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The minors today. End of the regular season.

AAA: SWB lost their regular season finale in 12 innings, 6-4. Darnell McDonald had a solo HR. Playoffs next. Final record: 84-60.

AA:  Trenton won 8-5 in their regular season finale. Nik Turley 3 r in 5 ip. 2 h, hr, 2 rbi for LF Ramon Flores. 2 RBI each for SS Addison Maruszak and 3B Kevin Mahoney. 79-63. To the playoffs.

Both teams will begin their playoffs on Wednesday.

Low A: Charleston won its regular season finale 7-1. Bryan Mitchell 6 ip, 0 R, 1 h. 6k. 9-11, 4.58. Dante Bichette, Jr. 3 hits. Casey McGehee 2 h, rbi. Three others two hits each. Season over.


Yesterday in the minors. AAA, AA gear up for playoffs.

AAA: SWB won 6-2. Matt Tracy 1 R in 5 IP. Due to recent callups and DFA’s (Pena, Laird), SWB’s roster is very different as they head into the playoffs. 1b Kosuke Fukodome HR, 2 RBI. DH Ronnier Mustelier (who I wish were on the Yanks instead of Andruw Jones) 3 hits (.303 AAA, overall AA/AAA .314-15-69 in 114 games) 2B Corban Joseph 2 hits, 2 rbi. Today is supposed to be the last day of the regular season. Rain is forecast off and on right into Friday. SWB is the IL Northern division champ, and is at 84-59.

AA: Trenton gave up 3 in the bottom of the 9th to blow it, 5-4. Trenton made four errors in the game and all 3 runs were unearned. Vidal Nuno 2 R in 5 IP (2.45). 2 hits, solo HR CF Zoilo Almonte. Trenton, at 78-63, has clinched its division, the Eastern League East. Soon to be 21-year old RF Tyler Austin, who started the year at Low-A Charleston, is now with AA Trenton. (109 games, .322-17-79 combined).

High A:  Tampa was shut out 6-0. 35-33 2nd half, 4th, 3 GB; 1st half 4th, 30-37, 12 back. They are out of the playoffs. Season over.

Low A: Charleston won 5-1. Dante Bichette, Jr. 3 hits (.244-3-46). Casey McGehee 2 RBI. 2 hits, 2 RBI C Nick McCoy.  33-35, 4th, 10 1/2 out. First half: 39-28, 3rd, 6 1/2 out. They’ll be home for the playoffs.

The minors today. A-Rod’s rehab.

AAA: SWB lost 2-0 today, getting just four hits in the process. Chase Whitley, 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H.

AA: 3-2 win for Trenton. Craig Heyer 1 R, 5 IP. CF Adonis Garcia 4 for 4, 1 rbi, 3 doubles.

High A: Tampa lost 8-1. A-Rod’s rehab: 0 for 4, 2 K. So far, 0 for 7, 4 K. Guess he needs his timing back. Tampa got just 3 hits.

Low A: 8-2 win for Charleston. Casey McGehee, sent here for a short time until rosters expand, 2 doubles, 3 RBI.

Game 123. Bleep Youk! Yanks lose 7-3.

It doesn’t matter what sox Kevin “Bleep Youk” ilis wears, Yankee fans will hate him.

Such was the case tonight as he hit a grand slam off of Ivan Nova to beat the Yanks 7-3.

As was the case last night, the Yanks got off to a lead. Derek Jeter led off the game with a HR. That HR set some milestones. First of all, hit #3256 enabled Jeter to pass Eddie Murray on the all-time list and make Derek #11 on the all-time list in hits. He’s now 27 behind the “Say Hey” kid, Willie Mays.

Secondly, HR #12 of the season was #252 of his career. That enabled him to tie a few people on the all-time list, two names of which should be very familiar to Yankees’ fans—Bobby Murcer and Joe Torre.

The Yanks proceeded to load the bases in that first inning, but got only one more run out of the deal on a Granderson force out.

Staked to a 2-0 lead, Nova was lucky to get out of the first without giving up a run. A single and walk put runners on 1st and second, no out. On a WP, DeWayne Wise (our old buddy) moved to third, but Kevin Youkilis was thrown out at second. Bleep Youk would get his revenge later. Dunn struck out and then a groundout by Konerko and Nova was out of danger.

However Nova gave up a leadoff triple and SF to start the second. 2-1 Yanks.

