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Game 123. Yanks lose 4-3, fall out of 1st, CC injured.

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On the day the Yanks retired #46 for Andy Pettitte, the Yanks fell out of first place, and CC Sabathia left the game in the third inning with a knee injury.

CC went for an MRI, but appears headed to the DL. The Yanks’ plans for a six-man rotation down the stretch are in jeopardy. In any case, Michael Pineda’s return on Wednesday comes at the right time.

I was there with a brother and two nephews, as well as other members of the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club, as CC gave up a double to the second batter of the game and a 2-run HR to the fourth. Right away the Yanks were down 2-0.

In the third, Ellsbury singled, stole second and Gardner walked. After a flyout that moved Ellsbury up, Gardner stole second. A throwing error by the catcher enabled Ellsbury to score and cut the lead to 2-1.

But the Yanks’ bats were cold on Sunday, striking out eleven times, and Yankees’ pitchers were walking too many batters (ten for the game). A bases-loaded walk in the fifth made it 3-1 Cleveland.

Meanwhile the Yanks got just five hits in the game—1/2 the total of walks Cleveland received.

Carlos Beltran’s 2-run bloop double to left tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, but in the top of the eighth Dellin Betances gave up a HR and Cleveland won 4-3.

With the loss, the 68-55 Yanks dropped out of first place. They are 1/2 a game behind Toronto.

Sabathia 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 4 walks, 1 K. 5.27
Rumbelow 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 Walk, 0 K. 2.08.
Pinder 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 2.79
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.99
Betances (L, 6-3, 1.36) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.13

Game 122. Severino gets first MLB win.

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Plagued by lack of run support in his first three MLB starts, Luis Severino finally got some support on Saturday and went on to win his first MLB game when the Yanks beat Cleveland 6-2.

It was Jorge Posada Day at the Stadium, and the Yanks retired #20. Today they will be retiring #46 for Andy Pettitte and I’ll be up for the game.

Before the game, the Yanks recalled Brandon Pinder and DFA’d Chris Capuano….again. It’s the third time in a month that he’s been DFA’d by the Yanks.

They also made it official and released Garrett Jones.

Michael Pineda will start for the Yanks on Wednesday. For now, they will be going with a six-man rotation.

Severino gave up a HR in the first and nothing more.

The Yanks got that run back and more in the bottom of the first. Ellsbury singled, Gardner homered (12) to make it 2-1 and after an out, McCann homered (22) to make it 3-1.

A Cleveland error made it 4-1 in the second and later in that inning, Beltran’s SF made it 5-1.

Both teams got runs in the eighth, the Yanks’ run coming on a SF by John Ryan Murphy.

With the win, the 68-54 Yanks stay 1/2 game ahead of the Blue Jays in the AL East.

Severino (W, 1-2, 2.74) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 4 walks and 6 K.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.16
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.25
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.03.

Game 121. Indians 7, Yanks 3.

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I don’t know why it is, but the Yanks are having trouble with Cleveland this year. They have lost four of five to them.

The Indians beat the Yanks Friday night 7-3, and in so doing, reduced the Yanks’ AL East lead to just 1/2 a game.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a run in the third but a double by Beltran and single by Bird knotted it up in the fourth.

But that would be the Yanks’ only run until the eighth.

An error by Ryan let in an unearned run in the fifth. Tanaka gave up a HR in the sixth. The Indians got another in the seventh. 4-1.

In the eighth, Gardner and Headley singled, then A-Rod singled in a run to make it 4-2. After a couple of outs, Bird hit one that was an error, 4-3. Ellsbury, who had replaced Young earlier, walked to load the bases, but Drew flied out to left.

Any chance at a comeback went by the boards in the top of the ninth when Justin Wilson gave up three runs.

So the Yanks turn to rookie Luis Severino today to be the stopper. In his three MLB starts, Severino has pitched well, but has received little run support. Hopefully that changes today and the Angels help the Yanks by beating Toronto.

Jorge Posada’s #20 gets retired today. Andy Pettitte’s #46 gets retired tomorrow. I’ll be at the Sunday game.

Tanaka (L, 9-6, 3.61) 6+ IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 walk, 3 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.01.
Rumbelow 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.35
Wilson 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.20.

Game 118. Alex slams Twins, 8-4.

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Alex Rodriguez was in a slump. The Yanks were down 4-1 in the seventh. Then the all-time leader in hitting grand slams added on to his record, putting the Yanks in front 5-4 on their way to an 8-4 win over the Twins Tuesday night.

Before the game, the Yanks put Bryan Mitchell on the 7-day concussion DL with a small nasal fracture  after he took that liner to his face on Monday night. They also sent Caleb Cotham back down after the innings he threw on Monday night. They brought back up Capuano and Rumbelow. For Capuano, he must be part cat. Nine lives. For twice he was DFA’d, cleared waivers, sent down to AAA and recalled shortly thereafter. All in the last month.

Greg Bird was the word in the fourth inning, putting the Yanks up 1-0 with an RBI single, his first MLB rbi. The Twins tied it in the fifth.

CC was pitching very well until the seventh, when he gave up a walk and a 2-run HR to start the inning. Minnesota tacked on another run and it was 4-1 Twins. With the Blue Jays winning in Philadelphia, it looked like the Yanks would fall into a tie for first.

