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Game 122. Yanks beat Rays, 4-2.

The Yanks beat Tampa Bay, Sunday, 4-2, and moved into second place in the AL East with the win.

They are 63-59, 7 behind Baltimore and a half game in front of Toronto. They are 3 1/2 out of the final wild card spot. The Yanks are off today (Monday). There are 40 games left in the regular season.

Hiroki Kuroda went 6 2/3, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 1 K as he evened his record at 8-8. 3.97.

The Yanks, down 1-0 at the time due to a first-inning Rays’ run, scored three times in the fifth. With two out and no one on, Drew walked and Prado doubled. Gardner singled home two, Jeter singled (hit #3436) and Ellsbury singled in Gardner.

The Rays made it 3-2 in the seventh, but Mark Teixeira’s 20th HR of the season put the Yanks up 4-2 in the eighth and that was the final score.

Teixeira’s HR was his 361st career HR, tying Joe DiMaggio on the all-time HR list.

Shawn Kelley came into a jam in the seventh, faced one batter and struck him out. 4.58.

Dellin Betances the 8th, 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.48.

David Robertson picked up his 33rd save. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.51.

Game 110. Drew, Gardner lead Yanks past Boston, 8-7.

Brett Gardner’s HR broke a 7-7 tie, and Stephen Drew drove in four runs as the Yanks bounced back from 3-0 and 7-4 deficits to beat Boston 8-7 on Sunday night.

Gardner had 3 hits and 3 RBI in the game.

The Yanks improve to 57-53 with the win, and are in third place in the AL East, five behind Baltimore. They are 1 1/2 games behind Toronto for the final wild card spot.

David Phelps started and struggled badly. He lasted just two innings, giving up 5 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 0 K. His ERA went to 4.24.

After the game, manager Joe Girardi stated that Phelps has been dealing with elbow inflammation for 3-4 weeks, had an MRI a few weeks ago. May miss his next turn in rotation. He’ll be reevaluated this week in NY.

The Yanks, down 3-0, tied the game in the top of the second. Stephen Drew had an RBI forceout, and Brett Gardner doubled in two runs.

Boston got two in the bottom of the second on a Pedroia HR to go up 5-3. The Yanks bounced back with a run in the fourth on a double by Drew. Ortiz’ 2-run HR in the bottom of the fourth put Boston up 7-4, but then the Yanks’ bullpen shut the door.

The Yanks tied the game in the fifth on an RBI double by Headley and a 2-run single by Drew.

Gardner’s HR (15) in the sixth broke the tie and was the final run of the ballgame.

Derek Jeter got one hit, #3426, to creep within four hits of tying Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time hits list. Meanwhile, Jacoby Ellsbury is in a tough slump, while a hot Carlos Beltran has raised his average to .250.

After Phelps was pulled,

Whitley 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K. ERA to 5.06.

Newcomer Esmil Rogers got the win and was a star of the game. (1-0, 6.08). 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.49.

Robertson picked up his 29th save. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 H, 2.74.

Game 107. Yanks lose 3-2.

The Yanks are off today, but we’ll see if there is any action as the trade deadline nears. Today at 4 p.m. is the deadline.

IMHO, they really could use a bat. A righty-hitting OF with some pop, who would mostly play RF, to me, is a must.

Last night (Wed.), the Yanks lost to Texas, 3-2. They only got four hits in the whole game.

Brett Gardner continued his amazing power surge by leading off the game with a HR (14) for the second night in a row. He has four HR in the last three games.

Hiroki Kuroda had a bad first inning. Although he didn’t give up any runs the rest of the way, the three he gave up in the first inning doomed him.

Kuroda went 7, 3 R, 9 H, 1 walk and 4 K. He falls to 7-7, 3.98.

David Huff pitched the eighth. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 0 K. Overall ERA 3.95.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a HR in the third (9) to cut it to 3-2, but other than the two solo HRs, the only other hits the Yanks got all night were two hits by Beltran.

The Yanks fall to 55-52, and are now 5 1/2 back of Baltimore in the AL East. Third place. They are now 3 games behind Toronto for the second wild-card spot.

I don’t know if the Yanks will make a deal. Some OF names discussed have been Marlon Byrd (36, .270-20-60 for PHI, his HR and RBI would lead the Yanks, OPS+ 120) and Josh Willingham (35, .223-11-31, OPS+ 124 for MIN in 59 games). Compare those Righty-hitting outfielders with Ichiro (40, .269-1-14, OPS+ 80, and only 8 of Ichiro’s 63 hits are for extra bases. In his last 36 games, Ichiro is hitting .214). If they do get a Righty-power bat to play RF, he could take Almonte’s spot.

I still don’t know why Jose Pirela and/or Robert Refsnyder haven’t been promoted. Maybe some youth can inject some energy (and some much needed more production) into the lineup. Some comparisons.

