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Game 33. Bronx Bombers! 5 HRs help CC to his first win of the year, 11-5.

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CC Sabathia finally got his first win of the year as the Yanks bombed out five home runs in a 11-5 win over Tampa Bay on Monday night. The win raises the Yanks’ record to 21-12. That means after a 1-4 start, they have gone 20-8. Red hot. They are in first with a 4-game lead in the AL East.

The Yanks got one in the first on an A-Rod HR. HR #662* (8th on the season) made it 1-0. His two hits tonight put him at 2965 for his career and it was RBI #1989. (Unfortunate that asterisks are needed for all accomplishments. Pity).

After the Rays tied it in the bottom of the first, the Yanks went bombs away. In that bottom of the first, for the second time in a week, Brett Gardner threw out a runner. I still don’t know why he hasn’t won the Gold Glove yet.

Chase Headley hit a 3-run HR in the 4th to make it 4-1. (4)

Carlos Beltran, who went some 160 at bats between career HR #373 and #374 (hit yesterday), wasted no time in getting #2 on the season and #375 of his career, making it 5-1 in the fifth.

Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR in the sixth to make it 8-1 (3). Headley’s SF in the 7th made it 9-1.

CC was doing fine until the bottom of the 7th, when he gave up 2 HR (back-to-back) and kind of stained his outing tonight. That made it 9-4.

David Carpenter gave up a run in the 8th to make it 9-5, but Mark Teixeira hit HR #11 on the season (#374 of HIS career, tying Colavito) for the final tally of 11-5. Teix was 4 for 5 tonight. Headley had 4 rbi.

CC 7 IP, 4 R, 3 ER,  6 H, 2 walks and 9 K. (W, 1-5, 5.20)
Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, unearned, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.97.
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00.

Apparently Jorge Posada has a book coming out and apparently he still holds a grudge about losing his catching job in 2011 and becoming just a DH. Sad to hear. All things must pass, and with Jorge’s defense drawing criticism in his last few years, it may be his ego talking. Sad that after some time away, he is still bitter about it.

Game 30. Yanks edge O’s 5-4

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Carlos Beltran has had a tough time as a Yankee. Last year he hit just .233-15-49 while missing about 1/3 of the season with an elbow injury. Even after last night’s game, he is .191-0-11 for this season. His OPS+ (100 is average) was 97 last year and is just 50 now. He hasn’t homered in what seems like forever. Stuck on 373 for his career.

That is why a bases-loaded, 2-run double by Beltran last night hopefully can kick start Beltran back to some semblance to being the old Beltran. At the time, it gave the Yanks a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the third. The Yanks needed it. They hung on to win 5-4 to go to 19-11 on the season. The are in first place in the AL East by three games.

In the first, the red-hot Ellsbury and Gardner (.362 and .326 respectively) set the table again. Ellsbury singling and Ellsbury doubling him to third. A-Rod’s SF (career RBI 1988) drove in one run and McCann’s 2-run HR (3) made it 3-0.

Beltran’s double in the third increased to lead to 5-0 but starter Adam Warren had a disappointing outing when he had to be pulled one out short of qualifying for the win. Manager Joe Girardi had to use the bullpen, and they hung on. Betances and Miller, who have been carrying the Yankees, did it again.

Warren 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 2 K. 4.65
Wilson 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 k. 4.22
Martin 1 IP, 0 R,  2H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.55
Betances (W, 4-0) 1 1/3 IP 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00
Miller (13th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00.

 

Game 29. Yanks edge O’s 4-3. A-Rod passes Mays on HR list.

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Alex Rodriguez hit HR #661*, passing Willie Mays for 4th on the all-time HR list as the Yanks beat Baltimore 4-3 Thursday night.

The Orioles scored in the top of the first on a HR by Jimmy Paredes but the Yanks came back with two on an A-Rod SF and an RBI single by Teixeira. On A-Rod’s SF, it looked like that may be the HR that would pass Mays on the all-time HR list but he was robbed of the HR.

Baltimore tied the game in the third on a Caleb Joseph HR. The Yanks went up 3-2 in the bottom of the third on A-Rod’s historic HR.

