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Game 113. Yanks snap 5-game losing streak with a 8-6 win.

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The Yanks snapped a five-game losing streak by defeating Cleveland in Cleveland last night 8-6. The win kept the Yanks 1/2 game back of Toronto, who won their 11th straight.

Before the game, Greg Bird was called up from AAA. He made his MLB debut, spelling Teix at 1B. Bird went 0 for 5 with three lineouts and two strikeouts. Nick Goody was sent down.

Brian McCann hit a 3-run HR in the first to get the Yanks rolling. McCann’s 20th HR put him in select company. Only he, Yogi Berra and Mike Piazza among catchers have hit 20 or more in 8 straight seasons.

Stephen Drew homered in the second (15) to make it 4-0. He is still under the Mendoza line, but we’ll take those 15 HR.

Nathan Eovaldi was, well, Eovaldi. He improved to 12-2 but he once again didn’t give length of outing. He gave up two in the third but the Yanks bounced back with two in the fourth on RBI doubles by Drew and Gardner.

Gardner singled in a run in the sixth to make it 7-2.  Cleveland knocked Eovaldi out in the bottom of the sixth when they cut it to 7-4 and cut it even closer with a run in the seventh off a Dellin Betances WP.

Gardner singled in another run in the eighth to make it 8-5. Andrew Miller gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth before closing it out.

The Yanks now head to Toronto for a big three game series. Hopefully they return the favor and sweep the Blue Jays (after 11 in a row, Toronto is due to lose some). A sweep puts the Yanks up by 2 1/2. Getting swept drops the Yanks 3 1/2 back. Big series.

Ellsbury got two hits, hopefully that means he is snapping out of it. Gardner was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI. Drew was 2 for 3, drove in 2 and scored 4.

Eovaldi (W, 12-2, 4.26) 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 4 K.
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K, 3.32.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.55
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 1.21.
Miller (25th save) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 hits, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.25.

Game 111. Lead down to 1/2 a game as Yanks lose in 16, 5-4.

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Due to the length of last night’s Yankees game, there will be no minor league report today.

The Yanks’ lead is basically gone. They lost their fourth straight game, and fifth in their last six games, 5-4 in 16 innings, in Cleveland last night.

Most of those losses have been excruciating. Three of the five losses were by one run, and another was 2-0.

They are now 61-50 and have just a 1/2 game lead in the AL East over the surging Toronto Blue Jays.

Even Baltimore (4 1/2 back) and Tampa Bay (5 out) are lurking.

Ironically, all fifteen home games won yesterday.

Luis Severino, the 21-year-old rookie, started slowly, giving up runs in the first and second innings to put the Yanks behind 2-0, but he went six innings and those were the only runs he gave up. Once again he pitched well and got no run support.

Stephen Drew hit a HR in the sixth (14) to cut the lead to 2-1, then Carlos Beltran homered (10) in the eighth to tie things up. It was Beltran’s 383rd career HR,  tying Larry Walker on the all-time list.

The Yanks scored two in the top of the tenth on a PH bases-loaded, two-out single by Chase Headley to go up 4-2. Game over, especially with Miller coming in, right?

Nope. Miller blew it. Cleveland scored two in the bottom of tenth to tie it up, then scored in the bottom of the sixteenth off of Brandon Pinder (the Yanks’ eighth pitcher of the night) to win it 5-4.

The Yanks struck out 16 times in the game and got just eight hits in those 16 innings—three by Didi Gregorius, who is now at .265.

The top four in the Yanks’ lineup, Ellsbury, Gardner, A-Rod and Teixeira, went 1 for 25 with nine strikeouts.

Ellsbury is in a bad slump, down to .260. McCann is down to .243.

Ouch.

This was excruciating, especially when you thought you had it going into the bottom of the tenth.

