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Game 161. Yanks win, but Boston’s win relegates Yanks to WC.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (91-70) won 2-1 today, thanks to a bomb by Aaron Judge (HR # 52), but Boston beat Houston, so the Red Sox win the division and the Yanks are relegated to the top wild card seed.

CC Sabathia got the win, #237 of his career, and that passed Whitey Ford on the all-time wins list. It ties CC with one-time Yankees Waite Hoyt and Clark Griffith. Griffith, of course, is remembered best not for playing or managing the Yankees, but for being the owner of the Washington Senators for many years (Griffith Stadium).

In the fourth, Judge hit his bomb, a drive that cleared the LF bleachers and was estimated at 484 feet. Another Judge drive this year, maybe more towards CF, didn’t clear the bleachers and was measured at 495. Anyway, another bomb and #52 for the season.

With the HR, Judge and Sanchez set a record for most HR hit by a pair of teammates 25 or younger at 85 (Judge 52, Sanchez 33).

After the HR, with one out, Didi singled, went to second on a WP and scored on a single by Castro.

Toronto got a run in the eighth on a SF, but nothing more.

Judge HR (52)
Todd Frazier 2 hits.
CC ties Severino for team lead in wins this year.

Ellsbury or Hicks Tues. night? Interesting question. Hicks has the better OF arm, and since coming off the DL this week, robbed a guy of a grand slam and has hit 2 HR. He has 15 HR this year despite missing two months, while Ellsbury has 7 HR. I’d say Hicks.

With a righty on the mound, Frazier 3B, Bird 1B, Headley DH. I think Ellsbury and Holliday are on the bench. We’ll see. Ellsbury can, of course, PR, and Holliday can PH against a lefty pitcher if needed.

Sabathia (W, 14-5, 3.69) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R,  4 H, 0 W, 6 K.
Green (H, 9) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.83
Kahnle 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.59
Robertson (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1.84
Chapman (S, 22) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.22

Friday thoughts.

Posada in slump since his return (remember, he had no rehab games). 3 for 27.

Cervelli .181 in last 28 days.

Teixeira didn’t get over .200 until May 8th. His current .226 is the highest it’s been all year.

Dunno if A-Rod can DH. Awaiting word on that groin tightness. Hope no DL. 3B Brandon Laird is hitting .307-12-55 at AA, but he’s only played those 58 games at AA. He’s 22, righty bat, brother of the Tigers’ Gerald Laird.

A 28 year old veteran of the Mexican League, Jorge Vazquez, was on the DL most of this year. He just returned. At AA Trenton, he is 15 for 34 (.441). He had 57 games for Trenton in 2009, .329-13-56. He, like Alex and Laird, is a righty bat. Looking at baseballreference.com on Vazquez, however, it shows some brutal defense at 3B. Laird there is not much better.

Hmmm …. Lady Gaga is a Yankees fan? Considering what she did yesterday during the Mets’ DH at Citi Field, we may want to disown her. No need in having fans act like some fans did in Philly this year. Don’t know the complete story here, but gee, they start the boorishness young in Philly, don’t they? Wonder if that is how Pukemon got started?

Speaking of the Phils, let’s hope that their bats don’t wake up against the Yankees. They were shut out for the seventh time in 2010 last night. I know Rollins is out, but a team with Howard, Utley (8 for his last 56), Werth (1 for his last 17), Victorino shouldn’t have that much trouble scoring runs. The defending NL champs are down to 31-27 and now face Boston and the Yanks on the road.

Would people advocating trading Hughes and Cano for Johan Santana a few years back advocate that now? I think not. Patience IS a virtue.

Pettitte once again tries to go for two milestones. A win over the Astros tonight (first time he’s faced the team he briefly played for, 2004-2006) would be #237 of Pettitte’s career…passing Whitey Ford on the all-time list and tying him with Clark Griffith and Waite Hoyt. It also would be Andy’s 200th win as a Yankee.

Hmmm…consider this. Joel Sherman in the Post offers this scenario: No rumors, no talking to execs, just a thought. Say the Yanks trade Vazquez to an NL team at the deadline for prospects, then turn those prospects along with one or two of their own to Seattle for Cliff Lee. The Yanks want to be sure they don’t give up too much. But we’ll see what names (Montero, Romine, McAllister, Noesi, Dave Adams, Laird, Nova) all of a sudden get a lot of “trade bait” talk. I will add:

You may have three lefties (always good at the Stadium) in the four-man postseason rotation…

AND PHIL HUGHES IN THE BULLPEN. September could see limiting Phil’s innings.

Lee is 4-2, 2.77 for Seattle this year.

Ask yourself. Would you rather have Phil starting two games in a postseason series, or possibly having a bigger impact by being available for five games out of the bullpen as a bridge to Mo? It’s an interesting question, especially if Aceves can’t come back. Hughes…8-1, 2.71 now as the bridge (with Joba) to Mo in back of CC, AJ, Lee and Andy? That’d make us giddy and other teams sick.  

Sherman also raises the name of Matt Thornton, someone the Yanks have craved for a while. I’m not sold on Marte, and Logan didn’t show much. Thornton, the 6’6″ lefty White Sox reliever, is 33. 2-3, 3.81 with two saves this year. 23-22, 3.72 for his career.

