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Game 119. Yanks lose 4th straight, 5-3.

This was a killer. The Yanks’ offense didn’t do much, but they still had a 2-1 lead entering the bottom of the 8th down in Baltimore. Dellin Betances was on the mound, and he’s been great all year.

But it was Betances’ third inning of work, a move that may have deeper complications, such as lost confidence in Warren or Whitley, both of whom have been struggling mightily lately, overwork of some members of the bullpen (especially because, with the lack of offense, there have been so many close games) or desperation.

Betances gave up a game-tying HR, then Shawn Kelley blew the game by giving up a 3-run HR in the same inning as the Yanks lost 5-3.

Forget the division. The loss puts the Yanks 8 behind Baltimore with 43 games to go. Only a drastic change and torrid hot streak by the Yanks and collapse by Baltimore will enable the Yanks to catch the Orioles. It looks like Baltimore will be the AL East champs. Getting tougher for the Yankees is trying to gain that second wild-card spot. At 61-58, the Yanks are 3 1/2 behind co-leaders Detroit and Seattle for that final playoff spot. Toronto is just ahead of the Yanks, 3 back. So the Yanks need to get hot and do some leap-frogging.

Francisco Cervelli gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead with his 2nd HR of the season in the third inning.

Michael Pineda, making his first appearance in almost four months after the pine-tar incident and injury, pitched very well, giving up just one run in the fifth inning. 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 4 K. In his five starts this year, his ERA is 1.82, but his record remains at 2-2, a sign of the Yanks’ lack of support. It also shows Pineda’s talent if he is ever healthy and his head is screwed on straight (no pine-tar stupidity).L

In the bottom of the 8th, Jonathan Schoop proved to be a Yankee-killer again. His 11th HR of the season tied the game. It’s his 4th against the Yankees this year, one against Betances, and two against Tanaka. Go figure.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the 9th on an RBI groundout and got the tying run to the plate, but to no avail.

Betances 2 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 1.52.

Later in that same inning Shawn Kelley gave up a three-run HR to Adam Jones. That was the game.

Kelley (L, 2-4, 4.74) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K.

To make room for Pineda, the Yanks let Chris LeRoux go. You could see that coming when LeRoux was brought up a couple of days ago and Bryan Mitchell was sent down.

Brian McCann should be back on Saturday. Hiroki Kuroda will pitch Sunday.

The Yanks are off today (Thursday).

Earlier in the day, Hal Steinbrenner commented on the disappointing offense (after all, he shelled out big bucks to bring in Ellsbury, McCann and Beltran) and refused to comment on GM Brian Cashman, who is a free agent after the season. Personally, I don’t blame Cashman. He brought in players with track records. Although Ellsbury has done OK (and truthfully, he shouldn’t be batting third, but…) McCann and Beltran have been disappointing and others who are gone didn’t play to former potential (Soriano, Roberts). Hal also said he expects A-Rod to rejoin the Yanks in 2015. That is something I’m not looking forward to. Alex’ talents have gone down in the last few years, he will be 40 in July 2015 and after a year off, who knows what he’ll have left. Not to mention the circus and baggage there will be…

Game 84. Yanks carry Tanaka to 7-4 win.

This year, Masahiro Tanaka has carried the Yankees. In his last start, he lost a 2-1 heartbreaker to Boston.

It was time for the Yankees’ offense to return the favor.

Last night was the first night Tanaka didn’t get a “quality start”, after 16 consecutive quality starts to begin his MLB career.

Tanaka had his worst start as a Yankee, going 7 innings, giving up 4 R on 9 H, 0 walks and just 3 K. He improved his record to 12-3, and his ERA went up to 2.27.

Down 2-0 in the fifth, Carlos Beltran hit a 3-run HR (9) to give the Yanks the lead. It was the 367th HR of Beltran’s career. After an out, Zelous Wheeler, just called up from SWB, hit a HR in his second MLB at bat to put the Yanks up 4-2.

Tanaka gave up a run in the sixth before the Yanks gave him a cushion by scoring three times in the seventh. Ichiro walked, Wheeler singled, and Brendan Ryan doubled home a run. Brett Gardner singled in a run and Derek Jeter hit into an RBI force out to make it 7-3. Tanaka gave up a run in the bottom of the inning to make it 7-4.

Dellin Betances pitched the 8th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.47.

David Robertson picked up his 19th save by pitching the 9th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 2.83.

