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S.T. Game 18. Yanks fall 3-1 to Phils, make more cuts.

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The Yanks made a few more cuts today. From MLB.com:

Right-hander Brooks Kriske was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Right-hander Albert Abreu and outfielder Estevan Florial were optioned to Double-A Trenton. Right-handers Luis Gil and Luis Medina have been optioned to Class A Advanced Tampa. In addition, right-handers Domingo Acevedo and Alexander Vizcaíno were reassigned to Minor League camp.

I think you may see Kriske sometime this year in the Bronx.

Gary Sanchez is expected to catch Friday after being shut down for a few days with a sore back.

As for the game Monday, the Yanks (10-6-2) lost to the Phils, 3-1. J.A. Happ was solid, giving up one run in four innings on a HR. But Mike King gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the eighth that lost the game.

So far, it’s an encouraging spring from Happ. If he gets back to 2018 or 2016 form, he helps make up for this year’s loss of Severino.

Happ 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K.  1.38  Gave up a solo HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  0.00
King (L, 0-1) 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.86  Gave up 2-run HR.
Holder 1/3 IP 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  0.00

Just a hunch. I think Loaisiga gets the #5 starter spot (barring injury) and Garcia, Schmidt and King go to AAA. I have no clue as to what the Yankees do with Tropeano. Once Paxton is back, Loaisiga goes to the bullpen. The Yanks probably won’t push Loaisiga, but hope he gives four or five. Now what happens when German is ready is up in the air. For when Paxton does return, you have Cole, Tanaka, Happ, Montgomery and Paxton. Three lefties in the rotation, especially at Yankee Stadium, is a good thing so there is no guarantee that German gets his starting role back.

Of course, much could change with injuries and/or ineffectiveness.

S.T. Game 12. Happ looks good in Yanks’ 3-2 win over Phillies.

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With Luis Severino out for the year, the Yanks will need J.A. Happ to step up and be what he was in 2018, not 2019.

So far, early returns in spring training have been encouraging.

Happ threw 4 shutout innings against the Phillies last night, striking out six, as the Yankees (8-3-1) beat the Phils, 3-2.

“The Machine”, D.J. LeMahieu, had two hits.

Happ (W, 2-0) 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K.  1.00
King (H, 2) 3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.70  Gave up 2 -run HR. Hurt chances for the #5 spot.
Lyons (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  0.00
Otero (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00

Thought Chapman would pitch last night, but he didn’t. He’ll go Friday.

Meanwhile, Aaron Judge is undergoing a huge battery of tests (close to if not already at double digits) to determine the cause of the trouble in his right shoulder/pectoral muscles.

Gleyber Torres made his third error of the spring. Needs to clean it up a bit what with the switch from 2B to SS.

 

S.T. Game 6: Yanks win 7-1 and competition heats up for #5 rotation slot.

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The Yanks won their third S.T. game in a row, 7-1 , to go to 3-2-1 in Spring Training.

Tyler Wade and Clint Frazier hit back to back HR in the first inning, with Wade’s being a 2-run shot.

Mike Ford had two hits, including a 2-run HR of his own.

What really looked good was the pitching, especially the guys following J.A. Happ.

Here is the pitching line:

Happ (W, 1-0) 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.80
King (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.   0.00
Schmidt 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.  0.00
Loaisiga 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K  0.00

With Paxton, Severino and German all out to start the season (and for Severino, out the entire season), it looks like Happ moves up to the #3 slot, and the Yanks need Happ to be what he was in 2018 when the Yanks got him from Toronto (7-0, 2.69 in 11 starts; 16-7 overall Tor/NYY) and not the Happ who struggled last season.

Jordan Montgomery looks like the #4 starter, and that #5 spot is up for grabs.

Three of the guys in contention for that #5 spot in the rotation pitched today—those three guys right after Happ.

Good to see all do well and it be a tough, healthy competition where no one wins it on default but on merit.

Great job by all three today. Happ, too.

 

S.T. Game 1: Happ looks great, but Yanks fall, 2-1.

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First things first. As far as spring training results go, I don’t care until about March 17 or so.

Most early S.T. games are decided late by players who will be in the minors, sometimes AA or lower, so there is that.

