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Game 130. Yanks lose to Boston 4-3, fail to gain ground on Toronto.

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The Yankees were edged by Boston last night 4-3 and failed to gain ground on Toronto, who lost to Cleveland. The 72-58 Yanks remain 1 1/2 behind the Blue Jays as we head into September. The Yanks still have a comfortable lead for the wild card.

After scoring 15 Friday against the Braves and 20 Sunday against the Braves, the Yanks stranded 14. They just couldn’t get the big hit.

Didi Gregorius’ bases-loaded drive with two out in the top of the ninth fell just short, and was caught on the warning track. Prior to making the last out, Didi had gone 4 for 4. He has raised his batting average to .269.

The Yanks stranded 14 in the game. They had their chances. In the first, they loaded the bases with one out but got only one run out of it on a Carlos Beltran SF.

Mookie Betts hit a 2-run HR for Boston in the third to put them up 2-1.

In the fourth, the Yanks once again loaded the bases with no one out and got just one run out of it on a Didi Gregorius’ single. The inning ended when Greg Bird was thrown out at the plate trying to score on an Ellsbury line out to left. Bad send by the third base coach? Bird was out by plenty.

Ivan Nova gave up a HR to Yankee killer David Ortiz (#495 of his career) in the bottom of the fourth to make it 3-2 Boston. I have said this time and time again. How come no one dusts Ortiz off? They let him dig in. Think Gibson or Drysdale back in the day would let him dig in? No. They would have dusted him off the plate. I NEVER see any pitcher dust him off. Why not? Grow a pair and dust him off. It’s called pitching. It’s part of the game. Not headhunting, I don’t go for that, but aim one at his front hip. Make him move. No one ever does that. Yes, it bothers me. Pitchers need to grow a pair. Establish that inside corner and back him off. Heck Ortiz just missed a second HR off of Nova later in the game.

The Yanks had bases loaded, two out in the fifth. Bird struck out. A-Rod stranded two in the sixth.

Boston tacked on a run in the seventh to make it 4-2.

1st and 3rd, one out in the 8th, Ellsbury GIDP.

In the ninth, Drew singled and A-Rod walked. Murphy PR for Alex. Beltran struck out. McCann walked to load the bases with one out. Headley walked to force in a run and make it 4-3, bases loaded, one out. Bird struck out, then Didi hit the long flyout to end the game. In Yankee Stadium, it’s a grand slam. In Fenway, wrong part of the ballpark.

Nova (L, 5-7, 4.50) 6 IP, 3R, 7 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Warren 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.26
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 1.89.

Teixeira won’t be with the team in Boston. He went back to NY for more tests on that bone bruise in his leg.

Today is September 1. We see who comes up now that rosters expand.

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 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 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.

The minors, and trade deadline risks.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With the Yankees off yesterday, a look at the minors and a look at risks at the trade deadline.

AAA: SWB won 2-1 on a walkoff inside-the-park HR by CF Ben Gamel. Kyle Davies 7 IP, 1 unearned run. 3 h, 1 walk and 8 K.  Caleb Cotham two scoreless IP of relief. (W, 2–0, 1.07). Gamel also had a double. Besides Gamel, 1B Greg Bird and 3B Jose Pirela each had two hits.

AA: Trenton off.

High A: Tampa won 4-2. LF Ericson Leonora a 2-run HR. Five others with two hits each. Jordan Montgomery 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 walks, 7 K.

A: Charleston off.

Funny how people are still complaining that the Yanks didn’t do a major splash at the trade deadline. I have a few thoughts on that.

For those who say that “the Boss” would have done something, face facts. The Boss, George Steinbrenner, has been dead for five years now. Accept that fact and accept that it is a new regime with his son Hal who isn’t his father. He will run things differently. Also, things weren’t always peaches and cream with George. Remember him trading away talents like Jay Buhner, Bob Tewksbury and Doug Drabek?

So for those who wanted a big deal, were you really going to trade away Luis Severino for what may turn out to be a two-month rental? As much as I would like the Yankees to win every year, you don’t want to sacrifice the future for a one-year quick fix. And don’t kid yourself. You can’t get something for nothing. The Yanks would have had to give up top talent like Severino to get something. You weren’t getting a David Price type talent for lower tier talent.

Here are examples of teams that went for it and paid for it.

8-12-87. The Tigers trade John Smoltz to the Braves for Doyle Alexander. Alexander goes 9-0 down the stretch for the Tigers. The Tigers make the playoffs as the AL East champ and lose the ALCS to the Twins. Alexander goes 14-11 in 1988 and 6-18 (leading the majors in losses) in 1989 then retires. The Tigers don’t make it back to the playoffs until 2006. Smoltz goes to the Braves, is in the playoffs every year from 1991-2005 (except for the 1994 strike) and goes to be a Hall of Famer.

8/30/1990: The Red Sox trade Jeff Bagwell to Houston for Larry Andersen. Andersen goes 0-0, 1.23 as a two-month rental. Boston wins the division but loses the ALCS to Oakland. Bagwell goes on to hit 449 HR for the Astros. He played a lot in the cavernous Astrodome. Imagine him with the Green Monster at Fenway.

Is that what these people want?

Also, some people, upset with Stephen Drew, are wondering if the Yanks should pursue Chase Utley. I wonder if these people realize that Utley, although the greatest Phillie 2B ever (and JAWS has him ranked 12th best 2B all-time), has been worse than Drew this year.

Drew: 32, $5MM, free agent after this year. 94 g. .194-13-32, OPS+ 77.

Utley: 36, $15MM, 69 games, .190-4-28. OPS+ 55. Utley has had a far better career than Drew, and is a borderline Hall of Famer.  His vesting option ($15MM each of the next three years) will not kick in because he won’t make 500 plate appearances this year. But a lot of money for someone four years older who is having a WORSE year for even Drew. Utley WAS great. He no longer IS.

Really, do you want that?