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Against All Odds

The Yankees’ inability to come through with a rally last night cost them the game, particularly in the ninth when Jose Valverde was wild–effectively wild, I suppose. Derek Jeter says the Yanks probably won’t score again this year.

Still, the loss was a drag because Justin Verlander pitches this afternoon. Verlander wasn’t great earlier this year against the Yankees in the Bronx and he was roughed-up earlier this week by the Red Sox. Smart money has him throwing a gem today.

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C

I was so pissed last night I told the wife I’d pay her $100 if the Yanks win today and she has to pay me $10 if the Tigers win. She said she’ll buy me five dogs if the Yanks win, I get her five dogs if the Tigers win.

Never mind the odds: Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Credit: Oyl Miller via It's a Long Season]

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1 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jun 3, 2012 11:31 am

"Long: (turning back to the reporters) “Derek says we probably won’t score again. He’s our captain.”"

hahahahahahah!

2 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 11:47 am

Hughes v Verlander. I needa miracle evereeday.

3 rbj   ~  Jun 3, 2012 12:03 pm

As you're in the city, go for Chihuahuas, they're very small.

4 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 3, 2012 12:26 pm

A Jeter homer, we'll take. Second and third no out and just one more run? Dag.

Still, 2-0 is decent. Now, how long before Hughes gives it back?

5 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jun 3, 2012 12:26 pm

I don't understand why Teix has to pull everything.

I watch him pull these outside pitches and it makes me cringe.

It's like he thinks it's a rule that if it can be offered at, it must be pulled.

6 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jun 3, 2012 12:27 pm

Btw, I'm not bitching there, I literally don't understand it.

7 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 12:43 pm

The good thing so far (besides the 2-0) score is the 40 pitches from Verlander after 2.

8 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 3, 2012 12:49 pm

7) The bad thing is that it's not more because Verlander could settle into a groove now...

9 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 3, 2012 12:50 pm

Shakes off a curvball to throw an outside fastball. Phil throws it right down the middle. So frustrating

10 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 3, 2012 12:50 pm

Nice play, Chavie.

11 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 12:50 pm

Chavez! Looking like a youngster there.

12 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 3, 2012 12:56 pm

What a fucking BOMB

13 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 3, 2012 12:56 pm

Big fly. Atta boy, Alex!

14 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 3, 2012 12:56 pm

Who does he think he is? Miguel Cabrera?

15 rbj   ~  Jun 3, 2012 12:57 pm

Been listening to the Tiggers radio broadcast, apparently the wind is blowing out 20 mph.

As demonstrated by A-Rod.

16 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 3, 2012 12:57 pm

15) It is. But that was a blast wind or no wind. Just sounded great off the bat.

17 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 12:58 pm

[15] Arod's smash would have been a HR with no wind behind it in any ballpark.

18 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:05 pm

Hguhes getting a little squeezed.

19 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:06 pm

This coming AB will tell the tale of this game today.

20 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:06 pm

Yes, Cabrera is indeed a strong man.

Alex used to be strong like that.

21 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:07 pm

Man, every time they retire Cabrera feels like cause for celebration.

22 rbj   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:09 pm

Yeah, but without the wind it would only have been 440 feet.

23 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:11 pm

[21] And speaking of, how about Melky?

24 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:14 pm

Bollocks!

25 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:14 pm

ARGH.

26 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:17 pm

Who could have predicted?

27 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:17 pm

Those are some quick hands.

28 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:17 pm

Those are some quick hands.

29 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:17 pm

Russell has a case of Mush. And Fielder makes mush of that ball. Hughes didn't even turn around.

30 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:18 pm

Jesus. Did you see how he waited on that ball? Waited and waited and then still did that with the pitch?

Fuck, those are some quick, strong hands.

31 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:20 pm

Wow!

That stayed in the park?

32 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:22 pm

[23] So very happy for Melky, and glad he plays in NL for my second favorite team.

33 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:26 pm

Let's go! 3 runs ain't going to cut it.

34 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:30 pm

that was some swing by a-rod.

i tuned in as prince was aiming for the castles...

seems like a good game!

