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Yanks sign Cordero, Inciarte to minor league deals.

With the lockout, not much is going on, but the Yankees did sign two to minor league deals yesterday.

RHP Jimmy Cordero, 30. Washington, 2018, Toronto 2019, and the White Sox 2019-2020. 3-5, 4.55, ERA+ 99 in 83 MLB games, all in relief. Pitched in 2 games, 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the White Sox in the 2020 postseason. He missed all of 2021 after having had TJ surgery in March, 2021.

They also signed Ender Inciarte, 31, lefty hitting OF. Inciarte is a 1x All-Star, and 3x Gold Glove winner. He’s stolen 20 or more bases in three separate seasons. A .280 lifetime hitter, his 162 game average is .280-8-50 with 22 SB and an OPS+ of 91. But in 163 games since 2018, Inciarte has only hit .223-8-44, 12 SB and an OPS+ of only 67. He hit .215-2-10 for the Braves in 2021, OPS+ 55. He was released by the Braves in July so he wasn’t part of their WS Championship run. He signed with the Reds, didn’t play for them, and was released by the Reds in August. He has played with Arizona (2014-2015) and Atlanta (2016-2021).

Inciarte provides some depth (along with maybe Estevan Florial) in case Aaron Hicks can’t pick up the slack in CF. Hicks missed most of the 2021 season with a wrist injury and has been injury prone. Florial, 24, has shown flashes but despite hitting .300 (6 for 20) in the majors last year (and 7 for 23 in his MLB career), he only hit .219-17-47 with 13 SB between AA/AAA in 2021.

With Hicks injury last year, Brett Gardner was forced into more playing time than expected in 2021. Not only that, at times Aaron Judge started in CF, along with some appearances by journeymen Greg Allen and Jonathan Davis. Allen and Davis are both gone, and Gardner is now a free agent, but Gardner is 38 years old. Gardner only hit .222-10-39 in 2021, OPS+ 90. With Inciarte being younger, having had some speed and a lefty bat, you wonder if the signing is to replace Gardner on the roster with Inciarte and you wonder if this is a goodbye to the long-time Yankee in Gardner. Also, don’t be surprised if the Yankees still pursue someone else for CF.

Speaking of Judge, he just got married last week in Hawaii.

Free agents and players lost on waivers.


Here is a list of free agents. We will see who, if anyone, the Yankees bring back.

Corey Kluber (doubtful. 36 in April, missed 1/2 of 2021)
Andrew Heaney (definitely not)
Anthony Rizzo (maybe)
Joely Rodriguez
Brett Gardner (at 38, could retire)
Darren O’Day (39, could retire)
Ryan LaMarre
Brody Koerner
Adam Warren

The best shot of anyone returning seems to be Rizzo, and that is a question mark.

These players were placed on waivers and claimed by another team.

Greg Allen by Pittsburgh.
Tim Locastro by Boston.
Andrew Velazquez by the Angels.

I don’t understand the love and weeping over Velazquez. He was a nice story. Hometown lad, nice glove. But in 68 plate appearances struck out 23x and drew only 1 walk. Hit .224. A .184 career hitter in the majors with an OPS+ of 43 (100 is average). Besides, Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza are their top two prospects, both a year or two away, and both are SS. Not only that, the Yanks will probably make a big splash on the free agent market (Corey Seager?) for a SS.

Lastly, Rob Brantly was outrighted off the roster right to the SWB roster.
UPDATE: He refused the assignment and became a free agent.

Yanks season over. Lose wild card game 6-2 to Boston.

Until he dominates in the postseason, until he wins a big postseason game for the Yankees, Gerrit Cole is going to have to carry last night’s performance like a millstone around his neck.

Ask A-Rod. A-Rod’s postseason failures haunted him until the Yanks finally broke through in 2009, led by a lot of A-Rod heroics.

