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The Minors, 7-8-14.

AAA: SWB lost 11-6. 2 h each for Pirela, Refsnyder and Solarte. 3 for Almonte, 3 for Joseph and Dugas. This was the completion of that suspended game. The regularly scheduled game was ppd.

AA: 6-5 win for Trenton. Jaron Long, son of Yankees’ pitching coach Kevin Long, got the win. 1B Pete O’Brien a solo HR. RF Zach Wilson 3 rbi.

High A: Tampa lost 3-2. Luis Severino 4 IP, 8 K. 1 unearned run. CF Jake Cave 2 h, solo hr.

Low A: Charleston won 4-3. Top draft pick Jacob Lindgren with two scoreless IP, 3 K. Solo HR by OF Mike O’Neill and C Kale Sumner.

The Minors, 7-5-14.

AAA: SWB lost 6-3. Solo Hrs by C John Ryan Murphy and RF Zoilo Almonte. 3B Yangervis Solarte went 3 for 3. LF Jose Pirela (.319) with 2 hits. SWB gave up 4 in the 8th. Pat Venditte couldn’t get anyone out and 2 runs were charged to him. The other two were charged to Matt Daley.

AA: Trenton lost 3-1. Zach Nuding pitched six shutout innings. LF Ben Gamel HR. C Gary Sanchez 3 hits.

High A: Tampa lost 5-4. Rafael De Paula 2 R in 6 IP. CF Jake Cave 3 hits (.309). RF Aaron Judge 2 rbi. 3 others with 2 hits each.

Low A: Charleston won 9-1. Rookie Davis 1 R in 5 IP. Top draft pick Jacob Lindgren pitched a scoreless inning. RF Dustin Fowler, triple, HR and 5 RBI. C Eduardo De Oleo 3 rbi.

The minors, 7-1-14.

AAA: Swb lost 3-2. Aceves 3 R in 5 1/3. Pat Venditte 5 K in 2 2/3 IP of relief, ERA 3.86. A bit inconsistent. He is the switch-pitcher that the Yanks have had for a couple of years now in the minors. 2 H, HR, 2 RBI LF Zoilo Almonte, who appears to be a better option right now than Soriano or Ichiro. Hey, bring him up, play him every day and see what you really have in him. You aren’t going to know by bringing him up and playing him once a week like he was before. Eventually you have to commit to him or let him go (sounds like dating, right?). RF Jose Pirela (.315, and also a possible replacement for Soriano/Ichiro) 2 hits. 2 hits for 1B Kyle Roller.

Earlier in the day, Jim Miller was called up for Jose Ramirez because the Yanks needed a fresh arm.

AA: Trenton lost 5-4, and it was a terrible outing for Manny Banuelos. He gave up two hits, two walks, got only one man out and all four runners scored. (L, 0-2, 5.09). Jairo Heredia relieved him and did well, 0 R, 1 H, 5 K in 5 2/3. LF Ben Gamel 4 hits and an RBI. C Gary Sanchez 2 hits. 3B Rob Segedin 2 hits and 2 RBI.

CC’s next rehab will be Wed. instead of Thursday.

High A: Tampa won 14-2. The offensive explosion we’d like from the big club. Dan Camarena 1 unearned run in 6 iP. RF Aaron Judge 2 hits, double, grand slam, 5 RBI. CF Jake Cave 4 hits. 3B Dante Bichette, JR. 4 rbi. LF Jose Rosario 2 h, 2 rbi. 1B Greg Bird 3 hits, 2 rbi. Tampa banged out 17 hits and drew 9 walks.

Low A: Charleston scored 3 in the top of the 9th, but gave 3 right back in the bottom of the 9th to lose 9-8. 2b Gosuke Katoh, HR, 3 RBI. Paul’s nephew, Mike O’Neill with 4 hits.

The Minors, 6-29-14.

AAA: SWB beat LV 6-5 when C Austin Romine picked the potential winning run off of first base with two out in the bottom of the ninth. LF Zoilo Almonte had 2 hits, a 3-run HR, and 4 rbi. 2B Rob Refsnyder stayed hot with two hits and two walks. Refsnyder is hitting .371 with SWB after his promotion from Trenton, where he was hitting .342. 3B Scott Sizemore added a 2-run HR.

AA: Zach Nuding (3-2, 3.28) five scoreless IP in Trenton’s 4-1 win. CF Mason Williams and 2B Ali Castillo with solo HRs. LF Ben Gamel 2 hits, 1B Dan Fiorito 3 hits.

High A: Tampa got a run in the bottom of the 9th to tie, then won it in the 10th, 3-2. Jaron Long 1 R in 5 1/3. DH Yeicok Calderon, 2 h, rbi, in the middle of both rallies. RF Aaron Judge a solo HR. 2 hits for 3B Dante Bichette, Jr.

