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Game 36. Beltran’s 400th highlights Yankees win.

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Carlos Beltran hit his 400th career HR, and an awakening Chase Headley’s PH go-ahead double highlighted the Yankees’ 7-5 win Sunday afternoon.

Beltran trails only Mickey Mantle (536), Eddie Murray (504) & Chipper Jones (468) for HR by a switch-hitter. Mark Teixeira is right behind Beltran at 397, but Teix has 0 HR and 3 RBI since April 13.

It’s nice to see Headley finally wake up. Now we need to get Teix going.

The Yanks got on the board right away in the first on singles by Ellsbury (back in the lineup after being out hurt) and Gardner and a SF by Beltran.

The White Sox tied it in the second and went up 2-1 on a HR by Adam Eaton in the third.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the bottom of the third when with two out and the bases loaded, Starlin Castro got an infield hit for one run and a walk to Dustin Ackley brought in the second run. The White Sox pitcher should hang his head, walking Ackley, who is struggling at .125 (5 for 40).

But Tanaka, who struggled, gave two back right away in the top of the fourth.

Beltran’s two-run HR in the sixth, his 8th of the year and #400, put the Yanks up 5-4 in the sixth, but Betances coughed up the lead in the top of the seventh. He did redeem himself by getting out of a nasty jam to end the inning with the score tied.

Headley’s PH RBI double in the 7th put the Yanks up 6-5 and Brian McCann’s HR in the 8th (5) gave the Yanks an insurance run.

For the second straight game, Girardi used Betances, Miller and Chapman. Who will be available on Monday?

Tanaka 5 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 3 walks, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.51
Yates 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.88
Betances 1 IP, 1 R,  3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. (BS, 1; w, 1-2, 2.60)
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. (H 2), 0.57
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.25 (S, 3)

It’s funny. Tanaka has 8 starts, just 1 decision, at 1-0.

Nice to see Jose Bautista take a punch to the face by Roughned Odor in the Toronto-Texas game today. Serves him right for those bat flips, and anyone who thinks the bat flips look cool, I disagree with wholeheartedly. Rivera, Jeter, DiMaggio, Mays, Aaron, Gehrig, Musial…..and many others didn’t show up their opponents like that. They  had class, which Bautista, and apparently his supporters of bat flips, do not.

Game 31. Yanks overcome KC’s Cain, 10-7.

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Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain hit 3 HRs in the game, but the Yanks won the game, 10-7, on Tuesday night.

With the score tied at 7 in the bottom of the 8th, the Yanks got an RBI double by Brett Gardner to go ahead, and a 2-run double by Brian McCann for insurance.

Earlier in the game, Dustin Ackley had 2 RBI and Didi Gregorius cleared the bases with a 3-run double.

The Yanks offensive breakout was necessary to combat Cain, who hit two of his three HR off of Masahiro Tanaka and a third off of Andrew Miller. In his attempt to tie the MLB record of four HR in a game, Cain popped up off of Aroldis Chapman to end the game.

Tanaka 7 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 0 walks, 4 K. Gave up 3 HR. 3.11
Miller (BS, 1, w, 2-0, 0.71) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 4.50

When Chapman was activated, Barbato was sent down.

Game 30. Yanks belt 5 HR in 6-3 win.

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The Yanks belted five HR in a 6-3 win over KC Monday night.

Carlos Beltran hit two (6) to pass teammate Mark Teixeira on the all-time list, 398 to 397. Beltran is tied with Dale Murphy on that list.

Also homering were Brian McCann (4), Brett Gardner (4) and Aaron Hicks (2). Gardner and Hicks went back to back. Beltran’s second HR came just two outs after Gardner and Hicks’ b-2-b blasts.

Aroldis Chapman made his Yankees’ debut. Ben Gamel got his first MLB hit.

Nova 4 2/3, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walks, 3 K. 4.34. Gave up 1 HR
Coke 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 k. 0.00
Yates (w, 2-0, 2.38) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Win on official scorer discretion.
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.25. Gave up HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 9.00.

The Yanks are 12-18.

Game 29. Boston 5, Yanks 1.

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David Ortiz hit 2 of Boston’s 4 HR as the Yanks lost to Boston 5-1 Sunday night.

I have been screaming for years for pitchers to grow a pair and back him off the plate. No one ever does. I mean, the guy has 52 HR against you, beats you like a drum and you just let him dig in and get away with it?

I never see the Yanks—or ANYBODY—back him off the plate. Pitching inside is part of the game. You have to nail that inside corner, and if that means backing someone off the plate in order for you to do it, then you have to do so.

Instead, no one does. They just let him beat them over and over again.

When will someone grow a pair?

That doesn’t mean throw at his head. I mean aim one at his butt. Make him uncomfortable. Make him move his feet. No one ever does.

If Billy Martin were alive and managing, you can bet your sweet bippy that someone would have backed Ortiz off the plate.

Ortiz’ 2 HR enabled him to pass Yaz on Boston’s HR list, and gave him 512 for his career, passing Mel Ott and tying him with Eddie Mathews and Ernie Banks.

Two batters in, the game was over when Severino walked the leadoff hitter and gave up a 2-run HR to Pedroia. Severino gave up just 5 hits in 6 2/3, and struck out 9, but he gave up 3 HR in dropping to 0-5.

