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Game 100. Yanks fall, 5-2.

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Masahiro Tanaka struggled through six innings, and the Yanks’ four-game winning streak was snapped in Texas last night, 5-2.

After 100 games, the Yanks are 57-43, and six games in the lead in the AL East.

The Yanks scored their two runs in the top of the second. Carlos Beltran homered, #8 of the season and #381 of his career (tying him with Albert Belle). Two out singles by Gregorius, Drew and Ellsbury plated another run to make it 2-0 but that was all the Yanks would get.

Tanaka gave three runs back in the bottom of the second, and Texas tacked on runs in the fifth and seventh.

Before the game, the Yanks DFA’d Chris Capuano, and brought up Caleb Cotham, who made his MLB debut in this game.

Tanaka (L, 7-4, 3.80) 6 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 3 walks and 3 K.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, UNEARNED, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 1.77
Cotham 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 0.00

Cole Hamels is going to Texas. David Price may still be out there to be had by the Yanks, but the Yanks don’t want to give up any of these four in any trade: Severino, Bird, Judge and Mateo.

Game 98. Yanks open up 7-game lead with a 6-2 win.

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Didi Gregorius drove in four runs with a 2-run HR and a two-run single as the Yanks beat Texas 6-2 on Monday night.

With the win, the Yanks have opened up a seven-game lead in the AL East with a 56-42 record. Meanwhile, a couple of their division opponents made moves. Boston, 13 out now, traded Shane Victorino to the Angels, and Toronto, 7 out, traded Jose Reyes to Colorado for Troy Tulowitzki.

There was news yesterday that the Yankees were interested in Cole Hamels of the Phillies, but the Yanks have four “untouchables” they refuse to trade: RHP Luis Severino, 1B/DH Greg Bird, OF Aaron Judge (all at AAA) and SS Jorge Mateo (at Low A).

In the game, Ivan Nova struggled, giving up two runs in the second, and being in trouble a lot, going just the minimum five for the win, but he did get the win.

Down 2-0 in the third, Gregorius tied the game with a two-run HR (5). Brendan Ryan then tripled and scored on a Chris Young SF to put the Yanks up 3-2.

In the sixth, Alex Rodriguez, celebrating his 40th birthday, homered (24, #678 career) to put the Yanks up 4-2. A-Rod became the fourth player to HR as a teenager and also at 40 or over (Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub, Gary Sheffield).

Gregorius’ two-run single in the seventh accounted for the final margin of 6-2.He had three hits in the game, as did Chase Headley.

Nova (W, 3-3, 3.38) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 3 K.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 0H, 1 walk, 4 k. 1.79.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 1.50
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1.35

Chris Capuano will make Tuesday’s start to give everyone in the rotation an extra day off.

Game 96. Alex (3 HR) and Murphy spark Yanks to comeback win.

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Down 5-0 after three innings, the Yanks stormed back to defeat the Minnesota Twins 8-5 on Saturday night, getting four in the top of the ninth to cap things off.

The win keeps the Yanks 5 1/2 up in the AL East at 54-42.

Alex Rodriguez became the fifth oldest player to hit three home runs in a game. A-Rod turns 40 on Monday. The oldest was Stan Musial (41 yrs., 229 days) who did it against the 1962 Mets at the old Polo Grounds.

CC Sabathia fell behind 2-0 only five pitches into the game by giving up a single and a HR to the first two batters. He gave up a 3-run HR to Torii Hunter in the third.

Then A-Rod went to work, hitting a bomb for a solo HR in the fourth. The other day at Yankee Stadium, he hit a 453′ HR. Well, this one went into the third deck in LCF at Target Stadium. (Update: the 3 HRs were measured at 452, 422 and 424 feet).

In the seventh, A-Rod cut the Twins’ lead to 5-3 with a two-run HR. The Yanks tacked on another run when Teixeira doubled, moved to third on a line out and scored on a SF by Headley.

Still, the Yanks were down 5-4 entering the top of the ninth when A-Rod did it AGAIN. His third HR of the game, #23 of the season and #677 of his career, was another long HR, this one just to the left of straightaway CF, to tie the game.

Teixeira then singled and Beltran grounded into a force. Headley singled and John Ryan Murphy hit a 3-run HR to make the comeback complete and give the Yanks an 8-5 win. It was the first HR of the year for Murphy.

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 5.38
Warren (W, 6-5, 3.51) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Miller (23rd save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.57.

Before the game, the Yanks sent Pinder down, brought up Nick Goody, and DFA’d Gregorio Petit.

Elsewhere in baseball, Cole Hamels threw a no-no for the Phillies, and with them needing help as the trade deadline looms, you wonder if Hamels no-no happened in what could be his last Phillies’ game. Ironically, one of the teams looking to trade for him is the team he threw the no-hitter against—-the Cubs.

Game 89. Yanks edge M’s 4-3.

