Category Archives: In-Season Moves

Game 157. Yanks lose to Boston, 10-4.


Michael Pineda gave up six runs in the top of the first and even though the Yanks scored four in the bottom of the inning, they couldn’t come back as they lost to Boston 10-4 Tuesday night.

The loss means Toronto’s magic # to clinch the AL East title is down to 1. The 86-71 Yankees have a magic number of 2 to get into the wild card game, and 3 to be the top wild-card seed and have that game played at home.

Weather will be a factor over the next couple of days.

The Angels have now taken over the second wild-card spot…by 1/2 game over Houston.

Pineda did stay in the game to give the bullpen a breather, and did settle down after that first inning, but it was too late.

The Yanks got their runs on an RBI groundout by McCann, RBI double by Beltran and a two-run HR (10) by Dustin Ackley.

But after that four-run first, they were quiet the rest of the night.

Stephen Drew is not only not playing because of performance (or lack thereof). He has been having dizzy spells and could be done for the year. He has been undergoing tests to see if they are concussion-related.

Ever since Teix got hurt, the Yanks are having trouble against lefties. They are thinking of giving backup C John Ryan Murphy some time at 1B.

Pineda (L, 12-9, 4.24) 6 IP, 7 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 4 K.
Mitchell 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 5.83
Martin 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.95

Game 143. Cum On Feel the Noize! Slade wins it for Yanks in 9th, 4-1


CC Sabathia had pitched perhaps his best game since 2012 (maybe he should have worn the brace all year instead of being stubborn and wearing a sleeve instead?), but the Yanks were one out away from losing 1-0 on a two-hit shutout.  Ouch. Heck the Yanks did not get their first hit until the eighth inning. 

In the ninth, PH Dustin Ackley singled to start the inning (just the Yanks’ second hit of the game) but was erased when the slumping Jacoby Ellsbury GIDP. One out away from a heartbreaking loss, Gardner walked on four pitches,

and A-Rod doubled to tie the game. Hit #3060 tied Craig Biggio on the all-time hit list at #21.

Now if you remember, for the last couple of days I have advocated giving the slumping Ellsbury (1 for his last what, 29 now? Down to .254) a day off and to play Slade Heathcott. Well, Ellsbury started the game…




Heathcott got into the game. After Beltran got the first Yankee hit of the game in the eighth, he was PR for by Rico Noel. The Yanks didn’t score, but Heathcott went out to RF, replacing Noel.

So after A-Rod’s double tied the game in the ninth, and Brian McCann was intentionally walked, guess who came up to bat?

Slade Heathcott, who promptly hit a 3-run HR (2) to win the game.

Ummm…. sometimes I DO know what I am talking about. Vindication is sweet.

Caleb Cotham got his first MLB win. Usually sure-handed defensive whiz Brendan Ryan made two errors (Chase Headley made another one).

But the Yanks won to go to 79-64, and they cut the Jays’ margin to 3 games. They also reduced their magic # to just get into that wild card game.

Every win now is huge.

Maybe tomorrow night Girardi takes my FULL advice and gives Ellsbury a day off and starts Heathcott. We’ll see. It couldn’t hurt, could it? After all, the other guy IS 1 for his last 29 or so. Why not?

Nice to see some of the old CC tonight, too.

Sabathia 6 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 6 K. 4.93 (nice to see it get under 5.00)
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K 3.23
Cotham (W, 1-0) 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 7.50
Miller (33rd save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.83.

Game 142. Tanaka’s gem helps Yanks avoid sweep, 5-0.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpgThe Yankees, now 3 1/2 out with 20 games to go, still have a slim chance of winning the division, but it looks more likely that they will be playing in the one-game playoff for the wild card.

It’s apparent who should start that game.

After losing the first three games of the four-game series to Toronto, and seeing their pitchers give up 30 runs in those three games, Masahiro Tanaka threw seven shutout innings Sunday as the Yanks blanked Toronto 5-0. The Yanks are now nine wins away from 10000 in their history.

