Category Archives: In-Season Moves

Game 127. An A for Didi. Yanks rout Braves 15-4.

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The Yanks (70-57) broke out of their offensive funk on Friday night and stayed 1 1/2 games behind Toronto in the AL East with a 15-4 spanking of the Atlanta Braves.

Didi Gregorius led the charge with four hits and six RBI.

The Yanks scored five runs in the first inning on a 2-run double by Chase Headley and Gregorius’ seventh HR of the season, a 3-run blow.

Masahiro Tanaka was shaky early on, but settled in to give seven innings of work. Tanaka gave up two runs in the first but the Yanks bounced right back with four in the second to go up 9-2. Bird and Headley each drew bases loaded walks and Didi smacked a two-run single.

Tanaka gave up a gopher ball in the third. 9-3 Yanks.

The Yanks got four runs in the eighth to go up 13-3. Brian McCann, back in his old stomping grounds, hit a 3-run HR (23) and Didi followed later that inning with an RBI single.

In the ninth, Chris Young hit a solo HR (14) and McCann added a SF. 15-3.

Brian Mitchell, just brought back off the DL after that liner to his schnozz, gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth. 15-4.

3 hits for Beltran, 4 RBI for McCann, 3 RBI for Headley, 4 hits and 6 RBI for Didi.

Tanaka (W, 10-6, 3.62) 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Wilson 2/3 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.09
Mitchell 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H , 1 walk and 0 k. 4.03.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Judge (.233 at AAA) will NOT be a September callup.

AAA: SWB split a DH vs. LV.

Game 1: 5-0 win. Chaz Hebert 7 IP, 6-hit shutout. No walks, 4 K. LF Slade Heathcott 2 h, 2 rbi.  DH Dustin Ackley, first game of rehab, double, rbi. Three others with two hits each.

Game 2: Lost 6-1. Three of the runs were unearned. 1B Kyle Roller two doubles, rbi. Cole Figueroa two errors.

SWB Leads their division and is postseason bound.

AA: Trenton won 6-4. 3B Cito Culver 2 rbi. C Francisco Arcia 3 h, rbi. Four others with two hits each.

High A: Tampa won 6-3. DH Mike Ford solo HR. SS Jorge Mateo 82nd SB (A/A+) but two errors. RF Mike O’Neill 2 h, rbi. 2B Abiatal Avelino 2 rbi.

A: Charleston 10-7 win. 2 h, HR, 2 RBI LF Joey Falcone. 2 H, 5 RBI C Radley Haddad. 2 h, 2 RBI SS Angel Aguilar. 3 hits, CF Devyn Bolasky. Two others two hits each.

Game 126. Yanks 2 back after 6-2 loss.

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The Yanks lost to Houston Wednesday afternoon, and coupled with Toronto’s blowout of Texas later that night, fell two games behind Toronto in the AL East, at 69-57. The Yanks still are one of the AL Wild Card teams as of now.

While Toronto’s offense has been clicking, the Yanks’ offense has been sputtering (see some stats below). With the 6-2 loss to Houston, the Yanks scored just four runs in the three games vs. Houston.

Michael Pineda, in his return from an injury, was ok for the first four innings, giving up just one run, but imploded in the fifth, giving up four runs.

The only runs the Yanks got were on a 2-run HR by Didi Gregorius (6) in the seventh. The Yanks got just five hits.

Pineda (L, 9-8, 4.19) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 1.97
Pinder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.53
Warren 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 3.21
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.70

Before the game, Goody was brought up and Pineda activated. Rumbelow was sent down and Capuano was DFAd for the fourth time in a month. Goody was sent back down after the game, but I see no corresponding move.

Jacoby Ellsbury has a sore hip from trying to make a diving catch the other night. He missed this game. Teix is still sore with that bone bruise in his leg.

Some slumping Yankees need to revive themselves for the stretch run.

After striking out 16 Orioles on Mother’s Day this year, Pineda was 5-0, 2.72. Since then he is 4-8, 5.09. That won’t get it done. Pineda is an enigma. So much talent, but….

The Yanks are off today. They are in Atlanta this weekend, meaning no DH and no A-Rod. Since turning 40 on July 27, A-Rod has been slumping, hitting just .181. Since June 23, Brian McCann has been hitting .205.

A-Rod and the 35-year-old Teixeira had carried the team most of the year. With Alex slumping (age? Dog Days of August?) and Teixeira nursing that bone bruise, the rest of the offense needs to pick it up, especially since Alex won’t be available this weekend except for PH duties.

Some people are calling for Aaron Judge to be brought up, but the 23-year-old prospect is hitting under .240 at AAA after starting the year hitting .284 at AA. Let him hit in AAA first before bringing him up. Besides, where would he play? RF? Beltran is one of the guys hitting right now. LF for the slumping Gardner (.197 in his last 34 games)? I don’t see it.

Some guys just have to pick it up, and these guys have multi-year deals, meaning they are here next year and in some cases, beyond.

Hopefully they get hot in September.

Game 124. Yanks tied for first after 1-0 win.

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Carlos Beltran’s SF in the bottom of the 9th broke a scoreless tie and gave the Yanks a 1-0 win over the Houston Astros tonight.

With the win, the Yanks are in a dead tie for first place in the AL East with Toronto. Both teams are 69-55.

CC Sabathia was placed on the DL before the game. He may be done for the year. Chris (I am a cat with 9 lives) Capuano was brought back…. again.