I do care about injuries. Making sure your top players don’t get hurt in these games. And in that regard, news about Aaron Judge’s aching shoulder are encouraging.

Already we know about German’s suspension. Paxton being out. The uncertainty of Severino. Hicks out until June. We don’t need more.

The Yanks only got three hits today—all by minor leaguers—in a 2-1 loss to Toronto.

There was some good in this.

J.A. Happ pitched two perfect innings. Six up, six down. Happ had a poor 2019 (12-8, 4.91) but was 7-0, 2.69 after the Yanks traded for him in 2018, a season in which he went 17-6, 3.65 between Toronto and the Yanks. He went 20-4, 3.18 for Toronto in 2016.

Happ, 37, needs to step up with German, Paxton and probably Severino out. Today was a good starting point.

The Yanks’ only run came on a bottom of the ninth HR by Chris Gittens. Gittens will probably start the year at AAA SWB. He isn’t young, 26. He hit .281-23-77 at AA last year.

Another hit, a double, came off the bat of Ben Ruta. Ruta, an OF, turns 26 in June. He’ll probably be at AAA too. He hit .260-8-55 with 25 SB at AA Trenton last year. So far in the minors he has shown a decent BA (.271) but no power, but good speed.

The game ended with the Yanks having the tying run on second and the winning run on first.

Pitching line:

Happ 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
King 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Tropeano (L) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  9.00
Avilan 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.   13.50
Ort 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  0.00
Acevedo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K, 0.00
Kriske 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00

Ok, something on some other guys. Tropeano, 29, RHP, has pitched in the majors for Houston and the Angels. 39 starts and  3 relief appearances, so he is competing for a 5 spot or spot starter/long relief role, probably against Cessa. MLB career: 12-14, ERA 4.51. ERA+ 90.

King got in one game at the end of the year for the Yanks last year after being injured most of the year. 2 IP, 1 R, unearned. He had a great 2018 in the minors, going 11-5, 1.79 from High A to AAA. He’ll be 25 in May. He is fighting for the #5 starter job, probably will go to AAA but I think you WILL see him sometime this season.

The last person to discuss, and don’t disregard him, is Brooks Kriske. This is a guy I feel you WILL see this year. Between High A and AA last year, the RHP went 3-3, 2.08 with 12 saves and 80K in 60.2 IP. Someone to keep an eye on.

 

Cole’s first S.T. game to be Monday.

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Gerrit Cole’s first spring training game is set to be Monday, as the Yanks’ line up their new ace to open the season in Baltimore on March 26.

The spring training game—-the second at home for the Yanks at their S.T. home in Tampa—will be against the team Cole broke into the majors with, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

As for Saturday and the Yanks’ S.T. opener at home vs. Toronto, the starter will be J.A. Happ.

As for Aaron Judge’s sore shoulder, if it were the regular season, he’d be playing, but there is no use in taking unnecessary risks in spring training.

With Andy Pettitte in camp as an adviser, and currently working with Masahiro Tanaka on a cutter, you have to wonder if pitching coach could be in Andy’s future?

Paxton to be out until early June after spinal surgery.

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Well, now we know one reason why J.A. Happ wasn’t traded.

From mlb.com:

Paxton’s season debut will be delayed after the Yankees announced on Wednesday that the left-hander underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy with removal of a peridiscal cyst.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas, and the club said that Paxton’s approximate timeline to return to Major League action is three to four months.

General manager Brian Cashman said that Paxton first reported the injury issue in September, receiving treatment after his final regular-season start on Sept. 27 against the Rangers in Arlington.

Paxton received an injection, and Cashman said the hurler’s recovery was part of the reason he was pushed back to start Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros, with the Game 1 nod going to Masahiro Tanaka.

Following the season, Cashman said multiple doctors recommended a conservative treatment program that did not require surgery. Paxton contacted the Yanks about four to six weeks ago to report a recurrence of the discomfort, at which time the conservative protocol was again recommended.

So with this, Tanaka moves to #3 (with Cole 1 and Severino 2) and Happ moves up to 4. It opens #5 up for Jordan Montgomery, or perhaps, Luis Cessa, Jonathan Loaisiga, Mike King or even maybe Clarke Schmidt or Deivi Garcia.

