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The Minors. Ellsbury back Wednesday, will Miller return then also?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jacoby Ellsbury will be returning to the Yanks on Wednesday. Andrew Miller, who pitched tonight for AAA SWB, may be returning then as well.

More MLB news. As of now, the Yanks All-Star representatives are Betances and Teixeira. Gardner is one of those five “last man” that the fans vote on.

AAA: SWB lost 6-2. Miller pitched one inning, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3B Cole Figueroa (.320) 2 hits. Solo HR 2B Rob Refsnyder. 1B Greg Bird is now here at AAA.

AA: Trenton lost 6-4. DH Rob Segedin (sent down when Bird went up) solo HR. RF Mark Payton 2 rbi. (You’ll see a lot of movement now).

High A: Tampa won 7-6. CF Dustin Fowler (.395) 3 h, rbi. SS/3b Abiatal Avelino 2h. RF Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew) 2 hits, RBI.

A: Charleston lost 1-0 on an unearned run.

Game 76. Yanks lose to Houston, 3-1.

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Before the game, the Yanks brought back Esmiel Rogers and sent Gregorio Petit down to AAA.

The move was to get a fresh arm. The Yanks had Shreve, Wilson and Betances unavailable due to recent workload.

The bullpen wasn’t needed. The good Michael Pineda showed up and pitched eight strong innings, but he got no help from his offense or defense as the Yanks lost 3-1 Sunday in Houston.

The Yanks managed only two hits in the game, the only run coming in the third on a walk, WP and Brett Gardner single.

Garrett Jones and Brett Gardner messed up a fly ball in the fourth. It was Gardner’s ball, as the CF should take everything he can get. Jones got too close to Gardner, the ball fell in for a double, then was kicked around and the batter came all the way around to score. Ugly.

Pineda gave up runs in the seventh and eighth. Meanwhile the only other Yankees hit was by A-Rod, #3010 of his career, tying Wade Boggs on the all-time list.

Pineda 8 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 0 walks and 8 K. (L, 8-5, 4.08).

With the loss, the Yanks stayed 1/2 game out of first, but dropped to 3rd place in the division.

Baltimore 41-34  —
Tampa Bay 42-35  —-
YANKEES 41-35  -1/2
Toronto 41-36   – 1
Boston 34-43  -8

It doesn’t get much tighter than that. The Yanks have a 1/2 game lead for the last wild card slot.

Long way to go. Who will get separation?

Kind of feel sorry for Ryne Sandberg, who resigned as Phils’ manager a few days ago. As my grandpa used to sometimes say, you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken s**t.

Update: Ellsbury could start rehab games tonight (Monday) and rejoin the Yanks this weekend. Miller continues to throw, but no rehab games yet.

Game 75. Yanks top Astros, 9-6.

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Such is the nature of Masahiro Tanaka and his injury that every time he has a bad outing, you wonder about that elbow that has a partially torn ligament. If he has two bad outings in a row, you really wonder.

On Saturday, the Yanks gave Tanaka an early 6-0 cushion, watched him cough it up, then rallied late for a 9-6 win over Houston.

I just hope Tanaka is ok. But with that injury, you will always wonder, until it blows and he needs TJ surgery. But it’s not like Tanaka to give up 3 HR in a game in consecutive games. Hopefully it isn’t acting up or he’s hiding anything.

Brian McCann hit a grand slam (HR #12) in the first and the red-hot Chris Young homered (10) in the second to give the Yanks a 6-0 lead.

But Tanaka gave up two in the second and one in the fourth. Heading into the fifth, I had a bad feeling. I was thinking, “Get him out of there, Joe.” You know when a pitcher is struggling, and you see that the manager is trying to squeeze five out of him for the win, and no matter how hard he squeezes, the pitcher can’t do it? That is what happened yesterday. Tanaka gave up three in the fifth. 6-0 became 6-6. Sometimes the pitcher just can’t get that extra out or three.

The Yanks’ bullpen was brilliant in keeping it where it was. Chasen Shreve, in particular, has been a great pickup for the Yanks this year, and rookie Bryan Mitchell is starting to hit his stride. Maybe Mitchell will stay in the bullpen for now and help to stabilize and improve it. He can be switched back to a starting role later.

Mark Teixeira’s 2-run double in the 8th was the game-winner (he leads the AL with 53 RBI) , and Chase Headley added insurance in the 9th with a HR, his eighth.

Brett Gardner has been red-hot. Just a couple of weeks ago, his average had fallen to .262. His three-hit game put him at .300.

A-Rod is still one hit behind Wade Boggs on the all-time list with 3009.

The win keeps the Yanks 1/2 game behind Tampa Bay, at 41-34. They lead the WC race.

With the rough outing by Tanaka, guess which Yankees starter has the lowest ERA? Yup, the one who may be pegged to the bullpen, now that Nova has arrived. Adam Warren.

