Category Archives: Ex-Players

Game 153. Ellsbury leads Yanks to win, but may be done for the year.

Jacoby Ellsbury homered, doubled, and drove in three runs in the Yankees’ 5-3 win over Toronto Friday night but also strained his right hamstring and, with only nine games remaining in the regular season, may be done for the year.

Toronto took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first on an Edwin Encarnacion HR off of Yankees’ starter and winner Hiroki Kuroda.

The Yanks came back in the bottom of the first on a double by Ellsbury, single by Jeter and RBI single by McCann.

Ellsbury put the Yanks up 3-2 in the third with his 16th (and final? We’ll hear about the MRI results today) HR of the season.

The Yanks made it 5-2 in the fourth when Ellsbury hit an RBI force out with the bases loaded and reached first on a bad throw by Blue Jays’ SS Jose Reyes which enabled a second run to score on the play. In running down the line, however, Ellsbury strained his hamstring.

Derek Jeter got two hits to run his career total to 3455 and lift his batting average to .252.

Kuroda (W, 11-9, 3.77) went 6 2/3, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 walks and 7 K.
Outman (overall ERA 2.86) one batter, and he gave up a double.
Rogers 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. Overall ERA 5.23
Warren (Save #3) 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 3.13.

The win puts the Yanks at 79-74, and two games up on Toronto for second place in the AL East. They are 4 1/2 games out of the final wild card spot with just nine games to go. Cleveland is also 79-74, and the Yanks would have not only better the Indians in the last nine games, but also jump over KC (83-69) and Seattle (83-70) to claim that final playoff spot.

HOF 1B Willie McCovey has been hospitalized. Get Well Soon, Stretch!

 

Frank Torre passes away.

Frank Torre, brother of HOF and ex-Yankees manager Joe, died at age 82 yesterday.

He was a major leaguer himself, and helped the Milwaukee Braves to the 1957 World Championship and the 1958 NL pennant. He played for the Braves from 1956-1960 as a first baseman. Most of his time in the big leagues was spent as a defensive replacement.

In 1957, he hit .272-5-40, OPS+ 103 for the World Champion Braves. He went 3 for 10 in the WS, hitting two HR. His best year was in 1958, when he helped the Braves win the NL Pennant, hitting .309-6-55, OPS+ 127. In the WS that year, he went 3 for 17. Both WS were vs. the Yankees.

Torre was out of the majors in 1961, but returned to play for the Phillies in 1962 and 1963.

He played in 714 games, getting 1482 at bats. His career totals were .273 with 13 HR. His 162 g. ave. was .273-3-41 with an OPS+ of 100.

While his brother Joe was managing the Yanks to the 1996 WS title, Frank was getting a new heart. That new heart enabled him to live almost 18 more years.

Game 130. Yanks lose, 5-2.

The Yanks’ five-game winning streak was snapped by Detroit last night, 5-2.

Jacoby Ellsbury’s two solo HR (13) accounted for both Yankees’ runs. Believe it or not, it is Ellsbury who leads the Yanks in RBI. Didn’t see that coming when the Yanks signed him, did you?

Brandon McCarthy went 6 1/3, 5 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 5 K. He drops to an overall record of 8-13,  4.13. As a Yankee he is 5-3,  2.47.

Esmiel Rogers went 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Overall ERA 5.09.

Derek Jeter had two hits to raise his career total to 3442.

The loss dropped the Yanks 7 behind Baltimore in the AL East and 3 1/2 out of the final wild card spot. There are 32 games to go. The Yanks are 68-62. If 90 wins are what it will take to get that last wild card spot, the Yanks would have to go 22-10 to get there.

One-time Yankee backup infielder Jerry Lumpe died Aug. 16 at the age of 81. He was with the Yanks 1956-1959, then played for the KC A’s 1959-1963 and the Detroit Tigers 1964-1967. He was an All-Star in 1964 and finished 25th in the 1962 MVP voting. His 162 g. average was .268-6-54, OPS+ 87. He was 6 for 26 in two WS, 1957 and 1958 and was part of the 1956 and 1958 WS Champ Yanks as well as the 1957 AL Champs. He mostly played 2B, but also played SS and 3B.

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.