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Game 105. Jeter passes Yaz but Yanks lose, 4-2.

Brett Gardner hit two solo HRs, and Derek Jeter passed Carl Yastrzemski for 7th place on the all-time hits list, but the Yanks lost to Texas Monday night, 4-2.

The loss knocks the Yanks down to 54-51, 4 1/2 behind the Orioles in the AL East. They are in third place, two behind the second-place Blue Jays. The Blue Jays hold the second wild-card spot as of now.

Gardner’s 2 HR gave him 12 for the season, by far the most he’s had in a year. Can you believe he is tied with Beltran for second on the team in HR and leads the team in OPS?

Jeter’s three hits gave him 3420 for his career, one ahead of Yaz. He is now just 10 hits short of Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time hits list.

Unfortunately for the Yanks, despite 11 hits, six by Gardner and Jeter, they couldn’t score outside of Gardner’s two solo blasts.

David Phelps pitched well, but lost it in the fifth, when he gave up all four of Texas’ runs. I have to question some thinking here.

With two out, the score tied, and the bases loaded, Phelps threw three straight fastballs to Arencibia, a .150 hitter. On an 0-2 pitch, Arencibia laced a two-run single—on the third straight fastball—for what proved to be the game-winning hit. Why give a good pitch on 0-2 to a .150 hitter? Why not a slider or a curve in the dirt to make him chase? Why didn’t they work on him?

I know… second-guessing. But between that, McCann making some misplays at first (and yes, the front office SHOULD have got someone who is a legit backup 1B instead of throwing inexperienced people like McCann, Cervelli or Johnson out there), Betances giving a run away on an errant pickoff throw Sunday and Robertson not holding the runner on on Sunday, thus enabling that runner to get into scoring position from which he then did score the game-winning run, there has been some bad thinking out there in the last two games that cost the Yankees two games. You can’t do that. Maybe Girardi has to give a wake-up call. You have to play heads-up baseball, and we haven’t seen that in the last three games, which is why the Yanks have lost three in a row.

The Yanks should get Teix back in the lineup today. They brought up Almonte yesterday and DFA’d Jeff Francis.

I’m hoping the Yanks make a deal for a righty-hitting power-hitting RF soon. Ichiro, 40, is starting to show some age and seems to be running out of gas. It was never the Yanks’ intention to play him everyday, but he is. As a result, he is down to .269, and in 36 games since June 15, has been hitting just .214. Playing everyday is wearing him down. He needs to backup/platoon. The Yanks need to find someone at the trade deadline, here.

Phelps 6 IP, 4 R, 8 h, 1 walk and 3 K. He falls to 5-5, 3.89.

Kelley 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 hits. 3.51.

Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.66.

Game 102. Surprise power source carries red-hot Yanks to 6-4 win.

Ichiro Suzuki’s first HR of the season, a 3-run shot, lifted the red-hot Yankees to a 6-4 win on Friday night.

The Yanks have won 7 of 8 since the All-Star Break. The win puts them at 54-48, in sole possession of second place in the AL East, and they currently have sole possession (by one game) of the second wild card spot as of now.

Hiroki Kuroda struggled early, thanks to Jose Bautista, but did provide 5 2/3 innings and got the win. Kuroda gave up all four runs to Toronto on two homers by Bautista, a 3-run shot in the first and a solo shot in the third. When Bautista hit his second HR off Kuroda, he was at that time 4 for 4 off him, with all 4 hits being HRs.

Down 3-0, the Yanks got two back in the second. McCann and the red-hot Headley singled, and Ichiro walked. An infield single by Roberts brought in one run, and a SF by Gardner plated another.

After Bautista’s second HR put Toronto up 4-2, the Yanks came back with four in the bottom of the third and there was no further scoring for the rest of the ballgame.

Carlos Beltran homered to make it 4-3. It was Beltran’s 11th HR of the season and 369th of his career, tying him with Ralph Kiner and Todd Helton on the all-time HR list, one behind Gil Hodges.

After Beltran’s HR, McCann and Headley singled, and Ichiro’s 3-run homer put the Yanks up 6-4 and that is how the game wound up.

It was Ichiro’s first HR of the season. Not only that, out of Ichiro’s 63 hits this season, only 8 have been for extra bases, making the HR that much more of a pleasant surprise for Yankees’ fans.

If you didn’t see Jeter’s reaction when Ichiro came back to the dugout after Ichiro’s HR, you should check it out. Jeter gave Ichiro a teasing “are you kidding me” look before breaking into a big smile and laugh. Priceless.

Kuroda (W, 7-6, 3.99) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Huff 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. Overall ERA (SF/NYY) 4.10.
Kelley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.45.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 w, 1 K. 1.47.
Robertson his 26th save. 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 w, 2 K. 2.33.

