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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 92. Yanks fall to .500 with 3-2 loss in 10.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched a good game, but once again got little run support as the Yanks lost 3-2 in 10 innings in Baltimore Friday night to fall to .500.

The Yanks got a run in the second on Brian Roberts’ fifth HR of the year, and another in the third on Kelly Johnson’s sixth HR of the season, but that was all.

Kuroda gave up two runs in the fourth on a HBP, single, WP that enabled a run to score, another WP to move a runner to third, and a SF. Ouch.

He went 7, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Except for those wild pitches and HBP (he did hit another batter in the fourth, but no damage with that one), he was great. 4.10.

Betances once again proved why he is an All-Star. 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 1.46.

Adam Warren gave up a leadoff double and a one-out single in the bottom of the 10th to lose the game. (L, 1-5, 2.79). 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

The loss knocks the Yanks down to .500, 46-46. They are now five games behind the Orioles in the AL East. Third place. They are 3 1/2 out of the final wild card spot.

Earlier in the day, the Yanks DFA’d Jim Miller, who had a bad outing Thursday night, and called up Matt Daley. They also acquired Jeff Francis from the A’s for cash considerations and a player to be named later.

Francis, a 33-year-old lefty, was 0-2, 5.89 in 10 games this year for Cincinnati and Oakland. One start out of those ten games. The long-time Rockie is 70-80, 4.95 in his MLB career with an ERA+ of 94. His best years were in 2005-2007 when he was 44-32, 4.65 and helped Colorado to their only WS appearance in 2007. Since then he is 23-46, 5.22 for various teams.

Game 78. Yanks blank Bosox 6-0.

The Yanks hit 3 HR tonight, inc. back-to-back HR by Johnson & Gardner, in beating Boston 6-0.

Vidal Nuno turned out (surprisingly?) his best outing of the year. He, along with a few relievers, tossed a combined 3-hit shutout.

The Yanks jumped out right away in the first when with one out Jeter singled, Ellsbury doubled and Teix hit a SF.

In the fourth, Johnson and Gardner hit back-to-back HR (Johnson’s a 2-run HR) to make it 4-0. For Johnson, HR #5 and for Gardner, HR #7.

Nuno went 5 2/3, (W, 2-4, 5.42). 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 5 K.

Betances 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.39.

Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.79.

Thornton the 9th, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and a 1K. 2.70.

Brian McCann did provide an extra cushion in the 8th with a 2-run HR (9).

Derek Jeter’s two hits put him at 3390 career.

Game 71. Yanks sweep Toronto with 6-4 win. Close to 1 1/2.

The Yanks swept the Blue Jays tonight, closing the sweep with a 6-4 win. The win put the Yanks at 38-33 and closed the gap to 1 1/2.

Toronto has now lost 16 in a row at Yankee Stadium.

David Phelps (W, 3-4, 4.13) pitched a strong 7 innings, and his only mistake was a 2-run HR he gave up to Melky.

7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 7 k.

Shawn Kelley made things tight, giving up a 2-run dinger to Juan Encarnacion. 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.58. He’s been shaky since his return from the DL.

Matt Thonton 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.21.

Adam Warren the save, his second. 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.04.

The Yanks got off to a quick lead, scoring in the first on a double by Gardner, a single by Jeter (2 hits tonight take him to 3385) and a SF by Ellsbury.

Ellsbury (20) and Roberts (6) each stole two bases tonight.

Kelly Johnson had a SF in the second to make it 2-0, but couldn’t tack on as Jeter struck out with the bases loaded. In the third, Phelps gave up Melky’s game-tying HR.

The Yanks got it back in the bottom of the third on a SF by Beltran. At this point, it appeared the Yanks were getting sac flies (which was good) but not getting that big blow to break the game open. They were 3 for 14 with RISP and left 11 on. The margin of victory could have been bigger. For a while, you wondered if they were doing enough. Turns out, they were.

Beltran got a ground-rule double in the fifth to make it 4-2. Roberts 2 SB in the sixth led to an RBI groundout by Jeter to make it 5-2.

In the seventh, Solarte walked with the bases-loaded to force in a run. 6-2. Then Kelley gave up the 2-run HR in the 8th for the final score of 6-4.

A great sweep by the Yanks to cut the margin from 4 1/2 to 1 1/2 on Toronto. Now to separate themselves from Baltimore this weekend by winning two of the three or sweeping the series.

Beltran had 2 rbi. Jeter, Ellsbury & Teixeira, 2-3-4 in the lineup, each had two hits. As mentioned above, both Ellsbury and Roberts stole two bases.

Game 66. Yanks blank A’s, 7-0.