35 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:31 pm

yeah, i'm psyched for melky, last year and this. good for him!

the giants will be here in july, but it's tues/wed/thurs games and i'll be teaching all three. otherwise, i'd sit in the outfield and wear my 'got melky?' shirt!

36 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:32 pm

Little League Homer!

37 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:32 pm

Awesome.

38 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:32 pm

awesome!

doubly awesome!!

FUCK YEAH!!!

39 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:33 pm

That was like Little League, wasn't it?

40 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:33 pm

[37] apparently, i'm waaay more awesome than you.

41 monkeypants   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:33 pm

I love watching baseball played in a big ballpark. And I mean that, no sarcasm.

42 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:34 pm

[39] something that would've happened in the picture above!

43 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:34 pm

still, robbie should've run harder outta the box.

i thought fucklander played it perfectly. : )

44 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:34 pm

What was that? Shouldn't Cano's fly been caught? We'll take it!

45 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:35 pm

Hah, I hadn't seen [36] when I submitted [39].

46 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:36 pm

[40] Well, there's no shame in that. I mean, you are pretty awesome.

47 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:38 pm

Can't walk the lead off man, there. Dammit.

48 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:38 pm

Nothing like a lead off walk to the 8th hitter.

49 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:39 pm

[45] i hadn't seen that either...

[46] aw, shucks. and: NOT TRUE!!!

[47/48] that shit frustrates the hell outta me.

50 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:40 pm

the picture at hank's joe d. streak today is pretty awesome.

51 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:41 pm

i'm sooo glad for that leadoff walk which set up the dp. ; )

52 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:41 pm

Too cazh, Rob, but it worked.

53 rbj   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:42 pm

Whodathunk Hughes would be outpitching Verlander? Anyone?

54 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:42 pm

fucklander has an in-game WHIP of 2.

55 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:43 pm

nice!

56 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:46 pm

I think we're all having John Sterling moments in this game. In fact I might have to go tune in John for a while, to hear what he thinks about baseball's inherent predictability.

57 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:47 pm

The Red Sox game is a fun one. Bard put like eight guys on by BB or HBP in less than two full innings.

58 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:50 pm

[57] that sounds fabulous!

sterling: he does not sound fabulous.

59 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:51 pm

pretty easy inning for fucklander.

bryce harper has homered in the braves game...

60 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:52 pm

btw, today is my "half-birthday" - i expect a yankees win. (and to be showered with partial gifts from the banter family!)

61 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:54 pm

ooh, where was that last pitch?

that was: good morning, good afternoon and good night...

62 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:54 pm

good evening, sir.

63 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:55 pm

boomer is pretty good in the booth. smoltz not so much...

64 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:55 pm

[56] Don't come back back with too many numbers. He always giving out too many numbers.

65 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:55 pm

damn. phil is phiring the orb!!!

66 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:57 pm

very nicely done.

67 monkeypants   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:57 pm

Dare I comment that Hughes is looking pretty good, and *maybe* on track to pitch into the eighth?

Of course, there was the obligatory HR. Maybe we should nickname him Catphish Hughes?

68 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:58 pm

Nice inning, Phil. Once the 3,4,5 hitters decide to climb out of the league basement whilst hitting with risp this team might be pretty good.

69 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:58 pm

[64] 100, 126, 14.2!

70 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 1:59 pm

[60] Hap birt.

71 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:00 pm

classic captain.

72 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:01 pm

Balto and TB tied. The series against TB this week will be meaningful. What a mad scramble the AL East is shaping up to be.

73 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:02 pm

[70] Tha.

74 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:03 pm

ooh, close. too close.

75 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:04 pm

TBS utterly botched the coverage of that semi-steal. Couldn't see the play at all.
The replay is good though.

76 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:04 pm

see ya, justin.

77 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:08 pm

[75] TBS blacked out here. Who's doing the broadcast?

78 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:09 pm

[77] You mean who are the announcers? Smoltz and David Wells. And that usual guy.

79 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:10 pm

Oh good, he didn't pull it. Teixeira's critics will be so happy.

80 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:11 pm

Youk hit again by a pitch. He was ready to pound on Toronto pitcher Hutchison. (Bos/Tor game on MLB) Toronot leading 5-1.

