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Game 22. Bats remain silent in 4-2 loss.

You ask yourself how long this will continue. You wonder how long before there is a major shakeup.

The Yankees’ bats remained silent in losing 4-2 to Baltimore on Monday night. They only got four hits.

After 22 games, the team batting average is .203. Imagine if there was no DH. Not that the DH is helping.

Even the Yankees’ announcers are down, David Cone saying the team was boring right now. He’s right. They aren’t hitting, they don’t steal bases, it’s hard to watch.

The team ERA is second in the league. But the Yankees are 9-13 because of the poor batting averages. Five of the starters in last night’s lineup were below the Mendoza line (.200).

The offense is last or next to last in the league in so many categories.

Deivi Garcia made his season debut last night and gave up a HR on the second pitch of the game. There is so much pressure on the pitchers right now because of the poor offense. Garcia wasn’t bad, giving up 2 runs in 4 innings, but the offense is so bad that 2-0 feels like 20-0 right now.

Of the four hits, two were by Gio Urshela, who drove in one run and should have had two RBI. In a controversial play that saw manager Aaron Boone get ejected, Aaron Judge was ruled out at third before D.J. LeMahieu crossed the plate. Replays appear to show differently, and the Yanks lost a run as a result. Murphy’s law. When things go bad, they go bad.

Urshela 2 hits, RBI. His .264 was the highest batting average of all batters in the Yankees’ lineup.

Garcia (L, 0-1) 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K. 4.50 gave up a HR.
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.61
O’Day 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.25 1 HBP, Balked home a run.
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.00 gave up a HR.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K 0.68

You hate to harp on the numbers, but you can’t avoid them. When will this offense start hitting?

Game 18. Yanks’ offense starts to come alive in 6-3 win.

Hopefully the monster has awoken.

The Yankees’ (7-11) offense, dead for 17 games, and coming in with a .205 batting average, got 11 hits and drew 9 walks in a 6-3 win over Cleveland Thursday night.

Granted they did leave 13 runners on base. But the much-needed win, and the fact that they got two to three times more people on base in this game than they have in recent games, was encouraging.

As manager Aaron Boone would say, they “created traffic on the basepaths.”

It didn’t start out well. Domingo German gave up three runs in the first inning, and he wasn’t helped by sloppy fielding and bloop hits (including his own error). But he settled in and pitched five scoreless innings after that messy first inning.

The Yanks tied it up in the third inning. Kyle Higashioka, who, it appears, should get more playing time at the expense of Gary Sanchez the way both are playing so far, led off the inning with a double. He was balked to third, and after an out, D.J. LeMahieu singled him in to cut the Indians’ lead to 3-1. After another out, Mike Ford walked. Gleyber Torres singled for just his second RBI of the year, and a two-base error on the play enabled Ford to score and tie the game and Torres to get to third, where he was stranded. Tie game.

The Yanks loaded the bases in the sixth but didn’t score.

With one out in the seventh, Aaron Judge walked, and after another out, Torres singled. Aaron Hicks walked, then Rougned Odor singled in two runs. Nice to see Odor going up the middle and beating the shift rather than pulling the ball into the shift or swinging from the heels for a HR like we have seen too much of lately. Good piece of hitting by Odor there. 5-3 Yankees.

Higashioka hit a solo HR (3) in the eighth to make it 6-3, the final score.

Judge 0 for 2, 2 strikeouts, but drew 3 walks.
Torres 3 hits, RBI
Odor 2 hits, 2 RBI
Higashioka 2 hits, solo HR (3)


German (W, 1-2) 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 6 K. 6.23
Loaisiga (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.50
Green (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.79
Chapman (S, 3) 1 IP 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00

Hopefully this wasn’t a one-game blip, and is the beginning of the Yankees’ offense operating the way we expected.

Game 17. Yanks’ bats still quiet in 4-1 loss.

Since I was only six at the time, I don’t remember too much of the 1968 Yankees, other than honoring my dad’s request to call him if he was out of the room every time #7 (Mickey Mantle) came up to bat. It was Mickey’s last season and my dad didn’t want to miss Mickey’s at bats.

Mickey only hit .237 that season, but it still was one of the better averages on a team that only hit .214 (no DH). HIs 18 HR led the team (thanks to a gift from Denny McLain, he beat out Roy White by one HR).

