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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, 6-7-14.

AAA: SWB won 3-1. Brian Gordon (4-5, 4.46) 1 R in 6 IP. Preston Claiborne a scoreless 9th for the save. Solo HRs RF Adonis Garcia (.311) and LF Zoilo Almonte.

AA: Trenton won 4-1. Shawn Kelley, on rehab, started. 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and both outs were strikeouts. Matt Tracy (7-2, 3.95) 1 R in 6 1/3. Robert Refsnyder (.339) two more hits.

High A: Tampa lost 4-1. Jaron Long, son of Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long, 3 R in 5 IP in his first game at Tampa after being promoted from Low A Charleston.

Low A: Charleston lost 4-0.

The minors 6-5-14.

AAA: SWB gave up 5 in the top of the 9th and blew it, 13-9. Just sent-down Preston Claiborne did go 2 scoreless innings of relief. Rough outing for Pat Venditte, 5 R in 1 1/3 to take the loss. 1B/Dh/OF Russ Canzler got the last two outs. 3 h, RBI LF Jose Pirela (.330—besides 2b, he also plays LF). RF Zoilo Almonte 3 h, hr, 3 rbi. 3B Zelous Wheeler (who also plays various positions) 3 H, .302.

AA: Trenton lost 8-5. 2B Robert Refsnyder (there’s that name again) 2 h, both doubles, rbi, .327.

High A: Tampa lost 5-0. Miguel Sulbaran 5 shutout IP, 8 k. On rehab, Francisco Cervelli went 0 for 3.

Low A: 5-1 Charleston win. 2 h, hr, 2 rbi 3b Miguel Andujar.

Game 58. Yanks fall to .500 with fourth straight loss, 7-4.

Before the game, the Yanks shook up their bullpen, DFA-ing Aceves, calling up Jose Ramirez from AAA, sending Preston Claiborne down, and putting just picked up Wade LeBlanc on the team.

Ramirez and LeBlanc got in the game, to mixed results, as the Yanks lost 7-4 to the A’s. It was the Yanks’ fourth straight loss and dropped them to .500 (29-29). The Yanks are in third in the AL East, six back of Toronto.

The Yanks actually got off to a 4-0 lead on an RBI single by Jeter (hit 3368) and a 3-run HR (3) by Ellsbury. Stat from Twitter: It was just the Yanks’ third 3-run HR all year long. 36 of their 50 HR have been solo shots.

But the Yanks never tacked on. All four runs came in the same inning.

Nuno went 4 2/3, 2 R, 6 h, 1 walk and 5 K. One problem with he and Whitley…. neither are providing length right now. You worry about the bullpen being used up. 5.33. Both are more long-man than starters, but with CC, Pineda and Nova out…

Daley 2/3 IP. 2 R, 1 ER, 1 h, no walks or K. Cespedes hit 2 HR in this game for the A’s, one off Daley, and I don’t know how Cespedes hit that one. It was a good pitch, Cespedes seemed to hit it off the bat to the opposite field, and it made the front row of the porch. 4.50. I don’t blame Daley on that one. I’m still shaking my head as to how Cespedes got that one.

Thornton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 3.75.

Ramirez then made his MLB debut. The righty is 24. (L, 0-1, 4.50). 2 IP, 1 R, 2 h, 1 walk and 2 K. An inauspicious debut since he took the loss, but hopefully the youngster got his feet wet and will be good from here on out.

LeBlanc then made his Yankees’ debut. 1 Ip, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 7.36.

The stopper and ace, Tanaka, goes this afternoon. Thankfully. He needs to nip this losing streak in the bud.

Game 57. Yanks waste Kuroda’s effort, lose in 10, 5-2.

Adam Warren didn’t have it tonight. Unfortunately the Yanks offense doesn’t seem to have it every night right now. As a result, the Yanks lost to Oakland 5-2 in 10 innings.

Mark Teixeira returned to the lineup, and had an RBI single and a solo HR (10). But that was all the Yankees’ offense could muster. Teix’s HR (351) tied Dick Allen on the all-time list.

In the last seven games, they’ve scored just 17 runs, and 7 of those were in one game. The offense is 10th in the AL in OBP, SA and OPS. They are 12th in R, 13th in doubles and 9th in HR. The OPS+ is 95, 5% below average. That needs to improve.

The Yanks wasted a superb outing by Hiroki Kuroda, who went 6 2/3, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 2 hits. ERA to 4.27.

The Yanks took a 2-1 lead into the eighth, but Dellin Betances could not hold it. 1 1/3, 1 R, 1 h, 1 walk, 2 K. 1.59.

Robertson the 9th, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.26.

Warren (L, 1-3, 2.53) 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K in 1/3 IP.

Claiborne 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 k. 3.57.