If Alex has to miss time, and Teix continues to struggle, but the Yanks continue to play well because of a certain hitter, then the “Cano for MVP” chants could and should begin.

Game 56. Yanks @ Toronto. Andy misses 200th win as a Yankee, chance to pass Ford on All-Time Wins List.

34-21, 2 GB in AL East.

Boston and Toronto each tied for 3rd, 4 1/2 back. Interesting and close race.

Yanks 2 games worse than Pythagorean record. OPS+ 123, ERA+ 106.

Today’s lineup:

Derek Jeter SS .301-5-31-6/7; 112; 2818 hits. 229 HR. Leading MLB in AB.  
Nick Swisher RF .315-9-31-0/0; 158
Mark Teixeira 1B .221-8-34-0/0; 97; Amazing. #3 hitter has lineup’s worst, BA, OPS+
Alex Rodriguez 3B .299-8-43-2/4; 139  591 HR; 246 as Yankee. 299 SB. 8 hits from 2600.
Robinson Cano 2B .366-12-43-2/4; 177; leads MLB in hits.
Jorge Posada DH .313-6-14-0/0; 162   249 career HR.
Marcus Thames LF .304-2-10-0/0; 139
Francisco Cervelli C .294-0-24-0/0; 105
Brett Gardner CF .304-3-18-19/23; 115
Kevin Russo LF 6 for 28, .214; OPS+ 44

Andy Pettitte P    7-1, 2.48  ERA+ 165

Andy comes into today with 236 career wins, tied with Whitey Ford all-time. He has 199 of those wins as a Yankee. 37 came with the Astros.

Should Pettitte win today, #237 would tie a couple of pitchers who had Yankees connections: Clark Griffith, who pitched for and managed the Highlanders before owning Washington, and Waite Hoyt.

If you haven’t heard, pitching coach Dave Eiland has taken an indefinite leave of absence due to a personal matter. Hope all is ok.    

Hope I hit on some small wagers I placed on the Belmont.

Update: Thames was a late scratch, Russo in.

Vernon Wells hit a solo HR in the 2nd, Jeter a 2-run HR in the 5th. Mid 7th, Yanks 2-1. Pettitte brilliant once again, so far.  

…and as I write that, Alex Gonzalez ties it up with a HR. 5 HR for the Jays in two games so far. Time for the Yankees to do likewise.  

…and Andy won’t get the win today. A ND. 7 2/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W and 10 K.

Joba in.

…next post…

Rain in forecast. Pregame(?) notes.

The Weather Channel is predicting rain in the Bronx until shortly before gametime on Saturday, so tonight’s matchup (Sonnanstine vs. Kennedy) could be wiped out.

Bryan Hoch reports that Phil Hughes is the youngest pitcher to start one of the Yankees’ first three games of the season since Hall of Famer Waite Hoyt started the second game of the 1921 season vs. the Philadelphia A’s (21 years, 217 days). Hughes is currently the youngest pitcher in the majors. As for Hoyt, he pitched 1918-1938 with the N.Y. Giants, Red Sox, Yanks, Tigers, Philly A’s, Brooklyn and Pittsburgh and went 237-182, 3.59 (ERA+ 111) in his career. He won 19 at age 21 in 1921 and won 19 again in 1922. A mainstay of Huggins’ six pennant-winners and three World Championships, Hoyt won 22 for the 1927 Yanks and 23 in 1928. He also was on the 1931 pennant-winning A’s; the A’s picked him up mid-season. After his career ended, Hoyt became a long-time broadcaster for the Reds. He died in 1984, just two weeks short of his 85th birthday.

What a day for Johnny Cueto of the Reds. 7 IP, 10 K’s and the only man to reach base off of Cueto in Cueto’s MLB debut was Justin Upton on a HR. Meanwhile the Tigers have some problems. Not only were they swept by the Royals, but Miggy Cabrera has a sore quad, and Gary Sheffield tore a tendon in his finger.

Looks like MLBTR was misinformed, as Marcus Giles hasn’t gone to the Dodgers.

I hope you liked the briefing on the minor leagues…right down to low-A Charleston. I’ll be keeping it up throughout the year, as we hopefully watch prospects like Jackson, Montero, Tabata and Angellini (among others) climb through the ranks.

I don’t know if this is true or not, but it makes sense. I have been trying to find out why Melancon was listed as coming into the game for Tampa, but not facing any batters. None. He is listed in the box score. There is a report that he was inadvertently left off of the lineup card for God knows what reason. Just a mistake. He was brought into the game, and was going to pitch, but apparently it was pointed out that his name wasn’t on the lineup card, so he was ineligible. Thus he was announced and had to be replaced without facing a batter. As for the truth of it, I can’t verify it. However it makes sense. The scary thing was that Melancon was coming off of surgery, so anyone seeing the boxscore would think that maybe he got injured during his warmup tosses. Let’s hope the unconfirmed report is true.

Update, 4 p.m. This report is now confirmed. Shame on Luis Sojo for putting Yankee fans (yes, we even care about our players in A ball) into a panic, not to mention Yankee brass. I would have posted earlier, but for some reason, my area lost power for a few hours.