Roberts 36 .237-5-21 OPS .659 OPS+ 85
Kelly Johnson (on 15-day DL) 32 .219-6-22 OPS .677 OPS+ 89

Refsnyder 23, 2B/RF, total AA/AAA .323-13-50 OPS .919
Pirela 24, has played 1B/2B/SS/LF and RF this year. All AAA. .309-8-43 OPS .784

Of course, replacing Roberts/Johnson with Refsnyder/Pirela at 2B/UT may mean eating $$$. But Roberts/Johnson a) aren’t producing much and b) aren’t your future.

Note that Zellous Wheeler isn’t affected by the moves.

Maybe the Yanks can catch lightning in a bottle if they do pick up a Byrd or Willingham and combine that with Roberts/Johnson being replaced by Refsnyder/Pirela. Maybe not.

But the Yanks came thisclose to being swept in Texas. They are losing so many close games because of the offense. It couldn’t hurt to try what I am suggesting, could it?

Just my opinion.

Game 106. Yanks escape with 12-11 win.

This would have been an awful one to lose. Up 10-4 after 6 1/2 innings, the Yanks escaped with a 12-11 win over Texas when, on a full-count pitch with the bases loaded, David Robertson got Adrian Beltre to fly out deep to left. The out looked like a game-winning hit off the bat.

Brett Gardner led off the game with a HR (13). The red-hot Gardner was 4 for 5 in the game.

Starter and winner (Overall 6-10, 4.56; as NYY 3-0, 2.55) gave up four in the third and another in the fifth but got the win. 6 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

The Yanks got seven runs in the sixth to go up 8-4. Beltran singled in two, McCann plated another on a SF. Almonte singled in one, Ryan doubled in two and then Ryan scored on a three-base error.

In the seventh, Headley singled in one run and another scored on Almonte’s forceout. 10-4. Safe, right? Nope.

A grand slam by Arencibia (who had 4 hits and 7 rbi in the game) off of Betances cut it to 10-8 in the bottom of the seventh. Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run HR (18, 359 career, passing Yogi Berra on the all-time list and tying Johnny Mize) in the eighth to put the Yanks back up 12-8.

Chase Whitley gave up a run in the bottom of the eighth and David Robertson two in the ninth to set up the ugly, wild, exasperating, but successful (for Yankees’ fans) ending.

The numbers after McCarthy left the game aren’t nice, but here they are. Too many walks, for one.

Warren 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 3.25. He’s been slumping lately.
Betances 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.55.
Whitley 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.94.
Robertson 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 walks and 1 K. 2.88.

Robertson got his 27th save. Undeserved, I’d say. Yes, the Yanks win, but wasn’t really a deserved “save.” Oh, well.

The win puts the Yanks at 55-51 and keeps them 4 1/2 behind Baltimore, 3rd in the AL East. They are still two behind Toronto for the final wild-card spot.

Derek Jeter had two hits to go to 3422 for his career, eight behind Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time list.

Michael Pineda will pitch on Sunday, starting his rehab.

Meanwhile, I’m waiting for those big trades to develop.

Game 105. Jeter passes Yaz but Yanks lose, 4-2.

Brett Gardner hit two solo HRs, and Derek Jeter passed Carl Yastrzemski for 7th place on the all-time hits list, but the Yanks lost to Texas Monday night, 4-2.

The loss knocks the Yanks down to 54-51, 4 1/2 behind the Orioles in the AL East. They are in third place, two behind the second-place Blue Jays. The Blue Jays hold the second wild-card spot as of now.

Gardner’s 2 HR gave him 12 for the season, by far the most he’s had in a year. Can you believe he is tied with Beltran for second on the team in HR and leads the team in OPS?

Jeter’s three hits gave him 3420 for his career, one ahead of Yaz. He is now just 10 hits short of Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time hits list.

Unfortunately for the Yanks, despite 11 hits, six by Gardner and Jeter, they couldn’t score outside of Gardner’s two solo blasts.

David Phelps pitched well, but lost it in the fifth, when he gave up all four of Texas’ runs. I have to question some thinking here.

With two out, the score tied, and the bases loaded, Phelps threw three straight fastballs to Arencibia, a .150 hitter. On an 0-2 pitch, Arencibia laced a two-run single—on the third straight fastball—for what proved to be the game-winning hit. Why give a good pitch on 0-2 to a .150 hitter? Why not a slider or a curve in the dirt to make him chase? Why didn’t they work on him?