Not only that, it means that both Paxton and Domingo German would be scheduled to come back at about the same time.


Meanwhile big news as Boston trades Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers. The Dodgers make two moves, sending Kenta Maeda to the Twins and Joc Pederson to the Angels.

Yankees/Dodgers WS?

ALCS Game 6. Altuve’s walkoff HR in bottom of 9th ends Yanks’ season, WS is Houston/Washington.

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I’ll get into some mistakes I think the Yanks made in this ALCS in another post. For now, just a game post.

Jose Altuve (ALCS MVP) hit a walkoff HR in the bottom of the ninth to give Houston a 6-4 win and send the Astros to the WS where they’ll meet the Washington Nationals. It’s the second pennant for the Astros in three years. Houston won the 2017 WS.

For the Yankees, it’s the first decade since the 1910s where they haven’t made a WS appearance. They did lose four ALCS’s in the 2010s.

2010: Lost in 6 to Texas.
2012: Swept by Detroit in the series where Derek Jeter broke his ankle in Game 1.
2017: Lost in 7 to Houston.
2019: Lost in 6 to Houston.

The use of an opener didn’t work well for the Yanks, because Chad Green gave up a 3-run HR in the first inning to Yuri Gurriel with two out. The HR came right after a mound visit. That sure didn’t work well.

The Yanks got one run back in the second when slumping players Didi Gregorius doubled and Gary Sanchez singled him in. Later, with two out and two on, Brett Gardner struck out on a questionable call. It was the first of many breaks that did not go the Yankees’ way last night.

The Yanks loaded the bases in the third, but Didi Gregorius grounded out to end the inning. Why he swung at the first pitch, who knows. Down 3-1, needing to get back in the game, and a new pitcher just in the game, make him throw strikes. Check his nerves out. Instead, it appeared Didi succumbed to the nerves and pressure. He should have taken one. That, I couldn’t understand. Big mistake by Didi there, I thought, and think.

Gio Urshela homered in the fourth to make it 3-2 and the Yanks then didn’t catch another break. Gardner, up next, hit a long drive to right that looked as if it would tie up the game but it went just foul. He wound up singling but the Yanks couldn’t get him in.

With two out and one on in the top of the sixth, Gardner lined one to right but Josh Reddick made a diving catch on it.

Altuve, who had doubled and scored in the first, walked to lead off the bottom of the sixth for Houston. He went to third on a single by Michael Brantley and scored on a forceout. 4-2 Houston.

In the top of the seventh, another bad break for the Yanks. With Aaron Judge on first and one out, Aaron Hicks lined one to left. Brantley made a diving catch and doubled Judge off of first.

With one out and one on in the top of the eighth, Houston turned a nifty DP to get out of the inning. All breaks were going against the Yanks. The Yanks escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the eighth and went into the ninth down 4-2.

In the top of the ninth, it appeared that maybe the baseball gods would finally smile on the Yankees. Gio Urshela singled. Brett Gardner struck out after almost being HBP. D.J. LeMahieu then tied the game with a HR that barely cleared the wall and the leap of George Springer, now playing RF. 4-4.

Aroldis Chapman started the bottom of the ninth ok with a strikeout and pop up, but then walked Springer. Altuve then hit his pennant-winning HR.

LeMahieu 2-run Game tying HR in top of 9th.
Encarnacion 0 for 3, walk, 3 strikeouts. He killed the Yanks this series.
Gregorius 2 hits, but that first pitch groundout with the bases loaded in the third hurt.
Urshela 3 for 3, HR.

Green 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up HR
Happ 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  Maybe should have started, given more length?
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Chapman (LOSS) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H,  1 W, 1 K.  Gave up GW HR.

In retrospect, maybe the Yanks should have just started Happ and asked for four or five from him. There are a lot of things they could and/or should have done differently this series. That is for the next post, coming later today.

 

 

ALCS Game 2. Houston evens up the series with a walkoff HR in the 11th, wins 3-2.

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Justin Verlander was as tough as we thought he’d be. But the Yanks still had a chance to go up 2-0 in the series. Instead, they lost to Houston 3-2 in 11 innings and head home with the ALCS tied at a game apiece.

