Category Archives: Ex-Players

Ex White-Sox great Billy Pierce passes away.

There will be a sadness in the Stadium when the Yankees play the White Sox tonight.

Ex-White Sox great Billy Pierce, whose #19 is retired by the White Sox, passed away yesterday at the age of 88.

Pierce and Whitey Ford had many duels in the 1950s and 1960s. This even extended over to when Pierce wasn’t on the White Sox anymore. As a San Francisco Giant, Pierce beat Ford in Game 6 of the 1962 WS.

Pierce came up with the Tigers in 1945 but was not with them for the WS. He came back up to them in 1948. After the 1948 season, he spent 1949-1961 with the White Sox.

In that time frame, he was a 7x All-Star, got MVP consideration 5x, finishing 10th in 1953 (Al Rosen winner) and 5th in 1956 (Mickey Mantle).

He won 20 games in 1956 and 1957, leading the AL in wins in 1957.

He led the AL in strikeouts in 1953, and  the majors in ERA in 1955.

He was 14-15, 3.62 for the AL Champ White Sox and had no decisions in three WS games for them against the Dodgers that year.

He spent 1962-1964 with the San Francisco Giants, and finished 3rd in CYA balloting in 1962, helping to lead the Giants to the WS. He was 16-6, 3.49 that year. In the WS against the Yanks, he was 1-1, 2.40, losing Game 3 to Bill Stafford but beating Whitey Ford in Game 6.

He went 211-169 in his career with an ERA of 3.27. ERA+ 119. His average 162 g. season was 14-11, 3.27.

Game 102. Red hot Teixeira powers Yanks, 13-6.

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For the second straight night, Mark Teixeira hit two home runs in a game, and the way he did it last night established a new major league record as the Yanks beat the Chicago White Sox 13-6.

Before the game, the Yanks made no major splash at the major league trade deadline. That isn’t to say that there weren’t some minor internal moves. To make room for newly acquired Dustin Ackley, the Yanks dfa’d Garrett Jones. Chris Capuano was outrighted to AAA SWB. Esmiel Rogers was released so that he could play in Korea. Slade Heathcott was optioned to AAA (rehab over).

Top prospect Luis Severino’s next start will be for the Yanks. They are bringing the 21-year old up, and his MLB debut may be on Tuesday against Boston in the Bronx. The exact date hasn’t been determined yet. The kid was 9-2, 2.45 this year between AA/AAA.

Bryan Mitchell will start for the Yanks on Saturday night.

Some may be upset that the Yanks didn’t make a major splash, but you have to give to get, and the Yanks were NOT giving up Severino, Bird or Judge. Mateo was mostly off limits as well, but was on the table in rumors involving Craig Kimbrel of the Padres.

Let’s hope the four develop into another “core four.”

Teix hit a homer from both sides of the plate in the same game for the fourteenth time in his career, breaking the record he shared with Nick Swisher.

Carlos Beltran doubled in a run in the first, then the Yanks got five in the second on an RBI single by A-Rod and Teix’s first HR of the game—a grand slam.

After the White Sox got two in the third on a HR by Jose Abreu, the Yanks came back with another five-run inning in the top of the fourth.

Chris Young doubled and scored on two wild pitches. After A-Rod walked, Teixeira hit his second HR of the game to pout the Yanks up 9-2. This second HR, #28 of the season, was #391 of Teixeira’s career, and passed Graig Nettles on the all-time list. Later in the inning, Bredan Ryan singled in a run and Didi Gregorius’ SF made it 11-2.

A Headley single in the fifth made it 12-2.

Ex-Yankee Melky Cabrera drove in a run in the bottom of the fifth for the Pale Hose to make it 12-3.

Ellsbury’s single in the sixth made it 13-3 Yanks. Chicago got two in the seventh and one in the ninth to make it 13-6 as the final.

With the win, the Yanks are 58-44. 60 games to go, and they have a six-game lead.

A-Rod 2 for 2, 3 walks, scored 4 times.
Teixeira 3 for 4, 2 walks, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Beltran & Ryan each had 3 hits and an RBI.
The Yanks banged out 18 hits.

