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Yankees give qualifying offers to 3

Mariano Rivera was named the A.L. Comeback Player of the Year today. Meanwhile, the Yanks gave qualifying offers to 3 players: Cano, Kuroda and Granderson. Should they sign elsewhere, the Yanks get a compensatory draft pick.

Cano is expected to refuse, since he can get over $14.1MM in free agency. Kuroda is anyone’s guess. It would be a $900K decrease from last year. With Kuroda, will he come back, retire, become a free agent or go back to Japan?

Granderson is iffy. Will he accept it? He did miss 100 games due to two broken bones (HBP twice) last season. Will he accept the offer and attempt to rebuild his value? Or will he take free agency instead? We’ll see.

Game 162. Yanks win finale in 14, 5-1.

For a while, it seemed like the season and this game would never end.

But end it did and the Yanks won 5-1 in 14 to finish their season 85-77, tied with Baltimore for 3rd in the AL East, 12 out of the division lead and six out of that 2nd wild card slot.

Speaking of which, Tampa Bay has to fly from Toronto to Texas to face the Rangers Monday night in a one-game matchup to determine who IS the second wild-card. The winner flies to Cleveland to face the #1 WC Indians in a one-game playoff Wed. to determine the AL wild card.

I fear this season may be the last winning season for the Yanks for a while.

Houston ended the season on (I believe, I may be off by a game) a fifteen game losing streak. They end 51-111. Ugh. The Yanks struck out 19 Astros in 14 innings.

David Huff started and went 5. 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and  7 K. Overall ERA 5.50 (Cle/NYY).

Brett Marshall 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 4.50.

Dellin Betances 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 10.80.

Preston Claiborne 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.11.

David Phelps 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 4.98.

Matt Daley 2 IP (W, 1-0, first MLB win), 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.

David Robertson finished, no save situation. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.04.

Down 1-0 in the 8th, the Yanks tied it on a double by Nunez and single by Granderson.

In the 14th, Reynolds HR’d (21). After two strikeouts, Ryan and Almonte singled and Nunez doubled in two. Murphy singled in Nunez.

Before the game, Mo was feated. He received gifts and apologized to the Astros’ fans for not pitching this weekend (classy). He explained that the farewell at the Stadium, with Derek and Andy coming out to get him, was the perfect ending.

Football: It was a rough enough day for this Steelers’ fan to see his team go to 0-4 on the season, but then I found out that #68, L.C. Greenwood, a DE on that great Steel Curtain team of the 1970s, passed away today at the age of 73. Another piece of my childhood gone. Known for wearing those yellow shoes, I remember him in SB IX, acting like a volleyball player in spiking down a few of Fran Tarkenton’s passes. I always wondered why he wasn’t in the HOF. Maybe now he can be put in—too late for him to relish it.

Game 153. Yanks lose, 6-2.

The offense didn’t show again, and Joba Chamberlain was awful in a 6-2 Yankees loss to Toronto. The loss drops the Yanks to 80-73, guarantees they can’t reach 90 wins and could be the death blow to their chances of making the playoffs this year.

Hiroki Kuroda started and went six. 3 R, 8 H, 4 walks and 7 K. Despite a 3.17 ERA, his record is now 11-12.

He gave up two in the third, and after Curtis Granderson cut the lead to 2-1 with a HR (7) in the top of the sixth, gave up a HR in the bottom of the sixth to put the Jays up 3-1.

Then came Joba to start the seventh and any hope the Yanks had to pull out a late innings rally like last night disappeared quickly. Joba gave up a walk, single and 3-run HR. 6-1. Game over.

Joba 0 IP, just those 3 batters. 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 4.97.

Cesar Cabral 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.86.

Matt Daley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00.

David Phelps 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.93.

Vernon Wells groundout in the 9th made for the final score of 6-2.

The Yanks got only five hits in the game.

Game 149. Yanks get just 3 hits in 5-1 loss.

When you are two games out of a playoff spot with 14 to go, it probably doesn’t help that your starting SS was just acquired days ago (and is hitting under .200 at that) and your starting C is making his first major league start.

It also doesn’t help that a starting OF who has helped to lift you into a possible playoff position is scratched from the lineup at the last moment.

But such was the state of the Yankees yesterday as Alfonso Soriano was scratched at the last minute (bruised thumb), J.R. Murphy got his first major league start and Brendan Ryan started at SS.