But in the bottom of the seventh, PH Chase Headley singled (he has been doing very well with the pinch hits lately), Brendan Ryan walked, and after a flyout, Brett Gardner walked. A-Rod then hit his 25th HR of the season, which also happened to be his 25th career grand slam, extending his grand slam record. Career HR #679 put the Yanks up 5-4.

The Yanks added three insurance runs in the eighth. Bird and Gregorius singled and Headley doubled them both home. After a sac bunt by Ryan, Ellsbury singled in Headley for the final tally of 8-4.

For Nick Rumbelow, his first MLB win.

Sabathia 6 2/3, 4 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 5 K. 5.24
Rumbelow (W, 1-0, 1.59) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.66
Miller (27th save) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.08

The Yanks are 66-52, and remain one game ahead of Toronto in the AL East.

Game 115. Tanaka tames Blue Jays, 4-1.

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Last weekend, the Toronto Blue Jays were rude guests at Yankee Stadium, sweeping the Yankees in their own home.

Today, the Yankees have a chance to return the favor.

Masahiro Tanaka threw a CG 5-hitter, and got HR support by Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira as the Yankees won their third straight game, beating Toronto 4-1.

The win increased the Yanks’ AL East leading margin to a game and a half.

Beltran followed his Friday heroics by homering in the first inning Saturday to put the Yanks up 1-0. His 12th HR of this season was #385 of his career, tying Dwight “Dewey” Evans on the all-time list.

In the fifth, Tanaka got out of a bases-loaded, no-0ut jam by yielding only one run. Game tied.

Teixeira untied it in the sixth. HR #31 of the season was #394 of Teix’s career.

Teixeira singled in a run in the top of the eighth to make it 3-1, and Ellsbury’s RBI single in the ninth made it 4-1.

Today, rookie Luis Severino makes his third MLB start, looking for his first MLB victory.

Hopefully the Yanks get the brooms out.

Tanaka (W, 9-5, 3.56) 9 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 8 K.

Game 114. Beltran’s Belt regains 1st place for the Yankees.

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Never, ever, underestimate the power of the law of averages.

Toronto entered the game with an eleven-game winning streak. They were due to lose sometime.

Toronto had an 3-0 lead going into the top of the eighth. Nova had pitched well, but Price was better.

The Yanks had not scored against Toronto in some 33+ innings. 

In the last three games the Yanks had faced Toronto, they lost 2-1 in ten innings, 6-0 and 2-0. The pitching held up, the hitters did not. One stinking run.

Law of averages: sooner or later, the Yanks would score against the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays were due to lose. Eventually the Yankees would score against Toronto.    

So going into the top of the eighth, the Yanks were down 3-0.

Then the law of averages struck for the benefit of the Yankees and against Toronto.

In the top of the eighth, with one out, Teix & McCann singled. Headley doubled in a run. Beltran PH for Young and belted a 3-run HR. 4-3 Yanks.

It was HR #11 of the season for Beltran, #384 of his career, tying him with Harold Baines on the all-time list.

In the bottom of the 9th, with two out and men on second and third, Andrew Miller struck out Troy Tulowitzki to end the game. This, after about 12 pitches. Epic at bat and finish.

Dramatic ending.

Nova (W, 5-4, 3.57) 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Betances 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.19.
Miller (26th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.20.

Game 113. Yanks snap 5-game losing streak with a 8-6 win.

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The Yanks snapped a five-game losing streak by defeating Cleveland in Cleveland last night 8-6. The win kept the Yanks 1/2 game back of Toronto, who won their 11th straight.

Before the game, Greg Bird was called up from AAA. He made his MLB debut, spelling Teix at 1B. Bird went 0 for 5 with three lineouts and two strikeouts. Nick Goody was sent down.

Brian McCann hit a 3-run HR in the first to get the Yanks rolling. McCann’s 20th HR put him in select company. Only he, Yogi Berra and Mike Piazza among catchers have hit 20 or more in 8 straight seasons.

Stephen Drew homered in the second (15) to make it 4-0. He is still under the Mendoza line, but we’ll take those 15 HR.

Nathan Eovaldi was, well, Eovaldi. He improved to 12-2 but he once again didn’t give length of outing. He gave up two in the third but the Yanks bounced back with two in the fourth on RBI doubles by Drew and Gardner.

Gardner singled in a run in the sixth to make it 7-2.  Cleveland knocked Eovaldi out in the bottom of the sixth when they cut it to 7-4 and cut it even closer with a run in the seventh off a Dellin Betances WP.

Gardner singled in another run in the eighth to make it 8-5. Andrew Miller gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth before closing it out.

The Yanks now head to Toronto for a big three game series. Hopefully they return the favor and sweep the Blue Jays (after 11 in a row, Toronto is due to lose some). A sweep puts the Yanks up by 2 1/2. Getting swept drops the Yanks 3 1/2 back. Big series.

Ellsbury got two hits, hopefully that means he is snapping out of it. Gardner was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI. Drew was 2 for 3, drove in 2 and scored 4.

Eovaldi (W, 12-2, 4.26) 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 4 K.
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K, 3.32.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.55
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 1.21.
Miller (25th save) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 hits, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.25.