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S.T. Game 9. Yanks lose, 3-1.

Chase Headley went 3 for 3 and C prospect Gary Sanchez hit a HR, but the Yanks managed just two other hits in a 3-1 loss to Baltimore on Tuesday.

Also in the day, it was announced that Hideki Matsui was hired by the Yanks to be a special assistant. Great move.

The loss puts the Yanks spring training record at 5-3-1.

The pitching line:

Chase Whitley 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 walks and 1 K. In and out of trouble.
Esmiel Rogers 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Brandon Pinder 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Jose Ramirez 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Chasen Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Jacob Lindgren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.



Game 63. Yanks edge Seattle, 3-2.

Derek Jeter got 2 hits (3372) and scored two runs, and Jacoby Ellsbury not only got the GW hit, but made a couple of fine defensive plays as the Yanks edged Seattle 3-2 Tuesday night.

The Yanks broke out early, scoring two in the first when Jeter singled, Teixeira singled, Beltran doubled in one and McCann singled in another.

Starter Vidal Nuno gave one back in the bottom of the first.

Nuno went 5 2/3, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 2 K in lowering his ERA to 4.97. Nuno picked up a no-decision, because for the 11th consecutive game, the Yanks scored 4 or fewer runs. Sometimes when that happens, the offensive breakout occurs when you don’t need it. For example, Tanaka pitches tonight.

Nuno got help from his D. Ellsbury made two superb catches and Ichiro made a superb catch of his own.

Seattle tied the game in the seventh off of Betances.

Betances 1 1/3 IP, (W, 4-0, 1.69) 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. He hurt himself with a HBP and WP, but picked up the win.

In the eighth, Jeter got his first XBH in a while, a one-out double, and scored on Ellsbury’s single.

Warren and Robertson then shut down Seattle.

Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.31.

Robertson (15th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and he struck out the side. 3 K. 3.68.

The win puts the Yanks back over .500 at 32-31 and into a tie for 2nd in the AL East with Baltimore, 5 1/2 back of Toronto.

In other Yankees news:

Shawn Kelley should be back tomorrow. I’d expect Jose Ramirez to be sent down.
Johnny Damon & Hideki Matsui will be attending Old-Timer Day ceremonies on June 22.
2b Robert Refsnyder was promoted from AA to AAA.

Game 105. 2003 again? On Matsui retirement day, Jeter, Mo & Soriano lead Yanks to 6-5 win.

Hideki Matsui came to the Yankees in 2003 after a stellar career in Japan. Today he signed a one-day minor league deal, then signed retirement papers in order to go out as a Yankee. He signed at home plate in front of fans who have appreciated his great play and pure class.

Then three of his teammates from that 2003 team went out and were key in winning the game: Jeter, Mo and Alfonso Soriano.

On Twitter or somewhere, it was suggested that Jeter’s life is like a fairy tale. You can’t write this stuff up. First back this year he singles his first time up after his ankle was broken twice. But he injures a quad and is out two weeks. So he returns again today and on the first pitch he sees, he homers. Mr. Dramatic.

Career HR #256 (and hit 3306) seemed to spark the Yankees offense. Cano and Soriano singled, Wells had a SF to make it 2-0 and after a WP, Ichiro singled to make it 3-0.

But the good times stopped there because Phil Hughes gave the lead back. Once again, Hughes gave up a big 3-run HR to Myers when he had two strikes on him. He has to start PITCHING and stop throwing. Often he goes for the K, thinking he’s Roger Clemens or someone and leaves a pitch up. He has to start thinking more like Wang was or Pettitte. Keep those pitches DOWN. Hughes is a flyball pitcher, and that is not good in Yankee Stadium. With Phelps returning soon, Hughes’ spot in the rotation isn’t guaranteed. He could be dealt before the deadline in a few days but I doubt it. Who’d take a chance on a 2-month rental? For that is what he’d be. He’s a free agent at the end of the year.

Between the booing at the Stadium and pissed-off people on blogs, fans are tired of Hughes and the gopher balls. They aren’t willing to remember that he has had 18 and 16 win seasons.

