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Yankee Killer Lary passes away at age 87.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Frank Lary, who got the nickname “the Yankee Killer” because he went 27-10 against the great Yankees teams from 1955-1961, has passed away at the age of 87.

Lary pitched for the Tigers 1954-1964, Mets 1964, Braves 1964, Mets again 1965 and White Sox 1965.

He led the AL in wins with 21 in 1956, and won 23 in 1961 for a Tigers team that won 101 games but finished second, eight games behind the Yankees. He finished 3rd in the CYA voting in 1961—when there was just one award and it wasn’t split into AL and NL winners—behind Hall of Famers Whitey Ford (who won) and Warren Spahn.

In that 1961 season, he not only finished third for the CYA, but was 7th in MVP, was an All-Star and won the Gold Glove.

He was a 3x All Star who got MVP consideration 3x and that CYA consideration once.

He led the league in games started 2x, complete games 3x, innings pitched 3x.

From 1955-1961, he averaged 17-13, 3.34 and an ERA+ of 121. He also averaged 257 IP per season.

After that 1961 season, when he went 23-9, 3.24 and led the majors in complete games with 22, Lary’s career fizzled out.

He was just 31.

From 1962-1965, he went just 11-23, 4.26, ERA+ 87.

For his career, Lary was 128-116, 3.49, ERA+ 114. His average 162 g. season was 14-12, 3.49.

As a hitter, he hit .177 with 6 HR.



Game 32. Nemesis Keuchel beats Yanks as Ellsbury gunned down at plate to end game, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sometimes you have someone who owns you. Years ago, Frank Lary of the Tigers was known as the Yankee Killer.

Dallas Keuchel of Houston can wear that motto now. The Yanks have had trouble touching him the past few years, and he is 4-2, 1.41 against them lifetime. That doesn’t include him shutting out the Yankees in the wild card playoff game two years ago.

Michael Pineda pitched well for the Yanks, making one big mistake, but had the misfortune to go up against Keuchel.

Still, the Yanks almost pulled it out. Down 3-1 with two out and two on in the ninth, Gary Sanchez singled for one run, but Jacoby Ellsbury, attempting to tie the game, was gunned down at the plate to end the game.

Pineda gave up a 2-run HR to Carlos Correa in the first inning, and the way Keuchel owns the Yanks, you knew that may just be enough.

Houston went up 3-0 in the fifth.

The Yanks got one in the fifth on a bases-loaded catcher’s interference call. Ellsbury was at the plate and it was the 28th time in his career he reached on catcher’s interference—one short of the all-time record held by Pete Rose.

The Yanks got 1st and 3rd with no one out in the sixth but couldn’t score.

That set up the ending.

The Yanks struck out 14x in the game.

I’m not the only one down on Chris Carter. Reading some Facebook and Twitter posts, I’m disappointed and down on him, but some of those posts are quite vicious.

I just hope Tyler Austin is healing well and can come back soon. Also that when Greg Bird is healthy, we see the real Greg Bird.

Lots of rumors about maybe the Yanks dipping into their prospect base to go after Pirates’ ace Gerrit Cole at the deadline?

Pineda (L, 3-2, 3.27) 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 0.47
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.98
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00

The move when Chad Green was returned to the minors was that the Yanks brought up reliever Giovanny Gallegos.

We’ll see how the rest of the weekend pans out. Houston (now with McCann and Beltran) has been playing well and is 24-11 with the win. The Yanks are now 21-11.