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Game 59. Late blasts lead Yanks to 4-1 win over Mets.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Late HRs by Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton broke open a pitcher’s duel and enabled the Yanks (41-18) to beat the Mets 4-1 Friday night. The win, coupled with Boston’s 1-0 loss, puts the Yanks 1/2 game up on the 43-21 Red Sox. So the Yanks have played five less games than Boston, meaning if the Yanks go 3-2 in those five games, they are one game better.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a HR on the second pitch he threw tonight, but after that was great.

In the top of the sixth, the Yanks tied the game but lost Tanaka. Tanaka reached on an error. Now he had to run the bases. Torres singled, Gardner walked to load the bases and Judge hit a SF, scoring Tanaka. But Tanaka’s hamstrings tightened up running the bases and he had to leave the game.

Hasn’t MLB learned the lesson of Chien-Ming Wang a few years ago? Haven’t they learned that it is grossly unfair for AL teams to play one way for 153 games a season but to have their pitchers do something completely different for 9 inter-league games a year?

It is inevitable, and make it happen soon. Make the NL adopt the DH. The NL, and one league in Japan, are the ONLY leagues (and that includes the minors) that don’t implement the DH. With the high cost of some AL pitchers’ salaries, isn’t it time the NL adopts the DH or is forced to do so?

Besides, who the hell pays a ticket to watch pitchers hit?

Anyway, tie game, Tanaka out and the bullpen takes over. We’ll find out tomorrow how bad it is and if Tanaka has to miss a start or go on the DL.

In the top of the eighth, with two out, Torres singled and Gardner hit a 2-run HR (5) that bounced off the top of the fence and over the wall. 3-1 Yanks over DeGrom who pitched a great game against the Yanks tonight.

Giancarlo Stanton got HR #15 off a Mets reliever in the top of the ninth.

The Mets, struggling lately, found out before the game that their closer, Familia, went on the DL and that one of their best starters, Syndergaard, will not face Severino Sunday night. Seve faces Seth Lugo instead, and I and friends will be at the Sunday night game.

Torres 2 hits.
Gardner 2 hits, 2-run HR.
Stanton solo HR.

They had all five of the Yankees’ hits.

Tanaka 5 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 H, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.58
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.61
Green (W, 4-0, 2.03) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Betances (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.67
Chapman (S, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 1.35

Golden State swept the Cavs for the NBA title, and last night, the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup.

Game 90. Yanks fall to Boston, 5-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I am sorry for the late report, but I spent 3 hours this morning at the blood center donating platelets.

The Yanks lost 5-2 to Boston on Saturday to drop them to 44-46.

Boston got an unearned run off of CC in the third. Didi made an error.

The Yanks got the run back in the bottom of the third on Brett Gardner’s sixth HR of the season.

Boston got one in the fourth on a couple of dribblers to go up 2-1, but then came the crushing blow in the sixth when CC gave up a 3-run HR. He was also victimized by another dribbler, along with an error (Headley) that inning.

Headley hit his 8th HR of the year in the eighth inning, but outside of the HRs by Gardner and Headley, the Yanks managed only three other hits all game.

Sabathia (L, 5-7, 3.94) 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 walks, 2 K. 1 HR given up.
Swarzak 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 4.70
Bleier 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.86.

The Sunday game is the ESPN night game.

Sad to hear that NBA great Nate Thurmond passed away at the age of 74.

Game 69. Twins top Yanks, 7-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Nathan Eovaldi makes you scratch your head. So much potential, then why is his ERA 5.02?

He looked good for four innings yesterday, then it fell apart. The Yanks got a run in the second on a Brian McCann HR (9) and another in the fourth on an A-Rod single. Up 2-0.

Eovaldi gave one run back in the fifth, then fell apart in the sixth, as the Twins scored four runs.

Dellin Betances, coming in for Eovaldi, couldn’t slam the door. Neither could the relievers who followed.

The Yanks lost 7-4, and dropped to 34-35.