But that team is noted for its offensive deficiencies in the year of the pitcher.

It’s early, but this 2021 Yankees team so far resembles that 1968 team offensively.

There is a lot of time to turn things around, but we the fan base are getting impatient. Especially after the Yanks (6-11) were futile offensively again in losing to Atlanta, 4-1, on Wednesday night.

Corey Kluber started and wasn’t bad until running out of gas in the fifth, when the Braves scored twice. The Braves got another run in the seventh, They got a solo HR in the ninth.

The Yanks’ only run was actually a gift. They should have been shut out. In the bottom of the ninth, Aaron Hicks walked with one out. After another out, Hicks moved up to second on defensive indifference. Clint Frazier blooped a single to drive in HIcks. It was Frazier’s first RBI of the year. It’s hard to believe that after 17 games, both Frazier and Gleyber Torres each have just one RBI.

The Yanks only got give hits in the game, and the team batting average dropped to .205. No need to highlight individual failings, there are so many.

The Yanks express confidence in the team, manager Aaron Boone, and also the coaching staff, but I am pretty sure the hitting coaches (Marcus Thames and P.J. Pilittere) are feeling the heat.

We the fans, are sure impatient. This team has to start hitting soon, but when?

The Yanks are actually second in the league in ERA (3.41) but in 17 games, have given up 11 unearned runs. The defense has to tighten up, too.

Kluber (L, 0-2) 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 H, 2 W. 5.40
Nelson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 8.53
Cessa 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.93
Kriske 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 9.00 Gave up HR.

Kriske was brought up when King went back to the alternate site a few days ago. He was sent back down after the game so that the Yanks could recall Thursday’s starter, Domingo German.



Game 13. Boone addresses team after Yanks’ 8-2 loss.

I was about to write that the Yankees need to look in the mirror. That Aaron Boone has to snap at them. That Brian Cashman needs to snap at them.

That Hal Steinbrenner needs to channel his father’s anger and snap at the team right now.

For last night was embarrassing. An 8-2 loss to (once again, Tampa Bay) that dropped the Yankees to 5-8, the worst record in the league. People (I won’t call them fans) were so disgusted they were throwing stuff onto the field.

The team looked like a mess in just about every way. The offense got only three hits. Their only two runs coming on a 2-run Giancarlo Stanton HR in the seventh inning. They don’t string together hits or have rallies.

Starters, (other than Gerrit Cole) need to go deeper into games. More than 3 or 4 innings. Granted, last night the Yanks used Nick Nelson as an opener and that failed, but …

The defense has been lousy, too. Three errors last night, one really costly on what should have been an inning=ending DP that instead allowed two runs to score.

Besides snapping at the team, Boone needs to look at some of his decisions, too. I don’t like the “opener”, and I also didn’t like Hicks (.167 so far) batting third.

This isn’t to rip the team, although they may deserve it. It is an honest assessment. You can’t be a fan of the Yankees right now and like what you are seeing. So far the Yankees are woefully underperforming. It is early. They are 4 games out. 4 games out is nothing only 13 games into a 162 game season.

But worst record in the league. They face Tyler Glasnow (an ace) today. Atlanta (a good team) comes in next. What you don’t want is 5-8 to become 7-15 or so in a few weeks. You fall 10 games or so under .500? That’s hard to make up.

They need to get some passion. They need to snap out of it and now. They need a wakeup call and maybe Boone, in angrily confronting the team last night, woke some of them up. Let’s hope so.

Did any of you think the Yanks’ would be hitting .222 as a team after 13 games? That they would be next to last in the league in runs scored? Last in slugging average? There is a lot of blame to go around. Did you think that after Cole, the next two best performing players right now would be Michael King and Darren O’Day, with Kyle Higashioka fourth?

Here is something amazing to me. In 13 games, do you know how many sacrifice flies the Yankees have hit? NONE.

I’ll take runs any way I can get them.

Things have to change, and change now.

The Yanks struck out 14 times last night. You can’t win by not putting the ball in play.

Stanton 2-run HR.

Nelson (L, 0-2) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K. 10.80
King 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 W, 4 K. 0.00 1 HBP. Sent to alt. site after game.
Cessa 1 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1.17
Luetge 4 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K. 6.10

Luetge “took one for the team”. The runs he gave up were on bleeders and bloopers. Seems like everything going wrong.