I know… second-guessing. But between that, McCann making some misplays at first (and yes, the front office SHOULD have got someone who is a legit backup 1B instead of throwing inexperienced people like McCann, Cervelli or Johnson out there), Betances giving a run away on an errant pickoff throw Sunday and Robertson not holding the runner on on Sunday, thus enabling that runner to get into scoring position from which he then did score the game-winning run, there has been some bad thinking out there in the last two games that cost the Yankees two games. You can’t do that. Maybe Girardi has to give a wake-up call. You have to play heads-up baseball, and we haven’t seen that in the last three games, which is why the Yanks have lost three in a row.

The Yanks should get Teix back in the lineup today. They brought up Almonte yesterday and DFA’d Jeff Francis.

I’m hoping the Yanks make a deal for a righty-hitting power-hitting RF soon. Ichiro, 40, is starting to show some age and seems to be running out of gas. It was never the Yanks’ intention to play him everyday, but he is. As a result, he is down to .269, and in 36 games since June 15, has been hitting just .214. Playing everyday is wearing him down. He needs to backup/platoon. The Yanks need to find someone at the trade deadline, here.

Phelps 6 IP, 4 R, 8 h, 1 walk and 3 K. He falls to 5-5, 3.89.

Kelley 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 hits. 3.51.

Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.66.

Game 102. Surprise power source carries red-hot Yanks to 6-4 win.

Ichiro Suzuki’s first HR of the season, a 3-run shot, lifted the red-hot Yankees to a 6-4 win on Friday night.

The Yanks have won 7 of 8 since the All-Star Break. The win puts them at 54-48, in sole possession of second place in the AL East, and they currently have sole possession (by one game) of the second wild card spot as of now.

Hiroki Kuroda struggled early, thanks to Jose Bautista, but did provide 5 2/3 innings and got the win. Kuroda gave up all four runs to Toronto on two homers by Bautista, a 3-run shot in the first and a solo shot in the third. When Bautista hit his second HR off Kuroda, he was at that time 4 for 4 off him, with all 4 hits being HRs.

Down 3-0, the Yanks got two back in the second. McCann and the red-hot Headley singled, and Ichiro walked. An infield single by Roberts brought in one run, and a SF by Gardner plated another.

After Bautista’s second HR put Toronto up 4-2, the Yanks came back with four in the bottom of the third and there was no further scoring for the rest of the ballgame.

Carlos Beltran homered to make it 4-3. It was Beltran’s 11th HR of the season and 369th of his career, tying him with Ralph Kiner and Todd Helton on the all-time HR list, one behind Gil Hodges.

After Beltran’s HR, McCann and Headley singled, and Ichiro’s 3-run homer put the Yanks up 6-4 and that is how the game wound up.

It was Ichiro’s first HR of the season. Not only that, out of Ichiro’s 63 hits this season, only 8 have been for extra bases, making the HR that much more of a pleasant surprise for Yankees’ fans.

If you didn’t see Jeter’s reaction when Ichiro came back to the dugout after Ichiro’s HR, you should check it out. Jeter gave Ichiro a teasing “are you kidding me” look before breaking into a big smile and laugh. Priceless.

Kuroda (W, 7-6, 3.99) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Huff 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. Overall ERA (SF/NYY) 4.10.
Kelley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.45.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 w, 1 K. 1.47.
Robertson his 26th save. 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 w, 2 K. 2.33.

Robertson is 26 of 28 in saves this year. He has alleviated any doubts of replacing Mo.

Jeter got hit #3414 in the victory. He is now five behind Carl Yastrzemski for seventh on the all-time hits list and 16 behind Honus Wagner for sixth. Jeter won’t catch the top five, since he is 101 hits behind fifth-place Tris Speaker.

McCann had two hits and raised his average to .243. This is one thing the Yanks need. For much of the season, McCann has been in the .220s.

Chase Headley had three hits and is 6 for 14 since becoming a Yankee.

Francisco Cervelli had two hits and is at a surprising, but welcome, .311.

It was the 17th straight time the Yankees beat Toronto at Yankee Stadium. Not only that, the Yanks continued their success against Mark Buehrle, who continues to struggle vs. the Yanks (1-12 career).

I see that Bill Renna, a backup OF for the 1953 Yanks, passed away recently.

Game 101. Yanks win 4-2.

A change of scenery has done Brandon McCarthy some good so far. When the Yanks traded for McCarthy, he was 3-10, 5.01 for Arizona. In three starts as a Yankee, he is 2-0, 1.45.

Thursday afternoon McCarthy pitched six innings, 1 R, 4 h, 2 walks and 5 K as he improved to an overall record of 5-10, 4.49.

Adam Warren 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walk and 0 K. 2.77.

Matt Thornton 1/3 ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walk and 0 K. 2.91.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.49.

David Robertson with his 25th save. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.39.

After Texas got a run in the third, the Yanks tied it in the fourth when Gardner doubled and two outs later scored on a single by another newly-acquired Yankee, Chase Headley.

The Yanks went ahead for good in the fifth. Ichiro walked and Cervelli doubled him home. After a sac bunt and a walk, Gardner’s SF made it 3-1.