The win put the Yanks back at .500, 42-42, 3 1/2 back of Toronto in the AL East.

Earlier in the day, disconcerting news on CC Sabathia. After his rehab outing on Wednesday, CC woke up with swelling and fluid in his knee Thursday. A setback.

In order to bring Wheeler up, Yangervis Solarte was sent down. Dean Anna was DFA’d. Meanwhile, Alfredo Aceves was suspended 50 games for marijuana usage.

Game 83. Yanks fall below .500 with 6-3 loss.

Not the way to end a homestand, losing five in a row.

Maybe the road will do them some good.

The Yanks lost to the Rays today 6-3. Tampa sweeps the three game set at the Stadium.

Vidal Nuno was, well, Vidal Nuno. He drops to 2-5, 5.42 after going 5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 2 walks and 5 K. He faced one batter in the sixth after giving up 3 R, 2 earned.

Shawn Kelley, struggling since coming off the DL, let that inherited runner score, and another, by giving up a HR. 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.63.

The game got off on a good foot, when Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the first with a HR (8). He tied his career high with that HR.

The Rays got a run in the third to tie it up, but Brian McCann Hit a HR in the bottom of the third (10) to put the Yanks up 2-1.

Tampa Bay tied it in the top of the fourth off of Nuno, then the Yanks went up 3-2 in the bottom half of the inning on a Gardner single. Gardner had 3 hits and 2 rbi in the game. He also threw a runner out at the plate.

But then Nuno gave up a run in the fifth and Kelley the 2-run HR in the sixth. Tampa Bay tacked on another run in the ninth.

Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.82.

Huff 1 2/3, 1 R, unearned, 0 hits, 2 walks and 1 K. 4.73.

The Yanks were 1 for 9 with RISP.

The loss drops the Yanks under .500 to 41-42 and 4 1/2 behind Toronto in the AL East. They are still in 3rd, but 3 back of the 2nd place Orioles. They are five out of the last wild card spot.

Some A-Rod news coming from SI. Apparently he was approved by MLB to take some testosterone and some other strong PEDs in various years, including his MVP year of 2007. Rumors are he’s been using PEDs since his junior year in high school.

The Yanks are going big in the international market. Apparently five of the top 10 young international stars will be signing contracts with the Yanks and as many as 11 of the top 18. Now if just half pan out…

Game 33. Jeter HRs in Yanks 9-2 win.

Barring a playoff matchup, Derek Jeter played his last game in Anaheim last night and he made it one to remember, hitting his first HR of the year (257th lifetime, hit #3343) as the Yankees won 9-2. Jeter had another hit in the game and is currently at 3344.

Jeter was presented with a paddleboard before the game. He got a huge ovation from the fans after the HR and before his final at bat. You’d have thought you were in the Bronx.

Vidal Nuno (W, 1-0, 5.47) started and went 6 1/3, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 3 K. He was staked to a five-run lead before he even took the mound.

Mark Teixeira had a two-run double in the top of the first, Yangervis Solarte a SF, and Brett Gardner and Brian Roberts had RBI singles. The Yanks were aided by two Angels’ walks, 2 errors and a WP.

Jeter made it 6-0 with his solo HR in the second. The Angels got one back in the bottom of the second.

In the eighth, John Ryan Murphy singled in two. Jeter grounded into a force in his last time up. Carlos Beltran flied out.

The Angels got a run off Betances in the bottom of the eighth.

Betances went 1 2/3, 1 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 2 K (2.08), and Preston Claiborne (1.00) pitched a scoreless ninth.

Ellsbury (.317), Jeter, Solarte (.306), Gardner and Murphy (.348) had 2 hits apiece.

Teixeira and Murphy each had 2 rbi.

The Yanks are off today. Friday night’s game in Milwaukee is a My9 game, Tanaka on the hill.

Tanaka will also need to bat. The Yanks lose the DH.

I’d be surprised if Tanaka does much with the bat. In his Japanese career, he was 3 for 37.

In case you missed it, Michael Pineda’s suspension ended May 6th, now it’s the DL he is on. As a result the Yanks are back to a 25-man team, and brought up Brendan Ryan off minor-league rehab and off the DL.

Game 23. Angels k-o Kuroda, 13-1.

With Nova out for the year (TJ surgery Tues.) and Pineda suspended, the Yanks have to have CC and Kuroda be solid and Nuno and Phelps step up while Pineda is out. Pineda can return May 5th.