Blame Warren all you want, but when your starter goes 6 2/3 and only gives up one run on two hits, he deserves better support than that. Two runs. Right now it’s an effort for the Yanks to put up four runs in a game. The Yanks struck out 13 times last night.

Soriano was 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts. He’s down to .226, has walked just six times and has struck out 58 times. His OPS+ is down to 76. I love Sori, but those numbers are screaming for a release.

Before the game, the Yanks sent Almonte down, brought up Sizemore, placed Pineda on the 60-day DL retroactive to May 6th (won’t be back until mid-July at the earliest) and claimed lefty Wade LeBlanc off waivers. The lefty may be replacing Aceves. LeBlanc is 29, and has pitched in 97 MLB games for SD, Miami, Houston and the Angels, 68 starts. He is 20-32, 4.53, ERA+ 84 in his career.

The loss drops the Yanks to 29-28 and to third in the AL East, 5 back.

Game 53. Yanks lose, 6-1.

Not much to write about regarding this one. Even after winning this game, Ricky Nolasco of the Twins has a 5.70 ERA but the Yanks didn’t do anything with him while losing 6-1.

Vidal Nuno went 6 2/3 and gave up 3 HR. He gave up 4 runs total, 7 h, 0 walks and 6 K. He falls to 1-2, 5.48. The way Phelps, Whitley and Nuno have pitched, I would guess it would be Nuno who is shoved out of the rotation whenever Michael Pineda is ready to come back.

Preston Claiborne went 1 1/3, 2 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 3 K. 3.71.

Matt Daley a scoreless 9th. 3.09.

Jacoby Ellsbury drove in the Yanks’ only run. Twice the Yanks had hits that you thought might score a run, but no. Roberts was thrown out at the plate on one, and Gardner was held up on another, only to see Jeter hung up. After a rundown, Gardner was out. Jeter got hit #3364.

With the loss, the Yanks stay 2 1/2 back of Toronto. The Yanks fall to 28-25. Saturday marks the 1/3 mark of the schedule. Tanaka goes.

Game 50. Yanks beat Cards, 6-4 in 12.

Chase Whitley pitched his third MLB game, and once again did a decent job. It took the Yanks 12 innings, and a game-saving catch to rob Yadier Molina of a HR, but the Yanks won 6-4 to improve to 27-23. It was the Yanks’ third straight win.

Each team scored in the first. The Yanks got a walk by Gardner, a hit (3363) by Jeter and a hit by Ellsbury. St. Louis got a leadoff triple, followed immediately by a double to tie the game and you thought it wouldn’t be Whitley’s day.

Instead, he settled in and that was all he gave up… until the sixth.

The Yanks had gotten two in the fifth on a Johnson single and Gardner SF. After five, Whitley had gone the 5 and went 81 pitches. Frankly, I wanted Girardi to pull him then, since that was the longest Whitley had gone in the majors. Instead, he stayed in and the Cardinals tied the game. But the Yanks bullpen (with help from Gardner) shut down the Cardinals.

Whitley 5+, 3 R, 8 h, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.57
Claiborne 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.87.
Thornton 2/3, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.66.
Betances 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.48.
Aceves (W, 1-2, 5.28) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Beneficiary of Gardner’s game-saving catch. Gardner was repaying Yadier Molina, who became the first catcher to catch Gardner stealing.
Robertson save #11, ERA 2.40. 1 Ip, 1 run, unearned b/c of a Jeter error. 1 H, 0 walks and 2 k.

In the top of the 11th, Roberts got a bases-loaded single, PH Soriano got a SF and Ryan singled in another.

Game 45. Yanks come back to win 4-2 in 13.

Hmm… where to start.

The Yankees batters didn’t agree with the term “friendly confines” in regards to Wrigley Field. For the offense did not do too much Tuesday night or Wednesday afternoon.

Chase Whitley has to wonder when he will receive some support. In his first MLB game, he gave up no runs while working into the fifth. Today, one run while working into the fifth. So far, 9 IP, 1 R given up. …. and NO runs of support. But then, Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs has a 1.46 ERA after 10 starts this season and has no wins to show for it.

Whitley went 4 1/3, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 2nd major league game. ND. ERA 1.00.

Betances 1 2/3 scoreless, 3 K. 1.73.

Warren 1 IP, 1 R given up, 1.73.

So the Yanks were losing, 2-0, going into the top of the 9th. They loaded the bases with no one out. Ichiro hit into a force, one run scored, and in trying to turn the DP, the Cubs 2B, Barney, committed a throwing error, enabling the tying run to score.

Aceves 1 scoreless IP, 5.84.

Daley 1 2/3 scoreless, 4.00.

Thornton 2/3 scoreless, 5.19.

