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The minors, and moves.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks were off today, but did pick up a half a game over Tampa Bay because of the Rays loss to the Angels. In that game, Albert Pujols passed Mickey Mantle on the all-time HR list, hitting #537. The Yanks now have a 2-game lead in the AL East.

The Yanks brought up Mason “Classical Gas” Williams up from AAA. How I hope they play that song for his walk up. It’d be perfect, right? Williams, 23, between AA/AAA this year, was at .318-0-22 with 13 sb. Good speed, CF, lefty hitter, no power, good defense. He’ll enable Gardner to go back to LF and be there until Ellsbury is ready. Last year, Williams hit just .223 at AA with 21 SB. While he is up, the Yanks hope he plays good D, and gets the occasional hit and SB.

So in the past few days, (and LoHud had a nice chart)…

Ryan replaces Pirela as backup IF. Ryan better D, and the vet. Pirela maybe the better hitter, but Ryan earns the bigger $$$.

Williams replaces Flores in the OF.

By necessity, because of Miller’s DL stint, Chris Martin (fresh off rehab) replaces him.

I think Miller returns after the ASG.

In a few weeks, Ellsbury and Nova should be ready. Ellsbury replaces Williams. As for Nova, that’s a more difficult call. Do you send Lindgren down? Does Nova go into the rotation with Warren to the bullpen (appears that way)? Does Nova go into the bullpen? Does Lindgren stay and say, the Yanks DFA Rogers or Capuano?

In addition the Yanks traded David Carpenter to Washington for a minor league second baseman, Tony Renda, who will probably go to AA.  Renda, a righty hitter, is 24 and was hitting .267-1-23 with 13 SB at AA Harrisburg.

Now for the minors.

AAA: 9-2 win for SWB.  Kyle Davies (5-3, 4.03) 2 R in 6 1/3. 1B Kyle Roller 2 h, 3 rbi. 3B Cole Figueroa 3 h, 2 doubles, rbi.

AA: Trenton won 6-0 on a combined one-hitter. Sergio Santos, just acquired, pitched a scoreless inning with 2 K. C Gary Sanchez (injured bruised hand) left the game in the 2nd and his replacement, Francisco Arcia, homered. Judge, Bird, Jagielo and Arcia all w/2h and an RBI.

High A: Regular game: Tampa lost 3-1. Gregorio Petit, on rehab, 1 for 2 w/a walk.

Makeup of 6/10 rainout: 4-3 loss. SS Tyler Wade, C Kyle Higashioka and LF Ericson Leonora all with 2 hits each.

A: 4-3 win for Charleston.  CF Dustin Fowler 2 h, HR , 2 RBI.

Game 54. Along came Jones. Yanks sweep Seattle, 3-1.

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You can forgive Seattle if they won’t play the old 1950s hit Along Came Jones for a while.

For the second straight game, a Garrett Jones HR by the Yanks was the game-winner. They beat Seattle Wednesday 3-1 to go to 29-25 on the season. On course for 87-75. We await word on Tampa Bay’s game to see what kind of an AL East lead the Yanks will have. (Update: The Rays won, the Yanks’ lead is still one game).

More surprising was how well Masahiro Tanaka pitched in coming off the DL. Tanaka was on an 80-85 pitch limit. He went 7 innings and threw just 76 pitches.

He gave up just 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 9 K. 3-1, 2.76.

The guy flat out knows how to pitch. Now if only the Yanks can keep him healthy.

For in 25 starts in his MLB career, he is 16-6, 2.77.

The Yanks made a surprising move in getting Tanaka off of the DL. They DFA’d Carpenter.

Mark Teixeira homered in the second, #16 on the year, #379 for his career, tying a couple of other good first basemen, Tony Perez and Orlando Cepeda, on the all-time list.

Tanaka gave a run back in the third, and was saved from giving up another by LF Ramon Flores. Just called up a week ago, Flores is just 2-14 as a hitter but has thrown two runners out at the plate.

In the fourth, Jones hit his two-run HR (3) which was the game-winner.

After Tanaka left,

Capuano 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 6.23
Miller (17th save) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 1.08.

A-Rod was hitless, stuck at 2987.

Brian McCann was removed after his first at bat due to a sore foot,. MRI tomorrow.

The Yanks are off on Thursday.

Game 53. Yanks win in 11, 5-3.

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Baseball is a funny game. You never know what you may get in a given day. On one day, the Yanks can knock out of the box one of the best pitchers in the majors. On the next, they can struggle against a pitcher making his MLB debut.

In that same game, players who have been struggling all year can also turn out to be heroes. It’s a new day. Such was the case in the Yanks’ 5-3, 11-inning win on Tuesday evening over Seattle. The win puts the Yanks at 28-25 and maintains a one-game lead in the AL East.

The Yanks scored a run in the third on a Mark Teixeira double. This occurred shortly after Seattle’s catcher and manager were both ejected after an A-Rod walk. A-Rod stayed at 2987 career hits since he was hitless in the game.