Unfortunately, it comes with the territory. $36MM a year and $324MM over a 9-yr. deal come with high expectations and demands. It comes with the territory.

Getting knocked out in the third inning of a postseason game isn’t one of them. Neither is having a 7.00 ERA at Fenway this year while being 2.94 everywhere else.

Cole, and manager Aaron Boone, denied anything was physically wrong with Cole, but you have to wonder. After leaving a game because of left hamstring tightness about a month ago, Cole hadn’t been the same since. Last night, the Yankees’ ace, who led the AL with 16 wins, gave up a 2-run HR (Xander Bogaerts) in the first inning, a solo shot (Kyle Schwarber) in the third, and only got six outs. When he departed, the Yanks were down 3-0.

He had to be near perfect, because the Yankees’ offense, so disappointing all season, disappointed again, save for Giancarlo Stanton. The Yanks got only six hits, three by Stanton. All three of Stanton’s hits seemed like they would leave the park. One did. Two were singles banged off the Green Monster, the third a HR that snuck around the Pesky Pole in RF. But other than Stanton, not much.

Anthony Rizzo hit a solo HR in the top of the sixth for the Yanks that made it 3-1, then came a huge mistake. Aaron Judge singled and Stanton hit a rocket. It seemed like the Yanks were coming back, but Judge was thrown out at the plate on an awful send by 3B coach Phil Nevin. It wasn’t close. The Yanks got something like 23 runners thrown out at home this season. That is unacceptable and that play at the plate took all the starch out of a possible Yankees comeback. Getting so many runners thrown out at home, whether it be bad coaching or bad base-running, has to change in 2022.

After that misplay in the top of the sixth, Boston scored once in the sixth and twice in the seventh (all 3 RBI Alex Verdugo) to go up 6-1. Stanton’s HR in the ninth made it 6-2, but the Yanks are going home for the winter.

In what could be the last game of his career, Brett Gardner was 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts.

Changes need to be made. Lots of them. If not, the Yanks won’t get further than this (and they barely made the postseason, squeaking in by one game over Toronto with a 1-0 win on the last day of the season) and may become worse, what with teams like Toronto and Seattle catching up. Those changes may be many, and yes, could involve some favorites. And those changes could involve everyone from the top down (except some high-salaried and some other players who can’t be moved).

I’ll be writing more about some changes I think need to be done later.

Rizzo solo HR
Stanton 3 hits, solo HR.


Cole (L) 2+IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holmes 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Severino 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 2 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K.
Green 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Yankees pitchers walked 7. You can’t do that, especially in a postseason game. The Yanks struck out 11x.

The Yanks made a few moves before the game. 3rd catcher (Brantly), more speed (Allen). To bring them up, starters who they knew they wouldn’t/couldn’t use, like Kluber, Montgomery and Taillon were left off the roster, only to be reinstated for the ALDS had the Yanks won. They were going for speed and defense, figuring a close game. In the end, it wasn’t necessary.

Game 161. The “Lowe”-down. It’s a mess. Yanks 12-2 loss causes Sunday scramble.

How to be nice. I turned the game off in the middle of it, it was embarrassing. Later I read that Gleyber Torres had to have a talking-to by Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner for lack of hustle—which is unacceptable, but even more so in the last weekend of a pennant race scramble.

Jordan Montgomery had nothing, while Tampa Bay’s Brandon Lowe hit 3 home runs and drove in 7 runs. Tampa Bay got 19 hits to the Yankees’ 4, and crushed the Yankees, 12-2. The Yanks struck out 13x.

Boston’s win put Boston in the driver’s seat to host the wild card game. A 4-way tie for the two wild card spots is still possible. A 3-way tie is also possible. A Game 163, and even a Game 164 is still possible.

Wild Card Standings.

Boston 91-70 —- Top wild card seed for now.
YANKEES 91-70 2nd wild card seed for now.
Seattle and Toronto. 90-71 -1

If all teams win, or all teams lose Sunday, the Yanks head to Fenway for the wild card game.

