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You won’t have Chad Qualls to kick around anymore. Yanks get a back-up third baseman. Looks like Joba will be activated tonight as well.

Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Russell Martin C
Ramiro Pena SS

Never mind the slump, never mind the damn losing: Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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1 RIYank   ~  Jul 31, 2012 4:05 pm

Joba replaces Qualls, Mcgehee replaces Peña.
That has to be good.

2 OldYanksFan   ~  Jul 31, 2012 4:17 pm

Yeah... but tonight's lineup looks like a Spring training lineup.

3 Jose Sarduy   ~  Jul 31, 2012 5:24 pm

Marlins Tried To Unload Carlos Lee

By Tim Dierkes [July 31 at 5:05pm CST]

5:05pm: Two teams told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark that the Marlins thought they had traded Lee to the Yankees today (Twitter link). However, Lee wouldn't waive his no-trade clause.


4 yankintexas   ~  Jul 31, 2012 5:32 pm

It's good Qualls is gone. Although he'll likely pitch well in Pittsburgh like every other ex-Yankee of late. As for McGehee, how many weak hitters are we going to fill in this lineup? Might as well just give CC a bat on his off days.

5 RIYank   ~  Jul 31, 2012 5:37 pm

[4] McGehee is a backup. He'll replace Peña. Admittedly this is not as much of an upgrade as replacing Chad Qualls with nobody, but it's a big offensive addition.

Also, Carlos Lee, seriously? He hits like Ichiro and fields like Papi.

6 RIYank   ~  Jul 31, 2012 5:40 pm

My favorite story of the day doesn't involve a trade. Ryan Sweeney is done for the year, having punched some concrete and broken a knuckle. I've always enjoyed a good Ryan Sweeney story.

Apeneck Sweeney spreads his knees
Letting his arms hang down to laugh,
The zebra stripes along his jaw
Swelling to maculate giraffe.

Gloomy Orion and the Dog
Are veiled; and hushed the shrunken seas;
The person in the Spanish cape
Tries to sit on Sweeney’s knees...

7 RIYank   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:08 pm


8 OldYanksFan   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:11 pm

Again, while we could have used a decent upgrade, I trust in Cashman that nothing worthwhile was available. Our lineup sans ARod and Teix is ugly. I'll settle for .500 ball until Teix returns.

9 RIYank   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:16 pm

[8] You're out of your mind. I bet it's the third best line-up in MLB, once Peña is out of there.

10 RIYank   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:16 pm

[8] Heh.
You were just baiting them, right?

11 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:16 pm

Take that, slump. Robbie!

12 RIYank   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:26 pm

Old Yank Fan, Chris Tillman is on the phone. He wants to know more about the ugly Bombers' line-up.

13 RIYank   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:29 pm

Way to go, Wheels.

Uuuuuuugly. Ugly line-up.

But OYF, you forgot that Peña only has to bat once each inning.

14 RIYank   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:34 pm

Sox load the bases against Verlander in the first inning.

15 RIYank   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:38 pm

Verlander whiffs Saltalamacchia to get out of the jam.

16 OldYanksFan   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:40 pm

[12] Tell Chris next time he pitches, we will play our MLB lineup.
A win would be nice here.

17 RIYank   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:42 pm

No! Damn. I was fully expecting him to strike out Reynolds...

18 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:44 pm

FFS NOVA. You're given 5 friggin' runs and give back 3 right away. Dammit!

19 RIYank   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:45 pm

What happened? He threw eight straight strikes, right past some good hitters, and then imploded.

20 RIYank   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:48 pm

Well, David is the biggest batter of the game. Here we go!

21 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:48 pm


22 RIYank   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:48 pm

Good god.

23 OldYanksFan   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:49 pm

Good night folks.

24 rbj   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:50 pm

The only 5 minutes of Yankee baseball I get to see for two weeks is this horseshit?

25 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 6:57 pm

Don't worry everybody, remember, Ivan Nova "knows how to win"!

26 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 7:01 pm

Right now Nova's serving up more meatballs than an Ikea outlet ...

27 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 7:03 pm

Wow, do we even have a long man tonight? Phelps went a couple yesterday. This is ... just pathetic.

28 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 7:10 pm

Well, at least we'll likely get to see the Hut pitch tonight ...

29 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 31, 2012 7:27 pm

Wow. Peña should DH.

30 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 31, 2012 7:33 pm

Is there any reason to continue watching this game?

31 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 7:38 pm

[30] I guess [28]

32 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 7:49 pm

That "he just knows how to win ... he knows how to win" was for *you*, Alex!

33 Jose Sarduy   ~  Jul 31, 2012 7:50 pm

why keep a pitcher in the game, when all he is doing is giving up runs and making it tougher for the Yanks to come back?

34 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 7:53 pm

Yeah, it's going to be *that* kind of night ... Ole!

35 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 31, 2012 7:53 pm

Has anyone seen any of the Olympics? In this country they refuse to show any event, or even a replay, unless a Japanese athlete is participating.

I wanted to see that Chinese swimmer, Ye. Can't find a replay anywhere. The IOC seems to have a lock down on video content. I suppose I will have to try the black market if I wan to enjoy the "Olympic spirit."

36 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 31, 2012 7:57 pm

Just clearly heard Swisher yell, "fuck!"

37 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 8:01 pm

[35] Yeah, use a proxy and tap into the BBC broadcasts ...

38 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 8:18 pm

Remember *last* year, when Russell Martin wasn't a complete fucking disaster at the plate?

Yeah, me too ...

39 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 31, 2012 8:18 pm

[37] Good idea.

40 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 31, 2012 8:21 pm

This line-up is looking a lot more like Seattle's since Ichiro came over.

The Safeco Curse?

41 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 31, 2012 8:25 pm

I'm working on a theory that the Yankees play better when I'm not watching. Let's test it. I'm going to go make some coffee and read the newspaper.

42 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 8:26 pm

[40] I blame me for the slide ... ever since I decided to get MLB.tv again, the team has been awful.

Of course, that coincided with Ichiro!'s first game, so maybe its a toss up ...

43 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 8:35 pm

Hey Curtis, how about you let that slop-shit slider hit you and take a fucking base instead of striking out and sitting down?


44 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 8:43 pm

This team wouldn't know situational hitting if it showed up naked at the clubhouse door and beat them to death with a hobo ...

45 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 8:50 pm

Good job, @bindergirardi!

46 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 8:51 pm

To paraphrase the original Joker, this team needs an enema ...

47 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 8:52 pm

[46] Well, original modern Joker ... well, at least the original Joker for me, since I didn't read the comics or watch the TV show ...

48 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 8:55 pm

Oh, fer fuck's sake, Showalter, the pinch-hitting appearance of Jayson Nix with the bases empty with a 5 run lead prompts a pitching change?!?!?


49 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 31, 2012 9:02 pm

Alright, I'm done with dinner ... and done with this disasterbacle of a game.

50 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 31, 2012 9:05 pm

I'm back. Well, there goes that theory out the window.

51 Jose Sarduy   ~  Jul 31, 2012 9:08 pm

truly unfortunate that we lost this game in the 2nd inning.

And lose a second straight game to a team that has been out scored by 57 runs

52 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 31, 2012 9:10 pm

[47] Cesar Romero was the best.

Although, I suppose Heath Ledger turned out the best single performance....in the humorless Batman series.

53 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 31, 2012 9:11 pm

Ichiro must be thinking, WTF did I get myself into?

54 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 31, 2012 9:15 pm

I will wrap with the words of the immortal Danny Glover:

"I'm getting too old for this shit."

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