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Live From New York, It’s…the Yankees Vs. Royals

By Jhop
Live From New York, it’s…the Yankees vs. RoyalsTonight, the Yankees take on the Kansas City Royals in the Bronx.  There is a graphic on YES right now, detailing the Yankees last eight games: since they left Detroit, where they were 1-3 and scored 2.5 runs/game with one homerun, they have gone 3-1, scored 6.0 runs per game, and have knocked in eight homeruns.  They either have gotten their shit together or they are incredibly streaky. We shall see what tonight brings.  AJ is on the mound, and so far, he has been pretty decent this year.  He is sporting a 4-2 record and a 3.71 ERA, but I do not trust him in later innings.  Vin Mazzaro will take the hill for the Royals.  With Bruce Chen injured, the New Jersey native and former Oakland Athletic is making his debut for Kansas City.  The Yankees normally struggle against unfamiliar pitchers, but this dude is 0-2 with a 9.69 ERA in three starts against them over the course of his career. And in the great words of Pedro Martinez, the Yankees are basically the Royals “daddy.”  Kansas City is 8-37 in New York since 2000. I am ready to make it 8-38, so let’s do this. 
Live From New York, it’s…the Yankees vs. RoyalsTop 1: The poorly spelled Jarrod Dyson leads things off and strikes out looking.  Melky is up! I miss his crazy handshakes with Robinson Cano and penchant for walk-off hits.  His beard, however, is atrocious. And he goes down on strikes out, too. He may have grown facial hair, but some things never change.  And now Eric Hosmer is up. Out of all of the Royals, I am most excited to see him play.  He is supposedly a Joey Votto-like talent and rocked the ball in the minor leagues (.430 batting average in Triple A). While it may be a bit premature, he seems to have the make-up to make waves in the Major Leagues.  And he is now on Joe Girardi’s Braces, so it would be great if he can get a few hits tonight. He hits a rocket groundball to first, but it is easily fielded by Tex. 1-2-3 inning and AJ looks rather nasty. Whether his dominance continues is a totally different story.  Score: 0-0. 
Bottom 1: Derek hits a routine grounder to short and is thrown out by about 32 feet. In other news, Vin Mazzaro looks like he is 13 years old.  Curtis draws a walk.  I’ll take it, but he has been smacking the ball around lately.  And then he steals second.  You know, I wasn’t a huge fan of the Granderson deal when it happened, but he has really impressed me ever since Kevin Long fixed his swing.  Tex walks, too.  Vinny the Teenager does not look very sharp so far, but let’s see what ARod can do. Since April 24th, or over the past 15 games, he has batted .175.  Not hot.  And his not-hotness continues. He hits into an easy double-play.  Score: 0-0. 
Live From New York, it’s…the Yankees vs. RoyalsTop 2: Oh super sadness – Gene Monahan is retiring at the end of the season! He has been with the Yankees for 49 years!! In 1962, he started as a bat boy, only to become the head athletic trainer.  Billy Butler walks, but Jeff Francouer pops out to shallow right.  Is he just teasing us with his unbelievable start to the 2011 season? I know it peeves Mets’ fans to no end.  Oh, Wilson Betemit. A disappointing Yankee, but like his buddy Jeff, he is having a very good season so far.  And he walks, too.  Uh oh.  Bad AJ may be making a cameo.  Then he goes and strikes out Pena. In spite of the two walks, AJ gets out of it.  Score: 0-0.
Bottom 2: Robbie knocks a line-drive to right to start things off.  He has such an effortless, pretty swing.  Nick Swisher, however, is only hitting .218 and just doesn’t seem sharp.  And as soon as I type that, he lines a pitch to right field. Jorge is up. .218 looks like Ted Williams compared to the .147 that he is sporting.  And he hits one to right, too, a grounder through the hole! Robbie comes around to score, with the throw to home late.  Yankees are winning and still no outs.  Russell Martin pops out to right and screams “fuck!” as he jogs to first. I heart him.  Brett is 14 for his last 31, so his batting average is finally creeping up.  But he flies out to left.  Can Captain Clutch come through again?!?!? No, no he cannot.  He strikes out looking on a close pitch on the outside corner.  That was a good at-bat/battle though.  Score: 1-0, Yanks.    