Ortiz homered off Severino in the 4th and 7th. Shreve gave up a HR to Bogaerts in the 8th.

All the Yanks managed was a HR by Gardner (3) in the bottom of the 9th. They only got 3 hits.

You knew the bottom of the Yanks’ lineup was going to be a problem going into the game. It was (current batting averages):
Ackley, .103; Hicks .122; Didi .227 and Headley .163.

Throw in that Teix  at.210 and Beltran .236 were 4 and 5 and they are slumping. Even Gardner is at just .239.

The lack of hitting goes back to last year. You hope and wonder when (if?) the bats will wake up. Their adjusted OPS (OPS+) is 85—15% below league average. The ERA+ is 93, 7% below league average. Those are not numbers conducive to winning.

Hopefully things get better soon.

Showing some gumption and pitching inside is a start.

The bats have to wake up too. I mean, Headley doesn’t have an extra base hit yet. Meanwhile, Bartolo Colon(!!!) has a HR.

Getting Chapman back today means nothing if the bats can’t give the bullpen a lead.

Severino (L, 0-5, 6.12) 6 2/3, 4 R , 5 H, 1 walk, 9 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.91. Gave up 1 HR.
Barbato 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.54.

Game 27. Yanks win controversial ending, 3-2.

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In a strange game, the Yanks prevailed, 3-2.

Yankee nemesis David Ortiz hit a 2-run HR, #452 as  a Red Sox (tying Yaz for Boston HR) and #510 of his career (passing Sheffield, one behind Ott) to put the Red Sox up 2-0 in the top of the first (I still say, drill his ass with a fastball. No pitcher has the balls to do so. Show some guts. Back him off the plate). Ortiz, who apparently thinks he is “privileged”, because no one has the balls to back him off the plate, got ejected later. We will get to that.

The Yanks got one back in the bottom of the first. Ellsbury walked, stole 2nd and 3rd, and scored on a double by McCann. Ellsbury then left the game with a hip problem.

Hicks moved from RF to CF but got some bad reads on balls throughout the game. More on him in a bit.

Dustin Ackley, who was not even on the interstate, singled in the tying run in the second.  He was only in the game b/c of Ellsbury having to be removed.

So it stayed 2-2 until Hicks, who was misplaying balls all night long, and who also wasn’t on the interstate (meaning hitting at least .100) homered in the seventh to put the Yanks up.

Boston had chances in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth to score but could not.

In the ninth, Boston had the bases loaded with one out, Ortiz up and the count 3-1. A strike was called on a pitch that apparently crossed up McCann. Boston manager Farrell was ejected for arguing the call. Ortiz was then rung up by Miller on the next pitch, another controversial call. Ortiz was then ejected. Miller struck out Ramirez for the last out.

My take is cry, Big Papi, cry. No pitcher ever comes inside on you, back you off the plate or shows some balls. Go back in a time machine and have Gibson or Drysdale knock you on your ass, you spoiled, privileged brat.

We will have to see how long Ellsbury is out.

Ben  Gamel made his MLB debut for the Yanks.

Pineda 6 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 walks, 4 K. 5.73
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.66
Yates (w, 1-0, 2.79) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Betances (H, 6) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.57
Miller (S, 6) 1 1/3 IP, 0R, 3 H, 1 walk, 4 K. 0.00

The Yanks are 10-17.

The Minors. Trenton tosses a no-no.

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AAA: SWB scored in the bottom of the 10th to beat Lehigh Valley 4-3. Donovan Solano 3 hits. 2 hits each for Chris Parmalee and Lane Adams.

AA: Trenton no-hit New Hampshire 4-0. 8 IP for Ronald Herrera, Jonathan Holder pitched the ninth. 2 hits, RBI for Jake Cave.

High A: Tampa won 11-5. Six Tampa Yankees homered.

Low A: Charleston scored four in the top of the 11th to win 7-3. 4 hits, 2 RBI Thairo Estrada. 3 hits each for Jeff Hendrix and Angel Aguilar.

Game 14. Yanks’ skid continues.

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From 4-2 to 5-9. It’s been frustrating.

The Yanks were tied 2-2 after six, but the bullpen imploded and the Yanks lost 7-3 to Oakland on Thursday night for their seven loss in their last eight games.

Aaron Hicks singled in a run in the second, but the A’s tied it in the fourth. The Yanks went up in the bottom of the fourth on an Austin Romine single, but Luis Severino gave up a HR in the fifth and the game was tied.

Chasen Shreve replaced Severino in the seventh and promptly gave up back-to-back HRs. That was the ballgame.

Starlin Castro got an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh for the Yanks to cut it to 4-3 but Johnny Barbato gave up a 2-run HR in the eighth, Kirby Yates gave up another run in the ninth, and the Yanks’ skid continued.

Hopefully they snap out of it soon.

Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, but Yankee batters struck out 14x.

Severino 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 walks, 4 K. 4.86. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve (L, 1-1, 2.84) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K, gave up 2 HR..
Barbato 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.00 gave up 1 HR
Yates 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 5.06

Jake Arrietta of the Cubs threw his 2nd career no-hitter last night as the Cubs routed the Reds.