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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 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 33. Jeter HRs in Yanks 9-2 win.

Barring a playoff matchup, Derek Jeter played his last game in Anaheim last night and he made it one to remember, hitting his first HR of the year (257th lifetime, hit #3343) as the Yankees won 9-2. Jeter had another hit in the game and is currently at 3344.

Jeter was presented with a paddleboard before the game. He got a huge ovation from the fans after the HR and before his final at bat. You’d have thought you were in the Bronx.

Vidal Nuno (W, 1-0, 5.47) started and went 6 1/3, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 3 K. He was staked to a five-run lead before he even took the mound.

Mark Teixeira had a two-run double in the top of the first, Yangervis Solarte a SF, and Brett Gardner and Brian Roberts had RBI singles. The Yanks were aided by two Angels’ walks, 2 errors and a WP.

Jeter made it 6-0 with his solo HR in the second. The Angels got one back in the bottom of the second.

In the eighth, John Ryan Murphy singled in two. Jeter grounded into a force in his last time up. Carlos Beltran flied out.

The Angels got a run off Betances in the bottom of the eighth.

Betances went 1 2/3, 1 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 2 K (2.08), and Preston Claiborne (1.00) pitched a scoreless ninth.

Ellsbury (.317), Jeter, Solarte (.306), Gardner and Murphy (.348) had 2 hits apiece.

Teixeira and Murphy each had 2 rbi.

The Yanks are off today. Friday night’s game in Milwaukee is a My9 game, Tanaka on the hill.

Tanaka will also need to bat. The Yanks lose the DH.

I’d be surprised if Tanaka does much with the bat. In his Japanese career, he was 3 for 37.

In case you missed it, Michael Pineda’s suspension ended May 6th, now it’s the DL he is on. As a result the Yanks are back to a 25-man team, and brought up Brendan Ryan off minor-league rehab and off the DL.

Game 26. Yanks lose to Seattle, 6-3.

The Yanks’ offense was quiet tonight, and CC blew up in the 5th as the Yanks lost to Seattle 6-3.

The Yanks got a run in the 2nd on a Teixeira HR (3),  344 career. They made it 2-0 in the third but CC, after four scoreless innings, gave up 4 in the 5th and couldn’t get anyone out in the sixth.

5 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 0 walks and 6 K. 3-3, 5.11. CC is a problem. You can’t depend on him anymore. He may think he’s the ace, but he’s more like a #4 right now (and I’ve mentioned that before). Since 2012, 17-16, ERA around 5.00. Certainly NOT ace-like. … and at $24MM / yr. to boot.

Betances 1 2/3, 4 K, but gave up 2 runs (2.03). Claiborne 1 1/3 scoreless (1.69) and LeRoux one scoreless inning in his Yankees’ debut.

Heading into tonight, LeRoux was 1-2, 5.56 in 63 MLB games for FLA and Pit. ERA+ 72. He is 30. Ugh.  Unimpressive.

The Yanks’ bats were quiet… and it wasn’t King Felix on the mound here. Jeter got hit 3338.  McCann (see previous post) was 0 for 4 and is down to .224.

The Yanks were 1 for 10 with RISP.

The game was played in lousy weather, cold (for late April) and rain. Weather is expected to be terrible Wed. and Thursday for the other two games of this series. Rainouts are likely.

Meanwhile, Michael Pineda apparently suffered a LAT injury while pitching and trying to stay sharp during his suspension. An MRI is forthcoming. So he may not be back May 5th as expected.

No indications yet whether rubbing pine tar on the LAT will make it heal.

Update: Pineda to miss 3-4 weeks.

Game 23. Angels k-o Kuroda, 13-1.

With Nova out for the year (TJ surgery Tues.) and Pineda suspended, the Yanks have to have CC and Kuroda be solid and Nuno and Phelps step up while Pineda is out. Pineda can return May 5th.

Kuroda didn’t do his part last night, giving up 8 R, 6 ER in 4 2/3 as the Yanks got hammered 13-1. Kuroda falls to 2-2, 5.28. Bruce Billings made his Yankees debut and gave up 4 in 4 IP, even though he K’d 7.

Meanwhile, the Yanks’ offense continued its inconsistency. They were stymied by Lackey on Wednesday, got 14 Thursday but got just one run on six hits against C.J. Wilson and the Angels’ bullpen last night.  Jeter got career hit 3336.

The Yanks are still in first place by 1 1/2 games with a record of 13-10. An interesting tidbit—every AL East team has given up more runs than it has scored (of course, Yanks’ losses of 16-1 and 13-1 in the last week haven’t helped their run differential).

With Pineda out, the Yanks set up their rotation, and gave Tanaka, Kuroda and Nuno each an extra day off.

Kuroda went last night, Nuno goes today. Tanaka on Sunday. Monday is an off-day. CC Tues., Phelps Wed., Kuroda Thurs. vs. Seattle (and Cano’s return to the Stadium). Next weekend will see Nuno, Tanaka and CC against the Rays. Pineda should return (and hopefully will have learned his lesson) at Anaheim on May 5th.

Game 22. Yanks improve to 13-9 w/14-5 rout of Boston.

