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Game 116. Jeter passes Wagner but Yanks lose, 3-0.

Derek Jeter got hit #3431 to pass Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time hits list, but the Yanks lost to Cleveland Saturday afternoon, 3-0.

Jeter will end his career in sixth place, since he is over 80 hits short of fifth-place Tris Speaker with just 46 games to go.

Brandon McCarthy pitched another good game for the Yankees, but got no run support. McCarthy gave up just Jose Ramirez’ first MLB HR in the 2nd, a two-run shot. McCarthy falls to 7-11 (4-1 NYY) after going 6 1/3, 2 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 8 K. Overall ERA 4.31.

Rich Hill 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. ERA 9.00.

Chase Whitley gave up a HR to Jackie Brantley in the 8th. 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.02.

15 Yankees struck out in the game, and they got just five hits.

Before the game, the Yanks put Brian McCann on the 7-day concussion DL and brought up Austin Romine.

Game 116. Lineup, Stats, Comments.

Before today’s game (FoxSports1 at 1 p.m.), Paul O’Neill will be honored with a plaque in Monument Park.

No Teix or McCann in the lineup today.

Yanks 61-54, 2nd in AL East, 5 back. They are 1/2 game behind KC for the last WC spot. OPS+ 97, ERA+ 102 (100 is average). They are six games better than their Pythagorean record (expected record based on runs scored vs. runs allowed).

BA/HR/RBI SB/Total Att. OPS+ Comments in italic, team leader in bold.

Gardner LF .282-15-50 18/22 129 A shocking 15 HR, and believe it or not, the best OPS on the team. Just two behind team leader Teixeira in RBI.

Jeter SS .276-3-30 8/9 87 3430 hits is tied with Wagner for 6th all-time.

Ellsbury CF .275-9-51 29/34 109 Just one behind team leader Teixeira in RBI.

Beltran DH .251-14-45 2/2 109 372 career HR. .386-4-14 in last 15 games.

Headley 1B Overall stats. .234-9-39 4/6 92. As NYY, .254-2-7, OPS+ 107 in 63 AB.

Drew 2B Overall stats. .176-4-18 1/1 59. As NYY, .179-0-7 in 28 AB, OPS+ 46

Prado 3B Overall stats. .268-6-44 3/4 92. As NYY, .231-1-2 in 26 AB, OPS+ 95.

Suzuki RF .276-1-14 9/11 84. 2810 MLB hits.

Cervelli C .305-1-6 0/0 130 82 at bats.

McCarthy P Overall stats 7-10, 4.37 ERA+ 87 As NYY five starts, 4-0, 2.08, ERA+ 188

Game 115. Beltran slams Indians, 10-6.

Carlos Beltran drove in five runs, including a grand slam, in the Yanks’ 10-6 win over Cleveland Friday night.

Beltran has been heating up lately. For most of the season, he was hitting in the .220s. He is now up to .251. The team OPS+ is still sub-par, but it has improved to 97. Tiny increments of improvement.

The Yankees used two five-run innings to obtain their victory. After Cleveland got a run in the top of the first, the Yanks bounced back with five in the bottom of the first. One of the hits was by Derek Jeter, and that hit enabled Jeter to tie Honus Wagner on the all-time list with 3430.

After Jeter’s hit, Ellsbury walked and Beltran singled in a run. McCann walked to load the bases and Headley walked to force in a run. Drew and Prado singled in runs and a fifth run scored when an error was made after Prado’s hit.

Esmiel Rogers went five innings for the Yanks (W, 2-0, 5.16 overall), 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Cleveland got a run off of David Huff in the sixth to make it 5-2, but the Yanks scored five in the bottom of the sixth.

Beltran’s grand slam (HR #14 for the season, #372 career) made it 9-2. Cervelli doubled, Headley was HBP and a force out and error (Cleveland’s defense is terrible) brought up another run.

The Yankees’ bullpen got a bit sloppy, and a 10-2 game became a 10-6 final.

Huff 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Overall ERA 3.94 (2-0, 2.10 as NYY)
Kelley 1/3 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 4.17.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.12.
Hill 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 13.50.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.44.

