Category Archives: In-Season Moves

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 99. Yanks come back in big way, win 21-5.

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In order to give the rest of the rotation an extra day, Chris Capuano started for the Yanks and was awful, not making it out of the first inning.

After one inning, it was 5-0 Texas. Not good.

Except the Yanks came right back with an eleven-run second inning on their way to a 21-5 win. It keeps the Yanks seven in front and raises their record to 57-42.

Diego Moreno and Adam Warren teamed up for 8 1/3 innings of no-hit relief.

After Capuano gave up 5 runs on three hits and five walks in just 2/3 of an inning, the Yanks went to work.

Headley singled in one and Ryan doubled in two. Ellsbury singled in one. Gardner tied the game with a single. A-Rod doubled in one. By this time they had batted around. Headley singled in one. Didi tripled in three. Ryan doubled in one. Eleven runs in the second, and they weren’t done. 

Chris Young hit a grand slam (12th HR of the year) in the third. 15-5.

An error by Texas in the fourth made it 16-5.

In the sixth, Young doubled in a run and Murphy singled in two. 19-5.

In the ninth, Brett Gardner hit a two-run HR (11). Final score, 21-5.

Capuano 2/3 IP, 5 R, 3 H, 5 walks and 0 K. 6.97.
Moreno (W, 1-0, 2.45) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 5 K.
Warren (1st save) 3 IP, 0R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.40.

Yes, Adam Warren actually got a save.

Some of the boxscore highlights.

Gardner had 3 hits, scored 5 runs and drove in 3.
What a job by Moreno and Warren.  Moreno was just called up for Goody on Tuesday morning.
Young had 3 hits, scored 4 runs and drove in 5.
Didi Gregorius had 4 hits and drove in 3 runs. Don’t look now, but he is now hitting .257.
Brendan Ryan drove in 3 runs.

The Yanks had 19 hits and drew 10 walks.

In addition, Texas made 3 errors. Twice, Jacoby Ellsbury reached on catcher’s interference—by two different catchers.

Some moves yesterday. Shane Victorino goes from Boston to the Angels. David Murphy from Cleveland to the Angels. Jonathan Papelbon from the Phils to the Nats. Ben Zobrist fromt he A’s to KC. David DeJesus from TB to the Angels. Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado to Toronto for Jose Reyes.

In addition, Jennry Mejia of the Mets, who was suspended for 80 games earlier this year for PEDs and who has just pitched in 7 1/3 innings this year for the Mets, got nabbed AGAIN and now has a 162 g. suspension. What a moron.

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 97. Six in Sixth means a 6 1/2 game lead.

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Back in spring training, did you think the first Yankee starter to 10 wins would be Nathan Eovaldi?

But that is what happened Sunday as Eovaldi improved his record to 10-2 when the Yanks beat the Twins 7-2.

The win gives the Yanks a 6 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

Minnesota scored a run in the third but the Yanks tied it up in the fifth on a HR by Chase Headley (9).

The Yanks then exploded for six runs in the sixth. Gardner singled and Teixeria and McCann walked to load the bases with no one out. After Beltran struck out, Jones singled in one and Headley singled in two to make it 4-1. Then, finally, a squeeze play! The Yanks hardly ever do it, but should do it with guys like Didi and Drew. Didi squeezed home a run to make it 5-1, then Drew hit a 2-run HR (13) to make it 7-1.

The Twins got a run in the 8th for the final score of 7-2.

Eovaldi, who hasn’t been going deep into games, went 8 today.

Eovaldi (W, 10-2, 4.27) 8 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 5 K.

Wilson, 0 IP (2 batters) 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K, 2.57.

Betances 1 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.38.

The Yanks now head down to Texas.

Big pickup for KC today. The defending AL Champs, who have the best record in the AL right now, picked up Johnny Cueto from the Reds. Cueto is one of the best starters in baseball.

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 91. Arrow? No. Teix message? Yes. Yanks beat Seattle, 2-1.

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I can’t stand Fernando Rodney and that bow and arrow routine he does. I hate hotdogging. You never saw Mariano Rivera show up an opponent.

Which is why today’s 2-1 Yankees win was so sweet. Mark Teixeira sent a “Teix message”, HR #23 of the season (#386 of his career) off of Rodney in the bottom of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie and win the game. With the win, the Yanks go to 50-41 on the season and their AL East lead is increased to 4 games.

It was a pitcher’s duel between CC Sabathia and “King” Felix Hernandez of the Mariners. Seattle scored a run in the top of the fifth courtesy of two ex-Yankees farmhands, as Austin Jackson singled in Jesus Montero.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Carlos Beltran. Earlier in the day, Beltran was activated off the DL and Rob Refsnyder returned to AAA.

Then in the bottom of the eighth, Teix sent one further than any of Rodney’s imaginary arrows could go. Teix had three of the Yankees’ six hits in the game.

Sabathia 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 7 K. 5.25. Maybe the best game he’s pitched this year.

Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.65.

Betances (W 6-2, 1.47) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 0 K.

Miller (20th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Update. A-Rod had a hit, and #3023 tied Lou Brock on the all-time list.