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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 87. Yanks hang on for 9-7 win. Jeter Hit #3400.

The Yanks got off to a 9-0 early lead and held on to a 9-7 win (ugh). Derek Jeter got 3 hits, incl. hit #3400 in the game.

Yankees All-Stars: Jeter (starting SS), Betances and Tanaka. Since Tanaka is scheduled to start two days before the ASG, he may be replaced. Robertson should have gotten a nod.

Teix singled in one run in the first and McCann doubled in another, Teix getting thrown out at the plate.

In the second, Jeter had a SF and Ellsbury hit a 3-run HR (5).

In the fourth, Jeter singled in a run, Ellsbury got an RBI groundout and another run scored on a balk.

Up 9-0 after 3 1/2, the Yanks almost pissed the game away.

Kuroda 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 3 K. (W, 6-6, 4.20).

Warren 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 h, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.70.

Jim Miller 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 9.00.

Robertson save #21, but not convincingly. 1 IP, 1 R, 3 h, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.93.

Jeter w/ 3 hits (inc. 3400) 2 rbi. Ellsbury 4 rbi. Suzuki 3 hits.

Game 82. Yanks offensive woes continue in 2-1 loss.

Derek Jeter got 2 hits tonight to go to 3396 for his career. One hit, a double, tied Lou Gehrig for first place on the Yankees’ all-time doubles list at 534.

Unfortunately, the rest of the team got two hits combined and Hiroki Kuroda lost a heartbreaker, 2-1. The Yanks were 1 for 9 with RISP, and struck out 11x.

You hate to keep writing about this and reading about this. It’s the same thing every night. These Yanks don’t hit. You wonder how long hitting coach Kevin Long will keep his job. Let’s face it. The Boss would have fired Long by now. Some reporters hate hearing “if the Boss was alive, etc.,” but it’s true. Unfortunately, I don’t make the ballgame or the reports. The players do. I only report on what they are doing. How I wish the reports were better.

The loss drops the Yanks to 41-41, .500. Worse yet, Toronto and Baltimore both won. The Yanks are now 3 1/2 out.

Let’s face it. I think we all would rather see a .500 team with kids on it with potential to develop rather than a .500 team with a lot of players 35+ who are doing nothing but aging. Something needs to be done, and soon.

The 4th of July is coming soon. Let’s hope the Yanks have some offensive fireworks in them.

Kuroda, (L, 5-6, 4.08) gave up a run in the fourth and a HR to Loney in the sixth that proved decisive. 8 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 1 walk and 7 K.

It’s difficult for pitchers to pitch thinking they have to be perfect because they are getting no support. This is the second time in less than a week that a Yankees’ pitcher pitched great (Tanaka) only to lose 2-1.

The Yanks only run came when Jeter doubled, Ellsbury singled and Jeter scored when Ellsbury got a SB and there was a throwing error on the play.

David Huff pitched the 9th for the Yanks. 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.99.

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 72. Beltran saves Yanks, 5-3.

The Yanks were down 3-1 and down to their last out when they pulled out a victory Friday night, capped by Carlos Beltran’s walk-off 3-run HR.

Hiroki Kuroda threw five no-hit innings, but entering the sixth, held just a 1-0 lead. In the sixth, he lost the no-no, the shutout, and almost the game.

In the first inning, Ellsbury singled and Teixeira doubled him home.

Beltran was gunned down trying to score by Adam Jones in the second.

In the fifth, the Yanks loaded the bases with two out but Teix grounded out.

The Orioles got two in the sixth off Kuroda to take the lead.

Kuroda went 6, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 6 K. 4.23.

The Yanks loaded the bases in the sixth with two out, but Gardner grounded into a force, Orioles 2B Ryan Flaherty making a good play.

To the eighth, and the Yanks left two on. It appeared it wasn’t their night.

Meanwhile, Shawn Kelley pitched 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 4.26.

Matt Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.14.

Dellin Betances 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.50.

Recently acquired David Huff (W, 2-0, 5.63) gave up a run in the 9th to put the O’s up 3-1. 1 IP, 1 run (unearned) 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

So the Yanks went to the 9th down 3-1. Gardner singled, but Jeter struck out and Ellsbury flied out.

Down to their last out.

Teixeira walked. Kelly Johnson pinch-ran as the potential game-tying run.

McCann singled to make it 3-2. Cervelli pinch-ran as the potential game-winning run.

The extra speed on the basepaths wasn’t necessary. Beltran clubbed a 3-run HR to win the game for the Yanks, 5-3. It was Beltran’s 7th HR of the season, and #365 of his career.