If the Yanks win, they are in. Simple as that. If they win and Boston loses to Washington, the Yankees host whomever in the wild card game. If Boston wins, they host whomever in the wild card game.

If the Yanks lose on Sunday, then they are still in as long as Seattle (vs. Angels) and Toronto (vs. Baltimore) both lose. The Yanks must win and Boston lose for the Yanks to host the wild card game.

And not to go any further, there are still the possibilities of a three or four-way tie, as mentioned above. There will be a lot of scoreboard watching since all games start at approximately the same time.

Jameson Taillon will start for the Yanks today. With that ankle, I’m not sure that is a good idea. You don’t know how it will respond or how long he can go. I think I would rather start Luis Severino (who has been great since returning off the IL), see how long he can go (he isn’t stretched out) then go to the bullpen.

Obviously the Yanks are saving Gerrit Cole (who hasn’t been that good lately) for Game 163 or the wild card game.

The Yanks, before yesterday’s game, brought up Andrew Velazquez and sent down Albert Abreu. D.J. LeMahieu has a sports hernia which requires surgery after the season. He will try to play through it. He couldn’t go Friday or Saturday.

Montgomery gave up a 3-run HR in the first inning to Lowe. Anthony Rizzo homered (22) in the bottom of the first to cut the Rays’ lead to 3-1.

Tampa Bay got four runs in the third, knocking Montgomery out, and the game was basically over at that point. Lowe hit another 3-run HR. Mike Zunino followed with a solo shot. 7-1.

With one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, Joey Gallo singled and Gio Urshela tripled and it was 7-2.

A single, a couple of SB (with a 7-2 lead, kind of rubbing it in) and another single made it 8-2 Rays in the sixth. Anyone notice runners are stealing more bases off the Yanks in the past week?

In the seventh, Lowe led off the inning with his third HR of the game. 9-2. Then a single, another single, and a 3-run HR by Austin Meadows. 12-2. Ugh.

As for the Yanks, forget the scoreboard watching. Just go out and win today and then see if you stay home or pack for Boston. Lose and things have to get sorted out. Just win, baby.

Depending on how things work out, this could be 38 year old Brett Gardner’s last home game. We hope not.

Yankees’ broadcaster Ken Singleton made it official. Today will be his last game. He is retiring.

Rizzo solo HR (22; Cubs/NYY)

Montgomery (L, 6-7) 2 2/3 IP, 7 R, 6 H, 3 W, 3 K. gave up 3 HR. 3.83. Bad time for a bad game.
Luetge 3 IP, 1 R, 4 , 0 W, 4 K. 2.74
King 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.55
Rodriguez 3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.66 (Tex/NYY).





Game 160. Yanks lose, 4-3. M’s loss means Yanks magic # to get in is 1. Guarantee Game 163 if nec.

The Yanks lost to Tampa Bay Friday night, 4-3, but did get help as the Angels beat the Mariners 2-1. The Yanks control their own destiny as far as getting into the playoffs. They do NOT control their own destiny as to where the wild card game would be. There are just two games left in the season, with a Game 163 a real possibility.

WILD CARD STANDINGS:

YANKEES 91-69 — top wild card as of now.
Boston 90-70 -1
Seattle and Toronto 89-71 -2, and 1 game behind Boston.

If the Yankees win both Saturday and Sunday, they host the wild card game. That is the easiest way. They can also host it if they win one game and Boston loses one game. They just may not know who they host. If the Yanks and Boston tie with 92 wins, Boston hosts the Yankees. The most Seattle and Toronto can get is 91 wins. Of course if Boston finishes with 92, the Yanks 91 and the other two at 90, Boston hosts the Yankees.

But what if there is a three or four way tie at 91 wins? We won’t go there. Of course (and doubtful, since Boston and Toronto are playing cellar-dwellers) is that the Yanks end with 91 and the others all tie at 90.

