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Game 45. Yanks regain 1st place with 13-5 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (28-17) stole a page from Tampa Bay’s book, employing an opener, and while that didn’t go smoothly, some plate patience, 3 HR, and a big PH double helped them to a 13-5 win over the Rays on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, the Yankees took two of three from Tampa Bay this weekend and moved back into first place by 1/2 a game.

Chad Green, who started, got help in the top of the first from Gary Sanchez. After a leadoff walk, Sanchez gunned down the runner trying to steal. This was huge because the next batter doubled. Green held the Rays scoreless in the top of the first.

The Yanks scored in the bottom of the first when D.J. LeMahieu singled and with one out, Luke Voit walked. With two out, Kendrys Morales singled home LaMahieu.

But in the top of the second, Chad Green’s struggles all season continued. With two out, he gave up back-to-back HR on consecutive pitches, then hit the next batter in the head, which, even if unintentional, isn’t a good look. 2-1 Rays.

Brett Gardner hit his 7th HR of the season, a 2-run shot, to put the Yanks up 3-2 in the bottom of the second.

But in the top of the third, Nestor Cortes gave up a 3-run HR to put the Rays up 5-3. To Cortes’ credit, he settled down after that.

One concern about having Green start and Cortes follow is this. Going into this game, the Yankees’ team ERA was 3.64. Take away Green, Cortes, Stephen Tarpley and Jake Barrett, and that ERA would have been 3.14. Hence the apprehension over Green and Cortes.

Aaron Hicks hit a 2-run HR in the bottom of the fourth (1) that tied the game at 5.

Bottom of the fifth. Gary Sanchez triples to lead off the inning but the Yanks can’t bring him in. Aaargh.

Top of the sixth. Adam Ottavino comes in with two on, two out and walks the batter to load the bases. He gets a strikeout to get out of it.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Yankees scored seven runs, part of it due to good plate patience and taking the walk. Gardner singled to lead off the inning and stole second. Clint Frazier, 8 for his last 51 and dropped to ninth in the lineup, walked. LeMahieu popped up a bunt attempt for out #1. Aaron Hicks walked to load the bases. Luke Voit walked to force in the go-ahead run. 6-5 Yanks. With Gary Sanchez up, a pitch got away, but Frazier was thrown out at home for out #2, the other runners moving up. Sanchez was then intentionally walked to set up the force at any base for out #3, which didn’t come for a while. Kendrys Morales walked to force in another run. 7-5, Yankees. Gleyber Torres reached on an infield single, upheld by replay, 8-5 Yankees. Thairo Estrada PH for Gio Urshela, who got banged up earlier, and Estrada broke the game wide open with a bases-clearing double. 11-5. Gardner then doubled to make it 12-5 before Frazier struck out for the final out.

In the seventh, LeMahieu homered (3) for the final tally of 13-5.

Chance Adams closed things out with three scoreless innings of relief for his first MLB save.

LeMahieu 2 hits, solo HR (.312)
Hicks 2-run HR (1)
Sanchez 2 hits.
Morales 2 RBI
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Estrada 3 RBI
Gardner 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR
Frazier, slumping. 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts, 1 walk. 8 for last 51.

Green 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR. 1 HBP. 13.50
Cortes  4 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 9.00
Ottavino (W, 2-1, 1.61) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Adams (S, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K.  0.00

The Yanks now have an opportunity to open that lead a little wider. They now play two of the worst teams in the league, the Orioles followed by KC.

Time to make a little hay.



Game 43. Yanks shock Rays with 3 in 9th to win 4-3. Take over first place.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (27-16) scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to shock Tampa Bay 4-3 and take over first place by 1/2 a game over the Rays.

And guess who the hero was again? Yup, Gio Urshela.

Kendrys Morales started the game’s scoring by hitting his second HR of the season—and first as a Yankee—in the second inning. 1-0 Yanks.

CC Sabathia pitched great, his only mistake coming when he served up a gopher ball in the fourth that tied the game at 1.

In the eighth, Chad Green gave up a double, and was one strike away from getting out of the inning, but a double, and an infield single with a throwing error on the play by Gleyber Torres gave the Rays two runs. There was a rain delay in the bottom of the eighth.

But going into the bottom of the ninth, the Yanks were down 3-1. Luke Voit led off the inning with a HR (11). Gary Sanchez singled and Thairo Estrada ran for him. Morales struck out but Torres worked a great at bat and on the tenth pitch, doubled Estrada to third. Clint Frazier was intentionally walked. Cameron Maybin PH for Brett Gardner, and Rays’ pitcher Jose Alvarado threw a WP that tied the game. Maybin grounded into a fielder’s choice, Torres out at home. That made it two outs, runners at first and third. Maybin stole second to take away the force. Urshela then singled to win the game.