David Phelps needed a game like this. After four consecutive bad outings, he needed a good one, and this one was as good as it gets.

Phelps tossed 6 2/3 shutout innings, just 2 hits, 3 walks and 4 K as the Yanks shut out Oakland, 7-0. The win improves Phelps’ record to 2-4, 4.32.

Dellin Betances pitched 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.63.

Jose Ramirez wrapped it up. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.08.

A combined two-hit shutout.

Finally, in the last two games, the Yanks’ offense has come around. In the first inning, Gardner, Jeter and Ellsbury all singled, Ellsbury’s knocking in Gardner, and Teixeira delivered a SF.

A single by Roberts, walk to Johnson and single by Gardner made it 3-0 in the second.

The Yanks broke it open with four in the eighth. With one out, Teixeira and McCann singled. After Beltran made out, Ichiro singled in a run, Roberts singled in another, with another run scoring on an error. A single by Kelly Johnson closed the scoring.

Gardner, Suzuki and Roberts each had two hits and an RBI. Jeter’s two hits put him up to 3379 for his career, 40 behind Yaz for 7th on the all-time hit list.

Maybe I should recommend Jeter be dropped in the lineup more often. Since I recommended that (and I’m not the only one. WFAN was stating it, and others), Jeter has raised his average from .254 to .275.

The win, the Yanks’ 4th in a row, puts their record at 35-31 and moves the Yanks into 2nd in the AL East, 3 1/2 behind Toronto. They have a one-game lead for the last WC spot.

Earlier in the day, the Yanks signed Heath Bell to a minor league deal and put him at AAA SWB. They are taking a flyer on him. Bell will be 37 in September. The three-time All-Star went 15-9, 2.36 and 132 saves from 2009-2011 for the Padres, but has gone 10-8, 4.91, 34 saves since. The Yanks picked him up after the Rays released him. This year for Tampa Bay Bell was 1-1, 7.27 in 13 games. Mark Montgomery was demoted from AAA to AA to make room for Bell.

Game 62. Yanks shoot themselves in foot in 2-1 loss.

I’d rather lose 9-0 then lose this way.

The Yanks went 1 for 17 with RISP in losing to KC 2-1. They fall to .500 (31-31) with the loss and are 2-6 this month.

Hiroki Kuroda went 7, 2 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 3 K as he fell to 4-4, 4.12.

Adam Warren pitched a scoreless 8th, 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.38.

It had to be painful for Kuroda, who pitched well, but who watched his offense shoot themselves in the foot time and time again. 1st and 2nd, two out in the first, nothing. In the second, the Yanks loaded the bases and couldn’t score as Johnson struck out, Gardner grounded into a 3-2 force and Jeter struck out. They wasted a leadoff double by Ellsbury in the third.

In the fourth, a one-out double by Roberts. Nothing. They finally got their run in the sixth when Solarte doubled, went to third on a PB and scored on an Ichiro groundout.

A one-out triple by Gardner in the 7th. Surely they would tie the game. But, remember, Girardi NEVER ******* squeezes. He doesn’t bunt guys over or in. It’s what I don’t like about Girardi (who I do regard as a good manager). With Jeter up there, he should have bunted. Jeter isn’t Jeter anymore. He’s only 2/3 of the Jeter we remember, if that. Heck, (and I hate to say this), Jeter shouldn’t be hitting 2nd anymore. He should be hitting 8th. He’s hitting .254, OPS+ 72. Just seven of his 54 hits are for extra bases. Jeter grounds out, runner can’t score. Ellsbury strikes out. In the 9th, Ichiro singled and went to 2nd on a WP. Tying run on second, no out, nothing.

So it went.

I hate to say this, but Jeter was a major culprit today in the Yanks losing. Derek isn’t Derek anymore. Not even close. Look at what I wrote above. Bases loaded, two out, he whiffed. Man on third, one out, a weak grounder that can’t get the run in. He and Gardner each left five on, Johnson four, McCann three.

It was like Chinese water torture. They would get guys on and leave them there.

A painful loss.

If the Yanks continue like this, I’d consider some major changes. Once Cervelli comes off the DL, I’d look to trade him. Go with the kid, Murphy. I’d also look to dump Soriano, Ichiro, Johnson and Roberts, as well as good-field/no-hit Brendan Ryan. Go with a youth movement. You are using a soon-to-be 40 year-old SS in Jeter, a 36 yr. old 2b in Roberts, Beltran is 36 (and on a 3-yr. deal), Soriano 38 and Ichiro 40. The age is showing.

Obviously, Jeter is going nowhere.