The problem is, certain guys not having good postseasons so far continued not to produce, and that hurt the Yanks in Game 2. See below.

James Paxton didn’t last long, giving up a run in the second, and getting knocked out in the third inning.

Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR in the fourth for the Yanks’ only two runs of the game.

Chad Green did a great job in relief of Paxton, but Adam Ottavino, in relief of Green, gave up a HR on his very first pitch in the bottom of the fifth and the game was tied at two.

In the bottom of the eleventh, J.A. Happ gave up a HR to Carlos Correa on his first pitch of the inning, and the game was over. A tough, extra-inning loss, where a win would have put Houston’s backs against the wall what with the next three games in the Bronx.

Before the game, it was announced that Giancarlo Stanton had a quad strain, is day to day and was out of the Game 2 lineup. Cameron Maybin, who had a hit and a walk, replaced him. Aaron Hicks replaced Maybin later in the game.

Ottavino hasn’t had a good postseason so far. In 2 1/3 IP, he’s only given up 1 R, but on 5 H, 2 walks.

Gary Sanchez is 2 for 17 this postseason.

Edwin Encarnacion had a decent series against the Twins, but is 0 for 8 with 6 strikeouts against Houston.

Hopefully the off-day today (The NLCS will play Game 3 tonight) will give those players time to regroup and get right.

Game 3 features Severino vs. Cole. With tight games like this, not only do you need great pitching, which the Yanks so far have gotten for the most part (3 runs given up in 19+ innings) but you also have to play littleball, knowing you probably aren’t going to score many runs off of Houston.

Judge 2-run HR
Encarnacion 0 for 4, 3 strikeouts.
Sanchez 0 for 5, 3 strikeouts.
Paxton 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Ottavino (BS) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Sabathia 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Loaisiga 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Happ (LOSS) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up walkoff HR.

Hard-fought game. Tough loss.

To get to the WS, the Yanks have to beat Verlander and Cole. They had a chance last night to win a game Verlander started. They didn’t do it, although they came close. That hurts.

Now to try to get one against Cole.

ALDS Game 1: Torres and DJ lead Yanks to 10-4 win.

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In setting the roster for the Division Series, the Yanks went with Luke Voit over Mike Ford. Making the bullpen were Tyler Lyons, Luis Cessa and Jonathan Loaisiga.

The 25-man roster is:

C: Sanchez and Romine
IF/OF Wade
IF Voit, Encarnacion (who’ll DH), LeMahieu, Torres, Didi, Urshela
OF Stanton, Maybin, Gardner, Judge

P Paxton, Tanaka, Severino, Happ, Loaisiga, Cessa, Lyons, Kahnle, Green, Ottavino, Britton, Chapman.

The Yanks took Game 1 of the ALDS 10-4. Paxton had his usual first inning troubles, as even though he struck out the side, he gave up a solo HR. Twins up 1-0 already.

He gave up another HR in the top of the third. 2-0 Twins.

The Yanks came back with three in the bottom of the third. D.J. LeMahieu, who made an uncharacteristic error in the second inning (it didn’t come back to bite them) singled. Aaron Judge singled D.J. to second. After Gardner lined out to advance D.J., Edwin Encarnacion doubled to make it 2-1. Giancarlo Stanton walked to load the bases. Gleyber Torres bounced into a force out, but two runs scored on the fielding error when the Twins tried to turn the DP. 3-2 Yanks.

Paxton gave up a run in the top of the fifth, and was pulled from the game. He was OK, nothing special. Ottavino faced one man and walked him. Kahnle got the last out.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Yanks took the lead for good. Aaron Judge walked and Brett Gardner was HBP. After Encarnacion struck out, Stanton walked to load the bases. Torres hit a double to make it 5-3.

Kahnle gave up a HR in the top of the sixth that cut it to 5-4, Yankees. He walked the next guy but then Chad Green came in to get out of the inning.

The Yankees built a cushion in the bottom of the sixth when both LeMahieu and Gardner hit solo HR. 7-4.

