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Game 101. Yanks lose in 9th, 7-6. Pineda to DL, CC to hospital, Yanks make minor deal.


Before the game, the Yanks traded OF Ramon Flores and RHP Jose Ramirez to Seattle for utility man Dustin Ackley. Mostly a 2b/lf, Ackley can also play 1B, CF and RF. Ackley, 27, was hitting .215-6-19, OPS+ 79, for Seattle this year. His 162 g. average is .243-12-56, OPS+ 92. His versatility means that Garrett Jones could be gone.

Also before the game, Michael Pineda was scratched from his start and placed on the DL with a forearm strain. CC Sabathia, on normal rest, started instead. After the game, CC showed signs of dehydration, and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The Yanks brought up Bryan Mitchell and Nick Goody before the game. Caleb Cotham was sent back to AAA.

Meanwhile, the Yanks saw Toronto get David Price, and one Yankees’ target, Cincy’s Mike Leake, was dealt to SF. The trade deadline is this afternoon.

As for the game, the Yanks were edged 7-6 on a Josh Hamilton walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th. The Yanks’ lead is now six over Baltimore and the refurbished (Tulo and Price) Toronto. The Yanks are 57-44.

In the first, the Yanks jumped out to a 3-0 lead on an Ellsbury triple, a SF by Gardner, a solo HR (25) by Teixeira and a single by McCann, walk to Beltran and RBI single by Headley.

But CC gave it right back on a 3-run HR by Hamilton. Then in the second,he gave up the lead on a HR by Choo.

The Yanks took back the lead in the top of the third on a 2-run HR (16) by McCann. 5-4 Yanks.

In the bottom of the fourth, Jacoby Ellsbury missed trying to make a diving catch and Ryan Rua had an inside-the-park HR to tie up the game for Texas.

The Yanks went back up, 6-5, in the seventh when Teixeira did a Texas two-step with his second HR of the game. #26 of the season was #389 of his career, tying Johnny Bench on the all-time list and placing Teix one behind Graig Nettles.

The Yanks couldn’t hold the lead again, though, as Texas got one in the seventh to tie before Hamilton’s walkoff single in the 9th.

The Yanks had a chance to score a run in the 8th, Beltran singled to start the inning, but Headley GIDP. They still managed to load the bases after that, but Gardner struck out.

Nick Goody made his MLB debut in the game.

Sabathia 5 IP, 5 R,  9 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 5.54
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.65
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 1.32
Goody 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.   27.00
Miller  (L, 0-2, 1.54) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Game 99. Yanks come back in big way, win 21-5.


In order to give the rest of the rotation an extra day, Chris Capuano started for the Yanks and was awful, not making it out of the first inning.

After one inning, it was 5-0 Texas. Not good.

Except the Yanks came right back with an eleven-run second inning on their way to a 21-5 win. It keeps the Yanks seven in front and raises their record to 57-42.

Diego Moreno and Adam Warren teamed up for 8 1/3 innings of no-hit relief.

After Capuano gave up 5 runs on three hits and five walks in just 2/3 of an inning, the Yanks went to work.

Headley singled in one and Ryan doubled in two. Ellsbury singled in one. Gardner tied the game with a single. A-Rod doubled in one. By this time they had batted around. Headley singled in one. Didi tripled in three. Ryan doubled in one. Eleven runs in the second, and they weren’t done. 

Chris Young hit a grand slam (12th HR of the year) in the third. 15-5.

An error by Texas in the fourth made it 16-5.

In the sixth, Young doubled in a run and Murphy singled in two. 19-5.

In the ninth, Brett Gardner hit a two-run HR (11). Final score, 21-5.

Capuano 2/3 IP, 5 R, 3 H, 5 walks and 0 K. 6.97.
Moreno (W, 1-0, 2.45) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 5 K.
Warren (1st save) 3 IP, 0R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.40.

Yes, Adam Warren actually got a save.

Some of the boxscore highlights.

Gardner had 3 hits, scored 5 runs and drove in 3.
What a job by Moreno and Warren.  Moreno was just called up for Goody on Tuesday morning.
Young had 3 hits, scored 4 runs and drove in 5.
Didi Gregorius had 4 hits and drove in 3 runs. Don’t look now, but he is now hitting .257.
Brendan Ryan drove in 3 runs.

The Yanks had 19 hits and drew 10 walks.

In addition, Texas made 3 errors. Twice, Jacoby Ellsbury reached on catcher’s interference—by two different catchers.

Some moves yesterday. Shane Victorino goes from Boston to the Angels. David Murphy from Cleveland to the Angels. Jonathan Papelbon from the Phils to the Nats. Ben Zobrist fromt he A’s to KC. David DeJesus from TB to the Angels. Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado to Toronto for Jose Reyes.

In addition, Jennry Mejia of the Mets, who was suspended for 80 games earlier this year for PEDs and who has just pitched in 7 1/3 innings this year for the Mets, got nabbed AGAIN and now has a 162 g. suspension. What a moron.