Nathan Eovaldi was great tonight. He should change his name to Eo-VOLVING. For he is evolving from a thrower into a pitcher. Just 25, he came to the Yanks with great promise but just a 15-35 record. He needed to evolve into a pitcher. He is doing that. Even though he didn’t get the win tonight due to a lack of run support, you can see him improving.

Both teams blew some scoring opportunites. In the third, A-Rod flied out with men on 2nd and 3rd with two out.

In the sixth, Houston had 2nd and 3rd, one out and 1B Greg Bird of the Yanks made a nice play to keep the runner at third and get the runner out at second.

In the seventh, the Yanks had 1st and 3rd, no one out but Bird struck out. Headley lined out and McCann was thrown out at the plate trying to tag up. That was ugly. The ball bounced three times before getting to the catcher and McCann, slow because he is a catcher, still was thrown out. I got to question the third base coach on that send.

In the ninth, the Yanks won it without a hit. Three walks and Beltran’s SF.

Eovaldi 8 IP, 0 R, 4, 3 walks and 7 K. 4.00
Miller (W, 2-2, 1.99) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

McCann was 3 for 3 with a walk, and threw out a runner trying to steal.

Headley made a throwing error, his 20th E of the season, but fortunately it did not haunt them.

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 118. Alex slams Twins, 8-4.

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Alex Rodriguez was in a slump. The Yanks were down 4-1 in the seventh. Then the all-time leader in hitting grand slams added on to his record, putting the Yanks in front 5-4 on their way to an 8-4 win over the Twins Tuesday night.

Before the game, the Yanks put Bryan Mitchell on the 7-day concussion DL with a small nasal fracture  after he took that liner to his face on Monday night. They also sent Caleb Cotham back down after the innings he threw on Monday night. They brought back up Capuano and Rumbelow. For Capuano, he must be part cat. Nine lives. For twice he was DFA’d, cleared waivers, sent down to AAA and recalled shortly thereafter. All in the last month.

Greg Bird was the word in the fourth inning, putting the Yanks up 1-0 with an RBI single, his first MLB rbi. The Twins tied it in the fifth.

CC was pitching very well until the seventh, when he gave up a walk and a 2-run HR to start the inning. Minnesota tacked on another run and it was 4-1 Twins. With the Blue Jays winning in Philadelphia, it looked like the Yanks would fall into a tie for first.

But in the bottom of the seventh, PH Chase Headley singled (he has been doing very well with the pinch hits lately), Brendan Ryan walked, and after a flyout, Brett Gardner walked. A-Rod then hit his 25th HR of the season, which also happened to be his 25th career grand slam, extending his grand slam record. Career HR #679 put the Yanks up 5-4.

The Yanks added three insurance runs in the eighth. Bird and Gregorius singled and Headley doubled them both home. After a sac bunt by Ryan, Ellsbury singled in Headley for the final tally of 8-4.

For Nick Rumbelow, his first MLB win.

Sabathia 6 2/3, 4 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 5 K. 5.24
Rumbelow (W, 1-0, 1.59) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.66
Miller (27th save) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.08

The Yanks are 66-52, and remain one game ahead of Toronto in the AL East.

Game 117. Mitchell escapes serious injury in Yanks’ 8-7, 10-inning win.

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In the second inning, Bryan Mitchell took a liner off his face and sustained  a small nasal fracture. Thank goodness it wasn’t worse.

Having to go to the bullpen early and often, the Yankees persevered for an 8-7, 10-inning win over the Twins that put them one game up on the idle Blue Jays. The Yanks are 65-52, Toronto is 65-54.

Brian McCann homered, drove in five runs, and threw out three base runners. He got the ball rolling with a 3-run HR (21) in the first.

The Twins got one back in the second on ex-Yankee Eduardo Nunez’ liner that knocked Mitchell out of the game with the injury.

Caleb Cotham came in and replaced Mitchell. He gave up three in the third, two on a Miguel Sano HR, to put the Twins up 4-3.

The Yanks came back in the bottom of the third with two on a single by McCann.

Cotham gave it right back on an Aaron Hicks HR in the fourth, then Chasen Shreve gave up a HR to Trevor Plouffe in the fifth. 6-5 Twins.

Plouffe singled in a run in the sixth off of Justin Wilson. 7-5 Twins.

The red-hot Carlos Beltran homered for the third time in his last four games to tie the game in the sixth. It was Beltran’s 13th HR of the season and #386 of his career. Pinch-runner Greg Bird scored before Beltran. Bird replaced Mark Teixeira, who walked. In the course of Teixeira’s at bat, he fouled a ball off of his shin. X-rays were negative, just a bruise, and he is listed as day-to-day. We’ll hear from Bird later.

The Yanks missed out on a scoring chance in the seventh, but Bird led off the bottom of the tenth with a double.

McCann doubled, but the ball appeared as if it might be caught, and Bird had to tag up. He only made it to third. Beltran was intentionally walked to load the bases. Brendan Ryan PR for Bird. Chase Headley’s sharp grounder off Nunez, with the Twins deploying five infielders, scored Ryan for the game-winning run.

Thank goodness Mitchell wasn’t hurt worse, and hopefully some ice can get Teix in the lineup.

There may have to be some moves today. Because of Mitchell’s injury and short outing, the Yanks had to burn their bullpen.

Mitchell 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 3.86
Cotham 2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 h, 0 walks, 1 K. 7.36
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 2.09
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.70
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.25
Betances 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.14
Miller (W, 1-2, 2.14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.