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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 109. Yanks blanked, 6-0.

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Ivan Nova was cruising along into the sixth inning with a two-hit shutout, but he was getting no support from his teammates, who got three hits all day. Then in the space of four batters, he lost it and the Yankees lost the game 6-0 to the Toronto Blue Jays.

With one out in the sixth, Nova gave up a walk, single and walk. Those were his only two walks of the game. Manager Joe Girardi seemed to want to pull him then but left him in.

Mistake. Grand slam. It looked worse when Adam Warren came in after the grand slam and struck out the two batters he faced.

It may have made no difference anyway. The suddenly cold Yankees bats managed just three hits and have scored just four runs in their last four games.

With the loss, the Yanks drop to 61-48 and their lead over Toronto was shaved to 2 1/2 games. It is five over Baltimore.

Bryan Mitchell gave up a HR in the seventh and Toronto tacked on an unearned run in the eighth.

Nova (L, 4-4, 3.52) 5 1/3 IP, 4 R,  4 H, 2 walks, 6 K.
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.38
Mitchell 3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.41.

Game 90. Cano, M’s edge Yanks, 4-3.

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From 2005-2013, Yankees fans saw Robbie Cano win a lot of games FOR the New York Yankees. According to WAR, he was their best player in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Today, Yankees fans saw Robbie Cano BEAT the New York Yankees. Cano hit two two-run homers off of Michael Pineda to lead Seattle to a 4-3 win. The loss drops the Yanks to 49-41 and decreased the AL East lead to 3 1/2 games.

Cano hit the first of his two-run home runs in the top of the first. Brian McCann tied it up for the Yanks with a two-run blast of his own, #15 on the season, in the fourth, but Cano’s second two-run dinger, hit in the sixth, proved to be the game winner.

The Yanks had a shot in the bottom of the ninth. Teixeira led off the inning with a double, and after McCann struck out, Headley also struck out but reached on a wild pitch, Teixeira moving up to third. Chris Young pinch-ran for Headley and a groundout by Garrett Jones plated a run, Young moving up to second. Didi Gregorius then grounded out to end the game.

I find it very interesting that Didi was allowed to hit there. This could be very telling as to what the Yankees think of Stephen Drew right now. Yes, a base hit there with Didi ties the game, and Didi is hitting 56 points higher than Drew (.238 to .182). But a HR there wins the game, and even if Drew had gotten just a single to tie it, it would be no trouble having Drew go in at SS. Drew, despite the .182 average, does have 12 HR, and 23 of his 45 hits are for extra bases. Didi has just 4 HR, and 16 of his 66 hits are for extra bases. I just found it peculiar that manager Girardi decided not to go for it with a possible PH GW HR by Drew there. Maybe it is a telling sign, maybe not.

Before the game, the Yankees sent down Bryan Mitchell to get stretched out. They brought up Brandon Pinder.

Pineda (L, 9-6, 3.77) 6 IP, 4 R, 2 walks, 2 K.
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.93
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, `1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.60.

Game 83. Yanks lose in 10, 4-3.

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When Andrew Miller returns to the Yanks today, it may be a good thing for Dellin Betances—that and the all-star break, even though Betances is on the All-Star team.

One thing manager Girardi has to watch out for is overuse of his bullpen members. Lately Betances has shown some signs of being in a rut. He had that bad game against the lowly Phils, gave up a HR (his first in a long time) to the Rays just a few days ago and last night gave up a tenth-inning HR to lose the game for the Yanks, 4-3. Maybe he just needs a bit of a rest to get his mechanics back.

With the loss, the Yanks are 44-39, but still have a 1 1/2 game lead over both Baltimore and Toronto in the AL East. Tampa Bay is 2 1/2 out and don’t look now, but last-place Boston is just five out.

Nathan Eovaldi gave up a run in the top of the first, but the Yanks came back with two on singles by McCann and Jones.

After the A’s tied it in the third, Didi Gregorius put the Yanks up 3-2 in the fourth with an RBI single.

Chasen Shreve, who like Betances has been great this year, had a blip of his own last night, giving up a game-tying HR in the sixth before Betances served up the game-losing HR in the tenth.

Eovaldi was ok, but once again didn’t give much length. Granted, Girardi pulled him after just 86 pitches. This is something the Yanks have to fix. You can’t be wearing out the bullpen. I do wonder why an ex-starter (Warren) went just one inning, but Betances was allowed to pitch a second inning. It was in that second inning of work where Betances gave up the HR. Oh, well. There was a little too much mixing and matching for my taste. That’s just me.

