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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 93. Greene’s 2nd MLB start a great one. Yanks win 3-0.

Shane Greene has pitched in three MLB games. The last two were his first two MLB starts. He most likely has exceeded the Yanks’ expectations.

In the first start, Greene gave up 2 R in 6 IP and notched his first MLB win. Saturday he topped that, going 7 1/3 shutout innings, giving up just four hits, two walks, and striking out 9. He goes to 2-0, 1.32 as the Yanks beat the Baltimore Orioles, 3-0.

The Yanks got a run in the third when Cervelli singled, was forced by Gardner, Jeter singled and Teixeira doubled home Gardner. On the play, Jeter was thrown out at the plate.

The Yanks added two in the seventh when Johnson singled, and after an out, moved up on a WP. With two out, Jeter singled in Johnson and went to second on the throw home. Ellsbury doubled in Jeter. Teix walked and McCann singled, but once again the Yanks had a runner thrown out at the plate.

Jeter’s two hits raised his career total to 3407, twelve behind Carl Yastrzemski on the all-time list.

David Huff relieved Greene, faced one batter and gave up a hit. 0 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA (SF/NYY) 4.46.

Shawn Kelley 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 3.77.

David Robertson with save #23. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.76.

The win puts the Yanks at 47-46, 4 behind Baltimore in the AL East. They are one game behind 2nd place Toronto.

Sunday night’s game on ESPN is the last one before the All-Star break, meaning as far as pitchers go, it is all hands on deck. They all (except for Betances, who’ll be heading for the All-Star Game) will be getting a few days off.

Game 90. Yanks win in 14, Tanaka to DL

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a HR in the top of the 14th, and the Yanks beat Cleveland 5-4 Wednesday night.

Earlier in the day, the Yanks got news which they are praying is minor and not major. Ace Masahiro Tanaka was put on the 15-day DL with a sore elbow. The Yanks await results from an MRI. He’ll miss two starts, hopefully no more. If he is lost for a considerable amount of time, ….

As for the game, Brandon McCarthy, just acquired for Vidal Nuno, made his Yankees’ debut. After giving up four hits and three unearned runs in the first inning, McCarthy settled in and gave the Yanks 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 9 H, 1 walk and 3 K. Overall ERA (AZ/NYY) 4.80.

The Yanks got a run back in the fourth on a solo HR by Teixiera, who was making up for his error that helped allow those runs in the first to score. #16.

In the fifth, Ellsbury doubled with one out and Jeter singled him to third. McCann hit a SF to cut the lead to 3-2, then Teix hit his second HR of the game, a two-run shot, to put the Yanks up 4-3. Teix’s 17th HR was #358 of his career, tying Yogi Berra on the all-time list.

Jeter had two hits to take him to 3403 for his career. 16 short of tying Carl Yastrzemski for 7th place all-time.

Cleveland tied the game in the bottom of the fifth but Yankees relievers kept the Indians off the board, setting the stage for Ellsbury’s HR in the 14th.

Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.25.

Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.52.

Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.63.

Huff 0 IP, 0 R 0 H, 3 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 4.46. He walked all three batters he faced.

Kelley 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. He replaced Huff in the 10th with the bases loaded and one out and got a K and a groundout. Great job. 3.86.

Whitley (W, 4-2, 4.94) 2 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Robertson (22nd save) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.84.

DH Carlos Beltran was victim of a freak accident in BP. A ball he hit ricocheted off the top of the cage back at Beltran and hit him in the face, bruising him. He was removed from the starting lineup and as a result, Brian Roberts, of all people, had to bat fifth.

The win puts the Yanks at 46-44, and three back of Baltimore in the AL East. They are 1/2 a game behind Toronto for 2nd. They are 2 1/2 out of the final WC spot.

Game 89. Tribe torches Tanaka, 5-3.

Masahiro Tanaka can use the all-star break. He appears a bit gassed right now.

A friend whose viewpoints I respect texted me that Tanaka appeared a bit “gassed” tonight. That he was using the slider to set up the split instead of the fastball, and that his body language seemed to state frustration at lack of run support. Also that his fastball was 2-3 mph less and harder to keep down in the zone.

Maybe, maybe not. But as I write, my friend knows his stuff and I respect his opinion.

All we do know is this: that after 16 quality starts to begin the season, the last two by Tanaka have not been quality starts. Tonight Tanaka could not hold on to a 3-1 lead and lost 5-3.

Hey, no one is perfect.

Tanaka 6 2/3 IP, 5 R, 10 h, 1 walk, 5 K. He gave up 2 HR. (L, 12-4, 2.51). In his last couple of starts, the ERA has gone from 1.99 to 2.51. Still great, but you wonder if some fatigue is setting in. After all, in Japan he didn’t pitch as often.

The Yanks scored two in the first on a single by Teix and an error on a double steal by Ellsbury and Teix. Tanaka, who is subject to slow starts, gave up a run in the bottom of the first.

The Yanks went up 3-1 in the second on a Gardner groundout. But nothing after that since the Yanks managed four hits all game long.

Tanaka gave up a run in the fifth and a 2-run HR to Swisher in the sixth. He gave up another HR in the seventh.

Matt Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.29.

Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.10.

The loss drops the Yanks to 45-44. Meanwhile, we wait for the other shoe to drop regarding trades.

A power-hitting OF is a must. For example, in 1961, Yogi, Mickey and Maris hit 137 HR. If there was a DH back then (which there wasn’t) add 21 more from Blanchard.