Low A: Charleston lost 7-3. Solo HR. 3B Miguel Andujar. 2 hits each for OF Dustin Fowler and 2B Gosuke Katoh.

Game 79. Tanaka, Yanks, lose heartbreaker, 2-1.

In his last two outings, Masahiro Tanaka has given up 5 runs in 16 IP.

That is an ERA of 2.81. But Tanaka has lost both games because in those 16 innings, he got one unearned run of support.

Saturday night, Tanaka pitched a complete game, but two mistakes, both hit for HR, cost him the game, 2-1.

Tanaka gave up a HR to Cody Ross in the top of the 3rd. The Yanks tied the game in the bottom half of the inning on an error, HBP, sac bunt by Gardner and groundout by Jeter. Jeter did get one hit tonight to go to 3391 for his career, but also had a key GIDP besides the RBI groundout.

I hate to say this, but in my opinion, Jeter shouldn’t be hitting second anymore. Ellsbury isn’t a #3 hitter. But Girardi 1) doesn’t want to disrespect Jeter by dropping him to 8th in the lineup, even though, halfway through the season, Jeter’s numbers for the year project to .270-4-37 or so, which isn’t that great (ok for a 40 year old but very Alvaro Espinoza-like, otherwise) and 2) Girardi is so tied into splitting up the lefty hitters Gardner and Ellsbury by having the righty hitting Jeter hit between them. Personally, I feel that keeping Jeter second, and not putting Gardner/Ellsbury 1-2 is hurting the team. Of course, the problem, then, is who do you hit #3? For the guys supposed to be the beef of the lineup are not producing.

The game stayed at 1-1 until the 9th. Heck, in the fourth, Tanaka showed a lot of mettle. He gave up a leadoff single to Pedroia (the little pest had three hits tonight) and a double to Ortiz. 2nd and 3rd, no one out and Tanaka got two strikeouts and a ground out to get out of it. GUTS.

But the Yanks did not even get a hit off Lester until the sixth.

In the top of the 9th, with two out and two strikes on Napoli, Tanaka threw a fastball. Should he have thrown the splitter? In retrospect, yes. The fastball was 96 and on the black, but up. An inch further outside and Napoli may swing and miss for strike three. But he went the other way and the ball cleared the short porch by a foot to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead and ultimately, the win.

After the HR, Napoli supposedly called Tanaka a “f***ing idiot.” I know what I’d do tomorrow if I were pitching. I don’t expect Whitley, a rookie, to do it. I’d shave Napoli’s ugly beard with my first pitch. You don’t disrespect my teammate by saying that. I show toughness. I knock his ass down. I’d love to see Whitley do that tomorrow night. If Napoli charges the mound, bring it on. But Napoli showed no class by doing that tonight. F*** Napoli.

Now as for the Yanks. I got to be honest here. Being less than honest isn’t my style and you would have every right to disrespect me and my postings if I weren’t. This offense needs some help. You read above that I don’t think that Jeter should be hitting second anymore. If his name wasn’t Derek Jeter he probably wouldn’t be. You just gave your ace only one unearned run of support over his last 16 innings of very good work.

Hey, Koufax and Seaver and every other great pitcher couldn’t win with only one unearned run of support over a 16 inning stretch.

2B. Brian Roberts is 36 and is hitting .237. He hasn’t been a full-time player in four years because of injury. The future is now. Bring up Rob Refsnyder, who was hitting .342 at AA Trenton and even though he has been at AAA only a couple of weeks, is raking there. He is the future. Roberts isn’t. Start the future now. See what you have in him.

RF: Soriano is hitting .228. He is 38 years old. I love Soriano. He has had a great career. But he is one of the biggest reasons this offense has been struggling (along with McCann and Beltran). RF is a major problem for the Yanks right now. Heck, Sori’s defense tonight was questionable, let alone that .228. Bring back Almonte and play him everyday or bring in a power-hitting RF. That brings me to Ichiro. Yes, Gardner, Ellsbury and Ichiro are a good defensive OF, but Ichiro, despite a .298 BA, has absolutely no pop anymore. Of Ichiro’s 45 hits, 41 are singles, 4 are doubles. If you play him with Gardner & Ellsbury, your OF is one of the weakest in the league power-wise. Get rid of Soriano, make Ichiro a backup defensive OF/PR and either get a RF or play Almonte everyday to see what you have. But get one with some pop in his bat.

The middle of the lineup has Teix (who leads the team in HR and RBI) at .243. Beltran (who has 2 more years on his deal) at .209. McCann, in the first year of a five-year deal, at .224. Soriano is at .228. The Yanks can’t and won’t win if that continues. It’s amazing that they are only two games out right now, considering the lack of production by the middle of the lineup and the fact that 3/5 of their Opening Day starting rotation is on the DL. They are still in it, but to stay in it and win it some members of the offense either need to pick it up, be benched, and/or a deal must be made. Some may not like to hear that, but we are halfway through the season. I say this not to be negative but to try and improve this team, for the Yanks middle of the lineup cannot continue like that. Period.