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Alex Rodriguez broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 7th with a HR (19, 673 career) and the Yanks beat Seattle 4-3 in their first game after the All-Star break. The hit, #3022 of his career, puts him one behind Lou Brock on the all-time list. The win puts the Yanks at 49-40 and 4 1/2 games in front in the AL East.

Chris Young opened the scoring in the bottom of the second. His 11th HR of the year put the Yanks up 1-0.

Kyle Seager hit two HRs off of Masahiro Tanaka tonight. His first tied the game in the third. After the Yanks went up 2-1 in the fourth on a Chase Headley single, Seager’s second HR of the game put the Mariners up 3-2 in the top of the fifth.

Brian McCann’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth tied it up and set the stage for A-Rod’s GW HR in the seventh.

Before the game, the Yanks sent down Gregorio Petit and brought back Brendan Ryan, who was on rehab.

Tanaka (W, 6-3, 3.65) 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 7 K. Nice game except for Seager.

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

Miller (19th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.48.

Update: This is the most HR A-Rod has had in a season since he hit 30 in 2010.

Also, I remember on another blog, one poster who kept complaining that the Yanks didn’t keep Ichiro. He kept bitching and moaning about this forever. It seemed like every time he made a comment, it was about Ichiro. Well, the Yanks already had speedy hitting lefty outfielders in Gardner and Ellsbury, both of whom have more power than Ichiro, who is 41. He was complaining about the Yanks keeping Chris Young (who the Yanks kept for balance. The Yanks needed a righty hitting backup/platoon OF for balance, something Ichiro wouldn’t give, being a lefty hitter.) So, let’s compare where they are right now.

Ichiro. 84 g. 186 AB. More than I would have expected. .253-1-11. 7 of 11 in SB. OPS+ 67, 33% below league average. Only three XBH out of 47 hits. 

Young: 82 games, some 214 AB. .252-11-27. 25 extra base hits. OPS+ around a 110.

A no-brainer. I hope the guy has finally shut up.

Baseball Tonight. Beltran on rehab.

The Majors were off due to the All-Star break. We will see what trades may develop over the next two weeks.

AAA: The All-Star game was tonight for the AAA. The International League (the League the Yankees’ AAA team, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (SWB) Railriders are in) scored 3 in the top of the ninth to win 4-3. Big night for SWB’s 1B/DH Kyle Roller. He drove in 2 of those three runs in the ninth to tie the game. C Austin Romine 0 for 1 with a walk.

AA: The Eastern League ASG ended in a 4-4, 9-inning tie.  From Trenton, C Gary Sanchez, 0 for 2. OF Jake Cave, 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts, 1 RBI. P Brady Lail a scoreless IP.  P Eric Ruth a scoreless IP.

High A: Gabriel Encinas 1 R on 2 H in 7 IP in Tampa’s  6-4 win. On rehab, DH Carlos Beltran 2 for 2, walk, rbi, 2 runs scored. 1B Mike Ford  3hits, 2 rbi.

A:  10-5 Charleston win. 4 SB for SS Jorge Mateo, who now has 60 on the season. 2 h, 2 Rbi for DH Isaias Tejeda.

Regarding the Pete Rose thing, as I mentioned yesterday, it is a a thing where I am sick of the USA just letting people off the hook. Lifetime ban. Make people responsible for their actions. If you want to let Pete, or any gambling or  PED user in the HOF, then LIFETIME ban. Compromise? Lifetime ban. Put them in only AFTER they are dead (and if Pete goes in, so does Shoeless Joe Jacksson). That way they are in (and on the plaque, the bottom line STATES why they were admitted posthumously). That way greats like Rose, Palmeiro, Bonds, Clemens, A-Rod, McGwire, etc. are honored, but only AFTER they are dead, and the last line of the HOF plaque states, for eternity, the reason for the delayed induction.

And by the way, ESPN can go bleep themselves. How about awarding the Arthur Ashe Award for courage to an individual who showed REAL courage? Not a transgendered freak (Jenner) or to a person who came out of the closet (Roberts, Sam)… maybe award it  to a vet who ran a marathon or a half-marathon or whatever after losing a leg fighting for our country? Doing so on a prosthetic leg?

The Arthur Ashe Courage award to a freak. I want to vomit.

It is why I am sick of the media forcing their nutcase opinions on us and canceled my newspaper subscription and will fight the nutcase media until I croak.

AL wins ASG, 6-3. Will have WS home-field advantage.

The AL will have WS home field advantage this year after beating the NL 6-3 in the All-Star Game. Of course, that didn’t help KC last year when they lost Game 7 at home to the SF Giants.

Mike Trout was the MVP, repeating his MVP of the 2014 All Star Game. He accomplished a rare feat. In 2012, in his first at bat of the ASG, he singled. In 2013, he doubled. Last year he tripled in his first at bat. Tonight? He led off the game with a HR.

Prince Fielder drove in two runs. Lorenzo Cain had 2 hits and an RBI.