Tanaka 5 IP, 6 R,  7 H, 2 walks, 5 K. 3 HR. 3.88
Mitchell 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 1.59
Shreve (W, 5-1, 1.72) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.96
Betances (6th save) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.17.

 

 

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

 

Game 70. Phils beat Yanks, 11-8.

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Michael Pineda, 8-3 and pitching at an All-Star pace vs. a team that is 24-47, with a Team OPS+ of 79. (21% below league average). Mismatch, right? After all, didn’t this guy strike out 16 Orioles on Mother’s Day? Didn’t the Orioles just beat the Phillies 19-3?

It was a mismatch. But not the way we expected. You’d expect Pineda to dominate the Phillies, but it was the other way around last night as the Yanks lost, 11-8.

That’s baseball. You just don’t know.

The Yanks stay one game out of first in the AL East, at 38-32.

Pineda was knocked out in the fourth, giving up eight runs.

The Phils pounded out 18 hits, Maikel Franco getting 4 of them, hitting 2 HR and driving in 5 runs.

For the Yanks, Brett Gardner was 4 for 4 with a 3-run HR (8). Brian McCann also homered, his 11th of the season.

Diego Moreno made his MLB debut.

With the loss, the Yanks’ ERA+ dropped to 98, slightly below league average. Let’s hope the pitching gets better soon (the OPS+ is 109 for the hitters…. good). Of course, what has really hurt has been some recent outings where Eovaldi, Pineda and even Tanaka had short outings. Let’s hope CC rights the ship.

Ivan Nova will come off the DL and start Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be the 26th pitcher the Yanks will have used this year… .in less than 1/2 a season.

Pineda (L, 8-4, 4.25) 3 1/3 IP, 8 R, 11 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Capuano 2 2/3 IP, 2 R,  3 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 5.32
Moreno 1 Ip, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.88
Pinder 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.61.

Sad news. Ex-major leaguer Darryl Hamilton the victim of a murder-suicide. Hamilton played for several teams, including for the Mets against the Yanks in the 2000 Subway Series.

…and in other news, apparently there is now evidence that in 1986, while still a player, Pete Rose bet on baseball. Before the evidence was only as a manager….

Game 68. Yanks trounce Tigers, 14-3. Yanks honor Randolph, Stottlemyre.

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A-Rod drove in five runs, the Yanks hit five HR, and Nathan Eovaldi bounced back from a poor performance last time out as the Yanks trounced the Tigers 14-3. The win keeps the Yanks one game behind Tampa Bay for the top spot in the AL East. The Yanks are 38-30.

Before the game, it was Old-Timer’s Day, and as expected, the Yanks honored long-time second baseman and later coach Willie Randolph with a monument park plaque. Then came a surprise. For Randolph wasn’t the only ex-Yankee great who wore #30 to be honored. The Yanks also honored former pitcher and coach Mel Stottlemyre with a plaque as well. It was touching, and no one knew about it. Stottlemyre has been battling cancer.

As for the game, the Yanks made it a rout early. They got one in the first on a triple by Gardner and a fielder’s choice grounder (RBI) by A-Rod that wound up becoming an error.

In the second, Didi Gregorius homered for the second consecutive game (4) and A-Rod tacked on a SF to make it 3-0.

The Yanks broke it open in the third with five runs. Carlos Beltran hit the first of his two HR for the game, Headley singled in a run and A-Rod capped it off with a HR. Hit #3001 and HR #668 (#14 on the season) was a three-run blast. Alex got hit #3002 later in the game.

Nathan Eovaldi started on just three days rest to give everybody else an extra day of rest. The last time out, Eovaldi threw just 36 pitches, lasted just 2/3 of an inning and gave up 8 runs. This time, 6 IP, 2 R before yielding to rookie Bryan Mitchell, just called up from AAA. Mitchell went three innings and gave up 1 run in his first Yankees’ outing of this season. Nice bounceback effort by Eovaldi, and yes, Mitchell, because he went three innings, gets a save despite the lopsided score.

In the fourth, Beltran hit his second HR of the game and seventh of the season to make it 9-0. Beltran now has 380 HR for his career, one behind Teixeira. Chris Young had an RBI single later in the inning to make it 10-0.

The Yanks weren’t done. In the fifth, McCann had an RBI single, Beltran was HBP with the bases loaded, and Gregorius had an RBI groundout. 13-0.

Detroit got three in the top of the seventh before Chris Young closed out the scoring in the bottom of the 8th with his 8th HR of the season. 14-3.

Eovaldi (W 6-2, 4.95) 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Mitchell (1st save) 3 IP,  1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

The Yanks pounded out 18 hits, five HR. Gardner had 3 hits and is back on track, raising his average 20 points over the past few days. A-Rod had 2 hits and 5 rbi. Beltran 2 HR and 3 RBI. Gregorius 2 RBI. Young had 3 hits and 2 RBI.

The Yanks go for the sweep Sunday afternoon with Tanaka on the hill. Then the Phillies come in for three games.