Live From New York, it’s…the Yankees vs. RoyalsTop 3: Kim Jones is talking to the family of Eric Hosmer – 15 people are here, including his grandparents.  His older brother Mikey’s lap looks about 25 and is sort of hot, but the name “Mikey” is not okay. Not. Okay. Nevertheless, they are very proud of him and cannot believe he is playing with “people he idolized as a kid.”  And they are Yankees fans! They are all SO cute. I am even happier he is on Joe Girardi’s Braces now. OKAY. So, Escobar, the #9 batter, hits a swinging bunt which rolls to AJ, who cannot pick up the ball. He bent down, picked it up, and dropped it again.  Super fucking lame.  He is fast and 15 of the last 16 batters have successfully stolen against Burnett. But he gets Dyson on strikes.  And Melky on a lazy fly ball.  Melky also screams “fuck” as he jogs to first. And now my boy Hosmer is up.  Wow, he stands so far outside, one foot is basically out of the box, Johnny Damon-style. But Escobar is thrown out trying to steal, so Hosmer’s bat is an anxiety-inducing “To Be Continued.” But the Yankees are out of it.  Score: 1-0, Yanks.
Bottom 3: “Track…Wall….See Ya!” – Michael Kay.  Granderson knocks one out.  That was his 12th of the year! He learned how to hit, for real! Tex walks. Then ARod smashes a ball into the ground, about a foot from the plate; it bounces so high that the third baseman has no play.  The Bombers have something cooking here.  But then Robbie laces one to left, right to his BFF Melky Cabrera, who does not have to move to catch the ball.  Swisher uselessly pops up to second.  And Jorge walks. Teenage Vin looks exhausted.  We are only in the third and he is at 77 pitches.  But with the bases loaded, R.Mart grounds out to short.  But we tack on one more. Score: 2-0, Yankes. 
Live From New York, it’s…the Yankees vs. RoyalsTop 4: Hosmer is back up.  Michael Kay just said something like “I made up a nickname for him, The Hozz.” AND HE KNOCKS ONE OUT! Second deck, his family is all cheering and smiley.  Awww. The fans admirably throw the ball back, so he will get to keep his memorable first smash.  And then Billy Butler rocks one to center, but Granderson makes an awesome catch.  Now they are showing a slow-motion replay of Hosmer’s family during his at-bat, and they are just precious. All of their hands come slowly up, you can see them mouthing “oh my god” and crying and screaming in glee.  Then Francouer hits an easy fly ball to left.  Sweet Jesus, Betemit just hit a ball that was about one-foot from being a homer.  But Swish hauls it in.  That was four hard-hit balls in that inning. Officially entering into “AJ Scares the Bejesus Out of Me” territory.  Score: 2-1, Yankees. 
Bottom 4: Brett legs out a perfect bunt single up the third-base line.  Betemit didn’t even try to make the play.  And then he gets thrown out stealing.  A weird side-arm throw by Pena clearly gets him.  DJ grounds out (shocking) and Grandy strikes out.  Score: 2-1, Yankees.
Live From New York, it’s…the Yankees vs. RoyalsTop 5: YES has cut to the Red Sox game to show John McDonald rocking a ball off of John Lackey; the Blue Jays are up 4-1.  We always like to see that here at CDTF.  Pena grounds out to Robbie. And then Getz also grounds out to Robbie.  Ugh, Escobar walks. Why would you walk the #9 batter with two outs? He is most definitely going to try to run here and put himself in scoring position.  At worst, the top of their order would lead off the fifth.  And….he takes off, but it’s a foul ball.  UGH, AJ walks him, too.  But Melky finally ends the inning, flying out to left.  Score: 2-1, Yankees. 
Bottom 5: Now some pitcher name Adcock is in for the Royals.  He is a fire crotch, with a goatee the color of Charlie Brown’s great pumpkin.  Tex and his ginormous ass lead off the inning.  He lines out to first.  ARod goes down swinging.  He is for real having problems at the plate.  Oh, oh holy hell.  Adcock hits Robbie Cano in the helmet.  Wow.  His helmet went flying, there was a loud crack sound, Robbie is on the ground.  He looks shaken.  Whew, now he is up.  Still looks shaken.  Okay, now he is smiling.  It hit him right on the brim of his helmet, an inch from his forehead. He is coming out the game.  I think he is okay, but this is precautionary, which I think is super smart in the Concussion Era. Nunez is pinch-running.  But Adcock gets Swisher and the Royals are out of it.  Scary fucking inning.  Score: 2-1, Yankees.