Today’s OF (not counting Soriano, who was recently DFA’d) and DH (Gardner, Ellsbury, Ichiro and Beltran) have 27 HR combined. Big difference.

We’ll see if the Yanks can add some much needed power via a trade soon.

Game 85. Roberts leads Yanks to 6- 5 win.

The Yanks got three runs in the first and three in the second and hung on to beat the Twins on the 4th of July, 6-5.

Brian Roberts had four hits, three doubles and a triple.

Unfortunately, the wheels are coming off the wagon right now for Chase Whitley. He lasted just three innings, 4 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K. In his last three starts, Whitley’s ERA has gone from 2.56 to 5.14.

The Yanks pounced right away. Gardner led off the game with a triple, Roberts doubled him home and after an out, Teixeira doubled in Roberts. Teix scored on a SF by Beltran.

After the Twins got one in the bottom of the first, the Yanks got three more in the second. Cervelli doubled, and after an out, scored on a SF by Ryan. Gardner walked, Roberts doubled and Ellsbury singled in two.

David Huff got the win with three perfect innings of relief. 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. (3-0, 4.33).

Adam Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.58.

Dellin Betances 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.61.

David Robertson picked up his 20th save, pitching the 9th. Except for two bad outings, he has been good this year. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.73.

An MRI showed significant cartilage damage in CC Sabathia’s knee. He will see Dr. Andrews for consultation and there is a strong probability that CC is done for the year. Should he require microfracture surgery, not only is that a certainty, but CC’s career could be in jeopardy.

Game 80. Yanks fall to Boston, 8-5.

In his first seven starts, Chase Whitley was a revelation. Maybe the league has caught up to him, maybe it’s just a slump, but in his last two starts, Whitley has hit a bump.

How so? Those two losses have pushed Whitley’s ERA from 2.56 to 4.70.

Whitley went 4+ Sunday night vs. Boston, 5 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 1 K in falling to 3-2 for the season in the Yanks’ 8-5 loss.

Shawn Kelley has been ineffective since coming off the DL. 0 IP, 2 R, 1 h, 2 walks, 0 k. 4.87.

Whitley gave up a run in the second, then David Ortiz’ took him deep for a 3-run HR in the third, Ortiz’ 450th career HR.

The Yanks got one in the third on a Jeter single, and HRs by Teixeira (15, 356 career) and Beltran (8, 366 career, tying Lance Berkman on the all-time list) in the fourth to cut it to 4-3, but the three runs Boston got in the fifth and one more off David Huff in the sixth doomed the Yanks, despite the Yanks getting two in the bottom of the fifth on a triple by Ichiro, double by Gardner and RBI groundout by Ellsbury.

Jeter got two hits to move his career total to 3393.

David Huff 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 5.16.

Dellin Betances 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.33.

Jose Ramirez the 9th, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 k. 5.00.

The loss puts the Yanks at 41-39 and keeps them two games behind Toronto in the AL East and in third place (1/2 gm. behind the Orioles). They are two games out of the final WC spot. Tonight’s game vs. the Rays is Game 81. Half the season will be over.

Game 78. Yanks blank Bosox 6-0.

The Yanks hit 3 HR tonight, inc. back-to-back HR by Johnson & Gardner, in beating Boston 6-0.

Vidal Nuno turned out (surprisingly?) his best outing of the year. He, along with a few relievers, tossed a combined 3-hit shutout.

The Yanks jumped out right away in the first when with one out Jeter singled, Ellsbury doubled and Teix hit a SF.

In the fourth, Johnson and Gardner hit back-to-back HR (Johnson’s a 2-run HR) to make it 4-0. For Johnson, HR #5 and for Gardner, HR #7.

Nuno went 5 2/3, (W, 2-4, 5.42). 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 5 K.

Betances 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.39.

Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.79.

Thornton the 9th, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and a 1K. 2.70.

Brian McCann did provide an extra cushion in the 8th with a 2-run HR (9).

Derek Jeter’s two hits put him at 3390 career.

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 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 75. Yanks beaten by Jays, 8-3.

Chase Whitley had seven decent starts and a 2.56 ERA entering Monday night’s game in Toronto. He suffered his first MLB clunker Monday night as the Yanks lost 8-3.

It was Whitley’s first MLB loss, and his ERA rose to 4.07 as he gave up six runs in the second and couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning.

Whitley (L, 3-1, 4.07), 3 1/3 IP, 8 R, 11 H, 3 walks and 2 K.

Just as disconcerting was the fact that the Yanks’ offense was asleep again. For 8 innings, all they managed was one run on three hits, the run coming via Mark Teixeira’s 13th HR of the year (354th career). They tacked on two runs on three hits in the ninth to make the score more respectable. The good news in the ninth was that Solarte had an RBI hit which broke an 0 for 28 slump.

David Huff pitched 3 2/3 innings of relief, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 3 K. 5.02.

Shawn Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 4.05.

The loss drops the Yanks into 3rd place in the AL East at 39-36, 2 1/2 behind Toronto and a game behind Baltimore. They are a game behind Baltimore for the last WC spot, but in a virtual tie with Seattle in that position and a half a game behind KC. Almost halfway through the season, everything is tight and probably will be right until the end. Every win matters.

One thing that needs to happen is for some bats we were counting on to wake up. Beltran (.220), McCann (.218), and Soriano (.231) in particular, were supposed to be the middle of the order and supply the beef. You know what the late Clara Peller would be saying right now.

You just get the feeling now that something is going to have to happen. A trade for a starting pitcher or a bat or both. Hopefully things turn around soon, but it just seems some kind of shakeup needs to happen, and happen soon.