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Game 126. Yanks 2 back after 6-2 loss.

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The Yanks lost to Houston Wednesday afternoon, and coupled with Toronto’s blowout of Texas later that night, fell two games behind Toronto in the AL East, at 69-57. The Yanks still are one of the AL Wild Card teams as of now.

While Toronto’s offense has been clicking, the Yanks’ offense has been sputtering (see some stats below). With the 6-2 loss to Houston, the Yanks scored just four runs in the three games vs. Houston.

Michael Pineda, in his return from an injury, was ok for the first four innings, giving up just one run, but imploded in the fifth, giving up four runs.

The only runs the Yanks got were on a 2-run HR by Didi Gregorius (6) in the seventh. The Yanks got just five hits.

Pineda (L, 9-8, 4.19) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 1.97
Pinder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.53
Warren 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 3.21
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.70

Before the game, Goody was brought up and Pineda activated. Rumbelow was sent down and Capuano was DFAd for the fourth time in a month. Goody was sent back down after the game, but I see no corresponding move.

Jacoby Ellsbury has a sore hip from trying to make a diving catch the other night. He missed this game. Teix is still sore with that bone bruise in his leg.

Some slumping Yankees need to revive themselves for the stretch run.

After striking out 16 Orioles on Mother’s Day this year, Pineda was 5-0, 2.72. Since then he is 4-8, 5.09. That won’t get it done. Pineda is an enigma. So much talent, but….

The Yanks are off today. They are in Atlanta this weekend, meaning no DH and no A-Rod. Since turning 40 on July 27, A-Rod has been slumping, hitting just .181. Since June 23, Brian McCann has been hitting .205.

A-Rod and the 35-year-old Teixeira had carried the team most of the year. With Alex slumping (age? Dog Days of August?) and Teixeira nursing that bone bruise, the rest of the offense needs to pick it up, especially since Alex won’t be available this weekend except for PH duties.

Some people are calling for Aaron Judge to be brought up, but the 23-year-old prospect is hitting under .240 at AAA after starting the year hitting .284 at AA. Let him hit in AAA first before bringing him up. Besides, where would he play? RF? Beltran is one of the guys hitting right now. LF for the slumping Gardner (.197 in his last 34 games)? I don’t see it.

Some guys just have to pick it up, and these guys have multi-year deals, meaning they are here next year and in some cases, beyond.

Hopefully they get hot in September.

Game 122. Severino gets first MLB win.

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Plagued by lack of run support in his first three MLB starts, Luis Severino finally got some support on Saturday and went on to win his first MLB game when the Yanks beat Cleveland 6-2.

It was Jorge Posada Day at the Stadium, and the Yanks retired #20. Today they will be retiring #46 for Andy Pettitte and I’ll be up for the game.

Before the game, the Yanks recalled Brandon Pinder and DFA’d Chris Capuano….again. It’s the third time in a month that he’s been DFA’d by the Yanks.

They also made it official and released Garrett Jones.

Michael Pineda will start for the Yanks on Wednesday. For now, they will be going with a six-man rotation.

Severino gave up a HR in the first and nothing more.

The Yanks got that run back and more in the bottom of the first. Ellsbury singled, Gardner homered (12) to make it 2-1 and after an out, McCann homered (22) to make it 3-1.

A Cleveland error made it 4-1 in the second and later in that inning, Beltran’s SF made it 5-1.

Both teams got runs in the eighth, the Yanks’ run coming on a SF by John Ryan Murphy.

With the win, the 68-54 Yanks stay 1/2 game ahead of the Blue Jays in the AL East.

Severino (W, 1-2, 2.74) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 4 walks and 6 K.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.16
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.25
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.03.

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

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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.

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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.