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Game 99. Yanks make a deal, and the new guy wins the game, 2-1 in 14.

–The Yanks traded Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula to San Diego today for 3B Chase Headley.

Headley got on a plane to NY and wound up getting the game winning hit in a 2-1, 14-inning Yankees win.

Solarte, a rookie, hit great for the Yanks for the first six weeks of the season. He cooled off after that and at the time of the trade was at .254-6-31, OPS+ 100. De Paula was 6-5, 4.15 at High A Tampa this year. De Paula is 23 and is projected by most to be an MLB reliever. He has struck out 335 in 264 minor league innings.

As for Headley, you only wonder if he can get back to where he was a couple of years ago. Headley, 30, is a switch-hitting 3b who in 2012 had an excellent season, hitting .286-31-115, OPS+ 145, finishing 5th in MVP voting, and winning the Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. He led the NL in RBI that year. Heck, I’d take 2/3 of that. This year he was at .229-7-32, OPS+ 88 before the trade. Nothing to write home about, but Petco in SD is a bad place for hitters. Hopefully Yankee Stadium helps him. His 162 g. average is .266-16-72, OPS+ 113 and 13 steals. If he can just do that… but he does strike out a lot. 151 times is his 162 game average.

For much of this game, this was like Chinese water torture. Worse than soccer (sorry, soccer fans). Neither team could score.

Chase Whitley (we have Chase Whitley and Chase Headley… could Chase Utley be next in a deal?) went 7 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 6 K. ERA to 4.60.

Thornton 1 batter, 1 out on a K. Strikeout. Foul ball trying to bunt with two out. 2.95.

Warren. 2/3 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.63.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.52.

Robertson 2 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.45.

Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.48.

In the bottom of the 9th, with one out and the game still scoreless, Jeter doubled. Hit #3413 (6 behind Yaz on the all-time list for 7th) was double #535 of Jeter’s career, making him the all-time Yankees’ doubles leader, passing Gehrig.

Ellsbury was walked, but Beltran GIDP.

Even though the Yankees won, if I were the manager, I’d fine Francisco Cervelli $250 for what happened in the bottom of the 12th, for he almost cost the Yankees the ballgame. If Girardi didn’t put on a take sign, then Girardi should fine himself.

Beltran singled, then there was a WP. McCann popped a single, similar to what happened Sunday, but Beltran couldn’t advance. Ichiro bunted the runners over. Roberts was intentionally walked to bring up Cervelli.

Scoreless game. Bases loaded. One out. A walk wins the game. Cervelli has a 3-0 count on him. He (correctly) takes a strike.

But instead of taking a SECOND strike, Cervelli swung at the 3-1 pitch. I fine his ass for that. You take the SECOND strike as well there. The pitch after that could be ball four which wins the game. With two strikes, you might foul off a couple pitches. Make him throw strike three. Instead, Cervelli swung at the 3-1 pitch and lined out. To me, that is just stupidity. You must make the pitcher throw strikes there. You take BOTH the 3-0 and 3-1 pitches. You make him throw a strike and not ball four which would win the game. Why help the pitcher there?

In the top of the 13th, Arencibia homered off of Huff and it looked like Cervelli would be the goat.

Huff 2 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Overall ERA 4.20.

The Yanks tied it up in the bottom of the 13th. Gardner doubled, Jeter bunted him over and Ellsbury singled him in to tie the game.

Jeff Francis, just acquired, made HIS Yankees debut in the 14th and got the win.

1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall, 1-2, 5.59.

With one out in the bottom of the 14th, Roberts doubled. Cervelli redeemed himself somewhat with a single, sending Roberts to third. The new guy, Headley, singled in the game-winning run.

The win puts the Yanks at 51-48.

Deals may not be done. Word is that the Yanks are in on White Sox lefty John Danks.

Game 93. Greene’s 2nd MLB start a great one. Yanks win 3-0.

Shane Greene has pitched in three MLB games. The last two were his first two MLB starts. He most likely has exceeded the Yanks’ expectations.

