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Game 57. No 250 for Andy, but Yanks win 7-4.

Andy Pettitte has found it tough picking up career win #250. He couldn’t do it again tonight.

He went 4 2/3, 4 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 3K as his ERA climbed to 4.17.

Shawn Kelley got the win (3-0, 5.24) 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Andy gave up a run in the third, but Teix’s first HR of the year in the bottom of the third was a grand slam that barely cleared the wall. 4-1 Yanks after 3.

Pettitte couldn’t hold the lead and left with the game tied in the fifth.

Gardner broke the tie with a two-run single in the sixth, and Hafner’s 9th HR made it 7-4 in the seventh.

The triumvirate of Joba, D-Rob and Mo closed it out.

Lyle Overbay started the game in RF, his first game in the OF in about 12 years as the Yanks sent Brennan Boesch to AAA to clear room for Pettitte.

Two Yanks struggling with the bat, Brignac and Romine, each had two hits tonight.

Joba 1 IP, 0 R 0 H 1 walk and 2 K. 3.09.

D-Rob 1 IP, 0 R. 0 h. 0 walks 0 k. 2.66.

Mariano save #20 on the year, #628 of his career.

1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.69.


Game 52. Mets spank Yanks 9-4, go for 4-game sweep tomorrow.

David Phelps only got one man out, and as a result, the Mets (or as Yankees fans prefer to call them, the “junior varsity” of NY) have a chance for a four-game home and home sweep against the Yanks tomorrow night. The Mets spanked the Yanks 9-4 tonight.

It was the Yanks’ fourth consecutive loss.

Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis, should all go well tomorrow night when they play in Trenton, are expected to be activated Friday against Boston. It’s not a moment too soon.

Phelps gave up 5 R, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 walks, 1 K in 1/3 of an inning. Yuk. He falls to 3-3, 4.65.

Claiborne 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. ERA to 0.61. He’s really done a fine job.

Adam Warren came in and had a bad outing of his own. 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 3K. ERA to 2.10.

It was 8-0 after 3 1/2.

Brennan Boesch hit a HR (3) in the fourth to cut it to 8-1. Singles by Boesch and Nix cut it to 8-3 in the sixth.

Ivan Nova got mop-up, just off the DL work in. 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 6 K. The Nova we’d like to have seen when he started. ERA to 5.16.

Robbie Cano got an RBI single in the 9th.

Mets’ fans will bring their brooms tomorrow. Hopefully the Yanks will stick them where the sun don’t shine.

Game 48. Best win of the year? Yanks comeback to win in 11, 4-3.

This may be the best win of the year. Down 3-1 in the 9th, down to their last strike, the Yanks rallied to win 4-3 in 11 innings to raise their record to 30-18.

With all the injuries so far. 30-18.

Vidal Nuno may change his first name to Vital. For he did a great job today in his second major league start. In his first MLB start he tossed five scoreless innings. Today he went 6+, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 2 K. It’s too bad he almost got a loss. A ND, ERA 1.93.

The Yanks broke out with a run in the first on a double by Gardner and a single by Hafner. But that’s all they’d get until the ninth.

A couple of doubles tied it in the fifth for the Rays, then the Yanks bullpen couldn’t help Nuno in the seventh. Nuno gave up a single and was pulled. Shawn Kelley came in and faced one batter and gave up a double. Logan gave up a single for one run, then a grounder to short, and it appeared that the runner was out at the plate but the ump ruled differently. 3-1 Rays.

Kelley 0 IP, 1 batter. 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks or K. 5.49.

Logan 0 IP, 2 batters, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks or K. 1.88.

Preston Claiborne once again did a great job. 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. ERA to 0.69. It’ll be hard to send Nuno and Claiborne down when Pettitte and Joba return.

The Yanks were down to their last strike in the 9th. Two out, no one on, and that arrow-shooting hot dog Fernando Rodney was on the mound. On a 3-2 count, he walked Lyle Overbay, then Brennan Boesch PH for Romine, who still isn’t hitting. Boesch doubled in one run then Gardner singled home Boesch (who barely made it) to tie the game at 3.

In the bottom of the 9th, with a man on second, Ichiro made a great catch of a liner that if it would have fallen, would have won the game for the Rays.

Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. ERA to 2.66.

Nova came in for the 10th. I was worried, for like Nuno the other day, he hadn’t pitched in a while and I thought he’d be rusty since he just came off the DL. But Joe, if the game goes extras, wants a long man in case the game goes plenty of extras. My fear was not unfounded as Nova loaded the bases with one out. But he got a K and a groundout to get out of it. As it would turn out, he got the win.

Nova (W, 2-1, 6.11) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Overbay hit a HR (8) in the top of the 11th for the game-winner. 4-3 Yanks.

Of course, Mo came in for the bottom of the 11th. 1-2-3. K-GO-K. The G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time), at the age of 43, and retiring at year’s end, is now 18 for 18 in save opportunites this year. Save #626 of his career lowers this season’s ERA to 1.40.

1.40. 18 saves in 48 games.

Why retire?

He just continues to amaze.

Game 48. Lineup, stats and comments.

Boesch back for the injured Granderson. The only thing is, Boesch was hitting about .179 at AAA after being sent down, after hitting .205 with the Yanks.

The Yanks have a tough row to hoe today. They’ll be facing the Rays’ Matt Moore, who is 8-0, 2.29 in 9 starts. (Hey, he’s got to lose sometime, right?) Vidal Nuno will start for the Yanks. It’ll be just his fourth MLB game and second MLB start.

The Yanks are 29-18, 1st place in the A.L. East by one game over Boston, two in the loss column. The Yanks are two games better than their Pythagorean record (expected record based on runs scored vs. runs allowed). They have an OPS+ of 95 and an ERA+ of 119. Average is 100, so you can see that the pitching is carrying them.

BA/HR/RBI  SB/attempts  OPS+  Comments  Team Leader
* League Leader.   

Gardner CF .254-4-18  9/12  96   surprising pop so far
Cano 2B .291-13-34  2/2  138   no regular (min. 140 p.a) over .300
Wells LF .278-10-24  4/6  118
Hafner DH .270-8-24  2/2  147

Even though it’s against a lefty, Hafner gets the nod. Hey, better him than Ben Francisco, who is like a forgotten man right now just taking up roster space. But then, I’ve screamed all week long about bringing up Thomas Neal (righty hitting corner OF, 25, hitting .340-0-18 at SWB, hit .314-12-51, 11 SB for Cleveland’s AA Akron in 2012, hit 5 for 23 for Cleveland last year ) to replace Francisco, who is 5 for 44,
.114-1-1, OPS+ 11.

Adams 3B .323-2-3  0/0  144

This will be Adams 9th MLB game, and he already is hitting fifth. He is 10 for 31.

Suzuki RF .238-2-8  5/6  62

Unfortunately, Granderson’s injury means that Ichiro sees more playing time when it looked like he would be relegated to 4th OF/PR/Defensive specialist status. The BA, OBA (.276), OPS+ are all way below Ichiro’s norm, and you wonder if age (39) is catching up with him. A .321 career MLB hitter, OPS+ 112 with 2641 MLB hits (and many more in the Japanese leagues before coming to the U.S.), he’s only .273, OPS+ 87 since 2010.

Nix SS .231-1-11  3/3  66
Overbay 1B .255-7-27  0/0  101
Romine C .129-0-2  0/0  (-6)
Yes, that’s a MINUS six. Romine is 4 for 31 his year with 12 strikeouts. For his career, he is 7 for 50 in 21 games, .140-0-2, with 17 strikeouts (OPS+ MINUS four). He’s just 24, shows promise defensively, but that bat has to come around. Otherwise, we are talking 1987 Joel Skinner http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/skinnjo01.shtml here.    

Nuno LHP See Above.   1-1, 1.13 in 8 MLB innings. ERA+ 391.

Game 47. Yanks win 9-4, but Grandy breaks a bone… again

Are you kidding me? Curtis Granderson must feel jinxed. On his first at bat of a spring training game, he is hit by a pitch, breaks a bone, and misses the first 38 games of this season.

Now, in Game #47, he gets hit by a pitch again, and this time breaks a finger.

Another 4 weeks or more on the DL.

