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Game 100. Yanks win rain-shortened game, 2-1.

On July 13, the Yanks lost a rain-shortened game 3-1 in 4 1/2 innings down in Baltimore.

Mother Nature decided to even up the score as the Yanks won a rain-shortened game Wednesday night, 2-1 in 4 1/2 innings.

David Phelps went five innings for the win. He goes to 5-4 and has quietly lowered his ERA to 3.77.

1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 3 k.

After Texas got a run in the top of the third on a couple of singles and a DP ball, the Yanks came back with two in the bottom of the third. Cervelli doubled, went to third on a groundout and scored on a balk. Gardner then homered, his 10th of the season. Can you believe Gardner is tied for second on the team in HR?

In the bottom of the fifth, the rains came so hard and fast that the grounds crew had trouble putting the tarp on. Even after the rain subsided, the field was a mess and the game was called.

The Yanks improve to 52-48, three behind the Orioles in the AL East. They are just 1/2 back of the final wild card spot. Before the game, the Yanks put Kelly Johnson on the DL due to a groin strain, called up P Chris LeRoux and DFA’d P Bruce Billings.

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.

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 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.

Game 69. Yanks win 3-1, Tanaka goes to 11-1.

On his first pitch of the game, Masahiro Tanaka gave up a HR to Jose Reyes.

He gave up nothing thereafter, and improved to 11-1 on the season as the Yankees beat Toronto 3-1. His ERA actually dropped from 2.02 to 1.99.

Tanaka went 6, 1 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 10 K.

The Yanks got on the board in the bottom of the third, when Brett Gardner’s drive hit the right-field foul pole for a 2-run HR. It was Gardner’s sixth HR of the year.

In the fifth, Jeter singled, went to second on a WP, third on a groundout and scored on a Teixeira single.

Jeter’s two hits in the game put his career total at 3382.

Betances went 2 innings, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.55.

David Robertson picked up his 17th save. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.42.

Before the game, Cervelli was activated and Murphy sent down. The Yanks are getting lots of calls on Murphy if they want to make a deal.

The Minors 6-15-14

AAA: SWB (32-36) lost 11-3. Besides Joel De La Cruz having a bad start, relievers Heath Bell and Preston Claiborne did poorly, as well. 1B Corban Joseph 3 h, solo HR.

AA: Trenton (34-36) lost 6-2. 1B Francisco Cervelli 1 for 4 on rehab. He really hasn’t hit on his rehab. 4 for 32. He is expected to be activated Tuesday with John Ryan Murphy going back to SWB.

High A: No game.

Low A: Charleston (33-37) won 10-3. Ian Clarkin five scoreless IP. RF Dustin Fowler 2 h, triple, HR, 4 RBI. 2B Gosuke Katoh, 2 h, 3 rbi.

The Minors 6-14-14.

AAA: SWB lost 7-0. 3B Scott Sizemore 4 for 4.

AA: Trenton lost the suspended game 3-2, giving up 2 in the bottom of the 9th. They were up 2-1 at the time of the suspension. See the previous day’s post for the highlights of this one.

They lost the regularly scheduled game 4-3. 2 h, solo HR, 1B Peter O’Brien. Cervelli 0 for 4 on rehab. Apparently he’s returning to the Yanks Tuesday and Murphy will be going down. Here’s hoping Cervelli’s hits are in NY. He’s just 3 for 28 on his rehab.

High A: FSL North (which had Tampa’s representatives) won the FSL All-Star Game 6-4, scoring 4 in the top of the 9th. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 1 for 4. DH Zach Wilson 1 for 4, solo HR. RF Jake Cave walked and scored a run. Dan Camarena gave up 2 runs in his inning of work.

Low A: Charleston won 3-1. Luis Severino (W, 3-2, 2.79) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 8 K. 15 K overall between he, Evan Rutckyj and Phil Walby. RF Aaron Judge and LF Dustin Fowler 2 hits each, Fowler w/an RBI.

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 65. Jeter, Whitley, pace Yanks in 6-3 win.

Two months ago, you would have won a lot of money by betting that on June 12th, Chase Whitley would be the Yanks #2 starter behind Masahiro Tanaka.

In fact, most people would have said Chase Who?

But Whitley, a converted reliever turned starter, has been great since he was promoted to the majors to replace the injured CC Sabathia. He’s been everything Yankees fans hoped they’d be getting from CC, but weren’t this year.

Whitley pitched 7 2/3 innings last night against Seattle, giving up 2 R, 5 h, 0 walks and 6 K, with 1 HBP, in the Yanks 6-3 win over Seattle. Whitley improved his record to 2-0, 2.41.

Derek Jeter, in his last game in Seattle (unless the teams face each other in the playoffs), had three hits and drove in two runs. His career hit total now stands at 3377.

The Yanks got two in the first on a two-run HR by Jacoby Ellsbury (4). Ellsbury also made a couple nice catches in the game.

After Seattle got a run (Logan Morrison HR) off Whitley in the second, the Yanks got two in the third on a Soriano double and two more in the fourth on a Jeter single.

Seattle got one in the fifth and one in the ninth for the final tally.

After Whitley left the game, Matt Thornton pitched 1/3 of an inning, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.65.

Shawn Kelley, just off the DL, came in, 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 h, 0 walks and K. 4.02.

David Robertson picked up his 16th save. 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.57.

It appears that Francisco Cervelli will be activated soon and John Ryan Murphy will be sent down to SWB to get more regular playing time. Although I understand the move (Cervelli is out of options and Murphy has them), I don’t like it. Hopefully Cervelli plays well enough to have some trade value at the deadline so that Murphy is brought back soon. Murphy had two hits last night and is hitting .310. A 23-year-old, doing well as a backup, hitting .310 and he gets sent down? I don’t like that a bit.

Ellsbury was removed from the game with hip tightness but expects to be ok.

The win puts the Yanks at 34-31, tied for 2nd with the Orioles, 3 1/2 behind Toronto in the AL East. They are tied with the Orioles for the final WC slot.