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The Minors. Ellsbury back Wednesday, will Miller return then also?

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Jacoby Ellsbury will be returning to the Yanks on Wednesday. Andrew Miller, who pitched tonight for AAA SWB, may be returning then as well.

More MLB news. As of now, the Yanks All-Star representatives are Betances and Teixeira. Gardner is one of those five “last man” that the fans vote on.

AAA: SWB lost 6-2. Miller pitched one inning, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3B Cole Figueroa (.320) 2 hits. Solo HR 2B Rob Refsnyder. 1B Greg Bird is now here at AAA.

AA: Trenton lost 6-4. DH Rob Segedin (sent down when Bird went up) solo HR. RF Mark Payton 2 rbi. (You’ll see a lot of movement now).

High A: Tampa won 7-6. CF Dustin Fowler (.395) 3 h, rbi. SS/3b Abiatal Avelino 2h. RF Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew) 2 hits, RBI.

A: Charleston lost 1-0 on an unearned run.

Game 81. Another walkoff win increases Yanks AL East lead to 2.

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The Yanks ended the first half at 44-37 (pace, 88-74) with another walk0ff win over the Rays today, 3-2. The win, coupled with a Baltimore loss, upped the Yanks AL East lead to two games.

Michael Pineda was brilliant, but got a no decision.

The Yanks scored two in the first on singles by Gardner, Headley and A-Rod (RBI) and a SF by Teixeira.

So it stood until the 9th, when Dellin Betances slipped up and gave up a game-tying two-run HR.

But in the bottom of the 9th, Teixeira doubled and was replaced by Jose Pirela as a pinch-runner. Chris Young, down 0-2, worked out a walk and Ramon Flores put down a sac bunt. The pitcher made a bad throw and the ball didn’t get too far away but it was far enough for Pirela to make the turn at third, charge home, and score the winning run.

Pineda 7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 10 K. 3.79.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3,07
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Win, 5-1, 1.50.

Game 80. McCann’s walk-off saves Yanks, puts them in first.

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Down 5-3 heading into the bottom of the 12th, the Yankees got an RBI single by Mark Teixeira and a walk-off 3-run HR by Brian McCann (13) to beat Tampa Bay 7-5 last night.

The win, coupled with a Baltimore loss, put the Yanks alone in first place with a 43-37 record. Game 81 today marks the halfway point of the season.

Tampa Bay and Toronto are both two back, Boston seven back.

Masahiro Tanaka had a rough start to the game, giving up two runs only four batters in, but settled in to give up just one more run after that. Not a great outing but ok after a couple of bad ones.

The Yanks however, were trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the eighth. Mark Teixeira’s 20th HR of the season, a 3-run shot, tied the game. The homer, #383 of his career, tied Larry Walker on the all-time list.

Tampa Bay scored two in the top of the 12th before the Yanks got four in the bottom half on a  leadoff walk to Gardner, a one-out single by A-Rod, Teix’s RBI single and the McCann walkoff HR.

Tanaka 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 5 K. 3.94
Capuano 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 5.00
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.86
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.11
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.14
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.52
Shreve (W 6-1, 1.87) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 h, 2 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks put Carlos Beltran on the 15-day DL (rib cage) and called up Ramon Flores. They sent back Taylor Dugas and called up Gregorio Petit.

A-Rod is now at 3014 hits, six behind Rafael Palmeiro.

Game 79. Yanks edge Angels, 3-1.

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It isn’t pretty sometimes, but Nathan Eovaldi is 8-2. The ERA is still 4.52 and sometimes he doesn’t go as deep in games as you may like, but I’ll take the 8-2.

He pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings yesterday to gain the win as the Yanks beat the Angels 3-1.

The Yanks scored in the third on a single by Gregorius, a sac bunt by Drew and an RBI single by Headley.

Garret Jones homered (5) in the sixth to make it 2-0.

Chasen Shreve got out of a bases-loaded, one out jam in the bottom of the sixth to keep it 2-0. Mark Teixeira helped with some fine defense.

With one out in the top of the eighth, McCann singled, Jones walked and Young singled to load the bases. Gregorius’ single made it 3-0.

Mike Trout homered in the bottom of the eighth to make it 3-1, the final score.

Eovaldi (W, 8-2, 4.52) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 3 K.
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.64. He’s been great.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.21.
Betances (7th save) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 1.13.

Headley had 3 hits and an rbi. 2 hits for Young (red hot) and 2 hits and an RBI for Gregorius.

The Yanks are off today. They are back home and have a big weekend series vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. We’ll see if Ellsbury returns to the Yanks this weekend.

The standings. Four AL East teams within one game.

Baltimore 42-36 —
YANKEES 42-37  – 1/2
Tampa Bay  42-38  -1
Toronto 42-38  -1
Boston 36-44  -7

Taylor Dugas, who  between AA and AAA, was only hitting .198-0-13, got a callup. Why Dugas, a lefty-hitting OF and not someone else? I’ll let the LOHUD Yankees blog explain. This was written before yesterday’s game. The Yanks didn’t need Dugas or Beltran in yesterday’s game.

Clearly this is an unusual situation. If the Yankees knew Beltran’s injury were going to require a disabled list stint, they surely would have recalled Ramon Flores, but Flores can’t come up yet without putting someone on the DL, and the Yankees aren’t sure they need to do that with Beltran. Basically, they need an extra position player to fill out the bench for a game or two, and Dugas fits the role, despite his ugly numbers in the minors and the fact he wasn’t even invited to big league camp.