Voit 3 hits, solo HR (11).
Morales solo HR, his first as a Yankee, in his second Yankees’ game.
Urshela 3 hits, GW RBI, .347

Sabathia 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.  2.97
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.64
Kahnle 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.06
Green 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.  13.97
Holder (W, 3-1, 4.29) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.


Yanks ppd. again; p/u a player; and the minor league report.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Rain, Rain,, go away. For the second straight night, the Yanks were ppd. This game will be made up as the first game of a separate admission/day-night DH on August 12.

Meanwhile, the Yanks made a move, picking up 1b/dh Kendrys Morales from the A’s in exchange for cash or a player to be named later. In order to open a spot on the 40-man roster, New York transferred righty Jonathan Loaisiga from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. Meaning we would not see him again until probably late July.

I am not sold on this move. Morales, 35, hit just .204-1-7 in 34 games for the A’s this year. OPS+ 61. A switch-hitter, he has hit .267 with 212 HR, OPS+ 112 in his MLB career, but I have to wonder how much is left in the tank. Last year he hit .249-21-57 for Toronto in 130 games, OPS+ 113.

From MLBTR.com:

A followup MRI on the ailing right shoulder of Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar revealed little to no changes in his shoulder from the April MRI that initially revealed a small labrum tear, manager Aaron Boone told reporters Tuesday afternoon (Twitter links via James Wagner of the New York Times and Bryan Hoch of MLB.com). Andujar, according to Boone, has been encouraged to discuss the situation with his family and will spend the next day or so mulling his options. Season-ending surgery is still on the table, it seems.

The update from Boone comes just a day after Andujar was placed back on the 10-day injured list following a brief return to the active roster. Andujar missed the entire month of April and a few games early in May before returning on May 4 to go 3-for-34 (all singles) with one walk and nine strikeouts. While both Andujar and the team had hoped that the small nature of the tear would allow him to play through the injury, that poor showing has cast further doubt on his ability to do so.

AAA: SWB (18-15) lost 4-2. C Kyle Higashioka 2-run HR.

AA: Trenton (21-13) lost 6-4. RF Rashad Crawford 2 hits.  DH Hoy Jun Park 3 hits, RBI. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits, 3 RBI, but an error that cost the Thunder 3 unearned runs. Starter Albert Abreu 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 8 K.

High A:  Tampa (17-20) lost 5-3. RF Isiah Gilliam solo HR. 1B Dermis Garcia 2 hits, 2 RBI. Janson Junk 3 scoreless relief IP.

Low A: Charleston scored a run in the bottom of the 9th on a WP to win 6-5.  RF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. CF Josh Stowers 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 – run HR. 2 hits 1B Mitchell Robinson. 2 hits SS Eduardo Torrealba. WP Jefry Valdez with 3 scoreless, hitless innings of relief.


Game 55. D-Rob fails in 9th, Yanks lose 7-2.

It looked like Chase Whitley would get his first MLB win. The Yanks had a 2-1 lead entering the ninth, but one day after throwing 27 pitches in getting a save, David Robertson had nothing and the Yanks lost to the Twins, 7-2. Two recent ex-Yanks, Phil Hughes and Eduardo Nunez, helped beat them, Hughes getting the win and Nunez picking up a big two-run double.

Whitley in four starts this year hasn’t given length, 14 IP in four starts, but his ERA is 2.37. He still has no decisions.

The Yanks got two runs on three hits in the fourth, as Gardner tripled, Jeter singled him home (3367), Ellsbury singled, McCann walked and Jeter later scored on an Ichiro SF.

But those three hits were the only hits the Yanks got all game. With no Beltran for a while (and a while longer), no Teixeira, Soriano slumping (and he was benched for Ichiro today), there isn’t any power in the lineup other than McCann.

Once again, can you say Kendrys Morales? The 5th can’t come soon enough. (If the Yanks sign Morales before the 5th, they lose a draft pick. After the 5th, he is fair game). In the NY Post today, Kevin Kernan wrote what I’ve been writing about. The Yanks need to sign Morales, especially with the uncertainty regarding Beltran and Teixeira.

Betances was awesome. 2 IP, six up, six down and 5 K. 1.38. 56K in 32 2/3 IP now.

Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.71.