The Yanks scored two runs in the second on a couple of walks, a single, and SFs by Ackley and Gregorius.

Ackley’s 2-run HR in the fourth (7) made it 4-0.

A double by A-Rod in the eighth accounted for the final tally. It was RBI 2050 of his career. He is just four runs scored of 2000, and is just one hit (3059) behind Craig Biggio on the all-time hit list.

The Yanks are now 78-64 and begin a nine-game road trip to Tampa Bay (3), then after a day off, back to NY to face the Mets for three, then up to Toronto. They are three up on Texas for the first wild card spot and four up on Minnesota for the second. The magic number to get into the play-in game is 17.

I do hope Girardi sits Ellsbury and plays Heathcott in CF soon. (Tonight?) Ellsbury could use a day. He’s something like 1 for his last 25 and is down to .257. He’s hitting just .214 since coming off the DL. Maybe a day off can get him going again. The Yanks need him to set the table.

Tanaka (W, 12-6, 3.40) 7 IP, 0 R,  4 H, 0 walks and 7 k.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.46.
Pazos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00
Cotham 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 7.94.

Game 139. Yanks lose to Jays 11-5, fall 2 1/2 back. Teix’s leg is broken, out for year.


Before the game, the Yanks’ fears were confirmed. It isn’t a bone bruise that Mark Teixeira has, it’s a fractured shin. He’s done for the year.

As for the game, Luis Severino made his seventh MLB start and it turned out to be his first bad one. He gave up five runs in the first inning, two home runs, and was knocked out in the third as the Blue Jays won 11-5.

Toronto hit five HR in the game. The only bright spot for the Yanks was a 3-run HR (9) for Didi Gregorius, who drove in four of the Yanks five runs. Alex Rodriguez had the “Golden Sombrero”—0 for 4, 4 strikeouts.

Chris Martin was brought up before the game and wound up pitching in it.

Michael Pineda will start the opener of today’s DH, Ivan Nova the nightcap.

The loss dropped the Yanks 2 1/2 behind Toronto for the AL East lead. They are 77-62. The Yanks still have a 3 1/2 game lead for the first WC spot (meaning the one-game wild card playoff would be played at home) and a 4 1/2 game lead for the second wild card spot (game played on the road). The magic # to get into the wild card game is 19 over the Twins.

By the way, the Yanks “tragic number” to not win the AL East is 21. Hope they can win the division and it doesn’t come to that, but just saying. At least there is the wild card to fall back on.

Severino (L, 3-3, 3.35) 2 1/3 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 4 K.
Martin 1 2/3, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 6.11
Bailey 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 6.75
Shreve 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H 0 walks and 0 K. 2.29
Cotham 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 9.00
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.59

Game 137. Yanks waste Tanaka gem, fall 1 1/2 back.


Masahiro Tanaka gave up just 1 run in 8 innings, but the Yanks scored just one run and Chasen Shreve gave up a tie-breaking HR in the ninth as the Yanks lost to Baltimore, 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The loss, coupled with Toronto’s tenth-inning win up in Fenway, pushed the Yanks 1 1/2 behind Toronto in the AL East at 77-60.

The Yanks are a bit banged up. Earlier in the day, it was announced that Adam Warren would be stretched out and rejoin the rotation what with Nathan Eovaldi being out for two weeks. You wonder, this late into the season, if Eovaldi and Warren may have to switch roles, Eovaldi going to the bullpen when he returns because of rust and coming back so late into the season.

The Yanks are also resigned to the possibility of Mark Teixeira being done for the season. Not only that, but Brett Gardner has a sore shoulder and was given another day off today, and Chase Headley had the night off (except to make the last out as a PH). Light-hitting Brendan Ryan started at third. Even though Refsnyder is up and on the team, Girardi has gone with Ryan over Refsnyder lately. Heck, the other day he went with Pirela over Refsnyder.