They put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Stanton walked and was PR for by Cameron Maybin, who stole second. Expect to see that—Maybin for defensive purposes for Stanton late in games. Torres walked, and after Sanchez struck out, Maybin and Torres executed a double steal. Didi walked to load the bases. Urshela flied out, not deep enough to advance anyone, but then LeMahieu doubled, clearing the bases and making it 10-4.

LeMahieu 3 hits, solo HR, 4 RBI
Judge 2 walks; 2 diving catches
Gardner solo HR
Encarnacion 2 hits, RBI
Stanton 3 walks
Torres 2 RBI

Sanchez and Gregorius didn’t look too good at the plate.

Paxton 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR
Ottavino 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Kahnle (Winner) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Green (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Britton (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Happ 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.

In the other division series:

Houston won Game 1 6-2 over Tampa Bay. Verlander 7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 8 K. Jose Altuve HR.

Atlanta shut out St. Louis 3-0 to even that series at a game apiece. Mike Foltynewicz 7 shutout innings, Adam Duvall a PH 2-run HR.

Washington beat the L.A. Dodgers 4-2 to even that series at a game apiece. Stephen Strasburg (6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 10 K) out dueled Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw is a great pitcher, but his “kryptonite” is the postseason, where he has never dominated like he does in the regular season.

Notable Passing:

Tom Waddell, 60, went 15-11, 4.30 with 15 saves for the Indians from 1984-1985 and 1987.

Game 159. Yanks offense nonexistent (only 1 hit) in 4-0 loss.

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The Yankees may have been playing Tampa Bay the last two nights, but their offense wasn’t to be found either night.

Tampa Bay, of course, is still playing for their playoff lives while the Yanks have already clinched the AL East and at least the #2 AL seed.

Right after a 2-1, 12-inning loss on Tuesday night, the Yanks were shutout 4-0 on Wednesday night, and in that shutout they were nearly no-hit. The only hit the Yanks got was a D.J. LeMahieu sixth-inning single.

With the loss, the Yanks’ hopes of having the best record in the AL all but disappeared. At 102-57, they are 2 1/2 games behind Houston with 3 games to play. Houston holds the tiebreaker. In order to gain the #1 seed, the Yanks have to win all three games they have left while Houston has to lose all four they have left.

If the Yanks make it to the WS, at present they are 1/2 game BEHIND the Dodgers. The Yanks do hold the tiebreaker. So these two losses to the Rays do hurt.

It’s official. Domingo German (because of the domestic abuse incident being investigated) is out for the whole postseason as well.

In the home run race, with the Yanks hitting no homeruns last night and the Twins hitting two, the two teams are tied at 299 but the Twins have four games left, the Yankees three.

It is all but certain that the Yanks will play the Twins in the ALDS, with the Yanks holding the home field edge. Games 1 and 2 would be at Yankee Stadium Oct. 4 and 5, Game 5 in Minnesota Oct. 7, Game 4 if necessary Oct. 8 in Minnesota and Game 5 if necessary back in the Bronx on Oct. 10.

As for the game, Jonathan Loaisiga showed why he exasperates you. Great stuff but inconsistent. 2 strikeouts in the first inning, but he also have up 2 runs, inc. a HR to the first batter. 2020 will be a huge year for him. He needs to harness his great stuff and show consistency.

J.A. Happ came out of the bullpen and pitched well. If this was an audition for the postseason, where Happ and CC had to show they could perform well coming out of the bullpen, then both passed the audition.

As mentioned, the offense only had one hit. Aaron Judge was 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts with a walk. Giancarlo Stanton was 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts.   Kyle Higashioka was 0 for 2 with 2 strikeouts. The Yanks struck out 16x. Even the pinch-hitters struck out their only time up.

Loaisiga (L, 2-2, 4.70) 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Happ 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K.  4.91
Kahnle 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.43
Gearrin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  4.22
Tarpley 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  7.23
Cessa 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.73  Faced one batter, threw one pitch, a HR.
Chapman 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.25   Needed the work.

The Yanks are off Thursday. They finish with the Rangers with three games in Texas this weekend and these are the final three games in that ballpark. The Rangers move into a new ballpark next year. Hopefully the Yanks get back on the winning side to carry momentum into the playoffs.