Such is also the state that Vernon Wells still actually plays. Wells is now .211-1-24 in 83 games since May 15th. It is not reassuring knowing that he is signed for next year. It’s amazing he hasn’t been cut. It’s all about the $$$$ and how much he is owed. Anyone else would (should?) be gone by now.

The Yanks got just three hits (two by Granderson) in losing to Boston 5-1. With the loss, the Yanks fall 3 back of the Rays with 13 to go in trying to get that last wild card spot. In between are the Indians, who are 1 1/2 back of the Rays.

CC was his 2013 inconsistent, hittable, grossly overpaid CC. He went 6, giving up 5 runs, 9 h, 4 walks and 5 K. He falls to 13-13 (leads Yanks in W and L) and the ERA goes to 4.90. In only the first and sixth innings did he not give up a run. Think of this, CC isn’t showing a much better line than David Phelps’ 6-5, 5.01.

Joba went 1. 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 4.43.

Matt Daley finished up. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.00.

The Yanks’s only run came in the fourth when Granderson tripled and scored on an RBI groundout by Cano.

Time is running out, and an upcoming sweep of the Rays is imperative.

Game 147. Yanks win on WP, 6-5.

For the second time in a week, the Yankees won on a 9th-inning wild pitch, this time beating Baltimore 6-5.

The game was delayed for about 90 minutes at the start because of rain.

Mark Reynolds hit a 2-run HR (19) in the second to give the Yanks a quick 2-0 lead.

The Yanks went up 4-0 in the third on a bases-loaded single by Vernon Wells.

Phil Hughes gave up a run in the bottom of the third, and when the first batter in the fourth reached on an error, manager Joe Girardi had a quick hook and brought in David Huff.

Hughes went 3+, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.07.

Granderson hit HR #6 in the top of the seventh to put the Yanks up 5-1, but Huff gave it right back in the bottom of the inning when Nick Markakis homered to make it 5-2.

Huff 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 6.04.  (Cle/NYY).

Adam Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.52.

Cesar Cabral 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00. Who knew that Cabral would be used to get big outs right now when he just recently made his MLB debut? Go figure.

David Robertson blew the lead in the 8th. First off, he was saved by Alfonso Sorano when Soriano took a HR away from Manny Machado. But that relief didn’t last long as Robertson, after striking out Davis for the second out, later gave up two singles and a game-tying 3-run HR to  Danny Valencia. He then gave up a double to Hardy but struck out Wieters to end the inning.

1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.24.

In the top of the 9th, newly acquired SS Brendan Ryan (not eligible for the postseason if there is one for the Yankees) singled. Stewart bunted and pitcher Jim Johnson’s throw in trying for the force on Ryan was bad. All safe. Granderson bunted both runners over and a wild pitch scored Ryan with the eventual game-winning run.

Mo came in and had a 1-2-3 9th. 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.30.

The win came down to an official scorer’s decision. Because of Robertson’s ineffectiveness, the official scorer didn’t give the W to Robertson but rewarded it to Mo (6-2) instead.

The Yanks stay 1 game behind the Rays for the second wild-card slot.

Meanwhile, Brett Gardner had to leave the game after his at bat in the top of the first with an oblique strain. He could be done for the year now, too.

Ouch.

 

 

Game 140. Great comeback ruined. Yanks lose 9-8 in 10.

Down 7-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks scored six runs to take an 8-7 lead. They watched Mariano Rivera get the first two outs in the top of the 9th. They watched him get to one strike away from ending the game.

Then they watched the game get away. Mo blew the save and the next inning Joba blew the win (with help from Cowboy Joe West, umpiring at first) and the Yanks lost 9-8 in 10 innings.

Ivan Nova started and Boston worked him over. He gave up two in the third but the Yanks tied it in the bottom half on a Cano 2-run double.

But Nova gave up a HR to Middlebrooks in the fourth. 3-2 Boston.

Nova only lasted 4 innings,  3 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 3 K. But he threw 96 pitches. ERA to 3.02.

Here, and later, is where I question Girardi. Hughes was demoted to the bullpen, so why didn’t Joe use him for an inning or two? Instead, he brought in the rookie Claiborne, who has had a good year, but who hasn’t ever experienced this type of pennant-race pressure before. 0 Ip, 3 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 0 K. ERA to 3.33.

