lefty specialist, too. His job is to come into the game in a tough situation and walk David Ortiz. Let's see if he can walk Crawford, too.
Uh. Now I have another comment awaiting moderation, but I can't figure out why. No links or anything. Weird.
Jose Bautista's flouting of the Unwritten Rules
Man... can there possibly be anything more grating and annoying then listening to Hawk Harrelson broadcasting a White Sox game?
I'm a very non-violent person, but when I hear his voice...
I JUST WANT TO KILL THE MOTHERFUCKER!!!!!
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