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Game 103. Yanks lose to Jays, 6-4.

As the song and album states, All Things Must Pass.

After 17 consecutive home wins against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees finally lost at home to them on Saturday, 6-4.

The loss knocks the Yanks back into a virtual second-place tie at 54-49 with Toronto, three games behind the Orioles. Both teams are in a virtual tie for the final wild-card spot, 1/2 a game ahead of Seattle and a game ahead of KC. It looks like a wild (pardon the pun) ride for the last two months.

The Yanks jumped off to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on Brian McCann’s 11th HR of the season.

Toronto tied it in the fifth.

Chris Capuano, in his Yankees debut, started and pitched well. 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 4 walks and 4 K. His overall ERA (Bos/NYY) goes to 4.30.

Shawn Kelley took the loss for the Yanks, giving up a run in the seventh. He wasn’t helped by the defense, or for that matter, the front office. The Yanks have been playing all year without a legitimate first base backup to Mark Teixeira, and we’ve seen the results when someone other than Teix is at first base, be it Kelly Johnson or yesterday, Brian McCann. McCann helped to botch two plays in the seventh. If he makes the plays, maybe Toronto doesn’t score that inning. We’ve seen Johnson botch a few plays this year, too. Why the team doesn’t get a legitimate backup 1B to the fragile Teix, I don’t know. But the failure to do so could cost a game or two and maybe a playoff spot.

Kelley 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.69. (L, 1-3).

Thornton 1 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.70.

The game got away from the Yanks in the 9th, when Jeff Francis relieved Chase Whitley with two men on and promptly gave up a 3-run HR to put Toronto up 6-2. Carlos Beltran hit his 12th HR, a two-run shot, to make the final score 6-4. For Beltran, it was career HR #370, tying Gil Hodges on the all-time list.

Whitley 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 4.87.

Francis 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Overall ERA 5.85.

Derek Jeter got two hits and is at 3416, three behind Yaz for seventh all-time.

Chris LeRoux was DFA’d when the Yanks got Capuano. The DFA’d Bruce Billings accepted assignment to SWB.

The Hall-of-Fame has reduced the number of years a player could stay on the ballot from 15 to 10. Some recent Hall-of-Famers who got in on tries 11 to 15 include Duke Snider, Jim Rice, Bert Blyleven, Bob Lemon and Ralph Kiner. I really think this is going to hurt some guys who have been on a few years but who, even though nothing was proven, have steroid accusations against them.

Game 99. Yanks make a deal, and the new guy wins the game, 2-1 in 14.

–The Yanks traded Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula to San Diego today for 3B Chase Headley.

Headley got on a plane to NY and wound up getting the game winning hit in a 2-1, 14-inning Yankees win.

Solarte, a rookie, hit great for the Yanks for the first six weeks of the season. He cooled off after that and at the time of the trade was at .254-6-31, OPS+ 100. De Paula was 6-5, 4.15 at High A Tampa this year. De Paula is 23 and is projected by most to be an MLB reliever. He has struck out 335 in 264 minor league innings.

As for Headley, you only wonder if he can get back to where he was a couple of years ago. Headley, 30, is a switch-hitting 3b who in 2012 had an excellent season, hitting .286-31-115, OPS+ 145, finishing 5th in MVP voting, and winning the Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. He led the NL in RBI that year. Heck, I’d take 2/3 of that. This year he was at .229-7-32, OPS+ 88 before the trade. Nothing to write home about, but Petco in SD is a bad place for hitters. Hopefully Yankee Stadium helps him. His 162 g. average is .266-16-72, OPS+ 113 and 13 steals. If he can just do that… but he does strike out a lot. 151 times is his 162 game average.

For much of this game, this was like Chinese water torture. Worse than soccer (sorry, soccer fans). Neither team could score.

Chase Whitley (we have Chase Whitley and Chase Headley… could Chase Utley be next in a deal?) went 7 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 6 K. ERA to 4.60.