Game 93. Teix, Alex lead Yanks. 4-3.


Except for one blip, Ivan Nova pitched a great game, and was backed by homers by Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez in the Yankees’ 4-3 win over Baltimore Wednesday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 52-41, and opens up their AL East division lead to 5 1/2 over Toronto. The Yanks have an afternoon game today (getaway day).

In the first, Ellsbury doubled, Gardner singled him home and after A-Rod made an out, Teixeira homered (24) to make it 3-0.  It was Teixeira’s 387th career HR

Nova gave up a 2-run HR in the third, but otherwise was great.

A-Rod hit a 453 ft. bomb in the fifth to make it 4-2. Funny, but in the old, old, stadium, that would have been a one-hopper off the wall for a triple. It was 457 to the old Stadium (1973 and earlier). The HR was #20 of the season for Alex, and #674 of his career.

Andrew Miller had a blip, giving up a HR in the ninth, but held on for the 4-3 win.

Nova (W, 2-3, 3.34) 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 Walks, 3 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 0 k. 1.88
Betances 1 IP, o R, 0 h, o walks and 2 K. 1.40
Miller (22nd save) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.62

AL wins ASG, 6-3. Will have WS home-field advantage.

The AL will have WS home field advantage this year after beating the NL 6-3 in the All-Star Game. Of course, that didn’t help KC last year when they lost Game 7 at home to the SF Giants.

Mike Trout was the MVP, repeating his MVP of the 2014 All Star Game. He accomplished a rare feat. In 2012, in his first at bat of the ASG, he singled. In 2013, he doubled. Last year he tripled in his first at bat. Tonight? He led off the game with a HR.

Prince Fielder drove in two runs. Lorenzo Cain had 2 hits and an RBI.

As for the Yanks, Dellin Betances had a scoreless inning. Brett Gardner was 0 for 2, both strikeouts. Mark Teixeira was o for 2, one strikeout and a groundout that moved a runner up that would later score on an SF (a productive out).

The AL won despite striking out 15 times.

They had a promotion for the “Franchise Four” and the Four greatest living players.

As far as the four greatest living players, they were Aaron, Mays, Koufax and Bench. Um, ok.

I’m not so sure about Bench. Greatest CATCHER ever? Probably (I am partial to Yogi) but Bench as one of the top four greatest living PLAYERS over say, Frank Robinson? Ken Griffey, Jr.? Some guys are off the list because of being steroid guys, but…   But hey, the ASG was in Cincy and….

Speaking of steroid guys, the Mets “Franchise Four” were Seaver, Piazza, Keith Hernandez(?…. better in St. Louis) and David Wright. Note no Gooden or Strawberry (and Piazza has suspicions).

Fans that voted amaze me. I don’t want to sound elitist, but here is an example.

The Phillies’ “Franchise Four”: Schmidt, Carlton, Roberts and Ashburn. The first 3, yeah, ok. even though Roberts wasn’t the same after age 29… but people don’t know history. Nothing against Ashburn, who was a singles hitting .306 career hitter (no power… Chuck Klein may have been a better choice, or Dick Allen or Del Ennis), but Grover Cleveland Alexander, “Old Pete” was better than BOTH Carlton and Roberts, or Ashburn, Klein or Ennis. Alexander, who pitched for the Phils 1911-1917, won 373 games in his career (tied for 3rd all-time), including 30 or more in three CONSECUTIVE years for the Phils. He did it in a bandbox, the Baker Bowl, that was 290 down the RF line and 320 to RCF. To picture that, move the current RF fence in Philly in about 40 feet, and ask the righty pitcher to have ERAs under 2.00 and win 30 games in a season.

Really, fans have NO sense of history. Alexander was the best Phillies’ pitcher ever, period.

The Yanks final 4 was easy. Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaggio and Mantle. Some people were bitching about that, saying Jeter should be above Dimaggio. Um, as much as I love Jeter, no. Don’t give me that Jeter had over 1000 more hits than Joe D. Dimaggio lost 3 full years to WWII. He hit .325 to Jeter’s .310. He had 361 HR (in 13 seasons) to Jeter’s 260 (in 20). Dimaggio played in the OLD Yankee Stadium, where the LCF and CF fences were some 60 feet farther away than the Stadium Jeter played in. There is a REASON that Joe D., in 1969 was named Baseball’s Greatest Living Player.

Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and Mantle are the top 4.

The next 4? How about Jeter, Mo, Yogi and Whitey. Any team would take Jeter, Rivera, Berra and Ford as their TOP 4.

After Pete Rose’s appearance, people are clamoring for him to be admitted to the HOF (Rose was one of Cincy’s “Franchise Four” along with Bench, Morgan and Larkin…. I kind of wonder about Frank Robinson (1956-1965 with Reds, 586 HR, almost 3000 hits)…. if the Reds hadn’t traded him to Baltimore, shouldn’t he be one of the Reds’ “Franchise Four”?) . I disagree. I mean, when are we going to hold people accountable and responsible for their actions? To me, that is something that has gone wrong in this country. We don’t hold people responsible or accountable for their actions anymore.