Tonight’s game was scoreless until the sixth, when Tanaka gave up a HR (Ugh, to the #9 hitter). A-Rod tied it in the bottom of the sixth with his 30th HR of the season, #684* of his career. The HR tied Hank Aaron for 15 seasons of 30 or more (they are the only two to hit 30 or more in 15 seasons) and it’s the first time since 2010 that Alex has hit 30 in a season. His two hits tonight passed Rickey Henderson on the all-time list. Alex now has 3056. Next up, Craig Biggio at 3060.

In the ninth, Chasen Shreve gave up a HR to Chris Davis and that was it. 2-1 Orioles. The Yanks have used Wilson, Betances and Miller a lot lately, and had to go to Shreve because of the other guys workload. Davis rode a pitch (lefty on lefty) out to left for his 41st HR of the year.

Tanaka 8 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 10 K. 3.57
Shreve (L, 6-2, 1.99) 1 IP, 1 R,  3H, 0 walks and 1 K.

This was a tough one to lose.

Game 136. Bird is the word in Yanks win, but Eovaldi out for 2 weeks.


Greg Bird’s three-run HR in the seventh broke a 5-5 tie as the Yanks beat Baltimore Monday afternoon to get to 1/2 game behind Toronto (who lost to Boston), but the good news about the win was tempered by the fact that the Yanks are shutting down Nathan Eovaldi (elbow inflammation) for two weeks.

The Yanks got a gift run in the first when a two-out Chris Young popup was misplayed into an RBI single.

Michael Pineda then gave up four runs, three on a HR, in the second. To his credit, he settled down after that.

Young doubled in a run in the third to cut the lead to 4-2.

The Yanks went up 5-4 in the fifth. A-Rod’s 29th HR (683 career) made it 4-3. Hit #3054 passed Rod Carew on the all-time hit list and put him one behind Rickey Henderson. Later in the inning, John Ryan Murphy put the Yanks up 5-4 with a 2-run HR (3).

With one more HR, A-Rod, who last had a 30 HR season in 2010, would have his fifteenth 30 HR season, a feat accomplished only by Henry Aaron.

The Yanks are 10 victories away from 10000 in their history.

Justin Wilson gave up a game-tying HR in the top of the seventh, but Bird’s fifth HR of the season put the Yanks up 8-5. Andrew Miller gave up a run in the ninth for the final tally of 8-6.

Dellin Betances made the Yankees fans squirm in the eighth when he walked two, struck out two, gave up another walk to load the bases but then got another strikeout.

Pineda 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 5 K. 4.15
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.20
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 1.38
Miller (32nd save) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.94.

Earlier in the day, the Yanks brought back Chris Capuano from SWB. The guy has nine lives…

Hopefully Eovaldi is OK, but he’ll be shut down for two weeks. Guess CC is coming back at the right time. He comes back, Eovaldi shut down. So much for that six-man rotation….

The Yanks magic # to reach at least the wild card game is 20.

The Minors. Division title for SWB.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The big boys (the Yankees) were off yesterday. Meanwhile, AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre clinched its division.

AAA: SWB won 12-2, banging out 19 hits. Everyone in the lineup got a hit. CF Slade Heathcott 2 h, HR, 4 RBI. 3B Cito Culver 4 hits, rbi. SS Gregorio Petit 2 h, HR, 2 RBI.  2B Ali Castillo 3 hits, rbi. 1B Rob Segedin 2 hits, 2 rbi.

Cole Figueroa cleared waivers and was outrighted to AAA. No word on Tyler Austin.

AA: Trenton lost 8-6. RF Jake Skole single, double, HR, 3 RBI.  C Eddy Rodriguez 2 h, 2 rbi.

High A: Tampa lost 3-2 in 10. Chance Adams pitched three scoreless innings.

A: Charleston lost 7-2. Phillip Walby 3 scoreless IP.