Severino 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 2.45
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.01
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.23
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.38
Miller 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.08
Warren 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.34
Mitchell 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 5 K. 3.72
Pinder (L, 0-2, 3.12) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

In discussions with people about the Yanks making a move. After seeing Severino for two games, would you have traded him for a two-month rental? Too many are focused on the now and would deal someone for a two-month rental. Sorry, but it would have taken Severino to get someone really good. Do you want to trade someone who looks like they could be an ace for the next twelve years for a two-month rental? Put it this way. The Yanks came close in 1993. In 1993 would you have traded Jeter, Mo, Bernie, Pettitte or Posada for someone who you would hope put you over the top in 1993? To beat out the World Champ Blue Jays that year? We know what happened over the next 20 years because the Yanks held on to those players. Imagine if they did not. Imagine if Jeter went for a two-month rental and became DEREK JETER for another team. That is what I am against. Be patient. You need it with the young players. I would not give up a Severino, Judge, etc. for a quick fix. Some would. Not me.

Some say George would have done this or that. George also gave away some fine young players, and the team wasn’t good from 1989-1992 as a result. The Boss had his faults, you know, and patience was not one of his virtues. George is dead, and Hal isn’t his dad. I don’t know why people have a hard time coming to grips with that. It is a new regime, Hal does things a little differently. If it means being patient with young players (who are under team control and won’t cost as much) and not giving out bad contracts to fading players, I am all for that. I am all for building another core 4 (or more) and not trading them away, even if it means sacrificing this year to ensure success for the next fifteen.

The minors, and trade deadline risks.

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With the Yankees off yesterday, a look at the minors and a look at risks at the trade deadline.

AAA: SWB won 2-1 on a walkoff inside-the-park HR by CF Ben Gamel. Kyle Davies 7 IP, 1 unearned run. 3 h, 1 walk and 8 K.  Caleb Cotham two scoreless IP of relief. (W, 2–0, 1.07). Gamel also had a double. Besides Gamel, 1B Greg Bird and 3B Jose Pirela each had two hits.

AA: Trenton off.

High A: Tampa won 4-2. LF Ericson Leonora a 2-run HR. Five others with two hits each. Jordan Montgomery 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 walks, 7 K.

A: Charleston off.

Funny how people are still complaining that the Yanks didn’t do a major splash at the trade deadline. I have a few thoughts on that.

For those who say that “the Boss” would have done something, face facts. The Boss, George Steinbrenner, has been dead for five years now. Accept that fact and accept that it is a new regime with his son Hal who isn’t his father. He will run things differently. Also, things weren’t always peaches and cream with George. Remember him trading away talents like Jay Buhner, Bob Tewksbury and Doug Drabek?

So for those who wanted a big deal, were you really going to trade away Luis Severino for what may turn out to be a two-month rental? As much as I would like the Yankees to win every year, you don’t want to sacrifice the future for a one-year quick fix. And don’t kid yourself. You can’t get something for nothing. The Yanks would have had to give up top talent like Severino to get something. You weren’t getting a David Price type talent for lower tier talent.

Here are examples of teams that went for it and paid for it.

8-12-87. The Tigers trade John Smoltz to the Braves for Doyle Alexander. Alexander goes 9-0 down the stretch for the Tigers. The Tigers make the playoffs as the AL East champ and lose the ALCS to the Twins. Alexander goes 14-11 in 1988 and 6-18 (leading the majors in losses) in 1989 then retires. The Tigers don’t make it back to the playoffs until 2006. Smoltz goes to the Braves, is in the playoffs every year from 1991-2005 (except for the 1994 strike) and goes to be a Hall of Famer.

8/30/1990: The Red Sox trade Jeff Bagwell to Houston for Larry Andersen. Andersen goes 0-0, 1.23 as a two-month rental. Boston wins the division but loses the ALCS to Oakland. Bagwell goes on to hit 449 HR for the Astros. He played a lot in the cavernous Astrodome. Imagine him with the Green Monster at Fenway.

Is that what these people want?

Also, some people, upset with Stephen Drew, are wondering if the Yanks should pursue Chase Utley. I wonder if these people realize that Utley, although the greatest Phillie 2B ever (and JAWS has him ranked 12th best 2B all-time), has been worse than Drew this year.