Jeter wasn’t able to pass “The Flying Dutchman” with hit #3431 last night. Maybe he does it today (Saturday). Today’s game will feature a tribute to ex-Yankee OF and current broadcaster Paul O’Neill as the Yanks honor him with a plaque in Monument Park. Earlier this year, the Yanks honored Goose Gossage and Tino Martinez with plaques. On August 23rd, Joe Torre’s #6 will be retired. The Yanks will be honoring Bernie Williams next year.

No word yet on Pettitte or Posada. I’ll be at the Stadium September 7th for Derek Jeter Day and who knows what the Yanks will do then? You know #2 will be retired, but when?

Cervelli replaced McCann (concussion) and went 2 for 2. McCann is day-to-day.

Michael Pineda could be back with the Yanks soon. More in the minor league report.

The win puts the Yanks at 61-54 (the first time all year they are seven over .500) and puts them in 2nd place in the AL East, five behind the Baltimore Orioles. Of the Yanks’ last 45 games, ten are against the O’s. As of right now, the final WC slot belongs to KC (yes, KC, who haven’t made the postseason since winning the 1985 WS). The Yanks and Seattle are both 1/2 behind KC with Toronto 1 1/2 back. It promises to be a wild ride.

Game 114. It’s easy being “Greene”. Yanks win squeaker, 1-0.

To Kermit the Frog: It IS easy being green(e).

Shane Greene, that is, who outpitched Rick Porcello Thursday afternoon, 1-0.

Greene went 8+, 0 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 5 K in improving to 3-1, 2.89.

The only run of the game came in the fourth. With two out, Beltran and Headley singled and Stephen Drew blooped an opposite-field ground-rule double down the LF line.

Things got a bit hairy in the ninth. Surprisingly, Girardi let Greene start the inning instead of going right to Betances or Robertson. Greene gave up a leadoff hit to Ian Kinsler, then exited in favor of Robertson, who walked the first batter he faced, Victor Martinez.

That brought up PH Miguel Cabrera, the defending 2-time AL MVP. Robertson got Cabrera to bounce into a DP, Kinsler taking third.

Robertson then picked up his 31st save (ERA 2.62) by getting Don Kelly on a weak pop-up to short.

Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

We’ll see what happens later today. The win puts the Yanks at 60-54.

Derek Jeter had the day off. He remains at 3429 hits, one behind Honus Wagner for 6th all-time.

Game 113. Yanks win “blowout”, 5-1.

For the first time in 17 games, the Yanks weren’t involved in a game decided by only one or two runs. The Yanks won a “blowout”, 5-1.

The win puts the Yanks at 59-54, five behind Baltimore in the AL East, in 3rd place in the division. Toronto holds the final wild card spot. KC is 1/2 a game behind Toronto, the Yanks and Seattle one back.

Detroit got an unearned run off Chris Capuano in the first, but nothing thereafter.

The Yanks tied the game in the fifth on a HR by Chase Headley, his 9th overall (SD/NYY) of the season.

Brian McCann hit his 13th of the year to give the Yanks a 2-1 lead in the seventh.

The Yanks then broke it open with three in the eighth. Hence the quotation marks around the term “blowout” (plus the fact that each of the previous 16 games were tighter). Mark Teixeira singled in one run. A force out and an error brought in two more runs, but on the second run, Teix cut his hand and it required stitches. He’s most likely out for Thursday afternoon’s game.

Derek Jeter got one hit and is now just one behind Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time list at 3429.

Capuano went 6 2/3, 1 unearned run, 5 h, 1 walk and 8 K. Overall ERA (Bos/NYY) 3.91.
Adam Warren 1 1/3 (W, 2-5, 3.20). 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
David Huff 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.80 overall ERA. (SF/NYY)

Game 109. Yanks beat Boston, 6-4.

Derek Jeter inched closer to sixth place on the all-time hits list with two more hits, driving in two runs, as the Yanks beat Boston 6-4 on Saturday.

The Yanks (56-53) picked up a game on division-leader Baltimore and are now five back of the Orioles. They also picked up a game on the Toronto Blue Jays and are 2 1/2 out of the final wild card spot.