Thornton 1 batter, 1 out on a K. Strikeout. Foul ball trying to bunt with two out. 2.95.

Warren. 2/3 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.63.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.52.

Robertson 2 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.45.

Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.48.

In the bottom of the 9th, with one out and the game still scoreless, Jeter doubled. Hit #3413 (6 behind Yaz on the all-time list for 7th) was double #535 of Jeter’s career, making him the all-time Yankees’ doubles leader, passing Gehrig.

Ellsbury was walked, but Beltran GIDP.

Even though the Yankees won, if I were the manager, I’d fine Francisco Cervelli $250 for what happened in the bottom of the 12th, for he almost cost the Yankees the ballgame. If Girardi didn’t put on a take sign, then Girardi should fine himself.

Beltran singled, then there was a WP. McCann popped a single, similar to what happened Sunday, but Beltran couldn’t advance. Ichiro bunted the runners over. Roberts was intentionally walked to bring up Cervelli.

Scoreless game. Bases loaded. One out. A walk wins the game. Cervelli has a 3-0 count on him. He (correctly) takes a strike.

But instead of taking a SECOND strike, Cervelli swung at the 3-1 pitch. I fine his ass for that. You take the SECOND strike as well there. The pitch after that could be ball four which wins the game. With two strikes, you might foul off a couple pitches. Make him throw strike three. Instead, Cervelli swung at the 3-1 pitch and lined out. To me, that is just stupidity. You must make the pitcher throw strikes there. You take BOTH the 3-0 and 3-1 pitches. You make him throw a strike and not ball four which would win the game. Why help the pitcher there?

In the top of the 13th, Arencibia homered off of Huff and it looked like Cervelli would be the goat.

Huff 2 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Overall ERA 4.20.

The Yanks tied it up in the bottom of the 13th. Gardner doubled, Jeter bunted him over and Ellsbury singled him in to tie the game.

Jeff Francis, just acquired, made HIS Yankees debut in the 14th and got the win.

1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall, 1-2, 5.59.

With one out in the bottom of the 14th, Roberts doubled. Cervelli redeemed himself somewhat with a single, sending Roberts to third. The new guy, Headley, singled in the game-winning run.

The win puts the Yanks at 51-48.

Deals may not be done. Word is that the Yanks are in on White Sox lefty John Danks.

AL wins All-Star Game, 5-3. Derek 2 for 2 in last ASG.

The AL will have home-field advantage for the World Series after winning the All-Star Game 5-3.

Derek Jeter, in his final All-Star Game, went 2 for 2 with a double and a single. In his career, Jeter—against the best in the other league—went 13 for 27.

Mike Trout of the Angels, arguably the best player in the game today, won the All-Star Game MVP.

The Yanks’ Dellin Betances didn’t get into the ballgame.

Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers had a 2-run HR, and his teammate Max Scherzer got the win.

The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig had a forgettable night. 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts.

Game 90. Yanks win in 14, Tanaka to DL

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a HR in the top of the 14th, and the Yanks beat Cleveland 5-4 Wednesday night.

Earlier in the day, the Yanks got news which they are praying is minor and not major. Ace Masahiro Tanaka was put on the 15-day DL with a sore elbow. The Yanks await results from an MRI. He’ll miss two starts, hopefully no more. If he is lost for a considerable amount of time, ….

As for the game, Brandon McCarthy, just acquired for Vidal Nuno, made his Yankees’ debut. After giving up four hits and three unearned runs in the first inning, McCarthy settled in and gave the Yanks 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 9 H, 1 walk and 3 K. Overall ERA (AZ/NYY) 4.80.

The Yanks got a run back in the fourth on a solo HR by Teixiera, who was making up for his error that helped allow those runs in the first to score. #16.

In the fifth, Ellsbury doubled with one out and Jeter singled him to third. McCann hit a SF to cut the lead to 3-2, then Teix hit his second HR of the game, a two-run shot, to put the Yanks up 4-3. Teix’s 17th HR was #358 of his career, tying Yogi Berra on the all-time list.

