Earlier today, the Yanks acquired Steve Pearce from Houston and DFA’d Brandon Laird. Pearce will join the team tomorrow (Tuesday). No corresponding move on the major league team yet.
Laird was hitting .254-15-77 for AAA SWB (Empire State). He’ll be 25 on 9/11.
The move was made to get another righty bat on the team. The Yanks expect to face several lefties over the next few weeks. Pearce, 29, started the season with SWB after having been released by the Twins 3/27. The Yanks signed him 3/29. He hit .318-11-30 for SWB in 53 games, then the Orioles purchased him on 6/2. With Baltimore, he hit .254-3-14 in 28 games (OPS+ 104). Houston selected him off waivers on 7/28 and he hit .254-0-8 in 21 games for them (OPS+ 91). For the season so far, .254-3-22, OPS+ 98. He can play 1B, the OF corners, and has also played 3B. His career stats are .237-12-74 in 599 AB, OPS+ 83. He is only a .215 hitter (OPS .599) vs. righties, but is .277, OPS .831 vs. lefties.
Now to tonight’s game.
Robbie Cano hit two homers, and became the all-time leading Yankee homer-hitting second baseman in the process. Nick Swisher added a HR and David Phelps was decent in the Yankees’ 8-7 11-inning loss.
One strike away from victory, Rafael Soriano gave up a single, then a 3-run HR to blow the lead. Although Derek Jeter tied the game with a HR in the bottom of the 9th, an error by Derek Lowe doomed the Yanks in the 11th.
In the first, Cano’s 26th HR of the year put the Yanks up 1-0. His 170th career HR enabled him to pass Tony Lazzeri on the Yankees’ list.
After Phelps gave up a game-tying HR to Lind in the second, Cano hit #27 in the fourth to put the Yanks up 2-1. Teixeira walked, then Chavez and Martin singled to put the Yanks up 3-1. Martin’s single off pitcher Alvarez’ leg literally knocked the pitcher from the game.
But it also knocked Teix from the game with a calf strain in scoring that run. He’s going for an MRI.
Ibanez grounded into a force out, and the Yanks were up 4-1.
Phelps gave two back in the fifth on a two-run HR by Torrealba.
Swisher hit #20 in the bottom of the fifth, a two-run shot, to put the Yanks up 6-3.
The Blue Jays got a run in the seventh to make it 6-4.
Phelps 6 1/3, 4 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 7 K. ERA to 2.96.
Eppley 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.34.
David Robertson became the father of a baby boy earlier today. He pitched the 8th.
1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.23.
So the Yanks turned it over to Soriano for the 9th. A K, single and pop-up, and Soriano was one out away from wrapping up the game. Then he was one strike away…but he gave up a single. Then he gave up a 3-run HR to Colby Rasmus to put Toronto up 7-6.
Soriano 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. ERA jumps to 2.05.
But the game wasn’t over yet… for Jeter HR’d (#14) leading off the bottom of the 9th to tie the game. Hit #3262 of Jeter’s career was career HR #254.
Rapada for the 10th. One batter, got a K. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.94.
Lowe then came in. He got out of the 10th but blew it in the 11th. He gave up a leadoff single, then threw over to first several times trying to pick off the runner. One of the throws got away, and PR McCoy went all the way to third. He scored on a dribbler.
The Yanks didn’t score in the bottom of the 11th, and lost 8-7.
Lowe 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, unearned. 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. He falls to 8-11, 5.27.
One strike away from a win, and instead a very disappointing loss. The Orioles picked up a game with their win, while TB lost.
A tough loss to take.
Eric Chavez had three hits.
Girardi said Teixeira is unlikely to play in at least the next 5 games.
Teixeira said MRI revealed Grade 1 strain, left calf. Thinks he could be out anywhere from 1-2 weeks. Of course, it could be more too.