“We paid attention,” Joe Girardi said. “He had a tremendous year last year, a guy who really grinds out at-bats and plays hard. We knew who he was.”

This call-up might last only a game. If Beltran’s legitimately hurt, Flores will surely return, and there’s a solid chance Jacoby Ellsbury will be ready by Friday. Right now, the Yankees are hoping Beltran will also be available on Friday. Beltran said he’s ready to test his ribcage/oblique mid-game to see if he’s available to pinch hit, but Girardi said he’ll only ask Beltran to do that if absolutely necessary.

Ideally, the Yankees would like to give Beltran tonight and tomorrow off, then reevaluate the situation.

“Today I woke up feeling better,” Beltran said. “We do some tests, movement. I just feel like tight, but I don’t feel the pain I feel when I took the swing. Of course, I have to go to the cage and test it out.”

For now, the Yankees have their extra outfielder. On Friday, they’ll figure out if they need something more than a temporary placeholder.

“That’s a good sign that (Beltran) doesn’t wake up and feel really sore,” Girardi said. “So we won’t make any move concerning him, and we’ll see what happens in a couple days when we get back.”

• To make room on the roster — both the 25-man and the 40-man — Esmil Rogers has once against been outrighted to Triple-A. He’s off the 40-man again, which is surely good news for Bryan Mitchell and Nick Rumbelow, who get to stick around at least a little longer.

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 75. Yanks top Astros, 9-6.

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Such is the nature of Masahiro Tanaka and his injury that every time he has a bad outing, you wonder about that elbow that has a partially torn ligament. If he has two bad outings in a row, you really wonder.

On Saturday, the Yanks gave Tanaka an early 6-0 cushion, watched him cough it up, then rallied late for a 9-6 win over Houston.

I just hope Tanaka is ok. But with that injury, you will always wonder, until it blows and he needs TJ surgery. But it’s not like Tanaka to give up 3 HR in a game in consecutive games. Hopefully it isn’t acting up or he’s hiding anything.

Brian McCann hit a grand slam (HR #12) in the first and the red-hot Chris Young homered (10) in the second to give the Yanks a 6-0 lead.

But Tanaka gave up two in the second and one in the fourth. Heading into the fifth, I had a bad feeling. I was thinking, “Get him out of there, Joe.” You know when a pitcher is struggling, and you see that the manager is trying to squeeze five out of him for the win, and no matter how hard he squeezes, the pitcher can’t do it? That is what happened yesterday. Tanaka gave up three in the fifth. 6-0 became 6-6. Sometimes the pitcher just can’t get that extra out or three.

The Yanks’ bullpen was brilliant in keeping it where it was. Chasen Shreve, in particular, has been a great pickup for the Yanks this year, and rookie Bryan Mitchell is starting to hit his stride. Maybe Mitchell will stay in the bullpen for now and help to stabilize and improve it. He can be switched back to a starting role later.

Mark Teixeira’s 2-run double in the 8th was the game-winner (he leads the AL with 53 RBI) , and Chase Headley added insurance in the 9th with a HR, his eighth.

Brett Gardner has been red-hot. Just a couple of weeks ago, his average had fallen to .262. His three-hit game put him at .300.

A-Rod is still one hit behind Wade Boggs on the all-time list with 3009.

The win keeps the Yanks 1/2 game behind Tampa Bay, at 41-34. They lead the WC race.

With the rough outing by Tanaka, guess which Yankees starter has the lowest ERA? Yup, the one who may be pegged to the bullpen, now that Nova has arrived. Adam Warren.

Tanaka 5 IP, 6 R,  7 H, 2 walks, 5 K. 3 HR. 3.88
Mitchell 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 1.59
Shreve (W, 5-1, 1.72) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.96
Betances (6th save) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.17.

 

 

Game 74. Young Love. Yanks edge Houston, 3-2.

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Apologies to Sonny James and/or Tab Hunter for the headline. You are getting old like me if you remember the song!

Chris Young’s 3-run HR in the seventh (9) lifted the Yanks to a 3-2 win over Houston on Friday night. With the win, the Yanks are 40-34.

How tight is the AL East? Look at this!

Tampa Bay 41-34  —
YANKEES 40-34   – 1/2  (wild card leader)
Baltimore 39-34   -1
Toronto 40-35    -1
Boston 33-42  -8

Minnesota, Baltimore and Toronto are basically all tied for the second wild-card spot.

Nathan Eovaldi gave up runs in the third and the sixth, but it took Young’s HR to win the game. The Yanks were scoreless for their first 15 innings in Houston for this four-game series.

With his seventh win of the season, Eovaldi set a new season-high for himself.

Eovaldi (W, 7-2, 4.81) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 6 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.76 (Looking like a great pickup)
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.08
Betances (5th save) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 H, 2 K. 1.21.

From Lohud:

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: CF Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been out since May 19 with a sprained right knee, was traveling to Houston on Friday. Girardi said he’ll work out on Saturday and the team would decide whether he’s ready to go on a rehabilitation assignment. Girardi said the Yankees need to see him run at 100 percent before he can be sent out

Also, Andrew Miller is beginning to throw.