Anyway, the Yanks get Ellsbury and Miller back today and we’ll see what the respective roster moves are.

Eovaldi 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K. 4.45
Shreve 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.10
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.48 (why not longer?)
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.97
Betances (L, 5-2, 1.65) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K.
Capuano 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.76.

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 59. Yanks lose game, streak, closer, make moves with more to come.

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It’s one thing to lose a seven-game winning streak. All things must pass. But the Yanks also lost their closer for a couple of weeks.

Andrew Miller is going on the DL for a few weeks, and Dellin Betances will have to take over as the closer.

Nathan Eovaldi pitched well today, but going into the bottom of the seventh, was trailing 2-0.

The Yanks got four in the bottom of the seventh. Brendan Ryan, just activated (Ramon Flores was sent down) tripled in one run, Gardner doubled to tie it up, A-Rod’s double (RBI 1998) put the Yanks up 3-2 and McCann’s single made it 4-2.

Betances and Miller time, right? But no.

Girardi was concerned about Betances’ workload, and Miller was unavailable because he was about to go on the DL. Girardi also didn’t want to use Shreve because of his recent workload.

It turned out to be a case of lose the battle to win the war. He brought in rookie Jacob Lindgren, but Lindgren gave up a 2-run HR to tie the game.

After Lindgren, he brought in Capuano, figuring that with the game going extras (the Yanks lost 5-4 in 11), that Capuano could provide some length. But Capuano gave up a run in the eleventh and the Yanks fell to 33-26. The lead in the AL East was cut to 1 1/2.

After the game, Pirela was sent down. Ryan basically replaced Flores. Now could Flores come back? Yes, because of Miller’s injury. But expect the Yanks to call up a reliever, be it Brandon Pinder or Jose Ramirez, or maybe Diego Moreno, to help in the bullpen.

A-Rod’s RBI double, besides being RBI 1998, was hit 2992 for him.

Eovaldi 7 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 walk, 4 K. 4.13
Lindgren 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.26
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 3.86
Capuano (L, 0-4, 5.63) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

In the 38th round, the Yanks drafted a kid from my area, 2B Mike Garzillo, who went to Nazareth HS and Lehigh U.

Update: The Yanks will bring RHP Chris Martin back off of rehab.

Game 57. Yanks sweep Angels, win 6th straight, 6-2.

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The Yanks maintained their 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East with a 6-2 win over the Angels on Sunday, their 6th win in a row. The win puts the Yanks at 32-25 on the season.

Although the big blow was a 3-run HR (5) by Brett Gardner, for me the keys of the game came from three guys who were struggling.

1) CC. He came into the game with a 2-7 record. It didn’t look good early on. After getting an out, he gave up back-to-back HRs to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. For Pujols, career HR #535 passed Jimmy Foxx on the all-time HR list and put him just 1 HR behind Mickey Mantle. When David Freese doubled after Pujols’ HR, you thought that here we go again.

But CC settled in and gave 6 IP, with just those 2 runs before he and manager Girardi were ejected in the sixth for arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire.

2) Chris Young. Young’s HR (7) to tie the game came after a 2 for 31 slump. Later that inning, Gardner’s HR gave the Yanks the lead.

3) Jose Pirela. The kid has struggled, especially defensively, lately, but today hit his first MLB HR. How long he’ll be with the Yanks is in question because Brendan Ryan may be ready to come off the DL and replace Pirela as the infield utility man. But still nice to see the kid get his first MLB HR.

The Angels got two in the first on those b-2-b HR, but nothing afterward. CC was helped in the game on a timing play. Beltran threw out Trout at second trying to tag up. The out was recorded before Aybar scored on what should have been a SF. It took a run off the board for the Angels.

Down 2-0, the Yanks got a run in the third on a Pirela double, flyout to move the runner up and a groundout by Gregorius.

In the fifth, Young’s HR tied it up and Gardner’s put them ahead 5-2. Pirela’s HR in the seventh accounted for the final margin.

The Yanks are off Monday. Tuesday’s game appears to be a classic pitching matchup. Washington comes into the Stadium, and it’s Scherzer vs. Tanaka. I don’t know if it is on TV (I don’t get YES) but I hope it is.

CC (W, 3-7, 5.25) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.05
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.29
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.04