The win puts the Yanks at 39-33 and was their fourth win in a row. It keeps them 1 1/2 back of Toronto in the AL East. They and the Angels are in the wild card positions, 1/2 a game ahead of KC.

Game 67. A’s beat Yanks 5-1.

Not much to write about regarding this one, as the Yanks got just three hits in losing 5-1.

The loss snaps their four-game winning streak.

Hiroki Kuroda (L, 4-5, 4.32) went just 4 2/3, 4 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 3 K.

Shawn Kelley 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.94.

David Huff 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 5.87. It was Huff’s first appearance since the Yanks reacquired him.

The loss keeps the Yanks in a tie for 2nd with the Orioles in the AL East, 3 1/2 back of Toronto. They are in a 3-way tie (KC being the 3rd team) for the last WC spot.

Derek Jeter had no hits and is still at 3379 for his career.

A lighting problem caused a delay during the game.

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 57. Yanks waste Kuroda’s effort, lose in 10, 5-2.

Adam Warren didn’t have it tonight. Unfortunately the Yanks offense doesn’t seem to have it every night right now. As a result, the Yanks lost to Oakland 5-2 in 10 innings.

Mark Teixeira returned to the lineup, and had an RBI single and a solo HR (10). But that was all the Yankees’ offense could muster. Teix’s HR (351) tied Dick Allen on the all-time list.

In the last seven games, they’ve scored just 17 runs, and 7 of those were in one game. The offense is 10th in the AL in OBP, SA and OPS. They are 12th in R, 13th in doubles and 9th in HR. The OPS+ is 95, 5% below average. That needs to improve.

The Yanks wasted a superb outing by Hiroki Kuroda, who went 6 2/3, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 2 hits. ERA to 4.27.

The Yanks took a 2-1 lead into the eighth, but Dellin Betances could not hold it. 1 1/3, 1 R, 1 h, 1 walk, 2 K. 1.59.

Robertson the 9th, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.26.

Warren (L, 1-3, 2.53) 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K in 1/3 IP.

Claiborne 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 k. 3.57.

Blame Warren all you want, but when your starter goes 6 2/3 and only gives up one run on two hits, he deserves better support than that. Two runs. Right now it’s an effort for the Yanks to put up four runs in a game. The Yanks struck out 13 times last night.

Soriano was 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts. He’s down to .226, has walked just six times and has struck out 58 times. His OPS+ is down to 76. I love Sori, but those numbers are screaming for a release.

Before the game, the Yanks sent Almonte down, brought up Sizemore, placed Pineda on the 60-day DL retroactive to May 6th (won’t be back until mid-July at the earliest) and claimed lefty Wade LeBlanc off waivers. The lefty may be replacing Aceves. LeBlanc is 29, and has pitched in 97 MLB games for SD, Miami, Houston and the Angels, 68 starts. He is 20-32, 4.53, ERA+ 84 in his career.

The loss drops the Yanks to 29-28 and to third in the AL East, 5 back.

Game 52. Yanks win 7-4.

You didn’t expect the Yanks to get off to a 7-0 lead tonight. Not with the lineup they threw out there. It just goes to show, you never know. Teix out. Jeter and Solarte getting the day off. Same with Soriano. McCann at 1b. No Dh. No Beltran for a while.

The Lineup was Gardner LF, Roberts 2b, Ellsbury CF, McCann 1B, Murphy C (Yes, Murphy 5th!), Ichiro RF, Ryan SS (7th) and Johnson 3B, with Kuroda batting 9th and pitching.

Not encouraging, but who knows? The Yanks got four in the third, three in the fourth, took a 7-0 lead and held on to win 7-4. They are now 28-24 for the year.

With one out in the third, Gardner walked, Roberts singled, and Ellsbury (huge night, 3 h, 3 rbi) singled in a run. 1st and 3rd, Ellsbury stole second. McCann walked. Big two-run single by the rookie backup C, Murphy, to make it 3-0. Another run scored on an Ichiro forceout.

In the fourth, with two out and a man on first, Roberts doubled, and Ellsbury singled in two. Ellsbury stole second, giving him 3 SB against Yadi in this series, and scored on a McCann single.

Given a 7-0 lead, Kuroda struggled to hold it. He went 5 2/3, 3 R, 9 H, 0 walks and 3 K. He did get the win (4-3, 4.57).

Thornton 1 batter and he gave up a hit. 4.66.

Betances threw one pitch and got an out. 1.47.

Warren 1 2/3, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 1.76.

Robertson the four-out save. 1 1/3, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 4 K. 2.20.

The win was huge. Toronto won their 11th out of their last 12. The win keeps the Yanks 3 back.