One thing we know. The Yanks have at least guaranteed themselves a game 163 tiebreaker if necessary.

Got all that? Easy solution. Just win.

Nestor Cortes is not flashy or dominant, nor does he go deep into games, but he does keep you in them. Nestor did so last night, but the Yankees bats didn’t help him out. Cortes gave up a HR to Nelson Cruz in the first inning and Tampa Bay was up 1-0. It was HR #449 of Cruz’ career.

Gleyber Torres led off the bottom of the first with a double, and scored on a Giancarlo Stanton single as the Yankees tied the game. They wouldn’t score again until the ninth.

A nubber and a blooper helped Tampa Bay score a run in the second and the Rays were up 2-1. It stayed that way until the ninth.

A couple of walks by Domingo German (pitching for the first time in quite a while—just off the IL) led to two Rays’ runs and a 4-1 lead in the ninth.

The Yanks almost came back. With one out, Stanton doubled and went to third on defensive indifference. Joey Gallo did what he had to do. With the Rays putting on the shift and conceding the whole left side, Gallo bunted there to bring in Stanton and bring the tying run to the plate. Gio Urshela singled and was PR for by Tyler Wade. Brett Gardner singled to make it 4-3. But then PH Gary Sanchez and Rougned Odor both struck out to end the game.

Stanton 2 hits, RBI
Urshela 2 hits
Gardner 2 hits, RBI

Cortes (L, 2-3) 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.90
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.65 (Pit/NYY)
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1 HBP 3.44 (SF/NYY)
Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.21
German 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 4.58
Abreu 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.15

Game 159. Yanks inch closer to WC berth with 6-2 win over Toronto. Smash 5 HR.

The Yankees are thisclose to a playoff berth after beating Toronto 6-2 Thursday night. That, coupled with Boston losing to lowly Baltimore again, gave the Yanks a little cushion in the wild card standings.

WILD CARD STANDINGS

YANKEES 91-68 — Top wild card as of now, game would be at home.
Boston AND Seattle 89-70 -2 (if tied, Game 163 in Boston)
Toronto 88-71 -3; 1 game behind Boston and Seattle.

Hey, as Blondie sang, Dreaming is Free. We can dream the Yankees get the top seed, and that there is a tie for the other wild card game and that that game wears out whoever the Yanks have to play. Nothing wrong with dreaming, right?

The AL has their division winners. The wild cards are unknown. The winner of the wild card game takes on Tampa Bay in an ALDS. The other ALDS is Chicago vs. Houston. The NL has the Cardinals taking on either the Giants or the Dodgers in the wild card game, winner faces Giants or Dodgers. Atlanta faces Milwaukee in the other NLDS.

I ain’t going into wild card tie scenarios, especially if the AL comes down to three or four-way ties.

Just win, Yanks.

The Yanks hit five home runs in their 6-2 win. Aaron Judge got the Yanks on the board right away in the first inning with a 455 ft. HR, his 38th of the season. 1-0 Yanks, and Judge wasn’t finished.

Thorn-in-the-Yankees-side Bo Bichette started a Blue Jays rally and scored in the second inning to tie the game. Judge made a diving catch for the third out to save another run. Toronto went up 2-1 in the fifth, when Vlad Guerrero’s RBI double just missed being a 2-run HR.

In the top of the sixth, the Yanks dropped the hammer. With one out, Anthony Rizzo and Judge homered back-to-back to put the Yanks up 3-2. For Rizzo, HR #21 (Cubs/NYY) and #250 of his career. For Judge, #39, this one a 441 ft. HR. Giancarlo Stanton then walked, and Gleyber Torres joined the HR party with #9, a 425-ft. blast, to give the Yanks a 5-2 cushion.

Brett Gardner made it 6-2 in the top of the ninth with his 10th HR of the season.

