Category Archives: Ex-Players

Game 80. McCann’s walk-off saves Yanks, puts them in first.

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Down 5-3 heading into the bottom of the 12th, the Yankees got an RBI single by Mark Teixeira and a walk-off 3-run HR by Brian McCann (13) to beat Tampa Bay 7-5 last night.

The win, coupled with a Baltimore loss, put the Yanks alone in first place with a 43-37 record. Game 81 today marks the halfway point of the season.

Tampa Bay and Toronto are both two back, Boston seven back.

Masahiro Tanaka had a rough start to the game, giving up two runs only four batters in, but settled in to give up just one more run after that. Not a great outing but ok after a couple of bad ones.

The Yanks however, were trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the eighth. Mark Teixeira’s 20th HR of the season, a 3-run shot, tied the game. The homer, #383 of his career, tied Larry Walker on the all-time list.

Tampa Bay scored two in the top of the 12th before the Yanks got four in the bottom half on a  leadoff walk to Gardner, a one-out single by A-Rod, Teix’s RBI single and the McCann walkoff HR.

Tanaka 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 5 K. 3.94
Capuano 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 5.00
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.86
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.11
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.14
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.52
Shreve (W 6-1, 1.87) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 h, 2 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks put Carlos Beltran on the 15-day DL (rib cage) and called up Ramon Flores. They sent back Taylor Dugas and called up Gregorio Petit.

A-Rod is now at 3014 hits, six behind Rafael Palmeiro.

Game 78. Yanks’ O-woes continue in 2-1 loss.

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The Yanks got only two hits last night in losing 2-1 to the Angels. It was their third loss in a row, and in their last four losses, they have scored a total of three runs.  (0, 1, 1, 1).

Ivan Nova was great, pitching shutout ball until he gave up back-to-back HRs to Albert Pujols (#544 of his career) and Manny Aybar leading off the sixth. Adam Warren made his first relief appearance of the season.

The only Yankees’ run came on a second inning HR by Mark Teixeira. Teix’s 19th HR of the season was #382 of his career, tying Frank Howard and Jim Rice on the all-time list.

Nova (L, 1-1, 1.50) 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 walks, 7 K.
Warren 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K.  3.48

The Yanks end June at 41-37 and in third place in the AL East, 1/2 game behind the Orioles and Rays. Toronto is in fourth, just one game behind the leaders. The Yanks are now 1/2 out of the last wild card spot.

Hopefully the bats heat up soon.

Carlos Beltran is feeling a tightness and pinch in his rib cage. We’ll see what develops.

Game 77. Yanks lose to Angels, 4-1. Warren moving to bullpen.

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The Yanks lost to the Angels, last night, 4-1. In their last three losses, the Yanks have scored, 0, 1 and 1 run (Thursday, Sunday and yesterday, Monday). Hopefully the bats break out soon.

The Yanks have lost six of their last nine games. They are now 41-36, still 1/2 game behind Tampa Bay and Baltimore, in third place in the AL East. Toronto is in fourth, one game back, in a very close division. What the teams do between now and the trade deadline as far as making a big deal could mean the division. It’s a tossup right now. Right now, the Yanks are the second wild card.

CC Sabathia went 7 1/3, giving up 4 runs, including HR to superstar Mike Trout and to C.J. Cron, and an RBI double to Albert Pujols.  Trout also played some excellent defense, robbing some Yanks of key hits.

The only Yanks’ run came on an RBI single by A-Rod. The hit enabled Alex to pass Wade Boggs on the all-time hit list with 3011. Next up is Rafael Palmeiro at 3020.

Sabathia (L, 3-8, 5.59) 7 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 5 K.
Rumbelow 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 6. 75.

From the LOHUD Yankees blog:

Although Girardi said pregame that the Yankees would stay on rotation, leaving Warren in line to start Wednesday’s series finale, Warren told The Daily News that he’s being moved into the bullpen. The move gives the Yankees what should be the right-handed reliever they’ve been looking for. It also takes care of some workload concerns for Warren, who’s already thrown more innings than in either of the past two seasons.

But it also takes away one of the Yankees’ most reliable starters, and leaves room for the guy with eight losses and a 5.59 ERA.