In the first start, Greene gave up 2 R in 6 IP and notched his first MLB win. Saturday he topped that, going 7 1/3 shutout innings, giving up just four hits, two walks, and striking out 9. He goes to 2-0, 1.32 as the Yanks beat the Baltimore Orioles, 3-0.

The Yanks got a run in the third when Cervelli singled, was forced by Gardner, Jeter singled and Teixeira doubled home Gardner. On the play, Jeter was thrown out at the plate.

The Yanks added two in the seventh when Johnson singled, and after an out, moved up on a WP. With two out, Jeter singled in Johnson and went to second on the throw home. Ellsbury doubled in Jeter. Teix walked and McCann singled, but once again the Yanks had a runner thrown out at the plate.

Jeter’s two hits raised his career total to 3407, twelve behind Carl Yastrzemski on the all-time list.

David Huff relieved Greene, faced one batter and gave up a hit. 0 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA (SF/NYY) 4.46.

Shawn Kelley 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 3.77.

David Robertson with save #23. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.76.

The win puts the Yanks at 47-46, 4 behind Baltimore in the AL East. They are one game behind 2nd place Toronto.

Sunday night’s game on ESPN is the last one before the All-Star break, meaning as far as pitchers go, it is all hands on deck. They all (except for Betances, who’ll be heading for the All-Star Game) will be getting a few days off.

Game 90. Yanks win in 14, Tanaka to DL

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a HR in the top of the 14th, and the Yanks beat Cleveland 5-4 Wednesday night.

Earlier in the day, the Yanks got news which they are praying is minor and not major. Ace Masahiro Tanaka was put on the 15-day DL with a sore elbow. The Yanks await results from an MRI. He’ll miss two starts, hopefully no more. If he is lost for a considerable amount of time, ….

As for the game, Brandon McCarthy, just acquired for Vidal Nuno, made his Yankees’ debut. After giving up four hits and three unearned runs in the first inning, McCarthy settled in and gave the Yanks 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 9 H, 1 walk and 3 K. Overall ERA (AZ/NYY) 4.80.

The Yanks got a run back in the fourth on a solo HR by Teixiera, who was making up for his error that helped allow those runs in the first to score. #16.

In the fifth, Ellsbury doubled with one out and Jeter singled him to third. McCann hit a SF to cut the lead to 3-2, then Teix hit his second HR of the game, a two-run shot, to put the Yanks up 4-3. Teix’s 17th HR was #358 of his career, tying Yogi Berra on the all-time list.

Jeter had two hits to take him to 3403 for his career. 16 short of tying Carl Yastrzemski for 7th place all-time.

Cleveland tied the game in the bottom of the fifth but Yankees relievers kept the Indians off the board, setting the stage for Ellsbury’s HR in the 14th.

Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.25.

Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.52.

Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.63.

Huff 0 IP, 0 R 0 H, 3 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 4.46. He walked all three batters he faced.

Kelley 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. He replaced Huff in the 10th with the bases loaded and one out and got a K and a groundout. Great job. 3.86.

Whitley (W, 4-2, 4.94) 2 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Robertson (22nd save) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.84.

DH Carlos Beltran was victim of a freak accident in BP. A ball he hit ricocheted off the top of the cage back at Beltran and hit him in the face, bruising him. He was removed from the starting lineup and as a result, Brian Roberts, of all people, had to bat fifth.

The win puts the Yanks at 46-44, and three back of Baltimore in the AL East. They are 1/2 a game behind Toronto for 2nd. They are 2 1/2 out of the final WC spot.

Game 89. Tribe torches Tanaka, 5-3.

Masahiro Tanaka can use the all-star break. He appears a bit gassed right now.

A friend whose viewpoints I respect texted me that Tanaka appeared a bit “gassed” tonight. That he was using the slider to set up the split instead of the fastball, and that his body language seemed to state frustration at lack of run support. Also that his fastball was 2-3 mph less and harder to keep down in the zone.

Maybe, maybe not. But as I write, my friend knows his stuff and I respect his opinion.