Some things I’d consider if I were in the Yanks’ front office:

Replace Roberts (.239-2-13, OPS+86) with Rob Refsnyder, 23, 2B, currently hitting .340 or so at AA. RHB

Replace Johnson (.216-4-14, OPS+ 85) with Zelous Wheeler, 27, mostly 2B/SS/3B as another utility man (He’s played a little OF as well). Hitting .298 at AAA, RHB.

Replace Ryan (.238 career hitter, .217 2010-2013) with Pirela, who has played 2B/SS/LF (gives you an OF in an emergency, 24) currently around .333 at AAA.

Replace Ichiro with Almonte, a switch-hitter and 25 this week and see what you have in him. You won’t know unless you play him. Bringing him up and not playing him, or playing him once every seven games or so, does nothing. In 105 AAA games, Almonte is .293-14-66 with 8 SB. Over a full season, he would be .293-21-99 with 12 SB. You don’t know how that would translate to the majors, but I’d rather lose with a 25 year old, seeing what he has and what he could offer, than a 38 year old Soriano and/or a 40 year old Ichiro. Yes, I know Ichiro is hitting .320, but he’s not your future, and only four of Ichiro’s 33 hits are for extra bases. Maybe you get some power, as well as some consistency, if Almonte plays every day instead of once in a blue moon when you bring him up.

Replace Soriano (.229-6-20, OPS+ 78) with Kyle Roller, a legit 1B (instead of Johnson) who is a lefty power hitter. 26, and between AA/AAA, .343-14-38 this year. Maybe he could be like Kevin Maas when Maas first came up in 1990 and you catch lightning in a bottle with him as he takes advantage of the porch as a DH and 1B sub for Teixeira.

Couldn’t hurt. I’d rather be .500 with youth who could develop than washed-up has-beens, no matter how much I love what they did in their prime.

Maybe it sounds harsh, but this game was the 10th in a row in which the Yanks scored four runs or less. You can’t just keep going on this way.

Some changes may need to be made. I just made a few suggestions.

Game 54. Tanaka prevails, 3-1.

For a time today, it appeared that Masahiro Tanaka would have to beat not only the Twins, but his own team. After all, the only run the Yankees’ ace allowed was unearned, and his teammates made three errors on the day. In both the first and second innings, they killed rallies by GIDP.

Tanaka won 3-1 however, and improved his record to 8-1, 2.06. So far, he’s been worth every penny. He went 8, 1 R (unearned), 4 H, 2 walks and 9 K. He lowered his league-leading ERA to 2.06.

With the win, the Yanks reach the 1/3 mark of the season 29-25…. on pace for 87 wins. They stay 2 1/2 back of Toronto and in 2nd place in the AL East.

David Robertson struck out the side in the 9th, but had to pitch around an error. Robertson’s save was his 12th, and his ERA is now 2.08.

Kelly Johnson’s error on the first batter of the game led to the Twins unearned run. Soriano and Solarte also made errors. Both Johnson and Solarte made up for them, however.

Solarte’s HR (6) tied the game in the fourth.

It was 1-1 in the bottom of the 8th when with one out, Ellsbury singled. He stole second (15) and went to third on an error. Brian Roberts walked. Roberts replaced Teixeira when Teix left the game because of the wrist acting up again. See below for an update.

McCann doubled in Ellsbury for the GW hit. Later in the inning, Johnson singled in an insurance run.

Derek Jeter had two hits to increase his career total to 3366. Solarte’s three hits moved him back up to .299.

The Yanks face old buddy Phil Hughes tomorrow.

Not good news on the injury front though. From LOHUD:

Mark Teixeira will sit out tomorrow and Monday to see if a couple more days will knock out the inflammation in his wrist. Joe Girardi said there are no plans to make a roster move.

Michael Pineda will no longer make Sunday’s scheduled start. He felt sore after playing catch yesterday and tests revealed inflammation in that same upper back area near his shoulder. He will be shut down again.

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 47. Dunn’s walk-off HR beats Yanks, 6-5.

The Yanks did a lot of things wrong tonight, and paid the price with a 6-5 loss.

They got off to a quick 3-0 lead thanks to Brian McCann’s 3-Run HR (7) in the first inning. But they didn’t add on to it.

Kelly Johnson had a brutal game at first base. He was charged with just one error, but could have had three. One error was given to Brian Roberts, who bounced a throw. Teix probably would have saved Roberts the error. Johnson, a less experienced first baseman than Teix (who DH’d), couldn’t come up with the throw which led to a run. Another play was ruled a single. Johnson probably should have made that play too. Teixeira probably would have. But the Yanks didn’t get a “proper” first baseman to back up Teix, instead using Johnson as a multi-purpose guy, even at 1B, where Johnson didn’t have that much experience. It helped to burn the Yanks tonight, since two of the runs Kuroda gave up were unearned.