For you see the result. They waste a great outing by Tanaka tonight. They are forcing pitchers to be perfect. Even Tanaka isn’t perfect, and he is the best of the bunch. What about someone like Phelps, Whitley or Nuno?

Tanaka’s ERA actually DROPPED tonight. 9 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 8 K. ERA 2.10 (came in at 2.11). He still leads the majors in wins (11) and CG (3) and the AL in ERA (2.10), and ERA+ (190).

This was a tough loss. But the middle of the Yanks offense MUST produce better. At present, and at its current pace, the Yanks RBI leader at the end of the year will have only 84 RBI or so. Nowhere near 100. That won’t cut it.

As far as help on the way, CC went 2 1/3 at High A Tampa in a rehab outing. 2 R on 3 H. Pineda threw 25 pitches from 60 feet, no problems. Both 4-6 weeks away, but even if they come back healthy and well, what kind of offensive support will they receive?

Moves are forthcoming. I suggested a few of my own. But something needs to be done to make the team better so that they can make the postseason, and every Yankees fan wants to see that.

The Minors 6-26-14.

AAA: SWB won 7-4. Alfredo Aceves 2 R in 4 1/3, Matt Daley with a four-out, scoreless save. 3B Zelous Wheeler 2 rbi. 2B Rob Refsnyder 2 h, 2 rbi. CF Taylor Dugas 3 rbi. LF Jose Pirela 2 hits (.323). 1B Kyle Roller and RF Zoilo Almonte 2 hits.

AA: Trenton won 10-5. RF Zach Wilson solo HR. 2 rbi each for LF/CF Ben Gamel, 2B/LF Casey Stevenson and SS Carmen Angelini. 3B Rob Segedin with 3 hits.

High A: Tampa lost 4-3. CF Jake Cave (.313) 3 hits, 1 rbi. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits and 2 rbi.

Low A: Charleston won 9-0. Ian Clarkin 1 H in 6 IP. 7 K. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 h, HR, 6 RBI.

The Minors 6-16-14.

AAA: SWB won 4-2. Shane Greene (4-2, 5.77). 2 R in 6 IP. Top 3 players in lineup (Pirela, Joseph, Almonte) each w/2 hits, Joseph and Almonte each w/an RBI. Pirela at .327.

AA: Trenton lost 3-2. RF Tyler Austin 2 h, 2 rbi.

High A: Tampa won 7-2. RF Yeicok Calderon 4 hits, 2 doubles, rbi. DH Matt Snyder 2 h, 2 rbi. 1B Greg Bird 2 doubles, rbi.

Low A: Charleston off.

The minors 6-13-14.

AAA: SWB lost 4-3. Aceves and newly acquired Heath Bell pitched three scoreless innings of relief. LF Zoilo Almonte HR, 2 rbi. RF Zelous Wheeler (.307), 2 hits.

AA: Trenton’s game was suspended due to rain in the 8th inning with Trenton up 2-1. Manny Banuelos pitched three scoreless innings. The problem is, when will he be stretched out beyond that? SS Ali Castillo 2 hits, rehabbing DH Francisco Cervelli 0 for 1 (strikeout), 2 walks.

High A: No games. All-Star game today.

Low A: 8-2 Charleston win. RF Aaron Judge 3 h, HR, 4 rbi (.330-9-45). DH Dustin Fowler 2 h, 2 rbi.

The minors. 6-12-14.

AAA: SWB lost 5-4. 2 hits, solo HR LF Zoilo Almonte. 3B Scott Sizemore with a 2-run HR. 2 hits for DH Kyle Roller.

AA: 4-3 win for Trenton. Cervelli on rehab, caught, 1 for 4. Probably coming back next week w/Murphy going down. I can understand the reasons, but don’t like it. Murphy is hitting .310 and doing a good job as a backup C. CF Mason Williams solo HR. DH Pete O’Brien 2 hits, rbi. the same for RF Taylor Dugas. Matt Tracy 3 R, 2 ER in 6 2/3 (3.82).

High A: Tampa lost both games of a DH.

Game 1: 8-5. SS Cito Culver solo HR. C Trent Garrison 2 RBI. 4 others with 2 hits each. Rough outing for Rafael De Paula, 7 R in 2 iP (2-4, 4.97).

Game 2: 3-0 loss. Jaron Long (son of Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long) 5 IP,2 R, in his 2nd game since being promoted from Low-A Charleston. RF Cody Grice 2 of Tampa’s 4 hits.

