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Game 97. Six in Sixth means a 6 1/2 game lead.

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Back in spring training, did you think the first Yankee starter to 10 wins would be Nathan Eovaldi?

But that is what happened Sunday as Eovaldi improved his record to 10-2 when the Yanks beat the Twins 7-2.

The win gives the Yanks a 6 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

Minnesota scored a run in the third but the Yanks tied it up in the fifth on a HR by Chase Headley (9).

The Yanks then exploded for six runs in the sixth. Gardner singled and Teixeria and McCann walked to load the bases with no one out. After Beltran struck out, Jones singled in one and Headley singled in two to make it 4-1. Then, finally, a squeeze play! The Yanks hardly ever do it, but should do it with guys like Didi and Drew. Didi squeezed home a run to make it 5-1, then Drew hit a 2-run HR (13) to make it 7-1.

The Twins got a run in the 8th for the final score of 7-2.

Eovaldi, who hasn’t been going deep into games, went 8 today.

Eovaldi (W, 10-2, 4.27) 8 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 5 K.

Wilson, 0 IP (2 batters) 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K, 2.57.

Betances 1 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.38.

The Yanks now head down to Texas.

Big pickup for KC today. The defending AL Champs, who have the best record in the AL right now, picked up Johnny Cueto from the Reds. Cueto is one of the best starters in baseball.

Game 95. Yanks lose, 10-1.

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Ex-Yank Phil Hughes and the Minnesota Twins snapped the Yanks’ four-game winning streak last night, 10-1. The loss drops the Yanks to 53-42, but they maintain a 5 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

Michael Pineda seems to be a guy that is either very hot or very cold, and he was cold last night, giving up 5 runs in 5 2/3 IP.

Mark Teixeira had three hits for the Yanks, and Didi Gregorius and Stephen Drew had two each.

There isn’t much else to write about with this one.

Pineda (L, 9-7, 3.97) 5 2/3 IP , 5 R, 8 H, 0 H, 4 K.

Pinder 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 H, 1 K. 2.92.

Capuano 1 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.64.

Game 94. Bye, Bye, Birdies. Yanks sweep series with 9-3 win.

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Back in the early 1960s, there was a play and movie called Bye, Bye, Birdie. The Yanks could be thinking of that as they swept the series from Baltimore with a 9-3 win Thursday afternoon.

Tanaka reminds me of Catfish Hunter. Give up the long ball, but make sure they are solo HR and won’t beat you.

The Yanks jumped ahead early, loading the bases in the first with no one out, but after two outs  and no runs in, you wondered if they would waste an opportunity.

Nope. Chase Headley cleared the bases with a double, went to third on the play at the plate, and Didi Gregorius singled in Headley to make it 4-0.

Tanaka gave up the first of the three solo HR he gave up in the second. 4-1.

Jacoby Ellsbury, who had 3 hits today (missing the cycle by a triple) and 4 RBI, hit HR #3 of the season in the second to make it 5-1.

In the third, the Yanks made it 7-1 on an RBI double by Drew and SF by Ellsbury.

Ellsbury drove in two in the fifth to make it 9-1.

Tanaka gave up two solo dingers in the eighth before being pulled.

The win kept the Yanks 5 1/2 in front. They are now 53-41 on the season.

Besides Ellsbury’s big day (3 h, 4 rbi), Chase Headley had 2 h, 3 rbi, and 3 hits each for John Ryan Murphy and Didi Gregorius.

Tanaka (W, 7-3, 3.64) 7 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H,  0 walks and 7 K.

Capuano 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K, 4.60.

Pinder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 Walks, 0 K. 2.45.

Game 90. Cano, M’s edge Yanks, 4-3.

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From 2005-2013, Yankees fans saw Robbie Cano win a lot of games FOR the New York Yankees. According to WAR, he was their best player in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Today, Yankees fans saw Robbie Cano BEAT the New York Yankees. Cano hit two two-run homers off of Michael Pineda to lead Seattle to a 4-3 win. The loss drops the Yanks to 49-41 and decreased the AL East lead to 3 1/2 games.

Cano hit the first of his two-run home runs in the top of the first. Brian McCann tied it up for the Yanks with a two-run blast of his own, #15 on the season, in the fourth, but Cano’s second two-run dinger, hit in the sixth, proved to be the game winner.

