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Hiroki on the hill at the Stadium tonight after his terrific debut last week.

1. Jeter SS
2. Granderson CF
3. Teixeira 1B
4. Cano 2B
5. Swisher DH
6. Ibanez RF
7. Chavez 3B
8. Martin C
9. Gardner LF

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Picture Credit "Waterfall in Summer" by Hiroki Imada (1998)]

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1 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 3:54 pm

I have to admit, I wish he were pitching against the Sox this weekend. Oh well. Those could be some high-scoring games...

2 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 4:44 pm

Mark Melancon down to Pawtucket.
Tito Francona flip-flops, will attend Fenway Extravaganza after all.
RSN forming angry mobs and lighting torches after last night's debacle.

That's the news from New England, now back to the Yankees.

3 Jon Weisman   ~  Apr 18, 2012 4:46 pm

Go Hiroki!

4 Greg G   ~  Apr 18, 2012 4:47 pm

(2) I think Francona is right to go, and be there for the fans who supported him. I think after the latest craziness in Boston with Bobby V. that Terry will get a pretty warm reception too. I know several of the Sox players will be longing for the days of beers and chicken in the clubhouse vs. being called out in the press.

5 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 4:55 pm

[4] Oh, he's guaranteed to get the biggest applause of anyone. Which will be uncomfortable for Lucchino and Valentine.

I think the feeling of the players is, Valentine is an old-school discipline guy, but he won't be here for long so we can ride it out. Pedroia has already made it clear that he thinks he's in charge, not Bobby.

6 Chris in Sydney   ~  Apr 18, 2012 5:04 pm

[5] Yeah, the whole thing just seemed like ... if I may ... Bobby being Bobby, until Pedroia assumed the worst and made an ass of himself. Clearly, there's not much of a rapport in that clubhouse.

7 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 18, 2012 5:42 pm

"That's not how we do things around here, he'll figure that out soon enough."
Can you imagine? Such open insubordination!

Jesus, I LOVE this!

8 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 18, 2012 5:50 pm

[2] Fuck the Yankees. What's happening in Boston is a lot more fun.

9 bxsparksnyc   ~  Apr 18, 2012 5:51 pm

Not sure if someone heard John & Suzy on the pregame or with Francesa but these are in rare form. The are ready for tonight for sure.

10 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:12 pm

Maybe I'm a sap, or the Levon Helm news has softened me up, but I'm starting feel sorry for the whole RSN milieu. When the rival is down, the satisfaction of victory is diminished.

I love the Band, and especially liked Levon's writing, and his singing behind the drums. I had the opportunity to see them in their glory. They're a North American treasure.

11 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:12 pm

Good idea, spot them a lead. Worked last night.

12 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:13 pm

Or two.

13 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:13 pm

This could be going better

14 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:14 pm

We have them just where we want them. Lull the Twins with a two run lead.

15 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:14 pm

Oh joy!

16 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:15 pm

Moreau is one of my least favorite players in baseball

17 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:15 pm

Huh.

18 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:16 pm

[14] Lulled the shit out of 'em, huh?

19 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:16 pm

Corroded

20 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:18 pm

And there's my least favorite.

21 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:18 pm

Lull.
Sass.
Omoo.
Wally Pipp.
Sam Nunn.

22 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:20 pm

Alright, just knock around Marquis

23 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:22 pm

i missed the home opener, and only saw Kuroda's first start and today's. He must have been great that second start, but to what I've seen, not so.

24 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:22 pm

Oh Jesus Ibanez is in the field?

25 randym77   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:29 pm

Good grief. Down 4-0 already??? It's the first inning!

26 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:30 pm

Could be a high-scoring game.
(Now watch, both pitchers will settle down and we'll have seven uneventful innings...)

27 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:31 pm

In reference to that story of Marquis' daughter, my cousin's daughter also had handlebars lacerate her liver. She spent three weeks at Children's hospital and was near death in the beginning. Very scary, and the best to Marquis' daughter and his family.

And now we have a game again.

