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Game 111. Lead down to 1/2 a game as Yanks lose in 16, 5-4.

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Due to the length of last night’s Yankees game, there will be no minor league report today.

The Yanks’ lead is basically gone. They lost their fourth straight game, and fifth in their last six games, 5-4 in 16 innings, in Cleveland last night.

Most of those losses have been excruciating. Three of the five losses were by one run, and another was 2-0.

They are now 61-50 and have just a 1/2 game lead in the AL East over the surging Toronto Blue Jays.

Even Baltimore (4 1/2 back) and Tampa Bay (5 out) are lurking.

Ironically, all fifteen home games won yesterday.

Luis Severino, the 21-year-old rookie, started slowly, giving up runs in the first and second innings to put the Yanks behind 2-0, but he went six innings and those were the only runs he gave up. Once again he pitched well and got no run support.

Stephen Drew hit a HR in the sixth (14) to cut the lead to 2-1, then Carlos Beltran homered (10) in the eighth to tie things up. It was Beltran’s 383rd career HR,  tying Larry Walker on the all-time list.

The Yanks scored two in the top of the tenth on a PH bases-loaded, two-out single by Chase Headley to go up 4-2. Game over, especially with Miller coming in, right?

Nope. Miller blew it. Cleveland scored two in the bottom of tenth to tie it up, then scored in the bottom of the sixteenth off of Brandon Pinder (the Yanks’ eighth pitcher of the night) to win it 5-4.

The Yanks struck out 16 times in the game and got just eight hits in those 16 innings—three by Didi Gregorius, who is now at .265.

The top four in the Yanks’ lineup, Ellsbury, Gardner, A-Rod and Teixeira, went 1 for 25 with nine strikeouts.

Ellsbury is in a bad slump, down to .260. McCann is down to .243.

Ouch.

This was excruciating, especially when you thought you had it going into the bottom of the tenth.

Severino 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 2.45
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.01
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.23
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.38
Miller 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.08
Warren 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.34
Mitchell 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 5 K. 3.72
Pinder (L, 0-2, 3.12) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

In discussions with people about the Yanks making a move. After seeing Severino for two games, would you have traded him for a two-month rental? Too many are focused on the now and would deal someone for a two-month rental. Sorry, but it would have taken Severino to get someone really good. Do you want to trade someone who looks like they could be an ace for the next twelve years for a two-month rental? Put it this way. The Yanks came close in 1993. In 1993 would you have traded Jeter, Mo, Bernie, Pettitte or Posada for someone who you would hope put you over the top in 1993? To beat out the World Champ Blue Jays that year? We know what happened over the next 20 years because the Yanks held on to those players. Imagine if they did not. Imagine if Jeter went for a two-month rental and became DEREK JETER for another team. That is what I am against. Be patient. You need it with the young players. I would not give up a Severino, Judge, etc. for a quick fix. Some would. Not me.

Some say George would have done this or that. George also gave away some fine young players, and the team wasn’t good from 1989-1992 as a result. The Boss had his faults, you know, and patience was not one of his virtues. George is dead, and Hal isn’t his dad. I don’t know why people have a hard time coming to grips with that. It is a new regime, Hal does things a little differently. If it means being patient with young players (who are under team control and won’t cost as much) and not giving out bad contracts to fading players, I am all for that. I am all for building another core 4 (or more) and not trading them away, even if it means sacrificing this year to ensure success for the next fifteen.

The minors, and trade deadline risks.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With the Yankees off yesterday, a look at the minors and a look at risks at the trade deadline.

AAA: SWB won 2-1 on a walkoff inside-the-park HR by CF Ben Gamel. Kyle Davies 7 IP, 1 unearned run. 3 h, 1 walk and 8 K.  Caleb Cotham two scoreless IP of relief. (W, 2–0, 1.07). Gamel also had a double. Besides Gamel, 1B Greg Bird and 3B Jose Pirela each had two hits.

AA: Trenton off.

High A: Tampa won 4-2. LF Ericson Leonora a 2-run HR. Five others with two hits each. Jordan Montgomery 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 walks, 7 K.

A: Charleston off.

Funny how people are still complaining that the Yanks didn’t do a major splash at the trade deadline. I have a few thoughts on that.

For those who say that “the Boss” would have done something, face facts. The Boss, George Steinbrenner, has been dead for five years now. Accept that fact and accept that it is a new regime with his son Hal who isn’t his father. He will run things differently. Also, things weren’t always peaches and cream with George. Remember him trading away talents like Jay Buhner, Bob Tewksbury and Doug Drabek?

So for those who wanted a big deal, were you really going to trade away Luis Severino for what may turn out to be a two-month rental? As much as I would like the Yankees to win every year, you don’t want to sacrifice the future for a one-year quick fix. And don’t kid yourself. You can’t get something for nothing. The Yanks would have had to give up top talent like Severino to get something. You weren’t getting a David Price type talent for lower tier talent.

Here are examples of teams that went for it and paid for it.

8-12-87. The Tigers trade John Smoltz to the Braves for Doyle Alexander. Alexander goes 9-0 down the stretch for the Tigers. The Tigers make the playoffs as the AL East champ and lose the ALCS to the Twins. Alexander goes 14-11 in 1988 and 6-18 (leading the majors in losses) in 1989 then retires. The Tigers don’t make it back to the playoffs until 2006. Smoltz goes to the Braves, is in the playoffs every year from 1991-2005 (except for the 1994 strike) and goes to be a Hall of Famer.