Kuroda didn’t do his part last night, giving up 8 R, 6 ER in 4 2/3 as the Yanks got hammered 13-1. Kuroda falls to 2-2, 5.28. Bruce Billings made his Yankees debut and gave up 4 in 4 IP, even though he K’d 7.

Meanwhile, the Yanks’ offense continued its inconsistency. They were stymied by Lackey on Wednesday, got 14 Thursday but got just one run on six hits against C.J. Wilson and the Angels’ bullpen last night.  Jeter got career hit 3336.

The Yanks are still in first place by 1 1/2 games with a record of 13-10. An interesting tidbit—every AL East team has given up more runs than it has scored (of course, Yanks’ losses of 16-1 and 13-1 in the last week haven’t helped their run differential).

With Pineda out, the Yanks set up their rotation, and gave Tanaka, Kuroda and Nuno each an extra day off.

Kuroda went last night, Nuno goes today. Tanaka on Sunday. Monday is an off-day. CC Tues., Phelps Wed., Kuroda Thurs. vs. Seattle (and Cano’s return to the Stadium). Next weekend will see Nuno, Tanaka and CC against the Rays. Pineda should return (and hopefully will have learned his lesson) at Anaheim on May 5th.

Game 22. Yanks improve to 13-9 w/14-5 rout of Boston.

Boston was sloppy tonight (5 errors) and the Yanks took advantage, beating them 14-5. The Yanks have won 5 of 7 from Boston so far this season.

CC improved to 3-2. 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 w and 8 K. Shane Greene made his MLB debut and struggled (nerves?) 1/3 IP, 3 R (all unearned b/c of a Jeter error and a McCann PB). No hits, but 3 walks and the Jeter E.  Adam Warren 1 2/3 scoreless and David Robertson finished up. Nice to get D-Rob in a game out of hand after spending two weeks on the DL. Get his feet wet again.

ERA’s CC 3-2, 4.78. Greene 0.00 (3 unearned runs). Warren 2.19 and D-Rob 0.00.

The Yanks had 14 h, 12 walks in the game and Boston made 5 errors.

Ellsbury 3 h, 3 rbi. Jeter 2 h (3335), 2 rbi. Solarte 4 rbi. Teixiera HR #1

It’s funny how the Yanks top RBI guys batted 1st (Ellsbury) and 9th (Solarte) tonight.

Pineda got a 10-game suspension.

Game 21. Pineda ejected, Yanks lose 5-1.

The Yanks’ bats were stymied by John Lackey tonight as the Yanks lost to Boston 5-1, but the story of the game was the stupidity of Michael Pineda.

A few weeks ago, cameras caught pine tar on Pineda’s hand. MLB didn’t do anything, but it was basically a warning to Pineda. Don’t do it again.

So tonight, against the SAME TEAM (what, he didn’t think they’d be watching his every move after what happened the last time they met?), he has pine tar on his neck and gets ejected in the second inning.


It’s like speeding past a cop, getting a warning, then speeding on the same street in front of the same cop two weeks later.

Pineda, who was pitching great this year (now we know why), has a long way to go to redeem himself in my eyes, now.


When the Yanks traded for him, he showed up in spring training in 2012 overweight, tried too hard to force velocity and blew out his shoulder.


He missed all of 2012 and 2013. It looked like he was coming back nicely. Maybe not with the same velocity, but he was pitching well. Now we know why.


He faces a possible 10-game suspension—-just at the time when the Yanks lost a rotation member in Ivan Nova, who most likely faces Tommy John surgery (he’s getting a second opinion). Great. Miss two starts while your rotation is already down a member.

Did I mention Pineda is STUPID?

You can’t fix STUPID. Too bad Pineda is 6’7″. You’ll need a stool to stand on to deliver to Pineda what he needs….

a good, swift kick in the ass.   

Update: I forgot about Pineda’s DUI in August 2012.


As a result of his early ejection, the Yanks had to use the bullpen early. The next day, Preston Claiborne and Dean Anna were sent down and Bruce Billings and Shane Greene were called up. Greene made his MLB debut in Game 22. He was nervous, only got one out, and gave up three unearned runs (Jeter E, McCann PB).

Sending Anna down means Solarte is now the backup to Jeter. Ryan isn’t ready yet.

Moves b/c of Pineda being…