Joseph tied the game for Baltimore in the top of the fifth but the Yanks got the game-deciding run in the bottom of that inning on an RBI double by Teixeira.

Ellsbury’s two hits raised him to .363. Gardner’s two hits put him at .318. You can’t ask two guys to set the table better than that. A-Rod’s 2 RBI and Teixeira’s two meant the ballgame. Yeah, A-Rod is at .245, Teix at .223, but they have 18 and 25 RBI respectively. That is the key.

A-Rod’s two hits put him at 2962. His two RBI put him at 1987.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi (W, 3-0, 3.97) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K.

Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 k. 2.79.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00.

Miller (12th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,  1 walk and 2 K. 0.00.

Check out the ERAs of Betances and Miller. Your setup man and closer both have ERAs of 0.00 as of May 8th.

Reggie Jackson, a special advisor to the Yanks, raves about Jose Pirela and AA minor league OF Aaron Judge. So for those of you unhappy with Stephen Drew and/or Carlos Beltran right now, take heart.

The win puts the Yanks at 18-11 on the season.

More good news, Masahiro Tanaka started some rehab by soft tossing from 60 feet with no issues.

Game 27. Yanks hold on to win, 6-3.

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Good to see some bats come alive. For even with the Yanks at 17-10, it has been the pitching carrying them. For going into tonight’s game, if you took out Ellsbury, Gardner and Young, the rest of the team was hitting .211. Over the long haul, that won’t do.

The key so far is that when the guys hitting with low batting averages got their hits, they have made them count. For even though they have had few hits, the hits they HAVE had have been doubles or homers. Batting average is overrated. The key is OPS…. on base percentage + slugging average.

Here is an example. After tonight’s game, Mark Teixeira has just 18 hits right now but 15 are for extra bases. A-Rod has 20 hits, 11 for extra bases. Stephen Drew 13 hits, 7 for extra bases. Carlos Beltran hasn’t homered in some 14o at bats, but of his 16 hits, 9 are for extra bases. That’s making your hits count. Over half of your hits are for extra bases.

Don’t get me wrong. I want the batting average to go up. But at least the hits they are getting are DAMAGING hits.

The Yanks got two in the first tonight on a double by A-Rod. After tonight’s game, he is still at only .227. But 1/6th of the way into the season, he does have 6 HR and 16 RBI…. a pace for 36 HR and 96 RBI. Would you take 36/96 even if the batting average is .227? Or would you rather, instead of .227-36-96, have .265-18-65? Runs win ballgames.

Ellsbury drove in a run in the third to make it 3-0.

How about Mark Teixeira, who hit a 2-run HR in the fifth inning tonight? After tonight’s game, he is hitting just .205, but has 10 HR and 22 RBI. That is a pace for 60 HR, 132 RBI. Forget about the .205 for now. Would you take 60 and 132?

The AL MVP (non-pitcher) with the lowest batting average is Roger Maris. .269 in 1961 when he had 61 HR and 141 RBI. If Teix continues on this pace, .205-60-132, would he get MVP despite the low batting average? If so, he’d shatter Maris’ mark.

The setup guys have been great. Ellsbury has only 4 RBI in 27 games because the guys in front of him (Drew .167 and Gregorious .215) have not been getting on base. But Ellsbury got 3 hits tonight to raise him to .358. Talk about setting the table! He has 11 SB. The #2 hitter, Gardner, is currently at .309. So they are setting the table.

No offense to Derek Jeter, but Ellsbury and Gardner should have been 1-2 last year and Jeter, who ended his final season at .256, should have been dropped to 8th in the lineup. The Yanks were not going to disrespect the legend, however.

Up 6-0 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Yanks didn’t make it easy. Michael Pineda cruised through 8, but instead of letting Pineda pitch the 9th, Girardi went to the bullpen and they almost blew it. Toronto scored 3 in the bottom of the 9th to cut it to 6-3. The last out was made with the tying run at the plate.

Pineda (W, 4-0, 2.97) 8 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 6 K.

Carpenter 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.23.

Miller (11th save) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 0.00.

Minors report tomorrow morning. (Actually later this morning).

Game 25. Yanks sweep Boston in Fenway, 8-5.