Before the game, Luke Voit to the IL, Albert Abreu brought up. X-Rays on Joey Gallo were negative and he entered the game late as a defensive replacement.

D.J. LeMahieu had to leave the game with a hip injury.

Rizzo solo HR (21; Cubs/NYY) #250 of his career
Judge 2 solo HR; 2 RBI (39) and a fine diving catch to save a run
Torres 2-run HR (9)
Gardner solo HR (10)


Kluber 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.83
King (W, 2-4) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.14
Severino (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Green (H, 18) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.16
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.42

King and Severino could really be weapons out of the bullpen.



Game 158. Jays edge Yanks, 6-5. 4 games left and 4 team WC scramble.

Yankees’ ace Gerrit Cole didn’t have it last night as the Yankees’ 7-game winning streak was snapped by Toronto, 6-5.

A few starts ago, Cole had to leave the game early with tightness in his hamstring. The Yanks have not said anything since, but Cole hasn’t been the same since. I wonder if there is a correlation, and if it is still bothering him. Cole could be forced to start Sunday on three days rest if the Yankees need to win Sunday to make the postseason.

It is a 4-team scramble for the two wild card spots. Oakland has been eliminated.

Wild Card Standings:

YANKEES 90-68 — top wild card for now, four games to go
Boston 89-69 -1 2nd wild card for now
Seattle 89-70 – 1 1/2 just 1/2 game behind Boston
Toronto 88-70 -2 1 game behind Boston

By the way, Houston still hasn’t clinched the AL West. Their magic # is 1 over Seattle. And how would you like to be San Francisco or the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West? 104 wins for SF, 102 for LAD so far. One will have to host a one-game, sudden-death wild card game despite winning more than 100 games!

If the Yanks do make the postseason, here is hoping no one on the Yanks does what P Devin Williams of Milwaukee did in celebrating. He punched a wall and broke his throwing hand. No postseason for him, and a big loss for the Brew Crew.

Bo Bichette has killed the Yanks this year, hitting seven HR. Last night he hit two in Toronto’s win.

Cole gave up a 2-run HR in the first inning to Marcus Semien. Semien’s 44th HR of the season set a new record for second basemen in a season.

Cole gave up a run in the second. Bichette hit his first HR of the game in the third. After three, it was 4-0, Toronto.

With two out in the top of the fifth, the Yanks got two runs when Gleyber Torres doubled, Gio Urshela singled in Torres, and Brett Gardner doubled in Urshela. Torres was the first Yankee to reach base.

Cole gave up another run in the fifth, and on one double, wasn’t helped by his defense, especially Joey Gallo. 5-2, Toronto.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the sixth to cut it to 5-3. D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on a SF by Aaron Judge.

The Yankees tied it at five in the top of the seventh, but not without injury cost. Gallo led off the inning by getting HBP and had to leave the game later. Torres singled. After an out, Luke Voit PH and struck out but on a WP, both runners advanced, and Voit got injured. Kyle Higashioka singled to tie the game.

Gallo had to go for x-rays, and had to be PH for in the ninth inning. No word yet. Voit may be day-to-day.

In the bottom of the eighth, Bichette hit his second HR of the game, this one off reliever and losing pitcher Clay Holmes, and it was the game-winning blow. 6-5 Toronto.

Before the game, Jonathan Loaisiga activated of the IL, and Andrew Heaney optioned down.

Torres 3 hits
Higashioka 2 RBI


Cole 6 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.23
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.22
Holmes (L, 8-4) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.71 (Pit/NYY stats).

Game 154. Great night for Yanks. Gain on Boston, get separation. Stanton 4 RBI.

A great Friday night for the Yankees as they beat Boston 8-3. They pull within a game of Boston for the top wild card spot, and with Toronto losing to Minnesota again, gained a bit of separation between them and Toronto (who fell into a tie with Seattle).