My note: It also takes out of the rotation the Yankees starter that happens to have the lowest ERA.

 

Game 76. Yanks lose to Houston, 3-1.

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Before the game, the Yanks brought back Esmiel Rogers and sent Gregorio Petit down to AAA.

The move was to get a fresh arm. The Yanks had Shreve, Wilson and Betances unavailable due to recent workload.

The bullpen wasn’t needed. The good Michael Pineda showed up and pitched eight strong innings, but he got no help from his offense or defense as the Yanks lost 3-1 Sunday in Houston.

The Yanks managed only two hits in the game, the only run coming in the third on a walk, WP and Brett Gardner single.

Garrett Jones and Brett Gardner messed up a fly ball in the fourth. It was Gardner’s ball, as the CF should take everything he can get. Jones got too close to Gardner, the ball fell in for a double, then was kicked around and the batter came all the way around to score. Ugly.

Pineda gave up runs in the seventh and eighth. Meanwhile the only other Yankees hit was by A-Rod, #3010 of his career, tying Wade Boggs on the all-time list.

Pineda 8 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 0 walks and 8 K. (L, 8-5, 4.08).

With the loss, the Yanks stayed 1/2 game out of first, but dropped to 3rd place in the division.

Baltimore 41-34  —
Tampa Bay 42-35  —-
YANKEES 41-35  -1/2
Toronto 41-36   – 1
Boston 34-43  -8

It doesn’t get much tighter than that. The Yanks have a 1/2 game lead for the last wild card slot.

Long way to go. Who will get separation?

Kind of feel sorry for Ryne Sandberg, who resigned as Phils’ manager a few days ago. As my grandpa used to sometimes say, you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken s**t.

Update: Ellsbury could start rehab games tonight (Monday) and rejoin the Yanks this weekend. Miller continues to throw, but no rehab games yet.

Game 75. Yanks top Astros, 9-6.

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Such is the nature of Masahiro Tanaka and his injury that every time he has a bad outing, you wonder about that elbow that has a partially torn ligament. If he has two bad outings in a row, you really wonder.

On Saturday, the Yanks gave Tanaka an early 6-0 cushion, watched him cough it up, then rallied late for a 9-6 win over Houston.

I just hope Tanaka is ok. But with that injury, you will always wonder, until it blows and he needs TJ surgery. But it’s not like Tanaka to give up 3 HR in a game in consecutive games. Hopefully it isn’t acting up or he’s hiding anything.

Brian McCann hit a grand slam (HR #12) in the first and the red-hot Chris Young homered (10) in the second to give the Yanks a 6-0 lead.

But Tanaka gave up two in the second and one in the fourth. Heading into the fifth, I had a bad feeling. I was thinking, “Get him out of there, Joe.” You know when a pitcher is struggling, and you see that the manager is trying to squeeze five out of him for the win, and no matter how hard he squeezes, the pitcher can’t do it? That is what happened yesterday. Tanaka gave up three in the fifth. 6-0 became 6-6. Sometimes the pitcher just can’t get that extra out or three.

The Yanks’ bullpen was brilliant in keeping it where it was. Chasen Shreve, in particular, has been a great pickup for the Yanks this year, and rookie Bryan Mitchell is starting to hit his stride. Maybe Mitchell will stay in the bullpen for now and help to stabilize and improve it. He can be switched back to a starting role later.

Mark Teixeira’s 2-run double in the 8th was the game-winner (he leads the AL with 53 RBI) , and Chase Headley added insurance in the 9th with a HR, his eighth.

Brett Gardner has been red-hot. Just a couple of weeks ago, his average had fallen to .262. His three-hit game put him at .300.

A-Rod is still one hit behind Wade Boggs on the all-time list with 3009.

The win keeps the Yanks 1/2 game behind Tampa Bay, at 41-34. They lead the WC race.

With the rough outing by Tanaka, guess which Yankees starter has the lowest ERA? Yup, the one who may be pegged to the bullpen, now that Nova has arrived. Adam Warren.

