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Game 122. Baby Bombers lead Yanks to 5-1 win.

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Luis Cessa pitched six shutout innings in his first MLB start, Gary Sanchez homered (6) and Aaron Judge drove in two runs as the Yanks beat the Angels 5-1 Saturday night.

Sanchez started the scoring with a two-out homer in the first. After his homer, Didi Gregorius singled, Starlin Castro doubled, and Brian McCann singled in two runs.

In the sixth, with two out, Castro and McCann singled, Castro going to third on McCann’s single. McCann stole second, his first SB since 2012, and Judge singled in both runners.

Dellin Betances gave up a HR to Albert Pujols in the bottom of the ninth. It was Pujols’ 583rd HR of his career, tying him with Mark McGwire for 10th place on the all-time HR list.

Brett Gardner robbed C.J. Cron of a two-run HR in the seventh inning.

Cessa (w 3-0, 4.01) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 5 K.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.66 (AZ/NYY).
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.71 (Bos/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.31. Gave up 1 HR.

Game 117. Yanks lose, 12-3.

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When Nathan Eovaldi went down, and the Yanks brought back Luis Severino just a few  days after sending him down after a poor start in Boston, I was shaking my head. Why Severino? Why not Dietrich Enns (13-4, 1.61 between AA and AAA this year)? Enns’ turn in the rotation at AAA probably did not match up with yesterday, but next time the Yanks reach down, I hope Enns gets a shot.

This is nothing against Severino, 22, who I feel is too young to give up on, but Severino’s awful 2016 continued as he was lit up by Tampa Bay yesterday in the Yanks’ 12-3 loss.

The only bright spots for the Yanks were homers by Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. For both, it was their second MLB home runs. For Judge, he became the second Yankee (after Joe Lefebvre, 1980) to homer in each of his first two MLB games.

Funnily enough, Severino got 7 of his 11 outs by K.

Severino (L, 1-8, 7.19) 3 2/3 IP, 7 R, 8 H, 1 walk, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Cessa 3 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.30
Parker 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.45 (Sea/NYY)
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.00.

The loss dropped the Yanks to 60-57.

Before the game, the Yanks dedicated a plaque to Mariano Rivera, whose #42 was already retired at the end of 2013. On Saturday, they honored the 1996 World Champs on their 20th anniversary, a team Mo was part of.

Game 116. Youth is served in Yanks’ 8-4 win.

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For the first time in MLB history, a pair of teammates each hit a HR in their first MLB plate appearances in the same game.

And to top it all off, they went back-to-back!

Tyler Austin (1B) and Aaron Judge (RF) each hit home runs in the second inning, each going back-to-back in their first MLB at bats, to spark the Yanks to an 8-4 win over Tampa Bay Saturday afternoon. Judge’s HR was a 446-ft. bomb to straightaway center. Austin and Judge were hitting 7 and 8 in the lineup. Austin came up when A-Rod was released, and Heller was sent down for Judge.

The two historic homers were two of five the Yanks hit yesterday.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a 3-run HR to Brad Miller in the fourth, the first of his two HRs on the day, to put the Rays up 3-2, but Starlin Castro tied it in the bottom of the fourth with his 14th HR of the season.

The Yanks went up 6-3 in the fifth on a 3-run HR by Aaron Hicks (6).

After Tanaka gave up another HR to Miller to cut the lead to 6-4, Didi Gregorius, hitting cleanup (who’d have seen THAT in March?) hit a 2-run HR (15) to put the Yanks up 8-4, which is where it ended up.

Tanaka (w, 9-4, 3.40) 7 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 Walks, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR, both to Brad Miller.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.92 (AZ/NYY)
Swarzak 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.97. Faced one batter, gave up a hit.
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.98 (Bos/NYY)

The win put the Yanks at 60-56.

Game 115. Yanks win A-Rod finale, 6-3.

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Alex Rodriguez went 1 for 4 with an RBI double in what is expected to be his last MLB game (unless he signs elsewhere) and the Yanks beat Tampa Bay 6-3 Friday night.

Starlin Castro drove in four runs with a 2-run single and a two-run HR as the Yanks improved to 59-56.

A-Rod’s first inning RBI double tied the game after Evan Longoria homered off CC Sabathia in the top of the first.

CC gave up a run in the third, but Castro’s single in the fourth gave the Yanks a 3-2 lead.

The Rays tied it in the fifth, but Castro’s homer (13) in the sixth put the Yanks up 5-3. Aaron Hicks homered in the seventh (5) for the final score.

Unless he signs elsewhere, A-Rod finishes 2016 at .200-9-31. The hit was #3115, the RBI #2086 and double #548.His career batting average was .295, OPS+ 140, 696 HR.

Sabathia (w 7-9, 4.20) 6 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 walks, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. Career win #221.
Clippard (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.01
Warren (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks, 1 K. 4.60
Betances (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.24

A-Rod took the field for one out in the ninth.

The Yanks are calling up Tyler Austin to take his place.