Robertson is 26 of 28 in saves this year. He has alleviated any doubts of replacing Mo.

Jeter got hit #3414 in the victory. He is now five behind Carl Yastrzemski for seventh on the all-time hits list and 16 behind Honus Wagner for sixth. Jeter won’t catch the top five, since he is 101 hits behind fifth-place Tris Speaker.

McCann had two hits and raised his average to .243. This is one thing the Yanks need. For much of the season, McCann has been in the .220s.

Chase Headley had three hits and is 6 for 14 since becoming a Yankee.

Francisco Cervelli had two hits and is at a surprising, but welcome, .311.

It was the 17th straight time the Yankees beat Toronto at Yankee Stadium. Not only that, the Yanks continued their success against Mark Buehrle, who continues to struggle vs. the Yanks (1-12 career).

I see that Bill Renna, a backup OF for the 1953 Yanks, passed away recently.

Game 88. Yanks win 5-3. Shane Greene: 1st MLB start, 1st MLB win.

Shane Greene had only 1/3 of an inning of MLB experience before tonight. A relief appearance in which he gave up 3 runs, all unearned.

His MLB starting debut he made one to remember. He had a no-hitter for 4 2/3. He went 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, o walks and 2 K. First MLB win, ERA 2.84.

The Yanks broke out to a 5-0 lead and held on to win 5-3.

In the second, McCann and Roberts hit back-to-back doubles for one run. Ichiro singled to move the runner up but was thrown out trying for two. Johnson walked and Cervelli was HBP to load the bases. Gardner singled in a run and Jeter walked with the bases loaded to make it 3-0.

Jeter got one hit tonight. #3401. 18 behind Yaz, now.

In the third, Teixeira walked and McCann singled. Roberts flied out, moving Teix up. Ichiro singled in a run and both runners then moved up on a balk. Johnson was HBP and Cervelli got an RBI on a forceout.

David Huff 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Overall ERA 4.46.

Betances 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1st save on the year, ERA 1.55.

Gardner and McCann each w/3 hits, same with Ichiro. 2 hits for Roberts.

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 74. O’s blank Yanks 8-0, beat Tanaka.

It was nice to see some people from both my Lehigh Valley Yankees Fan Club (with whom I went up to the Stadium for Old-Timer’s day via a bus trip) and also some members of Pinstripe Mania yesterday once I got to the Stadium.

It was also nice to see some great Old-Timer’s Day festivities and see Goose Gossage get a plaque for Monument Park.

It wasn’t nice to see what happened in the actual game, for the Yanks got blanked, 8-0, and Tanaka got the loss.

Tanaka didn’t pitch badly. In 15 starts this season, every single start has been a quality start.

He gave up two hits to lead off the game, but got out of it with a flyball and two strikeouts.

In the bottom of the first, Gardner tripled. At least we thought it was a triple to lead off the bottom of the first. Instead, upon review, it was determined that in sliding into third, Gardner came off the bag and was then out when he was tagged. Right there and then it probably wasn’t going to be the Yankees day, for he had beaten the throw.

Tanaka gave up a HR in the second, but settled in. After six innings, it was just 1-0 Orioles.

But the Yanks offense was doing nothing.

In the seventh, Tanaka gave up two runs. He went 7 innings, 3 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 6 K. Even with the loss, that puts him at 11-2, and his ERA is 2.11.

But the Yanks got four hits all game, two by Ichiro. No support.

Yangervis Solarte is 0 for 27 since June 8th. Hopefully he snaps out of it soon. Maybe he has to be sent down soon. Before you balk at that, remember that in 1951, the great Mickey Mantle, in his rookie season, had to be sent down for a while to get straightened out. But hopefully Solarte does get straightened out soon.

The game really got out of hand in the eighth, when Adam Warren came in and had nothing. Two Yankees errors didn’t help, even though the O’s Steve Pearce probably got away with baserunner interference.

Warren 1 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 2.88.

David Huff pitched the 9th and gave up a HR. 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 5.76.

With the loss, the Yanks drop to 39-35 and into a tie for 2nd in the AL East with Baltimore. They are 1 1/2 back of Toronto and now go to Toronto for a three-game set. The Yanks and O’s are tied for the final WC spot, one pct. point above Seattle.

It appears the Yanks will be needing a starting pitcher and a bat soon. The trade deadline is five weeks away. Stay tuned.

Just to clarify one thing from the Old-Timer’s Day festivities: John Sterling, in announcing Joe Torre, stated that Torre was the second manager to win three consecutive World Series. He was wrong. Joe McCarthy was the first (1936-1939), Casey Stengel the second (1949-1953) and Joe Torre was the third (1998-2000). As a Yankees broadcaster, Sterling should have known that (not to be a curmudgeon about it, but…). I don’t know why everyone forgets about “Marse Joe” ‘s accomplishment.