In the fourth, Paul Konerko tied the game with a HR. I believe that Konerko is the most underrated, least talked about superstar in baseball today. How many of you realize that the HR Konerko hit tonight was #417 of his career? That he has a .283 lifetime B.A.? That he was the 2005 ALCS MVP? Despite all that, he’s only been top 10 for the MVP award twice. His OPS+ for his career is 122. His 162 g. average is .283-32-102. Solid. But he is so overlooked, IMHO.

To the sixth, and that man “Bleep Youk”ilis, hit a grand slam to make it 6-2. For all intensive purposes, that was the ballgame.

Nova 6 IP, 6R, 7H, 2 walks and 3 K. 11-7, 4.92.

The Yanks have to either straighten him out or replace him in the rotation with Phelps.

Of course, when Pettitte is ready, they can then replace Garcia.

But one thing is apparent. Phelps should stay in this rotation, and someone, be it Nova or Garcia, should go. As of now, in my mind, Nova should go. Garcia should stay until Pettitte is ready.

Meanwhile, 39 yr. old Ramon Ortiz, not on the 40-man roster, has gone 12-5, 3.13 at AAA SWB. I’m not sold on the age and his recent record, but there’s no doubt that he’s done well and deserves to come up.

One other move: I advocated Kelvin Perez come up for Joba yesterday. Joba has a 9.45 ERA since being called back to the majors. Perez is at 1.03 combined AA/AAA this year.

Russell Martin homered (#14) in the seventh to make it 6-3. One thing is for sure. Unless he gets on a hot streak, Martin, at .196, looks like he’ll set a Yankees record for most HR in a season for a Yankee who didn’t hit .200.

Derek Lowe finished up. 2 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 2 K. ERA (combined Cle/NYY) 5.34.

Some observations: first of all, Robbie Cano has to get it together. With tonight’s 0 for 4, he is 3 for his last 32.

Secondly, and this goes for all the A-Rod haters: the Yanks are suffering right now vs. lefty starters. Liriano pitched tonight, Lester the other night. Price is coming up.

With a righty on the mound right now, Ichiro, Chavez and Ibanez are in the lineup.

Tonight? Those three are on the bench, replaced by Jones (.215 after tonight’s game), Nix (who has done Ok, but is at .250) and McGehee (.226 combined between Pittsburgh and the Yankees).

HUGE, HUGE dropoff.

Then there is someone who, as a righty hitter, should help vs. lefties. Russell Martin (who did HR tonight). But Martin has a .196 batting average.

Look at that again. Vs. Lefty starters, you don’t have A-Rod, out with the broken hand. You have Ichiro, Chavez and Ibanez on the bench, replaced by Nix, Jones and McGehee. Jones and McGehee are each hitting below .230, joined by the .196 hitting Martin.


I advocated for Ronnier Mustelier from SWB a few weeks back, but he hit a slump (down to .282 at SWB) and now has hit SWB’s DL for the second time.

The Yanks need the righty bats to pick it up.

They also need Cano to be Cano.

They also need to straighten out Nova or replace him in the rotation with Phelps.

Game 113. Nova rights self in Yanks’ 5-2 win. CC to DL. Yanks get Lowe.

CC Sabathia has been placed on the 15-day DL with an elbow injury. David Phelps will go to the rotation, and the Yanks signed Derek Lowe, recently released by Cleveland.

With all of that, and before all that, it was imperative that Ivan Nova, 0-3, 8.36 in his last five starts, right himself. That he did in the Yanks’ 5-2 win at Toronto this afternoon.

Nova (11-6, 4.70) went 7 1/3, 2 R, 5 h, 1 walk and 10 K.

David Robertson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. One batter, DP. 2.58.

Rafael Soriano got save #28,  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.75.

The Yanks got four in the fourth. Singles by Teix and Nix sandwiched around a walk to Jones plated one, then Casey McGehee hit the key blow of the game—a three-run HR. It was the first Yankees HR for the recently acquired infielder.

After the Jays got a run in the bottom of the fourth, McGehee and Jeter each doubled in the sixth to put the Yanks up 5-1. Toronto scored in the eighth as the game ended 5-2.

Jeter got two hits to put him at 3238. It marked the 17th year in a row in which Jeter got at least 150 hits in a season. The only other player ever to do that is Henry Aaron.

Igarashi will come up tomorrow, Lowe will join the team Monday. Lowe will pitch out of the bullpen. Lowe, 39, was terrible for Cleveland this year, 8-10, 5.52, ERA+ 70. He was just 9-17 (led MLB in losses), 5.05 last year. He’ll serve as the long man/mop-up man. For his career, Lowe is 174-156, 85 saves, 4.01, ERA+ 109.

Hopefully CC will be OK. It’s a chance for Phelps, who I wanted to see more of… only I didn’t want it happening this way.

