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Game 122. Severino gets first MLB win.


Plagued by lack of run support in his first three MLB starts, Luis Severino finally got some support on Saturday and went on to win his first MLB game when the Yanks beat Cleveland 6-2.

It was Jorge Posada Day at the Stadium, and the Yanks retired #20. Today they will be retiring #46 for Andy Pettitte and I’ll be up for the game.

Before the game, the Yanks recalled Brandon Pinder and DFA’d Chris Capuano….again. It’s the third time in a month that he’s been DFA’d by the Yanks.

They also made it official and released Garrett Jones.

Michael Pineda will start for the Yanks on Wednesday. For now, they will be going with a six-man rotation.

Severino gave up a HR in the first and nothing more.

The Yanks got that run back and more in the bottom of the first. Ellsbury singled, Gardner homered (12) to make it 2-1 and after an out, McCann homered (22) to make it 3-1.

A Cleveland error made it 4-1 in the second and later in that inning, Beltran’s SF made it 5-1.

Both teams got runs in the eighth, the Yanks’ run coming on a SF by John Ryan Murphy.

With the win, the 68-54 Yanks stay 1/2 game ahead of the Blue Jays in the AL East.

Severino (W, 1-2, 2.74) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 4 walks and 6 K.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.16
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.25
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.03.

Game 112. Yanks bats stay cold, and they fall out of first with another one-run loss.


The Yanks’ bats stayed cold last night, and it cost them first place as they lost 2-1 in Cleveland.

It is their sixth loss in the last seven games, and their fifth in a row. Four of those six losses have been by one run, and another was 2-0. Three of the losses were by 2-1 scores. One 2-1 loss was in 10 innings, another (a 5-4 loss) in 16. In the last seven games, the Yanks have scored just nine runs.That is 1.29 per game in that stretch, and remember, one game was 10 and another 16 innings.

If only for one big hit.

They are now 61-51, and 1/2 game behind the Blue Jays in the AL East.

Toronto 63-52 —
Yankees 61-51  – 1/2
Tampa Bay 58-56  -4 1/2
Baltimore 57-56   -5
Boston 50-64  -12 1/2

The Yanks managed only four hits last night, their sole run coming in the second on a Brian McCann HR (19). They had chances, like 2nd and 3rd, one out, and couldn’t score with Didi and Young at bat. A-Rod grounded into double plays twice. The Yanks struck out 11x.

Hopefully the bats wake up soon.

CC Sabathia pitched well, as have most of the Yankees’ pitchers in this stretch, but as this recent stretch has gone, received little support. He gave up solo runs in the fifth and sixth.

Sabathia (L, 4-9, 5.23) 6 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 2 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.97
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 1 K. 3.86.

Because of the 16 inning game on Tuesday night, the Yanks needed pitching help, and brought back Chris Capuano and Nick Goody. Capuano had cleared waivers after being DFA’d and was back at AAA. To make room for the two, the Yanks sent Brandon Pinder back down to AAA and DFA’d Garrett Jones again. Jones was DFA’d just a couple weeks ago, cleared waivers and re-signed with the Yanks when Dustin Ackley got hurt. I doubt if Jones will come back this time.

Game 106. Severino great in debut, but Yanks fall, 2-1.


In his major league debut, Luis Severino became the first AL pitcher EVER to give up two hits or less, with no walks and 7 k in his MLB debut. Ever.

The kid (21) looked good. Went five innings, only made one or two mistakes.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the Yanks lost 2-1, and their lead in the AL East has been cut to 4 1/2. It is six in the loss column, which is good. The Yanks have three more games to play than Toronto, which means three games in hand. If the Yanks win those three more games, there is nothing the Blue Jays can do. You control your own destiny, there.

After a week of simply pounding the baseball, and putting up run totals of 21, 13 (twice), and 12, it goes to figure that a knuckleball pitcher would throw them off their rhythm.

The only run the Yanks scored was on a seventh inning Carlos Beltran HR (9, #382 career, tying him with Jim Rice and Frank Howard on the all-time list).

Boston scored an unearned run in the second. With two out, Headley made a two-base throwing error and De Aza got an RBI double.  Ortiz homered in the fourth.

One thing I NEVER see, from Yankees’ pitchers or any other pitcher, is a brushback pitch. Fire one at Big Papi’s butt or at his feet. Nobody ever makes him move. Heck, if Drysdale or Gibson were pitching, they would knock him down. They knocked down Aaron, Mays, Frank Robinson. Pitchers let him (Ortiz) get too comfortable. Fire one inside at his butt or feet (I don’t advocate head hunting). Make him uncomfortable. Make him move his feet.

The Yanks did have two on in the ninth, but Brian McCann, pinch-hitting, flied out to end the game.

Severino (L, 0-1, 1.80) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 earned, 2 H, 0 walks, 7 K.
Warren 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.40.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 2.13.

Before the game, Cotham and Rumbelow were sent down to make room for Severino and Jones. Yes, after DFAing Jones to make room for Ackley, the Yanks re-signed Jones because Ackley got hurt. So Jones is replacing the guy who replaced him.

Game 102. Red hot Teixeira powers Yanks, 13-6.