Low A: Charleston lost 6-4. Brady Lail 6 shutout IP, 6 K (3.49). C Eduardo De Oleo solo HR. RF Aaron Judge 2 h, 2 rbi. (.324, 41 rbi).

Game 62. Yanks shoot themselves in foot in 2-1 loss.

I’d rather lose 9-0 then lose this way.

The Yanks went 1 for 17 with RISP in losing to KC 2-1. They fall to .500 (31-31) with the loss and are 2-6 this month.

Hiroki Kuroda went 7, 2 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 3 K as he fell to 4-4, 4.12.

Adam Warren pitched a scoreless 8th, 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.38.

It had to be painful for Kuroda, who pitched well, but who watched his offense shoot themselves in the foot time and time again. 1st and 2nd, two out in the first, nothing. In the second, the Yanks loaded the bases and couldn’t score as Johnson struck out, Gardner grounded into a 3-2 force and Jeter struck out. They wasted a leadoff double by Ellsbury in the third.

In the fourth, a one-out double by Roberts. Nothing. They finally got their run in the sixth when Solarte doubled, went to third on a PB and scored on an Ichiro groundout.

A one-out triple by Gardner in the 7th. Surely they would tie the game. But, remember, Girardi NEVER ******* squeezes. He doesn’t bunt guys over or in. It’s what I don’t like about Girardi (who I do regard as a good manager). With Jeter up there, he should have bunted. Jeter isn’t Jeter anymore. He’s only 2/3 of the Jeter we remember, if that. Heck, (and I hate to say this), Jeter shouldn’t be hitting 2nd anymore. He should be hitting 8th. He’s hitting .254, OPS+ 72. Just seven of his 54 hits are for extra bases. Jeter grounds out, runner can’t score. Ellsbury strikes out. In the 9th, Ichiro singled and went to 2nd on a WP. Tying run on second, no out, nothing.

So it went.

I hate to say this, but Jeter was a major culprit today in the Yanks losing. Derek isn’t Derek anymore. Not even close. Look at what I wrote above. Bases loaded, two out, he whiffed. Man on third, one out, a weak grounder that can’t get the run in. He and Gardner each left five on, Johnson four, McCann three.

It was like Chinese water torture. They would get guys on and leave them there.

A painful loss.

If the Yanks continue like this, I’d consider some major changes. Once Cervelli comes off the DL, I’d look to trade him. Go with the kid, Murphy. I’d also look to dump Soriano, Ichiro, Johnson and Roberts, as well as good-field/no-hit Brendan Ryan. Go with a youth movement. You are using a soon-to-be 40 year-old SS in Jeter, a 36 yr. old 2b in Roberts, Beltran is 36 (and on a 3-yr. deal), Soriano 38 and Ichiro 40. The age is showing.

Obviously, Jeter is going nowhere.

Some things I’d consider if I were in the Yanks’ front office:

Replace Roberts (.239-2-13, OPS+86) with Rob Refsnyder, 23, 2B, currently hitting .340 or so at AA. RHB

Replace Johnson (.216-4-14, OPS+ 85) with Zelous Wheeler, 27, mostly 2B/SS/3B as another utility man (He’s played a little OF as well). Hitting .298 at AAA, RHB.

Replace Ryan (.238 career hitter, .217 2010-2013) with Pirela, who has played 2B/SS/LF (gives you an OF in an emergency, 24) currently around .333 at AAA.

Replace Ichiro with Almonte, a switch-hitter and 25 this week and see what you have in him. You won’t know unless you play him. Bringing him up and not playing him, or playing him once every seven games or so, does nothing. In 105 AAA games, Almonte is .293-14-66 with 8 SB. Over a full season, he would be .293-21-99 with 12 SB. You don’t know how that would translate to the majors, but I’d rather lose with a 25 year old, seeing what he has and what he could offer, than a 38 year old Soriano and/or a 40 year old Ichiro. Yes, I know Ichiro is hitting .320, but he’s not your future, and only four of Ichiro’s 33 hits are for extra bases. Maybe you get some power, as well as some consistency, if Almonte plays every day instead of once in a blue moon when you bring him up.

Replace Soriano (.229-6-20, OPS+ 78) with Kyle Roller, a legit 1B (instead of Johnson) who is a lefty power hitter. 26, and between AA/AAA, .343-14-38 this year. Maybe he could be like Kevin Maas when Maas first came up in 1990 and you catch lightning in a bottle with him as he takes advantage of the porch as a DH and 1B sub for Teixeira.

Couldn’t hurt. I’d rather be .500 with youth who could develop than washed-up has-beens, no matter how much I love what they did in their prime.

Maybe it sounds harsh, but this game was the 10th in a row in which the Yanks scored four runs or less. You can’t just keep going on this way.

Some changes may need to be made. I just made a few suggestions.