Game 103. Yanks make a deal, bring up Joba and blow a game.

First, the good news. Teixeira has inflammation in the wrist, no structural damage, per an MRI. He’s day to day, and should be back in the lineup this weekend.

Joba is back, because the Yanks traded Chad Qualls to the Pirates for Casey McGehee. McGehee is primarily a righty hitting 3B (to platoon with Chavez while A-Rod is out) who can also play 1B and 2B. He’ll be 30 in October and is Ty-Wigginton like, if you will. He was hitting .230-8-35, OPS+ 88 for the Pirates this year. McGehee finished 5th in the ROY voting while with Milwaukee in 2009 (.301-16-66, OPS+ 126) and had a great year for the Brewers in 2010 (.285-23-104, OPS+ 114) but has struggled both last year (.223-113-67, OPS+ 69) and this year. He is a .260 career hitter, OPS+ 97. His 162 g. average is .260-18-85, OPS+ 97.

Now for the bad news.

I am a patient person. I understand the ups and downs of a 162 game season–its peaks and valleys. I understand that the Yanks are in a valley right now. Tonight’s 11-5 loss is their ninth in their last twelve games. It cuts the lead to 5 1/2.

But tonight, I have to rip them, for it is also about HOW they lost.

The Yanks scored five in the bottom of the first. Jeter doubled (3 hits tonight, 3122 now), Granderson singled him in, and Cano hit #23. Three batters, three runs. Swish singled. After a force out, Chavez singled. 1st and 3rd, one out. Ichiro grounded into a force, 4-0, with an error on the play. Everyone safe. Martin singled to make it 5-0, and he was thrown out trying to take second. Then another out (by he who won’t be named per reader Dennis. This person started at SS, Jeter Dhing, and this person, initials R.P. will be going back to SWB once McGehee arrives).

So, Yanks up 5-0 after one. Looking good, right?

Nope. For the bats didn’t score another run the whole rest of the ballgame.

In the top of the second, Ivan Nova has two on, two out and is up 5-0.

He then gives up seven runs.

Somehow, Nova went five. He did give up two MORE runs, leading me to wonder why he was out there. What, did the whole bullpen have food poisoning or something?

5 IP, 9 R, 10 H, 1 walks and 5 K. Horrible. Nova goes to 10-5, 4.53.

Logan 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.89.

Eppley 1 2/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.07.

Rapada 1 1/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.89.

This was the type of outing where you rip into or talk to your team afterward. No O after the first. A starter who can’t hold a 5-run lead. A team that has lost nine of twelve.

I’m not saying to panic. But this was bad and it’s time to right the ship.

Sports today

It looks like Prince Fielder will be gone from the Brewers. To replace him, they signed Aramis Ramirez (3B) from the Cubs today. Ramirez, 33, hit .306-26-93, OPS+ 136  for the Cubs in 2011. Not Prince-like, but probably much more affordable. Career .284, 315 HR, OPS+ 114. Not a bad replacement in the lineup. 162 g. ave.: .284-30-108.

Ramon Hernandez signed with Colorado. 35, .282-12-36 with the Reds in 2011. Platoon c/1b. OPS+ 113. Career .266, 161 HR, OPS+ 98.

The Phils traded Ben Francisco to the Blue Jays. Francisco hit .244-6-34 in 2011 for the Phils, OPS+ 93. Career .260, OPS+ 103. He is 30.

Travis Ishikawa to the Brewers. .266-3-22, OPS+ 94 in 2011 for the Giants.

Switching to the NFL. The Chiefs and Dolphins both fired their head coach today.

Which is why I love my Steelers. Since my brother Kevin was born in June 1969, they have had just THREE head coaches.

The Mariners signed Aaron Rowand today. 34, .233-4-21 in 2011 for SF. OPS+ just 74. Career .273, OPS+ 99.

Takashi Saito, 42 next Feb., to AZ. 4-2, 2.03 for the Brewers in 2011. 21-15, 2.18 in his MLB career (started at age 36!). But you wonder when the age catches up.

The Pirates deal Jose Veras (2-4, 3.80, ERA+ 101; 14-13, 4.11 career, ERA+ 103) to  Milwaukee for  3B Casey McGehee, who was expendable after the Brewers signed Aramis Ramirez. McGehee, 29, hit .223-13-67, OPS+ 69 in 2011. A poor year after .285-23-104, OPS+ 114 the year before.

Colin Curtis and Greg Golson cleared waivers. Golson is a free agent, Curtis outrighted to the Yanks’ AAA team.