Like I mentioned, are you kidding me?

The Yanks did win 9-4 as David Phelps was brilliant for five innings before faltering.

Even he almost went on the DL. A liner caught Phelps on the forearm in the eighth inning, but fortunately it was just a bruise.

It looks like Boesch will be back to replace Granderson (they should also bring up Neal to replace Francisco while they are at it).

Meanwhile, Teix could be back in a week (what that does for Overbay is anyone’s guess. It’s hard to have Teix, Overbay AND Hafner all on the same team. One could DH, one could play 1B, but as for #3? And Hafner is NOT going to play the field).

It seems like Youk could be back soon too. Since Youk plays 1B and 3B, you also wonder about Overbay (27 RBI) (and for that matter, David Adams, who has been great since his callup, .323).

Nova has been activated but will be in relief until further notice. Betances (who didn’t get into a MLB game) was sent down.

Also, Nunez and Joba are about ready.

There will be VERY interesting roster decisions to be made in the next two weeks or so.

I do hope Phil Hughes was closely observing Phelps tonight. For often, Hughes, who most likely has better stuff, gets less out of an outing than Phelps does.

Phelps retired the first thirteen men he faced.

He went 7 2/3, 4 R, 6 H, 0 walks, 3 K. (W, 3-2, 3.96).

Logan 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K, 1.88.

Kelley finished up. 1 R, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.03.

The Yanks jumped out in front with 3 in the 2nd. Overbay doubled in two and Nix singled in Overbay.

Brett Gardner HR’d (4, surprising) in the 4th to make it 5-0.

In the fifth, Granderson got his injury on the HBP, and Adams and Overbay singled. A walk to Nix forced home a run, Stewart singled in another. Even CANO was plunked, forcing in another run. Thank goodness Robbie was OK.

Phelps struggled after the five and the 8-0 lead, but the Yanks did a run in the 7th on a triple by Nix and a WP.


The minors today.

The big club was off today.

AAA: SWB lost 8-5. I will be heading there on June 8th for a game. Brett Marshall 8 R in 4 IP. 2 RBI for 1B Josh Bell (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/belljo01.shtml) who was signed as a free agent by the Yanks five days ago. Brennan Boesch 3 h, rbi. 2 h for Thomas Neal, double, rbi (did I mention he should be up and DFA Francisco? Oh yeah, a lot. Listening Cashman?)

AA: Trenton lost 9-4. Nik Turley 2 R in 3 IP, but 3 H, 5 walks to go with his 5 K. 2B Jose Pirela solo HR. C J.R. Murphy 2 hits. (.295) DH Slade Heathcott 2 RBI.

High A: Tampa lost 12-4. Bryan Mitchell 10 R, 5 ER in 4 2/3. CF Mason Williams 3 hits. C Gary Sanchez 2 Hits, rbi. 3 hits RF Jose Toussen. 2 H LF Ben Gamel.

Low A: 12-7 win for Charleston. Jose Campos 4 R, 2 ER in 4 IP. CF Jake Cave (.315) 3 H, 4 RBI. DH Kelvin De Leon 3 H, solo HR. LF Taylor Dugas 2 h, rbi.

Meanwhile ex-Yankee Jesus Montero was sent down to AAA by Seattle.

The minors today.

AAA: SWB lost 6-5. Chris Bootcheck 1 R in 6 Ip, 3 H, 3 walks and 7 K but the bullpen blew it. Jim Miller 4 R in 1 IP, ERA 7.20 and you could smell DFA coming. DH Thomas Neal (who SHOULD be up to replace Francisco) 2 H, double, 3 RBI, .323. 3B Josh Bell 2 H, RBI. RF Brennan Boesch has sucked since going down. 2 for 19, .105.

AA: Trenton won 7-3. Mikey O’Brien 3 R, 2 ER in 7 IP. CF Slade Heathcott 3 H, 3 RBI.

High A: Tampa won 2-1. Shane Greene 1 unearned run in 6 IP. Cesar Cabral 1 2/3 scoreless. 2B Angelo Gumbs and C Gary Sanchez 2 hits each.

Low A: Charleston lost 5-2. 2 H 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. (.200) and LF Kelvin De Leon.