28 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:36 pm

In fact, I wonder what the Win Expectancy is right now? Runners in the corners, down a run in the bottom of the first with no outs. Must be just about even. I'll check that.

29 rbj   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:36 pm

Geez, I get here late and already 7 runs have come across the plate?

30 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:37 pm

It's .566 in our favor.
Let's see if Andruw raises or lowers it...

31 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:40 pm

[21] I'm still trying to figure that one out.

32 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:43 pm

Andruw, nice work.

33 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:43 pm

[31] :-)
I just liked the letter pattern of "lull", so to distract me from the top of the first I thought of some more with the same pattern.

34 rbj   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:44 pm

Well that sucked.

35 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:44 pm

Damn. He hit that hard too

36 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:45 pm

Wow, that was a Win Expectancy downer. (From .633 to .412.)

37 randym77   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:45 pm

3 runs isn't bad, but darn, I wanted more.

38 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:47 pm

Ugh

39 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:47 pm

Uh oh.

40 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 6:53 pm

Oh Robbie

41 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:00 pm

Some good news...Rangers up 2-0.

Jeter is really seeing the ball, Captain Grounder no more.

42 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:04 pm

[41] Uh, no. You misread the scoreboard.
The Red Sox were up 2-0, but now it's 2-1.

43 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:05 pm

I really, really dislike Morneau.

44 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:07 pm

[42] Sorry, the NY Hockey Rangers are up 2-0

45 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:10 pm

[44] Oh! Good. I guess.

46 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:10 pm

Oh Christ, Rapada

47 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:12 pm

[46] I don't think he can be worse.

48 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:13 pm

[45] I know, out of place...but it is the playoffs (he says meekly).

49 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:16 pm

God almighty, Mike Napoli just destroys the Red Sox. Two run dinger of Beckett, 3-2 Rangers. (Napoli homered twice last night.)

50 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:17 pm

Jeez, I thought that was going to be worse. Kuroda might have a couple of good innings in him, right?

Right?

51 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:18 pm

[47] I'm sick as a dog right now. I'm so not in the mood to watch Girardi use six relievers tonight

52 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:19 pm

Finally.

53 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:20 pm

Hey, there ya go! And there it goes!

54 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:26 pm

Frank Robinson, Aaron and Mays?

55 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:35 pm

Oh, sure, Eric. *NOW*. Not with the bases loaded.

56 rbj   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:35 pm

ouch

57 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:37 pm

What I miss What I miss?
[7] He said that?? Amazing how the MSM won't call him out on that..what a d-bag.

58 Dimelo   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:39 pm

[57] Why should they? He's forever associated to his brother via birth, that's about as bad as it gets.

59 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:41 pm

[57] Lets not act like Valentine isn't a total ass and didn't behave like an ass.

Valentine being such a classless buffoon, I have no problem with even the midget calling him out.

60 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:41 pm

[57] First inning fireworks galore. Your kid stunk. Twinks guy sucked too, but Eric Chavez GIDP with sacks juiced to let him off the hook a little.
Rob homered.

That's about the size of it.

61 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:42 pm

[59] There's enough douchiness to go around, but I think Valentine deserves less flak than he's getting on this one.

62 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:43 pm

[61] Valentine's got a big, smug mouth. I have no problem with people tearing him apart for it.

63 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:45 pm

I really, really don't like Justin Morneau.

64 rbj   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:45 pm

Tuck.

65 rbj   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:46 pm

I meant yuck. Stupid autocorrect.

66 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:47 pm

[60] In fairness to Chavez, he smoked the ball on the dp. If it wasn't hit right at Casilla it would have gone through.

67 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:48 pm

Aw fuck.

68 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:48 pm

[66] I know, I know.
Eh, bad timing is one kind of bad luck, smoking a liner to an IF is another.

69 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:49 pm

[60] Thanks!
[59] But the manager is the manager..if your "team leader" so clearly doesn't respect him then the other guys won't either.

Oh, and Youk is a slow, injured, fatty fat fatty. Maybe Bobby was right?

