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Game 133. Yanks pick up a game on Jays with 5-2 win.

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“He belongs,” veteran catcher Brian McCann said. “He knows he belongs. He continues to show people he belongs.”

From the Lohud Yankees blog, that is Brian McCann speaking about Luis Severino.

I would have no qualms about Severino starting a playoff game or even the one game wild card playoff game.

The kid (21 year old rookie) has been great.

The Yanks picked up a game on Toronto tonight with a 5-2 win and are now 1/2 game behind the Blue Jays in the AL East after Toronto lost to Baltimore.

The Yanks only got four hits tonight, but they made them count since three were home runs.

The Yanks went up 2-0 in the second on a 2-run HR by Alex (27). It was the 681st HR * of A-Rod’s career.  Hit 3051 places him just two behind Rod Carew on the all-time list. Rickey Henderson at 3055 and Craig Biggio at 3060 will also be passed soon. After that it will be a while before A-Rod passes someone else, but he will end 2015 in 21st place on the all-time hit list.

Brian McCann’s 24th HR of the season made it 3-0 in the fourth.

Severino gave up a HR to Evan Longoria in the sixth to cut the lead to 3-1 but Greg Bird hit a 2-Run HR (4) for the Yanks in the seventh to make it 5-1.

The Rays got a run in the ninth, but the final was 5-2 Yanks.

Severino (W, 3-2, 2.04) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K,. 3.12
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.30
Miller (30th saver ) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.84.

Jacoby Ellsbury was removed from the game but it had nothing to due with his hip. He has also been fighting the flu.

After a shot and an new knee brace, CC Sabathia threw a simulated game today, felt good and is pencilled in to start nezxt Wednesday. This gives everyone in the rotation an extra day of rest.

Before the game, the Yanks DL’d Teixeira retroactive to Aug. 27 and recalled Nick Rumbelow. Hopefully Teix will be back in two weeks.

Game 132. Yanks outslug Boston 13-8.

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The Yanks jumped out to an early 11-1 lead and held on for a 13-8 win over Boston up in Fenway yesterday. They remain 1 1/2 back of Toronto in the AL East (don’t the Blue Jays ever lose?) with a 74-58 record.

The Yanks hit five HR in the game.

After Masahiro Tanaka gave up a run in the first, the Yanks bounced back with eight in the second. Greg Bird (3) hit a 2-run HR and it was immediately followed by John Ryan Murphy’s solo blast (2).  Chris Young’s single made it 4-1, A-Rod’s single 6-1 and then Carlos Beltran’s 2-run HR (14, 387th career) made it 8-1.

Stephen Drew’s 3-run HR in the third (17) made it 11-1 Yanks.

In the fifth, Didi Gregorius’ solo shot (8) made it 12-1.

Then the Yanks had to hold on. The one thing I didn’t like was that after taking a 12-1 lead, the Yanks still had to use Wilson, Betances and Miller because some middle relievers struggled. Oh well, today is a day off anyway, but how nice it would have been to give Wilson, Betances and Miller all two days off.

Tanaka gave up a run in the fifth, a HR in the sixth…. 12-3.

Boston got two in the seventh off of Tanaka and Andrew Bailey, who was making his first MLB appearance in over two years. 12-5.

Jose Pirela singled in a run for the Yanks in the eighth. 13-5, then Boston tacked on three late runs for the final score of 13-8.

Gregorius, after a slow start, is on fire, getting his average up to .272. Even Drew, way under .200 for most of the year, is now at .211.

It was Joe Girardi’s 800th career win as manager.

Tanaka (W, 11-6,  3.73) 6 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 5 K.
Bailey 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 27.00
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.17.
Mitchell 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.56
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.30
Cotham 0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 12.27
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 1 K. 1.86.

Game 129. Yanks put up 20 as they sweep the Braves.

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Nathan Eovaldi didn’t have his A game, but he didn’t have to have it to go to 14-2 as the Yanks hung a 20-spot on the Braves to sweep their weekend series with a 20-6 win on Sunday.

Jacoby Ellsbury had a 3-run HR (7). Chase Headley a 2-run HR (10) and Stephen Drew a 2-run blast (16) in the drubbing.

Drew got his average over .200 with a 4 for 4 day with 4 RBI.

Ellsbury had 3 rbi, and Headley was 3 for 3 with 4 rbi. A-Rod had a PH 2-run single and even pitcher Brandon Pinder had an RBI double.

1B Greg Bird had 2 hits and 2 RBI. The Yanks banged out 21 hits.

The win puts the Yanks at 72-57 and keeps them 1 1/2 behind Toronto in the AL East. The Yanks are safe for the wild card spot.

Eovaldi (W, 14-2, 4.17) 5 IP, 5 R, 8 h, 2 walks and 7 K.
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.19
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 1.95
Pinder 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 2.70
Mitchell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.86

In Saturday’s game, a fan fell out of the upper deck and was killed. This sad occurence happened in the seventh inning.

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 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.

Game 120. Indians edge Yanks, 3-2.

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Ivan Nova wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t sharp and the Yanks’ offense wasn’t on either as the Yanks were edged by Cleveland Thursday evening, 3-2.

Nova gave up single runs in the second, third and fourth innings and lasted just five innings.

Meanwhile, the Yanks were having trouble getting hits.

The Yanks broke through in the fourth when A-Rod hit his 26th HR of the year, #680 of his career, to make it 3-1.

But that was it until the bottom of the ninth. The Yanks staged a rally, getting it to 3-2. A-Rod singled, stole second and scored on a one-out Beltran single. Bird walked. Two on, one out. Headley grounded out, both runners moving up. Tying run on third, winning run on second. But Didi flied out to end the game.

The Yanks got just five hits in the game.

The loss puts the Yanks at 67-53, and cut the Yanks lead in the AL East down to 1 1/2.

Nova (L, 5-5, 3.72) 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 4 K.
Warren 2 IP, 0 R  , 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.19
Capuano 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 6.55

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.