Kuroda couldn’t hold the 3-0 lead, and couldn’t go five innings. 4 2/3, 4 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 2 walks and 3 K. He didn’t get help defensively, but also struggled on his own, giving up a big 2-run HR to lose the lead. ERA 4.55.

The b/p kept the Yanks in the game until Robertson blew it in the bottom of the ninth. More on that in a bit. Betances 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks & 2 more K. 1.65.

Warren 1 2/3, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.63.

The Yanks re-took the lead in the 7th on a WP and a SF by Ellsbury.

But in the bottom of the ninth, Robertson gave up a hit and a walk-off HR to Adam Dunn to blow the game. Robertson is now 0-1, 2.77. 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

D-Rob was 9 for 9 before the blown save tonight. But here is another thing the Yanks have messed up on lately.

In the ninth, Robertson threw two cutters to Viciedo and was 0-2 on him. Instead of wasting a pitch and hoping Viciedo would bite, Viciedo hits a knuckle-curve for a single.

Then Dunn comes up. I was worried, for after all, Dunn has over 440 career HR. D-Rob gets to 0-2 again. Dunn isn’t only known for hitting HR. He also is known for striking out a lot. Some 200 times a year. Instead of wasting a pitch and hoping Dunn fishes, D-Rob left a cutter over the plate and Dunn crushed it.

It reminded me of a couple of weeks ago, when Warren had another notorious strikeout king, Mark Reynolds, 0-2, and instead of wasting a pitch hoping he (Reynolds is another 200 K a year guy) would fish, left a pitch over the plate for a walk-off hit.

That wasn’t thinking. Either to Reynolds or to Dunn. That is two games lost when you had a big whiff-king at the plate and instead of wasting a pitch, hoping he’d fish on 0-2 (both guys might bite if you bounced it), you left it over the plate for a game-winning hit.

Sometimes you can’t get greedy, hoping to strike out a guy on three pitches. You need to set him up. Throw, if not a waste pitch, a purpose pitch. Off the plate, see if he fishes for it. But use that pitch to set up the next one if he doesn’t go fishing.

As I’ve written, a lot went wrong tonight, from not tacking on after the three-run first, to bad defense, to not wasting a pitch on 0-2 counts. As a result, the Yanks fall to 24-23, just one game above .500. Third place, two games out. Hopefully they turn it around soon.

Derek Jeter got two hits tonight to go to 3358 for his career.

Brian Roberts fouled a pitch off his knee. He was later removed from the game and we’ll see if he plays tomorrow (Saturday). I doubt it.

Game 37. Bullpen lets it get away in 9-7 Yanks loss to Mets.

The Yanks had leads of 4-1 and 7-4, but the Mets hit 4 HR in beating the Yanks 9-7.

The loss drops the Yanks to 19-18, tied for 2nd, 1 1/2 back.

The Mets got a run in the first off of Kuroda, but Brett Gardner hit a grand slam (HR #2) in the second.

Travis D’Arnaud hit a HR off Kuroda to make it 4-2 in the fifth, and Curtis Granderson got a 2-run jack off of Kuroda to tie the game in the sixth.

Kuroda was shaky, 6 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 3 K. The 2 HR. 4.62.

The Yanks got three back in the bottom of the sixth on a double by Soriano, RBI single by Solarte, RBI triple by Johnson and a throwing error to make it 7-4 but the bullpen couldn’t make it hold up.

Eric Young hit a 2-run HR off Aceves to cut it to 7-6 in the seventh.

Aceves 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 3.38.

Matt Thornton gave up a double and single to tie the game in the eighth, but later that same inning, Preston Claiborne gave up a 2-run HR to Chris Young which proved to be the game-winner.

Thornton (L, 0-1, 5.40) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Claiborne 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 h, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.69.

Jeter had 3 hits to raise his career total to 3348. Solarte had 3 hits to raise his average to .330. He leads the team with 21 RBI.

Since Aceves was used in relief, it appears Chase Whitley will be making his MLB debut on Thursday at Citi Field.

Ouch. CC to DL. Pineda, Cervelli on it (and Murphy may be “Wally Pipp-ing” Cervelli). Nova done for year. Beltran hyperextended elbow. Kelley bad back. Teix tired legs. Ichiro knee/back sore. It’s an aging team, and as my friend, who works security in S.T. stated, a fragile one.

Vidal Nuno against the Mets tonight. The Yanks are trying to get some revenge. Besides the loss last night, the Mets swept the Yanks four in a row last year.