Tanaka 5 IP, 6 R,  7 H, 2 walks, 5 K. 3 HR. 3.88
Mitchell 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 1.59
Shreve (W, 5-1, 1.72) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.96
Betances (6th save) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.17.

 

 

Game 72. Welcome back, Nova! Yanks top Phils, 10-2.

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Well, at least the Phillie fans were I live (and there are many in the Lehigh Valley) won’t be smacking me with any brooms.

The Yanks avoided getting swept by the worst team in baseball by winning the finale of the three game series, 10-2, on Wednesday afternoon.

Prior to the game, the Yanks placed Brendan Ryan on the DL with a strained back. This was the move in order to activate Ivan Nova. Nova, who missed most of last year and all of this year to date due to Tommy John surgery, made his season debut, and it was a very good one. He outdueled Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels. Nova pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

Also, before the game the Yanks DFA’d Jose De Paula.

The Yanks scored two in the second on an error. Pirela credited with one RBI.

They got three in the fourth on an RBI single by Gardner, an RBI double by Headley and an RBI single by Teixeira.

Chris Young singled a run in in the sixth.

Four in the seventh made it 10-0. Pirela doubled in one, A-Rod singled in two, and Teixeira, back in the lineup after missing a couple of games with a sore neck, singled in one. Teixiera had received a cortisone shot for the sore neck.

The Phils got two in the ninth for the final tally of 10-2.

The win moves the Yanks to one game behind the Rays in the AL East. Toronto is two back and Baltimore is 2 1/2 back in the tight race. The Yanks are 39-33 and now head to Houston.

A-Rod, of course, tied Roberto Clemente on the all-time hits list when he got #3000, and then passed him. Yesterday, A-Rod’s single that drove in two was hit #3008, passing Al Kaline. Next up is Wade Boggs at 3010. Alex now has 2013 RBI, 1961 runs scored, 669 HR. You wonder why…

After the game, more moves. Diego Moreno and Brandon Pinder were sent back to AAA, and Stephen Drew is back off the paternity list.

Alex was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Teix had 3 hits and 2 RBI. Pirela had two hits and 2 RBI.

The pitching line:

Nova (W, 1-0, 0.o0)  6 2/3 IP, o R, 3 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Mitchell 1 1/3 IP, 0 R,  0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.08.
Moreno 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 9.00 (sent down after the game).

Game 70. Phils beat Yanks, 11-8.

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Michael Pineda, 8-3 and pitching at an All-Star pace vs. a team that is 24-47, with a Team OPS+ of 79. (21% below league average). Mismatch, right? After all, didn’t this guy strike out 16 Orioles on Mother’s Day? Didn’t the Orioles just beat the Phillies 19-3?

It was a mismatch. But not the way we expected. You’d expect Pineda to dominate the Phillies, but it was the other way around last night as the Yanks lost, 11-8.

That’s baseball. You just don’t know.

The Yanks stay one game out of first in the AL East, at 38-32.

Pineda was knocked out in the fourth, giving up eight runs.

The Phils pounded out 18 hits, Maikel Franco getting 4 of them, hitting 2 HR and driving in 5 runs.

For the Yanks, Brett Gardner was 4 for 4 with a 3-run HR (8). Brian McCann also homered, his 11th of the season.

Diego Moreno made his MLB debut.

With the loss, the Yanks’ ERA+ dropped to 98, slightly below league average. Let’s hope the pitching gets better soon (the OPS+ is 109 for the hitters…. good). Of course, what has really hurt has been some recent outings where Eovaldi, Pineda and even Tanaka had short outings. Let’s hope CC rights the ship.

Ivan Nova will come off the DL and start Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be the 26th pitcher the Yanks will have used this year… .in less than 1/2 a season.

Pineda (L, 8-4, 4.25) 3 1/3 IP, 8 R, 11 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Capuano 2 2/3 IP, 2 R,  3 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 5.32
Moreno 1 Ip, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.88
Pinder 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.61.

Sad news. Ex-major leaguer Darryl Hamilton the victim of a murder-suicide. Hamilton played for several teams, including for the Mets against the Yanks in the 2000 Subway Series.

…and in other news, apparently there is now evidence that in 1986, while still a player, Pete Rose bet on baseball. Before the evidence was only as a manager….