Claiborne got the win, (2-0, 3.14). 1 2/3 scoreless. He also laid down a beauty of a sac bunt.

A WP and an RBI single by John Ryan Murphy in the 13th gave the Yanks two runs to make it 4-2.

D-Rob pitched a scoreless 13th to notch his 9th save. (1.42).

Jeter was one for seven. Hit #3356.

Game 44. Nobody’s perfect. Cubs beat Yanks, Tanaka, 6-1.

Nobody’s perfect. Masahiro Tanaka had not taken a loss in any regular season start he made since August of 2012. 42 consecutive regular season starts without taking the loss.

But as Joe DiMaggio might have said, all streaks must end sometime.

Tanaka wasn’t terrible, but on a night when the Yanks’ bats didn’t do much, he had to be excellent, and he wasn’t.

He gave up 4 R, 3 ER in 6 IP. 8 H, 1 walk, 7 K. It could have been worse. On two consecutive plays, he nailed a baserunner at the plate when the Cubs tried to squeeze home runs.

He drops to 6-1, 2.39.

Claiborne 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 k. 3.55.

Thornton 1/3 ip, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.63.

Daley 1 1/3 ip, 0 R, 1 h, 1 walk and 1 K. 4.91.

The Yanks got just six hits on the night, two by Gardner and two by Jeter (3355). Meanwhile, Ellsbury is in slump and down to .269.

Games 42 and 43. Yanks split.

Game 42. 1st game of DH.

The Yanks hung on to win 4-3. Hiroki Kuroda (3-3, 4.61) gave up a HR to the second batter of the game, but the Yanks came back in the bottom of the first with three runs. Teixiera had a two-run single, and McCann drove in the other. They made it 4-1 in the second on an RBI double by Gardner.

Kuroda went 6, giving up 3 runs (two in the fifth), 5 h, 2 walks and 7 K. He gave up 2 HR.

Daley 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 6.00

Thornton 1/3. He struck out the only batter he faced. 5.14

Warren 2/3, 0 R, 1 h. 0 walks and K. 1.44

Robertson the four-out save. 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K for his 8th save.

Jeter got hit #3352. He got #3353 in Game 2 as a PH.

Game 43 2nd game of DH.

I like how Girardi builds a bullpen. I don’t like the fact that he never squeezes. In the first inning, Gardner got a leadoff triple. Roberts didn’t squeeze, but grounded out, Gardner having to hold at third. Ex-Yankee C Chris Stewart picked Gardner off third, then drove in a run with a single in the top of the second (a run aided by two Yankees’ errors. Stewart hurt the Yanks in this game. He had a SF later.). With Gerritt Cole pitching for the Pirates, and the Yanks resting people and using a diminished lineup (Gardner, Roberts, Teix DH, Kelly Johnson?! 1B (Johnson cleanup?), Solarte, Almonte, Suzuki, Murphy and Ryan) which had McCann, Jeter, Ellsbury and Soriano all out of the lineup (all ph later, Jeter getting that hit), you aren’t trying to squeeze in a run? Yes, he is playing for the big inning, especially early in the game, but with Cole out there, that big inning may not come. I give Cole his due and try to squeeze a run home there. Nuno vs. Cole? I try to get a run and help out Nuno a bit.

But what happens in the bottom of the second? Finally, a squeeze! … and the Yanks get a run. Solarte singled to open the inning, and then after two out, Murphy came through again with a single (which, at the time, put him at .429!). A two-base error on the play enabled Solarte to score and Murphy to go to third. Ryan then bunted for a hit (which, at the time, made the weak-hitting, good defensive SS 3 for 3 for the season) and RBI and went to second on the error. I can’t remember the last time the Yanks squeezed a run home. Hooray!

The Pirates had a man on, two out in the fifth. Double, but the runner stopped at third while the batter kept going. Oops. A great break for the Yankees.

Nuno went into the sixth, the longest he’s gone all year. For 5 2/3, all he gave up was one unearned run. But then with two out in the sixth, he gave up a 2-run HR. Nuno 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 walk and 5 K. 5.82. He did pitch well in this one.

Solarte tied it in the bottom of the sixth with his 5th HR.

But Aceves gave it right back. Aceves pitched great in his first outing since returning to the Yanks, but not so well in three outings since. He gave up a HR and took the loss. 1 2/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Loss, 0-2, 6.35.

Thornton 2/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.87. I don’t know what to think of Thornton yet. Part of me wishes Boone Logan were still here instead of Thornton.

Claiborne 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 2.19.

The Yanks now head to Chicago for a whole week. They are off Monday but then play the Cubs Tuesday and Wednesday and the White Sox Thursday through Sunday.

The Yanks are now 23-20, and in first place by half a game over Baltimore.

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