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Game 63. Yanks edge Seattle, 3-2.

Derek Jeter got 2 hits (3372) and scored two runs, and Jacoby Ellsbury not only got the GW hit, but made a couple of fine defensive plays as the Yanks edged Seattle 3-2 Tuesday night.

The Yanks broke out early, scoring two in the first when Jeter singled, Teixeira singled, Beltran doubled in one and McCann singled in another.

Starter Vidal Nuno gave one back in the bottom of the first.

Nuno went 5 2/3, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 2 K in lowering his ERA to 4.97. Nuno picked up a no-decision, because for the 11th consecutive game, the Yanks scored 4 or fewer runs. Sometimes when that happens, the offensive breakout occurs when you don’t need it. For example, Tanaka pitches tonight.

Nuno got help from his D. Ellsbury made two superb catches and Ichiro made a superb catch of his own.

Seattle tied the game in the seventh off of Betances.

Betances 1 1/3 IP, (W, 4-0, 1.69) 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. He hurt himself with a HBP and WP, but picked up the win.

In the eighth, Jeter got his first XBH in a while, a one-out double, and scored on Ellsbury’s single.

Warren and Robertson then shut down Seattle.

Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.31.

Robertson (15th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and he struck out the side. 3 K. 3.68.

The win puts the Yanks back over .500 at 32-31 and into a tie for 2nd in the AL East with Baltimore, 5 1/2 back of Toronto.

In other Yankees news:

Shawn Kelley should be back tomorrow. I’d expect Jose Ramirez to be sent down.
Johnny Damon & Hideki Matsui will be attending Old-Timer Day ceremonies on June 22.
2b Robert Refsnyder was promoted from AA to AAA.

Desperate Damon calls on Yanks

Johnny Damon is sitting on 2769 hits, 231 away from 3000. He’s also out of a job right now.

Damon, 39, stated that if the Yanks are interested, he’d fill in while Granderson is out, and at the minimum salary, too.

The Yanks aren’t interested, nor should they be. His defensive skills have diminished, his throwing arm wasn’t that good to begin with, he doesn’t add any youth to a team that already is being thought of as too old, and he’s coming off a bad year.

Last year, Damon hit just .222-4-19, OPS+ 73 in 64 games with Cleveland before being released. He did go 4 for 4 in SB.

After leaving the Yanks after 2009, Damon had a couple decent years for the Tigers in 2010 (OPS+ 105) and Tampa Bay in 2011 (OPS+ 109) but last year was a warning sign.

Maybe someone will pick him up (and there’s other big names, like Jim Thome, out there too). I cannot conceivably see Damon getting the 231 hits he needs for 3000, and a possible HOF induction. I don’t blame the career .284 hitter (with 235 HR and 408 SB, OPS+ 104) for asking around.

But the Yanks should just say no.

Game 104. Yanks get on track, blow out O’s 12-3.

Before I get to today’s game action, some news. Apparently Ivan Nova and Joe Girardi weren’t on the same page after last night’s loss. It was eerily like Ian Kennedy’s comments back in 2008 after he got rocked. Girardi said that Nova had no fastball command, an inconsistent slider and an inconsistent curve. Nova said he thought he had good stuff. Huh? 9 R in 5 IP, suggests otherwise. So does coughing up a 5-0 lead by giving up 7 runs with two out. Nova should learn from Kennedy (who never recovered in the eyes of management and was traded away the next year). You stink, you blow a lead, own up to it. Look in the mirror, don’t make excuses. You blew a 5-0 lead and deflated your team. No excuses. Don’t B.S. Did you get the win? No. You blew a big lead. That is all she wrote.

With the acquisition of Shane Victorino from the Phils, the Dodgers DFA’d Bobby Abreu. His career, like that of Matsui, could be over. As one reporter wrote, Johnny Damon better be looking over his shoulder. Damon right now is at .227-4-19, 4/4 in SB, OPS+ 75 for the Indians, and those numbers are actually WORSE than Abreu’s.

DeWayne Wise was released by the Yanks. He was DFA’d and refused assignment to AAA.

Now for today’s game. The Yanks got a much needed win today (I hope they were read the riot act for the game last night) by beating the Orioles 12-3. It meant the difference between a 4 1/2 game lead over the O’s and a 6 1/2 game lead.

The Yanks jumped out early. Granderson hit #29 in the bottom of the first. Swish then doubled, Cano singled him to third and Jones hit a SF. 2-0 Yanks after 1.

Teix sat again. The just-acquired McGehee played 1B. The Yanks lineup today was Jeter 6, Granderson 8, Swish DH, Cano 4, Jones 9, Martin 2, McGehee 3, Suzuki 7, and Nix 5.

Yes, that’s right. Jones in RF, Ichiro in LF.