I think a lot of it is mental with Hughes and not physical. But he’s a goner.

The problem is, Hughes’ ERA of 4.58 is STILL less than CC’s 4.65. That is an indictment of CC.

Alfonso Soriano’s first HR since returning to the Yanks took the lead back for the Yanks. 5-4 after three.

But then, Hughes gave up ANOTHER HR to Myers, which tied it up.

Hughes 4 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 4 K. ERA to 4.58.

The Yankees bullpen was magnificent today.

He won’t get the award, but Preston Claiborne should get some ROY consideration. 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. ERA 2.06.

Logan the 7th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.30.

Robertson the 8th. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, no walks and 2 K. 1.87.

Faced with the prospect of falling 9 behind the Rays with a loss or 7 back with a win, manager Joe Girardi brought in Mo in the top of the 9th to hold the tie, hoping for a walk-off win in the bottom of the inning.

Mo did his part with a 1-2-3 inning. The 43 1/2 year old legend lowered his ERA to 1.64 in improving to 2-2 on the year. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Three groundouts.

In the bottom of the 9th, Gardner walked and advanced on a WP. Jeter was intentionally walked to set up a DP. Cano struck out but Soriano singled to win the game.

Jeter had 2 hits and an RBI. HR #256. He now has 3307 hits for his career. Next up are Eddie Collins with 3315 and Paul Molitor with 3319.

Soriano had 4 hits and drove in 3 runs.

Ichiro was 4 for 4 with an RBI.

The Yanks are off tomorrow as they head to La-La Land to face Donnie Baseball’s Dodgers.

Meanwhile, some reports are stating that MLB suspensions for Biogenesis could come this week, with A-Rod possibly getting the rest of this year and ALL of 2014.

Game 104. No O (except on scoreboard). Yanks lose 1-0.

If you are Ivan Nova, or others on the pitching staff, it has to be tough.

Nova went 7 great innings today and got no offensive support. Despite giving up just one run on six hits, three walks and 8 K, he lost 1-0. He falls to 4-4, 3.41 because the Yanks managed only two hits (Gardner & Overbay) in the whole ballgame. No one walked. One (Ichiro) reached on an error. That was it.

Robertson pitched the 8th. 1 Ip, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.91.

Kelley the 9th. 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.40.

So there you have it. Yankees pitchers gave up 1 run, struck out 12, but because of no offense (actually, the offensive was quite offensive to Yankees’ fans), two hits, the Yanks lost 1-0.

It was the ninth time the Yanks have been shut out this year. They once (early 1930’s) went two years without being shut out.

The Yanks are still looking for their first post-ASG HR.

Jeter returns tomorrow (Sunday). Hafner to the DL w/a strained rotator cuff.

Some great news from the LOHUD blog:

LATEST CENSUS: With Alfonso Soriano playing last night, the Yankees have used 47 players this season (18 pitchers, 3 catchers, 15 infielders, 10 outfielders, 1 DH), exceeding their total from all of last year. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees already topped the most players the club had ever used through its first 100 games of a season. The Yankees last used more players in a season in 2011 (48), and the franchise record is 51 (accomplished in 2008 and 2005).

YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN: The Yankees will honor Hideki Matsui prior to Sunday’s game, which includes a Matsui bobblehead giveaway. Matsui will sign a minor league contract to formally rejoin the organization so that he can retire as a Yankee. The on-field ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., which will include a video tribute and his signing of retirement papers at home plate alongside Yankees Senior V.P./General Manager Brian Cashman, Senior V.P./Assistant General Manager Jean Afterman and Matsui’s mother (Saeko) and father (Masao). He will then be presented with a matted and framed 2009 Yankees jersey. Matsui will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Yankees-Rays game.

Maybe they should try to get Godzilla out of retirement (just kidding). After all, this lineup is performing like they think they are the Highlanders in the dead-ball era.


Godzilla retires.

Hideki Matsui, the MVP of the 2009 WS for the Yankees, announced his retirement today. He hit 175 MLB HR, but if you combine that with the HR he hit in Japan (332) you get 507.