Shane Greene started and went 4 2/3, giving up 3 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 5 K. 3.68. He gave up 3 in the second but then settled down. He threw 96 pitches though, so Girardi pulled him one out short of a possible win.

After Boston got 3 in the bottom of the second, the Yanks bounced back with four in the top of the third. Prado, Cervelli and Gardner all walked. Jeter doubled in two. Ellsbury got an RBI groundout and Beltran singled in Jeter.

Mark Teixeira’s 19th HR of the season made it 5-3 in the fifth. The HR was #360 for Teix, putting him one behind Joe DiMaggio all-time.

Doubles by Beltran and Stephen Drew in the seventh made it 6-3, and Boston got one run in the bottom of the inning.

After Greene left the game, Shawn Kelley (2-3, 3.38) came in and got the win. 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Adam Warren has struggled lately and continued to do so. 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.33.

Dellin Betances 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.52.

David Robertson picked up his 28th save. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.81.

Jeter’s two hits put him at 3425 for his career, five behind Honus Wagner for sixth place on the all-time hits list.

Game 108. Yanks fall short, 4-3.

Carlos Beltran and Derek Jeter homered but the Yanks fell short in Fenway Friday night, 4-3.

The loss drops the Yanks to 55-53 at the 2/3 mark of the season. They are still in 3rd place in the AL East, but now six back of the first-place Orioles. They are just 2 1/2 ahead of the hard-charging but now Price-less (sorry, couldn’t help but throw in the pun) Rays. As for the second wild-card spot, the Yanks are 3 1/2 back. The Yanks need to turn it around. They have lost five of their last six and are losing ground.

Chris Capuano (L, 1-2, 4.50) started and gave up 4 R in 6 1/3. 8 H, 0 walks and 5 K.

He gave up two in the third, then Beltran’s 13th HR (371 career) made it 2-1 in the top of the fourth.

Boston went up 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, then Beltran singled in a run in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 3-2.

Boston went up 4-2 in the seventh, then Jeter hit his third HR of the year (259 career) in the eighth to cut it to 4-3 but the Yanks couldn’t tie the game or go ahead.

Jeter’s HR was hit #3423 of his career. He is now seven hits behind Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time list.

Jeter’s postseason hits aren’t included in the total. He has exactly 200 of them.

Shawn Kelley faced one batter and gave up a run-scoring hit. 3.51.

Matt Thornton 2/3 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks 0 K. 2.59.

Adam Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 3.19.

Stephen Drew and Martin Prado made their Yankees’ debuts.

Game 105. Jeter passes Yaz but Yanks lose, 4-2.

Brett Gardner hit two solo HRs, and Derek Jeter passed Carl Yastrzemski for 7th place on the all-time hits list, but the Yanks lost to Texas Monday night, 4-2.

The loss knocks the Yanks down to 54-51, 4 1/2 behind the Orioles in the AL East. They are in third place, two behind the second-place Blue Jays. The Blue Jays hold the second wild-card spot as of now.

Gardner’s 2 HR gave him 12 for the season, by far the most he’s had in a year. Can you believe he is tied with Beltran for second on the team in HR and leads the team in OPS?

Jeter’s three hits gave him 3420 for his career, one ahead of Yaz. He is now just 10 hits short of Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time hits list.

Unfortunately for the Yanks, despite 11 hits, six by Gardner and Jeter, they couldn’t score outside of Gardner’s two solo blasts.

David Phelps pitched well, but lost it in the fifth, when he gave up all four of Texas’ runs. I have to question some thinking here.

With two out, the score tied, and the bases loaded, Phelps threw three straight fastballs to Arencibia, a .150 hitter. On an 0-2 pitch, Arencibia laced a two-run single—on the third straight fastball—for what proved to be the game-winning hit. Why give a good pitch on 0-2 to a .150 hitter? Why not a slider or a curve in the dirt to make him chase? Why didn’t they work on him?