Wild Card Standings

Boston 88-66 —- top wild card seed for now.
YANKEES 87-67 -1 2nd wild card seed for now (Boston would have tiebreaker)
Toronto and Seattle 85-69 3 behind Boston, 2 behind Yankees
Oakland 83-71 5 behind Boston, 4 behind Yankees; mathematically alive, but slim odds of being a WC.

The Yanks made a statement early. Four batters into the game, they were up 2-0. D.J. LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo led off with singles and an Aaron Judge double scored LeMahieu. Giancarlo Stanton’s groundout scored Rizzo and moved Judge to third. After a shallow flyout by Joey Gallo, Gleyber Torres singled in Judge. Before Boston got to bat, they were down 3-0.

The Yanks got four runs in the top of the third to go up 7-0. Rizzo led off the inning with a double, and Judge walked. Stanton followed with a 3-run HR (32). Gallo singled, and two out later, Brett Gardner walked. Kyle Higashioka then hit an infield popup that Boston’s infield let drop. Gallo scored, Gardner to third, Higashioka to first, and many boos from the Fenway Faithful.

Gerrit Cole wasn’t dominating, but was effective for the first five innings, shutting out Boston, although no inning was a clean, 1-2-3 inning. He faltered in the bottom of the sixth, giving up a 3-run HR to Rafael Devers.

Torres led off the top of the seventh with a HR (8) to make it 8-3 Yankees, and that wound up the final score.

Rizzo 2 hits
Stanton 3 hits, 4 RBI. 3-run HR (32)
Torres 3 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (8)
Gardner 2 hits

Cole (W, 16-8) 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.08
Holmes 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.88 (Pit/NYY)
Peralta 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.59 (SF/NYY)
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.30



Game 148. Yanks shutout Cleveland 8-0, hit 5 HR. Jump back into a WC spot.

Boston 84-65 1st WC Slot.
NYY 83-65 – 1/2, 2nd WC Slot
Tor 82-65 – 1 from Bos, – 1/2 from NYY
Oak 80-67 -3 from Bos, – 2 1/2 from NYY
Sea 79-68 – 4 from Bos, – 3 1/2 from NYY

From mlb.com

Scenario: Three-team tie for two Wild Card spots. If the Blue Jays, Yankees and Red Sox were all tied, with no other non-division winners in the AL ahead of them, the three teams would choose/receive A, B and C designations. Club A would host Club B. The winner of that game would be one Wild Card club, while the loser would then play Club C on the road to determine the other. The winners of the two games would face each other in the Wild Card Game. The three designations are decided by head-to-head records. The Red Sox went 10-9 against the Blue Jays and, as of this writing, are 10-6 against the Yankees, so they would have the first pick of designation. The Blue Jays are also 10-6 against the Yanks, as of this writing, so they would pick second. The Yankees would get whichever designation is left over. The first selection comes down to a choice of playing up to two games (Club A) or taking your chances as the home team in a single elimination game (Club C).

Ok, figured I’d give an update on the standings and the 3-way scenario first. The Yanks beat the Cleveland (Indians now, next year the [ugh] Guardians) 8-0 last night, hitting 5 HR. Corey Kluber, Michael King and Lucas Luetge combined for the shutout.

Lots of scoreboard watching this time of year. One way to avoid it, of course, is to take care of business earlier, so as to have a nice lead right now where it isn’t necessary, as Tampa Bay has done.

But it is what it is. As for now, the Yanks just have to keep winning.

Joey Gallo got the scoring started with a HR (36) in the bottom of the second to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead. He was not finished.

Aaron Judge hit one out in the bottom of the fourth to make it 2-0. HR #35 for Judge.

It stayed that way for a while. The Yanks broke open a tight ballgame by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Gallo led off the inning with a single because 1B Bobby Bradley slipped. Gleyber Torres walked, and Gio Urshela singled in a run. After a pitching change, Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR (9) to make it 6-0.