Hughes gave one back in the top of the second. He went 6 and only gave up 1 run, but he wasn’t awesome. The O’s left a lot of runners on base.

The Yanks came back with two in the bottom of the second to make it 4-1. McGehee walked and with one out went to second on a PB. Nix singled him to third. Jeter singled in a run to make it 3-1 and after Granderson whiffed, Swisher singled to make it 4-1.

In the third, the Yanks broke the game open by scoring seven runs. With one out, Martin and McGehee walked. After an out, Nix doubled in one run. Jeter then singled in two. Granderson singled. Swisher walked to load the bases and then Cano unloaded a grand slam. Robbie’s 24th HR made it 11-1.

Meanwhile, Hughes was putting two men on in every inning but getting out of it.

Hughes (W, 11-8, 3.96) went 6, 1 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 2 K. Not pretty, but he got out of jams.

BTW, guess which Yankees pitcher was the first to 11 wins this year? You just saw it, Phil Hughes. Kuroda, CC and Nova all have 10. This from a guy people wanted to dump on say, May 2nd, when he was 1-4, 7.48. Since then, he is 10-4, 3.24.

Joba came in and got his feet wet. Not a good outing, but it was a good time for him to get his first MLB game in 14 months. 1 2/3 IP, 2 r, 4 H, 1 walk and 0 K. ERA 10.80. Settle down, Joba. Good that you are back.

Rapada 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.83.

David Robertson 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.16.

McGehee got a bases-loaded SF in the 8th.

Jeter 3 h (3225), 3 RBI. Cano 2 h, 4 RBI. 3 h, rbi for Nix.

Game 72. Different lineup tonight

It’ll be a different lineup tonight as Girardi rests some people. Martin still has the stiff back, Stewart catches. A-Rod gets a day, Chavez at 3B, and Granderson gets a 1/2 day off (finally) as Wise is in CF vs. Cleveland (and our old buddy J.D. See below).

Yanks 43-28, 1st in AL East by 2 1/2 over Baltimore. 1 game behind Texas for best in AL, even in the loss column with the Rangers.
The Yankees are two games better than their Pythagorean record.
OPS+ 109, ERA+ 114 (100 is average, higher the better).

BA/HR/RBI  SB/Total Att.   OPS +

Jeter SS .305-7-25  6/7  106    3180 h, 4 behind Ripken, 92 leads AL
Granderson DH .246-21-41  4/7  125
Teixeira 1B  .253-12-42  1/2  110
Cano 2B .299-16-36  1/2  144     .154 (10 for 65) w/RISP
Swisher RF .268-11-45  1/2  120
Ibanez LF .246-11-35  2/2  106
Chavez 3B .264-5-10  0/0  106   1 for 22 w/RISP
Wise CF .133-0-0  6/6  (-11)  4 for 30
Stewart C .246-0-7  0/0  49   15 for 61

Kuroda RHP  6-7, 3.57  ERA+ 117

Jeter’s average is slowly dropping, now down to .3o5. He turns 38 tomorrow and has hit only .231 this month. Since May 4th? .245 in 44 games. Still, he’s the only regular over .300.

Ex-stars struggling. Johnny Damon comes into the Stadium at .202-3-13, 2/2, OPS+ 72. Hideki Matsui for the Rays is at .169-2-6, OPS+ 47.

Game 6. Yanks back at .500 on Swisher’s 10th inn. HR

Nick Swisher had failed in the clutch a couple of times this season, but in the 10th inning tonight, the odds that he would eventually produce were in his favor.

Swisher’s 2-run, 10th-inning HR enabled the Yanks to sweep the Orioles in Baltimore and even their record at 3-3.

After going 12 for the win last night, the Yanks went 10 tonight. Tomorrow is an off-day (thankfully, the bullpen could use some rest) and the home opener is Friday afternoon.

The Yanks got off to a good start. Jeter doubled for hit #3098 and Granderson hit a homer.

CC wasn’t ace-like, and I am starting to wonder when he last was. He struggled at the end of 2011, didn’t have a great S.T. and wasn’t great tonight. He did, however, gut it out.

He gave up two in the second, and did not help himself when he reached out with his pitching hand and made contact with a ball that could have been an inning-ending DP had he left it alone. Instead, two runs.

In the fifth, a walk, HBP and a single by Gardner loaded the bases with no one out. Jeter’s groundout put the Yanks ahead, BUT THEY DID NOT TACK ON. After Jeter’s groundout, it was still 2d & 3d, one out, but they couldn’t get anything more. That could be fatal.

CC gave it right back in the bottom half. 2 runs, 4-3 O’s.

In the top of the seventh, Granderson’s 3d RBI of the game tied it up at 4.

