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Game 13. Yanks edge Boston 3-2, but are banged up.

Ivan Nova is either very good or very bad. A lot like A.J. Burnett was. Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde and you don’t know which one will show up.

Tonight was the good Nova. 7 1/3, 2 R, 8 H, 0 walks and 4 K. He goes to 2-1, 5.94. Matt Thornton got one out, David Phelps one, and Shawn Kelley got the last three outs for the save, his third.

The Yanks blew a chance in the first. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and one out, Sori hit what appeared to be a SF. But Ellsbury took off for 3rd & was gunned down before Beltran could cross the plate. Timing play. Out. No runs.

Nova then gave up a run in the 2nd, and would have given up another if Gardner didn’t gun out the runner at the plate. Gardner should have two Gold Gloves already. It’s a shame he doesn’t have one yet.

Beltran hit a 2-run HR in the third to give the Yanks the lead. #361 of Beltran’s career (#3 for the year) tied him with Joe D. on the all-time list. Beltran is 5th on the all-time list for switch-hitters. I knew 3 above him—-Mantle, Murray and Chipper Jones. I could not remember #4. Thanks to my friend Josh “The Yankee Truth” Imboden for letting me know Lance Berkman retired with 361 HR.

The Yanks got a break in the fourth, and it helped them win the game.  McCann and Solarte walked, then a force out. 1st & 3rd, one out. Cervelli hit into what was originally called a DP. Girardi challenged, and the call was overturned. Cervelli was safe. 3-1. Farrell (Boston mgr.) ejected. But in straining to touch the bag, Cervelli was hurt. Romine or Murphy up soon?

Later, Solarte got hurt doing the same thing—straining for the bag, but he stayed in the game. Good thing. Roberts has back issues. Jeter didn’t play because of a strained quad. The team is fragile. There could be a couple of call ups soon, and I really don’t like the minor league situation. The best call up if they need an infielder would be Scott Sizemore for 3b. After that, …. it depends on who all is hurt.

Meanwhile Carlos Beltran had to go to 1B tonight. Ichiro to RF. This would actually prove to be a lucky break later when Ortiz hit one that Ichiro caught. Should have been a double. Beltran would not have got it. Ichiro did. Later in the same inning, the Red Sox loaded the bases but Phelps got a K to get out of it. Without Ichiro’s catch, no zero on the scoreboard.

Now to check on the injuries.

At 7-6, the Yanks are tied for first w/Toronto and Tampa in what looks to be a very tight division. Long way to go.

Yanks off Monday. Cubs in Tuesday.


Game 150. Boston sweeps Yanks 9-2.

The Yanks chances of making the playoffs took a big blow this weekend. They came into Boston 1 game out of the last wild card spot with 15 to go.

They are now 3 out with 12 to go after getting swept by Boston up in Fenway this weekend. Last night was a 9-2 loss.

The Yanks managed just five hits in the game. They scored in the first on an RBI groundout by A-Rod but didn’t score again until the 9th on a single by Ichiro.

Meanwhile, Ivan Nova struggled, dropping to 8-5, 3.36 on the season. He went 4, 5 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 4 walks and 2 K.

After that it was a bunch of relievers.

Warren 1 1/3, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 3.71.
Cabral 1 batter, base hit. 5.40. He’s only had a handful of MLB games.
Joba 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.32.
Mike Zagurski. The one-time Phillie made his Yankees debut. 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 1 HBP. 17.05.
Phelps 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.99.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 18.00. He, like Cabral, hasn’t pitched in many MLB games.

The Yanks are off today.


Game 148. “Salt” in the wound. Slam beats Yanks 8-4.

The Yanks’ struggles with Boston continued last night as Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s 7th-inning grand slam beat the Yanks 8-4.

The Yanks are 6-11 vs. Boston this season.

Hiroki Kuroda (L, 11-11, 3.13, deserves a much better record) started and didn’t have it, giving up four runs in the bottom of the first and working his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the second.

Robbie Cano actually bunted against the shift in the bottom of the first and got a double out of it. How I loved seeing the replay on that.

Kuroda went 6+, 5 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

The Yanks fought back to tie it up. Light-hitting SS Brendan Ryan, just picked up from Seattle a few days ago, hit his 4th HR of the year to make it 4-1 in the third.

A SF by Overbay cut it to 4-2 in the sixth and Cano’s 2-run double (he was 4 for 4 with 3 doubles) tied it up in the top of the seventh.

Shane Victorino hit a single to start things off for Boston in the bottom of the 7th. A better 3B may have had it. But Nunez was at 3B. Here is where Girardi could be second-guessed for playing Nunez out of position (and Nunez isn’t that great at his regular position, SS).

I was wondering why Reynolds wasn’t at 3B. Esp. since he is more of a threat to hit one over the Green Monster than Nunez is. Not only that, Reynolds is streaky and had just hit 2 HR down in Baltimore. You know what it is like when a streaky HR hitter gets hot. Ride the hot hand. Maybe Reynolds makes the play.

Anyway, Cabral comes in to face Ortiz. Who’d have thought that a rookie, who just made his MLB debut a few weeks ago, would be facing Big Papi in a key spot at this point of the season? Anyway, with Logan unavailable, here you are. He plunked Ortiz.

