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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 91. Bullpen fails Yanks in 9-3 loss. Also, Injury updates.

David Phelps threw six shutout innings, but the Yankees’ bullpen let him and the team down in a 9-3 loss Thursday night.

The Yanks got two in the fourth on a HR by Zelous Wheeler (2) and went up 3-0 in the fifth on an RBI single by Yangervis Solarte.

In the seventh, Phelps gave up hits to the first two batters in the inning, and the Yanks brought in Matt Thornton. That’s when things unraveled. A single, bases-loaded triple and SF put the Indians up 4-3.

Jim Miller was terrible in the eighth inning, giving up five runs on 2 HR.

Phelps 6+, 2 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K. 3.94.

Thornton 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 h, 0 walks, 0 K. (L, 0-3, 3.10).

Miller 1 2/3, 5 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 20.25.

Derek Jeter got two hits to take his career total to 3405.

It turns out Carlos Beltran got more than bruises in that freak batting practice accident the other day. Two minor fractures in his nose and a concussion force him to the 7-day DL.

The news on Masahiro Tanaka isn’t good. It could be worse, and personally, I have my fears. There is a slight tear in a ligament in his pitching elbow. Surgery is not recommended at this time (good) but platelets are to be injected and he is to then start a throwing program. The hope is that after six weeks of rehab (late August), he will be ready to pitch down the stretch.

That is the hope. The fear is Tommy John surgery that would take Tanaka out until 2016. The fear I have is that the Mets tried this same procedure with Matt Harvey. It didn’t work and Harvey needed the surgery.

It is a devastating blow for the Yanks, who now have four of the five starters from the Opening Day rotation on the DL. CC is most likely done for the year, and may need microfracture surgery—his career is in jeopardy. Nova TJ surgery, done for the year and most of 2015. Pineda is still trying to come back from a strained shoulder muscle and there is no guarantee he’ll be back this year. Now Tanaka. Just devastating. You can’t go far when you are dipping down into your #9 starter.

It begs the question. Trade for help now to try to save the season, or become sellers at the deadline, acknowledge the devastating blow losing Tanaka is, and build for the future.

But as someone wrote somewhere, are you going to be the one to tell the retiring Derek Jeter that you are throwing in the towel on his final season?

The tease is that in this division, anything may happen yet. The Yanks are only 46-45, and just four out. In a normal season, they would be 8-10 out. The division is still there for the taking, and it may be easier to win the division this year than to get any of the wild card spots.

The Yanks have some major decisions to make at the trade deadline.

Meanwhile, we hope and pray that Tanaka avoids the TJ surgery.

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 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 76. Yanks’ comeback goes for naught, lose 7-6

The Yanks came back from a 6-0 deficit to tie the game up, but lost in the bottom of the 9th to Toronto, 7-6.

David Phelps (4.35) gave up a three-run HR in the fourth and three more runs in the fifth to put the Yanks in a 6-0 hole.

He went 5 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 7 K.

Derek Jeter homered in the sixth to put the Yanks on the board. His 2nd HR of the season was #258 of his career, and career hit #3387. Jeter turns 40 on Thursday, an off-day.

Brian Roberts hit HR #3 of the season, a two-run shot in the seventh, to make the score 6-3. With two out in the same inning, Gardner doubled, Jeter walked and Ellsbury singled in a run. Both runners moved up on an error by Melky. Teixeira hit a ground ball up the middle that Jose Reyes made a throwing error on and both runners scored to tie the game. The throw pushed 1B Encarnacion into the path of Teixeira, and Teix’s arm hit Encarnacion on the head. For a while, things looked hairy, as it looked like Encarnacion may have received a concussion.

Matt Thornton pitched a scoreless sixth, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.93.

Dellin Betances went two innings, getting out of huge trouble in the 8th. 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 1.43.

In the 9th, Adam Warren (L, 1-4, 2.88) came in. He gave up a leadoff double to Jose Reyes, and then Yangervis Solarte threw away Melky Cabrera’s sacrifice bunt to lose the game 7-6. Warren 2 batters, 1 H, 1 unearned run. No walks or K.

The loss was the Yanks’ fourth loss in a row and dropped them to 39-37. They are third in the AL East, 3 1/2 behind Toronto and a game behind Baltimore. They are two games behind Seattle for the last wild-card spot.

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 61. Yanks lose to KC, 8-4.

David Phelps gave up 3 in the second, but the Yanks came back to tie the game in the sixth. Phelps gave it right back, however, as the Yanks lost to KC 8-4.

Down 3-0, the offense finally got on the board when Beltran doubled in a run (his first hit since coming off the DL) and Solarte singled in two.

But Phelps (L, 1-4, 4.88) gave up four in the bottom of the sixth, three on a HR by Salvador Perez, to lose the game.

Phelps went 5 2/3, 7 R, 10 H, 2 walks and 4 K.

Matt Daley 1 IP, 1 R (HR), 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.85.

Jose Ramirez, in his second MLB game, finished up. 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 2.70.

The Yanks got a run in the ninth when Solarte doubled, Ichiro singled and Roberts got an RBI groundout.

Jeter got one hit, #3370 of his career.

The loss dropped the Yanks (31-30) to 3rd in the AL East.

Game 56. Seattle beats Yanks, 10-2.

If you are going up against King Felix, and your offense has been struggling lately, you know that you are in trouble. David Phelps knew he had to pitch really well, and for six innings, he did ok.

After six, it was tied up at two. The Yanks getting their runs on a 2-run single by Ichiro.

But Phelps came apart in the seventh and you can’t do that against Hernandez.

Phelps went 6+, 6 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 4 K. He falls to 1-3, 4.11.

Thornton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.09.

Aceves was bad again. It might be time for the Yanks to part ways with him and give Jose Ramirez a shot. I’d rather get a kid’s feet wet and suffer with him than put out an over-the-hill veteran. Aceves gave up four runs in the ninth for the final tally.

Aceves 2 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 2 HR given up.

The Yanks fall to 29-27, four back of Toronto in the AL East. Boston and Tampa Bay also lost. Toronto is opening up a little space for themselves.

Game 46. Yanks get just 3 hits in 3-2 loss.

Ok, I could cry over spilt milk, but I won’t. I did think that the strike three call on Soriano, on a full-count pitch and one on to end the game, was ball four. So, evidently, did Soriano.

But going into the top of the 9th, the Yanks were down 3-0 and had just one hit. Chris Sale was superb for the White Sox, in what was his first start after coming off the DL. He retired the first 17 Yankees in a row, 9 by K before giving up a single to Almonte, who stole second. No problem for Sale, who got a K then left the game.

The hard-luck loser was Phelps, who pitched great, but what can you do? Phelps went 7, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 8 K. He falls to 1-1, 3.18.

Aceves 1 IP, and 1 R, 2 h, a walk and 0 K. His first outing back since his return to the Yanks was great, but since then, he has been disappointing. ERA up to 6.08.

In the 9th, Suzuki singled with one out and Jeter walked with two out. A passed ball helped move up the runners and Teix singled in two before the slumping Soriano (.235) struck out.

The Yanks’ bats have been very silent lately. Forget the fact that the rotation is hurting with Pineda, CC and Nova out right now. The bats have been quiet. Hopefully they wake up soon.

With the loss, the Yanks fall to 24-22, one game behind Toronto.