Members of the LVYFC are in KC for the game. I believe they see tonight’s game and Wed. night’s, with tomorrow being a tour day.
Yanks 72-46, 1/2 game behind Boston in the AL East, 2nd place.
8 1/2 up on the wild card. OPS+111, ERA+ 120
Four games worse than the Pythagorean record.
Gardner LF .283-5-28 36sb/47att OPS+ 106
Jeter SS .278-4-41 12/16 89 3036 hits
Granderson CF .275-33-94 22/32 150
Teixeira 1B .248-32-87 3/4 124
Cano 2B .304-20-81 8/9 132
Swisher RF .267-14-64 2/4 119
Chavez 3B .293-1-15 0/0 108
Posada DH .237-10-37 0/2 87
Martin C .226-12-46 8/9 86
Burnett P 8-9 4.60 ERA+ 91
The White Sox released Bruney today, Alfonso Soriano and Johnny Damon both cleared waivers (Matsui did earlier).
Word is that Montero and Banuelos could both come up after 9/1 and still be on the postseason roster due to injuries elsewhere.
The Twins sent Delmon Young to the Tigers.
Alex will rehab at SWB Tues & Wed.
Granderson leads the majors in R, the AL in triples and RBI.
Our friends at BBD report that Dellin Betances, like Manny Banuelos before him, has been promoted to AAA.
The Yanks strand two in the first, but after a 1-2-3 by AJ, take the lead in the 2nd. Swisher singles, Posada gets a one-out walk, and Gardner, with two down, singles in a run. Jeter follows with an RBI single of his own, hit #3037 as he tries to chase down Carew (3053), Henderson (3055) and Biggio (3060). A walk to Granderson loads the bases. Gardner tried to score on a pitch that got away and gets nabbed at the plate. 2-0 Yanks after 1 1/2. With one out in the second, AJ gives up three straight hits, but a CS after the first one helps out AJ.
AJ gives up two singles in the 4th, but gets an inning-ending DP. 2-0 Yanks after four.
You may have seen that Ernie Johnson, ex-Braves pitcher and announcer, died at 87 a few days ago. Johnson was on those Braves teams that beat the Yanks in the 1957 WS and lost to them in 1958.
Yanks get two on, one out in the fifth, but strand the runners. In the bottom of the fifth, after one out, AJ gives up three straight hits. Does he meltdown here again? In 4 1/3, AJ hasn’t given up a run or walk, but he’s given up 8 hits. …. and he walks in a run.
And Cashman defends this guy?
There is a 2-run single. KC takes the lead. Get him out of there. NOW. He gets a DP to get out of it, but still, get him out of there now. Girardi usually leaves AJ in a batter or two too late. Get him out of there now.
The Yanks retake the lead in the sixth. With one out, singles by Posada, Martin and Gardner tie the game. Jeter triples in two (3038) and the Yanks go up 5-3.
AJ stays for the sixth (ugh). He gets two outs, gives up a single. Logan comes in and picks off the runner for the last out.
AJ 5 2/3, 3 R, 10 H, 1 walk and 2 K. Not terrible, but not inspiring. ERA actually goes up a tick from 4.60 to 4.61.
The Yanks make it 6-3 in the 7th. Cano singles, two groundouts send him to third, and Jones PH single knocks him in.
Logan gets a K to start the 7th, then yields to Soriano. Groundout, walk, SB, double by Melky plate a run and cuts the Yanks’ lead to 6-4. Soriano then gets a flyout. End of 7, 6-4.
Logan 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. ERA dips to 2.97. Under 3.00. Good.
Soriano 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. ERA up to 4.15.
The Yanks get some insurance in the 8th. With one out, Jeter gets his 3rd hit of the game (3039), SB #13, and a two-out Teixeira single makes it 7-4.
A big game for the top of the lineup. Gardner 2 for 4, 2 RBI; Jeter 3 for 4, 3 RBI. Jeter gets his B.A. over .280. When Jeter got his 3000th hit, he went into to game at .257.
Robertson for the 8th. Groundout, K, single, SB. As Sterling accurately points out, why are you stealing down 3 in the 8th?
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 72 K in 47 2/3. ERA a ridiculous 1.32.
Mo is up. We’ll see how he rebounds from three straight bad outings.
CONGRATS TO JIM THOME OF THE TWINS! #600 tonight. He hit #599 and #600 on consecutive at bats.
Well, we’ll see how many jump back on the Mariano bandwagon after jumping off so soon. I don’t jump off until I see a month to six weeks of bad outings, not one week. As I said, this time of year… 8/4 to about 8/23… I got in some interesting discussions last week with the gloom and doomers. Sheesh. You’d think the guy earned more respect than having some people give up on him after three bad outings….even at 41. Disgraceful. They call themselves fans of Mo?
Mo gets a groundout. He gets another. A K. 1-2-3. The Mo we remember.
Mo’s 31st save, #590 of his career. ERA to 2.35.
AJ evens his record. 9-9, 4.61.