CC tied Joe Niekro on the all-time wins list. He started the year at 214, tied with Mark Buehrle and Rick Reuschel. This year he has passed them, Jim Perrry, Stan Coveleski, Curt Schilling, Charlie Hough, Wilbur Cooper, Mickey Lolich, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Earl Whitehill, Bob Caruthers, Kenny Rogers, Pedro Martinez, and Jerry Reuss.

His next win will tie Jerry Koosman and Tim Hudson.

Game 111. Yanks nip Indians, 3-2.

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Masahiro Tanaka pitched six strong innings, Didi Gregorius homered, and Mark Teixeira had an RBI double and key defensive play as the Yanks nipped Cleveland 3-2 Sunday afternoon.

The win put the Yanks over .500 again at 56-55. They are in fourth place in the AL East, where they have been almost all year, and are 7 1/2 back. They are 5 games out of a wild card spot.

Brett Gardner tripled leading off the first and scored on a sac fly by Jacoby Ellsbury.

Didi’s 13th HR of the year make it 2-0 in the fourth. Who’d have thought Didi may hit 20 this year?

The Yanks went up 3-0 in the fifth on a walk to Ellsbury and Teix’s double then held on for the win, with Teixeira making a key defensive play in the seventh.

Tanaka (w, 8-4, 3.32) 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 walks, 8 K.
Warren (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 4.93
Clippard (H, 14) 2/3 IP, 1 R, UNEARNED, 0 hits, 1 walk, 2 K. 4.20
Betances (S, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 2.36

*** Warren’s and Clippard’s hold totals are ERA are combined totals with their former team and the Yankees.

More A-Rod stuff to add to what I wrote earlier: 25 grand slams, MLB record. Only man with 150+ HR for three different teams (Mariners, Rangers, Yankees). 351 of his 696 HR as a Yankee. The only Yankees with more? Berra, 358; DiMaggio 361, Gehrig 493, Mantle 536 and Ruth, who hit 659 of his 714 as a Yankee.

Update: Forgot to add congrats to ex-Yankee Ichiro on his 3000th MLB hit. Add that to 1278 he got in Japan before coming to the majors.

Game 104. Yanks fall back to .500 with 5-3 loss.

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I am going to address the deals made today in a separate post.

The Yanks fell back to .500, at 52-52, with a 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay today. A lost weekend, getting swept 3 straight by one of the worst teams in the league. It is the Yanks’ fourth straight loss. To me, it made today’s deals more relevant, and more of a good thing. Getting swept by the Rays made clear the “pretender” and not “contender” label for this year . If there is nothing this year or the next two, build for the future. Build for 2019 and beyond.

All the more reason to follow the minor leagues a lot more closely in the next few years.

And Brian Cashman made clear that he isn’t buiiding a team for a year or two of getting relevant again. He is building to get back an “uberteam”, a team that dominates from say, 2020-2034 like the Yanks dominated from 1993-2012.

In 2034, I’ll be 73 years old. That is what I want before I depart this earth. One more 15-20 year run where the Yanks are top notch. (Of course, if there is another run when I am 80-95 years old, great, but I won’t get greedy).

As for today, Michael Pineda proved why he exasperates us, and why I think he could be trade bait. If he, Nova, and Eovaldi don’t improve on what they are right now, why not trade them? After all, Pineda is now 5-10 with an ERA over 5. As Peggy Lee sang, Is that all there is?

Pineda gave up two in the fourth, one in the fifth on a HR, and after Beltran got the Yanks back in the game with a 2-run HR in the sixth, two more in the sixth.

Beltran’s HR, #22 on the season, was #414 of his career, tying him with Darrell Evans on the all-time list.

Brian McCann got an RBI single in the eighth.

The Yanks struck out 13x. For A-Rod, who PH, it was his fifth consecutive at bat with a strikeout.

I remember when Mike Schmidt retired in the middle of the season, saying he didn’t have it anymore. I remember Willie Mays and Steve Carlton hanging on too long.

Right now, I kind of wish A-Rod would call a press conference and hang it up.

I don’t mean that to be mean.I just don’t want A-Rod embarrassing himself. When it is time, it is time. Four homers short of 700 or not.

Pineda (L, 5-10, 5.13) 6 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 4 walks, 8 K. 1 HR given up.
Severino 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks, 2 K. 6.69.

The Minors. Alvarez’ streak snapped at 25.

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AAA: SWB lost 5-1. 2B Pete Kozma 2 hits.

AA: Trenton lost 11-4. OF Dustin Fowler 3 hits, 2 doubles, 2 RBI. C Kyle Higashioka a solo HR. 3 hits, solo HR, DH Lane Adams.

High A: Tampa lost 9-4. Tampa pitchers walked 16 batters in this game. OF Jeff Hendrix 4 hits, RBI (just promoted).

Low A: Charleston lost both games of a DH.

Game 1 (regularly scheduled): 3-1 loss in 8 innings.. Domingo German 6 IP, 1 unearned run, 2 hits. 2 hits for Mandy Alvarez, who extended his hitting streak (Staten Island and Charleston) to 25 games.

Game 2 (makeup of 7/17 rainout): Charleston lost 2-0. Alvarez had his hitting streak snapped in this game. He had gotten a hit in all of his first 25 minor league games. Charleston got only two hits in this game.