All we do know is this: that after 16 quality starts to begin the season, the last two by Tanaka have not been quality starts. Tonight Tanaka could not hold on to a 3-1 lead and lost 5-3.

Hey, no one is perfect.

Tanaka 6 2/3 IP, 5 R, 10 h, 1 walk, 5 K. He gave up 2 HR. (L, 12-4, 2.51). In his last couple of starts, the ERA has gone from 1.99 to 2.51. Still great, but you wonder if some fatigue is setting in. After all, in Japan he didn’t pitch as often.

The Yanks scored two in the first on a single by Teix and an error on a double steal by Ellsbury and Teix. Tanaka, who is subject to slow starts, gave up a run in the bottom of the first.

The Yanks went up 3-1 in the second on a Gardner groundout. But nothing after that since the Yanks managed four hits all game long.

Tanaka gave up a run in the fifth and a 2-run HR to Swisher in the sixth. He gave up another HR in the seventh.

Matt Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.29.

Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.10.

The loss drops the Yanks to 45-44. Meanwhile, we wait for the other shoe to drop regarding trades.

A power-hitting OF is a must. For example, in 1961, Yogi, Mickey and Maris hit 137 HR. If there was a DH back then (which there wasn’t) add 21 more from Blanchard.

Today’s OF (not counting Soriano, who was recently DFA’d) and DH (Gardner, Ellsbury, Ichiro and Beltran) have 27 HR combined. Big difference.

We’ll see if the Yanks can add some much needed power via a trade soon.

Game 86. Cervelli’s error costs the Yanks. Lose 2-1 in 11.

It’s been no secret that the Yanks’ offense has been struggling. On Saturday, they lost 2-1 for the third time in their last eight games. This time it was in 11 innings.

David Phelps pitched well and made one mistake. A HR given up to Josh Willingham in the seventh. Phelps went 7, 1 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 3 K. ERA to 4.01. He deserved to win.

The Yanks only run came in the fifth when Beltran walked, Ichiro forced him, stole second, went to third on a WP and Cervelli singled him home.

Shawn Kelley pitched two scoreless innings, 2 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 4.26.

Matt Thornton (L, 0-2, 2.33) went 1 2/3, 1 R, unearned, 2 h, 1 walk and 1 K. He pitched a scoreless 10th but gave up a leadoff double in the 11th. After an out that moved the runner up and an intentional walk to set up a DP, Thornton hit a batter to load the bases. He then got a tapper back to him that looked like a 1-2-3 DP to get out of the inning. The throw home forced the runner, but Cervelli sailed his throw to first into RF and the winning run scored.

Derek Jeter, honored before the game by the Twins, got one hit, #3397.

The loss puts the Yanks back at .500 at 43-43.

Apparently the Yanks came in second as far as getting Samardzija from the Cubs to bolster their rotation. Instead, the Cubs sent Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A’s for prospects.

Game 83. Yanks fall below .500 with 6-3 loss.

Not the way to end a homestand, losing five in a row.

Maybe the road will do them some good.

The Yanks lost to the Rays today 6-3. Tampa sweeps the three game set at the Stadium.

Vidal Nuno was, well, Vidal Nuno. He drops to 2-5, 5.42 after going 5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 2 walks and 5 K. He faced one batter in the sixth after giving up 3 R, 2 earned.

Shawn Kelley, struggling since coming off the DL, let that inherited runner score, and another, by giving up a HR. 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.63.

The game got off on a good foot, when Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the first with a HR (8). He tied his career high with that HR.

The Rays got a run in the third to tie it up, but Brian McCann Hit a HR in the bottom of the third (10) to put the Yanks up 2-1.

Tampa Bay tied it in the top of the fourth off of Nuno, then the Yanks went up 3-2 in the bottom half of the inning on a Gardner single. Gardner had 3 hits and 2 rbi in the game. He also threw a runner out at the plate.

But then Nuno gave up a run in the fifth and Kelley the 2-run HR in the sixth. Tampa Bay tacked on another run in the ninth.

Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.82.

Huff 1 2/3, 1 R, unearned, 0 hits, 2 walks and 1 K. 4.73.

