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Game 97. Six in Sixth means a 6 1/2 game lead.

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Back in spring training, did you think the first Yankee starter to 10 wins would be Nathan Eovaldi?

But that is what happened Sunday as Eovaldi improved his record to 10-2 when the Yanks beat the Twins 7-2.

The win gives the Yanks a 6 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

Minnesota scored a run in the third but the Yanks tied it up in the fifth on a HR by Chase Headley (9).

The Yanks then exploded for six runs in the sixth. Gardner singled and Teixeria and McCann walked to load the bases with no one out. After Beltran struck out, Jones singled in one and Headley singled in two to make it 4-1. Then, finally, a squeeze play! The Yanks hardly ever do it, but should do it with guys like Didi and Drew. Didi squeezed home a run to make it 5-1, then Drew hit a 2-run HR (13) to make it 7-1.

The Twins got a run in the 8th for the final score of 7-2.

Eovaldi, who hasn’t been going deep into games, went 8 today.

Eovaldi (W, 10-2, 4.27) 8 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 5 K.

Wilson, 0 IP (2 batters) 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K, 2.57.

Betances 1 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.38.

The Yanks now head down to Texas.

Big pickup for KC today. The defending AL Champs, who have the best record in the AL right now, picked up Johnny Cueto from the Reds. Cueto is one of the best starters in baseball.

Game 83. Yanks lose in 10, 4-3.

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When Andrew Miller returns to the Yanks today, it may be a good thing for Dellin Betances—that and the all-star break, even though Betances is on the All-Star team.

One thing manager Girardi has to watch out for is overuse of his bullpen members. Lately Betances has shown some signs of being in a rut. He had that bad game against the lowly Phils, gave up a HR (his first in a long time) to the Rays just a few days ago and last night gave up a tenth-inning HR to lose the game for the Yanks, 4-3. Maybe he just needs a bit of a rest to get his mechanics back.

With the loss, the Yanks are 44-39, but still have a 1 1/2 game lead over both Baltimore and Toronto in the AL East. Tampa Bay is 2 1/2 out and don’t look now, but last-place Boston is just five out.

Nathan Eovaldi gave up a run in the top of the first, but the Yanks came back with two on singles by McCann and Jones.

After the A’s tied it in the third, Didi Gregorius put the Yanks up 3-2 in the fourth with an RBI single.

Chasen Shreve, who like Betances has been great this year, had a blip of his own last night, giving up a game-tying HR in the sixth before Betances served up the game-losing HR in the tenth.

Eovaldi was ok, but once again didn’t give much length. Granted, Girardi pulled him after just 86 pitches. This is something the Yanks have to fix. You can’t be wearing out the bullpen. I do wonder why an ex-starter (Warren) went just one inning, but Betances was allowed to pitch a second inning. It was in that second inning of work where Betances gave up the HR. Oh, well. There was a little too much mixing and matching for my taste. That’s just me.

Anyway, the Yanks get Ellsbury and Miller back today and we’ll see what the respective roster moves are.

Eovaldi 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K. 4.45
Shreve 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.10
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.48 (why not longer?)
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.97
Betances (L, 5-2, 1.65) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K.
Capuano 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.76.

Game 79. Yanks edge Angels, 3-1.

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It isn’t pretty sometimes, but Nathan Eovaldi is 8-2. The ERA is still 4.52 and sometimes he doesn’t go as deep in games as you may like, but I’ll take the 8-2.

He pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings yesterday to gain the win as the Yanks beat the Angels 3-1.

The Yanks scored in the third on a single by Gregorius, a sac bunt by Drew and an RBI single by Headley.

Garret Jones homered (5) in the sixth to make it 2-0.

Chasen Shreve got out of a bases-loaded, one out jam in the bottom of the sixth to keep it 2-0. Mark Teixeira helped with some fine defense.

With one out in the top of the eighth, McCann singled, Jones walked and Young singled to load the bases. Gregorius’ single made it 3-0.

Mike Trout homered in the bottom of the eighth to make it 3-1, the final score.

Eovaldi (W, 8-2, 4.52) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 3 K.
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.64. He’s been great.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.21.
Betances (7th save) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 1.13.

Headley had 3 hits and an rbi. 2 hits for Young (red hot) and 2 hits and an RBI for Gregorius.

The Yanks are off today. They are back home and have a big weekend series vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. We’ll see if Ellsbury returns to the Yanks this weekend.

The standings. Four AL East teams within one game.

Baltimore 42-36 —
YANKEES 42-37  – 1/2
Tampa Bay  42-38  -1
Toronto 42-38  -1
Boston 36-44  -7

Taylor Dugas, who  between AA and AAA, was only hitting .198-0-13, got a callup. Why Dugas, a lefty-hitting OF and not someone else? I’ll let the LOHUD Yankees blog explain. This was written before yesterday’s game. The Yanks didn’t need Dugas or Beltran in yesterday’s game.