…and here is why I hate roles on a team. Robertson comes in… why? Because he is the “closer,” that is why. But Warren pitched a scoreless 8th, and Robertson threw 27 pitches yesterday. Granted Warren threw 20 pitches in the 8th, but why not leave Warren in and save Robertson, who threw a lot of pitches yesterday? Maybe Warren shortens the bridge by getting an out or two, or closes it completely with a two-inning save. I remember the days when Lyle and Gossage would get saves of over one inning.  They may have gone 2 2/3. You don’t see that anymore. Managers complicate matters for themselves by creating roles and making closers one-inning guys. Keep it simple. If the guy is hot, ride him. No need to bring in a closer just because he is the “closer.” I believe that if you start mixing and matching and bringing in too many pitchers, eventually you’ll find the guy who has nothing, just like in the saying “too many cooks spoil the soup.” D-Rob had nothing. First batter, a game-tying HR, and it got worse, because the Twins scored six in the top of the 9th to win it.

Robertson (L, 0-2) 2/3 IP, 5 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 2 K. ERA balloons to 4.50. (One friend of mine suggested making Betances the closer. Nice sentiment, and I could see it. But that won’t happen. Not yet, anyway.)

Daley one batter, and he gave up a hit. That batter later scored. 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 H. 3.86.

Thornton got the last out, but gave up a big hit first. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.50.

Use the KISS method, Joe. Keep It Simple, Stupid. Guy’s hot? Leave him in.

That’s my theory, anyway.

The Yanks fall to 29-26, 3 1/2 back of Toronto now.

Start getting that contract for Morales ready, Hal and Cash….

If Beltran is shelved, should Yanks pursue Morales?

Sometime today or tomorrow, the Yanks should find out if Carlos Beltran can play through a bone spur in his elbow or if he needs surgery that would sideline him until early to mid-August.

Beltran started well, but then that tumble he took chasing a foul ball against Tampa Bay seemed to set things on a downward course. He is at .234-5-15, OPS+ 96 and has missed 15 games or so. Beltran is a switch-hitter and 37.

Should Beltran be shelved, I hope the Yanks go after 31-year-old switch-hitter, 1b/DH Kendrys Morales. Morales would provide the switch-hitter missing in Beltran’s DL stint, and the power Beltran was supposed to provide.

Morales, 31, was a free agent after last year but was unsigned. The Yanks may have to hurry to sign him, because Texas could be looking at him after the Rangers lost Prince Fielder for the season.

Morales hit .277-23-80 for Seattle last season. OPS+ 123. For his career, his 162 g. average is .280-27-90, OPS+ 120. Solid.

If Beltran is shelved, the Yanks could go with Soriano and Ichiro in RF and DH Morales. Morales would also offer the Yanks a legitimate backup 1B for the days in which Teixeira needs a rest. We saw Kelly Johnson have problems at first base the other night when he was playing there. Johnson gave Teix a rest for that night, but Johnson doesn’t have too much experience at 1B and although charged with one error, could have been charged with three.

Of course, I don’t control Hal’s pocketbook. But if Beltran does need surgery, I would hope that the Yanks sign Morales to keep the lineup a strong one.

What to do when, if, healthy?

We await word on some banged-up players and moves while the Yanks have off today.

But here is one thought. Once Mark Teixeira comes off the DL (he expects it to be Easter Sunday, next Sunday), what then?

Here is one thought: keep Solarte in the lineup and bench Roberts. You can put Johnson at 2B and keep Solarte at 3B (preferred) or vice-versa.

Roberts, who hasn’t played more than 77 games in a season since 2009, has back troubles right now. I don’t know if he is DL-bound or not, but his injury history since 2009 isn’t good. Besides, he is just 4 for 31 right now, all singles. He is 2 for 2 in SB.

Who knows how long Solarte will stay hot or when he cools off, how much and how long he will fizzle. Solarte is 15 for 42 (.357) and leads the AL with 6 doubles. Solarte is also 10 years younger than Roberts.

Meanwhile, you wonder about the fragility of the infield. Could Stephen Drew or Kendrys Morales be signed mid-season if they are still available?

Game 5. Yanks offense still missing in 4-0 loss.

Michael Pineda pitched well, David Phelps didn’t and the Yanks’ offense was non-existent again in a 4-0 loss to Toronto today.

Pineda went 6, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 5 k. Except for CC’s first two innings in the opener, the starters have done well the first time through.

Vidal Nuno faced one batter and walked him. Phelps came in and got through the seventh, but gave up two HR (3 for the season already) and let the game get away. Phelps 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Ellsbury had 3 hits, Cervelli 2 and Solarte 2, but the Yanks were 1 for 11 with RISP.

The Yanks are still looking for their first HR of the season. Soriano is now 0 for 16.

Heard some Nunez (who has been DFA’d) for Ike Davis (who the Mets want to trade) talk. I’m still surprised that Stephen Drew is out there. Shouldn’t the Mets go for him over Nunez? …. and as for the Yanks, if Teix is out long-term, wouldn’t Kendrys Morales (free agent and still out there) be a better option than Ike Davis?