The Yanks were 1 for 9 with RISP.

The loss drops the Yanks under .500 to 41-42 and 4 1/2 behind Toronto in the AL East. They are still in 3rd, but 3 back of the 2nd place Orioles. They are five out of the last wild card spot.

Some A-Rod news coming from SI. Apparently he was approved by MLB to take some testosterone and some other strong PEDs in various years, including his MVP year of 2007. Rumors are he’s been using PEDs since his junior year in high school.

The Yanks are going big in the international market. Apparently five of the top 10 young international stars will be signing contracts with the Yanks and as many as 11 of the top 18. Now if just half pan out…

Game 81. Yanks lose in 12, 4-3.

The Yanks reached the halfway point of the season 41-40 after a 4-3 loss in 12 innings.

David Phelps started vs. the Rays and did ok, giving up two solo HRs in 5 2/3 IP, one in the first and one in the third.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the third when Ichiro was HBP, Gardner tripled and Jeter got an RBI with a groundout.

Phelps 5 2/3, 2 R, 4 h, 3 walks and 4 K. 4.26.

Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 2.70.

Dellin Betances, so great this year, stumbled. 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 1.50. He got the first two outs in the eighth, but then a walk, SB and walk made Girardi go to Robertson. Robertson gave up a hit to the first batter he faced to put the Rays up 3-2.

Brian Roberts temporarily saved the Yanks with a HR in the bottom of the 9th (4) to tie the game.

Robertson went 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.93.

Shawn Kelley pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 11th, getting two strikeouts. He went 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 Walks, 2 K (1 HBP), 4.43.

The Yanks’ offense could not put together the run(s) that would put them over the top. Gardner and Teixeira each struck out 3x, McCann 2x. The team was 0 for 7 with RISP.

In the 12th, rookie Jose Ramirez got the first two men out, but a walk, SB and single put the Rays up 4-3 and they held on to win the game.

Ramirez (L, 0-2, 5.40) 1 Ip, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

The loss puts the Yanks at 41-40 at the halfway point. June was disappointing, since the team was only 12-15 in that month. Amazingly, they started June 2 1/2 out and finished 2 1/2 out. The only thing is, they started in second place and finished in third. Thank goodness no one is running away with the division. It is still there for the taking, but the team must play better. Most importantly, they need to hit, especially the middle of the lineup.

Jeter got hit #3394 in the loss.

Teixeira is at .243, McCann .221, Beltran .219, Johnson .224, Roberts .236. Soriano is almost a forgotten man right now and at .228.

If all these players make a run at .250 by the end of the year, it means they all would have 1) had basically just an average season but more importantly, 2) they all would have had good second halves… good enough to still, perhaps, propel the Yanks into the playoffs.

Here’s hoping that the second half is much better than the first. We’ll also see what moves are made. Today is July 1st. The deadline is soon. You know something will be done, but what?

Game 80. Yanks fall to Boston, 8-5.

In his first seven starts, Chase Whitley was a revelation. Maybe the league has caught up to him, maybe it’s just a slump, but in his last two starts, Whitley has hit a bump.

How so? Those two losses have pushed Whitley’s ERA from 2.56 to 4.70.

Whitley went 4+ Sunday night vs. Boston, 5 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 1 K in falling to 3-2 for the season in the Yanks’ 8-5 loss.

Shawn Kelley has been ineffective since coming off the DL. 0 IP, 2 R, 1 h, 2 walks, 0 k. 4.87.

Whitley gave up a run in the second, then David Ortiz’ took him deep for a 3-run HR in the third, Ortiz’ 450th career HR.

The Yanks got one in the third on a Jeter single, and HRs by Teixeira (15, 356 career) and Beltran (8, 366 career, tying Lance Berkman on the all-time list) in the fourth to cut it to 4-3, but the three runs Boston got in the fifth and one more off David Huff in the sixth doomed the Yanks, despite the Yanks getting two in the bottom of the fifth on a triple by Ichiro, double by Gardner and RBI groundout by Ellsbury.