Jeter had two hits to take him to 3403 for his career. 16 short of tying Carl Yastrzemski for 7th place all-time.

Cleveland tied the game in the bottom of the fifth but Yankees relievers kept the Indians off the board, setting the stage for Ellsbury’s HR in the 14th.

Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.25.

Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.52.

Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.63.

Huff 0 IP, 0 R 0 H, 3 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 4.46. He walked all three batters he faced.

Kelley 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. He replaced Huff in the 10th with the bases loaded and one out and got a K and a groundout. Great job. 3.86.

Whitley (W, 4-2, 4.94) 2 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Robertson (22nd save) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.84.

DH Carlos Beltran was victim of a freak accident in BP. A ball he hit ricocheted off the top of the cage back at Beltran and hit him in the face, bruising him. He was removed from the starting lineup and as a result, Brian Roberts, of all people, had to bat fifth.

The win puts the Yanks at 46-44, and three back of Baltimore in the AL East. They are 1/2 a game behind Toronto for 2nd. They are 2 1/2 out of the final WC spot.

Game 87. Yanks hang on for 9-7 win. Jeter Hit #3400.

The Yanks got off to a 9-0 early lead and held on to a 9-7 win (ugh). Derek Jeter got 3 hits, incl. hit #3400 in the game.

Yankees All-Stars: Jeter (starting SS), Betances and Tanaka. Since Tanaka is scheduled to start two days before the ASG, he may be replaced. Robertson should have gotten a nod.

Teix singled in one run in the first and McCann doubled in another, Teix getting thrown out at the plate.

In the second, Jeter had a SF and Ellsbury hit a 3-run HR (5).

In the fourth, Jeter singled in a run, Ellsbury got an RBI groundout and another run scored on a balk.

Up 9-0 after 3 1/2, the Yanks almost pissed the game away.

Kuroda 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 3 K. (W, 6-6, 4.20).

Warren 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 h, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.70.

Jim Miller 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 9.00.

Robertson save #21, but not convincingly. 1 IP, 1 R, 3 h, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.93.

Jeter w/ 3 hits (inc. 3400) 2 rbi. Ellsbury 4 rbi. Suzuki 3 hits.

Game 86. Cervelli’s error costs the Yanks. Lose 2-1 in 11.

It’s been no secret that the Yanks’ offense has been struggling. On Saturday, they lost 2-1 for the third time in their last eight games. This time it was in 11 innings.

David Phelps pitched well and made one mistake. A HR given up to Josh Willingham in the seventh. Phelps went 7, 1 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 3 K. ERA to 4.01. He deserved to win.

The Yanks only run came in the fifth when Beltran walked, Ichiro forced him, stole second, went to third on a WP and Cervelli singled him home.

Shawn Kelley pitched two scoreless innings, 2 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 4.26.

Matt Thornton (L, 0-2, 2.33) went 1 2/3, 1 R, unearned, 2 h, 1 walk and 1 K. He pitched a scoreless 10th but gave up a leadoff double in the 11th. After an out that moved the runner up and an intentional walk to set up a DP, Thornton hit a batter to load the bases. He then got a tapper back to him that looked like a 1-2-3 DP to get out of the inning. The throw home forced the runner, but Cervelli sailed his throw to first into RF and the winning run scored.

Derek Jeter, honored before the game by the Twins, got one hit, #3397.

The loss puts the Yanks back at .500 at 43-43.

Apparently the Yanks came in second as far as getting Samardzija from the Cubs to bolster their rotation. Instead, the Cubs sent Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A’s for prospects.

Game 82. Yanks offensive woes continue in 2-1 loss.

Derek Jeter got 2 hits tonight to go to 3396 for his career. One hit, a double, tied Lou Gehrig for first place on the Yankees’ all-time doubles list at 534.

Unfortunately, the rest of the team got two hits combined and Hiroki Kuroda lost a heartbreaker, 2-1. The Yanks were 1 for 9 with RISP, and struck out 11x.

