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Game 16. Yanks edge Tigers 2-1.

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The Yanks edged the Tigers 2-1 on Thursday afternoon to go to 9-7 on the season after a 3-6 start. They come home to face the red-hot Mets this weekend. The Mets have won 11 in a row.

It’s early, of course, but the recent hot streak moved the Yanks into a 3-way tie for first in the A.L. East.

It was cold in Detroit for the game. The temperature at the start of the game was in the low 30s.

Masahiro Tanaka continued the Yanks’ recent string of good pitching, going 6 2/3, 1 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 6 K. 3.22.

Justin Wilson one batter. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks 0 K, 5.06

Dellin Betances (W, 3-0, 0.00) 1 1/3  IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Andrew Miller (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.

Tanaka gave up a run in the first. The Yanks tied it in the sixth on a walk to Ellsbury, SB, groundout to move him up, and a balk.

In the eighth, Ellsbury doubled, Gardner bunted him over, and after a walk to Beltran to set up a DP, McCann got the run home with a groundout.

 

Game 14. Yanks back at .500 thanks to Eovaldi.

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Last night, the Yanks wasted a great pitching outing by CC. Tonight they got another great outing, this time by Nathan Eovaldi. They didn’t waste this one as they raised their record to 7-7 with a 5-2 win.

With the win, they raised another question. With the way Chris Young is playing, does he take playing time away from Carlos Beltran?

In the first, Brett Gardner walked with one out and scored on a two-0ut double by Teixeira.

Much like last night, it stayed a close contest for most of the game.

Before the game, Chasen Shreve was brought back up. Brandon Pinder sent down.

After six innings, it was still 1-0 Yanks. They got 3 in the seventh. Here is where the Young/Beltran thing kicks in.

Chris Young homered to make it 2-0. This was Young’s 4th HR of the year, while Beltran has been struggling and not only that, Beltran was dropped out of the 3 spot in favor of A-Rod the other day. Performance matters. Right now, it may be best to bench the aging (38) Beltran, a switch-hitter (better to PH off the bench) and play the younger, faster and right now, better hitting Young over Beltran. But the Yanks are committed to $15MM for Beltran for this year and next. If Young continues to outperform Beltran, it will be interesting. Later in the seventh, Stephen Drew hit his fourth HR of the year to make it 3-0. Drew has only nine hits for the season, his batting average is just .190, but 4 of the hits are HR. Kind of like Teixeira, who has a .200 batting average but 4 HR.

Young was 3 for 3 tonight.

A WP made it 4-0. Detroit got a run in the 7th, and the Yanks got a run on an error in the top of the 9th. Detroit threatened in the 9th, getting a run to make it 5-2 and having the bases loaded where a walk-off grand slam was in play, but the Yanks held on to win 5-2.

Eovaldi (W, 1-0, 3.12) 7 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00

Martin 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.26.

Miller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 5 th Save, 0.00.

 

Game 12. Yanks sweep Rays, 5-3. Back at .500

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The Yanks completed a sweep of the Rays today with a 5-3 victory that put them back at .500 on the young season.

Michael Pineda didn’t have his best stuff, but picked up the win. (2-0, 5.00)

5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 5 K. The bullpen and defense were solid.

Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.18

Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.  7.36

Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00

Miller 1 IP 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. Save #4. It appears as if Betances will remain the setup man with Miller the closer. 0.00

Nice to see struggling Garrett Jones get a start and snap out of it with 3 hits. Also struggling Didi Gregorious had 2 hits. Chase Headley had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Good to get those struggling guys off the schneid a little bit.

Alex Rodriguez’ hit today was #2951 of his career. Earlier this week, he passed Derek Jeter on the all-time runs scored list. So Alex is currently 49 hits from 3000, 2 HR short of tying Willie Mays at 660, 71 runs scored short of 2000 and 20 RBI short of 2000. If only….    *

Game 10. A-Rod sparks Yanks with 2 HR, 2 behind Mays. 5-4.

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Ok, I’ll admit it. If you told me three months ago that a soon-to-be 40-year-old, who didn’t play last year, and who only played in 44 games in 2013, would be the Yanks’ best hitter right now, 10 games into the season, I’d have thought you would be nuts.

But it’s a credit to A-Rod, and an indictment to the rest of the lineup if you will, that such is true.

After tonight, you wonder if he’ll be tested again after tonight’s game. I mean, a 477′ HR?

I hope he learned his lesson and is on the up and up. However, based on his past, I can fully understand those that may be skeptical. Heck, part of me is skeptical. I mean, it’s like a spouse who cheated on you. Do you really trust that spouse to be faithful again? There will be doubts.

Alex hit 2 HR tonight, raising his career total to 658*, two behind Willie Mays on the all-time list. The first HR was a 477 foot bomb. He had three hits, 2 HR and drove in 4 runs in the Yanks’ 5-4 victory. What happens when he gets two more HR? Who knows if the Yanks will cough up that bonus $$$$ or fight it.

A-Rod’s bomb (3) and a Stephen Drew HR (3) gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth. Funny, but Drew has five hits this year (5 for 30), is under .200 at .167, but 3 of those 5 hits are HR.

But in the bottom of the fourth, Adam Warren lost it, giving up back-to-back HR, a three-run and a solo shot, to put the Yanks into a 4-2 hole.

Credit to the bullpen for shutting out the Rays the rest of the way.

A-Rod’s 2nd HR of the game (4), a 2-run shot in the sixth, tied it up, then his RBI single in the 8th (after a Beltran single and a SB by PR Gardner)  proved to be the game winner.