Things have to turn around. And now.

S.T. Game 7. Yanks fall, 3-2.

Manager Aaron Boone returned to the Yankees after his pacemaker surgery, but the Yankees (3-3-1 in spring training) fell to Pittsburgh, 3-2, today.

The Yanks got their runs on solo HR by Jay Bruce and Clint Frazier. It was a 7-inning game, delayed at the start by rain.

Jameson Taillon pitched two scoreless innings, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the second, and struck out four.

Jhoulys Chacin struggled again in trying to get that #5 starter spot.

Taillon 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Chacin (L; BS) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K
Lane 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Otto 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Cessa 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up a solo HR.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

For someone coming off injury and who may need to get more time in extended spring training or in the minors to get back up to speed, Adam Warren, in his third go-around with the Yankees, has done well this spring.

Thairo Estrada went 2 for 2.

S.T. Game 4. Boone needs pacemaker. Yanks win behind 3 HR, Kluber impressive.


Before I get to the game, the biggest story of the day was that Yankee Manager Aaron Boone will be out of commission for a few days. Boone, who had heart surgery in 2009, needs a pacemaker. The operation was done today, went as expected and he is expected to return in a few days. Meanwhile, bench coach Carlos Mendoza will be running the show.

The Yankees (3-1 in spring training) won their third straight spring training game, 4-1. Actually, 3-1, but since someone on the Blue Jays needed some work, they played the bottom of the seventh of the 7-inning game even though the Yanks had already won.

It’s like the other day when because of pitch count, an inning was ended early, before three outs were made in order to save the pitcher from possibly overextending himself too early and getting hurt. The inning came to an end, the pitcher got some rest, then went out again the next inning. It is Spring TRAINING, after all.

Corey Kluber, the 2x former Cy Young Award winner who the Yanks signed but who has pitched only one inning over the last two years, started and looked fantastic. Six up, six down. If he can get back to what he was, wow.

Gary Sanchez, who disappointed, hitting just .147 last year, seems to be on a mission to redeem himself. He hit his second HR of the spring. He also threw out a runner trying to steal second.

After Sanchez homered, Jay Bruce doubled, and Derek Dietrich hit a 2-run HR. This all in the bottom of the fifth after Toronto scored its only run in the top half of the fifth.

In that bottom of the seventh that didn’t have to be played, Robinson Chirinos homered for the Yankees.

Bruce was 2 for 2.

Kluber 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Cessa (W) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Loaisiga (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Barraclough (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.

Finally, a minor league update.

AAA: Stays in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (SWB)
AA: Now in Somerset, NJ (last year in Trenton)
High A: Moves from Tampa to Hudson Valley (Wappingers Falls, NY)
Low A: Tampa drops from High A to Low A. Last year Low A was Charleston.

This because of MLB’s reconfiguration of the minors.

Yankees have very productive day. D.J., Kluber, arbitration news.

The Yankees had a very productive day on Friday, coming to terms with all arbitration eligible players, re-signing free agent D.J. LeMahieu, and signing Corey Kluber. But all this will mean some people appear to not be coming back.

Hal Steinbrenner wants to get under the $210MM luxury cap, especially after the Yankees (and all of MLB) took such a financial hit in 2020 due to the 60 game season forced upon it by the pandemic. After yesterday’s dealings, word is they are only $10MM or so away from hitting that cap. Meaning only minor signings, if any, unless they make a trade to free up money and create room.

What this means is that all of the following may be gone: Happ (expected), Paxton (expected), Gardner (not as much so) and Tanaka (not so much so). Happ, 38, was 21-10, 4.13 ERA+ 106 while with the Yankees 2018-2020. He was excellent when coming over from Toronto in 2018, bad in 2019 and good in 2020. But he was ineffective in the playoffs, going 0-3. He also was very critical (as we fans and others were and are) of Aaron Boone’s decision to use Deivi Garcia as an opener in Game 3 of the ALDS then have Happ come in. A move that failed, miserably.