Now the A’s won three straight WS from 1972-1974, but with two different managers. Dick Williams was there in ’72 & ’73, but it was Alvin Dark who skippered them in 1974.

Jesse Barfield homered off of David Cone in the Old-Timer’s game.

Game 70. Gardner, McCann lead Yanks to 7-3 win.

Brian McCann, struggling all season, had 5 RBI with a 2-run HR (8) and a base-loaded triple, and Brett Gardner had four hits as the Yanks beat Toronto 7-3 to climb to within 2 1/2 games of the Blue Jays. The win made the Yankees 37-33 on the season.

It’s hard to say who has been a bigger surprise this season, Yangervis Solarte (who has been slumping lately) or Chase Whitley.

Whitley (W, 3-0, 2.56) got the win by pitching 5 innings, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

The Yanks got one in the first on an RBI single by Soriano.

After the Blue Jays got two in the fourth off Whitley, McCann’s two-run blast in the bottom of the inning put them back in the lead.

The Yanks broke it open in the seventh. Ichiro walked with the bases loaded to force in a run then McCann cleared the bases with his triple.

After Whitley left the game, Warren went 2, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.08.

Jose Ramirez came in and just faced two batters, giving up doubles to both. 0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.75.

Girardi wasn’t about to wait. After those two doubles, in came Betances. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.51.

Robertson in the 9th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.28.

The win puts the Yanks at 37-33, 2 1/2 back of Toronto in the AL East, 2nd place. They are tied with Detroit for the 2nd WC spot.

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 63. Yanks edge Seattle, 3-2.

Derek Jeter got 2 hits (3372) and scored two runs, and Jacoby Ellsbury not only got the GW hit, but made a couple of fine defensive plays as the Yanks edged Seattle 3-2 Tuesday night.

The Yanks broke out early, scoring two in the first when Jeter singled, Teixeira singled, Beltran doubled in one and McCann singled in another.

Starter Vidal Nuno gave one back in the bottom of the first.

Nuno went 5 2/3, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 2 K in lowering his ERA to 4.97. Nuno picked up a no-decision, because for the 11th consecutive game, the Yanks scored 4 or fewer runs. Sometimes when that happens, the offensive breakout occurs when you don’t need it. For example, Tanaka pitches tonight.

Nuno got help from his D. Ellsbury made two superb catches and Ichiro made a superb catch of his own.

Seattle tied the game in the seventh off of Betances.

Betances 1 1/3 IP, (W, 4-0, 1.69) 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. He hurt himself with a HBP and WP, but picked up the win.

In the eighth, Jeter got his first XBH in a while, a one-out double, and scored on Ellsbury’s single.

Warren and Robertson then shut down Seattle.

Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.31.

Robertson (15th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and he struck out the side. 3 K. 3.68.

The win puts the Yanks back over .500 at 32-31 and into a tie for 2nd in the AL East with Baltimore, 5 1/2 back of Toronto.

In other Yankees news:

Shawn Kelley should be back tomorrow. I’d expect Jose Ramirez to be sent down.
Johnny Damon & Hideki Matsui will be attending Old-Timer Day ceremonies on June 22.
2b Robert Refsnyder was promoted from AA to AAA.

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 4. “T” time. Tanaka wins. Teix hurt. Yanks win.

Tanaka did well, but Teix got hurt, in the Yanks’ 7-3 win tonight. The Yankees are now 2-2.

Tanaka gave up a HR on his 3rd MLB pitch–to Melky.

The Yanks did get two in the top of the first. Tanaka struggled early but settled in.

7 IP, 3 R, 2 ER 0 walks and 8 K.

Teix was hurt. Strained hammy. More on that in a bit.

Thornton (2/3), Betances (1/3 but struggled) and Robertson finished up for Tanaka.

Ellsbury had a good night, 3 for 4, a walk and 2 SB. Yangervis Solarte had 2 hits and 3 RBI. Ichiro had 3 more hits, and 2 for Kelly Johnson.

Roberts, Soriano and Jeter had the day off before Roberts had to enter the game due to Teixeira’s injury.

Gardner had 2 h, rbi. The Yanks had 16 hits.

They are still looking for HR #1 for the season.

As for what would happen if Teix gets DL’d…..

1) Nunez is DFA’d meaning the Yanks have 10 days (a few have passed) to ship him down, trade him or release him. The Mets are shopping Ike Davis. SS Ruben Tejada of the Mets stinks—worse than Nunez. Maybe a Nunez for Davis swap?

2) Russ Canzler is the SWB 1B. Bring him up?

3) The option I prefer. Move McCann to 1b. Cervelli at C. Bring up Romine or Murphy. It may save McCann over time.

But sheesh. Teix out for a few weeks already?