Top 6: Hozz is up again?! Already? He walks. Butler pops out to shallow center. But Jeff Francouer gets plunked hard by AJ.  You would think it was intentional, but it really didn’t look that way. It looked like he totally lost control of the ball. Both teams are warned by the umps.  Betemit goes down swinging.  And AJ escapes, as Pena grounds to second.  Score: 2-1, Yankees.
Live From New York, it’s…the Yankees vs. RoyalsBottom 6: Jorge hits a single to center.  And Martin lines one to center, Dyson tries to make a diving play but juuuust misses.  Fatass Posada doesn’t advance.  Gardner hits the ball hard, but directly to centerfield.  Come on, we need some insurance runs. The Baseball Jesus has grounded out twice and struck out once… And now he has softly flied out once.  LAME.  We start the inning with back-to-back singles and now two straight outs.  Collins is in to pitch to Granderson.  And he gets him to pop out.  Both runners are left stranded.  Score: 2-1, Yankees. 
Top 7: Huh, interesting note from Rotoworld, via the NYT: Bartolo Colon had an experimental procedure in April of 2010, whereby Dr. Joseph R. Purita used fat and bone marrow stem cells from Colon and injected them back into his elbow and shoulder. It “had never been performed before, with the goal being to help repair ligament damage and a torn rotator cuff for Colon.” I mean, A+ to Dr. Purita! So, AJ comes back from a 3-0 count to get Getz.  Escobar goes down swinging.  And then Dyson flies out to shallow center.  AJ finishes strong.  You know, with all of the scariness, he only let up one hit in seven innings! He had a slew of walks, but was otherwise dominant. Score: 2-1, Yankees.
Live From New York, it’s…the Yankees vs. RoyalsBottom 7:  Aaron Crow is now pitching for the Royals.  I mean, I would really like at least ONE insurance run.  Tex hits a super slow grounder to short that basically anyone else on earth would have beaten out – but his ginormous ass slows him down. One out.  ARod walks. Why is he sporting weird scruff that makes him look like he went on a four-day bender? Robbie hits a line drive off the glove of Getz, ARod hauls ass to slide safely into second.  Maybe we can score with runners in scoring position, that would be swell.  Nope, not Swisher. Who flies out on the first pitch to Melky in left field.  Good god this at-bat with Jorge is taking forever. He finally walks.  Bases loaded for Russell Martin.  I didn’t notice this earlier, but he has a weird round band-aid patch thingy on his neck. He either cut himself shaving, got a very small tattoo, or is injecting himself with narcotics.  Sigh, he grounds out. The Yankees suck at being clutch tonight.  Score: 2-1, Yankees.
Live From New York, it’s…the Yankees vs. RoyalsTop 8: David Robertson is in and Melky is up. Oh shit, I totally forgot the Celtics and Heat were playing tonight (that is how much I really care about the NBA). Sigh, The Whore of Akron continues his whining into the next round; I never thought I would feel badly for Boston. Robertson walks the lead-off batter. Always a terrific sign when you are up by one run in the eighth inning with the heart of the Royals’ order coming up.  My boy Hosmer is stepping to the plate.  But he strikes out with a huuuuge swing. Now Billy Butler…who walks on four pitches. Mitch Maier, who represents the go-ahead run, takes first in his place.  Jeff Francouer looks at strike three, right down the middle.  Two outs.  MOTHERFUCKER. RBI single for Betemit, who ties up the game with a line drive to right-center.  UGH. What a wasted effort by AJ.  I am so annoyed.  Alex Gordon is pinch-hitting.  Boone Logan comes on to induce a pop-up to third.  Score: 2-2. 
Bottom 8: With all of the failed opportunities that we’ve had to score in this game, I almost feel like we deserve to lose.  But Brett leads off with a chopper up the middle for a single.  I hope Jeter bunts.  I want to win and I want this game to be over.  For whatever reason, it has moved incredibly slow. Then again, I have never been a big fan of 2-1 games or pitching duels.  I would prefer to see a 14-12 slugfest.  Jeets is trying to bunt, but he fouls it off.  And then he bunts it straight up in the air, giving away an out. What a little league-level bone-head error.  And then a double play by Granderson. That totally sucked.  Score: 2-2. 