Claiborne, another rookie, came in and yielded a walk to load the bases before getting a strikeout. But then Saltalamacchia hit a grand slam to make it 8-4. Ballgame.

Cabral 0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 walks, 0 K. 1 HBP, 1 batter. 5.40.

Claiborne 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 4.15.

Claiborne since August 2, 11 games: ERA 10.22. Read that again 10.22. In his last three outings, 8 R in 1 2/3 IP.

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

Vernon Wells didn’t play last night but a stat to throw at you. Since May 15th, he’s hitting .214-1-24. In 82 games. Just the thought of him being under contract in 2014 shouldn’t make you happy. Him and the aging Ichiro (down to .264)? Ugh.



Game 134. Yanks beat O’s, 8-5

I’m sorry for no minor league report yesterday, but my electric carrier did an upgrade on services, etc., meaning I was without power for a while.

Tonight CC sucked again but he did pick up the win. He went 5 2/3, 5 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 4 K. He goes to 12-11, 4.91. Compare his ERA with Phil Hughes (4-13). CC has stunk this year. Period.

After the O’s got a run in the 4th, the Yanks took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of that inning when Soriano crushed a 2-run HR, #29 on the year (12 as a Yankee) and #401 of his career.

CC gave it right back, giving up 3 in the fifth.

The Yanks got 5 in the bottom of the fifth. Doubles by Granderson and Reynolds plated one. Ichiro hit a 2-run HR (7) to give the Yanks the lead. A double by Romine, single by Gardner and walk to Jeter loaded the bases. Cano singled in two.

Reynolds had 3 hits tonight.

Kelley 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and K. 3.60.

Logan 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and K. 2.68.

Robertson 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1K. 1.58.

The Yanks got an RBI single by A-Rod in the 7th to make it 8-5.

Rivera the 1-2-3 9th for the save. #39 on the year is #647 for the career. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. ERA of 2.16.

Game 131. 650* for Alex but Yanks lose 5-2.

It’s easy to dump on Phil Hughes tonight, and he deserves it, for he falls to 4-13 and once again couldn’t go 5 innings. He leads the majors in that regard.

Hughes went 4 2/3, 5 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 3 walks and 3 K. He wasn’t helped by a rare error by Ichiro. 4-13, 4.91.

But let’s look at something else as well. For the third time in their last four games, the Yanks scored just two runs. They lost all three of those games, and in the one game in the last four that they DID win, they scored three runs in eleven innings.

That won’t get it done, even if you were pitching Ford, Koufax and Seaver in those games.

The Yanks struck out 11x tonight.

The Yanks scored in the first on a Gardner single, PB and a couple of groundouts.

Hughes gave up runs in the second and third. A-Rod tied it in the fourth with his third HR of the year, and #650* (asterisk intended) of his career.

Hughes then gave up 3 in the fifth and wasn’t helped by Ichiro’s error.

David Huff gave them a chance to get back in it, 3 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 5 K. ERA to 4.26.

I’ve heard calls that Hughes should have been pulled earlier. How about he and CC pitch better? Girardi can’t pull people all the time in the 3rd or 4th inning and burn out his relievers. You can’t be pitching your middle relief guys 2 of every 5 games. It don’t work that way. Girardi actually manages the pen much better than Torre, or have you forgotten how Torre would burn out Sturtze and Proctor all the time?

As for calls of “Bring up the kids”  have you read my minor league reports? There are NO kids to bring up. It’s why Hal Steinbrenner had a meeting last week to address the minor league system.

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 125. Lineup for Game 2

Game 125. Tonight’s lineup for Game 2 of the d/n Dh.

Brett Gardner CF
Vernon Wells RF  (interesting. Batting 2d)
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Jayson Nix 3B
Austin Romine C

RHP Phil Hughes (4-12, 4.97)

Unless he PH later in the game, Ichiro stays at 3999 (Japan & MLB) hits.

Game 124. Cano, Stewart HRs back Nova, 8-4.

Ivan Nova had one bad inning, but he didn’t let it affect his game as the Yankees won 8-4 this afternoon in the first game of a D/N DH.

Nova gave up 4 runs in the second inning, but that was all. He went 6 1/3, 4 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 2 K. He goes to 7-4, 3.17.

Cano hit a 3-run HR in the third (23) to cut the margin to 4-3. It was Robbie’s 200th career HR. He went 4 for 4 and drove in 4 runs.

Stewart’s 3-run HR in the sixth was the game-deciding blow. It was his fourth HR of the season.

Logan 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.83.

Kelley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 3.38.

Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.71.

Joba 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.78.

Mo 2/3 (no save). 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.35.

Ichiro got two hits, bringing him to 3999 between Japan and the majors. Maybe he gets 4000 tonight in the nightcap.

Game 124. D/N DH today. Lineup, stats, comments.

Marty Appel’s book Now Pitching For The Yankees is now available, and updated, in e-book form. You can read an excerpt here. Here is another link. I have the original book and can say that ALL of Marty’s books, like this, Munson and Pinstripe Empire (see the list of recommended reading on the right) are great.