CC went 6, 4 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 8 K. ERA 6.75.

The Yanks BP was depleted b/c of last night’s 12-inning game. Wade, Phelps and Robertson all were unavailable.

Logan went 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and a K.

The 8th inning drove you crazy. Remember, I complain on this blog a LOT how much you would kill for a simple SF. A-Rod led off with a single, and… to show you that A-Rod is aging… Nunez PR for a guy with over 300 career SB. Now, after Teix made out,  Nunez did get a SB … and went to third on an e-2.  Swish struck out and Ibanez was walked intentionally. Martin struck out to end the threat. Oh, for a SF there.

A funny stat, courtesy of my friend Josh (The Yankee Truth):
Ibanez now has 2 SB. Alex has 0 RBI.

Swish can be a free agent after the year, and at that point, I really was wondering if it might be better to let him go at the end of this year. Don’t get me wrong. I like Swish. Who wouldn’t? Great personality. Usually you can count on him for .265-27-80 or so. But his record in the clutch and postseason hasn’t been good, and there were times so far this early in the season where it seemed he was pressing—especially with this being his contract year, so to speak.

Soriano came in. It was unknown whether he could be available or not due to the nail issue of yesterday.

After the first two outs in the ninth, Sori got into trouble. A double and a walk. Then an intentional walk to load the bases. No margin for error. But Sori got a K to get out of it.

Sori (W, 1-0) went 1 1/3 and got the win. 0 R, 1 h, 2 walks, 2 K.

In the top of the 10th, with one out, Nunez singled. He was then picked off. Ouch. It looked worse when Teix then doubled. Potential go-ahead run picked off.  Curses.

But then Swish finally stepped up and hit his 2-run HR.

In the bottom of the 10th, a good move by Girardi. He replaced Nunez (who replaced Alex) with Chavez for defense.

… then, for the 3rd night in a row, in comes a certain 42 year old reliever to close it out. The first night, not a save situation. Last night, yes.

… and tonight, #605 was there for the taking.

Four batters later, Mo did his job and #605 for the greatest of all time was in the books. A 6-4, 10-inning Yankees win.

Mo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Update: reports are that Damon will sign with Cleve.

S.T. Game #17. Nova struggles as Yanks lose, 6-3

The first six batters Ivan Nova faced tonight did some damage: single, double, K, 3-Run HR, Groundout HR. Down 4-0, two outs in the first.

The Yanks never recovered, and lost 6-3 to the Orioles tonight, dropping their spring training record to 8-9. Good point from someone on Twitter: Nova did a good job keeping the ball in the park last year, but has given up 4 HR in 9 IP this spring.

Nova went 4, 5 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 4 K. Despite going 16-4 last year, he has options and if he struggles and Pettitte is ready in early May, who knows? Sophomore Jinx?

In the second, Teix doubled (to LCF, a good sign, going the other way against the shift) and scored on a groundout. 4-1. Nova gave up his fifth run in the second, and after two it was 5-1 Birdies.

Dave Phelps went 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K, and made an error.

Clay Rapada faced one batter and got a groundout.

D.J. Mitchell went 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

The Yanks got lucky. Robbie Cano took a pitch off the hand. Thankfully, x-rays were negative.

The Yanks scored two in the 7th on a double by DeWayne Wise and a SF by Jose Gil. Wise, a .219 career hitter mostly known for his speed and defense (he saved that Buehrle perfecto with a tremendous catch) is hitting .474 this spring.

George Kontos pitched a 1-2-3 eighth with a K.

Jorge Vazquez is now at .053 for spring training. So much for the remote possibility (after the Montero trade and before the Ibanez signing) that he’d be the DH. Speaking of Ibanez, he was 0 for 3, is down to .065 for the spring, and a friend who has MLB (I don’t) says he hasn’t hit a ball hard all spring and has rarely got around and pulled a ball. I hope that Cashman has Johnny Damon on speed-dial.

The youngster, Mason “Classical Gas” Williams, got a CS, but did get a hit.

The Yanks are off tomorrow, but expect more cuts. Time to get really serious.

JD not in DH mix anymore

Apparently Johnny Damon isn’t a consideration for the DH spot anymore, per conversations Damon had with some NY Post writers.

Along with reports that the Yanks are in extensive talks with Ibanez, it appears as if a deal with Ibanez will be announced soon.

In other news, there is a report that the Yanks don’t have enough for Ibanez AND to bring back Chavez, unless Hal agrees to more $$$. So, for now, it appears that the Yanks are concentrating on Ibanez, no Chavez, and that the door is open for Branyan (like Chavez, 1b/3b/dh, and a lefty hitter) or Hall (righty hitter, but 2b/3b/ss/all 3 of positions) to grab a bench spot.