For the second straight night, Mark Teixeira hit two home runs in a game, and the way he did it last night established a new major league record as the Yanks beat the Chicago White Sox 13-6.

Before the game, the Yanks made no major splash at the major league trade deadline. That isn’t to say that there weren’t some minor internal moves. To make room for newly acquired Dustin Ackley, the Yanks dfa’d Garrett Jones. Chris Capuano was outrighted to AAA SWB. Esmiel Rogers was released so that he could play in Korea. Slade Heathcott was optioned to AAA (rehab over).

Top prospect Luis Severino’s next start will be for the Yanks. They are bringing the 21-year old up, and his MLB debut may be on Tuesday against Boston in the Bronx. The exact date hasn’t been determined yet. The kid was 9-2, 2.45 this year between AA/AAA.

Bryan Mitchell will start for the Yanks on Saturday night.

Some may be upset that the Yanks didn’t make a major splash, but you have to give to get, and the Yanks were NOT giving up Severino, Bird or Judge. Mateo was mostly off limits as well, but was on the table in rumors involving Craig Kimbrel of the Padres.

Let’s hope the four develop into another “core four.”

Teix hit a homer from both sides of the plate in the same game for the fourteenth time in his career, breaking the record he shared with Nick Swisher.

Carlos Beltran doubled in a run in the first, then the Yanks got five in the second on an RBI single by A-Rod and Teix’s first HR of the game—a grand slam.

After the White Sox got two in the third on a HR by Jose Abreu, the Yanks came back with another five-run inning in the top of the fourth.

Chris Young doubled and scored on two wild pitches. After A-Rod walked, Teixeira hit his second HR of the game to pout the Yanks up 9-2. This second HR, #28 of the season, was #391 of Teixeira’s career, and passed Graig Nettles on the all-time list. Later in the inning, Bredan Ryan singled in a run and Didi Gregorius’ SF made it 11-2.

A Headley single in the fifth made it 12-2.

Ex-Yankee Melky Cabrera drove in a run in the bottom of the fifth for the Pale Hose to make it 12-3.

Ellsbury’s single in the sixth made it 13-3 Yanks. Chicago got two in the seventh and one in the ninth to make it 13-6 as the final.

With the win, the Yanks are 58-44. 60 games to go, and they have a six-game lead.

A-Rod 2 for 2, 3 walks, scored 4 times.
Teixeira 3 for 4, 2 walks, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Beltran & Ryan each had 3 hits and an RBI.
The Yanks banged out 18 hits.

Eovaldi (W, 11-2, 4.30) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K.
Warren 2 1/3 IP,  2 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 4 K. 3.50
Goody 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 k. 6.75

Game 101. Yanks lose in 9th, 7-6. Pineda to DL, CC to hospital, Yanks make minor deal.


Before the game, the Yanks traded OF Ramon Flores and RHP Jose Ramirez to Seattle for utility man Dustin Ackley. Mostly a 2b/lf, Ackley can also play 1B, CF and RF. Ackley, 27, was hitting .215-6-19, OPS+ 79, for Seattle this year. His 162 g. average is .243-12-56, OPS+ 92. His versatility means that Garrett Jones could be gone.

Also before the game, Michael Pineda was scratched from his start and placed on the DL with a forearm strain. CC Sabathia, on normal rest, started instead. After the game, CC showed signs of dehydration, and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The Yanks brought up Bryan Mitchell and Nick Goody before the game. Caleb Cotham was sent back to AAA.

Meanwhile, the Yanks saw Toronto get David Price, and one Yankees’ target, Cincy’s Mike Leake, was dealt to SF. The trade deadline is this afternoon.

As for the game, the Yanks were edged 7-6 on a Josh Hamilton walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th. The Yanks’ lead is now six over Baltimore and the refurbished (Tulo and Price) Toronto. The Yanks are 57-44.

In the first, the Yanks jumped out to a 3-0 lead on an Ellsbury triple, a SF by Gardner, a solo HR (25) by Teixeira and a single by McCann, walk to Beltran and RBI single by Headley.

But CC gave it right back on a 3-run HR by Hamilton. Then in the second,he gave up the lead on a HR by Choo.

The Yanks took back the lead in the top of the third on a 2-run HR (16) by McCann. 5-4 Yanks.

In the bottom of the fourth, Jacoby Ellsbury missed trying to make a diving catch and Ryan Rua had an inside-the-park HR to tie up the game for Texas.

The Yanks went back up, 6-5, in the seventh when Teixeira did a Texas two-step with his second HR of the game. #26 of the season was #389 of his career, tying Johnny Bench on the all-time list and placing Teix one behind Graig Nettles.

The Yanks couldn’t hold the lead again, though, as Texas got one in the seventh to tie before Hamilton’s walkoff single in the 9th.

The Yanks had a chance to score a run in the 8th, Beltran singled to start the inning, but Headley GIDP. They still managed to load the bases after that, but Gardner struck out.

Nick Goody made his MLB debut in the game.

Sabathia 5 IP, 5 R,  9 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 5.54
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.65
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 1.32
Goody 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.   27.00
Miller  (L, 0-2, 1.54) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

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


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.


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.