In the bottom of the eighth, Giancarlo Stanton and the red-hot Gallo hit back-to-back HR to make it 8-0. For Stanton, #29, and for Gallo #37 (combined Tex/NYY).

Judge 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (35)
Stanton solo HR (29)
Gallo 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2 solo HR (37, Tex/NYY)
Urshela 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 3-run HR (9)

Kluber (W, 5-3) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. 3.68
King (H, 2) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.36
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.79

Before the game, Clarke Schmidt was brought back up and Sal Romano was placed on the IL.

Luis Severino and Domingo German are close to returning. Both would be bullpen options to close out the season.

Game 146. Gardy saves Yanks in 4-3 win.

Yes, now is the time for scoreboard watching. The Yankees, already knowing that Toronto and Boston had earlier won, edged Baltimore 4-3 thanks to Brett Gardner’s 2-run single in the top of the ninth. The win ensured the Yanks of another winning season. They haven’t had a losing season since 1992.

The wild-card standings. Only 2 get to make the playoffs. A virtual 3-way tie. Just 16 games left.
Yankees and Toronto tied at 82-64 .562
Boston 83-65, in a virtual tie, but at .561, .001 back.

Oakland 78-67 – 3.5
Seattle 78-68 -4

The Yanks have today in Baltimore (funky 5 PM start), then come home for 3 against Cleveland and 3 against Texas. They have to make do against these below .500 teams, because after Cleveland it’s 3 in Boston, 3 in Toronto, and the 3 at home vs. Tampa Bay. It could come down to the last day. 90 wins probably won’t be enough.

The Yanks almost scored in the top of the second, when Gary Sanchez was robbed of a two-run HR by Orioles’ CF Cedric Mullens. Sanchez would be robbed of another hit later in the game.

They did score in the top of the third, when Gardner led off the inning with a single and Gio Urshela followed with a 2-run HR (12).

Yankees’ starter Nestor Cortes was “Nasty Nestor”, shutting out Baltimore until giving up a solo HR in the sixth. He struck out 11.

The Yanks took that 2-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but the Orioles got a leadoff single, then a groundout where the runner moved up. Gleyber Torres at second couldn’t start a DP (he’s been shaky defensively—on the radio Sterling and Waldman lamented that the DP wasn’t made) and it came back to hurt. A WP moved the runner to third, then a strikeout. With two out, and on an 0-2 pitch, Chad Green gave up a 2-run HR and the Orioles were up 3-2. Green, unfortunately, hasn’t been too reliable lately. It was the 14th HR Green has given up this season, and it was reported that it was the 8th HR allowed in the 7th inning or later by Green that either tied the game or gave the other team the lead. That’s the most in MLB. He had just given up the GW HR to Lindor and the Mets on Sunday night.

The Yanks miss the injured Loaisiga. (Not to mention Britton if he were healthy, O’Day, and they shouldn’t have traded Cessa).

It was a gut-punch that could have really dealt the Yanks a huge blow in this playoff race. They were now down to the ninth inning, and already knew they had to comeback to keep pace with Toronto and Boston, both who had already won.

Luke Voit led off the top of the ninth by drawing a walk. Tyler Wade PR for him. Gleyber Torres singled Wade to second. After a flyout, a double steal which proved huge. It enabled the Yanks to stay out of a game-ending DP and also forced Baltimore to bring the infield in. Gardner blooped a single over the drawn-in infield to score both runners and give the Yanks a 4-3 lead. The Yanks put another runner on, but couldn’t push another run across.

Aroldis Chapman closed out the game quite easily in the bottom of the ninth.

The Yanks kept pace, thanks to Gardner.

Torres 2 hits
Gardner 3 hits, 2 RBI, GW hit
Urshela 2-run HR (12)


Cortes 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 11 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.60 (What a revelation and savior he has been)
Green (BS, 6) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.46
Peralta (W, 5-3) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.86 (Combined SF/NYY)
Chapman (S, 27) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.58