Joe said he “didn’t want to put Hughes in that situation” after he didn’t pitch out of the B/p all year. BS. You are 2 1/2 out of the last wild card spot. You have to go with your best, and… we’ll get to that in a bit. But here is one spot where he could have used Hughes for 2-3 innings and didn’t and the game got away.

He brought in Cesar Cabral. Boston/Yankees, pennant-race, September, and the kid’s 2nd major league game. Cabral did strike out the only batter he faced. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00.

Adam Warren for 2 2/3. 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 4 K. 3.65.

7-2 going into the bottom of the 7th. Ichiro walked, Wells PH for Stewart & singled. Gardner singled in a run and then Wells stole 3rd (getting a favorable call, replays suggested he may have been out). Why Gardner didn’t go as well, I don’t know. Jeter walked to load the bases. Cano grounded into a force. 7-4. Soriano singled in a run, 7-5. Granderson doubled to make it 7-6. After A-Rod struck out, Overbay singled in two to give the Yanks an 8-7 lead.

Robertson had a 1-2-3 8th, 2 K. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.85.

Mo the 9th. He got a lineout and groundout and had 2 strikes on Napoli. One strike away from save #650. Napoli singled, left for PR Berry, who stole second and went to third on Romine’s throwing error. Drew tied it with a single.

1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.19.

In the bottom of the 9th, Soriano walked and was picked off first but the throw wasn’t good and he made it to second. SB. But then he was picked off second.

So for the 10th, in comes Joba, and you just KNEW the Yanks would then lose. Why not Hughes? (Kelley has a triceps issue and couldn’t pitch).

Joba 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. It appeared as if Shane Victorino went around for strike three but Cowboy Joe West, umping at first (bet he loved the nice long game) said Victorino held up. He singled in the game-winning run on the next pitch. Joba (L) 2-1, 4.38.

Logan finished. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.05.

Joba said something to West upon being removed and was ejected.

A tough loss. Had they hung on, and they were one strike away, they’d be only 1 1/2 back of the Rays for the last wild card spot b/c the Rays lost last night. Instead it remains 2 1/2 with 22 to go, and they are only 1/2 game ahead of the Orioles and Indians.

Once again, Derek Jeter didn’t look good to me, but looked tentative on those legs.

The Yanks stole six bases, even one by Overbay on the back end of a double steal.

Game 138. 5 in 8th give Yanks 6-4 win.

The Yanks need to win every game they can right now. Going into this evening, they were 2 1/2 behind for the last wild card spot, 25 games to go and they have to jump over a couple of teams.

Which is why losing 4-1 in the bottom of the 8th to the White Sox looked so bleak. But the Yanks got five in that inning to pull out a BIG 6-4 win.

Chicago got a run in the first, and the Yanks tied it in the 2nd on a double steal. Nunez swiped second while Wells stole home.

Chicago got a 2-run triple by Alexei Ramirez in the fifth to go up 3-1. De Aza’s HR made in 4-1 in the 7th.

In the 8th, after Gardner struck out, Jeter got hit #2 of the night and #3315 of his career. MLB states that he passed Eddie Collins on the all-time list. BaseballReference has him tying Collins. Those old-time (Collins 1906-1930) players stats have discrepanices. Boxscores weren’t that accurate back then. Anyway, Jeter is now 4 behind Paul Molitor on the all-time list. MLB has Derek 9th on the hits list and soon he’ll pass Molitor for 8th.

Cano doubled. Soriano singled to make it 4-3 and A-Rod singled. Granderson’s PH single tied it up and after Reynolds struck out, Nunez doubled in two to make it 6-4.

Kuroda 6 1/3, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 7 K. 2.99.

Claiborne (just back) 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.74.

Logan 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. (W, 5-2, 3.08).

Mo the save. #40 on the season, #648 for his career. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. A 1-2-3 inning that lowers his ERA to 2.12.

It is the 9th time in his career that Mo has saved 40 games in a season. And this year, at age 43… and he is only a few months away from 44 years old.

The Yanks go to 74-64 and jump over the O’s.

Game 127. Yanks sweep Jays, 5-3.

The game started 3 1/2 hours later than it was supposed to (rain delay) but the wait was worth it as the Yanks swept all four games from the Jays in this series, concluding it with a 5-3 win today.

The Yanks five runs were managed despite getting just four hits.

Andy Pettitte got win #254 of his career, enabling him to tie Jack Morris and Red Faber on the all-time list. Next up is Ted Lyons at 260, and it appears that is out of reach unless Pettitte surprises us all and comes back next year.