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The Yanks completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox up in Fenway by winning Sunday night 8-5.

Mark Teixeira started the scoring with a 2-run HR (9) in the first. It was the 372nd of his career.

Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran had back-to-back doubles in the third, McCann driving in two, and Beltran driving in McCann to make it 5-0.

Brett Gardner’s 3-run HR in the sixth made it 8-0, but Boston came back with five in the bottom of the sixth and it wasn’t easy in closing the game out. David Ortiz could have hit a walk-off grand slam with two out in the bottom of the 9th to win the game but lined to CF instead to end it.

Jacoby Ellsbury went 4 for 4.

Adam Warren (W, 2-1, 4.78) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 2 K.
Rogers 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.60
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.24
Carpenter 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.79
Miller (10th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00 but it wasn’t easy.

With the win, the Yanks are 16-9, 1st in the AL East by three games.

Game 24. Gardner leads Yanks, 4-2.

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Due to my running around back and forth from the ICU unit visiting my mom, there will be no minor league report today on yesterday’s games. I may be able to give a short report later, but it’ll be very brief.

The Yanks won Saturday afternoon 4-2 as Brett Gardner drove in three runs. Chris Young’s HR (6) gave the Yanks an insurance run. They are now 15-9, 2 up in the AL East.

Nathan Eovaldi pitched a strong game in getting the win, and Dellin Betances was dominating in relief.

Eovaldi (W, 2-0, 3.81) 6 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.38.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 3.52.
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 4 K. He struck out all four men he faced in gaining his first save of the year. 0.00.

Game 21. Yanks win, but Tanaka goes on the DL

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You win some, you lose some. Chase Whitley came up from the minors today to provide the rotation an extra day off. The way things have worked out, maybe he came up to be PART of the rotation for the next couple of weeks.

For the Yanks put Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day DL today with a strained forearm and tendonitis in his wrist. You have to wonder if this is an aftereffect of trying to take strain off of that partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow. Expect him to miss a month, so we are talking Memorial Day, here.

Whitley was effective tonight, if not efficient. He gave up just one run in 5 IP, but had to be pulled because of the pitch count. 93 pitches in 5 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 5 K. The win, ERA 1.80. But with what I wrote earlier, he may need to stick around.  Update: He will be sticking in the rotation with Tanaka out. Because of the DL of Tanaka, Petit can be brought back earlier than usual. (He was sent down for Whitley).

Which means with Tanaka out, CC Sabathia, with an 0-4 record and an ERA near 6.00, better pick it up. 

The Yanks used their speed tonight, esp. from Ellsbury and Gardner, to get the win, along with clutch hitting by Brian McCann. They scored two in the first.

Ellsbury singled, stole second (6, he would get another SB later; he was 3 for 4 with 2 SB), advanced to third on an error and scored on an RBI groundout by Gardner. Later in the inning, Teix and McCann had back-to-back doubles to make it 2-0 Yanks. McCann wound up with 2 hits and 3 RBI.

Whitley stumbled in the third, giving up a run to cut it to 2-1.

In the fifth, with one out, Ellsbury singled and Gardner singled him to third.  Gardner stole second (6) to avoid the DP. After Teix struck out, McCann doubled in two to make it 4-1.

In the top of the sixth, with Whitley out, Shreve came in and he didn’t have it. Walk, Triple to make it 4-2. He then got a big out with a K. Rogers, who was a star tonight, got a K and a ground out to keep it 4-2.

Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 1 walk and 1 K. 2.25.

Rogers  2 2/3 IP. 0R, 1 H, 1 walk and 5K. GREAT job, and it let Betances and Miller each get a day of rest. 2.35. Huge outing.

Martin (S, 1). 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.70.

The win puts the Yanks at 13-8 and with a 2-game lead in the AL East.

A sad situation in Baltimore. Riots forced fans to stay in their seats the other night because of riots in Baltimore. Games were ppd. last night and tonight. The game Wed. afternoon will be played in front of NOBODY because of the riots. Baltimore’s weekend games against the Rays will be move to Tampa Bay — with the Orioles as the HOME team —- because of what is going on. Sad.