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Game 103. Yanks lose to Jays, 6-4.

As the song and album states, All Things Must Pass.

After 17 consecutive home wins against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees finally lost at home to them on Saturday, 6-4.

The loss knocks the Yanks back into a virtual second-place tie at 54-49 with Toronto, three games behind the Orioles. Both teams are in a virtual tie for the final wild-card spot, 1/2 a game ahead of Seattle and a game ahead of KC. It looks like a wild (pardon the pun) ride for the last two months.

The Yanks jumped off to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on Brian McCann’s 11th HR of the season.

Toronto tied it in the fifth.

Chris Capuano, in his Yankees debut, started and pitched well. 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 4 walks and 4 K. His overall ERA (Bos/NYY) goes to 4.30.

Shawn Kelley took the loss for the Yanks, giving up a run in the seventh. He wasn’t helped by the defense, or for that matter, the front office. The Yanks have been playing all year without a legitimate first base backup to Mark Teixeira, and we’ve seen the results when someone other than Teix is at first base, be it Kelly Johnson or yesterday, Brian McCann. McCann helped to botch two plays in the seventh. If he makes the plays, maybe Toronto doesn’t score that inning. We’ve seen Johnson botch a few plays this year, too. Why the team doesn’t get a legitimate backup 1B to the fragile Teix, I don’t know. But the failure to do so could cost a game or two and maybe a playoff spot.

Kelley 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.69. (L, 1-3).

Thornton 1 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.70.

The game got away from the Yanks in the 9th, when Jeff Francis relieved Chase Whitley with two men on and promptly gave up a 3-run HR to put Toronto up 6-2. Carlos Beltran hit his 12th HR, a two-run shot, to make the final score 6-4. For Beltran, it was career HR #370, tying Gil Hodges on the all-time list.

Whitley 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 4.87.

Francis 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Overall ERA 5.85.

Derek Jeter got two hits and is at 3416, three behind Yaz for seventh all-time.

Chris LeRoux was DFA’d when the Yanks got Capuano. The DFA’d Bruce Billings accepted assignment to SWB.

The Hall-of-Fame has reduced the number of years a player could stay on the ballot from 15 to 10. Some recent Hall-of-Famers who got in on tries 11 to 15 include Duke Snider, Jim Rice, Bert Blyleven, Bob Lemon and Ralph Kiner. I really think this is going to hurt some guys who have been on a few years but who, even though nothing was proven, have steroid accusations against them.

Game 99. Yanks make a deal, and the new guy wins the game, 2-1 in 14.

–The Yanks traded Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula to San Diego today for 3B Chase Headley.

Headley got on a plane to NY and wound up getting the game winning hit in a 2-1, 14-inning Yankees win.

Solarte, a rookie, hit great for the Yanks for the first six weeks of the season. He cooled off after that and at the time of the trade was at .254-6-31, OPS+ 100. De Paula was 6-5, 4.15 at High A Tampa this year. De Paula is 23 and is projected by most to be an MLB reliever. He has struck out 335 in 264 minor league innings.

As for Headley, you only wonder if he can get back to where he was a couple of years ago. Headley, 30, is a switch-hitting 3b who in 2012 had an excellent season, hitting .286-31-115, OPS+ 145, finishing 5th in MVP voting, and winning the Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. He led the NL in RBI that year. Heck, I’d take 2/3 of that. This year he was at .229-7-32, OPS+ 88 before the trade. Nothing to write home about, but Petco in SD is a bad place for hitters. Hopefully Yankee Stadium helps him. His 162 g. average is .266-16-72, OPS+ 113 and 13 steals. If he can just do that… but he does strike out a lot. 151 times is his 162 game average.

For much of this game, this was like Chinese water torture. Worse than soccer (sorry, soccer fans). Neither team could score.

Chase Whitley (we have Chase Whitley and Chase Headley… could Chase Utley be next in a deal?) went 7 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 6 K. ERA to 4.60.

Thornton 1 batter, 1 out on a K. Strikeout. Foul ball trying to bunt with two out. 2.95.

Warren. 2/3 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.63.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.52.

Robertson 2 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.45.

Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.48.

In the bottom of the 9th, with one out and the game still scoreless, Jeter doubled. Hit #3413 (6 behind Yaz on the all-time list for 7th) was double #535 of Jeter’s career, making him the all-time Yankees’ doubles leader, passing Gehrig.

Ellsbury was walked, but Beltran GIDP.

Even though the Yankees won, if I were the manager, I’d fine Francisco Cervelli $250 for what happened in the bottom of the 12th, for he almost cost the Yankees the ballgame. If Girardi didn’t put on a take sign, then Girardi should fine himself.

Beltran singled, then there was a WP. McCann popped a single, similar to what happened Sunday, but Beltran couldn’t advance. Ichiro bunted the runners over. Roberts was intentionally walked to bring up Cervelli.

Scoreless game. Bases loaded. One out. A walk wins the game. Cervelli has a 3-0 count on him. He (correctly) takes a strike.

But instead of taking a SECOND strike, Cervelli swung at the 3-1 pitch. I fine his ass for that. You take the SECOND strike as well there. The pitch after that could be ball four which wins the game. With two strikes, you might foul off a couple pitches. Make him throw strike three. Instead, Cervelli swung at the 3-1 pitch and lined out. To me, that is just stupidity. You must make the pitcher throw strikes there. You take BOTH the 3-0 and 3-1 pitches. You make him throw a strike and not ball four which would win the game. Why help the pitcher there?