Andy went 6, 1 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 3 K in evening his record at 9-9. His ERA drops to 4.23.

It was scoreless until the fifth. J.P. Arencibia hit a HR to put the Jays up 1-0.

The Yanks got two in the bottom of the inning. Granderson led off the inning with a HR (4). It was especially sweet because it came off of J.A. Happ, the southpaw who hit Granderson with a pitch in his first spring training at bat and who broke his arm.

With one out in the same inning, Nunez walked, Stewart singled and Ichiro walked. Wells hit a liner that appeared to be caught, and what would have been a DP. It was ruled a trap and a force. But even if it WERE a DP, Nunez scored before what would have been the last out. 2-1 Yanks. Manager Gibbons and P Mark Buehrle (arguing from the bench) were ejected.

The Yanks broke it open with three in the sixth. After Soriano whiffed, A-Rod walked, stole second and Granderson walked. Reynolds walked. Nunez singled in two and Stewart had an RBI groundout. 5-1.

Shawn Kelley gave two right back in the top of the seventh. 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and o K. ERA to 3.70.

Boone Logan in to close out the seventh. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.80.

Preston Claiborne the 8th. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.68.

With Mo unavailable because he pitched yesterday and in both games of Tuesday’s DH, Robertson closed and got his second save of the season.

1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. ERA 1.68.

Game 126. Soriano lifts Yanks, 4-2. Yanks lose Nix for year.

Derek Jeter has a rehab game tomorrow. Hopefully they get him back soon, for now they really need him.

Jeter has played in just five games all year, as he has been battling two ankle fractures, a quad strain and a calf strain.

Tonight, one of his replacements, last night’s hero, Jayson Nix, was lost for the rest of the season after getting hit by a pitch which broke his hand.

As for the game, Alfonso Soriano’s 2-Run HR in the 8th gave the Yanks a 4-2 victory.

In the first inning, Ichiro Suzuki got a single, which happened to be his 4000th hit if you add what he did in the Japanese Majors to what he has done over here in the USA.

Toronto went up with a run in the top of the second, and the Yanks tied it in the bottom half of the same inning on a SF by Romine, who just missed a 3-run HR.

Cano’s double and Granderson’s single made it 2-1 Yanks after three.

Josh Thole hit a HR in the 4th to tie it up.

Adam Warren started for the Yanks. It was his second MLB start. In his first, last year, he was bombed. Warren was mostly used as a mop-up man, middle innings guy this year before the DH yesterday necessitated today’s start. He went 3+, 2 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 4 K. ERA to 3.69.

David Huff came in and was a star of today’s game. He went 5 out of the bullpen, 0 R, 1 H, 4 walks and 2 K. A great job. He gets the win, and goes to 1-0, 5.79 for the year (combined; he had a game with Cleveland early on). He made a great defensive play in the 8th.

In the bottom of the 8th, Soriano’s 26th HR, a 2-run shot, won it. It was the 398th HR of Sori’s career, tying him with Dale Murphy on the all-time list.

Mo for the 9th and he got his 37th save, #645 of his career. 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. ERA to 2.25.

Robbie Cano had two hits and is now at .310.

Game 117. Houdini comes through, escapes jam. Yanks win 2-1.

David Robertson has earned the nickname “Houdini” for escapes such as this.

Bases loaded, one out, Yanks up by a run, and he gets two strikeouts to end the game and give the Yanks a 2-1 win.

First off, Hiroki Kuroda was magnificent against the Angels. I, frankly, did NOT want him to come out, but for him to pitch the 9th and get the CG. He went 8, gave up 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 7 K. He improves to 11-7, 2.33.

2.33… in the DH league. … and to think that people criticized me when I suggested he’d do fine with the Yanks when the Yanks signed him.

The Yanks got a run in the third. With one out, Nunez singled. He advanced on a groundout and scored on a Gardner single.

It stayed that way until the 7th, when Granderson HR’d (3) to make it 2-0.

In the 9th, Logan gave up a single and got a K. Robertson came in, walked Trout and gave up a bloop double to Hamilton, just over A-Rod’s head and reach, to make it 2-1. Robertson then intentionally walked Aybar to load the bases.

He then struck out Trumbo and short-time Yankee Chris Nelson.

Logan 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and a K. ERA 2.20.

Robertson 2/3 IP, save, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walk and 2 K. His first save of the season. ERA 1.81.