This being baseball’s showcase, most of the minors had off. For example, the Yanks’ AAA, AA and High A teams all were off.  Charleston’s Low A game was ppd.

Game 87. Yanks lose, 5-3.


Ivan Nova has pitched decently (3.42 ERA) since his return from TJ surgery, but with some hard luck. He fell to 1-3 last night with the help of some fielding miscues as well as not enough hitting as the Yanks lost to Boston 5-3.

The Yanks still have a 3-game lead in the AL East.

A-Rod got the scoring started by homering (18, #672 career) in the first. Boston tied it in the third with the help of a throwing error by Yanks backup C John Ryan Murphy.

Nova gave up a two-run HR to Hanley Ramirez in the fourth. 3-1 Boston.

Jacoby Ellsbury, who had three hits in the game, homered (2) in the sixth to cut it to 3-2.

In the seventh, Adam Warren was one strike away from getting out of the inning and stranding a baserunner when Chris Young misplayed a fly ball into a run scoring triple. Boston got a run on this and another run later in the inning to break the game open a bit. 5-2.

Brett Gardner’s RBI double in the eighth made it 5-3.

Down to their last out, and with the tying run at the plate, Brian McCann’s deep flyball wasn’t pulled enough, and went into the “triangle” at Fenway, where it was caught for the final out of the game. If he had pulled it a little….

Rob Refsnyder was 0 for 3 in his MLB debut.

Nova (L, 1-3, 3.42) 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 walks and 3 K.
Warren 0 Ip, 1 R, 2 h, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.57. 3 batters, no outs.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 H, 1 h, 1 walk and 1 K. 2.02
Mitchell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.89.

Today is the last game before the all-star break. The Yanks will then resume on Friday at home vs. Seattle. By the way, you have seen how poorly Robbie Cano is doing this year, haven’t you?

Game 86. Yanks beat Boston 5-1.


I had to go for my eye exam today and my eyes are still dilated so it is a little difficult for me to do things until the drops wear off. As a result, I’ll just quickly recap last night’s Yankee game and there will be only a very, very slight minor league report from Friday’s action at the end of this article.

Robert Refsnyder has been called up by the Yanks and in Fenway, and against two lefties, will be playing Saturday (MLB debut) and Sunday. The second baseman, a righty hitter, is 24 and was hitting .290-7-37 with 10 SB at AAA SWB. Last year between AA/AAA he hit .318.

Michael Pineda was on last night, A-Rod homered and the Yanks took advantage of bad Boston fielding to win 5-1. With the win, they maintained their three game lead in the AL East.

A-Rod’s HR (17, #671 career) in the first put the Yanks up 1-0.

In the fourth, Clay Buchholz of Boston had to leave the game because of tightness in his pitching elbow. McCann led off the inning with a single, and with one out, Gregorius doubled. Buchholz then had to leave the game. Drew reached on an error, runners holding. After a popup for the second out, Ellsbury reached on a error, one run scoring, Gardner reached on an infield hit which could have been an out with better fielding, another run scoring, and A-Rod walked with the bases loaded to force in a third run. 4-0 Yanks.

Pineda gave up a HR to Mookie Betts in the fifth. 4-1.

In the eighth, Young walked and Gregorius was HBP. After a couple of outs, Ellsbury singled in a run to make it 5-1.

Pineda (W, 9-5, 3.64) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 6 K.
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.84.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.58
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.59.

Just some quick minor league notes: Brendan Ryan had two hits for AA Trenton while on rehab. Brady Lail for Trenton tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just 3 hits.

Game 85. Yanks lead AL East by 3 after 6-2 win.


Before today’s game, some moves. The Yanks brought up infielder Cole Figueroa from SWB and sent down Jose Pirela. They DFA’d Taylor Dugas.

Figueroa, a 28 year old lefty hitter,  was hitting .317-3-36 for AAA SWB this season. He is 28, a lefty hitter and was .233-0-6 in 43 at bats for Tampa Bay last year. He played 3B today and went 2 for 4, both doubles.

The Yanks won 6-2 and increased their AL East lead to 3 games over Baltimore. Toronto is 3 1/2 back, the Rays 4 1/2, Boston 5 1/2 back. Hopefully this weekend the Yanks help to bury Boston.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up 2 doubles and 2 runs in the second, but those were the only hits and runs he gave up.

In the first, Brett Gardner, named to the All-Star team to replace injured KC OF Alex Gordon, homered (10) to put the Yanks up 1-0. Gardner had three hits in the game. Tanaka then gave up the 2 runs in the top of the second.

Mark Teixeira’s RBI single in the third tied the game, and Jacoby Ellsbury singled in two in the fourth to make it 4-2.

In the eighth, Ellsbury reached an a throwing error that let two runs score and made it 6-2.

Tanaka (W, 5-3, 3.63) 7 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H,  1 walk, 6 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.04.
Warren 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1k. 3.46