Warren gave up a solo HR in the seventh, but the Yanks got an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Beltran singled and McCann doubled him in.

The win puts the Yanks at 53-48, three behind Baltimore in the AL East. However the win also puts the Yanks in a virtual 3-way tie for the second wild card spot with Toronto, with Seattle a 1/2 game back. The Yanks play Toronto at the Stadium this weekend.

Also, the Yanks picked up lefty Chris Capuano for cash considerations yesterday from the Rockies. Capuano will be 36 soon. He has been used solely in relief this year, going 1-1, 4.55, ERA+ 87 for Boston. Boston released him July first, and Capuano was picked up by Colorado on the 4th of July, but he didn’t pitch for the Rockies. Last year he was 4-7, 4.26 in 24 games for the Dodgers, with 20 starts. For is career, Capuano is 74-84, 4.28, ERA+ 96. His best year was in 2005 for Milwaukee, when he won 18 games. He was an All-Star in 2006. Although he has mostly been a starter in his career, he has only pitched in 31 2/3 innings this year in 28 games.

One note I saw. SS Tom Veryzer, who played mostly for the Tigers and Indians in the 1970s, passed away at the age of 61 on July 8th. He was a .241 hitter with an OPS+ of 61.

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.

Games 95-98. Yanks sweep Reds, lose opener to Texas.

First off, I’m sorry I haven’t been on in a few days. I switched my home phone to something that would save me $30 a month. What they didn’t tell me was I’d lose my DSL access and I’ve been struggling the past few days to get that restored.

Without that, I had no internet access.

So a brief recap of the Yanks since the All-Star break.

They swept the Reds three straight.

Friday the Yanks beat the Reds, 4-3. Phelps w, 4-4, 3.87. Robertson S, 2.67. Betances pitched, era to 1.42.

Ellsbury HR #7. McCann rbi, Beltran 2 hits, rbi.

Saturday a 7-1 win. McCarthy was great. 4-10, 4.63, but that is combined AZ/NYY. Gardner 3 RBI, Kelly Johnson 2 h, 2 rbi.

Sunday the Yanks got a gift. Kuroda was great, ND. Betances blew a 2-1 lead when he gave up a HR. But in the bottom of the 9th, Ellsbury (who saved a run with a sliding catch) got a hit. He was 4 for 4 in the game. He stole 2nd and went to third on a WP. McCann hit a popup that should have been caught but fell & Ellsbury scored the winning run. This put the Yanks at 50-47 and three back.

Tonight (Monday) the Yanks lost 4-2. Sometimes, when you try to squeeze another out of your starter, you don’t get it and such was the case tonight. Ellsbury had a HR (8) but the Yanks didn’t hit a pitcher they should have. They made five errors, three by starter Shane Greene.

Greene is now 2-1, 2.79. 5 2/3 tonight, 4 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 5 K. He entered the sixth with a 2-1 lead.

Thornton couldn’t save him. 2 batters, 2 hits.

Jeter is now at 3412 hits, 7 behind Yaz and 18 behind Wagner on the all-time hits list. He’ll be honored at the Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 7th.

Teix is out a few days with a strained lat.

The Yanks went into Monday night’s game 3 back in the AL East and 1 1/2 back of the final wild card spot.

I’m sorry for no details, but when you are trying to catch up on four games…

Game 94. Yanks at .500 at break after rain-shortened loss.

The Yanks lost 3-1 Sunday night in a game called in the bottom of the fifth due to rain.

Brett Gardner led off the game with a HR, but that was the only run the Yanks would get. Gardner’s 9th HR sets a new season high for him. Derek Jeter got his 3408th career hit in the loss at Baltimore.

Chase Whitley started and gave up three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Chris Davis hit a two-run HR to LF. Left field at Camden Yards is their “short porch”, similar to RF at Yankee Stadium. It is just 364 to LCF, the wall is short, and Davis’ HR made it into the front row. A double by Machado and single by Schoop put the Orioles up 3-1.

Chase Whitley went 3 2/3, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 4 K. He falls to 4-3, 5.10.

David Huff 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Overall ERA (SF/NYY) 4.42.

The Yanks went down 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth and after a walk and two strikes on the second batter in the bottom of the inning, there was the rain delay and the game was called.

So the Yanks lose 3-1 in 4 1/2 innings to drop them to 47-47 at the break. They are in third place, five behind Baltimore in the AL East. They are 3 1/2 behind Seattle for the final wild card spot.

40 of the Yanks’ last 68 games are at home. They’ll need one or two pitchers and one or two hitters to pick up the slack, either by having their own pick it up, or via trade.

They resume the season on Friday, and the first three pitchers after the break are scheduled to be Phelps, McCarthy, then Kuroda.