In the top of the 13th, Arencibia homered off of Huff and it looked like Cervelli would be the goat.

Huff 2 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Overall ERA 4.20.

The Yanks tied it up in the bottom of the 13th. Gardner doubled, Jeter bunted him over and Ellsbury singled him in to tie the game.

Jeff Francis, just acquired, made HIS Yankees debut in the 14th and got the win.

1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall, 1-2, 5.59.

With one out in the bottom of the 14th, Roberts doubled. Cervelli redeemed himself somewhat with a single, sending Roberts to third. The new guy, Headley, singled in the game-winning run.

The win puts the Yanks at 51-48.

Deals may not be done. Word is that the Yanks are in on White Sox lefty John Danks.

Game 94. Yanks at .500 at break after rain-shortened loss.

The Yanks lost 3-1 Sunday night in a game called in the bottom of the fifth due to rain.

Brett Gardner led off the game with a HR, but that was the only run the Yanks would get. Gardner’s 9th HR sets a new season high for him. Derek Jeter got his 3408th career hit in the loss at Baltimore.

Chase Whitley started and gave up three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Chris Davis hit a two-run HR to LF. Left field at Camden Yards is their “short porch”, similar to RF at Yankee Stadium. It is just 364 to LCF, the wall is short, and Davis’ HR made it into the front row. A double by Machado and single by Schoop put the Orioles up 3-1.

Chase Whitley went 3 2/3, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 4 K. He falls to 4-3, 5.10.

David Huff 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Overall ERA (SF/NYY) 4.42.

The Yanks went down 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth and after a walk and two strikes on the second batter in the bottom of the inning, there was the rain delay and the game was called.

So the Yanks lose 3-1 in 4 1/2 innings to drop them to 47-47 at the break. They are in third place, five behind Baltimore in the AL East. They are 3 1/2 behind Seattle for the final wild card spot.

40 of the Yanks’ last 68 games are at home. They’ll need one or two pitchers and one or two hitters to pick up the slack, either by having their own pick it up, or via trade.

They resume the season on Friday, and the first three pitchers after the break are scheduled to be Phelps, McCarthy, then Kuroda.

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 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 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.

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 65. Jeter, Whitley, pace Yanks in 6-3 win.

Two months ago, you would have won a lot of money by betting that on June 12th, Chase Whitley would be the Yanks #2 starter behind Masahiro Tanaka.

In fact, most people would have said Chase Who?

But Whitley, a converted reliever turned starter, has been great since he was promoted to the majors to replace the injured CC Sabathia. He’s been everything Yankees fans hoped they’d be getting from CC, but weren’t this year.

Whitley pitched 7 2/3 innings last night against Seattle, giving up 2 R, 5 h, 0 walks and 6 K, with 1 HBP, in the Yanks 6-3 win over Seattle. Whitley improved his record to 2-0, 2.41.

Derek Jeter, in his last game in Seattle (unless the teams face each other in the playoffs), had three hits and drove in two runs. His career hit total now stands at 3377.

The Yanks got two in the first on a two-run HR by Jacoby Ellsbury (4). Ellsbury also made a couple nice catches in the game.

After Seattle got a run (Logan Morrison HR) off Whitley in the second, the Yanks got two in the third on a Soriano double and two more in the fourth on a Jeter single.

Seattle got one in the fifth and one in the ninth for the final tally.

After Whitley left the game, Matt Thornton pitched 1/3 of an inning, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.65.

Shawn Kelley, just off the DL, came in, 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 h, 0 walks and K. 4.02.

David Robertson picked up his 16th save. 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.57.

It appears that Francisco Cervelli will be activated soon and John Ryan Murphy will be sent down to SWB to get more regular playing time. Although I understand the move (Cervelli is out of options and Murphy has them), I don’t like it. Hopefully Cervelli plays well enough to have some trade value at the deadline so that Murphy is brought back soon. Murphy had two hits last night and is hitting .310. A 23-year-old, doing well as a backup, hitting .310 and he gets sent down? I don’t like that a bit.

Ellsbury was removed from the game with hip tightness but expects to be ok.

The win puts the Yanks at 34-31, tied for 2nd with the Orioles, 3 1/2 behind Toronto in the AL East. They are tied with the Orioles for the final WC slot.

Game 60. Yanks 4, Royals 2. Whitley’s 1st MLB win.

Chase Whitley went longer than he has before, lasting 7 innings and picking up his first MLB win as the Yanks beat KC 4-2.

Whitley 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 3 K. (W, 1-0, 2.42). The former reliever turned starter has pitched very effectively since his emergency call-up to replace the injured CC Sabathia in the rotation. He’s done far better than CC was doing.

Dellin Betances and David Robertson finished up.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 more K. 1.50.

Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 h, 1 walk and 2 K. Save #14. 3.86

The Yanks got a run in the second on a Brian Roberts RBI single. The big blow came the next inning when with two out and the bases loaded, Brian McCann cleared the bases with a double.

The win puts the Yanks at 31-29 and moves them into second place in the AL East, still six back of Toronto.