70 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 7:55 pm

[69] Well, Bobby probably *was* right, but he shouldn't say it in public. Maybe.
But he didn't really say anything all that bad. Youk was being hypersensitive. And Dusty's comment really smelled bad, I thought. Inmates running the asylum, kinda thing.

71 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:01 pm

Wow. That wasn't close.

72 rbj   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:01 pm

he was safe

73 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:01 pm

Grrr.

74 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:05 pm

Al Leiter said SOMETHING (anything?) intelligent yesterday. As a former player for Valentine, his quote was that you should not listen to what Bobby Valentine says to the press, but only what he says in the clubhouse.

75 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:07 pm

[74] I don't know why you should just allow Valentine to be a buffoon in the press. He's an asshole, and if he wants to continue to be an asshole, I have no problem with him getting called out on it

76 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:07 pm

[74] Yeah, I liked that too.

77 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:07 pm

Scott Baker is the Twins number one starter?

78 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:11 pm

I think Span may have been safe too.

79 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:11 pm

The only thing better than standing around in the cold watching my JV team lose 21-7 is to get home to see this shit of a game. Bollocks!

80 rbj   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:16 pm

[79] JV football?

81 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:20 pm

[80] I'm thinking baseball. The multiples of seven just a coincidence.

82 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:21 pm

[75] Casey Stangel? Yogi Berra? Asshole or not, the manager is the leader and cannot be questioned openly in public. Players make so much money, they don't have to worry of the repercussions these days.

83 rbj   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:23 pm

[81] I went to a baseball game and a football game broke out.

84 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:25 pm

[83] Last night in Fenway, actually. But it was just a whole lot of field goals.

85 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:26 pm

Remember when we had Phil Coke, whose job was to give up homers to Joe Mauer

86 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:26 pm

It was a baseball game. An error filled painful to watch baseball game. But I told the Varsity coach we only we only lost by a couple. Touchdowns.

87 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:26 pm

Speaking of which: bases loaded with one out for Murphy, with Napoli the Destroyer on deck.

88 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:27 pm

[85] Yes! Now we have Boone, whose assignment is to walk him, I believe.

89 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:28 pm

Craig Gentry batting for Murphy, falls quickly behind 0-2, then fouls two off.

90 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:28 pm

Mission accomplished, Boone.

91 rbj   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:31 pm

[84] Heh.
[86] ouch, I assume the mercy rule was invoked? There's a point I don't like the score goes higher. Unless it's Boston.

92 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:31 pm

Gentry fouls off another, then watches a pitch at eye level, then one in the dirt.
Then Morales hits him, forcing in a run.

Mike Napoli steps to the plate with a chance to salt the game away.

93 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:34 pm

Napoli doubles. 6-2. Now IBB to Moreland, second IBB of the inning (first was to Beltre, who just scored).

Nice.

94 rbj   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:34 pm

Booooone!

95 Mattpat11   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:39 pm

Kay is having a particularly horrible night reading the outfielders.

96 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:52 pm

Just flicked on the hockey game, Pittsburgh vs. Phillie, and did a double-take at the score. Reminded me of Just Fair's jv game.

It's 10-3.

97 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 8:59 pm

Oh, a fight has broken out in the hockey game!!!!

98 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 18, 2012 9:04 pm

Go Pens!

99 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 9:04 pm

They showed a lot of replays of the fight. Then huge numbers of players were given huge penalties.
I do like Olympic hockey, but man, this shit is hard to take.

Youk batting with one on and one out in the ninth.

100 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 9:06 pm

Youk grounds to third, Beltre glances at second, decides to throw to first, throws it away.
Tying run on deck with one out!

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101 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 9:08 pm

Sweeny singles in front of Cruz (he probably should have grabbed it), tying run comes to bat (two on, trailing by three).

102 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 9:13 pm

Joe Nathan struggling. Full count to Salty.

Blistering line drive, right to Snyder, doubles Sweeny off first easily, ballgame.

103 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 18, 2012 9:31 pm

Captain!

104 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 9:32 pm

Very cool.

105 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 18, 2012 9:35 pm

Damn.

106 RIYank   ~  Apr 18, 2012 9:36 pm

Not cool.
Oh well, night all.

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