Boston was sloppy tonight (5 errors) and the Yanks took advantage, beating them 14-5. The Yanks have won 5 of 7 from Boston so far this season.

CC improved to 3-2. 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 w and 8 K. Shane Greene made his MLB debut and struggled (nerves?) 1/3 IP, 3 R (all unearned b/c of a Jeter error and a McCann PB). No hits, but 3 walks and the Jeter E.  Adam Warren 1 2/3 scoreless and David Robertson finished up. Nice to get D-Rob in a game out of hand after spending two weeks on the DL. Get his feet wet again.

ERA’s CC 3-2, 4.78. Greene 0.00 (3 unearned runs). Warren 2.19 and D-Rob 0.00.

The Yanks had 14 h, 12 walks in the game and Boston made 5 errors.

Ellsbury 3 h, 3 rbi. Jeter 2 h (3335), 2 rbi. Solarte 4 rbi. Teixiera HR #1

It’s funny how the Yanks top RBI guys batted 1st (Ellsbury) and 9th (Solarte) tonight.

Pineda got a 10-game suspension.

Game 21. Pineda ejected, Yanks lose 5-1.

The Yanks’ bats were stymied by John Lackey tonight as the Yanks lost to Boston 5-1, but the story of the game was the stupidity of Michael Pineda.

A few weeks ago, cameras caught pine tar on Pineda’s hand. MLB didn’t do anything, but it was basically a warning to Pineda. Don’t do it again.

So tonight, against the SAME TEAM (what, he didn’t think they’d be watching his every move after what happened the last time they met?), he has pine tar on his neck and gets ejected in the second inning.


It’s like speeding past a cop, getting a warning, then speeding on the same street in front of the same cop two weeks later.

Pineda, who was pitching great this year (now we know why), has a long way to go to redeem himself in my eyes, now.


When the Yanks traded for him, he showed up in spring training in 2012 overweight, tried too hard to force velocity and blew out his shoulder.


He missed all of 2012 and 2013. It looked like he was coming back nicely. Maybe not with the same velocity, but he was pitching well. Now we know why.


He faces a possible 10-game suspension—-just at the time when the Yanks lost a rotation member in Ivan Nova, who most likely faces Tommy John surgery (he’s getting a second opinion). Great. Miss two starts while your rotation is already down a member.

Did I mention Pineda is STUPID?

You can’t fix STUPID. Too bad Pineda is 6’7″. You’ll need a stool to stand on to deliver to Pineda what he needs….

a good, swift kick in the ass.   

Update: I forgot about Pineda’s DUI in August 2012.


As a result of his early ejection, the Yanks had to use the bullpen early. The next day, Preston Claiborne and Dean Anna were sent down and Bruce Billings and Shane Greene were called up. Greene made his MLB debut in Game 22. He was nervous, only got one out, and gave up three unearned runs (Jeter E, McCann PB).

Sending Anna down means Solarte is now the backup to Jeter. Ryan isn’t ready yet.

Moves b/c of Pineda being…


Games 14 and 15. Yanks sweep DH, win both by shutout.

Game 1: Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant. 8 IP, 2 H (both bunts), 1 walk, 10 K. Carlos Beltran hit HR #4 (362 career, passing Joe D. ). Shawn Kelley 4th save (2.45). 3-0 Yanks’ win. 3-hit shutout. Tanaka 2-0, 2.05, 28 K 2 walks in his first 3 starts.

Game 2:  Michael Pineda went 6 (2-1, 1.00)  David Phelps 1 1/3, Matt Thornton 2/3 and Adam Warren 1/3 in the Yanks’ 2-0 win. Scott Sizemore 2 h, rbi.

The last time the Yanks won both games of a DH by shutout was April 19, 1987 when they did it against KC.


Yanks ppd.

The Yanks and Cubs will play a day/night dH tomorrow (2 separate admissions) after they were rained out today in the Bronx. Game 1 at 1 p.m. with Tanaka on the mound for the Yanks, and Game 2 at 7 w/Pineda.

Don’t expect Cervelli for 2 months at least. 60-day DL. Murphy up. P Shane Greene down and 3B Scott Sizemore up.

Some trivia: The Yanks and Cubs have played just 7 games in the Bronx that count. The Yanks have won them all. 2 games in the 1932 WS, 2 in 1938 and a 3-game sweep by the Yanks in 2005 interleague action.

Derek Jeter has just one grand slam in his career. It came against the Cubs, at Yankee Stadium, in 2005.

Hal says no infield moves forthcoming. No Drew or Morales. I’m a bit concerned about that b/c there is no true 1b behind Teix.

Game 10. Yanks beat Boston 4-1

Dean Anna hit his first MLB HR tonight and Michael Pineda pitched great for 6+ as the Yanks beat Boston tonight 4-1. There supposedly was a substance (pine tar?) on Pineda’s hand as he pitched tonight. Controversy?

Pineda 6+. 1 R, 4 H, 2 w, 7 K.

Cabral 2 outs and 2 K.

Phelps 2 1/3, o R, 0 H & 3k. Overall, 1 R, 4 h and 12 K for Yankees pitchers tonight.

Two hits for Jeter tonight.  3325

Minors report tomorrow.