I always loved Matsui. He was a low maintainence PROFESSIONAL. A clutch player who was also classy.

Who can forget when he apologized to his fans and to his teammates for breaking his wrist (which cost him 100 games one year)?

A Classy Yankee. I can only hope that he makes MANY Old-Timer’s games.

Game 104. Yanks get on track, blow out O’s 12-3.

Before I get to today’s game action, some news. Apparently Ivan Nova and Joe Girardi weren’t on the same page after last night’s loss. It was eerily like Ian Kennedy’s comments back in 2008 after he got rocked. Girardi said that Nova had no fastball command, an inconsistent slider and an inconsistent curve. Nova said he thought he had good stuff. Huh? 9 R in 5 IP, suggests otherwise. So does coughing up a 5-0 lead by giving up 7 runs with two out. Nova should learn from Kennedy (who never recovered in the eyes of management and was traded away the next year). You stink, you blow a lead, own up to it. Look in the mirror, don’t make excuses. You blew a 5-0 lead and deflated your team. No excuses. Don’t B.S. Did you get the win? No. You blew a big lead. That is all she wrote.

With the acquisition of Shane Victorino from the Phils, the Dodgers DFA’d Bobby Abreu. His career, like that of Matsui, could be over. As one reporter wrote, Johnny Damon better be looking over his shoulder. Damon right now is at .227-4-19, 4/4 in SB, OPS+ 75 for the Indians, and those numbers are actually WORSE than Abreu’s.

DeWayne Wise was released by the Yanks. He was DFA’d and refused assignment to AAA.

Now for today’s game. The Yanks got a much needed win today (I hope they were read the riot act for the game last night) by beating the Orioles 12-3. It meant the difference between a 4 1/2 game lead over the O’s and a 6 1/2 game lead.

The Yanks jumped out early. Granderson hit #29 in the bottom of the first. Swish then doubled, Cano singled him to third and Jones hit a SF. 2-0 Yanks after 1.

Teix sat again. The just-acquired McGehee played 1B. The Yanks lineup today was Jeter 6, Granderson 8, Swish DH, Cano 4, Jones 9, Martin 2, McGehee 3, Suzuki 7, and Nix 5.

Yes, that’s right. Jones in RF, Ichiro in LF.

Hughes gave one back in the top of the second. He went 6 and only gave up 1 run, but he wasn’t awesome. The O’s left a lot of runners on base.

The Yanks came back with two in the bottom of the second to make it 4-1. McGehee walked and with one out went to second on a PB. Nix singled him to third. Jeter singled in a run to make it 3-1 and after Granderson whiffed, Swisher singled to make it 4-1.

In the third, the Yanks broke the game open by scoring seven runs. With one out, Martin and McGehee walked. After an out, Nix doubled in one run. Jeter then singled in two. Granderson singled. Swisher walked to load the bases and then Cano unloaded a grand slam. Robbie’s 24th HR made it 11-1.

Meanwhile, Hughes was putting two men on in every inning but getting out of it.

Hughes (W, 11-8, 3.96) went 6, 1 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 2 K. Not pretty, but he got out of jams.

BTW, guess which Yankees pitcher was the first to 11 wins this year? You just saw it, Phil Hughes. Kuroda, CC and Nova all have 10. This from a guy people wanted to dump on say, May 2nd, when he was 1-4, 7.48. Since then, he is 10-4, 3.24.

Joba came in and got his feet wet. Not a good outing, but it was a good time for him to get his first MLB game in 14 months. 1 2/3 IP, 2 r, 4 H, 1 walk and 0 K. ERA 10.80. Settle down, Joba. Good that you are back.

Rapada 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.83.

David Robertson 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.16.

McGehee got a bases-loaded SF in the 8th.

Jeter 3 h (3225), 3 RBI. Cano 2 h, 4 RBI. 3 h, rbi for Nix.

Hideki Matsui

My Classic Yankees bio on Hideki Matsui is now up on the Bronx Baseball Daily blog. Click the link to go there and read it.