The Yanks had a shot in the bottom of the ninth. Teixeira led off the inning with a double, and after McCann struck out, Headley also struck out but reached on a wild pitch, Teixeira moving up to third. Chris Young pinch-ran for Headley and a groundout by Garrett Jones plated a run, Young moving up to second. Didi Gregorius then grounded out to end the game.

I find it very interesting that Didi was allowed to hit there. This could be very telling as to what the Yankees think of Stephen Drew right now. Yes, a base hit there with Didi ties the game, and Didi is hitting 56 points higher than Drew (.238 to .182). But a HR there wins the game, and even if Drew had gotten just a single to tie it, it would be no trouble having Drew go in at SS. Drew, despite the .182 average, does have 12 HR, and 23 of his 45 hits are for extra bases. Didi has just 4 HR, and 16 of his 66 hits are for extra bases. I just found it peculiar that manager Girardi decided not to go for it with a possible PH GW HR by Drew there. Maybe it is a telling sign, maybe not.

Before the game, the Yankees sent down Bryan Mitchell to get stretched out. They brought up Brandon Pinder.

Pineda (L, 9-6, 3.77) 6 IP, 4 R, 2 walks, 2 K.
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.93
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, `1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.60.

Game 84. Yanks edge A’s 5-4.

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I was a bit concerned when the Yanks brought Andrew Miller off the DL after just one rehab outing of one inning. I thought he needed a few more outings. My concerns were justified as Miller almost blew a 5-2 9th inning lead last night. Almost. Thankfully the Yanks held on to win 5-4 over the A’s and with the win, increased their AL East lead to 2 1/2 games.

YANKEES 45-39
Orioles 43-42  – 2 1/2
Blue Jays 44-43  – 2 1/2
Rays          43-44  -3 1/2
Red Sox    41-45   -5

It was the Mark Teixeira show last night as Teix hit 2 HR and made a number of great defensive plays in the game.

After CC gave up 2 in the top of the second, a Didi Gregorius RBI double cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the fourth on Teix’s first HR of the game (21) and a SF by Jose Pirela.

Teix’s second HR of the game (22) made it 4-2 in the sixth. The two HRs jumped Teix from 383 to 385 career, and here is a sample of where he is on the all-time list.

390 Graig Nettles
389 Johnny Bench
385 Dwight Evans and Mark Teixeira
384 Harold Baines
383 Larry Walker

Stephen Drew made it 5-2 in the 8th with his 12th HR of the season. Drew is having a strange year. He is hitting just .179, has just 43 hits, but 12 are HR and 23 of the 43 are for extra bases.

Miller gave up a 2-run HR in the ninth to cut it to 5-4, and a two-0ut, two-base error by Petit put the tying run on second before Miller got the final out of the game.

Sabathia (W, 4-8, 5.47) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Mitchell 2/3 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 3.24
Wilson 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.87
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.61
Miller (18th save) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.65

Before the game, Ramon Flores and Nick Rumbelow were sent down to make room for Ellsbury and Miller to return.

Game 72. Welcome back, Nova! Yanks top Phils, 10-2.

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Well, at least the Phillie fans were I live (and there are many in the Lehigh Valley) won’t be smacking me with any brooms.

The Yanks avoided getting swept by the worst team in baseball by winning the finale of the three game series, 10-2, on Wednesday afternoon.

Prior to the game, the Yanks placed Brendan Ryan on the DL with a strained back. This was the move in order to activate Ivan Nova. Nova, who missed most of last year and all of this year to date due to Tommy John surgery, made his season debut, and it was a very good one. He outdueled Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels. Nova pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

Also, before the game the Yanks DFA’d Jose De Paula.

The Yanks scored two in the second on an error. Pirela credited with one RBI.

They got three in the fourth on an RBI single by Gardner, an RBI double by Headley and an RBI single by Teixeira.

Chris Young singled a run in in the sixth.

Four in the seventh made it 10-0. Pirela doubled in one, A-Rod singled in two, and Teixeira, back in the lineup after missing a couple of games with a sore neck, singled in one. Teixiera had received a cortisone shot for the sore neck.

The Phils got two in the ninth for the final tally of 10-2.

