The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 4-2. Kyle Haines 1 R, 3 H, 7 IP. 1B Austin Romine  3 RBI. CF Ben Gamel 2 doubles, rbi.  C Gary Sanchez 4 for 4, 2 doubles.

You wonder with guys like Bird, Sanchez and Judge, and with guys like Teixeira, McCann, Beltran and A-Rod signed in 2016, if Bird, Sanchez and Judge will have to start 2016 in AAA. If so, …. SWB will be very interesting in 2016.

AA: Trenton lost 3-2. RF Tyler Austin and 1B Rob Segedin each with 2 hits, rbi. 2 Hits for DH Dante Bichette,  Jr. Jaron Long 3 R in 8 IP.

High A: 8-5 loss for Tampa. Five players with 2 hits each.

A: Charleston won 7-3. SS Angel Aguilar 3 h, rbi. 1B Bo Thompson 2 hits, 2 rbi. RF Austin Aune 2 rbi.

Game 123. Yanks lose 4-3, fall out of 1st, CC injured.

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On the day the Yanks retired #46 for Andy Pettitte, the Yanks fell out of first place, and CC Sabathia left the game in the third inning with a knee injury.

CC went for an MRI, but appears headed to the DL. The Yanks’ plans for a six-man rotation down the stretch are in jeopardy. In any case, Michael Pineda’s return on Wednesday comes at the right time.

I was there with a brother and two nephews, as well as other members of the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club, as CC gave up a double to the second batter of the game and a 2-run HR to the fourth. Right away the Yanks were down 2-0.

In the third, Ellsbury singled, stole second and Gardner walked. After a flyout that moved Ellsbury up, Gardner stole second. A throwing error by the catcher enabled Ellsbury to score and cut the lead to 2-1.

But the Yanks’ bats were cold on Sunday, striking out eleven times, and Yankees’ pitchers were walking too many batters (ten for the game). A bases-loaded walk in the fifth made it 3-1 Cleveland.

Meanwhile the Yanks got just five hits in the game—1/2 the total of walks Cleveland received.

Carlos Beltran’s 2-run bloop double to left tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, but in the top of the eighth Dellin Betances gave up a HR and Cleveland won 4-3.

With the loss, the 68-55 Yanks dropped out of first place. They are 1/2 a game behind Toronto.

Sabathia 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 4 walks, 1 K. 5.27
Rumbelow 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 Walk, 0 K. 2.08.
Pinder 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 2.79
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.99
Betances (L, 6-3, 1.36) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.13

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB (72-55) won 11-5. 2B Rob Refsnyder 2 h, 3 rbi. DH Gary Sanchez a 3-run HR. RF Aaron Judge 3 for 3, double, solo HR. C Austin Romine 3 h, 2 rbi. 1B Kyle Roller and SS Gregorio Petit  two hits each.

AA: Trenton (65-60) won 8-2. Cale Coshow 5 1/3 scoreless IP. 1B Dante Bichette, Jr. triple, 3 rbi. 2B Tony Renda 2 h, 2 rbi. RF Mark Payton 3 hits. C Francisco Arcia 2 h, HR, 2 RBI. DH Rob Segedin two hits.

A+: Tampa (61-65) won 4-1. Chaz Hebert 1 R, 8 K in 6 IP. Jorge Mateo 79th SB (A/A+ combined) of the season. 3B Miguel Andujar HR, 2 rbi. 2B Abiatal Avelino 3 for 3, 2 doubles. DH Dustin Fowler and LF Ericson Leonora each had 2 h, rbi.

A: Charleston (59-66) won 10-5. CF Devyn Bolasky 3 h, 2 rbi. C Hadley Raddad HR, 3 rbi. RF Austin Aune HR, 2 rbi.

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.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 3-2 in 14 innings. Michael Pineda on rehab 4 2/3 iP, 1 R, 3 h, 0 walks and 3 K. It looks like he’ll be back next week. Austin Romine came into the game late at 1B, went 2 for 3 with the GW RBI.

AA: Trenton won 6-0. Caleb Smith 6 Ip, 0 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 11 K. 1B Rob Segedin 2 h, 3 rbi.

High A: 8-4 Tampa loss. C Kyle Higashioka 3 h, rbi. SS Jorge Mateo 2 rbi. RF Jake Skole 2 hits.

A: Charleston won 9-3. C Jake Hernandez 3 hits, 5 rbi.

Game 121. Indians 7, Yanks 3.

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I don’t know why it is, but the Yanks are having trouble with Cleveland this year. They have lost four of five to them.

The Indians beat the Yanks Friday night 7-3, and in so doing, reduced the Yanks’ AL East lead to just 1/2 a game.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a run in the third but a double by Beltran and single by Bird knotted it up in the fourth.

But that would be the Yanks’ only run until the eighth.

An error by Ryan let in an unearned run in the fifth. Tanaka gave up a HR in the sixth. The Indians got another in the seventh. 4-1.

In the eighth, Gardner and Headley singled, then A-Rod singled in a run to make it 4-2. After a couple of outs, Bird hit one that was an error, 4-3. Ellsbury, who had replaced Young earlier, walked to load the bases, but Drew flied out to left.

Any chance at a comeback went by the boards in the top of the ninth when Justin Wilson gave up three runs.

So the Yanks turn to rookie Luis Severino today to be the stopper. In his three MLB starts, Severino has pitched well, but has received little run support. Hopefully that changes today and the Angels help the Yanks by beating Toronto.

Jorge Posada’s #20 gets retired today. Andy Pettitte’s #46 gets retired tomorrow. I’ll be at the Sunday game.

Tanaka (L, 9-6, 3.61) 6+ IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 walk, 3 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.01.
Rumbelow 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.35
Wilson 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.20.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB rained out.

AA: Trenton lost 7-3.  3B Rob Segedin 2 h, rbi.

High A: Tampa lost 7-4. 3B Miguel Andujar HR, 2 RBI. 1B Mike Ford, 2 h, 2 RBI.

A: Charleston won 5-1. 3B Billy Fleming, 2 h, rbi. CF Devyn Bolasky 2 RBI.