As for the Yanks, Dellin Betances had a scoreless inning. Brett Gardner was 0 for 2, both strikeouts. Mark Teixeira was o for 2, one strikeout and a groundout that moved a runner up that would later score on an SF (a productive out).

The AL won despite striking out 15 times.

They had a promotion for the “Franchise Four” and the Four greatest living players.

As far as the four greatest living players, they were Aaron, Mays, Koufax and Bench. Um, ok.

I’m not so sure about Bench. Greatest CATCHER ever? Probably (I am partial to Yogi) but Bench as one of the top four greatest living PLAYERS over say, Frank Robinson? Ken Griffey, Jr.? Some guys are off the list because of being steroid guys, but…   But hey, the ASG was in Cincy and….

Speaking of steroid guys, the Mets “Franchise Four” were Seaver, Piazza, Keith Hernandez(?…. better in St. Louis) and David Wright. Note no Gooden or Strawberry (and Piazza has suspicions).

Fans that voted amaze me. I don’t want to sound elitist, but here is an example.

The Phillies’ “Franchise Four”: Schmidt, Carlton, Roberts and Ashburn. The first 3, yeah, ok. even though Roberts wasn’t the same after age 29… but people don’t know history. Nothing against Ashburn, who was a singles hitting .306 career hitter (no power… Chuck Klein may have been a better choice, or Dick Allen or Del Ennis), but Grover Cleveland Alexander, “Old Pete” was better than BOTH Carlton and Roberts, or Ashburn, Klein or Ennis. Alexander, who pitched for the Phils 1911-1917, won 373 games in his career (tied for 3rd all-time), including 30 or more in three CONSECUTIVE years for the Phils. He did it in a bandbox, the Baker Bowl, that was 290 down the RF line and 320 to RCF. To picture that, move the current RF fence in Philly in about 40 feet, and ask the righty pitcher to have ERAs under 2.00 and win 30 games in a season.

Really, fans have NO sense of history. Alexander was the best Phillies’ pitcher ever, period.

The Yanks final 4 was easy. Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaggio and Mantle. Some people were bitching about that, saying Jeter should be above Dimaggio. Um, as much as I love Jeter, no. Don’t give me that Jeter had over 1000 more hits than Joe D. Dimaggio lost 3 full years to WWII. He hit .325 to Jeter’s .310. He had 361 HR (in 13 seasons) to Jeter’s 260 (in 20). Dimaggio played in the OLD Yankee Stadium, where the LCF and CF fences were some 60 feet farther away than the Stadium Jeter played in. There is a REASON that Joe D., in 1969 was named Baseball’s Greatest Living Player.

Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and Mantle are the top 4.

The next 4? How about Jeter, Mo, Yogi and Whitey. Any team would take Jeter, Rivera, Berra and Ford as their TOP 4.

After Pete Rose’s appearance, people are clamoring for him to be admitted to the HOF (Rose was one of Cincy’s “Franchise Four” along with Bench, Morgan and Larkin…. I kind of wonder about Frank Robinson (1956-1965 with Reds, 586 HR, almost 3000 hits)…. if the Reds hadn’t traded him to Baltimore, shouldn’t he be one of the Reds’ “Franchise Four”?) . I disagree. I mean, when are we going to hold people accountable and responsible for their actions? To me, that is something that has gone wrong in this country. We don’t hold people responsible or accountable for their actions anymore.

This being baseball’s showcase, most of the minors had off. For example, the Yanks’ AAA, AA and High A teams all were off.  Charleston’s Low A game was ppd.

The minors. Severino shines again.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: Luis Severino was great in an 8-1 SWB win today. He went 5 IP, gave up 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 4 K and the 21 year old is 5-0, 1.79 in AAA. Overall this year, AA/AAA, he is 7-2, 2.45. DH Greg Bird had 2 h, a HR, and 4 RBI. 1B Kyle Roller had 3 H, 2 doubles, rbi. Also with 3 hits was CF Ben Gamel. Two others had two hits.

Please, Yanks, do NOT give up Severino in any deal.

AA:   Trenton won 2-1. Matt Tracy 1 r in 6 IP, a scoreless IP for rehabbing Andrew Bailey. SS Brendan Ryan (also rehabbing) an 0 for 3 with an RBI.  2B Tony Renda 2 hits.

High A: Tampa won 3-2 in 10. CF Dustin Fowler 2 h, rbi.

A: Charleston got pasted, 12-2.

The Futures Game was held today. AA C Gary Sanchez played for the World team and AAA OF Aaron Judge for the US team. The US team won 10-1.

From Bryan Hoch at MLB.Com:

Judge, rated by MLB.com as the Yankees’ No. 2 prospect went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts as the designated hitter in a 10-1 victory for the U.S. team.

Sanchez, the Yanks’ No. 7 prospect according to MLB.com, went 1-for-2 with a double.

Severino would be the Yanks #1 prospect.