Clearly this is an unusual situation. If the Yankees knew Beltran’s injury were going to require a disabled list stint, they surely would have recalled Ramon Flores, but Flores can’t come up yet without putting someone on the DL, and the Yankees aren’t sure they need to do that with Beltran. Basically, they need an extra position player to fill out the bench for a game or two, and Dugas fits the role, despite his ugly numbers in the minors and the fact he wasn’t even invited to big league camp.

“We paid attention,” Joe Girardi said. “He had a tremendous year last year, a guy who really grinds out at-bats and plays hard. We knew who he was.”

This call-up might last only a game. If Beltran’s legitimately hurt, Flores will surely return, and there’s a solid chance Jacoby Ellsbury will be ready by Friday. Right now, the Yankees are hoping Beltran will also be available on Friday. Beltran said he’s ready to test his ribcage/oblique mid-game to see if he’s available to pinch hit, but Girardi said he’ll only ask Beltran to do that if absolutely necessary.

Ideally, the Yankees would like to give Beltran tonight and tomorrow off, then reevaluate the situation.

“Today I woke up feeling better,” Beltran said. “We do some tests, movement. I just feel like tight, but I don’t feel the pain I feel when I took the swing. Of course, I have to go to the cage and test it out.”

For now, the Yankees have their extra outfielder. On Friday, they’ll figure out if they need something more than a temporary placeholder.

“That’s a good sign that (Beltran) doesn’t wake up and feel really sore,” Girardi said. “So we won’t make any move concerning him, and we’ll see what happens in a couple days when we get back.”

• To make room on the roster — both the 25-man and the 40-man — Esmil Rogers has once against been outrighted to Triple-A. He’s off the 40-man again, which is surely good news for Bryan Mitchell and Nick Rumbelow, who get to stick around at least a little longer.

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 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 54. Along came Jones. Yanks sweep Seattle, 3-1.

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You can forgive Seattle if they won’t play the old 1950s hit Along Came Jones for a while.

For the second straight game, a Garrett Jones HR by the Yanks was the game-winner. They beat Seattle Wednesday 3-1 to go to 29-25 on the season. On course for 87-75. We await word on Tampa Bay’s game to see what kind of an AL East lead the Yanks will have. (Update: The Rays won, the Yanks’ lead is still one game).

More surprising was how well Masahiro Tanaka pitched in coming off the DL. Tanaka was on an 80-85 pitch limit. He went 7 innings and threw just 76 pitches.

He gave up just 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 9 K. 3-1, 2.76.

The guy flat out knows how to pitch. Now if only the Yanks can keep him healthy.

For in 25 starts in his MLB career, he is 16-6, 2.77.

The Yanks made a surprising move in getting Tanaka off of the DL. They DFA’d Carpenter.

Mark Teixeira homered in the second, #16 on the year, #379 for his career, tying a couple of other good first basemen, Tony Perez and Orlando Cepeda, on the all-time list.

Tanaka gave a run back in the third, and was saved from giving up another by LF Ramon Flores. Just called up a week ago, Flores is just 2-14 as a hitter but has thrown two runners out at the plate.

In the fourth, Jones hit his two-run HR (3) which was the game-winner.

After Tanaka left,

Capuano 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 6.23
Miller (17th save) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 1.08.

A-Rod was hitless, stuck at 2987.

Brian McCann was removed after his first at bat due to a sore foot,. MRI tomorrow.

The Yanks are off on Thursday.

Game 53. Yanks win in 11, 5-3.

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Baseball is a funny game. You never know what you may get in a given day. On one day, the Yanks can knock out of the box one of the best pitchers in the majors. On the next, they can struggle against a pitcher making his MLB debut.

In that same game, players who have been struggling all year can also turn out to be heroes. It’s a new day. Such was the case in the Yanks’ 5-3, 11-inning win on Tuesday evening over Seattle. The win puts the Yanks at 28-25 and maintains a one-game lead in the AL East.

The Yanks scored a run in the third on a Mark Teixeira double. This occurred shortly after Seattle’s catcher and manager were both ejected after an A-Rod walk. A-Rod stayed at 2987 career hits since he was hitless in the game.

CC Sabathia, who has been struggling most of this year, turned in a decent performance, going 5 2/3 and giving up just two runs. One run happened when David Carpenter, also struggling, gave up a go-ahead double with two out and two on in the sixth.

But heading into the top of the ninth, the Yanks were down 2-1. Down to their last out, and with Chase Headley on first via a walk, Brian McCann singled and the struggling Stephen Drew doubled to tie up the game.

Redemption is a sweet thing, especially when it’s been a tough year. Maybe a game like this will get them going.

In the top of the 11th, Garrett Jones hit a 3-run HR, just his second HR of the season, to put the Yanks up 5-2. Andrew Miller gave up a run in the bottom of the 11th, but struck out Nelson Cruz (who was the winning win) with two on to end the game.

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 6 K. 5.45
Carpenter 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.42
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.38
Lindgren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.15
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00
Wilson (W, 2-0, 4.58) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Miller (16th save) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K.  1.16

The Yanks have an afternoon game on getaway day. They play the Mariners at 3:40 PM Eastern Time. Masahiro Tanaka comes off the DL to start.