The win moves the Yanks to one game behind the Rays in the AL East. Toronto is two back and Baltimore is 2 1/2 back in the tight race. The Yanks are 39-33 and now head to Houston.

A-Rod, of course, tied Roberto Clemente on the all-time hits list when he got #3000, and then passed him. Yesterday, A-Rod’s single that drove in two was hit #3008, passing Al Kaline. Next up is Wade Boggs at 3010. Alex now has 2013 RBI, 1961 runs scored, 669 HR. You wonder why…

After the game, more moves. Diego Moreno and Brandon Pinder were sent back to AAA, and Stephen Drew is back off the paternity list.

Alex was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Teix had 3 hits and 2 RBI. Pirela had two hits and 2 RBI.

The pitching line:

Nova (W, 1-0, 0.o0)  6 2/3 IP, o R, 3 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Mitchell 1 1/3 IP, 0 R,  0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.08.
Moreno 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 9.00 (sent down after the game).

Game 71. Phils get 5 in 9th, beat Yanks 11-6.

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This is embarrassing. What makes it worse is that I live in the Lehigh Valley amidst a bunch of Phillies’ fans.

Maybe today the Yanks pitch around Maikal Franco. For the second straight game, the Phillies rookie (and he looks like a keeper) drove in five runs. Meanwhile Dellin Betances had karma catch up to him as the Phillies beat the Yanks 11-6.

Before the game the Yanks made more moves. They recalled Bryan Mitchell and Jose Pirela, put Stephen Drew on paternity leave and sent Ramon Flores back down.

When Nick Rumbelow made his MLB debut last night, he became the 26th different Yankees’ pitcher this season. Ivan Nova, coming back off rehab to start today, will be the 27th. The season isn’t even half over, and there is still the trade deadline to consider.

To the game. The Yanks have now given up 34 runs in their last three games. They have lost two in a row to a team that is 26-47 and who, prior to coming to Yankee Stadium, had lost twelve consecutive road games. They have given up 11 runs in back-to-back nights to a team who hadn’t hit double digits all year; a team who, before coming to the Bronx, had a team OPS+ of 79, 21% below league average.

If the old man were still alive (the Boss) there would be hell to pay right now.

The Yanks are 38-33 with the loss, and are now two games behind the Rays in the AL East. Still in second, tied for a wild card spot.

The game started after a rain delay of around 75 minutes.

The Yanks got a run in the first on a SF by A-Rod. A Garrett Jones HR (4) in the second made it 2-0, but CC gave up a run in the third. Brett Gardner’s HR (9) in the bottom of the third made it 3-1 Yanks.

Then CC fell apart. He gave up two HR and 5 runs in the top of the fourth and couldn’t make it through the fifth. My feelings on CC have been documented.

The Yanks bounced back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth on back-to-back HR by Headley (7) and A-Rod (15, #669 career), followed by doubles by Beltran and Young. 6-6.

So it stayed until the ninth. In the meantime, the Yanks blew opportunities for themselves. They went just 1 for 12 with RISP.

In the ninth, Dellin Betances, whose ERA had dropped to 0.25, finally had that bad outing you knew would come someday. (You didn’t expect his ERA to stay at 0.25, did you?) The Phillies scored five runs and put the game away.

Hopefully the Yanks win today. The last thing this Lehigh Valley resident, living in Phillies’ country, wants to hear, is the fans of the worst team in baseball crowing all summer about sweeping the Yankees. It’d be like they won the WS instead of losing 100 games (which they are on course to do). It may be tough. The Phils are going with their ace, Cole Hamels, today.

Nova (making his MLB debut) vs. Hamels today. For Hamels, an audition, for the Yanks and other teams. If the Phils are to rebuild, they have to dump players, and Hamels is the #1 target for teams looking to add an ace. The Phils will probably be looking for a king’s ransom. If the Yanks are to get him, they may have to give up Severino and Judge for starters.

Last night’s pitching line:

Sabathia 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 4 K   5.65
Pinder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.53 (I wish Joe would trust him more and give him more opportunities. So far, so good. Let’s see what he’s got).
Shreve 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.82
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 3.16 1 HBP
Betances (L, 4-1, 1.25) 1 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2 HBP.
Rumbelow (MLB Debut) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 1 walk and 2 K. 13.50