You hate to keep writing about this and reading about this. It’s the same thing every night. These Yanks don’t hit. You wonder how long hitting coach Kevin Long will keep his job. Let’s face it. The Boss would have fired Long by now. Some reporters hate hearing “if the Boss was alive, etc.,” but it’s true. Unfortunately, I don’t make the ballgame or the reports. The players do. I only report on what they are doing. How I wish the reports were better.

The loss drops the Yanks to 41-41, .500. Worse yet, Toronto and Baltimore both won. The Yanks are now 3 1/2 out.

Let’s face it. I think we all would rather see a .500 team with kids on it with potential to develop rather than a .500 team with a lot of players 35+ who are doing nothing but aging. Something needs to be done, and soon.

The 4th of July is coming soon. Let’s hope the Yanks have some offensive fireworks in them.

Kuroda, (L, 5-6, 4.08) gave up a run in the fourth and a HR to Loney in the sixth that proved decisive. 8 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 1 walk and 7 K.

It’s difficult for pitchers to pitch thinking they have to be perfect because they are getting no support. This is the second time in less than a week that a Yankees’ pitcher pitched great (Tanaka) only to lose 2-1.

The Yanks only run came when Jeter doubled, Ellsbury singled and Jeter scored when Ellsbury got a SB and there was a throwing error on the play.

David Huff pitched the 9th for the Yanks. 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.99.

Game 77. Yanks end skid with 5-3 win.

The Yanks snapped their four-game losing streak by beating Toronto 5-3 Wednesday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 40-37, keeps them in third in the AL East, 2 1/2 back of Toronto, 1 behind Baltimore. They are one game out of that last WC spot.

Mark Teixeira homered and drove in three runs, Hiroki Kuroda went 6 1/3 innings for the win and David Robertson picked up a five-out save.

Kuroda’s first pitch of the game was hit for a HR by Jose Reyes.

The Yanks came back with four in the third. Johnson walked, Cervelli doubled him home, and after two out, Ellsbury singled in Cervelli and Teix hit his 14th HR of the year (355 career).

Ex-Yankee Melky Cabrera has been a thorn in the Yanks’ side this year in these games vs. Toronto, and he was again in the fifth, driving in two to cut the lead to 4-3.

A walk, HBP, walk and SF by Teix gave the Yanks an insurance run in the seventh.

Kuroda went 6 1/3 (W, 5-5, 4.23), 3 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 4 K.

Kelley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.98.

Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.87.

Warren 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.85.

With an off-day today, the need for a win after a four-game losing streak, and the fact that Robertson didn’t pitch in a week, Girardi went early to Robertson for the five-out save.

Robertson 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Save #18. 3.08.

Jeter got hit #3388.

Earlier in the day, Tim Lincecum of the SF Giants threw a no-hitter against the Padres. It was the third no-hitter this season, following ones by the Dodgers’ Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw. It was the second of Lincecum’s career—both against SD. The only other pitcher to have two no-hitters, with both coming against the same team, was HOF Addie Joss of the Cleveland Indians, who did it against the Chicago White Sox in 1908 & 1910. Joss tore a ligament in his elbow a few months after his second no-hitter and died at the age of 31 in 1911 of a form of meningitis. Joss was a forgotten great who died much too soon. Lincecum became the second Giant to throw multiple no-hitters, the other being HOF Christy Mathewson.

The minors 6-24-14

The Heath Bell experiment is over. The Yanks signed the ex-major league reliever a while back and released him after five games with SWB. There have been a couple of other moves due to people coming off the DL.

P Luis Severino and 1B Pete O’Brien will be playing in the Futures Game during All-Star Weekend.

Severino, 20, RHP. Between Low and High A this year, 15 starts, 3-3, 2.99.

O’Brien, 24 in a few weeks. Mostly a C, but also has played 1B, 3B and RF. Listed at 1B for the Game. Between High A and AA this year, .263-25-54. Was hitting .321 at Tampa with 10 HR, and since his promotion to Trenton has 15 HR but only a .223 batting average.