Paxton, 32, has had trouble staying healthy. He was very good in 2019, going 15-6, 3.82 (ERA+ 117) but then needed back surgery. His 2020 was horrible. Five starts, another injury, 1-1, 6.64. In three starts for the Yanks in the 2019 postseason, Paxton was 1-0, 3.46. He made $12.5MM in 2020 and probably doesn’t fit the Yankees budget unless he took a big cut in pay. As we’ve seen, he is also an injury risk, having never qualified for the ERA title (162 IP in a normal season, 60 IP last year).

Gardner, 37, seems like the most likely to possibly return, but it would have to be at a big cut in pay. He had power last year, but his batting average was way down. .223-5-15 in 49 games, OPS+ 108. Gardner, if he comes back, would probably have to be reduced to a bench player, what with the emergence of Clint Frazier. Gardner has spent his whole career (2008-2020) with the Yankees, and his 162 game average is .259-14-56 with 28 SB (OPS+ 101; 100 is average). He doesn’t run like he used to, but still is a good defensive player who could spell Frazier in the late innings. But the Yankees already have a younger, and more inexpensive alternative to Gardner in Mike Tauchman. Gardner made $10MM last year, and the Yankees bought out his option at $2.5MM. If he comes back, it probably would have to be for $5MM or less, and that doesn’t then give the Yanks a lot of wiggle room elsewhere. Gardner’s numbers seem average, but he is listed on baseball reference as the 41st best LF of all-time.

Tanaka, 32, now appears gone what with the signing of Corey Kluber, which I will get to soon. Tanaka has been with the Yanks 2014-2020, and while never being a dominant ace, proved himself dependable and reliable. He has gone 78-46, 3.74 (ERA+ 116) as a Yankee after signing a huge contract (and the Yanks posting a huge posting fee for him). His 162 gm. average is 15-9, 3.74. Solid. Not great, but solid. In 10 postseason starts, he went 5-4, 3.33 for the Yankees. He may go home to Japan, but there are also rumors that San Diego may be interested in this 2x All-Star. Tanaka made $23MM last year, would be taking a cut, but he wouldn’t take so much of a cut to get the Yanks under the cap. With the Kluber deal, Tanaka is gone, it appears.

Now to Kluber, who signed a 1 year, $11MM deal with the Yankees yesterday after wowing scouts at a tryout the day before. It helped the Yankees that Kluber had a working relationship already with the Yanks’ pitching coach and strength and conditioning coach. This is a gamble that could pay off big. Kluber will be 35 in April and if he gets back to what he was, sets in nicely at #2 behind Gerrit Cole. Heck he could even be #1 above Cole, believe it or not. From 2013-2018 for Cleveland, Kluber won two Cy Young awards, finished third twice, was a 3x All-Star, and got MVP consideration 3x, finishing 7th for MVP (great for a pitcher) in 2017. From 2013-2018, his average season was 16-8, 2.96, ERA+ 143. But he got injured in 2019, one of the injuries a broken forearm after being hit by a line drive. In seven starts for the Indians in 2019, he was only 2-3, 5.80. He only pitched one inning for Texas in 2020 before getting hurt again. So since 2018, just 2-3, 5.65 in eight starts, 36 2/3 IP. For his career, Kluber’s 162 g. ave. is 16-10, 3.16, ERA+ 135. Obviously the Yankees are hoping he can get back to where he was or close to it. If so, the $11MM for one year is a deal.

So as of now, the rotation looks like Cole, Kluber and Jordan Montgomery as the top 3 starters. Domingo German, who went 18-4, 4.03 in 2019 before being suspended and missing all of the 2019 postseason and all of the 2020 season, could slot in at #4. The #5 could be a battle between youngsters Deivi Garcia, Clarke Schmidt, Mike King and veteran Jhoulys Chacin. Don’t forget about the 33 year old Chacin, who was signed to a minor league deal and who has a 78-87 record with a 4.04 career ERA (ERA+ 108). Chacin was horrible in 2019-2020 (4-12, 6.06) but was a 15 game winner in 2018.

If Kluber and Chacin can get back to where they were…. but as you know, if is the biggest two letter word in the dictionary.

And don’t forget, Luis Severino, still just 26 next year, should return from his TJ surgery in June or July. A front three then of Cole, Kluber and Severino, with Montgomery and whoever wins the #5 (Garcia, German, Schmidt, King, Chacin) could be decent…. if of course, healthy. (Fingers crossed).