Drew: 32, $5MM, free agent after this year. 94 g. .194-13-32, OPS+ 77.

Utley: 36, $15MM, 69 games, .190-4-28. OPS+ 55. Utley has had a far better career than Drew, and is a borderline Hall of Famer.  His vesting option ($15MM each of the next three years) will not kick in because he won’t make 500 plate appearances this year. But a lot of money for someone four years older who is having a WORSE year for even Drew. Utley WAS great. He no longer IS.

Really, do you want that?

Game 110. Lost weekend. Yanks swept by Toronto, 2-0.

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The Yanks got just three hits again on Sunday, lost 2-0, and were swept this weekend by the Toronto Blue Jays. With the loss, the Yanks’ lead in the AL East has shrunk to 1 1/2 games. They are 61-49. Toronto is 61-52.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up just three hits in six innings, but two of those hits were home runs.

The Yanks’ bats have gone cold. In the last five games, four of them losses, the scores have been 1-2, 2-1, 1-2 (10 innings), 0-6 and now 0-2. Just four runs scored. Against the Jays this weekend, just one run scored.

It was the first time the Yanks were shut out in back-to-back games since May of 1999. That span of time passed was a major league record.

The Yanks are off today, then are in Cleveland for three games. Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club members will be there (not me). Hopefully they have better luck in seeing a Yankees’ victory than the Pinstripe Maniac club did on Saturday.

Next weekend the Yanks are in Toronto. Hopefully they can return the favor and sweep the Jays.

The Yanks are just 2-7 against the Blue Jays this year.

People criticize Stephen Drew for his batting average (.192) but here is something else to consider: Jacoby Ellsbury is down to .267. Ellsbury has hit just .175 since May 14 (31 games). Meanwhile, Brett Gardner is hitting .197 in his last 18 games.

We need these table setters to set the table, as well as Brian McCann (.187 in his last 32 games) to step it up in the middle of the lineup as well. It’s not just Drew.

Tanaka (L, 8-5, 3.79) 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 5 K.
Warren 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 1 HBP. 3.38 (3 batters, all reached)
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.43
Pinder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 2.81
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.06.

On Tuesday, the Yanks are hoping Luis Severino can be the stopper…. in just his second MLB game.

UPDATE: This stupid practice of throwing visiting team’s home run balls back onto the field has to stop. Brett Gardner was hit yesterday when a fan threw Bautista’s ball back on to the field. The outfielders have their backs to the stands and the fans. Someone can get hurt. Grow up and knock it off. Don’t want to keep the ball? Give it to a little kid.

Game 104. Yanks bomb White Sox, 12-3.

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The Yanks jumped all over the White Sox today with a 12-3 win that increased their AL East lead to six games.

Before the game, the Yanks had to DL Diego Moreno with an elbow strain and bring back Brandon Pinder.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a HR (4).

In the fourth, they scored five runs. Didi Gregorius drove in two with a single, Ellsbury drove one in with a SF and Gardner singled in two.

A couple of months ago, I mentioned on one blog that if we could only get Didi to .250 or so, and if he gave us good defense, we’d take it. I was criticized, one person asking how I thought Didi would hit .250… I responded that he’s only 25, give the coaches time to work with him, and be patient. He is now hitting .260. I wonder how the crow tastes?

The red-hot Mark Teixeira homered (29) in the fifth to make it 7-0. It was #392 of his career. Stephen Drew doubled in two more later in the inning to make it 9-0.

After Chicago got a run in the sixth, Drew tripled in two in the top of the seventh to make it 11-1. Drew is still below the Mendoza line at .199, but he does have 13 HR and with the 4-RBI day today, 32 RBI.

A groundout by Ellsbury (3 RBI) made it 12-1 before a couple of late White Sox homers made the final score 12-3.

Nova (W,4-3, 3.10) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 7 K.

Shreve 2/3 IP. 2 R,  3 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.18

Pinder 1 1 /3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.63.

Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.75.

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.