I know… second-guessing. But between that, McCann making some misplays at first (and yes, the front office SHOULD have got someone who is a legit backup 1B instead of throwing inexperienced people like McCann, Cervelli or Johnson out there), Betances giving a run away on an errant pickoff throw Sunday and Robertson not holding the runner on on Sunday, thus enabling that runner to get into scoring position from which he then did score the game-winning run, there has been some bad thinking out there in the last two games that cost the Yankees two games. You can’t do that. Maybe Girardi has to give a wake-up call. You have to play heads-up baseball, and we haven’t seen that in the last three games, which is why the Yanks have lost three in a row.

The Yanks should get Teix back in the lineup today. They brought up Almonte yesterday and DFA’d Jeff Francis.

I’m hoping the Yanks make a deal for a righty-hitting power-hitting RF soon. Ichiro, 40, is starting to show some age and seems to be running out of gas. It was never the Yanks’ intention to play him everyday, but he is. As a result, he is down to .269, and in 36 games since June 15, has been hitting just .214. Playing everyday is wearing him down. He needs to backup/platoon. The Yanks need to find someone at the trade deadline, here.

Phelps 6 IP, 4 R, 8 h, 1 walk and 3 K. He falls to 5-5, 3.89.

Kelley 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 hits. 3.51.

Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.66.

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 102. Surprise power source carries red-hot Yanks to 6-4 win.

Ichiro Suzuki’s first HR of the season, a 3-run shot, lifted the red-hot Yankees to a 6-4 win on Friday night.

The Yanks have won 7 of 8 since the All-Star Break. The win puts them at 54-48, in sole possession of second place in the AL East, and they currently have sole possession (by one game) of the second wild card spot as of now.

Hiroki Kuroda struggled early, thanks to Jose Bautista, but did provide 5 2/3 innings and got the win. Kuroda gave up all four runs to Toronto on two homers by Bautista, a 3-run shot in the first and a solo shot in the third. When Bautista hit his second HR off Kuroda, he was at that time 4 for 4 off him, with all 4 hits being HRs.

Down 3-0, the Yanks got two back in the second. McCann and the red-hot Headley singled, and Ichiro walked. An infield single by Roberts brought in one run, and a SF by Gardner plated another.

After Bautista’s second HR put Toronto up 4-2, the Yanks came back with four in the bottom of the third and there was no further scoring for the rest of the ballgame.

Carlos Beltran homered to make it 4-3. It was Beltran’s 11th HR of the season and 369th of his career, tying him with Ralph Kiner and Todd Helton on the all-time HR list, one behind Gil Hodges.

After Beltran’s HR, McCann and Headley singled, and Ichiro’s 3-run homer put the Yanks up 6-4 and that is how the game wound up.

It was Ichiro’s first HR of the season. Not only that, out of Ichiro’s 63 hits this season, only 8 have been for extra bases, making the HR that much more of a pleasant surprise for Yankees’ fans.

If you didn’t see Jeter’s reaction when Ichiro came back to the dugout after Ichiro’s HR, you should check it out. Jeter gave Ichiro a teasing “are you kidding me” look before breaking into a big smile and laugh. Priceless.

Kuroda (W, 7-6, 3.99) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Huff 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. Overall ERA (SF/NYY) 4.10.
Kelley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.45.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 w, 1 K. 1.47.
Robertson his 26th save. 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 w, 2 K. 2.33.

Robertson is 26 of 28 in saves this year. He has alleviated any doubts of replacing Mo.

Jeter got hit #3414 in the victory. He is now five behind Carl Yastrzemski for seventh on the all-time hits list and 16 behind Honus Wagner for sixth. Jeter won’t catch the top five, since he is 101 hits behind fifth-place Tris Speaker.

McCann had two hits and raised his average to .243. This is one thing the Yanks need. For much of the season, McCann has been in the .220s.

Chase Headley had three hits and is 6 for 14 since becoming a Yankee.

Francisco Cervelli had two hits and is at a surprising, but welcome, .311.

It was the 17th straight time the Yankees beat Toronto at Yankee Stadium. Not only that, the Yanks continued their success against Mark Buehrle, who continues to struggle vs. the Yanks (1-12 career).

I see that Bill Renna, a backup OF for the 1953 Yanks, passed away recently.