The Yanks have a D/N DH today. Here is the lineup for Game 1:

Yanks 64-59, 8 g.b. in A.L. East, 4th place. 6 1/2 games out of a wild card spot. Three games better than Pythagorean record. OPS+ 88, ERA+ 106 (100 is average, higher the better).

BA/HR/RBI    SB/ total att.  OPS+   Comments in italic,
team leader in bold, significantly subpar in bold italic.

Gardner CF .271-8-42  21/28   105   Did you know Brett the Jet is the one leading the team in striking out?
Suzuki RF .272-6-29  17/20  83   3 hits away from 4000 combined Japan and MLB. Is today the day? 
Cano 2B .301-22-76  7/8  141
Soriano DH .264-25-77  13/20  114   As Yankee, 21 games, .306-8-26  3/5  OPS+ 154.  397 career HR.
Rodriguez 3B .319-2-6  1/1  146   12 g. 47 at bats. See below for further comment. 2916 hits, 649 HR, 1956 RBI.
Granderson LF .275-3-6  5/5  128   24 games, 94 at bats. Last year, I wondered where the SB went. He is stealing the bases I wanted him to last year.
Overbay 1B  .257-13-51   0/0  99
Nix SS .230-2-22  12/13   64  Nunez tight hammy.
Stewart C .230-3-20  4/4  66   Expect Romine in the nightcap.

Nova RHP 6-4, 2.99  ERA+ 135

Phil Hughes will start tonight’s game. The next game Mariano Rivera will pitch in will be #1100 of his career.

A-Rod. I’m sorry, I can’t support him. Not while he is appealing a massive suspension or while he’s thinking of not only suing MLB, but his employer, the Yankees, as well. How can you work for someone you are considering suing? Awkward. I don’t appreciate cheaters, and feel that any win the Yanks have right now is a “dirty” win if he is a significant contributor, and I don’t like feeling guilty about victories. I really wish A-Rod would just go away, and the Yanks would move on and forward. I’d like to get back to baseball but as long as the BIG DISTRACTION (A-Rod) is there, this won’t happen. His crime isn’t as serious as say, Aaron Hernandez’ or O.J. Simpson’s, but I feel the same. It’s as if a Patriots fan supported Hernandez or a Bills fan O.J., and still defended him. I don’t.

I was willing to forgive A-Rod after his mea culpa in 2009, but even after that would not put him in the HOF (and there is NO chance of him ever getting in there—same with Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, Clemens, Palmeiro, etc.). I don’t forgive Braun one damn bit either, esp. after he cried to high heaven after getting caught the first time and getting off on a technicality.

That said, I’ll be PISSED OFF if they put Big Papi in. Hasn’t anyone remembered that HE was named in that 2003 list?

I am heading up to the Stadium 9/1 and 9/22. I will cheer the honesty and integrity of Mo. Jeter too, if he’s off the DL by then. I won’t be doing that for A-Rod. If he’s in the lineup, I’ll most likely be booing him. I don’t care that he is in pinstripes now. To me, he’s disgraced them and I don’t like that one damned bit. I don’t like “answering” for him to fans who question me, as a Yankee fan, why he’s still playing. I don’t like being put in the position of trying to “defend” him (which I don’t) by fans of other teams.

I’d much rather talk of the talent and character of Derek and Mo than the disgrace of A-Rod.

I’m tired of the A-Rod saga.  I’m sure his teammates are too, but a lot just won’t publicly admit it.

Game 116. Lineup, Stats & Comments

RHP Dellin Betances has been brought up, INF David Adams has been sent down.

Yanks 58-57, 11 games back in A.L. East. 4th in A.L. East. They are 7 games out of the final playoff spot.

They are 3 games better than their Pythagorean (expected) record. OPS+ 84 (16% below average), ERA+ 106.

They face Detroit’s Justin Verlander today. Game 1 p.m., TBS.

Andy Pettitte is still looking for career win #253, which would tie him on the all-time list with another great NY lefty, Carl Hubbell.  

BA/HR/RBI   SB/total att.   OPS+   Comments in italic.
Team Leader in bold and significantly subpar in bold italic. 

Gardner CF .274-7-37  20/27   106
Suzuki RF .282-6-27   17/20  90    7 hits from 4000, Japan & MLB
Cano 2B .287-22-73  7/8   136
A-Rod 3B .200-0-0   0/0  53    3 for  15    2904 hits, 647 HR, 1950 RBI. If he hits one, will the HOME fans throw it back?  
Overbay 1B .252-13-50  0/0  100
Soriano LF .248-19-58  11/17  98   As Yankee, .200-2-7, OPS+ 55, 10 for 50. 391 career HR.
Granderson DH .208-2-4  3/3  87   11 for 53
Nunez SS .227-1-12  5/8  70  172 at bats, unlike Alex or Granderson, who have hardly played.
Stewart C  .224-3-16  4/4  63   And  if Nunez hits a triple with no out or one out, Girardi still won’t put on a squeeze with this guy at the plate. Sheesh.

Pettitte LHP 7-9, 4.71  ERA+ 85   Showing his age. (41)
                               Retirement looming?