The Yankees also are coming to terms with D.J. LeMahieu on a long-term deal. LeMahieu, a free agent, has been the Yankees best player the past two seasons, and finished in the top four for MVP voting both years. As a Yankee, 2019 and 2020, D.J. has hit .336, leading the majors last year in batting average (.364), and he also led the AL last year in OBP, OPS and OPS+. A 3x All-Star, 3x Gold Glove, and 2x Silver Slugger, LeMahieu, 32, is a .305 career hitter. He’ll slot back in at 2B, but could also play 1B and 3B. Word is he wanted 5 years at around $100MM, the Yanks came back with something like 4 years at $75. In the end a compromise. The Yanks got the lower $$ figure they wanted but LeMahieu got the years he wanted. Six years, $90 MM. The years could hurt later on.

Lastly, the Yankees settled arbitration cases. Here are what players will get in 2021.

Judge $10.175MM
Sanchez $6.35MM (I know, .147 and benched in postseason gets you THAT?!)
Voit $4.7MM
Urshela $4.65MM
Torres $4MM
Green $2.15MM
Montgomery $2.13MM
Frazier $2.1MM

Earlier, Luis Cessa got $1MM.

Remember, these are raises. Leaving little wiggle room, what with the D.J. and Kluber signings for much else. Which is why I wrote about the likelihood of many departures.

We’ll see if there are any other moves.

Boone back, German may not be.

In a recent interview, Hal Steinbrenner mentioned that Aaron Boone would be back as Yankees’ manager in 2021, but he refused to commit on Domingo German’s return.

I apologize for not getting my Yankees’ grades and recommendations for the offseason out yet. I am dealing with my mom’s (passed away in July) estate and we thought we had a buyer for her house but that fell through last night. So I am dealing with a lot right now. I’ll get my thoughts up when I get time, but between mandatory OT at work and the estate, my time is very limited right now. Bear with me.

I have not been able to watch too much baseball since the Yanks were eliminated. Mostly due to the reasons I listed. The Rays are up 3 games to none on Houston (and Jose Altuve seems to have caught Steve Sax disease) while Atlanta has won both of the first two games from the Dodgers.

ALDS Game 2. A decision backfires, and Yanks pitching fails in 7-5 loss. Rays even series.

I agreed with the decision to start Deivi Garcia in game 2 of this ALDS. Less pressure on the rookie (the youngest Yankee to start a postseason game), and especially less pressure after the Game 1 win.

But I was shocked when I saw that Aaron Boone only planned to use Garcia as the opener, pitching just one inning, before bringing in J.A. Happ. I didn’t like that move, and that move backfired when Happ reverted to the Happ of earlier this year and of 2019 in a 7-5 loss to Tampa Bay that evened the series at one game apiece.

Who knows if Garcia, who gave up one run (a HR) in the first inning would have settled down? Happ, a starter his whole career, isn’t used to coming out of the bullpen. I didn’t like the move, still don’t, and the results speak for themselves.

Yankees’ pitching gave up four HR last night in the loss. After getting a couple of flyouts, Garcia gave up a HR, hit a batter, then got a groundout. I don’t know what Boone’s plans are for Garcia for the rest of the series, but who knows if the kid would have settled down after that and had given you four, five or six good innings after that?

In the top of the second, a red-hot (homers in four straight postseason games) Giancarlo Stanton homered to tie the game at one.

But in came Happ, who gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the second, then another two-run HR in the bottom of the third and after three innings, the Yanks were in a 5-1 hole they couldn’t get out of.

We won’t know what Garcia would have done because in going the “opener” route, Garcia was never given the chance. While he was pitching and getting the first two outs, Happ was already warming up. Sometimes you just outthink yourself, and maybe Boone did that here. How are you going to inspire confidence in the kid when you do that? Boone talks about the kid’s maturity and confidence but then does that?

This is just my opinion, and I haven’t read the NY Post, MLB, ESPN or anything but I’d be interested in reading some reactions to Boone’s move on those sites. Also see what the fans think.

As or me, I didn’t like it.

So, after Boone brings in Happ, who made the deficit 5-1, Stanton tried to get the Yankees back into the game with a three-run bomb of a HR in the top of the fourth that cut the Rays’ lead to 5-4.