He had three of the Yanks’ five hits and drove in 4 of their 5 runs.

Warren 4 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Rogers 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

Betances (W, 2-0) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

Miller (S, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

The win puts the Yanks at 4-6.

 

Game 7. Drew’s PH slam leads Yanks past Orioles, 6-5.

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Stephen Drew hit a PH grand slam, and the Yanks held on to beat the Orioles 6-5 at Baltimore on Monday night.

The win raises the Yanks’ record to 3-4.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the second on a Chris Young HR but Michael Pineda gave up 2 in the bottom of the inning. Mark Teixeira tied the game in the top of the fourth with a HR, his third of the season and #366 of his career.

In the sixth, I got upset at Pineda. With two out, a man on third and a 1-2 count, apparently he tried to get a fastball past Adam Jones. At least it looked like a fastball while I was watching the game on TV. Before the pitch, I was muttering “give him a slider, down and away, and make him fish.” Nope, fastball up and a 2-run HR.

But in the top of the next inning, Drew’s PH grand slam put the Yanks up 6-4. But in the bottom of the inning Pineda got in trouble (I would not have even had him start the inning). Dellin Betances came in and was shaky, one run scored, but he got out of the inning. He was still shaky in the eighth, but Andrew Miller came in and got a five-out save.

Pineda 6 1/3 IP (W) 5 R, 9 H, 0 walks and 9 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Miller (S) 1  2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

 

 

Game 4. Three comebacks not enough as Yanks lose in 19th, 6-5.

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Ok. I just woke up after being up past, what, 2:30 AM? God only knows how the players are going to turn it around.

If you didn’t stay up late, and don’t know what happened because the ending was too late for your morning paper (and you haven’t checked out the highlights online so far, here goes:

A brief recap on a game that was anything but brief. I won’t touch on all the highlights. Had the game continued further, the Yanks would have sacrificed the DH. Garrett Jones would have gone to the mound.

Down to their last out in the 9th, Chase Headley homered to tie the game. Down a run in the 16th, Mark Teixiera, who, since it was past midnight, was now a 35th birthday boy, homered for the second consecutive game (365th career HR) to tie it up again (Yankees nemesis David Ortiz had homered in the top of the 16th. I am STILL waiting for some Yankees pitcher—I have been waiting for YEARS—to show some balls and put one in his butt. Back him off the plate. Get some courage, as the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz would say. When have you ever seen them do that to Ortiz? They have done it to us, haven’t they?) Down in the 18th, a Carlos Belran double tied up the game again.

Nice resiliency.

However a passed ball by backup C John Ryan Murphy in the top of the 19th set Boston up for a GW SF and the Yanks lost to the Red Sox, 6-5, in 19 innings.

The game was delayed for about 15 minutes due to a lighting incident.

There have been no moves made as of this writing, but after having used eight pitchers, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone was sent down to get a fresh arm (or two) up—even if we are just four games into the season.

The loss drops the Yanks to 1-3. It was the first Yankees game on WPIX, Channel 11 in NY in 17 years. It was nice watching the game on Channel 11, where I more or less grew up. WPIX was the Yanks’ “home” for many, many, years.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Funny only 1 K since he did hit 101.

Martin 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

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

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

Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Shreve 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 4 K.

Rogers (L) 4 2/3, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

Rogers gave 4 2/3, the day after going 2 1/3 vs. Toronto. Like I wrote above, had the game gone into the 20th, 1B/OF/DH Garrett Jones would have taken the mound.

A nice job by the Yankees’ bullpen went for naught. Between Eovaldi and Rogers, there were some scary moments, but those six pitchers had a line of:

9 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 6 walks, 10 K.

Too bad the offense couldn’t take advantage.

Before the game, Yankees’ radio announcer John Sterling got replicas of Emmy Awards he lost when all his possessions went up in a huge condo fire this fall. Nice gesture and I hope he is somehow recovering from that tragic event.

 

 

 

 

Game 2. 3 in 8th lift Yanks, 4-3.

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Ok, the late inning 3-run rally wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win.

It’s not like someone hit a 3-run HR in the 8th or there was a lot of hits, but a win is a win.

This looked a lot like last year in so many ways. Last year, Michael Pineda only started 13 games because of suspension and injury, but he had a 1.89 ERA in that time he pitched. He was also only 5-5 despite the ERA due to lack of run support.

Tonight, Pineda got a no-decision despite pitching well.

6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 6 K.

He left the game losing 2-0.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Yanks cut the lead to 2-1 on A-B-C baseball. Ellsbury singled, stole second, Gardner grounded out moving up the runner, and Beltran got a SF.

In the top of the 8th, Betances gave up an unearned run due to a Brian McCann throwing error.

So the Yanks went into the bottom of the 8th down 3-1. In 16 innings their offense had produced just two runs.

They got 3 in the 8th, which I’ll take, but it is not like anyone raked.

Chris Young (a star of the game) PH for Didi Gregorious and doubled.

Jacoby Ellsbury (another star, 2 for 2, 2 runs scored, 2 walks, a SB) singled Young to third.

Gardner was HBP. Bases loaded and no one out. A run scored on a WP to make it 3-2. Beltran struck out. Teix was intentionally walked to load the bases for an inning-ending DP.

Instead, McCann was HBP to tie the game and Headley singled off the pitcher to make it 4-3, the final score.

After Pineda,

Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 0 K.

Betances (W) 1 IP, 1 R, unearned. 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K.

Miller (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

In case you missed it, Austin Romine cleared waivers and was optioned to AAA SWB.