CC Sabathia, who has been struggling most of this year, turned in a decent performance, going 5 2/3 and giving up just two runs. One run happened when David Carpenter, also struggling, gave up a go-ahead double with two out and two on in the sixth.

But heading into the top of the ninth, the Yanks were down 2-1. Down to their last out, and with Chase Headley on first via a walk, Brian McCann singled and the struggling Stephen Drew doubled to tie up the game.

Redemption is a sweet thing, especially when it’s been a tough year. Maybe a game like this will get them going.

In the top of the 11th, Garrett Jones hit a 3-run HR, just his second HR of the season, to put the Yanks up 5-2. Andrew Miller gave up a run in the bottom of the 11th, but struck out Nelson Cruz (who was the winning win) with two on to end the game.

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 6 K. 5.45
Carpenter 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.42
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.38
Lindgren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.15
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00
Wilson (W, 2-0, 4.58) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Miller (16th save) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K.  1.16

The Yanks have an afternoon game on getaway day. They play the Mariners at 3:40 PM Eastern Time. Masahiro Tanaka comes off the DL to start.

Game 51. Yanks fall into tie for first after 3-0 loss.

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Adam Warren pitched a fine game but was the victim of a lack of run support as the Yanks lost to Oakland 3-0 on Sunday. With the loss, the Yanks end May at 26-25 and in a tie with Tampa Bay for first place in the AL East.

Warren 7 IP, 2 R,  6 H, 1 walk and 4 K. (3-4, 3.75)
Rogers 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.94
Lindgren 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.40
Carpenter 1/3 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.91.

A-Rod had two hits to put his career total at 2986.

Tanaka will come back Wednesday, and take Capuano’s spot in the rotation. What may be very interesting is when Nova is going to come back.

When Nova comes back, someone in the rotation will need to be bumped. Girardi has stated that he has no plans to go with a six-man rotation.

Warren may be bumped in order to strengthen the bullpen in front of Betances and Miller. But, even though he has a losing record at 3-4, he is making a case to stay in the rotation. He really has not pitched too badly, and his last couple of starts have been very good.

It will be an interesting decision when the time comes (unless, of course, an injury makes that decision easier).

Game 48. A’s nip Yanks, 5-4.

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So far, CC Sabathia and David Carpenter have disappointed this season, and that continued on Thursday night when the Yanks lost 5-4 in Oakland.

The Yanks had a 3-0 lead after 4 1/2, but CC gave up one in the fith, two in the sixth and another two in the seventh (helped by Carpenter, who couldn’t keep the inherited runners from scoring) to lose the game.

Brian McCann homered (7) in the second to put the Yanks up 1-0, and he singled in a run in the fourth to make it 2-0 Yanks. The HR was a rare road HR for McCann, who has hit most of his Yankees HRs at home.

In the fifth, an A-Rod SF made it 3-0. RBI #1996 tied Barry Bonds on the all-time list. MLB has A-Rod tied for 2nd on the all-time list. Baseball-Reference lists Aaron 2297, Ruth 2214 (MLB doesn’t count some 222 Ruth RBI from 1914-1919 because the RBI became an official stat in 1920), and Cap Anson 2075 (and MLB doesn’t count his because Anson played in the 19th century).

But then, up 3-0, CC lost it. He gave up a HR for a run in the fifth, two runs in the sixth and two more runs in the seventh.

The Yanks did get one in the ninth on a Brett Gardner double, but came up short, 5-4.

The loss drops the Yanks to 25-23, and narrows their lead to one game.

Truthfully, with the record he has, if CC weren’t making $23MM a year, he’d be dropped from the rotation when Tanaka or Nova is ready, and Carpenter may be best replaced by one of the kids in the minors like Pinder, Burawa, Ramirez or Diego Moreno.

Both CC and Carpenter need to step it up.

But personally, and I hate to say it, I think CC is done. Since 2012, he is 19-24, 5.02 and his seven losses this season lead the majors. The Yanks can sweet talk it all they want, but Sabathia, his contract and the years left on it are a real problem right now.

CC (L, 2-7, 5.67) 6+ innings, 5 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Carpenter 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.00
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.79

It is looking like Tanaka may return to the rotation in Seattle. Capuano would probably be the one dropped. But when Nova returns, I’d rather have Warren stay in the rotation and drop CC. Won’t happen, though.

Game 47. McCann & A-Rod homers propel Yanks to 4-2 win.

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The Yanks won their third in a row today, 4-2, and in the process, A-Rod established a new milestone.

The win puts the Yanks at 25-22, and opens a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

Michael Pineda gave up a HR in the top of the first, but then settled in. In the bottom of the second, Brian McCann tied it up with a solo HR (6).

In the third, A-Rod hit his eleventh HR of the season, #665* career, to put the Yanks up 4-1.

According to Major League baseball, his 3 RBI on the HR made him the all-time AL RBI King. But here is where it gets interesting.