Mark Teixeira is going to SWB Tuesday on rehab.

McCann did hit another HR in the 9th. (10).

Eovaldi (L, 6-4, 5.02) 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 1 HR given up.
Betances 2/3 IP 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.24
Yates 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.97  Gave up 1 HR.
Goody 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.35

The Yanks are off today (Monday) and Thursday this week.

What an NBA game and season. Golden State, the defending champs, goes 73-9, has to come back from 3-1 down in the Western finals to make the finals, THEN, in the Finals, becomes the first team to blow a 3-1 lead. Cleveland wins the NBA title, giving Cleveland their first title since the Browns beat the Colts 27-0 for the NFL Title on 12/26/1964.

Yanks off today.

The Yankees are off today and are on the west coast (ugh, late games) for the next few days.

Odds and ends: 76ers and Celtics go to a Game 7 in Boston on Saturday night. Like old times. I’m a Celtics fan, but worry about old legs. Truth is, you shut down Rondo, more than likely you are shutting down the Celtics.

I’ve never been a fan of the Philly media. Let’s face it. I can’t stand them. They play the 1982 Game 7 victory over Boston (played in Boston) to death. (Maybe that’s because, after blowing a 3-1 lead in that series, they actually WON Game 7. They blew 3-1 series leads to Boston in 1968 and 1981). The thing is, yes, that 1982 team won Game 7 and advanced to the NBA Finals, but wouldn’t it mean more if they had won it all?  They seem to forget that the Lakers beat the 76ers for the title that year. It’s like Carlton Fisk’s HR in Game 6 of the 1975 WS. You forget that the Red Sox LOST Game 7.

Revisionist history, anyone?

Not only that, but they put up the years that there was a Game 7 between the Celtics and 76ers. Some games were memorable. For Boston, the 1965 “Havlicek Stole the Ball!” game. 1968 when Wilt hardly shot in the second half. 1981, and that was a one-point game. For Philadelphia, 1977 when Lloyd (World B.) Free had a big game. It was basically Havlicek’s last hurrah, and the same goes for Dave Cowens, Jo Jo White, etc. The Celtics went south, only to be revived by Bird, McHale, Parish and company a few years later. 1982, when Andrew Toney was the “Boston Strangler.”

But they listed 1959. In 1959 they weren’t the Philadelphia 76ers. They were the Syracuse Nationals. The Philadelphia team that year was the Philadelphia WARRIORS, later the San Francisco and now the Golden State Warriors. The first year Philadelphia had the 76ers was 1963-1964, after Syracuse moved. In 1959, the Celtics beat the Nationals in Game 7.

The thing is, if they wanted to talk franchise history, fine. But nowhere on the screen was there an asterisk or note stating that in 1959, they weren’t the 76ers and weren’t in Philadelphia. They were in Syracuse and the Nationals.

It’s like plagiarizing, in a way. Franchise history, but seemingly taking credit for something not truly yours. Sigh.

Interesting in the NHL. I don’t follow hockey much, but the Los Angeles Kings await the Eastern Conference winner (NJ leads the NY Rangers 3 games to two) to play for the Stanley Cup. The Kings? #8 seed in the Western Conference. On their way to the finals, they beat the top two seeds from the West. Talk about Cinderella, and who’d have thought right now that the Kings would still be playing while the Lakers & Clippers wouldn’t be? Then again, who’d have thought Donnie Baseball’s Dodgers would be better than Pujols and Wilson’s Angels?

Game 39. Pettitte awesome as Yanks win 4-0.

I’m speechless. Really. What to write? It’s like I stepped into a time machine and went back ten years.

In his second start of his comeback, Andy Pettitte tossed 8 shutout innings.

Let that sink in for a minute or two. After a year away from baseball, and one month from his 40th birthday, Andy Pettitte tossed 8 shutout innings for career win #241, #204 as a Yankee.

And to make it more amazing… he basically NEEDED to throw a shutout. For the Yanks are now 3 for their last 48 with RISP.