AAA: SWB lost 7-5. LF Jose Pirela (.320) HR, 2 RBI. C John Ryan Murphy double, HR, 3 RBI.

AA: Trenton lost 6-3. C Gary Sanchez a solo HR (.260-9-39). 2B Ali Castillo 2 hits, 2 rbi.

High A: Tampa won 4-3. Jaron (son of Yanks’ hitting coach Kevin) Long 2 R in 5 2/3 IP. 2-2, 3.38 at Tampa. DH Matt Snyder HR, 3 RBI. 2 hits for 2B Jose Rosario.

Low A: Charleston split a DH.

In the regularly scheduled game, Charleston won 6-1. CF Dustin Fowler a 3-run HR. Both SS Tyler Wade and 2B Gosuke Katoh had 2 hits, rbi.

In the makeup game from June 23rd’s rainout, Charleston lost 2-0 and got just two hits. Rookie Davis (3-7, 4.86) 1 R in 6 IP.

Game 74. O’s blank Yanks 8-0, beat Tanaka.

It was nice to see some people from both my Lehigh Valley Yankees Fan Club (with whom I went up to the Stadium for Old-Timer’s day via a bus trip) and also some members of Pinstripe Mania yesterday once I got to the Stadium.

It was also nice to see some great Old-Timer’s Day festivities and see Goose Gossage get a plaque for Monument Park.

It wasn’t nice to see what happened in the actual game, for the Yanks got blanked, 8-0, and Tanaka got the loss.

Tanaka didn’t pitch badly. In 15 starts this season, every single start has been a quality start.

He gave up two hits to lead off the game, but got out of it with a flyball and two strikeouts.

In the bottom of the first, Gardner tripled. At least we thought it was a triple to lead off the bottom of the first. Instead, upon review, it was determined that in sliding into third, Gardner came off the bag and was then out when he was tagged. Right there and then it probably wasn’t going to be the Yankees day, for he had beaten the throw.

Tanaka gave up a HR in the second, but settled in. After six innings, it was just 1-0 Orioles.

But the Yanks offense was doing nothing.

In the seventh, Tanaka gave up two runs. He went 7 innings, 3 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 6 K. Even with the loss, that puts him at 11-2, and his ERA is 2.11.

But the Yanks got four hits all game, two by Ichiro. No support.

Yangervis Solarte is 0 for 27 since June 8th. Hopefully he snaps out of it soon. Maybe he has to be sent down soon. Before you balk at that, remember that in 1951, the great Mickey Mantle, in his rookie season, had to be sent down for a while to get straightened out. But hopefully Solarte does get straightened out soon.

The game really got out of hand in the eighth, when Adam Warren came in and had nothing. Two Yankees errors didn’t help, even though the O’s Steve Pearce probably got away with baserunner interference.

Warren 1 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 2.88.

David Huff pitched the 9th and gave up a HR. 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 5.76.

With the loss, the Yanks drop to 39-35 and into a tie for 2nd in the AL East with Baltimore. They are 1 1/2 back of Toronto and now go to Toronto for a three-game set. The Yanks and O’s are tied for the final WC spot, one pct. point above Seattle.

It appears the Yanks will be needing a starting pitcher and a bat soon. The trade deadline is five weeks away. Stay tuned.

Just to clarify one thing from the Old-Timer’s Day festivities: John Sterling, in announcing Joe Torre, stated that Torre was the second manager to win three consecutive World Series. He was wrong. Joe McCarthy was the first (1936-1939), Casey Stengel the second (1949-1953) and Joe Torre was the third (1998-2000). As a Yankees broadcaster, Sterling should have known that (not to be a curmudgeon about it, but…). I don’t know why everyone forgets about “Marse Joe” ‘s accomplishment.

Now the A’s won three straight WS from 1972-1974, but with two different managers. Dick Williams was there in ’72 & ’73, but it was Alvin Dark who skippered them in 1974.

Jesse Barfield homered off of David Cone in the Old-Timer’s game.