The RBI became an official stat in 1920. Which means MLB does NOT recognize some 220+ RBI that Babe Ruth had from 1914-1919. Which is funny. They DO recognize the home runs he hit during that time. Um…. he did drive himself home at least, didn’t he?

So let’s do a table. On the left is what Baseball Reference (which I think is more reliable) recognizes, and on the right is what MLB lists. You’ll see discrepancies.

Hank Aaron 2297                        Hank Aaron 2297
Babe Ruth 2214                              Babe Ruth 1992 (they don’t count 1914-1919)
Cap Anson 2075                            —- Anson played from 1871-1897, so none of his RBI came before it was an official stat.
Barry Bonds 1996                          Barry Bonds 1996
A-Rod 1995                                    A-Rod 1995
Lou Gehrig 1995                           Lou Gehrig  1993
—–                                                   Babe Ruth 1992 (see above)

So, according to Major League baseball, A-Rod’s 1995 rank him 3rd all-time, and the all-time AL leader.

There is a discrepancy of 2 RBI between baseball reference and MLB regarding Lou Gehrig, and as you can see, they do not recognize Anson, or some 220+ of Babe’s RBI.

Anyway, A-Rod is 5 away from 2000, and his two hits today put him at 2981, just 19 short of 3000.

But that RBI total comes with an asterisk—- and this one is apart from any associated with PED usage.

The Yanks gave up an  unearned run late in the game.

The pitching line:

Pineda 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 8 K. (W, 6-2, 3.36)
Carpenter 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. One batter, gave up a hit. 5.19
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.40.
Betances 1 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED), 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 0.00
Miller 1 IP (14th save) 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.84.   

 

Game 44. Yanks fall to .500.

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Sorry for the late post. I was at last night’s game and got home around 2 a.m.

As a result, there will be NO minor league report from Sunday’s games.

On a night when Bernie Williams’ #51 was retired, and Derek Jeter made his first trip back to Yankee Stadium since his retirement, the Yanks continued their funk, losing their tenth game in their last eleven (sixth in a row) to fall to 22-22, even .500. They remain in 2nd place in what is so far a weak AL East, 1 1/2 games back.

The ingredients for a loss were as follows: mental and physical lapses in the field (2B Jose Pirela), a starting pitcher who couldn’t give you five innings (Capuano), an offense that for the fourth time in eleven games gave you two runs in the first inning and nothing thereafter, and a bullpen that let a close game slip away.

Jose Pirela made a mental mistake on the first play of the game, and the batter almost reached because Pirela was too lackadaisical in fielding a ground ball. The play was only called an out upon review. Pirela then booted the next ball. When Prince Fielder doubled to score the run, it appeared as if there was a play at the plate, but Pirela’s throw home on the relay wasn’t good. Pirela was only charged with one error, but had made three bad plays, and Texas had an unearned run.

The Yanks got two in the first when Gardner (who has been slumping badly…down to .279, .196 since May 9)  reached on an error, then Headley singled. Gardner however, was thrown out at third on Headley’s single. Maybe it was a case of over-aggressiveness, of someone trying to make things happen while his team is in the midst of a losing streak, but there you have it. A-Rod singled, and after a ground out that moved up the runners, McCann singled in two runs to make it 2-1 Yankees.

But in the second, on a 2-2 pitch with two out and a runner on, Capuano gave up a 2-run HR that hit the top of the wall and bounced over. One strike away from getting out of the inning and …. …. I suspect Capuano, who in two starts has given a total of 7 1/3 innings, will be the one pulled when Tanaka or Nova become ready. The Yanks need a starter who’ll give more innings than Capuano has provided so far.

It remained that way, 3-2, for a while, but the Yanks’ offense (minus Beltran, who has the flu, the slumping Young (.240, 2 for his last 28, played CF and Garrett Jones was in RF)) couldn’t do anything and the Yanks’ bullpen gave up two in the seventh to seal their doom.

It is a good thing Girardi has some job security. I’m blaming none of this on him, it’s the players, but it may be a good thing if he (or Hal Steinbrenner, who was there for the Bernie ceremony) ripped into the players after the game. Hal, especially, should pull a page from his dad’s playbook. Losing ten out of eleven is not acceptable. A lesser manager than Girardi may be on the hot seat. But these players need to be held accountable, especially with some of the bad mental errors they are currently making out there.

It doesn’t get any easier. The defending AL champion Royals are in now, and the Yanks are heading west soon.

They have gone from 21-12 to 22-22. That should be a wake up call to tell them to pull their heads out of their you-know-where’s.

The good news is that in a weak division so far, losing ten out of eleven—even this early—hasn’t buried them. There is time to right the ship, and it needs to be done now.

Capuano (L, 0-2, 7.36) 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 0 walks, 4 K.
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.00
Wilson 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.79.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00
Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.19.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.93.

I was kind of hoping, but didn’t get, the MLB debut of Jacob Lindgren, who was brought up yesterday. Brandon Pinder was sent down after having thrown 48 pitches on Saturday.