8/30/1990: The Red Sox trade Jeff Bagwell to Houston for Larry Andersen. Andersen goes 0-0, 1.23 as a two-month rental. Boston wins the division but loses the ALCS to Oakland. Bagwell goes on to hit 449 HR for the Astros. He played a lot in the cavernous Astrodome. Imagine him with the Green Monster at Fenway.

Is that what these people want?

Also, some people, upset with Stephen Drew, are wondering if the Yanks should pursue Chase Utley. I wonder if these people realize that Utley, although the greatest Phillie 2B ever (and JAWS has him ranked 12th best 2B all-time), has been worse than Drew this year.

Drew: 32, $5MM, free agent after this year. 94 g. .194-13-32, OPS+ 77.

Utley: 36, $15MM, 69 games, .190-4-28. OPS+ 55. Utley has had a far better career than Drew, and is a borderline Hall of Famer.  His vesting option ($15MM each of the next three years) will not kick in because he won’t make 500 plate appearances this year. But a lot of money for someone four years older who is having a WORSE year for even Drew. Utley WAS great. He no longer IS.

Really, do you want that?

Game 105. 9-run seventh keys Yanks 13-3 win.

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Brian McCann and Chris Young each had 3-run homers in a 9-run Yankees seventh inning as the Yanks beat Boston 13-3 on Tuesday night.

The win keeps the Yanks 5 1/2 up in the AL East at 60-45. Toronto (coming into the Stadium this weekend) is in second place. Baltimore is in third, 6 1/2 back. Tampa Bay is 7 1/2 out and Boston is in last, 14 out.

Chris Young singled, A-Rod walked, and Mark Teixeira singled in a run in the first to put the Yanks up 1-0, but Masahiro Tanaka gave up two runs in the fifth.

The Yanks regained the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth.  Young singled, A-Rod doubled, and Teix singled in a run to tie the game. McCann (4 RBI in the game) then doubled in a run to put the Yanks up 3-2 and Beltran’s RBI groundout made it 4-2.

After Tanaka gave up a HR to Sandoval in the top of the seventh to make it 4-3, the Yanks put the game away with nine in the bottom of the seventh.

Ellsbury reached on an error, Young walked, and A-Rod singled to make it 5-3. After Teixeira struck out, McCann hit a 3-run HR (18) to make it 8-3.

Beltran and Headley then had back-to-back doubles to make it 9-3. Gregorius flied out for the second out. Ryan walked. Ellsbury’s single made it 10-3.

Young then hit a 3-run HR (13) to cap the scoring at 13-3.

Tanaka (W, 8-4, 3.84) 6 IP,3 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.61
Betances 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 1.31
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.45
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.69.

Before the game, Dustin Ackley was DL’d with a herniated disk. He apparently did not have it or complain of it before the trade with Seattle last week, so there was no shenanigans there when the Yanks traded Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez for him. He will be out 20-30 days and could be done for the year. He had an epidural. For now, the Yanks replaced the utility man with pitcher Caleb Cotham.

GM Brian Cashman also stated that we should not see Michael Pineda until September.

In the game, Young was 3 for 4, had the 3-run HR, and scored four runs. He is at .268-13-36, OPS+ over 120.

On another blog, one poster was complaining for months about the Yanks not keeping Ichiro and holding on to Young. He kept complaining even after it was pointed out to him that the Yanks needed a righty bat (Young), that Ichiro, being a lefty bat didn’t fit because of Gardner and Ellsbury, and that Ichiro’s lack of power and age (41) were hindrances. It got annoying hearing him b***h about Ichiro all the time.

Now, I like Ichiro. But it was time for him to go. How is Ichiro doing? .244-1-15, OPS+ 63. 9 for 14 in SB. He has a TOTAL of 6 extra base hits. Young’s OPS+ is twice that of Ichiro’s, and Young’s 13 HR means he has twice as many HR as Ichiro has extra base hits.

I hope that guy has finally shut up.

Tonight Luis Severino starts for the Yanks. The top prospect, 21 years old, will be making his MLB debut.

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.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

As written in my recap of the major league game, apparently the Yanks have four “Untouchables” that they are unwilling to include in any major trade: SS Jorge Mateo of Low A Charleston, and three players at AAA SWB: RHP Luis Severino, OF Aaron Judge and 1b/DH Greg Bird.

AAA: SWB lost 3-1, Esmiel Rogers giving up 3 R, 2 ER, in 5 1/3.

AA: Trenton won 3-2. Jaron Long three scoreless IP of relief. Andrew Bailey the save with a scoreless IP. LF Danny Oh got 2 hits and scored 3 runs. 2 RBI for C Eddy Rodriguez.

High A:   tampa split a DH.

Game 1: 6-4 win. CF Dustin Fowler 3 hits, 5 rbi.

Game 2: lost 7-1. Two more hits for Fowler.

A: Charleston lost 5-3 in 15. 2B Leonard Thompson HR, 3 rbi. 3B Isaias Tejeda 3 hits.

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.