81 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:13 pm

[80] Yeah I'm flipping back and forth. Remy got plastered in the second inning, I think.

82 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:15 pm

Damn, Hughes looks like a pitcher you want in your rotation. Mysteries of life...

83 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:18 pm

If ifs and buts and all that.........
Change Prince's homer to a fly out and Phil's got a 2 hit shutout through 7. 3 hits and 1 run is not too shabby, either.

84 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:19 pm

kick ass, phil! hoping for a 1-2-3 in the 8th, before the big boys come up...

85 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:29 pm

what a game by hughes

86 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:29 pm

[67] There ya go.

87 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:30 pm

very very nice.

88 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:42 pm

looks like phil's gonna get the chance to phinish. me likey.

89 monkeypants   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:44 pm

If Hughes comes out for the 9th, I'm surprised, but me likey.

90 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:44 pm

[88] Happy Half Breed Day.

91 monkeypants   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:44 pm

[88] Damn you.

92 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:44 pm

Uh.

Me likey.

93 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:45 pm

Phll for the 9th. I am glad Joe is pissing on the 100 pitch number.

94 rbj   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:45 pm

Cool, Phil out phor the ninph

95 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:46 pm

oh, hell yeah!

one down.

96 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:46 pm

Wow!
Go Phil!

97 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:46 pm

wow

98 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:46 pm

Big Hughesy SO on Miggy. Clap Clap Clap.

99 monkeypants   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:46 pm

Now, if only there was a way for teams to carry fewer pitchers in the BP...

100 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:47 pm

One more, baby.

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101 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:47 pm

one more.

102 monkeypants   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:48 pm

The thing is, Phil usually throws 120 pitches in four or five innings, so he shouldn't be tired.

103 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:48 pm

keep him in.

104 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:49 pm

[102] : )

105 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:49 pm

The dugouts at CoAmerica are BIG. You could play tennis in there.

106 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:50 pm

Shows what the fuck I know. Verlander was bad and Phils was terrific. And the Yanks will come home with a 6-3 record on this trip.

107 monkeypants   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:50 pm

Come on, give him one more before the hook.

108 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:51 pm

[106] Hah! Ya just can't predict baseball...

109 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:51 pm

I would prefer to see the jackass laid out by security. The not showing it "rule" is fucking stupid. Dude from the Mets no hitter had an article in the paper today for Mo's sake.

110 monkeypants   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:51 pm

[105] They say everything in bigger in Co-'merica.

111 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:51 pm

[105] i was thinking that before. well, not the tennis part.

one more strike.

112 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:53 pm

[110] Lol. 'specially the unemployment line.

113 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:53 pm

Excellent start. Cheers, Phil! Now ice that arm and do again next time.
AWESOME!

114 Simone   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:53 pm

Nice job by Hughes. I hope this performance gives him confidence going forward.

115 RIYank   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:53 pm

K!

116 thelarmis   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:53 pm

GREAT job, phil!!!

117 rbj   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:53 pm

Bravo Phil, bravo!

118 monkeypants   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:55 pm

Wow, that was like watching a game from when I was a kid. Amazing. How did teams do this kind of thing forever and always before Tony Larussa descended from the mount?

119 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:55 pm

Great game for Hughes, and the Yankees. First place by July? Could be sooner...

120 OldYanksFan   ~  Jun 3, 2012 2:57 pm

Wowza!
I just tuned in, in the top of the 9th.
When I first saw the score, a 5 and a 1 registered, and I immediately assumed we were losing 5-1.
Imagine my surprise!
Then, I remembered Hughes was pitching, and I wondered if he got hurt in the 1st inning.
I mean, who was that guy pitching today?
Where did he come from?
This is not a great, but not a bad lineup.
And a 4 hit, 1 run game. WOWZA!

So..... what the hell does this mean about Phil???

121 rbj   ~  Jun 3, 2012 3:00 pm

Day off tomorrow, so the pen should be well rested.

122 glennstout   ~  Jun 3, 2012 5:16 pm

Just got a new dog Alex, schnauzer yorkie mix - his brother is available. After all, you lost the bet.

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