Pettitte went 8. ZERO runs. 4 hits, 1 walk and an amazing 9 K. (1-1, 2.51).

Boone Logan the 9th. No runs, 0 h, 0 w, 1 K. 2.16.

As for the offense, they were lousy until the 8th. In the 2nd, a leadoff double by Alex. They strand him.

Man on 3rd, one out in the 4th. Granderson and Cano singled, Cano thrown out at second. A-Rod’s weak grounder gets Grandy in.

In the sixth, the Yanks had the bases loaded, no one out, and COULD NOT SCORE.

The pressure was on Pettitte to hold the Reds, and boy did he deliver.

The tension mounted as you knew the Yanks couldn’t score. Let me repeat 3 for 48 with RISP.

I was as shocked as anyone that Pettitte, in only his 2nd start of his comeback, came out for the 8th. But hold them he did.

In the bottom of the 8th, it was still 1-0 when Cano hit a bomb for HR #4 with two out. After A-Rod singled, Ibanez got HR #8 (260 career) for a 4-0 lead.

Logan then slammed the door.

But Pettitte? My goodness. They need to add this one to his YANKEEOGRAPHY.

What an amazing performance under the circumstances (2nd start of comeback, 40 next month, off last year, offense struggling). Wow.

Quick notes: Not happy that the Celts lost to the 76ers tonight. Up 18-3 at one point, they lost. It could have been 3-1 Celtics going back to Boston, instead it is even.

How could a team with Wade and James be held to 75 in two consecutive games? As for Indiana, Congrats to Larry Bird. The 3x NBA MVP has now ALSO won a coach of the year and now executive of the year—the only man to have done that. Talk about a trifecta!

Are the Kings (#8 seed) about to take over LA from the Lakers & Clippers (not to mention the Dodgers)?

 

These are the Celtics?

It’s funny looking at the standings and seeing the Celtics at 4-7. What makes it worse is that the NBA season is just 66 games this year because of the lockout, which means less recovery time.

Allen, Garnett and Pierce are getting old, and it’s showing. You wonder if, like with Bird, McHale and Parish, Boston hung onto them too long.

Pierce suffered through a long stretch of the Celtics not being any good, and now, they are reverting to what he dealt with for so long.

It’s hard watching the fabled franchise (17 NBA titles) struggle. You wonder what the long-range plan is, because it’s apparent that the Big Three (plus Rondo) are struggling.

I see one letter in the NY Post today. It asks “besides Yogi, what other catcher other than Posada, has five rings?” Now, Posada wasn’t there long in 1996, so that ring may not mean as much as the other four (1998-2000, 2009), but how about I give an answer? Bill Dickey. (1932, 1936-1939, 1941 and 1943).

Phils re-sign Rollins, SD & Cincy make a deal

Long-time Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins, the 2007 MVP, re-signed with the Phils yesterday, for a three-year deal worth $33 million. There is a vesting option for a fourth year. Not the five-year deal the 33 year old wanted, but the Phils regular SS since 2001 stays in Philly. Rollins, a .272 hitter (ave. 162 g. season .272-17-72, 37 SB, OPS+ 97) could get his 2000th hit in 2012. He is 134 short.

SD traded Mat Latos to the Reds for four players. Latos, 24, was 9-14, 3.47 for the Padres last season, ERA 3.47 (ERA+ 102). The youngster is 27-29 in his career, but with a 3.37 ERA (ERA+ 108). In return, the Padres get 1B Yonder Alonso, C Yasmani Grandal, as well as pitchers Brad Boxberger and Edinson Volquez. Alonso played some LF for the Reds in 2011, hitting .330-5-15 in 88 AB. Volquez was 5-7, 5.71, ERA+ 68. Since going 17-6, 3.21 in 2008, Volquez has gone just 13-12, 5.01.

The Celtics will be without F Jeff Green for the entire season. Green will need heart surgery to correct an aortic aneurysm.