Eovaldi (W, 11-2, 4.30) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K.
Warren 2 1/3 IP,  2 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 4 K. 3.50
Goody 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 k. 6.75

Game 101. Yanks lose in 9th, 7-6. Pineda to DL, CC to hospital, Yanks make minor deal.

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Before the game, the Yanks traded OF Ramon Flores and RHP Jose Ramirez to Seattle for utility man Dustin Ackley. Mostly a 2b/lf, Ackley can also play 1B, CF and RF. Ackley, 27, was hitting .215-6-19, OPS+ 79, for Seattle this year. His 162 g. average is .243-12-56, OPS+ 92. His versatility means that Garrett Jones could be gone.

Also before the game, Michael Pineda was scratched from his start and placed on the DL with a forearm strain. CC Sabathia, on normal rest, started instead. After the game, CC showed signs of dehydration, and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The Yanks brought up Bryan Mitchell and Nick Goody before the game. Caleb Cotham was sent back to AAA.

Meanwhile, the Yanks saw Toronto get David Price, and one Yankees’ target, Cincy’s Mike Leake, was dealt to SF. The trade deadline is this afternoon.

As for the game, the Yanks were edged 7-6 on a Josh Hamilton walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th. The Yanks’ lead is now six over Baltimore and the refurbished (Tulo and Price) Toronto. The Yanks are 57-44.

In the first, the Yanks jumped out to a 3-0 lead on an Ellsbury triple, a SF by Gardner, a solo HR (25) by Teixeira and a single by McCann, walk to Beltran and RBI single by Headley.

But CC gave it right back on a 3-run HR by Hamilton. Then in the second,he gave up the lead on a HR by Choo.

The Yanks took back the lead in the top of the third on a 2-run HR (16) by McCann. 5-4 Yanks.

In the bottom of the fourth, Jacoby Ellsbury missed trying to make a diving catch and Ryan Rua had an inside-the-park HR to tie up the game for Texas.

The Yanks went back up, 6-5, in the seventh when Teixeira did a Texas two-step with his second HR of the game. #26 of the season was #389 of his career, tying Johnny Bench on the all-time list and placing Teix one behind Graig Nettles.

The Yanks couldn’t hold the lead again, though, as Texas got one in the seventh to tie before Hamilton’s walkoff single in the 9th.

The Yanks had a chance to score a run in the 8th, Beltran singled to start the inning, but Headley GIDP. They still managed to load the bases after that, but Gardner struck out.

Nick Goody made his MLB debut in the game.

Sabathia 5 IP, 5 R,  9 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 5.54
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.65
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 1.32
Goody 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.   27.00
Miller  (L, 0-2, 1.54) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

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 94. Bye, Bye, Birdies. Yanks sweep series with 9-3 win.

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Back in the early 1960s, there was a play and movie called Bye, Bye, Birdie. The Yanks could be thinking of that as they swept the series from Baltimore with a 9-3 win Thursday afternoon.

Tanaka reminds me of Catfish Hunter. Give up the long ball, but make sure they are solo HR and won’t beat you.

The Yanks jumped ahead early, loading the bases in the first with no one out, but after two outs  and no runs in, you wondered if they would waste an opportunity.

Nope. Chase Headley cleared the bases with a double, went to third on the play at the plate, and Didi Gregorius singled in Headley to make it 4-0.

Tanaka gave up the first of the three solo HR he gave up in the second. 4-1.

Jacoby Ellsbury, who had 3 hits today (missing the cycle by a triple) and 4 RBI, hit HR #3 of the season in the second to make it 5-1.

In the third, the Yanks made it 7-1 on an RBI double by Drew and SF by Ellsbury.

Ellsbury drove in two in the fifth to make it 9-1.

Tanaka gave up two solo dingers in the eighth before being pulled.

The win kept the Yanks 5 1/2 in front. They are now 53-41 on the season.

Besides Ellsbury’s big day (3 h, 4 rbi), Chase Headley had 2 h, 3 rbi, and 3 hits each for John Ryan Murphy and Didi Gregorius.

Tanaka (W, 7-3, 3.64) 7 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H,  0 walks and 7 K.

Capuano 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K, 4.60.

Pinder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 Walks, 0 K. 2.45.