Top 9: MoBot300X is in.  Getz grounds out, Escobar strikes out looking, and Jarrod grounds out. 1-2-3 for Mariano, duh.  Score: 2-2. 
Live From New York, it’s…the Yankees vs. RoyalsBottom 9: Tex leads off with a single through the right side.  I am sort of ready for the Yankees to win, so I can go watch Modern Family. But if we win, it will be a walk-off, and I ADORE walk-offs.  ARod can end it right here. Instead he strikes out. @&(!#^%$@#.  Wow, looked like a perfect double-play ball, but Getz drops it on the transfer and Nunez is safe.  Nick Swisher – COME ON.  Nunez steals second.  Wait, WTF? They are intentionally walking Nick Swisher?? In favor of Posada??? Swish is struggling, and while Jorge hasn’t been any better, he is one of the proudest, angriest veterans out there. How insulting.  Please make them pay for this…  (Also? If the Royals take one more mound meeting, I am going to flip).  Jorge fouls a bunch off. This is so tense.  And now another mound visit? Really?! This is ridiculous, even coming from a Yankees’ fan.  He struck out. Damn it. Damn it. Damn it.  1 for 14 with runners in scoring position.  And we are going to extras.  Score: 2-2.
Top 10: Free baseball, anyone? Because you are getting it. It is 10:48pm, and I am eating churros right now. For the record, the Yankees have 11 hits, while the Royals have 2. Rando Carlisle walks Melky to start the 10th. All we have left in the bullpen is Joba, who is unavailable, and Ayala. No one else.  Which is always encouraging.  Hosmer grounds into a fielder’s choice, beating out a potential double-play. A crazy wild pitch like 14 feet above Russell Martin’s head; Hosmer takes second. This does not look good, folks. Maier goes down swinging. Shit. Francouer rocks a ball over Granderson’s head, scoring Hosmer easily.  The Royals take their first lead of the game.  They are intentionally walking Betemit to get to Treanor. Jesus Christ, another wild pitch, runners move up.  With the Sox getting creamed by Toronto and Tampa winning (again), it would suck to lose this game (even if we sort of deserve it for our inability to hit with runners in scoring position).  Treanor strikes out, but it is do-or-die time.  Score: 3-2, Royals. 
Live From New York, it’s…the Yankees vs. RoyalsBottom 10:  Joakim Soria is in, trying to pick up his seventh save. He looks extremely wild so far, three straight balls all over the place. R.Mart walks on four pitches.  Another ball to Gardner.  Everything seems up in the zone and his velocity is way down (87ish MPH). Michael Kay is finally commenting on the obscene number of mound trips the Royals have taken. Six balls in a row.  Gardner bunts but fouls it off, gifting Soria with his first strike.  Gardner gets the sac bunt down, with Martin moving up to second.  Top of the order. Jeters grounds out, but Martin advances to third. It all comes down to Grandy.  Who lines a single to right-center!! TIED GAME! (I cannot believe this 4-hour disaster continues).  I would pretty much do anything for a Mark Teixeira double right now.  DAMN. He pops out to left.  We are going to the 11th. Score: 3-3.
Live From New York, it’s…the Yankees vs. RoyalsTop 11: Carlisle walks the lead-off batter, Getz. And now we are going to Ayala.  Successful sac bunt, with moves Getz into scoring position and brings up Dyson.  Groundball and diving stop by Nunez to save a run. But Dyson reaches, and then steals second.  The Melk Man, who has seen a lot of late inning magic at The Stadium, is intentionally walked, which sets up the double play.  Hosmer hits a sac fly, though, and the Royals re-take the lead.  Hosmer is all smiles, pounding his hands together in celebration.  The Yankees get out of it, but we are losing. Again.  Score: 4-3, Royals. 
Bottom 11: Okay. ARod, Nunez, Swisher. We can totally do this. Or not. ARod flies out to right. Nunez strikes out. Swisher too.Game over. What a frustrating game to lose. Final Score: 4-3, Royals. Enjoy your Thursdays everyone and check back later!Live From New York, it’s…the Yankees vs. Royals

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