Jeter got two hits to move his career total to 3393.

David Huff 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 5.16.

Dellin Betances 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.33.

Jose Ramirez the 9th, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 k. 5.00.

The loss puts the Yanks at 41-39 and keeps them two games behind Toronto in the AL East and in third place (1/2 gm. behind the Orioles). They are two games out of the final WC spot. Tonight’s game vs. the Rays is Game 81. Half the season will be over.

Game 77. Yanks end skid with 5-3 win.

The Yanks snapped their four-game losing streak by beating Toronto 5-3 Wednesday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 40-37, keeps them in third in the AL East, 2 1/2 back of Toronto, 1 behind Baltimore. They are one game out of that last WC spot.

Mark Teixeira homered and drove in three runs, Hiroki Kuroda went 6 1/3 innings for the win and David Robertson picked up a five-out save.

Kuroda’s first pitch of the game was hit for a HR by Jose Reyes.

The Yanks came back with four in the third. Johnson walked, Cervelli doubled him home, and after two out, Ellsbury singled in Cervelli and Teix hit his 14th HR of the year (355 career).

Ex-Yankee Melky Cabrera has been a thorn in the Yanks’ side this year in these games vs. Toronto, and he was again in the fifth, driving in two to cut the lead to 4-3.

A walk, HBP, walk and SF by Teix gave the Yanks an insurance run in the seventh.

Kuroda went 6 1/3 (W, 5-5, 4.23), 3 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 4 K.

Kelley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.98.

Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.87.

Warren 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.85.

With an off-day today, the need for a win after a four-game losing streak, and the fact that Robertson didn’t pitch in a week, Girardi went early to Robertson for the five-out save.

Robertson 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Save #18. 3.08.

Jeter got hit #3388.

Earlier in the day, Tim Lincecum of the SF Giants threw a no-hitter against the Padres. It was the third no-hitter this season, following ones by the Dodgers’ Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw. It was the second of Lincecum’s career—both against SD. The only other pitcher to have two no-hitters, with both coming against the same team, was HOF Addie Joss of the Cleveland Indians, who did it against the Chicago White Sox in 1908 & 1910. Joss tore a ligament in his elbow a few months after his second no-hitter and died at the age of 31 in 1911 of a form of meningitis. Joss was a forgotten great who died much too soon. Lincecum became the second Giant to throw multiple no-hitters, the other being HOF Christy Mathewson.

Game 75. Yanks beaten by Jays, 8-3.

Chase Whitley had seven decent starts and a 2.56 ERA entering Monday night’s game in Toronto. He suffered his first MLB clunker Monday night as the Yanks lost 8-3.

It was Whitley’s first MLB loss, and his ERA rose to 4.07 as he gave up six runs in the second and couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning.

Whitley (L, 3-1, 4.07), 3 1/3 IP, 8 R, 11 H, 3 walks and 2 K.

Just as disconcerting was the fact that the Yanks’ offense was asleep again. For 8 innings, all they managed was one run on three hits, the run coming via Mark Teixeira’s 13th HR of the year (354th career). They tacked on two runs on three hits in the ninth to make the score more respectable. The good news in the ninth was that Solarte had an RBI hit which broke an 0 for 28 slump.

David Huff pitched 3 2/3 innings of relief, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 3 K. 5.02.

Shawn Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 4.05.

The loss drops the Yanks into 3rd place in the AL East at 39-36, 2 1/2 behind Toronto and a game behind Baltimore. They are a game behind Baltimore for the last WC spot, but in a virtual tie with Seattle in that position and a half a game behind KC. Almost halfway through the season, everything is tight and probably will be right until the end. Every win matters.

One thing that needs to happen is for some bats we were counting on to wake up. Beltran (.220), McCann (.218), and Soriano (.231) in particular, were supposed to be the middle of the order and supply the beef. You know what the late Clara Peller would be saying right now.

You just get the feeling now that something is going to have to happen. A trade for a starting pitcher or a bat or both. Hopefully things turn around soon, but it just seems some kind of shakeup needs to happen, and happen soon.