But the Yanks showed little offense other than Stanton. They struck out 18x, a postseason record for a 9-inning game.

One problem the Yanks have had all year is that their bullpen is letting inherited runners score, and not shutting down the inning then and there. After Adam Ottavino walked the leadoff man in in the bottom of the fifth (who then stole second), and got a groundout, Jonathan Loaisiga gave up a run-scoring single before getting a DP (great play by D.J. LeMahieu) to end the inning.

Loaisiga gave up a HR in the sixth and it was 7-4.

The Yanks got a couple of walks to lead off the top of the ninth, but then two strikeouts. D.J. LeMahieu kept hope alive with an RBI single, but Aaron Judge grounded out to end the game.

Let’s hope Tanaka brings his A game tonight. At least we know he won’t be used as an “opener.”

Sanchez was 0 for 4, 3 strikeouts, PB. Maybe just stick with Higashioka?

Stanton 2 HR, 4 RBI

Garcia 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR.
Happ (LOSS) 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 3 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR. Made an error.
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Loaisiga 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Nelson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.


WC Game 2. Yanks advance with wild 10-9 win. Rays at Neutral SD site next.

Rain delayed the start of Game 2 of the Yankees-Indians game, and that seemed to affect Masahiro Tanaka, who gave up four runs in the bottom of the first, an inning started later than scheduled, and then delayed in the middle of it.

Tanaka settled down a little, and eventually the Yankees prevailed in a back and forth, 10-9 win over Cleveland. With the win, the Yankees swept the Indians in the best-of-three series and now head to neutral site San Diego for a best-of-five ALDS showdown against the Tampa Bay Rays, against whom they were just 2-8 this season. The Rays have surpassed Boston this year as the Yanks’ arch nemesis. There is a lot of bad blood between the teams.

After the Yanks fell into that early 4-0 hole, Giancarlo Stanton got the Yanks on the board in the second with a solo HR.

The Yanks took the lead on a Gio Urshela grand slam in the fourth. Aaron Hicks tripled on a misplayed liner to lead off the inning, then Luke Voit and Stanton both walked before Urshela’s 432 ft. grand slam.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the fifth on a walk to Hicks, Luke Voit’s double which sent Hicks to third, then a SF by Stanton. 6-4, Yankees.

But the Indians came back to tie it in the bottom of the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, Brett Gardner led off with a walk, then Gary Sanchez hit a wind-blown, 2-run HR to put the Yanks up 8-6.

For Sanchez, a bit of a redemptive night after a season (albeit a shortened one) where he only hit .147.

But Cleveland came back to tie it in the bottom of the seventh.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Indians went ahead 9-8, and could have had more except for a fabulous DP started by Gio Urshela.

The Yanks then scored twice in the top of the ninth to win the game and send the Indians packing. Stanton walked, and Mike Tauchman PR for him. Urshela, and then Gleyber Torres both singled to load the bases with no one out. After Brett Gardner struck out, Sanchez tied up the game with a SF. D.J. LeMahieu hit a seeing-eye single up the middle to put the Yanks up 10-9, and they hung on for the win.

LeMahieu GW RBI
Stanton, HR, 2 RBI
Urshela 2 hits, 4 RBI, Grand Slam, great defensive play
Sanchez 3 RBI, 2-run HR.

The Yanks drew 12 walks in the game, in addition to getting 8 hits (3 of which were HR).

Tanaka 4 IP, 6 R, 5 H, 3 W, 3 K.
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Britton (H) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Loaisiga (BS) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 1 HBP
Chapman (W) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.

The Yankees and Rays can now set up their rotations, since Game 1 of the ALDS won’t start until Monday, October 5. Time to be determined. On TBS. There will be no off days. It will be in the “bubble” of a neutral site in San Diego. With the Rays being the 1 seed (AL EAST champ) and the Yanks being the #5 seed, the Rays will be the home team for Games 1, 2 and 5 (5 if necessary) and the Yanks the home team for Games 3 and 4 (4 if necessary).

I would expect Cole in Game 1 and to also go on three days rest if there is a Game 5. As for the rotation for Games 2-3-4, we will see. If I were Boone, I might go with Garcia in Game 2 to place less pressure on the kid and save the veterans Tanaka and Happ for the more pressure-packed Games 3 and 4.